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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Dolphin bedroom Fun on: April 19, 2005 10:14:26 AM
Here is what we did for the daughter that liked dolphins.

1.  The walls were painted with a two roller texturing roller.  We just made wave motions, and didn't blend the colors like you would if you were creating textures.  We bought a dolphin border wallpaper to break up the waves. 
2. The lights on the top of the wall are Christmas lights embedded in 1 x 4 wood with holes drilled in it.  We put connectors on the corners, and then ran them to a dimmer switch on the wall.  (Do NOT try this if you do not know electrical wiring - my husband is an electrician)
3.  The headboard is a cut 1/2 inch plywood, painted with acrylic paints, and then a coat of polyurethane. It attaches to the bed frame with bolts.
4.  The ceiling fan, we painted the blades, then glued wallpaper cut out dolphins to it, and gave it a coat of polyurethane.
5.  This is another view of the room.  Yes, that is the grim reaper.  It is our dressmaker form.  We added a Styrofoam wig head to complete the body.  We are fans of Terry Pratchett.

At night, with the ceiling blue christmas lights on, it feels like you should have a scuba pack on to go into the room as it truely feels like it is underwater.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Coke-Cola Bedroom Fun on: April 19, 2005 09:59:46 AM
Here is some shots of what we did for my daughter's bedroom.  She collects coke items.

1.  We took an old particle board dresser that was in sad shape and painted it with high gloss acrylic paints to look like a vintage vending machine.  I took the coke logo and blew it up on my printer, and then traced over the paper with a pencil.  It left an impression in the paint faintly enough for me to follow to paint by hand. Everything else I free styled with paint.  I even painted the handles to look like coke bottle caps. The box on the top of the dresser is a rat cage for her two rats.

2.  I used another blowup of the Coke logo and printed it out and traced it  to put the logo on the ceiling fan blades. (my daughter still complains that I forgot to put one dash in between Coke and Cola)

3.  The lights around the edge of the room are Christmas lights embedded in a 1 x 4 piece of wood with holes drilled in it.  We made connectors for the corners to put them up, and they are run to a dimmer switch on the wall, so you can set the intensity.  (This is NOT reccommended for anyone who doesn't do electrical work...My husband is an electrician)

4.  The headboard is made from 1/2 inch plywood, and painted with high gloss acrylics.  I took a picture of what I wanted, and drew a grid over it, then put a larger grid on the plywood and drew it in block by block to make the finished headboard.  No talent, just time.   

Once you start on a fun project, it sort of takes on a life of it's own.  We did a similar project for the daughter that likes dolphins.  I did another thread for that.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pink Panther Quilt on: February 20, 2005 04:30:14 PM
After many, many years of postponing while raising children, I finally gifted my husband (A Pink Panther fan) with his own Pink Panther Quilt.  It is Queen sized, and all done by hand with a embroydered Pink Panther in the center.  I used a round wooden hoop instead of a quilting frame to make it easy to work on while watching television.  I used two king-sized flat  pink sheets to start off with, so I didn't need to put any seams other than the edges.


4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Wall of National Geographic Maps on: December 14, 2004 08:09:19 PM
 I had a collection of National Geographic Maps (too pretty to throw away) and when it came time to decorate our computer room, I thought it would be a great way to display them.  I also found some maps at yard sales.

I selected the biggest map for the center, and then arranged the smaller maps first, and put the biggest map up last.  I used cellulose wallpaper paste to put them up, and then applied three coats of clear water based polyurethane on the top of them. 

They wrinkled a bit, but it adds to the look.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tea Lights or candy dishes from Old CD's on: November 30, 2004 09:17:06 PM
If you are looking for inexpensive gifts to make check out my website.  Here's what we found out we could do with our collection of old CD's.  This is not for young children!  These CD's are very hot when you are making the Tea Lights.  Each one is unique, and it gets a bit adicting when you start making them.  Now you can use all those old AOL CD's!  http://www.killermonks.com/tealights

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