• Build It Yourself,  Home Decor

    Framed Wallpaper Panels

    Several years ago, while my aunt and uncle were remodeling their home, they passed along to me some awesome wallpaper they had leftover. I was totally smitten with the design and had plans to use the wallpaper on the inside of a bookshelf, but later decided not to, for fear that it’s loveliness would get covered up. Then, one day, I came across a post from The Hunted Interior with the idea of creating DIY framed wallpaper panels. And I loved it.

    Framed Wallpaper Panels
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    I knew that creating the framed wallpaper panels was the perfect solution to showcase my amazing wallpaper. I followed Kristin’s tutorial with a few tweaks here and there.

    Supplies:

    I started by cutting the MDF board and trim pieces to my desired lengths (with a little help from the hubs). Mine measured 21″ X 49″, which was just a 1/2 inch wider than the original width of the wallpaper.

    Wall Panel Measurements

    Next, I measured and cut the wallpaper to fit on the board. Using the paint brush, I applied wallpaper paste to the back of the wallpaper and attached it to the board.

    Wallpaper Paste Brush

    While that dried, I painted the mitered trim pieces and then used wood glue to stick them on around the edges of the panel, creating a pretty frame. (Sorry, I forgot to photograph that step!)

    Woods Wallpaper

    Finally, using Command Strips, I carefully hung the panels on the wall (after measuring where they would go.) They only weighed about 6.5 lbs each, so hopefully they will stay up on the wall without a problem.

    3M Picture Frame Hanger

    The panels are now happily hanging in our bedroom and I love that I can enjoy them everyday.

    Wallpaper Frames Black White

    They were super easy to put together, but the most exciting part it that if we ever decide to move, we can easily take our framed wallpaper panels with us!

  • Build It Yourself,  Home Decor,  Organization & Storage

    Wire Mesh Pin Board

    Pinterest is a big deal. If you haven’t explored the many different pins and quickly become addicted to looking at pretty pictures and organizing them into neat little boards, then you are definitely missing out. However, when you are a sweet little 9 year old, like my daughter, Pinterest is something for the ol’ folks, because honestly, you are just too innocent to have to experience some of the randomness that pops up on the internet. So, to give our daughter a way to collect and display her own creative and pretty photos, my husband and I created a pin board out of wire mesh (aka hardware cloth, aka square chicken wire.)

    Wire Mesh Pin Board 1

    After a trip to the local hardware store to gather supplies, we quickly started putting everything together. We bought four 36″ x 2″ x 1/2″ pieces of craft board for the frame and hubby used a hand saw and miter saw box to cut the boards on a 45° angle, so the corners would meet up nicely.

    Wire Mesh Pin Board 2

    Next, he cut some hardware cloth a little smaller than the outer dimensions of our frame.

    Wire Mesh Pin Board 3

    Then, it was my turn. Since we couldn’t find any galvanized wire mesh at the store with reasonable dimensions (hello, we didn’t need 50 feet,) we went with the green coated stuff. I placed the cut piece on top of a drop cloth and coated it with a few layers of white spray paint to match the frame, which I also painted white.

    Wire Mesh Pin Board 4

    Once everything was dry, it was time to piece it all together. We found some corner braces that reminded me of something you might see on campaign furniture, so I opted to put them on the front of the frame and give it that same type of look.

    Wire Mesh Pin Board 5

    Lastly, using a staple gun, I attached the painted wire mesh to the back of the frame, stretching and pulling it, as best as I could, to get it to lay flat. (It still is a bit bumpy/wavy, but works perfectly for our needs.)

    Here it is up on the wall, doing its duty. Not doody. Because that would be gross.

    Wire Mesh Pin Board 8

    Wire Mesh Pin Board 6

    I grabbed a handful of paper clips to attach a few pretties to the board. I’ve seen clothes pins used in a similar manner, but probably any sort of small clips would work.

    Wire Mesh Pin Board 7

    Buying a regular, old bulletin board would have probably been easier, but isn’t this one so much cooler?

  • Build It Yourself,  Home Decor,  Room Makeovers

    Half Bathroom Remodel Part 2: The Final Reveal

    Pop the cork on the champagne! Pull out the streamers and balloons! The big Half Bathroom Remodel Part 2: The Final Reveal is finally here! Since we started our remodel way back in January, to finally be done with the bathroom is definitely a reason to celebrate. Woohoo!

