Friday, June 29, 2012

"S" is for Stool #3

Build: kids size play stool


I used Ana White's play table stool plans to build this stool for a birthday gift.

This birthday boy's name starts with B, hence the personalization on the stool seat:


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How to Finish DIY Furniture with Paint

How to finish a modern nightstand with paint.

diy mod nightstand with painted finish

The complete how-to finish the mod nightstand with paint.

diy mod nightstand with painted finish

I used one coat of Zinsser cover stain primer.
Two coats Minwax clear satin polycrylic.

zinsser cover stain primer and benjamin moore paintbenjamin moore summer shower 

DIY Mod Nightstand

How to build a modern style two drawer nightstand.

diy mod style nightstand

I worked with Ana White again to make this nightstand.  She drew up the plans and I did the construction for my girl #1:

diy mod style nightstand

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY Ruffle Trimmed Bedskirt

diy ruffle trimmed gathered bedskirt

How to sew a ruffle trim on a gathered bedskirt.  Today I will share how I made this gathered bedskirt from white cotton sheets and added pink gingham cotton fabric ruffle:

diy ruffle trimmed gathered bedskirt

This bedskirt has a 20" drop:

diy ruffle trim detail on bedskirt

But the real purpose of this bedskirt is to hide the bed risers and storage bins:

Saturday, June 23, 2012

"W" is for Wedding Tray

Build: wedding invitation serving tray


I made this wooden serving tray and sealed the wedding invitation on the surface:

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"S" is for Swingset Flags

Sew: monogrammed swingset flags


Four nylon swingset flags, a special request from a friend to replace her old, worn flags.

** Please note in all the pictures below I attached the flags to our swingset, this is not their permanent home and I'm sure they have a much better position on my friend's swingset.**



Made from rip stop nylon, these flags should be able to handle all sorts of weather.



The old flags were worn, tattered and faded:


And the new flags now have the kids first initial too!


Here's how I made the swingset flags:

1. Purchase multiple colors of rip stop nylon:


2. Using the old flag as a pattern, layer up the nylon and pin the old flag on top:


3. Cut out around the old flag leaving a 3/8" seam allowance:


4. Print out letters to size.
Pin letter onto nylon scrap:


5. Cut around letter, leaving 1/4" seam allowance:


6. Pin nylon letter into place and turn under 1/4" before zig zag stitching into place:



7. Turn under raw edge twice all around length of flag and straight stitch:


8. Make sleeve for post using old flag as a pattern, turn under raw edge then straight stitch.
Be sure to stitch top closed and leave bottom open:


Ready to decorate your swingset!




Sunday, June 17, 2012

"D" is for Diaper Clutch

Sew: diaper bag clutch


Monogrammed seersucker zipper pouch to hold diapers and wipes: 


An easy-to-sew personalized pouch that makes a great gift for any new parent: 



I used light pink seersucker on the exterior and bold solid Kona colors for the monogram and lining:




The mitered corners give the pouch depth, providing space to fill with diapers and wipes:



I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Textiles @ Freckled Laundry

Thursday, June 14, 2012

"N" is for Nursery


Paint: nursery sign


The perfect decorative addition for a new baby girl.


A friend requested this sign for another friend as a new baby gift:


She saw the sign below in a gift shop and asked if I could recreate it:


I used Janda Quirkygirl font in 110 and 80 point:


Then added white grosgrain ribbon to hang the sign:




Here's how I made the nursery sign:

1. Cut 3/4" plywood 9" x 6 1/2".
Prime and paint two coats pink:


2. Use a cup and trace circles with white pencil:


3. Paint circles inside white pencil marks:


4. Print out words:
(I used Janda Quirkygirl font in 110 and 80 point.)


5. Line up words on painted board and trace letters with ballpoint pen:
The pressure of the pen will leave an indent in the wood.


6. Paint on and inside the indent left behind by the pen:
(I used dark brown acrylic.)


7. Drill holes for ribbon:


8. Seal with clear semi-gloss acrylic spray.
Thread ribbon through holes, tie knot and apply fray-chek to cut ends:


Ready for the nursery.


I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Monday @ Skip to My Lou
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework