I find beautiful bike frames almost every weekend, but they normally are rusted and neglected. Here is a lovely DIY Project from A Beautiful Mess that tells you how to make an old bike exactly how you dreamed. A little elbow grease and a few cans of spray paint later and now you have a shiny new bike!
- Sandpaper block (medium-light grade)
- Painter’s tape
- Screw driver or two depending on your bike screws
- Scissors (optional)
- Big box flattened out
- Primer spray paint
- Spray paint in choice of color(s)
- Wash rag
- Painters mask
- Eye goggles (optional)
Steps to create your new bike:
- Take lots of detail shots of your bike before you take it apart so you can see how things fit back together when you get to that step.
- Draw a little picture of your bike on a piece of paper and laid out all the screws where they belong. (suggestion: number the steps you took the bike apart in so you can put it back together faster)
- Once your bike is in pieces, lightly sand the parts you want to paint. Set aside the parts you do not want to paint and tape everything you couldn’t physically remove from the frame that you do not want to paint (gear, pedals, handlebars, chain, etc).
- Use a wet cloth to wipe down each piece to remove dust and previously sanded paint fragments and let it dry.
- Applied three (3) thin coats of primer spray paint following the manufacturer’s instructions to allow 10 minutes of dry time between each coat.
- Once the primer is on, apply three (3) thin coats of my top coat of spray paint making sure to let one side dry before doing the other side. Again, follow the directions on your can (tip: don’t over spray because you’ll have ugly drips).
- Let it set for 24 hours and then add two coats of polyurethane spray paint to seal it.
- Put it back together following your photos in reverse order and you’re done!
It’s spring, which means it’s time to spruce up the home! I can’t get enough of this easy to do/money saving diy project to give your hallway a new look. Below are the the simple steps to rework your ceiling!
Time: 3 hours
Items: painters’ tape, a paintbrush, a roller brush and paint
1. divide the ceiling into quarters lengthwise (put a piece of tape down the center, then two pieces half-way between the center piece and the walls, and then two pieces along the walls to keep your edge crisp).
2. Measured 10-inch increments along all three pieces of tape on the ceiling.
3. Add small pieces of tape connecting the dots of where you made those 10-inch marks, you’ll see a chevron pattern emerge; put a dot of tape in the rectangles that you don’t want to paint. That way you won’t make a mistake along the way!
4. Once everything is taped out, it’s time to paint (two coats is probably a good idea) and then pulling off the tape.
[via: Design Sponge ]
I know its after the holidays, but I thought this little DIY jotter/gift card holder would be great for any any last minute holiday present! It can be made in minutes to tie on a present, hold a gift card or hide cash. Whether the main gift is store bought or handmade, there is a little personal touch attached to it. This is a very simple idea, one that can be completed on a small budget and in just a few spare minutes.
- vintage cards (easily found at flea markets and antique stores for less than $1.00)
- grid paper
- small kraft paper bag
- gift card
- trim and decorative items for wrapping
- sewing machine
- paper cutter
DIY rubber stamp wedding invitations couldn’t be cuter!
This invitation suite is simple, but it packs a graphic punch! There aren’t any fancy techniques or tools needed; just paper, rubber stamps, and ink!
You can order custom made stamps at several suppliers such as BCT.
[ via: ohsobeautifulpaper ]