March 25, 2012

Learning To Sew: The Painted Pillow Project

My mom tried to teach me to sew earlier this week. We started out by making some pillows for the guest bedroom.


The pillow in the front I painted!

I made a simple envelope pillow using 3 pieces of fabric.


I stenciled the front with some leftover blue paint that I converted to fabric paint and the same stencil I used on the bedroom vanity table





I also made a pillow for the chair. 
I got that blue fabric from a shower curtain.



I'm no sewing master yet, but I'm trying to learn! Little by little...



I'm not sure sure I will be a skilled seamstress anytime soon, but I gave it a go.

But eventually, I kinda got the hang of it. Kinda.


and now I'm SUCH an accomplished seamstress that I can make a pillow.

Oh the joy!


Update: Here are my pillows made with glue....aka when I finally came to terms with my lack of sewing skill. 




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March 20, 2012

DIY Ballard Designs Knock-Off Caned High Back Chair Makeover

I got my Ballard Designs catalog in the mail yesterday. It's like a visit from Santa every time it arrives. (I believe! I believe!) After 30 minutes of devouring every single page, I came away with one cold hard fact: 
I'm pretty sure I have that exact same chair in a closet in my basement...
That I got from Goodwill 2 years ago...and I had no idea what I had on my hands!

Until I saw this in the catalog yesterday:


Look closely.  STARTING at $449 PER CHAIR.



OR, you can get lucky like me and find THIS for $5 at Goodwill:




It's probably not actually from Ballard, but it is seriously identical...even down to the intricate leg detail.

It was dark brown wood when I found it (which was 2 years ago, and that was BEFORE I blogged, so no before pictures...sorry!) and didn't have a seat cushion, but at the time I thought it was neat.

Plus, for $5, I knew I could do something with it.

So, I painted it

 cut a plywood seat and upholstered it


 and trimmed it.





Here's what I ended up with:




I'm not sure where I'll put it yet, but I'm sure it will end up somewhere in the house.

Not too bad for a $500... $5 chair, huh?
To see my top 10 chair makeovers you can visit this post.



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March 19, 2012

DIY Wall Art Ideas & Living Room Updates

I spent my weekend doing projects. All of which were done to change the color scheme of my living room. My living room has had about a million different looks, and it never ceases to change. I'm sure it will change again, too, but for now, I'm switching out all the yellow for a light blue. I also added tons of DIY wall art ideas to the room that I'm excited to show you!


DIY Wall Art Ideas | LiveLoveDIY


It's not finished quite yet, so let's consider this post a mini-reveal with a look at how sweet my husband is...along with a peek at a few projects I've been working on!!

My always-patient husband spent his Sunday morning climbing the ladder to repaint the accent wall. This will be the third time this wall has changed color in a year. Bless his heart.




Sometimes just a small change can make a world of difference in the way a room feels.



I also changed out the wall art a little with a chevron painting and some DIY peacock feather art for my gallery wall.


some closeups:




They're just some simple sketches of some wispy peacock feathers, matted and framed.

I also made some chevron art using some masking tape similar to how I paint stripes.



I also made a few pillows out of an old shower curtain. You can see how I make my no-sew pillows with glue here.

So, the room isn't finished yet. I'm sure there will be tons of updates as time goes on.


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Have a great week!



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March 10, 2012

How To Paint Stripes: the easiest tutorial ever!


I recently updated our 1970's guest bathroom by painting the cabinetry, replacing the builder grade mirror, painting the walls, and adding a striped accent wall.

I started out with a bathroom that looked like this.


And after just a few days and less than $200, I ended up with a space that I love. It just feels so much better now.



Since the reveal, many of you have asked how to paint stripes.
So, today we'll breeze through a quick tutorial.


You just need a few supplies.

The Easiest Way To Paint Stripes On a Wall! Complete tutorial with paint colors.

Here's what I used:
1. Paint
2. Paintbrush (I use a Wooster Shortcut Paintbrush and swear by it. It saves so much time.)
4. Tape measure
5. Painter's Tape (This one is great for getting a crisp line.)  
6. Level

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Here are the paint colors I used in our guest bath.


 I used the Ocean Pearl (flat finish) as my main color and the Sea Salt (flat finish) as my accent stripe color. 

The Easiest Way To Paint Stripes On a Wall! Complete tutorial with Behr paint colors.

And a closeup:

The Easiest Way To Paint Stripes On a Wall! Complete tutorial with paint colors.

To read how I made that bird art for free, go here.


Now let's get started.
The first thing you need to do is decide how big to make your stripes. I measured the height of my wall, and divided the height by the number of stripes I wanted. For my wall, this determined that I should make each stripe 11 inches wide. (Doing this insures that you don't end up with a half stripe up at the top or bottom of your wall.)

The absolute easiest way to paint stripes on a wall. Great tutorial.



Once you know the width of each stripe, use your tape measure, level, and painter's tape, and start taping off the wall where the stripes should be.

The absolute easiest way to paint stripes on a wall. Great tutorial.




Make sure to press firmly on the edges of the tape. Run your finger along the edge, or use something like a credit card. This will prevent your paint from bleeding underneath the tape. As long as you've pressed down the tape, you should get a nice clean line.

 Then paint every other stripe with the accent color you've chosen.

As you can see in the above photo, when I was done painting a stripe, I took the tape down. You'll want to take the tape down while the paint is still wet to avoid damaging the paint.

When it's done, you should have something like this:




And that's all for today, ya'll.
Thanks so much for being here!
I'll be back soon to share the makeovers of the office, kitchen, and the master bath.







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