Archive for ‘DIY Projects’

April 19th, 2012

DIY Wooden Headboard Makeover

White Painted Wooden Headboard

Yet another relic that survived the traveling ways of my family is a sturdy wood bed which my parents bought in 1979. It had been passed around for many years until I decided to give it new life with a DIY wooden headboard makeover. While I could have chosen any colour, I decided a bright white would be the right shade to usher the bed into its next incarnation.  The bedroom it rests in is a stormy gray blue room with white and silver accents, so white was a natural tone to include in my sky-themed palette. I am not a psychic per se, but I think this bed might one day take on a bolder hue. Time will tell.

 

While I had this bed on hand, you can create your own DIY headboard makeover with any sturdy wooden headboard. Look for headboards with interesting lines, silhouettes and decorative details. Browse antique stores, flea markets, garage sales, other peoples attics (providing they are okay with it!) and online market places to find a headboard for makeover.

 

Another idea for a diy wooden headboard makeover is to paint a pattern on the flat part of the headboard as seen here at Mint Peach. And I adore the first two blue beds in this post at The Cottage Chick! Or, check out this idea for refinishing a headboard that has a wicker panel in it, here at Decorology.

 

Choose the colour for the headboard according to the existing decor of the room. Or, choose a wild colour and use it as a focal point to design the room around. Bright statement colours like red, purple, blue and green can bring a room together if you unify the look with accents and collectibles in the same colour family.

 

Here is what you need to complete this project:

 

Screw driver

Orbital sander

Varying grits of sandpaper 100-400

Dry rag

Primer (spray or paint)

Paint

Brushes

Partially sanded headboard and footboard

 

1.Take the bed apart and set the pieces you will be refinishing in a well-ventilated area that can withstand dust and paint drippings.

 

2. Sand the entire bed using the orbital sander wherever you can. Depending on the details of the the headboard, you will need to switch between the orbital and doing it by hand.

 

3.Begin with the heavier grit sandpaper (100 or whatever you choose for your individual project), once satisfied switch to the lighter grit for a smooth finish (I used the 400).

 

4.Make sure you use a dry rag to wipe away the dust created by the sanding process.

 

5.Paint the entire headboard with a coat of primer and let dry.

 

6.Paint the headboard in your chosen hue. Let it dry and give it a final coat of necessary.

 

7.Reassemble the bed in its resting place and dress it up!

 

 

Dress your bed with a variety of textiles in a range of patterns. The solid backdrop of the headboard will take texture and pattern well. For a bright headboard dress it in all white bedding for one look or mix neutrals with different textures for another look. Or, if you paint the headboard all white like I did, dress it with bright cheery colours and a combination of prints and solids.

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April 10th, 2012

Little DIY Roundup!

On this gorgeous sunny April day as I daydream and browse the web, I have come across several inspirational blogs with a zillion projects of the DIY type, which I would like to share here in a little DIY roundup. I think I might be addicted to remaking and making over things, in fact I’m daydreaming about remaking items I haven’t even found yet!

Pussy willow in the backyard!

With spring finally here and the last blast of winter out of the way (fingers crossed, looking for rain instead of snow here!) backyard projects like desks, chairs and lamps are on my mind. Customization is key to designing a space to suit you and your family, as you will see in the aforementioned tutorials.

These beautiful paper lanterns will add festivity to parties and barbecues and soft summer evenings. My favourites were the pom poms and the circle dot one at the end. And then there are these magnificent paper flowers which can’t help but make you smile!

Inspiration everywhere! Happy crafting and DIY-ing!

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February 10th, 2012

DIY Granite Path

When we bought our current house it lacked a solid path to lead from the house to the back parking area. As far as priorities go it was pretty low on the list, until last winter. Alberta winters tend to be extreme in temperature only. Winter 2011 brought a different sort of extreme, more snow than we had seen in a long time. Come spring, the melting turned the ‘path area’ into a muddy mess. What to do, what to do? Well, I decided to plan a diy granite path.

