My favorite recent projects and posts!

November 04, 2016

Well hello! Hope you have a wonderful weekend planned!

I'm back with another round up of posts from the past few months today. I used to do this monthly but I don't remember to do it most of the time -- so now you get them in batches of two or three months. ;) It's always nice to look back and what I've accomplished around here and it may show you something you've missed!

I finished up our loft makeover at the end of the summer -- I shared how I made the giant chalkboard for this space:
Giant DIY chalkboard

This is a room that's meant for the whole family so I wanted to make it a fun space. We created a Disney art wall that we'll add to over time. We are going back to Disney World soon and I can't wait to add new memories to this wall!:
Disney pin Mickey art

You can see how we made that Disney pin art in that post as well! 

I showed you how I made the large desk with butcher block and how I finished it here
How to finish butcher block counters

I also shared my new favorite sanding technique in that post -- it is a SUPER cool trick! 

If you missed the reveal on this room, here was the before: 
Craft room

And here's a shot of the after: 
White shiplap wall with lights

You can see all of the before and after photos here and find out sources for all of the projects and items in this post

I had heard that Magnolia Farms had come out with a less expensive furniture and accessory line (they already had a higher end line I'd seen in boutique stores). I decided to check it out at our local store and shared the pieces with you:
Where to find Magnolia Homes furniture

It sounds like they are available all over the country, just at different stores. I loved the furniture but the accessories were my favorite part! 

I did a little fall crafting with some items from the Target dollar spot:
dollar store fall signs

This post was a favorite -- I shared the MANY ways I've added character to our "builder" home over the years: 
Half wall built in

That one is chock full of before and afters, which I love! Seeing the progress we've made over the years is so satisfying. 

I completely made over our mud room and absolutely LOVE how it turned out: 
Classic white beadboard mud room

It went from a dark space to light and bright and it fits in so much better with the rest of our house now. It was a ton of work but totally worth it!

On a recent trip to IKEA I took a side trip to the Ballard outlet and got a fantastic deal on this new light fixture for over the table
White table dark chairs

I'm still obsessed with it. :) You can see the other new flush mount lights in that post as well. 

Barn doors are still the rage and I don't think they're going anywhere! I shared some of my favorite barn door tutorials for both modern and rustic versions: 
DIY barn door tutorials

It's been four years since we finished our basement and it was time to do something about the carpet down there. It was not the best decision in our house full of animals (and the kid!) to have carpet. 

We put down new water-resistant flooring, moved the furniture around and started the fireplace build:
Great wood-looking flooring for basements

That space was completely transformed with those changes! We were getting really excited about it. :)

Then we decided the fireplace needed a hearth, so we had that added and the mantel as well:
fireplace wall with electric insert

You can see the tile we picked out and where I got it in the post too. I started tiling and staining (check out my Instagram account for progress along the way) but it's sat about a third of the way done for a couple weeks. I'm hoping to finish up the tile in the next week or so! 

Because we pulled out everything to install the flooring we went ahead and added to our basement kitchenette as well: 
basement kitchenette with wine fridge
We've been wanting to do that for awhile but waited till the carpet was torn out. As you can see this project isn't done, but we LOVE it so far! It'll be great to have more counter space when we entertain and the beverage/wine fridge has been awesome. 

Our basement is going to be the bomb when we're done with these projects. At least we think so. :) I want to have them all done by the end of this month.

And finally, because we've had such a beautiful fall (although a little warm for me at times), I took advantage of it and spray painted this piece I found from the Habitat Restore: 
Turn a table into a bar cart

I transformed it into the bar cart I had always wanted and LOVE it. It's such a pretty addition to our home. 

There you go -- some of my favorite projects and updates from the past couple of months! Did you miss one? My favorite has to be our loft/office/craft room redo. We use it nearly every day now and before we used it maybe once a month. I'm writing you from this space right now! :) Have a great one!

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  1. My husband and I are actually contemplating buying the Magnolia table and chairs. The only thing that is stopping me is what color dining room rug to get to go along with the white table and black chairs. Any advice? Thank you!


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You can find our paint colors and links to items at the "Our Home" tab at the top of my site.

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