DIY Striped Bed Skirt and Headboard

If you would have told me that finding a bed skirt would be the most difficult part of my bedroom makeover I wouldn’t have believed you. I thought I would just be able to pick up your run of the mill white skirt at any home goods store and be done with it. Nope. Of course not. Story of my life.

I had to exchange 3 bed skirts before deciding I was better off making one on my own. Either they were too short, too long, too sheer, or the wrong color. Who knew?! Luckily making your own custom bed skirt isn’t as hard as it may seem.

First of all, I wanted it to match my new DIY headboard so I picked up the same striped fabric from IKEA. The headboard isn’t really new, it was previously used as the backboard to my dining room banquette IKEA hack. The fabric for the bed skirt cost me about $16, much cheaper than bed skirts I was finding in stores.

DIY Bed Skirt TutorialThe first thing you need to do is figure out how long your skirt needs to be. Measure the distance from the top of your box spring to the floor. Then add 3-4 inches for seam and stapling allowance.DIY Bed Skirt TutorialMine was at 16 inches, so I cut 20 inch long strips of fabric. The fabric is 58 inches wide, so I needed 3 of these strips in order to cover 3 sides of my box spring.DIY Bed Skirt TutorialNext you need to make the hem. Fold over the long edge at 5/8″ and press.DIY Bed Skirt Tutorial

DIY Bed Skirt TutorialThen fold the raw edge under itself and press again.DIY Bed Skirt Tutorial This creates a nice clean hem. Stitch at 3/8″. If you don’t have a sewing machine you can use iron-on hem tape.

 

Once that is done, stitch the strips together at the ends to create one long strip. Then staple the raw edge directly to the box spring, making sure the hem just barely touches the ground. If you don’t have a staple gun you can use flat head tacks. 

DIY Bed Skirt TutorialDIY Bed Skirt and Headboard TutorialContinue all around the box spring. The mattress should cover the staples and it’ll look like a normal bed skirt!

 

DIY Bed Skirt and HeadboardFinally, make your bed as usual and reward yourself with a nice nap.

For instructions on how I made the headboard, click here.

Peel and Stick Faux Tile Kitchen Backsplash | SmartTiles Review

If you’ve been following me on Instagram and Snapchat you’ll probably remember that I installed a white tile backsplash in my rental kitchen a couple of months ago. I didn’t want to post details about it right away just in case the product didn’t live up to its promises, but I’m happy to finally report that it has been great!When deciding on a backsplash I had some important requirements that had to be met. I’ve mentioned before that I rent so anything I decided on needed to be temporary, easy to install, and easy to remove. I also didn’t want anything that looked too fake and wouldn’t hold up over time. I came across the Metro Blanco peel and stick tiles from SmartTiles that met all of my criteria and decided to give them a try.

Peel and Stick Faux Tile Backsplash in Rental KitchenThey’ve been AWESOME. We use our kitchen a lot and I was worried they wouldn’t stick for long with all of the cooking and cleaning we do, especially behind our stove. So far they’re holding on strong and have held up to steam, 500 degree oven temps, pasta sauce splatter, and daily cleaning.

Peel and Stick Faux Tile Backsplash in Rental Kitchen
I could have taken progress photos but honestly, SmartTiles has wonderful installation videos that do it better than my photos could. All you need is a utility knife and a ruler. It’s really that easy.

Peel and Stick Faux Tile Backsplash in Rental Kitchen

They really have transformed my kitchen for the better. It no longer looks super basic and boring. My kitchen doesn’t get a lot of light, but these add some reflectivity and brighten up the space. (I had before photos but they got lost on my dead computer. Sad.)
Peel and Stick Faux Tile Backsplash in Rental Kitchen
My friends and family couldn’t tell that they weren’t real until I told them. They’re usually brutally honest with me so I can trust them.

Peel and Stick Faux Tile Backsplash in Rental Kitchen
If you’re looking for a temporary, easy solution for your kitchen definitely check out SmartTiles Peel and Stick Tiles.

 

DIY 4th of July Sparkler Cupcake Toppers

I love the 4th of July. It’s probably my third favorite holiday, and definitely my favorite summer holiday. I love everything about it.I can’t think of a better way to spend a hot summer night than eating hamburgers and blowing things up in the street. It’s just so…American.

