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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?).

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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!

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June 23, 2014

Ryan’s Nursery Reveal

Finally, we are calling this room 100% complete (!!). Little Ryan arrived a few weeks early, following a prior few weeks of me on bed rest, so I’ll go ahead and blame those two things on the hold up. Although, that is unlikely. More likely? Game of Thrones + Orange is the New Black having slightly swayed my priorities. Either way.

Last time we touched base, the “construction” phase, as we’d called it, had just been wrapped up. Wood plank walls, craftsman door/window moldings, a newly drywalled ceiling, and fresh paint throughout. Read more about that process here. We moved onto the really good stuff, furniture + diy projects, and eventually lighting, window treatments, accessories, and so on. Let’s dive in!

Welcome to Ryan’s Nursery!

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Many of the pieces came straight from the original mood board that I first shared, but there are plenty of new selections that can all be sourced at the bottom of this post!

Ryan's Nursery Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

Ryan's Nursery Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

Gah. That dresser. We found it for $60 on Craigslist and I gave it a complete makeover. Fresh cobalt paint, new hardware, and decorative fretwork panels on the top drawers. It’s easily in my top five favorite elements in the room.

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I am constantly reminded of all the love that we’ve tried to inject into this space. Hopefully, that’ll be the feeling Ryan gets as he grows older as well. We’ve always been fans of tackling projects ourselves, big and small, but there’s just something about this room that feels so handmade to us. I love it.

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Industrial Pipe Curtain Rod | Cape27Blog.com

Design-wise, Ryan’s nursery has been a big game changer for me. It’s a new reminder, when it comes to the rest of our home, to prioritize including pieces that carry emotional weight. Memories, personal pieces, family photos, etc. That seems silly, but it’s not always been at the top of the list for me when styling a space. More often, it’s about making things pretty and functional. There’s something so amazing about a room that feels lived in, like it has a life of it’s own. Anyway, another lesson learned.

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One of the biggest regrets that I’ve had in past makeovers, is the absence of old and new pieces. Not this time! While plenty of purchases were made from big box stores, we also bought everywhere from local thrift stores and flea markets to vintage pieces from Ebay + Craigslist + Etsy! It’s such a good mix, I can’t get enough.

Ryan's Nursery Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

Ryan's Nursery Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

There’s somewhat of a theme going on here, although it could be hard to pick up on if you weren’t paying close attention. I know. Themes. Not in my wildest dreams. But this is one I can get on board with. It’s sort of a whimsical, woodsy + nature meets tribal + hard industrial. That’s not a thing, but I’m going with it.

DIY Industrial Pipe Bookcase | Cape27Blog.com

Ryan's Nursery Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

And with our third kid, we finally got the whole organization thing down pat. Not only is this room ready for baby, it’s ready for toddler + preschooler + more. Similar to what we just gave the girls (read more about that here), Ryan’s closet is also customized to the nines.

DIY Custom Nursery Closet | Cape27Blog.com

So, there we have it, Ryan’s nursery!

Ryan's Nursery Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

Interested in where we purchased something? This is for you! Otherwise, any questions can be left in the comments and I’ll do my best to help!

SOURCES:

+ Wood Plank Wall
+ Wall/ Trim Color – SW Snowbound
+ Ceiling Color – SW Lighter Mint
+ Ceiling Light – Previously in the dining room.
+ Moroccan Shag Rug
+ White Linen Curtains
+ Industrial Curtain Rods – DIY, using pipe from Home Depot. Plenty of tutorials out there on this already.

++ CRIB – Hand me down from big sister’s Nursery.
+ Woodland Blanket
Yellow Stripe Blanket
+ Crib Pillows – Obviously, these don’t stay in here. Solid blue pillow + striped tribal pillow.
+ Dreamcatchers – DIY. A few good tutorials here and here.
+ Gray Laundry Hamper

++ DRESSER – Craigslist find. Painted SW Hyper Blue + custom fretwork panels on the top drawers.
+ Dresser Hardware – Home Depot’s Pinnacle knobs + pulls, spray painted Gold with a sheer black overlay for a faux antique brass finish.
+ Drawer Organizer Inserts
+ Hemispheres Map
+ Leather Triangle Pennant Banner – DIY, made from Hobby Lobby leather scraps.
White Table Lamp
+ Round Wooden Tray
+ Mint Bowl + Tray
+ Footed White Frame

++ TREE SLICE PAINTING – DIY, using Michaels’ wood plagues, inspired by UO.
+ Yellow Wooden Coat Hooks – DIY, leftover pallet wood + a few Hobby Lobby knobs + yellow paint.

