05Sep/15

Charlotte’s Nursery Room Reveal: Making the Most of a Small Nursery

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When we were looking at our soon to be new house I was really pumped that there was an extra room in the house…would it be an office or a guest room or both? I was already searching pinterest for inspiration! We were under contract to buy our house when I kept having dreams I was pregnant. I thought I would take a test just to put my fears to rest. The 2 pink lines surprised us quiiiiiiiite a bit! haha. All of a sudden my pinterest searches went from guest room ideas to NURSERY ROOM IDEAS!

There’s a lot things that need to go in a baby nursery and our 4th bedroom is rather tiny. So my 2 challenges were A.) small space and B.) small budget. Did I mention Charlotte was a surprise?!

Somewhere in the process of putting her nursery together I went from being scared and overwhelmed at the idea of a baby to feeling excited and happy about having a baby. But who am I kidding, I’m still scared and overwhelmed….I mean, we’re talking about a tiny human here!!!? I haven’t done the tiny human thing. We did the adopt-4-and-5-year-old sisters thing. So here’s to a whole new adventure that I’m wildly unprepared for…but who’s really prepared for being a parent anyway? I have read some blogs, been to some classes and I’ve got a nursery put together (finally) so I’m hoping my efforts are off to a good start.

Here was our very blank small canvas to start with:

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(Photobomb courtesy of Ladybird)

We started with paint. The accent wall ended up too blue at first.

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I wanted it more dark navy. I tried mixing in some black with the blue paint and it got darker but it wasn’t the right shade.

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I ended up just painting the wall straight black. The other walls are a nice grey. I thought if all the walls were black too it would just be too much.

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The next thing was the crib. This sweet crib means so much to me, pregnant emotions aside, it would still mean so much to me because both our older daughters used this crib as babies. When you adopt kiddos they normally don’t have items from their past like photos, toys or for goodness sake not their cribs. We’ve been so fortunate to have a relationship with their Nana and Papa, I guess I should say our Nana and Papa too, and they have been so sweet to pass along things of the girls. I’m so thankful we were able to find them while we were finalizing the adoption and build relationships with them. It’s been so helpful for our girls too. Anyway when we found out we were pregnant they asked if we would like the Jinny Lind crib that Presley had and then the same crib that Kylie used when the girls would stay at their house. I almost get teary eyed when I think that we have something that all 3 of our daughters will have used as a baby. Nana knows I’m a diy-er and mentioned that she cleaned the crib but didn’t polish it incase I were painting it. How sweet!

Here’s what the crib looked like before:

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Because of spray paint and poly fumes my sweet friend, Charissa, offered to paint the crib for me. Btw if you’re painting an old crib make sure and call the company that made your crib to check the model number for recalls. You can find that info usually on the bottom of the crib. Ours was a delta crib and had the info on the bottom of the particle board. Ours was just made a few years ago in 2007 and had a recall for the dropside. They sent us a kit for free that has 4 little fasteners that lock it in place. I expected this to be a huge hassle and big deal but the call took 3 minutes. They just asked for model number and our address. And the “kit” isn’t overwhelming. Like I said, it had 4 fasteners and a diagram of how to put them on. You can get more info here: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/

Here’s what it looked like painted white:

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I attempted my first sewing project and made an adjustable crib skirt for the nursery. It was surprisingly easy and added so much. You can get all the details for how to make one on the $15 Adjustable Crib Skirt tutorial.

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I had some fabric leftover so I made a window cornice for $5 with it. If you’ve read any of my other posts you know I’m a huge fan of window cornices/window valances. They’re so cheap and they add sooooo much to a room. If you want details on how to make your own, check out the $20 window cornice tutorial here.

Here’s the window before the window cornice:

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And after:

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I wanted something dramatic above the crib but I didn’t want to spend $100 on something cool from tjmaxx or marshalls. The artwork above the crib was actually a $5 makeover.

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The girls and I found this “interesting” painting at my favorite thrift store but it did look to be just the right size. My oldest, Presley, was quite sad I was going to cover up the big cats, haha.

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Excuse our dishes left out on the counter-we live here.

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I love chunkiness in my paintings. If you do too, all you need is “structure gel” you can find it at any craft store. You can add it to cheap acrylic paint and get some fun results. If you want your paint to bleed a little more into the other colors you can use “floating medium”. I just kind of mixed it all up as I went and was happy with how it turned out.

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I needed a dresser for the nursery too but, dang, those things can be expensive and they’re huge! Two things that didn’t fit what I needed. I needed cheap and I needed small. I ended up using the $35 dresser I bought earlier this summer at a thrift store and a cheap $17 makeover to make it girly. You can grab all the details on the $17 Cheap Dresser Makeover tutorial.dreser-makeover-powertools-and-polkadots-1000

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I really love this cute little lamp on the dresser/changing table. When my husband, Michael, was a baby it was in his nursery. The original lampshade had seen better days so I replaced it with another lampshade I had bought last year from the walmart clearance aisle for $5. So cute, right?! I love that something from my hubby’s nursery will now be in Charlotte’s nursery.

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The prints above the changing table were a freebie from viewfromthefridge.com I especially like the “You Are Loved” print since it also happens to be the title of my husband’s single on the radio right now with his band, Stars Go Dim.

The remaining items were purchased with gift cards or were things we already had in the house and they’re all from Target, hilariously.

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The end table was one we had in our living room but I had to move it out to make room for a changing table downstairs anyway and it matched the nursery perfectly. The rug was from Target, we bought it about a year ago and used it in the living room in our old house.

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This copy of Stuart Little was from Michael’s Grandma Peggy. She gave it to Presley and Kylie a few years ago but they were too young to take care of it. I found it the other day while unpacking more stuff (the unpacking seems like it won’t end) and we thought it would be great to have out somewhere and eventually read with the girls. All 3 baskets I found at The Goodwill for $2 total. The bigger one is hiding the excess cord. The “C” was a shower gift. It’s actually a locker decoration. :)

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I bought the lamp for $5 at a garage sale last year. It was in our living room on that end table so when the table got moved upstairs so did the lamp.

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The rocker is an Eddie Bauer glider from Target. Gotta love gift cards and those “save an additional 15% off items on your registry” coupons.

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The book on the end table is a baby book my Nana Marilyne gave my mom when I was born.

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Let’s look at those before and after pictures again (because we all love a good before and after gallery).

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I can’t wait to bring baby Charli home!

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I’ve had so much fun working on all 3 of my girls’ rooms. You can check out Presley’s Wolverine room here or Kylie’s Snow White room here if you want more details.

05Sep/15

Cheap Dresser Makeover

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With a surprise baby on the way and already having 2 kids I really couldn’t spend a lot of money on a nursery. Lucky for me, making the most of a small budget is fun to me. I knew I needed a dresser in the nursery but it couldn’t be huge or expensive. The nursery is pretty small so a normal dresser would take up half the room.

Earlier this summer one of my favorite thrift stores was having a furniture sale on the day I happened to be there-best. day. ever. Or at least I thought so. The 2 truck loads of furniture I bought that day didn’t make my husband the happiest of campers though. I only spent $100 on 3 bookshelves, a table and chairs set, a garage storage unit, and 2 dressers. Thanks to Michael and our good friend Mike they unloaded the truck with all of my goodies for the basement. The basement isn’t finished but I wanted to make it a playspace for the girls; some rugs, some bookshelves, some tables for crafts etc. I thought this really cool mid century modern dresser would be great for Barbie storage or hot wheels etc. But what I’ve learned is the girls don’t think about toys in drawers at this age. If they don’t see it, they forget it’s there. Even with clear plastic storage bins we still run into this all the time. They put barbies on top of it and around it but not in it.haha.

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Since it is so compact I thought it would be perfect for Charlotte’s nursery and we can put the Barbies on a bookshelf instead. I only paid $35 for this little dresser so it was quite the steal. It was fine as is but I wanted it to have a little touch of girliness so I thought I’d do a cheap makeover.

Here were my supplies:

  • $5.97 Kilz odorless spray primer
  • $3.98 White Spray paint (satin finish)
  • $7.77 Rustoleum polyurethane spray (semi gloss finish)
  • =$17.72 for our dresser makeover

I cleaned the drawers with clorox wipes and took off the hardware.

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I primed the drawer fronts with Kilz odorless primer.

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Then spray painted 2 thin layers of white spray paint.

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Then coated them with some poly spray.

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When that last one was dry I brought them in and put the hardware back on.

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Thanks to my brother, he and Michael brought the dresser upstairs and I got to lining the drawers with contact paper that I had stored in the basement from another project.

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And I just love the finished product!!

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The lamp was actually a lamp that was in my husband’s nursery when he was a baby. We just replaced the lamp shade with one I found on the walmart clearance aisle for $5.

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The prints above the changing table were a freebie from viewfromthefridge.com I especially like the “You Are Loved” print since it also happens to be the title of my husband’s single on the radio right now with his band, Stars Go Dim.

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If you want to see the rest of Charlotte’s Nursery Room Reveal you can see all the details on Charlotte’s Nursery Room Reveal: Making the Most of a Small Nursery.

 

01Sep/15

$12 Kid Clothes Wall Hooks

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Are mornings low stress at your house? I have to say that at the Cleveland house we’re working on that. This school year has so far been awesome (knock on wood) but last year was just chaotic. One of the huge stresses would end up being clothes. We have one daughter that is already incredibly opinionated about her fashion choices. 😉 She would end up in full melt downs if she couldn’t wear whatever she had picked out on any said day. Sometimes it wasn’t terrible, maybe just clashing shades of pink. But some days it would be knee high socks on top of her leggings, with no actual bottoms, just the leggings, with ballet flats and a ratty tank top that I’ve told her time and time again is just for playing outside in. I thought it would get easier when we switched to private school but uniforms were even worse. She wanted to wear the plaid skirt instead of the navy skirt but the navy skirt was dirty etc. I mean it was just one thing or another. Our mornings would have frustrated parents, frustrated kids that lost their privileges to pick their own clothes that week as consequences for meltdowns instead of using words, and usually resulted in us leaving 5 minutes late.

So I learned a few things—give my child options to pick from but only present options I’m ok with her wearing to school, and to do the whole week’s worth of clothes on Sunday. This was working ok but it meant we had 5 days worth of clothes and undergarments on their bedroom floors. Michael would think the girls hadn’t put away their laundry and would ask them to please put away their clothes. haha. Great communication between us right?! (I’m kidding, normally we’re pretty good in the communication department). This led to the kid wall hook solution since they can’t really reach the rack in their closet yet.

*Side note–the 2 other things that helped our mornings become so much more peaceful: Move breakfast to the end of the morning routine and the netflix incentive. If they have extra time after doing all the morning things, including their chore, they can watch netflix. Since adding the netflix incentive the girls get up on their own before I do to get ready as fast as they can so they can watch netflix. haha. By the time I get up they’re waiting on me to make breakfast and do their hair. So far it is awesome.

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When I finished Presley’s $37 Chevron Accent Wall I had a bunch of triangle shaped pieces of plywood that I was hoping could be used for something else and this was just the project for it!

Supplies to make 2 $12 Kid Clothes Wall Hooks:

  • $9.32 1″ x 6″ x 8′ Pine Board
  • $6.97 (2) Package of Coat Hooks (Walmart has these in a 6 pack here. You can find matching individual hooks for $1 at Lowe’s if you want more. I had 2 extra hooks from a failed attempt to hang a curtain rod with robe hooks in Charlotte’s Nursery.)
  • Optional: Tags for labeling. I had left over triangle pieces of plywood from Presley’s $37 Chevron Accent Wall that I used but you could use chalk stickers from the dollar tree or stickers or nothing at all!
  • =23.26 total supplies/ 2=$11.63 a piece

I asked Michael to cut my pine board in half since this 9 month pregnant belly is a little bit in the way. We chopped it in half so each piece was 4′ long.

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We spray painted the triangle pieces different colors and laid them out on the boards with the hooks. I had to turn the triangles right side up so they all fit on the board but that made it kind of fun.

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I wrote the days of the week on there (I also marked their laundry days) and glued them to board.

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Then just screwed in the hooks under the tags.

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I used a 2.5″ screw on each side to hold it up in their closets.

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Easy peasy! What methods do you guys use for organizing kid clothes?

18Aug/15

$15 DIY adjustable crib skirt

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A sewing project?! What the what?! I’m not a seamstress. This was actually my first project ever with a sewing machine and my Aunt Tina was showing me the ropes. It was surprisingly pretty easy! I can’t wait for another sewing project actually.

I wanted a plain grey crib skirt without ruffles or designs because I don’t have a lot of straight edges in my nursery design and I was surprised that crib skirts can cost $50. I’ve never had a baby before but I know at some point you lower the crib as the baby gets older so are you supposed to buy another crib skirt then? I was just a bit confused. Surely another mom has thought through this and had a solution on the interwebs. Sure enough Pinterest saved the day again. The adjustable-ness of the crib skirt is stupidly simple.

This sweet crib means so much to me, pregnant emotions aside, it would still mean so much to me because both our older daughters used this crib as babies. When you adopt kiddos they normally don’t have items from their past like photos, toys or for goodness sake not their cribs. We’ve been so fortunate to have a relationship with their Nana and Papa, I guess I should say our Nana and Papa too, and they have been so sweet to pass along things of the girls. I’m so thankful we were able to find them while we were finalizing the adoption and build relationships with them. It’s been so helpful for our girls too. Anyway when we found out we were pregnant, huge surprise btw, they asked if we would like the Jinny Lind crib that Presley had and then the same crib that Kylie used when the girls would stay at their house. I almost get teary eyed when I think that we have something that all 3 of our daughters will have used as a baby. Nana knows I’m a diy-er and mentioned that she cleaned the crib but didn’t polish it incase I were painting it. How sweet!

Btw if you’re painting an old crib make sure and call the company that made your crib to check the model number for recalls. You can find that info usually on the bottom of the crib. Ours was a delta crib and had the info on the bottom of the particle board. Ours was just made a few years ago in 2007 and had a recall for the dropside. They sent us a kit for free that has 4 little fasteners that lock it in place. I expected this to be a huge hassle and big deal but the call took 3 minutes. They just asked for model number and our address. And the “kit” isn’t overwhelming. Like I said had 4 fasteners and a diagram of how to put them on. You can get more info here: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/

Here’s what the crib looked like before:

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Because of spray paint and poly fumes my sweet friend, Charissa, offered to paint the crib for me. Here’s what it looked like painted white:

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So! Back to the crib skirt! First things first, measure your crib base so you know how much fabric to buy. Some cribs have metal springs under the mattress and some have a wooden particle board under the mattress. Our Jinny Lind crib had the wooden particle board.

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Once we’ve got our measurements we can go buy fabric. I went for a plain fabric without a pattern since I have so many other patterns in this room.

Supplies:

  1. Upholstery fabric (I’m a fan of the waverly fabric line at walmart. It’s great quality and only $4 a yard. I bought 3 yards and had more than enough left over to make a window cornice box. I would have been fine with 2 yards really.)
  2. Sewing Machine
  3. Thread
  4. Scissors
  5. Quilting Pins
  6. Measuring tape or quilting mat
  7. Flat thumb tacks

I knew we needed our final measurements to be 51″x19″ on the front panel of the crib skirt and 24″x19″ for each side panel of the crib skirt. We added an inch extra all the way around to account for our seams so we cut the fabric at 52″x21″ and (2) at 25″x21″.

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(Side note–I tried cutting with kitchen scissors and it was slow and not precise. Sewing scissors are totally the way to go. I used my aunt’s and it was night and day.)

