Category: DIY Projects

Adding to the Gallery Wall


I know…creative post title.  ;-)  But really, that’s all that I did!  I had some leftover fabric from another project that I wanted to use and a funny post card that I picked up at a craft fair not too long ago and they both seemed like the perfect additions to the gallery wall.


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Inexpensive frames from Tar-jay!


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I love the faux bois pattern on that fabric.  So, so much.  And that’s just Lolita the llama.  You know, just a llama wearing a scarf, no big deal.  ;-)  (Don’t you love her?!)


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I had to trim down Lolita a teensy bit so that she would fit into that frame — I bought the wrong size!  No worries, though.  Just a few snips and she was good to go!


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And there you have it…the gallery wall in all its growing glory!  ;-)

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From Old to New

When my husband and I moved in together, we had even more of a hodge-podge of furniture than we do now.  Things are starting to come together pretty well, but it wasn’t always that way.  One of the pieces of furniture that we have that I really love is an old side table that he had when he was a kid!  Now it sits in our living room, awaiting a good paint job when I find a moment in my abundant spare time, lol.  But I figured an easy way to update it a little bit while it sits in the must-paint-this line was to change the hardware!

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As you can see, the handles were pretty dated.

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They just sort of blended in with the piece of furniture itself…nothing too exciting.

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Originally, I was going to go with lucite handles, but when I went to Lowe’s, I ended up falling in love with some knobs instead!  Go figure!

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I really loved the contemporary knot design, and the fact that they were a gold/brass color made the birds sing, in my opinion!  ;-)  We all know how much I love that finish.

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Old hardware off!  (As you can see, this piece definitely needs a paint job.  I’m thinking a pretty charcoal-y gray!)

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And there you have it.  An easy update for $10.  I’m a happy girl.

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Room Translation: Coral-Inspired Bedroom

Hey there, friends!  Well, we made it to Friday!  I had so much fun with you all this week sharing my projects and decorating ideas.  I hope you are liking this new blog as much as I love writing it!  I have already met so many wonderful people in this awesome world of blogging, and I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to feel so surrounded by my peeps — you; the crafter; the DIY-hungry; the one with spray paint in your hair and hot glue on your fingers; the expert; the novice; the Pinterest-obsessed; the chef…I write for all of you, and you inspire me each and every day!

Since today’s Friday, it’s Room Translation time!  The inspired interior…

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This bedroom appealed to me for many reasons.  The coral color, for one.  I mean…  To me, there’s nothing brighter or fancier or more fun than coral.  I love the delicate gold clock on the bedside table, and those pulls on the table?  HELLO!  Gorge.  Here is my translation…


Dwell Studio Headboard – {Zinc Door}
Crystal Cube Lamp – {Lamps Plus}
Seiko Clock – {Ebay}
Suzani Bolsters – {Furbish}
End Table – {Becker Furniture World}

What’s your favorite part of this room?

And now, just a quick round-up of what we’ve been up to this week at Inspiration Affirmation…

On Monday, I showed you my pretty, vintage Waterford crystal bowl that I filled with cinnamon-scented pinecones.

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On Tuesday, I featured an easy craft using Rub ‘n Buff as the main ingredient!
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On Wednesday, I tried my hand at wrapping some presents in a cute way — a sorta-kinda big deal for this gift-bag-loving-girl.  ;-)
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And on Thursday, I fixed a 130 year old porcelain elephant who was missing a back leg!  He’s walking much better these days.  ;-)
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Which brings us to Friday, my friends.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to seeing you back here Monday morning for some crazy fun!  I’m kicking off a two-week series, and I hope you will join me!  Here is a sneak peak…

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Vintage Porcelain Elephant: I Can Fix That!

Have you ever seen a 130 year old elephant?  How about a 130 year old porcelain elephant?  How about a 130 year old porcelain elephant with a missing leg?

