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.


To see the first tutorial you can find it here:

{DIY Tufted Headboard—Part One}


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






(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.



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.



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.



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.



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.




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.


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


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!


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.


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!


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.


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

Tips for Updating your Laundry Room

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wilsonart.

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.


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!


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.


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!


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.


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. 


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!


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?


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!


*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

*This is a sponsored post for Wilsonart

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.


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.

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wilsonart

However all opinions and statements are mine.




DIY Kitchen Hutch–Behind the Scenes

I have been doing a lot of thinking the past few months about the state of this little blog of mine.  I don’t even know how many of you are still coming regularly as daily readers or if most of you are popping in from another site and then leaving.  It seems that blogging is evolving and either way, whatever way you are here…I want to thank you for your continued support.

I feel like I have pulled away a bit personally on here and in large part it has been due to some personal struggles which I have been dealing with over the last year.  This last year has been a doozy and I am ready to put it behind me.

But, as far as the blog goes, I have decided that I need to interject myself back into my site more and involve you more with some of the behind the scenes and our family life.  I realize that blogs show the prettiest pictures with scenes that have been carefully staged.

I feel like there may be some of you interested in HOW I come up with creating a design to go in my home or how I go about working on a design or a creation.  Are there any of you who may be interested in this?  I realize this puts me in a more vulnerable position as you see things in real time.


So…with that said, I would like to share how we built a kitchen hutch for displaying dishes.  We recently remodeled our kitchen last year and I just shared how we added wood planks to our ceiling.  The reason I have not shared anymore is because the kitchen is still not completely finished.  Five kids, work schedules and family life has a way of making it hard to find time to get everything finished…but we are getting really close.  I thought I would share more of the step-by-step process.

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I tend to always get these ideas in my head of how I want something to look.  I first started visualizing a dish hutch in my kitchen when I spotted this picture.  I LOVED the idea of having white dishes displayed in a white hutch.  I am obsessed with white lately!

Love the white on white cupboards and dishes.

(image source: Hooked on Houses)

So I drew up a plan to build a hutch knowing I couldn’t fork over the dough to purchase the one I really wanted…like this one from Restoration Hardware.  I also have a fairly small area in my kitchen where it would go and we needed it to fit some specific dimensions so that we could fit it next to our table in the dining area we have.  We also are able to fit it to our specific needs and tastes.

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Since we could no longer find this particular image on the RH website anymore, we could not get the specific dimensions which we could use to plan our own.  So my math whiz of a husband, Mr. Idea Room, took measures (literally) into his own hands. Don’t ask me how he figured it out, but he came up with a proportional design.

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Then with a basic drawing and some measurements, we head to our local hardware store and spend some time looking at what is available and picking out the type of wood and molding pieces we will need to give us a look as close to what we are picturing in our heads.

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Sometimes this involves a lot of discussion that we must carry out while sitting in the molding aisle.  Yep! Pretty classy right?! Because sometimes we think we both have the SAME idea in our head only to find out we don’t.  The employees know us well and often help us in our planning sessions.  Ha ha!

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Sometimes they will even cut our plywood in nice straight lines for us so we have perfect cuts to make sides and shelves for our hutch.  Thanks Nathan!  This was part of our Friday date night.

Then first thing Saturday morning we get started.  Lots of cutting wood, gluing and measuring and measuring again.

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And here you can see where we usually work on our projects…right in the garage where my car is supposed to go.  We actually have TWO separate projects happening right now.  One project is our kitchen table that is almost done (which is a miracle in and of itself considering we started it last November)!!!  The other is the beginnings of the kitchen hutch.

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We built the bulk of it in about 7 hours on Saturday.  This included the time it takes for the glue to dry and set before being able to move on the next portions.

Since we do have 5 kids, we usually are working while trying to keep the kids entertained and out of trouble.  So we have encouraged them to work right along side us.  We have a big box of scrap wood that the kids are allowed to use for their own projects.

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They have built boats, stools, “creative thingys” and so forth.  This particular day the two girls decided to build a doll house for their La La Loopsy Dolls.  We cut all the wood for them if they want the wood to be a certain size but they do all the hammering of nails, wood glue, screws and painting themselves.

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But, the kids are not always this entertained with building.  Sometimes they build a big huge fort in the house or play outside in the sprinklers…and I always have a big mess to “help” them clean up afterwards.


