Before and After: Painted Sitting Room

BEFORE

Does anyone paint randomly decide to paint rooms in their home? Well yesterday I decided to us a color I had laying around in my sitting room. The new color really makes the built-ins pop. Take a look below to see the change.

AFTER

The color I choose for this room is Rolling Pebble by Behr. I love that this color adds depth without going to dark and really helps the buit ins stand out.

 

 

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Above Cabinet Decor

For the longest time I’ve neglected the space above my cabinets. While placing the right items above cabinets can bring the eye up and make a room feel taller, using the wrong items can make things feel cramped or messy.

In this area I used two simple items to bring the eye up without overcomplicating the space.

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One thing to remember when decorating above cabinets is that items may need to be raised or propped up. Books, boxes, and easels can help items fit your spaces better. Just remember to use books you’ve already read and things you won’t be needing!

I love how this simple change brought life to this under utilized space!

On a side note, I made both the sign and arrangement. The sign was a left over board I had that I white washed and hand painted. The arrangement was made in a beautiful crock I bought for $2 a while back. Here are some photos of the two items in process.

 

 

 

Sit Back and Relax: Adirondack Chair Makeover!

This project started with some extra patio space and a pair of beat up Adirondack chairs.

I wanted to use this small space on my patio as a place to sit back and relax. After a little pressure washing and a lot of painting the chairs looked just like new!

I now have a great place to sit with a book or invite a friend over to chat. I can’t think of a better use for this small patio space!

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A Touch of Whimsy

My girls have been asking for a fairy garden for sometime. We attempted in the past but nothing’s turned out quite right. Today we decided a small touch of whimsy in our landscaping would be just right.

We started off with a Happy Meal toy, a small patch of ground cover, some paint markers, and a Target dollar section find.

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With a little paint our fairy house was ready for its new home. The girls and I created a path with our Target store building blocks, and set the stage!

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The girls plan on leaving small note for the fairies in our garden home and who knows, maybe they will right back. ūüėČ

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Creative Design: Thinking outside the box.

When we moved into our new home we had a front room labeled the “flexroom”. While it was decorated as an office in the model home, we had no need for an office and it required a bit of creativity to make it a purposeful space that met our needs. Because this room is the first thing you see when you walk into our home it was important to me that it was not only a functional space but also welcoming.

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Having young kids, we knew we didn’t want a playroom to be the first thing guest saw but we also knew that toys would end up here. We tackled this problem by including a custom made bench with large wicker baskets to hide away unsightly toys. It’s amazing how quickly the kids can clean up when all they have to do is throw the toys in the bins!

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While the kids love to play in this room it also a favorite place of mine to chat with friends. To make this room a welcoming place for adults I added four simple chairs and small end tables. Having a place for guest to set their coffee or tea makes the room much more practical for entertaining. We actually use this room all the time and the space functions wonderfully as a casual sitting room.

 

One thing that really required a creative solution was what to do with people’s coats when they came into our home. We do have a coat closet near the door but it may or may not be full of games and spare decorating items. This simple hanging coat rack is the perfect thing for our entry. It doesn’t take much space and is super functional!

 

One thing that took a while was finding a unique coffee table to pull everything together. I had been looking for some time but didnt find anything I loved. Luckily, my mom came across this table labeled for outdoor use. While the table may have been meant for a patio, I quickly decided it may actually be the perfect fit for my room. I tried it out inside and it was a perfect. Don’t let labels define your decorating and don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

 

With a bit of time and creativity our “flexroom” has finally become a functional and welcoming space!

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This project was done at my sisters home but I might just have to find a place for a shelf like this in mine. When my sister first told me her plan to liven up this little area, I wasn’t sure how hard it would be. It turned out to be a pretty straight forward project so if your temped to try your own floating shelf go for it!

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We began by getting all of our wood from homedepot. A pretty simple task except when you have two four year olds and a crazy two year old in tow. After scrutinizing all the wood and being saved by an episode of paw patrol on my sisters phone,  we made it out with our boards and some of our sanity still intact. We ended up using eight inch wide boards for the shelf and 6 inch wide boards for the wall attachment. We had our pieces roughly cut to size in store but ended up needing to make some small cuts at home to get things to line up just right.

