Monday, July 6, 2015

Asymmetrical Starburst | Tutorial

Today, I'm sharing another project from our TN bedroom - an asymmetrical starburst!

Inspired by this gorgeous space - we decided to create our version from white corner molding from the home improvement store.

To get started, we roughly drew a template on a large piece of paper - showing where the ends of the starburst would be.


-Interior White PVC Corner molding (located in wood section with trim) (various sizes) (interior is much easier to cut/sand than exterior, so check before buying!) (I believe we purchased around 10 - 10' pieces)
- Flat 2" PVC trim (for the back)
- Pencil/Marker/Ruler
- Cutting tools (chop saw would have been preferred, but we used a utility knife since that's all we at in TN)
- Belt Sander 80 grit
- 120 or 220 grit sanding block or loose sander paper
- Epoxy glue
- Safety gear: cut proof gloves, respirator and goggles.

The trickiest part of this project was getting a piece that was square at the end to fit nicely at the center. Read on to see how we used cuts and sanding to make it fit!

After laying out the general template - we cut pieces to length. We'd definitely recommend a chop saw, we used a utility knife, since that's all we had in TN) If you're cutting by hand, use a cutting mat and cut proof gloves to protect your hands. It is recommended to cut on the mat - we found that it was easiest to get started above and then move it to the mat.

To reduce the sanding, we drew line on the tip and cut down that line. This helped make the tip smaller to later form a circle. We measured, but it was random and varied from piece to piece.

If you're following a template - lay the pieces on the paper as you go and mark the back with a number so you know which piece goes where.

We purchased a belt sander for this project and used 80 grit sandpaper (we've already used it for a few other things, so it's come in handy!)

We sanded the tip (which was cut in the previous step) so that it was fairly flat. When finished, the tip will be fairly pointy.

*Note: The piece was laying pretty flat, so it is important to wear cut proof gloves and use caution! It is very easy to sand your hands! Ouch! The process is very dusty, so use a dust collector or sand outside, and definitely wear a respirator.

Sand the end - we sanded ours so it was at a slight angle, we thought it made it look a little more finished. Once sanded, we hand sanded the edges that were rough with 120 or 220 grit sandpaper, we could have bought another belt for the sander, but hand sanding was easiest for us - it was super quick.

We created about three layers of angled pieces - the first row ended about 6 - 10" from the center (see below)

Using the first layer as a guide, we created a square for the back of the starburst. It was removed from the starburst, and the corners were glued with epoxy.

Once the square was dry, we started securing the pieces with epoxy. We used small heavy objects (like a brass bookend) to help hold in place while the glue set. Make sure all pieces are dust free prior to gluing. 

For the top layers, we used tape to help hold the pieces while the glue set.

At this point, we took a little break (a few weeks), we had other things going on, and getting the pieces to fit well towards the center wasn't the easiest. We changed a few pieces, but in the end we got it to work. I'd recommend using a combo of long and short pieces, cutting and sanding some pieces as you go at the end, so you can cut to fit. Ours fit pretty well (in the end), but you could place white paper behind, to conceal any holes.

Here's the view from the back (after it dried several days) It's a lot of little pieces!

It was hung with two screws that rested on the square frame.

In the end, the project was a little more complicated than anticipated (most of our projects end up that way!) but I LOVE the look!

I definitely took this with me in my car when we moved - no way I was letting the movers take it!

I can't wait to hang it in our new house!

That's it for the DIY tutorials from the bedroom for now. I'll be sharing the final tutorial - the yellow tufted headboard with curved arms in conjunction with the BHG article, it will be several months, but I'll be sure to keep you updated!

Stay tuned for our TN Apartment tour later this week!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Five | 07.03.15

Hope you had a great week! :) Here's what I'm loving this week! 

My friend Stacy, who I met at the BHG Stylemaker Challenge and Event wrote a BOOK! How cool is that? It's full of pretty photos and step by step photo/text tutorials. If you love DIYing with natural elements, then you'll love Stacy's book, Natural Accents

Love this gallery wall from Burlap & Lace!! Get all of Shannon's sources and tips here! 

