Outdoor Lighting

This month, my challenge as a Lowes Creative Blogger , I decided to add some ambiance to our yard by adding some Outdoor Lighting. I have ALWAYS loved Yard Lanterns and wanted to add just a few to our landscape to add some interesting detail and charm.  I feel like these lanterns are for the outdoors what a lamp is for the indoors.

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I would so much rather have a lamp on in a room rather than a glaring overhead light.  For some reason the lamp (or lantern light) gives off a cozy, relaxed atmosphere, which is exactly how I want to feel when I am relaxing at night after a busy day whether I am inside or outside.

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We picked up a couple of the following packages of Outdoor Landscape Lanterns from our local Lowes.  After doing a lot of research on which ones were the brightest and reading several reviews, we decided these were the Lanterns we wanted to go with.  I LOVE them. I love how they look in the yard and I love driving up to the house at night when they are light up. lowes landscape lighting

Portfolio 8-Pack Black Solar-Powered LED Path Lights

Item #: 484688 |  Model #: 00626

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They have now been in our yard for two months and even though they were such an easy install in our yard, they remain one of our favorite “DIY” projects for adding “aesthetically” to our home.

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I especially love the light pattern the spread on the sidewalk and driveway! I was surprised at how much light they give off too! And if you are looking for a super easy project to do that literally takes minutes…this one is it.

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All you have to do is take them out of the box (which is probably the most difficult part) and then screw the lantern onto the stake and space them evenly around the edges of your yard. We didn’t measure exactly. We just eyeballed it and made a choice where to place them based on the layout of the yard and our flower beds.

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DIY Fireplace Mantel

This month’s challenge, as a Lowe’s Creative Blogger, was to makeover a part of our basement.  I knew that it was time to finally give this fireplace a makeover.  We had been talking about adding a Fireplace Mantle to this plain brick face and this month’s challenge was the perfect excuse for us to get it done.

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I am so happy with how this turned out and feel like it really finishes off the basement.  I always felt like the room was a bit lacking and felt like the Fireplace could be a great focal point, but the weird shape of the bricks on the ends made it so that a pre-manufactured Fireplace Mantle would now work without us having to make some adjustments to it.  So…of course…we designed one based on some inspiration pictures and made one to fit our existing Fireplace.

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**One note of caution though…we do NOT use this fireplace for fires. The drafting has never been good on this fireplace in the basement and we have three others in the home (crazy right?). This fireplace mantel is for show only. So if you are going to be using your fireplace to build real fires, be sure to check out the safety building code for fireplaces so you don’t start anything on fire!

I will attempt to share with you how we made ours so that you can see how you could possibly use that to make one for your own individual home.

Material List:

3 – 2 1/2 inch wide x 8 feet MDF boards
1 – 3 1/2 inch wide x 8 feet MDF board
1 – 7 1/4 inch wide  x 8 feet MDF board
1 – 11 1/2 inch wide x 8 feet MDF board
1 – 11 1/2 inch wide x 6 feet MDF board
1 – 3 1/4 inch crown molding x 8 feet
4 – 2 inch wide x 8 feet MDF strips (1/4 inch thick)

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The two side box pillars were designed to adjust to the changes in the wall and brick depths. For instance, the outside of the boxes was 2 1/4 inch deep, and the interior of the boxes was 3 3/8 inch deep.  The front of the boxes used a 8 1/4 inch wide board with the side boards glued on each edge so the total with of the box was approximately 9 5/8 inches.

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I used the 2 inch mdf strips to cover the seams you could see on the front where I attached boards together. The boxes were 49 7/8 inches tall from the floor and 37 1/2 inches from the top of the brick seat of the fireplace.

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The mantel had a shelf of 7 1/4 inch deep by 78 7/8 inches wide. The width of the lower part of the mantel was 71 5/8. To ensure the same overhang of the shelf over the crown molding, each side of the shelf needed another 3 5/8 inches (71 5/8 inches + 3 5/8 inches + 3 5/8 inches = 78 7/8 inches of the top shelf). See picture below for further illustration.

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Clamp and stapled 2 inch mdf strips to cover seams on edges and for decoration (above 2 pictures and one below).

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*We ended up cutting the top 2 inches off the side boxes (to lower the mantel and to get rid of the top (mdf strip).

