Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Baby E's Nursery

One of the fun things about having a little girl is getting the chance to design and decorate a little girl's room.  Dainty lace, pink, ruffles... items that I would never normally use in the decor of our house.

I've slowly begun to put together Baby-E's room now that she's here.  She's not sleeping in there yet which gives me some additional time to pull it together.  When we originally moved into our house her bedroom was Little Man's room.  These two windows are the only windows in the room - which gives me tons of wall space to work with.

We moved Little Man into the room next to ours a couple of months ago and left this room empty for our new little one.  After cleaning through all of the baby gear and assembling the furniture, here's what the room looks like so far...

Quite a work in progress, I know.  We're reusing the furniture from Little Man's nursery.  The crib and changing table are from the Graco Lauren collection.  The curtains are from West Elm (the ones that used to be in the dining room).  Then I just have a little cubby set from Target.  It was a great, quick and inexpensive way to create more storage in Little Man's room when he was born.

Mav wants a pink-on-pink-on-pink room.  Essentially, everything should be pink - the walls, bedding, everything.  I on the other hand prefer more neutral colors with pops of pink throughout.  I think the color scheme will be a pale pink with grays, champagne and off-white.  So far, the only thing I've selected is the wall color.  I've gone with Sherwin William's Romance.  Let's just say it's very pink.  But it's a beautiful soft shade that doesn't overwhelm you when you walk into the room.

Here's a sneak peak...

What are your must-haves in a little girl room?

Friday, October 31, 2014

New Paint in the Dining Room

If you follow along, you'll remember that I've been slowly revamping the dining room.  Here was where I last left off and it was a little more traditional than I wanted...  you can read more about that here and here.

The walls were a light blue, curtains gray and it felt very formal.  So, I came up with the design below to add a little flair to the room and make it feel cozier and a little more interesting.

I'm glad to say that with the new paint and art on the wall the room is even better than I hoped it would be!  The walls are Valspar's Montpelier Ashlar Gray and the accent wall is Mark Twain Brick Gray.  I am in love with this color!  It translates as a dark blue gray in person.

You can see the kitchen through the door on the right.

This room is adjacent to our new playroom which we revealed a couple of weeks ago.  I swapped out the curtains for white ones in the dining room to coordinate with the playroom (plus the new accent wall made the gray curtains look purple).

I am in love with how this room turned out!  It's always so exciting to see your vision come to be a reality.  What kinds of projects have you had in your mind and watched come to life?

Like the art in the room?  Read more about our DIY art projects below:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Budget Kitchen Renovation: Section Two Progress

I know things have been a little quiet here on the blog lately and that's because my days have been filled with these two cuties!

When I do find a couple of free moments, I've slowly been making progress on section two of our budget kitchen remodel.

Here's the checklist for section two (still plenty more to do - not to mention the base cabinets still need poly):

Sand Doors
- Drill holes for new hardware
- Add decorative moulding to outside edges of cabinet frames
- Apply one coat of gel stain
- Apply two coats of Carrington stain
- Apply 3 coats of some kind of poly

What is unique about our kitchen is that our upper cabinets are 42" high, where standard cabinets are 36" high.  That equates to more storage space for us (which I love).  It also meant that it took longer to sand these cabinets.  Not to mention they were much grimier than the lowers.

However, all of the staining is complete and here's the result with the new stain!

I just love it!  For these doors, I stained them out on our deck and used two 1x4's to create a stand for them to lay on.  Working only a couple of hours at a time (during naps), it took a couple of weeks to complete.

I have to say, when I put up a couple of the completed doors onto the old cabinets, I was a little nervous about the final result...

Sometimes I find that DIY projects look worse before they get better - but keep faith and press on towards that final result.  The cabinet frames were completed much more quickly than the doors.  I found it was easiest to use a drop cloth and painter's tape to cover the counter tops and appliances to keep stain from dripping on them (I encountered more splatter than drips on the drop cloth).

You can see below that I still have section three to complete, but I also have to add the moulding to section two before the "bones" can be said to be complete.  As of right now the backs of all of the doors are still the original color as we'll (still to be stained, but I figured I'd get the fronts complete and then move onto the backs).

Here's a couple more shots just for fun!  You can see the color variation in the stain depending on the lighting-  sometimes it has a reddish hue and other times a dark cool almost espresso brown hue.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Our Entryway is Complete!!

I am super excited today for two reasons.  One - the moulding in the entryway is finally done AND painted!  It only took nearly a year to complete - no big deal  ;).  

Two - I found this awesome dresser for the entry way at Home Goods.  I swear the finish looks just like it came out of a Pottery Barn store - but the price tag certainly didn't.  I feel like Home Goods can be totally hit or miss, and this time it was a home run.

This has been the plan for this space since before we moved in and it's so exciting to see it all come together!!

We were also able to swap out the light fixtures on the ceiling.  The best part - it was a contractor pack and included two lights for about $20.  You can't beat that price and they look way more expensive than they were.  Plus our entryway is brighter than ever!

Here's one final before and after for the final effect.

What I love most about moulding is that it is an easy upgrade you can add yourself and it makes a drastic update to a room.  How have you used moulding in your home to update a room?

Click below to read more about how to install picture frame moulding:

Monday, October 13, 2014

DIY West Elm Inspired Art

I was browsing the West Elm website and fell in love with this piece of art - the colors, the simplicity, but not for $150 each.  So I decided to attempt to make my own version and you can do the same thing.  Here are the supplies I used.

- Drawing Paper
- Two paint brushes (one small and one larger) with a rounded tip
- Craftsmart paint in Gray and Granite
- square frame with a matte (optional)

The design was actually very easy to create.  I used a smaller brush for the inner portion of the circle and the larger brush for the outside.  I simply used the brushes to create dots in a circle.  Switch between the dark granite, light gray and a combination of both colors to create a random color pattern.

See how the colors vary below.

Unfortunately I am not very good at creating dots in a perfect circle.  In order to remedy that issue, I placed the matte over the art to create clean lines.

  Below is the finishes product!  For a fraction of the cost, I'm pretty pleased with the outcome!  If you are better at creating a perfect circle than I am - or at least one that looks less like an oval - you can omit the matte.

Have you created any knock off art or projects?

Friday, October 10, 2014

A "Formal" Reveal

Yes, finally I am happy to say what was our "formal" living room, now playroom, has made significant progress and the repaint is complete!  Below is a before shot and the inspiration room.

And here's the after:

I'm so excited that the room turned out better than the inspiration plan!!  Instead of painting the walls white, I decided to paint them Valspar's Montpelier Ashlar Gray like the remainder of the main floor and painted the accent wall Valspar's Mark Twain Brick Gray.  It actually translates as a dark navy/gray on the walls and I LOVE IT!!  It adds some depth and color to the room without being too overbearing.

The ottoman/coffee table was stolen from the living room.  We keep Little Man's train tracks in it.  However, in here it could serve dual purposes.  I feel like my mission is to always find a way to hide toys!  They're everywhere! :)

I'm really excited about where the room is going!  Like the wood wall art?  You can make your own just like it!  Check out our tutorial here.

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