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Hallway Trim Decisions

I have a big nice hallway at the top of stairs. Every time you walk up the stairs you see this nice long hallway or wall. It is just over 12 feet long and is begging for some sort of wall treatment. I mean, look at this big blank canvas. The possibilities are endless! I have narrowed down the options to just a few.

I love shiplap and I think it could look really cool here. Just picture some clean and crisp white shiplap with large black frames spaced across the wall. I found the image below, here. I think some black and white family photos inside a few large black frames will really pop against the shiplap. If we did shiplap, it would be the same as our entry shiplap. The planks are similar to tongue and groove and are about 7.5″ wide.

Then there is board and batten. Not just any board and batten, but square board and batten. I thought about evenly spaced squares across the wall like the first image below. I really want to hang large black frames across that wall as well. I am not sure if all the evenly spaced squares would look as good with frames over them. Then I came across the second image below. The longer spaced squares would fit a frame perfectly between each section. It is still a unique twist on your typical board and batten. Also, either of these board and batten options would be a lot easier to install than the shiplap.

The final option I am weighing is picture frame molding. I found the first image below here. I think large black frames would look great within the larger molding. This would still be relatively easier than shiplap. Truth be told, I have never installed picture frame molding. It could be a fun learning experience. I came across this idea in the second image below as well. I could add a fun wallpaper inside the picture frame molding. I am just worried I would get tired of the wallpaper over time. Picture frames make it easier to swap out pictures when an update is needed.

What do you think? I want to knock this project out before the baby comes (along with a few others). I need to make a decision quick. This will be a weekend warrior project (or a few weekends) with Mr. Whitelane. I am leaning towards the larger board and batten squares for ease of installation and time. However, Mr. Whitelane thinks we should do the shiplap like our entry. Decisions, decisions.

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Easy Framed Printables

I wanted to share a quick and easy decorating tip today. I am always looking for inexpensive ways to decorate and furnish a space. Home Goods, T.J. Maxx, and Target are all great. However, not leaving your home is even better. I love shopping online and finding free items.

One of the simple ways I have found to fill a wall, desk, or space is with framed printables. This can be quotes, art, or pictures. A lot of times you can find free printables that can be printed right off of your home printer. I needed something to fill my laundry room wall. I was able to find these cute prints from The Cottage Market. FREE! There are so many different options she has on her site for these (color, chalkboard, etc.) I already had some IKEA Ribba frames on hand. I was able to print these laundry signs immediately on my printer and put them in frames. It was just what this space needed and it didn’t cost me a dime.

I have also seen Jane, Groupon, and Pinterest have a lot of free and inexpensive options as well. I was able to get a cute saying for my desk on Groupon a few years ago. It was a digital download for only $2. I printed it on my home printer and stuck in another Ribba frame. It added just the right amount of pop to my desk for very little time and cost.

Now, I needed a large print for my bonus room living area. Something that could not be printed at home. I wanted a quote for above the couch that would be simple and clean. Etsy had a ton of options for digital downloads. I bought a 24×36 jpeg digital download quote for only $5. I then uploaded that download to Walgreens photo to be printed as poster size. I picked it up and stuck in a 24×36 white Ribba frame from IKEA. A framed picture/sign of this size would have cost a lot more anywhere else.

All of these printables have saved me a lot of money in the decorating budget. They also look great and fit into my decor seamlessly. Next time you need to fill a space, be sure to check for free or inexpensive printables first!

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Scout Cake

I just had to show a quick look at what we did for our Blue and Gold Scout Banquet. My little boy just entered into Cub Scouts and is having such a fun time. As part of the Blue and Gold Banquet, they are having a cake decorating contest. I quickly searched through Pinterest for some ideas to get us rolling. However, I have to give all the credit to Mr. Whitelane and our little guy. They took the idea I showed them to the next level.

