Industrial Pipe Curtain Rods

This is by far one of my very favorite details of my home, but yet its a view that I hardly ever share. I get tons of compliments from visitors, and questions about it from followers so here are all the details I can think of sharing with you. It’s really so simple, which is probably why I never thought to blog about it. We completed this project well over a year ago, and I don’t think I’ve ever shared the details of it. So here I go.

The first big change I made is adding the faux shiplap planked wall. So easy and I love it. Then I had to address the window situation, which was challenging. In my family room I have a large sliding glass door + a corner of windows in the eat in kitchen. I wanted a seamless look for the entire space, but finding curtain rods that would fit what I needed was 1. Near impossible 2. Extremely expensive.

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One day perusing Home Depot I found myself in the industrial pipe aisle, and decided to go for it. When I spoke to the trusty Home Depot man he suggested that I use electical conduit pipe because it was less expensive and lighter weight. So he threaded the ends of the large pipes to match the fittings I needed to attach them to the wall and I was off.

I connected 2 large 12′ pipes along the main wall with an L bracket on each end, and a T bracket in the middle. On the adjacent wall I just used 1 12′ pipe attached to the wall with L brackets on each side.

I found these Dot Lattice curtains at Target and thought they would be the perfect backdrop for my home through the seasons, knowing we use and change this space A LOT. It’s been about 18 months and I still am happy with the choice, and that’s saying a LOT for someone who likes to change things all the time.

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DIY Slipcover for a Vintage Settee

DSC_0033 (2)My settee is FINALLY finished! YAY!!! I’ve had most of it done for quite a while now but could not bring myself to finish the cushion for some reason! With the baby coming in October, nesting has finally kicked in though so hopefully I will have the drive to finish up all my other half-done projects.DSC_0036 (2)DSC_0020 (2)

Ever since I can remember my Mom has had this cute little living room set. It was in our living room growing up then she moved the settee to her bedroom after she recovered the wing backs that went with it.  She decided to get rid of it so I snagged it, knowing it had the potential to be amazing again. It’s probably as old as I am, so needless to say it was in need of a face-lift. IMG_9109

If you are considering a slipcover project, don’t be intimidated!  You really only need basic sewing skills and there are SO many great tutorials out there. When I first started slip-covering my favorite tutorials were Miss Mustard Seed’s video tutorials found HERE. No kidding they are so awesome and totally make you feel like you can do it! I watched them a few times before I started my project then referred back to them if I had any questions or hiccoughs along the way.

For the base of this settee I used drop cloths. I’ve used drop cloths found at Home Depot or Lowes for many of my slipcovers. They are a pretty inexpensive fabric option, especially when you are learning. It has seemed to hold up pretty well too. Just be sure to wash the drop cloth on hot and dry it before you start so they won’t shrink later. It also helps to use fabric softener and/or dryer sheets to help the stiff fabric to soften up. The beauty of slipcovers is that they don’t HAVE to be perfect. They are supposed to look lived in. This leaves a lot of wiggle room when making one.DSC_0040

For the cushion I did the piping and underside out of drop cloth. I used charcoal ticking stripe from Fabric.com for the top. Lucky for you it is on crazy SALE right now for $4.86 a yard! DSC_0037

I am a very sentimental person so I love having pieces in my home that tell a story or have been a part of my life for a long time. I love the lines of this settee and think it makes the perfect addition to my forever ongoing master bedroom renovation. DSC_0023 (2)

DIY Vintage Chalkboards

DSC_0821 (2) I have been dying to make a green chalkboard for my dining room ever since I saw an adorable one used on an episode of Fixer Upper. My husband found it completely unnecessary to replace the one I already made, but I NEEDED it! I had originally planned to do something a little different until Jenna found two amazing screens! They were only asking $20 for the pair so I had her snag them and figured we would put them to use somewhere! We decided they were the perfect solution to my green chalkboard desire. So here is how we made them:

Materials

-A frame. It can be an old picture frame, window, screen etc…

– Backing for your chalkboard. My favorite material to use for chalkboards is backer board or melamine. You can get it at home depot or Lowes in super thin 4’x8′ sheets. The melamine is white on one side and kind of a brown/ particle board looking on the other. The backer board is brown on both sides. It is so smooth and makes a great chalkboard finish. Plus this stuff is super thin so it’s light which is nice when you are hanging something big like this.

