Print your own photos on canvas for under $2.00

Print your own photos on canvas for under $2.00

Today was my first real day off in a while, so I figured it would be a good day to finish a project!

I have had this vision in my head since we remodeled our hallway, and today I was going to bring that vision to life! Black and white canvas photos on our brilliant yellow walls!!

I started pricing canvas photos and….OUCH! For the amount that I wanted, it would cost a small fortune. So I decided to DIY it! Here is what you need if you decide to try this yourself:

  • 8×10 canvas (which I bought at the Dollarama for $1.50
  • A pack of white tissue paper
  • White glue
  • 2 x Paint brushes
  • Card stock or regular printer paper
  • Tape
  • Black Paint
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First, get your photos ready to print on your computer by making sure they are 8×10 (or whatever size you want to do). I found it handy to make them a little bigger to avoide having a white strip on the side if you dont line it up properly.

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Once your photos are ready to print, you need to get your paper ready. Cut a large piece of white tissue paper in 4 quarters. Tape the tissue paper to a piece or paper or card stock making sure the corners don’t have any loose ends or they will get stuck in the printer (yes, this was learned by trial and error!)

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Next just print as you would if you were printing a picture. Make sure to let it dry before touching it….again, I learned this the hard way!

Let your pictures dry and get your glue ready. You COULD use mod podge for this project…or you can use half white glue and half water shaken up! It works just as good for this DIY!

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Once your photos are dry, cut them out of the card stock or paper. If you make them a little bigger then you need, just cut around the picture. If you didnt, I would suggest leaving a little extra room around the edges. You will be left with a piece of tissue paper with a picture on it! Pretty cool eh?

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Here comes the patience and forgiveness! You need to know that these will not be perfect. They will have creases and bumps and up close will look a little wierd. But I think the creases and bumps really add to to the look!

Cover your canvas with glue and carefully place your tissue picture on top to that it lines up. PAT with your dry hand to get most of the bubbles out. Now take a paint brush and cover it with glue. Use the brush to coat the top of the picture with glue and get the bubbles and lines out the best you can. Do not push too hard or let the brush go dry or you will rip the picture!Β  Once you are happy (or have given up) let dry!

IMAG0649Remember the pieces of paper you cut off the tissue? Don’t throw out the piece of paper you cut out….you can use those to position your pictures on the wall πŸ™‚

Once your canvas is dry, paint the edge black…or red…or whatever colour you want. You can also leave them white, but I think the black makes them look more polished!!

 

IMAG0650TAH DAH! A very cool wall for under $20 πŸ™‚

 

Easy DIY Chalkboard Wall

Easy DIY Chalkboard Wall

IMAG0593I have read so many websites on how to make your own chalkboard paint, but I didn’t believe it could be this easy!

We have two music schools with eight teaching rooms. Most rooms have white boards, but they didn’t have the look I wanted when we started remodeling the rooms, so I started looking into making my own chalkboard paint to paint entire walls (after pricing a quart of chalkboard paint at $25). This cost about the same for a whole gallon.

IMAG0568What you need:

  • Latex paint of any colour (I got eggshell, but flat would be nice!)
  • Unsanded Grout to match the colour you choose
  • A container to mix the paint and grout in
  • A lot of enegery to mix it for a very long time to get the chunks out (or an electric mixer)
  • A sponge roller and brush for the edges

Mix 1 tbsp grout to 2 cups of paint. Stir, stir, stir and paint!! That easy πŸ™‚ I needed three coats to cover, but it looks amazing.

One thing I should mention is that it thickens pretty quick, so I used a fan to dry it as fast as possible in between coats.

After one coat
After one coat
Curing it by covering it in chalk and wiping it off with a damp rag
Curing it by covering it in chalk and wiping it off with a damp rag

After it has dried for a couple days, cure it by covering the whole thing in chalk (using the side of a piece of chalk) and then wash it off with a damp rag. Now you are ready to doodle, decorate or do whatever you want with it!

