Family Room – sneak peek {repurposed headboard to door pediment}

The family room makeover has been on hold while we’re renovating the apartment but I wanted to share a little repurposed headboard project I finished up a couple of weeks ago.

Using an old headboard {a gift from Amber – thanks, Amber!}, Gorilla Wood Glue, Bessy ESZ Clamps (Rockler), TransTint Dye, vinyl stencil (created using Silhouette Cameo) and craft paint, I gave an old headboad a new purpose.

Here’s a little of what’s going on in the family room:

family room design

{see more about operation family room here}

The headboard was in very poor condition, broken and falling apart. I removed the legs and repaired the main wooden part of the headboard and added a stencil.

Before…{pardon the mess, it’s a work in progress!}
So easy! The space above the family room door just needed something, ya know? {French door color is Benjamin Moore Pacific Ocean Blue with a dark glaze}.
Much better, don’t you think?
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Thrifty Treasure Transformation – colorful candlesticks

I shared this over at the DIY Club a few weeks ago but wanted to share here too. When I saw this Martha Stewart image…I loved the coordinating colorful candles and candlesticks.

colorful candlesticks

So, I started collecting wooden candlesticks from thrift stores and yard sales…

 wooden candlesticks

I wanted a fun colorful accent to go with our family room plans: family room design

What I used:

  • Wooden candle sticks
  • Candles (color matching my Patio Paints)
  • Deco Art Patio Paint (dark eucalyptus green, waterfall, fuchsia, buttercup)
  • Deco Art Patio Paint reusable Home & Garden stick on stencils
  • dark glaze (TransTint Dye by Rockler)

How I did it:

1. I gave my wooden candlesticks a few coats of Patio Paint each. Because I didn’t sand the wood, I used a dry brush technique. I preferred an antiqued look. I let the candlesticks dry between coats.

2. I brushed on and wiped off my glaze (TransTint dye) to give it an old finish.

3. The Deco Art stencil was sticky (and reusable) making stenciling super easy:

 

Ta-da!

painted candlesticks

{fabric is waverly santa maria desert flower – I’ll be using it for my drapes}

Love them – fun colorful accent to add to our family room…if I can ever get back to working on the makeover!

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Deco Art Projects at the DIY Club

Today I’m sharing two Deco Art projects at the DIY Club:

Patio Paints and Patio Paints Home & Garden Stencil…

Thrifty Candlestick Transformation

before

wooden candlesticks

after

colorful DIY candlesticks

and Decoupaged Chandelier

decoupaged candle chandelier

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Reminder: LAST DAY!!!

I’ll be drawing the winner first thing tomorrow morning. There’s still time to enter to win!

Granite Gold cleaning kit & $50 Bed, Bath & Beyond gift card

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Thrifty Treasures – Chalkboard Tins

I’m sharing a small thrifty treasure makeover today at The DIY Club.

I used Deco Art Americana paint in Wedgewood Blue and Deep Midnight Blue + Deco Art’s new chalkboard medium (clear matte coat that transforms any painted surface into a chalkboard).

DIY chalkboard tins

Old tins + Deco Art = fun new storage. See the “how to” at The DIY Club.

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Looking for a few guest bloggers for the end of next week. Interested? You’re invited to ‘show off’! Shoot me an email for more details at thediyshowoff@gmail.com or submit a project for feature. I welcome and appreciate your help and look forward to introducing you to fellow DIY Show Off readers and friends.
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Styrofoam Convex Mirror Tutorial

I got crafty at the DIY Club recently. Loving most things Pottery Barn, these PB Found Parat Mirrors were on my birthday wish list but that day came and went and besides…

parat mirrors

they aren’t convex mirrors and the price tag of $79/each isn’t something I’d really want to spend. Lamps Plus has this LARGE convex beauty for $104. Definitely not in my budget.

convex wall mirror

I’ve always wanted to do something with convex mirrors so I decided to create a DIY version.

Materials:

  • Styrofoam 12″ wreath forms (I used 3)
  • DecoArt MagiKote
  • Dark brown spray paint
  • DecoArt Americana paints (Ebony and Traditional Burnt Umber)
  • Hot glue
  • 8 1/2″ Convex mirror (x3) affiliate link:

Tutorial:

1. Using a foam brush, coat the top and sides of Styrofoam wreath form and let dry.

The DecoArt MagiKote seals the Styrofoam, creating a paintable surface.

