GETTING FESTIVE | DIY PAPER BATS

It’s here! The moment everyone in the midwest has been talking about for the past 11 months!

FALL!!!

This is our first official fall friends.  We are waking up high 50’s degree weather, the leaves are starting to change and there are fall festivals everywhere.  Last week, we welcomed October and in lieu of all the festivities, we spruced up the house a bit. Nothing crazy… just a few DIY paper bats and the cutest little pumpkins all over.

The kids are super excited because this is the second time we’re trick-or-treating and Grace is at the age where she remembers that there’s candy involved with this holiday.

We’re still undecided about costumes this year. Grace is still going back and forth between a princess unicorn and good ol’ Elsa. Haddon has no clue, but he did spot a dragon at Target and can’t stop talking about it.

We’ve spruced up the house with the cutest paper bats. I’ve been wanting to do something whimsical like this for a while, but last year we were in the middle of a move so this my friends, turned out to be our lucky year.

Want to make these cute bats yourself?

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BABY MOBILE DIY

neutral nursery mobile diyHey friends! I’ve gotten a few questions about the mobile above Haddon’s crib and I thought I’d share how I made it.  There are not many steps to this mobile DIY and it can be put together with materials that you can find around your home (like most of my DIY projects are). I think the best part about this project is seeing how much my kiddos enjoy the finished product. Haddon is super entertained with the shimmery plush toys and Grace has a blast talking about “the project we worked on together”  

Happy DIY’ing!!

//Materials

  • Two wooden sticks (I used the draping rod of a wooden hanger- they’re about 16 inches each)
  • Fishing wire
  • Thick yarn or thick string of choice
  • Plush toys (I use last years Christmas ornaments from target)
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • One galvanized hook screw

 

//Steps

  • Align the wooden sticks in a cross pattern- perpendicular to each other and secure them together by crisscrossing the rope over the center of the sticks
  • With the scissors, make a dent on both of the wooden sticks at the 2, 5, 11 and 14 inch mark (this will help hold the fishing wire in place)

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  • Measure how high/low you want the mobile (make sure it’s completely out of reach) and cut out 8 pieces of fishing wire (four of one desired length and four a bit shorter)
  • Thread the needle with the fishing line, thread through one of the plush toys and tie a knot st the end to secure it
  • Secure the other end of the fishing wire to the wooden stick making sure to use the dented section as support

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  • Repeat with the other plush toys, making sure to balance the weight/ color and size of the mobile
  • Measure two long fishing wire strings and attach them on the opposite ends of each stick
  • Pinch the strings where they meet each other and tie a knot (taking in account the desired height)neutral nursery mobile diy
  • Secure the galvanized hook screw to the ceiling, on the side opposite of where the baby is actually going to sleep (just incase) and hook the mobile on to the screw

** we tested the mobile with a three pound dumbbell to make sure it would not fall and it’s super secure. I suggest you test it to make sure it doesn’t fall!**

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DIY furniture update {How to revamp an old armoire}

DIY furniture update

Most of the furniture in our home are pieces that we’ve collected throughout our marriage. Our couch, bed and dining room table were the first  “grown up” pieces we purchased from an actual furniture store. Other than that, we’ve collected different things here and there from home goods and target, as well as donations from generous friends. During our move, my parents offered us their bedroom armoire.  I didn’t have a place for it, but it was a really sturdy wooden wardrobe with great height and lots of personality.  The downside was the red-wooden color, the doors (which made it look really bulky), and the knobs, which  were a little antiquated. So… we worked on a DIY furniture update.

here’s a before picture from our instagram

DIY furniture update
DIY furniture update

I’ve read about chalk paint and how easy it is to use on furniture because it eliminates the tedious task of sanding.  We actually used this black chalkboard paint because it was fairly inexpensive and I thought that if it didn’t work then I’d buy the expensive stuff and try again.

We removed the doors, painted the entire piece chalkboard black… except for the middle shelf because I knew it would get most use and I didn’t want the paint to chip so quick. We added an Ikea under cabinet wine glass holder (similar to this one) and changed the existing knobs to thick leather DIY knobs…voilà!!

It’s now turned into our entertaining bar/ dining room supply holder furniture piece and we could not be happier about it!

My favorite part about the piece are the knobs… I’ll post a DIY on them soon. They’re super easy and they look amazing! Also, all of the glass against the matte black give it a sophisticated look that our dining room was in need of.

DIY furniture update
DIY furniture update
DIY furniture update
DIY furniture update
DIY furniture update
DIY furniture update
DIY furniture update
DIY furniture update
DIY furniture update
DIY furniture update
DIY furniture update
DIY furniture update
DIY furniture update
DIY furniture update
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IKEA MINI KITCHEN MAKEOVER

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Hi friends! I’m so glad you’re here! This is a project I’m super excited about and it’s one I have been wanting to work on since my daughter was born.  I had dreams of us playing kitchen together and now they’re finally coming true!

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So we have been in the market for a good play kitchen for some time now and this ikea mini kitchen stole our hearts.  Last week, in a providential kind of way, Grace was gifted one as a hand-me-down and I was thrilled!  The kitchen was in great shape and super cute and just had a few scratches. I wanted to spruce it up a little and really make it our own so we spray painted a few parts, added a simple backsplash, a over-the-sink light and an oven light! It turned out much cooler than I had imagined!
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Here’s the before picture

  • First thing we did was take the kitchen apart including the hardware and the removable legs
  • We taped off the oven window, microwave and the inside of the stove to prevent any paint from getting on it
  • We spray painted the bottom half of the kitchen with rust-oleum satin granite
  • The countertop, sink and outside of the stove was sprayed with rust-oleum semi-gloss white
  • The hardware and right side of the upper cabinet was sprayed with rust-oleum flat black. (we opted for spray paint because it’s a bit cheaper and it took less time to dry

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  • We screwed this LED countertop lamp to the bottom part of the top shelf so Grace could have great visibility while she slaved away in the kitchen

pss…still reading? Great! Check out Grace’s last DIY project and if you’re up for a good laugh check this motherhood in real life post!

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  • The kitchen has an open back, which makes it really easy to assemble.  We thought it would be really neat to add a backsplash. Initially, we thought of doing a peel-and-stick tile splash but we couldn’t find one that did not require grout work.  Ale found this panel that was cut to fit the back and we nailed it to the back frame.
  • We opened a small hole at the top of the backsplash to run the light cord through the back.

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  • We added a small battery powered LED light so she could “turn on” the oven
  • We finished it off by writing out the menu (with white chalk) on the right side of the upper cabinet and added a few succulents to decorate her kitchen

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That night, we reassembled the kitchen and lit it up in her room.  We called her in to see it and she loved it! She jumped on us and squeezed our necks!! It was priceless!!

The paint was still a little wet, so we told her that she was not allowed to play with it until morning.  I promise you that I have never seen this little girl put herself to sleep faster than she did that night. It was a wonderful surprise for all of us.

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These days, you’ll find her in her kitchen… making chocolate cookies and fish soup for all of us to enjoy.  Call me crazy, but I might use this kitchen as an inspiration when it’s time for us to spruce up our own kitchen.

*Update- we totally used this kitchen as inspiration for our own kitchen renovation. Check it out here! 

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