Thursday, September 29, 2011

Caning Fabric Dresser Makeover

Caning with its woven crisscrosses and columns pattern is popular for more than just chair seats lately. The easiest way to transfer this pattern to a tired old dresser is to use caning sheets as stencils. 

You'll Need:
A dresser
Blue or Green painters tape
Sheets of caning, Cut to the size of the drawer front
Spray adhesive
Enamel spray paint

Remove drawers from the dresser and use painters tape to the edges or any other area you do not want painted. (If the drawers have handles attached remove them and set aside)
Mist one side of the caning with spray adhesive and affix to the drawer front.
Position the drawer so its front is completely flat and faces up. Hold the spray paint can about 1 foot away from the drawer front and mist with light even strokes. Let dry a few minutes and removes caning.
Adhere caning to the next drawer and repeat the previous steps. You can use the same piece of caning 3-4 times, spraying each time with adhesive. 
The same treatment can be used with other stencils. Try Lace for a sultry look. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Remember the Planeteers?

I came across this little piece of fan-tas-tic on the Cyanide and Happiness website. Oh man! Hilarious! But only if you remember the Planeteers... 
damn age gaps!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Photoshop Madness!!

Had to pop open the photoshop and bust out some funnies. You like?

Richard Simmons style Davinci?

This Muppet can sure put on a show!

Tree Stencils

I've used tree stencils similar to this to create silk screens and art cards. 
I think you could use them to make stamps as well. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

DIY - Microwave Popcorn

1/4 cup popcorn kernels
1 lunch-size brown paper bag
1 small piece of scotch tape

Microwave popcorn can be expensive, but worse than that its laden with sodium. That fragrant steam that escapes when you open a freshly popped bag? It contains nearly four dozen chemicals, some of which have been proven toxic. Do it yourself using these simple steps for a healthy snack that's high in fiber and low in calories -- then season it any way you want.

You can use any type of popcorn kernel that you prefer. You'll also need a lunch-size brown paper bag, a small piece of tape, and of course, a microwave.
Simply place about 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels in a lunch-size brown paper bag. Fold it over once and secure with a small piece of tape, and microwave until the popping slows to about once per second, about 2-3 minutes. Carefully open the bag and season to taste!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

DIY - Medicine Ball

Cut out a quarter-size semicircle around the air valve of the ball. Pull back the rubber valve area and fill the ball with sand (shake along the way so that it settles). 

A completely sand-filled basketball weighs around 22 pounds. If you want a lighter ball, use a scale and stuff an old T-shirt or towel in the ball to take up space without adding weight. Do this as you fill the ball with sand so the fabric is spread evenly throughout.

Once filled to desired weight, push the tab back into place. Cover the hole with Duct tape. 

To improve the grip and contour of the ball, cover the ball with an old towel or T-shirt. Then, using duct tape, tightly wrap the entire ball until no fabric shows through.

Work It!  Squat to overhead press: Hold ball at chest level. Squat down, then explode up extending arms up and pressing ball overhead. Repeat. If advanced, add an overhead release and catch the ball.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Duct Tape Halloween Costume - Witch

Witch Costume:
Start with a childs size black T-shirt and large purple T-shirt.

Use black duct tape to pucker up the top sleeves of the black shirt. Then take the large purple t-shirt and cut off the sleeves and neck to create an open square cut neckline. Cut points in half to make a fringe at the bottom.

Lay the bottom of the purple t-shirt into the bottom of the black t shirt. Pucker the purple shirt to fit and use orange duct tape to tape together. Continue taping a belt approximately 4" thick. Create a "V" shape to the belt when taping. 

Make a sheet to duct tape by placing pieces together, cut out shapes to make a spider and stick to the orange belt. Add white and black circles to make the eyes. Cut out and place a dozen black circles around the waist band for decoration.

Cut orange duct tape into thin strips and use to make lace looking x's down the chest of the black t-shirt. 

Witch Hat:
Use a large sheet of paper and roll into a cone, cut the bottom straight. 

Take another sheet of paper and draw a large circle. Cut a hole in the center of the circle and slide the hat over the ring. Tape the hat to the ring. 

Cover the entire hat with black duct tape. Use a bit of purple duct tape wrapped around the base of the hat and make a buckle if desired.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cute Typography Lamp

Cut out computer-printed letters and arrange on the side of the lampshade. Use spray glue to stick the letters to the surface. 
    These straight letters on a curved lampshade create a playful design that is ideal for a child's room.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

ProTip! Hide Unattractive Storage

You might be lacking a dedicated home office, but you probably still have a set of unsightly steel file cabinets that need a home. Cover them up (and gain a convenient side board) with this easy technique:

-- Measure fabric to the length and width you need for whatever you're covering.

-- Use hook-and-loop tape to attach the fabric to the cabinet.

-- Try skirting tables and small bookshelves for an instant storage or eyesore cover-up

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mosaic Lamp

    Get the look of broken tile without the mess and fuss of traditional mosaic. Cut irregular squares and rectangles from patterned paper, fit the pieces together on the base, and adhere them with decoupage medium.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

DIY - Upside Down Planter

Pull double DIY duty by transforming plastic soda bottles into a nice little herb garden that grows upside-down.
Tools and materials:
2L soda bottle 
Duct tape 
Hole puncher 
Thick twine or thin rope 

Use razor to cut off bottom third or so of soda bottle. 
Wrap duct tape around the bottom part of the soda bottle. 
Make sure that half of the duct tape is on the bottle and half is above it. 
Cut slits about 2-3? apart in the duct tape and fold over. 
Punch two holes about halfway down the duct tape. Cut two more on the opposite side. 
Cut string and thread through two of the holes form the outside in. Do the same on the other side. 
Find a nice sunny spot to hang your planter and add water to soak the soil 
until it drips through the opening. Cover the opening with some layers of 
cheesecloth, garden bark or mulch to help keep the soil moist and prevent 
rapid drying out of the soil.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Coat Hanger tricks

Make yourself a handy reel for storing flat garden hoses or electrical cords. Bend the wire coat hanger so it resembles the picture below. Attaching it to the wall by only 1 nail allows you to carry it in tact to where you want to use the cord or hose. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

DIY - Dresser Makeover Part 3

Fabric Makeover

BEFORE: This partially stripped chest had seen its last days until its grand makeover

AFTER: With a coat of black paint, fabric-covered panels on all sides, and new hardware, this beautiful bureau will make a statement in any room