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DIY make a custom welcome mat

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DIY custom welcome mat

It’s been DIY free on Petit Elefant for far too long, so I’m here to show you a ‘DIY make a custom welcome mat’, alternately titled ‘I’m late to the bandwagon but I love geometric neon shapes for home decor in spite of my 80′s childhood’.

Let’s get our DIY on, shall we?

 

welcome doormat

This is my front door, and if you look closely yes that IS a snowflake painted sisal welcome mat.  I’m pretty sure I got it two years ago for Christmas.  Yes, it has been gracing my front doorway all season long, every season since then.  Which means maybe I should’ve just left it until the snow starts falling this year.

Or.

OR it’s time to spiff things up and do some DIY damage with spray paint.  Spray paint is almost always the answer.  Unless we’re talking about food, in which case, it’s ice cream.  Always ice cream.

 

project supplies

Supplies for DIY make a custom welcome mat:

  • construction grade / color spray paint
  • ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape
  • (not pictured) grey primer spray paint
  • (not pictured) lawn sized garbage bag
  • (not pictured) acrylic top coat spray paint to finish

 

sisal doormat

Step one:

 

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Our master bathroom remodel before and after

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Our master bathroom is finally done.  YOU GUYS.  The bathroom is doooooooonnnnnne.

master bathroom remodel reveal

And before we proceed any deeper into the amazing glory that is our new bathroom, I’d like you all to know, *AHEM* that my husband is a saint and the lengthy duration of this remodeling process had nothing to do with him.  The epic-ness of tearing out an entire bathroom to the studs while living in the room next door is, well, a thing.  A complicated thing.  Especially because we did 50% of the work ourselves and a contractor did the other 50% when we had time and when he had time, which is to say, the master bathroom remodel has seemed never-ending.

bathroom candles I’d also like to state for the record: when I say ‘we’ I always mean everyone BUT me.  My husband, my kids, my husband’s best friend, my old college roommate’s husband. ‘We’ means lots of people who aren’t me.  Just so we’re all clear.

Before I show you the gorgeous new master bathroom, I just want to remind you of the awful bathroom I posted yesterday.  The before-before, the before from when we were house hunting and were thinking of buying our … >> find out more…

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Our master bathroom remodel before photos

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Our master bathroom (and bedroom) were pretty bad when we first bought our house.  And while I know you’ve been waiting for photos of the master bathroom remodel final reveal for oh, about a month, I HAD to show you the Nightmare on Elm Street the master bathroom was originally.

master bathroom shower beforeI dug through some horrid old photos, with resolutions you’d expect from a digital camera in 2003.  My 13-year-old’s throwaway cell phone takes better photos than our super expensive camera 10 years ago, but that’s neither here nor there.  And when you’re done being assaulted by visions of the 90′s I’ll post the new bathroom, and hopefully your brain won’t have been too traumatized by what you’re about to see.

Are you ready?  Get ready.  Brace yourselves.  Some serious ivy obsession is about to burst through your screen.

before master bathroom remodelYou guys.  I feel okay about ivy.  On college dormitories on the east coast of the US in the fall.  Climbing the bricks of my childhood home, filling the gaps in chain-link fencing on a dirty inner city lot.  But I’ll tell you what I don’t feel okay about: ivy crawling the walls of my master bathroom.

master bathroom before photos

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Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Master bathroom remodel part 3

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This master bathroom remodel project has officially become epic.

Not epic as in: that wave was so epic!  Let’s paddle out for another one!

Epic like: this project is so epically dragged out somebody’s gonna get all face stabbed up in hurr.

master bathroom vanity I’ve always been honest with you guys, and I’m feeling especially honest today.  If this master bathroom doesn’t get all completo in the next 72 hours I’m going back to the French Riviera with my girl Rachael.  If I wanted to live out of a suitcase for 6 months at a time, I wouldn’t be doing it in Utah County.

Would you?

Don’t answer that.  It was kind of a trick question trap.

under constructionBut seriously you guys, this master bath is officially ridiculous.

In fact, if I were to show you the photos I took of my master bedroom (which is attached to this monstrosity of a project via gutted doorway) you’d stop reading this post ASAP-like to call child services and report the unsafe living conditions of my household.

It’s super sketch, just like my current frame of mind.

master bathroom

Alright, now that we’ve established my fragile mental state, let’s do a walk through of the … >> find out more…

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Our master bathroom remodel take 2

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Our master bathroom has, for the last 5 months, been a sea of insulation and drywall dust, host to a sea of random construction guys streaming in and out at all hours, ladders and buckets and 30 gallon garbage cans strewn about with an odd assortment of tools landing on my bedroom floor.  It hasn’t been the most fun ever in MY! WHOLE! LIFE! but at the same time, it’s kind of awesome to finally be able to do a remodel on the master bathroom that has been moldy and nasty for 10 years.

We’re fortunate to be in a place to do something about it finally.  I recognize that.

However.

master bath remodel

It’s kind of terrible.

