Hello! Today’s post is short, sweet and so simple, I can’t even call it a tutorial! If you remember back to my Bold Graphic Glam Dining Room I revealed during week 6 of the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge, then you probably recall seeing my stacked art that flank one of the windows in the space. I’m finally sharing the details for the bright and colorful pieces hanging in here! Let me give you a quick break-down of the “art” you see and then show you how I created this look! Continue reading
I hate to admit this, but I think I am almost all fall-ed out. It is a hard thing to admit because as a blogger, I’m totally guilty of it. The fall crafts, décor & DIY’s come flying out of the gates in August, with a slight change-up for Halloween and then back at it for Thanksgiving. Months and months of it!
Buuut, I do think it is time to get the ball rolling for the… ahem… next holiday in line and its not even November yet.
I can’t help it, but I’m ready for something new!… a new color palette…new vignettes…new signage… you catch my drift?!! Its the most wonderful time of the year 😉
So as I get ready to bid this season goodbye, I thought an ode to one of my fave fall décor DIY’s of all time was a good idea for Think again Thursday.
Did you guys see my DIY Fall Pillows? Plaid is hot right now and I seriously could not be more in love with this project.
I am not the first person to make pillows out of table linens and I won’t be the last. If you are on board with this idea, then great! If you are sort of intrigued and find yourself hunting down great cloth napkins, but don’t really see yourself using them in a table setting, well, then you are in luck!
5 ways to use cloth napkins:
1 | pillows
I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again…just sew 2 together and voila! You’ve got yourself a pillow cover! Place a pillow insert inside and you have a new accessory for your couch or chair (or entryway table!).
2 | wall art
Here on the pegboard gallery wall in Simon’s nursery, I simply framed pieces of fabric (the navy & white alphabet and the bright colored geo / triangles). Napkins are made up of some fabulous fabrics!
Simply place a napkin behind a crisp white mat inside of a frame and hang it up on the wall or lean it on a shelf or bookcase to instantly add a pop of color, punch of pattern and a bit of texture to your space. (See how I made another DIY wall art piece with a journal cover here)
3 | placemat
Many people use napkins as a placemat or charger plate instead. Place your charger plate (or skip the charger) and / or dinner plate right on top of the napkin. Easy table transformation for any occasion.
See here for just one of the MANY beautiful tablescapes created by Courtney of A Thoughtful Place. She is the queen of a beautifully styled table with tons of great quick & easy DIY’s to go along with.
4 | quilt
Use cloth napkins as you would use regular fabric for a quilting project!
5 | wine bottle gift wrap
I love this one! Take your napkin (dish towels work great for this, too) and lay it out flat. Place a wine bottle in the center and pull your four corners up around it. Secure the napkin or cloth with a piece of jute twine and some festive ribbon. Quick & cute hostess gift! Use the napkin to wrap any sort of gift! You can get these gold foil confetti dot napkins here.
Surely you aren’t already burnt out of this nifty napkin thing?! I hope not because tomorrow I am sharing my top 5 cloth napkins for 5 Fab Friday Finds! Festive fallish napkins to take you right into Thanksgiving. Add some pizzazz to your table or try out one of these other 5 ideas from today.
In other news, I’m working on some new printables to add to my etsy shop and will let you all know when they become available! Plugging away at the basement, getting ready for trick-or-treaters and getting materials organized for a new project hopefully starting in the next couple of weeks – details coming soon!
Lastly, I’m so humbled by all of my new instagram followers – I am just shy of 1,000 followers!! If you aren’t already following This is our Bliss on social media, be sure to come on over to see other featured bloggers, diy projects, recipes and fun fashion trends!
I’ll be scheming some great giveaways for the upcoming milestones, so be sure to come along for the ride! Thank you 😉
Today, I am here with another post from none other than – the guestroom. These follow-up posts just don’t quit! Yes, I do realize I finished the Guestroom Revamp Project for the SPRING One Room Challenge, but clearly I haven’t been able to share all of the goodies from inside. I can hardly believe that the Fall ORC is already quickly approaching. It kicks off on October 8th and I still haven’t quite decided which room I’m going to jump in to work on…hopefully I have my decision made in the next couple of weeks 🙂
So, back to this project – I am calling it “layered wall art” because that’s basically what it is! I took 2 separate metal wall décor pieces and stacked one right on top of the other!
When working on the layout/design for decorating a wall in our home, I’m usually trying to come up with an idea that is somewhat unique & different. I don’t like to just buy something & throw it up. When I am out hunting and I find something I really like, I try to come up with ways to make it one-of-a-kind. I know…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but I consider it simply tweaking or restyling – just like I did here!
So, here we go… well, there aren’t really that many steps to follow so its not like a traditional tutorial, but here is what I did to achieve this layered look.
If you remember back to week #3 of the challenge, I was hoarding goods left & right to go in the room…most of which happened to be gold. Weird, I know.
I scored this metal spike / urchin piece at Homegoods (I call her spikey) and brought it home to add to the pile. So, in typical me fashion, I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with it, but knew it had to join my stash. I’d figure out the rest later.
