Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A Kid's Hallway Reveal

We have an oddly-shaped hallway between our little girl's nursery and bathroom, and the most prominent wall houses our thermostat and a large air vent.  A few years ago, I painted this hallway and installed board and batten to help liven it up (my board and batten tutorial may be found here), but this wall has always been blank for the most part.


If it wasn't for the air vent, I would've placed a table or bench seat against this wall, but any semblance of a blockage in front of the vent causes our AC / heat units to become less efficient.  So, I've left the wall as-is for a few years now, hoping that inspiration will strike in one form or another.


Sure enough, it did!  It occurred to me recently that this wall would be perfect as a bit of a "command center" for our daughter.  For now, it'd mostly be used for photos and notes, but once she's older, it would be great resource for her to organize her schoolwork, backpack, and other items.  This project was extremely easy to do, and took all but an afternoon to finish!

First, I decided to paint the upper portion of the wall with chalkboard paint.  Two coats gave it perfect coverage against the wall.  I tried out Rustoleum's brand of black chalkboard paint this go-around, and I could not say enough positive things about it.  You can also choose to get it tinted to any color you prefer.


I had fun at Michael's and picked out some cute black and white picture frames, a distressed frame, a magnetic sheet, and wooden block letters to go onto the wall.  These items were on sale and it was more cost effective to buy them already finished than to go the DIY route -- so that made things easy!  I hung them on the wall accordingly.

Then, to finish the wall, I installed numerous oil rubbed bronze robe hooks onto the existing board and batten.  We bought a six pack of these from Home Depot for $7.


Remember the before?


Here's the after!



A few details: 




Right now this wall mostly presents our daughter's ultrasound photos, so it's nice to have an actual home for them instead of hanging them onto our refrigerator.  In the years to come, these photos can be easily swapped out with new ones, and the magnetic board and chalkboard surface can help serve as a homework station for Audrey.


Generally speaking, this was one of the easiest projects I've ever done, and I am so happy with the way that it turned out!  Not too bad for a $60 makeover.  We love its simplicity and its sleek, modern feel -- it almost feels like it'd be perfect for Ms. Audrey Hepburn herself.  Hope you like it as much as we do!

You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

Monday: Boogieboard CottageC-R-A-F-TCraft-O-ManiacDIY Home Sweet Home,  Get Outta My Head PleaseThe Girl CreativeMad in CraftsMaking the World CuterOur Delightful HomePolish the StarsSerendipity and SpiceSew Can DoSkip to My LouThrifty Decor ChickToo Much Time on My HandsTuesday: A Bowl Full of LemonsCherished BlissCoastal CharmConfessions of a Stay at Home MommyDukes and DutchessesFunky Polka Dot GiraffeI'm Topsy TurvyMommy By Day Crafter by NightNap Time CreationsNot Just a HousewifeSugar Bee CraftsTip JunkieToday's Creative BlogWednesday: Adorned from Above, Free Pretty Things for YouGinger Snap CraftsHome Happy HomeIt's Just Called SpicyJAQS StudioLet Birds FlyLife with the Crust Cut OffThe NY Melrose FamilyRae Gun RamblingsThe Sasse LifeSew Much AdoSew WoodsySomeday CraftsSouthern LovelyThe Style SistersThursday: A Creative PrincessA Glimpse InsideCrafty, Scrappy, HappyHouse of HepworthsJust Winging ItMade in a DayThe Shabby Creek CottageSomewhat SimpleFriday: 2805The Answer is ChocolateBacon Time with the Hungry HypoCreation CornerFingerprints on the FridgeThe Grant LifeHappy-Go-LuckyIf It's Not BaroqueJust Us FourMom 4 RealMy Simple Home LifeNot Your Ordinary RecipesOne Artsy MamaThe Rooster and the HenSimply DesigningTatertots and JelloWhipperberryYoung and CraftySaturday: Be Different... Act NormalCandace CreationsFunky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingIt's So Very CheriNutmeg PlaceSunday: The Crafty CowgirlEmbellishing Life with Homemade GoodnessFlamingo ToesG*RatedNifty Thrifty Things


Monday, October 19, 2015

Baby's Name Dinosaur Canvases

After finishing our baby girl's dinosaur-themed nursery this summer, I wanted to do something special to display her first name for one wall.  I decided to paint canvases featuring dinosaur silhouettes for each letter of her name.  These silhouettes are incredibly easy to make, just so long as you don't mind spending an hour or so for each canvas.  Here's how!

