Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Playroom Plans- The Home Stretch

One of the first rooms we tackled when we moved into this house was our playroom. It was basic beige with white sheer curtains when we moved in.
 We wanted to inject some playfulness to the room, so we painted it blue and did a blue and green striped accent wall.
Then, we made an elephant painting and fingerprint animals to hang in a gallery wall.
We built more closet shelves and organized the closet.
Later down the line, we changed out the warped vinyl shades for new roman roller shades and also created a place for our little ones to hang their masterpieces.
But, we stalled out after that.

Last month, we changed around some of the furniture in our house to accommodate our current season of life. Little Girlie no longer rocks (Someone needs to hold ME over that one! I try to get her to rock, but nope, she's not into it. Waaaahhhh!) so we didn't need the rocking chair in her room anymore. We were going to buy a chair for the playroom, but decided to use the rocker instead. It may not be my favorite style, but it's comfy, the right color, and free. Can't beat free. ;) Having a chair in the playroom is amazing and a real game changer!
I wrote last week about how the playroom was too crowded with the train table and showed you what we did with it. Loving how we repurposed our train table!
The bookshelf that was previously in the playroom ended up in Little Girlie's room to provide a place to store some of her toys.

With the playroom cleared out, I was able to reassess what was needed and finally felt inspired to finish this space! Here's our plans to finish up and cross this room off of our list:
On the wall that used to be taken up by the train table, we are going to hang a couple ledges for books. We're going to do the same style as our ledge in the living room. Here's an example of what we have in mind.

We've been storing books on the built in bookshelf and in totes, but the books on the built-ins are impossible for the kids to keep clean. They end up in a huge pile on the shelf...and I start twitching. ;) We figured the ledges would be easier for the kids to put their books away.

I used painters tape to mark where I wanted the shelves to go and how high our tallest books are so that I could "live with it" and see how I liked the ledge idea before committing. I'm sold!
In the chair/window corner, we are going to hang curtains (did you see my sneak peek on Instagram?) and add a cute blanket and a fun, colorful pillow to the chair to liven it up a bit.
I need to paint the back of the built-in shelves white. I think it will make the bookshelf pop and make it not look so dark. Right now, it's painted a light green that the previous owners had painted.

I'm also keeping my eye out for a cheap used chair to redo for Little Man's desk. For now, Little Man has been using one of our breakfast nook chairs as his desk chair. I would LOVE to change out that red counter, but honestly, it's so low on the budget priority list that I'm just going to work with it.

Well, there's the plans! My friend Betsy is working on lengthening the curtains and sewing the pillow for me right now. I'm so excited! Maybe Jeremy and I will even get to the book ledges this weekend? One can hope, right? ;)

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Inspire Me Monday- Five Bright and Beautiful Bathrooms

A couple weeks ago, we stopped in at Home Depot really quick to pick up something. I can't even remember what we were there to get...a water filter for our fridge, maybe? On our way to pick up what we needed, I spotted a super cute bathroom vanity on clearance for fifty dollars. Yes, $50. FIFTY DOLLARS! New in the box! I couldn't believe it! I really liked the style, clean lines, and the fact that it came with the sink. It is dark wood with a white sink top. I like it as-is, but have also considered painting it. And for $50, we just can't lose!

The downstairs bathroom has been on our renovations radar, but we didn't think we would have the money to do it for a while. We'd been window shopping and thought we would end up spending at least $500 on a vanity and sink, so the savings here is amazing! We stored the vanity in our basement for now and are keeping our eyes peeled for good deals on tile, fixtures, and toilets. Our goal is to collect the needed pieces in the next few months as we find them on sale, then start the renovations. Maybe we can start on this bathroom redo by the end of the year? One can hope!

In the meantime, here are my top 5 bathroom inspirations!
I am in LOVE with this bathroom by Courtney over at A Thoughtful Place! The tile, vanity, marble counter top, light fixture shades--it's all perfect!
Image Source: A Thoughtful Place

I love the white planking and vanity paired with colorful accents in Thrifty Decor Chick's powder room!
Image Source: Thrifty Decor Chick

Katie over at Bower Power knocked my socks off with this bathroom redo! The marble tile plus the driftwood toned wood?! Love!
Image Source: Bower Power

Here's another gem from Bower Power. I love the blue vanity!
Image Source: Bower Power

