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How-To Make a Fabric Valance

This post is a tutorial on the box pleat valance that I made for my master bathroom makeover three years ago.  I’ve received many emails asking about a tutorial and after the recent post on the roundup of all my handmade window treatments + the feature of the bathroom in the current KBMO, a dedicated post was needed.  Better later than never, right?

So here we go.  The details on how I made this super easy loose-style (no pleats) box valance with a stylish greek key design…

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

>>> how-to make a box (loose, no pleat) valance

Note: for this part of the tutorial, I am sharing another valance I made using a printed flower fabric

1. For a loose box-style valance, I often like to have them sit as close to the ceiling as possible and position them about 1/2″ wider than the edge of the moulding.  It’s best to mount the rod first (before making the valance) so you can measure the total width of the rod from end to end.

2. Once you know the total width, cut your fabric to that same size + add 1″. Then measure the length you want the valance to hang + add 4″.

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

So you have your fabric cut…

3. Position the fabric so right sides are together.  One side will be folded.  Sew the two shorter sides using a 1/2″ inseam. Leave the other long edge unsewn.

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

4. Once sewn, turn the fabric right side out and iron the newly sewn edges.  Then taking the unsewn side, fold it over 4″ to create the rod pocket.

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

5. And sew at the 3.5″ mark – this will leave you a nice large pocket to feed the metal rod through.

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

Iron and it’s done!  Super simple loose box valance.  I could have added pleats at the corners, but that is beyond my skill-set.  And anyway, I like the more tailored look better.  Don’t you?  Or do you prefer pleats?

>>> creating a greek key design

Jumping back to the valance for my bathroom, once the valance was made (using drop cloth by the way – I forgot to mention that), I hung it up and marked it for the positioning of the greek key design.

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

1. Once I made the markings on the valance, I used 3m painters tape to lay out my greek key design.

The pink tabs mark where the valance turns to the side, so from that point + the top and bottom, I marked 2″ in for the design to start.

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

2. Once the overall design was made, I cleaned up the tape.

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

It’s looking like something…  The part that was taped would soon be the part for the greek key design.

3. Then using a pencil, I outlined the edges of the tape.

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

4. I then pulled the tape off and filled in the areas that I didn’t pencil in.

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

5. The best and last part was filling it in!  Using a light blue fabric pen (that matches almost exactly to the other blue hues in the space), I colored in the design.

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

And that’s a wrap.  From start to finish, the project took about an hour.  And finally after three years, I’m sharing the tutorial.

This is the overall master bathroom space with the greek key valance…

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}If you haven’t seen the before & after of this once horrid space, you have to check it out!

You also might see it in the current issue of Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine

My master bathroom featured in KBMO

One more look at the finished valance…  Layered with a simple bamboo roman shade, this valance is perfect for the bathroom space.

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

Box Pleat Valance with Greek Key Design {Tutorial}

Want to see more DIY window treatment ideas?  Check out this post of mine…

 9 Ideas for DIY window treatments

What DIY window treatments have you created?  Do you like to make your own window treatments or would you rather buy them done/totally complete from a store?

9 Ideas for DIY Window Treatments

Since the older kids have been back in school, I’ve been cleaning + organizing like a mad woman!  It’s bittersweet not to have them home throughout the day, but it’s been nice getting the house back in order.  As I’ve been making my way room by room, for some reason I’ve been paying extra attention to the window treatments and realized that almost every window “dressing” (with the exception of 2) have been DIY projects.  Either I made them from scratch or partly DIYed them making them truly one-of-a-kind.

I’m a big believer that window treatments make (and break if not done right) a room and that something is needed on every window in the home. Whether a roman shade, a long panel, or a sheer, dressing up a window will truly bring everything in a room together and complete the overall look.

Since I have created so many one-of-a-kind treatments (most I have shared tutorials for, some I haven’t and will in this post), I thought I’d document them all in one place… alas this post on 9 Ideas for DIY Window Treatments.

9 Ideas for DIY window treaments. Unique & Creative ideas for making your own window treatments and/or customizing store bought curtains. This is a must see post. All these window treatments are in ONE HOME!

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tutorial: Add stripes to a curtain using paint

Many of the DIY window treatments that I’ve created have been inspired by spaces I’ve seen + loved.  Instead of going custom which is typically big $$$ bucks, I try to figure out a way to get the look but for MUCH LESS.  First up, are my fabulous living room/office panels.  I was inspired by this space…

love this room & the windoe treatments, but instead of paying big bucks, I DIYed the panels myself!

The thin-line striped panels were quite unique and I loved how they added a pop of color, yet didn’t overwhelm the space.  To make my own panels, I took a simple white panel (from Ikea) and painted the stripes using the same color as the walls.

Here is the result…

9 Ideas for DIY window treaments. Use paint to create the look for less!

9 Ideas for DIY window treaments. Use paint to get the look for less!

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tutorial: Add decorative trim to store-bought curtain panels

Another idea to creating a designer-looking window treatment at a fraction of the cost is to add a leading edge.  For this window, I sewed on a fun fabric to the panel edges (top, side, and bottom). Not only does the new fabric draw the eye in, but I was able to make the panel longer so the rod can sit higher on the wall.  Remember high and wide is best —> read more about that in this post!

9 Ideas for DIY window treaments. Adding a leading edge fabric to store-bought panels (super easy to create a designer look)!

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tutorial: Drop cloth panels with a leading edge detail

Sometimes I jazz up window panels that I buy at the store and sometimes I make them from scratch.  One of my favorite fabrics to work with is drop cloth.  Yes, painters use it for covering floors and furniture, but I use it to make things… like window treatments.  For this DIY window panel, I made a panel (no need for lining it because drop cloth has good weight), then added a leading edge detail on top of the drop cloth fabric (instead of adding it to the edge like the pink panel above).

9 Ideas for DIY window treaments. Adding a leading edge to drop cloth curtain panels (all homemade and super easy)

This is a close-up of the edging detail…

9 Ideas for DIY window treaments.

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tutorial: Lined window panels using drop cloth material

Since we’re on the topic of making panels from scratch, these DIY window treatments are lined panels I had originally made for the master bedroom, but recently moved to the dining room.  Again, I used drop cloth, but this time I used it to line the back of the panels so they are heavier and block the sun.

9 Ideas for DIY window treaments. Lined drapery panels using drop cloth to provide weight and light from filterng through

https://www.jennaburger.com/2011/11/diy-how-to-make-simple-lined-drapery-panels/

These drop cloth-lined panels now “dress” the dining room windows…

DIY: How-To Reupholster a bench (+ tips on keeping the original bench in tack without ruining it).

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tutorial: Drop cloth box valance with greek key detail

Another drop cloth window treatment (i heart drop cloth), but this time instead of a long panel I created a box-style valance for my master bathroom.

