Wednesday, April 26, 2017

DIY Furniture Restoration Tips and Tricks

DIY Furniture Tips

Everything that gets used regularly gets worn out. Covering furniture and other tips might help, but everyday use wears and tears your furniture. Still, this isn’t a reason for concern.

There are a number of techniques that can be applied when dealing with old furniture, before throwing it out or paying handsomely for professional restoration. Sometimes it will be necessary to get professional help, but until then, here are some DIY tips you can try out to refresh your furniture looks.


Every material is different, and some things can be applied only to certain materials in a certain way. Damaged plywood can be way more difficult to address than damaged hard wood. Plastic furniture, on the other hand can be maintained and restored easier. When dealing with leather, you should also be very careful, for it can be tricky to work with.

When dealing with plastic, best way to approach it is to clean it properly first. Combination of ¼ cup of bleach added to a gallon of hot water gives best results, and takes off all of the removable stains. 

Once you’ve finished, wipe it off with a dry cloth to take all of the bleach out. With a lot of plastic-based paints you can refurbish your furniture and give it a completely new look.
With stained leather, best results are gained when using a combination of saddle soap and warm water. Saddle soap can be bought in any shoe store and combined in 1/8 ratio with the water, it should be gently rubbed over the stain. Rinse the leather properly and let it dry. Don’t try to use heaters or hair dryers, because they can dry out and crack the leather.

Preservation value

Before you start restoring something, you should first take in to consideration one thing – does it pay off? There are a lot of ways you can try to fix something, and sometimes you will need professional help. Sometimes, the damage is unrepairable, and though it might seem hard – you will have to replace that piece of furniture.

With internet, countless opportunities arrived. Today you can check for furniture restoration tips with professional restoration specialists in just few clicks. Some even provide free assessment via video calls and photos of your furniture. There’s a sea of website furniture stores you can check out, and also a number of DIY restoration communities that can help you make a decision of whether to contact professionals, or try to finish the job alone.

Cleaning and scratch, stain and nick removal

First and the most important step to any reparation and restoration work, is proper cleaning. Before anything else, the piece of furniture you’re addressing has to be clean and dried.

Best way to approach this is to combine warm water with some type of vegetable-oil based soap. You should use a toothbrush for more detailed parts. You can use toothpicks, or any other sharp and thin object to dig out the stubborn dirt, but be careful not to damage the furniture while using it. You should finish off with a very fine steel wool and a non-abrasive cleanser.
Once cleaned and dried, it’s time to address those nicks, dents, stains and scratches. There’s a few ways of doing this.

These rings from glasses can actually be removed in a very simple and cheap way. Take some mayonnaise and spread it in a thin layer over the ring. Leave it there for about half an hour, and then wipe the piece of furniture off. The water ring should disappear with the mayo, but if it doesn’t work at first, you should repeat the process.

Best way to remove stains from the furniture is to make a mixture of ¼ cup of canola oil and ¾ cup of vinegar. Apply the mix to the cotton cloth, and rub it in circular motions on the stain. This should not only help you remove the stain from the furniture, but it should also help your furniture get a new natural glow.

With dents in your wooden furniture, there’s a simple trick you can try out. Pour some water over the dent, and place a towel, shirt or a sheet over all of it. 

Place the hot iron on the cloth and wait a bit. Water gets absorbed by the wood quickly, because of the heat from the iron, and after few minutes, the dent should be gone.

Best way to revitalize your furniture piece, according to Antique Restoration Sydney experts, is to rub and buff your furniture with any type of furniture oil, after you’ve cleaned it. You should apply the oil and let it soak in, and you should repeat this process several times, to get the best out of your furniture piece. Using Tung oil, and fine steel wool, your furniture should get a new, refurbished look, and with just a bit of wax you can make it really stand out.

Wrap Up                                                                                            These are just some of the tricks and tips you can apply when dealing with furniture restoration. Everything has its expiration date, but these tricks can help you maintain and restore your furniture, give it the new looks and save you some money. Of course, sometimes professional help will be necessary, but it’s important to know you tried your best on your own.