Doesn't this bathroom by 12 Oaks look straight out of a Pottery Barn catalog? I love the marble mixed with the rustic wood elements. You have to go look at the before pictures. This bathroom has gone through quite the transformation!
Image Source: 12 Oaks

Now I'm really, really itching to get started on our bathroom redo! If you see any amazing deals on marble tile or toilets, let me know! ;)

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Five on Friday

1.) We've been snowed in again this week. I'm itching to get out of the house! But, I'm thankful we had a good snow for the kids to play in. Plus, doesn't our crepe myrtle look really cool?
2.) Picky Palate's recipe for Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole is amazing! To make it faster (you know, since I have children tugging at me while I'm cooking), I use rotisserie chicken, some pre-chopped veggies, and 90 second rice pouches. Yum!

3.) The whole white and gold dress debate is out of control. Just sayin'. The picture screams, "Adjust my white balance!" to me. There's no way I see black and blue.

4.) I decided that since I'm done with my dining room gallery wall, I might as well start a new gallery wall on another wall in my house. It's a sickness, I tell ya. I posted a sneak peek over on my Instagram.

5.) Did you notice I added social media buttons on the upper right? You can now find me easier on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Repurposed Train Table

When Little Man was nearly two, my husband's boss graciously gifted us a set of trains and tracks that his kids had outgrown. They immediately became my Little Man's favorite toy and thus, the train obsession was born.

For Little Man's second birthday, my husband and I scoured Craigslist and found him a train table. I can't tell you how many hours Little Man has spent at that train table over the past couple of years. He has played with it daily! Every penny spent on the trains, tracks, and table was totally worth it. I dug through old photos and found a picture of the train table all set up to surprise him on his birthday!
The train table has been living in our playroom. It has never quite fit perfectly and is really too large for the room, but it was worth it because of how much and how frequently Little Man enjoyed it. However, as Little Girl has grown and we've added her toys as well, the room quickly become overly cramped.

Our first idea to give us more space in the playroom was to move the train table to Little Man's room. His room is just too small, though. We had been planning on building a slide out Lego table for under Little Man's bed, but it hit me that we could repurpose the train table to function as a train/Lego/activity table instead! We were so excited to find a way to keep his train table for him to enjoy, while still gaining much needed space in the playroom!

The process was really straightforward. Jeremy removed the top boards and center supports (they just lift out), then removed the legs from the table. Then, he reassembled the side boards. The side pieces were originally screwed into the legs, so he replaced the legs with wood blocks he cut to size.
Pro Tip: Use similar types of wood. We used wood scraps and screws we had on hand already, but because the scrap wood was harder wood than the train table was made out of, the nail gun wouldn't work properly. We knew that, but decided to just screw the wood block in from the outside and have visible screws. If this was going to be out in the open all the time, we would have bought a new piece of softer wood for this project so we could use the nail gun and avoid visible screws on the outside. But, honestly, because the train table was going to be stored under the table, the visible screws just weren't a big enough deal to warrant buying a new piece of wood.

He attached casters to the scrap wood block so that the table could roll in and out easily.
Jeremy was super sweet and remembered to take pictures along the way. I secretly think he left sawdust on the caster to add a manly touch. Haha!
Then, I painted the table to match the bed and attached a handle (found at Lowe's) for easy maneuvering. We put the top boards back in place and ta-da, done!
I feel like I should stop right here and add that Little Man's bed never ever ever looks this neat. It's ridiculously hard to make a bed with bed rails! Plus, there are usually 28,495,187 stuffed animals and blankets in his bed. Ha! 
Honestly, this was a very easy project! I'm so happy to have given the train table a new way to continue to function beautifully for Little Man! He absolutely loves it and uses it for trains, Legos, cars, puzzles, etc! Shh, don't tell him, but for his next birthday, we are going to get him some large Lego boards to use on the table. So fun!
I realize that not all train tables are built the same way, so this project may not work for them all. But, if you look, the basic frame would actually be very easy to build if you wanted to make one from scratch!

Click to see how we made the bed rails and for details on the painting!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Inspire Me Monday- 10 Classic Spring Wreaths

After being trapped inside for most of last week, I'm starting to look forward to spring. Bring on warmer temperatures, flowers, and more sunshine! I'm itching to add some color to my front door, so I rounded up 10 spring wreaths for inspiration. I may just have to pull my coral and ivory wreath out of the attic and hang it up, despite the snow in the weather forecast this week! ;) Happy Monday!

