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the one with Jack’s (almost) big boy room

If it feels like I just did a post on Jack’s nursery, well that’s because I did a year ago. But, ya know, we moved. This room is basically what I always imagined it would be. But when he was born we were living in a small rental in Florida which we knew was very temporary. We were either moving out of state or out of that house within the first year of his life. So we kept the guest bed in his room . . . and things were cramped. Like there was about a 2×3 space to walk around in, and his changing table was in the closet. So cramped! Now he has his own space, and no need for a changing table (I change 90% of his diapers downstairs). So here’s my big boys new room . . .




I went with the same non theme as before. I decided with Jack (and I’ve done the same with Ben to share later) that I would choose an animal, shape, color, and character that sort of represented him in mind. I’ve done the same thing with myself and I know how weird this is. But that’s his theme. There are lions, hexagons, blues (and greens) and a little Peter Pan all  throughout his room. You may be asking where his dresser is. I have it hidden in the closet for now! It only holds clothes so it’s a good spot for it until we don’t need his rocker anymore.



 

lost boys print . peter pan prints . stuffed animals were all gifts (mostly from Target or Disney store) . robot  . rocker and end table thrifted .  hexagon blanket and pillows made by my mama from old spoonflower fabric . you are my sunshine . crib . curtains . backpack . hooks . similar anchor . cubes . blue and green buckets . similar wood frames . monitor . diffuser . laundry bin . curtain rods . lamp . book ledge . where the wild things are . curious george books . sheets . mattress . rug . night light . similar star blanket . noise machine

 

 

the one with kitchen dreams

We recently bought a house here in our new state of Indiana. I’m so happy to be a homeowner again especially because it means we get to do renovations again! We loved doing our first house, and never felt like it was complete before we had to leave and move to Florida.  The only major renovation that needs to happen is the kitchen. Right now the plan is to do that next summer once I’m not pregnant anymore. Then we’ll do some small bathroom renovations (mostly just updating vanities) and finally we’ll tackle the outside.

Next summer seems far away, but if you know me you know I already have a plan. So today I wanted to share part of that plan for the kitchen. This is of course just the rough draft so updates are sure to come. I want to keep things simple, bright, and clean in here. So whites cabinets, concrete counters, stainless steel handles and appliances, and simple tile floors. Then we’ll break up all the cool colors with some wood shelves and a butcher block island. The thing I’m most undecided on right now is how high to take the cabinets. I know it looks more gourmet to have them all the way to the top, and it’s no wasted space. But I cant’ see myself every using them . . .

We have really great appliances and a huge pantry already, and only a small space for an island (no space for anything built in or with electricity supplied)  so this won’t be that big of an ordeal. Just changing the cabinets, counters, and backsplash basically!

I’m mostly looking forward to te new sink! The faucet we have no doesn’t have  a sprayer or detached head . . . it’s so hard to clean dishes #firstworldproblems.

 

shelves via . tile from lowes . everything else ikea

the one with 3 bedroom updates

The bedroom is where I always struggle with decor. I’ve always wanted a serene, calming bedroom with a nailhead or tufted headboard, and some purple in there. Being the diy’er that I am, I could not would not buy a headboard. Of course, I made it myself. You can find those here and here. However, I’ve lived with those nailheads for two years, and I hate them more every day. So I recently did 3 bedroom updates including getting rid of them.

  1. It was easy to get rid of the nailheads. I just used a hammer to pry the nails up, some ice to puff it back up, and ironed the wrinkles out. It feels like we have a whole new headboard that I can appreciate again. It’s 5 years old, and the fabric has started to fade so it will have to be replaced when we move. But for now it makes me so much happier. 
  2. I also added some new handles to our nightstands. These are the ikea brimnes nightstands. We had the plain white handles that come with it on. I always knew a better handle in a metal with make it look soooo much better. I just never got around to it. But we’re about to buy a new dresser, and I wanted the handles to match. So much better. The handles are $2 ones from lowes that aren’t online. Please ignore the milk dud in the carpet. 
  3. Lastly, I put up some new art above the bed. I love how it simplifies the area. It really brings it all together in the room. There were too many woods/metals going on. This fixes it I think! The frames are 16×20 Ribba’s from ikea. The prints are these.

the one with embroidery hoop wall pockets

Lately, I’ve been getting lots of invitations. Because I’m very popular.

Nope, my cousin is getting married and I know 2 pregnant ladies. Still an introvert over here.

But it made me realize that only one little 2×2 part of our fridge holds magnets and therefore invitations. So  I took to pinterest and found a picture of these bad boys (just a picture not a link). I just happened to have an extra embroidery hoop and some fabric laying around so let me show ya how I made mine. It’s super easy and incredible adorable. If it had stripes instead of florals my husband would even like it.

