Pink Bathroom Makeover

Brother:  “Why are you cleaning my bathroom?”

Me: “Because I’m going to snap photos for the blog.  Hope that’s okay.”

Brother:  “Want to photograph my upstairs bath then too?  How about my kitchen?  The dining room?”

Good try, little brother.  Good try.

This is what the bathroom looked like when little brother bought his house.

Pink Tile Bathroom Before

I don’t know about you but I was totally digging that stencil.  That dirty pink tile was to die for.  The oversized vanity and shelving unit where pretty stellar too.

But for some reason, little brother hated it.  I just don’t get it.  He was afraid of the cost to fix it.  Luckily his sister is an important DIY/home decor blogger.  (I kill me.)  Or he’s lucky he has a brother-in-law that is handy.  And a dad that likes to destroy things. 

Some sweat, family bonding and around $350.00 left his bathroom looking like this.

Bathroom Makeover (Beadboard, Peppercorn, Hex tile)

One thing that has surprised me about my brother during this whole house renovation process is that he actually has really good taste.  (Well, minus the deer heads in the living room.)  But overall, his selections have impressed me.  He usually asks if what he likes is okay but I rarely have to tell him it’s not (minus the deer heads).

The makeover started by gutting the bathroom. (We make our father proud.)

Powder Room Makeover

Moving the plumbing and adding a new outlet revealed a giant mass of razors.  About a week later we watched a home improvement show that had the same issue. I guess it was common to just drop razors in a slot in the medicine cabinet and let them fill up a space in the wall.  Guess those dudes weren’t thinking about the poor people in 2013 that would have to clean that mess up.  (Soccer sandals and socks are a favorite trend in Iowa.)

Powder Room Makeover

After cleaning up the hot razor mess, it was time to prime and paint.  I did feel slightly bad covering up someone’s time consuming stenciling.  But only slightly.  Brother could have cared less.  He chose Dutch Boy’s Peppercorn for the wall color.

Powder Room Makeover

It was then time to lay the tile.  The tile was purchased at Menard’s.

Bathroom Makeover

My dad and brother then installed bead board and molding to cover up the tile grossness.

Bathroom Makeover

They then replaced the toilet.  He also added a new sink, light and medicine cabinet. It’s hard to believe it’s the same room.

Bathroom Makeover (Beadboard, Peppercorn, Hex tile)

Pretty impressive finishes for a bachelor.  (I’m still looking for a sister-in-law.  Contact me if interested. I mean, you get a cute house out of the deal.  I’m sure the deer heads are negotiable if you’re not his sister.  Man, I’m going to get sucker punched for this one.  Let’s look at more pretty after photos.)

Bathroom Makeover (Beadboard, Peppercorn, Hex tile)
Bathroom Makeover (Beadboard, Peppercorn, Hex tile)
Inexpensive DIY Bathroom Reveal

Who thinks the pink tile was pretty rocking?  Any takers on that whole future sister-in-law thing?


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Gallery Wall: Change of Art

Reading blogs pays.  You heard it here first.

Awhile back, I won a giveaway from Kelly’s blog (View Along the Way).  The giveaway was for a set of six frames from Change of Art

I was super excited about winning this giveaway. I started a gallery wall in our guest bedroom approximately two years ago.  I wish I was over exaggerating. It was missing frames and photos.  My dad would make smart comments about not recognizing the people in the stock images.  Hardy, har, har.  I couldn’t decide what photos to put in the frames. I needed to buy more.  Excuses, excuses.

I took down the ratty attempt at a gallery wall.  I wish I had a photo. It was good. I patched and painted holes.  I was left with this big, blank wall.

Gallery Wall Change of Art

My Change of Art frames arrived about three months ago. I hung them on Sunday. I don’t like to rush things.  In about 15 minutes, we had our entire gallery wall hung.  Patience pays off.