Click the pictures below for the source!

This is, hands down, my favorite Easter wreath! Just remove the bunny and boom, it's an anytime wreath!
 Can't go wrong with a boxwood wreath. Just sayin'.
This wreath would transition well from spring through summer. 
 I love that the next three are fresh, but neutral.
This floral letter wreath is so fun and vibrant!
 Tulips are one of my favorite parts of spring!
I made this wreath two years ago and it's still going strong! I may add a monogram or bow to it this year, just to change it up. We'll see!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Five on Friday

Five things I'm loving from this week:

1.) This article. Yes! 

2.) Jen over at I Heart Organizing is renovating her kitchen and the progress is FABULOUS! The ceiling beams and planking?! Be still my heart! Here's her latest progress post.
Image Credit: I Heart Organizing    Please pin from original source, not here.

3.) Do you watch The Bachelor? I haven't caught a season in a while, but I most definitely keep up with it via Sheaffer at Pinterest Told Me To. Her recaps are hysterical! Here's the latest recap. You're welcome. Ha! Sheaffer has fabulous style, too! I love all of her clothing ideas!
This screen shot Sheaffer captured kills me! 

4.) Snow Days--This should really be a love/hate thing. I love the snow and the kids have really enjoyed it. But, after a couple days at home, this mama is majorly stir crazy! I see a trip to Target and Krispy Kreme in the very near future. ;)

5.) This video pretty much sums up our current phase of life right now. Hahaha! But, don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade it for the world! It's killing me how fast my kids are growing. Didn't I just bring Little Girlie home from the hospital yesterday?! But, if you ever stop by unannounced and my house looks like a tornado went through, this video sums up the reason why. Ha!
Happy Weekend, Everyone!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Tweaked Layout and a New Gallery Wall

As I mentioned last week, I just finished a gallery wall in our dining room. This has been coming on for about a year. Yes, you read that correctly...a year. Life, I tell ya. We should win some kind of slowest home decorator award or something. ;)
Last year, on a whim, we rotated our dining room table to give us more space in the walkways. It really helped, but I had to scoot the teal cabinet down to accommodate the new layout. Of course, that made the painting on the wall feel off centered from the cabinet, but centering the painting above the cabinet in the new location made the painting feel off centered on the wall. Ugg. If you give a mouse a cookie...

Here's an old picture to give you an idea of the previous layout. 
I love the painting that was in our dining room. Growing up, I traveled with my grandparents a lot. When I was 14, we went on a cruise together. My grandma is a painter and loved looking at the different art shops on the islands. We found the watercolor print in St.Thomas and Grandpa had it framed for Grandma. It hung in our hallway at home for years, then a couple years ago, Grandma gifted it to me. I really cherish that painting and all of the memories attached to it! I am sad that it doesn't work in our dining room anymore, but love its new location at the top of our stairs.

I was pretty stumped about what to do in the dining room, though. Jeremy really liked the new layout. It's not my favorite, but it's his one request for the room. He doesn't care about the paint color, artwork, linens, curtains, nada. He only requested that we keep the table in the new spot, so I felt like the poor guy should get what he wanted! I stared at the empty spot on the wall for months trying to decide what to put up.
I finally decided that a gallery wall was the way to go because it could stretch from the edge of the window to the corner, allowing the artwork to be centered on the wall while also allowing the teal cabinet to look natural although it wasn't centered under the artwork.
We picked up most of the frames at Ikea and Target. I loathe the Ikea frames. I like the shape, but the mats were off white, so I ended up having to spray paint them white to match the frame and not look dingy. And don't even get me started on the horrible hardware that comes with the smaller frames! The one positive aspect about the Ikea frames, though, is that they are dirt cheap. But, you get what you pay for. :/
I had a bunch of pictures and artwork picked out for the frames, but when I hung them all up, they didn't jive well together. I ended up switching out the pictures and artwork to things that had a similar base color pallet or complimentary colors. It really helped give the whole gallery a cohesive look!
If you missed the how-to for the Truly Madly Deeply painting, you can check it out here!
I'm really happy with how the dining room is coming together! The wall paint is getting old and starting to look dingy, so we will be painting it a similar color this year. We would still love to put up wainscoting and replace the lighting fixture, but those projects probably won't be making the 2015 priority list. One day, though! It's all a process!