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DIY: Drawer Liners

As promised, I’ve got a fun DIY to share. I spent quite some time searching the web for unique drawer liners when I finally decided to make them myself. 
I found this fun fabric on sale and just had to buy it. I didn’t know what I would do with it, but after seeing how funky and fresh it was inside the dresser, I just knew a purpose had been found.
It’s not like many people will ever see the inside of my drawers, not to mention, I plan to have clothes and other odds and ends in the there, but details matter. It’s little hidden surprises like funky, scented drawer liners that puts a smile on my face.
What You Will Need:
Fabric (enough to cover drawer bottoms)
Liquid Fabric Stiffener
Mrs. Meyer’s Ironing Spray
Double Sided Tape or Spray Adhesive
Begin by diluting the Liquid Fabric Stiffener with water in a large bowl. 
Submerge fabric in the stiffener mixture until completely coated.

Ring all excess liquid from the fabric and then lay completely flat to dry. Once dry, the diluted fabric stiffener will make the fabric feel heavily starched, with the flexibility similar to cardstock paper. 

Before the fabric was completely dry, I sprayed it with Mrs. Meyer’s Lavender Ironing Spray and gave it a quick press with the iron to smooth out all of the wrinkles. 
At this point, the fabric will be dry and stiff, making it very easy to cut. Measure your drawer bottoms and cut fabric accordingly.
To secure fabric in the bottom of the drawers, you can either use double sided tape around the edges or a light application of spray adhesive. I chose to use the double sided tape so I can easily change the fabric later with no sticky residue.

Easy peezy lemon squeezy. Now I have darling drawer liners with the wonderful aroma of lavender. 
While searching for drawer liners, scented sachets and such, I stumbled upon many wonderful and clever ways to freshen up dresser drawers. Here are a few of my favorites:
  1. Place a new bar of scented soap in your drawer. Not only will it fill your drawer with a delightful smell, it will also give the soap time to dry out making it last much longer in the shower.
  2. Give drawers a fresh air fragrance by tucking a new dryer sheet under drawer liner or tape one to the back of each drawer.
  3. Have empty perfume bottles? Remove the cap and leave the empty bottle open in your drawer, your clothes will thank you.
  4. Save perfume samples from magazines. It’s and easy and free way to freshen up a drawer.
Do you have any tips or tricks you would like to add? What’s your secret to great smelling drawers?
Photos by KHJ + CMJ

Posted 2/24/11, Topic: DIY

light of my life

Browsing through tons of precious Valentine’s Day project inspiration, I can’t help but to think of Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder’s Valentine’s Day present from last year. He still keeps it sitting on top of his dresser. I pass by it every day. It remains one of my favorite projects. 
Do you guys have any Valentine’s projects in the works? I’d love to hear about them or others you’ve stumbled upon recently. Let the creativity flow!

Posted 1/27/11, Topic: DIY

You’ve Got Mail

What is it about surprise mail that just totally makes your day? I opened the mailbox and found this little beauty:
An adorable, sweet gift from BEY reader, Heather. She even hand-stamped the paper, precious! I love that I coincidentally had my whole red “Frenchie” nails going on. {The polish is even chipped, love that too. Adds character, right?}

This sweet gal stumbled upon a vintage French Reader and thought of my recent quest to learn French. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that.
{If you are wondering… yep, that’s my hand too. I took these final pictures after a weekend of cleaning the house and my cute chipped nails turned into oh-gawd-you-gotta-do-something nails. So here you go, my normal nail state – a la naturale.}

Photos by: KHJ
Heather, you have a heart of pure gold! I wish you could have seen the smile on my face when I opened your package. I am a huge book lover, and a French book? I think my heart shall burst! Many, many thanks sweet lady.

Posted 1/26/11, Topic: DIY

DIY: Painted Mirror

Nothing makes a house feel more like a home than filling it with handmade treasures. This year I tried to get creative with my Christmas decorations and steer away from my traditional decor. I have a large mirror that I place above the mantle from time to time. The mirror’s frame was dark brown, however I’ve been having the urge to escape the ‘dark ages’, so I painted it white.
You didn’t think I was gonna stop there did you?
I began sketching some ideas for a holiday message to paint on the mirror. Having fallen in love with France this year, I felt it was only natural to bring a little piece of it into my home this Christmas.

Materials:
Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush
Creative Christmas Spirit

Clean the surface of your mirror to remove any dust or pesky finger prints. Lightly trace out your design using a thin brush and a small amount of paint. Once you are happy with your design, thicken your brush strokes and embellish to your heart’s delight! 
Photos by: KHJ
Joyeux Noel, or Merry Christmas as we like to say it. Such an easy way to spruce up a plain-jane mirror. And the best part… it comes off with soap and water. Hooray!
(I know I am being a tease with this photo of the finished mirror. I promise you will see it again very soon. Photos of my Winter Whimsy decor coming soon!)

Posted 12/21/10, Topic: DIY

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