Monday, March 30, 2015

Bedroom Restyle Part 2

Do you a remember a long, long time ago when I posted about our Bedroom Restyle Part One? Well, its about two years later, but after a lot of work, we finally have Part Two and Part Three ready!!!

One reason for the long delay was that after a lot of talk (ok, maybe more like me saying "Hey, it'd be cool if we knocked down that wall."), we decided to completely remodel our bathroom/closet area.  With a husband working 70 hours a week, and me--who has no experience framing or sheet rocking-- the process took a lot longer than we had anticipated.

The theme I wanted to go with for this room was Farmhouse Glam.  I wanted some rustic elements such as planking and a barn door mixed with higher end looks like chandeliers and crystal lamps.  I even ventured out of my "decor comfort zone" and incorporated gold into the color scheme (much to my hubby's chagrin) and I love it!

So with out further ado, here it is!  Warning:  there are lots of pictures.  And some great Before/After shots because I love a good Before/After...it really helps you to see the progress.

As I mentioned in  Part One of the series, our Master Bedroom was the eyesore of the house.  Seriously.  Look at that...ugh!


And now when I walk in...I just smile! I love it so, so much!


You may notice that my dresser is where my Office Nook once was.  It made more sense to move our office nook into the Birch Family School Room.  Now my room is really my own, with no dedicated office or workout space, ha!


 The old window frame was a fabulous find from the Vintage Whites Market in Salt Lake City a few weeks ago. If you haven't been to a Vintage Whites Market, you need to go!! There were so many fabulous items there and it was hard to walk away after I spent my budget.  I may already be saving for next year's market...

Gold candlesticks-thrift store find | cake plate- Rod Works | Paint Color is "Notre Dame" by Valspar |  Idaho Falls Glass Temple-cake topper from my wedding | dresser-IKEA 

The "Together" wood cutout is also from the Vintage Whites Market and I got it from Adorn It's booth. I actually bought it thinking I would hang the frame around it, but when I got it all home, I found out that the "Together" slid perfectly into the slot where the glass used to be, so it is suspended in the frame.


I love the chippiness of this frame...the perfect color combo.


Picture frame and floral arrangement - Home Goods |  "Mom I love you so much" by my sweet little Jonas, who is always giving me love notes!

Its definitely my favorite corner in the room!


The bed is usually the main focus of the Bedroom, and ours was more than lack luster.  While I'd loved the sleigh bed when we were first married 10 years ago, it had long since been outdated.


So I sold the bed and used the money to purchase a new headboard...


It was a lucky find at the RC Willey outlet.  In fact, when I first looked through the headboards, this one had a "SOLD" sign on it.  I was instantly in love with it and asked a sales clerk if they'd be getting any more in.  He told me that since it was in clearance probably not.  I was heartbroken.  Then he looked it up on his computer and told me that the people who had originally purchased it, had failed to pick it up and that I could have it!!

Planking Tutorial-House of Smiths | Gray beaded pillow-Home Goods | Sweater Pillow-IKEA | Floral Pillow-Custom Fabric order from The Black Goose Design | Comforter-Target


The Ivory color is perfect and I love, love, love the tufting!

Of course it was time for "grown-up" nightstands and lamps!


Nightstands-Target | Lamps- Gordman's | Picture Frame-Rod Works | Clock- inherited from my Grandma


This clock is one of my most treasured possessions.  It belonged to my Grandma, and I can still remember sitting in her living room as a little girl, and being enthralled with the moving pendents on the bottom.  It was a great honor to inherit it when she passed on.

His side of the bed.


I also got rid of the lovely purple sash and added these beautiful embroidered curtains.


Curtains-Target | Curtain Rod- IKEA

Above the bed we updated the builder grade "boob light" ( Ha! I know I'm not the only one who calls them that!) to this chandelier from Home Depot. It adds the perfect touch of glam and class to the room.  Its also a great focal point.


My elliptical is now gone and living in my basement.  While it was super handy to just roll out of bed and workout, I think I like how the wall looks now better!


This wall is still pretty barren as we are planning to have baby girl room in with us for the first 4-6 months.



Right now my Halo Bassinest is there, right below my Sunburst mirror from Lowe's. Yes, Lowe's!



 I've saved the best for last! So, I talked about knocking down a wall.  Well, here is what the room looked like before, with separate doors for my closet and bathroom.


And here it is (again!) with just one new door centered in the middle!


