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Dip-Dyed Ombre Curtains for a Nursery

With a baby on the way, I wanted to do as many special touches for his nursery as possible. This included making a little canopy backdrop for his crib. Today I will tell you how I made dip-dyed curtains for my little baby boy’s room.

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First, I wanted to go with more of an aqua/mint color for his nursery. I am just not a huge fan of baby blue! I picked up the following supplies from my local Walmart – I have to do most of my craft shopping at Walmart since I live in a small town:

-Set of white curtains (length depends on your preference)

-Aqua colored fabric dye

-Salt

-Gloves to protect my hands from staining

-A bucket to hold the fabric and dye

-Grocery bag

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(Apparently I’m not good at taking non-blurry photos!)

When you are dyeing fabric, it is best to make sure that the fabric will take the color well. I used a sailcloth fabric, which I would not recommend doing again. Here is an article for the best fabric for absorbing color.

Mixing the dye is a fairly straightforward process. Just follow the instructions on the packet! Salt is actually used with the type of dye I used, so that’s why it’s included in the list of supplies.

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Once you have it mixed up, you can put your fabric in the bucket to absorb the dye. In order to get the ombre look, gradually add more and more fabric length as time goes on. You can also do the reverse and take out the fabric as time goes on so it does not get as saturated. I used a plastic grocery bag to protect the part of the curtains that I wanted to stay white from getting splashes of dye on them.

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Once you have left your fabric in the dye for the amount of time desired, make sure to rinse all the dye out as much as possible. If you want to wash your item, this is especially important as it keeps the white sections from absorbing the dye. I did not wash mine as I wanted to make sure the dye would not leak. After rinsing out the curtains, I simply dried them on a clothes line. Then, I hung them up in the nursery!

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My mom got me adorable little elephant wall mounts, which I used to drape the curtains. You can get a similar one from Amazon below. I hung the curtains from a rod on the wall.

*Note: I do use affiliate links to help support my stay-at-home income. I hope you are able to use these links to get the products you need to do your own projects!

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Furniture Overhaul 3: Updating an Office Chair

Every year, my town has a cleanup week where residents can put their unwanted garbage by the side of the road to be picked up. It isn’t always useless stuff either. Many people put out furniture that they no longer need. I love this week! I take my husband with me to go look for anything worthwhile by the side of the road.

This past year, on our way to church, we walked past the pile by our condo with no luck. On the way back from church, I found the perfect little office chair in that same pile! It was a blessing that we had walked by that pile twice within two hours. I knew then that the upholstery had not been damaged by the rain. I had my husband sniff the chair for smoke residue, and we were in the clear!

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Definitely not the sightliest chair in existence!

Earlier that week I was mourning the fact that most office chair were now made with plastic. This guy had a solid metal base! The perfect fit for my desire to have a timeless piece replace our leather monster. But this thing had the ugliest fabric. Ooffda.

The first thing I did was remove the cushions from the frame using an allen wrench and a screwdriver. It was actually easier than I thought it would be!

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The next step was to spray paint the metal frame. I figured white would look nice. If it chipped, I would just get the shabby chic look I loved!

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As you can see, I covered the wheels with painters tape to avoid having to get them perfectly painted. I am not the best at spray painting, but I wasn’t too concerned since this was going to be my personal chair.

Next step, remove that horrible fabric! If the cushion underneath was in bad condition, I was going to replace the cushion with new foam. LUCKILY, I did not need to go to that hassle. I hate having to do that when reupholstering.

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That fabric smelled bad! Since I didn’t have a carpet cleaner, I sprayed and wiped the original cushion underneath with carpet cleaner, water, and Febreze.

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Once it was all dry, it was time to add new fabric for the chair. Instead of sewing and adding in the cushion curves, I opted to just cut big squares and staple them down. The previous fabric actually eventually formed to the cushion’s shape, so I figured that would be the case with this as well.

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I used a staple gun and secured the fabric around the bottom of the seat. Any place where the fabric covered the screw holes I simple cut out.

For the back of the chair, this process was a bit more complicated. The old fabric had been glued together to create a seam in the back. I opted instead to use the staple gun and gather the fabric in the place where the metal back would cover. You can see the imprint of the back of the chair on the cushion in this next photo.

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I only stapled in that spot, making sure not to cover the holes for the screws again.

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Finished with the fabric, I put the chair back together! I love it so much more than any chair you can buy today that costs less than $100. Next time, I hope to use a bold, vintage looking floral fabric. I can’t wait to give it a shot! Since we are currently on a budget, I only spent about $8 on fabric for this piece.

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Total cost = $7 for paint + $8 for fabric + FREE chair = $15

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Here are some tutorials from other blogs for office chair redos:

Remodelando la Casa

Dream a Little Bigger

Issamar Sellene Design

Share your own experiences in the comments!

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Making Your Bed Cozy

I love bedding. Absolutely love it! It’s actually a terrible addiction of mine. I see a cozy bed and I immediately want my own bed to be its twin. I actually have a Pinterest board just dedicated to comfy looking rooms:
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My own bed has achieved max-cozy level in my opinion. It took a few years of collecting and trying different bedding styles.

