Monday, December 9, 2013
I’m happy to report that I finally, FINALLY, finished peeling off the stubborn contact paper from Charley’s thrifted dresser drawers. My fingers are killing me and my blood pressure is probably seriously raised, but it’s done.
Way back in September when I first shared this dresser project, moving Charley into her new room seemed like a lifetime away. Now that “move-in day” is in a couple weeks (yikes!), I realized it was now or never. Her clothes were going to need a place to live and the grimy contact paper-lined drawers were not going to cut it.
I waited until every single drawer was prepped and cleaned before I added any fabric. It was sort of the light at the end of my contact paper covered tunnel. I chose three different yet complimentary fabrics and used spray adhesive to attach the pieces to the bottom of each drawer.
Now the inside of the drawers look as pretty as the outside!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
In the midst of decorating for Christmas last weekend, I got way off track and started organizing/rearranging the playroom. That sounds about right. One thing led to the next and before I knew it the table and chairs were moved, toys were reorganized and Charley’s easel made its way to the basement.
That brings me to today’s post.
A while ago I brought up an old easel for Charley to play with. The only thing it was used for was to hold her roll of art paper. I decided it was taking up more space than it was worth and it was really too tall for her anyway. So adios, easel.
After a quick trip to Ikea, I had the materials I needed to put the roll paper to better use. All it took was a super cheap curtain rod and a metal hook. It takes up way less space and now it’s at an appropriate height for Charley to do her thang. Like draw Dora, Boots and Ellen (as in, DeGeneres). I’m not even kidding.
We came across this snowman pail with our Christmas decorations. It’s perfect for holding a few crayons and some chalk.
As of now the paper just hangs down the wall freely. I have plans to attach a couple upside-down clothespins to the wall just above the baseboard. This way there will be something to hold down the paper tightly when it wants to flip up.
Anybody else frantically organizing and getting way off track in the midst of holiday decorating? I think I’m trying to prepare myself for the toy explosion that’s bound to happen in a few short weeks. Pin It
Monday, December 2, 2013
After I raided the playroom gallery walls to decorate Charley’s new bedroom, things were looking a little rough in there. B.J. kept commenting how sad they looked so I decided to do something about it.
My plan all along was to create an empty frame gallery for Charley’s (and baby Smallwood’s) creations. I was envisioning all white frames so the artwork could be the focal point. I scoured some thrift shops for frames to add to my collection. I found a few that needed a couple coats of white paint, but I still didn’t have enough to create two galleries. I’ve been loving black and white frames mixed together and since I already had a bunch of black frames on hand, I went in a new direction.
I chose to mix already framed pieces with empty frames for interchangeable artwork. I didn’t purchase anything new for this project except a couple thrift shop frames and some Target dollar spot clothespins. Basically, I slapped some random things in frames or reused pieces from the old gallery wall and called it a day. In other words, I needed to get the frames on the wall before I could really decide how I wanted it to look. That probably sounds backwards, but I needed a starting point. Now I can tweak things as needed.
I attached clothespins to the wall with 3M picture hangers to make changing out artwork super easy. For the tiny empty frame, I attached the clothespin right to the frame to make as much room as possible.
I definitely like the contrast of the black and white frame combination. Although, I may eventually make them all empty frames for a more uniform look. We’ll see.
Charley thoroughly enjoyed this project because she got to be a part of it. We didn’t want the frames to stay empty for long so she was a busy little artist this weekend.
She looks pretty clean in these pics but it went downhill after 30 minutes of painting. She went straight from her highchair to the bathtub. I would say that’s a successful painting day!Pin It
Monday, November 25, 2013
I’ve been sharing Charley’s big girl room project by project (which you can read about here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here), and today I thought I’d share some pictures of how it’s all coming together. Our plan is to make the big move from nursery/crib to big girl room/bed in a few short weeks when we’re both on Christmas break. I know. I can’t believe it’s seriously time for that either.
On a positive note, I love this new space and can’t wait to spend more time in here with Charley.
Besides a gallery wall above the dresser, I hadn’t given much thought as to what I’d put on the walls before I started decorating the room. I basically waited for other things like the curtains and the bed to come together before I made any decisions. I ultimately decided to dig out the fabric banner that I made for Charley’s first birthday. I hung it asymmetrically above her bed and added a couple C’s that used to hang in her nursery. I love that it cost me zero dollars and it’s super meaningful at the same time.
