Wood & Turquoise Thrift Store Mirror Makeover

Thrift store jackpot! Well, a great deal, at least! I snagged this mirror at the thrift store for $2.99. Original TJMaxx sticker is marked 19.99. Great price, sort of zzzzz. 

wood and turquoise mirror makeover at diyshowoff.com

Inspiration comes in many forms. For this mirror and the light wood finish, my inspiration came from this wood and turquoise bowl at H&M: 

H&M turquoise and wood bowl

Materials:

  • Mirror
  • FrogTape® 
  • Paint (I used Maison Blanche Furniture Paint. Color is collette.) 

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Tutorial:

Tape off the mirror. I also taped diagonal at the top right and bottom left mitered joints.

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Burnish the edges of the tape using thumbnail.

Paint. I used a foam brush to apply two coats.

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While paint is still wet, remove tape by pulling away from the paint.

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 Let dry. Ready to hang and display.

Inspiration:

H&M turquoise and wood bowl

Wood & Turquoise Mirror Makeover:

mirror makeover at diyshowoff.com

Depending on the hanger on the back, it may only hang one direction (unless you add a DIY hanging mechanism for an alternate hanging direction). For display, there are 4 rotation possibilities. One mirror, four ways:

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Easy! A little color, a modern touch and a new decorative mirror = thrift store score, don’t you think? Looking for more fun ideas using FrogTape? Click here—-> FrogTape DIY ideas

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Disclaimer: As a member of the FrogTape® Blog Squad, I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

 

DIY Window Shelves for Plants

I recently shared my craft room tour. And as a little reward for cleaning up that chaos and getting organized, I treated myself to a little DIY project. I love one of the windows in this room. Here’s how it looked in the past:

vintage craft room

The window shown above nearly reaches from floor to ceiling and with the two different sized windows in the room (one tall window with trim original to the house/one high small window with no trim), window treatments always felt tricky or lopsided. 

So why cover that beautiful trimmed tall window at all? It faces the back of the house, it’s a second story window and it’s not a room for dressing or a need for privacy. I’ve always wanted to put shelves on a window for plants. Plenty of sunshine should assist in changing my luck with plants, right? 

Here’s what I did…

Materials:

  • (3) 1 x 4″ pine boards for shelves
  • (6) shelf brackets
  • Minwax Polyshades (Ebony)

I decided where I would attach the brackets to the window trim to calculate the measurement of my shelves.

measure

Then cut my shelves. 

window shelving tutorial

Sanded the rough edges and wiped them clean. 

window shelving tutorial

Then brushed on the Polyshades using a foam brush. I let it sit for a few minutes then wiped the stain away and let dry. I did all sides. (I may apply a wax finish to the wood shelves for further water-proofing but I was on a bit of a deadline.)

window shelving tutorial

Next I marked the holes for the brackets and drilled a pilot hole.

window shelving tutorial

Then I just screwed the brackets into the window trim/pilot hole (can always be patched with wood filler in the future). *Use a level to be sure they’re ‘level’. 

window shelving tutorial

Attach the wood shelves to the brackets with screws (be sure these screws are smaller than the shelf thickness so the screw doesn’t poke up from the bottom).  

It adds a bit of privacy without a long drapy curtain panel but still lets natural light into the room.  

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It’ll take some maneuvering/removing plants to open the window but the shelves don’t interfere with the function. 

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before

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after

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Craft Room Tour

Have you been following along the Craft Rooms and Spaces series hosted by Angie at Country Chic Cottage? It’s so fun seeing where bloggers create, getting ideas and motivation to maybe initiate some spring cleaning and organization in your own space?

DIY Show Off craft room tour

Thanks to Angie for the invitation to participate! I had no choice but to finally put things away. Here’s my chaotic craft room when I agreed to join the series…

craft room mess before

Yikes!

I’ve made some changes and cleaned things up for your arrival today. Ready for oodles of pics? There’s lots to see!

Craft Room at diyshowoff.com

Looking into the room from the hall (the resin button plaques on the wall are several years old, so no source to list).

Craft Room Tour at diyshowoff.com

One first thing you’ll notice is this room is PACKED full. But when everything is organized and tidy and in it’s place, its a great space for getting creative. The old farmhouse dining room table serves as a great workspace.

diyshowoff craft space

The skirt is sewn into simple custom sized rod pocket panels and attached using tension rods on 3 sides. I’m ready for an updated fabric/pattern but what I really love about the skirt is that it hides even more storage (things not so pretty to display, boxes of supplies and such) under the table. 

DIYShowOff Craft Room

The walls are lined with inexpensive shelving units, some tucked for a perfect fit against the back wall, providing TONS of storage and organization. A string of lights adds a fun festive feel.

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A small DIY desk area holds our desktop computer, although I’m more inclined to work from my laptop in the living room most days. 

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I love the mix of old crates, baskets and vintage finds for storing craft supplies, mason jars for scrap ribbon by color…

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I recently added some shelves to the window for plants to bring some “life” to the space. 

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 I love that this window sits low, close to the floor. The shelves add a little privacy (second floor) but still allow for lots of natural light to flood the room.

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I don’t remember where I got the light fixture (maybe Urban Outfitters years ago) but I really like the cage and sometimes clip cards or paint swatches there. 

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The walls are filled with a mix of fun frames collected over time, some with family photos, others just random art or thrift store finds and continues to grow here and there. 

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Pet Silhouette Art Tutorial

Framed Pet Silhouettes on Burlap

A DIY chalkboard + cork board + burlap message center helps keep ideas and schedules more organized. 

DIY burlap message center Craft Room message center

A lot going on, right? A LOT of junk which I’ve unsuccessfully tried to downsize but perhaps one day I’ll grasp the truth that if I haven’t used it in 10 years, I probably never will but I’m still waiting for that day to arrive.

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Ready to see more craft spaces? Start the tour at here to see Angie’s super organized space. Or if you’re visiting from the creative room at Major Hoff Takes a Wife, welcome friends! I’m so glad you stopped by! Or following along and ready for the next awesome craft room tour on the list? Head over to Homemadeville!

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Easy DIY Indoor Outdoor Honeycomb Wall Art

As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I have the opportunity to participate in monthly DIY challenges. One of the themes for April is outdoor wall art. I just happen to have a bare outdoor wall. This easy DIY indoor/outdoor honeycomb wall art project is super easy and perfect for decorating an outdoor wall in our covered party patio area. 

easy DIY hexagon wall art at diyshowoff.com

 Materials I used:

hexagon wall art tutorial at diyshowoff.com

What I did:

I spray painted the pieces of the drawer organizers (not assembled) using Valspar Outdoor Spray Paint. I sprayed one side Peacock Blue and let dry about 6 hours then flipped and sprayed the other side Koi Pond and let dry overnight. 

Once the paint was dry, I assembled my pieces. The honeycomb-shaped organizers simply snap together. No tools required!

easy honeycomb wall art tutorial

Since I have 3 sets, I assembled two sets with closed ends and one with open ends (both options shown on pamphlet with instructions included in the box).

easy DIY hexagon honeycomb wall art

You could even leave them white = the only DIY is snapping them together! I hung mine using Command outdoor light clips. 

Face on: 

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From the side:

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From above: 

DIY hexagon wall art tutorial at diyshowoff.com

They’re very light weight so not ideal for displaying heavy items but a great way to add color, dimension and interest to an otherwise plain outdoor or even indoor wall. I tucked in a few succulents for now.

outdoor hexagon patio wall art at diyshowoff.com

My covered patio area still hasn’t been cleaned up for summer. I just grabbed some accessories for photo-staging. Pardon the leaves and dirt!

outdoor honeycomb patio wall art at diyshowoff.com

The outdoor hexagon/honeycomb wall art is going to look great on that back wall when the patio is cleaned up. See the patio when it IS ready for summer lounging and entertaining here.

barn patio makeover

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I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!  

