Posted on November 30, 2013
I think it is no surprise that I am obsessed with all things deer. Especially recently, I’ve been scouring the stores for anything with a deer antler on it..pillow cases, necklaces, silhouette paintings, sweaters, even down to my return address label for our christmas cards (okay i might have a problem!). Well while I’ve been buying anything with a deer on it, I’m also searching for ways to have DIY projects with Antlers and BOY have I hit the motherload. December is dedicated to Deer Antler posts, from DIY projects to Etsy finds, each post will follow the theme. So all you Antique, shabby chic, hippy lovers out there, get ready for a month of posts right up your alley.
In my first few weeks here in Texas, I have visited a few flea markets…one visit happened to be on a day we got sleet all day and it was FREEZING. OH and did I mention, its an outdoor flea market. My husband gets big brownie points for that one. I picked up with awesome deer mount but there was once problem. I HATE the mounts where you can see the hair from the deer’s head. So, this post is about how to take a mount that is manly and quite frankly ugly, to chic home decor for many spaces in your home.
(1) Set of deer antlers
(1) Wood mount from Michaels craft store
(1) Can of chalk board spray paint
(1) Glue gun
(1) 1/4 yard of your favorite fabric (really you only need about a 1′ x 1′ square…but most places make you buy a minimum)
(1) Handful of cotton (i just opened up one of my pillows and stole a handful of cotton)
Pull the fabric around the antlers and begin by hot gluing the top of the mount by pulling the fabric tight and lying down a line of glue on the backside.
After gluing the top down, stuff the cap with the handful of cotton to create a smooth surface. (see picture)
Hot glue the bottom next and then the sides.
The next step is optional. and i maybe regret doing it to my mount. But I had some cording that was sewed in fabric already from a previous post (see post about sewing pillows on how to make cording yourself.) I simply hot glued the cording around the exterior of the cap.
If your antlers don’t come mounted or if you don’t like the mount it came with (like me), you can buy a wood plaque from Michaels craft store in many shapes. I bought the circle and spray painted with chalk board paint. The reason I did the circle shape mount was to draw the leave crest around the antlers like pictured. And you’re done!
Posted on November 12, 2013
My goodness, who thought it would take me a month to get back on here? We have been settling into our apartment in Dallas and exploring the city every chance we get, hence my delay on here. As I’m redecorating my space, one thing missing in my decor has always been cute, long curtains. I kid you not, I literally ALWAYS look for curtains..any place I go. I’ve looked on etsy, checked out Target, Homegoods, World Market, etc but they were either too short (Target), ugly patterns (Homegoods), too plain (World Market), so I decided to paint my own curtains. IKEA has 96″ curtains that come in standard white and beige for JUST $20 for pair. Insane!
(1) Mod Podge– matte finish
(1) small paint brush
(1) small paint roller
(1) paint tray
(1) 60 oz paint
(1) paint tape
Begin by measuring out the area that you plan on painting. I wanted the classy horizontal stripes, which I could find for a minimum of $150..sheesh! My stripes were 12 inches apart.
Next, brush on mod podge all along the edge of the tape that faces into the painted area. This binds the tape to the fabric and leaves a clean line of paint once the paint dries.
Once mod podge dries, paint on your first layer of your color over the mod podge, overlapping onto the tape a little bit. (see picture)
After two layers of paint have dried, tear up the tape and you’ll have a PERFECT line on the fabric. I did this project in two different designs, horizontal stripes and dipped curtains. See my finished products below.
And our bedroom outcome…
Posted on September 19, 2013
Wow, things have been crazy. As most of you know, we packed up our cute little home in Greenville, SC and hit the road for Dallas, TX the first week in September. But most of you dont know what happened the week before our drive that ROCKED our world. We had a planned breeding with our sweet labrador and a handsome black labrador in South Georgia, Dude. This was planned before we knew about Texas and we knew the timing of the puppies coming was a little inconvenient being the week before we were moving, but you know there are some things you can’t plan and we had high hopes that the process would be seamless and smooth.
