Why hello there! Here are a few details you all said you were interested in about Everett’s cozy, new bedroom. Let me know if I missed any details of interest.
Tone on tone wall paint:
I used the same paint color head to toe in this room, just mixed in different sheens. I’m kinda into this whole dipped look at the moment and it’s perfect for Everett’s pint sized bedroom. At only seven feet wide, the one color gives a more expansive look, making the walls visually recede.
I mixed the wall paint from leftovers in the basement.– part satin, part chalk paint. I think the sheen ended up somewhere near matte. I brought in a paint stick to Ace Hardware and had it color matched in flat for the ceiling and eggshell for the trim.
The plaster was crumbling on this side of the house. A result of water damage from a leaky, original 1935 slate roof. I fixed all the plaster myself and you know what? There are some flaws. Shocking I know. The less perfect the walls the lower the sheen I go. It’s a balance, though, because little boy, bedroom walls need to be wipeable.
Creating the bed nook:
I used room dividers available in a number of finishes and sizes. We installed with anchors in the ceiling. A month in, things still look secure.
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Hello! I’ve learned a few things about buying kitchen stools with kids. 1. Recommended materials: leather, wood, metal, plastic. What do they have in common? Sturdy and easy to clean.
2. I look for stringers on all four sides. Small tots can climb up on their own. If your kids are a little older, a front and back connector will do. (The stringers are the connecting pieces at the bottom of the stool.) This is something I missed when I first bought stools for this house. You’d be surprised how many times you have to take your tot on and off the stool, sans those handy climbing rungs. Not fast enough? They’ll make the flying attempt on their own.
3. Lastly, a wider base than seat. This makes it less likely when your kiddos are climbing up and down that everything will go tipsy.
Here are a few more stool gems from Homemakers. All clocking in under $100.
*Test all these methods in a spot you can’t see before moving ahead. You can see videos of these methods saved in my highlights, on Instagram, under DeFuzzing.
Good: Any old razer will do the trick. Go with the grain of the fabric and make sure there are no nicks in the razer. This requires a little patience and elbow grease. Rating: one glass of wine relaxing.
Better: Battery operated fabric shaver. This is so easy and almost hypnotic. Zero effort, but takes a long time. You will likely need to change the batteries to finish a decently pilled sofa. Rating: Two glasses of wine, relaxing.
Best: Oh Gleener. Magical Gleener. These take moderate effort, but it goes the quickest of the three. There are several attachments for different fabric types and issues. Safest on upholstery. Great for pet hair. Rating: 1.5 glasses of wine relaxing.
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I’m very adult. And am prepared to gush over my new trash closet… without shame. This kitchen closet required a full demo to access the plumbing for Everett’s bathroom. It was formerly a disaster. Piles of stuff jammed on the only shelf, mismatched trash cans… and still painted yellow with random drywall patches.
And look at her now!! All the cleaning supplies stashed in baskets. Mops and broom hung on the door with care. My favorite addition it’s the dual trash and recycling can. I even popped for trash/recycling decals for their tops.
No more shuttering when party guests ask, “where’s the trash.”
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Well Hello, There. Last November Everett’s bathroom sprung a leak. We shut off the water and closed the door. I went about my days as if that basement flood never happened. Totally normal behavior.
Fast forward four months and we finally got things patched up. Since everything had to be torn out before we could put it back together again, we gave Everett’s bathroom a fresh look, too.
I decided on a locker room vibe. Basic. Easy to clean. Perfect for a 4 year old boy and beyond.
This is the first project in our house with zero DIY. It was completed in two weeks by our contractor’s crew. Here are a few ways to save when you aren’t going the DIY route:
-Use basic and commercial/industrial products and install in interesting ways. I snagged inexpensive, outdoor lights and installed two lights above the mirror. Just a little bit quirky and unexpected. And used a laundry faucet that looks oh so much like the $400 one at Rejuvenation. On the next post I’ll show you how we prepped up $.79 VCT Tile. Yup that stuff that clad your middle school floors.
-Do the design work yourself. Pick the finishes. And order the supplies (with guidance from your contractor)
-Don’t change your mind. Changing things mid project is a recipe for extra cha ching on that bill.
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I love fresh flowers. I wish my entire house could be dripping in unique florals, everyday. Alas, I’m not an heiress (I blame you Mom and Dad) and the daily upkeep might interfere with my other pursuits.
Measure and cut Cordmate to size with sharp scissors. Application of Rub ‘n Buff is so easy, you can put your kiddos, on Christmas break, to work. (I prefer the look of a brushed on finish vs using your finger.)
Rub ‘n Buff > spray paint when 1. I want quick dry time. 2. Don’t want to take something down. 3. Want a more realistic, metal finish. (It’s made from actual metal and wax)
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