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Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Painting with Bleach

Painting with Bleach Lampshade and Napkins DIY // thepapermama.com
Last week I decided to try painting with bleach. Instead of adding color with paint, I’m taking it away. I have to say this was a fun experiment. You don’t really know how it’s going to turn out until everything is all washed and dry. It’s inexpensive and you can try it on most cotton fabrics! I painted on napkins and lampshades for my first attempt. Want to try it out for yourself? Check out the directions below.
Supplies:
  • Clorox Bleach Pen
  • old paintbrush
  • solid color cotton fabric napkins and/or a lampshade
  • gloves
  • goggles
Directions:
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
STEP 1:
In a well ventilated area: put on your gloves, goggles, and apron (I did all this outside). Open the Clorox Bleach Pen and squirt some of the bleach into a jar.
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
STEP 2:
Dip your paintbrush into the bleach and brush a small horizontal line onto the fabric and/or lampshade. You can do little short lines, or long lines. Create a little pattern with the lines. Don’t worry if the design isn’t perfect, freehand painting this project will give it charm. Though, if you’d prefer, you can always use a washable fabric pencil and ruler to mark where you want the lines to go.
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
STEP 3:
Let the bleach sit on the fabric until you start to see the fabric turning white. Mine sat for about 3 hours.
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
STEP 4:
Napkins: Wash and dry the napkins (separate from any clothes) before using.
Lampshade: Rinse off the bleach in the sink and let dry completely before using.
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
You are done. Feel free to get creative with your designs! You don’t have to brush the bleach on with a paintbrush, instead you can use the tip of the Clorox Bleach brush to make a neat design. Polka dots, lines, and swirls. Maybe some flowers? Words? You can paint with bleach on most cotton items. Blankets, placemats, pillowcases, clothes… etc. Have fun!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
P.S. if you try any of my projects, I’d love to know! You can share a photo in the comments below, or tag me in a photo on Instagram. My username is: @thepapermama

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 10 Fantastic DIY Shelves

Trend: 10 Fantastic DIY Shelves

We’ve been busy over at The Paper Mama home. For one of our projects we’re building shelves and it’s been quite the adventure. There’s so much inspiration out there in the blog world, so I’ve decided to share my favorites. Check them out below!

 

DIY Ladder Shelves, from A Beautiful Mess.

Painted Shelves, from Design Love Fest.

Recycled Leather & Wood Shelves, from Design Sponge.

DIY Honeycomb Shelves, from Subtle Takeover.

Mountain Shelf DIY, from Carnets Parisiens.

DIY Rustic Pallet Shelves, from I Love You More Than Carrots.

Corner Shelves made from Doors, from Craftaholics Anonymous.

DIY Shelves (made from old drawers), from Saving The Family Money.

DIY Planter Shelves, from on Man Made DIY.

DIY Triangle Shelves, from Beholden.

Happy shelf building!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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.