Silhouette Double Sided Adhesive

“Today will be the best day ever” … what a great quote to start each morning. Using Silhouette’s double sided adhesive, I now have a pretty glittery reminder that each day is a blessing.  glitter-sign

I started by placing my text on a template in the Silhouette studio… Silhouette Studio

then simply loaded my paper/mat into my Cameo, adjusted my settings for cutting and sent it to cut…. silhouette-cameo

What’s cool about the double sided adhesive paper is you remove the backing, press on the letters just like stickers, then remove the top white sheet, leaving transparent SUPER tacky tape in your perfect shape or text.

The Silhouette Double Sided Adhesive kit comes with glitter and flocking. I chose the pretty turquoise glitter and brushed it into place… applying-glitter

It’s super-fine and a bit of a chore to clean up but the result is awesome! I loved watching my transparent letters glitter, shine and come to life.

Then I snagged an old thrift store frame. gave it a coat of Rust-Oleum spray paint in “lagoon”… lagoon-frame

and framed my new glittery print: diy-print

Doesn’t it just make you happy to read it…like seeing those words help start the day off on the right foot. today-will-be-the-best-day-ever

I use my Silhouette Cameo all.the.time. Don’t have one yet, want to try the double sided adhesive starter kit or TONS of other fun cutting projects? Simply use the code “SHOWOFF” at Silhouette America before the end of the day TODAY! (2/14) for an awesome discount. {Sorry for the late notice this time but by ordering now you can have it in time to create a really cute Pottery Barn inspired Happy Easter banner…that’s my plan!!} silhouette-deal

Thrift Store Find: Just add paint.

 

Out of nowhere in January, we were blessed with a day of spring temperatures (60s after single digit temps) here in Pittsburgh but unfortunately, April showers came along with it. It’s the kind of day perfect for sifting through the thrift-store junk stash and finally working on a project.

Thrifty Treasure Makeover

I grabbed the dirty serving tray from the bottom of the pile…{luckily that dark area was only dirt…not mold or a stain}

thrift store serving tray

and gave it a good scrubbing with soap and water…

cleaning tray

then headed to the basement to give it a coat of spray paint (Rustoleum Heirloom White)…

spray painting tray

Then I browsed some favorite blogs and caught up on emails while the paint dried.

Next I used my FrogTape in the .94  in. width to tape off the inside border…

FrogTape on border

and to create a fun bold imperfect {herrinbone} pattern…

FrogTape design

making sure to use my thumbnail along the edges of the tape to ensure the Paintblock barrier had a good seal…

burnishing tape edges

I filled in the design using an acrylic craft (Folk Art Burnt Umber) paint and a sponge brush…

acrylic paint

painted herribone pattern

and immediately removed the FrogTape…

removing Frogtape

Once the acrylic craft paint was dry, I gave the entire tray a light even spray of clear coat and let it dry.

Now time to enjoy watching the rainstorm from inside. The sitting room is all ready for a spot of tea,

Frogtape serving tray

planning,

Painted serving tray

Frogtape serving tray

and daydreaming…

Frogtape serving tray

Do you have a thrift store/yardsale stash full of treasures just waiting for a little DIY attention?

See this herringbone pattern using  FrogTape on an accent wall.

Sharing: Thrifty Decor Chick – Before & After party

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Painted Upholstered Chair Tutorial {before and after}

Painted upholstered chairs – story of an unplanned DIY.

Does your DIY ever go like this: I started my day with big plans to finally sew the curtains in the family room. In order to do so, I needed to clean off the dining room table which was piled with boxes filled with ornaments and holiday decor and other junk from the shuffling around, rearranging and decorating {because of course the table in my craft room is piled high with an unorganized cluttered mess that also needs cleaned}.

DIY painted upholstered chair tutorial

Of course clearing the dining room table meant decorating for Christmas which lead me to the room right off the dining room that we’re currently calling the “sitting room”. So, in order to sew curtains for the family room, I had to clean the dining room which meant decorating the sitting room and in there were these chairs.

These $6 thrift store chairs. I loved the color and pattern. But I have had a difficult time with orange, fuchsia and olive green colors. Love them. But they don’t work in our home. I gave them a chance, but not even in our eclectic home. I considered slipcovers but I am decorating this room right now. No materials or time for slipcovers.

{before}

chair before

And I had the brilliant idea to paint them. Right then. That minute.

I had seen the upholstery painting tutorial at Hyphen Interiors in 2011. Loved it. Left an impression. Very inspiring.

I also knew I had most materials on hand. Paint! Everything except the fabric medium. I’ve looked at the bottles for sale at Michael’s in the past {for painted curtains} and knew they weren’t cheap. I was also still in my pajamas and on a mission. Sewing curtains, remember?! But these multi-colored chairs were an obstacle.

