Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Walk-in Closet Makeover

So today I finally have my organized walk-in closet to share with you. Now if you are thinking that I ripped out everything, then I have to disappoint you. I know that the standard wire shelves are hated very much in the design community (I'm not a fan either) but ripping them out was not within my budget. And since we talk about moving every now and then, a major expensive makeover wouldn't make sense for us. Now I could justify ripping them out if they weren't functional but they are working just fine. And lets face it, nobody really walks into my closet to check out what's in it. 

This is where I have to rephrase now, someone will probably walk into my closet soon and that's the entire reason I got myself into gear to get it organized. I have been holding out on you my friends and I'm very sorry for that. I just wasn't sure if it was going to happen or not, but I can happily state now that DIY magazine will be coming to take pictures of our home and our family right after Halloween. I'm giddy with excitement as you can imagine. This is the reason why I haven't decorated much for Halloween this year, I have been trying to get some unsightly things fixed behind the scenes.

So back to my closet! The goal was to make it prettier and to work with the wire shelving. 

In order to draw your eye up and to distract from the shelving, I decided to wallpaper the ceiling in my small 73"x84" closet and my friends at wallpaperdirect were kind enough to provide me with the paper. I picked wallpaper by Lindholm and you can buy it HERE. As usual I was smitten with the graphic black and white pattern.

Isn't it cool? I can imagine this wallpaper in so many other rooms!

Now I had all intention to have a great wallpapering tutorial but I underestimated trying to wallpaper a ceiling in a tiny dark closet and having to take photos along the way. So sorry about that but it just so happens that my friend Amber at Wills Casa just wrote a great tutorial. So I'm going to be a lazy blogger and just direct you to her post. If you want to learn how (or just look at her gorgeous home) ;) then all you have to do is click HERE.

Do you want to see a very ugly before picture? I just have to throw some in here to refresh your memory. I know some of you have seen it right after I returned from Germany.

Ahhh yup not so pretty! 

So lets move right to the after again shall we?

Here is the ceiling:

That awesome copper goodness is an Ikea fixture that I spray-painted copper. I just couldn't get THIS copper fixture that I saw in Germany out of my head. 

Doesn't the wallpapered ceiling look fabulous? Wire shelving? I don't really even notice it anymore!

I painted the old brown Ikea boxes pink. I now wish I would have used blush but I had the pink. I didn't want to paint them white because I could have never matched the existing white of the other boxes and I didn't want the old ones to look dirty which would have resulted in me having to paint all of them. Lazy blogger again ;) here.

The boxes hold all my seasonal clothing and bedding sheets. Because their content is changing frequently, I didn't want to put labels on them and actually prefer the clear windows to show me what is in them. Having to print new labels all the time is too much work!

The dresser is one of my Ikea nightstands with the gold ring pulls that I hoarded in bulk and I have to buy another one quickly! 

Here is a trick of mine. Do you see the faux sheepskin on the floor? Well behind it is a mirror leaning against the wall. It serves many purposes. I can see my shoes when I try them on, it makes the closet look bigger and the sheepskin as well. That small mirror makes a big difference.

I have a full length mirror on my closet door so I don't need to hang a large one into my closet.

It looks like I have two stools but it is that mirror trick again ;)

I used the Ikea Tjusig door hanger to display my necklaces and Ikea Godmorgon for other random pieces of jewelry. 

So what do you think? So much better than before and working with what you have can be stylish too.

I'm almost ready for DIY magazine to come to our house. 

Thanks for the visit my friends.



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Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Maleficent Costume

easy DIY maleficent costume made with duct tape and aluminum foil by Cuckoo4Design

This is one of those posts where I get so super excited about hitting the publish button. Even giddy!

I was dragging my feet with a costume for our daughter this year because I just didn't know what she could handle. If you have ever dealt with a kid with sensory issues who is especially struggling with clothing (click HERE, HERE and HERE to read about her) then you know that store bought Halloween costumes are especially awful for them. The texture, the seams, the tags and velcro.

Last year she was the sugar skull (click HERE) and she wore a plain mumu-like dress that I had bought at H&M, this one HERE* is similar. I managed to come up with an idea for this year where she can wear the same dress again but the look is completely different. And that's all thanks to amazing face paint (I bought paint called Snazaroo*, best money ever spent) and some black Duck Tape*.

Thankfully she doesn't mind wearing things on her head most of the time. And since last year she loves being something a little more scary. She used to only want to be a princess or fairy and I'm so glad she loves playing along with different characters now.

So here is what we did. And sorry for the cellphone pictures but that's how I roll when I'm DIYing ;)

  1. I used cut up grocery bags to line her head, so the tape doesn't stick to her hair. Be very careful! I taped the shape of her skull over the grocery bags.
  2. I took it off her head and cut out the front triangle piece/widows peak. (Later I taped a piece of alligator printed craft felt onto that peak for a little added detail.) I also cut around the edges to get rid of the overlapping grocery bags.
  3. Then I put another grocery bag on her head (always tell your kids to not do this on their own) and put the cap back on. This is to be able to tape more on the bottom back part of her head and over her ears.
  4. To ensure being able to easily take the piece off and on, I cut a slit in the back of it
  5. It's time for horns! I used aluminum foil to shape the horns and taped them to her cap.
  6. I made sure they are both bent the same way.
  7. I used two toilet paper rolls for the bottom of the horns but you don't have to. It works just fine with only aluminum foil. I then kept taping around the horns until they were all covered and felt solid.
  8. And viola a finished costume. 

I know, I know sorry you want to know how I made her stick, right? I used one of those Squishy Ball* things that my kids had. It blinks. I cut it open, removed the blinking gadget. I had some green thin upholstery foam that I used to wrap the blinking gadget and then I taped everything to a stick that I found in the woods. Now if she taps the stick on the ground it blinks ;) She loves it.

The make up was very easy to do too. And the cape is an adult sized short vampire cape. You can, of course, add more detail to that as well but I think it looks fine just the way it is. Don't you agree?

I only had to buy the felt and 2 rolls of tape. Not bad!

In the photos above she is wearing the same type of dress ;)

It's unbelievable how much she likes to model though. She gets right into character and has an awesome time with me taking photos. I'm sure you can tell that she enjoyed herself!

Sensory issues and Halloween costumes

Halloween costume for child with sensory processing issues SPD

Before we started she sketched a picture for me. So cute ;)

I couldn't find any crows. They were sold out everywhere!

And here is her costume from last year with the same dress (click HERE to read more):

Our son went for a store-bought headless horseman this year.

I'm glad I got this out of the way and both kiddos are happy.


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