Making A Cement Planter

I’m trying to get into this plant mom life; you can read about my plant life start HERE. As I begin accumulating more plants, I’ve come to realize to travel this planter’s journey will require vessels to house these new plant babies.

Now, I’ve seen some gorgeous planters, with the price tag to match! And who is not interested in tossing money to planters? It’s me!

My DI-trY journey always includes Youtube University; and during this enrollment, I found Casa Refined, who showed a great way to inexpensively create a cement planter. Casa Refined (Jorge)chose to use old thin towels; but I was able to find a few old t-shirts lying around the house. I think it may have been best to use old towels because cutting my old shirts was a tedious task. Although, I think it could also be attributed to the dull scissors I used. In all, I used about three old, thin tees.

These IKEA buckets were inexpensive and made for a decent height after super gluing the two bottoms together. Keeping in mind, when adding the plants of your choosing, there will be additional height added to the planter.

I mixed the cement as if making pancake batter. Hopefully, you’ve made pancake batter where you just add water. If not, you basically want the cement to not be too liquified but also not too pasty. A thin but thick texture, which I know sounds conflicting but trust me. If you try this, you’ll totally understand once you start mixing the cement. Side Note: don’t forget to wear a face mask of some sort to protect yourself from inhaling the cement dust as you mix.

After mixing the cement, it’s now time to take the cut-up shirt pieces; wet with “cement sauce” (not all at once; preferably individually but moving with a swift pace as the cement will begin to thicken in the mixing bucket)and start applying the shirt pieces to the bucket.


Allowing the finished application to dry over 24 hours, the cement planter now looks like this.


Notice the texture and sense of movement the tee shirts give the planter. I’m excited!


Before moving on to the next steps, I added one more coat of “cement sauce” over the completed planter -just to act like a final sealant. Once this cures, which wasn’t long since it’s presently 100 plus degrees here in Texas, you can either leave it as is or do what I did… Pull out a can of your favorite spray paint!

For me, I used Rustoleum Textured interior/exterior spray paint in black. Although the planter already has texture from using the cemented pieces of t-shirt, I still wanted to give the piece an added ‘lift’.


With some flowers added, this project made for a simplistic addition to my front porch. Now, I need to make another planter, but definitely early in the morning. That Texas heat is a BEAST!

Would you try this?

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Until we meet again, be intentional about living your legacy now and genuinely!

Ya girl, Kim!

Top 5 Plants to Begin Your Plant Journey

from the perspective of a recovering plant killah

Listen to me when I tell you, “I have NOT a green thumb!” It’s more blackish-green than anything. The way my hands are set up for this plant life has made this plant journey indeed one of ups and downs -filled with some plants surviving me and my novice ways.


…but still I persist!

Because of the benefits with having plants filling your home’s atmosphere, I really am dedicated to learning this #plantlife. Having an asthmatic daughter, I want to incorporate as many natural ways that I can to help alleviate some of the breathing challenges she occasionally has. So, I continue on this DI-trY journey and will work my way to becoming an official #plantmom!

Here are my top 5 plants (and their benefits) that I’ve kept alive for a solid year! <inserts cheering while keeping my fingers crossed that they continue to thrive>

Top 5 Starter Plants

based on a true story by a recovering plant killah (ya’ll I even killed a succulent!)

  1. Spider Plant: easy to maintain; doesn’t require much attention -because I was infamous for missing watering days, and most articles advise you can miss watering these up to 3 weeks!

    Benefit: Coverts carbon dioxide to oxygen at night, making it a good bedroom plant.

  2. Birds of Paradise: water every 1-2 weeks. Likes humidity so incorporating a humidifier helps with growth. Perfect for giving tropical vibes type ambiance.

    • Benefit: Good for air circulation and purification.

  3. Pothos: can handle missing a few watering days; good in medium to bright light conditions. Perfect to sit high because it can grow with a trailing vine. In my opinion, a trailing vine looks good when they are daintily hanging low.

