The Best Neutral Paint Color....?

by DIY Maven

The Best Neutral Paint Color....?

Several years ago I had the displeasure of babysitting model homes. You know the drill. ‘Welcome to (insert name of development here). This is the (insert name of the home plan here).’ After six hour days of the same spiel over and over and over, I started to lose it. I had to find ways to entertain myself, so I began keeping a running total in my head as to how many people had complementary remarks about the furniture, the cabinetry, the flo...

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Make This: Easy DIY Origami Wall Art in Under 30 Minutes!

by Stephanie Lee

Make this: Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

While I’m a firm believer that everyone is creative, I understand that many people aren't comfortable with the idea of painting or drawing their own wall art. Heck, I’ve worked with paint all my life and sometimes I still don’t feel completely at ease with a paintbrush in hand!

Make this: Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

The wonderful thing about art is that you can make it out of pretty much anything. So if you're looking for a way to decorate your walls, instead of going down...

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Pastel Paradise: How to Make Natural Dyes for Fabric

by Holly Wade

Pastel Paradise: How to Make Natural Dyes for Fabric

I'm all about pastels right now, and I suspect we'll be seeing even more pastels while spring is in bloom. To create the pastel paradise I want for Easter, I felt I needed pastel colored fabric napkins. Since I wanted to learn more about natural dyes, I searched for ways to dye fabric with traditional household items in order to achieve my pastel color palette. I decided to experiment with a few different ingredients, and ultimately, red...

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Make It: DIY Photographic Pillow With Light-Sensitive Dye (on the Cheap!)

by Jennifer Farley

Make It- DIY Pillow with light Sensitive Dye

Who doesn't love a colorful pillow? Moreover, who doesn't love a bold, graphic colorful pillow with a personal touch? This simple technique allows you to print any image of your choosing onto fabric, then sew it up for a totally custom look. Right? Right. Let's make one!

 

MATERIALS

Make It- DIY Pillow with light Sensitive Dye

Here is what you need:

  • 1/2 yard white or natural colored duck canvas fabric. Painters drop cloth could work as well.
  • Jacquard Solar Fast Light Sensitive Dye or Lumi Inkodye. (Both will work well, I chose the Solar Fast because it was cheaper)
  • Photograph printed on 11.5 X 17 transparency. You need two of the same print. (more on this below)
  • Straight pins
  • Glass from a large picture frame 
  • Foam brush or foam roller
  • 1/2 cup or water 
  • bowl  for mixing
  • Solid surface slightly bigger than your fabric, such as a piece of plywood. This is key for quickly transferring your work from inside to outside. You will want to do all the painting work on this surface.
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The key to this project is light-sensitive dye. There are many choices of color in this product, so go wild! 

I was excited to do this project, butthe more I read up on how to do it, the more expensive it got. Not only did I have to buy the dye, it looked like I needed to by the specific film, and the SolarFast wash for washing your dyed print. Don't get me wrong; I am sure all of these things are great products but a little pricey for just getting started. I decided to be a little bit rebellious to see if I could use light sensitive dye without all the accessories.  (Hint: it worked!)

 

Step

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Take or find a photograph. The best photographs are going to be ones that are simple with lots of contrasts. You don't want a busy photo. I found my photo Gratisography, a site with free photos with no copyright restrictions. You want to take or use a photo that is simple with distinct areas of contrast. I used these tips for my guide.

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Turn your photo to black and white. You can do this on your phone or any basic photo editing application or website such as iPhoto or Canva.com. (My photo was already black and white, so I hopped right along.)

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Turn your photo into a negative. Here are a few ways you can do this:

Make It- DIY Pillow with light Sensitive Dye

Photoshop: Upload your photo. On the top toolbar select Image, then select Adjustment, and then select Invert. Save to your computer. If you have another type of editing software just Google how to "invert a photo" or "create a negative" with that software and I am positive there will be instructions out there.

Phone: Download the free app Negative Me Free and follow the instructions.

Website: Lumi Inkodye has created an app for you to create negatives. Its free to use just upload your picture and follow the instructions. app.inkodye.com

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Print your photo on 11.5 X 17 transparency paper. Instead of buying a bunch of transparency paper I don't need I took mine to a Office Max and spent $2 to print the photo. You need two prints. This is important because you will need both to create the most contrast.

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Lay down your photo on your wooden board or transferrable solid surface. I used the backside of an old ceiling tile.

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Make It- DIY Pillow with light Sensitive Dye

Prep your fabric. I washed and ironed my fabric first. Then, I taped around my negative to prep for painting. (You do not have to tape. I just wanted the picture to be framed on my pillow)

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Take the negative off the fabric and set aside.

Important: Due to the light sensitive nature of the dye, the next steps need to be done quickly. Make sure these steps are done in low light room with no direct sunlight.

