Himmeli Mobile for the Nursery

 

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakes

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today feels like a Monday to me. We spent yesterday recovering from our trip to Disneyland, it was a total veg-out-on-the-couch kinda day. It was glorious… except for the part where I felt guilty for not doing anything when I have walls to paint and such.  As my husband said, one veg day wont kill me.

The baby’s room is coming together, slowly! He’s not sleeping in his crib yet, still in his bassinet in our room so I kind of feel like I don’t have to finish his room until we swap him over.  Am I subconsciously waiting until his room is finished? Err, no? Yes? Don’t ask me I’m not sure.  I am one tiny step closer though, we have a mobile!

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakes

I’ve stumbled and fallen face first on the himmeli train. Brass tubing as sculptures? How can we bloggers resist? I don’t have a tutorial for you since there are a billion himmeli tutorials in blog land, but I will reference which tutorials I used to create our mobile.  I’ll divide it into the three shapes you see here: Hexagon (top), Square (middle & side “tassels”), Diamond (bottom).

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakes

For the top 3D hexagon I followed Rayan’s wreath tutorial. I basically only made the first shape instead of making the whole wreath.  For the bottom diamond I followed this tutorial.  Her blog is in French but luckily she posts a very clear tutorial with images.  For the middle squares, it’s the exact same method as Nessa’s tutorial but with straws of equal length.

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakes

I couldn’t justify making this mobile out of brass tubing, so I opted to use straws which I spray painted gold. I grabbed a pack of straws from Ikea (of all places!).

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakes

The mobile “before” looks weird and scary, but once I spray painted it gold, all was right again.

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakesSo tell me, is himmeli your thing? Have you tried it yet? It’s actually MUCH easier than it looks.  If you’re at all concerned, Mandy has the cutest video showing you just how easy himmeli can be.

 

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Your Camera is Missing Out

 

DIY Camera Strap from Scrap Leather | brittanyMakes for 6th Street Design School

I love a good DIY, there are just so many ideas swirling around in my head. Some of my ideas are original, crazy weird, super simple, or happen to be various renditions of other projects or things I’ve spotted out in the internets. Today’s project is something of the latter, I’m not claiming originality nor am I re-inventing the wheel, I’m just putting my spin on something I actually needed, yet, of course, has been done before.

I completely ruined my stock camera strap when I photographed the latest Home Depot Style Challenge.  I came home and my entire camera bag, strap included, reeked like bonfire.  Not to mention my clothes and hair! It took me a week to wash out that smell, and I’m a girl who hates shampooing… Anyway, I needed a new camera strap, so I turned to my mound of fabric scraps for a solution.  Read the entire tutorial over at the interior design talent Kirsten’s blog, 6th Street Design School.

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DIY Changing Table Tray

Hello! I’m so excited about today’s post, especially for the fact that I was able to squeeze in enough baby nap time to write this post.  It’s super difficult to stop cuddling with a newborn, but I’m actually proud to have found a little bit of time to bust out this tutorial.

Considering my life as of late is baby-centered, I’m sharing a quick tutorial on how to make your own changing table tray.  I mimic’d the design off of the Oeuf changing station, but instead of inserting this tray on top of the crib, I made it a dresser/tabletop station using these diamond-shaped vinyl bumpers.

DIY Changing Table Tray | brittanyMakes

This project is super easy, there’s no need to spend $260 on the Oeuf changing station when you can make it for about $50! Here are the materials you need:

I ended up purchasing two of the 1″x3″ pine boards so that my cuts were free of any knots.  I chose the maple plywood since it’s super smooth and not at all splintery as some other plywoods can be.

 

DIY Changing Table Tray | brittanyMakesFirst, I took the front piece, and with my jig saw I cut out an angular design somewhat similar to the Oeuf changing station. I sanded the edges smooth once done.  Next, I attached the 16″ sides to the front and back pieces of the tray using wood screws and a little bit of wood glue.

DIY Changing Table Tray | brittanyMakes

I flipped the tray over to attach the bottom which is secured using more wood screws.  I should have used my KregJig to attach the front with pocket screws for a clean look, but I cut corners and instead drilled the front face directly to the side pieces.  Because I did that I covered the screws with a bit of caulk.  I was going to use wood filler but the wood filler I have on hand is super sandy and I wanted the tray to have a clean, glossy look.

