DIY Hanging Basket Light

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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MATERIALS:

-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!)
-Scissors
-Ceiling hook (this usually comes with the light cord, or you can easily find them at a hardware store)

STEPS:

  • 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!

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DIY BATHROOM UPDATE - PROGRESS POST

I posted a few weeks ago about how I was starting a mini makeover on our guest bathroom. I wrote that I had hoped to get all the painting finished, new mirror hung, and wall shelves up all in one weekend… well apparently I cursed myself! That same day I posted, I went home and started painting the counter top. I forgot to get primer, but I went ahead and started painting anyway thinking it wouldn’t be a big deal. BIG mistake… the layers of paint started getting tiny air bubbles and I knew that I would have to scrape it all off and start over the right way. That was a huge bummer, so I decided I would take a break from painting to remove the old medicine cabinet and hang this new mirror I bought. I figured that would be something quick and easy I could do that would make a big difference in the overall appearance… which would then get me back motivated to keep working!

Wellllll… I was wrong about that!! When I took the medicine cabinet down (which was screwed onto the wall- not set into the wall), I discovered a big hole behind it!

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I’m thinking that this house originally had a medicine cabinet that was set into the wall and the previous owners just put a bigger mirror over top of the hole instead of patching it. (Side note… how terrible is that yellow paint color?!)

SO I had to run back out to Home Depot and ask the kind employees what supplies I needed and how I go about patching this size hole. I literally just followed the guy up and down the aisles while he put exactly what I needed in my cart (he even cut the wood and drywall patch to exactly the sizes I needed)! It is actually a pretty easy process, I’ll have to do it again in our master bathroom so I’ll put a tutorial together! The hardest part for me was screwing in some of the screws- I don’t have enough upper arm strength so I had to call in some backup from my husband… (he works out)! ;-)

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Close up view of the hole I patched!

Close up view of the hole I patched!

Aside from patching the hole, I also:
-Scraped and repainted the counter top
-Hung two shelves above the toilet
-Painted the vanity
(For the cabinet color, I combined 3 different paint samples I already had on hand- SW Polished Concrete, SW Tin Lizzie, + SW Homburg Gray)

What I still have left to do:
-Seal the counter top with matte polyurethane
-Touch up the vanity paint
-Replace the cabinet knobs (going to use these black ones I have extra of from our bedroom dresser)
-Sand and paint the wall above the sink
-Hang mirror
-Find + install new light
-Find new rug

I’ve been having a hard time deciding on exactly what vanity light + rug I want, but I’ve started leaning towards a vintage Turkish rug. I feel like this space really needs a small statement rug to pull it all together. It might seem crazy to put a pricier rug in a place like a bathroom, but apparently wool rugs do great in them! I read this article from BrePurposed, and it definitely helped sway me towards “yes”.

This time I’m not even going to try and guess when I’ll accomplish the things on my to-do list because I don’t want to jinx myself! But make sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with any progress updates, and hopefully I’ll be posting on here about it soon!


BUDGET FRIENDLY DIY BATHROOM MAKEOVER

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

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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!!

Adding a Chalkboard Wall to the Playroom!

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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MATERIALS:
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

STEPS:
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!

You can see the small space between the shelf and the wall in this photo.

You can see the small space between the shelf and the wall in this photo.

Upstairs Hallway (mini) Makeover - Part 1 of 3

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)!

Here is a “BEFORE” shot, taken from inside our master bedroom.  You can see the large “swatch” of Agreeable Gray on the wall to the left!

Here is a “BEFORE” shot, taken from inside our master bedroom. You can see the large “swatch” of Agreeable Gray on the wall to the left!

Another “BEFORE” shot, this time with Nathan’s door closed.  The open door to the left is the guest bathroom. The closed door on that same wall is a linen closet, then straight ahead is Nathan’s room, then one guestroom, in that little cutout is another guestroom, and the closed door to the right is another closet with access to the attic.

Another “BEFORE” shot, this time with Nathan’s door closed. The open door to the left is the guest bathroom. The closed door on that same wall is a linen closet, then straight ahead is Nathan’s room, then one guestroom, in that little cutout is another guestroom, and the closed door to the right is another closet with access to the attic.

Nathan’s room and the two guestrooms.  You can kind of tell that the hallway was sprayed with white paint pretty quickly when we first moved in.  For some reason, the upstairs hallway walls are the only walls in the house that are super textured.  The stairs and hallway are also the only areas (except the playroom) that have wall to wall carpeting.

Nathan’s room and the two guestrooms. You can kind of tell that the hallway was sprayed with white paint pretty quickly when we first moved in. For some reason, the upstairs hallway walls are the only walls in the house that are super textured. The stairs and hallway are also the only areas (except the playroom) that have wall to wall carpeting.

This photo was taken standing at the other end (near Nathan’s room) to show the tiny little light fixture.

This photo was taken standing at the other end (near Nathan’s room) to show the tiny little light fixture.

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!!

Create Your Perfect Party Invite with Basic Invite

*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!

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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!

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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:

A couple of other features that I love are:
1.) They offer peel & seal envelopes (no more disgusting envelope glue!!)
2.) Address capturing (You get a link to share with friends & family where they input their addresses- this info is then stored in your account for future use!) **PLUS they offer recipient address printing at NO additional cost on all Christmas card orders!

So if you’re planning a party or starting to think about your holiday cards (yes, it’s already that time of the year again!!) be sure to check out Basic Invite! And use code “15FF51” to get 15% off - OR “HOLI30” for 30% off all holiday cards!!

Be sure to follow Basic Invite on their social media accounts to keep up with their latest designs + promotions!
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Painting Interior Doors + My Top 9 Paint Colors

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!!

// BEFORE PAINTING (boring!!)

// BEFORE PAINTING (boring!!)

// AFTER PAINTING (amazing!!)

// AFTER PAINTING (amazing!!)

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)!

// BEFORE PAINTING [coat closet is sort of upper right]

// BEFORE PAINTING [coat closet is sort of upper right]

// AFTER PAINTING (BAM!)

// AFTER PAINTING (BAM!)

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!):

via  Kate Marker Interiors : I mean how AMAZING is this?!  The color, the hardware, the rug-- everything!

via Kate Marker Interiors: I mean how AMAZING is this?!  The color, the hardware, the rug-- everything!

via  Domino Mag : This is the perfect greige! How boring would this wall be if the doors were white??

via Domino Mag: This is the perfect greige! How boring would this wall be if the doors were white??

via  Monika Hibbs : This is a beautiful, subtle gray color by Behr

via Monika Hibbs: This is a beautiful, subtle gray color by Behr

via  Apartment Therapy : For a  bolder look, aqua is a fun choice!

via Apartment Therapy: For a  bolder look, aqua is a fun choice!

via  The Inspired Room : And of course you can't go wrong with a nice charcoal!

via The Inspired Room: And of course you can't go wrong with a nice charcoal!

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!

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