Friday, July 31, 2015

{ Rustic/ Glam Master Bedroom Reveal!!! }

Hey everyone!! It's almost the weekend yay!! I've been teetering { AKA nailing, 3m-ing & driving my husband nuts}  with our master-bedroom for the last month!! I know what you're thinking omgooshhh she's at it again with the master haha!! To be fair & honest I've done quite a few perk-ups since we moved in this house in 2012, but nothing as drastic as this..I would change out bedding & side table decor/ curtains, but nothing that was tooo different!! I got the idea in my head that I wanted more of a rustic/glam/classic/modern cottage { Yes, that's my style haha} space instead of the bright & frilly shabby chic/ granny chic feel! We've had the same light tiffany blue walls & the generic "love & dream" signs since 2008!!! I went to three stores { Target, IKEA & Michaels } over a period of 3 weeks gathering inspiration & decor goods. I hit a major sale at Michaels & scored $120 worth of stuff for $55!! When I'm planning a space redo I like to gather stuff over time to make sure it's exactly what I want & to ensure it's not rushed. I also didn't want something that was generic or looked like it stepped out of a Pottery Barn catalog { Yes, I LOVE P.B, but wanted something personalized } without breaking the bank!! You guys know I'm all about cute, cozy & practical in just about every aspect of my life, so this was no different..

So lets start with this awesome chest that is one of my favorite pieces!!  Instead of changing out the fabric I used some household bleach!! I gave it a good scrub then painted the hardware with some black chalkboard paint I had laying around &it instantly  transformed this piece!!  I love having a chest at the end of our bed for extra bedding, sheets & it adds a cute little sitting area in any bedroom with limited space! 

Side Note: Scroll all the way to the bottom for a full source list!

To get the added rustic/industrial/glam feel I love adding baskets & vintage books!! The baskets add the texture & the books add the charm!

I always try to explain to people when I'm helping them with a project that patterns & textures are the key to any space. I learned this a while ago from some talented ladies in this blog world! Adding different pattern & texture to a space , while still using similar colors will add that layering & boldness each space needs to be complete. You can see I stuck with black, tan, and white , but added different patterns with the space colors!! For the pop of color the walls & greenery took care of that!

I'm so picky with lamps & rugs..Yup, I've said this a million times before! I desperately wanted to change out our rugs, but couldn't find any that I LOVED or that weren't $300..Ya,this is a  P.R.A.C.T.I.C.A.L revamp ,and $300 for a 5x7 isn't practical.  Onto the lamp ordeal haha, I actually did replace the shades with sage green shades that were brand new sitting in my decor room forEVER! I hated the sage green, so I painted them  black!! 

I know I've also explained the panel of curtains behind the bed before, but for anyone new here it goes again..See that window to the right of the bed? Well, I hate that the window isn't centered so my lovely mum came up with the idea to use curtains, it's genius and solved my OCD issue ;)!! Anyway we've always had white grommet curtains & I got pretty sick of them, not to mention our silver rod was taped together hanging above our head #whoops! We replaced the rods on both windows to black  with rustic/industrial glass knobs! I love the black & white curtains & the effect it gives to the bed without using a typical headboard! I'm not one for headboards to begin with , but paying $3000 for one isn't only ridiculous, but not practical for the average person wanting to revamp their bedroom!!

- Sweet Dreams -

P.S. sorry about the 3rd grade handwriting haha... my finger has a chemical burn on it right now !

Although I loved the silver glass beaded chandelier we had, it just wasn't working for this space anymore. We decided to switch it out for this $9 candle lantern!! 

 Ahh this last picture has my name all over it..Fresh new IKEA magazine & a cozy clean bed waiting for me!

I hope you guys loved this room reveal as much as we both do!! It doesn't take thousands to make a space cozy, personalized, or fresh! First add the essentials like rods, curtains & bedding and go from there! Decorating shouldn't be  a rushed process { I learned the hard way } it takes time to figure out your style etc..Play around with spaces & make it your own!!

Source List:

Black & white curtains - Dollar General & IKEA
Black & white striped pillow-cover - IKEA
Tan ruffle pillows - Tuesday Morning
Black & glass curtain rods - IKEA
Cream pillow-cover - IKEA
Ampersand pillow-cover - Target 
Nightstand baskets - Michaels
Chalkboard accessory - Michaels
His & Hers sign - Hobby Lobby
Black & cream throw - Better Homes and Gardens
Tan & cream striped duvet - IKEA
Black chargers - Michaels
Glass hurricanes on nightstand - Target
Greenery - IKEA & Michaels
Metal Vases next to bed - Target
Mirrors - Thrifts
Lantern chandelier - IKEA
"&" sign - DIY
Wood tray - HomeGoods
Chest - Thrift
Nightstands - IKEA



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

{ Simple & Practical Back Entry Organization }

Hey lovely friends & followers or anyone who may be reading my little blog!! It's been a crazy few days here in our home..I just finished our "adult style" bedroom & this cute little practical back entry organization area !! With both those DIY/projects going on I decided to take a little trip to the beach with another blogger friend of mine & get some much needed sun...Yup, I sure did get some sun, SUN POISONING!! Yes, I had sunscreen on ,50 to be exact & still managed to get fried & of all places my legs. I felt great & then the spins, shakes & nausea hit..Thankfully my lovely hubby kept me hydrated & I'm feeling a bit better..UGH! Anyways, I hope you all are having a better week hahaha #sunblock ;) !! So I shared via Facebook & Instagram that I bought a cute little galvanized metal Smith & Hawken organizer for wait...$8.89!!!! If you're +Target  obsessed like me ,then you'd know that Smith & Hawken goods hardly ever go on sale & honestly they're not the cheapest goods. This was originally over $30 I believe, and I knew exactly where I wanted to put it when I spotted it...  

