Wednesday, July 23, 2014

~diy letter & number blocks~

Today I want to show you how you can make these fun wood letters in just a few simple steps.

You will need a 1x6 pine board cut into squares.
If you don't have a chop saw, the home improvement store will cut them for you.

I made a large quantity, so I covered my kitchen island to protect the surface and laid them all out.

Next you will need letters, numbers, symbols, etc. to stick on top.
These are from the office supply store.
I have used these in numerous projects.
Make sure they are stuck on really well, and centered. 

{you will need to dust off the surfaces before applying to ensure they stick on well}

Next, using your paint color of choice, paint right over the tops and let dry thoroughly. 
When the tops are dry, flip over and paint the sides and backs.
Once thick coat is plenty on all.

When everything is dry you can peel off the sticker to reveal the raw wood underneath.

Using a palm sander, sand the tops and sides.
You can do this by hand if you don't own a palm sander.

The photo below shows the raw version on the left and the sanded version on the right.
After you sand them all, dust them off again.

Then using a rag, go over the tops and sides 
with Annie Sloan dark wax and let dry.

And that is it!
You can spell out different names, sayings, etc.

To see another project I did with 1x6 pine squares, click here.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

~a backyard bbq~

We celebrated my sisters 29th birthday this weekend.
I set up a table near our fire pit and we enjoyed dining out by the woods, 
roasting marshmallows, and playing croquet.

This proves that it doesn't have to be fancy to be fun!

I love making smores kits.
It is so much easier to assemble them when everything is ready to go!

The side tables are painted stumps that I topped with wine barrel tops.

Citronella candles are a must when dining outdoors in the pacific northwest.

The cafe lights were a nice addition and I also added some white twinkle lights to some tree trunks.

Friday, July 18, 2014

~paint colors in our home~{& an idea to steal}

Do you ever go shopping and wonder if the pillow {or whatever it is you are looking at} will match something in your home?
This happens to me all the time, so I finally decided to do something about it.

You've all seen people take stir sticks and put their paint colors on them right?
Well, why not take it a step further and add fabric and wallpaper swatches?

You will need wooden paint stir sticks and book rings to start.

I cut mine down to 6" and sanded the raw edges.

Next, you will need to mark where you are going to drill your hole for the ring.

Using a drill with the appropriate size bit, drill a hole and sand till smooth if necessary. 

Dip each paint stick one by one in your paint colors and hang outside to dry.

Make sure each one is on a separate branch so they don't slide together.

While those are drying you can make some that have wallpaper or fabric swatches.
I simply taped mine on.

You can make individual rooms, or put them all on one ring.
I chose to do individual rooms. 
Label them with a tag that reads which room it belongs to, and simply write on the top of the stir sticks either the color, or what the color belongs too, or both!

That's it!
 It's super simple and small enough you can throw in your bag when you are out shopping.

Now onto our paint colors. All paint colors are in a eggshell finish unless noted.

Cabinets~Ben Moore Dove White
Pantry and island: custom grey green, formula here.
Walls~Ben Moore Revere Pewter

Oatmeal by Ralph Lauren

Walls: Martha Stewart Seal and Annie Sloan Old White
Bathroom walls: Annie Sloan Country Grey

Walls~Ben Moore Graphite and Ralph Lauren Oatmeal.
Master Bathroom~Ralph Lauren Oatmeal

Walls: Valspar Canoe Brown and Ralph Lauren Oatmeal

Mouse ears by Behr {disney}

Let me know if I skipped over anything.
Cheers to the weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

~thrifty thursday~{sewing w/ammunition bags}

A friend recently gave me this bunch of vintage cloth ammunition bags.

When I got home I realized how perfectly one of them matched my pillows on my couch, so I decided to make a pillow to go with them.
{sorry, bad phone pic}

Here is how to make a simple envelope style pillow cover.

I started with a 18" pillow insert.
I prefer a down/feather blend, but you can use whatever you have.

Measure and cut the front of your pillow allowing for a 1/2" seam allowance.
Since my pillow insert was 18", I cut my fabric at 18 1/2" square.
{I used a drop cloth from Home Depot}

Then I cut off the front of the ammo bag and attached it to the center of my pillow front using a iron and heat n bond. All of these iron on adhesives come with full instructions.

Next you will want to cut the back pieces.
If you use a drop cloth like I am, you can make it so you don't have to do any extra sewing by using the edges that are already finished. 

Cut 2 pieces that will overlap. Mine were approx. 18 1/2" by 12" and 18 1/2" by 10 1/2" 

I didn't get a picture of the next steps, but I sewed the ammo bag around the edges, in about 1/4"

Then position your back pieces onto the front piece, right side to right side and pin all the way around.

Sew all four sides going back and forth over where it will open to ensure it is strong enough.

Turn right side out and wash and dry. Your edges will then fray a bit on the ammo bag.

Add your insert and you are done!

It found it's home on our leather chair in the living room which sits next to our couch. I love how the pillows all compliment each other!


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