Monday, March 11, 2013

Transportation Themed Room Makeover (Partially Complete)

I don't have the complete room updated yet as The Sheriff is still in the crib and sleeping great (knock on wood!), but I've made a few crafty changes to add some of his personality into what will one day be considered a "big boy" room. 

This first wall was completed quite a while ago. Heck, I may have previously blogged about it.  I found my inspiration here and here and knew I could make this artwork my own. I found the frames at Michaels (on sale and with an extra coupon) and purchased the craft paper to make these silhouettes. 

I found silhouettes of the vehicles I wanted through Google Images and used the printouts as stencils to trace onto scrapbook paper. 

 After carefully cutting out each vehicle, I glued it onto another sheet of scrapbook paper to fit within the frames.

Put the frames together, find a handyman to hang, and... 

Morning Smiles! 

Right before our sweet John (AKA "The Deputy") was born, I decided on a couple of other additions. My first was inspired by this pin.  (Please excuse my lighting. Black out curtains do wonders for sleep but make for horrible pictures!) 

I was already making alphabet letters for our new nursery and figured this project would be an easy addition while already tracing, cutting, and Mod-Podging. 

I made closet organizers out of this scrapbook paper and simply grabbed a few more sheets (and a coordinating pattern for the frame project above). 

Cast of Characters:

I first painted my canvas. You could use a piece of wood as well. My only "complaint" is that the canvas isn't my ideal to lean against the wall on the shelf. Perhaps that's not its final home.

Trace the letter BACKWARDS on the opposite side of the paper. This way you won't have pencil marks on the front of your project. Be sure your pencil hugs the outline of the letter. You want an exact fit.  

Using a good pair of scissors, carefully cut as closely along the pencil lines as possible. 

Place a thin layer of Mod Podge on the wooden letter AND the back of the scrapbook paper. Lay accordingly and smooth out all bumps and rough spots. Work quickly and carefully. The paper can be repositioned within the first few minutes if it doesn't lie the right way. 

Allow 15-20 minutes to dry and coat the entire top of the letter with another layer of Mod Podge.
Hot glue letter to canvas.

I don't have step-by-step pictures for the frame, but I used this pin as inspiration and followed mostly the same paint, trace, cut, glue method on a wooden craft frame.

And finally, I've had this pinned forever and a day and decided The Sheriff's room needed more pictures of his family, friends, and life. What better way than to grab a few of our "life in an instant" Instagrams via postal pix!

One unfinished wooden frame from Michaels (with a 40% off coupon) + a couple coats of blue paint + twine + the cutest little clothespins you've ever seen = great Instagram display.

I have two loves for this last project:

1. I can update the pictures very easily and often (Thanks again postal pix. If you haven't downloaded this app, you should!)
2. I finally knocked off another Pinterest project!

I love that his room is coming together as a hodge podge of vehicles (construction, aviation, railway, motorized). When we transition to a new bed, things will change a bit more, but I am excited to continue adding to this crafty start.


Shannon Dew said...

SO CUTE! I really wanted to do an airplane themed room in Dew #2's room but...well...I got vetoed on that one! Great job mama!

Natalie said...

I love it! You did such a great job...and you are so crafty!! Hope you are doing great with the little one!

Lindsay said...

SO cute! You are so very talented mama. Can I ask what kind of video monitor you are using?

Elizabeth said...

Great job!!!! Love everything about it!!

Sarah @ It's a Vol said...

This room really makes me want a boy!

Also with the canvas if it is falling over off the shelf you can actually hang it so that it doesn't fall but LOOKS like it is sitting on the shelf!

Andie said...

I love love love love this and I am totally about to pin this for a future idea because I have been brainstorming converting Andrew's room to a big boy room at some point!

Love it!!! Where did you get that piece above the door? :)

So cute.

Anonymous said...

I love all your projects!! You are so talented :) such a cute theme.