Coral and Mint Living Room Reveal

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If you’ve been a follower of our blog for a while, you may have seen this room made over before. This is this room’s 4th, yep, 4th makeover. I have learned so much about what works for this space (and our family!) and what doesn’t. I FINALLY love this room.  I love it because it totally reflects my style and nearly every element of the room was a DIY done by yours truly. I’m talking, the wall paint, refinished floors, curtains, ALL of the furniture, including the sofas and many of the accessories were all made by moi! 

From 2011, when we moved in and had zero decor (and no decorating budget!) This room has come a long, long way! Since moving in, I have painted the room twice. Once a pretty grey (Glidden – Pebble Grey) with a striped accent wall and hallway. Now, we have a crisp white (Behr – Swiss Coffee) room with a Mandilicious, Vintage Revivals inspired gold sharpie accent wall.  It’s funny but I can totally see my style shift and I finally figured out what “my style” is. 

Gold Sharpie Wall

In 2012, I refinished the wood floors that were hiding beneath the beige builder grade carpet and painted my favorite yard sale find to date, the Coral TV Console. The paint color is Sherwin Williams – Emotional with a tiny bit of white to lighten it up just a little.

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 On the other side of the room, I painted both end tables and the coffee table white to keep it neutral. The lamps were spray painted with Krylon Navy spray paint and Rustoleum’s Gold Metallic. The lamp shades are from Target.

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 The area rug is also from Target. It’s a light color but has held up well to spills, kids and snow being tracked in the house.

Reupholstered Sofa

I tackled one of my biggest DIYs ever and reupholstered and tufted these thrift store sofas and painted the legs gold then dry brushed them with a grey to distress it and tone down the metallic gold.  I am in love with the look of these and they’re super comfy! 

Gold Gallery Wall

Another fun project I did was put together this Gold Glam Gallery Wall. I love that it’s carried over past the corner and goes onto two walls. Most of the frames and mirrors are thrifted with one exception. I framed some family photos, created these hand painted DIY family silhouettes of my husband and I, made the personalized “Nikolaus – forever, for always, no matter what” sign for our family, added the map (a clearance steal from Target!) and some fun prints to the wall. I love how it all came together.

Throw Pillows

I’m a sucker for cute throw pillows. The gold ones are from HomeGoods and the floral is from DecoMod Walls. The mint bicycle one has gold faux snakeskin fabric on the back and for the front I used mint cotton fabric. I used my Silhouette and some white heat transfer paper to make the cute vintage bicycle. I love the little quirkiness it adds!

Mint and Gold Hallway

If you look past the gallery wall into the hallway, you can see my mint hallway with another gold mirror and gold triangle vinyl decals. I’ve already been asked where I got them after posting a photo on instagram so I added them to my Etsy shop! You can purchase them here if you’d like!

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If the door is open, you can see my super fun mint coat closet makeover. That closet makeover was a long time coming and has helped tremendously in keeping this room tidy… most of the time. ;) The mint color is a mix of Behr – Canton Jade and Tropical Dream. It’s the perfect shade of mint. I used the same paint color in the hallway when I painted over the grey and white stripes.

For the little sitting area, I reupholstered this $5 yard sale chair into the best chair ever. I love it so much! Mint and gold are just perfection. 

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 The rug is from HomeGoods and the side table is from Target. I love how the glass almost has a mint tone to it so it matches so well! See the curtains peeking behind the table and chair? 

I made these ombré, coral and gold, ikat curtains for $5 from a twin sheet! I couldn’t find the right fabric so I hand painted the ikat design! You can find the full tutorial here.

Wow! Okay, got all that!? ;)  This is my favorite room in the house and it was chalk full of DIYs, re-DIYs and tons of ideas. Some of which worked, some didn’t. I love the decorating process and I’m a DIYer for life! For now, I’ll sit back and enjoy this room until we move next year! 

