MINI BEDROOM MAKEOVER

I have been looking for a new comforter for our bedroom for months. That is pretty frustrating for me because when I am ready to change something, I usually have a pretty good idea of what I’m going for and make a decision/purchase fairly easily.

The problem this time was the color of our bedroom walls. They are kind of an orange-Y color. I like the color, but it really limited my options when it came to comforters. Ones that were predominately white were nice and crisp and matched, but my husband reminded me that they probably wouldn’t stay that way long with animals (and kids) in the house.

I don’t mind painting, but there are a couple of other rooms I’d like to paint before I repaint ours. So the search went on.  After lots of looking around and a couple of returns, one day in Kohl’s, I found a comforter that I loved. This one below is not it, but a second choice. The one that I really loved was very plain and you had to buy everything individually. We also liked this one and it came with everything…for about half the price. So we decided to take it home to test it out.

Lo and behold!  We both liked it!  But now the other decorations we had going on in there weren’t working.  We had had those decorations for a long time and decided to just do a mini bedroom makeover.

Bed Room Pillows

So I went to Hobby Lobby for some inspiration.  Luckily, that day both their frames and big letters were on sale for 50% off.  I picked up some frames and some letters and laid out a design on the floor at the store.

The frames I originally picked were white and ornate. I liked them and my husband did, too, but I thought the room was getting way too girly, so I exchanged them for the ones made from reclaimed wood, which I ended up liking better anyway. I also picked up a vinyl quote to add below because, well, I like words and quotes.

The first thing to do was to break out the level, hammer, and nails and decide on spacing for the frames.

Next, the letters needed to be hung. I hung the frames, but I asked my husband to hang the letters. The holes on the back were all uneven and he is much better with that sort of thing. I’m more of an eyeballer and he’s more of a measurer. I’d go with the measuring route when hanging the letters. He was willing so I let him roll with it.

bed room letters

He did a great job!

Everything was coming together nicely and it was time to add the vinyl quote as the finishing touch. This time I measured and leveled.

Once it was in place, I wiped it down with a warm cloth and slowly peeled the paper away. I went with the verse “This is my beloved, this is my friend.” ~Song of Solomon 5:16

Update:  A reader brought it to my attention that the verse reference Song of Solomon 5:36 shown in the picture is incorrect. The correct reference is 5:16. I have no idea why it is being sold with the incorrect verse number on it. I will be peeling that part off! Thanks, Ana, for bringing that to my attention!

We also changed out our dark, heavy curtains for crisp white linen ones from IKEA.

And there you have it! Our mini bedroom makeover.

bed room quotes

BURLAP WREATH

I love getting ideas and inspiration from there for everything from home decor to recipes to crafts.  Today’s post is going to cover this burlap wreath I made to hang on the back door leading to my deck.

A couple of years ago, I made a larger burlap wreath for my front door.  I used the smaller 10″ wire form for this one because I have an oddly narrow door in between two windows that lead out to my deck.  The larger wreath was just too big for that space.

For this project, you will need a wire wreath form, a spool of 4-inch burlap, some ribbon for hanging and some embellishments.

I bought some different accessories so that I can change the theme of the wreath throughout the year. Although I have changed it a couple of times, I usually leave it with the white burlap flowers.  They should have everything you need at your local craft store. I got most of the supplies at Michaels this time, but have also gotten similar items at Joann Fabric and Craft Store and Hobby Lobbying the past.

Don’t forget to use a coupon!  If you have a smartphone, all three stores have apps that give you coupons right on your phone! You can usually use the coupon on your phone in addition to a regular coupon.  Double score!!

To get started, I unrolled the burlap and started weaving it in and out of the wire rings on the wreath form similar to the way it is done in this tutorial.  You just kind of go in and out, smoosh it together and fluff.  Really, that’s pretty much all there is to it, but if you’d like more detailed instructions, she does a good job of explaining how to do it step-by-step here.

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Here is what it should look like as you start to get around the wire form. If you have extra burlap left over when you come to the end, just cut it off.  I secured the end by weaving it in and out of the wire a few times. Now it’s time to embellish and add your ribbon for hanging.

I got lucky and found these adorable white burlap flowers at Michaels and they already had clips on the back.  That was perfect for this project because that makes it easy to switch out the embellishments for the seasons or holidays. So I just clipped them on where I thought they looked good!  Easy!

You can also secure embellishments by tying with jute or twine or you can also hot glue them on.  It just depends if you are going to want to switch out your embellishments.  I have done it all three ways and they all work out just fine.

Now it’s time to attach a hanger.  I chose some wide ribbon that I already had and tied it onto the wire wreath form on the back like this:

I could not hang this wreath with a plastic or metal over the door wreath hanger because there is not enough room between the door and door frame on this particular door, so I stuck two tacks into the top of the ribbon and stuck them into the top of my door.

This secured the wreath well.  It’s still hanging and that door gets a lot of action. So there you have it!  A quick, easy, inexpensive, cute and versatile project…my favorite kind! You should be able to complete this project in about an hour. Here is another wreath that I made for a hostess gift to help get your creative juices flowing…

One last tip: Just be aware that hanging the burlap in direct sunlight (on a front door, for example) will discolor the burlap.  It turns kind of yellow.  It is fine if you don’t mind that, but if you’d like to preserve the brown color of the burlap, I would recommend hanging it out of direct sunlight.

Also, if you are making a wreath using the larger wire wreath form, you will need a second spool of burlap. I hope you are inspired to give a burlap wreath a try for yourself!  If you do, I’d love for you to leave a comment and let me know how it turned out!

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