5 Times We Used Paint to Transform Our Home

About 95% of our home DIYs include or are solely comprised of paint. It is by far the cheapest and easiest way to transform a space! It also requires the least amount of skill, although patience definitely is a virtue (waiting for layers to dry is literally the worst!) I thought it would be fun to think of all the times Ryno and I have used paint to personalise our space. Not all projects have to be as big as our recent garage transformation witht the help of Prominent Paints. Some of these jobs could easily be completed in a weekend.

1. Blush Pink Wardrobe (Acrylic Paint)

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Whilst we’d tackled our hideous 80’s wardrobes on the outside before we even moved in, the inside remained scarily brown for the first two years of our residence. I tried to cover it in gift wrap and pretend that it didn’t exist, but it wasn’t a big success and I was so happy to finally remove the torn paper when my husband gave in and said I could paint the inside blush pink. For this project I simply used a regular waterbased wall paint as I knew it wouldn’t get much wear. It turned out perfect and now I can enjoy my whole closet.

2. Coat Hook Stripes (Roof Paint)

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This was one of our first home DIY’s I shared on the blog nearly two years ago and it is still going strong! It certainly makes a big impact and required minimal effort. The only challenge was to make sure that all the tape was straight before we started painting. Luckily one of us has a good eye :)

3. Gold Side Table (Spraypaint)

So actually this was a rusty cast iron bookshelf that lived in my grandmother’s foyer, but I saw its potential to become something resembling this (if you squint a little lot). So I sprayed the sucker with my favourite gold spray paint in the garage on a rainy day, waited forever, sprayed it again and now it looks kinda good for something we scored for free. Also, it is the perfect height! I have no idea why most side tables are too low for you to comforably reach for a drink on it. Anyone has any idea why that is?

4. Drinks Cabinet (Chalk Paint)

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Another piece of recycled furniture was this amazing TV cabinet (remember when box TV’s still need to go into a cabinet? Sooo 2000’s right!?). It was a lovely shade of mohaganey, which with our beloved (sarcasm) cherry wood floors was just way too much. So we decided to make it blend into the wall (and simultaneously visually reduce its weight) by painting it with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Paris Grey. Honestly though, whilst I loved the colour the texture of the paint wasn’t my favourite. Although I’ve heard if you attend one of the classes, they’ll tell you to add a little water to the paint and that it makes it so much easier to work with. If I could however do it all over again, I would have chosen a different paint in the same colour. The thick texture of the paint means that the brush strokes are all incredibly visible and I cursed more than I care to admitas the paint was drying too quickly meaning it pilled as I was working on the first coat.

5. Grey Desk (Roof Paint)

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I painted this wooden desk in the same waterbased roof paint that I used for the stripes and our front door, but I do wish I’d gone to the added trouble of using a primer. From afar, this looks great, but up close you can see all the kitty scratches. The paint made the weathered wood feel smooth again and definitely makes this desk look and feel more like us.

 

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Our Garage Makeover: Before | AD

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When we first moved into our 1980’s house my husband and I went with “quick wins” like replacing the green carpets and painting the rooms and trim throughout. This immediately made the home feel more us, but I feel like we haven’t made as much progress since. This is probably because the projects that are left are more time consuming and definitely not easy on the budget.

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DIY Rose Bath Salts

DSC_3064I’m really lucky to have had one of my lifetime dreams realised with four amazing types of roses in our garden. Although most of them do last quite a while when placed indoors, I’m always looking for ways to reuse them after they’ve wilted. Last year we saved all of them for our wedding confetti so I looked into making rose bath salts. This is a surprisingly easy and very simple DIY, with only three ingredients (maybe four, read more below…)

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You’ll need:

  • 3-4 Fragrant roses
  • 1 kg Epsom salts
  • 50 g Baking Soda

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Steps:

  1. Pick the petals of three roses that have slightly wilted and leave open in a bowl for about two days, so that it can partially dry. If you do use plain cut roses that aren’t as heavily fragranced, you can add a  little bit of essential oils in the next step.
  2. In a larger bowl combine rose petals, salt and baking soda. If you want the petals to be able to drain, place the mixture in a food processor with a blade for finer leaves. I like just fishing mine out of the bath when I’m done, leaving zero possibility of blocking the drain.
  3. Store all the loveliness in an airtight container to treat yourself.
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DIY Octagonal Coasters

DSC_1962We found ourselves constantly needing more coasters as a white coffee table is not the most forgiving. I really struggled to find ones that I liked and started thinking of ways that I could DIY them. These were as much fun to make as you’d imagine, and we’ve been using them all the time. They’d also add the perfect touch to any festivities and they’re fully customizable (shape and colour).

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DIY Pinecone Decorations

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In the first post of my Christmas series-thingy, I’ll be showing you how I made these pinecone decorations. It is so easy, I probably shouldn’t even call it a tutorial, but that is my forte! I’ll show you how I did it just incase you were wondering!

Considering how quick and easy it was, I am really impressed by how good it looks. It also happened to be the perfect addition to my all gold Christmas tree.

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Instead of using hot glue, which I just find terribly unreliable as the one minute it sits and the next you might as well have never used it, I decided to use a thread and needle. All the pinecones I found still had a piece of wood protruding from the top which attached it to the tree, so I decided to use that to fix my ribbon to.

