Big Boy Room Makeover

Hey Friends!

I’m ready for the big reveal! If you didn’t catch my last post {here} I am sharing my son’s big boy bedroom makeover with you today! I started the process by making a list of goals. Here’s a quick recap:

Problems:

  • His room was ALWAYS messy (queue the knowing nods of moms everywhere).
  • His small bedroom looked even smaller because of dark furniture.
  • He was outgrowing the themed elements of his room (because Lightning McQueen, tractors, and Ninja Turtles are only a passing phase.)

Solutions:

  1. Organize the chaos.
  2. Lighten up the dark accents.
  3. Simplify the “themed” elements of the room.

I already shared with you how I solved problem #2 with Rustoleum Chalk Paint (and a full review of that product can be found in my last post {here}). So with today’s post I want to share the full reveal and how I solved problems #1 and #3.

Get ready for it. Here’s the before. (Cover your eyes. Or don’t. Because then you can’t see how desperately I needed to fix this problem.)

Before Photo Big Boy Room www.graceinmyspace.com

BEFORE

Now here’s where I’m just going to stop myself. I know full well that cleaning all this junk  up (I mean….precious treasures) would solve problem #1. It is, after all, a complete mess. So I’m just going to say that his room could have been much nicer looking if I’d ONLY organized better instead of doing everything else I did. Organization does make a world of difference so if you are looking to make your space more inviting and less chaotic, then I would highly recommend simplifying, clearing out the clutter and trash, and investing in a good organization system. If nothing else, it is simple enough to stack things when you’re in a pinch. 😉

Here are a few more before photos for the full effect.

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THEMED ELEMENTS EVERYWHERE

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HE’S ALREADY STARTED TAGGING 😉

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CHAOS AT ITS BEST

Ok, now let’s get down to it. Solutions!

PROBLEM #1: CHAOS

SOLUTIONS:

  • Remove extra un-necessary surfaces to collect clutter.

He did not need two side tables. So I simply added one to the garage sale pile and left the larger desk to serve as both a homework station and nightstand. I also removed the wall shelf above his desk because it visually cut the wall making it appear to be a smaller area. Plus, he has an entire wall dedicated to his Lego creations and one more shelf just meant that he wasn’t forced to choose his favorites to display, thus adding to the clutter.

After Wide Shot- Big Boy Room www.graceinmyspace.com

AFTER: DOWN A SIDE TABLE AND SHELF

  • Make better use of wall space.

Next, I chose to display his bulky treasures, like these guitars and lasoo, which were always taking up valuable storage space in his closet. This allowed me to add storage to his closet for smaller items by collecting things in baskets on his shelving system. Plus, he can now easily plunk on his guitars without knocking everything over getting them out of the closet! Score!

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USE YOUR WALLS AS STORAGE

  • Get Beddy’s bedding!

This step was instrumental in organizing my son’s room. As you can see from the before photo, his bed was never made and he is a blanket hoarder. Seriously, the child never has less than three blankets laying all over his room and the novelty of making his bed wore off around the time that he figured out 25 cents isn’t very much chore money. So Beddy’s bedding was my solution!

Their bedding system works like a sleeping bag making it 100% easy peasy for my 6 year old to make his bed. Simply zip the sides down on either side, climb in and cover up for the night, and then zip it back up in the morning! The entire comforter fits like a fitted sheet ensuring that it won’t end up on the floor each morning. And, since I do love that my son loves a cozy blanket, we also went with the buffalo check bed mate for those cold winter nights.

He has had this bedding for several weeks now and I can honestly say that he loves making his bed now. He thinks he’s so cool to zip it up and be done. 🙂 My daughter even wants one because she wants to be cool like her big brother. Momma win!

If you’re interested, check out the Beddy’s products {here}. Owen has the Game On Gray comforter and Check Mate Blanket.

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BEDDY’S BEDDING FOR THE WIN!

  • Develop a system that works for your child.

My last step in the organizing process was to develop a system where he can keep his treasures without causing mommy to go crazy. My son LOVES art and every single project he does is his masterpiece. I don’t want to stifle that! But, let’s be honest. They aren’t all masterpieces. (Like that beautiful picture he drew on the back of the restaurant placemat that we had to bring home. With food stains on it.)

