DIY Pillow Case Kit GIVEAWAY!

Happy Friday everyone! What better way to celebrate Friday than a giveaway(que happy dance!)?! I loved working on my last painted pillow case and decided you will too. So I’ve put together a DIY Pillow Case Kit for one lucky winner. Let me tell you all about it!DIY Pillow Case Kit Giveaway

This pillow case can be filled in with any number of colors to work in your space! I used 3 different colors from our new living room palette but the sky is the limit on this project. You could fill every triangle with a different color if thats what floats your boat!

I used a touch of Martha Stewart Fabric Medium in my paints to keep everything pliable so I’ve included a bottle in the kit as well. I’ve used this on projects big and small and it never fails me! Its easy to use and it wont change the color of your paints.

And speaking of paints… you’ll need some brushes to fill those shapes with paint right? Right! So I’ve included a set of those too. I have to admit… Im a total brush abuser. I know my art school professors would just cringe at the poor treatment but I cant help it. Sometimes I mix with brushes, leave them sitting in water, store them on the ledge of the sink…. guess Im just a casual brush owner? So its no wonder I tend to use basic acrylic brushes you buy in bulk. Ha! But they hold up well and I don’t feel guilty if one(or some) get destroyed in the wake of some creativity.

Painted Throw Pillows

Ok! To recap what this kit includes:

-1 printed 18″ x 18″ zippered pillow case.

– 6 oz. bottle Martha Stewart Crafts Fabric Medium.

-1 set Studio Elements Long Handled Paint Brushes.

Sounds pretty good right?! Right! All you have to do is pick your paints and start transforming your pillow case! So click the link below to enter and be sure to share with your friends! Good luck!

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Painted Throw Pillows

If you’ve been here recently you already know I have piles of throw pillows to keep my comfy level maxed out. You may also know I’ve painted throw pillows before. But after getting my hands on a new design for our living room I was itching to use those fabric painting tricks again. These painted throw pillows have a completely different feel than my first attempt but I think they are just as successful! Painted Throw Pillows

Originally, I ordered these pillow cases to use as is. And they did live happily on our wicker arm chair for some time. But after adding the throw blanket pillow cases and seeing how punchy the colors were I knew this pillow case needed something to liven it up!

Painted Throw Pillows

When I was considering how to add those punches of color I was reminded of star patterned quilts and adult coloring books. Both of them have negative space which I wanted to replicate to keep the design from getting too busy. I started playing with options in my sketch book and made sure the colors matched up with the other pieces already in the living room.

Painted Throw Pillows

Once I got the pattern mapped out and the colors finalized I set up for painting. The only prep you really need to do is wash/dry the pillow case and place a magazine(or other barrier) inside. This keeps the paint from bleeding through to the other side of your pillow case. You can also add a small amount of fabric medium to your paints. This will keep the painted sections pliable.

Painted Throw Pillows

I used a soft medium sized brush to fill in the larger portions of the design. This helped get most of the spaces filled quickly. I later filled in the edges with a small flexible brush. The paint will get a bit watered down in consistency from the fabric medium. Although, I found using a damp brush also helps with fluidity. This was mostly helpful when I was working on the edging. Be sure to add water sparingly as it may make your paint “bleed”.Painted Throw Pillows

It only took a few Netflix reruns to fill in the design and I think the pay off was well worth the time. So another throw pillow success in the books! Ha!

Painted Throw Pillows

Have you tried any throw pillow DIYs lately? Painted any fabric? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Painted Throw Pillows

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3 Simple DIYs

As much as I’d like to design and create all the decor and furniture in our homes from scratch its just not realistic. On the other hand, plucking something off a shelf and bringing it home to use “as is” is pretty rare. So generally I do a little of both. Some projects are more involved and some (like I’m about to share) are very simple. I promise it doesn’t always take a great deal of time or skill to customize your decor and I’ve got 3 simple DIYs to prove it!

