Pinterest Inspired Nursery Projects

As promised here is a little more in depth look at some of the projects that have been keeping me busy over the last few weeks.

Chicken wire bulletin board:

DIY Chicken Wire Frame

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Our movers managed to break this mirror in the great move from Georgia to Texas and after a quick scour of Pinterest I found this pin and knew it would be simple transformation.

All you need for this project:

  • A frame
  • Spray paint in your desired color
  • Chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Staple gun

Night table transformation:

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This little guy was collecting dust and had honestly seen better days. I knew a little  paint and contact paper would do the trick. And boy did it – I’m in love!

All you need for this project:

  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paint in desired color
  • Contact paper (purchased this from Marshalls)

DIY: Sand down the table, give it a coat of primer, slap on a few coats of paint, and cover some of the wood with contact paper for a little pop. Easy peasy!

Lamp Makeover:

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I already wanted to buy new matching bedside lamps for our master bedroom, so I was more than ready to give this guy a new home in the baby room. Especially due it’s small size.

All you need for this project:

  • 1/2 yard or yard of desired fabric (depending on lampshade size/shape)
  • Spray paint for base
  • Hot glue gun

Since my lampshade was this awkward shape I found this PIN that helped me through the lampshade makeover.

I found this project to be my least favorite in both the outcome and the tediousness. Though I think if I had used a lamp with a more round lampshade it would have been a little bit easier.

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I really enjoyed taking on these projects and seeing them come to life in the baby’s room. And I think I can officially call myself crafty!

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Boy Nursery Inspiration

It’s been hard to even think about the baby nursery without knowing the gender. Now that we know, all hell has broken loose on Pinterest!  [To see some of my nursery inspiration you can check out my nursery board http://pinterest.com/linzitaly/nursery-idea/].

It’s kind of fun to start with a blank slate, but at the same time it’s amazingly overwhelming. I’m soooo not an interior decorator, but thanks to Pinterest I’ve got some pretty good ideas a brewin’. We’ll just have to see how it all comes together.

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After only three days of officially knowing that I am bringing a baby boy into this world, I found myself at Lowe’s perusing paint samples and buying spray paint for pinterest inspired DIY projects.

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The three colors on the right are winning right now as the themed colors for his room. I’m thinking of grey as the main neutral color, and the two blues as accent colors throughout the room.

As for my Pinspiration, here is what I’m LOVING:

Elephants

Source: etsy.com via Linzi on Pinterest

Frames that pop in color on the grey wall

Source: weheartit.com via Linzi on Pinterest

Prints, mainly stripes and chevron!

Source: projectnursery.com via Linzi on Pinterest

Possibly one wall with horizontal grey or blue stripes

Source: projectnursery.com via Linzi on Pinterest

And after we discovered this broken gem when we unpacked into our new home, I knew I would find a great use for it via the interwebs.

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So my big plan is to turn this broken mirror into this…..

Source: ashleyannphotography.com via Linzi on Pinterest

Thank YOU Pinterest for the inspiration! I’m now getting really excited for a room transformation. I’ll keep y’all posted as I make progress.

Hope you all have a great weekend, mine will include catching up with old friends & wearing ugly Christmas sweaters! 🙂

DIY Bench Beautification

Remember a few months back when I delved into “crafting” by making over my dining table and chairs? Well friends the crafting high only lasts for so long, I had to get another fix.

And by fix, I really mean getting a bench and turning it from fugly to fabulous!

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This little bench started out as an old maroon burlap looking thing. The material was scratchy and the spider webs underneath were a sign that this bench had seen better days.

That was until I stumbled upon it in the clearance area of one of my favorite Antique malls here in Columbus, GA. I knew it would be mine, and I knew it would be fabulous when I was done with it.

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The beautification process was super easy.

1. Pop the cushion off [by unscrewing it from underneath]

2. Sand the wooden part of the bench

3. Apply two coats of your desired paint color

4. Pick a fun fabric, cut it to size, and staple around the cushion

5. Re-screw cushion back into bench

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I’m so excited about my new project that it’s inspiring even more makeover projects for our bedroom. I can’t even wait to start on our bedroom nightstands that will match the grey paint on the bench.

We happened to go furniture shopping last weekend, and I spied a bench similar in size in an outlet furniture store for roughly $150. I’m happy to say that my bench came in under $50, and that is including the bench, paint, sandpaper, and fabric.

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Don’t be afraid to test your crafty [or your non-crafty] skills. It’s such an amazing accomplishment to know that I transformed that bench into something beautiful and useful!

Happy crafting friends!

Easy Peasy Pinterest

I like to claim that I’m not the crafty type, but I’m sure after viewing my kitchen chair makeover you may wondering why I would say such a thing.

Maybe the more correct statement to make is this: “I wasn’t the crafty type until… Pinterest came into my life. Ha ha!

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Today’s easy craft was one I kept seeing on Pinterest… the cutesy little yarn letter.

You start with the letter block, which I found at Michael’s. Of course we went with “A” for Alabama.

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And all you need is some yarn in your desired color, a hot glue gun, and some patience.

Gluing the bottoms of the “A” were the hardest because they were very small and the yarn did not want to stay put.

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The key is to keep wrapping and gluing, wrapping and gluing until you are happy with the look.

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I thought this little project added a fun little pop of color to our living room. And I was happy with how it looks on our mantle.

I think anyone can be crafty — it just takes the right project to build confidence. I would have never in a million years thought I would be blogging about crafts!

But I am happy to say that if I can do it, so can you! Easy peasy!

Happy crafty Wednesday!

