Boys Rustic Transportation Bedroom

Hello Everyone!! Don’t faint or have a heart attack or anything but yes… here is a new post! And it’s a good one too!! We are revealing our son’s bedroom – a boys rustic transportation bedroom!  Remember how I said I would do this weeks months ago and then sort of dropped off the blogging planet… well I am apologizing in style with their room reveal and I hope you enjoy it!

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Their room has been my baby and the room that I am the most proud of right now. Spencer was gone working a lot and I personally built and made {almost} everything in their room. It was truly a labor of love for my sweet boys!

I started with the board and batten and all the trim and worked on it from there.

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Their bedding, bed skirts, curtains and pillows are all from the Peak Hour fabric line by Riley Blake and was all made by me!

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This side of the room is Quinn’s room – he is my five year old. His bed is a little bit taller and I love it! He has about seven bins of toys under his bed and I love that we can slide them under there and they are out of sight.

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At first I had his colorful crates on the floor at the end of his bed  but decided to mount them to the wall and use them as shelves. I am so glad I did because I love having them on the wall. You can find the “I Love You Most” printable here. 

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I bought a galvanized tub off of Amazon and we toss all their stuffed animals and blankets into it. It makes for easy clean-up but still matches the feel of the room. You can find a tutorial for the barn wood closet doors here.

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I got the large letters for their room from The Wood Connection and mod podged the paper on them. I attached them to the end of each bed with a couple nails.

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In the middle of the room is their dresser. I love their dresser! I built it to be the perfect fit in-between their beds. You can find the tutorial for the toy truck bookends here.  The fun rug is from Target!

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The other side of the room is for my sweet two-year old, Zachary. His bed is much lower to the ground and we cannot fit very many things under there. His bed is the same headboard and footboard as Quinn’s we just didn’t put the frame up very high.

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Above his bed are the planked truck art and the easy one-hour rustic floating shelf that I built. I filled the rustic shelf with pictures of my awesome boys and some fun traffic signs that I found.

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I don’t really have a lot to say because the pictures pretty much speak for themselves — so I will just let you enjoy them!

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Thanks for stopping by to see their fun room! I don’t have a tutorial for their beds up yet, but you will be seeing it shortly so keep an eye out for it! I tried to link to all the tutorials and posts about things done in their room but if you have any questions please let me know.

Have a great Monday!

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Planked House Number Shutter

When we moved into our house, there was this huge house number that hung right next to the front door that was just plain ugly and was one of the first things we ripped of our house… but then we didn’t have a house number other than the one on our sidewalk. Spencer bought some numbers a couple years ago but they were lost in the pit of our desk drawer… oops! I wanted to do something fun that I could display our house number and I thought a planked house number shutter would be perfect!

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I started by buying a couple of 1x4x8 at Home Depot and cut them down using my Ryobi miter saw. You will need (4) four pieces cut at 30” and (2) two at 14.5”.

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I decided that I wanted my cross pieces to be about two inches from the top and the bottom. I used wood glue and glued the back of each piece…

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… then I used my Ryobi Airstrike Nail Gun and nailed the cross piece into each of the longer pieces. I nailed it in at least twice on each board – sometimes I felt I needed one more nail!

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And then the building was done!!

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At first I decided that I wanted to stain it cherry, so I did but then I changed my mind and decided to paint it instead! I used DecoArt Chalk Paint in Relic.

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When the paint was dry I used my cornercat and sanded it down a bit to rough it up.

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I then used the cream wax to protect the whole piece. Since I knew it was going outside, I used a couple coats to protect it against the elements.

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I used the house numbers I bought at home depot…

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… and screwed them on.

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I flipped my shutter over and screwed in two screws a few inches apart. Make sure you do this over the cross board so you don’t screw through the front of your shutter.

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I wrapped wire inbetween the screws and then I tightened the screws up. Now it’s ready to hang up.

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Last fall my husband drilled some anchors into our brick so I simply hung it up on the anchor that was already by our front door.

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I love it!! It is rustic and darling perfect for the space!

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If you missed some of our more recent projects you can check them out here!

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Cherry and White Farmhouse Kitchen Table Revamp

For the longest time I have wanted a kitchen table with white legs, a wooden top and white chairs. I think a set like that is just beautiful and would match the look we are going for in our home just perfect! So I set out on a search – I have been to countless furniture stores and have several on my amazon wish list – but haven’t been able to find anything I love within my price range.