The first thing I did was buy this amazingly huge comforter from Amazon. It is from the Lush Decor collection, and I bought a king-size for my queen size bed. It says dry-clean only, but a large enough washer gets rid of this need.

 

 

I had a solid wood headboard that I bought from a thrift store for around $30. I liked the style, but I wanted to paint it. Luckily, my husband is cool with my feminine side, and I got to paint it a bright pink. I can’t remember the exact color, but I got it from Lowe’s and I think it was Valspar’s antique rose? I got two samples of it mixed in order to cover the headboard completely. I actually didn’t need to prime the headboard before painting.

 

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In order to get the distressed look, I sanded the edges so the original wood stain came through. I then used some antiquing wax on the detailed portions and in the corners of the wood. The wax had a brown tint to it. I brushed a little on, then used a clean rag to clean off any excess. If you do too much distressing it looks a bit obvious.

 

As you can see in the photo above, I also added twinkle lights to the headboard. The light came on a wire, so I could bend it in any shape I wanted. Any part of the strand that needed to be secured I held down with Scotch tape! Nothing fancy here!

The pillow sham on the right side was also an Amazon find!

 

The other shams were from various Etsy stores. Buying a pillow form is inexpensive, and you can find all sorts of shams suited to your taste.

One of my favorite features that pulls the bed together is the giant pink chenille blanket. I got this beautiful find from an antique store for only $9! It has fringe on the ends and a lovely color. Part of the chenille blanket is actually discolored, but since I was using it as a blanket for the end of the bed, this wasn’t an issue. These things are warm and hardy!

 

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This bed just makes me want to snuggle!

*Note: I do use affiliate links to help support my stay-at-home income. I hope you are able to use these links to get the products you need to do your own projects!

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Furniture Overhaul 2: Shabby Chic Soft Pink End Table

Have you seen those large, intricate end tables at thrift stores lately, circa the 70s, I believe? They are not the best to look at in their dark, dated condition, but they can be updated easily with a coat of paint! I went to a thrift store a couple years ago and got one for only $1! For solid, non-laminate wood, this was a STEAL!

Unfortunately, when I did this diy, I didn’t get a good before picture of the end table, but I got a few pics of the process. I can say that it looked similar to this end table when I started!

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I chose a light, blush pink for the paint color. If you haven’t noticed, that’s one of my favorite colors. After a few coats of paint it looked like this:

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You can see that it had drawers instead of doors, like the table in the first picture. I took out the drawers and painted them separately. If you keep them in the table while you’re painting, it just won’t look good when they’re pulled out. Next came the distressing! I used this Valspar antiquing glaze. It works perfects if you want to brush it on, but make sure to wipe off any excess so it doesn’t look intentionally distressed.

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The glaze sets perfectly into the detailed section of the drawer! After I finished glazing, I did a couple coats of polyurethane, then I spray painted the hardware gold! Here is some gold spray paint you could use: Krylon 1000 Premium Metallic Spray Paint, Gold.

I was able to sell this beauty at a local festival. I loved making it!

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*Note: I do use affiliate links to help support my stay-at-home income. I hope you are able to use these links to get the products you need to do your own projects!

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Patterned Tray DIY

I recently bought a set of five trays from Joann Fabric. It was actually a mistake on my part; someone on Etsy requested a custom order and then never got back to me! Definitely a lesson that you shouldn’t expect someone to follow through on a custom order unless you get it guaranteed.

So I now had a set of unfinished trays to play around with. I decided to make my own set of unique trays to maybe sell at a craft show or on Etsy someday.

For this patterned tray, the first thing I did was have my husband stain it in a weathered oak stain. I love the grayish tone of this stain. I couldn’t do it myself because of the fumes and my pregnancy. I’ve since bought a mask 🙂

When staining, I generally use an old rag made out of a t-shirt. Wipe the stain in the direction of the wood grain and when you are done, make sure to wipe of the excess.

After I let it dry for a day, I got some cream colored paint and a stencil from Walmart. You can get a similar one from Amazon here: Plaid:Craft Martha Stewart Large Stencils 3 Sheets/Pkg-Arabesque 8.75″X16.75″ 11 Designs. I used a sponge brush specific for stencils.

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When you are finished with one section, you pick up the stencil and overlap it in order to keep the pattern going. I made the mistake of not making sure the stencil was all the way down, so some paint did leak out under the stencil layers.

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I decided to remedy the situation by sanding it down and making it look more used.

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The last step is simply to brush on a layer of polyurethane to help protect the wood. You now have a beautiful and unique handmade tray!

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*Note: I do use affiliate links to help support my stay-at-home income. I hope you are able to use these links to get the products you need to do your own projects!

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My Blush Pink and Gold Vintage Wedding

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I got married last September, and I thought I’d share some photos from the wedding ceremony and reception! I wanted a vintage feel and collected lots of different antique and thrift store pieces to make it all come together. I ended up saving a lot on my decor because of this. All photos are courtesy of Kate Heiberger Photography.

I used an antique cricket box for our rings. The best man held it for us during the wedding.

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The inside had an old cushion in it, so I recovered it with a blush pink fabric. I LOVE the color of the box!

Baby’s breath and tulle were hung in the aisles. I got my inspiration from Pinterest, but there actually wasn’t a tutorial I could link! My mother-in-law helped me get the dried baby’s breath, painted it gold, and we cut lengths of tulle to drape over the end of the pews. It was actually perfect because we weren’t allowed to use anything to secure the bows to the ends of the aisles.

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My cake was soo beautiful and delicious! We got it made by the Hy-Vee bakery and had them add the almond flavoring they use in their wedding cupcakes! My florist made a beautiful cake topper.

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I had brass candlesticks and candelabras on ever table and vintage mirror trays as the centerpieces. Antique perfume bottles and vintage cards were sprinkled around the different tables as well.

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My mother made a perfect card hold out of a vintage suitcase. She made the sign for it with scrapbook paper. It looked perfect!

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The pink champagne was served on a large gold mirror. The cocktail tables had sweet little books I bought from andyourbirdisgreen on Etsy! She does an amazing job of painting hardcover books.

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Don’t forget the candy table!

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It was the best wedding my husband and I could ask for.

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*Note: I do use affiliate links to help support my stay-at-home income. I hope you are able to use these links to get the products you need to do your own projects!

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Personalizing Wedding Cake Servers

For my wedding, I wanted a vintage feel without spending a ton of money. One way to do this is to DIY the details! I’m going to go through with you today how I personalized my wedding cake knife and server. The set I bought was only $10 at Walmart. Here is the set that I ended up getting. Apparently, I am not good at taking non-blurry photos (I apologize!)

 

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So here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • A plain serving set for wedding cake
  • Martha Stewart paint that is safe for glass (it will help prevent the pain smudging off)
  • Glitter if you like it 🙂
  • Old or broken jewelry (I used some cheap jewelry and rings that I got at stores like Forever 21 and Rue21)
  • Glue Gun
  • Wire cutters for cutting jewelry
  • Painter’s tape

You may want to wear gloves if you don’t want to get paint on your hands!

  1. Cut any old rings you want to embellish the handles with with the wire cutters. I cut the rings once in the back so I could put the ring around the handles and they would still be continuous.
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  3. I used a bracelet with charms and cut off my favorite charms to add a shabby chic/vintage look to the servers. I chose a charm of a cameo, and one with an old-looking key.
  4. For my set, I used a hot glue gun to wrap gold ribbon around the server handles where I wanted to place the charms. Make sure it is lined up nicely!
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  6. I wanted gold accents on my servers, so I chose to paint the area of the utensils above the charms but not on the actual part used to touch the food for safety. Use the painters tape to section off the painted area.s
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  8. Wait a day or two for it to dry, and remove the tape. You now have a personalized cake serving set for a fraction of the cost of a professional set!

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You could even add initials instead of jewelry. Let me know any other ideas you have for decor in the comments 🙂

Here is a pic from my actual wedding!

 

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How to Press Flowers

I have been pressing flowers for years now. I believe my first piece of pressed flower art involved pressed pansies that I arranged in the shape of a letter and a heart for my mom as a gift. I made those around 15 years ago and they still have their color to this day!

I am discussing this today because I want to help everyone learn how to press flowers and not have to lose precious flowers to mistakes I have made in the past. This post is about using books to flatten some fabulous flowers you can use in crafts and art. Please read the note at the bottom before you do this with your flowers!

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Here is a step-by-step tutorial:

1. Gather your supplies. Here’s what you’ll need: flowers that have not yet withered, books that are okay to get stained (you can find old encyclopedia sets or large textbooks at thrift stores), paper (optional), and a warm, dry location in your home.

2. First, dry off your flowers if you pulled them from a vase of water. Any extra moisture can give the flowers a potential for mold.

3. Carefully place your flowers in the pages of the book in the position you would like them to be dried. If you would like to protect the pages of your book, you can use paper between the flowers and pages of the book.

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4. Close the current page with the flowers slowly to keep your flowers in position. You can use multiple sections of the book to place flowers in to dry.

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5. Stack extra weight on top of the closed book to keep the flowers flattened.

6. Store your books with flowers in a dry location. In my case I used the dehumidifier that we have in our bedroom. If you don’t have a dehumidifier, you can place your books by a heating vent or a fireplace if you run it at all. Just don’t place paper too close to heat to prevent it from catching fire.

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7. Wait about 3 weeks for the flowers to dry. Depending on how much moisture your flowers had in them, you may need to wait longer. When you take out your flowers, they should be flat and feel dry to the touch.

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**NOTE** This method of pressing flowers only works for flowers that are not too thick. Please do not use this methods on flowers such as lilies, sunflowers, or roses. If you have any questions on whether or not the flowers you want to dry will work, please don’t hesitate to ask!