Archive for ‘Found on the Internets’

July 24, 2011

Bright Idea | DIY Expert: Super sized Runner (Found on the Internets)

I so need a long runner for my entry hallway.
By long, I think 21 feet should do it.
Considering most off the shelf runners come 7 ft long
And cost about $60 – $130 each.
I definitely needed to research a DIY option.

This woman is genius.  [blog post link]
She knocked off the above rug.
With a piece of canvas, some rug non-skid and some fabric.
Well…and some adhesive spray and a sewing machine.

Only because there are lots of parts and patience and a sewing machine involved is this expert.
If you’re handy with a sewing machine or don’t think hand stitching is eye gougingly slow…
then this is probably maybe just advanced for you (budget to buy all that other stuff)

But if you buy your fabric from here [link]
and you buy canvas at Jo’s with a coupon
and you find a rug stop skid somewhere…

This could totally hit the medium. 
Especially if you are NOT making a 21 foot runner.
Just saying.
That’s a LOT of straight stitching to make happen.

Anyhow, here are some of the awesome fabric patterns I’m considering:


And since most are about $6.50 a yard (or so), I can knock out a runner for probably about the price of one…ir not less than.

We’ll let you know.  Since this is still just a bright idea because, well, I have no sewing machine (yet)
And I want to use coupons to get supplies to make it as cheap as possible.
I know.

Awesome thought that counts.
Which fabric do you think I should go with?
I’ll choose one commenter as the winner of a gift certificate [fabric store GC? or Jo’s] for $50.
That’s a lot of fabric.
Get your comment on!

September 8, 2010

i collect vol. 3: Colorful | Shapely Glass

I love collecting things.
Primarily because it means spending money.
And preferably, the least of it as possible for most collections.
One of my fave collections lately, is of some shapely and/or colorfull glass.
And it all has to come thrifted.
So even when I see these awesome shapely hourglass hurricanes from West Elm:

I have to practice some serious self restraint.Oy
So here is some of my shapely | colorful glass collection:

6 inch aqua mason jars
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Photo (c) b3 home designs
3 inch apple measuring | serving dishes
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Full sized Atlas Mason jars
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Fishing Float glass jar
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Cobalt blue bottle | cobalt blue bubble glass pedestal dish
Photo (c) b3 home designs
flower vases
Photo (c) b3 home designs
quilted glass vases
Photo (c) b3 home designs
italian wine bottles
Photo (c) b3 home designs
vintage spray mister
tall skinny, short and medium squat lipped jars
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Everytime I stop into a thrift store, the first area I hit is the glass wall.
Sometimes I find great stuff among the dishes
Sometimes it is with the vases
But sometimes, you just need to dig for it.

Happy collecting.

This is a pretty easy collection to start and doesn’t really require a ton of creativity or patience.
If you have several thrift stores to choose from.
I’ve only been collecting earnestly for a few weeks.
Just keep your eyes peeled and a bit of cash on hand
My whole collection (including tons of pieces NOT shown)
Has cost about $40 so far. 
All collected a piece (or three) at a time.

August 24, 2010

I’ve Been Framed: Or Not

So we already learned how you could collect frames and make your home beautiful.
But what if you don’t have the funds or skill or time to do all that art collecting.
Well, I have a whole post on EASY art collecting.
But say you are still about to hit the thrift stores for the first time.

Now, you are heading in.

I think I’ve mentioned many a time that my husband loves him some Aaron’s Brothers Framing penny sales.
If only we had the same taste in frames.

In my stairwells, I have mixed and matched his frames

Stairwell Gallery
Photo (c) b3 home designs

And I’ve come to live without having matching frames (ick, anyway)
Or having all black frames (’cause I copy everyone else like that)

The mix match is kinda sorta growing on me.
To the point that I can even mix color and bw
Personal and stock
landscape and people

I know.  Sick.

That all said, like everyone else on the internets
I, apparently, have plenty of empty, glassless, color matched frames laying about

Photo from

Thing is, I DID have a ton of frames without glass laying about
Mostly because when you move into a 4200 sf home
(yes, just the two…now three of you)
The only way to afford said house is to have your friends move you in
Who are currious to know why that huge box they dropped off the truck is full of “windchimes”
Which, coincidentally, make the same sound as a ton and a half of broken glass frames

And did I mention I am a packrat?

