Written on April 17, 2014 at 2:00 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Trend: Colorful Porch Perk-Ups
Add some color to your porch or patio with these 12 inspiring DIY ideas. Pillows, chairs, tables, and more! Enjoy!
Super Lovely DIY Porch Pillows, on A Beautiful Mess.
I’m absolutely in LOVE with this DIY Pallet Swing Bed, on The Merrythought.
Updated Outdoor Chairs, on Design Sponge.
Pretty Painted Patio Rug, on All Things Thrifty.
Wire Cloche Succulent Garden Terrarium, on DIY Showoff.
Pretty Patio Table with Interchangeable Centerpiece, on Craptastic.
For those tiny patios and porches: Little Patio Table Update, on Lovely Indeed.
Add a base support to an old screen door, paint it, and turn it into patio decor, on BHG.
Pallet Serving Tray, on Live Laugh Rowe.
Front Door Makeover, on All Things Mamma.
Outdoor Concrete Side Table or Stool, on The Paper Mama on BHG.
Recycled Wood Planter, Zelo Photo Blog.
I don’t know about you, but I would LOVE to have the swinging porch bed in my yard. So comfy.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on April 4, 2014 at 9:00 am , by BHG Guest Blogger
With spring and summer months ahead of us I am looking forward to the longer daylight hours and the opportunity to entertain outdoors again! Setting a simple but colorful spring table is easy with a few mismatched linens, bright flowers, and these Gilded Seashell Candle Holders. A couple coats of paint will transform average seashells into custom tea light dishes painted to match your tablescape. I painted these tea lights with a teal outside and metallic gold inside to reflect the flicker of candlelight. At dusk your gilded shells will light up the table and give a whimsical glow to surrounding place settings. – Leah Bergman, Freutcake
Large sea shells- available at most craft stores
Krylon ColorMaster Spray Paint (indoor-outdoor)- white & sea glass
Martha Stewart Metallic Gold Craft Paint
Sponge Paint Brush
1. Scrub inside and outside of seashells with soap and water to remove any sand or residue. Allow to dry completely before moving on.
2. Arrange shells face down on a piece of newspaper outside. Spray paint the outside of shells with two coats of sea glass teal spray paint allowing shells to dry between each coat.
3. Turn over dried shells and spray paint insides with one coat of white paint. This will give a good base for the gold paint in step 4. Allow to dry completely.
4. With a sponge or paintbrush paint inside of shells with two coats of metallic gold craft paint allowing to dry between coats.
5. Arrange dried shells along the center of your table and fill each with a tea light candle. Light and enjoy!
photos & tutorial by Leah Bergman / Freutcake
Written on April 3, 2014 at 2:00 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Yay. It is finally Spring. Here in Oregon we still have cold weather and
a bit a lot of rain, but we also have a few warm-ish days mixed in here and there. I’m very ready to jump outside and get started. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been collecting outdoor ideas like crazy. Below I’m going to share a few DIY’s I’ve been gathering for my inspiration board.
DIY Candle Sticks, on A Subtle Revelry.
Wood Plank Door Mat, on How Does She.
Filing Cabinet Turned Garden Tools Organizer, on Trash to Treasure Blog.
Mini herb garden made from a hanging planter, The Paper Mama on BHG.
Outdoor table cooler DIY, on Domesticated Engineer.
Make some lovely stepping hypertufa leaf stones, on BHG.
Outdoor Pallet DIY table, on Joy Ever After.
Green garden bench made from two chairs, on Mak and Jill.
Revamped Outdoor Chair, on The Paper Mama.
DIY Vertical Planter, on Sweet Bella Roos.
Outdoor Toy Organizer, on Random Thoughts of a Supermom.
Modern Neon Concrete Block Planter, on Modernly Wed.
Hanging Planter Outdoor Pendant Light, on Design Sponge.
Are you ready for this lovely weather?
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on March 20, 2014 at 3:00 am , by Chelsey Andrews
The husband and I have plans for our tiny kitchen, and it will take quite a bit of time to finish. For now we are going to do a little here, and a little there. Right now we are working on storage the storage situation since our 94-year-old home is lacking in closets and cupboard space. Our challenge: find storage on a small budget. I’ve seen this jar storage wandering Pinterest A LOT, in fact I used it for my calendar work station DIY. After looking through our overstuffed cupboard and knocking over the jar of rice, I decided it’s time for a change. I’ve installed a Pasta and Rice Jar Storage under one of our open cabinets. This project took 1 hour and cost under $10. My kind of kitchen organizer update.
- glass jars (with lids)
- screws with washers
- Use the nail to poke a hole through the center of the jar lid.
- Measure and use a pencil to mark where you’d like the jars to hang. Drill in the screws through the holes you poked through the lids into the bottom of your cupboard.
- Fill your jars and screw onto the lids. Done!
