Life Love Larson: June 2013


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fourth of July “Wreath”

First things first when you get home from a long vacation…put a new wreath on the door to go with the season.  Everyone’s first thought, right?  No, just in my crazy world!
We fly our American flag all year long when it is nice outside, and I wanted to bring a little something classic red, white, and blue to the door.  In true DIY fashion, I did some digging around and found this red tin star that was collecting dust in the basement.  I have had this since we lived in Texas and I will always hold onto it for memory sake (two stints in TX, so we are honorary, right?).

Monday, June 10, 2013

DIY Personalized Life Preserver

Our next door neighbors threw a nautical themed one-year birthday party for their son this weekend.  My friend asked if I would make something that could be used as party décor, and also go in his room after the party (his bedroom is also nautical theme).  She sent me this inspiration post, and I got to work on it this past week.  I love the way it turned out!
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I tweaked a few things from the original inspiration, but overall, the concept is the same.  Supplies needed: navy craft paint, rope, canvas drop cloth (smallest size), a wreath form, batting/stuffing, stencil or something to create your letters/numbers.

I realized later on that I did not do a good job of taking pictures along the way, so please refer back to the original post for additional pictures, instructions.  I started out using a straw wreath form and covered it in some extra batting I had laying around.  This will be covered, so no need to make it even.  Just make it plush enough that the life preserver will look thick in the end.  I used masking tape to tape the batting together.
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Next, I cut a small drop cloth in half and laid it across the bottom and top halves of the wreath form (similar to original post).  I started cutting, forming, twisting, and manipulating the drop cloth around the wreath form.  I secured the back with safety pins.  As you can see, there are creases on my final product, as that was the only way I was able to make it work.
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Once the drop cloth was secured, I got to work on his name and birthday.  I used the same font choice from the original post, Boston Traffic.  I printed and cut out the letters/numbers, and traced around them with a pencil onto the drop cloth before painting.  This was definitely the most time consuming part because this font has several different pieces for each letter/number.  I used blue painters tape to make sure my spacing was even and just eyeballed.
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Once the letters were painted and dried, it was time for the rope.  You can buy this nylon rope at any hardware store.  Mine came from Home Depot, and I bought a large pack versus buying by the foot.  You will need more than you think. 
Just like the inspiration, I wrapped the rope around each side 5 times and secured with a little hot glue.  I then cut four equal pieces of rope to go around the preserver and also just tucked it under the rope and used a little more hot glue.
Here is a shot of how my friend styled the life preserver for the party.  The bunting is made of fabric and ribbon.  Too cute!
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I have never made anything like this before, so it was a fun challenge for me.  I also love giving handmade gifts, especially to sweet little boys!  Ahoy, Matey!
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Painted Niche: SW Urbane Bronze

One quick project I worked on last week was to paint the niche in our dining room.  I just used a sample can of Sherwin Williams’ Urbane Bronze to make the niche stand out a bit.  This is a perfect spot for a dark, moody accent wall.  The rest of our house has very light walls, and I wanted to go with something bold.

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I wanted something dark, but I thought true black would be too stark with the black and white curtains and the black dining table.  I have read about this color, Urbane Bronze, on several blogs, and it seems to be the perfect deep brown/charcoal grey/light black color.  I like how it contrasts a bit with the curtains.  I think it grounds the space and makes it sort of masculine and cozy.

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I love the way the bar cart looks against the darker paint.  I still have some styling to do with the bar cart, and you can see the beginnings of what will be an eclectic gallery wall in the niche.  More to come on that black and white piece (hint: it’s framed wallpaper)!  Here is a before and after…

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Updated Dining Room To-Do List:

piece of furniture for niche
Rug or no rug?
Paint the wall of the niche space or leave as is?
Window coverings for the front two windows
Finish styling the bar cart
Eclectic gallery wall in niche
Have a dinner party!