DIY girls thoughts: No fabric medium. No budget. No desire to run to the store. Lots of leftover latex paint. The only one who really sits in these chairs is the cat. So for now…if painting doesn’t go right, I can still slip cover them at a later date. GO FOR IT!

I found a left over can of Ralph Lauren paint that I hated working with as it was super watery. Perfect! I watered it down even further with water. I didn’t measure, just created a consistency that was still able to hold to the paint brush but watery enough to be absorbed into the textured fabric of the chairs. I used a 2.5 inchPurdy brush.

I gave the chairs a good cleaning, getting up all of the cat hair (FrogTape works great as a cat fur remover).

And I just started painting. My mixture of latex and water had amazing coverage.

I also taped off the legs using FrogTape.

painting upholstered chair

Sometimes I had to swirl the brush for coverage, then followed up with a straight brush stroke.

painting upholstery

And worked my way along the bottom edges, up the side, around the back, in the creases of the attached cushions and finished by painting the seat back and cushion.

painting an upholstered chair

I took a few breaks and a bigger one between the painting the two chairs. The Paintbrush Cover was perfect for keeping my paintbrush from drying out. It creates an airtight seal during usage. Simply place the brush in the cover and close the lid. After my break, I simply opened the cover, removed my brush. It was like I never stopped painting! {Thanks to Salvatore of the Paintbrush Cover for the gift…definitely something that’s going to get a lot of use around here. If you paint a lot…visit the link above to purchase a few for yourself. Definitely useful and convenient! 2 must have DIY paint tools to have on hand: FrogTape and the Paintbrush Cover.}

The Paintbrush Cover

One coat. It dried fairly fast. I removed the FrogTape which perfectly protected the wooden legs. Who even noticed those pretty legs with that crazy printed fabric before? Discovery: She has legs with beautiful carved detail!

removing FrogTape

The texture which was lost in the busy pattern…

before

upholstery before

now shows the quilted pattern with a solid color…

after

painted upholstery after

SO PRETTY!

And before you ask, yes…without the fabric medium, my chairs are rough. They have a vinyl look and feel. Since the paint is watered down…it’s not going to crack or chip or anything. The paint is absorbed into the fabric. I would recommend NOT skipping the fabric medium and to use the recipe shared by Hyphen Interiors. However…if you find yourself in a DIY emergency like me and aren’t particular about a sort of vinyl look/feel. And you have to do something or your entire Christmas decorating is going to be a big fail and you’ll never move on to the project that you planned to complete in the first place…I must tell you, I love these chairs now. Forget the slipcovers.

I knew I wanted to do more than just have a set of solid light grey chairs. My inspiration:

Serena & Lily Bark Miramar Racing Stripe Chair

Serena and Lily Bark Miramar Racing Stripe Chair

Of course I know that my chairs aren’t the same shape. They’re slender girls with long legs. But that stripe. I love that stripe. Not quite a knock off or copy cat project, but it’s what inspired my next steps…

I found the center of the chair and using FrogTape, created a stripe down the middle. I was sure to burnish the edges where the tape would meet paint. And using  leftover {watered down} brown latex paint, I painted in my stripes from bottom of the front of the chair, over the cushion, up seat back and down the back of the chair.

FrogTape stripe

I removed the FrogTape while the paint was still wet, pulling away from the wet paint. I did take a wet paper towel to carefully wipe away wet paint where a tiny bit seeped under the tape due to the texture of the fabric. See – it’s a good thing I have that vinyl-ish finish!

Removing FrogTape Stripe

Amazing transformation, right? Love it!

striped painted upholstery

Now I’m happy with my $6 chairs.And I was able to decorate the sitting room for Christmas.

See more Painted Upholstery Chair pictures in the sitting room mini makeover. 

painted upholstered chair tutorial

His & Hers painted pillow covers

painted pillow cover

{tutorial}

His and Hers Pillow Covers tutorial

I was able to get the dining room table cleared off and decorated and the clutter put away. (okay…for real, some of that was shifted to the craft room table which is dangerously close to an avalanche. Shhhh!)

I still haven’t sewn 6 of the 8 family room curtain panels. {Remember the no sew ruffled ombre tree skirt and the sewing machine being at the repair shop? One of these days I’ll get those curtains done. You don’t remember that I’ve had the fabric since June, do you?}

Perhaps another day, I’ll have a DIY plan that will go according to plan.

