Thursday, July 28, 2011

Simple and Inexpensive DIY Art

I mentioned in my last post that I would tell you how I did my DIY art for the craft room, and here it is! I made the pictures of the iconic chairs using magazines. I got the idea from my friend, Andrea, over at Strawberry Chic.
First, I went through my old magazines and cut out different pages with similar colors.

Then, I printed out two copies of a picture of the chair in black and white.

One of the copies I cut apart. I cut out the different pieces of the chair by it's lightness and darkness.

Then, I took those pieces and found similar shades of color and traced the shape onto the magazine page and cut it out.

I used the other black and white print out to lay the pieces on so I didn't get the different pieces mixed up as I went. I just kept cutting out all the pieces until I had the whole chair, and then I glued it all on a piece of cardstock. I had some old frames I wasn't using, so I painted them white, cut out some mats from some left over mat board I had, and that was it! This project didn't cost me a dime!

I loved the way they turned out. They're a little abstract and artsy, and it was super fun to do!
I did something similar to this in my baby girl's room, except I used scrapbook paper.

Super inexpensive and cute! This little collage cost less than $20. The frames I found on sale at Michael's for $3 each, and the paper cost me $5. I love it when I can do stuff for that cheap!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Craft Room

I finally am posting pictures of the craft room! Most of the room has been done for a month or so now. I was just adding the finishing touches and making sure it looked perfect. So here it is...

The shelves are just some boards purchased at Home Depot that I stained. Calvin hung them with inexpensive metal brackets. The total cost for the shelving was less than $35. The boxes are from Ikea and hold all of my stuff perfectly.

I went with the green for the dresser. I love it! I had some old knobs from my bedroom dresser that I painted white, so I didn't have to puchase any. Always love it when that happens!

My DIY art. I will explain how I did it in a later post.

I love the way it turned out! I'm not a huge crafter, so it's the perfect size. I love knowing where everything is now and having a place where I can leave my sewing machine out. Also, I would like to give a big shout out to my wonderful and very talented husband who made it all happen. Love you!

My First Feature

I am so excited! Today my house is being featured over at Danielle Oakey Interiors. Go check it out!!
You also get to see pics of the craft room for the first time, since I scrambled to to get it completely finished for this. I will hopefully post more pics of it on here later.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Paint Colors

I often get asked about the paint colors in my house, especially in the nursery and the living/dining room, so I thought I would share a few.
In the nursery I used Martha Stewart  "Flagstone" from Home Depot.

I recently had someone ask about my bedroom. I used Glidden "China Rain," but it was a couple years ago when I painted so I'm not sure if they still have that color available.

The living room was a color I found while I was still in school in a really old Benjamin Moore swatch book that was in our sample library. I think the date on it was from sometime in the 80's. Anyway, the paint swatch only had a number on the back so I never new the name. I had Columbia match it. Well, just a couple weeks ago I stumbled upon the swatch and guess what! I just googled the number, and Benjamin Moore still carries the paint color!! It's called Antique Pewter. Just to warn you, it has a lot more green in it than it looks here in the picture. The color changes a lot with light. During the day with more natural light it looks more gray, but at night with my interior lights on it looks more green.

My kitchen paint color is Ralph Lauren - Old Violin, but I had it matched in Behr paint.

There you have it! And thanks for the questions. I love that people are stumbling upon my blog.