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Oceanic Urchin DIY

DIY gold urchin

I posted last week about the uptrending ‘oceanic’ pieces that have been catching my eye lately , so I knew I wanted to do some sort of DIY surrounding the theme.  Not only is the gold urchin super on trend, but it’s crazy easy and clean up is so simple.

gold urchin

gold urchin workflow copy

ONE cut a 3″ foam sphere in half TWO snip wooden skewers into lengths ranging from 2″ to 4″ and everywhere in between. THREE stick your skewers into the domed portion of your foam.  Make sure that each skewer appears to be originating at the same central point.  FOUR spray your urchin outdoors on a few sheets of Bounty paper towels.

gold urchin DIY

Do you want to hear the best part of this post (not that the urchin isn’t awesome)? To help you get your DIY on, we’re giving away (drumroll please) some Bounty of your own and a $250 to the Home Depot!  Crazy awesome!

faux gold urchin DIY

gold urchin clean up

The people at Proctor and Gamble (who sent me some Bounty to clean up my mess) and Home Depot want you to keep on creating, so we’ve teamed up on this amazing giveaway.  It’s easy to enter!

To enter, leave a comment below or share this giveaway on social media (the come back here to comment letting me know you did!).  Something like, “Enter this crazy awesome giveaway on @houseofearnest” would be phenomenal! There is a potential for two entries per reader.

Entries must be posted by next Tuesday, June 25st, at 11:59 p.m. EST, and one winner will be chosen at random*. This giveaway is closed and the winner has been notified,

*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 has been sponsored by Proctor & Gamble and the Home Depot.  All opinions and creations are my own.

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Magnetic Office Organization DIY

office organizer

When office organization becomes customizable enough to blend in with the rest of your decor, then I’m in.  These galvanized air vent caps can be easily painted to any color you’d like, hung on simple tacks, and with a couple mighty mini magnets, turn themselves into your new center of organization.

magnet office organization

office org workflow

magnet office organizer

I’ve hung up anything from wash tape to a wall paper swatch I love, to a couple cards for restaurants I’d like to remember. I honestly think this is one of the easiest projects that makes one of the prettiest impacts.  If you’re not comfortable hitting up your local hardware store for some duct caps, just use the lids of those christmas cookie tins that you have nothing else to do with.

office organization

Is there a little nook in your home that could become an instant office?

 

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Indigo Nation DIY

stars and stripes napkins

I had so much fun with this DIY over the weekend and I have been biting at the bit to share it today.  It was one of those, ‘will this look as cool as I’m envisioning or will it fall flat’ moments and I was SO happy with out it executed.  I didn’t want the shapes to look too cookie-cutter 4th of July, but to take on a more American heritage vibe.

I literally had a blast styling and playing with these guys and now have them adorning my dining room.  They’re just lovely with a natural indigo ikat look.  I couldn’t be happier (is it crazy that napkins make me this happy?  You should ask me about coasters…).  Anyway, you have a whole month to do this one, so you’ll definitely have time to get your own before the holiday.

DIY stars and stripes napkins

indigo stars diy napkins

hand patterned napkins

Styled with neutral white plates, greenery and silver touches, I love the feel the whole table creates.  Can’t you just imagine sitting around outside in dusky candlelight?

I’m really getting carried away here.  The full tutorial is very easy, just a few key steps will ensure vintage Americana success.  Continue Reading…

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Script Copper Wine Toppers

copper script wine corks

There are few things I like more than wine.  I claimed this past weekend that my major food groups were wine, cheese, tomatoes, olives, and coffee.  Aside from my personal feelings about it, I think that a good assortment of wines at a gathering can offer a ton variety while not being fussy.

These script copper toppers are like a pretty peachy color, reminiscent of rose gold and are so easy to make! They’d be perfect for a party during which people are in and out of the wine often and need a heads up as to which variety is which.

