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1  Fun Sucker Valentine Cards in Valentine's Day by ChipNClancysMom on: February 12, 2012 12:32:18 AM

To make these cards, I just took a picture of my daughter holding a PVC pipe. Then I printed the pictures and glued them on some construction paper.  We punched a hole in the picture at the top of the PVC pipe and inserted a sucker.  This was a really easy card to make and my seven year old loved working on it. We got the idea from the Disney Family Fun website.
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2  Re: Covering laminate kitchen cupboards? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by ChipNClancysMom on: June 01, 2011 05:47:29 PM
We moved into a house last summer and I had to make a choice between new cabinets or new appliances...we just didn't have the budget for both. I chose new appliances and painted the ugly dark brown laminate cabinets a cranberry red.  Just take your time and they will turn out great.

I did scratch them up a tiny bit with sandpaper. Then I primed them. After that it was two coats of semigloss enamel applied with a paint pad. It has been almost a year and there is no peeling. I have read that you can seal them with a clear coat, but I didn't and they are doing fine. I was really scared to do it, but once I saw how it turned out and how it has held up, I wanted to kick myself for not trying it in other places I have lived.

Here are two pictures...they are way more red in real life.

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3  Re: Boy's racecar room in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by ChipNClancysMom on: March 04, 2010 03:23:27 PM
There are two closets in the room...one for each. We bought some retro tin oil and gas signs and the stop light really lights up. I need to paint the bookshelf to match the dresser.

This is the coat rack by the door.

We will buy another race car bed once the youngest is ready to move from the crib. We would also like to get rid of teh carpet and get wood floors in the next year.

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4  Boy's racecar room in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by ChipNClancysMom on: March 04, 2010 03:18:40 PM
We moved to a new house last October and I finally got around to decorating the kids' rooms. My boys will be turning 1 and 2 next week. (They will actually both be 1 year old for 5 days! LOL) My almost 2 year old is really into cars, so we decided to go with a race car themed room. They are sharing a room.

Here is the picture from the doorway. My soon to be two year old, Chip, is standing on the bed. Right now he is in the big crib and his little brother is in the porable crib in the corner, but when he starts sleeping in this bed, his brother will move into his crib. I still need to make a quilt for his race car bed.

The mural spans two walls. It is a wall paper mural. I cut uout all the pieces and pasted them up with border paste. The dresser was mine when I was a kid. I just painted it freehand with old craft paints and it doubles as a changing table.

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5  Re: Bland Space above Kitchen cabinets!!! help! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by ChipNClancysMom on: January 20, 2010 04:53:27 PM
I store bowls that I actually use up on mine. It is decorative, yet functional. I just keep a small step stool in my pantry and use that when I need to get one down. I do have some Ivy laced through the bowls though..LOL  If I could afford it, I would buy copper pots and keep them up there!

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6  The Peanuts Gang in Halloween Costumes by ChipNClancysMom on: November 06, 2009 09:27:49 PM
My limited sewing skills are self taught, so when my 5 year old told me she wanted to be Lucy from Peanuts for Halloween, I panicked. I don't do sleeves well. I couldn't find a Lucy dress or pattern for that matter so I ended up using the top of one pattern and the bottom of another and I think it turned out pretty ok.  Cheesy My daughter was really happy with it.

Her 19 month old brother was Charlie Brown...just a little fabric paint, a yellow tshirt and some eyeliner for his forehead and that costume was complete. Her 7 month old brother was snoopy...I didn't have time to make that costume, so I bought a cheap lamb costume and replaced the lamb ears with a pair of my husband's socks.

Here is my little peanuts gang...

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7  Football Nursery for my Son in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by ChipNClancysMom on: November 25, 2008 12:43:31 PM
My son is 8 months old and I am finally finished with his nursery...now we have another baby on the way in March...maybe I can actually get this one a nursery before he is born. LOL

We are big Steeler fans, but we wanted to do a nursery with a generic football theme and decided we wanted an old fashioned look, as opposed to modern stuff.

I will try and take you "around" the room in order. This first picture is a wallpaper mural. Having sloping ceilings, it was really hard to find a wall for this piece, so I ended up trimming it a little and putting it on the slope instead of the flat wall. We have replaced the ceiling fan since I took this picture. I still have some pillows to finish for the beds and I want to add a chair rail under the mural.

The pictures above the changing table are scans of the covers of two of my Dh's favorite boyhood books. He loved reading the Chip Hilton sports series...our son is named Chip (Just a coincidence...not because of the books!LOL)

We bought this lamp on ebay...it is from Sears Robuck 1977. We also got bookends and a clock from the same era. The bucket was purchased after Easter in the Clearance aisle for $1.00 at Target.

I bought the D Fence sign from Oriental Trading Company and painted it.

I got the idea for this mural from a custom wallpaper kit. I didn't want to pay $125 for something I could paint myself.

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8  Re: Paint for wall mural? in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by ChipNClancysMom on: June 18, 2008 08:32:17 AM
I painted a garden mural in my daughters room two years ago using basic acryllic paint sold in the craft section at Walmart...The kind that comes in the little plastic bottles. I also used a bit of fabric puff paint to do a spider web and sharpie markers for a few outlines. All of these things have held up well even with a three year old touching them all the time.

My mural in a child's room probably isn't as sophisticated as the one you are planning, but the paints I used held up with a preschooler, so they should be fine to use in any type of mural!  Smiley

Here are a few pictures of her mural:

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9  Re: Boring bathroom. in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by ChipNClancysMom on: June 12, 2008 02:25:11 PM
We painted my DD's bathroom blue to do a rubber duck theme...she is only 3 though, so duckies are pretty exciting...LOL

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10  Re: help me with my butterscotch bathroom!!! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by ChipNClancysMom on: June 11, 2008 11:06:02 AM
My bathroom is mostly creams and browns...we had to work around tile colors and this is what we came up with.

Originally the tub and toilet were pink, teh tiles were beige and brown, the floor was a yellowy tan and the walls were papered with pink and mint green (think 80's) seashells. I started out by scraping off the wallpaper to find a very 70's looking waving wheat pattern. Under that was a 60's looking seafoam green floral paper. Under that was 50's pink paint. I didn't expect so many layers when I started that job! LOL

I ended up painting it a sandy beige, but the plaster on the walls was so bad I just decided to repaper everything with a cream and brown rose toile pattern. I am not a huge wallpaper fan, but it was the best solution for this room.

We replaced the toilet and had the tub refinished and eventually I want to replace the vanity and marble top sink. I can live with it for now, but not long term.

Here are a few pictures. I wish I had a before picture of the original wallpaper...I do have one of the tub before it was refinished. What an ecclectic mix of colors, huh? They actually clashed a lot more in real life than they do in the pictures.

Here is the finished (for now) bathroom:

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