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New Year, New Room Refresh Reveal!

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It’s reveal day for the New Year, New Room challenge. I have to say a special thank you to Stephanie of Casa Watkins for hosting this challenge. It’s been really fun and refreshing for both me and my room to do a smaller-scale makeover that doesn’t require blowing up the whole house. My guest room definitely looks more inviting today than it did three weeks ago when I shared a plan to bring together a serene palette of greens, blues and yellows together with art from Minted and new lamps from Lamps Plus. I think I followed through with that vision pretty well.

But first, remember the before? It was a disorganized mess that had a wild dog living in it (those who know Jellybeans can attest that this is only kind of a joke).

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And now the after!

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I picked up this “pillow to the side” technique from the One Room Challenge reveal of fellow NYNR refresher Sharon of Pretty Practical Home. It also happens to be the same pillow, but that’s a coincidence!

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The thing I enjoyed most about this room was that it felt different from what I have done in the past, mostly I think because the desk is a different style of furniture than pretty much anything else I own. I’m always looking to mix up my look, though, and I still think the outcome is still very “me.”

The biggest challenge in this room was to keep the design in balance even though I moved the bed to one side of the room to make enough space for the desk. I was a little worried that placing the largest piece of furniture and art both off-center would look strange, but using an eye-catching piece of furniture (the desk), other symmetrical elements (the lamps), and an anchoring piece (the rugs), I managed to make the visual balance work.

As for the “rug,” I actually decided to use a blanket for that function. I’ve seen blankets used for rugs before, and it’s honestly something I’ve skeptical about. But since this was kind of an irregular sized space as far as rugs go and I had this blanket on hand, I thought why not? Here’s my verdict about the rug-as-blanket approach–it can be done effectively, IF:

  • The blanket has the appropriate weight. This one is wool. Something with an open weave definitely would not work.
  • You use a rug pad. I had a small piece of rug pad that I used, and that definitely made a difference to how well it stayed put.
  • You use it in a low traffic area. This is not for your living room or any other area that is in the flow of traffic. Rug pad or no, you would be folding down the corners fifty times a day.

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That’s my reveal! Due to the crazy weather conditions over the last week for many of the blog hop participants, we are splitting our reveals between this week and next week. What this means for you is that you can get great refresh-related content AND reveals from everybody two weeks in a row. So head over to the other participants and see what goodies they have ready for you. And don’t forget to check back next week–lots more to look forward to!

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Casa Watkins | Shabby Grace Blog | Domicile 37 | Pretty Practical Home
Up to Date InteriorsA Designer At Home | Iris Nacole | Vintage Romance Style
This Is Our Bliss | Seeking Lavender Lane

And again, a huge thanks to all our sponsors, and especially to Minted and Lamps Plus for their contributions to my design!

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Our Little Sofa Featured in Better Homes & Gardens Online

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Okay, so if you know anything about the sofa in question, it’s that it’s not remotely little–it’s over 8 feet long. But anyway, you know what I mean. I’m super excited that our big/little sofa is part of a Better Homes and Gardens article about decorating with indigo! It’s a treat to have my work featured alongside some very talented ladies with fabulous spaces, and the article itself includes really great tips for using this bold but elegant color. Check out Crushing On: Indigo by Brittany Hayes of Addison’s Wonderland.

While you’re at it, check out some of the other bloggers featured:

And don’t forget to come back for our One Room Challenge reveal on Thursday–I’m so thrilled with how it turned out!

DIY Ikea Bar Cart with Wood Top

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Ikea’s Bygel cart has definitely been a favorite of DIYers, especially when it comes to fashioning a bar cart on a budget. It’s easy to see why the Bygel cart is so popular–it’s inexpensive, roomy, versatile, and easily to customize with little extra effort and money. My Bygel cart makeover is a little bit different because 1) it isn’t gold and 2) it shows how you can give your cart a slightly different, more unique vibe by switching up your materials and adding a wood top.

