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Casey’s Guest Bedroom Reveal

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So we officially kicked off the guest room makeover in March, and now here we are a little over 2 months later…ready for the big guest bedroom REVEAL!

View More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroomI’ve gotta say I am so proud of this room because both the DIY and design choices were way out of my comfort zone. Plus, it looks a heck of a lot different than it did with the previous owners. Augusta-Guest-Room-Before.30 PMAugusta-Guest-Bedroom-Before.27 PM

From the start Bridget & I decided that we were going to try to DIY as much as possible in this space. The only project we hired out was the sconces (installing electrical is way too advanced for us), but we completed all of the other DIY projects without any professional help. Before we got started, I remember telling Finn how anxious and worried I was for this space. I made dozens of lists with project ideas, supplies, and items we needed to buy. I browsed ideas for the wood wall and for the fauxdenza. I felt completely OVERWHELMED. But I slowly but surely tackled each part of the room and now that it’s over, I’m can confidently say that I am so happy I stepped outside of my DIY comfort zone.View More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroom

I also feel like I made some bold design choices (at least bold for me!), and I really do think they paid off. The daaaaark navy walls look amazing and cozy, and not like a dungeon. The brass and gold accessories add glamour to the space. The assortment of art and accessories make it feel upscale, yet inviting. While I love the rest of our home, it was fun to do something a little different in this space.

View More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroomSo let’s recap what went into making this space.

guest-room-diy-ladderOur first big project was the wood wall. Bridget & I set aside an entire weekend to get this baby done, but ended up completing all of the hard work in about 5 hours. It was scary and exciting all at the same time.

dewalt-miter-sawguest-room-wood-wallwood_wall_gifWe had so much fun handling the big power tools and it made us realize that we really do want to tackle more advanced DIY’s by ourselves. After getting all of the wood on the wall, we filled all of the nail holes and caulked the edges.

valspar-paintWith the wood wall up, it was time to paint the room. After narrowing it down to a few navy colors, we ended up going with the color “Dutch Licorice” by Valspar.

wood-wall-guest-room-diy-dutch-licoriceIt’s dark…but oh so pretty. We had a blast painting (my mom even came in to help for a bit), and loved the way the color transformed the small space.

new-ceiling-light-guest-roomView More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroomWith the walls finished, it was time for the next step…LIGHTING! Finn & I removed the old ceiling fixture and replaced it with a more glamorous brass one. This baby lights up the entire space, and it wasn’t too difficult to install. Yes, electrical projects can be scary…but as long as you stay safe, turn the power off, and check that no power is running to your wires, you should be good to at least give it a try!

hudson-valley-gold-wall-sconceI then had the sconces installed and a new light switch put on the wall to turn them on and off.

plywood-saw-horsesWith those up, it was time to tackle the final DIY project for the space, the fauxdenza. After a big trip to Ikea, we had most of our supplies and got to work.

View More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroomView More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroomI did end up having a few fails with this project (like this gold hardware mess), and even had to cut and stain the wood twice. Not fun, but a big learning experience along the way.View More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroom

In the end, the fauxdenza turned out even better than I expected and I love how much storage it adds to the small space.

View More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroomView More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroomView More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroomWith all of the big projects done, it was time for furniture and accessories. A new rug, headboard, and art was all I needed for this bedroom. View More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroomWith the help of Minted, I created a sentimental gallery wall over the large credenza.

View More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroomThen I made a comfy bed with some new pillows and a bright white duvet.

View More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroomAnd after allll of that, this room came to life. But let’s get to my favorite part…THE BEFORE & AFTERS!

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After moving in…guest-room-blank-wall-before

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What I Learned from Our Guest Room Makeover

bridget-casey-diy-guest-room-project1. Don’t be Scared to DIY: I’ll be the first to admit, DIY projects can be scary. But you’re never going to gain more confidence if you don’t give a project a try. How can you get better at something you’ve never done before? Throughout this room makeover, I realized that with a little research, hard work, and courage I can tackle projects that used to really scare me. It also helped to have Bridget by my side for every minute of the wood wall project. Working side by side & figuring out the complicated process together made the entire experience that much more enjoyable (and actually a lot of FUN!). So when in doubt, enlist the help of a friend!

Casey-miter-saw-diy2. If you Fail, Keep Trying: I obviously ran into some problems when it came to the fauxdenza. Man oh man, the expression “measure twice, cut once” is definitely accurate! After I had spent 2 days obsessing over the wood, only to realize that it wasn’t the right width, I was ready to tear my hair out. I also wanted to just go forward with the wood that wasn’t absolutely perfect. Luckily Finn talked me out of it and said if I was going to do it, I should do it the right way. I’m so happy I listened to him.

View More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroom3. Try a New Look: Whites and grays are my jam. But it was time to try something new. I’m so happy I went bolder for this space. Was I scared to paint my walls dark? Heck yes! Am I happy I did something different? Absolutely! It’s just 1 room in our home, so why not go a little crazy? Choosing accessories and colors outside of my comfort zone was a welcome challenge.

bridget-spacer-guest-room-diy4. Schedule Time for Projects: Looking at this room as a whole was really overwhelming for me. I had so many ideas, and wasn’t sure how to execute them all. So I broke down the process (wood wall, painting, lighting, fauxdenza, accessories) and literally scheduled out my weekends to get this space done. Having a set date written on the calendar forced me to get my guest room to-do list crossed off one item at a time. I highly suggest doing this if you’re working on a space.

View More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroomAnd there we have it…. our COMPLETED guest room space from start to finish. Now the real question is… who is coming over to be our guest?! casey_sig

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  1. Gretchen Braun

    Wow..I can’t believe how amazing this looks! I was a little worried the dark walls would make it look closed off and tiny, but with all of the bright accessories and furniture it makes it look more cozy and larger. Great job!

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  2. Diana @ Bumps Along the Way

    You did such a great job on this space! I appreciate the reminder to break up large projects into smaller ones! We are looking at a pretty big master bedroom refresh and right now I’m pretty overwhelmed with all we want to do! But excited! Just need to focus on one part at a time!

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  3. Lisa Martin

    This is such a beautiful space! It will surely offer a peaceful respite for some lucky guest! Thank you for taking us along for the makeover journey!

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  4. Trang

    It looks great Casey. Definitely a room you can be proud of.
    DYI is a lot of work and it often pays off. I’m not feeling that part right now as I’m scraping and pulling up old wood floors in the kitchen, but there must be an end in sight soon!

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  5. Jill Steinwender

    The bedroom turned out great! It was fun watching /reading the whole process! Quick question- where did you store all of the things that were in the room before the transformation? (bicycle, sewing machine, books)

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Jill! Great question. Those pictures are actually from when we bought our condo 9 months ago. They’re the MLS listing photos from the previous owners. So we don’t actually own 2 bikes & a sewing machine. But we do store our 1 bike and similar items in our storage unit. Instead we just had a bed, dresser, and bookcase in this space and we ended up putting a few items on Craigslist that we didn’t love, to make room for new items we do love!

  6. Kjaydee

    I could not be more in love with this room. The navy blue paint? TO DIE FOR, especially with all the grey and white touches. Bravo! So well done. Your guests will be so happy!

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22 thoughts on “Casey’s Guest Bedroom Reveal

  1. Gretchen Braun

    Wow..I can’t believe how amazing this looks! I was a little worried the dark walls would make it look closed off and tiny, but with all of the bright accessories and furniture it makes it look more cozy and larger. Great job!

    Reply
  2. Diana @ Bumps Along the Way

    You did such a great job on this space! I appreciate the reminder to break up large projects into smaller ones! We are looking at a pretty big master bedroom refresh and right now I’m pretty overwhelmed with all we want to do! But excited! Just need to focus on one part at a time!

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  3. Lisa Martin

    This is such a beautiful space! It will surely offer a peaceful respite for some lucky guest! Thank you for taking us along for the makeover journey!

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  4. Trang

    It looks great Casey. Definitely a room you can be proud of.
    DYI is a lot of work and it often pays off. I’m not feeling that part right now as I’m scraping and pulling up old wood floors in the kitchen, but there must be an end in sight soon!

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  5. Jill Steinwender

    The bedroom turned out great! It was fun watching /reading the whole process! Quick question- where did you store all of the things that were in the room before the transformation? (bicycle, sewing machine, books)

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Jill! Great question. Those pictures are actually from when we bought our condo 9 months ago. They’re the MLS listing photos from the previous owners. So we don’t actually own 2 bikes & a sewing machine. But we do store our 1 bike and similar items in our storage unit. Instead we just had a bed, dresser, and bookcase in this space and we ended up putting a few items on Craigslist that we didn’t love, to make room for new items we do love!

  6. Kjaydee

    I could not be more in love with this room. The navy blue paint? TO DIE FOR, especially with all the grey and white touches. Bravo! So well done. Your guests will be so happy!

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Painting the Guest Room Navy

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Dutch Licorice. I’ve never tried the candy before, but I must say it is one heck of a pretty dark color. And it just so happens to be the navy paint color we chose for our guest room!

dutch-licorice-guest-roomLast we chatted about this space, we had the wood wall up (part 1 & part 2) and had chosen our favorite color out of 4 navy paint contenders. Today, let’s discuss how we got the color up and on the walls in this space.

valspar-paintI’ve painted lots of rooms in my 27 (almost 28!) years, and have always found painting to be kinda fun. In fact, in college I was a “maintenance worker” for our town and my friends and I would spend our days painting offices, rec centers, and other buildings in town. I wasn’t the best painter, but I learned a lot over those summer months.

Bridget, on the other hand, had never painted in her entire life! Which does seem kinda crazy, but her father is a professional painter so there’s never been a need for her to ever paint…because he was always willing & able to get the job done perfectly. So I think she was a little nervous/anxious about painting a room in my house. Luckily, she is a natural. She must get the painting gene from her dad.