It’s balanced out by a cool factor, but only just.  I sketched out the plan I wanted from scratch on the back of a bill and gave it to the contractor, and over the months I’ve watched my ideas come to life.  Fun!  As fun as a ride at the carnival!  But with the same amount of puking and sketchy Carnies!

Last time I updated you on our master bathroom part I, things were nasty in the only way early 90′s decor can be, … >> find out more…

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Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Our master bathroom remodel part I

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master bathroom before photoOur master bathroom is kind of a nightmare.  Was kind of a nightmare I mean, right before we ripped it all out.

jetted tub master bath remodelIt all started when we bought our house, almost ten years ago.  The master bathroom and (attached) walk-in closet were part of the reason we loved the house; the jetted tub was my closer.  What we didn’t notice, or know to notice, was all the water damage in the bathroom.

warped floor in bathroom The floor next to the bath was so soggy I could push down the linoleum with my toes.  When I ripped the green ivy wallpaper down a few weeks after moving in, (no really, ivy wallpaper to match the turquoise counters and spotted turquoise linoleum) I discovered more water damage in the form of smushy walls and peeling drywall.

We didn’t have any extra cash, so I did what anyone else would do: I peeled back as much bad drywall as possible before I painted over the whole thing.

moldy bathroom floorThe water damage in the master bath got worse, much worse, but honestly who has an extra five thousand dollars laying around for a bathroom remodel?  We didn’t.

chipped countertop master bathroomChipped up counter, who cares?

our master bathroom remodel

Rusted out sink?  … >> find out more…

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Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Tutorial chalk paint organizers DIY

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DIY chalk paint organizers A DIY Tutorial for chalk paint organizers, yes? YesYES.

Hi, my name is Stephanie, and I’m a craft-aholic. I’m constantly accumulating craft supplies or little trinkets that I think could have great crafting potential and DIY tutorial potential (hello bottle caps, corks, and old sweaters). I store my craft supplies on a book shelf in my bedroom, and what were once five nicely organized shelves of a few pieces of fabric, a couple spools of thread, and a craft book or two has become a monstrosity of felt, sequins, jars, scissors, buttons, paints, brushes, bottle caps, and any other craft supplies you could possibly think of.

Well, it’s time for the madness to stop! I need some order in my craft bookshelf, and I’m sharing with you one of the tutorials of solutions I have come up with to help organize the chaos, and of course it is in on par with most of my other projects: up-cycling every day items you already have laying around the house!

SUPPLIES FOR DIY CHALK PAINT JAR ORGANIZERS TUTORIAL:

  • glass jars, rinsed, dried, and labels removed
  • white spray paint or primer
  • chalkboard paint
  • masking tape
  • foam brushes
  • acrylic paint
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Stephanie Hayward

A designer, maker, crafter, and blogger, Stephanie Hayward spends her days designing buildings in Columbus, Ohio and nights blogging about design, DIY, and (attempts at making) good food at Stuff Steph Does. She lives with her partner in crime, Brandon, and their spunky little dog, Lucy.

How to old book desk organizer DIY

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Have a book or two laying around?  An old book you don’t want to get rid of, but really don’t read anymore?  Maybe you love to go to the thrift store and buy a good book here and there because you love the way they look, and you’ve acquired one too many.  No matter your bookstore habits, (I’m a bookstore whore, and I’m not ashamed to say it) today Steph is here to teach you how to turn an old book into a super cool DIY. – Allison

Upcycled Book Organzier

Hey! It’s me again, Steph from Stuff Steph Does again, and I’m here to show you a super simple DIY project from old books that will help organize your work space while looking really cool at the same time!

While out flea market shopping with my two girlfriends in Chicago last year, we came across these beautiful, old, vintage-looking folded books for sale at a vendor’s booth. While they were cool, we balked at the 20 dollar price tag. Twenty bucks?! We can totally make these ourselves! And just like that our day of flea market shopping was cut short and we made our way to the thrift store to find … >> find out more…

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Stephanie Hayward

A designer, maker, crafter, and blogger, Stephanie Hayward spends her days designing buildings in Columbus, Ohio and nights blogging about design, DIY, and (attempts at making) good food at Stuff Steph Does. She lives with her partner in crime, Brandon, and their spunky little dog, Lucy.

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How to boot cuffs from a sweater

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Learning how to make your own boot cuffs from a sweater and how to make your own leg warmers from a sweater is so easy!  Read on to learn how to make your own.

how to boot cuffs from a sweater

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday filled with friends and family and all that good stuff. Now it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions, which, if yours include saving money, being environmentally friendly, and/or staying stylish, this easy DIY project is right up your alley!

HOW TO MAKE BOOT CUFFS FROM A SWEATER

 

boot cuffs from a sweater

If you’ve seen any of the past how to projects I’ve done for both Petit Elefant blog and my own, you may have figured out that I like to make things out of everyday materials you probably already have around the house. One material I’m particularly fond of is old sweaters. Knitted objects are so “in” right now and using sweaters lets you have the finished knitted product without ever having to pick up a set of needles!

DIY sweater cuff

I love wearing boots and tights in the winter, and I love the trend of wearing tall, thick socks under them. However, really thick socks aren’t always comfortable … >> find out more…

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!