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DIY Starfish Wall Art

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I’m sure most of you have recognized a theme when it comes to the majority of my household DIY projects. Most of it is nautical ocean themed. No I do not live near the ocean, but that doesn’t mean I can’t bring the ocean to me. I was a water baby when I was little and I never outgrew my love for it. Maybe it is from growing up in the Okanagan or maybe from spending every summer on road trips to the coast. Either way I find my peace and relaxation close to the water, so naturally when it came time to decorate my home and get my DIY on, I instantly gravitated towards anything that reminded me of the sea.

A while back I did this diy craft for homemade salt dough starfish. Click on the link HERE.

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I used them in containers, as Christmas tree ornaments, as garland, and lastly for this wall art. I love the natural elements and how easy it was. Seriously, if you’ve already made the starfish it takes about 60 seconds to hammer in the nails, a few minutes to tie the starfish and bow on the top and seconds to hang your lil creations. Nobody loves a 5 minute diy project more than a stay at home mom during nap time!

All you need is:

  • a piece of wood in your desired length and color
  • 5 nails
  • 5 salt dough starfish
  • jute/hemp string for starfish
  • string or rope for top of wood

Step 1. Hammer in your nails evenly spaced apart, leaving a little extra space at the top for wrapping string.

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Step 2. Using your jute, wrap a small loop on the top of your starfish and then wrap several times around the base. It’s optional, but I used a hot glue gun to secure the loop and wrapping so that I didn’t have to rely on my knot tying skills.

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Step 3. Wrap second string/rope around the top of the wood and tie a simple bow in the front. This doubles as a nice finishing touch and also a simple way to hang your art on the wall.

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Then just hang your little starfish! Ta da!!

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On the beach you can live in bliss ~ The Beach Boys

 


DIY Mercury Glass Mason Jars

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Mercury glass home decor seems to be lining the shelves and popping up in interior design everywhere this year. Although mercury glass has been around forever, it seems like it’s really making it’s comeback. This classic metallic finish adds the perfect mix of modern, rustic, feminine, and masculine to any room. But a hefty price tag usually seems to be attached to these mercury glass items in designer stores. Problem solved!! You think I want to pay that price for something I can make myself…. I think not. So with a simple can of Looking Glass spray paint you can transform any regular glass item into a brand new piece… and for a fraction of the price! Continue reading


DIY Rock Magnets

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These little rock magnets are the perfect little stocking stuffer or hostess gift for the holidays. They take less than 5 minutes to make, are super inexpensive and look cute decorating any fridge. I just bought a simple bag of polished decor rocks from the dollar store for $2, a set of small magnets for $2 and I already had the glue so I was able to make two dozen of them for less than $5! This diy craft is the perfect Continue reading


DIY Whitewashed Fireplace

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Our fireplace has always been an eyesore for me. Although it was built very well in it’s day, no matter how much I scrubbed it, it still looked dingy and outdated. Time and time again, I tossed up the idea of completely painting over it white, but I didn’t feel as though it was the right structure and design to look polished in a solid color. So I just left it. Then a few weeks ago after taking pictures of a piece of furniture I had whitewashed, the idea struck. I could definitely whitewash my fireplace, or at least die trying. I did a test strip underneath the hearth which quickly turned into a two hour project. I used a white stain that was left over from painting our fences but any white paint would work, as long as you dilute it with a little water.  Make sure to clean the fireplace before hand with soapy water and a scrub brush and let dry overnight.

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Bedroom Makeover #2

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I know what your thinking…. didn’t you just makeover your bedroom less than a year ago?! Yup I sure did. Please keep reading so that you understand the method behind my madness. This was our master bedroom when we first moved into our home. Read more about our renovation disaster story HERE.

