While my taste for glitter, sparkle, and shine never wanes, my particular taste in metallics seems to eb and flow with the seasons. Back in the spring, I couldn’t get enough brass. All summer long I embraced champagne gold, and now that autumn is upon us, I can’t help but drool over anything with copper leaf! These bloggers have my taste in mind. Check out their projects, and shine up your home with some DIY metallic decor.
1. DIY Gold Trim Agate Coasters
Just the tiniest bit of glitz really makes these coasters pop. Jamie Harrington, creator of Totally the Bomb, DIYed her way to these lovely Anthropologie knock-off coasters. Rather than spend $100 on a set, she created her own with some cheap agate slabs and a smidge of gold liquid leaf. Check out how she did it over at her blog.
Image Via: Totally the Bomb
2. Metallic-Paper Boxes
Kristi Murphy contributed this fun mixed metallics project to Brit + Co. These gold and copper contact-paper-covered boxes are ideal for your office space. They hold all your stationary odds and ends without being an eyesore. Paint accents, add decals, or create labels to make these boxes even more stylish and efficient.
Image Via: Brit + Co
3. Copper Cap Container
This is the easiest project you’ve ever done. Promise. I Spy DIY creator Jenni’s copper addiction began when she purchased plain copper plumbing caps from her local hardware store. One look told her they were meant to be lovely copper succulent containers. Plant your succulent in the copper cap, cover with gravel, and enjoy!
Image Via: I Spy DIY
4. Champagne-Glitter Champagne Bottle
For the glitter lovers of the world (like me) this is the perfect way to stylize any bottled beverage, whether gifting or keepsake decor! Jen, the founder of Something Turquoise, loved the look of glitterized bottles, but hated the mess they left behind. Instead of cutting her losses, she found a new way to keep glitter on the bottle — even in the fridge or from condensation! Check out how she does it over at her blog. Choose your favorite glitter, or mixed metallics as Jen does here: rose gold, silver, gold, and champagne!
Image Via: Something Turquoise
5. Rose Gold Polish Frame
This sassy, rose gold gilded frame was painted — with nail polish! The Style Guide expert Sera McDaid took a cheap white plastic frame and upcycled it to something much classier and flashier. The two coats of polish on the outer frame create a lovely rose gold finish while chunky gold glitter over the inner frame gives an extra pop.
Image Via: The Style Guide Blog
6. Silver Leaf Furniture
Racha Moussa – creator
The metallic crafter’s day is never complete until leaf has been involved; and in this case, A LOT of leaf. Racha Moussa wanted to update a worn dresser and decided silver leaf was the way to go. Rather than accenting the top or the drawer faces, Racha went all out and leafed the entire dresser. Check out her great tips for applying, burnishing, and sealing metallic leaf over at her blog My Champagne Taste.
Image Via: My Champagne Taste
7. Pink and Copper Lampshade
German blogger Antonia added the perfect subtle dose of copper to her home. Originally stark white, she painted the outside a pale pink, then toned down the frilly color by coating the interior with a couple coats of copper spray paint. Be sure to translate her blog to English! Otherwise the pictures do a good job of showing the steps for this DIY pink and copper lampshade.
Image Via: Craftifair
8. DIY Golden Globe
Another Anthropologie inspiration, Classic in Gray’s Jessica wanted her own gold accent globe — just without the hefty price tag. For this project you’ll need a globe (she found hers for $13 at a department store) and a variety of paints. First, paint the stand your favorite metallic color (if it isn’t already). Then, use acrylic paints to cover the bodies of water, the continents, and the latitudinal and longitudinal lines. Use the same metallic you used for your stand to write out geographical locations in big, loopy lettering.
Image Via: Classic In Gray
9. Copper Plate Floating Shelves
These copper floating shelves are to die for. Vintage Revivals founder Mandi wanted to add a bit of greenery to her entry and thought copper would be the perfect accent. Check out how to build the shelves and how to case them in copper plating! She’ll give you all the tips you need (and a few quirky mistakes to avoid along the way).
Image Via: Vintage Revivals
10. Gold Leaf Embellished Curtains
Who knew DIY could be so stylish? I guess Brynne Delerson did. Over at her blog The Gathered home, she shows us how she uses spray adhesive and gold leaf to create these awesome gold and gray curtains. Followed up with a spray sealant, these window coverings will be shining for quite some time!
Image Via: The Gathered Home
Maybe as the months turn colder and darker I’ll fall for something a little more bright. Rose gold, perhaps? In the meantime — as always — I’ll embrace the mix of metallics and enjoy that my favorite color (sparkles) is trending.
