Jul 1, 2013

DIY Fabric Photo Board! {ditto} DIY

Jul
1
2013
Monday

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design For the Rest of Us

Welcome to the July {ditto} DIY challenge!

Once a month ten very different bloggers are hosting this challenge to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate fine design elements into your own home in a way that fits your own style. (For more details on what {ditto}DIY is all about, check out my intro post!)

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design for the Rest of Us

The ten hosting bloggers include:

Darlene @ Fieldstone Hill Design
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

This month’s theme is Framed Fabric, and this was our inspiration photograph:

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{A framed pair of Ikat fabric art. Image via Neiman Marcus.}

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Frame some Fabric! Any fabric, any way….then use it in a lovely display.

Here is my Framed Fabric {ditto}DIY project:

Did you guys see the part that said a FRAMED fabric display? Yeah, um, I did too. As you can tell from the image below…

Photo Board FRAMED

As you can see, I followed the directions exactly. Framed fabric wall art.

{sigh}

So I’m reminded of my preschool report card where I got a “S” (satisfactory) for everything except “listens to and follows directions.”

I scanned over read the exact same instructions that every one else did for this project, and somehow completely missed the part about it needing to be FRAMED.

But I guess I do have a fairly good excuse. WE SOLD BOTH OF OUR HOUSES IN JUNE!! We had a rental property that has been a huge financial drain on us for the past couple of years that closed last Friday, and we are currently under contract for our house here in Dallas! The plan right now is to move down to the Houston area sometime late July or early August so I have been packing up things, trying to figure out which items we want to take with us while we are between houses, and doing it all with a 2 year old attached to my leg pretty much constantly (thankfully he still takes a nice nap in the afternoon).

Needless to say, my brain hasn’t quite been functioning on all cylinders and I completely missed that this project was supposed to be framed.

But you could frame this project so that should at least count for something, right?

These photo/memo boards are so easy to make and are a perfect addition to almost any room.

DIY Fabric Photo Board

What you need:

3/4 yard of fabric
1 thin piece of 20″ x 30″ foam board (I just got mine at Walmart)
1/4 inch plywood cut to 20″ by 30″
Thin piece of quilt batting (it’s not absolutely necessary to have this, but I think the boards look much better when the batting is there)
A roll of 1/2 inch thick ribbon (I like using sheer)
Pretty tacks (found at any craft store)
Hammer
Staple gun
Hot Glue
2 very small screws
Piece of very thin metal wire

How to make it:

Lay the foam board on top of the wooden board.

Cut your batting to 20″ x 30″ and lay that on top of the foam board.

Stretch your fabric around the wood board/foam board/batting combo and flip the whole thing over so that the fabric is on the ground (or the table if you’re not working on the floor).

Fold over one side to see how much you need to cut off the edge. I would leave at least a 2 inch overlay on the back just to make sure it’s enough. Do that with all 4 sides.

Staple a few places of fabric down (I like securing the middle of each side) just so that the fabric won’t move around while you put on the ribbon.

Leave the board face down and slide one strand of ribbon diagonally across the middle of the board (so that it would show on the front side). Be sure to leave enough room on the ends of the ribbon to fold them over and staple them to the back of the board, and then staple the ribbon ends along with the fabric underneath to those two diagonal corners.

Do the same thing with the other diagonal.

Add more ribbons 6 2/3 inches apart on the narrow sides and 10 inches apart on the longer sides.

Use your staple gun to staple any loose fabric to the wood on the back of the board. You can fold over the edge of the fabric to make it look a little nicer.

Turn the board with the fabric side facing up and secure each place where the ribbons meet with one of the decorative tacks (you will need to use a hammer).

Photo Board For Wall - 2

Turn the board back over and place the two small screws on the sides of the board. I go down 5 inches from the top and 3 inches from each side. Leave enough space to wrap the wire a few times around between the screw head and the wood board.

Wrap your wire around one of the screws and bring it across the board to do the same thing with the other screw, just make sure that the wire doesn’t come above your photo board.

Photo Board For Wall - Back 1

Secure the wire around the screws with hot glue if you want to.

Photo Board For Wall - Back 2

DIY Fabric Photo Board


Are you ready to see next month’s challenge? Here’s a hint:

This simple design DIY challenge from our designer will turn your trash into treasure. Design IS all about the details.

Want to see what we have up our sleeves for August’s linky party and {ditto} DIY challenge? Head on over to see what our interior designer is challenging us with next month. And while you are there, don’t forget to read Darlene Weir’s tips on incorporating July’s fabric art into our homes.

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Jun 3, 2013

Turn An Old Wine Bottle Into A Gold Vase! {ditto} DIY

Jun
3
2013
Monday

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design For the Rest of Us

Welcome to the June {ditto} DIY challenge!

