Hey! I Like That Lamp!

No really, Kiri Masters from ilikethatlamp sent me a DIY lampshade kit, and it’s LE-GIT. Check out the lampshade I made!

DIY faux bois lampshade // brittanyMakes

This lampshade kit typically calls for fabric, you can make your own drum lampshade using the fabric of your choice, but you know me – I wanted to shake things up using paper!

DIY faux bois lampshade // brittanyMakesLet me explain – I bought two rolls of this absolutely incredible faux bois gold foil wrapping paper from Target over the holidays (can’t find a photo! but Emily used it in this Target styling video). I don’t know why Target does this (I should tell them they’re giving me an ulcer), but Target only releases a small quantity of their best things. UGH!  You know what happens? Frantic scarcity panics set in, and, if you’re like me, you either hoard ALL you can find and/or go to the 3-5 closest targets and scour their inventory for ‘just one more’ because you know it’s a limited edition item and once it’s gone, it’s GONE.  I think I wrapped only one gift using this wrapping paper before it hit me that duh! I can’t just WASTE this wrapping paper! I can’t let it get torn to shreds! So, I hoarded my two rolls and let my brother (gently) unwrap his Christmas gift by nicely requesting that he not tear the paper and yes I would like it back.

DIY faux bois lampshade // brittanyMakes

Above are the basic steps it took to make this lampshade.  It really wasn’t difficult at all, it took some precision and patience, but overall I would absolutely make another lampshade using this kit.  What do you think? The lampshade looks pretty convincing right? Would you guess it was a DIY if I hadn’t told you?

DIY faux bois lampshade // brittanyMakes

sources: fringe wall hanging / horse bookends: vintage / white ceramic vase / gold lamp base: thrifted / mirror parsons table (West Elm, no longer available) / sheepskin / headboard / black & white bedding / fringe pillow  / chair: cb2 (no longer available)

 

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DIY Copper Pipe Ladder

The amount of things you can create out of copper plumbers pipe never ceases to amaze me.  I could spend hours in the plumbing isle of the hardware store, brainstorming and scheming away. Usually I hustle out of there for fear the plumbing gurus will see the impostor that I am. “I’m a DIY blogger, don’t shoot!” Seriously though, I don’t even know the names of the fittings I used in this project haha. Don’t judge me.

I’ve always loved the look of a vintage wooden or iron ladder in a home.  Old ladders can be used as a decorative architectural piece; they fit perfect in awkward blank wall spaces or nooks that needs something but nothing quite seems to fit.

We have this odd wall space beside the fridge that came about from our kitchen remodel. It’s the cabinet that encases the fridge. I’ve been contemplating painting it the same color as our walls, but haven’t yet pulled the trigger.  As a temporary and creative solution for this blank space, I decided to make a ladder myself, from copper pipe!

DIY Copper Pipe Ladder | brittanyMakes

(please disregard the subfloor! we’re still saving up for uniform flooring, until then we’re living with this beautiful, “vintage” 50 y/o subfloor…)

Supply list:

Cut List:

  • Top & Bottom: 4 x 14″ length copper pipe
  • Five rungs: 5 x 12″
  • Mid section: 8 x 10″

DIY Copper Pipe Ladder | brittanyMakes

Assembly is super straight forward, I figured pictures of the assembly would just be silly.  I do however, recommend putting a dab of adhesive inside the copper tees and caps when assembling to strengthen the ladder’s overall integrity.

DIY Copper Pipe Ladder | brittanyMakes

Use the ladder to hang tea towels, vintage fabrics, bath towels, or throw blankets. Seriously, anything looks adorable hung on a ladder.

DIY Copper Pipe Ladder | brittanyMakes

I realized after making this ladder my hand towel game is really lacking. I just might have to fix this! Oh, and if you want to quickly clean your copper pipe, ketchup works amazing!

DIY Copper Pipe Ladder | brittanyMakes

Tell me! Do you have a strange spot in your home that could use a ladder? What would you hang on it? LoveB

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DIY Copper Tape Art

Two DIYs in one week?! What?! I know, I’m just as shocked as you. Although truthfully, I’m procrastinating a little on writing those dreaded New Years resolutions… I’m still sorting through all my feelings over 2014 and determining exactly what it is I want to get out of 2015. I want a lot folks, but I don’t want to set myself up for failure just yet.

SO! What exactly are we making today? Well, it’s a quicky art project that is probably a dud, but I actually like how it turned out so screw any haters and let’s get our copper tape art on!

DIY Copper Tape Art // brittanyMakes

You literally need 4 things to complete this project: Copper conductive tape, scissors, paper, and a frame – if you plan on framing it, or you could tape it to the wall all Washi-tape like with, you guessed it, copper conductive tape!

DIY Copper Tape Art // brittanyMakesRule of thumb for this project, no measuring is required. Honest. I taped out these hexagons very loosely. Doing so adds a dimension of “quark” and “funk” and all the other adjectives that are synonymous with ‘weird’.

DIY Copper Tape Art // brittanyMakesThere are two things you need to know about copper conductive tape.  1) there is a paper backing that you remove to adhere to any surface and 2) the edges are VERY sharp. I used the butt end of my scissors to smooth out each strip of tape after positioning them to the paper. Do NOT do what I did first: use you fingers to smooth out the pieces of copper tape.  It’s real copper folks, and again, it’s SHARP.  Copper conductive tape paper cuts hurt worse than manila folders.  I know you all know what those feel like…

DIY Copper Tape Art // brittanyMakes

DIY Copper Tape Art // brittanyMakes

Above photo is before smoothing out with scissors, just FYI.

Then, I framed my fabulous artwork in a standard Ikea frame, the matting didn’t quite fit but you get the idea.

DIY Copper Tape Art // brittanyMakes

I love the overlapping hexagons. I recently saw a similar pattern displayed on the windows at Urban Outfitters.  Such a coincidence!

DIY Copper Tape Art // brittanyMakes

 

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DIY Souk Inspired Pillow

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakes

 

Hello! I’m kicking off the new year with a fun project! This one is an ode to my favorite, and quite possibly the best selling rug of 2014: the West Elm Souk rug.

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakesMy husband says we can’t have this rug because we have dogs, that our dogs would destroy it, and then I would be the grumpiest wife if I had a dirty Souk rug.  He might be right, but I cannot help but yearn every. single. day. for one! So, instead I brought this look into my home by upgrading a faux fur Eruo pillow I made last year. Sometimes you’re forced to get creative to get what you want, right folks?

This tutorial is so easy, all you need is a roll of painter’s tape, a comb, a Sharpie paint pen, and a faux fur pillow of your choice.  I had a giant white faux fur Eruo pillow I made for my bed out of costume fur from the fabric store. Here is a smaller and very affordable option too if you don’t feel like making a pillow from scratch.

STEP 1 // using your comb, comb out the zig-zag pattern by brushing the fur in opposite directions

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakes

STEP 2 // place a piece of tape down the center of your combed zig-zag lines to protect the fur area that will not get Sharpie’d.  Then, repeat step 1 & 2 about an inch away, parallel to the taped line.  This is the zig-zag pattern that you will ‘paint’ with your Sharpie Paint Pen.

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakes

STEP 3 // using the Sharpie Paint Pen, go to town coloring the fur! I placed the paint pen on the tape and brushed inwards, repeating until I got about 80% coverage. No need to be a perfectionist here.  If you mess up you can always trim away bits of the fur with scissors.

 

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakes

 

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakesSTEP 4 // allow the paint to dry before combing and taping off the other half of the pillow.  Repeat the “painting” process.

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakes

 

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakesSTEP 5 // once completely dry, pull off your tape go! You now have a West Elm Souk inspired pillow.

I’ve been dying to try this process on a cheap faux fur rug, like this one, to fully replicate the Souk rug, but I just haven’t had the chance. Someone do it! Quick!

DIY Souk inspired pillow // brittanyMakes

 

Related Tutorials: Headboard // leather & gold pinwheel pillow

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DIY Mystery Supply Challenge: Wanderlust Globe Ornament

I don’t want to sound like a complainer here, but seriously, glass ornaments! There’s not a whole lot more you can do with a glass ornament that hasn’t already been done.  So instead of this project being an “OMG what an amazing idea I wish I thought of that!” sort of project, it’s going to be an “oh cool! I really like that version of that ornament!” At least I hope so.

DIY Mystery Supply Challenge

 

Burlap and Lace // Desert Domicile // DIY Playbook // Dream Green DIY // Fabric Paper Glue //Homey Oh My // Makely Home // Sarah Hearts // Vintage Revivals

 

 

DIY MYSTERY ORNAMENT CHALLENGE | brittanyMakes

 

We were each challenged to design an ornament using essentially the same ingredients: A clear glass ornament, ribbon, faux snow, and a Sharpie paint pen.  The ornament shape, ribbon color, and Sharpie paint pen color were of our choosing, which is a great little twist because instead of all our ornaments being pretty much the same, we’re able to pick the ingredients that work with our individual styles and tastes.

Ornament inspiration: the hand painted Wanderlust Globe

globe inspiration

My main mission was to find or make something that would be the equivalent of a globe display stand.  I considered crafting it out of clay or wood, then I found this gold loop easel at the craft store, which ended up being perfect for the ornament version of the Wanderlust Globe, mainly because the head of the ornament would have posed some issues.  Instead of trying to hide the ornament head, I utilized it as it was intended, to hang from something, like this easel!

easel

 

The process of my ornament transformation is fairly straight forward.  First, I painted two coats of chalkboard paint over a round ornament bulb.  I hung the ornament to dry on the gold easel.  I’m still so happy I found this easel,l it really is the best thing I could find that looked like a globe stand. Then I drew the continents with the white Sharpie paint pen.  Maybe it was user error but I was having trouble getting the paint out, just don’t look too closely at North America…

 

 

Wanderlust Globe Ornament // brittanyMakes

 

Next, I took a gold marker and wrote in all the major locations.  I wish the marker I chose had a little more metallic sheen to it, but I needed a fine tip so my options were slim.

 

Wanderlust Globe Ornament // brittanyMakes

The last thing I did was take a section of the glitter ribbon tape and wrap it around the base of the ornament topper.  So, where’s the snow? Well, consider me disqualified because all I could come up with is sprinkling it around the globe stand for the picture.  You can’t win them all can you.

Wanderlust Globe Ornament // brittanyMakes

Well, there you have it! Make sure to hop on over to the other beautiful participants to see what ornaments they cooked up! Here’s the list again if you need it :)

Burlap and Lace // Desert Domicile // DIY Playbook // Dream Green DIY // Fabric Paper Glue //Homey Oh My // Makely Home // Sarah Hearts // Vintage Revivals

 

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It’s Christmas Time!

Wow! I can’t believe we’re already through with Thanksgiving. As of yesterday I am in full Christmas mode! The tree has been purchased, holiday decorating has begun, and lights are up on the house, which is super exciting because now that we’re homeowners, this is the first time we’ve ever hung Christmas lights outside.  My husband is kind of afraid of heights, he had to climb up a ladder to hang our exterior lights, and it’s mean of me but it I couldn’t help but laugh as he got all worried climbing only two steps up from the ground.  It’s not like our house is that tall!

I have an exciting announcement to make! I’m participating in a Christmas ornament challenge! The lineup for this event is blowing my mind.  I religiously follow each one of these ladies blogs and feel unworthy to be lined up beside them.  It must be a mistake!

 

DIY Mystery Supply Challenge

 

Burlap and Lace // Desert Domicile // DIY Playbook // Dream Green DIY // Fabric Paper Glue // Homey Oh My // Makely Home // Sarah Hearts // Vintage Revivals

 

The challenge is kinda like that foodie show Chopped? I always watch that show while I’m at the gym running on the treadmill, something about it mystery food dishes help me ignore the fact I’m working out.  Is it weird that not one dish have I ever thought to recreate? I wonder if the show has ever taken a poll on this… Well, anyway, this challenge is something like Chopped, where we each get a box of random craft supplies (we all get the same stuff!) and we create an ornament of sorts using said supplies.  The good news is no one is going to get publicly shamed, the bad news? I might actually shame myself if I don’t think up of something other than a snow filled ornament…

Here are the ingredients we get to work with:

- clear glass/plastic ornaments
- 1 Sharpie paint pen (any color)
- 1 bag of faux snow
- 1 roll of ribbon
The full reveal is next Monday, so put it on your calendars and add all these fine ladies to your reader, because ornament crafting is comin’ in hot!
Lastly, did everyone had a successful shopping weekend like I did? I participated in the Thursday night + Friday morning “Black Friday” confusion.  I had to go to Best Buy twice (!) to get the two things I wanted for the sale, because each item wasn’t offered on sale both days.  Dumb. But! I did score some 50% off at Old Navy & Gap, I bought this vest, this infinity scarf, this plaid shirt, and these fancy sweats. I was looking for some booties but came up empty handed.  And duh, today is Cyber Monday! I have like 5 rugs in my shopping cart from the incredible 70% off all Loloi rugs sale going on over at Scout & Nimble.  This indigo denim beauty and this vegan raw hide are my faves!  I’m also eyeing this wide angle lens for my Nikon DSLR.
Check back later this week, our full kitchen reveal is coming up!
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DIY Raw Wood Valance & Chinoiserie Drapes

I’m not very good at posting on Mondays, mainly because it’s well, Monday, and arguably the worst day of the week.  I’d like to promise I’ll try to post more on Mondays, but i’m not going to pigeonhole myself or make promises I cannot keep, so instead let’s consider today’s post a bonus!

