DIY Abstract Art

This was such a fun project to do, especially since I had my boys help out. For this project, I absolutely had no plan as to what I wanted the finished piece to look like. The boys were bored one afternoon so I grabbed some old canvas, acrylic paint, brushes and headed out side. I knew that once they were done painting the color would be pretty muddy but would be a good base once the caked on paint tried. Now the base layer has lots of texture and movement. Oh and the boys loved it!

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Look at those faces! My boys just love getting dirty and then getting hosed down. After several hours of drying I grabbed some left over spray paint and organically added some green around the edges and then accented with gold around the edge of the green.

After the spray paint dried, I brought everything inside to add a few more layers. I then decided to add a layer of a burgundy color that I had along with some jagged white brush strokes that followed the lines of the spray paint. I decided it needed more white accents. I painted the white on and then dipped my brush in water and swirled the brush while painting back over the white until I got the look I wanted. I did this until the white was washed out and used a paper towel to pat down any of the runs or excess water.

I like the look of it so far but doesn’t quite seem done yet. I decided to add some gold foil leafing to the gold areas to finish it off. I first put down some Mod Podge, then started adding the gold foil leaf. Once it was dry I lightly brushed off the excess before sealing it with another layer of Mod Podge.

Now its done and I just have to figure out where it should go or if I even have a wall free in my house. On to the next project!

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Custom Storage Bins

The fabric bins in the boys playroom have seen better days and are ready for an upgrade. They have used them as boats, cars, hats and just about anything you could imagine. With three little ones, saving a little money here and there really helps. Also, I love creating things myself so why not?IMG_8645

 

 

My inspiration was these adorable bins at The Land of Nod. I love these, but at $12.95 per bin it will start to get costly as I need 6 bins. So I did a little searching and found a lot of 6 in a similar color on Amazon for less than $20. Now to add the numbers. Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 2.01.49 PM

 

My plan was to hand paint the numbers but in the sake of time I tried something a little different. I found this fabric spray paint at Hobby Lobby and decided to give it a go. I laid out my stencils, taped them down to keep them in place and protect them from overspray. The stencils are probably not the best for fabric as they don’t completely lay flat. As I sprayed I would hold down edges with my fingers so that the paint wouldn’t bleed under the edges. If you do this same method, I would recommend gloves. I could not find many font options in the stencils so I went with what I could find. For this reason I would have preferred to hand paint the numbers to get exactly what I wanted. They are not perfect, but turned out really cute! This would also look great on bright colors. You could really add anything, outlines of figures, objects, words or fun designs.

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Yes, my two year old is only wearing underwear. These days we are lucky to get anything on him at all.🙂

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Removing Moles with Apple Cider Vinegar

There are many uses and benefits of using apple cider vinegar, which you may have heard of. Here are more uses for Apple Cider Vinegar (some of which I still need to try). One, I know works for sure (removing raised moles). I did a test run on a few of different sizes and in different locations. If you are one of those people who doesn’t have any, good for you. I on the other hand are pretty much covered with them and have several that I would rather not have.

 

I soaked a small piece of cotton with the apple cider vinegar, placed it on each mole and covered with a band-aid over night. There wasn’t much of a change after the first night. After the second night the moles started to look clear and then started to scab over on the third and fourth nights (depending on size). I repeated this process until the mole was completely scabbed over and then let it heal. Its works best if you don’t skip nights in between. After the scab is gone it may be a little pink for a while but eventually goes away.

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I was absolutely amazed when all of the moles I had applied the vinegar to were gone after the scabs were gone. I then just had a red area that went away a little more each day. it was so easy and pain free! Here is a picture of the area with very little scabbing left. The area is mostly red, but healing great. Every day it looks better and best of all, the mole is gone! The process really is amazing!

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Patio Chairs

My chairs look a little rough and are in need of some attention! I headed to Lowes with the boys and had them help me choose what colors to use. So we of course ended up with green and teal (my favorites). For the paint I would recommend using an outdoor paint with a high gloss to it. Otherwise, the paint can quickly chip away form the weather.

