Friday, May 17, 2013

Chevron closet Door Tutorial

My favorite part of the teenage bedroom project I recently completed was the chevron closet door project. Let me show you how I did it.

This is what I started with. There was all kinds of texture that needed to be sanded.

Then I put 2 coats of primer on just to be safe.

Next came the taping. This was my first attempt with frog tape. That stuff is Amazing! Run and get some for yourself, you won't regret it.

I decided to make my stripes 6 inches with one peak on each door. 

I couldn't wait to pull off that frog tape. Guess what? No bleeding. It worked perfectly.

Then the purple stripe. EEEE! Perfect.

I thought the lines looked a little to crisp. So I sanded a little more.

Here it is all done and hung in the room.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Going Retro with Art

I was cruising Pinterest the other day, who am I kidding I'm on Pinterest every day, and I saw some string art. If you're old enough, you remember string art from the 70s along with macrame and others from that era. I thought it looked cool. The picture I saw was a custom name plaque. I thought I would try my hand at some.

I had the perfect little client, my 1.5 year old nephew, that it would work for.

He has this cute little quilt and I thought the whale would be perfect. I put in a call to my MIL. She's a whiz at patterns, so I thought she'd be the perfect helper for this project.

The board was selected. I was going for a bit rustic, but it needed a little somethin' somethin'. So I tested a wash on the back. It looked great so I decided to go for it.

My MIL blew up the whale, printed it and marked all nail spots.  She actually did it twice because I originally told her I wanted it 3feet by 4 feet. That was way toooo big. Big Fail!! We settled on 2X3 instead.

We nailed and we nailed and we nailed, then we nailed some more. Seriously it was a lot of nails.

I thought it looked pretty good with just the nails. Then we started winding string.

And winding...

And winding some more.

 I'm hooked! I want to string art everything. It looks great on my little nephew's wall. Many thanks to my MIL Nila Szweda for all the help.
Im linking to Metamorphosis Monday on Between Naps on the Porch, Savvy Southern Style for Wow us Wednesday,  Suburbs MamaA Stroll Through Life,  Tatertots and Jello Weekend Wrap up party and the DIY Showoff

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Grace's Room Reveal

I was finally able to take some better pictures of Grace's room. Let's get to the before.

And now the after

Another before

And After

She's already put her mark on the bulletin board with her pics and calendar

I painted the drawers to this dresser dark purple but no picture of that yet.

Here's the rest of the room.

I made some jewelry hangers out of picture frames I got at Hobby Lobby. I have to say the chevron closet door is my favorite thing in the whole room! I'll have a tutorial on that in the next week.

I gave Grace the ric rac and butterflies and asked her to embellish this lampshade. She did an awesome job!
This mirror was my favorite find when I was out shopping. I really wanted to keep it, but it doesn't go with my decor. My boys would have had something to say if I hung a pink mirror. Some day I will have a girlie room in my house just for me and I'll hang a pink mirror!!
And there you have it. Done!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sneak Peek Grace's Room Reveal

Here's a sneak peak of the teen girl bedroom I recently completed. I'm hoping to get back back over there for real pics at the end of this week.

The distressed chevron closet doors are my favorite thing in the room.  I'll give a tutorial on how I did these later this week. Stay tuned.

Monday, April 1, 2013

How I Pick Paint Colors

Today I was picking paint colors for a baby boy nursery I'm working on. It features this dog fabric that is so adorable.

I thought you might like to know MY process for picking paint colors. I always start with my main fabric. This dog print will be panels and a crib skirt. I might throw in a couple of pillows around the room too.  I'll put denim with it and hopefully I'll be able to find a coordinating stripe or polka dots. With all that, the paint colors will come from the dog fabric.

I want two colors for this nursery. The main wall color and an accent stripe. So out came the paint strips.

I tried to match up the greige color.

I matched up the dog bodies and then went a couple of shades lighter.  I thought the exact color was a bit dark and blah for a babies room, so I settled with Sherwin Williams Proper Gray.
Then I matched up the blue for the accent color that will be a wide stripe.

The blue will be almost the same as one of the blues in in the fabric. Since it's just an accent color it can be a little brighter and have some POW.

There it is! That's how I pick paint colors. Everyone has their own process and there is no right or wrong. This is just what works for me.

This room will be installed the first week of May when the mother is in the hospital giving birth. I will only have a few days, so everything will have to be ready to go.

Linking up to The Sunday Showcase, Keeping it Simple, Homestories A to Z and Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Plan

I'm back with a plan for my teenage girl client bedroom makeover. This room is small, so storage is the name of this game. Starting with some Expedit bookcases from IKEA flanking the window wall with a bench in between. One of the bookcases will be a desk also.

The main fabric for the valance, bulletin board and some throw pillows is this colorful PKaufman paisley and floral fabric. I'll add some coordinating polkadots and stripes to go with it.

This is the valance pattern we settled on. It's a Pate Meadows Design, but I think I'll just make my own pattern. It looks fairly easy.

The bedding is from Target. She wanted bright colors, and this fits the bill.

I was at Homegoods the other day and scored this awesome pink mirrored wall decor. 

I was walking in the mirror section and saw this little bit of pink sticking out from behind a big mirror. When I pulled it out, I snatched this baby up  fast and put it in my cart.
Next we need to select the paint colors and there will be some surprises along the way.

Friday, February 22, 2013


I had every intention of doing the One Room Challenge on my bedroom, then life happened. We are starting to think about buying a house in the next year so I'm not going to spend any money on anything for this rental until we figure out what we're doing.  My ORC is semi put on hold. I do have pillows on my bed and am in the throes of making a king size dust ruffle, which means miles and miles of embroidered silk. When I get it done I'll be sure to show my bed, but everything else will not be happening.

I am doing a teenage girl room. We are in the planning stages right now. I'll show you the before. This was done many years ago when she outgrew her baby room. She's now 14 and in NEED of a change.

Bad pictures because I only had my iphone that day.

I'll be back in a few days with the plan. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Before Pictures ORC

Fireplace wall- Figure out how to camouflage antenna and all the cords. This is a non working fireplace so I'm going to DIY a screen with tree slices. Add some accessories

 No I didn't make my bed! I made some pillows I'll show next week and I need to do a bedskirt. Maybe some new lamps and figure out what to do with these windows.

I'll probably make some pillows for these recliners. They will be staying. There will be some other stuff, but that's a good start for now. 

Come back next week for colors and fabrics.