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How To Transfer Letters On To Wood Without Using Stencils

I wanted to learn how to do this myself so I thought I would share this very simple technique that anyone can do.

 

Obviously, you could buy some paper stencils, like I used here on my farmhouse sign but I really wanted to experiment and learn something new.

 

This technique is used often to transfer images, letters or numbers to make wooden signs without using stencils or a fancy cutting machine like the Silhouette Cameo.  I decided to give our file cabinet (which is made of wood) a rustic industrial look by transferring letters and numbers to the front drawers.

 

Let me walk you through how I did this step by step.

 

Here are the materials you will need:

Printer paper

Printer (I use the Epson inkjet printer)

Computer with Microsoft Word, Paint, Illustrator or any other basic software.  You can use the free version of Canva or Pic Monkey to pick out the font you like.  If you are transferring an image or quote you can just google it and see if it shows up.  You

Pencil

Masking Tape

Paint

Optional Sanding Sponge

 

  Step 1:  Open a new page in your software program such as Microsoft Word,  select a font and font size that you want to use depending on where you are transferring the letters too.  You can also google lettering fonts perhaps in the quote that you are looking for or an image you would like to transfer.  For my numbers and letters, I googled stenciled letters and numbers and enlarged them by zooming in.  They were a little blurry when I printed them but that wasn’t an issue.

 

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Step 2:   After you print this out, then you will take your pencil and just scribble back and forth on the back side of the paper making sure you have covered the edges of the numbers and/or letters that you want to trace on the wood.  Keep in mind if you have chosen a more intricate font or image you will want to cover the entire image so that all the little details will transfer over.

 

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Step 3:  Using masking tape or painters tape, tape the design on your piece of wood or furniture so that the pencil markings are touching the surface.

 

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Step 4:  Now, you will trace around the numbers, letters or image that you want transferred to your surface.  In my case, I traced around the letters “N” and “O”.  Be sure to press hard enough so that the markings will show on your surface.

 

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My lines were faint.  I am not sure if you can even see them in this photo but I was able to see the outlines of the letters “N” and “O”  well enough to paint them.  I repeated the process with my number “2”.

 

Step 5:  Next, you will paint your letters, numbers and/or image whatever color you want.  I used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Graphite.

 

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Don’t worry about it being perfect.  A light sanding with a sand sponge/block when it dries completely will make it look more natural.

 

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It is as simple as that!

I had chalk painted the entire  file cabinet (before transferring the letters and numbers) with Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey chalk paint and sanded down the edges to give it the worn and rustic style since we are making over our traditional office to a modern rustic industrial design. It brightened up the plain and very average looking file cabinet.

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Honestly,  I wasn’t planning on keeping the file cabinet for the new office makeover but it does serve a very functional purpose holding all our files.  After adding the half moon pull handles,  I like it more than I thought I would.  We decided it will stay around for awhile.

 

 

Come back to see our office makeover.  I think you will like it!

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How To DIY A Shiplap Accent Wall In One Day http://www.dianeanddean.com/how-to-diy-a-shiplap-accent-wall-in-one-day/ http://www.dianeanddean.com/how-to-diy-a-shiplap-accent-wall-in-one-day/#comments Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:58:12 +0000 http://www.dianeanddean.com/?p=3202 How To DIY  A Shiplap Accent Wall In One Day     There is something welcoming and cozy when we walk into a room with Shiplap walls.  Why does horizontal wood on a wall feel okay and vertical wood on the wall (remember the popularity of paneling in the 70’s?) seem so dated? Perhaps, because […]

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How To DIY  A Shiplap Accent Wall In One Day

 

How to diy a shiplap wall

 

There is something welcoming and cozy when we walk into a room with Shiplap walls.  Why does horizontal wood on a wall feel okay and vertical wood on the wall (remember the popularity of paneling in the 70’s?) seem so dated? Perhaps, because Chip and Joanna from HGTV’s Fixer Upper show has made it trendy?  This probably has a lot to do with it and that’s okay with us.

 

Because of their popular TV show, shiplap is back and it doesn’t appear to be losing it’s popularity any time soon. The nice thing about shiplap is that it doesn’t have to be associated with one particular design style.  We typically think of the modern farmhouse style with white shiplap walls, but shiplap walls can accent a coastal style cottage by the beach side or turn a lovely floral bedroom into Shabby Chic and rustic.  The shiplap doesn’t always have to be white either.  You will see people painting them gray or using a walnut stain to give a rustic cabin feel.  You can also buy shiplap in all kinds of colors without painting.  You will see another DIY shiplap accent wall in our office makeover using multi colors of shiplap soon.  Stay tuned.

