A Room for Dawn

Remember Wyatt’s room? If not look here. Well, once I finished Wyatt’s room my friend Dawn was anxious to get a start on hers. I love the way it turned out! I wish you could have seen it before, but we had a little mishap with the pictures. IMG_0837Dawn requested a Shabby Chic room with pops of pink. First off, I love the look of shabby chic, but it’s not something I’ve implemented in my own home. It was completely new territory and somewhat of a challenge. I changed things multiple times before ending up with this. I was having trouble making it Shabby Chic enough, so this is “Shabby Chic Kristie Style”.

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Second, she really loves pink and knew she wanted a lot of it. I was hesitate to put pink into a master bedroom, but when it’s your room you get what you want. I’m glad I listened to Dawn because the room turned out great!

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Dawn loves to rock, so instead of just having a pretty chair, we found one that’s a rocker.  She’s already started breaking it in.

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Like Wyatt’s room, Dawn needed additional storage. We decided to add baskets to this ledge for those things she needs to keep, but doesn’t get into very often. I added a few decor items just for fun.

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We were also able to store a lot of items in/on the bookshelves.


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Working so much at Dawn’s house recently, I’ve realized her bedroom is sort of the hub of the house. Her kids are always in there spending time with her and watching TV.

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Dawn recently lost her sweet husband, so I created this gallery wall with family photos to remember him. The frames were actually gold and I simply spray painted them white. They add the perfect touch to her master bedroom, and seriously, how amazing are those pictures? I found myself multiple times staring at them. Such a tear jerker.

Did you notice anything that didn’t seem to fit in the room?

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I did!! I’m calling this project 98% complete because we need to paint these bad boys. The plan is to paint the dresser and the bookshelves white. Why didn’t we do it already? Well…it’s Arizona so it’s HOT, and we need to work on these outside or in the garage. We’re going to wait for cooler weather and spray them. Don’t worry. I’ll let you know when that happens.

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 See something you want? Here’s where we found the items for Dawn’s Shabby Chic room:

Pink bedding: Overstock

Rocking chair: Walmart

Throw pillows on bed: Kohl’s

Throw pillow on chair: Target

Hanging lamps: Ikea

Curtains: Target

Lamp on dresser: Target(lamp) Target(shade)

Baskets: Homegoods

Frames for gallery wall: Hobby Lobby

Decor items: Home Goods, Michaels, thrifted.

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Chris and Cami’s Kitchen Makeover

Our friends Chris and Cami recently had some water damage in their house that required them to rip out their kitchen and start over. They did such an amazing job that I wanted to brag about their hard work and their amazing design choices! You two really knocked it out of the park.
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Before…

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…and after. Simply AMAZING!
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I love a good contrast and these black knobs are the perfect pop against the glazed cabinetry.

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I also love how they decided to carry the travertine tile backsplash all the way to the ceiling above the sink. The backsplash also happens to be Cami’s favorite part, and rightfully so.  They got it for a steal at $.50 a tile at Imperial Wholesale in Mesa, so if you live close by, you know where to get some travertine tile. 10556364_10152556190938910_5704380923793430859_nI’m sure nobody will be surprised by this: I love the chunky crown moulding that finishes off the top of the cabinets. It’s a small detail, but has a huge impact.

These two took this job seriously. They didn’t leave any detail out. They added new hardwood floors; found at Lumber Liquidators for a little over $2/square foot; cabinets, from Timberline Cabinetry (brand Sollid); granite counter tops, found at Copper State (called Giallo Ornamental). They also added additional lighting and new appliances. They now have a kitchen we can all “oooo” and “ahhhh” over and ultimately be jealous of. BEAUTIFUL work Chris and Cami!! I couldn’t have done it better myself.

DIY Clothespin Picture Frame Display

With school being just around the corner, or in the beginning stages for some of you, I’ve been spending more and more time thinking about things we need to have ready. My little Anna is starting Kindergarten, and being my oldest, this Mom is a little anxious. I’ve been thinking about clothes, supplies, school lunch…all of those things. With both of my girls being so young, and me being the clean freak that I am, I’m also thinking about all the fun little things Anna will bring home, and where we’re going to put it all. Lucky for us, we have the perfect spot for all of those scribbles art projects, and of course those assignments that deserve bragging rights. We have a DIY clothespin picture frame display made by yours truly.