While browsing the internet one night for said table – I noticed that some of the photos I was looking at were “refinished” tables and I thought “I could do that!!!” and “why didn’t I think of that!?”

The next day I busted out my tool box and started taking apart my kitchen chairs so I could create my own Cherry and White Farmhouse Kitchen Table Revamp!

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Awesome right!!?? I am totally in love with my new revamped kitchen table! I love contrast of the cherry and the white base and chairs and it looks awesome with the board and batten walls!

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Are you thinking of revamping your kitchen table? Here is a tutorial for you!! Here is a really crappy shot of what I was starting with:

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I took apart each chair and sanded each one and all the legs down. I also took the table top off the base and sanded down the base too.

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Next I took them all out to my garage and set up a “painting booth” and got to work painting them. I like to go to Wal-Mart or the dollar store and buy cheap plastic rectangle tablecloths to use for painting – they are easy for me to move around and are super cheap! I also wiped down the entire surface of each chair, leg and base with mineral spirits. I wanted to make sure there was nothing on them that would ruin the paint job.

 

I used my Homeright Finish Max to spray paint. I thinned out some primer first and primed each piece. The Finish Max is a dream and the paint goes on so smooth – but primer is a little gritty so before I applied my paint I used a sponge sander and sanded each piece.

After everything was primed and sanded, I started painting. I used the color Antique White by Glidden color matched in a Behr Semi-Gloss Enamel. I added a few tablespoons of water to each batch to thin the paint. This project is definitely a labor of love because I was at it all day long! You want to make sure you do quick, thin layers – over and over and over!

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After my chairs and base was painted, I used the Finish Max to apply three coats of semi-gloss polyurethane. Then I set them in my house and let them cure for about a week.

Next was time to build the table top.

For the table top, I simply used 1×6’s that are glued and pocket screwed together. I cut 7 pieces at 57” and two pieces at 50.5”. The overall length of the table is just under 6 feet long.

I used my Kreg Jig and drilled about 8 pocket holes on one side of all but one of the seven 57” pieces.

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Then I glued the edge of each piece and using 1 1/4” pocket screws and a clamp, I screwed them together.

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After everything was dry, I built the bottom frame. I used 2x4s and measured it so it would have a 3” overhang on each side of the table. I also measured the middle so it would sit on the base.

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Before I assembled the frame, I drilled pocket holes into the 2×4’s so I would be able to attach the frame to the top. I used wood glue and 2.5” screws to secure the frame to the top.

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I added a 1×4 table skirt on the outside of the 2×4’s and then used my pin nailer to attach them. If you wanted to – you could miter your ends so they are nice and crisp – but I wanted mine a bit more rugged so I left the ends showing… and honestly, you don’t even really see them anyway. I used natural putty from minwax to putty any places I felt needed it and gave the table a quick sand down.

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I screwed the table top into the new white base from the bottom using 3” wood screws…

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… then I opened my back door and simply stained the table in place! I used a cherry finish and I love it! I applied three coats of stain and three coats of semi-gloss polyurethane.

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I love the color and it matches are real, natural color cherry floors really well!

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I love they way our dinning room is playing out and I love having an awesome kitchen table that accents our farmhouse/craftsman style so well! I really love how bright and clean it looks!

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If you guys decide to revamp your kitchen table I would love to see it!! And if you liked this project will you pretty please pin it!

Thanks friends and have a great day today!!

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Our Home: Part 7

After NINE looooonnnng months and a ton of blood, sweat and tears and hard work – we had carpet installed into our home on December 30th! That day was better than Christmas morning! It was the perfect way to start a New Year!

Our home wasn’t perfect and there was still so much to do – but we could move what little furniture we had upstairs, the carpet was clean and fresh and I could roll around on it and everything just smelt new!

I had to dig real deep to find most of these photos so I am sorry that they just plain bad –

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After working long hard hours and devoting every spare second we had to moving upstairs – we took a long break! We finished up some things here and there, like the fireplace and the bathrooms – but mostly our house just sat how it was for a year or so… and then I got an itch!

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Last time we chatted about our home, I told you we had wood floors sitting under a plastic tarp in our front room.

