Presley’s room progress!

Happy Saturday yall..Here is half of Presley’s room reveal. The other side of her room is still being worked on as I am working pretty slow these last few days. This will be a picture heavy post but I will be back later in the week with what I learned with stenciling as well as a few other tutorials that we have done for her room! Hope yall love it as much as I do! 

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All about advent calendars!

I know, I know it is Friday but I had a small surgery this week so today will count for my what I want Wednesday post!

This week I have advent calendars on the brain! I love Christmas and all things holiday but Drake made me promise to wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate, so I am restraining myself. I grew up having an advent calendar and looked forward to moving the little santa to the next space everyday, I still look forward to doing it when I visit my dad in December! We don’t own a calendar but I have big plans on making one so it will be all ready to hang on December first! I have scoured the internet for my favorites, some are DIY’s and others can be bought but they are all so great!!

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Sources: Pottery Barn

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No Source: Pinterest

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No Source: Pinterest

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Source: http://selfpackagingenglish.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/diy-advent-calendars.html

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No source: Pinterest

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Source:http://gotlandsliv.blogspot.com/2011/12/arets-julkalender.html

As you can see all of my favorites leave spaces for little gifts etc. I plan on using things such as stickers or a few m&ms as well as writing out a special Christmas activity for some of the days! We don’t do the Elf on the Shelf because Presley is too young and I find it creepy haha, so this is a fun way for her to get excited everyday even if she doesn’t know what she is counting down to yet! Ill be back next week with a rundown on my favorite wreaths and stockings. As you can see I have Christmas on my radar! Stay tuned this week for Presley’s room reveal as well! 

Restoration Hardware knockoff!

For those of you who read my post on our toy storage, you may remember the $300 Restoration Hardware toy basket that I have loved for some time now! Those of you who haven’t read that post here is the basket I am talking about!

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I am totally in love with its industrial style and simple lettering but knew I could make one for MUCH less than the asking price!

After walking through Home goods the other day I spotted the perfect basket to make a knock off. I got this basket for $12.99 but have seen similar at Target for around the same price. 

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This basket’s liner is burlap and ties on the handles for easy removal.

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After a quick stop at AC Moore for supplies I had everything I needed to recreate the RH version. I bought black acrylic paint, 5 inch stencils, and a stencil brush. The total cost for the three things was less than $10.00!

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To start I removed the burlap liner and put a piece of cardboard in between the layers so there wouldn’t be any paint that bled through to the other side.

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I then lined up my stencils and eyeballed it for straightness. The baskets bottom doesn’t sit flat on the ground so I knew that once I was done the lettering would not look totally level anyway. 

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Using my little stencil brush, I dabbed it in the paint and did a few hits of the brush on the cardboard to get the excess off. When you are stenciling you don’t want a lot of paint on your brush or it may bleed through on parts you don’t want painted. Do all of your letters this way. 

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When your done you can set the letters aside to dry and use them later for different projects! Let your liner dry for at least 1-2 hours before putting it back on the basket. 

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It is as simple as that! This took me less than an hour and cost a fraction of the RH price. The total cost comes out to $23.99! I think it looks amazingly similar and am totally in love with Presley’s new basket!

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$3.00 Bookcase Redesign!

We inherited this bookcase when Drake and I got married, first it was in my brother’s bedroom growing up and then it was moved to my dad’s house when my brother went off to college. To say its been through the ringer would be an understatement. It was in a room with a child first, then in a home that was occupied by 4 dogs! When we first got it, it was a light wood but to take away some stains from the dogs and some artwork from my brother we stained it a dark color. 

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The bookcase now lives in my living room corner and although it is old, we still love it! I love staging bookcases with fun little knick knacks and since this is the only bookcase in the house, things get moved around often! The sweet little elephant holding up a stack of books once lived in Presley’s nursery while the vintage blue Ball mason jar was a recent antique find.

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Although the bookcase looks cute and serves it’s purpose well, I have been wanting to update it some but could never decide on what to do. I considered painting it white once with the back a pretty turquoise, but with our off white walls I thought it may not look how I have pictured it in my head. My rule of thumb is to never paint real wood without being 110% sure you will love it! Stripping paint is a pain in the a**. I also debated on covering the back with fabric or paper but never found one I really loved. That is until today! I was at Home goods browsing for nothing in particular and spotted the best wrapping paper and my immediate thought was the bookcase. For $2.99 a roll I of course bought it.

Once I got home I measured out the bookcase the width measured to 33in while the wrapping paper was only 30in. I initially was going to scrap the project but I had caught the craft bug and had to figure out how to make it work. I decided to cut the roll in half and just do a center strip. Here are the instructions to how I did it if you are interested in updating a bookcase in your home!

Step one:

Measure out your piece of furniture and paper, fabric, etc…If you can cover the whole back go for it, if not decide the width of the stripe you want and cut the roll down.

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Step two:

I chose to use duct tape to adhere my paper to the bookcase for two reasons..the first being that duct tape works on just about anything and the second because I change my mind a lot and didn’t want to make this permanent.

I kept the roll in tact and added two small pieces of tape to the top and taped it flush with the top of the above shelf. ImageImage

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I let the roll drop and creased it into the corner and added two more pieces of tape to fully adhere the back piece.

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Step four:

I decided not to use the paper on the underside of the shelves because I thought there may not be enough and it doesn’t show unless you look underneath. Since deciding to do this I then cut about half an inch extra of the paper than what I would need to cover the lip of the shelf and added a couple pieces of tape and folded it down to the underside.

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Now just repeat this process on however many shelves you have and you are done! As always if you decide to follow this tutorial please let me know if I can explain any more. This is such a simple way to make a big impact!

Here she is all done!

