{DIY} IKEA Lack hack ~ Weaving Inspired Table

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Wayne and I have gone a bit ‘changing rooms’ in the past few weeks. First of all we ordered some new sofas. Then we decided to paint the chimney breast before the sofas arrived. As we were getting a cuddle chair as part of the deal (think a slightly bigger arm chair for two people to cuddle on, aw!) we then decided this would be best off in my craft room. The only trouble was, my craft room didn’t exist. Well it did, but the small bedroom which we were going to turn into a craft room needed a full makeover – think stripping wallpaper, re-plastering, painting, new carpet and window blind – the works. But I love a challenge and I’ve got to admit, the enticement of a place to put all my craft things was a big incentive (and thanks so much to Wayne whose idea it was!)

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It must have been fate then when the lovely people at Laura Ashley asked if I would like to try out their brand new furniture paint. I had been looking for a way to transform an old IKEA table we had into something a bit more stylish so we could start using it again when I hit upon the idea of giving it an update with this design which has been inspired by my new-found love of weaving.

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Learning how to weave is on my list of goals for 2015 and I’ve been cracking on with it (more to come of that later this month!) and I wanted to create a subtle pattern with a nod to the geometric designs seen in woven wall hangings and tapestries on this old white table.

This DIY is really easy and doesn’t take too long to do at all. In fact, the most time-consuming bit is all of the taping but once you’ve got that down, the painting bit is a breeze.

What You Need:

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  • An IKEA Lack table – these only cost £5 so are a total bargain – or any table of your choice
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • A paint brush
  • Laura Ashley furniture paint. I used Eau de Nil, which is a kind of soft grey-green colour

How to Make it:

  1. Work out the pattern you want to paint on the table. I made mine up as I went along and used the masking tape to create the patterns found in woven wall hangings, like stripes, triangles and looped textures. The good thing about using masking tape is that it’s so easy to change your mind or take off and use again if you find your lines go a bit wonky! (f you prefer you can always measure your table and mark off on both sides where the tape should go.
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  2. When sticking the tape on your table take care to press it down firmly at the edges to avoid any paint seeping underneath. Any bits left uncovered will be painted!
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  3. Create a zig-zag edge by cutting squares of masking tape and sticking them on as below:
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  4. Make a cross-over style pattern by cutting strips of masking tape and sticking it on the table at a diagonal.
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  5. Paint the non-covered parts and let the paint dry before giving it a second coat if required.
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  6. Carefully remove the masking tape and clean up any seepage with a bit of white spirit.

And that’s it, you’re done. Stand back and admire your handiwork!

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The thing I loved the most about this paint was its texture (and the fact you don’t have to prepare the surface you’re going to paint at all, apart from a quick wipe down). It goes on really easily but if you think it’s a bit too thick for your liking you can just add a splash of water to thin it out.

I did two coats to make sure it would be durable then once it was dry gently peeled the masking tape off.

I’ve got to say, I love our new look table!

I hope you enjoyed this DIY. Have you ever upcycled anything with furniture paint? I’ve painted my craft bureau before but other than that I’m a total newbie. I’d love to hear your top upcycling tips as I have a chest of drawers that I’m eyeing up.

Lots of patterned love,

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Disclaimer: Laura Ashley gifted the furniture paint to me for the purposes of this post. All opinions in this post are my own and are totally honest, as always!

{DIY} Upcycled Brick Door Stop

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I’m a big fan of exposed brickwork in houses, especially when it’s from the Victorian era, but not every house is lucky enough to be blessed with such a gorgeous feature.

We have a big pile of bricks on our garden from when we had our French doors put in last summer. We tried (and failed) to build a barbecue from them and as a result they’re still just sitting there. I thought it would be nice to upcycle one of them and bring it indoors and came up with this DIY to make a clean and modern door stop. I think this would look great in an industrial-style warehouse loft apartment or in a cool and contemporary office.

What You Need:

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  • A brick, clean and dry
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (other matte paint will work well too, but I prefer the finish of Chalk Paint)
  • A bristle brush
  • Washi tape
  • Strong glue
  • Felt
  • An old sheet

How to Make it:

  1. Make sure your brick is clean and dry. Lay down the sheet to protect your work surface.
  2. Cut three long strips of wash tape. Wrap a strip around your brick then repeat, but this time double up the thickness. You can make as many stripes as you like, it’s up to you!
  3. Using the bristle brush, paint the brick using the chalk paint. Don’t feel like you have to get into every nook and cranny as I think it’s nice to let some of the texture of the brick show through.
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  4. Leave the brick to dry.
  5. Once dry, carefully peel off the wash tape. If any paint has crept under the tape you can scrape it off with a knife.
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  6. Measure a piece of felt to cover the bottom of the brick.
  7. Using strong glue, stick the felt to the bottom of the brick. Let it dry.
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  8. That’s it – you’ve just created an upcycled contemporary brick door stop!

