Merry Christmas

The month of December I was able to slow down for once and relax. I was able to put my Christmas tree and decorations up early and enjoy them. I also had time to catch up on my DVR, as well as even watch some cheesy made-for-tv holiday specials. :) I also had time to revisit some of my old holiday DIY posts, and clean them up a little for my blog. I especially reflected on 25 Days of Crafts that I did back in 2013 with Cathie of tinsel + trim. It was so fun to go back through all our crafts…remembering all the late nights we spent working on them. :) We were so crazy trying to attempt that.

So whether you have the time off or not, I hope you all had some time to enjoy the festivities, and reflect on the season. Here is a sneak peak of my house all ready for the big day.

Merry Christmas to you and your families!

 

Modern tiles

One of the next house projects on my list is to tile the backsplash in my kitchen, and soon thereafter my first floor powder room. As soon as my summer slows down and I have a weekend to spare I will start the project.

In the search for the perfect tile, I found a bunch of modern tile ideas that I like. My space isn’t that large so I need to keep it pretty simple. I narrowed it down to a medium sized matte white rectangular tile with a medium-light gray grout. Until they are delivered I will be watching numerous YouTube videos on how to do-it-yourself. Stay tuned for the before and after!

So until the big reveal, here is some of my favorites!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raw Steel

Raw steel accents are one of my ALL TIME favorite architectural elements. Anything from¬†loft railings, staircases, windows, shelving or beams…it’s right up my alley. Some may find raw steel cold, but for me it just brings more dimension to the space. It’s the mix of natural materials that I love so much. I don’t have the luxury of living in a home like one of these (yet) but I do bring out some steel accents where I can. They might be more in the form of say…a coffee table. :)

Here are a few of my favorites right now. Aren’t they just gorgeous!!!

 

 

Picture via Elle Decoration UK – from FashionSquad

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two-tone wood box

Two-tone wood box

If you are a follower of Krafty Kath you might have figured out by now that I have a slight obsession with containers. Boxes, bins, baskets, or containers…I love them all. If I could own The Container Store I would. So if you love containers as much as I do, then I’m your girl. The container crafts will keep coming as long as I am blogging. :)

I have purchased boxes with hinges for past DIYs, but for this one I really wanted a box that had a traditional lift-off lid. I found these  great unfinished boxes on Turns2Art Etsy shop. They have a great selection of unfinished wood pieces.

For this particular box, I wanted to create something a little different instead of painting the entire box one color. So I decided to paint a combination of clean modern white and rustic dark wood. I love the contrast!

Two-tone wood box

MATERIALS

  • Unfinished wood box
  • White spray paint
  • Clear glossy spray paint (if you have GLOSSY spray paint, then you don’t need the clear coat)
  • Minwax Wood stain
  • Minwax Paste Finishing Wax
  • Paper towel
  • Old cloth
  • Foam brush
  • Sandpaper

Two-tone wood box

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Sand any rough edges off your box. Mine came pretty much smooth as can be so I just did a little on the edges.

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Step 2:

Spray the bottom half of your box with the white spray paint. Let the white paint fully dry and then spray the glossy clear on top of that.

Note: If you have GLOSSY spray paint, then skip spraying it with clear coat.

Step 2

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Step 3:

While the bottom half is drying, paint the top of your box with the wood stain. I chose Minwax “Jacobean” because it’s a nice dark brown. I didn’t stain underneath the lip of the lid because I didn’t want it rubbing off on the bottom of the box.

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Step 4:

Once the stain is dried, you can apply a coat of the finish wax using a paper towel. Let the wax sit on the lid for about 15 minutes and then buff it out with an old cloth. You can see that this finish allows the wood grain to come through! Love it!

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Step 5:

Since we painted the inside of the bottom, the lid MIGHT be a bit of a tight fit. Sand a little bit of the lid’s lip to help it fit into the bottom portion.

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Step 6:

Once it’s all dried you can put the lid on your box. :) I love the contrast between the two halves. It’s modern and rustic at the same time!

Two-tone wood box