Spencer and I bought rustic cherry from Lumber Liquidators and spent days gluing, piecing and nailing the pieces together to make us a kitchen floor! Sadly… we did this a few years ago and I don’t have one picture of the process. Luckily… we have a project in the works where we will show you the whole process of installing wood floors from top to bottom!

Anyway… after we sanded and finished the floors we installed the kitchen cabinets – actually I say we but it was really Spencer, his dad and his brother who worked late into the night – the night before Thanksgiving and got all the bases and uppers in. For an update on the cabinets you can check out this little post here!

I spent Thanksgiving morning cleaning out a bunch of moving boxes and putting away our dishes – I even had Spencer set up our table and old hutch and decorated our kitchen…

… and we still didn’t have carpet or tile or baseboards.

I really wanted to move in. I was done living in the basement!

This picture was the only one I could find and was taken a few days after Thanksgiving. You can see that we didn’t have any countertops, the bar top was incomplete and the only new appliance we had was a fridge. We still had the paper up from cutting in the baseboard paint and everything was a little crazy!

We still had to sleep in the basement but at least I had a kitchen… sort of!

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After all the plumbing was roughed in and the wires were run – we finished up building the walls we wanted – and then it was time for dry wall!

We hung all the sheetrock ourselves and then hired out the mudding and tapping – this was the ONLY thing we hired out on the whole house. It took a crew of three guys, three full days to mud and tape our home.

It would have taken us weeks — the time vs. money argument came into play and time won out this time. We simply didn’t want to wait.

After all the sheetrock and mudding was done it was time for paint! I loved this step because it made a huge impact!

We rented a paint sprayer from Home Depot and sprayed the entire house with Kilz Prime…. goodbye nasty cat smell!

In an effort to save money – Spencer went to a few different home depots and rummaged through their scrap paint and mixed and matched the colors until he got “close” to the color I wanted.

It actually came out a lot darker than I wanted and sort of looked like chocolate milk…. which I guess is fitting because the color I picked for the kitchen was chocolate pudding!

   

Even though I wasn’t fond of the chocolate milk color – there wasn’t anything I could do about it at that point – money was running short and I was tired of living in the basement.

I did however love the color of the kitchen! Spencer was apprehensive at first and I could see him rolling his eyes at me over the painting mask. The next morning when he walked into the kitchen he told me he really like it.

I told him so… just kidding… sort of!

With the paint done – it was time for flooring. I was super happy about it since it had been sitting in my front room for a few weeks… acclimating!

Next time I’ll chat at you about our wood floors!

Have a great night!

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When I left this story last time, Spencer and I had spent just over a month tearing out walls and flooring and pretty much everything else of our newly purchased home.

Once everything is ripped out – you have to start rebuilding and you start rebuilding with the important, but really boring stuff like electrical work and plumbing.

For weeks we worked and worked – and by “we” I mean mostly Spencer and from the looks of things… things just sat.

Like I said… for weeks our house looked like this, while spencer worked really hard running new wires, electrical and plumbing.

He just loves when I take photos while he is plumbing!

He also loves when I sneak a photo of his get-up he created by duct taping garbage bags together – so he can climb up into the attic for hours to run new lighting! Believe it or not, this fun little outfit actually kept all the insulation of his skin so he didn’t spend the next three days scratching until he bled. He is so clever!

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This step is one of the most frustrating because from the looks of it nothing is being done and when you are living in the nasty basement not seeing any progress is hard. But I sort of like indoor plumbing and flipping a switch for lights so we sorta had to… ya know!

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Our Home: Part 3

We spent nine months living in our gross basement while we remodeled the main living area and top floor of our home.

When we tell people that we remodeled, they usually look at us like “oh! you changed the carpet – good for you!” but I am telling you – this was no simple task.

We completely gutted and rebuilt the entire thing.

GUTTED AND REBUILT!

I told you that we went in with hammers swinging and I wasn’t kidding! We had so many great ideas that we wanted to go in and accomplish but first we needed to get rid of the awesome cat urine smell that haunted the house.

You will see in all these pictures – that we left the carpet in the house – it stunk bad – but after we started ripping things apart – the cat pee was masked by a dry wall and moldy musky smell. We kept the carpets for one reason – after we tore everything out we could simply roll up the carpet and be done – it helped us “clean” in a strange, weird, messed up sort of way.

