Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Getting to the Inspiration Pic

Hello my friends! I'm so thrilled with a couple changes I made to the guest bedroom and couldn't wait to show you. I swear, if I didn't blog I wouldn't get half of this stuff done in our house! It's a good thing, but if I didn't blog I'm guessing we'd always have clean clothes, so there's a trade off there. 

Last I left you with the guest room I shared the new bed that makes hearts pop out of my eyes when I walk in the room: 
Softened green Sherwin Williams

I've been contemplating a small change in the room and the addition of the bed made it clear I needed to do it. This photo has been (loose) inspiration for me over the years as I've worked on this space: 
White walls with black and green accents

I don't want to replicate it exactly -- the best part about inspiration photos is tweaking them to work for your own space and taste. But my takeaways from this are that I love the green, black and white combo and the contrast of the three. LOVE. (By the way, if anyone has an original source for this, let me know!)

The Softened Green wall color in this room was inspired by this photo. But as you can see in the pic, that white wall behind the bed really makes everything pop. So I decided to finally change that back wall to white. What I thought would take a little over an hour ended up taking more than four, but more on that in a bit. 

The other part of this photo that I loved? That lamp! I work with Better Homes and Gardens every other month to show off their products and I was SO excited when I found this one online that was so similar (I actually like it even more): 



Swing arm lamp BHG Walmart

You can adjust this in two spots -- the big arm and then the actual light: 
swing arm lamp bronze

The description says it's bronze but it's more black to me. I think it goes so perfectly with the cottagey feel in this room! 

I love that you can adjust where the light goes so easily -- I like these lamps for reading in bed: 
Cottage bedroom ideas

Because I love symmetry I got one for each side of the bed: 
DIY sunburst mirror

I absolutely love them against the new white wall! Contrast is my JAM. 

Although as hard as I try, not having matching nightstands is not my jam. I've tried to do it over the years and it makes me twitch. I am a lover of symmetry and just need to go with it. So one of the last changes to this space will be to find simple matching nightstands. Not an easy feat as I'm trying to redo this whole room on a very small budget. 

I'm so so so happy I painted that back wall white. Love it. The green is so beautiful but it was feeling a little heavy. My husband loved it all in green but as soon as he saw the white he commented on how much brighter it made the room: 
Metal bed cottage bedroom

The power of paint is strong my friends. The white ties everything together in here -- the wall across from this one has the big sliding closet doors in white as well. It also ties in the pretty window woodwork I added last year.

I was hoping because the trim work on that wall is so thin that I could just use the paint roller right over it, but no. I had to use a brush and cut in around all that trim. Sob. It took forever!! But now that I'm done, it was worth it. :) 

I recently put one of our black dressers up in this room (you can see a bit of it in the photo above) and it looks SO GOOD. I'm so stinking happy with how this room has come together. The next time you see this space it will be completely done -- I'm hoping in the next couple of weeks or so. My goal this year is to finish the spaces I've started in this house and this one will definitely be knocked off the list! :) 


Here are some more posts about this room that you may find helpful!


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Monday, February 8, 2016

DIY Disney Pin Art

Hello there! My goodness, we had a crazy busy weekend! So much fun but I'm already looking forward to hardly doing a thing in about five days. :) And how about that win by the Broncos? Of course we are Peyton fans for life, no matter where he goes. 

Last week my son and I finished up a quick art project that we've been planning for some time. I've had this project in mind since our first trip to Disney World (and our love for all things Disney started!). 

Our boy collects pins every time we visit -- finding a new cool pin is seriously one of his favorite things ever. We all love them because they are little works of art and represent so many of the memories we've had there as a family. Hanging them on the lanyards didn't seem to do them justice so we've been wanting to showcase them better for some time.

I saw a similar idea with the smashed pennies years ago and I thought it would translate well to this project: 

So fun right? I've never been able to find a source for this unfortunately. 

Since the pennies are flat you can used a frame -- that wouldn't work with the pins so I figured out a different version. It started with a two by two foot board from the hardware store: 

They come in this size and it was $7. It was really thin but thicker boards are available. You can go even cheaper with plywood but I wanted something that was perfectly flat -- that's harder to find in plywood this size. 

Next up was the foam board -- I found a set of 16x20 boards at Walmart, (you can also find them here). I knew if I cut them up I could cover the wood: 
Disney DIY pin display

Excuse the cat butt. :) I liked this stuff because it was thicker than basic foam board -- the thinner stuff wouldn't have grabbed the pins as well. I used the level as a straight edge and scored the boards with an X-acto knife to cut them. They break easily and then you score the other side.

I used basic glue to stick them to the wood and then placed books on top to make sure they laid flat (for about 20 minutes or so). I cut some black fabric to the size I needed and used spray adhesive to spray the board before I laid the fabric on and stapled it to the back:
DIY Disney pin art

I used the adhesive because I knew we'd be repositioning the pins and just thought this would keep the fabric on there well. It worked! I think you could get away with not using it though. 

Then we started creating our art! I used random stuff to figure out the sizing for Mickey's head -- a round mirror for the big circle and plastic containers for the ears. I cut out the circle and then cut out a slightly bigger outline to tape to the board. That way we could follow the lines with the pins: 
Disney pin art

We placed the pins upside down to figure out what would fit and that helped a ton. After they were all on we moved some around here and there -- the foam and fabric makes it easy to do. When we finished I took the paper away and we were left with a super cute art piece: 
Mickey Mouse Disney pin art

I think his ears could be a little bigger so we may add a bit to those. It's hard to get precise with the randomly shaped pins! I may also add some trim to the side but will wait to see it hung first. 

My plan is to create a small Disney gallery wall with mementos from our trips. I want it to be fun yet tasteful and we have the perfect wall picked out. This pin art turned out even better than we had hoped and took less than $20 and an hour to finish up. I LOVE that we can really see all of the fun pins and they'll be out where we can admire them. It tides us over till our next trip. :) 

Have you created any fun Disney art? Feel free to share if you have! I've kept some random items to frame for the future wall -- I think it will be a fun spot when we're done!