So we struck a deal! He gets to keep one masterpiece a week in his room. After the week is over he decides if it gets tossed or saved in our memory box. We shall see how this one goes. But I want to make him a part of keeping his living space tidy. Hopefully his future wife will appreciate this. 😉

 

After Lego Shelf- Big Boy Room www.graceinmyspace.com

DISPLAY ONLY FAVORITES

Problem #3: OUTGROWING THEMED ELEMENTS

SOLUTION: Streamline and simplify.

By making his decor more generic, removing the “baby” decor (As he called it. Apparently Lightning McQueen is now for babies…), and sticking with his lasting interests I was able to create a space that will hopefully grow with him for years to come.

He has had a great interest in planes for quite some time and my husband helps foster that with an interest of his own. So the plane decor stays because it means something to him and is more than just decor. It is a bonding experience for father and son. (PLUS, aren’t those vintage glider wings AMAZING? I can’t say I’m sad to keep that unique element. 😉 )

After- Big Boy Room www.graceinmyspace.com

STREAMLINED AND SIMPLIFIED

So there you have it folks! I also did a few other things in this space that I’ll quickly catalog:

  • Added some black elements to help ground and tie in the decor.
    • Spray painted the curtain rods black
    • Buffalo check pillow accents (which we already had)
    • Black globe to go with the around the world plane theme
  • Simplified the curtain situation. The other gray curtain were too long and frumpy for a boy’s bedroom. After a failed attempt to make my own roman shade 😦 I went with these blackout curtains from Amazon {here}. They are only $10 a panel so I’m counting that as a win.
  • I painted all of the furniture {sources in my last post HERE} and also sanded and re-stained his Lego display shelf to lighten it up but keep the wood element.

So, let’s have some before and after shots shall we?

 

 

 

 

So what do you think? What is your strategy for keeping kid’s rooms feeling cleaned up and put together?

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Be blessed my friends!

Sarah

{Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.  — Lady Bird Johnson}

Rustoleum Chalk Paint: A Review

Hello Friends!

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working on revamping my son’s bedroom. He’s becoming a big boy (insert momma tears) and his room needed a bit of a refresh to a more sophisticated look. But let’s remember, he is only 6. So I was looking to accomplish three things with this revamp.

  1. Organize the chaos.
  2. Lighten up the dark accents.
  3. Simplify the “themed” elements of the room.

This is the before. Now, let’s remember that this is a judgement free blog. 😉 I literally snapped this photo out of the blue one day because this was my reality. Bed NEVER made. His “treasured” collections (a.k.a. random rocks, two second art projects that he considers Van Gogh’s, last year’s birthday balloons and chuck-e-cheese trinkets) scattered EVERYWHERE. Messy, messy, messy. It made my mom OCD go crazy every time I passed his room.

Before Photo Big Boy Room www.graceinmyspace.com

BEFORE

So I decided something must be done! And it all started with objective #2: lighten up the dark accents. His furniture is the same set we bought when he was born (can I get a hallelujah for convertible cribs?) and still works perfectly fine. So I figured I could just paint it! FYI- I really hate painting. Like, a lot. But it is an easy DIY and affordable so I went to work. And that is where this post comes in!

I’ve never before tried Chalk Paint. I know, I know. This has been around for some time now and that is why I am definitely not doing a tutorial for you. There are a ton of them out there already and mine would be subpar I’m sure. So instead I wanted to share a quick review on the brand I used: Rustoleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint in Country Gray. (Side note: I started with Aged Gray, which is the lighter version of Country Gray. Be warned! Aged Gray is actually baby blue. Boo….)

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I wanted a medium true gray and I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it or have to go “into the city” to find it. Because we live in a small town with very limited hardware store selection and no Home Depot. Which is a very sad thing in my opinion. 😦

Rustoleum Paint Review www.graceinmyspace.com

BEFORE + ONE COAT

So as you can see the wood is an engineered cherry wood finish. I did not want to sand this, hence the chalk paint. So I took the bed apart, with the help of my handsome hubby, and set up shop in the garage. On my card tables. Because isn’t that how all handy DIYers do it? 😉

Rustoleum Paint Review- Set Up www.graceinmyspace.com

AN EXPERT’S WORK STATION

I was highly doubtful that it would only require one coat to get the coverage that I needed like it claimed. Nothing EVER only takes one coat when it comes to painting. Hence why I hate painting. You have the painting, the waiting, the more waiting, the second coat, the waiting, the finish coat, the waiting…..you get the picture. I am impatient and that’s all it boils down to.