More of my Lowe’s Creative Ideas challenges:

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Eclectic Guest Bedroom Ideas

When I shared our family room and kitchen in the What’s Your Style Series, one style those rooms (and all rooms in my home) share is “eclectic”.

Visiting from the beautiful bedroom at Shabby Love? Welcome, friends!

When you do what you love, specifically on a small budget; thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales, yard sales and Craigs List become favorite sources for unique, eclectic decor. Our guest bedroom is no exception. 

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and a mix of old and new.

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Small budget? Wrap a canvas you already own with pretty wrapping paper to freshen up old decor. 

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Layer the bed with a folded top sheet topped with a throw blanket. Cat optional. 

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Eclectic: mismatched furniture, a mix of pattern and colors, collected-over-time gallery wall, DIY accents, a painted floor and flea market finds. 

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I’m in the process of planning a re-do on our other guest room/dressing room. Our master bedroom is a disaster since the day we moved in but always seems to get pushed further down the priority list. What’s your style and favorite bedroom in your home?

Posts related to this room/DIY in this bedroom:

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See more of my style in the DIY Show Off Home Tour.

Ready for some more bedroom inspiration? Check out these bedroom beauties in the What’s Your Style Series:

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Ready for a little inspiration to get started on freshening up your bedroom? Check out the giveaway using the widget below to be entered to win a $100 gift card to Online Fabric Store. Good luck!

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DIY Hanging Organizer (for peg hooks)

How do you add a fun pop of color to an otherwise neutral room? Try Pantone’s Color of the Year for something you may not normally choose. The Lowe’s Creative Idea March challenge was to use Valspar’s Radiant Orchid. Just a small touch adds elegance to my white and gray space. 

Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid

Inspired by PB’s Gabrielle system, I created a wooden peg hook organizing caddy from scrap wood. 

DIY Hanging Organizer Tutorial

Materials I used: Most of my wood was purchased at Lowe’s and is left over from previous projects with the exception of the .50 yard sale find piece shown below. Adjust measurements according to your own needs or scrap wood measurements. Inexpensive pine works well for this project.

  • 1″ x 10″ x 18 1/2″ (back)
  • 1″ x 6″ x 18 1/2″ (bottom)
  • 1″ x 2″ x 4″ (sides)
  • 1″ x 2″ x 18 1/2″ (front)
  • 1″ deep (or however thick your peg hook rack is)  x 1″ tall  x 6″ wide (back stop piece)
  • Gorilla Wood Glue
  • 1 1/2″ wood screws
  • Wood filler
  • Valspar Radiant Orchid 

What I did:

Mark the center top of the back piece of wood. Hold up to a peg on your coat rack, lining the center with the center of a peg. On the wood, mark the center of each peg placement.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Decide which hole saw bit is just a little bigger than the pegs. 

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

You’ll want your holes to be near the top end. I used a ruler to measure down about 2″ from the top and a level to make a cross mark to show the center of each hole. Drill tiny pilot holes where the pencil marks meet.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Attach the hole saw bit to your drill and using the pilot hole as a guide for the center drill bit, drill/cut holes. I think our hole saw bit is a little dull so the back side of my wood is splintered. (Thankfully no one will see that side!)

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Sand and wipe clean all wood pieces. Hang on pegs to ensure holes line up.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Using wood glue, wood screws and clamps, assemble your caddy and let dry. I attached my screws from the bottom and back so they weren’t seen but you could also countersink screws, fill and sand.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

I thought that was it for the construction until I tested it hanging on my peg hooks. Oops, front heavy. Using just wood glue and a clamp, I attached the back stop piece to the center bottom of the back. This ensures that the caddy will hang level.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Using wood filler, fill all seams and cracks. Let dry, sand smooth and wipe clean. 

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Paint the entire wood caddy. Mine took two coats. Radiant Orchid wouldn’t have been my first choice but it’s growing on me and it’s nice to do something bold and fun for a change. I love the Valspar sample size paint…more than enough and perfect for adding colorful accents. Down the road all it takes is a new coat of a different color to re-freshen things up. 

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

 

Now I have a shelf/tray for decorative items, toiletries in the bathroom

bathroom organization - DIY peg hook hanging shelf

DIY hanging peg hook organizer

hanging peg hook organizer

bathroom peg hook hanging organizer

Great for keys, wallet, sunglasses, change, cell phone near the door in the mudroom or entryway. 

Peg Hook Hanging DIY Organizer

DIY peg hook mudroom entryway organizing hanging caddy

PB inspired peg hook shelf caddy organizer

My peg hook is located in my bathroom but I’d really love to have something like this near the door as well. How about you? 

More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!    

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. As always, all ideas and opinions are in my own words. The blog post above is what worked for me. Results may vary. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area and to take the proper safety precautions.

Baseboard Trim

Yesterday I shared how I installed grouted vinyl floor tiles in the bathroom and today I just wanted to share a little baseboard trim tip. I re-used existing baseboard trim because it’s the old wide original trim in good shape. See how to easily swap out your baseboards here and a little tip for easy decorative trim detail here.  

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I gave it a good scrubbing and a little scuffing with sandpaper.

Then reattached the baseboard trim using my nail gun and brads. Countersink the nails, fill with wood filler and sand. 

Next I sealed all of the seams with caulk – where the trim meets the wall and where the shoe moulding rests against the baseboard. I use DAP paintable caulk for windows/doors/trim.

FrogTape® Mult-Surface tape applied to the wall ensures a nice straight line without caulk smears. Apply the tape horizontally above the baseboard onto the wall. Use your thumbnail or a credit card to activate the PaintBlock® Technology.

DIY caulking baseboard trim

Cut the tip of the caulk tube at an angle (the larger the hole, the bigger amount of caulk-age, so I prefer to keep the cut on the small side. Holding the caulk gun at an angle so that the flat end of the cut hole faces the seam where the baseboard meets the wall, run a bead of caulk. 

caulking baseboard trim tutorial

I fill my FrogTape container with a little bit of water. With a wet finger, smooth the caulk. I work from left to right and since this is a small space, I worked in an entire section (about 4-5 ft. at most). You’ll have a lot of excess (remember to have those paper towels handy). 

caulking baseboard trim tutorial

Then peel away the FrogTape starting at a bottom edge and pulling up and away from the caulk. 

caulking baseboard trim tutorial

Nice clean line! Repeat until all top baseboard seams are sealed. 

Now repeat the caulking steps (without the painter’s tape) where the shoe moulding rests agains the baseboards. Once dry (about 30 minutes), it’s time to paint!

Paint is Dutch Boy’s Cabinet and Trim paint. I used FrogTape where the shoe moulding meets the floor to prevent getting paint on my nice new grouted vinyl tiles. Using my thumbnail, I again activated the Paintblock Technology, then painted my trim. After the second coat of paint, I removed the FrogTape while the paint was still wet. 

painting baseboard trim

The vanity: I could have cut the baseboard trim so that the vanity sat flush against the wall but since the countertop had a little play (it sat out from the vanity about an inch), I attached scrap (stained) 1x4s cut to size to the back of the vanity, so that it would hide the gap and rest above my baseboard. (Also…one of my baseboards was good and glued as well as nailed to the plaster wall…I feared created a bigger more involved mess with pulling it off.) Now my countertop rests against the wall and is flush with the front of the vanity with no overhang but I don’t believe there’s a law or rule that says the countertop must protrude from the vanity. Is there? It also gave me a little more wiggle room for the tight fit plumbing. 

bathroom vanity and trim fix

Good as new! I love fresh, clean, white baseboards.

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I used my FrogTape along the door frame and window trim too. 

bathroom makeover after

 

If you missed it, you can see the complete before and after bathroom makeover here

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

DIY Grouted Vinyl Floor Tiles

I recently shared the transformation of our upstairs main bathroom. I’m so in love with the complete change, especially the floor.

