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Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour – My Favorite Room

Wide-Family-Room

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. The blogging community is chock full of so many wonderful and talented people, and we’re so happy to call many of them friends. Earlier this month, one of our new blogging friends invited us to take part in her “Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour Series” and we jumped on board right away.favorite-room-edition-graphic[Side Note: If you haven’t heard of Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. then this is your official invite to go love on this crazy talented chick. We admire her laid-back bohemian style, and can’t wait to see what this mama-to-be has in store for her future daughter’s nursery. If it’s anything like she has done in the past, it’s going to be insanely gorgeous.]

Okay, back to the home tour series. This week we’re joining over 2 dozen other bloggers to share a favorite room from our home. All this week we’ve gushed over the gorgeous details that so many of these talented ladies have incorporated into their spaces, and today it’s time for us to show off our space.

So if you just came from Caitlin’s fav room from Desert Domicile, then welcome to DIY Playbook. Today, I (Casey) am going to show off my favorite room in our small Chicago apartment. Wide-Family-RoomThis is our living room, and it really is heart of our home. We live in a small 1.5 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom apartment, and our family room area is the place we often gather. Not just because we have nowhere else to hang (small home problems), but because it is such a comfortable and welcoming spot.

We have a large white sectional that is so dang comfy, and it’s offers the perfect spot to cozy up and relax after a long day of work.  I’ve also filled the couch with soft blankets and textured pillows to make the space even more luxurious. My fiance says I have a pillow hoarding problem, but I like to think of it as a collection. #agreetodisagree

Shelf-Details

I love this space because I believe it truly reflects our style, while showcasing some of our personal mementos and treasures. The large white couch is a great neutral piece, and I enjoy accenting it with grays, blues, and teals to add some personality. The coffee table, side table, and wood shelves are all DIY projects that didn’t break the bank.

Chicago-Record-Album

Matches-in-bowlMany of the accessories are flea market finds, items from HomeGoods, or treasures my fiance and I have collected over the years (like our bowl of matches from our favorite date nights.)

Living-room-corner

Table-TrayBe-Happy-SignYou’ll also find a homemade pallet sign with a sentiment we enjoy as a visual reminder. It says “Be Happy” and this space truly does make us feel pretty darn happy. NightstandCanvas-and-shelvesThis light-filled room is my favorite spot to hang on a leisurely weekend morning. Usually I’ll wake up pretty early and let Finn sleep in. Then I’ll make a nice big bowl of cereal, some hot coffee, and I’ll cozy up on a sun-filled spot and let the morning pass at a nice leisurely pace.

It’s a great time to catch up on blogging, read magazines, and just take a breather before the chaos of the day.

Casey-Drinking-CoffeeSo there you have it. My favorite room in our small Chicago pad. It’s a space that truly reflects what the word home means to me: happy, comfortable, and inviting.

Now I urge you to go check out the next gorgeous space in our little blog hop. Go check out Traci’s favorite room over on Beneath My Heart.

And for even more eye candy, check out all of the spaces from the talented group below. They’ll be showing off their fav rooms all this week.

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16 thoughts on “Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour – My Favorite Room

  1. Jennifer Susil Griffin

    What a beautiful room, Casey! I love how it’s loaded with personality and looks so chic but comfy.

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  2. Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno

    What a pretty space to spend time in…I can see why it’s a favorite!! Love the colors throughout…

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  3. Summer Hogan

    Your space is amazing!!! I love EVERY inch of it! I’m so glad I found your blog and met you guys! Y’all are too cool for school and if I’m every in Chicago I’ll be knocking on your doors 🙂

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Summer,
      You are seriously the sweetest! Thank you for all of the love here and on social media…you’re seriously too kind! We are so happy we met you too! Come to Chicago!! We promise we will wine and dine you and show you our fav spots around town.
      xo,
      B & C

  4. DIY Playbook

    I actually found it a couple years ago at a resale shop for about $25! It was quite the steal. It’s probably 1.5 feet…pretty big and amazing. Keep searching! Hopefully someday you’ll find your own

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  5. Gigi

    Beautiful place!!!!! Luuuuuv. I recently relocated to Colorado and am missing Chicago *so much* 🙁 . Where did you buy that incredible painting of the skyline? It is amazing! I NEED IT!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Gigi,
      Thanks so much! Chi-town misses you, but Colorado is so beautiful too! We hope you love your new city.

      The cityscape was actually a HomeGoods find from a couple years ago. Only $100…quite the score!

      Thanks for tuning in!
      Casey

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16 thoughts on “Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour – My Favorite Room

  1. Jennifer Susil Griffin

    What a beautiful room, Casey! I love how it’s loaded with personality and looks so chic but comfy.

    Reply
  2. Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno

    What a pretty space to spend time in…I can see why it’s a favorite!! Love the colors throughout…

    Reply
  3. Summer Hogan

    Your space is amazing!!! I love EVERY inch of it! I’m so glad I found your blog and met you guys! Y’all are too cool for school and if I’m every in Chicago I’ll be knocking on your doors 🙂

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Summer,
      You are seriously the sweetest! Thank you for all of the love here and on social media…you’re seriously too kind! We are so happy we met you too! Come to Chicago!! We promise we will wine and dine you and show you our fav spots around town.
      xo,
      B & C

  4. DIY Playbook

    I actually found it a couple years ago at a resale shop for about $25! It was quite the steal. It’s probably 1.5 feet…pretty big and amazing. Keep searching! Hopefully someday you’ll find your own

    Reply
  5. Gigi

    Beautiful place!!!!! Luuuuuv. I recently relocated to Colorado and am missing Chicago *so much* 🙁 . Where did you buy that incredible painting of the skyline? It is amazing! I NEED IT!