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Upcycled brick door stop - Beak Up Crafts

Upcycled brick door stop - Beak Up Crafts

Upcycled brick door stop - Beak Up Crafts

I hope you enjoyed this DIY. I would love to hear if you have any other ideas for upcycling old building materials and if you have a go at making this door stop.

Lots of upcycling love,

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This post is my entry for the Able Skills competition as hosted by Claireabellemakes. Thanks for asking me to take part Claire!

 

 

Lace-covered Jars: Five ideas

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Hello and good morning!

I hope you are well this sunny Tuesday. Today I thought I would share a few ideas of the sort of things you can do with a simple yet beautiful lace-covered jam/mason jar.

Collecting jars and covering them with lace to use as pretty prop holders (think moustaches on sticks and that kind of thing) on mine and Wayne’s wedding day was a bit of DIY I really enjoyed. (If you want to see a step-by-step guide of how to create a removable lace sleeve for a glass jar, please look here).

But now the big day has gone it seems to be such a shame to throw them all away, so here are five ways to reuse these pretty pieces of wedding decor around your home.

1. As a small vase

I love flowers, especially after we had such sweet-smelling hyacinths and soft peach blush roses as part of our wedding flowers. Filling these glass jars with bright blooms was the first thing I did with them when we got back from honeymoon. I think they look chic in a very understated way.

Pink and white daisies

2 To hold all of your crochet/knitting bits and pieces

Anything to help keep my craft things organised gets a yes from me!

3 To hold bright-coloured pens

Why keep them hidden in a drawer when they can look so pretty on your desk!

4 As a candle holder

We used a few of the jars to hold tea light candles and had them dotted around the room in the evening of our wedding reception. They looked so pretty, flickering away in the low light, and they look equally lovely at home and are another great reminder of the day.

5 An alternative to a normal glassware at a party

It has been quite a trend for some time, but why not wash and re-use the jars to hold drinks at a summer party or BBQ? Add a pretty striped straw and some ice and you’re all set.

I hope these ideas have helped to inspire you. Do you use pretty glass jars as part of your decor?

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Product Review: PlastiKote Fast Dry Project Enamel

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Hello again, I hope you’re all having a lovely week and have some nice things planned.

For me, I’m still in full-on wedding mode (36 days to go and counting!), which means my craft projects are still very much wedding-based at the moment. This week it’s been like a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – with spray paint!

My latest bit of DIY has seen me use product I’ve never used before, and I thought I would share a quick review in case you might be thinking of trying out something like this yourself.

The product I used was PlastiKote Fast Dry Project Enamel, or for want of a better term – fancy spray paint. The purpose? To paint some teapots a different colour.

PlastiKote Spray PaintI needed to find some teapots in different colours for some wedding decor, but after searching high and low on eBay, in charity shops and anywhere else I could think of, the only ones I could find that were perfect for what I wanted were very pricey.

Then Wayne had an idea – we had been given some teapots by the lovely people at Yorkshire Tea (this is another story!) – and why couldn’t I just spray them a different colour? Genius!

Yorkshire Tea tepot

So after a bit of research off I went to our local DIY store, where I bought a small tin of PlastiKote Fast Dry Project Enamel in bright yellow and one in sky blue.

The teapots I was painting were a bold red, with a black logo on the front (above) so I guessed they might take a bit of disguising. However, I had a look on PlastiKote’s Facebook page and there were plenty of examples of the paint being used for different purposes, and thought it would fit the bill.

The instructions on the spray paint say:

  • Several thinner coats of paint are better than one thick coat
  • Make sure you spray in a well-ventilated area (essential as it stinks and I imagine would give you a massive headache and would be dangerous)
  • Spray from a distance of 20-30 centimetres
  • The paint is touch dry in about an hour (when you can do a second coat) and totally dry after three hours
  • Each small tin is enough to cover 1.2 metres square – plenty for one teapot

Round one

I started off with the yellow paint, and I’ve got to say, this did not cover the old colour of the teapot as well as the sky blue did. After the first coat (where I got a bit too close and put too much, causing it to run!) I could still see the old logo peeking through.

This did not seem to happen with the sky blue, which covered it a lot better.

First coat of yellow

Round two

I let the paint dry (went off and had my dinner) then came back to do a second coat, this time turning the teapots upside down as I had missed the bottom in the first coat. I’m not sure why, but the yellow paint still didn’t seem to cover as well, and despite me now knowing how much paint to apply after my earlier mistake, it still seemed to run a lot with the yellow – but weirdly not with the blue. Maybe the yellow paint is a bit thinner?

Sky blue round two

Anyway, I left them to dry, with little trickles running down the side of the yellow teapot. Very annoying, but wiping them just caused more mess.

