The drapes are not done... :(. Party foul on my part but we did buy a drapery rod with clear crystal finials on each end, the only problem is that I'm not loving the finish of the metal rod. It's a dark, dark color and all of the hardware in the rest of our home is finished in satin nickel. I have an idea to fix this so we'll see how it turns out.
I took a piece 1 x4 mdf trim that we had laying around the house and told Michael that I wanted to turn it into a coat rack with some mismatched knobs from a $1 ea. knob bin at our local custom cabinet shop. While I was at the cabinet shop picking out knobs (which they said I could have for free, yay!) Michael took a router (roman odgee) and made an edge detail on the mdf trim piece. He then took some of Ella's Melissa and Doug refrigerator magnets and traced them then carved out the letters with a 6mm straight router bit. He also attached the knobs, primed and painted the board with paint we had and painted the letters by dropping in Martha Stewart's Ballet Slipper Pink which was a sample pot purchased for Ella's dollhouse and hung it up in Ella's room.
The whole project ended up not costing us anything. Since the knobs were free I got another 5 knobs not shown since they were still in wrapping and had screws included them so we were able to use the screw from those since the random ones I picked for Ella's coat rack didn't include any.
Knobs and screws: free for me and here's what you should do go to a cabinet or hardware shop that is locally owned and see if the have any that have been taken off of old cabinets or that they don't have enough of to sell for a whole cabinet project. They will probably give them to you!
Mdf board: free since we had a piece too small to use, and you could use any piece of wood or trim you have or go to home depot and look for the scrap bin and get one for around $1
Paint: already had but you could just use craft paint or sample pots for $1-3 a piece.
Here are some other great Pinterest Challenges conquered by the hosts themselves:
If you know me, read my blog, or have simply admired my child's wardrobe then you know that my love for BabyGap runs deep. Being the Textiles and Clothing graduate that I am, the partnership between Diane Von Furstenburg and Gap naturally has me eyeing some peieces for Ella-bugs wardrobe. Here are my picks for baby girls everywhere:
Lauren from With Two Cats, had the great idea to share ideas for toddler meals. Here's what Ella and I had for lunch today:
I cut 1/3 of the hot dog bun sandwhich off for Ella and ate the remaining portion. I love being able to share meals with Ella! The best part is not having to come up with a toddler meal and an adult meal morning day and night.
Hello! I'm Charisma, a city-born, design-loving, Textile and Clothing graduate in my mid-twenties and mom to a beautiful toddler named Ella and wife to husband Michael, living as posh as possible in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. Feel free to follow me on this blog where I showcase our home, family, and all the things I love, new and old!