Redecorating (and a little DIY).

Monday, August 16, 2010

Decorating has never really come naturally to me. I love making things look pretty and feel cozy, and I get lots of ideas from magazines and blogs, but sometimes it's hard to make things flow in a home the way I wish they would... especially with lots of hand-me-down furniture that newlyweds tend to inherit.

For example, see Exhibit A:

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This little nook in our guest bedroom has been sitting bare for quite some time. The dresser was actually from my nursery as a baby (and still has the same shelf paper!) and the lamp came from my grandmother who passed away last year. Though I probably wouldn't pick out either piece from a store, they are sentimental and so they will stay. They just needed a little dressing up to make it feel our guests feel a bit cozier, in my opinion. I also wanted to stick with a vintage/antique/family heritage sort of feel with not a lot of color since that's what I've already started with.

My goal was to spend less than an hour and no money. Lofty? Maybe. I love redecorating with things I already have, though. And, of course, cheap and easy DIY projects.

First, I found this old canvas I had painted way back when. Not really our style, but I could use the canvas.

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I found some natural looking fabric I had laying around and stapled it with a staple gun all the way around the edges.

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Looking better already!

Then, I searched for "bird silhouette" online and came up with this image and printed it.

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Next, I took a sheet of freezer paper and traced the outline of the bird onto the papery side of it.

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I then took a very sharp X-acto knife and cut around the bird.

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I positioned the bird onto my canvas...

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Then I ironed it down with a hot, dry iron quickly (with the plastic side to the canvas) to make it stay. This freezer paper is awesome!

I then painted the inside with white acrylic paint by dabbing the paint into the silhouette.

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Pull the paper off and.... voila!

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I then went treasure hunting in all the rooms of my house, looking for things that would "go."

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These are what I found...

A window that I had painted the panes a while ago with chalkboard paint ($12)
A bird cage I found at an antique store ($4)
A frame with a picture of Shawn's grandparents on their wedding day ($5)
My little birdie (free!)
Paper flowers in a milk glass vase (probably $1 all together)
And a little trim to hang from the window

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Sometimes you have to take it a corner at a time...

8 comments:

  1. oooh i LOVE this! (i think i say that on all your blog posts, friend.) super inspiring!!

    p.s. sad that i didnt see you this weekend. though it is my turn to make my way down there. pray that we get that chance soon. love you!

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  2. love love love it! just beautiful.

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  3. We have this dresser! Ours has a mirror on the back, though. I love what you did with the corner!

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  4. What is freezer paper? I'm really new at all of this but I love your DIY ideas!

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  6. Sorry - just post ur answer here - I'll check back. Thanks!

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  7. Freezer paper is normally used to wrap meat so it doesn't get freezer burn, but it's great for all kinds of DIY ideas!

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  8. I know this is an old post but I have been browsing your DIY projects and absolutely adore your ideas. I have been a follower and truly enjoy your posts.

    Thanks so much for some really amazing ideas I definitely will be trying after the holidays.

    XOXO

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