Welcome to Week 1 of the Spring One Room Challenge! This season I’ll be giving my dining room a modern, eclectic style makeover. Follow along for some DIY ideas and to see how my dining room transforms in just 6 weeks!Read More
I shared this DIY in my Instagram stories yesterday and got SO much positive feedback, I decided to give it it’s own blog post! I also plan to save this in the DIY section of my blog so it’s always easy to find.
Back in January, I decided to take a basket I had found in the clearance section at Target and turn it into a hanging light! I used a light cord I already had (I later replaced the macrame cord with a plain light cord), and two ceiling hooks to make big impact over our breakfast nook for ZERO dollars!
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-Plug in light cord (I recommend a fabric cord like any of these: fabric cord 1, fabric cord 2, fabric cord 3)
-Basket (Round shape would look best, and the bottom needs to be a material you can easily cut through. I’ll add some recommendations at the bottom!)
-Ceiling hook (this usually comes with the light cord, or you can easily find them at a hardware store)
Turn the basket over and use the scissors (or box cutter) to cut a small hole in the middle. (be sure to make the hole big enough for the wall plug part of the cord to fit through, but small enough so that the end the light bulb screws into won’t go through)
Put the wall plug end of the cord up through the hole (from the inside of the basket) and pull it all the way through.
The part of the cord where the light bulb screws in should now be at the top of inside the basket. Screw a light bulb in, then hang your new pendant from the ceiling + enjoy!!
Just in case you need to be pointed in the right direction of what type of basket to use, I found six that I think would look great! I also recommend checking out the Target clearance section or HomeGoods for a good basket!
Also — you’ll most likely have to cut off the handles on the basket (it seems like the majority of baskets out there have them). As long as the handles were woven on separately, it shouldn’t be an issue at all!
Happy Friday! I’ve decided that this weekend I’m finally going to tackle the mini-makeover I’ve been planning for our guest bathroom! The guest bathroom was the one room in our house that previous owners actually “updated”. Unfortunately, the floor tiles, vanity counter top, vanity cabinet, and shower tiles all clash with each other. On their own, they might be OK- but definitely not all together. I’ve been planning ways that I can re-do this space without ripping out any tiles (aka spending a lot of money). You all know that I’m a firm believer in the power of paint (here + here) and I’m hoping that it won’t fail me now!
Here’s a little slideshow of the progression of this space, starting with the listing photo:
The biggest clash was the vanity top with the cabinet part- and neither of which coordinates whatsoever with the floor and shower tiles. I won’t even get into how bad the yellow paint is - it just hurts my eyes. Anyway, after moving in I told Luke that I wanted to paint every room white (except for the dining room). He thought that was weird so I agreed that we could do the bathrooms different colors.
As you can see, we also removed the toilet paper holder and towel rack. They both felt like they were in very awkward spots. Right now, we’re using a freestanding toilet paper holder and we screwed towel hooks into the back of the door.
As for the paint: pretty color, but not for in here. The light blue combined with the tan was giving me major beach house vibes… but not the cool California kind, more like the themey-sail-boats-and-sea-shells-everywhere kind. Sooo he painted over it… with white. Lesson learned: always trust your gut!! After the walls were painted white, I decided to paint the vanity dark blue. I felt like it needed contrast between the tan counter and the tan floors.
In addition to painting the vanity (NYPD by Behr), I also used grout paint to brighten up the floor. And yes, one of the knobs hasn’t been replaced yet… I’m pretty sure they used some type of glue on it because it will NOT come off! I also replaced the hand towel holder with a hook, and installed it higher up. Previously, the towel would hang down SO low- it was very weird. These are things you need to think about before you start putting holes in your walls!
Here is a list of what I’m hoping to accomplish for this makeover:
-Paint vanity dark gray (Cyberspace by Sherwin Williams)
-Remove medicine cabinet and replace with regular wall mirror
-Replace light fixture (this probably won’t get done until next month)
-Paint vanity counter top white
-Paint shower tiles using this kit we already have
-Find a new rug
-Install shelves above toilet(?)