Rustoleum Paint Review- One Coat www.graceinmyspace.com

ONE COAT FINISHED

Above you can see the coverage after one coat. Now there are certain projects where a person may want a distressed look. If that is what I was going for then I could have stopped here and strategically sanded down areas to give it that look. But I have a feeling my son is going to distress this all on his own with everyday use. 🙂 So I wanted to give it a little more durability with a second coat.

Rustoleum Paint Review- Two Coats www.graceinmyspace.com

SECOND COAT FINISHED

As you can see, even after the second coat there were some spots that rubbed off. But I personally think that is because I was impatient and should have given it another hour to dry. Plus, I didn’t mind the few areas that rubbed, so I moved forward with the finish coat.

This is where I wavered on what to do. I really didn’t want to do another two coats of a top-coat. Because: Impatient. But I asked around on Instagram to some of my fabulous DIY friends and they assured me I would regret it if I didn’t. So I used Rustoleum Ultra Matte Chalked Top Coat. I added two coats of this for extra durability.

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And here is how I feel about the products I used. (Note: I’m not getting paid to review these. I didn’t get them for free and am not partnering with Rustoleum in any way. I just wanted to share my experience with you in case you’re also looking for a cheaper chalk paint option! However, I do earn a small commission if products are purchased using the affiliate links above to help this little blog keep a-goin’.)

PROS

  • Much cheaper than many other chalk paint options.
  • Sold in many stores and not hard to obtain. (I found mine in our local grocery store!)
  • Did stick VERY well on un-sanded furniture. And the angels rejoice!!
  • Only took two coats to cover a dark stain, whereas latex paint most likely would have taken three.
  • Leaves a nice finish that is not streaky with brush strokes.
  • Has a matte finish, which you typically want in furniture.
  • Cleans up well with water.
  • Easily sands for distressing if you prefer that shabby chic look.

CONS

  • Does not cover in one coat like it claims. But really, I didn’t expect it to.
  • Limited color options. This is not tintable so what the can shows is what you get! (Unless you buy Aged Gray, like I said above. In which case you get baby blue.)
  • You HAVE to do a top coat to ensure the durability of the paint. And most likely two top coats.
  • Top coat is very runny and can leave drip marks easily if you aren’t watching it closely.

So there you have it! My take on this brand of chalk paint. And now, drumroll please…..

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AFTER

Ta-da!! This is a little sneak peek of my son’s revamped room!! I LOVE how bright and airy it feels, even though I didn’t paint the walls. Removing all the dark furniture brightened it up so much. And on my next post, I’ll be sharing the full reveal. Including how I accomplished goal #1 and #3 above. And here’s a little hint, this gorgeous bedding has something to do with it. 😉

Be blessed friends! Until next time,

Sarah

{Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. – Charles R. Swindoll}

Just Need a Little Vision Sometimes

Hello friends! It has been a long time since my last post. I’m kind of a bad blogger. 😉 But I wanted to share a simple project I did last week with you that I shared in my Instagram stories. I rounded my stories up for you in a short video. You’ll have to excuse my rambling. That is how my stories go.

img_2780A month or so back I went to this AMAZING barn sale. They had a back room with loads of scrap wood, spindles, table legs and random vintage architectural pieces. (A lot of which can be found in my Etsy shop right now!) But I found a set of four vintage table legs and knew I could make something out of them. And then I found this fantastic vintage piece that was probably at one point the top of a cupboard. And I decided they could make a table! So here is the video how-to!

Next time you see random scraps of wood for sale, just have a little vision for what could be instead of what is!

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So what do you think? What is your favorite DIY project?

Sarah

{The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. – Helen Keller}

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Don’t Toss It! Revamp it!

Hi Friends,

Today I have a super simple, super quick DIY. And surprise surprise, it involves spray paint. I think I should have named by blog Spray Paint My Space. 😉

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How many times have you had a garage sale where you’ve sold off decor that is outdated? Like, every summer, right?! Well. If you are me then it is every summer. Because I get bored VERY easily in my home. It’s a problem for sure. But I’m taking baby steps to resolve my revolving decor issues and step #1 is what this post is all about.

