Repurpose A Cute Sheet Into A Shirt

The beautiful thing about having your last child is that when he is done with an item (high chair, clothes, etc.) you can get rid of it. No more storing!

The only time this is sad is when they outgrow something that you love.

There was always something about this crib sheet of my daughter’s that made me happy. Once she moved from her toddler bed into a twin, it was time to say goodbye.

Upcycling kids clothes using outgrown items

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Easy Way To Brighten Up Dark Decor

I have always liked a natural, earth-tone look in my home, and I still do. But lately, I’m getting really sick of all the browns and darker colors. I know the transition is going to be gradual, so I’ll share it in stages.

My first area to tackle is the entryway.

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Thrift Store Makeovers

One neat thing about wordpress (or I guess blogs and websites in general) is that you can see what search engine words led people to your website. This can be helpful in learning what topics people are interested in.

What I found was the majority of search terms used for my site involved thrift stores and decorating with thrift store items. Since I just so happen to love making over thrift store items, I thought it would be fun to do more of it!

Starting today.

I found these little guys at a thrift store and liked them.

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I don’t cross stitch so I’m not up on the lingo. I assumed they were some sort of frames for a cross stictching project since they had glass but all I could find about them is that they are cross stitching hoops. I couldn’t find anything online showing these hoops with glass.

If anyone has any idea about these, let me know because now I’m really curious. Most likely they are a rare antique worth millions and now I’m very rich.

Despite my windfall, I decided to carry out my project. To begin, I removed the glass and painted the rims white.

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Once that dried, I picked out a fabric (I went with this lobster print) and used the glass to trace the fabric to size.

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Then I just glued the fabric to the glass with the print side facing out.

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DSC05681 And put the glass back into the frame and reattached the screw.

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Then they were ready to hang!

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They made the perfect decoration over my son’s bed, just in time for summer.

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Now, on to the next thrift store makeover 🙂

 

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Easy Way to Display Kids’ Art

Easy Way To Display Kids' Art

In February, I made a Love Wall to display in Starbucks. To make it, I had to use up frames from around our house which left our living room wall sad and bare.

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Since this room is currently in transition (i’m trying to slowly replace all the browns and dark with bright and colorful), I wasn’t ready to buy any artwork for this area. In fact, I had no idea what I wanted to do here.

All I knew is that I was sick of looking at a blank wall.

I decided to let my kids handle the decorating until I figured out what to do.

There are a lot of great ways to display kids’ art, but I decided on using open frames to hang them. It is easy to swap out the pictures and it’s lightweight to hang.

I’d been looking around for the right frames but was having a hard time. Then I stumbled across a garage sale that had these three frames which were perfect. I love when that happens!

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I removed the glass and backing and measured out jute roping to fit across the back. I tied the end in a knot to hold better to the hot glue, which held it down.

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Depending on the size of your frame, you can have one or more art hanging lines.

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I just hung them on the wall.

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And then I put my kids to work.

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Using a clothes pin, I hung their artwork and that was it.

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I like that this designates a spot for their art instead of getting randomly taped around the house.

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I realize I fell into my old habit of using earth tones (jute) for this project. Rethinking this, these frames might look cute with a bright, decorative ribbon instead. Or if you hang them in a child’s room, a pastel, satiny ribbon would be pretty.

Lots of options. Have fun!

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Before and After-Laundry Room

I love a good before and after renovation, but when it’s in my own home, I really love it.

I actually enjoy doing laundry but I always dreaded going down into our basement laundry room to do it. You will see why.

Here is what it looked like before (on a bad day, when detergent had just spilled and storage was piled up).

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Scary.

But I do love my attempt from a few years ago to redo this area. I stapled up some curtains and then gave up.

Basement Laundry Redo before and after

But this time, I decided to put in the work and do it right. They key is to just do it in small chunks so it doesn’t feel so overwhelming.

We started by moving everything over in sections and cleaned and painted everything. Paint is what made the biggest impact. That’s where most of the expense was, but it really wasn’t too bad. You’ll want to talk to the paint specialist where you buy your paint because there are specific paints to use for concrete walls as well as flooring.

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Then once one section was done, we just moved things back over and tackled the next section.

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Then it was time to cover up any unsightly areas. I wanted to cover up all the cords and pipes behind the washer and dryer.

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Since the pipes went into the machine midway, I needed curtains that stopped before the piping. I just shortened a fabric shower curtain by pulling the bottom of the curtain up and pinning it in the back. This way there was no sewing.

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Then there was this unfinished area between the wall and the ceiling. I could have painted plywood and installed it for a professional look, but this really needed to be super easy.

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So, I just hung curtains to cover the area up. Like the other curtains, I just pulled the bottoms up and pinned them in the back to avoid sewing. It’s not perfect because there were some cords and ductwork in the way, but it was good enough for me.

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Then I was ready for the fun part…decorating.

I primed and painted this rusty, old star a metallic silver.

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I also painted this frame, which I’ve used for a Love Note Board and a Love Wall. I’d say I’ve gotten my $3.99 out of it!

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Then I just hung the star and added some letter cutouts behind the frame to spell, Eat, Play, Clean.

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Then, I painted the paper inside of these dollar store frames with chalkboard paint and wrote, Lights, Darks, and Towels on them.

chalkboard paint framesThen I glued ribbon to the back of the frames and hung them on baskets.

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I bought a decorative rug and added a vase of dried sticks and that was about it .

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Now I don’t have to wear a hazmat suit whenever I want to go into our basement to do laundry. In fact, now I sometimes grab a drink and a book and head down to “do laundry” for a few hours. 🙂

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