 

Whatever your preference, you can certainly add some distinct style and charm to your office, bedroom or as we did in our entry way.

Here’s how we did our DIY  Shiplap Accent Wall In One Day.

Materials Needed:

Measuring Tape

Nails

White Barnwood Shiplap slabs- We used original “shiplap” wood that came in a variety of colors from Lowe’s home improvement store.  Each piece measured 8 ft. long x 5″. We purchased 18 @ $8.44 a piece.

Plywood (we purchased 3- 4×8 ft. Sanded plywood at $19.23 each)

Trim – We used 1″ x 4″ white trim

Circular saw

Nail gun or hammer

Pry bar

Skill Level:  Medium

Budget: Approximately $300 for materials

Time Commitment:  1 day

 

Before you start your shiplap accent wall, you will need to measure your accent wall to see how many slabs of shiplap you need to purchase.  Decide how you want to cut your individual shiplap pieces of wood unless your wall is the exact size of the shiplap. Be sure to include the trim on both ends and the top and bottom of the wall when measuring.

In our case, the accent wall was 9 feet wide and the shiplap was 8 feet long.  We decided to cut the shiplap pieces into 5 ft. and 2 ft. and 4 inches.  This allowed for the 2 -4″ trim pieces on each side.  Th wall measured 7 ft 7 inches tall.  We calculated about 3 shiplap slabs per every 2 rows.

This is our before picture of the accent wall.

DIY_Shiplap_Accent_Wall

 

 

 

STEP 1:  Dean removed the trim from the top and bottom of the accent wall with a pry bar.  Remove any light plates or electrical outlet plates, if applicable.

 

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Step 2:  Dean decided to nail plywood to the accent wall instead of nailing the shiplap directly into the 2″ x 4″ beams in the wall.  The main reason he chose to do this is because when we put new counter tops in our kitchen a couple years ago he quickly found out that the builders had used steel to build the kitchen bar area.  Dean did not want to take a chance that there may be steel in this accent wall.  Plus, if Shiplap ever goes out of style, we can easily remove it without damaging the original wall.

 

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You can see that he used one sheet of plywood for the top half then cut the other pieces to size for the bottom half as well as measured around the electrical socket.

 

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Step 3:  Nail the trim pieces in place. Dean replaced the prior trim that we had at the top and bottom of the wall with new trim. Starting at the bottom piece of trim, using your nail gun or hammer and nails, nail your first larger piece of shiplap into the wall or plywood.  Then, nail the smaller piece next to it.  We staggered the shorter and longer pieces of shiplap as we went up the wall. So, above the longer shiplap there was a shorter piece and above the shorter piece of shiplap was a longer piece. You keep repeating this process all the way to the top.

We used small 1/4″ pieces of plywood for spacing in between the pieces of wood otherwise known as a nickel gap.  It gives it a shadow line or a reveal.  You do not have to do this with shiplap if you do not want to.  It was just a preference for us.

 

 

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Step 4:  To finish off the top, you may have to cut the last shiplap to size.

 

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Dean also added a 4 inch trim to the side to finish it off.

 

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Step 5:  To give it a fresh clean look since the original shiplap had a gray tint to it, I painted the entire wall with Alabaster White.  After arranging our family photos and adding a distressed floating shelf, we are completely satisfied with our DIY shiplap accent wall and enjoy all the compliments we receive.

 

Before Painting

 

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Recycled Brick…Pen Holder For Desk http://www.dianeanddean.com/recycled-brick-pen-holder-desk/ http://www.dianeanddean.com/recycled-brick-pen-holder-desk/#comments Sun, 16 Apr 2017 10:30:23 +0000 http://www.dianeanddean.com/?p=3186 I found an old brick at our rental house the other day when we were doing yard work.  It looks like any old building brick but when I saw the holes, it reminded me of a project I saw where someone had recycled an air brick into a pencil holder.  I have a gazillion markers, […]

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I found an old brick at our rental house the other day when we were doing yard work.  It looks like any old building brick but when I saw the holes, it reminded me of a project I saw where someone had recycled an air brick into a pencil holder.  I have a gazillion markers, calligraphy pens, pencils and small paintbrushes and am always looking for unique ways to display them on my desk so that I have easy access to them.

