8.29.2015

PAINT PERFECT STRIPES

Free-handing perfect diagonal lines is nearly impossible, but you can achieve crisp-edged results with a few simple techniques. Add visual interest to a wall, headboard or coffee table by adding colorful diagonal lines with your favorite acrylic paints! Full tutorial here


8.12.2015

HOW TO KNIT A TOTE

When you're learning to knit on a simple loom, the easiest go-to projects are bulky beanies and flat scarves.  Bump up your crafting finesse by knitting an impressive striped tote -- but using a simple beginner stitch. Make cozy knitted bags to gift your friends for the holidays or a set for the car for eco-friendly shoppers.  FULL TUTORIAL HERE



8.06.2015

Ikea Hacks: Luxe Lacquer Dresser


This post has been updated with more photos, steps and helpful information! 5/9


Get this luxe look for way less with a good ole' fashioned Ikea hack.  About three months ago when we moved into our new apartment I immediately purchased this basic set of drawers for about $150 -- and painted it YELLOW.  Painting anything high gloss is a major pain in the a$$ but looks far more expensive.  Sanding and repainting is 100% necessary if you're aiming for perfection.  Our dresser sat bare without hardware for another several months until I could hunt down the perfect (and inexpensive) drawer pulls. Ideally I would have purchased 12 gorgeous geode pulls from Anthropologie--BUT WHO HAS THE BANKROLL FOR THAT ANYWAYS. Our drawers now open with ease and the brass pulls add an elegant touch to an otherwise blah piece!


1. After assembling your dresser prime the entire unit to prevent the natural sap in the wood from staining the finish. 

2. Brush on a coat of high gloss lacquer paint and let dry completely. Use a 200-grit sandpaper to sand down brush strokes and brush off the residue with a wet rag. Apply a second coat for a flawless finish. Have drips or rough spots? Just wait for the paint to cure completely before sanding down and touching up problem areas. 

3. Line your drawers with a fun printed contact paper and install some vintage brass hardware to complete the look! 





  DRESSER  IKEA // PAINT CUSTOM TINTED SHERWIN-WILLIAMS HGSW1213


The original brass pulls I used are out of stock...but I've linked a few comparable options below!



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XO LINDSEY CRAFTER

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8.01.2015

MAKE IT THIS MONTH : august

I don't write grocery lists … just "make it " lists -- so follow along and let's make these projects together each month! 
Happy Crafting! 

A WEST ELM INSPIRED PAPIER MACHE CHANDELIER

THESE GORGEOUS ROPE BOWLS BY A PAIR AND A SPARE


A POM POM BIKE BASKET BY APARTMENT THERAPY

SHIBORI DYED OBI BELT FROM ANTHRO

 These naturally dyed beads by Swoon Studio

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