Painting: Family Room Update

A few weeks ago, we had the main floor of our house painted.  What a difference new paint can make!!  I shared a few pictures of our newly painted entry (And I still have more pictures to share!)  But today, I’ll show you our family room.   The wall color is the same as the entry: Benjamin Moor Classic Gray.

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In case you forgot what the family room looked like, here is a before picture.

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… B E F O R E …

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… B E F O R E …

And now, with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moor Classic Gray paint…..

 . . . t h e   a f t e r . . .

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I think the picture below is my favorite.  If you look at the before pictures, I had an old door propped here.  When we painted, I of course had to move things out of the room. When we pushed the couch back in place, I decided to move around the wall decor. This chalkboard found a new home here.

The cotton stem is from everyone’s favorite new HGTV show, Fixer Upper.  I ordered a bunch from Magnolia Homes and this stem was an extra one that didn’t fit in my vase…so it found a casual home on top of this frame!

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magnolia homes cotton stems on gold chalkboard frame

And here is a peek to the right of our sectional…

FAMILY ROOM ben moore classic gray old doors with wreath

I have an old cabinet that was always a challenge to open up. So I took the doors off! Now the cabinet is more functional, and I now have a fun  accessory to decorate with….old cabinet doors!

old chippy doors with boxwood wreath and ribbon

I had a faded boxwood wreath in my garage that I hung from black and white striped ribbon.  It felt good to put the old wreath to use (instead of throwing it out).  And I love how it brightened up the doors!

OLD DOORS AND WREATH WITH RIBBON

Now, swinging over to the others side of the room sits Dan’s chair.  It’s the Hathaway Swivel Glider from Crate and Barrel. We special ordered it in a linen fabric about 18 months ago.  I think it blends nicely with the couch.

 CRATE AND BARREL SWIVEL CHAIR LINEN FABRIC AND WORLD MARKET STRIPE PILLOW

And recently, I picked up this lumbar pillow on a whim from World Market.  I hadn’t planned on putting it on this chair, but I love it there!

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There are still a few tweaks that we need to make to the room {like replacing the well loved area rug}. But for now, painting the room was the perfect update!

FAMILY ROOM ben moore classic gray gallery wall pottery barn sectional

Thanks for humoring me and looking through my many pictures today!

jen

Entry Update: Painted Front Door

A few weeks ago, we had the first floor painted in our house.  It was crazy having painters in the house, shuffling furniture around, moving wall decor, etc.  But it was worth all of the effort!  We’re really happy with the finished product.

I have more pictures to share, but I’ll start with our entry.

The front door was white, and since the painters were here, I figured I’d have them paint the inside of the front door too!

Here is the before …

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Yellow walls and a plain white front door….

And now, the after!

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Since I don’t have yellow walls, I can now accessorize with yellow.  Like the Target rug below!

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And my deer head.  Dan wasn’t fond of it at the beginning.  But I think he’s warmed up to our little friend!

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Here are the details:

wall paint color: benjamin moore classic gray

door paint color: benjamin moore kendall charcoal

deer head: kirklands

wreath: target

ribbon: amazon.com

And here’s one last look at the after.  I’m over the moon with how it turned out!

painted front door with benjamin moore kendall charcoal - at home in the northwest blog

jen

Simple DIY Wall Painting for Christmas

A few weeks ago, I found this great {and simple} DIY Christmas wall hanging at Emily A. Clark’s blog.  {If you don’t already follow her blog, it’s a must read!}

I loved it so much that I made my own!

SIMPLE DIY PROJECT WITH DUCK CLOTH HOT GLUE GUN AND PAINT

I’m not an artist. And I can say that it was really easy! Just head over to Emily’s blog for a quick tutorial on how to make your own.

I made several for gifts and it was neat seeing how each one turned out different than the other.

I wasn’t sure where I’d hang mine…..and it finally landed in my powder room!

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DUCK CLOTH WALL HANGING SIMPLE DIY PROJECT

Thanks for stopping by today! Hard to believe that it’s only a few more days until Christmas.  I hope you’re ready to celebrate and can avoid the mall these next few days.

jen

One Room Challenge Week 5 – Powder Room Update

I’m happy to announce that my bathroom is complete!  Though it wasn’t a big room to makeover….so it was very manageable to complete in a six week period. And here we are at only week 5!  If you’ve missed the previous weeks, you can catch up here (week 1week 2week 3, week 4).