This is what an air brick looks like if you aren’t familiar .

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My brick  only has 5 holes but the holes are a little larger and can fit 3-5 pens and markers in each hole depending on the sizes of my markers.

 

recycled_air_brick

I would have preferred an air brick like the first picture but when I saw a photo of the air brick below, I almost drooled.  I mean, my whole set of Tombow brush markers could fit in this beauty of a brick.

 

air_Brick

Until I run across an air brick this large, I’m happy to have recycled the brick I found into my pen holder for my desk.

 

Materials needed:

Air Brick

Paint Brush

Any craft Paint (I used what I had on hand)

Mod Podge

Decorative Napkin

Sponge Foam Brush

Permanent Opaque Marker for lettering.  Black or Gold depending on the color and pattern of your decorative napkin.  I used the Sakura Pen-Touch in Gold but I felt the lettering didn’t show up as much with the floral background. You could also use a black oil based sharpie pen.

Small stencils from the craft store if you don’t feel confident with your handwriting

 

STEP 1:   Wipe your brick down with a dry cloth if there is just a little dirt on it or if it is in pretty rough shape hose it down or give it a good scrub to remove any embedded dirt in the holes.

 

 

recycled_air_brick

 

STEP 2:  Paint your brick.  I had some Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Pure White.  I used a paintbrush to give it a couple coats of paint.  I did not paint down inside the holes nor did I cover every part of the terracotta brick.  I wanted some of the natural brick to show through.

 

Air_brick_Pencil_Holder

 

STEP 3:  Separate your 2 or 3 ply decorative napkin so that the decorative side is the only ply you have left.  This can be a little tedious.  Don’t worry if your napkin tears a little.  When you mod podge over it, it won’t be noticeable.

modge_podge_with_napkins

 

STEP 4:   With the Sponge foam brush, apply a coat of mod podge  on one of the larger sides of the brick.  Immediately apply the single ply decorative napkin to the brick.

 

 

 

modge_podge_napkins

 

My decorative napkin was exactly the same length as the brick so I was able to apply the napkin directly to the brick all at one time.

 

If your napkin is smaller or larger, tear additional pieces and apply to the uncovered areas of the brick.  This is the beauty of mod podge. It seals everything together so that it looks like one solid piece.  If you don’t care for any seams that there may be, you can take a sanding sponge and lightly sand down the seams.  With the decorative napkin being so thin, I doubt that you will see any seams.

Gently tear off the decorative napkin at the sides and bottom of the brick.

 

STEP 5:  Repeat STEP 4 until all the sides of the brick are covered.  Let dry for about an hour.

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STEP 6:  With stencils or your own hand writing, you can write or paint anything on your new pen holder for your desk.

 

 

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I use my new pen holder for my desk as an actual art supply holder for my favorite hand lettering tools.

 

Other ideas: If you don’t want to mod podge a decorative napkin, you can use black and white newspaper or pages from an old book.  The brick looks great with just paint and stenciled letters too.

 

Have fun with this super easy craft and feel good that you have recycled something old into something new for you!

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11 Things Not To Do When Using Chalk Paint http://www.dianeanddean.com/11-things-not-to-do-when-using-chalk-paint/ Wed, 05 Apr 2017 20:00:35 +0000 http://www.dianeanddean.com/?p=2010         Before we dive into the 11 things NOT to do when using chalk paint, let’s be clear on what I mean when I refer to “chalk paint“. There still seems to be a lot of confusion when I tell my friends that I chalk paint furniture and other indoor/outdoor projects. I […]

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Before we dive into the 11 things NOT to do when using chalk paint, let’s be clear on what I mean when I refer to “chalk paint“. There still seems to be a lot of confusion when I tell my friends that I chalk paint furniture and other indoor/outdoor projects. I certainly understand why I get that puzzled look.  It can be easily confused with “Chalkboard Paint.”

 

In this blog post I am talking about a special paint that is called “chalk” paint.  It isn’t “chalkboard” paint.  You probably know by now that you can purchase actual chalkboard paint at your craft stores or big box home improvement stores but “chalkboard” paint is primarily used with the purpose of writing on with chalk or chalk markers.  I have used the chalkboard spray to make menu boards or welcome signs at parties.  Recently, I sprayed a thick poster board for a going away party and have also sprayed chalkboard paint on plywood then wrote with chalk or chalk markers once it dried completely. It made a beautiful sign.

