Friday, August 28, 2015

Laundry Room Wall Art

My parents are moving (closer to me - woohoo!) so I wanted to get them a housewarming gift.  But, what kind of housewarming gift do you give your parents who already have everything?  Something just for fun!  Actually, these little signs are pretty functional, too.  I made these laundry room signs for the change (sometimes dollars) you find when doing laundry and the orphan socks.  My parents had a laundry closet at their old house but they have a whole laundry room at the new house so I think my momma will really enjoy decorating this new space and these little signs will be a good start.

I bought the unfinished wood plaques at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 each (actually less with Hobby Lobby's handy 40% off coupon).  I stained them with some General Finishes Java Gel Stain I had leftover from staining my craft table.  This stain is so easy to use.  You rub it on with a cloth or sock.  It doesn't drip, dries fast and it only took one coat!  I bought the little silver bucket for the dollar aisle at Target and I bought the silver clips from Amazon and I attached them to the plaque with screws.  I designed the text in PowerPoint and printed it out on regular printer paper.  Then, I traced over the text with a sheet of transfer paper between the printout and the plaque to transfer the outline of the image to the plaques.  Finally, I filled in the text using a white chalk pen.  This entire project cost less than $10.  I can't wait to give them to my parents!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Mommy's Playroom (aka Craft Room)

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite rooms in our home.  I have wanted a craft room for as long as I can remember and I finally have one!  It is so nice to be able to organize all my craft supplies and to have everything where I can access it easily.  I also love that if my baby girl wakes up from a nap when I'm in the middle of a craft project, I can just leave everything out and come back to it later.

Since this room is all mine and since it's a creative space, I wanted a fun, bright color scheme.  I found the perfect bold, floral fabric with hues of teal, chartreuse, coral, saffron yellow, and orange and the room took shape around that.  I'm in LOVE with this fabric!

Source List:

  • Craft table - The top is a 36" wide hollow core door from Lowe's.  I used General Finishes Java Gel Stain to stain the door.  This stain is fantastic.  It doesn't drip, goes on easy & fast, and only took one coat.  The base is a white cube shelf from Target and the opposite side is attached to wall brackets.  The whole table cost under $75!
  • Curtains - I made the curtains.  They're a simple rectangle with a rod pocket.  I gathered the corners and secured them using safety pins to give the look of a roman shade.  I bought the fabric at Hobby Lobby.  The designer is P. Kaufmann and the print is called Silsila.
  • Lamp - The lamp was from Target and I recovered the shade with some scrap fabric I had on hand.  I cut the fabric to size and mod podged it to the lamp shade.  Tip: Create a finished "seam" by folding and ironing one end of the fabric before attaching it to the lamp shade.
  • Stool - My dad bought this stool for my from an awesome local shop, Class and Trash.
  • Chair - I bought a pair of these chairs from a local online buy/sell/trade site for $30 for the pair.  They were originally black.  I spray painted the chair with Valspar Moonlit Surf.  The other chair is in our office and is painted a warm cream color.
  • White shelves - I bought these from Walmart online for $65 for the pair.  Before I attached the backs of the shelves, I attached some fabric I had on hand to the backs to add more color and pattern to the room.  This can be switched out easily.
  • Burlap wall prints - I made these.  Check out my Etsy shop!
  • Embroidery hoop wall art - I made these using some embroidery hoops from Hobby Lobby and fabric scraps I had on hand.  This is a great, inexpensive way to add a pop of color and pattern to any room.
  • Chalkboards - I bought the silver trays from Dollar Tree.  I cut black contact paper to fit the center of the trays.  Black contact paper works as a chalkboard surface.  I designed my text using Powerpoint and printed it on regular print paper.  Then, I placed a piece of white transfer paper on my chalkboard and then placed the printout on top of the transfer paper and traced over the text.  This leaves an outline of the text on the chalkboard.  Finally, I used a chalk pen to fill in the text outline.
I hope you enjoyed my craft room!  Feel free to comment with any questions and I'll be happy to answer them!