-Chalkboard paint. We got ours at Lowes but home depot has it as well. If you are doing black instead of green I would highly suggest using the kind in the spray can, it is SO easy! We have yet to find green chalkboard paint in a spray can though. Lowes has a ton of greens you can have them tint the paint to. We went with La Fonda Plaza Green.

-Paint brush or roller

-Chalk

-Nail gun/ nails

  1. Clean out your frame if it has a screen or glass in it. I had to cut the screen out but it was super easy.
  2.  You can have the hardware store cut down your backer board to the dimensions you need or use a table saw if you have one.
  3. Make sure the surface of your board is clean and start painting. You can use a paint brush or a roller. I’ve done both. The roller seemed to take more coats but the coats went on quicker. Either way works 🙂DSC_0814
  4. Once your paint is dry, lay the board on top of your frame and nail it into the back. if you don’t have a nail gun, never fear! Your can use a plain old hammer and finishing nails.DSC_0817
  5. Add some saw-tooth hangers to the back, or use a french cleat if its REALLY heavy
  6. Season your chalkboard. You do this by running the chalk on its side up and down vertically then horizontally. After you cover the whole thing you can go back with a soft cloth and rub it in circles to get the excess chalk off or use an eraser.DSC_0829 (2)

Chalkboards are super easy projects that quickly add character and make a fun statement in your home! What do you think? Are you jumping on the GREEN chalkboard train?DSC_0824 (2)

New “big” boy room.

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Yay! We’re back from both of us falling off the face of the earth, aka being newly pregnant and feeling like we’re slowly dying of exhaustion + nausea. We’re popping in to share a new room redo, what is better than that! The best kind of blog posts ever.

After we redid Grace’s room, I was dying to redo my little boy’s room too. I feel like he’s always left out of the fun for whatever reason (second kid problems). I call it a “big” boy room lightly, because he’s well.. only 3. But he has a regular bed now so it qualifies right?  Anyways, I was so thrilled to add another Beddy’s to my collection, you can read my review of their product { here }. It is certainly one of my very favorite new things I have found. We went with the Hot and Coaled beddy’s . It is MUCH more color than I am used to, I am such a neutral girl at heart… but I am learning to add color. I believe kid’s rooms should be fun and full of personality. I had a lot of fun mixing patterns in this room (even though I do get scared at times that maybe it’ll look like a clown hut). But I think it came together pretty well.

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My husband built Hudson a bed for this space, because I just think that is the coolest thing to do and also… he rocks at it.  We found plans on Ana White and I love how simple and rustic it is. I chose to do a two-tone finish on it. The planks are stained special walnut, and the white is Swiss Coffee.

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Another project I did was this dresser. It’s an old Ikea Hemnes dresser that’s been hanging around our house for years moving here and there. I added some fun paper from Chasing Paper for the drawer fronts, and I love how fun it turned out. I told you… like so much pattern going on in here… but hey, why not.

Here are a couple more detail shots for fun, I love the pillowcase and animals from the Pillowfort line at Target. The rug is also from Target.


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We DIY’d pretty much everything in this space, from the bed, to the curtains, to the dresser. That is my favorite way to decorate my own home. What do you think? I think it turned out so fun and perfect for my cute little 3-year old.

The perfect bedding solution + one of our new favorite things.