 

Chalkboard-paint

“Chalk paint” is actually a registered trademark by Annie Sloan who discovered this ultra matte finish by experimenting in her studio.  Annie transformed the world of decorative furniture painting.  She is a fine artist who has authored 26 international books.   Since she has the trademark on the exact words “Chalk Paint”, you will notice many other companies who have mimicked this popular type of paint finish by calling it “Chalk Style’ paint or “Chalky Finish”.  You literally can paint almost anything with no priming or sanding on surfaces such as metal, fabric, kitchen cabinets and even floors. Matter of fact, you can actually write with chalk on this finish as well because of its ultra matte finish.

 

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Here’s the thing, if you are in the circle of chalk painters or if you are just starting out, you may hear over and over again that chalk painting furniture is super easy and there isn’t ANY prep work to do before or after.   I agree, chalk paint is super easy and fun to work with but there are definitely things you need to consider when painting furniture or doing a diy project.

 

Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world if you don’t or haven’t actually followed these 11 things not to do when using chalk paint in the past.  I certainly have not followed all these “rules”  every single time I have ever chalk painted furniture and most of the time it all turned out great.  Just keep in mind that these are ‘recommended’ tips not to do and it is a good idea to review and keep them in mind first and foremost for safety and secondly, so you get the best results, the first time. The majority of these tips are for the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint brand but could be considered for all types of chalk finishes just to be safe.

 

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11 Things Not To Do When Using Chalk Paint

  1.  Don’t paint on to ‘unfinished’ wood without first applying a clear shellac (a fast drying transparent finish and sealer for wood, metal, paper, etc.) to any open grains and knots in the wood.  The main reason for sealing the wood  is that we may not know where that wood has come from and how it was previously treated if at all. So just to be safe, seal it.  Be sure to read the directions on the can for how to apply and how long you should let it dry before applying paint.  Usually, it is about an hour.
  2. If painting baby furniture or using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for child use, allow the paint to cure for a minimum of 14 days. *Samples of Chalk Paint and soft wax have been independently tested and certified as Toy Safe according to strict European regulations. (BS EN 71-3:2013)
  3. Don’t distress your furniture piece without applying soft wax first.  This reduces the sanding dust. I have sanded many times without applying soft wax first and there wasn’t any issues. It really depends how much distressing you want to do.
  4. Expectant mothers are advised to have someone else apply the soft wax even though there are no inherently harmful ingredients.  Always better to be safe.
  5. It is not advisable to paint kitchen counter tops or back splashes due to possible cross contamination problems.
  6. Don’t paint around a fireplace without first checking with your local government offices to see if there are building code restrictions.
  7. Soft wax is not suitable for outdoor use.
  8. Annie Sloan lacquer is not suitable for outdoor use.
  9. Do not use wax on a bar. Alcohol makes waxes dissolve.
  10. Do not attempt to add another clear protective coating over soft wax.
  11. Avoid all liquid furniture polishes when cleaning a chalk painted piece of furniture without wax.

 

If you need inspiration, new tips and techniques using chalk style paints on furniture and different surfaces try some of these colorful books.  Annie authored all of these books and the few that I have are always within an arm’s reach away at all times!  They are fantastic.

Quick and Easy Paint Transformations

Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint Workbook

Color Recipes for Painted Furniture

Annie Sloan Paints Everything

 

Chalk paint comes in many different colors and prices depending on what brand you purchase from.  I started with Annie Sloan’s brand first because it was back before all the other companies caught on to it’s popularity.  Joanna Gaines from the popular HGTV Fixer Upper TV show has just come out with her own line of Chalk Style Paint.

 

I have tried other brands on smaller projects because the companies have given it to me to try but I have only used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint so far on larger pieces of furniture.  Annie Sloan has stockists that carry her paint line so you will need to check here to see if there is a retailer near you.

 

Below are some different brands that you can compare colors and prices. You may want to try the small 4 ounce jars to see if you like the brand and colors.

