Just stick a feather in my
cap bathroom and call it macaroni art. I’m a regular old Yankee Doodle Dandy. But seriously now…I did a little bathroom art upgrade. Enter the feather art stage right.
Do you remember a week or so ago when I got the windmill print from Etsy? Then I hung it and didn’t really like how the waterfall photograph next to it didn’t play nice with the bright white frame and colorful art. Here’s a reminder:
It’s not that I hated the frame or the picture. I kind of liked both of them. The picture/frame was one of Colby’s mom’s yard sale finds that she bestowed upon us. We both love the pic, which is a professional photo of a waterfall near Colby’s hometown in central Vermont, and we intend to use it in a gallery wall elsewhere in our home, but for our bright bathroom, I was digging white.
So while I was aimlessly walking around Hobby Lobby on Saturday, which is my cardio these days, I came across a tiny 2-pack of pink feathers for a whopping $1.39. I immediately grabbed them, whispered sweet nothings to them, and brought them home with me. Hey…when the husband is away…. My other supplies for this little craft project included some leftover Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White, watercolor paper for the feather background, a little Miss Mustard Seed furniture wax, and other necessities like sand paper, glue, and a paint brush.
I love chalk paint these days. I am 100% addicted to the stuff…somebody find me a 12 step program. I have been walking around the house lately mentally adding things to my “oh…I can chalk paint that” list. The picture frame just happened to be my latest victim.
Here’s what I really love about this picture frame, and why it makes such a fabulous chalk paint/distressing subject, the texture! Look at those dangerous
I slapped on two coats of paint…like literally slapped on two coats of paint (another reason I love chalk paint) and barely cleaned/sanded/prepped the frame other than a quick little dusting (yet another reason for my chalk paint obsession). And then let the frame dry for about 20 minutes.
In the meantime…on the other side of the desk…I cut down a piece of the watercolor paper to fit the picture mat, taped it to the mat, glued the feathers to the paper, and put a few heavy items on the feathers to hold them down in place while the glue dried.
And then it was back to the picture frame. I gave the frame just a light sanding using a piece of 100 grit sandpaper. I just tried to hit the high spots…exposing the dark wood on the tops of the ridges while the valleys on the frame remained white.
After a quick waxing and a bit of assembling, this quick and easy DIY feather art project was done.
With the upgraded frame hung, the toilet nook is feeling much more polished and more importantly much more intentional than what we had hung there before. Now this is what I had envisioned! Maybe not necessarily feather art, but something light and airy to balance out the windmill art. And nothing says light and airy quite like
Anna Faris in House Bunny feathers.
And is it me or are feathers trending right now? Like those gold glitter tipped feather craft projects you see all over Pinterest, or the vessels filled with feathers, and the feather tipped arrows…oh the feather tipped arrows! I’m dying for a set, kind of like these.
With that, I think my noodling around with the bathroom toilet nook is complete. At least for now. I give it about six months before I’m back in here switching things around yet again. But what’s the fun in letting things be?! Half the fun in decorating is moving things around.
Oh yeah…and what blog post around these parts would be complete without a Goose photo bomb.
It’s been really fun these days working around the house because it feels like we’re nearing the end of all the major renovations. Granted we still have a complete kitchen reno along with other pseudo major tasks like flooring our bedroom and building in a closet. But with our home pretty much out of the construction phase it’s been a blast doing little craft projects and taking some time to think about art and accessories.
Pssst…what noodling (of the decorating variety) have you all been up to? Any easy art projects? I have to shamelessly plug one of my bloggie friends, Charming Zebra, for one of her latest little projects, a snakeskin duct tape planter. Seriously…go check it out!
Badda bling, badda boom! The first (pink) glittery, Valentine’s Day crafty project is in the books. Love! Literally…in the form of a some gold and pink glittery “XO” letters which are currently hanging out on our bedroom dressers.
This past Saturday I had the house to myself thanks to Colby having to “do business” at a Bruins game in Boston. The perks of being a salesman. It’s a tough life. So that left me to my own devices. Never a good thing. So I let down my hair, poured a glass (or bottle) of wine, and whipped out the glitter jar. Yes…you heard me correctly…I said glitter jar.
There was way too much dust on the glitter jar. Both literally and figuratively. Time to rectify. Since Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, I thought a little lovey dovey art would be appropriate. Valentine’s Day is pretty much my favorite holiday since it’s the one time a year that I can get away with massive amounts of pink glitter. The remaining 51 weeks of the year we spend vacuuming up said pink glitter. So I picked up a couple of cardboard letters at Hobby Lobby, on sale for about $1.50 each, and went to town.
I envisioned two toned letters: gold metallic letters with a pink glittery front. I already had the gold metallic paint on hand, leftover from a Christmas craft project of yore, and I picked out the most complementary pink glitter I had in my collection. Both the paint and the glitter are from Jo-Ann’s Fabrics from the Martha Stewart craft line. And FYI…Jo-Ann’s currently has the 24 pack of Martha glitter on clearance for only $9! Super score!
Then it was a matter of slapping on a couple coats of the gold, metallic paint using a basic craft brush.
