Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kids Room Decorating!! Part 1

Since the children went back to school it is also time to redecorate their room in my opinion.  Sometime it also is a way to keep or get them organized.  Here are some ideas.
Hot Pockets
Three simple ways to add fun and personality to a child's sleeping space; in addition, to limiting having a bedside table.  Beside it is a great tool if the children have bunk beds.

This pair of bed pockets slips neatly between the mattress and box spring (one pocket hangs over each side of the bed).
Materials:  fabric that's 60 inches wide and 3/4 yard long, pinking shears, hot iron, sewing machine, matching thread, fabric glue (such as Fabri-Tac), ribbon 3/8-inch-wide,
1. Begin with a piece of cotton duck fabric that's 60 inches wide and 3/4 yard long.
2. Use pinking shears to cut the fabric into 2 lengths, each 60 by 12 inches. Fold up 16 inches of fabric at the end of each piece. Press with a hot iron.
3. Use a sewing machine or a needle and thread to stitch 10 inches up each side (see illustration, below) to form a pocket. Fold down the excess fabric to make a flap. Then Press. Use pinking shears to trim the flap into a triangle.

4. Slip the mattress off the box spring and overlap the two lengths of fabric so the pockets hang at the height you'd like. Use pins to secure the pieces together, take the pinned material off the bed, and sew the pinned section to form one strip (see illustration). Trim any excess fabric at the seam.
5. Use fabric glue (such as Fabri-Tac) to affix grosgrain ribbon racing stripes (we used 3/8-inch-wide ribbon), then add an iron-on finish-flag patch (available at Racing Decals), or decorate as you wish with fabric paint. Install the pockets near the head of the bed. We don't recommend washing and drying the bed pocket, as shrinkage may occur.

Chalkboard Dresser

Materials:  Dresser, Chalkboard paint, and Paintbrush

Set dresser on a drop cloth to keep paint spills contained.
Paint the dresser.
·         When applying chalkboard paint, the smoother the surface, the better the result.
·         Incorporate color for extra pop. "Adding red stripes to the front really helped accent the chalkboard drawers," Mary says.
·         Take your time. This project is not difficult, but it's important to allow ample drying time between coats of paint.
·         For best results, use a wet washcloth, rather than a chalkboard eraser, to erase chalk designs and writing.

Fancy Paper Wrap Switch Plate

Use any fancy wrapping paper to brighten up your child's room.
Materials:  Decorative wrapping paper, Scissors, Sand paper, and Mod-Podge

Cut a piece of decorative wrapping paper to fit the switch plate. Make a small snip at each corner.
Sand the plate and then coat it with Mod-Podge. Press on the paper, overlapping the corners at the snip. Coat the paper with Mod-Podge.

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