Then this past Wednesday, we had a state holiday.  My husband had the day off from work so we decided to spend the first half of the day finishing up the hutch and more of the kitchen table.  We had to just some finish work and then the sanding and painting.  I think this picture my daughter took of me painting is pretty hilarious. I had no idea he was back there relaxing while I was slaving away :)…figures (hehe)!

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I can’t wait to share the final picture.  Oh…and we might have accidently banged the top on the door when we were carrying this beast into the kitchen…so a minor repair must be made before she is ready to show…oopsie!

DIY Pallet Headboard

So…I promised this DIY Pallet Headboard Tutorial that we made for my son’s room, several weeks ago…oopsie.  I don’t know what took me so long to finally share this…but nevertheless…here it is for those of you who are interested.

I decided to build the headboard after seeing my friend Char from Crap I’ve Made’s pallet headboard for her daughter’s room.


This is one of the simpler projects we have made.  The hardest part is getting those darn pallets boards off the frame.  Those nail/screws are brutal.  We pried a few off and then just ended up chopping the boards off of the pallet with a chop saw…so much easier!

Some people have raised concerns about possible chemicals in pallets.  If this concerns you, simply use other boards.  You can also google how to make new wood look old.

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Here is what you will need to make your own Pallet Headboard:

Materials and Sizes:

2 – 2X6 48 inches in length

1 – 2X4 61 inches in length

1 – 2X4 50 inches in length

2 – ½ inch plywood pieces 10X22 inches

Enough 40 inch long pallet boards to make a width of 61 ½ inches

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We made the frame by placing the 61 inch 2×4 piece at the top and 2×6 pieces on each edge of the 2×4.

We then placed the bottom of the 50 inch 2×4 28 inches from floor end of the 2x6s.

Then you will need the plywood pieces to provide support to the connections of all the pieces (we inset the plywood ½ inch from the top and side to make the piece hidden from view on the completed head board).


Flip the frame over and lay out the pallet boards on the frame (we had the top and sides over lap the frame by ¼ inch).

Use wood glue and a staple or nail gun to adhere the boards to the frame. Stain and varnish completed the finish.


We drilled holes (aligned with the bed frame) in the bottom of the 2×6 posts of the headboard and then bolted the bed frame securely in place.


That’s really all there is to it.  Such an easy project and it has been perfect in my son’s room.  To see the entire room reveal you can go here:  Boy’s Room Reveal.  We also made a fun Pallet Map for my son’s room.  You can see that here:  Wood Pallet Map.

Wood Pallet Map Tutorial

Several of you requested the tutorial for the wood pallet map we made for my son’s room that I shared with you the other day.  This was a super simple project and cost literally nothing for us other than the cost of the map.  You can’t beat that now can you?


First of all we picked up some pallets for FREE at our local nursery.  They will allow you to take up to 8 pallets before they charge.  Score!

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Then comes the tough part.  These pallets have some serious nails holding them together.  It takes some serious muscle strength to get these planks off.  We ended up cutting off the two ends right up to the nails and then just pulling out the middle nails.

Then I took a heavy duty file and sanded down the edges and the rough spots of each plank.

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Make sure you have enough pallets to have a bit of overhang on the map so you can see your pallet wood.  It gives it an antiqued look.  You can cut your map down a bit so that it fits better too, which is what we did.

We connected the pallet planks together with a piece of plywood on the back and then glued them into place with Gorilla Wood Glue (my favorite wood glue).

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We found our map on Amazon for a $1! They had a few different styles and we went for a more Old World look.

Trim around the edges in a non-patterned way to give it a more worn look without crisp clean edges.

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Then take a candle and burn the map around the edges.  We did this outside and had a pitcher of water on hand….just in case.

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We burnt the map all around the edges and then even burnt some holes in the middle of the map in some of the less prominent areas on the map.

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Lay your map onto the wood pallets.  This next part you will need and Exact-o Knife to cut the map into long strips.  Now I debated about cutting the map, but I wanted the individual wood planks to show through and give some detail to the map.  I was worried that if I just Mod Podged the map without cutting it, it would just be a flat map.

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I am SO glad I decided to cut the map.  It added so much more detail and un-perfectness to the overall look.

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We recruited the kids to help us hold the map into place while we cut it.  We did not want it to move at all and mess up the cut.


We cut the map one section at a time.  When we had a new strip, we Mod Podged it onto the individual plank.


We purposely left a small space between each plank.


After all the strips were glued onto the pallets, we let it dry completely.  Then we put two coats of water-based polycrylic in a satin finish on the map to keep it nice and protected.