Change of Art Gallery Wall Guest Room

I was super impressed with the Change of Art frames.  The frames are different because you can easily change out the photos/art you want to display. Which is awesome for someone as indecisive as myself. I’m also accident prone and end up stabbing myself with those stupid black tabby things on the back of most frames.  No blood was shed in this gallery wall.  There is also a spot in the back to store additional photos.  Handy!

Gallery Wall Change of Art

The frames were super easy to hang.  Each frame came individually boxed (all materials are eco-friendly).  In the box was the frame, a hanger, a nail and a paper template to use to assist in arranging/hanging the photo.

I arranged the paper templates on the wall.  I had Nate help me ensure that I had them evenly spaced/level.  I don’t see straight.  Minor problem.  After that, I was on my own.

Gallery Wall Change of Art

Well, I had Ike to help me out.

Gallery Wall Change of Art

All I had to do was place the hanger onto the appropriate spot on the template and hammer away.  (Excuse the look of fear in my eyes.  I hate putting nails in the wall.)

Gallery Wall Change of Art

Once the hangers were installed, I ripped down the templates.

Gallery Wall Change of Art

I then gently placed the frame onto the hanger.  There is a little notch that allows it to rest gently and self-level.

Gallery Wall Change of Art

Gallery wall hung.  And to think it only too me two years.

Change of Art Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall Change of Art

For the first gallery wall set-up, I used some black and white Chicago photos from Decor and the Dog Photo.  *shameless plug*

Guest Room Gallery Wall Change of Art

I’m a big fan of the Change of Art frames. Easy to hang, eco-friendly and made in America.  The only downfall I see is that they are a bit pricey for my cheapskate self. Having said that, I will be purchasing another set in the future because I really like how professional they look and how easy they are to hang.  As the old saying goes, sometimes you get what you pay for!

Are you a gallery wall fan?  What’s your longest running project?

***I wasn’t compensated for this post.  I won the frames in a giveaway and was in no way obligated to post about them. Ike and I just thought the frames were pretty awesome.***

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How to Build a Flower Tower

I’ll let you in on a little secret.  Remember the vertical garden we built as part of a sponsored program for Home Depot?  Well, we were assigned the project.  We weren’t super excited about it at first with but we ended up really liking it after it was built.  That’s the inside scoop.

Where am I going with this?  Ah, yes.  What I really wanted to build was a diy flower tower!

How to Make a Flower Tower {DIY}

I mean, it’s a tower of flowers.  It has a cool name.  I love Home Depot’s commercial where the wife is all like “This won’t take long.  Will it?”  THAT’S TOTALLY ME.

I had to have one. So we headed to pick up our supplies.  I quickly began to realize that these little ol’ flower towers aren’t exactly cheap.  Like those people in the commercial with 15 of them in their backyard must be loaded.  Like Justin Bieber or drug dealer loaded.  Not pharmacist and accountant loaded.

But I had to have one.  You know how that goes. I compromised and limited myself to one tower instead of the 27 I had imagined in my head.

These towers are ridiculously easy to build.  Like I did it mostly by myself.  Whoa.  That’s going to be the theme for this week.  Michelle actually does stuff.  Alert the media.  Here's how to make your diy flower tower.

Gather your supplies. (The reason this project is expensive is that they don’t sell small quantities of some of the materials.  Like you need 3-4 feet of wire fencing and it comes in a 50 foot roll.  Nice.)

    • 4-foot galvanized wire fencing with 2-inch x 4-inch openings (~$30)
    • Landscape fabric (~$10. We had this left over from the vertical garden.)
    • 6-inch black zip ties (~$2)
    • flower pot (Price varies.  We used one we already had.)
    • Dirt (~$13 for a large bag.)

Gather your tools.  (We had all of the tools.)

  • Utility knife
  • Aviation snips or tin snips
  • Scissors
  • The Home Depot recommends gloves when working with the wire. I skipped them but thought I’d throw it in for safety purposes.

Step 1: Create a cylinder with the wire fencing that you will place inside your pot.  Allow an overlap of one fencing section to allow for a more stable seam.  Cut the fencing using aviation snips.

