Jan. 9, 2015

25 Copper DIY Projects

Ever since my first moscow mule a little over a year ago, I’ve been on the hunt for beautiful copper things to add in our home. Luckily, that hunt is getting easier as copper slow takes over the top spot from gold this year. My mom is remodeling her kitchen and chose these amazing lights for above her kitchen island. In helping her research items for the new space, I’ve found so many beautiful copper DIY projects out there and just can’t decide which one to try first! Here are my top 25 ideas to share, which is your favorite? What pieces of sparkle to you like to add to your space? Do you prefer silver, gold or share my new love of copper? Happy DIYing.

DIY copper striped vases  |  Homey Oh My

DIY copper vases
DIY copper towel rack
 |  Lonny
DIY copper towel rack
DIY copper magazine Rack
 |  Zana
DIY Copper magazine rack
DIY copper Alphabet magnets  |  Kojodesigns
DIY Copper abc magnets
DIY copper planters  |  Man Made DIY
diy copper planters
DIY copper and wood light  |  Vintage Revivals
DIY copper and wood light

DIY copper peg shelves  |  Vintage Revivals
diy copper peg shelving

DIY copper ipad stand  |  A Bubbly Life
diy copper ipad stand

DIY copper and marble tray  |  Almost Makes Perfect
diy copper handle marble tray

DIY copper foiled vase  |  Say Yes
diy copper foil vase

DIY geometric faux copper pots  |  Curbly
DIY Copper plant holders

Repurposed copper chandlier  | A Beautiful Mess
DIY Copper repurosed chandelier

DIY Copper pipe side table  |  Paul Loebach
DIY Copper pipe side table

DIY copper and rope mirror  | Makers Society
DIY Copper and rope mirror

DIY Copper hangers  |  Homesick
DIY Copper hangers

DIY Copper painted knobs   |  Emily Henderson
DIY Copper drawer pulls or knobs

DIY Copper pipe pendant light  |  The Gathered Home DIY Copper pipe pendant light

DIY copper painted ceramic bowls  |  FreutCake
Diy copper painted ceramic bowls

DIY Copper and wood block curtain rods  |
diy copper and wood block curtain rods

DIY Copper pulls on upcycled dresser  |
diy copper pull handles on a dresser makeover

DIY Ikea hack with copper legs and marble top  |  Style Me Pretty
DIY Ikea Hack with copper and mable

Repurposed copper painted chair  |  Room of Karma

repurposed copper chair DIY

DIY Copper scarf ladder  |  Natalme
DIY scarf ladder in copper

DIY Copper pipe desk  |  Upcycled Treasures
DIY Upcycled copper pipe double desk for office or home




Dec. 17, 2014

2014 Christmas Home Tour

2014 Holiday home tour One of my most cherished childhood memories was decking the halls in our home each year. I still get giddy when the lights come out and the trees go up, it literally brings tears to my eyes on some occasions. To me, it is has grown into a beautiful form of worship to my God. I light up my house as a symbol for his light in my life and I sometimes just find myself overwhelmed by his love and mercy throughout the Holiday season more than any other time of year.

My love for all things Christmas has continued to grow as I have and I feel so honored to have the chance to decorate our home now. I am filled with so much joy each time Maddax turns the Christmas tree on and his eyes light up with the tree. So much so, that I have slowly been adding trees and decor to our collection hoping no matter what room I am in for the month of December that I can feel some sort of holiday cheer. So, today I am sharing our holiday home tour with you. Enjoy!

Christmas Holiday Wreath, front door decor  |  Intentionandgrace.com My front door is one of my favorite places to decorate during the season. Guests come and go more frequently and I always want them to feel welcome. We love to get a fresh green wreathe to welcome our guests with. This beauty is from SAMS and it smells amazing each time guests come and go. Simply mist it with a spray water bottle throughout the season and it stays crisp and fresh for all to enjoy. 2014 holiday dining room decor and table setting  |  intentionandgrace.com Our dining room is just inside our front door and I love to add bright pops of color in this space. These adorable Christmas trees are available at Walmart for $.50-2 depending on the size. They are so festive and fun. 2014 holiday dining room decor and table setting  |  intentionandgrace.com Our centerpiece is a simple glass vase filled with fresh cranberries and water. This keeps them fresh for weeks and gives some height to the center of the table. 2014 holiday dining room decor and table setting  |  intentionandgrace.com I added some sweet glittery deer ornaments from Target to each place setting this year. Although they are blank for now, the antlers make great place card holders for holiday dinners or parties. 2014 holiday dining room decor and table setting  |  intentionandgrace.com The Roberts Christmas Tree  |  intentionandgrace.com The Roberts Christmas Tree Decor |  intentionandgrace.com I love coordinating our gift wrap each year. This year I went with basic white paper and added pops of red and green to match our tree. Simple but sweet. IMG_9817 DIY Holiday Stockings This year I purchased some initial ornaments to mark our stockings more clearly. See post from last year to see how these wonderful DIY stockings were made. IMG_9816 IMG_9815 IMG_9811 IMG_9808 Christmas tree and a teepee for a kids room holiday decor Maddax room even has a small silver tree. He jumps out of bed asking to turn it on each morning as we count together “One, two, three” and it lights up. I just love it! 2014 Bedroom Christmas Decor  | Blue, white, silver, black holiday tree  |  Intentionandgrace.com Perhaps my favorite little corner in our house during the decorating season is our bedroom. This cozy reading nook fits in our bedroom perfectly with the bright pops of blue over timeless black and white. I just love it!

