New Year DIY | Typographic paintbrush holder hack

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Hello Hello!

How’s the last week of January going? I’ve been trying to get my tax returns all done and dusted amidst all the madness that’s work and life – which I had hoped to have done over the christmas holidays but alas, I wasn’t as organised as hoped. Nearly there though!

Anyway, I’ve been making some changes with the blog content just so I’m able to juggle that more efficiently around my current demanding and somewhat haphazard nature of my workload. I realised it got left on the back burner the latter half of last year so one of the big changes is setting realistic goals for scheduled posts like my DIYs. I’ve decided that I’d stick to monthly posts as opposed to the very optimistic weekly one that I thought was a great idea back in 2013! So on that note, here’s my first DIY for the new year! :)

Like the decorative plate DIY I did last year, this one combines my love for typography and homeware to customise a ceramic vase I picked up from a Tiger store. I’ve had the vase for quite sometime with the hope that I’d do something with it but never got round it until i realised I needed a replacement container for my brushes in the studio.
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What you’ll need:

  • Plain ceramic vase (mug or plate)
  • Sharpies or permanent markers
  • Printouts of your chosen text (or trace it out)
  • washi tape & pencil (not pictured above)

[STEP 01] Once you’ve set your text to the right size to fit the vase (mug or plate), print it out or trace over it onto either plain or tracing paper. Then, on the reverse side of the paper, trace over your text (again) with graphite pencil – you’ dont have to be too neat with this but as long as it covers the text. If you’re unable to see the text then, place the sheet on a light box or against a window.

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[STEP 02] Now give the surface of your vase a quick wipe and lay your text the right side up (i.e. the pencilled part face down) and position it so you have it centred. You can cut around the text to get rid of any excess paper if it helps you see the positioning of the text. Then tack the paper down using washi tape.

[STEP 03] Trace over the text again with the pencil but this time, what you’re doing is transferring the graphite from the reverse side directly onto the ceramic surface – an old school technique to place your guidelines for when you free-hand over it. If you make a mistake, you can always easily wipe it off and start again.

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[STEP 04] Now for the fun part….you will need a steady hand for this! If you’re not super confident with fine lines then opt for fonts that you can trace and fill in as a solid text. That way there’s less chances of mistakes. Take your permanent marker pens and over the graphite lines, et voila! I did mine in two colours just to give it a two-tonal effect.

[STEP 05] You don’t have to do this unless perhaps you’re decorating a mug or plate wish you’re likely to use a bit more after it’s decorated but to let the ink ‘set’ place the vase in a non-preheated over for 30 mins at 175 degrees (350 degrees in fahrenheit / gas mark 4)

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It’s as simple as that folks! Your very own customised brush/pencil/pen holder which can work both free-standing or mounted on the wall. You can obviously choose to place flowers in it and hang it up in the house, seeing as it was a vase in the first place! Whatever way you decided to decorate it, I hope you see how simple, easy and fun this DIY, and how quickly you can transform any homeware you have kicking about at home with a quick DIY hack. It doesn’t have to be complicated at all nor do you have to wait for all the right materials or tools! Just look around and see what you have.

Hope this get’s your creative juices going….and i’ll be back with next month’s DIY!

Enjoy xxx
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D.I.Y. Feature | Laura Ashley Kitchen Makeover

MbM-Kitchen-Makeover_After 07Hello! Hope you’re first day back at work is going well or somewhat bearable!

Well, with this month being all about resolutions and makeovers, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share with you the kitchen makeover I had done last autumn, courtesy of Laura Ashley who were incredibly generous to sponsor me for on this project.

I’m not sure if I’ve ever talked about me wanting a better and brighter kitchen on here but its something I’ve been longing for, for quite some time now. While I’m super grateful for the larger-than-your-average-London kitchen, I was never a fan of the dated fittings which made the entire space look dull and dreary, particularly with just the one window we had in the one end of the room (as you’ll see from the images below). Of course, refitting and revamping the entire thing was completely out of the question for us, as a project like that would cost round about 5k or more (depending on the specs you go for) so it got me toying with the idea of a DIY alternative as a solution. We did actually paint the walls when we moved in; from a horrendous blue (what were they thinking!!) to a bright white just to help brighten up the space but even then it seemed rather lacklustre. It was clear that we just needed to do something about the horribly fitted 70-esque veneer kitchen cabinets that were sucking every ounce of day light we got!

So as you can imagine, I jumped at the chance when Laura Ashley offered to send their new range of ‘no-hassle’ furniture paint to trial it out on veneer cabinets. Funnily enough, painting the cabinets had crossed my mind briefly so the timing could not have been any more perfect!MbM-Kitchen-Makeover_BEFOREMbM-Kitchen-Makeover_WIP-strip

The entire process, while simple enough, was relatively lengthy, simply for the fact that the work had to be spread over two weeks, painting them in the evenings and on weekends. The job couldn’t be done at home because it would have disrupted our daily use of the kitchen and of course we didn’t have the space to accommodate all the doors that were dismantled so I had them brought to the studio. I could have easily tackled the entire job on my own, but I decided to rope my husband into just to help speed things up – the more hands, the better I say…much to his disappointment! ;) Anyway, the time we put into this paid off nicely and I’m delighted we have now have white cabinets that significantly help reflect more light into the space creating a much cheerful space to work in.  MbM-Kitchen-Makeover_WIP-01

If you’d like to read up more about the painting process and about the paint in itself, then you can find all the details including a load more images over on the Laura Ashley Blog. I can also tell you that after 3-4 months, we haven’t had any issues with the paint (i.e. peeling, staining or general wear n tearing) which is both brilliant and relieving! :) So yea, I hope you enjoyed this and I’ve got you thinking about their beautiful paint range. I can’t tell you how lush it is applying it on so much so I’m on the look out for more projects with the leftover paint! ;)

Happy Monday folks and hope you’re week is a good one! xx

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[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

**This post was sponsored by Laura Ashley, however all words and opinions are my own, influenced completely by my love for interiors, DIY and styling**