DIY White & Gold Moroccan Stenciled Table

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I love that furniture up-cycling is all the rage right now.  I just recently became obsessed with yard sales, consignment shops and auctions.  I cannot afford to spend $500 on a new coffee table, nor do I want to.  For one, my taste changes so frequently.  I would hate to invest so much money in one accessory, just to become tired of it next year.  Plus, have you really looked at the furniture you are finding at some of your local home decor stores???  Many of them are factory made, poorly designed and NOT real wood.  We’re talking MDF, particle board phonies here people!   Don’t get me wrong, I have a number of faux wood pieces in my home.  But if I were given the option of real wood vs faux wood, it’s a no brainer.  It’s like cubic zirconia, at a quick glance they may look like real diamonds…but I want the real thing!

With an older piece of furniture, sure, it may have seen better days, but with a little creativity and TLC, you will have a unique piece that you will not find on page 5 of the latest Pottery Barn catalog….or worse, in your friends home.

One of my favorite places to find one of these diamonds in the ruff, is my own home (or better yet your parents).  Take a second look at your grandfather’s old dresser, or that wooden nightstand you have had since college.  Hey, it’s not like you are going to make it look worse.

When I bought my house, I found a small wooden table in the closet.  The finish was worn and the wooden veneer was chipped and peeling.  But overall, I loved the shape of the table and it was solid wood.  Sorry, I forgot to take a before picture.

First I started by removing the damaged veneer with a putty knife.

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Then I lightly sanded the surface with a fine sandpaper block.  I removed any dust and painted the table with a coat of primer.  Use a primer people!!!  Take the time and do the prep work.  If you don’t, you will end up with chipped/peeling paint.   I know from experience.

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Then I painted the table white and let it dry before starting my stenciling.

When some people think of stenciling, they automatically think of that ivy/floral border stencil that their grandmother had on her kitchen walls.  Not anymore.  Stenciling is a great, inexpensive way to personalize your home.  You can stencils on curtains, floors, accent walls, home decor pieces, even with cake decorating!

Hobby Lobby carries larger 20″ x 20″ Wall stencils for $16.99.  I used their 40% off coupon, and purchased the Moroccan stencil for only $10.19.

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I prefer to use a stencil adhesive when stenciling flat surfaces.  Just spray a light amount to the back of the stencil.  This will prevent the stencil from shifting as well as prevent bleeding.  One can was $5-6 at Hobby Lobby. You will also need either a stencil brush or foam roller, and paint.  I prefer to use the foam roller.  I find the paint has a smoother finish.  For the paint, I used Deco Art’s Metallic Paint in Champagne Gold.

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Position you stencil on your surface and start painting. My #1 tip, less paint is more!  Have a paper towel or plate nearby so you can remove excess paint from your brush or roller.  Too much paint will lead to bleeding.

Once your stencil design is dry, you can use a spray poly to protect the surface.

Below are a few pics of the table.  I love the white and gold combo!  The whole project cost less than $20 (Stencil $10, Roller $2, adhesive spray $6.  The remaining supplies I already had on hand).

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Hope you enjoyed this post.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Bottle Wall Hangings

This was one of my first DIY projects and one of my favorites!!!  I have a love for vintage bottles and using them as decor.  I found a post online on how to make botle wall hangings.  http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/03/wall-vase.html

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I found the vintage glass bottles for $6-$7 a piece at one of my favorite local consignment shops,  http://www.antiquesonelmmanchester.com/

Then it was off to the hardware store for the remaining supplies. Now this was the tricky part.  I knew what pieces I needed for my project, but I had no idea what they really were or where to find them.  Luckily I took pictures of the images on my phone, and thanks to a few very handy men, we found them!   Now, I hate to be stereotyped as as helpless woman in a hardware store….but today, it paid to be a girl.  😉

What you will need (per bottle display):

1 – 3/4 Split Ring Hanger (found in the plumbing dept)

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1 – Ceiling Flange (found in the plumbing dept)

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1 – 3″ Threaded Rod **

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2 – 12 x 1 1/4 Wood Screws

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One glass bottle (you can also purchase them at Walmart for just a few dollars, but I prefer the vintage look myself.