Take a look at these vases (below). Kind of blah. Mercury glass had a moment a few years back and I bought the vase because everyone else liked mercury glass and it was cheap. Turns out, I’m not really a huge fan. So this vase has sat in my basement or on some hidden shelf for several years. But I love the shape of it! And same goes for the pottery. It was gifted to me but it simply isn’t my style. But the shape is perfection. So as I was doing my seasonal purging of decor I thought to myself, I really like the look of white vases. I have these vases. I have spray paint. I should make these vases white. (Can you just image my inner dialogue?)

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BEFORE

Now, if you have read any of my posts, you know that I like to spray paint things. Wreaths. Chalkboards. I’ve done chandeliers, outdoor furniture, indoor furniture, flower pots, etc…. But what I have NOT used is CHALKED spray paint.

I knew that I didn’t want a glossy finish. I wanted the satiny finish that chalk paint offers. So I thought to myself, “Self- what have you got to lose? You were going to sell these vases for $.50 in three months anyways.” (See the kind of brilliant logic I used?)

So I did it! And I’m glad I did. Though, I would have done some things differently. So here is a super quick tutorial. Like, don’t blink. It’s quick.

  1. Clean the item you are painting REALLY well. I don’t know why, but this paint didn’t seem to adhere as well as normal spray paint.
  2. Follow the directions on the spray paint can. I know. It’s groundbreaking. But when it says to hold the can 10-12 inches away they REALLY MEAN IT. Unless you are looking for some kind of new fine art to display where those paint drips are totally and completely intentional. 😉
  3. Do more coats than you think you need. Chalk paint does not cover as thoroughly as regular spray paint. Or at least, in this project it didn’t. It is my first experience using this kind of paint so perhaps in another project I might find different results.

That’s it! And if you aren’t completely happy with the results of your project (ahem…remember those drips?) then just do as I do and plop it on a shelf way up high where it isn’t as visible. Thus, Grace in my space.

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AFTER

Anyone else have chalk paint experiences to share?

Be blessed!

Sarah

P.S. See that sign? Yes, that sign that your eye was instantly drawn to instead of my basic vases? The one that says “Today is a good day for a good day”. Well that sign is AMAZING and it is made by Our Kindred Home. If you want to shop their Etsy store then click here and use code KINDREDHOME10 for 10% off your order through the end of February! {Insert cheering!}

{I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. Psalm 104:33}

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DIY Christmas Wreath…Yes, Another One

Hello all!

I’m back with another DIY. It seems that all my DIYs involve either signs or wreaths. 😉 I guess I just get stuck on things. But this one was part of a fun challenge I host on Instagram. (Check it out on Instagram at #misDIYchallenge)

A group of crazy talented friends and I put a challenge out to our followers to see what they can create within a specific budget and using only a predetermined supply list. It is always so fun to see what everyone comes up with. Each host creates their own take on the project as examples for our followers and this is mine this time around!

Anyway…I’m going to show you how I put mine together for under $17! Here are my supplies:

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  • Walmart 20 ” Wreath- $2.50
  • 3 Walmart Magnolia Stems- $3.00 ea.
  • Dollar Store Pine Cones- $1.00
  • Faux Eucalyptus – $4.00

Step 1

Unsmushify your wreath. Yes. Unsmushify. (See last post for my cray cray terminology.) Next, pluck the heads and leaves off your magnolia stems. I know, it sounds violent. I promise, no faux flowers were hurt in the making of this wreath.

DIY Christmas Wreath Step 1 | www.graceinmyspace.com

Step 2

Start to place where you think you may want your foliage. I knew I wanted two groupings of the magnolia pieces. I highly recommend placing everything before you start to glue it on!

DIY Christmas Wreath Step 2 | www.graceinmyspace.com

Step 3

Once you have everything placed where you think you will want it, get out that hot glue gun and start glueing into place.

DIY Christmas Wreath Step 2.5 | www.graceinmyspace.com

Step 4

Assess the situation. I was definitely not happy when I was finished. My original plan didn’t include the eucalyptus. But the cheapness of the wreath was glaring at me with neon lights after I finished so I knew I needed something else to help camouflage my fake greens.

DIY Wreath Stage 1 | www.graceinmyspace.com

Insert eucalyptus for the win! I really do love eucalyptus for many reasons and I knew I had a stray stem lying around somewhere. So I went on a hunt and found it stuffed in some random corner. I snipped off each branch so I could spread them out on the wreath and glued away.

