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

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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

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

Refashioned Shoes

Refashioned Shoes

My oldest daughter loves ballet flats.  They are her absolute favorite shoes.  I usually can find them on clearance at Target but now that I don’t work in the office everyday I don’t get to go in Target as often to check out their clearance. The one thing I really hate about them is they mess up so quickly so unless I can find them on clearance I don’t buy them.  Her and I both had a pair of ballet flats that were ready for the trash.  Mine were black and the toe was messed up on one of them.  Hers were pink camo and were so dirty and worn out looking.

Before

I had this other pair of glittered pink ballet flats I had bought for my youngest daughter so with my love to match and coordinate I decided I’d attempt to glitter mine and my oldest daughter’s worn out ballet flat instead of just trashing them.  I have seen so many pins on Pinterest where people have done it so I didn’t see why I couldn’t do it too.

I started out with these awful looking shoes.  I am still working on remembering to take pictures along the way when I do something so please forgive me for the lack in before picture.  I had glittered one of each of our shoes when I realized I didn’t take a before picture so I have two separate pictures of one shoe for a before picture.

First I painted mod podge and glitter all over them.  The glitter on the shoes I bought it a little bigger pieces than the glitter I used when I made these shoes but the color is almost exact.  I prefer the fine glitter so I bought the fine glitter for the shoes that I refashioned.  I used a baby food jar, marked 2/3 of the way up the side and 1/3 of the way up the side then I used 2/3 glitter to 1/3 mod podge.  The first coat about completely covered them but I had to do a little touch up on them.  It pretty much used all of the mixture for the two pairs of shoes.

The insides still look worn and the shape of them didn’t go back to normal but once they are on they look great. My daughter isn’t here to model them this week so this will have to do for pictures.

After

The shoes I bought for my youngest daughter also have gems on them that are clear, gray and pink.  I didn’t think to take one of the shoes with me when I went to Hobby Lobby to purchase gems.  So I decided a flower would look good on the toe of the shoes I was refashioning.  I bought 25 mm pink gems and 16 mm clear gems.  I used a pink gem for the center and the clear gems for the petals.  First I laid them out on the desk and then I attached them to the shoes with hot glue.  It probably wasn’t my best decision but I didn’t think about buying and E6000 glue before I started this project.  If I have to reattach any gems then I will use some E6000 glue.

Close Up of Toes

Close Up of Toes

The one thing about them is the glitter around the tops is a little rough so they must be worn with socks but other than that I was very pleased with the outcome of the shoes.

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

Repurposing at its Best!!

I love to repurpose. I repurposed Noah’s old blue jeans into skirts and now Adam’s old t-shirts into dresses. I found the original post on Pinterest and LOVED the dress. It was so cute I knew I wanted to make one for my girls. You can find the original post here.

When Adam got some new under shirts and went to toss his old ones I kept them. I knew I could dye them any color I wanted and make this dress or a few other outfits I had seen made from t-shirts. Adam was so nice and did the dying for me. I already had some red dye so I decided I’d use it and I picked up some pink dye at the store. It wasn’t as pink as I wanted so we added a few drops of red to the pink to make it darker.

I didn’t have a basic dress pattern so I made my own. I laid Alyssa’s dress on a big piece of paper and drew an outline of it for the dress I made for Taylor. Then I added about 1/2 an inch all the way around my pattern to make a pattern for Alyssa’s dress.

For the most part I followed the pattern. I did things a little different with the sleeves and the neck. I had planned on doing some embroidery to the front of it but I put the dress together and I should have done it before I put the front and back together so the embroidery idea will have to wait for something else. The girls love it!!

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Blue Jeans Repurposed

A while back I repurposed some blue jeans that were too short and had holes in the knees into matching blue jean skirt outfits for the girls. I had several more pairs of blue jeans that were too short for Noah so I finally got around to making some more skirts.

The first one I made is done with a purple fabric. It has two ruffles of fabric and comes just above the knee. I also made a headband to match (not pictures).

The next one I made is done with a pink fabric. I really wanted a longer skirt so its longer and comes below the knee. It only has one ruffle. I also made a headband to match.

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Giraffe Paci

Bradley loves his paci. He will be asleep and lose it and when he does he wakes up. I have seen the stuffed animals with the paci attached to them but I had two issues. One they are $30 and that is a lot for something that I don’t even know if he will like. Two he won’t take the soothie paci. I have looked and looked online but never found one that took the gumdrop paci. Also I saw a lot of complaints about the stuffed animal being too soft and wouldn’t help hold the paci in place so I decided I’d just make one myself. When going through Wal-Mart I saw this cute giraffe and it’s a beanie and heavier than the other stuffed animals I have seen so I decided it was time to make Bradley a stuffed animal with a paci. I really wanted it to be a monkey because monkeys have kinda become his stuffed animal after the monkey that we bought him while he was in the NICU that recorded my voice, but if he likes it I’ll keep an eye out for a monkey that is heavier and make him another one.