My Gramma gave me this elephant a couple of weeks ago.  She likes to give me things, as any grandmother does — just like when she gave me an “old bowl” that turned out to be Waterford crystal.  She gives me things and tells me to take good care of them, and that saying of hers really applied to this sweet elephant.  You see…

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*Gulp*.  How sad, right?  And he had been missing his leg for twenty-some years.  My Gramma told me I could take him home, and I promised her I would fix him right up.  So, with a little bit of E6000, my sweet elephant friend was standing on his own four feet again.  ;-)

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I need a name for him.  Do you have any ideas?


Green + Black: Gift Wrapping

Last week I mentioned that Friday was my hubby’s birthday.  The cool thing about that is that it was also my father-in-law’s birthday!  Yes, they were born on the same day — how cool is that?  Now, I am usually more of a gift bag kind of girl, but this season I am making an effort to change that.  Not that there’s anything wrong with a gift bag — because, let’s face it, there are so many pretty ones to choose from these days.  But I’m trying my hand at this whole creative wrapping thing, and I gotta say… I’m loving it!

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I went to Hobby Lobby for my wrapping paper and ribbon, and I will tell you right now that I don’t think I will ever get my wrapping paper anywhere else.  The quality is completely amazing — strong, crisp paper, yet easy to fold and crease.  It was an absolute dream to work with — nothing like some of those paper thin wrapping papers that make you crazy when you’re trying to wrap something and a corner rips.  Nuh-uh.  This paper is perfection.

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I decided on the green polka dot wrapping paper and the black ribbon because I really like the way green and black look together… it was that simple!  The polka dots in the green shade looked a little less girlified to me, too, so I thought paired with the black ribbon it would tone it down even more.

I learned to wrap gifts pretty well during my days working at Hallmark, when we would have busy wrapping seasons.  I loved it.  It was a moment where I could be really creative, and I loved mixing and matching colors of papers and bows to make it extra special.

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The tag was incredibly simple to make (it took minutes) and I was able to swing it with things that I have in my craft stash.  The tags themselves are from Hobby Lobby, as is the stamp, which is still there — I checked! I simply used Rub ‘n Buff on the outer edges of the tag to glam it up a little bit, and then I tied the twine between the final knot in the ribbon.  Can you tell I am loving Rub ‘n Buff now?  After yesterday’s vase project and this tag decorating technique, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to put the stuff down!  #somebodyhelpme

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So tell me — are you a gift bag person, too, or do you love zhushing your gifts so that they’re extra special?  What are your favorite color/pattern combinations to use when you gift wrap?


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DIY Rub ‘n Buff Vase

Last week, I was perusing the aisles of Target for some DIY inspiration, and I came across a small collection of bowls from the Nate Berkus for Target line.  I really loved the gold color of the catchalls, and then a lightbulb went off in my head reminding me of a product that I had been wanting to work with for a long time: Rub ‘n Buff!

The first time I heard about Rub ‘n Buff was on Sarah’s blog, Thrifty Decor Chick, and it had been in the back of my mind for future projects ever since.  I went searching through the vase aisle at Target and found what looked like a stemless wine glass.  It was only a dollar, so I figured that if my ‘lil project didn’t work, it wouldn’t be a big deal.

I drove on over to Hob Lob to pick up the Rub ‘n Buff and I found it over by the spray paint/acrylic paint aisle (in case you’re wondering!).  I also grabbed a stem of red feathers that I thought would look pretty against the gold of the vase and would work with the colors in our living room.

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The Rub ‘n Buff color that I chose was Grecian Gold.  It totally reminds me of some of the gold pieces that I studied in one of my Art History classes in college!

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This product is incredibly easy to use.  You literally just rub it on whatever you’re finishing, and it dries almost instantly in a gorgeous matte tone.  You can use your fingers (that’s what I did) or a cloth — I would use a cloth next time I rub-n-buff something as it was a little bit difficult to get the paint off of my hands.  A little bit goes a long way with this stuff.

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I displayed my new little vase on the dresser that resides in our living room.  The dresser holds all of my husband’s hobbyish geekery!  ;-)  I have big plans to paint this piece of furniture, but that will have to wait for the Spring!

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And there you have it!  Easy-peasy, my friends!  A quick, half an hour project that you can display right away.  I love that.

Have you ever used Rub ‘n Buff?  What other things would you use this product on?


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