Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Painters Drop cloth to fabulous Curtain!!!

Wow... This is an incredible repurposed project that was almost "No Sew" which makes it perfect for even the beginning DIYer. My friend, Traci, redid her kitchen this past summer on a shoestring budget. Popcorn ceiling DOWN with the help of friends, a lot of dust and lots of giggles. Cabinets - REPAINTED. Hardware - REPLACED. Fixtures - REPLACED. All this was done while maintaining her budget. Table/Chairs and China cabinet that I was letting go of became her "new" kitchen furniture. It good to have friends that are getting rid of stuff, right?!?! With all that work, she couldn't let the windows go without adding her special touch. After much searching, she found a beautiful floral fabric for her kitchen window. She then decided on a heavier fabric for the window facing the street. A beautiful tan DROP ClOTH became the base fabric for this gorgeous curtain. By using strips of the printed fabric and white ribbon from the window above her sink, we attached the ribbon and fabric with iron on tape (we suggest the heaviest iron on tape possible to avoid having to sew). I think she pulled the room together flawlessly. (We are DIYers.... nothing is ever really flawless but we like to think so). Using conduit pipe and some connectors, she created a heavy duty curtain rod. Clips attached to rings made the curtains easy to hang. There was a little sewing involved, and a lot of drop cloth leftover for other projects. But the result is fabulous. A great idea that will add a lot of life to the kitchen. I can't wait to see what is next on her list!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Upcycled Wooden Pallet - Art with Heart

Wooden Pallet Art is one of the newest ways to upcycle something that normally we would not use. Wooden pallets are plentiful around here and with the help of a saw, hammer, nails, screws and a little sanding, we had some wonderful pallet panels to work on.  

How To:
We followed these steps to have the perfect boards to work on.
1 -  Sand the panel before you begin. Spray with a light coat of wood sealer, allow to dry completely.
2 - Sand lightly a second time to remove any additional rough spots. Now you are ready to begin. 
3 - Basecoat the panel with your favorite color. We used acrylic paint, but I have used pickling paint, stain, latex, etc. whatever we have on hand. Just put on a really nice even coat. Allow to dry.
4 - For a more distressed look, sand again before you add the design.
5 - Print out your favorite quote in the fonts that you like. Using graphite paper against the board, draw around each letter to transfer the quote to the board. Be patient and take your time.
6 - Remove the paper, your design should show lightly on your board.
7 - Using a paint marker (the color your words will be) outline each letter, allow to dry.
8 - Using acrylic paint and a small brush, fill in the letters, allow to dry completely.
9 - Seal with a spray sealer.
10-Add a hanger to the back for easy display.