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#RookieDIY Challenge Loop Winner!

Like we said yesterday, we were blown away and so inspired by the DIY talent in the Challenge Loop’s Rookie DIY Challenge. Because each project was so fabulous, choosing a winner was way harder than we ever imagined it would be. After some serious deliberation, we are more than proud to crown @LaurenK the #RookieDIY Champion. Congratulations Lauren… you’re rockstar girl!! 
Not only is she $50 richer, but she also has a glamorous bathroom to show for it. Let’s take a look at her winning project, shall we?  
And the best part?! She provided a step-by-step tutorial so all of us can start adding some glam to our walls! Take it away Lauren….
Just like every other girl out there, I spend a lot of time scouring Pinterest and pinning a million of different ideas on how to make our house my DREAM home.  One day, I finally decided to take things a little more seriously.  I decided that our powder room would be a good start.  It’s small enough that if I messed anything up, it would be the easiest to re-paint and it’s also a room that most guests will visit so they can admire my hard work.
Pretty standard.  Not terrible, but nothing special either.  It was really lacking SOMETHING!
Back to Pinterest.  I arrived at this blog through one of my pins.  I bought the exact Moroccan Dream Allover stencil that was pictured from www.cuttingedgestencils.com.  The blog had a lot of pictures but not a lot of tips on how to actually perform the project but I was determined to make it work.  I found a video tutorial on YouTube from authors of Young House Love that worked wonders!  I watched this video and made my husband watch it too so we would be 100% prepared.

Now for the hard (actually quite easy) part…Starting the project.  First, we removed everything (rug, tissue box, garbage can), took the toilet paper dispenser off of the wall, taped off the ceiling, surrounding walls and the baseboards so there was no chance of getting white paint anywhere we didn’t want it and covered the floor in tarp.
Then we just followed the steps on the video.  The Martha Steward Stencil Adhesive spray WORKS WONDERS!  We barely had to use any painter’s tape to keep the stencil up since the back was sticky!  It was a little tricky lining the stencil up, but once we did it a few times, it was much easier to get the hang of it. We re-sprayed the stencil after every second use because it would lose some of its “stick.”  You don’t need very much paint at all.  We tried to get as much excess paint off of the roller as possible so when we rolled it over the stencil, paint wouldn’t seep through and ruin the clean lines that we were aiming to achieve.
We decided to paint two stencils lengths across before starting a new row because #1) it allowed the paint to dry a little and #2) the third one crammed into the corner and required us to bend the stencil in order for the pattern to flow.  I wanted to have a little more experience before giving that a try. 
I did smudge a little bit of paint in one of the corners.That was one of my only mistakes throughout the entire project.  I was getting a little too confident and overzealous, and wound up rolling paint over the edge of the stencil!  Ugh! Since the walls were painted this gray color when we moved in, we had no idea as to what color or brand of paint was used on the walls.  This resulted in two trips to Home Depot to pick up paint card swatches in attempts to find the matching color to touch up my mishap.  Luckily we found something close enough, bought a $3 sample can in two colors (just in case) and were able to fix it! It’s still noticeable to me, but to anyone else, I doubt they will spot our mistake! So JUST GO SLOW to avoid any unnecessary trips to a crowded paint store on a Sunday afternoon!
Once we pulled off the tape, we put the toilet paper dispenser back on the wall and headed to HomeGoods for some new towels. I picked up that white bath towel from the clearance section for $4.50 and added a yellow hand towel I already had for the extra pop of color! It also helped to tie in the yellow and white rug that was already in the bathroom (from Target last year). Eventually I want to put something very simple up on the wall, but I haven’t seen anything I have fallen in love with just yet. 
Overall, this project was pretty easy as long as you take your time!  It probably took us around 2 hours from start to finish and I was sipping my morning coffee by 11:30 a.m. that morning!  Completed before noon! SUCCESS! I have never painted ANYTHING before so I was quite impressed and proud of myself for taking on this project!
Can we get one more round of applause for our All-Star #RookieDIY-er? To think Lauren, a fellow rookie, took on an intimidating DIY right from the start and lived to tell about it…we feel more motivated already!! We love the initiative, keep it up girl. Congratulations on your big win… thanks again for sharing. 

