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Summer Lovin’

June 15, 2010 02:45 by ehouston

It’s happening fast!  I cannot believe it is already the middle of June!  I feel like May whizzed by before I could even flip my calendar over from April.  We have had a couple of visits from the grandparents and between those, and the yard and house projects, things have just been in high gear.  I must reflect back on one thing and that is Mother’s Day.  I now have a new appreciation for this holiday and will say it’s better than all the rest combined.  The Mister got the Little Guy in the morning so I could sleep in (Sleep = the greatest gift on Earth!) and then my boys made me breakfast in bed.  Later, they took me out for a nice brunch with some friends.  All in all it was a low key, but very lovely day.

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(Here I am with my Guys!)

That afternoon we also ran to the home improvement store and bought the plants for this little patch out back:

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(Here is a shot of our sad old flower bed on the back side of the house.  More on this yard project later!)

Shortly after working on our soon to be veggie garden I started the DIY project in the dining room and you all know the rest.  That room is still sucking away at my time, but looks to be finished up soon.  I just wish I was moving through June with a neat and clean home instead of the DIY disaster zone we currently live in.  Soon, soon I keep telling myself.  I am sure as soon as the dining room is finished I will want to jump on something else, but I am still going to keep my eye on the prize.

I hope all the mothers out there had a lovely day too and all you DIY’ers (inside and out) are having fun in the sun!

Kitsch Krafts


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Waiting For Paint To Dry

June 9, 2010 03:37 by ehouston

It’s the hardest part of any DIY paint project.  Well, that and doing everything while the baby sleeps!  Luckily the paint can dry in between naps and I don’t go to crazy in the meantime.  Hanging with the Little Guy always takes my mind off all the work I have to do around this place.  The priming is complete and I am waiting for the swatches of wall color to dry.  While I am trying to make a decision about which colors to use I plan to get a couple of coats up on the ceiling.  Lord knows when the last time that thing saw a fresh paint job.  It’s funny how white things seem until you paint them with a fresh coat of white paint.  As soon as the chair rail got a hit or two from the brush after I splattered primer I could really see the distinct difference in colors.  Can’t wait to get the ceiling and all that trim cleaned up!

In addition to the wall color I need to make a decision about curtains.  Since this room is large I thought about going bold with a fun patterned fabric for the stationary panels I plan to put up high and wide along all three windows in the room.  The real privacy will come in the form of bamboo roman shades.  So, I was perusing Target the other day and came across the new table linens from Dwell Studio.  As always, I was drawn right in by their use of color and fun pattern.  I was also lured by the size of the largest tablecloth, 60” X 104”, which is exactly the size I need for these windows.  Unfortunately, finding the longer sized curtains in the ready made world of window treatments has proven very difficult.  If, and that is a big IF, I find a ready made panel that I like it either doesn’t come in the larger size or that size is super expensive, or it’s out of stock.  That was my luck up until recently in searching for curtain panels.  Until I walked into Target that fateful day.  I left with just enough tablecloths to make curtains for the dining room and adjoining living room.  Now I just need to choose which to use in each room.  Here are some shots of the dining room pre-DIY disaster with the curtains held in place via clothespins over the sheer panels the previous owners left.

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Linen #1 – Large Medallions

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Linen #2 – Branches with Birds

Usually I do not like a lot of bold pattern, so I may end up just using one set in the dining room (since it’s a larger space) and going with plain fabric for the living room.  Both linens use the exact same color combo of chocolate brown and deep blue gray with an occasional bit of mustard thrown in for contrast, all on a white background.  My plan is to put up white wooden curtain rods with rounded finials that sit above the window and just below the crown molding.  I also want the rods to hold the curtains outside of the windows on either side, just overlapping at the trim and up to the edge of the bamboo shades I plan to hang for privacy.

I am curious to know what you guys think.  So far everyone that I have asked has picked the same style with the comment, “This one looks like you”.  What is funny is that I was leaning toward the opposite design.

