Sunday, October 15, 2017

Corner Cabinet to Cat Condo

Just in case you don't follow me on Instagram (you really should, lol...ddcamp170), we took over Hometalk's Insta Stories yesterday with this fun project.  If you hurry you can watch the whole story on Hometalk's Instagram before it expires this afternoon. 

I'm going to apologize ahead of time for the low quality pictures in this post.  I've discovered that it is very hard to Instagram a project on two accounts while all along trying to snap pictures and participate in the said project all at one time! Whew, its hard work yall!
Anyway, we started out with this old corner cabinet that we got several years ago.  Prior to yesterday I had removed the doors and primed the whole entire cabinet, then it just sat in the shop forever and collected dust.  I dusted it off then wiped it down with a damp cloth to make sure it was good and clean for its transformation.
We wanted to have a scratching/climbing pole on either side and also carpet the shelves for more comfort, so we purchased a remnant piece of carpet (6 x 12) and padding (4 x 3).  Total cost was $54.  We have lots of carpet left over to use on other projects if we need to. We got these at Lowe's.
For the climbing poles on each side, we used a 2 x 4 cut to fit the front of the cabinet and then we cut the top edges at a 45 degree angle for a smoother transition and a bit of interest.
We left just enough room for the carpet to fill in the gap.
Next, we covered each 2 x 4 with carpet.  We marked center with a pencil so e could make sure to line it up perfectly when adding the Liquid Nails that we adhered the carpet with.  We used a putty knife to apply the Liquid Nails over the board.

After applying a generous amount of liquid nails to just the front and sides (not the back), fold the carpet around the 2 x 4 and staple it down using a staple gun. Pull the carpet as tight as you can when stapling.

Attach the carpet covered 2 x 4s to the cabinet with long wood screws. We used three on each side.  It helps if you pre-drill your holes before you add the screws.
Next, we added one more piece of scrap wood to the edge of the trim on top.  We did this for added interest and because we plan on putting a bed up there for the cats.  We used long wood screws to adhere it and then filled in any cracks with caulk.
Now for the paint.  I just used some paint I had in our stash.  The gray color is called Thin Ice from Home Depot and the blue is the same chalk paint I used on my bedside table HERE.  I only used one coat of chalk paint because I liked the look it gave with a bit of the gray showing through.  Also, I was a bit messy doing this because I knew we would cover all my booboos with carpet next.
We used a piece of the padding to make ourselves a template and then cut the padding and carpet for each of the four shelves and the top.  Your padding pieces will be more of an exact fit, but be sure to cut you carpet longer so you will be able to wrap around the front shelf edge.
We covered each shelf with carpet and folded the carpet around the front of the shelf.  The above pictures are screen grabs from the video, so sorry for the hashtags on them.  For the middle and bottom shelf, it had a bigger/taller lip to cover and it just didn't look right to cover the whole thing, so we opted to just fold the carpet under to make it look nice and finished off.

First, place your carpet piece on the shelf the way it needs to rest and then fold the front edge under.  Now reach to the corner and fold it back toward you.  Hold the front edge in place and staple near the edge all the way across.  Lastly, fold  the carpet back in to the corner and secure with a few (we used three per shelf) small wood screws in the corner and along each side.
Next we brought the condo inside the house and attached it to the wall with some long lag screws.  We wanted to ensure that the cats would be safe and not topple over or be in danger of this large shelf falling on them.
So far Hazel is the only one brave enough to check it out but since then no one has played on it.  I think maybe it has to do with the paint and new carpet smells, but I'm not sure.  Maybe they'll come around soon.....I hope!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Halloween Accent Wall

I'm not going to lie,  I just put up my Halloween decorations today.  I just have to be in the mood to do certain things and decorating is certainly one of them.  Now, if you're like me then you love the cute and easy kind of DIY decor that doesn't end up costing an arm and a leg.  This is one of those kind of easy crafts for sure!
I'm probably going to keep using this idea for years to come.  I'm really loving it and I'm already trying to figure out how to make it continue out the front door and on to the front porch.
You will need very few supplies for this little craft.

Scissors
Black card stock or construction paper, I used 8 1/2" x 11" card stock.
Bat template that you can grab HERE. Thank you for the awesome template Dana!

Fold your card stock in half and then place your template down and cut it out.  EASY! I was able to get two bats from each piece of card stock.  I made a bazillion. lol!

