DIY Vintage Style Glass Decal…with free printable

You guys!

I was totally overwhelmed by the response to my laundry room makeover. Thank you all so, so much for the sweet comments, and for your votes! Although I’m not sure I can compete with some of the other super talented and popular contenders, it’s been heartening to see my numbers grow and I might still have a chance. You guys are the best!

Now, as promised, I’m back to start sharing more details about some of the DIY projects in the space and thought I’d begin with one of the most asked about elements – the glass door decal.

DIY "Through to Garden" Decal...and free printable

This was a really easy and affordable project which packs a heap of vintage punch.

I’ve been wanting to embellish a glass door for a while now so deciding to add a decal was a no-brainer. Settling on the graphic, however, was a little more tricky. I went back and forth between lots of ideas though kept coming back to a “beer garden” type feel. I almost wanted it to look like the door had been salvaged from an old hotel or something and just happened to suit its new home.

Anyhoo, here’s how I did it…

DIY Vintage Style Glass Window Decal

You can find my graphic as a free download at the end of this post.

I used Photoshop however you can use almost any word processing or image editing program you like (please refer to my note below for some info about possible restrictions). The font I used is Copperplate Gothic Bold and I found the directional hand on a free clip art site. If my graphic isn’t right for you, and you’re not sure about designing your own, you can also search online for a free or premium digital one to use.

Note: Not all image types and file formats are supported by all vinyl cutting machines. ‘Raster‘ images (such as JPG, PNG and GIF) may not perform as well as ‘Vector‘ images (such as SVG, EPS and DRW). If you intend to use your own desktop vinyl cutter check the options first. If you plan to engage the services of a professional, inquire about what is accepted and/or whether they can help if needed. If you find you have a graphic which doesn’t comply, it may be able to be made compatible through the use of conversion software. I have offered a few different versions of my free printable to (hopefully!) cover all bases.

Step 2 DIY Vintage Glass Door Decal

Due to the nature of my particular design, I needed (well, wanted) to use two forms of decal; a vinyl decal (for the text portion – including the dots and underscore) and a waterslide decal (for the hand). I decided to use a vinyl decal for the text portion because it’s crisp and clean and has no carrier film. I used a waterslide decal for the hand because the image was too intricate to be cut from vinyl, plus it would have been almost impossible to “weed” out neatly.

CREATING THE VINYL DECAL (FOR THE TEXT COMPONENT)

If you have a domestic vinyl cutting machine (like a Cricut or Silhouette) you can simply use that. As I don’t have a machine I enlisted Vivid Wall Decals to cut the vinyl on my behalf. Custom vinyl cutting is a very common and super affordable service. My decal cost just $8.

CREATING THE WATERSLIDE DECAL (FOR THE HAND ILLUSTRATION)

Creating the waterslide decal is pretty easy. You just need a sheet of waterslide decal paper and a printer. Waterslide decal paper can be found online or in some craft/hobby stores. Be sure to purchase the “clear” paper in either “inkjet” or “laser” to suit your particular printer. Here’s how to make the decal…

How to Make Waterslide Decals

1 Print onto the smooth side of the waterslide decal paper and allow the ink to completely set (around 30 minutes).

2 Depending on the brand of waterslide decal paper you use, you will probably also need to seal the decal. For this, you can either mist with a few light coats of clear sealer OR laminate with some magic coating paper (find my tutorial about using magic coating paper here). As this decal is being used purely for decorative purposes, spray sealer should provide ample protection.

Note: I’ve never personally used it, however I believe Lazertran waterslide decal paper does not require sealing.

3 That’s it!

Step 3 DIY Glass Decal

Because I didn’t stop to take notes and photos when I applied my decal to the door, for the purpose of this tutorial, I’m using picture frame glass (which is also a cute alternative if you don’t have a door or window to apply the decal to). 

