May 2016 - Dimples and Tangles


Last year when I rescued this cute dresser from my neighbor's trash, I always imagined it styled with a giant piece of abstract art hanging over it.  Although the dresser was free to me, I still didn't want to spend loads of cash for the type of piece I envisioned.  So, like any good DIY blogger, I made do with something I painted myself.  I used the largest canvas that I had on hand (even a plain big canvas is expensive, too!) and was happy with the vibrant colors of the painting I made, even though I'm fully aware of my limited abstract painting abilities.  ;)

Since the canvas didn't fill the space as much as I would have liked, I compensated by filling in the space around it.  Here's what it looked like for last year's summer home tour:

vintage chest, antique dresser, styling, white hydrangeas, layered canvas artwork, polish pottery

I'm always keeping an eye out for a larger canvas that I can replace that one with, but in the mean time, inspiration struck to give this canvas a little more presence on the wall.  Using the same premise that I did for my layered silhouette artwork, I thought I could add a piece behind the canvas to make it seem bigger.

I thought about having a piece of plywood cut to size, but then I remembered I had left over insulated sheathing that I used for the DIY Airplane Art in my son's room.  It wouldn't be as heavy as a large piece of plywood hanging on the wall, and it was already in my garage, so yay for free!

To cover the sheathing, I almost defaulted to black and white striped fabric, but then this navy and white polka dot in my stash caught my eye.  I've used it as a make-shift runner on a few tables here and here before.  I really liked the mix of the polka dot polish pottery plates that I had hung on the wall with the canvas, so the navy polka dot fabric quickly won out.

navy polka dot fabric, green paisley fabric, tulips, zebra plates, blue willow, spring table setting, easter tablescape

This was such a simple project!  I started by cutting the sheathing to the size I wanted.  It's easy to cut with a good straight edge and utility knife.

Then, I layed it down on the wrong side of a piece of fabric, leaving several inches around each side.

Next, I wrapped the excess fabric around each side.  I knew that hot glue would not work well on the foam, so I used good 'ol duct tape to secure the edges.  Just like replacing the fabric on a chair seat, I secured all of the sides first, then tightly pulled the fabric at the corners for a sharp edge.

That's all there is to it!

Rather than thinking about a way to attach hangers from the back of the foam board,  I just used a few nails and tapped them straight through the front of the foam board to attach it to the wall.  The foam board was a little bit bowed, so I used about three nails so it would all be snug against the wall.

Then, I used two more nails through the foam board to hang the canvas (my trick for making sure that pictures don't shift and get crooked).

layered canvas, abstract artwork, navy polka dot fabric

vintage dresser, marble top, blue and white lamp, styling, vignette, abstract art, layered canvas artwork

vignette, layered canvas artwork, abstract painting, brass bells, head planter

Side view, nice and flush with the wall:

diy, abstract art, styling, vignette, polish pottery, head planter, blue and white

What do you think?  Love this project?  I'd appreciate it if you'd pin it!

diy, abstract artwork, insulated sheathing, dresser vignette, bust head planter

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First of all, Happy Memorial Day, everyone!  I'm thankful to those who have or are currently serving our great country, and to the families of those who lost someone as they served.

Our kids are both out of town on church youth choir trips, so we're planning on spending lots of time right here today (and I'll FINALLY be revealing this entire space to you next week!)  

Sofa  ||  Rug  ||  Red Pillow  ||  Blue Pillow  ||  Brass Ginger Jar  ||  Flag Afghan, vintage  ||  

Whew, time flies fast!  I try to do a review like this once every other month, but May totally slipped by me.  Here are the highlights from the past few months...

My blog friends and I are loving sharing Our Five Favorites with you on the first Tuesday of every month.  We'll be back with another installment next Tuesday.

I had wanted to do this project for-ev-er but could never find just the right basket.  I finally stumbled across some and went crazy with the pom poms (again!). 

I shared a few travel posts, including 2 spots to visit if you're ever in our great state of Oklahoma.  Oklahoma....London.... there's two opposite ends of the spectrum for you!  :)

I set an unconventional Easter table with loads of bold color, and was thrilled to have it featured in an online magazine (which is a really good issue)!