The main requirement of Independence Day is that you use as much red, white, and blue themed things as possible. Even foods must be adorned with American flags or patriotic flair or you are doing it wrong. Here’s a fun, easy, and inexpensive little embellishment for your food flair needs.

DIY 4th of July Cupcake ToppersAll you need are a few dollar store items:

White, white, or blue tinsel garland
Double stick tape
Skewers or toothpicks

All you have to do is cut a piece of tape and wrap it around one end of your skewer or toothpick. Then cut 2 inch piece of garland and wrap it around the taped end. July 4th Cupcake Toppers DIYFluff it up so it looks like a firework or a sparkler! (Except this one doesn’t result in 2nd degree burns.)

DIY July 4th Cupcake ToppersStick it on a cupcake or something equally as delicious for ultra Americana cuteness.

DIY 4th of July Cupcake Toppers

Happy 4th of July!

DIY 4th of July Cupcake Toppers

 

 

Yellow French Provincial Mirror Makeover

Something I do when I’m decorating a room is try to use what I already have. I’ve had this mirror in my dining room for a couple of years and when I decided to redecorate I thought about where I could use it rather than get rid of it. I got it for $20 on Craigslist and although it isn’t actually a pricey antique, it’s still a good deal for such a solid and large piece.

Originally it was painted an antique gold finish but that didn’t fit into my decor scheme at the time. To remedy that I did a silver metallic faux finish on it.

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I decided its new home needed to be in my living room above my fireplace and also wanted it to be a pop of color. I looked through all my spare paints and decided on a cheerful yellow. All I had to do was brush on some white primer, then a few coats of yellow paint, then a coat of clear polyurethane to give it a glossy, candy-coated finish.IMG_2572

 

I think it gives the wall a nice, bright feeling and ties in with the rest of the colors in the room. The best part is I spend no money because I already had all the materials! Yay! One project down…lots more to go.

 

Apartment Makeover Update and Plans

Hey, you guys, remember how I decided to redecorate my entire apartment instead of moving into a new one? Well, here’s a quick little update on what’s going on at House of Melodrama. I can honestly say that it’s taking longer than I intended and it’s kind of bumming me out. My husband and two dogs have all had serious health scares over the past several weeks and that has taken up a lot of time, mental and physical energy, and money. I have, however, been able to make progress in planning and prepping for some upcoming projects that I’m really excited about finishing.

First of all, I installed an easy and renter-friendly kitchen backsplash and it looks awesome! I wanted to give it a decent test run before posting about it so stay tuned for that. Here’s a little sneak peek…IMG_2585.jpg

This week’s project is what has been giving me the most anxiety. We’re ripping out our bedroom carpet in favor of a hard floor option and in order to clear out the bedroom to do the floor we had to put our bedroom furniture into the living room. At first it was kind of fun, but now after several weeks of pushing back the completion of the project I’m over it and can’t wait to have another useable room.

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Do you like the yellow mirror? I’ll tell you more about it tomorrow. By the way, awhile back I wrote a post about my favorite mid-century inspired couch options.  I picked one and I can’t wait to tell you more about it. For now here’s a picture of Mango giving it his stamp of approval. IMG_2833.jpgAside from finishing up those projects there’s a couple of new IKEA hacks, upholstery projects, a renter-friendly appliance makeover, DIY art, and room reveals coming up so stick with me! –DEEP BREATH– Don’t forget you can follow along on Instagram and Snapchat for more updates.

 

IZZE® Friendsday Night Party and Cocktail Ideas

One of my favorite things to do when I haven’t seen my friends in a while is host a friend’s night with good drinks, yummy snacks, and hilariously inappropriate games. I pride myself in being the hostess with the mostest (alcohol) so I always have to be equipped with quick and easy ideas that I can whip up at a moment’s notice. I teamed up with my friends at IZZE® to share a few ideas for your next #FriendsdayNight.

 

Making a tassel garland with leftover colorful tissue paper is easy and super cute. All you have to do is cut long strips of paper, bunch them together, fold the bunch in half around a piece of string, and twist. Easy peasy!IZZE® Friendsday Night Part and Cocktail Ideas

 

Snacks are easy too. Cut up some fresh fruit and mix up a bunch of fresh guacamole with chips. My favorite guac recipe is sooo easy. 4 medium haas avocados, half of a red onion (chopped), a handful of cilantro (roughly chopped), juice from half of a lime, and salt to taste.