9 Ideas for DIY window treaments.

{This bathroom was recently featured in Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine}

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tutorial: Faux roman shades

ONE MORE drop cloth DIY window treatment I created are the faux roman shades that are also in my dining room.  I love the look of layered window treatments, so the roman shades I created look beautiful with the handmade window panels.

9 Ideas for DIY window treaments. Faux Roman Shade using drop cloth material

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tutorial: Adding a leading edge

This DIY window treatment is similar to the project I shared above (#2), but the leading edge is only on the front edge of the store-bought panel.  Why? Because the rod could only be hung at a specific place because of the window configuration, so if I had added a leading edge to the top and bottom as well, it would have been too long!  These custom (for me) panels were a recent project for the master bedroom refresh that I tackled earlier in the year.

9 Ideas for DIY window treaments. Add a leading edge detail to custom any store bought curtain panel

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Adding a leading edge using woven trim (instead of fabric)

Another DIY window treatment that I didn’t share a tutorial for, but is super easy to do, are the panels I made for more my boys bedroom makeover (which I just finished).  For these window treatments, I used white cotton Ikea panels (same panels as #1 above) and added a 1″ wide woven trim to the edge.

9 Ideas for DIY window treaments.

Using black thread (to match the woven trim), I sewed the trim on directly to the edge of the panel and this is the result…

9 Ideas for DIY window treaments.So simple and the perfect way to dress up a plain ole’ curtain!

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Two tone window panels with decorative trim detail

Last, but not least, new curtain panels that I’ve NEVER shown on the blog.  These DIY window panels are the most recent I’ve made for my daughters’ bedroom.  They replaced the fuschia panels (#2 above) when we recently created the nursery nook for baby #3.  I haven’t put together a final reveal of the room changes, but promise to do so very soon – be on the look out. Anyway, to create the nursery nook, we removed the 3-in-1 play tent and when doing so I was left with lots of fabric. So I did some altering + sewing, and created new panels.

These panels are super cute and perfect for a girls room!  I used a sheer fabric (with a pretty design) for the top section, then a solid cotton fabric for the bottom section.  At the point where the two fabrics meet, I added decorative trim using a combination of a 1/2″ wide ribbon + white pom-pom trim.

9 Ideas for DIY window treaments.

9 Ideas for DIY window treaments.

So there you have it.  9 different DIY window treatments.  All in my home.

My designer advice:  Don’t leave your windows “undressed”.  Choosing a window treatment can sometimes be a bit daunting, but use inspiration to guide you.  And never be afraid of updating a store-bought window treatment to achieve a custom, designer look.  The smallest change is sometimes all that is needed.  Lastly, if you can’t find it, DIY it!

Cover Feature: Storage Magazine + Behind the Scenes Details

Hi All! If you’ve been out and about lately shopping at stores like Target, Barnes and Noble, or your local grocery store, you may have come across a magazine featuring a vibrant blue room on the cover…  Storage Magazine to be exact.  And guess what, that’s my home!  Yes, can you believe it?! Because I can’t.  Another cover?  How is it possible?

Here’s the cover…

Storage Magazine Fall/Winter 2014: cover feature with my living room / office. Great story on organization and how I've created a multi-purpose space.

Here’s the story behind the cover…

If you’re a regular reader and have been following along with my blog, you may know that my kitchen and master bathroom were also recently featured in a magazineKitchen + Bath Makeovers.

All within a few days, well over a year ago, a team – photographer & stylist – came to my home to do a big photoshoot which included the kitchen, master bath, and my living room/office.  It was so exciting and a true pinch-me-moment.  It seems like a lifetime ago looking back, but it really was an incredible, eye-opening experience and one I will never forget.

Day 1 was the kitchen and that was completely transformed to look like this…

My Kitchen featured in KBMO

Day 2 was the master bathroom and that never looked better…

My master bathroom featured in KBMO

Then Day 3 was the office / living room…

This space, by far, got the biggest transformation of all.  Basically the main elements of the room, a.k.a. ‘the bones’, stayed and then Donna Talley, the stylist/producer of the shoot, did her magic to tell the story of how I use, live, and work in this room which serves the purpose for family + work.

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine

What’s crazy about this room is that it was the biggest pain to arrange furniture and it took quite a few attempts before it I got it just right.  This is what it looked like years ago…

Original living room

The difficult part about this space is the windows.  There is one large window at the far end and then a smaller side window.  That stinkin’ side window made things quite difficult.  After moving furniture around for many months, I made a daring design decision and put a bookcase in front of that side window – yes you heard me right!  I covered it up. Read more about it here.

Then I painted the room navy blue, and ever since it’s been my favorite space in the house!  The completed room reveal can be seen here and this is pretty similar to how it looks today (versus the magazine which portrays the room differently).

I always love behind-the-scenes pictures to see/find out what really goes into the making of something, so I snapped a few pics for you…

Believe me, there is so much more happening than what is in the ‘scene of the shot’!

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine

My house was torn apart.  All for good reason!

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine

The styling of the space was beautiful.  It felt like such a different room…

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine

So much thought went into every detail.

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine

The placement of every pencil, every box, every flower was thought out.

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine

Interested in some of the elements in my living room/office?

Here are some details:

> Sofa – Cameron sofa by Crate and Barrel

> Pillows – some are mine that I made or bought, others are from Homegoods

> Bookcases – DIY project: wood to white bookcases

> Roman Shades – Payless Decor

> Desk – The desk itself was created using (2) 3′ wide X 12″ deep laminate bookcases.  For the work surface, I purchased a 3/4″ piece of plywood, covered it with fabric (stapled underneath), then had a 70″ long x 30″ wide piece of 1/4″ glass cut to size, which sits on top.  The shelves of the bookcases underneath allow for plenty of storage, yet I don’t actually see the “stuff” because they face each other and are hidden (definitely a plus since it hides my clutter).

> Desk Chair – DIY project: side chair makeover

> Large Inspiration board – DIY project: inspiration board tutorial

> White side table – Target

> White Side Chairs – Homegoods

> Pillows – Homegoods

> Side Table / File Cabinet – Target

> Artwork above Side Chairs – DIY project: travel inspired art sign

> Rug – Dash & Albert

> Coffee Table – DIY project: industrial style coffee table

More of the nitty-gritty details can be found in this post.

