Design Style: Urban Classic

I’m often stumped when asked my decorating style. I tend to just do what I love. Our family room is a mix of modern with vintage, new with old, an “urban classic” style but with a bit more fun with pops of color.

I’ve recently been working on redoing the family room which is a mix of repurposed, thrifted, DIY and new. Vintage modern. Urban classic. It’s still a work in progress (I know. I know…I just revealed the family room makeover not long ago but it wasn’t feeling ‘just right’ so I’m slowly changing it. Again.) I love decorating. I love thrifting. I love DIY. But sometimes adding something new is just as important for achieving the look I love. Sometimes that means saving for a big ticket item but most of the time I’m working on a tight budget.

One of the elements you can’t miss in my family room is the set of Sauder Barrister Lane bookcases on either side of the fireplace surround. New but classic spin on the plain cubby-style shelving. I love the color/finish and the addition of vintage-looking name plates.

Two Barrister Lane bookcases give this wall and fireplace surround a built-in (but moveable) look.

I love the vintage vibe of the bookcases paired with a modern pattern like in this accent rug and colorful glass lamps:

And they’re versatile. So when I get the urge to rearrange, they’ll work in several other rooms in my home too.

Get the Look: For a bit of casual sophistication, Urban Classic reflects a smart, easygoing lifestyle through timeless decorating. Somewhat eclectic, this style focuss on mixing classic and found items to hint at a well-traveled taste. Urban Classic is full of sophisticated yet relaxed home design ideas with a healthy mix of materials. Colors are earthy and rich, while materials show age to suggest a loving history of use.

  • Find inspiration. Check out magazines, decorating blogs, ideas via Pinterest or a Google search. Sometimes inspiration can be found in art, fashion, one object, fabric patterns, catalogs, etc.
  • Mix repurposed, thrifted, DIY with new and modern (Sauder has a broad range of beautiful furniture at affordable prices) to create a room that reflects your style.
  • Personalize. Take what you love about your inspiration and put your own spin on it, making it fit your lifestyle, your personality.

Perfect timing: Before I even received this opportunity, I spied the Barrister Lane bookcases and knew right away that I wanted a set of two to flank either side of the vintage fireplace surround that you often see in my family room (sometimes I move it to the dining room). I couldn’t pass up the color, style, function and affordable price and ordered two of them online. THEN just a few days later, I received the offer to participate in the Sauder Get the Look campaign. Great timing, awesome coincidence! I purchased the product before the campaign became available to me. How perfect!

Purchase experience: The bookcases arrived and were simple to assemble by myself. The instructions were easy to read and the pieces clearly marked. There was however one piece missing from one of the packages. My first reaction was panic…would I have to box it back up and ship it back? (Sauder furniture is super heavy – not fun for shipping but definitely adds to the overall quality of product.) The answer: No. I simply went online to sauder.com and ordered a replacement part. Free-of-charge. It arrived within in a few days. No hassle! Great customer service – I was able to manage ordering the replacement part on a Sunday evening without even having to explain the situation to a sales representative or make an extra trip to the store or without having to return the product. Gotta love that!

What design style is most prevalent in your home? See more ‘Get the Look’ ideas from Sauder on Pinterest.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder Woodworking. The opinions and text are all mine.


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

Colleen’s beautiful tree for the Christmas Tree Contest

Colleen's Christmas Tree

That DIY Party Highlights – Fab Furniture

That DIY Party Highlights…from five weeks’ of That DIY Party: Today’s category is Fabulous Furniture! Check out these inspiring beauties…

DIY furniture highlights  

Gold dipped dining table at Primitive & Proper

gold dipped dining table at Primitive and Proper

Thrift Store Cabinet Makeover at Two It Yourself

cabinet makeover at Two it yourself  

Repurposed radio to wine cabinet at Thrifty Treasures

radio to wine cabinet at Thrifty Treasures

3-toned dresser at Red Hen Home

Red Hen Home White & Wood Dresser

and a multi-colored console table at Red Hen Home

Red Hen Home Console Table

Mossy green dresser at the Weathered Door

mossy green dresser at the Weathered Door

Chippy Teal Dresser at Create Inspire

Chippy Teal Dresser at Create Inspire

{plexiglass} mirrored dresser tutorial at Imperfectly Imaginable 

(plexiglass) mirrored dresser tutorial at Imperfectly Imaginable  

Queen Anne side board at Orphans with Make Up

Queen Anne Shabby Chic Sideboard at Orphans with Make Up

Penny desk at HomeRoad

penny desk at HomeRoad

Furniture for the Dogs at Fisherman’s Wife Furniture

dog furniture at Fisherman's Wife Furniture

Headboard Bench at Confessions of a Serial DIYer

Headboard-Bench-Confessions of a Serial DIYer

DIY linen headboard at Lee Caroline Art

diy linen headboard at Lee Caroline Art

Built in bookcases at Home is Where My Heart is

built in bookcases at Home is Where My Heart is

Dining table to rolling work table at Redoux Interiors

Dining-table-turned-work-table-with-brushes-redouxinteriors

DIY craft table at House on the Way

diy craft table at House on the Way

See more DIY:

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Thanks to YOU and to these talented ladies for linking up their inspiring creativity and hard work! 

