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
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!!
Go and check out many more projects and get yourself inspired!!
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..
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?
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!!
In my last post I mentioned the disaster area that would be known as the entryway. No method has been found in the 11 years we have lived here to keep all the junk off the floor. In the past few months I have been thinking differently about the space. Maybe instead of a piece of furniture, maybe I just need to create some sort of built-in…hmmm…
So, here is my idea board (my first attempt and I kind of like having all my inspiration pictures in one place)
I’m excited to say that my husband and I were busy building this weekend and make some serious progress. I can’t wait to share the finished product and lots of pics of the process. Beyond excited for the possibility of organizing all our stuff!!
I’ve read several blog posts lately on progress. This is very freeing to me since I almost always have something in progress and very rarely have anything finished. So, I thought I would join the “progress” train. 🙂
As mentioned earlier I am working on lightening up the interior of my home, the biggest culprit of dark being the woodwork. So, last week when my hubby was across the ocean I decided to dive into the darkest place in our home…the hallway.
This is my hallway with the lights on…
This is my hallway with the lights off…
This is my hallway with the lights off and everyone’s bedroom curtains open on a sunny day…
This is what I decided to dive into…
Obviously this is progress, but who knows when I will be done 🙂
Especially since I believe there is another project that is going to trump finishing this one on the time line…the entryway…dun dun duh…
This is what it looks like right now.
We have had MUCH cooler temps the last couple of days. So much so that we are pulling out jackets, gloves and hats for those cold weekend soccer games.
This is where the magic will happen…hopefully
Have a blessed week!! Hope to be sharing a finished product somewhere with you soon!!