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Master Bathroom Refresh

If you are following my Instagram or Facebook pages, you know I recently had to push up our master bathroom reno higher up on the to-do list because our walls were in really bad shape.

After speaking to a paint professional, we concluded that the reason paint was peeling off the walls was because there was drywall work done during the flip and they did not properly prep the spots before painting.  Then, when the moisture of the shower got behind the paint, it would peel itself from the walls.  UGH.  Not to mention the paint in there was a flat sheen.

Originally, like the rest of the house, the bathroom was painted in Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray lightened 50%.  I really do like the color but I wanted something a little different in there.  It took me a few WEEKS and help from my followers to narrow down my choices.  Then when it came to the weekend we were going to paint, I was inspired by images I saw online and impulsively bought a paint color.

You probably know where this is going…..

We spent one night sanding and spackling the walls.  The next night we primed the walls with an oil-based primer (as recommended by a few paint pros) and then I painted the bathroom in Sherwin Williams Marshmallow.  I really see the potential in that color and actually loved it when I first put it on the wall.  But then it turned SUPER PINK.  Not slight pink undertones but nursery pink, almost peach.

Project Manager said he would live with it but it wasn’t the right color.  That bathroom is a PAIN to paint, so I spent a week trying to convince myself that we would make that color work.  I couldn’t.  It was horrible.

So I went back to the store and with the help of an IG friend, Melissa with GA Peach Restoration, we picked out a few colors that were cooler in the space.  I ended up going with Nebulous White from SW and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.  A cooler color was made to be in that room.  Everything pops and I honestly have no desire to replace anything in there.

Because that is the other thing, I never made a design board for this room and I am totally winging it.  I didn’t think we would do anything in here so quickly.

Here are the before shots (I don’t have a TON of before shots):

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You can see how bad the peeling was.  It looked way worse in real life.

Now for some during shots.  This was during the Marshmallow era:

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The farther away you were from the lighting, the creamier it got and looked like the type of white I had hoped for.  Again, I tried to make it work but it wouldn’t.  So, I threw some samples up and tried to look for another color.  Only this time I had to paint the bathroom alone.  We have 12′ ceilings in here and corners that are hard to reach.

BUT, I am so obsessed with the new color!!!  It is Sherwin Williams Nebulous White (color matched at Home Depot).  I mention that because sometimes you will be sent home with a slightly different color.

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It feels so airy and clean in there now!  This was also done for much cheaper than what it would have cost for a pro to come in, sadly (for me because it was back breaking).

The IKEA cabinet is probably my favorite addition.  It is actually a shoe organizer!  The top drawer is overflow toiletries and the bottom two are rolled up towels.  This unit does not take up much space and hides everything!

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There are still a few things to tackle, like getting the hardware to match, doing something with the mirror over the vanity, and replacing out old outlets.

Sources:

Walls: Sherwin Williams Nebulous Gray (mixed at Home Depot)
Vanity/Fixtures/Light: all here when we moved in but I am going to assume Home Depot since it is nearby and this was an inexpensive flip
Rug: Home Goods
Cabinet: IKEA BRUSALI
Shelves over toilet: DIY from scrap wood
Shelf Bracket: IKEA EKBY OSTEN in natural.  I spray painted them at home
Towel Hooks: IKEA KARTOTEK
Wall Baskets: Goodwill
Iron/Wood Wall Art: Hobby Lobby

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Living Room Reveal

Who else thought this project took way too long to complete?  I would like to thank the budget and the weather for delaying my finishing and taking any pictures.  It has been one rainy winter in Georgia this year.

Let’s get right to it.  One thing I have to show you that I was so excited to find was a before before before picture of what our living room most likely looked like.  I was browsing Zillow yesterday, snooping around, and I saw a house in our neighborhood on there with pictures from a past listing.  Part of the reason for the snoop is because we all have the exact same floor plan and I like to see what people have done to modernize their houses, especially the kitchen.  Well, I was super excited (and not surprised) our 1986 living room was covered with very dark woods and trim.