Well, August 23rd comes around and we woke up at 1 AM to our labby with her first baby boy. Momma and baby were doing great and we were so relieved to see she was doing it on her own and being such a good momma to her new baby. Every hour after that we woke up to see any progress, and to our surprise the next puppy wasn’t born until 6 AM. After a day of labor, we had 5 puppies and Dixie was being the best mom. All was great in the Stone household.
August 25th was our first wedding anniversary. With 5 puppies and a tired momma pup, we were planning on celebrating later in the week…and thank goodness we did. We noticed Dixie was so lethargic and after Nate and I took our evening walk, we walked in to see a momma dog that couldn’t even lift her head. COULDN’T BELIEVE IT! We rushed her to the emergency vet and had blood-work and x-rays done. Get ready for what I’m about to say… She still had 3 unborn puppies inside and a torn uterus that made it impossible to deliver them. PLUS, she was too weak to make it through surgery that night. The vet mentioned a 20% chance of her making it through the night for surgery the next morning. We were devastated. Our girl looked awful and we didn’t want her to continue to be in pain, but she comes from SUCH great bloodline and is such a fighter in the duck blind with Nathan, we just couldn’t give up on her.
August 26th morning– she made it through the night and they began the surgery to remove her torn uterus and the three dead babies. Minute by minute we held our breath and she made it. I’m sure you must be wanting to know what happened with her 5 puppies that she only nursed for 2 days. Well, God has a plan. My in-laws have a goldendoodle, Shug, that just had babies 4 weeks prior. She was weaning her puppies off of breast feeding, but of-course still had milk and she was our only lifeline. The puppies had been bottle fed while we were at the vet, but Nathan and I didnt have the luxury of coming home ever 2 hours to feed puppies and knew this was just a nightmare so we hoped everything with shug would work. My in-laws walked in with the pups and Shug immediately ran over and looked at those little black burritos in the basket like “Are these mine?” She whipped those little babies right up to the nipple and cleaned them like crazy. Those were her new little babies. GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS!
Dixie beat all odds and came home September 1st. We were THRILLED! Oh what a blessing. The pups are doing great with Shug as their new surrogate mother and all is well in the Stone household again. Thank you to everyone who prayed for Dixie and her recovery. Dogs need prayer too! We are so thankful and ready to take on Dallas together– all three of us!
Until next time (and hopefully there won’t be another dramatic story to tell!)
Posted on September 13, 2013
YIPPPEEEEEE! Pumpkin spice lattes are back in Starbs and everyone is eyeing their new boot purchase for the fall. Did I say it?? YES FALL!! My favorite time of year for many reasons:
1. Comfy sweaters leggings and BOOTS!
2. ORANGE (huge Clemson fan here…)
3. Crisp air
3. Pumpkins (pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin beer, pumpkin decor, pumpkin bread, pumpkin carving, pumpkin desserts)
5. Hot chocolate
6. Warm color home decor
Yes new home decor. Time to warm things up from the bright summer colors. Time to make a burlap banner, throw some pumpkins on the mantle and the table and bring in so many earthy natural colors to warm up the room. Which brings me to my Favorite Friday topic of the day… FALL MANTLES. Here are some of my favs to get you inspired.
Okay you can’t tell me that doesn’t get you ALL EXCITED for the fall. Happy fall y’all (dying to say that!) Now go and decorate your mantles!
Happy DIYing friends!
Posted on September 10, 2013
Welcome to my first Too Good Tuesday. My thought is to share what I think is too good to pass up. This week I’m OBSESSING over these AWESOME marquee lights. What a rustic touch! I could think of a million places they would look great…but below give you some visuals. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these monograms. Click here to go to Vintage Marquee Lights or follow @vintagemarqueelights to buy your own.
Okay I think you get my point. These signs look great everywhere, whether a sophisticated master bedroom, a baby’s nursery, dining room, entrance way, outside patio, etc. I’m obsessed and maybe I’ve turned you on to them too!
