Achieve the perfect Barn Wood Stain and skip the harsh chemicals. Fill a mason jar with white vinegar and add one steel wool sponge. Close the lid and wait 24-48 hours. Over time the vinegar will break down the steel wool fibers and the liquid will become a rusty orange color.
In the second mason jar, fill the container with 1 part water, 1 part rusty vinegar solution. Make sure to wear gloves and remove all jewelry. Apply the solution to the wood with a paintbrush. Repeat until the desired color is achieved.
This process is called Wood Oxidizing. Not only does it look beautiful, but it also creates a protective water resistant seal on the wood.
The trick, that you might not read on other blogs, is to mix in water. This creates a beautiful grayish brown finish and is a useful tool for controlling the stain color.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it’s important to use it as the foundation for establishing the overall theme of the project. For this fixer upper we opted to go with a Modern Farmhouse theme; lots of striking black & white detail with accents of natural wood texture. We selected white shaker cabinets with 5 inch black pulls, white subway tile, grey quartz countertops, wide planked flooring, and beautiful reclaimed wood detail on the back of the island.
This chair was painted and finished in a black beeswax that gives the frame a pretty, subtle texture. The chevron jute webbing (which can be seen on the bottom of the chair) is from Hobby Lobby.
The adorable seat fabric is actually a $25 bath mat that was purchased at Target in the fall of 2017.
Pillows: Target & Home Goods
$29 Enamelware Bowls:
$29 Bird of Paradise Plant:
My Wall Hanging:
Creating the Frame Loom:
The first step in creating my Easy Frame Loom is to determine the spacing of the Warp Yarn, this is the thin black yarn that wraps around the loom. Measure the top of frame with a ruler, mark every quarter inch with a small dot. Repeat this process on both sides of the wood, make sure that all the marks line up.
Do this again on the bottom piece of the frame.
I secured my Warp Yarn by creating small notches in the frame. Cut tiny groves at every quarter inch mark. Repeat this step on both sides of the wood. This will secure the Warp Yarn and keep everything place while you are weaving.
Assemble the frame and wrap the Warp Yarn around the entire frame.
A clean and classy design to set this set this freshly remodeled home apart from the rest.
Black and white enamelware from http://www.crowcanyonhome.com
Rug tapestry from http://www.urbanoutfitters.com
Eat sign & shelf from http://www.hobbylobby.com
Furniture from http://www.worldmarket.com
Geometric shelving & large sign are original DIY projects.
When we first got engaged, the new Pan movie had just come out On Demand. I was inspired by the whimsical characters, costumes, and set design in the movie. This sweet dress reminds me so much of the nightgown Wendy wears in the original film. I fell in love with the lace cap sleeves and the light, easy-breezy feeling of the midi hem. I personally think my nieces look adorable all the time, so I wanted highlight them even more by creating extra special flower girl outfits. I am also a firm believer in the idea that if you are going to get dressed up… you might as well be playing dress up.
My favorite design element from the movie was the fringe. I really wanted to incorporate it somehow into the girls outfits. I decided the best way to do this would be an over the top clutch, instead of an old basket.
Why would a five year old flower girl carry a clutch? Umm to throw diamonds of course.
I purchased a large amount of rhinestones at hobby lobby for $15 in the jewelry section (using my beloved 40% off coupon).
Side note & fun fact: You’ll notice that my 12 month old niece needed to be carried down the aisle. To top it off our ring bearer got sick. Thanks Uncle Josiah for stepping up & being our “Flower Girl-Bearer“, literally.
[Wedding Photographed by @Brooke.A.Summers ]
I had a vision in my head for the clutch: a clean, white, asymmetrical design, with long fringe. Instead of spending hours online looking for the perfect accessory, I decided to just make it myself.
I found this white vegan leather at Hobby Lobby for $5/yard. It is an amazing, durable product that I ended up using for so many projects. As you can see here, there is no fraying when it is cut. That saved me so much time. Also, it is waterproof. I reenforced the interior with cardboard. I made sure to double the length of my leather so that I could fold it over and line the inside with the same material.
The Clutch / Step by Step:
The Fringe / Step by Step:
Check back soon to see how I made the flower girl headbands! And get the links to these cute sparkly sandals & dress.
Note to Brides: Remember, most venues will charge extra to clean up confetti & glitter spills. I planned ahead and purchased large rhinestones instead. It was so much easier to clean up!
Our Wedding is now featured on SeattleBrideMag.com!
A wedding invitation is an important step in establishing a theme for the big day. It is an opportunity for the couple to express themselves creatively, to highlight their personalities, and most importantly it is a chance for them to communicate to guests what the tone of their wedding will be. It truly is the events first look.
When it was time for Joel and me to send out our wedding invitations, I knew that the best way to get what I wanted would be to create them myself. I must admit, I was hesitant going into the project. I was aware that in order to create 200 invites, it would require me to repeat each step 200 times. It is amazing how something so simple, like brushing a bit of gold over a corner, can turn into an enormous task. After careful deliberation, I decided to put on a brave face and I headed down the DIY path.
I created a list of questions to help me stay focused and to form a clear theme.
Keeping this list of questions in mind, I completed the following steps:
And phew! Done!
Hobby Lobby: Gold Beeswax Paste, 8.5 inch Brown Exterior Envelopes, Transparent Paper
JoAnn’s: Gold Metalic Thread, White Feathers
Office Depot: Full Sheet Avery Printing Labels
Wedding Wire: Guest List, Wedding Website with RSVP & Registey Info
Pic Monkey: Online Graphic Design Program
FontSpring: Modern Calligraphy Font “Bombshell”
The Engagement photo and the two detailed images of the bridesmaids dress & cake were shot by @Brooke.A.Summers