When DIY Becomes BUY

Over the Memorial Day Weekend, I had big plans of adapting this adorable All You magazine outdoor canopy tutorial for use over our completely unshaded backyard patio.

It has such an effortless and breezy charm about it, don’t you agree?  The instructions were simple, the supplies relatively inexpensive, and I thought it could buy us some time while we save the money for a permanent structure and an extended patio.  Because we live in a very windy area, I knew I’d have to use heavier stakes and we’d have to attach it to our house.

Well, to make a long story short, it was a huge DIY fail.  Tom and I worked on it for almost two days before it all fell down on top of us – literally.  We tried a few different variations and realized that this particular idea was just not going to work.  I didn’t even bother to take any photos, because it was such a big fat fail.

This is the time when you have know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em.  Sometimes, it’s just better to BUY (or hire out) than DIY, and knowing that fine line is one of the most valuable skills a DIY’er can have.  Big things that we know we will never do as weekend warriors is any electrical work past the breaker box, anything regarding our home’s foundation, garage door springs, and pretty much anything that requires a permit.  We ended up spending the money to buy a semi-permanent shade solution for our backyard, and we wish we would have gone that route for the get go.  Live and learn!  {I’ll share photos once I finish the space.}

Have you ever tried to DIY and just ended up buying something or hiring out instead?  Share your story!




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Mastering the Master Bedroom {Chevron Walls}

Sometimes you start a project that you think you are going to finish in a weekend. And that weekend comes and goes and you decide it will be finished the next weekend. And then that weekend comes and goes and you decide it will be finished the next weekend. And then that weekend…okay, you get my point.

I’m a big believer that paint can do wonders for a room.  It’s fairly cheap and fairly easy to create big changes, although depending on your particular level of insanity, it can take a fairly long while to finish.  About a month ago, we started with this:

And almost a month later, we have this:

The two gray walls (Dark Granite by Behr) and the white ceiling (Powered Snow by Behr) were easy.  The chevrons (or zig-zags, as Tom insists we call them) took lasers.  And trigonometry.  And the use of the word hypotenuse.  It probably wouldn’t have taken *you* quite as long to do this as it did us, but that’s what happens when you marry an engineer.

At least I can say that the paint lines are, in a word, perfection (tutorial coming soon).  You can’t really tell from the wide shots, but each gray stripe has a small silver metallic stripe underneath.  It shines so beautifully in the sunlight, and is a great update to the basic chevron design.

The morning after we finished painting, I honestly felt like I had woken up in the pages of a magazine.  I commended myself for my vision and Tom for his ability to follow my instructions, even when he thought that just two stripes on one wall would have been sufficient.  :)

Obviously, we still have a ton left to do to our master bedroom.  The only thing pictured that’s staying is the yellow dresser and the walls.  :)  I’m trying to take it slowly and make sure that everything is exactly the way we want it to be.  Next up – redoing the other dresser that’s been living in my garage for two months.

What do you think?  How have you used paint to completely alter the look of a room?

UPDATE: I put together a tutorial for painting perfect stripes on textured walls.  You can find that tutorial here.

 

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Glazing Metal and Plastic Surfaces

After I tried my hand at glazing Miss Matched, I can’t get the technique off my mind.  Glaze can be mixed in a wide range of colors, and it looks amazing applied to wooden cabinets and furniture.

But what about other surfaces, such as metal and plastic?  Could non-wood pieces be glazed?

Last week, I decided to find out for myself.  I had a black birdcage that I spray painted Valspar’s Mediterranean Blue, but it seemed a little flat.  So, I broke out a cheap chip brush and my left over Ralph Lauren glaze (tinted to Black Silk).  I applied the glaze to a small section, making sure I covered it well.

Then, I used a wet paper towel to wipe off the glaze – wiping off more in some areas than in others.

I glazed the whole cage section by section using that process.  When I got to the base of the cage, I glazed the round section by spiraling my brush around the circle.

I wiped off the glaze with a wet paper towel following the same spiral pattern.  I left the pieces outside to dry in the sun for about an hour.

The glaze really brought new life to what was once really boring.  It has a lot of texture and depth now, and details are now pronounced that I didn’t even know existed previously – like the little claw feet.

 

Glazing metal worked so well, that I decided to try it on plastic.  I sprayed a nondescript buffet lamp a shade of medium gray and applied the glaze to it using the same technique.  Again, it gave this boring lamp a new life.

I’m starting to get worried that I’m going to glaze everything in my house now.  I really love the look!  What about you?  Have you tried your hand at glazing yet?  What do you already own that could you enhance with this technique?

P.S.  My friend Sara is in the running to win a huge sewing room makeover from Bernina and Home Depot. She’s a great gal and military wife who sells on Etsy and donates her time making memorial/burial gowns for sweet babies who became angels too soon. I’d love if you could give her a vote to keep her in the top 10. :)  If you have a FB account, you can vote by clicking here.  And I promise (maybe) that this will be the last time I ask for your votes for a while!

 
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All Signs Point to Yes

Yes! Zack graduated from Pre-K this week.

Yes! I think the concept of Pre-K graduation is completely hilarious.

Yes! I still thought I’d bawl anyway, but I totally didn’t.

Yes! I think we have the picture to submit for his Senior 2025 slide show.

I hope they still do slide shows in 2025.  They’ll probably have 8-D holograms by then.

P.S.  Emma’s nursery was recently featured over at BabyLifestyles.com as one of their “real” nurseries.  I’m so honored!

 

 




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{Another} DIY Knotted Table Runner

Tom and I have running joke that he gets to be right about something once a month. It looks like he gets to claim his monthly victory in the Great Table Runner Debate.

