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I’m baaaaaack!

Holy cow I haven’t posted anything in forever.  This has been a crazy summer so far…my sister is getting married (in 12 days!!!!) so I’ve been home for the dress fitting and the bridal shower/bachelorette party.  Then my father turned 50 this year and we threw him a surprise party, so I was home for that.  Plus he has a huge 4th of July work party every year that we haven’t been close enough to go home for in forever, so we made another trek up for that.  And we just got back from a week long vacation in Emerald Isle.

Oh, and I’m pregnant!  That has been the biggest reason why I’ve neglected my blog.  I have had the worst morning all day sickness EVER.  I was a bit sick with my first, a lot more with my second, but this one has been absolutely horrendous.  From 6 weeks to 13 weeks I literally did nothing but lay on my couch as my children destroyed the house.  No housework, barely any cooking, no quality time with the kids, no projects, no nothing.  Just laying around.  I finally went to the doc around week 9 to get the magic nausea pill, and that helped…for 3 days.  Ugh.  I know it could’ve been worse…but it certainly didn’t feel like it at the time!  But I am now officially in the second trimester and feeling GOOD!  No more Hot Pockets, frozen pizzas and chicken nuggets for me; bring on the real food!

But anyway.  I realized it’s been waaaaay too long since I’ve updated anything and figured I should probably get on it.

When we moved into our Ottawa home we were faced with something we hadn’t experienced before:  100% hardwood floors.  Not a carpet to be seen–minus in the dining room.  Really?!  The dining room?  We quickly realized how expensive area rugs are and found a much cheaper solution:  painting a white rug.  I did some research on Pinterest (where else?) and pinned this post from Tatertots and Jello (a DIY home decorating blog that I adore, even if I never actually make any of their stuff, haha!).  I also found this post that recommended using a fabric medium to mix with the paint when painting rugs.  I ran out before I finished both rugs and I can tell the spots where I didn’t have enough left.  Those spots a lot more rough…it almost hurts when rubbing bare limbs on it.  I picked some up from Michaels with their 40% off coupon.

Next I found the design.  Both my husband and I loved this one so I decided to recreate it.

Step one:  the rug.  I picked up two white area rugs from Big Lots for $20/each.  I want to say it was this one…but this was 3 years ago so you’ll have to forgive my memory.

Step two:  the paint.  I headed to Lowes and went to my favorite section:  the paint samples!  I know I say it all of the time, but seriously, Lowes paint samples are the best.  Any color for less than $5!  I got brown, light blue, yellow, green and grey.  I also picked up a roll of green Frog Tape and a small paint roller and tray.

Step three:  marking the design.  This was the hardest part.  I opened the inspiration picture on my laptop and then sat on the floor with the rug, the picture and the painters tape and eyeballed it.  It took me hours to get the tape just right.  After I taped out the design I taped the entire outer edge of the rug as well.

Step four:  mixing the paint with the fabric medium.  Instructions are on the bottle, so pretty self-explanatory 😉

Step five:  painting!  I used a foam roller and did one color at a time.  I can’t remember for sure, but I think I only needed to do one coat.

Step six:  peeling all of that mother f—– tape off.  The second longest (and most tedious) part.

Step seven:  sit back and enjoy!  I can’t tell you how many compliments I received on this rug.  The design was so unique.  And people almost died of shock when I told them I painted it myself!  Totally worth all of the time and effort.  Not to mention the insane amount of money we saved by going this route.diy-painted-rugThe only sucky thing is the fact that we had two dogs and a toddler in the house.  By the time our two years were up we didn’t even hesitate–this rug went straight into the garbage.  It was absolutely filthy.  No amount of rug scrubbing would get it the pristine clean in the photo above.  I almost cried.

I also painted a rainbow rug for J’s room (I had a rainbow decor for her room in that house).  Fortunately this one made it through just fine…probably because it was in her room, where we barely ever played.  And never with anything messy.  It’s currently in our playroom downstairs and I don’t think it’s going to make it through a second move…diy-painted-rainbow-rug

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Did someone say “Princess”?

When I was pregnant with J I went with a simple gneder-neutral theme for the nursery:  ducks and frogs.  When we moved from Kansas to Ottawa J was almost 3.  We knew we were going to have another baby at some point while we were there, so she got a brand-new theme for her room.  Since she still really wasn’t “into” anything at that point I chose for her:  rainbows.  I adore rainbows.  The colors are so vibrant and they’re just so pretty!  I actually did a rainbow theme for her 3rd birthday party as well.