Once a month ten very different bloggers are hosting this challenge to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate fine design elements into your own home in a way that fits your own style. (For more details on what {ditto}DIY is all about, check out my intro post!)

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design for the Rest of Us

The ten hosting bloggers include:

Darlene @ Fieldstone Hill Design
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

This month’s theme is Go for the GOLD, and this was our inspiration photograph:

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{Art and design by Samantha Reitmayer Sano of Style/Swoon.}

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Gild something, or paint it gold! Then use it in a lovely display.

Here is my Go For the GOLD {ditto}DIY project:

I’ve never been a fan of gold. For the monetary value of the real stuff, yes. But for the looks of it? I generally don’t like the look of it on me (jewelry), or as decorations in my house. I have a few picture frames in the house that have a tiny bit of gold trim around the edges, but that’s it.

So when I saw that this month’s project was to paint something GOLD I had to think hard about what I could incorporate into my design (btw, when I say “my design” I just mean my lack of gold in the house, I don’t really have any particular design to things at all  other than just wanting to keep things simple and clutter-free).

I’ve been majorly purging the past few weeks to get our house ready to put on the market (we are sooo close!) and I found an old, empty wine bottle on top of the cabinets in the kitchen. At one time I thought I could collect wine bottles to decorate the tops of the cabinets with… until I realized that I would have to dust them weekly to keep them looking nice. Yeah, scratch that idea.

Repurpose A Wine Bottle Into A Gold Vase!

Anyway, I decided to paint my wine bottle gold and use it as a vase on the mantle!

The challenge this month was to either gild something or to paint it gold, so I looked up how to gild something first and realized very quickly that gilding was NOT the DIY craft project for me. I’m not a big fan of spray paint gold, but I did like the idea of a very muted, sparkly gold.

I found a golden Valspar paint sample at Lowe’s (the official color name is Leather Satchel) and mixed in a package of Valspar Gold Paint Crystals.

Repurpose a wine bottle - paint it gold and make it a vase!

It turned out to be exactly the muted but sparkly look that I wanted!

[Side Note: If it's a windy day and you don't want to anchor down lots of newspapers outside, the Priority Mail flat-rate boxes work GREAT]  :)

The paint sample was a little under $3 and the pack of gold sparkles was a little under $8, so the project was around $11 total (since I already had the wine bottle and a paint brush).

The gold crystals were easy to mix in, but I did end up needing the whole package to get it as sparkly as I wanted it to be.  I’d recommend pouring in half the package, mixing that it, and then pouring in the other half of the package.

Repurpose a wine bottle into a gold vase!

This was a fun and EASY project that I would love to do again with different items. And I still have a nice amount of the glittery gold paint left too.

I needed a few coats of paint, but I think if I would’ve started out with a nicer paint brush I could’ve gotten away with 2 coats.  (The quality of the brush DEFINITELY matters!)

You can’t really see much of the glitter in the far away picture, so here’s a picture of it up close so that you can see the sparkles.

Turn an old wine bottle into a gold vase!

And the final product…

Turn an old wine bottle into a gold vase - no spray painting necessary!

It’s not smooth like a spray painted vase would be, but I love that it has some texture to it.

But do you know what my favorite part of these projects is? Looking through all of the awesome projects that everyone else has created for this challenge!!

It is time to link up your own fabulous Go for the GOLD projects and join the {ditto} DIY party! It wouldn’t be much of a party if you didn’t stick around, so be sure to check out as many projects as you can! Then be sure to visit Darlene’s site for a peek at next month’s challenge along with some expert design tips on incorporating gold accents into your home. (HINT: This design challenge could very well use something that is just sitting in your closet, and turn it into gorgeous art work for your walls!)



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May 6, 2013

{ditto} DIY: Painted Bathroom Vanity Tray!

May
6
2013
Monday

How to make a painted tray for your vanity!

Welcome to our first {ditto} DIY challenge!

Once a month, beginning today, nine very different bloggers are attempting to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design selected by Darlene Weir of Fieldstone Hill Design. (For more details on what {ditto}DIY is all about, check out this post my {ditto} DIY Introduction post!)

In addition to Darlene, the participating bloggers include:

Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

Remember that beginning next month (on Monday, June 3rd) we are inviting you ALL to join the {ditto} DIY challenge! Be sure to visit Darlene to catch a peek of NEXT month’s {ditto} DIY challenge so that you ALL can join the fun! (Hint: We’ll be going for the GOLD!)

We’ll have a link-up at the bottom of June’s post so that you can link up your blog posts too!

