I am so excited about my very first Annie Sloan chalk paint makeover! I have seen so many fantastic furniture makeovers online and read a great deal of positive reviews that I’ve been wanting to try it out for a while, despite my hatred for painting. Our dining room setting is beautiful, but the mango wood doesn’t quite match the other wooden elements in our home, and while i am not willing to paint the entire setting, I though just painting the bench seat white would help it to tie into the room better. I have a hatred for painting, so I thought a little of Mr Darcy in the background encouraging me would make the process more enjoyable. It did!! Why thank you Mr Darcy. This was the most romantic painting project I’ve ever experienced. 🙂Here I am in action – completing the first coat. I did two coats and one coat of soft clear wax. I found the paint goes a long way and I only used about 1/3 of my 1litre tin. I am really happy with how it looks and I love that the setting doesn’t look too matchy matchy anymore. I have a couple more projects in mind for this paint, which will help me incorporate more recycled pieces into my home. This might be the very first time I have enjoyed painting. 🙂
These pegboard Christmas tree ideas are great for anyone with limited space or just looking for an alternative to the typical store bought, fake green tree. These ideas are quick and simple to construct and because the pegboard sits flat on the floor or hung on the wall, it is a space saving alternative to having a large Christmas tree. And this means more room for presents! Yay! First up is my red ribbon tree –These are so simple to put together. Using some pegboard hooks, mark out where you want the outline of your tree to go, and then run the ribbon around the hooks and let it fall in a lovely puddle at the bottom of the pegboard. To make your corners, place two hooks in opposite directions and thread the ribbon in a zig zag motion around them. And there is no reason you can’t choose your own embellishment for the top of the tree. There are no hard and fast rules, so if you don’t want to use the traditional angel or star, find something else that appeals to you. I have used a red bird on my tree top.For my next tree i used a simple string of silver beads and a plain white star as the topper. You could also use tinsel, jute string or a garland of felt balls as an alternative. Nat at Little Puddles sells garlands in a variety of Christmas colours and they would be PERFECT for this project. My Christmas budget is at its limit, so i may have to wait until next year to give the garlands a go. My last pegboard tree is made from a string of coloured lights. My string of lights was quite long, so i managed to wrap it around the tree outline three times. Make sure you buy lights that are on silver or clear wire, so that they blend in with the pegboard. I’ve decided to stick with a combination of the lights and silver balls. This way the tree looks pretty during the day as well as the evening when the lights are shining brightly. Photobomber Perry! Totally confused and unsettled by the constantly changing tree. What do you think? Would you consider a pegboard tree?
I was really excited to finally hang my DIY tufted headboard on the wall in the navy room at RedAgape Guesthouse. You can find the tutorial here if you are keen to make one for yourself. It is a challenging project but well worth the time and energy, as it is so cost effective when compared with buying a new headboard.
You can find more images of RedAgape Guesthouse in my Instagram feed or my FaceBook page. 🙂
I have just completed my DIY diamond tufted headboard and it looks great! Following is a tutorial and recount of my emotional journey 😉 that lead to the creation of a tufted headboard that is a fraction of the price of a bought one. I won’t lie, this has been my most challenging DIY yet. Don’t be fooled by the feminine curves of the tufting or the inviting soft plumps of foam, this project was a bitch! That said, it was so worth it!! I’m so relieved that it turned out well and my button to button method (explained below) worked beautifully for a beginner at upholstery. I challenge you to give this a go! It’s so rewarding. Anyway, here we go –
You will need –
Pegboard cut to size. The measurements will depend on what style and size you need.
3inch foam the same size as the pegboard
Batting – the same size as the pegboard with an additional 6inches all the way around
Fabric – same amount as the batting
Extra fabric for buttons
Upholstery thread – NOT regular cotton (trust me it won’t work)
Button making supplies – I needed 51
Buttons for backing – 51
Upholstery needleStep 1 – mark out where you want the tufts to be on the pegboard by circling around the holes. My tufts were about 6inches apart but you may prefer to have them closer or further apart depending on the look you want to achieve. Start marking the holes in the centre of the board so that the tufts are symmetrical. I drew up the pattern of diamonds when I was finished so that I could see they were all positioned correctly.
