I thought it’d be fun to play with the expected frame placement and I like it! It’s a little kooky but keeps it light and whimsical. And it’s all stuck up with tape so I can fiddle with it if I get bored.
Work has been so insanely busy lately that when I had a free moment for some DIY, I wanted maximum impact with minimal effort. Solution? Put pretty paper on all the things!
Not too shabby for one sheet of double-sided paper, if I do say so myself. An unintended bonus is that using the same lemony pattern in multiple places ties to some of the other yellows already in the room and makes things look a smidge more cohesive (it was starting to look a little chaotic in here – even for me!) =)
One day, a nice partner at our office brought in this gigantic gift basket to share, filled to the brim with cookies, cheeses, crackers, chocolates, chocolate-covered cookies, cheese-covered crackers, you name it. The partner was just going to trash the big, sturdy basket all of this came in. So I took it (my coworkers were highly amused that I was dragging this used basket home like a homeless person) and gave it a little makeover.
I just brushed on some diluted Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and used the inside of a Piperlime box as a liner
TADA! Free makes it look pretty good =)
I needed a little stool for my makeup table and once I saw this DIY at Preciously Me, I knew I had to copy it. But you know me, I took this easy project and made it even
Use a plain ol’ needle and thread and some knots to secure the circular pad and sheepskin to the top of the stool (I figured I only needed minimal securing since I wasn’t planing to dance around on top of the thing)
Do you like my ghetto spray-painting set up? What’s that doormat-looking thing underneath, you say? That’s a doormat – because this is my front landing, the only outdoor space I have available in my tiny apartment complex. My neighbor’s door is literally one step to the right of this picture. My poor neighbor…
Got home from work at 9:00pm and decided I had energy for one, very lazy project.
So I dressed up a little Malm side table with some paper and washi tape. I couldn’t be bothered to get out a plate and brush to put on a proper application of mod podge, so I just used a glue stick. A glue stick! For crying out loud, I should just re-name this blog “theLazyDIYer”….
But I guess you get what you pay for (in time and effort) ’cause I’m not sure I like the final result. It manages to be matchy-matchy and chaotic at the same time – maybe I just need a different paper pattern…
I recently acquired an awesome original comic book drawing of catwoman and wanted to hang it up above my makeup/jewelry table. So I popped it into a floating frame I had lying around, but the shiny silver wasn’t really tying in. Washi tape to the rescue!
And soon, the slowly-evolving corner of my bedroom went from this:
It’s a little hard to tell in these photos, but trust me, the floating frame ties in so much better now that it has a gold-striped finish.
To keep it harmonious, I used the same gold-striped washi tape to put up some cards and sketches I had lying around. Along with some postcards of El Bosco’s “Garden of Earthly Delights”, which I saw in the Prado museum in Madrid and which may just be my favorite painting in the entire world (for now).
The beauty of using washi tape is that it’s removable so if I ever get tired of this particular melange, I can always switch it out for whatever’s tickling my fancy at the moment.
Last week I saw some washi tape in a cute little store called Firefly on Abbot Kinney. I think I sat there for at least 15 minutes alternately squealing and fretting over which colors to buy (mint green, neon pink, navy polka dots??). I ended up with two gold-colored rolls and then ordered a Martha Stewart brand pack off Amazon. The “mt” brand is imported from Japan and costs $6 a roll. The four Martha Stewart rolls cost $5 total. But do I even need to tell you how much higher quality the Japanese stuff is? No? Then I won’t.
First, I tried gussying up the black lampshade on my owl lamp that I’ve been meaning to change out since I bought him (see failed attempt #1 here).
I started out with just a few conservative vertical stripes:
Then tried a few diagonal ones:
Then I decided what the hell, it’s temporary, and it all got a little out of hand:
After about a week, the look is still not growing on me, so I think I’ll just peel off all that tape and start over – that’s the beauty of the stuff! So I guess this is failed attempt #2. Stupid owl hat…
Fortunately, my desk took to the washi tape much more happily. Here she is BEFORE:
And after about 10 minutes of taping, she’s just a little glitzier:
The bottom row tore as I was applying it (guess which tape I was using) but I actually kind of liked how it looked so I just left it. Makes it a little imperfect and not too precious, I think.
More washi tape experiments to come!
I found these napkins on sale at Cost Plus for $2 each and immediately knew they would make a really cute pillow. Just sew them together, stuff a pillow form in there, et voila!
Of course they sat there for a full four months, just draped over the pillow form and for awhile, that was good enough. Then I got fed up with myself and sewed them together in the laziest way possible.
1) Rescue sewing machine from the sad, dusty little corner in which it’s been languishing.
2) Lay one napkin on top of the other and pin edges (barely).
3) Sew along three edges. Do not even bother to lift needle up at the corners, just rotate the napkins 90 degrees and keep going.
4) Stuff pillow form in and pin the remaining edges (again, only just).
5) Skip any attempt at zippers, velcro or envelope closures. Do not for one second contemplate sewing that last long seam shut by hand. Instead, just scrunch the pillow form as far back in the case as it will go so you can grab the remaining napkin edges and wedge them under the sewing machine foot.
6) Sew that last seam shut, wrestling with the edges the entire time. Studiously ignore the very wonky result. Trust me, no one will notice.
7) Hooray, you’ve succeeded in making your own $4 pillow cover with the least amount of effort possible. Lazy DIY FTW!
It even has crisp, flanged eges – purely by happy circumstance.
Now to find two more napkins for the still-naked guy on the left…