A Campaign Dresser Makeover & Group Giveaway

 

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Ever since we sold our coral Craigslist dresser I’ve been secretly on the hunt for a replacement.

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Of course, a campaign dresser has always been on my wish-list, but I never in my wildest dreams thought I would find one I could afford.  One random day I was searching Craigslist for what, I can’t even remember, and ended up performing my routine searches: “wood dresser” and “old dresser”, lo and behold a 6′ campaign dresser appeared in my search results, for basically free!  I got my man’s permission and we ended up picking it up a day later.  You wouldn’t believe it, but this giant 6′ dresser completely fit in my Kia Soul! I don’t care what they say about my hamster car, this thing can carry a load.

campaign dresser makeover

Go ahead and laugh at me now, but I forgot to take a proper ‘before’ photo. #DIYerfail.

I knew I wanted to paint the dresser glossy white, but was hesitant to use a paint brush with a high gloss paint.  I’ve wanted to purchase the Critter spray gun ever since I read Jenny’s post, and had it sitting in my Amazon shopping cart for quite some time.  It was shortly after when Coupons.com reached out to me and made my spray gun dreams come true with their coupon codes!

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I got working on the dresser right away.  The first thing I did was remove the stupid stump feet that someone had put on it.  Then I removed all the hardware.  Boy there was a lot of hardware!

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

I crafted a simple rectangle base out of 2″ x 4″s and wood screws.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

Then attached the base to the dresser with L brackets.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

The dresser had a few dings, spots with chipped and damaged veneer.  I patched these areas with wood filler and sanded smooth once dry.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

Once the dresser was all prepped, I finally got to spraying! I didn’t take a picture of the Critter gun in action, but I will agree that this is the best and easiest to use paint sprayer ever.  I was able to get that factory finish with just a couple coats of paint.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

 

While the paint was curing, I spent a couple hours polishing the hardware, which was a pain in the rear but completely worth it.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

I love how the base turned out! Those stub feet completely clashed with the look and feel of the dresser. Plus, I added about 2 more inches in dresser height.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

 

Let’s bring this post around full circle and point out my Spring trend: white & gold! My home sings Spring with a glossy coat of white paint, a gallery wall of gold mirrors and frames, all married with bright artwork and photographs of our travels.  I know my Spring trend isn’t all ‘radiant orchid’ or anything, but it’s classic and represents me.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

I still can’t believe I scored this dresser.  Thanks to Coupons.com I was able to complete this dresser makeover in no time! I probably would have taken at least a couple more months before pulling the trigger and buying myself a paint sprayer.  I’ll probably spray paint everything from now on, and avoid using a brush as much as possible.  That smooth factory finish is like crack :P

So what about the giveaway? Well, Coupons.com teamed up with not only myself, but 14 other stellar bloggers and we’re all joining in on the giveaway! One lucky reader will win their choice of a $150 Target or West Elm gift card.  Say what?! Until now I had no idea Coupons.com offered coupons to my favorite home decor sites.  Just follow the Rafflecopter tool below and enter for your chance to win!

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Fly Away Stenciled Curtains

Ah! It’s Friday again! Thank goodness.  I’m skipping Friday Faves this week to share a fun project I just finished.  I’ve mentioned it a few times now, but I’ve been craving some serious coral lately.  It’s probably due to the change in seasons, but most likely the fact I’m missing that coral dresser of mine.  Still kinda sad I got rid of it, but that just means I can paint something else coral, right?? Like these curtains?

sparrow stenciled curtains | brittanyMakes

 

I’ve had my eye on pretty much every stencil Royal Designs Studios carries, so when they asked me if I wanted to try one out, it was a no brainer to accept.  It was tough choosing a stencil, I mean, have you seen their selection??!  I already bought the cheetah spots stencil, and this darling sparrow was next on my list so I had to get it, of course.

sparrow stenciled curtains | brittanyMakes

 

