Gunner’s Room

I can’t even begin to tell you all how in love I am with my little guy. It was exactly how everyone said it would be and that special love affair that a mom has with her son is a real thing, people! I am smitten. I just adore my tiny little man and he’s affectionately been named “Mr. Wonderful” because lets face it… he is all kinds of wonderful!

I’ve always had the decorating for girls thing down so the thought of having to create a room for a little boy was a little daunting. I was convinced that boy rooms had to be heavily theme oriented. Sports was all that came to mind and I am far from a sports fan. I don’t know what I was so afraid of because what I ended up creating I am loving!

This all came about pretty organically. I had a few prized items I had been holding on to and I never exactly knew when I was going to use them. It was like they were meant to be in this space even before I knew this space was meant to be! One by one things came together and now my Mr. Wonderful has a cheerful space all to his own that will grow with him and not feel to juvenile.

This room used to be my youngest daughters room. Its walls were already blue so we decided to kick Chuck out and move her next door. Don’t worry, she loves her new space! I had always loved how bright this room was so we kept the wall color and had fun filling it up and working on new projects.

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The first project we tackled was painting the crib. Can I just start by saying PAINTING CRIBS SUCKS! Man did I hate this! 6 hours and practically 1 million coats later it was done. And yes! I used a safe paint. I do love how it turned out and being on this end of a project like this I can say it was well worth it!

Gunny’s darling Captain America cape that is hanging on his crib came from Klassi Kreations!

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I am in LOVE with my paper airplane mobile! I didn’t want to hang anything on the wall above his crib for fear it would come crashing down on him ( YES I’m one of those parents who thinks her kids are always one accident away from tragedy! I know! I know!) I was holding Gunner one day in his room trying to rock him to sleep when I had this idea come to me! It was perfect.  An airy way to fill the space, add some more pops of color and entertain my little dude while he gazed up from his crib.

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This is one of those special pieces I was talking about! For as long as I could remember my summers were spent on Lake Mead on my grandpas house boat. It was my happy childhood place that soon became my teenage and adulthood happy places. I took my own kids there and we spend the hot summer months swimming, boating and creating memories. Finally after 20 some on years it was time to retire the boat but not before my siblings and I raided the place for keepsakes. This sketch hung inside the boat and conjures up amazing memories of being with my grandpa, who was my most favorite person as a young girl, and my dad! I’ve been holding on to this piece of art for years wondering how to enjoy it. Now it hangs watching over Guns crib. I kind of think of it as if my grandpa is keeping watch over my sweet boy.  It didn’t always look like this. I’ll share how I breathed new life into soon enough.

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I’ve quickly found a new hobby of collecting small toys for Gunner and I hit the jackpot when my sweet friend was getting rid of a ton of toys her kids had out grown. Plastic dinosaurs, animals, action figures, trucks, cars and other small toys fill these bins from IKEA.

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The art collage above the toys is a collection of a gifted letter “G” from a sweet friend that I framed in a shadow box lined with fabric, an adorable print from Lucy Darling prints and framed fabric. All the frames were bought at IKEA. I use 3M Command Strips to attach all my frames in my house and they work great for collages like this one. No need to worry about having to put multiple nails in the wall once you realize you’ve miscalculated and pounded in a nail that no longer works.

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Gotta love thrifting! It’s funny how your mind starts thinking differently when you thrift a lot! This beautiful old globe was a whopping $6. I almost didn’t buy it because I thought it was too pricy! Ha! Isn’t that funny! $6 at a thrift shop is way different in my mind then $6 spent somewhere else! Glad I snapped out of it and realized that it would be perfect and a steal at that price.

And everyone has been asking about the 5 inch Green Army Men! I KNOW, RIGHT!! Totally cool! Those little gems came from my friends toy stash! What a find! I am on the hunt for more and have found them on ebay.

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I had scored a huge box of vintage marquee letters and just before I dropped them off to consign I sifted through them to see if I could spell out GUNNER and low and behold I could! Glad I checked. These are stuck on with ticky-tack.

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The giant VW Bus is the crowning jewel of this entire room! A labor of love and a little self indulgence on my part. The entire room took on a non traditional beachy/water feel and I had to try my hand at adding this iconic piece into the plans. For full tutorial on how I created this piece jump on over HERE!