Although there were a few comments and emails that were Team Lindsay (thank you!), the majority of you were on Team Tom. I love that you guys felt you could be honest with me about your hatred of the table runner, but all of the comments were still really nice at the same time. The Glue Gun Army rocks!

However, if you know me, you know I’m not going to give up on something that has the potential to be awesomesauce. Looking back, I know that Team Tom was right about it being too much.  So drawing from some of your comments, I set out to make another knotted table runner for that piece of furniture.

Much better, don’t you think?  This time I REALLY love it!  I had a green scrap left from the updated runner I did on my living room table (which is directly across from this piece), so I used the exact same knotting technique to remake this runner.  This new one works for several reasons:

  1. The fabric color works better with the antique sideboard and the wall color;
  2. The fabric is really thin, so it ruffles nicely;
  3. The fabric is a solid color, so it’s not too busy;
  4. It contributes to my need for color without being insane.

I know there was a lot of concern that you wouldn’t be able to accessorize due to the knots, but that’s actually not a problem at all.

The knots are spaced far enough apart that you can put flat items in between or in front of them.  Raised items, such as the birdcage and plate stand, can be placed right on top of them.

I guess I just had a crush on the previous runner, because this one I am full on in love with.  Tom even walked in from work and said, “Oh, that’s much better!”  Hooray!

Thank you for all of your comments about the crazy one.  Without creating that one, I never would have created this one.  Do you love this one, too?  Or, do you still think it’s bad?

On second thought, don’t tell me if you don’t like it.  I don’t think my ego could take it!  :)




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DIY Knotted Table Runner

Back in January, I set a goal to add a little more color to our home.  I had grown bored of my beige/white/blue routine and longed for a little more whimsy and fun in my decor.  At the time, I really thought I’d spray paint a lamp green here and paint a picture frame yellow there.  I had no idea that once I got started adding color, I’d soon want to redecorate my entire house.  I’m having way too much fun with this!

My latest “this-needs-color-STAT-gah!” victim is the antique sideboard that sits in my entry way, directly across from my zebra shaded, green ruffled dining room.  No, no, no – don’t panic!  I didn’t paint the sideboard.  Its finish is lovely and original, and I want to keep it that way.  Instead, I finally got around to using my new  Ikea fabric to make a funky, knot-covered, Anthropologie-inspired runner to drape across it.

I am really feeling the bold colors and twisty knots that create an interesting shape.  Tom, on the other hand, is not.  He’s always honest with me about my projects, and this one is not his favorite.  When I asked him if it was the design of the runner or the brightly colored fabric that he didn’t like, his answer was, “Yes.”  My hope is that once it’s accessorized properly, he will grow to appreciate it.  I’m going to attempt to work on a vignette this week, and of course, you will be the first to know when it’s completed.

Whether you are on Team Lindsay or Team Tom on this one, I do think there may be a place for this knotting technique somewhere in your home.  If you aren’t looking to add such a bold print, try it with white fabric or even burlap.  I’ve seen several tutorials using the knots for fabulous knock-off Anthro duvet covers, and the same general technique is applied here.

DIY Knotted Table Runner

You’ll need:

  • Length of fabric measuring about 1/3 longer than you want your finished project to be;
  • 4″ diameter circle template;
  • Pencil;
  • Embroidery floss in color matching your fabric;
  • Needle;
  • Double fold bias tape or quilt binding (optional).

Directions

1.  Cut your fabric to the length and width wanted for your runner.   Because my runner is for my sideboard, I didn’t want it quite as long as I’d put on a regular dining table.  My finished length needed to be about 2 yards long, so I used 3 yards of fabric.  Your finished width will be roughly the same size as the piece of fabric you cut.

2.  Finish all four edges.  You can simply turn under the edges, press and hem (either with a sewing machine or iron-on hemming tape), or you can sew bias tape on the edges.  I just used the prepackaged extra wide, double fold quilt binding that you can find in any craft/fabric store.

3.  Using a template that’s roughly 4 inches in diameter, trace circles with a pencil on your fabric.  I centered each of my circles down my runner and spaced them about 5 or 6 inches apart.

4.  With your embroidery floss and needle, sew long stitches around the circle.  Don’t cut or tie off the thread at this point.

5.  Pull the extra length of thread taut so that it gathers your fabric.  The tighter your pull, the more it will gather (this is why you want to use embroidery floss – regular thread would break if you pull too hard).  Pull up the center of the circle so that it forms a little point.

6.  Twist the little point and stick it back down inside the gathers with your finger.

7.  With the still threaded needle, run three or four passes through the middle of the knot, securing it into place.  Tie off the thread on the under side of the fabric.

8.  Now, just repeat this knotting method for the rest of your circles.

The process seems complicated, but it only takes a few minutes to complete each one.  If you are like me, you can add it to the list of things you’ll work on while watching a Bring It On franchise movie marathon on TV.  Brrr!  It’s cold in here.  There must be some Toros in the atmosphere.

Even though the jury is still out for Tom, I really do like the finished product.  It’s different, funky, and incredibly easy to throw together.

What do you think?  Is this a fresh take on a boring table runner or is it just flat out weird?

Oh, e, oh, e, oh.  Ice. Ice. Ice.

P.S. – If you read my blog outside of a reader, you’ll notice that I’m changing things up a bit and overhauling my blog design.  As with most everything, I’m DIYing this bad boy, too.  Each time you visit, things may look a little different or maybe even be broken.  I decided not to work on it offline, because what’s the fun in that?  This way, you’ll be able to see one of my projects done in real time.

 


 




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