Author: Ian Pearson
Aside from being a DIY enthusiast, Ian could be tagged also as a passionate sports fan, nature and photography enthusiast, always trying to keep up to date with tech innovations and development.


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Top 5 Home Nursery Decorating Ideas You Need To Know

DIY Nursery Decor Ideas

Decorating the nursery the right way means you need to take care of a lot of things including the furniture, color scheme, texture, pattern and more. To make the process of decorating easier for you, we have made a list of five of the best home nursery decorating ideas. Take a look as these ideas before you start!

1. Incorporate Soft Textures
Soft texture is one of the number one ways to create an ideal nursery appearance.
Buying fluffy cushions to put around the crib and the gliding rocker along with items like faux or shag rugs. They feel soft to the touch and look amazing. Plus you already have a soft comfortable space for your baby to learn to crawl or walk on!

*2. Buy a Rug or Carpet
This fall under one of those 'soft texture ideas.'
Using carpets to decorate are great way to pull together the look of the whole room. There are many types and styles of carpets available. You can choose a  plain looking carpet or you can go for a carpet with some funky print on it. You can even find many DIY projects like this DIY Bear Rug by We Lived Happily Ever After blog.

*3. Hanging Fabrics
Hanging fabrics is another way to make the nursery more beautiful than ever. You can choose the fabric print according to what your baby likes or what fascinates him or her the most. 

You can hang the fabric somewhere near the crib, but not within access of the baby, for safety concerns. Even simply draping fabric to frame the windows is a great alternative to just plain curtains. 

Move Furnishings for Easy Access to the Walls and Ceiling

*4. Paint the Ceiling
Another option that you have is to paint the ceiling of your home nursery. You can paint it in some vibrant shade so that your child loves it. You can even include painting of pictures of clouds to tie your style together. 
Another option is to paint the ceiling exactly the same as the floor or carpet of the room to pull the whole look together. The ceiling can play a vital role in the color scheme of the nursery.
Take a look at this article by Family Handyman for tips on painting a room without a mess!

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    5. Choose Light Wisely 
Lighting is crucial when it comes to the nursery or any child's room. Using lamps and LED lights is a fun way to make the nursery look perfect and attractive for children. Soft LED twinkle lights can create a warm and enchanting space that is sure to capture your baby's attention. Check out Save on Crafts for some affordable LED curtain and light options like the one shown above!

How would you choose to use these ideas in your little one's nursery? What other ideas can you come up with that will bring creative life into the room? Share with me in the comments!

About the Author:
Julie Austin is a blogger who loves to write about home improvement. She is sociable and kind and loves to decorate almost everything! :) In her free time, she enjoys the sunset with her friends at the seashore. Read her posts at


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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

5 Easy DIY Family Gifts You Can Make Right Now

5 DIY Family Gifts You Can Make Right Now

You're itching to do something crafty, but what can you make? Well, the warmer summer months bring out everyone's creativity, and you can make anything from Christmas gifts to beautiful quilts that are perfect for someone in your family.
We've even seen a Beauty and the Beast DIY project that's awesome from start to finish.
Let's see what other family gifts you can start making today:

1. A Year of Quilt Making

People love quilts. Whether it's grandma or your sister, they're sure to cherish your child's most memorable moments of the year. And when the child is growing faster than your bank account can afford to buy them new clothes, you know it's time to do something about it.
If you're like me, you can't just throw away these moments of your child's life.
No way.
Instead, cut swatches from these clothes or logos and add them to a quilt that you give to family members this year.
It's a great gift, and it wastes less, too.

2. Christmas Ball Ornament

I'm all for being simple, and it doesn't get much simpler than a Christmas ball ornament. These ornaments are best during your child's first year, or even your first year of being married. What you do is:
  • Buy a clear Christmas ball.
  • Stuff in your baby's shirt, fill with roses from your wedding, etc.
It's that simple, and people love the thoughtfulness behind it, too. Or, you can make an awesome salt dough ornament if you want to get a little more ornate.

