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  1. And then I painted a rug

    March 30, 2012 by Hobbylobbyist

    I know that this blog is supposed to be about crafting but there are just so many other fun things going on right now. I promise I’ll get back to it soon, but in the meantime I am busy finishing up our house and getting ready for a friend’s baby shower. First, the house:

    I have made one significant addition to our living room since you last saw photos– my very own DIY homage to the Jonathan Adler Nixon rug.

    It started like this:








    And ended like this:








    BAM. Not bad for $65 huh? That’s not to say it was without challenges (and navy cat prints down our hallway) but it was worth it. I referenced this tutorial and this one too, but I have summarized the steps (and missteps) I took for your education and amusement.


    (One note on the tape: The tutorials recommend using the green painters’ tape. I accidentally bought the blue stuff but it still worked fairly well.)

    If you are a sensible person, you’ll start out with a small rug and a simple pattern like stripes or chevrons. If you are a sadist, you’ll choose to do a massive rug in a complicated pattern like I did. I opted to do a rug similar to the Nixon pattern that Jonathan Adler has incorporated into his recent designs.

    At this point, you must fight your crafty instinct to go nuts and start taping. You must first measure your rug and do some algebra. You need to measure your rug because the Swedes are notorious rug thieves and therefore Ikea will probably short you a couple inches on what they claim the rug size to be. Joking aside, every tutorial I’ve read using this rug has resulted in a different measurement. Some may blame manufacturing defects, I prefer to blame the sneaky Swedes.








    Anyhoo, back to the algebra part. You’ll want to figure out how many squares you’ll want down the length and width of your rug. I decided to do seven by five squares on my rug.  Make sure you factor in the width of the tape you use when doing the math. I used 1 inch tape on this rug.








    Once I figured out my spacing, I decided to mark out the length and width of my lines with little pieces of tape. This made it easier for me to see if my lines were getting off. After checking that everything was right, the taping began.

    In my opinion, this was the most tedious part. You can use the weave of the rug to keep your lines straight but I also used a ruler to check myself every few feet.








    Jasper was a big help as you can see.








    Almost there!








    After you tape out the lines you’ll need to cut out the strips between the squares. This was absolutely my favorite part of this project. It went really fast and was so satisfying to see the pattern come out.

    Here’s the cautionary tale portion of my tutorial. Make sure you mix your paint and textile medium according to the directions on the bottle. I was so eager to get painting that I just eyeballed it and did not mix the two together enough. The textile medium will also lighten the color of your paint slightly, so mix up a ton at the beginning of your project. Otherwise it’s too hard to mix extra paint to the exact shade you need.










    The next tip deserves its own paragraph. Don’t be shy about using a lot of paint. I was timid when I first began painting, and therefore the coat was spotty and rough. I had to basically re-paint the whole rug and the color is uneven in spots. I also had to touch up a lot a lot of white spots with a brush after finishing with the roller.








    Final tip: Make sure you have your pet locked away from this rug while it’s drying. And tell your significant other that there’s a reason that certain doors in your home are closed. And when he forgets two minutes after you tell him and accidentally chases the cat across the wet paint and through the house, laugh. Because there’s nothing else you can do. Oh, and make your significant other scrub up all the paw prints.












    This project took about five hours over the course of a weekend. Was it worth it? Totally. Will I do it again? Not for a while, but it’s a great way to get a custom rug look for a low cost.


  2. Investment pieces

    March 28, 2012 by Hobbylobbyist

    As a child of the midwest, I am a big fan of finding a deal. Paying full-price at Target was about as fancy as I got. Now that I am a grown-up living in Dallas I feel like I should stop buying off the sale rack and instead venture into grown-up stores and buy high-quality things that will last me forever.

    (A quick aside– As I wrote that sentence, I realized I had pudding in my hair. So much for being a grown-up.)

    Back to investment pieces. When I refer to investment pieces, I am thinking beyond the closet and into the rest of our home. Our current decor consists of what happened when we combined our Ikea furniture into one house. I like what we have and it works for us but as we add anything new, we have to step back and decide if we should find a reasonable temporary solution, or bite the bullet and get something nicer AKA more expensive.