I tapped into my coral paint stash left over from my dresser makeover, I believe this shade of coral is Behr Lipstick, cut slightly with a splash of white matte paint.  I’m no paint brush snob, but the stencil brush Royal Designs Studio sent me is the best thing ever! I was able to stencil these two curtain panels so stinkin’ fast, with serious crisp lines too.  I’m always terrified of bleeding paint when stenciling, but this brush seriously works some magic.

sparrow stenciled curtains | brittanyMakes

I wanted to do something a little different to our bedroom, since it’s a small space and all.  I wanted to keep things light and airy instead of weighing the room down with heavy colored curtains.  I picked up a pack of white linen curtains from Ikea and married them with the Fly Away stencil. Oh, and you’re probably wondering where our sconces are? We actually installed the curtains before we decided on the sconces, go figure right? So anyway, I must say, a little splash of coral goes a long way don’tcha think?

So tell me, what’s your favorite Royal Designs stencil? And have you stenciled a space in your home? Do share!

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Make This: Copper Laptop Table

Hey folks! Today I’m sharing a shockingly easy tutorial over at 6th Street Design School on how to make a laptop table from plumbers pipe.  Take a minute and check it out!

DIY Copper Laptop Table | brittanyMakes

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The Infamous Faux Zebra Rug DIY

I’m incredibly cruel and teased you with peeks of a metallic zebra rug that I DIY’d when helping my girlfriend redesign her home office, back in August! I feel bad for holding out so long, but I originally had wanted to make a few more and host a giveaway (which I still might do), but time got away from me.  So, today I’ll share the tutorial so you can make your own!

I was quite fond of the faux zebra rugs crafted from drop cloths that hit the DIY stages a while ago.  I  thought about making my own but decided against it since I figured they would dirty easily, not to mention drop cloth fabric isn’t heavy and wouldn’t lay flat like a true rug would.

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

When deciding to make this rug I knew the only way for it to be a success if it met these two criteria: heavy in weight and easy to clean.  The perfect medium hit me as I was browsing the fabric store – vinyl! It was perfect, a fabric that is wipe-able, durable, and heavy enough to lay flat like a true rug.  The quality of vinyl these days is very impressive.  For this rug in particular I chose some vinyl with the color and texture of linen, but I’ve also made one for myself from smooth white vinyl, so any vinyl of your fancy would work perfectly!

Materials Needed:

  • 2 yards of Kraft paper
  • Scissors
  • 2 yards of upholstery width vinyl (54″ wide)
  • 2 Krylon gold leaf pens

STEP 1 Sketch out the outline of your zebra rug on your Kraft paper.  You really only need to do this for one side of the rug since you can flip over and use for the other side.  I used this image when sketching out my zebra rug, as well as for the stripes.

STEP 2 Flip your vinyl over wrong side up, lay your Kraft paper stencil down and trace the zebra outline.  Flip the Kraft stencil over to the opposite side of the vinyl and trace.  Then, cut out the zebra form.

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

 

STEP 3 Flip your vinyl right side up.  Lay your zebra stencil on top of the vinyl and begin drawing the outlines of the zebra’s stripes with the gold leaf pen on the opposite side, mirroring the stencil.  You can fill in the stripes as you go, or outline first then fill in after. I worked a hybrid method as I drew the stripes.

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

Don’t worry one bit about being perfect, the great thing about zebra stripes is they are unpredictable and weird, so you really can’t mess up.

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

STEP 4 Now that you have the left side complete, remove the Kraft stencil and freehand the stripes on the right side.

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

 

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

The gold leaf pen dries quickly and is permanent as far as I’ve experienced, but if you want you can seal the rug by spraying a coat of clear acrylic spray paint as a protectant.

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

The options are endless for this rug! If gold isn’t your thing, try a black Sharpie or a Montana Cans paint pens, which comes in all colors of the rainbow including gold and copper (and are CRAZY permanent, ask my husband what happened to our brand new sheets when I accidentally shook the pen too hard.  Oops!)