 

With the kids secured in the giant playpen (also known as a trampoline) we  assembled the five boards that made up the box that would be our floating shelf. I should mention we pre-drilled holes for our screws which helped prevent splitting.

 

The mounting board was 6ft long and fit right inside of our shelf. We added horizontal boards to support the shelf when it was attached to the wall. My sister was smart enough to go and mark where the studs would be so we didn’t locate any of the braces in the way of its mounting.

 

With our two pieces complete we sanded the outside of the shelf to even thing out. It also helps the stain evenly absorb so don’t skip this step if your making your own shelf. Next came my favorite part, roughing up the edges! We used the sander at an angle to add some nicks and texture to the shelf’s edges and finally applied the stain.

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While our shelf dried, we located the studs and installed the mounting board in place. We made sure to hit at least three studs along the way to give the shelf some extra strength and stability!

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When the shelf was finally dry (or at least dry enough to carry in as we just couldn’t wait to see it up) we simply slipped it onto the mounting board and secured it with two screws.

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The end result was beaituful!

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Table, Chairs, and a Chandelier: Take Two

In our home we have a eat in kitchen and no dinning room. While I didn’t hate the before I’ve been waiting to change it up and finally had the chance. A new table, chairs, and light fixture finally brought everything together and made the space feel larger and more welcoming to guest.

Originally when we moved in we brought with out counter height table and chairs set. While it worked ok, the height made the space feel smaller and we were never able to seat more than six people. I replaced the table with one I bought off swap and shop and the chairs I picked up for free. Both needed a bit of TLC but in the end were the perfect fit.

(Take a look at my DIY section for more information on all the work that went into them.)

In addition to switching out the table and chairs, I also switched out the light fixture that came with our home for something a little more fun. Nothing makes a house shine light new lighting (no pun intended…seriously I didn’t even catch it until editing).

I absolutely love my new chandelier and I think it added just the right amount of glitz. After a little shopping, some hard work, and some finishing touches, I finally have a welcoming area to feed friends and family.

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Fun fact: After selling my old set and light and purchasing the new items, I actually ended up making $20 on this entire project!

*Here’s the break down: I sold my old set for $250 and my old light fixture for $40 bringing in $290. I then purchased my table for $50, got my chairs for free, and spent $200 on my new chandelier. While I had some supplies on hand, I did have to ¬†purchase polyurethane,a brush, and sand paper so in then end I spent a total of $270.

 

Farm House Table: Before and After

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I’ve always wanted to build my own farm house table but when I found this fantastic ine for $50 I decided I’d start with refinishing one instead!

imageI started out by sanding off the current finish leaving me with a blank slate. After sanding it all down, I stained it Dark Walnut. As most of my home is decorated with greys I chose to “white wash” over the stain with a grey paint and water mixture.

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After allowing for ample drying time (also known as torture) I applied a few coats of polyurethane to protect the finish. I LOVE the way it turned out and the photos just don’t do it justice!

Next up is finishing off the chairs! Check back soon for my final upgrade including my new chandelier. (Sneak peak below!)

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Clothes Pin Wreath: Great Teacher Appreciation Gift

Looking for a great teach appreciation gift idea? Give them a personalized wreath and throw in some gift cards!

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Supplies:

-Wasabi Tape

-Metal Wreath Form

-Clothes Pins

-Small Wire or Ribbon

-Any Special Embellishments

Directions:

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-Cover each clothes pin with wasabi tape. Trim if nessesary. The amount of clothes pins will varry depending on your wreath form.

image-Clip your clothes pins onto the wire in a pattern or at random. If you want to personalize this for a teacher include enough plain clothes pins to write each students name.

-Add your wire/ribbon and any embellishments.

image-At this point if your using it for a teacher gift you can have each student sign a clothes pin or write their names yourself. For future years simply turn the clothes pins over  and leave them plain or replace them with new student names!

image-For a finishing touch get some gifts cards to your teachers favorite places and clip them in the clothes pins!

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