Thursday, November 14, 2013

Peanuts Charlie Brown Christmas Decorations

Easy Charlie Brown Christmas Decorations

To come up with your Stencil simply:
- Find a picture of your favorite character. 
- Using a ruler draw 1 inch by 1 inch grid on your picture. 
- Look at each square and draw only what you see in that square on a blank sheet of copy paper. 
- Once you have done this for all the squares, tape your pages together, and cut the outside edge. 
- Now that the excess paper is off your picture, you now have a stencil!

How to make your decoration simply:
- Lay down a sheet of plywood, and trace your picture.

- Take a skill saw and cut on your lines. Being careful to cut on the line. When the saw is cutting in one direction, you will notice it doesn't turn in the other direction easily. Just stop the saw, pull the blade out of the wood and start sawing in the other direction to obtain the  desired cut.

- Once your object is cutout, sand the edges with an electric sander. If you don't have an electric sander you can use a handheld manual sander. Dust off your cut out once you are done sanding.

- With a pencil draw in your pictures inside lines. This will show you the paint lines. 

- Once your lines are drawn, my favorite part begins ... painting! Use craft paint (the paint found in little tubes at your local craft store). I recommend 3 coats of paint. 

- For the outside edges, and details use puffy paint. (Again found in small tubes at your local craft store).

- Once paint is dried, attach backing. This will keep decoration standing up. Attach a strip of plywood 4" by (your desired length from your board to the ground). Just use a tape measure to obtain your desired length.

- If you live in a windy climate, you can drill a small hole at the bottom of both sides, and attach to a tent steak in the ground. 

It's that easy! Now I am off to make more Peanuts characters. Stay tuned I will post others and I complete them.

Happy Painting!!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Easy Trailer Kitchen Remodel

Easy Trailer Kitchen Remodel

Follow along to see the entire Motorhome remodel.

When I decided to remodel the Motorhome, I decided the kitchen needed a fun look.  I headed out to my favorite discount home decorating store.  After a lot of fun shopping for my inspiration I found the curtains you see in the above picture....the color scheme was found.

You can use shower curtains (made with material not plastic), drapes, or find your favorite material.  The price of material being as expensive as it is these days, I try to find other options for inexpensive material.

Here is the Motor Home Kitchen Before (yuck!)   

The first step, was to remove the ugly outdated wallpaper. To my surprise there were two layers of wallpaper to remove. Once I was able to remove the bottom layer, the wallpaper came off easily.  I used a razor knife to cut the wallpaper at the ceiling, and around the countertop trim.  This allows the wallpaper that is behind cabinets, trim, and countertops to remain in place. 

I will paint over the wallpaper inside cabinets so I didn't want to remove the wallpaper in some areas.  When it comes to remodeling Trailers you just need to decide what is worth removing vs. what is better to keep and just paint over.  I wanted to keep the trim installed on the countertop, so cutting the wallpaper off around the counter was necessary. If I pulled the wallpaper off around it, it would have pulled off the trim. 

Removed the old curtain track system from all windows. Some needed to be unscrewed. Most of track could be removed just by pulling it off.

I taped off the oven and started painting the upper and lower cabinets.

If your cabinets have any detail, paint the detail with a brush first. Then you can use a small roller. For the upper and lower cabinets I used BEHR Premium Plus Ultra with Primer, color: Vast Desert.

I taped off the oven, sprayed the oven, and oven vent with High Head Rust-oleum Gloss Finish.  The Matte finish will make it difficult to clean. Gloss finish helps to be able to just wipe it clean. 

Once the Heat Resistant paint dried, and the first coat of paint dried on the cabinets it was time for the backsplash to be installed.

Since this glass tile is going into a trailer Power Grab All Purpose Adhesive is the best choice.
This allows the trailer to move without the tiles breaking. Turn the tile square over and apply adhesive.

The curtains were made from store bought drapes.  Just cut off the excess of the material you don't need, and sew the edges closed.
It's that easy!  What a change a little paint and tile can make. 

Happy Remodeling!
And don't forget to share your pictures with me.
~ Jeannine

Thursday, October 24, 2013

How To Easily Make A Red Hooded Cape

How To Make A Red Hooded Cape

This cape can be used for a Superhero, Witch, or Little Red Riding Hood costume. This tutorial is for a child size. 

Cut crushed red velvet material in a half oval shape.  From the top of the hood to the bottom is 14".

Have your sweet one hold the cape material around them. Then cut around the bottom at desired length. Keep cutting around the base while keeping a consitant length.

 Very easy to get the right length and easy to make it even.

Cut 2 strips 2" by 22", these will be your tie straps. 

Fold the tie strap material with the nice side IN, and sew the edges. Once done, attach a safety pin to one end, and pull through the middle until it turns RIGHT side out. Sew one end of your strap closed. Do the same to the other tie strap. You're getting closer :)

Sew all the edges under on the cape.

Take the cape material, and FOLD IT IN HALF. This allows you to locate the center easily.

Pin the hood to the cape, and sew. Just be sure you keep the straps going forward while sewing. And, you are done! Watch your little one run around the house and wear it for hours having fun.

Please leave any comments, or questions you have. I love hearing from you all.

Friday, September 20, 2013

5th Wheel RV Remodel

Love Camping? Love your trailer, just wish it didn't look so outdated? You might consider remodeling a few things.  It doesn't have to be expensive .  Here is what I did with our 5th Wheel Travel Trailer. 

To begin with my husband and I do not like brass, light pink, flower curtains, and the lack of personality in our trailer. 

Here is a few BEFORE pictures ...
This is a before shot of the trailer. The floors were a white linoleum, and I put down "Slate Looking"  linoleum squares down.

Our trailer is in great condition just needed to be updated.

The first thing I always do when I start to remodel anything is ..... PAINT!  It is very inexpensive and changes the look very quickly.  I had a gallon of my favorite BEHR RED Paint at home.  It has primer already in it.  I chose a couple accent walls, and started painting.  It took 3 coats before reaching the desired color. 
I applied a silhouette sticker on top of the paint once it was fully dried. You could also paint a silhouette of anything to get the same effect. 
MOD PODGE (found at any craft store) is very important in a travel trailer.  The paint will get bumped and this helps keep the paint from chipping off the wall.  I took MOD PODGE and painted over the paint.  It has a white milky look, but trust me it will dry clear.  I like seeing the paint brush marks, so I purposely left the brush marks showing.  If you don't like this look just take a little bit more time and smooth out the MOD PODGE before it dries.

I used self-adhesive linoleum tiles to cover the old white linoleum. White flooring in a trailer is not a good idea. It shows every spec of dirt and isn't very appealing. There is no need to remove the old linoleum unless it's in very bad disrepair. Start at the door and remove the threshold. Without removing the adhesive backing lay the tile down. Using scissors trim any areas on the tile. Do so before you remove the backing. After you lay the first tile dry fit the next one and so on. For best results, apply each tile as close together as you can.

Next I removed the hideous light pink carpet from under the Master Bed, and stairs. 

Then I purchased grey colored indoor/outdoor carpet. Instead of using the adhesive meant for this type of carpeting, I used a staple gun.  I wanted to make it easy to replace when needed.

I then removed the pink floral detail from the valences.  Once I pulled them off I used the same red paint. Yes, PAINT and put a little on the brush and started painting in a circular motion onto the material. You don't need to remove the valences as long as you use Blue Painters Tape between the wall and valence.  Keep adding more paint until you reach the color you are trying to achieve.  Once dried the paint does not come off.  It looks and feels like the original material.  GREAT MONEY SAVING TIP DON'T YOU THINK?

Notice I also painted the sconce shades. I removed them, took them outside, and spray painted them with red paint we already had. Remove any old dingy curtains. In this case, ugly pink curtains. Curtains are so easy to sew. I found a light brown faux leather material, and sewed new curtains. Just use the old curtains as your pattern for sewing. Using the matching black material from the couch I sewed curtain tie-backs.

Notice behind the stove is just plain boring wallpaper.  This is  a great space to add color. I found these tile sheets at Home Depots clearance section for $5.00 a sheet. I needed four sheets behind the stove so I purchased Five sheets. This way I could use this inexpensive product here-and-there for accents.

Small glass Mosaic tiles are best when tiling in a trailer. The smaller tiles holdup great for trailers that are bouncing around. Hold your sheet of tile on the wall where you need it to go. If you need to cut any tiles use scissors and cut tiles off sheet as needed.

I used Construction adhesive for the back of tile. I applied to the entire back and press on the wall. For best results, use the adhesive that dries clear. It is better to use Construction Adhesive than tile Thin Set. Due to the movement of the trailer this helps keep the tiles from breaking.

For the bathroom:


Utilize wall space whenever possible. I found this cute wire rack at Ross for $12.99. It holds our towels leaving room for bathroom supplies under the sink.

  Purchased red sheets, and sewed a pillow that matched the wall, and we are almost done. :)

Chalkboard Refrigerator:

Notice the refrigerator.... it's okay but a coat of chalkboard paint would look much better. And it keeps the kids entertained when we are camping in the rain.  Plus, I like being able to write out the trips Menu on it too.

After Picture of Refrigerator coming :) 

Handles and Drawer Pulls:
Super simple! Just remove all handles, spray paint with black metal spray paint. Once dried turn over and spray the other side.


Thank you for checking out my 5th Wheel Trailer Remodel.

Stay tuned for my Motor home Remodel (which I just started). And please share your project pictures, I'd love to see them.

~ Jeannine

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Red Front Door Wreath

Front Door Wreath

Inexpensive and Easy to Make 
I love wreaths, and this one is my favorite. Fun to make and once you add an item, or two it looks great for all occasions
Here is what you need:
18" Grapevine wreath
4 Yards of Material or Burlap. Pick a color your like, and a material that doesn't fray
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks

Cut material using square pattern. 
Material Pattern 4" Square:

Fold material in half, then half again. Trim corner of material. Add hot glue to the bottom of the material and add to wreath. As you add another row hot glue the sides of the material together (if you don't want to see the grape vine through the material).


 Add wire to the back of your favorite Holiday Decor, to change the look for all occasions. It's fun how quickly the look can be changed by adding new décor!


Directions for the X and O:

You need:
X wooden letter
O wooden letter
hot glue gun
White craft paint
I added the X and an O covered in rolled roses so for the ever so cute Valentines theme.
1. Start by painting the X and O white. Great projects for kids!

2. Take 1/2" white ribbon, and your hot glue gun.  Start by rolling the ribbon small add a little dot of hot glue to keep it together.  Keep putting a little hot glue on the bottom of the rose as you turn the rose.  Periodocially add a extra amount of ribbon before going around the rose.  This gives it the "rose look."
Thanks to ALL of you for reading, pinning and making your own wreaths!  Don't forget to share your pics!