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bathroom redo. for the kids. much better.

Do have that one room that you know you should start because every time you look at it you cringe? The kids’ bath was one of those rooms for me. Not so bad you couldn’t use it, but it was quite the eye sore. And, I am not one for eye sores. Why didn’t I do it earlier? Uh, who knows. But, I wish I would have because it took a total of two weekends to get er’ done. Oh well.

Here’s the before. A lot more maple, fake marble with lovely sinks that had the same faux look. Goodbye, tired old bath.

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A few changes and voila. Look at the beauty now.

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And, do you see that lil’ cutie in the background? Shadow likes to follow me wherever I go and never passes up an opportunity for a little photo op. What did we change? Just a few simple, inexpensive tricks that make a bathroom transformation seem a little closer to a reality than a dream.

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Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams ‘Moody Blue’
I am not one for color, but I figure the kids bath is as good a place as ever. So, we went for a more ‘colorful’ look that had a little vintage twist.

Cabinet Paint: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White with ClearWax
If you follow along, you know I heart Annie Sloan. And, I HEART the new cabinets. We painted the cabinets white to keep it clean, brighten up the space and have some consistency with the kitchen and hallway cabinets. We sealed it with a clear wax and friends, this huge change took hardly anytime at all. I think I had all the cabinets finished in two days. Big difference. Not a lot of time. Amen.

Cabinet Hardware: Marshalls & Target
I said it once and I will say it again, a little hardware goes a long way. I found the round cuties at Marshalls, sorry folks, that ‘s one of those places that is hit or miss. Keep your eyes out for them, they are cute and cost me a whopping $5. The larger pulls I found at Target a few years ago and used them on our hallway cabinets, but had a few leftover I was saving for a rainy day. They come in a 6-pack and are so versatile and cute.

 Tile for Floor: Natural Timber Ash Porcelain Floor Tile at Lowes
This just might be my favorite part of all. I can’t get enough of it. Porcelain floor tile that is made to look like old barn wood. Which basically means I can easily clean it but not sacrifice the look I love. Seriously, die. We used the same tile as in our master bathroom which you can see here.
We chose to use 8 inch planks in a repeating pattern. Best part? Less than $3.50 a square foot. You can find a link to the color and product we used here. It was worth the extra time it took to get straight lines because I absolutely LOVE it.

Tile for Backsplash: Arabesque Lantern White Porcelain Mosaic
Another favorite and easy on the budget. This Arabesque Lantern White Porcelain Mosaic was found at Floor & Decor for just $3.79. Booya. And, when you only need three sheets it’s a happy day. A little white grout, elbow grease {thanks, hubs} and you have a new backsplash.

 Countertops: Black Galaxy – honed by our granite subcontractor
This was a freebie, kind of. We had extra from one of Paul’s projects that had been sitting in our garage for about forever. Kids and shiny granite? Uh, no thanks. But, we were able to hire our granite guy to ‘hone‘ it for us, which took away the shiny look. Now it looks a little more like soapstone {a fave for this girl} and a little less like your traditional granite. Does it leave crazy spots? Yes, but I am teaching those kids to use a wipe and keep it clean. We shall see how long that lasts…


What do you think? Way better? An updated version that looks a little more like the rest of our house. A few quick changes and it looks like new. Well, almost new. Perhaps your bathroom is calling you to try a few of these tricks out yourself.

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styling shelves. tips and tricks.

Earlier I shared about the ikea shelves that I turned into something a little more me.  You can find more about it here. Today is a day all about styling. I seriously heart styling anything. Shelves. Mantels. Tables. It’s a serious problem, but it could be good news for you.

I think I have said it a million times before, but I am all about making a statement, albeit while being on a budget. Don’t get me wrong, I could style a room and make it cost big bucks, but that’s not real life for me. The bright side is that there are simple ways to make a shelf look a little prettier without spending oodles of money. A few simple tips that turn it from blah to a little bit of fancy.


  styling tip 1

Truth. Do all things in 3s. My mom taught me this. Make a trio and all is well. This simple trick will make any shelf look a little more polished and a little less thrown together. Believe it or not, in styling odd numbers are your friend.

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 Add some depth and dimension by making sure that you have items of different heights. Adhere to the “rule of thirds” so that everything looks proportionate to one another. Did you know this applies to clothes too?  Varying heights will turn something a-ok into something pretty amaze-ing. Try it. Love it? Hope so.

styling tip 3 As you have heard, I am a total bookworm and I have a huge collection of books. But, I am all about style and sometimes the books don’t actually go with my decor. I have a few tricks to solve that problem that are easy as pie.