How to Set a Pretty Table (step by step instructions), featured in Everything Home Magazine (p. 63)

I'm wrapping up the last few patio tutorials, and told you about my favorite things I've purchased at Ikea, as well as showed you how I've used them in my home.

Outdoor Mantel Decor (Decorating with a Mounted TV)

I shared my Spring Home Tour- next week I'll be showing you our home all ready for Summer.

I spent some time crafting with some friends for a Ladies' event at our church, and took some time to write a tutorial for you and share some ideas for inexpensive yet beautiful decorations for large events.

A HUGE part of the past 3 months was working on my Powder Bath for the One Room Challenge.  I'm actually surprised I got ANYTHING done other than this room!

(This post contains links to all other posts in the series leading up to the reveal.)

So far I've shared 2 tutorials for projects in the Powder Bath:

Wow, in the day to day it always seems like I'm not getting much accomplished, so I'm always surprised to see how full these reviews are!  Hope you find some things to catch up on, and have the best holiday today, friends!

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No matter if it's in a quaint cottage or Windsor Castle, the one thing that completely elevates the look of a door is moulding!  We are fortunate that the interior doors in our home are solid and heavy, and most of them already had decorative moulding added to the flat doors.  The doors to our Master Bath were an exception, and I fancied those up last year for my Master Bedroom makeover.

When planning my recent Powder Bath makeover, since it was such a small space, I wanted to pack the room full of interesting details. One spot that was full of opportunity was the back of the door.  The front of the door that faces the hallway was already trimmed in moulding, but the back was plain.  Wanting the back of the door to have a surprise factor when one entered the room, I chose to paint it a bold color, but knew it needed to have trim added as well.  Although I wanted some detail, I also wanted to keep it simple, so I just mirrored the design that was on the other side of the door.

It's a fairly easy job to add a simple box moulding design to a door.  It's ideal, and fastest and easiest, if you have a brad nailer and a power miter saw, but this job can be done completely by hand if you don't have those tools available.

Materials needed:
Level and/or ruler
Wood Filler (I like this one or this one)
Caulk (make sure it's paintable)

First of all, decide the pattern that you want to make (I'm just doing a simple box today) and how big it will be.  Since my door already had moulding on the other side, I just copied that side.  Be sure to account for where the knob will go as you're measuring your design.  If your starting from scratch, it can be very helpful to mark out your design with painter's tape, first, then adjust as needed if your proportions don't look right.  When you know what size you want, measure how long each side of the box should be.

If your moulding has a definite outside and inside edge, for this box design the outside edge should always be the longest, with the diagonal working down to the inside edge.  Make your measurements on the outside edge.  Cut each end at a 45 degree angle.  One tip here:  always buy extra moulding!  Most likely, if you're like me, you will make a mistake or two cutting and will need to try again.  Even when you're measuring twice and cutting once, which way your cuts should go can get a little confusing!

If I needed multiple pieces of the same length, I moved a little quicker when I used a piece that I had already cut as a guide for another piece, rather than measuring each piece out.

After you've made your cuts, lay out your design to make sure everything is going the correct way and actually fits together well.

Lay your moulding out on the door, making sure that each piece is even from all sides from the edge of the door, and that each piece is level.  Once again, laying your entire pattern out first is important, making adjustments where needed before you begin permanently attaching each piece.  It's not a bad idea to use a few strips of painter's tape to hold your pieces in place once they are in the correct spot, then begin attaching them.  Using my brad nailer, I found it helpful to just put one nail in each piece to start with, then I could still tilt the pieces just a tad if they needed to fit together better.  Then, I went back and added a few more nails to secure each piece.

(This door was black before.  I sanded it down a little before I started, that's why it looks uneven.)

If you don't have a nail gun, use a bead of wood glue on each piece to attach to door, then secure with painter's tape until the glue is cured.  I usually use a small bead of glue even with my brad nailer, just to avoid having to use so many nails.

After all of the moulding is attached, fill in the nail holes and any gaps in the mitered corners that might need it.  I find that cutting a small strip from an old credit card works as a perfect tiny flexible putty knife to push the filler down into the cracks.   Sand all of the filled spots well when the filler is dry.  Make sure to do a great job sanding so that the filler completely blends with the trim (run your finger over it too to make sure you can't still feel a bump there), or it will be noticeable after you paint. 

