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DIY Christmas Noel Art

DIY Christmas Noel Art

DIY Christmas Noel Art

Merry Hi, Hi everyone!  Hello I Live Here’s Christmas post for today is a cute DIY Christmas Noel Art project.  Today I found a rather plain frame to dress up in burlap in bows, making a DIY Christmas Noel Art to display.

DIY Christmas Noel Art

Just like the last piece of art, we kept it simple and classic.  Here’s how we made our DIY Noel Art:

First, we searched our local Michael’s craft store for the perfect frame.  I wanted a frame that I could add the Mod Podge glue and the Noel letters.  Here is a picture of all the things we used to create our DIY Christmas Noel Art.

DIY Christmas Noel Art

Then, I took the Mod Podge glue and put on a piece of burlap with sparkle left from our last DIY Christmas Art project.

DIY Christmas Noel Art

Once applied, I cut out the middle, and trimmed the sides.

DIY Christmas Noel Art

Next, I glued on the metal corner elements to make the burlap stand out, and glued on our NOEL letters, and the wooden ornament into the center of the frame.

DIY Christmas Noel Art

To finish the look of our DIY Christmas Noel Art project, I frame the inside with red/white and burlap twin, hot gluing as I twisted the twin into place.

DIY Christmas Noel Art

At the bottom I made a simple bow with bells, adding the remaining white/red and burlap twine to the center and hot glued to the bottom of the picture.

DIY Christmas Noel Art

This was an easy, under $10.00 project for Hello I Live Here.  We picked up everything on sale at 60% off at Michael’s.  This simple project took about 30 minutes to create – and the best thing I can use this DIY Christmas Noel Art at every Christmas if I want too.

DIY Christmas Noel Art

Well that’s Hello I Live Here’s post for today!  I hope you are enjoying the DIY Christmas Noel Art project.  Have a fun Friday everyone, post

Linda

DIY Magazine Holder

DIY Magazine Holder

Do you need a DIY magazine holder?

We built a simple DIY magazine holder to keep that reading material secured.  This project was completed using scrap wood from our shop pile.  This DIY magazine holder project took about 45 min.

DIY Magazine Holder

First, we measured our DIY magazine holder to the length and width of the tallest/widest magazine we subscribe too (House Beautiful), and added extra space to drop the magazine into the DIY magazine holder with ease.

DIY Magazine Holder

Next we started cutting.  Cut 4-1×3’s (2-1×3’s for the sides at 20 ½ “Long, and 2-1×3’s for the top and bottom of the square at 12” Long).  We used Titebond glue and our Ryobi nail gun to secure them into a square which will form the DIY magazine holder.

DIY Magazine Holder

Then, we started to design the front DIY magazine holder.  We cut ½” flat pine scrap at 12” long for the bottom of the rack.  The next cut was a 1×2 cut 12” long for the top of the front holder to keep the magazines from falling out.  We completed the design by adding three spindles cut 6 ½” long and spaced them 2 ½” apart starting from each end, and centering the middle spindle.

DIY Magazine Holder

Finally, the back of the DIY magazine holder was constructed using a piece of bead board painted white, left over from another build.  We cut the bead board for the cover the back of the magazine holder to 20 ½” Long by 13 ¼” wide.  We attached using our Ryobi nail gun – 3/8” nails, before nailing we added a bead of Titebond wood glue for that extra holding power 😉

DIY Magazine Holder

To finish the look we added a piece of cove molding we had left in our scrap box.  We simply measured to each end (top pieces are 13 ¼” long and the sides cuts are 20 ½ Long). Cut each side of the cove at a 45 degree angle to give that finished picture frame look.

DIY Magazine Holder

Completing the project we primed and painted the frame as shown above with Annie Sloan Empress Red chalk paint, leaving the bead board white.  We choose the red color to match a barn wood frame given to us from Reclaim Renew (shown below) we wanted the two pieces to be the pop our grey and white room needed.  We hung by drilling two holes through the bead board and attached to studs in our wall.   Make sure you go over the screw heads with a little white paint so they blend into the piece.

Red Frame

This was a quick project that cost us nothing but time.  Every piece of wood in this little QT is from our scrap pile, the same scrap wood pile we made our Rustic Wood Frames and Towel/Dowel Rack projects that were featured on Bob Vila Nations.  Keeping all this extra wood is handy for small projects, and way better than tossing into the trash.

We hope you enjoyed our post today!  Check back tomorrow and see what else we can produce from this pile of scrape wood that’s slowly disappearing!

Linda 🙂

Painted Furniture

Painted Furniture

Painted furniture, love it or hate it?

So, what is your take on painted furniture?  As Hello I Live Here spends a few hours reading posts on the subject of painted furniture, the debates on the subject appear to get a bit heated.  It used to be, we stained wood furniture because that was the rule.  Then one day I walked into my living room and it looked like a big, brown bomb had gone off, leaving my furniture with no identity.