TIP: I used a piece of double sided tape on the back of my template to hold it in place as I cut it out each time.
Apply them to the wall how you think bats would fly.  They normally fly in groups in sort of a line all together, so that's the look I went with.
First I tried using double sided tape to attach them to the wall, but that was a fail.  I snapped one picture and one by one they started falling down! The cats loved it, it was just a game to them! lol!  I also tried some scrapbook adhesive, nope.....same falling off the wall thing again.
Finally, and some of you are probably going to cringe, but I grabbed my desk stapler and stapled those little dudes to the wall.  Then the staples were glowing at me against the black, so I grabbed a sharpie and colored them all black.  Guess what?  Not one bat has fallen to the floor since then! Ha! I win!

If you've created a bat wall before, how did you adhere yours to the wall?

Want to see more of my Fall Decorating? Look HERE.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Easy 2 x 4 Halloween Crafts

Happy Fall Yall!  We've both been a bit overly tired with work lately so we've been kicking back on the weekends, so no new projects going on right now.  But, If you've been following us for a while then you've seen these little cuties before, if not, aren't they adorable?  We made these a couple of years back, but they are still a part of my Halloween decor each year. I love them!
They are easy to make and you get use to use up some scrap wood in the meantime.  For the full tutorial on the cats and pumpkin, you can click right HERE.
I've noticed that these have made a comeback on Pinterest here lately and currently they are my number one post on our blog right now.  I love when one of my favorite projects gets a new breath of life on Pinterest!  You can follow me on Pinterest HERE if you want to.  I'd love to follow you back so leave your link below in the comments.
Isn't this pumpkin so ca-ute?  I actually have two (2) of these little cuties left in my Etsy shop if you're interested. *wink*
I think since today is finally October, I'll pull these sweeties out and decorate for Halloween!
Now for more cuteness, how about some wooden candy corn? They are totally calorie free yall!  For the full tutorial on these, you can click right HERE.
My honey did all the cutting and sanding on these and I painted and decorated them, it was team effort on these.
I hope you can run out to your wood stash and find enough scraps to make some or all of these cuties for yourself.  They are so fun to make!

Do you have a favorite craft you've made lately or in the past? What is it?

Want to see more of my Fall Decorating? Look HERE.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sweater Pumpkins for Fall Decorating

Way back in 2011 when we first moved in, I was very excited about decorating our new house for each and every occasion! When Fall came, I wanted to make sweater pumpkins, so I did. I realized recently that I had never shared them here on the blog, so here goes!
I think these are so whimsical and fun.  I used my honey's old unwanted sweaters to create these, but you could certainly shop Goodwill or your local thrift store to find some sweaters too.
I also went into my stash of vintage doilies, lace and buttons and added those too for a bit of a vintage look, which I love!





To make these no sew sweater pumpkins:

Starting at the cuff of the sleeve, measure up to the length you want.  The length will vary depending on the size of pumpkin you're going for.

Turn the sleeve wrong side out.  Cut four pieces of jute to a length just about 6 inches longer than your sleeve.  Place all four pieces of jute inside the cut end of the sleeve with the excess length hanging out the cuff end.  At the cut edge of the sleeve with the jute even to the end, tie the end with a small piece of jute twine very tightly.

Turn the sleeve right side out again.  Your four pieces of jute should be hanging out of the bottom end of your pumpkin now.

Stuff your pumpkin with poly fill to the size you want.

Now to make the ridges of your pumpkin.  Pull each piece of twine up to the stem area.  Do the same with each of the four pieces.  Adjust to the look you want and tie it all together with another piece of twine.  You can wrap more twine around the top if you'd like or leave it a little more of the sweater flared out.  I did it both ways as you can see below.

Now add your doilies, lace and buttons with a bit of hot glue and you're done!
There is no exact way they should look when you're finished, just make sure you like how they look and you're good!

Have you made sweater pumpkins before? How'd you make yours?

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Chevron Burlap Fall Wreath

I love burlap and chevron so when I saw this burlap ribbon, I "needed" it!  I've had it for a while, but used very little of it on the last project it was used on, which you can see here.