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Pour 1/2 a cup of a water into a bowl and pour about a tablespoon of dye into the bowl. Stir up the mixture with your paint brush.

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Paint your fabric with the mixture. Do this quickly and make sure you cover the entire surface of the fabric well. It should be saturated with the dye in the area of the picture so the details will show up.

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Make It- DIY Pillow with light Sensitive Dye

Layer both negatives on top of each other and place on top of your fabric. Don't skip the step of layering two negatives. It will work with one but there won't be much contrast in the picture.

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Make It- DIY Pillow with light Sensitive Dye

Secure the negatives to the fabric. I did this with push pins. You can also do this with the glass from a photo frame. I had one ready but I didn't use it. I would have used the glass it was a windy day. Since it was not the pins worked fine.

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Set your fabric out in the direct sun for 20-25 minutes.

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Bring your fabric inside and voila!  You have a photo on your fabric!

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Hang dry your fabric dry in a dark area.

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Make It- DIY Pillow with light Sensitive Dye

Wash your fabric by itself on a delicate cycle. I was really afraid of this step. I did not purchase the SolarWash. I simply used a tablespoon of detergent and crossed my fingers. It came out perfect.  No bleeding or running. The light sensitive dye is still activated until you wash it; washing the print is what stops the dye and makes it permanent. When making my pillow, I needed to iron the fabric, and that didn't present any problems either. The dye is on there for good.

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Make It- DIY Pillow with light Sensitive Dye

Make your pillow. I grabbed some scrap fabric and used this tutorial for making my pillow and used this tutorial for adding piping around the pillow.

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I love the way it turned out. My husband and I met working at a summer camp. My son recently went to that summer camp and loved it. The three canoes are a nice little reference to this part of my family's story.

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I am already contemplating my next project with the light sensitive dye. What should I make?

I loved reading this post about all fun ways to decorate Easter eggs, and I am wondering I can use the light sensitive dye to decorate my Easter Eggs.

 

 

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Eye Candy: 10 Cozy, Colorful Reading Nooks

by Faith Provencher
Eye Candy: 10 Cozy, Colorful Reading Nooks
Photo: Apartment Therapy

There's something so appealing about a cozy reading nook, isn't there? Whether it's a window seat, a reinvented closet space or just a corner of the room, creating a comfy space specifically for indulging in books and magazines is sure to up your reading time. Here are ten drool-worthy colorful reading nooks that you'll want to recreate in your home.   

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Color 101 with David Bromstad: How to Decorate with Neutral Colors without Making Your Space Totally Boring

by David Bromstad

Color 101 with David Bromstad: How to Decorate with Neutral Colors without Making Your Space Totally Boring

This month, Curbly is excited to team up with designer and TV host David Bromstad, of HGTV's Design Star and The White Room Challenge. David is offering his professional tips about one his biggest passions: using color to transform everyday rooms into something extraordinary.  


In case you haven't heard, neutrals don't have to be boring. Not even beige. You can still bring interest and depth of color in your home without adding brights or anything crazy…   

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Color 101 with David Bromstad: How to Use Bright and Bold Colors in Your Décor

by David Bromstad

Color 101 with David Bromstad: How to Use Bright and Bold Colors in Your Décor

This month, Curbly is excited to team up with designer and TV host David Bromstad, of HGTV's Design Star and The White Room Challenge. David is offering his professional tips about one his biggest passions: using color to transform everyday rooms into something extraordinary. 

You know I looove me some bright colors! But incorporating them into your home can be tricky.  But it’s not impossible!  My number one recommendation is always to keep the majority of your elements

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Color 101 with David Bromstad: How to Choose the Right Colors for Your Home

by David Bromstad

Color 101 with David Bromstad: How to Choose the Right Colors for Your Home

This month, Curbly is excited to team up with designer and TV host David Bromstad, of HGTV's Design Star and The White Room Challenge. David is offering his professional tips about one his biggest passions: using color to transform everyday rooms into something extraordinary. 

Whenever people ask me where to start with finding the right colors for their home; I always recommend learning the basics.

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First of all, it is important to think about the psychological effects of the color you are choosing!  For instance, blues, greys and greens have a calm soothing effect; they also help you concentrate and keep you focused.

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How to: Make a Modern and Colorful Geometric Mobile

by Chris Gardner

 

How to: Make a Modern and Colorful Geometric Mobile

I'll admit it: I'm an excitable guy. I get really energized by surrounding myself with inspiring things. And this DIY geometric mobile project combines three of my favorites: the combination of natural wood grain and solid color, kinetic, evolving art, and really inexpensive materials that come together to look like something I'd paid bundles for.   

