I've been trying to add more light to my house with lots more white and I was highly curious how shiplap would make me feel. I love the idea of it but is it something I would want lots of? I decided that my laundry room was the place to go for it. I did my best to document the process.
as you can see in this picture I had started painting the laundry room teal years ago with the intention of doing bead board. I also started tiling the backsplash to my counter too. That's another project to share another day. My husband and I "ripped" (or sawed) plywood into long 8" tall strips. The plywood we used was the thinnest we could by. 1/8" Lauan plywood 4x8'. Lowes will cut it for you but usually will charge per cut. It took 6 boards at approximately $12 each. In a small place with lots of nooks and crannies, it seemed like we did s great deal of additional cuts on our own. I imagine a single wall with little interruption would go up really fast.
I applied the first board at the bottom of the wall along the trim and used nickels to create an even gap. Using my nail gun and air compressor I used trim nails to attach tha boards. I angled the nails at different angles to secure the boards more firmly. Below is an example of my handy dandies. These tools will change your life! Or at least open up your home improvement world.
I decided that I was going to have to do something a little different than I had seen before and it would give the boards depth to make them look more authentic.
If you'll notice the bottom half of the wall still shows where I sprayed a dark brown spray paint into the crevices. I tried several methods and this one was the fastest. I used big poster board and wore a mask with the window open. The poster board was great for catching the spray particles on the ceiling and floor and cabinets. The other particles washed off the floor and appliances easily as they dried in the air and were more like a powder. Don't attempt this without a mask and safety goggles.
Using a roller brush made for a smooth finish I painted the entire room white being careful not to over saturate the brush. Drips between the boards weren't what I was looking for.
The hardest parts were in the details I ripped 2 inch wide strips to trim out the corners and had to take down, trim, and reinstall these shelves.
As I finished I found I really loved the look. It reminded me of an old back room in an old farmhouse. I added a few minor details on the wall and window sill
The tile! Oh this was fun and easy. I had to redo places that shifted when I moved the counter top and using s light grey tile really cleaned it all up.
I absolutely love this space
When my boys were little I made them these little chefs aprons complete with hats and oven mitts. It was a year when money was tight at Christmas so I made these to go with a cookbook I bought them and a few colorful utensils. It's been close to 7 years and we still have these hanging and ready to use. The smaller one was passed down and the hats have gone MIA but they still love their colorful aprons.
Chefs hat and oven glove are also available.
A dear friend shared an idea of writing something you are thankful for every week all year long on a little sheet of paper and putting it in a jar to reflect on at the end of the year. I immediately thought of how fun this would be for my kids but with a twist.
A Jar a Full of Stars
Once upon a time I used paper stars in a jar as incentives for my first graders. They loved it when I handed them a little paper star for doing well. I could whip on up fast and their eyes would glow. The could keep them or add them to a jar we were filling for a party day or cupcakes for good behavior. This is a twist on the stars those babies loved.
So, I grabbed some pretty scrapbook paper and started cutting 1/2" strips of paper.
I will cut all these in half and stick thing in a smaller jar for the kids take one out when they are ready to write on a strip something they are thankful for that week. Then we will fold them up and make a little star for our jar like below.
You simply start tying one end of a stripe of paper (1/2" x 5.5") in a sort of knot. You don't want one end to be long, so you can tie it closer to the end or tear the extra off. Begin folding the strip around the knot, pretty paper side out. You will have a flat little pentagon with a tail that needs tucking in. Now to make the star.
With your finger nail, press in the 5 flat sides of pentagon. It will puff out the and create a little dent. You now have a star.
We are excited to fill our jar with stars with things we are grateful for this year.
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever.
1 Chronicles 16:35
This is one of my favorite patterns. I have made so many of these over the years for other and I still carry the one I made nearly 7 years ago for myself. I hope you enjoy this pattern.
A reverse applique and monogram was PERFECT for this pattern.
DIY Non-slip Covered Hanger Tutorial
It's the perfect gift for the upcoming bride or to hold your items that have delicate straps.
Dress up all your ugly wire hangers that are always getting tangled in the laundry room closet so they'll look pretty and presentable for guests or to give with gifts.
