I love DIY projects, especially when the do-it-yourself projects are gorgeous and look as though you bought them from a high end retailer! If like myself, you love chevron decor, spending time outdoors on pretty dining chairs and the look of gorgeous lighting, you are in luck! HGTV host and Food Network designer, Taniya Nayak was kind enough to join me for an interview this week to share a few amazing DIY projects that are not only great for beginners, but look as though you spent a ton of money on them. Do you want to know her secret? Be sure to check out my interview with the HGTV and Food Network superstar below and watch the video for details!
Candace Rose: What’s a fast way to really change the look of my outdoor entertaining space this summer?
Taniya Nayak: “Well, the outdoor entertaining space can have limitless options. I like to think big and work my way down to the details. So from a big picture standpoint, you can take your indoor furniture and bring it outside. This is really great for people who have small spaces and don’t have enough storage room. When you do that though, you want to make sure that you protect it.
Something like burlap, it’s really inexpensive…it’s a couple dollars for a yard, so a few yards is all you need. You can put it on the table, protect it and then throw it away when you’re done if it gets stained or dirty. The same thing applies with your dining chairs.
If you have nice dining chairs that you want to bring outside, simply throw a pillow case over the back of it as a slipcover and that will protect it, but then you can also embellish it a little bit by using burlap around the perimeter to save it and hold it in place. I used Frog Tape Shape Tape. It’s a wave pattern and it has a paint block technology, so you can actually paint on burlap. You can paint on glass, on walls and you won’t have any trips because of the paint block technology. It locks it right in.
That’s on the big scale picture, but if you want to take it into something a little smaller and more detail oriented, I actually took a picture frame and we put the Chevron shape tape on it. This is a nice easy way to get a really cool design without the labor intensive hours of doing all the work. I then just added cabinet hardware pulls on either end of the frame and it turns it into a really cool tray. I love details like that because they’re personal and fun and functional.
One great way to add ambient lighting outdoors, because a lot of times when you have these patios and the deck light is so bright but there’s no ambient lighting. You can take a garden solar power lamp, the ones that stick right in the ground and then use a block of wood, core a little hole in it and pop the garden light right into the wood and put it right into your table and now you have nice ambient lighting. They’ll charge up by day and pop on at night.”
Candace Rose: Do these projects work for apartment porches and suburban patios?
Taniya Nayak: “100%. I’m always thinking about that. I live in a city, I live in Boston; I have a lot of friends who actually have that problem so these are all great for city living and smaller spaces.”
Candace Rose: How are new technologies making decorating easier and more fun?
Taniya Nayak: “Well, the new technologies is something I was just talking about which is the paint block technology. That’s something that you’ll find on Frog Tape and Frog Shape Tape. So basically it’s this polymer and I don’t want to get too technical, but it’s sort of like a powdery substance that’s on the outer edge of the tape. Once the moisture hits it it almost forms like a gel and it locks it in, and that’s why you get that crisp clean line.
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried painted with a painters tape and you’ve had drips seep through? This will prevent that and it’s life changing, I have to tell you!”
Candace Rose: Do you recommend these DIY projects for beginners?
Taniya Nayak: “Absolutely. A lot of what I do on my shows on HGTV and Food Network, I’m always trying to do things that the viewers can do easily at home. No matter how design challenged you are, they should be easy enough. Using the Frog Tape Shape Tape or simply cutting a block and using solar paneled lights, they’re all things that anybody can do at home.”
Candace Rose: I can’t wait to make the chevron frame you were talking about! It sounds so pretty!!!
Taniya Nayak: “It’s so cute, isn’t it? And you can play around with any different color, you can do any different design you want. There’s a lot of flexibility and room to change it up if you’d like.”
Candace Rose: Absolutely! Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Taniya Nayak: “You can find all of these tips and the information on FrogTape.com. But really, just have fun with it. Don’t overthink things. All of these things are items that I found in the closet at home or at a local fabric store. None of them cost a lot of money. Just think outside the box and have fun.”