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DIY Jewelry Cabinet

DIY Jewelry CabinetWow!  It has been quite a long time since I’ve posted any of our projects around the House on Harrison.  That little pop up camper has taken up all our time.  But I wanted to share with you a project that I worked on for Bug’s Room.

Bug is a teenager now, so getting ready for school has become an elaborate production.  She loves jewelry, and those little jewelry boxes we made awhile ago just weren’t holding all her jewelry.  We needed something to store her necklaces and keep them from becoming a tangled mess.

If you’ve followed my blog at all, you know I’m a big fan of Ana White.  When she posted the plans for this jewelry cabinet a couple of years ago, I knew I wanted to make it for Bug.  It was perfect for all her jewelry.

Bug’s room has a shabby chic sort of feel to it, so I made some tweaks to Ana’s plans.  I used a 2×4 for the top of the cabinet.  I also used a router and an ogee bit to give the 2×4 a custom look.  Then I used extra trim at the top and around the opening of the front frame.

DIY Jewelry CabinetInstead of using cup hooks or nails to hang Bug’s jewelry, I opted to use wooden pegs.  I set up the drill press and drilled holes for the pegs along the 1×2′s that run across the inside of the cabinet.

Drilling Holes for Jewelry Pegs

I made sure to alternate the placement of the pegs so the long necklaces would fall between the pegs of the rows beneath them.  It worked out very nicely.

Jewelry Wall CabinetRather than stain the cabinet, we chose to paint it the same color as Bug’s bed.  Then we used our trusty Ralph Lauren glaze to give it an aged look.  It matches her room perfectly.

DIY Jewelry Cabinet

Other than that, we followed Ana’s plans pretty closely.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  It can hold quite a bit of Bug’s jewelry.  She is even able to set sunglasses and rings on the very bottom of the cabinet.  It was a quick, easy build and makes such a difference in her room.   :-)

 

 

 

Our Entryway & Mudroom {Dressed up for Fall}

I’ve been working on a few projects here and there, trying to make sure our house is warm and welcoming {and clean!} for our Thanksgiving guests.  I pulled out a few more fall decorations and painted a cute sign for the top of the shoe cabinet, so I thought I’d give you guys a tour of the entryway and our “mudroom.”

This is the first thing you see when you walk into the house.  We used to have a console table that served as a dumping ground for my kids, and it drove. me. nuts.  So I popped on over to Ana White’s site and built a shoe cabinet for the kids’ shoes.

Now all our shoes are hidden away, and the cabinet is just narrow enough that the kids can’t pile all their crap on top of it.  I love it.  And it is just wide enough for me to decorate for the seasons.

See my fun new sign?  I found the tutorial on Ella Claire Inspired, and I knew I had to make it.  I used some plywood that was left over from my trumeau mirror, and as I was making it, inspiration struck!  I painted a cute Christmas sign on the back (which I’ll show you soon) so I can just flip it over in a few weeks.  Nice, huh?

On the opposite wall of the entry, just behind the front door, is my new trumeau mirror.   See that big wide base at the bottom?  It serves as a sort of doorstop for the front door.

All the kids play stringed instruments, and we needed a mirror for them to practice in.  I’m still thinking about making that whole wall into a “R” monogram wall, but it will have to wait until after the holidays, I think.

Then just down the hall is our “mudroom” of sorts–and I apologize in advance for the ugly pictures.  This hall is SO dark, and there is no natural light.  I had to use the flash.  Ugh.  Anyway, we have a really wide hall that serves as the mudroom for the kids.

This was my very first Ana White build.  When I saw the plans posted, I knew I had to overcome my fear of power tools and get building.  Mr. Type2Fun and I built this bench and shelf in a few weekends, and I never looked back.

Each kid has a basket in the shelf for homework supplies (pencils, markers, erasers, etc.) and one on the bottom for soccer balls, cleats, clogging shoes, etc.  Then they have a hook for a backpack and one for a jacket.  They use it most of the time, and it’s nice to have an actually place where things are supposed to go.  :-D

It’s been a little chilly in these parts lately.  I’ve been burning my favorite Bath & Body Works Pumpkin Caramel Latte candle, and between that and the fall decor, it feels so warm and homey around here.  It almost feels like we have an actual fall season here in Arizona!  Have you decorated for fall, or are you on to your Christmas decorating?

