From crib to shabby chic big girl bed

We interrupt our scheduled half bath makeover to present to you Lizzie’s big girl bed! Lizzie is turning 3 this week so it only seemed time to finally upgrade her bedroom. When we moved into this house last year we just simply transferred everything from her first nursery to her current room.

owl decor I loved the colors of her nursery as well as the artwork, so I decided to throw in  a little bit of pink and try to pull off a shabby chic look. And here is her new bed all done!

jenny lind bed The bedding is all from Target’s Simply Shabby Chic line!

red shabby chic headboard I fell in love with Land of Nod’s Jenny Lind bed but the $700 price tag was out of reach for us. Luckily I found this white Jenny Lind headboard from Target which I scored for $130 shipped. I simply painted it with red spray paint.

3d butterflies The butterflies were from Lizzie’s original nursery but sort of got lost on the larger walls of her current bedroom. I decided to frame them in a grouping of frames above her bed to give them more prominence. The frames were a recycle from my in-laws so this little installation was free!

shabby chic bedroom The side table was originally from our master bedroom and was black. I have new plans for the master bedroom and the table was simply screaming shabby chic anyways, so Lizzie’s room seemed like the perfect place for it. I used left over paint to give it a two toned white and pink paint job, so this little project was also free.

girl's shabby chic bedroom Lizzie absolutely adores her new bed! I’m equally glad that we were able to update her bedroom without replacing everything! I still have some plans to update the curtains to something a little frillier and I’m searching for a small bookcase for her.

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Green Bathroom Vanity Makeover

One of the things that I was most excited about when we bought our forever home was not having to “play it safe” anymore with design decisions.  And yet here we are a year into our remodel and our house is pretty grey and white. Don’t get me wrong; I love the rooms we’ve already designed, but I was ready to push ourselves out of our color comfort zone a little. Our half bath makeover is a huge departure from our typical design palette, and we’ve had a lot of fun already with the project. Over the last month I shared with you how we painted over the 1980’s era wallpaper on the walls and how we used milk paint to transform our builder’s grade laminate vanity, well now the vanity area and focal point of the bathroom is complete!

Here’s a reminder of the before:

paint over wallpaper And here it is now:

boxwood green vanity

nautical bathroom makeover

nautical bathroom lighting

boxwood green cabinet

We still have to tile the floor, install the new toilet, and decorate the rest of the room. I know a green vanity isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I love having a fun space that will definitely surprise guests. And what better room than a half bath to have some fun with color?

Sources:

Paint: Boxwood by Miss Mustard Seed

Wall stencil: Perfect Catch by Cutting Edge Stencils

Faucet, knobs, and counter top: Home Depot

Light: Industrial Cage from Shades of Light

Mirror frame: DIY from reclaimed wood

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Make laminate cabinets look high-end with Milk Paint

Hi there! I know it’s been quiet around here lately but that is because we’ve been working so hard on so many exciting projects! In fact I gave away a huge secret project we’ve been planning on Facebook and Instagram this week. But now I’m back with a half bath update that I am so excited about! The green vanity is done! Just a reminder of where this bathroom started:

paint over wallpaper And about two weeks ago I shared how we saved time and painted straight over the wallpaper.  Well now the walls have been stenciled, the vanity has been painted, a new counter top has been installed, and the mirrored has been framed.

Boxwood green vanity Taking pictures in a tiny bathroom makes for bad lighting and awkward angles so you’ll have to take my word for it that it looks amazing! As you can see we still need hardware, a faucet, new floors, lighting, and a toilet.

miss mustard seed's boxwood And here’s a close-up of the finish on the cabinets:

antiquing wax on cabinets I love how high-end the finish looks.  Its more of a matte finish and the antiquing wax gives the color so much more depth. It really has the feel of an old piece of furniture. You would never guess it was laminate!

 

Stay tuned to see how I pull the whole look together! Meanwhile, here’s a breakdown of how I painted the vanity!