Last week I revealed our bedroom.  I’m actually happy to report it pretty much still looks this way! I’ve managed to keep all surfaces clean and organized and ‘decor-ized!’ Not destroying our bedroom immediately after having taken the stylized photos is a major accomplishment.  Hopefully we can keep it this way for a little bit longer!

Fall in Love - Master Bedroom Reveal // brittanyMakes

Anywho, I wanted to share with you today the DIY behind creating this raw wood valance, as well as more details about these amazing curtain panels!  The raw wood valance was 100% inspired by the Decorview setup in this guestroom makeover.  I needed to have a modern wood valance in my life, and thought the bedroom window was the perfect place to experiment!

DIY raw wood valance // brittanyMakes

First, I hung a very inexpensive curtain rod, I think it was $4 from Ross (you can see it in one of the photos below).  Then, using an 8-foot 1″ x 3″ pine board, my miter saw, 3″ L brackets and a stud finder, I crafted a simple valance.  The width of the valance was measured by first identifying the location of the studs flanking our window.  I wanted to be sure this valance was secured to the studs.

DIY raw wood valance // brittanyMakes

I attached the valance to the wall using more L brackets, as you can see below.  The L brackets and curtain rod are hidden from view, but here is an undershot so you get an idea of how it was assembled.

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Now, how ’bout that fabric??? This Chinoiserie inspired print is a stunner!  I love how bold and vivacious this fabric looks in our bedroom.  It certainly plays the leading role without stealing the show.

DIY raw wood valance // brittanyMakes

The fabric itself is a Williamsburg print from their new fabric collection, called Dunmore Dragons in persimmon.  The Williamsburg collection is full of vivid colors and intriguing designs. These bold prints and woven textiles are reminiscent of artifacts and objects in Colonial Williamsburg and their extensive archives of 18th-century decorative arts.  Williamsburg Licensee PK Lifestyles, took this historical influence and updated these prints into these very trendforward designs.   I definitely recommend browsing the full collection of Willimsburg textiles, there might find something you love!

DIY raw wood valance // brittanyMakes

I made the curtain panels in like 30 minutes, no joke! I chose not to line them, mainly because I didn’t have any fabric to use for lining.  I can always add a liner later or double up the curtains with inexpensive white panels from Ikea.  All I did was fold the edges over twice, iron the fold down, and run the edges through my sewing machine.

DIY raw wood valance // brittanyMakes

I hung the panels to the inexpensive curtain rod using rings with attached clamps, then hemmed the bottom at the length where the panels hit the floor. I didn’t even take the panels down! I brought my sewing machine to the window and hemmed them while they were hanging.  I’ve never done this before, it was SO much easier than I expected!

Fall in Love - Master Bedroom Reveal // brittanyMakes

 

So there you go! I am seriously loving this perfect marriage between a simple-but-fancy raw wood valance and these vibrantly chic curtain panels!

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DIY Woven Wall Hanging from Bathmat

Confession: I’ve been sitting on this project for over a month.  A month! Why the wait, you ask? Well, I kinda feel like I cheated, although simultaneously I kinda feel like a genius.  Take your pick, I wont be offended.

DIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

I wholeheartedly admire pure artisans, crafters, and makers.  I admire their patience and persistence and adoration of what they do.  I also admire people who pay a pretty penny for handcrafted goods, and I wish I had that pretty penny to support said makers, but alas I am not made of money therefore if I want something I usually have to figure out how to hack it, DIY it, fake it, or give up on it.  Consider this project a clever hack; mighty clever if you ask me!

I’ve gone and made a wall hanging (from a bathmat!!!). I am crazy in love with Rachel Duvall’s textiles, so you can say this project piggy backs off her designs, specifically how the wall hanging is actually hung from the wall.  Alright, enough words, lets get to the tutorial shall we?

DIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

First, per usual, I ran to Target to get some supplies.  I picked up a plain white bath mat. I kind of wandered around for a while, I was looking for something simple in design with a loom type look to it, maybe a welcome mat, maybe a rug? No, a bathmat!  Next, I rummaged through my craft paint stash, picked two boy-ish colors (teal & navy) as well as a bottle of fabric medium and a roll of Frog Tape.  I taped off the top triangle first, mixed the fabric medium and the acrylic paint per the instructions, and liberally coated the bathmat in paint.  I let this dry for a hour or so, then repeated this step for the bottom triangle.

DIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

Once the paint was completely dry, I dipped into my stash of upholstery cord and cut a bunch of ~12″ length pieces to make some fringeDIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

I tied a knot in the middle of each 12″ piece of cordDIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

Then attached to the bottom of the bath mat using hot glue

DIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

Then I unraveled each strand to get that lovely rug fringe look

DIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

I LOVE the way Rachel Duvall hangs her textiles, so I created something similar out of 1″x2″s.  I measured, cut, and stained the wood then secured them together with screws from the reverse side.  I added a picture frame hook on the back and hung it in the nursery.

DIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

So yeah, it’s a bathmat, and I’m probably not fooling anyone, but I think it actually looks really great! You could definitely do the same thing with a small entry rug of sorts, you know, those small rugs no one buys that measure like 2’x3’?

DIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

Would you consider hanging a bathmat as wall art?

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DIY Black & White Chevron Pillow

DIY Chevron pillow from Striped Fabric | brittanyMakes for 6th Street Design School

I love mixing things up with fun pillows, don’t you? Today I’m sharing a pretty cool tutorial over at 6th Street Design School on how to make this chevron pillow from your favorite black and white striped fabric! My bets you have a stash somewhere at home, pull it out and let’s go!

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MAKE THIS // Leather Handle Tray

Thank you everyone for all your great comments on the woven bench post! I already have some family members requesting that I make them a bench.  It’s very encouraging, although I just might have to invest in a KregJig.

OH. And about that earthquake!  Is everyone OK?? My grandpa owns a couple stores in Sonoma which got a little rattled, poor guy had to rally up a team of employees at 3:30 am to clean up before they opened.  A friends brother’s garage floor cracked, some keepsakes broke at my Meemaw’s house, and my baby boy slept through the whole darn thing. It definitely woke me up, and motherhood has officially changed my outlook on earthquakes.  I used to think they were no big deal, but this was the first time I really felt panicky that I couldn’t protect my baby from something, and I didn’t like that feeling one bit!  My husband on the other hand, he just fell right back to sleep (ha!), but it seriously got me thinking that we need to fine tune our evacuation plan.

ANYWAY, back to today’s tutorial! You may have noticed a cute little leather handled tray sitting on that woven bench I made…

HACK THIS // Woven Bench DIY | brittanyMakes

 

Maybe you didn’t, that’s OK! See it there now? So cute, right? Well it just happens to be world’s easiest project I made from my stash of leather scraps. If you remember, I made this pinwheel pillow and this camera strap also from leather scraps!  Seriously, don’t toss your leather scraps or fabric remnants, chances are you can easily make something chic and sophisticated with them.  I’ll be here all day encouraging you to do so :P

So anyway, this project started out with a need.  I needed a tray of sorts by my bedside to corral all the random things – glass of water, hair clips, baby monitor, etc, you know, all those random things that make your bedside table look a mess? It was getting out of hand and I didn’t need yet another fancy $50 tray.  Lo and behold I found this $5 fabric covered tray at Target (I can’t find it on the website, sorry!), and athough it was lovely enough in gray linen, I thought it needed a little dressing up.

MAKE THIS // DIY Leather Handle Tray | brittanyMakes

 

Naturally the next thing I did was grab my trusty stash of leather scraps.  Then, I measured and cut two 3/4″ x 6″ strips of leather to make two handles.

MAKE THIS // DIY Leather Handle Tray | brittanyMakes

 

I cut triangles out of each end so that the handle resembles a little banner.

 

MAKE THIS // DIY Leather Handle Tray | brittanyMakes

 

Using a leather hole punch, I punched one hole on each end of the strap.

MAKE THIS // DIY Leather Handle Tray | brittanyMakes

 

I eyeballed where I wanted to place the leather strap on each side of the tray, grabbed my drill and drilled two holes using a bit about the same size diameter of a rivet.

MAKE THIS // DIY Leather Handle Tray | brittanyMakes

 

I attached each handle with two rivets, I only had silver rivets on hand but brass rivets would look fantastic here too!

 

MAKE THIS // DIY Leather Handle Tray | brittanyMakes

 

Super cute, right? And so easy? What’s funny is I originally needed this tray at my bedside but now it resides on our coffee table. I’m back at square one with a mess of a bedside table.  Tell me, what do you use to corral your bedside randoms??

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