Big Boy Room Makeover

Hey Friends!

I’m ready for the big reveal! If you didn’t catch my last post {here}ย 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 โ€œthemedโ€ 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 ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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.

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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}ย 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.ย  โ€” 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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.ย (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. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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.

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I wanted to give it a little more durability with a second coat.

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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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A Creature of Beauty

Hi Friends!

I know it has been FOREVER since I last blogged. I’ve found myself caught up in so many things lately. Which is probably a good thing. But can also be bad. So it goes and such is life, right? But I wanted to pop on and say hello! And let you know that I’ve discovered a new creature of beauty.

Well. I suppose discovered is a strong word. I’ve always known they existed. I’ve even admired them from afar. But I’ve never appreciated them. What am I blabbing about? Horses. I’m sure that you can appreciate the beauty of horses. They are a much loved animal by so many.

I’ll be honest. They still slightly terrify me. There is so much power in them. So much strength. So much vulnerability and stubbornness- all at the same time. But that’s a lot like us, isn’t it? I can see why so many humans bond so well with horses. And that was why I was excited to capture some shots of them recently at a friend’s ranch.

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These gorgeous horses have so much beauty to them. I couldn’t resist trying to showcase it. I don’t know if I truly did them justice, but I am appreciating them in my own home now. Hop over to Instagram if you’d like to see them displayed ALL over my house. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you’re interested in viewing all of them I have some listed in my shop for sale as well. Who else is in love with these majestic beauties?

Be blessed this weekend friends!

Sarah

{I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.- Ronald Reagan}

Letterboard It

Happy Spring my Friends!

I can’t personally say that I am enjoying budding gardens, warm sun and the great outdoors. I do, after all, live in Michigan. But the birds are singing and that is a sure sign of what is to come in the next few weeks (or months, depending on what good ol’ #puremichigan decides to do…)!

Today I wanted to jump back into my photography series where I’ve been giving you a little background into my prints I sell in my Etsy shop. If you haven’t read the past few posts in the series, make sure to check out the history behind Tux the Cow and Window to the Farm!

And keep reading for a huge FLASH SALE in my shop!! Woot woot!

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Today I want to highlight my Letterboard Collection. Letter boards are popping up all over Instagram and Pinterest. The vintage feel, the clean lines, the simplicity. *Contented Sigh.* All things that people are jiving with right now. So that is why I wanted to offer up some prints that follow this fun trend!

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It all started with the above image. I was playing around, styling up a flat lay for an Instagram post, and I thought, “This is fun! I should make this into a print!” And so I did! (P.S. See those little white tabs still attached to the bottom of the letters? They really bother me. Like. A lot. Why didn’t I cut those off before? We will never know…)

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Ok, back on track. Plus… I really like sayings and signs. So I was excited to combine my two loves: photography and words…and flowers. Ok, that’s three loves. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It was so much fun to come up with some short phrases to include and style it up with some fresh spring florals. And I am really excited to offer up an option to customize your print with a saying of your own! A couple customs I’ve done are below.

 

There are so many options for this and I can’t wait to see what others will come up with! Customs are the best and it gives me great joy to make something that fits you perfectly! (Insert cheers and floating balloons.)

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To see the full collection, check out my Etsy shop! And to celebrate the beginning of spring, I’m offering a Flash Sale to my followers! Use code FLASHSALE at checkout for 30% off your entire order through March 25! (Offer valid on all prints in the shop.) I’d love to hear your feedback! And if you have any ideas of some sayings you’d like to see make sure to leave a comment below!

Be blessed friends!

Sarah

{When in doubt, add flowers.}

 

Bamboo Flooring: An Honest Review

Hello friends!

Today I want to talk about bamboo flooring. Be VERY excited.

I’ve got two disclaimers for you right off the bat.

  1. I am NOT a flooring expert. I am just a SAHM who is sharing my own experience in my own home.
  2. I’m not planning to share any brands with you. Sorry! I don’t want to be a brand rep or a brand basher, depending on which pro or con you read. And that’s all I’ll say about that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So let’s get started, shall we? You may have noticed in my spring home tourย that I have dark wood flooring. Bamboo flooring, to be exact. Well it stuck out to me in this photo below and after a friend asked me how I liked my flooring I thought, maybe other people would like to know too! And here we are. Talking about bamboo floors.

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After our house fire we had to very quickly decide what type of flooring we wanted in this space. And let me tell you, if there is ever a decision I DON’T want to be rushed into, it is the permanent flooring in our largest living space. BUT, I also didn’t want to be kept out of my house any longer than our 6 month remodel dictated. SO, after some quick shopping and mild deliberation, we decided to go with these bamboo wood floors.

We chose them for the following reasons:

  1. They were stated to have the highest durability rating. With trucks and scooters and dog nails we really wanted something that could hold up to our energetic family life.
  2. They were pretty.
  3. They were in our budget.

(Reasons 2 and 3 are really the most important, after all. ;)) Friends, I will never forget the moment they finished installing them and the woman who was polishing them up with a final cleaning looked at me and said, “Good luck keeping these beauties clean.” Why thank you woman that I don’t know. Thank you for completely deflating my otherwise happy demeanor.

But ya know what? She was RIGHT! She totally knew her stuff. (She just could have been nicer- just sayin.)

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So here’s my qualms with my bamboo wood floors. And enough of the pretty pictures. Here comes some real life folks.

CONS

  • The are not, in fact, very durable. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Imagine my dismay when the very first day we moved back into our house my son ran a small truck across the floor and left a huge scratch. We have scratches, we have gouges, we have little marks all OVER the place. In fact, I had to buy a 10×14 rug just to cover up the issues in our flooring from when we had a smaller rug that didn’t cover as much surface area.
  • They show EVERY SPEC of dust, dirt and dog hair. Not to mention dog footprints, footprints of kids with sweaty feet (I told you we were getting into real life) and drops of who knows what that comes from my kids.
  • You can’t refinish them. At least with real wood you have the option of sanding it down and re-staining. But with these, as you can see from the gouge picture above, the top layer of finished bamboo is very thin and not refinish-able.

I swear to you all, I am not a dirty person. Cross my heart. The pictures above were taken less than an hour after sweeping and vacuuming. You may be able to find a lighter finish but these dark ebony floors are my nemesis.

Now, just to be fair, I do have some pros for ya. I’m just not sure they outweigh the cons.

PROS

  • They shine up real nice. (I said that in my head like a lovable southern mama.) Before company comes over I have to mop for my own sanity. Otherwise I just sit there looking at all the smudges and dirt wondering if they think I’m a bad housekeeper.
  • They can get slightly wet. A lot of laminates and even solid wood floors can buckle if too much moisture is on them. These bamboo floors have held up nicely to a simple wet mop and everyday spills. Granted we’ve never had a flood or anything drastic. But I’m not really sure any type of flooring could stand up to that.
  • They are a bold addition to the home, stylistically. Many floors these days are tile, laminate, or carpet. All of which can be beautiful. But these tend to make a statement. And they are much more realistic (since they are real wood) than most laminates or even engineered wood flooring.
  • They are budget friendly. Compared to many types of floors, these were a decent price. On a scale of $ to $$$$ they would probably fall in the $$ range. Do you like that technical description?

So there you have it. If I had to do it all over again I would choose a lighter color wood. And go with real wood floors.ย Flooring is a long term product so a good investment is worthwhile if you plan to stay in your home for any length of time. But we are stuck with our decision for now, so I will continue to show Grace in my own home. Even with my dirty scratched up floors. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I do have one quick tip! If you happen to struggle with the same issues I do with these types of dark floors, a good black sharpie works well as a scratch filler. Just mark it over the scratch or gouge and buff with a cloth or paper towel immediately after before it dries. It doesn’t completely cover it but it does work better than any scratch cover I’ve tried.

Anyone have any other tips you’d like to share?

Sarah

{I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. Anne Lamott}

Bamboo Flooring_ An Honest Review

Spring Home Tour

Happy Spring!

