Hey y’all! Check out this bright, bold and colorful kitchen art work I created for under $15 using supplies from Dollar Tree!
Create your own Asian-style furniture for a fraction of the cost of the real thing! Use this super easy tutorial to help you make your own custom furniture pieces.
I have an eclectic personality, so of course, my taste in furniture is the same. I live in a one bedroom, open loft space so I have to be creative with storage options. I needed a stylish entertainment/random stuff storage cabinet. I saw an Asian-style cabinet similar to this one on charish.com:
I fell in love and knew that I had to have it in my space. There was one big problem though — it was way too expensive. So I went on a wild goose chase looking for something in my price range of $300 or less. Unfortunately, all I could find were these beautiful pieces ranging from $3000-10,000:
So what’s a DIYer to do when she can’t find what she needs for purchase — she makes it herself of course!
Here’s what I used to make my own Asian-style credenza:
- An old credenza or sideboard. I found this one on Craigslist for $50.
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Emperor’s Silk
- Annie Sloan Clear and Dark Chalk Paint Wax
- Various natural bristle paint brushes
- Paint and wax stirring tools, I used an old butter knife
- Asian Cabinet Hardware
- Needle Nose pliers
- Disposable shop towels
Tutorial: DIY Asian-Style Credenza
Remove old hardware and sand down rough spots
Clean away dust, dirt and grease
Paint one coat of paint, allow time to dry. Paint a second coat of paint and allow to fully dry for 24 hours or more.
Apply clear wax in sections and immediately wipe down after each section. The clear wax seals the paint.
Apply dark wax in sections and immediately wipe down after each section. The dark wax gives the bright, red color an antiqued look.
Apply final coat of clear wax in sections and wipe down each section afterwards like previously. The final coat of clear wax seals in the dark wax.
Install hardware per manufacturer’s instructions and you’re done!
Enjoy the finished project!
The entire project cost me under $150! That’s only a fraction of what I would have paid if I bought it from some bourgie furniture store.
How do you think I did? Tell me about it in the comments section. Thanks for reading!
In 2016, the red lip print trend was crazy! It was partly fueled by artist Donald Robertson’s signature lip print collections released the prior year.
Fast forward to 2019 and I’m bored with the trend. Then one day I was scrolling through my IG feed and saw this:
I fell in love with the look, so of course I had to create a plus size version of the jeans!
Here’s what you need to make your own Lip Print Jeans:
- Old pair of jeans
- Fabric paint and/or markers ( I used Leather Studio brand paint in red and a black Sharpie marker)
- Paper plate
- Paint brushes
- Stencil sponges
- Find an old pair of jeans. I found this pair on the clearance rack at Old Navy for $2.47!
- Find a lip stencil or create one like I did. To create my stencil I put a piece of paper over the image below, traced it and cut it out. Simple!
You don’t have to create your own stencil or use a lip stencil. You can find lots of cool stencils on Amazon.com or at your local craft store.
3. Lay the jeans out on a flat surface
4. Squeeze your paint onto a paper plate and dab a stencil sponge into the paint until it is fully coated then lightly dab any excess paint onto the paper plate.
5. Position the stencil on the jeans in a manner that you desire. Lightly dab the paint over the stencil until fully colored in on the jeans. Repeat those steps all over the jeans and as needed to refill your sponge.
6. Allow the painted jeans to dry on a flat surface.
7. Once the paint dries use a Sharpie to draw a lip line and create an opening for a pouty lip look.
And voila, here’s the finished look!
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You don’t have to be a millionaire or interior design expert to create a beautiful gallery wall. All you need is some design inspiration and dope art. Check out the details on how I created my own little art gallery.
Pick A Wall
I chose a large, blank white wall because my style and mood is constantly changing. I wanted to have the option to add and remove art as desired. Other great places for a gallery wall include, over the bed or sofa, up a stairway or over an entry table or credenza.
Decide On The Type Of Gallery
Decide if you want a gallery of photos of family and/or loved ones, wall sculptures, art or a combination of all. Should every frame match or would you like different frames and sizes for a bohemian look? It’s all about your style and tastes.
I decided to do a clean, bright and bold look. I kept it clean by using the same type of square black frames for the art.
I picked up the Pop Art prints shown above from an artist named Kashmir.VIII
I purchased these black and white prints from an artist at a local flea market. They were the perfect neutral to balance out all of the bright colors.
Finally, I needed some texture on the wall to finish things off. This colorful Papier-mache mask was a steal for only $5 at a local antique store.
Then I added this cool ceramic plate I painted at a pottery painting studio in Charlotte, NC called Dish It Out.
Create A Layout
I found the the template pictured above on Pinterest.This is a pic of how I laid out the art before hanging it. I didn’t use a template. Instead, I ended up freestyling the layout based on what would work best for my wall. I used the print set as a base and just filled in the rest.
