Charging Station For Your Guest Room

We have an AWESOME project for you today, a Guest Room Charging Station from Regular Contributor, Michelle James. I know you are going to love this.

Guest Room Charging Station

I have really had a fun time creating a guest room in our house, since our youngest moved out. Now, I am putting the finishing touches on it including this Guest Room Charging Station.

I saw this bread box at the thrift store for $3, and I could not resist. But…I knew that I would absolutely not make it into a charging station. Everyone had already done it. So, when I got it out the other day to create something with it, I thought and thought. I need a place in our pantry for medications, I need some more organizing storage; but in the end, what I really wanted was a charging station for my guests. So, here I am.
This is what it looked like before.

I removed the knob and painted it white. I just used some spray paint, because it is what I had on hand. The wood finish was somewhat smooth, but it did not seem to matter. It covered nicely. I waited about an hour between coats and put three coats on it.
I knew I wanted some wording on the front and something to tie in the orange in the room. So I painted an orange stripe across the front of the door.
I masked it off with some washi tape then used orange acrylic paint and a sponge brush. This took three coats as well.

I used my Silhouette machine and black vinyl to create my letters for the front. The “Juice Bar” is Glamorous Brush” font and the “Charging Station” is Arial.
I love the way it turned out.

I knew I did not want to put that ugly knob back on; so, I used a drawer pull. Jeff had gotten an entire bag of these at our local thrift store for $4. They were such a bargain. This is what it looked like before.

I spray painted it a glossy black. You can see it in the final photos below.
Then, it was time to work on the inside of the box I purchased. Jeff bore a hole in the back of the box. This was the only size he had but it worked. It could have been a little smaller. Then, he mounted the surge protector power strip next to the hole for the cord.
I wanted the inside of the box and the inside of the front to be padded a little for the electronic devices. They are fragile you know! So, I covered some museum/poster board with some orange fabric. I cut the fabric about an inch or so bigger than the board all the way around, and cut the corners so they would lay nice when wrapped around the board.

I used my Fabric-Tac to glue the fabric onto the board. Then, I used my hot glue gun to adhere them to the wood box.
I think it turned out really cool and it looks great in the room.

 

As you look around you may remember the Guest Room Essentials Basket, and the Warm and Cozy Blankets as well that were on Life with Lorelai, but you can also find the Guest Room Bedside Tables, and the Guest Room Canvas Art on my blog as well. As I said, this has been a fun room!

 

Have a good week everyone! See you next time.
Michelle

 

Isn’t this a fantastic project? Michelle’s guest room is definitely a room that says, “Welcome,” and a place I would love to stay!

 

 

 

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Warm and Cozy Guest Room Throw Blankets

Regular Contributor, Michelle James brings us a DIY tutorial for Warm and Cozy Guest Room Throw Blankets.

 

 

Warm and Cozy Guest Room Throw Blankets

A DIY perfect for cold Winter days

I hope everyone had a happy holiday. Are you gearing up for a fun New Year’s Eve? We usually have a pretty quiet night full of food and movies.

It is getting a little cold here in Iowa these days so I decided to make some fleece throw blankets for the guest room. I call them “warm and cozy guest room throw blankets”. How is that for a title?

 

Jeff and I broke down and purchased a Silhouette Cutting Machine. They were on such a great deal; we could not pass it up. So, I am showing you how I cut out fabric using the machine. It was pretty slick.

I purchased the fabric stabilizer and the fabric blade to use.

I wanted these throw blankets to match the Welcome Pillow I had made, and I wanted the same font. When I made the pillow, we did not have the cutting machine; so, I printed out the words, cut them out, traced them onto the fabric then cut them out of the fabric. This was fine, but I really wanted to see if using the machine would work.

I used Glamour Brush font which is one I purchased as part of a bundle a while back. I love the look of it. So, this is the font I chose for the throw blankets too.

One thing I learned, when I practiced cutting this out on paper, was that the distressing cuts as well. I did not want that so I used the eraser tool on the software program for the machine to get rid of the distressing. It looked like this on my screen.