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We folded 1/2″ around the edges and ironed it so we could pin it. I wasn’t sure how this would work. I thought surely I’d end up with scar lines all over but it was actually pretty easy to feed the fold in front of the iron. We just eye-balled the 1/2″ fold as we fed it in front of the iron.

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Then you pin! Tina told me to put the pins in at an angle so they’re easier to take out as you’re sewing and that proved to be a huge help! She suggested pinning approximately every 8 inches.

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Then I actually got to use sewing machine. All that work and the sewing machine is actually what was used the least. I suppose it’s like most projects; the majority of your time is spent in prep work.

We put the seam at 3/8″. You could totally put your seam straight down the middle of your fold if you wanted. There’s a little guide by the needle area so you can attempt to feed your fabric very precisely. It didn’t always happen for me. My lines weren’t professional by any means but I doubt Martha Stewart will be visiting my home anytime soon to inspect my sewing lines on the crib skirt in my daughter’s nursery that’s all the way down on the floor to see if she could give me an A on my first sewing project. But who knows. You’re welcome anytime Martha. 😉

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Repeat these steps for the other 2 pieces so that you have 3 separate sewn pieces that aren’t attached to each other.

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My little cuties worked on crafts too. They made stained glass window clings.

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Now that you’ve sewn all 3 of your pieces, you’re ready to attach them! You use flat tacks to tack your 3 pieces to the particle board at whatever height you prefer.

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I lifted the fiberboard and skirt up over the siderail after it was tacked in so I could see the white siderail. Here’s what it looked like before putting the skirt behind the rail:

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I just carefully lifted up the board and pushed the crib skirt behind the rail and set it back down and it looked like this:

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When you need to start dropping that crib lower and lower for baby you can pull your crib skirt pieces up and tack them in another spot. Stupidly simple right?! If you have a wire support under the mattress you could sew strings on your skirt to attach it to the wire or you could use paperclips or paperclamps. No one is going to see it. As long as it’s flat no one will even notice! Your secret is safe with me. 😉

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If you want to check out the rest of Charlotte’s Nursery Room Reveal you can find all the details on Charlotte’s Nursery Room Reveal: Making the Most of a Small Nursery.

09Aug/15

Kylie’s Snow White Room Reveal

instagram-snow-white-room-powertools-and-polkadots-2Spray paint. Estate sale items. Thrifted items. Recycled Items. And more spray paint. That sums up Kylie’s room! When we moved into our new house and dreamed up Kylie’s room I think she had her heart set on huge wall stickers of Snow White. Yikes. Kylie loves Snow White so of course she told me she wanted a Snow White room. Instead of going crazy we compromised with Snow White colors and undertones. Swirlies, birds, red, blue, and yellow.

So here’s the boring-beige-before-photos:

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And here’s the after:

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I just love it. If you want to make a window cornice or window valance for less than $20 without any power tools you can get the details on the $20 Window Cornice tutorial here. I kept the same $4 ikea sheer curtains but I did trim them up. They’re 96″ to begin with and were just way way too long for this room.

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I loved that we found a bible verse that fit the snow white theme; “Though our sins are scarlet you have made us white as snow.”  And check out that silly phone. I found that at a church rummage sale for $1 and thought the girls might get a kick out of it…oh they LUUUUUUUHHHHHVVVVVVE IT.
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The nightstand was an $8 church rummage sale find too. Here’s what it looked like before:

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Kylie was quite thrilled! A little bit of spray paint and it was snow white approved:

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The basket colors don’t match the theme but I found all but 2 of them for $2 total in a clearance bin at Michael’s so I wasn’t going to turn that down.

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The mirror wall turned out pretty fun on accident. My friend Sara found the main gold Snow White mirror at an estate sale for $18 so I begged her to purchase it for me and paid her back the next day. It was a total win.

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The little white mirror Kylie picked out at Salvation Army for $5. We tried spray painting it gold first but it just clashed with the other gold mirror so we tried white next and were happy with it. You can see the clash of the golds here:

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White was a much better choice I think. The other mirror was one we had in our basement from hobby lobby like 8 years ago.

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The art display is finally getting used. I’m sure once school starts next week it will be full of art. You can get the details on how to make the $10 kid art display here. The gold bird display was an awesome score from the Michael’s clearance bin as well. It was only $2 but it was pink and we were trying to get away from pinks so we just took the bird part off and spray painted it gold and attached the bird again. Here was the bird cage before:

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The little yellow and turquoise jar was from Hobby lobby clearance for $1 and the yellow and green tray was from a flower arrangement my mom sent me a few years ago when we lived far apart. It won’t be long before Kylie has it filled with jewelry I’m sure. :) On the other side of her bed is her desk area. Kylie really wanted a desk area-I’m so thrilled to have this ready before school starts. 

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I think the desk is ok but she really really loved it. It was in pretty decent shape when we found it at Salvation Army (See below) It was only $20 too. You can see a pink and black one in the background that Presley was drooling over for her room. I think we’ll only have to touch up the black paint on it. Score. You can check out Presley’s room here.

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The chalkboard above her desk was from our basement stash as well. The stool is a cheap $7 one from ikea.