Until next time,
Posted on September 9, 2013
Sofa tables are highly sought after items, but often aren’t the right height, width or length that you need. So, why not make your own? In this post, I’m going to make a sofa table/entrance way table that is both rustic and chic and can be customized to the exact measurements you need. The galvanized nipple pipes were the cheapest on Amazon.com even with the shipping. I saved about $100 in pipes and accessories by shopping around. The wood was purchased at a lumber yard down the road but you could easily use scrap barn wood, or any other wood of your choice and treat the surface to match the other items in your home. The most time was spent prepping the wood to match my home. The actual construction of the table flew by and was super easy.
This post was featured on Ryobi’s How-to site. See here for the posting: https://www.ryobitools.com/nation/how-tos/entrytable
Time to complete: 4 hours with staining and drying of wood stain and polyurethane, 1 hour of labor.
(1) Ryobi Sliding Miter saw
(1) Ryobi 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Drill
(1) Ryobi wood drill bit
(1) Ryobi Phillips head screw driver attachment
(1) Oak board 2”x10”x8’ cut into 2 pieces each 2”x10”x4’
(1) Can of Wood stain
(1) Can of clear semi-gloss Polyurethane
(1) Paint brush
(4) 10”x3/4” Galvanized nipple pipe
(4) 18”x 3/4” Galvanized nipple pipe
(16) 3/4” Galvanized flanges
(48) #12 1 ¼” wood screws
I bought oak from a lumber yard down the road and cut it in half with the Ryobi sliding miter saw. Once the 8’ wood was cut into two 4’ boards, I hand sanded each piece, which can be done with a Ryobi hand sander or with sand paper by hand.
I chose to stain my wood a dark walnut to match the wood in my living room, but any stain will work. Apply one coat with a brush and wipe the excess off with a rag. Stain all sides of the wood.
The next step is to polyurethane the top surface of the wood. I only apply this clear gloss to the sides that will be facing out and up. I love the personality that knots bring to the wood, so I usually choose the knotty side to face up. Apply 2-3 coats of polyurethane to the wood. Let dry for an hour or two until the surface isn’t sticky. The wood prepping is now over.
We will begin the construction of the sofa table from the bottom and work our way up. Screw together the flanges to both sides of the 10” nipple pipe. With both screwed tight, place the bottom shelf on its back with the under side facing up. Stack the legs on all four corners flush with the edges and mark holes within each of the flange holes to pinpoint where to drill a hole.
Drill holes in all four corners.
Place the leg on top of the drilled hole and now screw the wood screws into the holes.
With the bottom shelf done, flip the shelf over so its standing upright and repeat the same process now with the 18” nipple pipes standing on top of the polyurethane surface of the bottom shelf.
The last step is to slip the entire table over with the top shelf on its back to screw the 18” nipple pipes in to the top board.
If the legs appear to be crooked here is the trick (and you’ll need two people for this one step only). One person needs to hold the pipe down to the corner flush with the edges. Contrary to the other steps, drill the hole through the flange this time and immediately follow this with screwing in the first screw. Drill and screw one hole at a time. This holds the entire flange down enough to drill holes and screw the other screws in without straining to hold it down.
Repeat with all four corners. AND you’re done! Doll up your table with some trinkets and enjoy the entrance way/sofa table customized for your home.
Posted on September 6, 2013
I know each of you have seen the blow up on Pinterest and Etsy of home decor and accessories with states like Texas and Georgia. With our recent move to Texas, I wanted to create something for both South Carolina and Texas and thought oh what the heck I’ll make something (don’t get me wrong…I have bought little state necklaces too.)
In this post I will show you how I made some state themed wall decor, perfect for our new home in Texas.
Time to complete: 1 hour
(1) piece of wood per state
(50) nails per state
(1) packet of 3 yards of thread per state
Print off pictures of the state you are going to make. Cut out the picture and make sure it fits within the wood you have cut.
