Chalkboard DIY Wine Art Quote

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Merlot; cabernet sauvignon; pinot noir. Chianti; old vine zinfandel; red blends. I love wine. I am best friends with red wine.

So, it seems only appropriate that while I prepare decor for my new apartment move, I focus on some wine decor.

My latest favorite method of DIY crafting has been chalkboard. Chalkboard wine bottles, chalkboard sign. Anything that I can spray some paint on and decorate with chalkboard markers, sign me up!

I merged my two favorites into one with my latest project:

DIY Chalkboard Wine Quote Art Decor

I still need to cut more wine corks in half and finish the cork board border of the frame (aka I need to drink more wine… oh darn!), but you get the overall picture. And don’t you just love the quote?! Thank you Pinterest!

love the wine you're with diy quote chalkboard art

 

Chalkboard Wine Art Quote Materials:

This project is super easy to complete, and inexpensive, too! I used the following items to complete it:
– Picture frame with glass (picked up at thrift store)
– Chalkboard spray paint (leftover from previous projects)
Bistro chalk markers by Marvy Uchida
 Several corks from wine bottles, cut in half, lengthwise

chalkboard DIY wine art quote decor

I can’t wait to finish up the frame and hang this beauty in my kitchen. Because, let’s be real, is there ever a reason NOT to love the wine you’re with?! 😉
Also, on a side note to that, has anyone noticed that so many wine brands are switching to the synthetic corks now? Boo-hiss! I want my expanding cork that sometimes breaks off in my bottle! (No but really, what brands do you know of with cute, REAL cork designs? I need this project done ASAP!)

So far, I’m loving these bistro chalkboard markers by Marvy Uchida. They’re so easy to use and create art with, and when you’re done or want to change up your decor, all it takes is a quick wipe with a wet rag, and you’ve got a new, clean slate!

Chalkboard crafts, chalkboard decor, and more chalkboard stuff!

Want some more chalkboard inspiration? Try this patriotic project–perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July! And stay tuned for my Marvy Uchida Chalkboard Marker Set Giveaway, coming next week!

 

Last-Minute Memorial Day Decorations

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Man, this month is just flying by, isn’t it?! It seems like just yesterday it was Mother’s day, I blinked, and bam, Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner!

Today I thought I’d share a quick and easy DIY Project: DIY Last Minute Memorial Day Decorations

Memorial Day 4th of July Decorations Chalkboard Display

Seriously, y’all, this display took me about 15 minutes total, which is exactly how long I like to spend on holiday decorations in my home, haha. Okay, okay, it might take you a BIT longer if you have to take the time to chalkboard paint the bottles and an old picture frame, but still, this project shouldn’t take you more than a day, total. And just in time for Memorial Day weekend, no less!

Materials:

  • Empty, cleaned wine bottles with labels removed.
  • Old picture frame
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Chalkboard markers (I used Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalkboard Markers)
  • Any other red, white, and blue decorations you have lying around.

And that’s it! Seriously!

So, what are you waiting for? Grab you chalkboard spray paint, spray on 2 coats, wait to dry, then get to decorating!

Chalkboard Spray Paint Project

 

The best part? When you’re done, use a wet rag, and you’ll have a clean slate for the next holiday (or leave it up for Fourth of July?)! I used Marvy Uchida Chalkboard Bistro Markers for this project. They’re SO easy to use. Shake, press, and draw as if you were using a regular marker. The best part is they clean up super easily, and stand out brightly against the chalkboard background. If you’re looking for a last-minute project to spruce up your place for Memorial Day weekend (perhaps a Memorial Day BBQ?), then these will add a little cute pizzazz in less than a day’s work!

Chalkboard Memorial Day 4th of July Decorations Wine Bottles

Chalkboard Memorial Day 4th of July Board Decorations

 

What other decorations are you planning on displaying for Memorial Day weekend? Do you usually buy and save Memorial Day/4th of July decorations to use year after year? Or do you opt for the disposable, one-use decor for your BBQ party needs?

 

DIY Pillow Cover in Five Easy Steps

I’m back with another Drab to Fab for y’all:

DIY hand-sewn pillow cover!

This is one of the Pinterest project attempts completed for the 30-before-30 challenge: 30 completed Pinterest projects. View the rest here.

I had seen so many pillow case tutorials online, and sewing-machine tutorials for decorative pillow covers. But as ironic as it is, this avid DIY-er does not own a sewing machine (yet)! Because of this, the easier the template, and the fewer stitches needed, the better. And thus, though I pulled some tips and tricks from other Pinterest pins of pillow covers, I’m sharing a tutorial for those of y’all who also stick to the traditional way of sewing–by hand!