THAT DIY PARTY and DIY Highlights

Every week, I have the best time going through the awesome project links at THAT DIY PARTY. And I’m inspired by your creativity. Thank you so much for sharing! Here are some amazing do-it-yourself project highlights from the last two weeks. (Find something “pinteresting”? Please visit the awesome links below to pin from the original source!):

DIY Party Highlights

DIY-PROJECTS

Beautiful Rooms

Always my favorite: eclectic style. Industrial school house dining room at Nellie Bellie

eclectic dining room by Nellie Bellie

Laundry closet makeover by Bles ID

laundry closet makeover by bles-id blog

and a gorgeous home office reveal by The Blissful Bee

home office makeover by The Blissful Bee

Bright, beautiful dining room by Remodelando La Casa

dining room makeover at Remodelandolacasa

Inspiring ‘spring’ in the living room at the Happy Housie

spring living room at The Happy Housie

Dining room tour at a Little of This, a Little of That

diningroom tour at A little of This, A little of That

Craft room reveal at Fynes Designs

craft room reveal at Fynes Designs

Bathroom makeover by Me and My DIY

bathroom makeover by me and my diy

Fab Furniture

Rustic X base console table by The Chronicles of Home

DIY x base table by The Chronicles of Home

Suitcase Side Table by the Weathered Door

DIY Suitcase Side Table by the Weathered Door

Yardstick table by Vintage Mellie

yardstick table by Vintage Mellie

Split stump side table by the Wood Grain Cottage

split stump side table by the Wood Grain Cottage

DIY bar stook desk by Liz Marie blog

diy bar stool desk by liz marie blog

Amazing Accents

Beautiful bungalow fireplace makeover and horse art by Decorate a Little Bit.

art-fireplace-makeover by Decorate a Little Bit

How to make double layered Roman shades by Songbird (on my to-do list, thanks, Marianne!)…

How-to-make-double-layered-roman-shades by Songbird Blog

How to make Spoon Flowers by May Richer Fuller Be

Spoon Flowers by May Richer Fuller Be

Large number stenciling tutorial by Lake Girl Paints

number-stenciling by Lake Girl Paints

Chicken Coop by Living and Learning with Luisa

Chicken Coop by Learning and Living with Luisa

DIY portable fire feature by With a Blast

DIY fire feature by With a Blast

Follow THAT DIY PARTY highlights Pinterest board with pins from the party links every week to re-pin my pins linked to original party link sources.

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DIY Show Off Recap:

Patio Swing Makeover

before…

patio swing makeover

after…

patio swing makeover - after

Just for fun…CocoRosie and her striped snoodie hoodie from SpoiledBratzwear. Isn’t she adorable? Those eyes! And who can resist her in her custom clothing? (hey…when human baby girls grow up, furbaby girl gets spoiled!)

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all of my ‘mom’ friends! xoxo

Now let’s see what you’ve been up to!

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2. This blog linky party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only.  Please do not link recipes, giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. 

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{THAT DIY PARTY} Highlights

THAT DIY PARTY from last week had some inspiring awesome projects I wanted to point out to you.

diy highlights

 Please visit the links below for full details from these talented DIY’ers…{be prepared to be ‘wowed’!}

DIY Party Highlights

Rooms

Living Room Reveal – The Turquoise Home

living room makeover

Almost Free Master Bedroom Makeover – The Happy Housie

master bedroom makeover

Patio Makeover – The Happier Homemaker

patio makeover

Entryway Command Center – Craftivity Designs

entry way makeover

Boy’s Bedroom – Just the Bee’s Knees

boys bedroom makeover

Media Room – Paper Daisy Designs

media room makeover

Master Bathroom Makeover – Golden Boys & Me

master bathroom makeover

Bathroom Makeover – Earning Our Stripes

bathroom makeover

Furniture

Vanity Table Makeover – Dixie Delights

vanity makeover

Chalkboard Dresser – Too Much Time on my Hands

chalkboard dresser

Campaign Nightstand Makeover – The Weathered Door

campaign nightstand makeover

DIY Farmhouse Headboard – The Turquoise Home

diy farmhouse headboard

Pallet Table – Happy, Healthy & Domestic

pallet table

DIY Upholstered Wingback Chair – Lovely Little Life

diy-upholstered-wingback chair

Once Upon a Time Creation – DIY vintage door/cabinet desk

diy vintage door desk

Pottery Barn inspired side table – Wood Grain Cottage

pottery barn inspired table

Misc. DIY Projects

DIY bubble fountain – Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

diy bubble fountain

Mason Jar Window Treatment – It All Started with Paint

mason jar window treatment

DIY Pulley Light – Vintage Prairie Style

diy pulley light

Vintage Rolling Pin Hook Rack – Day2Day Super Mom

vintage rolling pin hook rack

Restoration Hardware Vintage Paris Map Knock Off – Maison de Pax

restoration hardware paris map knock off

Repurposed Headboard – Shabby Gals

repurposed headboard coat rack

Posh Pink Giraffe – Pottery Barn inspired Clock

Pottery Barn inspired clock

Awesome and so inspiring! Thanks to everyone who participates and ‘shows off’ their DIY projects!

