Showing posts with label white. Show all posts
Showing posts with label white. Show all posts

Monday, December 8, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

CELEBRATIONS: White & Gold Holiday Hutch

White & Gold Holiday Hutch 2014 via homework - carolynshomework (2)If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a sneak peek of my gold & white hutch while I was working on it. I love how this turned out and just like every year, I think it’s my favorite one.

Monday, March 17, 2014

FRESH LOOK: White & Gold Painted Pot

White and Gold Painted Pot Makeover via homework | carolynshomework.comWhen you have a creative and craft blog, people give you all kinds of goodies because “you can do something with this”. I recently received a bunch of pots and they all have tons of potential.

Monday, January 27, 2014

FRESH LOOK: Winter Whites

Winter Whites via homework |

Even though the weather has been unseasonably warm here in Southern California, it’s still winter to us. I know – if you have snow outside your window you’re probably laughing at me right now. But I want you to know that it’s chilly here in the early morning and in the evenings.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

homework [tips]: how to remove a rust stain

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I love crisp white linens and towels - like these beautiful vintage linens found on Pinterest. Nothing looks cleaner than bright whites. Unless of course, you get a stain. Most stains can be removed with a spot remover or by bleaching the heck out of it. But not a rust stain.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sew & Tell: refashioned t-shirt {summer navy & white}

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I love navy and white. It’s so crisp and summery. I was cleaning out my drawers and found a navy blue t-shirt that had barely been worn. It wasn’t a fashion t-shirt but one of those logo t-shirts that you would wear to paint the house. The redeeming quality about this t-shirt was that it was the perfect shade of navy blue.

I decided to refashion a plain white t-shirt so I could have a new navy and white summer top.

To make a t-shirt like this, you need to first cut t-shirt yarn from your throw away shirt.

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To make t-shirt yarn, you cut one long continuous strip going around and around the bottom of the shirt. I drew a little diagram above. 

Here’s what you end up with – t-shirt yarn. You can knit or crochet with it or do just about anything you would do with yarn or ribbon. 

For step-by-step instructions, here’s a little graphic you can save.

Once you have your strip, start pinning it to our t-shirt in whatever design you want. I chose rosettes in a continuous swirly pattern. I hand stitched the rosettes into place and then machine stitched the entire ribbon down.

I love it. I think I'll wear this with jeans or denim capris, espadrilles and a straw hat!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Fresh Look: christmas box to pretty box

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I’ve had this box out since Christmas. Not as d├ęcor but on deck for a makeover.

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Originally the box was bright red and oh so Christmassy. I think it was a container for some candy treats we got as a gift. I had know idea what I wanted to do with it until I saw this post.

Vivienne over at The V Spot, blew me away with this tutorial on how to create faux glazed ceramic – she’s a genius that way. Vivienne is bold and a rebel – she tells us to break all the painting rules by layering paint and while the paint is still wet, coating your project with clear gloss spray paint.

The perfect technique for my red Christmas box. I used white spray paint, silver acrylic craft paint and clear gloss spray paint to give my box a new look.

I did have a few problems with my project. The original tutorial creates faux ceramic from a terra cotta pot and clay - a perfect base for the spray paint to adhere to. I started with a glazed ceramic item, dove in and spray painted it white. All was fine until the final step when I spray painted the clear gloss. Just like the straw that broke the camel’s back, the paint started to drip and expose the original red box.

I let the box dry and filled in the exposed areas with white paint and a small artist’s paint brush. Once that was dry, I gave the box another coat of gloss – this time more lightly.

I probably should have lightly sanded the box or primed it first. Oh well, it turned out fine and I can use it for a variety of things. For now, it will hold bath salts in the bathroom.

I’m amazed what a coat (or 2-3) of paint can do. And these pretty lavender bath salts and fresh lavender add just the right touch of color.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Fresh Look: white candle holders

I’ve been obsessed with lightening and brightening some of my knick knacks lately. And white is my color of choice.

I found these candle holders at the dollar store. This isn’t the chain dollar store – this is a dollar store where most items aren’t really a dollar. Note the price stickers at $1.59. In fact, a lot of items are way over a dollar. But for $1.59 they were still a good deal.

I probably would never have picked these or even noticed them. But I’ve been on the hunt for some interesting candle holders that I could paint white.

I toyed with the idea of leaving some of the detail chippy and distressed looking but in the end I went with all white. I painted these using leftover white glossy house paint and a small paint brush. For the little crevices, I used a very small art brush. I'm sure they could be spray painted but I was worried that the paint would run as I tried to get the crevices coated. I tend to be heavy-handed when I spray paint…

I’m working on my kitchen hutch and have slowly been replacing my knick knacks with various white objects. I keep moving things around but it’s not quite right yet. I’m going to keep working on it but I think the one of the candle holders will end up there.

Honestly, is there anything a coat of paint can’t fix?

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Etceteras: white on white inspiration

I created this white on white inspiration sign recently. I’m going to hang it over my bulletin board where I hang inspiring photos and project ideas. 

These cute treat jars were the original inspiration for the project. I came across these on Addicted to Decorating and was so intrigued by the raised lettering. The post reveals that the letters are chipboard scrap booking letters spray painted white.
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I loved the white on white effect and headed to Pinterest to check out some other ideas. Here are a few that I found. 

1. Beach – Nautical Cottage
2. If I could choose – The Adventures of Mrs. Reagan
3. And they lived happily ever after – Not on the High Street
4. Mixed typeface – HGTV Urban Oasis
5. P.S. I love you – Keep Home Simple

I was ready to get started on my white on white sign. I had all the supplies on hand; chipboard letters, a piece of wood and white spray paint. Here’s what the letters looked like before I painted them.

And here’s the finished sign. I still need to add a picture hanger to the back and hang it over my board but even propped up on a shelf I feel inspired.

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