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Animal Zoo: DIY Storage for Stuffed Animals!

21 Jul

My daughter LOVES her stuffed animals. She usually has 10+ of them in her bed and then of course plenty more in the playroom. They are all over the place and it drives me NUTS. A while back, I came across storage on Pinterest that would be cute and perfect for my problem. I put the project on the back burner and sort of forgot about it until I was picking up the playroom this weekend and decided I had enough with stuffed animals all over the place. Later that morning, we were at Lowes buying wood, rope and paint.

I think you could make this project as complex as you want but I wanted to keep it SUPER simple and cheap… this was after all going in her closet and at the end of the day….was just holding her stuffed animals. I have seen a lot of these 6 feet tall, however, I wanted to keep hers under 4 ft on purpose. If we get to the point that we have over 4 ft of stuffed animals…. I can tell you some of them are going to hit the road.

We picked up some pine 1x4s and after a few cuts and screws… we had our frame.

Again, I wanted to keep this project cheap and easy so I bought 2 cans of Valspar Spray Paint and Primer (in the color Nautical)

I bought the wooden letters and animals from the kid craft section at Michaels and already had acrylic paint at home.

We bought rope but I have seen where people use wooden dowels. Chris taped the rope where it needed to be cut (helps with fraying) and then burnt the ends. Since we bought thicker rope, he used his air nail gun to hold them in place.

After that, we loaded it up and it is already working perfectly!

It’s that simple people. She can easily get an animal out if she wants to and I don’t have to see these things laying all over the floor in the playroom. I call that a win win 🙂

Have questions? Feel free to ask! I highly recommend this project and it’s a great starter project too! Super simple and and easy way to easy into DIY furniture 🙂

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

19 Oct

So you probably know by now that Kyler sure does love her clothes and I sure do love to buy them for her! She never turns down the opportunity to wear a dress 🙂

Look at that pose…. such a little model! Agents, hit me up on e-mail 😉

This poor kid had to go to the doctor this week.

Which lead to snuggles in bed. I was perfectly fine with that 🙂

He was a trooper while I got some work done!

I had my first game on the 2014-2015 NBA season this past week and damn did I feel it!

Kyler went back to Miss Heidi with Swim Sprouts this week for a Fall refresher/swim test. She did great!

Fall may be here but in Florida it is just barely starting to show itself and we are starting to take advantage!

We celebrated Kyler’s bestie Kenley’s birthday this weekend!

Look at that cake! LOVE!

Happy Birthday Kenley!

The boys!

So fun now that Hudson is sitting up and playing with toys!

I can’t keep this child out of the freaking fridge lately! She now helps herself to yogurt and applesauce.

Love these 2 🙂

We took photos in the park today. Here is a sneak peek!

Have I said how much I love the playroom lately? Seriously, it’s the jam 🙂

She is the best big sis. Sharing her new toys with her baby bro!

Happy Huddy!

DIY Play Kitchen

30 Jan

After a long couple of months (mainly more for my dad), the play kitchen is now open!

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Let’s start with the beginning. I knew I wanted a kitchen for Kyler because I LOVED mine as a kid but I wasn’t finding the exact color scheme I wanted. I saw this corner kitchen from Kid Kraft and loved the green but I simply did not have room for it.

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The more I searched and searched the internet, the more DIY kitchens I came across. I called Daddy-O up and asked if he wanted a new project. His response was “Sure, I am always looking for a project.” I whipped something up on CAD and sent it his way. This was in mid November and my only goal was to have it done by her birthday as this was going to be her “big” gift.

This is my first draft.

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I wasn’t in love with it so I tweaked a few things and ended up with this:

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I would like to think of myself as the Architect/Designer, Chris as the Engineer (he put everything to scale for me and made my CAD drawing actually work), and my dad as the General Contractor. The three of us tackled the playroom and we were going to tackle the play kitchen next.

After a good month of sitting on the project, my dad got to work. Within a few days he had this… amazing right?

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One Sunday, Chris and I headed over and did the first round of paint.

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Later that week…

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Add some tile back splash and finish it up and ta-da! I can’t get over how talented my dad is. Everything is top-notch and just looks amazing.

Couple of answers to some questions you may have:

  • Yes, that is stainless steel. It is a contact paper and actually has the brush strokes in it like a real fridge.
  • The fridge is magnetic.
  • We used a dog bowl as a sink and found a cheap bar facet.
  • Yes, that is real tile back splash.
  • The hood is made out of metal. One of the perks of your dad owning an Air Conditioning business and sheet metal shop 🙂
  • The lime green paint is called Japanese Fern by Behr.
  • I made the microwave “buttons” on the computer and printed them out on computer paper. I then used Mod Podge to glue and seal them on!
  • And although it was DIY, it was not cheap (thanks Dad!).

**UPDATED**

I have gotten a lot of questions about the dimensions of this kitchen. See below!

  • Total Length: 55″
  • Height of the fridge: 36.5″
  • Max Height: 40.5″
  • Height of Countertop: 20″
  • Depth: 13″

Kyler’s birthday rolled around and we gave her the new kitchen! She loved it!

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Since then, we have added all of the fun play food and accessories she got for her birthday! It makes a great addition to her playroom and I hope she likes it for years to come! A HUGE thank you to my Dad (and Mom) for helping and taking the lead on the kitchen.

