Master bedroom reveal – almost 4 years in the making!

People!!!! I finally finished the master bedroom. As in 99.9% complete. Seriously, I never thought I would get done. Time is not my friend these days for completing projects, and having 2 kids under 5 is a little challenging as well. I am so happy to be at the end of this though. The fact that we are in desperate need of a bigger home has been a good push to finish this up. We are 6 people living in a 3 bedroom home. That in and of itself is really not an issue…I have no problem with kids sharing rooms. The problem is that we have a big age gap between the 2 sets of kids and the bedrooms we have are SMALL. So after all this time, here is the post where I put together my plans for the room. I think I did a fairly good job sticking to the color scheme and not changing my mind 20 times during the process. Obviously there are components that I did not complete and I am ok with that. At this point, it is sale ready and once we move into a new home I can add new items like lights and rugs. Although my mood board looks much different and I was not able to include all of the elements I had hoped, I like how things turned out.

Here is my mood board:

mood board

And here is the completed room!

master bedroom reveal

 

master bedroom 1

master bedroom 6

master bedroom 5

I think my favorite part is curtains and the prints above the bed. I made the curtains from clearance table cloths from Target. I should mention that I bought the curtain rods from IKEA a couple of years ago and never bothered to measure before I purchased them and they ended up being too short. Curtains should be hung high and wide – but these guys are hung with what I have. Oops!

tablecloth curtains

table cloth curtains 1

 

The prints were free from On Sutton Place, the cutest prints I swear!  I have been really into watercolor lately.…… Can you believe those frames are Dollar General frames for 6 bucks??? I feel like I hit the jackpot with those. They are not top quality, but you really can’t tell and they are matted. I made a placemat pillow a while back, and that made its way to the bed as well as another placemat pillow I made for the room. That cute little pillow came from RedEnvelope and you can read about how that pillow came to rest on our bed here. (You can see a complete link up at the bottom of the post on where each element came from that I have blogged about).

free prints framed

master bedroom 4

 

I probably should have pulled the bed rail down for pics, but honestly I didn’t have the energy to take it out and put it back. That’s just life in our home. The white picture frames on the floor were planned to be on the wall above the dog crates, but I am not sure if I will do that since have moved those shelves there. I am not sold on the shelves, but I really have nowhere else to put it. It actually gives me somewhere to keep a couple of items I have been tucking away in drawers but need easier access to (read – cloth diapers!!!!!!!!!!).   That framed piece above the light switch is a shadow box that I threw some pretty paper in and some arrows cut on my Silhouette Portrait.  It was difficult to get the paper smooth since there was a velvet fabric over the back piece, so I will need to replace it with fabric at some point.

shadow box

 

The bookcase holds the dog’s sweaters in the black container, while the cubbies under that hold kids books. The bottom shelf has both little ones shoes. Ashton does a stellar job of taking his shoes off daily and putting in his cubby.  The owls above that bookcase were a Goodwill find and an awesome score from the Maple festival years ago. The tree was painted by Hannah – I told her when she painted it I was framing it, lol, I don’t think she believed me.

Over on the tall dresser is the DIY canvas that I made with the kids. I added some letters for Jeff and I as well as a $1 frame with pretty scrapbook paper. Believe it or not, I found that little yellow bird at Michael’s for $2!! He and his big brother (who lives in the living room) really helped me discover what colors I want to bring into my home.

tall dresser styled

tall dresser

Now the long dresser in the room still needs some help since that mirror should be sitting on top of it. I have somehow lost the pieces to hang it, so I have been debating hanging it on the wall or using some scrap wood to mount it to the dresser. I am not usually a fan of the attached mirrors like this, but right now we are working with what we have. My plan had been to refinish a Craigslist find that I picked up for my birthday about 3 years ago, but that is currently sitting in storage. These pieces are my parents, and once we move I will be replacing them with items that I can make work for us a little better. I am so glad to have them right now though! I just added some pictures and odds and ends I have picked up over the years. The flowers are from my wedding bouquet. I have plans for the glass dish, but we shall see how those plans come along. I have really liked the succulent trend, and that dish would be an awesome place to make that happen.   I added the ring holder last..it was a quick project from scrap book paper, a dollar frame and a tea cup hook.  Now maybe I will remember to wear my wedding rings???

