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Halloween Decor: Painted Pumpkins

DSC_0980DSC_0937Only one more day til Halloween, which means only one more day for Halloween crafts! That’s the real tragedy, isn’t it? Well, when it gets this late and you’re looking for a last minute craft to decorate your home for Halloween, there’s nothing better than good ‘ol pumpkins.

While carving your pumpkins may the traditional route, painting them can be equally adorable and a little pop of color to your home. Instead of going with tradition this year, Andrew and I painted our pumpkins bright colors with fun patterns to brighten up the dining room, plus added some glitter to one to really make it pop. This is really easy and will even prolong the life of your pumpkins because they haven’t been carved!  DSC_0966DSC_0971Go ahead and get out of your pumpkin comfort zone! Paint them bright colors that aren’t necessarily “Halloweeny” and add patterns that YOU love. In our case, I painted a lavender pumpkin with gold herringbone lines one pumpkin, and Andrew painted his light blue with gold polkadots (he wasn’t really sure what was up with this whole “painting pumpkins” thing). Paint the stems a matching color for more uniformity and color! To decorate the small pumpkin, I covered it with Mod Podge and rolled it in a mixture of purple and silver glitter with a white painted stem.DSC_0965It may not be conventional, but they’re definitely more like me! Plus, I can keep them around after Halloween for a colorful table piece.

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Inspiration from around the Web: Ombre

Here’s a little ombre inspiration to kick start your weekend! So many great ideas out there waiting to be made.
July Inspiration - Ombre

1 | Ombre pendant lights by Design Love Fest

2 | Ombre grapefruit cocktails by Handmade Mood

3 | Ombre bar cart by Paper & Stitch

4 | Ombre journals by Damask Love

5 | Pink ombre pancakes by I am Baker

Lots of fun ideas out there to try! Have a great weekend everyone!

DIY Lamp Makeover

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One person’s trash is another’s treasure. In my life, this is always true. A friend of mine picked up this cute old fashioned lamp at a garage sale and passed it on to me. Recently, I finally got around to making it over with a new color and a new shade.

For a project like this, you’ll need:

  • Spray paint that works on multiple surfaces (I recommend Rust-Oleum)
  • Clear or sealant spray
  • Fabric
  • Wrapping paper (any)
  • Spray adhesive (I recommend Elmer’s Craft Bond)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

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Above is the original. First, I cleaned the base of the lamp because it was pretty dusty and the paint needs something to hold on to, so the cleaner the better. I removed the shade and took the base outside to spray paint it yellow to match the new fabric I chose for the lampshade. I covered the cord and top with masking tape and spray painted a coat of sun yellow on the base. After that dried for a while, I sprayed it with a second coat. My favorite brand of spray paint in Rust-Oleum, which you can buy at Home Depot for fairly cheap. It works on just about any surface. When it’s dry, spray a coat of clear sealant over it to provide some extra shine and seal the paint.

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While the base was drying, I got started on the lampshade. You may want to iron your fabric first. I always do!

Start by tracing your lampshade onto the backside of a piece of wrapping paper. I recommend using wrapping paper because it will likely be long enough and thin enough to trace, cut and move easily. Place your lampshade at the corner of the paper and roll it upward, keeping track of where you started and using your pencil to trace one side of it. Put it back at the corner and trace along the other side. Depending on the shade, it may go straight or it may curve like mine did.

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Cut out the piece of paper. Lay it around the lampshade to make sure the size is appropriate. Then trace this shape onto the backside of your fabric. Use the scissors to cut approximately a half inch outside of the shape you made on all sides. You’ll want this extra space to fold over the top and bottom and to fold a seam at the end of the fabric. When the shape is cut, once again lay it over the lampshade to see how it will fit. Spray the piece of fabric with a thin layer of adhesive and carefully begin laying it around the lampshade. I recommend Elmer’s Craft Bond for spray adhesive because it is the only one that I have tried so far that truly works for fabric projects.  Ignore the one in the photo. I learned this was not the correct choice for this project. Go slowly, smoothing the fabric out as you go. My lampshade wasn’t flat, which made it more difficult. This project is easier with a flat lampshade.

When you get to the end, fold the fabric over and glue it down. Carefully use the adhesive glue or even a small amount fabric glue to fold the top and bottom edges down into the shade.

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Once the shade felt secure and the base was dry, I put the two together for a cute addition to my desk! Personally, I like yellow in small doses rather than large, and I love the way this lamp turned out with the grey contrast of the lampshade.

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Add Color with Unique Side Tables

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This is a quick, easy tutorial for making personalized side tables that reflect your home. I came up with this idea when my roommate and I picked out pillows at IKEA that have a doodle-like design on them. She found some old haggard-looking stools, so I came up with the idea to paint them to match our new pillows.

You can recreate an old table or stool from your home or pick one up at a garage sale for next-to-nothing. To begin making your personalized side tables, you will need some basic acrylic paint. Choose several of your favorite colors at Michael’s, which offers a wide variety at a low price. Because you will be going over the paint with a Sharpie, remember to choose colors light enough for the Sharpie to be visible over the paint later.

At Michael’s or Home Depot, you may also want to pick up a can of clear spray paint to use as a sealant. The only other items you will need are a couple of medium sized paintbrushes, a regular-sized Sharpie, and some everyday paper towels.

