Wednesday, August 14, 2013

DIY for Dorm Livin'

I don't post a lot of DIY things.  Because there are alot of DIY'ers better than me!!  

But I thought I'd share some DIY'ing going on during the dorm prep that has been going on in this house.

First, you know I moved Erin to Auburn last week. 
She has graduated from the dorm to an apartment.

I would like to say how impressed I am with her interest and skills.
We have done "arts and crafts" in this house FOREVER.

She has put her skills to good use.

Her own Chevron Headboard.

The Frame we picked up at Brimfield two summers ago and she has used it to "hang" her snapshots of college life and friends.

The little chest was in my parents's home forever.  It was brown/oak. Ick.

Some Clean White paint.

   Emerald Green on the hardware.
Just what a girl needs.  Some Emerald.

The Jack Wills shams were re-purposed from her previous dorm room.  Adding the Fluff.

Then, back on the home front ... Callie and I are prepping for her FIRST Dorm Run.

She has a TEENY room.  So we are on a mission to make her walls talk.

Bulletin Board you say ... 

We went to Michaels searching the aisles.  
We wanted larger than the pre-made bulletin boards.
Thinking we would be doing a little foam core board with cork ... then how to hang it and keep it from being too flimsy?

We stumbled onto this.

A large Art Canvas.  This solved several problems.

On a wood frame ... easy to hang.
Wouldn't have to piece together foam core with tons of duct tape.
Okay ... it was $39.99. Really more than I wanted to spend.
But I have the Michael's App on my phone. Erin downloaded this for me.
Thank you.
Back to school scratch tickets gave me 25% off my entire sale.

Cork Put on with Spray adhesive.  And some extra fabric I had from my Office Illusion.

Over some batting.  I like things Soft.  Clearly this is why I don't work out.

Back inside for Orange Grosgrain Ribbon and Thumbtacks.
Bucknell's colors are Orange and Blue.
So don't go thinking I MADE her do Orange.

Spray Painted Wooden Monogram.
Hot Glued On.

TA DA ... 

 She just announced she would like a twin size headboard like her sister's.  
Guess what we'll be doing that over the weekend.

Yep.  More Arts and Crafts.  What have you been DIY'ing lately?  Please share!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.




  1. This is fantastic! So neat and clean, and love the ribbon and tacks,
    She's going to look like a decorators daughter. Good luck Callie your first year at school . I remember how important it was for Bethany to have a beautifully decorated ( teeny) room! You'll feel at home in your space!
    Xo Nancy

  2. I love the personal touches you are sending along. We are doing our dorm move next week. I am pretty confident that my son does not want a pretty bulletin board (LOL!)so he got a fridge that is a dry erase board.

  3. What fun! The chevron headboard is fabulous, can't wait to see the next one! We're a ways off, but I'm already bummed I only have a boy!

  4. What a fantastic room. I just showed this to my daughter, and she loves this idea. In 3 years, we will be copying all of this.

  5. awww i love seeing where erin lives :) and callie's memo board is the CUTEST. i kept hearing Erin saying 'we love monograms in this house' in my head :)

  6. You've raised them well! That room looks so cool and I love the memo board. Might have to copy that. :)

  7. She's got your genes Kim, so I totally expect this creativity from her! Love the headboard and the memo board!!!!!

  8. Love these DIYs! So fun and colorful for college girls. Ah, to be young again!

  9. Wow - you are really bringing the dorm decor to a whole new level!! I love Erin's headboard and picture board!! And how cute is that bulletin board you made? I feel bad for the other kids whose rooms won't be nearly as cool.

  10. Wow, that's a dorm room? It looks professionally done! And I have to steal the bulletin board idea for my daughter's room


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