Friday, June 28, 2013

DIY art

Changing things up in our daughter's room to Navy and Coral meant changing up some of the art work as well.  And since I had some DIY art that was easily changeable, I changed it.  I had three pieces of 12" x 12" plywood boards that I covered with new fabric and added new images. The three images came from my Pinterest boards (if you're wondering.)

Here we have a pretty coral fabric with an image of a girl holding a bunch of balloons. I love that the balloons are reds, baby blues, and pinks. Perfect!  I added some polka dot ribbon and vintage buttons.

This image of the pink and orange balloons is so pretty.  I placed it on a piece of scrap fabric I had left over and the navy and white fabric was left over from this project. I used my washi tape that was a very nice gift and some ric rac trim to highlight the top edges.

Lastly, this fabric was my Grandma's and tied perfectly into the room.  I found the image of the heart online and topped it off with some navy ribbon and white ric rac left over in my scraps.  I love when I can make three pieces of art with stuff I already had.   If you wondering, I used spray glue to adhere the fabric to the plywood and glue sticks to add the photos. For the ribbon and trim I used my hot glue gun. To hang them to the wall I used picture hooks directly mounted to the back.

Here is where they are hung in my daughter's room.  I had fun updating these boards for her.  She is enjoying them as well.

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Navy & White curtains

My Mom wondered how I would tie the curtains over the closet in my daughter's room in with the curtains over the window. Truth be told, I didn't really tie them together! Maybe it's a design mistake.  The only way I tied them into the whole look of the room was by using the same Navy blue ribbon in both.  On the closet door curtains, I used the ribbon as tie backs. For the window curtains I literally sewed four rows of ribbon to make stripes across the bottom.  

I found some plain grommet white curtains on clearance at Target.  I love searching the clearance section of stores, you can usually find great deals.  They were repackaged, but otherwise not damaged at all.  They were actually 95" in length which I thought would be too long so I thought I was going to have to hem them, but it turns out, they look better hanging near the ceiling.

I used my hem gauge to make sure my ribbon was equally spaced and pins to hold them in place. Then I sewed down both edges and folded the extra ribbon around to the back. Luckily I already had some blue thread on hand.

Here they are hung in my daughter's room.  They look so summery and a bit preppy, but I love how they turned out.

The rod is new and from  It has capiz finials which work so perfectly with the room.  Thankfully, Joe installed it pretty quickly so I could get these babies hung.

E.claire is enjoying opening up her blinds and admiring the view outside.

Have you tried altering curtains to your room? Did you line up your stripes better than me so they both match? Goodness me, just noticed how different from each other they are.  So tough getting them to be identical!  Maybe I'll have better luck next time. 

Have a great week!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Princess curtains

Well if they're not princess curtains, they're definitely fairtale-esque!  I wasn't going for this look, but when I saw all the fancy fabric at 60% off at Joann's and discovered this rich-coral color I think it was a go.  Last week you may remember I gave my daughter's closet a good cleaning and organizing session.   But it wasn't quite finished.  It still needed some cute curtains for closet doors on the outside.

I bought 5 yards of this sheer coral fabric with flecks of gold dots all over it for $4 a yard.  :)  So in total, I spent $20 plus tax.  Not too bad.  I couldn't find ready made curtains for that price.  It was pretty easy to sew them as well. I just used a doubled folded 1/4 inch hem line and an inch fold over on the top for the rod pocket.

To attach them I used a $3 cafe curtain mounted above the closet trim and I simply added navy ribbon to make tie backs and pinned them directly to the frame of the closet.  I suppose later on I could add real tie backs, but for now the ribbon is cute and easy and free!

Here's a view from her angle. She can't reach the clothes on the hangers yet, but at least she can pull clothes from her dresser.

In one corner I added our old fireplace log bin and put most of her stuffed animals in there.  The kids have been having impromptu puppet shows where they hide in the closet. The curtains really prompted the whole puppet show like stage.

Another view looking up into the closet so you can see the cute light I added.

Here's a close-up of the cute gold polka dots.

I like this shot because you can see the stenciled gold polka dots on the wall.

This closet has come along way from what it originally looked like.



We are getting so close to finishing her room.  Lots of posts to follow! And more on that sweet rug later.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Giving a bookshelf a little update

E.claire's room is coming along nicely.  We had a few things to change up to fit in with the new color scheme (Navy and Coral.) And if I can give furniture a new life, I will.  This is the bookcase I had in mind when I decided to paint something. I know it looks good white, but with one other white piece of furniture (the dress up station) I thought I could mix it up a little so everything's not so matchy-matchy.   Please disregard the "After" posted in this photo, since I was silly not to save an original without those words on it.    

This is the BEFORE shot.

And a reminder of how it looked when I brought it home (a $20 craigslist find.) 

Here's what it's looking like now.  I gave it two coats of blue (Olympic's No-VOC in semi-gloss) in the color Cavalry.  And the back is painted in Olympic's Flat Interior One paint in Safflower.  The whole thing got three coats of  Miniwax Polycrylic Polyurethane water-based high gloss finish.   Did you see that the fox lamp magically turned white?  I gave him several coats of white spray paint.  I think he needs a new shade though. I'll have to think of something fun. The little brightly colored coral bowl was a summer Target find. I thought it would make a cute accessory bowl. 

Stay tuned for more updates in my daughter's room. It's coming along nicely and we are hoping to finish up by next week.


Monday, June 17, 2013

Master Bedroom updates

Our floors are done in the whole house! Woot Woot!  As you may recall from last week we ripped out the carpet in our bedroom and it was looking like this last week.  Well it's all finished and I can't wait to show you what a huge difference it makes! It's so refreshing to remove the carpet from the bedroom and now have hard floors.  Of course we had to add a rug, just for some comfort.  The charcoal gray popcorn wool rug was a bargain at $50 on clearance at Target (originally $200). Of course, the perfect time to buy a wool rug is in the summer if you're looking to buy one.   But enough jibber jabber, here are the pics of our Master Bedroom.  

We're so happy to have all the floors done and our room put back together.  Hope you enjoyed seeing the Master Bedroom complete.

Source List:
Flooring - Kronotex, The Wilmington Collection in Jasper Oak
Turquoise Fan - Home Goods
Duvet - Fieldcrest Luxury Embroidered Hotel Duvet Cover
Wool Popcorn Rug - Target
Gray Euro Sham - Anthropologie
White Curtains - Nicole Miller for Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Gray closet curtains - Home Goods
Fabric on Headboard -Dwell Studio
Mirrors, Furniture, Desk Chair - Vintage finds


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