 

You can see there are a couple of broken red lines. I knew the machine would not cut that part, but I was okay with that.

Then, I needed to get my fabric ready to cut. The fabric is the dust ruffle from the bed set I purchased for this room. I did not want to use it, but it has come in handy for these projects. It matches the room, but isn’t overdone.

I cut a piece the size I needed, then cut a piece of the fabric stabilizer just slightly smaller. I placed the stabilizer with the paper side up to the back of the fabric and ironed it in place. I removed the paper backing to reveal this shiny surface.

 

The shiny part goes down onto the mat. So, the right side of the fabric is facing up.

 

 

I just made sure it was nice and secure. These mats are new; so, I did not have any problems with the fabric moving around.

This is what I got when it was cut.

 

Now, remember that there were a couple of places that did not cut due to the “broken” lines in the font? I just used my scissors to finish them, and it worked great!

Then, I was ready to stitch them onto my fleece. For these throws I am using orange on one side and gray on the other to match the room. They are pretty small, but they are just to place over a lap or to throw over some shoulders. So, small was okay with me.

The fabric stabilizer allowed me to iron the words onto the fleece before stitching. It held them in place so there was no need for pins or glue.

I used a regular straight stitch on the sewing machine and went really slow. If you look closely you will definitely see some flaws, but all in all, I think I did a pretty good job.

Then, I just stitched the two fleece pieces together. I may go back and stitch across the whole thing a couple of times so that when they are washed they won’t separate and get weird but I haven’t decided for sure yet.

What do you think?

 

I hope you liked them and thanks so much for stopping by. Happy New Year!

 

~Michelle

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Guest Room Essentials

I am delighted to introduce the second of Life With Lorelai’s Regular Contributors, Michelle James, with Guest Room Essentials. You may remember Michelle from her time as a co-host at the Home Matters Linky Party. See her brief bio at the end of the post.

Michelle is sharing a way to make your Guest Room more welcoming.

Guest Room Essentials

I am so excited to be a new contributor on Life with Lorelai, and I could not wait to get started. I have been working hard to create a guest-worthy room for people who stay at my house. We don’t get many guests, but when we do, I want them to feel welcome. So, I created some guest room essentials and put them together into a fun, sectioned, wire-mesh “basket.”

I have made-over this room along with most of the furniture, and it has been a real labor of love. The paint on the walls was done when my oldest son was in Jr. High School, and I just couldn’t bear to change it. So, I designed the room with the walls in mind.

I have added the dresser, the vanity mirror, and the bedside tables, plus more. And, it has been a blast.

Now, I am down to some finishing touches. I wanted to add a small welcome basket of some sort; so, I came up with this guest room Essentials “basket.”

I found the black basket at a garage sale for 25¢, and I knew this is how it would be used. I wanted to label the sections, and I had the bookplate pulls already. I decided to use brads to attach them to the basket, and it worked great.

I placed the brad through the hole in the bookplate and into the side of the basket; then, bent them to the side. Here is a view of the back of the bookplate.

Now, I needed labels to insert into the bookplates. I love labels don’t you? The label is small, and I had to keep my letters in a 2-inch by 1-inch space. I printed these categories: Essentials, Clean, and Snack.

In the Essentials section, I added toothbrushes, a small tube of toothpaste, floss, some hand lotion, and a razor. I still want to add the travel size shampoo and conditioner.

The Clean section includes four washcloths, and the Snack section will vary a lot so the food isn’t stale. My youngest son is coming home this weekend; so, I added some cheesy snack crackers and a small bag of mini cookies. I think he will like my choices.

What do you think? Do you have a basket of goodies in your guest room? If so, what does it contain? I love to get great ideas from others.

 

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5 Up-Cycling Ideas For Kids Room Decorations

5 Up-Cycling Ideas for Kids Room Decorations

Jason from Dealspotr.com approached me about doing a post on Kids Room decorations, and I thought you would all enjoy these creative ideas. Be sure to check out Dealspotr.com to grab coupons and deals for your shopping!

So, onto Jason’s fun ideas!

