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Fall Project — Make Chalkboard Bubble Silhouettes!

24 Aug
 Do you read No Biggie? If you don’t – you really should!
NoBiggie.net
The other day I clicked over there and Kami had posted another cute project — I knew I had to give it a try!! Chalkboard Bubble Silhouettes.

{HERE — is the tutorial she did for Make and Takes}

Yesterday was the first day of school here and I whipped these up just in time!

I was also thinking that this idea would be a great way to ask someone to a dance — you could print off a picture of the person with the question in the bubble. Then deliver the picture along with a blank bubble asking that they reply in the bubble.
I also thought it would be a fun idea for a family picture, each person could have something funny to say in their bubble!
 
Go on over and check out Kami’s blog — she is amazing!! Some of my favorite posts of hers are: 
{Christmas Advent Books}
And, if you are looking for a FREE School Download – check out my friend Carli @ Dimple Print’s blog for School-themed — cupcake toppers, banners, thank you notes and more!! 

Plus, be sure to enter the Modern Bird Studios Artwork giveaway 
 {$215 value!!!} 
 I’m linking to these fun parties:

Show and Tell GreenLife as LoriHookingupwithHoH

The Girl CreativeThe DIY Show OffMakingSumo's Sweet Stuff Birthday Wedding cakes crafts parties
CreativeShareWednesdays 
http://www.thethriftyhome.com

The Girl Creative ;Birthday Wedding cakes crafts partiesAll Thingz Related

giveaways
UndertheTableandDreaming

XOXO

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My Decorating Dilemma Solution — Desk Area Makeover

6 Aug
 I participated in Amanda @ Serenity Now‘s Decorating Dilemma party a couple of months ago. I shared a terrible eyesore in my kitchen. 
My kitchen desk which is a haven for everything that comes in the house. My kids love to dump their papers, food, shoes, and whatever else they can find on that space. It also is where the builders of the house built in a huge intercom gadget smack in the middle of the wall, plus a zillion wall outlets. Let’s just say — it’s not a pretty corner to do any work. I saw a post that Pam did a Bibbity Boppity Beautiful where she put a shelf on the wall to store her electronic gadgets and I thought it was such a great idea. Well, the shelf I bought started dropping immediately after I installed it and all of the gadgets slid off onto the desk. I pretty much gave up on the space after that and I even left the metal strip from the shelf. 
Part 1: The Chair
About the same time as this was happening I was driving down the street in my neighborhood and came upon this beauty. She is pretty awful. Someone put her out to the curb in the rain! Well, I picked her up and thought I might be able to give her a new life for my desk. 
This was the catalyst that started my desk transformation. {Bear with me — this post might be a tad long — this is actually three projects in one post.}
It started with the chair. I brought her home, sanded her off and took off the hideous Brady Bunch upholstery. Then I painted her using DecoArt’s Americana black paint. I used a bristle brush to get in all the nooks and crannies.

I also decided to add some scallop molding to take a little of the gothic element out of the chair and add a little more cottage-y feel. I used Gorilla’s Wood Glue and then clamped it until the glue dried.
 And when I was done, I used  Rockler’s Deft Finishing Spray to give it a slight sheen and to protect the surface.
I picked out three fabrics that I liked for the seat, the back and the other side of the chair. Then I recovered the seat.
I took off the old hideous material and added an extra layer of batting. I used my staple gun and stapled one side, then pulled the material taut and stapled the opposite side. And did the same with the other three sides. I folded the material down before I stapled it so that it was extra secure. 
Then I upholstered the back of the seat. I measured the area and cut out a piece of material the same size. Then I got out my trusty staple gun and stapled the material onto the back. When I was done, I used a mallet and pounded the staples in so that none of them were sticking out. Then I covered the staples with coordinating ribbon. I hot glued the ribbon over the staples. 
Part 2: The Bulletin Board
The second part of the project was making something to cover up the wall area over the desk. I measured the area and found a picture at a garage sale for $1 that was about the right size.
 I took the picture out of the frame and hot glued a piece of metal sheeting  from a roll that I found at Home Depot’s Roofing Department. Then I painted the frame using the same black DecoArt Americana Paint. Once it was dry, I sprayed it with the Rockler’s Deft Wood Spray to give it a sturdy finish and a bit of a sheen.