Without on the left, MagiKote on the right…

2. Give each Styrofoam wreath form 2 coats of spray paint (dry between coats).

3. Remove brackets from back of convex mirrors.

4. Attach convex mirrors to center of wreath with hot glue. I used hot glue on the back of each mirror. Once in applied to the Styrofoam in the center, I used hot glue around the perimeter of each mirror too.

5. Touch up with Americana paints.

6. Let dry and hang using Command velcro strips.

What do you think?  {besides the fact that the top one is a little off?!} It’s okay. They’ve since been moved and are now aligned.

I love them as they were but I can never leave well enough alone so I’ve done a little embellishing using beaded garland (attached with hot glue)…

beaded detail on DIY convex mirror

My convex mirrors are hanging using Command Velco Strips.

DIY convex mirror

These will go in our master bedroom makeover but for now I’m liking them here, in the family room

DIY convex mirror tutorial

…until next week when you’re likely to see them moved again. It’s a sickness. I just love rearranging. You know you do that too right? . . .

They’d look fab horizontally displayed too!

DIY convex mirror project

Like this project? I’d love for you to share! 

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Bedroom Makeover Design Board

The master bedroom is on the DIY to-do list this year. I’m starting to put together some ideas and this is the first draft. However, if you know me, you know this will change. Still, just for fun, here is what I’ve come up with. A lot of items are things we already own that I’m trying to work into the design.

farmhouse bedroom design board

The details:

  1. DIY Styrofoam/Convex Mirrors – using DecoArt MagiKote, Americana craft paints and Styrofoam wreath forms and PARTSMART SMR729193 8-1/2″ Offset Mount Convex Mirror
  2. Rubbed Bronze Ceiling Fan (a Mr. DIY must) – Overstock
  3. Vintage Inspired Industrial Large Number Signs (our anniversary date) – Antique Farmhouse
  4. Distressed European Wall Clock – Wisteria
  5. Sage Chinese Pots & Vases – Wisteria
  6. Burlap Crewel Damask Draperies – Ballard Designs
  7. Beach Postcard Lumbar Pillow Cover – Pottery Barn
  8. Beach Postcard Lumbar Pillow Cover – Pottery Barn
  9. Benjamin Moore –  Morning Dew
  10. Black Bowfront Chest – Wisteria
  11. Handwoven Rustic Rug – Wisteria
  12. Vintage Ticking Stripe Duvet Cover – Pottery Barn
  13. Old vintage steamer trunk

Other things in the room:

  • Hardwood floors
  • Two mismatched windows – a challenge!
  • King sized sleigh bed
  • Old dressers
  • Built-in dresser with hutch/shelving

And of course the design board is only a wishlist/dream since some of the items are not in my budget so imagine a DIY spin on some of those numbered items. We’ll use dressers we already have. Curtain panels will be stenciled drop cloths, a DIY knock off on the accent pillows. Vases/planters will be thrift store finds + spray paint. #13 – I already have those trunks but hope to do something fun with it. And #1, the Styrofoam Convex mirrors are a DIY project. I’m sharing the tutorial today at the DIY Club.

DIY convex mirrors

Do you take the time to ‘dream’ up a mood board for your room makeovers? It’s a great way to see how things coordinate and come together. Sometimes catalogs/a little internet window shopping is a great source of DIY inspiration.

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DIY Trash to Treasure Home Sweet Home Chalkboard Message Center

Just a quick note today. I’m sharing a trash to treasure “Home Sweet Home” chalkboard message center that I actually made a few months ago (I’m a little behind) over at the DIY Club today.

Before: this tray or calender holder or whatever it is from the thrift store…

thrift store tray

After: becomes a sweet housewarming gift with a new life as chalkboard message center…

tray to chalkboard tutorial

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3D “L-O-V-E” Letters – Styrofoam Wall Art tutorial

Still looking for an inexpensive spring decorative craft idea? This project is super easy and inexpensive and a beautiful large statement any wall any time, but perfect for seasonal (SPRING!).

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Canvas Table Runner Tutorial

Dinner Time {canvas table runner}

canvas table runner

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DIY Project Parade – Peacock Feather Triptych Canvases

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I recently shared a tutorial for peacock feather triptych canvas art at the DIY Club and wanted to share with you here too.