APPLYING THE VINYL DECAL

If you purchase your decal from a supplier, they will include full instructions. If you have your own cutting machine, you’re probably an application pro already!

Vinyl decals generally come in three layers; backing liner (to conceal the sticky surface of the adhesive sheet), vinyl decal (the actual graphic), adhesive sheet (to help with the accurate placement of the decal). The process is pretty straightforward…

How to Apply Vinyl Decals

1 Ensure your surface is clean.

2 Fix the decal in position by running a length of masking tape, to act as a hinge, along the top edge.

How to Apply Vinyl Decals

3 Hinge the decal out and peel the backing liner down a few inches (shout out to my little daughter for being my hand model here – I told her we were making a sign to a Troll’s garden dance party!).

4 Continue peeling back the liner, a little at a time, and smoothing on the adhesive sheet with a credit card as you go.

How to Apply Vinyl Decals

5 Once the backing liner is completely removed, the adhesive sheet should be fully affixed. Smooth over the underlying vinyl decal with the credit card, ensuring it is well adhered.

6 Remove the masking tape and gradually peel back the adhesive sheet, keeping it on a tight angle to the surface. The vinyl decal should remain affixed. You can rub with a credit card as you go if needed.

7 That’s it!

APPLYING THE WATERSLIDE DECAL

Unlike vinyl decals, which are silhouette cut, waterslide decals have a carrier film which results in a slightly translucent background. On opaque objects the film becomes almost invisible though I wasn’t sure how it would look on the glass with the light shining through it. Although it does have a slightly frosted appearance, it actually works really well, almost like the hand has skin. Applying the decal is super simple…

How to Use Waterslide Decals

1 Cut as neatly and closely as possible around the image.

2 Immerse in lukewarm water for 30 – 60 seconds until the paper layer begins to release (the decal will probably curl though don’t worry about that). Leave the paper attached at this stage.

How to Use Waterslide Decals

3 Position the decal as desired, with the paper layer on the underside, then gently slide the paper out. This can be fiddly and the decal will probably move around and might crease a little though it can be easily repositioned and flattened whilst still wet.

4 Use a soft damp cloth or small rubber squeegee to smooth out any air bubbles and creases, working from the center out.

5 That’s it!

Step 4

DIY Glass "Garden" Decal Tutorial...with free printable

Waterslide Decal Detail

The picture frame turned out really cute though I adore the amount of charm the decal lends the door.

How to Transfer Images onto Glass

Door Makeover with Vintage Decal Before and After

The new paint colour on the door is “Green Result” by British Paints.

Especially with all the greenery behind it.

How to Transfer onto Glass...with free printable

Mum and I kept standing back and saying “Wow, that actually looks really, really cool!”. I think we stared at it for about ten minutes! Ha, ha.

The vinyl decal is deeper in colour and a tad sharper than the waterslide decal though they still work really well together.

And, in case you’re worried, the glass door even looks charming from the backside too…

DIY Vintage Door Decal (from the rear)

Although it is tricky to photograph!

You can download your free printable below.

Free Printable Vintage Door Decal

Note: I’ve created a folder complete with PDF, JPG and EPS files, including left and right versions of the hand. Choose the right file for your intended use.

If you don’t have an appropriate glass door or window, you can apply the decal to almost any smooth surface using the same method I’ve described above. Or, you can do as I have for the tutorial and use the glass in a picture frame. Another option is to simply print the graphic onto regular paper and pop it into a frame, or create your own custom sign (I have a tutorial for that here). The possibilities are almost endless.

Have fun!

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DIY Vintage Style Glass Decal Tutorial...with free printable

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A Budget-Friendly Laundry Room Refresh

DIY Budget Laundry Makeover with sliding barn doors

Well, hello there!

Remember me?

Sorry I disappeared for a few weeks.

I know it probably seems like I was doing little more than enjoying the summer sun, however, amidst sipping rosé and splashing in the ocean waves (which, let’s face it, are obligatory tasks), some serious decorating has actually been going on!