This week I’ll share my last few decisions with you!  I finally chose  a rug and finished the medicine cabinet.  And next week…..the big reveal of the completed room!

Let’s first start with the cabinet….here’s a peek at the before:

Bathroom Cabinet .... at home in the northwest blog

I gave it a fresh coat of white paint (using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that was leftover from Emmie’s room makeover).  And the knobs and hinges got a touch of gold spray paint left over from my mirror debacle!

GOLD HINGES

GOLD PULLS

Fabric was switched out to this John Robshaw fabric.

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And here is a look at the finished cabinet!

WHITE MEDICINE CABINET

 Amazing what a little paint and fabric can do!

And now the rugs….that was another long and involved process.  I wanted as big of a rug as possible, but it’s not a huge room. So I was a bit limited.

I found a few great rugs that were navy blue and white….just what I was looking for.  But unfortunately, I ran into a few issues.

The first rug was too big for the room.

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The next was too small.

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Then there was the rug that was too thick! The door wouldn’t open up (and I wasn’t 100% sold on the blue anyway…).

TOO THICK

{Is this starting to sound a touch like Goldilocks and The Three Bears?!}

So, I kept searching.

I tried an indoor/outdoor rug from Home Decorators.  The color online didn’t look 100% perfect for the bathroom.  But I was hopeful it would be ‘the one’ when it arrived.

Wrong. I didn’t love the blue. Or the beige trim.  It was too blah for me.

blue trellis rug from home decorators

The runner up was a great little rug from Target.

LIGHT BLUE TARGET RUG

While it wasn’t the winner for the bathroom right now,  I think I may keep it for when I want to freshen up the look in there.

And after all of that shopping, you won’t believe the rug that I’m using…..it’s one that I had in my entry!

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It’s a gray rug. Not navy as I’d initially planned. But the size and thickness worked (which were nonnegotiables for this room).  So I had to be a bit flexible on the color.

gray target zig zag rug

Maybe someday the perfect navy rug will cross my path. For now, I’m quite happy with my little $29 Target purchase from my entry!

Next week is the big bathroom reveal! Make sure you come back to see the finished product! We’ll take one more look at the before and then look at the updated version!

There are a lot of other bloggers participating in the One Room Challenge as well! Hope over to Calling it Home to check them out!

Jen

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Powder Room Walls – One Room Challenge Week 2

It’s week 2 of the One Room Challenge. And things are progressing in our powder room!  This week was all about the walls.

As you may recall from last week, the bathroom had wallpaper when we purchased the house.

Seven years ago, we stripped off the wallpaper, which left the walls with no texture.  So I decided to add some wall texture to help disguise the repairs I had to do this week.

SPACKLING THE WALLS

I used the wall texture pictured below.  Like most home projects, something that seemed simple involved three trips to Home Depot!   First, I didn’t buy enough bottles.  Then I bought the wrong kind!  By the third trip, I had all that I needed.

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When I was spaying the walls, the fumes were out of control!  This stuff is potent.  I gave myself regular breaks for fresh air because I kept getting light headed! {And yes, I was wearing a mask}

 The ceiling hadn’t been painted since the house was built in 1997, so I gave it a fresh coat of white too.  Painting ceilings can be a really messy job.  So….{prepare yourself for a vulnerable moment}, I had to dress the part.

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I didn’t want to ruin one of my hats…..so I found the next best thing….a shower cap! And after getting paint splattered in my eyes, I decided I needed some protective eyewear too.   Not my best look, but it did the job.

I didn’t realize how much the ceiling needed to be painted!

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Here is my color selection for the walls…..

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Sherwin Williams Alabaster

After a few hours of painting, I completed the ceiling and walls!  The bathroom is a blank slate right now.  I can’t wait to bring some life to the room!

SHERWIN WILLIAMS ALABASTER 7008

Make sure you come back next week for another progress update!

jen

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Bedside Table Before and After {Ikea Rast Hack}

Last week, I shared a sneak peek at the $35 bedside table from Ikea that I gave a little facelift.

