Mismatched Baskets to Matching Spring Collection

Have a bunch of mismatched baskets sitting around? Why not gather them up and create a matching collection just in time for spring organizing or Easter decorating? 

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Materials:

  • baskets (thrift stores or your own stash)
  • spray paint
  • FrogTape® Delicate Surface

I first cleaned up my baskets since they were a bit dusty. Then sprayed each basket with a different color of spray paint around the middle/outside and let dry. 

DIY painted basket collection

After 24 hours, I used FrogTape® Delicate Surface to create (and protect) a stripe around each basket. 

DIY painted basket collection with FrogTape

Use a thumbnail or credit card to activate the patented PaintBlock® Technology, giving the edges of the tape a good seal the best you can with the woven basket texture. 

Next I sprayed each basket inside and out with white spray paint. 

You can remove the tape while paint is wet but I forgot and removed it about four days later without any problem.

removing FrogTape

Now instead of 3 junky baskets, I have a set of 3 cute matching baskets all ready for the Easter Bunny…

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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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Pantry Lighting Details

Some of you were wanting more details on the lighting when I shared the pantry reveal. The lighting in the open pantry area was a challenge. 1. There was no overhead/ceiling light to begin with. 2. Walls and ceiling are plaster. 3. Outlet was old and controlled by a switch on the wall. 

farmhouse pantry

Electrical work for the lighting was not DIY. My husband has installed recessed lighting in the kitchen but he was able to run electrical from the previously installed ceiling light, so it wasn’t quite so challenging. For the pantry area, no previous lighting meant pulling the wires from the wall to the ceiling. He started with drilling holes in the plaster wall and ceiling but the wood beam where wall meets ceiling had us realizing this job was ‘over our heads’ and not just literally. It was at this point that we decided to hire an electrician.

outlets

Then after some thought and to keep labor costs down, I let the electrician know that I wanted the wiring to run on the outside of the wall. He changed the old outlet near the floor (the old type that meant I needed an adapter anytime my plug had three prongs), added another outlet a little higher up to accommodate the microwave sitting on the pantry shelf (so I wouldn’t have to drill holes into the wood shelves for the cord to reach down to the lower outlet) and ran the lighting wiring up the wall, to the ceiling with a 90 degree turn to place the lighting. He also made the switch work for the lighting only, disconnecting the switch from the outlets. In hind site, I think this was something we could have done, but when in doubt, seek professional advice! 

connecting light fixtures

pantry lighting

Cord covers for the wiring from outlets, along the outside of the plaster wall, along the ceiling and connecting each individual light fixture.

I centered the lighting from the front edge of the shelving to the other wall and since I chose pendant lights, I made sure they were out of the way of an opening door. 

Then with the help of FrogTape® Multi-surface, I painted the track oil rubbed bronze. cord cover

I simply taped off either side of the conduit track along the wall and ceiling with my FrogTape and used my thumbnail to activate the PaintBlock® Technology. Then just painted the track. The oil rubbed bronze paint is sticky since it’s oil based so drying time is longer but still worth the work. It took two coats. 

oil rubbed bronze paint

As soon as I finished applying the second coat, I removed the FrogTape. Nice and clean! Note: paint will take a long time to cure!

removing FrogTape

Painting the conduit the same color as the walls and ceiling would help disguise it more but I think the oil rubbed bronze against the white ceiling adds to the industrial charm, don’t you? Especially with the pipe shelving.

RustOleum Oil Rubbed Bronze

I love it!

industrial pantry lights with wall track

Project Supplies:

farmhouse industrial pantry lighting

 We also added a dimmer…

farmhouse pantry

 

{open pantry reveal}

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Easy Painted Patterned Accent Wall DIY

Earlier, I shared the pantry reveal and I’ve had a few questions related to one of the walls as to whether or not I used wallpaper.

easy painted accent wall

While I do love the look of wallpaper, I’ve had enough wallpaper removal to last me a lifetime so the answer is ‘no’. It’s paint! If you’re a long time DIY Show Off fan, you know that I am a big fan of using FrogTape® to create fun accent walls (see here, here, here, here) and with the addition of the Shape Tape, there are even more options for a creating a fun accent wall. I’d prefer to lightly sand and repaint than strip wallpaper in the future, wouldn’t you? painted Shape Tape accent wall

My wall is small. I used FrogTape and chevron Shape Tape to create a fun accent pattern with a tribal/Aztec feel. My lines were mostly “eyeballed”… but use a level and pencil if you’re more of a perfectionist.  FrogTape Shape Tape

I started at the bottom of my wall space and created straight lines with the Multi-Surface FrogTape and lined it up with the chevron Shape Tape to create stripes, zig zags and diamonds…no real planning out a pattern…I just got creative working my way about 1/3 of the wall (again, no measuring). FrogTape Shape Tape accent wall Shape Tape Accent Wall

Then worked my way down from the ceiling to about 1/3 of the wall space copying the same pattern I used at the bottom of the wall.