When Good Projects Go Bad

One of my best girlfriends told me on the phone a couple of days ago that all my projects turn out perfect and that I’ve never had one fail.  I had to laugh out loud at that one.  That is far from the truth.  In fact, with most of my projects, I usually reach a point where things just don’t go the way I planned them, and I have to regroup and figure out how go from there.

If you have seen a few of my projects, you know I love chalkboard paint.  I made this snack tray for our game room…

…and this floor desk for my niece…

…but before I made those projects, I had made a huge chalkboard for our game room.

We use it for to keep score, play school, and we also decorate it up for the seasons.  We’re big Nightmare Before Christmas fans over here.  We’ve used the chalkboard for about a year now, and it’s holding up fabulously.

I even took an Ikea frame and made a chalkboard for Tatertot’s room.  I love to write her little notes and inspirational quotes to read when she comes home from school.

So you can see that I had already made several chalkboards when I attempted my snack tray.  I should know what I’m doing, right?  Well, it didn’t go as smoothly as I thought it would.  I attempted the chalkboard surface the exact same way I painted my other two chalkboards.  I gave them a coat of primer and followed up with two coats of Rustoleum chalkboard paint, which I used a dense sponge roller to apply.

After the last coat of chalkboard paint was mostly dry, I started taking off the tape.  This is what happened…

I could take a corner of the paint and peel it like you would an orange–primer and all.  Ugh!  I was so disappointed.  I was seriously thinking about hiding this little table in a corner of the garage and giving up.  As I was planning where to put it, I started picking at the paint.

After a few minutes, this was what I was left with.  These parts had adhered to the wood for whatever reason.  They would not peel up for anything.  I seriously considered leaving it like this. It started to look a little like Pangea breaking up when you looked at it from the side.  Maybe the kids would like it like that.  It was kind of artsy.  But, I bit the bullet and pulled out the paint scraper.  It took me an hour to get it all up.

Eventually, I was left with a clean, somewhat smooth surface.  On my other chalkboards, I’d used raw MDF, which I primed and then painted.  With this one, I think that years of oil-based cleaners must have left a residue on the cabinet door.  I thought I sanded it well enough, but apparently not.

So I pulled out my sander and sanded the heck out of it this time.  You could really see the water damage, but sanding and a new primer coat helped to minimize it in the end.

After it was all sanded and primed, I decided to spray the chalkboard paint on instead of rolling it on.  I gave it several light coats.  I did not want it peeling up again–and it didn’t!

So there you have it!  I’m so glad I didn’t give up on this project when it didn’t go as planned.  We love this little piece–and I learned a lot about chalkboard paint.  Once I figured out my mistake, I was able to avoid it when I made my floor desk.

i just love it when I’m able to turn a major project fail into a win!

{Spooky} Halloween Vignette

Now that I have my shoe cabinet finished, I feel all motivated to decorate for the seasons.  I didn’t think I was going to decorate for Halloween, but then Beth over at Home Stories A to Z posted her Halloween Mantles Link Party, and I was inspired!  So I pulled out the Halloween box and got to work.  I needed a wreath, but I was trying to do this on the cheap, and wreaths are so expensive.  I found this little beauty at Goodwill.

Gorgeous, no?  Yeah, not really.  But once I pulled all the ribbon and hot glue off of her, gave her a coat of spray paint, and added some Spanish moss and a dollar store raven, she was perfect.

And the vase filler for my DIY cloche?  That came from Dollar Tree, too.

Only before I got my hands on them, they were quite different.  They were an almost fluorescent shade of white.  I swear they could glow in the dark.  I added a bit of my favorite Ralph Lauren glaze, and they were perfect!

But one of my favorite items has to be my faux mercury glass potion bottles.  I was actually considering making this very item when I came across them in Kohl’s.  They were on sale for $13.99 for the set, but I had a $10 off coupon.  All three bottles cost me $4!  I couldn’t even make them for that.

Everything else I already had, so this little vignette cost me under $10.  The kids love it when we decorate for the holidays, and I have to admit, I do, too.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Halloween Mantels

DIY Pallet Wood Gate

I’m back today to share with you a super quick and easy project I made with some free pallet wood.  My brother-in-law has access to a lot of pallet wood through his work, and I’m always trying to figure out something to build from it.  When I built my shoe cabinet, I wanted some way to display wreaths or pictures on top of it.  Then it hit me!  Pallet wood!

