On one of my very first trips to Hobby Lobby, I found this ribbon….
I bought it for the specific purpose of adorning baby Onesies I sell online. Over the past months while working on crafting, I’ve realized this particular ribbon out of the many I 0wn, is the one that always catches my eye first. Often, my eye lingers on it. It never ever dawned on me to use such bold colors in my home. I’m not sure why. In many ways (probably most of my ways) I’m bold. I’ve just never done anything like that in my décor. I took a step out in faith in bright colors, and added a piece of this ribbon, about 10 inches long, to a sort of art piece I have in my kitchen. From that little tiny step, I made multiple baby steps. Then, I made a couple of small puddle jumps, finally leaping into the china cabinet in the dining room to add some color. To some, it may not seem like a leap at all. For me it was huge. Now, I don’t know if I can be stopped!
I’m not saying these colors (all of which by-the-way, look like they escaped from my Aunt Betty’s 60’s kitchen) are going to be plastered all over the house. But, I am saying they are going to be a lot more prevalent in our home’s décor. I’m loving them so much and they just make me smile! How could I not want that happy happy joy joy to come from every-other-here-and-there?
For this series, I was inspired by some chargers I saw that were covered in burlap, so today on a girl’s day out, some friends took me to the big city. Imagine my delight, when we were in Hobby Lobby, and in the 30% off fabrics were coordinating fabrics that go with my ribbon! I couldn’t believe it! I almost didn’t get even any of the fabrics that match, but my friend Ruth stepped in. She pointed out that I could do more than one print on my chargers. I am so serious in telling you, this had never crossed my mind. People are always saying I’m so creative, but truly, moments like Ruth finding 3 coordinating fabrics that I love, but can’t even envision in my home, just humbles me. I was walking all over the fabric department, like a crazed loon (we had girls waiting for us in the car!), searching for just the right fabric. I had one bolt in my arm that had jumped out at me. As I looked at it more though, while carrying it around, it just seemed a little boring. It had fun colors in it, but it wasn’t fun colored…. ya know what I mean? Well, I went back over to Ruth’s picks and realized the main one is the exact same pattern as my now favorite ribbon!
I jumped in all the way! I became bold about designing my dining room table settings, and I’m going to enjoy the jump! I’ll bring my camera and keyboard along for the ride so that all of you can share in the joy that IS color in our home!
Here’s what you’ll need for this project….
- Fabric (3/8 of a yard will cover 3 chargers)
(The coordinating ribbon, twine, and embellishments are for part 2)
- Spray Adhesive
First, place your charger upside-down on your fabric, like this….
Make a circle around your charger about one inch away from the outer edge, like this….
Following the directions of your spray adhesive, coat the charger. The brand I used said to use a medium coat. Further, the directions said to adhere items together permanently, put them together quickly, after spraying. I sprayed a medium-heavy amount on my chargers and the fabric until I could kinda see the glue on it everywhere. To place the fabric on the chargers, I started in the middle by folding the fabric in half, glue side out. Here’s what it looked like when I first put the fabric on the charger….
Starting from the center, and working your way out, press the fabric down. Make sure to work quickly and press out any wrinkles as you go. If you make a mistake, don’t fret. You can remove the fabric and start over. I did 😉
Note: This could probably be Mod Podged. I’ll probably try it another day. If/when I do, I’ll let you know how it turned out. If you get to it first, you can let me know!
When you get to the edge, you have options. I did the first one so that it was finished like this….
I cut the fabric right up to the outside edge of the charger. To hide the raw edge of the fabric, I covered it up with two strips of twine I glued (with a glue gun) right over it. This is my favorite look.
On the rest of the chargers, I simply sprayed around the edge of the under side of the fabric and outer edge of the chargers. Then I pressed the fabric to the bottom, like this….
I finished the rest of my chargers with this method. It was late, and I needed to get to bed. Now, I wish I would have taken the extra effort and done them with the twine. It really did not take much longer and the finished look on the underside of the chargers is so much better. Not that my guests will be lifting up the chargers and looking at my finished edges (although, if they are readers of my blog, they may!). I just know the little bit messier crumpled edge is there. Live and learn, right?
