Two Ways to Create Custom Ceramic Tiles - Hello Brit - Living We've been seeing custom tiles pop up all over the place. Whether you're looking to create a modular piece of wall art, a set of coasters, playful Instagram-ish magnets, or a creative kitchen backsplash, ceramic tiles are there for you. So today, we're please to bring you custom tiles two ways: the DIY method and the online design-and-order method. First, the DIY method. Materials: - magazines, catalogs or print-outs of your choice - Mod Podge - Spray Shellac - Xacto knife Thumb through your latest pile of magazines and catalogs and pick out some images you like. Cut out your image. After 5 or 10 minutes, take your tile out from under the pile and place on a mat cutting board (or piece of cardboard). Take your tile outside, and seal the deal with a coat (or three) of Spray Shellac. If you want them to be waterproof, lacquer or varnish will do the trick. Voila! Secondly, we have the Design-and-Order Method. ImageSnap creates similar photo tiles… in a snap!
ma modular How To Refinish Formica Cabinets + Unique Chalk Paint Recipe - Do-It-Yourself Fun Ideas Hi All! I’m excited to share my latest DIY. I just finished (finally) refinishing an old formica cabinet at my parents house (that I had left hanging for a little while). First, I apologize for the quality of the before pictures. I started this project in February, before I started blogging — yes, it’s only been a little over 2 months since I started the site — so I wasn’t planning on anyone seeing the pictures but me, so the photos were taken with my crappy cell phone. There are three things I did to refinish the ugly formica cabinet: 1) paint, 2) add trim to the doors, and 3) add crown molding. Let’s start with the paint. . Jenise’s Chalk Paint Recipe: 2 TBSP unsanded grout ~ 1-2 TBSP water 1 cup latex paint with Floetrol mixed in at a ratio of 1 cup Floetrol per gallon of paint Dissolve the unsanded grout in about a tablespoon of water. Before you start painting, make sure to thoroughly clean your cabinet. Painted doors & new trim Cut your wood trim to length Painted trim Clamped corner
Tiny House Enthusiasts - Houston (Houston, TX) | Meetup This is a group for anyone interested in designing, building, living in, renting, or maintaining a tiny house and sustainable lifestyle. The tiny house movement is a return to houses less than 1,000 square feet, some as small as 80 square feet (7.4 m²). Building types include cottages, cabins, trailers, containers, caravans, house boats, tree houses and many more. The typical tiny house on wheels (THOWs) is usually less than 8 ft by 20 ft, with livable space totaling 120 square feet or less, for ease of towing and to exempt it from the need for a building permit. Dream big, live tiny! Living with less is freeing – both financially and by allowing more time for personal development, community involvement and the ability to react on opportunities when they're presented. Our Goals: • Supporting each other by sharing resources and knowledge • Working on projects together, lending a helping hand • Visiting builders, tiny houses and events together • Sharing ideas of small living and sustainability
HOW TO REMOVE POPCORN CEILINGS IN 30 MINUTES It all started with a great big hole in the ceiling caused by a drain line back up in the central air conditioning system. Not a pretty sight. Luckily, the damage was covered by the AC warranty. So I didn’t have to roll up my sleeves for that one. I did hate the existing popcorn ceiling. I’m really glad I did that. I do recommend that if your home was build before the 80’s, have the popcorn checked for asbestos before tackling the job. Anyway, there are three things you’ll need to make this job quick and easy: Pre-taped Plastic Sheeting – This stuff is AWESOME! So, let’s get on with the tutorial… Removing popcorn ceilings can make a heck of a mess! Step 1 ) My repair guy started by covering all the walls and the floor with the pre-taped plastic sheeting. You can see where the taped edge is along the ceiling. Step 2) Once you get your plastic up, you need to wet the ceiling. filled with water. , but you can use any kind of sprayer. Step 3) My repair guy used a 6″ putty knife Enjoy! Jenise
How To Refinish Your Kitchen Counter Tops For Only $30! Umm, can you say impressive?! This is quite an amazing refinish job. My parents’ still have their old formica laminate counters and I’ve been thinking of getting them updated, but I think I’m going to try this first. Anywho, follow link for full tutorial on how to refinish your laminate counter tops, then keep scrolling down to check out the other great counter refinish tutorials below. Link=> [Oct 27, 2014 Update: The above link appears to be temporarily down. , but I’ve read that one of those long-nosed grill lighters work fine too) to make any air bubbles come to the surface and release.] For more great and inexpensive kitchen counter refurbs, check these out… DIY Concrete Countertop With Integral Sink Easy Step By Step Concrete Countertop Tutorial Easy DIY Concrete Overlay Gorgeous & Easy DIY Budget Concrete Counters source: karapaslaydesigns.com DIY Stainless Steel Counter Tops On A Budget source: christonium.com
HOW TO MAKE A CONCRETE COUNTERTOP OR VANITY WITH INTEGRAL SINK - Do-It-Yourself Fun Ideas Hi folks! I just finished my first big project of the year and I’m so excited to share the tutorial with you. I’ve been working on updating one of the bathrooms at my parents’ place, and today I’m sharing the first of the updates. I made a concrete vanity top with an integral sink using the Ashby System, a decorative concrete technique. After the class I wrote up a 4-part tutorial that includes: 1) Templating 2) Form Building 3) Mixing & Pouring Your Concrete 4) Grouting & Sealing The technique I used for today’s project is the same, with the exception of adding the integral sink. Before we start, though, let me show you what I was replacing. I know… Scary… Right? Here’s another view… but you might want to look away. ‘Nuff said about that. The first part of building a concrete vanity or countertop is to create a template. My vanity top was a 22″x24″ rectangle so I have to admit that I didn’t make a template. Here’s what my finished forms looked like… Notice my open laptop in the image?