Painted Furniture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being a thrift shop and garage sale addict, it feels like I spend half  my life going to garage sales, estate sales, and auctions looking for furniture pieces that are not pretty just so I will not feel bad turning them into painted furniture. You know what I am saying, that one ugly piece nobody will buy but you know it will turn into something great if you just…PAINT IT.  Furniture repair can be costly and can require tools you may not have.  If you love to redo furniture and you are not tool equipped to change it’s structure, I suggest you become really good at painted furniture techniques.

With that said, you need to make sure you are not painting a valuable antique or a family heirloom entrusted to you, as you can totally decrease the furniture’s value by walking by it with a paint brush.  However, there are those wonderful thrift store pieces that were not maintained by it’s owners that are just screaming PAINT ME…MAKE ME PRETTY AGAIN!!!

New Life in Old Furniture Pieces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can accomplish a great piece of painted furniture in half the time by using a good quality chalk paint like Annie Sloan Paints.  I love chalk paint.   It very rarely requires any preparation, such as sanding or priming, and can be used indoors or outside, on just about any surface – from wood to metal, or plastic and terracotta.  Hello I Live Here takes the time to clean the pieces with a mild soap and water, even inside the drawers.  I feel this method helps kill any smell that may be left behind by it’s old owner’s.  Do not use chemical wipes on your furniture pieces, this can change your paint by making it crack or yellow.

Chalk paint is fun, easy, has low VOC’s and is eco-friendly.  It comes in a variety of colors, and you can mix the chalk paint colors to get the look you want.  You can make chalk paint  smooth by adding a bit of water, leave the lid off to thicken,  or turn it into a wash.  This wonderful paint can help you create a paint method that will give any old piece that wonderful painted furniture appearance.

Annie Sloan paint
Annie Sloan paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, when you are having your next discussion on if furniture should be painted or not, remember some pieces are not worth the time it will take you to refinish with stain, but it can be a lovely piece again if you just paint it.  Just make sure it’s not an antique!

Happy Painted Furniture readers!

Linda

 

 

What does a candlestick and a clock have in common?

DIY Clock Table

Good evening everyone!  I have been so busy with the laundry room build, I have not had time to post – The good news – it’s almost done – Make sure to see the sneak peak we posted earlier today, I think you will love the finished results when we are done 😉

Tonight, I am going to answer the above question.  Earlier today, I was cleaning out our decor storage to make room for yes, more decor (after all; a girl has to have her stuff 😉 ) when an old Pottery Barn clock and a rather large iron candlestick appeared.  I pulled them out, sitting the clock on the candlestick to keep it safe while I shifted the other items.  When I turned around to move it back into storage,  it was like angels singing!  It was obvious their common theme was none other than a DIY Clock Table, a perfect upcycle project!  Dropping everything, I started designing how I would get it to stay on the candlestick, after all I always wanted a DIY Clock Table since seeing one in a magazine.

So, here’s what I did:

I ran off to Lowe’s (because who wants to clean when you can play at Lowe’s, am I right? 😉 ).  Once there I gathered the one item I did not have, Leveling Glides by Softtouch.  I brought them home and got to work.

Soft Touch Threaded Leveling Glides
Soft Touch Threaded Leveling Glides

1.  I drilled four 3/16″ holes at the 12 -3-6-9 marks on the wood frame of the clock.

Drilling holes in the Hello I Live Here Clock Table Drilling holes in the Hello I Live Here Clock Table

2.  Next, I painted the glides black to match the hands of the clock, dried, soaped the threads and screwed all four into the holes I drilled.

Drilling holes in the Hello I Live Here Clock Table

3.  Then, I routed out the back of the clock in a small but deep circle for mounting the clock on to the candle stick seen below.  I mounted it this way because the clock still works.  Mounting this way we could change the batteries located in the back of the clock.

Candlestick Table Leg for the DIY Clock Table DIY Clock Table built by Hello I Live Here

4.  I added a piece of glass from the decor area, and BAM – a new DIY Clock Table!

DIY Clock Table built by Hello I Live Here

That’s right – a sassy new DIY Clock Table out of three old items I would have never used again.  How cool is that! 😉

DIY Clock Table built by Hello I Live Here
DIY Clock Table built by Hello I Live Here

I hope you enjoy the quick post tonight and I promise, the laundry room is coming to a blog near you soon!  Have a great night everyone – happy blogging!

– LC   🙂

What will these two items become?

What will these two become?

Happy Tuesday Everyone!  I was going through my decor storage in between paint drying in the laundry room (I promise the post is coming soon!) and I came across these two fabulous but forgotten items, a large iron candle stick and my old Pottery Barn Clock.

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Check back with us later to find out what new piece of furniture they will become!

Happy Blogging! 🙂

-LC

 

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