DIY

Spring Sign

It’s been a little while since we did a DIY  sign post, right? For a while there, we were kicking at least one out a month. With the arrival of spring, I decided it was time for a new sign to freshen things up around here. What I love about the word “fresh” is that it has a few different meanings. When put in the kitchen, maybe it speaks to fresh produce. In the craft room or office, it makes me think of fresh  and new ideas. And if I were to put it in one of my children’s rooms, I couldn’t help but think that it kind of speaks to their attitudes. They have been known to get a bit fresh with me.
Supplies
1 6-ft 1×3
1 11.5″x16.5″ piece of 1/4 inch thick plywood/mdf
Paints of your choice (I’ve gotten a lot of use out of this set of acrylic paints from Amazon)
Stencil letters or Silhouette machine to make stencil
Instructions
This is actually one of those projects that I did with scraps from the workshop. The sign when assembled is about 20.5″x16″.
Create a 1/4 inch wide, 1/2 deep groove in your 1×3 using your table saw. For more detailed instructions on how to do this, see this post.
Cut your 1×3 into the following sizes:
2 –  11″ long pieces
2 – 20.5″ long pieces
I painted the frame pieces and the sign insert prior to assembling. I used acrylic paint and watered it down slightly so that it appeared more like a stain on the wood. On the sign insert, I did a whitewash application, similar to this sign I did last year.

 

Next, using wood glue, assemble your frame around the insert. Use a clamp to hold the sign together while the glue sets. (Ignore fact that the sign already has letters on it, I did things slightly out of order).
Once sign is set, get out your stencil. Usually I’ll use the vinyl for my silhouette so that it adheres to whatever I’m stenciling, but I was actually out of vinyl, so I did it the (slightly) old fashioned way. I still used the silhouette, but this time just cut out my letters on regular card stock. I then traced the letters onto the center of the board with a pencil.

Then I hand painted the letters in dark grey and yellow paint. Certainly this took a bit longer than my usual method (see this post ) BUT it was kind of nice to do something by hand for a change.  Let it dry and you’re done!

 

DIY Frame for Wrapped Canvas Art

diy canvas frame

Art has become pretty accessible in recent years, hasn’t it? And, yes, I’m probably using the term “art” loosely. By “art”, I mean pretty pictures that appeal to the lay person (me) that can now be found in tons of stores for pretty cheap. Usually they’re sold in wrapped canvas formation. And while that’s ok, sometimes I find myself wanting my “art” to look a little more substantial. Since it seems wrong to spend hundreds of dollars framing a piece of canvas art that cost $29.99, I wanted to come up with an cost efficient and effective DIY frame.

The subject canvas picture is found below. I picked it up at World Market a few months ago when it was 50% off (it’s still available for sale – similar here). I’ve got a pretty large blank wall in our master bathroom by the tub and I thought this picture seemed “bathroom-ish”. I know, I know, I should be a curator in a museum with my eye and ability to articulate the meaning of art.

So here’s how I did it. Our bathroom is definitely not rustic, so I invested in some better quality wood than I otherwise would, as I didn’t want overly knotted or rough wood. If you prefer a more rustic look, by all means get the lower grade lumber!

And, don’t forget, this week we are celebrating our 1 year blogiversary!! In celebration, we are running a contest on our Instagram account (@beckhamandbelle) to give away some wall art AND a Target gift card. Hop over to IG to follow us and check it out!!

DIY Frame for Wrapped Canvas Art
DIY Wrapped Canvas Frame

Supplies

(will vary depend on the size of the canvas you’re framing)
2 8 foot lengths of 1x4s (remember that 1x4s aren’t really 1x4s, more like 1x3s and a bit)
nails
screws
angle clamps (optional)
Measure the canvas. Mine was 30×40.
Most canvases of this size look like this on the back side.
I wanted a more polished look for the frame, so I mitered my edges at 45 degrees. I cut two lengths  with the interior measurement of 30″ (maybe a smidge over – like .125″) so that it wouldn’t be too tight to affix the frame. Then I did two lengths with interior measurements of 40.125.