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine

My images don’t do a justice for what is shown in the magazine.  The feature is incredible and I’m still in disbelief that it is my home.  Here’s a look at the pages from the article…

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine Fall/Winter 2014 issue, Designed by Jenna Burger - Produced by Donna Talley - Photographed by John Bessler

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine Fall 2014 issue, Designed by Jenna Burger - Produced by Donna Talley - Photographed by John Bessler

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine Fall 2014 issue, Designed by Jenna Burger - Produced by Donna Talley - Photographed by John Bessler

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine Fall 2014 issue, Designed by Jenna Burger - Produced by Donna Talley - Photographed by John Bessler

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine Fall 2014 issue, Designed by Jenna Burger - Produced by Donna Talley - Photographed by John Bessler

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine Fall 2014 issue, Designed by Jenna Burger - Produced by Donna Talley - Photographed by John Bessler

I hope you enjoyed the behind-the-scenes footage + the feature.   The shoot was so long ago and at the time, I wanted to scream from the mountaintops with excitement.  Unfortunately I couldn’t reveal many details, so it feels good to finally be able to share this with you.  Thanks for joining in the excitement!

DIY: How-To Reupholster a Bench

DIY: How-To Reupholster a bench (+ tips on keeping the original bench in tack without ruining it).

Projects in my corner of the world have been taking forever lately (for good reason, of course… aka, summer + a new baby),  BUT that doesn’t mean my mind hasn’t been working at full speed conjuring up new & great DIYs + decorating updates…

Over the past months, I have thought of so much I want to tackle around the house.  One spot in particular is the dining room.  It really needs a pick me up!  I have it all planned in my head, but putting thoughts to work (like pen to paper) isn’t always the easiest thing…

Before baby #3 came along, I had all hopes to start the task of changing the space.  Not much got accomplished, but I was able to make a few updates while waiting for her arrival.

And it all started with the fabric… Back in the beginning of the year (remember I shared a sneak peek on IG?), I got this gorgeous fabric from fabric.com that was an Ikat pattern with varying shades of blues + layers of orange & yellow.

Amy Butler - Ikat pattern fabric

It was the perfect pattern to bring all the colors of my home together!

So there is a back story on the bench…  The Mister often has a difficult time changing things (that includes selling or giving stuff away).  It’s kind of difficult in a DIY home not to change things, but when we were first married we bought this bench (as well as many of our other furniture pieces) and he’s attached to it.  What can I say, he’s a sentimental guy.  It’s often a challenge to come to an agreement to let things go or make changes.  And if he’s not too attached to it, I often start the changing process when he’s at work (hehe, I’m a sneaky gal – NOT).  I do respect his wishes on certain pieces and if he doesn’t budge, I leave it alone.  If he’s so-so about something, I try to be persuasive and he will usually be in agreeance.  And ALWAYS in the end (not what time has it failed) he has a smile on his face and says, “you were right Jenna, it does look better” or “that was a good change”.  Yes honey, I do say so myself that I was right (again).

Anyway, long story short, this bench was ONE of the pieces that took some convincing to change.  And guess what in the end, I didn’t “ruin” it at all.  I was strategically able to change the bench with new fabric WITHOUT damaging any of the existing (just in case he wants to have it back to what it used to look like). SCORE.

Here’s how the process went…

1. I first laid out the fabric to figure out the positioning for how it would look best.

DIY: How-To Reupholster a bench (+ tips on keeping the original bench in tack without ruining it).

Typical fabric is 54″ wide, as was this fabric.  I could have railroaded the fabric (see diagram below) which would have been easier, but I wanted the pattern the other way (regular), so I had to seam two pieces together.

railroadvia

It was a bit tricky and took some time, but after a few mishaps, the result was great and you would have no idea there is a seam.

2.  I positioned one piece of fabric on the bench, then matched up the pattern with the second piece of fabric.  Then I turned one piece over the other so the two right sides were facing each other.  I pinned the fabrics together and sewed.

DIY: How-To Reupholster a bench (+ tips on keeping the original bench in tack without ruining it).

3. Once the fabrics were sewn together, I positioned it over the entire existing bench.  Before cutting the fabric, I made sure there was plenty of it hanging over the edges so I would have enough ‘play’ for adjusting.

DIY: How-To Reupholster a bench (+ tips on keeping the original bench in tack without ruining it).

4. Once the fabric was just right, I took my staplegun and stapled the fabric to the bench.  To make sure not to ‘ruin’ the bench, I stapled the fabric to the existing fabric, which if needed at some point in the future, could easily be removed.

I started in the middle of one of the long ends, then worked my way out.  Once the side was complete, I pulled the fabric taught and stapled the fabric to the bench on the other side.  Then I used the same steps for the shorter ends.

DIY: How-To Reupholster a bench (+ tips on keeping the original bench in tack without ruining it).

Next up, the corner…

5. Once the sides were done, it was time to work on the corners.  I tried a few ways and this was what seemed to work + look best.  I flattened out and folded over one side, then the other, and secured with a few staples.

DIY: How-To Reupholster a bench (+ tips on keeping the original bench in tack without ruining it).

6. After the entire perimeter of the bench was secured, I trimmed the excess fabric. I cut about 1/2″ from the staples.

DIY: How-To Reupholster a bench (+ tips on keeping the original bench in tack without ruining it).

7. To cover the staples and to give a finished tailored look, I added 1.5″ thick woven trim for the banding (I got this trim from Hobby Lobby).

I started in the middle of one side of the long ends and hot glued the trim to the new fabric (again not ruining the original bench fabric or wood).

DIY: How-To Reupholster a bench (+ tips on keeping the original bench in tack without ruining it).

I continued around the entire perimeter of the bench and then once I came to the end, I cut the trim and tucked the end under to give a finished look.

DIY: How-To Reupholster a bench (+ tips on keeping the original bench in tack without ruining it).

And that was it. Finito.

DIY: How-To Reupholster a bench (+ tips on keeping the original bench in tack without ruining it).

DIY: How-To Reupholster a bench (+ tips on keeping the original bench in tack without ruining it).

DIY: How-To Reupholster a bench (+ tips on keeping the original bench in tack without ruining it).

Along with the bench, I freshened up the dining room with some new end chairs.  These are actually outdoor wicker chairs (from Target),which I thought would be perfect because they can easily be wiped down since spills and dropped food is inevitable. Right?!

I also had to say ba-bye to my beautiful yellow ombre Ikat rug.  Somehow it got ruined way too fast and didn’t wear well.  I was super sad, so for now nothing is under the table – except crumbs from last nights dinner…DIY: How-To Reupholster a bench (+ tips on keeping the original bench in tack without ruining it).

Our kids art gallery wall also got a few updates. My kiddos are always making new artwork, which I love to display.

More is to come in this space, but for now the small changes make me very happy.

O, and if you’re wondering what the Mister thought of the bench.  After it took him a few days to notice (haha), he loved the change. just like I thought…

If you’re interesting in doing a similar upholstery project (now or later) and want to save this tutorial, pin it!

DIY: How-To Reupholster a bench (+ tips on keeping the original bench in tack without ruining it).

