Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Our Americana Guest Room Makeover

Our Americana Guest Room Makeover
I've been itching to make some changes to our Guest Room and in lieu of the Patriotic Summer holidays I decided to add some Americana style.

The original inspiration came from this Target find-a denim chambray style quilt & sham set for $17. The sheets were a Wal-Mart steal at $10 for the Queen set. I love how the brighter blue pops yet pulls from the pillow!

Next up-this awesome lamp was a Goodwill find-$15. Check out the detail-an Eagle protecting its nest. Plus, it's solid iron...nice!

I repurposed this shadow box frame by using a piece of fabric I purchased at Goodwill & a star embellishment I had in my craft bin.

Nothing says "Americana" like a Gallery wall filled with images of Vegas, The Americana hotel, Statue of Liberty, Chicago & of course the flag. These frames were handmade by a friend's husband and I rescued them from being thrown out with the trash (gasp)! Aren't they great?

Another Goodwill find-$3 and it fills the headboard shelf perfectly!

Oh the pillows-found the larger one at Target for $5 & I sewed the smaller one using a scrap piece of fabric I picked up at Goodwill.

Both of these were picked up at Hobby Lobby (gotta love their 50% off sales)!! The red metal star was $10 & the "In God We Trust" sign was around $4.

Another close up of the Gallery wall! I love the mixture of the aged frames, images & the unexpected star (an homage to my Texas days)!

I'd love to hear your thoughts! Have you added any Americana touches to your home to celebrate the 4th of July?

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

DIY Decor: Stenciled Window Treatment Re-do

Plain white curtain
I heart window treatments! I just love how they add pizzazz to boring old windows!!

Most of the windows in our home are decorated, but the window in our Master bath has been screaming for some attention.

I haven't found exactly what I've been looking for, but I decided to repurpose the tie-up window shade from my son's old nursery.

It was the perfect blank canvas-white, crisp & clean.

I used a cheapo stencil ($3 for a pack of 3) from Michael's plus a can of Rustoleum's American Accents paint in Chocolate.

Note to self-it would've been a lot neater had I used paint vs spray paint, but my goal was to make due with what I had...hence the spray paint.

Ta-da...the finished project!

Lots of stenciling and spraying!

Love my newly accessorized window!!
I couldn't be happier with the way this curtain re-do turned out! Sometimes slight imperfections are a good thing!!

I'd love to hear your thoughts. Have you spray painted anything random lately?

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Happy Father's Day Canvas Art Gift

I know that I seem to be all about Canvas art lately and in celebration of Father's Day weekend, I'd like to share yet another easy peasy canvas Father's Day gift idea.

I'm all for skipping cheesy (and expensive) cards and creating something sentimental and special for different occassions. Luckily, I had all of the supplies on hand (canvas, scrapbook paper, spray paint, acrylic paint and letter stickers). 

Simple Steps to Creating your own Canvas Father's Day gift 

1) Spray paint the canvas-edges too. I used Rustoleum's American Accents in Espresso.

2) While it dries, print or grab a photo you'd like to use. Mine was printed on regular paper in black & white.

2) After allowing it to dry for an hour or so, I used Mod Podge to adhere the picture to the canvas. Once it dried, I used paint to place my boys handprints on the canvas.

3) I got a bit sticker happy, but the quote that I knew I wanted to use was; "Any man can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad". -Anne Geddes

4) Once the handprints dried for a few hours, I applied Mod Podge to seal everything and give it a nice sheen.'s a cute and simple (and affordable) Father's Day gift that my dear hubby will cherish for years and years to come!! It's a sentimental piece that he'll likely hang in his office to remind him how much he's loved!

I'd like to give a Father's Day shout out to my wonderful husband! He truly is everything I could ever want in a man and a terrific father to our boys. I hope that they both grow up to be as amazing as he is!!! My boys and I are so blessed to have him!! Love you honey!!

I'd love to hear your Father's Day plans and gift ideas! Thanks for popping by!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

DIY Decor: Easy Canvas Wall Art

I've circled the culprit!!
Some of the best DIY decor ideas come from looking for simple & affordable solutions for spaces in your home. A few weeks ago, my dear hubby tried wiping something off of one of our stairwell walls, which in turn left a blotch on the wall that's been driving me nuts.

I wanted to cover these spots & add some pizzazz to this area. After looking around the house-I came up with the perfect solution.

I found an old old canvas painting that I made many years and houses ago. It's been sitting in the garage
for a while now and has become my spray board-hence the tacky marks.

I also found some cheap remnant fabric ($5.99 for 2 yards at Garden Ridge). Some of you might notice this fabric from another project I did for the sunroom.

Without further ado, simple steps for creating your own DIY canvas wall art.

1) Grab your supplies. Stretched canvas, Fabric, scissors and a staple gun.

2) Place the fabric, pattern side down, on the floor. Put the canvas, face down, on the fabric.

3) Fold the edges over the canvas and simply staple away. Once finished, cut away the remnant, turn it over...and voila!!! Beautiful works of art to fill your walls!
So, you're probably wondering why there's two pieces. Well, since I'm not the type to leave well enough alone, once I hung the canvas art on the wall, it still needed something so I decided to craft up another piece!

Using the leftover fabric, an empty frame (the glass broke so it's been sitting in the garage just waiting for another chance), an old card (one of my faves from my sis) and Mod Podge, I was able to make another special piece of art to compliment the other.

 Cut the fabric to the size of the frame opening.

It needed a pop of color, so I decided to use this card that my sis gave me years ago.

Applied Mod Podge to the back of the card, then sealed it onto the fabric with another coat.

Et's theview of the stairwell now! No more marks, just works of art!!!

Another view from upstairs-love, love, love it!

Hope that I've inspired you to craft up a little love for your walls! I'd love to hear what you think.

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