Photo Wall–Cut It Out Frames & Giveaway

*Disclosure: This post and giveaway is sponsored by Cut It Out.  However, all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.

Since we moved in our home over 11 years ago, we have never added any decor to the “game room” or “play room” in our basement.  It was kind of just a catch all room for our junk and items we had no where else to store…and the kids toys.  It was just kind of there.  A room to shut the door to when you had company over.

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Now that my kids are older, they want to have a place to hang out with their friends.  So we decided it was time to finally pay attention that this room and actually put some photos up on the walls.  Since it was our “game room” we decided to hang some photos of our family “playing” together.  I used some photo frames that I got from Cut It Out.

If you have been following me on Instagram, than you might have already seen me share some other rooms in my home where I have also used frames from Cut It Out.  I LOVE these frames.  They come in a lot of different shapes and sizes and the prices can NOT be beat.  The frames are a great way to add some fun decor to your walls while displaying photos of your friends and family.

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The frames come unfinished so that you can paint them the perfect color for your taste and your room decor.  In this room, I went with all of the same frames in the Balboa style in both 8×10′s and 11×14′s.  Then I simply painted them in a white satin paint.  We still have a few more finishing touches to the room but we have made some great progress making this room…well…a room we don’t need to shut the door to.  If you are interested in how we made our DIY Ping Pong Table Top you can see the post here:  DIY Ping Pong Table

Guess who gets to give one of you some of your own Cut It Out Frames?  Me!

One lucky Idea Room reader will be given a $100 Credit to the Cut It Out Shop.  The winner will be able to order their own frames (or other items) with the $100 Credit and the frames will be shipped to them free of charge (in the US only).

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Wood Pallet American Flag

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I have been wanting to make an American Flag out of a wood pallet for a couple of years now.  I have a long list of projects that I hope to be able to get to (someday) and it feels nice to be able to cross one off of the list.  Will I ever get tired of projects? Ha! I am not sure. I really enjoy creating things and the whole creative process…so I doubt it!

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I have a spot on my back deck that I thought would be a great place to display this flag during the summer for the Fourth of July.  We had picked up a few pallets almost two years ago when we needed some to make my son’s Pallet Headboard and a Wood Pallet Map for his room.  So, I just used what we had left over in our stash.  We picked up the pallets from a local nursery who just gave us a few for free!

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The wood slats can be VERY difficult to remove from the pallet itself due to the long nails they use.  So we just take our saw and cut the wood slats near the end nails and then pull out the nails in the middle.  It takes some elbow grease to get it done…in my case, my husband was a great sport and took care of it.  I used 7 wood boards from the pallet.  Don’t worry if they are beat up…I like that they add some fun texture and an aged look to the map.

If you don’t have access to a wood pallet, cedar fence post from Lowe’s are perfect for this!  They can be found in the lumber section.  Line up your boards and then staple or nail them to three strips of wood that are on the sides and in the middle of the boards in back.  This will hold all your boards together.

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I googled an American Flag and studied it very closely to know how I should paint the wood pallet boards so that it resembled a real flag.  I had one board that was missing a section on the lower corner so I just used that board on the bottom of the flag so that it looked like the flag had a piece missing on the bottom stripe.  I then drew out where I wanted the blue section and the 13 stripes.  I started with a red stripe and ended with a red stripe.

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I painted the blue section first and made the bottom of the blue section line up exactly with the bottom of the seventh stripe.  Then I painted the red stripes by starting at the top and moving down.  By the time I had finished painting the red stripes, they had dried enough for me to start painting the white stripes.

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When everything has had a chance to dry and cure, you can take some sandpaper and rough it up a bit.  I actually did the roughing up part before I painted the stars on because I was still trying to figure out how big of a star I wanted to do.  I finally just decided to go with a star stencil I had on hand from Martha Stewart.  It ended up being the perfect size for my taste.

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We relied heavily on a picture of the American Flag to get the dimensions and the layout of all 50 stars as correct as possible.  It ended up being 5 rows of 6 stars with 4 rows of 5 stars in between the rows.  Then when the stars were all painted on and dried we roughed them up a bit too.

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To hang the flag, we put a couple of screws on the back and threaded some heavy wire around them so they could act as a picture hanger.  This makes it super easy to hang it up.