Want a chance for your DIY to be pinned or featured? You’re invited every week to link up to THAT DIY PARTY!

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Fabulous DIY Furniture Makeovers – before and after

Some of our super talented blog friends are showing off their fabulous furniture DIY projects today. Be sure to visit each amazing blog for the original post.

DIY-Furniture-Makeovers

Kristin from Simply Klassic Home: Being a single mom for a large part of my life, I can appreciate Kristin’s creativity when it comes to creating a beautiful home on a single mom’s budget. The dresser before was sort of ordinary. Simply KlassicDesign-dresser-before

and the awesome after has tons of rustic charm… Simply Klassic Design-two-toned-dresser-after

 

Sachiko from Tea Rose Home found an Ethan Allen chair at the thrift store, not her favorite color combination… Tea Rose Home - chair-before

but a little DIY attention and now it’s darling…with beautiful fabrics and hand quilted cushions.

ea Rose Home - chair-makeover

 

Live from B5: One of my favorite DIY projects is transforming an old table into an ottoman and Melanie did an amazing job!

table before Live from B5 -coffee-table

NOW: upholstered ottoman with nailhead trim Live from B5 - diy-ottoman

House of 34 – BUILT this pretty console/entryway table. Don’t you love those spindly legs and beautiful stained top? ode to my abode - DIY-entry-table

Hello Boudreau: This bar cart before was nothing special… http://www.helloboudreau.blogspot.com/2012/09/my-diy-bar-cart.html

but after! WOW! Party time!  hello boudreau - bar-cart-after

Namely Original: Great idea! Good solid furniture with wood trim not the right color, gets a makeover using gel stain. Beautiful rich tone, instant update and matches the other wood tones in the living room.  Namely Original - chair-makeover

Upcycle Addict: An old table top is transformed into a large clock for a fraction of the price of a brand new one with similar large dimensions. Easy DIY & BIG impact! Upcycle Addict-DIY-big-clock

and here are a few of my past furniture makeover projects…

ABC chair painted upholstered chairs

 

tips for building an ottoman tips for building an ottoman

coffee table with upholstered top DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

steamer trunk – coffee table steamer trunk coffee table

kitchen bar makeoverkitchen island finished

DIY upholstered headboard makeover

See more DIY furniture makeovers.

 

Tufted Upholstered Twin Headboard Makeover

Ali needed a twin bed for her apartment. She wanted a neutral upholstered headboard with tufting.These were perfect for what she had in mind, except the $250+ price tag was not in her budget.

inspiration west elm diamond tufted headboard

West Elm Diamond Tufted Headboard in sand

bellacor tufted headboard

Bellacor tufted twin headboard in premier oatmeal

We were up for the DIY “get this look for less” challenge. We found this vinyl covered gem at a second hand store… {$20 including the bed frame!}

before upholstered headboard before

What we used:

  • old headboard
  • batting
  • fabric covered button kit
  • drop cloth
  • fishing line
  • FrogTape
  • staples & staple gun

Once I got the headboard home, I discovered that the headboard itself was not solid. There’s only a wood frame covered with vinyl. It’s hollow. Darn. But we moved forward, fingers crossed.

First step was to determine where the buttons for tufting would be placed. I created a grid on the back of the headboard using FrogTape. DIY headboard marking for tufts

Since marking black vinyl is a little tricky, the Frogtape helped to mark the areas I wanted to drill a hole… drilling headboard

I removed the FrogTape but it won’t hurt to keep it in place.

Next, I rested the headboard on top of a piece of batting and cut batting big enough to wrap around the edges onto the back side. You can use spray adhesive to help hold it into place.

Staple batting onto the back side of the headboard.  stapling batting onto headboard

This is how I wrapped and secured the corners: by pulling the corner of the batting over the corner of the headboard, stapling, then folding and stapling the long edges of the batting. It was a little tricky around the leg of the headboard, just make sure batting lays smoothly. upholstered headboard corners

Carefully trim away the excess batting… trimming batting

Here’s how it looks from the front:  upholstering a headboard

While I covered the back of the headboard with sheet of drop cloth measured and cut to fit the back side using spray adhesive to hold into place then followed the same steps above with the drop cloth fabric… DIY upholstered headboard

Ali covered buttons using dropcloth scraps {she’s less than thrilled about the photo op. lol}… covering tufting buttons

To create tufting with, use a finishing nail to hold the fishing line in place. To keep it from going through the drilled hole, place the nail through the loop in the thread. Lay the finishing nail across the back of the hole and loop the thread over the nail and back up through the hole. Repeat a few times and then tie off the thread to the finishing nail. Twist the nail to draw the button down into the fabric to the desired depth. Use a staple gun and staple diagonally across the nail to secure it and keep it from unwinding {more tufted button instructions at wikihow}. tufting an upholstered headboard

Before and After…

before and after headboard

Total cost of DIY: less than $50!