I made these four in about 30 minutes as the copper is pretty soft and easy to manipulate.  Copper wire can be found in an art or craft store (mine’s from Blicks). The toppers are just stuck into chiseled down plain corks.  You could use some that already come tapered, or just take a knife to some that you’ve saved like I did.  The trick is that you don’t want the corks to be too tight since the toppers aren’t really to use for pulling, but are more decorative.

twister wire wine corks

wire wine toppers

copper wire wine corks

I, of course, took some liberties with the abbreviations.  You could also just do a generic ‘cheers’ too. There are just a few quick steps  Continue Reading…

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Gold Angled Candlesticks

gold blocked candlesticks

Color blocking is big, but you guys know me, I’m not so huge on color. I decided to execute the trend with gold and grey weathered wood to keep it neutral, but still relevant. The angular lines on these ‘gold blocked’ candlesticks make a piece of 2″ x 2″ hardware store lumber way more modern and worthy of any table centerpiece or mantle.

What I love about this candlestick project is that the nice guys at the hardware store cut them in the lengths I wanted (3″, 5″, and 7″), so all I had to do was make the holes for the candles and get to the painting! Here are the materials I used!

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gold blocked workflow

ONE using a 3/4″ drill bit, carve out a hole on the end of each piece of wood.  TWO sand the pieces until they’re smooth. THREE stain the wood with a light grey ‘sunbleached’ stain.  FOUR tape off in your desired pattern and spray with gold spray paint.

Like a lot of my projects, I really like that there are so many customizations possible.  How would you customize this easy project?  Lots of color?  High gloss?

Let me know!

 

 

 

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Neon Rope Coasters

diy neon coasters - house of earnest

I love buying materials that I like even if I don’t (at the time) have a plan for them.  This project was one of those cases.  While scavenging the aisles at the Home Depot, I found some masonry rope that was the perfect neon pink!  I bought it with little idea what I was going to do with it and got to brainstorming.

I created these little woven coasters because the contrast with the light wood is so pretty and modern.  They’re perfect to have on hand for summer to brighten up even just a simple tray of water for guests.

neon coaster double

neon rope coasters - house of earnest

neon coaster workflow

ONE cut the sticks to 2 3/4″ lengths.  TWO securing the ends of three sticks in a hardback book, and pressing down very firmly on the book, start weaving the rope through the sticks, leaving a long tail at the beginning which you’ll use to add a few more rows to the beginning end once you remove it from the book.  After each row, be sure to scoot the ropes tightly toward the book and tighten. THREE continue in this method, one row then push & tighten throughout the whole length of the sticks.  FOUR once you’ve reached the end, remove from the book and use your beginning bit of rope to add a few rows to the start.  Secure both ends on the bottom with glue.

The light weight wooden craft sticks can be found at a craft store with the dowels and the rope is found with the other ropes and chains in the hardware store.

two material neon coasters - house of earnest

It took me about 30 minutes to make all four, so it’s something you can do on an afternoon in just no time!  I think this would also be a fun project for teen girls if you have any of those running around your house.  The colors can be switched up too, there are all types of crazy colored ropes at the hardware store and doing this with jute or bakers twine would give a really natural tonal look as well!

Give it a go and let me know how they turned out!

Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday!

 

p.s. A BIG thank you to everyone’s supportive comments yesterday!  You guys light up my life!

 

 

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Pop of Yellow Bar Tray

painted tray table

Spring has sprung.  After all of the waiting, we’re finally in the depths of some warmer weather and I’m celebrating by getting out the bright, cheery drinks and snacks to enjoy outside on the patio.

I hinted last week to a project I was working on with Sherwin Williams in conjunction with National Painting Week and today, I’m finally revealing the finished product! The best part of the whole project is not only the color change, but also the bar tray itself.

I used the base of an old directors chair that I’d had and simply removed the arms and set a wooden tray on the top.  There you go!  Base, tray, a new coat of paint, and I’ve got myself a tray table worthy of any bar area and was able to use an old piece of furniture that had been sitting in the guest room.