 

 

 

Easy Recycled Wine Jugs

Easy Recycled Wine Jugs

IMAG0548So a long time ago, I purchased these awesome looking wine jugs to make vases out of…..drinking the wine had nothing to do with it πŸ˜‰ After they were empty, I cleaned them and put them on my fridge in anticipation of sprucing them up one day! Well that day came today!!

I saw a post this morning (check it out here –> https://goodwalablog.wordpress.com/) and thought it was adorable. I was inspired!!! I wanted to keep my super rustic looking and simple, so I found some modpodge and some twine and went to work.

IMAG0550I used a small paint brush to apply the glue to the bottles and then started wrapping. I had to be pretty quick before it dried and had to keep pushing the twine together so it stayed even. I was covered in glue by the time I was done, but it was totally worth it!

I love how cute they look. Peonies just bloomed this week in our yard, so I thought I would put them on display!!

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DIY Shutters

DIY Shutters

Sometimes, a window just needs a shutter. We live in a big white house with a big white garage. We needed something to break all that white up!

IMAG0526As you know, I would rather build something out of leftovers or materials kicking around then spend hundreds of dollars. In this case, I would rather have my husband build something πŸ™‚

We needed a bunch of shutters for our garage, kitchen window and 4 windows on the front of the house. Those plastic or vinyl shutters have no personality, not to mention what they cost….CRAZY!

Here is a $100 DIY shutter idea!! That was the total cost of ALL of our shutters, stain, etc. We made 12 shutters = $8.33 each!!

You will need some wood planks. Here is a great use for pallets if your windows aren’t that big. You can pick those up for free a lot of time (as long as you are fast. Pintrest has caused a high demand for pallets)

IMAG0525Our windows are fairly large, so it us cost around $60 in wood materials. Still under the cost of one new pair of shutters. The rest of the money was spent on wood stain.

6 screws hold these babies together! They could not be easier to make (that is what hubby said anyways) and they look so rustic and charming.

IMAG0524Here is a set of shutters before staining. We stuggled with the colour and in the end decided to keep the wood look. I am so glad we did because it really made them look AWESOME! Plus it saved us from having to prime and paint a million coats πŸ™‚

We used a semi transparent walnut stain. It gave it the appearance of barn board. It took two coats to be dark enough.

IMAG0527IMAG0531The shutters gave the house a whole new look! It was like they were always meant to be there! Not bad for $100 and a couple hours of my husbands time!!

Now I just need to get my hanging plants up and we are ready for front porch entertaining!

 

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Making a runner out of a remnant carpet

Making a runner out of a remnant carpet

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Let me start off by telling you this project is not for the faint of heart! If you have any level of OCD, do not try this! It will drive you mad! It will never be perfect and you can seriously spend hours and hours trying. What it will do is save you hundreds of dollars if you can look past the minor imperfections.

What you will need:

  • Carpet remnant
  • Sharp knife, long ruler or piece of straight boardΒ  and sharpie to cut remnant to size
  • Hot glue gun
  • LOTS of hot glue sticks
  • A popsicle stick or flat object to push the hot glue into the carpet
  • Sharp scissors to trim carpet edges
  • A glass of wine for when you are finished….you will need it!

We recently underwent a huge floor refinishing project. By that, I mean we ripped out old carpets, sanded and stained a floor and coated it with protective wax. There was a lot of sweat, tears and swear words that went into the project, so we want to make sure that it looks this good for a long time!

So we started pricing area rugs and a 20′ runner for our hallway….OUCH! It was so much money that we decided to get ourselves into yet another DIY project! We already had a lot of carpet remnant that we got to put into our music school teaching rooms (which we have not done yet). The colour is perfect to match our new living room/dining room and hallway so we thought we would make area rugs and a runner out of the remnant.IMAG0505

After cutting our pieces, the edges were a little uneven and fraying really bad already. We needed to stop them from fraying first before we could start to even it out.

IMAG0506I flipped the carpet over and the bottom is like burlap. Strands weaving back and forth. If one unravels…..they all unravel!!

IMAG0508I ran some hot glue along the very edge of the burlap and used a paint stir stick to push the glue into the fabric. It created a nice plastic like edging to keep the carpet from fraying out. Warning….the glue will stick to your “pusher” so make sure to keep peeling it off. I tried a metal scrapper and it stuck just as bad.