DIY Christmas Wreath Step 3 | www.graceinmyspace.com

Always always make sure you are happy with your final product! At first, I was just going to leave it. But then I remembered that over like 100,000 people had the potential to see this on Instagram and decided to make it better. (Insert wide-eyed freaking out emoji!)

DIY Wreath | www.graceinmyspace.com

And just for your viewing pleasure, this is how I styled it! For now at least. 😉 I think it will transition nicely to regular winter decor after Christmas is done.

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So what do ya think? I was pretty happy to have a wreath that could easily cost $40-$60 in the store for half the cost. Plus, it is fun to flex my creative muscles every now and then.

Be blessed ya’ll!

Sarah

{The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.-Sylvia Plath}

 

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DIY Flocked Wreath…For The Outdoors!

Happy Thanksgiving my friends!

Let’s talk DIY today, shall we? I really like the look of flocked greens for Christmas. However, I don’t like white fluff all over my floor. And I also don’t like that you can’t use it outside! Wah Wah. Why would I want to hide all my pretty flocked greens indoors? So I decided to do something about it.

DIY Outdoor Flocked Wreath Final | www.graceinmyspace.com

I bought three cheap-o wreaths and spray painted them. Yep. Spray paint is my forever friend and I use it on just about anything. Now before we go any further, I just have to admit that I don’t think I would use this method indoors. My wreaths look beautiful outside. But inside, where you will most likely walk up close and inspect them…yeah, they aren’t entirely flocked legit. There is no fluff. It doesn’t look like snow. But it works. Outside. 😉 So here we go.

DIY Flocked Wreath Tutorial | www.graceinmyspace.com

Get your self a wreath. Fluff it up. The smooshification factor of these inexpensive wreaths is abysmal. Smooshification? Smooshified? Smooshed? I don’t know. They are just really in need of some help. And for some reason this is the number 1 thing that people don’t do! Guys! Un – smooshify those babies! Pull each little branch out every which way and make them fluffy! Look at the difference between the top and the bottom! This one little step will go a long way.

Next, pull out whatever leftover spray paint you have (as long as it’s white! No one wants dirty snow…) and spray a fine mist at least a foot away from the wreath. If you hold the can too close then you will make it completely white and it will not look flocked. It will look like a plastic blizzard engulfed your wreath. Just sayin’….

DIY Flocked Wreath | www.graceinmyspace.com

So, above are our three steps. 1. Get a cheap wreath. 2. Un-smooshify. 3. Spray a light mist of white spray paint. And that is it my friends. You have yourself a much cheaper version of a flocked wreath and it literally only takes 5 minutes.

DIY Outdoor Flocked Wreat | www.graceinmyspace.com

Next, I’ll very quickly show you what I did to spruce them up a bit. We live in a harsh winter climate so I didn’t want to use regular ribbon to hang them. Instead, I grabbed some left over twine and burlap ribbon and made a little cedar ribbon accent for the top.

First, gather your supplies and use your front porch railing as your workstation. Because doesn’t everyone use the skinniest surface available to try to balance everything? Next, cut your twine and burlap to length. Then just snip some fresh cedar (or pine or other such Christmas-y greenery) and insert it into a very simple knot. I like using burlap that has wire so that I can bend it a bit to make it more decorative.

DIY Burlap Cedar | www.graceinmyspace.com

And voila. Super simple accent that will hold up to the weather.

DIY Burlap Cedar Tutorial | www.graceinmyspace.com

Hang them using shingle clips or outdoor command strips on the windows (if you don’t have screens) and you are done!

DIY Outdoor Flocked Wreath | www.graceinmyspace.com

This project cost me $3 per wreath for a total of $9! I had all the other materials on hand from other projects. What do you do for a cheap Christmas decorations?

Thanksgiving blessings!

Sarah

{Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Ps. 107:8-9}

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Four Ways to Style a Tray

Hey Friends!

It is the start of another week and today I wanted to share with you one of the things that I love to do. Styling trays. Yes, I know. It’s probably not groundbreaking. BUT, to me it is fun. So I thought I’d share some tips and tricks for a super simple way to add little touches of style to your decor.

And bonus! It is all contained in one small space. Queue the cheers from moms everywhere!

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So here we go. Get yourself a tray. I personally LOVE my hand carved wood tray from Sugar and Succulents. I have a vintage cheese strainer I use a lot as a tray but it is so deep I can never see what I style in it. My wood tray is nice and shallow and humongous. So I can cram it full of my goodies. 😉 Whatever tray you go for, make sure it is shallow and large enough to hold several items.

