Wednesday, June 17, 2020

One Room Challenge {W7}: City Maps DIY

Hi y'all!  From the beginning of this process one of my biggest goals has been to celebrate Sean's baseball career and life so far, in a not so cheesy way.  Each team Sean played for holds a special place in our hearts and I thought the best way to display that was by doing city maps!  

All 6 of these maps cost us under $100 dollars!  #stealofadeal He also has 2 other cities above his bookcase:

Anyone from Tucson AZ, TriCities WA, Ashville NC, Modesto CA, or Tulsa OK???  What about Brisbane, Australia??  That would be awesome!  The other two cities are Denver and Limon {announcers always said leeeeeeeemon colorado... its L-I-mon}.  The shop I used from Etsy says it can make any city you want into these maps{find the shop here}!  Alright, let's get to this DIY!  
This first thing you will need is a frame.  This determines the size of maps you get printed.  I used these frames from Hobby Lobby which were on clearance for $7!

Now I will tell you Hobby Lobby never intends their art to be changed out.  It was a beast to remove the mat and art from the frame.  But $7 is hard to beat...  I painted the frames with Fusion Mineral Paint, color Ash.  Here are some other frame options (keep in mind these are different sizes than mine... you could also do these in rectangular frames if you have higher ceilings!):

From Ikea!  The closest size to mine.

Amazon had sets with smaller frames!  

You could try album frames!  3 frames for $13 at Michaels!

Now let's talk about the prints!  I ordered mine off of Etsy at {this} shop.  You get all different sizes when you order your prints.  My "custom city map" took less than 30 minutes to get sent to me. After receiving my digital images I ordered my prints from Office Depot.  I tested a couple sizes of engineer prints to see which one would be closest to a 15"x15" map.  These prints are only about $3-5 each {printed on engineer paper} and the size 17"x22" came out almost exactly 15"x15"!  

I ended up putting the prints directly over the existing art with double stick tape.  Hobby Lobby made it impossible to remove the existing art... I don't think it is noticeable that the art isn't matted! 

That is it for week 6!  Next week I will be bring this DIY concrete lamp and a few more projects in the room! 

Be sure to check out the other amazing guest participants of One Room Challenge here:


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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

One Room Challenge {W8}: Sean's Office

My work here is DONE!  I cannot believe: A- we finished, B- that I love how it turned out annnnnnd C- Sean loves how it turned out!  To be honest, I really didn't know if I could make a room that both Sean and I loved.  #butIdid 

Before I talk about the last few projects let's look back at the first 4 weeks!

Week 1: Mood Board

Week 2: Demo and Painting

Week 3: Floors!

Week 4: Board and Batten

Week 7:  DIY Map Wall

Alright, let's get to this week's projects!  Up first is this DIY Concrete Lamp. 

I honestly can't believe how well this turned out y'all!  I started out with a $2.80 thrift store lamp, sprayed it with primer, and painted it with Ardex feather finish concrete.  It took 3 thin coats of concrete with light sanding between each coat! You can see more details in my insta highlights!

DIY Memo Board

This idea was all Sean!  We had been planning on making a fiberglass memo board but the desk I found on FB Marketplace came with a glass top.  We mounted the glass to the wall with 1x4s that had a ridge cut in them!

Floating Shelves Hat Display

Sean had saved a least one hat from every team he had played on since he was 12!

Making floating shelves was a project we had never tackled before.  The Blooming Nest has a tutorial in her highlights and we used the stain color Cordovan Brown by Behr.  This stain color is the prettiest cool brown I've ever used!  It's a game changer, y'all!  

Lastly, I painted the inside of this lawyers cabinet that I got from my Grandad!

Let's finish this post with the best part... Before and afters!







What. A. Journey!  Thank you for every kind message, comment and like.  They really are such an encouragement to me!


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Thursday, May 28, 2020

One Room Challenge {W4}: Board and Batten

Week four of the One Room Challenge is in the books! I can’t believe how much progress we made this week.  This might be because I had a little breakdown on Saturday about not thinking we were going to be able to finish… Flash forward 4 days... The floors are done! 👏 The board and batten is done!

I still need to decide what to do with the top shelf/board but for now I’m going to leave it until I make up my mind. I’m going back-and-forth between stained wood or the same color gray. To make the board and batten we used common pine boards. The top and bottom boards are 1x4s and the vertical slats are 1x3s. 

I didn’t do a whole lot of research before doing the board and batten process.  Looking back now I wish we would of used pre-primed MDF boards. I have no idea what the cost difference is though! 😬

Y’all!  I could not be more excited because I’ve been wanting to be at this point in the process since we started. Actually back in February I told Sean I wanted to have the board and batten, and floors done before I even got started. I really wanted my focus to be on the DIY’s and furniture… but here we are! Week 5 is going to be all about furniture! 💃 Up first is my $50 chair! We originally wanted a couch but the one I bought didn’t work.  You better believe I pulled that couch up our basement stairs all by myself just so I could list it and get rid of it! 

The next piece of furniture I’ve added to the room is this barrister bookshelf that was my Grandfather's. This piece is so special to me! I can’t wait to fill it with Sean’s things and make it work in the room! 

did not mean to leave that trophy sitting right there... 😆

I’m thinking of painting the inside of the cabinet either white or gray. The wood on the inside makes everything look so dark and hard to see. What do you think, white or gray?  Now you’re probably wondering about the most important piece of furniture in an office… The desk! Sean just picked one up and I’m really hoping it works! 

Oh, I totally forgot to tell y’all a funny story! Or maybe it’s not funny and you’re a better communicator with your spouse… Last week I had sent a desk and credenza listing to Sean where the cover photo was the credenza (I arranged with the buyer to just purchase the desk).  Sean went to go pick up the desk and instead of picking up the desk he bought the credenza… I was laughing so hard when he got home because I knew there was zero chance he would fit his legs under it. 😂 

my listing picture... made $15 profit! 💁

Sean went back and got the desk and my suspicion was correct that it was way too big for our space. #oops So if you’re keeping track, I have bought three pieces of furniture for our space and none of them worked! #onaroll   I am so thankful this chair wasn't a flop!

As always you should check all the other guest participant's post! So many talented people! See you next week!

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

One Room Challenge {W3}: Floors and Frustration

Hiiii!  Man oh man... I am posting late this week because I feel like I've hit the wall in this project.  😭  My goal this week was to finish the floors and we almost have them done.  Which is fantastic (!!!)  but I'm feeling defeated about finding furniture/decor with all that is going on.  I went to Target, Hobby Lobby and the only Homegoods that is open and it was all so picked over...  I thought with the challenge being half way over I would have some vision for the room...  buuuut I don't.  It's fine, which actually means it's not fine but I'm believing I can figure it out!   Alright, enough whining let's look at our new floors!

These were the second cheapest vinyl floors Home Depot sold {the whole room for about $200} and I'm so happy with how they look!  Also, they were so easy to install!  After getting the first row done it was pretty smooth sailing!  

Now I really have to decide what color to paint the board and batten!    

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