What you’ll need ::

embroidery hoop

fabric to fit – I’d say half a yard to start

one 8×11 piece of felt

12 inches of trim or fabric decorations

hot glue gun

scissors

How to ::

start by separating your embroidery hoop

then cut your fabric within an inch or so of the smaller hoop

after that it’s time to get your pocket ready!  take your trim/decorations and hot glue them onto the felt.

then turn your project over so the fabric is print side up over the hoop, and place your felt near the bottom half (where your pocket will go)

Next, place the larger hoop over the fabric including the felt and tighten the screw back in.

hot glue the extra fabric around so it doesn’t show

hang and enjoy!

the one with the pallet gallery art

A few weeks ago I shared our new round coffee table! We needed one that was more safe for Jack, but I love the design of the old one. Plus we had made it ourselves. So I decided to make it into some art for the dining room!

Here’s what you’ll need:
pallet
80 grit sandpaper
120 grit sandpaper
paint in your color choice
wax/polyurethane protectant of your choice
2 paint brushes
french cleat set
stainless steel wire
plies to cut wire with
stapler and staples
binder clips/clothes pins
screwdriver for french cleats
measuring tape
pictures – mine are from parabo

  1. Sand your pallet until completely smooth. We used 80 and then 120.
  2. Then paint it your desired color! I’d recommend priming it first, but you don’t have to.
  3. Once you are done painting, I’d also protect it with some sort of wax or polyurethane.
  4. Take your french cleat and screw one side into the back of the pallet on each of the vertical posts. Be sure to check them twice and screw once to be sure you have them placed correctly.
  5. Next measure the distance between the two cleats and screw the other ends into the wall. Again be sure to check the measurement twice and check the decoration of our cleats.
  6. Then hang it on the wall!
  7. Now the fun part! Take your wire and staple one end to the top plank. I twisted it over and placed a few more staples over top for extra security. Then unravel the wire all the way across to the other side of the top plank, cut it off once it’s a good size, and staple it securely.
  8. Repeat step 4 for as many rows as you need/want.
  9. Set your pictures out along the rows and decide how you want them placed. Some pictures have colors or filters that don’t look well next to each other. You also want to be sure people, places, landscapes, etc are not repeating. Or maybe you want them to repeat!
  10. Once you know have you pictures placed secure them with your hooks.

I’ve wanted a family gallery wall for awhile now, and this is the perfect solution until we have more space! I do have a flat back to my pallet since it used to be our coffee table instead of the openness they usually have. If you wanted that look instead, just measure the space between the two vertical pieces and have the hardware store cut a piece of plywood to fit. Screw it into the middle horizontal pieces and paint it the same color! If I were making this from scratch, I wouldn’t worry with that tho.

the one with a whalecome sign

Today I have another easy, but still super cute craft for your front door. Front door decor is very important to me. This year taking down the Christmas wreath made me a little sadder than usual. So I knew I needed to make something new to decorate the front door with to get me excited!

Living in Florida, there’s lots of beach decor in all the stores. I’ve recently seen whalecome on plenty of decor recently. Being a lover of puns, I instantly fell in love. So I decided to make my own whalecome sign!

wooden whale – I found mine here, but I did see smaller ones in the Target craft section.

acrylic paint

paint brush

sand paper

metallic permanent marker

2ft of thin rope

pencil with eraser

stapler

If your whale is not painted then you’ll want to start by sanding it smooth and painting it.

Once it’s fully dry, take your pencil and slowly trace out your wording. This way there won’t be any mistakes when you go in with the permanent marker.

Trace over your pencil markings with the permanent marker slowly and carefully.

Fold your rope in half. Then staple the loop on the left side of the whale belly. As long as you do it near the top there’s no need to measure.

Tie a small knot at the end of the unstapled side of the rope then staple it on the right side of the whale belly. Again do it near the top.

Hang up your whale and enjoy!

 

the one with an updated diy coffee table

For 3 years now, my husband and I have had a wonderful coffee table. We LOVE our coffee table, and we made it ourselves. But it has lots of sharp edges. Sharp edges and babies don’t mix. So we decided to keep with a coffee table we love, and made. The original diy coffee table had hair pin legs, and we wanted to keep those. I pinned a few hair pin tables that we liked, and we combined those tutorials to come up with our own! You can find those here.

 

Stuff you’ll need:

Pine wood round

Hairpin steel legs

Denatured alcohol

Steel wool

Spray paint clear coat enamel

Wood stain of choice

polyurethane

paint brush

80 and 120 grit sand paper

3/4 inch machine screws

Power screwdriver/drill

Measuring tape

Pencil

Instructions:

1. If you got raw steel legs, then you’ll need to clean them. Just wipe them down with some steel wool and denatured alcohol. Then clean and dry like you usually would.

2. Next sand the table really well. The sides especially will be tough. Use 80 then 120.

3. Then it’s time to stain! I used minwax’s dark walnut with one heavy coat. I like it dark. Once it was completely covered I wiped it off with an old rag using similar motions in the same direction. I let it dry completely before switching to the next side.