American Decor Chalk Paint

FolkArt Home Decor Furniture & Craft Paint

Rust-oleum Ultra Matte Interior Chalked Paint

Renaissance Chalk Finish Paint 

 

Now, go get started on your Chalk Painting project and know that you are being safe and avoiding any potential problems.

 

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5 Ways To Automate Your Spring Cleaning http://www.dianeanddean.com/sponsored-5-ways-to-automate-your-spring-cleaning/ http://www.dianeanddean.com/sponsored-5-ways-to-automate-your-spring-cleaning/#comments Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:00:31 +0000 http://www.dianeanddean.com/?p=2996 5 Ways To Automate Your Spring Cleaning 1. Automate Your Vacuuming  I was lucky to be gifted an iRobot 650,  I take that back, I earned an iRobot 650!  At my previous sales job, I had built up award points for being recognized throughout the year from my boss and peers which allowed me to […]

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5 Ways To Automate Your Spring Cleaning

1. Automate Your Vacuuming 

I was lucky to be gifted an iRobot 650,  I take that back, I earned an iRobot 650!  At my previous sales job, I had built up award points for being recognized throughout the year from my boss and peers which allowed me to shop on the awards website for basically anything I wanted within the number of points I had accumulated.

Honestly, an automatic vacuum wasn’t even a blip on the radar when I began browsing the website.  However, as soon as I sat down with my laptop to begin my online shopping, who snuggled up next to me but our very nosy and curious black lab we call “W” for short.  “W” came to us through a great organization that helps the disabled and we have been her puppy raisers for the past 16 months.  She didn’t come shed-free and we have literally had to sweep the floor daily.  Ding, ding!  The radar just went off, I need an iRobot to do automatic vacuuming for us daily!  My first thought was that it surely can’t pick up all the daily dog hair, it would clog the filter within minutes.  Think again, this is my number one way to automate your spring cleaning!

 

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6 months after receiving the iRobot automatic vacuum, I finally opened the box, charged it, pushed the start button and have wondered why I hadn’t opened it sooner.  Not only is it picking up “W’s” dog hair, it has freed up so much time for me to do get more work done elsewhere.  We have a few rugs on our hardwood floors and I was amazed how the sensors adjust from the hard surface to a thick fiber rug.  I can’t help but think that this would be a wonderful gift for some of the elderly that find it difficult to push a regular vacuum.

 

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2. Automate An Aerosol Deodorizer For Your Home

Do you want fresh smelling clean air throughout your house on a continual basis?  Maybe you have pets or cooked fish the night before and can’t get rid of that smell before company comes over.

automatic-aerosol-deoderizer

This automatic deodorizer has a built in LCD clock display to easily program spray intervals of air freshener.  The spray intervals range from 1 minute to 60 minutes and it provides approximately 3000 sprays per each 7 ounce can of aerosol.  I know that it isn’t that hard to push a spray nozzle to freshen a room, but there have been several times I have walked in the front door on a humid day with company and smelled the “yep, we have dogs” smell.  Those are the days, I wish I had an automatic clean air deodorizer.  I can also see how this may be beneficial if you are trying to sell your home and have realtors showing it regularly.

 

3.  Automate Your Food Waste

There is more than 70 + million tons of food  food waste being dumped in landfills annually.  It is a growing problem.  Now with green eco-friendly technology, why not automate food waste disposal the easy and quick way?  All you have to do is scrape the leftover food into the removable waste container.  It can be cooked or uncooked food.  You can put chicken and fish bones, fruit pits and rinds into the unit.  The only thing you cannot put in is pork and beef bones and anything else that is not edible.

kitchen-composter

Once the container is placed back in the unit, lock the lid and start processing.  The composter heats up to 83 degrees.

 

Kitchen-composter

Once it is processed, you can add it all directly into your garden and have rich nutrients that help aid plant growth.

 

4.  Automate Your Soap Dispenser

Whether you are cleaning your hands or washing dishes with liquid soap, you can use a hands free automation to dispense the soap.

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By gently tapping the neck of the dispenser, kids and adults alike, can easily operate the motion sensor dispenser.  Anyone else think this is a great way to avoid cross contamination when handling raw meat?  I would also bet that it helps reduce costs of soap supplies.