    My newest debate over spend vs. splurge relates to pillows. On one hand, decorative pillows are a great way to easily switch out trends in your home. On the other, I want to find things I’m going to love for more than a season or two.

    Antique Suzani Pillow, $126 from Etsy












    Cut Velvet Pillow, $38 from Etsy











    Turks Handmade Kilim Pillow Case, $71.95 from Etsy










    Which pillow is your favorite? What decor items do you save on and what do you splurge on?

    (Blog note: There’s an easyish way to put photos in a post that, for some reason, causes all of the text to disappear. There’s a hard way to put photos in a post that, for some reason, causes big spaces between images. This is the third time I’ve done this post and I surrender to the WordPress Gods on this one.)

  3. A completed project for incomplete projects

    March 15, 2012 by Hobbylobbyist

    We had a chalkboard painted on the wall of our kitchen at our last place and it was magical. I would write down chores every Friday, and by Sunday night they’d all be checked off by the Mister. Clearly I needed to keep this going once we moved. I started writing out our first to-do list, pictured below.

    After I snapped the picture, it occurred to me that this may need explaining beyond “we need to move the haunted bookshelf”.

    Shortly after we moved in, the Mister pointed out that the previous tenants left a large bookshelf in the closet next to the HVAC system. I thought it was pretty sweet– free bookshelf, ammaright? I wondered aloud why anyone would leave a good piece of furniture behind and the Mister replied, “It’s probably haunted.”

    Undaunted (sort of like the white chick at the beginning of every scary movie) I tried to remove it from the closet and it won’t budge. It’s not even close to fitting out the door– it’s at least three inches too big to fit out. The Mister took this as confirmation that the bookshelf was, indeed, haunted. I don’t disagree with him, I just wish it could be haunted in the guest room holding all of my craft supplies.

    Somewhat related-but not really: I don’t like scary movies but the ads always hook me. I have started reading the plots of the movies I’m too frightened to see in theaters on Wikipedia so I can find out what happens. Is that weirder or less weird than declaring that your furniture is haunted?

  4. While the Mister is Away

    March 11, 2012 by Hobbylobbyist

    The Mister was in Oklahoma this weekend with his friends doing guy things so I had the house to myself. Couple that with too much time to look through Pinterest, and I have a LOT of ideas on how we can make our new place feel like home.

    Let’s start with the living room:


    • Tons of natural light
    • Hardwood floors
    • Built-in bookshelves



    • Beige fireplace complete with faux logs
    • Mismatched lighting. To quote Stacey London, “It doesn’t have to match, but it has to go.”
    • Cheap window coverings and beige valance. (I’m going to call it a valance, but at some point there was electrical wired to it because there is a plug dangling down one side. Any ideas what that used to be?)
    • Improvised coffee table


    I’m sure there are more cons but I’m going to stop at four. At the advice (pleading?) of the Mister, I’m not going to try to fix it all at once and instead tackle it over time. I have a few projects in process, but for now I’ll just share some inspiration pictures.









    What decorating changes made your house feel like home? Is decorating in your home a team effort, or do you just make changes when your spouse is our of town?

  5. And then I discovered the internet

    March 5, 2012 by Hobbylobbyist

    The lovely people at AT&T came by today to hook up our TV and internet. Maybe it’s trashy to say, but this place just didn’t feel like home without TV. The bad news is that the process deleted all of our saved programs (like the Top Chef finale) but we’re just happy to be hooked up again.

    So what did I do during my week without the magic of internet and TV? I put on makeup, did my hair, and went into the office every single day. Turns out everyone else works from home too so I was on my own there. But hey, at least my hair looked cute for the parking attendant. At a friend’s suggestion, I also went out and bought the first two seasons of Veronica Mars on DVD. I’m three episodes in and I’m already sad that the show didn’t stay on the air longer.

    The new place is starting to feel like home. We’ve painted almost every surface and have unpacked all of the cardboard boxes. Now, the fun stuff starts and I’ll need your help picking out accent furniture and hanging art. Most of the place is too boring/dirty to show, but I’ll leave you with the one pretty corner of our home.