FrogTape Shape Tape application

Next I found the center of the wall and spaced out a similar pattern there to meet the bottom and top design. Since it’s the center, I didn’t feel it had to be a perfect match with the top and bottom pattern. I was right! It only adds to the uniqueness of the design. Here’s how it looked with the taping complete: FrogTape chevron Shape Tape accent wall

I actually painted the walls with my base color last April. It’s Valspar (Cool Grey). I didn’t want a loud bold design, so I used some leftover True Value Platinum (Old Fashioneda light blue/gray) from our kitchen walls as the accent color. 

Once my tape design was complete, I used a credit card to burnish the edges of the tape as I worked by rubbing the tape edge then painting the section. I only did one coat (again, I wasn’t looking for bold results and wanted the irregularity of one coat). This wall is bumpy in places so just doing a light colored pattern helps to take focus off of the wall’s imperfections.   FrogTape tutorial

As soon as I was finished painting, while the paint was still wet, I removed the tape. removing FrogTape

So within a 1-2 hour time frame, my wall had an awesome new ‘wallpapered’ look with a subtle design! Painted Pantry Accent Wall  

painted Shape Tape accent wall

I was going for a tribal or Scandinavian vibe. From a distance, it reminds me of writing paper. Remember it from grade school?

farmhouse pantry 

What I love about this: Cost for 1 roll of FrogTape and 1 roll of chevron Shape Tape is less than a roll of wallpaper! Use leftover paint!  It’s also less time consuming and less work – all for the same look as wallpaper without the headache to install or remove plus the option to personalize colors and design. 

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Ornament Frames

Ever want to draw attention to a special ornament on your Christmas tree? Why not frame it? Christmas ornament frame

I used FrogTape® and acrylic craft paint to give mine a fun ombrè look for my ombrè Christmas tree. Here’s how: ombre ornament frame supplies

Tape off the middle section of a frame using FrogTape. I pressed down on the edges of the tape with my thumbnail in order to get a crisp clean line.  ornament frame tutorial

Then I painted the top and bottom sections using my lightest paint color on top and the darkest on the bottom.

While the paint was still wet, I removed the FrogTape and let the paint dry. ombre ornament frame tutorial striped ombre ornament frame tutorial

Then I taped off the middle section and followed the same steps. painted ombre ornament frame tutorial Christmas ornament frame tutorial

The frames serve as custom color coordinating ornaments themselves but they also draw the eye to the “framed” ornament. Christmas ornament picture frame  Do you have a favorite or meaningful Christmas ornament? eclectic colorful Christmas

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Bumble tree submitted by Courtney for the Christmas Tree Contest

Bumble

DIY Holiday Home Decor: Mirror Makeover

Give an existing mirror a new look for the holidays with a simple makeover and a frosted technique is perfect! The look without the shivers and frozen toes.

DIYShowOff frosted mirror tutorial

Materials:

  • Framed mirror
  • FrogTape®
  • Frosted Glass Spray Paint
  • Vinyl Decal

What I did: (pardon for the poor quality tutorial photos – this was something I worked on in the evening for a party the next day!)

Using FrogTape, I taped off the beveled edge of the mirror. I also liked the mirror’s metallic frame so I taped that off too. Using my thumbnail, I burnished the edge of the tape so that I’d have a crisp clean spray paint line.

FrogTape mirror

Apply a vinyl decal. I used a deer head I created using my Silhouette Cameo. You can use stickers or create your own decal from adhesive vinyl. If you’re artistic, try lining up strips of FrogTape, sketching your own design to cut out and apply to the mirror. 

mirror makeover

Spray one coat for a light frosted finish, more for a more solid frosting. I went with one light coat.

DIY frosted deer mirror tutorial

Remove FrogTape and decals.

Frosted Mirror Tutorial

Let the frost dry then display! Perfect for a winter wonderland themed mantel, don’t you think?

Frosted Mirror Christmas Mantel

I can use it from fall, Thanksgiving, winter and Christmas or even display it all year long. Wouldn’t a monogram be lovely?

rustic glitter Christmas decor

Do you spy the wooden chevron {ShapeTape} table runner? See how to make that here.

I shared a summary of my holiday home tour this week too – you’re invited to stop by!

