Saturday, November 27, 2010

DIY- A Built In Over The Door Decorative Shelf Reveal

Here it is, our built in over the door decorative shelf. I just love how it turned out. We can now change the items we choose to display through out the season.

We hung some realistic looking dried pine cones and berries garland by sticking some of those clear temporary plastic hooks on the front of the molding to the shelf.

I think it looks great, and has a very natural look to it, I might just keep it up all year long as part of our country them. Hope you enjoyed this project and feel inspired to do one similar. In the future I plan to do two more over the two french doors in the back of the house, but I think I'll save those till spring time. Thanks for stopping by, more DIY projects to come soon. I'll be posting how to build your own fireplace mantel with pegs for hanging your stockings.


Friday, November 26, 2010

DIY - A Built In Two Story Foyer Decorative Shelf

This is a project I completed last month when the weather was slightly warmer then it is now. I came up with the idea as a compromise with my self to update the foyer in our home.

At first I wanted to paint the it, but as you can see it's a two story job, and we don't have a ladder tall enough to reach or the budget to hire some one else to paint it. So I decided to add some color and interest by building a shelf to overhang the front door. This was a very cost effective compromise.

I went down to my local LOWES and bought a 1" X 11" X 6' board and had them cut it down to a length that would fit across my front door and leave a little space on each side and not touch the flanking walls. I also purchased a pair of decorative wooden shelf brackets with a key hole mount already in the back of them.

You will need some wood nails or wood screws, 3 small L-brackets, wood glue, and paint. I choose spray paint for this project, but you will need 2-3 cans to fully coat a shelf this large.

In a later project that I will be posting later, I decided to primer the wood first with a basic paint primer then spray paint over that. It took far less spray paint this way, I only used 1 can up. But a can of primer costs more than 3 cans of spray paint, so this is a good option if you happen to already have primer in the house.

I recommend spackling any deep imperfections in the wood and allowing it to dry first, so that you have the look of a nice even surface after it's painted.

Another tip is if you have an imperfection and no spackling or don't want to bother with it, just put that side of the board facing towards the ceiling that way you won't see it from down below.

Now you don't have to do this next part, but since this shelf was going above the front door, and my kids always slam that door when going through it, I added a thin strip of trim along the front edge of the shelf. This way if anything were to shift from the vibration of the slamming door, they would not fall off the edge.

To save your self some time, there really is no need to paint the back of the shelf that will be against the wall, but be sure to tape over the key hole hardware so you don't gunk it up with paint.

When assembling and painting your shelf, you can prop it up outside on a pair of trash cans, this makes a good work bench.

Use wood glue first to attach the brackets and trim to the shelf, then later after it has dried you can use nails or wood screws to secure everything. Make sure your brackets are placed far enough apart that they will clear the molding around your door and rest flatly on the drywall, but you want them to lay as close as possible to the molding, so that you are more likely to drill into a stud around the door frame to support the weight of your shelf.

After every thing is assembled enjoy the painting process. When hanging your shelf, add the L-brackets to the top. One in the center and one more at each end just above the wooden key hold bracket. This helps give extra support and stability to the shelf.

I was able to complete my shelf for about $40. I'll post the pic of the finished project mounted above the door at a later time. Oh the suspense!

Thanks for stopping by and check back soon.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Flea Market Find - Put Together A Primitive Window Display For Under $20

I wanted to create the feel of a handmade holiday in our home this year. So besides the big projects, I'm also focusing on some little projects that are simple and inexpensive to make.

This project come together after one very successful trip our local flea market last week.

There I found some great deals, an old wooden window frame for $5 and an old style shelf with peg hooks for $2. I got them from two different vendors, so I couldn't believe how well they went together when I put them up on the wall.

The week before I went to flea market, I found 2 pewter candle holders at the salvation army for 50 cents each.

They go perfect with this display. After putting it all up, I wanted to jazz it up a bit so after another quick trip to the craft store I bought a small $3 wreath, a spool of red gingham ribbion, a rust colored star ornament for $1, and a set of 20 white x-mas lights for $1.99.

I wrapped the wreath with the lights, tied 6 red gingham bows and attached them with some wire I had at home. Then cut a long strip of ribbion to dangle the whole wreath from, and then in a matter of minutes, instant home made holiday project.

The other items I decided to add I picked up either at the craft store or Walmart. If I exclude the FAMILY sign that cost me $9 at Walmart, I would say this whole display only cost me under $20 to put together. Now that's a  homemade holiday project that won't break your budget if ever I saw one.

