How To Make a Floral Wreath by Erin Mulvany

Fresh flowers are a great touch to any home and they can also step up a home’s curb appeal. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, a fresh flower wreath with all the colors on the day-of-love spectrum would be a perfect accent to get in the spirit. It’s also a great alternative to buying those cheap decorations from the Target dollar aisle. We’re all guilty of that shopping binge, but this way to don’t waste space and you can switch out flowers based on the season!
What you’ll need is a 12-inch floral foam wreath base, which you can find at your local craft store like Hobby Lobby, ribbon to hang your wreath with, green leaves to add texture to your arrangement and flowers of your choice. We like peonies! If you don’t have a nail in your front door already for wreaths, you can easily buy a command hook instead.
First, saturate your foam frame in cool water. If you stick it to a dry wreath, it will destroy the foam and make it more difficult for the flowers to stay and stay in. Before you make the big step of sticking your flowers in, I like to lay them on top of the wreath to get an idea of how I want my flowers and greenery laid out.
Make sure you don’t clump all your big flowers in one spot, but don’t make them all perfectly spread apart either. I usually follow the 2-1-3 method, which is 2 clusters, 1 cluster and 3 clusters of large flowers with smaller flowers and greenery in between.

Miki Duisterof

Miki Duisterof

ie the ribbon around the top of your wreath and hang it on your front door. If you want to make it more festival, you can add 3D elements such as fun heart and arrow die cuts or other odds and ends you find at the craft store, or, dare I say, the Target dollar aisle.
Here’s a tip: if you want to keep the wreath and not constantly switch out flowers, just use either dried flowers such as hydrangeas or fake flowers.
Are you ready to get started on your Valentine’s Day wreath? What other holiday wreaths would you want to make for your home?

DIY Rustic Shelves by Erin Mulvany

We all have those walls that just need something to take it to the next level. It may be above the couch, the space on the guest bathroom wall or kitchen storage. Adding shelving is an easy fix and it doesn’t have to be expensive if you do it yourself! So stop scanning the West Elm sales page and head to your local home improvement store to get your rustic shelves. 

Reclaimed wood is a great way to combine modern and rustic while still looking expensive. Look around you home and find a space that needs storage or decor. Before you head to the hardware store, map out where and how long you want your shelves. I use painters tap and a level to make sure everything lines up and perfectly fits the space I need. Once you have your measurements ready, you can get to shopping!

Make sure you remember your measurements! I never leave the house without a sticky note in hand to ensure I come back with the same size wood as I intended. I tend to lean towards pine when I’m staining since it’s a lighter wood. A 2” x 10” piece should be thick enough to support items placed on the shelf. You can have the home improvement store cut the pieces into whatever size you need and make sure you have them cut one extra, just in case! 

Now to add the modern touch! Galvanized pipe, it’s everywhere and I love it. Depending on the size of your shelves, you want two supports for each shelf. If you have a super long shelf that you plan on adding a lot to, three or four may be necessary. To make one shelf bracket, you’ll need ¾” galvanized pipe, ¾” floor flanges and ¾” pipe cans. Add a small can of special walnut stain, a sponge brush, textured spray paint in Aged Iron and flat black protective enamel spray. 

Assembling the shelving brackets is easier than Ikea furniture. Simply attach the pipe to the floor flange on one end and the cap on the other. Once they’re all put together, spray them with your Aged Iron textured spray paint. Then after they have all dried, cover them with a coat of flat black enamel spray paint. This combination makes the pipes look similar to wrought iron, without costing what wrought iron costs.

Make sure your shelving boards are completely sanded and ready to be stained. With a sponge brush, apply the stain and make sure to get into every nook and cranny of the wood.  If you want a glossy look, you can seal the planks with polyurethane. 

Using toggle bolts to hold the pipes in place, add the wood on top. I tripled checked with my level to make sure the pipes were straight before completely screwing in the bolts. 

Add your accessories to the shelves to add your own personal touch!

Summer DIY Projects: Welcoming Door Mats by Erin Mulvany

Hey guys! I'm Lillian and this is my attempt at a DIY project. We all know Erin is insanely talented when it comes to interiors and, well, I am not! So I wanted to try a DIY project that anyone can do, and I mean ANYONE,

There’s nothing I love more than summer DIY projects, whether it’s a simple paint  job or a complex upholstery chore. This summer, Vintage & Velvet is doing a DIY series with projects ranging from complex to calming; some you can even do with your kids! 

