Tag Archive | easy decorating

Scrap wood heart collage

I’m getting closer and closer to having ONE room in this house that is completely and truly done!!!! I can’t wait for that day :) Pip is really liking her desk hutch, but the project I am writing about today is one of her favorites for her room and it turned out a lot easier than I imagined. And it used up a lot of scrap plywood I had been accumulating–high fives all around! Here is the scrap wood DIY heart collage I put up on one of her walls:

Scrap wood heart collage

Scrap wood heart collage

I started this back in the summer and then procrastination hit…sometimes it is the silliest things that throw me off the finish line for a project. Picking out the pictures is what did it this time! I had a niggling of a feeling of wanting to do the picture-picking-out last weekend so I jumped on it, and now the project’s got a check mark next to it on my to-do list.

This used up a surprising amount of scrap 3/4″ and 1/2″ plywood. I wanted both sizes because I thought it would add some visual interest to the picture collage.  Most of them are 4 x 6, but a few were smaller because it was what I had left. Read More…

DIY Ruler Growth Chart

My nephew turned one last July, and his mommy had discovered that generally, by the time you get to child #2, you have all the toys you will ever need without getting more! And she had recently discovered Pinterest and its plethora of great ideas, which resulted in a request for a growth chart similar to the ones floating around in cyberspace. I looked around and found a good tutorial and then like any good aunt, got right on it–4 months later.  Just so you don’t think I should be locked up for nephew neglect, I did have some gifts for him to open on his actual big day!  Not that he really noticed through all the icing and cake he had smeared all over :)

I am really happy with how it turned out:

I did change a few things from the original tutorial.  I made two short lines at 1.5″ and then a longer line at 2″ (so 1.5, 1.5, 2, 1.5, 1.5, 2″ and so on) and then each number line I marked at 2.75″.  I also printed the font (I used Book Antiqua) at 300.  I used the tutorial’s transfer technique and I also used a black Sharpie to make the lines and fill in the numbers.

The stain was a custom mix of two stains I had in the basement–which one was already a custom stain to begin with, so I can’t even tell you what the two are to reproduce mine.  I didn’t topcoat it with anything because my sister wanted it to look worn.  I prefer that look on it as well.  Keep in mind that if you are using it for an actual growth chart that you will write on, you will need to be able to mark over the top of your topcoat if you choose that route.  If you use a wax, that may present problems.

And in the interest of full disclosure, not only was it 4 months late, but I finished it at their house while visiting last weekend.  That actually does border on nephew neglect.  Wonder when I’ll get around to sending out Christmas cards this year…would it be inappropriate in May?

DIY Geometric Painting

I’m not big on store bought art for my walls.  If I do purchase something, I like for it to come from a person and not a machine–or at least have some meaning if it comes from a machine.  We have bought art while on anniversary trips and family vacations that we treat as souvenirs.  Some of my favorite art on my walls came from my mom’s camera–I sent her out with some 35mm film (back in the days before digital!) and I printed it in black and white.  She came back with photos from a barn near the house I grew up in–you can see those in this DIY wall art post.  This time I’m the one who is creating the art and it’s going in the kids’ bathroom.

DIY Geometric Painting

I was inspired by this quilt I saw on Pinterest.

Being the pack rat that I am, I already had this canvas sitting waiting just for this moment.  It was just under 20×24, so I drew 4″ squares–6 across and 5 down. Read More…

The kids’ bathroom…FINALLY

Holy guacamole was the kids’ bathroom project ever going to get started??!!  The creative juices were running dry for this one…and the motivation wasn’t exactly flowing either.  But it is at least a good jump toward finished now.  You may recall (or you may not, it hasn’t exactly been that recent) that the kids’ bathroom was not on my radar.  It is a room that I consider finished, and with so many other projects that are screaming to be completed after 11+ years in this house, I was not interested in redoing one that was already complete.

And then this happened:

We built the bathroom in anticipation of kids needing to brush their teeth or dry their hair while another was showering.  It is two rooms–you enter into the one with the sink and go through another door back into the porcelain throne and tub/shower room.  The problem is that it is an interior room (no windows) and it is small, and my boys like to take very hot and very long showers.  Water-running-down-the-walls-from-condensation kind of showers.  Mold really likes those kind.

Hence, the bathroom moved to the very top of a list that it had previously not even been on.  And since I was going to paint anyway, it might as well be updated all around.  Especially because my boys are growing up fast and the decor was probably not keeping up really well:

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How to sew a Ruffle Flower Pillow

Ok, the New Year is here and  I’ve got my resolution  in place:  set small goals and write down how I am going to work toward them daily.  So often I get overwhelmed when I’m looking at the big picture—once I wrote down everything, even the really small things, I wanted to get done in every room in our house AND outside—O.V.E.R.W.H.E.L.M.E.D. !!!

So my current short term goal is Pip’s room.  My goal is to have it done—minus repainting her desk and building a hutch for it—by the end of January.  I still need to map out the month with the baby steps to get there, but I did one of them today without the map.


I was seeing these all over the place while I was Christmas shopping and I knew she would love to have one for her room.  However, I was NOT paying $25 for one!

Here’s how you can avoid doing that as well.  Mine was free because I already had a pillow form stored away and leftover fleece from making Pip a robe years ago (pack ratting paid off this time…)

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Mason jar Christmas candles

Merry Christmas!  I hope you had a fantastic holiday!  I did manage to get everything done that I needed to do, and if my house wasn’t exactly spotless for company on Christmas day, there was enough jolliness going on that nobody noticed…I hope.

