Some areas in our home deserve a bit more privacy than others. Bedrooms and bathrooms both obviously pop to mind, but if you have a window (or door, like me) in your laundry room, this may shoot to the top of your list as well.
You can ask anyone who has lived with me (male or female), I tend to run around in my underwear. A third of my clothes are in the office closet, a third are in the master bedroom, and the balance in the laundry room. This means that getting ready for my day in the morning involves an underwear clad Erin running from room to room and down to the laundry.
Now, we have a door with a very apparent window to the street in our laundry room. My 6am trompses down there in undies have most likely led to several a passerby getting an eyeful. When we renovated our laundry room just a couple of months ago, I put my thinking cap on to figure out what to do about this issue that would still allow plenty of light, but block out my buns. Enter ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.
I’d thought about using a translucent cling or contact paper, but with the high moisture in this area, I figured that I better do something a bit more permanent. A little border created with the tape and some spray paint made for frosting glass was the solution. The great thing about this solution is that if I ever want to undo the ‘frost’, a little acetone will take it right off. Nice, huh?
Halloween is my favorite time of the year and I really cannot wait to break out the seasonal decor. That being said, I’m a pretty big fan of Halloween decor that is understatedly scary or humorous. Last year’s decor was simple with a lot of wood accents and some crows.
This year, I’m doing more of a spooky humor type thing, starting with these googly eyes on lots of things… including flowers. I laugh out loud every time I walk by my googly eyed hydrangeas.
ONEdrop a dab of hot glue onto the back of your googly eye. TWO stick a trimmed wooden skewer perpendicular into the dab of clue. THREE put your googly eye skewer into your flower arrangement.
It’s a super simple little seasonal project and would look awesome in some red roses as well – spooky!
p.s. After I made the spooky eyed hydrangeas, Matt was cracking up at me and mentioned that this reminded him of an SNL skit with Christopher Walken (which I’d never seen), but he showed it to me and it’s hilarious.
I love an easy DIY which can be customized in about a million different ways. I customized this wall plaque from Michaels with a high shine white paint and a really pretty pebbly champagne gold.
The result is perfect for my vanity and a little place to stash a few of my girly things. This would also be really pretty on an entry table for keys and mail or on a coffee table to corral a case of flowers and the remote controls!
This project cost around $8 total since I used paint I had on hand and only had to purchase the wooden plaque ($5), patterned paper ($1), and the little foot pads ($2). I swear even a DIY novice could make something they really loved with these materials. Using a durable shelf liner or contact paper would work well for high moisture areas (like the bathroom) so pull out that pretty paper you’ve been hoarding or that fun colored spray paint you’ve been keeping for just the right moment and make something beautiful!
Our joint office space is coming a long nicely and I am on schedule to reveal it to you guys next week! In the meantime, I wanted a little bit of art that wasn’t too busy and utilized the pattern from some beautiful napkins I bought in a painterly navy blue grid.
I have two big frames from Ikea that I wanted to use for a his and hers type art to show that the office was a joint space. Previously, I’d kind of hoarded the office (since my closet is also in there) as an Erin space – but no more!
Silhouettes are so classic and put together with my all white frames, mats, and modern patterned fabric, they make a more updated statement.
ONE print out some blacked out silhouettes on card stock and carefully cut around them with a craft knife of scissors. TWO fix the fabric to the farm backing with heavy duty tape. This allows me to use the napkins in the future if I swap out the art. THREE use spray adhesive or double stick tape to adhere the cut-out silhouettes to the fabric backing. Place your mat down for a guide to ensure the silo in centered.
Isn’t he handsome?! Using a fabric with less white would make more of a contrast between the pattern and the silhouette and I might even swap out the fabric with the seasons or with whatever whim I’m currently on in the office. For now, I love the modern navy which matches back to my original office design quite well.
X-stools come in all shapes and sizes, but you don’t have to stress about finding the right one for your space – just make it! I used the base of a directors chair that I had sitting in a closet to create this little perch in my entryway and love it! I had a table runner on hand that I bought just because I liked the metallic natural weave, but had only used probably once, which made for the perfect seat and was quite easy to put together. The best part is, you could use any fabric you want as long as it’s upholstery weight. Since mine was already at a 16 inch width, I didn’t have to hem any edges, but that wouldn’t be to difficult either.
ONE unscrew the arms from the base of the directors chair and discard. TWO unscrew the brace that stabilizes the top of the legs and put aside – you’ll reattach this piece later. THREE measure the open width of the base going all of the way around the underside of the horizontal supports. FOUR cut your fabric to width (or just a touch shorter) and wrap it very tightly around the sidebars, cutting a little notch out for the diagonal legs.
Staple one side of the fabric to the underneath of the side bars. Move to the other side and repeat, cutting the notches for the legs and pulling very tightly before stapling. The, re-attach the braces that you removed in step two.
Presto! You’ve got a brand new stool that folds right up and tucks away when not in use. I’d make a pair of these and bring them out to flank my coffee table when guests come over!
