3.27.2015

Four For Friday: Small Step DIYs

We know that all of my DIYs (I just typed DUI -- very different acronym) are going to be small. Stenciling damask on the wall or painting stripes on curtains is above my pay grade. But I know my way around some washi. So for today, I am sharing four small projects that I have worked on in March utilizing Rub 'n Buff, washi tape and even a little spray glitter. There is always time for glitter.

...1... Paint dipping chair legs


My office desk chair had seen better days, so I decided to try out the popular trend of paint dipped chair legs. I enlisted the kids, grabbed some tape, a tube of Gold Leaf Rub 'n Buff, and we went to work.

Before


I promise that is the shadows and the chair is not that dirty. Although you can tell where various bassets have laid their heads.

During


After


There was not much to this. Basically measure off however much you want to paint and apply the gold stain with your finger. It is that easy. The legs did require two coats.


I love the way it turned out! 

...2... Washi-ing up a table

I said in my Media Room Before and After blog post that our game table was a little plain for my tastes. An $8 roll of gold arrow washi tape from Amazon Prime was my first step toward changing that.

Before


Washi'd



...3... Workbench washi

I found a roll of $3 washi tape at Target that I loved so much that I bought it without a project in mind -- very rare for me. When I brought it home, I realized that it was the same width as the edge of the workbench in my office. Bingo. This took all of ten minutes.


You cannot tell much of a difference in the comparison shots above, but the closeup does it more justice. I am thinking about doing something different where my bulletin board currently hangs.

...4... Glam-ing up a Command Hook

I needed a hook for my new Easter egg door hanger and I knew that the way that the hanger was fashioned, the hook would be exposed. The clear plastic was too plain so I Rub n Buffed a Command Hook. I didn't like the streaky end result so I pulled out my spray glitter and voila! Much better. Yes, I know they probably do make gold command hooks, but I had this on hand and it saved me a trip to the store (and some $$$).


The front porch is bare right now, partially because of winter and also because we are about to install a new entry door. Goodbye old door, you have served us well. Actually,  you really didn't, you cracked down the middle 18 months after we installed you but we were loyal to you for another four years out of affection (and cheapness).



You can see the crack below the window. From a distance, it does not look that bad but from the inside, you can see sunlight -- it is that large. We have repaired it three times and I have consulted a master woodworker who said that the crack is unfixable. Our new door does not have a wooden panel so hopefully, we will not have to do this again.

So these are my small steps -- none of them are giant projects but I think that the small touches are what makes a house a home. And on that schmaltzy note ...

Have a wonderful weekend!

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5 comments:

  1. I suffer from a Rub 'n Buff addiction too. Love the way the chair looks but that the kids did it makes it even better! I bought two small black metal wall lamps at Ikea recently and used leftover Annie Sloan gold rub on stuff on the insides of the black lampshades. Voila! From cheap to cheap and gold lined!

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    1. It is an addiction, isn't it? I like it because it is easier than spray paint -- I am a messy spray painter. I have been meaning to try Annie Sloan - maybe my next DIY. XOXO!

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  2. Katie! Your dipped chair legs look great - I love how you can see them from the other side of the desk and your entry. The borders of washi look great too. Pretty little details! You have really been in DIY mode between R&B and washi....what will be next?? :)

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  3. All great projects but I especially love what you did with the washi tape! It adds such darling detail and I love that it's so easy to switch up when the redecorating bug strikes! Thanks for sharing on Best of the Nest!

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