Just prior to Christmas I was asked to participate in a room refresh competition for Angie’s List. Although I wasn’t super keen about “contending” (#insecure), it sounded like a fun project and was a great motivator.

I had around five days and just $500 to transform a laundry room from blah to beautiful – this was my kinda challenge (well, minus the tight time-frame…I think we all know how awesome I am with tight time-frames!).

Given my laundry room is in need of much more than a mere “refresh”, I decided to recruit my parent’s space. Not only did their room have more potential, though enlisting a second party meant I also got a free labourer – thanks mum! Nothing like having a grateful lackey to do all the boring jobs. Ha, ha!

I’ve been hanging out to share this project and am so excited it’s finally go time!

Here’s what I started with…

Laundry Room Makeover Before

Laundry Room Refresh Before

Laundry Room Makeover Before

Laundry Powder Room Before

Laundry Room Redo Before

Utilitarian much? Thing is though, it needn’t have been. There is ample cupboard space available to house all of the unattractive necessities.

And, aside from the fact it’s clearly a functioning laundry room, it also acts as a powder room of sorts to service the adjacent water closet. This means it’s often used by guests. The real kicker however is that this space is off a main hallway in the house and is completely open! Yep, with no dedicated door (or even doorway!) this laundry room isn’t even it’s own “room” at all.

So, given the time-frame and budget (plus my weird need to dodge avoidable mess and work!) the plan was simple…prettify this space by making the most of as much as possible.

Given the go-go-go of it all, I didn’t really have a chance to stop and share progress posts as I went. Instead, I’ll be back soon with some tutorials and source lists. In the meantime, you can read a bit more about my ideas and processes over on Angie’s List.

Anyhoo, here’s the room now…

DIY Budget Laundry Makeover with sliding barn doors

DIY Budget Laundry Makeover with sliding barn doors

DIY Budget Laundry Makeover

DIY Budget Laundry Makeover with sliding barn doors

DIY Budget Laundry Makeover with sliding barn doors

Pretty Powder Room/Laundry Room

Laundry Makeover with DIY Vintage Door Decal

DIY Door Moulding

DIY Budget Laundry Shelves

Laundry/Powder Room Vignette

Powder Room Basin

Just a tad more appealing!

It can be tempting to throw the baby out with the bathwater, though as you can see, I kept the cabinets, tiles and flooring and dragged them all out of the past with some fresh and thoughtful “accompaniments”. Breathing new life into the existing elements in a room is one of my favourite ways to redecorate.

I’m so, so proud of the way this space came together. Mum and I did all of the work ourselves and chuckled from time-to-time about our new careers in plumbing and carpentry!

Here are a few side-by-side before and afters for comparison’s sake…

Budget Laundry Room Refresh

Budget Laundry Room Refresh

Budget Friendly Laundry/Powder Room Refresh

DIY Door Makeover with Moulding

DIY Laundry Room Barn Doors

Powder/Laundry Room Basin Before and After

Laundry/Powder Room Refresh

Like I mentioned earlier, I didn’t participate in this campaign for the competition aspect, though I am up against nine other talented, and popular, bloggers. To save me from looking like a total loser, if you like what I’ve created, I wouldn’t hate it if you have time to stop by and give me a vote (it’s just one click, well, technically two).

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VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED

I know this isn’t a spectacular transformation though it was a fast and fun budget-friendly one. I really hope you like it and that it helps inspire.

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UPDATE
Find tutorials and further information about all of the elements in the space here or by clicking one of the below projects.

DIY Mini Barn Doors Vintage Door Decal

Adding Moulding to Doors Industrial DIY Shelves

DIY Budget-Friendly Laundry Room Refresh

 

 

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An Easy DIY Bauble Wreath…though not what you might expect!

Easy DIY Christmas Wreath using faux fur covered baubles

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a cumbersome stash of old Christmas baubles taking up way too much precious real estate in your meager Christmas storage space.

