Friday, June 23, 2017

DIY Framed Canvas Signs

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You know what the best thing is about Christmas time with my family? ...I know I'm talking about Christmas in June, but there's a point :) The best thing is that we still do lists! We are all grown adults, and the lists still get emailed around. Well, on that list last year, my brother asked me to make him some artwork for his wall. I never made it for him. #badsister But! I knew his birthday was just a few months after that, and it would be a perfect present. I had a few ideas floating around my head of what to do, then I thought about how his place looked. He is renting out an attic that looks like a ski lodge. It is FULL of wood paneling. So, I knew that I needed to make something to break it up and not make it look to busy. I asked him just after Christmas what his favorite quote was, and then put it on some framed canvases for his birthday. By the time his birthday rolled around, he totally forgot about the quote. Win!

So, obviously long story, but that's the inspiration behind this DIY. And it's so easy! You can make it any size you need. All you need is:
1x3 pine board (or boards, depending on the size of canvas)
Canvases ( any size, how every many you need. I bought mine in a two pack with a coupon from Michaels. I think it was like $6 total)
Printer
Water and paint brush
Black acrylic paint
Saw
Stain

Step 1: Find a font that you like and print out your quote. I broke my quote up into two since I was using 2 canvases. Print the quote backwards onto printing paper. I did this in photoshop by just typing the quote first, and then flipping the canvas horizontally. You can do the same thing in most other applications by dragging the text box all the way to the left. I guess it just depends on what you are using :)

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Step 2:  Line up where you want the words and cut the corners to have it fit. Make sure it is straight and level.
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Step 3: Using a paint brush dipped in water, trace the black ink. Do not over water this part or else it will bleed.
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Step 4: Place the paper ink side down onto the canvas. Using the end of the paint brush, trace the words, pressing firmly.

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Step 5: This is what it should end up looking like. 

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 Do this same thing on the other canvas with the other half of the quote.
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 Step 6: Using a thin bristled or tapered paint brush, dip into the black paint and trace the letters.
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 Step 7: Now it's time to build the frame. I measured the height of the canvases and cut two boards that same height.

I then measured the width of the canvas and added the width of the two 1x3s and cut it at that.

So, if the height of your canvas is 18", then cut two 1x3s at 18". If the width is 10" then cut two 1x3s at 10+.75+.75 =11.5" Most 1x3s are usually 3/4" thick. But, make sure to measure yours first before cutting, since it may vary.

Next, glue and nail one bottom piece and the two side pieces together. Remembering to put the side pieces on top of the bottom (width) piece.
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 Step 8: Slide your canvas into the three pieces. It should be a tight fit, so you may have to do some finagling . I had mine line up right in the middle of the wood. I did have to hammer one side of the canvas inward to make it even.
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 Next, add the top width piece. Secure it with wood glue on the wood joints and nails into the wood and canvas.

And there you have it. A really simple and cheap piece of art with big impact.
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 I love how this turned out, and don't judge me for the quote my brother picked :) But, it's a good saying to live by, don't you think?
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 I haven't had a chance to visit his place to see how these look in it, but I am this weekend! When I get bored of my mantel decor this year, I'm planning on making something similar to this probably in a script font and a whole lot larger.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

I DIYed That Link Party #17

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It's time to show us how you "I DIYed That" again- not just for bloggers, but for non-bloggers too!
I DIYed that - a weekly link up for you to share your creations!
 You can share your blog post here, showing off a DIY creation you made, or if you are a non-blogger, you can link up your DIY on Instagram using the hashtag #iDIYedthat. Every week, each blogger will pick our favorites and share them on our blogs, on Pinterest, as well as throughout our social media channels! We want to show you off! First Let's meet the Hostesses:
 
 Alicia: Thrify and Chic, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest
 Jen: Noting Grace, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest
 Laura: Junque Cottage, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest
Leigh: Little by Little Farmhouse, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest
 Lindsey: Repurpose and Upcycle, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest

 Let's start by sharing what we've been up to this week:

Alicia shared her Summer home tour!


And here are the features for this week:
The first feature is from the account @paisleyandwilliam on Instagram. She shares how she DIYed this bench all on her own. We love it and it looks amazing.

Our next feature is from the blog An Inspired Nest. Shannon shares how she created a floral arrangement from milk glass and a milk bottle holder. Isn't it delightful?

 

So, how do you link up? It's super easy!

Share UP TO THREE (3) of your original posts from your blog with something you DIYed (no shops or giveaways please) Now for the fun stuff - the Linky Party! Share up to three of your original posts from your blog with something you DIYed (no shops or giveaways please) Follow your hosts of your favorite form of social media. It's not necessary to visit other blogs, but if you see something that inspires you, go to the original source and let them know! Let's share the love! Also, be sure to check out our features on our Pinterest Board! And visit the other bloggers to see who they have featured this week! By linking up, you are confirming that these are your photos and that you are giving the hosts permission to share your images and links on their blogs and social media.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer Home Tour 2017

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Welcome to our Summer home tour! I love the Summer home tour because it usually shows what my house looks like with normal decor, without pumpkins, Christmas trees, or tons of flowers (or dead flowers in my case). Marty from A Stroll Thru Life puts on great tours full of amazing inspiration from bloggers around the web, and this weeks Summer Tour line up does not disappoint! Be sure to check out the other tours at the bottom of my post. If you are visiting from Decor to Adore, welcome!