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We tested to ensure the mantel properly fit on top of the boxes before finishing the other parts of the mantel.

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After all the trim and the crown molding have been nailed on, you will want to caulk around all the cracks and nail holes with some painters caulk and wood filler.  Sand down everything to a smooth finish.

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Paint the mantle.  We painted it in a white paint color in a semi-gloss finish to match our Wainscoting.

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Garage Organization & Giveaway

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Monkey Bar Storage. However all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.

Last year I shared with you a portion of our Garage that we had organized to help maintain some of the chaos that comes with having a big family.  We organized a section for our kids sports equipment because it seemed to be taking over the garage and our home.  At the end of that post I shared with you a picture of the other half of our garage.  Haha! The disaster portion.  The part where real life was taking over.  A few months later, we were contacted by Monkey Bar Storage Systems, who wanted to help us get the rest of our garage under control.

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Ummm…Yes Please!

Monkey Bar Storage System came out to our home and measured our garage and then worked with us to set up the best design to help us contain the clutter.  They gave us a 3D rendering and drawing of our plans, and helped us determine the best layout for our needs.

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Here is the before photo that was in our original post….

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Our garage was our main work area for most of our home remodeling projects, and it was also the dumping zone for items that really didn’t have a specific spot.  Everything needs a “spot” and I was so excited to finally get this space under control…but we had our work cut out for us.

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So, before Monkey Bar Storage could come in and work their magic, we had some serious cleaning out, purging, and organizing to do.  The garage had to be completely empty so that they could do what they needed to do.  We spent all of Memorial Day Weekend cleaning out the garage and the attic.  (You can see the attic in some of the pictures at the top of the ladder…it is on top of the garage).  We also decided to give the garage walls a nice coat of paint so that it would have a nice overall finished look.

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The guys from Monkey Bar came and sanded down the cement floor and then sealed the floor with a gorgeous Epoxy Floor Coating.  We decided on the Dolphin color finish and we are so happy with it!  It looks so amazing and feels so soft and smooth on the bare feet.  It’s beautiful!

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Then they spent another day installing some beautiful cabinets on the left side of the garage (we already had the cabinets in the middle and on the right).  They also installed some really functional Monkey Bars and a Garage Shelf.  They have these adjustable hooks that make it so easy to customize where and what tools you need to hang from them.  They are so easy to rearrange too if you ever need to change up how you have organized your tools.

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We also had this work table installed which will be the perfect place for my husband and I to work on our projects.  I also love that we are now able to store almost all of our tools out of sight in the drawers and cabinets.  It will make working on projects so much easier now that everything is organized in their specific spots.

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I feel like we have so much extra room now.

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I have to tell you how impressed I am with Monkey Bar Storage.  Our experience with them went above and beyond our expectations.  They were so easy to work with and went out of their way to make sure our Garage was designed to fit our overall needs.  Their cabinets and monkey bars are built with exceptional quality.  The construction on the cabinets were built to be solid and they firmly anchored them all into place.

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The epoxy flooring is seriously meticulous and is so nice my husband didn’t even want to walk on it with wet shoes because he didn’t want to mess up how pretty it was.  My 6 year old daughter said it was so “comfy on my toes!”

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And…guess what?  I get to give ONE lucky Idea Room Reader a Monkey Bar Garden Tool Rack! ($99.99)

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The Garden Tool Rack is perfect for storing up to 20 garden tools such as shovels, hoes, and rakes in your garage or shed.

Garden Tool Rack Includes:
2 – Shed Brackets
1 – 51″ Monkey Bar
1 – 12″ Hook
2 – 3″ Double Hooks
1 – 3″ Single Hook
1 – 3″ Wide Hook
2 – 5″ Wide Hook
1 – J hook

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Monkey Bar Storage is also offering a generous 15% discount to all Idea Room Readers on their DIY racks using the promo code IDEA. This will work on any of the racks, but not on the Grid Shelving. The code will expire on July 24, 2014.  So if you are thinking about organizing your garage, now is the perfect time!

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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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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.



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 Tufted Headboard–Part 2

Recently I shared with you how we made this Tufted Headboard for our youngest daughter’s room.  I just covered the first part for how we made the bed and the cut out headboard. Today, I want to share with you how we did the actual Tufting.