Remember the time you thought it would be cool to have a multi-coloured tree? Then there was the “white” year. Followed by the “natural” year. Preceded by the “gold” year.

Those baubles sure do add up!

Well, here’s a fun, easy and affordable DIY which up-cycles some of those excess baubles and helps you re-claim precious space in that overflowing ornament box! Not to mention produces a pretty and unique Christmas wreath!

You will need…

DIY Fur Bauble Wreath Supplies

1 WREATH FORM
I wanted something flat so made my own wreath disk from some thick card I already had. You can easily make your own too (ensure you use something relatively sturdy to avoid sagging) or simply purchase a ready-made form (just be careful it isn’t too domed or your wreath might look overly bulky and it could take heaps of baubles to cover it). You could also buy a cheap finished wreath and remove or cover the existing “adornments”.

2 BAUBLES
Although I designed this project around the up-cyling of old baubles, you can use anything round. Polystyrene balls would work well. I simply used my old and broken baubles in an assortment of sizes.

3 FAUX FUR
I used some affordable faux fur I found at Spotlight for just $8 meter (on sale). The more expensive faux furs were tempting though this cheaper one works well because the backing isn’t overly thick, so is easy to meld around the baubles, and the nap is medium in length, so it conceals the gather lines with ease.

4 RIBBON
I couldn’t find the ribbon I had envisioned so decided to combine two – a thick white satin ribbon with a fine red organza ribbon. Of course, you can use whatever ribbon you like.

5 HOT MELT GLUE GUN
I used a Bosch Glue Pen. This pen is fantastic because it’s cordless (no more wrestling with power leads!) and has a very fine tip which allows for precision gluing.

 

The process…

STEP 1 Cover baubles with faux fur.

This is pretty straight forward though getting the hang of it can take a bit of practice. Now, I don’t claim to be any kind of faux-fur-bauble-covering-expert, as this is the first time I have ever done it, though after lots of trial and error this is the method I personally found quickest and easiest…

– HOW TO COVER A BAUBLE WITH FAUX FUR –

How to Cover Something Round with Fabric to Make a Fluffy Ball

1 Cut a square of fabric which just covers the bauble.

2 Place the bauble, nodule side up, in the center of the fabric square and gather up the sides, holding the base of the bauble securely.

3 Squeeze a generous-ish amount of hot glue around the nodule.

4 Pull up the fabric and secure it tightly around the bauble, bunching it together in the same way you might wrap a bon-bon or make a wonton. Smooth and press as needed, ensuring all of the gathers are fixed in place with some glue. This is where the faux fur works so well – the nap of the fabric conceals any gathers which would be obvious if you used regular material.

5 Whilst the glue is still warm, trim off any excess fabric then press and smooth the cut ends down into the glue. Although you wont be able to see the area where the fabric meets once you make the wreath you still want it to be as neat and flat as possible.

6 You have created a nice round fluffy ball!

Now repeat that process thirty-seven times – LOL! It does sound tedious, though is actually quite fast and easy.

 

STEP 2 Attach baubles to wreath form.

How to Make Faux Fur Wreath

There really is no right or wrong way to do this as far as I’m concerned. I simply started by gluing baubles, join side down, around the outer edge of my wreath, ensuring I was covering the edge of the form. I then worked my way in, finishing by gluing small baubles on top to fill any gaps.

 

STEP 3 Attach ribbon.

DIY Faux Fur Bauble Wreath

I wanted my ribbon to sit neatly though was having some trouble due to the deliberate unevenness of my baubles. So, I wrapped a strip of cereal box cardboard in a faux fur off-cut then glued it to the wreath beneath where I wanted to position my ribbon. Voila! The strip is just narrower than the ribbon so is concealed yet provides a nice smooth surface for my ribbon to rest on (sorry, I tried to get a photo of this though all the fur just blended together so it wasn’t very clear!).

