DIY Wall Art
Choose a canvas in whichever size you’d like. Paint it edge-to-edge with tons of different colors and patterns; there is no need for order. The crazier, the better!
Now, using painters or electric tape, make a herringbone pattern (or whichever pattern you prefer). Paint over the whole canvas in white. Remove the tape, and enjoy the fact that this painting (done by you!) looks like it cost a ton and was done by a professional.
Repurpose an Old Window Into a Photo Frame
This is so simply it bears almost no explanation. Just take an old window, paint the wooden part however you’d like, and print photos to the same size as the glass portions. Simply fasten them underneath the glass. For added fun, do photo collages under each glass panel.
This project is great for decorating your door or wall for any holiday. Along with Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Independence Day are great occasions for wreaths.
Check out a tutorial or two online before giving this a go.
You Will Need:
- A 12 inch metal wreath frame
- 20-25 feet of 6 inch burlap ribbon.
- Floral wire
- Secure burlap ribbon to the inner portion of the wreath frame, using floral wire to affix it.
- Push roughly 3 inches or so of ribbon through the inner portion of the frame.
- Continue pulling ribbon through the remaining openings.
- To create the twisted effect, turn the wreath over and make twists in the ribbon (not too tight).
- Push burlap through the inner section of the wreath frame.
- For all remaining openings in the frame, repeat steps 2-5.
- Cut off excess ribbon and secure the end section of the wreath to the frame, using wire.
- Accessorize your wreath if you’d like, using flowers, ribbons or anything else you can think of.
“Antique” Your Furniture
***For each chemical, please follow all manufacturer’s instructions.***
You Will Need:
- The furniture in question – must be wood or wood veneer
- Liquid sander/de-glosser
- Spray primer
- Spray paint (a variety of colors)
- Clear spray sealer
- Rags you can throw away afterward
- Electric sander with 80-grit sandpaper and 150-grit sandpaper
- Standard 150-grit sandpaper
- Paint brushes
- Foam brushes
- Disassemble and clean furniture
- Apply the liquid sander using a dry rag. If you are staining the top, you don’t need to complete this step on that portion.
- Apply spray primer. Catch excess spray by placing cardboard underneath items you are spraying.
- Spray paint surfaces. Again, if you are staining the top, you don’t need to complete this step on that portion.
- If staining the top: begin sanding it. Start off with the 80-grit sandpaper, and then finish it off and smooth it out with the 150-grit sandpaper.
- If needed, use handheld sandpaper to remove paint and smooth over any portions you missed.
- Now use the handheld sandpaper to distress the paint on the painted portions. Do this wherever the furniture would receive natural wear over time; corners, handles, etc.
- Apply stain evenly to top (using a rag and gloves). Use as many layers as you need to.
- To antique the painted portions, apply stain to entire surface.
- Wipe stain off with a rag. You may need more than one rag to accomplish this.
- For dressers, you can spray the knobs with one coat of spray paint and two coats of clear sealer.
- Apply 2 or more coats of polyurethane with foam brushes and allow to dry.