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DIY Decorating Ripple Effect

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DIY Decorating Ripple Effect

Do you know what the DIY ripple effect is?  It’s what one DIY project can bring on when you start redecorating just one room in your home.  You all know what I am talking about – you start making over one room, and that room connects to another, so you have to make over that room, and before you know it –BAM! DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT – the whole house has been redecorated due to one room being changed.

Well, that’s what’s happening right now in our little villa.  It all started when I had to build in the laundry room.  You remember the wire shelving that nearly impaled me when it came off the wall (if you missed the story, click the link here and read up).  This one tiny room started the whole darn thing.  It moved from the laundry room to putting in a book case in a rather bland stairwell (post click here), and then moved to minor changes in the guest bath with a new towel rack built from two old shutters (click here for post), and has sailed right over to the master bathroom make over.

DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT

Yep, it was only going to be a little board and batten (featured on Bob Vila), and then moved to a little master bathroom storage (click here for post), with a vanity make over (click post here), and we are still not done, because now I need to add just a little tile, and do something with that plan white shower, and builder grade mirror.  Oh, don’t forget now I need to make a storage system for under the sinks!

DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT

Well, it hasn’t stopped there – Because I painted the wonderful Valspar “Shaken not Stirred” color and James bond up that room, it was an awful effect when you looked from the master bedroom into the now beautiful master bathroom.  What was a girl to do other than, you got it…do a small make over on the master bedroom!  After all it all connects doesn’t it? Who wants to lay there looking at what did not get done! 😉

DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECTSo now, I am finishing the master bath, and by all means jumped the ladder right into the master bedroom and started changing the paint color to HGTV paint color colonel grey all why the hubby is murmuring behind me those little words…oh no, the DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT, its a sickness!  The curse of many home owners for centuries – we love the ripple effect, them … no so much!

DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT

Well, we all know it’s not going to stop there because sitting here writing this post, I can now see the fancy new paint color looming out the door of the master bedroom to the living area – I just can’t turn my eyes from that problem…so, once the bedroom is completed, what do you think will happen?  The Tidal wave of THE DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT will start rolling right on out that door and into this room like a wave on a shore.  Let’s just hope hubby’s not home when I start remodeling those rooms.  After all, every man needs some surprise in his life!

Overall, it’s been a great start over the last six months building our DIY blog, Hello I Live Here, so, here’s to THE DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT, without it The Home Depot and Lowe’s would be two very sad places, and Hello I Live Here would have nothing to share with you – win win in my book!! 😉

Tell us about your ripple effect by leave us a comment below, after all you can’t leave a girl out here in ripple effect world alone!  Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by everyone.

Linda 🙂

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

 

Hi Everyone!  Today I have been working hard on a new project (a thrift store furniture makeover actually!), but it’s not quite ready to showcase yet.  So today’s post is going to highlight some of our past thrift store furniture makeover finds.

I love thrift store furniture makeover finds because they become something new with a little time and creativity. You just never know where you find the next treasure.  To me there is nothing better than old furniture no one else wants to deal with.  The best challenge of my day to either paint it, or turn it into something new, like our other post on our Part 1 of our china hutch re-do – (ps – the bottom is almost ready!)

To breath life into a thrift store furniture makeover piece, you simply have to have the love for DIY, a creative technique, and a few pieces that want to be loved again.  Here are a few before and after shots of some of the pieces Hello I Live Here has completed.  Each of these pieces have found new homes in and around our Ballwin area.

Here’s a desk I have been trying to date.  Since it looked old, I did some research before I said paint! Does anyone know anything about this piece that restores furniture and may be a reader?  Please let me know with a comment below.

Thrift Store Furniture MakeoverI know, I know somethings should not be painted, (remember the debates on our last post!) but if you are going to love it and unless it’s worth big bucks, then I take pride in just adding new life to these old thrift store furniture makeover pieces.  So come on, sometimes it just feels good to paint it!

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

This dresser you see below was found at a thrift store.  It was in great shape, but no one loved the old brown style. Painting it grey and cream – gave the piece a more masculine feel – We fell in love with it and are redesigning our living area upstairs around this one piece.  I know what you are thinking – that dresser was a find – It actually was at $39.95 – I did some research on this great old piece – It’s a John A Colby furniture piece!  It turned out Sleigh Furniture made this gem – and its worth $1,400 if I return it to it’s original gleam – So someday after we are done loving the paint – we will get it restored back to it’s old days!

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

Painting is a great way to relax, add new color to your world or just make another person happy when you send that piece into the wild.  There is nothing better than an inexpensive thrift store furniture makeover find that sports a fresh updated look.  But the best thing is it can happen with just a little color, time and creativity!

