October 15, 2014

Living Room Progress

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It’s not finished (a word I’ll probably never use to describe a room of my own), but I thought I’d share the updates that we’ve made in our living room. Just over 15 months ago, we shared that some major decor changes were about to be made around here, and that process has been slow (clearly, here we are a year later). But in a really, really good way. Blogging about your home (for me at least) came along with a lot of unnecessary pressure to post constant updates, and whip up projects left and right. A frenzy that kept me from enjoying the process and in a roundabout way, kept me from loving the result.

I vowed to take a step back and do it right this time, and whoa. You’d think I’d be afraid to eat my words later, but no. These rooms that we’re slowly cranking out.. I’m dying. They feel so good. So right. And us. We’re adding pieces carefully, like, mauling over pretty minor decisions for months carefully. Probably not uncommon for some, but a dramatic change for us. It’s nice to have that sense of control back. Even that inevitable envy, as others are flying through makeovers, it’s easily brushed off with the newfound love that I have for our home. It’s liberating.

So, back to the living room. We’ll start with the one element that stayed. The wood pallet wall. It brings in so much warmth and texture to the room, but it also packs a ton of visual weight, so we started by balancing that out with a lot of lighter toned pieces. A high-gloss white media cabinet from Ikea (with the addition of a few tapered legs), an ivory shag rug, and a stunning light aqua sofa.

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The hot pink Hmong pillow and yellow heart pillow were among some of our first purchases. I love the energy that they bring and the youthful colors are so fun. Small doses of pink are exactly what our home needed. We have three girls living here after all!

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Living Room Tour | Cape27Blog.com

For our fairly small room, an acrylic coffee table takes up less space visually, but gives us all the function we need. The rounded corners are a nice plus with littles running around too. And yes, on a daily basis this is covered in finger prints. We have three kids, I’m sure the style police will understand. A pair of ottomans slip underneath, with a fun pattern to peak through. We’d originally bought these to be more of foot stools, but more often we find the girls hopping up, like their own tiny play table. I found the ottomans on Ebay, and just recovered them with a black and white blanket.

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The gray arm chair was the one that we’d planned to use in Ryan’s nursery. It camped out in the living room for a while, as we finished up planking and painting his room, and we couldn’t convince ourselves to take it out. We swapped out the original rectangular Ikea legs for more fitting mid-century legs. The wood chair that you can just see in the corner of the above photo is something I picked up off Craigslist. I’m hoping to have the cushions reupholsted relatively soon. So, you know, don’t hold your breath.

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We built a really simple blanket ladder out of 1×4′s and galvanized plumbing pipes. The girls haven’t taken interest in climbing it just yet, but if that day ever comes, a few brackets to secure it to the wall may be in order. For now, we’re really enjoying our floors free of blanket piles.

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Craigslist strikes again with this pretty side table. I desperately wanted to save the wood finish, but it was a sanding project gone very wrong. Paint it is (Sherwin Williams’ Snowbound – my go-to white these days) . I switched out the hardware and applied a faux marble contact paper to the top. Totally new piece. The lamp on top is the same one that we used in Ryan’s room. I love it, but I’m not totally sure that it works here, with the white on white.

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The throw on the back of the armchair is only temporary in here, but I thought I’d share the source because if you feel anything like I do, your curiosity has probably grown to pure infatuation by now - Someware Goods. She’s one of two that’ll be in the dining room, eventually.

So, we still have some work to be done, but given the amount of changes, I’m feeling really good with where we’re at. I’d still like to get something up on the pallet wall, opposite the ladder, upholster the wood chair cushions, maybe a throw pillow for the two chairs, etc. But, at the end of the day, I fall just a little more in love with this room, which is something that I could never really say about our previous living space. Not just this room as a whole, but when I break it down, I love every. single. detail!

 

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October 2, 2014

Popcorn to Planked Ceiling Progress

First and foremost, if you’re feeling generous today, we’d loooove to have your vote for Ryan’s nursery over at Apartment Therapy’s Room for Color Contest. 