How to paint laminate cabinets with milk paint

To start  with I gave the cabinet a quick sand with a sanding block, then cleaned it all down with a TSP Substitute. Next, I gave it all a quick prime.

prime bathroom vanity Finally, I was ready to mix up the milk paint. This was my first time using milk paint so I was a little nervous but it’s actually much easier to work with than latex paint.

milk paint on laminate Mix 1 part warm water with 1 part of the paint powder. I found milk paint to be a little thinner than latex paint so you probably don’t need as big of a batch as you think. Since we’re painting over laminate you’re going to also have to mix in Miss Mustard Seed’s bonding agent.

milk paint on laminate Now start painting! Don’t freak out about the color! It will dry lighter then get brighter after adding the wax. The bonding agent will give the paint a milky look but it dries clear.  I gave the cabinet two coats with 6 hours between the first and second coat. The instructions say you can reapply after 30 minutes, but I was told to wait longer when using the bonding agent on the first coat.

miss mustard seed boxwood The last step is to add a layer of wax. I choose the antiquing wax because I love how it brings out the details and imperfections of the vanity.  Just rub on the wax with a clean cloth, wait 5 minutes, the buff out. You can see how the wax changed the color of the paint from the picture above to the one below.

boxwood with antique wax If you’re not sure which wax to choose then check out this great chart from The Golden Sycamore which shows you how all the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paints look with different waxes.

Miss mustrad seed's boxwood vanity

Save time and paint over wallpaper

It’s been two weeks since my last post on our porch makeover. Would you believe me if I said my silence is because I’ve been extremely busy with house projects? Well it’s true! In the last two weeks we’ve been working on projects in the backyard, laundry room, and nautical half bath. Everything is looking amazing but because we’ve been splitting out time on multiple projects, nothing is quite done enough to show off to you yet. Bummer….

So, I decided that instead of maintaining radio silence, I’d give you a quick update on one of the projects: the half bath makeover! Here’s what we started with:

paint over wallpaper The wonderful 80’s wallpaper was one of the selling features of this house…..said no one ever! About a month ago, I decided to start ripping the wallpaper down. About 30 mins into it I had about 1 sq inch cleared. That’s when I decided that the wallpaper would stay up, and I would paint over it. You may remember that when were adding the wainscoting to our foyer we found put that the previous owners had actually just painted over the existing wallpaper. We were shocked because we had no idea the foyer had ever even been wallpapered, but it look great and was holding up well.

So, if you have a full room of wallpaper and you don’t feel like scraping it off then here are some tips for painting over the wallpaper.

Tip 1: Make sure your wallpaper is a contender

Before you start slopping paint all over the walls check to make sure the wallpaper you have is a good candidate for painting.  Peeling paper and noticeable seams are immediate red flags.  Find an edge of the paper and try pulling it off the wall. If you get a small rip you are in good shape. If you can easily pull off large sheets then your going to need to strip off all the wallpaper. Painting over wallpaper that will easily come off the walls may lead to the wallpaper bubbling or peeling after the paint dries.

Tip 2: Patch up holes and seams.

Using joint compound or spackle, fill in any holes or noticeable rips or seams in the paper just like would would do on dry wall.  If you tried to rip some paper off make sure to use joint compound to smooth out the spot.

Tip 3: Prime

Priming the wallpaper is going to do two things for you: hide the pattern and create a grippable surface for the paint to adhere to.  Because wallpaper is so smooth painting on it without priming first may cause the paint to run or peel.

how to paint over wallpaper Even with a dark color and pattern, I only needed one coat of primer before I started painting the wallpaper.

Tip 4: Paint that wallpaper

Once your primer is dry you can start painting over your wallpaper. I applied two coats of Behr Vermont Cream in semi gloss using a foam roller.

can you paint over wallpaper The difference is pretty amazing isn’t it? And no wallpaper stripping involved. As you can see the bathroom is still completely torn apart. I am currently stenciling the walls with Cutting Edge’s Perfect Catch (one of my affiliates) in metallic gold. In the bottom right of the picture you can also see a sneak peak of the bathroom vanity getting a green paint job.

