Apr 14, 2014

How To Frugally DIY A Kid's Room Gallery Wall

Who else loves a good gallery wall display?

I'm telling you friends...I can't get enough of them!

And because I can't do a gallery wall on every single wall of my house, I'm constantly stalking other's...CONSTANTLY!

Since I'm still swooning over my Spontaneous Gallery Wall in our living room (and conquered the intimidation of putting one together), it made sense to whip one up in our daughter's room.

You gotta teach them to love these beautiful displays while they're young, ya know!

And because I'm the kind of gal who prefers to DIY her wall art, I didn't spend a whole lot of money creating this gorgeous and fun gallery wall in my daughter's room!

And you don't either!

I'm going to show you how you can mostly DIY yourself into creating a customized and fun gallery wall for your kiddo's!

Before getting into the nitty gritty I want to say that there are so many more possibilities to DIY'ing a kid's gallery wall....so so many!!

I'm just showing you what I did and how it ended up working together with the other pieces.


Let's start from the top and work our way down, shall we?

1. Re-vamp some art pieces you already have but may not love to something that will work in your new gallery wall.

This fun piece used to hold an inspirational "Live. Love. Laugh" quote. The blue border used to be pink but with a quick paint job and a handwritten "PLAY" on plain ol' printer paper it was nicely freshened up!

You can read more about this Quick Children's Art Update and see the before here.

This piece cost me $0 by re-using and re-vamping something I already had but didn't quite love.

I love it now!

2. Make a sentimental and memorable keepsake and hang it up as art!

To me nothing melts my heart more than seeing my daughter's tiny hand-prints. It's like freezing a moment in time!

Like the time we made this Valentine's Day Keepsake.

I made this piece by gluing drop cloth canvas around a shoe box lid and having my daughter stamp her hand print (it's actually the same hand) onto it with craft paint!

Total cost: $2 for craft paint!

3. Create your own fun design on a wooden plywood circle (shown above).

You can find these plywood circles at any craft store. I bought mine from Hobby Lobby for under $1.

I couldn't resist incorporating the beloved chevron stripe! I used craft paint I already had and in no time this piece came to be!

I didn't tape it off like I did my Chevron Stripe China Cabinet so it almost looks like a child made it. PERFECT!

Total cost: $.79 for the plywood circle.

4. Frame wrapping paper and gift bags for instant art!

I've always loved this idea! Seriously, how many times have you fell in love with a gift bag or wrapping paper? Please tell me I'm not the only one!

Instead of throwing it away the fabulous gift bag or wrapping paper, frame it!

Easy, inexpensive and quick!

I used the same frames I used for my 5 Minute Kid's Art.

Total cost: $.88 for the clearance wrapping paper from Target

5. Cover canvas or a shoe box lid with a pretty fabric OR make it pretty with craft paint!

You might as well call me the shoe box lid lady because that's what I used (again) for this piece.

And just like the other piece, I glued drop cloth to it, only this time I drew 3 arrowheads because arrowheads are just awesome!

Total cost: $0

6. Use scrap wood, moulding or MDF and paint away!

This was the only corner scrap of MDF that my hubby didn't throw away (it must have gotten past him) from framing our master bathroom.

I though it would be a cute little addition and change in shapes to Lily's gallery wall.

I just used a small angled brush and dabbed this turquoise, red and gold design.

Total cost: $0

7. Hand paint a fun wooden sign!

With a red oak plank from the hardware store and craft paint I made this simple and fun "IMAGINE" sign in no time!

Total cost $3

It's pretty cool to work on one piece at a time and see it all come together! 

Of course, my favorite stage is when it's all done and I can stand back and admire all the pieces together!

Such a fun arrangement for a 3 year old girl, don't you think?

Lily also has this other mini gallery wall above her bed:

My sister bought Lily the letter L when she was a baby and the sketch of the mouse is my famous brother's (no joke by the way) own artwork he gave her a couple Christmas's ago.

I'm sure it's obvious that I love sentimental pieces. I love seeing a piece and remembering a moment!

What about you? How do you like to choose or DIY pieces for your gallery walls?

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Apr 8, 2014

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Apr 7, 2014

Spring Inspired Painted Coasters

Well it seems as though I cannot shut up about Spring.

I've been all about it here on the blog lately...