Back to the painting. Here are the supplies we gathered before starting…

  • 2 gallons Valspar’s Dutch Licorice (Sheen: Eggshell)
  • Paint rollers & covers
  • Paint tray & tray inserts
  • Drop cloths
  • Ladder
  • Paint Brushes (we love Purdy brushes. They’re the best!)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Small “hot dog roller” & cover

The first thing we did was remove all of the outlet covers. We recommend grabbing a ziploc baggie and throwing all of the covers and screws in there. That way you won’t lose them and they’ll be right on hand when you go to put the room back together.

taped-ceiling-paintingWith those off, we went around and started taping everything. Basically that meant the ceilings, baseboards, outlets, and around the window and doors. Because we were painting such a daaaaark color, we were both super nervous about paint bleeding through to the white ceiling or white trim. So we were very precise with our taping, and made sure to press it down tightly.

3M-painters-tapeOn the ceilings, we used this new Platinum painter’s tape from 3M. It’s a bit pricier than your regular painters tape, so we only got 1 roll of it. But because we didn’t want any bleed through on the ceilings…where it would be super noticeable and we would have to re-paint the entire ceiling white (ugh!), we decided to go with the good stuff. The tape reminded us of electrical tape, and was super strong.

taping-ceiling-3m-painters-tapeSo strong that the entire roll could hang from the ceiling…crazy right?!

Rookie Tip: Make sure your baseboards are clean before you apply the painter’s tape. If they’re dusty (I hate dusting…) then the paint won’t adhere and paint can bleed through to the other side.

With everything prepped, it was time to pop open that can of paint! I already shared our little time lapse video painting a portion of the room. Here it is again if you missed it.

You can see in the video, Bridget & I started on the wood wall and teamed up to get it done. We alternated with cutting into the corners, and using the small roller to cover the space in between all of the wood squares.

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My mom then joined us in the afternoon and helped us paint the remainder of the room. Between the 3 of us, we knocked it out in just a couple of hours.paint-guest-room-one-coat

one-coat-painting-guest-roomThe first coat didn’t cover completely, but by the time we made our way around the entire room…the walls were dry and ready for their 2nd coat.

dutch-licorice-paintThat one did cover. In fact it covered really well! So much so that we didn’t even do a third coat of the paint.

Looking back at the painting process, I would have done a few things differently. First, I would have brought another ladder into the room. Bridget & my mom focused on the bottom portion of the walls, and I slowly made my way around the top. But because you have to get down and move the ladder so much, I was way behind them. So having 2 ladders would have made things go even faster!

Also, I wish I would have remembered to get one of these little paint holders that has a magnet to hold your brush. Much easier to use this instead of going up and down the ladder to get more paint.

The good thing about going so dark is that any areas that weren’t covered were very visible. So it was easy to touch-up small areas as we went. Sometimes it’s hard with light colors to know if you’ve covered an area well enough, but the Dutch Licorice made our job easy.

diy_wood_wall_painted_navy_progress_office2 coats, a couple of touch-ups, and a few hours later..the walls were dry to the touch! We cleaned up all of our supplies and left the room for the night to reaaaallly dry. Even though I desperately wanted to peel up the tape and get the room back in order, there was no way I was going to chance any wet paint from bleeding through on the ceiling or baseboard. So I shut the door and waited until morning.

At that time, I peeled off the painter’s tape (no bleed through!), put the outlet covers back on, and took in my new dark & moody space.

It went from this….guest-room-wood-wallto this…

dutch-licorice-paint-colorIn the span of 24 hours. Pretty crazy, right?!corner-guest-room-paint

paint-guest-room-closetTo say I love the new color would be an understatement. I’m honestly obsessed with it. I think it looks so good against the white doors and trim. Really makes the white pop!

dutch-licorice-paint-color-guest-room wood-wall-guest-room-paintingThe girl who was so afraid to make a bold move is now understanding why people paint their walls colors other than gray! Ha, who knew it would happen?!

wood-wall-guest-room-diy-dutch-licoricepainted-guest-room-closetWith the wood wall up and the room painted, it’s now time for new lighting. But that’s next week my friends! This guest room is really coming along…diy_wood_wall_tutorial

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  1. Erin

    huge fan of the navy!! i did do my living room accent wall navy, so i’m a fan!!! it’s just a different change from the gray!

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  2. Ashley

    I’ve been reading your blog for years and somehow convinced myself you were sisters. I read Bridget’s dad was a painter, and was like, ummm, what?”. Anyway, the room looks great!

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  3. Trang

    That is my biggest fear is bleed through at the ceiling! Having an old house and the bumpy wall texture, it’s such a challenge. I must try this new tap you speak of and see if it work for me as wonderfully as it did for you Casey. The room is lovely and yes, bold – I love it.

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  4. KimiWho.com

    I am SO jealous of this. We painted our downstairs the lovely Passive as so often used and loved by you. But in addition to that, I painted 2 smaller accent walls Web Gray to give the downstairs more dimension. It looks amazing… but the BLEEDING! I thought we used good tape and we left it taped up for daaaaaays. I’m so disappointed and I’m not really sure what to do about it now. Bummer.

    That navy looks amazing. I am so impressed with you ladies – even more now that I’ve spent forever painting my house and dreaming of drowning in paint haha

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  5. Austin Schneider

    GORGEOUS! Seriously, I love just how CRISP it feels with the navy walls, the clean white trim, and the dark floors. Y’all did a fantastic paint job! Question: is there trim missing from around the door or is that just what it looks like from the inside?

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much Austin! So that is actually the closet door without the trim. The door to the room does have trim. I never actually really noticed it, but now with the new color it is soooo noticeable! I’m thinking about DIY’ing some crown molding in our bedroom, so maybe I’ll finish off the closet door at that time too.

  6. Kara D

    Amazing! So glad you picked the right color and that you’ve broken out of the “gray-zone” (not that it was a bad place to be! I still love all the grays!) Looking forward to seeing how it’s all going to come together!

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  7. BSantos

    Beautiful!!! Seriously re-thinking my colour scheme for my new home… Thanks to you!
    Love your blog, by the way.

    Greets from the Netherlands!

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  1. Erin

    huge fan of the navy!! i did do my living room accent wall navy, so i’m a fan!!! it’s just a different change from the gray!

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  2. Ashley

    I’ve been reading your blog for years and somehow convinced myself you were sisters. I read Bridget’s dad was a painter, and was like, ummm, what?”. Anyway, the room looks great!

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  3. Trang

    That is my biggest fear is bleed through at the ceiling! Having an old house and the bumpy wall texture, it’s such a challenge. I must try this new tap you speak of and see if it work for me as wonderfully as it did for you Casey. The room is lovely and yes, bold – I love it.

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  4. KimiWho.com

    I am SO jealous of this. We painted our downstairs the lovely Passive as so often used and loved by you. But in addition to that, I painted 2 smaller accent walls Web Gray to give the downstairs more dimension. It looks amazing… but the BLEEDING! I thought we used good tape and we left it taped up for daaaaaays. I’m so disappointed and I’m not really sure what to do about it now. Bummer.

    That navy looks amazing. I am so impressed with you ladies – even more now that I’ve spent forever painting my house and dreaming of drowning in paint haha

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  5. Austin Schneider

    GORGEOUS! Seriously, I love just how CRISP it feels with the navy walls, the clean white trim, and the dark floors. Y’all did a fantastic paint job! Question: is there trim missing from around the door or is that just what it looks like from the inside?

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much Austin! So that is actually the closet door without the trim. The door to the room does have trim. I never actually really noticed it, but now with the new color it is soooo noticeable! I’m thinking about DIY’ing some crown molding in our bedroom, so maybe I’ll finish off the closet door at that time too.

  6. Kara D

    Amazing! So glad you picked the right color and that you’ve broken out of the “gray-zone” (not that it was a bad place to be! I still love all the grays!) Looking forward to seeing how it’s all going to come together!

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  7. BSantos

    Beautiful!!! Seriously re-thinking my colour scheme for my new home… Thanks to you!
    Love your blog, by the way.

    Greets from the Netherlands!

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Bedroom Built-in Reveal

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It’s finally the day I have been daydreaming about for probably the last YEAR or so. It’s the BIG day where we can officially bid farewell to that awkward time in our life that we had a card table in our bedroom (not our proudest homeowner moment) and welcome (with very open arms) a gorgeous new shelving unit.  Without further ado, check out this mini makeover…
Bedroom Beforebedroom_builtin_reveal-009What a difference, right?! I’m LOVING the new look and am pretty OB-SESSED with the new storage these built-ins have brought to our bedroom. I promise I’ll eventually get into the details of how I organize these new cabinets (once I figure it out…) but today I’m going to skip those details so we can chat about the shelves/TV set-up.

Unlike the card table saga, this new solution not only offers new storage but it also hides the hot mess of cords from our TV. Like I mentioned in this post, ditching our TV was not an option so it’s nice that all of those cords were able to plug into the wall and secretly feed up through the cabinets in order to discreetly hook into the TV.

bedroom_builtin_reveal-007When the built-in was finished being built and painted, I was a little nervous about accessorizing the shelves. Of course that is my favorite part of the whole process but the odd-shaped shelves had me thinking that this styling had to be a little different than any shelves I’ve worked with in the past.
succulent_palm_free_printable_gallery_wall-017I did lots and LOTS of arranging, rearranging, shopping, returning, and playing around until the look felt just right. I’m sure I’ll continue to play with the look but for now I’m digging the mix of frames, knick-knacks and most importantly — items that are meaningful to “our story”. I even snuck in some secret (yet stylish) storage with those baskets on top from Michael’s. Meaningful decor + storage = happy girl.