DIY tufted upholstered headboard makeover

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Simple Redesign: Dresser to Media Center

DIY Project: dresser turned media center

Blog: Simple Redesign

simple redesign

Julie from Simply Redesign recently share on her blog “how to turn a dresser into a media center” with the help of her husband. Here is the dresser before:

dresser before

 

Amazing after…

dresser after

DIY media center

Simple Redesign shares TONS of DIY, great custom furniture tips and lots of inspiring furniture makeovers to motivate rescuing something old and making it fabulous. Here are a few more favorites…

painted dresser chartreuse

painted furniture

What are you waiting for? Pop over and introduce yourself. :)

Junked trunk to coffee table {apartment storage}

Remember this past summer when I scored a lot of a LOT of steamer trunks?

painted trunk

Before…

steamer trunk before

With furnishing the small apartment on a SUPER tight budget, we decided that one of these trunks would make a great coffee table since it would also provide a storage solution for the tiny apartment space.

We started out by cleaning up the trunk. It’s not in mint condition, but my daughter appreciates imperfection and character too or well, the fact that it was a “free” solution helped.

cleaning trunk

We gave it a basecoat of white spray paint and let it dry…

white basecoat on old trunk

We used two strips of FrogTape to preserve stripes of the white spray paint underneath two coats of aqua spray paint. Be sure to press down the edges of FrogTape before spraying!

FrogTape steamer trunk

More spray paint…

spray painted steamer trunk

Then peel off the FrogTape while it is still wet {yes, you will get paint on your hands}. I don’t remember the first aqua-color we tried, but it was too swimming pool blue. DIY is sometimes a trial and error. So, we used the yellow FrogTape Delicate surface for the second try and Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Ultra x2 in Satin Lagoon. Much better…

spray painted steamer trunk

And I always get so excited and want to keep embellishing and stenciling when it’s so easy and fun to do, but Ali liked the simple “Tiffany & Co.” look of white stripes on lagoon blue and who am I to argue with that because I have to agree…it’s pretty darn cute.

Tiffany & Co. spray painted steamer trunk

Painted steamer trunk cost:Great price for dual purpose, first apartment furniture. And the pop of color? Love it!

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This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. 

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DIY upholstered tufted ottoman tutorial {Wayfair DIY Challenge}

Remember, oh I don’t know, 10 years ago (Just kidding. It feels that way!) when I started our family room makeover? Then we got sidetracked with an apartment renovation but since we’re wrapping up the last minute details there, the family room makeover is back on my DIY schedule. Of course that means a lot of DIY projects, decorating and furnishing and on that list was a DIY upholstered tufted ottoman. 

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

Challenge: Have you heard of Wayfair.com? It’s the largest online retailer of home furnishings and decor, with millions of products for the home that fit any style and budget. They believe that getting crafty with your decor is one of the best ways to add a unique personal touch to your home. That’s why they created the DIY Blogger Challenge. I was invited to participate and had the option to choose from a coffee table, book case or pendant light. All fun products but I took one look at the coffee table and knew I wanted to create an upholstered tufted ottoman.

pinterest challenge logo

And as I found many tutorials and inspiration on Pinterest, I’m joining the Fall Pinterest Challenge as well. I have built an ottoman in the past {see my tips for building an ottoman} but tufting is a new experience to me and one I’ve been wanting to try for a while now. My ottoman upholstery/tufting experience: 

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman tutorial

Here’s what I did: 

  • Furinno Espresso Coffee Table
  • 4″ foam (This can be pricey. Use coupons or try foam from an egg crate twin bed cushion.) 
  • batting
  • fabric (I purchased 1 1/2 yards. 1 yard for the project, scrap for button covers)
  • spray adhesive
  • tools: scissors, Sharpie, yard stick, drill, electric knife, felt tip pen, screwdriver

I started by laying the coffee table top on my foam and measuring just a little bit bigger (about 1/2 inch).

DIY tufted ottoman - marking foam

Using an electric knife, I cut out my piece of foam.

DIY Ottoman Tutorial - cutting foam

With a yard stick and measuring in halves, I made a grid on the foam with a Sharpie. Then decided where I wanted my button tufts to be located. I did 3 rows totaling 11 buttons (4 buttons, 3 buttons then 4 buttons). 

DIY ottoman tutorial - grid on foam

I poked a hole where I wanted my button tufts using a screw driver. Then flipped my foam and poked through that side as well.

DIY ottoman tutorial - poking holes in foam

The screwdriver pushed out the foam, creating a small hole all the way through the foam. 

DIY ottoman tutorial - poking holes in foam

I flipped my coffee table top back side up, laid the foam on top and using a felt tip pen pushed into the holes, I made a mark on the table top where I’d want to drill holes for tufting. 

DIY ottoman tutorial - marking drill holes

I drilled the marks, then flipped the table top over and cleaned up that side of the drilled holes by drilling through them again. 

