weddings on the brain!

No, not my own wedding. My dear husband and I celebrated our fourth anniversary in June. I love being married to him! The wedding that’s on my brain is that of one of my dearest, closest, bestest (is that a word) friends, Erin. She is, literally, the only person I keep in touch with from high school. That sounds sad. It’s not. She’s such a sweet friend to me and has been so encouraging and supportive and generous to me through our years of friendship. And THIS weekend is her WEDDING! I am beyond thrilled for her (and Josh, too)! And so very honored to be part of the day (and pretty excited about the gorgeous dress I get to wear, thank you very much)! I’ve been crafting and creating some fun things for her day. I don’t want to share them until after the wedding, but I thought I’d share some inspiration I’ve been looking at. I really did love planning my own wedding (the flowers were only slightly stressful, right Meg?!) I love weddings in general. So here are some inspirational wedding pictures. Perhaps you’re not planning a wedding right now and think these pictures might be irrelevant to you. I don’t think so! There are so many fun ideas you can take from these pictures for your own home or to give as a gift! Perhaps you are planning a wedding, and maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed (I understand and blame Pinterest)… I would love to help you. I’ll be posting pictures of my creations for Erin’s wedding next week. And maybe I’ll share some pictures from my own wedding, too. After all, planning my wedding was really when my love of all things handmade blossomed. I would love to help you plan and bring some handmade love into your wedding day. Don’t be shy and send me an email if you’d like to chat about things! {ricedesignblog at gmail dot com).

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I love these rustic Mr. and Mrs. signs. I love old, reclaimed wood like that.

At Home: Make a welcome sign to hang on your front door. Put a child’s name on it in a nursery. Get a long piece of wood and paint the alphabet to hang on the nursery wall. Planning a party? Paint the menu on a board. Want to make it reusable? Make part of the board into a chalkboard!

Here’s a picture of Gabe’s room after a little makeover a couple months ago. See the alphabet on the wall? Just an old board and some white paint! Gabe loves his letters. There are lots of possibilities with cool old pieces of wood!

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Can you tell I’m into chair decor? I love that wreath (in the shape of a letter, how fun!) and the fabric tied around the chair. Even the embroidered saying is kinda cute.

At Home: A wreath is always something you can use at home or give as a gift. You could get fake greens from the craft store and make similar wreath quite easily, I think. Maybe you’re hosting a birthday dinner. Dress up the birthday girl/boy’s chair with a fabric sash!

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Love the moss around the chalkboard!

At Home: A moss chalkboard would be cute anywhere!

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A unique alternative to the traditional cake topper. It could also go on top of a cupcake tower. I may be partial to cupcake towers. It’s what we had at our wedding. Cupcakes and cheesecake. Yum!

At Home: You can write anything in wire!

These are baby gifts I made a dear friend and my sweet cousin. Twine and yarn wrapped wire.

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I REALLY love this. Little burlap envelopes to hold silverware (or plasticware). So charming. Put them together in a couple baskets by the food. What a charming display that would be.

At Home: I know what I’m doing the next time we have friends over for dinner!

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I just LOVE this. You might overlook baby’s breath, but I think it’s simply beautiful. Yes, it can be done very wrong. But this is a great example of it done very right. And as a plus, it’s inexpensive! You could save money and be able to make a big statement using baby’s breath like this. You could make bouquets of baby’s breath for the bridesmaids/flower girl, too. A large bouquet of baby’s breath for the bride would even be beautiful, I think. Baby’s breath everywhere at the wedding!

At Home: Do the same thing! Put a large vase of baby’s breath, well, anywhere. It’s just lovely. You can buy it at the grocery store, too. Don’t see it out? Ask. Lots of times they have bouquets of baby’s breath in the back.

I hope you’re feeling inspired! If you’re planning your wedding, please remember I’d love to chat with you!

diy: color blocking in white

Spray painting is one of those quick, easy ways to update or give something new life. I love spray painting! Yesterday I got the spray painting urge and it turned into a little diy project. Here’s what I made. You can do it, too!