Well, almost. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m definitely ready for it! And my house looks springy so I’m excited to share it with you, along with some other amazing bloggers’ spring home tours! ย That’s right! We have a spring home tour blog hop happening! If you are here from Cali Girl in a Southern World, thanks for hopping over!

After you’re finished perusing my post please make sure to check out my sweet friends for some more spring inspiration! And if you want to see the evolution of my home throughout the seasons, you can read back to my Fall Home Tour and Winter Home Tour as well.spring-home-tour-living-room-2017-graceinmyspace-com

Let’s talk for just a moment about what I do for my spring decor. Hardly anything. There, I said it. I’m a sparse spring decorator. And it’s not necessarily because I don’t love springy things. It’s just because after our LONG Michigan winters I am looking to shed decor just like I shed layers of clothing. Rather than pack more into my home I relish taking it all and packing it into the basement. Instead, I add more greenery! (I know, shocker, right?)

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(You can find this print in my Etsy shop.)

But green = SPRING! New life, new growth, new possibilities! No, I’m not going to break into song; though visions of the movie Enchanted are swirling in my mind right now. But seriously, plants are the way to go. Especially if they are FAKE. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Fake, but look real. There’s my caveat.) Because I cannot, for the life of me, grow real plants indoors. I have two real plants in my home. One has died and been brought back to life multiple times and the other was deemed an unkillable plant and that’s the only reason I took a chance on it. C’est la vie.

So here we go. A little tour of my spring home. Let’s start in the dining room. Mostly because that is the most springy room in my house in my opinion. I love the way my new Letterboard Print brings a pop of pink to an otherwise neutral space.

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And let’s just talk about my centerpiece. It’s simple. It’s classic. It’s completely removable. That is by far the most important thing to me with a 6 and 3 year old that use our dining room table for EVERYTHING.

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Now let’s journey into the kitchen. As I’ve said before, my kitchen decor is sparse. Because a kitchen is made for cooking. So just a few touches here and there give a little life to an otherwise utilitarian space.

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Now for the heart of the home. The living spaces. Our living room serves as family room, fort building room, media room, dance party lounge and sick ward. If there was ever a room to do it all, it is this one. The majority of our space is taken up by huge couches and the decor is kept to the shelves so the littles can’t bust a move and a vase at the same time. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Light and bright is my spring go-to for this space!

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(P.S. If you like those white vases on the top shelf, I did a little tutorial on how to revamp outdated decor here.)

Our entryway is off of the living room and serves as a nice gallery space for some of my favorite wall decor. Those galvanized buckets go a long way by being able to easily switch out the florals for the season.

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(You can purchase my Tux the Cow print here.)

And last, but not least, our master bedroom. A simple switch of our duvet cover to a crisp white is all this space needed. A serene oasis that I never spend time in. HA! This serves as a room to SLEEP. So I rarely do anything to it. But that is ok with me!

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And there you have it. I take lots of decor out and replace it with subtle greens and florals. Until I can get the real thing growing outdoors, I bring it inside! What do you do for your spring decor? If you want to see more details of my own home, make sure to follow me on Instagram where I post daily!

Make sure to check out my sweet friends’ homes as well! There is so much beauty and inspiration among them. Head to Sarah’s home next if you’re following the blog hop at 1915 House!

Blessings,
Sarah

{In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. – Margaret Atwood}
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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  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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Winter Home Tour

Hi Friends,

I thought I would pop on and take a break from my photography series to give you a quick winter home tour! I showed you my fall home tourย way back when, and now here we are at the end of January already! Sometimes it is hard to fathom how quickly life goes.

First off, my go-to decor after Christmas decor comes down is light and bright and green! After a month of red (gasp!) and layers upon layers of decorations I crave simplicity. So much of my winter decor is simple and nature inspired.

Dining Room | Grace In My Space

I did manage to completely revamp my entryway gallery wall. I have a thing for galleries and I’ve been itching to redo this space for some time after it being the same way for almost 3 years! So here’s a little before and after. I loved adding in some different textures with metal, wood and natural elements.

