Thursday, April 3, 2014

DIY Lego Canvases

So the weather is so fantastic (insert sarcasm .. it's actually either dark from coldest snowiest winter ever or now morphing into darkest rainiest spring ever) where we live now… I have definitely been working on a lot of projects.  This lego canvas project was inspired by lego pictures in a playroom posted by I Am Momma-Hear Me Roar . We decided to get out Honey-Dew's favorite legos and take some pictures… this was all my little man... he picked their poses and I think they ended up super cute!

We used a random poster board laying on the table as the backdrop… I'm lazy obviously… I like to use whatever is in my direct line of sight :)  However you could use a white sheet or white t-shirt or white underwear… if that's what happens to be laying on your table ;) 

We definitely messed around with a couple different groupings of legos and different poses… but these seemed to be his fav!

While we were making these Lou thought it would be cute to add cartoon bubble captions… so I used to edit the pictures and add in the bubbles.  Honey Dew picked most of the captions and definitely thought he was hilarious! :)  Below is the picture after it was edited in picmonkey…. I saved it to my computer and uploaded it to snapfish… where I ordered an 8x10 of all three pictures and they were ready for pickup an hour later :)

For the next step you need 3 8x10 canvases.  I used black paint I had on hand to paint all of the edges.

After the paint dried… or semi-dried because I'm impatient and couldn't wait to see the final project…. I glued the pictures onto the canvas and ta-dah … super fast, easy and cheap art project to do with your fav little man :).  

Thanks for stopping by my blog!  Have an awesome day!!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DIY Reupholstered Chair

Reupholstering and repainting are cheap and quick ways to change something in a hurry.  This chair was in a serious situation before it's makeover.  We inherited this jewel along with a desk and dresser that I am also in the process of making over.
I started with a coral paint (that was under my bathroom sink… just waiting to be used) to go in Lou's room.  I love coral and the room definitely needs some pops of color.  We also just recently added some aqua curtains so we decided to go with that same theme with the chair cushion.  The fabric is actually flannel which Lou loved for the coziness factor.  And the best part was that I only needed half a yard which obviously makes for a cheap project…. and everyone knows free or practically free is my favorite way!

As you can see the before fabric was a nasty black pleather that had definitely seen better days!  I stapled my new fabric directly over the existing fabric with my electric staple gun and it worked like a charm.   I love the way this chair turned out especially for this space!!  Lou's room is full of close to free :) DIY projects… and I will definitely update the blog with those soon!  Thanks for stopping by… have a fantastic day!


Monday, February 3, 2014

Easiest DIY Curtains

Well I'm back on the blogging bandwagon after a short hiatus to give you the easiest diy curtains on the face of this planet.  After a whirlwind move cross country … wait for it… A-gain…. I'm finally settled into our new Midwest house and popping out room re-do's left and right.  That was not a typo friends… Midwest was what I typed… somehow we've gone from sunny southern California to the coldest craziest winter Indiana has seen ever… now don't quote me on that because I definitely haven't researched that but my kids have literally been to school about 7 days in the whole of January so I say with quite a bit of certainty that this has to be the worst winter in well… forever! It's been so ridiculous that I cannot even leave my house most of the days hence why I have done so many home projects in the last month… (get excited!  I'm getting ready to bombard you with all of that fabulousness in the weeks to come). 
Anyways … one of my fave projects of the last week was redoing my son's room as always on the major cheap… His previous bedroom, my son and I both loved so we saved and reused many of the items we had in that room.  The room is unfortunately not completely done so I won't give a full room reveal until it is… but I'm totally ready to dish on his new adorable navy, white and orange chevron curtains.
I found this fabric online at hobby lobby and purchased 6 yards to accommodate my curtains hanging from the ceiling.  I also bought 5 or 6 packs of orange double (double being the keyword!!!) folded bias  tape.


Step 1:
Cut your two panels according to your measurements… (mine were 96 inches to allow for a couple inches of hem along the top).  Now grab one panel and one pack of bias tape and place your fabric in between your double folded bias tape so that there is an equal amount of tape on the front and back of the fabric.  It would be a good idea to pin your bias tape in place however like I've said before  I like to live on the wild side so I went with out pins and just ran my finger down the tape as I sewed to keep it in place with the fabric in between.  Sew the bias tape down both sides and along the bottom.

Step 2:
Pretend like you see orange bias tape running along the side of my fabric :) I hemmed my top before I put my bias tape and after I was finished I realized you would obviously get a much cleaner edge if you did the bias tape first and then folded down your hem… so pretend like my curtains are going to be as pretty as yours are… and fold down your top edge an inch or two and then fold it over again… iron this in place.

Step 3:
Sew a straight stitch in place along your folded hem and wa-lah!  You are done with your panel!!  Do this again to your other fabric panel and boom you have two curtains.  I then used curtain clip rings along the top and hung them on my curtain rod.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and I will be posting next my polka dot adventures in my daughters room!   Have an awesome day!!!