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Jennifer OBrien

12 Fabulous Furniture Trends to Inspire Your Next Makeover

Tis the season to score some amazing deals on vintage & gently used furniture. The summer & fall is my favorite time of year on the east coast for a few reasons, one being the plentitude of tag, estate & yard sales, the others being the beautiful coastline & all of the amazing outdoor activities. I have actually managed to make my thrifting excursions an actual outdoor activity in itself. I love to wake up early on a Friday or Saturday and head to the country where beautiful historic homes & farm stands are everywhere you turn, not to mention the best furniture steals and deals on the planet. It is a great way to find unique treasures for your home without breaking your budget. These days with all the incredible inspiration online I can honestly say that anything can be turned into something beautiful. Check out these 12 fabulous furniture trends that will be sure to inspire your next makeover….

12 Fabulous Furniture Trends That Will Inspire Your Next Makeover

1. File Fancy

Makeover Trend-Library Influence-The Pianted Hive

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2. Coral Craze

Makeover Trend-A Place for Us Blog- Coral Dresser

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3. Overlays & Molding Details

Makeover Trend-Overlays City Farmhouse {Makeover Madness-BHG}

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4. The Brighter the Better

Makeover Trend-Bold Colors East Coast Creative Blog

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5. Campaign Influence

Makeover Trend-Campaign Desk-Centsational Girl

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6. Painted Rattan

Makeover Trend-Painted Rattan BHG

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7. Chippy Goodness

Makeover Trend-Chippy Goodness Finding Silver Pennies

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8. Dipped Legs

Makeover Trend-Dipped Legs Burlap & Lace

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9. Anything Herringbone

Makeover Trend-Herringbone Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

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10. Painted Inlays & Details

Makeover Trend-Painted Inlay-The Weathered Door

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11. Painted Upholstery

Makeover Trend-Painting Fabric-The Chronicles of Home {via}

12. Two Toned

Makeover Trend-Two Toned-Liz Marie Blog

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Hopefully you are all charged up & ready to hit the next flea market or yard sale! Grab some friends or even your partner in crime and have fun, remember everything has potential, especially at the right price.


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 14 Fabulous Decorating DIY Projects!

Trend: 14 Fabulous Decorating DIY Projects! 

It’s been so hot outside this past week that my family has been hiding in the cool air of our home. This has given us a TON of time to think up some new decorating ideas. I love this BHG post and was inspired to find some tutorials and DIY’s from their list of decorating ideas. While the headboard DIY may take a bit of time, most of these projects listed below are quick ways to add some color and design to your home.

 

1. Add a coat of paint to some old furniture, from Natty By Design.

2. DIY Faux Wallpaper (made with a sharpie), from Vintage Revivals.

3. Update old frames with colorful paint, from BHG.

4. No-Sew DIY Rickrack Window Panels, from BHG.

5. DIY Tablet Stand (perfect for reading recipes in the kitchen), from The Lowes Blog.

6. DIY Banquet Seating, from Melodrama.

7. Natural Dyed Lamp Shade from BHG Style Spotters.

8. DIY Painted Memo Board, from Lemon Drop Life.

9. Silhouette Artwork DIY, from The Paper Mama.

10. Bookcase Back Panel Herringbone Makeover, from LollyJane.

11. Fabric Dyed Pillow, from High on DIY.

12. Fabric Upholstered Headboard with Curved Arms, from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.

13. Frames Made of Washi Tape, from Design Sponge.

14. Skip the paint and try a fabric wall panels instead, from Bella Dia.

What are you up to this summer? Any decorating ideas?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. Photos from the first image are from BHGNatty By DesignSarah M. Dorsey DesignsLemon Drop Life, and Vintage Revivals.


Chelsey Andrews

Photo Canvas DIY: 2 Ways

Do you love photo canvases, but don’t really have the budget to buy them? Well today I’m going to share 2 ways you can make these neat creations without breaking the bank. The first way we’ll use iron-on transfer paper to transfer an image to fabric, then print onto tissue paper and Mod Podge the image! Trust me, it’s easy. They are great gifts, or just keep them for yourself to decorate your home.

Iron-on Fabric Photo Canvas DIY

Supplies:

  • 8 x 8 canvas
  • 1/2 yard of white fabric
  • fabric iron-on paper
  • iron
  • high quality photo
  • scissors
  • staple gun and staples

Directions: 

- Let’s start with printing our photo onto the iron-on transfer paper. Set up your photo on your computer. Flip it horizontal so the image is “backwards”. The image will iron-on the correct way when transferred to fabric. Note: if you don’t have a printer, you can take an image to a local print shop. I’ve brought my iron-on transfer paper to a local printer in the past and they printed on it for me. Just call them and ask. You can also ask them to flip the image for you, if you’re not sure how.

- Iron-on the image onto the fabric (following your iron-on transfer paper instructions). Let cool and peel back paper. Trim the fabric to an 11 x 11 square.

- Center the image on the front of the canvas. Carefully flip over and staple the fabric onto the back of the frame. Fold fabric corners on the top and bottom of the frame. Note: if you mess up and the image isn’t even over the canvas, just pull out a staples and start over.

- You are done! The cool thing about this project is you can use an old canvas frame. Have a painting you don’t like anymore? You can just staple this fabric over the painting. Just pull the fabric off if you get tired of the image.

Total cost: under $15

Mod Podge Tissue Photo Canvas Diy

  • 8 x 8 canvas
  • 8.5 x 11 printer paper
  • 8 x 8 image
  • white tissue paper
  • painters tape
  • acrylic sealer spray
  • Mod Podge
  • paintbrush
  • white acrylic paint
  • printer

Directions:

- Let’s prep the picture. Carefully smooth out and tape the white tissue paper onto the printer paper (you’re printing onto the tissue paper). Put it into the printer and print your 8 x 8 image. Let the printed image dry completely. Note: while taping the tissue paper onto the printer paper, make sure the tissue is very smooth. If it’s too wrinkly it will print weird.

