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I love Malakai’s nursery decor above his crib. It’s eclectic, kind of farmhouse and it’s all the right tones. For this project I’m going to show you how to make this ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ baby nursery art sign using your Cricut Explore. And I’ve include the .png for you to save to your computer and upload it to your Cricut Design Space using this method. Let’s get started! Supplies
First, prepare your wood surface. I used Rustoleum stain in Driftwood (it is now called Sunbleached). It’s the perfect neutral grey and I used it on my Hair Pin Leg DIY Side Table. I then added my base color to the inlay of the wood. I wanted my monster to be light so I painted the base in Ceramcoat Charcoal. Next, you’ll cut your image using the dial setting on vinyl. Using your weeding tool, peel up the monsters body. It’ll leave behind the lettering and that’s what you want.
Next you’ll adhere your transfer tape. I love the Cricut transfer tape because it has a guide on it to ensure you get an even image transfer. I use my scraper to press out the bubbles in the transfer tape. Once your base coat is dry, place the vinyl image where you want it to be and be sure to press extra good while the transfer tape is still over the vinyl. This will ensure that you get a good seal and no paint will seep down. Once you have the vinyl where you want and it’s sealed down onto your wood, slowly peel up the transfer tape. This will now expose the area of the monster that you’re going to be painting. For this color I chose Ceramcoat Quaker Grey.
Before you paint your chosen color of the monster, take the extra time to paint your base coat over the area first. This will give you crisp lines and will help to avoid any bleeding. After the base color had dried over the monster, apply your desired color. I used the stippling method to apply my paint because I wanted a rough texture. Almost mimicking fur. Now wait 20 minutes until it is completely dry before using your weeding tool to remove the vinyl from the wood. I decided to sand it a bit for a rough texture but this is completely optional. I also sanded around the edges of the frame to expose some of the wood.
This goes so well with Malakai’s wall. I’ve listed the sources of the other art below for your reference.
I also love the versatility of the Cricut Explore Air 2. Not only does it look good in the minty green but it’s so functional for daily uses. We recently made Siaki a MLK, Jr. poster board for his biography report. He loved it and so did I because it was so easy.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KleenexStyle #CollectiveBiasThis DIY Hairpin Leg End Table was just as easy as my other DIY Side Table and costs were around the same except when it came to the legs. The longer the legs, the more expensive it’s going to get but you can for sure get away with only using 2 just like Alison with Two Thirty-Five Designs did with her table. That’s where I got the inspiration from for mine but I wanted mine to be portable and change locations whenever I felt the need!First things first. I headed to Home Depot and grabbed the essentials. A 12″ board of Poplar wood and had them cut it on site. They cut two 22″ sections and 2 6″ sections. I grabbed some Rustoleum stain in the mini jars and the color that I chose is called Driftwood, a perfect washed grey. I needed some Gorilla Glue and some 1 1/4″ screws for my Hairpin Legs. Speaking of the legs, I grabbed mine here off Etsy. They were made to order, fast shipping and I was really pleased with the quality.
I began first with sanding and staining the wood. Of course the parts where the saw left those brittle cuts on the wood, those were going to be the inside of the table. However, I wanted to be sure and get a good covering on the wood. I only did one coat and this was my first time using this stain. I really liked it. I just wiped it on and let it sit for 2 minutes to get the look I wanted and then took a lint free cloth and wiped it off. I set it aside to dry for about 2 hours. Then it was time for the assembly. It’s literally a box. I started with a piece of the 22″ board and a 6″ piece. I placed some glue along both edges that were going to be touching and I then used my Ryobi AirStrike nail gun and nailed them in place with 1 1/2″ finishing nails. I did the 6″ sections on both ends of the 22″ base and then laid the other 22″ top on top of the other pieces.
This is when they say clamps are necessary but did I have them, no. I picked them up at the store but I didn’t know what size to get, if I’d ever use them again so I put them back. Get some so you don’t strain yourself. Even though these pieces were cut square, they weren’t nailing together square so I had to do some maneuvering. I got it into place but it’s not perfect and I’m ok with that, you may however not be. It’s completely up to you. Now that the box is assembled, go ahead and grab your drill and hairpin legs. You want to be sure that your screws will be able to penetrate the wood so begin by marking the holes. Then take an awl and dig into the wood a bit or hit the awl with a hammer to create a divot. Now if you want you can take the extra step and use some liquid nails to really secure the hairpin legs or just screw it directly to the wood like I did.
I just used some spray poly and allowed it to dry for 48 hours in my garage and now it’s up in my master bedroom. I’ve got plans to paint my walls a creamy white and to add some accessories. Robin’s Egg Blue sort of weighs on you after a while…it’s still a pretty color though, it’s just time for a change. I really like my weaving that I did with some fabulous bloggers one night, Remodelaholic, Amy Robison, and The Project Girl. We had so much fun together and we got a little wild. Speaking of wild, check out the new tissues that Betsey Johnson has designed for KLEENEX®! They are available as KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Single Packs (74ct.)and KLEENEX® Betsey StyledWallet 3 Packs and available at select Kroger stores. There is also a promotion at Kroger Stores for Kleenex which you can learn about below.
What can I say, 2014 has probably been the most special year in my professional career ever! It’s really given me an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and go for goals that I never really thought I could accomplish or never really had ambition to finish before.
