A DIY Pouf Part 1

If you remember this post when I confessed my love for all pillows, poufs, and knitted puffs, then  you won’t be surprised to know my feelings have hardly changed. These cute little circle- shaped ottomans are so fun, but like everything else I seems to swoon over, a little spendy too.

You can find these pillows and puffs anywhere now from Target to TJ, to West Elm or Crate and Barrel, but their prices run from the somewhat reasonable $50 price tag to the upwards of $300. Yikes!

I’ve noticed though, that there are some great tutorials out there now (some of my favorites are here and here).  However, when I found this little jewel at the thrift store the other day, my jaw dropped when I saw the price….

5 bucks!

It looks like it’s actually in pretty good shape, but the truth is it’s pretty worn and the seams are beginning to tear quite a bit. Other than that though, the shape is great and it’s huge compared to its pricey competitors.  I think all I really need now is a great patterned fabric and maybe a sewing tutorial or two.

A Cozy Coffee Bar

Okay, so the blog isn’t completely done yet, and it may even see some bigger changes in the future, so bear with me as some things might be a little quirky around here and other things are put into place!

In the meantime I thought I’d share some projects that have recently popped up in our place.

I should tell you first that there have been so many disappointing trips to the thrift store. I think that is the thing about thrifting though. You either go and find a million magnificent things, or you scour the place for hours only to leave empty handed and hungry…which for me usually equates to crabby, and that’s not fun for anyone! Recently, the leaving empty-handed type of trips have been our case, so with a long list of items on our wish list we have come to carry no expectations while searching through our favorite stores.

Except for last weekend. This was not one of those days and we found the perfect redo for a coffee bar we planned to create.

Here is the little lovely before. Scratched, worn, and old. Perfect!

After a good sanding and a couple coats of primer and paint….

we got our coffee bar!

I think my favorite part of the whole refinished product is the saturated seafoam color and cool glass knobs we scored. Okay, maybe the baskets too. Oh! And the jars on top. Hell, I love it all! Just a few more accessories to add, a good cup of coffee to go with it, and our little  corner cafe will be complete. See the breakdown below for the cost of our coffee bar.

Thrifted dresser: $30

Glass knobs: $9

Paint, primer and additional materials: $40

Total: $79

 Not too shabby!


Do it yourself photo canvas

I am sure you have seen those amazing canvas prints floating around the internet, and I for one am in love with these prints popping off of everyone’s walls. What I am not in love with though? The price. Photo canvases can be so super spendy, but not if you know how to get the look yourself!

I know there are a bunch of tutorials online on how to do these, so my way is definitely not the only way…just the way I felt worked best.

The first thing you need is a blank canvas. For mine, I bought the same size canvas as I did the prints (One 11X14 and one 16X20).

I also bought some grey paint to give the edges some color. I felt like it would look more finished when I was complete.

I loved this part because it didn’t have to be painted perfectly!

Then all you have to do is lay your print down on the canvas

and paint a layer of mod podge over it!

I think this was the scariest part because your print will look like this at first!

queue unnecessary panic attack here.

What it ends up looking like though, is this:

All smooth again. Yay!

So then we were more confident to try our big print and even Andrew got into it!

Here is how that one went:

This one could possibly be my favorite.

We ended up gifting these canvases to some of our family for Christmas, but plan to do a wall of our own-and with a price tag of about $15 we can definiltey afford to!

Tips and tricks we learned

*Don’t use the sponge brushes to put down the layer of mod podge. We found out they left teeny tiny little fibers behind. Luckily we swept them out before everything dried, but a better brush would have saved some trouble.

*It helps to put a layer of the glue down on the canvas prior to putting down your print. This will just ensure your picture will stay exactly where you laid it, and won’t move around while you are completing the top.

*Long smooth brush stokes on the canvas will also ensure a better product. Make sure to smooth out everything while you go as it can dry quite fast.

If you have any additional tips or tricks of your own, I’d love to hear them!

Christmas Card Displays

With Christmas now less than 10 days away we have gotten quite a few cards from family and friends filling our mailbox. I used to just pin each one to the fridge, but in past years its been harder and harder to find the door! I’d love to hang each one up for the holidays, and with some of these cute Christmas displays I think they would all fit much better.

For instance, I am dying a little bit over The Christmas Ladder from Tatertots and Jello. I love this because I would use it afterwards to hang our favorite throws.

For Christmas:

For every other month of the year (sans cheesy lantern):

Cute jars via BHG:

Another one of my favorites- this bulletin board turned card display:

Houseandhome.com

I  also love the idea of wrapping ribbon around a frame to  pin or hang the cards over.

A couple of clothes pins and an embroidery hoop would make a cute display too!

How are you hanging your cards this year?

DIY Book Trees

As I was swooning over decorating ideas on HGTV over the weekend, I decided I wanted to try some myself. I am a sucker for anything that has a vintage or rustic look to it, and since these incorporated book pages it really spoke to the English teacher in me. I think the hardest part of this project was deciding which pages to sacrifice for it! Otherwise, a super easy (and reasonable) diy!

Materials:

Styrafoam cones

An old book

Scissors

Hot glue

Step one:

Pull out book pages and cut in a zig-zagged fashion.

Step two:

Hot glue the cut-out pages around Styrofoam, layering all the way up as you go. That’s it!

At the very end, I curled the edges with a pencil, but you could also leave them straight and layered. Either way, I think they made the perfect addition to our Christmas decor this year!