See more of my Christmas dining room in photos today at 11 Magnolia Lane

11 Magnolia Lane open house  

and don’t forget to check out the blogger holiday home tours at

Deck the Halls Party

 

Eddy’s Christmas Tree for the Christmas Tree Contest

Eddy's Christmas Tree

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Lighted PVC Candy Canes DIY Christmas Home Decor

These PVC lighted candy canes are a fun Christmas home decor idea and pretty way to greet guests at the front door. Welcome, friends! 

Lighted PVC Candy Canes Tutorial DIYShowOff

{a big thanks to mom for letting me decorate her front door}

{Christmas wreath and snowman welcome mat also found at Lowe’s}

Materials for a set of two:

  • Two 2″or 3″ (that’s how they’re specifically labeled) PVC drain with 5 SS strain
  • Two 2″ PVC P-trap with union 
  • Two 2″ x 2″ PVC solid pipe in 2 ft section (stock)
  • Two 2″ x 22.5D street elbow
  • sanding block/sand paper
  • FrogTape®
  • Valspar Primer for Plastic
  • Valspar Outdoor White spray paint
  • Valspar Red spray paint
  • Two strings of 35 white Christmas lights
  • Rocks/gravel for weighting the bottom
  • Two bows 

Tutorial: Attach pieces to create a candy cane shape in this order: drain on bottom, 2 ft. PVC pipe, P-trap, elbow.  sanding PVC pipe - lighted candy cane tutorial

Lightly sand and wipe clean each piece of PVC. sanding PVC pipe - lighted candy cane tutorial Spray each assembled PVC candy cane with primer and let dry.  candy cane tutorial - priming PVC Give each candy cane two coats of white spray paint. Allow to dry between each coat.  candy cane tutorial - spraying painting PVC Remove the bottom pieces (the drain/stand). Wrap FrogTape around each candy cane to create a twisted/striped pattern. It gets tricky around the bends but just do your best. Mine are imperfect but it doesn’t take away from the final result. Imperfection adds character, right?  Using your thumbnail or a credit/gift card, burnish the edge of the tape. Rub the edges to ensure paint doesn’t seep under.  Give the candy canes two coats of red spray paint. PVC candy cane tutorial - spray painting Carefully remove the FrogTape before the second coat of spray paint dries.  FrogTape lighted PVC candy canes Allow spray paint to fully dry.  Drill holes where desired along the candy cane. I drilled mine randomly in the white sections. Remove the plastic/PVC shavings. (Note: Great gift idea for a DIY lover! The Rockwell Jawhorse is awesome for DIY projects…it held my PVC in place perfectly while I drilled!) lighted PVC candy cane tutorial - drilling PVC Remove the bottom drain/stand.  Keep the plug on the outside and push the entire string of lights through a hole that’s been drilled near the bottom of the candy canes right above the drain area. Work the lights up through the candy cane. I used a thin yardstick to help. Lighted PVC Candy Cane Tutorial at diyshowoff.com Fill the bottom drain/stand with a handful of rocks for weight and reattach to the candy cane. PVC candy cane tutorial Attach bows, plug in and admire your work!  DIYShowOff PVC candy canes Lighted PVC Candy Canes tutorial So festive and welcoming! They’d look pretty indoors with a red and white theme too… christmas How to Make Lighted PVC Candy Canes christmas napkin See more fun DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app LCI winter *Disclaimer: I’m 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. Results may vary. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area and to take the proper safety precautions.  Psst. Don’t forget to stop by the Holiday Home Tour! 40 decorated blogger’s homes starting with Jennifer Rizzo.

  Deck the Halls Party

 

Amanda’s beautiful tree for the Christmas Tree Contest

Amanda's Christmas Tree

DIY Gold Dipped Furniture Legs

Add a little more interest (and color) to every day pieces of ‘forgotten’ furniture to spice things up a bit.

side table makeover before

This round side table is so pretty and the long criss-crossed legs are the perfect length to add a dipped look. I was really tempted to do hot pink or bright turquoise but chose gold since I like to swap out color in decorative accents so often. 

Remove each furniture leg and the small leveling/floor protector from each leg.

paint dipped furniture makeover

Decide how much of the legs you wish to be painted and mark each leg.

paint dipped furniture tutorial

Create a clean line using FrogTape®. Rub the edge of the tape with your thumbnail. Tape off all areas not to be painted.

FrogTape paint dipped furniture legs

Then spray paint. I gave each leg one coat of paint + primer. 

spray painting furniture

Before last coat of paint dries, remove FrogTape. 

DIY side table makeover

Then I reassembled the side table.

DIY side table with gold dipped legs look makeover

Love it’s new look…nice legs!

family room makeover

{see the entire family room makeover here}

Do you have a piece of furniture that could use a little DIY love?

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Colleen’s beautiful tree for the Christmas Tree Contest

Colleen's Christmas Tree

Transforming Home Decor

Who doesn’t love the power of paint? Need a quick change in your existing decor? Pick out a decorative accent and give it a coat of spray paint for a fresh new look. 