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Our Bright and Fun Playroom: The Details

8 Nov

Now that you have been introduced to the playroom, time to go over some items in the room!

***Update***

Check-Out the play kitchen we designed and made for the playroom too!

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Bookcase, Storage Benches, and Library Cart:

I love looking on Landofnod.com and fell in love with a bookcase they sell but at $800 bucks for 2, it was time to call my daddy-o up and bat my eyes one more time (He had been looking for a wood project to do and it’s for his granddaughter so it didn’t take much convincing). He found a fabulous website (Ana-White.com) that had the exact plans of the bookcase so you could make it yourself and it worked out great!  He made it 6 inches taller to gain some more space and made some storage benches for the sides. They look great together!

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In progress 🙂

That website also had plans for a library cart so Kyler got one of those too 🙂

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THANK YOU DAD!

TV Stand:

Chris decided to make this after a trip to Ikea. I had something specific in mind and the cheapest I could find it was for $350 and we knew he could make it for less! I told him what I wanted and he sketched it out and wala! We have a TV stand 🙂

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THANK YOU CHRIS!

Chalk Table:

We had an old coffee table we really weren’t using and the finish was coming off so we decided to refinish it. I loved this table from the Land of Nod (shocker) and took my friend’s suggestion to make it a chalk table instead. We sanded it down, painted it red, and now we have a fun play table!

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This is what our garage looked like for a few weeks:

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Poufs:

I loved the idea of putting poufs around the chalk table but at $80-$150 a pop I knew there was no way. So of course in my mind I said “I can make those” and off I was scowering the interent for ideas and plans. Thanks to this awesome post, I modified the pattern to make them smaller and I was on my way. One problem, I didn’t even know how to use a sewing machine! Mom showed me how to thread it and I was on my way. They take a ton of stuffing, 5 lbs each to be exact, but they are so much fun!

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Cutting out my pieces!

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Window Cornices:

I knew I wanted to make these instantly! I found some awesome fabric online, had my pops whip up 2 window cornices for me and I had them done in a night! Easy as can be and makes a great impact in the room!

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Putting them together!

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Crayon Art:

This is so much fun to make!

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Buy a canvas and a bunch of crayons. Lay your crayons out in whatever order you want. Hot glue the crayons on the canvas.

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Get your blow dryer and dry from the top! They start melting pretty fast but note: it can be messy! Make sure you have your floors and wall protected around it.

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Super simple! It dries super fast and you have a fun new piece of art!

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We created 5 areas in her playroom:

Create: 

This is the “art” corner of the playroom! These lines from Ikea are great for hanging art! We also bought the little hanging storage bins from there as well.

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Read:

Kyler’s cousins, Parks and Emma, were so kind to give Kyler this little chair! My Aunt Bunny had this little blue chair at her house for them when they were little but Emma said it was okay that Kyler use it for a while. I love the forward facing book shelves (home-made with scrap wood in the garage)! They instant add decor to the room but also serve a purpose!

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Imagine:

There isn’t much in this space yet but this is where her play kitchen will go! I loved my play kitchen growing up and I hope she will love hers!

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***Update***

Here is the play kitchen in the space!

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Play:

I know it’s obvious but this is where all her toys go!

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Explore:

The World Map is the last “area” of the room. I love traveling and learning about other areas of the world and I hope she will share the same interest.

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Hope everyone enjoys it! Let me know if you have any questions!

Room List:

  • Orange Paint: Autumn Glaze, Valspar
  • Large Map: Lulukuku Designs on Etsy
  • Red paint for table: La Fonda Fireberry, Valspar
  • Fabric for windows: Rainbow Chevron by Riley Blake
  • Fabric for poufs/pillows: Gotcha print by Premier Prints in: Corn Yellow, Chartreuse, Candy Purple, Girly Blue
  • Fabric for benches: Corn Yellow by Premier Prints
  • Fabric for small striped pillows: Bungalow by Michael Miller
  • Rug: Lusy Blom, Ikea
  • Storage for benches: Branas, Ikea
  • Storage on bookshelf: Y Weave, Target
  • Playroom Rules: Free printable!
  • Clock: Target
  • Red Frame, Orange Chevron Frame, Rainbow Frame: Hobby Lobby
  • Painted storage blocks: Hobby Lobby
  • Trains: Hobby Lobby
  • Easel: Ikea
  • Table and chairs: Bright Nantucket set by Kid Kraft

A playroom for Kyler

4 Nov

I am happy to introduce Kyler’s new playroom!

We have been hard at work on this project for the past few months and it’s finally done! Kyler may be little but her toys were starting to take up a lot of room so we decided it was time to convert the upstairs loft into a playroom for her.

When we moved in, it was a big blank room.

We weren’t sure what to do with it so we threw all of our old family room furniture and decor in there. It looked good but we never used it!

When I pictured a kid’s playroom I immediately thought of bright, fun colors and lots of em’! I started looking around for ideas online and found a lot of great things. A friend recommended that I do one of those melted crayon art pieces that are all over Pinterest and I thought it would be fun and perfect for her room! It all started from there!

The room is definitely more suited for an older child but I wanted to create a space that she could grow into and use for many years to come.

Thank you so much to everyone that helped me with this (Mom, Kendra, Jenny) but mainly to my talented hubby Chris and my talented dad! They did a great job making the furniture!

Well, what do you think?

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