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The boy’s bedroom redo

The boy’s boring bedroom- Before:


And the boy’s brilliant bedroom- After:

Oh my, this was a super fun makeover!   Please disregard the blurriness above the bulletin board- I blurred the wooden letters that spell out the boy’s name.

We started with this:

Back story~  Not too long ago, the boy moved to the guest bedroom because it was a bit roomier than his bedroom.  Given its new occupant, it was time to change out the floral valance and paint over the yellow, white and cream sponge painting technique on the walls.  Okay, maybe it was time to cover the sponge painting anyway, right?

It was time to update the bedroom for my preteen boy!  First, the boy chose his colors: key lime green and bright aqua.  Key lime?  Bright aqua!  Seriously?!  Yup, and with orange and red accents, please.  That’s what he wanted and, after gentle steering toward more sedate colors proved unsuccessful, that’s what he got.

Before he went to camp for a week, he helped pack up his room for the upcoming redo.  We decided it would be fun for me to do the make-over “as a surprise.”  He had picked the paint colors, but we planned that I would redo his room while he was gone, and then when he returned from camp we would have our own HGTV moment with a reveal!

See the desk?  Oh, my.  What was I thinking when I originally painted that thing?!  But, sweetly, the boy said he liked it Just the way it is (he was definitely trying to save me some work, sweet boy), but it got a well-deserved make-over too.

Aside~  At the same time I was getting ready to do his bedroom, I did his bathroom.  See the several swaths of more calming colors I tried to decide to use on the wall in there?  Look at two  posts previous to this one to see how that make-over turned out.

The preteen helped get everything in his bedroom moved, the heaviest pieces of furniture were placed in the center of the room.  See the wooden bird hanging from the ceiling in the top right of the picture below?  It became a bird of a different color.

When I started cutting in the new colors they virtually vibrated on the walls.  The key lime and turquoise colors made me afraid.  Very afraid.

Closet close to finished:  the big brown dog approved.

The boy thought a basketball hoop at the end of his bed on his bedroom wall was a great idea.  Me?  Not so much.    But it is his room so…

This old plastic indoor Koosh basketball hoop was a Goodwill find for only $1.50.  I primed it, painted the center rim shot area with silver and red paint, and then added colorful paper I already had on hand.  I used the same paper to cover the light switch (notice that during the reveal photos, later).  After, covering it, out came the Mod Podge to seal everything. I turned the basketball hoop inside out so that the word “Koosh” that was splattered all over it would be less obtrusive, and I also made the bottom opening larger to accommodate a bigger ball, trimming it in coordinating orange bias tape to finish it off.

Ready for a bank shot!

Here’s a shot of that bird of a different color!  I love how it turned out.  I offers a very fun punch of color! The bird was a wooden puzzle the boy’s grandma gave him to work on one day as they waited for me at a doctor’s appointment.  It was lovely natural but I think it is WOW painted orange.  🙂

The  abstract artwork on the orange wire shelf, made by the boy in art at school and framed in a $2 frame from Goodwill, is now proudly hung on the turquoise wall.

Allow me to interrupt this  boy’s bedroom make-over to bring you a Helpful Hint: Clean up as you go!  But if you plan to use the same brushes and roller for the same colors later, or even the next day, and you don’t want to wash and rinse out your brushes, simply wrap them separately in plastic wrap.  That little trick works great!

And now on with the room~

There on the bookshelf headboard is the raggedy old stuffed cat my son has slept with since he was a baby.  That cat used to be big and fluffy.  Now it is sunken and all but bald from being petted and well-loved (I even made it a fur suit to cover its pitiful nakedness.)  On either side of it are black woven baskets from the Dollar Store ($2/each), which I wove in some orange bias tape and turquoise cord– they are rather hard to see in the photo, however.

Notice the desk has been painted?  And the old Herman Miller orange plastic chair I pulled out of a garbage dumpster years ago- free!  To the left of the bulletin board is my son’s name in large black wooden letters, running vertically, which I blurred out.  The photo on the right was taken after he got all his stuff “organized” on the desk.

The turquoise color on the side of the desk is the same paint as the turquoise wall color.  It is not nearly as bright as it appears to be in the photo.

We already had the Kandinsky print in the lower level but I thought it would bring so many of the bedroom colors together so I hauled it upstairs  The print and colorful paper lanterns strung across the valance mirror each other and work well together.

I still need to make the bed skirt, which will be made out of the same material as the valance and have a two-inch border at the bottom of orange fabric (the  same fabric with which I covered the spray painted orange lamp).

I seriously worked the full week while he was at camp, getting the bedroom and bathroom finished.  On the day he returned, we had the reveal!  It was ALL worth it!

I think he likes his new room!

The painting he is holding is of his dog, which I painted in the colors of his room.  Fun!

Home sweet home.


light switch cover

This was a very boooooring light switch cover in my kitchen.  And while I don’t really have a problem with unadorned light switch covers, I just so happened to be browsing through a Stampington & Company magazine one recent day and…  Ah-ha!  I saw a sweet page that I thought was dear.  It showed a heart (soooo close to the golden-hued color of my kitchen walls) with the words “happiness is homemade” in script in the heart.  It also had a knife and fork– perfect for a kitchen, I thought!  Well, I went about my normal day-to-day… but then went back to that magazine page.  I tore it out and put it on the island.  Then I looked again at that boooooring light switch cover.  Hmmmm….  I had an idea.                                              I know you’re with me.

