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CB’s BEST OF…

We wanted to take a little time to share some of our favorite things with you in our new blog series Best of . These are things that have caught our eyes, we’re personally enjoying & other bits that we just have to share.

1. We like (love) ourselves some leopard over here and can’t get enough of these fun shoes for fall! Have you tried adding any leopard to your fall wardrobe?

2. Kathy had a quick mini project in her pantry last week and found these great vinyl tiles to put on the floor. A quick, cute and cost-effective solution she found at Lowes.

3. Everyone’s decorating for fall and we are loving all these cute doormats that are being added to front stoops and porches.

4. Someone had a birthday this week! Cheers to Kathy!! And to birthdays passed!

5. Who doesn’t love a big box delivered to them?! Here is a sneak peek at just one of the new products coming this fall!

Enjoy your weekend!

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DIY Chair Makeover

Today I am sharing the DIY makeover I did on my office chairs. I followed the instructions that HGTV magazine gave when they used my brushstrokes fabric for a chair that is very similar to mine.

I have had these chairs for several years and thought they would be great in my new home office. I don’t have a lot of physical files anymore (since everything is digital) and wanted to get away from having a big, bulky desk. I already had a round, Ikea table and these two chairs are a perfect addition to my office chair as extra seating.

Here is a photo of two chairs, one untouched and one finished…

If you are looking for this style of chair, I just found some online at Overstock for $48.99…

And I happen to know a great source for fabric ;). You need to chose medium to heavy weight fabric. Lightweight fabrics, like quilting fabric for example,  will be much harder to work with and to smooth out. 

Save 20% on my fabric with code DIYCHAIR. 🙂 SHOP HERE.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Unscrew the legs from the chair and spray paint them (if you desire). I used Rustoleum that I purchased at Lowes. 

I think this was the can? Sorry, my tidy husband threw it away and I forgot to take the photo. Interestingly, I remember the actual paint color looked nothing like the lid. It was more matte and not bright yellow gold. Your local Lowes should have a place to test the paint in the store.

2. Apply decoupage glue to the chair. I bought mine at Michaels, but any local craft store should carry it. One larger bottle (16 oz) covered two chairs. 

3. Apply fabric to the front of chair and smooth out as you glue it down. My fabric had a pattern that I wanted to center to the chair. Plan accordingly, if you want to center the fabric.

4. Apply 2-3 coats of decoupage glue on top of the fabric, waiting 30 minutes between coats.

5. Repeat these steps on the back. I cut my fabric and wrapped it just underneath, to ensure the chair was visually fully wrapped in the fabric.

6. After it is dry, trim the extra fabric at the edge with a utility knife.

7. Reattach the legs.

I love the extra step of painting the legs gold. Here they are in my office…

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My Home Office Tour

Today I am sharing my home office design. It is bright and cheerful, but also has dark elements which help ground the space.

I painted the doors a deep, moody blue. It’s almost black. It’s called Midnight by Benjamin Moore. The dark elements balance the bright colors and add a little sophistication, keeping it from feeling too juvenile.

I also took my simple white and chrome chairs and transformed them with decoupage, my fabric and matte gold spray paint. See that DIY here.

I found an inexpensive semi flush light fixture in a fun, geometric shape and spray painted it the same matte gold finish. Below is the before and after.

I have had this sideboard for several years. The color works well in this room and it’s filled with my design and art supplies like paint brushes, sketch books, knobs, tiles, swatches and paint samples.

Probably my favorite thing in my office is this beach photo.

When I can’t get to the beach, I might as well have a dreamy photo of it in my office. 🙂

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DIY Shibori Napkins

I love blue. Especially indigo. It never seems to go out of style. It’s so American. Like apple pie and classic rock. Today I am sharing a DIY project using a tie-dye method called shibori. It is an ancient Japanese dyeing method with indigo dyes. I am dyeing napkins, but this project would be great for cloth diapers as burp cloths, tea towels, placemats, etc.

