Thursday, March 29, 2012

Upstairs Projects - check 'em off!

Last night I was going through our list and was so excited to see that we are over halfway there.  We won't meet our deadline and we have added a few projects to the list but it feels good.  It is always nice when you can check a few items off that nagging list of projects.

Today I am sharing 4 more projects that we finished upstairs.  Upstairs at our house consists of 3 bedrooms, the playroom and a bathroom.  These projects were focused on the bedrooms.
{ Project #12 }
Move daughter's clothes to her room {DONE}
In our last house, we had my daughter's dresser inside her closet and it was awesome.  However our closets are slightly smaller here and the dresser drawers wouldn't open since the doors are in the way.  Ultimately we would like to put a whole closet system in both of the kids closets.  But, alas, that is a down the road project.

This was a pretty quick one - just involved moving some furniture.  We traded out my daughter's clothes dresser which had been in the guest room with the smaller dresser from her room that was originally used as a baby changing table.

Before:  In the guest room
After:  In my daughters room - notice the pink!
Since my daughter is now almost 7 she has the responsibility of getting herself dressed in the morning.  Additionally, I call on her to put her own clothes away (well, when I am not having a "only I can do it right" moment).  To assist her in finding what she needs and of course, to add some girly fun, I made drawer labels in Picnik and had them printed on photo paper so they are nice and durable.

I simply taped them on and it has worked great.  My girly girl loved the flowers and touch of pink!  Project is done and the added bonus of having a happy little girl!

{ Project #15 }
Window treatments for my daughter's room {DONE}
We completed awesome window treatments for my son last year and I love them.  My daughter has been bugging for curtains too.  I searched and searched and finally found a fabric I liked in a price I could afford. 

The bright pink zebra print was the perfect color pink (and at $2.50 a yard I couldn't resist).  As an added bonus, JoAnn's had small plastic grommets (just like the ones I used in my son's room) on clearance for under $3 a set which is about 75% off!  Yay!


I love how they turned out.  It definitely brings a nice pop of color.  I will share more about this project next week but for now, it is DONE! 

{ Project #16 }
Finish the grommets on my son's curtains {DONE}
As mentioned above, I made curtains for my son's room last year and they are great.  We used these great snap together grommets.  They are really cool but can be quite stubborn to snap together.  I was so excited to see the curtains up, I left a couple of the grommets off that I couldn't get to snap into place. 

Well, it was time to finish this project once and for all.  I pulled down the curtains and tried again to no avail.  Since the header is 3 layers of this heavy canvas fabric it was too thick.  It finally dawned on me, if I trim away a bit of the middle layer, I could snap the grommets together much easier.  Bingo, it worked.  Why I didn't think of that sooner I don't know. 

I still just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the red striped curtains.
{ Project #22 }
Redo lamp for guest bedroom {DONE}
This has got to be the easiest project, but of course, it took for ever.  I guess the motivation that I wanted a new bedside table in the guest room before my Mom came to visit (and this LIST) was enough motivation to get it done.

Off to the store we headed to buy a simple shade for the lamp my husband found at Goodwill store on 50% Saturday.  After cleaning up the base, we decided not to spray paint it at this point.

I love the rectangular shape of this shade and how it frames the space above the bedside table.  I have an idea to embellish the shade using gross grain ribbon like this one at Target.
I love how clean and crisp it looks.  Of course, I would also love to do this for some new shades in the living room too so I guess we will see.

Four more project checked off the list.  Next up, we are heading outside to the garages to share a few projects.

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