Tuesday Tips and Tricks: DIY wall art

I like decorating that looks costly but I don’t want to pay a lot to get it. I’ve managed to find a few good ways to create artwork for my walls that don’t cost a lot. Some of my favorite DIY art methods are creating subway art, framing scrapbook paper, creating DIY canvases, and printable art from the internet.

I have used MS Word to create DIY subway art three times now, once for Emorie’s nursery, once for Emorie’s new room, and once for a Father’s Day gift. This is pretty simple- just select your margins, create some text boxes, change your fonts and colors, and go!

Michael’s Father’s Day gift. I made a similar one for my Daddy.

Emorie’s nursery art. Love this!
I didn’t water mark this, because it isn’t original to me. Found it on Pinterest.

Framing scrapbook paper also makes great DIY art. I’ve heard of people canvas-mounting it, but I’ve never tried this. I like to frame it. The trick is to cut the paper the same size as your mat. If I try to cut it to fit the mat opening, I usually end up coming up short or cutting it crooked.

This is some scrapbook paper that will soon be cut, matted, framed and hung over Emorie’s new bed in her new room.
I chose this paper, not only for its repetitive pattern, but for the fact that it looked sort of like vintage wallpaper. Antiqued frames completed the “old” look I was going for.

I love canvas prints, but they can be costly. The one in the middle is actually a Faux-wrap canvas from Wal-Mart. The two baby pictures of Emorie were created using a tutorial I found on Pinterest. I used a 10×13 photo I already had. I painted the sides of the canvas black, Mod Podged the picture to the 9×12 canvas I ordered from Blick Art Supply, and hung them on the walls.  I’m actually in the process of making more.

Another great way to get cheap art for your home is to print it off the Internet. If you’re into botanical prints, you are in luck! The Graphics Fairy  and The Painted Hive are two of my favorite sites to use. You can find loads of these things on Pinterest, too.


Got this from The Painted Fairy. It is on one of the bookshelves in my office.


This is a botanical print of a chicory flower, and one of my favorite art pieces in my whole house.


I love these vintage veggie prints in my kitchen, because they look like watercolor paintings. I printed them off the same website with an inkjet printer.

Lastly, this picture hanging in my dining room was a complete DIY. I cut and measured a piece of foam posterboard, used a stencil and a white paint pen to evoke chalkwriting, and wrote a prayer on it. My mother-in-law took it to Hobby Lobby, where they built this rustic frame for me. I love, love, love this. And yes, I know some of the text is crooked. It was done on purpose.

I hope you enjoyed my DIY art! More posts to come soon.

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Make Something Monday: a Fixer Upper style printable

Lately I’ve really been into these farmhouse style “handlettered” signs. Now that these signs have been made more popular by Fixer Upper, they’re popping up everywhere. 

On a recent trip to Tennessee, I spotted these in an antique store.


I decided to make something similar but truthfully, I’m pretty horrible at hand lettering. But I am good at downloading fonts and creating printable art on my computer. Stick to what you’re good at, you know?


I can’t wait to show you where I put this. In fact, I’ll show you that really soon. Until then, here’s the printable for your downloading pleasure. Just right click, save to your device and print.

8×10 size:


11×14 size


Have a wonderful week! Happy Monday!

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Tuesday Tips and Tricks: Choosing a rug


Choosing a rug for your home can be a tough decision. Not only are rugs an expensive investment, there are all sorts of styles and sizes to choose from. If you’re like me, it takes you a long time to make an expensive purchase like this one because you want to avoid regretting that purchase later. 

Here’s a shot of our living room when we first moved in. This room has changed considerably but we still have this rug. It’s a perfect size and color for the room.

 

We have several area rugs in our home, and recently bought a large rug for our dining room. We are currently shopping for a rug for our master bedroom. 

We also have rugs in our girls’ rooms.


Aubrey’s rug is a knock off of a much more expensive one. I do wish this one were a little bigger. 
So how do you know what size rug you need? 

I found this info graphic at Apartment Therapy and it’s a great visual:


               Apartment Therapy
Here are a few things like to consider when buying a rug.


