Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Fun & Funky Entry

Hi again. This past weekend was finally a not-so-busy one. Well that is how it started off. My husband went to clean out the garage, but when I went to "help" I ended up finding things in the garage that we could hang in the house. Well one thing led to another and we were knee deep in a project that took a few days to complete.

I've wanted to put up something in our front hallway to hide the little hand prints that are all over our wall! I've tried washing the wall, painting over them, etc. nothing seemed to make them go away. So I figured I'd do some wood detail that would hide all the prints. As much as I love my daughters little hand prints, I prefer them in paint on paper or in some sort of craft form, not all over my walls.

We had some wood left over from our strip project from a few weeks back. So we found good use for it. We did have to go buy one more piece of wood to finish, but that was a quick and easy trip to the hardware store. We did 3 strips of 12" wood flooring underlayment. We had them cut at the hardware store, which made things much easier for us.

First I stained the wood pieces in a Dark Walnut, once dry we started with the lower stripe, hanging it just above the base boards. Instead of using a nail gun we hammered in dark nails, they are unable to be seen and didn't leave a hold that needed to be puttied and painted.

We did leave a small gap between the wood strips, but continued up. Once done hanging the wood, we went back for white trim pieces to frame the wood. It made for a much more finished look.

We also added an old gate above it, this was given to us from my parents house. They recently purchased an older house that needs a lot of renovations and as they have gone through the house they have offered my old windows, gates, rusty metal pieces etc. Fun antique items that I can re-invent.

I do have a few small things I want to do, like add a tassel garland to the gate with the Welcome Sign, but I'll have to finish making it first.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Pictures, Pictures and More Pictures

This weekend was full of projects! And I'm happy to say 2 of my projects are now crossed off of my list! YAY!

Our loft has been a work in progress since we moved in. I was stumped on what to do, what to cover these large walls with, what to hang or should I paint. After lots of brainstorming I finally came up with a plan. One wall is still not done and will be done hopefully soon, but it involves wallpaper and wainscoting. The other 2 walls are now done.

They started off boring and grey and now they have color and personality.

First I started by hanging the large gold metallic heart. I ordered it from Urban Walls. They have lots of great decals, it's simple to order and arrives quickly! I couldn't wait to hang it so as soon as my husband was home and our daughter was in bed, we got to work hanging our  big heart!

Next we started in our collage wall. Originally I had the Scrabble pieces on the wall by themselves, but it was just too small on such a large wall. So I decided to add more to it, and boy did I add! I made a few trips to my local Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnn's, Home Goods and a few trips rummaging through our garage to put it all together.

When I do walls like this I like to lay everything out on the floor so I can visualize things. I can also move things around try different placements all without having to make one mark on my wall! Once I have everything in place I can then take a picture and start hanging. The other helpful thing to do is to measure the distance from left to right and top to bottom. That way you can have your collage wall centered on the wall and you aren't stuck with a big gap on either side.

Once you have your measurements you can start hanging!


There are so many things you can add to your wall! Keys, hooks, hearts, arrows, there are endless ways to display your style and personality!


Friday, June 3, 2016

It's all about Stripes

I LOVE stripes, and right now I'm so into black and white stripes! So I decided to take my boring TV wall and jazz it up with wide stripes.

I pondered how I was going to accomplish this task for many weeks. I thought about just painting the stripes, but then worried about not having perfect lines (it would drive me crazy if they weren't perfectly straight and crisp lines), I thought about using wood for both the white and black stripes...but I finally settled on a way to get it done.

Step 1: Tape off the sides of the wall

Step 2: Paint over the edge of the tape with the existing color on your wall. Our walls are Sherman Williams Shingle Grey, so I painted the inside edge of the tape with the Shingle Grey paint. Doing this step will allow the grey to fill in the air bubbles and gaps under the tape line.

Step 3: Once the grey paint has completely dried, you can start painting your wall. I went with a true white Sherman Williams paint. And with the grey being a darker color it took several coats of the white paint to really cover the wall completely.

Step 4: Once the final coat of white paint is on start pulling off your tape, and admire your perfectly straight, crisp lines!

Step 5: Next came the wood stripes. We had to make lots of measurements and cuts, but once all of the wood was planned out I got to painting the planks. For the wood we used a 1/4" underlayment. It's thin, light and pretty inexpensive, about $10 for a 4' x 8' sheet. We did have them cut our boards into 9" stripes for us, which made for a lot less cutting when we got home.

We did have to cut around out outlets in the middle of the wall, and the white plates don't look the best, but once we get out TV hung on the wall you won't even know they are there!

After painting the rest of the boards and nailing them in...we were done!

I love how it turned out!!!


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My mom, referred to as Mama L, and I have been talking about starting a blog for quite some time now. We are always trying new recipes and making new crafts - always being told by friends and family that we need to sell our creations. Instead of selling them we've decided to share our crafty ideas, yummy recipes along with our funny adventures here on our blog. Please follow us and enjoy. We are always trying to find new places to explore, new recipes to cook for our families and most of all we're just having fun!