    Benefit: purifies the air while also helping eliminate odors.

  4. Elephant ear: gives tropical oasis vibe and requires moderate to frequent watering.

    Benefit: cutting the stem and rubbing it on an insect sting is said to help alleviate pain and swelling. (Note: I’ve never tried this, but my grandmother knew a bunch of remedies)

  5. Fiddle Leaf: this one and I have a slightly contentious relationship. Presently, there are approximately 5 leaves on my plant, and it took a while to get there. However, once it flourishes, it’s absolutely beautiful! Let’s add that most challenges I don’t back down from, and this Fiddler is a challenge!

Benefit: pretty much air purifying like most other plants


Helpful ways to care for and remember your plant babies

  • Have a schedule: Whether you set an alarm on your smart device or include it as a recurring event on your calendar, getting into a routine with your plant care helps them survive.

  • Feed them: Yes! Plants need food too. I’m not quite into composting (just yet), so I’ve been using plant food to feed my crew.

  • Use apps: My mom introduced me to an app where I can take a picture of the plant and the app usually recognizes the type of plant as well as gives a plethora of information -right down to why some of my leaves were dying off at a rapid pace.

  • Read: if you don’t want to use an app (as some require a fee), turn to the good ole internet. Hopefully, you can recall the name of your plant baby so you’re getting the most accurate information.

Hope this helps you start on your plant journey! Until we meet again, I’ll continue to be in learning mode and overcoming my plant killer instincts.

Genuinely!

Ya girl, Kim!

Weeks 7 & 8 ORC: Decorate & Reveal

The Struggle

In addition to having my own trepidations about m adding color to the walls, I also struggle with decor. See on this end, my problem is I have Hermes taste but working with a Target budget. Good thing I really like Target and Amazon!

If you’ve been following my Instagram stories and posts, then you know part of the plan for turning this space into a sanctuary also includes lighting and gentle decorations (SEE SKETCH HERE). I decided to have a single pendant light hanging over the repurposed cabinet -formerly used in my daughter’s renovated bathroom (See it HERE).

Of course that opens up yet another project here at Kholmes_InColor! Let me add that my daughter is so over me and these projects, but she gon be okay lol! Anyway let’s get into the deets.

The Light

Ever been scrolling through instagram and see where people have “shop my feed/post”? You hit the link to their shop and see some astronomically priced pieces. Yep, me too and THIS REEL sums up those feelings.

In my pendant light search, I stumbled across this Better Homes & Gardens light online. Here’s The Link to shop what I considered an affordable light.

My design included having a light where there was not previously one on this slanted ceiling. To achieve this, I added battery operated lighting. Since this isn’t the room’s main light source, having a battery operated light would be sufficient simply for the purpose of added ambiance.


The Reveal

Because we’re lacking in storage, and because the goal was to repurpose as much as I could, the vanity from my daughter’s bathroom was used for more storage space. After removing the sink, the same plywood used to make the window seat was also used to make a countertop. With my Kregjig pocket hole maker, I was able to attach two scrap pieces of plywood together.


I stained the top with Minwax stain, and finished it off with a polyurethane clear gloss coat.


And how were the edges of the countertop addressed? That was wrapped in edge banding and stained the same color as the countertop.


Using my Ryobi brad nailer, the countertop was attached to the top base of the cabinet.


And Now…

We bring it all together with the first part of Lé Sanctuary completed. We now have added storage as well as a spot to sit and relax. Time didn’t allow for a few more design elements to be added, but the biggest piece has been completed! Stay tuned as 𝗟𝗲́ 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 continues to be built out.

Shop the links here…

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Weeks 5 & 6 ORC: More Window Seating

Part 2 of One Room Challenge

I thought building the carcass of this window seat was time consuming but dealing with plywood was another time eater for me -mainly because I’m new to working with plywood and new to using a circular saw.