    Reveal 1

    To see where it all began check out {Half Bathroom Remodel Part 1}.

    We have recently added some shelving above our commode, to give our washroom some added storage.  For the shelves, we picked a 1″ high x 1′ deep x 6′ long piece of pine from The Home Depot. While we were there, we had them cut it into 3 equal pieces. Once we were home, I slapped a couple coats of white paint on each board.

    To attach the shelves to the wall I used some brackets leftover from another project. They can be picked up at your local hardware store for around a buck a piece. For these shelves, I like how chunky these brackets are.

    Reveal 3

    My diy {baskets} and {apothecary jars} provide cute, functional storage in our bathroom. I also added a picture frame with the words You Are Beautiful in it. Who doesn’t like a good ego bust in the mornings?

    Reveal 4

    During this remodel, I had my first adventure in basic electrical work. When I flip the switch, the light comes on, so I called it a success. And I didn’t get shocked! Yay! I do not have a picture of the before light, but I assure you, this one is a huge improvement.

    Reveal 2

    The mirror was a great find by my awesome sister, who picked it up for free. I happily traded her an old window I wasn’t using for it.

    We love our new bathroom! I am impressed that we were able to do it all ourselves. It was hard work and took us several months but so worth it.

    Reveal Before  Reveal After

  • Build It Yourself,  Home Decor,  Painting Projects

    Ruler Drum Shade

    If you follow us on {Facebook}, you may recall earlier this week that I posted a teaser photo of a project I was working on using 43 rulers. And for the 2 people who actually care, I’m here to share with you the fate of those foot-long wooden measuring sticks. Behold, the ruler drum shade, aka, the thing that hides a boring, ugly light fixture.

    Ruler Drum Shade 1 Ruler Drum Shade 2

    Do you know what I can’t stand? Boring, ugly light fixtures. Yup. Especially, this particular one (pictured below) in our dining room. Why we would need to illuminate other areas outside of the dining room with this trio of directional spot lights is beyond me. I want to see my food and not the corner of the floor!

    3

    Unfortunately, we can’t change out the fixtures because we are currently renting. However, since they are directional, we can point them down over the dining table and cover them up with a removable shade.

    Ruler Drum Shade 4

    I actually only used 37 of the 43 rulers, but it was good to have a few extras around in case of mess ups. I also used a 14” embroidery hoop, gray acrylic paint, foam craft brushes, wood glue, binder clips, string and some little white ceiling hooks. Only about half of these items actually appear in my supplies photo. Oops.

    Ruler Drum Shade 5

    To start out, I mixed a 1 ½ to 2 ratio of water and paint in a cup. I wanted to give the rulers a gray washed look and still be able to see the numbers and marks. Using a foam craft brush, I applied a thin coat over the front and back of each ruler. I also separated and painted both pieces of the embroidery hoop with my water and paint mixture.

    Ruler Drum Shade 6

    Ruler Drum Shade 7

    Once everything was dry, I grabbed some wood glue and attached my rulers around the outside of the embroidery hoops; one hoop on the bottom and the other on the top. The spacing was completely guesstimated and the last ruler I added had to go on the inside of the bottom hoop to avoid the screw on the outside. My binder clips held everything in place while the glue dried.

    Ruler Drum Shade 8

    Next, I screwed 3 hooks into the ceiling around the light fixture, tied 3 equal pieces of string to the top of the shade, and looped the strings around the hooks, making sure the shade stayed even and level. (This involved a lot of climbing up and down to check things out.)

    Ruler Drum Shade 9

    Then, I admired my new dining room shade. Here’s an interesting view from below. Nevermind the mismatched bulbs.

    Ruler Drum Shade 10

    From this angle, it kind of looks like the boogeyman when the lights are on. See the two eyes and wide smile? Eat your veggies, children, or the monster in the ceiling will get you.

    Ruler Drum Shade 11

    We love not having to look up and see the weird spot lights all of the time, and I’m so glad that I gray washed everything because it gave it a cool vintage look. What do you think?

    Ruler Drum Shade 12

    Oh, and just in case you are wondering, here is the cost breakdown of the shade itself.

    • 37 Rulers ($.25 each from Walmart): $9.25
    • 14” Embroidery hoop (from garage sale): $0.25
    • Gray acrylic paint (from Walmart): $0.97
    • Foam craft brushes, wood glue, binder clips, string and ceiling hooks (all already owned): Free

    Total cost: $10.47 plus tax