Playroom Revamp Part 5 : Decor & Bits

Part 1 – Upcycled Bookcase.
Part 2 – Upcycled Cot/Hanging Rack.  
Part 3 – Upcycled Chest Box.

Part 4 – Using Patterned Paint Rollers.

Have you caught up or are you fed up?! This is my last post on this project. Just the last few finishing touches really.

Out went this table and chairs. The table top was decoupaged with some paper, but one of the kids had ripped it off.  The chairs were big and clumsy, so they went.  In there place, we sourced this table and bench, in Ikea.  It’s long and has loads of room and doesn’t take up too much space.  The bench is ideal for when little buddies come over, as there is loads of room.

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortune

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortuneI wanted this space to be a crafty space for the kids ( and me if I’m honest !) so we put up some shelving and labelled it, so at least I know whats stored or hidden away from small hands.  I got some little white buckets, in IKEA again, cheap as chips, stuck on some washi tape, where they now are storing their colouring pencils/pens etc.  I got some coloured frames and used them to hang their drawings and pictures.  I had the magnetic board and cork board, again these were from IKEA.  I used this space as their craft area and its perfect.

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortune

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortune

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortunePlayroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortune

Another purchase form IKEA was this little book case, perfect for their books and I can put it under the table out of the way. I used some spice rack holders for colouring book holders and decorated with some washi tape again.  I decorated the little cubby box thingy with a geometic design and it now sits on top of the table, perfect for little cars and trashies.

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortune

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortuneTo give the table the faux marble look, I had some sticky paper stuff from sostrenegrene  You just literally peel off the backing and stick to the table.  It just takes the white bland look off the table and you don’t see the marks as easily ! Its washable too.

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortune

Some pictures were hung at last and the chair got a new throw.

All in all, very pleased with the result and so far the kids are liking it and minding it but we will see how long that lasts!

Playroom revamp - decor and those last minute touches that wont cost a fortune

Till next time !

Maura

PS this is not a sponsored IKEA post, I can only dream ha !

 

 

 

 

Playroom Revamp Part 4 : Patterned Paint Rollers

If you want to catch up on part 1 to read about my upcycled bookcase, click here.  For part 2 click here to read about my upcycled cot/hanging rack and for part 3 upcycled chest box, click here.

Ok, getting back to the room, it  badly needed a paint , as my kids are very  hands on, meaning they like to draw and scribble on my walls!.  This job, really needed to be done. The room was originally just painted white. So I decided to leave it white and freshen it up but to use my patterned paint roller in a different colour.  ( this would help hide any future scribbles I thought !)

If you are not sure what I am talking about when I mention these rollers, they are a roller with a pattern on them, you just paint on your design.   On first impressions, you think it resembles wall paper or even a hand painted design.  I found these online ages ago and they have been sitting on my shelf waiting for a project.  I have two but I decided to use the Tussock design for the playroom.  You can get the rollers from The Painted House on Etsy, and she gives great advice and tips on how to use them. Just click here  to see or just visit the website 

Using patterned paint rollers on your walls

We tested the pattern out first, on the back of the bookcase no less ( see below)  I thought the design was pretty nice.  So himself decided to get in on the action and took the lead on this project.  There is a knack to it and to be honest our lines are not very straight but I do like the effect it gave.  Some lines were not as dark.  But you can go back over these yourself later on with a brush if you wish.  The top of the wall, where it meets the ceiling also needed to be tidied up.  But because this is a busy pattern you can’t really see the mistakes unless you point them out.  Most people when they see it, think it’s wall paper at first, but I say I hand painted it ha 😉  Can you spot the mistake on the second picture below ?!

Using patterned paint rollers on your walls

Using patterned paint rollers on your wallsHere’s a section of the wall.  You can see the bits where the roller doesn’t quiet meet  the skirting board, but I filled these bits in myself  later on.  What do you think ? We used some paint we had in a light grey, it is recommended you use emulsion paint with them.

Using patterned paint rollers on your walls

 

Each roller is reusable and interchangeable, and can be used with either the fabric applicator or the wall & paper applicator.  Yes, did I mention you can use these on fabric!!  I think they would be great to use on furniture too and what about trying them out on some wrapping paper, so many ideas with these.  When you are buying the rollers, you need the applicator so don’t forgot that.

 

 

I know the walls are not prefect,  but hey  it was my first time trying these rollers, I really like the effect and plan on using them more. You know what they say, practice makes perfect.

 

Till next time !

Maura

Using patterned paint rollers on your walls

 

 

 

 

 

Playroom Revamp Part 3 – Upcycle Chest Box

Just click on part one and part two to catch up.

You are probably wondering, how many things, in my house, do I have to upcycle at this stage! Yes, I am beginning to wonder that myself ha!

