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!

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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

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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.

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A really cool email

I was perusing my email the other day… looking over the emails on blogs I subscribe to.  Sometimes I check them daily, sometimes I get busy and I have to catch up.  I was catching up the other day..the day I was telling you about.  And to my surprise there was an email that looked a little different.  I read it, 2 times, and then wondered if it was legit or if it was some kind of spam.  I stewed on it for a day and then decided to forward it to an experienced blogger for some advice.  Then I replied and asked some questions.  Well, it turns out it was a legit email.  What was it?  RedEnvelope.  Have you heard of them?  So what came of the email?

Behold!

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How many times do you receive a gift that comes in a red velour bag?  Well this was a first for me.  And inside that bag was the most adorable pillow.  RedEnvelope offered me an item from their Mother’s Day line!!  Should I mention how excited I am about this??  I cannot wait to have my master bedroom completed so that this pillow can take it’s place on the bed.  I have been diligently working on the master bedroom.  I will have an update soon and I am so ready for this room to be done.  With a goal of having our house listed by April 1st, I am trying to put things in order as quickly as possible.  Have I mentioned that we have a walk-in closet that hates me though?  Seriously, it is large enough, but the setup is just not very functional for us, and I am not willing to put much money into it.  Hopefully once I can really tackle it I will be able to come up with something that will get it looking sale ready.DSC_2086

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I chose to put all of the kids name on the pillow in birth order.  Jeff and I became a couple in 2005… hence my est. date. Smile  The RedEnvelope mother’s day line is adorable and this little pillow is good proof.  Take a few minutes and go take a look!  If you really like the pillow that I chose, you can go get one yourself here.  The entire experience was quite simple and the site was easy to navigate.  The girl corresponding with me was so sweet and helpful.  I would definitely do business with this company again.

Disclaimer:  I was not paid for this post, Redenvelope provided me with free product, but all views are my own.  There are no affiliate links in this post.

DIY Embroidered Canvas–2013 Spring Pinterest Challenge

 

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Ladies and gentleman… I am finally posting something new! Can you believe it?? I can hardly believe I made time to write a post.  Thank goodness for being able to write a post and schedule publishing it!! Anyway, on to the post.

It is time for the spring edition of the younghouselove and Bower Power Pinterest challenge. I have missed the last couple of these, but not this time! I told you I had been working on things, hadn’t I? Well here is a little project that I put together for Hannah’s room. I had repined this a while back, only to realize that the pin was a dud when I went to go to the actual post it should have linked to. So I spent some time recently scouring for the original post to no avail. I decided I really wanted to make it, so I just winged it. No tutorial, just looked at the pic and went for it. Then, one day while I was doing some Google research for some more art inspiration I came across it!! Woot! There is the back story, once again, on to the post!

Here is my pin:

 

Pinterest challenge canvas pin

stitched canvas

 

Original source in pin

My Pin

A canvas painted and embroidered. So cute, right?!

Now for my version of it. I chose to leave the canvas white (you will see why when I post about the grouping of art I did on the walls with this) and go for an ombre effect.

Ta-da!

Embroidered Canvas DIY

It was really simple and quick. Funny part of it is that I ended up punching holes in the canvas as well, since I couldn’t see the lines I was following from underneath the canvas. I just used the needle I was embroidering with. After reading Sandy’s post, I realized that her tute called for the same.  I didn’t measure any of my stitches either, just eyed it.

I’m not going to bore you with a tutorial, Sandy offered a great one.  I will explain how I did my stitching though.  It was very simple.  I brought the needle up through the canvas at the beginning of the L and brought it back through in the next hole.  Here is where I did things a little differently –  I then came back up in the next hole and brought the thread down through the end of the previous stitch.  I was afraid at first that the canvas wouldn’t handle it and would rip, but that didn’t happen and I was very gentle with it.

Heart stitching on embroider canvas

 

stitches love canvas

I wasn’t able to cover all of the “”template” I made with a pencil, so I attempted to cover it with some white acrylic paint.  In hindsight, that wasn’t a great idea since the paint is so white and the canvas is a bit off white.  I am going to try a few things to soften how white the paint is, I don’t think it will be difficult to correct.