DIY Living Room Makeover

I am submitting this makeover to Creating with the Stars 2014! If you liked this, please head over and click on this project on the link party (#245) to increase our chances of being chosen!  Savannah and I are die-hard DIYers and this competition would be so amazing for us to be a part of!! Head over and check it out here. Leave a comment and tell them how much you love this room and the Classy Clutter girls!!!  We are entry #245 in the link up!!!! Please head over and click on the project to help us earn a spot! 

If you love this room, please pin it and share it!

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How to Organize Your Shoes

Gold Shoe Organizer

The last few months, I’ve been trying to spruce up my master bedroom. I needed to some how organize my shoes. So I decided to DIY a bookcase that I could use to organize my shoes. My bedroom has an en suite that has a bathroom, walk in closet and dressing room area. Like any girl, I have too many shoes and needed a function but cute way to organize and display them. I also have a dirty little secret I am a bit of a hoarder. Yes, thats right I may or may not have some clothes from high school over 10 years ago. I have issues but I am working on it. That being said, not only did I need a new space for my pretty shoes I also need more room in my closet.

I came up with the idea of a bookcase but I wanted to jazz it up a bit.

Shoe Organizer

 I used this white bookcase that I picked up at a thrift store for $5 but You can get these basically anywhere. Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, Ikea, or like I did a thrift stores etc. You may even have one around your house somewhere that you could repurpose!

Next, I  was able to take the back off the bookcase and apply this textured wallpaper that i had on hand from the wooden valance I made a while back. I used my favorite gold spray paint from Rustoleum and sprayed the whole thing after the wallpaper was applied. While that dried I spray painted the rest of the bookcase white.

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I love the wallpaper. I think the gold really makes the shoes and accessories really pop against the background.

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I have a small wall in the bathroom that fits the bookcase perfectly. Most bookcases are the perfect depth for a pair of shoes. I love it because now all of my shoes are up off of the ground in my closet and it’s so much easier to choose what I’m going to wear! Lets be honest here, why not showcase and use your pretty shoes as part of the decor your bathroom or closet.

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A girl can never have too many shoes, right?

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Friends! Guess what? We’re joining forces with some of our favorite bloggers to bring you a monthly blog hop to other amazing projects!

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 Be sure to check out these other amazing bloggers’ GOLD projects! All of the gold goodness is so gorgeous!  Click on the image of any project above to be taken to the tutorial!

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DIY Warm Cocoa Bath Soak

Welcome to Day 3 of our Gift Ideas in a Jar series!  Hope you’re enjoying the ideas we’ve had this week!

I am a bath lover. I prefer a bath over a shower any day.  One thing I love to do for “me time” is draw a nice (piping hot!) bath after I’ve put the kids to bed and just sit and do nothing. I love it. What makes it even better is when I have some yummy bath salts, fizzies, milk bath or yummy smelling bubble bath to add to the water.

DIY Warm Cocoa Bath Soak

Today, I made the best one yet. This DIY Warm Cocoa Bath soak is a mix of DIY Cocoa bath salts and DIY Milk bath that will leave you (and your skin!) feeling incredible.

I’ve got two simple recipes for the bath soak and I layered them in this jar. First we have the Cocoa Bath Salts. I also added the benefits of each ingredient below. I love how therapeutic this bath soak is.

Cocoa Bath Salts

  • 1 cup of Epsom Salt – great for injuries, constipation relief, body aches and muscle cramps
  • 1 cup of coarse Sea Salt – great for insomnia, eczema, stress reduction
  • 1 Tablespoon of Unsweetened cocoa powder – helps to keep skin clear and hydrated

- Combine all ingredients in a glass or stainless steel bowl until mixed thoroughly.

Creamy Milk Bath

  • 2 cups of powdered milk (whole milk is best)
  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch - soothes and relieves dry, itchy skin
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda – natural skin softener

- Combine all ingredients in a bowl until mixed thoroughly.

