June 4, 2013

Put Some Grass on Those Walls

Yesterday we played catch-up with a few quick updates we’ve been planning around here, and today I’m back to share our progress. Our first step in giving the entryway a mini makeover was attacking a  wall treatment. As I mentioned in the past, our main goal here was to lighten this side of the room. The last time we shared the entry it was looking like this…

Entrway/Office/Living Room Combo | Cape27Blog.com

However, in real time, after moving the office to the bedroom we’ve been living with this:

Entryway | Cape27Blog.com

Even after lightening the photo quite a bit you can still see how dark, not to mention uninviting, the space is. And please ignore the random collection of pieces. Pretty much every single thing in this photo is a temporary filler and will go elsewhere as we find replacements.

To ensure that the end result would in fact be significantly lighter, we started by framing out and painting the lower two-thirds of the wall in a bright off-white (a custom match to our Ikea Adel cabinets in the kitchen/dining room).

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 Ricky just used a few basic 1×3′s to make the frame, the same size boards as used on the craftsman door trim around the front door. It really helps the space feel as one, like it was always there, and brings so much character to the room. I always felt like the pallet wall, opposite the entry wall, was really heavy in the room and pulled your eyes directly to that side of the room. This new feature is definitely helping to balance that out. The pallet wall was another reason we opted not to do the typical board and batten within the frame. We felt like all the horizontal pallet boards mixed with vertical board and batten slats would just be too much for the room. So glad we recognized that before it was too late.

And BAM, instantly brighter.

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I’ll have to share a picture looking from the front door into the kitchen area, it’s so light and airy. I’m LOVING coming home to this new space.

Now, for the upper half. We played around with the idea of installing a gray grasscloth wallpaper above the chair rail for quite some time before settling on an option. I looked into buying it online, and even ordered a few samples, but all of the options seemed really dark and heavy. Then I remembered reading about Kate purchasing gray grasscloth wallpaper from Lowe’s. I flipped through their books with no luck, but what I did find was their selection of in-stock wallpapers. They didn’t have any gray grasscloth, but what I did find was Allen & Roth’s Grasscloth in Beige. You can probably guess what this painting-fool was about to do :)

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At just $20 per roll and at my immediate disposal, I didn’t even question whether or not to give this project a try (most other grasscloths were only available by the double roll, costing $60+ and had to be custom ordered). I made sure to cut out a small sample of the wallpaper and paint it before wasting any time with the entire roll, and left it up on the wall for a few hours to decide if the color was a go. Which, for anyone curious, we chose to paint the grasscloth one shade lighter than our existing BM-Gray Husky wall color, with Ben Moore’s Silver Chains.

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The paper was pre-pasted so I didn’t have to mess with any crazy wallpaper glues either. Hanging was crazy easy, coming from a girl who has never wallpapered or witnessed the process. I just simply cut the paper to size, submerged it in water, and smoothed it out on the wall. I picked up one of those wallpaper water trays to dunk the paper in, which was manageable with smaller strips, but if you’re looking to wallpaper an entire wall (floor to ceiling) I might suggest using a spray bottle to midst the paper instead.

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In older homes the walls are never straight, so I was pretty much banking on a fight if I tried to precut the paper before hanging. Instead, I just left an extra half inch or so on both top and bottom and then cut the paper with an x-acto knife once it was snug on the wall. I found that using the smoothing tool to hold the paper in place, while I made each cut, kept the paper from sliding around or snagging.

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Even with the beige color, I was already loving the look.

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The seams were a little more noticeable that I had hoped for, but no worries, the paint takes care of them! From a distance they blended in quite well anyway.

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I allowed the wallpaper to set up for a few days before tackling the painting phase, which is not really a “phase” at all since I painted the grasscloth exactly the way I would have any other wall surface. Bonus – it covered in one thin coat!

I’ll admit, it did lose some of the texture, which could have been assumed since we were covering the variation of colors with one solid color, but it still has plenty close up!

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Form farther away, it blends perfectly with the other walls :)

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I know, it doesn’t even look like wallpaper. Which, I kind of love. It’s a nice little surprise when you get closer up!

Here’s a very boring, and very poorly staged version of what we’re planning for the space. Of course, the mirror needs to be hung, we’ll be replacing the console with a dresser, adding a few accessories, hanging a couple coat hooks, and we might swap out the chair. We’ll see :)

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We’ve almost wrapped up the mudroom lockers (I know, I’m jumping around on projects like a crazy person. Sorry, get used to it.), so maybe we could squeeze in DIY’ing a dresser for this space sometime relatively soon. That is, if we finish up Zoey’s closet this week. Whhhat? I know. We’re nuts. Why do we do this to ourselves? We’ll be sharing more deets later this week :)


June 3, 2013

Entryway Mini-Makeover Plans

I’ve been withholding a few updates around here (I know, bad blogger), but only for the mere reason that I didn’t find them interesting enough to share. Well, a few weeks later and this place is starting to look a little unfamiliar and I have some serious explaining to do.