  1. Paint.

Its generally my go-to when I want to alter a piece. Its inexpensive, nearly limitless in options/colors, and you can add it to pretty much any surface. I picked up this awesome wood planter at Target to update my bedroom plant scene. I loved the raw wood and it fit perfectly in my copper plant stands. Except… it just… needed a liiiiiiiiil somthin…ha!

3 Simple DIYs

After placing it next to the other pot I was using I figured I could pull some of that stripe-y goodness and make them look coordinating without actually matching. I threw on a couple wraps of painters tape and filled them in with craft acrylic. Since the plant will live inside a liner Im not concerned with moisture getting to the paint and didn’t bother with any sealer. Adding simple painted patterns or stripes is a quick and easy way to get some of the colors you want in your space on your decor.

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2. Ribbon.

Ribbon, twill tape, twine, yarn…. basically anything you can wrap and tie! I may or may not have a crazy amount of ribbon(and the like) from my days working at both a craft store and then fabric shop. So it shouldn’t be a big surprise this is another quick trick I use often. Again, the variety factor is amazing with these materials and you can generally find something that works with the vision you have for your space. Another perk about simply tying or wrapping something up is the zero damage factor. You can embellish something and later on down the road change or remove your addition to suit another room or design.

3 Simple DIYs

This was truly as simple as: wrap, knot, and trim. Its not a crazy makeover but repeating that white stripe makes it visually tie in with the rest of the room juuuuust a bit more. Not all upgrades need to be big to make a difference!

3 Simple DIYs

3. Washi Tape

Speaking of zero damage, lets talk tape! Washi tape that is. You can add this to so many surfaces and it will peel right off whenever you decide your done with that look. The last time I hit the craft store there was a whole section dedicated to washi tape so the possibilities here are pretty fab. I’ve used washi tape on quite a few projects now and I will say it does better on smooth surfaces. Surfaces like glass work especially well so when it was time to upcycle this old candle holder into a planter I knew tape was going to be my quickest bet. Also, you can layer your washi tapes to create your own patterns and designs. Yay for getting bonus tapes!

3 Simple DIYs

And you can finally keep your collection on display in these adorable dispensers(yes, Im totally obsessed!).

3 Simple DIYs

So are you a customizer? Have you livened up a new piece? Or upcycled an old treasure? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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Marbled Planters

I titled this “Marbled Planters” but honestly it could really be “Marbled Anything”.  I promise once you do this project you will be looking around wondering what else you could pour, swirl, and dip! Its so addictive you guys! And it only takes a few(very inexpensive!) supplies that you probably already have on hand.Marbled Planters

If you have a planter that has sections you’d like to mask off use painters tape. I wanted to keep the “raw edge” on my cement planters so I masked off those bottom portions. You could also use the tape to add a decorative design(double creative points for that!).

Once your planters are ready and your work surface is set up fill your container with water. You want enough to keep space between the surface paint and the bottom of your container. If you are marbling a large pot you might want something deeper as you might dip further down while rolling.

Start adding your nail polish in random swirling patterns. You aren’t creating the “marble effect” yet but you do want your colors to overlap. I only used 3 different colors but using more or less is totally doable! One tip I read and actually found helpful is keeping the bottles close to the surface while pouring. This keeps your paint from hitting the surface too hard and just sinking to the bottom of the water.

When you have your colors overlapped pretty well and the surface is covered you can start swirling! This is insanely satisfying! You need to work fairly quick because the polish starts to set up pretty fast. I didn’t use a “quick dry” polish and I still had to work quick so I would skip those varieties if possible.

Once you have a pattern you like start rolling your planters over the surface. The polish will basically cling to the surface of your planters. You shouldn’t have to dip too far into the water although I double dipped (deeper and/or more shallow) just to test it out.