DIY Flower Tower

Step 2:  Overlap one section of the wire fencing and use the zip ties to tie the sides of the cylinder together.  I used a tie in each section from top to bottom.  Trim the zip ties to about 1/4”.

DIY Flower Tower

Step 3:  Wrap the landscape fabric around the outside of the tower to measure how much you’ll need.  Overlap an inch or two to ensure that soil doesn’t fall out through the seam.  Cut the fabric to size using scissors or a utility knife.  Slide the fabric inside the wire fencing.  Cut the excess fabric from the top of the tower leaving about 2 inches extending from the top of the tower to help secure the fabric to the tower.

DIY Flower Tower

Step 4: Fold the two inch flap over the top of the tower.  Use your utility knife cut small slits through both layers of fabric just under the metal rim.  Cut one slit in every third rectangle of the fencing.  Insert the zip ties through the slits and tie down the top of the fabric.  Cut the ends of the zip ties to about 1/4”.

DIY Flower Tower
DIY Flower Tower

Step 5:  Place fencing in your flower pot.  Fill the tower about 1/3 full with soil.  Add water to settle the soil.  Add another 1/3 of soil.  Add more water.  Fill to about 1 inch from the top of the tower with soil and add water.  Lightly press the soil once it is full to prevent sinking.  I repeated the last water and pressing step a few times.  Also add soil to the inside of the container just outside of the tower.

DIY Flower Tower

Step 7:  Cut a vertical slit in every other rectangle and stagger on your way down the tower.  (The Home Depot instructions suggest making a cross slit.  I found that the flowers were sturdier if I only made the horizontal slit.)

DIY Flower Tower

Step 8:  Add your flowers.  I chose petunias because they grow like weeds in sunny locations.  Use your finger to create a little pocket behind the opening to place the plant into.  It should fit snuggly but you don’t want to shove it in there and ruin the poor little plant’s roots.  Once the plant is inserted into the tower, make sure the flaps of the landscape fabric close around the stem of the flower to help keep the soil in while water.  Don’t forget to plant flowers in the top of the tower as well.

It doesn’t look like much at first.  I’m not going to lie.  It’s pretty hideous for the first two weeks.  I’m pretty sure the neighbors were wondering what the heck the monstrosity by our garage was. 

DIY Flower Tower
DIY Flower Tower

Step 9:  Water and cross your fingers that the thing lives.  As long as you chose petunias and you water them, the tower will live.  I’m certain of it.

Our tower has been growing for about 3 weeks and it has filled in nicely.  There is still time for you to build one for the summer!

Flower Tower
DiY Flower Tower
How to build a Flower Tower {Decor and the Dog}
How to Build a Flower Tower {DIY}

Be sure to check out more projects on our DIY projects page!

Any fun outdoor projects planned for the summer? Do your neighbors wonder what the heck you are doing on a regular basis?

DIY Outdoor Patio Table

How was your weekend?  Nate and I were busy kids.  That’s what the old dude at the hardware store called us anyways. I’m going with it.

We put the finishing touches on our outdoor patio table that Nate built last weekend.  We enlisted the help of Nate’s parents to help us carry it from the garage.  Our patio now has a table and my car can go back in the garage. Double win.

DIY Outdoor Patio Table

This patio has been neglected for the 4 years that we have lived in the house.  We were holding off until we figured out how we wanted to use the space.  We are also cheap.  We aren’t done with the patio yet but we now have a good start.  We’ll probably finish the rest in another four years.  We don’t want to rush things.

DIY Outdoor Patio Table
DIY Outdoor Patio Table

Nate and I both liked this table.  Unfortunately $2000 wasn’t exactly in our outdoor budget range.  Or our indoor budget range for that matter. We were having a hard time shelling out hundreds of dollars (let alone thousands) for furniture that would end up eventually being covered in bird poo and insect guts.

DIY Outdoor Patio Table

Nate thought he could build a similar table.  I said go for it.  $150 and a few hours later, we had ourselves an outdoor table. 