The following tools came in handy for me:
- Standard level
- Stud finder
- Picture hanging kit
- Command picture hanging strips
- Metal wall plate easel
- Photo frames with mats
- Gorilla hooks, pictured above, came in so handy when I couldn’t find a stud in the wall where I needed it.
- Add Accessories
I wanted my guests and I to feel like we were really in an art gallery so I added a bench. I found this textured bench at TJMaxx and the throw pillows came from Target and Ikea. Everything still has a clean look, but, the accessories add a little flare.
Enjoy and Change As Needed
Don’t worry about being perfect. There’s always room to change things up by adding more. I plan to cover this whole wall; but, what I have for now is a great start.
This art gallery look cost around $300 for everything; but, it can be created with much less or more depending on your budget.
So what so you think? Are you inspired to create your own look or do you already have a gallery wall? Tell me all about it in the comments below.
As always, thanks for reading. See y’all soon!
Hello lovelies! I’ll make this short and sweet just like the time it took me to do this project.
I started working from home recently and I needed to throw together an office space in less than a week. I had almost everything that I needed; but, my challenge was to find an office chair that would go with my colorful and eclectic space. I also know that I’d rather spend more money on a vacation, a pair of shoes or even a charity donation than some ol’ office chair. So the scavenger hunt began! I didn’t have to search too hard though.
I ran across this dusty n’ dingy $10 office chair at a local thrift store:
Hey ya’ll! I needed a doormat so I started searching and ran across this one on Amazon.com:
My loved ones know that my favorite greeting is, you guessed it, “Hey y’all!” The price of the mat is listed as $39. I thought to myself, “That’s a steal!” All of sudden I was overtaken by the spirit of my late Grandma Essie. She was a talentedly, creative soul. Somehow I could feel her and hear her voice saying, “40 dollars! I can make that for less.” And so, I did.
I purchased this TRAMPA mat from IKEA for $5.
Then I purchased these bulletin letters from Dollar General for $1:
It’s not exactly a stencil, but the letters are a good size and it was cheap. I made it work!
Next up, I had some black acrylic “chalk paint” in my stash. I think I paid like 2 bucks for it at my local craft store.
Now it was time to determine the letter placement:
Once I determined the placement, I used the letter outlines as stencils and used a stencil brush like this to stipple the letters onto the mat:
Let the mat dry for 24-48 hours.
The finished project cost was about $6! Isn’t that incredible?
So what do you think? Will you try this easy project out for yourself? You can use any combination of phrases, symbols or stencils you like. Tell me all about it in the comment section below.
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Hello, world! I’m literally getting to the bag with my latest DIY! What’s that you say? You don’t know what the phrase ‘getting to the bag’ means? It means to make money!
Straw bags are a hot ticket accessory this summer.
I saw this clutch online for almost $50 and I literally laughed out loud! I knew that I could make it my damn self for much less — so I did.
I found this straw bag at my local craft store.
Immediately my wheels started turning. The clutch was priced at $9.99, but I was able to get it for half that with a coupon. Always check for coupons!
I’m signed up for alerts from Joann Fabrics and they send 60% off coupons occasionally. When they send those I go rack up on supplies. I had a large bag of embroidery floss sitting around. I paid $9.95 for 100 skeins of floss. That equates to about $.10 per skein. I used nine of them to make tassels for this project.
Tassels are so easy to make. I used to make them as a kid using my grandmother’s supplies, unbeknownst to her of course. She’d wonder why her supplies had disappeared. Meanwhile, I was he supply thief! I was stashing supplies for late night crafting sessions while everyone was asleep. Of course, that’s neither here nor there. The tassel trend is popping right now too. They’re on jewelry, clothing, accessories — you name it!
Here’s how I make them:
- Choose your color and carefully remove the paper from the skein.
2. Find the loose end and measure out about 5 inches of floss. You can shorten this amount as you get the hang of the process.
3. Next use the cut piece of floss to tie a knot in the center of the skein of floss. You should be left with something that looks like this:
4. Cut excess thread, being careful not to cut low enough to cut the knot you just made. You can leave the excess there to hang the tassel later if you choose. Otherwise it should look like this:
5. Now take another piece of floss the same or different color. For this project I chose gold to add a little shimmer. Fold the knotted floss (working floss) in half and tie another knot with the gold floss about two to three inches down from the top of your working floss. Use one of the ends to make a small loop with a little left out at the end. Hold the look with your thumb to hold in place.
6. Use the other hand to wrap the other end of the floss while holding the loop in place. Continue to wrap until you have about 3 inches of floss left. Thread the remaining 3 inches through the loop and pull until loop tightens. You should be left with two ends.
7. Tight a tight knot and cut off the ends as close as you can without cutting the knot. You can use super glue to glue down any flyaways.
8. Next cut the middle of the tassel to give it that fringed look. Trim the ends to the desired length and evenness.
9. And voila, magic! You can use them anyway you like. The possibilities are endless!
10. The final step for this project was to sew the tassels onto clutch. I used a needle and clear thread to sew them around the perimeter of the flap.
