Monday, February 1, 2016

Planked Wall {Curtains & Rods}

The curtains and rods were hung on the planked wall this weekend!  I am loving the contrast of the white walls, black rods and dark gray curtains.  We also added sconces above the fireplace which are actually outdoor lights from Lowe's.  Currently they are non-functioning but my hubby and I are exploring ways to change that!

I purchased the antique mirror on craigslist and refinished the wood.  I stained it in Minwax Special Walnut and it turned out exactly as I envisioned.  The warmth of the wood stain tones down the black metal perfectly!

I've already made changes to the mantel décor since I took the pictures but I'm planning on leaving the blue seltzer bottles on there for a while.  These were another craigslist score as I paid ten dollars a bottle which was a steal!

Come back soon to check out my Valentines Décor...

Friday, January 29, 2016

Shiplap {Fireplace} Wall

I am happy to announce that I have shiplap in my house!  In addition to adding planks to our fireplace wall, we also planked over our fireplace cubby.  I was sad to loose all the decorating space but the leaving the drywall fireplace surround with planked walls on either side would have been a decorating crime.  I love how it turned out and can't wait to finish decorating the wall.

Here is a before shot of the fireplace wall.  The dark blue was pretty but made the space feel dark all the time even with the sun shining in.

First we painted the entire wall white so you couldn't see the blue behind the planks:

Then we hung our planks.  We purchased five 4' x 8' flooring underlayment sheets at Home Depot for $12 each and had the store cut our boards down to 7" strips.  The walls on each side of the fireplace was about 6' wide so we had some waste on each board which I will later use to make signs!  This picture is before we added planks above the fireplace:

See what I mean about a decorating crime by leaving it this way?  Much better with the planks covering the drywall cubby as you can see here: to my eyes!  Next I painted all the planks and molding strips White Whisper by Glidden (same color as our existing fireplace surround, crown molding and baseboards).  In case you're wondering, I painted the sides of the boards as much as I could without doing them one by one, before we hung them on the wall.  This is was time well spent because the gaps between planks, spaced by nickels, are very much visible.

This picture was taken at night:

And this one was taken during the day:

Stay tuned for the decorated wall and some other living room updates!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I {Heart} Frame Collage

I wish I could say that this heart frame collage was my original idea but I actually found it on Pintrest via and couldn't resist copying it!  I really love how it turned out and how well it fills the space in my new "Mom Cave".

I started this project by purchasing 4"x6" frames from Ikea for $2 each.  There are a total of 36 frames so it wasn't a cheap project but was the worth the money for a 5'x5' wall decor.  When I got home with my new frames the first thing I did was lay them out on the floor to see my vision and to measure the overall dimensions.

In order to have a starting point to hang the collage we taped a square on the wall the same size of the overall dimensions.  Then we made paper templates the same size of a frame to tape on the wall.  We also made one horizontal and one veritcal template to lay-over each paper in order to mark the nail hole on each one after they were taped up to the wall.  We started laying the templates out from the bottom working our way up as we went and making sure to level the templates out that were on the same line.  In the end we ended up with a shorter overall height than we originally layed out on the floor but it is because we decided to put the frames closer together.  Ultimately the collage ended up lower on the wall than we would have planned but it wasn't worth going through the hassle of rehanging all of the templates just to move it up six inches. 

After we put all the nails in the wall I immediately tore down the paper.  In retrospect I should have left them up and taken them down as I hung the pictures because I had to refer to my inspiration photo to know if the pictures should go horizontal or vertical.  The good news is that we didn't have to make one single adjustment to our original layout as the frames fit like a glove!  Believe it or not, taking the frames out of the packaging, removing the backing to insert the photos and hanging the photos was actually more time consuming then hanging the templates and pounding the nails. 

If you decide to do this project make sure you have a handy-helper like I did!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Spring ~ Summer House To Do {List}

Here is a list of things I would like to do around the house before the summer is over and gone.  Some of them are quick, easy things but others are going to require more elbow grease.  I am looking forward to accomplishing all of them!

Blog more on recent room and furniture makoevers
Paint stripes or chevrons on the white side table in guest room, 
possibly white table in living room as well
Paint Arielle’s bookshelf green to match desk
Make wall of photos collage in craft room

Frame and paint peg board for craft room
Figure out what to hang next to striped curtains in game room
Redecorate office shelving and walls

Buy/paint a vanity for master bedroom
Make dog canvas for me and as a gift

Buy/make large hanging birdhouse for Averi's bedroom

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Coral {Striped} Bathroom

I'm back and I've done a lot of redecorating in the past year so I have a few projects to show you!  The most recent project is my coral horizontal striped half bathroom. 

I looked at a lot of inspiration photos of rooms with horizontal stripes before deciding how wide I wanted the stripes to be, how many stripes I wanted and what colors I wanted to use.  My husband even called me a dork because I created an Excel spreadsheet with all of the options I had to choose from (I am a true accountant by heart!).  Laugh all you want but it really helped me visualize what effect the different choices had on me and which ones I was drawn to. 
 I ended up choosing an even number of stripes so that the top one was the same color as the ceiling which I thought would make the room look taller and therefore bigger.  Once I knew that I wanted an even number of stripes I narrowed down my choices to 6 or 8 stripes total then I divided the total length of the wall and divided it by both of my choices to determine how wide the stripes would be.  Visually, the smaller stripes didn't appeal to me since it looked cluttered or too busy.  So my choice was made and the stripes ended up being 9.25" inches wide.

