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No-Sew Fabric Rope Basket

Posted in BATHROOMS, CRAFTS, CREATE WITH ME, DIY
on February 6, 2017

Hi, Friends! It’s the first Monday of the month, and you know what that means.. It’s time for the February Create with Me DIY Challenge! This fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the materials we’ll use for next month’s projects, so be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for your favorite before you go.

This month’s challenge was to create something using fabric! I used this challenge to finish the last item on my to-do list for our newly updated Powder Room – improve on the trashcan – and I did so by using upcycled t-shirts and hot glue to create a fabric rope basket without sewing a stitch!
I’ve had a bit of a crush on the rope storage baskets that are everywhere these days, and I thought it would be fun to make-over my trashcan with a custom-made basket that it could slide inside of! It was so much easier to make than I expected.

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To create a fabric rope trashcan cover yourself you’ll need the following:

 

  • Jersey fabric – I used the fabric from five medium men’s t-shirts in dark gray, navy, green and white
  • A glue gun
  • Sharp scissors able to cut fabric
  • A cylinder style trashcan

The first thing I did was to cut my t-shirts into 1″ wide strips, starting at the bottom of each shirt. If you cut along the bottom of the hem, you’ll end up with a jersey ring. Cut one end free, leaving a long string of t-shirt jersey.

Next, I braided the jersey strings into multiple braided ropes. I tied a knot at the top of three pieces of jersey, braided down, gluing the ends when the braiding was completed. Then, I untied the knot, finished braiding and secured that end with glue as well, leaving me with a braided piece of jersey rope. I repeated this task until all of my jersey strips were braided together. I was sure to mix strand colors to give me a mottled look I was after, as well as to braid like colored strands together.

To begin the basket, I twisted one of the braided ropes into a spiral, gluing every inch or so to secure. I continued adding strings to the spiral, gluing every inch or so,  until the spiral pad was the size of the bottom of the trash can.

When I’d reached the edges of the bottom of the trashcan, I began adding ropes up and around the sides of the trashcan, alternating color as I moved upward, gluing every inch or so.

Occasionally I would remove the trashcan from the basket to unstick any areas of the fabric that might have stuck. This was simple to do as the hot glue just peeled away from the plastic surface of the can, and the basket ropes were stretchy enough to replace the trash can afterward easily.

I decided to add a solid band of color around the top edge of the can and switched to solid colored strands about three-quarters of the way up, stopping when the basket reached just over the brink of the can.

 

Again, I pulled the can out of the basket to loosen any glue that may have seeped through and to ensure the ropes were all secure. And voila! A rope basket!

What I loved about this project was the simplicity and the multiple uses for it! I love the idea I could use the same procedure on a storage basket or any other kind of basket. And to make it even better,  I finished off my powder room to-do list.. which is now.. here.

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For even more fabulous projects made with fabric, check out the other participants for February! Everything is just adorable!

 

Faux Silver Leaf Mirror Makeover

Posted in BATHROOMS, CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY, WALL ART
on January 31, 2017

Happy Monday or wait.. it’s Tuesday! How did that happen?! Wow, we packed a lot in this weekend! We saw the cute Moana movie which made us all tear up a bit and watched the youngest guy play basketball. It’s been a crazy few weeks! Last weekend ended with me taking in the Twenty One Pilots concert with my daughter (so fun), at which point I realized just how old I am.. Staying up until 1:00 AM had me feeling more than a little off my game for the entire week! The fact that the band covered “No Diggity” makes up for it, though. 🙂

Those of you who’ve been following along during the $100 Room Challenge know that I recently transformed my over-the-sink mirror with a faux silver leaf (aka aluminum foil!). I decided to share with you today how that all came together.

This is how the mirror looked when I started – not terrible but not in-line with the look I was trying to achieve in the new bathroom!

I was more interested in it looking like this, but buying a new mirror wasn’t in the budget, which made it a perfect time for an inexpensive DIY.

For this project I used the following:

Step 1: Remove the mirror from the frame. This was a little bit tricky, but we used an Exacto knife to cut away the existing glue.. be careful not to remove any of the mirror finish.

Step 2: Cut the foil into strips. I did this using a ruler. Lay the ruler flat onto a piece of foil, bend the ruler over the ruler and tear down along the edge of the ruler. You’ll want more than you’ll think you need – I cut about 50 square feet of foil for this mirror – and you’ll want them to be about 1″ wide. Don’t worry if they aren’t exact.

Step 3: Working on a small section at a time, brush the wallpaper paste onto the frame and begin to apply strips of foil, smoothing them with the smoothing tool by gently applying pressure while running it over the foil with the edge. Be careful to remove any air bubbles. I put the foil shiny-side down, but either side will work. Continue to apply pieces to the surface, overlapping edges and smoothing with the smoother until the entire surface is covered. Let dry then gently wash off any excess paste. You’ll be surprised at how resilient the foil finish is!

Step 4: With a lint-free cloth or paint brush apply a coat of stain onto the foiled surface, working in a circular motion as though it were a glaze and remove any excess. You want to work the paint into the crevices, folds, and cracks of the foil which will give it an aged and textured look. The foil will NOT absorb the stain like wood but it will give a nice patina and will dry if you do a thin enough coat. If you put it on too thick just remove it with a cloth and reapply where necessary. Let dry.

Step 5: I had used the larger pattern of the stencil set on my daughter’s upholstered headboard, but I wanted something more delicate for the mirror and used a much smaller banner style stencil from the stencil set instead. I didn’t really worry too much about lining up the placement and sometimes overlapped the pattern to fill in the space because I was mostly focused on the pattern being subtly visible giving the illusion that it was stamped metal.