1. Where will it be used? 

Believe it or not, where you use the rug makes a huge difference in what you buy. When we bought our dining room rug, I knew I needed a low pile, dark colored rug. I have a toddler who loves to throw food. A light colored rug would show stains and a high pile rug would be hard to clean.


2. Know the rug size. 

My table seats right with the leaves in, so I knew I needed a rug that would accommodate the table extended to its full length. A 5×7 was way too small but an 8×10 was perfect.


3. Consider the colors of the wall, furnishings, and floor. 

Make sure your rug isn’t too close to the floor color. A neutral color is best because a rug is an investment, and you want your rug to go with almost any decor. This gives you opportunities to change it up with accent pieces!

4. A higher quality rug will be more expensive but will wear better and last longer. You get what you pay for, and rugs are no different. 

5. Get a nonslip rug pad. 

Even if your rug is not in a high traffic area, a rug pad will improve the look and feel of the rug. It will also help the rug stay down on the floor, without rolling and curling. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series on choosing a rug. Have a great Tuesday!
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Make Something Monday: DIY tray

Our bathroom counter needed a little something. We have some bottles and containers that we use each day but just having them piled up or sitting around didn’t look nice. I wanted to find away to make them blend in, but still be accessible. 

I had seen an idea on Pinterest I wanted to try. I assembled the following supplies:

I grabbed my trusty chalk paint and things got a little greener. 

Two coats later, I had a green picture frame. I popped this scrapbook paper in it and replaced the glass.

Then, I attached the drawer pulls. 

Now all of our jars don’t look like we’ve just left them sitting out. 

What “Pin-spired” projects have you done lately?

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DIY Tips and Tricks: Get a new bedroom for less than $100


Our master bedroom had some good  things going for it, but overall, it was so boring.



I’ve long been admiring bedrooms in which the bed is the focal point, but with two windows and only a tiny wall between them, I wasn’t sure how to pull it off.

I decided to just go for it and see what happened.


Our dresser used to sit between the windows. I just flip flopped the bed and night stands with the dressers. I used the same furniture, curtains, and same bedding, which cost nothing. Then, I bought two new lamps, some new pillows, and some new lampshades. I also bought a throw. 

We also had the bedding (except for those pillows and the throw) and the tray, books and greenery.

Eventually, we plan to buy an area rug and get new furniture. We also plan to paint the walls.

In total, I paid less than $75 for everything that you see here.

Not bad, huh?

Shopping guide:

Lamps: (similar) Lamp shades

Pillows    Curtains     Throw

Quilt    Duvet   Furniture 

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Make it Mondays: a shabby chic lamp shade

It all started when my older daughter needed a lamp for her vanity table. Honestly, my younger daughter needed a new lap for her dresser, too. 

I wanted a lampshade with rosettes, similar to this one:

I loved that lamp shade but I didn’t really love the price. I felt like I could probably create one of my own. I also already had a lamp that was similar to the one in the picture.
I quickly went to our local big box store and bought a plain cream colored drum shade for $5.00. I also bought five rolls of this ribbon:
I hot glued the ribbon to the shade, making sure not to let any gaps form. I didn’t want the shade to be visible through the lamp shade at all. When I finished, here is what I ended up with:
It looks so perfect on my older daughter’s vanity
And on my youngest daughter’s dresser, too.
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Making a new house feel like home

Casper and I created a combined list of items that will help make a new house feel like home.


Have you recently moved into a new home? Maybe you’ve just moved and you’re still living out of boxes. Or maybe you’re unpacked but you haven’t finished decorating. The following tips will make your blank slate house feel like a home.


1. Make your bedroom your sanctuary.


The first step to making your house a home is to create a bedroom that’s a calming, relaxing retreat.A new mattress, sheets and pillows will make your bedroom comfortable and relaxing.



2. Layer your home: curtains, throw pillows and rugs make your home feel cozy and inviting



A soft rug underfoot, curtains, and pillows really make your home feel cozy and inviting.

