Diy Wall Art Your Toddler Can Do! (and mine did)

Recently as I was putting our dining room together I realized I needed a large piece of artwork to take up a large amount of wall space and anchor our large sideboard. I didn’t want to spend a lot and since I love diy artwork projects, I was determined to make something to fit this space!

I thought it would be fun to include my toddler because he loves seeing his artwork displayed throughout the house!

I grabbed 8 gold frames from the dollar store

I used blush craft paint to paint all the included matts pink.

Next I grabbed about eight pages of white card stock and gave my son a few different shades of pink acrylic paint to paint with. At the time he loved to paint faces so I painted him a few circles so he could do the rest of the face.

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My son is young so his faces came out super abstract which I love !

This was such a fun project to do together and my son still loves seeing his creations all framed up and displayed!

In fact we had so much fun we’ve done it a few more times using the same concept of giving him paint colors that fit with our decor and framing it.

For this one I just gave him a pretty teal paint and a poster board and let him do his thing!

I also have some of his artwork displayed on our mantle too.

Of course I let him paint with whatever colors he wants normally and display his other pieces of art too, these are just ones that are used as regular decor in our home!

Tips for Making This Work :

Use Acrylic Craft Paint

The end result will be much more high quality than a regular kids paint. Of course just be careful because it’s not washable.

Use Cardstock Instead of Thin Paper

Again, the end result will be much more quality!

Pick Colors that Coordinate with Your Decor AND Mix Well Together

Let’s be honest, a lot of times when our kids start mixing colors it can end up being a lot of brown! I love when my son mixes colors and seeing what he comes up with but for the sake of this project I wanted certain colors so didn’t give him colors that would mix to a not so appealing color.

We absolutely love arts and crafts in our house and LOVED doing these projects together. My son loves seeing his creations displayed which is the best part.

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Diy Wall art done by your toddler! A fun toddler project that doubles as decor!

DIY marble painted countertops

I am so so excited to show you all my freshly painted faux marble countertops using the Giani inc marble countertop paint kit.

Let’s start with a before of the kitchen :

The space really wasn’t the WORST but man did it need some brightening up!

We recently painted the cabinets, added hardware, and installed peel and stick backsplash which made a huge difference! The countertops and faucet were such an eye sore though! I can live with the faucet until we’re ready for more major renovations but the countertops were just bad. They were chipped and stained and just not looking good!

I tried a few different contact papers but couldn’t seem to get past the seems! I hated the way the seems looked and they seemed impossible to hide in our kitchen.

I randomly searched “countertop paint” one day and found the Giani countertop paint and knew it was the perfect solution!

The kit arrived quickly and was packaged very well.

The kit included everything you need for this diy. The only additional things I needed were a scouting pad and a small paint tray.

The process was incredibly simple and I highly suggest following Giani’s instructions as best as you can! I will still go over the process here though so you can get an idea of how it all works!

Step 1 : Clean and scour your countertops scouring the countertops roughs them up enough for the primer to stick well.

Step 2 : Priming is the second step. You basically prime the outer edges of the countertop with a foam brush and then use the included roller to roll on the rest of the primer. Let dry for at least 4 hrs and apply a second coat. Giani recommends two coats and that was plenty for me! The paint covered beautifully!

Step 3 : Next it was time to paint on the “veins.” This is the part I was most nervous about but it was SO SO easy! You basically just very lightly draw a line with an open palm. After your line is painted you spray the line with water and use the included brush to dab and feather out the line giving it that marble veining look.

Giani suggests practicing before hand and using a picture of marble you like as a guide.

The best part is it you don’t like the way it looks it’s just paint and you can paint over it and start over! I did make a couple lines I didn’t like but caught it quickly and just wiped it away with a wet cloth.

Step 4 : The white highlight was my favorite part. The white highlight is essentially a shimmery white paint that adds more definition to your veining. I did a lot of highlight because I wanted a super blurred almost all white look. The kit comes with a sponge to dab the highlight on with.

Step 5 : The last step is to apply 2 coats of top coat the same exact way you do the primer.

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I am so in love with the final result! I get so happy when I walk into the kitchen and see the way the countertops just brighten the kitchen right up! My husband is still shocked at how real they look too!

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They have also held up beautifully and we have had zero issues with chipping, staining, peeling etc. which is huge! If something looks beautiful but doesn’t function correctly it’s really not worth the trade off!

I am so glad I tried this product! All of the products included in the kit were high quality and worked so well together. The final look is so real and brightens up our kitchen so much! Giani was also an absolute pleasure to deal with as well which is huge in my book! I am definitely looking forward to trying out some more of their products, including this furniture paint!