  • Rip off the book covers. Gasp. Yes, I really do this. In fact, I just bought 40 books for a women’s ministry event at a local thrift store and ripped off every single cover. Grab those covers, rip them off and tie a few together with twine. The neutral palette of the pages will go with just about everything. Can you find the cover I ripped off on my shelf?
  • Cover with something you have lying around. I have used dictionary pages, atlas pages, newspaper, and even fabric from a ripped laundry basket {that was a cheap one}. When using paper, tape it to the inside covers of the book securing tightly on each side. If you go the fabric route, invest in some spray adhesive and glue it to the cover.
  • Visit a thrift store or Habitat for Humanity. Head over to the hardback cover books {I get mine for $2 each} and start looking underneath the dust jacket covers. Find a color palette or hue that would work in your room and look for books that have similar spine and cover colors. I walked out of our Habitat for Humanity with a stack of light blue and pale pink books for less than $10. Stack them and you have a great addition to any shelf without spending a whole lotta’ money.

What makes you smile? Find an item you love and go on a hunt for more. I stumbled across these two phones at thrift stores and couldn’t get over how cute they were. The white one was a steal for $10 and the black one had to come along too. They are the perfect accessory and add a little interest. For me, it’s phones and scales. Look around my house and you might find a few of those gems hidden. What about you? What makes your heart skip a beat?

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Yep. It’s that simple. Don’t worry about hanging and putting nail holes in the wall, instead find a few frames {notice my trio on the right?} and rest away. An easy way to showcase art without having to worry about symmetry and makes changing out frames a cinch.

Can I tell you one of my favorite parts of these frames? That cutie on the top left is my Grandma. After she passed in November, I found this picture of her working on a Boeing plane in the Seattle factory during the war years. Each day I’m reminded of this special lady who was quite the fashionista, even during the war years. Oh, g-ma. I heart you.


 Are you sold? Did you learn a few new styling tricks? I hope so. Try a few of them out at home and let me know how it goes. This post is a special shout out to my girl Mrs. Barcello who thought I should do this post about five years ago. Here you go, this one’s for you AB. xo

Coming up next week… how to achieve the restoration hardware look on your own shelves for a just under $20.

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bedroom shelves. my own ikea hack.

Our bedroom is huge. Why do they do that? It totally annoys me. For a personality like me, it means that I have to spend more money buying furniture to make it look ‘done’. Well, after almost three years it is finally done. Deep breath. Then a smile.

I need a statement piece, but this girl is on a budget, so I found something at Ikea and made it a little more me. The whole project cost me under $200, including all the paint. I love when things just work.  Here’s the {before}.

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I started with {two} black bookshelves from the Vittsjo series. Each shelf cost $79 and I was out of that place for just about $160. But, the best part was that my shelves took up six feet of wall space in our room. What could be better?

DSC_0009 After a little bit of styling, some thrifting for books at a Thrift store and visiting ‘my store’ for some unused items, I now look and smile. What started with something that wasn’t really me has turned into a piece that I am smitten with.

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A few coats of paint and some stylish pieces make any bookcase better. Are you looking to fill up a large space in your house, too? Maybe these will be the perfect addition for your space. A little sweat and then a lotta’ smiles.

Coming up… simple tips for styling shelves on a budget and how to achieve the restoration hardware look on your own shelves.

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diy headboard and reading lamp. perfect for the boy.

My boy is getting big. Time for a big boy bedroom. Earlier this week, I shared our inspiration. You can read more about it here. My little man and I worked hard to get this {summer} project done and he was seriously the cutest little helper eva’. Oh, and the new piece is pretty gosh darn amazing too.

Just a few simple materials will get the job done. A little something I like to call… easy, peasy.

{materials.}
fence boards {total of 6}
Pine 1×4 ripped down to 2″ wide {total of 1}
white paint
red paint
stain {i used special walnut}
paintbrushes
ruler or 2×6 to measure straight lines
first aid stencil template
sconce {optional}

bed materials


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{wish i would have… used painters tape to tape the outside and then filled it in. would have made life a whole lot easier and a little less stressful while grayson was painting away. whelp, now i know.}

Seriously adorable, right? I love it. He loves it. I love it. What could be better? Oh, I know. The entire project cost me a whopping $38. You heard it… THIRTY-EIGHT DOLLARS. Fortunately, I have a lot of goodies hanging around the house and extra paint for days, so I only had to purchase the wood {$15} and the sconce {$20} plus a little tax. Sigh. Clap. Smile.

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Maybe a new piece of art or a reading lamp for your room too? Who knows, maybe these will end up all over my house because I love them so much.

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bedroom for boy. new version. the inspiration.

Holy cannoli. My first born. My baby. My lil’ G is… OLD. When did that happen? He is seriously growing up before my eyes. Can you hear the tears rolling down my cheek? He officially started 2nd grade and this mama is having a few {okay, maybe more than a few} issues with that. So sad.