This was my second reupholstery project, so believe me, I am no expert!  It really wasn’t difficult, but took time + patience.  Overall, the project took about an hour. My first reupholstery project was the side chair that sits in my office.  The before and after is pretty dynamic…

How-To reupholster a chair {easy to follow tutorial}

You can take a peak at the entire space because it’s featured in the current issue of Better Homes and Gardens Storage Magazine {squeal}

Living Room / Office featured in Storage Magazine Fall / Winter 2014

So tell me, have you ever reupholstered something?

Disclosure: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase items for my project.  I was also compensated for my time to use the products.  No one told me what to create, what to buy, how to use the product, or what to write.  All opinions are 100% mine!

Triple Feature in Kitchen + Bath Makeovers Magazine

Post updated 1/2015 with images from magazines…

It seems like a lifetime ago, but early last year (in 2013) a crew from Better Homes & Gardens came to my home to photograph a bunch of spaces.  It was an incredible, eye-opening experience and one I will never forget. Truly a dream come true that I never even knew I had…

Long before one of my client’s kitchens were photographed for this past Spring’s KBMO cover and even longer before my kids & I were photographed at our Central Command Center, our kitchen and master bath (plus the family room) were photographed and are finally being featured in the fall/winter issue of kitchen + bath makeovers magazine, which is on newsstands now (or you can download it here – fyi, I get no kickback from the sales)

Better Homes & Garden Kitchen + Bath Makeover magazine - SAS Interiors Kitchen and Master Bath feature

Both spaces were total DIY makeovers that the Mister and I tackled on our own from start to finish.

the kitchen before & after

Kitchen before & after

DIY projects included in the kitchen makeover:
Kitchen Makeover {Reveal}
Kitchen Update {One Year Later}
painted cabinets
painted countertops
tile backsplash
decorative brackets

the master bathroom before & after

Master Bathroom before & after

DIY projects included in the master bathroom makeover:
Master Bathroom Makeover {Reveal}
faux ‘stained’ (using paint) cabinet
shower curtain using a curtain
luxury vinyl groutable floor tile (similar project tutorial)
tile backsplash (similar project tutorial)

Over the past year, I’ve had quite a few local & national magazine features, but every. single. time. I am overwhelmed, exhilarated, and plain ole’ happy!  And of course, I feel completely blessed.

What I love so much about the Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine is that the articles are of real spaces (kitchens or bathrooms) typically on a tight budget.  The rooms are DIY updates (like my kitchen) or budget-conscious makeovers (like my clients kitchen).  O, I forgot to mention, in the same issue as my kitchen and bathroom makeover, is a clients kitchen than I also transformed.  Their kitchen was more involved than mine and a true renovation.   The before and after is incredible (see more of my clients kitchen makeover in this post).

Kitchen before and after

To give a glimpse of the features, here are a few snippets from within the magazine…

the kitchen…

Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

That fabulous metal island from the shoot can be found here (<- affiliate link)

Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

the master bathroom…

Bathroom Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

Bathroom Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

Bathroom Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

It’s kinda crazy to see spaces of my own home in print, especially since it’s never been so clean and perfect as the day it was photographed.  Just keepin’ it real! It is nice to know that it could look like that again (but it probably won’t, lol).

and my clients kitchen…

Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

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Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

To see more of the featured stories + many other amazing kitchens & bathrooms, you really should pick up a copy of KBMO (I spotted & snagged my copy at Lowe’s).  There are so many great ideas & tips throughout the magazine.  You will totally be inspired!

I wanted to mention that I had another project featured in the last Kitchen + Bath Makeovers issue (Summer 2014 issue).  The feature was of our beautiful powder room, which was photographed last Summer.

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The bathroom update was dramatic with a new deep blue hue + Amy Butler wallpaper on the main wall.  I just love every bit of it!  Even today when I pass by, I smile.

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Bathroom Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

Bathroom Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

Bathroom Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

Bathroom Makeover featured in KBMO Fall/Winter 2014, produced by Donna Talley & photographed by John Bessler

the powder room before & after

Powder Room before & afterDIY projects included in the powder bath makeover:
Powder Room {Reveal}
removing the toilet and sink
how-to hang wallpaper
luxury vinyl groutable floor tile (similar project tutorial)

Thanks for sharing in my excitement.  You always are huge supporters and I’m so blessed.  I have another magazine feature coming out in a few weeks and it’s a room of mine on the cover {squeal}.  I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

How-to Prep + Season a New Chalkboard Wall

It’s August – WOW!  Where has the Summer gone?!  Obviously for me with a newborn (+ 2 older kids), it’s been a busy few weeks, but I just can’t believe the days are passing by so quickly.  For some of you back to school is only a few short days away.  For us, school doesn’t start till after Labor Day so we get to enjoy few more weeks of late mornings, lazy days, and soaking up the sun!

Since I have 3 kids now, lately I’ve been trying to be overly organized and prepared.  Thinking + prepping ahead of time is my M.O.  With back to school around the corner, Lowe’s put the Creative Team to the challenge to create something that would be appropriate for the jump back to the classroom.  Since I’ll now have 2 in elementary school – yikes – I started thinking about what my kids will need to do to get up & moving in the mornings!  Outside of the bedrooms + hall bath is a small space that I thought would be perfect for something.  After some thought, I decided on creating a chalkboard wall {which makes 3 in the house…  you can never have enough wall to write on – the other 2 chalkboard walls are in the basement and at our family central command center}.  It was the perfect idea since they’re fun & easy to update.

Back to School chalkboard wall

Since this is our 3rd writable wall for chalk, I though I would share a few tips + tricks that I’ve learned along the way.  Here is the ultimate + best way to PREP & SEASON a new chalkboard wall.

How-To PREP + 'SEASON' a Chalkboard Wall before using it. It's the ultimate + best way to get the most out of a new creative palette!

The Prep

To start off, I chose to give the upstairs hallway a fresh new coat of paint.  The color ‘before’ was the same as the foyer before it got striped.  It was way too beige for my current taste, so I chose a lighter + brighter feel.

How-To PREP + 'SEASON' a Chalkboard Wall before using it. It's the ultimate + best way to get the most out of a new creative palette!The new hallway color: Benjamin Moore Plaster of Paris (I used Valspar paint, which Lowe’s color matched for me)

Once the walls were done, which took no time at all since the space is small,  the area for my new chalkboard wall was ready to start.  I didn’t bother painting the space where the chalkboard wall was going because that would have just been a waste of time + paint, so I left that the old color.

How-To PREP + 'SEASON' a Chalkboard Wall before using it. It's the ultimate + best way to get the most out of a new creative palette!

> Tip #1: Sand to Create the Best Chalkboard Wall Surface

You Must Sand the wall!  Typical chalkboard is super smooth – no bumps, no lumps. So the wall needs to be as smooth as possible so the chalk will adhere well & so it will erase well.

