Ditto DIY Projects {August}

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design For the Rest of Us

Wow, can you believe it is a few days into August already? I’m so glad my son doesn’t start school until September, we are still enjoying every day of summer. Do your kids start back to school in August? I’m not ready for vacations to be over yet (even though FALL is my FAVORITE, as you probably know heheheheh). I still have some more summer projects on my agenda.

Welcome to the August {ditto} DIY challenge!

Once a month all summer long, ten very different bloggers have been hosting this challenge to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate fine design elements into your own home in a way that fits your own style. (For more details on what {ditto}DIY is all about, check out this post}.

But, even with my best intentions to keep up with things I want to do, sometimes I drop the ball. And, to be honest I just couldn’t get to the project this month. I think with the Better Homes & Gardens photo shoot at our house, company in and out and all my son’s summer activities among other things I had scheduled, I kind of lost track of time and overbooked myself.  So, basically I failed this challenge since I didn’t even start it yet! YAY ME! I’m going to give myself a little grace though since I accomplished a lot on my house.

We have been thrilled to have so many of you join our challenge each month this summer. This will be our last challenge for awhile, so join in and link up your project!

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design for the Rest of Us

Once again, our ten hosting bloggers include:

Darlene @ Fieldstone Hill Design
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

This month’s theme is decorative trash cans, and this was our inspiration photograph:

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The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Add a classy pattern to a garbage can

It is time to link up your own fabulous trash can projects and join our LAST {ditto} DIY party of the summer! It wouldn’t be much of a party if you didn’t stick around, so be sure to check out as many projects as you can! Then be sure to visit Darlene for some expert design tips & inspiration on incorporating bold pattern into everyday objects!

Furniture Makeover {DIY Ditto: Drawer Hardware from Blah to Bling!}

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It is time for the June {ditto} DIY challenge!

Have you noticed that gold is back in vogue and EVERYWHERE right now? For me, gold and brass never went out. I still have gold and brass throughout my house from years and years ago. I’m not sure what that says about me. Ha, I love when trends come back around again. It is nice to not have to jump on the bandwagon since you are already on board!

Add a touch of gold to every room

I love gold and brass because it brings such warmth and class to a space!  I’ve had that whale, brass box, and framed art forever! And that is just a fraction of all the gold/brass items I have.

You don’t have to have much, but even just a touch in every room can give that slight edge of sophistication, even if you have a casual home like I do.

I tend to be a metal mixer, so I guess I’m ready for any trend at any time. Heh.

When it came time to do a project for the DIY Ditto Challenge this month, the theme was “paint something gold.” I wasn’t feeling very inspired since I didn’t feel like I needed any more gold — and I don’t really like to do projects that are just for show or for sake of a project, you know? So what to do? I was stumped.

But, I agreed to do this challenge so I was determined to find a project to do!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just need a little inspiration and a challenge to motivate myself for a project. I do work on my home as much as I can because it’s really a fun hobby for me, but even so, sometimes I’m a big procrastinator. And sometimes I’m just plain ol’ STUCK and I cannot wrap my head around a solution for an existing decorating problem. So I do….nothing.

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You  might remember I have had a dresser that has been in my house for years. First we put it in our dining room and then I decided it was really taking up too much space so I moved it to our family room.

It fit better in there, but it still wasn’t ideal for the room and it felt a little dull and blah to me, but it is great quality and serves its purpose (to hold overflow dishes and table linens).

One thing I’ve learned in life is it’s easy to want to “live with what you love” but sometimes you just make the best of what you have because life isn’t always about being perfect. Sometimes life is about being more practical or selfless or responsible or patient or making the best of what you’ve got.  At least for awhile!

  • My ideal would be built ins. But that isn’t in our budget or plan right now.
  • My second ideal was something like a free standing IKEA or Pottery Barn cabinet where you could pick your own components. But again, neither are happening right now for various reasons.
  • I don’t want to paint the dresser, partly because it’s my moms and she may want it back soon. And partly because I just don’t really want it as a painted dresser in this room.
  • I have no where else for it to go in my house until my mom can get it from me. Soooo, that means it is staying in the family room for at least awhile longer.

As I’ve said before, just because something isn’t the “perfect” solution, doesn’t mean there isn’t a way to make it “better than it was.”

I even thought about changing the hardware on it at one point to give it a new look, but of course I couldn’t find any hardware that would fit the existing holes or that I was really jazzed about. And, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it since it wasn’t going to stay here long term.

So, I was kind of stumped as to what to do.

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But then, I had an epiphany:

I had a dresser with kind of blah hardware.

I had a tube of a product called Rub n’ Buff Gold Leaf (from Michaels’ Craft or our online shop in the Favorite Crafts/DIY section),

That was all I needed for now! Just a simple HARDWARE MAKEOVER!

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Out came the tube and next thing I knew, five minutes later, my dresser had a little more bling!

GAH! FIVE MINUTES, people! I’ve stared at this dresser for FOUR YEARS wishing it was different, but knowing paint wasn’t the solution. I’m slow but once I get going, watch out!

