May 31, 2013

Best of May 2013



I cannot believe it's already the end of May! This month flew by like a speedy jet. It was a total whirlwind as I finally finished a few projects that had been taking forever. Phew! 

In cased you missed any of the fun projects this month, here's a little recap of all that happened in May!


May 29, 2013

The Wednesday Six: a new series featuring inspiring DIY & craft ideas!

 
Hey ya'll! Welcome to my new series, The Wednesday Six. Here's the deal. I spend a lot of time on Pinterest. I'm kind of obsessed with it. While I'm there, I see so many great ideas from so many talented fellow bloggers. I've decided to feature my favorite six projects every Wednesday here on the blog.

May 23, 2013

Just thank you.

 I'm taking a break from DIY today to say thank you.
Because I think it every single day and I want you to know that.
Just a sincere, heartfelt thank you. If you've ever left a comment on this blog, emailed me, or sent me a loving message via carrier pigeon. If you've become my friend because of connecting through our blogs, or if you're a loved one who continues to cheer me on. Thank you.

May 20, 2013

10 Painting Tips & Tricks You Never Knew

10 Paint Secrets: tips & tricks you never knew about paint!
After painting most of our 1970's fixer upper by myself, I've learned a few things about paint these past few years. So, I thought it might be useful to share some of my favorite painting tips with you. 

These are my top 10 paint secrets that will save you time, money, and just make any paint job a whole lot easier. Enjoy!


May 16, 2013

Bedding Giveaway From Bedding Style


Bedding Giveaway from Bedding Style
Great bedding can truly transform a bedroom, as I learned when decorating our guest bedroom which I finally revealed this week. Bedding can set the tone for an entire room and truly inspire you to create a bedroom that makes you smile every night when your head hits the pillow.  Bedding Style wants to spread the love by giving one lucky blog reader $200 worth of fabulous bedding from their online store! 


May 14, 2013

Decorating Bedrooms with Secondhand Finds: The Guest Bedroom Reveal


Tons of thrifty ideas for decorating bedrooms with secondhand items | LiveLoveDIY
Today's the day!!
I finally get to show you the summer reveal of our guest bedroom. 
I've been working on this room for a month now, and I'm excited to finally be able to share it with you. I repurposed most of the items in this room, so I have tons to show you!

May 9, 2013

Upholstery Tips and Tricks

Upholstery Tips & Tricks | LiveLoveDIY

I just reupholstered my thrift store chair again. (It's going in the room I've been working on, and it needed a fresh new 'do.)

I've done several upholstery tutorials on the blog, and there are several FAQ's I get with every tutorial.

They're the same questions I had when I first started playing around with upholstery, so today I thought I would share a few tricks I've learned along the way and answer one of your most frequently asked questions.

May 8, 2013

How To Make Easy Floral Art




There's nothing I love more than creating art. I don't consider myself an expert by any means, but the more I experiment with painting, the more I realize that you don't have to be an expert to create great art. 
It's true. And the best part is that painting is such a great way to unwind and express a little creativity. So, here's how I created my latest diy floral art. 




I started with a giant piece of wood that was originally a shelf in my laundry room. And I cut it in half. You can also use a canvas or normal piece of wood. 
You know, just in case you don't have some weird extra shelf in your laundry room that you've been wanting to throw out for a year. :)

DIY Floral Wall Art with Nailhead Trim | LiveLoveDIY

I sanded the entire piece of wood, and then painted the entire piece with some fresh white paint.
Then I drew some very simple flowers all over it with a marker. I'm not a professional artist (more of a doodler), and so there's nothing special about these flowers. 
I used the pink & green floral material (that I gave you a sneak peak of in my glue pillows post) as inspiration. 

DIY Floral Wall Art with Nailhead Trim | LiveLoveDIY

 Using a small paintbrush, and some basic craft paint, I swirled the paint around in circles to create flowers. I started with darker colors and then swirled some white in the centers to give it depth. Abstract flowers are my favorite thing to paint because they require basically zero skill.

DIY Floral Wall Art with Nailhead Trim | LiveLoveDIY

Before my flowers had dried, I took some blue-gray interior house paint and my big paintbrush and I painted the entire canvas with it, kind of inching in around the flowers. I love doing paintings this way because it kind of mixes the color over the edges of all the flowers and gives it a really cool look. You can also paint over anything you don't like. I totally painted over that giant man-eater flower at the bottom. He didn't make the cut.


You can still see some of the marker sketches through the paint, and I love that. I like to use markers just so that they show through a little bit. It's art. It doesn't have to make sense.
Atleast that's what I tell myself when I'm using a dollar store paintbrush to paint on a laundry shelf.

Also, after I was done, I added a little nailhead trim to each of the corners. 




I'm so pleased with how it turned out. 


It's hard to beat free art that takes less than twenty minutes to make! Plus, it turned out to be the perfect addition to our new guest bedroom (seen here).

Thanks so much for stopping by today!






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May 6, 2013

10 Ways To Organize Your Life




10 ways to organize your life using stuff you already own! Tip #2 is GENIUS!
Hey guys. So, today I'm sharing how I organize our entire house on a budget. These ideas don't require that you run out and buy a million containers and just add to the clutter. Instead, most of these ideas involve repurposing things you already have and actually reducing the clutter around your home. 

Because who doesn't love the feeling of being organized and saving money?
Nobody. That's who.

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