Lightening Up – Door Treatment {Part 1}

Okay I know we are all in the Christmas zone but I could not wait to share with you an amazing before and after that I finally (almost) completed today!!!  So…here is the before

 

And here is the glorious after…
These pictures were both taken during the day with the same camera settings – look out the side window same daylight.  I can’t even believe the difference!!!  (The almost done part is referring to the holes I patched when I took out the hooks I no longer needed – apparently I no longer have that wall paint so I have to go get more – grrrr.)
The front door is now the same color inside and out.  When I painted the first coat on both doors I was certain I had made a mistake – wow that door was really blue…
But, I always like to live with things for  couple of days before I bail.  I lived with it for longer than that because life happened.
I knew I wanted to add some molding to spice up the plain flat doors, so on a free Saturday I dove in.  (Or at least I got started.)  I wanted something simple on the closet door, but I knew the front door needed a little more.  So I went to Home Depot and looked at doors, I found a style that I like that I thought would be simple enough to go with the rest of the entryway but enough to give it the weight it needed.  Still unsure I decided to pull out the painters tape 🙂  I went ahead and cut the molding pieces for the closet door, but I did not glue them on yet, just hung them with the tape.
Again, I was still VERY unsure about the front door, so I took out my design, my tape measure, and my painters tape, and ended up with this…
Which I lived with for several more days.  This project took WAY longer than I anticipated and not because it was overly hard, I just had a hard time fitting in time to do it. 🙂
I will be back in a couple of days to share the how to – don’t want to write a novel in one post 🙂  You will be surprised at how simple this transformation actually was!!  Lots of helpful pictures of the process – so check back for {Part 2}.  If you don’t want to miss it – then pick a way to follow my blog there on the right.  Thanks!!
 I’m a starter, not always a finisher.  The one great thing about writing this blog, and reading so many other fabulous blogs, is that I am inspired to finish.  I hope that I can do that for you – inspire you to start and to finish.  Because, if I can do it, anyone can!!
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*JOY* Crafting

I just couldn’t wait any longer, couldn’t allow myself to be distracted any longer.  I had.to.get.crafty!!
I love the word “JOY” all year long, but especially at Christmas, and I have been loving the decorated letters I have been seeing around the blog world.  So, I decided to give it my own spin.  I started with MDF letters from HL, some jute, scrapbook paper, spray adhesive, mod podge, and of course some hot glue.
First the J.  I figured this would be the easiest to cover with the jute.

 

So, I hot glued the end on the back and started wrapping. It was a little tricky in spots – where the curves and corners were – so I just put a dab of hot glue wherever necessary to cover the board underneath. I didn’t worry about the back since it wouldn’t show.
And voila!! Love how it came out.
Next the Y.  (I’ll come back to the O)  I found some paisley printed scrapbook paper that I liked.

 

I put a light coat of spray adhesive on the top of the letter, then pressed the whole piece of paper on top. I allowed it to dry for about 30 seconds and then I used a utility knife to cut away the extra paper. {An exacto knife would have been easier for that task, but I couldn’t find mine in my not-so-organized craft closet – project coming in January.} The edges were a little frayed so I used a tip from Thrifty Decor Chick and filed the edges. Then, a thin coat of mod podge just to make sure it was stuck and for a protected finish. I decided it needed a little something – so I pulled out my brown stamp pad and ‘aged’ the edges.
Done 🙂
Last the O.  I simply used a berry garland that I already had for the O.
I curled it up in a circle that was the right size for the J and the Y. Then I took some ribbon and tied it together with a bow.
 Perfect!!

 

Here it is all together.

 

 

And here it is in it’s place.

 

 

Love it when a project comes out just like you imagined it!!  This cost me less than $5 total since I already had the adhesives and the garland.  Awesome!! You can see how it looks on my mantle here (you may notice I changed out the greenery for some ribbon – I had to have something to hid the blocks of wood the JOY was sitting on but the greenery covered too much ;))

 

“For You are our glory and joy.”  1Thessalonians 2:20

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Kids Art Gallery {Pinterest Inspired}

Today I thought I would share with you one of my first projects inspired by Pinterest. Yes, I am a Pinterest-aholic. Did you know they have a Pinterest App? Yes, yes they do and to me looking at pretty things is a much better use of my time than angry birds. 🙂 Anywho… I digress!! Here are the pictures I pinned
littlenannygoat.blogspot.com
lessthanperfectlifeofbliss.blogspot.com
I liked the idea and look and had the perfect place for it.  See, there is this awkward little piece of wall in the corner of our L-shaped hallway that is in between the bedrooms.  It’s too big to leave blank but I could never figure out what to put there.  This worked out perfectly.
I did this project before I was blogging so there are know how to pictures.  But, the links with the pictures are good and they give tutorials.  (Yes, I am still working on painting the doors in the hallway- shhh)
I used some old frames I had in my closet that I was no longer using, I painted some blue and left some black, I removed the glass in the frames to make room.  Then I took some foam core board I also had left-over from a previous project and covered it burlap using hot glue to secure it.
Then I bought these really cool clips and attached those to the burlap piece with hot glue.  TIP:  put the burlap piece in the frame before mounting the clip so you can make sure you have it in the right place.