DIY Pillow cover

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Odds and Ends

Decorating a 20-something single apartment with used furniture and a tight budget.

Let it be known, folks: I hate change. I loathe it. Fatigue and fear both hit me equally when I think about the process of moving all my belongings down 3 flights of stairs and back up three more flights of different stairs in a new area.

But, two other feelings overwhelm me more than the former: excitement and creativity. Not only is this the first time I will get to live in my very own, but it’s a blank canvas to express myself through interior design.

Since this realization, my Pinterest board dedicated to apartment inspiration has been going CRAZY. But now, about four months to move-out date, I’ve started to slowly collect some essential items for the new apartment-to-be.

Standing floor mirror – $10 on an online garage sale.

standing mirror inexpensive on a budget

 

and, my latest thrifty find might quite possibly be my favorite:

Queen Size Brass Bed Frame, $75 online garage sale

brass bed frame antique queen size on a budget inexpensive

Quite a beauty, eh? I also snagged a comfy-as-heck queen-size ALL-WOOD futon for $150 at an actual garage sale. Not to shabby, I’d say. I’m at $235 for the furniture, and all I really “need” is a spine-worthy mattress.

With that in mind, I’m opening the floor to y’all! What items or must-haves did you wish others would have told you to buy when moving into your own place? What’s something you would not have survived living alone without? Can’t wait to hear your suggestions!

DIY Halloween Wine Bottles Decor

It’s that time of year, folks! As September crept by, I began to see the rollout of Halloween decor in all my favorite stores. Of course I made the annual grumble, thinking, “It’s still 100+ degrees out, how the hey can I get in the mood to buy halloween stuff right now?!” But, truth be told, I love Halloween and fall decor. Fall has become one of my FAVORITE times of the year, and I love the pretty colors that go along with this season.

So, during this time, I wanted to try out a new DIY project I had pinned a while back:

Decorative Halloween Wine Bottles

(It should also be mentioned that I’m a bit of a wine-o, and I admittedly indulge in a glass or two of red wine each night.) I took inspiration from here, here, and here, and got to work.

Materials Needed:

  • 7 wine bottles

  • Large pot for soaking bottles 2 at a time

  • Tempera paint in: red, green, white, orange, and black

  • Brushes for painting: a wide brush for base coats, a small brush for details

  • Halloween-themed ribbon (or black tulle if you opt for that look)

  • Krylon gloss finishing spray

 

Directions:

Step 1: Take off the wine labels.

Like an amateur, I attempted to just peel off the label on my first go. Yeah, that doesn’t work too well. So, I Googled some ideas and finally opted for soaking my bottles in a pot of hot (but not boiling) water for 15 minutes at a time. I noticed that adding some dish soap helped for the extra pesky labels.

After soaking, use a butter knife to scrape off the wet labels. It’s ok if some residue from the glue does not come off, but keep in mind this will keep your bottle from having a completely smooth finish.

Empty Wine Bottles for DIY Project Soak Wine Bottles to Remove Wine Labels Soak Wine Bottles to Remove Wine Labels Wine Bottle Removed from Wine Label

Step 2: Paint!

I noticed that the inspiration photos seemed to have a spray paint base, but let’s face it, I’m a college student, and if there’s a way to save money but have the same overall effect, you better believe I’ll find it!

I opted to paint both the base coat background and my designs for the Halloween wine bottles with Tempera paint. Plus sides: Super cheap, dries extra quickly to make coating to faster. Down sides: Goes on thin, so will need plenty of coats, dries with a chalky finish (I found the remedy for this downside, keep reading to find out), and can crack or get air bubbles if you don’t wait for the coat to dry completely before coating again.

painted halloween wine bottles

 

Step 3: Spray with Finish and Top with a Bow.

Because I wasn’t a fan of the chalky finish, and I wanted to make sure my bottles would last more than one season, I went out to the craft store and picked up some gloss finishing spray from Krylon. This stuff is great, since you can use it on practically any surface, and it leaves a clear shine to whatever project you’ve completed. Best part? The store was having a buy 2 deal, so I picked up some chalkboard paint spray from Krylon as well (to use on other projects as seen here and here and here!).

I decided on a cute small ribbon with Halloween colors that would go with all the bottles. I’ve seen some pins where people opted for black tulle, or even spray painted burlap black for a BOO-rific shabby chic look. This is a fun way to change up your halloween wine bottles decor look each season by simply swapping out the ribbon!

diy Halloween painted wine bottles

Halloween painted wine bottles diy project

(Please ignore the Christmas PJ Pants… I obviously have my holidays a bit mixed up! 😛 )

So, what do you think? Have you dabbled in any budget decor for Halloween season? What’s your favorite upcycling technique with wine bottles?

Until Next Time…