Friday, August 22, 2014

back to school

Since summer is coming to an end I thought I would show off my door decor for September.

Apples are always standard for back to school. I wanted a cute way to display mine so I made a barrel and a tree. Here I will show you how I made this super cute tree for my classroom door.

For the tree I used brown butcher paper to make the trunk and the branches. I drew on lines and curves to make it look more realistic.

Next I used 2 different green colored tissue paper for the "leaves".

I bunched three pieces together and secured it with a rubber band.

Next I used Mavalus tape ( This tape is awesome. Its super sticky and doesn't damage the walls or remove the paint. I put it on the base of the 'leaves".

I attached about 10-12 bunches to the top of the tree and added paper apples and a barrel.

A simple DIY classroom door thats super cute and inviting!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

classroom posters

Recently I helped a friend put together some decorations for her new classroom! She wanted a poster that reminded the children of what they are when they entered her classroom so we put together this simple poster using oak tag and card stock. And with the help of my cricut we cut out the letters for each word. A cheap DIY that looks great and conveys a great message for the classroom!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

spool table update...

A while back I posted about some spools that I had been working on. I was making them into tables. I finally finished so I wanted to update you with the final project. If you don't remember here is a before picture to refresh your memory.

Here I had filled all the staple holes with wood filler. I then sanded and added a few coats of paint.

After a few coats of paint. I used Krylong dual Paint and Primer in Regal Blue.

 I then added a few more coats and wrapped the center in Sisal Rope (50 ft for 13.99 at Walmart) and placed a 3in flower pot in the center and voila!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

kitchen decor

I always have a hard time with finding the right objects to decorate the kitchen with, especially when it comes to hanging things on the walls. Before I painted the kitchen I had those sticker decals on the wall. Just something for the "meantime". One of them spelled out the word EAT. Seen here:

 So I decided that was an appropriate word to hang on the kitchen wall. I went to Michaels craft store and picked up some wooden letters (2.99 each) and painted them black. I love the way this looks so much better!

Then I hung them up and I LOVE the way the black looks against the wall color! An easy and cheap DIY for some fun kitchen wall decor.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

One day kitchen makeover!

This weekend I decided to take on painting my kitchen. I live in a rental so there isn't much I am allowed to do to change the place but I am allowed to paint. This project just goes to show you that paint can change an entire room and it doesn't cost much. It took me about 6 hours to complete the whole kitchen. Here are a few before pictures of my kitchen. Boring white paint on the walls. 

Here are some after pictures. I used Benjamin Moore "Harbor Haze" I had to find a color that complimented all of the colors in my kitchen.... the oak cabinets, the brown and tan counter top, the stainless steel, and the beige tile. This color is a blue/green/gray color depending on the lighting as you can see in the photos.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Baby/Pet Gate....

I don't know how many of you have used these ugly baby gates to keep your pets from going into other rooms but this is what I have been using. The cat always seemed to knock it down every time he jumped over it. Sometimes he would do it in the middle of the night and you would hear a big thud. It was really starting to get on my nerves so I decided I was going to build a better looking gate that didn't fall down.

I used some scrap wood and some scrap trim that I had and put together a simple yet better looking and sturdy gate.

The whole thing cost me about 10 dollars because I had the wood and paint (benjamin moore- harbor haze) already - I just had to buy the hinges and the latch. I liked the height of my old gate it measured 26 in. I measure and cut my wood to match and nailed it together. It really was that simple!!  Now I have a gate that not only looks ten times better but a gate that will not scare me out of my sleep in the middle of the night!