From nursery to “big girl room”

Our youngest daughter turned two in November. While I was in no hurry to take down the crib and transform her nursery to a toddler room, we couldn’t deny that the baby room just didn’t work for her anymore. Plus, she was climbing in and out of the crib and I was worried she’d get hurt.

Her nursery was plenty cute and most of the furnishings would still work. Let’s take a look at what her nursery used to look like:

The furniture was mostly still useful. My dad built both girls matching headboards before he died, so we definitely wanted to use those. We also changed up her artwork a bit, hung some new shelves, and got two new pieces of furniture. I chalk painted a nightstand from Christmas Tree Shops and changed the hardware, and painted a shelf from my childhood bedroom.

Here’s a look at Aubrey’s new digs:

The monogram is papier mache from Hobby Lobby.

Here’s the redone nightstand. The drawer pulls are from Hobby Lobby. The rug, frame and lamp are from her nursery.

The baskets are left over from her nursery and the shelves were on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics.

These are IKEA Bekvam spice racks. I painted them white.

I repainted her small frames and purchased a new piece of art from Hobby Lobby to tie the room together.

We are just waiting on some baskets I ordered for her shelves. They’re on back order and we will use them to store toys.

A sweet room for a sweet and sassy little lady. What room refreshers have you done lately?

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Our new, grown up master bedroom


Our old master bedroom furniture was mine from when I was in college. 


It was good furniture and it has held up well. It has survived many moves. There was nothing wrong with it, but it was time for an upgrade. 

Our week ended with an empty bedroom (we pretended we were camping).


Our living room was definitely not empty.


That’s all our old furniture, which found a new home with my mother.

We bought this lovely captain’s bed set, since our closets are small and we needed the extra storage.



We love our new, more mature furniture. We did run into one snafu, though. A captain’s bed sits up high, so a lower profile mattress is the way to go. The first mattress we bought was way too thick and we needed a ladder to get in our bed. We exchanged it for a smaller one and are now much happier. 

We are almost done with this room now. We just need to get a chair, paint, and get a new light fixture. 


What new furniture purchases have you made recently?
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DIY Tips and Tricks: Get a new bedroom for less than $100


Our master bedroom had some good  things going for it, but overall, it was so boring.



I’ve long been admiring bedrooms in which the bed is the focal point, but with two windows and only a tiny wall between them, I wasn’t sure how to pull it off.

I decided to just go for it and see what happened.


Our dresser used to sit between the windows. I just flip flopped the bed and night stands with the dressers. I used the same furniture, curtains, and same bedding, which cost nothing. Then, I bought two new lamps, some new pillows, and some new lampshades. I also bought a throw. 

We also had the bedding (except for those pillows and the throw) and the tray, books and greenery.

Eventually, we plan to buy an area rug and get new furniture. We also plan to paint the walls.

In total, I paid less than $75 for everything that you see here.

Not bad, huh?

Shopping guide:

Lamps: (similar) Lamp shades

Pillows    Curtains     Throw

Quilt    Duvet   Furniture 

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Making a new house feel like home

Casper and I created a combined list of items that will help make a new house feel like home.


Have you recently moved into a new home? Maybe you’ve just moved and you’re still living out of boxes. Or maybe you’re unpacked but you haven’t finished decorating. The following tips will make your blank slate house feel like a home.


1. Make your bedroom your sanctuary.


The first step to making your house a home is to create a bedroom that’s a calming, relaxing retreat.A new mattress, sheets and pillows will make your bedroom comfortable and relaxing.



2. Layer your home: curtains, throw pillows and rugs make your home feel cozy and inviting



A soft rug underfoot, curtains, and pillows really make your home feel cozy and inviting.

3. Artwork, or photographs

Your art work should be something that makes you happy. It can be a favorite painting by a favorite artist, or something that reminds you of a special memory. Photographs of loved ones or special memories are also good ideas. You can also find a plethora or affordable wall art options on Etsy and Pinterest.


4. A comfortable chair 

A comfortable chair is a necessity. What’s better than coming home after a long day at work, and sinking into a cozy chair to relax? What about enjoying a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning in that same snuggly chair? This IKEA chair and ottoman would be perfect.


5. A calming scent

Studies have shown pleasant smells help make you feel relaxed and peaceful. Having a special, signature scent can make your home feel comfortable and relaxing.


Where you live should be more than just an address. It should be a place where you feel at rest and at peace. With these tips, you can make your house a home.
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Back porch updates 

Several months ago, we started working on our back porch. It was poorly arranged, not at all decorated and so wasted. Plus, we had a bad habit of putting trash bags on the porch.

My first course of action was to paint our rocking chairs and side table.

Then I bought two chairs and a table with some birthday money I had.

I hung this awesome pallet sign I got from Hobby Lobby on our wall.

After painting the front stoop, I took notice of how bad our back porch looked.I’ve wanted to paint our back porch but the weather just hasn’t cooperated. It has either been 100 degrees or raining for several weeks now. I’m going to paint the porch this fall.

I painted the  French doors. I am also in the process of making some new wreaths for the doors.

I think this porch is looking a 1,000 times better, what do you think? I’m not done with it yet but I cannot wait to finish it.

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Laundry room update!

As you know, we just overhauled our laundry room. It went from looking like this:

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to looking like this:

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My brother-in-law came over this weekend and he and my husband replaced our builder grade boob light with an LED light. I love how much brighter our laundry room is now.