In many ways, kids rooms are the most enjoyable to decorate in the entire home. They provide an opportunity to be a little more creative and whimsical than say the kitchen, bathroom or den. Due to the destructive nature of kids in general, they are also ideal for up-cycling projects. After all, you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on top of the line furniture and other décor when little Bobby or Cindy might decide to draw on it with crayons or use it as a punching bag for their action figures and dolls.

There are lots of great ideas for up-cycled kids room decorations, but I prefer the ones that offer the best bang for the buck, so to speak. That is to say, they are super cute, while requiring little effort and minimal expense. Take a look below for five of my favorite up-cycled kids room decorations.

Vacation Scrapbook Picture Frame

Supplies Required:

  • Unfinished Wood Frame
  • Brochures/Magazines/Ticket Stubs/Menus from your trip
  • Gloss Adhesive (Mod Podge works really well)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Vacation photo
  • Paint Brush

Steps:

  1. Get your wood frame:The cost of unfinished wood frames is so low (we found it for as little as $1 online) that it might make sense to just buy it, but if you happen to have an old piece of furniture you are getting rid of, you can also cut it into the shape of a frame and use that.
  1. Buy necessary supplies:Hopefully you already have glue, scissors and a paint brush; but if not, then you can use coupons to get them very cheaply at a store like Target. Mod Podge is also sold at Target and many other craft stores.
  1. Pick out which items you want on the frame:This is where it really starts getting fun. You’ll need to sift through all of the scrapbook stuff you have and pick out which pieces you think will fit nicely onto the frame. Press them against the frame to get a good sense of how it will fit.
  1. Cut and paste the cutouts onto the frame:Once you’ve gathered all the pieces, it’s time to cut them out and paste them onto the frame. You want every inch of the frame to be covered with a memory as exposed wood takes away from the nostalgia.
  1. Apply the gloss adhesive (Mod Podge):Use the paint brush to put a thin layer right on top of all the cutouts and let it dry. If you feel it’s necessary, you can add a second layer.
  1. Choose a vacation photo: At this point the only thing left is to decide which photo you want to put in the frame. We suggest you go with one that is at least somewhat related to some of the scrapbook pieces you decorated the frame with.

Popcorn Tin Sports Ball Wall Decorations

Supplies Required:

  • Old Popcorn Tin Tops
  • Spray Paint
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Letter and Number Magnets (optional)

Steps:

  1. Decide which ball you want to mimic:This is obviously the key to starting this project. A basketball tin top will need to be orange, a baseball or volleyball needs to be white, a football needs to be brown, and a tennis ball needs to be light green. Soccer balls can be white or black.
  1. Spray paint the top of your tin:Ideally, the popcorn tin top is already the color you need and you can skip this step, but if not, then you’ll have to spray paint it the necessary color.
  1. Let the popcorn tin top dry:The length of time it takes to dry depends on the type of paint, but it shouldn’t take more than 24 hours.
  1. Cut the construction paper:For a basketball, you’ll want to cut out curved pieces of black construction paper. For a baseball you’ll want to cut out large curved pieces of red construction paper as well as thin slits to represent the stiches. For a volleyball, you’ll want to cut out several curved black strips of construction paper. A tennis ball only requires two curved pieces of white construction, while a football requires several small rectangular cut-outs of white construction paper and one longer curved piece. For a soccer ball, you’ll need a few large squares of white or black construction paper.
  1. Paste the construction paper to the tin:We recommend using the strongest glue stick you can find and applying the glue to the construction paper. Then just paste it on in the appropriate place.
  1. Put the magnets on the tin:This is a fun way to finish the project, but isn’t entirely necessary. If your child has a favorite number you can put that on the tin and maybe attach the word “All-Star” or whatever the kid’s favorite position happens to be for that sport.

Coin and Candy Jars

Supplies Required:

  • Spaghetti Sauce Jars
  • Glue Stick
  • Stickers
  • Paper

Steps:

  1. Rinse two old spaghetti sauce jars and remove all the labels: Considering how expensive it has gotten to buy mason jars at the store, spaghetti sauce jars are an excellent alternative.
  1. Make one “Coin Jar” label and one “Candy Jar” label and attach them to each respective jar: The thinking behind this is that it teaches kids the value of money, while also explaining to them that candy is a special treat. They will have to pay from the coin jar in order to eat from the candy jar.
  1. Paste the labels to the jars: If there is any glue left from the previous label it will make it tougher for the new labels to stick, so make sure all the previous glue has been completely taken off the jar.
  1. Apply stickers to each jar: It will make it more fun to put stickers of dollar signs and money on the coin jar and stickers of different candies on the candy jar.
  1. Fill up each jar: Whenever your child gets new coins or candy make him/her put it into the appropriate jar.

Cardboard Chalkboard

Supplies Required:

  • Old Box
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Paint Roller
  • Scissors
  • Nails
  • Chalk

Steps:

  1. Take apart an old cardboard box: You’ll want to keep the rectangular part of the box that will best replicate a chalkboard shape. You also want to pick a side that has no tape on it.
  1. Cut it into a proportioned square or rectangle: You want the edges to be as smooth as possible so it doesn’t look messy on the wall.
  1. Paint four nail heads: You don’t want them sticking out like a sore thumb
  1. Nail it to the wall: The beauty of chalkboard is that you can nail right through it on each corner. It will be easier with a drill, but you can also just hammer it in yourself.
  1. Write a message on the chalkboard and show it to your kids: They’ll get a kick out of seeing their new present. Have your camera ready!

Shoe Box Footprints

Supplies Required:

  • Several shoe boxes
  • Skin-safe paint
  • Scissors or Knife
  • Nails

Steps:

  1. Remove the sides and top of the most recent shoe box for each family member: Keep the bottom of the shoe box intact for decorative effect.
  1. Pour the skin-safe paint into a bucket: Have each family member step into the bucket of paint or if the child is too small, dip their foot into the bucket of paint.
  1. Step on the shoe box: Don’t let the paint dry onto your foot. You want the entire footprint to be captured on the shoe box.
  1. Let the shoe box dry: Depending on the type of paint, this should happen pretty quickly.
  1. Hang the shoe boxes on the wall from smallest to largest: This will provide a fun and unique representation of how big each family member’s foot is at the moment.

Some pretty creative ideas. I love that they don’t cost a lot, but would be a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing with us, Jason.

 

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Guest Room Bedding Ideas

Guest Room Bedding Ideas

What would you do?

 

We are revamping a room in Luke’s house to make it a bright and cheery guest room. The space will serve not only as a guest room, but also multipurpose as additional storage, and as a place for Rory to call her own when we are at Luke’s.

Now, as you may have read previously, Luke is an avid rose gardener with about 20 rose bushes. Gorgeous roses, I am such a lucky girl! We also live at the beach in Southern California. So, our thoughts are leaning toward taking these things into consideration for the decorating scheme.

The room has two full walls (one does have the door), and two walls that are broken–a window in one, and the closet in the other. We have been tossing around the idea of painting two walls in a whisper white, and two walls with a pale yellow, and trimming the baseboards and window sills, etc. in a Swiss coffee white.

To me, the focal point of any type of bedroom is the bed. And in this small 10 ft. x 12 ft. room, finding the right bedding is important because it will make such a large statement. We want the bedding to be pretty, fresh, and relaxing. We want it to convey a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. We want our guests to be comfortable. So, I have been gathering some bedding ideas.

Here are some of the bedding ideas I’ve found:

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Birdsong Mint Quilt Set – Yorkshire Linen

Catherine Lansfield Canterbury Quilt Set – Tesco

Natural Shells Bedspread – Bed Bath and Beyond

Amie Floral Stripe Reversible Quilt – Sears

Teal Stripe Quilt Set – Next

Laura Lemon Reversible Duvet Cover Set – Tesco

Bedding Set – Yorkshire Linen

There are so many lovely possibilities with these bedding ideas. I think I like the idea of a reversible bedding–something that is less feminine on one side for those male guests who come to visit. And as for the decor scheme, perhaps a beachy garden theme. What do you think?

Which of these bedding ideas is your favorite?

Do you have an idea for a decor theme?

 

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