Sunday, September 29, 2013

DIY: Halloween Decor!

Hey y'all!  Halloween is just around the corner! Time to get out the decorations and I have a great idea for you.
Last year while browsing Pinterest for spooky ideas, I was inspired by this fabulous sign from Sharon Burkert @ As The Ink Dries.  I just had to give it a try, the DIY Lori way.

I had a frame that could be recycled, but headed to Hobby Lobby for some boo-tiful scrap paper, wooden letters, black spray paint, and double sided tape.  All of the aforementioned and some scissors or a rotary cutter is all you'll need to complete this project.

Lets do this:

Obviously you can spell out whatever you want, but I chose "BOO."

I painted the letters first so they could dry while I work on the rest.
Rust-Oleum is my go-to spray paint.  In my experience/opinion it works the best and dries fast.

Cut your decorative paper to size.  (I decided to overlap three different patterns/paper.)

Use double sided (clear) tape to make your background and then to tape it to the INSIDE of the glass frame.

(Sorry for the glare.)

The last step is to line up and position your dried letters, and secure with hot glue.  
Don't ya love it?!

I love Halloween, it's my top 3 favorite holidays.  Expect more posts on this spooky, fun tradition in the near future. ;)

Have a fun and creative day!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

DIY Doll House!

Greetings from DIYland!
I have been chomping at the bit to write this post.  By far  this is my favorite project to date.

A few weeks ago I asked my dad (well my daughter and I asked) for a custom small-ish barbie house/apartment/studio.  My "Pop" has been into making bird houses for over a  year now, and well, you will remember that he built my farmhouse table which was my very first blog post as DIYLori.  (Go take a peek if you haven't seen it yet, I'm still in love with that able).  I didn't have a plan for the finished house in the beginning, just that my daughter was going to help me paint it.  When Dad was done and we brought it home I started hatching ideas and soon this thought crept into my little diy mind: "I'm going to make this a tiny home decorating project."  And so it began!  My daughter was bummed that I took over the project, and I do feel a tiny bit disappointed in myself that I didn't just let her go to town on it with paint and glitter or whatever else she was conjuring.  A "tiny" bit disappointed.  Before you cry foul on the bad mama move, I did let her paint the shutters and pick out the wall paper.  Trust me, when it was finished she was super excited and didn't really care anymore that she didn't get to help more.  She said, "Mommy!  My barbies are going to LOVE how you fixed up their house!"  I feel like I won an award or was given an incredible honor when she bestowed her praise onto me.

The details:  I made most every single piece of furniture, curtain, curtain rods, couch, ceiling fan, chandelier, window flower boxes, etc.  Obviously it's a LOT of detail to go over so I won't go into everything.  However, if you want the specs of the house, please leave a comment and I will post my dad's tutorial.  The following are detailed pictures of my/our masterpiece.  I already requested that my dad make me another one because decorating this one was just  too much fun!


 Look at the light shining in the window!

 I sort of feel like the bed is a little hosptial-ish, but it's big enough for Barbie and the loft.  The mirrors are from Hobby Lobby and were 30% off the day I bought them.

The fence is from Hobby Lobby as well and I used wood trim (that comes in the variety pack).  Glued that onto the fence so it would stay put.  It also served as a nice baseboard for the "dark wood" floors.

 The majority of the house is scrap book paper and craft paint.  The outside of the house was painted with Valspar Mushroom, which is what I had left over from my mud room project.

 You know that I HAD to include some word art.  It's just my thing. :)

 I had white cotton fabric that I starched and sewed for the curtains and the curtain rods are cake pop sticks with upholstery tacks stuck in the ends.  You can see the messy hot glue installation on this bottom pic, but I fixed it.

I made the couch/futon out of small wood planks and blocks for legs.  Painted, then put together with wood glue.  I had some faux pearls in my stash so I just hot glued those on for a glam/shabby chic look.

This coffee table was a small wood jewelry box that I painted by mixing yellow and taupe craft paint, then I TRIED to create a chevron pattern with turquoise.  Yea...TRIED. :)

The ceiling fan.  MY FAVE part!  I went through a few different ideas for this and this one was the clear winner.  I had an empty spool that used to hold wire, some small planks that were left over from a random frame I bought.  The planks were painted the same color as the floor and then hot glued to the glittered spool.

The chandelier hangs above the bed.  I used left over chandelier earring components I had.  I strung crystal beads on them and fashioned some sort of gold wire hanger.  Don't ask me how...this is kind of strangely rigged up there. It is hanging onto an upholstery tack.

I felt like it needed a little something "extra" ....ha...if you can believe that! :)  So I created some little window boxes for a homey feel. 

How do you like it???  I'm so proud!  I was reluctant to give it to my daughter just because I wanted it as a display piece for my office!  hee hee....but my husband said I HAD to give it to her. pff. ;)
She loves it though....and so do her Barbies!!

Big shout out to my Pops who has some major wood working skills!  His craftsmanship is beautiful.

Nothing makes the heart sing more than when you do something that completely captivates your creativity.

Have a great day y'all!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mud Rooms

Y'all...I have been obsessed with mud rooms since I joined Pinterest.   They are so organized and so purposeful and soooo adorable.  I love the idea of coat racks and back pack hooks, secret shoe bins, labels mixed with fun decor.  I could go on and on and on about the magnificent that is mud rooms.  Sadly, our house was not designed to include one.  The front door and garage door are just a few perpendicular feet away from each other.  I didn't realize how weird it was until I started noticing the laundry room and hallway combination from the garage that so many of you lucky people have.  My mission for almost a year has been to create a mud room....SOMEWHERE.  I've thought about knocking down walls and closets, taking doors off, eliminating rooms.  The ideas have been endless.  I was extremely close to converting my dining room (that is a flowing space into a useless formal living room---although I made it more of a lived in room recently).  I just have no clue where I would put my dining table and my hubs was completely against renting a storage unit.  I can't imagine why! ha.  Anyway, I had drawn out plans to create a kid central space in there with a new kids' farmhouse table and storage galore which included mud room capabilities.  It was also on point to get a new chandelier.  This all may come to pass sometime in the future, but I decided to put it on hold and do something on a smaller scale which meant my only option was to convert my front entry (between the front and garage door).  It is a rather long hall way with a huge wall full of possibilities.  On a trip to Goodwill a couple of months back I picked up a few different options for hanging and placing things on for when I got started.  The rest of the stuff  in there I already had or made.
I'm so inspired by how it came out!  This was an extensive thought process with a few failures or mistakes mixed into the beauty of it's outcome.   The hallway was "literally" screaming at me for something special and well, you're welcome, hallway.  :)  My daughters now have a place for their shoes that doesn't involve a daily search party in the closet, (oh hello beautiful turquoise bins!) and to sit and put them on.  A place for my school girl to hang her back pack and her dance bag.  There are even a few knobs leftover for visitors to hang their jackets on.   I still have mud room envy and will definitely make sure to include one in my next house, but this more than satisfies me for now. :)

(I will be posting a mini tutorial for my DIY hook system soon.)

Easy interchangeable picture frames. 
(contact paper on cardboard, inserted back into the glass frame.  Glittered clothes pins glued to glass.)

I bought and assembled this Closet maid bench + bins at Target.  
(The letters are just felt and spray adhesive).

Put those ideas into action!  It's so gratifying to accomplish something you didn't think possible.  Even if everyone hates it, all that matters is how much YOU love it.

Make your heart soar today and go create something!