I've been quite busy in the workshop and here is one of my favorite projects of late. It started with a little trip to Hobby Lobby to visit the 60-90% off aisle. I found this fun little wooden owl, but as you can SEE...
it had a missing part!
Guess both eyes didn't make it through the Christmas holidays. Yikes!
This sweet little owl was marked down 80% off...
I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with it, but owls are all the rave these days, so I grabbed her up!
The eyes were an easy fix...I popped the good eye off and then Mod Podge two new ones using scrapbook paper cut out to look similar to the original one.
I also distressed her a tad.
This project was for a teacher's classroom, so I opted to glue the owl onto a painted canvas
(this one is 18x24 inches in size)
and then used my Cricut to cut the lettering...
So...what happened to the "eye"...well, here you "see" it on another project. It was turned into a flower for a sweet canvas for a special girlie girl in my life...
Good luck with your "Scratch -n-Dent" purchases.
Be creative...think differently...think fun! :)
Recently, I was inspired to clean out a cabinet at
~ No. 9257 ~
I found an extra trash bin that I wanted to use in the grandkids room, but it was (oh so) plain. Sometimes I long for the calming, clean lines and not so busy look, but in this room I was going for color.
So, my project for the day was to turn this boring white trash can into something a tad more cheery.
Here is what I started with...
The B was cut using my Cricut.
I had several of them on hand too and was happy to find a purpose for one of the monogram letters.
Next, it was time for colorful POLKA DOTS!
I used the circle dabbers and craft paint for these...
Then it was time to bring out the Mod Podge!
I glued the monogram B to the center...but after looking at it I just wasn't satisfied! =( It sorta looked like it just threw up polka dots everywhere! Ha! The polka dots were too small and I wanted some that were larger...scrapbook paper and my circle puncher helped me out. I also jazzed it up by adding ball fringe to the top...
What else to do to it?
I still thought it needed another touch of something. So, out came my black paint again to distress it a bit.
Oooops! Got a little carried away with the distressing technique! The top looked "messy"...
Never fear...mistakes don't scare me!
I pulled out the nail polish remover to take the paint off.
And this is how it looks with the other room decor...
It's too cute to put trash in now... =)
I am thrilled to share this project with you all...probably because it is a testimony to perseverance here at...
~ No. 9257 ~
Remember, Grand baby #2 will be here soon and it was time for his big brother to transition to a new big boy room. Check it out...here and here! Initially, I suggested that the daughter-in-love put these spice racks up to hold the wall of books. This inspiration pic comes from Jen at Iheartorganizing.com. She used the spice racks (freshly painted a bright red) for storing books in her boys' bedroom...
HOW CUTE ARE THEY???
However, we live in an area where there is no IKEA :( I know! How can that be??? And the spice racks were not available online...
in store only.
So, we were
off in search of
In the wee hours of the morning (when sleeping seems to be a luxury for me), I stumbled upon a Pinterest pic that immediately caught my eye...it would be PERFECT for little Caden's new big boy bedroom.
The project involved using gutters as book shelving.
Who would have thought?!?
So thankful for the creative minds of others! :)
Within days, my son and daughter-in-love were off to Lowe's to grab a few gutters...costing around $30. They cut them down to 2 foot sections and then they were ready for a colorful paint job. This is where the perseverance came in...it took MANY coats of paint (and a few different kinds of brushes) to truly cover the white gutters.
Thankfully, we had some paint on hand from a recently painted loft area here at ~ No. 9257 ~...
My daughter-in-love started the paint job...
...but wasn't really satisfied with the progress, so I took them over to relieve her frustration. Indeed...it was quite a task to get these suckers looking red!
But here is how it progressed...
Here you can see that I used a coordinating brown color (again on hand from a previous project).
This color added a little depth to the inside of the gutters.
It also helped to disguise the coverage of the paint.
While the last coat of paint dried, I was off to the laptop to create a monogram for 2 of the gutters...
Then...the Cricut got some use...
Mod Podge was used to glue the scrapbook Cricut cut letters and monograms on. Then an overall couple of coats was applied to the gutters for protection...
Finally, the gutters were installed on the walls using gutter clips for support...cute, eh? :)
Enjoy your adventures in reading, Caden !
Well, there is progress being made in changing Caden's name...the letters for his bedroom wall that is!
We started with the letters that were used in his nursery, but now it's time for potty training and a room that is growing with him...
Painting had just begun when I left this project last. My colors were chosen based on his new bedding, which looks like this...
(Sorry...not the best pic! But it was all I had.)
The walls were recently painted a calming blue and were ready for some reinvented letters...
Step 1 was painting each of the letters a different color...
Step 2 was to tape off so I could paint stripes...
Yeah, so you see that stripe doesn't have a straight edge...well, here's how I fixed it...
Step 3...use a pen and ruler to create a straight edge...
Now, it's off to Hobby Lobby to grab a couple of
$.69/$.99 wooden sports pieces to glue onto the letters to jazz them up...
Step 4...get to gluing!
Step 5...enjoy your jazzed up letters.
Adorable, I say! =)
Happy "big boy" room, Caden!
Now...let's run to the potty... =)
** Update **
Here is how Caden's room is looking these days...
Don't throw out your outdated furniture...
give it a face lift with new paint and hardware!
The top drawer of this dresser holds his movie collection. It's quite impressive and he's only 2!
These Wal-mart $15 shelving units are
fantastic for holding toys.
We placed this one in the unused closet space.
Click here to see just how these shelves were created.
The gutter shelves def added a bit of interest and function to the room...
Thanks for checking out the new "Big Boy" room.
To view the baby's new nursery, click here..we are expecting his arrival in May!