Coral was my first choice of color.  The only question was dark or light coral.  I ended up choosing dark since I was using white as my other color.  I wanted a dramatic effect with these stripes and the color choice did just that!  The color that I used was "Tropical Bloom" by Valspar Signature.

I started by painting the entire wall and ceiling white (it's actually called "Whister White" by Glidden and it's the same color as the beadboard and trim).  We waited 24 hours for the paint to dry then my husband made a template to measure the stripes approximately every two feet over the entire wall.  Next he connected the dots he made from his templates with lines using a pencil and metal yard stick.  Then he taped the lines using Scotch Delicate Painters Tape with Edgeguard since we had only waited 24 hours for the paint to dry.  Lastly but most importantly, he applied white caulk along the edges of the tape to ensure that the paint would not bleed over the edge of the tape.  It worked like a charm!

When we finished painting (sometime during the day) and pulled the tape off the color looked perfect...just like I envisioned it in my mind!  Later that night after the sun went down my husband hung the light fixture up and after he turned the light on my heart sunk.  The color looked like bright orange in the artifical light and I was not happy about it at all.  Fortunately my {smart} husband suggested that we buy  day light high efficiency bulbs to see if that changed the appearance of the room.  Let me tell you, it was worth the extra money for these bulbs because the orange went away and the coral reappeared!

This half bathroom is now bright, cheery and tropical!!! 

Linked to:

The Shabby Nest ~ Frugal Friday
The Shabby Creek Cottage ~ {Transformation Thursday No. 151}

Monday, July 4, 2011

Pink Island Surf Bedroom {Updates}

Three years ago we painted Arielle's bedroom blue.  Since then I have replaced her bed, added a desk, redesigned her closet and rearranged her furniture a few times.  The retro desk and chair makeover inspired me to make a couple of more small changes.  I liked the fabric that I used to recover the chair pad so much that I bought more and made curtain holdbacks and a curtain for her armoire.  It is nice to see splashes of this fun, colorful fabric throughout the room!

The curtain for the armoire was completed in a few simple steps.  First I ironed and sewed the raw edges on the side of the fabric that I had pre-measured to fit the armoire opening.  I left the width a couple inches wider than the armoire so it would have a little bit of ruffling.  Next, I ironed and sewed up the top of the curtain leaving a one inch pocket for a tension rod to fit through.  Lastly, I ironed and sewed the bottom hem.  It was a very easy sewing project but could have been completed without sewing as well using a hot glue gun and/or iron-on hem tape.

To make the curtain holdbacks I cut four strips of fabric approximately 4 inches wide by 12  inches long.  Next, I ironed and sewed the edges up then hand-stitched buttons to close the holdbacks up.  It was really easy to do!

One of my favorite things about this room is the closet.  Since Arielle's furniture is quite large I wanted to free up more space in her room so I decied to removed the closet doors and put her dresser in the closet. I found the white beadboard shelves at a garage sale and hung all three of the side by side above the dresser.  I also added track shelving on the side of the close for additional storage. Lastly, I hung sheer panels from a shower curtain rod so we could hide the clutter at any time.

I am looking forward to making big-girl updates to Averi's room eventually!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

{Retro} Desk and Chair Makeover

Arielle's desk makeover is complete and I am so happy with how it turned out!  You can see a before picture of the desk here, however I forgot to take a before picture of the chair.

It took several coats of paint to cover the desk after we primed it and sanded it.  The color is Fairaway Mist by Behr and I chose this color because it matches one of the several colors in Arielle's quilt which is from the Pottery Barn Pink Island Surf collection. 

After much debate about which hardware I was going to get for the desk make-over I am glad I chose the satin nickel bin pulls that match Arielle's silver daybed frame.

I bought the frame for the magnet board at Goodwill for $5.99 and cut up some leftover sheet metal from another magnet board that I made. Arielle and I made the seashell magnets today. It was fun and easy to do!

I purchased the chair at Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store for $2.99 and it was in really bad shape.  It was dark wood, required a couple of pieces to be glued together and the ugly old dirty fabric was ripping apart.  There is a stamp on the bottom of the chair that states "1965" so it's old but in overall good condition. 

To makoever the chair, I removed the chair seat, sanded the chair and gave it three coats of spray paint.  I distressed it heavily for the final touches so that it would fit in more with the beach theme of Arielle's room and also hide a few blemishes.  I had never recovered a chair before so I didn't know what to expect but it was really easy.  I found the fabric at JoAnn's and thought it was perfect! 

I even purchased extra fabric to makeover Arielle's bright pink curtains so that they will match her new chair. I love the fabric so much that I couldn't resist even if it involves some sewing because I know it will be worth it. I will post the rest of the room when the curtains are finished.

Linky Love:  The Shabby Nest ~ Frugal Friday, Just A Girl ~ Show and Share Day, Tip Junkie ~ Homemade Projects, The Shabby Chic Cottage ~ Transformation Thursdays, Just A Girl ~ Show and Share Day, Thrifty Decor Chick ~ Before & After Goodwill Party