Love thy Neighbor: A double room update

So… I love you to the moon and back and am so sorry for my hiatus. I have been *trying* to get my life in some sort of order (one of those “to hear God laugh, tell him your plans” kinda things). I have tons of stuff to post about so the good news is that I am back and will be posting much more regularly. The bad news… gotcha… there isn’t any.

You may have checked out the inspiration board page and I am really excited to reveal two rooms that I worked on with my Neighbor. My neighbor had the initial ideas that I put together the inspiration boards with and from that we have two brand new rooms! Both of their daughters are off at college and they wanted to update the girls’ rooms to be more chic and adult while reflecting their totally different personalities. So, with a few new pieces of furniture and some new decor, the rooms really look pulled together and completely brand new.

Sadly, I didn’t really take any “before, before” pictures. I have one that shows the previous wall color and a little bit of the furniture that was in one of the girls rooms. My Neighbor was really excited to get them some new furniture for their rooms, the stuff that they had was around for quite a few years. But all the old stuff went to great new homes (one piece is currently in my storage waiting for a fun new look, it is going to be an awesome piece in a guest room one day). So I totally scored on this makeover as well. Anywhoo… here are the before pics that I DO have.

You can see the old paint color in the top picture and the new neutral color in the bottom pictures. My neighbor had the rooms and ceilings painted – they may eventually put their house on the market so she wanted it to be something that would be a more universally liked color.

I however, am petitioning for them to never move. If that house ever goes on the market, I have evil plots up my sleeve to be sure that everyone who comes to look at that house thinks that the neighbors are all crazy and then they will never move (not really, but we would be totally bummed if they weren’t just across the street anymore).

Here is the inspiration board for the first bedroom we are gonna call “mini-A’s” bedroom. I asked them about using the pictures for the blogs but not about names. Nicknames are more fun anyway.

And now the BIG REVEAL BEGINS!!! I LOVE both of these rooms. I can’t pick a favorite. They were so fun to work on because the girls have totally different personalities and it was fun to find the individual pieces and see it all come together perfectly. Plus I totally creeped around my neighbor’s house until the girls came home for a weekend visit just so I could see their faces and see how surprised they were.

They knew their parents were updating the spaces but didn’t know the details.

Love the saying in this picture frame. I even made one for myself. We didn’t have any of their photos handy so I whipped this up real quick on the computer and I love how it turned out. Now to the full room…

Mini A loved the room. It totally reflects her bubbly personality. She loves bright colors and she LOVED the painting above the bed which is actually what a lot of the pieces in the room were inspired from. I think the basic gray bedding that has an awesome sheen and small amount of detail allows for everything else to be really fun and bright.

All of the different pillows on the bed totally compliment each other and then let’s not forget the awesome chair that their Mom picked out. That was the first piece in the room and gave us a jumping off point. The arrangement of the room (wish I had a better before picture for you) really opened up the space. Despite the bright colors, the room feels very calm and a cozy to me. Totally a group effort and I totally love it.

However, I love things about “not-so-mini-A’s” space as well. I think both offer simple enough base pieces that they appeal to pretty much anyone no matter your color preferences. I will tell you my faves after you see the awesome room. Below is the inspiration board you may remember. Definitely a much more girly Parisian chic sort of feel for this room.

And here is “not-so-mini-A’s” final room. My FAVORITE part are the puddled drapes. I love a good puddled drape. More than anything. I’m serious.

Note the photographs in this next pic. We picked them up at Ikea and I wanted to run away with them so badly. I love love love photographs of doors. Something about them seems promising to me. It’s a constant reminder that when God closes one door he opens another door and sometimes it is a B-E-A-UTIFUL door.

Heres a close up of the photos. They had a bunch of different doors and fences at Ikea but these were our favorites.

“not-so-mini-A” is usually pretty reserved but she cracked a pretty big smile seeing this room for the first time. I really think it fits her. She is not an ultra girly girl but loves the color purple. So I think we gave her a space that was uncluttered and totally fit the calm vibe that she has.

“mini-a” is the older sister, strangely enough. I only feel okay calling her “mini-A” because we are about the same height even though I’m like 4 or 5 years older and hey, being short is not as bad as some people thing. “not-so-mini-A” is definitely taller but I very much relate to her calm demeanor. I’ve known them both for quite a few years and am so happy that their Mom asked me to help out with this project.

We definitely kept an eye on cost by watching out for sales, using coupons and doing some online pre-shopping so we had an idea on what the total cost would be. Out of respect to clients, I never share their total budget, etc. but if you are looking for a piece in one of the pics, send me a message or leave a comment, I’m happy to help you find anything that you love.

Do you love it? Have any updates you are working on right now?

Another successful bedroom update… times 2! Coming soon I will have a playroom update that I am about to begin with a client. I also have some super fun tutorials including the princess birthday hat that I made for the sweetest and funniest little girl who turns four this weekend (my, how the time gets away from us!)

I’m so glad that you are still reading and promise that I have TONS of fun new things coming soon. I swear!

Hope you have an awesome weekend. Sic ‘Em Bears against TCU tonight at 6:00pm and as always Sic ‘Em Redskins and Texans (haven’t even looked at their schedules yet to see who and when they are playing, but that is a blanket statement for me).