If you were around for my Spring home tour, a lot has changed since then. We have since put in new flooring. Our old carpet was straight up disgusting, and it was way over due to be ripped out. To be truthful, I'm still not 100% on these floors :) I went to dark, and I'm still not used to it! But...it does match our tile the best out of all the flooring we were looking at. So, if I went lighter, I would be bugged by other things. You can see the entire process and what flooring we chose HERE.
 White and neutral cottage farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Living room diy shiplap walls. Fixer upper style living room
 Another sweet addition to our home, is Bo, our new pup! He has a love for cameras and tends to get in a ton of pictures...or just likes following and laying in front of me :)
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I wasn't really going to show my front room for this tour, but decided it would give me a good reason to clean up all the toys and dog pee. Serious. This has become THE room to go in for our pup. We got it down from all the other rooms to this single room, so I feel it's a small victory in the potty training arena.

I updated the pillows, and with that, added a little more beachy-farmhouse vibes in here with the lanterns and nautical rope balls.
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Console Table: Target     Sofa Bed: Ikea      Bench: Target     Rug: Rugs USA

White and neutral cottage farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Living room diy shiplap walls. Fixer upper style living room
I kept the colors in here really neutral...well, pretty much like the rest of my house. I did attempt to add some blue stripes in here like I did last year, but decided against it last minute. I just love how airy this space is right now with all the white and wood tones.
White and neutral cottage farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Living room diy shiplap walls. Fixer upper style living room


White and neutral cottage farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Living room diy shiplap walls. Fixer upper style living room
Faux fireplace DIY: Tutorial      Wire Hamper: Amazon    Bench: Target

White and neutral cottage farmhouse living room decor and decorating ideas. Living room diy shiplap walls. Fixer upper style living room

Here's our entry way. We ripped out the tile and the carpet that was in here before. I actually miss the tile a bit, but knew it would be too busy with the wood butted against it.
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This bench is the best thing in our house. It hides all the kids shoes and offers the perfect place to put them on...plus, it's pretty! That basket hides all the winter gear like hats, gloves and scarves. I would say that I don't need those now since it's June...but, it was so cold today, we had to wear our sweaters. I made some soup that is usually reserved for colder months and made some hot chocolate. Did I mention it's June? Ha! It was 90 degrees last week so at least we had a week of Summer, right?
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This is one of my favorite views in our house. I have grand plans for three walls around that upper window...if I ever get enough courage to do some more work on that one foot ledge :) It's still weird to look at this view though with the new floors. Another reason for getting a darker wood was so it would contrast off the natural knotty alder on the staircase and front door.
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Here's our living room! Not much has changed in here since my Spring tour except a few pillow switches...oh, and the floors :)
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Here's a good look at the color. I chose it because of the lighter tones and the darker ones too. I was a little hopeful that there were going to be more lighter tones :) Don't get me wrong, I still love them! Just going from an all white/beige house to dark brown is kind of a trip.
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(Rug: Amazon      Clock: Gordmans     Card Catalog: Hobby Lobby)

What do you all think about me continuing the board and batten across this window wall from the right corner wall to the bookcase? I'm thinking I might just do it. I just don't know how busy it'll make my house look with all the molding in the entry way and other walls.
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This media center and shelves are still a new-ish additional that I love. The cabinet opens on the other side and houses the DVD player and Xbox. It's great to just slide the door when people come over and you don't see the eye sores :) You can see the tutorial for it HERE.
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I put this wood up for my late Winter home tour and decided to leave it. I just love the look too much...plus, we haven't had any use for the wood yet being that we haven't had any camp fires this year. But, I'm hopeful that will change. And yes, you can be sure, I will restock my shelves :)
White and neutral farmhouse cottage living room decor and decorating ideas. Two story living room and great room ideas.

White and neutral farmhouse cottage living room decor and decorating ideas. Two story living room and great room ideas.
My mantel hasn't changed much this year. I used to change it every season, or twice a season. Well, I got over that. If it works and I'm happy with it, why change it?
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Here's the other side of my living room with a better view of that board and batten and where it would continue. When I look at these pictures, it only makes sense to do it. When I look at my house as a whole, it seems like it might just be too much.
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White and neutral farmhouse cottage living room decor and decorating ideas. Two story living room and great room ideas.
As for the decor, like I said before, I only really switched out the pillows. I went with all white or cream. I also changed out the blankets. I know it's Summer, but it was like 40 degrees yesterday. So..yeah. Blankets still adorn my house :)
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PS. I was playing with the idea that a slightly skewed tray would look good. I'm thinking I will stay with my straight trays from now on :)

If I continue the board and batten on the other wall, I would then continue it on this little wall with the circle mirror. It would then pretty much encompass the entire room.
White and neutral farmhouse cottage living room decor and decorating ideas. Two story living room and great room ideas.