I’m not sure if I’ve talked about the bedding at all so here goes. The duvet, throw blanket and black and white pillow are all from Ikea. The sheets were a $7 Target clearance find (woo woo!), and the colorful pillows are from Pier 1 that I bought a long time ago. I should probably mention, too, that the rug is from Ikea and the poof was another Target clearance purchase.
I’ve added a few baskets around the room that will eventually hold dress-up clothes or other toys. I found the two black and white ones next to the dresser at Homegoods. They were inexpensive and easy for Charley to get things in and out of on her own.
Behind the bedroom door I hung a mirror at toddler height. It has already been a great source of entertainment. For Charley, but also for me when I see the silly faces she makes in the mirror.
That’s what’s going on in the big girl room! It’s all ready for Charley to move in. Wish I could say the same for B.J. and myself!Pin It
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I love me a good gallery wall. If you’ve been hanging around with life in projects for a while you’ve seen one or two pop up around our house (like here, here, here, here and here). Okay, maybe more than one or two. Apparently I have a thing for frame collections on walls.
The wall above Charley’s dresser is big and white and empty. My solution: A gallery wall. Obviously. Unfortunately I don’t have a grand after picture to share with you today, more like a progress picture. The frames are hung and two of them are filled. The other three, well at least they’re hung.
You may recognize the framed stack of books and the framed love t-shirt from Charley’s playroom. I drew the stack of books years ago and B.J. and I both thought the colors went perfectly in here. I just love the love t-shirt so it made the cut. We have a big picture to go in the gigantic frame that clearly hasn’t made it’s way in there yet. I may need to cut the mat to fit the picture, hence the delay. It will read mostly white so try to imagine that.
As for the other two empty frames, I just haven’t decided what to fill them with yet. Possibly a picture of Libby in one because that’s Charley’s BFF, ya know.
This wall is definitely not complete but it’s a start. Now I just need to do something with the playroom, seeing as I raided the gallery walls in there. I’m thinking empty white frames for artwork compliments of Charley and Baby Smallwood. Progress in one area always leaves more work in another. Funny how that happens.Pin It
Monday, November 18, 2013
While thrifting a couple weeks ago I came across this baby doll buggy stroller. The fabric was definitely not my style and at first I walked right past it. But when I found myself circling that area over and over again, I decided I needed it. Well, Charley needed it. Have I mentioned that she loves, like LOVES LOVES, babies and baby dolls? It’s true. She has a few baby doll items on her Christmas list so this was the perfect addition. Before I bought it I made sure that I’d be able to get rid of that fabric without damaging the basket. There was wire involved in that get up but all it took was some pliers and scissors to get the job done.
It was already looking much better sans fabric. I contemplated leaving it like this, but let’s be honest, I had to get my hands on it. I started by painting the legs. I’ve been loving pink and red together so that’s immediately where my head went.
But I wasn’t sure about that, so I added a little red(ish) paint to the top of the basket in hopes that it would tie into the wheels.
I didn’t love that either. In the end, I decided the legs needed to be fresh, bright white. So now it looks like this:
I love it! What’s even better, it only cost twelve dollars and a little paint. Libby likes it, too. Or maybe she just likes her picture taken.
Thrift shop transformations are so satisfying, don’t ya think? Let’s take a look at how this sweet little buggy has changed.
I think it’s ready for Christmas morning!Pin It
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I’m a big fan of white curtains, but with the white walls in Charley’s new room, I felt these needed a little something extra. A little color and a little whimsy. I love the sweet detail on the Ikea panels so I mimicked that with pom pom ribbon.
I laid the curtains on the ground and used liquid stitch to attach the ribbon to the inside edge of each panel. I used red for more than half of the length, but finished it with pale pink. I’m loving the contrast.
Instead of a regular curtain rod, I used a copper pipe from the plumbing section at Home Depot. It’s a fun little surprise when you look up. It’s those unexpected things that make a room extra special.
For the life of me I couldn’t get a good photo of the whole window with the finished curtains. Perhaps I’ll have some luck when I take some pics of the whole room for you soon. Slowly but surely it’s coming along!Pin It