1. Using craft paper, trace your hanger, add 1/2 inch to the sides and 1 inch to the bottom
2. Use the template to cut 2 pieces of fabric.
3. With right sides together, pin and sew the sides, slightly less than 1/2 "or 1/4" in at the seam.
4. Stop 1/2" short of the center at the top to leave space for the hook to slip through.
5. Hem at the bottom all the way around.
6. To make the hanger cover non-slip, add to small buttons to the end of each hanger directly on the seam line. (shown is 1" away from the curve of the hanger at the end.)
I made these as a bridal shower gift years ago.
Thanks Aimee for letting me share this quick and easy tutorial for window paint.
I am excited to be here! My name is Kristy Neeley and I have 4 kids aged 1, 2,4 and 6. We have a good time and they keep me busy! I also write a fun crafty, healthy, DIY blog at www.apronsandapples.blogspot.com .
This particular project is very easy and you may already have all the supplies you need on hand.
We had a lot of fun with this!
To get started all you need are four baby jars, 4 colors of tempera paint and liquid dish soap and a paint brush to mix it all up with.
First start by adding the desired color of paint to the jar.
Now just add a little dish soap.
The more soap you use the thinner the paint will be and the easier it will be to wipe off when it is dry.
We liked a bit more paint then soap since our paints were kind of thin to start with.
Now have a ball! My kids sure did.
This also works great for signs on cars for sale or houses for rent.
A set of a few different colors made up in baby food jars makes a great gift for kiddos. You can even add cute labels to the jar. You can find a huge selection of free printable labels from my blog here.
Hope you have as much fun doing this as we did!
Come visit us anytime for more fun crafty, healthy, DIY ideas!
I am so excited to be guest posting here at HomeSpun Threads! The Summer Soiree posts have been great and have given me many ideas of how to fill the summer days with my two boys. I am Andrea, from Pie Birds, Buttons and Muddy Puddles. I love to craft, cook and create, and find ways to be frugal and make things myself. Today, I am going to show you how to make your own bubbles, wands and blowers at home, for a fraction of the price you pay at the store! And it's fun, I promise. My boys, ages 5 and 3, had a blast helping me make the bubbles and wands, and had even more of a blast playing with them! All the pictures in this post were taken my good friend and photographer, Travis Sharkey. You can check his blog here. Okay, let's get started!
Homemade Bubbles, Wands and Blowers
You will need:
1 gallon plastic jug (recycled from your gallon of milk or water
2/3 cup of Joy dish soap
2 1/2 Tablespoons of liquid glycerin (found in health and medicine area of Walmart or any other drug store)*
plastic bottles (recycled juice or water bottles)
*you can substitute Karo light corn syrup for the liquid glycerin if you can't find it
Measure your dish soap and glycerin in a measuring cup.
Pour into plastic jugs.
Fill the jug with water. Let the suds at the top subside (I let the water help push some of them out of the jug and into the sink). Cover the jug and shake really well. My boys had fun taking turns shaking.
To make your own bubble wands, cut straws in various lengths and make any shape you like. We did triangles, diamonds and squares.
Insert string into the center of each straw to string the straws together into your shape.
Tie a knot to secure, and cut off any excess string. If your string frays at the ends, you can use a lighter to melt the ends to prevent fraying. Make sure an adult does that step.
To make your own bubble blowers, cut the tops off of recycled juice or water bottles. You might have to poke the center of the bottle with a knife to get an opening, and then use kitchen scissors to even the cut all around. You can make these any length you want. We cut ours pretty short. Again, this step is for adults.
We used a couple smaller water bottles, and one big water bottle. Now we are ready to play! Head outside with your homemade bubbles, wands and blowers.
Pour some of your homemade bubbles into a tray or pan (an old round cake pan works perfectly).
Dip your straws into the solution and blow.
Making homemade bubbles, wands and blowers is so easy and super fun! Now go raid your recycle bins and have a great summer! Come and visit Pie Birds, Buttons and Muddy Puddles for more fun kid activities and plenty of great summer recipes.
Thanks Aimee, for letting me participate in the Summer Soiree at HomeSpun-Threads.