Until next time,
Trend: 12 Creative DIY Furniture Hacks
If you want some pretty new furniture for your home, but you don’t have the budget: no worries! Head to the thrift store, a garage sale, or maybe IKEA and find some furniture that just needs a little love and creativity to turn into the piece you’re looking for. Check out these 12 Creative DIY Furniture Hacks I found below.
1) A plain IKEA dresser can be turned into a fancy little dresser that will brighten up any room! Found on Bliss at Home.
2) Do you have a bed frame you’re done with? Try transforming it into an outdoor bench. Found on Jill’s Abode.
3) If you don’t have an old bed frame lying around and still want to make a bench, try making a little bench out of old kitchen chairs! These turned out so cute. Found on Spoonful of Imagination.
4) An indoor built in storage bench can be made from two IKEA Expedit shelves and placing them on their sides. Found on I Heart Organizing.
5) If you’re looking for a cute dog bed for your little pup, this one is made from a doll bed! Plus, learn how to make this storage credenza. Found on Apartment Therapy (Photo from June Bhongjan).
6) Transform some old drawers into lovely display shelves! See how she made these for $10 on Shades of Grey.
7) This dated dresser was given a makeover and is now a perfect entryway table. Found on Two It Yourself.
8) This beautiful ottoman coffee table was made from a plain IKEA coffee table. She goes into great detail on how to tuft this pretty thing. Check it out on Melodrama.
9) I love how this kitchen island was made from some old cabinets that were found for $5! Found on Sawdust 2 Stitches.
11) Anyone that has had a crib in their home knows it’s a pain to get rid of. Instead of getting rid of it turn it into a kids desk! Check out the DIY on A Little Learning For Two.
12) This was a free found cabinet and it’s now a beautiful piece of furniture! I love the finished product. Check out the DIY on Poppytalk.
We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).
– Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Whether you love watching old John Wayne movies on rainy days, or you’re all about the boho-chic vibes of the Southwest, chances are you’ll be drawn to the Wild West home decor that’s making a comeback. The rustic, old-country look of yesteryear is now surprisingly chic, so kick off your boots, take a seat, and get inspired.
Succulents, Southwest prints, and weathered wood – it’s the little odds and ends that make this style stand out. Plus, if you want to try out this look in your home, there’s no better way to experiment than adding in a few little treasures at a time. This is also a great way to integrate Western style without making it seem forced or overdone
I believe great textures are important to any home design, but they’re especially essential to the Western look. Brickwork, wood ceilings, cowhide, fur, those windows with an incredible view – these elements are all essential to the success of this look. Modern architecture and the large photo print keep this room tasteful and current.
Via Luxury Retreats
Western style is reflective of the natural world. Bring the outdoors inside with the colors, plants, and style surrounding your home. Make sure your home fits in as part of the environment and an extension of the outdoors with your decor.
Via Gal Meets Glam
Western Your Way
Still not convinced about Western style for your home? Get inspired by blended Western styles. Whatever your style is, there is a way to incorporate a bit of the Wild West.
A cozy cowhide rug in front of a whitewashed fireplace makes this look sophisticated with a Western flair.
Who knew a steer skull and cheetah print could work so well together? Paired with neutrals, graphic prints, and a fluffy throw, this bedroom brings a bit of Western style in addition to its glamorous vibes.
Artsy & Colorful
If you think Wild West style only includes neutrals, think again! A bold buffalo print and colorful, eclectic pillows make a Western statement with an artsy touch.
Via A Cup of Joe
There are so many ways to integrate old West vibes into modern homes! Time to get back in the saddle and ride with this trendy yet timeless style.
Why is it when your mother tells you at 16 something is cool and “in” you tend to disregard? Fast forward almost 30 years later you realize she was right. My mother had great taste growing up; she bought vintage and knew how to make something look high end without spending a fortune. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. So why didn’t I jump at the chance when she offered to have our vintage family Persian rug shipped from Seattle? Why?! Oh man I am kicking myself! At the time it wasn’t my “thing” but I am not sure it’s anyone’s at 16. This is a familiar lesson that your mother is always right though.
I am crushing on vintage rugs lately, if you hadn’t guessed. There is something about the hand-woven quality along with its imperfect details that makes me swoon. I have been known to go neutral quite often but the thing I love most about vintage rugs is the worn nature. The bold, jewel tones are muted in such an authentic way that it softens the palette.
These antique treasures are derived from an artistic process of hand dying and hand looming, so each hand crafted piece is distinctive. Also, each rug tells a story, from its origin to the families who have walked it.
This home trend is hitting every room in the house from the kitchen, entryway, hallways, bedrooms, family room and even bathrooms. This one of a kind floor textile can change the entire look of a space. By creating a neutral backdrop and letting the rug be the focal point it gives an enormous amount of originality to any room.
