Monday, October 31, 2011

Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat

My son loves Curious George and was so excited when we found a monkey costume at Target. He hugged it the rest of the time we were in the store. When I was trying to figure out what I wanted to be I had a brilliant idea of my husband being the Man in the Yellow Hat. I was surprised when he agreed!

It was a very easy costume to put together. I bought a matching shirt and pants at St. Viny's (in a khaki color so when dyed they would have a similar shade) I was debating between making a hat and buying one. On one trip to St. Viny's I found this hat and bought it just in case. I am glad I did because I ran out of time getting ready for our party, so I went with what I had! I also found the tie at St. Viny's, and it was yellow!

The new house nursery

I finally finished my son's second nursery! I knew I wanted to do an accent wall and this is what I came up with! It is based on the Restoration Hardware Baby curtains and bed skirt I purchased.
It was very simple to paint. First I painted the Silver Sage color (I have used this before, I had it color matched at Home Depot with Behr Paint) I let it settle for 4 days and then taped the thin brown line.
Here is the rest of the nursery:
I love how bright little man's room is! Making the black out curtains a must! I love the white little book shelf. It's now a favorite of his as well, he likes to climb in it and play with the stuff on top off the shelf.
My little man and I made this stool for him to look out the window. I am planning on painting his name and date under his foot prints!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dr. Seuss Bathroom

My 18 month old has a new fun Dr. Seuss One Fish Two Fish bathroom! And he LOVES IT! He loves showing off the fish and pointing to them!

I got the idea from Pottery Barn Kids. They recently had a Dr. Seuss One Fish Two Fish Bathroom, but I discovered it after it was no longer available from Pottery Barn Kids, and I did not want to pay Ebay prices, so I made my own version with some paint and a Target Shower curtain and Target Accessories. I am very happy with how it turned out and a lot less than what Pottery Barn Kids originally sold it for and less than I would spend on Ebay!!

Little Man showing off the fish!

The wall was already painted a shade of blue, so I used a projector to get the outlines of the fish and then free handed the rest of the mural. I used Behr paint samples from Home Depot in several Disney colors! The fun bright colors were perfect for this project! I replicated the waves from the inspiration Pottery Barn Kids shower curtain to create the accent wall.

Little Man pointing at the fish. I used a paint pen to outline the mural, my first time using a paint pen, but not my last!
One fish and blue fish!
Behind the door looks a little funny because there are no fish, but its behind the door and where we hang bath robes.
Red fish!

Red fish (and my favorite, I think he turned out the best!!!)
PBK had cute bath accessories that were bright primary colors with descriptions on them. I found these great bath accessories at Target and stenciled then with Martha Stewart's new stencils to replicate PBK's accessories.

Three fish!
Throw in a Dr. Seuss hat and you have a complete bathroom perfect for any little man!

The shower curtain is also from Target.
Two fish!
I am so proud of my finished bathroom. This is the first time I have done any major painting like this and I am very happy with how it turned out! And its even better that my Little Man loves it too!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

DIY Canvas Art Work

I like making my own canvas art work.

These 2 pieces I made for my mom's bathroom. These are my favorite two pieces and I love the colors, the bright yellow and the gray. I decided to do my guest room the same color because of this bathroom!

Here is a second canvas I did for this bathroom, over an old canvas in the opposite colors. I purposely added lots of layers to try and get some additional texture in the canvas.

This canvas I did about 4 years ago for our office at our first house. The room was orange and brown, the orange color in this canvas was an accent wall on the back of the room. I loved that orange color. As you can see I tend to stick with one theme and that is trees.

This is my most recent canvas I did for my guest bedroom. I used painters tape to get the straight lines. I like how this turned out, but it might be a bit contemporary for my guest bedroom, so most likely it will not stay in the room. But we will see.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

My Guest Room Fails

I have been working on my guest room for a while and I am not loving it!

I like the star burst mirrors but (besides it falling apart) I was not happy with how mine turned out! It needs a lot more. I also really liked the look at the CB2 cube shelves and was so excited when I found them at Target in black. So I bought 4 packs of them and painted them all white. Then I realized how difficult they were to hang. Combined with my DIY canvas art, I am not loving this wall.
Then, I spent a while using the new Martha Stewart stencils to update this IKEA lack shelf (that I spray painted gray). I again, don't love it. It took a lot of time, but I think the yellow paint is too bright even though it color matches the bed spread with the combo of the pattern.
Lastly, I love my glass lamp with the shade I covered in a gray fabric.... but....
I forgot to think about how you will be able to see the edge of it, and did not hot glue the inside nice enough and with a straight line.... so it does not look nice when you look at it!
Oh and I accidentally touched the hot glue when redoing the lamp shade. Now I have a nice welt on my finger that 4 hours later still hurts!
I have plans to redo the star burst mirror and change my art work out. I am looking for a new night stand but have not found what I want yet. I am hoping version 2 of my guest room will turn out closer to how I envision it in my mind!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Playroom Rules Artwork

Here is my version of the Playroom Rules that I have seen all over the internet. It was so easy to create this in In Design and have it printed at Costco for $6!

I love making my own art work and this was so easy! One more project completed in my little man's playroom. Only a few left and it's done!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Entry Table Makeover

My new entry table redo using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!
My before Craig's List find. It was in pretty decent shape, but it has some character flaws I decided not to fix to add to the charm!
There is a little crack on the top of the table, but I thought it added character. I love the bright and happy color, Arles! This was my first time using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I read so many reviews on the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that I had to try it out. I liked that I did not have to prime, but I did end up putting on 3 coats of paint. Looking online I was not able to find a lot of examples using the color Arles, so I was a bit hesitant ordering the color without seeing it, but I was so happy with the color!

The new pulls I was surprised to find at Target. I was going to reuse the pulls that came with the piece, but I really like the look with these pulls.
I originally was going to distress it, but for now I am going to leave it as is.