What is your favorite spot in your home? Share it using #intentionandgraceholiday today!


Nov. 18, 2014

DIY Pendant Lighting

DIY Pendant lighting from a desk lamp  |  intentionandgrace.com I had seen these amazing pendant lights on Pinterest months ago, but at nearly $800 each there was no way those were going to fit in our budget. Then a bit later I came across these from West Elm and fell in love with their style, but I wasn’t thrilled with their spotted glass style. So when I saw these geo desk lamps on Urban Outfitters for only $69, I knew they would work perfectly for what we wanted in our kitchen. Yay!

I’m sure you’ve seen them in my past posts here and here hanging out on my office desk, but we finally had time to put them up a couple of weeks ago and I could not be more thrilled with how they turned out!

This project could really be done with any plug-in hanging lights and it only took my amazing husband just over an hour total!

To do something like this in your home you’ll need a couple ceiling fan electrical boxes (we got ours at lowes for $2.72 each), wire cutters, a small saw, a sharpie/pencil, some wire ties, electrical wire, and string. We also purchased two pendant light conversion kits from lowes because I wanted something a bit more sturdy and professional in my kitchen than what was currently on the lights. They have several colors and styles to choose from and the were only $20 each.

DIY Pendant lighting from a desk lamp  |  intentionandgrace.com
To start we hung string from our ceiling to get a better visual of where our center light was. Using a sharpie we marked the string at our desired height for the pendants to hang creating a visual guide of how low the new lights would hang. This guide also allowed us to view and measure where exactly we wanted our new lights to be installed. Measuring off our center light on both sides we marked the ceiling with a small black x and confirmed that all three lights would be in a straight line with one another.

DIY Pendant lighting from a desk lamp  |  intentionandgrace.com

Once the marking was done we simply traced the blue electrical box using a pencil and cut the holes in the ceiling. Once we made confirmed they were the perfect size for the fan boxes we went up into the attic and screwed the boxes into place.

Because our lights were being installed near an existing light the wiring was very simple, we just tapped off of the center can light and ran the wires through the electrical boxes.

NOTE: If you’re not confident in how to wire or change electrical wiring, please consult an electrician.

DIY Pendant lighting from a desk lamp  |  intentionandgrace.com
Now it was time to modify the existing lights. We cut the wiring below the switch on the desk lamps as shown below, making sure to leave a good amount of extra wire to work with. Then we took apart the pendant light kits we had purchased from Lowes, stripping them of their existing wiring leaving just the metal pipe.  DIY Pendant lighting from a desk lamp  |  intentionandgrace.com
Then it was time to run the lamp wire through the pendant light kits. Simply thread it up the pipe and through the end. We matched our pendant light kit as closely to the lamps as possible when we were purchasing them,  but they weren’t the perfect match I was hoping for, so we took them outside and lightly dusted them with some extra gold spray paint. It worked perfectly!  DIY Pendant lighting from a desk lamp  |  intentionandgrace.com

Once the lights were wired into the fan boxes in the ceiling we simply screwed on the pendant bases and we were done! I could not believe how well they turned out for under $90 each! Not only are they one of a kind, but they are better in my opinion than the two I had previously found online. Saving hundreds of dollars doesn’t hurt either.
DIY Pendant lighting from a desk lamp  |  intentionandgrace.com DIY Pendant lighting from a desk lamp  |  intentionandgrace.com   DIY Pendant lighting from a desk lamp  |  intentionandgrace.com

I hope you enjoyed this lil DIY from our house to yours. If you ever have any questions about your DIY project please don’t hesitate to ask!


Nov. 6, 2014

Craft Room Cleanup

Craft Room Cleanup and storage solutions  |  intentionandgrace.com
After moving into our house last year, our spare bedroom became a catch-all for stuff I wasn’t ready to unpack, junk I didn’t know what to do with, and craft supplies. Every few months I would take an hour and clean it up the best I could, but it always seemed to get back to a state of complete madness and messiness that slowly started to consume the whole room. It was so easy to just throw things in there, shut the door, run away and hide, and not think about it for a few weeks. See below. Yuck! Before and after craft room storage cleanup Before and after craft room storage cleanup

But every time a project would come along and I’d find myself standing at the kitchen counter sewing for hours, or stretching the hot glue gun across the living room floor to reach whatever needed glueing that day, I would think to myself, “This is ridiculous. You just burned yourself twice! Get it together and clean up that awesome room over there!” So finally I did. It has been a work in progress, and still is, but it’s SO nice to have a space to work in at home now!