I’m so happy with how this turned out. I definitely think I’ll be changing the jars to quart jars. We need just a bit more room for the pasta, etc. Ok, happy Thursday!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on March 6, 2014 at 2:00 am , by Chelsey Andrews
It’s time to clean up and organize the home! Spring is just about here and I’m ready to deep clean my home. Below you’ll find some of my favorite organizing DIY ideas from some awesome bloggers.
Use a door to organize your kitchen, C.R.A.F.T.
Fridge Work Station, The Paper Mama for BHG.
Hideaway Printer, PB & J Stories.
DIY Rolling Rack, Hrrrthrrr.
DIY Mason Jar Storage, Liz Marie Blog.
Rolling Book Basket, Just The Bee’s Knees.
Lovely Magazine Files (with a free printable), Positively Splendid.
Plastic Bag Storage, Burlap & Blue.
Paint storage, Mad in Crafts.
Ikea Hack Mail Rack, Instructables.
Hidden Alarm Panel, The Paper Mama for BHG.
Tension Rod Turned Spray Bottle Holder, A Thousand Words.
Kitchen Pantry Makeover, House of Smiths.
Upcycled Dresser Drawers for Under Bed Storage, Olive and Love.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on February 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm , by Chelsey Andrews
A couple of weeks ago I shared 14 easy DIY projects to update your curb appeal, and it REALLY made me think about our poor neglected front yard. Everyday I come home I look at my plain ‘ol beat up mailbox and want to change it. I have wanted to do something about it forever, but didn’t actually do anything until this last week.We bought our house 5 years ago and have barely done anything to this little 1920′s home. Home improvement projects can be intimidating/pricey/and so very final. Know what I mean?
So, I got some guts and changed the mailbox. The best part about this project: it was free for me. I already had all the supplies to fix up this old guy. If you don’t have a crazy supply of spray paint/wood/and glue lying around, not a problem. It may cost you around $15 to update your dated mailbox.
- an old mailbox
- medium-grit sandpaper
- white metal primer spray paint
- gold spray paint
- hot pink spray paint
- clear acrylic sealer spray
- E6000 adhesive
- black acrylic paint
- roughly 42 inches of 2 inch wide x 1/4 inch thick pine wood (the amount you need will depend on your mailbox)
Remove any lose paint and rough up the metal surface with the medium-grit sandpaper.
Remove any dirt/dust with a wet rag.
Spray in the inside of the mailbox: In a well ventilated area (preferably outside wearing a mask and eye protection), spray paint the inside of your mailbox with multiple coats of the white primer (following dry time instructions on your paint can). Follow the primer with 2 – 3 coats of hot pink spray paint. Let the inside of your mailbox dry completely (24 hours +). When the paint has had a chance to dry for 24 + hours, cover the inside surface of the mailbox with painters tape and plastic to protect it from this next step.
Spray the outside of the mailbox: In a well ventilated area (preferably outside wearing a mask and eye protection), spray paint the outside of your mailbox with multiple coats of the white primer, following dry time instructions on your paint can. Follow the primer with multiple coats of gold spray paint. I applied around 6 coats of this stuff. Let the inside of your mailbox dry completely (48 hours +).
Note: metal can be difficult to paint. If not done properly, it will peel or chip off easily. It’s pretty important to follow your spray paint instructions on your can. I find getting all the coats of paint done within 2 – 3 hours is best. If you wait too long in between coats, sometimes the paint will bubble. Applying multiple thin coats of paint will help avoid drips of paint.
When I finished the painting steps I decided I really didn’t like the fleur de lis piece of the mailbox, so I pried it off and added a wooden frame over the space.
I used 42 inches of 2 inch wide by 1/4 thick pine wood. Your amount will depend on the size of your mailbox. You’ll need two pieces for the front, and 4 little pieces for the side. Measure out your wood pieces for the front and sides. Use a mitor box and saw to cut angled corners for your wood pieces.
Note: Don’t have a mitor box or saw? You can find them for pretty cheap at any home improvement store, or you can skip the side pieces and just put the wood on the front of the mailbox. I think that would still look lovely.
Use your E6000 adhesive to glue the wood pieces onto your mailbox. Let the adhesive dry overnight.
Create a house number template on your computer and print it out. The font size will depend on your mailbox. Cut out the font template you made. Use a pencil to trace the numbers in the center of the wood frame. FYI: I used the free Chunkfive font for my template.
Use a fine point paintbrush to carefully paint the black acrylic paint into your traced numbers on the wood. Let the paint dry a couple hours and use a pencil to erase any left over pencil marks.
Let’s finish this project! Use your clear acrylic spray to seal the whole mailbox. Note: the spray will dull the gold a bit and darken the wood, but it will add some more protection to the paint and wood (so it was worth it in my mind). Let the spray dry for 24 – 48 hours.
Install your fancy new mailbox!
I’m so happy with how this turned out (my favorite part is the pop of hot pink inside).
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama