One Room Challenge Week 3- DIY Ceiling Beam

One Room Challenge Week 3- DIY Ceiling Beam

Hello!  I hope you have had a great week and that you are getting good weather where you live!  Spring has sprung here and I am so in love with the beautiful blossomed tress and low 70’s weather (wish it would stay forever)! It’s been a very busy and productive week on the bedroom makeovers for the One Room Challenge.  I’ve ordered lots of things for the rooms online and have worked on two main projects this week (they thankfully turned out just how I hoped which of course doesn’t always happen). First in the master bedroom I built and installed a ceiling beam. It’s a bit massive but with the size of the room I think it works. Building a ceiling beam is quite easy to do! Supplies I like using the boards above because I’ve found them to be less warped then other boards. 2- 1 x 6 pine boards 2- 1 x 8 pine boards Nail Gun/Air Compressor –  If you’ve never used a nail gun don’t let that scare you I have…

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One Room Challenge Week 2 (includes painting laminate)

One Room Challenge Week 2 (includes painting laminate)

Hello!  I hope you all have had a great week! The weather has been beautiful here in Ohio this week which has been great for throwing open the windows and painting, painting, and painting some more! This is week 2 of the One Room Challenge!  And although it is the One Room Challenge I am attempting to do Two Rooms,  my master bedroom and my daughter’s bedroom (in case you missed it you can check out the plans for the bedroom makeovers in THIS POST), Out master bedroom has an attached “office” space.  Here is the BEFORE.   I got the desk years ago free from a friend who was moving and didn’t want to take it with her (it’s a biggie).  The hutch was a steal of a deal for only $22 from the Cincinnati Ballard Designs Outlet. For years the two toned nature of the pair hasn’t bothered me.  But I’ve now come to the point where I’m ready for the piece to have some continuity so painting the massive laminate desk was…

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One Room Challenge- The Master and Girls’ Bedroom Makeover Week 1

One Room Challenge- The Master and Girls’ Bedroom Makeover Week 1

Hello!  I hope your week has been going well so far!   This week has flown for me! Today marks the start of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home.  Each April and October she challenges designers and bloggers to makeover a room in 6 weeks and to share the progress each week in a “link up” on her site. I participated about a year and a half ago when I made over our basement rec area. I’ve decided to join in again this round.  And I think I may even try to do two room makeovers at the same time!  Overly ambitious I know but I figure even if I only finish one room at least it will give me the push to have worked on the second room too. So the first room makeover I’ll be doing is our Master Bedroom.   As you know I’ve been thinking about starting this one for awhile.   I even made a new headboard  for the room several months ago after buying a much taller…

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How to Paint a Gray Weathered Finish on Furniture

How to Paint a Gray Weathered Finish on Furniture

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week!  Today I’m looking forward to sharing an easy way to update or change the appearance of undesirable or outdated wood furniture. I’ve noticed that gray weathered wood furniture has become very popular as of late! via Target A friend/client recently asked me to help her refresh her family room.  As part of the refresh she bought THIS Storage Cube Organizer (affiliate link) to replace a too small console with no storage. It’s from Amazon for $83. Since the console had a gray weathered finish we decided in order to tie room together that it would be great if the end tables on each side of her couch could have the same finish. Her current end tables had an orange-y oak top and an rubbed oil bronze iron base.  To save money (and because I love making over furniture) I suggested we try to re-frinish the tops of the end tables in the gray weathered finish and she agreed! Here is the BEFORE: And now the AFTER: This took…

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24 Arm Chairs Under $250

24 Arm Chairs Under $250

Hello! I wanted to pop in before the weekend ended and share some of my favorite arm chairs for under $250. As part of my upcoming master bedroom makeover I plan to add two identical arm chairs (auto correct changed it to arm hairs):-) to the room. Nice sturdy arm chairs are usually a good $500 plus so two could cost you over $1000! I don’t have that kind of money to spend of chairs right now so here are some less expensive options that caught my eye. Note: About 90% of the chairs below come in several different color options so if you like the shape of the chair click on it and you should be able to see what other colors it comes in.   Click directly on the picture of the chair you like to see it’s price and info! (Disclosure-  Any chairs linked to Amazon are affiliate links meaning I receive a very small percentage of the sale if you purchase from my link.  Thanks!)     I’ll be back next…