This deer head was pretty and shiny in silver but I wanted a more custom look: oil rubbed bronze with gold antlers to be exact.

wall mount faux deer head

Using FrogTape®, I taped off the deer’s head then gave the antlers a quick coat of gold spray paint.

spray painting home decor

I removed the FrogTape and did two coats of oil rubbed bronze on the deer head without taping…so it could fade up into the gold.

family room makeover

Much better for the space above my greenhouse frame turned desk.  workspace

See the entire family room makeover here

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Kerry’s beautiful tree for the Christmas Tree Party & Contest

Kerry's Christmas Tree

Personalized Trick or Treat Bags

Trick or Treat is coming up at the end of the month. I sure do miss having little ones at home. We don’t even get trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood but I do have two nieces and one nephew, all under the age of 5. With help from FrogTape® and Happy Crafters, I whipped up a little Halloween surprise for them. They’re going to love these personalized trick or treat bags!

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Materials: DIY personalized trick or treat bags

  • canvas/linen tote bags
  • fabric paints
  • FrogTape® Shape Tape (I used all 3 patterns: chevron, wave and scallop)
  • stencils (I created my own stencils using glossy black vinyl and transfer paper from Happy Crafters)

Tutorial: (please pardon the poor lighting…it’s raining today)

Part 1 – Shape Tape

Iron the tote bags to remove wrinkles.

Insert cardboard into the tote bag (to block bleed-through to the other side).

Cut a piece of FrogTape Shape tape a little wider than the bag. Decide placement. Remove half of the strip of wax paper backing from the Shape Tape. Position and press into place. Remove the other half of the wax paper backing and smooth into place. I found that securing the edges of the tape to the table underneath on the sides, kept my tote bag from sliding around, holding it in place for painting.

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Repeat step 3 to create a ‘stencil’ border/line for the design. 

Using a credit card, I rubbed the Shape Tape to make sure it was nice and secure, sticking to the canvas…check closely to be sure the Shape Tape is complete adhered to the canvas. 

Paint! Be careful not to lift the Shape Tape with brush strokes. It helps to move the paint brush from ‘on the tape’ moving to the fabric rather than starting on fabric and pushing paint to the tapeline. 

Remove Shape tape. Nice crisp lines!!! Let the paint dry.  DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Part 2 – vinyl stencils

Using my Silhouette designer studio software, I created name stencils as well as purchased a few Halloween shapes from the Silhouette American online store. Then sent it to cut to create vinyl stencils.  DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Peel away lettering and design to create a stencil. Using transfer paper, position vinyl stencil on tote, rub with a credit card and remove transfer paper – leaving the vinyl stencil in place on the canvas.  DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Paint and remove vinyl. Allow paint to dry 4 hours. 

DIY trick-or-treat bags

*Using a black Sharpie, I traced around the ghost where his white body met with the white chevron. 

DIY trick-or-treat bags

Aren’t they darling? Years of use! Machine washable (inside out) after 72 hours. Cute.Cute.Cute! DIY personalized trick or treat bags

 

Now I have three little trick-or-treaters! Treators? What’s your favorite kind of Halloween candy?

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Fall Chevron DIY

Earlier this week, I shared my fall home tour. Did you happen to see the DIY chevron “Fall in Love” plaque on the mantel in my family room?

colorful fall mantel

Tutorial:

DIY Fall chevron Art

Materials:

  • Scrap wood
  • FrogTape® Chevron Shape Tape
  • Paint (I used glossy Krylon cherry red spray paint, turquoise DecoArt Americana Desert Turquoise acrylic craft paint and a gold spray paint)
  • Fall stencil (I created/cut a fall vinyl stencil using my Silhouette. Leaf damask design from Silhouette America online store.)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Wood Stain 

Here’s what I did:

1. I sanded the edges of my scrap wood (left over from a shelf DIY).

2. I spray painted my wood plaque red and let dry for about an hour. 

DIY Fall Art

3. Starting at the top of my plaque, I applied the FrogTape® Chevron Shape Tape. Cut to size, remove half of the wax paper backing, place Shape Tape, remove other half of the wax paper backing and smooth into place. 

DIY Fall Art

4. and just kept adding rows by placing the zig zag design exactly as my first piece and just eye-balling the distance. To get a chevron pattern, line up the zig zag.

5. Using my thumbnail, I made sure the edges of the Shape Tape were secure. 

6. Then painted my chevron using turquoise craft paint. I did three coats to completely cover the red paint underneath. 

DIY Fall Art

Tip: Elevate the wood using the tape container to paint sides.