Will you give it a try? If you don’t have an old director’s chair sitting around, I’m sure it wouldn’t be a hard thing to find at an end-of-summer garage sale!
A week ago, Laura and I challenged a group of uber talented bloggers to create something unique from a box of mystery supplies from a load of fabulous sponsors. You’ll get 13 total awesome tutorials including this creation for a pair of color blocked coat hooks.
I used 5 of the materials in my box: two colors of paint from Deco Art as well as dowels, beads, plaques, and embroidery thread from Michaels. I didn’t use the containers from Specialty Bottle, die cut shapes from Clear & Simple Stamps, or gems from For the Makers, but I wanted to so bad! All of the items were beautiful and I had so many ideas that utilized more of them, this was just my favorite idea.
The paint colors in the box inspired me and the trend of thread wrapped (just about) anything gave the project the extra umph that it needed. As you can imagine, the full project wasn’t too difficult (because that’s not my style) Continue Reading…
It’s baaaack! I’m sure you guys remember the craft challenge that Laura from A Girl Who Makes and I created last year, trading boxes of supplies with the proposition to create something out of the contents – using only the contents – and share the tutorial with our readers.
Well, the response from both readers and other bloggers was astounding, so this year, we’ve invited a group of fabulously creative bloggers to join us in the second annual Trade & Made . All of their ingenious projects (with tutorials) will be connected to a central Trade & Made website(which was created by the super talented Gloria from Little White Whale Studio) which you can utilize as a central place to check in on all of the projects.
Take a moment, head to Trade & Made.com and familiarize yourself with each participant, because in one week, on Wednesday, July 31st, they’ll each be debuting a project for you! Exciting, isn’t it? Ok, here’s what we’ve included in each box:
What do you think I’ll create from these pieces? What would you create?
I suppose you’ll have to come back next Wednesday to find out what me and 12 other talented bloggers are creating!
The questions I get emailed and asked the absolute most aren’t about the camera I use or decor in my home… it’s about the gold spray paint that I prefer. It’s no secret that I use it in a fair amount of projects because a little shine never hurt anyone and I love neutrals.
I will admit that I bought 6-7 different gold spray paints and sprayed them all next to some gold foil to fill in gaps on a table project I was working on. I choose the variety that matched best to the foil and started using that color exclusively. For me, it’s the Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint. It’s not too yellow, not too green, it’s the perfect match to real gold I can find.
So, I wanted to share it with you all today. I use it so much and reference it even more, so if you’re looking for the perfect coat, here you are! And after you’ve got your secret weapon in hand, here are some favorite projects to make with your gold paint.
You all know by now my difficulty to adopt too much color into my life and my house. I made these amazing bookends earlier this year and although I love them, they won’t do in every room in my home. I needed something sleeker, neutral. I dreamt up these acrylic and gold bookends and after making them, I like them more that I ever anticipated.
These bookends totaled out at around $9 for the whole thing and boy are they cute!
They’re minimal and chic, let the books show off their colors, and are so easy to make. Here’s the full tutorial and material list. Continue Reading…
Ok, some might call this tie dye, but I’m calling it fireworks. This washed down blue tablecloth is perfect for covering any folding table, getting your group ready for the 4th of July celebrations this week. It’s MUCH cheaper than buying one and would be a fun project for the kiddos (outside, of course).
The ‘cloth’ part of the tablecloth is actually canvas dropcloth from The Home Depot. It is so much less expensive than buying yardage from the store (shoot, it’s cheaper than a flat sheet) and it comes in squares, rectangles, and ‘runner’ sized (for hallways) but I like to think that size is actually for a banquet 6ft table! A little ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and some fabric dye (I used RIT navy blue) and that’s all it took.
ONE pinch up a few inches of canvas and form it into a cone. TWO tape the cone together tightly with the painters tape and ensure the bottom of the tape strand is secure. THREE do this all over your cloth. FOUR dunk it into your dye bath and agitate for 15 minutes.
I love that the end result is a little less traditional and kind of whimsical. I did a very casual beer and BBQ style dinner to go with the laid back nature of the ‘firework’ tablecloth.
This project is sponsored by ScotchBlue Painters tape and if you guys aren’t inspired to create, maybe a plethora of ideas in the Ready, Set, Paint Blog Hop will help! A group of bloggers from around the web all got together to show off their stuff and what they could create with ScotchBlue. What would help you get creative? Another Home Depot GIFTCARD GIVEAWAY you say? Well, let’s do it!
We will giveaway $75 to The Home Depot to one lucky reader.
To enter this giveaway, please leave a link to your favorite summer DIY or painting project in the comments below for a chance to win a $75 Home Depot gift card!
Entries must be posted by next Monday, July 8th, at 11:59 p.m. EST, and one winner will be chosen at random.
*Limited to readers in the U.S. only. Entries for this giveaway are made on the House of Earnest comment page and by sharing this giveaway via social media. Winner will be contacted by email once entries close, and announced at the bottom of this post soon after. Total retail value is $255. This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue Painters Tape. All opinions and creations are my own.
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