Well, this summer it was our goal to transform his room a bit. The little Lulu got his old bed and he got a chance to upgrade to a bigger bed and a more {mature} twist on his room. Gulp.

The room reveal will come later. For now, the inspiration that started it all. Mr. Grayson was all over helping, giving ideas and being a part of the whole process, which required some serious mommy patience. Painting with a 7 year old? Need I say more?

Step 1. New bed.
The man of the house built him a new platform bed which we stained. More the come later.
Bed? Check.

Step 2. Light issues.
G is totally into reading right now. Oh how that makes my heart smile. So, we needed a way for him to read, but also some type of headboard to offset the low platform bed. After some brainstorming we came up with an idea… a framed out piece of art that would hold a plug-in sconce.

Aha, inspiration. G and I got to work brainstorming some different options and came up with our top seven. Stop it. Too cute.

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| 1 schoolhouse electric princeton | 2 world market ethan3 ikea ranarp |
| 4 schoolhouse electric radar | 5 restoration hardware industrial era | 6 ikea ranarp |
| 7 barn light electric lovell |

Let’s be real. I have expensive taste and apparently my son inherited it from me. Our first choice? Number 4. I mean, die. It is ADORABLE. That was the one we HAD to have.

But then my voice of reason, otherwise know as the husband, gave us a big fat n-o. Why is it the cutest? Well, because it is a whopping $205 buckaroos. Oh boo. The husband won again. He reminded me that our 7 year old will not appreciate a $200 sconce. Well, I guess I will just have to find another place for it where I can appreciate it.

So, we settled on Grayson’s second choice and most inexpensive. Holla.

Just a little sneak peek…

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{ikea ranarp plug-in sconce.}

Seriously in love with this one-of-a kind art piece. When I walk by Grayson’s room my smile gets a little wider. Later this week, find out how to make one of your own. Get excited.

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chalkboard wall. spring style.

Been awhile, huh? The chalkboard wall is still there, but I have been switching it up a little bit. This year, I am not doing a month-by-month board, instead just kind of rolling with it. For the record, this is hard for me. But, good for me at the same time.

For this month, joy. Just joy.

Our spring chalkboard wall. A place where we shout for JOY. 

The theme for this month? Memorizing a verse that is all about being joyful.


Just look at all the things we have to be JOYFUL for. {die. i heart kid writing.}

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Joyful is all on these kiddos’ minds. Sometimes I wish that I could be as joyful as the little ones. If anything, a daily reminder to be joyful always. 

May your spring be full of something JOY and a chance for you to find a little joy in everyday things.

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{If you missed it, learn how you can make your own {DIY Chalkboard and Magnetic Wall}. Take a quick peek {here} to find out just how easy it is to transform an empty space into something that will make you smile.}

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lamp makeover. less than $3. no commitment necessary.

You may have already heard… I have been {finally} getting around to decorating our dining room. It’s taken about forever. If you missed my big reveal you can find it here.

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It just might be one of my favorite places to now visit in our home. And, I did it on a budget. Doesn’t that make it even better?

Here’s the skinny. Home Goods is my fave place to find lamps. I found some little gems months ago and they have traveled from room to room looking for the perfect home. They have a metallic finish on the shades and are some kind of adorable, but once I put them in my room the linen blended in with the wall color. Oh boo. What is a girl to do?

Easy. A $3 {or less} transformation. All you need is…

{materials}
twine or ribbon
scissors

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Truly, it’s as easy as tie in a knot as a starting point, wrap in a criss cross fashion, and secure the ends. Say what? Yep, that’s it. No real rhyme or reason, except for getting those {X} shapes to be the same size.

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I mean, really, just look at these gorgeous {and unique} lamp shades. The good news is it adds a little something to your standard shade, costs virtually nothing and if you aren’t a fan of commitment {that’s me} you can change them at any time. Perfect, right?

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Are you sold? Are you going to try it? Who knows, you may have found just the thing that was needed with your own lamp shades at home. Give it a try, won’t you?

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dining room. finally done. reveal time.

Empty rooms. That has been our story for awhile. But, after a year and a half I thought it was time to really tackle one of the rooms. None other than the dining room, which is the room EVERYONE sees when they walk in the house.

It was calling my name. It was time. It is amaze-ing. I love it. In fact, it might be my {new} favorite room.

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I live for decorating. I heart it. But, I also am a girl who likes to do it in a cost effective way. Ok, if we are being honest, I am cheap and thrive on some bargain shopping. That’s the truth. With that said, here are a few ways I was able to outfit this dining room on a nickel, maybe a dime.

