New Home Tour – Part 2

In part 2 of our home tour, we’re moving on up to the second floor.

First up, Andrew’s bedroom. This was the first room in the house we painted so we could get everything set up for him.
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Across the hall is another bedroom. This is currently a guest room. Excuse the frog tape container on the floor 🙂

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As we go down the hall, we’ll come up to the bathroom.

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Next, is the 3rd bedroom. We are currently using this bedroom while we wait on getting some work done on the master bedroom.

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Through the door to the right, we move into the master bedroom/bathroom area.

Below is the master bathroom.

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Lastly, here is the master bedroom/office. We have plans to put hardwood in here so we have already pulled up the carpet.

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Stay tuned for some exciting transformations 🙂

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Dr. Seuss 1 Year Old Birthday

Recently, my son turned one and I can’t even tell you how fast that first year went by. If you have kids, I’m sure you can relate. Even if you don’t, it seems time goes by faster as you get older. Anyways, we had a small family birthday party for him. We kept it relatively simple with easy crock pot foods like pulled pork and salads and I wasn’t even going to do much decorating or have a theme. Well, the designer in me ended up having way too much fun with it. Originally, I was going to go with a nautical theme to go with his nursery because he’s a little young to pick his own theme. But, the Monday before his birthday (which fell on a Saturday), I was reading to him Dr. Seuss’s ABC’s and it clicked then and there. He loves when I read him that book and also Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?. He always has a big smile and bobs his head with excitement as I’m reading it while he turns the pages to look at the fun illustrations. That was it! A Dr. Seuss birthday was going to be the theme.

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I wanted to make it colorful to go with the colors in his two favorite books rather than just doing the traditional red, white and blue.

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I made most of the decorations including this banner.

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These tissue fans were one of the few items that I didn’t make and you can find these at Michael’s. These are so cool because they fold back up so you can save them for future parties.

I made the One Fish, Two Fish sign, the Mr. Brown cutout and the pinwheel using a fellow blogger’s tutorial 🙂

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Again, I made most everything here but did not write the poem — Pinterest find! — designed it though.

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area with birthday sign and happy birthday to you book

Probably the most fun I had was making the tissue paper pom poms! I went to several stores trying to find these to purchase and finally came home from Michaels with a Martha Stewart Tissue Pom Kit only to find out it’s just a bunch of regular tissue paper that you can buy anywhere. Back to the store those went! I bought a giant package of tissue paper at HomeGoods and used this tutorial to make my own.

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dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area

I included the last page of Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? on a sign because I would read this to him when he was first born and this was his favorite part. I think, mostly because the way I would read it to him in a silly, fun kind of way.

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Here’s the birthday boy in anticipation of his cake!

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Not really sure what to do with it…

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that seems about right! 🙂

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DIY Wood Box

Okay, so I’m certainly not the first blogger to make one of these but I loved the idea and wanted to try making one of my very own. I’ve pinned a tutorial on my DIY Pinterest board on how to make one, but the one I went off of is over at The Idea Room. I built mine slightly different but used the same measurements. The employees at Home Depot are great about cutting everything for you too! 🙂

Supplies:

Two 5.5 inch, 1 x 4 poplar wood boards (ends)

Two 31.5 inch, 1 x 4 poplar wood boards (sides)

One 30 inch, 1 x 6 pine wood board (bottom)

**Here’s a little fun fact. Did you know a 1 x 4 board is actually 1 x 3.5? Same with 1 x 6; it’s really 1 x 5.5. Yup! It’s kinda like ice cream and how it’s no longer a half gallon. Sigh! Booo, inflation :/

Black screws

Drill and drill bits

Stain (such as Minwax)

Polyurethane

Directions:

1. Lay out the boards so they make your box and line it up to prepare for drilling.

2. Using a similar, but slightly narrower drill bit than your screw, drill holes where you want to place your screws to secure the box. This will help prevent the wood from splitting when you go to put in your screws.

3. Insert the screws where you drilled holes, driving each of them in with the drill. You can also use a screwdriver, but this might be difficult depending on the size of your drill holes. Make sure you don’t use too much force and go slowly or you might split the wood. (I had my husband help me with step 2 & 3 with the drill.)

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4. Once your box is put together, sand it a bit to smooth any rough edges.