It looks so much like marble tiles, doesn’t it? But those are vinyl floor tiles with vinyl tile grout. The look without the cost or maintenance and shorter installation time. 

grouted vinyl floor tiles - diyshowoff bathroom makeover

Why I chose to go with grouted vinyl floor tiles? Because it’s a temporary solution for us (temporary as in 4-5 years or maybe even a little longer). It’s not for everyone but down the road I have plans on replacing the old tub and shower surround with a slipper tub/shower and at that time, I do plan on using real tile on the floor, under the tub and on the shower walls so in the interim, grouted vinyl tiles were a budget friendly and easy DIY solution that I plan on enjoying every day. The best part? I was able to truly do-it-myself and installation only took one day. It looks professionally done and real! You’ll see mixed reviews and negative comments when researching but I couldn’t be happier and love it!

Materials:

Supplies:

  • box cutter/utility knife
  • rolling pin
  • bucket with water
  • sponge
  • rag
  • float
  • putty knife

What I did:

The old vanity and toilet were removed. For us it’s because we were replacing those anyway. I recommend at least removing the toilet to get underneath. We also removed the shoe moulding/quarter round trim from around the room. I then removed the old vinyl flooring. I did cheat a little on this part. I hired my nephew to help me scrape off the old vinyl floor paper backing that was glued to the subfloor. That was the most labor intensive part. (Note: I removed the old vinyl flooring because it was peeling up around the perimeter of the room. If it had been secure, level and in good shape, I would have placed my vinyl tiles over it.)

removing vinyl flooring

Start with a smooth, clean, level, dry surface. Since this space was prepped for vinyl previously, the subfloor seams were sealed and it was level. Once all of the glued paper was removed and the floor cleaned, I simply started placing my vinyl tiles. I started with laying the full (un-cut tiles), using a staggered pattern. Since such a small amount of the tile is actually visible in this small space after placement of the vanity and toilet, I started with the first full tile placement at the doorway and worked my way back into the room. I made sure to pay attention to “marble veining” so that the pattern all ran the same direction. 

installing a vinyl tile floor tutorial

Simply peel away the paper backing (these things were super tacky!) and place the tile onto the subfloor. I used 3/16 inch spacers between the tiles. I marked my tiles 6 inches in on the edge of each tile with a pencil to assist in laying a straight design.

vinyl floor tiles

Having a supervisor on hand keeps you focused as well as replacing the spacers repeatedly.

Once all of the full un-cut vinyl tiles were in place, I moved onto what I thought was going to be the difficult part. Cutting the tile was way WAY easier than I anticipated. I simply used a utility knife blade to ‘score’ the cut line then snapped the tile. That simple. I didn’t have to apply a lot of pressure or go over it repeatedly with the utility knife.

grouted vinyl floor tile tutorial @diyshowoff

There were a couple of tricky cuts around the door frame, heat register and toilet so having a little more tile than needed came in handy. 

grouted vinyl floor tile tutorial @diyshowoff

Finish. Stand up and admire your tile. No cuts with a wet saw but you’ll be so proud of how good it’s looking! 

Looking good! Ready for vinyl tile grout!

grouted vinyl floor tile tutorial @diyshowoff

I removed the spacers and rolled over the vinyl tiles with a rolling pin to make sure each tile was secure and in place. Then?! The best part – no waiting for mortar to set…move straight to grouting!

grouted vinyl floor tile tutorial @diyshowoff

Have a bucket with water on hand (replace dirty water frequently with clean water) and work in small sections from the back wall working backwards towards the door. I worked in 2ft. sections because the grout dried fast. I used a putty knife to apply the grout to the float. Then used the float to “smoosh” the grout into the joints between the tiles. Sometimes I found just using the putty knife or my finger worked in some areas. I wiped away the excess grout with a wet sponge (squeeze out all of the water) then followed cleaning up the water/grout with a wrung-out wet rag where needed before moving onto the next section. I cleaned away all of the extra grout and wiped up water as I went along. 

grouted vinyl floor tile tutorial @diyshowoff

Let dry 24 hours before light use. I also went over the floor with a wet rag after 24 hours. We replaced the toilet and vanity and re-attached the baseboard/trim after about 48 hours.

grouted vinyl floor tile tutorial @diyshowoff

That’s it! I am thrilled with the result! 

grouted vinyl floor tile tutorial @diyshowoff

I’ve had questions about how this has held up. In the one month that it’s been done, it’s holding up just as well as it looked the first day but I can’t say about long term yet. There is plenty of leftover grout. I made sure my container has a good seal and will keep it on hand just in case repairs are needed. This bathroom is being used daily and so far so good! I’ll check back in with a review in a few months to let you know if anything has changed. 

See the complete before and after bathroom makeover here

Disclaimer: This post describes my first time experience, what I did and what worked for me. Results may vary. 

Valentine’s Day Decorating {Vinyl Decal Glass Top Table Runner}

I’m not quite late in terms of sharing my Valentine decorating, am I? I don’t do much…just a little here and there, mostly in the dining room. 

Valentine dining room decor

More pictures after a little vinyl tutorial: Having a vinyl cutting machine is GREAT for last minute decorating! Our reclaimed barn wood dining table is protected by a beveled glass top. And a glass top table is the perfect spot for an adhesive vinyl table runner just in time for Valentine’s day!

Valentine glass top table vinyl decals

You’ll need:

  • Adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters in pink and soft pink
  • Transfer paper

Tools I used:

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Design Studio software
  • scissors
  • credit card/gift card

Happy Crafters Adhesive Vinyl

Using the Silhouette Design Studio software, I used different fonts to create Valentine text along with a few shapes from the online store.  Because I wanted to have the text reading different directions, I used the rotate tool to flip some of the text and shapes. 

Silhouette Design Studio software

Before sending the design to cut, I uploaded the vinyl into my machine color side up then changed my setting to cut adhesive vinyl. 

When cutting was complete, I removed and trimmed my vinyl design. Then inserted another sheet of vinyl and cut the design again. I used two sets of vinyl decals to create my table runner.  cutting adhesive vinyl

Next up is removing all of the negative part of the vinyl design. Simply remove all vinyl that’s not a letter or shape. 

weeding vinyl decals

Now it’s like a sheet of vinyl stickers. Not something you want to place letter by letter so apply a piece of transfer paper over top of the vinyl decals. 

Measure placement and alignment of where the vinyl decal table runner will go onto your glass top table. 

vinyl decal placement

Rub the vinyl decals with a gift card so that the adhesive vinyl transfer from the wax paper backing to the transfer paper. 

transfer paper

Remove wax paper backing. Sometimes I have to use my fingernail or thumbnail to help along the transfer. 

adhesive vinyl decal tutorial

Carefully align and place the vinyl decal with transfer paper onto the glass. 

glass top table vinyl decal

Rub with a gift card so that the vinyl transfers from the paper to the glass. 

transferring vinyl decal

Remove transfer paper. 

transfer paper vinyl decal

That’s it! Now the glass table top sports a sweet Valentine’s message!

adhesive vinyl Valentine centerpiece

Simply peel away the vinyl for easy removal.

Valentine table decor

More decorating around the DIYShowOff house: 

Valentine centerpiece

 

Valentine wreath

Valentine's day dining room decorating

Valentine Mantel

 

DIYShowOff Valentine Mantel

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine decor

 

See more Valentine’s crafts in the DIYShowOff project gallery

 

Valentine kitchen

 

Valentine decorating

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  I really love working with this vinyl. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Chalk Finish Paint Recipe

I’ve been working on a much needed laundry room makeover (I know! What the heck! We just recently revealed an open pantry makeover and a sweet bathroom transformation). We’ve been busy! But you’re about to get a laundry room sneak peek! As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I had the opportunity to whip up a batch of homemade chalk finish paint and the laundry pedestals I built just happened to be ready for a coat of paint. 

DIYShowOff Laundry Room Pedestals

Note: My laundry pedestals are an Ana-White plan and my first ever real DIY build. What a challenge to say the least! But I’m happy to say: I’m so glad it’s just done! It doesn’t look half bad! It’s functional! My new washer and dryer are at just the right height and I love the addition of a little storage space just underneath. Perfect fit for baskets, laundry baskets too!

