3/4 Painted Pink Walls in Greta’s Room

We painted Greta’s room this weekend! She has wanted a pink room ever since we moved here, and it seemed like something little we could do for her. Even though pink? I thought it wouldn’t fit into our home’s color palette, but as it turns out, it totally does. We all love her room now. Here’s how her room has looked for the past almost year (poor girl.)

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And here’s how it looks now after we removed that shelf that was left behind from the previous owners, painted and moved her bed against the wall so she can have more play room:

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To keep this dusty blush (Clark+Kensington’s Rose Quartz) fresh, we painted the top of the wall white. I love how it brightens her room and is slightly unexpected.

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When choosing the color, I looked for a dusty (or grayer) pink. And since her room is in the lower level our house, I wanted to keep it light and warm as well. Rose Quartz ended up being the perfect choice. For the white, I just used an off-the-shelf white. I also painted all the trim and doors a bright, glossy white which made a big difference. I hate painting trim, until I see all the creamy yellow disappear. It’s always worth it.

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Since we were doing two colors, we tackled this room a little differently than we normally would. First I trimmed out the ceiling and Chris rolled the top part in white–a little farther down than we knew we wanted it. Sidenote: If you don’t have this roller extender, it is a must! We love the way it shortens and extends easily with a push of a button. You can see it in action in this old instagram video.Then I painted all the trim and doors, except for the baseboards. I really like saving the baseboards for last in case they get any paint on the tops. You want to keep the top of your baseboards nice and white so they look as crisp and clean as possible. For the trim around windows and doors; I like doing that first so I can get it on quickly, not worrying about getting any on the walls. Going over it with my paint color to where the wall meets the trim seems easier than trying to avoid getting trim paint on my freshly painted walls–maybe it is the angle?

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Once we got the walls mostly painted, we set up our laser level (we have this one) and decided to make our dividing line at 66″ from the top of the baseboards. We taped it off, used the greatest tip ever to get crisp lines, and finished the job without a hitch.

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This is just the beginning! We are so excited to give Greta a fun room–she really deserves it (see where we’re headed here). I threw her new sheets from Schoolhouse Electric and the Hudson Bay blanket we got for Christmas on her bed for these photos, but a few other things have arrived that we’ll be working in as well–and there are a few DIY projects up my sleeve, too. I am surprised at how much I am loving the pink. I thought it would be cliche for a girl’s room, but I am loving the pink.

Our Garden Tool Storage + Creative DIY Ideas!

We’d really like to get to a point where we can sell our shed and downsize to a smaller one, or be rid of one all together. Ours takes up so much of our yard (it’s huge!), that we are starting to think the extra storage space is just not worth it. That has lead to some serious organization in the garage. We have a large garage, but we also want to continue to be able to park our 2 cars in there–I think we can do it! With our smaller tools and supplies in check, we needed a solution for our larger garden tools. Monkey Bars has a ton of storage solutions, and they are actually based in our town–go local! We hung up one of their large garden tool racks next to our new shelving in the garage so we can hang up our garden tools once and for all.

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It took less than 10 minutes to hang. It’s no fuss, the hooks are adjustable and it keeps our tools off the ground. Plus, there’s lots more room to grow our collection. This rack alone can hold up to 20 tools!  Of course we love DIY as much as more than the average person, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to purchase something that does exactly what you need it to do. But, in the name of DIY, here are a few other DIY tool organizers that I’m seriously smitten with.

Like this one that up-cycled an old file cabinet:

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Or this one that used a pallet:

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Or these people that got creative with PVC pipe:

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So many creative people out there! How do you store your tools?

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We’re excited to have a home for our tools that is sturdy and versatile, now we just need to find a place for the lawn mower and table saw. That might prove to be a bit more challenging. Is there any way to really live shed-less?

Ps. 20% off print orders from the shop through Sept 2nd using promo code LABORDAY20 at checkout. Happy long weekend to you all!

Our Barn-Style Door (Part 1)

After deciding we wanted a sliding modern barn door leading from the kitchen to the future laundry room/mudroom, the search was on! We kept our eyes on Craigslist. We went to a ton of thrift stores and the ReStore. We hunted and hunted and nada. Nothing even close. So, we decided to not waste any more time and just make a door.

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To get inspiration, I pulled up a photo from Ebay of a door that I really liked and maybe we could draw our inspiration from it.

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Cool, huh? Originally we really wanted glass in the door, but going the DIY route, we just weren’t sure how to do that and it would add so much money to the project. Tempered glass is not cheap! We mapped out all the dimensions and decided to add a third row of paneling so our door would be nice and wide. When we went shopping for the supplies, all of the wood came to about $150. Chris and our friend, Preston, worked on making all the cuts for a few nights and then planing the wood and then, two days ago…

We got a text from my mom:

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There were two really old large solid oak doors WITH GLASS next to the dumpster! I was in the middle of painting a floor to ceiling eiffel tower on my niece’s wall (apparently the eiffel tower is trending among 14 year olds), so Chris drove right over and hauled them home. We had to call a neighbor to help get them in the house because these suckers were heavy at about 125 lbs a piece. The stand about 89″ tall and 36″ wide and just like that, our barn door plans have changed.

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We are thinking one will hang here in the great room and the other might end up in our bedroom. We don’t have a door going from our room into our bathroom and have always wanted one–weird, I know. We need to do some work on the doors before we can hang them.

-Remove the hinges and swinging hardware from the top and patch the holes
-Give them a good cleaning
-Polish the backplate on the handle
-Sand and refinish the wood (but keep the vintage charm!)
-Frost the glass
-Possibly raise the door frame up

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So, yes, we already spent some money on wood for a different door, but “you gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em” amiright? This is the door our dreams are made of and we can’t wait to see her all fixed up and pretty. Did we score or did we score? #dumpsterdivingftw