Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Closet Turned Craft Area

Time for one more redo at my house and then my daughter will be posting about decorating her son's big boy room!

This is a big walk-in closet that I decided to make into a craft area.  It had become a holding space for all my decorating knick-knacks and over time it became unorganized.  I wanted a space dedicated to my crafts - painting, sewing, wrapping presents, etc.  So, here are some before pictures...

After cleaning everything out, I was left with a blank slate...

I made some cute panels for the windows with fabric I bought at a yardsale.  The whole bolt of fabric was $5 and I knew it would be fun and whimsical for a craft space!

Next, I created a memo board with some extra scraps of fabric.  This is how it's done.  First, you need a bulletin board and scraps of two different fabrics.  I tore mine into long strips because I like the raveled edges

Then, you take one set of strips and staple them to the board, making sure to pull the fabric taut and stapling it to the back of the board.

Next, take the second set of strips, staple and weave through the fabric already stapled to the board.  Staple these strips just like the first set. I don't have pictures of this step, but maybe the finished product will give you an idea.  

Now, here is the rest of the room!

So much better!  Stay tuned for a big boy room reveal in the next few days!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Updating the Porch

Before I redid the dining room, and before it was consistently 90+ degrees outside everyday, I tackled my screened porch to give it a more roomy feel and brighten up the space. It needed paint - floor to ceiling, and new furniture. Here are some before of the paint chipping and a few right before painting...

The ceiling was painted Atmospheric Blue by Sherwin Williams.  I paid $10 for a quart of paint for the ceiling and a quart for the woodwork.  I spent $6 for the cement paint.

 After painting it was time to accessorize.  The old furniture needed to be taken to the dump so I found this set at Bed Bath and Beyond for $299.
 After assembling it all with an allen wrench (bleh) I had a porch full of new furniture that didn't cost a fortune!

I also bought this pair of panels from Big Lots for $15.  

I added this fabric from Wal-Mart, which cost me $10.00.  I added it to the bottom of the panels and made some cute throw pillows with the leftover fabric. 
 Here are some after pictures!

I love the feel of my freshly painted porch.  Now I can sit out here and relax, when it isn't 100 degrees out, of course!

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Dining Room Redo

When we first built our house in the early 90's, we painted our dining room red.  Over the last couple of years, I have wanted to update it and I finally decided on painting it yellow.  Here are some before pictures of the room when it was red...

Here it is with a yellow tinted primer on the walls...

And here it is, painted, but before the room was decorated.  The paint color is Weston Flax by Benjamin Moore.  The chandelier also got a coat of black paint and some new shades. 

And here are some more after pictures!  New curtains, freshly painted walls, and an updated chandelier make the space feel up-to-date and so much bigger!

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