DIY Floating Shelves

I am still trying to complete projects only using materials I have on hand. I did cave slightly and purchased some wood but it is so inexpensive that I don't feel too bad about it. I have been wanting to add some natural wood accents to a few spaces around the house. First on my list was to create some floating shelves for the dining room.

I made two for our downstairs bathroom which I absolutely love so I used the same plans provided by Thrifty & Chic Decor, this time using their exact measurements (I made my bathroom shelves 24in rather than 36). You can find the full tutorial here.

I purchased my wood at Home Depot and cut it at home using my table saw. I assembled the shelves as per the instructions and stained using Minwax Dark Walnut that I had on hand. I finished them using my Annie Sloan dark wax. I hung them ensuring to drill into the studs as I wanted them to be able to support some weight.

Before

Before

Brackets hung, drilled into the studs

Brackets hung, drilled into the studs

Shelves slide over your brackets

Shelves slide over your brackets

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I styled the shelves primarily using items I had around the house. I did purchase the Brown Booze recipe book from Homesense as well as the water jug from the dollar store. This tea cup was my grandmother's so it is very fitting that it is now on display. My favourite piece displayed on my new shelves is the framed cow picture. I already had the large black frame and found this free minimal cow printable from Okie Home.

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I always have San Pellegrino bottles on hand that I love to use for styling and decor. I also used the small wood wine sign to cover/distract from our thermostat. I made the decorative orb using embroidery hoops I had on purchased on sale awhile ago. I intend on spray painting them gold but haven't gotten to it yet.

I am so thrilled with how the shelves turned out. I think they compliment the space really well. And, they cost less than $10 per shelf to make. I have plans to build an industrial style side table to replace the current piece underneath the shelves. Just another project on my list :)

Stay tuned for more DIY wood projects.

Jess xx

DIY Twine Easter Eggs + Carrot

Back in December, I hosted a couple of Christmas wreath workshops at my local library. My friend Erin, the librarian kindly asked me to return to do an Easter craft. I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and found tons of idea, ultimately choosing rustic twine Easter eggs paired with a carrot. When I host these craft nights at the library, we try to keep cost in mind for people to attend. I was able to get all of my supplies from the dollar store therefore the cost was only $5 per person.

To make the eggs, I picked up a package of foam eggs in two different sizes from the dollar store. Initially, I started by covering the egg in mod podge using a small artist's paint brush and started wrapping my twine from the middle. I found that the mod podge made a mess and the twine was not adhering properly. I got my glue gun out and started from the end which worked much better you just have to be careful not to constantly burn the tips of your fingers. I wrapped the twine tightly adding a dot of glue every so often and also trying to make sure there wasn'twhite showing through.  I made 3 eggs, 2 larger and 1 medium. For the craft night at the library, I wasn't able to find enough of the foam eggs for the entire group so I used large plastic eggs that open at the middle, which also worked just fine!

For my carrot, I used a few stems of faux greenery from the dollar store. I taped the greenery pieces together for my steam and then used newspaper to create my carrot form. I wrapped the paper around and crumpled it until it started to resemble a carrot, then I wrapped it in twine. I loved the look of it in the natural twine colour but because I was using it as an example for the library craft, I decided to paint it orange.

I also grabbed a little wire basket from the dollar store and green craft grass. I displayed my eggs and carrot atop the grass and added a bow using leftover ribbon from last year's Spring wreath.

This is a really easy and inexpensive craft and perfect for Easter + Spring!! The ladies that came to the craft night loved it and were excited to go out and get their own baskets to display their new Easter décor. You don' have to style it in a basket, this would be great as an addition to your tablescape or as shelf decor. I made a second set of eggs as well as another carrot at the craft night that I plan to style differently or possibly give as a hostess gift at Easter next weekend :)

Jess xx

Ikea Malm Makeover

My current goal is to complete projects only using supplies I have on hand. This is allowing me to complete some unfinished projects and also save money on new projects. Recently I made over my Ikea Malm dresser and Billy bookshelf using leftover paint and primer.

Malm Dresser

Malm Dresser

Billy book shelf

Billy book shelf

My blond spare room furniture is from my university days and although it is in good shape it is dated and could use a facelift. I got rid of the bed frame with a similar blonde wood headboard recently when my parents gave me their queen size frame. I have an old door sitting in my garage that I have planned to use as a headboard (stay tuned).       

When painting laminate furniture with regular paint you have to prime it first. Typically, I use chalk paint so that I can avoid this step all together but priming allows you to use any paint which provides more colour options. In this case, I had Behr Poppyseed on hand from my master bedroom accent wall. I also used this last weekend to complete some DIY wall art. I used a small roller to apply the primer and then two coats of paint.

BEFORE

BEFORE

PRIMED

PRIMED

PAINTED

PAINTED

I sealed the dresser and drawers using Varathane Chrystal Clear Polyurethane which I had on hand from my chalk paint kitchen makeover. I purchased this which is meant for floors because it is very durable which is awesome in a high traffic area like the kitchen. Having done more research since completing my kitchen makeover, I would have used polycrylic instead as my white cupboards have yellowed slightly in some areas, despite the polyurethane claiming that it is "non yellowing". I applied it using a regular bristle brush. Had I of used chalk paint on this piece, I still would have sealed it with poly rather than wax. I am finding that a lot of my furniture made over with chalk paint and finished with wax is scuffing or becoming discolored. Poly creates a much more durable barrier and protects furniture better. Again, polyacrylic is recommended over polyurethane but it's what I had on hand :)

I found these vintage knobs at Homesense for $20 for 8. I used two on the linen closet of our downstairs bathroom makeover and the remaining 6 I added to the dresser drawers.

I haven't styled the top the way I want it yet, this will come with moving around some décor.

I haven't styled the top the way I want it yet, this will come with moving around some décor.

I also primed and painted my bookshelf white. I had Behr Ultra White semi gloss on hand which has more of a sheen than I wanted for furniture but I plan to distress it to match the bed side table. I also plan to add some barn board or stained wood to the back for an added look and stability of the shelf.

always fun to change up shelf décor !

always fun to change up shelf décor !

Another piece I painted is this side table in my office/2nd spare room. I had painted it previously using Annie Sloan Graphite but decided to freshen it up and give it some colour using Annie Sloan Duck Egg. I distressed it heavily with 120 grit sandpaper and really love the look of the black showing through. I sealed it using Annie Sloan clear wax, all products I had on hand of course :)

Both of my spare rooms were freshly painted and have gotten a few décor additions over the last 2 years but recently I have been itching to switch them up a bit more. I am planning to change out some of the décor and wall art to achieve the fresh look I am going for and the furniture makeovers will help achieve this.

Jess xx