Then slathering on some glue and covering the fronts of the letters with the glitter. It totally helps to lay down a nice large piece of parchment paper or wax paper underneath your glittering project. The glitter doesn’t stick to the parchment at all…like at all at all. And it’s easy to roll up and make a funnel of sorts to pour the excess glitter back into the jar.
In total, this little project only took about 20 minutes of both active time and dry time. I shook off any excess glitter to prevent Colby and I sporting “strip club face” and then propped the letters on top of our bedroom dressers for a little festive love art in our master bedroom.
One more shot for the cheap seats in the back.
Love, love, LOVE! Even Colby likes it. So the moral of this whole story is when the husband is away, the wife breaks out the pink glitter!
And for the record, this was one of 4.6 million projects that I tackled this weekend. Not really…more like 4.6 million minus 4,599,994 projects. My point…it was a majorly awesome project tackling weekend and I can’t wait to show you some of the other little and BIG things that got done around these parts. There was stenciling, furniture painting, more furniture painting, and even some art making. I may have been bored without Colby here to entertain. So c’mon back now ya hear! No idea where that came from.
Pssst…Any Valentine’s Day craftiness going on in your neck of the woods? Or glittering projects? Do share!!!
I don’t know what it is. Human nature perhaps. But these days, I have buckets of motivation to spontaneously rip down sheet rock to expose an old wood wall, a project that took nearly half a day and is still under construction. But when it comes to doing a little decor project that would take 30 minutes…tops….it takes me nearly two months to get around to it. Enter project DIY deer postcards stage left.
Throughout the Christmas season, something always felt odd to me to have hula girl postcards up on the postcard ledges. Actually, it started way back when, before Thanksgiving while Colby was “upta” deer camp with his family.
I thought to myself, “self…you can’t keep these hula girl postcards up here throughout the holidays. Heck…you probably shouldn’t have them up there throughout winter. They’re just gonna make you all sad and depressed like because A) the sun sets around 3:30 pm everyday, B) it is precisely 30 below frigid outside and C) the dog keeps disappearing in the mountain of snow that is the back yard. It’s not hula girl season.” Self is so smart! That’s when visions of
sugarplums kraft paper deer postcards danced through my head.
It was a quick and simple switcheroo that I tackled intermittently during one of those 2 hour long episodes of Downton Abbey, which I’m currently catching up on and just finished season 3 and WTF mate?! The ending?! Really?! Anyway, the postcard project all started with a quick search of free deer sketches. Thank you Google images.
I dumped all those images in a folder on my desktop and then proceeded to drag and drop them into a little 8.5″ x 11″ template that I put together in Photoshop, complete with some cutting guidelines down the middle. Side note….if you don’t have Photoshop, Microsoft Word works too. I’m just an Adobe dork.
I ended up making about seven different sets of deer sketch postcard sheets, all of which I exported as a pdf since our printer doesn’t play nice with Photoshop. Then I printed a couple of each set out on some kraft paper card stock paper that I had hanging around the house, leftover from wedding projects I believe, and cut out each postcard utilizing those handy cut lines I drew out in the Photoshop file. Side note #2…if you don’t have kraft paper card stock hanging around your home, you can get a stack of it at any craft store. We got ours from Hobby Lobby in the scrapbook paper section for about $3 after using one of their mobile coupons.
Then I just swiped all of the hula girl postcards off the shelves and replaced them with the DIY deer sketch postcards for a way different look to our living room.
It’s definitely gives off a different vibe for the living room. I can’t say that I love them (or hate them), it’s just different. I think it’s just a bit too muted for me. I love color…lots of color and I really miss that vibrant corner behind the couch that was the hula girl postcard collection. But I am appreciating the more muted corner over the holidays so the Christmas tree and other holiday sparklies can really shine.
Pssst…You know how sometimes when you see a picture of your room (rather than just looking at your room in person), you have one of those “aha” moments? I’m experiencing that right now! I think the coffee table needs to go black…maybe a black polyshades stain? Thoughts? Am I crazy? Would that work?!
So last night I whipped out my glue gun…and made us a little toothbrush holder for our recently refreshed bathroom (you can check out some of the bathroom posts including painting the bathroom mint, finding an old buffet on Craigslist to turn into a vanity, how we hacked the buffet, and then painted it, and installed it). Anyway…back to the project…wha-bam!
Seriously…there’s nothing I can’t do with a glue. Except maybe create world peace. But that’s a job for Miss America, right?! Bah-dum-tsh….I’m here all night. Anyway…here is the new toothbrush/toothpaste holder on the vanity.
And the beauty of the whole project is that it cost me a whopping $2! The only thing that I had to buy was the glass vase. We already had the 3/16″ sisal rope on hand from various rope obsessed projects (you can even check out my Pinterest board dedicated to rope decor)and the yellow baker’s twine (from the Twinery on Etsy) is leftover from our wedding invitations.
I was a bit sick of our toothbrushes hanging out in the open and the toothpaste always lingering on the vanity top. I like things to have a spot…a put away spot. So the game plan for this project was to take a small, glass vase and wrap it in rope with a little baker’s twine mixed in for some color. But I didn’t want to glue the rope directly to the glass…that way I could remove the glass to clean it of toothpaste residue and put it back. So essentially, I made a rope koozie for the vase.
To do this, I started with the base. I coiled the the rope tightly, hot gluing it as I went along. Lots of hot glue = a tighter more secure coil. Fortunately, I only suffered a handful of hot glue burns…only one pseudo serious. It really helped by coiling the rope while laying it flat on the table to keep the base of the rope koozie even. I continued wrapping and gluing until the rope coaster was one rope round wider than the glass vase.
That’s when I started to take the rope koozie vertical and glued between the vertical rope layers.
After a solid first wrap around with the sisal rope, that’s when I started to wrap the rope with the yellow baker’s twine.
I capitalized on my Type A personality and oh so carefully and evenly wrapped the twine around the rope, gluing each end of the twine to the rope to keep it from unraveling. As for the length of the twine, I used a really precise measuring method and used “two wingspans” length of twine. You know…where one wingspan equals the space between my hands when I stretch them out.
I wrapped the rope with the twine at random intervals. I didn’t really have a pattern or system for wrapping the rope with twine, I just kind of winged it.
I just kept wrapping and gluing and wrapping until the rope had just barely covered the top of the glass. The whole project took about two beers (that’s nearly two hours for those of you unfamiliar with my beer drinking pace) but it would probably take someone who is a little less Type A about an hour (a one beer project).
I love the end result…it’s so much cuter than the old, metal toothbrush holder. AND I made it…AND it has so much character…AND it’s a step in the right color direction (we’re going from a mint/yellow color combo in this space).
One little bathroom accessorizing project done…so many more to go. I’m thinking of adding some art, a little first aid cabinet, some rustic towel hooks, and a snazzy new (and colorful) light fixture. Stay tuned.
Pssst…How about all of you? What have you unleashed your glue gun fury on? Or any bathroom accessorizing going on? Do share! I love hearing from you all!
It’s officially February so I’m officially allowing myself to “think pink” as in Valentine’s Day pink. Can we just take a minute to recognize the fact that I have NEVER set out a single decoration for Valentine’s Day?! Strange huh?! It’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore! Especially since I’m all about decorating for various holidays and pink is my favorite color. Well, a Valentine’s Day decorator virgin I am not…anymore.
I made myself a little love note to hang in our dining room, right underneath the lovely little chalk board message that Colby wrote to me…ten months ago…that I can’t bring myself to erase…like ever. #thatchalkboardnotewillbetheretilwedie
The banner was simple and was inspired by some crafting supplies I found in the Martha Stewart aisle of our local AC Moore. I couldn’t help myself. I picked up a punch set (originally $30 but only $18 after using a coupon) and a circle cutter (also originally $30 but only $18 after redeeming a coupon).
Armed with my new Martha goods, some pink and white paper, and enough candy hearts to put an entire third grade classroom into one serious sugar coma (no worries, I restricted myself to only half a bowl), I got to work making my “love-ly” banner.
First step…tracing and cutting the letters “L – O – V – E” out of the hot pink letters.
Hot tip…flip the paper to the back side and also flip your stencil over. That way you don’t have to worry about pen/pencil marks showing after you cut your letters out.
Next step…using the circle cutter to cut a couple of circles out of the white and light pink papers. I ended up setting the cutter to make 8″ white circles and 10″ light pink circles.
Circle cutter, where have you been all my life! I loved it and it was so much easier than my usual “let’s find something around the house that is approximately this size” method. The circle cutter does use a razor blade so be sure to lay down a cutting mat to protect your work surface. I used one meant for cutting fabric and it worked like a charm.
Muhammad Ali would be proud…I was a punching machine! I was worried about being able to lineup the punch correctly and getting a nice and even punch border, kind of resembling a doily. But it was pretty simple to eyeball the right positioning by turning the punch around and lining up where you left off with your last punch with the current punch.
The paper doilies kind of looked a little rough around the edges after punching around the circumference, but it was nothing a little trim trim couldn’t resolve.
And finally it was assembly time. Armed with my hot glue gun (seriously…I’m completely incapable of crafting anything without it), I layered the paper doilies on top of each other, adorning each with a hot pink letter.
And the last step…hot gluing a strand of jute to the paper letters to make a garland. I still have tons of jute leftover from all the wedding craft projects involving jute. Thus why I used this material. But ribbon or bakers twine would also look pretty cute. I’m just a use whatcha got kind of girl.
With the love garland assembled, I simply draped it around the chalkboard in the dining room and tied the jute ends together at the top into a bow so it would stay put.
I love the pops of pink that are going on in our dining room right now, in the “love” banner along and in the pink flowers on the dining room table.
Perhaps our dining room needs more pink? Colby…how do you feel about that? Can I girl up the dining room a bit?! No? Okay. I pick my battles.
Pssst…I’m linking this post up to Carmel’s blog, Our Fifth House, at tomorrow’s link party which is all about love. So stop by and check out all of the crafty projects going on as part of the Dog Days of Winter link parties hosted by Carmel and a few other bloggers. It’s going to be legend…wait for it…dary!