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Gigi,
      Thanks so much! Chi-town misses you, but Colorado is so beautiful too! We hope you love your new city.

      The cityscape was actually a HomeGoods find from a couple years ago. Only $100…quite the score!

      Thanks for tuning in!
      Casey

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Distressed Toolbox Makeover

Remember a few weeks back when us rookies visited the Kane County Flea Market? (Read all about our flea market trip here) Well, I never showed you my big purchase from that trip.

Here it is…

Antique Toolbox wooden old

You’re probably thinking. “Ugh, ew Casey, what’s with the dirty toolbox?” Why spend any money to lug that thing back home?

Well, when I spotted this little guy tucked amongst the flea market goods I couldn’t help but envision a new life for it. So I negotiated with the vendor (Originally $12, down to $10!) and happily brought it home.

I had to come up with a way to get rid of all of the gunk, residue, and general nastiness that this toolbox had going on.

Dirty toolbox

I scrubbed the wood thoroughly with a water & vinegar concoction, to get rid of the gunk and unpleasant funk that had built up over many years.

Behr Self Priming Interior Semi-Glosee Enamel White

Then, I got out some white paint that I had leftover from my media console makeover project. And gave the piece 2 thin coats of white.

White Painted Toolbox

I’m a sucker for all things bright white and clean. But, I wanted to take a small step out of my comfort zone. I decided a white distressed wood would look pretty dang cool on this old toolbox.

Sanding Block Sand Paper

I used a medium grit sanding block and paper to rough up the piece.

Distressed White wood paint

I concentrated on the edges and sanded down until I exposed some of the original wood.

Distressed White Wood Paint
Once it was aged to my liking (I feel like I’m talking about a fine wine here), I had to figure out a way to brighten up (and cover up) the base of the toolbox…
Painted toolbox
That’s when I thought about Bridget’s fabulous chevron drawers! She transformed the inside of Matt’s childhood dresser…easily and cheaply…with shelf liner. (Read about that makeover right here)
Macbeth Collection Shelf Liner Blue Trellis Design
I found the liner on Amazon for a great price. They have lots of different designs and colors if you want to check it out.

The liner is incredibly easy to apply. Just cut to fit the piece, and carefully smooth out any bubbles as you go along. The best part is that you can easily reposition the liner if you mess up, and then realign it until it is exactly in place. It only took me about 5 minutes to get it fit into the base of the toolbox.
Toolbox Before and After
SIDE NOTE:
When I cut the shelf liner I cut it a little larger than the dimensions. I then had a few scraps of blue liner leftover…so I put them to good use!
mason jars coasters shelf liner decoration
I simply wrapped a piece around a mason jar for a cute spring vase.
Mason jar vase shelf liner decoration
The sticky strips also went right onto some leftover tiles from our scrabble tile coaster project. Fresh, cute, easy coasters in about 2 minutes flat! 
Drink on homemade coasters
Okay back to the toolbox makeover…
The toolbox found a new home on our kitchen table. It acts a table runner and holds all kinds of kitchen goodies.
Toolbox kitchen table runner
I like how it is so easy to pick up and move if we need to use the entire table. Just one quick swoop and you have a large table to work on. 
Toolbox as kitchen centerpiece
The blue liner adds a great pop of color to the space.
Silverware in mason jar
Flowers water jug
lemons in white bowl
antique salt and pepper shakers
Distressed White Toolbox
I’m really digging the distressed white wood look too! Look at me, stepping outside of my comfort zone!
Antique Toolbox Makeover
P.S. Tomorrow is my Dad’s birthday! Happy Birthday B-Rad! I love you! <3
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  1. LJM52

    This is awesome!! On my walk with my dog yesterday afternoon (pre-trash pick up night) I found an old toolbox similar to yours, so being my mother’s daughter, I simply moved some other junk and carried it home! Love your idea and already have contact paper!! This toolbox has an ugly iron carry rod – going to contact that too!

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  2. DIY Playbook

    What a fabulous find! And to think it was heading to the garbage. I’m so happy you found it and will give it a new life. Send us some pics when you’re all done 🙂

    xoxo,
    Casey

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2 thoughts on “Distressed Toolbox Makeover

  1. LJM52

    This is awesome!! On my walk with my dog yesterday afternoon (pre-trash pick up night) I found an old toolbox similar to yours, so being my mother’s daughter, I simply moved some other junk and carried it home! Love your idea and already have contact paper!! This toolbox has an ugly iron carry rod – going to contact that too!

    Reply
  2. DIY Playbook

    What a fabulous find! And to think it was heading to the garbage. I’m so happy you found it and will give it a new life. Send us some pics when you’re all done 🙂

    xoxo,
    Casey

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