The wall over the crib was a tricky one! It took a lot of careful consideration, but after much thought, I decided to go with a simple balanced gallery above Baby Girl's crib. I took inspiration from this canvas print I saw at a local store in Charleston, SC for the main focal point. I loved the sweet message and simple delivery (but wasn't sold on it due to a hefty price tag). I snapped a photo and saved it to my DIY list.
During a Law and Order marathon this week I revamped our extra dining chairs by changing out the fabric on the seats. My parents gifted these chairs to us, along with the drop leaf table they fit. We use them with our dining table and upholstered chairs at holidays and when we have big groups for dinner. They're antiques so I was leery for a while about recovering them, but decided to go for it. Nothing risked, nothing gained, right? The original black silk pineapple fabric is really pretty, but a little dark for our space and a tad too traditional. Here they are hanging out in the corners of the dining room just waiting to be used. (Reserve judgement on the dining room; it's in progress.) I guess they should be called occasional chairs? Since we use them occasionally??
I had this geometric neutral fabric that I nabbed at Mary Jo's for a re-upholstery project that never happened. Our dining chairs are a natural linen and I decided this fabric would work well with it.
An easy and fun bathroom project that can change your space is a quick shower curtain edit. When we moved in to our current house I had a few shower curtain options on hand from several moves. I only need one shower curtain in this house so choosing which one I wanted to use was proving tricky. I went with the safe choice at first: my cotton, waffle weave shower curtain. Simple, easy, safe...maybe a tad boring?!
So I changed it up recently by replacing that guy with a black and white chevron print, purchased from West Elm last year. Similar here. Instead of hanging it as a solid curtain, I went for a drapery-esque look by splitting the shower curtain and hemming the raw edge. Total time=15 minutes tops for the hem. I split an extra shower curtain liner I have been stowing away to accommodate the split curtain. Now we have a high impact look that turned out to be FREE because I used items I had on hand. Best type of DIY project!
Even if you splurge on a full price shower curtain and split it, you could do this project for less than $50. Or get super crafty and snag some of your favorite fabric and make your own panels! Here's the finished product.
Hard to get a good angle to capture the whole space but here's my best shot. I'm loving the extra layer of texture and pattern that the chevron lends to the basketweave tile and marble counter. I'll be sharing more about our current house story soon (total reno)! Now I just need to choose a window covering so our guests aren't playing peek-a-boo with the neighbors.
In searching for a mobile or something interesting to hang over Baby Girl's glider I discovered that mobiles are crazy expensive considering the flimsy string and dinky creatures that hang from them. The ones I liked were around $100!?! Do babies even look at mobiles or are they just booby traps for new parents to hit their heads on during late night feedings and diaper changes?
On my recent trip to a local antique mall I saw this guy.
I liked his size and shape, but wasn't sure about his purpose. The shape did get me thinking of the crib mobile and I thought of snagging it and painting it pink for the nursery. My only hang up: this thing was $40 and I didn't know if I would like it in the end. I had the idea of creating my own orb mobile. I headed to Michael's and bought cross stitch hoops in three different sizes, 12", 8" and 4". I wanted three of each size, but they are sold in pairs so I had an extra in each size. We'll call it insurance.
The hoops were about 2.50 per pair and I had a 15% off coupon so total for the hoops was about $14 with tax. I grabbed some E6000 multi-purpose adhesive and planned to use some paint I had on hand. Total for the project=$18.
To start the project I lined up the hoops by size and marked the center point on each one with a small blue dot (you can see in photo 2 above). You will notice that one hoop in all three sets has the adjustor metal piece at the top. This hoop should go on the outside and be used to make the hoop large enough for the other two to fit inside and then tightened closed during the glue step. I started with the 12" hoops and put the two with no metal closure inside one another and lined up the dots that note center. I applied glue here and at the top midpoint. I clamped them together with some wood(?) clips we had in the garage. I let them dry for about 30 minutes to make sure the glue would hold before the next step. Turns out, this isn't necessary. The glue is powerful!
I did this project a while back but wanted to share my experience with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint. If you've never heard of the product, it is wonderful stuff for a couple reasons.
1. It is a porous paint product and does not require sanding or primer to adhere to surfaces. (We're talking laminate too people! My sweet occasional table above has a laminate top and this stuff stuck right on!)
2. It is extremely low-VOC and may be used inside. In fact, I found that it was so low on fumes that I felt comfortable using it in my house in the winter with the windows closed. It makes painting furniture easier because you don't have to lug it outside, which is gold if it is freezing/steaming outdoors or if you live in an apartment and don't have the outdoor area needed to re-do your favorite items.
3. It can easily be manipulated. By manipulated, I mean sanded down (AFTER applying the wax finish) to give a rustic look that many people are into these days, especially if you have a piece of furniture with some knicks and dings.
4. It dries quickly. Impatient people put your hands in the air! (Ok, you can't see me but I have two hands up waving side to side.) Who wants to wait OVERNIGHT to see the rewards of your hardwork?!? Not this girl! This paint dries so quickly that you can wax it within a couple hours of painting and slip it into place. From start to finish, you can paint, wax and accessorize your vintage finds or IKEA hacks in a SINGLE day.
So what's the catch??
First catch, the paint is not as inexpensive as your typical paint from a big box store but remember it does require less elbow grease. If you have ever carried a piece of furniture outside, sanded it down, primed it, painted a couple coats (sanding in between for runs) and let dry overnight, you know that is an arduous process. If that is not your thing you can pay double for the chalk paint and cut out a lot of that work.
Second catch, it does require waxing after you paint. It is very easy but this is one more step. However, waxing > sanding. For me, the pros outweigh the cons.
Here's how it works:
First, find your piece of choice. Here's my chalk paint guinea pig before she was very pretty, there in the corner of our first house. Back story on her: I found this sweet table at a thrift store in 29 Palms, CA when we lived out there for a grand total of $40. She sat in our house for several years before I got up the nerve to actually apply paint. (I'm a chicken when it comes to taking big leaps.)