Painting rugs and other shenanigans.. {A Guest Post}

hey all y’all…I’m back for another post, but this time its a do-it-yoselfer….This was actually my last DIY before the fire.

Think it had been down a little less than a week.
Kind of forgot about it till I ran across the images in my photo stream from my phone.
So, the quality isn’t great, but you can get the general idea,
and take a project that should take two or so days to more than 60,
just as I did….
Excuse the vacuum in the corner. At least I have proof I can turn on a vacuum.
once.
I had been on the hunt for a fabulous rug that I could paint, after seeing DIY Rugs all over the intrawebs and
that the price wouldn’t make the bile rise.
ikea, thank you.
My fabulous in-laws were in Dallas and grabbed this for me.
Our entry way was long and narrow, had a hard time deciding on size.
I will say I loved it…it was lined on the back, no need for a rug pad.
Went back and forth on colors and patterns after laying it out,
but in my true form, I stuck with what I always do.
She actually thought it was a giant paper towel roll…
Hate that I don’t have my step by step pics…
I did tape off the fabric edge. You could paint it, I was more worried about it cracking and flaking off later.
I used an outdoor paint for the white. It flexes so it would be better for spills, traffic, vacuuming (once), and if I needed to roll it up or anything, it wouldn’t crack.
I cut in with a sponge and a tiny brush, and rolled everything else.
It took two heavy/three light coats. It just soaked in, so I almost used a full gallon.
Be sure and weigh it down, it tends to curl up.
Big time.
This should have been a day or two project.
but not for this chick.
I am beyond awesome at dragging things out by getting distracted by
eating,
blogging,
taking the oldest to Disneyland to perform in the Christmas Day Parade,
and eating some more.
So it sat.
for a month.
And this little fella decided to visit it,
and take a break on it…
touch up #1.
I used black Rustoleum patio-type paint for the black.
It took two coats plus touch ups, really gotta smush it down it the grooves.
Lightly sanded it after it dried. Originally didn’t want to, but it was just too stiff.
Also, after I did, I realized it would be better for wear and tear.

Thinking I will have to conquer a few more of these for the next casa

Thanks Rachelle for another week! Come hang with me on the blog Two Thirty~Five Designs, Instagram, Facebook and Bloglovin ;)

Entryway Orginization

Remember way back when we spruced up our entryway? And, it looked pretty and had lovely baskets and hooks and pillows and you just want to hug it? Yeah that one. Well… let’s talk about that for a minute.

Anyone who lives in a cold area knows that once cold weather hits closets..entryways.. they basically fill to the brim with big ol’ coats and too much, well junk. It drives me insane when it just so happens that the backpacks go on the hooks first, then one million coats to follow. Which, causes an avalanche the following day and a mom cussing the whole system, walking out the door.

Quietly ;)

Rinse and repeat.

So I needed a new approach to the backpacks. We live in a smaller house, no coat closets so what you see is what you get. Which I guess can be a good thing, if I actually had room to hoard hide things, I probably would have my own Monica Closet.

I found a few inches behind the door that just so happen to fit the backpacks perfectly! I know it’s sad to get so excited over spaces to fit backpacks but, c’mon after months of backpack hassle I think I found the golden ticket.

Wait it gets better.

We had some hooks left over from the previous owner {free!} and spray paint we used for another project {free!}

Do you get where I’m going here? Free. A scoop of happiness in making mornings easier for fa-ree. And, so it was.

I know the corkboard is quite the mess right now but it makes me smile. Schedules, pictures, happy creative kids. Plus this one makes me laugh every time.

Mary had a little jam

How about you? Any small living tips you’d like to share to keep you sane in the brain?

If you want to see how we got from start to finish.. Check em out!

Joining Thrifty and her wild foyer, entryway, mudroom party. :) I can never resist a party.

Thrifty Decor Chick