Bringing Outdoors Indoors

Last week on S.Y.T.Y.C. we had an outdoor themes projects. Mine was “Bringing Outdoors Indoors”. I made a reversible table runner and placemats with embroidered ants on one side and an embroidered ladybug on the other side. I was excited to finally use this ladybug appliquéd but my kitchen has ladybug decorations in it. I choice the colors that I did for the table runner and placemats because it reminded me of a picnic quilt.

Bringing Outdoors Indoors

Bringing Outdoors Indoors

Adam helped me make the center piece for the table. I wanted some wood that looked really weathered and what better than the weather wood from our fence that got blown down a while back during a tornado. The wood was warped so it helped with the weathered look. Then I stained it with some ebony stain and the next day sanded it. I don’t completely love the flower vases I got to go in it. They are too short. So I need some taller vases for it. I have debated on stenciling “Anderson Est. 2011”, but I am not sure with the stain being so dark.

Bringing Outdoors Indoors

Don’t forget to head on over to S.Y.T.Y.C. and vote for your favorite around the world project!!

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Upcycled Play Kitchen

Upcycle Play Kitchen

In case you missed it the results for upcycle are up on SYTYC. I came in 3rd place with my upcycled play kitchen. I have known I wanted to do one of these for Bradley since I was pregnant with him. The kids had a plastic one when they were little and I still had some of the food toys (not as much as I thought), but the plastic one just did not hold up well with active toddlers so I knew I wanted a nicer one made of wood for Bradley, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune so why not make one. So I did just that.

Before & After Upcycle Play Kitchen

I found this entertainment center on Craig’s List for $10. They even gave us a TV with it but we have it to someone else. Adam helped me with this project a good bit. We started by taking off the backing and removing the drawers and shelf. I was hoping to use the shelf for the bottom since under the drawers was open, but it wasn’t quiet big enough. I bought a piece of wood for the bottom. Then we used a piece of wood we already had to divide the bottom in half. Then we cut the shelf to make the oven door.

Once we had all the wood cut Adam added some screws in it to tighten it up. It was pretty wobbly before we did this. Then he cut out the hole for the sink and the faucet. Then I puttied all the holes and deep scratches in the wood. Adam and I sanded the entire entertainment center till it was smooth.

I bought some new hardware for the refrigerator door and the oven door at Lowe’s. I actually made several trips to Lowe’s before I had the hardware worked out. Adam predrilled the holes for the oven door and refrigerator door. The new handle for the refrigerator required two holes instead of one.

Once we were done predrilling all the holes I put two coats of grey tented kilz on the entertainment center. The next part was the hardest. I decided I wanted the kitchen to match my other items in the sunroom, you can see them in my kid friendly decorating post. At first I thought I wanted to paint it black and use red, blue, green and yellow to accent the kitchen. But then I realized the accent colors wouldn’t cover over the black very well. Although I didn’t think about that till after we went all over town looking for Valspar black paint. The Lowe’s closest to our house was out of base c and had been for weeks. I had been in Lowe’s a few weeks before this project wanting to buy some black paint for another project so when I came back the lady was nice enough to look and find out how many each other Lowe’s in the area had of base c. Anyway, after deciding black was not the way to go I decided I was going to paint each section a different color. I started by painting the stove area with a coat of red. But while it was drying I decided that was tacky and was not what I wanted either. So I reprinted it with kilz and decided I’d use a base color of white and accent with red, blue, green and yellow. I had almost a full gallon of white from when we built Bradley’s bedroom and it was semi-gloss as well. Perfect!! I put two coats of white paint on the entertainment center. Then Adam used painters tape and taped off the oven door, the refrigerator door, the stripe across the top and the window. I had also bought a piece of wood for the backing but I didn’t attach it till after all the painting was done. Originally I wanted the window to have a black frame and plus sign so it would look like a window but then I decided that I’d probably mess up the paint so I simply went with the black window frame. I painted several coats of paint on the refrigerator door, the oven door, the stripe across the top and the window. If you remember when I bought these colors a while back I bought flat paint so instead of buying more paint I used them and when it was dry I put a coat of mod podge over it to give it the glossy look.