master bedroom dresser

master bedroom dresser right

ring holder frame

For the sake of full disclosure, the 2 doors are the closet and master bath.  The closet is no frills but functional, and the master bathroom is actually a very nice room.  The only issue I have with it is the color scheme.  That room was completed prior to my revelation that I didn’t want to stick with browns.  I couldn’t justify the expense of redoing it since it was a nicely put together room already.  And the kiddos LOVE that tub – oh look…they are in there now Winking smile.

master bath

master closet

So that wraps it up. I have to say, it has come miles, and where it stayed for so long is very frustrating, but it is such a relief to be done!

And a little before/after action:

 

Master Bedroom Before

 

Master bedroom after

 

I found some more before pics and thought it would be a nice comparison.  Here is a fun embarrassing photo – the first week we moved in.  WOW what a mess!!!

 

Master bedroom 1st weekAnd then the arrangement prior to the above “before” photo.  The crib used to reside below that ASM.  :)  My little man’s cute setup that he never used.  lol

Bedroom

Spray painted lamps

Chevron canvas

Goodwill finds

Mom butterfly heart pillow

Placemat pillow

 

I’m linking up with East Coast Creative on this post!  Go check out their awesome site.  They host an awesome blogger contest and even have a TV show! :)

Also check out Coming Home‘s link party – awesome stuff being shared.

An entryway we can use

Hey strangers!!  Long time no write.  So I finally got the itch to blog again..or should I say enough of an itch to actually write a post rather than get a little extra sleep.  I have been working on various projects around the house and I finished one this weekend that will have a pretty big impact on how we use our entryway.  We have a very small entryway and for years now we have simply hung a 3 prong coat hook from Target behind the door.  The only issue with that is that we were once a family of 4, now we are a family of 6!  I have a 2 coat rule so that is 12 coats at any given time.  I had been seeing entryways all over Pinterest with rows of hooks and pretty board and batten with matching frames and cute little benches.  I knew that an elaborate entryway was out of my reach with the time I have available.  The first plan I put together was a simple board and batten around the entryway with a picture ledge on top.  I stewed on that for a little while, then decided that maybe a simple fix would be more in line with what I can accomplish.  I put together a couple of sketches and decided on one of them to move forward with.

entry sketch

 

 

I measured each wall and and purchased enough 1x4x8 to do the job.  Annnddd… I used a circular saw for the first time.  Seriously, what took me so long??  It’s so simple.  I guess that’s the typical new DIYer fear of the unknown.  So I got all of the boards cut to size and enlisted my husband to get them hung for me.  (note to self – invest in a good power drill).  Everything was going smooth until my husband realized that the boards for behind the door were too short.  Womp womp.  So much for measure twice, cut once.  I had forgotten that just because it says it’s a 1 inch thick board, it isn’t actually 1 inch thick.  Back to the store.  Of course, we don’t get to just “run to the store” where we live, I had to wait until I was back in town to get it.  That night I cut it down and Jeff hung it for me.  Now the fun part – patching, sanding and painting.  Um, yea, not really.  Have I mentioned that I have a 3 and 1 yr. old?  I do all projects like this in spurts…as in when I can edge a wall, I do.  Paint brushes and rollers in the fridge for a week or so is nothing new.

Entryway before paint

Here we are all patched up and ready to start priming. I only did one coat of primer, and 2 coats of paint.  I would probably have been better served to do 2 coats of primer, but it all worked out and I think it looks good.  Once it was all painted I had Jeff help me hang the coat hooks.  I chose to do 6 behind the door for coats and hats and 3 in front of the door for book bags and purses.  I also hung up our IKEA dog tail hooks for the dogs invisible fence collars and leash.  I still need to repaint the Barley that was previously painted there as well as the adjoining wall.  We have used it for almost a week and I also think we need to stagger the coat hooks…but we shall see.  I want to live with it for a while first.   It looks soooo much better!!  Check out my before pic… our house is in perpetual chaos with little ones running around!!