 Then I took some burlap material and cut out a piece of material that was the same size as the picture plus 4 inches on each side. 

I wanted to make it cute, and one of the newest sponsor’s of the DIY Club is an adorable etsy shop called Olive Rue. I downloaded this image of a chair with a bird on it from Olive Rue and printed it on transfer paper {you must reverse out the image to do it on this type of paper}. Then I ironed it onto the burlap. I peeled off the backing and voila – an instanly cute focal point for my Burlap Magnet Board! I covered the metal sheeting with the burlap and flipped it over. I used Gorilla Glue Tape to secure the edges of the board. This tape is incredibly sturdy and sticky! Perfect for this project. Then I fit the magnet board inside of the frame and used my staple gun to attach it on the back. 

Part 3: The Magnets
The Third Part of the Project — was making some cute magnets to tie the chair material with the magnet board. I took some scraps of material left over from the chair redo and cut them into 2 inch wide sections and folded the pieces in half.
 I made a tie at one end of the material. Then I put a dab of hot glue on the knot and then wrapped the material around the knot, twisting it as I went.
 I kept adding hot glue every half turn and did this until I got to the end of the material. 
Then I added a second color of fabric and started it where the last fabric left off — also twisting it around until I got to the end. 
Then I cut out a burlap circle as big as the flower I just made and hot glued the circle onto the bottom of the flower. Once it cooled off, I added a magnet. And I had a cute magnet that coordinated with the chair! I made three for the board. 
And that is my answer to my decorating dilemma! A nice, colorful place in my kitchen with a magnet board where I can keep important to-do items! And I can move the magnet board to the side when I need to get into the intercom or outlets.
 Here are the DIY Club Sponsor’s products that I used: 
Gorilla Glue — Wood Glue
Gorilla Glue — Tape
DecoArt — Americana Black Paint
Rockler — Deft clear Wood Finish
** Olive Rue is offering a special discount for DIY Club Readers — If you mention you are coming from the DIY Club, they will send you a free image.And, if you go over to Olive Rue’s blog  www.oliverue.blogspot.com — there is a special there where you can download an image for free.

XOXO

My Decorating Dilemma Solution — Desk Area Makeover

6 Aug
 I participated in Amanda @ Serenity Now‘s Decorating Dilemma party a couple of months ago. I shared a terrible eyesore in my kitchen. 
My kitchen desk which is a haven for everything that comes in the house. My kids love to dump their papers, food, shoes, and whatever else they can find on that space. It also is where the builders of the house built in a huge intercom gadget smack in the middle of the wall, plus a zillion wall outlets. Let’s just say — it’s not a pretty corner to do any work. I saw a post that Pam did a Bibbity Boppity Beautiful where she put a shelf on the wall to store her electronic gadgets and I thought it was such a great idea. Well, the shelf I bought started dropping immediately after I installed it and all of the gadgets slid off onto the desk. I pretty much gave up on the space after that and I even left the metal strip from the shelf. 
Part 1: The Chair
About the same time as this was happening I was driving down the street in my neighborhood and came upon this beauty. She is pretty awful. Someone put her out to the curb in the rain! Well, I picked her up and thought I might be able to give her a new life for my desk. 
This was the catalyst that started my desk transformation. {Bear with me — this post might be a tad long — this is actually three projects in one post.}
It started with the chair. I brought her home, sanded her off and took off the hideous Brady Bunch upholstery. Then I painted her using DecoArt’s Americana black paint. I used a bristle brush to get in all the nooks and crannies.