I also bought some wooden wheels from Hobby Lobby and I painted one red, one blue, one green and one yellow. I wanted them to spin like real knobs so I got some washers and nails to attach them. Not my best idea but it worked. We will probably figure out a better way to attach them later.

For the oven eyes, I used my Cricut to cut out some black circles. I cut out several sizes ranging from 3 to 6 inches. I believe I ended up using the 4 and 5 inch circles for the eyes. I wanted it to look as real as possible so I made two different sizes. I used mod podge to attach the card stock to the entertainment center.

I bought a metal dog bowl and faucet at Wal-Mart. Originally my plan was to buy a new faucet for our kitchen since it leaks and use the one in our kitchen for this project but they are expensive and it was out of my budget for this project so I went with a smaller cheaper one for the play kitchen. At first I put a bead of glue under the lip of the bowl and put it in the hole we cut, but slowly the glue was dripping and making a huge mess under the sink. We added a bead of white caulk around the top of the bowl and along the seams of the wood. Some of them had small gaps from the wobbliness of the entertainment center. I felt like this really helped give it a finished look. Then we simply attached the faucet with the pieces that came with it.

Once all the paint was dry we attached the oven door and refrigerator door. The oven door also has a magnet at the top to help hold it together when it closes. Then we attached the backing.

I wanted a curtain to hide under the sink but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to attach it. I had the idea of a dowel in my head but I wanted to be able to remove it too. I had these red hooks from when I was going to hang a dowel to hod ribbon, which I obviously never did, so I decided to use them to hang the curtain. I only had three and I needed four so back to Lowe’s we went (my kids were really good sports about all our trips to Lowe’s and Hobby Lobby). It’s been over a year since I bought the red hooks and I wasn’t able to find anymore red ones but I did find some white ones the same size. So I used two red ones for the curtain under the sink, two white ones for the curtain over the window and one red one for the pot holder.

Fabric to match this project was a pretty easy decision. Earlier this summer I made the kids all a summer tote and I wanted a color that had red, blue, green and yellow in it and wasn’t too girlie. In this case I wanted the same thing so we went to Hobby Lobby and got some more puzzle piece fabric. I measured my width of each opening and doubled it for the width of my fabric. For the length I measured my length then added a few inches to it for my length. When I was done making my curtains I had a good bit of fabric left so I decided to make a quilted pot holder. I did this with the same idea of putting a quilt together. When I bought the fabric I also bought some rainbow ribbon to match so I used the ribbon for piping. Have I mentioned that I did this at 2 am? Yes, I couldn’t sleep thinking about my project so instead of staying in the bed and risking waking Adam up I went in the sunroom to work on it and it was after 2 am that night before I got in the bed.

Then I needed something to store all the food in so we loaded up and went to Dollar Tree and looked for some baskets. I knew they usually carry a variety of baskets in multiple colors. I lucked up and they had one in each of my four colors in one style basket. I really wanted some that looked like the baskets at the grocery store but they only had those in three of my four colors but I went and head and grabbed them. Hopefully I’ll find a yellow one in there later. The kids helped me divide and organize the food in the baskets. They had already been organizing it based on food groups so we basically followed that same idea.

Now we have a really cute play kitchen. The big kids all love it and Bradley is getting more and more interested in it. I have some left over fabric so I am debating on making some place mats for the table. I know I want to buy some more kitchen toys but since I don’t have anywhere good to store them I am thinking about getting the bookcase at Hobby Lobby that matches the table and chairs. I want to buy some small appliances for the play kitchen. Also I saw some stuff that I like for when Bradley gets a big boy room (thinking way down the road) that uses the same colors so I could even move it in his room later.

Upcycle Play Kitchen

Ombre Painted Bottle Lamp

In case you missed it the results for the paint projects are up on SYTYC. I came in sixth place with my ombre painted bottle lamp.

