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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pillows

Star & Stripes Pillows

Call me old-fashioned, but one item on my bucket list is to have an American flag. Not just HAVE one, but have one to put outside in front of my house. And it can’t just be a run of the mill flag. No nylon and it can not be just printed ink. It will be a cotton flag. There is something about that heavy cotton material that makes it seem more authentic.

I’ve wanted to do a Fourth of July DIY that reminisced that old cotton flag look…and I think I found it! One of the sponsors from last summer’s Alt Design Summit, Michael Miller Fabrics, gave us all some fat quarter samples. I have held onto my lively blue samples for the right project. I had just enough solid blue fabric to use for the front of my reoccurring pillow case DIY. So I better not screw it up! I also had some leftover cotton twill from my Alphabet Joy pillow from last years 25 Days of Crafts. Together (with some red fabric) I had the makings of some great holiday decor.

I hope you all have a very Happy Independence Day!

Materials

  • 16″ x 16″ piece of blue cotton twill
  • 3 pieces of 16″ x 4″ red cotton twill
  • 2 pieces of 16″ x 4″ cream cotton twill
  • 4 pieces of 16″ x 10.5″ cream cotton twill
  • 9″ x 9″ cream cotton twill for the star
  • Cream thread
  • Scissors
  • 2 – 16″ x 16″ pillow inserts
  • Star Template
  • Sewing machine (not pictured)
  • Pencil (not pictured)

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Time

A few hours depending on your sewing skills. I cut my pieces out one night and sewed the next.

Instructions – Striped Pillow Front

Step 1:

With the right sides facing, place a red piece and cream piece together, and sew together a 1/2″ seam along the long edge.

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Open up the sewn pieces on the table (right side up) and align the long un-sewn edges of a red and cream piece together. Pin those two together and sew a 1/2″ seam.

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Repeat the step above by sewing alternating red than white pieces until all the pieces are sewn together, ending with a red piece on the top and bottom. With your 1/2″ seams, the inside pieces should end up being 3″ in height once they are sewn together. The top and bottom piece should be 3 1/2″ from edge to seam.

Step 2:

Flip the striped piece over, and iron the seams out flat.

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Step 3:

Bring it back to your sewing machine, and sew a finishing stitch along the left and right side of each seam 1/4″ from the seam. Be mindful of your distance from the seam to the stitch, not from the stitch to the cut edge. You might find it helpful to sew with the wrong side facing up, this way you can control the hem from rolling.

Iron out the piece when you are complete.

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Instructions – Star Pillow Front

Step 1:

Cut out the star by downloading and printing the Star Template. The template has two pages, one for the cream part of the star, and one for the blue part of the star.

For the cream part, simply trace and cut one cream piece.

For the blue part, cut out the center part (the solid lines.)

Step 2:

Place your blue fabric on the table and fold the bottom right corner up to meet the left top corner. This will create a triangle. Repeat that step with the bottom left to the top right.

Mark the center point with a pencil.

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Step 3:

Center the blue template over the pencil mark. You might find it easier if you attach it with some tape to hold it in place.

Next trace the edges of the cut part, including the lines that go into the points of the star.

Remove the tape, and cut out the lines you drew. You’ll be left with a weird star-like hole in the middle of your fabric.

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Step 4:

Using the paper template as a guide, fold back each of the edges to begin opening up your star. Iron them out as you go, and pin them to hold them in place.

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Step 5:

With the wrong side of the blue fabric facing up, take your cream star and align it over the top of the folded back star. This will become the backing for the star. Pin it in place.

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Step 6:

Flip it over right side up and sew a finishing stitch approx 1/4″ from the folded edges.

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Instructions – Pillow Backs

Step 1:

For the back of the pillow, take the 16″ x 10.5″ pieces and fold over one long edge 1/4” and then approx 3/8″ again on itself. Iron the folded edge flat and use a couple pins to hold the fold down. Repeat to the other piece.

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Step 2:

Sew each of the pinned pieces right down the center of the fold, about 1/4” from the edge.

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Step 3:

To assemble the pillow, place the front side of the pillow (right side up) on the table. Take one back piece (wrong side up) and align to the left edge of the front piece with the hem in the middle.

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Take the second back piece and align to the right edge of the front piece (wrong side up). Your pieces will overlap in the center.

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Pin together and sew a 1/2″ hem around all four sides.

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Once all edges have been sewn, trim the strings and turn right side out. Insert the pillow into the case and you are ready to use!

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It’s the perfect addition to your red, white, and blue decor. Happy Fourth of July!!!

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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.

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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

Round gold lacquer box

Pot of gold lacquer boxes

Gold lacquer boxes

I’ve never been one to get too into St. Patrick’s Day. I’m crazy right? Who wouldn’t want to wear green and drink beer all day? :) It also could be that all through junior high and high school my school colors included kelly green. Maybe I’m just burnt out of wearing green. But I do love gold…so why not make a beautiful pot of gold instead? And why not make two!!!

I really wanted to create my own lacquer box but when I started researching it, I realized that the “toxic fumes” and “multiple layers of paint” sounded like way too much work for a little box. Then I saw these lacquer boxes from The Container Store. SCORE! These were perfect for my craft idea. So many fun colors to choose from…and what color do I pick? White. I’m so predictable. I actually loved the way this craft turned out I may just go back and try another color! The rectangular box is $15 and the round one is only $11.

Round box

MATERIALS

  1. Gold spray paint
  2. Round white lacquer box
  3. Frog Tape – 1″ wide
  4. Small plastic bag

Round materials

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Take off the lid, and set aside. Next, since the Frog Tape is 1″ wide, it’s easy to place on your box. Place 1 strip around the top of the box. This will expose 2″ on the bottom to the spray paint.

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Step 2:

Take your plastic bag and place it about halfway on the strip of tape. Take another strip of tape and tape the bag around the rim of the box. Tuck the bag into the box when you’ve taped the whole rim. This will block out any paint from going into the box.

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Step 3:

Now you are ready to spray paint your box!

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Step 4:

Once the paint has dried, you can now remove the tape and paper mask. (This was my first time using Frog Tape and I was impressed! The edges stayed pretty darn clean.)

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Now this is a pot of gold I can dig. :)

Round gold lacquer box

Rectangular box

MATERIALS

rectagnular materials

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Tape the lid onto the box with two small strips of Frog Tape.

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Step 2:

Cut out the following pieces out of your scrap paper:

  • Front – 2 15/16″ x 6 7/8″
  • Back – 2 15/16″ x 6 7/8″
  • Top – 3 3/8″ x 6 7/8″
  • Left side – 3 3/8″ x 2 15/16″
  • Right side – 3 3/8″ x 2 15/16″

These will be used to mask off the center portions of each side of the box when you paint. They allow for a 1/2″ border on each side.

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Step 3:

To achieve that 1/2″ border, you have to cut off a 1/2″ off from each side. Once you have done that, place a strip of Frog Tape to each side with 1/2″ showing. Trim the edges of the tape to make square edges.

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Step 4:

Repeat Step 3 till you have all the sides cut and taped.

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Step 5:

Now you are ready to spray paint your box!

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Step 6:

Once the paint has dried, you can now remove the tape and paper mask.

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Now you are ready to fill it with all your treasures! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

rectangular box