Thursday, March 19, 2015

Good Housekeeping Double Feature!

Just a quick hello, at the end of a long week, to share some exciting news....
I had a double feature on  Good Houekeeping!
Be sure to check out all 10 of these fun kids rooms.

10 Super-Fun Themes for Creative Kids' Rooms

Here are my two rooms in this fun list of spaces...
For the kid who lives in jerseys and grass stains, a football field wall means it's game time all the time. Complement the sporty look with DIY bedding in his favorite team's colors.
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Sports Themed Bedroom
Love this football room. Such a simple treatment, with big results. Find the full How-to HERE.
Room Designed by Dy Lynne Decor
Room Painted by ME

This isn't your average canopy: A dramatic drape turns a twin-sized bed into the comfiest tent ever while a pretend fire makes for the perfect gathering place for sharing ghost stories, songs, and snacks. Finish off with plenty of snuggly flannel blankets for a cozy campfire feel.
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Camp Out Bedroom

This room is my sons old bedroom that I designed, and painted. 
The tent and the campfire are all handmade. Check out the How-To for each here...

Hope it's warming up wherever you are.....Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Custom Made Turquoise & Gold Nightstand

I want to start off by announcing the Cutting Edge Stencil Give Away Winner

Congrats to "Nicki P"

If you missed out on this months "Giveaway", don't worry....
We have another fun one coming up next month!!

For today's How-To I want to show you a fun project in the Girls Modern DIY Room Makeover.

Custom Made Turquoise & Gold Nightstand

This fun table is super simple to make, and totally customizable! 
All you need is a few basic pieces, and a great combo of paint colors. 

Here are the supplies. 
*A Round 1"x18" Stain Grade Wood Panel. I picked up this one at Lowe's for $11.
*3 Waddell 21" Traditional Wood Table Legs. From Lowe's for $5 each.
*3 Angled Top Table Leg Plates. Under $6 for all three.
*Measuring Tape
*Electric Screw Driver

The wood top is a pre-made piece that Lowe's sells. They come in several shapes and sizes, so you'll have lots of options for any style table. I like that the wood is stain grade, and the edges are finished. You can cut your own, but for $11 it's worth it to skip that part. 

I prefer the angle plates here, because the legs will spread outwards, not straight down. If your making a coffee table, or something not as girly, you could go with a flat plate.

The legs come in several styles. At the top there is a screw, so they can attach to the plates.

These were still a bit long for me, so I chopped a bit off the bottom. I measured one, then lined the rest up to mark them at the same spot. They are small, so either a hand saw or an electric saw will work well.

Here is what the angle of the plate looks like. It just pushes the leg out ever so slightly.  

You can see how the leg has the screw at the top. 

You'll  need to measure out the three plates on the back. I set the screw holes around 1"-1.5" away from the edge. You can use 4 if you don't want it to be so dainty looking.

Screw the plate into place. The screws come in the plate package.

Attach the legs. 

Could that be any simpler??

Next comes the paint. 
The options are endless here....Though I do love the metal colored band around the edges. You could mix in gold with pinks, or coppers with neutral tones. You could even do a tone-on-tone here, and stick in the same color palette. Adding glitter just to the edges with some glitter glue instead of paint, would be a fun way to glam it up as well.

You don't need very much paint here. 
I just used the sample size of paint. Which are under $3. 

Brush it on in the direction of the grain. 

Don't worry about the edges if you'll be painting them a different color. 

I used this gold paint, which is very rich in color, and only required one coat. It is on the pricey side. You can use tubes of acrylic paint from your local craft store as well, and for under $2 a bottle. 

The easiest way to get a good sharp edge, is to have your brush be about as thick, or thicker than your table width. Don't tape the top.  The fresh paint WILL pull off if you put tape on it. You'll have to hand do his part. Don't worry about getting it on the top, you can touch that up later. 

For the legs, I went with a washed out grey tone. The same color was n some of the fabric, and I didn't want them to have a painted look.  

Wearing gloves, dip a rag in the stain. 

Wipe it on each of the legs, making sure to saturate the seams and indentions. 
It is always best too wipe in the direction of the grain.

You could add more coats, if your color isn't dark enough. Let them dry for 12-24 hours in between coats. 

Here is the final product...

Simple, yet a good pop of color. 

I just love the mix of turquoise and gold. 

Check out the rest of the How-To's from this room.....
Painted Laundry Basket, Painted Mirror