DIY Outdoor Patio Table
DIY Outdoor Patio Table
DIY Outdoor Patio Table

I found the outdoor chairs for $8/chair at a local antique store.  $220 isn’t exactly pocket change but we’re happy with it beings that we have a heavy/sturdy outdoor table with seating for eight.

DIY Outdoor Patio Table
Outdoor Table-4
DIY Outdoor Patio Table

Ike hasn’t been down to check out the table but he appeared to approve from his perch in the living room.

Outdoor Table-6

We’ll be back on Wednesday with a tutorial on how to make the table.  In the mean time, I have to continue to make the neighbors question why I’m setting a table for a fake dinner party outside.  We were actually going to use this setup yesterday until the gnats carried me back into the house.  You think I’m joking.  They are that bad.  Guess they dig the new outdoor table too.

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Outdoor Folding Chairs

How was your Memorial Day week-end (U.S. readers)?  How was your Monday (non-U.S. readers)?

Our long holiday week-end was a wet one.  It was cold and gloomy.  The only positive was that we could blame our lack of productivity on the weather and not on laziness.  Thanks, Mother Nature.

We did get some stuff done.  Nate finished building our outdoor patio table (more on that next week).  Ike napped and barked at the poodle across the street.  I did some housewife stuff and a little painting.  I also did some successful thrifting.

A new antique store opened in town, The Antique Cartel.  The store has great displays, isn’t crammed with stuff and the items are priced well.  I shouldn’t be telling you all about this.  Don’t steal my bargains. My first visit didn’t disappoint.  I instantly fell in love with these chairs.

Thrifted Outdoor Folding Chair

I have had my eye on some West Elm outdoor folding chairs.  The West Elm chairs are $98 per chair.  Yeah.  $100 to sit outside.  Did I mention that I also need eight of them?  Yeah.  Dream big, Michelle.

The antique chairs above were $8 per chair. Are they in perfect condition?  No. Are they sturdy? Yes. Do they have some awesome charm and character?  Yes.  And they were $90 cheaper than the ones I had been drooling over.  Think I’ll take that $720 and do something fun.  Like pay off the mortgage. (Being married to an accountant is hard.)

Speaking of the mutant, I sent Nate a text to stop and check them out.  He approved without hesitation.  Amazing.  That never happens.

We loaded eight of them up and hauled them home.  (I only drug four out of the garage for blog photo purposes.  I’ll blame it on the potential for a downpour and not laziness.)

Thrifted Outdoor Folding Chair

Thrifted Outdoor Folding Chair

I am currently working on cleaning them up. I’m also going to give them a quick coat of poly to help them hold up against the elements.  We don’t use our back patio a ton so I think we’ll store them inside beings they fold up easily.

Man, I love a good bargain.

How was your week-end?  Any great finds lately?

Shopping at The Tile Shop

On Saturday, Nate and I headed to Des Moines to pick out some tile at The Tile Shop.

The Tile Shop Des Moines

This is our second shopping experience at The Tile Shop.  Our first round of shopping was to pick out tile for our kitchen backsplash.  For the backsplash, we chose the Imperial Bone Gloss 3x6 subway tile. We had a tough time finding tile that would match our not quite white but not quite ivory cabinets.  The Tile Shop came to our rescue.

Subway Tile Backsplash Black Granite Imperial Bone Gloss

This trip was to pick out tile for our master bathroom.  We were super happy with the customer service/quality of tile/selection from our first round of tile shopping that we decided to make the 2 1/2 drive for our next project!

We had a good idea of the type of tile we wanted when we headed into the store but it never hurts to look.  I started by drooling over the display bathrooms in the store.

The Tile Shop Display Bathroom

The Tile Shop Display Bathroom
I loved both of these displays but Nate tried to get me to focus on our bathroom.  Always the voice of reason that husband of mine.
I then became obsessed with hex tile.  It’s just so quirky and pretty.  Nate had his work cut out for him.

The Tile Shop Hex Tile

We decided that blogland was clouding my judgment.  That hex tile is b-e-a-utiful but doesn’t fit well with our home’s style.  It’s really easy to get sucked into the trends of blogland and not remember what you actually like versus what is popular amongst home decor bloggers.