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Now we are ready to host the Fourth of July BBQ!  Want to see some of our other Fourth of July projects?  Check out these past Idea Room posts:

Fourth of July Projects

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How do you celebrate the Fourth?

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Kitchen Wood Sign

*This is a collaboration with Cricut.  However all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.

We are in full swing summer over here.  Are you?  I was looking forward to having my schedule slow down a bit so we could have some lazy days and so we could sleep in.  I have managed to sleep in twice.  I have spent the last two days just recuperating from summer and everyone’s different schedules.  I feel like the older my kids get, the crazier life is…can anyone relate?

Anyways, that is why things have been a little more quiet here on the blog.  I got my act together to finally share with you this wood sign that we made for kitchen.

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I love pairing older, vintage items with new items.  I am not quite sure how that developed, but it seems that my style has been heading in this direction for a while now and I just love it.  Of course, I couldn’t find any real vintage signs that I LOVED and that I could afford, so of course I decided to make one.

I used my vintage Dr. Pepper Crate that holds my spices as an inspiration for how to make this kitchen wood sign look aged.

To make a similar sign you will need the following materials:

  • pine board (4 ft long by 7.5 inches)
  • wood stain
  • white paint
  • red paint (or paint color of your choice)
  • sand paper
  • paint brushes
  • a stencil or vinyl letter stickers
  • picture hangers (or a wire and two screws)

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Cut your board to the dimensions that will work with your space.  Our board measured 4 feet in length by  ft in height.  Sometimes your hardware stores will cut the wood for you if you ask nicely and they are not super busy!

Sand the surfaces and the edges of your board.  Stain your wood and wipe off the excess stain with a dry cloth.  Let it dry overnight.

Paint the board white over your stain.  Let it dry completely.

Cut out your vinyl letters on your vinyl cutting machine.  I used my Cricut Explore machine to make the GROCERY letters.  If you have a Cricut Machine you can make this project RIGHT NOW by clicking on the MAKE IT NOW button below.

If you don’t have access to a machine, you can print out the letters on your printer and make an old fashioned stencil or use freezer paper.  The font I used is called Old Style.

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Place the stickers or the stencil on your board.  Paint over the stickers with the paint color you want your sign to be…in our case it was red paint.  Before the paint dries carefully peel up the vinyl letters.  I found the sooner you can peel them up, the better chance you have of getting smooth lines.  Otherwise, the paint can dry and cause tears that you might have to touch up.

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After the stickers are peeled up, let the paint dry completely.  Overnight works best so that the paint has fully set before you sand the board.

Now distress your board by sanding it all over in the areas you want the stain to show through.  Distress it to your style and taste.

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I like a fair amount of distressing.  My rule of thumb is to start out with less because you can always go back and add more distressing rather than fixing something that is too distressed!

Now attach the picture hangers to the back (or a good old wire with two screws) so that you can hang the sign where you want it on your wall.

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I love the little splash of color it adds to our fairly white and bright kitchen.  I also love that it ties in with the distressed Dr. Pepper Crate Spice Rack.  And, this project is a fairy simple and inexpensive one.  All you really need to buy is the board since most people have stain and paint laying around their houses.

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What kind of sign would you want to put in your kitchen?

Interested in checking out the rest of our kitchen remodel? Check out this post we shared earlier.

Kitchen Tour

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Outdoor Gazebo Project

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lowes.

I LOVE being a Lowes Creative Blogger for a lot of different reasons.  One of those reasons is that I feel motivated to get some of the bigger projects off of my to do list!  The deadline helps motivate my husband and I to just do it instead of procrastinating.  As I have mentioned earlier, we are really pushing ourselves to get these last few projects done.  We want to be done so we can just enjoy things with the kids.

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This Gazebo in our backyard needed some serious work and paint when we moved in 11 years ago.  But it was so low down on our list of important things to do, we just kept putting it off.  It was more of a “fort” for the boys to make mud pies in and store their stick collection when they were younger.  Then it became a “playhouse” for the girls.

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When we were challenged to do an outdoor patio makeover, I knew that it was time to finally turn this into a nice area that we could enjoy.  The kids are getting older and are starting to host their friends at our home for get togethers.  We wanted it to be an area they (and the family) could sit in and enjoy.

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So we scrapped off all the old paint with a wire brush and then painted it with some Stain Paint that we picked up from Lowes.  It is great for outdoor areas and lasts so much longer than an outdoor paint as it penetrates into the wood like a stain.  The roof needs new shingles and someone to get up there and fix that crooked weather vane…but that is going to have to be another day ;)!