Do you ever have an epiphany when it comes to a makeover idea? A moment where you realize maybe a solution was easier than you thought? This Rub n’ Buff stuff is AWESOME!

Love love love how easy this was, it could transform SO MANY THINGS! I love how the gold hardware gives a little shine, and I especially love how it relates to the gallery wall, which you can see below (I’ve added it now that it is finished!)

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You can see the post on the gallery wall here!

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Rub n’ Buff Hardware Instructions:

Open the tube.
Put Rub N’ Buff on your finger.
Smear it carefully on the hardware.
Buff with an old teeshirt.

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Note: If you decide not to remove your hardware first, take care to avoid getting the Rub n’ Buff ON the furniture. It came off fairly easily with a little scraping, but best to avoid that step altogether, just in case. Hehehe. #DIYfail

Easy DIY Hardware Update

This is not the end of the “gold makeover”… come see the gallery wall with the pretty gold sunburst mirrors!

Want to try a gold project of your own, or did you join us for this challenge?

Once a month ten very different bloggers are hosting this challenge to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate fine design elements into your own home in a way that fits your own style.

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design for the Rest of Us

Go check out the Ditto posts from these bloggers!

Darlene @ Fieldstone Hill Design
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

This month’s theme is Go for the GOLD, and this was our inspiration photograph:

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{Art and design by Samantha Reitmayer Sano of Style/Swoon.}

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Gild something, or paint it gold!

And now comes the fun part! It is time to link up your own fabulous Go for the GOLD projects and join the {ditto} DIY party! It wouldn’t be much of a party if you didn’t stick around, so be sure to check out as many projects as you can! Then be sure to visit Darlene’s site for a peek at next month’s challenge along with some expert design tips on incorporating gold accents into your home. (HINT: This design challenge could very well use something that is just sitting in your closet, and turn it into gorgeous art work for your walls!)

Come link up your own DIY Ditto Gold Project!

Enjoy the party!! Have you ever used Rub n’ Buff?

Decorating DIY {Ditto DIY Tray Project!}

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DIY Decorating Projects on a Budget!

Welcome to our first {ditto} DIY challenge!

Are you ready for a a series of fun and doable DIY decorating projects? Once a month, beginning today, nine very different bloggers are attempting to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design selected by Darlene Weir of Fieldstone Hill Design. (For more details on what {ditto}DIY is all about, check out this Ditto DIY post!).

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In addition to Darlene, the participating bloggers include:

Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

Remember that beginning next month (on Monday, June 3rd) we are inviting you ALL to join the {ditto} DIY challenge! Be sure to visit Darlene to catch a peek of NEXT month’s {ditto} DIY challenge so that you ALL can join the fun! (Hint: We’ll be going for the GOLD!)

In case you’ve forgotten, this was our first inspiration photograph:

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{A chic painted tray and vanity vignette, from the home of nina bergsten, photography by marcus lawett.}

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Create your own painted tray and vanity vignette.

Here is my first {ditto}DIY project:

I had an hour to spare on Saturday so I headed over to the only local flea market I know of to see if I could find myself a tray to DIY. I was tempted to just buy a cute one I liked already and skip the painting part, but instead of making this easy on myself I was determined to play along and actually paint a tray.

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I spotted this round metal tray and knew it was the one for me. I liked that it was unique, round (kind of “porthole” like!) and I really liked the twisted handles.

But, it was NOT a precious metal and had a yucky not attractive wood center, so there was no reason NOT to DIY it! Right?

Yet, true to my experience with DIY, it did not come together without a hitch… here is the tale of my DIY tray.

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It was a lovely almost summer-like day, so I took the tray outside to spray paint it.

First I sprayed it with a primer followed by glossy white spray paint, followed by a gust of wind and dust, immediately followed by a large bug with wings flying directly into the wet paint and getting stuck.

Dang.

DIY FAIL

I will spare you the details of all that ensued with me trying to rescue the bug AND save the paint on my tray, but the end result was basically as you might have imagined.

Wings stuck to my tray.

Sadness.

Why do all my DIY projects end with some sort of crisis?

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Nevertheless, I carried on as best I could and the tray turned out just fine in spite of the bug crisis. You can’t even see the wings, thanks to some strategically placed items styled on my tray. WINNING!

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For this challenge, I simply used what I had to create a similar “vanity style display” with the tray, although I could take this same tray and style it in an entirely different way for another purpose.

That is the great thing about using a photo for decorating inspiration. You don’t even have to copy it, you can just be inspired by the idea, using what you already have or love!

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So, there you have it!

My completed {ditto} DIY tray!

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Remember that beginning next month (on Monday, June 3rd) we are inviting you ALL to join the {ditto} DIY challenge and post your own “after” project. This time we will “gild” something (i.e. paint it gold!)! You can find out more details on Darlene’s blog! The party will link up to ALL the bloggers listed above so it should be a FUN party!

*Be sure to check out everyone else’s Ditto DIY after projects via the links above, and visit Darlene’s blog for a peek at next month’s challenge along with some expert design tips on incorporating painted tray vignettes into your home.

Have you ever had a bug fly into wet paint?

How in the world do you get him out of there? Ha!

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