If you’re working with more translucent colors overlapping your rolls and dips can create a pretty cool effect but it doesn’t look as “traditional”. Also, if you choose to work with those types of polish be warned your planter(and its original color) will most likely show through. I had a couple areas where the yellows showed through but its part of my current color scheme so I was ok with it. I’d highly recommend doing a “tester” or starting with a planter your willing to love just a lil less(LOL!) until you get the hang of it.

If you’re really attached to your current manicure you may want to use gloves. Ive always been a bare handed painter and seem to have a different pallet in my palm after my DIYs… I cant be the only one!? I think it was easier to handle the planters without having the extra slip factor of gloves but again, to each his own! And if you to dive in sans gloves fear not, a little polish remover or acetone takes off any marbling remnants in just a few swipes. But just to be safe you might want a few paper towels on stand by.

In between rolls you’ll also want to clean the surface. Again, the paint sets up pretty quick so you should be able to pull any extras off in sheets. I waited maybe an extra 30 seconds and ran a toothpick over the surface to pick up the remnants.

Let your finished planters cure up for a day or at least overnight. If you have any areas masked off check a small section before removing. If any of the paint starts to peel up with the tape you can run a utility knife along the edge to get a clean pull. This only happened  in one area for me and the paint was super thick in that section.

Now enjoy giving your old planters some new life! I’m completely obsessed and cant wait to marble some more items in our loft. Im sure I’ll be back shortly with more marbled projects!

Have you already jumped on the marble train? Done any notable planter DIYs? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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Throw Blanket Pillow Cases

Throw pillows. Can you ever have enough? I think not! We have quite the collection throughout our home but the pile that lives on our couch really needed updating. Speaking of updating, the colors in our living room are all new for the loft which is so overdue. Ive been holding onto this color inspo board for sooooo so long and its finally getting used(YAY!). Only problem with that is finding pre-fab decor items in such punchy colors. So I’ve had to get extra creative and the throw blanket pillow cases were the perfect start!

As I said, the colors I picked(and LOVE!) are not ones I’ve been able to find right on the shelf in the items I need to replace. So when I found this cozy throw blanket at Target I snatched it up real quick. At first I thought I would just use it as a throw for couch snuggling and we did use it for a short time. But after trying and failing to find pillow cases in the right color I realized the throw was basically just a piece of fabric in the ideal shade.

Throw blanket pillow cases

After skimming a few tutorials on Pinterest I realized I could make these super basic and skip the time consuming details like zippers(double yay!). I love sewing. Really, I do. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid(thanks Mom!) and I’ve sewed everything from simple blankies to very detailed garments like my wedding dress. And as much as I appreciate intricate stitched items nothing beats the high of completing a project in 20 minutes! Yeah, you read that right! 20 minutes my peeps!

Throw blanket pillow cases

The very basics of my envelope pillow case: Trim off original rolled hem. Roughly measure enough fabric to cover pillows with 4″ overlap. Hem flap edges. Fold with right sides together so the hemmed edges overlap 4″. Stitch down both lengths. Turn right side out. Soooooo basic!

Throw blanket pillow cases

If you want to get really precise or if you are using a less forgiving fabric by all means to the math. Map out your cuts, iron your seams, and pin EVERYthing. I’m sure my old sewing teacher would recommend doing every single one of those steps! But! Being this fabric is a fleece with a stretch and it was going on slouchy pillows I skipped those deets and it all came out perfect. At least to my eye!

Throw blanket pillow casesThrow blanket pillow cases

One thing I will recommend is a walking foot. My machine is older and I’m sure its not the most fancy attachment but it makes a difference. When I hemmed the flaps(literally eyeballed it and folded over as I went) I used the regular foot. But once I folded the fabric over itself and started sewing it shut I was going over 3 thick layers of fleece. The walking foot kept everything moving smoothly and I promise its worth switching out!

Throw blanket pillow casesAlso, if you wanted to add a closure but still don’t want to deal with the hassle of a zipper a button would be perfect. Especially if it was something chunky, decorative, toggled, etc. Like I mentioned before, these pillows are super slouchy(which is why they’re so cozy!) so for now the envelope style sans closure is awesome. If I stumble upon a great decorative element later on I could still hand stitch it on. But for now these pillow cases are giving new life to our couch scene!

