Thursday, January 21, 2016

Time for a Little Home Decor

Hello and welcome. I hope you are trying to stay warm. It is really cold here in Kentucky today and has been most of the week. We are expecting snow tomorrow so I am planning a weekend of crafting and catching up with some scrapbooking.  Today I am sharing some home decor projects with you.  I have used both my Cricut Explore and my Silhouette Cameo for these projects.  I had a couple things pinned on Pinterest that I was interested in making and when my husband said he was going to Lowe's I sent him with a list.  This first project is for a friend of mine who wanted this for her aunt.  It is a large cutting board that has a design that was shared with me and etched.  I have never got to play with the air eraser we use because my husband really enjoys doing it and this way he gets all messy lol.  I have done the smaller ones, but this was the first time I did one on a larger scale.  I thought it would be easier, but was harder to line and calculate the size.  I am very pleased with how it turned out.
Going up my stairway was a dead space that I just couldn't find the right pictures or decorations for and believe me I tried so many.  Before Christmas we were at Michaels and found this large frame that had the right amount of slots for family pictures on sale for 70% off.  We got it so cheap, we had to grab it because it was exactly what we wanted.  We decided that we wanted a quote to go with it.  I used the Silhouette Cameo and a couple files from the Silhouette Store.  I adjusted the bottom on by removing some parts of it.  We are really pleased with how it turned out. 

For this next project, I used my Cricut Explore and a font I got off the site  You could use any font that would fit your decor.  This is actually a left over piece of wood from the next piece you will see.  This is a 1 x 6 inch piece of pine and it is 30 inches long.  I like working with pine because it is such a good wood, but does cost more.  I first gave the board a coat of Valspar Antique White that I got for .50 at Lowes.  When it dried, I cut my letters from vinyl and attached to the wood.  I then gave it a coat of Waverly chalk paint in the color ink.  Since I do not have any place close to buy things, I found this at Walmart.  I let the paint dry and then carefully peeled my vinyl letters off and gave it a little sanding to make it look distressed and then gave it a coat of the Waverly wax.  I am pretty pleased with how it looks and put it on the mantle for now.
The next piece I made did not have any machines to cut anything.  I saw this wonderful wood box on Pinterest and decided I wanted one for my dining room table and that it would be great to change out for the holidays.  This is made of 1 x 4 pine cut 31.5 inches, you need 2 pieces for the sides, 2 pieces cut 5.5 inches and one piece of 1 x 6 pine cut 30 inches.  I glued them together with gorilla glue and took a nail gun to secure them.  I painted them with the Waverly Chalk paint and distress it and then added the wax.  I found some beads I wanted, but have not got the candles yet and will do that on my next trip out.  Hope I can inspire you to try some home projects of your own and be sure to let me know where I can take a look.  Till next week, happy crafting and stay warm!!!!


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