I have visited the AR Workshop in Annapolis a bunch of times before and created really fun projects at their storefront. However, with the ongoing pandemic they launched a new Take & Make DIY-To-Go Kit option, so I decided to give it a try!
I’ve had my eye on one of their projects ever since they shared it on social media early this Spring, so it was an easy choice. They provided my piece of wood, the stencil, sponges, and primary colored paint.
The sample project that I chose had a white painted background, so I guess they assumed I’d want to paint mine white too. However, I like the look of stained wood better… and luckily Lindsey had some on hand for me to use. Once the stain dried, I attached my stencil and got to paint mixing! Since they only provided red, yellow, blue, black and white I had to mix some colors to cover the entire rainbow.
Mixing the colors myself was a fun way to have an absolutely original and customized project. I’m really happy with how it turned out, but I’m not sure if I would do a take-home project with them again, as there were some drawbacks. First, the colors were much more limited and there were no stain options. Also, they didn’t provide me with hanging supplies (perhaps they forgot to throw it in?), but luckily Lindsey had an extra pack for me to use.
If you don’t mind the fact that it’s a bit more DIY than their typical sessions at their storefront, it is a fun way to spend some time at home.
I found my perfect pair of jean shorts two years ago and they are still my favorite pair. Actually, they are my only pair of jean shorts because I donated the rest of them. They are a pair of “Supplies by Union Bay” shorts I picked up at Nordstrom Rack, and when I first got them they were lightly distressed.
However, like most ‘distressed’ jeans it was only a matter of time before they got AGGRESSIVELY distressed. So here we are two years later and the white netting stuff that is behind the holes is showing. Here it is right after I cut it out:
Jack hasn’t grown out of any jeans lately, so I picked up a kid pair with a denim wash I liked for just $4 at the thrift store with the idea of ripping them apart for patches. Even after this project, I still have plenty of fabric left, so the $4 investment was a steal!
If you haven’t patched a hole before, it’s super easy. You just pin on the new fabric inside the item and then sew around the hole and trim off any extra patching. I had lavender thread in my sewing machine and I’m lazy, so if you look close you can see where I stitched:
The whole project took less than 10 minutes and I’m so happy that my favorite pair of jean shorts are here to live another day. I really like how the darker denim peeks out of the distressing too. A much better look than that white netting stuff!
Earlier this month, I shared our experiences with a Tie Dye Kit (spoiler, we loved it and you can find the post here) and then I started thinking about other ways to personalize our clothing. Tie dye and bleach dyed clothes are super popular right now, so I figured I’d try my hand at bleach dying. The good news is that all you need is a dark colored shirt and bleach!
The bad news is that I didn’t have any bleach in my house… so I used the next best thing. Toilet cleaner.
Yup, I dyed my shirts with cleaner for our toilets. It was FREE, super easy and fun and you should try it too!
All you need is a shirt or two, some rubber bands, and toilet cleaner. You wet the shirt the same as you would for tie dying, wrap it up… once again the same as you would for tie dying. And then add some toilet cleaner!
Once I had the shirts saturated with the toilet cleaner, I’d set my watch for 15 minutes and check back. My orange shirt lightened up pretty quickly, but when I went to do it a second time with a black shirt I had to wait 30 minute or so for a real difference. I washed the shirts out as much as possible in my laundry sink and then threw them in the laundry for a wash and dry. I love how they turned out!
My orange shirt now has kind of a cloud, creamsicle look to it. It gave the shirt a little extra interest.
What was formerly a plain black shirt is now one of my favorite tops to wear. The black gave way to a pinkish-purplish color, so it’s like a more subtle tie dye pattern. It just looks so cool with a pair of jeans or shorts and it totally gave an unworn shirt new life!
Have you tried bleach dying at home? Did you use actual bleach or try toilet cleaner like I did?