Instant Gratification: Two Quickies for the Pinterest Challenge

25 Feb

Do you ever feel like you have so many projects going on and they’re all just halfway done? Case in point: The ladies each got new beds last week. Well, I should say new mattresses. (Sophia got a full and Lily got rid of her toddler bed and upgraded to Sophia’s old twin.) So of course that means changing lots of things in both of their rooms.  (Looks like I’ll probably get around to trying a DIY headboard sometime soon!) I’m also knee-deep in party planning for Sophia’s 8th birthday in less than 2 weeks. And since I’m insane, I just decided to paint the kitchen ceiling. (Test swatches went up last night!) You know…because there is not enough going on in the rest of the house. Right?

But until I get to all the big changes, I decided to try two super quick, super easy DIY projects for the Pinterest Challenge. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about…click here. And watch the adorable video. You’ll thank me.) Don’t feel like clicking over? Here’s the Cliffnotes version: Young House Love and Bower Power urge readers to stop pinning and start doing. That means, pick a project you pinned on Pinterest and do it!

FIRST UP: LILY’S 2-MINUTE PRINTABLE

Moving Lily’s bed meant all of her art was out of whack so as I moved most of the frames to the other side of the room, I remembered a pin I had just seen for a free printable from On To Baby.

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It took me about a minute to design the printable for Lily’s room (just pick a color and input a name) and print it. And maybe a minute to put it into a red Ikea frame I had on hand. Boom. Two minute project. 100% done!

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In a room that’s filled with reminders of everything I still need to do, this freebie (not including the cost of the frame, of course) gives me a little feeling of satisfaction. And Lily loves it! (More pics of Lily’s room before this switch can be seen here and here.)

NEXT: SOPHIA’S GOLD FRAMES

Onto Sophia’s room. I had seen this gold painted frame awhile back from Bryn Alexandra and thought it was genius. It’s another cheapie from Ikea but it’s been glammed up in gold spray paint.

The two huge black frames on Sophia’s picture wall had been bugging me for awhile. They just felt so heavy for such a feminine room. They were always meant to be temporary but alas, two years later, they’re still there.

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So, I took them down and got to work out in the yard with a piece of cardboard under the frames. (Yes, it was freezing and not the best conditions to paint in but mama can’t wait til spring.) I had just bought a new can of Krylon Metallic paint from Michael’s so I decided to give that a try. As soon as I started painting, I was in love! This spray paint is so much better than the Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic that I had used before for the letters in my foyer. Check out the comparison.

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I was so thrilled that I repainted them immediately. Check out the difference!

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But wait! Let’s get back to Sophia’s room. A couple of quick coats (ok…maybe three coats) of that glorious Krylon Metallic on each side and they were ready to put back in the room. I did a little rearranging too and…ta da! Instant Gratification.

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For more pictures of Sophia’s room before this switch, click here and here.

Make sure you click over to Young House Love,  Bower Power, The Remodeled Life,  and Decor and the Dog on Wednesday to see all the other projects completed in the Pinterest challenge. I know I’ll be checking them out. You know…cause I need another project!

XO

Sue at Home

P.S. I just want to give a shout out to Emily from one of my favorite blogs, Emily A. Clark, who featured my pink chair dye job on her Saturday 6 last weekend. Her readers were so kind to click over to my blog and I had my best day ever. Thanks Emily!!

If you’re unfamiliar with Emily’s blog, please check it out! She’s a super mom (with 5 kids!) who creates beautiful rooms. My favorite is her stunning office that she put in the home’s dining room. Those bookshelves are perfection!

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12 Responses to “Instant Gratification: Two Quickies for the Pinterest Challenge”

  1. kerrycooks February 26, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    Well done, they look great!

  2. controllingcraziness February 27, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Love how you placed the pictures in the corner.

    • sueathome February 27, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

      Thanks! It’s a small room so I had to make every inch count!

  3. hlperry February 27, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    All of your fun colored frames look great! Great job!

    • sueathome February 27, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

      Thank you! I love to layer colors. Sophia’s room ended up with every frame we’ve had all over the house over the years!

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