Monday

DIY Fabric Covered Nightstand

I've been searching for some sort of nightstand for my guest bedroom for the past few months.  I haven't come across just the right piece yet, but I did find this little nightstand by the curb a few weeks ago for free.


I know it is nothing special, at all, but I had a vision for it and thought for free it was worth a shot.  I don't think this will be a long term solution, but for now it's a great fit.  It's not solid wood, more like laminate covered particle board, but it works.  My plan was to cover the whole thing in fabric.  So, I started by taking the drawer fronts off, removing the hardware and sanding down the middle drawer to get rid of the damaged areas.  Then I took the rest of the body of the nightstand apart.  It was pretty simple to disassemble.  I found some navy curtains at Goodwill that were fairly thick and really inexpensive.  I cut them into smaller pieces to cover the pieces of the dresser.  Then, I used a staple gun to adhere the fabric to the back of the drawer fronts and the back of the other pieces of the dresser.  Sorry for the lack of step by step photos, but once I got started I was on a mission and forgot to pause for photos.  Basically cover each of the individual pieces with fabric and then put it back together.  This works best on a piece of furniture that can be disassemble and that has really simple lines.  Something like the IKEA Rast would be perfect for this.




All in I think I spent around $6.  The drawer pulls were leftover from this project so thankfully I didn't have to invest any money in those either.  So far it's working great.  I think it would be neat to try this with patterned fabric too for something fun and unexpected.  If you are worried about spills, you could also spray the whole thing down with scotch guard when you're finished.  I'll be sure to update you with how it's holding up!


Thursday

DIY ginger jar lamp

Have you ever seen something and thought, "that would make an awesome lamp!"  Maybe it's the DIYer in me, but I find myself saying that often.  So when I stumbled upon this great blue and white ginger jar at Ross, I decided to finally put a little action behind that thought and turn it into a lamp.  You can find the full tutorial over at Ehow. (click here)


  

Wednesday

DIY teacher gift

It is hard to believe that summer is just around the corner.  I don't know what it is about this year, but it seems to be flying by!  My daughter isn't old enough to be in school yet, but my nephew is finishing up his school year soon.  So I thought it would be fun to make a little DIY teacher gift for him to share with his teachers.  Teachers do so much to shape and mold our children and it's nice to give them a little something at the end of the year to let them know they are appreciated.  But it can be hard to think of something that doesn't cost a fortune and that they can use.  So, when I was editing down my milk glass collection a few weeks ago, I thought several of the pieces would make great planters.  If you don't have a milk glass container lying around, any glass container will do.  I see cute  vintage glass vases and containers at thrift stores all the time.  Really the possibilities are endless.  So grab a vase/planter of some sort, pop a succulent in it, and you have a great gift that they can use and will hopefully love!


For the little signs I just typed up something fun and printed it out on card stock.  I'm no graphic designer, so I kept it pretty simple.  You can get as creative as you want to though, there are lots of ways you could do this.  You could even use small little chalkboard stakes (like these) and write the message on there.  For the stakes I used pretty straws, but popsicle sticks or something like that would work as well. 




And just in case you are interested in the little printable I created, here it is.


I think these would also be great for Sunday School teachers, daycare workers, really anyone that helps your child grow!

Monday

Look for Less

If you've popped into Hobby Lobby lately I'm sure you've noticed that their home decor selection has drastically improved.  I'm constantly finding new things that I love in there.  I snapped a picture of these chairs the other day because I loved the shape of them.


A few days later I came across this pretty chair from Ambiente Direct for a mere $474. 



I couldn't believe how similar the gold chairs were to the Hobby Lobby version.  Grab a can of gold spray paint and you can have a nearly identical version for a small fraction of the cost!

Friday

Bamboo Hutch Makeover

Happy Friday!  I feel like I always say it, but I'm so glad the weekend is finally here.  We are celebrating my nephew turning three and of course Mother's day on Sunday.  I'm definitely looking forward to some family time!  

I know bamboo furniture is pretty trendy right now, but I've always loved the look of it.  I think it's classic enough that it will stay "in style" for a while.  So when I saw this hutch on Craigslist for a steal, I jumped on it.  We already had a hutch in my office, but I knew this one would be a better fit.  I completely forgot to take a before picture before I jumped in, so here's a before picture courtesy of the Craigslist post.  


It's hard to tell from the picture, but it was in pretty bad shape.  Structurally it was good, but aesthetically it was awful.  It was beat up and sooo dirty.  So after a good cleaning and some prepping I got to work with the paint.  I love bamboo furniture in pretty much any color, but I felt like this needed something bold.  I have been adding touches of green throughout our downstairs and since our floorpan is so open, I felt like green would be the perfect choice.  After coat one I was beginning to doubt that decision.  It looked so neon!    


But I stuck it out, knowing you can't always judge a paint color by the first coat.  I'm thankful I did because it ended up being exactly what I had envisioned!  The color is Behr Moss Landing.  It's a mix between emerald and olive.



I sprayed the existing hardware and hinges with design master brilliant gold.  I found it at Michael's and used a 40% off coupon.  I've heard people say such good things about that paint and I have to say I was really impressed.  The color is great, it dries super fast, and the best part of all is that it doesn't smudge when you touch it.  I love Rustoleum Gold Metallic spray paint, but if I use it on something that's going to get handled a lot it does not hold up well and shows smudges so easily.  I'm sure you've noticed that if you've used it before.  If you get a chance to try the design master gold, I think you'll love it.  


I love how the white milk glass really pops against the green.  I had to edit my collection a little to make it all fit in this smaller hutch, but it was worth it!



I will say I'm so glad it's finished.  Hutches are my very least favorite thing to paint.  They really are such a pain with all the surfaces you have to cover.  And I think I did 5 coats of paint on this one, I stopped counting after 3.  I don't know if it was the paint or me, but it was a doozy.  In the end it was worth it, but you won't find me looking at hutches any time soon. :)

Monday

DIY padded headboard

Sorry for the silence over here last week!  I have a fun project to share today that I recently completed for Ehow.  Our guest bedroom has been a work in progress since we moved in.  We originally put our bed from our old bedroom in there, but it just didn't look right.  The room is fairly small and the large, black bed felt like it was taking over the room.  I knew I needed to change it up, so I created this padded headboard for Ehow and it's amazing what a difference it has already made in there.  Here's a little peek.  


I'm still totally undecided on the direction I want to go in there, but at least this is a step in the right direction!  As much as I wanted to go with a bold color or fun pattern, I knew a neutral fabric would give me the freedom to go in lots of different directions and easily change things up down the road.  Hopefully I'll have more progress to share soon!  You can find the full tutorial here.  

Thursday

A few simple DIYs

I have some exciting news to share.  I have just started writing articles over at ehow and my first few projects are up!  I'm so excited for this opportunity and can't wait to share many more simple DIY projects with you through this outlet.  Here are two projects I recently completed for them.

First up is this easy DIY faux succulent pen planter.  Do you remember those daisy pen planter things that used to be popular?  You still see them from time to time on a teacher's desk or in a doctor's office.  Well that is what inspired this project.  I wanted to do an updated version of that with some faux succulents.  I think they look fairly real and I love the fact that they can be used as pens too!  You find the DIY here.


Next up, I wanted to create an inspiration board for my office.  Somewhere I could pin inspiring images and keep things organized.  So, this DIY fabric memo board seemed like a good solution.  You can find the tutorial here.


I also just wanted to say thank you to all of you who take the time to read this blog.  I know without you this opportunity wouldn't have been possible!