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DIY Nautical Net-Covered Bottle

11 May

When I moved to this new house, I decided I wanted something different for my bathroom than how I’d decorated it previously. When I took my colors course, I made this little mood-board, and liked it so much that I decided to take it to the next level.

Deep Sea Abyss Bathroom


I like it because it’s masculine, but also because it is less “sea-side” nautical, and more deep sea, old-world nautical.

But, because it’s a little less ordinary than your normal sea-themed bathroom, I’ve had difficulty finding good accessories that are affordable. I made decorated my own shower hooks (tutorial to come, soon), my own shower curtain, and I’ve had to gather odds and ends. Most recently, I came across a bottle similar to the one pictured at the beginning of the post, and I loved it. I already had a use for a glass bottle, but to dress it up like that would be great!

As I do frequently, I set about the interwebs to find a tutorial on how to do it. I found an okay one, but the knotting was less-than-desirable. So, here we go.

First, you’ll need some sort of rope – I used jute. Tie it around the neck of your bottle and knot however you feel most comfortable. It needs to be a little loose, so that you can tie other pieces of rope to it. (Sorry for the poor quality pictures – my camera was dead, so I had to use my broken cellular device.)

Next, cut several pieces of rope, 3-4 times longer than your bottle or jar. I used 5, but you could also go as high as 8-10 depending on how big your jar is. I also went 4 times longer – I tried 3 times longer the first time, and had to start over. Too long of rope is much better than too short of rope, so do what feels most comfortable.

Fold each piece of rope in half, and slip it under the rope tied around the next of the bottle, evenly spacing them.

Then, bring the loose ends up through the loop, and tighten (I’m sure there is a name for this knot, but I don’t know what it is). Do this to all of your strands.

Next, take two strands that are adjacent strands from different knots and twist them once. Then, tape the twisted part down or it won’t stay.

The tape is very necessary. And this part of the process is where the other tutorials I found failed. They had a different way to knot, and with the size of my rope, it did not look good at all. If you want to try it, this is what that knot looks like:

So continue the twisting and taping around your jar, until one row is done. Then, do the next row, and then the next. Make sure you tape, or this can be frustrating.

Once you get to the bottom, make another circle out of the jute rope. You can make it small so that it is smaller than the base of your jar, or you can make it the same size. I did mine at roughly the same size, and I don’t have any strong feelings one way or another.

Then, you are going to knot the loose ends onto the circle. I don’t have a great way to show this process, but find a knot you like, and stick with it. I looped the loose ends from the outside and under the circle. Then, I put the ends through the loop made by the opposite end when you go under the circle. Then, I simple just did a single knot and pulled. I went around the circle on opposite sides so that the pull was constant (like when you change a tire).

And voila! Now, you just have to find something fun and pretty to put in your jar.

I filled mine with shower bombs.

What do you think of the finished product? Do you know if there is a better day to do this, or a knot that would make things so much easier? 

That Time I Felt Like a Hipster

26 Mar

Oh, hipsters.

I’ll be honest and say that I’m not terribly sure what qualifies you as a hipster. I kind of get it, but only kind of. If I’m “in the loop” enough, one of the qualifying factors is feeling privileged about knowing bands, fashion, or whatever is cool before it becomes popular with the masses.

So many of us do like things before they become “mainstream” and I’m no exception. Maybe I’m super trendy and am just unaware, or maybe I’m privy to fashion and decor trends before others are. I find that I struggle all the time in trying to find certain decor items or fashion items, and then the next year they are everywhere.

It gets so frustrating, not because I feel like I didn’t get credit, but because I like instant gratification for both fashion and decor.
Okay…so maybe I would like a little credit…

All I want is a white, ceramic glazed octopus for my bathroom. And a turquoise lamp shade.

Last year it was turquoise birds.

And before that, a cloche hat.

And before that, things with mustaches on them.

But no. It’s never that simple.

Does this make me a hipster, or is there another qualifying factor that I’m missing? What do you search everywhere for, but can never find, especially at an affordable price?

Upholstered Ottoman: Quickest DIY Ever

22 Feb

If you ever read about any of my DIY projects, then you probably know that they are time-consuming and take forever for me to finish. Well, I found one that took me only a few hours for a few days and I finished it.

I recently moved into a new place, as some of you know, and thus decided to switch up the decor of my living room. This is the inspiration:

turquoise and yellow

The fun part is that I have nothing that matches this. SO I had to get creative because I also don’t have tons of money laying around to buy things for this color scheme. This was my old ottoman:

It got handed down to me about 5 years ago, and then about a year and a half ago I got a dog. That chewed up section happened one night when he got bored. Originally, I was going to just reupholster it in pleather like it is, but then I moved and it went into storage. Now, I had a reason to finally complete it, but that pleather is no more!

I’ve never done this before, but I just went straight to it. This is after I unscrewed the screws and took the top off:

And you can see the brand new rug that I bought. Thirty dollars at Ross for that beauty! I was so excited. There was a black panel to cover up the staples and things, so I had to remove that. I used a flat-headed screw driver for that – they probably make a special tool that I don’t know about and is over priced – but the screwdriver sufficed. Then, I opened it up to reveal this:

I was not expecting this at all, but it actually made a lot of sense and was quite useful when I got down to the tufting part.