Sherwin Williams Before and After

yellow bar table

yellow bar cart - house of earnest

If you’re not a huge DIYer, I swear you can still do this project.  I didn’t use a primer, but I did sand off any clear finish that had previously been on the stool base and used two coats of Lemon Twist paint with a sponge brush to reduce brush strokes (and make for easy clean-up!).  I finished off the table by painting the hardware gold and adding some painted gold ‘L’ brackets to the corners for a more polished look.

bar table yellow - house of earnest

yellow tray table - house of earnest

I LOVE the way it turned out and the extra pop it lends to my (mostly neutral) dining room.  What do you think?  Are you inspired to do your own home paint project yet? Head on over to Sherwin Williams’ National Painting Week site to see color inspirations, painting ideas, and expert tips all week!  If you think you’d like to see more projects like this one, there are thirteen other bloggers using paint to transform their spaces.

Today, Cassidy and Justin over at Remodelaholic are sharing another yellow project, but tomorrow painting with blue is Amanda from Recycled Consign and Design as well as Emily from Decor Chick.

I cannot wait to check out the full week of projects and I hope you follow along as well!

*this post is sponsored by Sherwin Williams, but thoughts, photos, and ideas are all my own.

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Watercolor Knot Art

watercolor knot art - house of earnest

I’m such a fan of affordable art.  When it comes to making your own, I think it’s so so easy to get something beautiful as long as you keep it simple.  These knots are about as easy as they come, but are reminiscent of sea and surf and just perfect to lighten up your walls this summer.  All it takes is some watercolor paper and a cheap set of watercolors (nothing fancy here!).

watercolor knots - house of earnest

water color knot tutorial - house of earnest

ONE trace over the knot template lightly with a pencil in the middle of your paper. TWO go back over your pencil tracing with black watercolor paint. THREE let them dry completely before framing.

watercolor knot - house of earnest

Stacking the frames in a grouping really stands out, but just one watercolor knot in a wall of other photos would be beautiful as well.  I love the simplicity of it and think the outcome is just as wonderful as anything you could buy.

Would you try this? Maybe a gem outline would be really fun and funky too?  Tell me what you think!

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Behind the Scenes Painting

House of Earnest for NPW

Things have been brewing behind the scenes here at House of Earnest.  I’m working on a few projects that you guys know about (the patio) and a few projects that are new.  One of which is a really fun and summery project in collaboration with Sherwin Williams for National Painting Week which starts next Monday, encouraging people around the country to get into the DIY spirit.

Now, you guys know I will paint anything that doesn’t move, so it was natural that I be so excited about this particular project.  As I’ve mentioned, I’m in a totally nesting mood lately (spring fever?) and wanted to add a bright pop to my dining room which I felt needed a little something.  I actually uploaded a picture of the room to the Chip It application on the Sherwin Williams website to find a color that went well in the space, and was bright enough to satiate my need for something that stands out!

chip it from SW

What popped out was exactly what I was looking for.  There were three good colors to consider, I was really split between an orangey-coral and a bright yellow.  Although there is a little sneak peek above about which color I chose, you’ll have to come back next Tuesday to see the full reveal (I know, it’s mean, isn’t it?).

Don’t fear, there are other NPW projects from blogs around the country that will knock your socks off before mine goes live.  Next Monday we’re starting with Little Green Notebook and Coco + Kelley (can you guess which color they both chose?) but there a total of 14 bloggers participating so follow along with the action next week!

Tell me about the paint projects in your future!

 

p.s.  Our current giveaway the beautiful ‘Truly Mexican’ cookbook and other south of the border inspired prizes ends tonight at midnight! Go enter!

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Avocado Seed Awesome

avocado seed placecard holder 3

Using things either from nature or from other facets of your party make for great accessories.  I might be just a little nostalgic about the fact that this same week for the last couple years we’ve been in Mexico, and we aren’t this year, so whipping up a big batch of guac for a little Mexican party was in order.

I was admiring the seeds of some avocados when I thought that there must be something I could do with them.  You could probably spray paint anything gold and I’d love it, but in this case, I thought the little gold details on each one of these avocado seed place card holders helped to differentiate each name from the next, but also made them shiny and pretty like a little trinket that your friends could take home.

avocado seed placecard holder

So I’m in a Mexico mood and after instagramming a photo of my new Truly Mexican cookbook the other day, the huge response about where folks could purchase the book made me want to giveaway a copy along with some other ‘south of the border’ inspired goodies like an avocado peeler and pitter tool and more!

Continue reading for the full place card tutorial and the GIVEAWAY details!

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