Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Big Blue Dresser

Hi friends!  We are one step closer to finishing this room redo!
That looks just smurfy Papa smurf!

Here is the before
Well, part of the before.  It's the only pic of the dresser I have

I actually love the blue; it's just a big honkin' dresser so I felt like all that blue needed to be broken up a little.  Enter IKEA magnetic board.
I put a magnetic board on each side of the dresser.

And the best part?  I get to move all these off of here!
As much as I thought I wanted a "clean" fridge it's depressing me.  It's making me think of a day when I will miss having the filthy little hands moving filthy little letters around on a refrigerator.   Not to mention, you don't notice what a sad, sorry fridge it is with all the letters on it.  So I put some back on the fridge and moved the rest to the other magnetic board.

I had all these shapes from an old Melissa and Doug toy.  A little hot glue and some magnets will do the trick!

I considered just painting Big Blue in magnetic paint but I didn't want to have to have to wait for all those coats to dry.  I figured we could reuse and repurpose these boards for many years to come.  The magnetic paint can be pretty stinky too and I wanted to get the dresser back in our son's room ASAP!
I know, I know, I need a bigger lamp!  I'll get around to it one day.

Let me know what you think in the comments.  Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tarps as Window Treatments?!

Yep.  I used picnic tarps.  Hey, it's a Spiderman room, we aren't exactly going for the classiest decor award here

Do you know how much curtains cost???  It's really hard to find them for under $10 a panel.  Even if I were to buy my own fabric and make them, it would come to about $10 a panel... and that's using the cheapest fabric around (with a coupon).

These were $4.99 each at Home Depot!  I've either hit rock bottom or I've struck gold in finding and using these.  Maybe a little bit of both :)

I'm not going to pretend that this is the most luxurious fabric ever.  They are a little, um, stiff.  The red side feels like fabric and they are backed with a silver plastic-type material.  But they fit our needs perfectly for now! 

Another update to the room:  trim!  My amazing husband put chair rail and window trim up.

All the windows in our house looked like this.

And then I saw a post at House of Hepworths for how to fix these eyesores!!!  So easy and soooo much better.

One more pic of the room so far
the wall color above the chair rail is Sherwin Williams Online; below the chair rail is Sherwin Williams Web Gray

I feel like this room redo is dragging on forever!  More to come.  Hopefully we'll have it all wrapped up in another week or two.

What do you think?  Are you going to go tarp your windows?
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

How to Organize a Little Drummer

Anyone in the room with our son while he is drumming is required to wear ear protection

I was getting really tired of them laying around on the floor, so I bought these hooks for 99 cents each at IKEA

I love the way the hooks look and the kid is actually putting the ear protectors back on them when he's done drumming!  Success!!!

I also needed a place for his drumsticks.  Do you see how beat up these things are?  We've tried taping them and buying ones that are supposedly indestructible... yeah, he destroyed those too.

The drumstick holder is actually this

I covered it with some paper.  I was too lazy to even go all the way around.

It just so happened this star was sitting on top of the dryer when I went to get my paper cutter out of the laundry room.  Why not?

I drilled it into the wall in two places with some drywall screws.  I can't guarantee this thing will hold up, but I'll keep you updated!

I found these at IKEA too.  They're waste baskets for $1.99 each!  Much cheaper than baskets or bins.

Plenty of toys fit in each one!
This room is finally starting to come together.

And here's a pic of my son taking a pic of the room... I think we have a future blogger on our hands!

"Curtains" go up this weekend!  I use the word curtains loosely... you'll see :)
Thanks for stopping by!
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

DIY Felt Board

Here's another tidbit from my son's new room

I made him a felt board for his birthday.  Every time I take my kids to storytime at the library, they obsess over the felt board.  I have no idea what the attraction is, but they love it!

I took the bigger framed chalkboard that used to hang here (it had been moved to the basement with no real purpose in life)

Covered the board with a big piece of felt

put some hot glue the back

then popped the board back in the frame


I only put glue on the back so I can convert it back to a framed chalk board if I want to.  I am getting a ton of mileage out of this IKEA frame.  I promise I'll get around to doing the room reveal in a couple weeks!  You can see a few clues in the pic below (we put up some chair rail and completely changed the color scheme).

See you again soon!
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