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This lamp used to be in Michael’s office and then in my office and since it was red I thought we could use it in Kylie’s room so we didn’t have to buy a new one. The little heart chalkboard was another hobby lobby clearance aisle score for $2. The picture frames by her bed were all ones we had in the basement so we slapped some red spray paint on them. Here’s what they looked like before:

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We framed a page from a Snow White book I found at a thrift store in one and framed a picture of her and Presley in the other.

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The letter B was from hobby lobby and we’ve had it a few years. It used to be black with light pink flowers. I just took off the flowers and swirls and spray painted them different colors before reassembling. B is the first letter of her first name she just goes by her middle name.

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Instead of getting new bedding we bought a duvet cover from H&M for $20. (Did you guys know they have a home decor line online?!?!)

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Her headboard and footboard we scored on craigslist over a year ago for $50. Check out the clawfeet. It is every girly-girl’s dream.

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Let’s take a look at the before again:

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And the after:

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02Aug/15

$20 Window Cornice

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Window cornices. Window valance. Window box. My husband calls it the thing above the window. Whatever you call it, they’re awesome and they add so much to your window! There are so many different ways to build and hang these. I was a little intimidated about building one of these because I wasn’t sure how to attach it to the wall and I wasn’t sure if it would actually look ok if it were made of foam board. I mean who can make something awesome out of foam poster board?! I should have done these a loooooong time ago-they’re so easy and so cheap and they surprisingly look great!

Here’s how Presley’s turned out:

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You can check out Presley’s room reveal here.

Kylie’s cornice turned out awesome too and I can’t wait to share her room with you guys as soon as I’m finished. Buuuuuuut I did do a terrible job the first time around on Kylie’s window cornice… I learned a few things not to do so I thought I’d share. It looked pretty bad at first, I’ll just be real with you. Here’s a tiny sneak peek of Kylie’s before and after:

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I made my window cornices out of foam poster board, wrapped with quilt batting and fabric around it, attached the fabric and batting with duct tape/quilting pins to the foam board and the cornice box rests on 2 L brackets. No power tools necessary this time. 😉

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Supply list:

  • $3 for 3 Foam poster board (In Kylie’s room I used 3 foam boards from dollar tree-they worked just as well as the name brand from walmart that I used on Presley’s room but didn’t cost 3.50 a piece)
  • $5.97 Quilt Batting (there’s so much in 1 package. I’ve used it for 2 cornices so far and can make another maybe 2 more from it)
  • $8 for 2 yards of fabric (I realized recently that Walmart has a small section of home upholstery fabrics for $3.97 a yard. They’re thick and the patterns are great.)
  • $3 Ball head pins (you can totally use straight pins but they hurt your fingers after awhile. I liked the pins with the little ball on the head.)
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  • L bracket or curtain rod brackets (I had some of those curtain rod brackets in my garage not being used so I used them for this. You could buy a cheap L bracket from Lowe’s or Home Depot if you don’t have something similar. They’re like $3 for a pack of (2) 4″ L brackets
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  • White duct tape (I used purple duct tape from our junk drawer on Kylie’s the first round and had thin yellow fabric-I could see the tape through it. Dark tape is not the best choice with thin fabric. I had to recover it with another fabric and I loved it- I left the purple duct tape with the thick fabric. But use white duct tape if you have thin fabric.)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

Here’s how I did it:

Measure your window width first so you know how much fabric and foam board to buy! My window was 38″ wide. Once you’ve measured your window, you’ll want to think about how much space you want on both sides of your window for your curtains. I added 6″ of space on the left and 6″ of space on the right for my curtains to hang.  Then you’ll want to think about how deep you want this cornice box to be. I learned the hard way that you don’t want it too deep…it will sit off your wall too far and leave the curtains looking empty. In Kylie’s room I thought 8″ would be good but it was soo big and weird looking. Honestly it looked terrible all around the first time. See….

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After some trial and error, I found that I personally like 4″ of depth on my cornice boxes. So in my case we had this measurement for the cornice box:

  • 38″ window
  • + 6″ on the left side of the window
  • + 6″ on the right side of the window
  • + 4″ depth on the left
  • + 4″ of depth on the right
  • =58″ of poster board length

I duct taped my foam board together and got to measuring. I didn’t have much height to take advantage of  in these bedrooms, the windows are pretty close to the ceiling, so my cornice boxes were 12″ tall.

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I cut my sides and then scored the top line. I opened the scissors and ran it across my top line so it would bend over easily then duct taped it. This top piece will also end up being 4″ deep. It’s what will rest on the L brackets.

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It’s faster to do this same thing with the sides-scoring instead of cutting the sides off. But I did it wrong the first time and it ended up being ok it just added extra work. I attached my 4″ side pieces with duct tape just like the top. Then I wrapped quilt batting around my cornice box and used duct tape and pins to hold it on there. Make sure you don’t leave too much batting overage on the inside of your box. You’ll want your fabric to be slightly longer than your batting so it can be taped and pinned to the foam board and not the fabric taped to the batting. That won’t work very well…I did that wrong the first time too. Here’s what your box should look like after you’ve wrapped it with the batting:

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Then I carefully laid my fabric out and wrapped it around the outside of the quilt batting. If you have a pattern in your fabric use the pattern to make sure you get a straight line on the edge of your cornice box. You don’t want a crooked looking box.

