Drop Cloth Decor

Today my friends I have a fun and super budget friendly decorating idea.  You can use simple painter’s drop cloths you can by at home improvement store to make curtains, pillows, slip covers, etc.  The options are endless.

I found a 4ft. x 15ft. drop cloth here at the Home Depot for only $17.00!  Here are some ideas on how to use these hardworking gems!

How adorable are these drop cloth curtains that the Hunted Interior did for her daughter’s big girl room?

Drop Cloth Hunted Interior

Check out what Kate over at Centsational Girl did with drop cloth on the patio.  It has the look of an expensive cabana for much, much less!

 

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Carmel over at Our Fifth House hit it out of the ballpark with these blue stenciled drapes.  You would never know they were made out of drop cloths and look like high-end fabric.  With the range of beautiful stencils out there, you could make anything you can dream up!

Drop Cloth Our 5th House

 

Martha Stewart herself is also on board.  She has created canopies, pillows and even an outdoor shower curtain out of drop cloths!

Drop Cloth Martha Stewart 2 Martha Stewart Photo by Seth Smoot

Drop Cloth Martha Stewart 3 Martha Stewart Photo by Seth Smoot

Drop Cloth Martha Stewart

 Martha Stewart Photo by Seth Smoot

You could also make a hammock out of this inexpensive and easily accessible material.  Can you say Father’s Day gift?

Have you ever tried making something out of painter’s drop cloths?  Mine are mostly spattered with paint, but I may have to run out to Home Depot so I can give this a try!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Mine is going to be busy with a swim meet and ballet recital and I have about 20 home projects I want to tackle. Never enough time!

While Visions Of Snakeskin Danced In Her Head

This is a prime example why I should not be left to my own devices at Target.  A few weeks ago, I ran into this snakeskin duct tape on clearance at Target. For $1.50, I knew I would do something with it.  I swear they have duct tape in every pattern imaginable now.  I wrote about that and how I duct taped my fridge here.

Then, the other day I was organizing my books and BAM, it came to me.  Why don’t I duct tape these old books I was going to donate?  Right???  So, here is what I did with a $1.50 clearance find.

 

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It makes me what to read those books again!  Doesn’t everyone need some snakeskin duct tape?? What fun, inexpensive projects have you done around your home lately?

Linking up to Work it Wednesday!

xo

Easter Eggs Part Deux

I posted here about some DIY Ombre Easter Eggs I made.  After making entirely too many of them, I decided to try something different with about half of them.  Using simple materials I had on hand, I created these paper mache type eggs.

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Here is what you will need:

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  • Patterned paper napkins of your choice.
  • Scissors
  • Sponge or paint brush
  • Mode Podge
  • Eggs

STEP 1:  Separate the napkin layers.  Keep the top patterned layer and discard the remainder.  Cut shapes from the top layer.

STEP 2:  Brush Mod Podge onto the egg then apply a cutout from the napkin.  After letting it dry, paint another layer of Mod Podge on top to seal.  I found you really had to take your time and use your fingers to smooth out the paper or else you would end up with a wrinkled effect.

There are so many beautiful napkin patterns out there these days, so the possibilities are endless.  It literally took me about 10 minutes to create these beauties!

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What about you?  How do you decorate your eggs?  Do you go for a PAAS kit or do you try something more untraditional?

Stay tuned . . . I may have another decorating idea coming soon.  I just can’t get enough!

DIY Ombre Easter Eggs

Hope you had a great weekend!  I spent a portion of my weekend dying Easter eggs with my daughter.  In lieu of a standard PAAS egg dying kit, we opted for a more sophisticated palette this year!  Check out these super simple ombre eggs.  I chose blue, but you could opt for any color.  You can create this dynamic arrangement with vials of blue dye from a food coloring kit!

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Here is what you need to do:

FIRST, set out six 12 oz glasses and label them 1 through 6.

SECOND, add one cup of boiling water and two teaspoons white vinegar to each and stir.  Use a separate spoon for each glass (I learned this the HARD way!)

THIRD, mix in the color of your choice as follows.  In glass 1 put 2 drops.  In glass 2 put 6 drops.  In glass 3 put 10 drops.  In glass 4 put 20 drops.  In glass 5 put 45 drops and in glass 6 put 60 drops (it almost killed my daughter to not be invovled in this critical step!)

FINALLY, submerge a hard-boiled egg in each glass.  Steep for 5 minutes or until you are satisfied with the color then remove and place in an empty egg container to dry.