I cut 30 cm of ribbon for each pinecone and sealed the ends with a candle. Then I folded each piece in half, and tied it to make the top loop about 5 cm long. After that I made bows over the original knot making sure to twist and turn the ribbon for perfect bows. The final step was to tie the ribbon to the pinecones with a thread and needle. I simply wrapped my thread around the aforementioned stick at the top and then threaded it through the ribbon.

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DIY Decorative Tray

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Recently I’ve been loving home accessories that inject a little texture and colour into our (mostly monochrome) home. So instead of painting this wooden tray white, which I would have done before, I tried something slightly different and I’ve been loving it. Whitewashing wood is so easy and it can really transform a piece. I think it looks great on this tray but could work just as well on a wooden box.

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DIY Tassle Garland

DSC_9537textI had been admiring gorgeous tassle garlands on Etsy and Pinterest for quite a while before something clicked and I realised that I can easily recreate it on my own. It took me a while to hunt down the tissue paper colours I wanted (or something relatively close) and I eventually found it at my local grocery store. Although it was quite time-consuming, I wouldn’t describe it as a difficult process and I really like the end result. So I highly recommend you make one for yourself as it is a much more affordable option and you can customize the colours.

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You’ll need:

  • 2,5m plain twine
  • 2 sheets of each colour tissue paper, minimum three colours
  • a pair of scissors
  • clear tape
  • Bostic

Steps:

  1. Start by folding each sheet in three (across the width) and cut along those lines leaving three sheets of approximately 20 cm wide sheets.
  2. Fold each sheet in half (across the length) and start cutting the fringe leaving about 5 cm uncut at the top fold. Repeat this on all the pieces of paper. This is what took me the longest and seeing Martha Stewart’s solution (a simple slicing machine) did not help!
  3. Once I was done with this you’ll have to unfold all the pieces and lay the coloured side of the paper down on your surface. You’ll then start rolling down the centre of your fold. I found it best to pause every now and again just to comb through the fringe and rearrange it otherwise you risk tearing pieces off. Try to roll this as tight as possible, but don’t worry if all the pieces don’t look the same.
  4. Once you’ve finished rolling you can twist that section and fold in half to create a loop. Secure it with a small piece of tape.
  5. I decided to alternate my pieces according to colour and arranged them onto the twine. Lay it out on a table and add a little bit of glue to each tassle so that it stays in place.
  6. Once dry you can hang it anywhere from a party table or wedding car and even above the bed. The possibilities are endless!

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September Inspiration

Happy first day of Spring!

I went jogging yesterday and the change of the seasons has never been more apparent. The sun was beating on my back but in the distance I could see some snow left on the mountain peaks. I am glad summer is finally on its way!

Whilst there is no way for me to wish away another cold front, I do plan on indulging in some summer traditions like a fun manicure and over-wearing my stripes.

I also want to find the perfect shirt-dress and somehow master the cat eye, any and all tips welcome! If the amazing weather we’ve had this weekend holds up, a trip to the beach would definitely be on the cards.

Lastly I’ve found this really cute DIY bow bracelet on A Pair, A Spare and couldn’t resist sharing. I have no idea where I am going to find a gold bow, but it is so pretty that there was no way I could keep it to myself.

I hope you enjoy the first month of spring! For all my Northerners, keep warm this autumn with loads of hot choc, I might join you when the next cold front hits.

Much love,

Astrid

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6 DIY Bedroom Wall Art Ideas

DIY Wallart ideasI recently moved a double bed into my room and ever since the blank wall above it has been bothering me. DIY seems to be the most cost effective option, so here are some of my favourite ideas.

1. Chevron Painted Canvas

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I’ve done this before for my boyfriend’s apartment and it really is super easy. The most time consuming part is drawing the pattern with pencil. Remember to start with the lightest colour and then be careful when painting with the darker colour.

2. Heart Bunting

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This couldn’t be simpler. I think this would be best to add a little interest if you already have height courtesy of a headboard or pillows. It adds a nice pop of colour and a little interest.

3. Hand Painted Wall

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This beautiful statement wall is Elsie’s from a Beautiful Mess. Follow her steps to create this here. Don’t do the entire wall, rather do a few lines centred above the bed.

4. Material Tassels

DIY Wallart ideas 4Create a few tassels from material rather than crinkle paper to create a more muted decoration for above the bed.

5. Paper Heart Wall Art

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This is great for children’s rooms as the children can make it on their own. Get the DIY guide here.

6. Art Wall

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This is the least affordable option but possibly the most impressive. Buy secondhand frames and spray them all in the same colour scheme. Get creative with your art as there are some amazing free printables on the web. Pretty cards and favourite quotes add a personal touch. Get the DIY guide here to see how to assemble it.

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DIY: Jewelled Earrings

100_5089I got this DIY idea here from A Pair & A Spare for Vogue Australia. It is really a super easy way to make earrings that look really professional. The only tip I can share is that it might be best to cut your design from the plastic before sticking the jewels, as I couldn’t get into all the small spaces. Luckily you can only see it when you’re very near. Happy weekend!

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