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I needed a little storage for larger toys and I’m not a fan of the traditional toy box with a lid. I wanted a galvanized trough but the only ones I could find at local feed stores were too big and over $100. YIKES! This was a great alternative and a splurge at $40 from HomeGoods but it will last forever!

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More fun toys from my friend and some leaning art. The “Hello Sunshine” piece was a project from Poppy Seed Projects that I painted using the same paint from the crib and the huge surf poster is from Pottery Barn.

 

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We are Utah transplants who moved here from Huntington Beach, CA. This sweet little vintage sign greets you as you come into Gunner’s room. It sets the tone for the rest of the space and reminds me of my childhood growing up on the beach!

This was such a fun room to put together. Nothing about it screams baby and that’s what I think I love! He’ll easily transition out of a crib into a bed in this space with little need to mature the look of it!

This room is for sure kid tested, Gunner approved!

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VW Bus and Moto-Saw giveaway

 

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I never knew how fun it would be to decorate a little boys room! I’ve been stuck in the land of pink and pretty and never had to venture into the realm of boy. Decorating Gunners nursery has opened my eyes and even allowed me a little self indulgence!

I have always had a small obsession with the VW Bus! My grandpa used to own a beige bus that we as kids adored. We used to camp out on it’s stiff benches and use it as as our club house when my dad had it for a weekend. I have wonderful memories of this classic automobile. It’s my dream to one day own a restored Bus but until then I think I’ll just try my hardest to infuse my love of the VW Bus onto my kids!

When I was challenged to create a project with the Dremel Moto-Saw I automatically knew what I wanted to created. This giant VW Bus wall art idea had been floating around my head from the moment I knew I’d be decorating for a little boy. It was something I had never done before but I was certainly up for the challenge.

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The first step was to try my hand at a little freehand drawing. I found an image online and tried my best to copy it’s form. Trust me… I’m no artist but the Bus has some pretty simple lines and it’s far from over detailed so I wasn’t to worried that something good would come out of my practice draws.

 

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This is where the fun began. I picked up a thin piece of wood from Home Depot that measures 4 x 4′ and cost just under $10. With my new found confidence in bus sketching I took my time and freehand drew a bus onto the wood. This took me about an hour with lots of erasing (use a pencil) and patience. To get the curved details I used my metal yard stick and bent it and traced the curve to get the right angle. I also used paper cut out patterns for the lights and mirrors. Anything that I needed to make symmetrical for the sides I used a paper temple that I first hand drew. My goal was to make it look hand drawn and less then perfect.

Once I was down drawing it was time to put my Moto-Saw to work. I LOVE that this saw can be used in two ways. It can be stationary and clamped to a table top or used manually by hand! I loved using it manually and I was super impressed with its permission and easy to work with.

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Once the outline was cut out I could really see this project taking shape. I sanded the edges with my power sander and now it was ready to add some detail work.

 

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I wanted to add texture and help define the details so I got out the Dremel. I love this tool! I used it to carve out the rest of the pencil marking that would create the bus front. Everything started to pop once I added this step. This step would also make the painting process super easy.

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After I had cut in to all the drawings on the bus I lightly sanded the top to take away any splintering edges. I brushed off the dust and it was ready for paint.

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I wanted to still be able to see a lot of the wood grain in this piece so I opted to use a white wash technique for my paint. I watered down my acrylic craft paint first and did one coat over the entire surface.

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The parts that I knew I wanted to be white I went over with a few more coats. You can see in photo the difference between the whites. My windows are 1 coat and the others are about 4 coats.

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Next I added my green. I also added a small amount of water to this color to get a more transparent look. This is a great way to see how much grain you want. I decided it needed about 2 coats to reach the look I wanted.

For my hardware I used a paint with a metallic finish to get a fun look similar to real car hardware.

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And lastly all the groves that were carved out were defined with a gray paint pen. This really helped to finish off the entire look. The paint pen fit perfectly into the crevasses and it took me 2 pens to complete this entire project.

For mounting I used wood glue to adhere two 2′ long 1″ wide pieces of wood. I allowed the glue to dry over night and used 3M Command strips on the wood pieces to stick it to the wall. This wood is so light weight the Command strips work great!

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I love how huge this is! It really makes a statement in this fun room. I also love that it isn’t perfect. That’s the best part about art. There is something prefect about imperfect art! It’s folk art at it’s finest.

