Boy's Industrial Transportation Room Reveal

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

RH Knock off room

It has been a long time coming, to finally finish my sons room and to post about it. This room began an entire year ago as we were packing away our furniture and small apartment to move to our now home. Of course like any designer and DIY addict you start the planning for your new space before you move in and  usually you start on Pinterest. I wanted to start with the kids rooms since we had most of the furniture and it just felt right for them have their cozy little rooms while the rest of the house was in chaos. We painted day 1 and added the floors that same weekend we moved in. We decided to leave most of the decorating for a time when all the projects in the house had settled down and we could concentrate more on them. little girls room is still coming along but I can finally say Anthony's Industrial Transportation Room is complete! Well...I am sure I will always tweak things here and there, but I will definitely share if I do.

The main inspiration for this room has been RH baby. I just can not help but drool over each page in the catalog along with their website. Every e-mail I receive for current sales I am always browsing for ideas and the possibility that I can actually afford to purchase just about anything for my kiddies and their rooms. I was extremely fortunate a year ago to start this makeover process with a duvet from one of their sales they were having. I believe this duvet was discontinued since then, but it was exactly what I was looking for and I was so excited to find it for such a great deal.

Each piece for the room we have collected here and there for the past year. I have found items at home goods, tj max, target, hobby lobby, one kings lane, and some items and furniture we already had. Along with collecting decor for this room we also had some DIY projects that helped make this space possible. I posted Monday our most recent project Faux Steel Closet Door and about two weeks ago the RH Baby Rope Shelf Knock Off. Each of these projects helped add to the industrial feel that we were going for in the space.

Well I think I have said enough lets just show you the room...

Industrial Style Boys Room

Boys Room

You may have over looked this, but I am going to call myself out on it...yea that lamp shade has a dent! I am in need of a new one...or I may get a new lamp all together.

Grey boys room

Art on a Budget

Transportation Decor

Neutral Color Boys Room

Stripes for Boys Room

Rope Shelf

Transportation Boys Room

Transportation Storage Boxes


As much as I really like this DIY painting with transportation overlapping words, I really wanted to put a propeller here, but could not find one that worked. I am sure I will still be on the hunt for one but I did not want to post this reveal without something above his bed.

Here comes my honesty again...I could not bare to tell the hubby he did not hang these straight...not sure if you ladies bite your tongue after the Mr. does you a favor and it's not perfect. It is all about picking your battles! It's fine did not notice ; )

Shopping List:
Bed and Dresser: Baby Appleseed
Duvet Cover: RH Baby
Throw: Ikea
Sheets: Target
Rope Shelf: DIY
Wall Art: DIY
Curtains: Ikea
Square Cubby Shelf: Ikea
Transportation Storage Boxes: One Kings Lane
Striped Rug: Home Goods
Arrow Floor Shelf: Home Goods
Paper Organizer: Home Goods
Wooden Sail Boat: TJ Max
Black Leather Chair: Ikea


Yep...that's my goofy kid! Love him

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Faux Steel Closet Door Makeover

Monday, July 21, 2014

Getting closer to our son's room reveal and I am getting really excited to show all of you. I have been purely inspired by RH Baby bedrooms and just keeping with a very industrial style boys room. Probably the most exciting part to this whole bedroom design is that my son Anthony really loves it! I am sure I am not the only parent that has selfishly decorated the room to your taste and liking. I bet some of your little ones begged you for ninja turtle bedding and spider man vinyl stickers on their walls. Nothing against it...but I just happen to put a little bit of adult sophistication twist on it all. This will also help for Anthony to grow into his room without us having to change too much throughout the years.

Well...of course before the bedroom reveal I had to post at least one more DIY project that we had to do for this room. And that leads me to the Faux Steel Closet Door Makeover. 

Sadly...our house did not come with beautiful closet came with these...

Have any of you ever seen anything like this? I know I have not...this was surely one of the turn offs to our bedrooms when buying this house. I thought by this point we would have replaced them...but as you all know buying a house money and work gets put into just about everything. Something like a closet door is most likely checked off lastly on your "honey do" list. 

Since this is what we had to work with...I wanted to at least give these a little upgrade. To keep with the rest of the industrial style feel in the room I chose to go with a faux steel door. The one good thing about these doors is that they are super tall and it helps give a grande look in the space. 

To make this an easy fixer upper I used spray paint...No faux painting this door by hand...I went to Lowes and found the best type of spray can that would give these doors that aluminum-metal feel. 

Rest-oleum Forged Hammered in Antique Pewter
Just adding spray paint would not be enough...I wanted to use a bolt-like trim to really add some character.