White and neutral farmhouse cottage living room decor and decorating ideas. Two story living room and great room ideas.
This is a weird angle, but I just love it now. Never loved it before, but the floors and the walls just look great together at this little intersection...or so I think :)
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Here are just a few more angles of my living room since I obviously went overboard on pictures :)
White and neutral farmhouse cottage living room decor and decorating ideas. Two story living room and great room ideas.

White and neutral farmhouse cottage living room decor and decorating ideas. Two story living room and great room ideas.

White and neutral farmhouse cottage living room decor and decorating ideas. Two story living room and great room ideas.
And some sweet pup pics. I love looking back at pictures of my home from years past with my late dog in them, so I figured I would add some of Bo too. Plus, he's not going to be this little forever. He's already grown like 20 lbs in the past 7 weeks!
White and neutral farmhouse cottage living room decor and decorating ideas. Two story living room and great room ideas.

White and neutral farmhouse cottage living room decor and decorating ideas. Two story living room and great room ideas.
On the other side of our living room is our dining room. I decided to change things up a bit in here for Summer. I usually have a bench instead of these chairs, but wanted to see what this would look like and just fell in love! 
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These chairs added the perfect little farmhouse touch. You can buy them online HERE. Plus, they come in a few other colors.
White and wood farmhouse dining room decor and decorating ideas. Cottage farmhouse dining room. White shiplap walls in dining room. DIY shiplap
Most people wouldn't notice, but this jute rug is new also. I had another one under here, but it was time to throw it out. After 5 years, it really showed it's wear. And, jute is not the easiest of things to clean :) But, it did last 5 years, and I love the look of it. So, I bought another one. You can purchase them online HERE, and they come in a ton of other sizes too.
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Jute rug: Amazon    Farmhouse Chairs: Amazon     Striped Turkish Towel/Blanket: Amazon
I obviously like Amazon ;)

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My centerpiece for the table is pretty simple. I love how muted greens pop off of white and wood tones. These eucalyptus leaves and smaller plants are from Ikea. As for that sunburst mirror, I made that years ago and still love it just as much if not more today. (tutorial here)
White and wood farmhouse dining room decor and decorating ideas. Cottage farmhouse dining room. White shiplap walls in dining room. DIY shiplap
I'm not one to set the table for any occasion except for pictures :) Even in most of my dining room pictures, you'll notice I don't have the table set. But, I wanted to see what everything would look like with these chairs.
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I kept it pretty simple with these braided chargers (from Ikea), white plates and bowls.
White and wood farmhouse dining room decor and decorating ideas. Cottage farmhouse dining room. White shiplap walls in dining room. DIY shiplap
I cut some faux magnolia leaves from a branch from Hobby Lobby and slipped them between the bowls and plates.
White and wood farmhouse dining room decor and decorating ideas. Cottage farmhouse dining room. White shiplap walls in dining room. DIY shiplap
I love using texture in my decor, and this tablescape is full of them from the white and jute table runner (Home Goods) to the chargers and tree slice.
White and wood farmhouse dining room decor and decorating ideas. Cottage farmhouse dining room. White shiplap walls in dining room. DIY shiplap

White and wood farmhouse dining room decor and decorating ideas. Cottage farmhouse dining room. White shiplap walls in dining room. DIY shiplap

We also changed the flooring in our bedroom, but these pics are before that. The decor has stayed the same, so just imagine it with brown floors on the 2 inches of carpet that you can see ;)
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The bedding and throw are from Crane and Canopy. The striped pillows in the back are from HERE (includes quilt not shown). I'm still loving this king bed, it has seriously been the best change to come to this room for a long, long time.
White and neutral bedroom decor and decorating ideas. White farmhouse cottage style master bedroom. Square board and batten bedroom
I thought I would miss my tall headboard, but have come to love the fact that I can now put decor above my bed :) It's a great compromise.
White and neutral bedroom decor and decorating ideas. White farmhouse cottage style master bedroom. Square board and batten bedroom

White and neutral bedroom decor and decorating ideas. White farmhouse cottage style master bedroom. Square board and batten bedroom
And I know you are probably sick of this face, but he's too cute not to show :) I make the bed, he gets on it. That's usually how the game goes. Or the kids get on it and mess everything up. Either way, I'm okay with that.
White and neutral bedroom decor and decorating ideas. White farmhouse cottage style master bedroom. Square board and batten bedroom

If you are following the line, next up in the home tours is Barbara from 21 Rosemary Lane! Go check here out :)


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