And here are some gorgeous inspiration photos that I’m keeping in mind by the talented Amber Lewis:
I how these designs are neutral but still have plenty of contrast to keep it interesting. I definitely want this space to finally feel cohesive with the rest of our house. I put together some boards of possible mirror and lighting options. These are all budget friendly and stylish at the same time!
Designer Tip: In my research of bathroom lighting and mirrors, I learned that when it comes to scale you should keep a triangle shape in mind. Meaning that, your light should be a little smaller in width than your mirror, and your mirror should be smaller in width than your vanity. *Applies to rectangle/square mirrors
I’d love to get the painting done and new mirror up this weekend, and possibly shelves if I decide to go in that direction! Usually when I make my mind up about something, there’s nothing that stop me from getting it done! Keep your fingers crossed that I’ll have a happy update post to put together next week!!
I’m excited to share a few products I’ve been using lately that have made my life a little easier! Working full time, having a toddler, and trying to blog/ keep up with Instagram all mean very little time to get stuff done. So when I find a product that truly works or one that consolidates steps to get something done, I’m 100% on board with it!
*This post contains affiliate links, which means I might make a small commission from your purchase at no extra cost to you.
1.) 3M PATCH PLUS PRIMER: I love this tool!! It is for filling in nail holes and has a putty knife on one end and a patch of sand paper on the cap! It makes filling in annoying holes SO much easier. I especially love that you don’t have to go looking for sand paper, a putty knife, AND the spackle- everything is combined in one easy to use tool!
2.) DREAMBABY CABINET LATCHES: I 100% recommend these to anyone with a baby/toddler!! We’ve tried other cabinet locks in the past that worked but they were big and bulky and such a pain for us to open when we needed to. These are pretty much as sleek as cabinet locks come, but even better than that is the fact that it is SO easy for adults to open and when they’re unlocked, the lock doesn’t get in your way at all! We have them on our kitchen cabinets and drawers! They also come in two sizes.
3.) FULL CIRCLE HOME BUBBLE UP BRUSH: I’ve been using this for a while now and this dish brush is the real deal! Amazing quality- it’s held up so well! The fact that it actually looks pretty sitting on our counter is definitely a bonus!
4.) DISHWASHER SAFE BAMBOO CUTTING BOARD: I first saw these at HomeGoods and my mind was blown! I’m the person that always puts her bamboo cutting boards in the dishwasher until they eventually crack and break and I have to buy new ones (because plastic cutting boards just aren’t cute enough)! But a bamboo cutting board that is made to withstand the dishwasher?! YES PLEASE.
5.) FUZZ REMOVER: This tool is marketed to remove the pilling on your sweaters, but I got it because our sofa from West Elm started pilling and made it look SO old! This little thing did an amazing job of removing it from the fabric and made our sofa look brand new again! I will say that you do have to go over the same area a couple times, but I think it’s worth it!
6.) ZEP CARPET CLEANER: This stuff works miracles!! Our son had reflux as a baby and was constantly spitting up on our white carpet. I tried about 3 or 4 different carpet cleaners but this one was the only one that actually worked! It has even removed blackberries that he has spit out onto our carpet, black paint that I spilled, literally everything! I’ve even used it on our sofa before and it removed the stain perfectly!
7.) DYSON CORDLESS VACUUM: This one is pretty pricey but definitely worth it, in my opinion. Since getting it, we vacuum at least 4 times a week if not more. The ease of being able to quickly vacuum every room downstairs without having to unplug and plug/ deal with an annoying cord is something that you just can’t put a price on!! It comes in different models, with I think different battery strengths. If you have a bigger home then you might want to look into one with a battery that lasts longer. But this model is perfect for our 1800 sqft home. I’m able to vacuum our entire first floor and our stairs before it needs to be plugged back in.
So those are the products that I’ve been loving lately! Let me know if you have any must have home products I should try!!
Last week I posted a photo of an idea for our playroom in my Instagram stories. I got such good feedback from it, so I knew I had to go ahead and run with it!
