Monday, January 20, 2014

Basement Playroom

Ahhh...the basement playroom.  Well, let me start by saying it was great...until the flood.  So, it turns out, we have to get new carpet.  And, since we have to get new carpet, why not CHANGE it up a bit?!  Right?!

This is the first of many pictures to be added because we have some time before we get the carpet installed - ugh...special orders.  I decided to start with the walls.  I had a 20' long chalkboard on my back wall, its just TOO MUCH - so, why not cut it down...

It looks much better...but, here's a tip, make sure you use the correct paint color the first time you paint.  We have 2 rooms that have gray paint, I had a 50/50 shot and failed that one.

Next thing I did was add a little something to the top of the chalkboard, my daughter wanted to use hearts.  Turned out cute.  Too bad I can't take that with us when we move.

Now for Artwork...

When you have certain colors, it can be hard to get exactly what you want.  So, my daughter and I had a little fun with some paint and...Crayons?    The paintings in the above photo are what she painted.  I told her to use certain colors and paint whatever she wanted...creative, huh?  She also painted this one...

You have to be astounded by this beautiful array of color and perfect lines, am I right?  =)  Actually, don't be, its really simple.  I painted one too....

First, use painters tape to make several lines on a piece of canvas.  I went all the way to the back, so I could paint all around the white canvas for a more finished look.

Then, paint whatever colors you want!  I tried to be even with my coloring. I used 4 of each pop color and only 2 of each deep color for better contrast and evening.

Let the paint dry, peel the tape (carefully) and voila! Artist! haha, not really...but good enough for the playroom.

Now for something super fun!  My daughter LOVED doing this...

We purchased a few 8-1/2 x 11 pieces of canvas - super cheap at the local craft store.  I think I got a pack of 7 for like $10 or something.  

Start by hot gluing crayons to the top of your board.  Landscape or portrait, your choice.  Make sure you put newspaper/plastic on the floor and on the wall...the next step could get messy.

Use a blow dryer to melt the crayons.  This process doesn't take long at all.  

I added the lettering...gotta love stencils.  

More Crayon art

Do you have kids and crayons that are so old that you don't know what to do with them?  This is a neat idea...

The worst part was peeling the crayons.  My thumb hurt for a week! LOL!  But, it was worth it.  I hot glued these onto 8-1/2x11 canvas.  

So, I've seen the "Playroom Rules" art all over, but again, not in the colors I needed!  So, I made my own.  It's slightly crooked, but you get the idea and it will go nicely.  Now, if only my daughter could read...

This is time consuming.  So, prepare for a hurting back and be patient since you have to wait for the paint to dry between letters.

Well, here it is so far, Ive hung some art, but there is a lot more to do.  

Carpet should be installed in February, so stay-tuned for more!  Bye! ;)

Espresso Cabinet Transformation in my bathrooms!

Its been a long time since Ive posted or done anything fun in awhile.  My husband and I have been talking about getting our house ready to sell, so I decided after 4 and a half years I would finally, paint the bathroom cabinets.  I know, about time =)  It's amazing how you wait until you're planning to sell to do something nice sometimes.

This was SUPER easy!  So, if you are thinking you are tired of the way your old cabinets look, you have to check this stuff out, spend a weekend, and tackle it!  You won't be disappointed!  I even got handy and put knobs on myself.

Here are the before and after pictures.

Hallway Bathroom

Entry Bathroom

This before picture is really old.  

Master Bathroom

Basement Bathroom

I painted this one black.  Just regular furniture paint.  Its in the basement, so I thought it needed to be bolder.  This before picture is also really old!

If I can do it, you can do it!  My husband did help me paint the second coat on the doors, but I did the rest! =)  It wasn't that hard to take the doors off and put them back on.  Trust me, you WILL LOVE THE RESULT!!!  

Good Luck! ;)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Awesome Gifts for Office Friends

I worked with a team of people that would get together once a year and have a celebration of the year.  For the celebration you were asked to bring a gift for each person, however, you could only spend no more than $2.00 a person!  I might have went slightly over on this one, but for people in an office, I couldn't resist!

This one was for my husbands "Man Cave".

Well, duh... =)

This one is actually a front and back.  Perfect for someone that listens to music while they work.  

Yes, we've all felt this frustration before!

It's nice to "close" for a day.

It is the cure all, right?

Gotta love GOOGLE!


Don't we all.

This is my son...for sure.

My favorite place to go!

Chalkboard Paint?

Who doesn't LOVE LOVE LOVE chalkboard paint?  There are so many things you can do with this stuff!  Here are a few ideas:

 Wine bottles were a huge hit during Christmas time.  
Check this site out to see how to do them: Click Here .

This was a great idea for the kitchen.  The bottom cork strip is to hang important papers on.  
Works great during the school year!

I decided to go easy for Christmas in 2012.  I made everyone wine glasses with chalk board on the bottom!  Best thing EVER!  I also bought chalk and tied them with twine to place inside the glass.

My Office

I started a new job and HAD to figure out a way to keep things together.  I have gotten tons of compliments on my office that people at work have been inspired to do things to their personal spaces.

This is a picture frame painted with chalkboard paint.  Everyone has whiteboards and I was getting tired of the "same old" thing.  So, I made my own board. 

This is a closer image of the sign.  I made it 2-sided, one for when Im in the office and one for when Im not.  The side when I am "out" also includes a tiny chalkboard, so I can fill in the dates I will be out or when I will be back in!

These clipboards are AWESOME!  I got the idea online, from Martha Stewart: Click Here

I used the below scrap paper from Michaels and followed the directions on the website above.

You have to make it "homey" right? I mean, you spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week there. 

Fabric is a GREAT way to enhance a cubical area.  Just buy it and pin it up!

Kids Toy Room

When we moved into our first house in July of 2008 we had to decide what to do with our finished basement.  We could turn it into an adult room with a pool table and a bar, or make it a kids toy room.  Well, after some serious thought, and a few times of cleaning up toys on the kids bedroom floors, it was decided...A Kids Toy Room!

I built the cubby organizer with the fabric bins out of wood and added the bins to store the kids toys.

With the addition of a 20' chalkboard on the back wall - this is every kids dream come true!  I also built the table with the red outside.  This is the lego table, I found chairs at Ikea that fit under it perfectly!

My daughter has her play area equipped with her very own kitchen and bassinet for her babydoll.

And, our boys have their side.  Video games plus an air hockey table-which you cant see, but its there.