Adding a real bolt would have been too large and most likely would have went right through the we used tacks sold at Lowes in the nail and screw aisle. I wish I had not thrown out the package it came in or else I could have shared exactly the brand and type. The tacks I used basically look like a regular tack you would use on a bulletin board. They may be slightly stronger, but I am sure a regular tack would work as well.

The first step was to nail all the tacks into the closet door. I spaced them out equally... eye-balling the distance. This was the longest step and took me probably about an hour to do both doors mainly because they were pretty difficult to hammer into the wood door.

Excuse my shadow

The above photo gives you an idea of what the before and after looks like with the tacks...these were yet to be nailed in. I  was just making sure the placement looked good.

Once this step was finished I sprayed each door. I needed two cans of spray paint for the entire project and used every last drop.

There You have it! Simple...and yet a dramatic difference!

I am sure no one in the world has closet doors like the ones we have, but I can guarantee that this would be a great idea to do as a barn style door or even a headboard for a boys room.

Looking forward towards the room reveal...just a few more touches and a few more days and you will be invited in.

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                RH Baby Knock Off Rope Shelf

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Window Shopping Wednesday All About Stunning Dressers

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Hi All!

Its about two hours left to this Wednesday and I barely got around to making time to post my "Window Shop Wednesday". This may be a brief one so excuse me if it comes off rushed or not so perfect...but I had to squeeze this in. It's like making homework for know it is important and you have a lot to express...but you're on a deadline. own deadline.

So I thought for this Window Shop Wednesday I would concentrate on dressers. Since we are in the process of working on all the bedrooms upstairs, adding finishing touches to both kids rooms and completely redoing our Master. I posted the other day all about my Curb Side Treasure which was a chest I found on the side of the road that I painted and added some new hardware to as a new piece for our room. This is  one of the  first pieces of furniture we have new in here, along with an Upholster Style Bed from Wayfair, and a craigslist chair that I reupholstered click here for more on that. So we are now in desperate need for a dresser and a tall chest and possibly a desk. We are currently using the furniture we have had for years which is my 16 year old bedroom furniture...I know not exactly romantic and mature of us. We have definitely out grown its use and it's style. So onto finding new furniture and style for our adult room.

Of course I will most likely will be buying a dresser from good ol' Craigslist or a local thrift store...but I had to get some ideas and take a moment to drool over these great finds from some of my favorite sites to browse on.
The Pottery Barn Sofia Extra Wide Dresser! Absolutely love the bronzed rosette knobs and the stunning feet that give this piece a timeless and sophisticated look.
The Lana Dresser that pops up a lot on the Joss and Main site. This really has a softness with the grey and white pallet. 

So So Gorgeous! The St. James 7 Drawer Dresser from Restoration Hardware

The Cortona Extra-Wide Dresser from Pottery Barn. This beauty would add just warmth and rustic charm to our room.

Another great one from Pottery Barn The Redford Trunk.

This one makes me re-think having a desk next to my bed...I think I much rather have a trunk like this on my hubby's side!

Probably my favorite! Such a handsome piece that just adds such masculine touches especially with it's black finish. Another Pottery Barn Dream!

I would scoop up any of these beauties for my room. The color and style of each piece would work with my room, but would probably alter the feel of the room depending on which style I would choose. Though this is just fun browsing...I do need to decide what finish I would like on my future dresser and what type of details. Something more rustic...or pretty and femine..hmmm??? It definitely gives me something to think about. As I am sure we all know though, when  thrift shopping sometimes it just ends up being what lands in your lap.  We will see!

Looking forward to our bedrooms coming together and posting all about the kids rooms within the next week or so.

Thanks for Window Shopping with me! Which style would you choose?

Curb Side Treasure

Monday, July 14, 2014

Have you ever heard the saying "One person's junk is another man's woman's treasure?

I have become a big fan of other people's junk! I am the ultimate scavenger and I am always on the hunt for a piece of furniture on the side of the road just awaiting it's rescue. Do you have this same "problem"? I can say that I barely drive with my eyes glued to the road...I'm paying attention to the garbage can accompanied by the pile of possible treasure sitting next to it. Well...I had a great find just a few weeks ago while driving to pick up another purchase found on craigslist. There was a few items some broken and some that just would probably not work in my house, but then I came across this chest that would be a perfect fit for my bedroom makeover.

I had already planned on not having matching nightstand or chests on the side of the bed. Wanting to keep things more eclectic I am trying to find pieces that work well together but not a bedroom that looks like it can be sitting inside a furniture showroom. If you get what I mean. So having just one chest would not be a problem and it's FREEEEEEeeee!!!

So Mr. put the piece in the car and we went on our way to pick up our craigslist find and now had accomplished getting two pieces of furniture in one day. Can't beat that! Especially since it was under $50!