Sadly, I didn’t take any progress photos but the steps are pretty straight forward! Here is the idea that I posted:
I knew I wanted a chalkboard wall somewhere, but wasn’t sure where or how I wanted it to look. I went back and forth in my head with possibly painting a shape on the wall (thinking the outline of a simple house or something). In the end though, I decided that painting it 3/4 of the way up the wall and then putting a simple floating shelf at the top would look the best!
Here is a photo of how it turned out:
I LOVE it, it’s so perfect for that space!! I’ve been having a blast doodling on it, and I know when Nathan is a little older he’ll get a ton of use out of it too! I’ll outline the steps and materials I used below!
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Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint (one 30oz can was just enough for this wall)
2 Black Shelf Brackets
1 Piece of Wood (6”x8’ and had them cut it down to 80 inches at Home Depot to fit our wall)
High Density Mini Foam Roller
1.) This wall used to have green stripes painted on them, so first I had to sand down the side of the stripes to make the wall smooth.
2.) Clean the wall so there is no more dust from sanding and use painters tape to tape off how far I want the paint to go up.
3.) Use the foam roller to roll on the first coat of chalkboard paint. (This stuff really stinks just FYI!)
4.) Once the first coat is dry (about 30 min to 1 hour), you can go ahead with the second coat. I didn’t use a primer so I had to keep painting on several coats. Once the first one was dry though, I didn’t really have to wait as long for the others to dry in order to keep painting.
5.) A few hours after I was finished painting, I started hanging the shelf. First I located the studs in the wall. It worked out that there were studs 16 inches in on both sides.
6.) I screwed both brackets into the wall (placing the board on top and using the level on my phone to make sure the brackets were even).
7.) After screwing the brackets in, I needed my husband’s help with screwing the wood on top. It’s good to have two people so that the board doesn’t move when you’re drilling.
8.) Style + Enjoy!
*You need to wait 3 days before drawing on the chalkboard
**The board I bought was 6 inches and so was the bracket, so there is a small space in between the wood and the wall. It doesn’t make a difference though!
The whole project ended up costing about $40 (not including tools we already had) and it was SO worth it!
I have a problem with staying focused on just one thing… in pretty much every area of my life, but especially with home projects! That’s why (in the midst of my One Room Challenge) I’ve already started planning little makeovers for our guest room, guest bathroom, playroom, dining room, and upstairs hallway. They’re all just in the design board/ ‘dream of ideas’ phases though, except for the hallway. I already had a gallon of “Agreeable Gray” by Sherwin Williams, so I decided to paint a swatch on one of the walls to see what it would look like… of course the “swatch” turned into painting almost an entire section (whoops)!
The hallway has always just felt very “blah”. The white paint on these textured walls really wasn’t doing anything for me. It felt very unfinished. Here is my idea for the space:
1.) Use the paint we already have (Agreeable Gray) for the walls, and also give the baseboards and trim a fresh coat of shiny white paint!
2.) I’m not 100% sure what wall decor I’ll end up with - but I thought it might be a good place for my thrifted wicker wall planter!
3.) I’d also love to find a vintage oil painting or a print of an oil painting. Nothing too loud, something with earthy colors. There is only one decent sized wall up here and I definitely don’t want it to feel crowded.
4.) I really want to replace the small light fixture with this one from IKEA. It’s only $19.99 and would really give the area an updated, more modern feel.
5.) This rug is one I found on Google, and most definitely not one that I could afford! I’m hoping to be able to either find a new runner with a vintage look or one that has the neutral, relaxed vibe I’m going for. The wall to wall carpeting that came with the house is in really good condition, so it would be a huge waste to rip it up or try to have it replaced anytime soon. I really am not a fan of the brown color though- so anything to help brighten it up would be ideal!
6.) I still have some paint left in the Cyberspace color that I used on all of our first floor interior doors, as well as our nightstands. Every time I painted one of our doors downstairs, I always regretted not doing it sooner! I’m hoping that I’ll feel the same way about the upstairs doors!
So those are my plans right now and I think it’s a pretty good starting point! There are a lot of doors up there, so there isn’t much wall space. Hoping I’ll be able to get the painting finished pretty quickly because of that.
I think these changes will help the hallway feel cohesive with the rest of our house! Plus with our master bedroom being updated- I can’t have the hallway leading up to it looking ugly!
