For as long as I can remember I have always liked the concept of having a mudroom in a house. That special space to welcome a family home, to stow belongings easily and to keep from tracking everything outdoors into the living space. I don’t know if this longing for a mudroom comes from living in the Pacific NW where it rains a lot and outdoor activities are consistently clashing with my unwavering desire to keep the house tidy. Maybe it is the simply noted style to an entryway with clever functionality that I would go head-over-heels for. Clearly I find myself in dreamland of someday having an amazing mudroom at my fingertips! In looking at many mudroom designs on the web, I came across several that were actually a perfect solution for the mudroom dreamer like myself. Since I have limited foyer space with a small coat closet to work with, a closet conversion may just be the way to go. I may even use the narrow hall hooks and baskets in combonation with a closet conversion. Oh the possibilities! Now I have to decide which ideas I like best that will suit our household and get to it! If like me, you to are a dreamer of having a mudroom, yet limited on entryway space…check these ideas out! As always thanks for reading friends! ~ Lisa
And lets’s not forget a few ideas for down the road when I have my dream home…
(insert my husband’s eye roll **haha!)
The moment we found out it would be a boy…and that our daughter would be sharing her room with an opposite gender sibling…we began our quest to give a room makeover from the pink and purple butterfly sanctuary that was currently her bedroom to something more versatile to suit them both without having her “give up” her girly room. She was open to the change since she had the current theme and colors for 5 years and even better news was that she loved the color Aqua Blue (my fave and very gender neutral).
The challenge was really how to find a happy medium theme for her and him. Alas, it was decided it would be The Very Hungry Caterpillar! You can DIY easily for any room makeover. Stay tuned for an upcoming Sunday Scoops post for my Powder Room Makeover. I also did a DIY Re-Upholster Toy Chest pictured here. To see the post on how to recover simple furniture items like this, check out the post here. :)
You will want to start with a fresh paint color that can vary from a wide range of colors since there are so many to compliment this particular theme.
I purchased some red polka dot fabric to make some window valances and throw pillowcases. I am very much a beginner when it comes to using a sewing machine, but if you can sew straight lines you can do it too. I also bought a panel of The Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric to make a huge throw pillowcase that had the caterpillar on one side and butterfly on the reverse! :)
I shop Amazon frequently so finding everything there, aside from the paint and the two IKEA canopies, was easy…even the pillowcase fabrics and reusable sticky wall decals!
My favorite was adding the paper lanterns that I strung together with fishing line to mimic “the caterpillar” and the giant IKEA leaf canopy over the crib was perfect and cheap! Some bedding to match was simple too. I went with a primary colored circle print for the crib. This theme did have a crib set available but it was very expensive so I went with the circle print for him and similarly colored butterfly duvet cover for her. The IKEA mesh canopy over her bed was the perfect addition to add extra femininity to her space.
Oh my, the shared closet was a challenge as it is super small, but luckily for now, so are their clothes. I purchased a closet rod doubler which you can find on Amazon or a local bed/bath/organization store. She loved being able to access her clothes easily on the lower rod and I added his clothes (after picture) to the new space on top rod.
With two dressers, one for each, this left just a bit of room for a multi-use train/play table, toy chest used for her dress up stuff and some cubbies for her personal items such as purses, jewelry boxes, etc. The captain-style bed and crib both have drawer space underneath which has worked great for storing toys, stuffed animals and even extra crib sheets for any quick midnight changes. I used the top of the larger dresser as a changing table for baby as you can see the cushion atop the mirrored dresser making it multi-functional and space saving.
When our lil guy is old enough…my plan is to put a bunk bed in place of her current captain-style twin bed and replace the crib under the leaf canopy with either a small desk or play/reading corner for both. It is a room theme that will grow with them…for a little while anyway. ;)
This was a challenge because it was such a small room, but it has worked out marvelously and they both really love it!
What theme ideas do you have for sibling shared rooms?
As always thanks for reading friends!
This was one of my favorite DIY home projects. One of my husband’s co-workers offered us this toy chest for our daughter. The fabric that covered the outter padding was cute, but dated. We used the toy chest “as is” for a couple of years. The summer before my youngest son was born, I was working on their bedroom make-over as they would be sharing. I picked up some adorable IKEA fabric from a neighbor’s garage sale, honestly not knowing how I would use it. Then as the soon-to-be shared sibling room started coming together, I knew I was ready to recover the toy chest to at least bring it into the same color scheme to match the room theme. The IKEA fabric was perfect! Stay tuned…I will be posting an upcoming Sunday Scoops edition for a DIY Opposite Gender Sibling Shared Room project in which this little gem is featured!
BEFORE & AFTER
WHAT YOU NEED:
- New or Upcycled Fabric – pressed
- Scissors for trimming
- Foam padding if adding or replacing
- Screwdriver and/or pliers to remove/replace any hardware as necessary
- Staple gun + staples
HOW TO DO IT:
- Remove any hardware (screws, etc.) to allow easy access to pieces to be covered.