Using my favorite go-to tool, my orbital sander, I gave the entire wall a really good sanding.  This wall is a typical sheetrock wall with NO extra textural details, but it was amazing how “bumpy” it was.  You can see from the picture below after only a few minutes of sanding, how many “bumps” were smoothed out using the sander.  Once the surface was fairly smooth, it was done.  It wasn’t 100% bump-free, but it was much better than before.

Overall, this step took about 8-10 minutes and I do recommend a hand sander versus sanding by hand.  Your arm will ache if you go that route.

How-To PREP + 'SEASON' a Chalkboard Wall before using it. It's the ultimate + best way to get the most out of a new creative palette!

How-To PREP + 'SEASON' a Chalkboard Wall before using it. It's the ultimate + best way to get the most out of a new creative palette!

Once the sanding was complete, it was time to paint.  Before that though, I chose to add a border edge around my new chalkboard surface, similar to what I did for our Central Command Center.  I felt adding this edge would give the wall a cleaner, more finished/polished look.

Using 1″ wide painters tape, I added a 2″ border on all 4 sides…

How-To PREP + 'SEASON' a Chalkboard Wall before using it. It's the ultimate + best way to get the most out of a new creative palette!For a more thorough tutorial on creating a border, check out my post on How-To Create a Framed Chalkboard Wall

Once the border was done, it was time to get my paint-on!

> Tip #2: Use a Roller for a Smooth Finish

Using a roller instead of a brush will get a much smoother finish.  It’s also key to apply multiple light coats of chalk paint instead of 1-2 thicker coats.

Roll on the paint and smooth it out as much as possible by painting in all different directions.  You want to be sure to avoid any streaks or lumps on the wall.

Overall, unlike typical wall paint which takes 2 coats, I did 4-5 light coats.  It dries quickly, so there wasn’t too much downtime between coats.

How-To PREP + 'SEASON' a Chalkboard Wall before using it. It's the ultimate + best way to get the most out of a new creative palette!

This is what I used…

When the last coat was applied, I immediately removed the painters tape.  By removing it when the paint is still wet will allow it to peel off the wall easier rather than when it’s dry.

Time to ‘Season’

The chalk paint is typically dry a few days after your last coat, but be sure to read the product instructions on the exact drying time before moving forward.  Once you’re good to go, it’s time to ‘season’ the newly created chalkboard wall.  I had previously never done this step and it really makes a BIG DIFFERENCE for how the chalkboard wall wears & erases.

Basically there is one easy + fast step…

1. Using the side of a piece of chalk, roll it on the entire surface of the chalkboard wall.

2. Then erase it away.

So simple, but So important!

How-To PREP + 'SEASON' a Chalkboard Wall before using it. It's the ultimate + best way to get the most out of a new creative palette!

And here is the result…

How-To PREP + 'SEASON' a Chalkboard Wall before using it. It's the ultimate + best way to get the most out of a new creative palette!

A perfectly prepped + seasoned chalkboard board wall!

It’s ready to use…

How-To PREP + 'SEASON' a Chalkboard Wall before using it. It's the ultimate + best way to get the most out of a new creative palette!

You + Your Kids will love it!

Now we have the ultimate spot to keep the kids on schedule each morning – I hope. I’ll probably still have to give about 20 reminders as well. 

Back to School chalkboard wall

This new hallway, even though small, feels so much fresher & 100% usable.  I love using every square inch of our pad, don’t you?!

How-To PREP + 'SEASON' a Chalkboard Wall before using it. It's the ultimate + best way to get the most out of a new creative palette!

Have you ever created a chalkboard wall?  Whether for fun or organization, chalkboard walls are perfect for any space in the house!

Disclosure: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase items for my project.  I was also compensated for my time to use the products.  No one told me what to create, what to buy, how to use the product, or what to write.  All opinions are 100% mine!

Boy Bedroom Makeover: Reveal

Right before baby #3 arrived only a few short weeks ago, I finished the final touches for my sons new space.  The window treatments had me hung up (no pun intended, hehe) for a while as they were the last item to finish.  I just couldn’t decide what to do, but I finally went simple and I am thrilled with the less is more design decision.

I adore the result of this cool room and honestly, I often walk in, sit down, and stare to soak it all up.  It feels so bright and cheerful.

Come have a look.

This is the view when you walk in to the space… Welcome.

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

My son’s room has had many evolutions (take a look what it used to look like here & here) over the past 4 years, but I feel with the creation of this new space, he’ll be able to grow with it through the teen years (unless I change it again…).  It’s versatile, engaging, and a fun place to hang out!

When you step into the room, directly to the right are 2 white leaning shelves filled with books, toys, and important (to my son) keepsakes!  I shared my love for leaning shelves a while back and I think this new element in the room has not only provided a ton of storage, but has introduced height, openness, and color.  The shelves are from Target and were super affordable at around $100/each!

[check out my favorite leaning shelves to decorate with here]

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

Most of the artwork in my boy’s room was repurposed from his last space.  The inspirational quotes that used to be above his desk are now lined up over the leaning shelves and some of the artwork – made by him – is above his bed.  I love decorating with items that have beautiful meaning and he loves to wake up seeing things he’s created.

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

Even though it took some time to get used to, I’m happy with the decision of the lighter wall hue – Benjamin Moore Hazy Skies.  It really is a beautiful gray tone and provides the perfect backdrop for the layers of colors in the books, toys, and artwork.

The honeycomb shelves… the honeycomb shelves…  The biggest, most difficult, yet THE MOST REWARDING do it yourself endeavour yet.  When creating the design for this new space, my son had his heart set on honeycomb shelves after I showed him the Land of Nod style.  And since this mama can’t let her boy down, I had to pull through.  Instead of buying, what did I do?  DIYed them, of course.  They are absolutely the focal point of the new room…

{click for the tutorial of the honeycomb shelves}

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

The bed is actually part of the bunkbeds we had and dismantled a few years ago.  He used to have the other twin in his room too, but to provide more floor space, we took it out.  The bedding is a new addition and was a great score from Target – orange comforter set and blue plaid flannel sheets (similar style).  The arm light on the wall, which I found at Lowe’s, was such a smart solution instead of a table lamp.  There is limited room on his nightstand, so this gives him the light needed for reading yet doesn’t clutter up the table surface.  Speaking of nightstand… it’s actually a side table from West Elm that I “found” in the basement that didn’t have a home.  It might not be the forever nightstand, but it serves the purpose for now.

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

One of the ways we’ve resolved toys ALL OVER THE PLACE is with the addition of the new under-the-bed toy storage bins I made. They large wood boxes are on wheelies and easy to roll in and out from under the bed.