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I made my fabric extend out past the quilt batting so I could use more tape to attach the fabric to the foam board (I ran out of duct tape so I used clear packing tape). I put a yellow pin every inch or so to make sure it would stay in place.

I hung my curtains first. Then held up the cornice box to see how high or how low I wanted it. I decided I wanted it to overlap the very top trim of the window. Then I drilled the curtain rod brackets (the ones that the cornice box would sit on, not the curtain rod) to the wall, I separated them evenly. They’re basically right above the window corner. You can see it here:

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Then just set the cornice box on top of your L brackets or extra curtain rod brackets. I’ve seen some people duct tape their cornice box to the L bracket but I haven’t found that I’ve needed to do that. Neither of ours have budged. Both of our girls use their blinds to shut the sun out and not actually the curtains. We just bought the cheap $3.99 mesh curtains from ikea to have something soft feeling there. They’re 96″ long so I just trimmed them with the scissors to fit their rooms.

Here’s how Kylie’s cornice box turned out and a little sneak peek of how her Snow White room is turning out…I can’t wait to show you guys the whole thing. Squeeeeee!! I’d love to hear how yours turn out! Let me know if you have any questions!

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24Jul/15

Free Mermaid Shower Printables

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I used to LOVE the Little Mermaid when I was a girl. My parents were so annoyed with me for singing the songs alllll the time and watching the movie everyday. It’s not like I had an iPad to take it to my room and watch it. We had a cozy 1200 sq ft ranch home with one bubble tv in the living room so when I watched the little mermaid EVERYONE got to hear and enjoy it with me. haha. As a mom now I can’t imagine the patience it took to raise a child like me. My 6 and 7 year olds love Frozen like every girl their age and as much as I love hearing their little voices scream out their favorite song (which seriously is cute, I’m not being sarcastic there), if I have to watch Frozen or hear the soundtrack from their rooms one more time I may lose it. Chances are it will happen next week and I’ll get over it and roll my eyes and think “Let them scream out their favorite song, who knows how much longer they’ll want to put on shows and sing disney songs.”

So anyway, I love the little mermaid. I actually used to pray that God would turn me into a mermaid…because they are the coolest-let’s just admit that! I was thrilled when my mom and aunt asked if I wanted to have a mermaid themed baby shower. Since I’m having a girl I thought it would be cute to call it “Kiss the Girl” like from the song in the movie. Remember this one?

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I found a few great free printables on pinterest and then I made a few things to match the invites. I created generic versions of all the printables so you can customize them for your party if you decide to have a mermaid themed shower! Download links are at the bottom! I can’t stand when I find things I want to use on pinterest but they have someone else’s menu or name all over it. There are jpgs and pdfs of everything. I made some blank ones incase you don’t have photoshop and want to add your text in another software program like microsoft word or powerpoint or some free app out there I’m sure exists. 😉

Here’s what we did! I’d love to hear how you put your own spin on the mermaid shower! Sorry we didn’t think about doing a blogpost about it when we started. These are just iPhone shots my sister, mom and aunt took at the shower.

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My sister did all the cute handwritten things! She’s super artsy. Check out the little lanterns turned jelly fish my aunt made! We hung them from her dining room chandelier.

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My mom made all the mini cupcakes from scratch-she’s quite the cook-if you like italian desserts you should check out her website italian-dessert-recipes.com!

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While we were mingling and snacking at the beginning, the hostesses asked guests to fill out an advice form for mom and wishes for baby. This was by far my favorite thing from the whole shower–getting to read all the sweet things my friends and family had to say. I’ll keep these forever-and I originally just thought they’d be a good time filler.

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I found the Wishes for Baby from funkylinkdsay.com and the Advice for Mom from mommylikewhoa.com

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The water bottle wraps I found on pinterest from The Mommy Dialogues. You can get all her goodies here!

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The green and pink tags I made – you can download them below!

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The purple tags were from The Suburban Mom you should check out her Little Mermaid party here!

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We had the shower at my aunt’s house and she had a picture of me on the beach when I was 5 or 6. She thought it should go out with shells and things. hehe

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I really like schedules. Showers are awkward for guests that don’t know each other. Having a schedule to know what’s going on helps guests keep in mind how much longer they have to chit chat or how much longer until they can dodge out of there. hehe. We had 5 printed out and placed randomly throughout the house; the bathroom, the dessert table, by the drinks, on and end table etc. I made a generic version of this if you want to use it at your party. You can download it below.

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My aunt made the cutest little sandwiches-they look like crabs…I mean…come on…so stinking cute!

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When we opened gifts we had a Mermaid Pass, I stuffed a goodie bag with cute office supplies from Marshall’s and the bag would get passed two people to the right every time I opened something pink and then when gifts were done the person with the bag got to keep the gift. The second time around the room we passed it one to the right so that everyone had a chance to win. I mortified that I did these in such a rush I didn’t proof read them. They’re fixed in the downloads. Let’s blame it on pregnancy brain shall we?

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My oldest daughter helping me open presents-check out that bow! <3

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We played “He Said/She Said” after the gifts. My girls thought this was fun. I found free mustache and lips on an 8.5″x11″ from pinterest too.

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My mom made my favorite cookies in the world as party favors-pistachio cookies!!!  And the color matched the party-bonus. We had a little “Thanks for making the shower a splash!” sign.

