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Christmas Decor: Floating Ornaments

Christmas Decor: Floating Ornaments | Revamperate Christmas Decor: Floating Ornaments | RevamperateEvery day, it feels more and more like Christmas as I see more decorations going up at home, at work and everywhere else. I just wish it weren’t going by so quickly! I’m happy to say I’m almost done with holiday shopping though, so I’ll just give myself a little pat on the back. Considering I’ve worked in retail for the last FIVE Christmases, I am happy to stay away from the malls this time of year. As inviting as the sales are, I don’t miss the craziness of holiday shoppers stressing me out. That being said, I’m totally looking forward to my (hopefully) last round of holiday shopping this weekend. Renegade Craft Fair is coming back to LA this weekend, so you know where I’ll be!

Anyway, if you’re still looking for easy dollar decor for the holidays, look no further. These floating ornaments will cost you almost nothing! You’ll need:

  • Clear fishing line
  • Clear thumbtacks
  • Plastic Christmas ornaments
  • Scissors

It’s probably as easy as you’d expect – purchase several ornaments from a dollar store (usually sold in bulk for a dollar) in different colors or patterns that match your holiday decor. You can also buy large packs of complementing ornaments from stores like Target for pretty cheap.

Cut several varying lengths of clear fishing line, ranging from 1-3 feet depending on your home. Tie one end of the line tightly to the ornaments and the other to thumbtacks, and pin them to your ceiling about 6 inches apart in no particular pattern. Keep the ornaments hanging at varying lengths and several inches apart for best results.Christmas Decor: Floating Ornaments | Revamperate Christmas Decor: Floating Ornaments | RevamperateI hung these ornaments above my dining room table, acting as a type of centerpiece in an area where I had less holiday decor. I also had to take into account the fact that I have a cat who loves to jump on my tables and counter tops, so I didn’t want the balls hanging too low. These would also look pretty in a corner, perhaps with longer strings, or you could hang them in your window if you have a short overhang to stick the thumbtacks.

Have fun with it and enjoy decorating for Christmas! After all, you only get to do this once a year.

Halloween Decor: Paper Bat Swarm

DSC_1122DSC_1136I’m a little behind on Halloween decorations this year, so this weekend I upped my game to get ready for our Halloween party this Friday. First up, I made this paper bat swarm in the corner of our living room with a combination of bats stuck to the wall and bats hanging from the ceiling. When it’s dark, it creates spooky shadows on the wall and when it’s light, well, it still creates spooky shadows on the wall.

This one’s pretty easy, and all you need is:

  • Several large pieces of black construction paper (way cheaper than cardstock)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Clear fishing line
  • Clear thumb tacks

First, fold each piece of paper in half. This makes the bat more symmetrical. Then sketch out half of the bat or, if you feel more comfortable, print out a stencil and trace it on to the paper. When you have at least ten bats, begin folding their wings to give them that “in flight” look. For mine, I folded down the very middle of the bat and twice down each wing, meeting at the wing tips.

DSC_1118DSC_1130DSC_1128Use double sided tape to adhere several of the bats to the wall, placing them facing upward so they look like they are flying. Tape toward the middle of the bat to allow the wings to show their shape.

Use a sharp point like a safety pin to poke holes in the middle fold of several of the other bats’ wings. Thread the end of the fishing line through the hole and tie several knots on the underside of the wing to hold it. Allow about 1-2 feet of line before cutting it. Do the same on the other wing and tie both ends of line securely to a clear thumbtack. You can also tie them separately, but I found it easier to hang with only one thumb tack per bat.

That’s all there is too it! Happy Halloween!

Dining Room Chairs Makeover

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I’m the type of person who sees what something could be rather than what something is. Hence, going anywhere with me might seem frustrating because I’m constantly stopping to see the DIY potential of every little thing, including really torn up old chairs on the side of the road. Andrew rolled his eyes at me with some serious enunciation the day I asked him to pull over and put them in the back of his car. Luckily, he loves me, so we loaded these into the Escort and brought them home for a little TLC.