Today I get to share the finished product!

Let’s take a look at the old bedside table in the room…

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And an after shot of the room with the new bedside table….

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It’s the Rast from Ikea. Below is the assembled Rast, before my mini facelift.

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And a closer look at the after!

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Here’s a look at what I did…

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Using my miter saw and handy-dandy nail gun, I attached thin lath wood from Lowes around each drawer front {I’m not sure that this is exactly what the wood is called. But hopefully it’ll give you the idea …}.  Baseboard trim was added to the bottom.  And a larger piece of wood was added to the top.  To finish off the top, I added a thin piece of trim to complete the custom look.  Wood filler filled the nail holes, sandpaper smoothed it all and green spray paint gave me a fun bright color perfect for a little girls room!

What do you think?! I love it!  I find it amazing how just a little bit of wood can completely transform a piece of furniture!

Let’s take one last look at the finished product.

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I’m certainly not the first person to do something like this to the Rast.  Have you transformed this piece of furniture? If so, I’d love to see it!

jen

(if you’d like to read more about designing this girls room, click here, here, here, here, here and here.)

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New Bedside Table {Ikea Rast Hack}

Well, hello! Did you think I’d gone and disappeared!?  It’s been several weeks since my last blog post and I have no valid excuse for my absence.  I just let life get busy, I guess! {or maybe I got lazy?!}

So, welcome back!

I’d like to share a project I’ve recently completed.

Several weeks ago, I finished re-decorating Emmie’s bedroom. (You can read about it here, here, here, here, here and here.)

This is what the room looked like when I finished….

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I loved the green nightstand, but felt like it was a touch short for the space.  This little girls bedroom has an excessive amount of chapstick, rubber bands, pencils, notebooks and much more lying around.  And that single, tiny drawer in the nightstand wasn’t doing the job of containing all of those small items.

I didn’t want to spend a ton of money….so went straight to Ikea.

Below is the Rast from Ikea.  And it costs a whopping $34.99.  Not too shabby! But very simple looking.

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ikea rast

 I’m certainly not the first to re-create this piece of furniture.  Here is a peek at how some people have turned their plain purchase into a show stopper.

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Isn’t it amazing what a little TLC can do to an otherwise simple piece of furniture?

Here’s a sneak peek at my bedside table.  It wasn’t a difficult project.  And it fills the space so much better.

IKEA RAST HACK 2

I will post complete pictures of the room in a few days when I get the new remote for my camera.  My hope is that the remote will assist me in taking better pictures in low lighting! So come back soon for a final reveal!

jen

Target Joy Sign Hack

Yes, this is a Christmas post.  And today, party pooper me took down all of my fall decor.  Maybe I should blame Target….

Like many of you, I recently received the Target ad showing the cute marquee ‘Joy’ sign.

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While we were out of town, the mail really stacked up. So when I saw the ad in my mail, I immediately got competitive. {For those of you who don’t know me well, I get competitive about the small things.  Not over a football or pickle ball game.  But over a parking spot. Or a place in line at the grocery store. Or a ‘must have’ darling tin marquee sign from Target.}  Anyway, I looked online…not available.   I looked at the two Targets here in town…..one was out of stock, the other was rather vague with their stock status.  So the kids and I buzzed out to Target last night, in the dark, to search for the sign.

And lucky me.  I got one!

But I confess when I opened up the box, it was kind of simple looking. And of course there was the cord.   I assumed it would stand on its own, but you have to hang them.  So I got to thinking….how could I make this work!

Off to the bin of scrap wood I went.  I found some red spray paint too.

And after a bit of working, I got just what I was looking for!

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Something more substantial. Something to prop up or hang on my porch, or over the mantel.

Something really fun! I love it!

If you’d like to do the same thing, here are the steps that I took:

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Grab some wood from the scrap bin, or buy some from Lowes or Home Depot {they can even cut it for you!}

Decide how wide you would like your sign.  Line up the wood {I used paneling leftover from my bookshelf project}.  Then secure two pieces to the back, as shown here.

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Spray paint the wood.