DIY laundry pedestal

Chalk-Finish Paint Recipe

DIY Chalk Finish Paint Recipe at DIYShowOff

You’ll need:

Chalky Finish Paint Materials

  • Valspar Signature latex flat paint or latex paint with built-in primer
  • Plastic paint bucket
  • Stir sticks
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Plastic measuring cups (do not reuse for food)
  • Water (use cool, not warm)

How to mix it up:

1. Mix 1/3 cup of plaster of Paris with 1/3 cup cold water in a plastic bucket.

DIY chalk finish paint tutorial

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DIY chalky finish paint tutorial

2. Stir until completely smooth. 

3. Mix with one cup latex paint and stir completely.

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how to make DIY chalk finish paint

4. Paint!

chalk finish paint

* Makes enough chalk finish paint for one coat for a 6-drawer dresser. Should not be stored and reused. (Although I did cover and re-use without problem for touch ups after installing the washer and dryer.) For smaller projects, mix less using these proportions, mix more for larger projects. Nontoxic.  To dispose, let dry completely in the container before disposing in trash.

DIY laundry pedestal

What I think:

I have to say, I’m really impressed. I love how smooth it brushes on. I love the chalky-finish. Most of all, I LOVE that primer isn’t needed. I decided on black for the laundry pedestals…

do-it-yourself laundry pedestal

 

{you’ll have to wait on the rest of the laundry room details but coming soon!}

and I then I moved on to painting over a hunter green console table…

DIY-chalk-finish-paint before and after

and dry-brushed it onto the legs of my painted upholstered chairs. 

DIY chalk finish paint, dry brushed

  • Easy to make!
  • No primer!
  • Great coverage!
  • Pretty finish!

What do you think? I’d say it’s a success and will definitely be using this recipe again on other projects in the future! 

More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!    LCI

*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. As always, all ideas and opinions are in my own words. The blog post above is what worked for me. Results may vary. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area and to take the proper safety precautions.

Bathroom Makeover

The other day I shared the before and after bathroom transformation. I’ve gone from sitting and staring all day long at our recently finished open pantry (makeover here) to wanting to sleep in my new peaceful bathroom. Since the bathroom had was a nightmare before, ANYTHING would look good after. This is what we got with this old farmhouse…

Before – yikes! bathroom makeover before

And this is the potential I saw. I’m in love with the soft peaceful ‘after’ results! Bathroom Makeover

Bathroom Makeover Details at DIYShowOff

Paint: Those walls! Believe me, I did a good scrubbing but is there any better way to really clean up walls than applying a fresh coat of paint? Love this color! Valspar Pale Linen: Depending on light, sometimes it has a soothing blue tint, sometimes more of a gray/white tone but definitely a tranquil light blue color.

Vanity: The gorgeous Huntshire vanity with marble countertop and Talia faucet set from Virtu USA is the luxurious center of attention! Check out the beautiful detail and gorgeous espresso color.

Virtu USA Huntshire vanity

Metallics: Mixing the silver finishes like the brushed nickel faucets, polished nickel sconces, polished nickel vanity knobs, satin nickel curtain rod add just the right amount of bling!

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The vanity comes with beautiful antique gold hardware which I’ll re-use on another piece of furniture since I swapped them out for these beautiful polished nickel knobs.

polished nickel knobs

Pottery Barn Bevel Mirror: Go big or go home! {Heavy! Molly bolts included.} The mirror’s beveled mirror frame is the perfect glamorous accessory reflecting light and the illusion of more space into this small bathroom. 

bevel mirror

Lighting: Drool-worthy. ::sigh:: Thanks to LampsPlus for the stunning lighting! {Hudson Valley Monroe polished nickel adjustable wall lights} These are just the icing on the cake, aren’t they? Definitely my most favorite fixture in my home!

Lamps Plus Monroe Adjustable Arm Sconce

Floor: I did this all by myself! Would you believe they’re vinyl tiles? Easy to install and grout (use grout for vinyl) gives it a look so similar to real marble but without the maintenance or cost and installed in just a few hours! Check back for the tutorial.

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 The tub and shower will get a makeover later this year. In the meantime, I “framed” the bathtub nook/shower curtain with curtains (difficult to photograph that side of the room!)…

bathroom curtains

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Storage to the left of the bathtub/shower:

bathroom storage

Built in storage cabinet to the right…

bathroom storage cupboard

 Floating shelves and baskets provide more storage options. 

DIYShowOff bathroom shelves

Because there is no such thing as too many photos:DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover LampsPlus Monroe Adjustable Wall Sconce

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Still have a question? Let me know in the comment section and I’ll get right back to you. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Don’t forget to swing by to enter to win the Virtu USA Dream Bathroom giveaway to get started on creating your dream bathroom makeover. Easy to enter, lots of prizes! 

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Bathroom Before and After

Hello DIY friends! Let’s talk bathroom makeovers! Do you have an embarrassment of a bathroom? Outdated? Blah? Boring? Frightening? I know the feeling. Read on, my friend. You just may find yourself in a position to give your bathroom a serious facelift thanks to Virtu USA! bathroom makeover before and after

There are two bathrooms upstairs in our home. The master bathroom is the smaller of the two (remember, old farmhouse = bathrooms were not a part of the original house plans) and the bathroom I’m about to show you. One for my hubby (the master) and one for me (this one). I know you’re going to be envious that I have had this gem all to myself for a couple of years. Labeled the “girls’ bathroom”, welcome to my own little private oasis…  bathroom makeover before Gag! Because no one sees the upstairs main bath except those who live here, it hasn’t been at the top of the DIY priority list in the 7 years since we moved in. It was functional and clean even if it was super ugly and outdated. Sort of a hurry up, shower, brush your teeth, throw on some makeup and get the heck out of this room! But a less desirable (to put it nicely) “before” makes for a magical “after”. This girl has a happy ending for sure! DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover Vurtu USA When the opportunity to work with Virtu USA came up, it was just the motivation I needed to finally FINALLY rip out the old cheap doorless vanity (will have a new life as storage in the barn). The old medicine cabinet with Hollywood dressing room lights (that’s what those lined up round bulbs remind me of) became a roadside treasure for someone who must have needed it. My heart didn’t break as we tossed the old peeling up vinyl and I think the bathroom cried tears of happiness when I painted those poor sad walls. bathroom before Tiling the tub and shower surround will have to wait until later this year but that didn’t keep me from putting some blood, sweat, tears and lots of DIY and love into turning my bathroom into a beautiful new peaceful place just for me.  bathroom makeover after There are a couple of things that really make this an OMGosh! reveal. You probably couldn’t help but notice that gorgeous 48 inch Huntshire vanity topped with beautiful Italian Carrara marble… Huntshire bathroom vanity and the Talia faucet talia faucet I was immediately drawn to what the Huntshire description calls “straight lines and strong features”. I love the square basin with the traditional beauty, not to mention the size and storage (drawers and doors have soft closing hinges and slides!)…a place for everything and a big bold statement that this bathroom is finally not only truly functional but stunning as well! espresso bathroom vanity

More photos: DIY bathroom makeover I know you’re drooling over that lighting too, right? They’re the Monroe Polished Nickel Adjustable Wall Lights from LampsPlus DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover

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Does your blah bathroom have you wanting to borrow your neighbors? Do you have a vision for creating a spa-like oasis? How would YOU like a chance to win a DREAM BATHROOM MAKEOVER? Head over to the Virtu USA Dream Bathroom Contest page for more details on how you can enter to win! Good luck! dream bathroom giveaway Ready for some more bathroom makeover inspiration? Check out these awesome blog friends for more:

*This post is sponsored by Virtu USA. As always, opinion, photos, and words are my own.

