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Easy. DIY. Style. Most people want it all. If this describes you, you are going to love this Easy DIY Framed Art project that Behr paints shared with us at Haven Conference 2015. The best part is that you already have all you need to do this at home.
There was a lot going on at Haven, and tons of tools and tips that I’ll share with you over the coming weeks, but honestly, this little project took no time at all, which was good, because I had places to go and friends to meet!
Supplies for Easy DIY Framed Art project:
- Picture frame with glass (Frames that are headed to or just came from the thrift shop are great for this project.)
- Fine tip artist brush
- Paint (Be sure to use a high quality leftover paint, preferably one with a primer, or get a sample pot of Behr Marquee at thr Home Depot.)
- A design outline. We used an animal silhouette. You could use a college logo or a picture from a magazine.
- Background matting, such as fabric scraps, scrapbook paper, wallpaper scrap, pretty napkin, or shelf paper/contact paper square like we used.
Lay the paper outline under the glass and paint over the outline, directly on the glass, completely covering the silhouette design. Let the paint dry.
Cut your background material to the size of the glass.
Reassemble the frame, laying the pretty backing on the frame backing, then the glass. You might want to turn the glass with the painted side in, but you don’t have to.
That’s it! You can put old frames to use with this simple project, and add high impact, personalized design to your space in about 15 minutes. This works with any size frame. Just select the size of your silhouette/outline for the size of the frame.
If this is too easy for you, you could always rescue an old frame by spraying or brushing it with a new coat of paint. This works wonders on even cheap, plastic frames, if you use a good quality paint.
Unfortunately for me, the glass on this little project didn’t make it home in one piece, so I get to make this again. Ah, well, just one more way I get to relive those Haven memories.
I had the pleasure of finishing up this garage organizing project, and wanted to give you some inspiration.
The garage floor was sealed with one of the Rust-Oleum garage products.
A few red and white bins help contain the clutter and increase the cute factor.
You’ve seen me use this Organized Living system a million times. We left plenty of space on this rack to store the patio cushions during the winter. See through metal bins are perfect for storing- and seeing- sports equipment.
This is one of my favorite things. These grids are rock solid on the wall, secured at 6 points, while the hangers themselves are completely customizable for whatever gadgets and tools you need to store. Pretty cool.
What else would you like to know about this gorgeous organized garage? Please leave a comment below.
What could you do if you could be 80% efficient in your day instead of just 20%? We’re about to find out. Welcome to a new home office makeover in coral and blue.
Wayfair is sponsoring this post that brings you a pop of color in coral and blue.
How can a home office makeover make a difference to a small business owner’s efficiency? When your office has become the family’s dumping space, and you are constantly shuttling between the kitchen table and the sofa, it can be hard to stay on top of all those little details that make a small business hum.
Please note: This office wasn’t messy. It was abandoned.
Abandoned spaces are magnets for clutter.
The homeowner didn’t feel at home in this space, and so she ended up working elsewhere, even though her business has grown in leaps and bounds over the recent years. She deserved an office, but this alcove off the master bedroom had become just a storage space.
The built in desk was split in two parts, his and hers, and divided by a bracket and a file cabinet on the underside, so without structural changes, she could never really use all the space. And the other side of the room, even though the ceiling sloped, had tons of potential that wasn’t being lived up to.
We’re not sure if the mustardy color was the biggest culprit, or the unframed doorway was causing it, but we agreed that the energy between the main bedroom and this office alcove was a vicious push/pull, and it wasn’t restful for the family or helpful for the business.
Even though it’s a small-ish space, this was a relatively large project because we:
- Sorted and purged through all the papers
- Set up a business filing system
- Slimmed down the homeowner’s paper filing system
- Eliminated unwanted electronics
- Painted the walls and the file cabinets
- Created an entirely new desk area for the business owner
- Swapped in a new desk (repurposed from a bedroom) for the husband
- Created separation between the two spaces with a restful, heavy lined curtain.
- Added color and scale on the small window with a new custom valence.
Can I say, I just never want to leave this space, now.
Oh, right, we even have room for the family to practice guitar, now!
Of course, there is tons of organization. We added under shelf LED strip lights to ensure the work space is bright and cheery.
A couple of mason jars are painted (same custom coral color) and hold office essentials like paper clips.
There are tons of organized spots here for projects as they come up. Books that stayed are on topic and inspiring.
No drawers? No problem. These simple plastic bins create oodles of organization.
Two ugly black (but sturdy and free!) file cabinets were painted a custom color mix Annie Sloan Decorative Chalk Paint ® color just for this client.
A new nail-head upholstered chair came from Wayfair.
A matching chair outfits hubby’s new desk on the former storage side of the room. Since there are no large drawers in this desk, a repurposed crate serves as file/paper storage for him.
The shelves were carefully purged to hold those things that will help move the business forward. Dollar frames (originally black plastic) were custom painted with the same chalk paint to match the file cabinets and bring in friendly faces.
It’s all about the details. We no longer needed the printer stand, but we repainted it to become a new footstool, making the spot more comfortable and hiding some cords under the desk at the same time.
Even though we created a separation from the bedroom with some lovely, heavy curtains, she may or may not be leaving them open a bit just to peek at the pretty new space.
Well, the space is different, but what about the business owner? She claimed she was only 20% efficient in her day, but now that she’s working every day in a real office that’s organized, she reports being closer to 80% efficient or better. Who wouldn’t be in an inspiring, beautiful, organized space?
She thought she could, so she did.
I just love this space. It’s my favorite so far.
I know, I know, I say that every time.
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What’s your favorite spot in this new home office makeover?