Monday, February 21, 2011

Wall Decor on the Cheap


I thought I would post a few things I put together for our master bedroom.

I got an oval mirror from my sister-in-law and wondered what to do with it. Then I got an oval picture from my mom. Then I saw one at Goodwill. This is what I came up with.

I've seen a lot of metal wall art at Pier One, so when I saw these at GW I thought I would give them  a try since it was only 50 cents for the pair.

I just painted them black and they came out great - kind of like a 3D version of the drapes in the room.

Then over the course of a few months, I found these two small oval frames at Goodwill. With all the craze over the Mr. and Mrs. pillows I've seen, I decided to do my own take on the theme and made these. I don't have a special stenciling machine so I improvised. I photocopied my muslin fabric and just printed the Mr. and Mrs. onto the paper. They came out really cute.

I'm really liking how this room is FINALLY coming together.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pop of Orange Chair Covers


When my husband moved in, one of the items he brought with him was a dining set. I think it's from about the 1950's and it had been left by his home's original owner. This is what the chair cover fabric looked like.

Little bouquets and scallops on an ivory background. Not really my style. I went to Joann Fabrics with visions of brown and tan striped fabric but I found this orange fabric that I fell in love with. It was a remnant and it was just big enough for all six chairs.

I think the new fabric really brightens them up and makes them feel less formal.

Here's the before and after.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lantern Makeover


I got two of these lanterns for a beachy grad party a few years ago. Ever since the party they have been taking up space in the closet. I had them ready for Goodwill, but then decided to try a makeover.



I just took out the glass, used some ORB and toasted almond paint to cover up the aluminum finish, some twine to cover up the Asian aspect at the top and a round base for more presence.

They went from wacky, tacky party decor to charming home decor. Now, they're taking up space on display in my living room.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Valentine's Day Projects


Just thought I would share a few Valentine's Day decorations that I came up with this year.  

Felt Topiaries
Just cut a styrofoam ball in half, draw a circle in the center of the rounded side.  Cut up ~a ton~ of little petal shapes.  Hot-glue them to the styrofoam.  When the petals are done, make a button with a button maker for the center.   Use a small dowel as the stem, wrap it in ribbon and vintage eyelet lace and pop it into a little pot.

Button Heart
This is the button heart I made in ~April~ last year.  I was a little behind with my Valentine's decor, but this year I'm all caught up.

Love sign
I just painted some chip board letters white and adhered them to some craft paper.  A very quick decoration.  I have a silly, sweet  story about the letters, though.  My husband and I were in a craft store on an out of town trip.  He usually would never step foot in a place like this.  We got separated and when I found him he had this little bag of letters.  I asked what he found and he said "I'm gonna get these," with a smile on his face.  I gushed about how cute they were and then asked what he was going to use them for.  He blushed!  He hadn't thought of what to use them for, he just knew he liked them.   It was such a cute moment.  So, they came home with us they have sat in the my craft bin waiting for just the right project.  How appropriate that they would be used for a "LOVE" sign.

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Copy Cat Twine Pears


Have you seen these twine covered pears in the Ballard Design catalog?

Well, when I saw them, I knew I had to try to make one. I think mine came out to be a different variety of pear, but a pear nonetheless.

I used two styrofoam balls.  For the larger one, I trimmed both the top and bottom to a flat surface.   For the smaller one I cut off about a third of the ball leaving a flat surface.

Then I just glued the two pieces together and started gluing on the twine. 

I just used a little twig piece for the stem. After I tried it out with the baby pear, I made the mama pear.

I didn't like the transition between the two balls, so I added a muslin bow. At first I was hesitant because I thought "Why would there be a bow on a pear?" but when I thought about it I realized that the point isn't to be realistic and if I was already having twine on a pear why not have a bow? So, I went with it.

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