We ultimately decided on a super brave and daring option.  The Imperial Blanco Gloss 2x12 subway tile.

Imperial Blanco Gloss 2x12 Subway Tile

Subway tile is such a classic choice. We liked the 2x12 size.  The size was part of our daring side coming out. It’s totally not that traditional 3x6 stuff. Subway tile fits well with the modern/country/industrial hot mess vibe that we have going on in our home.  We chose the dark grout (charcoal) shown at the bottom.  We do have plans to do a little twist with this tile.  I just don’t want to fully commit on decision on the blog because we aren’t sure if it will work.  I told you we were brave and adventurous. 

The manager of the store was super helpful.  He was able to answer questions about what tools and supplies we would need to complete the project.  He pointed out tiles that may work well in our space. The only problem I had with The Tile Shop was that there were too many awesome types of tile to choose from.  I’m glad we went into the store with a good idea of what we wanted because I might still be there.  I wonder if those showers are functioning…

We can’t wait to get started. I need to get to picking out some new mirrors (And possibly lights, if I can convince Nate that they are a need and not a want.) during the long week-end. Sounds like a good way to spend the holiday week-end!

Are you a fan of The Tile Shop?  Are you a subway tile fan or do you prefer that hipster hex stuff?

This is not a sponsored post. The Tile Shop is providing me with free tiles and supplies. They aren’t requiring me to post about their awesomeness.  I’m just a really big fan!

How to Build a Vertical Garden Tutorial {Part 3: #DigIn}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.  I know, a sponsored post.  But keep reading because the project is awesome!

Who’s ready to see our vertical garden?

DIY Vertical Garden Tutorial #digin #heartoutdoors

Fun, right? Well, it’ll be even more fun when it fills out.  Hurry up Summer!

Who’s ready to tackle a DIY vertical garden of their own?

We used the vertical garden plans from the Garden Club over at Home Depot.  There are written plans and a video on how to make the garden.  We found the video to be the most helpful.  We did notice that the cut list was incorrect and the material list was missing many items.  We added those in our tutorial for completeness sake.

FYI, there are many photos and steps to this project.  Don’t let the length of this tutorial scare you you away.  We just wanted to make the tutorial as complete as possible.  The build really isn’t super hard.  It is, however, a little time consuming. I think it took us 3-4 hours in total.  We’re happy with the results though so it was totally worth our time.

Get your shopping shoes/building shoes on!


  • One 8’ 1'”x4” whitewood (or pressure treated wood) (We choose whitewood for all.)
  • Two 6’ 1”x2” whitewood (or pressure treated wood)
  • Two 6’ 1”x6” whitewood (or pressure treated wood)
  • 2’x4’ 1/4” plywood
  • One 2’x8’ lattice
  • Wood Stain (or exterior paint). (Sample size is the perfect amount.)
  • 1 1/2” exterior screws (1 small box)
    • We also used Brad nails.
  • Plastic drop cloth 2mil (or other moisture barrier cloth 2 mil)
  • Weed barrier
  • Two 2' 3/4” PVC pipe
  • Two 3/4” PVC caps
  • Two 3/4” x 1-1/4” PVC reducing bushing
  • PVC glue
  • Silicone caulk (optional)
  • One bag (1.5 cubic feet) potting soil
  • Flowers (Read about our suggestions for choosing vertical garden flowers here.)
  • Tools needed: 
    • Drill, drill bits, pocket hole jig (optional), utility knife, staple gun/staples
    • Miter saw, circular saw (or have the cuts made at Home Depot)
#digin DIY Vertical Garden supplies

Cut List:
1”x6” whitewood

  • 2 @ 32”
  • 3 @ 15”
1”x2” whitewood
  • 2 @ 32”
  • 1 @ 15”
  • 1 @ 18”
1”x4” whitewood
  • Inside length: mitered at 45 degrees
    • 2 @ 28.5”
    • 2 @ 16.5”
1/4” plywood 32” x 16.5”
3/4” PVC
  • 1 @ 10”
  • 1 @ 24” (If you bought a 2’ section, you do not need to cut this piece.)
You will want to start by grabbing your cut list and cutting your boards to size.  (Or have the Home Depot cut them for you if you don’t have a miter saw at home.  Nate’s dad stores his at our house.  Super convenient.)

