A while ago, I was walking around shops looking into second-hand shops and rummaging in the discounted baskets in different shops when I came across these Bathrooms Rules.
I had been looking for something similar for the boy’s bathroom for a while and this was perfect – a nice and fun reminder to what the rules of the bathroom are, without being to childish. The frame was reduced was due to some damage but that was not going to stop me as I wanted to paint with chalk paint it anyway.
I love painting with chalk paint. There is no preparation, no sanding, no messing. Just clean and paint. Love it.
I wanted a bit of a distressed look on the frame so I used some fine grit sandpaper on the edges and then I applied some clear wax to it and buffed it up.
I am very happy with the result. It is a nice mixture of fun, serious, old and up-cycled that works well in the bathroom for the boys and for our Airbnb guests (although I am hoping that they would remember all those things without the need of a reminder).
What are your thoughts on chalk paint? have your tried it yet?
When we were planning our 20 year anniversary, Mr B and I realized that at least 1/3 of our guests would be children. Most of our friends and family are at the similar stage in life as us, with kids, and we wanted to make sure that the party was very inclusive and that both parents and kids would have a great time.
I decided to set up an area for the kids. I organised some entertainment for them and I set up a little table for them to help themselves and to have fun. As the table was very small, I needed more surface in which to put food and drinks as well as carry them from the house to the field where the party was held.
I decided to use some fruit boxes that my local fruit shop kindly donated. I love the wood mixed with the different designs and colors in the fruit boxes but I also wanted to personalize them and also to make them fit into my design scheme.
I used some paint to color the sides of the boxes in some of them as some of the designs weren’t to my taste. I used washi tape to decorate the sides of the box.
I covered the bottom of the box with some pretty paper matching the washi tape. It looks pretty, don’t you think?
They were extremely useful on the day to carry food and beverages around and to display food. It also helped us in the tidying up the following day. I am currently using them in my room (I have glued some felt at the bottom of the box to avoid scratching the shelves).
I love the idea of extending the life of something that has already done a great job. It now looks prettier and it will last for another good few years. Up-cycling at its best!
Have you up-cycled anything recently?
2015 is a very special year for Mr B and me. This year we celebrate 20 years together. 20 years!!!
It seems like it was yesterday that I met this long-haired boy (yes, long-haired) who was studying in my university… and many countries, many adventures and two kids later, we are still going strong.
Getting married was never our thing. We don’t have anything against marriage, we never had the need for it. But this year, we wanted to mark our 20 years together with family and friends (I will share more about our celebrations later on) and we will be having a party at the beginning of August. I can’t wait!
We are planning something simple, something rustic, something familiar. I wanted to make some decorations. Nothing too complicated. Something simple and pretty so I armed myself with some washi tape and candles.
I got these vanillacandles from Ikea. I love the smell of vanilla. There is something warm and familiar about them.
Once I decided on the color scheme for the day (blue -of course- and other pastel colors) I covered the base of the night lights with washi tape.
I have also enlisted my whole family to give me all glass containers they have to put the candles in. A up-cycled jam-jar and some ribbons are the perfect recipient for pretty candles, don’t you think?
These decorations are easy to make and pretty around the house, for garden events, for a romantic night in.
If you are having problems removing the super sticky stickers from the jar, this is the only recipe you need.
How do you like your celebrations? Home-made or store-bought.
You must all know by now that I like boards, any type of notice boards.
I think they are a wonderful way of getting papers organized, putting things away, displaying photos and keepsakes and getting rid of the dreaded pile of paper at the end of the kitchen counter.
Although some notice boards are lovely and they look even better displaying photos and souvenirs, others can look not so attractive displaying bills, school notices and reminders. I find cork notice boards the ugly duckling of message boards so I have been looking for ways to beautify them (too much time in my hands??? – maybe!)
This simple project will make your cork board look a hundred times better, it will add more color, more style and it will be more presentable. All these while up-cycling all those random buttons that you have lying around and all for the price of a small tub of glue and some push pins – are you sold yet? Let’s get cracking!
Now, again, this is one of the very complicated projects that if you loose concentration or you take a call half way through the project you might not be able to continue. I have broken it down in small steps so it is easier to follow. Pay attention:
Step 1 – Get the glue, the push pins and the buttons
Step 2 – Put the button upside down, put some glue on it and rest the push pin on top – Let it dry
Step 3 – Use your new pretty pins on your cork board
If you have managed to follow this complicated procedure, I hope you are smiling and admiring your Friday project.
Have an amazing weekend.
A good while ago, walking around some of my favorite second-hand stores in Limerick, I picked up this gem of magazine holder.
I love the shape of it. It sounds cliché but they certainly no longer make them like they used to. This magazine holder is solid and sturdy, I particularly love the handle, but those men had to go.
As I wanted to bring this vintage beauty to the 21st century, I decided to give it a total make-over rather than just a face-lift.
I started by painting the sides and inside with grey spray paint. I then used white chalk paint for the edges and I distressed it a little bit with some sand paper.
The lovely men in lovely tights were replaced with some contemporary geometrical wall paper.
I am really happy with the result. It is great to finally have something to keep our newspapers and magazines in.
What do you think? Have you up-cycled something recently?
When Big Monkey was 2 and a bit, we got him a play house for the garden. Back then we didn’t get to go out for walks as much as I would have liked as Chaotic Monkey was only a baby napping a lot, so it was important to me that Big Monkey would have somewhere to play in the garden. This house has been a house, a shop, a garage, a tent… so many stories and plots have developed in that house, both of them have enjoyed it, played on it, climbed it… until one day, when they realized they were both too big to get in and out of it.
It was around the same time when the number of kid’s vehicles with wheels (ie. flickers, bicycles, scooters) started to increase and I was starting to get tired of bringing them in and out through the front door, folding them, removing dirt from my hall floor and storing them under the stairs. I needed a different storage solution – a house extension, a garage maybe?
Since I had the play house and I needed a space to store children’s vehicles, I decided to transform the play house into the boy’s shed to store the bikes, that way they could bring their bikes through the side gate and totally bypass the house and they would still be protected (ish) from the elements.
After so many years outside, the colors in the play house were already fading. The sides of the play house were a faded orange color which is pretty much the same color as ours (by design, I know, you need to question our decision making), so I decided to leave it. This meant I only had to paint the red roof black in order to have a mini shed for the boys.
I decided to use Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Protective Coat on top of the black spray painting in order to give it another layer of protection against the elements and the kids.
The mini shed has worked a treat. We have had it as a working mini shed for about a year now and it is as functional and fun as the first day. They can get the bikes and scooters in and out themselves, there are no more wheels though the house and we got to up-cycle this lovely play house that has given us so many fun memories – how good is that?
We are also re-using the kid’s turtle sandpit as their garden. It is there where they get to plant whatever they wish and they love been responsible for their own patch of land – it must be an Irish thing…
Have you got any up-cycling projects that you would like to share?