And then, there were a million staples to remove to get the actual upholstery off the ottoman.

So, I grabbed my rotary cutter, and cut the upholstery off.

Worked like a charm.

Then I made my buttons. I kind of half-assed it, I’ll admit. I could have bought new buttons and actually did it the right way, but I figure no one will see the back of the buttons, so I hot-glued the fabric to it. They came out cute, though.

I guess I forgot to mention – the fabric I’m using is a yellow floral damask with gray parrots on it. The one that ended up being the focal point of the ottoman looks like its sneezing for some strange reason, but I love him the best anyway.

The tufting was actually the hardest part. I don’t have pictures because it’s hard to show the process, but it required a lot of finger strength. My needle was probably too short and narrow for the upholstery process, but I made due. There were already divets in the foam where the buttons previously sat, so I didn’t even have to do any measuring.

And then I marveled at my work.

And decided that I did desperately need to paint the legs.

So I did. Took me 4 coats of paint, and I’m sure it could use another if I so desired. I decided to use a flat paint, because I’m not a huge fan of glossy white furniture – always reminds me of a child’s room.

All finished!

Disregard my now dirty rug. It’s amazing how messy DIY things can be. And here is my sneezing parrot:

She adds whimsy!

What do you think of my finished project? Ever reupholstered anything before – how’d it go?

A Quick How To: Revamping Storage Boxes

30 May

I don’t usually blog about the weird little things I do on my free time. Surprisingly enough, I’m actually really big into interior design. It was one of my career choices had I thought I’d be able to actually have a job, and not have to move to a big city. So yeah…I’m constantly in a battle to make my living spaces look like I specifically chose each item to go with each other item, when I’ve actually just acquired them all randomly. My pet project is my bedroom. I have a bedset that is a baroque design, similar to my pink heading above, in black, white, hot pink, and light blue-green. It was my inspiration, but I’ve only gotten it after I moved out into the dorms, which just happened to have a blue and green theme.  Unfortunately, I just can’t get rid of all my mismatched things and buy all new things. I have to make due…so I decided to make this box much more awesome than it was when I bought it.

Not very exciting, right? But those were my dorm colors. I actually have another box (I haven’t finished it yet), which is blue, with a green lid.

What you’ll need for this project:

Standard photo/video storage box 
12×12 pieces of scrapbook paper 2 small pieces of scrapbook paperor 4 pieces 12×12 scrapbook paper
Hot glue gun and hot glue

First, I needed something to cover it with. I could paint it…but I’m not that talented with flat surfaces.  I could probably also cover it with fabric, but at the risk of it feeling crunchy, or not turning out well, I opted out of that one. I ended up finding scrapbook paper, and let me tell you the options are endless! I chose to use a baroque pattern for the actual box, and a solid for the lid. I chose a black and white baroque with a hot pink lid for one box, and a pink and black baroque with a black lid for the other. Here is the one Ihaven’t finished:

The pink ones for the lid were smaller, but if you can find a big sheet in the color you need, it might be big enough to only use 1 sheet. None of my pieces were actually big enough to cover the whole box in one piece, so I had to get a little creative. I cut the smaller pieces lengthwise into 4 equal pieces, and used them to cover the sides of the lid; this gave me enough room to fold the paper about a half inch over the top, and underneath the lid for full coverage on all 4 sides of the lid. I hot glued them into place (I’m sure you could use other methods of gluing, but this actually worked like a charm and didn’t leave me with any bubbles or wrinkling).

For the actual box, I used 3 sheets of 12×12 scrapbook paper. First, I folded 1 sheet in half. Then, I cut about 2-3 inches off what is now width. This should make it the width of the box (you might need to adjust more or less). Now, cut the paper on the fold, and you have the pieces to cover each end of the box. Again, fold it over on the top of the box and the bottom, similarly to the lid (see note below). Hot glue into place.

Finally, I used the last 2 sheets of 12×12 to cover the rest of the box. I cut about 1 inch from each piece to make it the same length as the box. I wrapped one over the top lip of the box and glued into place, then brought it all the way under the box and glued it there as well. I repeated on the other side. You will have several seams, but nothing thats terribly noticeable or unattractive.

The one caveat I have about this project is how to deal with the presence of the label holder like I have on my boxes. They are photo/video catalog boxes, and so I had to cut a hole in the paper on one end of the box. I did thisbefore I glued it down, and it seemed to work well enough (not perfect, but okay for my purposes). I’m sure you could cut it after gluing, but it might pose a problem of anchoring that part of the paper to the box. If you don’t need the label holder, you can also just cover it and forget about it. I thought about doing this, but I chose to keep the holder because I liked how it looked. You can use scraps that you’ve cut off to cut a piece of paper to slip inside, so its the same color as the rest of the box.

Ta-da! My newly redecorated, revamped storage box (these are the other colors). You can see that its not perfect, but I was also winging it. It goes great with my bedroom and makes a great accent piece. Sorry for not doing a better tutorial – check out my sewing blogs for a better read; this was an afterthought of the project or I could’ve given step-by-step pictures along with my instructions. Know that you can always change things for what you need, and don’t be afraid to experiment!