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Modern Mountain Dresser

August 22, 2014

Modern Mountain Dresser

It’s been pretty busy around here lately! Don’t ask me where we find the time to do these DIYs, but we do. And to be honest, it’s kind of a nice way to relieve a lot of stress from packing and the idea of moving to another country in under a week. 

Modern Mountain Dresser

We’ve had this dresser from IKEA for ages. I’ve always had plans to paint it at some point, but never had the time. Until now…go figure! I decided to revamp it now, since it’s empty and the house is clearing out. That way, it won’t be hanging over my head when we get to the new house. 

Modern Mountain Dresser

Modern Mountain Dresser

I originally planned on having it in Violet’s room, but I decided to give her our mid century dresser in our dining room. The boys will have no problem sharing this one! Plus, it gave me an excuse to paint it black to match their new room design I’m currently working on. 

Modern Mountain Dresser

Modern Mountain Dresser

I simply used the same steps as my Revamped IKEA Organizer, but this time I taped top to bottom so it was mountain-like in shape. I removed the drawers and sprayed a few layers of black spray paint. When they had completely dried, I removed the tape and placed the drawers back in the dresser! It really took no time at all! 

Modern Mountain Dresser

I love the modern mountain look…it’s very geometric and abstract. It’s going to look great with all the other pieces in their new room! Can’t wait to have it all set up and show you the end result. What do you think of their new revamped dresser for now?!

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Yarn Art

August 21, 2014

DIY Yarn Art

I can’t believe it’s Thursday! Where has the week gone?! Probably flying by because of all the packing and craziness going on at our house. Today I’m sharing some pretty fun DIY Yarn Art over at Craftaholics Anonymous! Be sure to head on over and check out the full tutorial. 

DIY Yarn Art

It’s so easy, you can whip up all kinds of fun designs, colors and shapes. Not to mention, this would be the perfect little craft for you and your little ones! What do you think? 

DIY Yarn Art

XOXO, Lidy

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Revamped Green and Gold Desk

August 18, 2014


Revamped Green and Gold Desk

This weekend, I had a lot of fun giving an old piece of furniture a fresh and modern look! I’ve been trying to sell this desk before we moved for a couple weeks, but I just wasn’t getting a whole lot of interest.

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

 

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

A few years ago I bought it for my studio space to work from. Soon after, we got placement of Holden and Violet and the room quickly became a nursery and the desk collected nothing but dust. It’s an arts and craft design, with your typical light oak finish – something I’m really not digging as of late.

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

I personally would want something a bit more trendy if I were on the market for a new desk. I used this as my inspiration and have been a long time fan of campaign furniture! I ALMOST bought this desk to revamp, but just couldn’t justify it when I still had my old one sitting around. Even after all my IG friends voted yes on my new find (sorry guys…). I decided to take the plunge and paint the old one green with some gold accents, because gold just makes everything that much better!

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

I sanded down the desk, wiped it clean and painted the entire piece (I used three cans of spray paint). After the desk dried completely, I taped the legs and drawer handles and painted them gold using liquid gold leaf paint. It dries pretty quickly. For extra protection, I recommend spraying your piece of furniture with clear enamel. I removed the tape and voila! 

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

Now that it’s revamped, I’m wondering….should I sell it or keep it? I love the color combination and can really see it in our new home and in our new studio space! I guess I can always recreate something like this again. All in all, I’m so happy with how it turned out! 

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

XOXO, Lidy

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Revamped IKEA Organizer

August 15, 2014

Revamped IKEA Organizer

I’ve had this organizer for as long as I can remember! As we are packing, I was debating about just giving it away, but it’s really great for storage. So, I decided to revamp it a little with this super simple DIY! 

Revamped IKEA Organizer

Materials

Organizer (mine is a few years old from IKEA)

Tape

Spray Paint (in any color) 

Directions

Revamped IKEA Organizer

Simply tape your design. 

Revamped IKEA Organizer

Spray paint the front of the drawers or entire organizer – it’s completely up to you! Let dry in between coats and paint again until you have the desired color you are looking for. 

Revamped IKEA Organizer

After the paint has completely dried, slowly peel the tape. 

Revamped IKEA Organizer

Display your new and improved organizer!! 

Revamped IKEA Organizer

I love the simple transformation. I also love how you can still see the wood grain through the black spray paint. It gives it some great texture! 

Revamped IKEA Organizer

Now I just need to find a place for this little guy in my little office space in the new house! I can’t wait to share more fun DIYs and design ideas once we move into our new home – stay tuned! Only a couple more weeks until we hit the road and make the long journey to Canada. 

Revamped IKEA Organizer

P.S. I hope you all enjoyed our week of Back To School Series! If you missed any, no worries! I have the full list of amazing DIYs and projects from these talented ladies! Be sure to check them out, there are so many outstanding ideas to start the school year on the right foot:

Tan of Squirrelly MindsPrintable Math Game
Rachel of The Crafted LifeColor Blocked Pencils
Sara of Confetti Sunshine | Back to School Printable
Lyndsay of Coco Cake Land | Apple Pie Donuts
Joy of Frock FilesCustom Mouse Pad DIY
MJ of Pars CaeliLunchbox Whiteboard

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 XOXO, Lidy 

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Back To School Series| DIY Sequin Planter

August 12, 2014

Back To School Series | DIY Sequin Planter

For the past five years, Joel has been a fourth grade teacher, among other things – like uber talented handy man at home! I know how hard he works to teach and nurture 30+ elementary students 5 days a week for 10 months of the year! It’s a lot of work and at times, very stressful. So to start the school year on the right foot, I’ve come up with a little DIY Sequin Planter to show your teachers just how much we appreciate what they do all year round!

Materials

Back To School Series | DIY Sequin Planter

Planter

Hot Glue

Stretch Sequin Trim in Gold (or other preferred color)

Plant

Directions

Back To School Series | DIY Sequin Planter

Simply clean the surface of your planter and hot glue your sequins to the planter.

Back To School Series | DIY Sequin Planter

Wrap tightly around your planter. Secure the end with hot glue.

Back To School Series | DIY Sequin Planter

Adjust and secure with hot glue where needed, although it may not be necessary. Place your plant in your new planter and enjoy! 

Back To School Series | DIY Sequin Planter

You may choose to add a fun little note! I made a little banner that reads “Happy First Day Of School” and secured it to a pencil simply using tape. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love to see a little greenery on their desk everyday! Plus, wrapping it in a little bling never hurts. If your teacher happens to be male, no problem! Just wrap it in bacon…just kidding! You can choose a more masculine color of sequins to wrap it in or just some simple ribbon or twine will do. 

For more great ideas be sure to head over to The Crafted Life today, where Rachel is sharing some fabulous DIY Color Blocked Pencils!  

XOXO, Lidy

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Back To School Series

August 11, 2014

back-to-school-collage

Happy Monday friends! This week, I have the pleasure of partnering with 6 amazingly talented bloggers for a very special Back To School Series! For the next week, we will share some brilliant DIYs that are all school related that you can easily do yourself! Here is what this week will look like:

Monday August 11th (TODAY!)
Tuesday August 12th
Hello Lidy (that’s me!)
Rachel of The Crafted Life
Wednesday August 12th
Lyndsay of Coco Cake Land
Thursday August 13th
Joy of Frock Files
MJ of Pars Caeli
Friday August 14th
Round Up!! 
tanya-math-game-printable

Sounds amazing, right?! So, to start this week off be sure to head over to Squirrelly Minds for this fabulous Printable Math Game!!! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for my DIY Sequin Planter, plus more during the week! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Geo Painted DIY Planter

August 8, 2014

Geo Painted DIY Planter

It’s no secret, I’m obsessed with blue! Love it – can’t get enough of it. And what better way to introduce any pop of color into your home with a simple Geo Painted DIY Planter. 

