We finally got the bed for lil’ miss and now it needs a headboard. I was inspired by the headboards below that I found on Pinterest. So now, I am going to try to create something just a grand! Wish me luck.
Decor Pad: Maria Barros
I have tackled the first step of making a template and testing it out on the wall. Here is what I did…
I took Kraft Paper and taped it together to make the size I needed…approx 75 inches wide by 40 inches tall.
Then I measured and drew the shape I wanted. I happened to like the curves of one side better so I folded the paper in half and cut it out with my favorite side as the guide.
Finally, I taped it on the wall in her room to admire. LOVE! Now I just need to make the real thing! I will use this template and trace it on the plywood and use my brand new jigsaw to cut it out!
Off to shop for fabric…
I had big pretty big plans to have the twins’ big girl/ big boy rooms ready for Christmas. I admit…I failed. I just couldn’t get everything ready in time…don’t know how interior designers do it all. I bow down!!! Anyway, I had an idea for little man’s room, whereas little miss’s room stumped me. I thought I was going to make Zane’s headboard and had pinned a few that I liked and thought I could DIY…
Found on Pinterest…not sure of source.
But when I was searching for little miss I found one that I liked for lil’ man. It was at an Unfinished Furniture Store and was classic and simple…just what I wanted. Bought it for $135 plus a couple cans of chalk paint (which I really liked using). They would have painted it but it would have cost $180…uh, nope! So all I needed for him now was a bed frame and bedding. My MIL gave me an pine nightstand that I painted the same color as headboard and added fun knobs from Hobby Lobby (50% off of course).
I used a foam brush and did about 3 coats. You don’t have to use a primer with this paint so it wasn’t too bad! Then I put 3 coats of a sealer on the front. The sealer went on fast and dried fast.
I couldn’t find 8 knobs of the same color so I just bought what they had and decided to spray paint them orange.
The weather was not cooperating so I moved the pieces inside to add the sealer. It was a water based sealer so the fumes weren’t too bad and I opened a window just in case.
Headboard – Furniture in the Raw
Duvet and Cover: Ikea
Sheets: Pottery Barn Kids
I went Thriftin’ today! There were a few specific items I was looking for to put in open shelves in the kitchen. So a thrift store is a great place to go. You’ve got to go in there with an open mind, as something may be the shape or size but totally wrong color. Case in point…
Obviously I was not drawn to them for the lovely leaves and vegetable artwork. These are not beauties by any mean, but they were cheap and with a coat of paint and a little elbow grease these will hopefully be just right! I’ll update with after pics as soon as I get to them!
Just for reference…here are the kitchen shelves that I want to work on. I am just not loving all the cookbooks…it is a little bit too cluttered looking for me. I would like a more styled look. And I rarely pull from those books anyway…lately my recipes are from Pinterest!
Sending everyone lots of love on Valentine’s Day!
Here are my little Valentines…
I have to confess…we moved back into our house after the remodel almost 2 years ago and…have been living with paper shades. Okay I said it. Whew. I am happy to say that we are ready to invest in real window treatments. I have been pinning away, but to be honest I am just a little anxious. It is a big expense and can make a big impact on the room.
We have a very neutral home with grays, whites, and light bluish greenish greys…really exciting sounding huh? I have ruled out plantation shutters as it would be too busy looking for me in our space. Also, no long curtains in most rooms…with 2 young children and 2 dogs, no thank you! So I kinda have my heart set on Roman $hade$. And we have got a lot of window. Just to get an idea of what we are in for, I have plugged in some measurements for online window treatment sites. The damage…an average of $500 per window. We have 5 windows in just our front living room…ouch!
I ventured into a local window fashions place here in Austin and the designer there opened my eyes to bamboo shades. I have always liked the look but didn’t want dark or light brown shades up in our space. What I didn’t know was there are TONS of different shades and textures to choose from. So it would be safe to say that I am considering them. I need to get my hands on some samples to bring home though! Oh, bamboo shades aren’t cheap but could bring the cost down to approximately $300 per window depending on our choice.
Just wanted to share with you. What do you have in your home…curtains, shades, blinds? We will be working one room at a time so I’ll keep you posted along the way! I am going to try to visit another store this week to see what they offer/advise for our home!
Garland is great! It is such an easy inexpensive decoration to add to your mantle or staircase. Last year I started making seasonal garland. My mantle looks naked without it! In February I put up the super simple heart garland.
What you need:
- foam heart shapes from the craft store ( I chose different colors and sizes)
- bakers twine (my favorite!!!) or other string
- needle (I picked a pretty thick needle to fit the twine through)
I figured out how long I wanted the garland and threaded the needle. Figure out your pattern of hearts. Then I just eyeballed it and poked the needle through the foam heart connecting each heart. Then hang and enjoy your simple heart garland! I hade this last year and just stored it in a baggie. I think it looks pretty good still!
Then I just added the flowers in mason jars to the mantle. The flowers were on sale and are going on a week and a half. They are still looking good!
For Valentine’s Day this year I decided to go with tulips for teacher gifts. I.Love.Tulips! Plus one of their teachers is on a restricted diet so I wouldn’t want to torture her with candy that she couldn’t eat. Who doesn’t love flowers? Burlap is also a favorite of mine for gift wrapping and crafts! I whipped up a little tag and finished it off with a bow. Might just have to treat myself with one of these for Valentine’s Day!
You can find the printable here: val-love grows here