You will need:

-cotton or linen (has to be 100% natural material) I used Target white cotton napkins.

-indigo dye

-rubber or latex gloves

-5 gallon bucket

-long wooden stick

-rubber bands or twine

-wood blocks, wooden craft sticks, or clothes pins

-drop cloth

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Mix the dye according to package instructions. It is very important to follow instructions carefully so that you don’t allow oxygen in the dye.

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While the dye is processing, begin folding and prepping your garments. There are a lot of methods and your dye kit will probably include some of them. I used the accordion fold, a stripe technique, bullseye and also some that I just made up as I went along.

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Once you are finished folding and binding, check your dye. If it is ready, it will have a “flower” (a bubbly bunch) at the top of the mix. It will also be a yellow-green color under the flower. If it isn’t ready, check again in 15 minutes. When it is ready, carefully scoop the flower out without mixing or splashing in the vat of dye. Set the flower in a bowl to be placed back in when you are finished. Now you are ready to begin dyeing. Carefully hold a garment under the dye for at least a minute, making sure to move it around in your hands so all of the garment gets dyed. DO NOT let the garment sink to the bottom of the bucket. It will get dye spots from any dye that settled at the bottom. Squeeze the garment under the top of the dye as you carefully pull it out. Make sure not to splash the dye as you are pulling it out. The garment will appear yellow-green, but will turn blue as it oxidizes.

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Make sure to turn your garment when it is oxidizing, so that all sides are exposed to air. The garments will appear dark blue, but will fade a lot when they are washed the first time. After all of the garments have turned blue, you can either place in the dye again, repeating the steps, or unfold and wash with gentle detergent. For color saturation reference, mine where only dyed once. To make them darker dye at least twice.

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So the wood block method didn’t turn out so well for me. I ended up with too much white. There are a lot of different folding techniques online. The dye lasts for a week, so I might dye more. I am happy with 5 of the 9 that I dyed. You might want to dye more of whatever you are dyeing, so that you end up with the amount you want. This would be a great hostess gift. Let me know if you try it and how it turns out.

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12 DIY Projects for Your Home

I was so thrilled to have my fabric featured in the July/August issue of HGTV Magazine, as part of seven great entry way makeovers. Today, I am excited to share those projects with you as well as five others. hgtv

7 Entryway Projects I spy Clairebella Brushstrokes fabric on the chair! Check out these awesome transformations!

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See the diy instructions here.

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Plywood Wall Art Love this space! And how about the wall?!

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Color-Dipped Stools An inexpensive way to add color to your decor.

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Colorblock Doormat

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Porch Bed Swing This is made from a toddler bed. What a great idea!

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Go for Gold…Decor

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I know this isn’t the first time I have mentioned my crush on gold. It’s just that I am really ready for a change in my home from the antique bronze and brushed nickel. I don’t mean I want to change every piece of hardware or metal to a gold or brass finish. I think it is more interesting to mix metals (and will save some money). I love the way the gold finish warms up cool whites and grays. Here are some items I have found to bring this trend into my home:

  1. Brass Task Lamp – Target. $56.99
  2. Spheres – West Elm. $39.00
  3. Ice Bucket – Target. $29.99 I snapped this up at my local Target a couple of weeks ago. It goes perfectly with my wood and gold bar cart (also from Target).
  4. Delta Trinsic Faucet – Efaucets. $365.93
  5. Gold Flatware – Target. $19.99
  6. Sphere Pendant – Dot & Bo. $169.99
  7. Stardust Bookends – One Kings Lane. $79.00
  8. Sprayed Painted Letters – My Own. I have had these for years and paid a pretty penny at Anthropologie. Now you can find them everywhere (including Michael’s Stores) for a lot less. They were galvanized steel. I warmed them up with a can of Krylon Metallic Brass Spray Paint from Michael’s Stores.

