A while back, and when I say a while, I mean a while, my daughter and I revamped her bedroom. It was greatly in need of an update and we love home decor projects. But, there were some little touches that we didn’t get around to completing at that moment and before I knew it, time had passed. I actually hate when I do that kind of thing, because it’s the special little details that make any project a WOW! project. The problem with me is that I run out of time and then the urgent things get priority. So this week I tackled one of those items.
We had this picture from when she was a baby that just no longer worked in this space. Actually it barely worked into the last redo but she liked it so it stayed. This time it had to go! .. or be revamped itself. We gave it some thought and decided to give the revamp a try. I had to share because I love the result.
So we took it all apart and spray painted the frame white. If you decide to spray paint make sure that you cover the area for protection. I like to spray paint outside on the grass but for some reason my hubby gets a little upset when there are outlines of my current project on the grass…..I just figured he was going to cut it anyway and then they’d be gone! So over the years I have taken his feelings into consideration and made sure that I lay a nice big area of newspaper down.
Ideally the glass should be removed when you do this but because it was going to be a little tricky we left the glass in, and covered that with tape and newpaper. Another tip….when you’re all done, don’t stand and chat with someone and let the frame slip out of your hand and hit the brick planter! The glass will most definately break, adding to the cost of your project…..yes, I learned that the hard way!
So next I purchased some coordinating fabric to cover that mat. I chose a lightweight cotton blend so I didn’t add too much bulk and it not fit back into the frame. I cut it to size and used spray adhesive to attach it to the front of the mat. Then cutting each opening I wrapped it around and used my trusty hot glue gun to secure it to the back.
Next I used my favorite scrapbooking tool, the Cricut to cut out letters in coordinating colors, added the letters to 4×6 photo paper with a tape runner another scrapbooking tool that I use for everything. I was originally going to use my Storybook Creator to design the letters. Using the Cricut was actually the 12 year olds idea, she’s a smart cookie!
Then place them onto the mat back and secure.
Put it all back together and YES!
WE LOVE IT!
The best part was when we hung it on the wall and the 12 year old said….”oh mama, it just completed the wall, your so smart!” or something along those lines
It really did add to the room and of course it looks like it cost much more than it did…about $6.00. (plus the glass!)
I enjoy crafty fun projects big or small, expecially when they fall into the home decore category, this just made my week. Sometimes, I wish I would have been smart enough to find a proffession in this field. So now I’m looking around the house wondering what other project I can tackle in my free time. Ha, ha, ha, Free Time?
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