So after years of scrapbooking, I have finally come to terms that I officially hate it. Its SO time consuming and tedious and frankly its boring to me. Couple years ago I was introduced to Shutterfly and Snapfish and I swear by them now. I have used them to create digital photobooks for every occasion.
Family Photo Collage
So I really wanted our living room to be unique. When I think of "Living Room" I think back to when I was younger that was the one room in our grandparents house that we were not allowed to play in because all the valuable antiques and nick knacks. The one thing I always loved about it was it had so much history. Every piece in the room had a story and I learned all the stories growing up. It was a happy place, we all would gather in the room for the holidays and other special occasions. My goal was to bring that same feeling into our house, so here they are!
This is currently our big project, we have never really worked with wood crafting. I wanted something other than wall canvas art for our family room, I found this picture online and looked EVERYWHERE to see where I could buy it. It turns out that the place that use to sell it does not sell it anymore...so I was out of luck. I talked to my husband about it and he being the encouraging person that he always is said "Sure you can do it!"
I really need to get in the habit of taking more pictures, I wish I had taken pictures of my husband's old toy chest in the original form.
It was painted brick red and we were looking for it to flow more in the house. We decided that staining it would be the best way to go, so we went with a dark cherry stain. Little did we know what a huge project this would turn out to be.
Here are a few pictures during the process:
This was before it was sanded, we had to use paint removal to get all the red paint off the toy chest. This was a very tedious job that took endless hours! We had to use a toothpick to remove all the red paint in the crevices.