Monday, April 27, 2015

DIY Art - Tissue Paper Party

To continue in the week of Madeline, today I wanted to show you the piece of art work we created for the gallery wall in her room (which you will see tomorrow!).

The supplies you will need to make your own super awesome tissue paper art piece are:

*Tissue paper in your chosen color scheme (I used some from the Handmade Modern line at Target)
*Gold Foil Letters (again from Target and their dollar spot)
*A canvas in any size you wish
*Glue, Modge Podge, or any decoupage medium

First you will need to fold up your tissue paper until it is about 3" wide.

Next, cut the sides of the tissue paper folds to create several 3" long strips. Then, either using scissors or a rotary cutter and mat, cut appx. 1/2" wide strips of tissue.

When finished you will have a pile of awesomeness that kids can't seem to stay away from. Otherwise known as tissue paper strip confetti.

Now take your canvas and coat that thing fairly liberally with glue or decoupage medium and sprinkle the tissue over it making sure that all the white spaces of the canvas are covered. I went back and glued more strips in sparse areas to make sure the canvas was nice and covered. 

Once dry, cut the edges of the tissue off to ensure a clean, crisp edge and adhere your stickers in the phrase of your choice (we choose the lyrics to one of Madeline's favorite songs). Then display promptly and gaze lovingly at your fun tissue paper party art. And don't forget to check back tomorrow to see the gallery wall that this bad boy ended up on!

Madeline's Bathroom - Before and After

It turns out that not much was accomplished this weekend in terms of house changes. Unless the kids making it super messy counts. But, I was able to complete several new DIY projects that I will be showing you in the next few weeks. As far as house decorating and renovating goes however, nada. I did decide that I will dedicate this week of posts to my daughter Madeline and the spaces, art, furniture hacks, gallery wall, and fun things she likes.
To start off the week, her bathroom. When we moved in, this tiny little vanity area (and the attached bedroom) was an ugly shade of pink. I hated it, but Madeline loved it, and chose this to be her space solely based on the pink. Well, I let her have it for a couple of months, then slowly started to suggest she let me change her bathroom a bit. I had to promise her that if she didn't like what I did to her bathroom, then I would change it back. Five year olds I tell ya! There was no way that bathroom was going to go back to the pink box, so I had to make this the cutest bathroom a 5 year old has ever seen. Luckily she loved it!
First things first. The before....
And the after....

To start off this transformation, I removed the existing builders grade mirror, white medicine cabinet, and the light fixture. I went with ultra pure white by Valspar in eggshell for the walls. Then I added dark pink vinyl polka dots to the one wall where her mirror was, and her mirror and light fixture were replaced with ones from Lowes.
Her cabinets were white thermofoil ones just like Parker's bathroom, except the white looked more dingy and yellow once the walls were painted, so I decided to make the cabinets pop with a splash of semi gloss pink paint. Of which I still have almost a full gallon because the guy at the counter mixed me the wrong size. Anyone need something painted glossy pink?! The flower knobs were chosen by Madeline.
 I then thought, "hmm, that lavender ceiling doesn't go in here at all." So that turned dark pink as well.
Although the photographs don't show it, the color on the ceiling, the cabinets, and the polka dots are all pretty much the same color. After the paint, came the accessories.
First were these owl prints. I found this cute fabric at the fabric store (can't remember if it was Hobby Lobby or Joann Fabrics), and used spray painted goodwill frames to showcase it. And yes, it needs to be ironed. Sometimes I am too quick to put something up, that I tend to not do it correctly and then forget and a year later it is still sitting there incomplete. Oh well.

I also added two ikea picture frame rails to her wall where the medicine cabinet was (just like in Parker's bathroom). The top shelf has a photo of her from her 4 year old photo shoot, a photo of us in the hospital after she was born, and a piece of potato stamp art she made crafting one day. The bottom shelf holds her little mail box that houses her hair bows and a brush. Next to her sink I have a strip of Boon fake plastic grass with two pink Boon Flowers (made as a drying rack for baby bottles, etc..) that hold her tooth brushes toothpaste, and hair ties. Her soap dispenser and hand towel also match the polka dots and ceiling in the dark pink color.
This space is officially done, the only thing on my eventual to-do list in here is the vanity/sink/counter change similar to Parker's bathroom, and to replace the tile flooring with something a little more modern like gray tile or those wood look porcelain tiles. But for now, it is a heck of a lot cuter than the Pepto pink box.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tissue Paper Pencil Holder...

Say that title three times fast! The moment I saw this unglazed ceramic vase in Target's new Handmade Modern aisle, I knew it was just begging for a fun design and to be turned into a pen and pencil cup for my desk.

To make this triangle pencil cup, I used decoupage medium, a couple tiny pieces of tissue paper cut into triangles, a sponge/paint brush, and an 18Kt Gold leafing pen.

First thing I did was attach the tissue paper to the vase. I coated the back of the tissue with decoupage medium (using the paint brush) and then adhered them to the vase in the position I wanted. I went simple with three triangles, but you could easily cover the entire vase with triangles if you wanted.

