Since moving into my apartment with my new husband, I have had a little issue finding space for everything. I have a lot of stuff. Luckily my husband is totally okay with that and lets me take over his storage areas.
Pregnancy has some wonderful perks. The biggest being I can pretty much get away with anything, including spending money to redecorate. Lately I have been “nesting” and I have to admit it is pretty fun. My husband has even gone on some shopping trips with me! Since we move into our new home… almost two years ago… we had big plans to make it feel homey. Well those plans never really actualized until now. Getting the house ready for a baby means a lot more people are going to be around and pictures will be taken in my house. I decided it was time for our decor to mature a little and re- or finally decorate.
Our room makeover was inspired by a few photos on pinterest. I have to say, we are pretty happy with the results. My husband said our bedroom looks like a hotel room now. If only it came with someone to make the bed and dust!
We already had the headboard, from Tuesday Morning, and side tables, from a swap meet. We just needed to add a few items to change the feel of the room.
I started by buying a new duvet cover for our bed. It is crazy how a simple linen change can make the room feel like new. We found the Threshold Seersucker Duvet Cover Set at Target and love how snuggly it is. We really love the color too.
Next we purchased two lamps. These we got from Home Goods. The lamps help add height to the headboard and make wonderful ambient light instead of the harsh overhead light. I love to leave these lamps on when I leave the room and come back to a peaceful setting. I added a few vases on the side tables to bring some fun.
My favorite part of the room is the written word artwork I put over the bed. Each piece represents us as a couple. On the left is a verse from the song that was played at our wedding. In the center is our monogram. To the right is a song Jon wrote to me for my 21st birthday. I bought three matching 16×20 frames from Michael’s and had the mats custom cut to fit each word piece. Since Jon had printed the song for me a few years ago I made the new pieces match buying similar paper at Staples.
Jon hung the frames with little help from me. He came up with a new (to us) hanging method that I thought was pretty clever. He used a thumb tack and taped it on the back of the frame hook. Then I held the frame in place and he pressed the frame to the wall. The thumb tack indented the wall a little and that’s where he placed his nail. The hanging process took 10 minutes tops!
We hope you enjoy our new room as much as we do! Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Last weekend we hosted Jackie’s last bridal shower. This shower was smaller than the last but still just as fun! We showered Jackie with undies and lingerie for her wedding night and honeymoon. I have to say, I wish I had one of these showers back when I got married. I think we should start a tradition and have them every five years, just to spice up the undies drawer.
We had planed on stinging an unwrapped pair of undies around the room. I went ahead and decorated some clothes pins to go with the rest of the decor. Jackie is not a huge pink fan, so we went with purple and black.
What you need:
- Clothes pins
- Washi Tape
- Craft Paint
First count out the number of clothes pins you will be using. I pre measures my tape and cut them into strips. Then center the tape on the clothes pin and attach it. Make sure all the edges are adhered to the wood and trim any pieces that stick out.
Painting the pins is very simple. Take a small brush and apply a few coats to the top on each pin. Allow for time to dry before using.
What pattern tape or color paint will you be using? Let us know in the comments below.
With Instagram becoming more and more popular it is a great way to see other people’s photos from your wedding or other special event. We made a hashtag for guest to use when they upload their photos so all guests can see them (and us too!) and put our sign in a frame to display at bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and the big day!
Growing up my home and yard was always filled with tons of plants because my mom loves gardening. Now that I have my own to build up, I wanted to put some plants in our apartment but of course am limited by space. Browsing Pintrest one day I saw a photo of this planter that was perfect! Of course the link did not go anywhere, so with a little help from my dad we came up with our own way to build the structure.
Its been over a year since my last chore chart creation and I felt it was time for a re-vamp. I also wanted to re-style this chart to make it simpler. The last chart was divided for the month with monthly chores and weekly chores for individuals to carry out. Lets just say that the last few months I have been pretty tired and slacking in my own chores, let alone helping others with theirs. I decided a new chart need to be made so anyone can complete any chore from the chart. I also broke down chores to do on specific days, hoping that the further break down will motivate my husband, who works better with short-term deadlines. So far we have used the chart for a week and are seeing great chore progress. The first week went by with only a few chores not completed. Hopefully this week we can get to them.
For this chore chart all I did was change and existing template (from the last chart) to associate week days for chores to be done on. I used Pages on my Mac and loved the result. Let me know what you think below!
Every time I go to a thrift store I look for canvas paintings or wooden frames. I have collected quite a few, much to the dislike of my husband. Well this weekend I got around to using two canvas paintings I bought last year. These matching grape paintings must have been a treasure to one household, to me they are a treasure because they were cheap and came in a pair.
I came across a pin on Pinterest for lovely DIY Herringbone Metallic Artwork and decided I needed to recreate this for my home. While They Snooze is a really cute blog of a mommy who crafts while her children are occupied with school, tv or nap time! Be sure to check it out.
What you need:
- Old canvas prints
- Old or leftover paint
- 2 inch Painters tape
- Metallic Spray Paint
First take your canvas and spray it with a little metallic paint. I also sprayed my canvas with leftover grey and white spray paint. Next I used three shades of blue acrylic craft paints and simply painted abstract lines. At first I wasn’t too happy with my work but after a few fixes I really like it.
Next take your painters tape and start taping the canvas. I started in the bottom corner and worked my way up. I eyeballed my measurements and worked the tape with no particular plan. I tried to keep the gaps the same size and alternate angles to give the art a herringbone look. Have fun with this step because it can get pretty tedious if you get too picky.
Once your done and the canvas is all taped, spray a few light coats of metallic paint over the canvas and let it dry. Then slowly remove the tape and see what you get. I had the paint underneath peel a little with the tape but luckily the first coats of spray paint remained and I didn’t need to do any touch ups.
I am pretty excited with the result and we now have two more hangings on the wall. I am excited the living room is shaping up more and my husband is excited the paintings are off the floor.
Have you ever been walking through your favorite hobby store and were suddenly inspired by one of those idea pamphlets? On my last shopping trip I took with Jackie this inspiration bug hit me and I walked out of the store with a project idea I did not walk into the store with. I am pretty excited to share this with you because I think it turned out pretty cute. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
What you need:
- A chip board base (they have plenty to choose from, squares, circles and various shapes)
- Your monogram letter
- Craft paint and brush
- Patterned Paper and scissors
- Mod Podge
- Stamp pad
- E-6000 Glue
First paint your chipboard monogram and the sides of the base, cut in slightly on the front of the base. Next trace your base on paper and cut it out. I recommend cutting slightly inside your trace line so no paper hangs over the edge. If you cut it way to small add a little extra paint underneath. Mod Podge the paper on the base and let it dry completely.
While the Mod Podge is drying you can add embellishments to the monogram letter.
Once the base is dry take your stamp pad and lightly work around the edges to make the paper have a more depth. This will also cover up and cutting mistakes that were made earlier. Once the ink dries, glue your letter in the center and hang it for all to see.
I placed my chipboard monogram in my master bathroom between two mirrors. The paper I used matches the paper I used for my Dresser Re-vamp. Stay tuned because you will see this pattern a few more times as I put the finishing touches on our bedroom.
I recently scoured Craigslist in search of a new dresser to complement my new headboard and night stands. Low and behold I found a dresser that matched my night stands exactly!!! Thank you Craigslist! After borrowing a larger car and a day trip to Temecula we were the proud owners of a new dresser.
I loved the dresser the way it came! I love the darker drawers and aged handles. Only problem is everything in our room is black! I decided it needed a new coat of paint. This is how I did a dresser revamp.
What you need:
- Drop cloth
- Spray paint
- Wrapping paper
- Mod Podge
First I took out all the drawers and removed all the hardware. I lugged the big thing outside on my drop cloth and began spraying. Make sure to do a bunch of light coats and not a few thick coats. One thick coat will bubble and end up looking horrible. My starting surface was pretty nice, they probably just painted before I bought it. So I didn’t need to sand. Make sure to take the step to sand if you need it.
After tons of coats, cans of paint and two sore trigger fingers my dresser was painted!
Next I worked on the insides of the drawers. First I measured my drawers and cut wrapping paper to fit. Then I began the Mod Podge process, it is helpful if you have an extra set of hands but totally possible on your own. First make sure the drawers are clean, I brushed mine with a large paint brush to remove dust and grime. Apply a light layer of Mod Podge and lay the paper over it. Follow with another coat on top of the paper to seal it and let it dry. I found that it was easiest to work in small sections to prevent bubbles. I started on the inside, then used a store loyalty card to press the paper smooth and get bubbles out. Then I wrapped the paper around the outside and left a little rest underneath also using a card to get bubbles out and make the paper smooth. Follow the same steps for the drawer bottoms.