DIY ottoman tutorial - drill holes

Next I used a spray adhesive to attach the foam to the table top. 

DIY ottoman tutorial - spray adhesive for foam to wood

Then covered the foam with batting (cut just a half inch longer than the edges of the foam and table top).

DIY ottoman tutorial - cover foam with batting

I covered the batting with my fabric. Again, measuring and cutting just enough to pull onto the underneath for stapling. 

DIY ottoman tutorial - cover with fabric

Tufting:

  • fabric scrap and button kit (or buttons for tufting)
  • upholstery needles
  • wax covered button thread DIY ottoman - tufting materials
  • anchor buttons
  • staples
  • tools: stapler, scissors

I put together the fabric covered buttons I wanted to use on the top of my ottoman for tufting. 

DIY ottoman tutorial - fabric covered buttons

Then, I threaded the largest upholstery needle with the waxed button thread. (I had no idea what this was for when starting but learned through use that the wax helps hold the tufted button when the waxed thread is pulled tight.) I attached the fabric covered button to my threaded needle and started at the center of my upholstered table top. Locating the hole is tricky (I did lift my batting to help guide my needle). Find the tufting hole and poke the needle through the fabric, batting, foam hole and into the hole in the wooden table top, pulling the needle out the bottom of the table top.

Thread an anchor button onto the needle. Thread the needle back through a second hole in the anchor button and back up through another hole one more time.  Push the button down towards the hole in the wooden table top. Pull tight.

While thread is pulled tight and anchor button is secure against the wooden table top, staple thread onto the wooden table top a few times using a zig zag pattern.

Leaving enough thread to tie a knot, cut the thread and put the needle aside. Tie a knot in the thread.

DIY ottoman tutorial - tufting tutorial

Repeat. I worked from the middle out. Note: I used random anchor buttons I already had on hand.

The front will look like this:

DIY ottoman tutorial - button tufting

Move completed tufted table top to an area where it can lie flat. Pull the fabric tight around the sides of the foam to the under side of the tabletop and staple into place. Start in the middle of each side and smooth batting and fabric as you go. 

DIY ottoman tutorial - stapling fabric

Then work on the corners. Wrap them like a present. There is no wrong way, just try to create a smooth corner. Staple into place on the bottom of the table top. Be sure to stay clear of the pre-drilled holes for attaching the legs to the table top!

All done! For added security, I covered my buttons and thread with duct tape (not shown). Flip and admire your upholstered tufted ottoman cushion!

DIY ottoman tutorial - upholstered tufted bench

Assemble the rest of the coffee table as per instructions. Attach newly upholstered tufted top just as you would the regular top according to the directions. Assembly was extremely easy.

DIY ottoman - assemble coffee table

  • tools: screwdriver, rubber mallet 

Accessorize: What I loved about this coffee table is that it has two bottom shelves and comes with bins! I gave the bins a little makeover using FrogTape and fabric paint and added chalkboard labels that I had on hand. 

DIY ottoman - painting bins

Now I have an upholstered tufted ottoman for the family room!

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

DIY upholstered tufted ottoman

What do you think? Pretty easy and affordable. Visit wayfair on facebook here or on pinterest here.

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Disclosure: Thank you to Wayfair for the coffee table and the challenge and to Giftcards.com for providing the gift card for my project materials. This post was also partially sponsored and brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience and project results may vary. 

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Linking up:

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Katie from Bower Power Blog
Sherry from Young House Love
Sarah from Ugly Duckling House
Carmel from Our Fifth House

Ana White ~The Handbuilt Home {giveaway}

Note: This giveaway is now closed. Winner is Bre! Congratulations! Bre has been contacted by email. Winner was selected randomly using the PickGiveawayWinner WP plug in.

DIY Blog Crush: As a long time DIY blogger, I’m no stranger to Ana White’s awesome DIY building talent. This girl has some crazy awesome DIY skills!

Ana White with daughter, Grace

Her beautiful DIY furniture plans have been sitting on my ‘to-do’ list for years as I work up the courage to actually try building something. I’ve conquered my fear of power tools, but the idea of actually building something from scratch has been a little daunting. When Ana’s new book was recently released, I knew I had to have it and pre-ordered it right away! Guess what. It’s here!

Designer Furniture for a Fraction of the
Retail Cost? Yes, You Can Build That.

The Handbuilt Home shares 34 simple, budget-friendly woodworking projects! As if her blog isn’t inspiration enough, having a physical resource in my hand is motivation to just get over my fears already and just do it already!