I added our collection of photo-booth pics and found this adorable “running man” at IKEA. Finding items that were tall (yet not a vase every time) was probably the hardest part of styling this space and so when I laid eyes on this tall and quirky item, I knew he fit the bill perfectly. Matt was rather confused (to put it nicely) when I brought this mini man home but I think he’s secretly turning into a big fan. haha I think?

bedroom_builtin_reveal-013This vase came from HomeGoods (for like $15!). The colors and height worked perfectly. Vases seemed to be the only tall and thin items I could find to fit these shelves initially. So much so that I went a little vase overboard in the beginning. One night while I was arranging and re-arranging the shelves, I texted a photo to Casey and she replied, “maybe too many vases?!” <– she was right and so darn sweet about it (that’s why I love her!).  I kept two of my favorite vases and ditched the rest. Thanks for the much-needed honesty, Casey. bedroom_builtin_reveal-015Probably my favorite piece on this entire unit is this wood bow-tie that Matt framed. He gave it to me as an anniversary gift because it reminded him of our wedding, he knows I love bow ties, and he knew it could totally work in our decor. <— a man after my own heart. <3

bedroom_builtin_revealThe bow-tie sits nicely next to the “hug you so tight” print from HomeGoods and the bold green leaf print, which is actually part of a mini collection of FREE printables coming to the blog next week. (spoiler alert: one of the gifts we have planned for YOU to celebrate DIY Playbook’s 3rd bday!!)bedroom_builtin_reveal-003Rounding out the shelves is another vase from Target’s most recent line of home decor. Take my advice and avoid Target’s new line of decor at all costs if you at all plan on sticking to a budget. Literally everything in the decor section recently is g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s and totally screaming, “take me home, I’m perfect for you!”. #consideryourselfwarned bedroom_builtin_reveal-004This is a photo from our wedding — I realized when I was styling these shelves that I don’t have a ton of photos of people in our house. Something I definitely need to change ASAP! bedroom_builtin_reveal-017And last but very not least, what shelfie would be complete without a white ceramic pineapple these days?! Don’t hate me… but I found this one at HomeGoods on clearance for $2.50. Yes… two dollars and fifty cents. Can you even?!!! If they had more, I would have bought lots more for all my ceramic pineapple loving friends out there. bedroom_builtin_reveal-006So there you have it, the break down of our new bedroom built-in. At the end of a long day I love staring at these shelves while in bed, thinking back to when this idea was born (cough cough, probably over a year ago). What a difference a year makes!

And speaking of year(s)…. it’s been awhile since our bedroom got some design TLC. I have the itch to keep the bedroom refresh rolling — dreaming of a headboard, some new color, maybe a hint of mid-century modern?! #letsdothis

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  1. Austin Schneider

    LOVE it! I love how clean/streamlined the accessories feel, without the shelves feeling cold or empty. That’s such a hard balance, and you definitely nailed it!

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  2. Diana @ Bumps Along the Way

    You girls have the best luck with pineapple accessories! Jealous! We don’t even have a HomeGoods here but I’ll have to check out TJ Maxx…maybe I’ll get this lucky too. And spot on styling, as always. What a huge improvement! And more storage!!

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  3. Shelby / SweetnessinStarlight

    Awww but I loved that card table… 😉 The built-in looks SO good! Excellent styling.

    ps – Did you see Target’s new kids line (Pillowfort) by chance? They have a white pineapple lamp, and I immediately thought of you.

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16 thoughts on “Bedroom Built-in Reveal

  1. Austin Schneider

    LOVE it! I love how clean/streamlined the accessories feel, without the shelves feeling cold or empty. That’s such a hard balance, and you definitely nailed it!

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  2. Diana @ Bumps Along the Way

    You girls have the best luck with pineapple accessories! Jealous! We don’t even have a HomeGoods here but I’ll have to check out TJ Maxx…maybe I’ll get this lucky too. And spot on styling, as always. What a huge improvement! And more storage!!

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  3. Shelby / SweetnessinStarlight

    Awww but I loved that card table… 😉 The built-in looks SO good! Excellent styling.

    ps – Did you see Target’s new kids line (Pillowfort) by chance? They have a white pineapple lamp, and I immediately thought of you.

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A Junk Drawer Solution (+ Giveaway)

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We actually have two “junk drawers” in our kitchen. One is mostly mine (because it’s filled with stuff I use most often) and one is mostly Matt’s (because it’s filled with his stuff). When we moved in and originally organized our kitchen, I bought two of these bamboo drawer organizers and got right to work filling them with our junk drawer essentials. Since then one of the junk drawers works really well and is still very neat and organized, but the other one is a complete disaster. No matter how many times it gets re-arranged (cough-cough…. at least once a week), the drawer quickly relapses to its old, disheveled self.

My junk drawer (left) vs. Matt’s junk drawer (right)

Matt is amazing at a lot of things and works extremely hard to keep day-to-day operations around our home in tiptop shape. He makes the coffee each morning, does the grocery shopping, warms up the cars before we leave for work…. heck, he even irons! The man always gives 150% when helping around the house and totally spoils me on an everyday basis. He’s pretty awesome at A LOT of things, but one thing he’s just not a “natural” at is organization. Lucky for him (or maybe unlucky for him), he’s married to someone who actually LOVES to organize. #truth #myguiltypleasure

junk-drawerClutter and disorganization stresses me out and as much as I can’t actually see the mess in his junk drawer when it’s closed, knowing about the disorganization that lurks makes me cringe inside. I would arrange and re-arrange his junk drawer just about every time I opened it and without fail, the next time I opened the drawer it was back to a hot mess.

IMG_8723After six months of chasing my tail by arranging and re-arranging, I finally realized that I was trying to force a system that clearly was not working and totally wasting my time in the process. Bottom line: If I wanted different results, I needed to try something different.

drawer-disorganizedSo I set out to create a simple and inexpensive solution that Matt could keep organized with very little effort. I was confident that if I provided a system like that, Matt would always find his stuff, and I would save myself a lot of time not trying to reorganize it so often. #WINWIN

disorganized-pilesJust like any organization project I tackle, I started by taking everything out of the drawer (including the bamboo organizer). Then I sorted the stuff into three piles:
1. important items that should stay in the drawer
2. items that could be stored elsewhere (ie. the office)
3. garbage 

empty-drawerThen I measured the drawer’s dimensions and headed out to HomeGoods to find small containers that would act as individualized compartments for Matt’s junk drawer essentials. I knew that having a “home” for everything in the drawer would definitely help Matt keep this space organized.

silhouette-potrait-diyI spent $19 on random containers in the HomeGoods’ office section. Then I used my Silhouette Portrait and this sticky, gold foil paper to print out labels for each of Matt’s new containers. <— in wife language: no excuses for him to let the drawer go back to its old, ugly ways.

silhouette-potraitjunk_drawer_organization-008junk_drawer_organization-003I peeled the shapes from the gold sticky paper and stuck them to the bottom of each container. I chose simple symbols that made the system functional while really increasing the cuteness (Music notes for his headphones, a key for our car keys, a cent symbol for his spare change, and ampersand for his loose odds & ends, etc).

junk_drawer_organization-002Then I arranged and re-arranged the containers back in the drawer until I found the configuration that wasted the least amount of space while being the most functional for Matt’s stuff.

Before long, the new system was in place and looking fabulous! I especially loved that the mini containers ensured that each item had a specific home.

Before & After

Fast forward a month and I am happy to report the drawer is still looking fabulous… without me intervening to arrange or rearrange (woo woo!). It appears as though maybe Matt’s organizing skills weren’t to blame on this one, maybe all he needed was a system that actually worked for him & his stuff.

junk_drawer_organization-007To celebrate this mini major victory, we are giving away a FREE Silhouette Portrait to one lucky reader in hopes that this amazing machine can continue to solve everyday household challenges in style! Details on how to enter here —> a Rafflecopter giveawayjunk_drawer_organization

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  1. Katie Crook

    We’re moving into our first home in June and I would love to use this machine to organize and decorate our blank-slate house! Can’t wait!

    Reply
  2. Robin Lewis

    I have the hardest time finding organizing solutions that work for the entire family. Great idea to use the Silhouette to label each container!

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Robin! I hear ya…. it’s hard finding solutions that work for EVERYONE, especially for a group that doesn’t have the same organizing tendencies.

  3. Elise Laney

    I haven’t had time to use my silhouette, but you better believe I will be labeling all the things as soon as I am done with my bachelor’s degree – September can’t get here fast enough. I think I will swan dive into a vat of glitter to celebrate… Or sleep for 3 days. Lol

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  4. Gretchen Braun

    This is brilliant! I just bought a new house, so I know that I would use this a BUNCH. It’s a tiny little house (under 1000 square feet) so organization is going to be key. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    Reply
  5. Amaura Cope

    The Silhouette is a totally new-to-me product! I love the idea of using it for organization. I could think of beautiful crafts to use it for as well 🙂

    Reply
  6. Heather @fitncookies

    Very cute! I think you mean matt’s is on the left above and yours is on the right. I was confused at first because his looked so organized! haha Oh and I would use this to organize my kitchen drawers or finally make a junk drawer!

    Reply
  7. H Buchanan

    Such a great giveaway! It seems like I keep seeing new projects that use the Silhouette every day! Personally, I would use it to organize our bookshelves / junk drawer / drop all spot. It gets organized but nothing ever gets labeled so usually after a few days everything gets all jumbled up again anyways. I love your simple labels you made for your drawer organizers!

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      We agree! We see some amazing Silhouette projects and often think, “wow… how did they think of that?!!!” The possibilities are seriously endless and we love seeing what people come up with.

  8. Kendra

    I would use a Silhouette to make favors/gifts for the wedding I am Maid of Honor in this year 🙂 Love the new junk drawer!