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

And there you have it! Who would have thought the secret to a killer faux zebra rug is vinyl?

Faux Zebra Rug DIY | brittanyMakes

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In the works

Hello! Happy Monday!  How was your weekend? I find it’s definitely easier to swallow a Monday when it’s a holiday. My commute this morning was a breeze :)

I wanted to share some of the projects I’m currently working on.  The most exciting of them all is this 6′ campaign dresser I bought off Craigslist for next to nothing.  I still can’t believe I fit the entire thing in my car! My husband and I decided to upgrade our commuter vehicle to a Kia Soul after having rented one during our trip to Chicago last spring.  We fit SO MUCH in that little car, 8 giant suitcases and 4 adult human bodies.  I was beyond impressed.  I’ve packed my car to the brim a few times, but this dresser is quite an impressive feat.

campaign dresser in car

So, what will we do with the dresser? I envision it landing in our nursery, but my husband thinks it’s for our bedroom.  We’re planning to move to our own place in April, so for the time being we can use it in our bedroom, although in my opinion it would make for the most perfect dresser/changing table.

Next, I’m in the process of re-upholstering a pair of mid-century swivel chairs.  They are currently upholstered in a gross vinyl that also smells mid-century.  I’m thinking they’ll look adorable in velvet.

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The third project I’m working on is almost complete.  The adhesive I used needs extra time to cure, so it’s just sitting and hardening in my garage right now.  This project was fun one.

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My husband’s on a work trip in India for the next 9 days, which means I’ll be occupying myself with these projects to pass the time.  He left on Saturday and I already miss him, so I’m hoping if I keep myself busy the week will go by fast.

So, how about you? Are you working on any fun projects? Is your husband away on travel too? What do you do to pass the time?

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Handmade Gift Idea: Gold Leather Clutch

I LOVE making gifts for friends and family.  Over the years I learned handmade gifts are not for everyone, which is kinda sad, but actually works in my favor because I usually run out of time to make gifts for everyone.  However, for those who appreciate the effort and the thought, I try to spend extra time and make them something special each year.

The main inspiration for this project came to light after I found this faux leather gold fabric at Joanne’s.  Gold fabric can go wrong oh so fast, it can look too yellow or worse, green! But if you find just the right metallic gold sheen it can be perfect in all the right ways.  This fabric has a hint of snakeskin texture, is super soft, and pretty much near a perfect gold tone.  I had it in my mind to make a velvet lined clutch, and with the gold faux leather in the spotlight, I made it happen.  Follow along and you can make one for yourself! (or a friend or relative, but we all know YOU want one :P )

 MAKE THIS: DIY Gold Leather Clutch w/ Tassels // brittanyMakes

ONE // With your fabric wrong sides out, measure and cut the leather and velvet.  I wanted my clutch to be 9″ x 7″, so I first measured 9″x7″, then added a 1/2″ seam allowance for the two 7″ sides and one of the 9″ sides.  The other 9″ side will be the zipper side, which needs a larger seam allowance.  I gave myself a conservative 1″ allowance for the zipper.

DIY gold leather & velvet lined clutch // brittanyMakes

TWO // Take your liner velvet fabric and sandwich the two leather pieces.  The two leather pieces will remain wrong sides out, the outer liner velvet will literally sandwich the leather, right sides out.

DIY gold leather & velvet lined clutch // brittanyMakes

THREE // Before we begin sewing, let’s move on and prepare the zipper.  The zipper length will be about 8″, just slightly shorter than the long length of the clutch.  Trim your zipper (make sure you keep the actual zipper piece on, as in, don’t trim it off!).  Next, cut yourself two 1″x2″ (ish) pieces of leather.  Fold the ends of the leather towards what would be the middle of the leather, then fold the piece in half.  The idea is we want to cover the ends of the zipper, but you do not want a raw edge of leather, so you want to fold the raw edges inside of this leather “mouth”.

Once you’ve managed this, pin to the end of the zipper piece. Repeat for the other side of the zipper.

