Wallpapered hutch reveal.

Friday, June 26, 2015
If you follow me on Instagram then you know the saga of this hutch & might be a little tired of it (sorry). I bought it, loved it... lived with it wood for a while.
But deep down I had a HUGE desire to paint it. I just wanted it to be right & thought about it for a LONG time. I finally chose Armington Grey by Sherwin Williams mixed in with BB Frosch Chalk Paint Powder. 
Painting the outside was a breeze and took barely 2 coats for excellent coverage. The inside was a little more work. I knew I wanted to do a paper on the inside but didn't want to spend a zillion dollars for the back of a hutch, so I sourced this fabulous wrapping paper from Rifle Paper Co. for the back. I used a matte mod podge & it turned out great! The small sheets were easy to work with, and this pattern is forgiving so the seams aren't overly visible.

Here is what it looked like before, pretty, but plain.

And after

I just love how it looks in our front room. It has so much character!

I am mildly in love the paper on the back. I have plans to use some other Rifle Paper Co. prints in some other spaces in our home as well. 

This is what it looked like with just the base grey coat before I sealed it with white wax from Miss Mustard Seed over the top which totally changed the colors and gave it a totally unique finish.

The inside isn't filled with anything precious. Just a collection of yardsale dishes, old books, and some vintage finds.
The whale bookends you can order here
I saw them when I did an internship at a design firm this spring, and just HAD to have my own. I absolutely love them! 

This hutch was a labor of love, but I am SO thrilled with how it turned out!

DIY Board & Batten Entry Wall.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
I'm finally getting around to sharing some projects that we have finished recently in our home.
Today I am sharing one of my very favorites... and perhaps the easiest with the greatest amount of impact.

We recently added a board & batten wall treatment on the entry way wall of our little abode. I have to admit that I put off this project over and over because I was afraid of the cost + time commitment of it all, but it really cost us under $50 and took one afternoon.
Not kidding.
I had a hard time finding a suitable tutorial to do it the way I envisioned it working + turning out, so I plan to share the way we went about this wall so inexpensively and how we problem solved our way into making this such a breeze project. 
For now, here are a bunch of pretty pictures... because that's what we're here for! I think the decor on this wall has been ever changing since it was completed, but here is how it currently looks.

The bench is from Downeast Home.
Mirror & rosette pillow is Threshold for Target. 
Gingham Pillow Ikea.
Stool is vintage.
Baskets & pot are Homegoods.

Cheery lemon wreath is Threshold for Target.
Bag is Target.
Monogram is from Etsy.
Hooks are from Home Depot.

I relocated our family gallery wall to the photo ledge we added. I love the homey touch of having them all lined up as guests enter our home. I've collected the frames from Target & Ikea over the years. 

Also, that snake plant is a sur-viv-or. It has been amazing me with its will to live spite my negligence.  Plus, it's cool to look at so win win. 
This wall is not only beautiful but it adds a LOT of function not to mention impact to our little home. The bang for your buck is definitely worth it! Stay tuned for the details.

DIY: Natural Weathered Wood Stain

Thursday, March 26, 2015

On our dining nook reveal post I mentioned that I  made a natural wood stain to age the top of the table. I thought I would share the deets today &my honest opinion on the process with the results. 
I got the idea from my friend who did this to her farmhouse console that we built for her. I was so intrigued I had to do it on something of my own. What is a better guinea pig than a free table?

So here is the mix after it has set. Basically I  mixed 1 cup vinegar and a couple pieces of steel wool in a jar. You have to let it set for 24 hours before you can use it. The longer you let it set the darker your wood will get. 
This mix does this weird thing to the wood, it oxidizes and changes the feel COMPLETELY into reclaimed barn wood feel.
It's a little crazy. 

Before I added Polycrylic on top my table was a really pretty light grey, the poly darkened the finish which I was a little bummed about but its totally necessary for a dining table situation to seal the wood. 
I tried it on a new piece of plywood & the results were iffy so I think it's a little unpredictable but totally cool when it does work.
Here is one last shot of the finish on our table. I kinda like that it didn't take to the whole top making it unique and much more vintage looking than it actually is.

Our home: Dining nook

Monday, March 23, 2015
I finished this space a while ago, but I have been so busy project deep I haven't had a chance to show you all the new pretty things happening!

Here is our new dining nook that looks especially pretty in front of our DIY planked wall.. (more on that later)

This whole makeover was inspired by a free farmhouse style table my Mom brought to me. She knew I could do something with it. It had an ugly yellow oak top before.
So I quickly stripped the existing finish, and used a stain made out of vinegar + steel wool for the top.
The top is aged and inconsistent grey... much like old barn wood. I kinda love it. 
I sealed it with a polycrylic + wha-la.
I left the legs as they were white, chippy, a little dirty... ya know adds character.

I paired it with some Target industrial style chairs that I found on a local yardsale page (lucky day!!) and a thrifted bench I quickly painted white. 
So pretty much, this entire area is second hand. How awesome is that?! 

Chairs similar here
Vase from Downeast Home
Dishes from Walmart
Curtains & Placemats from Target
Silk flowers Hobby Lobby
Table + Bench Thrifted

Stylish Kid Storage Ideas

Sunday, March 15, 2015
A while ago I posted a picture of our front "formal" living room on Instagram saying that we were planning on changing it into a casual sitting room & play room. Because we really need it to be functional & at this stage of our lives... pretty sitting rooms are low on our priority lists. 
At the same time this is the space everyone sees as soon as they entire into our house... so I want it to still look good & put together.
My dream is a place where kids can play and grownups can still enjoy. 
That's a hefty wishlist... according to Pinterest playrooms are colorful & casual living rooms don't include toys and kids tables. 
I think you can have both. First thing is first, hiding all the things.
Here is what I've gathered from some of my favorite go to places.

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Fresh flowers from The Bouq's.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
I absolutely love fresh flowers. Anywhere & everywhere for any reason possible.
I absolutely love this bouquet that I received from The Bouq's.
I like simple but beautiful flowers. Their bouquets are perfect for just that.

All of their bouquets really highlight the beauty of the flowers.
&I love that they are completely affordable. 
Did I mention they're beautiful?

DIY Blanket Ladder.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
I thought I would share my quick DIY blanket ladder that I quickly built a little while back.

This was seriously SO easy.
Isn't it funny that the simplest DIY projects tend to be your favorite? 
Honestly, this cost like $4 and took me about 15 minutes to build. 
All I did was buy inexpensive 1x2 stripes of pine from Lowes. 
I totally eyeballed the height...  mine ended up being about 6' tall and each horizontal strip is about 20". 

I simply measured, and screwed the pieces together with long wood screws. 
Stained it Dark Walnut by Minwax & wha-la.
Seriously, anyone can do it.
You can even have Lowes cut the wood to size if you aren't so sure about using a saw. 

I love having our pretty throw blankets on display and it adds a little bit of cozy to our family room.