diy….a few things I’ve been up to

What would I do without creating more home projects for myself? I do truly wonder what it would feel like to not have a mile long list of home projects going in my head. Pinterest…you are evil, only adding to my addiction. What would it be like to be ‘done’ decorating? What would it be like not to feel like the urge to constantly be changing things? I will never know.

I’m redoing the playroom. Yes, I just finished it not that long ago. I don’t really like it. I tried to make it boyish/girlish. Gray & yellow just isn’t me – bring on my beach colors. When I say I re-do a room I am not talking several $100s…not even $100. For the playroom I spent $15.00 on paint and will use stuff I already have around the house and in craft/fabric drawers.


I never wear gloves spray painting. Does anyone really?


The main reason I stapled chicken wire to my bedroom wall was to have the freedom to change, change & change up my room. I spent a total of $4.00 to create an entirely new look. Thank you Martha for an easy tutorial! I like this look better than the original I had going in the room. It looks a bit like I’m having a party in my room, but why limit fun decorations just to parties?


After making paper sack flowers I added a few teal & gold tissue paper flowers and a mustard flower. I wanted to mimic the wallpaper leading to the room so it all flowed together a bit better.


On a similar decorating note, FireCracker’s bed has been featured in a few magazines recently.  A little while back I got an email from a thoughtful German reader. She said she had stopped at the supermarket and was browsing magazines and saw my pallet bed! She was sweet enough to purchase a copy and send it all the way to Oklahoma for me to enjoy. Thank you. There are a few other publications coming out in June that I am so excited to share. It is really wild to have things featured in magazines – so crazy!


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  • sarah j - you’re famous! whoo hoo! ;]

  • Michelle B. - Congrats on all the love you have been getting, but I am curious… did the German magazine contact you for your permission to insert your picture into an article? That is your property and it would be a shame to think they didn’t ask first.

  • Lesley - Well, according to your brother-in-law, you should have your own magazine so it’s not crazy to the rest of us that your stuff is in mags!

  • Lisa - I’m excited to see your new playroom colors. I did the “party on the wall” in my daughter’s room… I love Martha’s helpful tips! Keep up the inspirational work, friend!

  • kristina - i was seriously laughing reading the beginning of this post! it sounds exactly like me!! i love it!

  • Ashley C - I didn’t know about the magazine….then over mother’s day while visitingg my mom in Charleston…what did my little eyes spy! Congrats!

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  • Inspiration file: Chicken Wire on the Walls | Home Stories A to Z - [...] inexpensive bedroom redo by Ashley Ann from Under the Sycamore is awesome! She placed chicken wire on the walls for easy decor switch-ups. Love it! Click on the [...]

  • Angela - I love the room!! Everything is so beautiful!!

  • sherri lynn - This looks AMAZING!!

  • Andrea - I just liked you on FB

  • Andrea - I am already a fan of Silhouette

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  • Katie Kubler - .THis might be a silly question, but how did you attach the flowers and signs to the chicken wire. I’m thinking of tackling this project but I wanted to know how you attach stuff to the wire..

  • AshleyAnn - Katie, I just stuck a paperclip through the flowers and hooked them on to the chickenwire!

  • Melissa - Hi Ashley,

    I know this post is old, but is there a reason that you don’t allow people to pin pictures from your site? I have a master bedroom pinterest board that I would love to get a few of your pictures onto. Just curious as to the reason?

  • AshleyAnn - Melissa – I was having server issues for a time so I had to host my pictures on flickr. Recently flickr made all private photos unavailable to pin on pinterest. My current posts are able to be pinned, but I just don’t have the time to go back to old posts and reload the pictures so that they can be pinned. Sorry about that!

  • 38 How to Make Paper Flower Tutorials {so pretty!} - [...]  Paper Sack Flowers ~ Here is an incredibly inventive and inexpensive way to update your bedroom for less. Add paper [...]

  • Sarah Jean - Well, Pinterest may be an evil addiction, but that is how I found your blog! (Someone posted your son’s Warrior Dash Birthday party!)

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