 

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Would love to see any gold or brass you are adding to your home. Send photos!

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EASY Kitchen Update

We wanted to update our kitchen, but after all of the renovations we did last year, we weren’t up for ripping out cabinets and the mess. I love the look of open cabinets and thought that would be a relatively easy way to update our kitchen’s look. I also decided to paint the tumbled tile backsplash to further brighten up the space. Here is a before photo.

kitchen cab beforeThese cabinets are original to the home and I had them painted white when I first moved here. The previous owner had updated it with the tumbled tile and granite. After removing the doors, I wasn’t completely happy with it. It just looked like cabinets without doors, not the concept I was going for. I felt like the inside of the cabinet needed a contrast to make them look like they were intentionally open and built that way. I came up with the idea to add wood planks on the back of them. If you have followed any of my DIY posts, you know how much I love staining wood. So now I have to give a disclaimer…I may have been a bit hasty by using “Super Easy” in my title. Relative to hiring a contractor and going through weeks of renovation, it was easy. If you are going to cut the wood and stain it like I did, it will take you most of the day. You could also paint the inside a different color to make them pop, which would be a much easier (and quicker) option. I considered a nice, neutral gray, but the stained plywood won out. Following is my step by step list and directions.

Materials:

-1/8″ plywood cut into “planks”

-wood stain/s of choice

-jigsaw (Easy to use. Really.)

-wood filler

-touch up paint for cabinets

-paint for back splash

-primer for backsplash (if you have any kind of smooth, shiny surface)

Instructions:

1. After removing the doors, fill in the any holes or areas needed from the door hardware you removed. Let dry and sand smooth.

2. I went to Lowe’s and found a nice looking 4′ x 8′ 1/4″ plywood sheet. They cut it for me in several strips. My cabinet shelves are permanently attached, which meant I had to measure the height of each section’s back. I decided to have 2 panels per section. This meant I had to have very accurate measurements. Too wide and they wouldn’t fit. Too narrow and I would have had too much of a gap. I took the measurements and substracted .25″ and then divided by 2 (for my 2 panels). They cut strips from 2.5″ up to 4.625″. You pay for the entire piece, so I recommend having as much extra cut in the various widths. The reason I subtracted .25″ is so that I had a little wiggle room. See photo below…

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3. I decided to stagger the planks and I also wanted to vary the finish to give it a more interesting look. I used my saw horses and a jigsaw to cut my planks into smaller lengths. I would only cut  a couple of pieces at a time.

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4. Using a hand sander, smooth any rough surfaces on each plank after cutting them.

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5. Stain each piece and let dry for a few minutes. I used Rustoleum Weathered Grey and Rustoleum Wheat.

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6. Attach each piece to the back of the cabinet. We have a finish nailer, but it would not fit in the cramped space. I used small, black “cut tacks” in 1″ length. They have an antique apperance, so they added a nice look. Keep repeating the above steps and measure as you go.

7. Paint any areas of cabinets that were sanded.

8. Prime your backsplash if needed or paint the color of choice. I love the look of white subway tile, so I painted mine white to match the cabinets.

I am very happy with how this project turned out. Makes me want to open more, but where would we hide the all of our mismatched plastic cups! Here is the final result…

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DIY Flatware Caddy

Today I am sharing the DIY project that I did this weekend. Now that it is the time of year that we are dining outside often, I wanted a new flatware caddy that is both functional and decorative. I couldn’t find what I was looking for and decided to make my own. I found most items at my favorite craft store, Michaels.

Supplies List:

-4 galvanized tin cans

-1 6″ square of unfinished wood

-7mm rope

-black acrylic paint

-2″ alphabet/number stencil kit

-round foam stencil brush (called spouncers)

-hot glue

-glue gun

-round head fasteners (from staples)

-wood stain (I used Minwax in special walnut)

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Instructions:

1. Stain your piece of wood by applying with a brush or cloth and wiping off any excess. Allow to dry for about an hour. I didn’t apply a top coat since the wood doesn’t really show too much and I am not that worried about wear and tear.