So, I came up with this easy DIY project that uses around $7.00 in materials but makes a fun impact on any space. (It's hanging in my office right now!) By using wooden cubes, but painting different sides and hanging them by the corner, it creates the effect of much more complicated geometric shapes but without having to cut any fancy angles (or cutting the wood at all), or do any math.

And its always moving and changing, so it looks different from all sides, and the color combinations are never the same.

 Watch the video and follow the steps below

Tools and Materials

  • 5x 1 1/2" wooden cubes (available in the unfinished wood aisle at the craft store in packs of six)
  • ScotchBlue painters tape
  • Acrylic paint in various colors and brushes
  • Small screw eyes, such as 13/16"
  • Measuring tape or long ruler
  • 2x 36" lengths piano (music) wire or thin metal rods, such as .047" (found in hobby shops, craft stores, and some independent hardware stores or online)
  • Cutting pliers
  • Round nose or needle nose pliers 
  • Awl or thick nail
  • Electric drill and drill bits

1. Begin by using ScotchBlue Painter's Tape to tape off your blocks to create crisp paint lines. Take a small length of tape and apply it corner to corner on one face of your block. Then, tape off the opposite sides so you have a 45-45-90° triangle of wood exposed. (Yay, geometry class!) Repeat with each block.

2. Mix up your colors, and paint inside the tape lines. Repeat for each block and each color, and allow to dry. By the time you've finished the last one, the first one should be dry enough to remove the tape.

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3. Choose another side of your block (not touching the first one, in case the paint isn't full dry yet) and tape as in step one. Repeat for all blocks, choosing colors, sides, and triangles at random.

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4. Use the awl or nail to create a starter divot in each of the blocks. This will give the spinning drill bit someplace to sit as you drill the pilot hole.

Note: I tried hanging the blocks from the center of a face, the center of an edge, and corner, and found the latter to be the most attractive. Feel free to experiment with the screw eye placement that works best for the look you're going for.  

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5. Select a drill bit that's 1/8" or 1/16" smaller than your screw eyes, and drill a small pilot hole through your awl divot. Hold a screw eye in one hand, and spin the block onto it to allow the threads to bury themselves in the wood.

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6. Cut one of your 36" lengths of piano wire exactly in half to 18". It's important to be careful in your measurements here, as each need to be the same size so the mobile will balance perfectly.

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7. On each 18" wire, mark a line at 9". Test the balance point by letting the wire sit on the edge of your pliers. If it's right on, use the needle nose or round nose (preferably) to create loop by bending each of the sides of the wire 180° to the other side of the pliers. Take your time, as your balance point will need to be exactly in the center of this loop so everything hangs evenly. 

 

Test your balance by allowing your newly looped wire to rest on the edge of your pliers. It should be parallel to the floor on both sides. If it sits at an angle, snip tiny bits of wire off the lower side until it balances.

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9. Connect the two rods at the loop point. This works a little like those bent nail puzzles, but it's not nearly as complicated. Just finagle them until they're connect by their center loops. The top one will now be upside-down, that is, with the loop to the bottom of the rod, and the bottom one will have it's loop at the top. Just try it, it'll make sense.

 

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10. On each end, use the round or needle nose pliers to make a loop that will interlock with the screw eyes in each block. Be sure that all of the loops face the same direction, so that all the blocks will hang evenly.

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11. Attach four of the blocks via their screw eyes to the loops. Check for balance. If everything's swell, make a shorter center rod (about 3 1/2") with a loop on each end, as seen here:

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Connect one to the center of the mobile, and the other to the fifth block.

12. Hang it up and enjoy!

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This post was sponsored by ScotchBlue Painter's Tape, but all opinions are my own.

Visit ScotchBlue Ribbons on Facebook to learn how to win one of hundreds of daily samples!
 

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Make It: DIY Paint-Dipped Wooden Utensils!

by Capree K

Make It: DIY Paint-Dipped Wooden Utensils!

The paint-dipping craze isn't going anywhere anytime soon, kids.  Which is a-okay in my book (I secretly love it... okay it's not really that big of a secret).  If you feel compelled to dip everything within a 5 mile radius in paint as well, you'll love this DIY idea!   

Wooden spatulas and utensils can be found here.  After that, all you need is some craft paint in your color(s) of choice and some food-safe shellac*.  Hit up Erin's...

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What's Your Color? Take the My Life, My Colors Quiz

by Bruno Bornsztein

It's that part of year when next year's color trend predictions are coming out, and it's a good time to start thinking about bringing more color into your home. In our case, Alicia usually tries to repaint the living room at least once or twice a year, just for good measure, and to drive me completely crazy.

This week, we've teamed up with Glidden to bring you their My Life, My Colors, quiz (below), a quick set of questions that'll help you...

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