Depending on the stool or table you’re painting, you may also want to buy primer, which is inexpensive at your local Home Depot. Unfortunately, I don’t have a before picture of these stools because I didn’t plan on this blog a year ago, but I used primer in my case because the original stain on the stools didn’t look very nice. If the piece is  a dark color, primer would be a wise choice.

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If you feel the need to use primer, first prime the section of the piece that you plan to paint. Once the primer is dry, begin painting large chunks with your colored acrylic paint. It does not need to follow any pattern. Follow it with a second coat. Give this plenty of time to dry before moving on to the stenciling.

If you are unsure what to draw, outline it first in pencil. It should erase easily and will be visible enough to see over the paint. Next, trace your doodles in Sharpie. If you mess up, simply paint over your mistakes, but it may take a few coats.

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Take your time and draw whatever reflects your home. If the Sharpie appears light, trace over it a second time as you see fit. Once the ink is dry, take it outside and generously spray the clear spray paint over the top. This will keep the marker from wearing away easily.

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For only a few dollars, you’ve revamped an old piece of furniture that once blended into the background. I get compliments on mine all the time, and it’s nice to know my stools are one of a kind.

Herringbone Painting

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Based on a Pinterest post I fell in love with, I painted my own herringbone pattern on a 12 X 12 canvas. I can share with you what difficulties I came across trying to make this, and hopefully you can perfect it if you try it on your own.

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You will need a canvas, several colors of acrylic paint, brushes, a sponge, and painter’s tape. I used a 12 X 12 canvas, but I believe any square canvas would be appropriate. I used a lot of different colors, but you should use as many as you see fit.

Using a medium-sized paintbrush, blot several colors over the canvas. Blend your colors together using the brush and/or a sponge. Make sure the entire canvas is covered with color. Let the paint dry completely.

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While the paint dries, take the time to cut your tape. This is the most time-consuming part of the project. My 12 X 12 canvas required about 50 pieces of tape, which I cut to a 3-inch length. I also cut the tape to 3/4 of an inch in width. If possible, I’d recommend buying thinner tape, but I already had a thicker type at home.

When the canvas is dry, begin laying the tape in a herringbone pattern, starting from one corner. Lay the tape gently so that you can rearrange it if necessary. When you’re sure you have the pattern fixed, press the tape down firmly.

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Paint over the tape with white (or another color if you prefer). I used two layers of white paint to cover the open areas. Let it dry completely before removing the pieces of tape. This is where I encountered my biggest problem. The white paint seeped underneath the tape, and it didn’t allow for a clean line when I removed the tape later. The type of tape I used is probably responsible for my problem, so I’d recommend buying “the good stuff” for a project like this. Spray paint could also remedy this problem.

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After you’ve removed the tape and the canvas is dry, paint the edges of the canvas with a color that compliments the colors in the pattern. Once this is dry, your herringbone painting is complete and ready to hang.

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Geometric Coasters

I spent a lot of time deciding how to make coasters. After spending too much time on Pinterest, I decided ceramic bathroom tiles were the best choice. Luckily, my dad had a couple extras laying around, so I didn’t even have to buy them.

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All you need to make these geometric coasters are small, white bathroom tiles that are approximately 4 x 4 inches, painters tape, clear spray paint, felt, a hot glue gun, acrylic paint, and small paintbrushes. The tiles, tape, and clear spray paint are inexpensive at Home Depot, and the rest of the supplies are just as cheap at Michael’s. For my coasters, I chose two metallic colors that fit in with my color scheme, but additional colors work as well. You will also want black paint to make lines between the different color blocks. Any color of felt is fine. I had white laying around, so I went ahead and used that.

First, spread a piece of tape diagonally across the tile, and then across the other side. The edge of the tape should be touching each corner so that the tape forms a clear triangle patch. Paint this with you first color. You will probably need more than one coat. I needed about three. Give each section as much time to dry as possible so that the tape will not distort paint. Take off the top piece of tape to open up a second triangle. Paint this with your second color.

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Remove the remaining piece of tape, and move on to the other side of the tile. Tape a new piece down the middle of the tile, making a small triangle. Paint this with the first color you used so that it is different than the color next to it. Remove the piece of tape, and place a new one down the middle on the adjacent side, creating the same triangle pattern in the opposite corner. Paint your second color here. At this point, it should look something like the picture below.

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You should have a small square remaining. Place a piece of tape diagonally across the open square, and paint the color that will be different than the triangle next to it. When you peel off the last piece of tape, paint your final color in the open triangle.

When all of the paint is completely dry, use a very thin paintbrush and black paint to trace the lines between each color block. The black lines should cover up any residue between the opposing colors.

After the entire tile is dry, generously spray the entire thing with clear spray paint to seal it and create a glossy finish. At first, I used some good ol’ fashioned mod podge because it was all I had, but it left a sticky residue, so I would definitely recommend the spray paint instead.

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Lastly, cut your felt a little smaller than the size of the coaster tile, and use the glue gun to glue it to the bottom of the tile. The felt will prevent the tile from scratching your table.

Your coasters are complete and ready to use.

Stay tuned for more coaster projects. While searching through the Michael’s clearance bins, I bought a pack of coasters for next-to-nothing. Eventually, I plan on mod podging them with something. We’ll see what happens.