DIY Home Decor
DIY Home Decor

$5 Goodwill Challenge Fall 2016: DIY Home Decor

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DIY Home Decor . i’m laura and i share my tips on creating an inspired home and I feel love with budget-friendly finds let’s kick off this fall goodwill challenge with this glass pumpkin when we actually picked up last year for only two dollars but I had an idea to transform it I’m going for a distressed look in my favorite color turquoise no surprise there here it is before on our side table and a closer look with the lid here to the side go ahead and take this into the kitchen and take a cream chocolate that I already had on hand and just add in a little bit of turquoise acrylic paint should be fine just stirring and being careful that the shade doesn’t get too vibrant then it was time to put the first coat on both the lid and the jar starting with the jar working with a half inch brush.

DIY Home Decor
DIY Home Decor

And you’ll see a little glass peeking through it different parts but that goes away with the second coat so no worries and then i’m using the same technique on the lid the chalk paint dries pretty quickly which is really nice so I was ready to add the second coat within 20 or so minutes then I let everything dry completely before moving on to this next step i rushed a little to get this part done just because I didn’t want to film in the evening but ideally i would have let this dry overnight now to keep this simple i decided to just apply the antique wax that I already had and all linked to everything below but I decided to apply that in the crevices with a small clean paint brush and made sure to have a damp paper towel nearby too quickly wipe away the areas where I didn’t want that darker color to stay now it is important to move quickly here.

$5 Goodwill Challenge Fall 2016: DIY Home Decor

So you see i’m doing one or two sections at a time for the top of the pumpkin i’m using the same approach and just a side note this is no longer food or dishwasher safe but it’s just more of a decor piece now and I think it was worth it especially to have this pretty blue hue ok here’s the finished product on our coffee table just to see how it looks there i think i prefer it there and i’m also going to take it over to the side table so you can have a really nice before and after my next fines were these three photo frames they had definitely seen better days and we’re ready for a makeover you can see the price on the glass here to were 65 cents and the third was marched down to just 25 cents if you can believe that which brings my total so far for this challenge to three dollars and fifty five cents i gave them a quick cleaning remove the glass in the back section and added a paper towel for the frame where the back was still attached just to help prevent any excess paint from transferring i’m going to start with the frame that has the most detail and i’ll be using that same turquoise chalk paint from the pumpkin project and also bringing in a new product i found at joann crafts it’s actually a metallic paint by deco art.

And it’s in the color worn penny i started with one paint one coat of the chalk plate allowing it to dry and then going in with the second coat and working on the more detailed areas i dabbed the brush to really get down into the cracks and crevices there and while that was drying doing a bit of multitasking i’m going to go ahead and use cream chocolate on the second and third frame same process here and the magic happens in just a moment when i add the finishing touches to each frame so that they complement one another and hopefully you come away with a few ideas for projects in your own home of course you want to pay special attention to ensure attic adequate coverage of your frames from a variety of angles and now it’s time to go back to that turquoise frame i’m going to take that water based metallic paint and let it sink into the cracks and crevices quickly wiping away the excess with a clean damp paper towel as I go i’m working in small sections so the paint doesn’t dry before and finished working with it now that I finished the inside section there is also a nice ridge here that I think will look really great with just a touch of that copper so adding that and then wiping away.

And the same for the four corners yeah I decided to print out some photos my husband has taken during our travels starting with this waterfall photo and moving on to the two cream coloured frames for the larger one I’m going to add a nice touch of the metallic paint to the outside and it is the perfect home for this photo my husband took in idaho now for a different technique on this last frame i’m going to be doing quite a bit of layering up the paint’s to give it a bit of a woodgrain look I started with the metallic color and don’t worry if it’s too heavy because as you’ll see i’m going to add in some ivory chalk paint over top once the metallic coat has dried and then just going to keep working there and bring in a few dabs of turquoise acrylic paint now for adding the turquoise I like to just use my fingers and just quickly manipulate the paint that do whatever works best for you that you’re comfortable with how to tie everything together once the layers were dry i added tape to help me create a metallic border and of course painters tape would have probably been ideal here but my scotch tape did the trick in a pinch and this has always been a fun photo it’s one that my husband took an organ while we were camping.

And I think it’s so cute so here’s a look at all three finished frames and then a close-up of the waterfall photo in my office alongside another photo and just a few things that i’ve added here of course i’ll probably rearrange a few times but wanted to give you a look at the current state of the a book shelves here now before I move on to my last item i would love it if you’d leave me a comment below to let me know which one of these frames is your favorite and we’ve got the turquoise and metallic frame with the waterfall the ivory and copper frame that you saw with that abandoned house and or the would look finish now one more fine to round out this five-dollar challenge this little kitchen scale was just a dollar which took my total for the challenge to four dollars and fifty five cents and I leave it out by are cookbooks and I think it’s a pretty cute

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