My method was to cut one piece, and then to use that piece as a template to measure out my matching piece, as pictured below.

Then I began assembling. I laid out the frame on the ground, applied wood glue and the two angle clamps I have, and let it set. Once dry, I used finishing nails to secure the frame.

 

 

The last step was staining. I wanted the frame to be mostly black, but to show some of the nice wood grain.  I actually tried a new product (new to me, at least) on this project called Minwax Pro Series Wiping Stain in Antique Black (similar here). I put on two applications of the black stain (letting the coats dry in between). And then I finished it off with a bit of walnut stain, rubbed carefully into some of the more grainy parts of the wood. It added a little something extra, I think.

Finally, it was time for assembly. This part was actually pretty easy. Since the frame added some faux depth to the painting, I wanted the canvas to be inset ever so slightly. So, on the back of the frame I marked where the back of the canvas should attach. I then drilled holes into the top underside of the frame and the bottom underside of the frame and screwed into the frame of the canvas to secure.

 

The finished product! I have a feeling I’m going to be doing a lot more of these….

 

DIY Wrapped Canvas Frame

 

DIY Heart Pillow

 

Ever since I made my Land of Nod-inspired shower curtain, I’ve been looking for other applications for the loosely sewn appliqué shapes. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it would be cute to use heart shapes to make a pillow for my daughter’s room.

This is a super simple project,  and one that you could probably figure out without me typing out directions at all! But, since this is a DIY blog, here are the directions:

DIY Heart Pillow
Supplies

Scraps of assorted fabrics
1 pre-made pillow case (if you’re DIYing this, check out this post  and don’t fully assemble it until hearts are attached)
White thread
Good sewing scissors

Directions

First, make two different sized heart templates. The easiest way to do this is to fold a piece of cardstock in half and draw a half heart on the seam (you can see how I did this with the DIY Wall Valentines). Cut and unfold. Alternatively, if you have one of those super cool fabric cutter machines, you could just use that.

Trace your larger heart onto an ironed piece of fabric. Trace the smaller heart twice onto a different colored fabric (also ironed). Cut out with sharp sewing scissors (to reduce fraying).

Pin hearts onto your pre-made pillow case (or you can easily make one from scratch … see this post for instructions.

Either by hand or with a sewing machine, sew a vertical stitch line down the center of each heart. (Be careful not to sew through both sides of the pillow case!)

Unpin, finish sewing the case and you’re done!

 

 

Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization Ideas

Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle Keeping the kids’ playroom clean and organized seems to be a never ending battle. Thank God our nanny is a complete Saint and ensures the kids pick it up at the end of each day – and by the kids doing it, I’m sure I should say she she picks it up. Regardless, clutter gets under my skin and it’s always haunting me at least one place in our house so any one room down is a win.
Picked up or not, keeping a playroom organized is no simple task. The boys are all boy which means there are always armies of action figures, cars, Legos, balls, etc. swarming the house. When the boys “pick up” they often pull the under the rug trick and assume out of sight means out of mind… That is until a couple days later they’re looking for a very specific toy and it’s nowhere to be found because nothing has a “home”.
A couple weekends ago I spent some serious time adding a little sense to their art of picking up with some super easy playroom organization tricks. They certainly don’t keep every toy contained but when they’re on the hunt for that one “ninja turtle bad guy that has that one weapon” I know the first place to check.
Arts & Crafts Organization
 
The boys love doing crafts or “projects” as we often call them. As a result, they have all kinds of markers, coloring books, safety scissors, etc. Their play table was typically a mess (sparing you the before photos) to the point where it wasn’t usable… Which equals markers and coloring books on the carpet. No Bueno.
I actually purchased a pegboard with the intent to use in my own craft space but in typical momma fashion, prioritized the kids’ space first.
This was so simple to put together and get up on the wall! (Not to mention the pegboard only costs about $10 from Home Depot!). I also picked up an inexpensive pack of pegboard hooks from HD as well.
Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle
Pegboard Wall Organizer

First I cut two 1×2″ boards to the height of the pegboard. (You’ll want to measure your board for this measurement since they can vary.

Using 1″ wood screws and washers, I drilled into the wood through 2 of the top edge holes at every corner.
Attach hanging hardware through the back of the 1×2″s and hang.
I found some hanging storage baskets for under $10 at Homegoods and use them to store markers, flash cards, stamps, etc.
Using a couple hooks and a wooden dowel rod cut down to size, I hung a roll of paper – one of my favorite things about the pegboard!
I hung some metal cans, purchased from the dollar section at Target, to store colored pencils, paintbrushes, etc.
I hung some scissors and added a little personalization (B & G letters from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child) and an arrow from Hobby Lobby.

The pegboard could be filled up a little more, but I’m so happy with the results so far and have already found it to be extremely useful.

Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle

Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + BelleSimple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + BelleSimple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + BelleSimple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle
Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle
Jar Storage


All those little boxes of Crayola crayons add up quickly, and the boxes, well aren’t the most durable. I purchased a handful of these glass jars from Old Time Pottery for $5 each. I filled them up with crayons and magnets. So simple and colorful!

Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle
Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle
Cars, Play Food, and Action Figures, Oh My.
 
These are the items I most often find throw a stray all of the house. In the bathroom, in the pantry, laundry room, you name it. No room left untainted.
I bought these black linen storage boxes in packs of two from Target and found these awesome burlap tags from Michaels (also used in a previous post for DIY Beverage Tags).
I sharpied on some common toy themes and filled them up. These are literally the best. They are always organized. Obsessed.
Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle
Ball Storage
Okay, this is maaaybe half of the balls we have in his household. The balance are stored in the garage – those that are more for outdoor use.
I found this large galvanized bucket from an antique store so it’s not only functional, it looks really cool.
Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle
Book Storage
My boys are also bookworms. (Yes, they sound to be interested in just about everything… Not sure at what age their interests focus a bit more. Needless to say, we love books, and we have hundreds of them.

I purchase six unfinished wooden crates from Michaels for about $10 each.

Hubs and I stained them Minwax aged walnut and stacked a couple high, and a few across for bookshelves. We chose not to nail them together so we could easily change the placement and configuration. *Note I do not recommended stacking anymore than two high without attaching for fear of them tumbling. They could also be drilled into the wall should you choose to build the stack higher.

Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle

(Find the easy no-sew DIY for the “To the Moon & Back” sign here)

Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle

Pantry Decor

DIY Pantry Decor

As lame as it may sound, one of the rooms I was most excited about when we were building our home was the open, walk-in pantry.

DIY Pantry Decor
Storage

I love to cook and so the idea of having space to store all of the random ingredients I have on hand was particularly exciting to me. While I’ve got most of it set up the way I want, there is a large blank wall that had yet to be decorated.

“Living Wall”

I swear the pantry has the best light of any room in the house (I’ll often shoot in there). The light made me think that a kind of “living wall” might work perfectly. Since I’m not ready to commit to a full-out wall of plants, I decided to start small with a few wall planters. I wanted to frame them to make them seem more like “arty”.  I picked up these simple frames from the thrift shop (50 cents each!!) and spray painted them in silver. The planters are from IKEA, but they no longer carry them. They can be ordered here, on Amazon.

DIY Pantry Decor
DIY Pantry Decor
Signage
I’ve had the Provisions sign for a while, a DIY from my pre-blog days. Maybe with the new herb decor (parsley, chives and basil, to be specific), I’ll change it to something like “Herboriste” (but maybe something a little less cliche!) If you’re interested in a how-to on this type of sign, check out this post.
DIY Pantry Decor

 

DIY Pantry Decor