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Everything is the exact same down to the wall vent placement only now our trim and woodwork are white and new windows and doors.  I just imagine our house had a lot of hunter green and cranberry plaid.  mmm #90shomestyle

Fast forward to us moving into the house and how we lived with the living room:

The first thing we had done in this room when we moved in was added the canned lights in the ceiling.  Game changer.  We hired that out because electrical is way over our heads, especially in this house.

After living with this setup for a year, my husband decided he wanted a change.  His main reason for wanting the change was because of the position of the tv.  There was way too much of a glare coming in from the windows.  Making any sort of change that made sense, of course, became a challenge with our current furniture.  Figures.

I took on the VERY tedious task of listing and selling everything in this room (except the dog, he stays).  While we were selling away, we were also buying and planning.  To refresh, here is the post where I explained our plan for the room.

Here we are today:

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The big tv debate: to mount or not to mount over the tv.  I wasn’t as excited about it when it was first suggested to me, but it really only made sense in this room.  The wall on the opposite side of the room from the fireplace has doors or doorways and hardly enough wall to mount.  It is a little high up than what I am used to, but it works (especially when you are laying down, which we usually are).

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I am pleased with how it turned out and the coziness factor is way up!  After we got all the furniture set up, it was almost as if the room told us this was the way it was supposed to be.

What do you think?

Sources:

Wall Color – Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray @ 100% (I originally asked for 50% but they messed up and I didn’t want to go back to fix it).
Bookcases: Tara 72″ Bookcases from Joss and Main
Rug: Local Rug Outlet
Coffee Table: hand built by our brother-in-law
Sofa Table: Moi
Couch: Haverty’s Corey Sectional in Mineral
Artwork over couch: handpainted by me
Typewriter Art: handpainted by me

I know there are a lot of little things I am not tagging, but if you want to know the source, just email me!  Or even better, I am ALWAYS on Instagram sharing pictures and answering questions!  I may even consider doing an Instagram Live one night to tour the room with you!  Let me know what you think!

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How to Build a Herringbone Table

I am going to start this post by saying I have very little experience building furniture.  I have only built something one other time before (my kitchen banquette) so don’t roll your eyes too hard when you read through this because I did something odd. 

The reason I started this project was mainly that I could not find what I liked out there in the right size, color, or price.  I was browsing Craigslist for a sofa table to place in my back corner and people were pretty high and mighty with their pricing.  So I said “forget that” and started looking for plans to build my own table.

I saw a few plans online that seemed pretty easy to follow, but the plan I followed more closely was the DIY Outdoor Table from Cherished Bliss.  Her table was an actual dining table while my table is much smaller and I did not build the legs, so there were some tweaks I made along the way.

How it went down:

First, I took measurements of the space I wanted to place the table.  For me, a 56″ long x 24″ wide table was going to look best against the wall I have in mind.  Once I had these measurements, I just drew out the plans to figure out how much wood I needed.

My cut list:

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For the frame I used 2x4s and actually after I built the frame and started cutting the top pieces, I decided I did not want to use 2x4s for the apron and switched it up to 1x4s.  I liked the thinner look of the 1×4.  So my cut list above is not entirely accurate because of that change.

Other supplies:

3″ wood screws for the frame
Wood Glue
Angle Square – your best friend
Clamps – the longer the better, I say
Kreg Jig
Table Saw
Drill
Tape measure
Chalk Reel
Wood Conditioner – if you stain
Stain or Paint of your choice
Poly – if you stain

Once I collected all of my wood, I started measuring and cutting my 2x4s to build the frame.

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Once everything was cut, I needed to start drilling into each piece.  I have used a Kreg jig only once before and I did not have the best luck with it.  I was a little nervous trying this again.  I started with the outer sides first and when I tried to follow the directions KJ came with, it did not work out for me HA!  So, I sort of made up my own rules.  I placed the KJ where I thought would make sense and drilled.  Here I used 3″ wood screws.

When it came time to attach the middle frame, I found the center of my two end pieces, the center of the middle board, and drilled on either side of that line.  I repeated the same process to attach the frame to the other side.

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Now that the frame was built and my centers were marked, I used my chalk line tool to make a line down the center so I would have a reference point for my top.

