Find Your Wild DIY Word Art

creative word art

How has your week been going?  It’s been a mixture of super productive and super frustrating for me.  You know when you have a partial week and you can’t decide if squeezing the week’s work into a few days is really worth the days off?!  I’m going to go ahead and say it’s worth it. I’m heading out first thing tomorrow morning to join my college girlfriends in Charleston for some overdue bonding and wine drinking.  It’s been two years since we’ve all been together… too long.

Onto today’s DIY.  I’ve never been a huge fan of word art and always kind of feel like it’s a bit hokey or something.  It takes a special piece for me to be like, “yeah, I want to put that in my house”.  Do you know what I mean?

Regardless of my word art feelings, however, I wanted to use this phrase somewhere after seeing it all over the internet. I felt a monochromatic black and white piece would be understated and modern, so I forged ahead breaking my own rules and creating this little gem.

AND it was quite easy.  If you can glue and spray paint, you’ve got all the necessary skills to complete this piece.   [Read more…]

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Gold Geometric Tumbler Set DIY

gold dishwasher safe cricut tumbler set

You guys know I have a thing for glassware.  It’s kind of a running joke in my house because there are more sets of tumblers, goblets, flutes, and mugs than one house honestly needs. But here is the issue.  When I see a beautiful glass, I can’t buy just one.  That would be strange, no?  You have to buy at least a set of four… which means that for each glass I find that I like, I have four. And the best scenario is that each glass is unique, so that all four are special.

I love making glasses on my own as well, which just adds to the problem.  I especially love gold geometric style glasses.  But, usually, when you see cool glasses, though, they’re made on a cricut… and I despise my cricut. It’s a fine machine, don’t get me wrong… but I feel the same way about it as I feel about my sewing machine.  It’s a necessary evil.

That is why, when I made this project, I decidedly sought out to make it without the machine’s help.   [Read more…]

DIY Industrial TP Holder (Yes, TP!)

diy industrial toilet paper holder

Ok, so I know toilet paper isn’t a glamourous topic.  And I suppose neither are the ceiling fans we discussed yesterday, but sometimes home design and ownership is about a little more than the pretty things and sometimes about the functional things as well.

For today, I wanted to share the industrial DIY toilet paper holder that I just made to complement my new bathroom redesign which I shared last week.  In the original photos I didn’t have a TP holder at all, because I was looking for something very specific. And that looking turned into a few weeks of web-scouring and coming up empty handed.  So I just kind of neglected the situation.  Well, I realized that ignorance wasn’t bliss and that just because I didn’t find that very specific thing, didn’t mean I couldn’t still have what I wanted.  I’d just have to make it. I was looking very specifically for a black holder with just an arm… no springs, no hinges, no reasons for someone not to refill them (I think you know where I’m going here).

As a side note, I’m not a huuuge fan of the ‘rustic industrial’ design (pipes and pallets and whatnot), but I also think that a little touch here and there can be nice when mixed with some more classic elements.  After scouring shops local and online for a black holder I found a few but they were all in the $50-$120 range.  I though that was a little ridiculous, so in came the DIY.  What is even better about this DIYs $12 price tag is the five minutes it took me to complete.  [Read more…]

DIY Mini Wooden Succulent Planters

wooden succulent planters diy

Last week, while I was shopping for wooden ‘feet’ for my whitewashed trunk, I saw these mini wooden ‘bun’ feet and thought they’d make adorable little planters.  I have a few succulents left over from the wedding flowers I did a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted a cute way to plant them.  You see a lot of little planters like this in trendy shops and they’re always a bit more expensive than I think they should be. With just $2 for each wooden foot and $4 for a drill bit, I had 6 little succulent pots for under $15.  I would say that is a deal.

They’re pretty easy to make as well.  Just remove the original screw and drill a hole big enough to plant the succulents and that’s it! And best of all, I have the complete step-by-step project documented below, so you can make your own and we can be succulent planter twins.  [Read more…]

Before + After: DIY Whitewash

whitewash finish diy

Usually, in a good before and after post, I would show the ugly ‘before’ at the very beginning of the post and then tease with the promise of a stunning ‘after’, but this post is a bit backward.  I couldn’t bear to put the ugliness on the front page in this case, which I suppose makes me totally shallow, but I’m owning it.

I have had this very cheap teal trunk in my dining room for about 7 years.  I’m pretty sure I got it at Hobby Lobby or Michaels for about $50 back in 2008 when my dining room looked like this.  Every time I look at the trunk, I think about how much I hate it, but for whatever reason, I never felt compelled to do anything about it.  I kept thinking I’d just take it to goodwill, but the lack of another piece to put in that space rescued it every time.  Well… not this time… I have had enough.  [Read more…]