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The kids were great helpers and actually begged us to let them paint.  That lasted about 30 minutes…haha!  But the two older boys stayed and helped us finish almost to the end.  I tell you…painting lattice is not my favorite.  That is some tedious work!

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We picked up some black patio chairs from Lowes (four of them) and this bench and added some green and gray striped pillows just like the ones we used on our Front Porch Makeover.  I LOVE them and was so happy when they still had some in stock.

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We picked up this wood burning fire pit last year from Lowe’s and will now keep it in the Gazebo and out of the elements until we are ready to use it.  Then we can move it out onto the patio when we want to use it to make ‘smores!

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We also picked up a couple of green flower pots and planted some colorful Petunia’s to bring so me color to the Gazebo and patio area!

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I am loving how it has really improved that whole area.  Now I just need to keep it free of mud pies and sticks :)!  But who am I kidding…they will still happen and I am okay with that.  The kids are growing up way to fast.

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Girls Room Storage & Home Goods Giveaway

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I am really excited for today’s post you guys!  A few weeks ago I was contacted by HomeGoods and asked if I wanted to offer you guys a giveaway…well…duh! Of course I did! Who doesn’t love HomeGoods?  I was challenged to use some of HomeGoods items to decorate a room in my home as part of their  HomeGoods Organize in Style program.

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I chose to go with my oldest daughter’s room since we were right in the process of finishing the final touches in her room.  What preteen girl doesn’t need more storage ideas and space in her room?  I had been playing around with the idea of building a window seat bench under her window to give her an area to read or hang out on with friends or by herself, but wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do.

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So, after her birthday dinner (my husband and I take the birthday child out to a special dinner with just the three of us) we decided to drop by HomeGoods and have a look around.  It was if the heavens parted…the perfect tufted storage bench was just sitting there…begging to go home with us.  It was a perfect fit for her window and the space.  And?  It was the perfect shade of gray!  It was meant to be!

 

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The storage bench is the perfect spot for her to store her clothes that are out of season to free up some of her closet space, which in turn allows her to keep her clutter shut away and hidden in the closet.  I also am in love with the nail head trim along the bottom of the bench.

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I was also able to pick up some fun storage items for the top of her dresser.  She loves to journal and so we picked up this blue wire basket for her to hold her colorful journal collection in along with her favorite childhood stuffed animals.  I love the color and texture it adds to the overall look of her room.

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These items were just the perfect finishing touches…which is always the part of decorating I struggle with the most!  What about you?  Do you need some fun storage and organization solutions for a room or multiple rooms in your house?

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Well…of course you do.  Good thing I get to give FIVE lucky Idea Room Readers a $50 Gift Card to HomeGoods.  Pretty exciting right?!  If you would like to enter for a chance to win one of the gift cards, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter box below.  Please be patient as it may take the widget a few seconds to load fully.  You may need to enter on a laptop or desktop computer.

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Kitchen Tour Updated

Over two years ago we remodeled our 30+ year old Kitchen, but you know how it goes…if you give a girl a paint brush…

And so after a lot of hard work, elbow grease and kids projects, homework, sports and life…we are almost officially finished with our kitchen.  Now, I am sure I will continue to make some small changes here and there because, let’s be honest…I really enjoy changing things up, but for the most part we can cross this project off our “to do” list.

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When we started 2 years ago, we had plans to just repaint the fronts of the cabinets since we thought they were still in pretty good shape.   We knew we also needed to get new countertops. When we moved in the countertops were tiled with large floor tiles and the grout was in terrible condition…and even though I spent hours chlorox-ing every single grout line…I still kind of felt like the grout was filled with germs.

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We also had plans to lay down new flooring.  We had already sanded down the floors and refinished them when we had first moved in 10 years earlier, but I wanted dark wood flooring and the wood we had would not stain as dark as I had wanted.  The other room you can see off to the right of the above picture is my home office/craft room if you are interested in checking that out.

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We also knew we had to fix a terrible patching job the previous owners had made on the kitchen ceiling.  They had removed a panel of cupboards that sat right above this bar but had not done a great job filling in the hole.  We knew it was going to take some serious elbow grease to repair and wondered how good the results would be.  So we decided to add a wood plank ceiling to hide the ugly and I have LOVED how it turned out.