Another huge thank you to Challenge Loop, for inviting us to host this amazing challenge! And, most importantly, a bigger thank you to all of YOU who participated in the #RookieDIY Challenge. We were honored to host this challenge and even more thankful for all of the DIY inspiration we saw from our readers. Thank you!! We always love to see what you are busy creating, so if you feel like you knocked a DIY project out of the park (like Lauren)… email us! We’d love to share your expertise with the rest of Playbook’s rookies. Until then, happy weekend! See you next week; we have lots of summer fun on the way.     
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#RookieDIY Hall of Fame

First of all, we have to say we are blown away by your talents! We received so many creative & unique DIY submissions for our #RookieDIY challenge. You guys didn’t just step up to the plate for this challenge…you hit it out of the park!

Congrats to everyone for diving into the DIY world. As rookie DIY-ers ourselves, we know how addicting finishing projects can be! Once you finish one…it is onto the next. We hope that these May projects are only the first of many in your new career as a true “do-it-yourselfer.”

Tomorrow we will announce the official winner of the #RookieDIY challenge (who will without a doubt be heading right over to Target to spend those 50 buckaroos!)

Today, we’re showing you some projects that made it into our Hall of Fame…

Christine’s Jewelry Box Makeover:
“When my grandmother passed away in 2002, I inherited one of her jewelry boxes. I decided to makeover the jewelry box so that I could use it at my home. I sanded it down, primed it, and since it will be sitting on a black dresser, I decided to spray paint it white. The hardware was painted black. I love the new look and can’t wait to have something in my new home to remember my grandmother.”

Kelli’s Postcard Journal:
“I made it with old postcards, index cards and an old fruit box. Each note card is a different day so if today is May 1st, 2013, you write on that card and then next year you write below it on May 1st, 2014, so you can see everything that happened on that same day each year!”

You can read more about Kelli’s Project over on her blog

Clare’s Necklace Holder:
“I have a few necklace stands, but I have a lot of chunky necklaces that are too heavy for it. I love the new trend of showcasing your jewelry in creative ways, and thought this concept would be a way to add some wall art as well as hang heavier necklaces. I found the scrap wood in my basement and bought the various drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby for 50% off! Then I just painted the wood, drilled holes, and twisted the pulls in. I can’t wait to hang it up.”

You can learn more about Clare over on her blog

Kiersten’s Driftwood Key Rack:
“This is the best kind of DIY – cheap and easy! I made this driftwood key rack for less than $5 in less than 20 minutes. I walked the beach until I found the perfect piece of driftwood, and then added some hooks and hanging keys. Easy-peasy way to add some beach cottage charm to my house.”

You can read more about Kiersten and her project over on her blog

Casey R.’s Cork Garden Markers:
These are completely customizable, you can write on the sides, on the ends or all over. It’s up to you. I choose to write on the top end as well as twice on the side. I decided to use beer cooks because they have wider ends for writing. Then you just stick the skewer into the cork and place in the garden or container. Ours have already been through two rain storms and are still standing strong.”

You can read more about Casey’s project on her blog

Christina’s Colorful Wreath:

“First, I secured the end of the yarn to the foam ring with a drop of hot glue and began wrapping the wreath, making sure not to leave any gaps.  To make the felt flowers, I first cut a circle approximately 3″- 4″ in diameter. I then cut a swirl, starting at an outer edge of the circle working inward, to create a coil shape.  Once the swirl is cut, start with the center point of the circle and begin wrapping the coil outward to create the flower shape.  Secure the last wrap with a drop of glue. When I liked how the flowers were placed, I secured them with a straight pin and used hot glue on the edges. Next, I painted the wooden monogram letter with two coats of matching yellow paint and set it aside to dry.  Once dry, I attached the letter to the wreath with hot glue.  Lastly, I secured the wreath to my new front door with a matching yellow ribbon.”
Not only does Christina excel in her wreath making skills, she even has her own Etsy shop where she creates some pretty fabulous jewelry. Go check it out here!

Here are some of the other spectacular projects you guys submitted on Challenge Loop.
Check out more info about each project on our challenge loop page.  They’re all incredibly inspiring!

Again, you guys continue to amaze us every single day. Cheers to all of you for being MVPs.