    Reply
  9. Emily

    I would love to have a Silhouette. Even my husband wants one. I know the first thing we would both do is create pretty labels for our office. It needs it!

    Reply
  10. Cam

    Love this! My husband, like yours, does a lot of helpful things around the home but keeping organized is just not one of them!

    Reply
  11. Cindy J

    My husband and I *desperately* need to organize our office – papers, pens (we can never find a pen!!), boxes, computer & equipment!

    Reply
  12. Angela

    I have a junk drawer in my kitchen that is completely out of hand. Half the time it is a pain to get it to shut without something getting in the way. I am curious, do you think it is the labels that helped or the new containers or the combination? I guess what I am getting at, could you have just put the fun icon labels in each section of your original bamboo container and do you think that would have helped? I am trying to figure out what might help my situation given I have a messy husband and 2 kids to contend with! =)

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Great question, Angela! I definitely think it was both parts that made the difference (but probably getting rid of the container was the most important). The bamboo organizer could be awesome in another space, but it totally was NOT working to hold his items neatly. So it was very helpful to get containers that held each thing neatly and had a specific “home” to go back to. Then, the labels are helpful to remind my husband where to put each item back. So both steps keep it functioning over time, but the new containers was the KEY to get started. Does that make sense?! I hope I helped answer your question…. a little bit?

    2. Angela

      Makes sense. Thank you for the reply. I definitely look forward to trying your idea to get our junk drawer under control…finally!

  13. Jody Hon

    Such a great option organization solution! I would love to do something similar with all of our gift wrapping and stationary stuff!

    Reply
  14. Wallynet Romero

    I would definitely move forward to do something like this to help my hubby keep his stuff organized. Thanks DIY Playbook for the tips. Love this blog.

    Reply
  15. Lindsey Hammer

    This is amazing I have 1 too many drawers I could use these tips for! A Silhouette would help while organizing many rooms!

    Reply
  16. Summer Lee

    I would label all my bins (drawers + the pantry), and use the machine for monogramming items (like my ever growing water bottle collection)! Looks awesome!

    Reply
  17. Katie

    I’ve seen these all over blogs. Would love one to get organized in drawers and closets and use for some decor projects.

    Reply
  18. Leslie

    My favorite part of the project are the gold foil symbols! I would probably use the Silhouette to make personalized gifts for friends and family! Monogrammed everything and framed quotes/symbols for all the birthdays/holidays/weddings/just because.

    Reply
  19. Lucy

    i’d use the Silhouette to label EVERYTHING!!! Seriously, I have terrible handwriting, so I’d relabel anything that I’ve handwritten.

    Reply
  20. Colleen Bansley

    I love this organization idea!! And I secretly love that your hubby likes DoubleMint gum 😉 I could definitely use a Silhouette machine. Being a mom of two girls who have a lot of play doh, dolls, shopkins, crayons, markers, etc I am a crazy organized person to keep me sane. Thanks for sharing your expert tips!

    Reply
  21. Kim R.

    Neat idea! Could also work as a no-cost version with empty/recycled cardboard boxes of various sizes. The kind with lids that jewelry comes in would be especially good.

    Reply
  22. Diana

    I love your picture labels! I’d love to use that idea for my my toddler. He obviously can’t read yet but pictures would help him clean up better (hopefully). I’d use a Silhouette for that, and lots of other organizing and labeling!

    Reply
  23. Tara

    I’ve been eyeing up the silhouette recently but don’t have the money to afford it right now. If I won, my house would be label happy haha!!

    Reply
  24. Carolane Godbout

    As a new mom in BAD need of creativity and some well deserved me time (20 minutes at least!) I already have a list of all the gorgeous projects I could do with this machine I’ll never be able to afford 😉 I’ll really keep my fingers crossed for this one !

    Reply
  25. Palma King

    I love DIY and I always have to get creative when trying to do shapes or letters freehand on projects to try and get them to look great. And being the anal person I am, I end up doing it over and over until I either accept the result or give up. I’ve seen this product and would love to own one. Fingers crossed!

    Reply
  26. Connie

    It’s hard to let go of a solution that *should* work but just doesn’t. I’m about to tackle our “junk” drawer again (I just re-did the kitchen gadgets drawer).

    Reply
  27. Amanda Scott

    I just got a bowl for my boyfriend’s stuff – I didn’t like that his stuff was just strewn on the table when he’s here (for the practical reason of messiness and the psychological reason of I don’t want him to feel like just a guest). It’s working pretty well so far, he’s far less interested in organizing than I am. I need my keys in their specific spot by the door otherwise it’s a 30 minute frantic search.

    I’d probably do some epic labeling, especially in the pantry, if I had a Silhouette. And make a ton of planner stickers.

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97 thoughts on “A Junk Drawer Solution (+ Giveaway)

  1. Katie Crook

    We’re moving into our first home in June and I would love to use this machine to organize and decorate our blank-slate house! Can’t wait!

    Reply
  2. Robin Lewis

    I have the hardest time finding organizing solutions that work for the entire family. Great idea to use the Silhouette to label each container!

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Robin! I hear ya…. it’s hard finding solutions that work for EVERYONE, especially for a group that doesn’t have the same organizing tendencies.

  3. Elise Laney

    I haven’t had time to use my silhouette, but you better believe I will be labeling all the things as soon as I am done with my bachelor’s degree – September can’t get here fast enough. I think I will swan dive into a vat of glitter to celebrate… Or sleep for 3 days. Lol

    Reply
  4. Gretchen Braun

    This is brilliant! I just bought a new house, so I know that I would use this a BUNCH. It’s a tiny little house (under 1000 square feet) so organization is going to be key. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    Reply
  5. Amaura Cope

    The Silhouette is a totally new-to-me product! I love the idea of using it for organization. I could think of beautiful crafts to use it for as well 🙂

    Reply
  6. Heather @fitncookies

    Very cute! I think you mean matt’s is on the left above and yours is on the right. I was confused at first because his looked so organized! haha Oh and I would use this to organize my kitchen drawers or finally make a junk drawer!

    Reply
  7. H Buchanan

    Such a great giveaway! It seems like I keep seeing new projects that use the Silhouette every day! Personally, I would use it to organize our bookshelves / junk drawer / drop all spot. It gets organized but nothing ever gets labeled so usually after a few days everything gets all jumbled up again anyways. I love your simple labels you made for your drawer organizers!

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      We agree! We see some amazing Silhouette projects and often think, “wow… how did they think of that?!!!” The possibilities are seriously endless and we love seeing what people come up with.

  8. Kendra

    I would use a Silhouette to make favors/gifts for the wedding I am Maid of Honor in this year 🙂 Love the new junk drawer!

    Reply
  9. Emily

    I would love to have a Silhouette. Even my husband wants one. I know the first thing we would both do is create pretty labels for our office. It needs it!

    Reply
  10. Cam

    Love this! My husband, like yours, does a lot of helpful things around the home but keeping organized is just not one of them!

    Reply
  11. Cindy J

    My husband and I *desperately* need to organize our office – papers, pens (we can never find a pen!!), boxes, computer & equipment!

    Reply
  12. Angela

    I have a junk drawer in my kitchen that is completely out of hand. Half the time it is a pain to get it to shut without something getting in the way. I am curious, do you think it is the labels that helped or the new containers or the combination? I guess what I am getting at, could you have just put the fun icon labels in each section of your original bamboo container and do you think that would have helped? I am trying to figure out what might help my situation given I have a messy husband and 2 kids to contend with! =)

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Great question, Angela! I definitely think it was both parts that made the difference (but probably getting rid of the container was the most important). The bamboo organizer could be awesome in another space, but it totally was NOT working to hold his items neatly. So it was very helpful to get containers that held each thing neatly and had a specific “home” to go back to. Then, the labels are helpful to remind my husband where to put each item back. So both steps keep it functioning over time, but the new containers was the KEY to get started. Does that make sense?! I hope I helped answer your question…. a little bit?

    2. Angela

      Makes sense. Thank you for the reply. I definitely look forward to trying your idea to get our junk drawer under control…finally!

  13. Jody Hon

    Such a great option organization solution! I would love to do something similar with all of our gift wrapping and stationary stuff!

    Reply
  14. Wallynet Romero

    I would definitely move forward to do something like this to help my hubby keep his stuff organized. Thanks DIY Playbook for the tips. Love this blog.

    Reply
  15. Lindsey Hammer

    This is amazing I have 1 too many drawers I could use these tips for! A Silhouette would help while organizing many rooms!

    Reply
  16. Summer Lee

    I would label all my bins (drawers + the pantry), and use the machine for monogramming items (like my ever growing water bottle collection)! Looks awesome!

    Reply
  17. Katie

    I’ve seen these all over blogs. Would love one to get organized in drawers and closets and use for some decor projects.

    Reply
  18. Leslie

    My favorite part of the project are the gold foil symbols! I would probably use the Silhouette to make personalized gifts for friends and family! Monogrammed everything and framed quotes/symbols for all the birthdays/holidays/weddings/just because.

    Reply
  19. Lucy

    i’d use the Silhouette to label EVERYTHING!!! Seriously, I have terrible handwriting, so I’d relabel anything that I’ve handwritten.

    Reply
  20. Colleen Bansley

    I love this organization idea!! And I secretly love that your hubby likes DoubleMint gum 😉 I could definitely use a Silhouette machine. Being a mom of two girls who have a lot of play doh, dolls, shopkins, crayons, markers, etc I am a crazy organized person to keep me sane. Thanks for sharing your expert tips!

    Reply
  21. Kim R.

    Neat idea! Could also work as a no-cost version with empty/recycled cardboard boxes of various sizes. The kind with lids that jewelry comes in would be especially good.

    Reply
  22. Diana

    I love your picture labels! I’d love to use that idea for my my toddler. He obviously can’t read yet but pictures would help him clean up better (hopefully). I’d use a Silhouette for that, and lots of other organizing and labeling!

