Monday, July 25, 2016

Finished window seat, ship lap walls and craftsman trim in the loft!

OK, well I lied. ;) I said I wasn't going to share more of the loft redo for a week or so but I was a beast this weekend. I mean, BEAST. We didn't have much planned so it was great to have tons of time to dedicate to this space. I made some major progress that I'll share with you this week. 

My goal was to have this space done by the time school starts and my time is quickly dwindling. I'm going to try really hard to get it done but I doubt it will happen -- I lose four days out of town for a conference. Who knows? Maybe I'll pull it off. None of the remaining projects are hard, they're just busy work. 

SO. Last I left you, I had installed the baseboards throughout most of the room, including the window seat: 
Craft room makeover progress

Here's a view of the other side: 
Craft room makeover

My first project was to trim that seat out with the same trim I use all over our house. I seriously use this stuff everywhere. It's called sometimes called lattice and it's very thin. I always get pine: 
Lattice trim

Menard's has wider sizes than anywhere else I've found -- this one is 1 3/4 inches wide. The other hardware stores carry thinner sizes. You can see all the ways I've used this stuff around the house here and I also used it on our extended kitchen island. It's the perfect detail to finish off projects (and it's cheap!).

I did a simple look on the window seat -- I framed out the front and then just put three smaller vertical pieces down the front to create panels. Then I painted the whole thing in out in semi gloss paint. I use semi gloss for all trim and built ins:
Trimming out window seat

I was SO happy with it when I was finished and couldn't wait to get to the next part: 
Craft room makeover progress

I pulled out the old window sill and then trimmed out the window with my DIY craftsman trim like I showed you how to do a couple years ago. I lowered the bamboo blinds back down inside the window frame (they were hanging above the window before) and it helped tremendously. It looks so much cleaner now! 

For years I had plug in sconces flanking the windows and when I took them down the old pink paint color was still there. Plus, I used my cord covers on the wall and they had been up so long they ripped the drywall off. I knew eventually I would address it so I've left the walls like this for years. Good times. 

I'm SO happy those spots are covered up!! I used the same planked wood as for the the large wall for these smaller areas: 
DIY shiplap walls

This look will continue around the room as well. Here's a look at both sides with the new window trim:
Simple planked walls

I added some trim to the tops and each got a few coats of paint and caulk to hide any imperfections. Told you I was in beast mode. ;) I didn't work out for three days because stepping up and down off of that window seat was plenty. 

It looks SO LOVELY. I'm thrilled with the progress in this space. Here's a closer look at the simple trim on the window seat: 
Simple way to trim out built ins

And the new trim on the window: 
DIY craftsman window trim

I don't have a table saw so I had that bottom wall piece cut down and will install it today. 

I also finished up a little DIY project for that wall to the right last night, but I'll show you that later this week: 
Window seat with tons of storage

I still need to do some minor things like touch up the wall paint around the window (I had so many holes in the wall from moving drapes and art around over the years) and make or find some more pillows, but other than that this wall is done and I LOVE it. OH and cushions…not sure when those will happen though. 

Many of you asked about those pillows and I found them all at HomeGoods. I'm going for fun and a bit girly in here and the colors look beautiful against the white: 
Bright colored pillows

White shiplap walls

I worked hard on this room over the weekend…I continue to see my vision coming through and it's so fun. I've really enjoyed working on this space!

Here's a before of this corner of the room:
Cabinet storage in craft room

And here's how it looks now:
Wide planked walls

That open cabinet will get a door once I cut it down and rework it. 

Here's how this corner looked last week:
Building a long window seat
And how it looks now: 
Window seat with storage

And the wide shot, before we had the floors put down: 
Craft room redo

And the progress so far!: 
Craft room redo progress

OH my goodness, I love it! I'll share my little project on the wall to the right later this week -- any guesses what it is? :)

If you have any questions about the items or projects in this room please let me know! Here's the posts on this space so far.

  1. Removing baseboards the easy way
  2. New floors and craftsman door trim
  3. Window seat and a planked wall
  4. Scones and tons of storage

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Friday, July 22, 2016

My favorite outlet in our house! (Yes, I have one.)

What's up and happy Friday! I've got a quick post for you today with an item I've been meaning to share with you for some time because we love it so much. 

I was reminded of it when I shared this photo of our kitchen earlier this week: 
dark gray island in kitchen

It's the outlet on the side of the island, but it's not just any outlet. It's an awesome outlet. ;) 

First up, I know it bothers some of you that the outlet is white on the dark island. Honestly I don't even notice it -- it doesn't bug me. I've tried painting outlets before and they always end up getting scratched up and become a mess, especially one like this that we use so often. 

If it was a regular outlet it would be easy to change out to a darker one (but nothing matches this dark gray anyway), but as I said, this one is special. ;) There are two usb plugs in addition to the regular plugs: 
Outlet with usb for charging

So you can make any spot with an outlet into a charging area -- with no plugs. It's crazy convenient, no more searching for the little adapter when you need to charge gadgets! We use this one ALL the time. 

I got this (the brand is TopGreener) from Lowe's but this is the same one online: 
Outlet with usb charger

It's nice if you have little ones because the plugs are tamper-resistant. This outlet does come in a few other colors online but I didn't find those in the store. Also, they say it charges super fast (faster than a normal adapter) and I have to agree. 

It's installed just like a regular outlet -- if you know how to do that it will take a few minutes. If not, it's a matter of disconnecting a couple wires from the old outlet and inserting them into the receptacle. Make sure you turn off the power at your breaker! (They give you photos to follow at that link.) 

Obviously these are more expensive than a regular outlet but by the time you buy two or three adapters you make up the cost. I plan to add one of these in the loft to create a charging station up there as well. We love it! 

As you know I like to share items that work well and this is one of them. Have you tried one of these outlets in your home? Have a great weekend my friends!!


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