Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Playroom Progess: Book Ledges

Stopping in to share our most recent playroom progress! If you remember from our playroom plans, we planned to add a couple book ledges to the wall where the train table used to live. We finished them up this past weekend and we're loving how they look and function!
We decided to do book ledges instead of a bookshelf for a couple different reasons. The playroom is really small, so we wanted something that didn't take up much space. We also really liked how the ledges function versus a traditional bookshelf. The kids can take the books on and off the shelf independently. No more messy book piles! 
We built them exactly like the shelf in the living room, just longer. They are so easy to make and inexpensive! 
Be impressed--I even helped build these! Jeremy usually does any woodworking and I do all the filling/sanding/painting. This time, Jeremy started teaching me how to use the power tools. He is one patient man! ;)
Here's the view of the ledges from the door. I'm loving how this room is coming together! 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hallway Gallery Wall

Well, friends, the hallway gallery wall is finished! I'm so excited to share it with you!

I'm going to go ahead and apologize for the quality of these pictures. The hallway has no windows, so it's very tricky to photograph!
The upstairs hallway has had bare walls ever since we moved into this house three years ago. Whomp, whomp. I just couldn't decide what I wanted to put up! After some inspiration and lots of thought, I finally decided a gallery would be the best fit and would provide a space to display family photos.

I used painters tape to roughly figure out my layout and how many of which size frames I'd need. It also let me "live with" the gallery for a while before committing to put this many nail holes in my wall. ;) This picture was before I painted the walls. You can see my tutorial for how I painted the stairwell and hallway here.
We've accumulated a few extra picture frames over the years, so I shopped our house for any frames that would work for the gallery. Eleven of the fifteen frames on the wall were frames that we already owned. That saved us a bunch of money! I spray painted several of them and added mats to others to create a cohesive look.
I like white and lots of symmetry, so going dark and random with the frames was a bit of a stretch for me. I live dangerously, I know. Ha! I really like the way the black frames with white mats mirror the stair banister and railing colors! And, I must say, hanging frames randomly is much easier to hang than trying to do a grid or row like I usually do! ;)
I ordered the large paper mache letter from Joann's for only $5 and spray painted it black. I love the font style!
As I've mentioned previously, my grandma is a painter. She did this painting for Jeremy and I's wedding and Grandpa had it framed for us. I love it! It's so special! I did all the photos in black and white so that the painting would really pop and be the star of the show.
I've been crushing on curvy frames for a few years now and recently found some at Michael's for super cheap in the unfinished wood aisle. I paid less than $5 for the big one and only $1 for the small one. Crazy, right?! I gave them both a coat of spray paint and attached a picture hanger to the back. Easy peasy!
 I love this picture of my grandpa and I from when I was a baby! His smile melts my heart!
I found this cute little patterned frame at Michael's. They had an entire shelf of adorable, patterned frames!
I put frames around the light switch and the thermostat to help them blend into the gallery. Worked like a charm!
It's so fun to come up the stairs and be greeted with this now!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Inspirational Gallery Walls

While I'm busy putting the finishing touches on our hall gallery wall, I wanted to show you a few of my favorite gallery walls around blogland right now. Enjoy! Note: Please pin from original sources.
I had been toying with the idea of a gallery wall in the hallway for months and this picture sealed the deal for me. I love the floor to ceiling frames! 

I love the incorporation of wood tones in this gallery!

The keys, plant, chalkboard, and letter are all such fun additions to this gallery!

I'm a sucker for a curvy frame and incorporated them into my gallery wall, too. 


I love the entire look and colors and especially love that oval mirror!

I'm loving the patterned and striped frames! 

I came this close to getting a galvanized letter for our wall. Love it!

I'll be back with our completed hall gallery next! 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Weekend Update

Five random things swirling around inside my head lately!

1.) The pollen cloud has descended on NC! Everything is yellow! I was using my phone to take pictures of the kids outside and in that short time, my phone got a good pollen coating. Insane! But, pollen season also means tulip season. This is our third year growing tulips and I'm in love! 
2.) I scored this wreath for 50% off at Target earlier this week! Then, when I was at Target with my friend Amy, she told me she had bought the exact same one for 70% off. No way! #decoratingtwins :) There was one left, so I scooped it up and will return the 50% off one. Thanks, Amy! I LOVE how it goes with my coral door! I know Easter is over, but I had to try it out for a few days before packing it away.
3.) Sometimes home projects are necessary, but not so glamorous. Like water heaters. Ours was on its way out, so we had it replaced this week. I can finally take a shower without running out of hot water! Yay! 

4.) I was driving through a shopping center yesterday and stumbled on a Starbucks with a drive-thru that I had NO IDEA was there. It is up a big hill behind tons of trees and not visible from the road. And it did not show up on Google Maps when we moved here. But still, how in the world did I miss this?!?! I love Starbucks. Sigh. 