Love,
The Rookies 

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#RookieDIY Projects Due Today

Wow, May really flew by didn’t it?! It has been quite a month and we received some stellar submissions for our #RookieDIY challenge.

Today is the final day to submit those projects, so be sure to get your photos onto our page pronto!

We’ve received so many amazing projects (you guys have some serious DIY talent!) and it is going to be difficult to choose just one as the winner.

Tomorrow we will showcase some of our favorite projects in our Challenge Loop Hall of Fame.

Then on Friday, we’ll announce the big winner! That lucky DIY-er wins a $50 Target gift card.

Good luck everyone. Get those projects in ASAP!

Love,
The Rookies

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#RookieDIY: Gallery Wall

Happy Memorial Day! I took some extra time this weekend to finish up my DIY project for Challenge Loop’s #RookieDIY Challenge. Finally, I motivated myself to finish a DIY project that has been on the to-do list for quite a while now. So with no further ado, let me take you on the journey that led to my new obsession: Nautical GALLERY WALL #RookieDIY
The master bedroom at the Longview Lodge used to look like this…
Nautical Room in Progress
The wood wall, stripes, hints of coral and port-hole-like mirror create a nautical feel that is perfect for this east-coast wanna be. I love that this room has a relaxing, stress-free, laid back feel… almost like the beach, without all of the annoying sand. 
From the time we moved into this house, I was loving the progress of the master bedroom, but I always felt like it was missing a little something.
Gallery Wall Before
This wall, the wall that you look at as you enter the room, was just too plain. For the past few months, I’ve been pouring over the shelves of every department store, specialty store, discount store, thrift shop, and garage sale for the perfect piece to add some flavor to this boring beige. I just couldn’t find a piece that screamed… “Buy me, buy me!” Sooo… after some serious pinspiration, I decided to create a nautical inspired Gallery Wall centered around a DIY wood sign that I have created. (more details about the DIY sign later). 
 
My mission: To find “stuff” to center around my rustic sign.
Gallery Wall stuff
I patiently started adding pieces to a pile that I referred to as the gallery wall’s “pile of potential.”  I knew I wanted my DIY wood sign to be the center of attention, but I kept my eyes out for additional nautical inspired stuff to the “Gallery”. 
The biggest piece of advice I can offer is: be patient. I seriously wish we were able to hang the gallery wall months ago, but I didn’t want to rush the process and hang something that I wasn’t head-over-heels in L.O.V.E. with. 
Literally, after months and months of adding to the pile of potential, I was confident that I was finally ready to hang.
Gallery Wall Layout

I laid out the pile of potential, rearranged the grouping several times, ditched some of the pieces and finally came up with a lay-out that I was happy with. There was no rhyme or reason for this lay-out, I just ended up liking it the best, so I ran with it… or in this case, “swam” with it. (Sorry, I had to)

Gallery Wall Layout
Each piece has its own meaning, and all together, create a look that I was so, so excited to finally add to the boring beige. And that’s exactly what we did!
Nautical Gallery Wall

Ta-da! Unfortunately, I don’t really have a play-by-play of our hanging process because there was no logical method. With a hammer, some nails, a pencil and a level, we hung each piece until they were all up. Our philosophy: Eyeball, hang, repeat.

 Easy Gallery Wall

I’m so glad I waited until I was completely happy with the layout before hanging the gallery. Rushing the process would have forced me to hang a piece that I wasn’t completely in love with, and I know I would have  regretted that every single time I looked at this masterpiece.

Nautical Bedroom

As far as I am concerned, this gallery wall is the perfect addition to our relaxing, nautical inspired bedroom. I feel like I have stepped into a beach cottage every time I cuddle up, and quickly realize it’s not a summer getaway every morning I hear my alarm ring at 6:00 am.

No vacation here, don’t let the lobster fool you.

Port Hole Mirror
Let’s check back at the dramatic before & after.

From boring beige…

easy nautical gallery wall
… to nautical gallery wall! 
Check back next week as I give you the details behind each item up there. The “Chestnut meets Mayfield” sign is a DIY project, and the rest are local steals! Costs, store breakdowns, DIY details… I’ll dish it all next week. 
Now that my Challenge Loop project has been submitted, you can find me curb side enjoying the neighborhood parade with my right hand man. I hope you are also enjoying time off with your family and friends on this special holiday.