This next step is at your discretion... I've done some of my doors each of these ways.  If desired, run a bead of caulk around your moulding where it touches the door, making sure to wipe away the excess and smooth as you go (several types of caulk are tough to sand off if there is too much).  This is such a great tip for working with caulk- it really is easy and makes a big difference in the final appearance of your project.  Sometimes, my trim has been so tight against the door that I've skipped this step, but I did use caulk on the powder bath door because I wanted to ensure that no slight gaps would show around the moulding.  

After the caulk is dry, you're ready to paint!  You'll need to prime your moulding for sure if it's raw wood.  Following the directions on the can for drying time, and after the primer is dry add your final color to the door. 

To paint the door, I like to use a combination of a good brush and foam roller.   I brush around the edges and corners of the moulding, and then follow up on all of the flat surfaces with my foam roller.  

Color- Sherwin Williams Dragon Fruit (darkened just a little from the original)

I wanted a glass knob, but they were a little tricky to find (at a reasonable price).  I ended up using this one from Lowe's.  It's a cheapy at less than $15, but we made it work for now, and it's actually working well!  The finish was bad shiny brass, so I sprayed it a more muted gold to tone it down a bit.  And here's a little secret... the plates are supposed to screw into the door, but since this knob is probably a replacement for a more vintage door than ours, the hole in the door was too big and there was nothing to screw in to.  So.... the knob is holding itself together just fine, but the plates are purely for looks (I even had to glue the brass screws into the plate so the holes wouldn't be empty).  

I also added a hook to the back of the door.  On occasion guests will use the powder bath to change clothes, and I wanted them to have a spot for hangers if needed.

I hope that process makes sense, let me know if you have any questions.  Moulding really is one of the best ways to get a big bang for your buck when adding details to a space, and once you practice the basics it's so easy to do!

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Yesterday I shared a simple tutorial for making tissue paper flowers two different ways.  Today, I'll show you several ways to decorate with them.

First up, I always like to share ideas for decorating for large events in a banquet or dinner setting, usually at our church.  It's surprising how hard it is to find simple, budget friendly ideas for decorating large gatherings!  We recently had a Women's Event at church, and it's always a challenge to come up with cute, affordable decor for a large area with a lot of tables to decorate.

A fabulous team of friends helped me make tons of flowers- we had about 50 large and 75 small ones to use.  We layed them flat on each table as a centerpiece, using 1 large and 2 small per table.

After adding the other odds and ends that needed to go on each table, they filled the space nicely.  (Our high school choir students always serve and take care of drink refills, working for "tips" to offset the cost of their choir trip, so we included a tip jar on each table.)

The stage is always a challenge to fill also, and we've opted to keep it super simple for the past few events.  I used all of our extra flowers and scattered them around the curtains on the stage, attaching each one from the back with a straight pin.  It made a cute back drop for photos, too.

After the event, we bagged all of the flowers up in large trash bags to store them (they might need a note on them that says "NOT TRASH!").  We didn't stuff the bags too full so the flowers wouldn't get smashed too badly.  When ready to use again, they just needed a quick fluff.  

The next event we used the flowers for was my daughter's birthday.  We had a friend party and a family party lined up two nights back to back, and I wanted to use the flowers as a cute backdrop for a make-shift photo booth.  After realizing I didn't have one spot with enough free wall space to set up a photo booth in the house, I decided to use the front porch, and I think it was even better!  Everyone knew where the party was, for sure!

I just used a small piece of rolled up masking tape to secure each flower.  They are so light weight that it worked perfectly, and they stayed put for several days.  Oh, and by the way, I arranged them in such a way that the door was still able to fully open and close without the flowers interfering.

With a few photo props from Hobby Lobby, the birthday girl took pics with all of her friends and family.

Since the party spilled out onto the patio we used a few flowers out there as well.

The flowers lingered on the porch through Mother's Day, another good photo-op!

The flowers are now back in their storage bags, but I'll definitely have them on hand for more parties in the future, and how cute would they be for wedding or baby shower decorations?

Here's a few more large scale events I've decorated for if you're looking for more ideas!

5th Grade School Graduation (and a few teacher gift ideas)

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