Here is the artwork.  I’d like to give credit to the artist, but in my haste to create I didn’t think to look for the information.  If anyone recognizes the artist, please tell me so I may take my hat off to her/him and give credit where credit is due.  As you can see, the print I wanted to use was part of a fourth of a page.  It was a little too large for the switch cover so I improvised.  First, I cut off the knife, which when you think about it was quite appropriate 😉 hee-hee, and then I trimmed the print to size.  I glued the knife across the bottom of the print.  I also made sure my light switch cover was nice and clean beforehand… no smudges, dirt, or kid’s fingermarks.

I slathered Modge Podge all over the plate.  I made sure to get the backside too, especially under the paper flaps because there wasn’t a lot of overhang.

Notice I wrapped my paint brush in plastic wrap between the three coats?  That way there was no need to rinse out my brush between coats.  That little trick works great to keep the brush moist and ready to go between coats.  Try it when you are painting your walls too.  Works great!

And here it is (excuse the glare):Cute, right?  By the way, the top screw on the switch matched the heart almost perfectly!  I used a little liquid correction fluid (Wite Out™) to “paint” the bottom screw so that the color better matched the color of the paper.

BEFORE

  AFTER

So, what do you think?

clean, jedi knight, clean!

Here’s one way to get your dear boy to clean:  make “Star Wars” gloves!  Oh, yeah!His mission was to clean his bathroom.Mission accomplished!

For girls, hot glue on inexpensive Mardi Gras beads for bracelets and a big ol’ rhinestone-like “jewel” for a ring.  And, Mom, if you’re not feeling crafty, but you ARE feeling a blinged-out pair of kitchen gloves in your future, you might want to try these.

tea caddy

So, you know I love my tea!  But fumbling around in several different boxes to make my take on Aveda Comforting Tea was a pain, so I made a handy-dandy tea caddy to hold all my various tea bags!  This is a green craft because I used boxes from various teas and a couple Quaker Oats Instant Oatmeal boxes I had on-hand.  (speaking of which: I love the lower sugar maple and brown sugar, don’t you?!  I add part of a packet with half a handful of steel cut oats.  Yum!)  Anyhoo, here’s what I did:

Gathered boxes. I thought, I betcha I can make some drawers out of these!  So I put the two oatmeal boxes together, glued, taped, and added some scrapbooking paper to the outside.  I sealed the outside with Mod Podge (remind me later to share my recipe for homemade Mod Podge!) and made drawers out of the original tea boxes.

    See the cloudy and streaky Mod Podge?  No worries, folks, the Mod Podge will dry clear.  And it does a dandy job of sealing and protecting the outside from stains and smudges.  I used a different, more textural, paper for the drawers, being careful to line up the fibers so they matched.

  I used letters I already had on-hand to spell out TEA.  (Seriously, I bought nothing to do this craft.  Score!)  Again, I slathered the outside with Mod Podge a couple more times, allowing each coat to dry completely between coats.  Next, I used small craft charms for the drawer pulls. The top charm says, “Life is measured in moments,” and the bottom charm is a grandfather clock. Tea time!          Love!

Aveda Comforting Tea knock-off

Do you like tea?  Okay, so I am rather obsessed with it, of late.  If I could afford to, I’d drink Aveda Comforting Tea  All. The. Time.  But at around $26-28 for 4.9 ounces… uhh, yeah, it is not happenin’.  So what did I do?   I came up with my own recipe for Aveda Comforting Tea– a LOT less expensive.

An aside, first- I had a pretty gla$$ pitcher that looked lovely holding my tea… but it cracked from the hot liquid, so I got in the car and headed to the thrift store where I bought an old 12-cup Mr. Coffee decanter for $1.50.  Brilliant.  It might not look near as pretty but I can always spruce it up (oh, yes I just might!) and I don’t have to worry about it cracking from the almost-boiling water.

Recipe for a 12-cup decanter.  Boil the water and pour over 6 packets of the celestial seasonings peppermint tea, one packet of the mint green tea, and one packet of the licorice tea.  Let it seep for 5-7 minutes and you’re good to go, but I prefer it chilled.

I would also prefer more licorice flavor, but did you know it can cause some serious side effects if too much is consumed over a period of time?  Yeah, I didn’t know that either, until I started getting headaches after drinking a couple of cups of licorice tea everyday.  I thought, Hm… could this be related?  SoI did some checking.  Bottom line: be careful with the licorice, just to be on the safe side.

(btw, now I order all my teas from Amazon… cheaper and delivered right to my door!)

After figuring out how to make a passable concoction for Comforting Tea, I decided all my little various tea bags needed a home…

and so we begin…

Hello, all you crafty diyers, and welcome to craftydiy!  Here you will find a little of this and a wee bit of that:

Lots of fun, beautiful and, yes, even some crazy crafts;  daring diy projects; simple and what was I thinking?! home improvement undertakings; helpful organization tips; and home decorating on a dime.   And throughout, I will undoubtedly throw in rather embarrassing candid personal anecdotes about juggling family and full-time work, while ever trying to find a moment of quiet calm.

I hope you’ll join me.