I love this little drop location!! We don't have the biggest back entry, but it works fine for us!! The way our home is setup you can exit from the sliding  patio door or actual backdoor. We usually use the sliding door..with that being said we are always forgetting something { cough, cough} my hubby is haha! When I spotted this little organizer for under $9 I had to grab it!! 

It has three pretty deep compartments & easy switch out label cards!! It's great for hats,dog leashes,wallets,notebooks, earbuds & well JUNK !!! I think this is great because it helps keep the back entry clear & helps certain people remember things haha { Just kidding honey } !!

The picture was a DIY gift from my mom , the +The Yankee Candle Company  candle was also a gift & the silver tray & rustic pitcher were thrifts!! I thought it all looked so cute paired with the striped white/ grey curtains from +IKEA USA  & our little DIY shoe-rack { Search popular post  on the right side of the blog for that project } ! I threw a candle in because who doesn't like smelling a fresh  Yankee candle when entering/exiting their home?! 

Side Note: The grass in the pitcher I snipped from our front garden.

I love this little organized area now!! Everything has its place..keys,junk,& shoes all for nearly nothing { under $35 }!! Even little spaces can  and need to be organized in our home!! I mean who likes searching for things or forgetting thing when walking out of the door?! Yeah, me either hehe! 

I hope you guys enjoyed this thrifty, simple & PRACTICAL DIY & Organization post!!

Thanks for reading!!:)


Friday, July 17, 2015

{ DIY Umbrella Tiki Torch! }

Happy Friday & almost weekend! I swear this week flew by & with the nice weather for the weekend ahead I'm pretty excited!! Today was filled with two photo sessions on two projects I've been wanting to share, a cuddly breezy nap with my hubby ,and when I woke up he was walking in the door with  pizza...nice right?! Sometimes you just need those kind of days haha! Anyways back to the DIY I'm about to share with you guys..It's so needed in the summer if you're like us & don't have a gazebo or barrier for the nasty blood sucking skeeters { mosquitoes} haha! I've got the perfect little DIY that seriously anyone can do. All you need is a regular umbrella pole, & a $5 citronella filled tiki torch!! 

So if you've been reading my little blog for a while now you would know last year we popped up one of those little gazebos & loved it for summertime!! It shaded our completely sun drenched backyard & it had a decent net to keep the pesky blood suckers off of you! Well with the big storms at the end of last summer/fall our little gazebo  took a beating & when I say beating, I mean it was crumbled into a pile of metal junk..This year we decided to skip the gazebo { since we might be moved by next summer } & just pop up a regular umbrella. That's fine & dandy, but guess whose back? Yup, you guessed it..... the SKEEEEETERS!!!!! My hubby who is always coming up with simple & sensible ideas, came up with this actually!! 

Start with a tiki torch of any kind as long as it's filled with citronella bug repellent fluid . We got these 2.5 years' ago & they're still going strong!!! When they run out of fluid just refill & you're good to go!!  


Remove your umbrella & slip the tiki torch down until you cant push it down anymore! Most tiki torches are smaller in width then the actual umbrella pole ,so this works perfect! The umbrella pole encases the tiki torch & essentially holds it in place!!

Our umbrella is help in place by this wood pot & a mix of pea gravel/dirt! This is best used when there isn't much wind!! I liked the look of the pot better & we just had it laying around so we decided to use it. It's not the most secure post, but this still should work with a regular umbrella stand!! Obviously if it's extremely windy don't put the tiki torch in!!  I'm demonstrating in the daytime..we usually switch out the umbrella at dusk or when we get the fire going. We've used this a few times & we're pretty pleased!! 

For $5 , we love this little fix!! 

Have a great weekend friends!! 



Monday, July 13, 2015

{ Easiest Chalkboard Tutorial EVER! }

I know what you're thinking...another chalkboard tutorial ,right?! Well I promise this tutorial is the easiest one yet!! This tutorial involves no cutting of wood, framing etc..Just a dollar store frame or mirror , chalkboard paint & some $2 chalk &  $1 wire brush!


1.) Pick a cheap frame/mirror { Both of mine are  from Dollar Tree }. Take the decorative insert out & flip the glass over & begin painting! I like to paint mine while it's placed on the back of the frame { secures it in place }. If you're using a mirror just wipe clean & begin painting!!!