So, even though there are a million ways to use trays in your house, here are four simple ways to style a tray.

Add Layers For A Simple Centerpiece

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You know what is really important to me when I have a centerpiece on my dining table? Being able to remove it! Let’s be honest, no one has a table large enough to keep the centerpiece on it while you also feed people. The food tends to take center stage. So I love building my centerpieces inside a tray so I can easily take it off the table when the time comes. For this one I started with my wood tray, added a magnolia wreath inside of it, and placed a cake stand in the middle to give more height to the rest of my pieces. That way the pumpkin, sign, and candle aren’t buried in the foliage and it is easy to see. Layer it up!

Add Dimension & Texture

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You know what I really like to do with a vignette? Clutter it up! I know. Seriously if you know me you know that clutter is my worst enemy. Except when it is all contained in a small space and is intentional. For this simple Christmas vignette I wanted to have lots of different textures. The mix of the metals, woods, greenery and glass adds interest. The wood bead garland is my attempt at a reindeer reign. I kinda like it. 😉 Throw in a super cute ornament reminding us of the season and it is good to go.

Display a Collection

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Any designer will tell you that similar objects grouped together provide a bigger impact than if they are scattered throughout the house. But I personally like this trick because all of my glassware can be up high away from little fingers. And dog tails. And, it is pretty. So there is that too.

Be Practical: Organize with Zones

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I would be remiss if I didn’t appeal to the practical side of me in this post. A tray is a genius way to make your everyday essentials pretty. Create a zone for each of your daily staples and collect them in one handy dandy spot for easy access. Plus, then you won’t ever be searching the couch cushions for the remotes again!

And just for kicks and giggles, I’m throwing in a fifth tip, even though it was supposed to be four ways to style a tray. Because I’m a rebel like that.

Display Your Faves

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There is nothing complicated about this one. I have certain decor that I love, I want it all in one place, and I want people to see it. So I collect it into a tray because it looks pulled together and I plop it on by entryway table. Simple and easy.

So now that you’ve seen a few ways to style a tray, I’m thinking you might want to get yourself one. The good news is, Taylor over at Sugar and Succulents is a sweetheart and is giving my readers 10% off through Christmas Eve! Use the code GRACE10 at check out and receive 10% off your order. I’ve linked a few of the items I’ve purchased from her below for your convenience. Because I like easy shopping. But make sure to check out all her goodies because they are sooo good!

Happy Shopping!

Sarah

{Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.- Jerry Bridges}

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Hand Carved Wood Tray

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Wood Bead Garland

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Christmas Ornaments

This post sponsored in part by Sugar and Succulents. All opinions are my own.

Chalk It Up

Happy Friday!

I’m cleaning my house like a mad woman prepping for out-of-town guests in a couple of days. Does anyone else get their cleaning motivation from outsiders who’re seeing your home for the first time?! Dusting is completely unnecessary on a daily basis (in my opinion) but if guests are coming over you better believe I get out that cloth and grimace at how long it must have been since I last dusted to collect so. much. dust. But, from the earth we came and to the earth we will go so I’m just gonna let it reside with me. 😉

Enough about my bad cleaning habits. Today I have a SUPER quick and easy tutorial on creating your own chalkboard from unusual items. This is probably the easiest DIY I’ve ever done so prepared to think outside the box.

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I was shopping at a favorite little boutique of mine, Pink and Frillos, and came across a huge pile of vintage windows that were just full of potential. Now, you’ve got to know that I love me some old windows. I have many of them around my house. I just think they bring a lot of character. But this time I thought to myself, “Self- you should make a chalkboard out of that.” And so I did! I asked April, the super sweet and most adorable shop owner you’ve ever seen, how much the windows were and she was like, “eh…$5.00?” Why yes April. Yes, I will buy that window for $5. 🙂 So here’s what you will need:

  • Old window or other such flat surface (Oh, and just an FYI, I’m 100% positive I’m not the first one to ever do this. So browse around for other items you can repurpose if you are wanting a chalkboard but aren’t into the whole glass thing. It made me a little nervous to write on glass but I will just be extra careful.)
  • Painters Tape
  • Cleaner
  • Chalkboard paint or spray paint

First things first, always clean up your junk. Luckily my window didn’t have any of the old paint on it; but, if it had I would tell you to make sure you don’t let little specks get into your kiddos’ mouths in case it is lead paint. I got your back.