These beautifully flawed rugs also add a pop of whimsy and a bit of curiosity to each space. The organically layered textures & patterns make each room feel complete. Vintage rugs also add an authentic & stylish touch that can’t be replicated any other way.
By mixing these worn tones and textures with warm woods, metals and neutrals, it creates a design aesthetic pleasing to all styles.
There is such a variety out there, from kilim, Turkish, Persian and Kurdish. You can look online on Etsy, Craigslist or check local tag and estate sales. Be sure to also do your homework so you know the values before you set out to look.
In my last Style Spotters post, I shared some beautiful container gardens that can help make a porch look autumn-ready. This week, I wanted to take that idea one step further and look for not just front porch ideas, but whole-yard landscaping that looks amazing in fall. Whether it’s perennials that really shine as the weather turns colder, or ornamentals that give a landscape a gorgeous pop of seasonal color, these landscape designs are a fall-lover’s dream.
I love, love, love this pumpkin border and think it would be a great idea for any size yard. These pumpkins happen to look really wonderful on a huge scale next to a huge bed of orange mums, but you could line your front walk with bumper-to-bumper pumpkins, keep the rest of your landscaping as-is, and have a show-stopping front yard that just oozes fall charm. [photo from Legally Blonde's Proceedings]
I love ornamental grasses in the late summer and early fall. They go from green and lush to golden and harvesty. [photo from Harmony in the Garden]
ORNAMENTAL CABBAGES & KALES
Fall doesn’t have to mean boring earth tones! I love the colors and textures in this landscape, featuring rows of frilly, purple kale, mums in scarlet and white, vibrant green cabbages, and darling purple and gold pansies. [photo from Treehugger.com]
The giant planter of goldenrod across the driveway from this house gives the whole landscape a rich, abundant autumn look. [photo from Blue Ridge Landscaping]
Black-eyed Susans are a great flower for summer. They attract birds and add beautiful color to a flower bed. They also keep blooming through September, making them a great Summer-to-fall transitional flower. [photo from GardenDesign.com]
This idea is genius. Let’s say you already have your yard landscaped, and you really didn’t take into consideration how everything would look in the falll. And now that fall is here, your yard is still green and lush and beautiful. You can easily add the perfect little pop of autumn to your yard with some fallcontainers mixed into your landscape! These simple potted mums look great with the rest of the plantings in this yard, and add just the right amount of fallcolor. [photo from Laura Christensen]
Hi everyone! My name is Bre, and I blog over at Brepurposed where I share my love of design and DIY. What started out as a blog about flipping furniture has turned into so much more. I’m constantly discovering my style and have my hands full after a recent move into a new home. I’ll always hold a special place in my heart for furniture makeovers and couldn’t be happier that it led me down the path of making one of my dreams come true of being featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine’s “I Did It!” section!
Pick up the October issue to see my dresser makeover, showcased above. I’m still pinching myself that it actually happened, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my other furniture projects. Here are a few of my favorite nightstand makeovers that I’ve done. Hope you enjoy!
Scandinavian Pink French Provincial Nightstand
Use two colors of paint to get a layered look. After you distress the piece, the layers of paint help give dimension and character. Add in a fun surprise by lining the inside of the drawer with fun patterned paper.
Two-Toned Geometric Chest of Drawers
Add a custom design to your nightstands using a stain and paint combo. With a little bit of painters tape, you can create a beautiful geometric pattern that pops. The possibilities are endless, and there’s really nothing better than the satisfaction of pulling off the tape and seeing that clean, crisp line, am I right?
Distressed Nightstand with Burlap
Add beautiful contrast to a nightstand by staining the top and painting the rest. It helps bring out the wood undertones that peek through the paint and gives furniture a rustic look. Wrapping a piece of burlap over part of the drawer front and adding a fun new knob is the perfect way to bring the look together.
Painted Table with Fabric-Covered Drawer
Add a pop of color or pattern to a painted piece of furniture by covering the drawer front with fabric. It’s a great way to create a custom piece that fits your style!
Don’t be afraid to make a statement and go bold. Painted furniture is one of the best ways to bring a pop of color into a room, and a nightstand is the perfect piece to try it on. It’s not as large as a dresser and won’t feel overwhelming. Keep the rest of your decor somewhat neutral to really let it shine.
One of the best parts about painting furniture is finding the perfect piece that someone else thought was trash. Next time you’re driving and see an old table on the side of the road, I challenge you to pull over and pick it up. Grab your paintbrush and let your creative juices flow! Everyone deserves a second chance, right? Even smelly, old furniture ;)
I’d love for you to come visit me at my blog and check out some of my other DIYs and furniture makeovers!