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

The next time you’re out looking at yard sales or thrift stores, really look hard at the pieces you see.  Sometimes that little roughed up piece with a tiny bit of muscle and creativity can become a gleaming new piece for your home.

Happy thrift store furniture makeover everyone!  See you tomorrow!

Linda

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Hello everyone!  Tonight’s post is going to be about painted Christmas ornaments.  It was a freezing day here in Missouri, so I decided to nest inside and craft my heart out today.  This painted Christmas ornaments I am about to show you tonight was a gift one year from my daughters while in grade school.  Every year I decorate our family tree (all Christmas ornaments are handmade and given to us from family members), and when I see this little painted Christmas Ornaments beauty – I just could not help but make these as special gifts for my wonderful sisters and parents.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

This is a speedy process.  You will need to drop by Joann’s and pick up some paint in your favorite colors (I choose to use 3-4 colors in mine), clear plastic or glass ornaments, Mod Podge Glue, ribbon, tags, and hooks.  Now let’s get started on this fun and easy project.

First, I set out all the items I picked up at Joann’s.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Then, I cut the price tags from the to be painted Christmas ornaments, and opened the top by removing the hanger.  Then I take my four colors of paint one at at time adding them into the inside center of the ornament.  You can drip the paint into the ornament any way you want.  Then I added an equal amount of Mod Podge glue, just like I did with the paint colors. The Mod Podge helps the paint adhere.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

After squeezing in the paint and glue (reminds me of that little Disney song… pass me the paint and glue, we’ve got work to do 🙂 I rotated the painted Christmas ornaments around on their sides, going back and forth till all the paint fills the painted Christmas ornament creating the dripping pattern.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Once the paint fills the painted Christmas ornaments I turn them upside down and let the remaining paint drip out.  I use an old dish or cutting board for crafts to catch the paint.  Let the paint drip out until it’s dry – a couple hours tops.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Once dry, I placed the hanger back inside.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Last, I add ribbon, and a personalized tag to the person receiving it.  You can also add garlands to dress them up.  BAM!  You just made some painted Christmas ornaments.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

It’s always nice to receive something for your tree in the colors you love, so I make my painted Christmas ornaments special to the person receiving the gift.  Some of my sisters are traditional Christmas colors where others, love that touch of purple, blue or orange/silver.  Don’t be afraid to experiment on these gifts, that’s what makes these painted Christmas ornaments special.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Well, that’s Hello I Live Here’s post for today!  Thank you all for stopping by to see our newest gift idea of the Painted Christmas Ornaments.  Till tomorrow!

Linda

Mirror for Under $20!

Mirror Made From Family Tree Metal Art Work

Family Tree Becomes DIY Mirror for under $20!

So…do you have a piece of art like this beautiful family tree laying around collecting dust?  We did – and we decided to make a large wall display.

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Finding this family tree art piece in the frames area of our basement Saturday was the inspiration I needed to create a new art piece.  Working with design after design, this family tree treasure purchased sometime ago from Hobby Lobby was just he inspiration I needed.  Sometimes you fall in love with a piece and never use it.  But the little family tree kept screaming – turn me into something you will love.

Mirror Made From Family Tree Metal Art Work

 

 

 

 

 

 

With piles of left over 1×2’s from our laundry room build we purchased from Home Depot, and two .50 cent door mirrors I found at a garage sale about a month ago, the family tree found in the pile of frames was about to get a makeover! 😉

Working to come up with a design, I laid the metal family tree on to the table and started placing wood piece around the tree.  As I kept building, all the sudden I looked up at the mirrors sitting against the garage wall and knew I could turn this family tree into a large wall art project.

Left over 1x2 wood for Mirror Frame

Wood Frame for Mirror

Metal Family Tree Start to Mirror

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laying the mirror onto the table, I built a wood frame.  Once the design came together,  I placed it under the center of the family tree and bam, new wall art!

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Using screws, I tightened the metal family tree to both the top and bottom frames (glass out of course) .  This left the sides open and unattractive, so I cut four blocks of 1×2 wood and filled in the edges bringing the whole piece together.

1x2 Mirror side Frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flipping over the art piece it still looked plain.  I added small stringer pieces to the inside of the mirrors giving a cross effect going long way, but still plain.  Not stopping there, I decided to cut smaller stringers (six of them) adding 12″ apart down both sides of the center stringer to get a window effect.  Now it looked finished!

Second Mirror Frame built

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once happy with the outcome, I turned over the mirror frame and routed out a grove on each the top and bottom mirror frame areas allowing the  mirrors to sit evenly.  Before I placed the mirror into the frame, I made sure to paint the frame with Rust-Olem Oil Rubbed Metallic Bronze Paint from Home Depot (I have always found this paint in a spray but never a brush on- Imagine my excitement to come across this find).

