Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Logan's Room: Vintage Camp

If your children are anything like mine, they are 'into' everything. Dinosaurs, cars, Thomas, and a whole host of other toys and characters. So picking a theme isn't always easy. You want it to be fun and functional, with plenty of storage, a place they can call their own without going overboard. If I had to call this current look anything, maybe a loose camp feel?
I've been working in Logan's room trying to get things more organized and editing clothes and toys before school starts next month!! Wow! Where did the summer go???

Logan's room has always been vintage based and when he was super young I had picked out 'Lil' Cowpoke' fabric as an accent. Now that he is older, a little more mature look is in order.
This is a dresser my in laws gave me. I was thinking of painting it, I even feel a little silly showing you, but I didn't do anything to it except polish it! Once it got in here, the light pickled look was great and even seemed to be the same shade as the burlap pennant garland...so it made no changes whatsoever. Shocker.
Two vintage lamps that I picked up (new shades from Lowe's), they add a lot of light and height. I did a collage over the dresser consisting of things I've collected over time, all vintage except for the black frames. I put some of Logan's blocks in the old print block tray, old license plate, a watercolor from the flea market, matted and framed. I made his name banner a while back, it use to hang over the window, but I decided to try it over the collage for some layering. Not traditional kid's art, but I love the mix and there is growing room...I'm sure I'll pick up other things along the way.
We moved Logan into a twin bed (from a race car bed), especially after I found a twin head board and foot board. Literal curbside find. I couldn't believe it. The wood was pretty dried out and washed out and I decided to freshen it up with paint. I kept the linens pretty neutral, i.e. no character bedding. Mostly navy and orange. Vintage camp blanket (you've seen that blanket used in tablescapes :) Navy comforter from Walmart, ticking pillow I made a long time ago, striped pillowcase and euro sham from West Elm.
Here is the before of the spindle bed:
And after three cans of black spray paint:
  I ordered this rug from Overstock and I absolutely love it.
It is described on the website as being southwest, but I think it looks like camp/vintage. I really love how it picks up all the colors in the map wall
I found this orange metal chandy at a flea market in Bella Vista, Arkansas a couple of years ago. It's got to be from the 70's....Justin put it up for me a while ago. It looks pretty campy doesn't it? :)

The only thing I'm waiting on is this fabric from fabric.com, as soon as it comes in, I'll be making curtain panels. I would  also like to find a small round side table to use as a nightstand, something wooden.

Other than that, I think we are pretty close to to done!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Logan's Map Wall

 It all started with an atlas that I found at a yard sale for a dollar. I've had it for a while thinking that I would use it in some craft or another, but I have been working on Logan's room (read: cleaning, editing, getting ready for when school starts next month, etc.) and one thing lead to another and the atlas came to mind to do a 'feature' wall. In his room there is a small recessed wall that is just over 7 feet, which is perfect to do a project like this.....an obvious beginning and ending which I think is so important in a feature wall. It recesses about two feet and has the door on one side and the closet door on the other:
 The atlas is circa 1984 so I did not have any of that I'm-about-to-tear-up-a-book guilt
 First things first, I painted the door casing white (I still have to do the baseboards)...trying to do that after the maps, or later would have been a pain.  I used regular wallpaper paste (bought at Walmart for around 5 bucks) and a chipboard brush. I started randomly on the edge and started going out from there...
 I kept going with the random look, making sure to mix large states (two page spreads) and small states (one page spread)
 A few tricks that I learned along the way...because this is not a normal 'wallpaper' application.....1) pasting the back of each paper resulted in a smoother finish (vs. pasting the wall). 2) A dry towel works great to smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles. 3) Don't be afraid to get messy. This is a messy project and when I embraced that, it went a lot faster...

 It took me about 4 hours to do, but I had to take a lot of breaks (chemo was last week)...I primed the door to get it ready for chalkboard paint and let everything dry over night.
 By the next day, the map wall was sheer perfection. I couldn't believe how well it adhered...it turned out better than I thought. I painted the door with three coats of chalkboard paint and let that dry....it dries super quick.
 I did make sure some of my favorite states are prominent....Missouri, North Carolina, Colorado, Oregon, Florida....places we've been and lived or want to visit. I think it would be fun to get pins and mark all the towns we want to travel to....but Logan is only six and I could see that getting a little dangerous! :) Maybe when he is a little older!

 I even covered the light switch plate in map, which was really easy to do.
 I seasoned the chalkboard and wrote a fun quote....Logan will definitely love this, he already loves the one in the kitchen.
 I really love how it turned out and most importantly, Logan loves it. Not too bad for a project under six dollars and a little labor. I've been doing some other projects around his room...a new (to us) dresser, a twin spindle bed that was a curb-side find and a new rug....can't wait to show you!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Abitrary Things

We have some catching up to do, don't we? I've named several post 'Random Stuff' so for a change, today it's 'Arbitrary Things'. Such is life. :)
Soon after my last post, I caught a beast of a cold, probably amplified due to my low red blood cells....finally this past week I was feeling better. Of course I start my fifth round of chemo tomorrow, so it won't last for long. Ugh.
Anywho, I stopped in at TJ Maxx (to see what was new) and picked up a new rug for the kitchen. It has the perfect chartreuse green that I love and a dark grey that is the perfect in between wall color and lower cabinet color grey.
Love the beautiful ikat pattern too. We'll see how long it stands up. :)
I finally found a fabric I like for one of my little vintage chairs. I found it at Hobby Lobby. It was a little steep for my frugal self, but I needed less than a yard and the chair itself was so inexpensive. I did take it to an upholstery shop, but the cost was $90.00. Needless to say, I will be attempting the job myself. (I found that beautiful pillow at THIS Etsy shop.)
I made some new curtains for the living room. I loved the fabric that John and Sherry used for their master bedroom headboard and thought it would make great curtains as well. It really lightened and brightened the living room a lot! I ordered it online, you can take a look at it HERE.
Isn't it beautiful? I love the grey in it, which is what won me over....it talks to the Bedford Grey on the walls in the kitchen.
I've also started Fall wreaths!! Fall will be here before we know it. Plus, I've got to get a head start knowing how long it takes for me to recover from chemo.
Take a look at this wreath HERE
Sorry, this one sold. ^
Take a look at this wreath HERE

Thank you so much for your continued thoughts and prayers! I really appreciate it. Talk to you soon!