Washi Tape Wall

Don’t we all love this tape for the zingy bright colours it brings into our lives? Get more brightness into your life by creating your very own stunning graphic wall art with washi tape.

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You will need:

Squared maths book paper

0.5 roll Washi tape

Masking tape

Steel rule

Pencil and rubber

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INSTRUCTIONS
Step-by-step

Work out your design on squared maths book paper, one square per X. Scale up the design, then with a pencil and ruler transfer small guide dots onto the wall, working from the center of the design out. Tear washi tape for Xs then stick onto the wall. When you have finished the design use the rubber to remove any pencil marks.

Tips

When you want a new image or a pop of a different colour just peel off and reapply.

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No-sew Blind

You will need :

– Fabric, width of window +3cm, by height of window +4.5cm

-Iron-on hemming tape

– Iron and ironing board

– Dowelling, 1cm thick by the finished width of the blind

-Ribbons

-Staple gun

-Strips of wood

-Hooks

blind composition

1. Cut the fabric to size. With the wrong side facing up, fold up 1.5cm on the long sides and the bottom edge and secure with iron-on tape.

2. Still with the wrong side facing you, turn the bottom edge up again by 3cm to create a channel for the dowelling. Iron in place with tape.

3. Measure 10cm in from each long edge at the top of the blind; this is where the ribbon will sit. Secure one long length to each of these points with staples, ensuring that half hangs over the front and half over the back.

4. Staple the top of the blind to a strip of wood, then attach hooks for hanging. To pull up the blind simply roll the fabric to the top and tie in place.

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William Morris Ironing Board Cover

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  • Fabric for the cover (we used an old curtain)
  • Un-picker
  • Paper and pencil to make a pattern.
  • Fabric for the padding (we used some old blanket)
  • String
  • Dress makers scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Dress makers pins
  • Safety pin
  • Bonda web

Instructions

1. Pull the threads through the header tape to straighten, then using the un-picker remove the tape. Wash the curtain fabric before using.

2. Take the old cover off and use this as a pattern and add 6cm all the way round for seam allowance and as a channel to hold the thread. Cut the old curtain fabric to this size.

3. Draw round the ironing board for the size of the padding. Pin the pattern onto blanket. Cut out the blanket.

4. Use the pattern to cut the bondaweb and iron it onto the blanket.

5. Peel off the backing paper. Pin glue side down onto the wrong side of the ironing board cover, making sure it is centered so that there is an even seam allowance all the way round. Iron into position and remove the pins.

6. Sew round the edge of the blanket with a zigzag stitch.

7. Turn under all the edges by 2cms, leaving an opening at one end. Thread the string onto a safety pin and push through the channel. Fit the cover onto the ironing board by gathering and tie the threads together.

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Wine Crate Side Table

It is hard to believe this side table is made from 4 wooden wine boxes, screwed together. We liked the designs so much we decided to give the boxes a wash of watered down emulsion so that the original design shows through.

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You will need:

4 Wooden wine boxes

Some off cuts of wood

Set of 4 castors £7.14 http://simplybearings.co.uk/

White emulsion

PVA

Drill

Saw

Screwdriver

screws

Tape measure

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Step by Step Instructions

  1.  Fit boxes together to make sure they are the same size and make a size you like, either low and wide for a coffee table or high and narrow for a side table.
  2. Add glue to the sides of the boxes that are going to be touching and stick them in place.
  3. Drill holes and screw the boxes together.
  4. Measure the depth of the crate and cut 2 batons from your wood off cuts to this size.
  5. Screw the two batons onto the base of the crate, this is to hold the castors.
  6. Screw the castors onto the ends of the batons at the bottom of the crate.
  7. Water down the white emulsion and paint the inside and outside of all the boxes.

Rug supplied by Flair Rugs – http://flairrugs.com/

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Desk Make-Over

Everyone’s pushed for living space just now and dual purpose practical furniture is a great solution. With its generous stack of drawers and handy fold down desk, who could resist this space saving desk. We decided to bring it up to date with a coat of bold zingy orange chalk paint. The beauty of chalk paint is it sticks to practically anything and string chalk paint maker into emulsion means your colour choice is limitless.

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You will need:

Sandpaper

Paint brushes

Paint kettle

Desk £50.00

0.75 can Crown Stain Block Primer is £10.99 for 750ml

0.20 can Polyvine Chalk Paint Maker 500ml £10.00

0.10 Polyvine Chalk Paint Waxer Dead Flat 500ml £10.88

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INSTRUCTIONS

Wash the desk with a mild solution of washing up liquid in hot water, make sure you remove all grease from the surface, rinse with clean water then leave to dry. Sand wood lightly to give a key for paint. Vacume your work area to give yourself a dust free painting area. Paint desk with stain bock primer.

Mix emulsion with chalk paint maker according to manufacturers instructions, paint desk. When dry repaint with the mixed chalk paint.

Paint over with chalk paint waxer.

Tips

For a stronger finish give your desk a couple of days for the paint to harden and cure before you start using it.

 

Tiled Coffee Table

Take a cheap as chips high street coffee table and give it enviable style and originality with this easy project. Ceramic pens were used to add designs to budget white glazed tiles, easily sourced from any of the diy sheds.

Homestyle Makes 5-15

You will need:

Coffee table

Tiles

Ceramic pen

Tile glue

Grout

Edging strip

Black paint

Paint brush

Beading

Panel pins

Hammer

Saw

Choose two designs for the pattern on the tiles and then draw on with the ceramic pen. Leave tiles to dry.

Paint the table with black paint.

Arrange the tiles on the tabletop, keeping the design random, combine patterned and plain tiles. When you’re happy with the design take a photo. Tip: Use the photo as your guide as you stick the tiles in place with tile adhesive, we stuck our tiles snuggly against each other. Leave to dry.

To neaten the table edge cut a retaining strip from beading then secure with panel pins. Grout the table, leave to dry. Paint the retaining strip to match the table.

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