There are many other ways to make tassels. If you need to see the process of making tassels try YouTube or Google. If you like the pricer version with the Pom Pom Fringe trim try Amazon.com for the fringe.
In total I spent (drumroll please) $5.80 for this project! That’s a savings of up to $45! Name brands are cool; but, saving money is cooler. My grandfather always said, “That’s how the rich stays rich!”
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Oh happy day lovelies! Today I want to share a DIY that I did a while ago. I was inspired by this piece:
This cabinet was refurbished by a company called Sweet Tea Furniture located in a little town called Elgin, near Columbia, SC. They specialize in giving a new, vibrant life to vintage, antique and home decor. Their prices are very reasonable but, unfortunately, my budget for a chair was only $100 or less.
I knew that I would have to get crafty for this one! I’m all about color so this piece had to be bold and eye-catching. After doing some research, I realized that I would get the look I wanted by painting a leather or vinyl chair. Chalk paint was the best option for this job because it adheres well and dries with a matte finish. There are wax sealant options for chalk paint that will allow for a satin or glossy finish if desired. I settled on Valspar’s Tintable Chalk paint in the color Blue Crush. It’s a cool color somewhere in between a Cyan and Turquoise hue.
I went on a “Flea Market Finds” type hunt looking for a low priced, vinyl chair. I searched local flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales. I finally lucked up on this cute litte swivel chair for $50:
The chair was dingy; but, it was still in pretty good shape. This is how I prepped and painted the chair:
- I didn’t like the chair skirt so I removed it. I heavily sprayed the inside of the chair with Lysol and I wiped the outside with mild soap and Clorox. I’m not sure if I was supposed to use those products on vinyl, but I didn’t care. I didn’t know whose ass had been in that chair so I had to do it! I was careful to be sure that I removed all loose dirt. I let the chair air dry for 24 hours.
- Painting was a little time-consuming. The paint went on smoothly and slightly thick. There was no need for a primer. I used a fairly cheap paintbrush. That was the worst mistake of the project because bristles were coming out as I painted. Next time I will use foam brushes and keep a good quality paintbrush on hand just in case I need it.
3. The next step was painting the cushion. I propped it against a metal stake that was lying around and went to work painting it. I decided to only paint one side to save time. Maybe I’ll paint the other side if I decide to give it away.
4. I wasn’t sure what to do with the legs or underbody of the chair since I removed the skirt. It was my first project of the sort so I decided to leave it as is — perfectly imperfect.
5. Finally, I let the chair dry for 24 hours, gave it another coat and let it dry for 48 hours before using it. I didn’t use any wax sealant because I haven’t decided if I will repaint it later. When a sealant is used to finish it becomes semi-permanent and is almost impossible to remove from certain surfaces. Luckily, I was pleased with the satiny smooth finish. In total I spent approximately $65 for this project. That total includes $50 for the chair and $15 for supplies. Here’s the finished product in my space:
So what do you think? Are you inspired to paint your own piece of furniture now? Do you have tips and/or questions? Drop a comment below.
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I went to see the highly anticipated film, Black Panther. The movie is based on the first black superhero in the American comic book franchise, Marvel Comics. The film was set in Wakanda, a mythical country in the continent of Africa.
The Production Designer for BP, Hannah Beachler, and her crew did a great job of filling Wakanda with beautiful tribes that donned a mixture of traditional African tribal garb and body paint.
So, in honor of Black Panther Weekend AND Black History Month I’m sharing this tribal inspired DIY. I created this piece last year and now is the perfect time to share.
You’ll need the following materials to create your own figurine:
– A wooden drawing mannequin (I bought one from Ikea for $5)
– Paintbrushes of different sizes
– Black and Metallic gold paint
-Metallic permanent markers
This little project was super simple. The supplies I mentioned are just an example of what I used. You even have to do a tribal inspired figurine. You can use any combination of colors and supplies you like.
While working on this project I created this virtual board of inspiration to help me understand how to freestyle the designs:
Creating this piece was super easy. In total I spent less than $10 to complete it.
Paint the mannequin with a glossy finish acrylic black paint. Be sure to paint all of the crevices.
Then let the figurine dry for 24 hours.
After drying, use permanent metallic markers (I purchased mine from Dollar Tree) to freehand the tribal inspired designs. Here’s a tip to help with the drawing process, follow the curves of the mannequin’s body. This will make for seamless lines. If you make a mistake just a paint over it. Use metallic paint of the same color of the markers to touch up the designs if needed.
And presto you’re done! In honor of Black Panther I named this piece “T’Challa” after the king of Wakanda.
This would be a great project to keep the kids busy or for a wine and design night at home with friends.
Did you try this idea? Let me know how you freestyled it! As always, thanks for reading. See y’all soon! #WakandaForever