DIY burlap bed skirt

Hey there! Long time no write! So, I’ve come to realize that I do not have enough time to blog all of my awesome crafts around the house :/ Especially now that I’m preggers and all the “free time” I do have, I’m sleeping. Sooo, I re-decorated our master room about, eh, 5ish months ago. I ended up making some burlap curtains, I turned an old $5 mirror from Salvation Army into a vintage-y looking one with burlap all around it and lace, AND I made this burlap bed skirt!

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It was EASY!!! NO LIE! I figured I’d share the few steps it took to get this thing completed…

Supplies needed:

  • Burlap material (I used natural, and bought an entire roll from Hobby Lobby for $17 after the 40% discount..score!)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins

First things first [I’m the realest] – Cut your fabric in half like so…

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I think my bed took about 8 yards, or was it 10? I can’t remember it’s been so long. But I have a king size bed and I just cut 7 yards off the entire roll and added some towards the end…it also depends on how much scrunch you want in the burlap.

Hang the fabric off the side of the box spring until it barely touches the floor (or however long you’d prefer it to be) Place a pin at the corner, bunch up a little fabric to make a scrunch and place another pin…and so on until your entire box spring is covered!

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I didn’t measure how far in between the creases were, I just placed the pin where ever I thought looked best…the corners were way easier than you’d think. just fold the material over, place a few pins and then keep working.

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before you know it (or about an hour later, with breaks) you’re getting close to being done!

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Don’t mind the mess…I was re-arranging my entire room. And the final product::

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THAT’S IT! Very simple! Be sure to send pics/tag my blog if you give it a try! 🙂

-ashleigh.

DIY canvas look-a-likes

HOW- TO:
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Hello again! Interested in making some SUPER CHEAP canvas look-a-likes?! I’m a huge canvas lover, but personally would never spend $300 on one this size! I wouldn’t even want to spend $50 on a small one. Mostly because I’m cheap, but also because there are SO many different ways to create canvas look-a-likes for little to no money!

This DIY canvas look-a-like literally took me about 40 minutes to do and $20!! And I absolutely LOVE them!! If you’re a crafter you most likely have most of these supplies already at your house, like I did. Here’s what you need to make these for yourself:

Supplies:
• Foam board (from Home Depot or Lowe’s) cut out to the size canvas you would like
• 4 engineer prints. Mine were 2×3 in size (staples will do these for about $4 a piece… NOTE this is only for black and white pictures. I wanted color, but if you want color the price jumps up significantly! To like $80 for one! You can order them offline from any other store you’d like as well) Also, Make sure you order something larger than your foam board so the picture can be wrapped around it.
• Spray adhesive (make sure it works on FOAM! Or else it will eat it away and you’ll be left with tiny holes all over)
• Double sided tape (I picked up some Scotch that worked best for walls without removing the paint with it when you take it down)

Steps:

1) I took my flash drive to staples and had them print out my 4 pictures. I chose 2×3 but you can go bigger or smaller based off of your foam board size. And if you want more of a close up picture then go bigger and just cut the extras off 🙂

2) My foam boards were already the perfect size, so I just laid the pictures down on the foam and adjusted it to where I’d like to glue it. (MAKE SURE YOU MEASURE THESE BEFORE YOU BUY THE PICTURES SO YOU KNOW YOUR PICTURE WILL FIT. Also you need to make sure your picture is big enough to wrap around the sides of the foam and a little on the back.)

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3) I then sprayed the adhesive on half of the board, meanwhile holding my picture up…I laid the picture back down and smoothed it out nicely and adjusted the picture to the perfect spot. Then I did the other half of the picture. Once the entire front was done I let it dry by putting it to the side and working on my other 3 pictures.

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4) Once all 4 of my pictures were glued down in the front I started back at the first picture to glue down the sides. I did this part just like wrapping a present. VERY tight on the corners so you could barely tell that there was a little fold there…this picture kind of shows it.

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5) After all 4 canvas look-a-likes were done I let them sit for another 10-15 mins just to make sure the back was completely dried before I hung them up on my wall.

