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CROSS my heart and hope to DIY


You may remember this quick fix with my dingy ottoman and our queen duvet cover.

Dingy Before

And how I thought when summer was over I would carefully remove the staples and reclaim the bedding…

IMG_1271 Well, THAT didn’t happen.  But never-mind, I will still use the part of the fabric that wasn’t destroyed for some project later on.

So now what?

I found some muslin. But it was not thick enough to hide the b&w pattern underneath, so I lay some scraps of duck cloth (thin canvas) that I had down first.

I took the muslin, laid it on the table and got out my fancy-shmancy painting tools. I used my gold craft paint. Be sure to cover the potato well, otherwise your design may need filling in here and there, which is really no biggie either.

IMG_1288 IMG_1289 IMG_1294 Honestly, this took way longer to do than I ever thought.  Two hours!!

Perfectionists, look away for a second. IMG_1293 Those of you still looking, you can see that some of my crosses are not as straight as the others.  If this would bother you, you can tape off lines to follow with painter’s tape.  I cared not.

IMG_1303 IMG_1307 IMG_1306  I finished it off and found that leftover rope from my The long and winding ROPE post.

IMG_1309  Hot glue gunned it all around and once more around the legs.  There’s nothing like a few good burns from your glue gun to remind you that you’re alive.  And that you willingly put yourself in harm’s way. Geez.

IMG_1313  And there you have my temporary ottoman cover.  I say temporary because I finally found a coffee table project I am very excited to do.  I am thinking about it as I type this.  I’m so fickle.

I updated this vase with a little more bling and styled the tray. Voila!

IMG_1327 IMG_1328 IMG_1332

And why do I have this sudden craving for French fries?





45 thoughts on “CROSS my heart and hope to DIY

  1. What???? Dear Lord, woman, potato stencils? I just am shaking my head in AWE! I actually love all three covers including dingy. Adore the tray on top and the gilding. Inspiring.

    I’m waiting for muskmelon to make an appearance soon. You blow my mind.

    BTW, I am doing the Style Cure over at apartment therapy. Of course, choose one room, but that has me “shopping from other rooms” and I’ve got a huge mess on my hands. I know it’s going to be amazing when done. Check it out if you dare. ❤

  2. This is great! Sorry to hear about the bedding mishap though :0( … can reuse next spring? I really like the rope detail, it really finishes it off. The vase is also a great idea for that perfectly styled tray :0) Love the way you think!

  3. It’s amazing what you can do with fabric and spray paint. And it’s not a successful DIY project without at least one burn from the hot glue gun.

  4. I’m so impressed with this project! I love how you created the stamp with the potato. You are so creative and talented!

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