DIY gold leather & velvet lined clutch // brittanyMakes

FOUR // (Not pictured) This is where it gets easier and begins to feel like we’re sewing a pillow.  Take your fabric sandwich from step TWO, on the zipper allowance side, sew about 1″ down on the top and then the bottom.  Open up the fabric so that both top velvet sides are facing up towards you.

FIVE // Note – we do not want to iron the leather, instead, using your hand and fold the zipper allowance ends down towards the fabric.  Use pins to keep the fabric in place.  Next, lay your zipper in place.

DIY gold leather & velvet lined clutch // brittanyMakes

SIX // Using a zipper foot attachment on your sewing machine, sew down each side of the zipper.

*In case you’re curious, I used metallic gold thread (from JoAnne’s) for this project since I knew my seam would be exposed on the top of the clutch.  I wanted the thread to match the leather. Just do your best in matching your thread to your fabric.

DIY gold leather & velvet lined clutch // brittanyMakes

SEVEN // Literally, sew it like you would a pillow cover.  Be cautious since you are sewing 4 layers of fabric.  Most current sewing machines will do just fine, however I have an ancient Kenmore which I pretty much need to sing lullaby’s to every time I sew something out of the ordinary.  Once you’re done sewing the three sides, cut tiny slits at the two bottom corners with your scissors.  This will help your clutch look nice and smooth when it’s turned right side out.  If you skip this step, chances are the bottom corners will look puckered and lop sided.

DIY gold leather & velvet lined clutch // brittanyMakes

EIGHT // Flip it inside out and you got yo’self a clutch my friend! Beautifully lined with velvet too! (cue oohs and aaahs)

DIY gold leather & velvet lined clutch // brittanyMakes

Now, you can stop here if you like.  I mean, what a beautiful clutch, right?

I wanted to add a little flair so I tested out Erin’s tassel DIY.  I changed up her tutorial a bit by using a hot glue gun instead of leather rivets, only because I didn’t have any on hand.  Erin’s tassels with rivets looks much more professional than mine, just sayin’.  Or, you can also try my DIY tassel tutorial with gold caps.  Those would pair nicely too!

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World’s easiest (& prettiest) DIY gift tags

I like to live on the edge…  I’m a last minute gift wrapper.  Raise your coffee mug if you’re done shopping.  Take a sip if you’re done wrapping!

Even though I’m a last minute gift wrapper, I still enjoy every detail that goes into wrapping each gift.  My go-to formula is plain wrapping paper, like Kraft paper or something simple like stripes.  Then I dress each gift up with some ribbon.  Glittery ribbon, let’s be honest.  I always try to create a unique gift tag.  I just hate resorting to using scraps of wrapping paper folded in half.  We’ve all done it.  I’m not proud.

One year I made individual chalkboard gift tags, those were quite a hit! They did take some time to cure, so this year I decided to make something a little simpler out of glitter scrapbook paper.

 

DIY Glitter Gift Tags | www.brittanymakes.com

Clearly world’s easiest DIY gift tag.  All you need is the gift-tag looking hole punch which you can find at your local craft store.  I bought mine at Michaels.  I also bought about 10 sheets of glittery scrapbook paper over Black Friday weekend, which were seriously a steal.  I think each sheet ranges from $.99 to $1.99, totally worth making these adorable gift tags.

DIY Glitter Gift Tags | www.brittanymakes.com

I crafted two varieties, a bronze and a gold.  On the back I stamped “TO” and “LOVE”, punched a hole at the top and strung some baker’s twine for easy use when attaching to each gift.

DIY Glitter Gift Tags | www.brittanymakes.com

 

In preparing for last weekend’s pop-up shop, I sold packages of 10 tags.  Let me tell you, everyone LOVED them.  You can get so creative with what scrapbook paper you choose as well.  I almost bought the faux snake skin paper.  Almost.

What special touch do you put on your holiday gift wrapping? Do share!