They started with a simple chocolate cake mix from a box. The secret is to add a package of instant chocolate pudding, into the batter, to make the cake extra moist. They followed the directions according to the box except for that extra secret ingredient. When the cake came out, they wrapped it in foil and stuck it in the freezer overnight (makes it extra moist). The next day, they let the cake defrost and started decorating. The idea they saw here, gave the basis for their masterpiece. Don’t mind my poor quality photos. I didn’t plan on sharing this but it just turned out too cute! 

Mr. Whitelane and our little one got busy putting chocolate frosting across the top. Then they took white frosting to stick jumbo marshmallows around the outside layer of the cake. Next came the Fruit Roll-Ups for the campfire “flame.” It took some teamwork to hold the Fruit Roll-Ups in place, while the other stuck the pretzel rods in to hold up the “flame.”  This sweet little duo of guys in our house came up with the idea to use some extra pretzel rods for benches around the fire. They then sprinkled Reese’s Pieces around the fire (some crushed up). They also took mini marshmallows (roasted in a flame for an authentic look) and stuck them to toothpicks to place around the “fire.” Mr. Whitelane and our son could have stopped there. It looked great! But, they decided they needed to add some fishing with the campfire. Blue icing around the outside of the marshmallows served as the “water.” They tied a string to toothpicks (fishing poles) and placed Swedish fish in the “water.”

These guys of mine were the cutest team! I loved watching them make this together. Our son said he definitely thinks he will get first place (melt my heart!). Another fun scout cake idea goes down in the books. Hopefully, it will give you some ideas too!

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DIY Abstract Art

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I have been working on projects for the nursery little by little. We just got the trim work I talked about in the previous postpainted this weekend. That wall is a simple beauty. I wanted something to hang on there just above the crib. Everything I looked at was very pricey and not exactly what I was looking for. I finally decided to try my hand at abstract art. If I can do it, anybody can! I am not exaggerating that by any means. My artistic ability is zero. Even my handwriting resembles a preschool work of art. When I finished this piece, I just had to share.

I needed the art to be large and around 24″x36″. I also wanted the piece to be framed which meant canvas was out of the picture. I went to Hobby Lobby to see what I could find. I came across this large cardboard poster for $6.99. It was different than regular poster board because it didn’t have a sheen on either side. Both sides of the board were a flat cardboard paper feel. Brass is another color I wanted to incorporate to the nursery. I grabbed some gold leaf paper too, in hopes to add some flecks into my art.  I used a 40% off coupon and went straight home to give it a try. I had some flat acrylic paint on hand in various colors. I really only wanted white and shades of pink. I also had a set of paint brushes in various sizes. I had no idea if any of them were the “right” type to use. I decided to use what I had and just go for it.

I started by dropping blobs of paint spaced a few inches apart onto my cardboard sheet. I used white, light pink, pink, and really all shades of light pink. I even took some red and lightened it with some white to make my own pink. Once I had a bunch of blobs spaced out across my board, I took my brush and spread the paint out. I did not mix them all together. I let them meet up with each other without running into the other color. I added more blobs where it needed in various colors. There really is no science. Just get creative. Don’t worry if your board seems to get saturated and bubble in spots. It will dry fine and it will only add texture to the backdrop. I let my first round dry and came back later to give it another look. I added a few more touch ups where I thought it could use some color. You can not mess it up because it is supposed to be abstract. I then took my gold leaf paper and some glue to add touches of gold. I broke off small random sizes of gold leaf. I put my glue stick on the poster in a small area where I wanted the gold and then pressed it down. I probably could have kept adding and tweaking, but you really just have to step back and call it good at some point.

The tricky part is finding a decent affordable frame at a 24″x36″ size. IKEA to the rescue with a frame in white and black for $17.99. I may even paint the frame a brassy gold eventually. I will decide as the nursery comes together. I took my DIY abstract art and put it in the white frame for now. I think it turned out decent considering my art skills and the price.