I absolutely loved working with my Dremel Moto-Saw and now one lucky winner will get to try their hand at a Moto Saw of their very own!

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You too could put this bad boy to work to create fun projects of your own. The winner of this giveaway will win one FREE Dremel Moto-Saw that comes with carrying case, extra blades, table attachments and power cord. All you need to add is your creative ideas!

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Winner will be announced on the Blue Cricket Design Facebook page and must claim their prize within 48 hours before a new winner is chosen.

 

** Disclosure: I was entered to win a Dremel Moto-Saw Prize package in exchange for this post. I was not compensated and the opinions shared in this post are my own.

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Decorating with one of a kind pieces: Consignment shopping

If you are anything like me you are always on the hunt for one of kind pieces that will help add a unique touch to a space! I love that my home is filled with vintage charm and fun bright pieces I have picked up over the years. My Vintage Bowling pins, a painted shoe cabinet in my entry, my old teal bank drawers…each piece always seems to find a place in my home and into my heart! My entire home is an eclectic mix of pieces I’ve either refinished myself or found at favorite consignment shops.

A new darling shop recently opened up near my house! It pretty much makes living where I live perfect! I’m right by my favorite dessert cafe, my favorite fabric store and now Forget Me Not Boutique! This adorable new store is  filled with beautiful painted furniture, antique charmers and fun accessories! I picked up this antique tablecloth last week…

Isn’t it beautiful! There was a stack of table clothes to sift through but this blue beauty grabbed me and I had to bring her home!

Check out the other fun finds waiting to be adopted…

 

Check out that China set! Tea Party anyone?

Loved this blue cabinet! It’s a bold punch of color that would add a fun feel to any space! Those vintage school chairs are perfect for any playroom!

 

Consignment shopping can be intimidating! It can be a little overwhelming to walk into a shop brimming with possibilities. I’ve discovered a few tricks when it comes to shopping at places like Forget Me Not and other consignment home stores.

- Go with something in mind. It’s hard to see through all the beautiful colors and displays but if I go in looking for a DRESSER it helps me narrow in on looking for a dresser! Everything is a bonus! If I find the perfect dresser AND a cool new lamp them I win big time that trip!

- Take two walk throughs. I always walk a store twice! The first walk through is where I take it all in, get a good idea of what’s there and see if anything jumps out at me. On my second walk through I always look a little deeper. I look high and low and revisit an item that might have caught my attention. If I still love it and linger then I know it’s worth considering.

- Chances are if you fall in love with something at a consignment store you better get it! These are one of kind finds. If you pass up that vintage table cloth you’ve always wanted thinking you’ll find it again, the reality is you might not! This is good and bad! The good news is because it is so rare not everyone will have it but you! Bad news…if you pas it up you might not find it again!

- Get to know the owners! Strike up a conversation! Tell them what you’re looking for! Often times stores like this have a wish list. They too are on the hunt for things they know their customers will love and if they know you are looking for a vintage globe or wing back chair they too will put it on their radar and hopefully help you find it.

- Visit often. Inventory at consignment stores are changing all the time, daily even in some cases. Take advantage of an ever changing selection of finds. You might even find something you didn’t even know you were looking for!

 

Consignment shopping is my absolute favorite kind of shopping! I have found some of my favorite home decor items in shops just like Forget Me Not! These pieces add personality and charm to a room that no big box store could replicate! Jump into the consignment world and see what your local shops have to offer and if you live in the Salt Lake Valley area be sure to check out Forget me Not Boutique located at 9200 S Redwood Road, West Jordan, UT 84088 They are open Thursday, Friday 11-7pm and Saturday 11-6pm.

 

 

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Love letter hanging mailboxes

Love is in the air! If you are looking for a super simple way to collect those endless love notes you expect to get for Valentines why not create these hanging mail boxes! Simple supplies and 5 minutes is all it takes! Shall we get started!

For this project you’ll need large mailing envelopes and decorative paper. This beautiful paper is actually wrapping paper! Cut your paper slightly smaller then the envelope.

Use a glue stick to glue on your paper and embellish with cute Valentines decor. I found a pack of glittery hearts at my local dollar store and used a hot glue gun to attach them.

Fold back the flap that seals the envelope and use a hole punch to make two holes at the top of your envelope. String a ribbon for hanging.