Step 2 – lie the pegboard on the foam and using a sharpie draw through the holes to mark the pattern onto the foam. You should be able to see the marks clearly on the foam. Step 3 – using an old knife cut out a square section of foam where marked. Don’t be scared to cut out a decent amount of foam as this will make the tufting process easier and make sure the hole goes all the way through. This is the secret to nice deep tufts. Step 4 – layer up your headboard : pegboard, foam, batting and then fabric. Make sure the marked side of the pegboard is facing out at the back (so you can see where the tufts will be) and that the batting and fabric are nice and smooth with no bubbles. Step 5 – using the extra fabric make enough buttons to complete your tufts. This process takes and while, so be patient. Warning – your thumbs will be sore….very sore.Step 6 – let the tufting begin!! I’ve seen some tutorials where a staple gun is used to secure the upholstery thread in place. I tried it and I didn’t like it….at all. I found it difficult and really messy looking, so I tried a new method using some old buttons. I’m calling it the ‘button to button’ method. The pretty fabric covered button is on display at the front and any old four hole button secures the tuft at the back. Thread your upholstery needle, double it over and tie the ends in a knot. Thread the needle through the four hole button and then through the middle of the two threads. I went around a few times for added strength. Step 7 – start at the top in the centre and work your way out to the edges. Insert the needle through the marked hole at the back and out the front through the foam, batting and fabric. Pull your thread tight so the button at the back is over the hole. At the front, ease the fabric into a point and then attached your fabric button. Step 8 – Take the needle back though the foam and pegboard. Don’t go through the exact same position or your fabric might tear. I tried to leave about 1/2 cm between the exit and entry point. Sounds easy right! Wrong. 😦 sometimes the needle went straight through and out the exact hole and other times it took an eternity to find the right route back through the foam. Patience is the key. I was pretty patient, surprisingly patient (especially given I was premenstrual) up until the last couple of rows. Then the cursing started….and it didn’t stop until the last button. Thank goodness the kids were at school. 🙂Step 9 – Alright, once your needle is back out through the same hole it entered it’s time to secure your tuft. Apply pressure to your fabric button while pulling tight on the upholstery thread. Insert the needle under the thread in the button and knot tightly. I repeated this about three times for each button to make sure it was properly secure. Stand back and admire. Step 10 – Now repeat steps 6,7,8 and 9 about 51 times (it felt like about 1000 times). It’s agony….really. I must have stabbed myself a hundred times with the needle, the thread almost cut a slice out of my hand and all of my muscles ached from wresting with the foam and buttons. I totally underestimated how physical this task would be. When that last button was secured I’m pretty sure I heard a choir of angels singing and I may have cried a little. Post tufting euphoria! Cursing over. 🙂 Happy days! Step 11 – staple the fabric firmly over the pegboard making sure your corners are nice and tidy. Try to keep the tension the same all the way around. Trim off the excess fabric and batting. I’m planning on covering the entire back surface with a piece of felt or fleece to stop the buttons rubbing on the wall once it’s hung. Here are a couple of shots in my room at home. The headboard will go to the guesthouse next week and I’ll be sure to post some pics of it at it’s new home. I’m convinced now that I want to make one for my bedroom at home, but I’m going to wait about 6 months, maybe have some counselling and physiotherapy before I started the next one. 🙂
I’m seeing copper everywhere in home decor right now and it’s hard not to jump on the band wagon when it looks so pretty and shiny. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found these old copper baking tins at the secondhand store for $3 each. I almost laughed when the lady behind the counter asked me what I was going to bake? Succulents? Haha! I’m not ashamed to admit that I don’t have a green thumb. I’m good at lots of things, but keeping plants alive isn’t one of them. I do like greenery in the house though, so I’ve learned over the years to choose my plants carefully. On the plant tag it describes succulents as ‘the ultimate fashion statement’ and ‘thrives on neglect’. Bingo! I’m excellent at neglecting plants. Succulents need good drainage, so mixing your potty mix with sand is a great idea. Unfortunately, as I said, I don’t have much of an idea when it comes to plants, so I purchased some ready made succulent mix. Before I started planting I gave my new (old) tins a quick clean and polish. I was lucky that they were in really good condition, so they didn’t need much cleaning. Next, I filled the tins with the special succulent soil. You can see from the picture how the soil looks a little sandy. Another great thing about succulents is that you often get more than you pay for. The plants I bought had a few new baby plants growing off to the side. Yay! I split up my succulents and placed them in position, filling in around them with more soil until they were stable. I recommend using gloves as the spikes on the mini cactus are really sharp! Once all of my succulents were positioned securely, I topped them up with some little black pebbles. I choose black because I like the contrast between the black, copper and green. Finally, I gave them a little spritz of water to help them settle in. I love how they have turned out! I feel all inspired to clean off and polish up my grandmother’s copper boiling pot that is sitting neglected in the shed. 🙂
There are many ways to repurpose vintage wooden crates. I’ve seen them used for toy storage, magazine racks and shelving. I really like using them as planter boxes. Obviously, you need to line your crate before you fill it. This vintage crate, that originally housed ammunition cartridges, is now home to three little succulents. This vintage dairy crate was the perfect size for my Peace Lily that was already in a pot. The plant, the pot and it’s base are concealed inside, so it was simply a matter of putting it into the crate. Too easy.
I’ve been admiring some hand painted pots online over the last few weeks. Most of them have been in black and white with simple patterns. I love the look, but i can’t justify buying them when i know i can make something similar for a fraction of the price. So, using black and white spray paint, butcher’s paper, washi tape and a couple of terracotta pots i created my own version.
1.You can see in the image above that one of the pots was already coloured pink, but only on the base.
2. Tape up the base of the pot using butcher’s paper and washi tape.
3. With only the terracotta top exposed spray painted this area a nice glossy black. Two coats.
4. Let the paint dry a little, but not fully, before i removing the washi tape and paper. The result is a nice clean edge between the pink and the black areas.
Don’t let the paint dry fully before removing the tape because sometimes the paint will dry onto the tape so firmly that the paint may rip off the pot when the tape is removed. I allow around 10-15mins drying time, but no longer, before i remove the tape. The steps for the black and white pot were similar, but i wanted a zig zag break between the two areas.
1. Spray painted the entire pot white – this took a few coats with drying time in between.
2. Cut a zig zag through some butcher’s paper to create a stencil.
3. Tape the butcher’s paper with the zig zag edge, onto the pot using washi tape.
4. Make sure the entire base is covered with paper before spraying the top of the pot.
5. Let the paint dry a little, but not fully before i removing the washi tape and paper.
6. The finished result is a clean edged, zig zag between the black and the white.
Sunburst mirrors are everywhere at the moment. I love them! I have been admiring a one in a local home decor store for a while now, but the price has stopped me from buying it. I have seen many tutorials online on how to make them, but it just hasn’t been a priority. So, after seeing this little inspiration post from The Painted Branch on Saturday morning and knowing i had some spare time on the weekend, i rushed out to grab the supplies. Other DIYers have used bamboo, sticks, skewers, but I made mine mostly out of chop sticks. Here’s how I did it –
1. Supplies – glue gun, circle mirror, dowel, chop sticks and gold spray paint.
2. Trim dowel to size to create longer sections of the ‘sun’.
3. Glue on the dowel pieces to create the longer sections and guidelines.
4. Glue on the chop sticks in between the segments created by the dowel.
5. Spray three coats of spray paint on the back and front of the mirror.
6. Attach hanging wire and position the mirror on wall. Stand back and admire!
I’m stoked with how it turned out and pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to make. I’m going to make a smaller version for RedAgape guesthouse using skewers. And with the colder weather setting in, it’s nice to have a little sunburst inside the house. 🙂