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I was so overwhelmed by the amazing friends and family that came out to celebrate our growing family!

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SO! Feel free to download what you need here. I took all the names off so you can add your own. I’d love to see pictures if you end up using it for your own mermaid themed party!

The fonts I used were free; Landliebe and Avenir
Here’s what’s you’ll find in the zip files:
  • Blank Mermaid Shower invite (5×7)
  • Example of Mermaid Shower invite (4.5×5.75)
  • Advice for Mom Sign (4×6)
  • Advice for Mom form (8.5×11)
  • Wishes for Baby Sign (4×6)
  • Wishes for Baby Form (8.5×11)
  • Mermaid Food Labels Pink/Green Version 1 (8.5×11)
  • Mermaid Food Labels Pink/Green Version 2 (8.5×11)
  • Mermaid Food Label Purple Version (8.5×11)
  • Mermaid Gift Pass Tag (5×7)
  • Moustache and Lips Sheet for He Said/She Said (8.5×11)
  • Mermaid Party Favor Sign (8.5×11)
  • Mermaid Shower Plans Sign (8.5×11)
  • Mermaid Water Bottle Labels
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Here are the links once more-Feel free to download what you need here. I took all the names off so you can add your own. I’d love to see pictures if you end up using it for your own mermaid themed party!

The fonts I used were free; Landliebe and Avenir
Here’s what’s you’ll find in the zip files:
  • Blank Mermaid Shower invite (5×7)
  • Example of Mermaid Shower invite (4.5×5.75)
  • Advice for Mom Sign (4×6)
  • Advice for Mom form (8.5×11)
  • Wishes for Baby Sign (4×6)
  • Wishes for Baby Form (8.5×11)
  • Mermaid Food Labels Pink/Green Version 1 (8.5×11)
  • Mermaid Food Labels Pink/Green Version 2 (8.5×11)
  • Mermaid Food Label Purple Version (8.5×11)
  • Mermaid Gift Pass Tag (5×7)
  • Moustache and Lips Sheet for He Said/She Said (8.5×11)
  • Mermaid Party Favor Sign (8.5×11)
  • Mermaid Shower Plans Sign (8.5×11)
  • Mermaid Water Bottle Labels
14Jul/15

$10 Kid Art Display

kid-art-display-widget-4My youngest child, soon to be middle child, loves to display her artwork everywhere. She’s proud of everything she makes (what a great quality) but sometimes it’s overwhelming on a fridge. She likes to prop up her artwork on her nightstand and on her bookshelves and behind the dresser, and in bags, and in drawers…she really doesn’t like to throw things away. haha. I thought if we had a display wall in her room she could be in charge of which art pieces stay out and which ones we don’t really LOVE and could be recycled (like the red robin kid’s menu…all 14 of them). I had everything but the clothespins on hand but it’s still a really inexpensive project. (my favorite kind) 😉

Here’s how it turned out:

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Supply list:

  • $3 Package of mini clothespins from walmart craft section
  • $3.63 Spray paint (I had some on hand)
  • $2 furring strip 1x2x8
  • wood screws (I had some in the garage)

I had some scrap wood left over from another project already cut so I used them in the current size. They’re approx 3′ long.

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I just spray painted them twice.

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Glued on clothespins with a hot glue gun.

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Then screwed them to the wall.

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10Jul/15

$37 Plywood Chevron Accent Wall

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My oldest daughter is loving her room. I am so glad she’s happy but I’m really happy this project is over to be honest. I knew this one would be a lot of work but I really underestimated the pain-in-the-butt-ery this accent wall would be. I have some suggestions at the end of what will make life a lot easier if you choose to do a wall like this.

Boring Beige Before:

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Aaaaaand After:

 

If you want to see the rest of Presley’s Wolverine Room Reveal you can get the details here.

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We made the window cornice (the thing above the window) for a cheap $20. You can check out the tutorial here if you want details. It actually ended up costing less since I used the supplies on another cornice but basically $20 can get you 2 window cornices.


So! Chevron Wall! Let’s get to it! I was super pumped that my supply list was so cheap. I even had some scrap wood left over.

Supply List:

  • $27.94 – 2 sheets of plywood -I used Underlayment ( 7/32 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft) ($13.97 a piece)
  • $7.52- 2 cans of 12 oz. Protective Enamel Satin White Spray Paint ($3.76 a piece)
  • $3.98 for some short nails to use in my ryobi airstrike gun – 18-Gauge x 3/4 in. Glue Collated Brad Nail (1000 per Box)

I asked Home Depot to cut the plywood into 6″ strips. It made transporting easier too. I cut the strips at a 45 degree angle. I had to flip my strips over and finish the cuts because my saw didn’t have the span to cut through it all in one cut (I should have just done 4″ strips).

I sanded down the sides. I spray painted half of the pieces white.

I had some leftover triangle scraps of plywood that I used to help my girls organize their clothes. I spent $12 on supplies to make the wall hooks. You can check out the details on the $12 Kid Clothes Wall Hooks tutorial.

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I spray painted the other half with a clear gloss coat.

I started measuring the wall. I didn’t want crooked angles but I didn’t realize I was doing this measuring the hard way with a laser level and a pencil. By the end of the project I had found the fastest way to get the right measurement was using this little ruler with a level. I would measure out how far my piece of wood would go, make a small mark, then hold the level vertical and make sure it was level, then mark a small section on the wall.