    Reply
  23. Tara

    I’ve been eyeing up the silhouette recently but don’t have the money to afford it right now. If I won, my house would be label happy haha!!

    Reply
  24. Carolane Godbout

    As a new mom in BAD need of creativity and some well deserved me time (20 minutes at least!) I already have a list of all the gorgeous projects I could do with this machine I’ll never be able to afford 😉 I’ll really keep my fingers crossed for this one !

    Reply
  25. Palma King

    I love DIY and I always have to get creative when trying to do shapes or letters freehand on projects to try and get them to look great. And being the anal person I am, I end up doing it over and over until I either accept the result or give up. I’ve seen this product and would love to own one. Fingers crossed!

    Reply
  26. Connie

    It’s hard to let go of a solution that *should* work but just doesn’t. I’m about to tackle our “junk” drawer again (I just re-did the kitchen gadgets drawer).

    Reply
  27. Amanda Scott

    I just got a bowl for my boyfriend’s stuff – I didn’t like that his stuff was just strewn on the table when he’s here (for the practical reason of messiness and the psychological reason of I don’t want him to feel like just a guest). It’s working pretty well so far, he’s far less interested in organizing than I am. I need my keys in their specific spot by the door otherwise it’s a 30 minute frantic search.

    I’d probably do some epic labeling, especially in the pantry, if I had a Silhouette. And make a ton of planner stickers.

    Reply

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How to Hide Desk Cords

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Last week, I revealed our new little office space in our master bedroom. 1-corner-desk-office-bedroom-augusta

And even though I considered it a “finished” space, I still had one problem to deal with…1-messy-cords-lamp-office

…the messy cords hiding underneath the desk. Because the desk is so slim, you can pretty much see everything going on under there. #eek

So in order to keep things looking streamlined and neat, I knew I had to figure out a way to tame the cord clutter.

2-lamp-cordThe first thing I did was figure out which cords were absolute necessities in the area. I use the desk lamp quite often when it gets dark, so the lamp cord was definitely going to need some help. Then, I also had to deal with my charger for my laptop. Although, I needed that one to be less of a permanent fix since I often take my laptop and charger with me when working or traveling.

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I picked up this value pack of hooks at Michaels and figured I’d give cord control a try using these bad boys. You simply take the sticky backing off, push it firmly into place, and the hook isn’t going anywhere! If you ever want to take them off, you can easily peel them off so they don’t damage the furniture. 3-organized-cord-on-desk-lamp

Because the lamp is permanent, I hid the cord along the length of the desk’s back leg and base, running it all the way down and over to a nearby outlet. I simply placed a hook every few inches so I could string the cord along and secure it as I went. 2-cord-hooks-desk-organizedThe cord fit nice and snug into the hook, and this allowed me to place the cord so it was hidden behind the slim desk leg.

So instead of the cord falling to the ground and being plugged into the outlet…1-messy-cords-lamp-officeIt was now hidden behind the metal leg. 3-hidden-lamp-desk-cord-organized

Much better!

With the lamp tackled, I worked on the laptop cord. A huge pet peeve of mine is when you try to bring the computer cord up the back of your desk and then it drops to the floor every time you unhook it from your laptop. Anyone else absolutely hate it when that happens?! So annoying.

In order to keep the cord secured and on my desktop at all times, I simple used a sticky hook on the backside of the middle of the desk.

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I can easily take the cord out of it when I need to take my charger with me. And if I don’t need to move the  charger, the little hook keeps the cord firmly in place. 5-desk-area-cords-computer

A simple fix for an irritating problem.

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I’d guess that “hiding” these desk cords took me less than 10 minutes, and underneath the desk now looks 10x better. Sometimes all it takes is a little extra effort to get your home looking refreshed and organized. casey_sig

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B’s Dining Room Reveal

Dining Room Table and Chairs

I know I say this every time I finish up a big project, but I REALLY feel like this is my favorite weekend warrior project to date!! (Partly because it’s done, partly because I had so much fun working on it with my dad, but MOSTLY because I’m OBSESSSSEEEDDDDDDD with my new dining room!). Here’s a reminder of what the room looked like for the past 3 years… IMG_4338And here’s what it looks like now:
Dining Room Board and Batten SAYYY WHAATTTTTT?! Can you even believe it’s the same space?! Since we have an open concept in our house, literally the whole house feels different now that this room is done. Everything seems brighter, cleaner, just more “finished” than it did before.

Let’s review the to-do list we started with from this post:

Dining Room To-Do List:

  • DIY Board & Batten (Dining Room Progress here, tutorials here & here)
  • Hang Curtains (Used the same EXACT curtains as Casey did in her bedroom & used her tutorial to hem them to fit my space) <– thanks Case!
  • Find New Rug (I ended up not buying a new rug because the one I had looked worked in the new space far better than I thought it would. I actually scored this rug from GOODWILL a few months ago. #score)
  • Add new seating to brighten the space (let’s get back to this in a second because we need to have a serious chat more about how much I LOVE these new chairs)
  • Revamp the bar cart (Still on the to-do list…. after the holidays hopefully)
  • Accessorize (TBD)

Dining Room Board and Batten RevealThis project is probably one of our biggest yet and definitely took some hard work. My dad and I put in two FULL weekends and worked on it after work a few days. For the exact measurements, the paint colors, and the step-by-step of the board and batten, check out this post. We ended up having to take off the old baseboard and shoe and replace all of that, which was tedious and took some time. We (aka my dad) also had to prime/patch the walls, which also took more time than expected.

Dining Room Once the dust settled (literally), my mom came over and she & I cleaned the whole house, put back all of the furniture, and tackled the DIY curtains. Like I mentioned in the to-do list, I used the exact IKEA curtains that Casey hung in her bedroom (without the black-out layer of course). I also used her tutorial to hem my curtains (great advice, Casey!!).

The no-sew curtains were a tad tedious because we wanted the measurements to be exact but because it was NO SEW and there were two of us, we were able to tackle it in about an hour or so. Plus, these curtains cost less than $40 <— a win in my playbook. Curtains and Rods

I went with this dark curtain rod from ATG because it was sleek, simple and the color was similar to my kitchen color. Plus, the dark rod added some serious contrast to the light curtains and bright room. But before I was completely sold on a bold rod, I hemmed and hawed before settling on that one. I talked to Casey about it and she reassured me that I HAD to go with a dark rod… she told me that a rod is like the “eyeliner of the window”. Ugh… GENIUS! Why didn’t I see it that way before?! When I looked it at that way, I was immediately sold on the dark, contrasting rod and now looking back, she couldn’t have been more right. Team dark rods for this rookie!
Dining Room Board and BattenNow, we HAVE to chat about these chairs… ya know the ones that are a total GAME-CHANGER in this space. I’ve had the hardest time trying to decide what kind of chairs I wanted for this space. To be perfectly honest, not finding the perfect chair was a factor that delayed me from even starting this project. I had SUCH a hard time finding something I loved. I have bought SEVERAL sample chairs to bring home and put in the space, all of which have never felt “right” to me. Until now.

I saw these chairs on ATG’s website (wow… what a selection of affordable decor!!) and loved the fact that they were white, bright and would eliminate that dreaded “matchy-matchy” look I hated so much. But I was still hesitant. Were they too different? Would they be too short? Were they too modern for this traditional table? HELP!!

Dining Room  Chairs I measured the table, stalked the customer reviews/dimension details and finally decided that I needed to at least try them. Plus, they came completely assembled so I knew that I wouldn’t have to worry about building them for hours and hours and hours (a great selling point when trying to convince the hubby that buying chairs that didn’t match the table was actually a great idea. #uphillbattle)

Dining Room Table and Chairs They arrived on my doorstep in three HUGE boxes a few days later and from the second I saw them next to the table, I was smitten! The contrast, the white, the less overwhelming height in my small space…. all of it just WORKED. Again, I stepped outside my comfort zone a tad and I am SO glad that I did because they make such.a.difference. Dining Room Chairs Plus, they’re even more comfortable than the old chairs (another selling point for Matt)Dining Room Lamp PlantDining Room Board and BattenHallway Dining Room I’m just so happy about how the space turned out. I visualized this room for a long time, sketched a ton of “looks” and even made a few mood boards but wow, the real thing is SO much better than I anticipated. The room is finally feeling more like “us” and finally fitting in with the rest of the house.Plaid Pillow and blanket on chair

After getting the dining room finished, I was inspired to add a little bit more of those sleek, modern, mid-century vibes into more of our home. I saw this chair while I was shopping for dining room chairs on ATGstores.com and I knew it would be the perfect complement to the new look. Dining Room Board and Batten Reveal IMG_6313It’s so cozy yet still very sleek. And I feel like it totally complements the brown + white + mid-century modern feel of the dining room. Again, this piece was a tad outside my comfort zone but I’m so glad I took a little design risk. IMG_6317

Dining Room ProgressDining Room Board and Batten Reveal

Dad,
Thank YOU for pouring your time and love into this project. Not only am I obsessed with everything about the new look, I am so proud knowing that WE tackled it together. Now, I think I owe you dinner in this new space. I’ll order in some food, and we can chat about our next project. hahaha  #seriouslythough   diy_dining_room_makeover_reveal-090

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[Disclaimer: We partnered with ATG Stores for today’s post. They generously donated a few items for the dining room makeover. Thank you for supporting the brands that help support this blog!]

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  1. KimiWho.com

    I’m really struggling with the matchy matchy thing. It’s been pounded into my head that adults are supposed to have furniture that matches – no mixing oak with cherry because that’s what kids in college do that can’t afford expensive, matching sets, right? Except… I see pictures of your table with all the matchy matchy and it drives me crazy too when I see it. It all just sort of blends the floor and table/chairs together. So I get it.

    But I’m still struggling. We’re picking out things for our house now that we’re getting closer and closer to the March completion date (so far, yet so close!). I found myself trying to match things! *Slaps hands*

    How do you decide what non-matchy matchy thing will look great?

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Ugh… we hear you!!! We are not perfect either and we find ourselves slapping our own hands too! But we do think that small steps can make a difference (and hopefully give us all courage to try more risky non-matchy decorative moves). We are all about matching some things like hardware, finishes, faucets, etc. but for items that can be easily changed out, things like furniture, fabrics/rugs, etc., we feel like it’s okay to get a little “risky” because if we hate the look, we can always take it back and try again. But YES… the struggle is REAL and we totally hear you! Maybe we should work on a post about this topic in 2016…. we’d love to investigate the unofficial “rules” of what to match and what never to match. Thanks for the questions!! <— sorry for not helping at all!! As always, thanks for stopping by and for your honesty & support. xo

  2. Amanda Risius

    Wow it looks amazing!! The batten board really makes a huge difference. I hear ya on the matchy chair problem. I hate matchy chairs but I also wonder how different to go. Like, will other people think that they totally don’t match at all? My brother gave me his table and struggling hard with chairs. I’m loving your selection and the combo of traditional with modern. It works perfectly!! Where is your table from?

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  3. Lara Gephart

    Love this! I actually JUST used Casey’s DIY curtain tutorial for my living room and it has made a huge difference in how it looks! I finally settled on the same curtains too because I’m incredibly indecisive about curtains and $25 for a 2-pack was just too cheap to pass up. And if I change my mind later I won’t feel so guilty! HA! Great job as always!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Lara, that makes us so happy! How did it go? Did you do blackout curtains too? Can’t wait to hear all about it. And $25…seriously such a steal and looks much more high-end than the price.

    2. Lara Gephart

      I didn’t do the blackout curtains since it’s in the living room and it needs all the light it can get (old house problems…), but I did hem the bottoms using the no-sew strips and I actually ironed the curtains which made such a difference in how they looked! I also bought more curtains to make blackout curtains for my bedroom, but that project might have to wait until after Christmas 🙂

  4. Rebecca Peck

    LOVE this. yes i’m currently going through old posts b/c i just can’t get enough. where did you find that beautiful table???

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  1. KimiWho.com

    I’m really struggling with the matchy matchy thing. It’s been pounded into my head that adults are supposed to have furniture that matches – no mixing oak with cherry because that’s what kids in college do that can’t afford expensive, matching sets, right? Except… I see pictures of your table with all the matchy matchy and it drives me crazy too when I see it. It all just sort of blends the floor and table/chairs together. So I get it.

    But I’m still struggling. We’re picking out things for our house now that we’re getting closer and closer to the March completion date (so far, yet so close!). I found myself trying to match things! *Slaps hands*

    How do you decide what non-matchy matchy thing will look great?

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Ugh… we hear you!!! We are not perfect either and we find ourselves slapping our own hands too! But we do think that small steps can make a difference (and hopefully give us all courage to try more risky non-matchy decorative moves). We are all about matching some things like hardware, finishes, faucets, etc. but for items that can be easily changed out, things like furniture, fabrics/rugs, etc., we feel like it’s okay to get a little “risky” because if we hate the look, we can always take it back and try again. But YES… the struggle is REAL and we totally hear you! Maybe we should work on a post about this topic in 2016…. we’d love to investigate the unofficial “rules” of what to match and what never to match. Thanks for the questions!! <— sorry for not helping at all!! As always, thanks for stopping by and for your honesty & support. xo

  2. Amanda Risius

    Wow it looks amazing!! The batten board really makes a huge difference. I hear ya on the matchy chair problem. I hate matchy chairs but I also wonder how different to go. Like, will other people think that they totally don’t match at all? My brother gave me his table and struggling hard with chairs. I’m loving your selection and the combo of traditional with modern. It works perfectly!! Where is your table from?

    amandakatherine.com

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  3. Lara Gephart

    Love this! I actually JUST used Casey’s DIY curtain tutorial for my living room and it has made a huge difference in how it looks! I finally settled on the same curtains too because I’m incredibly indecisive about curtains and $25 for a 2-pack was just too cheap to pass up. And if I change my mind later I won’t feel so guilty! HA! Great job as always!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Lara, that makes us so happy! How did it go? Did you do blackout curtains too? Can’t wait to hear all about it. And $25…seriously such a steal and looks much more high-end than the price.

    2. Lara Gephart

      I didn’t do the blackout curtains since it’s in the living room and it needs all the light it can get (old house problems…), but I did hem the bottoms using the no-sew strips and I actually ironed the curtains which made such a difference in how they looked! I also bought more curtains to make blackout curtains for my bedroom, but that project might have to wait until after Christmas 🙂

  4. Rebecca Peck

    LOVE this. yes i’m currently going through old posts b/c i just can’t get enough. where did you find that beautiful table???

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White Subway Tile Backsplash

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Even though we use our kitchen every single day, the space certainly hasn’t gotten much love since we moved in back at the end of August.

Here’s what it looked like on our closing day….

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And here’s what it looked like after we painted, re-did the floors, and installed a new kitchen faucet

01-augusta-kitchen-before-backsplashThe kitchen continued to look very much like this for our first 2 months of homeownership. It wasn’t bad, but it certainly could use some personality & attention. So a few weeks ago, we decided to add some interest to this space with backsplash!

tile toolsNow, we fully intended to do this project ourselves. I learned a lot when Bridget tackled her own backsplash, and Finn & I chatted about taking on this DIY head first. But then we started looking at our calendar…and fitting in a project like this into our already jampacked holiday schedule just didn’t make sense. Why stress ourselves out over this project, when we already had 100+ other things on our new homeowner to-do list? So instead of DIY’ing the backsplash, we hired a pro to get the job done right (& quickly!)

Unsure of who exactly to hire, I turned to Porch.com which is a free home network that connects homeowners to quality professionals in their area. Bridget & I have worked with Porch in the past, but had never hired any of their pros for a project. After the launch of their new Porch Guarantee program, I felt confident that one of their professionals would be right for the backsplash project. The program guarantees the quality of work for Porch professionals who have been pre-screened and passed multiple background checks. And the best part? If you’re not completely happy with the project, Porch will cover the original cost of the job up to $1000. So it was a no-brainer hiring a Porch pro for our kitchen project.

After perusing the variety of contractors in my area, and reading many reviews, I finally settled on this pro. He came to our home, checked out our kitchen, gave me a quote, and right then and there we put a date on the calendar to get the project done. Seriously..it was that easy.

02-augusta-kitchen-before-backsplash-sink-areaSo I had the pro & the project date, but I still needed an exact gameplan for the space. Because our kitchen is pretty dark…walnut cabinets, dark wood floors, and black granite…I knew I wanted a backsplash that would really brighten things up in the space. So WHITE was the way to go! But what kind of white tile did I want?

I headed to Pinterest and started pinning kitchens that I admired. Then after about 20 minutes of gawking & drooling over amazing kitchens, I looked for a common thread between all of my favorites. And what did I like? Subway tile. Classic white subway tile.

05-white-subway-tile-backsplash-builddirectHonestly the answer kinda surprised me. I thought I would have been up for a more complicated pattern or at least something with marble…but I actually prefer the classic and clean look of a white subway tile. So I found this tile on BuildDirect, measured my space, and ordered it with complete confidence.  A couple of weeks later, and it was install day!

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My Porch pro came, secured the area, and got to work. 10-Porch-pro-working-backsplash06-backsplash-porch-diy-augusta

It took him about a day to get everything installed and up on the wall, and then the next morning he came back to grout it. I couldn’t believe how our kitchen transformed in less than 24 hours!02-white-subway-tile-backsplash

05-sink-kitchen-window-backsplash08-fruit-bowl-kitchen-subway-tileI have to admit, while I love a good DIY project it was definitely nice to have someone else take the reins for this project. My contractor did an amazing job, and I felt confident in his abilities every step of the way. Now I’m not saying the do-it-yourself projects are ever gonna stop around here, but sometimes it’s nice to hire a job out so you can focus on other tasks.03-augusta-kitchen-progress06-utensil-jar-salt-pepper-kitchen-subway-tile-backsplash09-countertop-kitchen-oranges-subway-tile04-sink-new-faucet-backsplash-subway tile

I went back and forth on the grout color, but ultimately decided to go with a light gray. I like that you can make out the individual tiles, but it’s not as severe as a black grout line. I’m really happy with the color.

I was also unsure about how to handle the edges. After chatting with my Porch pro, we both decided that doing a bullnose edge on the right side was the best call.

12-coffee-cup-flowers-kitchen-subway-tile-backsplashNow let’s look at some before & afters in this space.02-augusta-kitchen-before-backsplash-sink-area13-white-kitchen-backsplash-augusta-progress

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My contractor even took out the phone jack on the wall for us, since we don’t have a home phone line. Less outlets = prettier backsplash. 04-augusta-kitchen-sink-before-backsplash

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I’m absolutely loving the new look. It’s brighter, cleaner, and just has a classic kitchen feel that I adore. The day after it was installed Finn made his famous lasagna for us, and we didn’t even worry about any sauce getting on the tile. Looks great & it’s functional…gotta love kitchen upgrades.

KITCHEN TO-DO LIST:

  • Stain Floors
  • Paint Walls
  • Upgrade Kitchen Faucet
  • Install Backsplash
  • Hang new Kitchen Pendants
  • Add Window Treatment
  • Add Kitchen Rug
  • Find lighter kitchen stools (the brown leather get lost in all of the dark wood…)
  • Dream To-Do: Swap out countertops for something lighter (someday…..)

P.S. I’m guessing you noticed the new kitchen pendants in that last photo. To say I’m obsessed would be an understatement! More details on those beauties next week!