You’ve probably seen these everywhere. It seems the most popular of them all is the set of 3 small urchins from Target. I love these, too & they work well sitting out or on the wall because they are relatively small – just a little gold accent. Mine is quite a bit bigger though – 25″ in diameter. I stumbled upon this 11″ one on Amazon, but haven’t seen many as big as the one I have.
Spikey almost ended up on the wall left of the window in an art grouping, but I thought she was too big for that wall especially since the gold framed canvas piece (currently on that wall) is plenty big alone. So, once I determined the grouping for the left window wall, I moved on to the right-side of the window and ended up with the open-framed minted pieces.
Next, I wanted to focus on something for above the bed.
A larger gallery wall of mixed art & photo frames was already in the works on the other side of the room by my reupholstered chair, so a collection of frames was out. Then I thought maybe I could make a BIG statement and wallpaper behind the bed, but since I had a lot going on with the DIY headboard & the pattern play with the pillows, so another strike.
A circle. It needed something round.
The room had a ton of square & rectangular shaped décor & accessories throughout, so I determined, round it was. One day while at Hobby Lobby, I stumbled upon this multi-circle metal wall hanging & figured it was worth a shot. I took it home & held it up over the bed. It just wasn’t quite enough. It needed something more.
Enter spikey again!
I decided to put it right on top of the multi-circle piece! It would be funky, unique, edgy & black & gold – perfect!
See the nail in the middle? I got so excited I forgot to take a picture before I threw spikey on the wall!
[side note: I did spray paint the multi-circle piece black before hanging. It was actually a mixed metal piece, but thought black would be an excellent contrast with the super light wall color. sorry I don’t have a before pic!]
That is it! I hung one piece up. Played around with where I wanted the 2nd one to rest and then hammered a nail in the wall. Finally, I placed the gold piece on the wall and it was complete!
I really love how unsymmetrical it is. Working in even numbers is something I have been experimenting with a lot lately. The rule of odd numbers is still a good one to follow, but rules are meant to be broken, right??
What do you think? Something you would try? I’d love to hear (& see) if you’ve ever done something like this! If you give it a try, please let me know!
Please come back again! Crankin’ out basement projects over here, so updates are coming soon! Who knows? Maybe there will be more from this room, too 😉
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Have you ever pondered buying a large piece of art for a wall in your home, but didn’t want to spend the money?! Large art prints & canvases can be expensive! Today, I am sharing how to make a BIG statement using small art – you simply, frame a frame! or in my case, 2 frames. 😉
It all started when I was working on my guestroom revamp project I completed for the One Room Challenge. I had 6 weeks to overhaul our guestroom – from painting, adding new window treatments, bedding, creating a DIY headboard, reupholstering a cane chair and the best part, to
hoarding buying accessories & wall décor.
I was at IKEA buying frames to use on the gallery wall when I decided to purchase a large, black RIBBA frame. You just can’t beat their prices, especially for large frames. In typical me-fashion – I kept it around until the last week of the challenge because I just couldn’t decide what I wanted to put in it or where I wanted to hang it in the room.
Story of my life.
So after several creative design sesh’s with my friend, Haley, we came up with an idea!!!
I had just ordered my two 8″ x 10″ Minted prints and set aside my pair of thrifted gold frames to put them in, but knew that those two prints alone wouldn’t fill the wall up. Since I was doing a larger gallery wall on the other side of the room and a grouping of 3 on the left of the window, I wanted to keep the wall to the right of the window somewhat simple & uncluttered, but still create a small display of art by using smaller pieces (plus, it costs more than pretty penny for a 20″ x 28″ piece of art).
I opted to frame my frames!
Here is what I did:
After carefully removing the glass & mat from the large black frame, I noticed it was light brown on the inside. Since it was going to be an open frame, I needed to paint it black.
First I pushed down all the metal prongs flat. Then, I took a foam paint brush, a small bristle brush & black craft paint and started working my way around the frame & inside the corners.
After letting it dry for an hour, I checked back for touch-ups. After it was all filled in, I hung it on the wall.
I saved money by only purchasing two smaller Minted prints, using Goodwill & IKEA frames and still have an interesting & unique look. Win Win!
You can also find open empty frames at Michaels or Hobby Lobby – check their clearance sections! You can usually find odd sized / custom cut frames majorly discounted. Or if you are up for thrifting a frame – remove the hunter green & mauve mat along with the less than desirable art inside, clean it up or give it a couple coats of spray paint and you will have your own frame to use to frame a frame!
What do you think? Something you would try? I’d love to hear if you’ve done something similar! Leave me a comment below if you wouldn’t mind sharing 🙂
Do you remember when I shared this insta pic earlier this month?
Well, I was in the midst of the guestroom revamp and I decided it was time to bust out the steamer and get my new HomeGoods curtain panels ready to roll…because they were going up…but not on the windows…on the headboard.
