My kids dresser needed a major makeover. I could not stand looking at their blue dresser anymore since I got them new beds for their new shared room (their bed frames are black). So I decided to attempt the whole black paint thing.
Honestly the kids dresser has gone through a lot of life. It was actually my husbands dresser when he was a baby so it’s over 30 years old. Yes I know I should just get a new one but there’s structurally nothing wrong with the dresser. It was just plain. It’s a solid oak wood dresser that I chalked painted blue which originally matched my older sons nursery but now no longer matches the boys shared room.
I am no stylist so don’t judge the horrible decorating. I used ready to use black paint from Walmart. Added 2 coats and added brass/gold handles from ikea.
It’s not perfect by any means but I’m pretty satisfied with how it came out.
*Also the wet mark on the top left drawer is wet paint. My 2 year old decided to chuck a monster truck at the dresser right before I took the picture so I did a quick touch up of paint. I was too lazy to wait for it to dry before taking a picture 🙂
Today I’m making a friend a baby onesie. They’re not finding out the gender so I’m going to be making my “New to the Crew” onesie for them.
Things you’ll Need:
Cutting machine – I use Silhouette Cameo 3
Heat Transfer Vinyl – I use Siser brand but I also like Cricut
Weeding tool or tweezers
Step 1: create your design – I already have my design created and saved into my silhouette library but I’m going to make some slight changes to the font style.
Step 2: size your design according to your garment. I’m using a 0-3 month size onesie so I’ll make my design no larger than 5×5 inches.
Step 3: mirror your design. This is the most important step! If you don’t mirror your design it’ll be backwards when you go to press it onto your garment.
Step 4: send to cut. Change your cut settings based on your material and blade. I’m using black heat transfer vinyl so I’m going to use “heat transfer, smooth”, blade 3, force 8, speed 8. My blade is extremely dull which is why I changed my blade and force setting. I suggest doing a test cut before doing your entire design.
Step 5: weed your design. You’re going to remove all the excess vinyl material that you do not want on your design.
Step 6: place design on garment.
If Using a Heat Press: set temperate and time based on the vinyl brand you’re using. I’m using Siser so I set my Cricut EasyPress 2 to 305 degrees for 15 seconds. Add parchment paper on top of your design then apply your heat press.
If Using a Home Iron: set it to cotton without water. Apply the iron directly onto the design, constantly moving your iron. Irons don’t equally distribute heat so constantly moving the iron will help ensure all parts of your design are getting heat. Apply the iron in small circular motions for 15-30 seconds. Heat time varies depending on your iron. Carefully pull up the clear carrier sheet to make sure the design is adhered to the garment. If it’s not, just keep apply your iron in small circular. Options until nothing sticks to the clear carrier sheet.
When it came time in the wedding planning process to order my invitation suite, I was immediately drawn to the calligraphy handwritten addressing on beautiful shiny gold envelopes. I was also immediately discouraged when I saw the price of these beautiful envelopes.
Of course I was determined to figure out a way to have this type of envelope as part of my invitation suite.
For this project I went to my local Goodwill and purchased the cheapest frame in the size and color that went with my wedding theme.
I then used my Silhouette Cameo 3 to create and cut out the design using gold Cricut vinyl. Measured the width of the glass frame to determine how large to cut out the design. Choose your favorite font and design, cut, weed, and place the design on your frame.
My father build a redwood stand to hold the frame and I had the florist add a nice floral wreath to add the finishing touches.
The one thing I absolutely loved is that it definitely set the tone for guests arriving to the wedding ceremony.
The downfall is that the glass made the wording a little challenging to see at a distance. Looking back, I wish I had either used a different color vinyl so it would’ve been easier to see at a distance or placed a plain paper in the frame so it wasn’t clear. But regardless I still love the welcome sign!
Here’s another diy project created using my Silhouette Cameo 3 but this time I used newborn pants instead of a onsie. Not sure how I feel about them but once my little one is in them I’m sure they’ll be adorable.
I chose my favorite cursive font and used the simple text, “Baby Caleb” and “Caleb”.
In the design studio for Silhouette, I then sized them according to the size of the pants (in this case newborn size). “Baby Caleb” was approximately 2 inches wide and 5.5 inches long. “Caleb” was 2 inches wide and 4 inches long (I’ll have to double check the exact sizing. These are approximations).
Once you have the sizing you like, flip your design so it’s mirrored or backwards and then you’re finished creating the design.
For the cut settings I used “Heat Transfer: Smooth” and changed it to number 3 instead of the original setting because my blade is dull. Normally I would keep it on the preset setting.
Then send your design to cut and watch the magic happen!
Weed your design, place your design on your clothing of choice and iron. I am still using a regular iron which I feel doesn’t give the smoothest application and takes a bit longer to actually adhere to the clothing. I want to invest in the Cricut Easy Press 2 but haven’t gotten around to making the purchase.
If anyone has a review on the Cricut Easy press please let me know!
Also, please don’t mind the stained navy pant, these are hand me downs from my first son. I’ve never used vinyl on infant pants so these were also kind of a trial run that seemed very successful.