Hopefully, I’ll be back soon with some more pictures of the bathroom. It’s coming together so well that I am giddy to show you!

Screened in porch makeover reveal Phase 1

The screened in porch makeover was suppose to take 3 months. Instead it took 7 months! The good news? It’s finally done! I haven’t shared much about the makeover on the blog because frankly the steps were pretty boring. I wasn’t sure you’d appreciate a whole post on painting. The only project I’ve shared to date is the floating buffet table we made out of reclaimed wood.  Let’s start with the before shot so we can all remember how this room looked when we bought the house:

Screened Porch before This porch was actually a HUGE selling feature of the house. While it needed some cosmetic work a porch like this would easily have been a $20,000 addition. And in a place like coastal Virginia having a way to be outside without getting eaten by mosquito is priceless.

Phase 1 of the makeover consisted of improving the structure itself. Here is what we did:

  1. Replaced warped posts
  2. Painted all railings and posts white and the ceiling blue.
  3. Added screens and a screened door
  4. Added rot resistant molding to the outside of the structure
  5. Replaced the fan
  6. Installed a drain in the floor
  7. Tiled the floor

Phase 2 will consist of the decorative aspect of the makeover including new furniture. So, for now please ignore the old dirty furniture. And here’s how it looks now:

screened in porch makeover

screened in porch buffet

outdoor room makeover

porch makeover

tablescape porch

porch makeover

Isn’t the transformation amazing?? I love how cheery and bright the space is now. It really does feel like an extension of our home.

porch makeover before and after And here is some exterior shots:

backyard before

exterior screened in porch

porch exterior

So, there it is! I can’t even begin to describe how pleased we are with this space! As for the rest of the backyard…..we have huge plans in the works. I mean like the most exciting plans we’ve ever made for this house. Hopefully I will be able to share them soon!

Pottery Barn Knock-off wall organization system

Pottery barn knock off memo board

After the stair makeover we decided to take a little break from the large projects and focus on some smaller projects we’ve been meaning to do.  About a year ago I decided that Sophie needed one of the Pottery Barn Teen wall organization systems for her room.

img52c Cute right? The $267 price tag; however,  is not so cute. I decided I would simply make her one myself. I bought the fabric and then we decided to sell our house and buy a new one, so the project was sidelined. It wasn’t until a co-worker of mine decided to make one for her daughter that the project was put back on the agenda.

Warning: I seem to have misplaced the progress pictures so all I have are the final product. Also, we made 3 boards in total which actually made the price a little more reasonable since we could share materials. And finally, the project was more labor intensive than I would have imagined since each square is basically a small project unto itself.

message center The total cost of each board came out to $40! That’s a $227 savings per board! I also love that I was able to fully customize the fabric to match Sophie’s room. I choose a larger molding for the frame as well to give the board more heft.

DIY message center from pottery barn After studying the Pottery Barn wall organization system I decided to incorporate a magnetic board, a cork board, a shelf, and a wire clothes pin line. The little shelf I picked up at A.C. Moore for $1 and painted black. The fabric behind it is adhered straight to the plywood backing using spray adhesive.

pottery barn wall organization DIY The magnetic board is a sheet of galvanized steel sheet metal that conveniently is sold at Home Depot in 12 x 12 pieces.  For the cork board I bought a pack of 4 12 x12 cork tiles ( I was able to use the other 3 tiles for my co-worker’s boards) then using spray adhesive and hot glue adhered this awesome black and white chevron fabric that I picked up at Hancock Fabrics.

clothes pin wire hanger For the wire clothes pin line Code made me a wood frame that we then ran steel wire across. The miniature clothes pins are from Wal-mart.

message center

I love that Sophie now has a way to really express herself in her room without literally taping things to the walls!