Geo Painted DIY Planter

Materials

Planter

Spray Paint (any color)

Tape

Directions

Geo Painted DIY Planter

Simply tape a pattern onto your vase. Spray paint your vase. Let dry in between coats. Continue to spray until you have the desired color. 

Geo Painted DIY Planter

When paint has completely dried, carefully peel your tape off. Don’t worry if the paint bleeds through a little, it happens sometimes. You can wipe with a magic marker or damp cloth. 

Geo Painted DIY Planter

Display your flower arrangement or plant and enjoy! 

Geo Painted DIY Planter

I love the look – it’s playful and modern! This little guy is for a special friend of mine! I’ve promised her a plant for a long time! I hope she likes it! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Color Dipped DIY Wall Art

August 4, 2014

Happy Monday! Be sure to head on over to DIY Candy today where I’ll be sharing this fabulous Color Dipped DIY Wall Art. It’s the perfect way to modernize a thrifted piece for the home!

Color Dipped DIY Wall Art 

Be sure to let me know what you think! 

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Gold Dipped Mirror

July 31, 2014

Hey friends! Did you get a chance to see my DIY Gold Dipped Mirror over on Craftaholics Anonymous? If not, be sure to head over there and let me know what you think! 

DIY Gold Dipped Mirror

DIY Gold Dipped Mirror

This DIY is super simple and delivers great results for amping up that old mirror. I also used this mirror in my Studio Apartment Before and After project, which helps my friend’s space really come to life! What do you think?

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Marbled Glasses

July 29, 2014

Hey friends! You can find me over at Style Me Pretty today sharing these DIY marbled glasses – perfect for summer! It’s a fun way to serve fancy drinks at any party or even a family BBQ. You can play around with the pattern and color to make it more unique and your own!

DIY Textured Marble Glasses

Be sure to come back and let me know what you think! 

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Wood DIY Plant Hanger

July 21, 2014

Happy Monday friends! I’m sharing this fabulous Wood DIY Plant Hanger on DIY Candy today – be sure to check out the full how-to there! 

Wood DIY Plant Hanger

XOXO, Lidy

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Recovered Mid Century Burke Chair

July 14, 2014

Recovered Mid Century Burke Chair

A while back, Joel and I came across a twin National Parks blanket with the classic stripe design at a flea market. It wasn’t in horrible shape, but it did have a few wear and tears in the material. On one side of the blanket, there were even a couple small holes. That never bothered us, but we wanted to use it for a fun project one day – and we finally did! 

Recovered Mid Century Burke Chair

We knew our Mid Century Burke chair would look amazing recovered with the National Parks blanket! We originally recovered it with a white vinyl material, which was nice and simple. But now it really pops and I have to say, it looks so good! 

Recovered Mid Century Burke Chair

Directions

1. Grab a thrifted chair that you can recover and material (like a National Parks blanket!) 2. Remove the cushion(s) and upholstery 3. Cut a section of your material that you are going to use to recover (save the remaining material for another project if you have enough!) 4. Lay your cushion according to how you would like your design to be displayed 5. Cut the fabric far enough away that you can wrap the material around your cushion 6. Wrap your fabric around the cushion and securely hold while stapling it to the back of the cushion. Continue until the material is completely covering the cushion 7. Place your cushions back on your chair 8. Enjoy!!

Recovered Mid Century Burke Chair

Recovered Mid Century Burke Chair

Loving the lines and pops of color! This chair will look so good in the boys new space! I’m currently working on their room design for the new house and searching for a fun Campaign Desk like this one to go alongside the Burke chair. I think the combination of the two will look amazing – or so I’m hoping anyway! If I can’t find one before we move, no problem! This would also make a great DIY too!  

Recovered Mid Century Burke Chair

For now, I have a small collection of thrifted and flea market finds to go with our new and improved chair! Like the vintage Pelican Oar and paint by numbers print as shown. Not to mention a handful of great U.S. and Canadian national parks pennants! Can’t wait to show you the room reveal! 

Recovered Mid Century Burke Chair

Well, friends! What do you think of this recovered Mid Century Burke Chair?!

XOXO, Lidy

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