 

 

 

Before entryway

This is my norm these days… bean bag and couch pillow on the floor where the kids were playing, bags to take the next day sitting in my path for the morning.  Random bag hanging on the door knob so we will remember to take it back to the store.

And now….

entryway after

Improved??  Yes!

Entryway after

Entryway after behind door

So there you have it… I really HAVE been working on projects, just at a snails pace. Smile  What have you guys been up to??

 

 

Updates:  I finally added some pictures to this and I think we can call it done!!

 

 

entry complete

entry art and coats

Projects, projects everywhere!

I am actually, truly, seriously working on some stuff. It’s a little ADD at the moment since I don’t have any one project pulled together. I am in super organize mode so there are little spots here and there getting tweaks. Did you know we have 6 people living in a 3 bedroom house? Did I mention said house is a good bit under 2000 sq ft? We are stepping all over each other. Add in baby gear and my crafting/project hoard and you have a house that is insanely out-of-order. After I returned to work, I have not had time to put things in order. And with a complete lack of storage in this place I am having a hard time getting things to flow in our home. We have never been neat freaks, and it’s really hard to keep everyone on board with picking up after themselves. My time at home is so limited during the week. As in, I get home at 6-6:30 and it’s bed time for the kids between 8-9 and I am not too far behind them. So I squeeze in what I can for cleaning, organizing and projects on weekends and spare minutes here and there. I plan to take a day off work in the near future and put things in order – but first I need all the tools at my disposal. I have been scouring Craigslist and Goodwill trying to find the items I need (namely a dresser and some sort of cabinet or bookshelf – and maybe a table for the entry way). NO luck so far, but I know I will come across the perfect pieces.

My project list is growing, but then it has never been small and ever-changing. I come up with a “great” idea and by the time I get to it I have either decided it won’t function well in our home or adapted it a little differently. So as of now, my project list looks like this:

Complete Hannah’s room
Organize and store craft supplies
Organize our mail and general paraphernalia that gets dropped on the bars
Start on the boy’s room
Redo guest bath
Finish master bedroom

I haven’t decided how I will post on Hannah’s room. I will either give you tutorials along the way as I complete them, or churn those out after the reveal. We shall see what time allows me. I have her room started…just getting into it deeper now. The to do list in there is not too bad.

1. New curtains
2. Paint the walls
3. Hang her chandelier
4. hang a TV on the wall
5. New bed
6. Get and makeover a dresser
7. Address storage in her room
8. Possibly a desk
9. Art for all walls
10. Bedding and pillows
11. Closet organization

I have paint for the guest bath and have already primed over the color that was in there. I have ideas and pinned some things for in there. It’s basically needing to be made more grown up and less polka-dotted. I have lots of organizing tools and plans, just need to execute those in the main living areas. I have also decided to rethink how we use our kitchen and bathroom cabinets. So much wasted space!! The boy’s room is the least planned out right now, but I feel like it will come together really easily once I get started.

And of course I can’t have a post without a pic of some sort.. so here is some inspiration I have for the guest bath and organizing.

guest bath*Welcome to Heradmont

Awesome bath found HERE
Go and check out the rest of Meredith’s handy work. She just revealed their guest bath remodel. Wow, it looks amazing.
CerealBoxDrawerDividersHeader- iheartorganizing

Awesome organizing found HERE

If you haven’t checked out iHeart Organizing, I strongly recommend it. This woman makes organizing look fun, and pretty!! Her site is so motivational.

So I am just going to keep on keeping on. Hopefully that will include some fun blog posts as well!