So, let’s see what you all think, “looks like me”.

Kitsch Krafts


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In Case You Are Wondering Why I Have Been MIA….

June 7, 2010 02:44 by ehouston

This is what has been occupying my time almost nonstop since the beginning of May:

 

Yep, the wallpaper steamer didn’t work to my benefit.  Actually, I take that back.  It worked so well that it took down the wallpaper, the paint behind it and the top layer of the drywall within about 15 seconds.  I stopped after destroying one section of wall (you can see part of it in the far left of the second photo above.  Despite the really bad damage taking down the wallpaper caused I have been able to patch these spots with drywall compound, sand them down and cover everything with a couple of coats of oil-based, odorless Kilz primer.  It’s already looking like a new place and I am chomping at the bit to get the final colors up on the walls.  I think one more coat of primer is warranted to be sure that lovely border stays hidden forever and then I will be on to round two of painting.  Seems like this one week wallpaper removal and painting project has taken on a life of its own and wants to grow into a month long endeavor.  I have been slightly depressed about the length of time this has taken, but I have learned some lessons for future redecorating projects for other wallpapered rooms in my home.  I think I will skip the removal and go straight for the heavy duty primer.  I have always been told painting over wallpaper can be disastrous, but in this case I think I would have saved about two weeks time and I still would have had a nice looking paint job.  Oh well, you live, you learn, right?

Now, for my next big decisions…paint color and curtains.  I had been planning some light shades of blue gray to play off the darker shades of blue gray I was going to paint in the adjoining formal living room.  However, the dining room is almost twice as big as the living room and it gets a LOT more light.  Plus, the furniture in that room is all blue (I don’t know what I was thinking!).  So, I have decided to flip my plans and use the darker colors in the larger space.  I want the rooms throughout our home to glide seamlessly into each other with pops of color here and there, but I don’t want just a neutral white or beige background.  Although I like that look, I really want to have some color on the walls.  Over the years I have found that I lean toward shades of blue, green and gray with all different shades of stained wood thrown in the mix.  So, I am sticking with this color pallet throughout the house.  I also love a hit of bright red once in a while and that will definitely show up here and there as well.  Right now, though I need to get two colors picked out for the dining room because I hope to have them on the walls before the end of the week.  Here are the shades I am considering right now…(at least until the next trip to Lowe’s or Home Depot!):

Set #1- Woodlawn Silver Brook & La Fonda Villa Fountain (The middle colors)

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These are from Lowe’s Valspar line and they are also both National Historic Trust colors.  They are definitely more blue/turquoise than gray.

Set #2 – Antique Silver & French Grey

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These are from Home Depot’s Glidden line and have a little less turquoise in them.  They also both have more of a gray look to them when holding them up in the room.  Go figure!?!

What do you guys think?  Of course the lighter color would be above the chair rail and the darker color below.  Oh yeah, and I am planning to paint the chair rail along with the bottom color so it sort of fades away.  I love the moldings in our home, but I’m not wild about this chair rail.  The rest of the trim and moldings in the room will be high gloss white.

I would love to hear your opinion, and I know some of you definitely have one!  So, let it rip…

Kitsch Krafts


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Crazy Neighbors And Mondays Always Get Me Down

April 19, 2010 08:20 by ehouston

Okay, I am actually having a lovely Monday, but my neighbors are making me completely crazy.  If you are attached to me through Facebook you have already heard a bit about my woes involving our neighbors on one side.  Let me start by saying that they happen to be the nicest people on the planet and they keep their yard meticulously manicured.  Unfortunately, that latter part is what causes all the crazy.  They are a retired couple and their hobby is their yard.  According to them the previous owner never got around to taking care of things in the area between the yards before they could get to it, so they have always maintained the natural space between the properties.  From what we can see no normal human being (okay, make that regular working Joe) could get out to the yard fast enough to beat them to any of the work that needs to be done.  An example of what we have experienced would be, before all the leaves can even hit the ground they are out there to rake everything up in the natural space, shred it, spread it and keep it looking like an office park. 

