Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | October 17, 2014 | Be the first to comment
Happy Friday everyone!  Let's check out this week's collection of great project ideas from the blogging community...

1. Do you have a chair that could use a little pick-me-up?  If check so, out All Things Thrifty to see how she gave this chair new life!

2. Bring a bit of fall to your entry way with this adorable DIY painted burlap flag.  Go here to see the step by step details and pictures.

3. Change up the traditional chalkboard by swapping out a quote for a cute set of deer antlers complete with paper flowers!  Check out Jones Design Company to see more.

4. If you're looking for room makeover inspiration, definitely check out this beautiful little girls room on Little House Blog--so so pretty!

That wrap's up this week's set of ideas.  Be sure to share in the comments below or on our Facebook page about the awesome projects you will be tackling this weekend!

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Hanging Planter Covers and "New" Patio Furniture

Craftivity Designs | October 15, 2014 | 4 Comments so far

Back in the early spring I purchased three hanging ferns. I wasn't crazy about the green plastic pot they came in; but the price was good and I figured that I could replace the planter eventually.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we've been working on the exterior of our home, specifically the porch, since it has been nice and cool here in Kentucky.

The shutters and doors are all a deep forest green and paired with the beige siding it feels pretty traditional. Our long-term plan includes dark grey shutters; but in the meantime we are trying to eliminate some of the forest green and introduce more black and grey tones. The white rocking chairs in the above photo have already gotten a glossy, black makeover.

So, it seemed that black would be an obvious choice for our planters, too.

Here's what you need:

  • Tote Bag // Amazon // $3.50
  • Foam Brush
  • Fabric Paint // Amazon // $6.50 {I purchased my bottle at Joann's with a coupon}
  • Painter's Tape
  • Elastic Cord // Amazon // $2.80 {I ended up not needing this}
  • **amazon links are affiliate links  

Important Note:

I originally purchased tote bags from Wal-Mart without measuring the diameter of my planters. The bags were too small and did not work. After I measured them, I chose between several options on Amazon and these fit really well -- so well, in fact, that I didn't even have to attach them. My plan had been to use some elastic cord, similar to this, around the top of the tote bag to hold it in place.

How to: 

First, tape off your chosen design. I went with basic stripes and taped the tote bag directly to the floor. This kept it from moving around as I worked.

When painting fabric it's best to "seal" the edges by dabbing along the tape lines or brushing away from the tape towards the center of your painted area. Fill in the rest after you've painted the edges.

Let the paint dry and repeat on the opposite side. 

Once the tote bag is completely dry, slide it over the planter. Mine fit very snug and just took some tugging to get it over the planter. If your tote bag is loose, use some elastic cording to hold the top of the bag in place near the rim of the pot.

Hang your new planter and enjoy!!

We only have two spots to hang a plant, so the third fern is placed in our seating area -- flanked by one of the newly painted rockers and our other "new" piece of patio furniture -- a thrifted settee.

That leopard print settee is from Miss Molly Vintage, a booth at Feather Your Nest in Lexington. It was $60 and when I saw her list it, I knew it would be perfect between those two rocking chairs.

Of course, the leopard print brings in a little more black, as well!

I'm searching for some outdoor pillows; but it may be too late in the season to snag some on clearance {that I really like, anyway}. If I don't find any, mom will be recruited for some more DIY outdoor pillow covers.

Our porch is feeling a little more fresh, though the fall decor is helping with that, too.

Hopefully, I'll be back in the next week or two with our newly painted front door!

Are you updating your exteriors any this fall? What projects are on your list?

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Painting a Room White // 10 Beautiful White Bathrooms

Craftivity Designs | October 13, 2014 | 4 Comments so far
White rooms have been a huge trend over the last several years. It took me awhile to warm up to the idea and it wasn't until our bathroom renovation that we actually painted a room white.

I wanted our bathroom to feel warm and bright. There is only one small window in the room, so I knew white paint could definitely aid in brightening the space.

Even though I'd seen so many beautiful white rooms online -- I kept asking myself "Would white walls make it feel cold or sterile?" When I originally suggested white walls to Mike, he was skeptical as well.

Pinterest can be a time-suck and feel like a never-ending to do list... but when it comes to visualizing a possible change in my home, I find it so helpful. Here are some beautiful bathrooms that helped me feel confident about choosing white paint -- along with the details that kept the space feeling warm, welcoming and unique.

Each of these rooms feel bright, warm and inviting -- even though they are white. I incorporated each of these concepts in our bath makeover.

So which white paint did we choose? Anyone who has shopped for a white paint knows there are so many choices. I wanted a pretty "true" white with little undertones. We brought home a handful of paint samples, hung them on the wall for several days and narrowed them down until we agreed on Delicate White by Porter Paint

This was the first time I had used Porter Paint and I was incredibly pleased. I never really understood how paints could be that different. However, since painting the bathroom I haven't used any other brand of paint. We used the Hi-Hide Interior Latex Paint and it goes on smooth and quick with great coverage.

If you are interested in seeing some more lovely bathrooms, check out our Pinterest board.

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Custom Watercolor Effect Artwork

Craftivity Designs | October 6, 2014 | Be the first to comment
When I shop for artwork, I realize two things:
  1. I'm cheap {can I use "frugal"? I feel like it sounds nicer than "cheap"}
  2. and I'm picky.

When I say "picky" I'm not referring to being some kind of art expert... instead I just mean things like:
  • do the colors coordinate with our home/room?
  • does it feel too local department store-ish?
  • does it fit?
  • is it interesting or unique?
These are all very technical artistic evaluations, I know.

Anyhow, sometimes it just makes more sense to create something myself. This solves problem #1,  because it's definitely cheap frugal, and it solves problem #2 also.

Our bathroom actually has several pieces that I made especially for that space; but today I'm talking about my favorite of those three.

I remember singing this simple little tune as a child in church. Since the bathroom is where we get ready for the day and ready for bed, it seemed like the lyrics were just perfect for this space.

The other art in the room was more graphic {like this and this}, so I chose a watercolor effect for a softer touch. This print is a simple reminder as to the focus of our day.

You can purchase a similar version in our shop!

If you like this print; but have other lyrics or a quote that would be more meaningful in your home -- we would love to make you a custom print.

Have a happy Monday!!

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Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | October 3, 2014 | 2 Comments so far
Welcome to Kick-Off Friday!  I really like this week's collection and I think you will too--let's check it out!

1. Do you have an old piece of furntiure that needs to brought back to life?  If so, check out this great cabinet makeover on The Weathered Door for some awesome inspiration!

2. This DIY chalkboard headboard is a cute idea for anyone looking for a temporary option especially if you live in an apartment.  Stop by Delineate your Dwelling for more info on how to make a DIY headboard.

3. I love this adorable shelf made from an old door, it's such a cute, shabby chic meets farmhouse look!  Visit Liz Marie's Blog here to see how to make your own version of this great project.

4. Get your home ready for fall with this colorful fall wreath made with beautiful rosettes!  Check out Crafting Mom for her steps on how to make rosettes for your next wreath.

What projects will you be working on this weekend?  Did this week's collection give you some inspiration?  Share in the comments below, we'd love to hear from you!

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