{trick no. 1}

I absolutely heart Restore the Habitat for Humanity store. You can’t believe how many treasures I find there. Case in point, this table shaped perfectly for the dining room, but a little sore on the eyes. Did I mention it was a laminate top? It looked like it came from an older dive of a diner. A little sanding on the top, crazy amounts of stain {i just couldn’t get that exact color i wanted}, a little elbow grease and voila. Admit it, a much better version, right?

dining table before

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 {trick no. 2}

Stripes. Need I say more?  Truth be told, I thought through a million different versions of this room. Originally, I was going to do wallpaper. But, once I started pricing it out I wasn’t so into it any more. And, the reality is that my other half was not willing to put it up AND THEN take it down if I despised it. If I don’t love something it won’t stay that way, and my commitment issues came into play.

But, paint can always be changed and the stripes were the perfect way to add a little personality. Yes, it was tedious. Yes, I touched up each line with a small paintbrush. Yes, I would do it again. Maybe you should try too. Make an impact, stripe-style.

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 {trick no. 3}

Someone’s trash is another person’s treasure. This beauty was left at one of my other half’s projects. Some serious sanding {poor thing was used and abused} and about 10 cans of spray paint, a little pure white annie sloan chalk paint {to take away the cold/gray white of it} and it was good as new. Don’t you think so?

Seriously so in love. This might be the thing that ties it all together. Well, it truly is the thing that ties it all together because there have been two {maybe even three!} other pieces here already and none made my heart pitter patter like this one. A little gem.

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dining console after

 {trick no. 4}

If you find a deal and you don’t love it, change it. I found this chandler on sale at Lowes for $60. It was silver and outfitted with green and gray beads. Not my color scheme. Not my favorite. But, could definitely be perfect in the room. Three different cans of spray paint {brushed gold, oil rubbed bronze, metallic} and some dark wax made the perfect piece.  Sometimes you just need to think a little outside of the box. Do you love it as much as I do?

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Whenever I walk into a room in my house I feel like I should smile. This dining room now makes me smile. I’m crossing my fingers you found a few ways to make the most of your empty rooms.

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{mercury glass chandelier.}
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5 minutes. too cute christmas card display.

Easy. Cheap. Ridiculously adorable. What could be better? A festive Christmas {diy} display that just might add a little extra sparkle to your holiday decor.

The {5 minute christmas card display} took me less than 5 minutes and I had everything stashed around the house. I know. Stop it.

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{you will need}
scissors
twine or string
staple gun
open frame
clothespins

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{your task}

step 1. pick a starting point. pull tight. staple.

step 2. string twine across frame. pull tight. staple.

step 3. repeat. repeat. repeat. until you love.

step 4. hang your cute christmas cards with some clothespins. smile.

step 5. string through the twine and secure with tape on the backside so the letters don’t slide.

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A simple, inexpensive way to hang your christmas cards. And, a chance to smile at all of those adorable faces of family and friends.

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oh so merry. printable banner.

As promised, a festive Christmas {diy} banner that can add that little sparkle to the twinkly lights and holiday decor. Perhaps your mantel needs a little extra glam or an empty wall has been waiting to become just a little bit prettier.

The {oh so merry} banner reminds us all about the holiday season and a chance to be extra merry.  My own lil’ Pottery Barn knock-off that costs just about $3.00. Are you in?

Ready? Your {oh so merry} printable banner awaits. For less than $5 dollars and five minutes you have a fancy new holiday decoration.

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{you will need}
scissors
TWO pieces of glitter cardstock {12 x 12} paper
pen or pencil
hole punch
twine or string to hang
oh so merry banner template
jute webbing and glue gun {optional}

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{your task}

step 1. print the {oh so merry} template by by clicking here

step 2. cut the letters out of the template. {no need to cut out duplicate letters.}

step 3. FLIP OVER the glitter cardstock and trace letters on the back. Be sure to FLIP the letters so they are BACKWARDS. You will want to be sure your “m” for example is not backwards when you go to hang it on the twine.

step 4. cut out traced letters and hole punch on the provided guides.

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step 5. string through the twine and secure with tape on the backside so the letters don’t slide.

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{optional steps.}

step 6. cut two  5″ pieces of jute webbing.

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step 7. fold in half and cut off a triangular piece.

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step 8. flip over banner and place on backside of twine, leaving a 1/2″ of space.

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step 9. add multiple rows of hot glue. fold. press for several seconds to secure.

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step 10. hang for all to see. happy holidays.

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Get your {free} printable now. Once December rolls around you can find it in my etsy site for a small {totally worth it} fee. A simple, inexpensive way to add a little sparkle to your holiday decor. And, a chance to remind others that this time of year is oh so merry.

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{printable christmas tags}
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