I don’t know if it’s my obsession with Fixer Upper or Pinterest, but I’m all about modern farmhouse décor these days. Unfortunately this obsession began about 8 years too late because my house is already decorated and not “farm housie” at all.
A couple weeks ago when I was taking a walk around the block with the kids I hit the mother load. Someone was getting rid of 2 old 6-pane windows! I was so excited. I tried to think of ways I could balance them on the stroller and finish our walk because I was afraid if I didn’t take them right away, some other DIY-er would snatch ’em up. I obviously couldn’t pull that off because they’re pretty big and heavy, so I called my dad (who was on his way over anyway) and asked him to scoop them up for me. He’s good like that.
Initially I thought I’d put 6 different photos in each space but I changed my mind. I decided to pick just one photo from our wedding and then we could hang it above our bed since our room is seriously lacking in the decoration department.
So here’s what I did…
- Measure the length and width of the glass portion of the window. Mine was 24″x32″.
- Order your poster print- since they don’t make photos in that particular size, I just ordered one that was 24″x36″ and figured it’d be easy to cut off the extra width. I ordered from Vistaprint and it was surprisingly cheap- $13. Not too shabby!
- Clean the window- since I’m going for a rustic look I really didn’t have to do much other than wipe the frame clean and Windex the glass.
- Lay the photo up against the glass and measure and trim off the excess.
- Next, I took a piece of thick scrapbook paper I happened to have and cut it to fit inside one window pane. This became my tracer that I would use to cut my poster into 6 sections.
- Lay the poster face down on a flat surface and use your tracer to cut the correct size.
- I wanted to account for the wooden strips going across the window so the photo would look seamless. Each strip was about 1.5 cm wide, so I measure 1.5 cm on my poster and cut the strip out.
- Continue using the tracer to measure and cut the next 5 pieces, making sure to account for the wooden strips as you go.
- Next, I wanted to add cardboard to the back of each window pane to ensure the photo would lay flat. I happened to have a big cardboard box, so I used my tracer and an x-acto knife to cut out 6 pieces. If you don’t have an x-acto knife, I’m sure a good pair of scissors would work just as well.
- Put the photos and cardboard in each section. Tape it to the wood to hold in place. Preferably with a thick, heavy duty tape.
- Now obviously since this was an old window and not a picture frame there are no hooks. That’s when you call your handy man, or in my case- my dad lol, and ask him to help you out. He happened to have some hooks at home and attached them for me.
That’s it! I thought it’d be more complicated than it turned out to be and I LOVE the results! I’m going to use the other window on my family room wall. For that one I think I’ll try 6 different photos and use it as a collage frame. Eventually I’m going to have the farmhouse of my dreams…one piece at a time! 😉
You guys…I’m excited about this one!! I was browsing around Michael’s and I had an idea to make wreaths for the kids’ doors. The process to make them was really easy, albeit a little time consuming, but so worth it!
- Styrofoam wreath
- Yarn (something to match the room)
- Gorilla glue or a hot glue gun
- Command hook or wreath hanger
- Whatever else you’d like to attach
Gather your materials.
Wrap the wreath in yarn. Keep in mind, if you choose a thicker yarn, you’ll get done faster. You want to wrap it until you can no longer see any of the Styrofoam. I found it helpful to work in 2 inch sections at a time. Once it was covered really well, I’d move on to the next section until the wreath was completely wrapped.
Cut the yarn and glue the end on the backside of the wreath.
Glue on whatever decorations you’d like. For Chloe’s wreath I chose the letters of her name and attached pink jewels (left over from her pinkalicious party). For Miles’ wreath I painted a big letter M using the leftover paint from his ceiling. Told ya- you never know when you might need it! 😉
Stick your command hook on the door, and slide it through a few pieces of the yarn. It may poke out a little on top. It was a bit more noticeable on Chloe’s, so I just added a matching bow to hide it. No biggie! If you’d rather, you could always use a wreath hanger instead.
Overall, this was a really easy DIY project, and I absolutely LOVE how the wreaths look on their doors. What do YOU think? Are you going to give it a try?
If you’re trying for a baby, you’ve probably already been envisioning the perfect nursery before you even get your positive pregnancy test. I know that’s how I was; I would spend hours online trying to find the perfect pieces to go in our soon-to-be baby’s room. Now that I’ve done this a few times, I’ve learned some tips that might help you as you start planning your little love’s nursery.
- Find Your Inspiration- Whether it’s a painting, a piece of furniture, or a wall decal, find something you truly love and design your nursery from there. For example, I found this crib bedding from etsy and I instantly fell in love with it. That’s what inspired my color choices and basically everything else in the room. Once you find your inspirational piece, you’re well on your way! Bonus- you’re guaranteed to love the room because it’s been inspired by something you love!!
- Don’t Limit Yourself- Babies ‘R Us and Buy Buy Baby are great, but you have the whole world at your fingertips! Go online and look at different Etsy shops, The Land of Nod, Pottery Barn Kids, All Modern, etc. There are so many great finds and you’ll feel like you’re designing a unique nursery that 100 kids in your town don’t already have.
- Be Brave- Don’t be afraid to add a bright pop of color! Ok, you can be afraid; But get over it. Anyone who’s seen Miles’ nursery always comments on how much they love the teal ceiling. I was a little hesitant about it at first, but I knew I was doing gray walls so I had to add color somewhere. All that was left was the ceiling! And you know what? I LOVE it!
- Save Your Leftover Paint- You don’t know when you may need it. One challenge I found was, it’s very difficult to find the same shade of teal. Seriously. SO difficult. I ended up buying a cheap black mirror from Walmart and painted it teal with the leftover paint from the ceiling. Perfect match!
- Invest in a Good Chair- Sure they’re expensive, but you’ll be glad you splurged when you’re up for nighttime feedings. I also recommend choosing a solid, neutral color rather than something bright or patterned. This way, if you have more children, you’ll be able to reuse it in another nursery. You think chairs are expensive? Look up reupholstery costs.
- Go Cordless- You’ll want to buy cordless blinds for the windows. This eliminates the chance of baby reaching for them, or heaven forbid, getting tangled in them.
- Anchor All Furniture- I know it’s not something you’re thinking about now, and it doesn’t have to be done immediately, but eventually your little baby will be an adventurous toddler. If you anchor all the big pieces of furniture to the wall, you can rest easy knowing your child is safe.
Below are some photos of my son’s little slice of heaven 🙂
View from the hallway