This will be a quick post I promise.  I really liked doing this one as it was such a nice day outside, perfect for sanding.  I do like using a sander !

Here’s a before shot.  This box was just one of those old pine boxes they used to giveaway with coupons in the Centra/  SuperValu stores years ago.  It was painted a few times and I used some stencils on it the last time.  It was dirty and the lid had come off, so out with sander and off I went.

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

Here’s what it looked like after I sanded and cleaned it off. The grain came up pretty well I thought.  It was a bit battered and had some knocks but that only adds character .. right ?!

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

Right now I am liking this look, so I decided to not paint it, what you say! yep …… but of course I couldn’t leave it just naked now could I?!   So I painted on some geometric little designs with paint I had on hand. These were just pencilled on, I then used frog tape to mark off the areas I wanted to paint.  You just peel off the tape, after you have painted. You should then get sharp lines.  This stuff is brilliant and I came across it when doing one of Kyle Lane’s workshops.

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric designPlayroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

I painted a bigger shape at the sides and left the back alone as it was going to be up against a wall. Two coats of clear matt varnish to seal it and its done.

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

Here it is all finished.  I left the lid off as this had caused many a wail, as little fingers got stuck…ouch!

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

 

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooksTill next time !

Maura

Playroom revamp part 3 - upcycling an old chest box with a geometric design

 

 

 

Playroom Revamp Part 2 : Upcycled Cot into a Hanging Rack

If you want to read Part 1 on my painted bookcase, just click here.

Ok, still with me on this project ?  Good here we go …

Next up, I wanted something to hang stuff from, you know all the kid crap that likes to lie on the floor and has no place.  Because our back door is beside the playroom, they tend to traipse in through the house and look for hats, scarves, wellies, hurleys, helmets etc etc  Of course these things are never where they should be! So I remembered, I still had our old baby cot in the garage.  Now I did use the headboard for a project back ages ago, you can read about it here.

So I decided to use the other part of the cot for this project. Here’s a picture of the cot before I did anything.  I was just cleaning and prepping it here, funnily enough on another cot – don’t ask!

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks

 

When I started, I was going to try a geometric pattern on it, see here …..

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooksPlayroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks

but I didn’t like the colours against the blue so I scrapped that.  I really wanted to use up the paint and materials I had, the last thing I wanted to do was buy more stuff!

Then I decided to use some paper. I was undecided on what paper to use.  I used Instagram stories, where I showed a few different papers and people there seemed to prefer this paper.  Its called Brighton Pier.  It was a roll I had for ages, yes just one roll!

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks

 

Lastly,  I just screwed in some hooks, that I had from Ikea.  Then I  got himself to actually screw the cot itself, into the wall and now all the crap is hanging on this and not on the floor. Result!

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks

 

Here it is all finished …Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks

 

Please note: I did wash and clean down the cot before I started. I used Bin to prime it for the paint.  The paint I used was a test pot of Valspar.   This apparently has a primer built in.  I used some Mod Podge to glue and seal the paper.

No children were harmed during this project 😉

 

Till next time !

Maura

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks

 

 

Playroom Revamp Part 1 : Upcycled Bookcase

I recently did a major revamp of our kids playroom.  It had gotten old and tired looking and there was crap everywhere.  My hands were itching to do something and so, when the good weather hit, I got started.

I showed a lot of my progress on Instagram stories and I got good feedback.  I am going to break my process down in the next few posts, as it would probably take too long, in just one post!

It started with this book cabinet. I originally painted it years ago for the kids with yellow chalk paint.  It was one of those dark mahogany coloured cabinets that everyone’s mother seemed to have back in the day.  It was never prepped or primed and to be honest it showed and with the kids using it, it didn’t last the pace.  So I decided to give it a major over haul.  My before picture is not great, of course I forgot to take a decent one before I started, but you get the gist.

Playroom revamp - part 1: up-cycling an old bookcase with some paint.

 

Firstly I had to get off the wax, so I used good old methylated spirits.  This stuff is good, but be warned, open your windows and doors, it will give you a headache!  I then sanded it back a bit to give the new paint some key to work with.  I then applied undercoat.  I decided to use Colourtrend satin wood in shades of Beade and Blue Roan, basically two different blues. And here it is ….

Playroom revamp - part 1: up-cycling an old bookcase with some paint.

Really happy with how it turned out.  It took a lot of elbow grease, as they say.  Getting the wax off was a pain, as I was practically high from the fumes, but this stuff works.  (I have since discovered my local hardware shop supplies Krud Kutter and will try this the next time)  It took 2 coats of paint to get  good coverage.  I really like how the blues turned out.  What you think ?

Till next time !