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 [Disclaimer: I teamed up with Porch.com and BuildDirect to bring you this post. All opinions & photography are my own and are not influenced by Porch.com or BuildDirect. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog.]

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  1. Sarah

    Sorry girls. I think this post has finally done me in. For being a DIY blog, there has been a lack of any real DIY lately from you (I don’t count mistletoe as DIY). I started reading after you were guest contributors at IHeartOrganizing, and although I like some of your projects, I feel your blog just isn’t worth my daily read. I understand the need for sponsored posts, but feel that they should at least feel genuine. You had a post about how great Crane and Canopy bedding is, but Casey has switched back to her old West Elm bedding in her new home. And then there was the sponsored post about using Sharpies to write on office supplies. Maybe you should scale back on the number of posts. There’s something to be said for quality over quantity. Also, I’m getting a little bored with all of the repeat ideas. Why does a person need Board and Batten in three rooms of their home? Why do all bedrooms have to have white bedding? Why do all living rooms have a white sofa and a wall of white builtins? You two acted as if Maggie’s condo makeover was an amazing decorating achievement, but you basically copy and pasted your own homes into her space. Maybe Pinterest isn’t the best thing to check for inspiration. Personally, Pinterest and blogs are all becoming the same old rehashed trends. No one is starting trends, just redoing what others have already done. Sorry if this seems harsh. I did enjoy your blog at one time, and wish you would get back to what made it great. Bridget’s office makeover series have been the only posts I’ve truly enjoyed lately.

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  2. Barbara Varanka

    I have been thinking about doing subway tile, but wasn’t sure if I should swap out the faux granite counters (yeah…) first. But, this post inspired me! We can paint and add the backsplash, and then tackle the counters someday. I love the to-do lists at the end of your posts! They inspire me, too.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Barbara! I feel the same way about our countertops..I was hesitant to put up backsplash if I want to someday swap out the counters. But I’m happy we did it because now we can enjoy our kitchen even more while we save our pennies for those dream countertops!

  3. Diana

    Even those your walls were light colored, it’s amazing what a difference the tile made! This would be my preferred kitchen back splash too! We’ve also removed all our phone jacks when renovating…no need for them!

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  4. Colleen Bansley

    The backsplash looks amazing! Love white subway tile- timeless and classic! Never thought to do gray grout though- I love that idea! I love the pendants so can’t wait to hear about those!!

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  5. Amanda Risius

    Can’t go wrong with subway tile! We installed it in our bathroom last year and let’s just say, I will be hiring out the project next time 🙂

    amandakatherine.com

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  1. Sarah

    Sorry girls. I think this post has finally done me in. For being a DIY blog, there has been a lack of any real DIY lately from you (I don’t count mistletoe as DIY). I started reading after you were guest contributors at IHeartOrganizing, and although I like some of your projects, I feel your blog just isn’t worth my daily read. I understand the need for sponsored posts, but feel that they should at least feel genuine. You had a post about how great Crane and Canopy bedding is, but Casey has switched back to her old West Elm bedding in her new home. And then there was the sponsored post about using Sharpies to write on office supplies. Maybe you should scale back on the number of posts. There’s something to be said for quality over quantity. Also, I’m getting a little bored with all of the repeat ideas. Why does a person need Board and Batten in three rooms of their home? Why do all bedrooms have to have white bedding? Why do all living rooms have a white sofa and a wall of white builtins? You two acted as if Maggie’s condo makeover was an amazing decorating achievement, but you basically copy and pasted your own homes into her space. Maybe Pinterest isn’t the best thing to check for inspiration. Personally, Pinterest and blogs are all becoming the same old rehashed trends. No one is starting trends, just redoing what others have already done. Sorry if this seems harsh. I did enjoy your blog at one time, and wish you would get back to what made it great. Bridget’s office makeover series have been the only posts I’ve truly enjoyed lately.

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  2. Barbara Varanka

    I have been thinking about doing subway tile, but wasn’t sure if I should swap out the faux granite counters (yeah…) first. But, this post inspired me! We can paint and add the backsplash, and then tackle the counters someday. I love the to-do lists at the end of your posts! They inspire me, too.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Barbara! I feel the same way about our countertops..I was hesitant to put up backsplash if I want to someday swap out the counters. But I’m happy we did it because now we can enjoy our kitchen even more while we save our pennies for those dream countertops!

  3. Diana

    Even those your walls were light colored, it’s amazing what a difference the tile made! This would be my preferred kitchen back splash too! We’ve also removed all our phone jacks when renovating…no need for them!

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  4. Colleen Bansley

    The backsplash looks amazing! Love white subway tile- timeless and classic! Never thought to do gray grout though- I love that idea! I love the pendants so can’t wait to hear about those!!

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  5. Amanda Risius

    Can’t go wrong with subway tile! We installed it in our bathroom last year and let’s just say, I will be hiring out the project next time 🙂

    amandakatherine.com

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Dining Room Board & Batten Progress… yay!

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Sometimes you gotta take two steps back before taking one step forward, right?! In terms of our dining room… it looks like that is very much the case.

Like I mentioned last week, this previously neglected room needed a little time in the DIY beauty shop for it to eventually become the light, bright, and less “matchy-matchy” space I envisioned. BUT before any big “reveal” comes work…. lots and lots of WORK. <– which is where we are today.

My AH-MAZING dad (and favorite weekend warrior partner) came over last weekend to help me translate my inspiration into a reality. <– gotta love dads! He brought the muscle and the brain power, I brought the donuts, the consistent positive reinforcement, and LOTS of questions. One day I hope to be able to tackle these hardcore DIY projects (like this board & batten) alone, but for now, this rookie still needs a coach her dad.

Dining Room ProgressThe first thing I did to prep for our weekend work marathon was measure the space, sketch out the “look”, and then roughly outlined the design using painter’s tape. This helped me nail down exactly how material we needed to pick up on Friday night. #punintended

Sidenote: Sorry for the crazy colors and terrible quality of some of these photos. While working, it was hard to stop and remember to take photos (eek.. bad blogger!). And when I did stop and take photos, I just snapped a photo and didn’t worry about lighting. With the light/sun changing all.day.long, the photos are less than amazing but I think you’ll still get the point. #oops 

IMG_4868-001After that was figured out, Matt and I cleared all of the furniture/accessories out of the space so that nothing would get dirty, and we would have plenty of “work space”. Unfortunately, our dining room table was too big and too heavy to fit somewhere else in the house so we ended up moving it as much out of the way as we could and taping it off to protect it.

Dining Room ProgressDining Room ProgressOnce my dad came over, we got to work measuring, cutting the boards in the garage, and using a nail gun to secure it to the wall. <— If you want more details on this process, check out this post and this post.

IMG_4880Since we’ve teamed up on this similar look in my hallway & in my bedroom, we actually moved more quickly than we thought.Dining Room Progress

For those of you who are looking for details on this look, here’s the specific product/measurements of everything. If I missed something, let me know and I’ll add it:

  • The top horizontal piece is 1×4 inch MDF board and it’s hung approx. 74 inches from the ground (to the very top of the board).
  • The second horizontal piece is 1×3 inch MDF board and is hung 60 inches from the ground. (leaving a 10 inch gap between the bottom of the first board and the top of the second board)
  • The third horizontal piece is 1X3 inch and it’s hung 17 inches from the ground (leaving a 41 inch gap between the 2nd piece and 3rd piece)
  • We also took off the base board and hung another 1×4 inch board behind that. We needed to do this so that the vertical boards would sit on the new “insert” rather than hanging over the original base board. After all the boards were hung, we hung new baseboard + shoe.
  • The vertical boards are 1×3 inch MDF board and are hung 22 inches apart from each other. These boards were cut to fit in the spaces between the already hung horizontal pieces and instead of measuring every single vertical board, we hung the first one and used a 22″ board template to measure the next one.

Once all of the boards were secure, it was time to fill the nail holes with puddy, caulk all of the seams, and paint both the top of the wall and the ‘faux’ board & batten. We used Sherwin William’s White Satin enamel for the white paint and painted the top of the wall the same color as it was before, which is Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter. 

Dining Room ProgressFull disclosure: So far we have two ((full)) days of work into this project, with another few evenings thrown in there for measuring, prepping the material, moving furniture, cleaning up, etc. Our whole house is a HOT MESS and there is a serious layer of dust covering …well… pretty much everything. <– lovely, right? BUT to be perfectly honest… I’m totally okay with that, all of it. I could not be happier with the progress of this room and as always, love spending the weekend working alongside my favorite “Hall of Fame DIY-er”. I am confident that in a few days, we will finalize the remaining details, get our furniture back in order, and give this little ol’ house of ours the deep clean it needs.

dining room chairs Oh, and speaking of furniture…. let’s talk about how EXCITED I am for these new chairs to be added to the mix! They came in the mail (already built!!!) this week, and I can’t wait to add them to the space. They’re a little outside my comfort zone, and I’m a little nervous because Matt says they remind him of the Golden Girls’ sunroom. BUT I’m pretty sure that they’re just what we needed to ditch the brown/matchy-matchy look I hated so much.

For the record though… Matt LOVES the Golden Girls so I’m choosing to take that last comment as a huge compliment. But if we’re being 100% real here, these chairs came BUILT, which means Matt automatically LOVES them… A LOT. #noassemblyrequired <– wins every time in his playbook.

diy_dining_room_makeover_reveal-089Stay tuned, hopefully more dining room updates coming soon!

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  1. KimiWho.com

    Loving this look. I’ve been trying to figure out how we’re going to design our breakfast nook. This is definitely a contender. We have a lot of very open space and tons of light to come in but I like the idea of keeping the space bright and inviting. This looks like a lot of work tho! haha

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      Thanks Kimi! Yes, this will definitely add LIGHT + BRIGHT… and wow, I can imagine it would look pretty amazing in a breakfast nook.