How Wonderful Life is While You’re in the World – DIY sign tutorial

I think this lyric to “Your Song” by Elton John is the perfect accessory to the world map in our family room.  DIY sign

Materials:

  • Adhesive Vinyl – Happy Crafters
  • Transfer Paper
  • Scrap Wood Plank
  • Acrylic Craft Paint

Tools: Silhouette Cameo, scissors, gift card/credit card (for burnishing/rubbing), foam paint brush

Tutorial:

Paint scrap wood plank. Mine is is a 1×3 about 46 inches in length. Let dry. 

Using the Silhouette Studio software, I created my design utilizing “felt marker” font.  Silhouette design studio

Load the vinyl into the Silhouette Cameo vinyl side up and ‘send to cut’. Be sure to adjust the settings for vinyl. 

There are two ways to use vinyl as a stencil. If painting the letters, weed away the letters to create a stencil. I wanted to paint my sign (not the lettering), so I removed all of the negative part of the design, leaving the vinyl letters (like stickers). DIY sign tutorial

Apply transfer paper, sticky side down directly to the vinyl decal. Transfer paper ensures that everything is lined up properly when ‘transferring’. You could apply the vinyl in the same way you’d apply stickers, but keeping a straight line is a challenge!

Rub the transfer paper with a credit card or gift card to ‘transfer’ the vinyl to the transfer paper. Remove the wax paper backing.

Place vinyl (sticky side down) onto the wood plank. 

Rub with a gift card. 

Remove transfer paper (it may be a little tricky…I peel it away slowing, almost creating a crease in the transfer paper to get the vinyl decal to stick to the painted wood. 

Make sure all letters are nice and stuck. 

Paint the sign. I did a light coat using a sort of dry brush (foam brush) technique for a worn look. DIY wood plank sign tutorial

Before paint dries, carefully remove vinyl lettering.

Optional: sand and/or glaze for an antiqued, distressed look. Seal. Hang using picture hanging hardware or Command velcro strips. 

Perfect for a little Valentine sentiment, too. What song lyric would your sign display? How wonderful life is while your in the world. DIY Sign Tutorial

 

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  I really love working with this vinyl. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Eclectic Family Room {What’s Your Style Series & Giveaway}

Today I’m discussing my decorating style as a part of the “What’s Your Style” series. What words describe the look and feel of your home’s decor? Sometimes it isn’t as simple as a one word definition or description. family room What I love about decorating for myself in my own home is that there are no rules, no titles, no terms, no laws. All that matters when it comes down to it is that we’re comfortable. And what makes me happy (in a decorating sense) is being surrounded by a mix and match of colors and styles and things that I love. colorful painted wooden candlesticks I’ve never been able to pinpoint one specific design style (see my home tour) to describe the look of my home. It’s always evolving, ever changing. I can easily describe my style in one word: “mutt”. You’ll find rustic charm, vintage but modern too, a touch of cottage style here and there mixed with flea market and farmhouse inspired decor with a bit of fun and colorful and even industrial elements. Quite a mix, right? greenhouse frame desk So it goes without saying that “eclectic” is one word that encompasses the mutt-mix of design style in my home. I really don’t give labeling my design style much thought. I just do what I love. diyshowoff eclectic family room  But after walking through my rooms, I’d call my style “intrinsic eclectic”, short for “eclectic-vintage-modern-farmhouse-country-fleamarket-cottage-rustic-charm”.  It really depends on which room you’re standing in around here and what time of the year it is.  eclectic decor As a part of the “What’s Your Style” series, we’re taking a look at living spaces. If you’re visiting from the fabulous Danika at Gorgeous Shiny Things, welcome! I’m so glad you’re here! C’mon in, make yourself at home! You can find a list of all 13 bloggers’ living spaces at the end of this blog post along with an awesome Mohawk rug giveaway. desk decor Our family room is casual, fun and definitely eclectic.  I’m never afraid to combine periods and styles and prefer to mix new with old and flea market finds to create a space that feels at home in our home.eclectic family roomSummary: Because of my love for decorating, I find that I’m drawn to flea market finds and DIY accents that fit my style (and budget) best… a fun challenge that drives my creativity and results in a unique look that I love. eclectic family room  “Intrinsic Eclectic” sums up my style. What about you?   Italian Greyhound Rosie Next up in the What’s Your Style series is Michelle and her beautiful style at Iron & TwineStart at the beginning and make your rounds using the schedule below:

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Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof
Lucy from Craftberry Bush
Melissa from Shabby Love
Laura from Finding Home
Roeshel from DIY Showoff
Michelle from Iron & Twine
 
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Top Pins of 2013

The top 10 pinned posts at DIY Show Off in 2013:

8 Backsplash Ideas - this is actually an older post from when I was looking for backsplash ideas for the apartment renovation. Which I’ve never truly shared the reveal. Remind me to do that this year! 

marble subway tile backsplash

DIY custom vinyl decals/gift idea - one part of a two part gift idea in the Très Frugal Series at Pretty Handy Girl

DIY gifts

DIY Photo Backdrop - another oldie but goodie. 

DIY photo backdrop

DIY Sign Tutorial - a girls’ DIY day!

how to make a distressed sign

Dream Tree Challenge - I loved putting together this pretty ombrè tree for the Michael’s Dream Tree Challenge, even if it was in October!

Ombre Christmas Dream Tree

Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations - a product review and tutorial from the apartment renovation. Going on two years and still holding up!

Rustoleum Countertop Transformations before and after

DIY Pipe Curtain Rod - wow, this was another older project and it shows with the terrible photos (must update posts with better quality photos, huh?). Still love that curtain rod and no sew drop cloth curtains after all this time. 

DIY pipe curtain rod

No Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt

no sew ruffled tree skirt tutorial

Easter Decorating - just a small round up of Easter/spring decorating ideas in my home.

easter decorating

Summer Home Tour - ahhh! I miss summer! (current wind chill -29 degrees!)

DIYShowOff Summer Home Tour

Painted Faucets - After four years, a little touch up was needed.

painted faucet durability

I have to say I was a bit surprised. Here are some projects that I thought for sure would have ranked higher because they’re my favorite top 10 DIYShowOff projects of 2013. Here they are in no specific order:

DIY Dog Bed - Rescuing Rosie is still one of my BIG personal 2013 highlights. Spoiling her too!

DIY Dog Bed

Pallet Herb Garden - I can’t wait to plant this year. Having herbs on hand right outside the kitchen door was a treat!

free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden

Chandelier Planter - this year, it’s going to hang under the gazebo!

DIY chandelier planter

DIY Foldable Luggage Rack - super handy!

diy luggage rack

Globe Light Fixture Cover - lots of compliments on this during the real life holiday home tour too. 

globe light cover

Family Room Makeover - so nice to finally have this space done!

family room makeover before and after

Framed Monogrammed Mirror with unlimited decorative options - this was a gift but I have plans for making one for my home too!

One decorative accent - UNLIMITED LOOKS: DIY Interchangeable/Custom Monogrammed Mirror Tutorial

 

Barn Patio Transformation - this area is perfect for summer entertaining. 

barn party patio

 

Gazebo Makeover with Recycled Brick Patio – I can’t wait to get it all pretty this spring again! Since we finished it near the end of the season, we didn’t get to enjoy it nearly as much as I wanted to. 

recycled brick walkway

 Easy Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Bell Ornaments - I guess since this was only posted towards the end of December, of course it didn’t see much pin-action. But next year I’m going to make more for sure! Love the velvety look!

easy DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bell ornament tutorial

 

How about you? What were your favorite pins? 

 

Tips for Making a DIY Industrial Pipe Shelving Unit

I recently shared the open pantry before and after reveal and the star of that DIY ‘show off’ is definitely the industrial pipe shelving… Industrial Pipe Shelving  As a part of the January Creative Storage challenge for the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, today I’m sharing a tutorial on what we did to use as tips for creating your own.

THIS IS LONG and sounds confusing BUT if you’re making one of your own, I think being detailed will help make the plan, design and build easier along with other tutorials and tips you may come across in your search for how to make DIY industrial pipe shelving. 

