Today I’m bringing you another one of my own DIY projects while I’m still riding this momentum of scratching of items from my To Do list that I started almost five years ago. Next on the list is a patio makeover. I’m calling it the Patio Beautification Project. The full story is coming but for now here’s a little sneak peak. My sad, sad looking pots needed a makeover.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
• some old (or new) pots
• spray paint in your favourite colours & gold
• painters tape
• plastic bags to cut up
• drop sheet
• (optional but helpful) some sort of pedestal or table that you don’t mind getting painted
First – pick up a few of your favourite colours of spray paint as well as a bottle of gold.
Set up your drop cloth and start spraying. I suggest a calm day with no wind. You’ll likely need at least two coats to cover nicely.
Give them some time to dry (I left them for a day) then use your painters tape and cut up plastic bags to tape off your geometric shapes. I stuck with triangles.
Once you have them all taped up it’s time for a little gold to make them look rich. You’ll end up with something like this. Give them two coats for good coverage. Then let them dry to the touch but not overnight because that green tape can end up taking some paint off with it if you leave it on too long.
Then comes the best part – carefully remove the tape and check out your new, modern, geometric, colourful and awesome pots!
Now they just need to be filled with some beautiful flowers.
Another before & after from my own space. I’ve made my loft very cozy and eclectic and the metal sliding bathroom door that came with the place just didn’t do it for me.
I was super excited when I found an amazing door at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore centre. It’s perfect for a bathroom! It has a full length mirror and even the paint colour matches perfectly AND it was the right size (and right price)!
Out with the old and in with the (new) old.
I found this great vintage looking sign, just so people don’t get confused.
I found this vintage door key hole & handle at the Aberfoyle Antique market. A must Sunday visit on your summer weekend list.
Get ready for a series of before & afters’s from my very own little corner of the world. When I moved into my loft over 4 years ago it was the ultimate bachelor pad and the colour palette on the walls was beige, dark green & maroon.(gross)
There is no better motivation than hosting a New Years Eve party to get the place set up in the first three months but the truth is I haven’t done much since then. I recently made one pretty dramatic change (project to come) and that really motivated me to get some of those other things checked off my ‘to do’ list.
First up is a curtain makeover. And by makeover, I mean brand new & totally different curtains. I’ve hated these dark brown velvet curtains since the day I moved in but because of the light/size/height issue I haven’t done anything. Until now.
I went all out DIY on this and made my own curtains (!!!!). The truth is it was hard to find anything 120″ long and what I found was pretty ugly. I was very inspired by these curtains and decided to try and make them myself.
First step – go to the fabric store. Thanks King’s Textile in Toronto who have any possible fabric you can think of. Lucky me I found pretty much the exact turquoise gauze-like material in the clearance bin for $3.99. What are the chances?!
Then the hard part – measuring, pinning, ironing & hemming. It wasn’t necessarily that hard but dealing with this amount of fabric could be tricky. But if you take your time and do it properly it makes the sewing part easy peasy.
In my case, I also had to install curtain rods because I didn’t have any. This ended up being quite the workout since I’m very forgetful and went up and down the 10ft ladder many times. But it was worth it…
The final reveal! Love it. Love the colour. They just freshen up the whole place. I also got roller blinds installed so the job of these guys is to just look pretty hanging out on the side. Job well done I say.
…now to fill up those blank frames.
I love hunting for vintage. It’s pretty much a past time. There’s nothing better than finding a great find for pennies at a thrift shop or garage sale. My place is full of it. That’s kinda the problem, I’m running out of space! But that’s a problem for another day (etsy vintage store in the near future?).
Friends often make comments about when they go to a thrift shop all they see is junk. They ask me ‘how did you think of that?’ or ‘what will you do with that?’ or when it comes to fashion finds ‘how did do you make it look modern?’. So I’m starting this series called Thrifting 101 with lots of thrifting before & afters and tips to inspire you next time you’re in a thrift shop. You’ll never look at junk the same again. Promise.
First up are these cute milk glass dessert cups that I found for $2 each.
And voila! now it’s a super cute mini planter. I chose a succulent because they are nice & small and don’t need a ton of soil or watering. How great would this be as a hostess gift?
Add it to a few other treasures for a collection (try to stick to odd numbers in groupings…it just looks better) Here I have another milk glass favourite find and a candle made from an old mason jar. The candle was a gift from the fabulous vintage find & inspired store in Almonte, Ontario called Tin Barn Market. Definitely worth the visit if you’re anywhere in the Ottawa area.