When I was a kid, my summers consisted of watermelon cookies made by my favorite aunt, that I know learn, were just sugar cookies and a lot of food dye. Still, watermelons represent summertime in my family so I want to surprise my aunt with a new doormat that had sentimental value to everyone in our family (we’re really into our cookies). 

This is a relatively cheap project and a fun one to do with a group making their own doormats! All you’ll need is a plain welcome mat, sponge, scissors, small paintbrush (not the ones you use on your wall) and your watermelon paint colors, which are black, pink and green! Make sure you get your watermelon pink in an exterior finish to ensure it holds up against all the feet walking on it. 

Cut your sponge to look like a slice of watermelon. You can alternate the sizes of watermelon you’d like on your mat or keep them all the same size, it’s up to you! 

Once the watermelon is cut, cut off an inch to mimic the green rind. Now the fun part starts! You can mark where you want to see your watermelons beforehand or go rogue! I went rogue, naturally. Begin with the pink wedges first, and then top each space with the green rind.  Once the paint has dried (about 20 minutes) then add your watermelon seeds with your small paintbrush!  

Give your mat the night to dry and then you have a cut new (and cheap) addition to your home! You can try seasonal doormats or unique mats for each entrance to your house, just have fun with it! Post in the comment and let us know what you’re making on your doormat!

How To Distress Furniture by Erin Mulvany

Distressed wood and distressed furniture are an easy way to make your home more cozy, achieve that farmhouse look and add character to pieces you own. While distressed furniture is beautiful, it’s not always the easiest to find unless you have the time and energy to go to antique shops, garbage sales and search the ends of Craigslist. 
The process to distressing furniture is fairly simple if you already know what piece you want to change. I have two end tables in my living room that are wood, but a little boring. Adding a pop of color is going to make them stand on their own and add that touch of flair I like to see in my furniture. 

You’ll need to sand your piece of furniture very lightly if it hasn’t been finished with a varnish. If it has been varnished, you’ll need to put in a little more work before you begin with your base coat. Wipe the piece down once you have sanded it so remove any excess dust – you don’t want the dust clumping in your paint. 

Paint the whole piece with the color you’ve selected. Chalk paint colors are great for getting creative and mixing colors, it also makes distressing super easy.

Once that base coat is dry, start sanding off that would look naturally distressed like corners and edges. Less is always more in this process, you don’t want to go crazy and end up sanding the entire piece all over again. Once you’ve completed your sanding, wipe the entire piece with a tack cloth. 

You may apply a finish if desired depending on what piece of furniture you’ve used. 

Whether you’re distressing a coffee table, side table or other random piece, make sure you’ve picking colors that go with the room. While we all love the fad colors of the season or that shade of green that pops out at you at Lowe’s, make sure it has a place in your house. 

How To Paint Upholstery Fabric by Erin Mulvany

Do you have a spot in a room that still needs something, but a West Elm chair is not in your future? Join the club. While we have West Elm taste on an Ikea budget, you can still achieve a balanced, expensive looking room without spending your entire tax return. Painting upholstery fabric can turn that dumpster diving chair or couch into a work of art you’re proud to display. 

If it’s a couch, chair, love seat or some abstract piece of furniture, if it has wood on it you’d like to upgrade, it’ll need to be painted. I’m really into chalk paint, but if I have paint lying around from other projects that matches, I’ll use that.  Before you paint, make sure the majority of the fabric is covered to avoid excess paint splatter and more work covering it up later on.

After your paint has dried, you can begin to work on the fabric. For the fabric paint, I used Annie Sloan Coco chalk paint. Mix your paint with water together at a 1:1 ratio. 

Let it dry between coats, overnight works if you’re on a busy schedule. Three coats should be enough depending on the color of the chair and the color of the paint you’re using. Once all the painting is done and you have your desired colored, take a 400-grit sandpaper and lightly sand the fabric. Seal with Annie Sloan clear wax to lock in the color! 

Have questions for Erin? Simply comment below and get her help on your project!