 

With the vast array of options available it might have been tricky to decide if I hadn’t eyeballed stacks of half broken granite counter tops leaning against the back fence. The plan came together when I saw a patchwork quilt style patio made with granite remnants. You can see the granite patio here at Junk Market Style. All you need is a little inspiration sometimes!

DIY Granite Path

 

While there are many ways to create a diy granite path, I wanted the path to look natural and blend with the rest of the yard. We have two small boys and I wanted the yard to remain safe for riding bikes, bug hunting, pulling the little red wagon and all other forms of mischief. The plan then, was to grow grass between each slice of granite to soften the edges of the stone. To design your own granite path, check with your local granite counter top company to see if they are willing to sell remnants and broken tops. If you are lucky they might even give them to you if you come and pick it up.

 

The amount of stone required will vary depending on the length of the path, the width of the path and the pattern. A general rule of thumb for the width is to allow two people to walk it, shoulder to shoulder. The pattern we chose is random. The pieces were broken and laid together within the outline created when the path was dug out.

 

Take time to look at the stone you have, to generate ideas. Granite is polished on one side and is therefore extremely slippery when wet. The polished side will need to be placed down, the rough side will face up. One idea is to choose a couple of particularly attractive markings and turn those ones face up. It will still be slippery, but it will add a decorative touch. When it rains you will see the beauty of the granite shine through. For those of you who live in rainy climates, this path will look amazing! I admit I have spent time gazing at the path on rainy days, but I am also smitten with the darkening effects of rain on things like bark and stone buildings too!

 

When it comes to pattern, it will largely depend on personal preference. Due to the broken nature of the stones the path is meant to look organic. Work with it! We laid our path in a random pattern with an assortment of colours and types of granite and quartz. One idea is to use a combination of large and small chunks of stone. Lay the large pieces diagonal to each other, along the length of the path (almost like a long checker board) and fill the other spaces with randomly placed pieces of smaller stones. Or, lay the large stones randomly and encircle them with smaller pieces. As you break the granite, study the shape of the stone and it’s markings to create a path that works for your space.

 

Here is what you will need to get the job done and some basic steps to help you create your own individual granite path.

 

Supplies:

 

Spray paint

Wooden stakes

Twine

Shovel

Sand

Trowel

Level

Goggles

Hammer

Chisel

Rubber mallet

Topsoil

Grass Seed

 

1.Plot the path you wish to design and mark it with spray paint. Once you have made any adjustments required, use wooden stakes and twine to define each side of the path. This is a good time to determine whether an incline moving away from the house is required to lead rainwater away from your door. Generally, a gradual incline of a few inches will do the trick.

 

2.Dig to a depth of 6 inches and remove sod or topsoil from the yard.

 

3.Pour sand in a smooth even layer across the designated area for the path. Use a trowel and a level to create an even surface for the stones.

 

4.Break granite remnants using a hammer and chisel to create a pattern. Make sure to wear goggles during this step!

 

5.Lay stones on top of the levelled sand and carefully tamp them in place with a rubber mallet.

 

6.Place the stones tightly together for one look or leave an inch or more surrounding the stones for another look.

 

7.Continue to lay stones the length of the path.

 

  1. Mix grass seed into top soil and sweep the soil and seed mixture into the spaces between each stone. Pack the soil firmly, like you would brown sugar, when baking.

 

  1. Walk over the stones to secure them in place. Add more topsoil as needed.

 

Water the path according to the directions on the grass seed. Or, you can water it a few times, leave for vacation and hope it rains the whole time you are gone. That’s what happened to our path. When we returned from vacay, the path had grown in with thick luscious grass 6 to 8 inches tall.

 

This idea can also be repeated elsewhere to create a patio area, to surround flower beds or to form a smaller meandering path to lead from one area of your yard or garden to another.