{click for the tutorial of the under-the-bed toy storage bins}

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

As you make your way around the room, we come to The Book Nook.  We still love the stained pallet shelves that I created a few years ago, so they had to stay.  I removed them from the old location next to the door and repositioned them towards the end of the bed to create our new little ‘reading nook’ spot.  My boy loves to gather his poufs (the colorful one is by MiraJean Designs) and ‘chill’.  It’s his escape and relaxation place (and the spot he can hide from his sister)!

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

{click for the tutorial of the pallet shelves}

One of the most exciting additions in the room is the picture frame wallpaper.  I went with a lighter tone wall color – Benjamin Moore Hazy Skies – so the wallpaper could ‘speak’ and have ‘it’s moment’.  An entire room of this wallpaper could have been a bit overwhelming, but one wall of it is fun, unique, and just enough.  Here’s a progress shot of the paper going up…

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

{click for the tutorial of how to hang wallpaper like a PRO!}

And here it is complete…

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

With the window treatments, I decided to go understated and reuse what was already there.  How much easier can you get?!  To jazz up the existing white drapes that I purchased from Ikea about 8 years ago, I added a woven trim to the leading edge.  The trim that I found at Hobby Lobby is black and is a great contrast to the all-white panels.  I simply sewed the trim onto the panel edge and it was complete.  This is an easy & very inexpensive way to customize window treatments to give them a designer look!

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

{click for a similar project tutorial on adding a leading edge}

When rearranging the furniture, I liked the idea of positioning the desk so my boy can look outside the window.  The desk that was in his room was moved out and is now in the garage (I have plans for using it in another room in the future).  Since it was big and clunky, I didn’t want it to hide the new, fun wallpaper.  So in it’s place, I purchased a white, more modern desk from Target and chose to pair it with a clear ghost chair.  Again, letting the wallpaper have “it’s moment”.  A few black storage bins that I found at Lowe’s completed the look.

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

On the desk top, I added the most adorable owl lamp that I found at Walmart and paired it with a black shade (again, playing with contrasts).  Also on the desk are a few of my boys favorite books and the cutest metal arrow bookends that I got from The Painted Fox, when I worked with them on creating The Nursery Nook.  A telescope and microscope are a few other favorite, everyday things he loves.

As we continue around the room, we can take a look at the closet and the dresser.  I had some fun with the closet door and chose to give it a splash of color with a deep blue hue.  Because the walls are neutral, adding a pop of color as I did for the door, is a fun way to add depth to a space.

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

[click for the tutorial on how to paint a door]

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

Opposite of the bed / honeycomb wall is the dresser.  This dresser has had many lives and even though it’s a bold color (red/orange mix) it’s lived through all the room updates.  It’s from Ikea and was purchased about 8 years ago.  For the dresser top I got 2 new lamps – clearance from Target – that flank each end and added some books + a clear jar of Legos… my boys favorite!

The rug.  The rug. From preview pics of this space, many of you have loved & commented on it.  I got it from Joss and Main through one of their flash sales.  Sorry that I don’t have more info to share 🙁  Isn’t it fun though?  I love how it brings all the colors together.

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

Above the dresser is an oval mirror (which is from Lowe’s) that I took from the kids bath (which is now mirrorless, hehe – it happens…) and the new instagram picture holders I made.

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

{click for the tutorial of the toy animal instagram photo holders}

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

And there you have it… an awesome boy bedroom makeover filled with DIY projects & repurposed items.  Thankfully my son loves his new room, as do I.  It’s a keeper (for now, lol).

Boy Bedroom {MAKEOVER} - Gray walls, picture frame wallpaper, pops of orange & blue. The perfect space for a young boy to teen. You won't want to miss all the creative DIY ideas in this room!

Thanks for stopping by for a tour. To see more spaces in my home, along with other room reveals, head on over to my House Tour!

Color Block Hanging Succulents

I love a quick, wham bam thank you ma’ma kinda DIY project!  Yes, I love the gratification of a big ole’ DIY challenge that takes brains + braun (hello honeycomb shelves), but at the same time something simple is just as satisfying (& takes a whole lot less time).

Now that our baby girl has arrivedand I have no free time to do anything, my mind is all for easy + fast…  I’m in git er’ done mode.  I could never give up DIYing, even if I had 8 kids (which will never happen), so instead of tackling something difficult & timely, I’m going for simple.  My latest & greatest – Color Block Hanging Succulents…

Pre-made succulent hanging basket from Lowe's jazzed up with paint to create a unique Color Block Succulent Basket {EASY DIY}

Just to be honest and not have you think I am wonder woman, I worked on this project before the baby arrived, then snapped the final pictures for the post yesterday.  Over the last few days, I really have tried to just sit back, rest, and relax – well for the most part.

So on to this really cool & super easy creation…  When I was shopping at Lowe’s for supplies for a few projects last month, I had to hit the succulent / plant section.  Succulents are my favorite this time of year – Spring & Summer – and I love planting smaller and larger sized succulents in pots, cups, or anything that is container-like.  Last years Spring mantel is a great example of a succulent display using all different style containers.

Spring Mantel

While loading up on different sized succulents at Lowe’s, I found a a pre-made wicker-style hanging basket filled with about 4 different style succulents.  How much better does it get than already made?!

Succulent Shopping

Pre-made succulent hanging basket from Lowe's

I immediately the hanging baskets would look great in the kitchen at the large window that overlooks the backyard.  I knew I would enjoy them immensely while doing dishes at the sink or prepping dinner.

But of course I had to jazz them up…

I first figured out where the baskets would best be placed to hang from the ceiling.  I made a mark, installed an anchor, then a hook.

Hanging Succulent baskets

Pre-made succulent hanging basket from Lowe's jazzed up with paint to create a unique Color Block Succulent Basket {EASY DIY}

Here comes the easy DIY idea to customize and make them one-of-a-kind, unique pieces.

Using paint that I had on-hand (I had the hardest time choosing the color) and a firm crafting brush, I painted the bottom 1/3 of the wicker / stick basket.  In the end I chose to use plain white and a popping citron green hue (Valspar Olive Tree, which matches the front door).

Color Block Succulent Hanging Baskets - Simple + Fast DIY creation. Sometimes easy is best!

I could have used tape to make sure the line was straight around, but instead I simply “eyed it”.  I added the paint on thick so it got into all the nooks & crannies.

Color Block Succulent Hanging Baskets - Simple + Fast DIY creation. Sometimes easy is best!

Within minutes, I made my way around the entire edge and to dry, I hung them by the hooks.  And that’s it.  Down & Dirty easy DIY!