Part of what made us fall in love with our home was that the yard is full of trees and has (like most of the homes in the neighborhood) a natural buffer between each home.  One side of our property looks like woods, with nice thick trees and leaves on the ground, while the other side has every twig and leaf picked clean and any tree that is not up to par with the neighbor’s standards quickly sawed right down to a nub.  I know I sound like a big whiner that should be thrilled with living by such diligent, tidy neighbors that basically keep up one side of my yard for me.  Well, I’m here to tell ya’ that living next door to retired gardeners has now made it to my list of “Things I will never live by” because during the summer and fall last year there was a constant sound of lawn equipment emanating from their yard.  The space between our homes looked like a video rolling a little two fast with the two of them running around busy beaver style trying to rake up every last leaf and get it through the shredder at record speed.  If it weren’t for the annoying sounds that radiate from their yard starting around 9:00 am and going until about 6:00 pm or later, the scene would be pretty hysterical.  The other issue is that the area between our yards is mostly ours.  Only a narrow strip of that space is actually their property.  Now that we are coming in to spring and early summer The Mister and I are starting to plan for a little yard revamp and are having a tough time figuring out what to do about the folks next door.  We are at the point of wanting to plant a thick hedge or add a fence right down the property line to keep them over on their side, but we think both would look weird in a space that is supposed to be just woods and not manicured at all.  Ideally we would like to see the middle section left alone with the leaves left to naturally compost in the middle.  Then  along the sides near our driveway we would like to keep up mulched beds with small flowering shrubs and seasonal bulbs and flowers.  The photo below shows an area that, although it needs some work, is exactly what we would like to see all the way around this buffer between our yards.

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(The front edge of the natural space between our homes.  We would like more of this look all the way around,with a natural look in the middle.)

I have mentioned this to the neighbors twice and they insist they don’t want the leaves…they have allergies (this makes no sense to me at all).  They also have mentioned other plantings that we should  do since apparently what we have in mind is not up to their standards.  So, here we are wanting to fix up our little dream home and feeling sick about the idea of upsetting the people we have to live next to for God knows how long!?!  We know we need to speak up and take back our land…ha!…but we just don’t know how.  The reason I am writing this today is not just to vent, but to ask for some advice.  If any of you have a gentle way that we can get through this problem, some simple words of wisdom, or planting tricks to help us out we would really appreciate it.  The Mister and I are just starting to crumble and while we don’t want to give in to living with part of our yard being commandeered by another we are afraid that speaking up with only make things really terrible.  Please, please leave a comment and let us know how you would handle our situation.

Some other things you may need to know before making a judgment call:

-They mow their lawn 2 to 3 times a week during the summer

-Rather than sweeping their walkways and drive they crank up the old two-stroke motor blower and spend FOREVER blowing the dirt and debris away

-They recently cut down several (what appeared to be perfectly healthy) trees in their yard, claiming they were dying

-They mentioned to us that they hate oak trees (our entire yard is one big oak grove)

-When they blow the leaves up in the natural space between our yards they come all the way over to the middle of our front yard and blow everything off one side of our yard and into the middle of the side yard before shredding

-All the other neighbors we have encountered roll their eyes when mentioning these particular neighbors

-Even the guy that helps us mow our lawn (we don’t own a mower, just all other lawn tools) mentioned they are fanatical about their lawn (he maintains the lawn on the other side and behind our neighbors)

-When asking our lawn guy about buying mulch for that area even he suggested just covering the area around the edges, while leaving the middle natural (he was surprised to learn that the property was almost entirely ours since they are always in that area doing something to it)

-While their yard is gorgeous and full of specimen plants it looks like it belongs in a brand new community with no trees rather than this long established neighborhood that takes pride in all the natural space that has been maintained over the years

Keeping these last few things in mind, I will now commence to begging for any advice at all.  Please, throw it at us!  Again, I don’t mean to sound like a big whiner I just want to keep a healthy and good relationship with my neighbors while also having the yard I envisioned to go with my home.

