Saturday, March 31, 2012

Or So She Says – Guest Post

Hello readers! I was lucky enough to be a guest post this weekend on the blog Or So She Says!  They are so informative and full of fun projects and ideas.  Be sure to check out my guest post here and browse around while you’re there!
I am back from a weekend trip to an antique festival and had such fun!  Now I’m inspired to create some fun things.  Stay tuned…

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Easter Bird Nest

Just wanted to share with you this little’s bird nest I put together today…
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More to come!  Stay tuned…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Laundry Room Before & After - Reveal

Today I wanted to share with you some before and after photos of my recently updated laundry room!
It started something like this...
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and now it looks like this!
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Here’s a before photo of the other side:
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And after:

I could NOT be happier! (And I couldn’t have done it without the help of my dad, who listens to me explain my ideas, and then, with much talent and skill, makes it a reality. Thank you, dad!)

Here’s the scoop on everything we did…
The first thing I wanted to do was paint the room.  Decisions, decisions. I knew I wanted a beadboard wall, so I leaned the board against the wall with paint samples around it to see what I wanted.  We sampled SW Believable Buff, SW Kilem Beige, MS Spun Sugar, MS Forest Lichen, Valspar Frappe, MS Toasted Marshmallow and a few others.

The winner? Martha Stewart’s Toasted Marshmallow (color matched using Behr paint). It’s the one to the right of the blue swatch.

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Here’s the biggest wall in the room, freshly painted.  LOVE this color. (And, the following photo a pretty good representation of the new paint color. Toasted marshmallow is a gorgeous neutral khaki color. The wall color used to be the same as the ceiling, so you can see the difference best in this photo, too.)

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We added beadboard, molding, hooks and new artwork to finish off this wall. 
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I found the wall art at Hobby Lobby.

The other side of the room got a major overhaul with new cabinets. (Custom cabinets with beadboard fronts that my dad made!)
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Here they are completed.  I went with dark hardware and hinges  to match the hooks on the other side of the room.

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(p.s. I LOVE the new small shelf over the washer/dryer which keeps everyday items off the tops off of them!) 

A few other small details to finish off the space like my new recyclable trash bag keeper that I made:
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I used to keep my recyclable sacks in a plastic sack (where else?) here in this Target sack:


 
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Now my new bag keeper hangs on the wall and out of the way, but easily accessible, as we seem to grab these a lot:

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We also swapped out the builder grade light fixture for this fancy schmancy one I found at Lowes:


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And recently I found two rugs at Home Goods to complete the room.  IMG_7958 

I spend a LOT of time in this room, and I couldn’t be happier with the results! 

A few more before and after photos:
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Let me know what you think! 

And thanks for visiting!

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Framed Chalkboards - Sale

Thanks to all of you who  have asked for larger quantities of the framed chalkboards!

Just want to let you know a set of 10 is now available on my Etsy …

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Find them here.
Mention *March Madness* when you purchase and get 10% off.  
(Discount available for set of 10 only. Sale ends 3.31.12).


Thanks for visiting!