Archive | October, 2013

Big Girl Room

30 Oct

Do you love decorating your kids rooms? Oh, I do!

I loved my little girl’s nursery, but before our son was born I wanted to give her a Big Girl Room! So I looked for inspiration on Pinterest and then got to work. Here is my inspiration board…

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The best thing about this makeover is that it did not cost much at all! I used all the furniture from her nursery, except the crib. She already had a queen sized bed in her room, that we were using as a day bed.

We had the walls painted, recovered the existing head board, had pillows made, and purchased new bedding!

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The bedding was very inexpensive. I bought the pink reversible quilt and euro shams from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. The white duvet and feather insert are from Target. I absolutely did not want to spend a lot of money on bedding. She is an active four year old, so it is inevitable that it will get dirty or torn! So I decided to go inexpensive, so replacing it will not be an issue!

We did have the pillows custom made to give the otherwise plain bedding, some interest. See…

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This is a DIY headboard, and it was easy! I should say it was easy, because I have a super handy husband! We just recovered it… again with inexpensive fabric. Given that my little girl does handstands and flips into it… I am glad we did not use anything super fancy!

The bookshelf is from Pottery Barn Kids and was originally in her playroom. The bookshelf on the wall is actually a re-purposed china shelf I found at an antique mall. It holds all of her pretty books!

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This artwork was also purchased at an antique mall! It looks like something she would have painted… wait maybe I should have let her paint the artwork? Oh well! I used a garage sale frame, spray painted it pink, and added a gallery mat. The frame and artwork cost under $60.

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My husband built this… to store all of her dress-up dresses and costumes! Here is a link to the instructions we used as a guideline…

http://ana-white.com/2010/11/craftiness-not-optional%E2%80%99s-dress-storage

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Her dresser and mirror were also purchased at an antique mall for under $300! Seriously, can you tell I love shopping at antique malls? I think it might be an addiction!

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This is one of my favorite rooms in the house! Who doesn’t love little girls rooms? What do you love about it?

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint DIY

20 Oct

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This is my new look for under $100! This is the “after”… let me start at the beginning.

So, have you ever moved and realized you have no furniture? This always seems to happen when you move to a bigger house. We needed a kitchen table and had to purchase something on the fly. That is how this kitchen table came to live with us.

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That was seven years ago, and we still have it! Don’t get me wrong, this was a cute little table. You know, back when all black, matchy-matchy furniture was in-style. Wait, was that ever in? Well, I sure thought so!

Our little table has taken a beating in seven years! Ok, this is where I put my head in my hands because the next picture is embarrassing… keep scrolling!

 

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UGH!

It stayed this way for an embarrassingly long time . In my defense, tables and chairs can be expensive. Especially, the chairs! We are always thinking about moving, so I hated to replace them. The replacement would surely be too small for the next house.  See my thought process?  Yet, we have not moved and so the problem table remained!

Until… I found Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Craigslist!

Here is the step-by-step of how to redesign a kitchen table!

Step 1:

Inspiration. I found four perfect ladder back chairs on craigslist and that was all I needed to get this project started. I was looking for vintage chairs to repaint, when I came across the perfect chairs. The seller was asking $225, I offered $200 and sold!

See? Just new chairs were an improvement… but still so dark! ugh!

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Step 2:

Sell. I posted my four chairs on craigslist at $200.  If all goes as planned I spend $0. Well, no one wanted my chairs for $200. I lowered the price… and lowered the price… sold at $125!

Step 3:

Pick a color… an Annie Sloan color. I chose Old Ocher with a Coco wax, because it is similar to my kitchen cabinets.

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Step 4:

Paint. One thin coat (add a little water to the paint) and then one thicker coat.

Step 5:

Protect. Don’t wax yet! This table gets a lot of use so a coat of Polycrylic is needed. Use this product and you won’t be disappointed. It is easy and quick. I did two coats with a paint brush. It goes on thin and dries quickly! Make sure too get  water based Polycrylic.shopping

Step 6:

Wax. I mixed clear wax and Coco paint to make my own colored wax. I did not want to use the Annie Sloan dark wax because I did not want it to be too dark. I applied it lightly, so it would add just a touch of dimension.

Viola!!! A new kitchen table and chairs for less than $100!

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Now… isn’t that better? Do you have furniture that could use some TLC?

A little rainy Wednesday inspiration…

17 Oct

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I love PINTEREST! I hoard away all my sweet organization inspiration here… on my pinterest page! See I do hoard something!

Here are my top ten favorite pinterest pins! Ready to get motivated?! Why are these… make life simple? All of these pins are easily attainable looks and well that is what counts… right! We can’t all have custom cabinetry in every room, but we can make simple changes for a big impact!

First, purchase a few jars from your local antique mall or even grocery store. Pop your make-up brushes in them and TADA… your vanity has a little interest and organization!

Love… love… love… this utility closet! Just peg board, couple of baskets, and an IKEA drawer system!

Place all your commonly used kitchen items in a basket or tray by the stove! Hello, storage and decorating!

I need a bar… just so I can make it look like this!

What a fabulous, simple linen closet! I love the bins, the linens on the hangers, and the medicine storage!

Here is a great way to store art supplies for older children, so they can find everything they need!

Bill station, yes please!

Ok… hold the phone… I desperately need one of these for outdoor toys, etc…

If I had a little more room on my vanity and well a little more make-up… I would so have one of these!

These are beautiful, they are like art work for your closet or dressing area!

Which one is your favorite! Time for a project… now which one to choose!