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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Felt People

I know this is rather late, but with four kids in the middle of summer my life has been rather busy and time to blog had taken a back burner. Partly because it drives me crazy that some of my stuff is ASANTB and some of it is Sheena Creates. So I have debated on changing my blog and I have been thinking about going to self hosting but it so loses me. Anyway, that is all for another day.

Felt People

For my kids can do project on S.Y.T.Y.C., we made felt people. This was something that started in my head as stuffed animals and as I was thinking about my pattern decided people would be better. The kids and I went to Hobby Lobby and picked out felt and buttons for their people. I was hoping we would have had a chance for them to finish theirs before this post, but between traveling, Alyssa’s birthday, work stuff and the holiday we haven’t had a chance. But I am glad I made Bradley’s before I let them make theirs because I made changes to my plans along the way. After they make theirs I’ll do another post with a tutorial.

Felt People

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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.

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