DIY or Die

DIY or Die

Since the weather has gotten nicer, I wanted to take on a hobby that I could do outside, but one that also produced a reward of sorts at the end. My husband paints little figures. He uses them to play board games. A set takes him weeks to complete, and intricately painting each character is soothing for him. I needed this type of hobby; something I could do to relieve some stress and reap the benefits if what I made.

I’m already interested in home decor and interior design, but I love the idea of searching for unique finds and giving it new life. Much like my writing, my design sense is a mash-up of sorts. Designers give it fancy names like “upcycled” and “shabby chic” that generally implies it is somewhat rustic, imperfect, earthy. It also ties in elements of  Victorian, Steam Punk and Bohemian styles: my three favorites. So rather than head to Urban Outfitters or Pottery Barn, I decided I would try my hand at making some home decor of my own.

I had some old shutters I found at a yard sale I’d been hanging on to, and decided I would refinish them and craft a design of my own. Prepping all the materials, staining, painting, sanding, and assembling was no easy feat. This first decorative piece is by no means professional. Some screws didn’t go in cleanly, the repurposed wood was uneven and warped, measurements weren’t exact. But in the end, I had designed and created something, and I’m determined to keep creating!

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