DIY Fall Art

7. I peeled away the Shape Tape after the third coat of craft paint while the paint was still wet and let it dry. 

DIY Fall Art

8. Once dry, I sanded the the entire plaque for a bit of distressing.

DIY Fall chevron Art

9. Then brushed on the wood stain, let it sit for a few minutes then wiped it off for an aged look.

DIY Fall chevron Art

10. Once everything was dry, I applied my vinyl stencil and taped the edges of my wood plaque with FrogTape® Multi-surface.

11. Then spray painted the design using gold spray paint. 

12. Remove tape and vinyl stencil.

DIY Fall chevron Art

It perfectly coordinates with my red/aqua fall mantel display…

DIY Fall chevron Art

red gold turquoise fall mantel  

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Decorating a Lamp Shade with Vinyl

Lamp Makeover

Plain white lamp shades are the perfect clean slate for adding a little DIY color and pattern to a room. I used vinyl on the inside of my shade to make it a little more special. When the lamp is turned off, the design is subtle, almost invisible but when the lamp is turned on, there’s a sweet little reminder to “shine bright”.

vinyl lampshade tutorial

Materials I used:

lamp shade and vinyl

  • old lamp
  • FrogTape® Multi-surface
  • spray paint (Valspar Indigo)
  • Ikea Jonsbo lamp shade
  • Glossy adhesive vinyl (turquoise) from Happy Crafters
  • optional: elastic gemstone bracelet

Tools: Silhouette Cameo

How I did it:

After taping off the light socket and cord using FrogTape®, I spray painted my old lamp a pretty navy and let it dry. Then simply removed the FrogTape to reveal a nice clean cord and nice clean switch and socket. 

spray painting lamp

For the vinyl wording: I created my lettering in the Silhouette Design Studio. Be sure to right click the text when finished and “flip horizontally” so it shows backwards. IMPORTANT: MIRROR IMAGE the TEXT!

mirror image text

I also used a flower garland shape for my design in addition to “shine bright”. 

vinyl flower design

I sent both to my Silhouette Cameo to “cut” once I adjusted my settings for vinyl. If you don’t have a vinyl cutter, you could also use vinyl decals if the design looks the same backwards (remember: text must be flipped horizontal/mirror image for this project).

Silhouette Cameo tutorial

I then removed all of the unnecessary vinyl from my designs by weeding away the vinyl that isn’t a part of the design…

vinyl lettering and design

and added the transfer paper. 

Happy Crafters vinyl

I removed the waxpaper backing and placed my designs on the inside of the lamp shade. I used a credit card to rub down the design for transferring. Then I removed the transfer paper. 

applying vinyl to lampshade

Note: I found cutting and adding my flower design in sections of two to be the best way with the rounded/tapered lamp shade. Keep vinyl pieces individual/smaller sized to go around the curved lampshade to prevent wrinkling when applying. 

applying vinyl to plastic lamp shade

I added the turquoise bracelet for a little additional bling. 

accessorizing lamp

Here’s a shot of the inside and outside. I do love how the turquoise vinyl lettering on the inside shows navy-ish on the outside. I couldn’t have planned that better if I tried!

inside outside of lampshade

It’s perfect on a side table in our family room for a little extra reading light…

lamp makeover

lamp makeover

Lamp off… 

lamp makeover

 Lamp on…

lampshade makeover

 

NEAT! Love it! I also thought “Note to self: Relax.”, a monogram or a damask pattern would have been pretty. What would your lamp shade say?

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Happy Crafters supplied the vinyl for this sponsored blog post.

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Easy DIY Projects – The Power of Paint

The Power of Paint: Paint and FrogTape (used in each project shown below) are my #1 DIY go-to materials. 

Walls

Walls
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A fresh coat of paint on the walls will clean up and brighten a room instantly and can even inspire a complete room makeover. Be brave and try a fun stencil or different colored accent wall Chevron Accent Wall

 

When it comes to transforming our house into a home we truly love that reflects our lifestyle and personality, “do-it-yourself” projects are a great budget friendly option. Not only can the result be a gorgeous home, but each DIY accomplishment can be empowering.

Our favorite saying around here is ‘imperfection adds character’ but really, I love that DIY projects are rewarding and motivating for creating a comfortable home for my family. There are no rules. YOU can make our home the way you want it to be. Paint has played a huge part in making over our home. 

So there you have it…paint is my #1 favorite DIY material. What’s yours?
 

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DIY Serving Tray Makeover

DIY Serving Tray Makeover:

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I found this old serving tray hanging on a nail in our basement stairwell. We’ve been in this house quite a while and I’ve never noticed it. lol! In my defense, I’m talking about the dark creepy stairwell to the 80+ year old scary basement (I prefer to use the newer stairwell).

before: scratched up

serving tray before makeover

It was the perfect project to try out the new chevron pattern Shape Tape from FrogTape which also comes in a wave and scallop pattern. FrogTape sharp paint lines and fun patterns…gotta love that!