Feeling like a prisoner in my own yard,

Kitsch Krafts

PS-I decided I was going to say something about the latest transgression involving a couple piles of yard waste that they raked up from their side and pushed on to our side of the property (see below).

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(Black circles indicate the piles.  The black line way in the background is the property line)

It has been sitting their a week and making our blood boil every time we see it.  I decided today was the day I was going to say something, so I went out to water some plants out front and try to talk to them.  Let this go on record as being the first time I have ever been in my yard in full view of the neighbors when they have not come right over and started up a conversation with me.  It was strange, but they must have been really busy.  So, I let it go.


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DIY- 1960's Tri-Level Home -The Patio

February 17, 2010 10:15 by ehouston

During the last few weeks the Richmond, VA area has been buried by Old Man Winter.  We have spent our time bundled up in our warm house, staring out into the deceptively sunny yard.  Deceptive because it looks lovely out, but don't be fooled it's FAH-REEZING out there.  This weather has me dreaming of spring and summer and the opportunity to spend some time on the deck of our new home.  The deck is a great size for our table and chairs, plus our loungers and small grill have a little spot too.  I hope to put together some pretty potted gardens and maybe give the wood a little facelift with a sanding and some stain once warmer weather rolls in. 

While dreaming of the chance to start those little outdoor projects I am reminded of how we transformed our concrete patio at our 1960's Tri-Level home back in Nashville, TN.  Our old home sat up on a hill and the patio was sort of carved into the hillside behind the house. 

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The stacked stone retaining wall around the patio was made from the rock that was dug up during the construction phase.  We loved the look of the old wall, but over the years the concrete patio slab was cracked and very dingy looking. 

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Along with the staircase up to the smaller patio off the kitchen, the whole back portion of the house just looked old and uninspired.  We started with a good power washing, but that resulted in a lighter gray concrete that looked new and bright against the old mossy stone wall.  It just looked wrong and the cracks seemed to stand out even more.  Basically all the concrete areas around our home needed help and power washing alone was not going to cut it.

That is when we opted to try out concrete stain.  At first we were pretty intimidated by using a product that could end up looking bad on a surface we could not sand down and/or easily change.  What if we ended up with drips or areas that were lighter or darker than we wanted?  Would we be stuck with a mess or mistake forever?  After much hemming and hawing we took the plunge and purchased one gallon of a reddish brown and one gallon of dark brown stain (we got these at Lowe’s and unfortunately I cannot give specifics because they no longer sell the brand we used.  However it was very basic stain).  Prior to applying the stain we cleaned the concrete again with an etching wash and then used concrete crack filler that contained sand and could be stained to blend in.  Even though the product said it would hold stain we purchased a brown color just to help it along a bit.  Once the cracks were filled up and dried we started staining.  We followed the recommended application process to the letter and also purchased an inexpensive garden sprayer for the red highlight color and opted to roll on the base of dark brown.  The idea is that you roll out the base to the desired tint and then randomly spray the highlight color on top of the base while still wet.  Then to aid in making the colors look a little more like natural stone (as much as concrete slabs can) we used the roller again to lightly blend the colors and soften the overlapped edges. 

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One other thing to mention, that became a part of this project, was the decrepit wrought iron handrail along the upper patio outside the kitchen, as well as, the front porch.  Both railings were covered in old white paint that was peeling off in huge chunks with layers of rust flaking away underneath.  Even though the project started as a way to make our back patio more inviting it connected directly with the back steps up to the patio off the kitchen, so we felt that we had to prepare this as one BIG project.  And, since we did not want the back of our house to look so much better than the front (first impressions, ya know!) we included that area too.  So, before we stained the kitchen patio and the front stoop we cleaned up both handrails.  I striped all the old chipping paint off, then we primed and spray painted the railing with a hammered bronze color that perfectly matched the new outdoor lights we planned to swap for the old ones. 