Here’s so more pictures of my finished chargers.
They are super super SUPER cute! I can’t wait to have company to show them off to. Until then, I added to my china cabinet vignettes. Now it has even more color and I can’t stop looking at it! You can see how I added color to my china cabinet without spending a fortune by checking out this link….
Look for part two of this series to find out how I made the napkin rings!
Recently, my sister-in-law, Teresa, moved back “home”. She had wanted to do so for probably 30 years, but life wouldn’t let her. Things in life change. She went back to school and became an RN. Her sons are grown men. Life just kinda opened up for her, and home she came. We’ve all been blessed by her return, because she is such a beautiful and fun person. A momentous occasion such as this deserves a monumental gift. But alas, Mr. Matrimony and I are having a moratorium on spending this month. Fortunately for Teresa, I have copious amounts of purple spray paint and purple is her favorite color! Also, I’ve been wanting to do some kind of commemorative crafty venture in celebration of one of the catapults that started me on my blog… my first Pin. Well, it’s the first Pin I remember. I’d be surprised if any Pinterest follower hasn’t Pinned this Pin and was equally impressed by it. Here’s the Pin I’m speaking of….
I’m not sure who the original Pinner was, but the idea and picture came from http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/. If you haven’t seen their blog, what is wrong with you??? Get on over there and check it out!
Anyways, I really wanted to do something that was my own idea infused with this one. After searching the
dungeon basement for some inspiration to go along with my copious amounts of purple spray paint, I stumbled (Quite literally. We really need to clean up down there) across a lid from a brown square biscuit tin. The color of the lid reminded me of these little doohickies I bought at Lowe’s eons ago….
By-the-way, always, always ask at a manager at Lowe’s if they can go any lower on the clearance price. The day I found these doohickies (which are technically “Decorative Corner Plates”, or fancy trim pieces made to look like wood), the manager had just found out he needed to reset an entire aisle two weeks earlier than her previously thought. He had to get rid of stuff FAST! So, he told me any clearance stuff I wanted that day, I could have an additional 90% off. You can guarantee Mr. Matrimony and I were moving around those clearance displays like nobodies business! The doohickies turned out to be .10 cents for a package of four. We bought like two dozen packages. For reals! I didn’t know what I’d do with them, but I knew they needed to go home with me.
So, here’s what you’ll need for this project….
- Tin lid (round, square, any shape will be fine)
- Small bottle (I found this one at the dollar store
- Threaded Bolt with No Head
- 2 Nuts and Bolts to Fit the Flange Outer Holes
- Decorative Trim (not necessary, but it really adds to the cute factor)
- Small Wire (not pictured, sorry!)
To make this much easier, take the following picture to your hardware store when you are purchasing supplies. I do not know the technical names and I don’t want you feeling as silly as I would have had I not been with Mr. Matrimony. He translated for me. He speaks Wifeish and Tool Guy. Tell the guy you need to make sure all the pieces fit together. . He’ll make sure they fit for you.
You’re welcome 😉
- Large Nail
- Wire Cutters
- Spray Paint
- Icky Paint Brush (not pictured)
- Epoxy (hot glue may be ok for this project, I just don’t know for certain)
First, decide how you will place the trim and bottle on your tin. Do you want the bottle hanging below the trim? Do you want it symmetrical? I didn’t really even think about how mine would go together, because it just kinda went the way it did. I don’t know how I would’ve placed anything differently. When you are certain of how you want it, Place the flange (the thingie with the 3 holes) where it will be on the lid. Make two marks where the bolts will go. Remove the piece and hammer the big nail all the way through both marks. Remove the nail, it’s only to make the holes.