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Here’s how I made it:

This is so incredibly easy!

IMG_0797First off I found a frame, and a giant frame at that. It measures 41″ x 53″. You can see how big it is next to Anna in the above picture. I found it on a local facebook group where you can buy/sell items. I paid $10 for it.  It wasn’t exactly beautiful when I picked it up, but spray paint can work magic.

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Once it was painted, I measured where I wanted my ribbons to go, and stapled them in place using a staple gun. First I added all the horizontal ribbons. Then  I weaved the vertical ribbons in and out of the horizontal ones to complete the grid pattern.

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The frame came with a hanging wire on the back, but I had to remove it because you could see it with my open grid pattern. You can buy hooks almost anywhere that can easily be fastened onto most things. This particular day I was out. I simply bent some wire and stapled it on.  SO easy!! Once it was up I simply hung all the pictures with clothespins.

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One of my favorite things about this display is where it lives. It’s just off the kitchen behind the small wall at the end of our island. You can definitely see it, but it’s somewhat tucked away so it doesn’t take over the space.
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If you don’t have little kids, or if you don’t have kids, you could definitely use this same concept with a different function. It would make a great message/memo board, recipe board, photo display…it even looks kind of cool on the wall with nothing on it.

Have a great school year everyone!

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Labels, labels, labels…

If you didn’t already notice, I took a little blog hiatus. I had a VERY good reason though. We took a family vacation to San Diego and it was wonderful! After spending the week doing…
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…this. I’m happy to say I’m back, and excited to show you one of the easiest projects I’ve ever done.

CHALKBOARD LABELS

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Being the organization/clean freak that I am, I love a good label, and if said label is attractive…well, even better!


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I’d say about a year ago I got a wild hair and painted my once shiny, red canisters the white and blue that they are now. I wouldn’t recommend painting canisters if you’re going to actually use them. In this case, they sit on top of the cabinets so durability wasn’t a factor. After painting them I realized they were missing something. My cute friend Ashley bought these cute labels for her kitchen canisters and had a few left over. She was sweet enough to donate them to my cause.

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Using a chalk board marker (I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but I’ve seen them popping up almost everywhere) I simply wrote on the labels. I’m a perfectionist, and my handwriting is horrible, so I have a trick. First I practice, tweak, practice, tweak… on a paper. Once I have an idea of what I want the word to look like I draw it on the label using a colored pencil. A regular pencil is too hard to see, and a pen is hard to remove if you mess up. Colored pencil washes right off if you need to start over (I did…3 times). Once you’ve drawn on your label with a colored pencil you’re ready to trace over it with the chalk marker, and yes, it is truly a CHALK marker. It washes right off with a little windex.

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I love how sometimes it’s the smallest details that can make such a difference. Those canisters have been sitting up there for months with empty labels. Why? I guess I just never got around to it. I’m so happy I finally did!

*I have one more easy, no brainer, tip for you:

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Did you notice in any of the above pictures that all of my decor is sitting on boxes? A few years ago for Christmas I asked my old man to add crown moulding to the top of my cabinets. Being the awesome Dad that he is, my wish was granted. Once the crown was up all of the decor items sat to low on the cabinets, so…I went scavenging through the pantry for boxes. Every item is sitting on a box found in my pantry. Like I said, it’s a no brainer, but a great tip none the less.

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What I’ve learned about painting stripes.

Remember these stripes I did in Wyatt’s Room?

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Well, they weren’t the first stripes I’ve ever painted on a wall. About a year ago I painted stripes throughout my entire master bath. They turned out perfectly (I can’t wait to show you!) so I figured I’d just follow the same steps I did in there for Wyatt’s room.

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Well…you don’t have to look too hard to see the stripes were a mess!. The process didn’t really work out as planned. I was so upset because it worked perfectly in my bathroom. How could this project be so different?

