Family Friendly Living Room Makeover
A reminder: I’m participating in the ‘One Room Challenge’ (ORC), hosted by Linda from Calling It Home, that challenges home and design bloggers to make over a room in their house from start to finish in 6 weeks. We have decided to tackle our living room. Here’s what you missed: The Before and Vision , The Design Plans, Tile and Personalization, and the Wood Wall Installation.
I made it! I somehow made it! Against all odds, starting halfway through the One Room Challenge, I somehow pulled it all off by the skin of my teeth.
Colorful, eclectic Boy Bedroom
When we moved into this home two years ago, one of the first rooms I decorated was my son’s. It’s where inspiration struck first, and I had so much fun creating custom framed engineer prints, pallet art, and industrial pendant lighting. I loved everything about it, and declared his room, “done.”
However, he has since graduated to a bigger bed…which required new bedding…and while I was at it, I decided his room was missing color, and elements that better reflect his personality.
Part II: SHIPLAP, BARN WOOD and beams…OH MY!
I’m so excited to have my friend, Alicia Bertram of Berties Build on a Budget, guest posting today to share Part II: Our DIY Fixer Upper Reveal – her family’s incredible story of building their dream house, and turning it into a custom home using creativity, inexpensive resources, and lots of elbow grease. To hear how they built their own home, and the crazy sacrifices they made to get out of consumer debt while they did it, please hop over to read Part I of their story!
Last week, I shared how our family built our own home, nail by nail, all while making some incredible sacrifices to get out of consumer debt. This week, I’m excited to share with you the pretty part of our journey – that is, our DIY Fixer Upper reveal!
Pinterest is a girl’s best friend. Am I right!? I knew I wanted to put special touches in most of the rooms but also knew I had to keep our budget in mind at all times. The most important thing I could do in the planning of our house was to first decide how I wanted the house to FEEL. Our last house was dark, choppy but cozy. The dream I had for this space was bright, open and airy. A space that you walk in and just take a deep breath. Cool tones, light wood floors, clean crisp lines and simple.
So here’s what we did:
Entryway: Summer of 2015 we went out to my parents farm where we pulled approximately 500 square feet of barn wood off the barn. It now covers the ceiling of our exterior entryway and also our range hood. We also turned an inexpensive antiqued decoration into a light fixture!
- Barnwood: FREE
- Decoration: Purchased 5 years ago and I think it was $10 on sale!
Even before we moved into our current home, I’ve been dreaming about creating a magical play space in our currently unfinished basement. So, I asked Isadora Guidoni, also a writer for homeyou.com, to guest post for me, sharing her tips and inspiration for creating a space both parents and kids alike will love:
A good playroom can be a great option for your kids to grow up with, it will definitely be their favorite place in the house and where they’ll be spending most of their time. With that in mind, here is a list of a few tips and ideas to design the perfect playroom for your kids.
Why Design a Playroom
A DIY Marquee Letter Board is part marquee light, part letter board, 100% Instafabulous. These changeable letter signs are inexpensive and easy to make. Word to your mother.
Well, hello there! Today I’m sharing a tutorial for my latest project: a DIY Marquee Letter Board.
Is it just me or are summer breaks getting shorter and shorter? My kiddos are dreading going back to school in just a few weeks, but we’re having fun gearing up with new school supplies and goodies, including a newly designed set of fill in the blank lunchbox notes.
DIY Large Wall Art + verses for the bedroom
When we moved into our new home, we dedicated it with bible verses for each room of the house. I’ve been dreaming of this Proverbs 31 canvas wall art for Eve’s bedroom for some time now, but when I recently realized I already had the materials, I got moving.
I had a thrift store canvas that I’d previously tried (and failed) to artistically repurpose, so I painted it using a paint sample I already had on hand. Besides the price, the best part of repurposing a canvas is that you get fabulous texture under your new creation.
I used my Silhouette SD to cut the verse onto clear contact paper. I make so many mistakes that I’ve found this to be a cost saving way to use the Silhouette. I used a slightly imperfect font that would give me grace should the painting not go as I hoped.
After spending way too long placing the many pieces of contact paper on the canvas and lining it up just so, I spray painted it with my favorite Rust-Oleum metallic gold spray paint.
I was worried it would get under the contact paper. but as long as I made sure the paper was adhering around the letters I had absolutely no trouble.
To build the frame, I used a similar technique as with Dub’s big kid room wall gallery, but I used wood that wasn’t quite as deep, since I wanted this particular frame flush with the art.
I used Minwax stain in Early American, which is lighter IRL and gives it the right amount of color and rustic vibe.
I debated (and am still debating) taking a tiny bit of wood stain on a rag and dry rubbing the canvas for a subtle shabby chic look.
I’ve also considered dry rubbing a tiny bit of the white paint over the frame very lightly for the same reason. But, at this point I’m afraid to ruin it!
I’m so happy with how this Proverbs 31 canvas wall art turned out. I love the contrast of metallic gold and ivory against the rustic frame, and the sweet reminder my little girl will wake up to each day.
I’m already dreaming of how I might create a variation for Belle’s room 🙂
Additional bible verses that would be great for the girls’ bedrooms include:
God is with her; she will not fail. Psalm 46:5
He fills my life with good things. Psalm 103:5
I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 134:14
He calls me beautiful one. Song of Solomon 2:10
She is far more precious than jewels. Proverbs 31:10
- Lamp – Anthropologie (old)
- Curtains – Simply Shabby Chic
- Quilt – Handmade by grandma 🙂
- Paint color – Behr Seed Pearl
Interested in more upcycled DIY Wall art? Check out my other projects here: