Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Puffy Paint Valentine Shirts

I love puffy paint. I love finding cute pictures and ideas and making them into shirts for my daughters! That's how I made these two Valentines shirts for my oldest daughter when she was 11 months old. Seems so long ago...

The process is very simple! I bought some plain colored t-shirts from the clearance shelves at our local Walmart. I always get a variety of colors, and I was lucky enough to get the shirts I used for the designs for 2/$1.00! A steal! I already had the puffy paint, so all I needed to do was start painting!

My husband bought me a sticky note pad and it had a ton of cute sayings and pictures. I picked the two I thought were the cutest, sketched them to a size that would fit the shirts, and got started!

I modified the drawing!
I changed up the coloring and message.
 I free handed both shirts. So if you're able to, that's what I do. If you aren't, I will sometimes get a glass serving dish of some sort and put it in the middle of the shirt. Place the sketch between the shirt and glass. Shine a light underneath the shirt and glass, and trace the sketch onto your shirt with a pencil or something washable. Then you puffy paint the design! There are probably better ways to do that... but I'm on a tight, tight budget. I work with what I have! Here are the finished shirts!

I let the shirts dry for about 72 hours then set the paint according to what the bottle said to do. Then I washed. Dried. And put on my gorgeous daughter! (I don't have any pictures of my girls in the red one *sad*)

Caity at 11 months
Then a year later, my second daughter got to wear it!

Our newest daughter won't fit the shirt this year... but I might snap a picture of her in it just because!

Happy Crafting!

Doily Valentine Shirts

I found this easy project to make Adoily-able T-shirts the other day and knew it was something I could do! I LOVE Valentines day and all the super cute t-shirts for kids that the stores carry, but I can't afford them most of the time. So I am all about the DIY shirts that I can do at home! I thought these turned out SUPER awesome! And my girls LOVE them!

For this project you will need:

 -Prewashed T-shirt (I'm using shirts for my daughters)
-Valentine Doily, 1 per shirt (I bought mine at Walmart for $1.88 for 40)
-Puffy Paint
-Paint brush, I would recommend you use a foam brush, but I used what I had in my house.
-Disposable plate
-Glue Stick

First thing I did was punch out all the paper bits that didn't get punched out the entire way. You can see the bits in the picture below:

I got out my trusty toothpick and poked the rest of the bits out!

Much better!
After you get all the bits out, you are ready to begin! Lay out your shirt on a flat surface and place a layer of newspaper in the middle of the shirt so that if the paint bleeds through, it won't ruin the back of your shirt. Place a thin layer of glue on the middle of the back of the doily. Place the doily on your shirt, sticky side down.

Put some puffy paint on your disposable plate and load your brush up with the paint. Enough to coat the brush but not overload it. Paint in the holes of the doily with your brush. Dab as you go and make sure you fill in each hole completely.

Pink Puffy Paint on the White T-shirt
I didn't take a picture of the white shirt filled in with the pink paint because I got too excited and forgot... But I did remember with the red shirt!

Work quickly because you do not want the paint to start drying. Carefully pull the doily off the t-shirt and make sure not to tear the doily in the process. This happened to me with the white shirt and I had to go through and pick the dried on doily... it was frustrating. But I had way better luck with the red shirt!

There you go! Let the shirt(s) dry for at least 48 to 72 hours and set the paint according to the directions on the paint you used. Wash. Dry. And wear! Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Our First Home Remodel Project

When we moved in, we decided to start with the downstairs bathroom first. It's a small room and we figured that it wouldn't take us that long to finish. (Hahaha.. ) Here are the before photos:

We really liked the design, but we had already bought all the things we'd need for our bathroom in our first home when we got married. SO this needed to go. We realized really quickly that we got in over our heads with this bathroom... here's why!

We started by removing all the molding, paneling, tiles, and more until we found the wall paper! Once we found it, we started tearing the first few layers off.

Our Pomeranian, Max, in the tub!
We started by tearing off the wall paper only to find that there was 15+ layers of it.. Talk about a LOT of work.

Most of the torn wall paper.
We took down all the laminate wall boards, siding, molding, tiles, and more so that we could see the dry-wall!

Still trying to find the dry-wall...
We finally got down to the dry wall! When we finally got down to the VERY first layer of wall paper on our walls, it was quite the surprise. What was it, you ask? Naked people, of course!

There was a lot of naked-ness on our walls... it was quite HILARIOUS!
Best. Find. Ever.
We couldn't get it off the walls! We decided to start taking out some other stuff so I could make some calls to ask for tips and help.

 Charles decided to tackle taking out the sink and it's stand. We bought a pedestal sink that was much more "our style". What did we find once it was removed?!