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To see the first tutorial you can find it here:

{DIY Tufted Headboard—Part One}

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You will need the following supplies to make your Tufted Headboard:

  • Piece of MDF board cut to your specifications
  • 2 inch foam (we found ours at JoAnn’s)
  • Drill and 3/8 inch Drill Bit
  • Quilt Batting
  • Waxed Thread (JoAnn’s)
  • Button Making Kit with enough buttons for your project (JoAnn’s)
  • Material for the tufted headboard
  • Staple Gun and Staples

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(Cut your MDF (if needed) to the specific size you need.  Ours was cut out from the headboard, so we did not need to cut it anymore).  See Part One for more details on this:

{DIY Tufted Headboard—Part One}

Figure out where you want your buttons.  Do you want a square tuft or a diamond tuft?  We went for the diamond tuft.  Draw a dot with a pencil on the headboard where you will be drilling your holes.  Then drill all the way through the MDF board with a drill and drill bit.  We used a 3/8 inch drill bit.

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Cut your foam so that it fits your MDF headboard with just a tiny bit of overlap around the edges.  We had to piece ours at the bottom.  We added the piece to the bottom where it would be more hidden by the pillows on the bed just incase it didn’t piece well together.  We did not end up having any issues with this though at all in our finished head board.

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Cover both the MDF headboard and the foam with your quilt batting.  Then pull the batting around the sides and secure it using a staple gun to the back of your headboard.  Pull it so that it is nice and tight with no puckers or ripples on the front of the headboard.  This will hold everything nicely in place and will give you a nice smooth finished product.  Cut off any excess quilt batting.

*You will most likely need two people to do this and the following steps.

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Now take your Fabric you are using for your headboard and wrap it around the headboard the same way you did the quilt batting.  Be sure to be very careful with the edges.  Pull the material tightly and secure with several staples on the back of the headboard.  Trim any excess material.

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Set aside your headboard and use your Fabric scraps to make your tufting buttons.  Simply follow the directions on the back of the package and make enough buttons for your headboard.  We used the buttons that were 1 1/8 inches in size.

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Take a large needle, we used a very long and large quilting needle that had a large eye.  It needs to be able to be long enough to go through the 2 inch thick foam and the headboard.  We threaded the buttons onto the needle with the waxed thread and doubled it for strength.

My husband was at the back of the headboard and I was at the front.  He poked the needle through the hole from the back end, just to make a small hole so we could see where to put the needle and thread so the button would be in the right spot.  Then I took the needle from him and threaded it with the button (or you can use two needles so you don’t have to keep swapping).  I pushed the needle through the front and he took it on the back.  I pushed the button in to make a deep tuft while my husband pulled from the other side and simultaneously stapled the thread several times on the back of the headboard to hold the button in place.

We repeated this process for all of the buttons.

Be sure to push in each button the same so that they are even in the front.  This is important for the overall look of your tufting.  We ended up fixing one button that was not pushed in far enough after inspecting the final headboard.

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That is it! You should be done with the tufting! Wasn’t that easier than you thought it would be?

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We then took the headboard and inserted it into the cut out from the original bed.  This now gives us a nice frame around the headboard and also hides the sides of the tufted head board and gives it a nice clean finish!

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On the back of the headboard, we screwed in some metal brace plates to hold the head board in place and so that it would not fall out on our little one’s head.  This secures it nicely in place.

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I have to tell you…this is seriously one of my FAVORITE projects we have ever built.  I LOVE it! I can’t wait to finish up the rest of her room.  The other side is currently a mess.  Next thing up is to paint her dresser!

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I had many ask about her night stand.  It is from Target and it is a few years old and is a hand me down from her older sister.  It was white and in need of some serious TLC.  So I cleaned it up and spray painted it gray with Rust-oleum Spray Paint in Granite in a Satin finish.

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Would love to know if any of you end up making one! xo

Tips for Updating your Laundry Room

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We recently updated our laundry room and learned a few things along the way.  Our laundry room is a fairly good size…which is nice, but it serves as the main entrance in our home because the outside door is right by the driveway, as opposed to our official front door.

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This means that extended family members, and the kids and their friends all use this as the main entrance.  Who wants their company parading through the laundry room?  We waited several years after being in our home before we finally made the laundry room a place that we could actually enjoy and feel okay welcoming guests in.  Why did we wait so long?

