current project - bedroom shelves

Thursday, February 23, 2017

I'm here, I'm here!!  I've completely fallen off the blog wagon for a couple of weeks.  Just had way too much going on.  Weekend sports, Izzy's birthday party, my mom came in for a visit, and tackling a few belated projects.  I get my love of DIY from my mom, so she is always game for projects when she visits.

Changes are a brewing in Izzy's room.  The kid clutter is real.  My mom helped her with a small purge (basically empty gum wrappers and scrap paper), but there is still so much left over that she has an attachment too.  I got sick and tired of seeing knick knacks, shopkins, and emoji toys covering every square inch of the top of her dresser.  This clean dresser top lasted all of one day.  We needed shelving and more storage options.

| DIY inlay mirror . bunny lamp . wall art . baskets - Homegoods |

I took down the book ledges.  While I love having books on display like this, it was no longer practical.  As she got older her books changed from large picture books to smaller chapter books.  Ledges aren't ideal for that.

I fell for this bookshelf from CB2.  Simple, clean modern lines.

And decided to make it myself with the help of my mom :)  Not only did I save a lot of money, but I was able to make the shelves a little taller for storing those taller picture books in baskets below.

I gave the whole thing a few coats of white paint.  I swear by this paint sprayer.  I purchased it when I was painting our office built-ins (I've got to blog about those!) and also used it to spray Sam's Jenny Lind bed.  It's absolutely amazing.  It's only $41 and does what all of those fancy sprayers do.  It's incredibly easy to clean, and look at what the canister is.  Your everyday mason jar!  Have to stop during a project?  Put a mason jar lid on the top and you can save the paint.  Don't want to mess around with refilling the jar during a large project?  Have another filled mason jar on hand and quickly switch it out.  Bam.  Seriously can't say enough wonderful things about it. 

The bookcase is finished and is now up in her room.  I'm still tweeking (it tried autocorrecting that to twerking, ha!) the styling but wanted to give you a little peek at it.

There are more changes to be made in here before I take more photos.  Bedding is getting a switch-a-roo, and all of the polka dot decals are coming down.  I'll keep ya posted!

built-in window seat and shelves

Friday, February 3, 2017

Our playroom just isn't working quite as well as I think it could.  I guess by definition it's doing its job.  It's a room that gets played in.  I see so much more potential though!  I can't get the idea of a built-in window seat and shelves out of my head.

Here's what the playroom currently looks like.  Props to the kids for picking up, but stuff is crammed everywhere.  Here's where I'm picturing the built-in window seat with storage below and shelves along the sides.

We originally had an old couch with a slipcover sitting up against the window wall, which looked so much nicer than this current set up.  But, while the extra seating was nice, the loose slipcover drove me insane and toys were always getting lost behind the back of the couch.  Every day I pulled that thing away in search of a toy.  We ended up donating the couch, and then I built this table so the kids could have a place to put their legos together (instead of taking over our dining room).  I intended on getting some chairs for the table and never got around to it.

This "storage" side of the room is somewhat functional.  I want to donate like every single one of those stuffed animals.  OVER THEM.  My thought is that all of this (minus the breading stuffed animals) could be stored under the new window seat and shelves on the window wall.  I would then place their lego table on this wall.  

Here's what's inspiring me:

| studio mcgee |

I think it could be really great!  And, it will perfectly transition to a more grown up lounge area when they're older.  Can't beat that.

Which is your favorite?

new chandelier and ceiling fan

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

I am so happy to report that my LED light bulbs came in and look awesome!!!  If you missed my post on the new chandelier, I was having serious problems with the yellow/orange Edison style bulbs that came with it.  Wrong color being put out and definitely not enough light.  You can check that post out here.  The new LED's put out a nice, clean, white light and are crazy bright.  I even light the look of the globe bulbs better.  Win, win!!

I can't get a real decent picture with the lights on, but I wanted you to get a feel of the color.  It's just so much better!  These are the LED 4.5 watt (40 watt incandescent equivalent) G25 clear bulbs.

Here's some side by sides for reference if you run into the same issues I had.  The 2700K (warm colored bulb) is the 30 watt incandescent Edison style bulbs that came with the chandelier.  Most Edison style that you find are 2700K.  The 5000K (cool colored bulb) are the 4.5 watt LED's in a globe shaped bulb.  The shape obviously doesn't make a difference with color, just pointing out the difference.  The color is incredibly more clean.  The LED's we purchased are dimmable, so we may put them on a dimmer switch in the future.  But just look at the difference.

When the electrician came out to swap out the light bulbs, he was also able to get up the new ceiling fan in the living room.  I love it!!!  It's updated, sleek, and doesn't have a boob light :D We were ok with going with a ceiling fan that doesn't have a light kit because the can lights in here put out more than enough light.

This sucker pushes out some air too.  I'm a big fan.  Hardy, har, har ;D  And in non-light fixture news, you might have noticed I swapped out pillows for a change.  Really like the feel those two indigo pillows bring in.  

LIVING ROOM SOURCES:  large indigo pillow // indigo lumbar pillow // white mudcloth couch pillow // jute rug // chairs // sofa // lumbar pillow // coffee table (similar here) // metal accordion table // bamboo blinds // white drapes // DIY mudcloth pillows on gray chairs // DIY lacquer tray // 3 round mirrors - Pier 1, sold out (similar here) // DIY sunburst mirror // round marble vase - Homegoods // table lamp - TJ Maxx (similar here)



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