I first wiped down each piece so that it was free of cob webs and any dirt, lightly sanded everything down and wiped them down before painting. With out a drop cloth my yard would look like a Jackson Pollock painting and I want to keep my grass alive. I bought 3 cans of each color just to be safe since I had little tables to paint as well. If you have any left, you can use it for touch ups when needed or for other pieces to accent your space. I painted the bottoms of each piece, then moved to the tops. I did all of this in one day and added a much needed pop of color to my back yard.

Personalize Your Space

The homes on tv and in the magazines are absolutely beautiful and I love to use them as inspiration for my own house. I also want my space to represent me and my family so I like  to add my own flair to it. For instance, I love Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), sugar skulls and all that it represents. I have found a way to work them into my decor here and there. I have a sugar skull cookie jar, candle holder, and even some decorative pillows. I also used a gold Halloween candy bowl as a plant holder. This look may not be for everyone but I love it. You should see my house in October, there are sugar skulls everywhere!

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Oh and yes, the black and white picture above my couch says what you think it says. Like I mentioned in my About Me page, I cuss a little. Doesn’t that blank wall just drive you crazy? Trust me, I have plans for it! This room is still a work in progress.

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Your house is where you can express yourself so why not have fun with it. Your space can still be nice and a little edgy at the same time.

Painted Stepping Stones

Another fun project that turned into finger / body painting in my house. I’m always checking the dollar section at Target in the front of the store. They always have the cutest things and kid crafts. I bought these stepping stones for each of the boys to paint for the garden. I was half tempted to paint a few myself (maybe next time).I already had paint and brushes so this was a fairly inexpensive project.

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The kits came with small brushes and paint but I wanted them to be a bit more colorful so I  used some acrylic paint I already had. They started out so colorful but then they wanted to keep adding more and more paint so they ended up a little muddy. It’s a little hard to even tell whats on them but the boys had fun and that’s what matters.

When they were all dry I did clean up the edges a bit with some paint. I then used a gold paint pen I had left over from my C3PO Jewelry Tray to add accents here and there. Just enough so you could tell they were painted bugs. Afterwards, I sprayed them with a sealant so that the paint wouldn’t all wash off from the weather. Now I have cute little stepping stones to decorate my garden that were made by my little men.

That is Princes Leia, who just couldn’t stand to not be in every picture. She is probably searching for more weed block to dig. Oh and yes, I know I need to clean the leaves out of my rock garden and finish the edging up the steps (someday soon). There is just not enough time in the day.

Faux Wood Shelf Accents

We are turning this drab shelving into bright and fun shelves in what will be the boys playroom. I originally wanted to put wood behind the shelves on either side of the entertainment center as an accent and then decided to update the faux wood that is already behind the shelving. This not only saved some money but lots of time. I also painted the shelving white and created a little reading nook on one of the bottom cabinets.

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The most extensive and laborous part was painting all of the shelves and cabinets white. Two coats and several months later I discovered that the paint I purchased was no good and would easily roll right off when wiped down. UGH! There will be many paint touch ups in my future (which is evident from the pictures) but the shelving is now perfect for my little guys and all of their toys and books.

For the reading nook, I removed the cabinet doors, cut out the front cross bar and added a little cushion for them to sit on.

For the wood grain backdrop, I simply brushed on the paint color of my choice and then went over it with water to tint the faux wood to the color I wanted.  I repeated this a few times until I was satisfied with the color. After it was all dry I placed the painted shelves in place and started adding toys. Now my boys have super cute shelves to hold all their treasures and a fun reading nook. The colorful cloth bins have held up pretty well but are in a little distress after being used as race cars, boats and everything else.

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I know, you are thinking how dare I post this picture of clean and perfectly organized play room. If only you could see the mess behind me right now. I did some staging and had to pull things off shelves and move several toys out of view. With three boys, the only time the playroom is this clean is for the three minutes it takes them to run down the stairs after their nap (because I have just cleaned and organized it during their nap). Then it’s destruction all over again.