Sunday, March 24, 2013

Window Pane Picture Frame

I'm so excited to finally share my new piece of DIY home decor with you!

I've had a big empty wall space above my entry table since we moved in, and it's been driving me crazy!


I had seen some ideas on Pinterest that really inspired me!
So I asked my brother-in-law (who works for a major window & door retailer/installer) to keep an eye out for old windows that were being replaced.

He brought me TWO amazing windows! I can't begin to thank him enough...I might need to cook him a steak dinner as a thank you! 

So to start out with this project I sanded down and distressed the window frame. Then to age it, I applied a vinegar & steel wool solution.
I was so excited about this window that I hurried and added some hanging hardware and hung it!
 

Then we had to decided if I still wanted to add the picture or if I liked just the window.
Me & the hubs decided to try the picture, even the window was awesome alone we wanted a little more there. 
 So, we picked out a picture from a photo shoot we had last summer - courtesy of Meg Sloan Photography  (love her!!)

We headed to Staples (btw Office Depot can't make them as big) to get the picture printed. It to be at least 34" wide and 38" tall. We had them just scale the picture big enough to get the width and we'd just trim it. 
The total cost of the print was $7.50 for the black & white. Color would have been $50+ so we thought black & white would work just fine!! :)

In this picture, I am laying the window on the print to decide where I wanted the placement. After we had it where we wanted it, we trimmed it and apllied it to the frame with double stick tape.
(Some tutorials on this use plywood and attach the picture to that but I didn't think it was necessary and didn't want to spend the extra $$ if I didn't need to!)

And here's the final result!



I love my new wall decor and I couldn't be happier with the results! 
I try to find wall art in the store I like for my house but I never can. This was just perfect for us. My hubby loves it too! Yay!!

Have you made your own home decor? Leave me a comment with the link, I'd love to check it out!!


P.S. I want to announce the Laundry Detergent Giveaway winner . . . or should I say winners!!!
That's right, I was so excited, and feeling generous, that I picked TWO!
Congrats to Heather Benton & Casie McDonald!
I've contacted them and am preparing their packages! Can't wait to send them out!
Thanks to everyone who participated!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Furniture Makeover

I just spent my afternoon sun bathing and mowing part of our lawn! Don't tell my hubby, I'm trying to surprise him since he's been working 12+ hour days to prep for inventory! Boooo!
I'm loving this sunny beautiful Saturday!!

So I have another exciting project to share with you!
Recently a fellow Houston blogger friend reached out to me. She had some furniture she needed re-vamped and she needed it quick. The even more exciting part was that she wanted me to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! I had been wanting to try her paint for a while and was so glad to have a good reason to do so! 

Here's the "After" pic:

And the "Before"
(excuse the already missing handle. . .I almost forgot to take the before pic!)

We toyed with the idea of making the top covered in fabric as a faux seat.

But decided it looked better as is with the paint.
This was also the first time I had ever painted wicker, and I actually love it! The Annie Sloan paint looked wonderful on it!!

Here's more After pics and detail shots.
After the paint I used a black coffee glaze to give the aged look and distressed the edges. Then finished it all off with a finishing paste to protect the finish!
Annie Sloan color used: Paris Gray


Loved the leather hinges and straps on the wicker baskets!


I hope she truly enjoys her new pieces!! So happy with my first experience with AS chalk paint!!


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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Recently we were getting low on laundry detergent. I had heard of people making their own detergent and thought I should give it a whirl!
I would like to credit Crystal at The Family Homestead where I found the recipe and instructions.

What Ingredients Do You Need?

You will need 3 basic ingredients; a soap of some sort, washing soda and borax.

The Soap: The most typical type of soap to use is Fels Naptha. It is an old-fashioned type of soap usually found in the laundry aisle. Another option is Zote.

Washing Soda: This is not to be confused with baking soda. They are not the same thing. It is a white powder. Its purpose is to help remove dirt and orders. The brand to look for is Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.