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When decided to hire out for the countertops and the wood flooring and do all of the tear out and the rest of the remodel ourselves to save as much money as possible.  When we tore out the countertops, we realized that half of the cabinets were in terrible condition including the sink and dishwasher cabinets which were rotted out.  So we made the decision to replace the cabinets too.

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The big boys were great helpers and actually begged to help us with the tearing out process.  I think they were enjoying being destructive.

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After the flooring was in, the cabinets were put in…we had some drama with this when the guy installing our cabinets was upset about something at work unrelated to our job (we could hear him on the phone) and then stormed out in the middle of the job quitting right on the spot…#awkward.  So we had to call the company and work out getting a new installer.  Turns out the original installer had made some big mistakes on our install and others and someone had to come in and fix his mistakes.

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After finally getting them installed correctly, we were waiting on the countertop to be delivered, we had someone come and replace the kitchen window with a window that would actually open.  When the window installer was taking out the old window, he dropped it and it busted one of the top sections of the new sink cabinet.  Seriously?  So we had to wait for his company to pay the cabinet company and for the cabinet to be remade.  Oh…and did I mention that the husband was out of town during the entire floor laying and cabinet breaking fiascos?  I really don’t like dealing with stuff like that!

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(The opening to the other room (with the brick) is our Family Room.  I will be sharing the updates to that room soon as well).

When all of that drama got taken care of we were able to have the countertops installed.  The installation of that went flawless and I was so happy to have my kitchen almost back in order.  At least we were able to move the refrigerator (which was in the family room) and the stove (which was on the back porch) back into place!

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We installed the backsplash by ourselves and went with a very practical and neutral white subway tile.  Since I love to change things up we wanted to be sure we had something that would be able to change with us.  I also LOVE how bright and clean it makes the kitchen feel.

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During the whole process, we kept our eyes open for a kitchen table that would fit our entire family.  Our current kitchen table only fit 6 people around it and we needed space for 7.  The table had worked fine for us up to that point because we had the youngest in her high chair.  She had since outgrown the high chair and so we were forced to pull up an extra chair every meal for her to sit in and it wouldn’t work out much longer.  But our kitchen has a weird square space and a door that encroached on the dining area that made it hard to find a table that would be large enough for our family to fit on.  The ones we found that would work were WAY out of our budget…so we decided to make one!  Knowing our history, we knew we could make one to fit our needs and taste perfectly.

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 We will be sharing the tutorial for how we made the kitchen table here shortly.  I will add the link here when we have it.  We picked up the linen chairs from RC Willey (after much searching) and the cross back wood chairs from a small local furniture store who we LOVE! I can email you the information if you are interested.  She searched for the perfect chair and special ordered them for us!

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We also made the white dish hutch.  I had always wanted a hutch to display some colorful dishes but because our space was so limited we couldn’t find anything in our price range that we loved.  So…we designed one according to our space and built it to fit our style.  I LOVE it!  We are also planning on sharing our plans and a tutorial here shortly.

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We also built this fresh herbs box that we have in our kitchen window.  I shared with you the first phase of that herb box and will update you with the final tutorial in an upcoming post.  So you get a little sneak peek of the finished herb box.  I also made the herb sign below which I will be sharing in another upcoming tutorial (guess I better get writing some tutorials…).  It hangs right as you come in the kitchen from the front door which is to the left of the refrigerator.

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 The large sign we have hanging by the kitchen table is one that we got from Between You and Me Signs.  It has now become one of my favorite areas of the new kitchen.

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We put in the wainscoting in one of the earlier phases of our kitchen remodel several years ago which I shared in an earlier post.  We also added some crown molding.  The paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Quiet Moments which is a nice soft blue with gray undertones.  I LOVE it.  I LOVED it so much I used it to repaint my daughter’s room.

We bought our stools from Amazon here…Kitchen stools.

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The doorway you can see at the end of the above photo is the entrance to our Laundry Room, if you are interested in checking that out.

I made the GROCERY sign that is hanging over our pantry.  To see the tutorial for the Grocery Sign go here:

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And finally, the sliding doors were replaced a few years earlier with the French Door.  We shared how we framed in the door in an earlier post.

