Saturday, July 21, 2018

DIY Board and Batten in the Living Room and Other Board And Batten Tutorials


You guys, I finally did it! I got over my fear of ruining my walls and all the 'what-ifs' and did it! I finished the board and batten throughout my living room! It only took me two years to do it :) 
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Two years ago, I decided to put some board and batten up on the walls adjacent to my living room walls to break up the beige in my house. At the time, I had beige carpet, tile, couch and walls. It was a huge beige eyesore :) I have always wanted to paint all my walls white. That would seriously be my dream, but my house has 20 feet ceilings and that would either put me in the hospital doing it on my own or cost me an arm and leg hiring it out. So, I just dealt with it. I knew that adding board and batten would give me the look that I wanted, it was easy and cheap to do, but I just kind of did a whole freak out over what if I'm ruining something that is already good? You know? I can't just paint the walls back to the original color. I would seriously have to paint all 20 feet of the walls to make it blend in again. 
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So, I was nervous. I never did it. I wanted to every day since. Anyway, long story not short, I had a realtor come in and check out my house. Not because I'm planning on selling, but you know, just to keep options open. And mainly because I wanted to hit some things by her that I want to do and see if it would be worth it. The second she came into my living room, she said, "finish your board and batten along all these walls". Boom. Done. It seriously took me not even 5 days after to finish it. Don't have to tell me twice lol :) It was just the push I needed. PS. She also told me to paint my cabinets in my kitchen and bathroom....so, yeah, you know that's going to be happening soon too!
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My living room has never felt so bright! It was bright before, but it's just amazing how it is now with the added white. Like amplified brightness by 10 times. And it definitely broke up my 20 foot walls. 
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I didn't know what to do on the walls, so I just put the same decor back up. My sister-in-law and a friend already came in and didn't even notice :) I had to point it out, but I guess that means it just blends in and looks like it was always meant to be there, right? That's what I keep saying. I just seems like it was always like this. 
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I wish I had done this years ago. But, want to know one big thing that was holding me back? A dumb mistake. I made the board and batten that goes into my dining room one inch shorter on accident than the one that was running along my hall. The one in my hall was the correct height to match the height of the shelves and mantel. So, I seriously had to redo the whole other wall and bump it up an inch to make this work. You know what a pain in the butt that is to do? ha! I hate redoing work...especially work that looks good and looked like nothing was wrong with it. 
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Well, that extra work was worth it in the end :) I'm so excited to put up my Christmas tree in here! I know, Christmas is like 5 months away, but still! 
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Along with the board and batten, I decided to put up some new curtains. These are from Hobby Lobby. I love this new feel in here. I feel it went a little bit country with the new additions, and I'm totally okay with that. This cute pillow in the corner is also from Hobby Lobby. Seriously, go check out their curtains and pillow covers :) They have cute stuff. 
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I couldn't wait to get my boards up, so I totally did the dumb thing that goes against how I normal do board and batten and didn't paint first. So, heads up to all you who want to start doing this, paint your walls first, it's just a whole lot easier :) But, really, I put mine up to see if the height would work and if I was making a huge mistake. It's a whole lot easier patching some nails than paint an entire wall :) 
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You can see the tutorial on putting up board and batten in this post (CLICK here). 

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 On the portions that share the same wall as my bookshelves and fireplace, I was really nervous about how the boards would look against the bookshelves. I didn't know if they would blend in or look out of place. That was another thing that kept me from putting them up in the first place. I think it ended up working out well. It helped that I made sure the height of the board and batten was in line with one of the shelves.
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 Here's a before picture of this corner: 
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And after. Doesn't seem like too much of a difference, but it seriously is. 
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Here's another waaaay before:
And after...after lots of DIY projects and decor changes :)
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As for more ideas on how to do board and batten, here are some more :) Like this in my bedroom:
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Or my bathroom:
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Or this bathroom:
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Or the nursery:
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Or my hallway:
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I just realized I may have too much board and batten throughout my house :) Or maybe I'm just a little obsessed with it. lol


Friday, July 13, 2018

Small Space Storage and Hidden Storage Ideas

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I absolutely adore our house. Fell in love with it the moment I stepped foot into it. Fell so much in love with it, I totally overlooked the lack of storage it had available. We live in about 2000 livable square feet, which sounds like a lot for some, but within that square feet, it's just a lot of open space and absolutely no closets. We only have clothing closets in each room -no utility closet, no coat closet, no linen closet, no pantry, etc. It becomes quite the nightmare trying to find places to put things. So, over the years, I have developed a way to house the 'overflow' items. 

1. Armoires. As mentioned before, I have no coat closet. So, I have had to get crafty in where to put the coats that come on and off 5 times a day during winter. We have a lot of coats, so I had to come up with a few. First option was creating a 'closet' out of an armoire. I placed this in my front room, it's stylish yet functional! It also hides an assortment of out of season throw blankets and pillows along with my vacuum cleaner.
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2. Benches.  The use of benches in my house is probably on the excessive side. I have 5 benches that double as storage, and wish I had more! They are the best. 

