Sometimes I like to read the end of the book a bit after starting it. Consider the end of the book these pictures.
Here’s the story behind it.
Earlier last week I was thinking that I needed to find a bookshelf for all of Susanna’s books. Our small place means that we are always on the look out for keeping things organized. Her books have become a get-me-organized issue of late, and we’ve even donated some we don’t read very often. #RecyclingMakesOurHeartsHappy
Shortly after I began thinking about it, the Spring Pinterest Challenge hosted by Sherry, Katie, Renee, and Emily appeared. The timing of this challenge was much like the Winter one, in which I (to me) had no time to make something due to other obligations and real life stuff.
Yet, just like the Winter one, the challenge concept got the best of me, I made time, and I am so grateful that I did. (Side note- last time I made a $0 drum for our girl which she still loves. It was super easy and put to use the formula cans that companies send new moms.)
Hours after reading about the challenge, I asked Scott if we could hit our local thrift store. I figured I’d find inspiration there for something to pin to help tweak it. Yes, I knew I needed to not make something from scratch due all that was going on in our lives. #SometimesYouHaveToPlaySmart
I found this wooden heart thing for 50 cents.
I immediately envisioned it as a heart bookshelf. I showed it to Scott, and he thought it was a cradle that needed legs. I stuck to my
arteries Mom’s intuition, and he waited through the surgery DIY process while I painted and trusted.
For those who prefer a more wordy step-by-step, here you are…
- I removed the price tags and sanded down the wooden heart with 150 grit sand paper.
- I wiped the wooden heart down with a cloth wipe because that’s what I had on hand easily.
- I painted the outside red and the inside white with 2 coats of acrylic paint that was previously purchased on sale at Michael’s.
- I free-handed the gradient lines on both sides knowing full well they were not going to be perfectly even (or straight). This was just to see what I thought about the size of each color.
- I mixed my paints on a plastic plate and I painted each section.
- I sealed it with acrylic matte sealer purchased at Michael’s with a 50% off Joann’s coupon.
All of it was painted on Susanna’s mat that we bought recently. I painted the gradient sections with Susanna playing between my legs which explains why there aren’t more photos of the gradient-painting process.
I took comfort in consulting my Pinterest inspiration source.
When it was all done, it cost $4.24- 50 cents for the wooden heart and $3.74 for acrylic sealer that was used at the end. I had everything else on hand (including time).
I am beyond-thrilled with how it turned out. It may look simple, but it meant my having to think quickly, trust my vision, make time, and execute. That’s not always easy.
Are you a gradient fan? Did you participate in the Spring Pinterest Challenge? How do you manage your child(ren)’s books?