Category Archives: #rookieDIY

#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.     
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

One thought on “#RookieDIY Challenge Loop Winner!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

One thought on “#RookieDIY Challenge Loop Winner!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

#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 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

3 thoughts on “#RookieDIY Hall of Fame

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

3 thoughts on “#RookieDIY Hall of Fame

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

#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

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

#RookieDIY: Upholstered Bench with Nailhead Trim

IMG_9762

Upholstery projects can be incredibly intimidating.

Trust me, I’ve been there.

Dining room chair before and after wood to white

In fact, my first ever DIY was reupholstering 4 dining room chairs. They were in Mike’s family for decades, and his mom gave them to us to makeover. #nopressure

We were absolute newbies, and I remember googling every step of the way.

Fast forward 2 years, and I’m still a bit intimidated by upholstery projects. But, I also know the instant “wow” factor new fabric and paint can bring to an old piece of furniture.

Old wooden bench before cushion upholstered

So when Mike’s mom gave us this adorable stool to makeover (she should be our furniture dealer), I took the challenge on without fear (okay maybe a little bit.)

Upholstered Bench
Project Stats:
Minor League Level DIY

Supplies Needed for Wood:
-Medium Grit Sanding Block
-Spray Primer (I used Rustoleum)
-Spray Paint (I used Rustoleum in semi-gloss White)
-Mask
-Gloves

Supplies Needed for Cushion:
-High Density Foam
-Quilt Batting
-Spray Adhesive
-Box Cutter
-Scissors
-Fabric
-Staple Gun
-Staples
-Decorative Nails (I found mine at Jo-Ann Fabric for about $2 for a box of 36)

Wooden Stool Antique Old Bench
After taking a look at the little stool, I quickly realized it was in need of some TLC.
The fabric was dirty & outdated. The wood had nicks and scrapes. And when I sat on it…well let’s just say my tushy wasn’t too happy.
Wooden bench with nicks and scrapes fabric
My first order of business was to paint the base of the stool. I simply used a flat head to unscrew the cushion off, and I was left with the wood stool.
Wooden bench base with rustoleum primer white spray paint sanding blocks
Once the cushion was off, I gathered my supplies, headed down to the basement of our building, and got to work.
First step was to get rid of the nicks, scrapes, and years of use this little guy had going on. I used medium grit sanding blocks to smooth out the wood, and create an even surface for the paint.
I then took a clean cloth and wiped my wood down with soap and water, to get rid of any dust and dirt.
Rustoleum Primer Rustoleum Spray Paint Semi-Gloss White
I decided to go with a spray primer instead of a paint primer for this project. With all of the little nooks and crannies in the chair (I’m now craving an english muffin), I thought spray paint was the best way to give it full, even coverage. All it took was one light coat of primer.
After waiting a full day for the primer to dry, I spray painted the first coat of paint. I then repeated the process the next night.
While my bench base was drying, I worked upstairs to reupholster the seat cushion.
Wooden Bench cushion base
After pulling off 2 layers of fabric (holy moley dirty & dusty!) I was left with the wooden seat base.
Upholstery Supplies high density foam fabric batting
I gathered my supplies and got to work padding this wooden base.
2inch high density foam airtex
I decided to go with 2 inch foam for extra butt comfort #keepthetushhappy
Measuring high density foam
I measured the padding to fit the base of the wood, and used the box cutter to cut it to size.
Box Cutter to cut high density foam
Elmers craft bond spray adhesive
I then sprayed some of the adhesive onto the wood, to make sure the foam would stay secure.
Next step, covering the base with batting.
Securing batting to a cushion
I cut the batting, leaving 4 or 5 inches around the edges.
Stapling batting onto cushion
Next, I tightly pulled the batting over the top of the cushion. I suggest starting in the middle of each side, and use the staple gun to keep it secure. Make sure you pull the batting tightly.
Batting on cushion
I made my way around the edges of the bench, until I was only left with the corners.
Keep in mind, I’m not an expert upholsterer. But, I do know that when it comes to upholstery the corners are the absolute worst. I just do my best to make it look as nice as possible.
I cut off any excess fabric in the corners, folded the batting, and secured with multiple staples.
Batting secured on cushion seat
Hooray, a comfy cushion!
Now time to “prettify” it!
Gray and white fabric joann fabric
I wanted to keep the bench fairly neutral, simply because I didn’t really know where its final home would be. Going with a gray and white color scheme would allow me to move it from room to room, until I found a permanent home.
This fabric (found at Jo-Ann fabric for 50% off!) was just what I wanted for my neutral bench.
Iron white and gray fabric
This step is optional, but I highly recommend you iron out any wrinkles in the fabric before adhering it to your cushion. That way you won’t have any stubborn creases on your finished product.
Stapling fabric to cushion bench
I used the same technique that I used for the batting, with the fabric.
Corner of cushion with gray and white fabric
Upholstered cushion securing the corner with staples
Gray and white fabric upholstered cushion
I’m really on a nailhead trim kick right now. I love the industrial, yet glamorous look, those shiny nails can add to any piece.
Decorative Nails Silver Nailhead Trim
I decided to give it a go for this project, and add silver nails along the bottom of the cushion.
Ruler to measure space on seat cushion
I spaced my nails about 3/4 of an inch apart. To speed up the process, I measured first and made dots for each nail.
Adding nailhead trim to a seat cushion
Then I used a hammer to tap in each nail into the wooden base of the cushion. They went in way easier than I thought, and I didn’t even have to use much force with the hammer. In took less than 30 minutes to get all of the nails into the cushion…not bad right?
Silver nailhead trim on bench cushion
Silver Nailhead trim on bench cushion white bench
Are the nails perfect? No way. But they really don’t need to be.
Bench Before and After
Pretty dramatic before and after huh? I’m totally loving the new look for this old piece of furniture.
DIY upholstered nailhead trim bench
I found a cozy spot in our bedroom for the little bench.
Bench in front of mirror taking a picture
It’s a great landing space for my purse and shoes after a long day.
White nailhead trim bench with purse scarf and flats
Bench with purse on top
White nailhead trim bench silver nails purse on top
Here is an updated photo of it all styled in our Chicago master bedroom…
nailhead trim bench
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

9 thoughts on “#RookieDIY: Upholstered Bench with Nailhead Trim

  1. Esther McNary

    I SO need to do this!!! I really want a bench at the end of my bed!
    Thanks for sharing your lovely project! It is gorgeous 🙂

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

9 thoughts on “#RookieDIY: Upholstered Bench with Nailhead Trim

  1. Esther McNary

    I SO need to do this!!! I really want a bench at the end of my bed!
    Thanks for sharing your lovely project! It is gorgeous 🙂

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Rookie DIY Challenge

Calling all DIY Rookies… it’s time to start Spring Training! 
Challenge Loop Logo

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

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone

Leave a Comment

2 thoughts on “Rookie DIY Challenge

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

2 thoughts on “Rookie DIY Challenge

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.