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: 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.

DIY: Embellishing Doors with Washi Tape

I have a weird apartment layout, which would be more of a problem if it wasn't just me living in it. My apartment building is a Victorian-style house that was converted into 4 apartments, and my guess is that at one time, my living room and bedroom used to be 2 bedrooms separated by a jack-and-jill bathroom. Now that the one room is my living room, you need to walk through my bathroom to get to the bedroom. Like I said, would be a bigger problem if I wasn't living alone. 

All of this is leading me up to the fact that I have a lot of doors in my apartment. There's a door that separates the living room and bathroom, and a door that separates my bedroom from the bathroom, both in a pretty tight space. So, I decided those doors needed some pazazz and it needed to be cheap and take about 5 minutes. Washi tape to the rescue.

You'll need: washi tape and an exacto knife. 

This little update is done in a flash. Starting at the top of the door, aim to place the tape straight and in the middle of the door's width. Then just press it down, trying to keep it as straight as possible. When you get to the metal section in the middle, use the exacto knife to cut a clean edge and then start again at the bottom of that metal piece. Bring the tape all the way down the door, and wrap around the bottom before tearing it off. Give all the tape a firm pressing and you're done!

I love that it adds just the tiniest pop of color in a space that's a bit of a design challenge. And having it on both doors means that I can see it both from my sofa and from inside my bedroom. And when I no longer like it, or want to switch out the color, it peals right off.

We Built a TV Stand

Sometimes you stumble upon a great DIY and it just clicks. I need to make that right now. And then you realize you already have a TV stand and you would never need anything that big. And then you move and have the perfect spot for it and hate your current TV stand. Or at least, that's what happened when it came to this project.

A little while ago, I saw Elise Blaha had posted about a TV stand she put together using two Ikea cabinets and some stained wood pieces. I loved it. I loved the contrasts between the white doors and stained wood. I loved the low profile and simpleness. It was epic. I read through her walk through a hundred times and emailed it to Tim and we decided it was perfect. It is perfect.

Swing on over to Elise's blog to see how she put her's together. We followed her directions almost to a tee and it came out great.

Ampersand Wall Art

It's been so long since I posted crafty things! The holidays killed my creative energy, but recently I've been feeling inspired and excited to start making things again. This is one of the easiest projects I've ever put together. It cost me nothing being that I had all the supplies in my apartment and took me about an hour one morning. Here we go!

Create a stencil with some regular printer paper. I traced the embroidery hoop I'd be using to make sure the size was right. 

Cut out your stencil and pin to felt.

Cut your felt and place on whatever fabric you'll be using for the hoop.

To attach the felt ampersand to the background, I used a basic stitch. You could also try using a blanket stitch or some other crazy stitch, but I wanted mine to be very simple.

Sew all the way around and that's it! Easiest project ever, right?