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Monday, September 8, 2014

Bohemian woodland shared room reveal

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It’s been so long that I may have actually forgotten how to write a blog post.  If you’re still around and reading this, you are a trooper, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I’ve been very busy at ”blog worthy” endeavors, but somehow became completely unable to post here.  But I’ve decided I’m going to try and jump back in. Bear with my clumsy return to putting a blog post together!

I shared some plans, long, long ago for what I was deeming a “Bohemian Woodland” shared bedroom for my 3 year old son and 6 year old daughter.  I started redoing the room, but before it was “finished”, we sold our house and moved.  Now, I’ve been working on doing their room in our new house for, oh, just the last year or so.  Even though there are a couple of things that I’d still like to do in here (adding a few more things to the left side gallery wall and doing a couple of toadstool stools for the ends of the beds), I’m calling it done enough to share.   ; )

Boy/girl shared bedrooms can be a real design challenge.  I hope this room, which is not too girly and not too masculine, but just fun, bright, and whimsical, gives you some good ideas if this is a design dilemma that you are facing in your home.

Just about everything in this room is vintage and upcycled, and I love the collected, cozy feel of it.

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I used the Birch Forest Allover Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils as a running border at the top of the room, which really set the mood for the whole design.  I used the sweet little curtain tiebacks, bought from Urban Outfitters to hold the branch that acts as the rod for the cafĂ© curtains (which are actually just a quilted blanket cut in half.  I didn’t even finish the cut edge!)

I really wanted to do some raw-edge wood trim to finish at the top of the walls, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out where I could find such a thing.  I ended up using some 1 5/8 pine lattice moulding (only $3.59 for 8 feet!) with some Dark Walnut Danish Oil.  It was cheap and easy and a great finishing touch!

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Don’t you love the fun, collected gallery walls?

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There was no overhead lighting in any of the upstairs rooms, so adding the hanging lamp was a necessity! I used the Hemma cord kit from Ikea that’s only $5, and fancied it up by covering the cord with some gathered fabric (again, using my trusty hot glue gun.)  I covered a very plain drum shade with a fun coordinating paisley fabric, and “tied” it to the ceiling hook with some satin ribbon.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Evolution of a 60 dollar Entertainment center and homeright giveaway!

I told you guys a while ago about the china cabinet I repurposed into our entertainment center when we upgraded to a large flat screen a few years ago.  It’s gone through a couple incarnations in our home, including the most recent off-whiteifying when we moved into our new home this past April. 

As I alluded to in the above post, I have endured lived with my husband’s 1990 Bose speaker beasts for the last 13.5 years.  They came with him, which I knew from the beginning.  His awesomeness far outweighs their unsightliness. (And I will admit, they do produce a pretty amazing sound.)

Nevertheless, I’ve been planning ways to disguise them and make them a little less hello-we’re-from-twenty-years-ago.  I was actually planning on building some shelves on either side of the entertainment center that could house the speakers on the bottom and have shelves to display books and brickabrack up top.

But then the heavens opened up and an angel my mother-in-law showed me a pair of shelves that she picked up at a yard sale and said I could have (read FREE) if I wanted them.  It was completely meant to be, because the bottom opening of the shelves were EXACTLY the right size to house the speaker-beasts!

They were laminate and not in great shape.  Of course, I was so excited to get them fixed up and painted and in my living room that I didn’t take time to snap a before pic of them, but let me paint a picture.  Think college dorm chic; Very abused and covered with stickers.

My HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe heat gun made pretty quick work of removing the stickers, like a hair dryer on steroids.

It’s a handy tool!  Crank up the heat to high and you can even strip paint with it, without all the goopy chemicals!

Once they were prepped and ready to go, I whipped out another indispensible tool from HomeRight, my Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Paint Sprayer.

 

To say I love this thing would be an understatement.  It’s really become my right hand in furniture refinishing.  It gives such a nice finish and was incredibly easy to use, right out of the box.  I’ve tried so many paint sprayers over the years, and this one is by far my favorite option.  And it’s airless, which means it houses it’s own turbine air supply and doesn’t need a loud and cumbersome compressor.  And at under $70, it’s incredibly affordable!

So, back to the shelves!  I painted them the same creamy white of the entertainment center and added new backer boards (to replace the cheapo cardboard one’s that came on them) painted slate blue. 

The new backer boards and a little bit of trim I replaced were the only costs to me for the new shelves and was less than $20.  Add that to the $40 I spent on the china cabinet in the beginning, and I have an awesome entertainment center for under $60!!  My inner cheapskate sleeps well at night.

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I’m just going to wait until the paint is fully cured before I style the shelves.  Don’t want anything sticking!  You really should wait at least a week for latex paint to fully cure before putting anything on it, FYI.  : )

I’m thinking at a later date I might also add some decorative metal grating like this to the fronts of the cabinet compartments, painted the same color of shelves to further camouflage them, but for now I think it’s a big improvement!

And the price CERTAINLY beats the $3,400 for this Pottern Barn option!

… although I am a little jealous of their slim tower speaker, truth be told.

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