Archive for July, 2012

July 31st, 2012

Cover It Up!

Candle covers can be often forgotten when a chandelier is getting freshened up. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to add a pop of color to your light fixture with the help of some sweet textiles. We found this decorative paper on sale at our local art supply store and knew we could use it for something! To find nice paper in your area or online, check out Paper Source, Utrecht or Paper Studio. Click here to order additional candle covers and keep fresh looks ready on the back burner.

 

 

Materials needed:

- Candle covers

- Spray adhesive

- Scissors

- Paper of your choice

- Scrap paper

 

Step 1. Cut a template using a scrap piece of paper that you can base the rest of your covers on. Measure the length of the candle covers to start, and wrap the scrap piece of paper around the covers to eyeball the width.

Step 2. Once you have the template, place the piece on top of your chosen decorative paper and trace its outline.

Step 3. Cut out your new candle cover.

Step 4. Making sure to place a scrap piece of cardboard or newspaper down, spray the backside of the candle cover with spray adhesive.

Step 5. Align the edges of the paper to your candle cover and slowly roll the paper onto your cover.

 

**Rethink Tip: Make sure to leave about 1/8″ of space at the top to reduce any risk of fire hazard.

Step 6. Fold the excess length on the bottom around the edges of the cover for a nice even look.

Step 7. Secure the covers on your chandelier and enjoy a fresh new look to your space!

 

July 20th, 2012

Sunny Side Up

Print out this free PDF invite here!

The sounds of summer are calling and we are restless to get outside and start the party! Whether you’re barbecue master or bartender of the year, it’s time to spruce up that backyard space and show it off to the neighborhood! To make sure your summer party is the nicest on the block, we’ve put together a few sunny pieces to keep both your home and guests looking on the bright side.

 

 

1. Paper lanterns are a festive and inexpensive way to light your outdoor space. They come in a wide range of colors and sizes and fold flat for easy storage – how can you go wrong? Make sure to order the separate light kit if you plan on using them for more than just decor.

2. Portable seating gets a whole new meaning with these Tote Tables from YLiving. Use these fun forms as either chair or table – and when you’re in between, use the smart built-in handle for easy transport.

3. Serve ice cold drinks in style with this sunny bar cart. It includes a removable top tray for seamless serving and a wine rack on the bottom to keep your bar-on-wheels fully stocked.

4-6. We love the bright colors found in Jonathan Adler’s glassware and serving utensils. The monochromatic designs and geometric lines are basic enough to carry you through the seasons in style – guaranteed.

7-8. Give your outdoor space some flair with these indoor/outdoor throw pillows from Etsy shops ClassicByNature and PillowMood. Pillows allow you to refresh your home easily without breaking the bank.

Rethink Tip: Keep your home up to date by buying classic pieces of furniture and adding pops of trend through less expensive things such as pillow covers and home accessories.

9. A little low on green in your outdoor space? Bring the garden to you with this lattice-work inspired outdoor area rug. Don’t let the cream fool you – all you need is a hose to keep this rug looking brand new.

10. Give your garden party a conversation piece with the intricate lines of this drum stool. Even though it looks delicate on the outside, this stool is versatile enough to sit on and be used as a low table.

11-12. Don’t be afraid to mix warm and cool tones when they share similar pattern scales such as these lumbar pillows from PillowChix.

13. Finally there is a quick and easy way to transform your backyard space into an outdoor oasis with IKEA’s PLATTA Decking. The lock-in-place system allows you to cover any hard surface including grass, concrete, and existing decking.

14-15. Wicker furniture has come a long way since your grandmother’s porch. This chair and ottoman from Grandin Road come in a variety of colors and keep your outdoor space bright and – most importantly – comfortable.

July 12th, 2012

10-Step Scandinavian Style

image via Nordic Design

We have all fallen in love time and time again with the dreamy Scandinavian interiors sweeping the design world. The all-white spaces with hints of black and washed-out natural tones swoon us with flooding natural light and make us want to get rid of all our vibrant belongings and live the simple life. One of the most prominent features of this clean international look is the lightened wood floors. Wood bleaching is one way to achieve this look and is a great alternative to regular paint – it allows you to lighten the look of a space while still maintaining that natural wood grain. Don’t let the word “bleach” steer you away – there are tons of no-VOC products on the market that keep this DIY toxic free! For this tutorial we transformed a pair of antique doors we thought were slightly too dark for the space they were going in. You can easily apply this tutorial to wood floors or any other wood piece you have in mind.

Let’s get bleaching!

Here are the basic materials you are going to need along the way:

1. Sanding Sponge (80-grit)

2. Orbit Sander (120-grit pads)

3. Bucket/Plastic Container

4. Craft Foam Brushes

5. Terry Cloth

6. Latex Gloves

You can find any of these materials at your nearest home improvement store.

Step 1: Get rid of any jagged rough spots with an 80-grit sanding sponge. The lower the grit number, the coarser the sandpaper.

Step 2: Proceed to sand the entire surface of the door with an orbit sander until even. We used a round sander with 120 grit. For tight corners, you can buy sanding sponges with a cornered or beveled edge to help you get into any tough spots.

Step 3: Wipe the surface area clean of any debris.

Step 4: Using protective latex gloves, pour a 50/50 mixture of Klean-Strip Wood Bleach A and B into a bucket. Only pour what you are going to use for that day as the mixture will weaken over time.

***Note: We chose this two-part bleach product because the VOC-Free alternative product was on back order. For a non-toxic bleaching method, check out WOCA’s wood lye.

Step 5: Apply the two-part bleach mixture to the wood using a nylon paint brush or, in our case, a craft sponge brush. Spread evenly for a balanced coat. Bubbling may occur and is natural – just make sure you don’t leave any puddles of bleach.

Step 6: Let dry for up to 2 to 3 hours. If you still have not achieved your desired coat, repeat the process. We found that two coats were sufficient.

Step 7: Once you are happy with the shade of wood, pour linseed oil into an open container.

***Note: Normal linseed oil brings out the warm tones of wood, so we found an oil that gives a nice milky coat. Make sure to order WOCA linseed oil in a “White” finish that keeps all your hard bleaching work from going to waste!

Step 8: Take a terry cloth to dab into the oil and rub generously and evenly onto the wood. This acts as a natural sealant.

Step 9: Let dry for 10-15 minutes.

Step 10: If excess oil can still be seen, go back with a dry towel and gently rub around the moist areas.

 

And voila! With only two coats and one afternoon we gave a pair of antique wooden doors a much needed update!

For detailed bleaching instructions straight from the manufacturer, click here.

 

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