Ombre Painted Bottle Lamp

I made this project to go in Noah’s room. He decided he wanted his room decorated an undersea theme so everything in his room is a bluish green color. Since it is made to look like the sea all the colors are not the exact same. I mixed the paint for the bottle with some neon colored food dye and mod podge. I used the neon green and blue and just added it and mixed it till I had a color I liked. I mixed it in a baby food jar so I could easily save the left over and who knows I may use it for something else in Noah’s room.

Ombre Painted Bottle Lamp

I started out with a clear bottle and then I painted two coats of the paint on the entire bottle. Once that was dry I painted two coats of the paint from the neck of the bottle down. Once that was dry I painted two coats of the paint on the bottom half of the bottle. Well, I let it dry between each of the two coats also.

Supplies for Ombre Painted Bottle Lamp

Once it was dry I used some parts I got at Lowe’s to make a lamp from a bottle. Then I added a lamp shade. This was a trick. I bought three different lamp shades before I found one I was happy with. The first one didn’t fit so I took it back and got a different one. With the second one I decided to paint it before I really made sure I liked the shape of the shade on the lamp. Not sure what I was thinking. But between deciding that paint it was not the way to go and deciding it didn’t fit the lamp well I had to go back to Hobby Lobby to get a third lamp shade. At this point I had debated on using a different bottle altogether so I didn’t take the lamp with me to Hobby Lobby. I picked out a lamp shade and I decided instead of painting it I was going to cover it in fabric and use ribbon for the trim. I found some fabric that looked like water and was bluish green. Again it didn’t have to match exactly but it looks really well with his room. I got two different ribbons and surprisingly both of them matched the paint I bought exactly. You can see the paint in the Chevron painted frame project I made for Noah’s room.

Ombre Painted Bottle Lamp

Now Noah has a cute new lamp for his room. I have fabric to cover one of his throw pillows and the cushion for his bookcase seat. I have a few more projects for his room and it will be complete.

Thank you to everyone who voted for me last week on SYTYC and don’t forget to head on over there again this week to vote for your favorite project and I can’t wait to tell you next week which one was mine.

Chevron Painted Frame

Chevron Painted Frame

A while back I made an under sea corkboard for Joann’s Create with 8 contest.  While I liked the frame, the more it hung in Noah’s room the less and less I loved it.

Under Sea Corkboard

After making this frame I choose colors for his room that were slightly different than the background color of the frame and my OCD kicked in. I had already decided I wanted to make another frame but I am still not completely sure what I am going to as far as the other frame.  So that will be saved for another day.

Last week while all three big kids were gone I worked on several projects and this frame was one of them.  At first I thought I only wanted to repaint the background to match the colors of his room, but taking off the fish was less than an easy task.  I can’t remember what I used to attach them, but it held really well.  So well, that I got to use my new sander for this project first.  After pulling as much of the fish off as I could I used my sander and made the frame nice and smooth again.  Then I painted the entire frame the lighter of the two colors I choose for Noah’s room.  I finally decided I was going to give it my best try and attempt a chevron paint pattern.  After reading many different tutorials online I decided to use a little bit of this idea and a little bit of that idea to tape of my frame.  I am not going to give you a tutorial on how to paint a chevron pattern here since there are so many of them out there already.  Then I painted the dark of the two colors (which is also the same color as Noah’s accent wall).  When I was done I still did not love it.  As time has gone on and I have looked at it more and more it is growing on me.  But I feel like the corkboard center takes away too much of the chevron design.  Don’t be surprised if in the next few weeks I decide to sand it and start over again.

Chevron Painted Frame

Chevron Painted Frame

Chevron Painted Frame

Kid Friendly Decorating

A few days ago I posted a picture of Bradley on Instagram and several people commented on the bookshelves in the background, so I decided I’d do a recap of some of the projects for our sunroom. When we first moved into our house the sunroom was our children’s playroom.  Over time that has changed and now we simply have a play area in Mommy’s craft room.  But the color scheme is still the same.  You see having boys and girls I wanted it to be something that was neutral but still fun and playful.

