Posts Categorized: DIY

DIY + furniture + furniture makeover + Projects / Monday, 29 Jul 2013

Furniture makeover: trash can

Chronicle Books sent over a copy of the brand spankin new Furniture Makeovers by Barb Blair and it couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I’ve been doing lots of furniture makeovers of my own, but completely winging it. Meaning, I have no idea what I’m doing, I just kind of go for it. I’ve been devouring it ever since so I can learn the proper techniques. There’s nothing worse than finding a beautiful piece of furniture and then not knowing how to fit it into your decor so you just pass it up. (Ok, there are FAR worse things–just petty first world problems I like bringing to your attention.)
While I was at my parent’s house in California the last two weeks, I noticed that the hordes of crepe paper rolls that my mom had on hand for the millions of flowers she made for my sister’s wedding, sat in the box they came in. Wouldn’t they fit snuggly in a plain-o trash can? And look a bit better and out of our way? So, I made it over. And then added some pom poms for extra good measure. Because who doesn’t care for a little pom?
Materials: super cheap aluminum trash, spray paint for metal, yarn to decorate, pom pom maker if you’re the type, spray paint primer for metal
Step 1: Prep your trash can by giving it a good scrubbing.
Step 2: Prime your trash can. I used one whole can.
Step 3: After waiting for the primer to dry (I waited 1/2 hour), spray it with your color choice. I chose a lovely faded mint that looks a lot better in real life. Blast my amateur photography skills.
Step 4: Add another layer.
Donzo.
To add pom poms: Surprisingly, this was my FIRST TIME EVER making pom poms. Are you shocked? Ok, not my first time. It’s my first successful time. And only because my mom had some pom pom makers on hand. I made a variety of sizes and then added a braid around the bin with some yarn that had pom pom garlands built in (from Michael’s). 

I left this one in California, but I’m going to do the same for myself here for my studio because if you saw my studio you would be horrified. I need a professional organizer in my life! The crepe paper rolls and wrapping paper are spewing out of the room.

Have you ever made over a piece of furniture? What are your tips? Help a girl out! 

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DIY + fourth of july + holiday + Projects / Friday, 28 Jun 2013

Weekend project: Make an American flag picnic blanket

Do you love the 4th of July? This town LOVES the 4th. There are parades, festivals, outdoor movie nights, rooftop concert series, a thing called Stadium of Fire that apparently is, like, the thing to do. After a few times coming unprepared to a few such events, I decided to smarten up and get a picnic blanket that will last the whole summer, patriotic style. Again, you know my motto: easy, cheap, and fast and yes, this covers all three.
Supplies: blue paint (I got outdoor paint), red paint, primer, ruler, pencil, dropcloth (mine was $9 from the hardware store. I got the 6×9′)), big roller brush, small roller blush
Step 1: Prime the bottom of the canvas so that it’s more water proof.
Step 2: Create a grid of your flag with a pencil. Remember, 13 stripes (red stripe on top and bottom). Each stripe is 14cm wide if you use a 6×9′.
Step 3: Use the edge of the dropcloth as the ruler to draw your lines. Make light lines.
Step 4: I wanted a rough look for my blanket so I left a lot of parts white when I painted it in. 
EASY! It took 2 of us about 30 minutes total to make it. Easy beazy! 

Thank you Maurine Dashney for helping!

Have a lovely weekend!

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collaborations + DIY + Projects / Thursday, 27 Jun 2013

DIY shapeable headband

This is a full on DIY week! Phew. I’m exhausted. A couple of months ago Scarves.net asked me to come up with a DIY for one of their scarves. I decided go with a shapeable headband that you can turn into a turban or bow or whatever your heart desires. How do you get the look? Find out here.

photo by Maurine Dashney

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collaborations + DIY + Party + Projects + Scandinavia / Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013

Make a maypole

Midsummer is now behind us, but dancing around the maypole can be done all summer long. And you know what? This maypole is the EASIEST thing to make. Whenever it comes to actually having to construct something, I get really nervous and anxious–the same way I feel about cooking. I was really hesitant to make a maypole just for that reason, but with a little help from my friends at Home Depot, I think I came up with the easiest solution (with a nod to Martha’s maypole) that can be done by yourself for really cheap, which are my two requirements for most things in life.