 

I had a shelf that I was no longer using and decided to incorporate that as well for those lovely pottery items and 3-D art.  I was going to paint the bottom to match the frames, but I thought the color blended enough that I decided not to.
I decided I wanted to give this wall a title of sorts.  Hence the cleverness at the top “Greenwood Gallery.”  🙂  I bought a cute scrolly wooden G from HL and painted it to match the blue frames and then painted the rest right on the wall.  I printed the words from my computer and then transferred them to the wall by rubbing pencil on the back of the paper and then “tracing” over the letters on the front – by pressing hard while tracing the pencil that you colored on the back will come off on the wall.  It wasn’t a perfect science but it was good enough for me!!

 

 

My kids couldn’t wait to choose their artwork to fill it up and we all love having it on display.  A hidden bonus is it keeps people from piling junk up in this corner!!
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DIY Built-In For The Entryway

Sooo excited to share with you the finished product…a few days later than I hoped, but hey it’s done!!  (It feels so good to say that) Here it is in all it’s glory..
DIY built-ins to keep the entryway organized
wall hooks for coats and backpacks
DIY bench with cubbies below for hats, gloves, and shoes
Distressed wood bench DIY
hooks to hang coats and backpacks
cubbies for shoe storage
DIY built-ins to keep the entryway organized
It’s exactly how I imagined it!!  Surprisingly it makes the space feel bigger!  I am still on the hunt for baskets to put in the cubbies to hold hats and gloves and scarves, but I am okay with not having them yet, I know I will find something.  Thanks for those who stayed with me through the process.  This build cost around $125 to complete, baskets not included of course, and around 10 – 12 hours total for two amateur carpenters.  Not bad I think.  If you want to see more of the process you can check here.
This project had been on my home improvement project list for a long time, but the fluff stuff always took precedent.  But, as of late the things that will make our home function better for our family have been bumped to the top.  We have lived here 11 years and our kids are bigger, and so is their stuff.  We are working on getting rid of unnecessary stuff and making our spaces more organized and efficient -all the while looking pretty 🙂 …or at least that is the goal.  I want to be able to come home and feel relaxed, I want that for the whole family.  I no longer want to be controlled by my stuff – always having to pick up, clean, dust, move, stuff.  I want my stuff to work for me.  Anybody else feeling that way?

So, now I am turning on some music and cleaning house.  I don’t know about the rest of you but when I get into a project, everything else gets forgotten.  HA!!  So, until next time!!  Blessings to you and thanks for reading!!

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Halfway There {Partial Reveal}

Okay, so every-once-in-a-while my husband and I both get brave enough to tackle a larger DIY project than just painting. One that requires power tools. And this fall break weekend we did just that… (I feel like there should be some exciting music playing or something…I’m so excited!!)

We started with supplies.  Bead board paneling for the wall, 1×2 for the shelf and bench supports, and 1×6 for the bench slats.  We had some of the boards cut for us at HD because we just aren’t that accurate with the saw and some of the cuts needed to be done well.  But…most of them we saved for ourselves because I’m a visual person and even though I had a plan, I just wasn’t 100% sure how it was all going to come together.

 

 

I grouped the pictures of the process in collages so as to not flood you with pictures.  I got most of my methods from the internet or I made them up as I went along :).  I wanted this to be pretty and looked like it belonged in my house, but I also needed it to function.  As I showed you here, our entryway usually looks like a dumping ground.  My hope is that if I give them somewhere pretty to dump put there stuff then it won’t be all over the floor – we shall see.

 

I bought some stock molding at HD to cover the cut edges of the plywood and attached them with wood glue and some tiny finishing nails.  I caulked EVERYTHING.  Caulk is my best friend, it covers all the mis-measuring, mis-cutting, and wonky wall problems.  And, once you paint over it no one will ever know (shhhh…).
I decided to go with a dark stain rather than the faux treatment from my inspiration photo here.

I put hammers and chains in the hands of my 9 and 11yr. old and allowed them to go to town on these boards.  They loved it!!  We bought soft white wood that would distress and stain well.  I wasn’t worried about knots or variations because I like the character.

I’m hoping to get the finishing touches – poly, touch-up paint – done and then install the bench boards.  I shopped for hooks today and worked on number and placement of those, next is baskets for the cubbies.

Finished picture coming soon!!

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