Kid Friendly Decorating

I had seen this table and chairs at Hobby Lobby and it was what inspired the decoration of this room.  Hobby Lobby also has a bookshelf and coat rack to match but they aren’t needed in my area. Later I was looking for something to organize the kids’ toys in and I found this cute set up at Wal-Mart.  I am not as fond of the basket now as I was when I first got them.  They haven’t held up as well as I would like so I am planning to get some different baskets in the future.  Hopefully I can find some plastic ones in the same color scheme that will fit.

I realized when preparing to write this recap that I never did a post on the first project my husband and I did for the sunroom, the picture frames.  I will tell you more about them at the end of this post.

Artwork Display

The next project I did for this room was the Artwork display.  It has been a year since I made the artwork display and while I still love it I have learned a few things about it.  1.  My oldest daughter has made lots of stuff to hang on it and I had to reattach her clothes pin.  The hot gun didn’t hold up well over time.  2.  The sun has faded the cardstock from the lettering, but it still looks nice.

Pallet Bookshelves

The last project I want to feature in this post is the Pallet bookshelves. It has also been a year since I made them and I still love them.  They don’t hold a bunch of books but its prefect for each child to have two books in the sunroom and the rest of their books in their rooms.

As far as the picture frames go, I looked and looked for something that I liked to match the color scheme and I couldn’t find anything. So I decided I wanted to paint some picture frames so that each side was a different color (red, blue, green and yellow). Adam did this for me. He taped off two sides and painted the other two sides, then when they were done he taped off the sides he painted and painted the other two sides. When I bought the paint I wasn’t thinking and I bought flat. So when I made the artwork display and the bookshelves, I put a coat of mod podge on the picture frames to give them more of a finished look. They have gotten messed up some over the years but for the most part they still look good. The pictures of my children that are in the frames were done by Mandi Hutchenson Photography. If you are in the Birmingham area and looking for someone to take pictures of your family make sure to get in contact with Mandi, she does a wonderful job.

Alyssa's Frame

Noah's Frame

Taylor's Frame

SYTYC Audition

As you know last week I auditioned for S.Y.T.Y.C., and I made it!!  Yay!!  Thank you to everyone who voted for me.

My project was from baby crib to doll bed.

From Baby Crib to Doll Bed

This was a project I had been planning for months and it came together at the perfect time.  You see my daughters have ALOT of baby dolls and stuffed animals.  So much so that my youngest daughter has fallen out of her bed many times because there are wayyy too many in her bed.  After so many times of her falling out of the bed I decided I had to figure out a way to get some of the baby dolls and stuffed animals off their beds.  I really love to upcycle or repurpose, so I got the idea of getting an old baby crib, taking it apart, cutting it up and putting it back together as two separate beds.

I found this crib on Craig’s List for $10 and even though it was not in the best shape that didn’t matter because I knew I was going to sand it and paint it.  It had bite marks on it so we filled some of them in with wood filler before sanding it.  I wanted them to be able to easily reach over the front of it to get their babies in and out of the crib, so we used some wood we already had to make the front piece.  I also knew I wanted it to match the girls’ furniture so it was going from a dark brown to white.  I applied several coats of kilz before applying several coats of white Valspar.  At first I really wasn’t sure how I wanted to make the bottom part so Adam and I spend some time really thinking about it before we made the bottom piece.  We ended up using the same wood for the bottom that we used on the back of the bookcases.

Before/After

Front/Side

Tuesday To Do #3

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I had all these plans the other night of getting some post ready and my Internet was acting up so instead of being prepared for today I wasn’t.  I knew what I wanted to write about but actually sitting down and blogging didn’t work out for me.