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Easy Ceiling Fan Makeover

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Everyone has builder basic lighting in their house somewhere. Right!? If you don’t, count yourself as one of the lucky few. From dome lights to ceiling fans, I have had it all. Changing electrical fixtures can be really easy once you learn what to do from an expert. However, ceiling fans still make me nervous. It is a lot of work to switch one out (in my opinion). I decided to work with what I had to just give the fan an update without changing it out.

When we did my little girl’s big girl room, I decided to give spray painting the fan a try. I spray paint just about everything else. So, why not a ceiling fan? The ceiling fan was brushed nickel with dark fan blades. It may work for some styles. Not in this white house. The brushed nickel worked with the colors of my little one’s room. I just needed to lighten up the blades. I started by unscrewing the blades from the fan. Each blade had three screws and it was super easy to detach. 

I started by unscrewing the blades from the fan. Each blade had three screws and it was super easy to detach. You probably know the spray painting drill by now. Just in case you forgot, here is a quick video about the technique I use. Start with KILZ primer. This primer is the best primer and base layer for everything I paint. Wait for at least an hour for the primer to dry. If the surface is not as smooth as you like, sand with extra fine steel wool or 220 grit sand paper. Wipe off the blades from any sanding. Next, I took my Krylon white satin spray paint and gave it a nice even coat. I waited a day to let the blades fully cure before I brought them inside. I simply reattached the blades with the same screws as when I detached them. 

Let’s talk about the ugly wood pull chain. I could spray paint those too, I guess. I still did not think it would look much better. I went to Home Depot and picked up two acrylic diamond pull chains. The attached to the existing pull chain so easily. No more big brown eyesore.  These pull chains definitely added the extra girly glam the fan needed. 

I already had the spray paint on hand. I really only had to spend a few bucks on new pull chains. This is not a glamorous fan to rave about. However, It is an easy and cheap fix for the time being. It fits the style of the room so much better. There are another one of these fans in the nursery. I am currently working on giving it an update as well. Stay tuned for that reveal soon. Remember, spray paint can do wonders!

 

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Botanical Print Gallery

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Once upon a time, I had a lot of plans for a new house. Then we moved into the house. The projects were everywhere. It took a lot longer to get them done than I thought. For instance, this gallery wall. I knew I wanted to hang a grouping of botanical prints in my front living room. However, It took me forever to find the right frames and actually hang them.

My front room looked like a blank canvas for a long time. I didn’t mind because I like clean and simple. Over time, I knew I had to get something on the walls. When I was working on my son’s Star Wars room, I came across Home James Art. She had the perfect patent prints for his bedroom. When I came to pick them up, Jo also has some lovely botanical prints. I knew they were perfect for my front room.

I now had the perfect prints and no frames. I started to look everywhere for something brass or gold. I needed six of the frames. Everything was getting really pricey and over budget. I then decided I would have to find something in any color and just spray paint them. IKEA always has affordable frames. I wanted the frame to be thinner and dainty for an elegant look. I found these in black and knew I could make them work. The best part of all, they were only $4.99 each. Yes, those are pumpkins on the table all the way back from the fall (told you this took forever to complete). Those are also my super trendy mom leopard house shoes. Be jealous people, be very jealous of this mom uniform.

When I got them home, I went straight to priming the frames with my KILZ primer. You can see my full spray painting tutorial here. I made sure to let them dry for a couple hours. Then, I used my favorite brass spray paint. I have used this color all over my house. It really is the perfect brassy gold color. 

I put my new botanical prints back in the frames, once they had dried. Then, I sat them on the couch, right below where they would be hung. That is where they sat for months, months people! I don’t know why I never got around to hanging them sooner. They were done enough and I had a million other things to do, apparently. 

Then my son got his tonsils out. I was home playing nurse for weeks. In between taking care of him, I was finally able to get these hung. I guess the trick is being stuck inside, for days at a time, to get anything done around here. I really like how they look, especially for the price. No more blank wall in this room. However, the other side of this room still needs chairs and a rug. I hope to show you more at the Joyful Spring Home Tour in March!

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