Maura

Upcycling an old bookcase

 

DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Yes, its coming to that time of the year again, some of us will be breathing a sigh of relief, a break from the routine of car taxing and lunch box making. Don’t you just hate making lunches, or is that just me! Others maybe having a silent scream of having the kids all day.  I am somewhere in the middle 😉

Teacher appreciation gifts seem to be the thing these days and as my two are finishing up, I decided to make my own. So I am going to share these little DIYs with you. They are simple enough to make and won’t take up too much of your time. Result !

Here they are ……………………

Tutorial: Teacher Appreciation Gifts - with some embroidery hoops and iron on glitter fabric, how to make these simple little glitter apples

 

Materials:

  • Embroidery hoops – 3inch & 4inch
  • Embroidery thread of your choice
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Glitter iron on sheet ( you can find these here) these are great!  you get a glitter sheet with a protective surface, all you do is cut your shape, use your iron to attach it to your surface,  then peel back the protective sheet and your shiny glitter pops.
  • Iron, Scissors, Needle

Tutorial: Teacher Appreciation Gifts - with some embroidery hoops and iron on glitter fabric, how to make these simple little glitter apples
I think this graphic fabric was ideal for this project but you can use anything in your stash.  The bigger hoop is a 4inch one, and I embroidered on some lettering. Here’s a little template for you to copy and trace.

Tutorial: Teacher Appreciation Gifts - with some embroidery hoops and iron on glitter fabric, how to make these simple little glitter apples

Tutorial: Teacher Appreciation Gifts - with some embroidery hoops and iron on glitter fabric, how to make these simple little glitter apples

These will be headed off soon enough, but i have some over on Etsy if you are more of a buyer than maker.

Till next time !

Maura

Tutorial: Teacher Appreciation Gifts - with some embroidery hoops and iron on glitter fabric, how to make these simple little glitter apples

#CraftingIsMyTherapy_May on Instagram, Here is May’s RoundUp

#craftingismytherapy_May - join in with this creative community on instagram. All crafts welcomeWell May is nearly at an end and we are onto June soon, so my time as a co-host of the tag  #craftingIsMyTherapy_May is coming to an end on Instagram. If you are wondering what the heck is that all about, have a read here on my original post explaining it.

Thank you to Nicole and Jennifer for asking to me participate.  I tried my best to comment and like each of your posts, it was great to see a good variety. Some I shared on Twitter throughout the month and on Instagram stories.

So just to recap, here’s a roundup of some the pictures that caught my eye.  I have included each persons Instagram handle for you to check them out.#craftingismytherapy_May - join in with this creative community on instagram. All crafts welcome

Lovely makers starting from top left and its @ crafticland, top right @ yarnandblarney.  Bottom left @shirleyrainbow_tb and bottom right is @knottyhoops .

#craftingismytherapy_May - join in with this creative community on instagram. All crafts welcome#craftingismytherapy_May - join in with this creative community on instagram. All crafts welcome#craftingismytherapy_May - join in with this creative community on instagram. All crafts welcome#craftingismytherapy_May - join in with this creative community on instagram. All crafts welcome#craftingismytherapy_May - join in with this creative community on instagram. All crafts welcome

The lovely Rosina crocheting in Spain you will find her here @ zeensandrodger

#craftingismytherapy_May - join in with this creative community on instagram. All crafts welcome

 

Look at that fabric … yum this is from @meyouandmagoo Nicole started this hashtag.

#craftingismytherapy_May - join in with this creative community on instagram. All crafts welcome

 

and this is from Jennifer, another one of the hosts.  I think maybe a perfect craft to do with the kids, my sister likes doing these – @jenniferslittleworld

#craftingismytherapy_May - join in with this creative community on instagram. All crafts welcome

and last but not least Emma from @ emmacraftsdesign Love this ripple blanket.

 

So please head over to instagram for a peek at the hashtag and see some other lovely makes and makers.  Follow along if you fancy,   I am sure June is going to be craftastic too.

Now I am off to finish some painting and decorating!

Till next time !

Maura

How I Upcycled an old (Pirate) Chest Box

Upcycle Furniture - How I upcycled my old Chest boxWell its not really a pirates chest, the kids think it is, so I just go with the flow!   This box actually belonged to my late Uncle.  He used it for his tools and later on he used it to store coal and wood blocks for the fire. Yah he  wasn’t really into keeping things in good nick!  So you can image what kind of state it was in when I got it.  I had always admired it and thought it would look great brought back to life so here it is  ………………. What do you think ?

Upcycle Furniture - How I upcycled my old Chest box

Here’s some before pictures of the chest.  It was pretty battered and dirty.  There was some kind of green paint on the top of the chest and the bottom part was ready to fall out.  The metal pieces on it were all discoloured and to be honest I didn’t know what kind of state they were really in and wondered if I should pull them off.  There also was a lock screwed to the front, so this needed to come off.