 

5. Automate The Cleaning Of The Kitty Litter Box

Not everyone has cats, including us, but we all know people who do.  I did raise a few kittens when I was a little girl and had this been invented back then, I would surely have chosen this over cleaning the stinky litter box.  The Cat Genie (are these the same people that invented the Diaper Genie, there is a stinky theme here) uses permanent washable granules that never need changing. It’s dust, odor and litter free.  It automatically washes and dries itself.  How amazing is that?  This has to win an award for the greenest and perhaps most economical litter box ever made.
CatGenie- Litter-Box

 

Maybe not all of these 5 ways to automate your spring cleaning will suit you or your budget, so below are other options along with the ones mentioned above.  You can find all of these products and so much more at Wayfair.com.

 

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Home Design Trends to Copy Right Now http://www.dianeanddean.com/home-design-trends-copy-right-now/ Sun, 05 Mar 2017 16:52:01 +0000 http://www.dianeanddean.com/?p=2966 Home Design Trends to Copy Right Now By Erin Holdgate   Leaders in interior decorating release their style predictions for up-and-coming trends at the beginning of each year — and let us know which fads are soon to be forgotten. Trends range from simple do-it-yourself (DIY) projects to all-out redesigns, prompting homeowners and renters alike […]

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Home Design Trends to Copy Right Now

By Erin Holdgate

 

Leaders in interior decorating release their style predictions for up-and-coming trends at the beginning of each year — and let us know which fads are soon to be forgotten. Trends range from simple do-it-yourself (DIY) projects to all-out redesigns, prompting homeowners and renters alike to incorporate new fashionable looks into their personal home design style.

 

 

Below are the experts’ predictions for 2017 home design trends, including small, inexpensive projects as well as larger ones requiring extensive implementation.

 

Jewel Tones Saturate Living Spaces

Rich, saturated hues like emerald green, ruby red and amethyst purple are on the rise this year, and there are plenty of ways to bring these vibrant colors into your home. Liven up a foyer or create a bold accent wall in the living room with just a bit of paint. For a pop of color against bright whites and other neutrals, incorporate jewel-toned throw pillows and table lamps. You can look to the pros for more living room ideas, like dramatic art above the mantle or statement sofas.

 

Velvet Adds Luxury This Year

Experts in fashion and home interiors say velvet will make a comeback this year. Velvet’s dense pile of traditionally silk thread gives the fabric its distinct feel and aesthetic. While the pros foresee this texture appearing in upholstered furniture and window drapes, you can give a slight nod to the velvet trend with a throw pillow in your living room. Pair velvet with silk for a traditional look, or with metallic accents for a more contemporary style.

 

Marble Moves Beyond the Kitchen

Marble surfaces, especially those in white and light gray, are becoming more popular choices for kitchens and bathrooms. You can tackle this trend without remodeling, though—marble is making its way into the rest of the home, showing up on tabletops and other furniture pieces. For the DIY designer, place a marble slab on top of a worn coffee table, credenza or end table. For smaller-scale design projects, incorporate this stone into everyday items like coasters, serving platters, vases, planters and decorative accents.

 

Built-In Bars Inspire Hosts to Entertain

Many are saying ‘so-long’ to the bar cart super-trend from 2016 as bars find a permanent place in more kitchens and living spaces this year. A built-in bar gives your liquor bottles and fancy drinkware their own home, and you can use this space to store fine china or other special-occasion kitchenware as well. Plus, if you love to host dinner or cocktail parties but don’t have the kitchen to accommodate large groups, the built-in bar can give your guests a second hub so they don’t crowd the cook.

 

When it comes to home design trends, knowing what’s out is just as important as knowing what’s in. Plan to ditch your hyper-industrial — and likely uncomfortable — furniture, paint over any cool gray walls and replace that once-popular art stamped with quotations.

 

As you plan your spring refresh, consider swapping out those past fads with 2017’s hot trends.

 

A big shout out to Erin from the fabulous Zillow Real Estate website for contributing to our blog today with some great content on home design trends.  Be sure to pop over to this link on Zillow to see our interview with Erin.  Thank you, Erin!   Photo Credit  ATG Stores.

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Your Inspired Design #73 http://www.dianeanddean.com/your-inspired-design-73/ http://www.dianeanddean.com/your-inspired-design-73/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:50:06 +0000 http://www.dianeanddean.com/?p=2946 All good friends have a hangout spot. You know on Friends they always met at Central Perk, on Seinfeld they met at Tom’s Restaurant and on Cheers they always met at, well, Cheers. Each of our blogs have been our regular hangout for over a year now. We love catching up with you here. When […]

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All good friends have a hangout spot. You know on Friends they always met at Central Perk, on Seinfeld they met at Tom’s Restaurant and on Cheers they always met at, well, Cheers.