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I LOVE it! And so does my son!  He wants to pin the places he has been to on this map as well.  What do you think?


I was inspired to make this map when I came across this image (below) on Pinterest.  I searched all over to find the original source of the map so I could link back and give credit to who made this and I could not for the life of me find out where it is from.

My search led me to believe that it may have been sold at Hobby Lobby a while ago. If anyone knows where I can find the original site for this I would love to know so I can give them credit and a link!


Boy’s Room Reveal

We finally got around to re-doing my oldest son’s bedroom and adding some fun boys room decor.  He and his younger brother have shared a room since the time the younger one was 18 months old.  My second and third children are 19 months apart in age, so my son was forced out of the crib and into his brother’s room.


As they got older, and bigger we decided to turn the guest bedroom into our oldest son’s room.  It didn’t make a lot of sense to keep a room empty for guests when our two boy’s were crammed in one room on top of one another.  So we just moved him over into that room but had essentially left it the same…with yellow walls and a flowered bedspread.


He has been in the room for over a year and a half now.  And I will tell you what…this kid is not a little boy anymore.  He has grown over 9 inches in the last year or so, taller than my height of 5 foot 9 inches and quickly gaining on my husband’s 6 foot 4 inches.


He will be turning 15 here very soon and I think I am having a bit of a “mom meltdown”!  Where has the time gone?  In three very short years he could be out of the house and serving a mission for our church or off to college.  THREE years!?!  I have only THREE summers left with this kid before things change.  Three years goes by so fast!

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So, I made it a priority to get his room finished so that he could actually enjoy it while he is still around…sniff, sniff!

We put the other furniture in storage (the headboard and dresser which were ones that my parents had bought for me when I was a teenager) and made a headboard out of some old pallet wood.  If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen some pictures of this process.  I will share a full tutorial for how we made it here shortly.  Best part…the headboard cost us NOTHING but a little elbow grease!  You can’t beat that!

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We picked up some shelves at Lowes and some décor at Hobby Lobby to add some color to his room.  My son’s favorite color was orange.  He wanted orange walls…I did not.  Orange is my least favorite color.  So we made a compromise…I got my gray walls and we found him this fun orange bedspread at Target.  It is still there right now if you are interested.  And…I actually really love the bedspread…and so does he!


We picked up these awesome gray lockers at the  NPS store in Salt Lake City (a salvage and freight recovery company that sells used industrial and office items at a great price).  We picked these babies up for $25.  They had a dent on the side, but it popped right back out with a good hit with a mallet.  There were a bit difficult to maneuver into our basement and through a freakishly weird hallway.  We barely got them in with a fraction of an 1/8 inch to spare.

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This kid loves maps and geography so I knew I wanted to work that element into the room somehow.  I found a map on Amazon for $1 (with a $3 shipping fee haha), but it was perfect.

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We bought it and then put it onto some of our left over pallet wood from the headboard. For the Wood Pallet Map Tutorial click here:  Wood Pallet Map Tutorial


I am so happy with how it turned out.  I was inspired by a picture I found on the internet and will share that with you when I share the tutorial.  It is one of my favorite parts about his new room.

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This kid LOVES to be around the water.  He is on the High School swim team and just this past week started playing Water Polo with the High School team.  He is still in Jr. High here but is a freshman (Jr. High is 7th through 9th grade) and is allowed to play on the High School teams.  It keeps us busy, but we are enjoying watching him become a man-child ;)!

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We didn’t want to buy him a new dresser since most of his clothes are stored in his closet.  But we found a great deal on a tool chest drawer set over Christmas at Sears and are using that as a dresser.  I figure he will be able to take it with him when he moves out.  He is pretty handy and helps quite a bit on the projects we do around the house.

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I am so happy this is finally finished.  And, now that his room is finished, we have moved on to repainting and refreshing my younger son’s room to make it his own.  And at 12, it might be time to get rid of those Mickey Mouse sheets…!

Apothecary Cabinet

I have the privilege of being a Lowes Creative Ideas Blog team member. As a member, each month Lowes Creative Ideas issues our team a themed-project to create and share with our readers.  This month the theme was wide open.  We were able to create anything we wanted to for our project!  So of course I was super excited.  It seems like I have a list a mile long for a bunch of projects I would love to create.  Since I am STILL working on the finishing touches on my office (which is taking forever!!) I knew I would use this opportunity to make the Apothecary Cabinet I had been needing.