3. Family Shirt

If you want to make a custom shirt, a heat press or online t-shirt making service is a great option for a yearly gift. What I like to do is make family shirts with the person's age as the number on the back. You can also get a little crazy and add cartoon characters, soccer or footballs, family photos or anything else you want to the shirt.  
A die-cut machine will also come in handy.
A few ideas to help get your creative juices flowing are:
  • Personal sayings
  • Custom quotes
  • Cartoon characters
  • Family member names
You'll find plenty of awesome heat press designs, or even iron on designs, that will make your family shirt gift perfect for your recipient.

4. Snow Globe Jar

Christmas ornaments and decorations are a big thing in my family, so that might be why I am always obsessed with Christmas crafts. The good news is that there are so many different DIY ideas that even someone like me, who isn't the most creative, can make a pretty nifty gift.
You'll need to have a 1.6-quart glass jar to get started.
Now, you'll want to make this a craft-gift because the bottom of the jar will be filled with none other than snowball cookies (marshmallows or any cookie with white powder works well, too). Inside, you'll want to add in a few cheap plastic trinkets, such as:
  • Snowmen
  • Reindeer
  • Trees
  • Santa
You can add anything your heart desires to your snow globe. Even a cute little present will do the trick. The cookies will act as the ground your little figures stand on. I recommend going to the dollar store or somewhere that sells cheap little figures to get started.
Now, using a paint brush, make small white dots on the outside of the jar to make it look like it's snowing inside.
Place a ribbon around the jar, and you're done!
Bravo. Now you have a cute, simple snow jar to give away or keep on your mantle this year.

5. Mint Foot Soak

Mint foot soaks are awesome family gifts, and these soaks won't end up in the back of a closet somewhere. The idea behind these soaks is super simple, and all you need to get started is:
  • Epsom salt
  • Peppermint oil
  • Lime
  • Baking soda
  • Glass jars
What you'll want to do is:
  1. Zest your lime in a large bowl
  2. Add 1 – 2 cups Epsom salt
  3. Add in 1/2 cup baking soda
Mix up your ingredients well then add in a few drops of peppermint oil. Stir in all of your ingredients well, and add anything else you like. Mint essential oils works well, too.
If you're feeling a little creative, you can also add food coloring into the mix to color your salt bath. Now, cover your jar and make sure you use it in a few weeks. This is a great concoction that will help alleviate aches, remove odors and make your feet smell delightful.
So, what neat creations have you made for your family recently? Let us know in the comments below.
About the author: 
Bio: Joe Hughes, known by most as the Heat Press Guru, is an expert in DIY crafts, with a particular focus on utilizing heat press machines to create beautiful, long-lasting creations. He runs the very popular website,, which provides the latest heat press techniques, tricks, and ideas. He can be reached at
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Enchanting Beauty & the Beast Ideas

"A Tale as Old as Time"

      Today I am sharing my Beauty and the Beast inspired photo shoot I completed a couple weeks ago.

     With the release of the new movie (which is AWESOME by the way!) it's no doubt Beauty and the Beast will be trending for a while. 

     I hope you all enjoy these photos! I have a little DIY project, the flower crown Ella is wearing, that I will be showing you next week. 
     Be sure not to miss all the links I've provided in this post to help you recreate it for yourself!

Enchanting items were collected, like a hand mirror, vintage books and candelabra

My daughter starred as Belle. And I think she loved it! 

Her dress was found at Target as part of a Beauty and the Beast line. 

Faux ivy backdrop was hung up on a PVC frame and then the flowers were hung on the ivy. 

Ella's crown was a DIY project I worked on. I will share the 'how to' with you soon!

I used my Sybelle and Eden style roses for the paper flower designs. You can even check out the Sybelle rose video to see how I sprayed the roses gold!
The set is also available for download on Etsy

The Beauty and the Beast look would not be complete without an enchanted rose! I used a nice silk rose from Hobby Lobby. 
Find these glass domes here.

To get the rose to stand up drill a small hole in the wood base of the dome the same size as the rose stem. 

Then add some glue in the hole so the rose is held in place. Make sure to have cut your rose length to size for you dome before gluing.

I had a lot of fun putting this together!
What is your favorite aspect of the Beauty and the Beast shoot? What other ideas would you use to create a party scene? Tell me in the comments!


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