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Wood Floor into Wall Art (DIY art)

You know that I hold onto things….things like random pieces of flooring. About 5 pieces to be exact. They were laying in the garage…collecting dog hair and debris…it was time to clean them up and put them to good use. And so they became wall art for the guest room…#boom…. Here is how I made it…

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Now don’t go all crazy on me….if you see a miter saw…don’t run the other way. If you don’t have an electric…go buy a new hand saw and $3 miter box , you are good to go. Pine is the softest wood to cut through…so use pine boards if you don’t have any pine flooring laying around.

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Supplies:

6 pine boards cut to 32inches (or as wide and you want your art to be)

Wood glue

2 brace pieces for the back (I used a thin 1 inch trim piece that I had already)

4 wood screws

sander

choice of spray paint

watered down white paint

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How to:

1. Cut your pine board to the length you want your art to be.

2. Spray paint each board the desired color. I used up all my left over spray paint (weird that my colors on hand all matched the fabric I was trying to compliment…bonus!)

3. After paint dries…find a flat surface and place glue in between the tongue and groove on the flooring. Tap together with a hammer. If you are not using flooring and your boards are flat you will most likely have to glue them together upside down (so that the back is facing you) and then immediately screw your bracing in so that the boards are forced together)

4. When the glue dries the piece will be one and you can screw you trim on the back to brace it.

5. Water down some white paint and brush on the front. Wipe away excess.

6. For a more weather look…sand down the entire piece to age.

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Hope that makes sense….

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My Christmas apron…I’m hot like that….moving on….

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I hung it up by attaching a wire to the screws on the back. Place a heavy picture hanger on the wall and you are all set. Not bad for basically free….:)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Fabric covered office accessories DIY

A sneak peek at some fun office updates….I made these tack boards for my desk. I really didn’t want a big bulletin board…so I thought I would make up my own size. These are super easy to make and can be used so many places….inside a kitchen cabinet….by the mudroom…by the kids desks…so useful. And I love how you can match them up to any décor with a bit of fabric.

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I bought a 1/4 yard of fun bright fabric, a couple of 1/4inch by 2 by 24” hobby wood, a roll of cork, tack glue and a razor blade is handy to have also. Pieces of precut hobby wood are available in any hardware store (Michaels has some too).

Measure the cork to fit the wood and cut with the razor. Spread glue on wood and adhere cork. I placed some heavy books on top to allow tight fit. You can also make a mouse pad with some cork and fabric.

When the cork is dry, cut fabric to fit and wrap the board securing the fabric to the back with glue.

Hang up with the Velcro command strips and your are done!

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Place them anywhere that is handy!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Cookie on a Pan: Halloween Costume

I went on a quick trip to see my bff last week. We got busy working on homemade Halloween costumes. 3 little girls wanting 3 unique homemade costumes….we were worn out! The oldest wanted to be a claw machine (like the kind you see at the arcade), the middle girl wanted to be a jelly fish…and the youngest wanted to be a Cookie on a Pan…hilarious..and so adorable. Melissa followed the directions from Family Fun online..(click here to find them)…and we snapped some pictures along the way. The pictures were taken by the girls…and it was dark outside…it’s the best we could do ;)

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I thought I would share the Cookie on the pan project in case you still don’t have a costume for a little person in your house. This one came together super quick and not many supplies are needed. It is a big wow factor too. So stinkin cute! The basic frame is a piece of foam board covered with a metallic cardstock (to resemble a pan). Cut the corners in about an inch and score and fold up the sides. Tape. Glue cardstock to foam board.

Trace a cookie shape with onto 3 pieces of taped brown cardstock (directions have specific dimensions) .Cut the shape out and glue to “pan” . Cookie shapes are cut out of brown foam board. “Icing” is puffy paint. When everything is dry, use a sharp exacto knife and cut out space for child’s head to be the face of the cookie. Straps are attached on the back to free up the child’s hands.