As you can see, they needed a lot of love:

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It’s amazing what you can do with a little spray paint and fabric – we turned these ratty old chairs into suitable dining room chairs that were such a huge improvement over my original chairs, as you can see below.

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To makeover these chairs, I used sandpaper, three cans of blue satin spray paint, quilt batting, a staple-gun, a drill and fabric. First, we used the drill to unscrew the chair seats from the frame and set them aside. I sanded down the rough areas of the wood because they were old and beat up in some areas. After painting, the little knicks and scratches become a lot more obvious, so it is important to sand the wood beforehand, but it’s also nice to see that the chairs have some character and history with their small paint-covered scratches. I took them outside for a few coats of spray paint – the satin spray paint turned out to be a good choice because glossy would have made it look a little to gaudy (for my taste).

While the frames dried, Andrew slaved away helping me pry out the staples keeping the fabric and stuffing on the chair seats. Trust me, this is the tough part, and because the chairs were so old, the padding was practically falling apart. Once they were torn apart and only pieces of wood remained, I cut pieces of fabric, leaving at least 2-3 inches around the wooden seat. When reupholstering chair seats, you want a tough fabric since it will get a lot of use, so choose something a little thicker. I also cut the quilt batting, which was of medium thickness, and I folded over to make it even thicker, to approximately the size of the seat, leaving only a little space around it.

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I laid out the fabric on a counter, then centered the batting and the wood, and I pulled the fabric and batting tightly over the sides and staple-gunned them down.

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After a lot of stapling, the seats were finished, so we screwed them back on and ta-da! I’m so happy with how they turned out! Even Oliver likes them (He likes them so much that he’s already started scratching them up)!

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Inspiration from around the Web

This week’s Inspiration from around the Web is dedicated to the fact that Andrew moves in in TWO WEEKS! Looking forward to lots of redecorating (and so much more).

June Inspiration

1.  I love patterned accent walls like this one on Apartment Therapy. I’ve wanted to make an accent wall in our hallway – thinking about a herringbone pattern in light and dark grey.

2. Really digging this metallic diamond pillow cover from West Elm, and I bet I could make it with a little fabric, paint and better sewing skills.

3. These DIY hanging planters from A Beautiful Mess are perfect for small spaces like mine. Looking forward to finding hard-to-kill plants to hang in them.

4. This IKEA bookcase on rollers from Living Well, Spending Less is a cute DIY for upgrading an office space, and it just so happens I have the same one attached to my desk.

5. We want to paint the walls in the kitchen and living areas light grey, and I’m really digging the grey Behr paint in this dining room on Knight Moves.

Payday Wish List Vol. 3

It’s that time of the month again! Here’s my biweekly wish list for payday:

Lucy Chair1. This really cool Lucy Chair from Bend.

Anthro Bar Shelf

2. This stylish bottoms-up bar shelf from Anthropologie that I think I’ll use for some future home decor inspiration.

Urban Chevron Duvet

3. This Magical Thinking chevron duvet cover from Urban Outfitters that I’m thinking of getting when we move in a few months.

Forever 21 skirt

4. This really cute and really affordable modern lines m-slit skirt from Forever 21.

Aldo Shoes

5. These lovely color pop Waldrum shoes from Aldo that are perfect for summer!

Have a happy weekend!

DIY Splatter Canvas

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If you’ve ever seen The Princess Diaries, you may remember the scene where Mia’s mom is throwing darts at a canvas covered in paint-filled water balloons. One day, my friend and I decided to try it, but life is nothing like movies.

After trying and failing to pop balloons full of paint, we opted for simply dripping the paint down the canvas. Using a few different colors that matched my decor, I splattered paint onto the canvas with a paintbrush while it leaned upright against something. I also dipped paint down the canvas, creating a similar look to what Mia’s mom created in the movie.

All you need is the canvas and a few colors of regular acrylic paint. It doesn’t take long at all, and it looks great on the wall.

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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.