You can find the kit here on Giani inc’s website for 89.95 which I think is an amazing price for the amount of product in the kit and the amazing results!

This post was sponsored by Giani inc. all thoughts and opinions are my own!

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Spring Home Tour

I’m so so excited to be a part of this years spring home tour! I’m sure your already feeling inspired after Rachel’s home tour!

We may still have snow on the ground and cold weather but I can hear the birds chirping and see my seedlings growing which gives me hope spring is almost here!

This diy spring floral wreath will be on our door this spring when the weather warms up a bit! This was a super simple diy and you can find the full tutorial at Instagram.com/peoniesonpleasant

One of the best parts of the weather getting warm is it makes it so much easier to get house projects done! We’re still working on most parts of our home but I’m taking full advantage of the spaces that are done enough to decorate for spring, starting with our kitchen!

The kitchen is still a work in progress but we are slowly tackling it and have painted the cabinets, painted the countertops and updated the hardware so far! We are planning a larger renovation in the next couple of years but I’m loving the small diy updates we’ve done to get us through until then!

Our countertops are ready for spring with lots of pink touches.

These built ins are one of my favorite spots in our home and they are so fun to decorate for all the seasons! I like to keep it simple and subtle with colors and patterns that represent spring.

Pops of blush are pretty much always incorporated into our home but they definitely get upped during this time of year! I love these thrifted books covered in vintage floral fabric. The patterns are perfect for spring.

Blue and white pottery is also a staple in our home and nothing says spring to me like peonies in a blue and white vase!

Our little kitchen eating nook got updated with new paint for the chairs and new pillow covers!

And of course what is more spring than tulips?!

This little dollar store caddy painted cornflower blue is the perfect place to store all of our seeds and will make a great window herb garden this summer!

It may not be decor per say but one of my favorite things to see in the spring is all of my son and I’s seedlings growing. He loves checking on his plants every morning!

I recently painted this cabinet white and I am loving the change for spring! The artwork was done by my son and it brings me so much joy! I styled it with this $5 thrifted rattan elephant, some diy ombré books and a thrifted vase.

Our dining room is another room that’s pretty much “done” (with the exception of paint touch ups and a light fixture) and I’ve had lots of fun putting some spring touches in here!

I took down our heavy velvet curtains and am planning on putting up these opal house ones eventually. For now i am actually loving the openness of the bare windows.

I also framed some rifle paper co fabric from fat stack fabrics in these 50 cent thrifted frames for a nice spring floral pop! I brought home a fiddle leaf fig the other day that is definitely giving me the warm weather vibes!

Our sideboard got a little spring makeover with some spring florals and a styling update.

The mantle got some spring florals and a styling update as well.

I added some more of my sons artwork to the mantle as well because free labor 🤷🏻‍♀️ just kidding….kind of 😆

Our table recently got a fresh coat of paint and the captain chairs were reupholstered in this pretty pink coral fabric.

Having this room done motivates me to get going on the rest of the house! I can’t wait to see it all *hopefully* done this time next year!

Thank you so much for stopping by my spring home tour and be sure to check out Holly’s gorgeous spring decor tour!

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Peel and Stick Kitchen Backsplash & DIY Kitchen Reno Progress

This post was sponsored by Tic Tac Tiles, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

I’m so excited to share with you guys the progress in our budget diy kitchen “reno!”

The Before :

To be completely honest when we first moved into the house I swore up and down I wasn’t going to touch the kitchen. I really wanted to wait until we could do a full renovation. Waiting is not my strong suit though 😂 and the paint job on the cabinets was so bad it was literally peeling off everytime I cleaned them. So I decided to paint them and of course I couldn’t stop there! I needed new hardware and really wanted to try a peel and stick backsplash!

I’m so happy I went with Tic Tac Tiles Peel and Stick 3D Wall tiles for a few different reasons but I’ll get more into that later in this post!

After :

Here’s what we’ve been able to finish and what still needs to be done :

Painting the cabinets!

This was the biggest project but a pretty easy one. I used regular flat latex paint and just painted with a brush. I personally chose not to sand because we will most likely be getting new cabinets in the next few years anyways and wanted to keep this quick and easy. Flat paint hides imperfections really well so I had faith it would still look nice and wasn’t dissappinted! I chose a two tone look because I figured now was the time to have a little fun with it!

Hardware

The hardware has made a huge difference in this space. I got some great budget friendly pieces on Amazon here.

