We’ve been working for several weeks on our Boys’ Nautical Shared Bedroom and it is almost finished. Yay! I’m hoping to share the room reveal soon, but thought that I’d first give you a peek at what we are doing!
About a month ago, my hubby and I were racking our brains trying to figure out how we could find some more storage space in our home. We’ve rearranged furniture and minimized our belongings. However, we still just needed an area where things could be better organized, but out of the way. And that kept leading to the same solution.
We needed to reclaim our master closet turned nursery.
Not only for the storage possibilities but also more privacy and better sleep. So, we approached our older son about the possibility of him sharing his bedroom with his little brother. He loved that idea! I must say it was bittersweet thinking about saying goodbye to that sweet little nursery.
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Originally, our son’s room had brown carpets like the rest of the bedrooms in The Country House. And they needed to go!
A couple of years ago, my hubby ripped out all of the flooring and replaced it with new laminate hardwood planks. We also painted all of the wood trim a crisp white. Other than that, we did nothing else to this room since. It has stayed that way with the same furniture that my son had in The City House.
Since we were going to be having the boys room together, it seemed like a great time to update this space for both of them!
For our Boys’ Nautical Shared Bedroom, we are going with an ocean theme.
Our older son has some major love for sharks and the sea. Plus, we already had an oar, so this seemed like a good place to start.
He also wanted some color on his walls. Not boring old white like his mom would pick out. After some deliberation, he settled on Silver Strand from Sherwin Williams. The name is a bit deceiving though since the color is actually green-gray color.
We are so excited to get this room wrapped up and I can’t wait to share the finished product!
- Moon In My Room – Amazon
- Sheets – Target
- Duvet Cover – Ikea (No Longer Available)
- Wall Paint – Sherwin Williams Silver Strand
- Cage Light – Amazon
- Oar – Thrifted
- Wall Lights – Amazon
- Art Prints – Etsy
- Sail Boat – Uncommon Goods
- Crib – Amazon
- Twin Bed – Amazon
- Area Rug – Walmart
- Galvanized Letter – Hobby Lobby
- Metal Letter – Thrifted
Since we’ve moved to The Country House, something that we’ve struggled with is storage space. Especially, after we turned our master closet into a sweet little nursery. Living in only 1300 square feet with 5 people makes finding or adding storage solutions many times difficult. However, we’ve been able to create an entryway with extra storage by whipping up a cool Ikea shoe storage hack!
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Once we knew that our master closet was going to be transformed, we had to come up with a game plan for all of the stuff already inside.
We sorted and donated the things we didn’t love. Our clothing took up residence in a small hallway closet. But that left us with no place for our shoes, hats, belts, scarves, etc. We did try to hang a shoe rack over the inside of the closet door. However, the shoes hit the hanging clothes and fell off the rack constantly. It was just a huge mess!
After some brainstorming and online storage system browsing, we decided to buy two Ikea shoe storage cabinets and add them to our entry area. The original set up of each cabinet left several inches of space between the center of the cabinets. They ended up extending beyond the hallway wall just a bit, which looked pretty wonky.
So, we decided to remove the original tops, slide the cabinets together, and attach a new stained/painted top to make them look more like one unit. We also replaced the old knobs for some ring pulls that have a more unique look.
Each cabinet is supposed to hold a minimum of 12 pairs of shoes, but depending on the size and style, you can definitely fit more. I’m a size 7.5-8 and have over 20 pairs inside of one cabinet!
I love the extra drawers at the top of the cabinets too! Perfect for cold weather accessories.
You truly realize how much stuff you have when you don’t have a place to put it. Adding this shoe cabinet storage to our entryway has helped us with a major storage struggle. The depth of the cabinets is perfect for our small space and doesn’t impose too much on the room. We are so happy with how this project/hack turned out!
Hey, Friends! I’m so excited to finally be back to blogging. There have been so many things going on and I’m excited to share all of that new stuff with you! So, here is a little blog and life update.
In my last post (way back in February), I shared that we welcomed a sweet baby boy into our family, but he was born super early, so he spent 66 long days in the NICU. He has been home for a little over a month and a half and we are getting into a routine with our little snuggler.
His tiny nursery is coming along too. I will be sharing all of the details and the final reveal of that soon!
As you may have noticed, things look a bit different around here. Since our lives have gotten a little less crazy, I’ve had a bit of time to work on blog stuff. Elizabeth Joan Designs has gotten a complete makeover recently and I love how it is looking. Hopefully, you also find that it is easier to navigate your way around.
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Also in The Gallery are the 2018 Calendar & Planners. Yes, I know that 2018 is already 1/3 of the way over, but there is still plenty of time left to get your life organized. Download yours today!
I hope you are as excited as I am about all of the changes going on here. There are lots of ideas flowing around in my head, which means more decor, DIY, room makeovers, and free digital downloads coming your way soon!
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Today kicks off week two of the Room by Room Summer Series and this week we are dealing with the kitchen. (Last week I shared our entry. Click here to view that post.) It is time to head to the heart of the home, we meals and memories are made. Check out the latest kitchen happenings at The Country House.
Kitchens are always fun to work on because it can make a such a huge impact on the look and feel of a home. However, our kitchen hasn’t changed too much from when we moved in. It is still pretty plain, but we plan to fancy it up in the coming months. That is, once our budget allows.
Here is the kitchen when we first moved in.
We’ve painted some trim and the doors, which has really really brightened up the space. We also added some new pretty door hardware and replaced the faulty oven with a temporary garage sale find.
To add a little farmhouse flair, we painted the peninsula/bar area and framed out an X along the front with 1″x 4″s.
And of course, we installed new flooring.
There is still so much we hope to do to this room! Let’s do a rundown of our to-do list:
- Paint the cabinets
- Add cabinet hardware
- Replace the light fixtures
- Paint the walls
- Buy new appliances
- Make a space in the pantry to hide the microwave
- Redo the counter-tops
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