Weeks 3 and 4 of the One Room Challenge included learning how to use my Kreg jig pocket hole maker. This was exciting because those joinery holes are the best! If you’ve been following in my stories, then you know I wanted to pocket hole everything!

Now that the carcass of the window seat is completed, I needed to get the plywood going on this baby. This meant I needed to learn how to use my circular saw, which intimidated me at first. It’s loud and keeping the straight line while cutting is a monster! So, I tucked it away in a corner for far too long.

But you know I won’t walk in fear or intimidation for a lengthy period of time! To get my cuts a little straighter, I purchased the Kreg Rip Cut guide, which I will add to my list of good beginner DIY items to have. That blog post is in the making.


I first did a few practice cuts on the plywood I purchased for the garage shelves because as mentioned throughout my IG Stories, plywood and lumber in genral has become quite costly! I cannot stress the appreciation I have for the Kreg Rip Cutter! Although the plywood sheets for the garage shelves were pricey (by my standard), it wasn’t as much as the 3/4 plywood needed for the window seat.

This happened…

Before purchasing my plywood, I calculated how many sheets would be needed. Since my window seat is 100 inches long, I knew I would need 2 sheets. I wasn’t excited about this, but had I planned better, I probably would’ve done a built-in bookcase on the end of the seat. Oh well, lesson learned! Take your time; sit in the space and really give thought to budget based on your design.


Onward…

Currently, Week 8 is upon me, and the push is on! The carcass is built and guess what?! All the pieces for the window seat have been cut and painted. Now it’s a matter of putting it all together. I’m learning as I go, but this is what a DI-trY is all about!


Stick around for the final reveal! In the meantime, be sure to support the featured designers and guest participants within the One Room Challenge with media partner Apartment Therapy over on their blog www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog

Keep it genuine.

Ya Girl, Kim!

Week 3 & 4 ORC: Window Seat DI•trY part 1

Week 3 and 4: One Room Challenge

This weeks’ One Room Challenge tasks included continuing to repurpose items already in my possession (i.e garage shelving 2x4s); learning a couple of new tools (shop for them HERE); and building a base for my window seat.

Since the price of lumber has just about doubled, I decided my 2x4s, initially serving as shelving in the garage, could be connector pieces for the window seat. For this project, I’ve mainly purchased nails and 2 additional 2x4s that were about 4 inches longer than the ones I already had. The length of the window seat is approximately 100 inches long; my garage shelves were 96 inches.



This picture is the first shelf build, but the next will be far sturdier than this one. I’ll do an updated blog post linking the garage shelf build a little later, since I’m presently still building them. Gotta finish this #OneRoomChallenge!

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As for the window seat’s base/frame, I had to learn (and get over the intimidating factor) of quite a few new tools – Ryobi 18V ONE+ Multitool and Kreg pocket hole kit. Turns out both were easier to use than I thought. Essentially, I worked myself up about learning them for nothing! Can’t stand when I do silly things like that. Anywho, here’s

what I did…

to start this build:

  1. Cut 2x4s to fit space (if applicable)As previously mentioned, this seat is going to be 100 inches long and my repurposed studs from the garage shelves weren’t long enough.

  2. Individually measure and cut smaller 2×4 pieces to fit the ends Dr of the longer 2x4s. If you’re lucky, your walls aren’t wonki like mine. Essentially, you’ll be creating a long rectangle.

  3. Using my drill and wood screws (I used these) , I pre drilled holes onto my end caps. Afterwards, using my wood screws to attach each piece, the base was formed.


Here’s some advice I wish I did not gloss over when watching tons of YouTube videos. To build the top frame, dry fit it on the already built base. I didn’t do this with mine, but I sure wish I did! In like manner to the base, screw your pieces together.

Since I don’t want a simple blog post to become a novel, go on and measure then cut pieces to hold the top frame to the bottom. Basically, the middle pieces need to be attached between the top and bottom frames. These will be held in place by pocket holes made with the KREG JIG.