Then the fun part! I got to start stapling pieces to the wall.

After I filled the nail holes on the white boards with white caulking. I didn’t fill the ones on the natural wood. I liked their look.

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If you want to see the rest of Presley’s Wolverine Room Reveal you can get the details here.

What I would differently:

  • I wouldn’t worry too much about sanding the plywood. I still had to pull little shreds of plywood from the outside edges once they were on the wall anyway. Some of the later cuts I did to fill in the last column and bottom row I didn’t sand at all and they look the same as the others.
  • Check what size wood your saw can cut. Mine didn’t cut through 6″ strips in one cut. I had to flip it over to finish the cut. If I would have known this I would have done 4″ strips of wood to save myself the headache.
  • I’d consider doing a painted stripe on the wall and plywood instead of plywood for both. The angles were such a pain to get to match up exactly. Mine aren’t perfect. They don’t meet up in every spot. I filled in some but left most alone because it wasn’t terrible.
  • Make sure to note that you have a pretty side and a boring side of your wood. I had no idea until after I had made all my 45 degree cuts that one side was beautiful and one was just blah and I couldn’t flip them over and use the other side. I really should have paid attention to this.
  • When making your cuts on thin plywood just know the back will get ripped up a bit. I should have cut all mine pretty side up.
08Jul/15

Presley’s Wolverine Room Reveal

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My oldest daughter is loving her room. I am so glad she’s happy but I’m really happy this project is over. Presley is a super smart tom boy that loves all things dinosaur, lego, star wars, and super heroes! At our old house she had grey walls with a yellow bed that really played into her love for wolverine. When we moved into our new house I wanted to take it up a notch to give her a room she would be excited about. After all, moving houses is a big deal when you’re a kid and it can be scary. So we dreamed up what her room could feel like and look like.

When we were moving furniture in I had to laugh because when she saw her yellow headboard leaned up against a boring beige wall instead of her cool grey wall at the old house, she asked, “Mom, do you like this color wall with my bed?” I laughed and said “well it certainly isn’t my favorite.” She replied with “Good! Because I didn’t want to hurt your feelings by saying I thought these colors look stupid together.” She is already a design diva and I love it. Maybe I shouldn’t but I do. I think we should all figure out what colors make us feel good and help us enjoy the spaces we live in.

Here’s our Beige-Before:

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Aaaaannnnd the After:

The pennzoil can was a hobby lobby clearance aisle score a few years ago for $10. I love it!

Polka dot rug from ikea for $20. They’re not plush but they’re great for just adding a little pop of something to the floor.

The black mirror is from ikea. It’s normally $40 but we found this one in the scratch and dent for $25. It needed the mirror to be glued back in. Easy fix for me!

We scored the beautiful bed on craigslist for $50 and we painted it yellow for wolverine of course! 😉

The gold floor lamp was a church rummage sale find for $5.

The P was from Nana Marilyne  last Christmas and the barcode was a Target clearance item I found 8 years ago that was just sitting in our basement.

We loved this bedding package from Target we found last year.

If you want to see how we did her chevron plank wall you can get all the details here. It was time consuming but it was only $37 and made a huge impact!

I had some leftover triangle scraps of plywood that I used to help my girls organize their clothes. I spent $12 on supplies to make the wall hooks. You can check out the details on the $12 Kid Clothes Wall Hooks tutorial.

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We have some wolverine items above her chest of drawers. The taller wooden one was hobby lobby again for $12 and the metal poster sign Michael and I found at the stockyards in Dallas earlier this year when we were away on a trip for $20. She thought it was the best! The J was hobby lobby and bought a few years ago. J is the first letter of her first name.

When we had finished the chevron plank wall and hung the wolverine stuff Presley said it was almost complete and the only thing missing was a star wars poster. haha. I agreed so off to hobby lobby we went with a christmas gift card I had been holding on to (Thanks Nana Suzanne!) and we found a perfect non cheesy non laminated star wars poster.

At the foot of her bed we have a blue mustang canvas I found at hobby lobby a few years ago. It was actually hanging in our kitchen at the old house but totally matched Presley’s colors. The comic book artwork to the left and right of it was drawn by my dad when he was in grade school. I found the drawings in my Grandma’s attic and let Presley pick out a few her favorites to frame. It’s really special to me since my dad passed away in 2009 and never got to meet my girls (we adopted them in 2013). I’m sure my dad never dreamed that his doodles and drawings he made as a kid would end up framed in one of his granddaughter’s rooms. He loved superheroes too and passed it along to me I guess. So of course I think it’s awesome that my girls really love them too. We just framed the pictures in the white $7 ribba frames from ikea. But I actually found this pack of 4 at Goodwill for $4 total.

We made the window cornice (the thing above the window) for a cheap $20. You can check out the tutorial here if you want details. It actually ended up costing less since I used the supplies on another cornice but basically $20 can get you 2 window cornices.

The light is a cheap one from ikea. We actually found it at a Goodwill for $5. It plugs into the wall. I hung it with a little hook and we ran the cord behind the cornice and down curtain. You can see the cord by the baseboard in the picture above.

I love how it turned out! She loves her room and loves to spend time in there so it all feels worth it to me! Next came Kylie’s room. You can check out her room reveal here.