In case you’ve forgotten, this was our first inspiration photograph:

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{A chic painted tray and vanity vignette, from the home of nina bergsten, photography by marcus lawett.}

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Create your own painted tray and vanity vignette.

Here’s what I did!

First off, I’ve said before how very uncrafty (my spell check is telling me that’s not a word but I think it should be) I’ve always considered myself so this whole series is a big out-of-my-comfort-zone thing.

I really didn’t need a tray out in the main areas of our house, and as I mentioned in my last post, we even got rid of our coffee table and end tables in our living room so that they wouldn’t collect stuff!

BUT, I could use something in the bathroom to display the things that I wanted to keep out on the counter.

My favorite color has been purple for as long as I can remember and I’ve tried to weave a little bit of that deep purple into almost every room of the house, so I knew that wanted to do something with that same purple in our master bathroom.

I found a plain wooden tray at Michael’s for $4.99 (plus, there was a 30% off coupon that made it only $3.49) and then on the same aisle as the tray I found these wooden… what are they called?… I want to say appliques?… anyway, these wooden pieces that I could glue to the sides of the tray to add some extra design!

The purple spray paint was a little more than I wanted to spend on spray paint (around $7.50), but it was the perfect purple for what I wanted and I figured I could use it for other purple projects later.  The silver-ish spray paint was on clearance for $1.99, and the wooden pieces were $2.99 for both.

I ended up needing several layers because the paint kept soaking into the wood!

I might just start using these wooden appliques in all of my projects from now on!

And the grand finale….

Easy DIY Painted Tray!

WHEW! That’s a lot for me. ;)

My 5 year old came home from church last night with the flowers in a jar that she had made in her class so I decided to put those in the middle of our cologne/perfume bottles (thus the glitter all over the tray). Then I have my jewelry that I wear every day in the containers in the front.

Now how long is it going to STAY looking this nice? Ha! We’ll see… I doubt much longer than a week. But it sure looks beautiful right now!

How to make a painted tray for your vanity!

Remember that beginning next month (on Monday, June 3rd) we are inviting you ALL to join the {ditto} DIY challenge!

Be sure to check out everyone else’s projects and to visit Darlene’s site for a peek at next month’s challenge along with some expert design tips on incorporating painted tray vignettes into your home.

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design for the Rest of Us

Visit all of these sites to see what kind of tray they made this month!

Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady 
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

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Apr 22, 2013

Introducing Ditto DiY!!

Apr
22
2013
Monday

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Have you ever looked at home decorating magazine or watched a design show on HGTV and wished you could make your own rooms look that good? Design is not always about expertise or even an unlimited budget, but more about taking inspiration and making it work for your own space. That is the philosophy behind Ditto DiY.

Once a month, beginning in May, nine very different bloggers will attempt to recreate in their own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design selected by the super-talented Darlene Weir of Fieldstone Hill Design.

I’m honestly not that big of a decorator naturally so I’m really excited about getting out of my comfort zone with these posts!! I love saving money, I love living simply, but I’ve put decorating completely on the back-burner.

I would say that if I were to have a personal decorating style it would be simple. I love deep purple, black, white, and beige, with some extra bold and deep colors thrown in. I don’t like having many knick-knacks around or things that aren’t useful in our every day lives (we actually got rid of all of our end tables in the living room last year because they ended up just being stuff collectors!)

I’m really hoping to find my decorating style through these challenges and I hope that they help you to find yours too!

Ditto DIY Peeps

In addition to Darlene, the participating bloggers include:

Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room
and me, Rachel @ Surviving the Stores

Be sure to head over to each of these fabulous ladies’ sites to find out more about their personal style, as well as to discover their own decorating strengths & weaknesses!

So here’s what happens next: Monday, May 6th, all nine of us will share our inspired DiY projects, while Darlene will provide expert design tips on incorporating the featured design element into your own space. She will then also present our inspiration photograph for the following month. The truly fun part will be seeing what different interpretations of the same photograph this incredibly eclectic group comes up with!

After you’ve had a month to see what Ditto DiY is all about, we will be inviting you ALL to participate! Beginning in the first Monday in June (and every first Monday of the month after that), all of you with blogs will be able to link up. (Non-bloggers can share your pictures on our Ditto DiY Facebook Page!)

Be sure to tune in Monday, May 6th to check out our first Ditto DiY projects. And now, without further ado, here is this month’s inspiration:

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This month’s Inspiration, selected by our amazing interior designer:

A chic painted tray and vanity vignette, from the home of nina bergsten, photography by marcus lawett.

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Create your own painted tray and vanity vignette.

Designer Thoughts:

“Study the image above, and be inspired by the sophistication and simplicity of this design. The attention to each detail adds up to a beautiful vignette. “

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