Once the drawers were dry I put them all in place and added my hardware back on. The total process took two weekends allowing the paint and Mod Podge to dry fully. I really like how the drawers look from the sides now that they are all filled with clothes. Let me know what you think in the comments below!!
Over the last few months one of my go to verses is “Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10. I wanted to post this verse somewhere in my home and thought Ombre String Art would look pretty awesome. After playing around with what parts of the verse I wanted to highlight, I decided I wanted Be Still to be the statement letters. Next I had to find a board to use for the artwork and get to work.
What you need :
- board or piece of wood
- printer and paper
- linoleum nails
- needle nose pliers
- small hammer
- DNC floss of desired colors
- super glue
First prep your board. I used the top from a smashed up piano seat and spray painted it white. Using my word predecessor, Pages, I typed out Be Still as large as I could. I used the font Impact, and the size was around 400. Then I took the letters and placed them on the board where I wanted them. I hammered a few nails in each paper to keep them where I wanted before adding all my nails. Place the nails where you think they look the best. On straight letters like E,T, I and L I placed a nail in each corner and then evenly along long straight lines. For letters like B and S, I placed nails along the curves to make sure the string would keep the shape of the letter and not be too straight. Once trick I learned for hammering is to use needle nose pliers to hold the nails up and not my fingers.
Once you have all your nails in it is time for the fun part, adding string. I spent a lot of time deciding what colors I wanted to use. This art will be hung in my bathroom and I wanted a few different shades to work with so I decided to do an ombre color scheme. The letters BE are blue and the letters STILL are green. Take your first bundle of floss and tie a double knot on the first nail. Then weave the string over the nails in any pattern you wish. Keep an eye on the floss bundle and try to keep it from getting tangled. When you are finished, use another knot to keep the string secure. After I finished all my string I used a dab of supper glue on each knot before trimming excess string.
Lastly I wrote the reminder of the verse with a sharpie. I recommend writing in pencil first to make sure your spacing is how you like it.
Let me know what you think in the comments below. What symbol, shape or phrase with you make into string art?
These have been all over the internet thanks to Pintrest and the people who make their own bottle lamps. You can use anything from a glass vase, wine bottles, or other liquor bottles. This was my first attempt at making a wine bottle lamp, requires so time and patience, but I like my finished result and I hope I can make more to give away as gifts!
Jackie recently attended a clothing swap party. She brought this wonderful idea to me, and we decided to throw our own. As I began to dream up party plans I decided we needed a clothing rack to properly display clothes. I scoured stores like Target and Bed Bath and Beyond. While they had plenty of choices, none of them really screamed to be in my home. Turning to the internet I found a lovely garment rack tutorial on A Beautiful Mess. After convincing my husband that the rack is a necessity and will be used more than once he agreed to help me assemble it.
All of these pieces were bought at Home Depot and my total was just under $100. I made a few changes from A Beautiful Mess to make my floor flanges match.
What you need:
- 2- 1/2″ x 60″ black steel pipes
- 2- 1/2″ x 48″ black steel pipes
- 4- 1/2″ x 8″ black steel pipe nipples
- 2-1/2″ x 2 1/2″ black steel pipe nipples
- 2-1/2″ x 1 1/2″ black steel pipe nipples
- 4-3/4″ x 1 1/2″ black steel pipe nipples
- 6-1/2″ black tees
- 4-1/2″ to 3/4″ black 90 degree elbow converters
- 4-3/4″ black floor flanges
- 2-1/2″ black steel end caps
- Work gloves (you may want to take them to the store with you, these things are dirty!!)
First things first, these pipes are dirty!! My husband handled all the pipes in store and his hands were black. We used paper towels to while each down before assembly but they still had some residue. After everything was assembled we rubbed mechanics hand degreaser all over the pipes followed by a paper towel. This extra step did the trick and I recommend it either before or after assembly.
Remove all packaging and group the small pieces together.
Create both bases by screwing one 8″ steel nipple into the tee as shown. Attach one 90 degree elbow converter to the end of your 8″ nipple making sure it’s facing the opposite direction of the top of your tee when tightened. Attach a 3/4″ 1 1/2″ steel nipple to the open end of the elbow joint and a floor flange to the other end of the nipple and tighten. Repeat on the opposite side of your base. Attach one 1 1/2″ steel nipple to the open end of your tee joint and attach another tee joint to the 1 1/2″ nipple. Tighten with by hand or with a wrench so that the tee joint is facing straight out. Repeat these same steps to create your second base.