These sweet little guys are perfect for a family Valentines party, school party or to hang at your desk! They were the perfect finishing touch to the “Cupids Night In” dinner I created for my family! More details on this fun dinner to come! My sister-in-law Stephanie, from Somewhat Simple, and I are creating a fun e-book filled with family dinner ideas you won’t want to miss! This is your first sneak peek! I know…I’m such a tease!

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Photo Wall: End to End photo display

Have you ever had a wall in your home that has plagued you? I did! This wall above my stairs that leads to my basement was such a sore spot! I never know what to do with it. It stayed empty for 5 years until I recently FINALLY decided on a solution!

I always thought a HUGE piece of art work would look nice here but then I realized that the banister would probably cut it off and that would be lame. I didn’t know if photos all they way down the wall would look good either for the same reason. I knew I wanted something that would fill the space well and not be obstructed.

My sister had described a similar photo display but I had yet to see it. It was time to just go for it so off to IKEA I went! I grabbed a handful of frames in a variety of sizes and finishes and took over the floor space in the middle of the frame section at IKEA. I laid out an arrangement I liked and I was ready for step 2!

Once at home I laid out the frames again and took note of the photos needed for each frame.

Next I jumped online, sifted threw my photos and ordered prints from Sams Club.  An hour later I was ready to hang!

When it came to making sure they would hang evenly and centered I found the center of each frame and marked it with a pencil.   That way when I was ready to hang a frame next to one already hanging all I had to do was line up the center lines!

 

With the help of this adjustable ladder was all set and ready to start hanging!

I use 3M Command Strips for EVERYTHING! I have yet to put a nail in my walls for over 4 years! I adore theses things and they are perfect for a job like this! I’m super afraid to make a wrong nail hole especially in this case when even and level are so important. These Command strips save the day! I used 4 strips on the large frames and two on all the others!

The center photo is the most important photo. As long as it is hung level and in the right place all the other photos would be level too! I hung my largest/center photo first just to make sure I liked it’s placement before I started adding the next one. From there I worked my way out from the center to the end on each side.

My arrangement is A Symmetrical. I like how the frames vary on each side and one side is actually longer then the other. I took that into account when I started hanging them.  The entire arrangement is centered on my wall and at eye level.

I’m in love with this space! It no longer haunts me and begs to be do pretty her up! If you have a space in need of some fillin’ up, give this a try.

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Spring Mantel

Changing up a few things can make a fun difference! My Spring mantel is spiced up by adding a few new fun finds and a simple creation…

My “Hi” frame was made with scrap paper and a plastic mirror frame! I removed the mirror and reused the blue frame!

My vintage bowling pin makes a great new home on the mantel! I love this new piece!

Add it all together with my Paper Bag Spring Bunting and there you have a simple Spring look!

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Baby girl nursery by “Life as a Thrifter”

  Being a former kindergarten teacher, choosing an “old school” theme for this room seemed quite natural and ended up being more fun that I could have ever imagined.
This is our baby girl’s nursery.

(Wall color- Behr: Jamaica Bay)
For more amazing ideas be sure to visit Holly over at “Life as a Thrifter!”
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Crate and Barrel Stendig Calendar

Crate and Barrel set up shop in Salt Lake late last year and I could not have been more thrilled! I grew up with Crate and Barrel. Mike and I registered there for our wedding gifts! It was a fun and nostalgic walk threw memory lane when I first visited and I wanted EVERYTHING! This Stendig Calendar was irresistible! It’s easy to see why, right?

A few weeks ago I scored this amazing find on ksl.com (local classified ads like craigslist but 100 times better!) I’ve been looking for filing cabinets to go in this space in my kitchen. I thought the idea of filing cabinets would work great for this space. Tons of new storage and I loved the idea of adding an industrial/utility look inside my home. My house is pretty eclectic so I was excited to see how it would look. I’d been looking for months when I came across these  salvaged metal bank drawers! BINGO! How freakin’ perfect! When I sent my husband the link to get his opinon he was like ” How on earth did you find blue cabinets!” I didn’t even realize they were a dark teal blue hue! My screen made them look more green. I had fully intended on painting any cabinets I found to a teal tone but alas…they were already my signature color!