DIY Warm Cocoa Bath Salts  Now for a gift, you could simply add either the Cocoa Bath Salts or the Creamy Milk Bath to a jar. If you do just the milk bath, I’d suggest adding a couple drops of your favorite essential oil (like lavender) to the jar and shake to combine. You definitely want to experience the scent of the soak and if you don’t use the Cocoa salts, the milk bath alone can be a little bland but will still have awesome benefits to your skin.

I wanted to do both so I decided to layer the Cocoa Bath Salts and the Milk Bath.  Just layer the two until you like the look of it. Then, seal it with your jar lid. Store in a cool, dark place or give to a friend! You can download this free Bath Soak printable here.

Bath Soak Printable

You can also right click and save the above printable to your computer. I printed mine on sticker paper and cut it out and stuck it on the jar. Easy!

DIY Bath Soak  This would be an awesome gift for Mother’s Day with a cute little bath sponge! I am giving this to a friend, just because. I love “just because” gifts. Don’t you?

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 Don’t forget to check out Day 1 and Day 2 of our Gift Ideas in a Jar series.

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Pampering & Spa Gift // Exfoliating Sugar Scrub gift

How to reupholster a sofa

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Today’s project was literally one of the biggest DIYs I have ever taken on. Not because it was incredibly difficult or something but because it was a long process and the payoff was huge! I taught myself how to reupholster a sofa. It is definitely one of the most dramatic transformations that I’ve done.

I found this sofa for $40 at a local thrift store. I already knew what I wanted so when I spotted it with an additional 50% off price tag, I knew it was time to bite the bullet and take on a massive reupholstery project.

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 I’m pretty sure this exact same sofa was in my church building as a kid. Either that or a hotel lobby. I’m also fairly certain that my husband thought I was a lunatic when I sent him to pick it up from the store after I bought it. Don’t worry, I made him see the potential!

I got her home and a month later, tore it apart! A sofa is not much different that reupholstering a chair or something.

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 You basically take out all 80 zillion staples and remove the fabric to use it as your pattern then put it all back together! Here she is all nakey. When all of your fabric is removed  you can refinish the wood legs if you want. I chose not to remove the deck (the part under the seat cushion) but to simply cover it with the new fabric.

To paint the legs, I took gold spray paint and sprayed the legs. You can learn how I spray paint furniture here. After it dried, I took some dark grey paint and did a dry brush technique over the gold. I love how the legs turned out.

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Next, time to make your pattern. I chose a grey suiting fabric and it has held up really well! I love richness of it.

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Tips:

I highly suggest using a permanent marker and writing which piece is which BEFORE you take it apart. Like while everything is still intact, write on it “right arm top”, “Back”, “deck”, “front cushion” etc. Seriously, label everything! It will make your life a heck of a lot simpler when you’re trying to piece it back together.

I made the box cushion sometime mid-tear down. I needed a break from ripping out the staples so did some sewing with a friend in the meantime.

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 Next up, I recovered the deck and then started the the arms. This was the only other part that needed sewing (around the front curve) so I tackled that next. It is definitely the most challenging part of a project like this but if you cut your pattern pretty closely, it’s not that hard.

Arms Reupholstery

 After the arms, you’re pretty much home free. Oh, I used my air compressor and a staple gun for the whole project. You can get a staple gun for pretty cheap so if you’re into upholstery at all, I highly suggest it versus a hand stapler. A hand one will work but you’re hands will hurt a lot sooner than using the air staple gun.

The final step was doing the back of the sofa. If you are not going to tuft, you just slide your pattern piece on and staple it in place, then proceed to the back and put it back together exactly how you took it off. You will probably have upholstery strips to replace for the very back panel. Here’s a secret, since I tufted and I wanted to have access to the back in case we ever lost a button, I opted to use velcro to attach the very back panel. This is totally not the professional way but it is way easier and my sofa is against the wall so I don’t even mind it one bit that it’s not permanently upholstered back there.

