Tuesday

DIY marble tray

I love the look of marble.  It has such an elegant, classy feel and I'm always drawn to it, especially in the kitchen.  As much as I would love to have marble countertops, that's not going to happen and I'm ok with it.  But since I love the look, I decided to add a little touch of it to our kitchen.  I also wanted to create some interest on the countertop. 

This tray was a Goodwill find from a few years back.  I actually really like the look of it as is, green and agate are favorites of mine, but it just doesn't really fit anywhere in our home.  So I pulled out my faux marble contact paper that I had leftover from this project and gave it a little facelift.


Bascially, cut, peel, and stick.  I added a few of my kitchen essentials to it and put it by the stove.  So far I love having everything I use on a daily basis within reach and the little touch of marble is nice too!  
    

You may also have noticed that we changed our backsplash!  I will be doing an update on that too, but we love how it turned out.  It was a small change that made a huge difference.


This is not a sponsored post, I just love this stuff and think you will too.  You can purchase it here.  The roll is huge and will last you forever.  

I've used it on a few other projects (see below) and still have a ton leftover.




Wednesday

Cheap Lucite Towel Rings

Thank you all for your sweet comments on the kids' bathroom reveal last week!  It was a fun project to work on and I'm really happy with the end result.  Let's hope my kids don't get tired of flamingos any time soon!  Today I thought I'd share a little project that I did for that space.  

There weren't any towel bars in the room to begin with and I knew I wanted something near the sink for the kids to use to dry their hands off.  I searched for the perfect towel ring and came up empty handed.  All the ones I loved where way too pricey.  Isn't that always the case?  So I eventually I came across these on Amazon.  The price was definitely right.  I think I paid around $3.  


I wasn't crazy about the shiny silver bracket, but that's nothing a little spray paint couldn't fix.  The plastic ring easily pops out so there's not taping involved either, which is always a plus.  I used my favorite gold spray paint to spray the brackets and they instantly looked better.



I think they look much more expensive than they were.  The acrylic ring gives you the lucite look and the gold just takes it up a notch.  

Monday

Moodboard Monday

I'm thinking about starting a new series around here called "Moodboard Monday" where I'll share a moodboard for a space with links for all the items included.  I love creating mood boards and I love finding pretty things that are affordable.  So I'll combine my love for both of those things and share them with you!  I can't guarantee one every Monday but I'm going to shoot for at least twice a month.  

We have plans to add a covered porch to the back of our house this spring so I have outdoor spaces on the brain.  As much as I would love to tackle something like this myself, it's way outside my realm of DIY abilities.  So we will be leaving it to the professionals and I'll focus on the fun part of decorating and accessorizing.  I whipped up a little moldboard to show you the direction we are heading.  We will mostly be using the furniture we already have and throwing in a few new pieces here and there. 


We already have two vintage metal chairs like the white ones above.  But those are a steal and look so much like the vintage ones, it's crazy!  I'm going to attempt to build the DIY outdoor table with my very limited woodworking skills, so I'll keep you posted on how that goes.  And then the rest will just be accessorizing and sprucing things up a bit.  It will be a few months before we get started, but my wheels are already turning!  

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Thursday

Kids' Bathroom Reveal

Today I'm sharing our kids' bathroom makeover.  If you missed yesterday's post with the design plan and before pictures you can see it here.  Just to refresh your memory, here's where we started.



I started by painting the walls gray.  Unfortunately it was a can of oops paint so I'm not sure of the color.  Then I started stenciling the flamingos.  I originally planned on doing white bodies with black legs just like the inspiration image, but after one small section I realized it was going to be way too busy and it was going to take me twice as long so I scratched that idea and went with all white.  (You can see my stenciling tips here)  On a side note, one thing I learned this time is to not use paint plus primer to stencil.  I thought it would cover better and it did, but it also adhered to the stencil more and made it much harder to periodically clean the buildup off.     


After the walls were done, I painted the cabinets.  I lightly sanded the surface, applied two coats of primer, and then two coats of paint.  The paint color I chose is Behr Spring Stream.  We also switched out the hardware, replaced the towel bar with hooks, and added new mirrors.






My husband picked out this trash can at Homegoods and was pretty proud of himself.  And I must say I'm pretty proud of him too, after all this time I think I'm rubbing off on him.







I felt like the stenciling took me forever, but mostly it was a fairly easy and inexpensive makeover.  I'm always amazed at the power of a little paint!  

