I'm in a major Pinterest phase right now. As I told a friend yesterday, if you stand still long enough in my house, you WILL get spray painted. I go through creative phases like this once in a while. I walk around my house and see things I want to change and potentional for improvement every where I look.
I was recently admiring projects from some of my previous creative phases and regretting I hadn't gotten the entire process on film so I could share them with you (and of course pin them!). I realized I can't share how I got there but I can at least share the finished project with you and links to those who did!
This was one of my first DIY home decor projects I ever attempted and I have the glue gun burns to prove it. I followed the great tutorial from Living with Lindsay. I love the texture it adds to the wall and even made my mom (a librarian!) one for Christmas.
I love the idea of using decor to celebrate important moments in your life, especially when the project involves something more than pictures. I saw this idea in Real Simple a million years ago and just happened to find the perfect shadow box on deep discount at (you guessed it!) Surplus City!
I'm particularly proud of this project because I made it up myself! When Griffin was born, I had visions of beautifully framed professional photos of him at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months. However, finding a photographer I really loved proved more difficult than I had expected and the sessions either didn't happen or all looked very, very different. Instead, I picked my favorite shots from each month and had them drawn my an artist I found on etsy (sadly her shop is no longer open). Then I framed them all and added numbered stickers to represent each month in the bottom corner. It's one of my favorite walls in my entire house.
Some DIY projects make your home look prettier. Some DIY projects change. your. life. I do not know how I lived without this jewelry organizer. Well, I do and it was sans jewelry for the most party. Everything was in a drawer and I rarely wore any of it because I didn't know what I had and even if I did I couldn't find it. Finally, I had my stepdad cut me a piece of peg board. He also cut some 2x4s and mounted those to the wall. Then, we mounted the pegboard to the 2x4s framed out by canvas stretchers you can buy at any craft store. I then painted the entire thing the same color as my bedroom and used s hooks to hang up every necklace and bracelet I own. Now, I can see everything at a glance, which makes it much more likely that I'll grab something and actually wear it. Love. Love. Love.
So, there you go! Proof I was creative pre-Pinterest!
Now, what are some of your favorite DIY projects?
~ Sarah Stewart Holland