Love canvas

 

I love how it turned out and I am dying to make another one. Maybe next time I will find a pattern to follow. Ohh… my mind is already running with this one, lol, off to write this stuff down before I forget!

If you joined in, don’t forget to link up on these awesome blogs!! And leave a comment here with a link to your project, I would love to see what you did!  I am sure that I am going to spending some time checking out all the neat projects!

Love embroidery canvasNow go check these peeps out!

Bower Power

Younghouselove

Sparkle Meets Pop

Red Bird Blue

Pinterest challenge time again!

It’s that time people! Another Pinterest challenge has been given…and I am on board this time! Go check it out and join in the fun!

Pinterest Spring edition 2013

Thanks to younghouselove and Bower Power for getting us moving on those pins!

They are joining up with 2 great blogs for this challenge. Go check them out!

younghouselove
Bower Power
Red Bird Blue
Sparkle Meets Pop

Let’s meet back here next Wednesday May 8th and share what we did!

DIY Key Holder

I spent some time working on a long over-due need in our home…a key holder. Things like keys get lost too easily in our home, so we needed somewhere to keep them handy. I didn’t want to buy anything for this project, so I culled my collection of craft and project “stuff” and came up with this. I had some leftover wood from a bedroom project (that I will be posting about soon! The final product) and parts to an IKEA curtain system that I had never used. In the picture below are the tools needed for this simple project.

Tools

1. small piece of wood
2. finishing nails
3. eye hooks
4. wire (I used picture wire)
5. masking tape or painters tape
6. wire cutters
7. paint (I used some acrylic paint I had)
8. paintbrushes (I couldn’t find my craft brushes – so I used what I could find)

I started by painting the wood white, letting it dry for a few hours, then taping off the pattern I wanted. This was the toughest part of the project since I am not a measure and tape kind of person with little projects.

Once all of the paint was dry, I screwed in the eye hooks, measured out the picture wire for how long I needed and attached that to the eye hooks. I strung the key hooks in before I attached both sides.

The last step was to determine where I wanted to hang it and get it on the wall. The front door above the light switch was where we needed it.

Front door

Once hung, I went over the nails with the acrylic paint to hide the nail heads. And.. hang the keys!! Super simple and useful project.

DIY key holder 3a

DIY Key holder 2a

DIY key holder 1a

Anyone else get a little project knocked out over the holidays? How about a big project? I would love to hear what you have been up to!

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?

More Goodwill finds…

As you saw yesterday… I have been to the Goodwill – Again.  Well, I have a love for owls, and low and behold that I found a neat little owl picture.  It is made from yarn and a burlap material.  It has a couple of the colors that I am using in the master bedroom.  It feels good to finally be purchasing something for the walls in there!  Here he is:

 

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Another great find this past weekend was another piece for the master bedroom and has just as much character as the first!  I scored this for $5 at the Maple festival.  I am very happy with this purchase… it seems to have a story behind it.  When I flipped it over I found this writinscription on owl art

It seems that Mrs. Suttles painted this for her neighbor, in Knoxville, TN no less.  Ready to see what she painted? 

 

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What a great piece, huh?  An owl painted on what looks to be a piece of reclaimed wood.  Love it!  I actually passed it by, then had to go back for it because I knew I would go home and want to kick myself for leaving it. 

 

Anyone else have any great finds lately?

Bananas for red spray paint

I really do have a spray paint problem.  It’s becoming quite obvious.  I can’t imagine that it’s a surprise to anyone that my latest project involves a can of spray paint.  What can I say?  It’s a super simple and cheap fix for about anything.

Jeff and I had been debating over which banana holder to get for some time now.  I have no idea why this is such a hard decision…it should be a pretty simple pick.  Nope.  So when I came across this banana rack at the goodwill for .55 I couldn’t leave it.  OH yes, I did say 55 cents.  As in the change on the bottom of my purse (if I had change on the bottom of my purse that is).  Since we had a pretty full weekend, I figured this was one project I could get done pretty quick.  I used Rustoleum 2x spray paint again, and was very happy with the results. 

