DIY: Herringbone Pattern Painting

When my roommates moved out, they left some rather large (36″X36″) prefab art canvases. I decided it was about time to revamp them because now they don’t match much in the house. After browsing around pinterest, I came across some great art pieces where a white herringbone pattern was painted over brightly colored designs and I thought- easy-peasy!

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Here’s what I started with. Since canvases are expensive, it’s nice to start by recycling something else to use as the base. Check out Goodwill for old canvases, and you can find something that’ll work for you, for cheap.

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I went to the fashion district recently, where I picked up fabric for several projects. Knowing this has been on my to-do list, I made it a point to find bright, colorful fabric, in a linear direction. I then wrapped the canvas with this fabric.

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Since I don’t have a ton of pinks around the house, I decided to paint and add in colors from my left over paint. I added lots of blues and oranges.

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After 5 minutes in the hot LA sun, it dried up quick.

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I was dreading this next step, because I thought it would take a long time. The next step was taping off the herringbone pattern. This past Saturday I was up early drinking coffee in bed while TBS was on. A movie had just started and I decided to use the time efficiently, and I just started taping it off while watching the movie.

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It was actually very easy, as I wasn’t being fussy with it. It was kind of nice repeating the steps over and over while watching the movie.

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Time flew by and before I knew, I finished!

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That’s a lot of herringbone! For visual interest I pulled a few pieces off to reveal…

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This! Keep in mind, where the tape is, is where the colorful pattern will be showing on the final product. It’s challenging to think reversely like this.

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Time to paint before the masking tape peels off! My white spray paint was acting up, and I was still in pjs (not about to run to the hardware store) so I decided to use a roller and my left over Dove Valspar paint from Lowe’s.

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I was careful to not un-stick the tape while rolling the white paint. Three coats of paint and a short drying time later…

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It’s time for the big reveal.

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It came out excellent! It adds just the right amount of texture and color to the room. I just can’t get over how easy it was.

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DIY: Baby Room Pennant Banner

A few months back my good friend (who was 7 months preggo at the time) joined me for a lunch out in Silver Lake and we stopped in the (awesome) store Yolk. If you got to LA Mill you should stop in Yolk next door. It’s a cute little shop with all sorts of home goods and a kids area in the back. My friend was looking at these hanging pennants longingly, but they were out of budget in the $40-50 range. It got me thinking that I could probably make her one using inexpensive supplies from Michael’s Crafts… and I was right!

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See those pretty pennants above? The nice thing about designing my own (as a gift for my friends baby shower) is that I could make the colors work with her room design/colors.

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I went to Michael’s Crafts and bought the following:

O Gray Yarn ($2?)
O 5 Different Shades of Blue Felt (75 cents each?)
O Gold string (like the thread you’s make a friendship bracelet with) ($2?)
O White small Pom-Poms ($1?)

Here’s a tip for Michaels: They have online coupons offering 50% off the highest valued item. If you are in Michael’s, just pull out your smat phone, google for the coupon, and then they scan your phone at the register and you get the discount. It’s an awesome deal.

In the photo above, you can see I braided a 6′ piece of yarn together to make a thicker string, for which the pennants will hang from.

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Next I made a template out of plain paper, and made a triangle, that would allow for 3 triangles to be made from one sheet of felt. I then used a ruler and sharpie to trace the template and cut a bunch of triangles from all of my felt. NOTE: I added an extra inch to the top of the triangle, so I could use that space to sew later.

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Then I laid each pennant out along the string to see if I wanted a random pattern, or a repeating pattern.

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I like it! Time to assemble!

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I started by hand sewing the white pom-poms to the end of each triangle. It’s super easy, as I am by no means and expert.

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Once the pom-poms were securely on, I pinned each pennant where it would be along the yarn. Be sure not to pin to the actual yarn, but instead make a loop with that extra inch of fabric you allowed for at the top of the triangle (below).

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Then I used the gold thread to sew the triangles in place, and also add a little sparkle to all the blues.

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Isn’t she pretty?! I’m so proud of this impulse art project as it probably took an hour of my time, and it came out looking so similar to the $50 pennant!

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My friend shared this photo above of the pennants home in here baby’s room.

Clue #5… so close!

You’ve seen clue #1clue #2clue #3, clue #4… and we are SO close to the big reveal, so I thought I’d share some out-takes:

I didn’t realize I would end up on camera.. so I was not exactly dressed up- I didn’t even have my contacts in! Oh well… the final photos are still being edited, so more on that later. People were asking for an update, so I had to share. All photos courtesy of Erica Meyer. Contact me if you want her for your own shoot or event. I’ll have more on her when I post the final photos.

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I’ve been telling people about my “closet office” for a while now, and it’s about time I shared it with you. Personally, I think it’s genius. I have a very large closet which is only half-filled with clothes, the other half is an amazing workspace. The best part is when Im crafting at the desk and I need to take a break, I just shut the door and the mess goes away. When I’m ready to pick up the project again, I just open it up and Im right back where I left off. I save SO much time by not cleaning and then resetting. Plus the desk and chair (both Ikea) fit perfectly inside the closet, so closing the door is easy. As a blogger and freelancer, having a desk set-up is so critical but I don’t have the luxury of a traditional “office”. This set-up makes it so if I don’t want to think about work, I just shut the door. As a friend told me, when the closet is open it makes the room feel so much bigger. It’s so simple, I LOVE it!

DYI: Frosted Windows

I live in Los Angeles, which means when I look out my window.. I look directly into a neighbors window (about 10′ away). As you can imagine, this means there’s not a lot of room for sunlight and privacy. My shades are always down, and for someone like me who loves sunlight (vitamin d!), it’s hard to handle. I’ve been at my place for several years now and I’m about to embark on another year there, so it’s about time I solved this issue… the cheapest way possible. Here’s the BEFORE:

This was taken at 4pm in the evening (unedited). Notice the IT Crowd on my tv- awesome right? Anywho, there’s zero light, as my shades have to stay closed. I made an exploratory trip to Home Depot and realized the “real-life” frosted solutions were too permanent for my rental property (I need to have it eventually come off clean) and also too far above my budget. I realized that all I needed was a large sheet of vellum (you can get at any proper art store) or even as a temporary solution, trace paper, which I already own. This DYI project requires trace paper, double stick tape, and scissors  (or an exacto blade).

I just put the smallest amounts of tape in the corners of the windows, and then stretched a large piece of trace across it. Leave extras along the edges that you can trim away later. Fill the window and then use the exacto to clean the edges. I had to piece some trace paper together so I have a few small seems, but if you spent some money and bought a large sheet of vellum, it would be seemless.

Below is the AFTER shot taken at 6pm that same day. Isn’t the difference astounding! I went from needing my lights on any time past noon, to not needing to use electricity until 7pm! It’s such a difference. That’ll help my wallet, and my sanity!