If you are going to tuft your chair or sofa, I will be doing a detailed tufting tutorial really soon. This part isn’t too terribly hard but it is kind of a lengthy step-by-step process so I’m going to break it up a bit for you.

Here it is all done.

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Thrift Store Sofa makeover

Grey Tufted Sofas

 The love seat on the right was almost this sofa’s twin but when I bought it, it had a slipcover so I chose to slipcover it instead of reupholstering it all together. If you look closely, you can see that it is looser fitting than the upholstered one but it doesn’t bother me. I’m just lucky that I found a  semi-match on Craigslist to create my own sofa set.

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Tufted Sofa

Phew! That was a lot of info! I hope you enjoyed it. What do you think of the final product?

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DIY Polka Dot Burlap Curtains

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 A while back, Savannah and I both showed you our own renditions of our ruffled burlap curtains. They are basically the same but we did two different ruffle methods. I love love love them and get tons of compliments on them in my little dining room. They’re perfect in there. Then, I had the genius idea of adding polka dots. Pretty much everything looks cuter with polka dots (or stripes or glitter…just sayin.)

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 See, we have a teeny little dining space so I like to keep things light and airy in there to make it appear bigger. You can read my tips on making your kitchen look and feel bigger here. Anyways, I really like the burlap because even though its a warm color, the weave still allows for light to come in this room through the window. 

DIY Polka Dot Burlap Curtains

Supplies:

Your new burlap curtains you made from this tutorial

Acrylic Paint (I used American warm white from Michaels)

Round Foam Brush the size you’d like your polka dots to be.

Instructions:

Lay the burlap over some paper so paint doesn’t leak onto your surface. I used white wrapping paper.

Lay Burlap Curtain on paper

 I used a mason jar lid to pour some of the paint onto. 

Paint Materials for Polka Dots

Use your round brush like a stamp and start stamping your dots. I “eyeballed” the placement but you can plan and measure if you’d like.

Halfway Done Here it is halfway done! PS. This room is sooo hard to photography. The flooring and the wood table top give the weirdest, yellowey color casts and it’s driving me nuts. Photog friends, help! haha!

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 Done! This literally took me like 40 minutes to do and I love the turn out. 

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 The bow tie backs make me so happy!

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 Here’s the full room with the improved burlap curtains.

Dining Room with Burlap Polka Dot Curtains

I love how they turned out. Normally you can find another little bench and a high chair crammed into that little space for all my kiddos. :)

What do you think? Are you a burlap fan or what? If you are, check out some of our other burlap projects!

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Burlap Chairs // Ruffled Burlap Curtains // Outdoor Burlap Curtains // Tufted Burlap Ottoman 

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DIY Coat Closet Makeover

I have been wanting to do this DIY Coat Closet Makeover in my living room since like… the day we moved in. Coat closets are infamously known for collecting junk. That’s what ours did and it drives me bonkers! NO. ONE. including myself half the time, hangs up their coats when they have to untangle hangers and fiddle for a spot to hang their coat. It’s easier to throw it in the closet and stuff the door shut right? Not anymore! Cue hallelujah chorus!

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First thing I did was emptied the entire closet. Everything… out! I removed the hangers and the closet bar. Next up, paint! I used a mixture of Behr’s Canton Jade and Tropical dream which is the perfect soft mint green.  Next, I painted all the trim and the shelves a glossy white.  I spray painted 8 hooks a shiny gold and installed them on the existing trim.

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I moved the table, chair and rug out of the way for the first photo but this is what it looks like in the living room with the door open. Still my favorite little space in the house. You can see the full reading nook post here.

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I also added another row of trim half way down the closet so my little guys (age 5, 3, and 10 months) can hang their coats themselves. Well, maybe I’ll help my 10 month old for a few more months *winks*  My Hello Apparel tote fits in quite nicely too!

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The cream canvas bins are from Walmart for a couple bucks each. I slid in a gold glitter background and a label for what’s inside each bin.

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Step back a little and you can see this whole side. Obviously, we don’t keep the door open but when it is open,  I love how pretty it is!

