• $100 Room Challenge,  Home Decor,  Painting Projects,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    $100 Room Challenge – Master Bedroom Final Reveal

    A couple of months ago, I decided to take part in the $100 Room Challenge by redoing our master bedroom on a tight budget. To say that I dropped the ball on that is partially true. Yes, I took a super long blog/social media break (more on that in the next week), but we did actually finish the makeover back in August. Anyway, I’m here to share our Master Bedroom Final Reveal!

    Master Bedroom $100 Makeover

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    Doing a room makeover on a tight budget of just $100 can get pretty tricky.

    before after master bedroom

    We only made a couple of purchases for this space before all of our money was totally eaten up! So we had to come up with some creative ways to update this room using items we already owned!

    Wood Turned Lamp Base

    All of the money in our budget went towards these pretty turned wood lamp bases and shades, which we picked up from Target. Even though they were on sale (36.09 each for the bases and 18.99 each for the shades), we still went slightly over $100 when it all totaled up. However, I really like the look of the lamps and how they bring in some warmth to the stark white of the room, so it was definitely worth it!

    Creative Unique Nightstand

    In my last post about this room, I shared how my hubby and I fashioned this DIY barn wood headboard. It is so cool to have such a sentimental piece (the wood is actually an old barn door from my grandparents’ house)!

    Dust Ruffle Bedskirt

    Also, on this side of the room, we updated the knobs on the left dresser/nightstand with a little Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. A few accessories from other parts of the house were also pulled in to help the space look more finished. Oh, and I can’t forget the addition of a dust ruffle to hide all of the items stored under our bed.

    DIY Barn Wood Head Board

    On the other side of the room, we really made an impact with paint! Lucky for us, there was plenty of leftover white paint from previous projects, so that did not affect our budget at all.

    New Dresser Drop Pulls

    The white dresser fits this room so much better and those drop pull knobs now pop against the white backdrop.

    before after master bedroom 2

    After removing the old tv and sending it to live in storage, it was time to bring in a few accessories to this space. To keep things simple and add a bit of color, I grabbed one of my ferns from the front porch. Yes, the scale is a bit off, but I didn’t want to clutter the dresser with knick-knacks. Plus, we already owned the fern, so it was a freebie addition to the bedroom.

    Ikea Hemnes Dresser

    I also chose to keep the spindle glass candlesticks because I liked how they emulated the lamps at the opposite end of the room. This is a lesson in working with what you’ve got!

    Fern and Glass Candle Holders

    Let’s check back on the to-do list to see how we did!

    • Buy/Replace the lamps
    • DIY a headboard for the bed
    • Add a few accessories to each side table
    • Put on the bed skirt that we’ve been too lazy/busy to add
    • Iron the duvet cover (also laziness)
    • Paint the doors/frames (window frames are already painted)
    • Relocate the TV
    • Accessorize the dresser
    • Paint the dresser

    Yay! It looks like we were able to complete everything on the list and stayed pretty close to our $100 budget. (It came it at roughly $110 and change.)

    Ikea Dresser Painted White

    How do you think we did? Would you have taken a chance and spent all of your budget on just a couple of lamps? Or would you put your money to use on something different to makeover this space? I would love to hear your thoughts!

  • $100 Room Challenge,  Build It Yourself,  Furniture Makeovers,  Home Decor,  The Country House

    $100 Room Challenge Week 3 – DIY Barn Wood Headboard

    About 1.5 months ago, we finally purchased the king sized bed that we had been wanting. Woohoo! Do you know how awesome it is to have so much space for sleeping? If you don’t, I will tell you that it is absolutely amazing!!! Anyway, since we already have the bed and we are working on our bedroom for the $100 Room Challenge, we decided to make a DIY Barn Wood Headboard for week 3.

    See the before pics and our plan for the master bedroom.

