Friday, November 11, 2011

Striped Bedroom Walls

My mom was awesome enough to help me paint stripes on one of the walls in my bedroom back home. The other 3 walls are painted with shades of pinks used in the stripes. 

Begin by choosing a primary wall in the room that will be the main focus of the room, preferable one that does not have a lot of electrical outlets, windows, or door frames to allow for an easier project.

Choose 4 colors in similar color palette.

You may need to first “prime” the wall using a primer paint if you are covering a dark color. Otherwise paint the entire wall with one of your stripe colors. Paint 2 coats of this color. Allow to dry for about 24 hours.

Determine the number of stripes you would like. Measure the height of the wall and divide by the number of stripes to get your measurement for each stripe. My wall is 104” high and I have 7 stripes, making each stripe approx. 15” each. (You can get creative by varying the height of your stripes.)

Mark on each end of the wall with a pencil where each of the bottom lines of the stripes will be. Using a chalk line, you’ll need a helper for this, snap a straight line across the wall marking your stripes.

Sketch out your design on paper indicating the color pattern. Paint one color at a time starting with the top stripe first.

Using painters “Frog” tape, (sold at Home Depot or Lowes) place on wall along chalk line. Pressing very hard to seal.  Prime the tape by painting over the top of the frog tape using the color of paint that will be below the stripe you are doing. This prevents any “bleeding” of the stripe color going under the frog tape onto the stripe below. Allow this paint to dry several hours.

Paint your top stripe and any other stripes that will be this same color.  I always paint 2 coats and allow to dry for 24 hours. Carefully remove the frog tape.

Continue on to your next color by placing your frog tape on chalk line and following steps above for each color.

Patience is key in this project. It will take you several days to complete but by allowing paint to completely dry and “set”, you will have a much better outcome.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Painted Trees for Bedroom or Living Room Walls

First, sketch out your tree on your wall with pencil. Next, use $2.00 craft paint from Jo Ann Fabrics, I chose a dark brown but the tree can be any color. Begin filling in the tree with a small paint brush! If you look closely, each leaf has a "vain" left unpainted for added detail. this is optional. 

After the tree was painted, I sketched some birds and painted those as well. 

This tree was done the same way. First, use a pencil to sketch out the tree design you would like and then just simply paint over it! I did my tree in black. As you can see, my tree is a different type than Devon's is. You can find pictures of different tree silhouettes online and get creative!

(If you can't tell by now, the theme to my room is "A Garden")  ;)

I really love how half of my tree peaks out from around the corner of the wall. It adds a creative flair to it. So, if you have a corner or curve in a wall somewhere in your house, don't be afraid to try something like this there!

Painting your own tree is a great alternative to those pricey wall decals! These trees were so much fun to make and cost a total of about $4.00 for paint and brushes!

-Devon & Lauren

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Personalized Sew-On Letters!

For the letters, I bought a cotton print and sturdy white background material from Jo-Ann Fabrics.

I found this crew neck at Walmart for pretty cheap and they have  lots of different colors to choose from! 

To start, print out the letters you want from your computer and cut them out. 

Flip the letters over and trace them onto the back side of your desired interior fabric (the fabric that will be on the inside of the letter) with a marker or washable fabric pen. Cut out the letters using fabric scissors. 

Take your cut out letters and put them right side up on the white material. Pin the letter to the material. 
The white material can be any sturdy, stiff fabric that you find at your local fabric store. It doesn't even have to be white, you can choose whatever outline color you like!

Cut around the letter leaving a white border as thick as you like. I eye-balled the width of my border, but you can use a ruler and trace it out to make it exact. 

Even though we are sewing the letter onto the sweatshirt, I wanted to make sure that the edges of the letters didn't fray at all. To prevent fraying, go around the edge of the letters with Fray Check, which can be bought at Jo-Anns. 

Using a zig-zag stitch, sew the interior fabric to the white base material.    

It should look like this after sewing it to the white.  

After you have completed sewing your interior fabric to the base material, pin the letters to the sweatshirt in the position that you like. I tried my sweatshirt on and pinned the letters to the sweatshirt while I had it on to make sure I liked the placement. 

Using the same zig-zag stitch, sew the letters to the sweatshirt.  

TA DA! Your personalized sweatshirt is complete! 

I have a feeling I will be making more of these...I'm thinking a FSU one would be super cute in garnet and gold fabric. ;)  

- Lauren 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

More Game Day Dresses!

These dresses were a little more involved than the last dresses. These are made from a sturdier material and they have a zipper up the back. Each dress has a removable bow.

-Lauren & Devon 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Game Day Dresses!

These game day dresses are all made from t-shirts we bought that had our school logo. We cut the t-shirts and attached them to a jersey cotton blend from Jo-Ann Fabrics. The dresses can be made either halter top or tube top style. Our guest designer/model is Ashley!

-Devon & Lauren