Upcycled Chest project - pictures & tutorial

Upcycled Chest project - pictures & tutorialFirst up, I cleaned it  and let it air dry, then I got to sanding and low and behold it came up nice, very nice indeed.  I love the battered look of it and all the markings just added character.  I left on the metal pieces as I was sanding and to be honest the sanding took away a lot of the dirt and grime on these pieces.

Upcycled Chest project - pictures & tutorial

Upcycled Chest project - pictures & tutorialI had wanted to try out General Finishes Gel Stain and I had bought the Java stain but it was too dark for this chest so I ended up using Ronseal varnish in Medium Oak, it’s a water based varnish and I applied with it with a brush leaving 24 hours between each coat.  I used a total of 3 coats and it just soaked right in.  You can see how it was looking here with the stain going on …..

Upcycled Chest project - pictures & tutorial

VarnishI placed the handles, on either side, in a jar of Coke, yes Cola Cola for a couple of days to see if it would help bring up the brass.  I also used brasso on the metal pieces and scrubbed hard.  I kinda like how they came up in the end.

The inside wasn’t too bad, I gave it a sand and a varnish too.  The bottom part had to come out, it was too bad to save so my Dad made me the bottom part, yay for Dads! and he also put on some wheels.  It’s such a heavy box the wheels were needed.

It’s now taking pride of place in my son’s room much to his delight as he loves his pirates! It’s kinda tribute to my Uncle and a nice memory to keep.  So what do you think ?

Upcycle Furniture - How I upcycled my old Chest box

Till next time ..!

Maura x

Upcycle Furniture - How I upcycled my old Chest box

#CraftingIsMyTherapy_May – Join in with this Creative Community on Instagram

I was ask to guest co-host this lovely crafty tag over on Instagram for the month of May. I was only delighted to help out.  If you don’t recognise this tag, well do please check out the tag on Instagram.  Here’s the April tag 

It was started by Nicole from Me, You and Magoo and Jennifer from Jennifers Little World. Originally it was craft linky for  bloggers to link up their posts and I discovered it on Twitter.  They are now bringing it over to Instagram and it celebrates  all things craft and how crafting is a form of therapy and as Nicole elegantly puts it “Art and creativity have an important role in improving our health and well being”  You can read more on Nicole’s blog.

So tag your images to be in with a chance of having your work shared with our creative community.  At the end of the month, we will do a round up and select some of our favourite images..

 

 

Don’t forget to use the  monthly hashtag #craftingismytherapy_may to add your creative images to the Crafting is my Therapy gallery.

If you want to follow Nicole on Instagram, here’s her link and Jennifer’s Instagram is here.

My instagram is here 

 

Enjoy and till next time!

Maura 

Yes, I am still here! a crafty catch up …. another one!

I have been slow on the blogging front lately…… so many wips but so little time! The usual story I suppose with us crafters.  Since I opened my Etsy shop, I have been busy there too, trying to keep it up to date and all those listings and tags aahhh!

So this post really is just to pop in and say hello, yes I am still here 🙂 a little catch up if you will.  So here’s a few pictures of work I have been doing lately ….

I was asked by Toni from TL Yarn Crafts to test a pattern for her, she has lovely patterns and her Mega Pom beanie hat pattern is one of my favorites.  Here’s a link to her Etsy shop. This is  a crochet scarf pattern using the moss stitch.  Here’s my take on her pattern.  She is hoping to release this soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

Moss Stitch Crochet Scarf
I did a few custom embroidery hoops, I really had to lock myself away and concentrate on these but I was pretty pleased with the outcome.  I even managed to feed the kids in between!

Custom Name Embroidery Hoop Art

 

I won some lovely goodies from another blogger buddy, Emma from Emma’s Crafty Projects.  These arrived this week, all the way from Australia.  The yarn is gorgeous, I have never used something like this before, so saving it for a special project.  my crafty win

The kids fought over the little plushie (that’s why its not in the picture, I wasn’t allowed !) they are now requesting more to be made.  Hmm I will admit, amigurumi I find is fiddly and takes me forever!  She also gave me some embroidery threads and a lovely cross stitch book marker.  So thank you once again Emma!

my crafty win

 

The Easter holidays are here, I was trying to do some Easter crafts but its not happening.  My computer is being upgraded hopefully next week, so I hope to get more organised with everything.  Normally I am good with organizing stuff but lately I have been all over the place!  I have also been wondering about upgrading the blog, taking the plunge and going self hosting, therefore have more control over the layout.  I am in the middle of working out a new logo/branding, so bare with me.

I did a big tidy up on my boards over on Pinterest, you can find me here and please leave your pinterest name in the comments section below and I will follow back, I need to find more people to follow.  Speaking of social media, anyone on Twitter or Facebook even ? I confess I am not a fan of Facebook but I have been wondering lately if I should start a page over there. What do you think ?

And finally, I am working on an up cycling project, I just need the weather to behave so I can take a decent picture! so hopefully my next post will be that.

Till next time!

Maura