DIY #2: The Porch

It would be pretty impressive if I had built a porch. But alas, I just repainted it, added a couple accessories and in my opinion gave it a bit of life. Like the chairs, I thought I’d blog the process…

The inner door was the first to be painted and I was so surprised that it made such a difference. I was also very happy because it meant I wasn’t doing this whole process for nothing.

Here’s the outer door before and then part of the outer after it was painted. This one definitely needed the lick of paint.

On the left this was the colour of the walls before painting (I realise it was all very bland) and on the right was what it looked like after the first coat. At this point, I wasn’t too sure I liked the colour but I knew I had to do two coats because the first just wasn’t enough.

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     After the second coat, I was much more comfortable with the colour, it was subtle but it still looked much better than it did before.

I added a couple little bits to finish it off. I still need to take a bit of paint off the windows in certain areas but apart from that its done and I’m very happy with the results.

Love, Sophie

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DIY #1: Dining Chairs

For a few months, I have been upcycling (basically redecorating) some old dining chairs. We were going to get rid of them but I thought I’d try to give them a second life. I decided to take pictures of the whole process so I would be able to put them into a post.

IMG_3866So this was the original state of the chairs. I won’t be editing any of the pictures just so you can see the chairs in their true form. As you can see the seat covers were dated and there was numerous marks on the frame of the chair.

IMG_3867IMG_3868The next step was to sand them down. I just used sand paper that I bought for 99p a sheet. I’m sure it would have been easier if I had a machine or whatever people use, but I wanted this to be a cost effective project. There wasn’t any rough edges, it was more sanding down wear and tear marks.

IMG_3844IMG_3835The above picture shows a comparison, so the upside down chair on the left had been painted and the one on the right, hadn’t. I really liked the colour of the paint as I didn’t want a drastic change, I just wanted to update them.

Side note: I did polish them down before painting them, just so I had a clean base.

IMG_3859IMG_3862And this was the finished product! I’m so pleased with the outcome and I now have the DIY bug and will go onto paint other things around the house.

The fabric I used was from Dunelm and called Jakarta Plum Fabric. I bought two metres and that was more than enough to do 4 chairs (enough that I’m probably going to make some cushions out of it.) The paint shade was ‘Dark Rosewood’ and I think the red undertone in the paint complimented the plum colours in the fabric.

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Love, Sophie

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DIY: Fabric Flowers

My first Design project at College, has been to get creative with a shoe. I’ve resorted to my shoe becoming a plant pot so I can fill it with flowers. I guess I was a bit naïve because I just bought fake flowers and then realised I should actually be making most of these. 

Firstly, I had no idea it would take so long so I’ve literally just made two. So clearly we all know what I’ll be up to in the next couple of days. Anyways, I hope my instructions aren’t too confusing…

It was taking me so long to find ideas on how to make these with minimal equipment because personally, I don’t have a glue gun lying around. 

Things you will need:

  • Material – I only had really flimsy material but that didn’t seem to be a problem.
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Piece of card- or just anything you can use as a template.

Next, I made the template, the diameter of the circle needs to be around 7.3cm. At first, I was really worry about the shape of the circle, but it really doesn’t matter because you can’t tell.

Then you need your material to cut out the circles using the template you’ve just made. You need to cut out 16, when I started I thought it would take me forever. However, you soon get a routine and before you know it you have them all laid out in front of you.

Here’s where the flower making really starts. Don’t worry, it doesn’t get too tricky, if it did I would have no chance making these. So all you do is fold over one of your circles to begin with.

Here’s where if my explaining isn’t good then you’ll probably be left confused. In this step you need a needle and thread. Tie a tiny knot (that’s probably not the right term) in your thread so you can’t just pull it straight through. Now you need to weave it through the fabric. However, you’re going along the curved line only. 
Then you pull the piece of fabric down to the bottom of the thread. And you start again with another circle. 

Personally, I added 8 circles to one. To finish it off I put the needle through the first one I started with. To make a kind of loop. So the last one and the first one join together. Then I start again, I made another flower with 5 circles and one with 3. But this is where you can be as creative as you’d like to be.

 I still need to add a gem or sequin to mine but these were the finished products. You can always layer them up like this…

You could put all three together, but I didn’t think to do that when I was taking this picture. 

And if all else fails…

Do what I did in the first place and buy fake ones.
Hope you enjoyed this blog post. As I am trying to make more flowers, I will be trying out different styles so if I find a better one I’ll put together another post. Also, I do apologise for the background of these pictures, I forgot to take pictures in natural daylight so I had to use my lamp. And finally, if any of my instructions didn’t make sense please feel free to correct me or comment anything I might have confused you about. See you soon.

Love, Sophie

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Christmas D.I.Y

I really wanted to do this type of blog post. However, I thought I would have a lot more time to be a lot more creative and well, I didn’t. So this should really be a ‘Failed Christmas DIY’. Anyways, try and enjoy, if not laugh at my attempts…

1. Christmas Cards

image2 (2)These are a classic at Christmas. Cards are one of those things that because they’re simple to make, you can elaborate with your designs. I’m not saying my cards are a good example of taking things to the next level or anything because I didn’t even add any colour. However, it doesn’t require much equipment and it can be a really great way to write something sentimental inside to the person its for.

image3 (2)This is by no means sentimental. But I had to write a card for all you fellow bloggers! Especially the ones that have been a constant support throughout 2015. And now I’m just repeating what the card says so I’ll shut up now and move on…

2. Picture Frame thing?

image1 (4)PLEASE DON’T COPY THIS EXACT ONE!! Well you can if you want to. However, I did have a different vision for this one. I was going to include family pictures, ribbon etc. But they’re quite personal, so I realised I didn’t want them in a frame. Although, I think the idea of it is good and if you make it for a friend, you can have the quotes, pictures, ribbon, magazine cut outs. Basically, everything I didn’t include.

3. Stockings

image4 (1)Technically, I didn’t make these, this year. I made these last year but today I didn’t have time to make more, or different ones. But these are still going strong so I thought I’d show you them. I went out to buy the right colours but I’m sure it’d look cool with materials you find round the house. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can just hand stitch it, which is what I did here. And I just glued on the white felt, attaching some decorative bits. Well done Sophie for your extensive vocabulary ‘bits’.

Hope you enjoyed this shorter blog post. If you were looking for some Christmas DIY’s then I hope you at least got some inspiration from this. Comment down below your favourite out the three, or how you would improve them. Catch me on twitter; @Sophi15Samantha

Love,

Sophie

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