5.) I have been finding such great deals online lately! I got $25 off a $50 order at Crazy 8, 50% off everything at Carter's, and $5 off, free shipping, and a free set of cleaners from ePantry! (Click here for my referral link for ePantry and go here for info about the free set of cleaners--free cleaners deal ends tomorrow.) Super excited! Have you found any good online deals recently?

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Playroom Progress: Curtains & Pillow

Happy Hump Day! I'm happy to say that we are completely unpacked and have groceries in the house again. Yay! I'm going to call this week successful and go take a nap. Haha!
We have been making good progress finishing up the last of the playroom projects! Remember when I posted about some great finds at Lowe's? That same day, I ran through the curtain section and found these curtains which are perfect for the playroom!  I also found these curtain rods on clearance for $7 each! We removed one of the finials off of each rod so they could butt up next to one another in the corner. 
The green we used on our striped wall is slightly yellow-green, so finding things that coordinate with it has been a bit of a challenge. These curtains go great and even incorporate the blue at the top! Yay!
The curtains weren't quite long enough and don't come in 95" length, though. Sad! My friend Betsy who runs a sewing business was able to let out the hems and attach some cute pom pom trim that I found at Joann's to make them the perfect length! She did a great job! Isn't the trim adorable?!
I also hired Betsy to make a custom pillow for the chair. I doodled what I wanted onto paper and she made it happen! 
I borrowed the throw blanket from the living room for this chair, but I really want to get this teal pom pom throw or this blue pom pom throw from Target for in here. I'm on a pom pom kick, what can I say? :)
I'm loving how it's all coming together! Jeremy and I built the book ledges (see our playroom plans here), so now I just need to fill, sand, and paint them so we can get them on the wall. Then, we'll tackle the desk area and some artwork for the striped wall and we'll be done!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Sunshine, Sniffles, and Spring Cleaning

Hey, Everyone! Sorry it's been a few days since my last post! I was sick for a week, then we traveled to Florida. It was great to see our family and take the kids to the beach!
We just got back in town and I'm trying to dig my way out of the mound of housework I need to catch up on from when I was sick, plus all the unpacking there is to do. Not to mention, it's spring cleaning time!

To get me inspired to clean, clean, clean, I put together a round up of some great spring cleaning schedules and resources for you!

A Bowl Full of Lemons has a 30 day spring clean challenge going on. I love that it's broken down into small chunks that I can get done during my kid's naptime!
 I love how Tried & True broke her deep cleaning tasks down by room.
Little Ms Robinson has a great comprehensive cleaning list if you are more of a checklist kind of person. There is something so satisfying about checking the box, isn't there? ;)
The DIY Village has a great list of things you don't want to forget to clean!
The How-To Crew has some great cleaning tips!
DIY & Crafts has a list of cleaning hacks that will make your life easier!
I'm going to go put on some Uptown Funk and scrub away! Comment with your favorite cleaning tunes! I need some jams inspiration! :)

Happy Cleaning!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Painted Easter Basket

Can you believe Easter is less than a week away?! Are you ready? We found Little Girlie an adorable Easter basket with an attached tutu (!!!), but couldn't find a good basket for Little Man. He ended up settling for a plain Easter bucket from Target because the others were themes that he wasn't into or they were too expensive.

When we got home, I decided it was just too plain, so I asked Little Man if he wanted me to paint something on it. Without missing a beat, he requested a train. Duh-- I should have guessed that! :)
I got out my black paint pen (I used this one) and cheap acrylic paints and started doodling on his Easter bucket. I'm not the best at drawing, so it's far from perfect, that's for sure. Little Man was sitting next to me telling me how to draw the train and which type of train cars should come next. Train drawing is a very precise thing, apparently. ;)
After I drew the outlines, I started filling it in with paint, letting Little Man decide the colors I used. I did have to reign him in a bit, though, or every wheel and tiny detail would have had five colors of paint on it. Haha! 

The first coat went on super thin and transparent. I just roughly painted it in to give the following coats something to stick to. Here it is after the first coat...
It took a total of three coats of paint. I waited for each coat to dry before applying the next coat. When the paint was all dry, I brushed on two coats of Mod Podge to seal it in. 

Here it is all finished and dry! It may look like a kid drew it, but Little Man loves it and that's all that matters! 
What's an Easter train without a car full of Easter eggs (or jelly beans like my hubby thought) and an Easter bunny?!
I was really afraid that the paint would scratch off, but Little Man has already used the basket at our neighborhood egg hunt and it help up beautifully! The two coats of Mod Podge did the trick sealing the paint and there's not a single scratch! 

So, if you are having trouble finding an Easter basket that you like, why not paint your own?