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I was such a busy little DIY bee this past weekend! It rained and rained and rained [I know those of you buried up to your eyeballs in snow feel so sorry for me] so we played indoors, including Mama!
Little by little I’m chipping away at decorating the kids’ play area. It’s an open space right off the kitchen and because our house is a shot-gun one, it is also visible when you open our front door.
Here is a brief picture recap of the progress so far…
And that is where I left it….until I came across these dirt cheap white panels from IKEA.
A pair of panels for $9.99! Available online! I filled up my virtual shopping cart, clicked purchase before you can say, “Sha-zam!” They are a bit sheer, which is what I wanted as I need all the light I can get in their playroom. The only problem for me is that they were 8″ too short. So I got out my fabric box from the garage and found my go-to black cotton fabric.
During one of my weekly visits to Michael’s I picked up a bottle of this amazing stuff. Fabric Fusion costs about $4.99 and is worth every penny! It is VERY permanent and dries clear and is machine washable in just 48 hours. Are you guessing that I’m not the biggest fan of sewing? You would be correct.
I simply cut a few strips of black fabric at 8.5″ wide and along the straight edge of the fabric and allowed 1″ extra on either side.
I used my ironing board for this project and added the black band while the drapes were already hanging on the wall. I found that this takes any tension off the band and won’t pull on it while drying. In other words….I was too lazy to take them down!
Next I ran a bead of Fabric Fusion along the bottom edge of the IKEA panel, attached my black fabric and smoothed out any wrinkles. Don’t worry if it looks white and messy. It will dry clear. I let this set for at least 2 hours. Then I flipped the panel over and repeated this process for the sides. Run a bead of Fabric Fusion along the sides and fold over onto the backside of your panel.
If you cut absolutely perfect lines and your fabric doesn’t fray then you can it good at this point. Since I didn’t cut my fabric perfectly straight and my fabric was fraying a bit at the top I pulled out my secret weapon…my black twill chevron tape.
I have some more of this stuff on back order but wanted to show you how it will look when 100% finished.
And there you have it! Fancied-up IKEA panels that cost very little!
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Is it Monday again?!?!?! I think our weekend breezed by because we were busy [aka I was busy] DIY’ing.
Any chance I get to involve my two kiddos in my projects I jump on it. And of course…the messier the better! While they were still sleeping on Saturday morning I rummaged through the black hole that is our garage and grabbed some supplies:
- Mod Podge [multi-surface]
- Craft Paint Brushes
This is the easiest decoupage project and so much fun [if you like to get messy, which we do!].
Start by ripping up your newspaper into strips of all sizes. Now blow up balloons of differing sizes. Note: your bowl will be much sturdier if you make your balloon a small-medium size.
Prep your work surface! I laid out a couple of trash bags on the kids’ craft table.
Now simply place your newspaper strips onto the balloon and paint over them with Mod Podge. Of course be sure to leave an opening! Once this layer was done we hung them outside to dry. The more layers you add, the harder your bowl will be. We did 3 layers on our bowls. The bowls were completely dry and ready to paint after two hours.
The most fun part [for Mama]….painting! Pop the balloon and choose your colors.
I chose Gold Chrome and Black Montana spray paint. I have read all the buzz lately about this brand of spray paint and I decided to see if the hype was worth it. In a nutshell….I LOVE THIS PAINT! The quality is amazing and the gold chrome is just gorgeous.
I turned my bowl over on a piece of cardboard and sprayed the outside black. Once that was dry [this paint dries fast! 20 minutes] I turned the bowl over and painted the inside gold.
STEP FIVE [optional]:
If you find that your bowl just isn’t hard enough I recommend giving it a few coats of spray glaze. I had this on hand and decided to test it out on one of our bowls.
This added some extra strength to the bowl and also added a nice shine. Let it dry completely and enjoy your glam little masterpiece!
The look is very organic and I like those projects the best. My kids are so proud of themselves [and so is their Mama!].
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