Coat Closet Before and After What’s really cool is that you can knock this project out in one day! It’s super easy and makes sooo much more sense. No more fiddling with hangers and coats piled on the floor.  Now I just need to have the carpet threshold installed and we’re in business.

What do you think? Any craziness going on in your closets. I showed you mine, so you’ve gotta tell me! I’m not alone with this pre-makeover disaster of a closet am I?

Have a super fun and super safe New Years Eve!!! See you in 2014!! xoxo

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DIY Glittery Confetti Garland – So easy and cute!

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2014 is right around the corner! Celebrate the New Year with this DIY Glittery Confetti Garland. It is SO easy to make and such an inexpensive, gorgeous project!

DIY Glittered Confetti Garland

 I used a 1 1/2 circle punch to cut out all the circles. I got glitter paper from Joann’s, just make sure you don’t use too thick of paper. I cut out 3 pages worth of circles.

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 Then its time for the fun part… sewing! It’s way easier then it seems. Just start feeding your circles into the sewing machine. I left a little bit in between each circle.

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DIY Glitter Garland

 It’s that easy!! It makes the perfect garland for any event or even everyday decor.

For more gold, glittery inspiration, check out our 50 amazing New Years ideas!

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Inexpensive Craft Room Shelving

I’m super excited to give you all a little peek into my basement craft studio today. Today I’m revealing my cheap storage solution for the craft room. It’s totally not done but I’m made a ton of progress from what this dungeon basement used to be. Unfinished basements are usually scary. It’s like no man’s land down there. Like any space, I thought maybe it had potential. One day I thought I was being a genius and I cleaned up the space and put all the 80 gazillion toys in the basement. Let’s just cut to the chase.. it was total mayhem. Always a mess. Always yuck. I didn’t want to be down there, the kids didn’t want to be down there and the toys ended up making their way back upstairs. BOO!

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Then, I actually had a genius idea and decided to switch the playroom to upstairs and to move my craft room downstairs. I could clean up the space again, right?

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If you follow us on instagram (@classyclutter) you may remember how excited the boys were on moving day! They brought Rescue Bots to the party. If you don’t follow us, you should! *winks*

I emptied both rooms and the switcheroo began. After a couple months, the playroom was done! You can see the full playroom reveal here.

Playroom_12.jpg So fun right!?! My kids absolutely LOVE it in there and that makes for a very happy mommy!

Next, my turn!! Time to transform the dungeon into a functioning room. Eek!! My husband repainted the walls with this cool moisture/mold prevention paint and I repainted the already grey flooring to give it a fresh look.

First project to tackle was finding an inexpensive storage solution. I needed a ton of it. I scoured craigslist for armoires, dressers, bookcases, shelving etc. It needed to be functional and cheap. Finally, I came across 7, yes 7 steel shelving units for $25. DONE! There were 4 large and 3 huge sets of shelving. If that’s not a steal, I don’t know what is.

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Let’s get real. They’re pretty ugly. I mean industrial shelving doesn’t exactly scream girly glam craft studio does it? Enter ballet pink spray paint and wood grain contact paper. Quick Home Depot trip and bam! I took two of the units outside and spray painted two of the shelves pink. Then, I found wood grain contact paper from Home Depot and cut it to size of the shelves.

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Sooo much better. I LOVE how much storage it provides. It holds all of my vinyl shop supplies and shipping materials.

Vinyl Rolls

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CREATE letters

I took my CREATE letters from my old craft room and spray painted them gold. Then, I glittered them! Obsessed.

Supply Caddies

These Target Dollar Spot caddies are perfect for holding my little supplies.

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This is one of my faves. What is better than a gold cupcake? Probably nothing. I got this cupcake piggy bank from Target and spray painted it gold.

Be Happy Print

This cute little print came from a free download from Sugar Paper. I printed it and added glitter to the gold dots. How stinkin’ cute is that!?

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 I can’t wait to show you the rest!

