diy: removable wallpaper

lets talk about my kitchen for a sec.

it.is.ugly.

okay, not that bad, but it definitely is not my favorite room in our house. it’s small (with not a lot of counter space), no dishwasher (except we recently purchased a portable one that we can roll over to the sink…a pain, but better than nothing), and it has the ugliest wood paneling you ever did see (sometimes visitors tell me they think it’s quaint. and then i mention that we should add it in their kitchen and then they agree: it’s ugly).

(before diy: removable wallpaper was added)

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also, i don’t think i mentioned this before, but we are renting our little old house, so the wood paneling has to stay. ugh. to remedy my eyes from the burning glow of orangey wood paneling, i came up with a plan to disguise it temporarily.

it now looks like this:

(after diy: removable wallpaper was added)

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the idea for this wallpaper came from this blogger (i’m probably going to mention her a lot….it’s one of my constant reads in blogland). she painted her design on her walls, but since i’m renting and painting was not an option, i came up with a plan for a removable wallpaper.

here’s how i did it.

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supplies: contact paper, scissors, pen or pencil, exact-o knife (forgot to add it for the pic, oops), and a design stencil. i got mine here.

step 1: trace design

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step 2: cut out design

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step 3: stick design to wall

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it’s that easy.

it’s not perfect, but i’m okay with that. once you step back, the design takes over and each little imperfection is masked (or at least i tell myself that).

you might want to start your design in the middle of the wall and then just work your way out.

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eventually, your design will start to appear on the wall.

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it doesn’t take very long. maybe an hour to trace, cut and stick a wall this size:

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and the best part, is that it’s removable. so, when you are ready for a change, or move out, just peel each piece off and you’re done! your landlord will never know!

i’m sure there are a zillion different patterns and colors of contact paper you could use.

hope it inspires you to get creative and have fun!

transformation thursday: picture gallery

today when i got home from the beach with my family, there was a little package sitting on our doorstep.

i was thrilled to find out that it was a couple of prints i had ordered through a fellow blogger.

i have had my eye on these prints for a couple of years (that seems so long…why, on Earth did i not buy them sooner? time, money, something always seemed to hold me back). a couple of weeks ago i noticed that there was a sale going on, so i quickly snatched some up.

i’m so glad i did.

they are lovely. they are printed on heavy paper, the colors are gorgeous, and they infuse our space with a couple of great scriptures.

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here’s what they looked like before.

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i had originally made a mock pair with book pages and decoupage’ and then painted over them with black.

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they were fine for what we needed (which was some sort of art on the wall because we had just moved to our little house at the time), but they were living in the dark.

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they needed to see the light and display their wonderful words.

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and now they do!

i’m still deciding if i should get custom matting for each or cut out the lamp and chair shapes or just leave it as is like this. what do ya think?

also, if you’re looking for some fun art for your home, or perhaps a wonderful wedding or baby gift for someone special, check out Jones Design Company (this lady has talent!).

transformation thursday: before and after of a master bath

okay, so usually i post small projects i’ve done around the house for transformation thursday, but i am too excited to keep this transformation a secret any longer.

i started this project a few months back. when i first saw the space, it was down to the bare bones or studs in this case. i could see past the construction and visualize what this space could be: light, classic, and luxurious.

fast forward a few months and it is exactly that! i love when a project jumps out of my brain and into reality!

and while i helped with the space planning and consulting of materials and aesthetics, i really have to give credit to my client/friend for putting in all of the footwork of interviewing, hiring, and managing the various contractors (good job, A!). that is no small task!

allrighty, are you ready to see this beautiful before and after of a master bath?!

here it goes….

(OH! and i promised my sweet client/friend that i would add that it’s not 100% done…there are finishing details that need to be added: towels, rug, accessories, etc. and the mirrors over the vanity are just temporary until the new ones are ordered and arrive.)

okay, now that the disclaimer has been read….

enjoy the before and after decor feast for your eyes:

(master fireplace before)

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(master fireplace after)

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i just kinda threw some stuff up on the mantel and added her vintage chair for the pictures. we still need to figure out what will be permanently staying on the mantel, but i love the changes so far.

(master bath hallway before)

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(master bath hallway after)

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(master bath hallway before)

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(master bath hallway after)

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there will eventually be a giant leaning mirror (or hanging, depending on what we find) on the right side of the hallway.

(master bath entry before)

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(master bath entry after)

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custom cabinetry, carrera marble, wood tile, silver accents and a vintage chandelier were added.

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and a sunken tub (swoon!).

(master vanity before)

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(master vanity after)

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(before custom built-ins)

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(after custom built-ins)

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gorgeous glass knobs from Anthropologie were added to the cabinets.