Last time I shared our living room/entryway it was looking like this (minus the dot art that we replaced:

Entrway/Office/Living Room Combo | Cape27Blog.com

My office space has always been near the front door, which I despise, but we had attempted to make the situation a little more manageable by adding a few new organizational tools. It was working great.. however, still directly in the path of the entry. So, we did a little rearranging in the master bedroom and were able to squeeze my desk in, opening up an entirely new wall of potential in the living room!

Once complete, we plan to use the mudroom as our main entry point to the house, and only use the front entrance occasionally and for guests. It’s open to the heart of the home (kitchen, dining, and front living room) so we want the space to blend and feel casual as the other rooms do, but I’m still hoping to make it feel a bit more formal. Which, around here, just means not a dumping ground for everything we bring home.

I whipped up a quick mood board a while back to help the process move along. These are just the beginning stages of the space, but here’s the plan!

Entryway Mood Board | Cape27Blog.com

First and foremost, the wall treatment. The front of the house receives a decent amount of natural light, but this wall in particular is SO dark. Even with the light streaming through the windows in the door, it’s still always significantly darker than the rest of the house. I’m hoping to really lighten up the area by painting the lower two-thirds of the wall in a bright white, framed out with a few 1×3′s. It’s not a full on board and batten look we’re going for, it’s really just a way to make the white look a little more intentional and give it some purpose. The upper third of the wall is going to be texture galore with a gray grasscloth wallpaper. So pumped about this mini-makeover. We’ll also probably throw a few hooks up there, near the door, for guests to hang their coats.

Outside of simplicity, another goal for this space is texture and layers. I’m hoping to achieve a room that is streamlined, but thriving with warm woods, high contrast, and a few colorful accessories. Since our floors are pretty dark, I want to layer on a lighter wood tone for a console table, like the dresser pictured in the mood board above. I’m actually really digging everything about that piece. The drawers provide plenty of storage for corralling miscellaneous accessories, while keeping them out of sight, and the lines are so simple and carefree. The price tag is making us think it could be a potential DIY project?

And a few accessories that we know are in the running – This Robert Abbey Lamp that I’ve been dying to use somewhere in our house and the rustic, wood mirror from our previous home that’s been eating up garage space for over a year :)

I’ve been slowly chipping away at it, in between entertaining the larger projects going on around here, so I’m hoping to share some really fun progress with you guys later this week!

May 31, 2013

Landscaping Our Front Yard: Extras

Aside from the flower beds against the front of the house, we also landscaped around the new light post and mailbox. We replaced the mailbox months ago, and I’ve been eager to get my hands on it for a few final touches. A pair of Daylilies and a Clematis did the trick!

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It wasn’t ten minutes before the Clematis had found the mailbox post and was already climbing away. I can’t wait to see this guy all full and lush with purple flowers!

Landscaping around a Mailbox | Cape27Blog.com

Since the house and mailbox will have so much color we opted to do white at the post light, not to distract from it.

Landscaping around a Post Light | Cape27Blog.com

We planted a trio of tall Delphinium Summer Starts to surround the post and compliment it’s height.

Landscaping around a Post Light | Cape27Blog.com

It seriously is beginning to feel like a completely different house around here :)

Enjoy the weekend!

That’s Pinteresting

Occasionally, I come across something so inspiring that it makes it’s way onto one of my Pinterest boards. And by occasionally, I mean several times a day. Pin Problems.

And what better way to feed my addiction than to transplant it here? So, every Friday-ish I’ll now dedicate a post to highlighting a few of my favorite projects, pics, etc, found floating around Pinterest from the previous weeks. Which doesn’t mean that Fridays are solely for this series. I may periodically pop in with with an extra post as well!
Now, on with “That’s Pinteresting!”

Let’s start with the most important announcement..umm, ever.

Sofa. Green. Velvet? At IKEA. Debut – Fall 2013. Should I get in line now?

Ikea Stockholm Collection (Fall 2013)


I’m head over heals for the painterly trend (check out my product picks on Houzz). How fun is this DIY iPhone case?

DIY Painterly iPhone Case


I’m warning you. I’m obsessed. Adorable chargers. Outdoor dining maybe?

DIY Painted Chargers


I’ve always been a fan of mirrors on walls outdoors, but this one takes the cake. Gorgeous.



Loving these stacked bars for extra storage in a little’s closet!

Stacking Bars in for Extra Storage in a Closet


See all this pinning action in real time by following me on Pinterest!

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 :)


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!