I had this unused space in the corner of my office that NEEDED something but I was having a difficult time finding the perfect piece of furniture that fit the space perfectly.  I needed something fairly narrow so that it didn’t block the doorway (which leads to the kitchen on your right and the other doorway which leads to our living room on the left.  But, I wanted to be able to put something that added some color and functionality.

I have been loving Apothecary Cabinets but they are hard to find, the wrong size, or super expensive.  So what is a girl to do?  Make her own of course!  I found an awesome tutorial for building this Apothecary Cabinet from none other than Ana White.  Of Course!  I LOVE her plans!  We made a few changes to her plan because we had some specific needs and I will share those in a later post.

Back in September I shared with you on Instagram(@theidearoom) and Facebook a few sneak peaks of some wood that I was staining.  This is the project I was working on!  I LOVE the color of stain I ended up going with.  I still need to add the polyurethane coating to the top and am planning on getting to that this weekend.

I now have the perfect spot for my Silhouette CAMEO and supplies.  I LOVE that I can use it right where it sits and set my computer up on top.  It is so nice to have it hidden away and off of my desktop.  We also chose not to put a back on the Apothecary Cabinet so that we would have easy access to the computer cords and electrical outlet which was so conveniently behind the cabinet.

And, if you didn’t notice, the outside of the cabinet makes it appear as if there are a bunch of drawers.  I would HAVE LOVED to have a REAL apothecary cabinet, but making all the drawers and the functionality would not provide me with what I needed.  So I LOVED that Ana’s plans were for a faux drawer front that were actually cabinet doors.  Thanks Ana!

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Tips for Re-Painting Furniture

I have finally been getting caught up on all the projects we put on hold over the summer.  Today I want to share with you how some tips and pointers to prep for paint when you are repainting a piece of furniture.


We inherited this vanity dresser from some family and have been using it in my daughter’s room for a few years.  When we received it had been painted white.  The paint job was pretty beat up and it needed to be refinished.  We are also in the process of updating her room and we wanted to paint it in a fun color other than white.

There are a few things that you need to know and use to make the process of repainting your old painted furniture as easy as possible.


I used several 3M TEKK Protection products to get the vanity dresser prepped and ready for painting.  You will want to use the following:

1.  3M Lead Check Swabs

2.  3M Sandpaper

3.  Protective Eye Wear

4.  Face Mask

5.  Rubber Gloves if you are stripping the paint

6.  Ear Plugs

7.  ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape


It is always a good idea to test your painted surface for lead.  Since we did not know how old the paint was on the vanity dresser we were sanding down we wanted to be sure it was safe to sand the paint down.  We did not want to be using or working with any lead based paint or breathing in the dust particles.  We used this simple 3M Lead Test from 3M TEKK Protection to determine if the old layers of paint contained lead.  You do not want to be sanding down lead paint and breathe in the harmful particles.

For a more detailed explanation of how to use the 3M Lead Test and other important tips for preparing this vanity dresser for repainting, check out the video below.

1.  Now that we have determined that the paint is lead free you can go ahead prep your furniture for painting.  Remove all hardware.  I also removed the mirror since it was just a matter of taking out 4 screws.  This makes it a lot easier to paint.  I also took out all of the drawers.

2.   Now you should be ready to sand down the furniture.  We used a hand sander for the flat surfaces and drawer fronts, then used a piece of sand paper or a sanding block for the smaller finer detail work.  Sand and remove all loose paint and any blemishes.

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3. After you have sanded everything to a nice smooth finish you can do any repair work that may be needed. We glued a couple of loose drawer joints and filled in a couple of larger gouges with some wood putty. Let those areas dry completely and use a finish sander to get them smooth again. Be sure to prime any of these areas with a primer paint.

4.  Take a damp cloth and wipe down all the surfaces to remove any excess dust.  This step is very important to getting a smooth finish!

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Now go ahead and paint away.  I will be sharing our favorite tips for painting furniture in a future post.


I am really happy with how the vanity dresser turned out.  It adds a punch of color to my daughter’s room.  And she can fill it with her crayons and art supplies…and sooner than I want, makeup and hair products…oh boy!  I am so not ready for that stage!


We had this fun chair, so I recovered the seat and did some quick paint touch-ups on.  I decided for now to keep it white and I think I am loving the white chair with the yellow dresser.  What do you think?  Should I keep it white or paint it yellow?


And since I know some of you are going to be curious…I painted the dresser with Sherwin Williams White Raisin.  The room wall color is Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray with 50% reduction in color.

*Disclosure–This post is a collaboration with 3M DIY. To learn more about safety and preparation, visit