Hundreds of Tiny Squares

It seems every winter I find myself doing some sort of mind numbing project to take my mind off of being cooped up in the house.

Even when I was a teenager I made my own Monopoly board. My original board broke and instead of buying a new one I just decided to recreate one:

My homemade Monopoly board

My homemade Monopoly board

When my first daughter was little I decided to turn a crawl space in our house into a “Super Secret Hideout.” I brightened up the walls by applying magazine pictures:

Iris & Bency playing in the hideout in 2009

Iris & Bency playing in the hideout in 2009

A close up of the Super Secret Hideout walls

A close up of the Super Secret Hideout walls

Now Cesar plays in the Hideout

Now Cesar plays in the Hideout

Then a few years ago I took puzzle pieces and painted and glued them to an old drawer:

The puzzle box

The puzzle box

There was also the year that I bought a used coffee table at a rummage sale for $1.50 and decided to paint it:

The painted coffee table

The painted coffee table

This coffee table sits in our living room and also serves as a stage for our kids. They stand on here and do their dancing. I’m pretty sure it’s on itsΒ  last leg. I’m not going to replace it until they are a bit older and have grown out of dancing on tables (that happens right?) So instead I decided to sit down this past week and do this:

The coffee table redone

The coffee table redone

I glued 1 inch squares cut out of magazines all over the table and then put varnish on top. I did this while watching television and usually surrounded by the kids or being jumped on. My 5 year old Bency kept tearing out pages from magazines that he wanted me to add to the table. One was an advertisement for Breathe Right strips and another one was for kitty litter. I unfortunately had to over rule him on those selections.

Like I said, the table is not going to last much longer but at least it kept me busy this past week while we were all confined inside!

 

Hundreds of tiny squares

Hundreds of tiny squares

 

 

 

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59 responses

  1. Look at you! Oh my gosh, that is amazing. I wish you were nearby so I could get your advice on my downstairs closet. I have a huge closet with the kids toys inside that I would LOVE to turn into a little hangout. You walk in and then it snakes around behind the stairs. I guess I just really need to take a fresh look at it and see if I can get half as creative as you. BRAVO!

    • I have to say the hideout has been a life saver. Iris and Bency used to play up there all of the time together. They have since outgrown it because they say it’s too small but now Cesar spends tons of time up there. It kind of decreases on the amount of toys in the living room (kind of)! Your closet space sounds really cool! I bet your kids would love it!

      • I need to clear it out and get rid of lots of stuff, much of which is stuff that Nolan doesn’t play with any more. Plus it has the original orange shag carpet in there. I bet it wouldn’t cost much to replace. A lot of toys do just sit in the living room because all of our bedrooms are upstairs. Thanks for the idea!

    • I am so with you on that one Stephanie! I am going for a root canal today and it seriously sounds like a dream vacation at this point!! When I was posting all the pictures of these projects I realized it looked like I belonged in the nut house but these days it truly feels like I am living in one!!! Everyone is seriously stir crazy!

    • Oh thanks! Really these things didn’t take any talent…..just time….lots of time! The only reason I had time on my hands this past week is because my washing machine broke! It’s been 2 1/2 weeks without a washing machine….can you imagine??? They are here for the second time with hopefully the right part and hopefully fixing it today!

  2. You truly are an amazing woman. I have the random creative idea….just not the drive to accomplish it. Feel free to come to my house and “create” any time you are feeling bored…. πŸ˜‰

  3. Love that hideout and that table! Is that the project that you were talking about, the one you said you liked being in the middle of doing? It’s great!

    Also I noticed a couple things in the comments —
    1) Hope your root canal goes well and isn’t too painful. Or expensive.
    2) And I hope your washer is fixed soon! Oh my word, the HORROR of not being with a washer! As much as I get tired of doing laundry, I love my washing machine and dryer with a love that is forever — as long as they keep working!

    • Yes, this is the project I was talking about! For some reason it was really relaxing! I told my husband he might come home one day and I will have started doing it to the living room walls or something…that should keep me busy for awhile!!! haha!!! And yes, the root canal was pain free plus insurance covered it all! I however am not crazy about having my mouth numbed because I feel like I am going to choke on my tongue or something. I’m glad it’s over and hope I don’t have to get anymore in the near future! And….they got the washer fixed today…Yeah!!! I’ve already started in on the laundry that is piling up to the ceiling. We have had to dress like homeless people the last few days! I was about ready to go buy a wash board and wash them in the tub!! My husband said I should just go to the laundry mat but the thought of packing all the stuff up and venturing out in the cold with it all was daunting!!

  4. I can’t pick a favorite! But, I would have to go with the 100 tiny squares table. Melissa you are so talented! Have you ever considered creating a DIY art/home decorating section on your blog?

    • Thank you Anka! Now you really have me thinking! I am terrible with this blogging thing…it’s such a sporadic mess! I really need to set aside some time and figure this all out! Where did you learn how to set yours all up and have it looking so nice and professional?

    • Thanks Christiana! I can’t say I really have the time for them either! I wish I had more time but it seems every year I slip in something that takes more than an hour just because I have to or else I would go nuts!

  5. In Texas, we start doing projects like this in August. Our winters are rarely super cold, but we hit a point every year where going out in the heat is just plain stupid. 105β€’ days require air conditioned indoor activities. πŸ™‚

  6. What creative ideas! I love the hideout…we make temporary ones here in the form of large pillow/sheet forts, but I really would love to have a little spot like that in our home permanently for the kids! As for the table with all those little squares, there is a part of me that loves making colorful mosaics from tiny pieces of paper. I haven’t done anything like that in years! Maybe it’s time to introduce little A to glue sticks?

    Thanks for continuing to share your wealth of ideas with the blogging world. I always enjoy your posts! –Alison

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