Both sides of the try got a good spray of paint + primer in gold. I let it cure/dry for a few days.

spray paint tray

To get a perfect chevron zig zag, you’ll need to cut identical pieces (not just cut off continuous pieces from the roll of Shape Tape). 

FrogTape chevron Shape Tape

Then peel away one side of the backing…

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smooth into place…

FrogTape chevron Shape Tape

and remove the other side of the backing and smoothing the adhesive into place. 

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Be sure that all tape edges are secure…

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I taped up the handles so they’d remain protected/gold too…

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then sprayed a top coat of “ocean breeze” by Krylon and removed the tape once the spray paint dried for a couple of hours. Nice crisp paint lines! 

removing Shape Tape

Ta-da! Love it. Although Bri thinks it’s a pretty tray with “bacon” decals. Hey, I love bacon so all is well! ;) 

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Now it’s a serving tray that coordinates with our guest room

guest room

Serving trays are so fun to makeover.  I still use the one I did a few months ago all.the.time. Trays make great photo props.

DIY herringbone serving tray

Frogtape serving tray

Great for not only serving, but more often – displaying vignettes on a coffee table or side table. 

bedside tray vignette

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Kids’ Plastic Picnic Table Makeover

As you know, we entertain a lot in the summer, hosting quite a few family picnics. Guests include my 3-year-old nephew and 2 and 4-year-old nieces. It was decided that I needed a kid’s table and mom scored a Little Tykes picnic table at a yard sale for me for $15. Hurray for yard sale season (and moms)!

How to paint a child's plastic picnic table  

But when you don’t have a yard full of fun brightly colored kids’ toys; the red, blue and yellow looks out of place, not to mention it was faded and a little worse-for-wear. 

kids picnic table before

I decided a little makeover was in order. 

Materials:

  • Spray primer (2 cans)
  • Spray paint (2 cans for all over) I used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.
  • Another can for decorative purposes (optional)
  • Spray clear coat
  • FrogTape
  • Vinyl decals (I made my own using supplies from Happy Crafters)

Tutorial:

First, I lightly sanded the picnic table with a fine grit sandpaper and gave it a good spraying with the pressure washer. (Thanks, Steve!)

washing picnic table

This also comes apart some how, but I couldn’t figure it out so I didn’t bother. Apply a coat of primer: 

DIY plastic picnic table transformation

Then spray paint:

painting plastic picnic table tutorial

I let it dry and ‘cure’ for a few days. 

Using my FrogTape, I created a rectangle (table runner) outline on the table part of the picnic table and taped off the rest of the table top. 

child's picnic table makeover

Using my Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Design Studio software, I created and cut out the letters for a dinner time prayer.

Silhouette Studio designer software

Happy Crafters

I applied the sticker type vinyl letters to the center of my rectangle and made sure FrogTape and vinyl letters were pressed down securely.

kids picnic table makeover

Then gave it a coat of spray paint in Rustoleum’s Lagoon. (I used a large piece of cardboard to shield the benches.)

painting plastic picnic table

I peeled away the FrogTape and decals while the paint was still wet. I still have blue fingernails to prove it. 

picnic table makeover

I let that dry for a few days (in my vehicle mostly since it’s been raining off and on so much)…which is why I had no choice but to be patient as well! Then I used my FrogTape again to create a border around my “place mat” and filled it in with DecoArt’s Patio Paint. Then peeled away my FrogTape and again…let it dry for a few days.

painting kids plastic picnic table

I had to touch up the paint here and there. Then sealed it with a spray clear coat (satin finish) and let that dry.

clear coat

Much better! And a sweet little reminder for the little ones to pray before digging in. 

childs picnic table makeover after

 

We tested it out over the fourth of July. Now it fits in with our patio…

plastic picnic table makeover

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 *Vinyl provided by Happy Crafters.

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(thin) DIY wall art

We have a sliding door in our dining room…

eclectic dining room

It slides to the right to open. Which means, I can’t hang most things like framed art or a clock or mirror in that space if I want to slide the door open. Shown above…I can’t push that door any further than the mirror, otherwise, the door will knock it right off of the wall.

Earlier this week I shared a DIY foamboard project that I used as a fun gallery wall template/background…

foamboard wall art tutorial

Which made me think…foam board is lightweight AND thin and would work great in our dining room. Perfect wall art material fitting behind a sliding door.

This is how I also know that painting foam board isn’t such a great idea. It warps and bows but I’m still loving my project.