Both Spencer and I were working full time during the day and full time on our house at night. I look back at those day and wonder how we survived as well as we did. We were surviving on fast food every day for almost every single meal – Hello 15 extra pounds – and on average 5 hours of sleep at night. Crazy!

These pictures were taken about a month after we bought the place.

The front room: We tore off all the wall paper, the yellow tile and railing in the entry way and all the chair rail.

The Kitchen: We tore out the wall between the dining room and kitchen and opened the whole thing up – obviously – we tore out everything!

The family room: We got rid of all the brick, tile and built-ins around the fireplace. We also tore off all the wood paneling. In this room we also got rid of the fireplace and purchased a new one.

Laundry room and half bath: tore out all the cabinets, all the bathroom stuff and the strange “pantry” in the laundry room.

Family Bathroom/Master Bathroom: Tore out every single thing!

Master Bedroom: We took out the small closets along this wall and knocked out the whole thing.  We also took out the 1st bedroom closet as it was along the same wall.

Not bad for one month in right?

The house keeps getting emptier and emptier and the pile of crap on the side of the house keeps getting bigger and bigger!

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Our Home: Part 2

In case you missed Part 1.

For 9 months we were living in the basement of our home while we completely gutted and remodeled the entire main living area. Spencer lived there for 3 months and then we got hitched and I moved in and we finally moved upstairs 6 months later.

Totally gutting a home while living in the basement is not for the faint of heart… especially when the home you buy is an “almost foreclosure” and has been vacant for months and the previous owners used it as pet potty.

Awesome for newlyweds right?

It was gross!!

I swear to you I vacuumed and vacuum and vacuumed and even cleaned the carpets before we “moved-in” and 7 months later I would still vacuum up kitty liter stuck in the carpet.

To help you appreciate my dire situation I have uploaded some fancy photos for your viewing pleasure!

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At the bottom of the stairs is this room – Spencer “jimmy rigged” up the hand railing from the main stairs by screwing it to the wall so I could hang up all my clothes and basically turned it into a HUGE closet. I didn’t even bother taking down the weird flame art on the wall.

If they had installed that paneling right — this room would have been awesome with a little bit of paint. But since the paneling was pretty much “jimmy-rigged” itself…. one day it would have to go.

Walking past the first bedroom and around the corner – you enter the “living room” area. Don’t be jealous of all that paneling!

That’s a whole lot of brown! In the corner behind the door was where I vacuumed up cat liter for months. At least it was just behind the door.

We pretty much set a microwave on the counter and called this a kitchen. Which means we pretty much ate out for almost every meal.

Hello 20 extra pounds.

The bathroom was awful – Yes, I cleaned it with A LOT of Clorox but the shower was so strange. It had a weird heat light and you sort of had to bend down and there was no place for the air to go and no fan.

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The second bedroom was the cleanest room so we put a bed in there – along with a little TV on a stand and that was it. Not quite the honeymoon suite I had in mind!

It’s funny to look back at these photos and remember those times. Newlyweds, living in a horrible basement, doing a complete renovation on a house, staying up super late working on projects, working full time – and happy!

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Our Home: Part 1

Last Month marked seven years since Spencer and I sat down and signed our life away – signed our closing papers and walked away with keys to our home.

We immediately went to Home Depot to pick up some new locks for each outer door and then went “home” to this.

We walked around our filthy “new” home – it reeked of cat urine and wet dog and gave me the hibbie jeebies – and we made a game plan. We knew there were a ton of improvements that needed to be made and a bunch of changes we wanted to make.

We wanted to take out a window and add a door…

We wanted to make the master closet bigger.

We wanted to get rid of the formal dining room and make a bigger kitchen.

We wanted to rip down the wall of brick in the family room.

And maybe get rid of all that lovely wall paneling…

As we walked around and made plans… the game plan pretty much turned into how fast could we gut… THE ENTIRE HOUSE!

Spencer went out to his truck, grabbed a sledge hammer and started knocking out walls.

We owned our home for less than 2 hours and were already making huge holes and taking out walls.

We have a secondary garage so we moved almost everything we owned into there and out of the way. We kept out a bed, clothes and a few kitchen items. Spencer moved into the basement and when we were married in June, I moved in too.

Did you catch that… into the basement.

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Our Home: Part 4
Our Home: Part 5
Our Home: Part 6