#digin DIY Vertical Garden Cut List

You can stain your project at any time.  I think it’s easier to do in the beginning and it gives the project a cleaner look.  We used Behr Weather Proofing Stain in Driftwood Grey.  It’s important that you choose a finish that is appropriate for outdoor projects.  The Behr Weather Proofing is a stain and sealer in one which will help protect the box from the elements.  I applied two thin coats. It’s also important that you wear your best paint shirt when photographing blog photos. (Go Hawks!)

#digin DIY Vertical Garden Staining

Take the 2 lengths of 32” wood and measure down from the top by 14” and up from the bottom by 3 ½”. Place a mark at each location.   Now with the three 15” boards place one at the very top one at the 14” mark and one at the 3 ½” mark.  These boards will form the body and compartments of the soil bed.  With the exception of the board at the 14” mark secure these in place with 1 ½” exterior wood screws.

Vertical Garden Basic No Middle

#digin Vertical Garden

Take the piece of 16 ½”  x 32” plywood and secure it to the bed frame with wood screws or with Brad nails. This will form the back of the vertical garden.

Vertical Garden Back 

#digin Vertical Garden
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Now it is time to add the holes for our drip irrigation system. We used ¾” PVC pipe, one routed to each compartment. Use a 1” spade bit to drill a hole in the top of the frame. This hole should be just off center.

Take the middle support we didn’t screw in previously and slide it up and flush with the top board.  Using clamps to hold the board in place, drill the hole for the lower compartment. Clamping the boards together insures that the holes line up perfectly for the PVC to pass through.

#digin Vertical Garden

#digin Vertical Garden

Remove the clamps and move the center support back down to the 14” mark and fasten it into place as you did the top and bottom.

Vertical Garden Basic with Middle

#digin Vertical Garden

Use a 1” spade bit to drill a second hole in the top of the frame. This hole should be just off center.  This hole will be used to provide irrigation for the top compartment.

#digin Vertical Garden

To build the frame supports, the 32” long 1”x2” are drilled into place along the top edge of the soil bed.  This frame will give us extra surface area to support the face frame.

Repeat this with the 18” long 1”x2” along the top and the 15” long 1”x2” along the bottom.

Vertical Garden No Border
#digin Vertical Garden

#digin Vertical Garden

Now it is time to line the bed with a moisture barrier. This is to prevent wood rot and warping from the moist soil over time. We used a plastic drop cloth (2 mil) that stated it was waterproof.

#digin Vertical Garden

Line each compartment and secure the plastic with staples.  Cut away excess.

#digin Vertical Garden

Next we need to add the irrigation system.  Make “X” shaped incisions in the plastic liner at the 1” holes we drilled into the bed frame.

#digin Vertical Garden

Take the piece of 10” long PVC and push through the hole without the pass through into the second compartment. When it’s about half way in attach the PVC cap to the end within the box. Glue the 1 ¼” - ¾” reducing bushing to the opposite end (this will be the water inlet).  Repeat the process for the 24” long PVC line that runs into the second compartment.


#digin Vertical Garden

We applied a thin strip of caulk to the outside to help keep moisture from getting in behind the pipes and plastic.  Wipe away excess.

#digin Vertical Garden

Use a small drill bit to place drip holes along the length of PVC, rotating slightly after each one. Make sure to get a hole as close to the bottom as possible to prevent standing water in the line.  On the 24” pipe, you only need to drill the drip holes into the second compartment section of pipe, leaving the rest solid.

#digin Vertical Garden

Now you are ready to add your soil. We filled the bed half way with soil and then wetted it down a little.  We did this to help settle the soil to ensure that we filled it full enough.  We then filled the bed with soil up to the edges. You should also shake the box a little to help the soil settle. Check out that heavy lifting.  Hercules, Hercules!

