|THE BEFORE, eh, kinda neon, kinda babyish (and yes I know he is in fact a baby!)|
It finally bugged me to the point that I had to change it, so then the Mr. and I had a conversation that went like this:
ME: “Hey wouldn’t it look good to put some horizontal planking on this back wall, someday, like maybe for his big boy room?”
ME: “Here look in this PB kids catalog.”
MR: “Oh, yeah, that would be cool someday.”
So naturally the next day he came home from work to find the room had been painted grey and there were 18 1x6x12 MDF boards laying in our son’s room! WHAT? He totally did not specify when this should happen (see above statement “someday”)
*SIDENOTE : If you saw some wacko driving 25 mph down the road with 2 kids in the car and stacks of MDF boards sticking out the back window between their heads it was definitely not me…probably…
I’m smart and decided to have 5 or 6 boards already nailed up so there was no turning back at this point! Loving husband that he is, he just shook his head and laughed (he has known me for 12 years he should have seen this one coming.)
|THE AFTER, see so much better?|
I thought this project was going to be no biggie, and it was for the most part, although I don’t envy the Amish after this project. All I had was a hammer and a hand saw, if I didn’t think I would shoot my eye out with it, a nail gun would have been much preferred!
My son’s room is 11 x 12 so the boards were supposed to fit perfectly, turns out it is actually a few inches off so I just put up the side trim pieces to cover up the gaps.
All I did was put liquid nails on the back of each board and then nail them into the studs that I pre-marked up the wall with a pen. To get a space between each board I nailed nails just above the board and rested my next board on top of them. Repeat the process until you reach the top! Then countersink the nails, fill with putty, paint and TADA!
This was easy to do by myself until I got closer to the ceiling, then I broke down and asked my hubby for help (what a sport) hauling the boards up to the top so I didn’t smear liquid nails over everything doing it by myself.
These cute nautical flags are from Land of Nod.
My next fun project for this room was this locker I found at an antique store. I loved this old locker and just had to have it! It was all rusty (which I secretly loved, but didn’t seem a good idea for a baby’s room!) so I spray painted it grey and blue and now it serves as his dresser.
In this shot you can see the white washed “pine” floors in the kids rooms. It is actually a laminate, super affordable and I will be able to paint their rooms any color of the rainbow and it will look nice. BONUS: Purple crayon washes right off…
My last project to complete the room was a fun growth chart. I saw this print on Pinterest (the actual link was broken so I don’t know where it came from) and thought it would make a cute growth chart. So I bought a length of canvas, measured everything out and painted it. I used some cheap trim pieces to frame it on the wall.
|Totally covered up the “1” with my trim, whoopsie!|
That’s the tour…for now…can’t wait to put a big boy bed and some cute bedding in there, but I CAN wait for the big boy part, not ready to leave his baby days behind me yet :)
UPDATE: You can see the new and improved big boy room, complete with big boy bed here.
|Linking up at Thrifty Decor Chic here.|
I love LOVE Pottery Barn, if I could just move into one of their catalogs I would (except that my children’s barbies and legos would look totally out of place)! The nautical rope mirrors they featured this summer were amazing and I liked how they had art displayed with rope and dock cleats. I was inspired to try and get the same feeling in my space so this is what I came up with:
The above photo is an updated shot I added so you may notice the bedroom looks totally different! Stay tuned on the rest of my master bedroom makeover in the next few weeks! Ok back to the mirrors –
I wish I had taken some “how to” photos along the way but I will try to break it down for you.
I used the largest mirror charger (you know the thing they normally put centerpieces and candles on at weddings) I could find at Hobby Lobby, they were like $8. I took some sturdy foam board, cut a larger circle around the mirror, and glued the mirror in the center.
Cut a slit in the foam board right next to the mirror on what will be the top (you will use this to slide the rope thru to cover up the unsightly ends of the rope circles). Next wrap your rope around the outer edge of the mirror, cutting the ends and taping them so they don’t fray. Continue to do this until all the foam board is covered (this ended up being 4 coils for me). Glue it all down with hot glue.
Now to cover up the ugly taped ends. I unwound a portion of the rope so I had a thinner piece of rope to work with. Thread the rope thru the slit you cut earlier and wrap around repeating until it covers all the ends.
Attach a length of rope on the back, get your self some dock cleats (living on the water we have a marine store down the road that I got them from, but you can get them online as well) and you are good to go!
There is a tutorial a bit similar to this that I saw on the Nate Berkus Show website, but they used a large mirror ($$) and glued the rope right to the mirror. That would be a good option too but I wanted to make 2 of these and not break the bank!
I love old crates and am always on the hunt for them but for this project I broke down and bought new ones. We have a long awkward hallway upstairs that I wanted to knockdown/paint/panel/bedazzle SOMETHING to make it more interesting. So I picked up some crates from the local craft store, stained and stacked them.
I would like to say that I screwed them all together or at least used liquid nails but the truth is they are all precariously stacked there just waiting for a clever toddler to climb them! In actuality they are pretty sturdy and have survived 6 months of my 4 year old running back and forth near them but the liquid nails is on the ever growing to do list!
This project could not be easier!