Link Party

Each of our blogs have been our regular hangout for over a year now. We love catching up with you here. When you ‘walk’ in we all yell out your name and raise our coffee mugs as a greeting. It’s cute. Sweet, really. You guys are always here even through hurricanes, blizzards, wildfires and elections. We love being there for you too. Only now we are going to meet up at a different location. 😉

We decided to move this little party over to Instagram!! Right??? Don’t you think that is going to be great fun? Raise your hand if you are on IG…yep, that’s what we thought. You all are there already. And with this kind of party, there is no linking up. It’s just a matter of using a hashtag similar to these #everybodyisdoingit #youcantoo #hashtagsarefun

We are going to go with a crazy wild hashtag. Are you ready? Not sure if you can handle this or not. Drum roll please…

#yourinspireddesign

Your mind is blown, I know.

I can’t wait to get this started, so let’s don’t wait! Instead of linking up today here on the blog, go post your picture and use the hashtag #yourinspireddesign. Next week we will choose a winner from this week’s posts! (If you have already instagrammed the picture that you would have linked up, just go back in and edit your comments to add the hashtag. Since we are friends an all, it’s cool)

Here are links to our Instagram accounts, click on them and follow us if you aren’t already!

Carol at BlueSky Kitchen – Instagram

Diane at Diane and Dean DIY – Instagram

Holly at McCall Manor – Instagram

Enough about all of that, let’s get to our picks of the week around here!!

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Antonella over at White House Crafts shows us step by step how to make this tassel wall hanging. These things are all the rage right now.

Your Inspired Design

These Valentine cinnamon rolls look adorable and I’m pretty sure they taste amazing! Check them out over at Somewhat Simple.

Your Inspired Design

This Farmhouse Master Bedroom makeover at Jersey Girl in the South is ahh-mazing. Just look at that ceiling. Right??

Your Inspired Design

Those are the picks for this week, next week tune into Instagram and see what happens!! Our Instagram links are listed again below here, remember to click on each of them and go follow if you haven’t already. Then next week you will see us come through on your feed!

We are so thankful to everyone that has partied with us here. Whether you were here all 73 weeks or just found us this week, we still raise our coffee mugs to you and say thank you.

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Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Holly @ McCall Manor

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Your Inspired Design #72 http://www.dianeanddean.com/your-inspired-design-72/ http://www.dianeanddean.com/your-inspired-design-72/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:50:20 +0000 http://www.dianeanddean.com/?p=2929 I have been reminiscing a lot lately.  It will be 2 years in March since starting our blog.  I think of the wonderful people we have met through this journey, the connections we have made online and in person with people that understand what we are doing and why we are doing it.  We work […]

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I have been reminiscing a lot lately.  It will be 2 years in March since starting our blog.  I think of the wonderful people we have met through this journey, the connections we have made online and in person with people that understand what we are doing and why we are doing it.  We work with some amazing sponsors who provide great products so that we can share our DIY projects with our readers and we get to connect with you, our readers,  which I am still amazed that you really want to read our little blog.  Thank you.

Blogging is an ever evolving business, and yes, it is a business, not a hobby, for many of us. We must keep up with all the new algorithms changes that Google and social media continue to update on a regular basis.  While we don’t always understand everything there is to know in this techy world, we know that we have to do our best to stay current. It’s exhausting, believe me! For the past three weeks, we have had computer issues and I’m not going to lie, the little break was nice but we missed you.

All this reminiscing made me want to go back through the archives to see what the very first post was to our blog.  Pleasantly shocked, it has been one of the most popular posts of our blog to date! If you have an interest in chalk painting, this is where it all began.

Before we move on to our fabulous features this week, I wanted to remind you of a famous Francis of Assisi quote that I heard on a PBS documentary this week about the youngest Master Penman in the world, Jake Weidmann.  He was asked in his interview if he considered himself a craftsman or an artist.  He responded with the following:

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.  He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.  He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” -Francis of Assissi

Dean and I are makers. We are creatives. We love working with our hands our heads and our hearts…and we love sharing it with you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This week’s features:

I love this DIY faux Rosemary heart that can be used to decorate for Valentine’s Day or personally I would be happy setting this out all year long.