You will need: 10 foot 3/4″ pole (I got a galvanized metal pipe for $1.59 from Home Depot), a metal circle that fits onto the top of it (I have no idea what the proper term is called, but show them the picture or go to the plumbing section), a wooden circle 8″ (mine is from Joann), nails (with a top that is wider than the 4 small holes in the metal circle), glue that holds metal, white spray paint, thumbtacks, ribbon (I got 18′ ribbon from Joann)

Step 1: Fit the metal circle onto the end of the pole. Make sure the circle is flush with the pole. Mine fit without sliding down, but if yours is sliding a bit, add some glue onto both the pole and circle and leave it to dry over night. 
Step 2: Add some glue onto the top of the metal circle and to the bottom of the wooden circle in the center that fits the width of the metal circle. Leave it to dry.
Step 3: When it’s all dry, add in the nails into the four small holes.
Step 4: Spray paint it all white. Let it sit over night.
Step 5: Find the center of the ribbon and center it onto the wooden circle. Tack both sides of the ribbon onto the circle.
Step 6: Take your next ribbon and do the same. Continue adding on more colors. Each side of the ribbon will be for one dancer.
Step 7: If you’re adding flowers, use a circle flower oasis from the craft store. Use wires to secure it onto thumb tacks.
TO PUT THE MAYPOLE INTO THE GROUND:
Materials: 4′ rebar 1/2″, hammer
Step 1: Hammer the rebar into the ground. Here the ground was so hard we only got it in about 5″, but it was secure! 
Step 2: Slide the pole onto the rebar. If needed, dig the pole into the ground a bit too.

This Midsummer series was a collaboration between Ciara Richardson, the photographer, Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral, and myself. To learn more about how to celebrate Swedish Midsummer, check out last week’s post. And once again, a huge thank you to my helpers: Audrey EllsworthMaurine Anderson, Carla da Silva, Maude Lee, Jenny Ellsworth 

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collaborations + DIY + giveaway + laura ashley + Projects / Monday, 24 Jun 2013

Make a camera strap & Laura Ashley giveaway

Happy Monday! I’m happy to kick this week off a brand spankin new collaboration for Laura Ashley’s blog. I LOVE Laura Ashley and grew up on their florals (didn’t we all?), so this is a perfect marriage. Over the next six months I’ll be creating some DIYs and floral-related posts on their blog to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic brand. Wahoo! First up: a camera strap made from one of their super soft floral scarves. I’ve had my ugly black camera strap for a year now and it was time for an upgrade.
Supplies: scarf, 2 split rings, 2 chain closures, scissors, sewing machine OR needle/thread, scrap of leather, pen
Step 1Draw your shape on the leather with a pen making sure the smallest point at the fold fits through the split ring. You’ll be folding it over, so mirror one side to the other and trace it. 
Step 2: Cut the leather on the folded line.
Step 3: Repeat to create two of these leather pieces.

Step 4: Connect the chain closure to the split ring.

Step 5: Slide the ring to the middle section of the leather.
Step 6: Fold the end of the scarf in an accordion fold, small enough so that it fits into the leather.
Step 7: Stick the leather to the scarf in place.
Step 8: With your sewing machine, stitch around the edge of the leather (as indicated in the picture)
Make sure you have a special needle that works for leather. Otherwise, hand stitch it.

DONZO.

To kick off the series, Laura Ashley is giving away this same scarf to one reader. The iconic floral scarf is 100% modal (modal=so soft) and is lightweight, so it’s a perfect summer scarf.

TO ENTER:
1. Check out the Laura Ashley site and “follow” The House that Lars Built on Instagram (@HouseLarsBuilt)
2. Leave a comment here on the blog telling me that you’ve entered.
3. Bonus votes if you share this giveaway.

The giveaway will end one week from today, Monday, July 1st.

Good luck!

project and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen

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