#digin Vertical Garden

#digin Vertical Garden

Next, cover the bed with a layer of weed block placed tightly across the top.  Staple in place.  Cut away excess.

#digin Vertical Garden

Now you need to construct the frame.  Using the mitered 1”x4” pieces, place pocket holes (using a pocket hole jig) on the outside edges of the 16.5” pieces.  Secure with clamps.  Attach together with pocket hole screws. Optional: You could bypass this step and attach each piece to the bed frame with screws.  We chose to use the pocket hole method because it creates a stronger and cleaner looking frame.
Vertical Garden Border
#digin Vertical Garden

You now have a completed box and frame.  It’s time to attach them using Brad nails (or screws).

#digin Vertical Garden

#digin Vertical Garden

I told Nate to look like he was having fun.  That’s what I got.

You’re almost there.  We just need to add the lattice!

#digin Vertical Garden

Measure the inside of your box.  It should be 20.5”x16.5” but it could vary.  Cut your lattice with a circular saw.   Attach the lattice to the inner support with Brad nails or staples.

Vertical Garden Complete

#digin Vertical Garden

Woo hoo! You did it.  Your vertical garden build is ready for flowers!  We’ll finish the series on Friday with planting the flowers, hanging and styling the vertical garden.

Chevron Stenciled Wall {Craft Room}

This post is to remind myself that I will never stencil again.  Of course, I said this after I finished our powder room also.  I’m a slow learner.  And a sucker for stenciling.

The Pinterest Challenge was announced last week. I’m a big fan of the Pinterest Challenge.  It was just the kick in the buns that I needed to finish my 3/4 stenciled wall in my craft room.  The room isn’t complete yet and it’s totally not styled.  That post will come soon.  But the stenciling is FINALLY done!!!  I thought the day would never come.

Chevron Stenciled Wall in craft room

I used the Modern Chevron Wall Stencil from Royal Design Studios. (Not a sponsored post.  Lord knows I’m doing enough of them this week.  I won the stencil by submitting our powder room in a contest.)  I’ll share more thoughts on the stencil and tips for stenciling in the next week or so.

I know chevron is overdone in blogland. However, here in Iowa only 4% of the population knows what chevron is so my friends think I’m a designing genius.  And I like chevron. 

I’m not done with the room yet but I like how it looks with my Instagram display and rocking chair.

Chevron Wall Stencil and Instagram display

Modern Chevron Stencil

It also lives happily next to the button art!

Chevron Stencil and Button Art

I stole the curtains from the dining room to see if I liked the white.  I do.  I’ll soon purchase curtains at the correct length for this room.  Someday.

Even Ike approves.  Or does he?  He refused to model early this morning.  He’s worn out from his first video appearance.  Check that out on Friday!

Ike Loves Chevron

My Pinspiration was from the lovely Gabbi at Retro Ranch Reno.  The chevron wall in her bathroom totally kicks the room up a notch. Be sure to check out Gabbi’s house.  Their transformation is impressive.  And she has good taste.  And I like her.  Is that enough reasons?

Chevron Stencil Wall Retro Ranch Reno

Unfortunately, I do not have the same patience for stenciling as Gabbi does.  I swore I was going to still be stenciling at age 93.  Luckily I finished at age 31.  Although I feel like this project may have aged me approximately 60 years.  But it sure is pretty. 

Wall Stencil Chevron

Check out our past Pinterest Challenge projects below!

Linking up: Young House Love, Bower Power, Sparkle Meets Pop, Red Bird Blue

Did you participate in the Pinterest Challenge?  Have you stenciled before?  Are you interested in stenciling or does it scare you?

Painted Buffet

My craft room is coming along swimmingly!

This green beauty recently joined my new table.