Long before the frame ideas came into my life,
I had these two, perfectly good, but just not my style frames.

One day, I was at my Mecca (aka McClendon Hardware in Burien)
And I just happed to stop by the paint aisle looking for some Zinsser
Found this bucket oh LOVE

Zinsser with the mystery bucket o’ Dutch Boy in the background.
And the Chalkboard Paint that shall not be mentioned
Photo (c) b3 home designs

No idea the name of the color, just know I love the buttery, off white, creamy tones
and will honest to God shed a tear when it is all gone

All said, I was busy painting up a ton of other projects with this supposedly Godly Heirloom White spray paint. Another post on that at another time.

Broke out the sponge brush and dropped a coat of LOVE on those two frames.
Came back the next morning
They were high and dry

And ready for hanging.
Just so happened (of course) that I happened by the thrift shop and what did I find?
Found these two scallop edged lovelies

Gorgeous Scalloped Frames | Thrift Find 1.99 each at Salvation Army Burien
Photo (c) b3 home designs

and shortly after found the hexagonal frame
And then knew I wanted a smallish mirror to really knock this all out

Painted Frame Wall
Photo (c) b3 home designs

All because I had a vision once it started.
Knew I wanted different sized rectangle frames
Knew I wanted some horizontal and some vertical placement
Knew I wanted to mix in some non-rectangle
Knew I needed interestingly detailed frames
Thought I knew I wanted an odd number
The frame was totally lucky accidental.

But awesome nonetheless

This is DIY Easy because that frame wall cost $7 post vision
Post vision means: Had some stuff on hand, got an idea, wanted to finish out idea
Had on hand – two large frames, paint.

If I had to add cost of what I had on hand, I paid $6 for the full bucket of paint
But you can go to ReStore, hit the paint shelf and get a quart for $2 which will be more than plenty
The two large frames were of course from Aaron’s Brothers and likely cost $30.
High end.  He wouldn’t pay more than 29.99 for a frame and the second was 1 cent on sale.
Of course you can find similar size frames at Goodwill for no more than 5.99 each.

This is also DIY easy because painting is for dummies (especially with a sponge brush)
No patience required (I did this on my black granite counters)
Not messy
Not pricey

Go forth and conquer

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August 17, 2010

Mod Podged Bird Plates

When I first saw this project on the web 
over at Frugal with a Flourish,
I knew I had to knock them out.

Modged Up Bird Plates
Photo (c) b3 home designs

So I did.

I already had the salad plates from staging the last place we sold.

I already had Mod Podge because, well, I’m a crafter

To get the birds, all you have to do is Google “Images, Bird sillhoutte”
Low and behold the choices are almost endless

I picked out about 11 I liked
Then I went into Microsoft Digital Image Suite (pre Photoshop love affair)
And opened a circle the size of my plates (8 inches)
And then sized the birds so that they were pretty similar size for each plate

I printed on regular 8.5 x 11 paper
Then got to snipping and cutting.
Of course, I did this by hand.

Unlike this project gone wild
The snipping and cutting only took me 10 minutes
or so
and no one looked at me like I was crazy.

Once cut, I modge podged them down onto the plate
with a layer of MP on the back of each cutout
Then I ran a layer of MP across the full front
And that dulled down my already not full bleed black ink
So I took my Deco Art Gloss Black Enamel acrylic paint
And a couple of tiny brushes
And filled in the sillhoutes again

bird plates painted and drying
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Let dry overnight.

Next morning, use Disc Hangers (aka, the BEST plate hanging tool in the world)

Best $12 ever spent in home decor accessories
Disc Hangers
Photo (c) b3 home designs

to make the plates ammendable to hanging
Then I used a cool eyeballing trick for easy, symetrical, photo hanging
Fun times.
I’ll blog about that.

Part 2 of eyeballing plate hanger placement
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Don’t let the copious supplies, cutting time or successive steps scare you.
This is totally DIY Easy.  Jump in and see.

Dining Room Bird Plates
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Now I just need to determine
what I’m going to do with my highwater curtains
And whether or not I’m going to just do it already
and paint that gold mirror black.
We have NOTHING gold in our house
I felt better about that mirror once I put the curtains back up
But I’m still thinking black is where that has to go.
Edited to add the link party goods:
Mod Podge Challenge over here
Lucky Star Lane has fun links all around