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Posted By Jen; Written By My Friend and Guest Blogger Kristen Flom!

(Many Thanks Kristen!)


I really needed some decorations for one wall in our bedroom, so when I saw this project, I thought it was perfect.  When I was a freshman in college and going to Colorado Christian University, the verse theme for the school year was Micah 6:8, so I’ve always liked the verse.  However, this semester, my small group is reading the book Generous Justice by Timothy Keller and it’s given the do/act justly part of the verse a new meaning for me.  Have you read the book?  I definitely recommend it 🙂

Kristen

Here’s what I did:
I just used those little bottles of acrylic paint. After painting the canvas ($5.99 for two 11 x 14 canvases at Hobby Lobby) a dark brown, I went around the sides of the canvas with a metallic brown (copper) color. I wanted a small edge of copper visible from the front so I allowed the brush (with just a tiny amount of paint) to hang over onto the front of the canvas. I found that a foam brush worked really well for this project. To give the background a little more texture, I dabbed off most of the paint and lightly went over the front of the canvas in both vertical and horizontal strokes. I painted my son’s hands & feet (one at a time) with the turquoise and pressed them on. I thought I could accomplish this by myself, but it really was necessary to have my husband hold him while I opened his hand and directed it to the canvas. Tip: Have a wet paper towel on standby to quickly wipe off the print if it doesn’t come out well. I had to redo the right hand and foot once each. You may have to repaint the background again, but it dries quickly. Also, to get my kid’s hand opened, we put a toy he loves just in front of the canvas. When he reached for it with an open hand, I pushed his hand on the canvas instead. Not quite what he wanted, but he’ll appreciate the artwork later  I’m not super artistic, so I used wax paper and cut out a heart to use as a stencil and just sponged in the heart. The writing was done using a white paint pen. It’s way easier to write with it than with a paint brush!

This fun idea came from Pintrest!

A Guest Room Makeover

Written By Amy

Last week I got a bee in my bonnet to switch our kid’s rooms around to create a guest room.  We have guests come stay with us several times a year and currently don’t have a room just for them.  For some reason this is important to me….wanting the family and friends who stay with us to feel completely at home in their own space vs. staying in our kid’s rooms.  In addition, the stress of moving out half of my daughter’s things to create a clutter free room was wearing on me!  So, my two daughters are now sharing a room and it is working out really well!  They have their girl-pad.

Here is the guest room now:

 

The walls were already grey, and I had the yellow rug from my younger daughter’s room, so I decided to work with those two colors (and white since I had a white comforter and pillowcases already).  I brought in a dresser from storage and an end table from a hallway to warm up the cooler colors.

Using a yellow pillow that I already had, I purchased a throw of a matching color for the end of the bed.  Above the bed I used a large frame for pictures that I had bought a year ago at Target on a great sale, but hadn’t set aside the time to put pictures in.  I found yellow scrapbook paper to frame some of the pictures, and to fill in where I didn’t have any pictures yet.  This was the perfect size for a bed that doesn’t have a headboard.

 

One of the  purchases I made for this room was this curtain that I hung in front of the closet.  I bought a tension rod to hang it from.  We had removed the door when it was my daughter’s room because it took up too much wall space when it was open.  I wanted a curtain that was yellow, but had a pattern since the beadspread was all one color.

I brought in a wooden chair that I purchased at Salvation Army for $5.oo years ago, and had been sitting in our basement collecting dust.  I like to have a chair for guests to sit on or hang shirts on, etc.  The vase with yellow flowers was an inexpensive way to soften and accessorize the room, and I picked up a LOVE sign on clearance on Target.

This ceiling fan used to be hot pink, so I used some white paint we had to paint the fan blades.  I ran into Home Depot one day to grab three new little tan shades for the lights.  This was an easy but significant change for the room (if you can imagine!)

Here is one last view.  I wanted to leave you with some of the decorating rules of thumb that I used when redoing this room:

1.  Start with an inspiration piece that you own (I used the yellow rug) and plan your room from there.  For me, white, grey and yellow sounded good!