The landlord was nice enough to leave the walls in the house painted actual colors (it’s amazing how much different a house looks when all of the walls aren’t stark white.  If we ever rent out a house all of the walls will be painted a nice beige color).  J’s room was purple, which fit in nicely with a rainbow theme.  Plus I figured I could do a lot of the furniture in gender-neutral colors so it could transform easily into the next (and next) child’s room.

Since the rooms were all wood-laminate in our last house I knew we would need an area rug.  I bought a white rug from Big Lots and painted a rainbow on it.  I actually painted two rugs for our Ottawa home.  Once I get around to writing a post about it I’ll add the link in here in case you’re interested in doing one yourself!  It was actually pretty easy and I love the way they both turned out!  Here’s the link for more information!

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We bought this bed and these matching dressers from IKEA when she was ready to graduate into a “big girl bed”.  Since it was just a light pine I painted everything varying shades of blue.

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I purchased my a-mazing Silhouette Cameo around the same time I was decorating her room and couldn’t wait to use it.  One of the first projects I did with it was to make canvases with quotes on them.  The first one has my favorite Dr. Seuss quote on it.  It’s hanging above her bookshelf.

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I simply painted the canvas with several coats of dark blue acrylic paint, cut the letters out of white vinyl with my Silhouette and stuck them on.  As you can see I didn’t estimate the size very well and had a difficult time fitting “you’ll GO” on there, which I didn’t realize until everything else was already stuck.  There was no way I was redoing all of that so it’s fine the way it is!

The second one I made is my favorite.  It hangs above her bed.

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I painted the canvas ROYGBIV in stripes from top to bottom.  Then I used my Silhouette to cut out the quote.  This time I peeled the letters off, threw them away and placed the entire white vinyl over my canvas.

To complete the rainbow theme I decided to do one of those melted crayon canvases you see everywhere.

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This one was SO much fun to make!  J and I did it together.  I bought a couple of boxes of the cheapest crayons I could find (Craz-E-Art from Big Lots).  I took out all of the rainbow-colored crayons, shaped them into a heart and hot glued them in place.  Then I took my hair dryer, put it on the hottest setting and pointed it at the crayons.  They started to melt after just a minute and I waved the hair dryer all around until I got an effect that I liked.  Hot wax will splatter all over the place and then dry, FYI.  I learned this the hard way after I spent an hour scrubbing melted crayon off of the floors and walls.  Definitely put a towel down.

When we moved from Ottawa to Virginia I kept the same theme in J’s room.  Well, sort of.  Our bedrooms are carpeted here so there’s no need for an area rug.  That’s now downstairs in the playroom.  I really like the 3 canvases so I hung them up again.  But now an obsession has entered our lives:  Disney Princesses.  Hooray.  Wanting to acknowledge that, I added a few more things to J’s room.  I found this awesome Disney Princess Wall Art from the CraftyMama on Pinterest.  She has the files uploaded onto her blog that you can use for FREE, all you need is a Silhouette!  Which I have, thankfully.  A trip to the Dollar Tree for 5 frames and 5 minutes on my computer later, princess decor.  Awesome.

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The last thing we moved over to J’s room was a Cinderella puzzle.  When I was pregnant with her I put together three 1000 piece Disney puzzles:  Cinderella’s castle, Winnie the Pooh and 101 Dalmations.  I modge podged them together, bought 3 gigantic frames at 50% off from Hobby Lobby and voila, easy nursery decor!  Unfortunately only 1 has made it through 3 moves unscathed.  The glass shattered in the Cinderella frame and we have yet to replace it.  One of these days!

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I also have J’s initials hanging on the wall.  I bought the wood letters from Hobby Lobby when I was pregnant with her and added a bit of acrylic paint to embellish them.  J-Initals

She also has her magnet board (which she never uses and really I need to move into C’s room instead),

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her hair bow organizer, which has been taken over by tiaras,

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and her animal jail!
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So that’s it!  J’s rainbow/princess/not-really-anything room!  She’ll get a new theme in about a year and if I had to bet money I’d say there will be a lot more princess stuff everywhere…

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