Borax: Borax is a naturally occurring mineral: Sodium Borate. It is a white powder. It’s purpose is as a laundry whitener and deodorizer. It comes in a 76 oz. box. You should be able to locate this in the laundry detergent aisle.

The Recipe
Now that you have assembled all the needed ingredients here is the recipe:

Homemade Laundry Soap
1/3 bar Fels Naptha or other type of soap, as listed above
½ cup washing soda
½ cup borax powder

~You will also need a small bucket, about 2 gallon size~

Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. You use ½ cup per load.

We made a trip to Kroger and picked up the ingredients. 

 I prepped the ingredients by grating the soap and measuring out the Borax & washing soda. I wanted to be ready to move quickly as I didn't want to mess anything up.

To start you mix the soap in with 4 cups of hot water and let the soap dissolve into the water.

Soap dissolved:

Then add your Borax & washing soda:

Stir until dissolved:

Pour into the bucket, add 4 cups of hot water and stir.
Then add 1 gallon + 6 cups of water and stir some more.
Let it sit for 1 day.
It should turn into a water/gel type mixture.
 

I got an Exeter dispenser jar from Kirklands for $14.99 to hold it, so it would look pretty.
A great deal considering it's $69 at Pottery Barn!

The most exciting thing about this post is that since I have so much ingredients I want to share!
That's right. My very first giveaway. . . long overdue!

Follow the instructions in the box to win the ingredients to make your own laundry detergent!
Contest ends March 16th and the winner will be announced & notified by March 19th.

The winner will get the grated Fels Naptha Soap, Borax & Washing Soda all measured out and ready to make their own detergent! This a great chance to try it out, even if you weren't too sure about doing something like this! 

 

Monday, March 4, 2013

DIY Iron Pipe & Fittings Curtain Rod

 So we have two sets of windows on the back side of our house. The previous owners didn't have any curtains up and so it felt ok with just blinds. . . Until I was at Home Goods with my sis and we found some awesome linen curtains with shimmer in them. She even bought one pair for me!
The only place I still need curtains was on those windows so I thought. . . why not? 
Except, I didn't want to put them up with regular curtain rods, so me and the hubs went to the hardware store and picked up black iron pipes (they cut them to the length we needed) along with iron elbows and flanges. The flanges are pretty expensive but we wanted the industrial look so it was worth it!

Here's a before curtain picture. . .

And some after pictures. . .



Here's some close ups of the fittings.


Here's a close up of the ties. I use twine because it's what I had, and I happened to the like the look of it.

And since I didn't have tie backs, I used pins to tack them to the wall. 
(sssshhhhh don't tell anyone!)

Love my new curtains and curtain rods!!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Coffee Sack Chair Makeover

 Do you like this burlap coffee sack chair?

Interested in how the makeover happened?
Keep scrolling!
 It started out looking like this...




Check out the nasty stains!

To re-finish the seat I removed it from the chair. The bottom was covered with a black burlap.

 After removing black cover you see that the middle of the seat isn't supported leaving is very awkward to sit in!

After removing everything I see that there's horsehair in the chair. Being that horse hair is expensive and good quality I left it. Adding a layer of padding and supporting the middle of the seat, be adding some 1 x 6 pieces of wood - show in a later pic.

Using the old seat cover as a pattern for the new cover.

 Painting the chair in "Careless Whisper" which is one of my favorite white/off-white paint colors!
(I deny it has anything to do with it's name or the song)

Here's a view of the support I added to the seat. Also a view of the new seat cover wrapped around the seat. I used a burlap coffee sack that I got at the Houston Urban Market Antique show a few weeks ago!

Ultimate re-purposing...I saved the upholstery tacks from puling it apart to put it back together! Saving $$ Yay!

 Bottom cover stapled on!

And now the finished product!! I think the pictures speak for themselves. I love this chair so much I'm not sure if I want to sell it!!
 





 Hope you love this chair as much as I do!
 Inspired by this chair, costing only a fraction of the price!
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