Painted Green Buffet

It almost didn’t make it into my craft room.  I asked Nate if he thought the two of us could carry it upstairs.  He told me he didn’t think so.  It’s pretty heavy.  (Keep in mind that I am scrawny.)  I really wanted to photograph it in the room.  I asked him again.  He told me that we should wait for my brother who is coming this week-end.  I decided that I couldn’t wait and the two of us could totally do it.  Things went great until we got to the top of the stairs.  The buffet needed to be turned vertically, on the stairs, to make it around the corner.  I am a weanie.  Nate was frustrated.  I was pretty sure the buffet was going to fall on top of me and we’d both topple down the stairs. The headline would read “Death by Buffet”.  (Which would be an awesome way to go if it was one of those all you can eat buffets.) Long story long.  We made it.  Where Michelle has a will, there is a way.

You may remember that the buffet originally looked like this.

Antique Buffet Before

We could go around and around about how horrible it is or isn’t to paint antique furniture.  My dad is probably cringing as he reads this.  But this piece had  peeling veneer on the sides and it was very scratched up.  And I wanted a green buffet.  So I made it green.  No piece of wood is safe from my messy paint brush.

To achieve this transformation, I sanded this lovely down.  Filled in some of the deeper holes with wood filler.  I then used one coat of a Sherwin Williams primer.  I used two coats of Sherwin Williams Agate Green.  I finished with a layer of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax.

I hadn’t painted furniture in awhile and it felt good.

I kept the original hardware.  One handle was missing so I purchased two knobs to use on the doors.  I’m not completely sold on the oil rubbed bronze.  I’m living with it for a bit before I make a final decision.  Or until it’s warm enough to use spray paint.

Painted antique buffet

This buffet will hold my fabric stash.  The doors open up to a giant storage area.  One of top drawers has dividers and will be great for storing scissors, pins, etc.

It makes me happier than Dikembe Mutombo blocking a shot.

Painted Green Buffet

My Pinterest Challenge project is also for the craft room.  I can’t wait to share it with you all on Wednesday.  Do you have your project done?  If not, there is still time!  (Check it out here!)

What do you think?  Is your dad cringing along with mine?  Thoughts on the hardware? Carried heavy furniture lately? Who’s pumped for Wednesday?

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Craft Room: Sewing Table

My craft room dreams are starting to come true.  Slowly but surely.

They are starting with this pretty little table that my darling husband built.  See the full tutorial here!

DIY Craft Room Table Sewing Table

The key to my heart is handmade furniture.  Write that down.

As you may recall, my craft room looked like this.

craft room before

My default “I don’t know what color to paint this room” used to be yellow. Yellow is a tricky color.  I didn’t do it well.

Now my default is grey.  I’m sure my future self will eventually cringe.  But gender neutral baby yellow?  Seriously, younger Michelle.  So sad.  Borderline tragic.

I painted the side walls March Wind by Sherwin Williams.  I painted the wall with the window Sherwin Williams standard white.  I have stenciling plans for that wall.  I just need to psych myself up to stencil again.

Sherwin Williams March Wind DIY Sewing Table

Ike is clearly pleased with the changes.

The legs/bottom of the table are painted a standard white from Sherwin Williams.  The top is stained with Rust-Oleum’s Sunbleached Ultimate Wood stain.  I never thought I’d be in love with a stain.  But I am.

DIY Sewing Table
Rust Oleum's Sunbleached Ultimate Wood Stain

I wanted the table to be long and narrow. The table is 6 feet long.  I like that I have enough room for my sewing machine and a place to cut fabric.  Kim (NewlyWoodwards) has been giving me sewing lessons.  Look out.  Things are getting serious.

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I’m now on the hunt for a set of chairs to go with this table.  I like this set from Target.  My cheap self can’t commit just yet.

Are you interested in a cute table of your own?  We’ll post the tutorial on Friday.  Nate tells me that it’s a fairly simple build.  It took us about 3-4 hours to complete (building/sanding/staining/painting).

Check back Wednesday for a pee your pants announcement.  Hint: I am not pregnant.

Do you sew?  What do you use for a table?  What’s your “I don’t know what color to paint this room” go to?  Any great chair suggestions?