This is usually something I would say to use a drill with. I decided on a different route for two reasons…
- Way too many people have said to me if they have to use a drill on something, they probably won’t make it. I totally get that and I used to be the same way (before Mr. Matrimony and his totally organized tool room). So, even though I am now a drill girl, I thought a different way of making these holes would be appropriate here 🙂
- Mr. Matrimony wasn’t home and I couldn’t contact him to ask which drill bit to use on metal
Adhere the decorative piece to the lid. Wait for the epoxy (or glue) to dry thoroughly. Next, physically distress the tin piece. Whack it with a hammer, the claw of the hammer, scratch it, dent it, put little nail holes almost all the way through…. whatever you want… like this….
Now give it a good coat of paint. Primer first if you want. I didn’t want the primer showing through when I distressed it. Let the first coat dry all the way. It may take a little extra time with the tin. It did with mine! Here’s what it looks like with one coat….
Quite by accident, I have a new way of distressing. I did this repair job in our sink at our rental house. The brush that came with the kit was not so great (hairs kept coming out!) so I used my nice little brush I use for painting precarious parts of walls and trim. To make sure I keep my nice little brush nice, I bought an expensive brand of brush cleaner. Turns out it wasn’t worth the extra cost! Not intentionally, I left the nice little brush in a container with the cleaner in it for over two weeks. I checked it yesterday, and it is still coated with this enamel stuff that I used to repair the sink. I felt it, and the brushes kinda just all mush together. Ruined!
Or was it???
Nope! I now have a brand new use for my not-so-nice little brush! I simply took it out of the cleaner, wiped it on my painting table to make it not so wet, and brushed it onto the wet paint on the lid. I did it several times until I got the desired look.
It was pretty neato! As a bonus, I don’t even have to clean the brush. It just gets placed back into the container with the cleaner, and my next project will get a whole different patina… I feel next to genius!
Thank me! Thank me very much!!!
Let the whole thing dry until it is super dry, not ADHD dry. Like, even overnight. After it is super dry, you can (finally) attach the hardware. The flangie thing goes on first. Put the bolts through but don’t put the nuts on them yet.
Before you put the nuts on, you are going to make the hanger part that you’ll use to hang it from the wall. Turn the piece over, and wrap the end of your little piece of wire around one of the bolts. Leave the amount of slack you want (about an inch and a half) and wrap the other end of wire around the other bolt. Twist the wire good around itself on either end, so it won’t slip. On top of the wire, place the nuts. Tighten them as tight as you can so the flange won’t move around and so the wire will be super secure. The back will look like this….
Now you can continue putting the hardware on the front together. Here’s how it goes….
NOTE: I will change how I did this project with the next one I do. When I hung mine up, it kind of bent down with the weight of the jar when it was full of water. To make it sturdier, next time I’ll cut a little board to fit into the back side of the lid. I’ll use screws instead of bolts which will not only attach the flangie thing to the lid, but it will also attach the lid to the piece of wood. Also, I’ll use a regular wall hanger or attach a similar wire one with screws going into the board from the back side.
That’s it! Now you have utter cuteness to hang on your own wall! Please people…. share! Share pictures with me of what you have done! I’d so enjoy seeing them. Now, here’s some of mine….
When we go on road trips, I always ask housekeeping for extra coffee and extra toiletries. They’re always so sweet and happily give me handfuls of each. The coffee is because one little package is never enough in a hotel room. I save the toiletries for my guests at home. We no longer have a guest bathroom, or for that matter, a guest bedroom. However, all we need do is banish Mr. Awesome to the dungeon basement, and voila… guest room! For the guest toiletries I gather on our journeys, I found a fun, wide, pink-tinted vase someplace in the
dungeon basement and discovered I could fit quite a few of the little toiletry bottles into it. Here’s how I made the labels….
- Sheet of Plain Stickers (I think my mama bought mine at Office Depot)
- Flat Black Spray Paint (you can use chalkboard paint, but the .98 generic flat black is way cheaper)
- White or Silver marker (I recommend Sharpie Brand Oil Paint Marker)
When you have the stickers just so, simply attach them to your vase. Fill with your pretty little toiletries from the sweet housekeeping people, kick your kid into the
dungeon basement, and ask some friends to stay the night! You’ll be ready 😉