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Growth Chart

  • Posted on October 26, 2013 at 5:56 pm

growth chart

Ever want to keep your child’s growth measurements?  You can do it on your wall or by simply doing it on a board.    If you decide to do  the board… you can cut your own piece or go to the local hardware store or places like Lowes and Home Depot.  Choose a board that is at least 6 feet tall.  I would suggest at least 6 inches or wider and it can be thin.  It could be a 1/2″ thick piece of MDF or Birch is a great lightweight type of wood.  You could stain it (not the MDF), but I would highly recommend you paint it.  Choose a contrasting color to your walls or if you have a colored wall choose white.  I have chosen in my example below to paint straight on the wall.  And of course this would require some artistic skill.  Or hire someone to do it.  It can be any theme you would like.  I chose a version of a sunflower… it could be a beanstalk, a ladder, a lighthouse, a tree, or a freestyle design or pattern.  The sky is the limit with possibilities.  Just make sure to create some form of a center point that will go up your wall vertically.  Measure up from the floor and mark with something permanent or with paint every 12 inches representing a foot.  Determine when you measure your child to mark that area with a line and date it and their name if there is more than one child being measured.  It is a treasured memory.  This is why I also suggest putting this on a board and mounting it to your wall, because if you would move at a later date, you can remove it and take it with you.  Therefore, taking your memories with you!

 

 

 

Chalkboard Wall / Art

  • Posted on October 25, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Today let’s talk about chalkboard paint!  It now comes in an array of colors… But my personal preference is black!  It stands out the most and your chalk looks great in any color contrast.  Plan your shape or design.  If needed, tape off your lines with blue painters tape found at Walmart, Target, and any hardware store.  You can find chalkboard paint at the same stores mentioned earlier besides paint stores and craft stores too.  Depending on the size once you have taped it, simply roll it on like regular wall paint.  Follow the instructions on the can if you need to follow up with a second coat.  You can make it as simple as a large square or rectangle in a specific area of your room.  It can be a whole wall.  You can also tape off  the upper or lower portion of a wall and your child will have the whole section of your wall to create on.  I have chose a few pictures of  a little more of the artsy type chalkboards.  One is where I simply added a painted border around it with a train.   Another I did in a smaller area in a kitchen where family could simply leave notes to each other or make a grocery list or menu for the day!  Your own limitation is your imagination.  If you do not have the artistic skills, you can use wallpaper border, trim it out with a painted wood trim or find your local friendly artist to paint you something special!  Enjoy!

 

 

FILE2217 Kitchen chalkboard

Redoing Chairs…..

  • Posted on October 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

Yard sales, consignment shops, and thrift shops are often filled with chairs that might have seen their better days.  Some might be ready for the chair grave yard, and others just need to be cared for and can fit into anyone’s decorating scheme.

You might think that redoing a chair is a major project, that only professionals can do, but truly, anyone can make a piece of furniture look new.  Just how much of an investment of time and money, is up to you.

Some ideas on making an older chair look new:

1.  Slipcover – the quickest way to change the look of a chair is to use a slipcover.  You can purchase pre-made slipcovers at almost any department store, or you can make your own!  Slipcovers are not that hard to make once you have the pattern figured out for your type of chair.

2.  Pillows and Cushions – A new throw pillow, cushion cover, or throw blanket can bring a new look to old chairs.

3.  Paint – Wood and metal chairs can easily be painted with  spray paint.  Make sure you sand away any old and flaking paint and be sure y paint in a well ventilated area.  Sometimes the way to liven up your old furniture is to make it look even older. Distressing furniture is the art of adding the look of age to a furniture piece.  I will cover distressing your furniture in a later post!!  Here is an example of a chair sprayed black (after removing back and fabric covers).  I added a little gold along edges and once you recover with new fabric or have it reupholstered, it looks like a new piece of furniture.

black chair 2

4.  Stripped – Once stripped down, wooden chairs might look better!  A coat of stain or varnish to protect it is recommended.

5. Wrap – For a more casual style slipcover, try draping fabric over the chair, and tying it at the back. It’s easy, easy to update, and looks fantastic.

6. Recover – The most time and resource-consuming option, recovering is a big project but done right, it can make the most run-down chair look brand new again. Make sure any chair you choose to recover has “good bones” – its springs and structural elements should be in good shape.   Also, recovering removable cushions, like those on many dining room chairs, can be as simple as cutting fabric and using a staple gun. For small cushions, you could use cloth napkins to cover – couldn’t be easier!

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