My plan for the piece was to go with a very white chippy look. The chippier the better! My inspiration was Miss Mustard Seed's white chest here in this photo

                                                                   Miss Mustard Seed

I do plan on eventually trying out her Milk paint, but for this project I chose to use something that was easy to get my hands on and pretty affordable...Michael's Craft Store new Chalk paint.

I was very excited to see that Michael's decided to come up with their own chalk paint since it is much closer than the antique furniture shop that I usually buy my ASCP from. It is also quite affordable less than $9 for a a small jar of paint. The size of the jar is definitely bigger than the ASCP sample size and that costs around $15.  So I could not go wrong with trying this out and I felt it should be enough for a small chest.

I gave my chest about 3 coats of the white Chalk paint and I avoided certain sections to create an extra chippy distressed finish. I did not want to do a thick coat on the entire piece since it would be harder to distress. Looking back on the project I should have just applied some Vaseline to certain sections since I heard this helps also when distressing. I had yet to paint a piece that I wanted a heavy amount of distressing so I never added that step in, but I think hat definitely would have helped.

My thoughts on the Michaels Chalk Paint
Worked just like any other chalk paint I have used thus far. I bought two jars, but barely tapped into the second one. The paint dried pretty quickly and surprisingly crackled more so than any chalk-paint I had used before. Not sure if this was due to my 3 coats done back to back, but I did test the paint to make sure it was dry before adding each coat. I was grateful for the crackle though since like I said I really wanted this piece to be pretty chippy. I would definitely recommend this paint especially for a small piece of furniture since the paint is so affordable and the colors they have available are all pretty nice.

I really wanted gold hardware on the drawers since I am adding all gold accents throughout my room, but I couldn't bare to buy 8 new knobs and pulls. Instead I left the top 4 white knobs and just bought some gold pulls from Lowes for the bottom. Hardware can get quite expensive and I did not want to turn this free piece into an expensive fixer upper. Each half-moon pull cost around 4.99 and it was the perfect antique gold that I was looking for.

I added some decor to the top and trying to style my room and piece with a french country feel. I have a way to go with this room though, but glad I at least have the walls painted, a new Upholstered style bed, my  Reupholstered French Style Chair and now my chippy white chest.

The Before

Shabby Chic Chest
French Country Bedroom

White Chippy Chest

Sorry for some of the slightly grainy pictures, the lighting was terrible in my room today thanks to the unfortunate cloudy Monday skies.

This post definitely goes to show that you can turn junk into treasure! Luckily the piece was clean and the drawers worked perfectly.

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Window Shopping Wednesday!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Window shopping is one of my favorite and least favorite things to do! I absolutely love browsing and falling in love mostly with home decor...but then the price tag gets me everytime." Is it worth it? Should I wait another week?" Another week goes by...."should I go purchase that item? Nope don't need it yet...I need groceries, kids clothes, and that sale item!" Yep...the story of my life!

So it is fun to browse but it's disappointing too sometimes when you do fall in love and just can't justify spending the money or at least not today (so we tell ourselves)

I also love doing this online. I guess its more browsing then window shopping...but window shopping just sounds more fun. I have a habit of adding a bunch of items into my shopping cart and then before I get too disappointed I "x" out of the page. Can you relate? Does it make you feel better when the price goes up probably higher then what's in your savings...and so you know you're just having fun rather then getting your hopes up.

Well since I am a really great window shopper...I thought I would share my finds every week with you. What's on sale today? What item I am in need of, local thrift store finds, and of course my online shopping cart that I am about to "x" out of!

So I thought I would start my day off with Ballard's End of Season Sale! Yep just got that e-mail today 40% off and everything looks pretty amazing! I have about 5 items in my cart right now...and before I "x" out of it I'm going to share with you just what I am missing out on. This includes free  shipping too (long exhale)
2 Tier Pot Stand
2 Tier Pot Stand Now $49.99

How adorable is this! Would love to do an Herb garden on my back porch with this.
Set of 4 Lila Flatware Bags
Set of 4 Lila Flatware Bags Now $12
How adorable is this! I think I need my ideal dining room table first. Even thought this would be
amazing just sitting in my buffet stand awaiting it's table display debut.

Hayden 3 Tiered Stand
Hayden 3 Tiered Stand Now $45

I have been in search of a 3 tier stand for over a month now and I just wish I could find something
just as adorable under the $30 price.

Set of 3 Hearst Kitchen Towels Assorted
Set of 3 Hearst Kitchen Towels Not on Sale, but only $25 and free shipping
Yep in love! These are so so cute...they would be amazing in my kitchen. (an item I may go
back for before this free shipping is over)

So it is now time to "x" out of my Ballard page. I am sad but maybe after pay day I can get one or two items ; )

I will post these to pinterest too, so be sure to follow me on there! 

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