So, painting things now takes about 1.3 billion times longer now that I have three kids and a newborn in the house. This little painted side table project took me about 2 weeks, and I finished ONE out of THREE. Ha! Continue reading
Two of the most common questions I’ve received from my friends and readers lately about my recent projects are: “What’s the difference between chalk and chalkboard paint?” and “How do I make them?“. Writing a thorough post on chalk paint vs chalkboard paint has been in my queue for some time now, and I’ve slowly been able to piece this information together for you in between caring for new Baby B (who happens to love to cry and keep me up all night!) and racing around after my other two girls. (Three kids has been a challenge so far, let me tell ya!)Continue reading
At the risk of sounding whiny, the last few days have been pretty rough around here. A mini surgery (nothing too serious) and some other health issues have left me looking for my DIY and my writing mojo. I’ve lost both, I fear.
I suppose it’s for the best. Anyone who’s experienced a major renovation or building project will probably agree with me that it can suck the life out of you. Sometimes, you just need to take a week or two of rest (whether you’re forced to or not). I think my body might be telling me that’s what I need right now!
We’ve lived in Our DIY House for 3 weeks now, and I’m really enjoying it so far (despite the nagging to-do list of finishing items we still have to complete). One of my favourite features is our lovely staircase. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in the door and it really is a statement. Another probable reason I love it so much is because we didn’t have a staircase for almost 7 years in our Garage House!Continue reading
If you can paint between two lines and wield a small paint roller, you can make this easy & inexpensive chevron + sticker quote wall art!
All you require is a canvas (any size you prefer), acrylic paints (I picked mine up at our local crafts store for $1 each) a craft paint brush, some letter stickers and a small foam paint roller and you’re ready to make some DIY unique art for your home. This would look adorable in a nursery or even over a mantel!Continue reading
One of the goals for the decor in Our DIY House is to have NO orangey or golden toned wood ANYWHERE. I mean, I think it looks great in some houses, but I find it really mid-90’s-ish and we have it in our current Garage House (because it was the cheapest colour of laminate flooring and cabinets we could find) so I’m getting tired of it.
We are on a very tight budget for our house build (especially here at the end) and we simply couldn’t afford stone countertops. I considered laminate countertops, but I wanted something light coloured for our kitchen design and I couldn’t find a light coloured laminate I liked in our price range. Continue reading
Our DIY Houseis in the home stretch and I’m so excited I can barely contain myself! This has been by far the biggest DIY project of my entire life and I’m sure it will be worth it in the end, but right now my hubby and I are so very tired. We’re working on really fun things now, though, including installing these gorgeous shaker style doors:Continue reading
Because Our DIY House is a very square, simple foursquare craftsman home I wanted our window and door trim inside to reflect that style.
After virtually rummaging through trim photos on Pinterest, I decided I wanted casings and baseboards that were quite square, and I wanted to keep the profile simple with just a bit of detail at the top and bottom. It had to be something we could DIY, but still add some character to our new home. Continue reading
I thought long and hard about the light fixtures for Our DIY House. To me, light fixtures are a huge part of the decor of a room. They can really set a mood!
We purchased most of our light fixtures through our account with Direct Buy. Want my honest opinion on this club? I think it’s completely worth purchasing a membership (which is very pricey!) if you like high end items for home improvement store prices AND if you’re planning on renovating in a big way or building. We purchased our membership in B.K. (“before kids”) when we had extra spending cash. Continue reading
Guess what?! We are THISCLOSE to having Our DIY House entirely painted! We only have a hallway and one more room to go.
The entire process has taken us about a week. I’d love to say that I completely DIY’d this project, but it’s been more like “WTKWMFAHDIT” (Watching the Kids While My Friends and Husband Do It Themselves). Continue reading
The materials for this project have been hiding under my kitchen table (a.k.a. my craft table, a.k.a. our microwave table) for several months and I finally had a chance this weekend to put them all together and make this pretty DIY jewelry holder!
This project only took me a few hours and I really love how it turned out. I tried some hand painting just for something different, but it would also look nice decorated with decopauged fabric or stenciled paint. The glass knobs are a feminine touch, and I’m more than happy to display my necklaces as pieces of art on my wall (most of them are by my talented friend, Bella’s Beaudoir of Jewelry).
paint (I used latex paint samples I bought from testing colours for our new house)
knobs (I used pretty glass ones)
Sand the tray thoroughly (the back of this tray was laminate, so it helps paint to stick and look nice and smooth). Paint all sides and crevices carefully with a brush (I used Valspar’s Tempered Gray for my main colour).
Let the coat dry, and then paint another coat.
I chose to add some hand painted details inside the boxes of the tray with white paint (Valspar’s Ultra White) and one of my daughter’s little craft brushes, but you could also skip this step or try painting with a stencil (or painting the back panels a different solid colour). The options are endless!
One of the best furniture painting tips that I learned last year was to always finish up with a few coats of clear Varathane to protect the paint and give it a satiny smooth finish. I used two coats on this project.
Next, attach the knobs to the tops of each compartment. I used super glue instead of a drill – it was a lot easier and it seems to be holding well!
Screw the little cup hooks along the bottom of the tray (I used 5). I started trying to do these by hand, and then finally gave up and had my hubby drill pilot holes so that they were easier!
This tray happened to have a nice ledge at the back that I used to hang it, but if yours doesn’t you’ll need to attach some kind of picture hanger to the back.
I didn’t have enough knobs for all of my panels, but I’ve decided that I’ll leave the big one knob-free. It looks cute as a little brooch or bracelet shelf!
Oh, this is a much better (and prettier) way to store my necklaces than the jumbled mess I had on my dresser before!
It’s amazing what a little bit of paint and glue can do (and how much I’m falling in love with this soft, gentle gray as a potential colour for our new house)!