Thursday, July 28, 2011

Baby Quilt - Brilliant

It may be the most brilliant AND truthful baby blanket ever. That's saying a lot :). Go to the link to find out how to make one. Isn't this great?!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

DIY: My Playhouse Redo

In early May I was driving around a community yardsale in our area when I struck gold for any mother of four young children: a large Little Tikes outdoor playhouse. And in very good condition. And only $40. SOLD. My car literally did an only-in-the-movies skid into the family's driveway, I yelled out the window, "I'll take it", loaded it and peeled outta there.

The trouble was, the colors were awful. My backyard already looks like Romper Room. I did NOT want to add to it with this Smurf blue door and teal roof. Uggghhhhh. Shuddder.

So I did a little research on spray painting plastics. It turns out there is a whole line of spray paints just for painting outdoor plastic things! I went to Home Depot and gathered the necessary supplies. I took the structure apart (which was very easy considering it is just 10 screws) and began.

First I power washed the structure and let it dry completely.

Next, I roughed up the whole surface of the play structure. I used painters tape to tape off parts I didn't want certain colors on. This part was time consuming (as all taping with painting is). I spray painted over a few afternoons when I had time and when additional coats were necessary (the black roof required several coats of paint because that teal kept bleeding through).

Once everything was dry, I glued a steel number '8' to the front door, moved it into place on our patio and called it a day!

I am SO much happier with the finished result. In truth, this project took twice the amount of time I thought it would and I made a lot of mistakes that I now have to live with (but hey, its a kids plastic playhouse so I'm not going to beat myself up over it).

At least the play house and my backyard looks cohesive now and much less like Romper Room.

Except of course, for the kids :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Crafty, Colorful Lantern

We've all seen the standard white hanging paper lantern. And we've all seen the cute little paper umbrellas that perch atop specialty drinks at your favorite Mexican restaurant. BUT. What if these two paper products got married? this fabulously awesome tutorial THEY HAVE! Is that not the happiest most beautiful hanging paper lantern you have ever seen? I am rushing out to purchase all necessary supplies for this project today. Must. Create. NOW.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Factory Window as Shower Enclosure. Discuss :)

Maybe my favorite shower idea...ever?! A repurposed factory window given new life as a shower enclosure. Clean, urban, loads of character to spare. Sign me up! LOVE this idea.

Photo credit Remains Lighting

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I've been out of town a ton lately...first Utah visiting family for a few weeks then on a vacation sans children with my husband to Hawaii this past week. That one was quite lovely :) But all of these trips have meant that blogging has been light and for that I am sorry. One benefit of traveling and taking a break from the normal routines is that is clears my head and gets me rejuvenated for projects and inspired for new decor ideas. So get ready: I've got a few fun things up my sleeves :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

DIY: Bottlecap Thumbtacks

I saw this idea on Etsy and thought - WOW, this is fabulous and so EASY!

Take some bottlecaps, the funkier and more colorful the better, a little hot glue, attach a standard thumbtack and voila! A far more interesting story to tell on your bulletin board, no?

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Catch the Rain

Saw this on Tumblr and loved it. Have a colorful Tuesday, friends :)