DIY headboard update

There wasn’t anything too too wrong with our master bed, but it wasn’t nice.

Our bed, headboard, and the "always kiss me goodnight" stencil left by the previous owners.

Our bed, headboard, and the “always kiss me goodnight” stencil left by the previous owners.

I can do better.

I measured the length of the headboard between the two posts, 58 in, and sewed a white, waffle duvet cover we had (from where?) to that length. I then hung it over the headboard and safety pinned it at the bottom, under the bed.

The stencil/decal had to go.

free new headboard

free new headboard

But what to replace it with? I couldn’t just leave all that empty wall space. I FINALLY remembered that I had 4 unused small decor mirrors in the basement closet. I used my new beepy stud finder, found 3 studs because this is THE house and I will be hanging things properly, and hung the mirrors.
headboard remodel

headboard remodel

The best news is that Hubby absolutely loves it! He usually just tolerates my decorating or thinks it’s “nice”, but this one got him.

Organize and Decorate bedroom dresser

There is no need to bother with a “before” picture, it sucked. We moved in, I put stuff wherever and voilà, cluttered dresser.

Now I’ve had some time and a bottle of Martha Stewart vintage decor paint in antique sky ($9 with coupon vs $16). I used a foam brush (I had a bag of them from somewhere) and I’ll never use a bristle brush again.  The foam gives the most even and uniform application ever.  I’ve also rounded up some bottles and containers to use said paint on and voilà, beautiful, grown up dresser.

Jewellery storage

Jewellery storage

One empty wine bottle, one empty beer bottle and one empty coffee can. I soaked and peeled the label off the beer bottle and buy then it would have been cheaper to just buy a jewellery stand- but not as pretty. I didn’t bother removing the label from the wine bottle and it turned out ok.  The ribbon came from a box of chocolates Hubby bought me.  I sort of wove it around the bottles to hold them in place.  The two bottles are for my bracelets and the can is for bulky necklaces.

jewellery storage

jewellery storage

This was an Illy coffee can that I painted.  I tore a strip off a large white cotton sheet that I use for multiple sewing projects and stuffed it in the can so the jewellery would be near the top.  I put my bulky necklaces in here.

store jewellery in shallow crochet basket

store jewellery in shallow crochet basket

reuse bowl to hold hook earrings

reuse bowl to hold hook earrings

reuse plate to hold beauty tools

reuse plate to hold beauty tools

makeup brush storage

makeup brush storage

I found a Tupperware drink container with no lid and painted it. I filled it with rice and shoved all the makeup brushes in it. For the shorter brushes I put a Dixie cup inside another and painted the outside, then tied it to the larger Tupperware with a nice ribbon.

display makeup palette

display makeup palette

I put my eye shadow palette on a small wooden easel used for plates.

jewellery storage

jewellery storage

This was a little nail and screw organizer for the tool room but I have something better for that in the garage so that left this piece homeless.  I painted the outside and wanted to pain the drawers but they wouldn’t have fit back into their little slots if I’d done that so I lined them with pretty scrapbook paper.

organize and decorate bedroom dresser

organize and decorate bedroom dresser

PS- about the paint.  It says it takes 2 hours to dry between coats, not on glass it doesn’t.  The glass bottles required 4 coats, the paper Dixie cup 2 coats, the plastic brush holder 3 coats and the coffee can 3 coats.  You’re best off waiting 4 hours between coats although 6 would be better.  Otherwise the new coat strips off the one underneath and you have to start over.

Easy DIY bed canopy

This is more of an emergency canopy, for when your daughter absolutely needs something girly and you can’t go to the store to get dowels and hooks.

For this you will need:

single or double sheet in appropriate colour and motif (Tinkerbell in this case)
1 large binder clip
1 large broccoli elastic
1 large safety pin
1 large 3M Command hook (or regular wall hook that needs a drill, but I shied away from that because at some point this summer I’m going to make her a proper canopy with wood and power tools and everything).

What to do:

Fold sheet in half along the long way. Place folded edge on your right and open edge on your left.
Gather a handful of sheet from the corner of the folded edge and wrapped it tightly with the elastic.

diy bed canopy from single sheet

diy bed canopy from single sheet

Arrows point to open edge, circles point to elastic and binder clip.

Use the binder clip to pinch up as much of the fabric as possible.
Stick Command Hook to the wall, about an inch down from the ceiling (so you can remove it again later)
Wait an hour for the Command Hook to set.
Hook the binder clip onto the Command hook.

Use safety pin the pin the top corner open edge shut. This will give it a more closed canopy appearance.
Wrap the sheet around the bed and tuck under the mattress. This is where a double sheet would give you more of a wrap around canopy effect, but Tinkerbell is as Tinkerbell does.

diy bed canopy from single sheet

diy bed canopy from single sheet

You could sew (or safety pin) a dowel along the very top edge then use a string to hold it to the Command hook and this would further extend the reach of the canopy.