IZZE® Friendsday Night Part and Cocktail Ideas Don’t forget the drinks! This is my favorite part.

IZZE® Friendsday Night Part and Cocktail Ideas

I like to have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. The flavored sparkling beverages from IZZE® are perfect for cocktail mixing or drinking plain. My personal favorite is IZZE® Sparkling Grapefruit juice mixed with a shot of white tequila and a squeeze of lime. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and lots of ice!

IZZE® Friendsday Night Part and Cocktail Ideas Enjoy your next Friendsday Night!

IZZE® Friendsday Night Part and Cocktail Ideas

 

This post was sponsored by IZZE® through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about IZZE®, all opinions are my own.

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player \\#fearnomess

Oh man, I’m so excited to show you guys this project! I have to admit that I’ve had this idea for awhile but was hesitant to go through with it. Decoupage can get messy and sometimes I’m just not in the mood for the daunting task of cleaning up. But thanks to method’s #fearnomess campaign I was inspired to get down and dirty and tackle this decor project that I’ve been putting off for months! I can honestly say I love method and have been using their products for years to help me with prep and clean-up for even my messiest projects, so I jumped at the opportunity to team up with them to inspire you to do the same. Plus the fact that the products are safe, biodegradable, AND smell fantastic can make us feel even better about cleaning up. Did I mention they’re super cute and colorful too?

Now let’s get to the project! I’ve had this white and gold portable record player for a couple of years and although it’s beautiful just as it is, I thought it needed a little makeover to stand out against my white walls. I love colorful patterns and thought this fabric would look amaaaaazing on it…

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess…and I was right!

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Here’s how I did it:

First I cleaned off any dust and grime with my method all-purpose cleaner.

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomessFabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Next, took off any removable hardware and used a brush to apply a layer of fabric decoupage medium.

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomessThen I applied a piece of fabric that was cut to size and laid it evenly on the decoupage medium. I smoothed out any wrinkles and bubbles, pulling the fabric tight around the edges. For the corners I basically used the “hospital corners” technique (like when you’re making a bed).

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomessFabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

The metal corner plates weren’t removable so I used an exact I knife to trim around the edges and tucked any excess fabric under the plate. This gave it a nice finish. Plus the decoupage deters any fraying of the fabric and leaves edges looking tidy. Don’t worry about getting the medium on those areas, they clean up well with a spritz of cleaner.

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

After the lid was done, I repeated the same steps for the bottom (trimming around any other non-removable pieces).Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

I carefully removed the turntable platter base and tucked the fabric inside, then replaced the panel. Next I cut around the front speakers with an exacto knife and tucked the raw edge in around the speakers. These steps gave it a really clean, finished look.

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

All that was left was to do was apply a piece of fabric to finish the underside of the lid and to replace any hardware that was removed.

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

I gave everything a quick wipe down with some cleaner and done!

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Cute right??? I’m IN LOVE and so glad I decided to #fearnomess. Now it’s your turn! Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

This post was sponsored by method products.

DIY Valentine Heart Pins

Ah, yes, Valentine’s Day. There are those who love it and those who despise it. I personally don’t feel strongly either way, but I think hearts are really cute and I like candy, so V-Day is ok with me. Whether you’re planning on being showered with gifts and candy by your love, or perhaps sitting at home feeling wretched about your love life with your Galentines, these DIY Valentine pins are for you. They’re the perfect way to express your feelings about love, and also make really cute personalized gifts! After all, you have to keep your #pingamestrong.DIY Valentine Pins

They’re super easy to make. Here’s how you do it.

You’ll need:

Oven-bake Clay (like Sculpy)
Heart Cookie Cutters (small, various sizes)
Embossing Letters (I used these)
Craft Paint and a fine brush
A gloss sealer like Mod-Podge
Heavy-duty craft/jewelry making adhesive
Pin Backs or Tie Tacks

First you’re going to roll out your clay to about 1/4 inch thick. Then use a small cookie cutter of your choice to cut out a heart shape.