Getting started: The most difficult step (and not really that difficult when sketching a visual to help ‘build’ the correct size) will be your measurements and design. I’m no architect or artist, so my sketch is rough without fancy drafting software but it gets the job done and I was able to see where I needed to make adjustments. Start with measuring the space where the shelving will go. Length, height and width. I just drew the shelving (not to scale) on a piece of paper and labelled the measurements. Keep in mind that stock pipe comes in 12″, 18″ and 24″ pieces…any other size pipe will need to be custom cut/threaded (done by a Lowe’s associate). industrial pipe shelving plans

Understanding the construction: For 6 foot wide shelving, I wanted three supports for each shelf. Not enough support and the wood shelves may sag with weight over time. DIY pipe shelf construction  The pipe shelving frame is only connected horizontally by the wood shelving. Mine is only attached at the wall near the ceiling. I didn’t notice until assembling that my pipe cutting order was missing a piece so there should actually be another wall flange/pipe in the center top (and will be once I have more pipe cut). You could also screw it into the floor but we did not. It sounds as if it would be unsteady. Mr. DIY even had plans to add brackets for extra strength, however when installation was complete, even he was surprised by the how sturdy it is.

Each of the three built up/connected vertical pipe supports are individual and not connected to each other in any way. (Labeled on the left in the photo above as an example.)

Each wood shelf has three holes on the outer front edge (one on the left, one in the center, one in the right). Each shelf front is supported by resting on top of a tee in the front, threaded through a hole in the shelf with the vertical pipe. On the back, each wood shelf rests on an up-turned elbow. So each wood shelf is not anchored or screwed down in any way. It’s simply locked into place by the front pipe pieces through the holes in the shelf. Each shelf rests on a three tees in the front and three elbows in the back. 

My (vertical) measurements are rough but I knew that I had a 107 inch cap (the height from floor to ceiling) and could not go higher. Adding the measurements visually helps with adding up the numbers. I estimated my fittings (the flanges, tees and elbows to be 2 inches – they’re actually smaller but it gave me wiggle room in my design so I knew my shelving would not be higher than 107″ and coming in a few inches lower is ideal). The wood shelving thickness does not come into play because it doesn’t add to the height of the unit. On my drawing, starting with the bottom of the shelving unit, I drew in the flanges and the number 2 for 2″. Then, because of heat vent placement, I knew my first shelf needed to be above that. I drew in the 24″ pipes. Then a tee (2 inches), then my next pipe length 12″, another tee (2 inches), 15″ pipe to accommodate our microwave height, another tee (2 inches), another 15″ pipe, another 2″ tee, a 12″ pipe, a 15″ pipe, 2″ elbow. Adding those up, my rough shelving unit height measured at 107. Exact in theory, but due to the varying heights of flanges, tees, elbows and pipe threads when assembling, actual finished shelving unit height came in at 102.5″ (so, overestimating measurements in the plan ensures that shelving unit will not be too tall for the space).

Horizontal: My wood shelves are 20″ deep. As shown in the photo above, in the front the shelving rests on 3-way tees, in the back, it rests on an upturned 90 degree elbow. I chose 16″ pipes for connecting the horizontal 3-way tee to the upturned elbow. (Because the tee sits 1″ in on the 20″ shelf, measures 2″, then 16″ pipe, then a 1″ elbow totaling 20 inches, meaning once threaded it won’t touch/rub/scratch the wall. Keep the total horizontal support measurement shorter than the shelf depth.) For my top three horizontal frame supports (only 2 shown in photos for now), I added an inch (17″) to reach threading the wall/flange.

Horizontal pipe pieces:

  • 3 for each shelf (15 total for 5 shelves)
  • 3 for top of industrial pipe shelving frame 

Note: You may want to adjust pipe lengths to fit your own design. Maybe all one size or staggered shelving or a desk area. But once you understand the construction, you can customize each shelf’s height to fit your space. I used black iron pipe because the cost was a bit lower. Galvanized or maybe even PVC would work as well. All of my pipes and fittings are 1/2 inch. A Lowe’s associate made cuts and threads on pipes that were not an ‘in stock’ size. 

Shop: Make a list of plumbing supplies by counting up each tee, pipe, elbow and flange in your sketch.

Materials for a pipe shelving unit measuring 72 inches wide x approx. 102.5 inches tall x 20 inches deep. 

DIY pipe shelving plumbing materials

  • (6) flanges (be sure to get the correct fitting size for 1/2 pipe)
  • (18) 90 degree elbows (be sure to get the correct fitting size for 1/2 pipe)
  • (15) 3-way tees (be sure to get the correct fitting size for 1/2 pipe)
  • (3) 24″ pipes 
  • (3) 17″ pipes (custom cut/thread)
  • (15) 16″ pipes (custom cut/thread)
  • (9) 15″ pipes (custom cut/thread)
  • (6) 12″ pipes
  • screws and walls anchors
  • 7/8″ hole saw bit (perfect circle cut for 15 holes)

What we did:

Prep: First step will be to clean the pipes. Because oil is needed for the cutting process, they will be filthy, dripping with oil and there are likely going to be pieces of pipe that have that annoying super tacky glued price stickers protected by packaging tape that will need removed. Since I used iron pipe, I could not let the pipes soak in soapy water (they’d rust), so I used grease-fighting Lysol wipes, paper towels and lots of patience.

Paint: Next I spray painted all of the plumbing pieces Oil Rubbed Bronze. I did not use primer. Because I chose black iron instead of galvanized, scratches or poor coverage aren’t an issue.   spray painting pipes

Wood shelves: We cut 1 inch off of our 72 inch length so we’d be able to open the half bathroom door the entire way. This doesn’t affect anything. Decide where you want the holes (for the pipe supports) to be placed. I decided about 1 inch in from the front, 2 inches in from the sides. I created a template from a piece of cardboard. It looks like this: industrial pipe shelves tutorial

I simply lined up the edges of the cardboard with the left front edge of the wood shelf and marked my circle/cut mark with a pencil. Flip the cardboard and do the same for the right front edge. I measured the center of my 71″ length and pencilled in the circle/cut mark, lining it up with my template/stencil. I did this with each wood shelf. 

Cutting/drilling the holes: We drilled a tiny hole into the center of each penciled circle (made lining up the hole saw easier). We used the 7/8″ hole saw bit for perfect clean drilled holes. It made creating 15 holes all the same size a breeze! I lightly sanded and cleaned around the holes and our cut edge.

hole saw bit for pipe shelving pipe shelving tutorial

Because we have exterior wiring/conduit going up the wall behind the shelving, we had to create a notch on each wood shelf. We used our Dremel Multi-Max to to this.  pipe shelving

Staining and sealing each side of each wood shelf is the most time consuming part of the project. I love that Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Wood Stain dries in about an hour. I only applied one coat…isn’t the color pretty? I did one side then flipped and did the other (the edges and inside of the holes too), applying with a foam brush and wiping off (rubber gloves and lots of rags are a must!). Watch for drips! Then I applied 5 coats of polyurethane to the top side (after this much work, you’re going to want to protect the finish on these shelves!), allowing to dry 2 hours between each coat. Again, watch for drips! No sanding between coats required. Once the one side was dry, I flipped the shelves and repeated brushing two coats to the bottom side, drying between each one.  staining wood shelves

Time for assembly! I was super nervous about this part. The size of the room did not allow for us to connect and lift the shelving into place. So we propped up the first shelf using a hamper and books and assembled in place. industrial pipe shelving assembly I can’t believe how easily and smoothly assembly went. I started by attaching flanges to the first three pipes. Then added a tee to each one. The tee should be placed in a direction with one opening facing up, another opening facing horizontal towards the wall. Next, attach a length of pipe (mine are the 17″ ones) to the horizontal facing tee. Attach an elbow at the end of the horizontal pipe. You’ll want the elbow to face up for supporting the wood shelf. assembling pipe shelving  Hold that piece into place under the hole in the wood shelf. Thread the next length of pipe vertically (So starting order at the floor is flange, pipe, tee, wood shelf then next length of pipe). Continue building the shelf in this way. We kept the bar stools and books for support until the very end of the assembly process and securing the shelving to the wall. 