++ TEAL PLYCRAFT LOUNGE CHAIR – Local thrift store
+ Black and White Stripe Blanket
+ Leather Tribal Pouf – Vintage, Ebay
+ Tripod Side Table
+ Yellow Alarm Clock – Vintage, Etsy
+ Yellow Planter

++ INDUSTRIAL PIPE BOOKCASE – There are a million and one tutorials for these, but we found this one the most helpful.
Aqua Toy Baskets
+ Racoon Plush Bookend – Purchased here, filled with sand for extra weight.
+ Marquee Letter “R” – Vintage, flea market
Footed Blue Frame
+ Tree Slice Quote Art – DIY, using Michaels’ wood plagues.
+ Ceramic Turtle Planter
+ Custom Arrow Set
+ Woodland Photograph
+ Yellow Lantern – Vintage, Etsy.
+ Alphabet Blocks – Vintage, flea market.
+ White Storage Boxes

++ CUSTOM CLOSET – Tutorial here.
+ Fabric Storage Bins – Yellow, Blue, Aqua.
+ Woven Seagrass Baskets
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July 19, 2013

DIY Custom Closet Makeover

When we first moved into our house, just over a year ago, we knew that all of the bedroom closets needed some work. Custom closet organizers are crazy expensive, so we also knew that it’d likely be something that we’d DIY when it came time. Well, it’s now officially way past time.

All three bedroom closets are in constant state of chaos and bursting at the seams. We’ve done our best to work with what the house came with by keeping things as organized as possible, and purging clothes that the girls have outgrown, but when it came down to it, the current closet systems just weren’t utilizing the space to their best ability. Specifically, Zoey’s closet.

Yikes.

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Clothes are piling up, toys are piling up, random things that don’t below are piling up. But, the most obvious problem in Zoey’s closet is the dead space. Talk about a waste. And with Lizzy well on her way to the age at which the girls will begin sharing a room, we have no wasted space to spare.

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Not only does this space serve as clothes storage, it also functions as toy storage. The girls will have some toy storage beneath their beds, but the room isn’t huge, so that’s about it. We knew we had to make this closet work hard.

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I ran through a few of my favorite inspirational photos and landed on the idea of using the lower portion of the closet for toy bins and the upper sections for clothing. After pricing out a few options, we decided to buy most of the inner workings in-store and to spruce them up with a “custom built-in” feel by framing everything in. We picked up one of Closetmaid’s 9-cube organizers for the bottom half and Ricky worked his magic.

DIY Custom Closet Makeover | Cape27Blog.com

(just ignore the wire rack above it, we hadn’t taken it down yet)

DIY Custom Closet Makeover | Cape27Blog.com

Next up, clothes storage. I always find that a mix of open and closed storage in closets works best, so we opted to use a few sliding wire bins to serve as drawers, with a rod above for hanging shirts. Ikea’s Komplement wire baskets (in 39″x13″) came close enough to the closet size that we could easily build out the sides of the closet to accommodate the drawer slides. The bins are perfect for pants, shorts, pajamas, and the smaller undergarment pieces. One basket really would have been sufficient for Zoey, but we chose to do two so Lizzy would have room down the road.

DIY Custom Closet Makeover | Cape27Blog.com

We topped these pieces with a sheet of wood as well to create a space that would serve as a little tabletop, just beneath the hanging clothes area. A small white trim piece disguises the unfinished edges.

DIY Custom Closet Makeover | Cape27Blog.com

We filled all the nail holes with a little wood putty, gave everything a fresh coat of white paint, and added the hanging rod above, as well as an extra shelf at the very top.

DIY Custom Closet Makeover | Cape27Blog.com

Looking so much better right?

Just wait.

DIY Custom Closet Makeover | Cape27Blog.com

Boom. Color.

Be still my heart.

