Bonus Room Bath Plans

If you read my last post, you already know we've started in on another mini-makeover on the bathroom in our bonus room. What can I say, once we started updating all our builder-grade baths we just couldn't stop! 

Take a good look, be jealous. She's a really beauty - am I right? Big old mirror, make-up lighting, tile counter and backsplash...the list goes in. 

Other than a paint job when we moved in, she's been fairly neglected. Well, not anymore. 

P.S. taking pictures of windows is still not my strong suit!

We had initially thought this would be a simple "weekend warrior" project, but soon found out it wasn't. Famous last DIY words...

The mirror came off, no problem. The tile backsplash, not so much. Good thing someone here knows a thing or two about drywall. Hint: it's not me.

We'll also be planning a nice big backsplash with the new counter to cover any minor blemishes :)

Here's the plan, so far....although I have been known to change a thing or two along the way. Um, hello, girl's bath?!?!

Most of our mediocre budget will be headed to a new counter top and faucet, we'll be using a lot of existing stuff (think towel bars/vanity/repurposed furniture and accessories) but I'm confident we'll be able to achieve the look we're after.

And, most importantly, I'll finally have a permanent home for the millions of black and whites we've framed from our time overseas! You'll just have to use the bathroom to see them. Details, details.

Speaking of repurposing...here's a little peek into our progress. The black floral mirror was a London flea market find and we inherited the old windsor chair from the previous owners of our Chicago house. 

In case you're curious, my forearm, hand and nails took 4 days to recover from the spray painting session! Obviously, it was worth it ...

More to come.

How to Breathe New Life into a Sofa

I'm a firm believer that there's a time and a place for high end, luxury pieces in your home. Whether that means antiques, raw silk coverings and beautiful persian rugs or simply upgrading thrift store purchases; everyone has their own definition of luxury. No matter what your definition, I can tell you we are not in that time or place. With two little kids slowly taking over our home, I don't want anything too precious (at least for the time being). I have bigger concerns to fill my time than whether or not my little hooligans are tearing up my nice upholstery.

sofa - before

That's why our couch looks like this. Ok, maybe a bit extreme, but I think you get what I'm saying. Our couch has seen better days, that's for sure, but I don't have to worry about spills, jumping, fort making or any other kid friendly activity. Not that I let them do any of those things…of course!
Now, just because it's a little tired, and we're still ages away from reupholstering or replacing it, doesn't mean we have to live with it like this. It's time to breathe some new life into our tired, but well loved sofa.

batting

Nothing like a little kick in the pants to jumpstart a project that's been on the back burner for far too long (no idea what I'm talking about, check out my inspiration here). I grabbed a couple bags of Heirloom cotton, queen sized, batting from Michael's and got to work wrapping and re-stuffing the down cushions on our 7ft long, rust hued, family friendly, extra comfy sofa.

mid stuff

It was pretty simple really. Remove the down inserts, wrap them in batting cut to size, then stuff them back into the case. After finishing only one cushion (check out the pic above) I was kicking myself for waiting so long - I mean, just look at the difference. Incredible. Who knew! Such a simple, easy and inexpensive fix. I think I spent more time cleaning up the escaped feathers littering our front hall than I did stuffing the cushions. 


sofa-after

I can hardly believe it's the same sofa. The biggest difference is definitely the lower cushions. They're actually fluffy again and when you sit down you don't feel like you're sinking into the frame of the sofa. The upper cushions are perkier as well. Score. I feel like I just extended the life of our couch. For practically nothing. Sometimes it's the little things that make the biggest difference. 

Now, onto the throw cushions.

until next time, 

Pompom Shams

Tell me the truth, who spent their weekend making pompoms? You know I did. Not surprising, huh. 
Even more not surprising, I added them to our little lady's bedding. You knew that one was coming, didn't you? I hate to be so predictable, but when an idea is good, it's just good. Predictable or not.


