The Daily DIYer

Monday, January 30, 2017

Pallet Style Sign Using New Wood

Certain wood sign orders I opt for new wood vs. pallet (reclaimed) wood.  This happened to be one of those orders.  Usually when a client specifies that the sign they are ordering is for a wedding gift or a bridal shower gift, I go with new wood, unless they really want an old rustic look.

I was still wanting that rustic warn look, but with a cleaner look.  The new wood with this white washing technique was the way to go for this one.  I have done white washing a few different ways.  In this DIY I used a black background instead of a gray or dark wood stain.  It complimented the black stenciling on the front just right.

I share with you in this video tutorial the whole process from start to finish of how this pallet style wood sign came together below.  
I hope you enjoy!

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Farmhouse End Table MAKEOVER

I always love a good makeover.  

Who doesn't like to see before and afters?  

This DIY has an amazing "after."  The "before" are our original end tables that are probably 12 years old.  They are solid wood and very heavy.  They are also very sturdy and I knew they had a lot of life still left in them, even though they looked rough from day to day wear and tear.

To give them an updated look I (and my kiddos) painted the base with a chalk paint.  LOVE THAT STUFF.  No prep work involved except for a good cleaning.  It did take 3 coats of paint because of the dark wood color the tables started with.  But it was easy and didn't take too long after the first coat was on.  It also dried very fast, so once one table was painted I was able to go back and forth very quickly from one to the other.

The tops are made from oak common board in 1"x4" size.  I measured the top of my tables and added a inch so it would hang off the top but not add too much to the table's over all width.

I also added new hardware to the drawers which really gave them that added updated touch they needed.  I bought this hardware from Walmart.  A set of 2 was around $6.  They were a silver color and I spray painted them with my oil rubbed bronze spray paint before attaching them to the drawers.

The tables work so well with our home's decor now!  It's amazing what some paint and a half a days work can do for a piece of furniture!  Such a difference!

You can see the full makeover process in the video I've attached below.
I hope you enjoy!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

DIY Heat Transfer Vinyl Shirt

First of all - a HUGE thank you to for inspiring this DIY.  They were so sweet to send me some of the wonderful products that they offer in their online store.  One of those products is their awesome HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl).

Their HTV worked great on this raglan shirt I picked up from Five & Below.  The red sleeves inspired this baseball themed shirt.  I love that it is personalized just for me and that having my Silhouette machine and heat press allow me to have that creative control.

If you like this design here is a FREE .studio3 file for the baseball stitches!

This is the first DIY video I've made with HTV so I've gone into more detail to explain how it all works and how to make your own projects with heat transfer vinyl.
I hope you enjoy!

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Monday, January 23, 2017

DIY $10 Magnolia Wreath

This may not be the "signature" Magnolia Wreath - trust me, I would kill for that one.  But I'm just not up for buying several $100 wreaths, so I'm back to my creative ways and made one myself.  I just needed a smaller scale wreath for a shiplap framed wood sign I made (click HERE for that tutorial), so making my own fit the bill and the budget.

Hobby Lobby just happens to have magnolia leaf bushes for about $18.  Hit the 50% off sale and it's just $9 for it.  Then I used a Dollar Tree "grapevine" wreath for the base.  Other supplies I have on hand, so this whole wreath only cost $10 total to bring to life.  Much better then the $95 price tag.  Although, again, I would still love to have several of those in my home!

I created a video tutorial to show you how I made this wreath in case you happen to be thrifty like me.
I hope you enjoy!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Farmhouse Decor BIG Hobby Lobby Haul

I have never loved Hobby Lobby as much as I do right now.  I've always loved HobLob.  I am there a lot getting supplies for orders and projects.  However, their home decor is just spot on at the moment, and everything I was wanting they had.  It was almost too much good decor that I had a hard time not grabbing everything to squeeze it all in.

I think in the end I did a good job of just grabbing stuff I had a good idea of what I was going to use it for or where it would go without just randomly putting things into my cart and saying "I'll figure it out when I get it home."

This whole video today is about the amazing farmhouse style items I picked up at Hobby Lobby and also I share some photos at the end of where and how those items were used in my home.  I hope you find some inspiration if we share the same taste and design style!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Monogram Pallet Wood Sign

I always enjoy having some creative freedom with client orders.  They tell me the info and style they are looking for and I get to run with how it will ultimately end up looking.  Of course I always do a mock up of my design and send a screen shot before actually fully making the order.  However, it sure is not the same as seeing the piece all put together.  I have found more times than not, that they are pleasantly surprised to actually see my written and worded design actually come to life.  I also really enjoy seeing my own ideas become an actual piece of decor.