Next, I used the gold leafing pen to trace the outline of the triangles across the top. I also gold leafed the top rim for a little extra pop of gold. After that was complete, I used the sponge to cover the entire exterior of the vase with the decoupage medium. Then, let it dry for a bit. Now I have a super cute place to store my pens and pencils at my desk.

Have any other ideas for how I could have decorated this vase? I was thinking a color blocked paint job might look cute too!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

From Luggage Racks to Bar Stools

A year or so ago, I went to the local Habitat ReStore with my mom to scour for diamonds in the rough. The only thing I ended up getting during that trip were two luggage racks that looked a little like the before picture below. They had probably close to 200 of those things for $2 a piece and it seemed that every person walking out of the store had a few under their arm. I'm not sure what anyone else did with theirs, but I had a vision to turn them into an x-bench.

The first thing I did was remove the ribbon straps. They were just stapled on to the bottom of the bench, so I did my best to remove the staple and free the strap. There were a few that were just too difficult to remove, so I used a utility knife to cut as close as possible around the staple to free the strap. Once that was done, I needed to determine what height the finished bench should be. Figuring this out helped me size the top of the soon to be bench. Taking the width measurement and depth measurement, I went to Home Depot to get some MDF board for the cushion bottom. I went with a 3/4" MDF board because I needed it to be strong enough to hold an adult. I had them cut it to size for me in the store.

The next stop was Joann fabrics for some foam padding, batting, and fabric for the cushion portion of the bench. I can't remember the exact height of the foam, but I think it was about 2". I got foam, batting, and fabric to cover the two MDF boards, with a little extra just in case. 

Sorry I don't have pictures of the above steps, but here you can see the MDF panel, foam, and batting laid out and ready to be stapled.

I used my staple gun to staple the batting onto the MDF panel. I did one of the long sides first, then the other long side pulling it taught as I went to ensure a smooth surface. Next came the shorter sides one at a time. To finish the corners, I cut off the excess batting, and then stapled the loose material down. This part doesn't have to be very clean as the fabric will cover it, but you don't want any lumpy batting areas to mess up the final look.

After the batting was fully stapled down, it was time for the exterior fabric. I chose a pretty blue floral home décor weight fabric. You definitely want a heavier duty fabric like a canvas or décor weight so that it can withstand heavy use. I used the same process to attach the fabric, starting with the short side this time. 

When it came time for the corners, I tucked one side of the fabric under the other and stapled it down, then folded the top piece over and stapled it.

Once the fabric cushions were complete, it was time to paint the wood luggage rack frame. I again used spray paint (this time in seaside gloss by Rustoleum). The wood on my luggage rack was raw (unfinished), so there was no need to sand it or use a primer. 

After painting the frames, I felt they needed a little something extra, so I taped off the bottom of the legs and used gold enamel paint to give the bench a dip dyed look.

All that was left after the paint dried was to screw the luggage rack frame to the MDF cushion. I drilled pilot holes first because the wood was thick, then in went the screws and I was done!
I had planned on selling these benches originally, but I just fell in love with them after they were complete, that I couldn't part with them. As far as cost, I think they ended up using about $40 in materials each, but if you use coupons at the fabric store or choose a less expensive fabric, you could definitely cut that cost a bit. And in case you can't find a luggage rack, I saw quite a few on Ebay.

I think they turned out well and they go perfectly at my new kitchen counter.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Gallery Wall Wednesday - The Kailo Chic Office

For today's Gallery Wall Wednesday feature, I'm sharing the Kailo Chic office's gallery wall. This is what I look at everyday when I'm sewing and cutting out fabric for my bags and accessories. I love all the colors and just looking at it gives me inspiration daily.

In addition to my love of all things gilded, I am also in love with all shades of blue. That's why I decided to go with a vibrant seafoam/turquoise-y blue for my walls. The trim, furniture, and built-ins are all white, which gives a nice airy, tropical feel to my studio/office.

This wall, more than any other in the house, is made up of all things that I like and love to look at. There are several purchased art pieces, like the "follow that dream" picture and the two abstract ones. A few are DIY pieces. I'll give you a quick run through of those next.

First is this pink, coral, navy, and gold line art. The frame is yet another Ikea Ribba frame that I spray painted dark blue to coordinate with the blue in the piece. The art itself is actually made of little square note cards I picked up at HomeGoods. I thought they were cute, so I just arranged them sporadically in the frame for a unique pattern.

One of my favorite custom art pieces that I added were these three framed pantone color swatch sheets. I actually picked these up from Lowes in their paint department (free paint cards for the win!). I went through the colors, divided them into the three frames (in rainbow order), and glued them to white backing paper. I can't tell you how many times I have referenced these color swatches when designing fabric or looking for color combo inspiration. The only expense was the frames (which could easily be picked up at a thrift store and spray painted to match).

This succulent art is another diy piece on my wall. My friend actually gave me the art print, and I added some faux succulents to the shadow box frame in front to give it some depth and bring the outdoor feel inside a bit.

The final custom touch is the large gold "K" that I purchased at Joann Fabrics and painted with none other than my favorite old friend, gold spray paint. I contemplated also getting a C for Kailo Chic, but this way it can stand for Kailo Chic or Kara.

