Ombre Painted Pine Cones


I love crafting with pine cones in the Fall. It's seems like every time I go for my morning walk, I can't help but pick up a few on the way to turn into some sort of craft or Fall decoration. Today's craft idea is ombre painted pine cones. They make such a pretty Fall decoration, perfect to show off in a glass vase or bowl. Ombre is a French term meaning "shaded," usually in a multicolored stripe, with colors graduating from light to dark. It easy to achieve on pine cones and so … [Read more...]

Back Against the Wall: 15 Wall Designs

wall decor ideas

There have been so many fun ideas I have seen online for wall designs- want to see some of my favorites? Get inspired by these fabulous 15 ideas: 1. Ombre Scallop Accent Wall // Everyday is a Holiday 2. How to Paint Stripes on your Wall // Decorating Cents 3. DIY Wood Plank Wall // The Woodgrain Cottage 4. Pallet Wall // Owen's Olivia 5. Hexagon Wall // Corinna Ashley 6. Cheap Board & Batten // Crap I've Made 7. DIY Wainscotting // Down on … [Read more...]

Rustic Painting Techniques: Dry Brushing


Hello Somewhat Simple readers! One of my favorite things to do (and actually what I do for a living) is to paint furniture! My main niche is rustic, distressed furniture. I thought it would be fun to go over a few rustic painting techniques with you all over the next couple of months. Today I'm sharing a painting technique I absolutely love for furniture: dry brushing! We'll start with something small to practice on. I found some old cutting boards I bought for about a dollar. They have plenty … [Read more...]

Painting A Kitchen Mat

painting a kitchen mat

Adding some fun to your floors is as easy as painting a kitchen mat! I bought a kitchen mat on clearance for $3. It didn't match my decor and it started looking really dingy very fast, but I had big plans for this little mat that would solve both of these problems! I wanted to come up with a fun, geometrical pattern, but I needed something with straight lines (Quatrefoil wasn't going to work) and I didn't want to do Chevron since I had just done a Chevron project for my boy's room (tutorial … [Read more...]

Paint Your Own Lamp Shade

painted lamp shade

As soon as I saw this lamp base, I knew it would be the perfect addition to my living room. I loved the shape and the color was fabulous! It didn't come with a lamp shade, but the price was right and I was sure I could find something somewhere, so I brought the lamp home and my search for the perfect shade began. I searched. and searched. and I searched. And months later, I still had nothing. I knew what I wanted. In fact, I saw shades I really liked all over the … [Read more...]