33. DIY Wedding: Framed Table Numbers

Today I’ll be showing you an easy project I did for our May 2012 wedding: DIY framed table numbers!

Here are the incredibly simple instructions.

DIY Framed Table Numbers


Photo credit: Laura Zastrow (http://www.laurazastrow.com/)

Photo credit: Laura Zastrow (http://www.laurazastrow.com/)


small picture frames
printer paper or card stock (your choice, I used card stock because I already had some lying around)
table number template


1. Pick a template and design your table numbers.  I used a free template from Wedding Chicks (find it here).  I like the templates from Wedding Chicks because you can type in whatever you want and play with different color combinations.  I typed in the number of the table inside the scrolled frame, and spelled out each number below.  I chose to do this because some of the numbers in the provided font were a little weird.  Well, at least to my eyes.  However, I really loved the “feel” of this font since our wedding had small touches of art deco (even our venue was built in the 1920s).

2. Save each table number as a separate file.  I believe all of mine were jpegs.

3. Print out the numbers.  I used card stock because the printer paper I had on hand was thin and somewhat transparent.  The card stock took up the ink really nicely.  Allow the pages to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step.  You don’t want anything to smear of you’ll have to reprint!

4. Most frames comes with some sort of paper insert.  I removed the paper insert and used it as a template to trace around each number lightly with pencil.

5. Cut out the printed table numbers and insert them into the frames.

6. Enjoy your handiwork!

Photo credit: Laura Zastrow (http://www.laurazastrow.com/)

Seriously such an easy project, and they’ll look sooooo good.

The only materials I had to buy for this project were the photo frames, which I found at Dollar Tree for (you guessed it) $1 each.  I already had the card stock and my printer had plenty of ink, so you’ll need to factor in those costs if you aren’t as prepared.

I initially made up 22 frames, but we ended up only needing 13.  I sold our numbers after the wedding and recouped the cost, so no biggie. 🙂  This is such a quick project I’m sure you could wait to put these together until you get in all of your RSVPs (that way you’ll know the exact number of tables).

Photo credit: Laura Zastrow (http://www.laurazastrow.com/)

I hope you enjoyed today’s post!  No worries, I still have a ton of wedding things to show you.  😉


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30. Sneak peek at my IKEA Expedit makeover!

I am doing something today that I rarely ever do…I’m showing you a project that I’m not finished with yet!

Gasp!  Shock!  Awe!  (I have to break out of my comfort zone sometime.)

I recently decided that I was no longer in love with our IKEA Expedit bookshelf.  We have the 4×4 version in black-brown.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great piece of furniture!  Really sturdy with plenty of storage space.  However, my decorating has recently veered towards lighter colored furniture, and the color of this shelving was (in my opinion, anyway) darkening the room.  It’s just…blah.  You know what I mean?  I originally planned to get rid of it, but then I had a bright idea:  why not just give it a fresh look?

I, of course, went looking through tons of inspiration photos.  I love this one.


Source: flickr.com

I will similarly be adding eight doors to the bookcase to make it more like a cabinet, but they’ll go on in a different layout (down the center two columns instead of across two non-adjacent rows).  I’ll hang the doors so they open out like a cabinet instead of opening in the same direction.  Genius idea, right?

Before that happens, though, this baby needed a new color.  I used some of the gray we had left over from painting the spare bedroom.  It’s Behr; I think it’s called “Dark Pewter”.

How pretty does she look now?!

I’m super happy with how it’s turning out.  I definitely don’t want to get rid of it now!

I also got in the hinges and door pulls I ordered from Home Depot.  They have an antique gold finish, and the pulls are lion’s heads.  Super quirky and fun!

I’ll hopefully get this cabinet completely finished by the end of the week, so make sure to stop back to feast your eyes upon the final product!  You know you wanna.


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21. I have a lot of projects. And plans. (Part 4)

This is the fourth installment of a four-part series.  You can catch up on the plans for our living room, dining room, and master bedroom by clicking the links below.

Part 1: Living Room
Part 2: Dining Room
Part 3: Master Bedroom

Today’s topic: the spare bedroom.  It’s just slightly smaller than the master bedroom, with a decent sized closet and hardwood floors.  The starting color wasn’t actually that bad.


Since our landlords were okay with us changing the wall colors, we decided to go ahead and paint anyway.  The color choice for this room was a really pretty dark gray with blue undertones, “Dark Pewter” by Behr.


Source: behr.com

I love this color on the wall.  I almost wish we had painted our bedroom in this color, but I’m also fond of the dark blue we have in there.  Win-win, I suppose.

This room currently serves as our in-home music studio, complete with vintage organ, various pieces of recording equipment, and Jason’s computer setup.  We’ll probably be living in this flat for the next 3-5 years, and if we decide to have a baby within that time frame (which is completely possible), this room would obviously be converted into a nursery.  This means all music stuffs would have to find a home elsewhere…probably divided between the living and dining rooms.

No baby is in the works yet, so don’t get too excited.  We are spending the first few years of our marriage enjoying our time alone and getting our debt paid down (trust me, there is a LOT of that to take care of).  We are definitely not in a rush, and we’d like to be responsible parents!  Imagine that.

Anyway, one thing I’d really like to add to this room is some sort of sleeping option for overnight guests.  We have a full-size air mattress, but it would be nice to offer out-of-town friends and family a real bed to sleep on.  I’m debating between a full-size bed and a daybed with trundle.  I’m leaning towards the daybed because it would take up less space and is more versatile in terms of sleeping options, especially if we can find the type of trundle that pops up to the same height as the bed.  I like this option from Overstock.com (especially since it looks more like a couch than a bed):

My dad lives down in Florida, and it would be nice to have a separate room for him to sleep in when he comes to visit.  It would also work out well for any other family and friends that visit from New Jersey.

As for the inspiration for this room, I am really at a loss.  Surprising, I know!  I feel like I always have a ton of idea when it comes to decorating, but I’m really not sure what kind of “look” I’m going for in this room.  Maybe something vintage?

I guess you’ll just have to keep reading to find out.



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