One thing we’ve been putting of for 2 years now is painting the stairs. So when Mini was on vacation with his grandparents a while ago we finally got to work. As this was probably the last chance we would have this year. Living in a 30′s home that has seen a lot of use and not that much of love, our stairs looked like this:
And after 10 days of sanding, undercoating and painting our stairs now look like this:
All we have to do is paint the horrible gray another colour.
Oh, and did I mention we have 3 staircases?
It’s all over the blogosphere and I must say, this is one of those trends I love! (unlike wedge sneakers). Along with neon pink I’ve had a soft spot for ombre garments ever since I was little and pretended to be a fashion designer. Seriously, the amounts of pink and rainbow-coloured ombre dresses I drew are insane.
I thought I might try my hand at my own little ombre DIY project. I decided on ombre bed linens. Mostly because a white duvet cover is the only completely white item I own.
The result isn’t much of a classic ombre. To me it’s some sort of landscape study in pink (woah, this makes the duvet cover sound very arty all of a sudden!).
Then there’s this tie-dye feeling because the paint clearly didn’t reach every bit of the fabric. These shapes look like weird tree-with-moss-nature-things to me. It’s more of an experimental ombre meets tie-dye duvet cover now!
I guess I’ll file this experiment under serendipity. It may not be the result I was aiming for, but I kind of like the result in it’s own weird pink-xtc-trip-way.
Since this isn’t your typical DIY tutorial, I won’t tell you what to do. But here are a few things I’ve learned while doing this:
- If you want to paint a piece of fabric this large, you need a big container to hold both dye and fabric. I used an empty (and clean!) garbage can, but it clearly wasn’t big enough as the dye couldn’t reach every nook and cranny due to the folds in the fabric. I think a bathtub would be your best bet.
- Don’t listen too much to the instructions on the package, Technically the amount of dye I used wasn’t enough for the amount of fabric, but it was more then enough really. You only need the indicated amount for dark shades of the color you select.
- You have to figure out your own time schedule for painting an ombre, I did the bottom first and left it in the paint for the amount of time indicated on the package. The second part of the fabric I dipped for only half the time of the first round and so on.
- Don’t put it in the washing machine! This sounds stupid I know, but here’s what happened to me: originally, I wanted to top of the dovet cover to be white, so I didn’t dip it in the dye. The instructions said to let the fabric dry and then rinse it out manually. So after drying, I rinsed it from top to bottom in the shower as to make sure there wouldn’t be any pink on my white half. Then I let it dry again. According to the instructions, I would now be able to wash the duvet cover in the washing machine. So I did, there obviously was some paint left in the fabric because my top half was pink within minutes! I have no idea how to solve this problem, maybe more rinsing?
So, that’s my two cents regarding DIY ombre projects. Hopefully my pearls of wisdom will come in handy when you try it yourself! Good luck and let me know how it turns out…
A while ago I had a little brainwave about a simple plastic grocery bag and tulle fabric. Instead of it remaining a fictional project, like many of my ideas do, I actually got to work. Experimenting behind the sewing machine is always good fun! I tried out a couple of things, a pink xl version, a green and blue version and a layered version of both green and blue. And after using them for a week they even turned out to be more sturdy then I thought!
For some reason Mini is nuts about them, He drags his toys around in them all the time! He even agreed to model a bit for me.
I found an awesome Bob Ross-esque painting at the thriftstore. Though it needed a little love especially on the awful brownish frame. Initially I wanted to do something like this again. But I changed my mind and I’m pretty happy with the result of my experiment!
Sometimes you have a clear idea in your head and you’re thrilled when the real life version is just as good as the picture in your mind. But it doesn’t always work out! Lately I had two idea’s fail in real life. First there was the embroidered landscape I thrifted. Nothing seemed to work with this thing. Finally I thought, I’d try something like this. But it turns out, this technique doesn’t actually work on wool, Big Fail! Only thing I like is the ‘pixels’ inside the letters themselves.
Another Fail was my spray painting the bottom half of this thrifted cup. I hoped it would look like I dipped it in paint, to give the cup a bit of a cool edge. I don’t really know why but it didn’t really work for me. Perhaps I should have just dipped it in a big bucket of paint!
Well, these were my two fails of late, luckily I have a few more ideas! Hopefully they’ll turn out a little better. Did you have any Fails lately?
On my last museum visit, I went to the museum shop as well (looking at art books is almost as much fun as the actual museum ). I found this great little book called Iron Me On by Mike Perry.
He’s a graphic designer and has made all these fun little drawings and letters that are actually decals. And you can cut them out and arrange them any way you like, and then just iron them on. A very easy way to spruce up otherwise dull items (like some boy clothing) so I got it.
And Whamm! here’s the result so far. (the whamm in the picture sure ads a little something extra, don’t you think?)
I came across a great idea a while ago and decided to make my own. A vintage painting restyled with some white spray paint. I chose a few words from a song by Sia that both me and Boyfriend love. And I put it on our nightstand on Boyfriends side. I really like the way the letters now have all these different colours in them and how, if you look closely, you can still see the old painting through it. Wanna see how it’s done? Look here. And just to share some more, Here’s the video by Sia, but a warning first: this video is gorgeous!!!
Sia | Soon We’ll Be Found from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.
So here’s the end result of our sitting room after the wallpaper and paint. And it’s even a little bit decorated! It’s still nowhere near finished though. The walls are still very empty so more shelfs, pictures and prints need to go up. It turns out that the wall colour I picked (Histor paint, colour Air) is pretty hard to photograph. During the day, the colour almost appears white on my photo’s because of the light. And when it gets darker the colour of the wall is too blue on the photo’s. So I’ve been taking pictures throughout the day! These seem the closest to the actual colour.