Easy DIY Dyed Lamp Shades…

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

One cannot call themselves a true DIYer and have a house full of plain white lamp shades.  They’re too much of a temptation…like blank canvases calling out to be covered in scrapbook paper or homemade fabric flowers.  I’m trying to take a more subtle approach to mine which is why I love this quick tutorial posted at Little Green Notebook.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • (1) White or Neutral Lamp Shade
  • (1) Bottle of Procion Mx Dye / Cold Water Dye for Natural Fibers (Wal-Mart, Micheal’s)
  • (1) Paint Brush
  • (1) Bowl of Cold Water

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Start with a small bowl of cold water and add just a pinch of the fabric dye.  Dip the paintbrush in a get to work on the shade.  Add more color or additional coats until you reach the desired shade.  That’s it, really!  The results should be similar to these…

Green Street

Green Street

PB Teen

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DIY Fabric Rug Tutorial…

all Parenting

all Parenting

Looking for a project idea this weekend?  All Parenting has an excellent tutorial on creating your own entryway rug…love this idea!  Customize your fabric and the size of your rubber mat to fit your space and your decor.

What you’ll need:

  • Heavy Fabric
  • Rubber Door Mat
  • Scissors
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Paint Brush
  • Water based polyurethane
  • Iron and Ironing Board
all Parenting

all Parenting

all Parenting

all Parenting

all Parenting

all Parenting

all Parenting

all Parenting

Follow any of the picture links above for the full tutorial.  Great weekend DIY!

5 Cheap and Easy Coffee Table DIY Designs…

Design-That-Inspires

Design-That-Inspires

#1.  Hairpin legs attached to a flat surface such as a worn piece of wood or a salvaged door make this a quick and easy coffee table DIY project.

Knick of Time

Knick of Time

#2.  Vintage trunk painted shabby chic style; the added legs make this a really cool conversation piece and functional table.

Retro To Go

Retro To Go

#3.  I know, I know…you’ve seen this pallet turned into coffee table idea so many times…but it never gets less cool.  Low to the ground and mobile this is the trendiest and cheapest way to DIY a coffee table.

Lowes

Lowes

#4.  Lowes got all artsy on us and found an industrial shortcut to the DIY coffee table.  Making two or three of these can create a really cool focal point in your living space.

Happy and Harried

Happy and Harried

#5.  Remove the backing from a thrift shop chair and paint a funky color.  Use as a coffee or corner table and spark some visual interest in your home.

5 Last Minute Easter Ideas…

By now your Easter baskets are full (well, maybe) and you have a menu put together for your Easter meal (possibly), but just in case you’re still in planning mode for tomorrow here are a few excellent last-minute Easter ideas.

#1.  DIY Ombre Tablecloth

Lauren Elise Crafted

Lauren Elise Crafted

What you’ll need:

1.  White Tablecloth

2.  Spray Bottle

3.  Water/Fabric Dye

Hang your tablecloth from a clothesline and start spraying!  More on the corners and less as you make your way to the middle.  Let dry and voila!  This would be beautiful with a purple or pink dye for Easter.

#2.  Fresh Fruit Beverage

My Recipe

My Recipe

There’s nothing like fresh flowers and fruits to bring the feeling of Spring and Easter onto your table.  Consider making a Sangria or a non-alcoholic punch and serving it with sliced fresh fruit.  Here’s a great recipe  to get you started!

White Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 cup white grape juice
  • 1 ripe nectarine, pitted and cut into thin wedges
  • 1 tangerine, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup seedless white grapes, halved
  • 1 cup club soda

      Preparation

  1. In a large pitcher or other container, combine the wine and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the remaining ingredients, excluding the club soda, and mix well. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and let the sangria sit for at least 1 hour (and up to 4 hours). The sangria will sweeten with time, so the longer it sits, the better. Just before serving, stir in the club soda and ice cubes.

#3.  Calligraphed Eggs

Oh Happy Day

Oh Happy Day

Add a splash of sophistication to your eggs with these adorable templates from Oh Happy Day.  If your crafty enough, do your own calligraphy and use these as place settings!

#4.  Easter Candy Centerpiece

Under the Table and Dreaming

Under the Table and Dreaming

Do something useful with the beautifully colored jelly beans and bright yellow peeps this season and create a unique Easter centerpiece to display on your table.

#5.  Remember What It’s all About

Amazon

Amazon

When Easter dinner is cleared and dessert is plated throw in The Passion and keep the day in perspective.  End your Easter holiday being thankful for the sacrifice made for you and celebrated on this day!

Map It Out…Decorating with Direction

Shelterness

Shelterness

Better Home & Gardens

Better Home & Gardens

DesignSponge

DesignSponge

Shelterness

Shelterness

Elements of Style

Elements of Style

Elements of Style

Elements of Style

Belle Maison

Belle Maison

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet Home

Sweet Home

Elements of Style

Elements of Style

Elements of Style

Elements of Style

Shelterness

Shelterness

Lucas Studio

Lucas Studio

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Shelterness

Shelterness

Source Unknown

Source Unknown

 

Get to Dippin…

Little Bit Funky

Little Bit Funky

Dip painting is one of my favorite trends this season and right now it’s everywhere; and I can’t get enough of it!  From kitchen utensils to dressers and chairs this easy and trendy style of painting is a quick way to update to so many things around the house.

I have two beside tables that will be getting this treatment over the weekend!  What you do have lying around the house that could use some sprucing up?  Here’s some inspiration to get you motivated to give this trend a try…

The Sweet Beast

The Sweet Beast

Atkinson Drive

Atkinson Drive

Honeybear Lane

Honeybear Lane

Source Unknown

Source Unknown

Chic Cheap Nursery

Chic Cheap Nursery

Tuinieren.nl

Tuinieren.nl

Poppytalk

Poppytalk

The Fancy

The Fancy

Simple Song

Simple Song

Kirtsy

Kirtsy