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DIY iPhone cases under $2

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DIY iPhone cases are a necessity if you’re like me and get bored of things easily. I love to change out my phone case so this DIY iPhone case is borderline genius.  Basically, you can make any kind of design you want and put it in a clear case so you can change it as often as your little heart desires.

Supplies:

  • Clear iPhone case (You can get a clear case from amazon for under $2. I got mine at JoAnn’s in a kit of some different backgrounds for around $10. They are much cheaper on Amazon. Oops.
  • scrapbook paper – You can get sheets for as little as 10-25 cents or use what you have.
  • embellishments (0ptional)
  • scissors or an exacto knife

Instructions:

Cut out a template. You can google your phone’s model and print it or you can just trace your actual phone.

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Use an exacto knife to cut out the hole for the camera on the back. (make sure you have the camera hole on the correct side before cutting. I totally made one and cut a hole on the wrong side the first time I did this. Oops!

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Place your new paper cutout inside your clear case and enjoy!

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Oh my, they are so fun!

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 For the floral one, I used my Silhouette and cut out the “Um, that’s amazing.” wording and applied it to my paper cut out. It’s kind of my catch phrase.

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If you don’t hear from me for a while, I’m might be a little preoccupied with some pretty papers. *winks*

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DIY Tandem Bicycle Wall Art

 

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Hi friends! Happy October!!!! YAY! I love love love Fall so I’m super excited that October is here. I’m also SUPER excited to share with you my Vintage Revivals inspired DIY Tandem Bicycle Art. It’s so easy, inexpensive, and BAM! it makes a huge impact in the room. I seriously love it and everyone who has seen it in my home has complimented it. My kids LOVE it and that’s why I do what I do! This little tandem bike has made my boys super happy and that makes mommy happy!

I was inspired by Vintage Revival’s painted tandem bicycle in Mandi’s entry way. She had an artist friend paint it for her and since I’m far from an artist and don’t have a painter friend, I had to figure this out because let’s be honest, Mandi’s is amazing and I needed it in my life!

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First, I found an image online that I liked. I found a tandem bike that seats 3 since this is going in my boys’ playroom and I have 3 sons! (Still can’t believe I have 3 kids by the way! LOL!) My kids LOVED that there was a “seat” for all of them.

I bought 3 thin, precut boards from Home Depot. They’re about $9 each and I thought 3 would look good and it would cover the majority of the wall I was decorating. Perfect.

Print your image on a transparency sheet and dust off your projector. A lot of people have asked us where to get them, how much they are etc… They range big time in price but I think Sav got hers for like $25 at a thrift store and I paid $40 (+ free shipping) on eBay. If you’re a crafter/DIYer GET A PROJECTOR!!! Honestly, I have used it a billion times for such a variety of projects and I am SO glad I have it in my craft supplies.

Next, you will trace your image with a pencil.  Easy huh!?

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Next, make some shadow puppets. You can skip this part if you want but it does make this project more fun. Just sayin’.

start painting your traced lines

Next up, paint! I used paint pens (purchased from Michael’s craft store) and acrylic craft paint.

use a small craft paint brush

Use a small brush like this to get little tiny strokes. It helps make it look nice and neat. Trace over your pencil markings with your paint pens and craft paint. It took me about 3 hours working on and off to paint this. Just turn on a movie and paint. It’s actually quite fun and relaxing!

Hang it up and admire!

Let your paint dry and hang up your boards! I hung them up with sawtooth picture hangers and nails. Seriously such a fun and easy project. The cool part is, it is TOTALLY custom and customizable! You can do any image, colors or whatever!  Mine is far from perfect but that’s okay.  We love it and it turned out just fine with mistakes and all!

This is going in the boys’ new playroom which I CAN’T WAIT to show you! This playroom was probably my best idea ever. My kids are in Heaven!

What do you think?! Are you ready to get a projector yet?

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 Be sure to check out Savannah’s Chevron wall that she painted with her projector!