Friday, July 27, 2012

Hallway Part 1

So we have this crazy hallway from our 2 car garage into the house.  Most people have some kind of room they enter, but lucky us we get a hallway!

Here is the space before the first changes:

A very strange space with not much storage!  I really wanted to brighten it was just depressing to walk into!  I spotted some really fun wall decals at HomeGoods and realized they would be perfect in the space.  I also wanted to spruce it up with a different color of paint.

Here are the decals attached to the wall while I figure out how to arrange them.

Don't you just love the colorful patterns?  Before I could get the patterns up I had to paint the hallway.  Now that was a job!   The color I used was Harbor Gray by Benjamin Moore.

In this last picture you can see the color it used to be.  I love the bright open feeling of the new color!  Now on to adding the decals.

Here is how I started:

I had to measure to make sure three squares would fit across with the same amount of space on each side.  This was very tricky, but I used painters tape to help me line up each row.  Luckily the wall decals are removable so if I made a mistake I could move them a bit (of course I didn't make any mistakes...ha ha!).

The end was so much fun!

It is such a narrow hallway it's hard to get a good picture, but I think you can tell it made a huge impact.  I love it!

Here is my list as it stands now:
Paint hallway
Add colorful decals
Mount 2 floating shelves (for added storage)
Add more lighting to hallway (it's very dark in this little niche)
Organize inside of cabinets
Use hooks on opposite wall to hang purses and possibly light jackets
Add art to walls

I have a lot more to do, but it's already looking better.  Have you done anything to a small space lately that made a huge impact?


Tuesday, July 24, 2012


It's been over a week again...CrAzY!  How does that happen?  My cutie pies started school yesterday so we've been getting ourselves all ready.  They had a terrific first day!

I have had a fun wood "laugh" word for awhile now that I have been wanting to paint.  I found an awesome color that I thought would be tons of fun.  It is Krylon - Ivy Leaf.

 Here is how it all started:

Kind of blah and I wanted some fun colors to add to my shelf.  The word was only $3.99 from Ross!

I took it outside and gave it about 3 coats of paints.  While I was waiting for the first coat to dry I saw something else I wanted to paint (I told you I was addicted!).

Some bookends I also picked up at Ross.  These took about 3 coats as well.   Remember to do light coats to keep the paint from dripping.  It was so hot outside I was tempted to just spray it on thick, but luckily my sanity returned and I was patient.

First coat ~

After 3 coats ~

Look how awesome they look on the shelf!

I absolutely love this color.  It's so fresh and fun!

What do you think?  Better than black?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Silverware Drawer

A silverware drawer probably shouldn't bring happiness to my life, but after the re-do it sure does make me smile!  Before I had a very basic drawer with a metal silverware holder.  It was nice but was very heavy and made the drawer slam, plus it slid around all over the place in the drawer (you can see the plastic bowls I have in back to try and keep it in place!).  And I think all of the silverware must be in the dishwasher like!!

Pretty boring and ugly so I decided to spruce it up.  Adhesive drawer liner is sometimes hard to come by, but I scored some at my local Dollar Tree!  I purchased it not sure what to do with it and when completing the drawer I thought it would be perfect.  I couldn't believe how nice it was!  I took everything out and cleaned first.

Next, I laid the liner in starting at the front of the drawer (forgot to take pictures of this step).  I didn't even have to cut the width because it fit.  I was tired of the wire silverware holder and picked up a much lighter and prettier option at Ross for $7.99.

I love opening this drawer now!

Not a bad project for $8.99.  Now I just need to do the rest of the drawers in my kitchen!  Done any simple fixes to spruce up a drawer lately?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunburst Re-do

I finished a sunburst mirror project last month and I was having trouble finding a spot for it.  So my mind starting spinning after picking up some fabric I absolutely love.  I thought the mirror would look awesome above the headboard, but no, the white wasn't working at all.  So I got it in my head to fix it!

This is how it started:

I also decided I didn't like the pointy ends so I cut them off with wire cutters!  I know, crazy!

It took some time, but I really like it much better.  Next, I decided to paint it a different color.  What is wrong with me?  Lol!!

The worst part, the clear gems were already in place so I had to do some taping.

Before I taped (you can see in the first picture) I tried to see if I would like a half blue, half white go!  I took the entire piece out back for some more spray paint.  It took a total of four coats.  I like to do light coats even though it's frustrating to wait it comes out better.  The paint color is Rustoleum Satin Lagoon. made a huge difference!

Things sure do change a lot around here, but I usually like it better the second time around.  Once I finish the headboard I'll give you a peek at the entire room!  It's almost excited!  Anyone else love to change things all the time or finish a project only to change it within a month?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Little Sanity

Well, it's been awhile Again!  Moments to be creative are few and far between here during summer, but I got a chance to get out and have lunch and browse some stores with an awesome friend this past weekend.  We found some amazing inspiration!

My favorite idea:

Now why didn't I think of that?  $79.99 is completely out of my budget so I am thinking this needs to be added to my DIY list.  Pick up some large letters, find a map, and get out the Mod!  What do you think?  Pretty cool huh?

We saw another fun map idea, but at $179.99 this will have to be a DIY project.  It's a little difficult to see it exactly because it's all boxed's a world map on six pieces of canvas.

The boys head back to school on July 23rd (we are on a year round schedule...thank goodness) so I hope to get some projects done soon!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Not Again!

I've done it again!  Before I finish projects I am supposed to be starting, I want to "fix" one I've already done.  Anyone else have this problem or is it just me and my overactive mind?  Walking through Joanne last weekend I came across some fabric I absolutely love. 

The best part is it was 50% off $19.99, plus I had an extra 10% off coupon!  I bought 3 yards...yippee!

It's been all over the house so far and guess where I love it most...yep, you got it, the headboard I've already done!  You can see the original headboard project here.

Isn't it just lovely?  What do you think...Should I go for it?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Magazine Holder

As I was walking through Ikea a long, long time ago I spotted some magazine holders with magazine covers glued to the front...very cool!  Not only is it a cool art piece, but it stores the magazines...nice!  This weekend it was time to give it a try.

I started with a pack of ikea magazine files (each pack comes with 2).  I chose black, but any color will do. 

Open, put together and take off metal label holders. 

Decide on the magazine cover you want to display and cut it out.  I had a hard time deciding since I have tons of really awesome home magazines, but I went with Better Homes and Gardens because I have the most of these and they need a storage spot.  I just picked a cover with some of my favorite colors on it.

Next step is to find the center of the cover and cut right down the middle (I used my scrapbook cutter for this to make sure it was straight).

I was really having a great time since Eric was keeping the boys busy (they created a soccer field in the family room...oh joy!)  I really needed to focus on something other than the possibility of broken lamps or picture frames...ha ha!

Mod Podge was my glue of choice, but I am not sure I would do it this way again.  It was extremely difficult to get the bubbles out and with too much glue it wanted to bubble.  I made it work because that's just  how I am, but next time I will try something else or a magazine with a more durable cover.

Once each side was glued on, I put the metal tags back onto the box.  To find the holes in the front, I pushed the pencil through the inside so I could see where the tags needed to go.

It was difficult to get a picture of this part, but here is a close up before the metal pieces are back on.

And ta dah...the finished magazine holders...I really like it!

Here they are in the office shelves.

Much better than plain old black and now I can quickly see where my BHG magazines are.  
Total cost for this project was $4.99 (the cost of the magazine files).  Fun and cheap!