Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Fabric softener labels

Home-made fabric softener labels

If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know I like designing and making labels for my jars, bottles etc. around my home. My laundry room is no exception. This time I wanted to try something different and decided to design and make decals for my up-cycled drinks bottles. This way they would not get damaged if they got wet and I could also include the recipe and instructions on making my own fabric softener and adhere it to the back of the bottle. I love how they turned out... with one exception! I spelled softener wrongly on my labels, but I have adjusted that fatal error on the labels you can print out for yourself below. The next step is to start making my own fabric softener which will hopefully save me money...


Home-made fabric softener labels

Fabric softener labels
Tools and materials
  • Ink jet water-slide decal paper in clear
  • Clear varnish spray
  • Empty drinks bottle
  • Scissors
  • Lint free cloth
  • Bowl of water

Fabric softener labels, How-to step by step
Making home-made fabric softener labels

Making home-made fabric softener labels

Start by washing and removing labels from drink bottle and leave to dry. Print labels onto a regular sheet of paper so you can check the labels for size and colour. Once you are happy with the size and colour of the labels, print them on to the glossy coated side of the paper. In a well ventilated area, and with newspaper laid on the ground to protect the surface, coat the printed labels with an even coat of clear varnish. Leave to dry for about 30mins. Next carefully cut out the labels. Place cut-out labels into a bowl of water and leave for up to 30 seconds. Before placing the decals onto the bottles, wet the surface of the bottles so you can slide the decals into position easily. Remove label from water and place it facing up on your bottle. Carefully slide the decal paper slightly and attach the corner lip of the decal onto the bottle. Once you have the lip attached to the bottle, gently pull the backing paper away and adhere label to bottle. Once the decal is attached to the bottle, carefully slide it around to your desired position. Then gently rub the label with a lint free cloth to remove any air bubbles and leave to dry for 3-4 hours.

Tips: Use clear varnish spray in a well-ventilated area and protect your work surface from overspray with a newspaper. To start the paint flow properly make sure you have shaken the paint enough (refer to directions on can) and spray first on to newspaper. Spray varnish 30cm away from labels and spray in a sweeping motion maintaining a constant distance from the printed labels. Ensure labels are fully coated in varnish or there will be a leakage of ink when placed in the bowl of water at the later stage.


Fill bottle with home-made fabric softener

Fabric Softener bottles

Pretty Laundry supplies

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Monday, 21 May 2012

My hallway room

Hallway room

You will know from last week we have nearly finished decorating our house! So today I wanted to share with you the small room that connects the cloakroom/laundry room to the dining/living room. For easiness sake I am going to call it the hallway room!

Due to British building regulations at the time, a bathroom or cloakroom with toilet cannot be positioned directly onto a lounge, dining room or kitchen. So we had to keep this small room pretty much as it was. There were built-in shelves on one side and a glass window into the kitchen on the opposite wall. We painted the ceiling, walls and woodwork white. The old door furniture was removed and architrave was added around the door and both were painted white. The built in shelves were unpainted so they were given a lick of white paint and we added a chrome rail to hang our coats on and an expanding shoe organizer to store our shoes neatly. The floor was tiled in the same cream stone tiles as the laundry/cloakroom. To hide the clutter on the shelves I made floor to ceiling curtains out of a pretty oilcloth and, as Saturday's post, turned the window into a pinboard.


My hallway room before


My hallway room before


Downstairs hallway room


Hand-made pinboard & bird hooks

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Saturday, 19 May 2012

My pretty pinboard

Pretty pinboard

This week I have been sharing with you how my cloakroom/laundry room is looking so far. From Monday I will be sharing with you how the room between the dining room and cloakroom/laundry room looks with before and after pics. Before I do I wanted to share with you how I made use of a dark little window that looked into the kitchen but brought no real extra light in as I am using it as a book shelf in the kitchen, as it has a really deep ledge on the kitchen side! I decided to make it into a pinboard, here's how...

Pretty pinboard
Tools and materials

Pretty pinboard, How-to step by step
Window before


Cork tiles


Cloakroom during


Covered pinboard


Pinboard stationery


Pencil


Hand-made pinboard & bird hooks

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Thursday, 17 May 2012

My cloakroom shelves

My Cloakroom

This week I have been sharing with you what my new cloakroom/laundry room looks like. Today it's the turn of my cloakroom shelves...

The shelf on the wall was a cheap pine shelf we picked up in the sale from Focus for a couple of pounds before it closed. After assembling the shelf, it was given a generous couple of coats of white paint and hung on the wall. The lower shelf is the top of the built-in cistern that we boxed in to the floor and painted white. The top of the wooden unit and part of the wall were then tiled with white bevel edge tiles from Walls and Floors and finished off with chrome tile edge.

For where I bought everything that sits on my shelves, click the blue links below for more info.


Cloakroom before


Cloakroom window
Cloakroom window before


Through the cloakroom door


Enamel blue wire lantern


Enamel jug


Bottles vase

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

My Laundry room shelves

My Cloakroom/Laundry room shelves

Yesterday I told you how we redesigned our old downstairs bathroom into a cloakroom/laundry room and showed you a little corner of the cloakroom side of things. So today I wanted to show you the laundry room shelves which are on the laundry side of the room...


My bathroom, before


Floral Towels
Basket of dusters


First Aid tin


Tocca Laundry wash

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Monday, 14 May 2012

My cloakroom sink

My cloakroom sink

I am so excited to tell you that we have nearly finished decorating our house! So today I wanted to share with you a corner of our cloakroom/laundry room.

When we bought our house there was only one bathroom, which was downstairs, so we converted one of the bedrooms upstairs to a bathroom. We then ripped out the downstairs bathroom which had lino floors, floor to ceiling tiled walls, a suspended wooden ceiling and a very dirty, old, tatty bathrooom suite. The only thing we kept was the toilet pan which we scrubbed clean till it sparkled again! We then redesigned the space to have a new, smaller, tabletop sink that didn't obstruct the door opening, with much needed built-in storage underneath. To keep the room fresh and bright we had the walls re-plastered and painted them white, as well as covering the top of the new built-in storage in bevel edged brick tiles with chrome edging.


My cloakroom, before


Towel hook


tissue box


My cloakroom/laundry room sink


Sink details


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Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Pretty bulldog clips

Pretty bulldog clips

I loved how my pretty thumbtacks turned out, so when I found my plain bulldog clips in a drawer, I decided to pretty them up in the same way! The perfect way to clip my new Pantone postcards to my inspiration wall!

Pretty bulldog clips
Tools and materials

Pretty bulldog clips, How-to step by step
Pretty bulldog clips


Pretty Inspiration
Bird applique
Peach bulldog clip

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