DIY Gilded Picture Frame

diy gilded picture frame

Thrift stores are a great place to pick up picture frames. Even if they’re a bit beat-up, they can often be restored or re-invented with just a bit of paint. I found this wooden frame last year and it has been sitting around for a while:

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I wasn’t a huge fan of the generic print, but the frame was wood and was a nice shape, and the matting was also in decent shape. So I decided to reinvent it with a bit of paint.

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I picked up a jar of Martha Stewart Metallic Paint in Vintage Gold at Home Depot. It was only $6 and it’s a pretty big jar (10 oz) so I should be able to use it for lots of projects. The description says it is an “all-purpose finish for walls, furniture, and accent pieces”, so I thought it would hold up better than a simple craft paint.

I didn’t bother to sand, just wiped the frame down and painted the gold paint on with a sponge brush. I decided to leave part of the frame bare just for a fun twist. After I let the first coat dry (about an hour), I brushed on a second coat, which seemed to give it the coverage it needed.

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(Sorry about the lack of process pics. I got caught up in it and forgot.)

I didn’t have any art that I felt would fit the style of the frame, so I just made my own art using some colored Sharpie markers on watercolor paper and added a few gold accents.

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Right now, my little DIY gilded picture frame is hanging out on a little chest of drawers that is tucked under the spiral staircase in the family room. It was kind of a dead space so I thought I’d fill it up with something useful.

Have you updated an old picture frame lately?

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DIY: Fabric-Covered Shoebox

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Kate over at Centsational Girl today posted an awesome tutorial for covering craft store wooden boxes with fabric for some pretty and functional storage. Her boxes look so beautiful that I decided I was going to try my hand at it too! Definitely go check out her tutorial and beautiful pictures of the finished product!

Unfortunately I didn’t have any wooden boxes on hand, nor did I have the right kind of staples for the staple gun, so instead I decided to cover an old shoebox. That’s the kind of thrifty DIY project that really gets my blood pumping. I never throw away old shoeboxes, thinking that I’m going to repurpose them for storage, but they’re so ugly that I never end up using them.

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I started out with an old shoebox and some $1/yard fabric that I had picked up a couple of years ago. I intended to make pillow covers with it but the fabric was so thin I didn’t think it would hold up too well. It was perfect for this project, though, cause the lightweight fabric didn’t add too much bulk.

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Instead of stapling, I just hot-glued the fabric to the box. I basically followed Centsational Girl’s directions, just substituting hot glue instead of staples. (Hey, gotta use what you have…)

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After hot-gluing both long sides I trimmed the fabric on the short sides (as per her directions), and folded it up over the side.

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More hot glue. Lots and lots of hot glue. I may have burned a finger or two. I also added a bead of hot glue just on the seam on the corners to help it lie flat.

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Just for fun, I lined the box with orange craft felt to hide the jaggedy edges. I hot glued that down too.

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I basically did the exact same thing for the lid, except that I couldn’t line it with felt because it would have fit too snugly. Who knew a shoebox could be so pretty?

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My little fabric-covered shoebox is now living on the Expedit where it corrals loose photos, magnets, and cards that I don’t have room to display, but don’t want to throw away.

I love fast, functional projects like this! I was able to complete the project, shoot the photos, and post this blog post all during the baby’s morning nap! Woot!

Spring Dinner: Asian Turkey Noodle Salad

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Ahhh…not to rub it in, all my friends who live in cooler climes…but the weather here in Southern California has been downright balmy. I mean, shorts and tank-tops, SPF-30, carry a bottle of water around, kinda weather. We’ve been enjoying the longer days and more time spent outdoors before bedtime (at least, bedtime for Gracie). We’ve also been enjoying the delicious spring produce that the warmer weather has brought!

Yesterday was one of those nights where you look up all sorts of recipes for dinner and nothing sounds good. So I decided to throw together a cool, fresh, main-course salad inspired by a Vietnamese rice noodle salad that Chris and I frequently enjoy. The best thing was that it used up some ground turkey I had on hand (which is super budget-friendly) and the rest of the ingredients are ones I commonly have on hand.

If you don’t have fish sauce you can omit it and just add salt to taste, although it won’t be anywhere near as funky-smelling (that could be a good or bad thing, depending on you haha). Oh, and I didn’t have cilantro last night, so I used parsley (which usually isn’t used in this dish), but it was still delicious. Parsley has a lovely anise flavor which isn’t alien to Southeast Asian dishes so it worked well.

Hope you like it too!

