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DIY Faux Antler Candelabra

Hello there! I know things have been a bit quieter than usual here. Real life has been crazy and we’ve been keeping busy! There are lots of fun and exciting things going on behind the scenes, and I can’t wait to share those with you! In the mean time, I’m hoping to be getting back to my normal blogging routine. Especially since my favorite season is just around the bend! 

Football is back, and school is back in session. It’s still in the 90’s here, but that didn’t stop me from wearing my boots to church yesterday! :) I love Fall and everything that comes along with it! I’m just starting to get ready to decorate for the season. I’ve kept my decor fairly traditional the last couple of years, but I’m thinking of switching things up a bit. I’m going for more of a “modern lodge” look for Fall. 

I love deer and antler everything right now. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful antler candle holders in catalogs this season, but they have ranged anywhere from $60 – $250. Hello. No. I think you see where this is going now. 

DIY Faux Antler Candelabra

Yep! I decided to make my own! I found some faux antlers at Hobby Lobby and grabbed 2 bags of wooden candle cups. 

I placed the antlers on the table where I plan to put them so I could plan where I wanted the candles to sit. Once I had the placement set, I attached the candle cups to the antlers with E6000 {my favorite adhesive!}. I put the glue on the bottoms of the cups and let them sit for at least 5 minutes before placing them on the antlers. Letting them sit a little while helps them adhere to the surface better. I let them cure for over 24 hours. 

DIY Faux Antler Candelabra

DIY Faux Antler Candelabra

I wanted my candle holders to have a modern twist, so I planned on painting them white. I did a coat of spray primer first, and then finished them off with white spray paint. 

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I’m so excited with how these turned out! I can’t wait to show you how I incorporate them into my Fall decor. :)

DIY Faux Antler Candelabra

Are you ready for Fall, or are you still holding on to the last bits of summer?

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DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry Space


Y’all. I can’t stop making stuff. People ask me sometimes how I have time to do all of these different projects, and the truth is I just can’t quit. I love makin’! #cantstopwontstop

So, of course, when my sister and brother-in-law moved into a new house, I started desperately trying to find out what I can make for their new digs. I try to at least be practical in my making. I’m not about creating an abstract sculpture that they have to pull out of the closet whenever I come over. I wanted to actually make something that would be useful to them. 

Their front door opens right up into their living room, so they don’t really have the space for a full on entry way. The coat hanger I made for our own small entry space has served us really well. It is so nice to have a place to keep bags, coats, and the dog leash. So! I decided to make them one too! 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry Space

These coat hangers are actually really easy and affordable to make. You can customize them for any space! Our coat hanger is about 4 feet wide. The wall space near the door in my sister’s home is minimal, so I went with a 2 foot poplar board {about $2 at your local home improvement store}. 

 These coat hangers are actually really easy and affordable to make. You can customize them for any space! Our coat hanger is about 4 feet wide. The wall space near the door in my sister’s home is minimal, so I went with a 2 foot poplar board {about $2 at your local home improvement store}.

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry Space

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceYou will also need wood stain, drawer pulls or knobs {these are from Hobby Lobby, but World Market and Anthropologie also have an awesome selection!}, and a Dremel Mirco 8050.  This tool is so handy. It’s light weight, cordless, super precise and easy to use. It’s definitely not just for “power tool people”.   It is the only tool I used or really needed to complete this project. {You can get your own on Amazon for just $89}.

You will also want to grab a pencil and tape measure. Your first step is to measure and mark where you want the knobs to be, and then drill the holes. 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceThe knobs I bought are long screws with nuts that you tighten to secure. Once the coat hanger was done, I cut the excess screw off. I still needed to carve a bit of the wood out for the nut so that the board would sit flush against the wall. I found a carving accessory from a Dremel rotary tool I’ve had for a few years and stuck it on my Dremel Micro 8050. I flipped the board over and carved a space around the hole until I could snugly fit the nut inside. 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceNext, I took a sanding tool to smooth out the edges and corners of the board a bit. This makes it look a bit vintage and not like a brand new piece of wood. If you’re going for a more distressed look, you can beat up the board some to make it look older and worn. {Isn’t that LED light fabulous? Every tool should have a light to help my again eyes see what I’m doing!}. 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceOnce the board is ready to go, stain the wood in the color of your choice and allow it to dry. For this coat hanger, I used Dark Walnut by Minwax. 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceOnce the stain is dry, all that is left to do is put in the knobs and cut off the excess screw. It’s much easier than it sounds! It was really easy to slice the screw off with the cutting blade. I turned the Dremel Micro 8050 up to the highest level of power and the screws fell off in seconds. Just be sure to wear your safety gear! Sparks will fly. :) 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceNow you are ready to hang your new coat hanger! Simply screw the board into the studs {Or use wall anchors to secure. Make sure they can sustain a good amount of weight}. 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceI think the hanger looks great in my sister’s new living room! It’s the perfect space-saving-catch-all for purses, work bags, coats, and leashes! 

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry SpaceEven Milo, my nephew-pup, approves! Just look at that smile! :)

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DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry Space

DIY Coat Hanger for Small Entry Space

 

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LOVE Letters {DIY Faux Antique Brass Letters}

Happy day to you! I hope you are having a great week so far. We’re almost to the weekend! 

I’m just sitting here sipping my coffee and admiring my Valentine’s Day mantel. We’re just a little over a week away from the day of all things love and hearts! One of my favorite parts of my mantel display are the gold LOVE letters. I’ve been itching to make more faux letters ever since I tried my hand at zinc-like letters this past summer. This time I aimed for an antique brass look. There is something about gold paired with red and pink that makes it feel a little more fancy and festive to me. :)

L-O-V-E : Valentine's Day MantelThis is such an easy craft and could translate into many other ideas. All you will need are your paper mache letters {mine are from Hobby Lobby}, oil rubbed bronze spray paint, metallic gold spray paint, and sandpaper or a sanding block. 

LOVE letters : Faux antique brass letters #tutorialI just used paints I had on hand in my stash. 

LOVE letters : Faux antique brass letters #tutorialStart by covering your letters in a coat of the oil rubbed bronze paint. Allow the paint to dry per the instructions on the can {usually 20 minutes}. 

LOVE letters : Faux antique brass letters #tutorialOnce the paint is dry, spray the letters with your metallic gold paint.

LOVE letters : Faux antique brass letters #tutorialOnce the letters are completely dry, you can lightly sand them with a bit of sandpaper or a sanding block. Just sand enough to scuff them up a bit and allow some of the ORB paint to show through. This will create that worn look of antique brass. 

LOVE letters : Faux antique brass letters #tutorial

 

LOVE letters : Faux antique brass letters #tutorialI’m obsessed with this craft and the possibilities are endless! Letters could be made for any holiday {like JOY or NOEL for Christmas}, your child’s name for their bedroom, a favorite phrase or your initial in your bedroom….the list could go on and on! Where would you put some faux metal letters? 

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LOVE letters : Faux antique brass letters #tutorial