{flip top storage bench plans}

What I love most about the book? Not only does she share the details on how to build some gorgeous furniture, she also features some of our super talented DIY friends and shares their projects using her plans. How awesome is that?! So not only is the book filled with step by step ‘how to’ instructions, there’s some beautiful after shots created by DIY’ers we know. You can see a sneak peek of The Handbuilt Home here. I’m really enjoying going through and bookmarking things I love, adding ideas to my DIY notebook…

DIY handbuilt home book

Press Release: Forget IKEA hacks and glue guns. Ana White, a young homemaker, is revolutionizing the furniture building industry, designing DIY furniture plans that rival the styles of Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel and cost 1/10 of the purchase price to make. Using basic tools and hardware store supplies, Ana’s THE HANDBUILT HOME teaches readers how to build everything from bookcases to beds to kid-friendly items and storage solutions, even if they don’t have any woodworking experience. And the best part? Building your own furniture means you can customize it for your home and save thousands of dollars off the cost of buying it. Packed with 34 of Ana’s favorite projects, THE HANDBUILT HOME includes easy-to-follow instructions, costs, time estimates, and plenty of helpful tips guide even the most amateur of carpenters through every project. As Ana likes to say, “If I can build it, so can you!”

Starstruck: I was lucky enough to meet Ana this year at the Haven conference and not only is she a DIY super star, she’s gorgeous and humble and real.

Roeshel and Ana White So, want to create unique, modern, one of a kind furniture for your home? You can get The Handbuilt Home here {affiliate link}:

I love having a library of DIY home improvement and decorating books at home…and so happy to add Ana’s to my collection.

and enter to win one too!

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Prize: 1 copy of Ana White’s new book, The Handbuilt Home

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  • Leave a lovely comment for Ana. Have you ever built a piece of furniture? Was it an Ana White DIY furniture plan? Is there something you’d love to build yourself?
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Kitchen Island Makeover

We’re starting to furnish the apartment – on a very tight budget. An old inexpensive portable kitchen bar/island with bar stools is something we’ve had sitting around and the perfect size for creating a dining area in a tiny apartment.

But the old top was in bad condition. Pictures don’t show the pink stains (Kool-Aid, maybe or magic marker) and scratches…

kitchen island before

I removed the top.

removing table top

The frame was spraypainted white to freshen up an old scratched finish.

New top was made using alternating sizes of 1×3 and 1×5 pine planks cut to 40″ in length…a little bigger than the previous table top.

cutting wood planks

Boards were sanded.

sanding plank table top

I used wood glue to assemble the planks together…

Gorilla wood glue

Then clamped until the glue dried, wiping away excess wet glue.

clamping wood planks

I didn’t take pictures but I stained and used my Silhouette Cameo to make some ‘postage’ themed stencils at Ali’s request. Then sealed the top with about four coats of polyurethane and let dry.

stained stenciled table top

The bar stool tops were sanded and taped off using FrogTape while frames were spray painted a fresh new coat of white.

FrogTape

spray painting bar stools

I applied a coat of stain to the top of the barstools…

staining barstools

When that was dry, I used my Silhouette Cameo to create number stencils with a circle border. Using transfer paper, I applied the stencils to the top of the stools. (They didn’t stick to the shiny finish of the stain very well and took a little work to remove the transfer paper, but I managed to do it! I’d recommend staining after the numbers have been painted…although it will change the color of your paint unless you’re using a clear coat. Removing the vinyl also pulled off some of the finish…but that just added to the distressed character of the top of the stools.)

applying Silhouette vinyl

I painted in my stencils using acrylic craft paint and immediately removed the vinyl stencil.

painting stenciled barstools

I let the numbers dry over night and then applied several protective coats of Polycrylic, allowing it to dry between each coat (also lightly sand using a fine grit between coats).

So cute, aren’t they? Better pictures coming up in the apartment reveal. That’s where this kitchen bar set will be living. VERY SOON! Hurray!

kitchen island after

kitchen island finished

kitchen island makeover

stenciled stained plank table top

Sharing over at Beth’s this week:

Home Stories A2Z

I LOVE my Silhouette Cameo – it’s my #1 way to create vinyl stencils. There’s also a special going on right now with the new Silhouette paper label kit! So cool – print and cut your own labels! There are so many fun ways to use this machine. LOVE that!

Silhouette sticker labels

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DIY Console Table – The House of Wood

Jen from the House of Wood…

The House of Wood

is such a super sweet friend. The kind of friend who builds furniture for presents! Specifically a DIY console table for extra kitchen work space. WOW, huh? My kind of friend…(Jen?) haha!

DIY coffee bar

Jen’s friends Matt & Anya are new home owners. (Congrats to Matt & Anya!) You can find the instructions and detailed tutorial on how to make a console table/coffee bar at The House of Wood. (Cost: less than $70!)

DIY console table materials

Love this rich color…

rustic DIY console table

and the rustic towel bar.

rustic DIY console table

Beautiful job!

DIY console table

Every time I look at my Kreg Jig, I’m overwhelmed. lol Once I figure that thing out, I have visions of making furniture for me! And some friends…once I learn to build. No one wants a ‘first time built piece’, do they? Jen…wish you were local to give some lessons. :) 

Here are some more favorite DIY projects from Jen worth checking out:

Knock off Pottery Barn kids cubby shelf tutorial – how cute!

pb knock off cubby shelf

rustic planter box tutorial

rustic planter centerpiece

foam board window cornice tutorial

Kitchen island/coffee bar tutorial….