- Remove any unwanted old fabric and/or padding to be replaced.
- Pay close attention to pattern/print fabrics to be sure you have it positioned how you would like for it to appear before the next step of trimming.
- Trim fabric and/or padding to fit. You will need to trim the fabric with enough allowance to accommodate the padding underneath. I recommend laying the padding down first then placing the new fabric over the padding before trimming, to get the best idea of how much you will need. Trim the excess padding and fabric. Leave a generous 3-5″ of fabric around borders to give you “wiggle room” to work with for folding, tucking and stapling.
- Line up your fabric so that equal amounts are available around all edges.
- Tuck/fold edge of fabric on underside of furniture and staple. You may find it easier to turn the furniture piece upside down, but it depends what type of item you are covering. Keep the fabric pulled taut to keep it even and prevent wrinkles/bubbling up of fabric. Continue stapling underside until all covered. ** Trimming fabric as you go as needed is fine, just remember not to trim too much as to avoid being short on fabric to fold/staple.** If you need to adjust after adding a staple(s)…you can always remove the staples with pliers and redo.**
- Replace covered piece to frame if applicable (such as a chair) or in my case the lid to the toy chest.
- Re-secure hardware. Voila!
Have you re-covered a piece of furniture or perhaps aspiring to? Please share in the comments below. I would love to hear of your projects and ideas. As always…thanks for reading friends! :) ~ Lisa
I feel like I may quite possibly be one of the last people to have heard of this, but regardless I am so glad to have discovered it and to share it will all of you.
We all have had friends and family that have had life events and/or circumstances that have left us feeling like we want to help them in some way. For many, just having a meal made for them is a huge help and often is profoundly welcomed.
Recently, some dear friends of ours had their third child and I was happy to set-up and participate in a Meal Train for them. In fact their meal is cooking away in my crock pot as we speak! You can utilize this wonderful resource for anyone for just about any reason under the sun. I have included some of the basic details below, but definitely check it out for yourself. It is very user-friendly and allows you to even enter special dietary needs and/or instructions for participants. I especially like the reminders that it sends to those that sign-up to make a meal. I received my reminders which helped plan to pick up ingredients that I needed. Plus, it’s FREE!
Create a Meal Calendar for:
|Arrival of a new baby||Welcoming a new neighbor|
A meal train is the act of organizing meal giving around significant life events.
But what does this really mean?
When a friend is in need, everyone says “What can I do to help out?” The answer is usually to help them with a meal. When many friends give a meal, this is a meal train.
Think about it like this,
Friends going through a difficult or challenging time due to a birth, surgery, illness, etc., could use some help. Willing friends, neighbors, colleagues, and congregation members would love to meet this need, if they only knew what to do. An organized meal train gives them a way to show they care by cooking and taking a meal to a friend or family member.
But why should I use mealTrain.com?
To help eliminate the confusion related to meal giving. No longer are questions like; What do they like? When are they available? What have they already had? left unanswered. Providing each giver this information helps simplify the process so they can focus on supporting others with meals.
SAMPLE MEAL TRAIN
I was desperate to find a way to organize my daughters heap of headbands, large clips and bows. I made this easy peezy lemon squeezy holder in about 15 minutes!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Empty oatmeal container
- Double-sided tape
- Hot glue gun + glue stick
- A piece of fabric that will cover the entire container. You can use scrapbook paper, but I chose fabric since I knew it would last longer and if the container was ever used in the bathroom the paper would probably rumple with condensation.
HOW TO DO IT:
- Remove lid from oatmeal container and set aside.
- Add a strip of double sided tape around the very top outer edge of container.
- Add another strip of tape in one line vertically from top to bottom of the container.
- Attach edge of fabric to this vertical strip. Apply a second strip of tape in the same place on top of the fabric so that you may stick the end of fabric in the same place after wrapped all the way around.
- Rotate container keeping fabric taught and as you go adhere the top edge of the fabric to the strip of tape that you put around the top outer edge in step 2.
- Once you have made it back around to the original seam, you may attach the end of the fabric to vertical tape. For a clean crisp look at seam…my fabric went a bit too far past seam, so I trimmed it allowing about a 1/2″ past tape line. This allowed me to fold the edge under to have a clean look when taping at the final seam. **Optional: You can use a cool iron gently on the seam to flatten it more if you want or need to.
- You will likely have some excess fabric at the bottom which is what you want. Trim as needed leaving about a 1″ to wrap under bottom.
- Wrap bottom edge of fabric under container and adhere fabric to the bottom of the container with the hot glue gun. You will need to overlap the fabric a bit underneath due to the shape to keep fabric taught.
- Put the lid on! Now you may store whatever your heart desires inside of the container and headbands on the outside. :)
**You could forego the tape and glue gun if you want to use mod-podge adhesive but will need to allow drying time for that option. With tape and glue in the above sample that I made…no dry time and ready to use!