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Stick Around…

Stick around because we’ve still got more on this To Do list and only 4 weeks left to do it! Here’s a peak at what ‘s remaining:

  • Plywood for bench (going to learn how to use the circular saw)

  • Figure out storage

  • Top for vanity (still need to figure that out)

  • Painting

  • Pendant light (probably need to go on and purchase that!)

  • Build a shelf

Basically…I better get super busy and prep the coffee that I don’t actually drink (I mainly like the smell of it. Lol)

Until we meet again… Keep it genuine!

Ya girl, Kim!

Don’t forget to check out the featured designers and other guests ORC participants over at www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog

Week 2 ORC: Repurposed

How a simple bathroom vanity spoke to my spirit

Here we are at Week 2 of the One Room Challenge (sponsored by Apartment Therapy), and already I’m having what I call soul full moments in doing this challenge.

I decided I wanted to re-use as many items already on hand because (1) I’m cost conscious (aka frugal) and (2) why not?!

I’m going to tell you the first item I am repurposing and how it spoke to me. I hope somewhere in this post you find something that speaks to you and you can meaningfully sit with it.

The what…

In the Fall 2021 One Room Challenge, I decided to paint the bathroom’s vanity and epoxy its top. You can check out those posts by clicking on the below labeled links.


Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom Reveal


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Soul Full Moment…

While taking out the vanity, I thought how it applies to some of our lives – at least I know I could see the semblance in my own life.

Initially, the vanity came one way -brand new, fresh out the box. Along the way, and with some use as well as normal wear and tear, there has been some bruising. Some scrapes and scratches were easy to clean up, while others have left a lasting mark. A fresh coat of paint meant having to put in some work to strip through layers of stain. Some parts were easier than others; nonetheless the work had to be done. It couldn’t be half stepped or else the new, fresh coat of paint would not properly adhere.


While this is all good, the vanity was still in the same place being used for the same purpose. It went through some changes along the way, but it served its purpose right where it was for the time it needed to be there. Then one day, my eyes opened a little more, and my mind began to insightfully see further into how this vanity could be further used -repurposed. It was now time to tear out and restore elsewhere with greater purpose.

Is this not sometimes representative of our lives? We remain in one place. In that place, we’ve hopefully accomplished what needed to be accomplished; but now, it’s time to move on. Even if nothing “bad” has occurred, at times we’ve simply reached the point of needing to be restored and repurposed elsewhere.


Vanity from Fall ORC ‘21

My friend, may I be so bold to ask… are you willing to allow God to repurpose you? Yes, I know you may have started off in one spot operating in a certain way. But now, even with a few bumps and bruises, are you willing to allow God to take what once was and make it into something more: something greater -for your good and His glory?

I hope on this DI-trY journey you feel welcomed into my genuine lifestyle, which encompasses sharing my faith along with various DIY’s. I pray you choose to Live Your Legacy NOW and be willing to walk in faith.

Until we meet again…

Keep it genuine and be open to the gift of restoration.

Ya girl, Kim!



View all the One Room Challenge featured designers and guest participants by going to this link. This year’s One Room Challenge is sponsored by Apartment Therapy.

Let’s do it again… One Room Challenge

One Room Challenge Spring 2022

I was a little hesitant to sign up for the One Room Challenge again because of all the “mom life” things going on. Then I said what the heck, there’s always something that’s going to be going on! With that being said, I tossed my hair and said, “Self, let’s do it again!”