      And you’re right, it has been some work… but I know it’ll be worth it in the end. #atleastihope

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  1. KimiWho.com

    Loving this look. I’ve been trying to figure out how we’re going to design our breakfast nook. This is definitely a contender. We have a lot of very open space and tons of light to come in but I like the idea of keeping the space bright and inviting. This looks like a lot of work tho! haha

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Kimi! Yes, this will definitely add LIGHT + BRIGHT… and wow, I can imagine it would look pretty amazing in a breakfast nook.

      And you’re right, it has been some work… but I know it’ll be worth it in the end. #atleastihope

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Tips for Painting Meters + Outdoor Updates

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Electric Meters/Gas Meters. Everyone’s got ’em (I think?), but some houses do a better job at hiding them than others. Our house does a TERRIBLE job in this department. Like real bad.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m obsessed with our little ranch and wouldn’t trade it for the world, but if we’re being honest here, I am not a fan of these permanent eye sores on our home.  We have two meters and…

– one is located in a place that can be seen by anyone walking past our house <– really?!
– the second is located right smack dab on our patio. <– because nothing says Backyard BBQ like a fancy electrical meter.

The good news? I have come to terms with these ugly spots and realize that they’re not going anywhere… ever. It’s taken some time to get to this point, but I have finally realized that these meters are part of the package. Part of real life. And part of this home’s history. So as much as they’re not Pinterest worthy, I have vowed to make the best of what we have and spruce them up with a fresh coat of paint

metermeterThis is the meter that you can see from the street. Obviously this eye sore has seen better days and could use a little paint to make the ugly a tiny bit less ugly.

meter beforeHere’s the meter on the patio. Yikes. How have I not painted this until now?!

meters paintHere’s what you’ll need:

– Exterior Paint (mine is oil based)
– Paint brush
– Painter’s Tape
– Drop cloth
– GLOVES!! <— oil based paint does not come off of your skin easily, so I would definitely recommend wearing gloves … and really old clothes.
– Ladder
– Sandpaper
– Old rag
meterTo get started, tape off any of the brick that you think may come in contact with the paint brush. I would recommend taping MORE than you think you should since you’ll be working with oil based paint that may not come off the brick. Better to be safe than sorry, especially when dealing with wet paint.
meterNext, sand all surfaces to remove any existing paint. I could not get all of the old paint off of the one meter, but I did the best that I could. This step will help the new paint adhere to the meter. Once you’re done sanding, wipe down all of the surface to remove ALL dust and debris.meters paint converseNow onto the fun part– painting! Make sure the weather forecast is free of rain and let the painting begin. Like I said, oil based paint is tough to remove if it gets on your skin so I would recommend using gloves while painting. <– I made this mistake so you don’t have to.

meterTurn on your tunes and paint, paint, paint away! I really enjoyed being outside and painting away under the sunshine. I painted on two coats (no primer) and was done with the entire project in one afternoon #cleanup&all <— my favorite kind of DIY projects.

I still don’t love these meters (who does?!), but I really do think the paint made SUCH a difference. The new look seems a lot cleaner and less like they’ve been completely neglected for the last few decades. Plus… this whole project cost me about $12, which makes me appreciate this mini transformation even more!

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An afternoon of work + a $12 investment = totally worth it in my Playbook.

meter aftermeter GIFNow that the meters are painted, I only have a few more items left on our summer to do list:

-Paint Electric Meters
-Create outdoor wall art or a vertical garden or window flower boxes Flower Box details here
-Add Flowers to back landscaping <– DONE! nothing over-the-top but we got a jump start. See below for details
-DIY a new doormat/possibly a wreath Used this method to create the door mat below
-Hide HVACC unit or garbage cans or both?
-Hire an electrician to add electricity outside (we currently have NONE, which officially makes us look like the Grinch on the block come December)

**Anyone in the Chicagoland area know a great electrician?! <– seriously, I need some suggestions!

doormat diyDoormat Tutorial here

And like I said, the new plants we added to the back of our house are nothing “over the top” but they are definitely a great start and one we’re really excited about! #proudplantparents

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Hopefully each year the hydrangea bushes will grow larger and larger (free flowers!). The plan is to eventually add even more plants and possibly a brick border. For now though, I’m really happy with these updates. And heck, for being only ONE WEEK into summer vacation, I’m pretty pumped that our summer outdoor to-do list is about 75% done!IMG_4781IMG_4786

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  1. Heather

    Looks great! Curious to see what you decide to do to hide the garbage cans. We have ours out in the open and I cant decide what to do with them

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  2. Diana

    I just realized that I should really paint our meters and AC unit (it’s really old, paint wouldn’t hurt it). We painted the outside of our house 7 years ago (wood siding) so luckily we have matching paint. Now just need some dry nights to do it! Good job on knocking so much off your summer to-do list already!

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  3. Katie

    Oil based paint is no joke! I used an oil based primer for the first time (with a brand new brush ugh) and mindlessly grabbed at the bristles as I was rinsing it clean. Immediately regretted that decision!

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  1. Heather

    Looks great! Curious to see what you decide to do to hide the garbage cans. We have ours out in the open and I cant decide what to do with them

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  2. Diana

    I just realized that I should really paint our meters and AC unit (it’s really old, paint wouldn’t hurt it). We painted the outside of our house 7 years ago (wood siding) so luckily we have matching paint. Now just need some dry nights to do it! Good job on knocking so much off your summer to-do list already!

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  3. Katie

    Oil based paint is no joke! I used an oil based primer for the first time (with a brand new brush ugh) and mindlessly grabbed at the bristles as I was rinsing it clean. Immediately regretted that decision!

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Spring Makeover REVEALS!

Patio Reveal

If you LOVE a dramatic before & after reveal, today’s post will be right up your alley! It’s a little later than we had hoped to share it (we are just a few days away from summer!), but better late than never, right?

output_0pxkTKdiy-playbook-revealRemember our Patio Reveal we completed in Buffalo, NY last month? We are finally back to reveal the remaining Lowe’s Spring Makeover Reveals from one heck of a talented team of hall-of-fame bloggers. With the help of Brittany’s (Pretty Handy Girl) photo shop expertise, we have compiled a “peek” and direct link to each of these dramatic makeovers. These spaces are oozing with outdoor (and even some indoor!) inspiration, & we can’t wait to hear what you think!!

Lowes_spring-makeover-reveal-tourHome Stories A to Z Sunroom & Deck Makeover!Lowes4

Beth knocked her makeover out of the park! Not only did she totally makeover a sunroom into a cozy and stylish oasis, she also tackled an outdoor deck! Do you love this three-for-one transformation as much as we do?

Beneath My Heart Curb Appeal Makeover

Lowes2We have to admit, we would have never thought to paint a home’s brick for this makeover project (or any makeover project really). But WOW, we are seriously blown away at what a dramatic difference Traci made with this design choice. Add DIY shutter boards, flower boxes, and new landscaping and we promise you will NOT recognize this house!! #seriouslyimpressed

Pretty Handy Girl Curb Appeal Makeover

Lowes6Brittany’s vision for this space brought this transformation from zero landscaping (literally) to charming curb appeal that will have all of the neighbors doing a double take. The pavers and design is so unique and was such a brilliant idea!

Our Fifth House Backyard Makeover

Lowes5Now that Carmel worked her makeover magic, we can see this backyard having the BEST POOL PARTIES ever!! A built-in pool + fire pit + 3 different lounge areas = backyard envy!

Brooklyn Limestone Backyard Transformation

Lowes3B totally wants a pergola after seeing this makeover. We are pretty obsessed with the furniture, the curtains and the DIY Garden Bench. WOW! The outdoor space feels like an extension of the indoors, such a cozy (and functional) space.

The Golden Sycamore Bathroom Makeover!Lowes makeoverTaking on a bathroom reno during a 48 hour makeover is pretty darn impressive. (Go Allison, Go!) This bathroom does NOT disappoint. That board and batten?! The soothing colors? What’s not to love here?

City Farmhouse Outdoor Oasiscity-farmhouse-reveal

Jen’s work on this backyard is simply stunning! The deck is now a bright white and we are obsessed with the nautical and on-trend accessories. And you’ve gotta go check out the DIY coffee table…simply genius!

Liz Marie Blog Sunroom Makeover

liz-marie-revealLoveeeeee this stylish sunroom makeover in Boston. The ceiling, the shelves, the dramatic curtains, the overall soothing look of this space has us ooohhhhh and aahhhinng over here. Great job, Liz!

All Things G&D <— Reveal coming soon! Dusty headed to Maine last weekend for her big makeover and she’ll be sharing all of the details soon. Can’t wait to see what this talented Midwest gal comes up with for the coastal homeowners!

Just A Girl Blog <– Reveal coming soon! Chris has been forced to delay her makeover because of weather issues. Once she reveals the makeover, we will add it to the line-up. And if this makeover is anything like her previous projects, you will definitely want to check it out.

Lowes_spring-makeover-reveal-tourFrom start to finish, what a fun series this has been! We are so grateful to be a part of the fun and feel so inspired after seeing such unique, colorful, and summer-ready spaces! We hope you have had just as much fun following along and were able to take away some new ideas to incorporate into your own spaces. We know we did!!

Feeling inspired,

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  1. Kjaydee

    Those are all so great! However, the thought of painting brick gives me a panic attack. We have a brick home, I would never paint it. However, there is an exposed brick wall in our back room that I might consider it.

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2 thoughts on “Spring Makeover REVEALS!

  1. Kjaydee

    Those are all so great! However, the thought of painting brick gives me a panic attack. We have a brick home, I would never paint it. However, there is an exposed brick wall in our back room that I might consider it.

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