We are so excited to share this post with you because it is our latest obsession, and favorite part of Grace’s whole room. Jenna’s husband built the most beautiful day bed with plans from Ana White. We loved the bed so much, but it was a huge hassle to make every day. My toddler could no way do it by herself, because it was even difficult for ME. So basically her bed was never made, so really, her room was NEVER clean and tidy like I would have liked it. It bothered me to no end. Enter Beddy’s Zip Up Bedding. I had just about reached my limits one day lifting and tucking in her quilt when I remembered about zip up bedding I had seen once on Shark  Tank a long time ago. I immediately google’d it and was so happy when I saw all the cute styles available. I chose Chic White for Ms. Grace. The ruffles are just so sweet, and it’s lined with minky fabric, which she is over the moon about.

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The best part is the sheets are built in so you just slip on the cover and you’re done. The zipper is really easy to use for her, she loves that she gets to make her bed everyday. Now if I could just teach her how to arrange her pillows just how I like them…. hmm. I’ll  have to work on that.

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I just love this bedding beyond looks, my mom sanity has gone up a few notches… and I need every once of sanity I can muster these days. Have you ever thought of zip up bedding? Now we want it in all our kids spaces! It is so great!

A colorful + sweet little girl’s room.

We are SO excited to share Jenna’s little girl’s room today. She is a funny and sweet little five year old, and we really wanted  her room to reflect that. My goal was to try to create a girly, colorful space that would foster creativity, but also represent her and her little happy life. Today we’re just going to share the pretty pictures, and the detailed posts will be up later [we especially want to GUSH about the bedding that has made such an enormous difference in my mom-sanity!] I fretted over the little details of this room for a LONG time, but I was inspired from Emily from JDC to just call it done, when she did so with her little girl’s room [which was so super cute, btw.] So thats what I did, and here is how it turned out….

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This room has been in the works for a long time, my sweet husband built this bed last spring for her with plans from Ana White. It’s a knock off of a very expensive, like $4,000 day bed. We are absolutely thrilled with how it turned out. The reason this room was stalled for so long is I just couldn’t get the bedding situation right. In the end, after so much silly frustration of difficulty making her bed, and an endlessly messy looking room… I remembered an old episode of Shark Tank I had seen with, a zip up bedding product called Beddy’s. When I looked at their website, I was so please when I found the sweetest little ruffle bedding set and KNEW it would be perfect.

I love the little antique dresser that I refinished last summer with Rifle Paper Co. wrapping sheets in a similar technique I used with BBFrosch chalk paint powder, and mod podge like this hutch. She has been harder on this dresser than the back of the hutch, so the paper is a little worn but I don’t mind.

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I put together a little mini gallery wall of a couple cute things, my favorite is the framed mermaid towel I found at Anthropologie. I just put it in a large Ikea white frame and I think it’s so fun.

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What do you think? Now that I look back, I think it’s so funny all the little things that stalled me for so long with this space. I think it’s perfectly imperfect and that is just fine by me.

New Family Room rug + RugsUSA review

Today I’m popping in to share our newish family room rug which was quite the drastic change from the sessile rug that was seen in my Fall Home Tour last year. I certainly loved the kid friendliness of sessile, and the natural texture was just the stuff dreams are made of… but I wanted to do something more risky with my space. I like neutral a WHOLE lot, I mean… most my house is grey or white… but I think that provides the perfect situation to bring in a punch of fun. So I went for it, and took the risk on this beautiful rug during a great sale, from RugsUSA around Black Friday.  This site has frequent amazing sales, and lots of useful customer reviews on their rugs that are quite helpful when trying to figure out the true color, etc.
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When I first unrolled it I was a little taken aback by how BLUE and BRIGHT it was (I mean, I had sessile before… so… quite the change) But it has sure grown on me! It makes me smile every time I take the time to clean up the mounds of kids toys and can take it in… which I’m trying to do more often BTW. But let’s be honest… it’s hard. Good news is covered in tractors and beanie boo’s it’s still pretty. TCH- rugsUSA  - 3

I am very happy with the great quality of this rug, it has a soft silky feel, and has stood up well to our family of two children, a puppy, and messy adults. I had ordered rugs for design clients from RugsUSA but never for myself, and I am quite pleased with the price points as well as the quality! Rylen has purchased some rugs for her  home from the site too.TCH- rugsUSA  - 4 TCH- rugsUSA  - 5

I love when risks I take around my home end up being so rewarding. This rug is definitely an anchor in our family room space, and has really brought so much liveliness to our home… Isn’t it great how adding a little unexpected item, that may be a little out of your comfort zone can end up being the greatest thing!

