Makeover Monday // Guest Room Overhaul

This room belongs to my "adopted" brother, who lives with us for 5 months out of the year. I'm so mad because I cannot find the before pictures, but trust me, it was bad.
I joked that it was where old furniture went to die. It was ugly. It had builder beige on the walls ( in flat, EEK ) along with furniture I had intended to refinish, recover etc. I finally just bit the bullet, tossed the crap and bought new.

It was a relatively cheap makeover though! I wanted a very very clean feeling room, and to keep it masculine I stuck with dark finishes but light fabrics.

There's a lot of Ikea in this room, as you'll see. The Bed and Nightstands(craigslist ), Wall Lamp, Ottoman (free on the side of the road ) Navy Pillow Cover, and Sofa are all Ikea.

Speaking of Lamp...isnt she a beaut?

These cozy Euro Shams are via Pottery Barn clearance, I scored BOTH for $22 shipped.
P.S. Cheapest places for Euro Inserts is Overstock.com



The room was flip flopped for a long time, I had the bed in this living area but this arrangement is far better. 

Frames are Ikea Ribba, Table was custom, Chair was Craigslist $15, Pillow Nordstrom Clearance, Lamp was Marshalls Clearance.

The sofa was nearly brand new off of Craigslist, It's Ikea, scored for $100 and the quality is pretty great.


Hiding under the table is the rolling Ottoman I recovered ( read about it here )

I found this guy on clearance for $29 ( reg $139 at World Market )


And finally these Bamboo Roman Shades from JCP.com were $18 a piece!




The paint is my all time favorite grey, Dolphin Fin. It's also used in my daughters room.
I'll be adding accessories here and there, but it's pretty much finished.

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Small updates for daughter's rooms

I've been working very slowly on my oldest daughters room for a while. This is the old pic from a three years ago. You can see the whole post HERE.
It was a great room, but I like change, and she was begging us for a bunk bed. We found a great bunkbed on Craigslist, practically new for $100 and went for it. ( I was able to sell her antique bed for $75 so this was a cheap cheap upgrade )


I decided to ditch the stripes and go for, you guessed it, blue. It's a super soft color I actually used in her nursery in another house, it's called crystal clear. I did this probably last fall and forgot to blog it. Oops.


( sorry, it's a phone pic )

We desperately need a rug in here, but I'm so picky, it's been quite the hunt for me. So the search continues.

Some recent additions were the labels on the hemnes dresser, this clearance bust from Michaels for her necklaces, and a $1.99 fabric floral jewelry box from Value Village ( pottery barn ) Mirror is old Ikea, Branches are old Pier One.



Moving on to Lennon's nursery, I'm still thrilled with the color scheme I went with ( Navy, Gold and Peach and Gray) See the original reveal post HERE

The only changes I've made, is to switch where the crib goes, since the other wall has the thermostat on it, and she'd mess with it. The other change is to add this easy "art" to the wall.

I framed one of my favorite go-to outfits of hers, in between some milestone pictures I took for the first 12 months of life.



These are Ikea Ribba Frames, I spraypainted them Gold.







Only thing that has changed here is the changing pad is gone and the basket is here to hold some shoes.


The Rug from Overstock remains and has held up pretty darn good. It does tug, and I have to move it every now and then, but I'm still very happy with this cheap purchase.



Next up: Guest Room Makeover

My summer, according to Instagram

It's been a busy, hot, long summer, and although we have another month left, I thought it'd be fun to show you a glimpse via my instagram. It's been a summer full of projects, and I still have a couple of rooms to complete!



P.S. The Ikea Hemnes Makeover below ( if you can even call it a makeover ) cost $3. Ebay is full of goodies.



More makeovers comin up!

PSA! Nate Berkus Fabric !

It's happening. Nate Berkus is releasing a line of fabric for Joanns. * Heavy Breathing*

Best part is, it's actually affordable, thanks to Joanns great coupons.

See the full line HERE





Big makeover for a TINY bathroom!