First, I did some research and picked dinosaurs that matched the first letter of our daughter's name.  I used the UK Natural History Museum's Dinosaur Directory to pick out which ones I liked best.


Our daughter's name will be Audrey, so I chose the Archaeopteryx for A (a personal favorite of my husband's), Udanoceratops for U, Deinonychus for D (my personal favorite), Riojasaurus for R, Euoplocephalus for E, and Yangchuanosaurus for Y.  I then Googled these dinosaurs for the best looking images that I could use for each canvas.

Once the images were selected, I blew them up as large as they could be on my screen and traced them onto a sheet of white printer paper.  I tried my best to capture the details, though the tracing job didn't have to be perfect by any stretch of means.


Then, I did the same with letters in the font and style of my choice.


Once everything was traced, I used a pair of scissors to carefully cut out the dinosaurs and letters.  You can use an X-acto knife if you'd prefer.



After the shapes were cut out, I then arranged each on the canvas to see what would be the best layout to display both the letter and dinosaur best.


Once a location was determined, I first traced the letter onto the canvas:


Then, I did the same with the dinosaur itself: 


After tracing, it was time to paint.  The background of each canvas was painted a different color using acrylic craft paint and a small paint brush.  Depending on the color, they took 2-3 coats each.  The dinosaurs themselves were painted black to help them stand out.


And here's what they looked like finished!


A for Archaeopteryx:


U for Udanoceratops: 


D for Deinonychus: 


R for Riojasaurus: 


E for Euoplocephalus: 


And finally, Y for Yangchuanosaurus:


These canvases turned out even better than I envisioned, and I absolutely adore them.  They are now hanging proudly in Audrey's nursery.  


You can make similar silhouettes out of any kind of animals or other themes, too -- the sky's the limit!  Hope you like them, too!

You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

Monday: Boogieboard CottageC-R-A-F-TCraft-O-ManiacDIY Home Sweet Home,  Get Outta My Head PleaseThe Girl CreativeMad in CraftsMaking the World CuterOur Delightful HomePolish the StarsSerendipity and SpiceSew Can DoSkip to My LouThrifty Decor ChickToo Much Time on My HandsTuesday: A Bowl Full of LemonsCherished BlissCoastal CharmConfessions of a Stay at Home MommyDukes and DutchessesFunky Polka Dot GiraffeI'm Topsy TurvyMommy By Day Crafter by NightNap Time CreationsNot Just a HousewifeSugar Bee CraftsTip JunkieToday's Creative BlogWednesday: Adorned from Above, Free Pretty Things for YouGinger Snap CraftsHome Happy HomeIt's Just Called SpicyJAQS StudioLet Birds FlyLife with the Crust Cut OffThe NY Melrose FamilyRae Gun RamblingsThe Sasse LifeSew Much AdoSew WoodsySomeday CraftsSouthern LovelyThe Style SistersThursday: A Creative PrincessA Glimpse InsideCrafty, Scrappy, HappyHouse of HepworthsJust Winging ItMade in a DayThe Shabby Creek CottageSomewhat SimpleFriday: 2805The Answer is ChocolateBacon Time with the Hungry HypoCreation CornerFingerprints on the FridgeThe Grant LifeHappy-Go-LuckyIf It's Not BaroqueJust Us FourMom 4 RealMy Simple Home LifeNot Your Ordinary RecipesOne Artsy MamaThe Rooster and the HenSimply DesigningTatertots and JelloWhipperberryYoung and CraftySaturday: Be Different... Act NormalCandace CreationsFunky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingIt's So Very CheriNutmeg PlaceSunday: The Crafty CowgirlEmbellishing Life with Homemade GoodnessFlamingo ToesG*RatedNifty Thrifty Things

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