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DIY Fabric “Wallpaper”

When I was designing Ridge’s nursery, I knew I wanted to incorporate some black and white buffalo check. I found some wallpaper that I LOVED, but it was pricey and I wasn’t sure how permanent I wanted it to be. Then I remembered that IKEA sold a really cute, large scale buffalo check fabric. I began researching how to make it stick to my walls and found some great options!

Materials:

Fabric of your choice

Liquid starch

Thumb tacks and painters tape

Paint roller and tray

Small sponge brush

X-acto knife

  1. Measure the area you want to cover and add 6 or so inches to each side to allow for shrinkage. Add more if you plan on pre-washing your fabric. I didn’t pre-wash because i’m a lazy DIY’er.
  2. Steam or iron your fabric to get all the wrinkles out. I also didn’t do this at first and ended up having to steam part of it while the other part was stuck on the wall. FUN times haha!
  3. I started by using thumbtacks and tape to secure my fabric to the top of the wall
  4. Starting at the top corner I rolled some liquid starch on the wall then smoothed my fabric on top of it. Work in small areas because the starch dries fast!
  5. Then roll the liquid starch on top of the fabric. You want to make sure it is completely saturated.
  6. Continue doing this along the whole wall working in 1-2 foot increments. Be careful not to pull the fabric too taught. I used a small sponge brush along the edges to make sure they were very saturated and I used pins every foot or so to really secure it while it dried.
  7. Allow to dry completely. At this point I taped all the excess back to the wall. It will look splotchy until it dries. 
  8. Use an x-acto knife to trim off the excess

My awesome mom  was kind enough to help me with this project. She always seems to get roped into my nesting projects, sorry mom! She is seriously the best though. I think this could be done by yourself, but an extra set of hands is very helpful if you have them!

I haven’t tried removing my fabric yet, but from what I’ve read it comes off easily with just water! I love how it turned out and love that its something i can easily change if i want to!

This is a fairly easy project that can give you the look of wallpaper without the removal hassle. My favorite bonus is it can be done on a very tight budget if you can find fabric you love inexpensively!

(Side note: I thought about editing out the lovely bite marks on my crib but decided not to because that’s life. My THREE amazing, sweet, precious boys have slept in this  crib and the imperfections each of them has added over time reminds me of how fast time flies by and how important is it to cherish each day. Life is messy, dirty and imperfect just like my furniture, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!! Sentimental rant over…) 

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)

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!

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 🙂

DIY Christmas Evergreen Garland

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We are SO excited to share our DIY evergreen garland with you today! We LOVE fresh garland, who doesn’t? But we both needed A LOT of it for our christmas decor this year, and knew we could figure out a way to make it for less than the tree lots charged. So we stopped by our local Lowe’s and picked up a box of their tree lot scraps, looked up a couple tutorials and got to work!

Supplies:

-Tree scraps, cut into 6″ sprigs. (You can add in juniper if you have some, on Rylen’s we added in some branches with green leaves from her front yard)

-Heavy 28 rafia wrapped green floral wire (Michael’s)

-Thin 8 gauge you want it to be thin enough to coil easily, but strong enough to not break (Michael’s)

-Wire cutters & Pruners

-Gloves (optional…but we totally got a couple blisters not using them)

Here is a great tutorial that we read before we began. DIY live garland DIY live garland DIY live garland

We realized after making Rylen’s (she was the guinea pig) that smaller bunches worked out a little better because these end up ginorm if you don’t. On Jenna’s the bunches we used were much smaller and it ended up sitting a little better once hung.

It went pretty fast once we got it down. Each took a couple hours, but Rylen’s was about 12 feet, and Jenna’s 14 feet long. The best part is with coupons we  only spent about $5 in supplies for both.

This is Jenna’s Garland made with thinner 6″ bunches.
DIY live garlandCHRISTMAS - 15 And Rylen’s made with larger 12″ bunches.Christmas home 3 DIY live garland

We are thrilled with how they turned out! It’s always fun to DIY things you’ve never tried before.