1 – 2×8 piece of wood, cut to 18″ in length

2 – Picture hangers (saw tooth)

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** Just a tip, bring your bottle to the hardware store to make sure the split ring hanger will fit the neck of the bottle (without it falling off).

**Don’t bother buying the longer pieces of threaded rod that are sold at some stores.  I did this….and cutting it was impossible!!! Luckily I found pre-cut pieces at my local independent hardware store.

Luckily, I had tons of 2×8’s in my backyard (thanks to the previous home owners).  I never throw away perfectly good wood.  I WILL find a use for it… eventually.  Using a circular saw, cut your wood to 18″ in length.  Then using a palm sander, sand the surface so it’s nice and smooth.  Use a clean rag to remove any saw dust.  Follow the stain instructions and apply to the entire piece of wood.  Let it dry.  Once the stain is completely dry, it’s time to apply your fixtures.

Hold your bottle up to the board so you can see where you need to attach your ceiling flange.   Attached your ceiling flange with the screws.

Screw in the threaded rod.

Screw on the split ring hanger.

Attach picture hangers to the back.

 

Now you are ready to insert your bottle.  And Voila…it’s as easy as that.  I made three bottle vases and hung them on my porch.  I love to snip a few flower stems from my garden during the summer.  I found that my lavender works perfectly, even thru Winter!

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Fabric Pumpkins

Gobble til you Wobble!!!

Fall is my favorite time of year.  If you live in New England, you know what I mean.  Long gone are the hot, humid days of Summer.  I try to enjoy every last minute of Fall, as before you know it, the snow and the temps will be falling!  Other than the cool temps and the absolutely gorgeous foliage,  Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday) is just around the corner.  So in preparation for Turkey day, I made these cute little fabric pumpkins.  I was at Homegoods the other day and found these adorable fabric pumpkins and thought, I can totally make that!

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Here are the supplies you will need:

Soft fabric, such as velour or corduroy

Thread (use a thick thread or string)

Sewing needle

Hot Glue Gun

Cake pans ( 8″ or larger)

Marker

Scissors

Poly filling

Gourd Stems

I visited my local fabric store on the hunt for Autumn colored fabrics.  Not willing to spend $10+ a yard, I decided to check out the remnant fabric bin.   Just a tip, most of our fabric stores will have a section of remnant fabrics. Basically, they are scraps of left over fabrics.  I found scraps of fabric that were 10″ x 10″ in size to 1-2 yards.  You can save soooo much money buying remnant fabric.  And I hit the jackpot!  I found 6 squares of fabric (approx 10×10″ – 12×12″) for only $0.50 a piece!  I spent a whopping $3.00 on fabric.

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First, lay your fabric down so the wrong side is facing up.  Use your cake pan & marker to trace a circle on your fabric.   Then cut out your circles.

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Ok, so the next step requires a little sewing…but don’t worry, you do NOT need to be a seamstress.  As long as you can get the string threw the needle…you are good to go!  I found that regular sewing thread was just too thin and can easily break.  So I recommend using a thicker thread or string.  Since my local fabric store didn’t have upholstery thread (go figure), I ended up using some “house-line” that I had lying around my house.  I had to unravel the 3 individual strings that made the house-line, which took some time, but whatever, it was free!  So, start doing a running stitch ( I believe that’s what it’s called ) about 1/2 ” in from the edge, around the entire circle.  My string was so thick, I used needle nose pliers to help pull the needle through the fabric.

Once you have completed your running stitch around the edge of the circle, leave a little extra thread at each end and then pull on the strings to make a pouch.

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Then start stuffing your pouch with the poly filling.  Pull the strings tight and tie the ends with a knot.  Cut the excess string and tuck into the center of the pouch opening.  I also stuck my finger into the opening to tuck the fabric edge and threads into the opening.   Don’t worry, once you place your glue, the small threads will stay inside the pumpkin. Using your hot glue gun, put a small dab of glue on the pouch opening and apply your gourd stem.  Let dry and voila, adorable fabric pumpkins!!!