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DIY Reclaimed Wood Headboard

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Last summer my sister and I got our hands on some gorgeous and FREE reclaimed wood! I stored it away in the hopes that one day I would have my dream headboard. Then a couple of months ago we finally decided it was time for a new bed! Since we knew we would upgrade to a king size, we sold everything online. Our nightstands, bed frame, mattress and box spring all found a new home and our room was empty (except for our magnificent new bed).

Our old bedroom furniture was very dark, modern and masculine. I love light, natural colors and textures so I desperately wanted a change. It was finally time to recruit my handyman hubby to help me do all the work. After many specific instructions and less than 48 hours, my headboard was complete. Heck I can barely assemble a Jenga game, let alone create a flawless furniture item from old wood. But he did it and I love it. I just took pictures and watched in awe as it all came together. Continue reading


DIY Whitewashed Furniture

IMG_8653A couple months ago we decided it was time for a new bed so we sold our old bed along with all of our bedroom furniture. All my husband saw was an empty room, a bed and a tattered little bench. What I saw was a blank space, a luxurious new King sized bed, a staple furniture item and an urge to redecorate…. again! Check out our first bedroom makeover here.

This time I wanted to create a fresh and calming space that fit the rest of our beachy home decor. So over the course of a few weeks I lost myself amongst Pinterest and home design websites in need of some coastal design inspiration. I came across this Restoration Hardware bench and BAM! I immediately knew I wanted to refurnish our little bench. Continue reading


Salt Dough Starfish

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It’s getting closer and closer to that time of year! 41 days if anyone is counting. When the smell of pine trees, candy canes and nutmeg dances through the air and the inside of your house starts to resemble a department store seasonal section. Christmas time!!! I can officially revel in the idea of this upcoming holiday with Halloween now behind us. I am left contemplating whether it is an appropriate time to start decorating or not and I believe the answer is yes. If Starbucks can change their cups then I can change my decor right?!

 Since my house is nautical inspired I wanted to make something that would tie into my existing decor as well as be suitable for Christmas. I have been seeing rustic ocean design everywhere in home decor stores so I figured it was time to create my own version. Continue reading


Playroom Transformation

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  I’m so excited to finally share these pictures with you! The third bedroom in our house has never really had a purpose since we moved in two years ago, let alone any style. It started with a spare bed in it, then it transformed to a craft room, next we had a huge corner desk in it among all my workout equipment and yoga stuff. So it was my office/craft room/yoga room/ugly room. But all in all, it was mostly just a wasted space. With a computer being the only useful thing we needed in the room, it seemed impractical to use the entire area for a computer. So we sold the computer desk, but then my little man was born and I had no time to shower, let alone craft or redecorate a room.

But as the accumulation of toys got larger and larger I was losing my mind. If you are not aware, I have a color phobia when it comes to decor. I am always drawn to neutral and natural elements so the colorful baby toys were really starting to really throw off my feng shui… haha and not to mention that before I knew it I had a toy box in every room. It felt like I was just constantly moving toys from one room to the other as opposed to actually cleaning anything up. So that’s when I decided that we desperately needed a playroom. A home for all the toys, puzzles, games and a space that kids could enjoy. I figured since the rest of the decor in my house was so muted, I wanted this room to be a mish mash of colors, patterns and designs. If a rainbow could vomit, this room would be it. So off to the wonderful world of Pinterest where I found this inspiration.

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DIY Sunburst Mirror

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 I’m bbaaaacccckk!! And best of all, I’m back with my latest favorite DIY project. My inspiration started because I wanted needed something funky for our patio to tie in some natural wood and give our deck some character this summer. I absolutely love sunburst mirrors and after I fell in love with a wooden version from Restoration Hardware I knew I had to have one. But unfortunately I would have to sell my patio furniture set and possibly part of my house to afford it. So I thought…. hey that can’t be too hard. It’s just some wood and a mirror right?! With a little trip to the hardware store, followed by the dollar store I was only moments away from hanging my own creation on my poor naked wall. I made this mirror in under 30 minutes and the best part….. Continue reading