I had all these pallets sitting on the side of my yard, so I went to work taking a couple of them apart.  I used a crow bar and a hammer (and ear protection…  YIKES!) to pull them apart.  Then I used my hammer to drive the nails back out through the boards.

Once I had my boards pulled apart, I cleaned them up and sanded them just a bit.  Then I used my Kreg Jig and some glue to join them all together in one big piece.

Now, at this point, I wanted some supports on the front, mostly for decoration.  So I went through the pallets and found some boards that were thinner and more narrow.  Unfortunately, these boards were also quite a bit lighter than the ones I already had, so I knew I was going to have to age these other boards somehow.  I laid out my board and made the cuts I wanted, so I could treat the cut ends as well.

I’d seen on Pinterest that you can age wood with a vinegar stain.  I decided to try it on my support boards.  I poured apple cider vinegar in an old washed out jar and put in a couple of rusty nails and a small amount of steel wool.  I let the mixture sit overnight and brushed it on my supports the next morning.  I found that this stuff works differently on different types and textures of wood.  To show you the difference, I treated a sample piece of pallet wood and a sample of standard pine 1×4.

These are the boards before being treated with vinegar stain…

I simply brushed on a coat of my vingear/nail/steel wool mixture…

…and then I let it dry for several hours.  I took this picture after it had dried for about an hour.

Now you could leave it like this, but my other boards were aged just a bit more than that.  Since I was trying to match the other boards, I brewed some strong black tea and brushed it on over the vinegar stain.

This was the final result.  I was really pleased with how it turned out.  Once it was dry, my newer boards matched my other weathered boards quite well.

It’s still a little wet in this picture, but I glued up my supports and attached them with finishing nails to complete the project.

I also hammered one of the old rusty nails in the front of the gate to hold a wreath, but I may change that eventually.

You can see how well the vinegar stain worked to age my newer boards.  You can hardly tell they were from two different pallets.  I love the warm, rustic look it adds to the entry…and you can’t beat free!

 

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Pottery Barn Inspired Shoe Storage

I’ve always wanted a really beautiful entryway.  I have had visions of a Pottery Barn picture perfect entry space since we moved into the house on Harrison.

I have loved this cabinet since I first laid eyes on it.  I can’t remember who makes it, but I’ve seen it on Pinterest a lot.  If it was Pottery Barn, it’s no longer on their website.  I really, really wanted something like this.  Instead, I have something like this…

This is what my entryway looked like last week.  YIKES!  I am pretty embarrassed to show you this, but this is what our guests saw when they first walked in the door.  Our first problem is that we are a family of pilers.  We pile our stuff on any available space rather than actually taking two minutes to put it away.

Our second problem is that we keep all of our shoes in a basket by the front door.  It works out great for finding shoes in the morning, unless your shoes are on the bottom of the basket.  Then it gets a little nuts.

Ana White Shoe Dresser

 

When Ana White posted the plans for a shoe dresser on her site awhile back, I knew this was a perfect solution for us.  It was narrow, so you couldn’t pile much on top.  And the shoes would be organized and hidden.  Perfect!  A few weeks ago, I finally got up the courage to build this piece.

Ana’s plans are pretty straightforward and easy to follow.  There were a couple of things I did want to illustrate, because I wasn’t quite sure how to do them myself until I got to building.  For the dividers in the shoe drawers, I sketched the rounded edge out on one piece.  I used my jigsaw to cut the curve, then I used that first piece as a template to cut the others.  They all ended up perfectly symmetrical.

Here’s a shot of one of the finished drawers.  They were amazingly easy to put together.

I used my Kreg Jig to join most of the pieces, with the exception of the 1×2′s attached to the back of the drawer.  I just put those on with wood glue and drywall screws.

Once I had both drawers and the frame built, I set the drawers inside to make sure everything lined up.  I can’t stress how important it is to check for square (A LOT) on this project.

I also used my Kreg Jig to attach the back cleat to the frame.  This is the part that will screw into the wall, so make sure you mark on the front of the cleat where your pocket hole screws are.  You don’t want to try to drill through screws when attaching this to the wall.

And because I can never make things easy, I decided to make a few modifications to Ana’s plan.  I really liked the look of that entry cabinet I showed you earlier.  So I added some mitered trim to my drawer fronts.  This is just a cheap ($2 for a 4′ length) molding I picked up at Home Depot.  I made mitered cuts…

…and attached it to the door fronts with glue and my brad gun.

I also decided to add an apron to the bottom of my cabinet.  To do that, I added about 3″ to the length of my side boards.  I used a 1×4 for the apron, but if you were using a different width of board, you’d need to adjust your measurements accordingly.

The last modification I made, was to attach a top to the cabinet.  I took a board that was about 3/4″ wider and 1.5″ longer than my top and routed the edge.  Then I aligned it so that there was a 3/4″ overhang on the sides and front, and I attached the top with wood screws and glue.  To make everything nice and neat looking, I attached cove molding underneath.

Once my cabinet was built and sanded, I gave it a few coats of Behr paint.  I didn’t use a primer because I wanted to distress the cabinet.  I didn’t want white primer showing through.  I used the Behr (Ultra, I think) because it has a primer built in.  I had it tinted to the Martha Stewart Silhouette color, and made sure to give it 3 good coats, sanding lightly between each one.

This was the trickiest part of the whole build.  Once I had a good coat of paint on my cabinet, we put the drawers in, inserted 1/8″ plywood spacers in the gaps and clamped the drawers in place. Then we drilled the sides and inserted 5/8″ oak wooden dowels for “hinges.”

Like this.  Once I had my dowels in, I realized that my drawers didn’t open wide enough, so we had to take out the dowels and sand down the bottom corners of my drawers.

Make sure you drill the holes for your dowels as far down and forward as you can, while still catching the corner of the drawer.  You may still have to sand down the bottoms of the drawers so they will open wide enough, but once the drawers are painted, you can hardly tell.

Once my drawers were all set, I cleaned up the cabinet, did some paint touch-ups  and distressed the piece with a sanding sponge.  Then, because the wood underneath was so light, I used a Minwax stain marker, in Early American, to go over the raw wood.  Then I wiped off the excess stain, allowed it a few hours to dry, and gave the whole thing a coat of finishing wax, like I did on my snack tray.

The last thing I did was to add drawer pulls and magnetic clasps to hold the drawers in place when closed.

I also added some webbing to the backs of the drawers to keep the kids from pulling the drawers out further than they need to.

And here’s the finished piece.  It was so hard to get a good picture of it, but it is really very pretty in person.  I love how it looks in the entry.  It’s too narrow to stack papers and soda cups on.   ;-)

The best part?  The shoes all stay organized…  and hidden!

 

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The Fall Decor is Going Up!

Ever have one of those days when nothing is going right?  Every single last project I was working on hit a snag yesterday.  The house was a mess and life felt chaotic.  I was D-O-N-E… and it was definitely showing in my mood, too.  Then I remembered I that it is technically autumn, even if it is still over a 100 degrees here in Arizona.  So I spent a few hours cleaning up.  Then I carted out all the fall decor and started putting a few things up in our music room, which is the first room you see when you walk in the door.

I dragged out my dollar store ceramic pumpkins…

…and my autumn vase filler.

My dollar store birds stay up year-round, but they still make me happy.  They were hideous robin-type birds from Dollar Tree, but they got the same makeup that my candlesticks did, and I adore them now.

And just like that my mood improved.  Have you ever made a few little changes to a room, and it makes all the difference?  My head feels clearer, and I can think straight again.  So now I am off to put up the rest of the fall stuff.  Those other projects can wait a few days.

A Chair Makeover – Animal Style

Today I’m super excited to share a project I’ve been working on for a few days–my very first reupholstery project!  Woo hoo!  About three years ago, I purchased two of these chairs off Craigslist for $20 each.  I had really good intentions, but I was also very, very scared to screw them up.  So…  I put them in a corner of my family room (which Mr. TypeTwoFun HATED), and let them sit for a few years.

About a month ago, TaterTot was complaining about how I always work on Bug’s room, and I never do projects for hers.  I placated her with a PB Teen magazine, and told her to put together some ideas for what she wanted.  Well, if you remember the glamour girl art I made for TaterTot last month, you know her tastes are quite different from Bug’s.  This is what she picked out for her reading corner…

 

Zebra Ooh La La Armchair courtesy of PB Teen

…only at $349 (on SALE), there was NO WAY she was getting this chair.  After thinking it over for a few minutes, I realized that my ugly family room chairs just might be a good alternative, but I’d have to tackle my fears.  So searched the Internet for some good reupholstery tips,  grabbed a pair of needle-nose pliers, and started ripping one chair apart.