I love to cook, I love to cook even more when I don’t have 2 little munchkins running around underneath my feet pulling all the pots and pans out, but they keep me on my toes! So when planning our kitchen I wanted it to be practical and work well for our family but mostly I wanted it to be pretty, of course…
I love the open shelving look and it is pretty functional for our family being able to grab a glass right off the shelf. There are some “pretty pieces” that are just for show but for the most part all our everyday plates and bowls are stuck up there.
I made the Eat sign on a piece of scrap wood I found in our garage (full disclosure this sign just fell down yesterday, so much for 3M strips!)
Our counter tops are Silestone (which is a quartz), I should have taken a better photo of them but they are white with a grey marbling running through them. I REALLY REALLY (REALLY) wanted marble in our kitchen (although I did sneak it into our master bath, stay tuned for that post!) but there was no way the Mr. was signing off on that one after hearing how easily it stains.
So this was the best option for us, it is totally stain proof, scratch proof and never has to be sealed like granite and marble. Not quite as amazing as marble would have been but it gives me the white on white look I wanted.
I also wanted a big island, and this is where we eat dinner every night, so much easier than a wiping down a table all the time. If I could change one thing I would make it all one height so crumbs would be easier to sweep up but you live and learn!
These cabinets are a result of “the evilness of Pinterest” as the Mr. calls it! If you are lucky like me and have 9 ft ceiling these babies are actually not that expensive to add to the top of your existing cabinets. And so after living here for 1 year we “remodeled” (just a tweak really) the kitchen and added these cabinets on the top. I love them! They somehow made our whole kitchen seem bigger.
I have been loving all the chalkboard art that I have been seeing lately and it got me inspired! We have had this large blank, beige, boring, blah space at the top of our stair case that has been bugging me a for a while now. I was scrounging around in my old paint can stockpile when I came across some chalkboard paint.
I must immediately go upstairs and paint a giant 5 ft by 5ft square on the wall! Which I did…while the Mr. mowed the lawn…do we think he will notice the giant sized black square on the wall? He has no vision!
I wanted a rustic looking frame to finish things out a bit so I picked up 4 1×4’s from the hardware store and had the handy guy there cut them to the wrong length because I measured wrong the first time correct length for me. I stained them with some leftover stain from another project, and now for the fun part…
I found this great print on Pinterest (there was no artist credit) and thought it would make a great fall chalkboard. What a great poem by Humbert Wolfe, Fall just automatically comes to mind when I read it. Several hours and almost an entire box of chalk later I have some cool wall art for around $20.
Bonus I can change it up every few weeks to help with my decorating ADD :)
For example it was my daughters first day of Pre-K (tear!) and I wanted to capture her personality so we could look back and see how much she changes year to year. So I made a board with all her favorite things on it and what she wants to be when she grows up (FYI she has switched from Dr. to professional mermaid).
Unfortunately my little peanut was not in a cooperative picture taking mood after bribing her with chocolate taking several photos this was the best shot I got before she wiped her hand thru the whole thing. Gotta love my little spitfire! I think this will be a fun project to do every year.
I’m in love with my fall chalkboard but I’m already thinking about Thanksgiving themes ooh or Halloween!
I linked up over at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating here.
If you ever see a broken down pallet on the side of the road grab it! I know this is hardly news, especially if you have been on Pinterest lately (or every waking moment like me). I saw a sign similar to this one on Pinterest a while back but it was a on a different type of wooden background. I happened to have an old pallet lying around, so ta da!
Pause with me a moment to curse Pinterest (even though I do LOVE it) but I did not discover it until 3 months AFTER we finished building this house! So many more ideas are coursing thru my brain now, that the only option is to knock the whole thing down and start over right? Who’s with me??
What that’s crazy? Yes, you should have seen the look the Hubs gave me…so since that is not exactly practical nor fiscally responsible, I will continue to redecorate and move things around and add ideas here and there. And in 5 years we can knock it down! No? 10? All right then back to the pallet…
I whitewashed the whole thing with craft paint mixed with water, bought a letter stencil kit and went to town. The hardest part of the whole project was measuring the letters all out.
I originally planned to hang this on the wall, but that thing is stinkin’ heavy! I’m the ultimate lazy person when it comes to hanging things, if it won’t work with one of those screw in hangy hook things, it ain’t happening . I actually like how it looks leaning now…or I’m still just lazy…
This is in our master bedroom and it gives the room a cool romantic vibe but it’s kind of masculine at the same time. It’s one of my favorite pieces in our house and it only cost me $5. Love that!
Welcome to our living room. It is one of my favorite places in our house, it is so cozy and has an amazing view!
I love all our built ins in this room. I worked with our cabinet maker designing them exactly how I wanted them.
I’m constantly changing and rearranging the bookshelves (any one else do this or am I the only one obsessed?)
Our mantel features a picture taken of the church we were married in, I love that photo!
We cheated a bit in this room and had carpet in-laid in to the floor to look like an area rug. This saved us major bucks on our hardwood floors, bonus we didn’t have to buy an expensive area rug either!
These chairs were my grandmother’s, I always LOVED them. When she passed I was so glad to take them home with me as a reminder of her. I just spruced them up a bit, I spray painted them gray and reupholstered them with some light blue ticking to make them a bit more cottagey. They just make me happy to look at and bring back great memories of my grandma.
Our kitchen over looks our living room, which is nice since we are always gathered in the kitchen anyways.
So that is our living room, hope you enjoyed the tour!
Linking up at Celebrating Everyday Life