DIY Fixer Upper Inspired Nursery Art

DIY Fixer Upper Inspired Nursery Art

I was in search of something new and cute to hang behind the crib, but it had to be inexpensive and cute.

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I love this sign at Magnolia, but it was a little more than I wanted to pay… and since Waco is over 1,000 miles away, shipping would be pretty expensive as well. Cue the DIY side of my brain.

I bought a piece of foam board, and got to work. I used a computer to create a large poster with the verse I wanted, and I sent it to a local print shop.

I then Modge Podged the poster onto the foam board.

After it dried, I popped it into a barn wood frame. While I could have used less white space, I have to say I like how this sign turned out.

Plus, it looks great hanging behind the crib.

What recent DIY have you completed?

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Cute and Functional Study Spaces

Cute and Functional Study Spaces

My daughter needed a quiet, well-lit and organized place to study and do homework. We bought her this desk off Craigslist some time ago, but we never really decorated or did anything to make it inviting.

It wasn’t bad, but it was missing some key elements. Check this post for elements of an effective study space.

We decided to purchase a lamp

And we repurposed an old towel bar, S-hooks, and decorative buckets to store writing utensils.

Just $16 made a huge impact on her study space.

Her desk is far less cluttered and much cleaner now.

What small change has made a big impact at your house?

Creating a calm, orderly space for homework and studying

Creating a calm, orderly space for homework and studying

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My second grader has just started back to school, and we usually have a little homework to do each evening. While the homework is not difficult, what can be difficult is finding somewhere in our home where there are no distractions.

She has a desk in her room where she sits to complete her homework.

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There are a lot of things I like about this set up, but there are also a lot of things I would like to improve upon.

Her desk is actually pretty neat.

We are currently using a repurposed shoe box (covered with pretty paper and embellished with a book plate) and a crate to corral her desk items.

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I also created this super cute French memo board to hold her pictures and papers for school (more about that later).

So what more does her desk need?

1. Lighting

Emorie’s desk currently has no lighting. I am looking for one of these little gooseneck lamps, preferably one with a USB charging port for her tablet.

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2. Pencil/pen/art utensil storage

Right now, Emorie’s pens, pencils and other writing odds and ends are housed in this white crate, which is more suited for reading books and magazines.

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This is simply too much in that white crate. Instead, I’d like to do something like this:

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I  have both a dowel rod and curtain hardware, and an extra towel bar. I also already have buckets. I could easily use either one of those things to create this for her desk. Plus, it’d be super cute and she’d be able to find things soooo much easier.

3. Comfy seating

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Pottery Barn Kids

Emorie’s chair isn’t uncomfortable, but it could be better. I love these cute, comfy cushions from PB Kids.

 

Stay tuned for some big changes to Mrs. Emorie’s homework space.  Here’s a look at what’s coming up the rest of this week:

Friday: Repurposed farmhouse decor

Saturday: Simplify that paper clutter

Sunday: I DON’T Have it All Together…and that’s OK

 

Have a wonderful week.

Closet Recharge: making your kids’ closet grow with them

Closet Recharge: making your kids’ closet grow with them

My oldest daughter’s closet was kind of a hot mess.

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Well, more than kind of. It WAS a hot mess. It started out great, but as her clothes got bigger (and she did, too), her needs began to change. I decided her closet needed a bit of an upgrade. Since her boxes and organizer shelf were still in great shape, it didn’t need to be a big upgrade.

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The first thing I did was order her some new hangers. Now that she is older, her clothes were falling off the child sized plastic hangers. I’d flip through her closet and the clothes would slide right off.

I purchased a pack of fifty velvet hangers from Walmart.com, and also a ten-pack of the same hangers with pants clips for her jeans and skirts. For fun (and to make them match her boxes), I ordered them in hot pink.

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Pink Velvet hangers

Now that her clothes were no longer falling off the hangers, and her hangers were all the same size and width, her closet already looked tons better.

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I also removed anything that did not fit, or was out of season to give her more space. Afterward, I began to think about what she needed to store in her closet. She is a little fashionista, so there are plenty of scarves, hats and purses that needed a home.