As mentioned earlier, I couldn’t find the exact ribbon I was after so I combined two – a thick white satin ribbon accented with a thin strip of red organza ribbon. To keep everything in place, I secured the ribbon to the rear of the wreath using a small dollop of hot glue.

 

STEP 4 Hang and enjoy!

Hanging a Wreath using a Thumb Tack

To hang the wreath I simply pushed a thumb tack through the ribbon into the top of the door. Easy! I didn’t trim the excess ribbon as this door always remains open so the rear is never visible. Of course, you could simply trim the excess or for something pretty and different, why not allow it to overhang the door and tie it in a bow then secure it to the door with some sticky tack or an adhesive strip.

DIY Christmas Faux Fur Wreath

I love the way all the little white mounds mimic snowballs though also give a nod to Santa’s fur trimmed suit. So festive!

DIY Fur Covered Bauble Wreath

To add a natural hint I played around with some live clipped greenery. It’s simply nuzzled into the cavities so can be changed as needed. You could adhere some faux greenery for a more permanent finish. I also like the idea of incorporating a few scattered pinecones or star anise for an earthy, organic touch.

I know Christmas is fast approaching though if you’re still in need of a pretty festive wreath this one is fast and simple to make. And maybe if time doesn’t permit you can save the idea for next year (there’s a pinnable image below).

Have a great lead-up to the big day all!

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Living-Dining Room Makeover | Sources & Projects

As promised, I’m back to share all the details about the living-dining room makeover at my parent’s house.

If you’ve been following along from the start, you’ll know this was a DIY, budget-focused refresh so everything has been thrifted, up-cycled, bargain-hunted or hand-made!

I’ve included a complete source list at the end of this post though I also wanted to talk a bit about some of the projects and items I haven’t yet mentioned in my previous posts.

DIY Skirted Ottomomans

OTTOMANS 
We made these from scratch. Although there were two ottomans in the room previously (refer to the ‘before’ pics in my reveal post), they were a little pokey for the scale of the space and their frames had begun to sag.

Making these involved constructing a cuboid (rectangular cube) from plywood, attaching a foam pad to the top, covering the whole thing in wadding/batting, then sewing a pleated linen slipcover to fit. Obviously, if you’re competent with power tools and a sewing machine, this is a relatively straight-forward project, however it might seem a little complex and daunting to those of you who aren’t.

An easier alternative is to find some inexpensive little tables or storage cubes then upholster them using a staple gun – no building or sewing required!

I think each ottoman probably came in at around $30.

Dresser Styling

MIRROR 
I’m sure many of my fellow Aussie readers will recognise this $19 Kmart captain’s mirror. Bargain!

We didn’t have a stud in the wall where we needed to hang it so the wooden peg (which is actually the end of an old broom stick) is only there for cosmetic purposes. The weight of the mirror is really being taken by two screws under the rim.

Dresser Vignette

BUST 
I have wanted a bust for ages! Problem was…all the ones I came across were super expensive. I found this guy in the Emporium of Art eBay store for just $60. Unfortunately (or fortuitously for me?), there was a shipping mix-up so I eventually ended up with two – one for me and one for Mum!

Block Printed Pillow

CUSHIONS 
I kept all of the throw pillows light in colour to help off-set the dark sofas.

The plain square covers are from H&M and Mum made the long lumbar one. All of the inserts are feather-filled and came from Ikea.

The block-printed cushions are hand-made. Although I didn’t write a dedicated blog post about them, you can find my block-printing tutorial here.

Living Room Makeover

COWHIDE RUG
We already had this and adding it to the room was a last minute decision. It just provides an extra layer of interest, helps anchor the coffee table and ottomans, and references the brown from the sofas. It’s a faux cowhide rug we got from Kmart for $49.

Living Room After

WALLS
Although the room was already painted in a neutral shade, it was a little dull and yellow. To freshen things up we painted all the walls Dulux ‘Antique White USA’.