The key to spray painting is to do several thin coats, as opposed to fewer thick coats. Spray painting can give a very smooth finish, if you do it right. If you glob the paint on, it’s likely to get all runny and globby. It’s especially important to do multiple thin coats on surfaces like glass. Luckily spray paint dries quickly, so you can do multiple coats in not much time. Read your spray paint can for more instructions

For this project, I used spray paint and primer in one. If the object you’re painting has any grease or oil on it, the paint probably won’t stick. Sometimes when I think I’ve sanded and cleaned something well, the paint still doesn’t stick or cover well. Spray primer solves this problem and really helps give a good cover.

Spray paint can be messy. Be aware of wind and overspray. It can get everywhere. Definitely do it outside, away from anything you don’t want to get dusted with paint. I wouldn’t recommend spraying on a deck or porch, unless you cover a large area. I speak from experience!

Update a Wicker Basket

My first project was to update this wicker basket. I found it at a thrift shop a while ago for 25 cents. There was nothing wrong with the way it was. I didn’t plan on doing anything to it when I got it. I usually like to keep things looking older. But yesterday, when I saw it, a lightbulb went off and I had an idea. I thought some white paint could make it look fresh.

I decided to paint a white stripe on the bottom. So I got out my blue painters tape and taped it off. Then I took paper and covered the top portion and taped the paper down. I also put some paper on the inside so the spray paint wouldn’t go everywhere.

I took it outside, gave it 4 light coats of spray paint. When it was dry, I brought it inside. I wasn’t sure if I’d get a straight line on wicker. I was pleasantly surprised when I peeled the tape and paper off. 


Not too bad! The key is to make sure you press the tape down, so it makes a decent seal on the basket. That’ll give you the best line. Keep your eyes open at thrift stores for baskets. Varying stripes could turn random baskets into a neat little set for organizing toys, kids rooms, closets… lots of possibilities. You could also use baskets like this at a wedding or party to hold favors, programs, silverware, napkins… be creative!

Spruce Up a Glass Bottle

I usually hold onto glass bottles from drinks and things. It’s pretty easy to take the labels off wine or beer bottles and they can be used for vases or decorations. I don’t remember what this bottle once held, but I have several that I’ve been carrying around with me. I did pretty much the same thing with the bottle as with the wicker basket.

I taped off the bottle so I could paint a white stripe around the center. Then I took it outside to my spray painting station and did 5 or 6 thin, even coats of spray paint. Remember, paint on glass will run if it’s applied too heavily. I’ve ruined a couple things because of impatience. Oops!

Once it dried, I brought it inside and peeled the tape off. I decided to wrap some twine around the white stripe, just for fun.

And just like the wicker basket, there are lots of possibilities for bottles. Use a bunch as a centerpiece. Add a little tag and use them as a place setting. Go crazy.

Fridge Magnets

I was on a roll with putting white stripes on things. I’m all for quick, instant gratification projects! While rummaging around to find something else to update, I came across these wooden circles I’ve been carrying around. It wasn’t until after they were painted that I decided to stick a magnet on the back. I always have something to stick up on the fridge and it’s fun when the magnets are kind of cute. You can turn lots of things into magnets. All you need is the magnet, which you can buy at Walmart. For these, I used a magnet roll that was sticky on one side.

And just like the last two things, I used my blue painters tape to make a line. Instead of spray paint for these, I used a brush and craft paint. Make sure you pull AWAY from the tape when you paint. You don’t want to push the paint under the tape.

When it was dry, I peeled the tape off. I thought, “Well these are kind of fun. What am I going to do with them?” I thought of somehow turning them into necklaces, but I don’t really wear necklaces too much. I thought of making them into wall art, which wasn’t a bad idea either. But I decided they would look best up on the fridge. I cut pieces from the roll of magnets to fit on the back. And just like that… new magnets for my fridge!

Right now they’re holding up some recipes I want to try and one of my favorite pictures of my Dad, Tristan and Gabe from a couple years ago.

You can put white (or any color) stripes on just about anything. Have fun!

madebyRICE.. the oversized wreath

Just a quick post this morning to share something I’ve been working on…

Meet the oversized book wreath! (And please excuse the phone picture that was snapped in a hurry!)

It’s made from dictionary pages (a dictionary that was falling apart and in a pile at a thrift store).

This particular wreath was an experiment and will be hanging over our headboard (a headboard that was a DIY project and will be featured here, hopefully this afternoon).

I’m working out some production issues and will hopefully have the first large wreath for sale this afternoon!

Due to the size, shipping probably won’t be available. But if you’re interested and close by, please let me know!

get the look: dresser redo

I saw a dresser I loved on one of Design Sponge’s Sneak Peak house tours. I saved the image and had been planning to refinish one of our dresser in a similar way. A couple week ago, I did!

Here’s the inspiration dresser:

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I really liked the whole sneak peak. But this dresser stood out to me. I love the soft, worn black and the brass handles. I had a dresser in mind that would be perfect for the redo. It has a similar shape and simple lines.

And here’s my dresser (after the redo):

I used flat black paint. When I paint furniture black, I prefer a flat finish. It looks older and softer and less harsh and modern, as opposed to black paint with a sheen. Just a personal preference. Then I took the wooden knobs and spray painted them a gold/brass color. It was a simple and relatively quick redo! I wish I had a before picture, but I forgot to take one. It used to be white. And before that (when it lived in my room in high school) it was black (but not flat)… and before that, when it was in my room as a child, it was natural wood with light blue drawer fronts… and before that, as a very young child, it was just plain wood. I think my Mom got it at an unfinished furniture store when I was very young.

It has great big, deep drawers and lives in a perfect spot in our bedroom. It’s almost like it was built for the space. And I absolutely love the new look it has!

diy: banish bifold doors

I’ve never been a fan of bifold doors. Not only for aesthetic reasons, they’re also major finger pinchers. Not such a good match with kiddos in the house. Luckily, they’re easy to take down! Our bedroom has two closets (which is awesome) but they were both adorned with bifold doors. The way our bed’s positioned, we’d lay in bed and stare at the doors. They were fickle and would sometimes fall out place and then not close. I just wasn’t a fan of these doors. So I asked Tristan if he’d take them down for me and he obliged. I’m not exactly sure how he did it and I don’t think he knows either. They just pop out of the track on the top and then lift out of the track on the bottom. They are kind of heavy, large and awkward, so it was nice to have a big strong husband take care of it for me.

Anyway, once the doors were removed (and I got a good look at how unorganized the closets were) I went downstairs and found the fabric I was planning to make into curtains. It was $1.50/yard at Walmart some time ago and I snatched some up. I was relieved that I had enough to make two panels of curtains per closet. Since the fabric is sort of sheer, I wanted it to be full enough so you couldn’t see through to the disorganization.. er, I mean, the closets’ contents. 

I sewed rod pockets on the top so the curtains would hang on tension rods. Tension rods, by the way, when positioned in front of the bifold door track, completely hide it. You never see the track. When you need to put the doors back up, all you do is pop them back into the track. I have yet to hem the curtains. Nap time ended before I got around to that! But I’m very pleased with this quick little tweak in our bedroom! I’m still debating whether or not I want to take the bifold doors off our laundry closet that’s down in the kitchen! We’ll see.

Those frames hanging between the closet doors… the top picture was from a thrift store for 25 cents. Really. 25 cents. The one below it is an old book cover that I liked. I made an old frame into an earring holder using screen door mesh. The next one is from an old calendar I found at a thrift store for 10 cents. It was a calendar of Monet prints. I got it for the artwork and have framed some. The last is also an old book cover.

diy: pegboards in the kitchen

Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. To kick off the week, I wanted to share a project I did in our kitchen a couple weeks ago.