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Thanksgiving decorating {thrift store art print becomes Thanksgiving reminder}…

We don’t host Thanksgiving dinner. We’re lucky to be guests. So, Thanksgiving decor is minimal at the DIY Show Off home but I did want to share how I turned a $4 print called “Nostalgic Autumn” by Eric Sloane into something I love hanging in our home this time of the year. Our thrift stores have huge framed outdated prints in “fair” condition on occasion. It’s not something I’d normally choose, but the the colors and autumn farm theme is perfect for our dining room. I decided that adding the words “Give Thanks” ensures that once a year, I will hang this print. And every time I look at the words “give thanks”, I take a moment to thank God for our many blessings.

Give Thanks vignette

What I did:

easy DIY Thanksgiving wall art

  1. Old framed print {thrift store}. Mine wasn’t in the best of shape. There were scratches on the print, etc. but we embrace imperfection around here, therefore it’s “perfect”. {You may want to check to see if your print has value before altering it.}
  2. Decide where lettering will be placed using a level or ruler.
  3. Apply a piece of FrogTape Delicate Surface. It works on freshly painted surfaces (24 hours) so it’s a good option for sticking lightly to an old art print. I did not rub the tape to adhere since I’m not painting. I’m using it as a guide/straight line.
  4. Write quote or words with chalk or use a stencil.
  5. Go over chalk words with a Sharpie/permanent marker. Be care of smudging with your hand, work from left to right {or I guess if you’re left handed, it might make sense to work from right to left…which ever way your hand won’t smudge the area you’re working on}.
  6. Carefully peel away FrogTape. Continue drawing letters that fall below the level line, wipe away chalk.

farmhouse Thanksgiving dining room

I love the every day reminder to “give Thanks”, especially this time of year. What do you think? Have you seen large art prints at the thrift store or yard sales that with a little DIY touch or accent would work for your seasonal decor?

DIY Thanksgiving wall art 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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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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Adventure at Antique Emporium

This week Bri and I ventured to a {LARGE} antique shop in Beaver Falls, PA called Antique Emporium. I’m pretty sure I’ve been there before, but before a major re-organization. If I have the place right, before it was packed full from floor to ceiling and quite chaotic (I love that kind of place – where you have to get dirty and dig for treasures and decide you want to see the vintage lamp that’s on top of an armoire sitting on top of a dresser) but this day, in this place, everything was organized into awesome groups. It was still packed from floor to ceiling on all three levels

{3 floors!}

every one of over 100,000 antiques neatly in their place.

antique emporium

It’s the kind of place where you wish you were a contestant in a shopping game. Imagine running through the all those aisles upstairs, down stairs and in my lady’s chamber (remember that frightening nursery rhyme: Goosey Goosey Gander?) filling a shopping cart! Dreamy! But then, stairs (the nursery rhyme!) are not ideal shopping cart terrain, and I’d trip and get scraped knees and a broken arm and knock down the Hummel display {how sad!} and security would not so kindly escort me out and there was a heavy downpour going on with super scary lightening and exploding thunder, so I controlled myself and maintained a leisurely normal person’s stroll up and down the aisles instead, ’cause it’s a classy antique emporium and not a candy shop and I’m a grown up, not a kid. 

So…Upon entering, we were welcomed by the friendly clerk and given instructions detailing the 3 {THREE!} floors of antiques (I almost wanted to ask for a treasure map so I could mark “X’s” on where I wanted to go). We were invited to help ourselves to the wine bar…don’t mind if I do! Although I didn’t…it was still before noon after all and that fear of wine+stairs+crashing hummels shattering into 100,000 pieces…no wine for me.

wine bar

Here are some pictures I managed to sneak in with my i-phone. Doesn’t it make you all nervous to whip out your big ‘real’ camera, set up your umbrella lights and re-arrange the decor? Oh, another dream. haha! I always feel like I have to be sneaky because more than likely – I’m the one being filmed looking all suspicious with my camera-phone, glancing over my shoulder to make sure no one is watching me snap inconspicuous pictures for the sake of blogging.

antique settee {drool!}…

antique settee

However, I’m sure the friendly, knowledgeble owner – or as we like to refer to him now after our tour around the store, our good friend, Jim, wouldn’t have minded in the least.

Jim was super helpful in answering our questions as well as pointing out favorite antiques and entertaining us with “Jim humor” and interesting stories behind certain treasures. 100,000 antiques and 100,000 facts in that guy’s head. Amazing.

Bri really wanted one of these antique printer shop racks but they served a ‘small world’ display purpose and weren’t for sale (well, everything has a price…just not in her price range). They’re not the print shop drawers that we love to use as shadow boxes, they’re more like pieces of furniture, sort of like a leaning cubby shelves.

antique print shop rack

Something for everyone…

Medieval antiques…I had my eye on a crown. Shining armor without the knight.

