I am currently obsessed with the Victorian age–the fashion, fabric prints, furniture style, and all other aspects grab my attention almost instantaneously. When deciding how I want to finish my vanity, I envisioned something simple, yet still captured that "old fashioned," Victorian look.
This look can be done with any piece of furniture, or any other surface really (Check out Pinterest for other ideas).
Use Lace to Stencil Furniture
Lay the lace over the area you wish and keep it taut. Spray paint the area with the color of your choice. I chose a metallic gold as an accent. After you paint the area, let it dry for a mintue before carefully taking the lace off.
I then used a clear, glossy protective glaze.
Using lace as a stencil is fabulous because you can cut it to fit any area with ease, and can use it repeatedly.
If you are like me, you are always wandering around your house looking for your keys. Solution? Key rack!
What you will need:
Canvas of desired size
I had an old canvas that I've been meaning to cover with fabric, making it the perfect base. First, cut the fabric so that it fits over the canvas, leaving enough to be able to fold it over the sides as well.
Then, to attach the fabric to the canvas, apply a layer of Modge Podge with the sponge brush on the canvas. Smooth the fabric over the canvas. Apply a second layer over the fabric.
Wrap the fabric around the sides of the canvas, taut, and either glue it to the back or if you have a staple gun handy, staple it to the wood.
Let the glue dry for about 30-60 minutes. Take the eyelet hooks and simply screw it into the bottom wood panel. Hang as desired!
What I love about this project is that there are a variety of options–wood instead of a canvas, painting instead of fabric, and so on. If you have your own variation, let me know! I would love to see pictures of what other people come up with.
I have a very bad habit of filling up water glasses and leaving them all around the house, kind of like that little girl from the movie, Signs. I also have a bad habit of never using coasters. I guess it's a sign that I am becoming adult when that pesky water ring left behind starts to get me. That, or my OCD compulsion to clean when in the procrastination kind of mood. Let's go with becoming adult though, makes me sound more domestic.
Here is a simple tutorial for DIY tile coasters at my prefered price range, cheap. Make mosaic tile coasters without having to individual lay tile or use tile spacers.
Supplies are pretty minimal.
A "sheet" of moasic tile. I found this one at the local hardware store. Basically, it is tile on a mesh backing.
Glue. Make sure to use something strong, like E6000 or something similar.
Square plywood (any number of pieces and cut to whatever dimension you desire). I used 4"x4" squares as sheet of tile was 12"x12." You can also choose to paint edges if want a finished look.
Tile grout + tool to spread grout
Bucket of water
Small cork and felt pads to place on the back and prevent scratching your furniture.
First, cut the tile to match the dimensions of the pieces of wood. Then, spread an even layer of glue on the wood and press down. Do this for all the pieces and let dry overnight to make sure the tile is secure.
Now the fun (and messy) part. Mix up the grout and let it set for about 10 minutes or so before applying. Never use grout before? Here is a handy how-to for you first timers. Make sure to apply the grout evenly, and fill in all the cracks. Let set for 20 to 30 mintues.
Take your sponge and ring it out so not sopping wet. Wipe off the excess grout until the tile is clean.
Oooh, how shiny and pretty!
Take those cork or felt pads and apply to each corner of the square. You can move around the coaster on a table top or other surface without worrying about scratching.
And voila! You know have some handy tiled coasters. These could be a great housewarming gift or if you are like me, place them in every room in your house so you no longer have an excuse for water rings on your furniture.
I LOVE buttons. Seriously. I just never know what to do with some of the more unusual or particularly interesting ones. Alas, a solution–button rings. You can transform any button (plastic, wooden, metal, fabric) of your liking into an accessory.
To make your own butto ring, all you need is a button of your choice, a ring back, and glue. I personally prefer E6000. For ring backs, I typically buy mine from Etsy. Buying ring backs in bulk is not only obviously cheaper, but fabulous to have around for any future projects.
Using buttons with flat backs tend to be easiest; however, you can cut off the loop in the back with scissors or wire cutters and file it down if neccesary so the surface is even.
Add any details to the button as you desire. For this particular ring, I decided to add neutral colored thread in the button holes prior to gluding the ring. As you can see in the first picture, I sometimes will even leave the button as is.
Dab a bit of glue on the ring back and then secure the button to it. I recommend holding the button and ring back firmly in place for about a minute to give the glue time to set.
Like I said, the possibilities are endless and Iam constantly making new rings.
Made your own? Post a picture in the comments! I would love to see what your creative self came up with.
I have to confess, like most girls, I am a sucker for shoes and shiny objects. Put the two together and you have found my weakness. When I first saw a pair of Steve Madden glitter heels, I was in love; unfortunately, they were a little bit out of my budget. Okay, completely out of my budget but not all hope was lost.
I found a DIY glitter flats tutorial while doing my daily routine of stalking Craft Gawker. I didn't have any old pairs of shoes so I went to my shoe haven, Payless, for some reasonably priced shoes. For those of you who don't shop there, the BOGO deal they put on is the reason why I have about 40 pairs of shoes (I wish I was kidding).
The flats were relatively simple. They had a ribbon edge that I just put masking tape around. These were a good practice round for learning how to apply the glue/glitter mixture more evenly as some parts appear to be a tad bit chunky when examined up close.
I used more glitter and glue on the heels than I did the flats. I did the heel part last so I could hold the shoe up easier. As a final touch, I added a half inch thick grosgrain ribbon along the edge to line the top of the shoe. Some of the glitter near the top was irritating my skin, plus it gave the shoe a more finished looked.
Altogether, I probably spent around $45 for both pairs.