So with Pinterest being the greatest time sucker inspiration zone ever, I’m thrilled to say that I’ve actually DONE some of the things that I’ve “pinned”!
Here’s the low down on those projects.
Fabric wrapped panels – I’ve been using these for years for Home Staging. A couple Pinterest links recommend wrapping fabric around plywood, but I’ve just built frames from 1×2’s like I did for the Pears and wrapped and stapled.
There is so much incredibly gorgeous fabric out there, that it truly is art.
Here’s a couple of mine in action …
Next – Aging new wood to look like barn board, or to create the patina of old wood:
I am mystified that someone somewhere said to themselves “I’ll put Apple Cider Vinegar on that new wood and just see what happens…and WAIT, I’ll use Steel Wool”. But what floated their boat in experimenting totally works – I mostly followed the directions and the new-ish wood turned gray after a couple hours.
Next….first, I loved this sign….not for the words, for the vibe of it:
So I was super excitivated about this tip for putting letters onto wood for signs. It seemed a great alternative to stencils, and I don’t have any fancy letter cutting crickets or whathaveyou. Now it’s entirely possible that I did something wrong, or maybe my printer doesn’t leave the printed letters inky enough, but it didn’t work for me, and I was back to my stencils. But the creation turned out pretty marvellous anyhow…and I did use Sarah’s tip of watering down the craft paint for the letters.
I white washed the already weathered board, painted in the address, white washed a bit more, and flicked it with some of the watery white paint. LOVE it.
This is such a pretty and creative idea – and I’m such a fan of the chippy worn paint look. I did this for a client – we’re doing ‘Cape Cod inspired’ spaces (the address sign is hers as well) – and it’s so charming.
Finding an old wood window, especially one with great hardware is probably the hardest part of this one.
To attach the photos I used clear photo corners, but backwards. You want the photo behind the pane, so slip the corners on the photo with the adhesive side facing forward, then stick them to the back of the pane.
Here’s another one that I use in Home Staging all the time, though to me it’s more appropriate in kitchens:
Sometimes I’ll use a candle in the coffee beans as shown, or I’ll use a tall cylindrical vase with an orchid in the beans.
It’s lovely and it smells SO good.
Roasted brussel sprouts – completely eliminates the brussel sprout/feet smell when cooking, and will make this under rated veggie a fave. Toss in olive oil, salt & pepper, and roast at 425 til fork tender (I don’t cut mine either, though I do ‘X’ the stem).
This little spray paint trigger is the greatest thing since, well, spray paint.
If you have a spray painting compulsion anything like I do, you need this. It makes painting so much easier and much more even, and no more “paint finger” (you know, where only Peter Pointer is now the same color as your paint?). It’s about 8 bucks, and that’s borscht to pay for the end of finger cramping is it not?
Last one – This is so much nicer than the plastic soap pumps.
The jars are about $2 at any thrift store. I opted to spray paint the lids (that’s kind of a given though, right?).
Drill a hole in the lid, add 1 soap pump, and a bead of glue or silicone around the inside edge of the pump on top.
So excellent. And fancy. In a totally non-fancy way.
If you are a Pinterestaddict like me, we need serious intervention. And by that, I mean follow me. AND, do some of the groovy stuff you spy on there – try the recipes, paint something, how hard can it be?
If you are not a Pinterestaddict (yet) – you follow me too. You don’t want to be that awkward one at the party who doesn’t know what “pinning” is, right? Right – no thanks necessary.
Fall in love with your home again.