DIY kitchen island

How to turn a coffee table into an ottoman ~ Inside Out Design

Brooke from Inside Out Design is sharing how to turn an old coffee table into a tufted ottoman. It takes a little work, but transforming an old coffee table with some foam and fabric can make add a beautiful element to your existing living room space. I do have an old coffee table hanging out in the basement and Brooke’s tutorial is an inspiration!

Brooke’s coffee table is actually pretty cute with a painted stencil design but she felt the height was wrong for her couch, wanted to add a beautiful designer fabric to her living room (sometimes throw pillows aren’t the answer) and having a comfy place to prop feet is always a bonus. I know I’m always propping my feet up onto a glass coffee table and it’s not ever comfortable. ::envisions of basement coffee table with a new look and coffee foot prop::

painted stenciled coffee table

Quick summary:

To adjust the height, Brooke and her husband cut (and painted/distressed) the existing lets and reattached them.

distressed coffee table legs

Next, they added a frame so that it’d look more like an ottoman and less like a coffee table. The new wooden frame will support the new upholstery and hides the drawer.

ottoman frame

A little math for spacing and a chalkline create a grid for drilling tufting holes…

ottoman tufting holes

They ordered pre-cut foam (awesome! see original post for details) and attached to the wooden frame using spray adhesive.
Add batting by stapling to the wood frame…
then fabric…
What a transformation! It looks good just like this…
But of course, tufting makes everything better. Brooke made up some buttons with the fabric and created some tufts (link to tutorial below). The final result is stunning and a beautiful addition to her living room!
tufted upholstered ottoman Isn’t it gorgeous? Repurposing the old coffee table was a genius idea! And what a beautiful home surrounding it!

You can get the full details at Inside Out Design:

Part 1 – Turning a coffee table into an upholstered ottoman

Part 2 – Upholstered ottoman tufting tips

Another coffee table turned upholstered ottoman tutorial HERE. DIY upholstered tufted ottoman tutorial

 

and more DIY coffee table ideas.

Tiffany & Co. spray painted steamer trunk

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How to Upholster a Headboard ~ The Sweetest Digs

Every single time I see an upholstered headboard, I’m tempted to repurpose our existing furniture so I can DIY one myself. Today Gemma from The Sweetest Digs shares her DIY headboard tutorial.

Tips on How to Make an Upholstered Headboard

Gemma’s poor pillows on her “before” bed had no where to lean or rest…

no headboard

Easy, affordable solution? A DIY upholstered headboard of course! Here’s how she did it…

She purchased her fabric and batting then had Home Depot cut her 1/4″ plywood to the right size (using measurements for her bed).

She laid out the batting on her dining room table.

batting

Next she laid her plywood in the center and stapled the batting to the backside.

batting on plywood

Next, she ironed her fabric and laid it out on the dining room table…

fabric for headboard

She laid her plywood in the center and stapled the fabric (starting with the long ends)…

stapling DIY headboard

and ending at the corners…

stapling corners

It’s hanging in place using French cleats (shown here).

Ta-da! Seriously, she made that look so easy, didn’t she? Who knew it was THAT simple and the result? Stunning! The best part? Total cost: $98! Woo hoo! Thanks so much for sharing, Gemma!

DIY upholstered headboard

Love it! A beautiful inexpensive way to accessorize with color and pattern! See the full original post with more detailed instructions {and more DIY from Gemma} at

The Sweetest Digs

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DIY Nursery Reveal (and more) – The House of Wood

I love meeting “new-to-me” DIY blog friends. I just recently met Jen from The House of Wood. Jen is a songwriter. When she’s not writing, recording or touring, she is enjoying everything life has to offer with her husband and growing family. Being 7 months pregnant hasn’t stopped Jen from DIY-ing! She loves DIY as much as we do and she just calls it “nesting” so she doesn’t get any grief from her husband. haha!

The House of Wood

She looks so cute too with her safety glasses and little baby bump (had to include this picture too, Jen!)

Jen

Her little girl’s room is super sweet and packed full of DIY projects.

Yellow and Gray Birdie Nursery Tour - a full nursery tour with a bunch of DIY projects involved: curtains, crib skirt, pillows, bookshelf, bunting, mobile, and more! Visit Jen’s original post for links to the ‘how to’ for each project and full details. 

DIY nursery reveal

yellow nursery DIY

nursery makeover

DIY nursery reveal

DIY nursery gallery wall

Adorable!

There are so many other great DIY projects at The House of Wood. Here are just a a couple sneak peeks:

Restoration Hardware Night Stand Knock Off Tutorial

DIY restoration hardware inspired end tables

DIY Box Planter Tutorial

DIY box planters

Go ahead – you’re invited to stop over, introduce yourself, say ‘hello’ and be inspired.

The House of Wood

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DIY Project Parade and Highlights

It’s weekly DIY party time and you’re invited! It’s the start of my favorite reason for blogging – when you can show off and I can see what you’ve been working on. Share your creativity in the DIY linky party and browse the other thumbnails for inspiration for your next DIY project.