2.   Use as much as you can from your own collection of “stuff.”  We already had the mattress in storage along with the furniture, lamps, curtains, and      bedding.

3.  Use paint to neutralize things like the ceiling fan, walls, or even furniture.

4.  Bring in woods to warm up the space….darker wood really warmed up the cooler yellow and grey colors.

5.  Use patterns and solids in balance.  Too much pattern makes your guest have a headache, and too little means….boooring!

6.  Guests want comfortable, simple and peaceful.

Please let us know if you do a room makeover…we would love to see it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget Decorating!

Written By Amy

My daughter Maddie’s room had a couple of walls that needed some decorating love.

I was trying to figure out how to update her room on a budget, so I went to Wal-Mart and got some white wood frames.   Then I dug out my old scrapbooking days paper (I have a ton!) and pulled out pieces that had colors from Maddie’s quilt–I chose several pieces with different patterns.  I also found some buttons, brads and felt in our craft cabinet that I thought I might use.  Here’s what evolved:

I chose this paisley yellowish/tan paper that I loved to go in the first frame.  I took a piece of white felt and cut out the letter “M”.  You will see in the end product I removed the gray buttons:

I put together different patterns and the accessories to find a balanced but creative look:

Here it is starting to come together:

 

And, the final product:

 

 

On another wall I hung a matching frame with a design inside that matched the others:

All the pieces come together for a final look!

 

 The whole project ended up costing around $20.00 which was the cost of the frames since I had everything else around the house.

Do you have any budget decorating ideas you can share with us?

 

Some things I am thankful for:

Fleece * God * Pizza * My Husband * Candles

Home: A New Use for Old Furniture

Amy

Yesterday’s post was about organizing your (and my!) home in the 31 Day Challenge.  Today’s challenge was repurposing old furniture, and I did that years ago with a dresser I bought at a thrift store for $80.  It now sits in my dining room and holds placemats, chargers, table linens, and candles….and all sorts of other odds and ends like napkin rings.  Here’s a picture:

 

I really didn’t have to change anything about it, but just ask my husband, if I needed to paint it I would have!

 

Do you have any pieces of repurposed furniture?  We’d love to hear about it!

 

Design: A Kitchen Makeover

Written By Amy

My sister, Emily, moved into the most adorable home a year ago.  It was an older home in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN, and she had a vision to redo some things in the house when she moved in.  Emily painted the whole house in great colors, and brought in her furniture and various becoming accessories.    I loved the feel of the home the minute I walked in!

One of Emily’s visions was to somehow redo the kitchen cabinets.  It was a dilemma though, because the floor was a white and black checked tile. The cabinets were a bland wood color, and the counter tops were a dark grey/black.  You can’t see the floor in this picture, but here’s what her kitchen looked like:

You can barely see the floor in this picture, and the seating area was a bench with a table.  There was a bland tan fabric covering the bench.  The kitchen needed a facelift…Emily wanted it to be a place that pulled you in, invited you to sit and enjoy a meal or a cup of coffee.

Emily and I talked during a visit last summer and I suggested painting the cabinets black.  I love black cabinets in the right setting, and I thought they would pull together the counter and flooring.  She was instantly excited about doing this and worked very hard over the next several months on the repainting project. Emily wanted to cover the bench in a new fabric, so she picked out  a black and white pattern that looked fantastic!  Here is the made-over kitchen, knobs and all!

Didn’t Emily do a great job?  I just love it.  You can see she painted the walls a mustard yellow color which adds warmth to the black and the floor.  Add a little light on the kitchen counter for an even softer look.  Her final project is to paint the brown trim white and then the kitchen will be complete. 

Four easy steps to paint cabinets:

1. Sand any rough spots.

2. Take the doors off the hinges.

3. Prime all wood surfaces.

4. Paint two coats of paint on the wood. 

Don’t forget to add or update the hardware, and redo any outdated lighting.    Thanks for a peek into your great new kitchen Emily!

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