Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | September 19, 2014 | Be the first to comment
Welcome to Kick-Off Friday!  Let's check out this week's collection of great project ideas:

1. Take a glass bottle from boring to beautiful with nail polish! Check out this great tutorial from Poppy Talk for more details.

2. Get your home ready for fall with this DIY brown paper wreath--go here to see how you can create this cute fall project.

3. Visit here to see how you can create an awesome stenciled floor to give your old flooring new life!

4. Make a vintage sign this weekend for your kitchen--check out Beyond the Picket Fence to see the step by step instructions for this great YUM sign!

Are you feeling creative?  I hope so!  Share below in the comments about what projects you will be working on this weekend!

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DIY Wood Towel Hooks

Craftivity Designs | September 18, 2014 | Be the first to comment

One of my favorite details in our bathroom is the wood towel hooks.

I purchased these wood dowels over a year ago at the Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace in Indianapolis. However, you could purchase similar wood dowels like this to create your own towel hooks.

You'll need a dowel screw like one of these {that is an Amazon affiliate link, but we got our version at a local hardware store} and drywall anchors that fit that screw.

Drill a hole into the end of your dowel, and screw in the dowel screw until you reach the other screw threads.

Drill a hole in the wall and insert the drywall anchor until it is flush with the wall. Screw in the wood dowel until it is flush with the wall.

We hung 4 hooks underneath our weathered wood shelves. I love the warmth they add and their unique style.

We do have one wobbly hook due to uneven drywall and an uneven dowel end {these came from the flea market as-is, we didn't cut them fresh}. I haven't decided exactly how to resolve this, but am considering just using a heavy duty glue to adhere the two surfaces better. It is fully seated in the drywall anchor; but just doesn't meat the wall perfectly. If any one else has any ideas, please share in the comments!

Have you ever hung any out-of-the-ordinary towel hooks? I've seen things like trophy figurines, croquet mallet heads and more!

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Bathroom Renovation // The Reveal

Craftivity Designs | September 15, 2014 | 5 Comments so far
Yes, it's been over six months since we shared the plan. Truthfully, much of it has been done for awhile and it was just a few details that still needed to be wrapped up. We've been using the space, and loving it, for several months.

I've got some more to share with you about some of the renovation; but, for today, step in and enjoy the photos!

The biggest decision was choosing the vanity and vanity top which allowed us to increase this bath from single to double sinks.

We chose oil-rubbed bronze hardware to contrast with the marble counters, wood vanity and white walls.

The 60" vanity alone nearly doubled our storage in the room; but we wanted to make better use of the whole space. Shelving, a woven bench and towel hooks were added next to the shower.

We chose minty greens -- in an otherwise neutral color palette -- to complement the circa 1970s sage tub {which is still in great condition and didn't need to be replaced}.

Black and white accents kept the decor feeling modern and clean alongside the various wood tones and natural textures.
Finally, the small nook where the toilet sits got an update, too. We hung a wall cabinet for a bit more storage and a spot to display some pretties.

I can't skip reminding you where we started...

... what an improvement, huh? We are so pleased with it, and it was definitely worth weeks of renovation "fun." I'll share the source list and links to each DIY tutorial in a separate post.

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Bathroom Renovation // A Look Back...

Craftivity Designs | September 10, 2014 | 1 Comment so far
On Monday, I'll be sharing the reveal of our bathroom renovation... so excited! For today, I wanted to document the sights, sounds and smells of our first-ever reno because even though these photos aren't pretty, they remind us of all we did! I guess this post is kind of a "scrapbook" for me -- a way to document our home before, during and after.

I know you'll want to pin every one of these photos, ha!

We'll remember...

Busy wallpaper, sticky adhesive, hot steam and potent DIF {**Amazon links are affiliate links} for days on end.

A single Ikea floor lamp -- reminding me of this guy -- peeking in from the hall.

Old smelly flooring and some un-identified toilet gunk. Not that we wanted to identify it -- some things are best unknown ;)

An entire tub of pink drywall spackle and a full gallon of KILZ primer were a huge improvement. Really we could have just stopped there...

...but, the sound of leaky pipes and emptying a bucket each day kept us going {oh, and not having a sink... or a floor}.

Holes that you could fit a fist into... or a small child {no, Mom, we didn't try}.

Drywall dust, mud and tape as we attempted to fix those holes {nevermind that the plumber had to tear most of it right back open a few days later...}.

Thanks for re-living the last several months with me... and I can't wait to show you the finished product!

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DIY Chalkboard Map

Craftivity Designs | September 8, 2014 | Be the first to comment
"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"...

Or, the similar yet lesser known quote...

"When life gives you bear art, make a chalkboard map." ;)


Framed Art
Painter's Tape
Map Printable {I used this one from Mr. Printables}
Measuring Tape
Printer & Paper
** Amazon links are affiliate links

How To

Step #1: Tape off the glass inside your framed art.

Step #2: Apply at least 3 coats of chalkboard paint.

Step #3: Let dry completely. I waited several days.

Step #4: Download a map printable {I used this one}.

Step #5: Measure the dimensions of your chalkboard. Mine was 26.5" wide and 22.5" tall.

Step #6: Create a document equal to that size {in Photoshop or another editing program}, insert the map and expand it to the full document size. It might be blurry; but that is okay -- you'll just be using it as a stencil.

Step #7: Divide that document up into 8.5x11 segments {i.e. a standard piece of paper}. I inserted a grey 8.5x11 rectangle to use as a guide. Then I'd copy and paste each section into it's own document.

When finished, I had 10 different 8.5x11 segments {like the two pieces of paper laying just below the frame in the next photo}. This will vary according to the dimensions of your chalkboard.

Step #8: Print each 8.5x11 segment of your map.

Note: You could also print the map full size at FedEx, Staples or a similar location. Then you could skip Steps 7 & 8. I chose to print mine at home on a standard printer to save money. However, it would be easiest to send it to a print shop.
Step #9: Cut out your map sections and lay them on the chalkboard as shown.

Step #9: Outline your map with the chalk marker.

Step #10: Cut out your states {or countries -- depending on the map you chose} one at a time and outline them individually.

Slowly but surely, it will begin shaping up!

After it came together I decided to color in Kentucky, since that is where we are from {and where we live currently}.

It's going to hang in our dining room above the fireplace. I'm looking forward to being able to dress this frame up for the seasons -- maybe with some bunting, a wreath or some twinkle lights!  It will be a focal point on our mantle; so I love that it is simple, graphic, black and white art.

Have you ever turned old art into a chalkboard? What did you draw on it?

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