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2. Apply the paint with the stencil and the foam topper and allow to dry. I applied numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4, but you could do letters like K, F, S, and N for knives, forks, spoons and napkins or leave blank.

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3. Cut your rope to about 21″ and hot glue ends to the center of the board, creating a rope handle.

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4. Hot glue the tin cans to the bottom of the board, around the rope making sure the painted side faces out. Once the glue has dried, turn piece over and drill holes in the bottom of the cans. Place fasteners through the bottom and bend prongs (inside can) to further secure the cans to the board. Put a dollop of hot glue on top of prongs to hold in place.

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5. Turn over and pull rope through two of the cans like below…

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6. Put a dollop of hot glue over the rope to keep it in place. This helps to balance the handle when carrying when you are using stainless instead of plastic cutlery.

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The actual time spent on this project(not include drying time) might have been 30 minutes. I would love to hear how it turns out and see photos of yours!

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New Wood Mantel

mantle PINTERESTMy mantel has bothered me for years and I finally got around to taking care of it last weekend. For one…. the cords were really unsightly. I really don’t like seeing cords. But to see them on your mantle, was just a real pimple in an otherwise beautiful space. I have been thinking about how we could reconfigure them or move the TV. I love quiet and Trip loves TV. Not having a TV in the room was not an option and there wasn’t another good spot, so it had to stay above the mantel. The outlet was in a terrible place.

mantel beforeTalk about an eyesore. I had various items on the mantle to hide the cords as much as possible, and that brings up issue number two…the depth of the mantle was too small. I wanted the look of solid wood, but I knew it would be an expensive and problematic undertaking to try to remove the old wood. I decided the best option was to cover the existing mantel. I measured the area and sketched a hollow cover. I didn’t put a bottom on mine, because I need to get to the outlet that I was covering. I also screwed a 2 x 4 onto the top of my existing mantel so I would have space behind for the cords. You won’t need this (unless you also have an outlet).

 

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Materials List:

-1 piece of 1/2″ plywood cut into the following pieces:

-1- 87″ x 15″ (front)

-1 – 87″ x 8″ (top)

-2 – 14.5″ x 8″ (end pieces)

-wood stain

-matte polyurethane finish

-L shaped connectors

-1/2″ wood screws

-washers

Lowes cut the pieces for me on the spot, so it was really easy.

 

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Instructions:

1. I used two stains to get the look I wanted. I was going for a grayish brown and am very happy with the result.


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2. After I applied the protective coat and the wood was dry, I fastened together with the brackets. I was nervous about going through the wood, so I used a washer underneath the bracket to ensure this wouldn’t happen. I love my cordless drill. It makes these project so much easier. And I recommend magnetic screwdriver heads to hold your screws in place.

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3. I positioned my new cover over the mantel and used longer wood screws to screw it onto the existing mantel in two places. And Voila!

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If you try this project, I would love to hear how it turns out!

 

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DIY Chalkboard Wall

 

 

chalk wall smallOne day about a year and a half ago, I got an itch to paint the side of my kitchen pantry with chalkboard paint. This was one of the easiest and fastest DIY projects that I have done. It has really been a lot of fun for my family. We (okay, mostly me) write inspirational messages, jokes, seasonal drawings, etc.

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A photo from this past Christmas…

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MATERIALS LIST:

-1 pint of chalkboard paint. This now comes in several colors, but black is still my favorite. You can also make your own in any color. Here is a link to A Beautiful Mess’s blog with the instructions for making your own.

-paint brush

-cloth (for curing chalkboard)

INSTRUCTIONS:

After you paint your surface, allow it to dry for several hours or overnight. Be sure to cure your surface before use, by lightly rubbing chalk all over it and wiping it off. That was easy!

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