DIY Valentine Pins

Then you’re going to press your messages into the clay using embossing letters. Bake the stamped shapes according to your clay’s directions.DIY Valentine Pins

After the clay is hardened and cooled, use craft paint and a fine brush to outline the letters. You can skip this step, but I like the way it makes the letters pop more and gives them more of a conversation heart look.DIY Valentine Pins

Now you’re going to use heavy-duty jewelry making glue to adhere a pin to the back of your heart. Let dry completely before handling.DIY Valentine Pins 4

Once everything is dry you can finish it off with a coat of glossy sealer. I used Mod Podge. It gives a nice finished look.DIY Valetine PinsThat’s it! Done.DIY Valentine Pins

Show me what messages you come up with by tagging @melodramablog on Instagram.

DIY Painted Wish Bone Thanksgiving Plates | 12 Months of Martha

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it’s time to get cracking on finalizing your table setting details. For me Thanksgiving is the one time, besides weddings I guess, where a proper table setting is an absolute must have. I mean think about it, the entire holiday basically revolves around food and gathering around a dinner table. Your dishes need to be on point.

DIY Wish Bone Painted Plates 6If you want to add some flair to your holiday table, but don’t want to go out and spend loads of cash on new plates, here’s a fun project for you.

DIY Thanksgiving Wish Bone Plates #12monthsofmarthaPainted wish bone plates!

You’ll need:
Printer and paper
Basic clear glass plates (I used 7 3/4 inch dessert plates)
Craft Paint (I like Martha Stewart Crafts, it’s oven curable)
Gloss Finish Decoupage Medium

Here’s what you do:

First you need your wish bone shape. You can print the ones I used here. This is scaled to fit 7 3/4 inch dessert plates, but if you want to do larger plates, just scale the image to your desired size. Print and cut out the wish bone shape and use decoupage medium to adhere it to the back of your plate. Cover with another thin layer of decoupage and let dry.

DIY Thanksgiving Wish Bone Plates #12monthsofmarthaDIY Thanksgiving Wish Bone Plates #12monthsofmarthaNext, paint over the wish bone and the entire back of the plate. Do a few layers, letting dry between coats. To cure the paint, bake plates at 350 degrees  fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Turn your oven off and let the plate cool inside of the oven before removing it.

DIY Wish Bone Painted Plates 3Lastly, to get everything really sealed in, cover the entire back of the plate with gloss decoupage medium and let dry for several hours.

DIY Thanksgiving Wish Bone Plates #12monthsofmarthaNow you have adorable, custom plates that are safe to eat on and totally washable!

DIY Mini Pumpkin Pie Thanksgiving Drink Stirrers

There’s nothing I love more than kitschy holiday decorations and cocktail accessories are no exception. What do you think of when you think of Thanksgiving? Pumpkin pie, right? Me too. That’s why I made these adorable mini pumpkin pie drink stirrers for all of the autumnal cocktails I’ve been drinking (specifically this spiced pumpkin pie nog cocktail).

DIY Pumpkin Pie Drink StirrerI love making miniature things out of clay. It’s so…therapeutic. These mini pumpkin pies were particularly easy and fun. Here’s how I did it.

What You Need:
Oven-bake Clay (orange, brown or tan, and white)

Plain 6 inch Drink Stirrers

First I cut out triangles out of orange clay. The easiest way to do this was to use a small, sharp knife to cut a 7cm think piece of clay to a 25cm x 20cm rectangle. Then cut it into a triangle.
Mini Pumpkin Pie Drink Stirrer

Mix some brown clay with a little white to get your desired shade of brown for the pie crust. Roll it into a ball and press it out into a 3cm thick disc. Place the orange triangle onto the disc.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Drink Stirrer

Pull up and flute the clay to create the crust.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Drink Stirrer

Then cut the remaining clay off.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Drink Stirrer

Roll white clay into snake-like shapes and spiral it onto itself to make a dollop of whipped cream.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Drink Stirrer

Next, use a cocktail stir to make a hole on the bottom of the clay pie.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Drink StirrerRemove the stick and bake at 275 degrees fahrenheit. Mini Pumpkin Pie Drink StirrersUsing a little super glue, replace the cocktail stick into the pre-made hole.

And that’s it! Adorable, right? I got carried away and made a bunch of these as gifts. Happy drinking!

DIY Pumpkin Pie Drink Stirrer