Work with a level on the wood shelving to ensure everything is square and level. (Adjust threading as needed.)

The top: securing the shelving unit. After the last shelf is in place, add the last three vertical lengths of pipe. Add an elbow to each one. Add a flange to each horizontal pipe piece and thread into the elbow. The flange should be touching the wall (threads will allow for adjusting). 

Using a pencil, mark the wall where screws (into the flange) need to go. Our walls are plaster so we drilled pilot holes and added heavy duty wall anchors. If you designed your shelf to line up with the wall studs…you’re good to go.  Screw flanges into place. securing pipe shelving to wall  Sturdy. Beautiful! Ready to be stocked and decorated.  industrial pipe shelving tutorial at DIYShowOff.com My cut pipe Lowe’s order was missing one of my top custom cut pipes so our shelving unit is only secured into the wall by the two outer pipe configurations and it’s still sturdy! But I do plan to add the top center piece to finish/secure it properly. Industrial Pipe Shelving Closing thoughts: Whew! That sounds way too complicated and long, but I promise…I only wanted to include as many details as I could for your research into making your own.  I was so happy that it was easier than I anticipated. The hardest part – the design and again, by drawing it out one piece at a time, even that isn’t so complicated. Trust me, math is not one of my strengths. The most time consuming part – the staining/sealing or maybe it was removing the sticker goo. But the reward? A gorgeous custom shelving unit way better than any manufactured piece. Wouldn’t you agree?farmhouse pantry

DIY pipe shelving at DIYShowOff

See the entire pantry before & after reveal here.

More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!   LCI

*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. As always, all ideas and opinions are in my own words. The blog post above is what worked for me. Results may vary. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area and to take the proper safety precautions.

Links to more industrial pipe shelving:

Brick House pipe shelving

Have any questions? Let me know in the comments! Good luck!

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Pantry Before and After

First project of 2014! A pantry makeover, before and after… DIYShowOff Open Pantry before and after makeover

Did that space actually grow larger and taller with the addition of shelves or is it just me?

Well…the pantry was actually complete December 1st, 2012 (remember I showed a sneak peek in the Christmas home tour?)…but since I’m just sharing the reveal now and still tweaking…let’s call it the first awesome DIYShowOff project to kick off DIY in 2014! When we removed a pantry closet in our kitchen to move the refrigerator (more on that here), it decreased valuable storage space. What were we thinking?! What to do? Well, after much thought, the solution was to utilize an odd room/hallway to create more storage space. Lucky for us, that space exists in our home right behind the kitchen. Jackpot! Kismet. Fate. Whatever – it was finally time to make it happen!

The space is bigger than a hallway but six (6!) doorways make it too awkward to be a room. There are doorways opening to the kitchen, dining room, living room, old cellar stairwell, enclosed porch (original front door) and half bathroom. We walk through that room a gazillion times a day.

It’s approximately 6 ft. wide and 9 ft. long with 9 ft. ceilings. Ever since previous owners enclosed the front porch and re-routed the front door, this poor former entryway has been feeling forgotten. Perfect for some custom DIY industrial pipe shelving and a new job description as ‘open pantry’. 

Where is all started: The idea to one day call this area a pantry formed three years ago after drooling over this awesome pantry by Emerson Made on Design Sponge. Emerson Made open pantry

And then falling in love with this cool pipe shelving I spied at the Brick House pipe shelving at the Brick House

inspired the transformation of this space…

before – boring, useless, a lamp for light open pantry before

now: a functional beautiful open pantry area… DIYShowOff Open Pantry

with new paint, new lighting and DIY industrial pipe shelving. It’s a small space…no room to get a photo straight on of the monstrous pipe shelves but plenty of walking room even with 20 inch deep shelving. 

Before from another angle… pantry area before

After…isn’t the industrial pipe shelving unit awesome?! DIYShowOff Industrial Pipe Shelving

It’s super convenient with it’s location right off the kitchen. industrial farmhouse pantry makeover The shelves were designed to fit the wall to ceiling and floor space perfectly and to accommodate our microwave as well as dried goods and baskets. I’m still messing with getting it all organized but I loooove how this once awkward unused space is now functional and pretty! Hurray!industrial cottage pantry

More photos: Notice all of the doorways? DIYShowOff Pantry farmhouse pantry farmhouse pantry decor

Custom design was also handy when working around the heat vent… Kitchen Pantry

Why yes, that’s still a little Christmas hanging around for another week or so. Thanks for noticing! Industrial Pipe Shelving I’ll share more about the lighting challenge soon too. farmhouse industrial pantry lighting

  • Paint – inexpensive way to brighten up a room lacking natural lighting. (accent wall tutorial) Base wall color: Valspar Cool Grey. 
  • Lighting – The Allen + Roth fixtures from Lowe’s were super affordable at around $57/ea. but electrical wound up costing more than I anticipated due to labor charges because there was no lighting whatsoever in the space from the get go and an outdated electrical outlet. (We did attempt DIY but it was over our heads and I’m not referring to just literally!) The exterior track/wiring adds to the industrial charm.
  • Pipe shelving – DIY means custom to fit our space and needs. Not a cheap DIY but still more affordable than purchasing two manufactured floor to ceiling shelving units. I’ll share how we did in in a couple of days! Check back!
  • West Elm Fiesta Tile Printed Jute Rug (sold out)
  • Flea Market Distressed Galvanized Metal Clock (DecorSteals – currently unavailable)
  • IKEA Burken jars with lids
  • Large Seagrass Basket (I got a set of three nesting ones on clearance at Wisteria a few years ago.)
  • Petite Cow & Bull Cameo Plaques, set of 2 – Antique Farm House
  • Grocery Sign – I had plans for this to be a DIY sign (mine would have been the same wood stain as the shelving with white lettering, not red) but with so much going on in December and the real life holiday home tour deadline…when I spied it at Hobby Lobby, I couldn’t resist.
  • Galvanized letter B – Hobby Lobby

DIY Pantry Makeover before and after

DIY INDUSTRIAL PIPE SHELVING TIPS & TUTORIAL

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ACCENT WALL

easy painted accent wall

 

LIGHTING DETAILS

Industrial Pantry Light Details

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DIY Glitter Iron-On Vinyl Tutorial

The Chinese zodiac/new year follows the lunar calendar and begins January 31st. 2014 is the year of the horse. It’s a year for making efforts to improve yourself. Why not wear a reminder to do just that. It’s also the symbol for my word of the year for 2014 but more on that later this week.  iron on vinyl glitter decal tshirt tutorial

Did Santa bring you a Silhouette Cameo? Unpack that baby! There are so many cool things to create just waiting for your imagination! One of the things I love is the ability to create custom vinyl decals easily and that includes not just stencils or signs but dressing up my t-shirts too. Here’s how:

Materials:

  • t-shirt or sweatshirt. Give an old one a little pizzazz! Or purchase new if creating a gift.
  • Iron-on vinyl. I’m using Happy Face Glitter Iron On Vinyl in Pine Bling from Happy Crafters for this project. Big selection of fun printed, solid and glitter iron-on vinyl for DIY projects. 