3. Artwork, or photographs

Your art work should be something that makes you happy. It can be a favorite painting by a favorite artist, or something that reminds you of a special memory. Photographs of loved ones or special memories are also good ideas. You can also find a plethora or affordable wall art options on Etsy and Pinterest.


4. A comfortable chair 

A comfortable chair is a necessity. What’s better than coming home after a long day at work, and sinking into a cozy chair to relax? What about enjoying a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning in that same snuggly chair? This IKEA chair and ottoman would be perfect.


5. A calming scent

Studies have shown pleasant smells help make you feel relaxed and peaceful. Having a special, signature scent can make your home feel comfortable and relaxing.


Where you live should be more than just an address. It should be a place where you feel at rest and at peace. With these tips, you can make your house a home.
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Tips and tricks Tuesday: Hanging a gallery walk


Hanging a gallery wall is something we enjoy after we’re finished, but stress about while we are doing it.

You stress about hanging everything straight, about spacing everything equally, and about tearing up your walls 

Here are a few tips and tricks to help make your gallery wall hanging experience much less stressful.

1. Lay everything out on the floor so you can see how it will look before hanging it.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this and changed my mind about half of the things I had planned to hang. You can also do this to check out your spacing.

2. Use a level to space your pictures.

Everyone knows you should use a level to make sure your pictures and objects are hanging straight, but did you know you can use it to space pictures as well? The pictures in the gallery above are exactly “one level width” apart. Our small level is about one inch, so we just lay it flat and use it as a spacer. 

3. Command Strips are way better than nails

Unless it’s really heavy, everything in our house is hanging by 3M Command Strips. They don’t damage your wall, so if you make a mistake, just pull the tab, and they’ll pop right off. Plus, you can put them on the back of whatever you’re hanging, press it to the wall, and you’re done. It’s so much faster than driving a nail.

4. If you must use nails, use a stud finder

There’s nothing worse than damaging your wall because you hung something that was too heavy and you didn’t hang it on a stud. 

Stud finders are cheap and are a tool everyone should have. We have one with a laser level and we’ve used it so many times that the batteries are often dead. 

5. Group similar looking things to create a cohesive look, but it does not have to be a perfect match.

In fact, it’s more visually pleasing if it doesn’t match. Varying frames and objects will add interest to your gallery because it keeps the eye moving. Here, the frames match but the art coordinates. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed these DIY Tips and Tricks. Stay tuned for more wall decor tips next week!

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Upcycling old decor: the pedastal bowl


I have had this pedestal bowl for years.


While I love the shape of it, I just couldn’t seem to make it work with my current decorating themes.

I whipped out my trusty Waverly chalk paint and added a coat of farmhouse white.


Just like most projects, this one certainly has an ugly stage. 


But after the second coat, it looked a lot better.


I got out the sandpaper and roughed it up a little.


Then, I added some spring fillers in the form of moss balls and I put it on the sideboard in our office.


Just because something seems like it won’t work doesn’t mean you can’t make it work. 

Sometimes all it takes is a little paint.

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Make it Mondays: a farmhouse style chalkboard 


You may have seen this “chalkboard” hanging in my dining room.


It’s actually not a chalkboard at all. It’s a framed piece of black foam core board that I stenciled before I knew what I was doing. 

I decided to make it a legit chalkboard and use a hand lettering technique I’ve recently learned. 

First, I whipped out some chalkboard paint and applied to coats to the board. I wanted it to be a legit chalkboard so I could change it up if need be.


After using two coats of paint, I let it dry and then “seasoned” it. If you want to be able to erase, you must do this. Just rub the chalk all over the board twice, completely covering it.

Then, erase it once. Leave the dust and DO NOT CLEAN it.


Print out what you want it to say and then trace the letters with a pencil. When you trace it, you should see your word, very faintly, in the dust.  


I used a Bistro chalk marker to trace and fill in the words. This is awesome because if you mess up, you can erase with a wet paper towel. You’ll have to reseason the board though. 


I love how it turned out.


Don’t you think that’s way better?

And, best of all, I can erase it and change it up if I want to.

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