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Building the top was a lot of trial and error.  Like I said, I really have no idea what I am doing most of the time.  The easiest way to start this (and I wish I had) is first take your 1×4 and mark it with the angle square to chop that first 45-degree cut.  Then when you have that cut, you can line the angle up with the blue line and measure/mark where you need to cut the end.

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So here you can see what I mean.  If this was a fresh piece, I would have cut that first angle off the front, laid it on the frame, and marked where I needed to cut the end off.  To avoid miscuts/measurements (which I experienced), my suggestion is to mark the end of the board on the side and not from the top.  That way you are lining up with the actual edge and not eyeballing it.

Once you get the hang of it, you start to fly through your cuts and it turns out not to be as hard as you thought.

After you have cut all your pieces, it is time to glue them down.  I know some people use a finishing nail but we do not have a nailgun.  Glue and clamps seem to work just as well.

Glue, clamp, and repeat!  I laid all the pieces out where they were going to be placed and picked each one up, threw down some glue, and clamped it down for a few minutes.  I only have two clamps so I would switch the clamps after the next was glued and clamped.

Once the top was secured into place and dried overnight, I started working on the apron.  This is where I decided I really like the look of a 1×4 vs a 2×4.  I started with the shorter ends and cut them to size.  Again, having a nail gun for this would work and probably be helpful, but I only had the help of wood glue.  Since I only have two clamps, this part took a hot minute to complete.  I would (sloppily) glue and attach the short apron to the frame and clamp it.  It is best to do this part with the table upside down.  I would let it basically dry and do the next side.

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The longer apron pieces were measured to include the length of the table plus the width of the smaller apron pieces.  That way you won’t see the edges from the front.  I attached those the same way as the other aprons.

After the apron was attached it was time to fill in the gaps.  I had gaps because I did not follow my own advice until later through the process.  And I suck at cutting wood.

I used a wood filler and it filled in perfectly.  My plan was to stain this piece, so once the filler dried and she got a good sanding, I put a layer of wood conditioner on it.

Then it dried (which is pretty fast).  I then put a layer of Minwax Special Walnut and Weathered Oak (my faves) on one at a time, wiped them off, and let it dry overnight.  I ended up doing it one more time with both colors.

I went back through to see what gaps still needed to be filled and schlepped some wood filler in there.  I only had to touch those parts up with a little Special Walnut.

I ended up using two coats of poly and letting it dry for a full 24 hours inside the house before touching it again.

For the legs, I decided to pass on building my own and ordered these Hairpin legs from Amazon.

They were incredibly easy to install and all you have to do is follow the simple instructions.

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The legs feel pretty heavy duty and sturdy!

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Now I am working on trying to style this space and maybe add some ottomans under the table for more seating options.  (The items you see below are NOT the final product).

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THE Rug

Hello, February!!  I promise I had good intentions to post more frequently but life has been so crazy and different around here.  We are all on a different schedule and I am struggling to find a routine for me and peanut. We were so close to really getting into a groove and then I had to travel and peanut got super sick…pink eye!  Blah.

So, the living room.  It is coming along and I am so close to being done.  I wanted to share a post about my experience using a paint sprayer for the first time painting our living room, but I was bad and took zero photos of the process.  Mainly because my phone was always hidden behind something.  To sum it up, there is a huge learning curve when getting started but we repainted all of our trim and wainscotting in minutes.  I am excited to try it out on some furniture.

So to the exciting part of our living room renovation.  SPOILER ALERT:  After weeks and weeks of searching and waiting, I GOT MY RUG!!  After Christmas, I found this great rug online that checked a lot of boxes off.  (AND the new unstyled couch!) (and the dog that would not wake up from his precious nap so I could snap pictures)

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Of course, it was a style and color waaaayyy outside of my comfort zone.  I am so used to choosing neutrals/farmhouse style rugs and colors.  This is bright and has big pops of ORANGE!

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After waffling over buying it, I decided I was so obsessed with it and the endless colors I could bring into the room with it (and the fact it would HIDE toddler messes better).  I went online and to my disappointment, it was out of stock.  I started looking elsewhere and everywhere I looked, it was out of stock.  And everywhere I looked, it was named something different, so searching was difficult.