Throw blanket pillow cases

So have you repurposed any fabric lately? Cut up blankets for any other DIYs? You know I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

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Lazy Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are classic and I’ve used them somewhere in nearly every place we’ve lived! But all the measuring and math involved in the traditional way of hanging them is more work than I’m ever willing to do. Ever. Even the day I hung my thesis for our Senior Show I brought my paint stick(half this hack!) and finished hanging in minutes. And guess what? Not a single professor or photographer suggested any adjustments! So be lazy. Im giving permission. Ha! Or just consider yourself a bit more efficient because this guide to a lazy gallery wall will help get your art up in no time!

Lazy gallery wall

The wall beside our bed is totally basic but the space is open and perfect for something a bit oversized. After going through the stacks of canvases and framed photos we have left to hang I decided on a set I took in school. The photos are pieces of Q in his uniform a few years ago and they are still some of my absolute favorites. Plus, all the navy works perfect with our new palette! #winning

Ok, so the only measuring this requires is setting the mid-point. Which, I know(thank you art school) always gets placed at 58″ from the floor. I couldn’t tell you the science of why this is so esthetically pleasing but it works so I don’t mess with this measurement. This means the middle of your collection as a whole is placed at the 58″.

Lazy Gallery Walls

Once you find that midpoint(58″) slap a piece of painters tape up long enough to line your grouping. Use a tape the same width you want between your images since this is essentially your hanging guide. Add a piece that intersects your first guide at the horizontal midpoint(creating a T). Using a laser level to make sure these two pieces are well set and level. A little attention to detail on the first two will ensure the rest of the group is lined up well.

Lazy gallery wall

Use the old paint stick trick to hang your first frame. Start with the ones you want in the middle as you will be working your way out. This method of hanging makes it super easy to line up the edges of your frames with the tape guides. Once the first frame is set add your next piece of painters tape to the opposite side of the image(pictured). Again, these are your spacers! Continue working your way out and up. I promise your wall will come together in minutes. Really, minutes!

Lazy gallery wall

Before you pull the tape off your finished wall use a small amount of Blu-Tack to keep everything in place. Blu-Tack is a repositionable adhesive that will keep your frames perfectly lined up without leaving any residue on your paint or holes in your drywall. This really keeps your frames tightly lined up and it only takes a few seconds to place a dab behind each frame.

Lazy gallery wall

When everything is set simply peel off that painters tape(so gratifying!) and enjoy your perfectly placed gallery wall!

Lazy gallery wall

Lazy gallery wall

So have you installed a gallery wall lately? Used any tricks for hanging quickly? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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Painted Fabric Chair

We bought this chair from a Habitat For Humanity ReStore for dirt cheap. It was goldilocks scenario since the chairs that are most comfortable for me are rarely comfy for Q but somehow this one fit both of us! Only problem was the color. It was a really unattractive mauve with green dots and that just wasn’t going to work with everything else in our place. We bought the chair thinking we were going to reupholster it and quickly decided that was entirely way too much work. After a bit of research I planned on painting it… and then a whole year and a 3,000 mile move happened. Since I was getting down to business with the decor in the loft it was time to finally tackle the ugly pink chair. Luckily this painted fabric chair turned out better than even I expected.Painted Fabric Chair

See, if you search painted fabric chair(or furniture) you will get a ton of results and nearly all of them are done just a bit differently. Being that I’ve never painted any fabric furniture I just wanted to make sure two things happened. First, I wanted the fabric to stay soft and pliable. I mean whats the point of a comfy upholstered wingback chair makeover if it ends up a stiff mess? No point! Second, I wanted full coverage on that awful pink color! Side note: if this color is your jam and you make it work in your house more power to ya! But this is just simply not the case in the loft.