My only struggle was deciding where to put them. At first I thought - shams and duvet. You know, make a little set (I had a plain white Ikea set that we had previously used in the guest room). Then I worried about the washability of the duvet once the pompoms were added. A duvet is always on the bed, subject to a lot more use/abuse. Once your kid has had the stomach flu, you never look at bedding the same way again! Shams, on the other hand, are really only on the bed when it's made, less likely to suffer middle of the night issues. Shams it is! 


First I added one pompom to each corner of the shams, but it felt a little lack luster, if you know what I mean. So, I added an extra pompom to each side (making 3 per side)…still a little wah-wah. Then, upon my mom's suggestion, I added 3 more across the top and bottom. Bingo. Now we're talking.  


So cute. If I do say so myself. 
In case you are curious these are all hand stitched to the white shams, plain old needle and thread. Doesn't get much simpler than that. 
If you missed the DIY pompom tutorial, you can check it out here
Hope you had a great weekend!

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until next time, 

Pompom How To

During our search for new bedding in our little lady's bedroom, I was continually drawn to the pompom. Yup. That cute, little, fluffy, pouf of color and texture just kept drawing me in. Time and time again. From duvets, to quilts, to shams, to blankets and even sheets - the pompom made an appearance just about everywhere - and I loved them all. 


Cue the DIY pompom.
So easy to make, they might be popping up all over our house. 
Or yours. 

Let me come right out and tell you that you can purchase a "pompom maker" for under $10, which would probably produce perfect pompoms, but this method is super easy, although not quite perfect, and it saves you a tenner. That's a good thing. 
Let's get right to it.


Step 1: 
Wrap your chosen yarn (the thicker the yarn, the fluffier your pompom) around your hand, like so, approximately 60 times to achieve a full, fluffy pompom. After the 60th-ish wrap, cut the yarn to the length of your pompom. Try to keep the width of your wrap as even as possible to ensure a symmetrical pompom.


Step 2:
Carefully remove the wrapped yarn from your hand. Meanwhile cut a separate length of yarn to act as the center band. Place the hand wrapped yarn on top of the center band.


Step 3: 
Gather the hand wrapped yarn together with the center band - knot the center band as tightly as possible. A double knot wouldn't be a bad idea. Trim any excess of the center band.


Step 4:
With a sharp pair of scissors, cut the yarn loops in the center to create two seperate lengths of yarn.


Step 5:
Fluff. Step back and admire your work. 
At this point, you can choose to trim the individual pieces to create a more perfect, symmetrical pompom. 
Or you can just let it be an imperfect, free form.
Perfect or imperfect - both have their advantages and not surprisingly, I love them all. 


If you need me this weekend, I'll be making pompoms. And adding them just about everywhere. 

until next time, 

Super Simple Trellis Update {for your cukes!}

I heard a rumor that, generally speaking, blogs are read less during the summer. At this point, I'm kind of hoping that's true, because I'll tell you, time is at a premium around here these days. 
So, today I'm popping in to share a super simple, super fast project from this past weekend: an updated garden trellis.


You may remember that I picked up several of these trellis from Lowe's a couple of years ago. While we still have them and took the time to relocate them to NC, we aren't currently using them in the new garden. 


But, now that our cucumber plants are starting to bloom and grow their vines, they need to be supported. In the past I used the above trellis, but the strain of being supported so upright wreaked havoc on the fruit.

Recently, I read an article in the June issue of Southern Living, where they showed a homemade "lean-to" supporting their cucumbers. While I don't really see myself creating a homemade "lean-to" anytime soon, it did get the creative juices flowing...



A couple quick cuts with the table saw and John transformed our tall trellis into a more cucumber-friendly version.
1/2 off the front, 2/3 off the back. Super simple. Super fast.
Just like I said it would be. That's my kind of DIY project.


Just look how happy those cukes are! Grow, baby grow.

Side note: Check out our red onions in the foreground and the yellow squash in the background. Pretty excited for some garden activity!

Are you starting to feel the summer pinch? How come kids are the only ones that get to enjoy the lazy days of summer :) 

until next time,