Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bib Necklace and Jewellery Display.

I absolutely love this DIY, what I love most is how simple and fast it was to complete. The only challenging part I faced was having the necklaces dangle unevenly making it incredibly difficult to take a photo. My inspiration was- believe it or not, my mannequin and the thought of a free form retail space. So many boutiques have such a simple atmosphere, which I love cause it makes the store that much more shoppable and looks so much cleaner..anyways I just really wanted to incorporate it in my room so I have a super quick tutorial to show you guys how I did, just that.

So things you will need:
2.Foam board
3.Acrylic/Poster paint
4.Mounting squares
5.Hot glue gun
6.Paint brush
7.Thumb tacks
9.Wooden skewers (optional)
10.Exacto knife or scissors.

Step 1: Take your foam board and frame and trace the inside of the frame.
Feel free to cut this out as soon as you trace it or at the end.

Step 2: As you can see the frame I found laying in my house was grey and that colour doesn't really mesh well with my room so I took a few minutes just to paint over the frame with some orange and white poster paint.

Step 3: With your foam piece you cut out begin to glue the inner part of the frame and quickly add pressure to the foam board to secure both the foam board and frame together.

Step 4:
Step 5: Take your frame with the foam board attached and begin to add the mounting squares on the back of the frame I used 4 squares....DUHH!

ADD some pressure when putting it on your wall.

Step 6: This part is easy, you simple take your necklace by the lobster claw and your thumb tack and stick your necklace on the foam board in any fashion you like.

My Jewellery Display looks like this:

The wooden skewer is optional if you decide to add earrings. I took mine off after discovering how clutter-ey it looks.

How easy was that?!?! Let me know if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below, or ask me on twitter (@sewitums)


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

DIY: Vintage Night Table!

First let me just say I havent updated my blog in a very long time, and for that I am very sorry! But im back to warn you that if you have old dressers or night tables that you really want to throw away... DON'T! I have a step by step tutorial below to show you how to fix up old furniture pieces and have them mesh beautifully in your home.

So my inspiration wasn't actually something I saw on pinterest or online somewhere, it was from a sander that was on sale at Canadian Tire, I thought I'd buy it and force myself to make use of it at home. This is the model I purchased.

This is what the night table looked like.

To achieve that Anthropologie/Upscale/Vintage look you will need the following:

1.Sander or Sand Paper (I used 3M paint stripping sand paper. This is good for more stained surfaces cause the paper is more coarser.)
3.Bowl and 1/2 a Lime
5. Primer sealer (I used ultra white)
6. BEHR Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel (Pure White 3050)
7. A mini paint roller w. tray and paint brushes

Total time with dry time: 3 hours to complete and 5 hours to dry.

Step 1: Take a screwdriver and unscrew the handles. Filling up either a bowl or container with water and lime juice have the handles sit in there while completing this project. (this is done to create a polished look)

Step 2: After loading your sander or using the sandpaper, add some pressure and go in a circular motion until you see the actual bare wood or until the surface is dull. Keep the same motion for the drawers as well. *be careful, when using a motor sander its crucial that you still keep the grooves and design that was made originally and not to sand all the way down* 
Circular motion with an electronic sander is seen below.
the 'swivel' motion 

And the finished product of what the sander should have done to your table is seen below:
*The sanding alone took me about an hour.
As you can see I didn't completely sand it down. When it came down to the embellishments I sanded over them , quickly and gently for approx. 30 seconds
Step 3: Either taking a damp cloth or paint brush dust off the residue from the sander. After that, it's time to paint!

Step 4: First, take your Primer (I purchased mine from Home Depot click here for details.) and saturate your paint brush. Paint: drawers, tables and legs in one direction for best results. Once dry, use the BEHR Semi-Gloss enamel paint with the roller

*I used 1 coat of primer
*I used 2 coats of interior paint

Step 6: Drain your lime water, dry the handles with a paper towel and screw them back onto the dresser.

My side table looks like this!

Special thank you to my sister Segen for helping me take photos and paint!

Let me know what you guys think, and if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or tweet me (@sewitums)