KreativK

Write your beloved a Valentine’s Day letter and seal it with a kiss.  Download your free printable.

White House Crafts

What a great DIY gift idea from Over The Apple Tree.  Coffee Orange Spice Goat’s Milk Soap.

 

 

Now it’s your turn to join us with the party!

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Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Holly @ McCall Manor

Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!


You can grab an Inspired Design button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

 

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It has been a bit of a whirlwind here this last week.  We sent our oldest and her husband back to China where they will stay another year and a half.  They teach English at a University there but they are now on vacation in the Philippines since they don’t have to officially be back until February.  We are excited that they can take this opportunity now to travel the world. Technology is amazing as I can see where they go with the “Find Friends” mobile app.  I feel like I’m stalking them but truly I am curious where they are traveling and more concerned about their safety.  It doesn’t always work due to unavailable wi-fi but when it is working I feel much more connected to them.

Cold weather set in here in Florida this week and it sounds like the temperatures up North were a bit chilly too. It is rare when we get sweater weather down here but when we do that mean soup’s on!  We’ve made Potato Soup, Chili and Sausage Lentil soup within two weeks so it’s not a surprise that our first feature this week is soup.

Chicken white chili

Delicious White Chicken Chili by The Red Painted Cottage

This old screen door brings back a lot of childhood memories. Here is a great tutorial on making an old screen door new again.

Grandmas House DIY

Beautiful before and after photos of vinyl flooring at Kelli’s house from Lolly Jane. It’s incredible how new flooring can change the look and feel of your home.

Thank you all so much for visiting our party may God Bless each and every one of you this week.

When you are visiting all of our blogs, it always is helpful to us if you click on the Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter buttons and share with your friends. Thank a lot. We appreciate it.

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Now it’s time to get going for this week’s party. Let’s see what you’ve been up to lately!

Diane @ Diane and Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Holly @ McCall Manor

Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:
1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post to be featured.
2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!


You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

 

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For all our new subscribers to Diane + Dean DIY, each Thursday we host a DIY party with two other bloggers, Holly from McCall Manor and Carol from Blue Sky Kitchen. If you are a blogger and want to share your special DIY project, craft or recipe we would love to have you submit at the end of this post. If you are not a blogger, we hope you enjoy all of the amazing talent that people all around the world who stop by and share their craft to inspire you to create and make your own designs. Holly is our host today for Your Inspired Design #67.  Enjoy!
The new year has begun and it’s time to get back to being creative without using the colors red and green together. Honestly, I’m a little sad. I love all things Christmas. But all good things end at some point and here we are.

Christmas was just lovely. The family and I went to Tennessee. We visited, ate biscuits, visited some more and then ate more biscuits. Consequently, I’m now cutting out carbs for the month of January. Like I said, all good things end.

Link PartyBut let’s get to the fun stuff that we are all here for today. I cannot wait to see what you all have been doing (while I was eating biscuits).

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Angela, at Organized and Simplified set up a hot cocoa bar for the cold winter months ahead. It looks so welcoming and classic. I’m loving the milk glass.

hot-cocoa-bar

Antonella, at White House Crafts shows us an easy way to paint wooden beads. Then she strung them on a leather string and made the cutest little necklace for her daughter. I love the colors she chose. So soothing and springy.

painted bead necklace

Lastly, Tarah over at Grandmas House DIY showed us how to make a side table out of an old milk can. I love this use for the milk can!

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Now it’s time to get going for this week’s party. Let’s see what you’ve been up to lately!

Diane @ Diane + Dean DIY

Carol @ Bluesky Kitchen

Holly @ McCall Manor

Now that we have all been properly introduced, let’s get to linking up!
Here are some Inspired Design guidelines:

1. You must have a host link or our party button in your post

to be featured.

2. No advertising including shops and etsy shops.
3. Your submission should be something you created (furniture redo, recipe, room design etc).
4. By joining this party you give us permission to feature your work, with a link, on our social networks and these blogs.
5. Stay and check out what other people have created. Check out and comment on at least 2 other links.
6. By joining this party you give us permission to add you to an email list reminding you of the party.
7. Enjoy the creativity!


You can grab a party button here and if you are featured next week, be sure to grab our featured button at that point!

Thanks for partying with us!

McCall Manor
McCall Manor

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