Big props go to my husband for knocking down the walls, reframing the new door, rewiring the lights, sheet rocking, taping and texturing the wall, and building (yes he did!) the new door. I'm so excited about this door and everyone who has seen it can't believe that he built it.  I'll be sharing the tutorial with you later, but I'll tell you that this door has NO joints or seams on the front!


I love the functionality of this door! It still closes off our bathroom/closet, but it also adds a great architectural feature to the room.


Barn door hanging kit-Home Depot | Door handle-Lowe's | Door-custom built 

Whew! Well that's about it for now!  I'm so thrilled to have our own little sanctuary...which is what a Master Bedroom should be.  After it was all put together, my husband and I just sat in there, not wanting to leave.

I hope you enjoyed the Restyle, and I'll be back next week with a tour of the bathroom/closet area!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Seeing Pink


Things are about to get a little more girly around our house...


and a little more pink!


We are finally going to be adding a sweet baby girl to our brood of boys and we are all so excited. I kind of think my boys don't really know what's coming.  One of my sons said to me "So are we going to have Barbies in our house? Weird!" Ha! And you'll probably be talked into playing dolls and dress up with her too!

 I have so so many projects I've been saving up "just in case" we did get our little girl one day.  The one I'm most excited about is restoring an old miniature cupboard I had when I was a little girl. I bought some coral colored paint about a year ago and purchased some crystal knobs for it, and now I finally get to tear into it! I'm also excited to jump into the world of headbands, bows, and dresses and can't wait to show you guys some items I'll be making for her.

I've also been stashing some of my favorite coral colored fabrics and can't wait to use them on a Mini Swoon.  I'm hoping these mini quilt blocks go together quickly because its probably going to take a lot of them to make a lap sized quilt.  Its been much too long since I made a quilt and I am excited to have a reason to pull everything out again.

I also have a bunch of projects winding down around here and have spent the afternoon editing pictures... so hopefully I'll have a few new tutorials up on here next week.  Also, our Bedroom Restyle is FINALLY almost done (I'm just waiting on a new sink and granite counter top to arrive....hurry up!) and I'll be sharing some pictures of some upgrades we've done...like that plank wall in the above picture... and a source list of products we used.  There'll be some good before and after shots too, because who doesn't like a good Before/After comparison?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Rosette Valentine's Heart

Ooh, I just love Valentine's Day! Its the one time of year that I get to decorate in pink! As I have become a parent to all those sweet little boys, Valentines Day has become more fun for me as I plan out little ways to show them how much I love them. Plus, decorating the house in bright colors and focusing on love helps me get over those post-holiday blahs. That's why this rosette heart was so much fun to make.


This project is so versatile and there are so so many ways that you could vary it! I scaled my heart to make it a focal point but you could easily scale this down to a much smaller heart.  Or put those rosettes on a white washed pallet...so many possibilities!


I just love how this heart adds the perfect amount of pink to the room without being overwhelming. Are your ready to make your own rosette Valentine's heart?


For this project you will need:

  • assortment of fabric scraps
  • hand needle and thread
  • glue gun and sticks
  • paint and painters tape
  • 24 inch by 24 inch board (or really any size or shape your want!)
  • optional: upholstery staple gun, if you want to add a ribbon to hang it from 



I started out by cutting my fabric down to 2 inch strips.  The lengths of the fabric varied depending on the size of the scrap...this will make some rosettes smaller or larger and add variety. 


I just kept cutting until I had a nice little pile of strips. The amount of strips you need will vary depending on how big you want your heart.


After my strips were cut, I started making rosettes.  This is the most time consuming part of the whole project.  These were perfect to work on while I had some free time to sit down or while I was watching a TV show! To make the rosettes, you start by twisting your fabric.


Then roll the fabric into a flower shape, taking your needle and thread and securing each layer with a stitch. When you reach the end of your fabric, tuck the end in and sew it down.


Before long you should have a bunch of pretty little rosies!


Now its time to get your board ready.  I sprayed mine with several layers of gray paint.

Then after it dried, I taped off a 1 inch border and painted it white.  



Now its time to add those rosettes! In the middle of my board, I arranged the rosettes into a heart shape. If you are nervous about getting your heart shape just right, you could print off a large heart template to help you.  I personally liked free handing it so it didn't feel too cookie cutter.


Then I secured them to the board using hot glue.


Make sure your rosettes are snug next to each other.  Mine even overlapped a little bit as I wanted to make sure that the heart looked full and had plenty of texture.


After you have your heart exactly how you want it, its time to pop that board up on your mantle or favorite shelf.  If you don't have a place to set it, you could easily use some of your scrap fabric to make a ribbon to hang it from.