Before we keep this DI-trY party bus rolling, don’t forget to subscribe to the blog because I mean, you know social media gets a little wonki sometimes 😵‍💫

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Now to get to what you came for… the mood board reveal and background on the chosen space for this season’s One Room Challenge, being sponsored by Apartment Therapy. Introducing…

Le Sanctuary


Note: Window seat picture by Hydrangea Treehouse and only being used for purposes of mood board

Since the mom life is a lifetime contract (let me add, a contract that I wholeheartedly love), I decided I needed an oasis of sorts. One of the most underutilized spots in our home is the dining room. To be honest, I have no clue if this should be considered a dining room given how small it is. Maybe it was meant to be a sitting area because I just could not see me placing a large dining table in here -and still needing chairs too! Good grief, it would be tight!



Back to it…

I want to create an area where I can come to read, meditate, sit and/or just be. In the past, I’ve found my daughter sitting up here with her iPad just relaxing for hours. I know it’s truly meant to be an area for calm and tranquility when my teenybopper chooses this as her second favorite spot to hang in the house. Can you guess her first favorite? Check out This Post on her first fave spot.

The plan…

Other than actually finishing Lé Sanctuary within the 8-week challenge, here’s what else I’m hoping to see come about:

  • Repurpose the bathroom vanity that was painted during the Fall ORC (see that finale HERE)

  • Hang pendant light (still need to find and purchase)

  • Paint… how do I keep getting myself in these painting situationships (le sigh) 😔

  • Add a couple of decorative shelves

  • Build window seat (this will be a first as well as using my Kreg Pocket Hole Jig)

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Cheer on the featured designers and other guest participants, as most of us navigate our home lives, work 9-5, and still find time to shower – all while making our design and DIY dreams come true!

Until we meet again… Keep it genuine.

Ya girl, Kim!

In New York

Spring Break

We’re nearing the end of the first quarter; and around this time I like to check in with myself about some of my quarterly goals.

My one word for 2022 is 𝗣𝘂𝗿𝘀𝘂𝗲, and one of my pursuits is continuing to be more intentional about the time I spend with my daughter. She’s growing up so quickly; and honestly, I feel like there’s so much ground to cover in such a short time. As a treat for The Girl (my daughter) and myself, I decided on a quick getaway adventure to New York City. Jump in for a few New York deets!

The Stay

Our Hotel

Even Hotel offered a convenient location walking distance from Times Square and safely nestled in close proximity to a police station. Additionally, we were steps away (0.02 miles) away from the nearest subway (Penn Station).


While the room was fairly small in size, it’s to be expected for most hotels in New York City. But don’t let what you think as “normal” size sway you. The room was accommodating enough for the teenybopper and myself to not get on each other’s nerves.

Our room offered essentials for a quick in-room workout. However, ya girl was not bout that life; so, it really wasn’t a huge wow factor for me.


Customer service was A1 every single day of our stay- right down to the day of our departure! Speaking of departing and if it’s in your budget, I strongly suggest letting the hotel concierge reserve a car for your ride to the airport. As I become more seasoned in life, I realize that I am willing to pay for convenience.

Hotel Price Point

Now was it a little pricey? Yes, especially to say there was no complimentary breakfast offered; but cost is subjective. The biggest factor driving this reservation (and based on guest reviews) were the location and the concierge. With all that said and to repeat, if it can fit in your budget, this hotel is worthy of a stay.

To Try

Food & City Travel

The kid and I enjoyed breakfast at Flippers, near Soho and Chinatown. These light Japanese pancakes with fruit was more filling than I had expected. Maybe it was the constant movement and maneuvering in and around SoHo and Chinatown that suppressed our appetites.




Japanese Style pancakes


Nonetheless, we really weren’t hungry most of the day so we ate little snacks just to maintain our energy. I mean who wants to experience not being hungry and then suddenly hunger pangs strike!

For dinner, I encourage you to try Havana Central (Times Square). The food was delicious, and the live band was spectacular. We ate here for dinner but had a light meal, only because we had so many little treats leading up to dinnertime.


Of course, dinner meant we needed dessert so New York cheesecake was a must, but not Junior’s -as most are familiar with from Puff Daddy’s former MTV show “Making the Band”. Instead, we opted for sweet treats from Roxy Delicatessen.