Round three

The final coat of the blue paint and the new blue teapot looks pretty good. As for the yellow, it didn’t turn out too well in the end, as after yet another coat, you could still see the logo and there are some really annoying paint runs. I’m half thinking about doing it again on another teapot, but it would mean buying more of the stuff and it possibly not working again. Maybe I will just have to try and find a yellow teapot after all…

Blue and yellow teapot

Would I recommend it?

Yes and no. I would recommend the sky blue paint – it covered really well, even the black logo. The yellow paint, on the other hand, did not provide anywhere near as good coverage, seemed to be runny and was much more hard work.

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How to: Make Lace-covered Jam Jars

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I love the simplicity of glass-covered lace. It’s so elegant and classic with a nod to vintage. Glass jars look stunning with a flickering candle inside, and with Wayne and I having a winter wedding (next month!), I knew this would be something that could work well with our day.

After being inspired by seeing lace-covered jam jars all over Pinterest and my favourite wedding blogs last year, I really wanted to have a go at making them myself. I mean, they are beautiful, environmentally friendly (as it’s effectively upcycling!) and also cheap to make.

Here’s how I made mine…

What you will need:

Glass jars – be it jam jars, sauce jars, hotdog jars, beetroot jars, peanut butter jars, mason jars. If it’s glass and jar-shaped, it’s good to go!
Lace
Scissors
Tape measure
Needle and white or ivory thread
Wool/yarn in different colours (optional)

How to make the lace-covered jars

After a bit of trial and error, I realised using glue was a no-go. For one thing it wasn’t very sticky, and secondly it tended to seep through the lace. Not very pretty! Instead I sewed the lace into a kind of sleeve for the jar, which means it can easily be removed if the jars need to be washed.

  1. With the tape measure, measure around the circumference of the jar. Add on an extra inch/2.5 centimetres for sewing. Make a note of the measurements.Measuring the jar
  2. Measure the lace to the length of the measurements taken in step one and cut to size.Lace cut to size
  3. Fold the lace in half and measure half an inch/1.5 cm from the open end. This is where you are going to stitch to make the lace sleeve.
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  4. Sew by hand or using a sewing machine with a white or ivory thread. Finish off.Stitching the seam
  5. Turn the lace sleeve inside out and slide it onto the jar.  It should be a snug fit, if not, measure and stitch closer to the middle of the piece of lace.
    Finished big jar

And there you go! You can add two smaller lace covers to a bigger jar for a different effect or add a bit of colour by wrapping some wool or yarn around the middle of the lace.

Lace-covered jars

They look great with candles inside – a cheap but effective bit of wedding decor!

Lace-covered jars with candles

So are you planning on making any lace-covered jars for your wedding or special occasion? I hope you have found this post useful!

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How to: Upcycle a Bureau with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

How to upcycle a bureauI don’t know about you, but when you get into crafting, your wool, yarn and craft-related *stuff* just grows at a ridiculous rate. I mean, who is able to go and look at the haberdashery department of their local department store or to the stall on the market without coming home with an armful of new supplies? Not me, anyway.

I started off with one ball of wool and one crochet hook which was pretty easy to stash away in a corner of the living room. As my love for crochet grew, so did my collection of wool and the little amigurumi animals I made with it.

This called for a solution, not least because my other half was getting a bit fed up with a pile of wool in the corner of the room…

We had an old bureau in the workshop which hadn’t been used for years. All it needed was a bit of TLC and I knew it could be the solution I was looking for.

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I did a bit of research, and not being someone with a great deal of patience(!), I decided that Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was the way forward, mostly because of the minimal preparation (a quick wipe down and no sanding!) and the vintage look they produce.

Cue a trip to Boathouse Originals in Hull to buy some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Original with a brush and some clear soft wax and I was all set.

All I needed was a sunny day and a free afternoon to breathe a new lease of life into a tired old piece of furniture. I couldn’t be happier with the results (see pic at top of this post!)

What I did:

  1. Carried the old bureau out into the garden and gave it a good clean with a cloth and some warm water.
  2. Dried it all off and removed the drawers.
  3. With an Annie Sloan bristle brush and I did two coats of the chalk paint, letting it dry in between. This didn’t take long in the glorious sunshine! (It was quite tricky getting into all of the nooks and crannies in the inside shelves, though – I won’t lie!)
  4. I then washed the brush thoroughly and used it to paint on one coat of clear wax.
  5. I gave the bureau a good buff with a white cloth and it was done!

The paint went on really easily with no prep other than cleaning the bureau down to get rid of any dust. I’m really pleased with it :)

The bureau is now at home in our front room, which is a dining room/craft room, and stores all of my crafting paraphernalia.

Inside the bureau

And here’s the new bureau in pride of place in our new dining/craft room:

Upcycled craft bureau

So have you been tempted to try and upcycle an old and unloved piece of furniture? I would love to see your pictures.

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