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(vaulted ceilings before)

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(vaulted ceilings after)

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one of the concerns, my client/friend had was whether or not she should have the ceiling dropped to keep it warm enough in the space. i reassured her, begged, threatened (just kidding) 😉 for her to keep the vaulted ceilings.

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she’s so happy she did. i am, too! i think it really adds some drama to the space and showcases the vintage chandelier.

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(tub area before)

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(tub area after)

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when i first came on scene to help with this project, the plan was to put the tub where the shower ended up and have the shower in this area (and cover up these windows and add one over by the shower). again, i pleaded, begged, insisted (okay. it wasn’t that dramatic) that the tub should go here. these windows begged to have a tub underneath them. it not only saved the homeowners money by keeping the existing window locations (and just buy new windows for the space), but also allows them more privacy by having the windows face the back of the house into the backyard. win/win!

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my client/friend has great taste! she did a spectacular job picking out all of the details,

i love every bit of it and how it’s turned out so far! i think i could live in this bathroom. i might just have to move my toothbrush in.

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A, don’t be surprised if you come home one day and i’m watching House Hunters and soaking in the tub! 😉

and thanks, for letting us have a peek, even though it’s not all the way done.

transformation thursday: free curbside armoire

i realize that this post is coming a little early. and that it’s not actually thursday, but because of the holiday i thought i would post it anyways and enjoy my family tomorrow.

it seems to be (in my life) i am either really early or really late. never on-time.

one day i shall master that. or not.

until then, i thought i would share a little transformation my hubbs and i did on one of our free curbside finds.

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my hubbs was on his way to the grocery store on Sunday and found this sitting on the side of the curb. he quickly called me to ask if i wanted it. (smart man!)

so, he brought it home and my wheels instantly got to work.

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at first my hubby thought that he could just fix the door and then we could sell it. but, like most of our free curbside finds, i tend to fall in love and want to keep them.

it had great bones and i could tell it was well built, but you see, one of the doors was completely busted off. and though it probably could have been fixed, i had thought of a way we might be able to better use it.

i knew our house was a little too small for such a large piece of furniture. i also remembered that my son really needed a dresser for his clothes, since i had completely taken over real estate in his closet.

so, my eyes got big and i shot my hubby an all to familiar look that said, “i have a plan!” and he as usual, listened patiently and then went along with it.

here’s what we came up with….

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a dresser for our son’s room.

it fits perfect!

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it’s the right size, warms up the space with the natural wood tone, it adds a bit of rustic cowboy to his little boy space, and it was free!

and though it has a few rough spots, and a corner molding piece that is missing (my hubbs re-used the pieces from the top part of the armoire)…

i love it!

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and so does our little boy.

win/win!

happy 4th friends!

transformation thursday: man’s catch-all

my hubby recently said that our house was a little fluffy. he likes it, but it’s just fluffy.

i wasn’t sure how to de-fluff our house, so i went right out and looked for new pillows for our couch that were not fluffy, but i came home with ruffled linen pillows.

oops. de-fluffy fail.

i tried. i really did. our house was built in 1913, which i guess classifies it as a victorian (?) and so, it kinda just decorates itself.

well, yesterday i noticed that some of his non-fluffy, man stuff was starting to accumulate in places that were not its home. (do you do that, too? give things a ‘home’ and if it’s out of its home, then you find it a home? please say yes.)

i remembered that i had that old desk sitting in our garage that i found on the side of the road (those that follow my Instagram, may remember?).

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the desk was in really bad shape. the top of the desk had come completely loose, the bottom was falling off. plus, it looked like it had sat outside and been beaten up by the elements.

the drawers, however, were in great shape!

so, i took one of the drawers, cleaned it up and then sprayed it with some spray paint.

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(Rusteoleum heirloom white is one of my favorites!)

we had some scraps of wood in our garage, so my hubby cut down a few pieces and then used his nail gun to attach them to the drawer.

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(i decided to spray the wood pieces in this light blueish green color.)

of course, i sprayed it after it was nailed into the drawer, which got all over the heirloom white that i had sprayed. i had to go back over all of the inside and outside with more paint. i decided to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in ochre. then i lightly distressed the shelves. (rookie mistake)

and this is what i came up with….

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a man’s catch-all!

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i added some plaid wallpaper that i found at the thrift store and wrapping paper from TJ Maxx.

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now everything has a home,

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and my man has a spot in our otherwise, very fluffy house.