What I have been up to

It’s been a while since I have been here…it seems that my body has been keeping me busy trying to create a new life along with the many projects I have lined up for myself.  My energy levels in the evenings (when I write my posts) is, well, non-existent.  For some reason I have a little burst of energy tonight so I am going to take advantage of it! 

If you remember, I started putting together ideas for the master bedroom in this post.  I didn’t waste much time getting started.  Since we will be getting the house on the market before the end of March, I need to wrap up the majority of this project A-S-A-P.  I also decided that rather than waiting for all the info, I will post it as I go.  So the first project on the list is the board and batten on the walls.  There are some good tutorials out there, and it really seems like a no-brainer on how to put it up.  And CHEAP!!!  Love that part too. 

 

I got started with some furring strips that Garrett and I sanded down 3 sides to get them nice and smooth.  Then Jeff made all of my cuts for me.  I think the hardest part of this was deciding whether I should take out the baseboards or not.  I did buy the boards to replace them, but then decided that I didn’t want to tackle that.  Instead I am using the boards I purchased as the top part of the batten to make a thick edge to place a ledge on.  Check out these pics of the in process work:

 

First I painted the top half of the wall.

Pebble grey walls

 

Next I put some lines on the wall to keep the top edge straight.

lines on wall

And then I marked the wall on each stud by using a stud finder.  I went ahead and taped up each board so that I could get an idea how they would fall and if I needed to fill any spaces. 

all the boards up

The bottom edge was my biggest concern, and although it does hang over some, I don’t think it will be very noticeable once it’s all painted white.

bottom edge

Here is what the top boards and ledge will be like.

ledges

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So that’s where I am.  I need to permanently attach those boards with some liquid nails and nails, fill holes, prime them and paint them all white.  That’s on the agenda for this weekend.  I will try and fit that in with the home and garden show that is going to be at the Salem Civic Center on Saturday.

 

I have also been working on the master closet, so I thought I would share my current jewelry situation.  I think I am going to change it up and do some purging.  Here is what  it looks like now.

 

earring organization

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I don’t have any plans for it just yet.  But something on a smaller scale would probably work. 

 

And in case you missed it, I did share some news last week… I am expecting a new little member of the family in November.  Smile  We are hoping for a girl I think.

 

What have you guys been up to lately?

Goodwill finds

Anyone like to shop Goodwill? I know my mother-in-law should probably buy stock – er, if it was a publicly traded company of course ;) I have gotten back into my thrifting. I used to do it a lot, but kinda fell out of the practice. It must have been something about having a baby that got my DIY bone to itching, cause it seems that’s all I want to do these days. I have come across some pretty neat things at Goodwill, and I think that I need to start exploring the other locations to see what goodies they may hold. Upon my last trip to the Goodwill, I found 3 things. Please ignore the Scentsy warmer- that’s its home on the bar.

I took this shot first, but as you can see..I had a “helper” who was very intent on helping. And those are fairly heavy glass, so I didn’t want any squished toes.

I found 2 of these “greenhouses” and a pasta container.

Some back story here would be relevant ~
I had actually been oggling this little “greenhouse” that YHL has for sometime

Image found over at younghouselove

Then I saw some for sale over at Zgallerie (my favorite place to peruse these days) and honestly, I had no idea what they were called (I searched that site for quite some time, but to no avail). I shot an email over to YHL to see if they had a name for it. Sure enough, they called it a greenhouse, or a cloche. Yay! A name to google (thanks so much to Sherry!)! Here is what I found when I googled “cloche” images:

Must be a hat thing.. and you know, my son would go crazy if he saw this. He loves him some hats.

So then I googled “glass cloche”. Ahhhh that is what I was looking for.

And.. I had already decided on a great place for one of these to reside. Oh and bonus? I had picked up these cute little faux succulents at Target for 2.50. So total cost on that little deal is 5.45+tax Woot! *note: I am not sure why my pics are all wonky…working on that!

