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.
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This once outdated technique is breathing new life with cool and contemporary patterns for quick home projects and clever crafts for kids.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.
If you’ve got $15, a steady hand, and a bit of patience, you can turn a boring wall like this…
…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
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
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.
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
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!
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