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I was only able to fit in a small craft project this week which I’ll be sharing with you soon but my sister, Patti, did find a house to rent! Woo hoo! She’ll be here for good in about one week! And since I know the owner of the rental house who’s familiar with my DIY and decorating passion, I have the freedom to help Patti make the rental “home”! I’m so excited and will be patching and painting walls a lot this week while she’s packing boxes and hopefully some room makeovers to share this summer.

This past week’s party links were amazing, friends! You are so clever, so creative and I don’t know where you find the time {have you noticed I didn’t even have time to blog the past two days? That’s NEVER happened!} but I’m so inspired by your awesome talent! Here are some highlights from last week:

I LOVE stripes and this gorgeous hall reveal from The Poor Sophisticate is a must see.

horizontal striped hallway

Find out how to get this beautiful textured painted look at Lake Girl Paints. SO pretty!

striped textured painted accent table

Domestically Imperfect has an awesome rustic/industrial bathroom vanity to show off…

DIY rustic industrial bathroom vanity

There’s a glam master bedroom makeover going on at My Champagne Taste and you’ve likely seen this stunning silver leaf dresser before, but it’s just one of my favorite details in this beautiful room…

Master bedroom makeover

Betsy Speert is quickly becoming one of my favorite sources of cottage inspiration. Her latest being a cottage living room reveal…

cottage living room makeover

If you’ve followed DIY Show Off for a while, you know we currently do not have a front door. I can’t help envying this fun blue door at Bees Knees Bungalow.

blue door

Gail from My Repurposed Life never fails to amaze me with her beautiful work. She makes it look easy and shares a great tutorial. This awesome kids’ table is built from scratch…

DIY kids table

See MORE unbelievable super fun DIY at last week’s party here.

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Rustic DIY and Enamel Tag Tutorial

  • Beautiful reclaimed barnwood
  • Lovely painted distressed furniture
  • Numbers!

I love each of those things, don’t you? Meet: Kimberly from

serendipity blog

Kimberly is a professional home stager and decorator and a nature at decorating and do-it-yourself projects. Here are some of my favorites:

100 year old reclaimed barnwood before:

reclaimed barnwood

Now: Reclaimed Barnwood Hutch

DIY barnwood hutch

Love!

Dresser Before and After

And a tired old dresser before…

wood dresser before

gets a new distressed paint technique and a new purpose in the dining room… oh-la-la!

painted distressed dresser

See those pretty number tags too? I don’t know what it is about numbers but I love the charm it adds to decor, don’t you? Kimberly shares how to make these sweet little charms…

Here’s what you need:

  • Key tag blanks. (I got mine from Ace Hardware, they are steel with a brass finish and are about 1 and 1/2″ across)
  • Paint and primer (white..but I’m considering doing some blue  or dark green ones with white numbers)
  • StazOn Stamp Ink (and number stamps)
  • Embossing Enamel (clear)
Prime and paint the tags. Once dry, stamp the numbers using StazOn.
Line a skillet (frying pan) with foil. (or use an electric skillet). Place the tag on the foil and sprinkle with the embossing powder.
Turn the heat to medium and watch as the embossing powder turns to liquid.
enamel tag tutorial
When the embossing powder is completely smooth and transparent, gently remove the foil (with the tag on it) from the pan and place it on a rack to cool.
When the tag is partly cool, but before it is completely cool, gently peel the foil from the tag. and return the tag to the rack until it is completely cool. I also used a nail to remove the powder which had filled the hole while the tag was still warm.
So cool!
To pin from original sources and to see more creative DIY and decorating from Kimberly, visit Serendipity.

For more information on enamel tags, see the original inspiration at Can’t Stop Making Things.

Easy Ottoman Makeover

Wow! Martha from

Leone Design

makes her ottoman makeover so easy, I want to tear mine apart right now and give it a makeover! Take a look at this for inspiration:

Thrift store ottoman – before shot:

1. First, remove upholstery nails and save for use on the finished piece.
2. She covered the top and sides with the same fabric (so that it would show through the burlap).
3. Next she covered the sides with strips of coffee sacks.

4. She painted the legs to bring the light cream.
5. Martha used tacky glue and duct tape (to hold in place) to tack down the sides/seams.

After an hour or so of drying, She simply removed the duct tape.

Isn’t this so fun? I love the mix of striped fabric with grain sack burlap! Great job, Martha!



What do you think? Love it, right?!

To pin from the original source and see more amazing DIY from Martha (so many furniture makeovers with lots of helpful tips) at

leonedesign.wordpress.com.


DIY Drawer Shelves

Creative budget friendly ideas like these side table drawers turned wall shelves are such an inspiration. Beautiful, practical and so fun! DIY friends, I’d like to introduce you to Katie, lifestyle blogger at

Shades of Grey blog

and I’m honored to ‘show off’ her latest creative do-it-yourself project:

Katie was working with a limited budget of less than $20. She  wanted shelving and wanted it to be something you don’t see everyday. This is her creative solution…

DIY wall shelves