DIY Plexiglass Painting

 

My infamously non-functioning fireplace felt like it needed a little pizzazz after the holiday decor came down last month. I’ve left a strand of battery-powered mercury lights up for the rest of winter and a dozen prayer candles in the firebox, but it didn’t feel like enough. So then I relocated a plant (that I brought all the way home as a carry-on from Palm Springs!) to the hearth and that helped a little bit more. But then whole time I knew what would really perk it up would be art.

 

 

Plexiglass is one of my favorite surfaces to paint on, a little unusual I know. But you can’t beat the way the paint effortlessly glides around the surface and I love the way it feels so light, whether placed on the floor or hung on the wall with a large bulldog clamp.

 

 

Supplies

plexiglass (this piece measures 16 x 20″)
craft paint
palette or paper plate
large round brush
• water jar

 

 

I flipped through a few of my Pinterest boards for inspiration, and settled on an asymmetrical design using three colors – pale pink, soft grey, and olive green. After peeling off the protective film all plexiglass should have, I began in the southwest corner with the pink and worked my way up and out, making curved swoops with my brush and leaving plenty of space in between. Sort of spastic motions really. After the pink dried I went back in with the grey and did the same, filling in about half of the gaps and when that dried I filled in the rest with the green.

 

 

As always with our DIY projects, this is just a loose idea of what you could do with these materials. I love creating abstract art because it helps me get my emotions out, but maybe you like landscapes or portraits. Go with it.

(If you missed January’s project, check it out here.)

 

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12 Non-Ugly Essential Oil Diffusers

I’ve used essential oils for a variety of things over the past few years, namely in an attempt to treat my barometric migraines. But this past Christmas I was gifted an ultrasonic diffuser (the first one below) and an entirely new world opened up to me. Diffusing essential oils is great for a couple of things – alleviating allergies, asthma, and sinusitis to start, as well as cleaning and treating the air. With five pets I’m also super conscious about how my home smells when you walk in the door, and a single diffuser can treat up to 1,200 square feet. A lot of diffusers are flat-out ugly, but when you find a good one that suits your home’s aesthetic it will blend in perfectly. And as I experiment with new essential oil “recipes” over the coming weeks – energizing, focusing, relaxing, etc – I’ll be making notes so I can share in an upcoming post. Any longtime users with tips or tricks to share?

 

1/ Cool Mist Woodgrain Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser  2/ Mini Portable Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser  3/ MOMA MUJI Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser  4/ Anjou Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser  5/ Puzhen 5-Sense Yun Aroma Diffuser  6/ QUOOZ Lull Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser  7/ Stadler Form Jasmine Aroma Diffuser  8/ Teo Essential Oil Diffuser  9/ URBST Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser  10/ Vida Aroma Diffuser  11/ Vitruvi White Stone Essential Oil Diffuser  12/ Bamboo Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser

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Feel Good Valentine’s Day Printables

 

This month we partnered again with Vivian Kvitka, aka The Good Viv, to bring you two printable valentines to spread the love. The world needs as much as it can get, and a sweet sentiment or piece of mail (that’s not a bill) has the ability to make people genuinely smile! These print two to a page and can be mailed like a postcard – just write on the back, address, and add stamp – or handed out in person. I think the thing I love most is neither is actually Valentine’s Day specific, they’re all about love and support so print out a bunch and share the good feels!

Download Heart + Might here

Download I Think You Are Magic here

 

 

 

 

 

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Side Tables + Nightstands

You know what they say – side table in the living room, nightstand in the bedroom! (Oh wait, I’m the only one who says that. I digress.) Tiny tables are a part of decorating that I especially look forward to. They can be relatively affordable and simply swapping one or two out can change the look and feel of an entire space. Check out these ten that have caught my eye, I’m really feeling warm metals lately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get Pumped for the Big Game with Intel’s 360 Replay Technology!

 

If you follow me on social media you may have noticed two things.
1. I absolutely love football, and
2. I’m taking part in Intel’s #ExperienceMore campaign, featuring their crazy cool 360 replay technology.

So what’s that all about, you might be asking. The short answer is that Intel’s 360 replay technology can transform an ordinary viewing experience into an in-depth one with a view of the game from any angle. Super cool, yes? YES! At the game they’ll be using advanced computing and 38 5K high-definition cameras to create enhanced replays and highlights. These multiple high-def cameras are installed at fixed intervals around the stadium to create massive amounts of data, which produce a three-dimensional and 360-degree reconstruction of the play that can be viewed from any angle. Insanely cool!

 

 

Intel’s #ExperienceMore campaign invites you to design and submit your own masterpiece featuring a frame of Tom Brady and his iconic throw. Pick an angle and design your own for a chance to score a spot in the ultimate fan-powered Game Day video this Sunday! You can either use the site’s tools or download the image and go to town with your own – digital, paint, marker, every form of creativity is welcome – before uploading.

 

 

During the game I’ll be keeping track of Intel’s social channels and waiting to see if any of my three designs make the cut in their user generated 360 video!

This post sponsored by Intel. As always, all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush creating fresh content!

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The Beauty of Bar Cabinets

I love a good bar cabinet, you might remember the one I made from an old depression era cabinet. It’s just such a classy piece of furniture, a bar cart taken to the next level that’s ready to welcome you after a long day or guests the minute they walk into your home. My favorites have always a mid-century vibe, but I’m also loving some of the more unique pieces below. How about you, do you prefer a bar cart or cabinet?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Decked Out for Valentine’s Day

LOVE IS LOVE! Valentine’s Day is a favorite of mine, even though I’m almost always single when it rolls around. To me the day is about love in all its many forms and any reason to celebrate it is a good one, especially lately. Check out these printables, recipes, accessories, and more for a super decked out February 14th!

 

ROW 1: Printable Valentine Stickers // Printable Hot Tea Pyramids   ROW 2: Stripe Shirt with Heart Collar // Sugar Cookie Bars // The Love Spell Cocktail   ROW 3: Valentine’s Day Almond Cake // Valentine’s Day Treat Bags // Woman of Many Hearts Shades   ROW 4: Printable Tags for Valentine’s Day // Marbled Raspberry Dark Chocolate Valentine’s Day Bark // Red and Spotted D’orsay Flat

 

ROW 1: Acrylic Heart Frame // All Around Giant Heart Towel // Always and Forever Bunting   ROW 2: Arrow Cocktail Stirrers // Brass Heart Box // Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Valentine’s Hearts   ROW 3: Chocolate Pots de Crème // Coffee Lover Mug // Conversation Heart Ice Cream   ROW 4: Heart Necklace // DIY Hugs & Kisses Garland // DIY Pompom Heart Wreath

 

ROW 1: Rose Painted Valentine Cake // DIY Rose Petal Bath Salts // DIY Valentine Bouquet Wraps + Printable Love Quotes   ROW 2: DIY Valentine Heart Magnets // DIY Valentine’s Day Wall Hangings // Gold Heart Earrings   ROW 3: Graffiti Painted Clutch // Heart Print Sweatshirt // Heart Shaped Double Wall Glass Mug   ROW 4: Heart-Shaped Rose Tart // Jute Heart Rug // Love Potion #9 Martini

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Diz-Diz Popcorn

 

When the makers of gourmet microwave Diz-Diz Popcorn tasked Tatabi Studio with creating packaging that was both fun and luxurious, they started with the four flavor profiles – Parmesan, Curry, Cinnamon, and Vanilla. White marbled paper and colorful foils matching the different flavors come together to make even this popcorn hater want to dig in.

 

 

 

 

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