Make do and mend monday (using paint to upcycle old furniture)

Monday, 31 October 2011

giving a peice of furniture a lick of paint can transform it into something amazing, and its allot cheaper that going out and buying new, heres an example

 done by common place beauty

 how much better does it look, check out heathers tutorial for this cabinet at

miss mustard seed had transformed many peices of furniture from drap to fab

 i love painted furniture and not only is it thrifty but when its finished you have a fab peice of furniture, which you worked hard on, and its a one off, no one else will have the same peice of furniture as you.

chalk paint is great for this type of project, and then use sand paper after wards to distress it.

you can also do some great knock offs using paint. like the real housewives of buck county did, they made this knock of anthopologie dresser.

 check out their tutorial

fabric pinwheel tutorial (no sew)

how to make a fabric pinwheel

first use bonda web to attach two peices of fabric together so that it has the pattern on both sides

 then cut a small sqaure
 thn fold corner to corner so you have a triangle, then fold again, and run you fingers over the edges to get a crease
 then open it back up
then cut along the crease leaving 1cm in the centre of each cut like below
 the fold each end into the middle and glue it like this
 and its done, you could glue a button in the middle to hide the ends

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fabric flower tutorial for 2 types of flowers (no sew)

flower 1
large petal flower
step one, use iron on bonda web to attach two peices of fabric together so that it pattened each side

 cut the bonding paper to the size of the fabric and iron on the matt side with the shiny side facing the fabric
 then iron according to the bonding papers instuctions, a minutes is fine
 then peel of paper and put  on the fabric you want to stick to it and iron again to fix it together
 cut the sqaure of fabric in to strips, and then into small rectangles like above, and then round the edge on one side.

 on the flat side fold each edge in so it meets in the middle and succure with a glue gun
 then cut a circle of felt and first glue the petals around the edge, then you are left with a circle in the middle like above, then do the same inside that circle, then with six petals, snip the ends slightly and fix these in the middle and its done
  flower 2
 fix the fabric with bonda web again
 cut out lots of small circles
dab glue in the middle and fold, into semi circle, then dap glue in the middle and fold again, do this with all the circles, then cut a circle of felt and attach the little frills onto it, then attaches some in the middle too.
 and there it is it will look like this

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D.I.Y hanging bead mobile

Sunday, 30 October 2011

to make i this i used the round parts from an old lamp shade, then i got some christmas string beads, and cut them all the same length. i then attached each strand to the big round part using wire. i then attached the small round part inside at the top and did the same with the beads on the smaller circle but i cut these so they were longer. and then made a loop to hang it. as the beads were bright red and shiny, i then spray painted it white.

fabric chandelier

Saturday, 29 October 2011

 to make this fabric chandelier i cut lots of strips of fabric,

 you need a wire cooling rack. i then used a glue gun to attatch all the strips on, i didnt take photos of this so here is the picture from a tutorial from a beautiful mess. i desided to do it colourful as my kitchen is shabby chic style

 i covered the whole cooling rack with strips of fabric on each bar.
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