As you know I am auditioning for S.Y.T.Y.C.  Voting is up this week so make sure you head on over there and vote for your favorite projects.  I so wish I could tell you which one is mine but I am really excited about the fact that it truly is a competition based on the project and not popularity.  Also I am really excited because my blogging buddy Janiene from A Bunch of Bishops is also auditioning.  I can’t wait to see how her and I do.

I am in the process of redecorating all three of the big kids’ rooms.  As you know from my recent post Good-bye Pink Wall, Alyssa and Noah share a room.  For three years now Noah has wanted his room decorated in under water.  Alyssa changes her mind daily and Taylor isn’t much better.  Right now Noah’s room is a big to do list I am working on so hopefully this will help me remember everything.

Most of the stuff left in Noah’s room are things I am making and painting.  This past weekend Adam painted the pink wall a bluish green color(I’ll check the can later to see the exact color but its from Valspar).  We thought it had enough coats but after looking at it we have decided it needs one more.  So this upcoming weekend after Alyssa and Noah leave for their vacation with their father we are going to put another color of paint on the wall.

Projects:

  • Painting – The blue wall needs another coat and the white walls need to be painted once I decide on a color.  All three kids will have one accent wall and then white walls so I want to use the same white for all three kids but we have white baseboards and the girls’ furniture is white so I want it to be a little different but look good with the accent walls.
  • Fish Stand – Growing up I had this huge fish aquarium and after Noah decided he wanted a fish room my parents said I could have it but it leaked.  Adam re-caulked it and now I am going to paint the stand.  When I got the paint for Noah’s wall I picked out a lighter coordinating color to match.  I am going to paint the fish stand this color.
  • Frames – You make remember the fish frame I made a while back for Create with 8.  I don’t really love it.  I have decided I am going to take the fish off and re-paint the frame the same color as the fish stand.  Also I am going to paint a “N” on the corkboard.  Then I am going to put the fish back on.  Hopefully I can take them off without messing them up but if not I guess I’ll have to redo them.  I am going to get another frame from Hobby Lobby and paint it the same color but that is all I have decided so far about how I am going to do it.
  • Lego Area – I decided to make the top of Noah’s bookcase into a Lego area which is prefect since his Lego’s are stored in baskets in the lower part of his bookcase.  The lower part is going to have a seat and the higher part will have a Lego table.  I have to pick out the fabric, sew the cushion, purchase Lego board and attach it to the bookcase.
  • Fish – Noah said he wants fish on his blue wall.  We talked about what would be the best way to go about this.  We talked about painting it but seriously that would be hard.  I finally decided vinyl would be the best decision.  I thought about using my Cricut and making them myself but to buy all the different color of vinyl I would end up spending more than if I just found something and bought it.  So now I have to find a shark and some salt water fish for his wall.

I have one other project for his room but I plan on using it for one of my weeks on S.Y.T.Y.C.  Once that week has been posted and closed I will post about it here and let ya’ll know all about it.  One good thing it will be completed too.  I have been working on it and had a lot of failures in the process so I’ll have lots to tell.

Good-Bye Pink Wall

Last summer we decided to decorate our girls’ room in hot pink, lime green and bright orange.  We got one wall painted pink before things changed.  Our daughters do NOT get along.  You see one has to talk 24/7 and the other has to have quiet time.  The one who needs quiet time couldn’t go in her bedroom and have that time because she was sharing a room with the other one who even in a room all alone is talking.  Our oldest son is also like our oldest daughter and he also needs quiet time so they can both go in the same bedroom and have quiet time and everything be ok.  On a spur of the moment decision we did some rearranging and this ended with our oldest son sleeping next to a hot pink wall.  But he is so selfless that he said “that’s ok”.  He knew his sisters needed this rearrange sooner rather than later and that as soon as we could the hot pink wall would be gone.

