Do you like unique home decor? Do you appreciate personalized gifts?
I hope you answered yes to those questions because you are in for a treat.
Today I’ll be sharing how I made my push pin wall art. It was a very easy and inexpensive project to make. I must say I like the end result and it has held up well since I made it about a year ago.
I believe I bought the canvas as a set from A.C. Moore while it was on sale and the push pins from Dollar Tree. A pack of push pins was $1, just like everything sold in Dollar Tree. I believe I paid less than $10 for a pack of 8, 14″ x12″ set of canvases. Enough of how much I paid for the items….how was it made? ….
You will need:
Canvas (your size of choice)
Acrylic craft paint (any color – you should probably choose a dark to allow the gold to pop)
Gold push pins – several packs (this depends on how many letter your word is and how big your letters will be). I used about 6 packs for this project.
Card board or flat foam board (1/4″ thickness)
Step 1: Paint your canvas (2 to 3 coats). Leave to dry between every coat.
Step 2: After final coat, hand write the word of your choice with a pencil.
Step 3: Cut a piece of cardboard that will fit the back of your canvas (this acts as the support to secure the back of the canvas when you push the pins through and for your protection)
Step 4: Using tacky glue, attach the piece of cardboard or foam board to the back of your canvas. Let dry.
Step 5: Start pushing pins into your canvas to outline the letters of your word. Then add more rows of push pins as you wish.
Put your spin on this project and spell out names, symbols or letters. The possibilities are endless!
Being a book lover means I have to have a book around me wherever I go. I usually carry a book in my bag with me when out and about or at work. I might not get a chance to read it but it’s comforting to know that I can just whip it out when I get a few minutes to myself, which rarely happens. This is why my nightstand is practically a book shelf! I scooped this baby up at my favorite thrift store, Savers, for $6.99. It was sturdy enough to be used as a nightstand even though it was made of particle wood boards in a light oak color. The coolest thing about it was that it was built on caster wheels for mobility.
On the weekend following the purchase, I set out to transform this new addition to my collection. I sanded it first and then stained it with a red oak stain by MINWAX. This project almost turned into an epic fail because I did not completely wipe off the stain every time I applied a coat. I left it to dry for over two weeks and I still ended up with a sticky nightstand/bookself. Wood staining amateur problems….. *shakes head*.
After spending sometime researching the issue, I found out I could apply another coat to loosen up the sticky surface and then wipe it again. Completely! This idea ended up being a life saver. Who knew? After 24 hours, I ended up with a nice clean semi red oak surface, which wasn’t a surprise to me being that I was staining particle wood and not real wood. What I did was more like painting the surface because the particle wood did not absorb the stain. Nevertheless, I was satisfied with the end product.
To dress it up and add some color, I used some adhesive shelf liner aka contact paper to line the top surface and bottom shelf. I had several prints in my stash but I chose a gray and white Chevron print to compliment the gray, blue, navy, turquoise color scheme of mi cuatro.
Also featured in these photos are my DIY fabric-covered lamp shade, DIY rope vase and contact paper covered boxes.
Have you ever not needed any thing per say but still visited a thrift store weekly just to see the things you scoop up and eventually flip? I dream of going to the thrift store as a scavenger hunt adventure, at least once a week. So on my thrift store trip last week, I picked up this unique woven storage box. When on these scavenger hunt adventures, I look for items that are unique and like nothing that can be found in retail stores. This woven storage box definitely fit that category and it was not going to be left behind. I bought it for $3.99 and it was a sage green color. I was intrigued by it because it was unique, impeccably made and looked handmade. (I’m sure it was It has to be handmade!)
So this last weekend I decided it was time to have some fun with my thrifted woven storage box. I had some gold spray paint on hand and that was the only item I used. I just sprayed on a few coats and let it dry. Hooray to the outdoors and great weather!
Since the gold pine cones turned out beautifully, I couldn’t help to….well….paint another one red.
It now has a home on the console table in my living room, next to a blue and yellow vase. I will eventually think of what to store in it, but it look good enough just being pleasing to the eye for now.
I’m very pleased with the my green-turned-gold storage box and looking forward to returning to the thrift store for my next find and flip. The pillows are from my Modern Sweet Home Pillow Cover Collection and they can be found for sale here.
One of the things I like about Home Decor DIY is the fact that the ideas and possibilities of making beautiful things are endless. Basically, your ideas are yours and they are priceless!! You get to do things the way you thought it up and make changes to your idea as you go. I also love ideas that will not break the bank! Who’s with me on that? 🙂
All this DIY loving talk brings me to Self Adhesive Shelf Liner, aka, Contact Paper. I love using this budget-friendly item because they are versatile and available in many modern prints and colors.They are made with vinyl and are very resilient.
Here are some reasons I like using contact paper:
They can be custom cut to fit your project surface because of the lined backing paper (this also helps you to cut straight lines to reduce wastage)
Easy to peel and stick
Stain and water resistant
Wipes clean- just wipe with soapy water cloth
Leaves no gooey residue after you remove from a surface
Very useful to protect your surfaces in style
Here is a list of the ways I have used contact paper in my home and some ideas you might benefit from:
Line drawers, shelves, tables and cabinets
Cut into small stripes to decorate clothes pin
Cover unused diaper and shoe boxes to use for storage
Cover small windows in the basement
Upcycle old flower vases, without the mess of painting
Cover text books and binders
Line and decorate memo boards
Decorate clip boards and picture frames
Cut out pieces for labels for my kitchen canisters
Use cut out to decorate an accent wall
They can also be used as wallpaper (I have not tried this yet)
I hope these ideas have inspired you to get moving and add some color and prints to your living space using contact paper. Please feel free to share how you have used contact paper in your home.