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The spice rack that you can see in the pictures by the stove is one that I made out of an old Dr. Pepper Soda Crate.   The labels on the flour and sugar glass canisters I have on the counter were purchased on Amazon here…Kitchen Labels.  But I swear I only paid half that amount…because I would have made my own for that price….

Anyways, I am so happy to finally have it finished.  But once, we finished the kitchen, everything else in my house didn’t “fit”.  Not the MAJOR expensive home furnishings, you know…but the paint colors.  You know…because if you give a mouse a cookie, she is going to want a glass of milk…. So I had to freshen up the other rooms by repainting  them.  Everything is almost finished and it feels so good.  We have been working on our first starter home and this home for about 17 years now and this momma is ready to be done.



Succulent Planters

It’s that time again…time to share with you this month’s Lowe’s Creator project. The theme this month was “pop of color” and I thought some simple succulent planters would be a perfect touch to our back deck decor.

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This project is seriously SOOO easy.  And if you love succulents like I do, this is a fun way to display them in and around your home.  All you need to do is pick up some succulents and clay pots from Lowe’s.  I spray painted the pots with Valspar’s Golden Maize in a Satin finish and then let them dry completely overnight.

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Then I used my Cricut Explore machine to cut out the herb names in vinyl lettering which I used as a stencil and stenciled the letters in black paint.  I like doing the stencils rather than just using black vinyl because it gives the word an older, vintage look.  If you don’t have vinyl cutting machine you can stencil the old fashioned way and make your own stencil with an exact-o knife or stick some letter stickers on the pot BEFORE spray painting it your color desired and then peel off the stickers.  (Paint black on the pot before you place the stickers on).

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That is seriously all there is to it.  I also took a light sandpaper and kind of roughed up the paint on the pots so that they aren’t totally perfect looking! I love them!  These would also make a fantastic teacher’s gift or Mother’s Day gift!

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Herb Box and Gro-ables Seed Pod Giveaway

Ever since my food allergy diagnosis, I have been wanting to plant a small herb garden that I could use.  Living in Utah, we don’t have a very long growing season so I wanted to be able to grow some herbs in my house.  So what is a girl supposed to do?  Well, she builds one to fit in her kitchen window sill.

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When we remodeled the kitchen two years ago, we made sure to put a window sill in the kitchen window so that I would be able to put some plants in the kitchen.  And I am so excited to have finally tackled this project.  (Please excuse the dirty kitchen photo…this was at Christmas time during some Christmas baking! I couldn’t find the other photo I had taken!)

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So I set out and built this simple Herb Box to hold and grow our indoor herb garden in.  I measured the box to fit our window sill and added some compartments in the herb box for each herb to grow in.

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The herb box measures 30 inches in length by 5 inches in width.  We made sure that we could fit our clay pots inside the individual compartments and then cut our wood board accordingly.  Then we simply glued them together with some wood glue and added some nails to hold the wood securely in place with a nail gun.  For the base we just used a piece of scrap wood.

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I wanted to use clay pots for the herbs to be planted in because I did not want to worry about finding a way for the water to drain out of the bottom of the box on my windowsill.  The clay pots have a water basin that they sit on to collect any excess water.

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This girl LOVES when we make something with wood because it means she can dig through our wood scrap pile and come up with her own creations.  This is a play ground for her Little Pet Shop toys.  I think she did a great job, don’t you?

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For the herbs I used these perfect Gro-ables Seed Pods.  Each little pod comes with everything you need to grow your own food.  Be sure to check back in later when I share the finished herb box in my kitchen window sill!  I LOVE how it turned out!

Each ready-to-plant Seed Pod® contains:

  • Specially selected non-GMO seed at just the right depth
  • Growing materials to protect the seed and keep it moist
  • Plant food to help it grow and build strong roots

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Gro-ables are so easy to use…seriously…growing plants could not be easier and they come in 17 different varieties.   Today I get to give one of my Idea Room readers a fun Gro-ables Prize Pack.  The Gro-ables Prize Pack includes: a steel watering can, Gro-ables Seed Pods, Decorative Plant Labels, and some gardening gloves.

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Girls Room Reveal

I am almost finished with this girls room.  It has been a long time coming.  I have one more little project to add some more pops of color to her room by her bed but haven’t had a chance to get it all the way finished.  I just got back from a blogging conference and didn’t have time to get it finished but decided to share these pictures with you anyways.