I happened to be out shopping at HG one day, totally odd, I know, and I came across this great set of curtain panels. I thought the deep yellow might just be a lovely match to the golden yellow in my cane chair fabric. I picked up 2 sets and headed home to check it out. They were just that…a perfect color match and I decided I really liked the bold geometric pattern paired with the soft, but bold floral print. The curtains sat around for a little while amongst all of my other random finds for the room until one day, my friend, Haley and I were playing around with fabric swatches for pillow ensembles. We sort of laid the curtain panel over the front of the dark wood & leather headboard to get a feel for the contrast of prints and patterns and we realized it might just make the perfect headboard covering!
It magically worked out that one curtain panel was just the right size to be stretched across the headboard to cover it in its entirety. I let it sit with scotch tape holding it to the headboard for a couple of weeks, until I got out my supplies one Saturday morning and knew it was time to just do it.
So today, I will do my best to walk you through the steps I took to create this look – a custom headboard reupholstered with a curtain panel!!
I knew the panel was going to fit, so I didn’t take the time to measure anything. First, though, I had Ted help me stick furniture gliders under the front corners of the bed so we could push the bed out from the wall in order to give me some work space. Next, I grabbed a large piece of batting from my stash to use underneath the curtain panel. I had a very large piece and after draping it over the headboard, I cut off some of the excess from the edges.
I pulled the top down first…then the sides…
and finally added a staple to the corner…
…using this staple gun.
I randomly placed staples across the top and sides just to secure the batting enough so it wouldn’t become loose. I tried not to place too many staples into the batting because I didn’t want to end up stapling over top of them when I stapled the actual curtain panel to the headboard.
Here is the view from the front…
Next, I spread the curtain panel out on the floor…
…and cut of the grommets to make it easier to attach to the headboard. I didn’t want the metal to get in the way while inserting the staples.
Next, I draped the curtain over the headboard and used push-pins to hold it in place, after lining up the pattern straight and evenly across the top & sides.
I started stapling away and soon realized my staples were coming out like this…
So I removed several of the bad ones with needle-nose pliers…
…And got out my tack hammer (similar here) from upholstery class. I used it over and over again while reupholstering my chair. It was a pretty nice little investment.
The awesome part about using tacks versus staples, is that you can tap them in just enough to hold your fabric (or curtain panel) in place, but you can easily pull out the tack with your fingers if you need to maneuver your fabric. Removing tight staples is a much more labor-intensive & time consuming process. Trust me.
Then I tapped in tacks alongside the right & left sides of the headboard as well as the top.
I ended up doing all tacks (no staples) across the top because I found I had to tweak the fabric here and there in to order to ensure the pattern was straight across the top edge of the headboard when looking at it from the front.
I tapped the tacks in about every 4 – 6 inches across the top and then when I was sure the curtain pattern was evenly lined up on the front of the headboard, I used the tack hammer to drive the tacks further into the wood. I wanted the tacks to hold the batting & curtain panel in place, but I also wanted to ensure the tacks were in deep enough to not scratch the wall once I pushed the bed back in place.
That is pretty much it! It took me approximately 1 hour to complete and I loooove how it turned out. It is more permanent, than temporary, but it does not have to stay forever if I don’t want it to. Did I mention the pair of curtain panels was only $19.99. Totally beats upholstery fabric, even at 50% off at Joann’s.
What do you think? Will you give a set of curtain panels a second look even if you aren’t in the market for new window treatments?
New pillows…a lampshade…the possibilities are endless!
Thanks for joining me here today and I hope you’ll visit again soon 🙂
Today, I am kicking off a new Thursday series where I will share project ideas for using various items in new and different ways. On occasion, I get a semi-creative idea for how to use something for other than its intended purpose. When I have one of these “moments”, I will post about it here! I am by no means an expert on creativity, upcycling or repurposing, but I believe if you are drawn to something, but don’t know if and how you would use it, sometimes the best thing to do is take it home and let your creative juices marinate for awhile. It is easier to think outside the box when you are not forced to do so, like in the aisles of HomeGoods or Target. I have found myself doing this very thing and rarely does an idea form right then and there. Take your time and something totally unique and cool might come from it! You might surprise yourself.
If you follow me on instagram, you saw my very first #shelfie posted yesterday. A big first, I know 🙂 The little vignette I created on the shelf included a framed picture of our oldest in the tub, a small framed DIY art piece and a little brass owl. I asked if anyone could guess where it was from. No, not HomeGoods and no, not Target. Although both great guesses, I found this gold gem at none other than the Dollar Tree! The best part, aside from the fact it was $1, is that it is actually a mini coin bank!
I picked it up a few months ago and had it sitting on my desk. While shopping my house for items to use to decorate the upstairs guest / little guys’ bathroom, I spotted it and had an ah-ha moment. I went out later that day to run some errands and swung through Michaels to see if I could find a few artificial stems to place inside the opening. I found a 3-pack and headed home.
All I had to do was trim down the stems with wire cutters in order to achieve the look I was going for. It was as simple as that!
Up on the shelf he went.
The rest of the bathroom update is still to come! Oh and sorry for the wonky lighting. I am still working on how to photograph in a room with zero natural light. Please hang with me as I learn.
What have you repurposed lately? I would love to hear what awesome “outside the box” ideas you came up with, so please share in the comments below!