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Asian Turkey Noodle Salad

Serves 4

Meat Marinade
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

Salad Dressing
1/4 cup Vietnamese fish sauce
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup water
3 tbsp honey or sugar
juice of 1 large lime
pinch of crushed red chili flakes
2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Salad
1 pound ground turkey
6 oz dried soba noodles
1 bag washed baby greens (about 5 oz)
1 English cucumber, julienned (or 5 persian cucumbers, or 2 asian cukes)
handful of bean sprouts (optional)
toasted sesame seeds
extra sesame oil, cilantro, hot chilies, lime juice, to taste

Mix the dressing ingredients together and set aside to let the flavors meld.

Mix the marinade ingredients into the ground turkey. Mix it thoroughly and let it sit for 30 min. Then saute the turkey over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, cook the soba noodles according to package directions. Rinse the noodles thoroughly in a colander set under running water. As in, really get in there with your hands and scrub all the slimy stuff off the noodles. Drizzle a bit of sesame oil on the noodles and mix well with your hands (this prevents noodles from sticking together while they wait).

Fill the bottom of 4 large noodle bowls with salad greens. Top with julienned cucumbers, bean sprouts (if using), noodles, and ground turkey. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Drizzle with dressing and serve with extra dressing on the side, as well as other condiments such as chopped cilantro, hot chilies, and lime wedges.

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Homegoods Score: Adler-esque Dog

Here’s my latest find from Homegoods!

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There are many times when I’m trolling the aisles of Homegoods and I don’t see a single thing I like. I’m literally – I have a budget that I want to spend, and I can’t find anything I want to buy! #firstworldproblems

On this particular trip I was feeling a bit frustrated because I felt like shoppers were being so rude. Don’t people say “excuse me” anymore? I was pushing my 1-year old around the baby aisle and all these older women (without children) kept pushing past us without even a glance or a word. I had to literally back out of aisles several times so people wouldn’t run right into us, and not even a soft little “sorry” or “excuse me” was to be heard. It could have been the same lady several times, I don’t know. But I was a little ticked off at the world.

Not that this ceramic dog made this all better. But it is rare for me to find something so cute at Homegoods. It almost looks Jonathan Adler-esque. I like the playful graphic pattern on the tail and front leg. And it was budget-friendly at $16.99 too.

Right now he’s guarding the fireplace mantel until I decide where I want him permanently.

DIY Behind-the-Sofa Table

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Chris’ latest woodworking project is done and is now adding a ton more warmth and charm into our living room!

This one was a fast one, thank goodness. No more 4-month-long projects like the family room reno please, at least for a while. This DIY console table (or sofa table, or what have you…) only took Chris a few weeknights to knock out. I think it looks great AND adds a ton of function.

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Chris and I were browsing around at West Elm a while ago and noticed all of the “rustic” furniture that is sooooo trendy right now. You know, the recycled “pallet” furniture look. Chris remarked that he thought building some of those rustic-looking furniture pieces wouldn’t be difficult, so I challenged him to do it!

We actually had a goodly amount of “reclaimed” wood (a.k.a. scrap wood taken out of the house during renovations) and an L-shaped sofa table seemed like just the right project for it. We had been wanting something behind the L-shaped sofa in the living for a while. The sofa was looking kind of tiny all smooshed in the corner of the room and we wanted something to help float it out off the walls.

Before:

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Now:

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The reclaimed wood is all battered and scraped, which is definitely in keeping with this trendy industrial-rustic look.

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Structurally, it’s an incredibly simple piece. We knew it would mostly be hidden behind the sofa so we didn’t bother to finish off the inner sides:

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Here’s what the legs look like in case that helps. The legs were just scrap 2×4’s screwed together and the top/exposed sides are three 1×4’s screwed side by side. The 1×4’s were pretty old and brittle so we had a bit of splitting but nothing too bad.

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Then we gave it a light sanding with coarse-grit sandpaper just to remove any splinters. It’s definitely pretty bare-bones on the interior.

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But the parts that show look great! The L-shape makes it so unique and perfect for our space.

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You can’t really see it until you get close. But it’s a great place to set a drink and warms up those cool gray walls a TON.

I’m still figuring out how to decorate it. The budget is pretty tight around here so I’m not really looking to buy a ton of new accessories, so I’ll be rummaging through what I have in the house. I did add some of my DIY napkin pillows for a nice pop of color.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE! We have now created plans that will will help you to build this project. Better angles, more info, and measurements! Go take a look at the plans for the DIY sofa table!

Sofa Table

I can’t decide whether we should have built it out longer so it reaches the other side of the window. What do you think? Is this a project you would tackle?

If you like this project, check out our DIY Dining Table too!

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