Please pin from original source here, thanks! 

burlap & lace

Love this space from Architectural Digest!! Our house has a similar feel with the beams; however, since ours are rough cut (and the style of the beam layout) I don't think this would work in our home. Speaking of the rough cut wood .. with painting, it requires extra paint on those rough spots so they don't look dark, so we're in the process of hand brushing those areas.. not fun. But, after that we'll be applying a layer of ceiling paint and then the ceilings will be done!! I can't wait to rip the plastic off of the walls and start painting them (we taped to prevent build up from the overspray). If you missed the short video of David spraying, check it out here! Tips on painting to come!! 

Please pin from original source here, thanks! 

architectural digest

Kirsten revealed her office this week! I love the black walls and roman shade!! 

Please pin from original source here, thanks! 

6th street design school 

This pendant is pricey, but it is gorgeous!!!

I'd love to see this marble pendant in person - I have a feeling this photo isn't doing it justice! Currently on sale at West Elm, plus and additional 20% off with code SPARKED

Happy 4th of July!! Have a great weekend! :) 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lucite Framed Vintage Scarf

One of my favorite projects of our TN bedroom, was also the easiest! I've seen a few DIY lucite frames around, like Honey & Fitz and The Hunted Interior!

We referred mainly to Honey & Fitz tutorial, so please refer to that for the full how to. I'll be sharing a few details here, that we found helpful as we worked.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Renter Friendly Grasscloth Closet Doors | Tutorial

Thanks so much for your kind words on our TN bedroom reveal!

Today, I'm sharing how to make temporary panels to cover boring rental closet doors. I love the look of grasscloth - the texture adds so much to a space! You can see our grasscloth nailhead panels here (I still miss those!)

Here's our before. So much detail in such a small place. Why do they all look like this? I'd be much happier if they were smooth with a simple trim.

But, adding a custom (temporary) panel is easier than you may think!

Since each closet door is different, measure and customize based on your door, but the process is very simple!

Supplies needed:

- Grasscloth or other thick wallpaper/paper (the thickness of the grasscloth was perfect for durability verse wrapping paper, etc.)
- White 2" square synthetic trim (make sure it is indoor, it's easier to cut) Also, be sure to measure the thickness, if your doors slide, mine was very tight.
- Metal ruler, Xacto knife, Pencil, Cutting mat, Tape measure
- Gorilla tape
- Epoxy
- Tape
- 3M command strips

Start building your frame.

I'd typically cut the trim with a chop saw, but since we didn't have one in TN, we used an Xacto knife and ruler.

Draw a 45 on one end of the trim, using the guide on the cutting mat was helpful.

Measure the height from corner to corner, cut a 45 at the other end, be sure that the 45 is cut the correct direction (like a picture frame) Repeat these steps for the other side and the top and bottom. Cut a straight piece to be centered between the two sides.

Join the corners with a fast drying epoxy. Use tape to help brace it while it dries. Repeat and attach the center piece, centered on the panel.

It should look like this (mine isn't glued in this photo).

Next, measure and draw a pencil line on the back of the grasscloth. You want it to be about an inch inset from the frame. Cut along the line.

Use a heavy duty tape (remember its one the back, so color doesn't matter). We liked this 1" Gorilla tape (we used 2 rolls for 2 doors).

Attach one side, pull tight and attach the other side. It helps to have two people for this step, one to hold the frame and the other to pull and tape. Repeat with the top and bottom.

Using normal 3M command strips, secure the panels to the door. (I think we used about 6 per door) We removed the doors so that the 3M strips could fully cure (1 hour) prior to putting weight on it. If you can't remove your door, apply painters tape while the strips cure to help take the weight off. We allowed the tabs to stick out a little and then tucked them under. Use a tweezer to help grab them when you're ready to remove them. The picture hanging ones will work ok if your object is stationary - I've found they they don't work well with objects that move.

Reattach your doors and that's it!

At first, I was concerned about the existing inset panels and the thickness of the grasscloth. My original plan was to include a backer, but I didn't have room with the door slide. It ended up being plenty thick for my use. If you have children or dogs that would run into them, it may break, but for average use, it held up great until we moved (with some small bumps)! Also, you may be wondering about the handle, I just left the door cracked a little and opened and closed it from the edge. But, I could have added a handle as well.

I loved the look!! I saved the paper before we left, so I'll probably be recreating on a set of closet doors in our new home!

Stay tuned this week for more DIY tutorials from this space!!

Thanks so much to Walls Republic for supplying the wallpaper for this project! As always, I only share products that I love and have had a good experience with!

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