The pegboard pot rack is definitely is not an original idea. I’ve been holding onto a piece of pegboard for quite some time, just waiting to hang it on the wall. A couple weeks ago I finally did and I’m so glad I did. It was pretty easy (I did it completely on my own) and was finished in two nap times (so we’ll say, 4 hours). In my opinion, it’s a project you can do even as a renter (like us). But if you’re unsure, always ask your landlord. It’s something that can easily be removed, holes patched and painted over when it’s time to move out. (Or left up, if your landlord allows it).

This isn’t going to be a thorough DIY post. You can find the tutorial I followed (loosely) to hang my pegboard HERE. And here are some notes on how I did my project:

  • I didn’t have to cut the pegboard, like they mention in the tutorial, as I had a precut piece from Home Depot (that was 2 feet by 4 feet). You can also get a large sheet of pegboard if you want something bigger. They can cut it for you at Home Depot (and I assume Lowe’s, too).
  • I used 1×2 boards for the frame, the same as the tutorial. They are cheap! I used a regular old fashioned hand saw to cut the frame boards. Then I sanded the edges. (My husband has informed me that a miter saw is the technically correct saw to use for this kind of cut. Thanks love!)
  • I don’t have a stud finder, so I always use the old fashioned method for finding studs. I tap horizontally across the wall with my pointer finger knuckle and listen for the sound to change. When you tap over a stud, it sounds less hollow. Then I take a small nail and hammer where I think the stud is. If, in fact, a stud is there, the nail will go in and stick into the stud. You’ll feel it. If there’s no stud, you’ll feel that you didn’t hit anything. Try again! Depending on when the house was built, studs are typically 16 inches apart, from the center of one stud to the center of the next. So, if you find one stud, it should be easy to find more! Just measure 16 inches. I didn’t use any dry wall anchors because I screwed directly into studs.
  • I painted the pegboard to make it look less like it should be hanging in a garage. I used spray paint. If you use a can of paint and a brush, make sure to water the paint down and apply very thin coats so it doesn’t clog up the holes. I painted the side that was already white, after lightly sanding it. The back side that’s brown is porous and soaks up paint like crazy (and it doesn’t look very smooth, either).
  • I made a frame for around the board after it was up. It made it look more finished and also less ‘garage’. I painted the frame the same color as the board.

Pegboard hooks can be found at Home Depot (or Lowe’s… maybe even Walmart).

And the best part… the cabinet that once held all my pots and pans and was jam packed is now much more manageable and easy to access!

If you have any questions about hanging your own pegboard pot rack, I’d be happy to try to answer them!

 

The pegboard is hanging over a thrifted dresser. I painted it white and spray painted the knobs an antique gold. It used to be in our dining room and now lives in the kitchen. The top drawer holds canned goods and the bottom two drawers are (relatively organized) junk drawers. I put old crates on top of the dresser and use it at open storage for some white dishes. Beside the dresser I have 4 old apple crates stacked, which hold my cook books, crock pot, rice cooker and blender.

diy: card art

Here’s another quick, easy and cheap DIY project. Turn a beautiful card into framed art. This would be a perfect way to preserve and display a beautiful wedding, birthday or baby card. Or, just a beautiful card you found at the store. This could also make a gift (which is what this actually is). Give a beautiful card to someone for their birthday (or anything) and include a frame ready to hold the card.

This particular card was found at a local shop and was handmade in Bangladesh. I think it’s lovely.

What You Need:

A card of you choice

A frame

A piece of paper

Tape

What You Do:

Open the frame and cut your paper to fit inside the frame. Use a small piece of tape, rolled, to secure it to the inside back of the frame (like you would put a picture mat… you can use a picture mat if you’d rather, in which case, the card would go behind the mat).

Use another piece of tape, rolled, to center and hold the card in place on top of the paper.

Put your frame back together and hang it or sit it somewhere to be admired!

Quite simple and quick!