Monday, August 15, 2016

A Lofty Loft

The upstairs is feeling more light and airy after pulling up all of the carpet in the loft and in the hallways and installing new 12mm laminate flooring by Dream Home St. James in Flint Creek Oak. We also painted all of the walls in Paper White by Benjamin Moore in a Satin finish. The boob lights even got a DIY transformation! Here a couple Before Pics. 
So much Beige!

Some progress photos for you! 

All of the light fixtures in the loft and hallways were taken down, the glass removed, crystals strung in it's place by tiny holes that we made in the base and the base was painted with oil rubbed bronze spray paint.  We added a black curtain rod with white semi-sheer cotton rouged drapes.

The vintage walnut campaign style desk was a Restore find. Pretty awesome huh? It was in excellent shape. We added an Ikea floating bookshelf above it and mostly white accessories.

The bookcase and big cozy Thomasville chair and a half was a Restore find too. The bookcase was stained a light gray and I added a cute bird cotton throw and two comfy pillows to the chair to encourage some reading. The kids love this spot (they also like to hide behind that big chair.)

The vintage white desk lamp looks great on the desk and the clock give this whole room a vintage school house feel.

I hung this gallery wall early on so the kids could start feeling like this was their home right away. We  had all of these frames in our old house, just in a slightly different layout. A skinny table in this spot with a lamp is on my list of to-do's.

This is the entrance to the Master Bedroom on the left and the game room with the double doors.

This little cove is just outside our Master Bedroom.  We could probably add a table in here too.

A close-up shot of the transformed "boob" lights. I found the crystals on Amazon and the spray paint from Lowes.

The loft is not fully finished. I would like to find a colorful rug for the area in front of the big comfy chair and some more art for the Hallways. Eventually we'll add crown molding as well.

Hope everyone has a great week!


Friday, August 12, 2016

Kid's bathroom gets an upgrade!

Sometimes it's just the little touches that can make a big difference. It's so easy to add a few details without overdrawing your bank account or maxing out your credit cards. With a few pieces of wood and some spray paint you can transform the whole look of your bathroom.  

Here's our Builder Grade Kid's bathroom BEFORE:

And with a few extra touches, here's the "AFTER"

Ok, well it's not the total "AFTER" because I need to add some more art and drawer pulls to those cabinets but it's way better than the Before in my opinion.  We didn't have to do much.  I did end up totally painting all of the walls. The builder grade paint (flat paint) was not suitable for a bathroom. It absorbed water splashes and doesn't clean well when scrubbed. You can literally scrub the paint right off of the walls.  So we chose to paint the walls white in a Satin finish.

Next my awesome Joe framed out the mirror using 4 pieces of 4" wood that we stained a dark mocha color.

We took down the light fixtures, removed the glass shades, painted them with Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint and added vintage light bulbs for a cool industrial look.

Inside the bathtub area we installed three shelves out of 3 simple wooden boards that we also stained a dark brown. These were going to be floating shelves, which normally are easy to install but the studs in the wall were wonky so we had to use brackets we had lying around.



This was the same shower curtain we used in our old bathroom and the rod was above our washing machine area in the old house. Zero dollars spent, yay.

The bathroom had one silver towel bar over the toilet when we moved in. Queue the "wah wah" sound.  Kids and towel bars don't mix. Have you ever noticed when kids try to hang their towels over a bar they end up pulling on them so hard they yank the bar right off the wall? Well my kids did that and we were so over it.  An easy solution is to get hooks instead. Attaching them to a wooden plank makes attaching it to the wall a cinch since you can anchor it directly to the studs and still have even spacing of your wall hooks.

So there you have it. Quick and easy solutions for taking a bath to the next level on a dime.  Stay tuned for more updates once we add some art and drawer pulls.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Office update

Wow, summer is drawing to a end. Kids are back in school already and I'm finding more time now to get back to house updates. I wanted to totally immerse myself in my kid's activities and really focus on them, hence the delay in blog posts. Hopefully I'll have more "free" time during my daytime hours. My mind is all a wander about what house project to tackle next. In the meantime it's fair to say we've done so much I haven't blogged about so I need to play catch up.  My office has felt sort-of finished for a while, but I've left plenty of space on shelves for things to fill in over time. Here's how it's looking these days. Source list is at the end.

Most everything in this office, has been transformed in some way shape or form from how it looked originally. The desk for instance is a solid wood desk made by Aspenhome. I gave it a fresh coat of paint and the most fun part about it is this weathered paneled back. The desk had an open back, made for sitting against a wall. I bought a 4x4 wood panel at Lowes and used super strength glue to attach it to the back.

The parson chairs were chairs we had in our old house but I gave them a new look by adding these shabby chic feeling ruffled white cotton slip covers from Target online.

The sofa table from the Restore was the perfect depth for this small wall space and gives me a place to store stacks of magazines, some art, and a lamp. It also got several coats of paint.

I found this cute little gold hedgehog with a party hat from Target made by "Oh Joy."

I didn't bother painting the front of my desk. I didn't want to lose drawer functionality and nobody sees it but me.  The black vintage office chair was also a Restore find.

I finally have dedicated space to display some old vintage cameras. Some were my grandpa's. Others I've collected over the years.

The overhead chandelier is from LampsPlus. I love the brass pattern against the white. It also ties together the two brass curtain rods and other brass accessories in the room.

I know what you're thinking at this point. Yes the bookcases are also from the Restore!  I was lucky to find three large ones that were solid wood and I could paint them.

I love these modern West Elm curtains that are stamped with gray dots.

My dog loves to hang at the feet of these chairs when I'm working in my office. It's like his little man cave down there.

I think it's safe to say I could actually get some work done in this office.  It's functional, cozy and feels good to be in this room.

Source List:
Curtains -West Elm Stamped Dot Collection
Gray Sheer Drapes JC Penny
Gold Lamp on Desk - Home Goods
Note book and sticky notes on Desk - Kate Spade
Art - Jack Roberts
Hedge Hog - "Oh Joy" for Target
Ceiling Light - Lamps Plus Roxbury 22" wide Antique Brass Pendant
Wall Color - Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams
Floor - Shaw Flooring Engineered Hardwood Colt Weathered wood.
Ruffled Chair Slip Covers -Target
Chair Pillow - Jonathan Adler
Pencil Holder, Tape Dispenser, and gold Bird plate -Nate Berkus for Target
Rug - Hang Woven Cotton Dhurries by Balta
Everything else -Habitat for Humanity Restore

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