This find was such a steal! I paid $100 for all three cabinets and they fit the space perfectly! But as you can see I had those ubber lame outlets to deal with! Seriously builders! What the heck! Enter Stendig calendar

I positioned it just so that no plugs show! I used 3M Command strips to stick it to the wall! A level was a must to make sure it was perfectly straight! Wish you could have seen me try to hang it by myself! Straight up comedy! I recommend getting a friend to help! This Calendar is HUGE!!!

Love me a huge calendar!!

p.s. If you live in the Salt Lake area and want these filing cabinets in your home, the seller has more! He has this shade and gray! They might still be available.  If you want me to locate his number just email me!

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Beethoven meet Valspar

Beethoven and I had a little moment in a thrift store in Arizona. Our eyes locked and it was like the universe put us together! He had to be mine! This foot high busk of the talented Mr. Beethoven was $5 and I knew he’d be moving in and setting up shot atop my piano in no time!

If you looked close you’d notice Mr. Beethoven had a few dings and a chip on his shoulder, no pun intended! Nothing a little Valspar spray paint from Lowe’s couldn’t fix.

The key to a great spay paint job is distance, constant movement and two even coats!

Now these are the projects I love! Fast and easy and makes me smile! I have to say my two year old and her friend were a little scared of this guy while he was in the garage getting his makeover! He is now lovingly referred to as “The mean  guy!” It’s ok, Chuck! She has let to learn that he’s just freakin serious about great music!

Check out Lowe’s for amazing Valspar Spray paint. Endless colors that can help you spice up a thrift store find! And don’t forget to sign up for your FREE Creative Ideas Magazine from Lowe’s!

 

 

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New Door Frame Wreath and a “Cut it Out” giveaway

So yeah! It’s no secret that I love me a good door frame wreath! Over the last few years you have seen me change up the decor on my frame wreath many a time but I have yet to change out my frame! That is until now! All of you who have adored my frame wreath look from afar but have yet to find the perfect chunky frame to do it yourself, are going to flip when you hear about this new fantastic company that will help solve your frame woes!

Last week I got the above delivery! Yes I did an internal cartwheel! My “Cut it Out” paintable frames arrived and I was ready to dive in!

“Cut it Out” frames come in so many darling shapes! They are all the rage at a fraction of the cost! I have always wanted these darling frames but I could never bring myself to pay the huge price other companies were asking. All these frames are incredibly affordable!

4×6″: $5.99

5x 7″: $8.99

8 x 8″: $10.99

8 x10″: $12.99

11 x 14: $17.99

16 x 20″: 24.99

20 x 30″: $35.99

AMAZING right! This makes creating a huge feature wall of beautiful photos afforadable and customizable! These are paintable frames that come unfinished so you can paint them to match any room! Took me just a few minutes to paint my 8 x 10 frame for my front door!

I used an 8 x 10 “Balboa” frame and painted it “Caribbean” blue by PLAID. I did three coats and did not distress the edges but I do plan on distressing  future projects! Once it was dry I used gingham ribbon to hang it and now have the perfect starting point for my front door look!

It looks great hanging by itself!

Or when adding a small wreath!

And of course with holiday sparkle added as well! I love the way this glitter snowflake looks popping off the blue frame and my red door!

These frames are the perfect door frame. With 7 designs to chose from you are sure to find the perfect frame to spice up your own front door, wall or other creative project you may have in mind!!

And I already ordered and picked up my 16 x20″ family photo from Sam’s Club that will be going in my huge frame! I can’t wait to show that off to you! I’m still trying to figure out what color I want to paint it! The print was less then $6 at Sam’s club! You could also add The Black and White paper prints for pennies and I bet that would look incredible too!

Now it’s time for a giveaway!

Want to win your very own 8 x 10? leave a comment  today by telling me what design you would pick if you won! You can find a full list here! Three lucky winners will be chosen!

For additional entries please leave a separate comment for each  of the following…

- Follow Cut it Out on facebook and leave a comment on their wall saying BLue Cricket Design sent you!

-Facebook about this giveaway with a link back to this post.

-Tweet about this giveaway with a link back to this post!

-Become a fan of Blue Cricket Design on facebook or tell me you already are!

The three winners will be announced  Monday Dec. 12th on the Blue Cricket Design facebook page!

AND for a few more chances to win hop on over to Somewhat Simple (ends Dec. 5th) Crap I’ve Made , Lolly Jane and Crafty, Scrappy, Happy to enter over there for their “Cut it Out” giveaways and see what they did with their frames! Such great ideas!

 

 

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