DIY Changing Table Tray | brittanyMakes

The tray isn’t perfect, but I think it’s totally adorable and a complete Oeuf Changing Station hack.

DIY Changing Table Tray | brittanyMakes

DIY Changing Table Tray | brittanyMakes

Just see how handsome baby Zano looks just chillin’ in his tray waiting to get his dirty diaper changed.

DIY Changing Table Tray | brittanyMakes

I love him!

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Moustache Stamped Swaddle

Hey folks! How are ya? Well, I’m just sitting at home waiting to pop, and in the spirit of welcoming a little one I wanted to share my latest DIY inspired by the popular potato stamping technique!

Moustache potato stamp DIY | brittanyMakes

 

Potato stamping has been around forever, I’ve never actually tried it until now but it has to be one of the easiest ways to create a stamp.  Now, I chose to stamp a plain white swaddle blanket, but you can stamp almost anything! How about a tea towel, or a T-shirt? I just adore Kelly’s confetti T-shirt!

Well, let’s get to it shall we?  Here are the supplies you need:

  • 1 Large potato
  • Fabric paint
  • Paring knife
  • Pen
  • Fabric of your choice

Moustache potato stamp DIY | brittanyMakes

 

ONE Cut a cross section of your potato TWO draw your shape with a pen THREE trim around the shape with your paring knife FOUR using your finger, dab some fabric paint on your shape and test to make sure the stamp works as desired; then, start stamping your fabric!

Moustache potato stamp DIY | brittanyMakes

 

You want to let the paint completely cure, about 24-72 hours before washing.  I just followed the instructions on the back of the fabric paint bottle.

Moustache potato stamp DIY | brittanyMakes

 

How about it? Will you give potato stamping a try?

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DIY Leather Pouf & Giveaway with the Leather Hide Store

*This post is in partnership with The Leather Hide Store, all opinions are my own 

For those of you who have been reading for a while probably remember the favored West Elm pouf hack.  Well, I sorta brought this tutorial back today, but revamped for my current needs: an ottoman for our nursery!

DIY leather pouf/ottoman | brittanyMakes

I feel so honored to have been contacted by the Leather Hide Store to sample a remnant of their leather.  I have ALWAYS wanted a leather pouf, either a morrocan or a vintage classic, and when putting together our nursery I knew a leather pouf was in order.

DIY leather pouf/ottoman | brittanyMakes

 

The Leather Hide Store sent me a few swatches of leather (I was extremely indecisive at first, they have so many incredible options to choose from!)  My first instinct was to play it safe and get something cream or white, but I decided to challenge myself and go brown (gasp! right? so edgy, I know). I chose Golden Saddle, which as you can see looks rich and vintage in the photo above (less like the image on the website – I recommend ordering swatches!).

DIY leather pouf/ottoman | brittanyMakes

 

One thing you’ll notice is the seam down the front side of the pouf.  I actually did this intentionally as I wanted the pouf to feel vintage and pieced together.  My pouf measures 18″ W 16″ H 18″ D, and sewing it together was actually the easiest thing, luckily Santa brought me a new sewing machine this year, sewing through two layers of leather couldn’t have been smoother.  My old machine would have choked…

DIY leather pouf/ottoman | brittanyMakes

I first attached all 4 side pieces, creating one long rectangle.  Then, I attached the top and bottom, which left me with one edge completely open.  I reinforced the corners of this open edge by sewing down about an inch top and bottom, then turned the pouf inside out.  I stuffed the pouf with 4″ high density upholstery foam (2 layers for the center) and surrounded the foam with Poly-fill, just like I did in this post. Once the pouf was completely stuffed, I hand stitched the edge closed.

DIY leather pouf/ottoman | brittanyMakes

 

Over all I am quite impressed with the leather quality the Leather Hide Store has to offer.  Their remnants are priced super well (and are actually on sale right now!).  But maybe a remnant is too small for your project? Check out their upholstery leather section for a greater variety of options.

I’m pretty stoked to be able to offer this giveaway today! All you have to do is enter the giveaway below.  Open to US Residents only, each reader has 4 chances to enter.  Good luck!

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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.

campaign dresser makeover | brittanyMakes

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

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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.

Midcentury-Swivel-Chair-2

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.

Sneak-Peek

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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