Weekend Coffee Share – Trip to IKEA for crafting decor items

My dearest friend and fellow blogger Amelia at You Can Always Start Now has turned me onto Weekend Coffee Share. She got turned on to it by Eclectic Ali.

It’s exactly what the title indicates – share something on your mind or something you have done over the past week.

It is a long weekend here in my part of the world, which means three days off in a row.

Most people have gone away for the weekend but I had no plans. I’ve pretty much been on the go every weekend since summer started so I decided this was the weekend to rejuvenate.

I’ve recently become a Designer with Chalk Couture in Canada and am so pleased with the products.  What is Chalk Couture – well, you can check that out here if want to.

Of course, like any company they sell and encourage you to use their products and for the most part I do. However, I like to push limits sometimes and I was curious as to what types of surfaces you can use this chalk paste and ink on.  Off to IKEA I went, so I could have some crafty projects to keep me busy on this long weekend (besides the two books I devoured so far).

For just under $50.00 I found 10 surfaces I could customize. A laundry basket, two blank pillow covers, a wooden crate (assembly required), three fake succulents in one package, one real succulent, a boot mat, and a soap dispenser.

I’ve created something on all of them except the crate – maybe I’ll feel like assembling that tomorrow.

So as I drink my coffee and write my post, I think well now that was fun and WOW 10 personalized items for under 50 bucks.

I’ll be posting pics and details in a soon to be published post.

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Primitive Cabinet – Reloved

It’s garage and yard sale season. Those words are music to my ears. Most Saturdays I spend scouring garage and yard sales looking for my next “projects”.

I’ll be honest, I’m not into revamping or reloving vintage items and selling them for the money. I have great appreciation and admiration for those that do make a living doing this. I do it mostly for the satisfaction of keeping a beloved vintage or antique item out of the landfill. It fills me with joy when someone purchases an item I’ve saved or reloved and I must admit I get a little giddy when it happens. I like to recoup the money I spent on the item and the supplies – I never charge for the hours I put into a piece. I know some people aren’t going to be thrilled to read this but this is my hobby more so than a business.

If I can find out a little bit of the history of an item, I’m more motivated than ever to make sure someone else loves it too. Take this primitive cabinet for example (one door was off in this picture).

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Revamped Thrift Store Frame

I almost can’t even call this one an upcycle because I am still using it as it was meant to be used. I only added a little twist.

Here is a picture frame I picked up at a thrift store a while back. I paid a whopping 50 cents for it.  I liked the fact it wasn’t smooth and that it looked like wood tiles (the frame is not wood).

I bought the Martha Stewart Nautical layering stencils # 17635 from Michael’s and got the idea to stencil the glass part of the frame.

I used part of the tall ship stencil (it wouldn’t all fit on the glass).

The light blue paint color is called Pale Blue by Craft Smart, I bought it from Michael’s and the dark blue – Navy is from my stash by Dixie Belle – I used it on the upcycled thrift store tray – check that out here.

I didn’t bother to seal the imagine in case I decide to change or reuse the frame for something else.  It’s not perfect but I like it.

Did you notice the difference in the frame from the first picture? I found the dark brown too stark against the ship so I decided to whitewash the frame. I literally took a really small dab of white acrylic craft paint on a damp stencil brush and scrubbed it into the little blocks. On a few spots it was too much so I wet distressed it before the paint even dried. I used a wet paper towel and literally wiped the areas I thought had too much paint.

After it’s photo shoot I put it on my bookcase where it is eagerly awaiting me to finish upcycling a floating shelf. I have a few more thrifted nautical things I will add along with this frame – stay tuned.

Enhancing what you already have on hand – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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DIY Easter Bunny Silhouette Wall Art

I tend to get a lot of inspiration from the internet and of course Pinterest but then I like to put my own spin on things. One such item was this adorable bunny silhouette sign, just in time for Spring and Easter.

It would make a wonderful gift and a great display and addition to your spring and Easter decor. This sign is made from pine board that measures 9 x 12 x .75 , painted white then painted purple after the bunny silhouette stencil was applied.

A burlap bow and pom-pom complete the look.  This bunny silhouette wall art is now ready to display – to hang on the wall I added a sawtooth picture hanger to the back.

You can buy a kit to make your own for $10.00 plus shipping. Contact me @ awandafulthing@gmail.com to place your order.

Included in kit:

1 – 9x 12x .75 pine blank board

1 – Bunny Stencil

1 – Pom Pom (colors vary)

1 – Strip of ½ “ burlap for bow

1 – sawtooth picture hanger

Full written instructions

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Hot Mess Canvas

Hot Mess Canvases seem to be one of the popular things to do lately. I watched a few videos (I’ll link one below) on how to make one and really liked the idea.

What is a hot mess canvas you ask? Well you paint a canvas, add vinyl, repaint it and peel the vinyl off and Voila, you have a Hot Mess Canvas. 

In other words you can create bright and colorful customized wall decor. Not only are they unique and original each time you make one, they are also super easy to create. You can personalize each piece with a fun, creative quote or design, that makes the perfect decor for your home or office and a perfect gift for anyone in your life.

What you will need:

A blank artist canvas – the size is up to you. I got mine at Michaels and it measures 9×12. A variety of acrylic craft paints. Paint brush or sponge brush. A cut out vinyl saying or design (stickers work too).

First thing you need to do is decide on a color palette.  I chose red, pink, white.

Once it is dry completely, add your vinyl saying or design. Looks good like it is right?

Then paint over the entire thing with a color that you want your canvas to be. I chose white as I wanted the colors underneath to be the focus. Here it is totally covered in white paint with the vinyl saying underneath.

The hardest part of this whole process for me was letting the paint dry before peeling back the vinyl.  Was it worth the wait? I think so.

This little saying is my motto for the year. Hot Mess Canvases are easy, quick and customizable.  I think they are A Wandaful Thing!

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Here is the link to the video I mentioned above hot mess canvas video

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Upcycled Thrift Store Napkin Holder

I found this cute wooden heart-shaped napkin holder at my local thrift store last week. A dated wooden piece like this is usually finished in dark stained pine with no sealer. I should have brushed on a coat of Zinsser primer but I didn’t.

I decided to use Rustoleum Chalk Paint in linen white and thankfully one good coat was enough to cover it completely.

Next I decided to use my Cricut to cut out a design in permanent glossy red vinyl for each side.  Both of the files are from  Makers Gonna Learn  and if you haven’t heard of them, I strongly advise you go check out their website and YouTube Videos. I’ve learned so much from this group of wonderful people. I just recently took out a membership and this is my first project using their files (LOVE THEM).

 

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Upcycled Office Wall Art-DIY

Recently there have been some work office/workstation changes at my day job and I was lucky enough to get an office of my own.  I wanted to make it more “homey” since I spend a tremendous amount of my life at “work”.

For some office inexpensive wall art, I decided to go with a coastal/nautical theme AND  my goal was to decorate on a budget and make or upcycle most of what goes into my office.

I found these vegetable pictures at a thrift store marked from $10.00 down to $4.0o then 1/2 price – my cost was $2.00. I liked the frames as soon as I saw them.  I taped off the frames and painted over the pictures with “Acrylique” paint called warm white.

I kind of forgot to take a picture of them painted 😦 (before the vinyl) oops.

Next I headed to my Cricut and cut out some simple coastal/nautical shapes. I had some leftover blue vinyl from my Ciad Mile Failte sign. Love it when I can use what I already have.

I decided on an octopus, a sailboat, an anchor and a starfish.  Continue reading Upcycled Office Wall Art-DIY