Fall Home Tour Entryway | www.graceinmyspace.com

BEFORE

Winter Entryway Gallery

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After entering our home you walk into our great room. In here I wanted the mantel to have a symmetrical appeal while simplifying. I love what the wood tones do to warm up the space.

Living Room Full View | Grace In My Space

And of course, winter = PILLOWS! You gotta have some comfort when it’s cold outside.

Living Room Fireplace | Grace In My Space

So looking from the living room into the kitchen and dining room, you can see that there isn’t much wall space in these two rooms. So I have to be creative in my shelf and table styling to give it some pizazz. And yes, we do have a TV. Along with about 6 other black boxes that I’d like to hide. But, this is reality folks.

Open Floor Plan | Grace In My Space

But overall, greens steal the show in this space.

Dining Straight On | Grace In My Space

This is my first attempt at styling this space. I was craving simplicity!

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BEFORE

Annndddd, then I got bored with it and added a bunch of layers along with sweet Tux the Cow! (Who happens to be available for purchase in my Etsy shop along with my little Hobbit Barn also pictured!) ๐Ÿ™‚

Tux the Cow | Grace In My Space

AFTER

I may have also scared my kiddos when I got really excited about this stick that I found in the yard. (Insert eye roll emoji.) I mean, look at how perfectly structured it is for a vase! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Do all the good | Grace In My Space

And last but not least, the heart of the home. My kitchen never has dramatic changes because I like to keep it as simple as possible since it tends to be the dumping ground for the family. Anyone else constantly removing clutter from your countertops?!

Kitchen | Grace In My Space

Kitchen Wall | Grace In My Space

So thanks for browsing my home! For more detailed shots make sure to check out my Instagram feed! And before you know it, I’ll be back with a spring home tour for you!

Blessings,

Sarah

{If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. –ย Anne Bradstreet}

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WINTER HOME TOUR

Tux the Cow

Happy Monday!

So here’s a little story about a family who treated their cattle like pets. {Insert cow emoji… ;)} I’m in the middle of a little series I’m doing on some of my prints in my new photography shop and Tux the Cow is up next.

First off, Tux is not my cow. Sad day because he is super cute. He actually belongs to the owners of the house my parents used to own (you can read more about that in my previous post) and they were gracious enough to allow me to photograph Tux. So now that little detail is out there I want to tell you about why Tux means something to me.

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While my parents lived on the farm we had cattle. Black Angus cattle. (Which are not nearly as cute as Tux. Shhh….Don’t tell my Dad I said that.) Our herd varied in size from over 30 to somewhere in the teens. It was a hobby farm. A hobby that was actually a lot of work. But it brought that element of “living off the land” to our otherwise citified family.

Our cattle had names. Each one of them. Buddy. Sweet Pea. Bruno. Babies were born with such excitement from my own kids and my nephews. The bull was a BIGย ol’ softy and there were very few of them that we were ever nervous around. Because they were indeed pets.

My dad would call them in to feed with a hearty, “Come Now!” and they would all trot in to the barnyard in a single file line. The babies would charge the tractor until they learned better and my kids would giggle away. They would get to feed them corn and treats and hay.

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Tux the Cow

It was something special to go to the Farm and take part in the work it offered. It taught my kids a lot and melded us as a family. So when my parents sold the Farm we all knew that it would be the cows and the land that we would miss the most. Not because we absolutely loved chipping away ice from their water trough in the winter or getting stuck knee deep in the muck of the barnyard (just ask my mom about that one…). They were work for my parents to be sure. But because of the memories that surrounded them. The wonder in the grandkids’ eyes and the pure delight when calling them in with their mini “come now” call themselves and having them follow.

So Tux here is in remembrance of the time on the Farm and everything our little herd meant. I hope you enjoy him.

(And, side note, I named him Tux because of his debonair attitude. He was a bit aloof and couldn’t have cared less that I was in his face with a camera. ๐Ÿ™‚ So his stuffy demeanor earned him his name.)

Be blessed today friends,

Sarah

P.S. Don’t forget I have a THANKS15 discount code out for the shop through 1/26 for 15% off!

{Always close the gate. – Dad}