Industrial lighting: Budget Friendly edition

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram then you’ve seen some sneak peeks of the tile installation on our screened-in porch! Well guess what? It’s done and it’s beautiful!

porch tile

We have a couple of finishing touches to complete on phase 1 of the porch makeover and then I’ll finally be able to share some before and after pictures with you.

But wasn’t this post about industrial light? I’m actually in quite a conundrum and need your help. Last week I shared our plans for a nautical inspired half bath with you, and I mentioned that the laundry room would be getting a makeover at the same time. The problem is that the half bath design is very different from the color palette for the rest of the house and I need the laundry room to act as a sort of design bridge between the spaces.

laundry room before As you can see in the above picture the laundry room connects the kitchen to the half bath (dark door at the end) as well has doors going to the back yard (left side) and garage (right side). The plan is to keep the room basically white with open reclaimed wood shelves above the washer and dryer. Here’s our inspiration!

My problem is the lighting. Since the space is utilitarian in purpose I want an industrial style light ( and one that won’t break the budget); however finding one to connect the spaces has been challenging.

You probably remember that the kitchen lighting is galvanized with a white and mint glass globe. See more about our school house pendants here!

Primary schoolhouse pendant in jadite

The lighting in the bathroom will be copper or brass. The brackets holding the reclaimed shelves will be black metal and the door knobs are oil rubbed bronze. So you see my problem? I really have too many options. Below are the 7 lights I’ve narrowed my search to. Please vote on your favorite one and tell me why you’d choose down to. Also, please make sure to check out the bathroom mood board before voting to get a better idea of this design dilemma!

 

industrial lighting

  1. Not only is this one bronze but it has a sort of nautical feel as well. Fresnel Glass Industrial Flush-Mount from Shade of Light. $139
  2. I love the utilitarian feel of galvanized metal. The Laramie Pendant from Barn Light Electric. Starting at $149.
  3. I’ve been dying to put an orb light in my house somewhere! Metal Strap Globe Pendant from Shades of Light. $129
  4. This semi mount is the perfect match to our kitchen pendants. The Intermediate Schoolhouse Semi-flush Mount from Barn Light Electric. Starting at $152.
  5. I love the funky design of this bronze light. Young House Love Geometric Diamond Ceiling Light from Shades of Light. $79
  6. It doesn’t get much more industrial than this galvanized option with the wire cage. The Original Warehouse Flush-mount from Barn Light Electric starting at $137.
  7. This is the same light we installed in our foyer, so it would give the house a nice cohesive feel. 4-light Oxide Brass Semi-Flush Mount with Tallaroom Panel Glass Shade by Hampton Bay for Home Depot. $79

    So, those are the options! Which one would you choose??

Not your average nautical Inspired bathroom

As we finish up tiling the screened in porch this weekend that makeover will finally be complete. I hope to have pictures for you next week! But now that the porch project is wrapping up and fall is in there air (except for here in Virginia where we had record temperatures on the first day of school!) I am starting to plan my next project which will be the half bath and laundry room.

half bath before Here is what I am starting with. This is probably the only room in the house that hasn’t been touched since it was built in 1985.

Laundry room before Here is the laundry room before. The door to the bathroom is to the right of this picture. This room acts as a pass through from the garage, bathroom, backyard, and kitchen. More to come on the design for the laundry is a couple of weeks.

I want to create a bathroom that is inspired by old ships but that isn’t expected or cheesy. I plan to use wood and brass elements mixed with a grassy green and metallic gold to keep the room feeling authentic yet modern. Here is the plan:

  1. The walls will be painted off white with a large net stencil in metallic gold (Fresh Catch by Cutting Edge Stencils). The metallic gold will be more subtle than the goldenrod pictured above.
  2. The original vanity will stay but will be painted in Miss Mustard Seed’s Boxwood Green and aged with a dark wax.  The vanity will get a new white cultured marble top and a brass faucet and knobs.
  3. The floor will be the same gray washed wood tile that is going into the screened in porch
  4. The current mirror will be framed out in reclaimed wood.
  5. For lighting I am moving two existing copper exterior lights from the backyard in.
  6. I am really obsessed with finding a Moby Dick piece of art for the room. And who could resist the Poop Deck reference?