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Sometimes the smallest update makes the biggest difference.

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Laundry room reveal

As any DIY blogger/wife can probably tell you, sometimes it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. That’s sometimes true in my house as well. While my husband couldn’t deny that our laundry room was not functional, he didn’t see my vision.

Since the birth of our second daughter this past fall, the laundry around here has more than tripled. Which isn’t surprising. Our laundry closet is located in our hallway, on the otherside of our bedroom wall. Before my dad and I got ahold of it, it consisted of a really high (read:unreachable unless you’re Lebron James) shelf and one rod. It used to look like this:

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That’s pretty bad, huh? And the fact that I couldn’t reach the shelves meant everything was stacked on the washer and dryer…where it  kept falling off in the floor during the spin cycle. 🙁

Enter my dad. He built these awesome shelves, which I love. I can reach them and I have room for everything.

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I also bought these great metal baskets from our local Dollar General. I love them.

I painted the shelves white and added this “wallpaper.” It is really shelf liner with an adhesive back. It’s easy to change out if you get tired of it and mostly easy to put up.
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I have wallpapered shelves before but never actual walls. From this experience, I learned wallpaper is a pain to install and I never want to do it again. Well,maybe in about ten years. After I did the wallpaper accent wall, I felt like something seemed off.
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The walls needed painting. So off I went to our local big box and picked up some grey paint.

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Hmmm. That’s better. Don’t you think?

Then, after I painted everything, I reloaded the shelves. Here is the finished product. Not too shabby, huh?
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Way better than the before.

I do want to talk to you about the challenges and lessons that came about from this project. The first is that wallpaper is a PAIN. I loved how it looked once I was done but I wanted so badly to give up several times. If you look closely there are several spots where mine isn’t perfect. I did my best to match up the pattern, but I’ll be honest. In the areas where the pattern is less visible, it isn’t all perfectly matched. I have learned from this experience that I don’t like wallpapering. If you hear me ever mention wanting to do it again, feel free to slap me.

Also, I did not tape the trim or ceiling. This is the first time I have ever painted a room and not used tape. I didn’t do a perfect job. There are places on our trim and ceiling that I need to touch up. I have learned that it is best to trim out a wall with a brush with a short brush and angled bristles. You also need to take your time and not hurry. A good quality brush is also better.

Other challenges include moving heavy appliances by myself. Don’t do this. Wait till you have someone to help you. I moved mine may enough to work around them and then almost got stuck behind them. I almost called my daughters’ daycares and told them off I didn’t show up to pick them up, to call 911 and send some EMTs to get me unstuck 😉 In the end, my back is sore but nothing bad or embarrassing happened.

And as for the hubs: when he called around four and informed me he hasn’t heard from me all day, he asked what I was up to. I swear that guy has a radar. When I told him I’d been working in the laundry room, he asked what else I’d done. When he got home from work and saw the finished product, I was surprised to see he likes it, too. Maybe he should turn me loose on a few more projects. Just saying.

I am happy with how this “room” turned out! Stay tuned for more updates soon!

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Mini Room Reveal: laundry room

We aren’t quite finished yet with our laundry room but we are so close.

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When we started this project, all we had to work with was a large, too-deep closet with one rod and one too-high shelf.

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Since I couldn’t reach the shelf, everything got piled onto the washer and dryer which made a big mess.

My dad built shelves for me, which I still have to paint. I also need to paint the walls of the laundry room. It’s love some different flooring but it’s just not in the budget right now.

I did score some really cool metal baskets from Dollar General to store my cleaning supplies.

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Next I’m going to buy some tall baskets and a galvanized pail. I can’t wait to show you the finished product. Stay tuned!

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Dining room decorating adventures

We are slowly but surely pulling together our dining room. We have a few short term things we plan to do, and a few long term plans as well.
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We bought this gorgeous dining room set from Craigslist. We took the doors off the China cabinet to make it more like a hutch.
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You really can’t see them, but I also found these great plates to hang on either side of the China cabinet. The milk can is from my grandparents.

A few months ago, I made this Fixer Upper-inspired “bakery” sign. I think it fits the space well.

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We are still shopping for rugs for underneath the table, and we’re still looking for curtains.

I did finally find a large frame to frame a recent antique store purchase: this cattle feed bag from a feed mill that used to operate here in our hometown.

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We are excited that our dining room is almost finished. Stay tuned for more updates!

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Room Refreshers: Our Master Bedroom

Sometimes we need small changes to make a room feel fresh and new. These changes don’t have to cost a dime- the best “room refreshes” I’ve ever done came from items I borrowed from other parts of my house.

Recently, our bedroom needed a little help.

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I’ve had that B hanging above our bed for months. I like it, but hubby says it’s too small.  While I like the all white bed linens, we really needed some color.

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I already had this yellow duvet and the matching pillowcases. My mother-in-law found this B for us and thought we would want it.  The white pillow was in the living room.

If you’re wondering why the B is off-center with the headboard, it’s because the bed isn’t in its normal spot. It is currently moved down, since the baby’s Pack ‘n’ Play is in our room. We wanted to put the B where the actual center of the bed will be when the Pack ‘n’Play is moved out.

Everything we did here cost nothing, and it adds so much to our room. If  you have a room that needs a little help, try shopping your own house first. You may be surprised at what you can find.

 

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