She also doesn’t wear pantyhose or tights that often anymore, so we really didn’t need two baskets for those.

When I finished purging things, I put all like items together, and updated her basket labels. When I finished, I had this:

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A closet that meets her needs and is pretty to look at as well.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kids’ Reading nooks: a Pinterest Roundup

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Reading nooks are all the rage, for both kids and adults. After all, we as adults love cozy places, and kids are no exception.  Why not give the little kiddos in your life somewhere to kick back with a good book? Today, I’m sharing my favorite reading nooks for kids.

  1. I love the one pictured above. The patterns and colors work together perfectly, and those wall-mounted shelves are actually picture ledges. They’re inexpensive to purchase or DIY, and they’re such a nice, decluttered look. The wall decals and that little garland are too cute for words!

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2. I just really love this teepee with its cozy pillows, rug and cute little star lights. You could always add picture ledge shelves to the wall behind it if you wanted.

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3. Here’s a reading nook for the smallest of readers. This toddler reading nook features low shelves for little hands to choose their own books, and a comfy bean bag.

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4. Have a dormer in your kiddo’s room? Why not stretch a curtain across it and make a “reading room?” I love these curtains and the idea of a “private” reading area. My kids would absolutely love this.

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5.  Repurpose a Billy bookcase into a handy window seat in your reading nook. Add a long cushion and lots of pillows, and you’ll surely want to curl up with a good book and stay there. I love the colors, the extra storage and the cuteness of this reading nook.

I hope you have truly enjoyed our Pinterest roundup today! Come back Friday for summer home decor tips.

 

 

Why you should paint your bookcase back

Why you should paint your bookcase back

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We bought a white Ikea Hemnes bookcase for our oldest daughter’s room. I loved the simplicity of the bookcase, and it seemed to match well with a headboard my dad built for her.

 

 

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And while it looked great against the light blue walls and with the other furniture, it needed a little something.

I decided to stencil the back of it, but I wasn’t sure I wanted it to be permanent. I decided to cut some posterboard to fit in the back of the shelf, and paint it.

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This way, if I ever got tired of it and decided to change it out, I could.

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I attached it to the back of the shelf with some double sided tape.

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The little pop of color this adds is amazing, and adorable. I love it!

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I also added a pink background to the bookshelf in my youngest daughter’s room

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And a gray contact paper background to the shelves in our playroom.

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Adding color to your shelf back makes it look finished, and it makes whatever is on the shelf stand out. The added color pop helps too.

Have a great weekend. I will be posting about new uses for pool noodles on Friday.

 

 

 

 

From baby to big girl: transforming a nursery to a chic toddler room

From baby to big girl: transforming a nursery to a chic toddler room

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Our sweet youngest daughter turned two, and as a result, she is no longer a baby. Her nursery was adorable, but it really didn’t meet the needs of our growing girl.

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Our girl had begun to climb out of her bed, and even though she’s still tiny, the room almost felt too baby-ish for a toddler.

You may recall before my dad passed away, he built these adorable headboards for my little girls. Our oldest has been using her bed for some time, but our youngest daughter’s bed has been patiently waiting at my mom’s house for her to grow into it.  We decided to save money and continue our shabby chic theme, so we could reuse many items we already had in her nursery.

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I found this adorable twin bedding at Target, and purchased these papier-mache letters from Hobby Lobby, which I promptly painted to match her bedroom. I also purchased the night stand from Christmas Tree Shops- it was grey when I bought it, so I chalk painted it white and added glass knobs to match her dressers.

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The lamp, rug, and picture frame are re-used from the nursery.

The changing table, while still needed, is no longer safe as she is too squirmy for it! Instead, I bought these cute little shelves from JoAnn Fabric’s clearance section and repurposed some art and florals from her nursery. The baskets are also left overs from the nursery.

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IKEA Bekvam spice racks, painted to match her furniture, make perfect bookshelves.

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I painted this shelf, which once occupied my childhood bedroom, with the intent of adding baskets for toy storage. I also repurposed and even painted some of the picture frames from her nursery. The US map is a framed piece of scrapbook paper.

I hope you have enjoyed our girls’ big girl room as much as she does.