The creative side of me is growing and I love refinishing, or adding personal touches to furniture, and other home decor items. I’ve listed a few projects attempted and the materials used. I’m all about cute, inexpensive ideas, the DIY kind of thing. Recently, I sold most of my original furniture and decor items in a garage sale before moving; then went a new direction. Had to color my world a bit. Most inspiration came from beach cottage and/or vintage-modern styles.
1) Colorful Bistro Set -
My great grandmothers dining chairs that I sprayed with Krylon’s Catalina Mist spray paint and reupholstered with batting and fabric from Hancock Fabrics. It only took about 1/2 yard to cover two chairs and secured with a staple gun. I even had a small piece of fabric left to add a centerpiece to my coffee table. End table from my mom, painted Flame Creeper, paint from Walmart.
2) Coffee Table Centerpiece –
This bright, colorful centerpiece is just plastic apples from Walmart, my leftover upholestry fabric trimmed and a basket from a local craft/flower store.
3) Antique Wall Hanging -
This is one of my favorite and probably least expensive wall hangings in my entire home. The old window is from a local antique store (about $9) that I painted with aqua paint and then roughed up with some sandpaper to give it that worn look. Then for some more color I nailed a vintage cream wall bucket filled with a few bunches of artificial flowers that were 50% off at Hobby Lobby.
4) Framed Up Fabric -
Easy way to add color to a room and use up extra picture frames.
5) Foot of Bed Storage -
This piece was the bottom of an old china cabinet someone gave me for free. I painted, distressed it and added cushions to the top. The doors open to create a great storage space for shoes, etc. Top cushions are just fabric safety pinned around a foam piece (I’m not much of a seamstress so if you are feel free to use your skills here).
6) Easy Homemade Vase –
Prime and spray paint a cleaned glass jar, wine bottle or vase for added color to your tables or shelves. I used a Starbuck’s Frappuccino drink container and painted it Krylon’s blue ocean breeze spray paint.
The vases were made using the same process from above, obviously using a different colored spray paint, Rustoleum Pebble. The metal tile is from an old opera ceiling that I bought at a craft show and painted.
7) Yarn Wrapped Wreath -
My sister and I are kind of partners in crime when it comes to making different things and sparking ideas in each other. She started making these adorable wreaths. So I take no credit for this project. She made this one for me. Wrap yarn around a wreath form and add felt flowers and leaves with a glue gun. Attach a ribbon or piece of burlap at the top to hang it on your door (my door is white so I had to remove it for the picture).
8) No Sew Pillows -
I needed to recover my pillows to match my new decor. I can’t sew and didn’t want to buy new pillows so I recovered the existing form in fabric and tied a know in the front. My nonexistent sewing skills led me to safety-pin the fabric to the form and to secure the knot.
9) Coffee Table Decor -
Container directions above (Starbuck’s frappuccino), red flowers from IKEA and place mat Pier 1.
10) Inexpensive DIY Headboard -
Snagged this idea from good ol’ Martha Stewart. A painted curtain rod mounted with a piece of fabric. Simple and easy. The inspiration picture used a quilted blanket and thicker curtain rod, painted to match wall color:http://www.marthastewart.com/273531/quilt-headboard