Wednesday, May 11, 2011

DIY Projects I'm Dying to Try

Spend a little time trolling the DIY or Interior Design blog community and you will quickly develop a very long list of projects that you've just GOT to try!  At least that's what has happened to me.  I've got an "Inspiration" folder on my desktop where I drag and drop pictures, tutorials and other ideas that are just too inspiring not to try.
Because I'm the type who is easily excited by practically everything I see on DIY blogs, my idea folder is getting out-of-control big.  So I figured it is high time I actually put this inspiration into action and create some custom art.  I spent the better part of last weekend sanding, staining and painting, painting, criticizing, crying, accepting and oh yeah, painting.
The art isn't quite ready to reveal but I hope to have it hung tonight and a new post waiting for you here tomorrow.  In the meantime, take a look at these projects that have caught my eye and ignited a spark of "Hey, I think I could actually do that!"

First up a little rustic piece from "Three Men & A Lady".  This project is what put the kernel of an idea in my mind for the art I'll be revealing to you tomorrow.  Who couldn't try this one with confidence?  A scrap piece of wood that you distress and stain then cut out a stencil and paint on.  Easy peasy!

I absolutely LOVE the idea of painting a panel detail on the back of the kitchen island.  Mine is a built-in island, not an actual piece of furniture like the one above over on "Little Green Notebook" but I'm still dying to try it. What a simple and inexpensive way to dress up an otherwise boring area!

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I love the idea of turning song lyrics that are meaningful to me into a graphic piece of art.  There are a few Ray Lamontagne songs that I'm mulling over for our master bedroom.

Finally, who doesn't love a great starburst mirror?  Did you ever think of using bamboo sticks or wood shims from the home improvement store to make one yourself?  Yeah, me neither.  Thank god someone out there is thinking up these things for us!  The wood shims mirror from "Addicted 2 Decorating" bears a strong resemblance to this much more expensive option from Global Views. 
I'm thinking that one of these starburst mirror projects is in my future.  How about you?  Are there any projects you've been dying to try lately?
On a personal note, today B and I are celebrating 9 great years together!  We met at work and after months of flirty emails and me "accidentally" running into him in the breakroom every morning, he got up the nerve to ask me out and we've been together ever since.  Nine years and 4 crazy dogs later I couldn't be happier to still be together.  This picture from our last vacation (NYC 2008) reminds me that we really need another vacation!



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