To get around, we utilized what most New Yorker’s use -the subway. At $2.75 a ride, it was definitely a cost savings outside of a taxi and/or ride service. My only trepidation was more of a “me” thing. I was a bit nervous about taking the subway without knowing exactly what train to catch. Needless to say, I was able to overcome this uneasiness with the help of Mr. Google/ Google Maps and reviewing directions with the hotel’s concierge prior to leaving for our destination.


Success

First of many

This was the first trip The Girl and I took with just the two of us. Normally, we travel with family and/or friends. I am so proud of how we worked together when out and about in the city. We enjoyed each other’s company, and I loved every minute we spent together -even time spent relaxing in our hotel room. There was so much more we did while on this vacation, but it’s far too much to fit into a blog post. You can check out our New York reel over on Instagram. This time was such an enjoyable way to bond; I encourage you to take the trip!

Until we meet again… Keep It Genuine!

Ya girl, Kim!

Making An Entry

Upon entering my home, there’s a blank wall needing some attention. If you’ve been rolling with me in my stories over on Instagram, then you know the wall. Yep, uh huh, that one.

Listen, I want this wall to be that curiosity piece. You know? The one where people see it then wonder what other hidden DI-trY gems does this home possess?


Here enters…

Lé Slat Wall

For the longest, this wall has been bare. Like seriously… No color; no art, no nothing! Oh but baby, that’s about to change with yet another wall upgrade! If you didn’t catch the first upgrade, check out these posts on adding wall moulding and an Artsy Fartsy DIY art project using hot glue! You’ll love ‘em! For today’s DI•trY, you will need the following:


Of course, there’s always some Pinterest inspo to help get the design juices flowing. I usually try to go with no more than five ideas; or else I risk having analysis paralysis and won’t start! You ever get like this with too many options? I know I do.

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Before the fun…

Before the fun begins, I had to take care of the not so fun parts, at least to me they aren’t. I painted the wall Midnight Blue by Behr paint, followed by sanding my slats.

On my Instagram stories, I shared my fear of adding color in my home, but I’m gradually getting over it. If you’d like to try this project, you can shop materials here.

FYI… I brought my slats inside to get acclimated to the atmosphere of the house versus having them in the cold garage. Wood contracts, so I wanted the slats to do what they do in the environment of the installation, prior to staining.


Stain On…

Before taking on this DI•trY project, I honestly did NOT think staining slats would dang near take me out! In between life happening (per usual), there was plenty of staining. Hear me when I say PLENTY of staining (this is where I begged myself to abandon this project)!

Needless to say, I didn’t flake out on the slat wall. Shucks, I purchased all these slats already and the price of wood today is not ya friend! Needless to say, I’m not wasting any money simply because I had a case of the ‘don’t wannas’!

The idea…

Execution…

Of course once the staining was done, there’s the cutting. I cut my slats based on the above idea drawing (obviously not drawn to scale).

  • Started with 3 vertical slats, affixed using my 1/4 inch multi-screws.

  • Used my 1×6 as the leading board (header) and wanted to use same size as the ending board (footer)

  • Atop the slats and following the header board, I used my nail gun to attach my cut horizontal slats (again, based on my above “Idea” drawing).

  • Using a scrap piece of wood, I was able to create equal spacing between the slats. This helps eliminate mis-measuring and BONUS: the spacer can also serve as a small shelf. (Note: I’m not placing anything super heavy on this tiny shelf. I’ve opted for small decor, to include a small vase with a plant cutting)


Reveal…

I’m not one for prolonging the reveal so here’s the 95% finish of the slat/plant wall.


Why 95%

Why 95% you ask? Well, turns out the bottom portion of the wall isn’t straight so the bottom boarder slat can’t simply lay flat and get nail gunned like the top boarder. This places a slight burnt crisp on my cookies – meaning I’ll need to figure something out.