Unfinished Wood Mirror

Completed Mirror Frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

After painting the mirror frame, I let the mirror frame dry over night.  The following morning standing the mirror frame up, the wood appeared to look more metal just like the family tree in the center – how exciting!  Now the mirrors were mounted using small mirror mounts in back and an extra bead of caulking (clear is best) to make sure there is no mirror movement after you hang it on the wall.

Frame Painted with Oil Rubbed Bronze Rustoleum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To complete the project, I have on order four black and white family pictures we love.  When they arrive they will go into the smaller openings in the middle to the left and right side of the mirror frame . Then my mirror will be  complete!

Completed Mirror Frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

This project took one day with the overnight drying of the paint.  The cost of the mirror art project you ask?  We had the metal art in our decor section of the basement (the old tag $9.99), the mirrors were a garage sale find  at .50 cents each, and the paint roughly $8 from Home Depot.  The wood was left from our other project, so the cost was nothing.  Birthing a new art-mirror piece  for under $20 – representing both sides of our family – PRICELESS!

Mirror Made From Family Tree Metal Art Work

Family Tree becomes a New Wall Mirror

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you look closely at the family tree and leaves you can see my favorite part of this art piece, the initials of both sides of mine and Curt’s families.  Each time a new child is born, we will add their initials to the tree, watching our families grow.  There is nothing like family – showing that statement through this mighty family tree means the world to me 🙂 .

Well, that’s my post for this Thursday!  Remember, anything old can always be something new again, and this lovely Mirror Family Tree more than proves that – Happy art work Thursday everyone! 🙂

-LC

 

 

 

$3 Garage Sale Table Frame Turned Bench

$3 Garage Sale Table Frame Turned Bench

Happy Sunday everyone!  Today, we are going to share how our $3 garage sale table frame turned bench.  As you all know, our daughter is getting ready for her own place, and we are starting to put the pieces together for the big move in.  At a garage sale, we found a $3 table frame treasure!  The old metal table frame that was silver and gold, was turned to bright and beautiful!

Needs List:

-Old table frame (We found ours at a garage sale)

-Steel Wool

-Paint with Primer (any color you like)

-Clear spray sealer

-Gray Spray Paint (you can use any color you like)

-¾” Plywood 2 ft x 4 ft long (hardware store or scraps from the garage)

-Mod Podge Glue (or your favorite adhesive glue)

– 2 ft x 4 ft piece of 5 inch high density foam

-Batting

– 4 sheet metal screws

-2 yards of fabric (your choice – when you go shopping don’t forget your coupon to have an even bigger savings!)

What we did:

1.   First, scratch the metal garage sale table frame with steel wool so the paint will adhere better to the slick surface. We also had plastic circles we had to pop out of our table that we also rubbed with steel wool.  We then spray painted the circles with RustoleumⓇ Paint and Primer in One in a Metallic Nickel color.

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2.   After scratching up the surface we hand-painted the frame using BehrⓇ Paint and Primer in One,  in the color Hazelnut Cream (the same color we used in the ottoman project) because Crysta decided she wanted paint strokes in the piece giving that wood look.

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3.   When the paint is dry, we sprayed the piece with a clear sealer so paint has a protective layer.  Then we hammered the plastic circles back into place.

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4.   To create the bench top for our garage sale table frame we then cut a 2’x4’x3/4″ piece of plywood.  We had to trim about two and a half inches off so our foam and plywood matched the same dimensions.  This also gave us about a one inch overhang on each side so we could easily attach our fabric which you will see in later steps.

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5.   After the wood and the foam were cut the same length, we secured the plywood bench top to the metal garage sale table frame by drilling holes in both the plywood bench top and the metal frame and attached using sheet metal screws.  With a metal frame this is important so the two pieces (the wood and the metal) have a better bond.

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6.   After the plywood bench top is secured to the table frame we then glued 5 inch high density foam we purchased from Joann’s Fabric that was ½ price (we love a sale!). We used this foam to top the plywood seat, and covered that with white batting so the green foam color would not show though the fabric.

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7.   Last, we added our fabulous fabric of chevron print that is grey and cream.  We purchased the fabric from one of our favorite craft stores, Hobby Lobby for $8.98 a yard (we had a whopping 40% off coupon lowering that fabric down to our price range), using 2 yards, we covered the foam and stapled under the 1” over hang.

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With all materials the total cost of this piece was under $40! To think it all started with a $3 garage sale find.  Thanks for stopping by!

-LC

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