5. Apply your stain. I used Minwax Dark Walnut.

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6. Go over the stain with Polyurethane.

Your box is finished and you can fill it with whatever you like for each season!

For Christmas, I filled it with greenery, a few sparkly stems from Michaels, and mercury glass ornaments.

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Currently, I have dried boxwood clippings leftover from Christmas, pinecones, and a few white vintage ornaments I keep out year-round. I’m looking forward to brainstorming for the next season or whenever I feel like it needs a change. 🙂

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DIY Easy Christmas Card Display

I always love receiving Christmas cards from friends and family this time of year. However, I never felt like I had a good, large enough spot on our walls to display them. I started thinking about how I often see them nicely clipped onto twine horizontally which I don’t have room for so I though why not just hang it vertically?

All you need is a long piece of twine, a tack/nail, and some mini clothes pins that you can find at any craft store (I got mine at Michaels).

First, I tied a loop at one end and hung it on the tack that I put into the wall. Then, hung the cards with the clothes pins. Finally, you can add anything to the top to jazz it up. I added a boxwood stem with a red bow.

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There you have it. One of the fastest and easiest ways to display all those Christmas cards. 🙂

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Kate Spade Inspired Gold Wreath

I don’t know about you but I’ve been loving this black & white stripes trend. I’ve seen them a lot lately in fashion, office supplies, Christmas cards, etc. My inspiration for this project was this Kate Spade planner which has the stripes and gold accent text.

I found this wreath at a local thrift store and it was already gold but I thought you could easily get the same look by picking up one of those little twig wreaths from Michaels or another craft store and spray painting it gold.

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Then, all you need is black and white striped ribbon (I found mine at Michaels) and a pair of sharp scissors.

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Tie a bow around the wreath…

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hang it and you’re done! Easy peasy right? 🙂

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DIY Window Wall Hook

In a previous post, I told you about a window that I purchased from a local antique store. It was the perfect size for a specific area on our wall. Well, I finally finished it and have it hung.

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Here’s how I made it:

First, I removed the old hardware and cleaned it up.

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Then, I touched it up with white paint. I used Benjamin Moore’s White Heron because that’s what I had on hand and it actually matched well so I was happy. I though about distressing it but the wood underneath is too new looking so I didn’t think it would look right. I can always add an antiquing glaze later if I change my mind to get the same look.

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Next, I got the hubby to help me put the hooks on the back for hanging. We used a D-ring hanger that we picked up from Home Depot.

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Then, he help me measure the hooks in order to place them evenly apart and drilled them into the window. I bought these hooks from Target in oil rubbed bronze.

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And then it was hung!
I went back and forth on whether I should make it into a chalkboard too but I wimped out.

Next, I got the hubs to help me measure the hooks in order to place them evenly apart and drilled them into the window.

Wicker Chair Makeover

I had been looking for a wicker chair that wasn’t too expensive for some time when I finally came upon this one while driving.

It had missing wicker in a few small spots and the red color didn’t quite fit in with my decor but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t take on.

Here’s the original wicker chair. Not terrible but certainly not great either.

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See the missing wicker?

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It took some brainstorming to figure out what I could use to replace the missing wicker pieces. My first thought was skewers but those are usually too thick. Then, I thought of those little sticks that you get beef teriyaki on from a Chinese restaurant but they would either need to be really cleaned or I’d have to find a place to buy them before any beef touched them. Finally, I found some oil reeds from one of those little scented oil jars from the dollar store and I thought these look like the perfect size!

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What do you know? They were exactly the right size and are very flexible for weaving through the wicker so I just weaved ’em through and hot glued them in place.

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Next, I wanted to paint the chair to get away from the red. I used Wal-Mart’s cheap 97 cent cans of spray paint as a primer so I wouldn’t have to use all the good stuff for just the base coat. Then, I went over it with Rust-Oleum American Accents 2X Ultra Cover in Canyon Black for the final coat.

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Here it is! It’s a little shiny-er than I would’ve liked because I accidentally used Gloss instead of Satin for the final coat but it’ll do for now.

Eventually, I’d like to get a cushion for the bottom but I’ll have to keep my eye out at HomeGoods come Spring when they’re in season.
Have you ever used something like oil reeds for a project?

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