New simple floating shelves

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I really wanted to share with you the new Ikea floating shelves we added and I’ve begun to style in our front room today. However, there is a backstory that should be known… because I feel  like everyone who is on the quest to decorate their home can probably relate. This room has been a huge challenge… let me explain… I think you really have to “live” in a space for a good amount of time to really understand how you really need it to function for you before you begin to decorate. We bought our home about 3 years ago and it has had many identity crisis’s since then. I would say that’s mostly because I was in such a huge rush to define all the areas and make it all fluffed and pretty, which is totally what happened with this space.

I probably wasted a whole lot of my energy, not to mention money… because here we are 3 years later with a completely different aesthetic and all our main spaces have all been through multiple changes. For the most part, all we’ve done is change the cosmetics of it multiple a couple times… but still it’s totally different now than what it has been in the past. The big changes I would say started with our grey concrete floors and has just totally spiraled from there.

So this space, is our front room that is meant to be a dining/formal living room is larger than our family room space in the back of our home… so we really need it to function like a main living area… even though the builder may have had other plans. A couple months ago I decided to throw caution to the wind, put a tv console in there, and a sectional and make it a playroom.

Well of course the designer in me still needs it to be pretty because well… hello designer issues.. and it’s the first room people see when they walk into our house. I really wanted it to be a comfortable pretty space to entertain guests, as well as a play room for the kids. SO I’ve been working on just that. The idea of these shelves came from the idea to add another surface to put all my pretty clutter things on because you can never have too many styling opportunities, am I right?  On my most recent trip to Ikea, I grabbed the Ekby floating shelves. They were $20 each, a total steal, and I would guess they’re each 6ish feet long, so large. They were pretty easy to mount, my husband did that… bless his soul. And then I got to emptying all my stashes of pretty things I had tucked away.  The best part is I mostly used what I had, I only purchased a couple things for this area. I love shopping my house, I was playing musical decor all morning. I would still say it has some more final touches to make, but I just love how it looked today so I thought I would share with you the space. So here is how it looks today.
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The only items that were purchased were the pillows that I grabbed at Homegoods, and the wooden carved whale… which I love. They both have put me in a Spring mood, or maybe it’s that it’s been 80 in Arizona this week.

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Obviously I need to fill that huge frame with something, I already have this print ordered I just need to go get it printed at Staples.

I stole the little dresser from my little  boy’s room that may or may not still be full of his clothes because I thought it was the perfect scale to fill between the two sitting chairs. He needs a bigger one anyways, I just need to find the right one to replace it. But hey, quirky things like that are fun… right?

Now every time you see this space in my pictures you’ll know it’s filled with toddler clothes… that makes me laugh. Styled Shelves - 14 Styled Shelves - 10
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I love how this little area came together and it was quick and easy. Don’t you love when that happens?

Chalk Paint + Rifle Paper Co. Wallpaper Hutch Reveal

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Today I wanted to share a favorite project of mine that I completed last year, but hasn’t made it onto this blog. I have done a LOT of furniture  makeovers in my life time, but this one I’m pretty sure tops them all!

Here is what it looked like before. It had great bones, and was a Thomasville made hutch, so it was high quality and in pristine condition… I almost felt guilty that I wanted to change it so badly. But I had high hopes.

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I didn’t want to have to sand or prep the Hutch that much, so I contacted my friends from Lolly Jane, because I knew they carried BBFrosch chalk paint powder (you can order it here). You can find more info here on their blog, but basically it turns any brand any color of paint into chalk paint. Chalk paint is so great because it requires very little prep work, and has a really hard finish. It is a really great option when you’re refinishing furniture. The color I chose was Armitage Grey by Valspar. It is a super pretty grey color, and that was my base coat. I later added White Lime Wax over the top to achieve the unique finish, but we’ll touch on that later.

