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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Girly girl room - how to

We just built this room for our littlest one. She is a VERY girly girl, soooo...What else could I do, but to decorate it very pink! Here's what I did step by step.

Here's my daughter's room before I painted and fixed it up.
 
 
 First I drew a rough outline of what I wanted the tree to look like, then I painted it in. I am very visual, so I found the picture I wanted in a Pottery Barn kids catalog and that's what I copied.  
 Next, I started painting leaves on w/a good firm, small, flat brush. Close up of the leaves.
 The whole tree with leaves painted on it. I just mixed paint for the tree and the leaves to get the colors I wanted. The tree was wall paint (recomended). The leaves were acrylic (not recomended). The acrylic worked fine, but I had do 2 or more coats on each leaf to make it look good and the paint doesn't look as nice as the wall paint. I just went with what I had on hand.
 I made several fabric flowers, you can find lots of tutorials on flowers online. Then I stuck them on Glubers (giant glue dots for fabric an paper flowers). I used those to stick the flowers to the wall.
 Some close ups of the fabric flowers on the tree. I also added my daughter's name on the tree w/ribbon. To do this. I just hot glued and thumbtacked the back of each letter b/c they didn't have a hanger. Then Thumbtacked the other end of the ribbon to the tree and hot glued the bow on top of the thumbtack. Any letters that were not hanging properly on their own I just put a tiny picture nail under it or next to it to make it hang straight.

 Next, she already had this cute kitchen, but needed more storage for her kitchen stuff, so I hung this hot pink shelf and screwed several little hooks along the bottom to hang her pots/pans and utensils.
 Then she put all her spices, broom and other kitchen stuff on the shelf. I also put a small hook next to the shelf so she could hang a kitchen towel or her apron. Very simple, but very cute and functional!
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Vintage Chalkboard Tutorial

I purchased this cupboard used, as well as the hardware. The paint was a sample size that I didn't end up using in my daughter's room.
 I forgot the before picture, so it has a little paint on it. So you just paint the cupboard w/2 coats.

 Cover the area well you don't want chalk paint on. I used the spay kind and did 2 coats.
 Next I sanded it a bit to give it an aged look. The finished product. Hanging on my wall.

 Now to decide what hardware to use. I really like the hooks, but I'm also liking the knobs!!
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Vintage chalkboard for sale

When I bough this beauty it was as mall old white cupboard door. I was drawn to it. It was an empty canvas scraming "PAINT ME"!! I bought it w/the plan of having fun fixing it up, then selling it. So if this cute Peacock Blue chalkboard is calling your name, it's yours for $35/$40 shipped. It measures 19 1/4" x 11 3/4". I left the hardware off so the buyer could pick what they want. You can have it w/out hardware, w/miss matched porcelain knobs or w/miss matched hooks (gold, silver w/white peeling paint and silver), very vintage. If you are interested in purchasing this cute little chalkboard for your home just leave a comment bellow, thanks!