Thursday, May 30, 2013

Shutter Headboard

These lovely shutters were found via Craigslist Free. It was an awesome find since I've been wanting to try out some of the creative shutter ideas floating around out there.

But, being the indecisive type, I couldn't decide if I wanted to convert them into a bench,            or a coat rack,
     a shelf,                                      a towel rack
                    a magazine holder,
                                    a creative photo display,                                                                                    
 or use as an actual door for my bathroom closet....

So they sat on the basement stair landing for months.

Came with a layer of grime. Honest, it wasn't my house that added that! :)

Then I came across this awesome photo 
And the light bulb turned on and my mind screamed, "I want that!" 

Usually it takes me a while to go from having an idea to actually creating it. Not this one. The shutters were immediately thrown into the shower for a good scrub down.

Here is the old headboard, also found via craigslist free, or was it freecycle? Anyways, I grabbed it because I thought I'd have fun refinishing it but was running dry on excitable options. Not a project I'm that enthused about for the time being. 

My daughter was very concerned that the new headboard would cover up her My Little Pony picture that she colored and hung up just for us. We discussed new homes for it'll hang by my night stand. I love her sweet heart! 

 The shutters were too long for our bed and had damage on the bottom of one shutter. To keep it visually pleasing, only 6 inches was sawed off, creating a "frame" around the indented portion of the shutters. Its still longer than needed but it "fits" the space better.

Using my favorite homemade chalk paint recipe, one side of each shutter was painted a refreshing white. You can see the difference below. The shutter on the left looks new compared to the dingy one on the right. These shutters will match the dresser re-do I'm working on...reveal coming up!

Left shutter: new coat of paint
Right shutter: original coat of paint 

Screwed to the wall.

What I used to "seal" it. My polyurethane would add a
 yellow ting (yuck!) and I haven't
personally worked with wax yet.
Didn't want to experiment on this project. 

the two comforters we use
What to do with all that space between the headboard and the vaulted ceiling?
Seriously, what to do with all that space from the headboards to the vaulted ceiling? 

Monday, May 20, 2013

New Addition to the Brag Wall: Patriotic Frame

 Bragging time. Recently my husband was featured on the front of his company's monthly magazine. (See the handsome man in the bottom right corner Having a soldier in the family effects us all with the prolonged time away for training and the looming deployment...still a year away but on our minds none-the-less. It is a whole-family-affair when one is in the armed services, any branch. Sooooooooooooooooo, we proudly hung this on our "brag wall" in the upstairs hallway. Its next to the kids framed awards, special art projects, and whatever else we feel like bragging about.
.) They were featuring all the Reservists that work their civilian jobs with them.

The frame was a simple wooden one nabbed from a free box at a garage sale. It came with this lovely hand drawn picture. Guess this frame has a history of being hung on "brag walls." I'd say it was a Jr. High or High school Art Class assignment.

Using acrylic paints already on-hand, I pretty much eye-balled the whole thing, including the stripes, which I was trying to keep from looking like a candy-cane pattern. 

The stars were made from a paper punch and Mod Podged on. 

Its only a flag on two sides and black on the other two. For a consistent decorating effect we always use black frames. 

house of photographer Mette Wotkjær
Not my house, but highlights the beauty
of a consistent frame color
while using all types of frame designs and sizes.

What's on your "brag wall" or "brag book?" 

Do you know a family with a deployed spouse? Give 'em a call, offer to babysit for a couple hours or drop off a meal. Its tough being the one at home "holding the fort down" while your significant other is away. Pray for them, their marriage, and the deployed spouse's safety. Your friendship and kindness will be much appreciated. :)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Scrap Fabric Decorative Vases & Candle Lanterns

We finished up our MOPS year. For our group, we traditionally give the childcare workers a bouquet of flowers, with one of our moms giving a demonstration on how to cut and arrange them.

After picking the vases up from the dollar store, I decided that they were too plain-jane and needed something to spruce them up. I had several pom-pom flowers from another project that never got its feet off the ground. The rosettes were made from my scrap fabric pile.

There was one male childcare worker and I didn't think that a rosette adorned vase would say, "thank you," to him. More like, "I wish they hadn't." lol So I raided the beads leftover from a previous MOPS craft. Not sure if I like the effect or not...but since it was late the night before I had few options (yes, Walmart is open 24 hours,  but I wanted to go to bed at a decent time I'll try to start the project earlier to allow time for the "oops")

for our male childcare worker
maybe a "bouquet" of slim jims
instead of year

Definitely a project I enjoyed putting together, especially since there was a variety of rosette colors. Can't decided which one is my favorite. Its a toss-up between the white rosette or the magenta pom-pom. Either would look spectacular with sunflowers.

all lined up and waiting for their flowers

A tea-light candle was taped to each thank-you card so after the flowers wilted they could throw it in and light it up. NEXT YEAR...if we do this again (and we probably will, seems to be our tradition), I'll include some dollar store pebble rocks in the bottom. Think it will work better for the candle option. 

Wish I'd lite one up last night while I had them, just to see what the candle effect looked like through the burlap fabric (also left over from a previous MOPS project). But, bed was calling. Next year....

Next least I'll have this post to refer to and build upon this project. :)