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  • InCrafts, DIY

    DIY Tequila Decanter

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    If you celebrated #NationalMargaritaDay last weekend or just have old bottles laying around, reuse them! They can be repurposed as decanters! Once you peel the labeling off you can leave it plain or decorate as you wish. Etching cream can give it a frosted look and glass paint will help it look like stained glass.

  • InCrafts, DIY

    Lady Sings The Blues: Reupholstered Chair

    Welcome back to our 3rd installment of “Black Excellence.” In case you missed it the first two projects I showed you how to repurpose an Ikea shelf into a server/bar and a picture frame into a lighted vanity mirror. This week we are reupholstering a chair!  I have to tell you the journey of this chair. 

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    It started out as a regular dinner table chair but I needed it for a music video.

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    Then it was turned into this.

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    And stayed like this for the better part of three years. Now that you have seen where it has been let me show you where it is going!

    What you need:

    A chair (duh lol)

    Paint (latex is fine, if it has primer already in it even better)

    Medium grit sandpaper 

    Fabric (if you get 1 yard you will have plenty of leftovers)

    Staple or hot glue gun

    Sealer (Spray Shellac or Polyurethane)  

    Ruler

    Scissors

    Pencil

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    Remove the seat (the screws are on the bottom you need a long screwdriver to reach the screw) and sand as much paint and adhesive off as possible.  If the chair is just a finished wood a light sanding will do.

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    Take the seat and lay it “seat first” on a fabric that is “face down.” Jo-ann’s fabric had a sale on this fabric I had NO idea what I was going to do with it…that is how this project as born.

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    Measure about 3” all around your the seat of your chair.  That should be enough to reach the bottom of the seat. After it is measured cut out the pattern.  

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    Use your hot glue or staple gun to adhere one flap at a time.

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    Pull it taunt while doing this no one wants a flappy chair!

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    Once you do opposing sides 1st it is easier to fold in corners.

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    *Note* if you are using a staple gun do not staple over the screw holes that are in the cushion. 

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    Paint your chair! The lighter blue I found at the “OOPS” section of The Home Depot. *Note* the OOPS section is heaven ok not really but it is awesome. Paints are heavily discounted because someone didn’t like the outcome, the paint department then remixes the color and and sells the new color for dirt cheap.  I was able to get a quart of paint for $2 normally it would cost $12. WIN! The deeper blue is “Lagoon” from the Martha Stewart Collection by Glidden I got it in a sample size and it was about $3. WIN!

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    I highlighted the small details with ivory acrylic paint. Once dry spray with shellac to protect it and give it a nice sheen.

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    Reattach the seat.

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    Clean up the floor.

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    TA DAAAAH! Now take a seat. 

    Lady Sings The Blues is a song, autobiography and biopic about the legendary Billie Holiday. The film did very well and went on to be nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Actress for Diana Ross’ performance. I named this project Lady Sings The Blues not only because it is blue but one of the main details of the chair is that it has a a prominent flower and an iconic look for Billie Holliday was to wear a flower in her hair.  

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    Billie Holliday.

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    Diana Ross as Billie Holliday.

    *BONUS PROJECT*

    This chair was just in the corner completely out of place so I decided to spruce it up a little bit.

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    Before

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    My inspiration was piano keys (hence the music notes) using a similar color scheme as the bar I made two weeks ago. Also fun fact “Piano Man” is the name of Richard Pryor’s character in the film, Lady Sings The Blues.  Next week will be the final installment of my “Black Excellence” decorating series, be sure to come back and see what I have in store.

    ~A.V.

  • InCrafts, DIY

    12 Best DIY Headboard Ideas Post Valentine’s Day

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    I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day weekend!  I am not saying you need a new headboard after your weekend activities, hmmm. Hey you could just want to do something new for the spring equinox yeah…right. Here are some awesome D.I.Y. Headboard ideas to have your lover’s lair looking brand new again.

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    Cute shutters very relaxing color via Samantha Elizabeth

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    This dramatic oversized with a nail head trim will be sure to last.

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    Need a quick fix? Cover your headboard with a slip cover. What is awesome about this project is it is low commitment you can change it every season if you want!

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    Head down to your local home improvement store (or wait for some to fall off a truck) and get a hold of some pallets. If some do happen to fall off the truck grab two so you can make the bed frame to match. This headboard is super simple and leaving it “as is” gives it a cool natural look.  via Stylizimoblog

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    This tuffed headboard is simple and cost $88!

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    Nothing like bring the great outdoors into your bedroom room. This has to be the least expensive headboard on our list! You can you any size branches or bark. Also if you break any of the branches you can use it as seasonal decor around the house.

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    Looking for something a little more durable? This tin tile headboard via Better Homes and Gardens is just what you need.

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    It has arms! How cute is the color on this headboard? The details are adorable looks like a long weekend project. Sarah M Dorsey Designs

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    Imagine if all these books were excepts from a love story! That sounds so romantic. This headboard from Design Everyday makes be want to take a trip to the local bookstore. *What I would do differently* I would glue the pages so I won’t have to worry about any pages tearing at the corners. I would also age the pages and put clear shellac on it. Turn it into art.

    I love doors, doors, doors, doors. Dooooors I do adore!

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    Barn Door Headboard via Lil’ Luna

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    What is behind door number 5? Hotel door headboard via I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

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    I can’t find the original source but I thought this was awesome. Car doors, how creative is that?

    What are some ideas you have for headboards?

    ~A.V.

  • InCrafts, DIY

    “A Star Is Born” Lighted Vanity Mirror

    If you have been following us you received the introduction to my Black Excellence, decorating series and the 1st installment, The Glamourous Life.  I would like to note that a lighted mirror can be costly.  Initially I was going to build one from scratch but I came up with a more cost effective approach bonus no electrical skills needed. Let’s down to business! 

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    Things you need

    A decorative frame. preferably something that has was a piece of art with a mat board. I got mine from Goodwill for $5.99!

    A mirror that is smaller than your decorative frame.  Family dollar or your local 99 cent store is a good choice.

    Dioder cabinet strip lights from Ikea it was on sale for $19.99 but it is usually $29.99 it is bright nice light completely worth it.

    Duct tape or Gaffer’s Tape.

    Hot glue

    Utility Knife

    *NOTE* you will be working with glass and a knife remember safety 1st!

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    I love the details!

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    Use your knife and cut the back of the frame to remove the mat board. 

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    Position your mirror and attach to the mat board with strong adhesive (Duct tape, hot glue Super 77 etc.).

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    Place your mirrored board back into the frame.  Take your lights, line them up along the edges of the mirror and adhere to the mat board. Dioder lights come with a small strip of double sided tape and metal brackets.  Weave the wires under the frame.  Seal the edges with duct tape.  You may also use tape to stream line some of the wires in the back of the frame.

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    I added pearls to fill in the gap between the lights.

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    Hang it above your bar and enjoy!

    Next week I will post my “Lady Sings The Blues” Chair!

    ~A.V. 

  • InCrafts, DIY

    Computer Love

    Remember when you sent your true love a message in a bottle and lived happily every after? Well I am not sure if that ever happened but it is a nice thought.  What you can do now is send a digital message in a bottle. Super cute and inexpensive for Valentine’s Day! If you have a spare USB drive and an empty bottle you are in luck

    What you need 

    A USB drive (upload pictures, playlists, poems, what every you want your message to be)

    An empty jar (I used a glass spice jar)

    small decorations (seashells, flowers, etc)

    Hand written love notes, keep a little bit of tradition

    If you don’t have the cap you can use a square of fabric and some twine.

    Check out the video to see what to do once you have your stuff!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!