Archive for ‘kids’ rooms’

September 21, 2012

nook nook

A cute, simple way to house an e-reader.

  • felt – wide enough for the e-reader, long enough for mattress weight to keep it in place
  • coordinating room fabric for front pocket
  • use iron-on interfacing to make fabric pocket sturdy
  • hem the top of pocket, fold under side & bottom edges, sew onto felt on hanging side
  • cut small slit in back for the charger to thread through

“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as  often.” ~ Mark Twain

April 25, 2012

clean sweep

Kids’ rooms…what a task to maintain!  Typically, no one likes to get them in order…   What works depends on the day.  Over the years, we’ve attempted many strategies:

  • create a checklist, then reward with a prize after everything’s checked (normally not a fan of this tactic, but when everyone loathes the chore a treat motivates)
  • choices:  “Do you want to clean your room today by yourself?  Or clean your room with mommy’s help?”  “You can clean your room this morning OR clean your room AND wash the dishes!”  “Would you like to clean under your bed or pick 5 things to give away?”
  • pay for giveaway items –  “25 cents for each item you pick to donate to the thrift shop.”
  • set a timer & have a pick-up race
  • assign cleaning in a sibling’s room as a consequence  – didn’t to x daily chore = 5 minutes picking up in sibling’s room

Once complete, the benefits are great.

  • seems like there’s more oxygen
  • clean room = play in the rooms more!
  • occasionally, kids conclude they have too much stuff, the mental antidote to stuffitis
  • open space = room for new play

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”  ~ Abraham Maslow

March 16, 2012

kid mailbox

Rescue an ugly wooden crafty item:

& transform it into a sweet project:

  • remove front decoration
  • prime box, paint – off white glossy shown

  • spray paint metal decoration – flat black shown
  • let everything dry for a day
  • re-attach black decoration
  • place “address” (birthday) numbers – Hobby Lobby self-adhesive, approx. 1″, .99 cents/each

got mail?

January 31, 2012

stud holder

No, not men, nor two by fours.  Earrings!  The cheapest, easiest, most functional earring holder ever

Clear off those dresser surfaces & hang up the jewelry!  Got a pants hanger or hanger with clips?  A .34 cent piece of felt?  Voila!  It is a cinch to take studs on & off, plus the entire inventory can travel to find the right look with outfits.  It can be rolled up & stored or taken traveling.

Embellishing options include adding ribbon vertically &/or horizontally for compartments, embroidering initials or names, or adding a simple perimeter framing.

“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.” ~ A.A. Milne

 

January 24, 2012

surface medley

Work or play spaces need areas on which to write or draw.  The more options, the better!  Try:

Plexiglass on top of a desk (very high usage & super fun!), in a frame on the wall, or no frame & on the wall.

Mirrors…  And of course, the classic chalkboard:

Portable outlets inspire creativity, too:  small dry erase boards (cheap & travel well), clipboards, computer tablets, spiral notebooks

“We understand that you can’t transform people who don’t have internal drive & desire to create.  But we also know it doesn’t work to urge people to think outside the box without giving them the tools to climb out.”  ~ Laurie Dunnavant

September 23, 2011

chalk talk

Revisiting the chalkboard in the home idea today.  The first post regarding chalkboards can be found in the ‘wall works’ category or here:  http://edit423.com/2011/05/18/chalkboards/

Not sure what we’d do without our kitchen chalkboard!  They’re also super fun in kids’ rooms:

To find cute chalkboard options in the Kansas City area, try Vintage Market in Zona Rosa, Found (Parkville), Marshall’s or TJ Maxx.  Of course, there’s always the option to make your own!  Go to the link above for general instructions.

August 25, 2011

magnet board +

The piece below has been in operation for nearly 8 years, moving from toddler to tween with ease.

Directions:

  1. find a large frame (shown -thrift shop, $7) with approx. 3/8″ deep inset
  2. cut a piece of  1/4″ plywood to frame size
  3. attach french board portion using batting, fabric, ribbon, staple gun &  glue
  4. nail or glue separation wood strip or trim
  5. use construction adhesive (caulk gun tube) to adhere a piece of sheet metal (sized to remaining area) to plywood, make top edge flush to wood separation piece
  6. secure into frame, attach to wall – finished product is heavy!  Use appropriate hardware for a safe usage.

Tips:

  • use wall space behind a door – floor to near ceiling
  • other possible combos – dry erase, bulletin board, bulldog clips
  • if ribbons get saggy, glue them at intersections & disguise with button, or use a deep, unmovable tack
July 7, 2011

painted border #2

Pottery Barn catalog circa early 2000’s inspired the following border (click on picture for larger view):

To view directions:  http://edit423.com/2011/07/01/painted-border-2/

(brush:  no. 2 flat)  (colors pictured:  Folk Art 645 basil green, 413 pink, 633 baby pink)

June 22, 2011

clear thoughts

Plexiglass!  Where the potential to be creative, organized or welcoming awaits.

  • blank canvas atop a kid’s desk, doodle & dream with dry erase markers
  • pictures or memorabilia slipped underneath
  • placed in a frame & hung on wall for messaging
  • welcoming piece for parties

Found in most hardware stores where, typically, they will cut to size.

June 17, 2011

sweet magnet board

Cheap, officy, yawner magnet board?  Or pretty cheap, ultra cute, & home wall worthy?  hmmmm……

 Directions:

  1. find right frame for room decor – pictured:  frame only (ie. no glass) at Hobby Lobby on a 50% off day
  2. locate a sheet metal shop for custom cut (our 22″x28″ ran $10)
  3. secure metal into frame
  4. attach to wall with appropriate hardware

Option 2:  purchase sheet metal piece at big box store, then find frame to size

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