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As my search continued, I learned it became the #1 best selling rug and the Blogger’s Choice rug.  Dang.  Just dang.  Most websites said it would become available again February 6, so I said if I could not find anything else, we were going to wait.

But a funny thing.  I generally HATE when you search for something online and then all the sudden all the ads on every website show that particular item (making the internet so shady).  This time, it worked in my favor.  I was scrolling through Instagram and an ad/recommended follow account popped up WITH THIS RUG.  It was a local rug outlet store having a huge moving sale.

Of course, it was late and they weren’t open to call, so I messaged on their IG account to see if they had that rug.  They responded saying they did. YES!

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Luckily, for me, I don’t trust all that is seen on the internet.  Before I took the time to drive all the way over to this store, I called the next morning to confirm they actually had the rug.  He said they didn’t (in a way that I should have known it was their best seller).  He suggested I call their second location to see if they have it.  Hmph.

I called and to my surprise, THEY HAD THE RUG!  I asked for pictures and after he texted them I told him I was on the way to pick it up.

YOU GUYS.

When we arrived, he told me after I texted him, he sold the rug…even though I texted him I was on the way and where I was coming from.  He said someone would be there in 30 minutes from the other location to drop off the rug they had (wait, what? I thought they didn’t have the rug).

So, we shopped around while we waited.

This rug was so worth it to me.  I spent about $15 more than I would have online, but who knows if that rug would have been stocked when it said.  It added a whole new level of yum to our living room.  I cannot wait to accent with some of these colors!!

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Isn’t she beautiful?  I won’t lie, I am very intimidated on how to accessorize, especially pillows and the empty frames above the couch.

Update on my to-do list:
  1. Sell the couch and loveseat.  Both listed.  Both had bites but people can be so flakey. WHY AM I STILL TRYING TO SELL?!  UGH!
  2. Repaint the ceilings. 
  3. Repaint the walls.  
  4. Freshen up all of the trim with paint
  5. Clean and polish the floors.
  6. Touch up paint
  7. Mount the tv over the fireplace.
  8. Build new bookcases.
  9. Build sofa table <- YEP!  I have plans, I need time.
  10. Organize Toys
  11. Add pictures to the Gallery wall
  12. Decorate the soon-to-be sofa table corner
  13. Add an extra lamp?
  14. Share the final reveal with you all!
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Living Room Inspiration

I don’t know what it was about last week, but we had some bad luck at home!

As we began prepping for our living room project, my husband was up in the attic looking for something, when he tripped and his leg went through the floor/ceiling.  He is ok, thankfully, but he did scratch his leg up pretty bad.  I am just thankful he did not go all the way through.  Since that happened, he was able to patch up the hole, but it created SO MUCH dust in the house from sanding the spackle.  SO MUCH DUST!  He still has a little more sanding left and then I can really get down to clean these floors.

While all of this was going on, our just over a year old microwave decided to die.  There was no coming back and of course, there was no warranty.  And if I have to be honest, it sucked.  We had to drop another unexpected $$$ to buy a new one.

Then throw in our living room.  Guys, last week was exhausting!  And our house looks like we are doing work.  Oh, and then add a toddler into the mix.  Mama is tired.

Last week, I mentioned our first project of the year being the living room and how we were going to totally transform it.  We actually started working on it this past weekend and just the few things we did has made a difference.

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We took advantage of the new year’s sales going on and bought this couch from Haverty’s.  The color is called Mineral and is mainly gray with slight hints of green.  Very slight.

I also bought two of these bookcases from Joss & Main to sit on either side of the fireplace.  I went back and forth on the height of our bookcases because I did not want to take away from the fireplace.  After looking at so many options, we both liked that amount of storage (and hidden storage) this bookcase offered.

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We decided to get rid of our current rug and buy something new, something a little more toddler proof.  I am so in love with all the neutral looking rugs and how they ground a room, but we needed more.  And I was apparently feeling spicy.  I am 100% going out of my comfort zone with the rug I chose.  I am going to buy this rug from Joss & Main (or whoever gets it in stock first).  This rug is so out of my comfort zone, I waffled TOO long and it was out of stock when I went to order.  I AM SO DISAPPOINTED!  I have been stalking it and I hope it is restocked when they say it will be.