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Spring Mantel & 3D Love Letters wall art

I love spring and we have been having some ah-mazing nearly summer-like weather with lots of sunshine and warmer-than-usual temps. Nothing lifts my spirits more than open windows, fresh air and no snow. It’s motivation to do-it-yourself (that’s a verb, right?) something pretty, colorful and fun. A spring mantel:

DIY spring mantel

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DIY Peacock Feather Triptych

My daughter, Ali, recently scored three canvases at the thrift store for about .79/each. Then, after seeing a peacock triptych here, we decided to try our own peacock feather silhouette using the colors for her planned dining room.

dining room color palette

fabric swatch, Hawthorone threads

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DIY Project Parade and Time for Dinner – clock themed accents.

canvas burlap banner tutorial

I love banners and enjoy seeing them all over blogland but couldn’t decide what I wanted mine to look like. I knew I wanted it to be “every day” and not seasonal or special occasion. I finally decided on a Love, Eat, Pray theme.

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14 Days of Love…Blue Valentine {ribbon wreath tutorial}

I don’t normally really decorate for Valentine’s Day but when Ashley from Cherished Bliss asked if I wanted to join 14 Days of Love, I just couldn’t resist! Visit the link below to follow all 14 days of fabulous Valentine projects…she did a fantastic job organizing this fun blog event! {Thanks, Ashley!}

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You can see my “14” tutorial and X’s and O’s how-to over at the DIY Club today where I used some Deco Art Americana acrylic craft paint, Stencils and Glamour Dust.  

Ribbon Wreath Tutorial  

Pin It {key to my heart wreath}

I used:

  • Styrofoam heart
  • 2 spools of organza ribbon {you can choose different types/all one type – up to you!}
  • 2 spools of glittery wired ribbon
  • 1 spool of toile
  • Deco Art Americana craft paint (Desert Turquoise)
  • Embellishments (I used a decorative key)
  • hot glue
  • paper clip
1.  Since I’m doing a non traditional Valentine turquoise, I painted my wreath form {Desert Turquoise by Deco Art). The wreath will show through in a few spots as a finished project, this camouflages the white foam form. Let. dry.
2. I cut ribbon into approx. 12″ pieces and cut the toile into approx. 8″ pieces.
{Tip: fold ribbon in half lengthwise, snip ends at an angle to create an inverted “v” on the ends.}
3. I alternated organza, wired ribbon and toile, tying it around the wreath form, experimenting with different ways of tying (regular knot, looping around, adding 2-3 pieces of ribbon at a time) but I kept a consistent pattern.
4. I attached a paper clip to the back/top/center for use as a ‘hanger’ with hot glue.
5. Trim ribbon as needed and ‘fluff’.
6. Embellish as desired. I added a decorative key.
Ta-da! Key to my heart {ribbon} wreath.
The thing about this wreath is I can leave it up a little longer since it shares my March birthstone color. :)

What do you think? {yes, that’s my fancy/schmancy DIY photo backdrop…but for all you know, it could be a wall in my home, right? These accessories are really displayed on my mantel in real life.} Want more Valentine inspiration?  Visit the creative blog friends shown on the button for more fun ideas!

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See Aimee’s SUPER cute MR.&MRS. {in the bedroom – G rated, I promise} at It’s Overflowing shared yesterday and tomorrow ~ check out the sweets at See Kate Sew then get ready for an awesome HUGE giveaway at My Cherished Bliss on February 7th!

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DIY Project Parade and a Canvas and Burlap Banner tutorial

I’ve been working hard on a project this past week in hopes of sharing it today. However, it’s not quite yet done so stay tuned {hopefully} Monday to see my guest room double as my dressing room along with a fun giveaway!  {EDIT: Dressing Room/Closet Organization post here:} If I survive, that is.  I must be using muscles I don’t normally use to drill into the studs and to screw into to studs and I am out of shape sore!

So, today I’m sharing the banner I made a few weeks ago and posted at the DIY Club. A banner for our dining room mantel – Time to pray, eat & love…

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DIY Project Parade ~ Dining Room, Faux Fireplace Fix and Banner

It’s been a busy week but I managed something small. We found this old fireplace mantel/surround in the barn when we moved in. I love that it’s original to the house and new I wanted to add it to a wall in our dining room.  I love the flexibility of moving things around, so I boxed it in so it is ‘freestanding’ and not attached permanently to the wall.

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