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Materials:

  • Spray paint of your choice. I used Valspar High Gloss spray paint in Palmetto Green.
  • Spray lacquer for finishing the frame. This is optional but good for setting and hardening the finish. It was also about 90% humidity when we spray painted, so I’m not sure the paint would ever have cured without it. We used Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel.
  • Wood slab. Justin made this board by edge gluing 3/4″ thick scraps of Poplar left-over from our door casings. You could also buy a board of this size at Lowe’s, Home Depot, or a local lumber store.
  • Stain of your choice. This is optional, and we decided to leave ours natural. Stain definitely gives you a ton of options for your individual look, though. I think it would be super cool to do a colored stain, or a gray wash to make the look more industrial, if that floats your boat.
  • Polyurethane or oil for finishing the wood. We used Minwax Clear Gloss Polycrylic because Justin happened to have picked some up at a yard sale. Depending on the type of wood you use and what you plan to use the cart for, you could also opt for a food safe oil like Howard Cutting Board Oil.

Process:

This is an extremely easy project with just one tricky part–you need to have access to some kind of specialty saw (Justin used a band saw) to cut the corners of the board to fit your cart.

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Otherwise, you can pretty much figure out what to do:

  1. Spray paint and lacquer (if desired) the frame. I highly recommend spray painting the cart with the frame loosely assembled. That is–put it together, but don’t tighten the screws all the way. This allows it to stand on its own while drying, because it is a real pain in the rump to figure out a good way of arranging it otherwise.
  2. Using the Ikea top as a template, trace the corner cutouts onto your board, and then cut the wood to fit.
  3. Stain and/or finish the wood however you like.

Then style and enjoy!

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The cart itself cost $30, and we spent about $10 on spray paint. There are lots of beautiful, glam bar carts out there, but for $40 I think I’d pick this one every time. What about you? Would you break out the spray paint and give this one a try?

Kitchen Update | ORC Reveal!

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Hi everyone! I’m really excited to finally get to show you the kitchen makeover we’ve finished over the last six weeks as part of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling it Home. I’m going to get to the pictures stat, but first, you can find updates from the last five weeks here: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5.

Now, without further ado…

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White cabinets + green painted floorsGreen floors and white subway tile in bright kitchen

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Open cabinetry in small kitchenGlass front cabinets. Displaying dishes in open cabinets.Plants as decor in the kitchenSmall bright kitchen; all white kitchenStyling in the kitchenIMG_6481IMG_6464 Bohemian modern decor with rattan and plants

Finishing this project in five weeks was definitely a challenge, but seeing the room come together has been incredibly satisfying. Those of you who have followed this blog for a while know that we just moved into this house three months ago, and since then we’ve spent a lot of time making and living in messes. In the few days since we wrapped up the project, we’ve SO enjoyed spending time in a complete, clean, and beautiful space that really feels like us. I love everything, but the green floors are obviously the pièce de résistance. They’ve got to be one of the best decisions I’ve made, maybe ever.

From the beginning, I’ve really emphasized that we were doing this makeover on a budget, with the goal of staying under $400. Even though we doubled the amount of tile we installed, I’m happy to say we made it! Here’s how it all broke down.

  • Wall paint – Leftover from living room
  • Cabinet paint – $21
  • Floor paint – $35
  • Polyurethane – $50
  • Spray primer for brick – $4
  • Cabinet hardware – $5 ($85 paid – $80 made from selling our old hardware)
  • Plexiglass for cabinet doors – $21
  • Silicone for installing plexiglass – $4
  • Trim for installing plexiglass – $20
  • Subway tile – $80
  • Tile saw – $50 (split purchase with friend)
  • Tile grout – Had from previous project
  • Tile adhesive – Had from previous project
  • Over-the-sink light – $15
  • Flush mount LED lights for sunroom – $60
  • White outlet receptacles and switch plates – $15
  • Microwave – $-40 (Yes, we made money on the microwave by selling our over-the-range model and buying a less expensive countertop model.)

Which comes to a grand total of $340!! Obviously I feel awesome about the investment we made in this space and the bang we got for our buck.

It’s pretty obvious, too, that this project would never have gotten off the ground without Justin’s tireless, unflagging help and support. You cannot even imagine how much I have talked out loud, hogged the computer, decided things, undecided things, bought stuff, returned stuff, left paint brushes in the sink, left power tools in the rain (they still worked though), and NOT cooked suitable food over the last five weeks (while constantly adding more tasks to the project). So thanks very much to my lovely, saintly husband.

And thanks to everyone who encouraged me here! This was my first time participating in the One Room Challenge, and I had a blast! I’ve already decided on the room I’ll be making over for the fall edition of the challenge, so now I have an excuse to procrastinate on it for the next 5 months. 🙂

Now get on over to Calling it Home and check out lots more amazing reveals. If you haven’t checked out any of the other projects before, today is definitely the day!