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DIY Floating Bench

DIY Floating Bench

Hello!  I hope you doing well!  Last week I got in the mood to clean out my kids’ closets (all four of them) . It’s not something I get in the mood to do very often so I took advantage of this rare feeling and spent quite some time going through all of their clothes– putting aside clothes that don’t fit, have stains, or aren’t ever worn and organizing like a mad woman. It feels so good to have their closets organized again (we’ll see how long it lasts)! A couple of months ago I shared a bedroom makeover I helped design for my friend’s daughter.   One of the most fun parts of the makeover was creating a reading nook by adding a custom “floating” bench.  My friend’s handy husband built the bench for around $100.  Here are the steps he took to build the bench!   How to DIY a “Floating” Bench  Determine where you want the bench to go.  This was the perfect empty space for a little reading nook.  They did not remove…

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To Create Your Own Artwork or Not to Create Your Own Artwork?

To Create Your Own Artwork or Not to Create Your Own Artwork?

One of the easiest ways to save money on artwork for your home is to create your own.  It can be hard to find artwork that speaks to me personally and that comes with an affordable price tag. There is no other more personal wall decor than something you’ve created yourself.  It is extremely satisfying to be able to decorate your home with your own artwork. Today I’m going to share a couple of new paintings I did this past week in hopes that it will inspire you to consider (if you haven’t already) trying your hand at it. As usual I first found some artwork that inspired me and that I wanted to try and replicate.  I’m not an artist by training so I go into it knowing I’m not going to be able to paint it exactly the same but that I will use it as a direction to go in. I recently came across this artwork on Sarah’s blog, Life on Virginia Street, and loved it.  It has both a cheerful and…

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10 Steps to a Beautiful Master Bedroom

10 Steps to a Beautiful Master Bedroom

Hello!  I hope you have had a great week and a good start to your weekend!  We had the stomach flu this week…sure makes me appreciate good health all the much more! As I mentioned in my home goals for the New Year post I want to finish updating my master bedroom this year so I’ve been busy lately looking through inspiration photos and for fairly priced bedroom decor. As I’ve been studying some of my favorite master bedrooms on Pinterest I’ve noticed some things they have in common. 10 Steps to a Beautiful Bedroom (at least for me) 1.  An Upholstered Headboard– Although there are some beautiful all wood headboards I find I am drawn more to upholstered headboards right now.  I recently made my master bedroom upholstered headboard for only $65, Here! via Victoria Hagan 2.  A Rug-  I have carpet in my bedroom so I haven’t needed a rug for comfort (functional reasons).  However, rugs are in all of my inspiration photos and I love how nicely it ties the decor in…

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A Tiny Toilet Room Makeover & Painting Cabinetry Advice

A Tiny Toilet Room Makeover & Painting Cabinetry Advice

Hello!  Now that I’m done with most of the big projects and makeovers in my home (at least for now) I’ve been working on some of the smaller projects that I’ve been putting off. This week I was able to mark one of those projects off my “small project to-do list” (I had actually forgotten to put it on the list but you better believe I will put it on just so I can have the satisfaction of marking it off)! So what was the small project that I did?  I painted the tiny toilet room and the tiny toilet room’s cabinetry.  Do you guys  know what a tiny toilet room is (or maybe you call it by a different name like my friend who calls it “the pooper”)? I don’t know how common it is but in our master bathroom there is a sink, a tub, and shower and then a separate tiny room within the bathroom that holds the toilet (think airplane bathroom small). Although I’ve done a lot of work on my…

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