4. Once it’s stained and completely dry, sand it down with 120 again and apply your clear coat. I use minwax’s polycrylic  just because I always have and it’s what I have on hand.

5. When your clear coat has fully cured, measure out a square on the bottom of the table top for leg placement. I went 5 inches in on all sides for the corners of the legs. Be sure to measure from all angles and measure lots of times – more than twice 🙂

6. Then mark your leg holes and screw the legs in. Go slow and carefully since you only get one chance!

7. Decorate and enjoy!

In a few weeks, I’ll show you what we did with the top of the old coffee table! Yup, we loved it too much to give it up! Of course I’m aware of the booger thing in the basket – this is real life, folks!

the one with diy mobile for the nursery

Every day I lay Jack down in his crib to take 2 naps. He hates it. He’s just not good at soothing himself to sleep. So I decided to add a mobile to see if it would keep him occupied. I didn’t need much. We already have a nightlight, white noise, music, diffuser, etc. Basically we just needed something for him to look at. Once I found this on amazon I decided to go ahead and make the rest!

It was REALLY simple, but a little time consuming. First, I had to decide what to put on there. I wanted something not heavy that would be easy to hang on string. So paper! The theme in his room is Peter Pan ‘ish’ with lots of animals, blues, and green. That led me to arrows. After a quick etsy search, these were on their way to me.

Each string is 12″ long and has 5 arrows on it. Once they were cut and tied on, I simply glued two arrows back to back to attach them to the string. All done!

I wish the actual movile was not so large. It’s just this giant white robot arm on the crib now, but the rest of it is adorable. Best part, it’s helping the little man soothe himself down for his naps!

the one with tv stand ideas from ikea

With baby Jack at home, it feels like every day I find something new we need to babyproof!  The most important is our tv stand. We have a great tv stand that I love currently, but the sound system sits on separate stands that are not sturdy. So once little man starts crawling they will be a major problem. The husband and I are taking care of the problem within the next month so I’m looking for all the ideas now.Our tv stand now is from ikea and it’s perfect! It was just a little longer to fit the speakers it would be perfect. It’s good quality, inexpensive, and easy to clean. Sure it could be better quality if we spent more money, but with a little man around and hopefully more kids down the line inexpensive and easy to clean wins out.

I’ve made the decision to use the besta for our new tv stand from ikea as well. It’s almost the same as our current, and it’s longer. I just need to decide which style to use it in. That’s the great thing and also the worst part of ikea. There are so many different doors and shelves and knobs and so many other things for each base. I love the individuality that you can chose for each piece. But it also gets a little overwhelming. So I’ve found a few things on pinterest to give me ideas, and I wanted to  get our opinions!

I like the simplicity of this one. The butcher block top also gives it a little personality, a little structure, and some ‘rusticness’ to it. This one is simple and sleek so the rest of the pieces in the living room stand out.

Again this one is sleek and simple, but the personality comes in with the feet and the handles. It would be cheaper and easier than getting a butcher block top most likely, but no rustic qualities.

I guess all of my choices are simple and sleek, huh?! The personality with this one comes in the cabinet doors, tho.

Which is your favorite?

the one with christmas decor from oriental trading

This is probably the first year ever that when I look around my house at all the christmas decor . . . I’m completely happy. Just completely and utterly happy. Years past, I would think well if I had more . . . or that I needed to move something. I was constantly moving things around to make it perfect. But not this year. And that is thanks to oriental trading .


In our small house, all we have to decorate is the tree, ‘mantel’, dining room table, a small buffet table, and the front door. I’ve loved our tree for a few years now ever since I got the thick burlap garland. Specifically that it’s a thick garland is why I like it. This year I added some gingham black and white fabric as a skirt to make it a bit more modern. Plus it makes the ‘holly jolly’ match! My favorite addition to the mantel is of course our new stockings! We had to get new ones because of our new family member! (stockings, holders, and holly jolly are from Target – trees are all old – ornaments and burlap garland are old from etsy).


What really brings it all together and makes me so perfectly happy with our christmas decor this year, is the bottle brush tree centerpiece I made from items at oriental trading! I’ve craved bottle brush trees for two whole years now, and I finally broke down to get some this year! To make mine I used two of the pine boxes with cardboard (cut from the boxes they came in) to make a stand and white tissue paper (from the boxes they came in) to create the ‘snow’. Easiest centerpiece ever . . .


This weekend I’m having a cookie exchange party, and this will be the perfect table for the cookies to be around! Like a little christmas woodland town full of trees and cookies! What could be better this time of year! Oriental trading also has the perfect cookie boxes for my guests! I chose the paint cans and to be festive I hot glued some cardboard stars on the side! Be sure to check out instagram this weekend for all those details!

*I received some items from Oriental Trading in exchange for this post, but all opinion are my own