Here is an example of the new outdoor lighting.  (Photo Courtesy of Zeitlin Realtors, Nashville, TN)

The handrails looked like they had just been installed once we were finished  It was a total transformation.

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The rich color shows well in this photo that I took immediately after completing the front stoop.  The next two were taken two summers later and in brighter light, but the color is still quite deep and dark.

(This Photo Courtesy of Zeitlin Realtors, Nashville, TN)

(This Photo Courtesy of Zeitlin Realtors, Nashville, TN)

In the end we were able to apply this staining process to the back patio, up the back steps, across the small patio off the kitchen and up the front door steps and across the stoop.  We ended up with a deep reddish brown mottled color that looked amazing against the red brick of the house.  The main color of the brick is red, but with dark green and several shades of brown mixed in.  So, the deep reddish brown of the stain made all of the concrete areas around the home look completely different.  Everything just blended very well and the new concrete color created a much smoother transition with the old stacked stone wall.  In the end, all of our outdoor areas were much more cohesive and inviting.

So tell me about your fun outdoor perk-ups and projects!  Are you planning anything for the spring already?

Kitsch Krafts


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DIY – The Nursery Paint Job

February 10, 2010 04:36 by ehouston

As I had mentioned in my novel long post regarding the nursery makeover I planned to share how I created the wall treatment.  I bet most of you other DIYer’s out there figured it all out by now, but I still wanted to post a sort of tutorial on the topic.  Like I said in the last nursery post I had very little time and almost no budget to make a big impact in this space.  You may call it “Pregnancy Brain”, but the Little Guy’s arrival date was fast approaching and I simply could not think of anything very exciting to do.  I finally got a flash of an idea while in an office supply store and decided I could make a couple of gallons of paint go a long way.  Hopefully, through infancy and into early childhood with a not-to-cutesy paint treatment for the walls.  I knew I was going to stick with the brown and blue color scheme since it was still popular enough that I could easily find other accessories to fill out the room.  With my tight deadline that was key.  Since the room is fairly small I chose to make horizontal bands around the space to make it feel larger.  Also, in order to help hide the wrath of a toddler I also used the darkest color along the bottom (ha!  I am a genius!)  ;o]  So, here is how the plan played out….

First I measured the height of the bands and while using a level I lightly marked them with a pencil.  The walls were already white, but I had a few marks and holes to fill from the previous resident, so I ended up painting the upper portion a nice bright white to freshen everything up. 

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In order to make my color transitions work from band to band I had to tape off and paint the center portion next.  I used good old blue painter’s tape for this task.  Then I collected my bounty from the office supply store for the next step.

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Yep, that’s right, stickers!  I used reinforcement rings, small and medium multiuse (pricing) dots and CD labels.  For the top of the center blue band I wanted a smaller, more delicate pattern, so I used small pricing dots and reinforcement rings as seen below:

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I placed them just below the painter’s tape line that separated the center band from the upper white band.  In an attempt to try to keep the final coat of paint from seeping under the stickers and the painter’s tape I brushed on a basic gel medium, which is clear and helps to seal the edges.  Then I rolled on two coats of BEHR Premium Plus in High Noon (color matched from a Valspar card) with an Eggshell finish.

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Since I was working on this in the dead of summer and the heat was almost unbearable the paint dried VERY quickly.  That was great for the timeline and I was able to pull the painter’s tape and stickers off pretty quickly in order to get to the next step of the process….the bottom band.

