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DIY Poster Project!

DIY Poster Project

Everyone on pinterest jumped on the DIY oversize canvas prints a while back, I had planned to do the same until I started thinking about modge podge. I have a love/hate relationship with the stuff, I love the idea of modge podge, but when I actually try to use the stuff it usually ends up bubbling or curling up or sticking to whatever I used to weigh it down. After reading a bunch of tutorials I decided to use half of the idea and use staples engineering prints to blow up some of Logan’s hockey pictures. A few days before I started the project I was looking up quotes on pinterest when I found a quote that was so perfect for the boy’s room I just had to incorporate it into the poster. In this tutorial you will learn everything you need to know to make your own DIY poster for less than $5.

DIY Poster Project

The first thing you’ll need is the photo you want to use, I would recommend using a high resolution photo, probably not something you took on your phone. It’s going to need to be high resolution since you are blowing it up, otherwise you end up all pixellated and no one wants that! Keep in mind that since we are using super cheap staples engineering prints you may end up with a less crisp photo than you are used to.

Next choose your quote or whatever you’ve decided to add to your photo. Maybe you want to leave it as is, that’s fine too, I made a few like that myself! Once you’ve decided on your quote you are going to want to head on over to www.canva.com, sign up for your FREE account and start creating! I use Canva for nearly all my graphics on this website, I love it! You can use their FREE templates to create a variety of overlays and fonts. Customize your photo to your liking and save it to your computer, all for FREE.

DIY Poster Project

Now you have your image to print, you’ll need to go to www.staples.com and find the drop down tab and locate services, engineering prints. Choose the size you want (The smallest size is plenty large enough in my opinion), choose the format (horizontal or vertical), and upload your image to the site. The color option costs a bit more and I’ve never tried it, I went with black and white and I love how they came out. I ended up making quite a few and finding poster frames to hang them in at Walmart.

Once you’ve ordered your prints, sit back and wait for Staples to call and let you know they are ready for pick up, it’s that simple!

grandma's hutch makeover

Grandma’s Hutch makeover

grandma's hutch makeover

Here’s the before

A few years ago, when John’s Grandma was downsizing she gave us a beautiful hutch. What I remember about the hutch was it came from Shelburne Farms (maybe as partial payment for some painting John’s Grandfather had done on the property, maybe an estate sale, I’m not totally sure). It’s an Ethan Allen piece, so you know it’s meant to stand the test of time. It has little nibble marks from a rabbit chewing it, and it’s pretty well worn. I was not about to sand it down and erase all that history so I decided to try chalk paint or milk paint, which can be used without sanding or priming. Not only does it save time but I really love the antiqued look it gives furniture. Before I get started you should know, I was not compensated for this review, this is purely my observations and recommendations based on my own personal use of these products.

grandma's hutch makeover

I went to Lowe’s in search of milk paint but surprise, surprise, they didn’t have any! So I ended up with Valspar Chalky Finish Paint and Wax sealer. I bought the paint in an off white color, called “kid gloves”, I didn’t opt for the antiquing wax, just the regular wax sealer. They have a sample chart to help you choose your colors and finishes, I found that very helpful when deciding between the two off white shades they had. It was around $46 for the 2 products, it seemed like a lot initially because the cans are so small but a little goes a long way with this paint! You can see the difference in the paint immediately, it’s nothing like latex paint, it has a visible graininess to it. It’s really important to mix it well before using. 2 things you should know about me and painting, I don’t like waiting for the second coat and I rarely follow instructions. Lucky for me this paint was forgiving! I used a polyester brush to apply the first coat (the recommended tool for the job), on the second coat that I didn’t wait overnight to apply (which I was supposed to do), I used a foam roller for the larger areas. The only issue I ran into was a slight amount of bubbling, which I think was a result of the foam roller because it was only visible on the area’s where the roller was used. In my defense, the woman in the paint department told me it was fine to use the roller even though the can said polyester brush. Whatever. It still looked pretty darn good after 2 coats and no priming!

grandma's hutch makeover

I waited 4 hours before applying the wax sealer, which was completely new to me. I’d never used any kind of wax so it took a little bit of trial and error. The can recommends applying a thin, even coat and working in small sections. It also says to wipe away any excess with a lint free cloth. I started out brushing it on and wiping away the excess but quickly realized it wasn’t necessary to wipe any extra off, I think the light application method eliminated the need to wipe away. The beauty of using the wax is it settles into the dings and scratches of the furniture and turns yellowish as it dries, creating the perfect distressed look. It’s really something! It completely takes the guess work out of antiquing, the work was minimal and the results were exactly what I had imagined for this hutch all along.

grandma's hutch makeover

I absolutely love how my hand me down hutch turned out, tomorrow I’m going to look for some new hardware for the drawer pulls, something a little more simple than what was on there originally. I will definitely be using Valspar Chalky Finish paint and Wax Sealer on future projects, you can’t beat the simplicity of this product.

 

my lularoe knockoff experiment

My Lularoe Knockoff Experiment

 

my lularoe knockoff experiment

My lazy Sunday shaped up to be a pretty productive day! The boys had hockey camp in the morning but my afternoon was spent sewing up a Lularoe knock-off! Let me be the first to say, I LOVE Lularoe, the clothes are super comfortable and come in tons of different patterns. The only problem is they are a bit pricey for my taste, I’ll still splurge on those leggings though!

A few weeks ago I found some great deals on knit fabric and some super inexpensive patterns for long tops and leggings, and a simple dress pattern that looked a bit like the Amelia I’ve been lusting after for weeks. My plan was to get some sewn up right away but we all know how that goes! I got a little busy and here we are almost a month later and I’ve just gotten around to making the first shirt. I’m pretty satisfied with the finished product though, I made a few adjustments to the pattern I’d purchased.

my lularoe knockoff experiment

The shirt had some gathering in the back and I just found it a little frilly, not quite the simplicity I love so much with Lularoe. On the original pattern the back of the shirt was split into two pieces, so I taped the pieces together after lining up the curve and then folded the excess over and taped into place.

I really am a novice seamstress, but this pattern was so simple I was able to pull off the shirt and the alteration. I learned a few things on this one:

1.) Knits are not all created equal, the one I used to make this shirt was a pain in the butt to work with!!!! Super stretchy is not always a good thing. It had a lot of spandex or something, I wouldn’t recommend it!

2.) Use a lot of pins with stretchy fabric, because its going to move.

3.) Make sure you use the right stitch on your sewing machine, if you try and use a regular straight stitch your seam will rip the first time you pull it on. There are specific stitches on your machine meant for sewing stretch fabric.

I’m really looking forward to my next knit project! I think it will probably be a dress but I’ll see where the week takes me…I’m all sewed out for today!

my lularoe knockoff experimentmy lularoe knockoff experiment

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