This pallet sign is actually pretty simple, but is also has a lot of detail.  I made this wood sign 18" wide x 28" long.  It is a bigger wood sign, but isn't over whelming.  The added jute accents really putt it all together.  I created a video tutorial to show you how I made this monogram pallet wood sign.
I hope you enjoy!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

DIY Let it Snow Pallet Wood Sign with Burlap Banner

I went sent an inspiration photo by a client asking if I could recreate it for her.  This is a piece I've never attempted before, however I knew I could make it happen.  It was an interesting mix of styles and materials, the perfect mix of rustic pallet wood, glamorous silver glitter, and the added texture of burlap.  In the end it really all did just come together.

This is a longer DIY video, only because you are getting two tutorials in one.  The first is the wood sign and the second is the burlap banner piece.  It was involved, but worth the effort to have a happy client who had this on her home decor wish list.

Linked below on the video tutorial - I hope you enjoy!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

DIY Shiplap Framed Wood Sign

If you'd like that farmhouse shiplap look without adding a ton of nails to your walls - this is a great alternative!  I HAD to have some shiplap in my home and this was a great way to get that look without the major commitment.

My regular framed wood signs don't take near as much time (or effort), however, this piece has so much character!  It was definitely worth the added time.  Now that I've made one, the next will come together a little faster.

I did break out my Kreg Jig for this project.  Me and that guy don't always get along, but I think I've conquered it finally.  You'll see in the video how I used it to make the pocket holes that keep the spaced shiplap together.

This was my first attempt at shiplap.  Surprisingly it went pretty smoothly!  I didn't have tile spacers so I improvised with pennies and it worked out great!  You'll see how this piece was made in the video linked below.  Hope you enjoy!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Clothes Pin Photo Clip Wood Sign

Using just a few simple items, you can have yourself a beautiful home decor piece!  Or, since this piece was designed around the holiday's, this wood sign also makes a great gift!  Think Christmas, birthdays, grandparents day, Father's Day, Mother's Day, just because... should I go on?
I love the versatility of this piece as well.  It came be customized with colors and finished to match your taste or home's theme.  You can also change the wording to match the event or photo's you'll be adding.  (For a mom, wedding, display vacation photos, recipe cards in the kitchen, Christmas cards for the holidays... I could go on, but you get creative!
I used a 1"x10" common board but down to 16" long.  You can see the whole tutorial in the video linked below.  Hope you try this project and hope you enjoy the DIY video!

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Lamp Makeover FAIL | DIY Mercury Glass

I've always loved the look of mercury glass, but I sure don't like the price tag.  I started with watching some DIY videos and checking out some blogs who had tried this before.  I grabbed a glass vase from the Dollar Tree and did a trial run.  I was so in love with the results!  I want to mercury glass all the things now! Haha!
Unfortunately I really wanted  mercury glass lamps and that DIY did not turn out the way I had hoped.
I created a DIY video of how I created my first mercury glass in the video linked below.  You can also see my failed lamp makeover attempt.
I hope you enjoy!

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Large Firefighter Wood Sign

Because my husband is a volunteer firefighter, this sign older got some added extra special love.  I can relate to the wife that worded it, and as you'll hear in the video, the siren at the beginning is a very familiar sound in volunteer firefighter's home.  As soon as that siren goes off, everything stops, my husband drops everything he's doing and speeds off to the firehouse to gear up.  It can be exciting and also a source of anxiety, because as the wife, of course I worry every single call.  I never know when he'll be home or where he's going.  None the less, I am also very proud him.  He is off to help someone who is in dire need, and using the skills he's put in a lot of time and work to learn.

I share with you in the video linked below, just how this special piece came to life.
I hope you enjoy!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

BIG Trader Joe's Haul

I'm obsessed with Trader Joe's.  It's a shame we don't have one closer to where we live.  It's a good 45 minutes from our home, depending on traffic.  Their quality of food, healthy nature, and prices just can't be beat.

Their frozen food is some of the best I've had.  I rarely buy anything frozen except for plain veggies.  They have some great combinations of frozen veggies and meal starters.  They make for easy and last minute meals.

We recently were in the Trader Joe's area and of course I had to do a big grocery shopping tripe while we were out.  I picked up some of my favorites and also some new foods to try that have been on my bucket list.

Hope you enjoy this haul video!

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Framed Wood Sign - "Our Nest"

I'm pretty sure this is my favorite wood sign this far.  The color combo and the wood stain, it all just looks so pretty and airy.  This was another client request and she is the one to credit for the color combination.  If I had a place for one, I'd probably my one for my own home too, just because I love it that much.

The video tutorial I am including below shows how I made this piece.  If you'd like a more in-depth tutorial on how to frame wood signs you can see that blog post HERE.
Hope you enjoy!

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