    Barn Wood Headboard

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    This piece of barn wood is actually a door from an old building that was at my grandparents’ house. After my grandparents passed away, my parents moved in and were nice enough to give it to us when they redid the building. It has just been sitting around waiting for the right time/use to come along.

    Aged Barn Wood

    See how distressed it is, with the chippy paint and cracked wood? But that just gives it that much more character!

    Distressed Painted Barn Wood

    This project was a two person job. While my hubby, Chris, cleaned up the barn wood, I free handed a template for the top of the headboard. Then, I just taped it on and traced it with a sharpie. After that, Chris cut it out using a jigsaw and sanded while I made lunch. He also added a few coats of Polycrylic to seal everything in, just in case the existing paint had lead in it.

    Headboard Template

    Finally, we lugged it inside and put it in place. Doesn’t it look good?

    DIY Barn Wood Headboard

    We noticed that after adding the Polycrylic, the wood actually darkened. I’m not sure if I will eventually add some white wash to the headboard to lighten it just a bit, but for now, we are sticking with it as is.

    Handmade Wood Headboard

    With just this one project, our master bedroom looks so much better! Not only are we sleeping better because of our new mattress and foundation, but this headboard really adds some farmhouse feels to the space. And that is just the look we are going for!

    Master Bedroom

    Oh, and I almost forgot! I finally put on the dust ruffle we purchased when we got the bed. #slacker

    Rustic Headboard Dust Ruffle

    Don’t you think our DIY barn wood headboard turned out great?

    This headboard adds the perfect amount of romance to the room with the soft curve but also keeps things from getting too girly with the rustic, chippy paint.

    Romantic Bedroom Furniture

    Did you miss a week of the $100 Room Challenge?  Catch up now!

    Week 1Week 2Week 3 | Week 4 |

    See how the other participants are progressing by clicking the links below!


  • Home Decor,  The Country House

    Farmhouse Living Room Decor: Room by Room Summer Series Week Three

    It’s already week 3 of the Room by Room Summer Series and we are sharing our living spaces. (Last week was kitchens!) Come take a peek at our Farmhouse Living Room Decor.  It’s certainly nothing fancy, but we do enjoy this space for entertaining guests or snuggling up with a comfy blanket to watch a movie or two.

    Summer Farmhouse Living Room Decor

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    This is one of those rooms that only required minimal tweaking when we moved in. (Below is the room on move in day.) We really only removed the carpet to lay wood laminate floors and painted the trim. Then it was just a matter of putting in place our normal furniture, curtains, and decor!

    Country House Home Tour Before Living Room

    Let’s start here at the TV. and work our way around the room, mmmkay? I’m in love with ladders and like to use them in our decor around the house. (Check out this ladder we made for our bathroom.) We found this old beauty at a garage sale.

    Ladder and Entertainment Stand Dresser

    In the corner, we placed our old slipper chair.  A few months ago, I gave it a makeover and I must say it is still looking pretty good!

    Reupholstered Slipper Chair

    The piano was my Mom’s. I was lucky enough to inherit this instrument and now our daughter is learning to play some beautiful music on it.  It is such a sentimental piece, but to be honest, I hate the color of the wood stain. However, I’m not brave enough to paint or re-stain for fear of ruining it, so like this, it will stay.

    To try and tone down the color of the piano and brighten the area, I like to add shades of white and cream, such as the faux sheepskin, books, and candles.  For balance I added two DIY topiaries and my favorite magnolia wreath adorns the mirror above.

    Piano Decor Magnolia Wreath

    Our couch has definitely taken a beating over the years and you can tell.  However, it is still super comfy and perfect for movie night. And when it gets dirty, we can just pull the cover off and wash it. Since we have kids, pets, and light colored furniture, slipcovers are a must!

    Couch Sofa Ektorp Neutral

    My favorite pillows right now are still the fun ones from my friend Kendra at Linen & Ivory. She has so many amazing options to choose from and pretty much all of them can be mixed and matched.

    Linen and Ivory Pillows

    Don’t you just love tulips?  I think they are some of the prettiest, yet simple, flowers. These actually aren’t real, even though they look fairly convincing. I found them online for super cheap. (Purchase your own here!)

    White Tulips Tobacco Basket

    Finishing up this room decor tour is a photo of the view from our living space into our entry, which are basically the same room, just sectioned off by a big ol’ armchair.

    Neutral Armchair Living Room

    So what do you think of our living room? As of right now, we really don’t have a lot of plans for this space, besides maybe some paint at some point. But we aren’t in any hurry with that. *wink*

    Did you miss a room in the series?  Click below to check out each room.

    Entry | Kitchen | Living Room | Bedrooms

    Stay tuned next week for BEDROOMS! If you liked our living room, then you should definitely click over and stop by to see these other living spaces.


  • Home Decor,  Neat & Tidy,  Organization & Storage

    Pretty & Practical Command Center

    You guys! I don’t know why it has taken me a year to get a command center set up in our home. Well, actually that is a lie. The reason is that I have been really non-committal on the location of such a thing. However, it has finally happened! Thank goodness! We are the proud owners of a Pretty & Practical Command Center.

    Pretty Functional Command Center

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    I kept thinking that a nice and big command center on the wall of the laundry room would be great because it is out of view of the main areas of our home. Plus, the hope was that we would see it every day as we went in and out of that room to do laundry or to go into the garage. I’m here to tell you that our garage is still packed full of junk that we need to either organize or get rid of, so I avoid it like the plague. And the laundry, well, I just hate doing it, so… this command center was relocated to our dining room. Which, by the way, is smack dab in the middle of our home.

    Command Center Supplies

    Requirements for this space were simple. We needed a calendar to keep track of our family’s busy schedules and a place to sort and store all of our paperwork/mail. Oh, and it needed to be clean and simple. I can totally appreciate command centers with chalkboards, pencil holders, pin boards, artwork, key hooks, and magnet boards. That just not my style though, folks. I like to keep things as uncomplicated as possible.

    When I’m trying to put together a gallery wall type scenario, I like to lay all of the pieces out on the floor for visual reference.

    This saves me time and I don’t usually end up having to put unneeded holes in the wall. (I know my husband appreciates that!)  You can see below that I have the calendar (originally from Hobby Lobby),  paper organizer (which we used in our previous home), and vintage clipboard.  I added the wood script word “hi” (also from Hobby Lobby) to balance the grouping.  Oh, and since I was working around the light switch, I just took it off of the wall to see how everything would fit.

    Lay Out Gallery Wall Pieces

    After I was happy with the spacing, I used my trusty Ryobi Laser Level to square things up on the wall.  This was a Christmas present from my parents and it has been such a wonderful tool to use!  I made my marks and hung up the paper organizer.

    IMG_7386

    For the clipboard and wood script word, I used Command strips. These seemed like the easiest way to hang up these lightweight items. (Bonus: No Extra Holes in the Wall!)

    Command Strips

    I also loved these metal label holders that I found and decided to add them to the front of the paper sorters. A little super glue later and they stuck like gum to hair. You know you how hard that is to remove!

    Metal Label Holders

    I’m so excited to get the paper clutter and bills off of our countertops!

    Command Center Organization

    Oh, and I wanted to clarify the clipboard. I love clipboards because they can be so multi-functional. No, really! Use it  to hang up some fun free art prints (this one is from Magnolia Market Blog.) Or paint it with chalkboard paint and write a list right on it. You can even use the clip to hold extra pens, pencils, or chalk. I plan on eventually printing out our weekly schedule of activities that remain the same from week to week.

    Magnolia Market Printable

    It may be a bit late in the post for this, but I should mention that I actually hate the term “command center.” It sounds so militant. However, that is what these little areas where we organize the chaos of our lives are called, so I’m reluctantly embracing it. Doesn’t it look pretty good?

    How To Create A Pretty Practical Command Center