3 Hot Ways to Embellish Boring Button Downs
Earlier this week we showed you how to ramp up your stockpile of chambray shirts. Well now it’s time to get into it with a trio of button downs!
<br/>– 3 button down shirts (we hit up Old Navy for ours!)
– acrylic paint
– 1 sheet of wood veneer
– printable template for wooden shapes
– E-6000 Craft Glue
– needle nose pliers
– paint brush
These methods would also work well for white or blue button down shirts, but we couldn’t resist a spring mix of hot pink, pastel yellow, and light green.
We did three different methods, one using studs, one using beads, and one using painted wood veneer.
1. Tell Me About It, Stud: Studs are one of our best friends when it comes to jazzing up basic garments.
Get a whole bunch of studs and stud the entire button panel of your shirt. This is the part that goes down the middle of the shirt. Be sure to unbutton the shirt before you stud or your shirt won’t unbutton! ;)
To take this to the next level, you could also try getting buttons that look like studs to replace the ones that come with your shirt.
We have to admit, this one might be our favorite of the bunch.
2. Just Bead It: Next up, beads! We employed the same glue method for beading that we used in our sparkling accessories post last week.
Brush your craft glue onto the pocket of your shirt. Pour beads on and press into the glue. Continue for the whole pocket!
We’re loving all of these colors.
This could also be a really fun way to spice up a denim jacket.
3. Wood You Like to Dance?: Last up, we’ll show you how to add wood paneling to a button down. We’re definitely calling on old western style in this one.
First, print out our template. Cut out shapes and trace onto wood veneer (or wood paper). Cut using scissors or an exact knife. Lay out a design and plan your colors.
Now, paint the pieces of wood with acrylic paint. For a more natural look, you could try different colors of wood stain.
Glue onto your shirt with craft glue and let dry overnight.
Voila! This one is definitely on the more delicate side – we recommend hand wash or dry clean only. Which of these shirts is your favorite?
What other ways do you trick out old, basic, or plain essentials? Tell us in the comments below.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)