Once I got the trim off the first chair, I realized that whoever upholstered these in the first place, actually knew what they were doing.  There were upholstery tacks where I expected staples.  Every tutorial I’d ever seen on the Internet, explained how to remove staples.  I used a screwdriver and the back of a hammer and attempted to get these out.  About 30 minutes later, I had removed 3 tacks.  Ugh.  I was so frustrated that I set the chair back in the living room and worked on another project.

A few days later, I was at Home Depot, and I saw a tack puller!  I grabbed it and went home to try it out.  Within 30 minutes, I had the old upholstery completely removed.  Easy peasy!

Once I had the old upholstery removed, I washed the frame down with some Dawn dish soap and water.  Then, once it was dry, I wiped it down with sander deglosser.  I didn’t even sand the thing.  I used Kilz primer and Rustoleum spray paint to paint the frame.

Once the primer was on, I realized that I wasn’t fond of the white color.  TaterTot is not the neatest child around, and I knew that white would just look dirty in her room.  We decided to paint the frame black instead.  That’s the great thing about DIY!  You can customize things to your liking.  The PB Teen chair didn’t come in black, so we would have been stuck with white.

While the paint was drying, I used the old upholstery to make a pattern for my chair.  I bought some canvas duck cloth in a zebra pattern from Hobby Lobby.  Now, I’m in no way an expert on reupholstery, so I’ll leave the tutorials on that subject to the pros.  I really relied on Design Intervention’s Reupholstery 101 tutorial for a lot of my information.  Her tutorial is fabulous, and I referred to it often.

I did, however, discover something I hadn’t seen mentioned before–an amazing little secret to perfectly sharp folds on my upholstery.  When I was taking apart my chair, I noticed the upholsterer had used cardboard in certain places.  I looked it up and discovered it was upholstery tack strip.  I found my roll at JoAnn’s for $11.99, and I used my 40% off coupon.  This stuff was a lifesaver!

This is where I used it on my chair.  It prevented my fabric from puckering between staples and gave me a nice sharp edge when I folded my material back over it.  You can see it on the finished product.

The last thing I wanted to mention was that I used a double welt cord to hide my staples once the chair was all put together.  Centsational Girl has a great tutorial on how to make double welt trim if you don’t have a double welt foot for your machine.

Once you’ve made your trim, you hot glue it over your raw edges and staples to give it a finished look.  It worked perfectly!

And here’s the finished chair in TaterTot’s reading corner.  I honestly can’t believe how easy this reupholstery thing is.  The hardest part was painting the chair frame.  If you’ve been dreading it, like I was, give it a try!  You might just be pleasantly surprised once you get started!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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My New {Old} Candlesticks

I’m taking a break from working on Bug’s room to show you a quick, easy fix for those ugly candlesticks you always see in thrift stores or may even have hanging around the house.  I needed some candlesticks for my bathroom, and Pottery Barn had the perfect ones.  Aren’t they pretty?

Image Courtesy of Pottery Barn

I really loved these, but unfortunately, these babies were gonna set me back $180 for all three!  Yikes!  There was NO way those were even remotely in the budget.  Mr. Type2Fun would have freaked.out.

Then I remembered I had these packed away from our move.  At one time, I liked these.  I actually bought them for our other house.  I know, right?  Hideous!  But, a little spray paint can make all the difference.

I gave these guys a couple coats of my favorite Rustoleum spray paint in Ivory Silk.  They were better, but still too shiny and new looking.  Not enough character.

So I grabbed my can of Ralph Lauren glaze…  you know?  The one I use on EVERYTHING?  I brushed on a coat of glaze, and then I wiped it off, making sure to leave lots of glaze in the nooks and crannies.

I can’t say enough about glaze.  I really love it.  Spray paint is fabulous, but sometimes, it makes things look a little TOO shiny and new, and it often times covers up the subtle highlights that make the piece interesting.  Remember that bird in Bug’s room?

I used the same spray paint/glaze treatment on her.  I just love the way the glaze highlights the flowers on the bird’s back.  They would be lost in a sea of turquoise otherwise.

