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a unique gallery wall

Sorry for all the bathroom posts this week!  I swear I will move out of the bathroom and into another room after today’s post.  :-)   Remember I gave you a little sneak peek in yesterday’s post of what was to come today…

make your own diy red funky and modern towel holder

Yep…I created a [quirky] gallery wall in the kids’ bathroom…but in true AMY FASHION I took it to the bizarre next step and created a gallery wall on their mirror!

use kids art to create a unique art gallery on bathroom mirror

I am not the biggest fan of gallery walls as I think they are a trend and just not my personal style.  But when you’ve accumulated thousands upon thousands of kiddie art projects that must be kept at all costs [their words, not mine] what choice do you have?  I succumbed to my apprehension of gallery walls and created a quirky one.  I’m just that rebellious and cannot do what everyone else is doing.  My Mom is nodding her head right now as she reads this.  :-)

kids unique gallery wall on bathroom mirror


I gathered up my favorite works of theirs and thought the bright colors were just what the blah-builder-grade-Godzilla-sized-mirror was begging for.  Obviously I used very lightweight canvas paintings and the framed works are very light as well.  They are simply award frames I purchased at Michael’s.  No glass, just plastic.  I attached each of these masterpieces with Command double sided tape.

Command 0.6-in Two-Sided Tape

create a fun kids art gallery on a bathroom mirror

Attaching their artwork to their bathroom mirror also serves as a cute dividing line between “his” and “her” space.  I’m hoping this alleviates some of the nagging and fighting.

unique kids art gallery created on a bathroom mirror

make a unique kids art gallery on a bathroom mirror

create a unique kids art gallery wall on a bathroom mirror

This is actually a pen/pencil holder and desk tray I purchased from Poppin but I like it much better holding their toothbrushes, toothpaste and Zahnputzuhr (loosely translated…teeth cleaning clock).  The color is fun and goes with their new wallpapered wall.

making a unique art gallery from kids artwork on a bathroom mirror

kids unique gallery wall on bathroom mirror

use kids art to create a unique art gallery on bathroom mirror

In case you’re wondering that Command tape is still holding STRONG!  I don’t see these pictures coming down….EVER!!  :-)

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DIY: modern+funky towel holder

diy modern and funky red towel holder

I’m back in the kids’ bathroom today [well, not literally] to show you a cute DIY project I banged out in 30 minutes. I posted about using curtain hold backs as towel holders, but they were just too dang big…

kids bathroom_hold back

Do you ever go ahead with something even though you have this feeling in your gut that it’s wrong?!  The above picture is case in point.

After wallpapering the kids’ bathroom things have snowballed, but in a good way.  The ideas are flowing and things are falling into place.

My next idea was to replace the monstrosity of a towel holder with a smaller, much simpler one.  Since the funds for DIY’ing this month are a bit tight, I decided to make one with scrap pieces of wood and some bright red spray paint I had on hand.

diy modern funky towel holder in bright red

how to diy a simple modern and funky red towel holder

I used a scrap piece of furring strip [apx $2.00 at HD for an 8' piece] and wooden dowel that is 0.75″ thick.  I simply cut the furring strip to the above measurements you see [4.25" x 3" x 3"].  I then cut the dowel at a 45 degree angle and cut to 2.25″ long at the highest point.  I felt this length would look best and most proportionate to the base of the towel holder.

how to make a diy funky modern red towel holder

Next simply add a blob of wood glue [Gorilla glue is the shizzle] onto the angled part of the dowel and set onto the triangle base.

how to diy modern and funky red towel holder

Lightly press the dowel onto the base so it sets a bit.  Now simply rest this piece at a slight angle against something and let sit for at least an hour.

