Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I've been slaving away.
I wish I could say it was on something fun and creative. But I've been out in the yard removing weeds that are the size of my toddler. Speaking of "the boy" I've had to use his nap time, which I consider sacred "me" time, for yard drudgery. I attempted my outdoor chores with him by my side, however after chasing him as he ran down the street multiple times, a near car verses Momo incident and his decision to jump from the porch ledge in order to grab the window box and proceed to swing from it... I gave up. Today it's raining.... and I'm thrilled. Both because I love rain thunder and hail...Mmmmm...and also because it's given me a breather from weed extraction.
I started to spring clean the girls room instead. As I cleaned I realized I could do a little post about it. I love their room. I put it all together a couple years back. I've got a few inexpensive tricks I learned in the process. And I'll happily pass them along...
I made the bedspread out of a curtain from target. I loved damask but couldn't find fabric for it anywhere (mind you this was 3 years ago) target saved the day! I made a matching window treatment out of a table runner made out of the same print, (it was on sale). Love that!
Anyway... the wall behind the bed seemed bare. So with a little black paint it went from plain pink, to...
I had the paint, so it didn't cost me a thing.
I measured out the window and the wall.
Then I made a mini version of it on PS.
I played with Rhonna Farrers swirl brushes until I got the look I wanted.
Here is what it looked like on paper....
Then onto the wall it went.
(I've done a few murals on walls. My paint of choice is Liquitex soft body acrylics.
They are vivid colors that go on like butta. And a little goes a long way).
I took an old window.
Painted on the words.
Print off the lettering, lay it under the glass, trace it on with a sharpie and fill it in with paint.
(I've never paid for vinyl lettering).
I read somewhere that this say's...
Make yourself at home
In french. I don't speak french (I took a couple years of it in Jr. High, I remember the french name my teacher gave me, Vicky, and... well that's really about it). So if that isn't what it says, at least it looks cute.
I added half circles cut with pinking sheers out of scrapbook paper on the inside edge. The leftover paper became the little paper chain behind the window. And did you notice the coffee filter pom poms? They were from Valentines. I tossed them up there, 'cause hey why not?
I added lamp shades to the chandelier in their room.
I bought cheap lamp shades (you may get lucky and find some at good will) I believe these were from Lowes. Then I added ribbon to the top, trim around the middle (I get my trims on sale from home fabrics) and the thin black ribbon with a bow to tie it all together.
Easy. Peasy. Done. Beautiful!
And off I go... to continue the spring cleanse!
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