DIY Custom Closet Makeover | Cape27Blog.com

We tossed in a few of Closetmaid’s Fabric Drawers (Pink. Red. Yellow. Orange.) in the bottom cubicle for toys and lined the wire baskets above with the same Watercolor Meadow fabric used in other areas of the room. The “liners” are really more of just faux fronts. I used a few leftover cardboard pieces, cut them to size, and wrapped them with spray adhesive and fabric. Voala.

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I used the same technique on the bottom of the drawers too, just to give clothes a nice landing spot. Nothing super pretty, but it works, and it’s hidden beneath the clothes anyway :)

DIY Custom Closet Makeover | Cape27Blog.com

And moving up, we’re still playing around with styling, this isn’t going to cut it, but it’s a cute place for Zoey to display a few of things of her own. A little dish picked up at Target on clearance last year for jewelry (she has her ears pierced and is wildly obsessed with bracelets), a small flower vase that has yet to be filled, a few sentimental snow globes, and some other decorative accessories.

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The wooden serving tray is corralling a few pairs of shoes (most live in the mudroom).

DIY Custom Closet Makeover | Cape27Blog.com

And as if this post isn’t long enough, let’s talk about the outside of the closet. I’d always envisioned a curtain to serve as the closet “door”, but the more we lived with the curtains in Lizzy’s nursery I realized how much I missed being able to actually close the doors. I loved the look of Ikea’s Hasvik high gloss white sliding doors, especially up against all the color going on inside.

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This way, it can be a nice little surprise when we open the door, or easily hidden away if the color gets overwhelming. Win, win.

DIY Custom Closet Makeover | Cape27Blog.com

Ricky installed the track that came with the door directly to the wall, and it functions just like a barn door. Except, beautiful, beautiful high gloss white. Yum. The door has several safety locking features, so no worries about the door sliding off the rail, or even the kids pulling it off the wall from the bottom. This thing isn’t going anywhere. The door sits out just a tad from the wall, which works out perfectly with the adjacent wall art. The door just slides right over it.

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A few other things to note:

- The door can only be purchased in a two pack, so we’re holding on to the other to use in Lizzy’s room some day, we’ll just need to get our hands on another track.

- And one small issue we ran into was the way the door hung. Since it’s meant to slide on a top and bottom rail, and we’re only using a top, the bottom tends to cling to the wall. We’ve since installed a pair of casters to the inside of the door, just at the bottom, that gently glide along the wall and keep the door standing perfectly vertical. I’ll catch you guys up on that as soon as I can photograph it to better explain.

Now, because you guys know I’m a sucker for a good before and after, let’s get these babies side-by-side :)

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Oh yes. Yes, yes, YES.

Please tell me I’m not the only one that gets excited over a organized closet… :)

May 30, 2013

Landscaping Our Front Yard: Reveal

It’s sooooo close. I can taste it. The mulch is in, putting us one step closer to knocking out our summer to-do list. Just to recap, here’s what we’re hoping to accomplish (with those we’ve completed, crossed off).

• Replace the rotting header above the garage
• Give the porch column a smooth coat
• Add a railing to the side of the porch
• Build new window shutters
• Paint the exterior of the house
• Paint the roof (yes, we’re doing that)
Remove ALL landscaping in the front yard and replace it with something more modern
• Landscape around the mailbox and post light
• Build window boxes for the front of the house
• Do something about that driveaway
• Hire someone to remove the FIVE trees that have fallen over during wind storms
• Replace damaged wood and paint the swing set
• Repair and paint the backyard shed

And as promised, here are few final progress and reveal photos :)

We’ve always bought mulch by the bag in the past. Never again. Unless of course we need, say, one bag. My dad lent us his trailer (with free labor) and we scored this entire mound of black mulch from a local store (Hafner & Sons) for $40. I think that’s a good deal. It really seems like a good deal. That’s a lot of mulch.

Landscaping Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

We were able to cover the entire front bed and side of the house with about three inches of mulch. And we still have this much leftover. Crazy.

Landscaping Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

I could hardly contain my excitement!

Landscaping Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

I want to curl up inside this corner.

Landscaping Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

(Don’t you worry about that shutter… )

Landscaping Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

Check out a full plant source list here and details on our color scheme here.

Landscaping Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

Landscaping Reveal | Cape27Blog.com

You’ve come a long way little house :)

before

We’ve been jumping all over the place with projects throughout this week, so I’m hoping to have some really fun updates for you guys next week!