Here are the sources for the space:
Vanity Lights: Amazon
Flamingo Wall Stencil: Royal Design Studio
Wall Hooks: Homegoods (similar here)
Gray/White Towels: Homegoods (similar here)
Hand Towels: Old towels that I monogrammed (similar here)
Towel Rings: Amazon
Mint Vanity Mirror: Homegoods (similar here
White Storage Containers: Target Dollar Spot (similar here)
Wall Color: Oops paint from Lowes
Cabinet Color: Behr Spring Stream
Cabinet Cup Pulls: Home Depot
Gold Garden Stool: Homegoods (similar here)
Wall Art: Homegoods
Soap Dispensers: H&M
Round Mirrors: West Elm
Shower Curtain: Homegoods (similar here)
White Roman Shade: JC Penney

Wednesday

Kids' Bathroom Plans

We held off on doing anything in our kids' bathroom until we found out if we were having a boy or girl the second time around.  Once we found out I was having a boy I knew it would need to be something gender neutral, but I still wanted it to be fun and playful without being overly thematic.  It turns out that was harder than it sounds.  Everything I came across was either way too girly or just kind of boring.  So when I saw this flamingo stencil from Royal Design Studio I knew it was the inspiration I was looking for.  Obviously flamingos don't scream masculine, but I knew that if I kept them white (vs. pink) that I could get away with it in a shared space.  First let's start with the before pictures.  There was nothing wrong with the room, but it was lacking personality.  It was just a basic builder's grade bathroom.

This was after removing the large mirror and replacing the light fixtures.



Here are some of the things I wanted to accomplish.  Paint the vanity to update it and make it brighter and more fun.  Stencil the walls.  That was a doozy but so worth it in the end.  After stenciling the nursery I think I'm done with stenciling for a while!  Update the lighting, replace the builder grade mirror, add a small stool to help when bathing the kids, and replace the shower curtain.  I also wanted to replace the towel bar with hooks and add in a few new accessories.

Here's the plan I came up with.

Of course we strayed a little from the original design plan, but overall we stuck pretty close to it.  I'll be sharing the completed room tomorrow so check back for the after! 

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Christmas Home Tour

I'm finally getting a chance to share my Christmas home tour with you all.  I actually started my decorating a few weeks before Thanksgiving because I really wanted to enjoy my decorations a little longer.  Sometimes I feel like the month of December flies by and I barely get to enjoy everything.  I'm going to start with my downstairs and then share the upstairs with you later in the week.  

I kept things simple this year and tried to use mostly things we already had.   



This swan wrapping paper from Target was the inspiration for my tree this year.  I'm loving swans lately so adding this paper to our decor was a no brainer.  I had the pink ornaments from my daughters tree last year and the pink sticks were leftover Easter decor.  


I kept the entryway simple with my DIY art, a few accessories, and a small nativity.


The office got a few touches of Christmas cheer as well.  We actually wallpapered this room recently too, I can't wait to share it soon!


My daughter and I did a little Christmas crafting one afternoon and she made me this tree for my office.  I love it and I love that she smothered it with pom poms.  Homemade decor is the best!  We found the idea for them here.





I love the smell of a real tree, but sadly all of ours are fake this year.  I grabbed this greenery from Trader Joe's and stuck it in a bowl with some ornaments.  It actually smells up the whole room without all the mess and it took me about 2 seconds to throw it together.



We had to add one more stocking this year for our little guy so I picked these up at Homegoods.  (You can find similar ones here)  I personalized them with these letter ornaments from Target.  I love the modern, streamlined look of them.



This is our first year doing a family tree and it definitely won't be the last!  I normally go with a more streamlined look for our main tree, but I always miss seeing the sentimental ornaments.  The playroom seemed like the perfect spot for this colorful addition.  It makes me so happy to see all our memories on display.


Check back later in the week for the kids trees and a small touch of Christmas in our bedroom!  If you are looking for a little more inspiration be sure to check out our tours from the past few years below.




Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

I can hardly believe we are already talking about Christmas.  I know it's still a little on the early side, but as always it's going to be here before we know it.  One of my favorite traditions is making salt dough ornaments with my little girl every year.  She loves it and it's something we always look forward to doing together.  It's also really cheap and easy to do!  You probably already have all the supplies in your pantry.  Here's the recipe we use.  I've tried others but always come back to this one.    


Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

1 cup salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup water

Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl until a soft dough forms.  Kneed the dough for a few minutes until it's soft and no longer crumbly.  Roll it out on a lightly floured surface just like you would cookie dough.  Cut out the shapes using cookie cutters of your choice.  If the dough sticks just add a little flour to the cookie cutters.  Place the shapes on a cookie sheet and bake them in a 200 degree oven for 2-3 hours.  The amount of time will depend on the thickness of the ornaments.  After they have cooled, paint them and seal them with a clear sealer of your choice.  I've used a clear spray sealer and modge podge, both work great.


This year it's all about unicorns and everything girly and pink.  I picked up a small, hot pink Christmas tree at Walmart after Christmas last year and I think these ornaments will be the perfect addition.  I used this set of cookie cutters from Amazon (affiliate link) as my inspiration.



Here's a peek at a few of the ornaments from years past.



Have you started your Christmas decorating yet?  I held out as long as I could, but I gave in and decked the halls last week.  I felt like I really wanted to be able to take my time putting everything up this year and enjoy the decorations for a little longer than usual since the season always seems to fly by.  The only downside is my daughter has been asking every day if it's Christmas yet!