1. Acrylic Hexagon Hand-painted and Lettered Tiles
I love how these turned out! It was a total experiment, but I am glad to have been trusted enough to take on this project. Photos in the gallery below show the transformation, step-by-step, from what the painting boards looked like when I took them out of the package up until after they were cut, painted, and lettered on! It was my first time cutting acrylic with the tool I used as well> I had to find a video on YouTube to research what to get and how to use it (also posted below). The edges were not as smooth as I hoped it would be at the points when I did cut the boards, so I sanded them a little and then used a heat/wood burning tool I have used in the past to cut pieces of acrylic board for evening it out.
-Acrylic Painting Tiles from Jerry's Artarama
-Plaskolite Acrylic Cutting Tool from Lowe's
-Acrylic Paint by Liquitex Basics in Ivory Black and Artist Loft
-Chalk Markers in white by Marvy Uchida Bistro
-Wood burning/heat tool
-YouTube video resource
2. Balcony Makeover
After bringing home a houseplant from work one day and taking on the challenge to learn how to care for it, I sat on my balcony and stared around thinking I was ready for an upgrade. It had been almost exactly a month since learning I would move into my first apartment, and I couldn't believe the time had passed so swiftly. I enjoyed each month in my new home, and kept busy decorating and settling in over the time. It was now time to settle in the outdoor space. Time to decorate and make it my own... right in time for Summer 2019! That is exactly what I did (photos below); and all of it for under $100.
Outdoor rug... $35 from BJ's
Lantern... $4 from Michael's (was on sale + discounted due to damage)
Flowering shrubs... $12 from Walmart
Hanging flower basket... $16 from Gunter's Greenhouse
Table... $2 from TROSA Thrift Store
Outdoor fabric... $7 from Walmart
Batting... $0 left over from previous project
Bag of potting soil... $2 from Roses
Three cans of spray paint... $12, one from Walmart, Michaels, and Roses
Chairs... $0 given to me from a friend
Railing attachments and baskets... $0 gifted to my job and no one wanted them
Sweat-equity, blisters, and DIY perseverance to get the job done... PRICELESS
3. Tufted Headboard
I used an old found framed painting from my Dad's house that he was planning to get rid of to create my next transformed piece. Photos below show how I turned it into a headboard for my Queen-sized bed.
-Frame re-purposed from my Dad's house
-2'x4' pegboard from Home Depot
-Upholstery thread from Joann's
-Doll needles from Joann's
-Grey velveteen from Joann's
-Batting from Joann's
-3" High-density foam from Joann's
-A couple button making kits, one from Joann's and one from Amazon
-Staple gun and staples I had from previous projects
-Hot glue gun and glue sticks
4. Tray Restoration
The same friend that gave me the chairs I transformed for my balcony gave me this tray-like frame one day as well. I reuse frames pretty often, but this thing, we both thought, looked a lot like a tray. The filler that I ended up spray and hand painting was a leftover piece from... you guessed it, the old framed art I re-purposed for my headboard! The photos below are before and after shots.
5. Shoe Charm Revamp
I scored these cute little shoes below years ago (2013/14 I'd guess) for $3 at a Dress For Success boutique sale. I retired them for some years when the ceramic piece on one foot broke and I had no way of repairing them... until a few months ago. In need of a cute and comfortable shoe to wear to church one Sunday, I decided to use a couple of old pieces from a broken bracelet to restore the charm on each shoe. It worked out perfectly, in my opinion!
Thanks so much for checking out my latest projects! I definitely look forward to more to come. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave then below; and as always, until next time... PEACE!
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