And now here I am blabbing about these lovely SPRING INSPIRED COASTERS I painted recently.

But I'm sure you don't blame me. I think everyone is ready for the color and warmth Spring brings!

I was inspired to make these coasters the minute I saw Abby's from Just A Girl And Her Blog!!

She made some fabulous Anthropologie Inspired Coasters that just scream SPRING!!

Anthropologie-Inspired Geometric Coasters at JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Aren't hers so fun?!

I obviously didn't do an exact copy cat. Instead I used some boring wooden coasters I already had sitting on my end table and spruced them up a bit with craft paint in some fun Spring colors.

I'm telling you...there is NOTHING paint can't bring back to life!

Here are the coasters sans paint...

To say they were boring is an understatement! They just looked so sad on my end table!

The update was an easy one! I just taped off my design and painted 2 coats of craft paint (Apple Barrel's Tropic Orange and Pale Green).

I wanted the wood to show through the paint just a tad and that's exactly what I got with 2 coats!

After the paint dried I applied 1 coat of Mod Podge to seal the paint and protect the coasters.

Would you believe this was my first time using Mod Podge?!

Needless to say, I am in love!

When the Mod Podge dried, I was left with the most perfect gloss ever! And I love that you can see the brush strokes!

And I just had to do a little before and after...

I just love how they turned out!

Aren't they just so fun and cheery now?!

How are you bringing Spring into your home? I'm obviously obsessed with this season, so please do spill!

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Apr 4, 2014

4 Spring Cleaning Tips For Healthy Homes

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By Jennifer Riner of Zillow

While warm weather encourages bright and clean spaces, winter weather tends to bring more mess into homes. Multiple blankets and sweaters contest chilly interiors, but also add clutter. Colder climates require more clothing, rendering living spaces the catch all for heavy coats, chunky sweaters and snow boots. Cold temperatures also encourage a hibernation mentality which means less frequent home visitors and less motivation to keep homes tidy. Given these factors, homeowners in cold climates tend to ease up on their cleaning regimens during the winter months.
Since temperatures are rising, it’s time to spruce up interiors and prepare for picnics and parties. Consider these four spring cleaning tips to welcome warmer weather.

Clean Out the Fridge
Keep food organized for sanitary purposes and to create motivation for a healthier lifestyle. With swimsuit season just around the corner, clean eating is more important than ever. Consider designating drawers for specific food groups. Organizing refrigerators by food group allows homeowners to know which areas to frequent and which to avoid when craving healthy afternoon snacks.

Eliminate Unnecessary Items
Everyone has a stack of papers in a drawer somewhere containing important files. Most of these receipts and documents can be scanned and stored online to avoid the cluttered mess of physical stacks of paper. Not ready to transition to electronic filing? Purchase heavy-duty file folders or fire-safe boxes to keep important documents out of the way and protected from potential damages.

Organize the Wardrobe
The human body fluctuates in size throughout the year, especially for growing teenagers. Donate outgrown clothes to those in need rather than letting them take up valuable space. Move seasonal items, such as winter jackets and snow pants, to attics or crawl spaces. Prospective homebuyers are wise to prioritize extra storage space when searching for new homes, especially if they have a lot of outdoor gear to stow away. Homeowners who lack large storage rooms can use space bags to eliminate bulkiness and avoid overcrowding small linen closets.
Getting organized is the easy part; maintaining neat and tidy closets is tricky. To keep up with a revamped closet, place all hangers in the same direction. Once an item is worn, flip the hanger to face the opposite way. After one year, rid closets of any pieces still facing the original direction. If items haven’t been worn over the past four seasons, they probably won’t be in the near future.

Reconfigure Storage
Warm weather brings on an entirely new purpose for garages. Rather than sidewalk salt and snow shovels, homeowners are reaching for their garden tools and bicycles. Rotate accessibility of items depending on the season they are typically used. For the spring, keep rain-resistant apparel, umbrellas, lawn care tools and outdoor entertainment fixtures within arm’s reach. The urge to have a backyard picnic can spontaneously arise once temperatures improve; make sure outdoor accessories are easily accessible to enjoy the unpredictably warm and dry weather.

Clean interiors inspire productivity and overall well-being. Open the windows to let the warm breeze flow through fresh and orderly homes after completing these four spring cleaning steps.