A few weekends back, we kicked off the beginning stages of planking the ceiling in the girls’ room. As I’ve mentioned before, when we purchased our home, all of the bedrooms came equipped with popcorn ceilings (yay), and we’re slowly updating them to fit our tastes. Typically, popcorn ceilings can be scraped off with a little elbow grease, but if they’ve been painted, like ours had, then you’ll have to get a little creative.

In Ryan’s room, we just simply covered them with new drywall, but we wanted to try something new in here. Planking it is!

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I made a few quick stops into our local hardware stores, checking out the options, before settling on packs of 8′ pine planks. A few things that sealed the deal for us:

• The bedroom is approximately 11’6 x 12’6, so the 8′ length planks meant that we’d have seams. It wasn’t a deal breaker to work with the seams, but it would’ve taken half as long with longer 12′ planks. Unfortunately, all of the 12′ options were ridiculously thick and heavy, and ceilings are probably not the best place for that.

• Again, the weight. These planks were so lightweight that Ricky could easily install them by himself, which with three little people running around, is pretty much our only option right now.

• Cost. All the other options were a good $75-$100 more to plank the entire ceiling. These come in packs of six, at about $11 each. A no brainer. For anyone looking to do a ceiling of their own, we ended up using 12 packs, which ran us around $140 total, with tax.

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Now, to learn from our mistakes - Paint before installing. We knew this, and tried to avoid it like hell, with no luck. We were in a bit of a time crunch that didn’t allow us the prior paint step, but you my friends, should paint first, because what a good time my neck is having painting several ceiling coats and filling six million holes with wood putty.

Moving on.

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The install itself is relatively easy, just mark your ceiling joists and a few nails gets the job done. The planks are tongue and groove and interlock, but one thing to note, this isn’t the highest quality wood. Like, at all. So, when I say interlock, expect a little effort on your part in some spots. Also expect to take half the packs back to the store to exchange them for non-chipping, not completely falling apart pieces. Don’t get me wrong, it can be good stuff, it’s just more of a garage sale experience – you’ll have to do a little digging first. 

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I wanted to include this close up to show our edges. No, we are not this terrible at measuring (although sometimes it happens, ha). This was more a result of eliminating huge knots in the wood, and doing our best to prevent waste material. My point is, if you’re planning to install crown molding, as we did, you have some room to play with, which is nice.

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(half installed crown)

We’re still in the process of painting now, but I’m amazed at this transformation already. The room is so much lighter without the pink ceiling, and I’d be lying if I said I minded the natural wood. It feels really warm and cozy. Reminds me a lot of my parents home (a log cabin). Granted that wood ceiling is already painted white (haha), but it’s a nice reminder to try something out of the typical “paint everything white” box that we all seem to be stuck in these days.

September 15, 2014

DIY Hidden Corner Bookcase

When we moved into our current home, we set up a temporary basket in Zoey’s room for storing books. Two years later, we now have an overflowing basket and two very frustrated little girls, trying to squeeze books in and out of it.

Their room has an awkward little corner, directly behind the door, where we’d previously hung a few hooks for coats and bags. It worked, but it definitely wasn’t making the most of the space. We could do better. I pinned this clever corner bookcasetwo years ago, and I’m happy to say that we’ve finally built something similar!

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We took some cues from our inspiration, and then put a few twists of our own on it, like the rounded dowel rods vs square, and doubling them up on each shelf. I wanted to make sure it could accommodate smaller books too, since the girls still have a few of those hanging around. Plus, the books will just get smaller again as they grow older. So, the idea is for this to work for many years to come.

Cramped Corner Turned Book Storage | Cape27Blog.com

Cramped Corner Turned Book Storage | Cape27Blog.com

Ricky built the entire piece in the garage, and them installed it, fully assembled, which was really gratifying to watch. Blank corner to instant, awesome bookcase corner (why can’t all project be like that?).

DIY Hidden Corner Bookcase | Cape27Blog.com

After a lot of wood putty, I painted it to match the future trim (ha), Sherwin Williams’ Snowbound, in semi-gloss. Harmony ftw – pretty much my go-to paint for anything inside that can’t be aired out. And if you haven’t already noticed from the taped up rosin paper, I chose to bring out the spray gun on this project, because, you know, tight corners, limited time, (must save all patience for children) type things. We’re fans of the Wagner Flexio 590 (link contains affiliate), in case anyone is interested.