Tune in tomorrow morning for Casey’s Challenge Loop project, and don’t forget that you can still submit your challenge loop projects. All projects due Wednesday… don’t be late! #spokenlikeatrueteacher  
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  1. Jillian

    I love it, Bridge! So impressed with the way you tied all of the patterns, colors, and textures together. (The interior designer in me is coming out) The DYI wood project is clever and turned out well, too! That’s a great way to personalize the space without flooding the room with photographs. It’s beautiful! Have fun at the parade!

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    Thanks @Jillian!
    You’ll have to stop by soon… especially now that you’re back in town. I need some professional advice =)

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  3. DIY Playbook

    Thanks @Melissa!! I actually scored both at Home Goods for under $20. If you want more scoop, you can read a little bit about each item here: diyplaybook.blogspot.com/2013/06/gallery-wall-follow-up.html‎

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5 thoughts on “#RookieDIY: Gallery Wall

  1. Jillian

    I love it, Bridge! So impressed with the way you tied all of the patterns, colors, and textures together. (The interior designer in me is coming out) The DYI wood project is clever and turned out well, too! That’s a great way to personalize the space without flooding the room with photographs. It’s beautiful! Have fun at the parade!

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Thanks @Jillian!
    You’ll have to stop by soon… especially now that you’re back in town. I need some professional advice =)

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  3. DIY Playbook

    Thanks @Melissa!! I actually scored both at Home Goods for under $20. If you want more scoop, you can read a little bit about each item here: diyplaybook.blogspot.com/2013/06/gallery-wall-follow-up.html‎

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Rookie DIY Challenge

Calling all DIY Rookies… it’s time to start Spring Training! 
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DIY Playbook is hosting a challenge via Challenge Loop and we are so excited for our readers to get in the game…and win big!

Before we get to the challenge details, let’s tell you why we wanted to host a May challenge for YOU, our reader.

The entire purpose of our blog is to inspire you guys and share some of the crazy projects we love completing for our homes.  We understand not everyone is a do-it-yourself MVP, and we want to show you guys that you don’t have to be! The DIY game is less about skill, and more about having the courage to try out a project that may intimidate you.

So far, the best part of blogging has been YOUR emails, instagrams, and tweets showcasing the fabulous DIY projects you courageously conquered! 

When Challenge Loop contacted us to host a May Challenge, we knew that it would be a great way to reward you guys for stepping up to bat, and swinging away!

During the month of May we are asking you to tackle 1 DIY project. Crafts, furniture makeovers, home decor projects…all projects (big & small) count in our playbook.  Use anything and everything for inspiration including Pinterest, magazines, even our blog! 

We will then choose 1 of your fabulous projects as the winner. 

But here is the best part…

Someone wins a $50 TARGET GIFT CARD!!!

Yep, Target (Or the “circle & the dot store” as Casey used to call it as a child. She was a weird kid…) is one of our fav stores and you’ll have fifty big ones to spend there. Think about all of the cute stuff you could get there for $50!? We’re daydreaming of cute summer clothes, accessories, and of course a treasure or two from the home decor section!

So does this sound like something you’re up for? We sure hope so!

1. Accept the challenge by either going to the Rookie DIY Challenge Loop page (Click Here

OR

Download the Challenge Loop iPhone app (Click Here) and look for the challenge “Rookie DIY” under the prize challenges section. 

2.  Complete 1 fab DIY project

3. Upload a photo of your project to the Rookie DIY page on Challenge Loop by Wednesday, May 29th. (Only 1 submission per person)

When you post your project to Challenge Loop, be sure to also give us a shout-out on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook with the hashtag #RookieDIY @diyplaybook

Optional Step: Go ahead and LIKE us on Facebook for the chance to share your project on our page. This will be a great spot to cheer on your fellow teammates and see what everyone has planned for the challenge. 

4. We will then choose a winner and announce it right here on the blog on Friday, May 31st!

Remember the challenge kicks off next Wednesday, May 1st and ends on Wednesday, May 29th. So get your creative juices flowing now!

We can’t wait to see your big scores!

Good Luck!

Love,
The Rookies

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