I definitely won’t be finished with this space before my One Room Challenge reveal because I won’t have time to get to IKEA this weekend for the light. But I should be able to put up a pretty decent progress post by next week- so be sure to check back! And don’t forget that my Master Bedroom One Room Challenge REVEAL will be posted next Wednesday!!
It’s Wednesday, so that means another progress post on my One Room Challenge master bedroom makeover! It’s also week 5, so the next post will be the reveal… and since I need to take the “reveal” photos this weekend, I really only have the next few days to finish!
(If you need to catch up: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4)
I honestly didn’t get as much accomplished last weekend as I had hoped. I didn’t finish painting our walls - but I’ll be able to do that pretty quickly. I also didn’t decide on what I want to hang above our bed- I have a couple ideas, but I need to try them out! I did find that black metal plant stand in the photo above at Goodwill. It didn’t have a top to it though, so I had to come up with a creative solution. I had a spool of macrame cord leftover from an older project, so I used that and started wrapping it around the top - I had no clue what I was doing so I didn’t bother to take any tutorial type photos!
I love how it turned out! It ended up being the perfect little side table to this chair, and can’t beat only spending $6! I also started using hemp cord to weave a bottom shelf on my nightstand. I was inspired a table that Amber Lewis sells in her shoppe. I don’t have any photos of my progress on that, so you’ll have to wait until next week!
Here is a good view of our new rug. It ended up being absolutely perfect, and it was under $100! I’m still playing around the styling and placement of art, so this view could be a lot different next week! Let me remind you of the “before” view of this angle…
I’m so glad I signed up for this challenge - it was the push I needed to tackle this space! I’ll be working super hard the next couple days to get all the last minute details taken care of. Can’t wait to show off the finished design, and even more excited to have a master bedroom that we love! Don’t forget to check back next week for the final post of the challenge!! You can also head over to the official One Room Challenge site to check on everyone else’s progress!
One of the main things I did this past week was decide to paint our current nightstands. I was having such a hard time finding nightstands that I liked that were the right height. I guess our mattress is abnormally tall?? I know that in the past, I would try and rush the process and that’s when I end up with pieces that I want to replace like 3 months later. I really didn’t want to waste my time or money making that mistake, so I tried to think of a interim solution that still looks good and wouldn’t ruin my design.
I remembered that we still had a ton of leftover paint from when I painted our downstairs interior doors “Cyberspace” by Sherwin Williams. The color is the perfect dark gray/ almost black in certain light! I painted both of our nightstands this color and I really like them! I can’t even tell you how many times paint has come to my rescue!! I’m still going to keep searching vintage stores for the perfect nightstands, but this way I can actually wait for the right ones!
I replaced the knobs on our dresser with these simple black ones from Amazon. Such an easy update, but they look SO much better!
I also found this amazing painting at local vintage shop! I love the colors in it, and I’m trying to brainstorm a way to use those colors in other areas of the room!
Other things I got done in the past week:
- Almost finished painting our walls Pure White by Sherwin Williams
- Rolled out our new rug, with help from my husband (I don’t have a photo of that yet, sorry!!)
What I have left to do:
- Finish painting walls
- Decide what to hang over bed (DIY abstract art??)
- Decide where to hang other art/ plants
- Style nightstands
I also feel like something is missing from my design but I can’t put my finger on it. I’ve been thinking about possibly painting the window trim to be the same color as the closet area (repose gray)?? Or painting the closet doors that cyberspace color? Change the light/plug switch covers to matte black? I don’t know - but hoping I figure it out soon!
Check back next week for my last progress post!! And as always, scroll through the amazing progress of the featured designers + the other guest participants!
*This post was kindly sponsored by Basic Invite, but all opinions expressed are my own!
I probably spend WAY too much time picking out invitations, but it’s the first impression people get of your party! Before the balloons, streamers, and cute tablescapes, people see your invitation. I’ve always had a hard time finding affordable invitations that look unique and special. For a while, I would just design my own! But now with a 1 year old running around, I just don’t have the time for that.