Reuse ballet tights into leggins

Big surprise, my daughter is growing and the ballet tights that fit last September are now in danger of ripping. In an effort to make them last until next September, I cut off the toes right under the heel part, double folded the ends and hemmed. Now she has leggins since her legs got longer but not her waist.

I cut at the red lines.

I cut at the red lines.

reuse ballet tights into leggins

reuse ballet tights into leggins

Upcycle flower vase

Glass vase thing- Target- $0.99 on sale
Flowers – Dollar Store $1.50
Tiara Ballet recital free (-ish. The costume fee was included in the registration fee).

My daughter and I were going through decorating magazines, circling all the things we liked (not that much really). 99% of what she liked were pink flowers in vases. Lucky for her I’d been to the Dollar Store this morning and happened to find some not tacky artificial flowers that were pink.

The mini glass vase was bought at Target on sale for $0.99 and the tiara came with her Christmas ballet performance costume. Since it was a cheap tiara, the hair holding prongs were falling off. With a pair of pliers I cut off the rest, then removed the bar across the tiara to supposedly hold them in place. With a pair of needlenose pliers I bent the outside bands of the tiara around the glass vase and hot glued them in place.

I artfully put in the Dollar Store flowers, having cut them from their wire stem with the pliers, and voilà; a pretty, blinged out vase with pink flowers, just like my daughter likes.

diy bling flower vase with pink artificial flowers

diy bling flower vase with pink artificial flowers

Free diy picture frame for long, narrow bathroom

There is a big, giant, bare wall in the main floor bathroom that is just begging for renovation or decent artwork. We do plan to redo the bathroom, but it’s on our 5 year plan, possibly even 10 year plan. In the meantime, I made this.

free diy art frame for rotating artwork

free diy art frame for rotating artwork

free frame for rotating art

free frame for rotating art

I went outside and collected dry branches and twigs that had fallen from my trees. You could do the same in a park if you didn’t have trees in your backyard. I made sure they were good and dead and therefore dry before more or less measuring them to make a frame. I did have to cut to fit, then tied the pieces together at the joins with appropriately coloured brown yarn. I added a small glob of hot glue under the ties just to make sure a branch didn’t slip out.

I measured 50 cm down from my ceiling, centering this frame with the mirror already in the bathroom. I nailed in two not excessively long nails more or less a quarter of a way in from the frame edge on each side. I set the frame on top of these 2 nails (the branches aren’t heavy so two nails is sufficient to hold this frame up).

I don’t have any marvelous works of art to display inside this giant frame (giant wall = giant frame) but I do have some postcards my dad has been sending me from Europe. He sends them with the intention to brighten my day and they do. I had them leaning up against my books in the bookcase but framing them is much better. To fill in the extra space I added paper fish that the kids had made.

The great part about this project is that it won’t be straight and that’s ok! When in doubt, go with a nature theme. The end result of this project is a busy wall, but it was so plain, huge and boring that it needed busy and now it looks so much better. Plus my daughter helped to hold the nails and offered an opinion about placement so it was a bonding moment as well.

There will be plenty more “bathroom update” posts in the future (hopefully near future) and the reason for that is that this new house HAS 4 FUCKING BATHROOMS. AND THEY ALL NEED WORK.

Lego Squirtle, Pikachu, Ivysaur and Marill free instructions

We here have reached the Pokemon psycho-motor stage of our children’s development. That means I have hundreds of new names to learn. Since Lego also remains a staple of the toy diet, I put the two together so that my kids would think I had magical powers of awesome.

Lego Pikachu

Lego Pikachu

Lego Marill, back

Lego Marill, back

Lego Marill

Lego Marill

Lego Ivysaur

Lego Ivysaur

Lego Charmander

Lego Charmander

Lego Charmander, back

Lego Charmander, back

The nice thing about these Lego creatures is that they are open to vast interpretation. I made the Marill mouse thing once I’d run out of everything else and all I had were the bigger, block-y pieces. Good luck.

DIY craft table for kids

More specifically, an end of the table for my daughter to use her enormous nail polish collection. Or paint. So I sewed a ratty old towel to the end of the table.

We recently bought a new dining room set for dining, so the old table went to the basement for the kids’ crafts. And my sewing machine from time to time.

raggety table complete with messy basement behind

raggety table complete with messy basement behind

ratty towel laid over one end of the table

ratty towel laid over one end of the table

I was going to use these sheet-holder-in-placers-over-the-corner-of-the-mattress thingies, but the towel was too thick so I had to sew it in place instead.

I used knitting yarn and tied a nice bow around the two front table legs, then a less nice bow through the back of the towel and the posts for the leaf insert.

sew towel around table leg

sew towel around table leg

sew towel through posts in leaf insert

sew towel through posts in leaf insert

Organize headphones

So you’ve managed to squash all 7 pairs into a ziploc bag where they have tangled themselves up beyond belief. You’re actually halfway there, they’re all in one place, although not the best way. Here’s what you do to each of them.

Untangle each one while swearing profusely. Pinch the headphone ends in a clothespin, wrap the cord around the pin, pinch the plug in end into the clothespin next to the earbuds.

non knotted headphones

non knotted headphones