Once the glue has set, give it a light sanding with a fine grit sandpaper.

diy a modern and funky red towel holder

The next step is to spray paint this guy any color you like.  I chose this bright red color in a lacquer finish so it’s super glossy. I chose red to go with the funky [temp] wallpaper I used recently in the kids’ bathroom.  I let this dry overnight.

how to make a funky modern red towel holder

To attach this to the wall I drilled a small shallow hole on the back in order to hang it from a nail.  And that’s it!

diy funky and modern towel holder in red

I love how it’s a bit sculptural, modern and funky!

make a simple diy modern funky red towel holder

how to diy a red modern funky and simple towel holder

make a funky modern and simple red towel holder

As soon as I hung a hand towel from the hook I couldn’t see this towel holder anymore!  I want to be able to admire my genius work [I know...barf!] so I grabbed an old curtain ring and used that to hold the kids’ hand towel.

making a simple diy modern funky red towel holder

make your own diy red funky and modern towel holder

You can already see a sneak peek of tomorrow’s post!  Another fun [quirky] one.  :-)

diy modern and funky red towel holder

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[temp] wallpapering the kids’ bath

installing vintage inspired temp wallpaper coral red and turquoise

Sunday was like any other day in our household.  Kids up at 7:00.  Mom up and chugging coffee at 7:01.  Mom gets a DIY idea at 7:30!  Mom is frantically trying to finish said DIY project before Dad wakes up!   Sometimes I wish I was joking, but having an over-active-creative-brain I’ve learned is a huge part of who I am.  I’ve learned to accept it and just roll with it.

I ordered this amazing coral red and turquoise temporary wallpaper from One Kings Lane in November and yesterday realized where it would be perfect….the kid’s bathroom!

temp wallpaper in kids bathroom_vintage inspired

vintage inspired temp wallpaper_coral and turquoise

I’ve been a fan of red+turquoise for a while now and am so happy I finally get to do a room in these colors.  I figured putting this in the kid’s bathroom would be safe.  This bathroom is on our second floor and doesn’t have any windows, so no natural light.  Not to mention, their bathroom is a very long rectangular space so why not add some funky fun colors to lighten it up a bit, I thought.

This is what their bathroom looked like recently.  I installed the board+batten and love the look.  I painted just this accent wall the same slate blue that it’s in our master bedroom.  Not very fun for a 6 and 4 year old.

vintage inspired temp wallpaper

I wasn’t joking about frantically trying to finish this project before the hub woke up.  While in my PJ’s, hair resembling Cruella Deville I got busy.

coral and turquoise vintage inspired temp wallpaper

I measured the length of the wall (45″) and make my first cut at this length.   This is just a huge sticker so I peeled about 12″ of the backing off and applied the clean straight edge right up next to the ceiling.  Once that was level and straight, I simply flattened it out, pressed out any air bubbles with my daughter’s clipboard, and repeated all the way down this first strip.

vintage looking coral and turquoise temp wallpaper

I know it looks strange to start a wallpaper job in the middle of the wall.  It was impossible for me to stick a full strip of paper in between the door trim and the adjacent wall so I stuck my first strip about 8″ away from the corner.  I figured I would cut a full strip in half later and it would be easier for me to work with in the corners.

There is obviously a pattern to this design so the remaining strips I cut to 50″.  This allows for me to line up the pattern without running short on either end of the strip.

vintage inspired temp wallpaper in coral and turquoise

You can see I was left with another bare spot on the other side of the wall.  I cut another strip at 50″, folded it lengthwise in the middle then cut this piece in half.  This made tackling these small spaces much easier.

After about 40 minutes this wall was done!  Best part…the hub was still asleep!

vintage inspired coral and turquoise temp wallpaper

temp wallpaper vintage inspired coral and turquoise

temp wallpaper vintage inspired coral red and turquoise

coral and turquoise temp wallpaper vitage inspired

Temp wallpaper is one of the best inventions.  It’s perfect for renters and someone like me who is constantly tweaking the house!   I paid apx $45 for a double roll of this and just purchased one as it is a bit pricey.  It’s just enough to slap it on an accent wall for a big impact.

installing vintage inspired temp wallpaper coral red and turquoise

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