I use our entryway bench for our kids shoes.  I have a small obsession with shoes, not just for me, but for my daughters also. They have way too many shoes to count. I hate seeing shoes out in the open and prefer if they are taken off at the door. We are a no shoe in the house type home. So, having this bench right in the entryway is so helpful. They pull them out, then sit on the bench to put them on. It's amazing how many shoes can be housed in here! I made sure to get a deep storage bench just for this.
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The bench in my front room is disguised as an coffee table/ottoman, but pulls double duty as a toy box. Once again, I opted for an extra deep storage bench for this.
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Faux fireplace DIY: Tutorial      Wire Hamper: Amazon    Bench: Target

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The bench in my bedroom holds all the extra linens for my bed.
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The I have a bench in the hall upstairs that has extra towels and out of season sweaters (not pictured).

I also used to have a bench in my dining room that held all my extra pillow covers and dining room napkins and table runners. 
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3. Baskets. Baskets are the best! You can put them anywhere in your house to hide almost anything. 
I have baskets hiding toys. I just put a cute blanket on top.
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I have baskets hiding kids books and coloring essentials.
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I have baskets full of blankets and pillows.
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I have a basket that hides all the dry winter gear -hats, scarves, mittens.
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I have a basket full of extra linens.
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I used to use baskets to hide all my dvds in my entertainment center.
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Seriously, the uses of baskets are endless. 

4. Dressers used in unusual places. When I had to get rid of my craft room and convert it into a nursery, I had to figure out what to do with all my stuff. I realized that the best place for it would be the dining room. So, I tossed out my none functional buffet, and used 2 Ikea Tarva dressers in there to give me some much needed storage. I of course updated these dressers to make them work in my space (tutorial here). 
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These drawers hold a lot and get used often! 

5. Make-shift pantry. As I mentioned before, I don't really have a pantry. My pantry literally consists of a single wide top to bottom cabinet next to my fridge. It's pretty deep, so that's a bonus, but doesn't offer all the storage I need. So, I created this faux apothecary cabinet to add extra storage in my kitchen. (tutorial here) This is where all my canned goods go and there's a little section for my kids snacks.
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6. Built in shelves. For my laundry room, I needed storage in there desperately. When we first moved in, there were no shelves or cabinets. So, I created these awesome built in shelves and hid most everything in baskets. The baskets hide laundry essentials, tools, light bulbs, screws/nails, and lots of other random stuff that have no other home. (tutorial here)
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I also used built in shelves for our bathroom. Although I have used them mainly for decor, they could totally be used to store bathroom essentials and towels. (tutorial here)
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7. Toy storage. Toys are a big thing in my house. A thing that causes constant anxiety, as I'm sure most parents can relate. :) My kids are like tornadoes. 10 minutes and a clean house can look like I haven't touched it in a year. Besides the storage that I mentioned in the bench above, I have utilized cubbies and boxes to help hide the mess. I have no play room, so toys storage has to be integrated with my everyday living. These help in so many ways!
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I have also used these awesome little storage ottomans to hide away coloring books and other craft type things kid-related. 
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8. Out of site storage. As you can imagine, running a decor blog, I tend to have a lot of decor that I cycle through. And if you read my blog often, you know I have an obsession with pillows and throws. I do have quite a few places I stash them all. Blanket ladders, baskets, my armoire...but, most of them get stashed under my bed. I don't think I will every go back to box springs, this platform bed offers soooo much storage it's ridiculous! I love hiding things under here, and they are super easy to get back out. Just lift up the mattress and you see everything. Move a slat and grab it out. Best ever :)
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9. Shoe storage. Besides the bench for my kids shoes. I need to find storage for my own. I keep my out of season shoes on a rack in my closet, but my daily worn shoes, along with my husbands, end up in this box. Luckily during the summer, it's easy to conceal most of them. During the winter, we do get the occasional few pairs of boots hanging out on the side. Once again, cubbies to the rescue :)
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10. Nightstands. I learned awhile ago that I just can't have tables or nightstands that take up space and only offer a top. I needed the extra storage. So, in all of the bedrooms, I have nightstands with drawers. The nightstands in my master bedroom hold books, cds, glasses, books and more books. I think my husbands has a lot of electronics and old cords in it also. (tutorial here)
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The ones in my kids rooms for now have books them, but I'm sure that will change when they get old enough to have a say in what goes where :) 
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11. Mudrooms: As noted before, I have no coat closet, so besides my armoire in the front room, I have had to get creative with where else to put extra coats, purses and school bags. I created this 'mini' mud room on the landing in my garage. This has been great for snow gear that goes in the cubbies and coats and bags on the hooks. (tutorial here)
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My pass-thru laundry room has become another collector of purses and coats. It was meant to hang laundry bags, but those have since been moved to my master closet. Now it's another 'mini' mud room. (Tutorial here)
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I hope these little storage tricks help you. Here's an extensive list that includes so much more! (click here).  What are your favorite storage hacks? 

PS. I know that 'small space' is relative. Where we come from, 2000 square feet is relatively small compared to the 3000+ livable square feet that is the norm. But for some, that may seem huge! Either way, I hope these tips help everyone, no matter how big or small their space may be :) 

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Best Summer Tote Bag and How To Personalize It!



I was provided product by DecoArt and compensated to write about this project, but all thoughts, opinions, and ideas are my own :)

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 I am all about tote bags during the summer. They carry a multitude of things needed for summer activities! I found a super cute canvas tote with a leather handle at my Michaels, and as much as I loved it's simplicity, I decided to add some personality to it. Here's the before of it:
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