Oh, I also took the basic crate that the eggs came in and painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Paris Grey so I could have something simple and elegant to display them in.

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I guarantee I will also be doing a traditional PAAS kit with my kids or at least putting stickers all over these lovelies!  What about you?  Do you have a tradition for dying and decorating your Easter eggs?  Do tell in the comments!

DIY Birch Pillars

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So, I was brainstorming ideas for a spring table when I came across these birch rounds at Michael’s craft store.

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They came in a variety of  thicknesses.  The only problem was they were about $8-10 a piece.  That is no biggie if you just want a few, but if you want to make a big statement, that can get pricey.  So, I started to think about how easy it would be to make my own.

I went to my birch log stockpile  (doesn’t everyone have one of these??) and pulled out my circular saw.

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Some of the rounds needed to be sanded down a bit, but all in all they looked really nice.  Here they are dressed up like little models!

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They just put a little “spring” in my step!  Stay tuned, as I will have a reveal of our table set for a spring brunch and will show you some other spring touches around our home.

DIY Aged Terra Cotta Pots

 

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Simplicity in the South

Daylight savings time is upon us and I have an instantaneous urge to run out to the nursery and buy more plants and flowers than I can plant in one sitting!  I am a huge fan of terra cotta planters, but the high-end ones that look centuries old tend to be super expensive.  You can buy very inexpensive ones at box stores like the Home Depot, but they tend to look too new.  Over time, these pots whiten with age as a result of minerals leaching from the water.

I did a little research and what do you know . . . it is very easy to create the “weathered” look on your own.

Martha Stewart Aged Terra Cotta Pot

Martha Stewart

Here is what you do to create the look on your own:

MATERIALS:

  • Terra Cotta Pot(s)
  • Lime powder
  • Bristle brush
  • Medium-grit sand paper (about 150 grit)

STEP 1:  Mix 1 cup of lime powder into 2 cups of water until it takes on a thick consistency.  Paint a coat of the solution onto the pot.  For a natural look, apply it sparingly in some areas and generously in others.

STEP 2:  When the pot is coated and still wet, take a spray bottle of water on the “stream” setting and let some of the lime powder solution run off.

STEP 3:  Allow the pot to dry.  Use the sandpaper in a light pattern to create a gently mottled surface.

BOOM.  There you are in 3 easy steps.  Plant some lavender because you have just been transported to a patio in Provence!

If you have some Annie Sloan chalk paint on hand you can head over here for a tutorial on how to age terra cotta pots using chalk paint.

Stay tuned.  I plan to do a post on getting moss to grow on these beauties!

terra cotta moss

xo

DIY Lacquered Boxes

I have been eyeing beautiful lacquered boxes like these for a while now.  However, the high-end designer versions can cost you upwards of $80 per box.  I was inspired to create an inexpensive version of my own.

lacqured box 2 Here is what I did.

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Materials:

  • Plain wood boxes from a craft store.  I bought mine at Michael’s and it was about $8 for both.
  • Paint color of choice.  I used spray paint because I had it on hand, but anything would work.
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper or sanding wedge
  • High gloss coating
  • Small Phillips head screwdriver
  • Jewels or stones to decorate the box (optional)

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First, take the box clasps off with the screwdriver, but keep the open and close hinges in place. Then fill the holes with wood filler or wood putty. After it dries, sand the holes down so the surface is smooth.

Next, paint the boxes with your paint of choice.  Be sure to use painters tape over the opening or else you will seal the box shut.  I have learned this the hard way before!

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Once your base coat is fully dry, give it a light sanding, if necessary to remove any brush strokes. If you want to create stripes around the edges, use painter’s tape to form the stripes.

Finally, use two coats of a high gloss finish to give the boxes that ultra shiny lacquered look.  I used Martha Stewart High Gloss and it did a nice job.

I had an old bracelet that I never wear anymore, so I cut it apart and used the pieces to make a decorative shape on the top of one of the boxes.

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Once they are finally dry, you have a look a like version for a fraction of the cost.  Are they as smooth as the real deal?  No.  Can you see a bit of the wood grain.  Yes.  But they are still just as pretty and because I used mostly materials on hand, they only cost me about $11 total for both!

I am considering adding some striped detail to the outside of the box like the one in the sample picture.  However, I think it might be too much with the decorative pieces on top.  What do you think?