I also decided to add some scallop molding to take a little of the gothic element out of the chair and add a little more cottage-y feel. I used Gorilla’s Wood Glue and then clamped it until the glue dried.
 And when I was done, I used  Rockler’s Deft Finishing Spray to give it a slight sheen and to protect the surface.
I picked out three fabrics that I liked for the seat, the back and the other side of the chair. Then I recovered the seat.
I took off the old hideous material and added an extra layer of batting. I used my staple gun and stapled one side, then pulled the material taut and stapled the opposite side. And did the same with the other three sides. I folded the material down before I stapled it so that it was extra secure. 
Then I upholstered the back of the seat. I measured the area and cut out a piece of material the same size. Then I got out my trusty staple gun and stapled the material onto the back. When I was done, I used a mallet and pounded the staples in so that none of them were sticking out. Then I covered the staples with coordinating ribbon. I hot glued the ribbon over the staples. 
Part 2: The Bulletin Board
The second part of the project was making something to cover up the wall area over the desk. I measured the area and found a picture at a garage sale for $1 that was about the right size.
 I took the picture out of the frame and hot glued a piece of metal sheeting  from a roll that I found at Home Depot’s Roofing Department. Then I painted the frame using the same black DecoArt Americana Paint. Once it was dry, I sprayed it with the Rockler’s Deft Wood Spray to give it a sturdy finish and a bit of a sheen.

 Then I took some burlap material and cut out a piece of material that was the same size as the picture plus 4 inches on each side. 

I wanted to make it cute, and one of the newest sponsor’s of the DIY Club is an adorable etsy shop called Olive Rue. I downloaded this image of a chair with a bird on it from Olive Rue and printed it on transfer paper {you must reverse out the image to do it on this type of paper}. Then I ironed it onto the burlap. I peeled off the backing and voila – an instanly cute focal point for my Burlap Magnet Board! I covered the metal sheeting with the burlap and flipped it over. I used Gorilla Glue Tape to secure the edges of the board. This tape is incredibly sturdy and sticky! Perfect for this project. Then I fit the magnet board inside of the frame and used my staple gun to attach it on the back. 

Part 3: The Magnets
The Third Part of the Project — was making some cute magnets to tie the chair material with the magnet board. I took some scraps of material left over from the chair redo and cut them into 2 inch wide sections and folded the pieces in half.
 I made a tie at one end of the material. Then I put a dab of hot glue on the knot and then wrapped the material around the knot, twisting it as I went.
 I kept adding hot glue every half turn and did this until I got to the end of the material. 
Then I added a second color of fabric and started it where the last fabric left off — also twisting it around until I got to the end. 
Then I cut out a burlap circle as big as the flower I just made and hot glued the circle onto the bottom of the flower. Once it cooled off, I added a magnet. And I had a cute magnet that coordinated with the chair! I made three for the board. 
And that is my answer to my decorating dilemma! A nice, colorful place in my kitchen with a magnet board where I can keep important to-do items! And I can move the magnet board to the side when I need to get into the intercom or outlets.
 Here are the DIY Club Sponsor’s products that I used: 
Gorilla Glue — Wood Glue
Gorilla Glue — Tape
DecoArt — Americana Black Paint
Rockler — Deft clear Wood Finish
** Olive Rue is offering a special discount for DIY Club Readers — If you mention you are coming from the DIY Club, they will send you a free image.And, if you go over to Olive Rue’s blog  www.oliverue.blogspot.com — there is a special there where you can download an image for free.

XOXO

Come Vote for Your Favorite Project!

21 Jul
Voting has opened up for The DIY Club’s July Competition
This months Grand Prize Winner receives a
prize package totaling $200
from the amazing
DIY Club Inc July sponsors:

ROCKLER

DISCHANGERS

DESIGN DIVAS

DECOART

GORILLA GLUE

PK GLITZ

Anyone can vote below for their favorite

{only one vote per IP address}

Come join in the competition for August!
Visit the DIY Club Inc {here}
Details & guidelines for the August competition coming up soon!!