The paint color that you see in the picture of the fireplace above is Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray at 50%.  We love the color so much, we decided to paint the living room the same color.  The main reason we have to repaint this room (and eventually the whole house) is that the flipper painted the whole house in flat.  If you want my advice, do not paint your walls in flat.  It sucks and it looks like we use the walls as hand towels.  We did paint this weekend and if you follow along on Instagram, you know the slight drama we dealt with getting this on the wall.  I will share in another post.

As far as accessories and other pieces in the room, I am going to keep everything budget friendly.  Our brother-in-law built a coffee table for us and I am so excited to see it in person.  I hope we can see it soon.

The main color scheme I am feeling for this space is Black, White, Green, and Gray as my base colors.  That rug is going to help add pops of color throughout, but I really am really feeling green these days.  And mainly I am feeling green in plants.  Maybe it is the post-Christmas life that makes me crave greenery, but I want to add more plant life to this space.  I have always run from it because I don’t have the best green thumb and I have yet to find any faux plants that don’t look terribly fake.

Update on my to-do list:
  1. Sell the couch and loveseat.  Both listed.  Both had bites but people can be so flakey.
  2. Repaint the ceilings. 
  3. Repaint the walls.  
  4. Freshen up all of the trim with paint
  5. Clean and polish the floors.  We may have had some accidents this weekend with paint.  More on that next post.
  6. Probably should add touch up paint to this list.
  7. Mount the tv over the fireplace.  <- This is happening this weekend!
  8. Build new bookcases.  These are being delivered today and with an upcoming work day trip, the goal is to have them built by Sunday.
  9. Furnish and decorate!

 

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Stencling the Stoop

I know, I know.  You are going to say “weren’t you working on the dining room?”  Yes and no.  I have a case of project ADD.  But really, I have not had much time to focus on painting the dining room because of a certain toddler project manager.  Painting a room is a big to do and I generally do not have time while she is with me to start anything so big.  I try to get what I can done during naps, but lately, her naps are far from reliable.

One project I was able to get done during my lunches and late at night was putting a stencil on the front porch/stoop/whatever it is called.  Here is what it looked like before:

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Insert screaming emojis!  I do like the color of our house, but painting the brick here light gray was probably not the smartest decision when you are dealing with Georgia red clay.

I first had to give this space a good pressure washing.  I patiently waited for a weekend where the heat was not so oppressive (which, when is that happening?!).

After a good scrub, I luckily had some exterior white paint from sitting in the garage to use as my base and to cover up the light gray.  You guys, even after a good pressure wash, the bricks are STILL stained.  Adding “paint the brick” to the very bottom of the project list.

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I mean, that brick is disgusting.

After I let the base coat dry fully, I waited a few days to start stenciling.  Mainly the heat is what caused more delay.  Also, this spot gets direct sun from 10am – 7pm this time of year and it is a total bear to sit out there.

If you follow me on Instagram, you got a lot of sneak peaks

I ordered my stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.  I chose the Santa Ana Tile Stencil.  I love the look of cement tiles and have been dying to put something similar to that in my house for a long time.  This is the third time I have used a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils (this is not sponsored by them) and each time was a totally different experience.  The first two times I used the stencil on the wall, so using it on cement was a first and not necessarily the easiest.  I searched around the internet to see what others have done and it seemed pretty straightforward.

It took me a little longer than I expected because I could not easily roll the paint on.  I had to pounce it on.  So it took a few hours over the course of a week.

BUT

I kind of like it.  A lot.

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I had some struggles because unlike adhering it to the wall with a little spray glue, NOTHING wanted to keep the stencil sticky on the cement.  I used painters tape to try and keep the stencil down as much as I could.

I love the interest it adds to this space.  I also love that it is going to hide so much like a boss!

The paint that I ended up using was a quart of Rainstorm by Sherwin Williams.  I chose SW because they offered exterior paint in a quart where other places I checked out only offered in a gallon.  For me, a quart was still too much paint and a gallon would have been wasteful.

At some point, I will still need to go back and seal some of the cracks in the cement so I don’t have to deal with weeds growing through.

