Thursday, January 17, 2013

DIY: Coffee Lovers Printable -- Saw it. Pinned it. Did it.

Welcome back, SPD'ers!

I had a lot of fun with last week's post and was excited to participate again this week!
(Even if I did wait till the last minute)
From the moment I saw this (below) on Pinterest, I loved it.
However, it's only an image. And not a very high quality one, at that.

I thought this would be adorable, framed of course, in my kitchen.
So I set about to make something similar!

I knew I needed to "replicate" the coffee stains, so I googled "Coffee Stain Brushes, Photoshop" until I found a free set of brushes. Unfortunately, because I downloaded several brush sets, I'm not sure exactly where they came from in order to link to the source. Free brushes are pretty easy to find, and as long as you run a virus scan on the file you download, you should be okay.
Ultimately, here is what I created, which I printed at home on kraft cardstock.

I stopped by Michael's for an inexpensive frame, with the original idea to paint it. I picked up a light robin's egg blue shade of acrylic paint, and a cheap brush. Here's what happened that made me understand just WHY EXACTLY my dad always uses spray paint!

 Try as I might, I couldn't really get rid of the streaks, or make them look "intentional" enough to live with it. So I scrapped the plan of paint (at least for this project) and scrounged around my house until I found another frame I could use.

I knew I wanted to put this near my coffeemaker, preferably on the wall, but our backsplash is tiled. I was not about to hammer or screw into that and ruin it. So I found (and by found, I mean I asked TJ) some adhesive velcro. I cut 4 small squares and placed them in each of the corners of the frame. I tried to line it up fairly well before sticking it to the wall. Here is the end result...
What do you think? I'm pretty happy with it! TJ even thought it was kinda neat!
(I expected he would think it was kinda silly, ha)
Also, I forgot to mention that this frame is for a 5x7 print (if you hadn't already guessed).
But that's not all, bloggies! I thought I would be kind and generous this week.
Are you a fellow coffee lover? Interested, perhaps, in the "coffee" print I made?
Like I mentioned, it is not an entirely original idea.
That said, I thought I'd share the link with you.
Download my "Coffee" printable here (pdf)!

If you have any questions - don't hesitate to ask!
Did you do a Pinterest or other DIY/craft project this week? If so...
be sure to link up with Stephanie and Katie for Saw it Pinned it Did It! I can't wait to see your projects!


  1. omg i love it. i have always wanted to print this and put it up, but our kitchen is super tiny....i have to wait until we have a home. but the saying couldn't be more perfect! ;)

  2. love it!! i need one for tea. :) *

  3. I love this!!!! And I love how it looks hanging on your tile backsplash. So cute; you did it again girl!

  4. Love this!!! I think you need to come over & craft me some items ASAP :)

  5. I had pinned this too!

    Thank you for sharing!

  6. OMG I am so in love with this! I want!!! We have the same backsplash, too!!! Good taste! ;)

    Thanks so much for linking up with us sweet girl!! xoxo

  7. My coffee lovin' husband would love for me to do something like this!

  8. Oh I love this! It's so perfect! You did such a great job!

  9. I think this came our great!!! Good job girl!

  10. I love that! I should make that for my mother! She loves coffee!


  11. Oh my goodness I love this! I like your print better than the original honestly. I think it's because of the extra coffee stain!

  12. This is too cute! I love the additions you made! I would love to put this near our coffee maker, but I don't think we really have the room - I'll have to do some investigating!! :)

  13. So cute! Thanks for providing the printable!

  14. that is such a cute idea!! i'm obsessed with coffee...totally saving this idea for a rainy day. i always see these cute prints on etsy but haven't purchased any yet...who says i can't make my own!?

    found you from katie's blog!


  15. this is so cute! I'm in the process of re-decorating our kitchen.. I might have to steal this idea :)

  16. It looks so good in your kitchen!

  17. Love this! Coffee is ALWAYS the BEST idea!!

  18. awesome! you did super great on this & thanks so much for making it a printable! totally just printed it off & I'm putting it in our kitchen by the new Keurig :)

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