Now that I have my own home, I am really getting excited about decorating for the holidays (the addition of a basement to store out-of-season decor has been a huge help)! So when Brother asked me to create a some home decor for Christmas, I ran right out to the craft store and loaded up on dried/faux greenery and embellishments. I came back home and tinkered around for a while using different combinations of supplies to create a bunch of wreaths, and these simple braided ones were the clear winner.
I grabbed the wire rope as I was leaving the floral section, not quite sure how I would use it, but after braiding it together and realizing how easy it was to mold and glue the greenery to, I knew I was headed in the right direction. I kept the embellishment simple with a few of my favorite things: dried eucalyptus and unfinished wood with a little pop of color. This finishing touch is a personalized message on satin ribbon using my handy Brother P-touch Embellish Ribbon & Tape Printer, to create the perfect hostess gift for holiday parties.
I played around with size, and the small ones are light enough to be a great ornament, I just love the idea of making new ones with the family every Xmas and adding the date and a little memory to the ribbon to remember each year. Ok, I am running out to get more supplies, because I invited the girls over for a craft night to make more wreaths. Let me know if you do the same, and get creative with the embellishments, I would love to see how they turn out!
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It’s getting chilly here in Wisconsin, so I like to keep blankets all over the house so I can always have one in arm’s length. I’ve seen a few of blanket ladders online, but wanted to make mine a little different with exposed gold bolts and green painted reclaimed wood. The only hiccup, they don’t have either one of those at the hardware store. The solution: Spray paint! The nuts and bolts got a golden makeover with Krylon® ColorMaster™ Metallic in Gold and I found this pretty Green – Krylon ColorMaster Paint + Primer in Satin Italian Olive – to paint the reclaimed wood. During construction I ended up with a happy mistake – I cut the tall pieces too short, and instead of starting over I reattached the cut off pieces with hinges, then used that part to lay flat against the wall, and screw in hooks to hang plants and stabilize the ladder, Yay!
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If you all have been following along on ISPYDIY Instagram, you’ve seen that I have been putting some finishing touches on my dining room and kitchen, and giving it a bit of a Fall makeover. I was going to waiting till I had everything done to show you all photos, but I a bunch of you DMed me questions about my kitchen table while I was staining it, and I wanted to give you the details right away! A little backstory, when we were gutting the house, and vaulting the ceilings, I had the demo guys keep a bunch of the original 125-year-old 2x4s. I knew I wanted a big kitchen table for entertaining, and thought using them would be a fun homage to the house and it’s history. My carpenter pulled out the one million nails from each piece of wood, and ran them though a plainer a bunch of times, then glued and clamped the 2x4s together to create the top. I stretched up a base idea for him, and he welded it to match the vision I had in my head perfectly!
The table has been sitting unfinished for about a year and a half, because I was not sure what direction I wanted to go with it. I honestly love the unfinished wood look, but it left the room looking a bit undone. I went stain shopping an found a color I had not seen before called Minwax® Early American, and I thought it would be perfect to give the wood a richer tone and really show the character. It did exactly that! I love the color variation from one piece of wood to the next.
Next, was deciding on a top coat…gloss or matte. I tend to always go for matte satin, but I thought for a dining table that would have to withstand a lot of spills, a gloss would be better…so I ended up somewhere in the middle with a semi-gloss Minwax® Helmsman® Spar Urethane specially formulated to use on surfaces exposed to water. No coasters for me! I was nervous because it looks SUPER glossy when it goes on, but it dried with just the right amount of sheen.
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