Using FrogTape, I taped off alternating stripes, making sure to press down the edges securely to activate the PaintBlock Technology (to keep the paint from seeping under the tape). 

FrogTape Wall Art

Then painted my stripes. (I think using a Sharpie or decorative tape would be a better option.)

DIY foam board art

I then removed my FrogTape. It did remove the paper backing in places which is what gives my finished project an aged, distressed look. Even though it didn’t go according to plan, I didn’t give up. 

Using my Silhouette Cameo, I created vinyl decals (flatware silhouettes and the letters “D I N E”). Vinyl and transfer paper provided by Happy Crafters

applying vinyl decals

Then I used a glaze to ‘stain’ the bright white stripes and the areas where the paper pulled off with the FrogTape. 

diy foam board art

So where the paper pulled away gives it a distressed look:

distressed dine sign

My foamboard is bowed so I did try adding weight for a while with books. Fail. It didn’t help. But I hung it up anyway using command strips. Even with the warping, it’s still a great fit behind the sliding door…

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With the sliding door open…

dining room sliding door wall art

Not bad, right? Lesson learned: don’t paint foam board but I do love that it’s lightweight and thin so I’ll definitely be creating another DIY foam board project for this space. Perfect behind my sliding door. 

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Cheap and Easy DIY Temporary Accent Wall/Wall Art/Gallery Wall Template

I’ve been working on creating a “summer carnival mantel” for the “Fun in the Sun” Blog Hop. I wanted a background that was “NO COMMITMENT” and decided foamboard + FrogTape would do the trick. 

foamboard wall art  

Materials:

  • tri-fold {display} foam board
  • FrogTape

*I’m a member of the FrogTape blog squad and this is a sponsored post.

foamboard wall art tutorial

Tutorial:

I simply alternated FrogTape stripes on each of the 3 sections of the tri-fold display foamboard…

foamboard  

foamboard FrogTape wall art

I wrapped the tape around the outer edges and used my thumbnail to secure the tape edge into the fold for a clean line into the inner creases. 

FrogTape Wall Art

All done! FrogTape green worked out to be a great accent color for my colorful and eclectic summer carnival theme (have you seen my multi-color curtains in the family room)?

family room

Best part? Totally re-usable for changing up decor! Try wrapping paper, fabric, vinyl decals…add interest, color, pattern, texture. Great for rentals. So many options! *Note: Paint is not a good option and will warp foamboard.

Hanging:

The thing I loved about using this as a background for my ‘fun house’ mirror wall was that with the foam board laid out on the floor, I arranged the mirrors and frames. Then marked where I wanted things to hang with a pencil.

tracing wall gallery

Since it’s super light weight, hang with Command Strips.

hanging foamboard  

It’s nice that the command strips allow for moving around to be sure the foamboard is level.

Ievel

 

foamboard wall art

Nail through the foam board for placement of mirrors, frames or art.

hanging gallery wall

Then display! Here’s a sneak peek of the ‘summer carnival’ mantel…

DIYShowOff summer carnival mantel

And when I’m ready to change things up like I usually do, I can cover the foam board for a completely different look.

foamboard wall art tutorial

Neat, right?

Why I love this project:

  • Easy.
  • Cheap.
  • Lightweight.
  • Great for gallery wall template.
  • No commitment.
  • So many customizable options.
  • Re-usable.

See the summer carnival themed mantel for more pictures. 

summer carnival mantel

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Decorative Baseboard Trim Tutorial

Family room DIY started with installing new baseboards (super easy tutorial) with bulky 1×5 boards…

DAP Dyna Flex baseboard caulking tutorial

and includes plans of beefing up the baseboards too. This project is sponsored by FrogTape. In an effort to “practice”, I choose to give it a trial run in our half bathroom.

powder room

The result: success!

trim and tile

Here’s what I did:

easy DIY decorative baseboard tutorial

Before, baseboards are a nice chunky size with shoe moulding.

baseboard before

I measured each width and cut my skinny decorative trim to size (yes, tricky mitered cuts…you may want to purchase extra trim. Thankfully this skinny decorative stuff is inexpensive).

I used the spacing of my level to hold the trim in place. For a bigger room, I’d pencil a level line for leveling up trim while nailing into place.

beefing up baseboard trim

Using my nail gun and level, I nailed the trim into place.

attaching baseboard decorative detail

Then caulked the cracks using DAP paintable caulking. Tips for caulking trim:

  • Use FrogTape on the wall right next to the trim for a clean line.
  • Dip finger in water and smooth caulk. Have paper towels on hand.
  • Remove FrogTape before caulk dries. Then let caulk completely dry before painting.

