It’s Week 3 of the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin at Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. This week, I’m sharing how I made vinyl decal frames to display my daughter’s art. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m making over my budding artist’s bedroom into a FNAF inspired moody tween girl paradise.
The catch: (besides having to work with my daughter on a theme that I don’t love) is that I have 1 month and I can only spend $100, which forces me to get creative with what I have around the house already.
Week 3 Progress
Last week, I was knee-deep in kid clutter and wanted to cry as I painted around her mess. I’m happy to say that I persevered, finished painting, and got her room cleaned up.
I don’t normally clean her room, which is probably part of the problem to begin with. While she was at school, I went through and got rid of stuff that she hadn’t even looked at in years. Then I organized the rest. We were all amazed to see her floor again.
I even got rid of some of her beloved boxes and talked her into covering the remaining ones with black paper, so they would look nicer (probably won’t happen by next week.)
I’m still trying to talk her into getting rid of her unused vanity, but so far, no luck.
This might look messy, but it’s a million times cleaner than it was! I still have a few things to remove from the room, like the aqua nightstand and her Lego collection.
Since I took these pictures, I also added the top to the bookshelves to make them into a desk. I had 2 old IKEA desk tops in my attic that were unused.
How to Make Vinyl Decal Frames
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- Make a series of frames in the silhouette software. I used a combination of rectangles, corner pieces and lines for the sides of the frames. I wanted to waste as little vinyl as possible, so I had to get a bit creative in constructing my frames. Some of my frames were made by welding shapes to rectangles.
- Cut out vinyl to fit your mat and send all of the images to cut.
- Weed all of the excess vinyl.
- Carefully start positioning the frames on the wall. I nested my designs too intricately to be able to use transfer tape, so I just had to do my best. I positioned the interesting frames to be displayed prominently and filled the space between them with smaller ones. My daughter loves to make art of all sizes, so I know she will fill the odd shaped sizes too. Rub the vinyl to make it adhere to the wall.
I added a few creepy ones just for her.
Now she can use tacks to hang her art in the frames. She was using tape, which is the worst to scrape off. I decided that instead of fighting her, I will just fill a million tack holes. Pick your battles.
These photos were taken on the same day as the previous photos, but the colors look so different. The top photos are more accurate than this Barney color.
When I was done with the frames, I added a pet net that I bought for her a few months ago. Did you have one as a kid? I know I did!!
I already know that I’m a few dollars over the $100 budget. This has been an eye opening experience to how I normally don’t pay attention to what paint costs or all of the little things. It has also been a good lesson in thinking outside the box to use what I already have. Normally, I would have built her a desk with new wood.
Still to Do:
- Spray paint chandelier
- Spray paint and reupholster thrifted stool
- Make her skull pillow
- Add some hooks to her room
- A bit more tidying
$100 Budget So Far:
- $35 Comforter
- $26 Paint
- $2 Tacks
- $0 Vinyl (already had)
- $10 Stool (not shown)
I can’t wait to see how everyone else is doing this week!
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