This wreath has had a few different looks so far, but I'm finally happy with how it looks now. 
All the little floral picks, pumpkins, leaves and pine cones that you see on the left of the wreath came from Dollar General.  They added up to about $5.
I bought the straw wreath form at Goodwill several years ago for $2.  I added the orange tulle to it using the "push into the straw" method.  I was planning on making a jack-o-lantern face with it, but didn't care for how the tulle application turned out.  It then sat in my holiday decor closet for another few years until this year when I spotted it way in the back.  I pulled it out.
I grabbed my floral goodies that I got at the dollar store and hot glued them to the sad looking wreath.  NOPE! I still didn't like it.....at all!
One week later, I decided to try and salvage this big ole wreath and make it look pretty again.  So, I pulled almost all of the tulle out of the wreath form.  I only left a small amount of it on either side of the floral grouping.
Off to my decor closet I went because I knew I had this burlap ribbon in there somewhere.  Its pretty wide, so I rolled a bit out (I counted out four rows of chevron) and cut a piece off.  I folded that in half and cut it again.  I then folded those pieces in half again and cut those.  The smallest pieces is what I used to finish out my wreath.
I used my crochet hook to push the burlap into the wreath form.  You could also use a phillips screwdriver as well, I've done that before too.  I just found center of my ribbon piece and pushed it into the wreath form until I liked how it looked.
Push down firmly until you like how each piece looks.  If you don't like it, pull it out and try again.  This method is very forgiving.  I kept adding little pieces until I reached the other side.  You can hot glue the pieces on if you feel you need to, but mine stayed in there really well.
Now I like the wreath a lot!  I don't know what it was about the tulle, but it just didn't suit my fancy! lol!  I guess I'm a burlap kinda girl instead of a tulle kind of girl. :)
These little florals are pretty cute for dollar store goodies, that's why I grabbed them up when I saw them.  Stuff goes fast at our dollar store so if you don't grab it when you first see it, it wont be there when you go back.
I really made this to hang on my front door, but its so huge that the door won't shut all the way, so now its hanging in the living room and I love looking at it.

Do you make a new wreath for every season or holiday?  If so, what's your favorite kind to make?

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Easy to Make Fancy Hand Lettered Sign

If you've ever wanted one of those cute wooden signs you've seen all over the internet,  here's an easy way to make your very own.  You can be fancy too!
I ended up framing mine with a very simple frame, but the sign would be cute without the frame as well.
To recreate my sign, you will need:
A piece of wood cut to the size of sign you are wanting.  (Mine is 13 1/4" x 5 3/4")
Bromello font - download it for free HERE.
Paint of your choice and black for the lettering
Foam paint brush
Fine/small paint brush
Pencil
Optional for the Frame:
1 x 2 wood
Wood Stain of your choice
Chop saw
Nail Gun
For my size sign, I used the Bromello font and printed it at 288 points using my home printer.  It did not fit all on one page, so I pieced it together using some scotch tape.
I used an acrylic paint for my base coat and a chalk paint for the top coat.  I don't suppose it matters what type of paint you use, its just what I had on hand, so that's what I used.  By the way, this chalk paint is what I used to color the inside of the drawers of my bedside table.  Check that out HERE.
Using the lighter color paint and a foam brush, I painted a really good covering of paint over the entire top surface of the wood.  Let that dry well.
Next, using the chalk paint, I painted on a light coat so that some of the lighter color would show through.  I wanted two colors because I like to distress my projects, its just a preference, not a must! :)
You can see above how I pieced the printed letters together to make one long word.  With your printed letters flipped to the back side, grab a pencil and heavily color over the printed letters.

WARNING: The printed letters will transfer to whatever they are laying on. Luckily mine was on my hutch top which is porcelain, so it came right off.  You may want to put something down under the letters when doing this step.
After you have the backside covered with pencil, carefully position your letters on your painted board and secure with a small amount of scotch tape to hold it in place.
Using a pencil, trace the outside perimeter of each letter pressing firmly as you go.
Carefully remove the printed letters and you should have traced the word you chose on to your board.  If needed, go back in with your pencil and fill in any spots that didn't transfer well.

The part where I overlapped the paper while piecing it together, didn't do to well, so I just went over it so I could see it better.  Next time, I will try and make the paper piecing a lot less thick and not have so much overlapping itself. Lesson learned!
Now for the fun part, painting the letters.  Use a fine tipped paint brush and black acrylic paint and fill in the traced lines of the word.
The reason I chose the Bromello font is because its edges are not crisp and true, they are shaky and uneven...just like my painting skills! Ha!

You can leave your sign just like this, or you can follow my lead and distress it and add a frame.
To distress my sign, I took it out to the shop and used our mouse sanders with a very fine grit paper and went over top of it and all around the edges so that some of the lighter color paint would show through.

The frame is so easy. Just measure your sign from side to side.  Mine is 13 1/4" so I cut two pieces of 1 x 2 at that length.  Then, lay the sign and your two cut long pieces down and measure top to bottom.  Mine measures 7 1/4" so I cut two pieces of 1 x 2 at that length.  Now, stain or paint your frame if you'd like.  Lastly, using the nail gun, I asked my honey to nail it all together for me because I did not want to ruin my sign after all my hard work! I'm not the best with the nail gun yet. :)

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Porcelain Wood Look Tile Floor
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