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IMAG0513 It took a lot of glue sticks to finish this 20 foot runner (like 20) and took me about an hour. After testing it, it seemed to be holding the carpet together nicely!

After flipping it over, I realized I had a lot of trimming to do. This is where it gets tough. I learned it will never be perfect and look like something that is professionally binded….but you can try for hours to make it look like that!! I used very sharp scissors and trimmed it for a long, long time. I finally just came to terms with the fact that it is what it is…..and it didn’t cost me a couple hundred dollars πŸ™‚

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So in the end, would I choose to do this again? I am not sure. It is back breaking, finger burning work. But the runner does look really great (if you dont look too closely) and does exactly what it needs to do. Another great example of money or time πŸ™‚

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DIY Floor Refinishing – Day Five (Choosing a Finish)

DIY Floor Refinishing – Day Five (Choosing a Finish)

I researched this over and over. Everyone said that if you need a very tough finish to use polyurathane. We have three dogs, like to have parties and I cannot for anything get my husband to take his shoes off. I think we are a prime candidate to use polyurathane!

But looking at pictures, it isnt the look I want. I would hate to cover up that beautiful floor with a layer of “plastic”. I also dislike shiny floors.

These are the things that made me think polyurathane might not be what I wanted, but what final deal was learning how to repair scratched in a poly floor…..you resand! NO WAY!!!

We decided that going back to wax was the way to go. It is easy to apply ( we already had a buffer anyways) and touch ups are easy. It is also a low luster, and doesn’t take away from the grain of natural beauty of the floor. It may not be a durable,Β  but it is fixable!!

We went with Minwax Dark floor paste wax. It worked great and made the floors look amazing! I got on my hands and knees and rubbed it in (pretty thickly) with an old t-shirt. Then Jack waited a half hour and buffed it going once against the grain and then with the grain.

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You can see here the living room is waxed but the hallway isn’t. Such a big difference!

 

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So that is it! We now have new floors!! I love them!

I hope this helps you when deciding to DIY your own hardwood floors. Finding the right way to do it isn’t always possible online because everyone is different and every floor is different.

Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

 

Read more on our floor finishing adventure below:

 

DIY Floor Refinishing – Day One (Removing Wax)

DIY Floor Refinishing – Day Two (Square Buffer Sander)

DIY Floor Refinishing – Day Three (Drum Sander)

DIY Floor Refinishing – Day Four (Staining)

DIY Floor Refinishing – Day Five (Choosing a finish)

 

DIY Floor Refinishing – Day Four (Staining)

DIY Floor Refinishing – Day Four (Staining)

Ok, so removing the wax and sanding out the floors was an interesting process, but it all came down to the moment of truth….staining the floor. This could go wrong on so many levels. We were going a dark walnut and after reading about how it could become blotchy, we were scared. All this work and we would have to sand it out again.

It was recommended to use a pre-stain conditioner to moisten the wood, pop up the grain and allow the stain to be applied evenly. So we went out in seach of supplies. We chose a minwax system with the pre-stain and dark walnut stain.

The conditioner is like a thin oil water. It is like magic in a can. Once applied the floor grain just popped up out of nowhere, giving us a brand new looking floor.

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If didn’t want it dark, I would have just left it like this. It was beautiful, but very orange. You are supposed to put your stain on within 2 hours of applying the pre-stain conditioner. This was a challange since were doing two rooms and a hallway. Make sure you go fast!!

After the conditioner was applied, it was the moment of truth. Applying the stain.

Let me just save you the anticipation…..I looked amazing!! It wasn’t even the same floors.

 

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Read more on our floor finishing adventure below:

DIY Floor Refinishing – Day One (Removing Wax)

DIY Floor Refinishing – Day Two (Square Buffer Sander)

DIY Floor Refinishing – Day Three (Drum Sander)

DIY Floor Refinishing – Day Four (Staining)

DIY Floor Refinishing – Day Five (Choosing a finish)