6)Lastly, I applied some Scotch tape to the back and stuck them to the wall. 🙂

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I hope y’all enjoyed this one as much as I did!! Let me know what cha think!

-ashleigh.

It’s been awhile…

Hello readers! Happy Friday!

It’s been WAY too long, obviously. Honestly, I got a job. And it’s been keeping me busy 🙂 I haven’t been doing as many projects, but don’t get me wrong I’ve done a few over the past few months. Like this DIY fish tank thingy majiggy:

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Picked this beauty up from a thrift store for $20! I think it’s supposed to be a microwave stand or some come-bob-err? But I decided to spray paint it, throw some stained wood on the top (because I was afraid the tank would be too heavy for the thin piece of wood that was currently on there), and I got some awesome vintage door knobs from Hobby Lobby as well. Whatcha think?! I think my fishies like it 🙂

I also made this fun colorful collage for the hallway:

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I painted the submarine and printed out the sayings (I just threw something together in Photoshop for that). This anchor was my first string art project, I took a couple of pictures of this super easy (but time consuming) project. I’ll post that next week for you!

And maybe a few other little things around the house when I had time. A couple of Pinterest fails as well…like these mason jar soap dispensers that we still use everyday (sorry a bit blurry for some reason)…

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I wouldn’t say it’s a huge fail, just should have put some more time into spray painting the top so it didn’t chip off every time I press down on it. Bla. But you can find a great (MUCH BETTER than I could make) tutorial here for these!

Besides that, the hubster and I watched a little LOT of Breaking Bad…like all 5 seasons. And I’m pretty much in love with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman<3 Buuuut now I’m in a “no show can ever be better than Breaking Bad” phase. I started Scandal from the beginning, which is good (but no BB!)

Anywho!! Just did this beauty last week, took me about 40 minutes and less than $20!

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Stay tuned for a little blog explaining how to do this yourself!! 🙂 [[don’t worry, I’m actually starting to write this one up as we speak you read. So it should be up by the beginning of next week, and not four months from now.]]

OH AND A HUGE PS. —–> thank you SO much to all the ladies and gents out there re-pinning my Pinterest posts!!! I’ve gotten like 200+ re-pins on just this one alone! I feel so loved ☺ and honored that people are creating some of these DIY projects themselves. :))

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Until next time,

-ashleigh.

~be our guest~

ch-ch-checkkk out this awesome DIY chalkboard sign I made for our guest room!
{new layout, still working with it…you may need to click on pictures to make them bigger}

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Note: This is a Pinterest inspired sign, unfortunately the only ones I could find on there do not have a link connected to them. Therefore,  I cannot link this to the original creator -__- but if she/he sees this let me know and I’ll add your link in here —->

Okie dokie, let’s get started!

What you need:

– MDF board cut down to any size you’d like
(mine was something random like 43″x10″)
-Sander
– Primer
-Chalkboard paint
-Chalk
-Some sort of picture hanging tools & nails

These are the steps I took in completing this totally rad new sign for our guest room (remember you can change up any and all to make this one your own) ::

  1. Cut down MDF to your preferred size. Or just get Home Depot to do it for you like I didimage (8)
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  2. Sand it down as best as you can
  3. I decided to attach the picture hanging thingys before I painted, because if I didn’t I just knew I would have put an hour into chalk lettering and then mess it up by laying it down on the front side…image (2)
  4. Prime it (I used a few small coats)image (1)
  5. Put your chalkboard paint on, small coats a few minutes apart (note: this is my very first time using this chalkboard spray paint and I didn’t have any problems, but I hear from other DIYers that using actual paint and rolling it on is WAY better than this spray paint stuff. Just an FYI) I was too excited and forgot to take a picture of this step.
  6. Wait 24 hours… and the bottle says to “prepare surface for use by rubbing the side of chalk over the entire surface. Erase and chalkboard is ready.”image
  7. Go crazy with whatever design you’d like. There are a ton of links up on Pinterest for “chalkboard lettering”
  8. I hung this one up by using the toothpaste method and it worked wonderful! I love this sign! I love this headboard! I love this chandelier! I just love this entire room! Now all I have to do is get some lamps, and sand down/prime/stain the night stands – stay tuned!