After pulling from a handful of tutorials I did the following to get some pretty fab results:

-Vacuum the chair thoroughly(esp. all those nooks and crannies!).

-Mix 1 part fabric medium with 2 parts interior paint.

-Spray the area you are painting with a light mist of water.

-Use a stiff brush to paint light coats over the entire chair. A smaller bristle brush is also helpful to get into all the creases and corners.

-Sand the surface in between coats(once completely dry) with fine grit sandpaper.

[After the first coat. Yes, it looks patchy and scary but just keep painting!]

Now comes the fun part! If your chair has a distinct texture like ours you can layer your paint to keep the textured design. This idea came to me after sanding the first layer. Because the sanding is what keeps the chair from getting stiff you always end the layer with sanding. This will expose a layer below the current top layer of paint and in doing so you will also accentuate any raised pattern or texture in the fabric.

 

Painted Fabric Chair

I started with a couple coats of classic silver and hand tinted the paint for the remaining layers. I went darker by adding a couple ounces of black paint which I measured out on a scale (so I could replicate it if need be). Once the final coat dried and I sanded it down the texture really popped. And still no sign of the ugly pink!

[before & after sanding]

This does add a more rustic or even shabby chic feel(which isn’t typically us) but in this space its going to fit right in! All the wood in our bedroom is raw or unfinished so another perfectly imperfect piece is totally making us happy!

So have you painted a fabric chair? Or any other fabric furniture? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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Copper Pipe Plant Stand

I recently saw a meme that read: plant lady is the new cat lady. First, I think this is hilarious. Second, Im absolutely on a path to crazy plant lady. I love my plants and our loft is slowly being converted to jungle status. No regrets! But having all these plants and pots around the house means I’ve searched and shopped just about every plant stand I can. I’ve bought a few locally, ordered a few online, scavenged a few, and now of course Im starting to DIY a few. And I started with this awesome copper pipe plant stand.

When we moved this last time we had a LOT of supplies left over from our home renovation. Some items we gave away, others we have been able to sell, and still others are lingering. This was the case with the copper pipes. We had 2 lengths of pipe left over from a water heater project and I’ve been waiting for the right DIY project to use them up. Which is how these two dilemmas came to be the perfect solution: copper pipe plant stand!

If you search Pinterest for plant stand DIYs you will find them made out of every material imaginable. But after reading through a couple pipe specific tutorials I kept coming up with the same issue…. no one uses the the entire lengths of pipe! This seemed nuts to me so I adjusted the measurements slightly and came up with two plant stand sizes that both use the entire 5 foot lengths of pipe.

Copper pipe plant stand

Each plant stand requires:

-1 5ft length of pipe

-8 tees

-8 caps

Glue(optional)

I measured, marked and cut the following lengths:

For the original stand:

-4 pieces 2” for inner frame

-4 pieces 2.5″ for outer frame

-4 pieces 3″ for top support

-4 pieces 7.5″ for legs

 

For a taller/slimmer stand:

-4 pieces 2″ for inner frame

-4 pieces 2″ for outer frame

-4 pieces 3″ for top support

-4 pieces 8″ for legs

Once everything was cut I simply connected the pieces with tees and added the caps to the ends. I read a couple tutorials that used glue or crimping tools to keep everything together but my pipes and fittings were pretty tight already so I skipped this step. Obviously if the fittings are loose or separate easily using a bit of glue is necessary. Lastly, I polished the whole stand with a cotton rag and a mix of lemon and salt. This mix really brought a shine back to the copper and helped remove the last bits of sticker residue. With the stands polished they are right at home with all the rose gold in the rest of the bedroom.

The measurements for this DIY can be rearranged and adjusted to accommodate any pot size and/or pipe length which is super convenient! Once you get the basic shape of this down I promise you will start thinking of other possible versions! So what plant stands are you loving at the moment? Have you gone DIY on your plant stands yet? You know I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

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Rose Gold Accents

Are you tired of hearing about rose gold yet? Trick question, thats not actually possible! I’ve been adding small rose gold accents to our master bedroom to tie together the last bits and I thought I’d share two quick projects.