Basic Invite is a website that has so many adorable invitation designs that they allow you to customize yourself! From the colors to the wording, you have the ability to create the perfect invitation! I also love how easy the site is to use!
As you’re making changes to the design, they will populate into the example. Being able to instantly see the preview makes it so much easier to quickly make any adjustments until it looks exactly how you want it!
I really love how user friendly they made the whole customization process. If you want to change the colors on the invitation, all you have to do is click on the appropriate circle and that will show you a pop up with 180 different color options! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve found an invitation design that I love but the colors weren’t right! With this option, that will never be a problem!
After you select the options that you want, you can either click the “NEXT” button to proceed to ordering or you can click “ORDER A SAMPLE”. This is something I’ve never seen anywhere else! You have the option to order a sample of your invitation (you can even order it in multiple paper types) so you can see what it will look like in real life! This would definitely come in handy for weddings (or any big event)! If you’re ordering hundreds of invitations, it would be so nice to be able to see a sample in person before placing that huge order!
Here are a few examples of designs they offer that I really love:
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After seeing the millionth picture on Instagram of someone's amazing painted black interior doors, I decided to finally take the plunge and try it out in our house. I chose the color "Cyberspace" by Sherwin Williams -- it's dark but not totally black, with some warm tones. We painted the door in our kitchen that leads to the laundry room and powder room, and we LOVE it!!
I was shocked at what a huge difference it made! It's such a simple, affordable change that is like a major face lift for your home! Since painting this door, I've also painted the other door in our kitchen that leads to the basement AND our coat closet door in our living room (see below)!
And since I'm an ALL (and then some) or NOTHING type of person, I've come to the conclusion that no interior doors should be white (with exclusions of course: if your walls aren't white, if you have really nice doors, if you're going for an all white look, etc). I've gathered up some amazing inspiration for painted interior doors below (including some that prove you don't have to choose a bold, dark color!):
I definitely encourage everyone to try this at home!! Especially if there is an area that just feels boring and you're not sure what it needs. The great thing about paint is you can always go back! I listed out my top 9 paint colors below- if a darker color is intimidating to you, you could always try a light gray/ greige! I'll do another post soon of all the beautiful hardware options that are available!
DIY Boho Inspired Tablescape
(Sponsored partly by Wayfair)
If you saw my last post, you know that Wayfair reached out to me asking if I wanted to contribute to a post on their site about decorating with a DIY candle project. This was such a fun and exciting opportunity for me! They gave me complete creative control with my project along with $50 for me to use on their site!
After contemplating a couple different ideas, I decided to go with a boho/beachy tablescape for our dining room. I've had so much trouble with our dining table decor - nothing ever seemed to look right. I'm so happy with how it turned out, it's definitely what the room was missing!
The unpainted vase is definitely gorgeous, but I thought that adding a little bit of white paint at the bottom would make it pop a little more, as well as tie it into the other white elements on my table. I also painted the bottoms of a few white tapered candlesticks in varying shades of blue. The runner is actually two macrame wall hangings that I already had, I took the dowels off and just tied them together in the middle!
I loved participating in this little challenge! To see my part on Wayfair's site -- go to their Decor & Pillows drop down, then to Candles & Holders (under Home Accents)... scroll to the bottom until you see the image below -- Click "Read More" and you'll see one of my photos along with projects from three other bloggers!
Thank you again, Wayfair!!
What I've Been Up To...
I have been keeping myself SUPER busy the last month!! Between planning Nathan's first birthday, doing various home projects (always), becoming a brand ambassador for Full Circle Home (more on that later), opening an Etsy shop(!!), AND being asked to collaborate with Wayfair on a DIY candle decor project -- I haven't had much time to blog!
Being reached out to by a huge brand like Wayfair was super flattering!! A content writer for their blog reached out asking if I was interested in participating (along with a few other bloggers) in a post about DIY home decor using candles. My answer was of course YES! They graciously let me pick out items from their site to use for my project. I chose this adorable glass & rattan vase and created a boho style tablescape that I LOVE! Check back for the full DIY -- and for now, head over to Wayfair to see my contribution plus projects from the other bloggers! (Scroll down to the bottom of Wayfair's site)