Posts Tagged “home decor

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, have about two hours to spare and feel like putting your woodworking skills to good use this is the project for you!

I’ve been wanting to put a shelf in my laundry room for awhile now but I didn’t want to spend a fortune on buying one and I couldn’t find one that would work for the space. Soooo…I decided I’d put one together that WOULD work. I’m pretty happy with this little shelf not only because it turned out pretty similar to what I had in my head (that never happens) but I did it ALL. BY. MYSELF. No lie! All the cutting, nail gunning and painting was done by me. Oh yeah!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

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1 of each – Pine Board (1/4 x 1/2 x 2, 1/4 x 1/2 x 4, 1/2 x 8 x 4)
3 – 7″ x 7″ Wooden Shelf Brackets
Sander/Sandpaper
Miter Saw
Nail Gun
Wood Glue
Clamps
Paint
Paint brush
Caulk
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I’ve been trying to brainstorm ways to make my entryway more inviting. There’s not very much room to put a table so I’ve tried coming up with some alternatives. I have a few ideas in the works but to start off I threw this super cute canvas picture together this weekend to get me started and motivated to finish it up soon. I’ll make sure to post what I work on as I get the pieces put together.

Here’s what I used and what I did to make my very own handpainted “Home Sweet Home” wall art.

HomeSweetHome

Supplies
16 x 20 Canvas
Home Sweet Home” sign from the Silhouette Design Store
Cardstock or Laminator (depending on what you have on hand)
Black Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush
4 – 1/2 x 2 x 24 Poplar Craft Board
Rainy Day Gray Acrylic Paint
Miter Saw
Nail Gun
Painters Tape
X-Acto Knife

For this project, I wanted to use up some of the crafting materials I had laying around and not spend a ton of money. I realize there’s different ways to accomplish this look, I just chose the one that worked for me using the items I had on hand. The only thing I had to buy was the craft board and the template. Everything else I had from other projects I have done.

First, I went to the Silhouette Design Store and purchased this “Home Sweet Home” template for 99 cents. I also downloaded the program on my computer so I could mess with the sizing. Confession: I don’t have a Silhouette so I knew I was going to have to improvise on this one. If I lived closer to Misty (she has one — I’m jealous) then I would have likely done a stencil version of this however, the more I thought about it I liked the idea of actually having it look more handpainted so I printed it off on regular printer paper (you’ll probably have to piece it together depending on how big you want it to be on the canvas). In hindsight, I should have printed it off on cardstock or photopaper because once I cut it out it instantly started to curl….REALLY bad. ūüôĀ Luckily, though, I have a laminator. Once I had them cut out I just ran it through that baby. Only downside is I had to cut it out AGAIN. But it wasn’t too bad.

The X-Acto knife comes in handy for the loopty-loop portion of the letters so make sure you have something like it around. It makes a world of difference!

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I can’t believe we’re almost to mid-February already and¬†Valentine’s Day is in just a few days. Can you believe it? Love is in the air!! Who’s ready? Honestly,¬†I’m more the type that likes to decorate for Valentine’s rather than go out and buy gobs of candy and chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, I love my sweets but decorating doesn’t come with the weight gain and guilty feeling that I should probably hit the gym.

So when I was looking for something new to add to my Valentine decor, I decided on a wreath. I haven’t made a wreath in quite some time. This project was made extra fun because I got together with some of my neighbor friends and we each made one. Craft day!!

This project actually turned out to be pretty easy. A little time consuming, especially when you’re trying to balance being a mom with being crafty¬†but it was¬†totally worth it. This is something anybody could do. I promise! This project is easy on your budget¬†and simple to make. You will absolutely¬†LOVE¬†it when it’s done! Continue reading

So one of the amazing things about having a girl is living vicariously through her. Lucky for me she happily goes along with it. She must love her mom. One thing that you will quickly discover about me is that I am almost done building a house. A lot of posts will be about new projects there or some new furniture I want to redo or decoration I think I can make. With that being said we are about a week from moving in and the carpet is just about to be laid so it’s a good time to get my daughters accent wall done. And not just any wall, a herringbone wall. Her color scheme is amazing and one that I can totally run with. Grey, Navy Blue, Coral, and Turquoise. Something else about me is that I love turquoise, doesn’t matter the shade, if it’s turquoise I can make it work.

I am not a painter, so to start with a project like this was a little bit out of my comfort zone, even worse was that I only had a small window to accomplish it in. I woke up this morning and said it’s now or never. I am going to share some of the things that I learned and hopefully what is in my brain will transpire to the wall. Our base color of our walls is Argose-it’s a grey color-sorry not a good description but it was part of the color scheme so it meant one less step I had to do. Continue reading

We recently moved — such a dreadful way to start a post, sheesh — but it’s the truth.¬†There’s never a dull moment between packing, cleaning, sorting through unwanted clothes and toys and then unpacking and cleaning some more. I find it rather painful really! We have moved five times in our nine year marriage. You would think it would get easier. That I would have some great how-to insight into moving but I don’t. I have wonderful intentions of color coding the boxes, having everything organized before the big move and being packed by a certain time. But alas, it NEVER happens. I guess I need to come to terms with the fact that I’m the type of person who just throws things in boxes and plans on dealing with it later. It’s not until after we move into the new place that I regret being that type of person. I could talk about moving and how much I hate it all day long but how boring is that?! I want to get to the more exciting aspects of moving. Like buying new things and finding fun projects to keep my mind off of all the unpacking.

When we finally got into the new house, one of the first things we did was downsized our entertainment center. With a 14-month-old, we needed to find something that would keep little fingers from playing with all the electronic gadgets and we needed to find it quick! So we bought a smaller media cabinet with doors (hallelujah) but that meant we didn’t have room for our DVDs. Continue reading