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this one! Let me know what you think 🙂

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-ashleigh.

headboard love <3

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I AM IN LOVE ❤

Ideally, I would have loved to make this out of pallets but my first/second/third attempt at dismantling a pallet was a complete disaster. SO I just made a trip to Home Depot and bought some brand new wood for this project. Check it out!!

Supplies I used:

  • 3 – 1x6x10 wooden boards (had them cut in half right there at Home Depot to make them all 5′ long)
  • Wood Stain (I used Miniwax Special Walnut)
  • random distressing tools such as hammer, screwdriver, nails, screws, etc.
  • Nails (you could use wood screws if you’d like – I personally liked the nail look better)
  • Sander & Hammer

Steps:

  1. First things first, get to work on distressing your wood. YES, this is a sock in my picture. Fill the sock with nails and screws and bang away at the wood to create something awesome. I took the hammer, screwdriver and even a glass of cold water to my wood. I really enjoyed this part! {I even decided to make a little heart in one spot} Here are some photos of my favorite parts and what it looked like after I stained it. ImageImageImageOR – if you have a curious new pup like I do, you can let them chew it up a little for ya. I tried explaining to her that wood is not good for her, but she kept going back for more. -__-

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  2. After you are done distressing the wood, sand it down and start staining.
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  3. Wait 24 hard/long hours before you can move onto the next step of hanging it up! Measure out where you’d like the headboard exactly and either nail or screw it in 🙂 I left a tiny little gap in-between each one.
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  4. Lastly, put the bed back in front of the headboard and ENJOY your awesome new view!!! It’s just too bad this is in my guest room, because I am in LOVE with this headboard. =]

Overall, this project was very simple and under $30 for me since I already had the sander, stain and nails. It would have been nice to have a second person there to help me hang the first piece of wood, but I figured it out all by myself…so I know you can too! 🙂

Here are a few more pics for ya’ll – let me know what you think! And come back next week for a DIY sign going above this headboard right here!

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-ashleigh.

What’s for dinner?!

Hello again friends and HAPPY FRIDAY!!

I’ve been super duper busy lately with work and two puppies and spending as much time as I possibly can with my husband before he deploys soon….but with that said, I have a really easy one for ya this week! A DIY kitchen menu – check it out:
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This is NOT a good picture by any means, this looks like the typed words are dull, but I assure you it looks great in person! 🙂
VERY EASY STEPS:
1. Basically, Grab an old picture frame (or a new one if you’d like) and spray paint it a cool funky color. I had these in my garage from a previous project so I just used this color:
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 I had to prime it first since my frame was so dark and the blue color was kind of light. I used a few light coats.
2. Let it dry while you work something up in Microsoft Word like this:
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3. I had some fancy scrapbook paper in my craft room already (got this one at Hobby Lobby) – just place a regular sheet of printer paper on top of it and cut out the scrapbook paper to fit the frame size (mine was an 8×10 so it was easy).
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4. Print out your Word document on your fancy paper. If you only have one sheet of paper you may want to practice on a plain white sheet first to test it out and make sure everything is aligned right for your frame. {I just can’t seem to get a good picture of mine, the ink looks really dull here but it doesn’t look this way in person (I’m not a photographer that’s for sure)}
5. I decided to sand down the edges of my frame once it was dried. You know me, I love that worn down look. 🙂 You can skip this step if you’d like and also you may want to add some flowers/glitter/bows to your frame with some hot glue, I decided to keep this one simple so all of my projects don’t look the same. ;P
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Once your frame is ready, place your Word document inside just like you would a picture and write on the glass with a dry erase marker. And there you have it, your weekly menu.  TA-DA that is all!! 🙂
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Stay tuned for next weeks DIY project!! Have a great weekend!
-ashleigh.