What do you think?  Have you ever tried out a stencil?  How did that project turn out?

Ok, I promise I am going to work on the dining room.  I have a deadline.  It will be done!
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Farmhouse Candle Sticks

I meant to get this post up at some point last week, but I have been sick and traveling and I was just too tired at night to open my computer and think.

Last weekend, I was cleaning up the house a little bit and was focusing on cleaning up our family room because with a toddler, toys.are.everywhere!  While I was cleaning up, I started thinking about how my fireplace mantle could finally use a small update.  It had sort of became the place where I just threw things up as I was unpacking and left it alone.

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So, deciding to spend almost no money on this, I started looking around the house and playing with what I had.

A few years ago, I purchased two gold candle sticks from Everything but the House, with no actual plans for them.  I wanted to use them on the mantle but not in the current state.  I still like gold accessories, but these were just so dated and not the style of the room.

What I really wanted was something that looked more rustic and would fit the style of our room.  Something like this:

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I did a lot of looking around and it looks like most versions of this candle stick are made from wood.  I didn’t want to totally ditch what I had because I already had them.  So I figured I would play around with paint and see what I could do.  If it was a total fail, I would just paint them a solid color.

I bought the Martha Stewart Vintage Decor paint in Linen and Clay.  These had a matte, chalky finish, so I figured I could apply and sand where I wanted to distress.  Also, I was lucky timing-wise that they were buy one get one half off at Michaels because they are a little pricey.

The rest was pretty easy.  I applied two coats of the clay and followed the instructions on the back of the bottle.  Apply and let cure.  I was purposely sloppy with how the paint went on because it was going to be sanded down.

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After the clay covered completely, I applied two coats of linen and let dry overnight.  Again, not really caring how smooth the paint went on.

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My plan was to sand most of the linen off the top and expose most of the clay.  Sanding was not going the way I thought it would.  It took a lot of effort to sand and when I made it through the top layers, it went straight back down to the gold.  Hmm

Plan B: Dry brush* the clay over the top and hope it looks good.  And that is what I did for both.

*Dry brushing is when you dip your brush into a little paint, wipe it on a paper towel or paper plate and then paint your piece.  It cuts down the coverage and gives it the look that I spent all day sanding.

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I was so happy I was not particular about how the bottom layers of paint went on because it created this really nice groove effect on the top to give it way more dimension.

I totally eyeballed how much to put on and when to stop.

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I mounted the long window I actually found in the trash back when I was looking for wedding decor.  I think it is such a cool piece and lucky me to find it.

Such an easy and cheap project to take off the to-do list!  I am brainstorming ideas for a new screen.  I will tackle that once we have the fireplace serviced.  When we bought the house, the seller was in the process of switching it from gas to electric and just stopped halfway through.  So we are going to hire someone to come take a look and make sure it works in time for winter.

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Shared Home Office Reveal

I am about to climb on the roof of my house to shout to the neighborhood that my office is DONE!  This has been such a HEFTY project and took way longer than I had hoped but mainly because I did all of this by myself!!

I was planning on writing up a post on how to customize boring stock cabinets, and I still can, if you are interested.  But for now, let’s just talk about how this room came together and I was finally able to clean it out last night!!

Let’s flashback to where we were when we first started:

The room lacked any type of storage and any sort of personality.  Storage was BIG for us because at the time I took these pictures, there were still boxes from moving that needed a home.

I ended up getting a later start on this project because I was not sure what direction I wanted to go with shelving.  I was going to be sharing this space as well so I needed to make sure we both agreed on what I was going to do.

Here you can read about the design plan

When things finally got moving, there were a bunch more hiccups than I had hoped for.  The shelves were a pain to deal with.  Then, while upgrading the cabinets with new and existing trim, so many things got annoying that I had to walk away and rethink.  Painting only takes forever when you do not have a paint sprayer.  And switching out old outlets for new in a house with annoying wiring is, well, annoying! HA

Let’s just jump into the reveal already!  I will try to source everything I can below each picture, but if there is something you see and have a question on, let me know!

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I am so happy this is done!  There are a few things I still to take care of in here: fix the front gaps where the cabinets meet the wall, find a plant for the desk, and scrape any paint off the floor.