Today I am sharing with you some easy and inexpensive tips for updating your laundry room.  There are a few things you can do that will make a HUGE difference in the overall look and feel of your laundry room.

1 paint

Painting your walls can transform the look and feel of your home. You can make a small room look substantially bigger by using light colors or you can create a mood based on the paint color of your choice.  Paint is one of the most inexpensive ways to update a space.

Paint the trim a contrasting color or a nice crisp white color to create interest and give the room a nice finished look.

2 storage

If your room does not have enough storage, you may want to look for ways to add some shelves or storage areas so you can store items that add to the clutter.  The less clutter in your space, the more visually aesthetic your room becomes.  Clutter detracts from a calm and inviting feeling.

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Think about adding some shelves, or some creative bins to hold all that laundry that tends to spill over in the laundry room.

3 organize

An organized space also adds an element of peace and tranquility.  Organize your supplies by placing them in bins or containers or gathering similar items in one place.  This will help you by cutting out the searching and make your space and efficient area to work.  I always enjoy working in a clean, organized and clutter free area.

4 lighting

Update your lighting.  If your light fixtures are old and dated, think about replacing them with a modern and updated fixture.  If replacing is not in your budget, think about giving the old one a fresh layer of paint.  Spray it white or use a metallic spray paint to give the fixture a new life.

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Add brighter light bulbs.  A bright and well light space will be more inviting than a dark and dreary room.  Isn’t laundry already a dreary enough task?

5 upgrade

Take your room out of the 70’s by updating your floors and/or countertops.  Wilsonart has some great looking laminate countertops and some great flooring options that won’t break your bank.  Options that look like high end products but without the high end costs.

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6 decorate

Finally, add some fun décor to your laundry room.  This is my favorite part.  Just because the laundry isn’t a lot of fun doesn’t mean your laundry room can’t be pretty.  If you have to spend a lot of time in a room, shouldn’t you enjoy being in there?

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Put up some fun shelves and add some flare and color.

Make your space your own by bringing in some items that make you happy.

All in all, with just a few simple updates you can transform your space into a place that you enjoy spending time in and you won’t mind if your guests walk in and out of!

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wilsonart.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

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DIY Tufted Headboard

*Update 10.20.13–DIY Tufted Headboard–Part 2 has been posted.

You guys! I am so excited to finally be sharing the DIY Tufted Headboard and bed we just finished making  for our youngest daughter.  This bed has been in my head for a couple of years now and it is so exciting to finally see something you have been thinking about for so long become a reality…a reality that you actually LOVE!

I was contacted by Dremel and was challenged to take part in their Dremel Weekends Challenge and I knew that I would finally have an excuse and the push I needed to tackle this project!

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This is the third headboard (second whole bed) we have made for our girls and I am always surprised at how easy it actually is.  The beds/headboards we made, I shared with you here: DIY Headboard & Bed and here: Pallet Headboard if you are interested.

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I think that this bed is my favorite!  We have had such a crazy last couple of weeks at our house and I am surprised we were able to get this finished.  But we were planning on surprising our daughter with the bed for her birthday so we spent a late night getting it all finished so it would be ready on time.  I love it when a deadline forces you to get something done!

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The entire process was actually pretty simple.  I was a bit nervous about the tufted headboard and was quite pleased with how easy it actually was.  It just takes a bit of time so keep that in mind if you want to give this a try at your house.

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I will be breaking this down into two separate tutorials since it was pretty involved.  I will be sharing how we created the headboard form today and the tufting later.  WE made the bed frame using Ana White’s tutorial for her Twin Farmhouse Bed, but modified it so that we did not have a foot board.

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Step 1:  We took a 4 x 8 sheet of 3/4 inch MDF board and had Lowes cut it to measure 41 inches wide by 50 inches tall.

Step 2:  We decided we wanted to go with a Belgrave style headboard shape.  I wanted to have a bit of a white frame around the tufted material and we decided that the best way to get a clean look with the curved detail was to cut out the center of the board and use that as our tufted headboard, which would be able to slide right back into place.  This would hide the edge of the tufting and give it a nice clean look.

Step  3:   We took a large bowl and used it as a pattern for the side of the headboard.  The larger the bowl, the less of an arc you will have…which is what I wanted.  The edge/corner of the cut out from the bowl on each side measured 5 inches.