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SOURCE & PRICE LIST

FURNITURE
Sofas | Already Owned | Furniture Trader
Armchairs | $185 each (discontinued) | Ned’s
Coffee Table | $10 | eBay
Drop-Leaf Side Table | $50 | eBay
Piano Stool Plant Stand | $30 | eBay
Grey Side Table | Already Owned | Home Pine Furniture
Ottomans | $30 each | DIY
Canvas Trunk | $130 (discontinued) | Schots
Fireplace | $180 | Deals Direct
Dining Table | $80 | eBay
Dining Chairs | $75 each (on sale) | Early Settler
Grey Dresser | $80 | eBay

DECOR
Natural Rug | $150 | Ikea
Faux Cowhide Rug | $49 | Kmart
Pendant Light | $170 | eBay
Downlights | $45 each | Beacon Lighting
Curtains | $30 pair | Ikea
Block Printed Cushions | $10 each | DIY
Mudcloth Cushion | $12 | DIY
Square White Cushions | $8 | H&M
Long Lumbar Cushion | $12 | DIY
Green Demijohn | $60 | eBay
Heron Art | $45 | Thrifted & DIY
Botanical Gallery | $30 | Thrifted & DIY
Wooden Lemon Bowl | $15 | Early Settler
Large Blue & White Ceramic Bowl | $20 | Early Settler
Black Lamp | $10 | Thrifted
Cane Basket | $14 | Kmart
Canvas Cases | $80 set of two (discontinued) | Temple & Webster
Round Grey Pot | $10 | Kmart
Bust | $60 | Emporium of Art
Black Candle Holder | $5 | Kmart
Captain’s Mirror | $19 | Kmart
Brass Lamp | Already Owned | Online Lighting

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PROJECT GALLERY

Electric Fireplace Makeover       Dresser Makeover

DIY Mudcloth Pillow       Free Printable Botanicals

Piano Stool Makeover       Ikea Curtain Hack

Leadlight Door Makeover     Downlights

Spray Painted Lamp Update       Free Printable Large Scale Art

Farmhouse Dining Table       Block Printing on Fabric

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For further info about the space, check out my previous posts or feel free to ask any questions.

Have a great week all.

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Refreshing a Dated Lead-Light Door

Thanks so much for all the lovely comments about the room makeover at my parent’s house.

Before I share all of the source and project info, I wanted to chime in with a quick post about one of the most mentioned elements – the “new” grey door.

Painting a Leadlight Door

It’s one of my favourite things about the space and was a super easy and affordable project.

This is what it used to look like…

How to Refinish a Leadlight Door

Don’t panic people. It’s a reproduction glass-pane door from the 1990’s and in no way a valuable antique.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a great before shot of it in the room though you can glimpse it in the top right corner of the below pic…

Room Makeover Before

Although it isn’t hideous, I knew it wasn’t going to work with the new scheme for the space, however replacing it seemed so unnecessary.

Surely there was another way.

Well, it took a bit of persuasion though I eventually convinced mum to simply paint it – glass and all!

We used Dulux Wash & Wear (Matte) in a colour called “Ticking” and gave the entire door three coats after lightly sanding first.

I must admit, I was somewhat skeptical about how the glass might look and wear though it turned out perfectly! You can’t tell it’s glass at all and the finish has help-up fantastically well over the past twelve months. Not one scratch!

Living Room After featuring painted door

I know some of you are probably worried about the implications of hiding glass behind paint though we’re pretty easy going and it hasn’t posed a problem for us at all. I guess if you’re a “safety-safety” kinda person you could cover the glass with a thin sheet of MDF or plywood prior to painting it.

So, there you go. If you’re ever contemplating replacing your dated glass pane doors, save yourself some hassle and cashola by considering the power of paint first!

 

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Paint Your Dated Lead-Light Doors - Glass and All!

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