**This is a silver lined $1 mirror & I used +Target  line of chalkboard paint in "Devine Coal" & for the Coffee framed chalkboard I used Rust-oleum brand! I like both, however they are a bit different. The Rust-oleum brand is a bit thicker & actually dries quicker, but it leaves grooves..The Target brand is much thinner & darker ,and takes longer to dry, but is much smoother!!
Side Note: If you want more of a rustic looking chalkboard just buy a wood frame & distress etc..Dollar Tree has many! 

2.) After the chalkboard is dry , which usually takes 45 minutes depending on how many layers you apply..I usually apply two thick coats! Take a piece of chalk & "season" the board { Rubbing a layer of chalk over it & wiping it off with a damp cloth }. This will ensure the board doesn't leave chalk marks when erasing.

3.) This is the part that some miss to point out..not all chalkboard paints leave completely smooth surfaces..which then leaves grooves in the wood or glass when painted. Simply take a wire brush & buff the chalkboard out. Go with the lines or grain of the chalkboard & just slightly buff until smooth!

4.) Hang or display & enjoy!!

Note: I like the used chalkboard look so I didn't completely wipe off all the chalk before writing on it!

Frame chalkboard using Rust-oleum brand chalkboard paint is above & Target brand below. I did two separate brands to show the differences in products.. I hope this helps!

Mirror chalkboard using Target chalkboard paint.

I just love these little chalkboards. They seriously come in handy for events, announcements, decor , messages etc..& for any budget & level of craftiness!!

Thanks again for dropping by!


Friday, July 10, 2015

{ DIY Summery Fireplace Mantel Box }

Hey everyone!! I hope you guys are having a great end to the week & have some fun stuff planned for the weekend!! Today I'm sharing this nifty little piece { I've been meaning to blog } that my husband found in our neighbors trash one weekend. It's the cutest little two-drawer box!! I knew when he brought it home I was going to keep it the vintage garden green it was painted, but I wanted to distress & take the sheen away from the paint...typical haha! I used some sand paper I had laying around & hand sanded it for a few minutes & distressed the edges back to the original undertone of the wood!! 

The neighbor we got this from was a wood worker, so he may have made this..not quite sure, but I love it!! It's unique & fits perfect on our mantel! It started out this vintage glossy green..

I ended up sanding all the gloss away &  distressing the edges to highlight/ outline the box & bring some of the natural wood up! Such a simple project!!!

Side Note: The hardware was so simple & cute I decided to keep it- score!!!

I wanted it to be cottageyy & have almost a potting bench feel! I used some pots I had from Dollar Tree , some free mason jars, greenery, vintage books & an old lantern! I basically I wanted a cute garden-ish mantel with some cute rustic junk ;) !

Those glasses are from our trip to Torch Lake last summer. We were snorkeling & my hubby found them! We kept them as a little lake treasure & I thought they looked perfect in their rustic charm sitting there.

The white lace wall planters are from +IKEA USA  & the greenery is from +Michaels Stores !

It's lined inside with some cute paper, I may change it, but for now it's fine. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this simple DIY! I think it adds so much charm in our living room &  gives our little electric fireplace some character!  It's perfect in our little suburban cottage!

Have a great weekend friendsss!!


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

{ Candle Sconce Turned Flowerpot Holder! }

Hey guys!!!! I'm back..FINALLYYY!  Thanks to Brighthouse, { our lovely internet supplier }  our WiFi has been down for a few days & lets just say I was going nutty not being able to blog some fun new pieces!! I took what little 4th of July decor we had up down. My hubby found this piece about a week ago & at first I thought oh just another candle holder etc.. Then I got to thinking & thought it made a pretty cute little flowerpot holder. I had two terracotta pots from Dollar Tree & stuck them in there for now. I need to pick up one size smaller, but for now they're perfectly imperfect!! You're supposed to obviously hang this piece, but you all know I never go with the what you're "supposed" to do with decor..Keep reading below to see this cute little junkin piece!!

-- BEFORE --

So it may have sat in this spot for a few days..I was stumped where to put it at first then it hit me..right there was perfect & all it needed was a little quick washing & it matched perfect!! 

 I actually am using these ones in another project { Coming Soon} so I need to pick two more pots that are a little smaller! I kinda just wanted to get the look & see if I liked them & surprisingly I love the look at first try..weird right?!!


I mean seriously who would put that BIG of a candle in this...not to mention they're hard to find! 

I love the placement of this little junkin find, not only because it's cute, but because it sits so beautifully on my papa's old work bench stool! I can remember this stool from wayyy back when his garage was lined with vintage plastic superhero lunch boxes { He used them for screws & nails } ! Well, my gram is moving & my papa has been passed for sometime so when we went to visit her on Memorial Day I snatched this beauty up. It reminded me of their old house & I swear it had layers of painted memories on it. I washed & sprayed painted it a metallic silver & it's perfect!! I'll be blogging this stool & all our new summery pieces & MANY switch-ups in this last month!

Hang with me, I'm a bit behind from summer fun & technical issues! I can't wait to show you all the nifty new treasures & DIY stuff though!! I hope you all are having a great summer thus far!! Talk to you soon guys!!