The Dreaded Move and Address Post Tutorial!

So I FINALLY moved all of my stuff – of course I totally put this off for a while since I was dreading the process. Little did I realize that the thing I should have been dreading the most is going through it all once it was moved back into a new storage unit. I decided it would make more sense to wait and go through it once I got it all up here so I could take my time. I don’t even know how I could accumulate so much stuff. However, I am starting to feel a little more organized. I have almost finished going through all of the boxes/bags/etc. and re-packing everything for an extended storage stay.

I am so thankful for my movers – however I am not thankful that they are much taller and stronger than I am and opted to put some very heavy things very far up. So far I have injured my shoulder, twisted my back and done lord knows what to my neck. Yes, I am whining.

Thankfully I have a climate controlled unit so I have some relief from the heat but I definitely get a workout and a good sweat moving all that stuff. Here is a pic of my organized chaos. These pictures don’t even do it justice because this was after two days of cleaning things out.

I finally feel like I am making progress in there and have made many more goodwill trips. I am on a first name basis with my friends over there. I have totally resisted the temptation to go in and look at things in the store but I have seen some awesome items in their drop off piles when I pull up. Furniture that just screams at me to rescue it and paint it. However, that would just be silly of me right now considering all the stuff I am getting rid of.

So, I had to settle on another DIY. I have been wanting to make this for a while now so it has temporarily fed my DIY needs. I recently made an adress sign for my parents house, the painted numbers on the curb are really faded and unless you know exactly where to look, you cannot see the numbers on the side of the house. I decided to make something like I saw here at 9 o’clock Dance of Joy here is a pic of their version:

I used  a 4×4 fence post that I picked up from Lowe’s for about $5, then I got a 5×5 square and two approximately 6×6 squares from Hobby Lobby – you can cut these yourself but I liked the rounded edges and they were like $1 each so I figured that was a cheap solution. Then I got a wooden sign and iron letters from Hobby Lobby – spent about $20 total at Hob Lob and then $5 at Lowe’s so the whole project was just $25.

I had some leftover black paint from my mirror project and also already had a can of primer and a small can of white paint for the sign. Also, I used chain I had to connect the sign to the post. Don’t forget to pick those up if you don’t have any lying around. I also had some screws for the numbers I bought at hobby lobby, they didn’t come with screws so pick those up too if you need them.

First, I cut down the 4×4 post to 36 inches. You can make two of these posts – DIY with a friend!

Then I primed all the pieces front and back

I painted the sign white and added eye hooks to it to put my chain on – my #’s are iron and I wanted them to stand out.

I taped off the sign to be sure that the numbers were centered then laid out my numbers and marked the places where the screws would need to be.

Then I removed the numbers and drilled small holes on those markings so that I can lay the numbers down and screw them in with a screw driver. You can see the holes above.

I spray painted the edges of the pieces blue so that I can run over it with some sand paper and have a little of the blue show through when I am done. Since I am painting these black, I didn’t worry about being precise at all. Just sprayed lines randomly.

I painted all the pieces black. I also drilled a hole in each corner of the base 6×6 square as well as two holes toward the center. The holes on each corner are for stakes to go into. I am putting the sign in the front garden area and want it to stay in place. The middle holes are for screws to attach the base to the 4×4. I also drilled two holes in the top 6×6 base for the same reason.

Then I attached the bottom piece and top piece with screws. I used 4″ screws and made sure they were all the way down so I could put wood filler in there to make the area flat again before I put on a final coat of black paint.

Then, I added a large eye hook to the center of the post. Since this is for house numbers and a more permanent sign, I used the eye hook. If you want to be able to change the sign out you might just want to use a hook or a knob. I also screwed in the top 5×5 piece.

Then I screwed the numbers onto the sign – the first and the last number are edited out of the below pic for privacy reasons but the numbers are all evenly spaced.

Then I added a black chain to the two top pieces of the numbers sign. I also gave the post one more coat of black paint and caulked in the edges at the base as well as at the top. I used clear caulk. I only did this because this sign won’t be under a covered area so I just wanted to protect it as much as possible. I figure the caulk leaves less space for water to get in and rot the post. May or may not make any difference, just sounded good to me.

Here it is – almost finished!

I took it out to the front and placed it in the front flower bed close to the walkway. I added the stakes in the four corners, you can see them poking out. Then I used a rubber mallet to push the stakes all the way in. In Texas we get random weather and some crazy wind at times. These stakes are each a foot long and probably overkill but I wanted to help prevent it from blowing over.


Now people can actually see our house number from the street – we’ve had a lot of neighbors comment on how much they like the sign, the mailman and UPS/FedEx guy said it would be awesome if more people had more easily legible numbers. My parents love how it turned out.

I still may make some signs that can be changed out for special occasions – parties, christmas, etc.

Have you guys done any fun DIY projects lately? I promise now that I am moved I will be back more frequently! Check back tomorrow for a new WDITOT Wednesday post.