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As you can see from the photo above I used the bottom of the blue band as a guide in placing the CD label rings along with the larger pricing dots.  After that I added painter’s tape to make a clean line above this row of larger circle stickers and on the baseboard trim.  Nothing like easy clean-up, right?  Then I rolled on three coats of BEHR Premium Plus in Butternut Wood with an Eggshell finish.  Even though I was buying BEHR paint, from a BEHR color card the lady in the paint department was unable to get the color matched.  So, she ended up having to use the new BEHR paint with primer, which she sold to me for the regular price.  Sah-weet!  (The funny thing is I found the paint with primer to be thinner than the regular BEHR paint and it still took three coats to get good coverage.  So, I am not sure about the added benefit here.  I may have to try that paint out again in the future before I make a final decision on that one.)

Just a note about these larger stickers:  I stuck them to the leg of my pants prior to sticking them on the wall because the smaller stickers I used above left a bit of sticky residue when I removed them.  I just wanted to avoid having large gray (dirty looking) circles and dots in the future because of dust, etc.  Also, the gel medium made them pucker, so I had to just paint over the stickers very delicately to prevent seepage as much as possible.

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Again, it was hot, the windows and doors were wide open, and the paint dried very quickly.  So, I was able to move on to peeling all those stickers off pretty soon after painting.  Even with all my efforts to keep the final coats of paint from seeping under the stickers and tape I still had some touch-ups to do.  Next time, instead of relying on a gel medium, I plan to just paint over the barrier with whatever color is underneath.  That way the seepage won’t show later.  Lesson learned.

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After adding a nice dark, chocolate brown (BEHR Premium Plus in Dried Leaf with a high gloss finish) to the baseboard trim and a fresh coat of white (BEHR Premium Plus in high gloss bright white) to the door and window moldings this is how it looked:

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Of course I was pretty excited at how it turned out and hope that this simple paint treatment keeps the Little Guy happy for a long time. 

Or, at least until I decide I want to do something new to his space.  Who knows!?!

Kitsch Krafts

PS- One last note to those concerned about our health and safety during this process.  Yes, I used regular paints rather than the super-eco-friendly no VOC variety, but I did so after speaking with my doctor about my plans.  I also read up on doing DIY work while pregnant since I had a million projects to finish at our last home before moving to our new one.  I wanted to be absolutely sure I was taking the correct precautions to avoid having a kid with an arm growing out of his forehead.  As I mentioned above, the windows and door were wide open, plus I used a heavy duty respirator (which I refused to model in my touch-up shot purely out of vanity).


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Making: This Is What I Did With My Jenn Ski Alphabet Cards

January 15, 2010 04:37 by ehouston

If you spend any time on Etsy than you have probably come across the artwork of Jenn Ski.  She creates the coolest modern images with a retro flare.  I think I may love everything she does. 

From her prints

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to her blog about her favorite things and

her home remodeling (she has the hippest pad out there!).  

While trying to come up with a theme for the Little Guy’s room I kept coming back to Jenn’s animal images and I thought it would be great to buy a bunch of the prints, frame them and create a posh retro look.  I even thought about making some simple retro inspired stuffed animals (remember this post?)

to keep with the same retro feel and flow. 

 

Our spare bedroom with…

(photo courtesy of Zeitlin Realty, Nashville, TN)

the tongue and groove paneling was going to be transformed into a mod space for our new little human.  I had planned to paint everything bright and shiny white (sorry purists!), add a slim shelf around the top of the two side walls to hold all those stuffed animals I planned to make, the guest room dresser (against the wall from which this shot was taken) would be revamped to become the changing table and I was going to purchase the crib of my dreams (see this post!).

Wuhn-Waahhhh…..

As my frequent readers know, my husband’s job was relocated to VA and we had to leave our little 1960’s Tri-Level.  Fast forward a couple of months and we are in our new home, with a new and very different nursery space and, of course, since I now stay home with the baby, a brand new budget!  When reality hit that I no longer had the funds to buy all the prints I wanted, and have them matted and framed, or that the lack of time was going to keep me from being able to make all the cute stuffed critters I longed for I knew I needed a plan B.  At about this same time I came across this tutorial

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at Tiny Decor using alphabet cards designed by the one and only, Jenn Ski!  Hoo-Ray!  I thought, if only I could get my hands on these affordable Jenn Ski images I could still have some of that retro look I was going for.  Lucky for me my new GPS located a Michael’s craft store just down the road from our new house and they still had a couple of alphabet packs left. 