How to Build Your Own Modern Plank Wall Step 1: Prepare Wall for Planking Clear the wall and the space around it to prepare for planks. Take off electrical covers and anything else that is adhered to the wall. Step 2: Mark the Studs Using a stud finder, mark where the studs are across the whole wall. Step 3: Measure the Wall and Plan the Plank Cuts Measure your wall and decide how to best fit your planks. At our local big box store, they sell 8 or 12-foot lengths. Step 4: Cut Planks Cut your boards using the miter saw. Step 5: Level Your Planks Start at the bottom of the wall with a 12-foot plank. Tip If you get your first board level, then your following boards should be level throughout this whole process. Step 6: Attach the Planks Use an air compressor and nail gun to nail in your board. Step 7: Cut Around All Electrical Outlets When you come across an electrical outlet, you will need to place an electrical extender on the outlet to make it come out further from the wall. Step 8: Continue Adding Planks Step 11: Fill the Nail Holes
Kitchen Renovation Series: Installing a Tile Back Splash The final major hurdle in our kitchen renovation was the tile back splash. Up to this point, I had been carrying the brunt of the kitchen reno workload, but for the tile, I was realllly happy that my husband took over most of the work… Mostly, because I don’t trust myself around a tile saw. ha! This isn’t a full tutorial, but here’s what we learned along the way… (spoiler alert…it’s A LOT!) Materials (we used) *2 x 4 White Mosaic (subway) Tile – $3.28 per sheet at Home Depot Versabond thin-set (bag of powder) **Delorean Gray Polyblend Sanded Grout Rubber grout float Notched trowel (metal) Tile nippers (for small cuts) Tile wedges and spacers – 1/8″ Large tile sponges Flexible, waterproof white caulk Rubber gloves ***Diamond sanding block ****Wet saw Material Notes * The 2 x 4 tile is smaller version of the popular 3 x 6 subway tile with individual tiles measuring 2 inches by 4 inches. It also doesn’t come with a mesh backing like other tile sheets. Prep Installation Measuring Thin-Set + Grout Spacers Edging
A cool pallet wood chair anyone can make in a couple of hours!Funky Junk Interiors Part 1 – the reveal! <— YOU ARE HERE Part 2 – how to build the chair <— click to visit HERE Tools to help get the job done! Disclosure / affiliate links applicable. Desiring something super unique, this 2 full pallet chair was whipped up in a couple of hours, and is PERFECT for the non builder types! I just desired something you couldn’t find in a big box store. So here’s a little pallet wood and burlap coffee bean sack pillow eye candy! Burlap coffee bean sacks are the perfect no sew upholstery. The reason for the cheater upholstery is in PART 2 HERE. See how the large pillows were done HERE. You can find coffee bean sacks at local coffee roasters in your area, or check places like ebay. Taking advantage of all the natural crate markings on the wood, I allowed them to become the artwork. Both arms are different which I love. (see the original Farmers Market sign HERE) This leg got a little extra detail with an antique wooden level. And yeah, the board cracked because I didn’t predrill.
Having LUNCH with an old window - and how to stencil on glassFunky Junk Interiors Most often, I grab a plank of old wood in order to make an old sign. But not today! I had these two old window frames in my stash, waiting to be loved in some exciting, new way. And I’m glad I held off. Can you hear the noon whistle sound? The LUNCH stencil is a brand new addition to Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils lineup! The bold letters, designed on a slight curve, give it a timeless PUNCH, and the subtext furthering your lunchtime story. If that doesn’t spell piping hot soup and freshly made sandwiches, I don’t know what does! There’s one more detail not to be missed… LUNCH and BAKERY (sign tutorial here) can completely mix and match, getting you even more mileage out of your investment. Get them both at the same time, and they are discounted too! Now, stenciling on glass is way different than on a wood surface. How to stencil on CLEAR GLASS 1. 2. I found the pouncing of a stencil brush removed most of the paint. 3. 4. 5. And of course, it was fun staging around this cute sign!