Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Chevron Ornament Christmas Decor

I was inspired by a recent pin I saw to create my own oversized ornaments for Christmas.  These are simple to make and honestly do not take that long at all.  I purchased foam board and used leftover foam board from birthday backdrops I had in the basement. I purchased chevron burlap, tiny greenery, wooden ornaments, and ribbon all from Michaels.

I first cut out the shapes out of the foam board. They do not have to be perfect because they will be covered. Then I used hot glue to attach the burlap.  Once it was all attached I made a simple bow and wrapped the end of the greenery around it.  Then I added various other items to make them look even better.

I like that they are light weight and do not take up a lot of room when storing away. My coworker suggested using then as a pin board. I love that idea. You could use pins to attach Christmas cards even. I loved these so much I ended up making some in the shape of presents. It was way past my bedtime and I did not want to use an exacto knife, and so I settled for simpler cuts and do rectangles instead. 

Thanks so much for checking out my project today. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hand Print Art

I saw this adorable project by Creatively Living Blog when I was perusing Pinterest early one morning with the baby.  I immediately began the search for a long and narrow frame in a gray color.  I found a frame at Kohls for around $10. It was the perfect size for this project.  This would also make a great holiday gift as well.

I mixed up some black and white finger paint to get a dark gray, and painted all of the kids hands when they woke up from their naps. Have some baby wipes nearby because they make for easy clean up. Then I simply wrote their names with a Sharpie, and put them in order from youngest to oldest. Such a simple project, and I absolutely adore how tiny the baby's hand is in this project.

Now it is hanging up right next to the newly painted fireplace.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Bathroom Vanities Into A Playroom Desk

You may have remembered us sharing our playroom progress a few months ago.  If you are new to our blog you can check it out here.  Rob had made a small space to eventually put into place a desk space for our daughter to do her artwork or homework. We exhausted our budget and decided that the desk could wait. There was definitely a good reason to wait to start this project.  

Fast forward five months or so, and my mother in law messaged us asking if we wanted cabinets that her neighbor was planning on throwing out.  Rob sent immediately said we would take them, and it also included a counter which was exactly what we needed as well.  

We did not need the entire cabinet though, and we only needed the side with the drawers. Rob took the back of the vanity off, and the door on the front. The left side of the vanity was removed as was the bottom.  Then he took apart the front of the cabinet that surrounded the main door. He trimmed the wood between the main cabinet and the drawers to match the width of the other side of the drawers.

After this was done the back and bottom panels were also trimmed. The side panel on the left was reattached. Too bad the cabinets were spray painted from their original cherry fronts. Therefore, we decided to have Rob use the Wagoner power sprayer to use the leftover Sherwin Williams Anonymous Gray to paint the vanity. The drawer fronts were distressed, and then clear semi-gloss polyurethane was sprayed on them.  

The counter top was originally six feet long, and was cut down to fit in the space. First a few inches was cut off of the back of the counter.  Then it was cut down length wise to fit into the space. Then L-brackets were used to attach it to the wall.

At Target we purchased an easy to assemble counter height stool that fits perfectly underneath the desk. I also purchased new simple hardware for the four drawers that open.