Here’s the result…

Pre-made succulent hanging basket from Lowe's jazzed up with paint to create a unique Color Block Succulent Basket {EASY DIY}

Pre-made succulent hanging basket from Lowe's jazzed up with paint to create a unique Color Block Succulent Basket {EASY DIY}

Pre-made succulent hanging basket from Lowe's jazzed up with paint to create a unique Color Block Succulent Basket {EASY DIY}

Pre-made succulent hanging basket from Lowe's jazzed up with paint to create a unique Color Block Succulent Basket {EASY DIY}

So fun, right?!  I love how they look and in just 2 weeks they have grown a lot.  I guess they love the light that filtrates through the large window.

Pre-made succulent hanging basket from Lowe's jazzed up with paint to create a unique Color Block Succulent Basket {EASY DIY}

Gosh, I just can not get enough of succulents!

Pre-made succulent hanging basket from Lowe's jazzed up with paint to create a unique Color Block Succulent Basket {EASY DIY}

Pre-made succulent hanging basket from Lowe's jazzed up with paint to create a unique Color Block Succulent Basket {EASY DIY}

Do you love easy DIY creations?  Would you rather start projects from scratch or do you like ‘jazzing’ up something pre-made?

Disclosure: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase items for my project.  I was also compensated for my time to use the products.  No one told me what to create, what to buy, how to use the product, or what to write.  All opinions are 100% mine!

DIY: Homemade Circle Crib Mobile

No baby yet.  Still waiting… In the meantime though, thank you all for the kind thoughts on the Nursery Nook that I created for our new soon-to-arrive (any minute) bundle!

For the new ‘nook’ I created this adorable easy-to-make and completely homemade crib mobile too…  As promised, I’m happy to show you all the steps.

DIY: Homemade / Handmade Circle Crib Mobile: a beautiful & inexpensive way to crib a focal point for your baby! Check out this easy-to-follow tutorial

This type of circle crib mobile is nothing new.  I’m sure you’ve seen it before in stores and/or created by others (I’ve seen a few here & there and of course on pinterest), but I’ve always adored the look and how much color + height it brings to a room.  Plus most importantly of all, how much it can grab a baby’s attention!  Copy cat, who cares…  I love it, so I made it.

Looking back I often laugh, because for baby #1 (my son) I chose and purchased some of the most neutral pieces.  The crib mobile, specifically, was whites + creams and those are colors newborns don’t see.  Color is what they need.  For baby 3, making her way soon, this mobile will be very entertaining.

DIY: Homemade / Handmade Circle Crib Mobile: a beautiful & inexpensive way to crib a focal point for your baby! Check out this easy-to-follow tutorial

Crib mobiles can often be very costly as well.  Not this handmade creation!  It was super inexpensive and most of the materials I already had on hand.

The supplies I gathered were:

  • Scrapbooking paper
    • At AC Moore I found a 4″ x 4″ book of colorful modern patterned papers.  They were on sale for $5 a book and I snagged 2.
  • Circle Puncher
    • I used a 2″ round circle cutter
  • Wood quilt hoop in 2 sizes
    • I used an 8″ and 12″ diameter hoop
  • Yarn, ribbon, or string (to hang hops from ceiling)
  • Sewing Machine + sewing essentials

1. I started off by using the circle puncher and cut about 200 circles (it sounds like a lot, but it really doesn’t take long.  It’s a good time to catch up on your DVRed shows).

DIY: Homemade / Handmade Circle Crib Mobile: a beautiful & inexpensive way to crib a focal point for your baby! Check out this easy-to-follow tutorial

2. Once the punching out of the circles was done, it was time to attach the circles to each other…  I had never sewn paper before, so I thought it was going to be difficult.  I was wrong.  It was really easy.  Basically I sewed through one circle, continued with a few more stitches and then added another circle.  Because the design was only on one side (other side is white), I would alternate every 2 or 3 circles with the plain white side.  In the end, the circles are always moving (dancing as my daughter calls it), but I didn’t want it to be noticeable that one side had all pattern and the other side was all white.

DIY: Homemade / Handmade Circle Crib Mobile: a beautiful & inexpensive way to crib a focal point for your baby! Check out this easy-to-follow tutorial

For the small wood hoop, I made 10 strands of 11 connected circles and for the larger hoop (which is the lower tier), I made 12 strands of 9 connected circles to each other.  There really is no right or wrong way or specific height that is a must.  Each strand of circles resulted in slightly different lengths, but that’s what makes it interesting + homemade.  FYI:  The room has 8′ ceilings and the mobile resulted about 30″ high.

3. Once the circle strands were complete, I tied them on to the wood hoop.  It’s important to leave about 6″ of extra thread on one side so it can be attached to the hoop. Once tied, trim the thread.

DIY: Homemade / Handmade Circle Crib Mobile: a beautiful & inexpensive way to crib a focal point for your baby! Check out this easy-to-follow tutorial

4. Once the strands of connected circles are attached to the wood hoops, it was time to attached the wood hoops together.  An extra set of hands is best for this quick step, but it can be done on your own.  I used white yarn to connect the hoops and tried to keep the upper (small hoop) tier parallel to the bottom (larger hoop) tier.

DIY: Homemade / Handmade Circle Crib Mobile: a beautiful & inexpensive way to crib a focal point for your baby! Check out this easy-to-follow tutorial

The mobile is so light weight that I attached it to the ceiling with a small white hook.  Voila, it was complete…

DIY: Homemade / Handmade Circle Crib Mobile: a beautiful & inexpensive way to crib a focal point for your baby! Check out this easy-to-follow tutorial

I used white thread for the project and I love how you can see it on the darker colored circles.

DIY: Homemade / Handmade Circle Crib Mobile: a beautiful & inexpensive way to crib a focal point for your baby! Check out this easy-to-follow tutorial

Here’s how the homemade circle crib mobile looks in the new Nursery Nook.

DIY: Homemade / Handmade Circle Crib Mobile: a beautiful & inexpensive way to crib a focal point for your baby! Check out this easy-to-follow tutorial

The paper I used for the mobile is scrapbooking paper which I found at AC Moore.  It came as a 4″ x 4″ book with many colorful designs & patterns – perfect for the space.  I also made these adorable origami butterflies using the same paper…

Nursery Nook: Gallery Wall - New creative wall with a combination of pictures, artwork, quotes, and special keepsakes. Come see the evolution of the 'nook'

I’m thrilled with how this “nook” came out and I’m extra thrilled with the creation of my simple mobile…

DIY: Homemade / Handmade Circle Crib Mobile: a beautiful & inexpensive way to crib a focal point for your baby! Check out this easy-to-follow tutorial

DIY: Homemade / Handmade Circle Crib Mobile: a beautiful & inexpensive way to crib a focal point for your baby! Check out this easy-to-follow tutorial

This crib mobile was what I had my heart set on and even though it’s something done before by many others, I’m happy that I went with what I loved & I know my baby will love just as much.

