Thursday, October 24, 2013

Trunk Transformation

    I have been trying to find a storage solution for the ever growing amount of toys in our house.  I looked into buying a nice toy box but even the cheap plastic ones are too pricey in my opinion.  A few weeks ago I went to Goodwill with my daughter to see if I could find a few good deals on some winter clothes.  I found quite a bit actually but the thing that caught my eye was this horridly ugly toy box!

    As soon as I saw it and the $12 price tag I knew I could have the toy box of my dreams!!

The top of the trunk was coming apart but I already had plans of using the leftover foam and batting from the headboard upholstery and reuse the fabric from the tee pee I made that my daughter never used.

This is the picture of the inside of the trunk turned toy box.

Here is a 3 am snap shot of me painting the trunk in the middle of the living room.  It took two coats on the inside and outside to cover up the ugly before.  This was just some paint we had leftover from another project so I am unsure of the exact color but it's basic white to me.  With it being so late and trying to get all the major work done before the tyrant princess awoke I skipped taking pics of upholstering the top of the trunk.  If you read the last post about the headboard, it's the same instructions only on a smaller scale.

I apologize for the picture quality but we are still looking for lighting solutions in her room.  With no overhead lights and a kid who likes to destroy everything she can touch we are running out of options.  If you have any ideas please feel free to comment.  And as much as I hate to admit this when I went to Lowe's to buy the new hardware for the toy box I didn't factor in all the foam, batting and material when inserting the screws.  I went crazy trying every way possible to put the toy box back together and after hours I thought I had it!!  Only to find out after her using it that the lid is broken and no longer works.  The particle board just won't hold and I'm running out of ideas.  I'm thinking of scratching the covered top and adding some trim around the top and boards down the front, back and sides to make it look more polished.  Although I really don't want to see the toys at all times and I'm so afraid of her smashing her fingers!  If anyone has any ideas or did a similar project and has any tips please let me know.  Thanks!  

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Reupholstered Headboard

    I have been MIA for a while now because I am trying to work on my daughters bedroom.  She will be two in December and I so want her to have a big girl room now.  She slept in her convertible crib for a while but has slept in a full size bed for months now and seems to like it a lot better.  I know we have all seen many tutorials on how to reupholster a headboard so I hope to make this short and sweet and hopefully have the full bedroom reveal in a few weeks.  Please be patient with me, the lighting in her room is horrible and we are working on a fix for that.  If any one has any suggestions on what types of lighting to use (because she destroys side table lamps) please feel free to let me know!  First we will start with what the headboard first looked like......

     I found the eggshell foam for a full size bed at Wal-Mart, except it doesn't look like the old eggshell stuff I'm used to.  Here is a close up view......

   I cut his foam to fit the size of my headboard.  I wanted to make sure you couldn't feel any of the gaps in between those silver bars in the first picture.  We used the tacky foam spray on both the headboard and the foam and after a few minutes smashed them together to get a nice firm hold.  Then we took some batting and wrapped around the foam and the rest of the headboard to give a nice even and uniform look......

 This is my wonderful sister helping me on this two person project.

    Next came wrapping the fabric around the frame and making sure the tucks and folds looked as professional as possible.......

    The next part we tackled was adding the nail head trim to the front side of the head board to give it a more polished look.  We had lots of trouble because the nail heads that come with the trim were too small to go through all the layers of the fabric.  So at 11 pm we were digging for any nails we could find to help finish off the trim.  if you look close you can see the difference but not enough to bother me especially when you are looking from afar.  here is the nail head trim finishing off this headboard......

   Here are two more pics that are close ups of the nail head trim.......

    I am absolutely in love with the way it turned it out and almost wish it was my own headboard! :)
I am trying to use navy, green and some deeper yellows that I will show you in the next post I do about the $12 Goodwill toy trunk I found, can't wait!!  

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Friday, September 6, 2013

2014 Planner Pages and Free Printables!!

    I have finally finished my 2014 planner and would like to share it with whomever else would like to use it.

This is the Cover Page I am using and I saved it as a Publisher file so you could insert your own name.

This is what the calendar pages look like.

This is what the first page of the weekly planner looks like.

This is the second page of the weekly planner pages.

I also included a larger Notes page.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Diet Coke Lover Birthday Party and Free Printables

    My Mom has been drinking Diet Coke all her life-and nothing else!  So I thought it was very fitting that on her 49th birthday I throw her an appropriately themed party.  It was a small get together of immediate family and nothing too fancy but I loved how all the decorations came out because it fit her all too well. 
Since there were so few of us attending I asked her what she wanted for her birthday meal {it's something we do for every one's birthday} and she requested by famous homemade lasagna with salad and garlic bread.  That was easy enough so for desert I made cupcakes, cake balls and a mini birthday cake just for her.  I made all the decorations myself and used some leftover helium and balloons as well.  The party was a hit and I couldn't have been happier with the results!  Here are some pics of the party decorations.



    Above is one printable I have available for download in case you have someone in your family that LOVES Diet Coke as much as my Mom!  I have included the other printables I used to help make this party such a hit in the links below. I hope you enjoy them and let me know if you use them in your own party!

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