Before and After: Seaworthy Dresser Makeover

created at: 08/14/2012
This is probably one of the nicer ‘before’ photos I’ve posted lately, but the after is really unique. Check out the this sea-inspired dresser makeover that started with a Craigslist furniture find.   Using a reverse stencil technique, Miriam from Other Pieces of Me transformed this dresser with a combination of custom decals and white paint. The full tutorial is on FLOR’s blog here.

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More photos on FLOR’s blog for design, Musings.

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Roundup: 8 Stencil DIY Projects You Should Try

created at: 06/24/2012

Stencils have come a long way since the days they were used to create decorative ‘wallpaper’ borders in your grandmother’s kitchen. 
This once outdated technique is breathing new life with cool and contemporary patterns for quick home projects and clever crafts for kids. So whether you are making your own templates or using store-bought ones, there is sure to be at least one stencil project here that will make your crafting heart go pitter-patter.
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Before & After: A $15 Accent Wall Makeover

created at: 05/28/2012

If you’ve got $15, a steady hand, and a bit of patience, you can turn a boring wall like this…   

created at: 05/28/2012

…into a stylish accent wall like this! Heather Freeman from The Lovely Cupboard did just that with a handmade stencil and some paint pens. Incredible, right? The final look is a fraction of the cost of a similar wallpaper Heather had had her eye on and, if she tires of it, she can simply paint over it rather than mess with time-consuming wallpaper removal. Continue Reading

How to: Make a DIY Modern Silhouette Cuckoo Clock

created at: 02/22/2012

In my bedroom I have a small, awkward wall.  Nothing fits there but my vintage library chair, and it has become the neglected space in the room. I recently decided that I needed a clock in my room; not just any run-of-the-mill time keeper, but one that would make my wall of woe a little more interesting while keeping with the modern feel of my bedroom.  I looked everywhere, and nothing was in my taste and in my small budget, so I decided to make exactly what I wanted. Continue Reading

How To: Make a Festive DIY Confetti Tablecloth!

created at: 02/16/2012

Whether it’s because I’ve got a birthday coming up or I just live life like it’s a party, I’m totally feeling this colorful DIY project.  I mean, it’s a confetti tablecloth, y’all.  What’s not to like??   

I love this project as a quick way to spruce things up for a birthday party or just as a way to add a touch of playful color to your table.  It’s a simple technique that you could apply to more than a tablecloth, though.   Continue Reading

Roundup: 7 Fabulous Faux Headboards

created at: 02/15/2012

Whether you call them trompe l’oeil or faux, these plastered-right-on-the-wall headboards are the three C’s: clever, cute and CHEAP!

I’m not sure about having chalk dust rain down upon my bed, but the idea of changing up the style of my headboard with just one swipe of a chalkboard eraser is very appealing! Spotted at Examiner

50 Brilliant and inspiring headboard ideas for DIY

Sara made her faux headboard using self-adhesive vinyl. Click here to see how she did it.

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How to: Print Your Own President’s Day T-Shirt

created at: 02/14/2012

All right, now that Valentine’s Day is over, we can look ahead to the next holiday.  Do you do anything for President’s Day?  If you feel like participating in some festivity, here’s a wearable celebration.   Dana at MADE shows how to make your own intermediate stencil image, like this Honest Abe shirt. 

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This process involves more detailed stenciled pieces, but has a really cool end result.  She even uses the reverse image and gets two shirts out of one stencil cut. Continue Reading

How To: Make a Typographic DIY Stencil Pillow!

created at: 01/25/2012

Stencils, linen, and a good quote might be the ultimate throw pillow trifecta!   

Amanda Wright, the lovely blogger and designer behind Wit & Whistle, created this typographic stencil pillow after spotting a similar (and expensive) design on Vivaterra.  Not thrilled with the price or the quote, she decided to make her own version–and share the process and materials with fellow DIY-minded decor lovers.  Thanks, Amanda!

To make your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • a blank pillow cover (buy or make your own!)
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How To: Make New Year’s Resolutions Subway Art

created at: 12/26/2011
Whether it is spending more time at the gym to get rid of that last bit of baby weight (hey, it is a little harder after the third baby!) or organizing your photos, we all tend to make resolutions at this time of year.  But how good are we at keeping them?   Here’s an idea to help us in the making and KEEPING of our resolutions.    Ashley wanted her family to see their new year’s resolutions on a daily basis so they would remember to actually keep them, and her solution was simply to display their goals on a tastefully painted piece of wood in their home.  Continue Reading

IKEA Table Gets a Natural Modern Makeover

This month, Krylon is sponsoring a series of thrifty, creative DIY projects:

Over the last month, we’ve been giving some love to our favorite room in the house … our porch. Earlier this month we spruced up our porch coffee tables and a rocking chair. Then we kept the momentum going and re-did some candle-holders. This week’s project was both functional and fun, and we were thrilled with the results. 

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In the summer, we spend a lot of time on the front porch, relaxing, eating, and winding down with friends. Continue Reading