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A Holiday Card & Tiny Prints

Happy weekend friends! It’s a rare Saturday post today, but it’s all because of a mighty fun collaboration with a business I adore.  Tiny Prints asked me to host a DIY on their blog in exchange for some holiday cards.  I immediately said “YES!”, for two reasons of course – one, the opportunity (duh) and two, it was a slim chance I was going to get my butt in gear and put together (let’s be real here, pay for)  a holiday card.  Now that we’re in full  saving-every-penny-for-the-baby mode, some of the traditions I love, like sending holiday cards, have to be sacrificed.  Again, this is what happens when two accountants get married!

Tiny Prints DIY Stocking Tutorial with brittanyMakes

Thank goodness for Tiny Prints! They made my holiday card dreams come true, AND we were able to coordinate a pregnancy announcement with them as well.  As my husband would say, “double whammy!”.

Let’s get to the fun part.  The DIY I’m sharing over on Tiny Prints blog is a super easy, 6 step tutorial on how to make your own faux fur stocking.

brittanyMakes holiday cards

 

Hop on over to Tiny Prints to get the full step-by-step! And I bet you didn’t know, there is a whole plethora of DIYs from so many bloggers you already know.  Grab a cup of hot cocoa and have a little Saturday reading :)

Happy Saturday everyone!

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DIY Pearl Sleeved Sweater

I’m sharing a fun tutorial today over at the amazing 6th Street Design School on how to glam-up a closet staple – the crew neck sweater!

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Hop on over and read the full tutorial here.

 

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DIY Upholstered X Bench Tutorial

Phew!  THIS PROJECT.

Boy, this project was a beast.

I guess it’s bad blogger form to tell your readers how hard something is.  Projects are supposed to look easy and error free, right? If I’m being completely honest, this project probably shouldn’t have been beastly, or terribly hard for anyone who’s built something from scratch before.  In my defense, when I started this X bench (back in January!) I hadn’t ever built anything from scratch out of wood.  Well, I was itching to use the Kreg Jig I got in my swag bag from last year’s Haven conference, and I was also itching to have myself my very own upholstered X bench, but no way was I ever going to fork over $200+ to buy a brand new X bench.  So I thought I’d scratch both itches, give my Kreg Jig a try and make an X bench myself!

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*Disclaimer #1* Building an X bench is HARD!

In building this X bench, I mainly referenced Beth’s tutorial. I tweaked her tutorial a bit to fit the specifications of a bench, rather than an ottoman. I also chose to use 2″ x 2″ oak boards instead of 1″ x 2″ boards, which in Beth’s tutorial you have to glue together to make a 2″ x 2″ board.  I’d rather pay a couple dollars more to skip that glue + clamp situation.

Here is a short montage of the work it took to build the bench…

DIY X Bench steps 1-4

I definitely used my Kreg Jig, and bought some fancy clamps.  You probably noticed I built this whole thing in my kitchen…. eh, that’s how we roll.

*Disclaimer #2* Upholstering an X bench is HARD!

DIY X Bench steps 5-8

I originally wanted the upholstery to be perfectly seamless.  I started by hot glue gunnin’ the batting over the wood, but it was taking WAY too long to dry (I know, I’m impatient).  I started to worry once the batting was completely attached, ‘this upholstery business isn’t going to go well’.  I ended up stapling the fabric in strategic places around the X legs and middle bar.

The seat was easy: foam + batting + staples that you can hide, no worries there.

DIY X Bench steps 9-12

I wanted the option to remove the the top cushion in case it needed to be cleaned, so instead of drilling it into the base, I secured the top with velcro.  I also drilled the lower base onto the X legs for added stability.

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Boom.  X Bench done! It’s vibrant and luxurious, and full of staples, but what the hay, it’s perfect for me.

DIY-X-Bench

I’m a big fan of benches at the foot of any bed.  They’re the perfect touch to an otherwise boring (and awkward to look at) foot of the bed.

My advice to you is – just go and buy an X bench.  It’s worth the $200.

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