Plenty of home-making gadgets from the 1800s including antique apple corers, hand mixers, old washboards and wringer washers, rug beaters, meat grinders…all for women. Makes me oh-so-thankful to be living in modern times!

antique trivets

antique trivets

Cast iron skillets and a few baffles. Baffling!

cast iron skillets

We contemplated taking home an antique toy truck…

antique toy trucks

I wanted to dig out my dimes and play carnival games to win this pretty antique depression glass but fought the urge (remember carnival coin toss or am I showing my age?)…

antique depression glass

Lots of lanterns…

antique lanterns

Are you an antique geek {I mean that in a flattering and positive way}? We love antique and vintage for decorating and collecting but not for ‘museum’ style display. I mean, if I found out I owned something really rare and worth a gazillion dollars, I’d ‘freak’ like I won the lottery but there might be the chance that I cleaned it wrong or broke it or gave it a distressed paint technique or repurposed it so for the most part, we collect old cool things no one wants or things that have little value. We’re okay with that. 🙂

road signs and license plates…

antique license plates

antique crocks…

antique crocks

What a crock! I love this one! But the price was a little steep at $125 considering I just purchased an old milk can with spout for $15 at a yard sale a month or so ago, I wanted it but I didn’t “need” it…

{hummels unbroken!} and so many antique clocks.

antique clocks

What else did I see? Too much to mention!

  • Collector’s items like “Coca Cola” and Santa, even “dogs”
  • Shining armor without the knight
  • Antique doilies and lace
  • Antique radios and old records
  • Vintage ceramic animals – elephants are a sign of fertility so I quickly moved on.
  • Vintage keys
  • Pocket watches
  • Antique tins and baskets. I love these types of storage possibilities, but these were rare tins and baskets…pricey.
  • Antique prints, art and posters. Bri snagged a framed vintage ad. Forgot to get a picture though.
  • Vintage mason jars – love!
  • Old crates – more love!
  • Estate jewelry – I love vintage jewelry, especially watches.
  • Antique cameras and photographs.
  • Antique morgue accessories! Oh yes I did but didn’t nose around too long in that section!
  • Vases and urns
  • Vintage Barbie dolls and dolls
  • Vintage hats and mufflers, even boots and a few dresses
  • Plenty of electric fans – no a/c and it was hot hot hot in there!
  • What didn’t I see?! I don’t know! I think they had it all!
So what did I buy? It was antique overload and believe it or not, I only purchased one thing. The price wasn’t too bad (think of what it’d cost at Pottery Barn or even TJ Maxx). I spent $50 for this GINORMOUS beautiful Victorian terrarium…

antique Victorian terrarium

{Thank you, Jim, for braving the torrential downpour to haul this to my car for me!}

Ideas?

  • Reptile cage (highly unlikely since I’m not really a reptile loving kind of girl).
  • Repurposed bird feeder. I’m sort of upset with the birds around here for their use of the bathroom in my pretty barn patio so no rewards for birds any time too soon.
  • Display case. Since I didn’t find an antique crown for my not-so-royal head…probably not. I could fill it with my clock collection though!
  • Bakery case. Bakery goodies! Yum! But, gasp! Chocolate fingerprints on glass! No thanks! Okay, for real…with my sweet tooth, it’d be displaying sugary crumbs more often than goodies.
  • Kitty time out chamber. Just kidding!
  • Vignette under glass – I probably will do this with it on occasion since I love to re-arrange and decorate. Something pretty for Christmas with faux-snow and pine!
  • aTerrarium! {ding.ding.ding.ding.ding! We have a winner!} A plant house (that’s what my receipt reads) Original, no? I’m thinking the cutest little fairy garden with pretty plants, a little path, a fairy, a butterfly, glitter dust, a bottle of Alice’s “drink me” to ‘shrink me’ so I can wander along the pretty paths and nap under a mushroom.

All of this dreaming today, huh? I promise you that none of the following were consumed while writing this post:  Wine. Mushrooms. Glitter. I claim a little exhaustion combined with paint fumes. 😉

What would you do with it?
 
See more thrifty treasures at Rhoda’s:
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If you’re local and want to check it out, here’s the scoop:
 
Antique Emporium
818 Seventh Avenue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
75 Dealer Booths on 3 Floors
Over 100,000 items ~ 28 years in business
No Crafts & Few Reproductions

See what I’m doing with it and where it’s going coming soon!

*This is not an advertisement. I’m not affiliated with Antique Emporium or being paid to write this post. I’m just sharing our antique adventure and my thrifty treasure. 

May you’re weekend be filled with thrifty treasures! 

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