I havent decided what I am going to do with the other one just yet. It’s waiting in the wings for some brilliant idea of some sort. And that pasta container? It is just another purchase in my mission of organizing the pantry. I will tell you that it’s in the works, but it may seriously take a year to complete. I am not a spender and it will take time to accumulate the containers I need to complete it. I could give myself a big old smack to the forehead though, I visited World Market this last weekend for the first time, and they had some super cute larger glass cannister at a very good price. I walked away… ugh. I wish I wasn’t such a penny pincher sometimes.

So has anyone else found some great Goodwill items recently? Or maybe you have some organizing going on behind the scenes? Please share!

**Teaser alert! I just purchased material for our curtains in the living room… I love it! I will be cutting panels and sorting out how I will hang them this weekend hopefully. I will share the deets when I am done! Think – peacock.

A little at a time…

It’s 2012, and I am in full decorate mode. I want to do it ALL – NOW!!! I want to paint the island, paint the kids’ bathroom and vanity, put in some kind of storage in the living room, create a new dining set. I could list all.day.long the ideas I have and what I want to do. But the fact of the matter is…it all takes time, and money. Both of which are running closer to “E” in my daily gas tank. So I have decided the only way that I am going to accomplish anything is to take bite size pieces. I will make a list for each room of what I want to do. Then I can figure out which items will give me the most impact for the least money to start. That should at least quell the raging decor beast inside for a while.

How to begin? I seriously have notebooks full of ideas just scribbled down as I think of them. I attempted to put them in room or project order, but that didn’t always work out. Oh and did I mention that I got a sewing machine for Christmas?? (thanks to my wonderful family!) So now I have even more projects that I need to do! Need.. not want, need. Because I need a home that is beautiful to look at, I need a home that makes me smile when I see it. So let’s start with those areas I see the most: living room, kitchen, dining room.

In no particular order:

window treatments
wall color
furniture (placement and pieces)
rugs
art/picture placement
storage (this is a big one, we hardly have any storage)

I believe that little list of big stuff handles it. I have ideas, and I have some things in the works. Sadly, any furniture work will have to wait for warmer weather since I have nowhere to paint this time of year. But there are lots more changes I can make!

In the meantime, I thought I would share some sites that keep me inspired and reaching for my pocketbook. There are lots of good deals on a variety of home decor and general items! Check them out!

Joss&Main

Open Sky

WUSLU

Groopdealz

One Kings Lane

Does anyone else have a decorating monkey on their back? Or have you started the year out with a new mojo? Maybe you have a project list of your own to tackle?

Where to put it all??

I’m sure my problem is a common problem… I have accumulated 29+(oh yes, I am still holding at 29) years of stuff…a couple of times. Five people live in my home. Funny part is that the younger ones tend to have more stuff than anyone else in the house. I have learned that part of keeping an attractive home is learning to organize all of your junk. Oh, and getting rid of stuff that you just don’t use is key as well. Part of getting my home decorated and turned into a place that we enjoy to look at as well as use is getting organized. I have begun in some areas, but it seems each time I clean out one place, I discover 3 more that are over-loaded, under-utilized and just plain unattractive.

So, operation organize is underway. I am going to troll my home for all of the items and areas that need help. Once I have compiled a list of items/areas I can start scanning Pinterest for ideas. I have already put some ideas I found in place, but I haven’t scratched the surface. I believe once I have a solid list of needed areas of improvement, I can start pulling together ideas. Right now, when I start to think about where and what to organize my mind starts hula hoping all the ideas..and I think it makes me dizzy. Or that could be the caffeine from the coffee my husband made this morning…. who knows. I tried to put together a post of all of the organizing ideas that I had, and quickly realized I was oooohing and aaaaahing like 5 different solutions for one area. Step 1 needs to be pulling it all together before I actually try to pin point a solution to implement. So instead I am going to show you some spaces that just make me feel like I need to put my home on that show Hoarders…

pantry

Image found Here

closet

Image found Here
bathroom

Image found Here

Has anyone else been driven crazy by their unorganized home? Or have any neat organizing tips?