Begin to hammer nails all around the outline of the state.
Once finished with the outline, you can add a heart where you lived, but this is just an added bonus. You know, after seeing the way it looked with just the nails, I really liked the rustic look with the shiny nails and debated stopping.
Start winding the thread all around the state by tying one end of the thread around one of the nails. Te key here is to not cross the string through the heart so that the heart is left open and noticeable. AND you are done. Here are my finished products. Super easy and will make a great piece hung on the wall or propped up on my buffet!
Posted on July 16, 2013
Over the last year, I’ve had a minor obsession with my new monogram….okay doesn’t everyone right?! In every store I look for “s” and how I could incorporate them in my house. In this post, I made some wall decor that is both unique and rustic and OF COURSE is my new monogram. Needless to say it was the perfect touch for my living room.
Posted on July 16, 2013
With the 4th of July just passing, I frantically realized I didn’t have a flag up at my house. So, I made due with the materials I had in my house…and I think it was a wonderful attempt to be patriotic and original. See below for a how-to:
- Red, blue and white paint
- Paint brush
- Spray paint clear varnish
- Thicker molding wire
- Burlap ribbon
- Hot glue gun
- Cotton stuffing
- Cut the burlap out in a wavy shape 2 identical times, like as if the “flag” was flowing in the wind. This is so that the burlap can be stuffed. Also, cut out 2 identical stars.
- Paint the entire surface of the flowing flag white. You will only be painting the front side. Paint the entire surface of the star blue…again you are only painting one side blue.
- For the flag, paint red swirls all over it…I added occasional red dots too. For the star, I painted white polka dots all over it.
- Hot glue 3 of the 4 sides together for the flag. For the star, hot glue all of the sides together except for one of the points…these left open areas are where you will stuff it.
- Stuff the flag and star with cotton until it has a shape. Do not overstuff.
- Glue the remaining side of the star and flag together.
- Next you hot glue the start to the top left corner of the flag.
- I cut the wire so that it could be the “hanger”. When puncturing the burlap, I then molded the wire to curl on either side.
- I added a burlap bow from ribbon at the top for looks…its not necessary.
- Lastly, I sprayed the front and back side of the flag and star with the clear spray paint varnish to keep it protected from rain and to harden the surface.
Posted on July 16, 2013
Hello! HUGE apologies for my absence over this summer. No worries, I’ve been crafting daily, but my Instagram has been my DIY diary rather than here. My newest obsession (or one of them at least) has been chalk painting. I took a class to learn techniques and about how you can use the paint… Which by the way you can literally paint anything with chalk paint. Your rug?? Yes. Your drapes, yes! Your lamp shades? YES! So needless to say I am converted and have slowly been painting everything!!! Below are some of the latest projects
|Complete dining room chair set|
The chairs were my first babies, and after seeing their transformation I had to keep painting. I highly encourage everyone to look into the paint. It’s ease of use is what makes it soo attractive. Below are the basic steps in case you’re interested and there are tons of tutorials on YouTube, too!
- Do not sand the furniture. Simply dust or clean it.
- No primer needed. Paint your first coat covering the surface thoroughly. If you want to be able the distress the furniture so that one color shows through when you sand, you will need to paint two coats of the base coat in the first color and another coat of the second color on top.
- Once you have fully covered the surface in 2 coats ( 3 coats total if using 2 colors), lightly sand the entire surface with 320 grit sandpaper (stop when the surface is smooth). For a distressed look, start by rubbing the corners until the wood or first color show through. Remember, LESS IS MORE HERE! Once the edges are distressed, sand away one or two bigger areas on the entire pieces. For example, on the dresser I distressed, I have one larger area on the drawers and then one on the side. Try to distress where you think will naturally distress with time.
- The last step is to wax the nature piece. I highly recommend Annie Sloan clear wax. Once applied, remove with an old t-shirt (NO PAPER TOWELS!)
- Let the piece dry for 48 solid hours before placing items on top of it!