This is our tiny upstairs guest bathroom. It is nestled in the eaves and hasnt reflected my style at all. The top of the sewing machine console started to weather from the water, and instead of refinishing the top, I took the opportunity to challenge myself. The challenge? Renovate this little half bath for under $250.


I've been putting up with the hideous lavendar paint color for far too long.

The original idea started on paper, like most of my hair brain ideas..


Yes. Its exquisite isnt it? Give me a break, I did it in 5 seconds.

First things first was so obviously remove the old fixture and paint.

Secondly, I needed to figure out how I was going to pull off the look of floating shelves. First I thought I'd build them. I ended up nixing that idea, because I didnt like the look of seeing all the creases.
Second idea, to buy a butcher block, only i'd have to buy 2 from Ikea for both shelves. ( Ikea was the cheapest for butcher block by far )
However, I was discouraged because they happened to be out of stock and had no date of restock. AND it would cost $400 for both blocks. Ya, not happenin.

I finally thought of the idea to use solid wood doors. They have the look of butcher block, and we'd have to do minimal cutting. I headed to one of my favorite recycled building materials store, in Seattle. Aisles upon aisles of doors, new and old. I came upon 2 that would do the trick.



I used Minwax Stain in Walnut to stain them



THEN used Waterlox on it. It seals and protects against water. You do have to be patient, as it takes a few coats, and each coat has to dry for 24 hours before adding the next one. But it's very easy to use, no sanding in between. It's not cheap, and only a couple of stores carry it, but its so very worth it. ( if you're local and need some, you can buy some from me )



Next up, we built frames to support these heavy doors and sink.


Then the holes for the pipe were drilled into one of the doors and the sink ( which you all voted on ) was attached. Luckily the plumbing already came out of the wall, so we didnt have to do much with that. 

And here it is! I'm very very happy with the result. It's very me. The little door lookin thing is a velcro'd cabinet front that leads to storage under the eaves. Its where Christmas is kept.


I attached a Threshold Towel Bar underneath for functionality and to look more streamline.
The wire basket it from HomeGoods ( it's also at TJMAXX ) and the lantern was clearance at HomeGoods for $7 )


These are accessories I already had. The basket was a Goodwill find for $1.99! By the way, that linen spray? World Market. It smells heavenly.


Here's the breakdown of cost!

DuJour Color Paint $26
2 Wood Doors $80
Minwax Stain $4
Waterlox $30
Sink ( FOUND HERE ) $80 *i had gift cards*
Target Threshold Towel Bar $16
Basket $14
Lantern $7


Grand Total including tax $257!







Steph's Favorite Ikea Hacks and Makeovers!

Who doesnt love a good hack? Well, apparently Ikea. They nearly shut down IkeaHackers this year, but later backed off. 
I love seeing how creative people get with a blank canvas. Here are three popular pieces of furniture with some chic makeovers that I've pinned over the years. Enjoy!





I have so many more I plan on sharing with you in the future, I cant squeeze it all into one post!

The Poll Results Are In! ( Which Designer?)

To my surprise, ya'll chose Candice Olsen as the designer you'd choose to design your home! Jeffy Lewis was a close second though, so I wont take it too personal.


Here are a few of Candice's Designs






I'm up to my eyeballs in DIY projects and renovations in and outside, and I'm anxious to show you how it all turns out! Stay Tuned.

Which Vessel Sink Should I choose? Upcoming DIY Project!

I'm gearing up for a project that I'm excited to blog about. In the meantime, without any details about said project, help me decide which vessel sink to choose! 



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Quick Survey For My Readers! Who would you pick?

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Nate Berkus


Candice Olson



Sarah Richardson



Jeff Lewis



Martyn Bullard



I'll report back on the results in a few days!

Target Threshold Easy Organic Throws

I came across these lovely throws on Target.com and loved the pattern play, but I was even more impressed that some even came in Queen and King sizes! I love blankets on white beds, and these would be perfect for that, since they are lightweight and have just enough color and just enough texture.




 Prices vary, but nothing over $49