Category - diy

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DIY: how to make teeny tiny bows using a fork
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Blog love! Strange & Charmed: Make your own planner folder insert
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Free printable: Filofax / DayTimer / Planner page for daily tasks
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Loopdedoo Yarn Christmas Tree Chain
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Furniture painting classes in the Chicago area
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How to make this silk tassel shade into a ceiling fixture?
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DIY: Painting a fireplace
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How to get the smell of curry out of furniture (a personal journey)
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DIY project: help me reupholster this vintage La-Z-Boy recliner
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DIY upcycled A-frame trellis and a tiny urban’ish garden

DIY: how to make teeny tiny bows using a fork

I saw this fabulous diy over on Buzzfeed today and couldn’t wait to give it a try. Read More

Blog love! Strange & Charmed: Make your own planner folder insert

The organization obsession continues!

Last night I was clicking around and one of the gals in my planner and organization group shared this video on how to make your own folder inserts. Oh my gosh. It’s a craft, a paper craft, and an organizational thing! IT’S ALL THE THINGS!
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Free printable: Filofax / DayTimer / Planner page for daily tasks

I apparently insist on cramming my life full of too many activities, so I’m dag-gone determined to wrangle all of it this year. About a year ago I found a spiffy old DayTimer at a thrift shop for 2 bucks (score!) and it’s been sitting with my craft stuff waiting to be put to duty. I started off with the basic inserts, but am now designing my own pages to round it out with some fun and color. Then I thought, “Hey! Why not post this as a free printable for all those Filofax / DayTimer / Planner people out there who dig this stuff?” And then…I DID. Read More

Loopdedoo Yarn Christmas Tree Chain

A couple of weeks ago my friend Nicole (the fabulous lady in chief at Making It Lovely) and I went shopping. I’ve been really in love with those little wool pom-pom garlands, but while one may not be very expensive, to have enough for a 7 foot tree would really add up. So while we were looking around we saw a Christmas tree chain made from loops of yarn. She suggested that I try to make one with one of these Loopdedoo machines and I got to say I think it’s going to work fine! (She’s full of great ideas, that gal.) Obviously it won’t be ready for this year, but we’ll rock it on the tree of 2015!

Keep an eye on Michael’s, because they been running a lot of 40% to 50% off coupons. Otherwise they can run you up to $34-$35. I picked mine up for 15 bucks with a coupon.

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I’ll post pics when it’s done.

Furniture painting classes in the Chicago area

Today was a first for me. We had our furniture painting class in Claudia’s lovely backyard garden. I don’t know about you, but I feel like we really earn our beautiful Chicago summers. Who wants to be inside when you can be outside on a gorgeous day like this?

If you’re interested in hosting a private furniture painting class, drop an email to NestVintageModern@gmail.com.

I’ve lowered my head count requirement to two people for a class. So if you were hesitant to book before because you didn’t get four people together, I’m not doing that anymore.

The price structure is two people for $95 each, three-four people for $85 each, and five-six people for $75 each. Class times are available in the day or evening. Furniture painting classes may be held in your Chicago area home or in a restaurant/bar party room or similar venue.

I provide all materials and I come to you. I bring brushes paint materials to paint tarps cups… everything. All you need to have is a table, chairs, and people to have fun with!

Click here to save your date today!
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How to make this silk tassel shade into a ceiling fixture?

I picked this shade made of silk tassels up a year ago with the intention of turning it into a ceiling fixture in our living room.

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DIY: Painting a fireplace

I found this fuel burning fireplace at an estate sale last summer. It’s been sitting in my garage waiting to be incorporated into our living room decor. So today I finally broke down and painted it in Old White Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. Here’s the before & after. What do you think?

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How to get the smell of curry out of furniture (a personal journey)

I just bought this cute little vintage recliner off of Craigslist. I knew it came from a non-smoking home, but when we got it back to the house the smell of curry was pretty obvious. Now, I love (love,love) curry. I put it on my popcorn. I love the way it smells, I love the way it tastes. But the scent of it, so strong on a piece of furniture right next to my nose, isn’t a smell that makes for a good napping spot. And we all know that’s what recliners are for, right?

So I set off to ask Google about how to get the smell of curry out of furniture and this is what I found:

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DIY project: help me reupholster this vintage La-Z-Boy recliner

So I’ve been talking on Facebook with you guys about how I injured my shoulder pretty badly a few months ago. And following so many of your recommendations I found a vintage La-Z-Boy recliner to sleep in. It had to have good bones and be cute. I tried to mentally get into the idea of having one of those big, overstuffed, cushy recliners but I just could not do it. I found this one on Craigslist for $45. What I really liked about it is it has that classic La-Z-Boy cush, but looks like a cute little vintage rocker. And I think since the arms aren’t upholstered that it should be a little easier to reupholster. I might try doing this myself.

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DIY upcycled A-frame trellis and a tiny urban’ish garden

Have you ever turned a project over and over in your head and then one day it comes into focus and you’re like, “DOH! I’m an idiot. Why haven’t I thought of this by now?”

I knew I wanted something crafty for the garden. I don’t really tend toward store bought solutions for things like this. I prefer to make something out of something else. An old garden gate holds clematis in the backyard, a livestock tank for a soaking tub…you know, stuff like that. Little substitutions that make the environment a bit more interesting.
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