Here is what it looked like:HutchBefore1

After the grey coat, I mixed some BBFrosch chalk paint powder with Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore for the inside of the hutch.

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After painting the inside, which was probably the hardest part because of all the nooks and crannies I added gift wrap sheets by Rifle Paper Co. (order online here) onto the back of the hutch using matte Mod Podge. It was really simple. The trick is to add a layer of Mod Podge onto the surface you’re applying it to, as well as the back of the paper. Once you apply it, smooth it gently, I used a foam brush from the Craft Store. Once it dries apply another coat over the top of Mod Podge. This is why it’s important to choose the Matte Finish, in order to keep the sheen down.

The final step was to add the white lime wax on the paint, this totally transformed the Grey color to something aged and really unique. You can order lime wax here.Hutch - 31Hutch - 34
Hutch - 2Hutch - 60I have to say, I have used the products mentioned in this post for other things from big products such as my kitchen cabinets as well as smaller furniture makeovers and I just can not say enough good things about them!

 

Ikea Tarva Dresser Hack

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When we started our master bedroom renovation I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted our nightstands to look like. We were down one dresser after selling our old set so I needed our nightstands to function as dressers as well. I had a hard time finding any vintage dressers i liked that were within my budget so I took to searching pinterest. Then I found THESE from Dear Lillie. So I decided to go ahead and try to hack the Ikea Tarva dresser. Here she is in all her glory.

TARVA 3-drawer chest IKEA Made of solid wood, which is a durable and warm natural material.

So it’s nothing special but I liked the idea of having a blank canvas to work with.

Supplies: Ikea Tarva Dresser- Found HERE

White pine trim- This is the slimmest trim available at lowe’s or home depot. Usually comes in about 10ft lenghts

Paint- Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

New hardware- I bought mine at Lowes and Hobby Lobby

Furniture feet and plates- I used THESE plates and THESE feet

Waddell 2.43-in Table Leg Straight Top Plate 4-in Mixed Maple Classic Bun Feet Wood Table Leg

Okay, now to get started…

  1. Follow those awesome Ikea instructions and start building your dresser! By the second dresser I was a pro. The first was not so fun and may have the top on backwards. Oh well….
  2. Do not build it all the way yet. You’ll want to leave off the feet and those little trim pieces on the bottom. (you’ll actually never put these on if you choose to use new feet)
  3. Next trim the drawers. Cut the pine trim to the length of the drawer and then the remaining width. Once all the trim pieces are cut you can nail or glue and clamp the pieces in place. I nailed mine because I am not patient enough for glue. Make sure to fill the holes if you nail them.IMG_8395
  4. Now paint the dresser and legs! I used Benjamin Moore Hale navy. It is quite literally the BEST navy ever. Looks great in every light and doesn’t cast any purple or greys. Come to find out later, it is the same navy Jenna painted her master bedroom!
  5. Turn your dresser upside down and attach the plates.  The base of the dresser isn’t super wide so I was only able to get three screws in each plate but it seems to be plenty sturdy.IMG_9298
  6. Screw the legs in. I painted one set of legs to match the navy dresser. The other set my husband kind of liked the raw wood, so I left it for now. We will see if they stay. What do you think?
  7. I distressed my dressers a little bit.
  8. Now you get to add your hardware!! I wanted kind of a his and hers feel so I went with a little girlier hardware on my dresser.Master Reno 2Master Reno 6Master Reno 4Master Reno 3DSC_0749

When I first started on this project I went into it thinking it was going to be an inexpensive project. Not true. Okay it is probably a little cheaper than a dresser you would buy brand new. It did end up costing me more than I expected though, which is part of why they took me so long to finish. I sort of had a hard time putting so much money into an ikea product. I do really love how they look in the room though.  So my final thought would be this: the quality of the dresser is so-so, you really are paying to have a dresser you can completely customize to your space. For me in this particular space and as a nightstand it works 🙂