Category Archives: Decor

Guilded Upcycled Trunk


| Bliss, Decor, DIYs

I have been waiting sooo long to do this post…and I don’t mean like a few weeks long or since my accident long…I mean like a year. I’m probably the slowest DIYer on the planet…but I refuse to put deadlines on anything other than client work or you know, feeding my kids, so I plod along as I find the time. Looking back for my before pictures I realized I started this project around September of last year so I’m happy to finally have it completed. Upcycled Trunk This trunk belonged to my father’s parents. When they passed away we packed up some of their things in a couple of trunks for me to have. I ended up taking this one to school with me. So it definitely has some sentimental value.

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At some point in my college career I decided it would super cool if I decoupaged photographs on the lid. Ahem.

2013-09-03 16.31.02 The lid was pretty badly dented because sometimes I’d use it as seating. Whoops. Then it spend the rest of it’s life in our basement housing old art supplies.

Anyway, when I started my original office makeover I pinned this image:

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We had a couch in the office that was about 9000 lbs and I figured I’d slipcover it and use the trunk as a small coffee table so the couch wouldn’t look so out of place.

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I choose some wooden feet from Home Depot and screwed the plates into a couple of pieces of wood I placed inside the bottom (since the sides were pretty thin). I spray painted them gold to match before I attached them.

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I sprayed the bottom of the trunk black since I just wanted to cover the green and I didn’t want to waste my precious gold (my precious…). :)

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Then we moved and it sat around for a long time till I finally decided to finish spraypainting it. I had my father in law cut a board to match the top so if someone did sit on it they wouldn’t fall through. I added some foam and upholdsterd it with some white duck cloth left over from my pillow case and watercolor projects.

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I added the faux nailhead (Dollar Store pushpins) to give it a more finished look. I made a few throw pillows using the same techniques I did here and here.

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So glad it’s no longer an eyesore. I think my grandmother would think it is just fabulous.

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DIY Watercolor Quote Art


| Decor, DIYs

DIYWatercolorArt

So last week I shared my office gallery wall. One of the pieces I created was a printed quote over a watercolor I did. I love the contrast between the printed typography and the fluidity of the paint.

Here’s how to make your own!

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Supplies needed:
- Watercolors or Acrylic paint
- White duck cloth or thin canvas (I used duck cloth because I used it for several other projects)
- Freezer paper
- Inkjet printer

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I started by lightly wetting my entire piece of fabric (make sure to put something down to protect your workspace from water and paint bleed-thru). I began painting with my lightest color and basically just did brush strokes as if I were trying to clean it.

TIP: A little paint goes a LONG way if you’re using acrylics so start light.

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There’s no wrong way to do this…it’s just art, not brain surgery.

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I tend to create 2 or 3 pieces at a time and then pick the one I like the best and toss any I don’t like.

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After your paint dries iron your fabric flat (on the non-painted side). Then cut freezer paper to the size you want your final piece.

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As long as you can run it thru your printer you can make it any size (most likely anything smaller than 8.5×11).

Iron the freezer paper to the back of your fabric (shiny side down), then trim off the excess fabric.

Cut off excess

Now you’re ready to print!

Just lay out your artwork (or download mine below) and set your page size to match your fabric size. Then load your fabric and print it!

The first time I did this I 100% assumed it would be a total fail and my printer would jam but this actually DOES work. Proof:

And that’s it.

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Want to download the quote and print for yourself?

Download Quote Art

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Office: Gallery Wall – Creative Inspiration


| Bliss, Decor

When we moved into our new house we I immediately claimed the room with the largest window and most sunlight for my office. Since I freelance I need a space to actually work but I also use it as my craft space.

Above my workspace I created a gallery wall. It’s been a long time coming since I started my office makeover…then we moved and I had to start all over in a new space.

But here is where I do most of my work:

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The entire space isn’t totally finished since my non-essential projects are at a stand-still for now and my other desk has become a temporary first-aid station.

Obviously I started writing this months ago since my calendar still said May…it currently says June so I’m going to assume I took this midway thru last month. The calendar is from Sugar Paper.

Creative Workspace

I feel like it’s constantly changing as I find new things to frame.

3D Gold Paper Heart Art

I made this gold 3D heart with my Silhouette Cameo and the pattern that can be found here. After just looking at that page I want to make a whole bunch more of them because they’re so adorable. I love framing things without glass and having them come out into the space. Eventually I’d like to make my feather artwork something more dimensional.

Office Gallery Wall, DIY Painting

I love the Coco & Hearts paintings by Jen Ramos but they’re always sold out so I made my own inspired-by brush-stroke painting. I actually make about 4 and then just framed the one I liked best.

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Herringbone Painting, White Owl, Gold Ampersand

The ampersand art was inspired by Two Twenty One’s Glitter State (although I just used my cutter to cut it out of glitter paper).

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The quote is a good reminder especially to me since I always tend to take on too much.

You Can Do Anything But Not Everything

The herringbone art was just a fun painting I created to take a break from working on the computer.

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 The top print says “I never met a color I didn’t love” and can be purchased from etsy seller Pencil Shavings Studio (I made mine).

Office Gallery Wall, DIY Painting

This was a mixed media piece I created to remind myself to take creative risks.

Watercolor, The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt

Gold Dog Tape Dispenser

My gold dog tape dispenser stands guard near my polka dot pencil cup.

DIY Nailhead Bulletin Board

My DIY Bulletin board and my degree (which I just framed…10 years after receiving it) hang to the left of my workspace.

Creative Workspace

So that’s one wall of the office, maybe I’ll put all the junk I moved off my desk back and photograph the rest eventually…when it’s clean…my husband just laughed.

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