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Only a half a roll of paper towels and a bottle of cleaner later and she was ready for paint. (You already know about my cleaning habits so I’m not ashamed to admit that after a while I kind of gave up on the whole cleaning thing. I mean, this window is stinking old. I guess it deserves to keep some of its layers.)

First off, tape up the outside edges. Make sure you do this really well if you are spray painting so you don’t get overspray on the frame.

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Next, follow the instructions on the can and spray that chalkboard paint onto the glass! Easy peasy. My best tip for getting good results with spray paint is to start spraying just to the side of the item you want to paint and then to be constantly moving in one direction. That way the first shot of paint hits your drop cloth and not the item you are painting so it doesn’t get too much in one spot. Never hold on one spot and keep the can a good 10 inches away from the item. Otherwise you will get drips. Make sure to do a couple of light coats.

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Let it dry, take off the tape, and you’re done!  Seriously, so easy. Total cost: $8.00 as opposed to the “vintage” chalkboards you can get in the stores for $25 +.

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Do up a little chalk art and find your inner child for a while. That is the fun part!

 

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What else have you repurposed into a chalkboard? Be blessed this weekend my friends! And Happy Halloween!

Sarah

{Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10}

Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound

Hello!

Can you believe it is already the middle of October? I’m not ready. Not ready for winter. Not ready for the holidays. Not ready even for Halloween. Can we just talk about how hard it is to find a warm costume for a toddler girl when our typical Halloween weather is in the 40s? I mean, the winter coat has to fit UNDER the costume. Maybe I’ll just make her a marshmallow….

Anyway…today I wanted to share yet another DIY sign I made…for free. These posts might be getting old. But I keep finding inspiration from other amazing women and just have to try them myself! Pretty soon my entire house is going to be nothing but signs. “Shrug”

I’ve wanted to frame sheet music ever since seeing this beauty from my sweet friend Vanessa. (Check out her tutorial on her very own DIY project.) I just love it.

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So at some point in time my mother-in-law was going through her old sheet music and had a stack of goodies for me to sort through. I found sheet music for one of my favorite hymns, Amazing Grace. Score! It wasn’t as big as I’d hoped for, but beggars can’t be choosers, am I right? So I snatched it up and put it somewhere that it would be “safe” for a future project like Vanessa’s. Only to completely forget that it was there. That is, until I met Rachel on Instagram! Look at all this goodness. She makes amazing poster canvas prints and a light bulb went off!

I didn’t have a canvas but why wouldn’t sheet music work just as well? So I scoured my house trying to find that “safe” spot my music was hiding in so I could start on my own project. I knew I needed to come up with the wood, and if you remember from this project here I am inept at cutting wood. Lucky for me, we had some shims laying around from the door we installed last spring! And they happened to be the absolutely perfect size. So here I go:

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First off, shims aren’t exactly quality wood. But a little sandpaper and some stain go a long way to making them look like they are. So just touch those puppies up and stain them your preferred color.

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One more thing, if you are using shims you will notice that one end is thicker than the other. Hence, the shim part. So just make sure that they line up nicely when you invert the sides so that you get a flush edge on both sides. Hope that makes sense…..

Once your stain is dry, attach your music, poster, picture, canvas….whatever you choose to use, to the top and bottom shim. I used hot glue because I had it on hand and am really bad about being patient and actually buying the proper materials. Hey, if it works, it works.

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Once that has dried, put the other shim on top to sandwich the music in between and glue that together. BUT FIRST! Add a step that I didn’t do and wish I would have. Choose what you want to hang this with and glue it INSIDE the two shims. I didn’t do this and so I had to attach my twine to the back of the poster. Had I sandwiched it with the music then I would have had a reversible sign! I might just tear it apart and redo that…

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And there you have it. Completed sign. $0 (for me!) made with materials lying around the house.

DIY Sheet Music Sign | www.graceinmyspace.com

And bonus, it fits perfectly in this small space left by the shelving in my new nook. You can read about that project here if you so desire!

DIY Sheet Music Sign | www.graceinmyspace.com

If you don’t want to make your own but love this style, be sure to check out The Wooded Lane! Her canvas posters are amazing!

