22 May 2015

DIY Wall Art

DIY wall art using a few old frames, some fabric, sticks, & paint.
I used a lightweight cotton canvas to wrap all the frames.
Wrap fabric around the frame and cut enough to tuck.

 Just a bead of hot glue and a few staples (optional).
And you have a blank canvas to start creating.

I added a couple of coats of white primer as a base for my chosen colors. This keeps the color truer, painting on the fabric made my colors much darker than I wanted.

While waiting on paint to dry...
I used a printed table cloth to cover 2 of my frames.

I already have these colors in my room so I knew which paints I needed. I used a pillow sham to color match. 

 A quart of each Colorplace paint, Kentucky Bluegrass & Derby Blue Moss.
This is also a great project to use any extra paint you may have around the house. 

A couple of coats of your chosen colors and they are ready for anything.

 These sticks kept falling out of a tree in our front yard and I just love the way they look. These are what inspired the whole piece.
Laid them out, played with them til I got them just right. Then snipped the ends on a few randomly placed twigs, and hot glued them all onto the canvas.
 I made sure to cut them all so they would overhang, then once it was all glued on I went back and snipped off just a few.
And they are ready for the finishing touches... I wanted to do cherry blossoms, but pink doesn't really work with this. I had to get creative...

I tried making fabric blooms, but just wasn't getting the look I wanted. Then I went diggin' in my floral stash...
I had to disassemble 3 different kinds of florals, then reassemble to get the look I wanted... but I was able to make just the right flowers for my piece.

26 April 2015

DIY Upcycled Wood Table

When we moved from Georgia here to Virginia, the movers crated up our fish tank. When I saw the completed crate I immediately knew I could do something with all that Pretty wood they used. :)
You see I am the type that looks for the most beat up piece of wood when we go to the hardware store. This drives my husband crazy, and the employees Always give me funny looks.
But, those pieces have the most to offer for me.

And that is why I was so excited about this crate. I wasn't sure What it would be, but I knew it had Great potential... I just had to wait for inspiration.

 It has been sitting in my craft room as storage since we got here. 
When I started working on our side porch... I was inspired.
And so it began... 

 Sorry, no pics of the process... My builder does not like being photographed :) 
BUT, he is Amazing when it comes to creating the randomness that I dream up. 
This is the design...


 And this is our creation...

 Added a few coats of paint on the legs, and white wash so all that Pretty wood shows thru.

 Added a few touches of coral and gold... And the side porch is finished.


 Will be adding seat cushions later, but in LOVE with the way it has all turned out.

07 April 2013

Front Yard

The front of the house before we moved in.
 These photos were taken last year when we started working on the yard.

Moved these stepping stones around from the back yard.
The perfect spot for my arbor.
 Found the two doors and the window Treasure Huntin'. The gate I got from my Momma. Chad and my Dad-in-law built this last summer.
 This side of the house had those ugly wood pieces just laid out beside the driveway... Actually these ugly wood pieces are ALL OVER the yard.

 So I came up with something to do with my pallets I have been collecting :)
 These are going to get whitewashed. Yep, I am doing it the hard way. This was kinda a last minute idea I thought up one day.

 And now here is the front yard about a week after we redid the grass seed this year.

 And this is what it looks like now.

 The pathway looks much better in the front yard than it did in the back.

 And my Gorgeous arbor... can't wait to get some flowers growing. But that is a whole other problem for me. I do not have a green thumb.
 I'll just be happy if I can keep his grass alive and pretty.