 

Here it is… now ready to reside in my kitchen!

 

Spray painted banana holder before and after

I find it quite amusing that 5 out of 7 days a week we have bananas.  I went to take after shots of this tonight and guess what?  NO bananas!!  Ugh.  I am sure you can squint a little and just imagine a bunch of bright yellow bananas are hanging from that hook. 

 

So what did everyone else do this weekend?  Any spray painting going on???  We headed to Monterey, VA for the Highland Maple Festival again…. seriously amazing fresh maple syrup!!

Another Pinterest challenge – they just don’t get old!

It’s time for YHL and Bower Power’s regularly programmed Pinterest Challenge!! You know you have been pinning, you know you have a dozen projects you want to do. Well quit looking and talking and DO IT! I have a bunch of pins that are just no-brainers for getting done. I am pretty sure I have my project picked out, too. So go check out your boards and pick a project, then come back here next Wednesday, the 14th, and share what you did! Link up in the comments! Those crazy girls over there teamed up with Erin from The Great Indoors and Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! for this challenge. And if you aren’t familiar with Sherry at YHL and Katie at Bower Power you need to remedy that situation right now.

I think I will do one of these… you will have to wait till next week to find out which!

And while you are at it…go check out what everyone did over at:

younghouselove
Bower Power
The Great Indoors
Hi Sugarplum!

(Both Pinterest Challenge banners were found over at yhl)

Let the pinning begin!!!

DIY chevron rug from a towel

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I am purging some towels from our home, I decided to see if I could find a way to use a couple of them in other ways in our home.  I have a serious lack of rugs in this house.  As a matter of fact, I have 2 rugs – one in each bathroom.  I really need rugs in the kitchen, I want rugs in other places in the house for décor purposes.  I figured I could try this out, and if it doesn’t work, oh well, nothing lost but a little time and very little of my paint stash. 

 

Ok, well here goes… I am still not decided if this is a success.  I will have to let it hang out for a while.  It was very easy, but I am not sure if you can get it done without the helper that I had Winking smile

 

towel before

One plain white towel.  I cut the end off that has the design on it as well as the edge on the opposite end.  I wanted it to be uniform on each side.

 

measure for lines

Then I used a level (because it was the longest thing I could find to make the lines) and measured lines all the way down the towel every 6 inches.  The tractors had to make sure I was keeping things even.  I then started placing my zigzags pretty much the same way I did in this tutorial where I made a DIY canvas.  You can’t really tell if they aren’t perfect, so just use your best judgment.  I did each row at a time, all zigs, then all zags… make sense??  Of course it does.

 

measure out lines

I just overlapped the tape as I went and trimmed up any edges I didn’t like.  Oh, and I used a plain old masking tape, about 2 inches wide.

 

get help holding tape down

Once all the lines were on, place child on towel to ensure all edges are nice and tight.  The dog on the corners is optional.

 

paint chevron

Next I chose a paint.  I was going to use green, but I forgot I used it all on the green wall.  Yellow it is then!  I used a small sponge applicator since that is what I had on hand.  I didn’t want to use a paint brush because I was afraid it would lay too much paint.  I did end up putting more paint in the first row than I would have liked, but it still worked well.

entire row painted

One line done…

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And paired up with my lovely sunbeam mug… coffee just tastes better in that mug.

DIY chevron rug

And here it is… It does look like a towel huh?  My plan is to apply some non-skid backing on it to keep it from sliding as well as give it a little stiffness.  DIY towel chevron rug

I guess we will see how it holds up and if I like looking at it.  I am hoping I like it and can figure out other ways to use towels like this.  It would be awesome if I could make rugs for several rooms to at least use to get the house on the market.  I think I am going to need to break down at some point and actually spend a little money on a real rug.

 

And since I have a love for chevrons, check out this window display I saw at a shopping mall in Richmond a weekend ago.  I couldn’t help but snap a picture.

 

chevron wood wall

 

Anyone else find any items to repurpose lately?  Maybe you made something or bought something you aren’t quite sure about?