Thanks for stopping by,


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Entryway Nook - Key Collage Wall

 I've been going around the house trying to add some color to the walls one by one. Most of the rooms still have the same off white base coat color they had when we moved in 3 years ago!

So I've been thinking up projects to work on and today I tackled the nook in the entryway, and the lower half of the dinning room at the same time.

The idea for the nook, came to me one day, when I realized I collect allot of keys. I just love skeleton keys, if I find a really nice looking key, I just have to have it.

I really don't know why I love them so much, but I think it might have something to do with the secret or mystery of what they unlock.

Keys open so many great things, doorways to old long forgotten rooms, hope chests, old iron gates, our diaries filled with our most treasured secrets, they unlock our imaginations, and we can give the key to our heart to some one we love.

 So I collected together all the keys I had laying around the house for a key collage. I managed to find a key hook to hold your keys, that was a hard find.

We painted the wall "Carmel Apple" and then hung the keys. We added a wall decal sticker of a little chandelier hanging from the doorbell box.

I hope this idea may inspire you to make a collage of your own, out of something you love. Look around and see if maybe you have an unbeknownst to you collection of something and then put it on display, share your passion with others and tell your story.

I still have more projects coming up, as you can see in the background on the kitchen wall, I've been swatch painting all over my house. So hopefully we'll keep getting things done around here, and then I can share them with all of you.

Thanks for stopping by! Nicole

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Winter Blues Etsy Treasury

Are you starting to feel the winter blues already? Summer is long gone, and fall is quickly nearing it's end, the colors are starting to fade from the trees, leaving behind a landscape of brown bare trees. Winter is on it's way, shake off those winter blues with this adorable little treasury put together by Etsy Store OrnimentalBotique. This treasury is sure to get you thinking about the good side of winter.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

DIY Chandelier Cranberry Candle Wreaths

Hello everyone, I'm really excited to tell you about this project. They are cranberry candle wreaths, that look great when added to your lighting fixture. These are allot of fun to make and are very easy and inexpensive, which is the best part. A quick little project to help get your home ready for the holidays.

I'm making these for a 10 arm chandelier in my dinning room.

To make the cute little cranberry candle wreaths you will need some small grape vine wreaths, that you can find at most craft stores. I got mine at Michaels for 49 cents each x 10 of them so they cost me under $5.
The next thing you will need is a vine of what ever kind of holiday garland you choose, cranberries, holly, little green leaves, candy or gum drop themed, what ever you find that would fit your theme this year. I would like to use mine all year round as I am doing a country theme in my dinning room, so I went with red cranberry. This 5ft vine was on sale so it cost me under $5.

The first thing you need to do is cut little twigs off the main vine, I found that 3 little twigs is enough per wreath.
Then you weave the end of each twig into the wreath, if you picked a vine with a brown color stem it will blend right in with the wreath so you don't even need to hid end of the twig, it just looks like it's part of the wreath.
Begin bending the twig around the wreath in a sort of spiral. Then start positioning your berries or leaves, bending them in what ever random direction you want them to go. Try twisting some of the berry's wires together to help hold them in place. 
If you like you can also purchase some craft wire and wrap this around the whole wreath when you are done to secure the berries into place, but this isn't necessary. I didn't use any additional wire, I wanted the berries to be scattered about so that you could easily see them from a distance.

When you have made enough wreaths you can then transfer them to your chandelier. Most candle like chandeliers will have a little "wax trey" at their base, which is perfect for these cute little wreaths to sit in.

This is a great project that instantly transforms a boring light fixture. The red berries I chose really contrast against the newly painted yellow walls in our dinning room. I plan to leave them up all year round as part of my new primitive country theme I am starting in there.

I hope you enjoyed this little project of mine, all done for about $10. This project is so easy and can be a shared family craft. If you have children, give them each a wreath to decorate. Some times I have my son help me out with little projects like this in between our home school classes.

I have some more projects coming up along the lines of primitive home decor that I can't wait to share with all of you, so keep checking back for more.

Thank you for stopping by,


Moonlight Masqurade A Fantasy Artists of Etsy Treasurey

"Well its a marvelous night for a moon dance with the stars up above in your eyes, A fantabulous night to make romance 'neath the cover of October skies" The lyrics to a fantastic song by Michael Buble, couldn't' have said it better myself. A stunning treasury created by the Fantasy Artists of Etsy Team Members, capturing the magic that is a Moonlight Masquerade. Enjoy!