MORE TILES TO REMOVE! Will it ever end?! So we started in on removing each and every single tile. It was quite meticulous and extremely frustrating. But we eventually got them all off. Seeing the tile floor through the carpet was a blessing in disguise. We pulled up the entire carpet from that point on!

 It was SUPER dusty and a bit moldy, so we had to wear our sexy safety masks! We decided to snap a picture of how awesome we looked!

Makes me laugh! We are such nerds! Once we got all the carpet and junk out, we could FINALLY see the floor!

That's when we called it a night! Not bad for our very first day in our new home! Although we didn't move in for a few weeks! We stayed the night on our new couch in the living room!

The next day. we ended up borrowed a wall paper remover tool from my sister-in-law. Made to process MUCH easier!

Me hard at work! It took a good 4 hours to go around the ENTIRE bathroom this way, but it was very worth it! We were then able to determine what walls needed redone and what to do next! The wall that held the medicine cabinet needed to be replaced. I didn't get a picture of the wall off because I was out shopping for a paint color, but I got one when Charles was filling in the nail holes when I got home!

What's written on the walls?! Haha! It's a little cheesy... but I'll share it with you! We wrote a love note to each other that, yes, was to be covered with primer and paint, but we wanted to make the very first new wall in our new home "ours". Cheesy, yes. But that's how we roll! Pen ink seeps through primer, so we made sure to put it where the medicine cabinet would hang, just in case it seeped through the paint.

Mine included a house with us on the inside and our two cats and our dog on the outside!
He even drew the heart! I love that guy!
We put a new wall up next to the toilet, too, but I wasn't home for that! So no picture :( Sorry... I also have no picture of the first layer of leveler that Charles put on our floor. Anywho... After all the walls were wall paper free, put up, and new again, we put up painters tape and got started on the primer!

Charles was being silly will his saw... so I snapped a picture!

Max rocking his cute neck bandanna!
After everything was dry (walls and floor) I busted open our AWESOME new paint and got started on painting our walls! The color is Field Green and we bought it from Wal-Mart.

The reason behind the color! It matched our shower curtain, but it has about 5 other colors ranging from sky blue to dark grey. I wanted our bathroom to "POP" and make it a place our future children would want to go into to use the potty, bathe, etc. Green it was!

Hubby doing the high work!
Blue painters tape removed!

Next, we pulled the doors, shelves, and borders off and out of the cabinets to strip them of paint and refinish them with solid white. We found more nudie people wall paper in there! HILARIOUS!

Nude people EVERYWHERE!
While I was working on that, Charles started putting down our white tiles on the floor. When he got near the toilet, he noticed that the floor was sagging some. So he decided to take out the toilet and see the damage... it was very noticeable.

"Oh great..." said Charles!
We had some severe "buyers remorse" going on here...
He worked very hard and repaired all the wood and made it all better! He was able to reinstall the toilet and it looked fantastic!

He then got started on putting up the white molding around the floors, doors, and ceiling!

You can see our shower curtain that inspired the green color!
This is where our project stopped! We found out at the time that I was expecting our first baby and we decided to then focus on our living room becuase it was a much bigger project and we both needed to work on it together before I got too big to bend over and kneel!

To this day, we still have a little bit left, but it will be done soon! Then I will post the big reveal!

Happy Remodeling!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Our Home Remodel

When we purchased our house, we knew that it was a "fixer-upper". We were ready for the challenge and determined to make our home into "our home" room by room. We bought our house in 2008, so we have done quite a bit of work on it. I decided to go ahead and post about our progress and post a reveal as we finish each room!
But first, let's introduce you to our home! These are all of our "Before" photos!

Our First Home
6 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, HUGE yard, Hot Tub
Living Room view from Front Door
Front Door view from Living Room
Kitchen view from Living Room
Kitchen view from stove
Laundry Room view from Kitchen
Bedroom 1 - view #1
Bedroom 1 - view #2
Bedroom 2

Downstairs Bathroom view from Bedroom 2

Downstairs Bathroom view from Living Room
Going Upstairs!
Bedroom 3 - To the right of the stairs
Upstairs Bathroom - Attached to Bedroom 3

Bedroom 4

Top of the stairs, turn left - Hallway

Bedroom 5
Bedroom 6
Backyard patio with Hot Tub and HUGE yard!

I will post the next series of posts on what we've done with each room since we've moved in until now! No room is finished as of right now, so the reveals are still pending! We've taken off wallpaper, torn down walls, installed new dry wall, and so much more! It really is a work-in-progress and the only thing holding us back is MONEY! But you already knew that!

Happy Remodeling!