Backsplash

My absolute favorite change to this space was the backsplash ! I absolutely love diy projects that don’t cost alot of time or money but still make a huge impact and this is exactly what Tic Tac Tiles provided.

I chose them because of the great reviews and availability on Amazon. I mean who doesn’t love the convienence of ordering on Amazon? I also loved that they had just a plain white subway tile with a nice gloss which is exactly what I was looking for.

Install was very simple and took less than an afternoon! It really is just cutting, peeling and sticking. I used an exacto knife and had my husband help stick it up.

The key to a good stick is to make sure the wall is completely clean and free of any type of residue!

The subway tile looks amazing, espescially for the price and is also holding up phenomenonally! It wipes clean super easy and I have had 0 issue with any peeling off or water getting underneath. Tic Tac Tiles are also anti-mold.

Tic Tac Tiles offers a variety of different backsplash options which can all be found here.

What we have left to do :

Faucet and sink – I may hold off on these until we can do a bigger renovation but would really love to at least switch out the faucet!

Light Fixtures –

I want to add a chandelier above the island or some brass globe pendants.

Counter tops – I’m planning on doing a diy paint job on the cabinets!

Even though we still have work to do, I am loving our new brighter, cleaner space!

This post was sponsored by Tic Tac Tiles, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Faux Flower Arranging Tips & Tricks

I’ve been lucky enough this summer to have fresh flowers from the garden readily available, but with fall around the corner I’m starting to think about faux florals.

I recently received some flowers from silkplantsdirect.com that I have been loving! They are very real looking with really pretty thin petals. They have tons of movement to them with LOTS of pretty layers making them appear even more realistic. The color on these is gorgeous as well!

Some tips for working with faux florals:

1. Purchase decent flowers!

A good thing to look for is thin petals. Real flowers have thin petals. Thin petals give faux flowers movement and make them appear more realistic.

2. Use an opaque vase.

Using a clear glass vase that shows the faux flower’s stems is a dead give away in my opinion. Especially when you add in the jelly water. What is that even called!? It always starts out looking good but over time it starts looking weird especially if dust hits it. I like to stick with opaque vases so I don’t even have to worry about it!

4. Show as little stem as possible.

Speaking of stems, I like to cut the stems down to where the flower is just popping out of the vase and little to no stem is showing.

5. Keep it full!

Fill out your vase as much as possible. I used all peonies in this example or you can also use a mix of different flowers for a full look. Adding in greenery is a great way to get a full look without spending to much.

Faux flowers might seem more costly in the beginning but if you buy good flowers and take good care of them they will last you!

Silk Flowers were provided by CSI Soundcore. All opinions are my own.

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4 budget fabric sources

I feel like I’m constantly buying fabric for different projects. Between reupholstering dining chairs, making DIY artwork and multiple other projects it seems I’m always needing fabric for something. Buying fabric traditionally can sometimes add up so I wanted to share some sources for inexpensive fabric.

1. Savers/Goodwill

If you have a Savers near you this is my number one recommendation for finding inexpensive fabric. If you go into the back of your store, depending on how your store is set up, you will find an entire section full of tablecloths, curtains, sheets etc.

All of these different types of textiles can be used as fabric for your project. They even have a section for loose fabric which is usually labeled as the “material” section.

The chair below was reupholstered with fabric from savers. I believe this particular fabric that I used was in the material section but there was also a lot of good options in this color, the day I went, in the sheets section.

Goodwill also has a lot of different sheets, curtains etc. My local Goodwill keeps them in a big bin which can sometimes be hard to sort through (especially if you bring a two year old with you who thinks said bin is a ball pit to jump in) but it’s still a great option especially if you don’t have a savers close by!

2. Flea markets & garage sales

I always look for fabric when I’m at flea markets and garage sales. The fabric in the frame below was some I found at a flea market for less than a buck! You can also look for sheets, curtains etc. there like at savers and goodwill.

3. Craigslist

Recently when I was browsing Craigslist I came across an upholstery business that was getting rid of all of their fabric free! You can just search fabric, curtains, etc and see what you find!

4. Homegoods / tjmaxx

Homegoods doesn’t sell fabric (at least mine doesn’t) but they do sell designer sheets, tablecloths, curtains etc. that you can use at a fraction of the cost of buying fabric! I’ve used shower curtains from Homegoods to extend window drapes and sheets to reupholster chairs! Everything is awesome quality too! I’ve listed some examples below!

Love this blue and white striped shower curtain for 19.99!

Pretty blush sheets here

Love the pineapple print on these

I hope you all are able to find beautiful fabric at awesome prices! Happy hunting!