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When it was {almost} dry {I was too antsy to wait til it was completely dry}, I sanded the edges a bit and added some wood stain over the entire piece. It gave the sign a bit of depth and interest. Then spray some nails since they will show when the sign is hung.

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Lastly, hang the letters and  you are done!

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I’m so excited to hang it up, though I will wait!  My fall decor may be in the attic, but I won’t dig out Christmas just yet {though believe me, I’m tempted!}

Thanks for reading and let me know if you make one of your own!! I’d love to see a picture.

jen

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One Room Challenge Week 5 – Painting Progress

Hello everyone! Here we are at week 5 of the one room challenge.  Only one week to go…and then, in theory, this room should be complete.  One would think 6 weeks is ample time to complete a room {and please note, I actually started on this project BEFORE the ORC even started! So I had a head start – and I’m still not where I’d like to be.} You’re probably not interested in the excuses for my lack of progress. You’re thinking, ‘show me some pictures!’

So here we go.

This week, I thought I’d tackle the the dresser.  It was stained in a medium wood tone.  And it needed to be lightened to match the gray walls and white furniture.

Here’s the before…

DRESSER BEFORE PAINT....at home in the northwest

This weekend, I dug out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.  A few coats of paint, some sanding and a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax, and the task was complete!

dresser painted with annie sloan chalk paint pure white....at home in the northwest

Did you notice the little lamp got a bit of pink spraypaint?!  The first picture above shows it in dark bronze. And the next picture shows it  in all it’s pink glory.

Back to the dresser….I really hadn’t planned on going with a distressed look {or as Emmie is calling it, an ‘old time look’}.  But as I was sanding down the chalk paint, it started to rough up the edges.  It was hard to avoid since the bottom layer was a wood finish.  So….I went with it. I can always add more paint later if I get tired of it.  But for now, it’ll just disguise any bumps or scratches that it receives from its 7 year old roommate!

Here is a closer look….

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The old wooden drawer pulls were updated with a little glass pull.  Very feminine {and very cheap! $2.97 at Lowes!}.

I’m happy with it.  And I think Emmie has adjusted to the ‘old time look’.

You might be wondering how my bed building progress is going?!  Well, let’s just say it’s not.  I have to say, I’m not sure it’ll get completed in time.   But don’t give up on me yet! The bed WILL get done. It just may not be done by week 6.

Make sure you come back next week for the final reveal!

jen

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Bookshelf Project – One Room Challenge Week #2

Welcome to week #2 of the One Room Challenge!

Last week I shared my design board for Emmie’s room.

girls room mood board {athomeinthenorthwestblog}

The pink walls are now gray.,

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So today I’d like to share my bookshelf project with you!

Below is a picture of her current bookshelf.

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It’s too short.  Can you see books shoved under the bookshelf?  Lack of space means it’s time to upgrade to a bigger bookshelf.

I bought this simple bookshelf at Target with plans to give it a facelift .

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And after all my work,  here’s the bookshelf now!

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It was fun to watch the simple bookshelf transform. And as always, the project took longer than I’d planned.

First, I assembled the main structure.

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I left both the back and top off so that I could add my own decorative touch.

Lowes carries great wooden planks, which I cut to size and spray painted white.

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The bookshelf came with the cardboard type backing.  But by adding wooden planks, it made it a more solid structure as well as gave it tons of character.

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For the top of the bookshelf , I had a larger pieece of wood cut.  Then I cut crown molding (and re-cut it because I haven’t mastered cutting crown yet).

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Once I got my cuts right, I attached the crown molding with my nail gun.  {I’m not sure if the pro’s use masking tape to hold the crown in place, but it worked for me!}

Here is another closer look at the finished top:

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I also added decorative trim to the base of the bookshelf:

Here is the before:

BOOKSHELF BASE BEFORE  at home in the northwest

And a glimpse at the after:

bookshelf 2  at home in the northwest

I so thrilled with how it turned out.  And am so thankful for more shelves to hold all of Emmie’s books and knick knacks!

Let’s take one last look at the after:

BOOKSHELF 1  at home in the northwest

Make sure you come back next week for more progress on my ORC!

jen


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