Using a small amount of paint, apply the stencil pattern with the dark gray paint along the edge of the mirror.

 

Step 6: Apply the polyacrylic with a brush, being VERY careful not to remove the finish from the paint or stencil. I used two coats, letting them dry in between.

Step 7: Insert your mirror back into the frame and apply hot glue around the edge of the mirror at the back, concentrating on the corners.

Step 8: Hang your finished mirror, then pat yourself on the back, stand back and admire all of your hard work!

 

Although there are a lot of steps, this is a fairly straightforward project that yields fantastic results for next to nothing. If you do try this on your own, please, send me a picture of your finished project… I’d love to see!

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I had SO much fun with this project and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome. How about you? Are you ready for a new look for your bathroom mirror?

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$100 Room Challenge – Powder Room Reveal

Posted in BATHROOMS, DECOR, DIY, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES, ORGANIZATION
on January 26, 2017
So, are you ready for the $100 Room Challenge big reveal of my now much prettier powder room? 

I’m going to keep you in suspense just a minute longer. First, let’s do a quick recap in case you’re just popping in for the first time, and aren’t sure what the $100 Room Challenge is. 

Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry put together this fun, and fabulous event brings together some of my favorite bloggers, each making over a room with just $100 budget in four short weeks. For more information on the $100 Room Challenge, check out my post from week 1, or check here where Erin spells it out clearly.

I chose to make-over my overly-neglected powder room. It was dark, dreary and very unfinished – not ideal for what is probably the hardest working room in the house! 

Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4

The first week I shared my inspiration board which included a lot of bold navy and green pattern with strong accents, and I was feeling pretty good about my choices, but it was the execution that made me second guess myself. Week 2 I talked about my inability to trust my bold instincts and left off with me stenciling a bold navy pattern. Week 3 I shared a new direction, which in reality means I was actually just getting started on this challenge.. and this week. Well, I know why you’re really here, so let’s get to it! Grab a coffee – or a glass of wine, because it’s always five o’clock somewhere, and I’ll bring on the obscene amount of pictures! Make sure to scroll to the bottom for my budget breakdown and to see the other oodles of beautiful room make-overs from my blogging pals! 

We added shelving above the commode.  We made the shelves using 1″x 6″ pine leftover from the built-ins we made for the last One Room Challenge. To beef them up, we stacked two boards on top of one another and added a lattice strip trim to hide the seam. Ironically, I had purchased brackets for this room a million moons ago but had never gotten around to hanging the actual shelves.  The shelves hold decorative objects as well as closed storage for odds and ends, in what was once a blank space.
Vase | 
Love Print – Similar
Hexagon Print | Cactus Print | Girl on a Rock Print | Llama Print| Watercolor Print | Palm Tree Print 
I struggled with the idea of artwork. I wanted something that would have a presence, a bit of color, but would not overwhelm or underwhelm the bold pattern of the walls. I couldn’t find any one single thing, so I created a gallery of images all found on Etsy and added a simple frame. The images were printed onto printable vinyl and applied to a 10″x10″ canvas
 
Hexagon Print | | Llama Print|
 Girl on a Rock Print Palm Tree Print 

Hexagon Print | Cactus Print | Girl on a Rock Print Llama PrintWatercolor Print | Palm Tree Print 


We added a brushed nickel towel bar on the wall adjacent to the sink.
 The towels were on clearance – lucky me! 
Of course, the biggest change was the addition of the Caitlyn Wilson Wallpaper hack that was made by loosely stenciling a similar pattern with paint. The room desperately needed some oomph and this more than supplied that in spades.  
 
It wasn’t in the budget to change the light fixture, so instead, we changed out the globe shades. This is a relatively inexpensive upgrade that makes a tremendous difference, not only to the look of the fixture, but also the amount of light it gives off. This room really needs a 3-bulb fixture, but the white shades do help quite a bit in the interim until it’s in the budget to replace it.  
 
 
I very much wanted a gilded mirror in this room but replacing the mirror would have cost a fortune. Instead, the one we had received a silver-leafing and stencil update, making it affordable and fun! 
 
 
 
The vanity received a new finish in week two with a bold navy blue with the slightest of sheen. New cabinet pulls had the existing vanity looking brand new.  
 
Under the sink also got a little TLC. Gone is the disorganization! At some point, I’ll get to making it a bit prettier, but for now, it’s much more functional. 

Using the doors for toothbrush and hair paraphernalia increased the available storage substantially, and helps to keep things out of the sight of guests.  

 

Last, after much deliberation on what to do with the rug, I decided on keeping it exactly how it is. The pattern on the rug compliments the similar pattern on the mirror.



Here was my to-do list – can I just tell you how excited I am that I completed nearly everything!? 

  • Add some bold pattern to the walls 
  • Find a better solution for toothbrushes and hand towels
  • Organize
  • Change the artwork
  • Replace the trash can, toothbrush holder, and towel bar.
  • Create storage for hair products  
  • Consider replacing the rug
  • Update the lighting
I’m considering this project a BIG win if all I’m left with is replacing the trash can! 

 

Let’s talk budget. 

First, can I just say that staying within a $100 was challenging, but it’s definitely do-able. Lucky for me I’m a hoarder, and tend to over-buy supplies which meant much of what I used I had on hand from other projects. Still, I did go a tiny bit over. But, I’m fine with it. 🙂 
 

 

Let’s look back just one more time – 
 
BEFORE

 

AFTER!

 

 

 

 

And with that said, Knock it Off Kim, OUT! At least for now. But, before you go, check out the other reveals.. and get more wine! 
 
Want to see where we started? You can check here! 

Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4

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