Sarah

{Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found. Was blind but now I see.}

Shiplap For Days…

Well, shiplap for days is a dream of mine. But with my nook refresh it became a small reality. I told you last time that I started a project refreshing a nook in my hallway. If you’re interested, I made some DIY barnwood shelving for this nook! But today, I wanted to share the “shiplap” that I added to this space.

Let me start by saying that I really wanted to add real shiplap. You know, the Joanna Gaines, southern living, old wood filled with character kind of shiplap. But I read a ton of tutorials and while all of them said just how easy it would be to install, I knew better. #1. I don’t have the tools necessary to make the kind of cuts I needed for this small space. #2. I don’t have the skills necessary to make those cuts!

And I know all of you are out there saying, “Just go to a lumber store! They will make the cuts for you!” But, my friends, I’ve had my local lumber store cut wood for me. And they shot daggers out of their eyes when I hunted them down and asked them to come cut one 2×4 in half. So I wasn’t about to go ask them to rip down sheets of plywood to undetermined lengths and angles since I am really bad at measuring things. SOOOO….that leaves FAUX shiplap. And this is where my story begins.

Did you know you can “make” shiplap with PENCIL!? I know. You are skeptical. I was too. But then I saw this from Tricia @cleanhousewithkids.

And it was all over. I told my husband I was going to draw shiplap onto our walls. As he usually does, he gave me a slightly skeptical look and then said, “I trust you. Go for it.” So I did! Here is my less than technical tutorial if you want to try too!

This is the before:

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Before was just so so.

First step, paint those walls white. It always amazes me how I never learn to prime first. For some reason I thought my light grey walls would easily be covered by white. Well, they weren’t. So after my first coat of white paint I got out the Kilz. That helped. But honestly, I was using 4 year old paint and primer so I had to add a third coat to fully cover the extremely light grey paint with white. Sigh. Have I mentioned I hate painting?

Oh, and you’ll have to excuse the annoying shadows. Another part of the nook refresh is figuring out some lighting in there!

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Once you have a white wall, get out your super simple supplies! (Say that three times fast.) You’ll need a pencil, level (I had to use three different sizes because of my wall sizes) and a tape measure.

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First step is measuring the width of your “boards”. I wanted it to look like my boards were 6 inches so I just marked a spot with the pencil down the wall vertically every 6 inches. Adjust your measurement depending on whether or not you want skinnier or wider looking shiplap. After that, just use the level as it is intended! Make sure that bubble is centered, hold the level steady, and use it as the guide for the pencil to make your horizontal lines.

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I am SO happy that this was the speedy part of the project. Do you know how hard it is for a tall woman to crouch like this? You do what you gotta do. 😉 And you also stand on top of your cabinet the entire time instead of using a step stool. Which would have been much smarter…

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The entire process of making the lines only took about 30 minutes for this small space. The only part that was slightly tricky was lining up the marks when adjusting the level over when I hit the end of it. My wall was about 8 ft long and my level was only 4 ft. But it worked out just fine! And ta-da! Here is the finished product!

Nook Refresh DIY Shiplap | www.graceinmyspace.com

Now, I’m not going to lie and say that you can’t tell that this isn’t real shiplap. I’m too much of a realist to say that. But once I got the shelving up (thanks to the hubsters) and decorated the space it really does look like a shiplap wall! Unless you get right up to it you can’t tell it is pencil. And if you come to my house and inspect my walls, then I suppose I’m fine with you figuring out that I didn’t use wood. 😮 Just show me a little grace.

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He loves me ❤

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And now the best part! Styling! I have got to say that I’m not a huge fan of the DIY part. I’ll always do the work, but it isn’t fun for me. The decorating, now that is what energizes me. So I had a lot of fun shopping my house to make this space pretty.

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After! I LOVE a finished product.

And I also just have to note that the only money I spent on this ENTIRE project is $46 for the metal pipe brackets. I used 4 year old paint (I know….but why buy when you can paint three coats instead?), tools on hand, barnwood I bought for $1.00 6 months ago, and all the decor I already owned from many years of collecting. Darn those pipes being so expensive. But I really wanted these shelves to be secure with the littles running around. So I needed something strong that didn’t look like it belonged in a garage. 🙂

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Oh, and if you like that Stay Awhile sign, check out how I made it for FREE.

It makes me a little giddy now whenever I walk by this nook that used to be dark and drab. Hope you all like the space! Be blessed and be a blessing today!

Sarah

{One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend. Prov. 22:11}