What are your favorite easy peasy pinterest inspired DIY/craft projects?

Easy Kitchen Chair Makeover

When I say that I’ve been “pinteresting” my house over the last month, I feel pretty confident that most of you know what I mean when I say that.

I’ve been using pictures of other people’s cute stuff to inspire me in my own home.

And to be clear, I’ve never really considered myself a crafty person, but this latest project was so easy that crafty people or non-crafty people alike could conquer it.

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I’m talking about those really cute chairs, if you weren’t sure. 🙂

The idea to makeover my dining room chairs came after realizing how out of date they looked. After awwing over some cute pinterest chairs, I googled how to reupholster a chair and realized it was SUPER easy!

Easy DIY Kitchen Chair Makeover

What I used:

  • Screwdriver
  • Staple gun
  • Fabric (a little over a yard)
  • Spray paint

Step 1: Flip over chair and unscrew cushion

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Step 2:

Cut desired fabric into a square that will completely cover the front side of the cushion

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Step 3:

Use staple gun to staple fabric to the back side of cushion. Make sure to pull fabric tight.

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Save the corners for last, as they need to be tucked and pulled for a nice finish.

Step 4: I took my chairs (sans cushion) outside and gave them a once over with black gloss spray paint.

Step 5: Once the paint had dried I screwed the cushions back onto the chairs.

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Seriously easy kitchen chair make-over!

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What do you think? Do you consider yourself a crafty person?

 

Tutu-torial

When signing up for a holiday race, it’s pretty much expected that you arrive dressed for the occasion. 100_4471

Photo from 2010 Christmas race

And let me just tell you, there will be no shortage of holiday cheer in mine or my bestie’s running attire this year. Because what’s more Christmas-y then a tutu right?

So last night we set out to make our own Christmas running tutu, and I thought I would share the tutu-torial with you all today!

DIY Christmas Tutu:

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What you will need:

  • Scissors
  • Elastic
  • 1-2 yards of each desired colored of tulle

Step 1: Cut the tulle into strips based on the desired length of your tutu.

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You will be folding the strip in half when you tie it onto the elastic, so make sure you account for that when deciding the length of your tutu.

Step 2: Measure the elastic around your waist to make sure it fits correctly. Then cut elastic, and you will you use that piece for your tutu.

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Step 3: Take a strip of your tulle [any color] and fold in half around the tip of your index finger.

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Then loop it around the elastic, and through where your index finger was.

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It will make a nice a little knot like so.

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Step 4: Continue adding on tulle strips in any color sequence you want, until you have filled the entire elastic, or it’s as full as you would like.

Step 5: Wrap around waist and tie a double knot in elastic, and pretend to be a ballerina.

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This was such an easy do it yourself project, and I can’t even wait to show how it looks with our full outfit. Which you’ll have to wait until Monday to see. 😉

I’m getting really excited about the Christmas 10k tomorrow! And really looking forward to seeing this girl, and this girl all decked out and ready to run too! The only thing I’m a little worried about is the huge freaking hill I had not accounted for.

Oh well, it’s called a fun run for a reason! I’m just going to have fun running and not worry about time or the freezing cold temps!

Good luck to everyone who is running a race this weekend! If you are racing this weekend, are you planning on dressing up?

DIY: Farewell Wedding Wands

*Today’s post is part of my on-going Wedding Wednesday Series. A chance for me to ramble on about non-running, wedding related stuff!*

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Upon signing the contact for our chosen wedding venue,  I noticed that there was a strict no sparkler or throwing of rice on the property.

Now, as I’ve been gushing over wedding blogs for the past six months, I knew I wanted that grand exit sparkler photo. But I quickly came to the realization that that wasn’t a good enough reason not to pick my venue.

So my mother and I quickly turned to plan B, C, & well D.  Because J. Alabama and I are going to have a grand exit damn it, and it is going to be awesome.

So we toyed with the idea of blowing bubbles and even swinging around glow sticks, but none of those options felt right.

And though we are exiting at 11:30 pm, it will be dark outside, our venue has bright lights that will shine on the front steps for our exit. So sparklers may not have really worked anyways.

So plan D actually came to my mom less than a week ago. As in merely 2 weeks before the wedding. She came up with the idea to make wedding wands!

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Let’s just say it was a mad scramble last weekend to get them made, but our exit will full of love in the form of flying ribbon!

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What you will need:

  • desired amount of chopsticks or small wooden rods
  • desired color & amount of ribbon (various colors & patterns recommended)
  • tinsel
  • glue gun
  • random fake flowers, beads, jewels….etc

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This is pretty much an anything goes kind of project!

And it was so incredibly easy, once I begged for help from my family members.

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You start by picking your chopstick & taking your desired ribbon and tying it on the end in a big knot.

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We ended up using two-three different colors of ribbon and tying it in a knot in the middle. Basically doubling the ribbon from two strands to make it look like four strands.

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Next you can take a bunch of tinsel and tie it in a knot above or below the ribbon knot on the stick.  (The tinsel was a bit trickier, but it was a cheap way to add more fluff and shine to the wands!)

Then it was time for the final touches! With your glue gun in hand, glue down parts of the ribbon knot, so it won’t come off the stick. And bedazzle the heck of it!

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Feel free to glue on jewels, fake flowers, or even buttons for the final touch!

Then let your Grandfather model them off for you.

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I think these will add the perfect pizzazz for our end of the evening grand exit.

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Happy Wedding Wednesday Friends! (10 more days!)

We are running out of Wednesday’s between now and the wedding, so you may see a few extra Wedding related posts popping up over the next week.