Tutorial:

1. Create a design using the Silhouette Studio. I purchased a horse shape from the Silhouette online store and added text. 

iron on vinyl decal tutorial

2. For iron-on vinyl, you’ll need to “mirror” the design. I just ‘right click’ my design and flip horizontally. 

iron on vinyl tutorial

3. Load the vinyl into the machine glossy/sparkly/glitter side down {transparency side down}. Adjust settings. Recommended settings for cutting iron-on vinyl are blade 2, speed 8, thickness 5. Send to cut. 

iron on vinyl tutorial

4. My blade is dull from so much use and the glitter iron-on vinyl is thick so before removing from machine, I could tell it wasn’t a good all-the-way-through cut. I had to re-adjust my blade setting to 6 and send to cut again. Tip: Test yours before removing vinyl from the machine so that the not-so-good cut lines will match up with the newer cut lines if needed. You’ll want the vinyl to be cut but not the transparency. When cutting is complete, remove vinyl from the machine. Cut vinyl to a smaller more manageable size from the roll/sheet.  iron on vinyl tutorial

5. Weed away all negative vinyl (vinyl that is not a part of the design) from the adhesive transparency.

iron on vinyl tutorial

6. Position decal onto shirt. Cover with a cotton tea towel, napkin or fabric. Iron on high, pressing down 25-30 seconds on each part of the design (no steam). iron on vinyl tutorial iron on vinyl tutorial

7. Peel away the transparent shiny plastic. If part of the design starts to lift, replace transparent plastic, re-cover and iron again.  iron on vinyl tutorial iron on vinyl tutorial

8. All done! An old t-shirt, a new look and a fun reminder of your ‘word of the year’ to make 2014 awesome! 

iron on vinyl decal how-to

It’s certainly difficult to photograph the sparkle, not to mention take photos of myself wearing it. But you get the idea, right? It’s super glittery!

iron on vinyl decal tshirt tutorial

Isn’t that green glitter iron-on vinyl pretty? I’ll be using scraps for a glittery shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day too! Here’s another iron-on vinyl tutorial for a monogrammed t-shirt for more direction and inspiration.

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  I really love working with this vinyl. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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DIYShowOff 2013 Project Recap

Always for looking at what’s NOT done with little to no regard to all that has been accomplished. Sound familiar? Well, this time of year, looking back at our DIY accomplishments reminds me…”Hey! We didn’t sit on our butts all of 2013!” Wow! What a year! Here’s a recap of some of my top DIY projects:

2013 DIYShowOff Recap

Wall Mounted Pallet Shelf diy-pallet-shelf

Globe Light Fixture Cover globe light cover

Patio Swing/Daybed Makeover how to add curtains to a patio swing

Free Standing Pallet Herb Garden free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden

Not DIY…but in spring of 2013, we rescued Rosie, our Italian Greyhound. She’s such a sweetie and easily transitioned to life in a DIY home CocoRosie - diyshowoff

She’s even inspired some DIY: 

DIY Dresser Drawer Dog Bed DIY Dog Bed

Summer Home Tour DIYShowOff Summer Home Tour

Covered Patio Transformation barn party patio

Chandelier Planter Tutorial how to make a chandelier planter

Giant LCR Dice Game DIY giant LCR dice game

Decorative Baseboard Trim easy decorative baseboard tutorial

Tire Planter Tutorial tire flower planter tutorial

Stacked Ombre Flower Pots Stacked Stenciled Ombre Flower Pots Tutorial

DIY Wire Cloche/Succulent Garden DIY wire succulent garden tutorial

DIY Removable Window Frame/Art DIY Removable Decorative Window Frame Tutorial

DIY Map Triptych Wall Art DIY wall art - map triptych tutorial

Recycled Brick Patio/Patio recycled brick walkway

Grape Arbor Gazebo Makeover grape arbor gazebo reveal

DIY Foldable Luggage Rack  diy luggage rack

Family Room Before and After family room makeover before and after

Christmas Home Tour DIYShowOff Christmas Home Tour 2013

Customizable/Interchangeable Monogrammed Mirror One decorative accent - UNLIMITED LOOKS: DIY Interchangeable/Custom Monogrammed Mirror Tutorial

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Best DIY Projects of 2013

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Coming soon in early 2014:

  • Open Pantry Before & After
  • Bathroom Makeover
  • Laundry Room Transformation

Favorite Things 2013

Hello! Melissa from 320 Sycamore is hosting her 5th annual Favorite Things party with a blog hop spin this year. It’s so fun! Visiting from Home Stories A to Z and Beth’s list favorite things? {I have to try those macaroons!) Welcome, friends! favorite things blog hop and party

Of course it goes without saying my most favorite things are always family, friendships, good health, well being, peace, love, blogging, DIY, etc. but this party is all about sharing thing-things and here’s my list (some affiliate links included below):

Did you know I drink tea from the moment I get up, all day long, until I go to bed at night? Yup. I start with a hot cup each time. No sugar. No cream. No honey. Just plain and boring. And if it goes cold, I’m still drinking it.  Tea Time Favorite

  1. While I love all tea flavors, I mostly stick with an organic green tea on a daily basis: Bigelow Organic Green Tea Bags, 40 ct.
  2. You’ll find me carrying one of these every day around the house or on the go: Tervis Tumblers. I just recently added the three shown above to my collection. Fancy. Festive. Funny. 
  3. I’m loving this recent purchase: Better Chef IM-150S Electric Kettle, Silver. Now I’m not microwaving my water 10x a day.

Earlier this year we rescued our Italian Greyhound, Rosie. Of course she’s one of my favorite things from 2013. She’s super sweet! So are these chevron leashes and collars from Learned StichworksAwesome prices, beautiful quality and trendy. Learned Stichworks collars and accessories

Seeing how I wear boots from October-April, this specific pair has been on my favorite list for three years along with these favorite accessories in 2013 usually paired with my favorite diamond stud earrings. DIYShowOff Favorite Accessories

  1. Big Buddha Mia Bag - purchased in a Ft. Myers’ boutique while on vacation. I’ve sort of worn it out and will be on the hunt for something new.
  2. Wishbone Pendant Necklace from Molly Suzanne - this was a sweet swag bag gift from a fun local blogger event and it’s one of my absolute favorite things this year! Isn’t it cute?
  3. Leather Cuff (The one I purchased through Stash Style from the Country Living Fair is currently unavailable but this one is sort of similar in looks.)
  4. Breckelles Women’s Outlaw-81 Knee High Boot - not exactly new (3 years old) but still in great shape and still a favorite.
  5. Nicole by O.P.I Selena Gomez, Kissed at Midnight, 0.5 Fluid Ounce
    Perfect touch of bling! This glitter nail polish doesn’t look so bad with chipped nails from DIY work and touch up is quick and easy.

I don’t wear make up every day, but I do anytime I leave the house. I’d prefer not to scare the general public. haha! Here are some of my beauty favorites:  DIYShowOff Beauty Favorites

  1. e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer - fills in fine lines and wrinkles and makes my skin feel super soft. 
  2. At the recommendation of some of my blog friends, I purchased Maskcara’s HAC Pack and it’s now a must have! 
  3. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for Women - light citrusy scent perfect for everyday. 
  4. I’ll try several different brands and shades of lipstick but I always seem to grab this favorite nearly every time: L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick Nude.
  5. Maybelline New York Volume’ Express The Rocket Washable Mascara - I prefer a washable mascara and this doesn’t flake or smudge but darkens and lengthens lashes beautifully. 
  6. Love the Aromatherapy line at Bath & Body Works. My favorite hand soap/lotion are Sleep {lavender vanilla} and Stress Relief {eucalyptus spearmint}. 

One of my absolute least favorite things is blog trouble. If you’re a blogger and have experienced moments of technical panic and anxiety, you’re shaking your head in agreement. So I have to include my most favorite web developer in the whole wide world who has helped save the {blogging} day countless times. If you’re looking for quality, personal website services, free quotes and awesome tutorials, you’re going to want to hook up with Max:

Last but not least, YOU! Yes, you, my dear readers and friends are definitely one of my favorite things and a huge part of daily life in 2013. Thank you for your kindness and support, thank you for being here! xo

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What’s on your favorite things list for 2013? Use and search #favoritethings_2013 on social media to share and see more. 

Visit the next fun Favorite Things of 2013 list from Chris at Just a Girl.

Schedule of Favorite Things 2013 at 320 Sycamore:

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Get ready! It’s your turn tomorrow at the Favorite Things 2013 link party with Melissa at 320 Sycamore!