- In a well ventilated area wearing a mask and eye protection, spay a very light layer of acrylic sealer spray onto the printed tissue image. Let dry for an hour. Carefully remove the printed tissue paper from the printer paper. Trim the sides of the tissue paper (leave a 1/4 inch border around the image).

- Grab your canvas and apply a very light layer of Mod Podge. Very carefully place the printed tissue image onto the mod podged canvas. Carefully smooth out the image from the center out. Apply one more coat of Mod Podge over the tissue image to seal the picture. Let dry for a couple of hours.

- Use the white acrylic paint to cover the side of the canvas (to cover any excess tissue that folded over the side). Apply 2 – 3 coats of the paint.

- When the paint is dry, you’re done!

Total cost: around $10

I hope you enjoy! Let me know how this Photo Canvas creating goes!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama 


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 12 Outdoor Lighting DIY’s

Trend: DIY Outdoor Lighting. 

With the warm summer coming up, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about barbecues and spending more time outside! That also means we need some lovely lifting to see while we’re all sitting around enjoying some wine and roasting marshmallows by the fire. These 12 Outdoor Lighting DIY’s are just the thing you need to light up your yard this summer. Enjoy!

Birthday Hat String Lights DIY, on Creme De La Crafts.

 DIY Painted Jar Garden Lights, on Cheryl Style.

 Recycled Wine Bottle Torch, on Design Sponge.

Tuna Can Hurricane Lantern, on In My Own Style.

DIY Glowing Orbs, on The Art of Doing Stuff.

DIY Doily Stenciled Voticed, on Cheryl Style.

Mason Jar Porch Light, on Saved By Love Creations.

DIY Mason Jar Solar Lights, on Today’s Creative Blog.

Paint Can Lights DIY, on Lowes Creative Ideas.

Outdoor MOVIE Light Sign, on We Lived Happily Ever After.

 Outdoor Planter Pendant Lamp, on Design Sponge.

Mason Jar Chandelier, on BHG.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The 4 images in the first photo are from: The Art of Doing StuffCheryl StyleBHG, and Design Sponge.


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 10 Outdoor Organization DIY’s

Trend: Organizing Your Outdoor Space

If you’re ever in need of some great outdoor organization ideas, all you really need to do is check out your favorite blogs. There’s really some amazing ideas out there and I really enjoy finding them and sharing them with you! I know I always say this, but my house is VERY lacking in the storage department. Inside and out. That’s probably why I always love a fantastic organization blog post. Well, below you’ll find 10 awesome outdoor organization DIY’s. Enjoy!

 

DIY Barbecue Station, from DecoManitas.

DIY Sawhorse Table (cost under $85), from Shanty 2 Chic.

 DIY Tin Can Lanterns, from 80/20 NYC.

Outdoor Side Table made from Flower Pots and a Pizza Pan, from Apartment Therapy.

Outdoor Buffet Cabinet and Bar, from The Apron Blog.

Bucket Hose Organizer, from DIY Del Ray.

Concrete Rolling Storage and Cooler, from HomeMade Modern.

DIY Tool Shed Made from Doors and Windows, from A Cultivated Nest.

 Outdoor Storage Box/Table/Seat, from Sand and Sisal.

 Organizing Garden Tools with PVC Pipe, from Ashbee Design.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The DIY’s from the first image are from: DIY Del RayA Cultivated NestAshbee Design, and Sand and Sisal.


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: $5 Macrame Plant Hanger

The 70′s called and it wants macrame back. That’s not going to happen because I love a cute macrame plant hanger. They are so cute and I love them. You can put flowers or succulents in your hangers, or how about some herbs? Wouldn’t these be cute with a mini oregano hanging out in there? A little grouping of herbs hanging in your kitchen window?

Supplies: 

  • Colorful yarn
  • Cute mini planter
  • Plant (I used a succulent)
  • Scissors

Directions: 

Step 1: 

Cut out eight 36 inch long pieces of yarn.

Step 2: 

Tie a big knot to keep all your yarn pieces together. This knot will also be the center of the bottom of the hanger.

Step 3: 

Split up the yarn into four sections (2 pieces per section).

Step 4: 

Tie a knot in each section. The spacing from the main center knot to the first section knot is up to you. Since my planter is tiny, I tied my first knot about 1/2 inch from the center. These set of knots should be somewhere under the planter base. Repeat this step with all four sections (the first set of knots are highlighted in pink).

Tip: feel free to test the planter in the yarn as you go along. This will help you place the knots properly.

Step 5:

Next, grab a piece of yarn from one section and match it with a piece of yarn from it’s neighboring yarn section. Check the image above for help. Repeat with all four sections. Again, the length from one knot to the next will depend on the size of your planter. These knots should be located in the bottom 1/2 of your planter (the second set of knots are highlighted in yellow).

Step 6:

Repeat step 5 to make another set of knots. These knots should be located around the top 1/2 of the planter. Repeat with all 4 sections (the third set of knots are highlighted in blue).

Step 7:

The last set of knots should be located somewhere above the planter (see image for reference). Tie all the yarn pieces into a final knot a couple inches above the last set of knots (you’ll see the fourth set of knots above the plant).

Step 8:

Tie a loop above that fourth knot. From here you can braid the remaining yarn, put some beads on, or just plain tie a loop. It’s completely up to you.

These items would also be SO cute as little gifts and/or party favors!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. I made this cute little planter for my ebook: Make Your Day