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:
https://www.pinterest.com/buttercupcycled/soft-and-cozy-rooms/

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!

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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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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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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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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.
  2. Use the glue gun to adhere the rings around the handles. I put my rings around the base of the servers.20150904_140136
  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!
  5. Hot glue the charms on top of the ribbon. I kept some of the chains that the charms came off of so I could glue them on easily. If you want to have a more professional look, glue on the back of the serving utensils.  20150904_141355
  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
  7. Use a small brush to apply the Martha Stewart paint. I did a couple of coats to hide the silver.  20150904_141553
  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.

 

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!

Drying Flowers: A Somewhat Crafting Fail

Before I start this post, let me direct you to the perfect tutorial for drying flowers without pressing them, from the makers of Borax:

http://www.20muleteamlaundry.com/how-to-use-borax-dry-flowers/

Here you’ll find a great video tutorial!

However, my attempt at drying flowers wasn’t quite as successful. I watched this video a couple of times, but when I sent my husband off for supplies, I asked for corn starch instead of cornmeal. I noticed my mistake before I set my flowers to dry, but I wanted to see if the corn starch could be used as a substitute. Here are some photos of what I did:

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As you can see, the flowers dried just fine. Unfortunately, the corn starch covered everything in a fine white powder. Something I can continue shaking off them gently, and perhaps it gives them a shabby chic look?

Turquoise Vases DIY

Have you seen the beautiful vases that are circulating around Pinterest? I know I loved what I saw, but when I clicked the link, there were no instructions for how to make them! So I attempted to make my own, and loved the results.

What you need:

  1. Glass Vases
  2. Spray paint in a turquoise color, or another light shade
  3. Liquid gold leaf, like this kind from Amazon. –This stuff is not safe to be used with contact with food.
  4. Sandpaper (120 grit is fine)
  5. Rubber gloves
  6. Spray paint topcoat (matte)

Here’s what I did:

  1. Buy some glass vases from your local thrift store. The more intricate the crystal pattern, the prettier the result.
  2. Clean the vases off so you have a clear surface to paint on.
  3. PUT ON GLOVES
  4. Pour a few drops of the liquid leaf into the bottom of the vase. Have the vase on a surface that can get paint on it, and turn the vase upside down so the liquid in the bottom run down the sides of the vase. Swirl the vase if needed to get as much as possible of the inside covered.
  5. Paint a thin layer of liquid leaf on the outside of the vase. This is an optional step, but will help the gold shine through better.
  6. Let the liquid leaf dry.
  7. Spray paint the outside of the vase in the color of your choice. It is a good idea to wear gloves in case any rogue spray paint shoots out. Make sure to get the bottom of the vase, and sometimes this is missed when spraying the outside.
  8. Let the spray paint dry.
  9. Sand off spray paint on any of the glass ridges, and to the desired amount you would like. The more the sandpaper, the more aged it will look.
  10. Spray paint the final layer of clear matte topcoat.

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Cat Nip and Sachets! A Smelly and Quick DIY

Not a lot of people use sachets anymore, but I find them a charming addition to your drawers, and they give that rustic, just-like-grandma-used-to-do-it feel. I remember making a sachet that I hand-embroidered for a class in high school.

In this project all you need is two 5″x5″ or 4″x4″ squares of cutout fabric. Lay the good sides of the squares facing outward, yes outward! The stitching goes along the edge and is visible. Stitch around 3 sides of the sachet. Once you have a good tight-stitched pocket, fill the open end with either catnip for a cat pillow or toy, or lavender or some other great smelling ingredient! You can also try batting with essential oil rubbed in it. Here are my two finished sachets. I used pinking shears to make the edging. What a fun and quick diy!

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For the sachet with the catnip, I drew a small cat face on the fabric with a fabric marker.

XOXO…PB