DIY leather webbed seat

DIY webbed seating

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Picked this chair up from an estate sale in La Jolla (Bird Rock) today. The best way I’ve found [to search for] up and coming sales is to register with estatesales.net estatesales.org and yardsales.net AND/OR checking craigslist.org Some of you … Continue reading

Who doesn’t love a neon dyed pup!?!

How to color your pup the non-toxic way

Okay so I thought I would share since I am an avid animal and dog lover and also considered a rainbow warrior with “the” Greenpeace. I’m a girly sort of girl and don’t have any human children yet so obviously … Continue reading

DIY How to recover a lampshade

We all know that lamps and lighting are expensive items that are essential to our home. You can easily update a cool lamp by recovering the existing shade and change the feel of a room. Easy step by step process … Continue reading

Plan an Outdoor Garden Party

Garden Party Table

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With the summer months approaching, outdoor entertaining is suddenly in full bloom. Take advantage of the beautiful weather by hosting a party with a garden theme. Here are a few ideas to dazzle your party-goers.

Create your own canvas DIY wall art

wooden frame

My mother is an artist and left me a couple of wooden canvas frames. These can be purchased at any art store.

I decided upon a new project because have an “entertainment” center that I couldn’t find the proper place for in my TV family room. It’s a great big open room but the way it is shaped didn’t make it easy to set the TV up in a comfortable viewing place. We decided to set the center up in the corner of the room to bring the TV closer to our couches. Only because of the size of the center, the TV stuck out about 5 feet from the corner behind it. It didn’t look right so we decided to make a screen to go behind the TV to give the illusion of a wall.

Starting with a wooden canvas frame, measure the length of fabric you would need allowing for excess to wrap around and secure to the back.

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As you can see here I cut it really close!!!!! Using a staple gun, pull the fabric tight and staple all the way around the frame.

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Voila! We using round hooks screwed to the ceiling, string, and a measuring tape to hang the DIY wall art to the ceiling. This was abstract upholstery fabric we liked from Joanns fabric store.

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I like the idea of using fabric as a quick and easy way to decorate a room. Of course if you are artistic enough, making your own canvas art would be amazing too!

Here is a great link from Better Home and Gardens I came across too! http://www.bhg.com/decorating/do-it-yourself/wall-art/14-canvas-wall-art-projects/

DIY shotski

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DIY shotski So if you are like me you were mesmerized by watching watch what happens live, when Andy Cohen got the all mighty and powerful Martha Stewart to take a guzzlet of her cocktail by shooting it out of … Continue reading

How To Mod Podge Furniture DIY

How to Mod Podge furniture
I bought this cute little desk from a garage sale for $10. In great shape but the colors were dated and the knobs didn’t match. 
First, I removed the knobs and bought 4 faux glass knobs from Home Depot, $1.99 a piece. Then, I sanded down the piece with my Ryobi sander and white washed this piece for a shabby chic look. To white wash, I use two parts paint and 1 part water.  Make sure your brush stays dry and only apply a small amount of paint at a time by swiping the strokes back and forth.
The top of this piece was a glossy formica that wouldn’t take paint and would take too long too sand off. I wanted a quick fix so I grabbed a roll of houndstooth wrapping paper and a jar of modge podge. Once you are finished painting the piece, apply a small layer of modge podge directly on the top of the furniture piece. Then unroll the wrapping paper onto the table top smoothing out all the air bubbles. Once you are satisfied with it’s placement, cut off the excess paper around the edges with scissors and apply another thin layer of mod podge on top of the wrapped table top. Make sure to wipe off the sides and under the overhang with a wet cloth and allow the piece to dry overnight or until it isn’t tacky to the touch.
After the top of the table dries, touch up any areas where the mod podge can be visibly noticed. Screw the knobs back on and Voila! The $10 desk looks fashionable and new again!

P.S. the insides of the desk were pretty clean so I used some drawer liner papers from the dollar store and lined the insides of the drawers and used a grey paint to accent the indentations!