So after I applied my glaze, I gave it lots of dry time.  If you have puddles of glaze in places, you are going to want to make sure they are nice and dry.  Then I gave it a quick coat of sealer, and they were ready for candles.

That was it!  Seriously the easiest project ever, and they look so good in my bathroom.  They aren’t the Pottery Barn ones, but I had everything on hand, so they were basically free…  and that I like.  A lot.

 

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Bug’s Lavender and Turquoise {Tween} Room

When we moved into the house on Harrison, the room Bug picked out was hideous.  The walls were painted with the most obnoxious shades of blue, pink and purple you could think of.  There were fairy stickers all over the walls.  The ceiling was bright blue, and the beautiful crown molding was painted hot pink.  Who does that?  It was so traumatizing, that we didn’t even take a before picture.  Bug’s room was one of the first to get a new coat of paint, Lavender Sparkle by Behr.  She picked it out before she had anything else decided.  That’s how much she loved this color.    Then I put off decorating her room for nearly a year.  Her bed was tucked in a remote corner of the garage, unpainted, so her mattress and box spring sat on the floor.  It was pathetic.

Then one day, while at Home Goods, Bug fell in love with this bedding from Cynthia Rowley.  I had other ideas, but she could not be dissuaded.   :-)   Plus, the quilt and shams cost us $40, so it didn’t take much convincing on Bug’s part.  We had our starting point at last.  So we went to the garage to dig out her bed.

This was how her furniture looked before a coat of paint.  We bought the nightstand and dresser off Craigslist because it matched the headboard we’d had for years.  I had originally intended to paint it all white, but Bug really wanted her bed turquoise.  After stalling for a few months, I got motivated.  I painted all her furniture white, all but the bed.  It was her room, after all, so Bug won out.

Once I had the furniture done and the bedding picked out, everything else fell into place.  We’ve been working long and hard on her room, and it really reflects her personality.  She’s made a lot of the big decisions, and this has taught me a hard lesson about letting go and letting her make her own choices.   ;-)    Being the avid reader that she is, Bug had to have a bookshelf, and she has packed it with books.

And every little bookworm needs a reading corner, so here’s the one we came up with.  We have  huge microfiber beanbags in the game room, and the kids love them.  Bug wanted a girly version for her room.  We found this one online at Wal-Mart and had it shipped to our local store.  It is a pretty large beanbag with a washable cover, and it only cost us $99.

We refinished her dresser with a latex white paint from Behr (primer first!) and finished it off with a light distressing and a water based poly coat.  The knobs were from Hobby Lobby (at 50% off), and we replaced all the knobs on the dresser and nightstand for a more girly look.

On Bug’s nightstand is a $3 Goodwill lamp that started out life as an ugly brassy thing.  I really wanted to give it a faux mercury glass finish, but again, Bug won this argument.  We gave it a coat of primer, lavender spray paint, and recovered the shade to match her bedding.  The rosettes were really easy to do.  I just ripped 2″ strips, knotted one end, and twisted and hot glued them into shape.  Then I hot glued them onto the shade.

Quite a few of the accessories in Bug’s room were done on the cheap.  This little bird started off as bright red plastic cardinal we picked up at the Dollar Store.  After a few coats of spray paint and glaze, he looks perfect in his new home.  The wire basket is from the dollar spot in Target.  Bug made the candlestick birdhouses for under $5, and we found many of the bottles and books at Goodwill.  We love that place!

The mirrored words came from Hobby Lobby (another place we love), and we placed one in a Goodwill frame we found for $2.  The frame around “laughter” we built out of leftover molding scraps.  I build the frame around the words, mitering the ends, and using glue and mending plates on the back side to connect each end to the next.  Then I gave it a quick coat of spray paint and hung it with a saw-tooth hanger.

But my absolute favorite feature in the room is the tree mural.  My super talented sister-in-law drew it on the wall freehand.  She used a bistro chalk marker so it was easy to erase mistakes.  Then I painted over it with some leftover paint and a brush.  It adds so much to the room.

In the end, I love how this room reflects Bug’s choices, and she loves it so much more because she had a say.  We still have a few more small finishing touches we are working on for this room, and I’ll share them with you as we go, but it’s nice to feel like we have checked this big project off the list!

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