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Total cost per pumpkin……$0.50!!!!  Love it!!!

I hope you enjoy this simple project.  Happy Turkey Day to you all!!!

Spooooky Halloween Ghosts

So here is my first post.  I hope you all enjoy it because there are plenty more to come.

Here is a super cute, spooky Halloween craft I saw yesterday on The Chew.  Floating Halloween ghosts which you can make with products you already have around your house.

What you will need:

Small or 2 liter Plastic bottles and/or drinking glasses

Tape

Balloons

Wire

Wire cutters

1 TBSP Corn Starch

4 Cups water

Cooking spray

Cheese Cloth (ok, so I didn’t have cheesecloth lying around my house.  But it only cost $1.79 per package of 6 SQ Ft at the grocery store)

Black felt or card stock & glue (optional)

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The Chew suggested using a 2 liter bottle and metal hangers…but who actually has metal hangers now a days…..So I improvised using small water bottles and floral metal wire.  If using wire, cut approximately 2.5- 3 feet, then fold it in half for extra strength.  You want to take your wire and wrap it around the neck of your bottle so it is secure.  Leave about  5-6″ on either side for your arms.

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Position the extra wire in an “M” like shape,  as they will help shape the ghost’s arms,  Feel free to play with it a little.

Then blow up your balloon to about the size of a baseball and tie it off.   Make a larger balloon if you are using a 2 liter bottle.   Place the tied end of the balloon into the mouth of the bottle. Use tape to secure the balloon to the sides of the bottle.

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Once you are done, it should look something like this.  It’s a little balloon person 🙂

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The Chew suggested using liquid cornstarch.  I only had regular cornstarch on hand, so I hit the internet to see if there’s a way to make your own.  The recipe said to bring  3- 3/4 cups of water to a boil in a stockpot.  In the meantime, mix 1/4 cup of water and 1 Tbsp of cornstarch in a small bowl.  Mix well with a whisk until the cornstarch is dissolved.  When your water comes to a boil, add your cornstarch mixture.  Bring to a boil.  Let mixture boil for 1 minute while you continue to mix with a whisk.   ***Just a tip, I would suggest using a little more cornstarch for extra hold.  It will help the cheesecloth hold it’s form when dry.

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Remove your liquid cornstarch from heat and let it cool completely and come to room temperature.   I placed my mixture in a separate bowl and placed it in the freezer for 15 minutes to speed up the process…I’m very impatient!

Once your cornstarch mixture is cool to the touch, you are ready to go!  Take you cheesecloth and completely unfold.  I laid the cheesecloth over my bottle prior to cutting it so I knew how much I needed.  You want enough slack so the bottom will rest on the counter.  When you are done, the cheesecloth will need a little extra slack at the bottom so the ghost will be able to stand on its own.  You can always trim off extra once done.  Once cut, dunk your cheesecloth into the cornstarch mixture, then squeeze it out really good so it’s not dripping wet.   Unravel the cheesecloth completely.

Lightly spray the balloon with cooking spray.  This will make it much easier to remove the cheesecloth from the balloon when it’s dry. Gently drape the cheesecloth over the balloon and the wire arms.  Cut off extra cheesecloth at the base if needed.  If you like, you can also place a balloon on top of a drinking glass rather than a bottle.  These ghosts will not have arms, but they would be super cute if you hung them from the ceiling.

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Let the cheesecloth dry for about 6 hours.   Once dry, gently remove the cheesecloth from the balloon/bottle fixture.  If need be, you can pop the balloon with a needle or knife  And voila, spooky floating ghosts!!!

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Ok, now how cute are these little guys!!!  If you like, you could cut out small circles of black card stock or felt for eyes and mouth.  I kind of loved them just the way they were, so I didn’t bother.

How cute would these look under a black light!!!  Even though my iphone pictures came out terrible, they actually make the ghosts look even spoookier 🙂

Happy Halloween everyone, enjoy!!!

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