The desk is from Cost Plus World Market.  It was a tough one to get because it was on backorder for a minute.

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I am currently not a big fan of the camera I am using because it really ran with the green tint coming in from the windows, I assume?  The cabinets are painted Glidden Stone White.  It is really pretty.  It is gray in some light, white-ish in others.  Green apparently to my camera 😦HomeDownSouth Office Reveal 3

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Honestly, I am still getting used to the shelves.  I love them but I am not used to having ALL THE THINGS up on the wall.  HomeDownSouth Office Reveal 5

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There was a lot of going back and forth on what knobs I wanted in here.  Honestly, I did not have the budget to spend anything more than a few dollars on hardware, but I wanted something a little more unique than what you would find in a big box.  I ended up finding mine at Hobby Lobby on sale for 50% off!

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The chaise is from a local warehouse outlet store but I am pretty sure it originally came from Ashley Furniture.  The Georgia G and the lamp were local thrift finds.  I need to replace the brown pillow that came with chaise, but I have not seen anything that made me stop in my tracks.HomeDownSouth Office Reveal 7 We are each getting one cabinet to do whatever with it.  I have already organized all the craft supplies I wanted to keep and move out of our hall closet to my side (which is the more decorated side because not everyone has had a chance to play around).  I’ll share what I did in my cabinet for another post.

What do you think?

Now that this space is finally done, I can start focusing on the next room, our dining room.  We have been handed the Thanksgiving host torch and the room is in shambles right now …so stay tuned!

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Building Shelves: How-to and What Went Wrong

The biggest project in the office so far was surprisingly the shelves that were placed behind the desk.  I say surprisingly because I didn’t actually build the shelves as I had intended, so I thought this was going to be much easier.  I wanted to mimic the chunky, floating shelves that I built at our old house in the laundry room (oh, how I miss that little space).

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My plan was to build a less chunky version of these shelves that spanned the entire wall behind my desk.

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But then budgets and time got in the way.  This wall is a 12′ long wall and if we wanted to do three floating shelves, that was going to cost a pretty penny.  A pretty penny that needed to go elsewhere in this room.

I started looking at lumber and while I was not worried about being able to find the length that we needed, it was more the thickness that made me re-plan this whole portion of the project.  My worry was would a long 1″ thick board sag over time?  The weight would be practically nothing but then add books and decorative items on there and I was worried I was setting this up for failure.  As we were walking the aisles at the store we ran into 12′ boards at 2″ thick (which are not a true 2″, in case you did not know).  They had the chunk I was looking for and saved me the time and extra cost of building them out.  Sold!

Here is the board that I ended up using (2″x12″x12″)

These boards are MUCH heavier than the 1″ thick board, so I needed to figure out the hanging to the wall process.  It wasn’t going to be as easy as throwing up some brackets and calling it a day (or maybe it is and I over complicated it).  I REALLY REALLY wanted brackets like this:

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But the price, well it hurt.  It hurt a lot for what we needed.  The ones in the picture are much smaller than what I needed but we were looking at over $30 for each bracket.  I looked around the internets and found some ways to DIY my very own brackets, but as I was standing in front of the materials, my confidence to create sturdy brackets dissipated quickly.

I settled and ended up using these.  Well actually, I wish I had used those.  I used ones were 12″ long and as I mentioned before, boards are not their true listed size.  The 12″ ended up being too long, so I had to create a slight gap between the wall and shelf to make sure it overhung the bracket

While hemming and hawing over being slightly butthurt over the bracket choice, I picked a color for the wall behind the shelves.  We went with Sherwin Williams Restorative.  But, to my frustration, you cannot find that color on their website.  It was purchased at Lowe’s and it is almost as if it does not exist.  Either way, you can see it here.Home Down South Office Wall Color

When it was time to start hanging the brackets, I turned to trusty painters tape to show me where the studs were and what our shelves would look like.  With the potential weight of these shelves, we needed as many studs as possible.  We ended up with four studs and one center free floater (which meant anchors).

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The laser level was my best friend through this whole process.  I measured, remeasured, leveled, releveled, checked the level line with an actual level.  Precision is key here.