HOWEVER(comma), it’s going to have to go on the backlog because I’m totally over all the staining and the One Room Challenge is headed my way! So let’s end on a good note.

Possible changes…

also known as The Backlog

I’m thinking I would like to bring the Midnight Blue Behr paint slightly higher up the wall. Perhaps, I’ll also move the slat wall over to the right, and cut the bottom portion up above the electrical outlet.

But again… that’s all BackLog and we’ve got more plans for this space during the One Room Challenge!


Till we meet again… Keep it Genuine!

Ya girl, Kim!

Artsy Fartsy

I’m finding myself leaning more into a side of myself I once thought was so NOT me! Wanna know what it is???

Crafts!

Yes! It’s arts and crafts. Back in the day, my mom was the leader of arts and crafts for VBS (Vacation Bible School); and when I tell you I STRONGLY DISLIKED HER ROLE‼️ We (her children) were her guinea pigs who had to do ALL the crafts before she chose which one would be done at VBS. Looking back on those moments, and now recognizing how blessed I was, I could slap myself for being such a turd about crafting with my mom!

Can you tell I really enjoyed Schitt’s Creek?! Anywhoo…Nowadays, I find myself dissecting with my eyes, many things I see in the store to determine if I should buy it or DI•trY it!?!?

In the case of this particular project, I did not need to look any further for many of my supplies after coming across Tresha JA Design YouTube post involving much of what I already had on hand.

You will need…

This project does not require major tools. As previously mentioned, most items you may already have at your fingertips. However, if you don’t have these supplies, you can find most, if not all, of them at your local grocery superstore. This way you get your groceries (or as we say in New Orleans “make groceries”) and pick up craft supplies.

  • parchment paper

  • Picture frame

  • glue gun

  • pencil

  • glue sticks

  • paint brush or paint sponge

  • acrylic or interior paint color of your choosing

  • spray paint color of your choosing



If you recall in my Picture Framed post, I did a wall moulding installation and I wanted to add an art piece in the larger, middle box. I felt this would be the perfect opportunity to showcase my long lost VBS crafting skills! Thanks mom! Lol.



Back to it…

Using the parchment paper, I drew lines around a shaky hand drawn circle. Listen, I am in no way a drawer, so do not feel like your lines need to be perfect (or the circle either)! You mainly want an idea of a pattern to follow.


After drawing my lines, I took my hot glue gun and followed the pattern. This design was repeated about 4 good individual times … the other times, let’s just say it got real abstract and will be repurposed elsewhere. Smh.

While the hot glue design was setting up, which doesn’t take long, I painted the back board insert of my IKEA frame. Shop any store selling picture frames for yours or even better…pick a frame up from your local thrift store! I’m sure it will bring down the project’s cost! Yaaayy for saving money!


Now, using my Rustoleum spray paint, picked up during a grocery run, I spray painted my individual hot glue pieces. I let those babies dry while I went off to pick up The Girl (aka my daughter) from school.

Once everything was dry, I positioned my first layer of glue art on the painted back board insert. I then hot glued the piece onto the board. Thereafter, I repeated this step but affixed/ hot glued each layer atop the previous layer. I did this approximately three times to give the piece some depth. NOTE: I really just “loosely” followed the instructions in @treshaja YouTube video; but words like depth is what makes it sound artsy fartsy.



The results…

Here’s the final result after somewhat fighting with the closures on the back of my picture frame. I really like how this art piece turned out; to say its cost was no more than $20 (to include the purchased frame and spray paint.) All other items were already in my craft supplies.




The wall needs a few coats of paint, but in my IG Stories you know what experience I am having with differentiating the paint colors.

Try it…

Let me know in the comments what you think and if you’d try this quick and fairly simple art addition.

Now, off to paint a wall and get started on another project. Stay tuned in my stories and Insta squares on Instagram!

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Until we meet again… Keep it genuine!

Ya girl, Kim!