Assemble the top of the rack by screwing one 2 1/2″ nipple into one end cap. Then screw one tee joint into the other end of the nipple. Screw that piece onto one end of your 4′ steel pipe. Repeat with the other end of the 4′ steel pipe to complete the top of your rack. Screw each 6′ steel pipe into the open tee joints. Screw one base onto the end of one 6′ steel pipe and tighten so that the open joint is facing the opposite side and repeat with the other base. Screw one end of the last 4′ steel pipe into the left side tightly by hand or with a wrench. Fit the other end of the 4′ pipe into the other open tee joint and screw it in three times. This will unscrew it three times from the opposite end but neither end will be in danger of coming off.
Now that the DIY Clothing Rack is complete it is time to fill it. We are planing on using yours for future yard sales and hanging laundry up to dry. How will you use yours? Let us know in the comments below.
Here is another craft for all you Mason jar fans out there…so pretty much every woman who is crafty! These are mason jar lights that run off of solar power, so there are no cords to attach or plugin,you can take them pretty much anywhere, and they look really cool!
Growing up we all colored on the wall at one point or another. Some parents flipped and others handled it more rationally but in the end we all learned that writing on the walls was not allowed and were left with paper. Now kids have many surfaces to write on, the most fun being walls!!! My husband is a Youth Pastor and recently decided the youth room needed some updating. After many ideas and budget crunching he decided we needed a chalkboard wall to make into a prayer corner. Being a small church we wanted to make decorating very low-cost, so we turned to Martha Stewart!
Martha has lots of great ideas, but the one we tried is making custom chalk board paint. Chalk board paint can be pretty pricy… especially when you want to paint a few walls. Making your own is way more wallet friendly.
What you need:
- flat latex paint of your desired color
- unsanded tile grout
- measuring devices
- paint stirrer
- painting supplies (rollers, brushes, trays, drop cloths, etc.)
- 150-grit sandpaper
After you picked your paint color, or colors (how many shades of black and yellow are there?!?) its time to make it chalk paint. Pour one cup of paint into another container and add 2 tablespoons of grout. Mix well with the paint stirrer. Make sure to scrape the sides and break up any large clumps. If you are painting a large wall, like we did, you can mix the whole can at once. You will still need to pour the paint into another canister to measure properly and make sure the mix is even.
Now apply the paint to the wall. Work in small areas to get an even coat. We still needed a few touch ups due to dark color. Don’t worry if some areas dry with whitish patches, the following steps will fix it.
Now it is time to condition the wall. After the paint is fully dry, sand the wall with 150-grit sandpaper and wipe of the dust. Take a piece of chalk and rub the side over the entire surface. We used sidewalk chalk to cover the wall faster. Wipe off the chalk with a barely damp sponge…. I am stressing barely, it makes life easier.
Once the black walls were done we repeated the steps with two other colors. We bought some frames from thrift stores to add some detail to the wall and painted those as well. Now everything in the prayer corner is a chalk surface and ready for writing.
In case you haven’t noticed, we take a lot of pictures here at In-lala-land. Jackie and I had had a lot of trouble getting the shots we wanted due to poor lighting situations. I found this tutorial on Ninth & Bird to build a light box and shoot better photos and yelped in excitement. What a perfect little project to better achieve the photo looks we want!! Over our short holiday break I built this box. We have already used it a few times in some posts here and here, and will be using it in the future frequently.
What you need:
- ruler or straight edge
- Box cutter or exacto knife
- two tri-fold display boards or a sturdy box
- one sheet of white poster board
- white muslin or thin white sheet
- duck tape
- light sources
First measure your tri-fold board a square in the center and two half squares all with 2 inch boarders for all. Carefully cut them out and you should have two pieces of your box like below. Now the hard work is done!
Now place both pieces together and tape the flaps together to form a box. Use left over cardboard to fill in the bottom, you can either tape it on or glue it on. I wanted to make my box be able to fold flat for storage so when adding a bottom I taped it for easy removal. Measure your white muslin to cover the open sides and top. I used a sheet as my fabric and made a single piece that reaches from one side to the other, again so I can store it easily.
The poster board is to be used to create a seamless bottom to back and helps your images look clean. Using duck tape I positioned it a little less than half way up the back of my box.
Now just find a big enough flat surface and place your light sources around the box. I used one lamp over the top and two on the sides to get the best light. Your box may be smaller and need less or larger and require more. Good luck! I hope you like the result.