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Find cheap fabric and save money on your next diy at these 4 places

Find cheap fabric and save money on your next diy at these 4 places

diy anthropologie inspired artwork

I absolutely love browsing Anthropologie’s art section online when I’m needing inspiration. Every single piece is absolutely incredibly beautiful! They’re also very expensive which is why I thought I’d try to do some diy Anthropologie inspired artwork.

The piece of artwork I chose to recreate is this ha-ha-ha-ha piece that is $278 and sold out!

I already had a thin gold frame pretty much identical to the anthropologie one so it worked out perfectly!

I started by taking the piece of thick paper that was behind the art work in my frame out and painting it a bright white with just basic white paint. Any kind of acrylic craft paint will work for this. If your frame doesn’t have an extra piece of thick cardstock type paper you can buy some poster board paper at a craft store and paint the matte side with a thin coat of white paint. I definitely suggest painting it because it gives you some freedom to where if you make a mistake, you can paint right over it. However, you really don’t want to do a thick coat of paint because it could curl. Just a thin coat will do!

After your done painting your white background its time to start writing your words! You could go with any phrase that makes sense being repeated or just go with the ha-ha-ha phrase like the Anthropology piece. I chose to go with “i love you so so so much” because its something I say all the time.

Once you choose your phrase you can start to write. Just start writing and dont worry about having perfectly neat typography. You can also practice on a seperate piece of paper which I did do. If you look at the Anthropology piece the writing is not perfect and a little bit of imperfection gives it character!

I chose to write in cursive because I like the way it looks but you can choose whatever – print, cursive, all caps, all lower case, whatever! Using all caps and print will give you the closest look to the Anthropology artwork.

I used an inexpensive small fine tip paint brush for my writing.

If you make a mistake while writing just use some of your white paint you used for the background to paint over the mistake, let dry, and try again. But again, don’t worry to much about perfection. The fun and appeal of this artwork is in the somewhat messy handwriting! I chose to leave a lot of white space because I liked the look of it but if you want yours to look most like the Anthropology piece you will want to leave less space in between your lines of words.

The key to getting the look of the Anthropology piece is the blush pink paint for the writing and the thin gold frame. You can find blush pink paint at any craft store.

Cameo blush is a great color by folkart that can be found at most craft stores or online at hobby lobby here.

As far as the frame goes, this one was thrifted, but you should be able to find something similar fairly easily! Some good affordable options are this one and this one.

here’s how mine came out :

I think this would be so perfect in a nursery or really anywhere!

It was so easy to do and I love the way it turned out!

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Super easy DIY Anthropologie inspired artwork! Perfect for a nursery, bedroom, living room or wherever! This is an incredibly easy, inexpensive and quick DIY that adds a lot of impact and style. #diyartwork #anthropologyinspired #diyhomedecor

How to Update Old Frames

Thrifted frames are one of my absolute favorite ways to save on home decor. Frames are very easy to find at thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales or in my example for this post, free on the side of the road!

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When I’m looking for frames while thrifting I try to find frames with mats because I love the way a mat looks and also find them to generally be of better quality.

Updating them is very simple. Just sand and paint the frame (or don’t sand if using chalk paint or the surface isn’t glossy) and also paint the mat. Painting the mat is key!

Generally speaking you will also most likely want to change the artwork too, unless of course you found something you like!

This is such a simple, easy and cost effective diy. Frames and mats can really add up, especially when doing bigger pieces or gallery walls. Older wooden frames tend to be better quality than a lot of the frames out there today too!

In the example below I just used an old shirt I didn’t wear anymore (also done in this blog post) as the artwork but you can get creative and use whatever you’d like. Soon I will be writing a post about easy diy art so be on the lookout for that!

What are some of your favorite thrifted items ? Tell me in the comments below!

Before:

And After :

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Updating an old frame is an incredibly easy and fun diy! Throw in some diy artwork and you have some new wall art on a budget! It's a great way to save money on gallery walls and bigger art pieces as well! #diydecor #diyframe

Updating an old frame is an incredibly easy and fun diy! Throw in some diy artwork and you have some new wall art on a budget! It's a great way to save money on gallery walls and bigger art pieces as well! #diydecor #diyframe

Nightstand Styling Formula That Works Everytime!

Nightstand styling tips and tricks to help you style your bedroom for a layered and polished look. #homestyling #nightstandstyling

As much as I absolutely love the bigger parts of creating a room, like furniture shopping and placement or window drapes my absolute favorite part of decorating is styling the little details! Good styling is really very easy and makes SUCH a difference in a space. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. Check out my top 10 small home decor items to find while thrifting here! You’ll see a lot of these items in this post too.

At the end of this post I’ll go over a nightstand styling formula that generally works every time!

But first here are some easy, basic styling tips to get you started :

The Rule of Three

The rule of three basically just means that things grouped in an odd number are more visually appealing. I pretty much use this rule 90 percent of the time when styling my own space. I especially love furniture placements that are symmetrical and this rule helps break up all the symmetry too.

Keep Collections Together

If you have a certain collection of things it’s generally best to keep them together in a space instead of in all different places in a room.

Layers and Variations

Layers are key to a well styled space and when it comes to your side tables and night stands you really want to add varying heights for visual interest.

Play With Shapes and Textures

Another way to add visual interest is to play with shapes and textures. Adding a soft throw and a wicker basket can often times go along way in a space. I love to play with shapes too. For example if I have a round lamp I like to layer it with a stack of books which are obviously rectangular shaped. Or even just a round vase on a stack of books is an easy simple thing to add to your side table for instant style. You can keep this in mind for furniture as well. If you have a lot of squares in your room for example wainscoting and a sofa with clean straight lines you could break all the squares and rectangles up with a round coffee table.

OK so we went over some basic tips and tricks but I also want to leave you with a styling formula for your nightstand!

LAMP OR LARGER VASE + FRAMED ART + STACK OF BOOKS OR TRAY

Nightstand styling tips and tricks to help you style your bedroom for a layered and polished look. #homestyling #nightstandstyling

Start with a lamp or medium/ large vase then add in some framed art either hung up or just lean it up against the wall like I did here. Next add in a tray or stack of books. A tray or stack of books add layers and give off a polished styled vibe. Trays are great for keeping clutter at bay as well. Add whatever you find beautiful in the tray or whatever you like to keep handy. Here I just put some jewelry storage, some crystals and a vase for fresh flowers. You could put a candle and some matches in a jar, store your makeup brushes in a cute vase or whatever you like!

Nightstand styling tips and tricks to help you style your bedroom for a layered and polished look. #homestyling #nightstandstyling

Fresh flowers or greenery make a huge difference in a space and are great to add in when having guests or when you just want something extra special for yourself! This time of year you can literally just go outside, clip some greenery and bring it in! These are just geraniums from my flower bed. I’ve never used geraniums as a cut flower but it was all I had on hand and I really liked the way they look in a vase!

Nightstand styling tips and tricks to help you style your bedroom for a layered and polished look. #homestyling #nightstandstyling

Styling your home does NOT have to be expensive either. The books pictured here are my sons old board books painted and the tray is a Melissa and Doug tray (the ones the toys come in) that I also painted.

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I hope these tips and tricks help you style your home! What are some things you like to display in your home? tell me in the comments below!

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Repurposing Old Clothes Into Artwork

If you guys are anything like me you have bins full of old clothes waiting to be brought to good will. Or if your even more like me you’ve had bags of clothes in the trunk of your car for the past month that you keep forgetting to drop off to goodwill.

Before I had my son I absolutely LOVED clothes shopping and have collected alot of pieces with pretty prints that I have trouble letting go of because I truly love them. I happily give away clothes all the time there’s just those few pieces I can never seem to part with.

The fact of the matter however is that these clothes just don’t fit my post baby body and probably won’t again (which I’m not mad about.) Because I do love the prints and textures on them I decided to frame some of my favorites and wanted to share a little tutorial with you here. I plan on doing this again later on a larger scale with my wedding dress.

I love this idea because it adds beautiful pattern and texture and can be mixed up in so many different ways to fit so many different styles. I’ll get into some more ideas later on in this post!

I chose this shirt because I love the color and the texture. It also had a pretty large hole in it so I wouldn’t be able to donate it regardless.

I grabbed a frame I already had that had a thick white mat. I definitely think a mat pulls this look together and make it look a little more “done.”

Next I just positioned the mat in a couple different places on the shirt to see where I wanted it in the frame.

Then I just cut a wide area around the area that would be showing in the frame. I cut the area wide so that I gave myself room for error and to make it easier to adjust when I put it in the frame.

Next I just popped everything in the frame and adjusted it until it looked like it was in the right position. This part took a little trial and error but it wasn’t bad at all.

Secure your frame and your done!

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This could be worked into so many different decor styles. It would be really cool to group a bunch of these with coordinating patterns and colors on a gallery wall. Or use old band tees grouped with some prints. Or do a large scale piece of art with a dress or larger article of clothing.

Do you guys have any clothes you can’t wear but can’t seem to part with? Let me know in the comments below!

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