Because this isn’t a space I work in daily, I didn’t want to spend much money on cleaning it up; it just didn’t seem practical. So when I came across these great white storage shelves at a garage sale for $5 each, I snatched them up, knowing they would work great to help get things off my floor and organized.
Garage sale craft room storage
And boy, did they help! I’ve seen so many pictures of great craft room storage solutions like here, here, or even a great closet solution here, but finally having my own is seriously like a dream come true, as cheesy as that is. It’s one of my favorite places in our home and somewhere I can really go to be creative.
Garage Sale craft room storage
Along the way I tried to repurpose things I had around the house to make storage more convenient. These are all things you can do in a space as large as mine, or something much smaller like a hall closet.

For wrapping paper, I took an old tin planter that I was no longer using and simply stacked them inside. It works great, and I love that I can see them all at a glance so it’s easy to know which paper I want to use.
Wrapping paper storage solution
If you’ve been to the Dollar Spot at Target, you probably have a bunch of adorable little things lying around like I did. Twine, tape, stamps, small frames, etc. all got jumbled up in a drawer or box before, but I took this jewelry organizer from my closet and utilized all the little pockets. This allows me to see each item individually without rummaging through a box or drawer to find it. I think that I actually use these items much more efficiently now that they are displayed this way, because I don’t forget that I have them!

It’s not pictured well here, but beside this display, I have a door shoe hanger that I used in college. It has much larger pockets that I use for things like feathers, straws, tulle, etc. that are larger. These pocketed systems are seriously great, and I bet many of you have them lying around in your house too. If not, I see them at places like Marshalls or TJ Maxx all the time for less than $10.
Knick nack storage solution ideas
For ribbons I took a layered pant hanger from our closet. It is designed to hold several pairs of pants at once, but because it opens at one end, I was able to pop the bar off and slide ribbon on instead. Now I simply pull some out to the length desired and cut. So easy!
Ribbon craft room storage solution
This is one of my favorite (and prettiest) storage solutions by We R Memory Keepers. I pretty much use Washi on everything—gifts, mail, packaging, or labels—I can just grab a piece of my favorite shade at any time. Plus it spins. It’s just the coolest.
Amazing Washi Tape storage solution Amazing Washi Tape storage solution
I have always wanted to display thread in a beautiful rainbow of colors like this pretty picture, but since I couldn’t find something in my budget as beautiful, I simply got this raw thread spool at JoAnns fabric and spray painted it white. It was under $10 with my weekly coupon, and I just used some paint I had lying around from other projects. It’s nice to see all the colors I have at a glance, because each time I started a new project in the past, I would grab some thread to match, unsure if I already had some at home (which is why I have four navy spools).
DIY thread storage
One of my favorite pieces in the craft room is this great IKEA STALL shoe storage container. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend it! We used it at our previous house for shoes, but now it is repurposed to hold all my spare fabric. I just roll it up and drop it in there and I can easily see what colors I have by pulling a drawer open. So great!
IKEA shoe rack for fabric storage
I think it turned out very functional and useful, and I love that I no longer have to sew while standing.
Overall craft room and office storage solutions IMG_9024

I did add a couple extra pieces to my desk to give it that girly, glam feel I wanted. My favorite one is probably this amazing acrylic tray from Tiny Prints. I had been searching for one for months, but they were either not the right style, didn’t have handles (which was a deal breaker for me), or were some weird color that wouldn’t work in my space. I was thrilled to find that Tiny Prints offered customizable options, but instead of choosing a single photo for my design, I created something myself and uploaded that to be printed. I was able to get exactly what I wanted and couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

If you don’t have the design tools like I have available, places like Veer, Shutterstock, or iStock all offer downloadable patterns and images that give you a greater variety of options than most custom companies offer on their on.

DIY striped cork board Custom Tray design from Tiny Prints

My big splurge was this acrylic chair from Amazon, but I treated myself because, how can you resist its beauty, right? Plus it’s actually super comfortable, and I feel better about life when I sit in it, if we’re going to be honest. ;)

Acrylic Chair knock off Acrylic Chair knock off

Please share some of your storage solutions with me. What is your favorite craft solution?


Oct. 28, 2014

Free Fall Printables

Free fall printables for the holidays. Great for holiday decorations in your home. Excited to share four new printables to spice up your home for the holidays. All four come in 8×10 or 5×7 sizes, easy to fit into frames you already have around your home or office. Simply download the PDF below and share with friends and family. A framed print would even make a great gift for an upcoming holiday party or housewarming. Enjoy! Free fall printables for the holidays. Great for holiday decorations in your home.    Free fall printables for the holidays. Great for holiday decorations in your home. Free fall printables for the holidays. Great for holiday decorations in your home.    Free fall printables for the holidays. Great for holiday decorations in your home. Free fall printables for the holidays. Great for holiday decorations in your home. Download all four by clicking HERE! Please share on facebook or instagram how you are using your printables with the hashtag #intentionandgraceprints