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After a somewhat seamless first row installation, I moved on to the second row.

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The second row was a little more frustrating because of whatever is going on behind the wall and getting screws to go fully into the stud, but it went up.

The third row, well that was a sonofacrapper.  After all of my measuring and leveling, I pre-drilled my holes so I could easily get the brackets up.  Apparently one of my measurements was off by a smidge and it threw three brackets off and it looked terribly stupid.  They were not in line with the brackets below.  Of course, that also included the bracket in the center with anchors.  #headslam

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I am not kidding when I tell you I went through THREE types of anchors to work in this stubborn hole!  Either they broke or just sucked (being honest).  And that lovely GIANT hole on top, even your basic putty could not fix it.  I had to break out the joint compound to fix that hole.  You guys, that is the standard!  It fixed the giant hole and did not implode when I had to redrill into part of it like the putty did.

Officially, I would like to take shelf hanging OFF my resume after this.  It was so frustrating.  BUT the shelves are up and look quite nice.

As I was hanging the shelves, the screws that I was using were a blinding silver and the brackets were black.  It was like wearing white socks with black shoes.  I grabbed some acrylic paint I had and painted over the tops of the screws and unless you are standing with your nose against the wall, you can’t tell.

As for the shelves, I slapped on a layer of pre-conditioner (NECESSARY) and two coats of Minwax Espresso.

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Once we got the last shelf up (which is a total team lift item and you should NOT do this alone), they actually looked decent.  Home Down South builds Shelves

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I feel like I went a little overkill with the brackets, but as I am styling the shelves, they can be hidden.

Up next: upgrading those boring stock cabinets you can buy at a big box home improvement store!

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Design Plan for Our Home Office

When we moved into this house, we decided to take what is commonly used as the “Formal Living Room” and turn it into our home office. First, what is the actual purpose of the “formal living room”? This house was built 30 years ago, so it was a thing then but now, notsomuch. We do not need a room that will sit untouched (that is what the formal dining room is for). Second, I work from home and Matt is in grad school, so we need a dedicated space to work.

The room is plenty big and perfectly proportional (luck that I have not had before).

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I have noticed for this space our tastes both mesh in the “Industrial” look. It is a lot masculine, but so many yummy wood tones. I think our biggest inspiration for this space was the filing cabinet we scored from someone’s trash pile a few years back. It could use some cleanup, but boy does it serve it’s purpose well.

I decided it was probably wise to start putting some ideas down on paper to avoid going eight directions with this space. My biggest request from looking good is the organization. We have been in this house for seven months and we still suffer from a lack of organization.

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So, here is the baseline design I am going after. I promise to post a source list at the end of the reveal post because some of the items above are just placeholder pieces.The back wall of the office is 12’ long and it is perfect to install wall to wall shelves. Not only will it serve an organizational purpose, but it will also allow us to display nice pieces up there. We have actually already purchased two kitchen base cabinets to go on either side of the room under the shelves. They are totally unfinished and I am still thinking of how I want to finish those off.

I have been researching a way to make shelf brackets to hold up our beastly shelves mainly because they can get super pricey. So far, everything I love that I know I could DIY just makes me too nervous with how much weight they can actually hold.

GREEN! I am making it my goal to have at least 3 – 4 plants in each room. I am trying to steer away from faux mainly because I have not seen any that don’t look FAKE. I can be swayed!!

Paint: I am considering putting a board and batten around three of the walls, but I keep flip flopping. Too much wood vs. my love for BnB. I think this room can easily handle a dark color on the walls because we get a lot of light throughout the day. I have always always wanted to paint a room deep blue but never had the right lighting. If I were to do a board and batten, I would paint the upper portion of three walls in the deep blue. The wall holding the shelves would probably have to be painted all navy.  The choices of the blue I am leaning towards are Sherwin Williams Distance or Sherwin Williams Moscow Midnight.  If BnB is in our future, I am thinking a lighter color that is not pure white.  Possibly SW Pearly White.  I haven’t actually put samples of these on the walls yet so this could change completely!

We also want to add a French door to the front of the room, but right now our focus is getting the inside completed.  I feel like I have been planning this room forever!!

Stay tuned for more updates!!