Good-bye Pink Wall

Several months have gone by since this rearrange.  It has been one thing after another and timing has not worked out well for us on painting the hot pink wall.  This past week I went to Lowe’s and got a bunch of different paint chips, spreaded them out all over his bed and decided on two colors.  I needed a wall color and a contracting color for some of the stuff in his room.  I am so glad I did it this a way too instead of just picking colors on impulse because if I had of well, we would have ended having to repaint the wall again because the original color I picked was not the final color I picked.

Most people who know Noah knows he is color blind or red/green color deficient is actually the proper term for it.  He can see colors but he can’t pick them out and he doesn’t see them the same as most people.  Green is orange, orange is green, blue is purple, purple is blue, lots of different shades are all a tan color and so on.  Noah has done a wonderful job adapting to this and it has not affecting him in school at all.  When he tells me something is a color and I correct him he doesn’t get mad.  He simply says, “Well, you know I’m color blind.”  Noah is really a trooper.  So while he says he likes the color his room will be I am not actually sure that he knows what color it will be.

His room is decorated underseas.  His bedspread is brown will bluish/green, tan, etc circles on it.  He wants sharks and ocean fish on his wall.  So I picked the color on his bedspread that looks the most like underseas for his accent wall color.  Since him and Alyssa are sharing a room we have set up their furniture so that it divides the room and we are in the process of making a divider for the room too but painting the walls is the first task to complete.  Hopefully we will get that done soon but its taking much longer than expected because I am redecorating three kids’ bedrooms at the same time and trying to pick colors is not the easiest.  Each child has an accent wall and I’m trying to pick a neutral color that will work for the other walls for all three kids.

Keep an eye out for more projects going on in Noah’s room over the next few weeks.  I have four other projects that I hope to get done and be close to having his room done.  The girls keep changing their minds on how they want their rooms decorated so Noah’s projects are more on top of the list to complete.  Also I am auditioning for So You Think You’re Crafty next week and I have several projects I am working on for this contest.  Make sure you check it out Monday and vote for your favorite project.  Fingers crossed I make the audition cut.

Paper Mache B

Paper Mache B

One of the things on my to do list for Bradley’s room was a paper mache B to hang on the wall in his room to replace a picture that was previously hanging in his room.  The previous picture was an animal picture that matched his bouncy seat, play mat and jumperoo.  Since he no longer uses these things I plan on getting rid of them and that made the picture not really match anymore.

I started out with a plain paper mache B that I found at JoAnn’s Fabric.

Paper Mache B Unpainted

First I painted it baby blue.  I used the Americana baby blue acrylic paint from Hobby Lobby and a foam brush.

Paper Mache B Light Blue

Then I used a round sponge brush and Americana traditional burnt umber acrylic paint to put polka dots on it.  I couldn’t find anything good for a pattern so I decided to just eyeball it.  I was pleased with how they turned out since I just eye balled it.

Paper Mache B Chocolate Polka Dots

I had a hard time deciding what ribbon I wanted to use to hang it.  I finally decided to use the same ribbon I used on his wreath.  I thought that made it match pretty well since each one is hanging in his room on either side of his window.

Paper Mache B Ribbon

Kitchen Labeling

This project started about two years ago. I decided I wanted to decorate my kitchen and living room in red and black and ladybugs so I painted my bread box and glass jar lids and holder black and red. Actually Adam painted those for me when they were originally painted.

I wish I had a picture of them from before he painted them but at that point I was not thinking about taking pictures of stuff for blogging.

Fast forward two years and I have finally decided to finish this project. The only thing is the paint needed to be touched up. So I reprinted the black. When everything was originally painted we were thinking and used flat paint. This time I used a semi-gloss on the black. Then I used my Cricut and cut out vinyl letters for:

Bread
Sugar
Cornmeal
AP Flour
SR Flour

AP standing for all purpose and SR standing for self rising.

After I put the vinyl lettering on my lids I used mod podge on top of it and on the knob to give the red a glossy look. I didn’t put mod podge over my lettering on the bread box. To give the knob on the bread box a glossy look I used mod podge on it.

It may have taken me two years to finally finish it but I was so pleased with how it finally looks.

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