My kid is two, I never thought Id have artwork to figure out what to do with this soon. Ollie brings new pieces home every week. I feel guilty for tossing it, but I can't keep or display it all. I can't wait to see what he comes up with once he really starts using his imagination and getting creative. When the time comes that it's too precious to let go, I have some ideas in my back pocket for saving and displaying his artwork. Here are my five favorite ideas.
Oliver turned 2 last week! If you haven't been following along, we celebrated in Disney World! More to come on that, but before we left we gave the birthday boy his gift, a play kitchen. Every time we've gone to a friend's who has one, he runs right to it. He also tells me literally everyday that he makes pizza in the kitchen at school, plus if you ever look at my Instagram stories, you will know he loves to help momma make dinner and bake cakes. I knew I wanted to get him one for his birthday, and I knew it had to be a special one. So I called in the DIY guns to hack the Ikea Duktig kid's play kitchen and styled it out with a few lovely details, including this felt letter menu. Keep reading to find out exactly what I did and to see adorable photos of Ollie opening his present.
- White Semi Gloss spray paint
- 3 drawer pulls - 5 inch spread, I used these
- 3 knobs
- 6 bolts - 3/8", 1" long (the bolts that come with the knobs are too long)
- foam board
- metallic spray paint
- staple gun
- sanding block
- Stain - I used MinWax Poly Shades, Mission Oak
Before assembly, spray paint the the base and shelf pieces. All pieces that are not already white, except for the counter top.
I sanded, pre-stained and stained the counter top to make it a few shades darker
The subway tile backsplash is actually foam board with sharpie drawn tiles! I was planning something much more complicated, but I had these supplies and it looks just as good as what I was thinking.
Once you assemble, replace the plastic handles with the metal ones, using the extra bolts (not the ones that come with the knobs).
Drill three holes under the stove to add the knobs.
Style with charm!
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Upon returning from Christmas with our families in Michigan, we had a new first world problem, where to put all the toys. There are just so many toys! Lucky for me and other OCD moms out there, there are lots of toy storage options. Here are my personal requirements for toy storage. First, they have to be aesthetically pleasing, for me that means no plastic. Instead I opt for more natural materials, sea grass, jute or raffia. Second, I prefer baskets that have structure, without being completely rigid, so I also shy away from hard wicker. Next, my favorite baskets are big, but not giant. Anything hamper size is too big for me. My ideal dimensions are roughly 18" long by 12" deep by 12" high. Finally, as you accumulate more toys and thus more toy storage, keep a consistent look and feel to the options you choose. You can mix and match, but keep similar elements, such as material or color and when you mix and match buy in multiples. You create a more cohesive look if you have several of each basket organized in a visually pleasing way. A few of my favorite places to look for storage include Land of Nod, PB Teen, PB Kids, The Container Store and of course, Target and Home Goods. Below are a couple styles and combinations that work well together.