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Loading it up with books was definitely my idea of a good time. Very Christmas morning-esque. It’s also been really fun to rediscover many of the forgotten books from the bottom of the pile.

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AND, amazing extra bonus – for some reason, the girls are now excellent about putting away their books when they’re finished. We’ll see how long this lasts, but I’m really hoping it’s the new norm!

September 10, 2014

Ikea Dresser Turned Dress-Up Closet

Last November we celebrated Zoey’s third birthday, and naturally, as we now come up on her fourth birthday, I’m finally blogging about. For most holidays we’re pretty low-key on gifts for the kids, nothing overly complicated, but birthdays we try to step it up a notch. (Really, this means I come up with ideas and Ricky kindly builds them, like a play kitchen, train table, play tent, etc.)

With Zoey’s ever-growing collection of dress-up clothes, it couldn’t have been more evident what to make her. Some of you may remember the Ikea Ombre Chest?

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Well, the exterior was still in great shape, but we thought the interior could use a fun new makeover. Here she is now!

Ikea Dresser Turned Dress-Up Closet | Cape27BLog.com

Ricky removed the interior drawer glides, whipped up a simple cubbie area for baskets, and installed a tiny clothing rod for dresses galore. Wood putty, prime, paint, and we have a whole new look!

As for the door itself, we wanted to the exterior to appear the same, so Ricky separated the drawer fronts and reattached them to one another using a few 1×3′s. Easy peasy. The entire door hangs on a trio of new hinges.

Ikea Dresser Turned Dress-Up Closet | Cape27BLog.com

The baskets hold all of the accessories - tiaras, magical wands, jewelry, etc. You know, the necessary princess attire.

Ikea Dresser Turned Dress-Up Closet | Cape27BLog.com

While a few packs of small hangers clip up the dresses.

Ikea Dresser Turned Dress-Up Closet | Cape27BLog.com

Honestly, I don’t even know how our dress-up collection got to this point. I swear just yesterday I was pregnant with Zoey, and now we have backpacks and sports gear and questions about everything, and it’s all just moving entirely too fast. Anyway. Start to finish.

Ikea Dresser Turned Dress-Up Closet | Cape27BLog.com

A year later and the girls are still getting so much use out of this project. Because princess dresses count as normal, everyday clothes, right?

September 8, 2014

Girls’ Room Updates

When I first began playing around with a new design for the girls room, I wanted them to be as involved as possible. So, I asked them what they wanted. Let me lead this by saying that there are maybe five total items that I was planning to have stay in the room, one of them being Zoey’s headboard. I’d just need to duplicate it for Lizzy. Well, as I mentioned in the initial plans, their first idea was to change that.

Pink headboards it is.

DIY Pink Nailhead Headboard | Cape27Blog.com

The hot pink fabric is the Warsa Linen in Fuchsia from Gray Lines Linen (it’s the same fabric that we used to upholster the previous headboard as well as the dining banquette). Awesome price, awesome quality.

DIY Pink Nailhead Headboard | Cape27Blog.com

This was my first time using nailhead trim, so this trim kit ( in french natural) made it a lot less intimidating. Totally doable for any beginner.

You also may notice that we painted the once gray walls. The new color is Sherwin Wiliam’s Lighter Mint, which reads as a completely different color than the first time we used on Ryan’s ceiling. Instead of the warm and muted mint that we had in the nursery, here we have a light and fresh mint.

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It’s subtle and yet, so much fun against the hot pink. Actually, it almost looks white in these photos, which is 100% the result of my lacking photography skills.

Girls' Shared Room | Cape27Blog.com

I mentioned in our plans that I’d scored a campaign dresser on Craigslist last summer. Well, here she is, all dolled up in a fresh coat of white paint and clean hardware.

White Painted Campaign Chest | Cape27Blog.com

I can’t get enough of the campaign hardware and the nailhead trim playing off each other.

DIY Pink Nailhead Headboard | Cape27Blog.com

So, clearly there’s a lot to still do here. Address the blank walls, the ceiling, lighting, and let’s not forget that I neglected to even show you the other half of the room.. there’s a reason for that ;)