This room was actually pretty easy for me to plan out. I wanted a different color scheme from the rest of the house and once I fell in love with the idea of a green vanity the other plans pretty much fell into place. I’m sharing this plan now in part because the laundry room is giving me a major headache and I want to bounce some ideas off of all of you. Look for those plans in the next couple of weeks.

You can see all of my inspiration for this room here:

 

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Carpet to Wood stair makeover reveal

carpet to wood stair makeover It’s finally time for the kitchen stair makeover reveal! Many of us are stuck with builder’s grade carpeted stairs, but that doesn’t mean we have to live with them! For about $150 we were able to transform our boring old stairs into beautiful custom looking wood stairs! I already shared with you how we built the stair treads ourselves, so let’s get straight to the pretty pictures!

P.s you can see all my inspiration for this project here.

wood stairwell makeover

Ohhhh…….

stairway makeover from carpet to wood

Ahhhh…….

covnert carpet to wood stairs

So shiny!

ebony stained handrail

And my favorite part! Before and after pictures!

stair makeover

The view from the pantry…..

stairs before and after And a picture from before we even moved in…..

stair makeover before and after These are the stairs that go from our kitchen to our play room (room over the garage), so they are slightly shorter than average stairs. We used this project as a practice run for our foyer stairs which will hopefully be getting the same treatment before Christmas!

Foyer If you were just here for the pretty pictures this is your queue to leave. Now on to some of the more technical aspects of this makeover…..

The stair risers are made from stain grade plywood (same thing we made the foyer wainscoting, island cover panel, and faux chimney box from). After each piece was cut to size I rolled on two coats of primer and two coats of white paint each. I spread them out on table in the dining room while painting.

After they were dry Cody used a pneumatic nail gun to attach them to each riser. You can see them going up below……

making stair risers Painting the bannisters was a major pain in the butt. They each got two coats of primer and two coats of paint multiplied by 4 sides since I could only paint 1 side at a time. Even though I put on very light coats I still wound up with a lot of drips. They are still not perfect, but as long as you don’t look too close you won’t notice.

When we do the foyer steps, I am planning on spraying the banisters, so I’ll let you know how that goes.

painting  banisters

The part of this project that wound up being the most difficult was staining to newel post and handrails. I already had Polyshades Classic Black* in the garage and I devised this perfect plan of just giving everything a light sanding followed by a quick wipe down with a TSP substitute*. Then magically I would just glaze the handrails with the black stain.  Well I tried that then sat back for 3 days waiting for the stain to dry to no avail. I don’t know if I didn’t mix the stain well enough or it was too humid in the garage, but my plan definitely wasn’t working.

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ebony stained handrail So, on to plan B which involved using a chemical stripper* and stripper after wash* to remove both the black and original finish. The good news is that after being stripped the ebony stain adhered beautifully. I gave it all two coats of the stain. It already had gloss polyurethane in it, so there was no need for a finish.  The hand rails are my favorite part of the design. I love how glossy they are. It’s like jewelry for the stairs!
stair makeover We finished each riser with decorative molding under each step. Before we put the molding on the steps looks sort of blah. In fact I kept calling them Ikea steps (as in perfectly functional but white and boring). The molding made all the difference. In the picture above you can see the top riser without molding.
So, there it is! I hope this reveal was as exciting for you as it was for us! I can’t begin to tell you how nice it is to look into the kitchen and not have the stairwell acting as a black hole/energy suck in the room design. In fact, there is actually only one more project (built in banquette) left to do in the kitchen before we can call the room done.
One last question! How do you feel about a runner on the stairs? We’re still torn on the idea and would love to hear your input!
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