The rest of the smaller frames are family photos, some framed paper from papersource, a framed note card from the Target dollar spot, and a piece of custom art my husband bought me from Etsy with tree trunks and birds that has the date we got married and the days our kids were born.

I love the brightness and color on this wall! It really makes working more tolerable. Do you have a home office? Any fun decor items that you love to see when you work?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DIY Gold Abstract Geometric Door Pulls

I'm excited to share today's DIY project with you! If you're like me, you love fun home décor items, but are on a budget and don't want to break the bank on something as simple as door pulls. There are many affordable options out there, but some of the nice pulls are anywhere from $10 to $25 each, which can really add up. Today, I'm going to show you how to make your own abstract geometric door pulls. These would look awesome on kitchen cabinets, bathroom drawers, cabinets or any other handle-fronted openings. I put mine on my Ikea Kallax doors in place of the tiny plain, standard issue pulls that came with them.  They take a few days to make, letting the clay dry and set, but look great when finished.

Can you believe they only cost about $0.50 to make?! To make your own pulls, you will need either a simple tiny door pull (I used the ones that came with the Ikea kallax door) or a large headed bolt that is long enough to fit through your cabinet door without hanging out the other side too much. You'll also need some air dry clay, X-Acto knife, and spray paint in the color of your choice. I went with my current favorite: gold.

The first thing to do is mold the clay around the door pull or bolt head. I started by making a large log/snake out of clay and then pressed the pull into the clay. I added more clay to the sides to make sure that the pull was nice and surrounded. Then, I smoothed out the clay into the approximate length that I wanted.

Once your clay is completely around the pull and smoothed out, set it somewhere to dry out for approximately 12-24 hours. You want the clay to firm up a bit before you start cutting into it, but not so much that it gets hard. Once the clay has dried slightly, use your X-acto knife to slice bits of the clay off. There is no precision in this part, just cut a little here and a little there to give some nice angularity to it. Don't cut too deeply around where the pull or head of the bolt is. You want to make sure there is ample clay around it to give the pull strength.

Once you get the pull shaped the way you like, set it aside and let it fully dry for another few days. When the pull is completely dried out and hard, it is time to spray paint it in whatever color makes you happy. After the paint has dried, it's ready for installation. Just screw it on the door where you like and ta-da! Your very own inexpensive, hand-made, one of a kind door pull!


What do you think? Not too complicated right? I love the look it gives the door. It really steps-up the design of the unit and makes it look much higher end. All it took was quietly pilfering some of my daughters craft clay!

Don't let this shape hold you back either! You can try any shape or design you can think of. How about geometric polyhedron shapes?

Or angular triangles (triangulars?)?

Whatever you can think of, give it a try!


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Parker's Bathroom Styling

This weekend, I had to tend to a sick little boy, so not much on my to do list got accomplished. I was however able to break away during a few of his naps to put up two new shelves in his bathroom and add some décor items. He's doing much better now, so I snapped a few pictures to show you his portion of the Jack and Jill bath.

When we moved in last March, his bathroom was painted a sage green and had a white medicine cabinet on the wall. Here's a photo I found from the house listing:

The first thing I did was remove the standard wall mirror and replace it with one I found at Hobby Lobby for $35! Then, I switched out the light fixture with one from Lowes, and painted the walls Gossamer Sky by Valspar. Due to it's dirtiness, lack of cuteness, and bulk, the medicine cabinet was removed.
This weekend, I added two picture rail shelves from Ikea I had from the Master Bedroom in our old house. This creates a nice little place to store things and/or décor items.
The bottom shelf has an adorable little mail box I purchased a few years ago in the Target Dollar Spot that houses his toothbrushes and toothpaste, a pair of sweet blue kids shades, and a cute instagram mashup of Parker eating his first lemon.  The colors in the photo went well with the others in his bathroom and lemon-face always makes me laugh.
I don't have a super-quality shot of the top shelf, but it holds another green faux grass from Ikea, a blue spray painted plastic dinosaur, a small framed picture of a baby Parker with his sister, and a small piece of abstract art I painted.
The wall next to the vanity holds two Ikea Ribba frames I spray painted a light blue. One houses another abstract piece of art with colors coordinating with his bathroom, and the other, an Instagram of Parker and Madeline posing with a life-size dinosaur from a dino-park we visited last year. This ties into the plastic dino toys I have in the room. I matted the photo with striped navy and white wrapping paper from HomeGoods.

You might have noticed that the vanity cabinets are now gray (as opposed to the white that they were when we moved in). That happened because the plastic on the thermofoil cabinets broke off when I was opening them shortly after moving. I went ahead and ripped the rest off the MDF doors, and  painted them gray with semigloss paint I had leftover from our kitchen cabinets. I want to eventually replace the vanity with something a little more modern, but for now, the gray looks nice and gives the bathroom a custom touch.
Future plans for the bathroom are to replace the countertops with either a marble or marble-like quartz, a new sink, and possibly an accent tile on the back wall behind the mirror and light fixture. But for now, here is the before and after of this little bathroom.