Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

~ DIY : How to Make Velvet Pumpkins Plush & Pretty Fall Decorating - Tutorial

DIY Velvet Pumpkins Tutorial. The Decorated House . How to make these pretty and plush velvet pumpkins.

 How to Make Plush and Pretty Velvet Pumpkins:

It's getting to be that time of year again! Here is an early Fall Project 
you can make now, and use through Thanksgiving. 
Directions below:

Thursday, September 15, 2016

~ How To : Antique Glaze and Wet Distressing - A Perfectly Imperfect Frame with Annie Sloan Paris Grey Chalk Paint

The Decorated House :: How to Glaze and Distress Chalk Paint
Fall is my favorite time to fluff the nest! The shorter days means less daylight to work on projects, the cooler temperatures sure help. So let's get painting!

I'm sure the shop owners shop owners and workers were laughing as we walked out the door with the old frames. The frames looked really bad and didn't give much hope of looking better any time soon. The sellers must have thought what a stroke of luck to find anyone who would actually pay money for that old junk. But their junk was a perfect find for me.

This one was actually in two pieces. The inside needed to be reattached to the outside molding. And some of the original carving was missing. It was certainly past its prime in life. It made me so want to make it look good again. Here's how work with different colors and using a wet distressing technique.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How to Add a Pretty DIY Stem to Your Velvet Pumpkins


Add a DIY Pumpkin Stem to your Velvet or Faux Pumpkins to make them extra special! The Decorated House

Velvet Pumpkin with Air-Dry Clay Stem

The velvet pumpkins are such a pretty addition to your Fall and Halloween décor. You can certainly have them out from September through Thanksgiving.  One of the nicest ways to finish them is by adding a real pumpkin stem which adds a touch of realism and rustic charm. You can save them from your own pumpkins each year, or use ones you found at the market maybe.  It is so interesting to see how many different shapes the stems take on while growing.
  
Sometimes you might need a certain size or a more whimsical look than you might have saved. I had one pumpkin stem that was my favorite, but it was too large for this little velvet pumpkin. So I used the real stem as inspiration for making one the right size.. This one is made of  an air dry clay. It will say "air dry" on the package. Sometimes it might be paper clay, but there are other kinds as well. The one shown here is a paper clay type.  It is very easy to use, and you can keep it from drying out by when you store it for longer periods of time by  keeping a damp paper towel in a plastic bag with it.

Click on Continue Reading for Instructions:

Monday, July 18, 2016

~ How To Create a Faux Cement Paint Finish ~ Urn & Succulents Gardening


How to Create a Faux Cement Paint Finish

using an inexpensive plastic - resin urn. 

Update: May 2016
The urn was painted 4 years ago. It has been on a covered step/porch area
 out of the direct elements of sun, wind, etc., but it has also been outside with my other pots for   months at a time. It looks exactly like it did when it was first done. The only changes have been keeping the plants to a nice size. Even succulents can get quite large. The aloe grew a lot and was cut back and some put in the ground or in other pots. The other succulents have been clipped as need, but all did very well. It is now about time to replant the whole thing, but it lasted for a few years with very little attention. The urn itself is doing a bit more aging with the rain and humidity, but the paint has held up very nicely.
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After going without rain for some time and spending so much time watering to keep all the pretties alive, we had a few days of non-stop rain. Another downpour early this morning, before the plants could dry out even a little from the last few days. Mother Nature teaches us patience or why it's good to buy plants where there is a one year guarantee.

Click on "Continue Reading" Link Below for the Instructions:


Monday, June 6, 2016

~ How To Make a 5 Minute Pillow ... Maybe 10 Mins.

The Decorated House - How to Make a 5 min. Pillow Cover

You can make a pillow like this in 5 minutes!
(Or maybe 10 if you are like me with sewing.)
Tutorial and Step by Step Directions:
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Click on "Continue Reading" Link Below for the Instructions:

Friday, March 11, 2016

Easter Decorations ~ Pretty Decorated Peat Pots


Altered, decorated peat pots! Looking for a simple and inexpensive Easter decorating idea? You can paint these, and decorate them anyway that pleases you and goes with your decor.  They can be dressed up or left more rustic, whichever way appeals to you. I love the combination of rustic with a touch of elegant. No matter what you choose, they can be very inexpensive to make and

Saturday, February 6, 2016

~ Valentine's Day Decorating Ideas

Valentine's Day Decorating :: Pillow by The Decorated House


It's almost Valentine's Day! 
Here are a few ideas for your holiday decorating. 
Click on the pictures for more pictures and 
the full post for each one. 

Valentine's Day Mantel : Black and White with Pink by Donna @ The Decorated House


Click on "Continue Reading" Link Below 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas Merry and Bright with a Pretty Pottery Barn Style Pillow

Pottery Barn Style Christmas Wreath Pillow DIY Tutorial by Donna, The Decorated House

Now that it's the beginning of December, Christmas decorating will be in high gear for most of you. Here is a simple and pretty pillow that you can make for yourself, or it would make a wonderful gift as well. It is styled after a Pottery Barn pillow that is no longer available, but you can make your own!

Click here for the directions:
See Y'All Soon~

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Decorated House - Fall and Thanksgiving Entry Table with Velvet and Painted Pumpkins

One last hurrah for the pumpkins before they are put away for another year. It's easy to 
hang on to  Fall when the weather is so nice. If there were a couple of inches of snow, 
do you feel like Fall or  more like Winter? We are expecting a gentle cool down, so that 
will be really enjoyable for Thanksgiving day and I'm looking forward to it!

Since everything begins to move at warp speed from now until the new year, 
I am wishing you a very peaceful and beautiful Season of Thanksgiving. 

Happy ThanksGiving!

See Y'All Soon~

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween! from The Decorated House

Halloween at The Decorated House. Elegant black and white decorating with mercury glass and silver.

Wishing You a Happy Halloween Weekend!
See Y'All Soon~