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How cute is that??? Hope you have a wonderful fall weekend! Be sure to stop by my girl Kristen’s today at The Hunted Interior….she is sharing a new way to look at your Thanksgiving  table ;)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY pipe bed (boys room furniture)

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I originally felt a little silly getting rid of such a nice sleigh bed in my son’s old bedroom. But it was taking up a lot of space and it wasn’t what he wanted for his room…and I wanted this space to reflect him. I ended up researching some beds I could make. I wanted it to look industrial, not take up much room, and be affordable to put together. I scanned the web and found this one at Restoration Hardware. I love the look of it….but I didn’t want to shell out $700…and I didn’t want the head and footboards. Here is how I made my own DIY pipe bed…bed

In the plumbing department…they have loads of galvanize pipe. The pipe I bought was called black pipe. I got 5 pieces that were 12 inches long. The flanges for these are sold in the same aisle. Look for 3/4 inch floor flange (the pipe is 3/4 inch wide). The folks in that aisle can help you if you take a picture of this post with you. You will also need some wood screws, purebond plywood (there are many reasons to go with Purebond…but I really like the fact that it is formaldehyde free…in a bedroom this matters a bunch.)..paints of choice are needed too.

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First I cleaned the pipe with alcohol. I then connected the parts and sprayed with 2 coats of metallic spray paint. I wanted them to have a cleaner finish. Feel free to leave them as is …if you like the black. I stained the bottom my minwax express color in Indigo. Using a corner bracket for measuring….I attached the pipe parts to the bottom of the plywood. One in the center and one on each corner.

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We trimmed out the edges with 1” trim and painted it the same color as the pin board on the wall. (I believe it is blueberry from BenMoore)

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That’s it! Super easy project…total spent was about $90 (I don’t have exact amount….sorry!)

Here is the room reveal in case you missed…

Reveal Preteen boy bedroom

I need to say…thanks…thanks to all of you who send me sweet notes, emails and words that are inspiring to me. It makes the mean and nasty comments that I receive much easier to laugh at. I appreciate you all! I wish you a wonderful weekend :)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY clothespin planter: Michelle from Ten June

I am really excited to have Michelle from Ten June visiting here today! Michelle’s blog is FULL of fun projects and decorating ideas. She is so creative…so lovely…and just a gem of a girl. I have read her blog for a little over a year now…and I had a blast meeting up with her at the Haven conference. We were immediate friends…very similar people (she totally got my humor right away…:) We were laughing all night!
So annoyed we forgot to get a picture together….but there’s always next time!
Please give a warm welcome to Michelle…and be sure to follow her blog…she is always up to something good!!
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Helllooooo all of you Cleverly Inspired folks! I’m Michelle, popping by from my blog Ten June. I’m really pumped to be stopping by today… Tracie and I have a lot in common, like our love for home decor, DIY projects and standing awkwardly in the corner of a room full of strangers.
Wait. What?
I had the awesome pleasure of meeting Tracie at the Haven conference in Atlanta this year. The very first night, she and I sort of teamed up and faced the crowded cocktail party full of bloggers together. It made me so happy to have a partner in crime- it would have been very awkward facing that room solo!
So I’m more than happy to jump on in and share one of my favorite DIY projects with all of you while Tracie is off on vacation (I’m jealous!). Without further ado… my DIY clothespin planter project!
This is a fun and easy little project. Here’s what you need to create your own.
I chose a clay plant base because I originally thought about using real greenery in this planter and I wanted the option to be able to water the plant. Plus I picked up a few for 50 cents each at my local hardware store, so it was win win. But I am sure you could use any kind of base to start with (an old tuna can? a small bucket?). I simply clipped the clothespins around the clay plant base.
Since I’m super duper pregnant (only about seven more weeks to go!) and couch sitting is my favorite activity currently, I didn’t want to have to add “water new plants” to the list. Yeah, I’m lazy like that. So with the help of a JoAnn’s coupon and a sale, I picked up a few of these fresh faux greens for a total of $9. I simply cut the foam balls in half (I had those lying around, otherwise I’d get flat rounds) and stuck the faux plants in. Cover them with moss (another crafty item I had lying around) and that’s it!
I think they bring a fun, fresh pop of green to my dining room table.
So there you have it! An easy peasy (but adorable!) little DIY project. If you’d like more information on my dining room, check out some past posts on the makeover of the room here. I’ve also got a few more fun projects (including some new nursery-related projects as we finalize our nursery for our little soon-to-arrive peapod!) in my project gallery.Thanks for having me, Tracie!

Thanks Michelle!! Love this planter!!!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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