After the caulk was dry, I reapplied FrogTape to the wall and to the floor, pressing down where the FrogTape would meet the paint line to activate the Paint Block Technology (keeps paint from seeping under the tape).

decorative baseboard tutorial

Paint baseboard, wall and new trim. I used a primer + paint. And did two coats.

painted decorative baseboard

Remove FrogTape by pulling away from the trim while the second coat of paint is still wet.

FrogTape

All done…beautiful thick easy baseboards with architectural detail.

easy decorative baseboard tutorial

Before:

baseboard before

After: easy, cheap and gorgeous!

trim and tile

DIY decorative baseboard trim

Definitely happening in the family room next…well, unless I decide to do a board and batten. DIY decisions, decisions. :)

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Thrifty Gallery Wall and Room Accents

Angel’s room, part 2:  This post is sponsored by FrogTape. The other day I shared painting and stenciling faux-paneled walls. Loved the soft lilac color and subtle damask stenciling.

paneled damask walls

These pictures were taken last year at this time…I’m so behind! I apologize in advance for the poor quality. The reveal photos will be better!

painted paneled walls

This is my niece’s room. Angel loves all things art including drawing and painting and since I was working with a tight budget, I knew that thrift store picture frames for her to display her work on a gallery wall with room to grow would be the perfect way to decorate one of the walls in her room.

thrift store gallery wall

Picture frames were painted with a touch of Valspar’s sample paints in Raspberry Brown and uh…I don’t remember the other color but it looks like Raspberry Sherbet. I had Bri create some chevron patterns on the back board of the frames using FrogTape for a temporary pop of color until Angel arrived and unpacked her own art work and drawings.

FrogTape chevron

Even the light switch cover on the same wall got a painted stripe-y design using FrogTape and coordinating colors in order to blend in with the gallery collection.

light switch cover on gallery wall

I added a few thrift store prints, a spray painted owl plaque, plate and empty frames then laid it all out on the floor to get an idea of placement. I like placing the largest piece in the center and working my way out. And yea, that green carpet. Yikes! But sometimes you have to work around what can’t be changed, especially in a rental space. It’s a small room, so not much of it will be seen.

gallery wall display

When I was happy with the layout, I transferred it all to the wall. I love the collected look and can’t wait to see Angel’s artwork added to the mix. The gallery wall has room to grow on either side, top and bottom.

thrifty gallery wall

Sometimes you have to work around what can’t be changed. ::hello ugly green carpet:: It’s a small room, so not much of it will be seen, especially with a full sized bed going in the room. I was able to find a colorful rug runner with Angel’s favorite color purple, our additions of raspberry and a touch of green to run along side or at the bottom of Angel’s bed, so the carpet hopefully won’t feel so out of place…

multicolor rug runner

It helps!

gallery wall and area rug

Thrift store lamps were spray-painted a dark plum color…

painted lamp

and pretty coordinating accent pillows on clearance at JoAnns…

purple pillows

All done and just waiting for Angel to move in. She loved it, by the way! I’m still hoping to get over to get some room reveal pictures. One of these days. :)

thrifty gallery wall

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Painted Stenciled Paneled Walls

Angel’s Room: When my sister planned her move from Florida to PA last summer, I can’t tell you how happy we all were! We love having her ‘home’!  The budget for decorating their rental home was super tight. I wanted to surprise my teenage niece, Angel, with some pretty and fun accents in her bedroom. I know it’s not easy for a 16-year-old to move away from friends, but we are so excited to have our family local again. I wanted her to have a welcoming, pretty space of her own.

This blog post is sponsored by FrogTape. The walls are paneled (that old faux-paneling sheets) and since it’s a rental, we had no choice but to ignore the ugly green carpet.Thankfully it was clean, only in this one bedroom and in decent shape.

paneled walls before

Rental Tip: It never hurts to ask the landlord if cosmetic changes/home improvement materials can be reimbursed or if material receipts can count as cash towards the security deposit. I’m almost always given a green light. Free labor for the home owner and more personal choices for the renter.

With permission from the landlord to paint the paneled walls, I chose a Valspar Signature Paint + Primer. Color is “Lilac Mist”. Painting paneling is NOT fun. All of those grooves. Hard work! But it is worth the effort. The next day, I then used my damask Cutting Edge Stencil (held in place with a piece of FrogTape) and simply rolled on the stenciled design using leftover white paint.

damask stencil

The result is very subtle and so pretty…

lilac and white damask

I let the paint dry for a day before using FrogTape Delicate on the walls so I could paint the moulding around the room…

FrogTape Delicate

Pretty, isn’t it? Light, soft and subtle and much better! Even the landlord approved.

paneled damask walls

{reveal pictures will be better quality!}

Next up: some thrifty wall decor and room accents.

*This sponsored by FrogTape. FrogTape provided by Shurtech. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience.

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