Come Vote for Your Favorite Project!

21 Jul
Voting has opened up for The DIY Club’s July Competition
This months Grand Prize Winner receives a
prize package totaling $200
from the amazing
DIY Club Inc July sponsors:

ROCKLER

DISCHANGERS

DESIGN DIVAS

DECOART

GORILLA GLUE

PK GLITZ

Anyone can vote below for their favorite

{only one vote per IP address}

Come join in the competition for August!
Visit the DIY Club Inc {here}
Details & guidelines for the August competition coming up soon!!

DIY Club Inc. — Come link up!

9 Jul

DIY Club Inc: July 2010…Link up Now!
{this is not the Weekend Wrap Up Party}


This month’s prize is worth approximately $200!

Click here for more details on the prize package. 

 {Here’s my bathroom redo using Rockler Milk Paint}
Make sure your project meets the guidelines above, then link up below!! To link up your project needs to use ONE product from any of these vendors:
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Thumbnails: This is a Blog Hop! 1 entries so far… you’re next!


XOXO

DIY Board & Batten Bathroom Redo!

1 Jul
 I got my first big project done. 
Yay! I have been wanting to redo my hall bathroom for quite some time.
It doesn’t have a window and had been painted a very dark brown color with a River Rock finish. Here are some before pictures:

Sorry – my camera lens wasn’t working when I started the project so I couldn’t get a good before shot. Here are some older pictures that show you what it looked like before. I really wanted to lighten it up a bit.
Come on in and I’ll show you what we did! 
Firs I sanded down the walls and got all of the River Rock paint finish smoothed out. I used primed MDF boards for the Board & Batten treatment.
 Steps to Board & Batten Treatment:
  1. 1 x 8 — is the top part of the wall treatment. Miter the edges and nail these in — use a level — lol.
  2. 1 x 2.5 — are laid over the top of the 1 x 8’s, creating a small shelf. {you can use a larger board like 1 x 4’s if you want}.
  3. 1 x 2.5’s were also used for the boards running vertically on the walls. We spaced them about 16 inches apart on the walls.
  4. We angled the edges of the boards at the bottom end so they could rest on top of the existing base moulding and we didn’t have to take that moulding off.
  5. Run a line of Gorilla Glue Wood Glue  on the back of the boards and nail them in. A nail gun is wonderful for this!!
  6. Caulk the edges of the boards so there are no gaps.
  7. Paint the walls and the moulding. {It would probably be easier to paint before you put the moulding on – I realized this half way into the project. You would still need to do a final coat over the top after you caulk too.}
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My fantastic father-in-law came over and cut the boards for me. He even brought his nail gun — so nifty!!
Rockler sent me some products to try out because they are one of the newest sponsors of The DIY Club. One of the things they sent me was their Milk Paint! Wow – this is an amazing product! I was surprised at how thick the milk paint was. I was thinking that it would be thin, but it is actually quite thick and creamy!
I used Antique White for the cabinets and the woodwork {I primed the cabinet first}. Milk paint also has a beautiful satin finish, so it was perfect for this project. I actually thinned it down a little with some water and the consistency was perfect. I put about 4 coats of paint on the walls, cabinet and woodwork. I used a small roller to do most of the surfaces and a small angled paintbrush for the corners and small spots.
Ella helped paint the cabinet and room too – she had to get in on the act!!
Then I painted the ceiling:
And the top of the walls:
My father-in-law also ran electricity to the ceiling for a chandelier: 
I put an ad on Freecycle and a woman contacted me who had a chandelier from her 1940’s home that she didn’t want. So I brought it home and gave it a good wash:
It has these really cool long beachy-ish glass prisms.
And we put a new light fixture over the sink too.
I spray painted these shelves so they looked a little beachy-ish.
And that’s one project checked off the list!
Next up: Board & Batten Laundry Room!!! 

XOXO