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I am really happy with the way it has come together.  I LOVE doing the bigger projects for a room redesign, but really struggle with adding the final finishing decorations to a room.  So I put it off forever because I am just so wishy washy about what to do.  But I am really liking how it has come together.  I LOVE that the room fits her little personality.

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She loves her some pink…lots of pink.  So we tried to add some different shades of pink in her room, but still keep her room soft and sweet just like she is and I really feel like it reflects who she is.  But the most important thing is that she adores her room.

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We painted her dresser a nice dark gray color and added these fun pink knobs from Hobby Lobby.  I had also found this octagon shaped mirror at Home Goods a few months ago and had planned on using it over the fireplace in our Living Room, but liked it in her room a lot better!  We decided to keep our DIY growth chart in her room because it fit perfectly in that weird little spot right behind her door.

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Then we just took this shelf that she already had in her room and moved it to the other wall and painted  this cute pink frame from Cut It Out.  We added some of my favorites pictures of her including this one when she was  5 months old.  I MISS that baby face!  I seriously get a little bit misty eyed when I think about how quickly the time has gone and how it has been 5 years since we had a baby in our house.

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We made the wooden letter T and shared the tutorial for that if you are interested in reading more about it.  The little tissue paper rosette balls are really easy to make and add some fun color to the shelf.

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Her room has a very long wall that I was struggling with how to decorate, but we moved this framed chalkboard from the kitchen (which we replaced with this fun wooden sign) and decided we really liked it here in her room.

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Her blush pink bedspread is from The Land of Nod which we bought a couple of years ago and the curtains are from Target (also a couple of years ago).  Her green pillow on her bed was made by me using this simple way to make a pillow cover.  The material is from JoAnn’s.  The nightstand is painted the same color as the dresser and was originally from Target many years ago and is a hand me down from her oldest sister.

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I found her little chair at the DI (a local thrift store) for $4 and painted it pink and recovered it with some fun gray and white polka dot material.  The light is from Home Depot and cost a fraction of the cost of what the name brand ones cost.

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And, we made her bed and tufted headboard.  This is probably one of my top ten projects to date.  I love, love, love it.  The best part is that it was a lot easier to build than I thought it was going to be.  It makes me really happy to see it become a reality after having visualized it in my head for months.

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A few years ago we added the picture frame wainscoting and I love how it immediately dresses up the room.

And, finally, because I am sure someone will ask, the paint color on the upper half of the walls is Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray reduced by 50%.  Just have your paint store reduce the colorant 50% for you.  It is one of my favorite gray paint colors and is also the paint color I painted my office/craft room with.

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I hope she loves her room for years to come…or until I get the itch to switch it up!



DIY Wooden Letter

A couple of months ago, I instagrammed a picture of my daughter’s unfinished room and her blank walls looking for some suggestions on how to decorate a really long wall…(the wall just opposite of this one).  I feel like I really struggle with filling in the small details and so I put off the finishing touches.  But, an upcoming mother-in-law visit and a baby shower finally gives me the motivation I need to get. it. done!

Shelf-decor My baby girl’s (who am I kidding…she’s 6) room is almost finished and today I am sharing a little sneak peek.  This girl is CRAZY for pink.  So we added a lot of pink touches in here in a couple of different shades and added a green accent color.  I kind of love it.  And…that is really saying a lot because I used to dislike the color pink.  Having three girls has changed that.

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Today I am sharing how we made this DIY Wooden Letter T for her shelf.  It really is pretty simple.  It helps that her letter is just straight lines.  Why not just buy one?  It’s true, the craft stores are filled with wooden letters…but honestly…there were very few that were large enough that I also like the look of.  I tend to be a bit picky about these things if you haven’t noticed.  So I drew one out the size and shape I wanted that fits my style…simple and classic.

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We used the Rockwell BladeRunner to cut out the lines we had drawn on the piece of wood.  The BladeRunner blends performance characteristics of a jigsaw and bench top scroll saw.

Then I sanded the Letter T and painted it this lovely shade of green.  To get the color of paint to match her pillow, which I made using this pillow cover tutorial, I took the pillow into my local paint store and found a paint chip that matched it very closely and just purchased the small sample size.

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Stay tuned for when I share the entire room with you! I have one more project to finish up in here!

And…I have a fun giveaway coming up here tomorrow that *might* have something to do with this Wooden Letter Tutorial AND my DIY Lighted Letter Tutorial!

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