First is a set of throw pillows. I bought these at Michaels before the new color palette for the loft bedroom had come into play. I still love the design and with a small tweak I knew they’d work on our bed.

If you follow me on Instagram you know I tackled these with a couple coats of acrylic paint by Martha Stewart Crafts. The color, of course, is Rose Gold. It might seem a little daunting to hand paint all the coral(or any other intricate design you have) but I promise its worth it! I turned on an audio book, poured a glass of wine, and painted these two super quick. If you like the adult coloring books that have recently become so popular you will love the repetition and mindless creativity of simply filling in the shapes.

Being that these were already printed in gold the change is not crazy drastic but I think you can see the difference in the side by side. I realize this is not the most innovative DIY you’ve probably ever seen online but thats not the point. Sometimes you have pieces in your home you love but they need updating or just a small creative tweak. Nine times out of ten, for me, this happens with a coat of paint. And these pillows are the perfect example of that.

 

Speaking of paint…. the second project is also a painted update! We’ve had these lamps for some time. They were inexpensive and simple and they have served us well. But they’re nickel/silver and you know the metallic in this room is (all together now!) ROSE GOLD! Ha! So I figured with a coat of paint they could stay and got to work.

   I cleaned these really well with a rag and some surface spray, masked off the important parts, and sprayed them in my favorite shade of Rose Gold. These took a good 3 coats but I spray super light to avoid drip marks. Once they were completely dry I fitted them with new lamp shades and … voila! New(to us) lamps that match our bedroom color palette!Rose Gold Accents

So what have you transformed with paint lately? Whats in your home that could use a painted makeover? You know I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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Bike Hoist Storage

Bike hoist storage

Bike storage. Unless your place has bike lockers(lucky you!) or you have your own garage(luckier you!) bike storage can require some seriously creative solutions. This last move left us with no garage, patio, or lockers for outdoor gear and specifically things like bikes. The items we only use on occasion like camping gear or our skiing gear lives happily in storage while not in use. But bikes are something that get used on the reg around here and needed to stay in the loft. So began my search for a solution so my living room didn’t double as a bike rack. Enter: bike hoist storage!

Bike hoist storage

After scouring the internet and reading a ridiculous number of reviews it seemed clear this was the solution for us. Being that we are in a loft we have crazy tall ceilings and making use of some of the overhead space made perfect sense. We considered a few different positions but the space above our stairway landing seemed the best suited. First, it wasn’t going to be a visual/decorative issue since the stairway doesn’t have much going on. Second, the landing shortened the distance we needed for installation. Other areas of the loft are 20+’ from floor to the ceiling so this was a big deal. The height above the landing cut the distance down significantly and we could use the ladder we already had. And lastly, the bike actually fit in this space!

Bike hoist storage

Luckily Q’s road bike is incredibly light(only 18lbs) but even if you are riding something with more heft these hoists can hold up to 100lbs. Knowing the hoist could handle the weight we moved on to hardware. The area we wanted to place the hoist wasn’t lined up with studs(typical!) so we needed drywall anchors. Since moving in I’ve used a number of different hanging hardware but we went with zinc drywall anchors that can hold 50lbs each. Once we had all the parts it was just a matter of measure, mark, and drill to get the hoist in place. This is really Q’s area of expertise so I got to sit back and watch(and occasionally hand tools up the ladder!). The whole process only took about 30 minutes.

Bike hoist storage

Bike hoist storage

Its been a couple weeks now and we love this system! Even if we didn’t live in a loft I’d absolutely install one in a home, garage, etc. Its so easy to use, easy to install, and totally affordable. A win in all accounts! So what bike storage has been a win for you? Have you converted to hoist storage? Are you loving it? You know I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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