(thanks, for putting up with my fluff babe! love you. xoxo)

transformation thursday: the train table and bubble butt

tonight i really wanted to tell you about a train table my hubby and i transformed, but you see i have a problem.

what’s the problem?

well, as i was starting this post and thinking about what to tell you on how we transformed it, a song kept popping into my head.

you might be wondering what the song is. i’m not even sure i’ve heard the song before. in fact, i’m pretty sure i haven’t. i heard it plenty on our walk tonight with my lil family though. you see, my hubby likes to randomly break out into song.

tonights song?

bubble butt.

have you heard it? (apparently it’s pretty popular and considering my hubbs is a high school teacher, he typically is informed of the trends before me.)

see, i wanted to tell you about this train table that we got from a friend of mine. And how we transformed it into this awesome farmhouse looking coffee table.

after transformation

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how when we got it, it was red and huge and didn’t really fit in our tiny little old house. So, we decided to work as a team and make it into something that would fit in our living room and with our decor.

before transformation

red train table before

(photo borrowed from: thrifty decor chick because i was too impatient to take a before pic)

but then it happens. my mind gets overtaken with…..

bubble butt, bubble bubble bubble butt, bubble butt. bubble bubble bubble butt.

uh. why?!

why, that song! is it even a song?!

see, i wanted to tell you about how we made it. how we painted the bottom a creamy white by Annie Sloan and made a new top with dark walnut stain.

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bubble butt, bubble bubble bubble butt.

there it is again.

let me try to get through this….

i wanted to also tell you about how we still use this table for trains, puzzles, or play doh. how my son loves to sit at it with his little stool and eat lunch.

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but no. this random song pops into my head like a bad case of turrets. (no offense, of course, to people who actually have turrets. i totally feel ya. it’s not fun).

so, i’m sorry. sorry, for not informing you better on our little train table transformation.

okay. i’m going to bed and praying this song goes away.

remind me to tell you sometime about how he changed all of the words to ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.’

i’m still recovering.

(love you hubbs *muah* but, please maybe a different song next time, huh?!)

house tour tuesday: mr. handyman and mrs. go-getter’s house

i’ve always wanted to go on one of those old house tours in old towne orange. ya know, the one they have every year? it kinda reminds me of the show house hunters. (i love that show!)

you’d think i would have gone on one by now with my love of old homes, but nope. not a one. i’ve either been sick, out of town, or having a baby.

bummer.

so, i thought of a lil plan to get to peep in and catch a glance of these beauties.

the plan?

to just ask for a tour and guess what? the homeowners said, “Yes!” who woulda thought?!

so set your DVRs to the furniture finder channel (er….blog) every tuesday and come tour a home with me! (btw, by the time you see this post it will be wednesday, because it’s been a busy couple of days. and if you know me, you know time management is not my strong suite. so, lets just pretend it’s tuesday and next week i’ll be a lil more on the ball. deal?)

first up! a home near and dear to my heart…a project i have been working on with my sweet clients, since the fall of this last year.

this home may not be old. in fact, it’s an eighties child, but it’s getting updated or undated or brought back to a date that is way before the eighties (or way after the eighties. i’m not sure, but whatever it is, it’s not the eighties!). it’s a style i like to call rustic old world. (also, it was about 11:30 by the time we got to install everything in the room, so the pictures are a bit blurry. just cross your eyes as you’re viewing and you won’t notice a thing.)

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living room before
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what do ya think?

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dining room after

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dining room before

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for the life of me, i can’t find the before pic of the fireplace. imagine eighties pink granite and dark red cherry cabinets on either side. it was a sight.

fireplace after

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(we are still deciding on chairs for in front of the fireplace. we found some amazing rustic wicker wingbacks that i think would be perfect! oh, and the artwork is getting painted today for above the mantel. i just got excited and threw this up there, so i could take a picture. also imagine lots of firewood stacked in the alcoves on the sides of the fireplace.) 

my clients are a powerhouse couple. the wife is a go-getter (my kinda lady! you give her a task and she gets the job done) and her hubby is mr. handyman. he did all the tile on the fireplace and built that awesome rustic fireplace mantel. 

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mrs. go-getter and i did a whirlwind shopping trip yesterday for accessories and finishing details. we shopped for NINE hours straight! it.was.AWESOME! we’re a good decorating team. we have similar taste, so this project was a lot of fun.

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mr. handyman installed all of the faux board and batten in the entry. it continues down the hall that will feature old, chippy doors hung on the horizontal with a picture gallery displayed on top. i’ll make sure to add pictures as soon as it’s completed. we still have a lot to do, but it’s a great start!

thanks for all of your hard work mr. handyman and mrs. go-getter! it’s been a blast working with you. i can’t wait to start on the kitchen!

see you all next tuesday for the next episode of house tour tuesday! (hint: you might be green with envy or tickled pink)