DIY: Recovering An Outdated Cornice Box

You have seen some of the pics over the last couple of weeks of all the cleaning out that I have been doing. It feels so good to donate things and get items out of the house and to have everything de-cluttered. I’m not quite ready for the final reveal of the spare bedroom yet, but I will show you a sneak peek of what I have been up to in there.

Before I loaded up all the items to donate, you’ll remember that the room looked like this:

CHAOS. Old, dusty, stinky chaos. I borrowed an SUV to haul all my stuff to donate – there is no way my sweet little Volvo sedan would have been able to cram all of that in. Here is a picture from the front seat (you can’t see much but big garbage bags, but you get the point, the car was PACKED).

So I dropped off all of that jazz at goodwill, the women’s shelter and a few other places along the way (remember to check out what local shelters and programs need to see if you have any items that might be of use to them). I returned to a room that looked like this:








This room pretty much serves as a dumping ground and the door stays shut. I have some big plans for this room. First: that really awesome 90’s cornice box. Navy with a sunshine yellow braid across the middle. AWWWESOME. Also, you probably cannot see it very well but the curtains under that awesome cornice box? YUP they are multi-colored flowers. My parents have had no use for this room but now that I am back for a bit, this will be a great craft/sewing/spare bedroom space and my plan is to make it just that.

My overall plan is a somewhat beachy/vintage/nautical type feel since that is the general feel of the rest of the house. I went to Hobby Lobby and got 2.5 yards of this ticking stripe fabric (one of my favorite fabrics)

I think this will be a nice subtle fabric for the cornice box. I took the measurements of the box and added about 2 inches to each side before making my cuts so I would have plenty of room to staple. Then I got out my staple gun and went to town.

This is a super simple project and a totally easy update. I just ironed the fabric before I started working on it to get the creases out and then laid the fabric out on the floor and put the cornice box on top of that. I pulled the fabric tight and stapled all around the edges. The hardest part was trying to keep the lines somewhat lined up. I love how mine turned out but I would definitely recommend using a fabric without lines to make it a bit easier on yourself.

That’s what it looked like when I was done. Whole thing took me about 30 minutes (mostly due to lining everything up). I added some simple curtains I got from ikea for $19.99 for the set. This is a mini sneak peek of the spare bedroom update.


I know it isn’t much but I can’t wait until it is finished so I can show you the whole thing. I am planning on putting something in the middle of the cornice box to add a little more detail to it. I love the new look, though.

The whole project cost me $35.11 – $19.99 for the pair of curtains and $13.48 for the fabric. If you don’t already have a staple gun, you can buy one for less than $20 at Lowe’s.

Hope you are having a fantastic Monday and have a great rest of the week! Don’t forget to check in Wednesday for another “Why didn’t I think of that” tip.




Mirror, mirror – I think i’m finally finished with you.

Well… I loved the change that adding the frame to my bathroom mirror added. However I just felt like it could be spruced a bit. Here was what it first looked like.

I totally love that it made the bathroom look updated and much more finished but this is such a large mirror and I just couldn’t resist the urge to add decorative touches and get at it with some antique gold rub n’ buff – more on the miracle of rub n’ buff later but I am not joking I had never used this stuff before I went at this mirror and now I want to use it on every project ever. Back to the project at hand.

I thought some thin pieces of decorative wood and then a medallion at the top would really add to the whole look. Off to Lowe’s I went. One gentleman asked me how my projects were going and wanted to see pictures (read: I spend waay too much time in Lowe’s). So I found this moulding that was about 3/4 of an inch wide and I think it is the perfect subtle accent. Each piece was $6.98 and I only needed two pieces.

There is a small rope pattern and since it was flush on the sides I knew it would fit right against the frame that is already completed. Plus if there are any gaps, then I can add some caulk and some paint and no one will ever know.

I also thought it would be nice to add a decorative piece to the middle of the top of the mirror, my lighting is rather high and I think the medallion in the center just draws the eye up. I got this in the same section as the rope moulding. It is just a medallion that they often use for the center of the moulding on the fire-place or something along those lines.

8′ Raw Whitewood Rope Moulding – $6.98

I got the EverTrue 3-1/2″ Raw Whitewood Ornament for $6.92.I already had the paint, adhesive, rub n’ buff and caulk at home so I didn’t need to buy any extra but I also used those items for this project. 

So I cut my moulding pieces and painted them with the satin black paint like before. I also painted the medallion black. Once they were dry, I took a little antique gold rub n’ buff on a soft cloth and lightly rubbed over the rope moulding as well as the medallion to give it a more traditional but rustic feel. We will definitely have a whole blog tutorial on rub n’ buff – this stuff makes my heart sing. For real.

So here is the FINISHED product. I do not plan on doing anymore additions to the mirror and just love the way it turned out. My neighbors have come by and all asked when I can do their house. My dream is to make design my business one day. Baby steps, right!?

Here is a close up of the moulding the rub n’ buff really gives it some dimension.

And here is the big picture:

I love how it turned out. More pics from the decor updates and such to come. Total for these additions to the mirror it cost $22.60. So in all I have spent $154.24 on the bathroom update project. I have $245.76 left for decor and new faucets. I feel like it is all coming along nicely!    More mini updates to be posted soon. Hope you have a great week!