DIY: Bold Front Door

I haven't lived in an actual house since I lived in my parents house several years ago. And though I've loved all the apartments I've lived in for one reason or another, I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited to rent a whole house. No having to buzz people in. No having to park and then walk groceries up flights of stairs. No sharing laundry facilities. I get to have a basement and a backyard. And, in a weird way, I was excited to have a front door. A front door that I could paint and hope that my landlord doesn't hate me too much for. 

Here's what my house looked like when I moved in. I live in a rowhome in Philadelphia so I have a house on either side of me, with two windows in the front. I know it isn't for everyone, but I happen to think my little house is pretty cute from the front. But that front door was filthy dirty and really needed a new coat of paint, regardless of the color. Figuring out the door color was the hardest part. I wanted something that was bold, but also wouldn't be completely awful to cover when I needed to repaint over it when I move out. I also wanted it to be bold, but didn't want it to be so weird that my neighbors hate me for having to look at it. I also wanted it to be a color that would compliment the brick, which means I couldn't have the hot pink door of my dreams.

So here we are! Halfway through painting the door I thought I had made a terrible mistake. It seemed really bedroom-y and not as bright as I had hoped. But once I finished the first coat and stepped back, I loved it. I used Valspar Exterior Paint in Aqua Quartz and I think it really makes my house pop without being too obnoxious. Mission accomplished! <3

DIY: Emoji Shoes

I like to think that my emoji game is strong. I'm not good at making coherent sentence using them, but since I downloaded the emoji keyboard I don't think there has been a day when I haven't used at least one. I have my favorites, as everyone does. My friend and I were the emoji twins for Halloween last year. I've purchased emoji stickers on several occasions and given them out around the office. I judge people who don't use them. I'm in for the emoji long haul.

This is one of those DIYs that just bops into your brain when you're laying in bed and just won't go away. Like a lot of my DIYs, super easy and simple. I had a lot of the materials taking up space in my craft cabinet. I had these extra flats sitting in a pile of shoes that were cute, but not cute enough to wear because they were so uncomfortable. You know what's going to make these worth wear? Heart-eye emojis on the front. SOLD.

Do you not have a life where you need heart-eye emoji shoes? Then who even are you?

You'll need: a pair of fabric shoes; red, yellow, and black felt; scissors; and fabric tac.

First you'll need to cut your pieces. Cut two yellow squares that are about the same size as the front of your shoes, four red squares that are about a quarter of the size of the yellow squares, and two black rectangles that are about half the size of the yellow squares.

Trim the yellow squares into circles make sure they fit nicely on the front of your shoes. Then fold each red square in half and make it into a heart (just like making heart valentines in grade school). Place the heart eyes onto the yellow circle and trim accordingly.

Trim the black rectangle into a mouth and again, lay it onto the face and trim accordingly.

Use fabric tac to attach the pieces to the face. Make sure to apply an even thin coat of tac and once you place the eyes and mouth, adjust spacing accordingly and quickly. Let dry for 15 minutes until you apply another coat of tac onto the back of the face and glue them to the front of the shoes. You'll need a little more glue for this than doing the smaller pieces. Press the faces down and let dry fully before wearing them. Follow the drying directions on your tac!

I've worn my shoes two or three times and the faces seem to stay put quite well. Just try not to wear them when the weather is bad or it's raining (obviously).

DIY: Air Plant Hangers

Like many things in my apartment, my bathroom is a little quirky. My apartment is a large Victorian-era home that was split up into 4 separate apartments and I'm thinking that my living room and bedroom used to be two bedrooms with a Jack-and-Jill bathroom in between. If I lived with another person, it might be annoying to walk through the bathroom to get to my bedroom, but I'm a single person and I don't care. That being said, the bathroom has a large window that was looking pretty empty. I think want curtains because it's a tight space and a really large window with a large windowsill. So I decided some hanging air plants would do just the trick. 

I purchased my glass hangers at a local store that was going out of business because they were a good price, but you can definitely get some at most nurseries or off of Amazon. The neon yarn I had lying around and hung with some cup hooks that I drilled into the ceiling. Done. 

It definitely adds a little something to the space. They've been hanging there for a few weeks now and I'm loving the way the final project looks.

DIY: Tissue Paper Tile Coasters

Tile coasters were one of my first DIY projects I posted on this blog and one of the things that I still use in my house everyday. BUT I'm really tired of looking at these, so I made some really simple new tile coasters using a bunch of stuff I had floating around my craft cabinet.

You'll need: Ceramic Tiles, Mod Podge, Acrylic Sealer, a Sheet of Self-sticking Felt, Scissors, Foam Paint Brush, and different colored tissue papers. I also used a patterned tissue paper with a white background so the pattern would show through.

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Starting with the patterned tissue paper, rip pieces of tissue paper and glue to the tile using Mod Podge. You'll want to paint a layer of glue on the tile, press the piece of tissue paper down and then paint a layer of glue over the tissue paper. Try and keep the paper from becoming too wrinkled, but some wrinkles are okay. 

Layer the pieces of paper to create a random pattern that is slightly different per tile. Use the corners of the paper at the corner of the tile. Each time you add a piece of tissue paper, include a layer of glue.

Once you've placed the tissue paper pieces where you want them, apply a final coat of glue over the entire tile and sides, and let it dry completely. Once the glue has dried, apply 2-3 coats of sealer over the top and sides of the tiles to seal everything. Let dry completely.

Cut your self-sticking felt sheet into 4 even sides pieces and attach to the bottom of each tile. Done.

DIY: Reupholstered Vanity Stool

You know those projects that you buy all the supplies for and then let them sit around for months until you actually get around to doing them? That's what this project was. This little vanity stool has been upholstered with this zebra fabric for years now. And though this was the first time I had reupholstered anything, it didn't quite fit the style I was going for in my bedroom anymore. I bought this floral fabric from Joann's and then proceeded to let it sit around until one Saturday morning when I couldn't take it anymore and it needed to happen right then and there. That's just how my brain works, I guess.

Reupholstering something like this vanity stool, or these bar stools, is really fairly simple. Here's how it goes.

For this projects, you'll need whatever you are covering, fabric, a staple gun, and maybe a flat-head screwdriver.

First, I removed that paper I had stapled to the bottom of the cushion. Then lay out your fabric, place the cushion upside down on top of it and cut the amount you'll need. You want the fabric to be about 2-2 1/2 inches larger than the seat. Place the cushion in the center.

Start by wrapping the fabric up over the bottom of the cushion and staple in place. Be sure that the seat is in the center before you place that first staple.

Once that first staple is in, work your way around the seat pulling the fabric tight and trying to keep it as smooth as possible. 

The trick (I don't know if "trick" is really the right word, but oh well) is to pull the fabric and see where it wants to lay. Mine usually ends up in the fan-like pattern you can see below. But the goal is to get the top and sides to be as smooth as possible. You honestly don't really care too much what the bottom looks like. Work your way around the cushion and stapling the fabric in place. If you mess up, just remove the staple with your flathead screwdriver and do that section again.

It's not completely perfect, but perfection doesn't matter to me that much. It's for my own home and to be honest, not-perfect-floral-print is so much better than faux-zebra-print-fur. That's how I look at it.

Once you get all the way around, cut the extra fabric off to neaten things up. Reattach the cushion to the base and you are good to go.

It's such a tiny element to my bedroom, but to me it makes such a difference. My bedroom is a mixmatch of furniture and nothing really matches. Someday I'm going to sand down that vanity completely and paint the whole thing charcoal gray and replace the hardware. I've also been saying that for about 8 years... But, at least I have a cuter vanity stool in the meantime.