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Painting Fabric with Screen Printing Ink

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. That can be the only explanation for me taking on a DIY project.

You see, I’m working with no budget for my Room Service shelter project at the United Methodist Children’s Home (literally $0) so I’m doing as much as I can with things I already have. As I mentioned, I’m going for a sunroom-like feel (that’s an inspiration photo above) so I knew I wanted to bring in some wicker. I’ve had a set of these wicker chairs in my inventory which are perfect for this project except for the cushion colors.

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Well, cushions are easy enough to recover, right? Normally, yes but not in this case. For some some reason these cushions were attached by screws and glued all the way around (not by me). In other words, removing them was going to be a nightmare.

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Taking them to the upholsterer was out of the question because of the $0 budget. So then my only option was to try and paint the fabric. I got online and read all about it and read that screen printing ink was better wearing than fabric paint. So then I read a bunch of reviews for screen printing ink and everyone seemed to agree Speedball was the best brand.

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I ordered a jar from Amazon and went to work. First I taped off the frame:

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I then tried applying the paint straight out of the tub using a foam brush:

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It’s pretty thick and was hard to get an even coat so then I tried watering it down a tiny bit just to get a layer down. I thought that would make it easier to apply additional coats over it and it did.

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I then went back and applied several coats full strength. Unlike with normal paint, you should apply any additional coats within a few minutes before it’s completely dry.

I also abandoned the foam brush at this point and used a roller because the brush left too many marks. The roller worked so much better. For areas the roller couldn’t reach like around the back and around the piping, I used a small art brush.

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I let it dry overnight and here’s how they turned out:

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Since I was going from dark to light, it took several coats but I imagine if you were going from like to like colors, it would only take one or two. (I chose white because I’m going to have a lot of other colors in the room.)

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I could have even used another coat but I kind of liked a little of the pattern still showing through as it gave it some depth. This paint goes a long way. I used about 2/3 of the 8 oz. jar for the four chairs.

So overall, a pretty painless project – even for me.

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*The shelter project will be completed over the next month so I’ll be taking donations through then. If you’d like to contribute to this very worthy cause, please click on the “Donate” button you see at the top right hand corner under the FTRB logo. Thank you!

I’m Going to Make a Light Fixture. Yeah, That’s Right.

A few days ago, I came across an old post on Leah’s blog Moss Eclectic where she showed us a pendant light she made with just some twine and modpodge.

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Unbelievable, right?!

Those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a while know I don’t like DIY and DIY definitely doesn’t like me. But this project has inspired me mainly because I still haven’t found a light for my dining room and something like this (in white) could be the ticket. The directions also seem really easy.

So today yesterday, I went out and got myself these:

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I found some white twine at Home Depot so I’m hoping it works as well as the sisal.

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Leah also used a toy ball but I want mine to be bigger so I dug my old exercise ball out of storage. (It might as well get used for something cause it sure ain’t seein’ no exercise!)

I hope to have something to show you by the end of the week. (It needs a couple of days to dry.) Let’s hope this doesn’t end up in the “DIY Project Fail” file.

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Sew, A Needle Pulling Thread . . . . .

My mom is here visiting and one of her many, many skills is sewing. I’m talking on an haute couture level here. So I’ve enlisted her to make all kinds of things for the house while she’s here: drapes, slipcovers, pillows ….. because to say that I didn’t inherit that talent would be an understatement.

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The worst grade I ever got in school was in Home Ec. (That’s how old I am – we actually had to take a class called Home Ec in like the 7th grade or something.) One of the things we had to do was to sew a stuffed animal. Mine was supposed to be a whale but it looked like a really toothy monster and everyone made fun of it for years. (No wonder I never learned how to sew. I was probably traumatized on some subconscious level.)

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Anyway, I haven’t gone near a sewing machine since but I have been collecting fabric and textiles for years. So has my mom and together, we’re up to our eyeballs in fabric – it’s not at the point where “Hoarders” is going to call but we have a lot so we decided it was time to start making stuff. You know, because we don’t have enough to do(!) Who knows? Maybe I’ll finally get over my contempt for the sewing machine in the process.

Do you all know how to sew? Stay tuned for the progress and in the meantime, have a great weekend!

(Photos: 1.Curtain Up 2.Martha Stewart)

Inspiration Board Completed!

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This weekend, I surprised myself and actually completed a DIY project. I finally made that bulletin board I have been wanting and the best part is it was so easy!

You’ll recall that I started out with a piece of homasote that I had cut to 5′ x 4′. After I got it home I sanded the edges with a sheet of sandpaper to make them as smooth as possible. (Please see my earlier post for details on materials and sources.)

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First, I put the fabric down:

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then I put the homasote over it and pulled it taut on all four sides:

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Starting in the middle of one side, I stapled using a staple gun:

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I spent a little extra time on the corners. I just folded it like you would wrapping a box:

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This is how it looked finished:

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We used a stud sensor and marked where the studs were, placed the board on a stack of books at the height we wanted to hang it then screwed the whole thing into the studs. (If you’re doing this, be sure to make a small hole with a nail through the fabric before drilling so as not to pull the fabric.)

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And here it is almost filled already:

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I changed my mind about where I wanted to hang it (I know, you’re shocked that I would change my mind about something.) I decided to put it over this cabinet across from my desk.

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I’m really happy with it and like I said, it was so easy. If I can do it, anyone can! I still have the smaller piece of homasote left. I’ll show it to you once I decide where it’s finally going to end up.

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Bulletin Board Project + Ramblings

It all started with a beautiful linen covered bulletin board that I saw at the Historic Concepts office when I went on my blogger outing last month. (Sorry I don’t have a photo of it but trust me, it was gorgeous.) I decided then and there that I had to have one for my inspiration board. I asked about it and was told that it was made out of homasote. I had no idea what that was so I did some research and learned that it’s an insulation/soundproofing material made from recycled paper. It seems Martha Stewart made a homasote bulletin board years ago (of course):

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You can find her how-to here. I also found two blog posts about it here and here,

A couple of weeks later, I went to Home Depot and no one knew what the hell I was talking about. So I did some more research and found it locally at Capital Materials. They were so nice and helpful! Homasote comes in 8′x4′ sheets and I had it cut into two (5′x4′ and  3′x4′). The large piece will be for my inspiration board in my office and the smaller one will go in the office area of the kitchen. Here’s the large piece sitting in the garage:

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It’s not much to look at now but it will be once it’s covered in some pretty fabric. This gave me a good excuse to go fabric shopping so off I went to Lewis and Sheron. I found this for the large piece:

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For once I didn’t hesitate. I knew I wanted something blue since I’ve been working with a yellow and blue palette in the office. I’ve also been wanting to do something orange and blue and since it is going to hang by the big orange chair, I can get that out of my system too. (The blue is more navy in person.) I thought the pattern might be too busy at first but most of it is going to be covered in stuff so I think it will work out.

This is what I found for the smaller piece:

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I’m crazy for burlap these days and I am dying over this blue-gray color.

I hope to have these done within the week and will take photos along the way. If anyone has done something similar and has tips, please share. Wish me luck!

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Also, Kelley Moore is featuring me today in her Ramblings series. Please visit for some well . . .  ramblings about me. Thanks, Kelley!

(Photos: 1.Martha Stewart. 2-4.From the Right Bank)