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Step 4:  Then you will need to cut out the middle section.  The middle section (the tufted headboard part) measured approximately 36 inches wide by 25 inches tall.  This gave us a 2.5 inch frame around the top and the sides with 28 inches on the bottom for the base of the headboard (which the bed frame will later attach to).

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Step 5:  We used Dremel’s Saw-Max to cut out the inner section of the headboard frame for the straight cuts.  It was so easy to use and you can start cutting right in the middle of the board.  We also used it to cut the boards for our bed frame.  It is nice to have when you don’t want to pull out your larger table saw.  We found it to be really manageable (especially in a woman’s hand) and it comes with blades to cut through metal and masonry.

For the curved portion, we had to take a small drill bit and drill a few holes along the curve so that we could cut the curves with a jig saw.

 *Ignore the double pencil lines on the right picture above…we had initally thought to have a 2 inch frame and changed it to a 2.5 inch frame at the last minute to give the headboard more stability…which is a choice I am glad we made.

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Step 6:  After the middle section has been cut out…find some cheap labor to clean up your work site. :)…Sand both pieces of wood well and then paint the outer frame. 

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I will share how we made the tufted headboard in a later tutorial next week!  I will include a link to it here when I have it ready!

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In the meantime…I need to figure out what to hang above her bed now.  I am terrible at the final staging of a room!  Any suggestions?  You guys are always so helpful with these sort of things!  I make the big items and you help me decorate mmm kay?

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Using some existing supplies we had on hand we were able to make this bed for just over $110 which is a pretty good price for a bed…especially a tufted bed…and the best part?  You can make it so that it fits your style and tastes EXACTLY!!  I like that!

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*I was provided a Dremel Saw-Max and a gift card to complete this project from Dremel.  However all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.

*Update 10.20.13–DIY Tufted Headboard–Part 2 has been posted.

Tips for Updating Your Kitchen on a Smaller Budget



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We recently updated our 1979 kitchen to a more modern version.  Tackling a Kitchen Remodel can be a very expensive and a huge undertaking…but it doesn’t have to be.  There are some things that you can do in varying price ranges that can make a big impact on the overall look and feel of your kitchen, updates that won’t break the bank.

1.  Update Cabinets

If you have a bigger budget, take a look at your kitchen and see what needs to be updated.  Are the cabinets still in pretty good shape?  Maybe they just need to be refinished by sanding them and painting a fun fresh color or white for a more fresh and clean look.  Also, having a cabinet shop refinish the doors and fronts is a lot cheaper than replacing the entire cabinet.

2.  Updated Countertops

Do you need a new counter top?  Does your counter date your kitchen and keep it stuck in the 1970’s?  Think about getting a more affordable laminate counter top like this one from Wilsonart.  It is amazing what Wilsonart is doing with laminate now a days.  They have some beautiful counter tops that look just like the more expensive stones for a fraction of the cost.

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3.  Update Your Backsplash

Is your backsplash falling apart, losing grout or a strange color or pattern?  Give your entire kitchen a new feel by simply updating the backsplash.  You won’t believe the difference this small change can make.  And with just a few tools and a little know how, you can change it yourself.  There are all sorts of video tutorials out there to help you with the job.  You can also rent a tile cutter pretty inexpensively to help get it done.

4.  Add Some Texture

Add some moldings around windows, crown molding on the ceiling, or higher base moldings to add depth and dimension.  Or add some planks to your ceiling or an accent wall for some interest and dimension in the room.  We recently planked our kitchen ceiling and painted it white.  I just LOVE the extra personality it adds to the room.

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5.  Update Kitchen Hardware and/or Faucet

It is amazing the difference it can make by just changing out your cabinet hardware.  A nice faucet can update your look for a fairly inexpensive and quick change.

6.  Change Light Fixtures

Spray paint an older, outdated light fixture a fun bright color.  Or change it out all together with a more modern version.  There are some really fun light fixtures out there that can bring a lot of personality into your kitchen.  Add some brighter bulbs to brighten up your kitchen.

Using just one of the above tips, or a combination, you can freshen up your kitchen into something you will enjoy spending time with family and friends in.  Be sure to check out Wilsonart for more great ways to update your kitchen.

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However all opinions and statements are mine.

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