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This took me all of 30 minutes, and that was with a little toddler helper. So don’t be afraid to make a little change, spruce up that old piece of furniture in your home with some fun and temporary paper. If you don’t love it..no harm done just pull it up and everything will be back to normal! I’ll leave you with a shot of my little P helping tape up the paper :]Image

Feels like Halloween around here!

Halloween has always been a favorite of mine, but when we had Presley my excitement level for Halloween tripled! Her first Halloween she was 8 months old and definitely not old enough to enjoy it, but this year it’s a whole new ballgame! After visiting a few different Halloween stores and playing in Target’s Halloween section multiple times a week, I knew I would have to actually decorate for the holiday this year!

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Presley still isn’t old enough to carve pumpkins but we bought a few anyways and decorated them without carving! The white pumpkin was my choice and i freehanded a plaque design with chalkboard paint and wrote BOO! Drake’s choice was the little Darth Vader pumpkin (the kit is sold at Home Depot) The pumpkin that is kind of hidden is a covered in a lace sleeve we bought at Target! We Bought a couple of mums as well but I think a nice wreath would really complete the front entry!

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This is our entry table that is to your left when you walk through the front door. We added a pumpkin to a cake stand we already owned and put a little pipe cleaner spider and mini pumpkin in one of our apothecary jars we had lying around. The window pane usually holds pictures of our family and cards from friends but I thought it would be a fun place to add some little witch hats! I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the hats with designs I bought from their online store. 

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Presley loves pointing to them and saying Hat so I am thinking I will have to do this for more holidays! Maybe some autumn leaves for Thanksgiving or little turkeys may be cute. For Christmas we display our holiday cards here but maybe I will add in some little trees as well!

Our console table that sits under the TV has just a few little things, like Presley’s beautiful painted pumpkin she did at a little play date last week. 

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On the other side are two little owls that I wouldn’t mind leaving up year round! The big lantern owl was a gift from Pottery barn and the smaller orange one was a Target buy!

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The last place in the living room we added some Halloween decor to was our corner bookcase. I found this trio of Jack O’ Lanterns at goodwill last week and for $1.25 for all three I could not pass them up! At night we turn on battery powered votives and they give them such a fun glow!

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The last place we added anything to was the dining room, this is by far my favorite room in the house and the Halloween stuff just adds to it! I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the bats and just double stick taped them up to the wall. I didn’t have a specific pattern in mind so I just put a few up and stepped back to look at how it was going before adding more. 

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I have never been one to go all out for a holiday, but something about having a baby around just makes me want to make every holiday no matter how big or small, as much fun as possible! We have a little photo shoot planned with her costume this weekend and I can’t wait to show yall! 

Happy Saturday yall!

Ok I admit it…

I am here to admit I have chronic redecorate-itis. I seriously love change, I am blaming this on the fact that my mom re-decorated my room every time I asked, we lived in 4 different houses before I moved in with Drake, and since Drake and I have been married we have lived in two separate states and in 3 separate houses. We have been in our current rental for 2 years and I am craving change! Rather than moving (we love this rental) I choose to change things up by redecorating. Drake is not surprised when he comes home to painters tape on the wall or the furniture rearranged. There is a special place in heaven for men who deal with indecisive women (love you babe). I have the most fun changing up Presley’s space. In a child’s room you can have so much fun changing things up with fun art and tons of color!! Here is the proof that I can never keep things the same. A look at Presley’s rooms through the last two years. (Please excuse the poor picture quality these are all instagrams)

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This was her first nursery I decorated. This was when we lived in Great Lakes, Illinois and we were not allowed to paint the walls. We spent all of two weeks living here before packing up and moving to Virginia.

Below is when we first moved into our current house..I begged Drake to paint her room this purple and while it was an ok color it overwhelmed the small space and I never loved it.

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After living with the purple for a few months I went out and bought a gallon of a light grey and we painted it that day! It freshened up the room SO much and made it so much brighter I have kept it that color and plan on it staying that way.

Well then Pinterest happened and I saw a bajillion accent walls plastered all over the place. Let me just tell you I am a sucker for an accent wall. On a whim I pulled out my Silhouette and cut out 100’s of circles out of a metallic gold paper. It wasn’t a well thought out plan thought and after about two weeks Presley pulled 70% of them off of the wall.

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Now I am going to show you what we are currently working with and what direction I think we are headed in. Don’t hold anything I say against me..I will probably change my mind next week.

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The crib is directly in front of you when you walk in as well as the only window in the room. I would love to stencil some sort of accent wall behind the crib and add something above it. I am on the fence with my thrift store chandelier so we will see if that stays or goes.

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The closet doors are on the wall to your right when facing the crib. Her closet holds her dresser to make more play space so I would like to keep the doors rather than putting curtains up here. Also I think a window curtain plus two curtain “doors” would look really strange. I’m hoping some new knobs and a nice new coat of paint will freshen them up.

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The corner and back wall have her little chair and some other odds and ends. This chair is actually never used, my ham of a child hopped up there and said cheese when she realized I was taking pictures, so the chair will be something we will sell and maybe put a teepee (tipi?!) in its place. The gold trunk was a thrift store find I couldn’t pass up and holds some dress up clothes! The hoops are ok..I just don’t love them. I would love to make a gallery wall with lots of vintage, colorful, and quirky prints. The light was also a thrift score and is originally from Ikea..this will stay I love the shadows it projects onto the walls!

This is the problem wall. It is a couple little prints taped up akwardly with washi tape but I have trouble deciding what to actually do here. I am thinking either a large framed chalkboard or maybe painting a chalkboard directly on the wall.

So there is my thought process all written out. It is sort of a mess. I will update with everything we do in here but I will leave you with some inspiration pictures that are guiding me so far!