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Plus they were on sale…SCORE for the budget!

I love these images and the neat little facts on the back of each flash style card.  Although I really liked how they displayed the cards in the tutorial at Tiny Decor I was not sure this would still work for the new room I was putting together.  After much hemming and hawing I decided to just use the Little Guy’s initials.  The nursery really went in a completely different direction than where it was originally headed and I will be posting that process soon.  So, unfortunately the whole alphabet was just no longer going to work with the new scheme.

and so the project began…..

As we were unpacking and trying to find places for things that had been in a completely different style home we found ourselves with lots of bits and bobs that just did not belong.  Or, that did not belong in the same way they had before.  An example would be this odd mirror/picture frame/hook thing that a well-meaning relative gifted us early in our marriage.

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When we first received this gift it really did not fit our style at all, but eventually I decided to give it a home and get it out of the closet.  I fitted it with a couple of beach shots from one of our vacations and it was promptly hung behind the toilet in our extra bathroom.  At the time I had figured it would give a brief glimpse at a happy place whenever someone used the facilities.  ;o)  It worked for the space and we just went with it. 

For the revamp I decided to give it a paint job to help it blend better with its new home.

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I took the time and made sure I did this in a way where I could bring it back to a mirror/picture frame/hook thing if I wanted to.  (this is what being on a budget does to you….always thinking ahead.)

Then I brought all the pieces together:

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I painted the wood frame a glossy white, reinserted the glass and mirrors and then hid those openings with fabric covered cardboard.  The fabric is a chocolate brown, tone-on-tone, paisley print so it adds nice texture that is unfortunately hard to see in this picture.  I just measured the cardboard to fit the space while leaving a nice border of painted white wood and chocolate brown around the alphabet cards.  I cut the fabric (which was a leftover scrap from the office project) just a little bigger than the cardboard, folded the edges down and glued them along the backside of the cardboard.  After gluing the fabric covered board to the frame I used acid free photo mounting squares to “tape” the alphabet cards within the fabric covered cardboard area.  Later, The Mister helped me replace the hooks just below the cards since this task took a little muscle to get the screws through the cardboard and into the wood.  I did have to adjust the hangers down on the back to be sure they had a good amount of space for the screw head to really hold it to the wall, as you can see from this shot:

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Prior to lowering the metal piece there wasn’t any kind of lip for the screw head to hook in to and I did not want this thing coming down on the Little Guy’s head during changing time.  Also, this type of hanger is very difficult to line up correctly when mounting, so I also wanted to show my trick for getting the screws lined up properly on the wall. 

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It’s hard to see in this picture, but it’s clear tape.  I stuck it right above the hanger on the top edge and then marked it with a pen.  After that I was able to hold it to the wall, level it and mark the location of each hanger.  Then once the screws were in and the picture was ready to be hung I could do this:

WMHPullingTapeOffCorner

Pull the tape and pen mark right off.

I think the finished project came out nice.  I have it hung above the Little Guy’s changing pad and right below his stuffed bear shelf. 

WMHClothesHanging

Yes, I was able to get some simple stuffed animals in his room after all.  Each one has a history with a member of my family and we hope they will continue to have one down the line. 

I had a lot of fun working on this project and creating something personalized for our little one’s room.  I got to use the really cool (and discounted!) Jenn Ski images that I adore, I reused something I already had (great recycling) and I did so on a next to nothing budget (The Mister just grinned from ear to ear when I told him that!).

So tell me about some of your favorite personalized or recycled projects.

Kitsch Krafts


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