We did make a last minute run to the ER on Christmas Eve after Pip broke out in a horrible rash and we needed to make sure it wasn’t an allergic reaction to the Amoxicillin she was on…and my mom visited the same ER on Christmas Day to be diagnosed with Shingles (no urgent cares were open for the holidays!), but other than that all went smoothly. Hopefully we will make it the rest of 2011 with no more urgent care visits!  Since  Thanksgiving we’ve visited 4 times–a back spasm for me and 3 separate for Pip’s strep throat.

I wanted to share the table decorations I made with inspiration from Pinterest this year.

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A Sign: Finishing the kitchen Post 2

This morning I was lamenting the fact that something I ordered had not been shipped yet and I would be stalled in my list of projects AND wouldn’t have anything to post until it made it here.  Then I had a moment of brilliance where I realized that I could switch the order of the projects. My brilliance may be blinding you about now, so feel free to put on a pair of shades so you don’t get squint lines.

So then I was lamenting having to put on my shoes and get into the cold van to drive to Lowes and get a board for a sign I had been thinking about putting over the sink in the kitchen:

Remember how I said I had done a lot of sewing for my home over the years? This roman shade was a project several summers ago...

After perusing a few blogs to get sign ideas, I had decided I wanted to score the board so that it looked like a few boards stuck together.  I had seen a blog where someone had done that to their kitchen table so that it looked like a farmhouse table.  Then (grab your shades) another flash of brilliance–I could actually use some of the 1×3 furring strips I already had here.  They were slightly warped and rough looking which made them perfect for an old looking sign.  Woohoo, no cold van!

These furring strips were already sanded prior to this project (see the how-to button in the blog header). If you want to use furring strips and have them look like these, you'll have to sand them first.

I cut the boards on the miter saw to 4′ and then cut some boards for the back to screw into to hold the sign together.  I used a countersink bit to make sure the screws didn’t scratch the wall once it is hung.

You can see my color tool there in the corner of that last picture.  I’m a “play it really safe” girl with my wardrobe and my house so the path of least stress for me would have been white or brown letters on the weathered board.  But I love this piece above my cabinets and wanted to bring more of that color into the room.  According to my color tool, it should work.  This was my inspiration:

Not a great photo of the Sago tin, but I took this photo at night with the flash. In natural light I love it.

The base coat of the sign was a mixture of white, a drop of black, and a couple of teaspoons of brown thrown in.  The white came out of a gallon I had in the basement and the rest are craft bottles of acrylic paint.  I mixed that with water so it didn’t go on evenly or too thick.  I also dipped my brush in some walnut acrylic after loading it with the “white” so that I got streaks and areas of brown.  This is how it ended up–I think it looks pretty close to a weathered board:

Once I had picked out what I wanted the sign to say (I like my decorating to mean something to me and my family, if I can.  I happen to want some chickens, so this sign may portend the future–fingers and toes crossed).  Next I used the Aharoni font in my Print Shop software to print out large letters (Word will work, but you will have to enlarge the font quite a bit) in the outline option on cardstock.  I cut those out and put painters tape on the back to hold them in place:

Then I did a test on my scrap wood.  I usually do each step on a scrap piece of wood so I can try it out.  Up until this point I was testing on the back of the sign.  But now I started a test scrap to see if dabbing paint on the outside of the letters was going to get the look I was going for.  It did not.  Hmmm…what to do, what to do…

New plan.  Roughly paint the entire piece with the teal paint (leftover from our basement walls), trace the letters, and paint them in roughly with the white:

Using a large brush, get some paint on the end and then remove most of it on a paper towel so you get uneven coverage. If you look closely you'll see the letters stenciled in also.

For the next part I used a small square paint brush and one of my daughters skinny paintbrushes to get crisper corners:

Get some paint on the brush and then remove most of it so you get uneven coverage again.  On the edges where I had more paint on the brush so I would get a crisper edge, I then made sure to feather out the paint so it wasn’t too built up.

I used the paint can opener to make some distress marks in the wood.

I like the sign how it looks now, but in my head I imagined it more distressed up on the wall.  On my test piece the very watery walnut mix I painted over it all partially washed off the very fresh white letter.  I repainted the white letter, will let it dry overnight and try it again tomorrow to see if it works once the white has a chance to get really dry.

Ok–that was all yesterday.  Today I’ve got it up on the wall:



My Man thought he was hi-larious last night when he said that my eggs aren’t really fresh anymore.  Since I’m done hatching chicks and I’m feeling pretty good about myself (and because it was a little funny), I let him live.

What do you think–was I ok stepping out of my comfort zone with the color?  Should I dirty it up a little with some brown stain/paint?


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Easy Christmas candle ring

I am not ready.  At. All.  Tomorrow is December 1–the day that I begin to panic because I haven’t done anything about Christmas yet.  Nada.  Zilch.  Well, the tree IS up.  But nothing else is ready.  That’s why most of what I do for Christmas has to be easy.  This project is just that.

I came up with this a few years ago when I priced artificial candle rings to spruce up the Christmas table.  I figured I’d need about two bigger ones and 3 smaller for the tables that I set.  JoAnn’s wanted $6 for a smaller ring.  I don’t know about you people, but the Pink Toe family doesn’t spend about $30 on something like that.  Although I do wish I were one of those people some days…

Soooo, home I went with no candle rings.  I’d just stick some candles on the table and call it done.  And then it was Christmas Eve and I couldn’t do it.  The kids were in bed, the house was as set up as it would get at that time and I couldn’t just stick those candles on the table bare and go have a glass of wine in front of the fire.  Nope.  I went out in the cold to attack the holly bushes with a pair of scissors.  And this is what I came up with:

Nice and simple.  This is one of the smaller rings that fit on the narrow tables Read More…


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