I love the simplicity of the heart and the depth of the texture!


It adds the perfect pop of pink to my living room.  



I hope you enjoy making your rosette Valentine's heart!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Simple Christmas Pillows

Just in case you missed it, last week I made these simple Christmas pillows for Make It and Love It.


These pillows will take you no time at all to whip up and will definitely add some Christmas cheer to your favorite couch, chair, or bed.


In fact, I'll bet you could get both of these pillows done while watching your favorite Christmas movie!


So head on over and check out the tutorial HERE.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Birch Family School Room Part 1

Welcome to the Birch Family School Room!


This little room has been a labor of love as I've strived to make it a place of peace, learning, and function. It's been a challenge to use every square inch of this space wisely so as to have a functional room that is free of clutter.  For our school room I decided to go with a vintage/farmhouse look and I'm kind of excited at how it turned out.


 Every morning we start the day with the Pledge of Allegiance.  I love this little IKEA guy and he sits on the most adorable 109 year old American School Dictionary that I snagged at a thrift store.

I tried to divide the room up into two different learning spaces: one for my school aged boys and one for my preschooler and toddler.  In the far corner of the room is a little table that my 2 year old and 4 year old work at.  They each have bins that I put different activities in (such as puzzles, books, coloring pages, alphabet workbooks, and crafts) and they bring their bins to their table to work on. I have been amazed at how well they will sit in the corner and work away!


It may have something to do with these adorable vintage school chairs! They love to sit in chairs that are just their size.  These were also purchased from a thrift store with the intent of being fixed up, but I just don't have the heart to repaint them.  I think they have so much character and charm just as they are!


Next up is my orchard crate bookshelf.  I found these crates on an online Yard Sale Facebook page for $8 each and knew I had to have them. Hubby nailed them all together then screwed them to the wall.  They work perfect to store our books.


And the top is a fabulous place to keep some of our other school supplies such as our globe, dictionary, Judy clock, United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence.


 We have another book storage area made from IKEA spice racks.  These hold mainly the board books.


This area also doubles as my teaching area as it is where the white board is located.


Each week we memorize a new scripture verse and this area worked great to hang our Scripture chalkboard. (This scripture is from The Pearl of Great Price in Latter-Day Saint scripture.)


See that dent in the wall up there? That's from little boys running into the room and swinging the door open...and it is why our class garbage can recently moved to this area. Hopefully the hole won't be growing any bigger because the garbage can makes a great doorstop.


Next up is the "big boy" learning area.


We made two of my Farmhouse Modern desks and set them up face to face. The reason for this was so that the boys wouldn't be facing the wall all day and when the desks are pushed together it allows for a nice big work space. The desks are plenty big so the boys can't touch (and kick, ha!) each other. Here is another view of the desk. 


I'm really in love with the legs on this desk.  The tutorial can be found over on MakeIt and Love It.

I knew I wanted to pair a modern looking chair with these desks and I found these cute chair tops at IKEA.  The only problem was (1) that the bottom was a swivel chair and (2) they were sold out of the bottoms anyway.  Having full confidence in my husband's ability to make anything work (seriously, the man has some mad visual spacial problem solving skills!), I bought a different chair bottom that I thought would work. He may have been slightly frustrated at my purchase, but just as I had full confidence that he would...he figured out how to make it work with an extra piece of wood and some long carriage bolts.


On top of the desk sits our Kleenexes (a classroom necessity!) and our school pet, Rivers, the fiddler crab.


On the wall is our classroom clock and it has come in quite handy in teaching my 1st Grader how to tell time.


 The wall is also full of inspirational quotes and our chalkboard.


This chalkboard was made from a thrifted frame and a piece of masonite...and MANY coats of black chalkboard spray paint.  This chalkboard is multifunctional and sometimes it has an inspiring message and other times it has our goals or schedule for the week.


Behind the boys' desks is the bead board wall. At the top of the wall is a wire where we hang all our fun school projects.


The shelf sure has come in handy for storing our school supplies.  I like having them up out of the way, yet the boys are still able to see what's in the jars.


 Also on the shelf are our carved books spelling out JOY.  Its an acronym we use to remind the boys to put others first (Jesus first, Others second, You last).


I hope you enjoyed Part One of the Homeschool Room tour! I know, after all of this what else could there possibly be to show you? Well, I have a whole closet full of workboxes and curriculum that are in the process of being organized, and when that's done I'll be back to show you!