Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Home projects: DIY Coat rack

Have you been busy spring cleaning? Working outside in the yard? Or fixing things around the house?
Now that the weather is slowly getting warmer I started to tackle some things on my "To Do List" around the house like repaint some of our walls. Another is to organize and clean out our garage. We actually used it for our cars once upon a time, but somehow it became storage over the winter. I'm a neat freak so this is definitely next on my list. If you have any tips or things you did in your garage please share. Thanks!

But first I'll share my first project... making a coat rack/wall art.
I was tired of constantly picking up the kids jackets off the floor and I figured H & N are old enough to start hanging up their own jackets. I got my inspiration when I saw my friend's entryway project. I thought it would be a fun to do my own version.

STEP 1: Pick color swatches for the walls. I knew I wanted a darker shade for the wall since I wanted the trees to be white. Our final choice, GrayViolet D-34-4 from Olympic paints.

STEP 2: Paint wall & let dry overnight. Since our walls were previously white I only had to paint one coat.
STEP 3: Use blue tape to create mask for tree outlines. I didn't want the tree trunks to perfectly straight so I cut the tape in half and randomly cut curves and bumps to create a more "realistic" looking tree trunk. The beauty of this you can't make a mistake. I painted 2 coats of white and removed the tape after drying. For the smaller branches and details I just painted freehand. As you can see H had a hand in helping me paint the trees. This is when your kids can paint on the walls.
STEP 4: Attach hooks.
Finished product!
The hooks are still a bit too high for N to reach since we didn't want it too low and make it an accident waiting to happen, the kids have a tendency to run down the hall when they play. But it's never to early to start training kids good habits, right?
What projects have you done or plan to do? Where do you get your inspirations?

Thanks for reading!
Eva

15 comments:

  1. So cute, creative and functional! I love it! Our current project is creating a back yard. If it would just stop snowing, we could finish. ha ha! We put in grass a few weeks ago. I think this weekend we will be putting in stone.

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    1. Thank you Mandi! Still snowing?! Well May is around the corner and nothing but warmer weather should be in the forecast right? ; ) Can't wait to see a pic of your new back yard! I'm sure Baby C will have fun playing there :)

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  2. Oh wow, this came out so well! What a fun diy and I love that the little one was able to help, so cute. :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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    1. Thanks Yi-chia! It was fun for the both of us. H felt proud that she helped with the project :)

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  3. I am totally impressed! If I were to a do a project like that in my house, I would paint our wall gray, buy tree decals to put on the wall and then hang hooks. I'm not nearly as creative as you!

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    1. Yea, tree decals! I'm all for short cuts :).

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    2. Thank you Nilsa! I actually considered decals but then saw the price of the ones I liked. I figured I would get the same effect but spend less money this way. ; )

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  4. LOVE this Eva! I love how real the trees turned out after your halved and ripped the tape. Beautiful shade of grey too and love how the hooks are concealed. Very stylish & functional! My spring projects are a reading canopy & curtains. Gosh I hate sewing ;). And then baby books.

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    1. THANKS Lisa :)
      I am very happy with how it turned out. I love the color, it made a huge difference. H said it looked like we lived in a new house haha. Actually making a canopy is on my to do list too hehe, we'll see if I can get to it. I can't wait to see your completed projects. Have fun!

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  5. Nice job--this turned out great!

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  6. This looks great!

    xo Jennifer

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  7. Amazing diy! I love it:)

    http://theprintedsea.blogspot.de/

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