First let me tell you the steps I used for my bathroom.

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Step 1: use a laser level and tape off all your stripes in their desired spot.

Step 2: paint over the edge of the tape that borders the stripe with the EXISTING wall color. NOT the color you’ll be painting the stripe.

Step 3: once the paint from step 2 is dry, paint your stripe.

Step 4: peal off the tape while the paint is still damp.

Step 5: touch ups. *Even though this process worked so well in my bathroom, I still had a few areas to touch up. I’d say about 98% of the lines were perfect though.

Here’s my theory on why Wyatt’s stripes didn’t work and mine did even though we used the same process, and the walls have similar texture. The paint we used in Wyatt’s room was Clark and Kensington from Ace hardware. It’s great paint, covers well, it’s just thin. I used Dunn Edwards paint in my bathroom. Also great paint, but more on the thick side. Also, the brush we used in Wyatt’s room didn’t put the paint on very thick. I think the combination of thin paint, and a brush that didn’t pile on the paint, made it so the edge of tape didn’t seal enough to prevent bleeding.

Because the initial stripes I put in Wyatt’s room were such a disaster I decided to take a completely different approach with the next set.IMG_0154

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Womp, womp…Look at those horrible stripes! I honestly have no idea why it didn’t work, but lucky me I got to spend hours touching up stripes. Yay…NOT!

Now that we have all of my “disaster stripe” stories out of the way. Let me give you a serious success story, and a sneak peak into my current project.

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Because of all the stripe drama in Wyatt’s room, I took this next painting project serious. I asked around, I researched, and this is what I decided to try. I purchased this indoor/outdoor paintable CLEAR caulk (make sure it’s clear) at Lowe’s for about $3.00 a tube. *For this project we went through 2 tubes.

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All I did was simple squeeze a line of caulk close to the edge of the tape. Honestly I did this really fast and wasn’t concerned about getting it perfect because of my next step.

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Next I rubbed the caulk along the edge of the tape with my finger making sure I covered the edge completely. The caulk goes on white but dries perfectly clear. You don’t want to use white caulk because once you peal your tape off, you’ll end up with white line in between your stripes/design.

Once all the tape was covered, I let the caulk dry for about 15 minutes before painting. Like before, we pealed the tape off while the paint was still damp.

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Look at those lines!! Close to perfection. There are a few minor touch ups but that was expected. If you’re wondering: YES, this is your sneak peak at my current project. It’s turning out amazing!

The moral of the story? Use clear painters caulk to seal the edge of your tape before painting. Lesson learned!

Land of The Free

I couldn’t think of a better day to unveil what was in that HUGE package I received last week.

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I’ve been eyeing this map for awhile at World Market. After a little rearranging of decor, I had an empty spot in our “kid zone” that fit the bill.

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IMG_0412It fills the space above our Ikea Ribba shelves that store our books perfectly. Anna has already started asking me where each state is. It’s not only education and attractive, but it’s a reminder of what a great country we live in.

A huge thank you to all those service men and women who are out there ensuring our safety and freedoms, and to all of those who have served in the past! Thank you, thank you!

We hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th!

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A House for Anna

Yesterday our sweet, little Anna turned 5. The kid basically has every toy she could ever want thanks to Grandma, so we had no clue what to get her. Then I found this…

IMG_0336…on a local facebook group where you can buy/sell used items. It was FULL of everything we needed. Barbies, furniture, clothes, cars… I knew it would be the perfect thing for Anna, and get this, I paid $50 for ALL of it! That’s right! $50!

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With a lot of mod podge, a few trips to the scrapbook section of Hobby Lobby, and some creativity, Barbie has yet another dream house.

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The look on Anna’s face when she saw this huge present was priceless. What kid doesn’t want to unwrap a present as tall as they are?IMG_0444 IMG_0451 IMG_0450

I think it’s safe to say this years present was a success! She’s spent every waking minute playing with her new house.
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*Take a closer look and you’ll see she’s already redecorated. Like mother, like daughter…

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