So 2014 was the giant step I took in fulfilling the dream I had in starting my blog and you, the readers, have made it possible for it to be successful by coming back time and time again! I couldn’t do it without you and I love you all for it, THANK YOU! I put together this post to show you my Top 10 list from the past year of my popular post. Enjoy!
I hope you love these projects and I have some exciting things planned for 2015. I can’t wait to share with you some home projects and some more DIY projects! Let me know what you want to see from me and I’ll work my magic.
Oh, how I love Miss Mustard Seed and her fabulousity. I wish she’d come into my home and throw away everything and take me with her and show me what is up in how to find her magnificent finds. I don’t know what it is about Utah, maybe it’s just my lack of travel or my funds but I have a hard time finding that one piece at the right time. I’m 99.9% it’s just me.
If you link up to our weekly link parties, you’ll see that most of us are involved in this Drab to Fab Blog Hop. We decided that we’d each send each other something that we knew could be fabulous but was looking a little drab. I was sent this old cigar box. I really loved it, in fact it sat untouched until yesterday because I was in love with it. I didn’t want to paint it cause the finish I knew could be stellar. I didn’t want to alter it because I wanted to keep as much originality as I could. The only thing I knew I couldn’t keep was the fabulous picture on the inside. Which there is no picture of but just imagine a picture of that woman on the inside.
When I started on the project, I wanted to turn it into a little bed for my daughters toys. Then as I was putting the hemp oil on it, it was magical, it was turning into something I wanted on display. I already had some hemp oil on the picture so it was over, my life – that beautiful Hispanic woman washed away. I was so mad at myself but I just had to keep scraping sucking in the tears of failure. It’s really ok, it was just disappointing.
I placed some of Miss Mustards Seed’s Hemp Oil in a plastic cup and used a sponge brush. I used about 2 tablespoons but the beauty of this is that if you poured too much, just pour it back into the jar. You can see above where it immediately put moisture back into the wood and how this box used to look. I let the oil sit for about 5 minutes and then I wiped off the excess with a lint free cloth. It takes about 24 hours to cure but something this small I was ok to put things in it right away to take pictures. Can you tell the desk will be my next MMS project? I’m going to paint it with her Eulalie’s Sky. I’ve already have one dresser done but with life, you’re never done with anything!
I love how dark it is and how rich it looks. I love the turn it took during the process of making this whole project. What was supposed to be a girly looking product ended up being more of a masculine looking piece but really something that can be used for its true purpose but also for years still to come. It didn’t go too far off of its originality so that’s what I love most about this. Make sure you check out the other ladies transformations too!
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A table that you can make for under $30? It’s true! I had some of the supplies on hand like stain, white latex paint, and silver spray paint. This looks so chic and clean next to some rustic elements in our family room. I love the ease of this and how easy it was to find these items at my local Target and Home Depot.
The items you’ll need are:
Circo wire bin from Target (located in the kids section) for $19.99
1″x17 3/4″ Laminated Round Panel from Home Depot for $7.68
1/2″ Cable Masonry Staples (located in the electrical department)
Stain of your choice
Latex paint, if you choose
Spray paint, if you choose
I started first with prepping my wood round. I lightly sanded it, even though it came pre-sanded, and wiped it off with a soft, lint-free rag. I began by using my favorite stain, Minwax Weathered Oak. You can tell how much I love my stain by the dented can above! You’ll want to use a skewer to stir your stain. It allows the smaller particles in the bottom to mix more evenly with the mineral spirits. Dip your rag inside and rub your stain in the direction of the grain of the wood. I did 3 coats of stain with about 1 hour between each coat.
Make sure your edges are also filled with the stain. I did that with a sponge brush and a rag underneath to catch any drips. I only had to do one coat of that. Now to the accent paint. I used my trusty blue painters tape and sectioned off a piece of the wood. I just chose how much I wanted to be the accent color. There was no science to this part, obviously. I made sure I pressed real securely on the edges to make sure I had no bleeding.
While the top was drying, I sprayed my base. I could have left it white, but the color of white in my house is a creamy white, not a true white which is the color of this base. It would have looked fine, but for someone like me who can’t handle even the slightest offset of colors, I couldn’t let this fly. I just used some silver spray paint I had on hand leftover from another art project. I just sprayed it on my grass. Now I’ve got a pretty silver circle in my front yard! If any one is looking for me in the sky, you’ll know where I am! Of course, I didn’t take any pictures…whomp, whomp!
However, I will show you I secured the base. I placed the top that I wanted on the ground face down then measured 2″ in all around. I placed the bin so the open side was facing up and placed in the middle of the wood round. I then took my masonry staples and hammered them onto the round. These are very sturdy, I only needed 4 and it held like a champ. I flipped it over, dusted it off, and sprayed a final coat of my quick drying polyurethane from Rustoleum, another one of my faves I keep on hand.
I love how this turned out. It was a day project, but each step maybe took about 5-20 minutes each. This has ended up looking really classy and elegant in our room. I love it paired with our old glass medicine bottles. I live for the old and the new. I live to create. I can’t take all the credit. I did get a lot of inspiration from this original wire side table from Jenna Sue. Take a look at the finished product and let me know how you think it looks.
Thanks so much for stoping by this week. I’m attending SNAP! this week and cannot wait to connect to so many talented bloggers and learn the ins and outs of blogging. I’ve been linking up my other posts to parties and I cannot figure out this whole button thing and all that jazz so if I’ve linked to you, please know I’ve followed you and I’m figuring it out!!