What attention grabbing mobile do you (or did you) have for your baby?

Patio Paradise: Before & After Patio Makeover

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

For the past 2 months we’ve been plotting, planning, shopping, implementing, and transforming our outdoor patio.  It’s been a labor of love to get this space to be an inviting oasis that we always envisioned and now can truly enjoy.

We bought our home in the middle of winter when there was over a foot of snow on the ground.  Once Spring hit, the melting snow revealed what we were up against a lot of work – much more than we anticipated.  In the sideyard, there was an above ground pool, which had seen better days, plus 20+ overgrown trees that made the entire yard look dark & cavernous.

In the last 4 years, we’ve done a lot of work & spent a lot of money to upgrade the area (things that we had to hire out because we couldn’t tackle on our own).  We’ve made progress over the years, but more work to really pull this outdoor space together needed to be done…

If you haven’t seen the before in previous posts (and this is actually after a lot of work had already been done), this is how the outdoor area looked before…

Before

Yikes!

Before

Our objective: To use the patio we already had (no money in the budget for something new) and to create a little slice of paradise with colorful decor!  I’m no expert on outdoor landscaping (or even keeping a flower alive for that matter), but I put my mad decorating skills to the test to transform this space…

If I can do it, so can you!

Before we could sit back, enjoy, and relax, there were a whole lotta steps that went into pulling this patio together.

First, the shopping.

It started with the pergola.  I first spotted it at Lowe’s in late Winter and fell in love.  We’ve always wanted a pergola, but were hesitant on building it from scratch.  Fear sometimes gets the best of us. Anyway, the black steel pergola seemed like the perfect (and much easier) way to go.

Prepping the patio with a new pergola

After that the layers.  Pillows + lanterns + pots + lighting + flowers!  I found all of these beauties at Lowe’s.  They have a great new outdoor collection this year with bold colors & patterns.

Prepping the patio

Once back at the house, one of the first things I tackled was painting the doors to the shed.  I was going for an orange vibe a few years ago, but that idea was ditched and the new outdoor space called for blue.  I started off attempting to spray paint the doors and that didn’t work.  Then I used the HomeRight Mini Paint Stick + a paint brush, and that was just the trick for an easy project makeover…

Prepping the patio with a new color on the shed doors

The patio set we chose was incredibly easy to put together.  So easy that each chair took about 2 minutes and 34 seconds… no joke!  The sides + the back literally snapped into the seat and voila it was done.  No nails, no screws, no allen keys, just wam-bam done!

Prepping the patio with new furniture

The chairs were REALLY heavy, but my man could handle it.  With one hand – WOW.  totally kidding, they are actually incredibly light, but don’t tell him that because he was super impressed with himself.

Ya gotta laugh along the way, right?!

And of course with creating an outdoor oasis, there is a lot of planting involved.  From weeding, planting, and mulching, it took a few weekends to tackle.  Plus there was the cleaning of the pond, the removal of an old fence, and the putting together of the outdoor fireplace – which is a must for a Patio Paradise – so we’ve been busy to say the least…

Prepping the Patio

…but in the end it’s all been worth it because this is the result of our beautiful space.

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

Too fuzzy?  Want a clearer picture?  Check it out…

Come join me on the patio.

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

The garden which was created (not by us, but by a previous homeowner) with a retaining wall sits about 2′ high than the patio and brings nice height and elevation to the patio setting. When you come down to the patio level, you are greeted by a blooming, oversized (not yet, but by mid-summer it’ll be huge) Russian Sage perennial.

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

The pond, which until last week was a muddy, gross mess, brings such a special touch to this area of our yard.  There is nothing like the calming sounds of water.  We’re also still loving the garden sculpture created 2 years ago from an old barrel. It’s such a pretty focal point.

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

The cushions for the chairs & sofa are incredible because the rain beads away instead of soaking in.  I found that out the other day by mistake.  Typically we put the cushions away each night, but they were accidentally left out.  The next day I was super bummed {enter mad-at-myself-face}, but when I touched them, they were completely dry!  They are made of Sunbrella fabric & I’m really impressed.

With the patio furniture set came different pillows, but instead of being matchy-matchy, I swapped them for a few others that I was drawn to at Lowe’s.

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

Lantern Love…

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

Want some drinks? Let’s chill at the table.

I took this beautiful Indian throw that I typically have on a chair indoors and used it as a table cloth.  The colors are so vibrant + bold, so it really brought a fun & festive vibe to the new patio.  Again, using what I have on-handmade makes it easier and less costly.

A simple pallet box that the Mister made is set as the centerpiece filled with colorful annuals.

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Can you blame me for not wanting to leave my house for the next 2 months?!

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

For the underside of the pergola, I hung a lantern that I purchased a few years ago and draped lights from each corner to the center.

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

Important Info: The pergola came with 6″ stakes to anchor it into the ground.  First, we positioned the pergola on the patio, so the stakes wouldn’t work.  Secondly, I would be reluctant using stakes because I could still see the pergola pulling away.  The pergola has received rave reviews on the Lowe’s site, but the anchoring to the ground has been the only issue.  With an intense gust of wind, the fabric could easily act as a sail.

To make the pergola sturdy and in-place, we first used a masonry drill bit to make a hole into the concrete patio.  Then we used Tapcon concrete screws (see them here) in each of the 4 holes on the 4 posts.  It was a fairly easy process which took about 10 minutes.

Patio Pergola

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

Now that it’s all complete {thank goodness}, we can sit back and simply enjoy!

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

We’ve already enjoyed our first fire.  And within minutes of us starting it, some neighbors popped over.  That’s what Summer is all about…

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

And it melted my heart when the kids grabbed the poufs and started to read side-by-side.  It didn’t last long (I’m not going to pretend we are some kind of ‘perfect’ family where our kids always get along), but for the short moment, it was a treasure which I bookmarked in my mind.

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

If you missed (or didn’t see) the mood board I created for the patio outdoor space, this was the original vision that I created.  It always helps to have a ‘plan of action’ when shopping & executing a new space – either indoors or out.   Sources (with links) for all the elements are in last week’s post: The Plan.

Patio Paradise Mood Board: Creating an inviting, relaxing patio oasis

No landscape expert designed this outdoor room, just lil’ ole’ me & I’m pretty darn satisfied!

Here’s a recap of the before & after…

A revamped patio with new outdoor furniture + a Pergola. This new space is surrounded by flowers & the sounds of water from a small pond. A tranquil & ideal oasis for the Summer!

Want to see another outdoor space of ours that I just finished?  Check out the deck

An Outdoor Deck for Outdoor Living: sharing our outdoor oasis where we'll be spending lots of time over the next few months!

You know where we will be all Summer!  Come join us!!

Thanks for coming over for a tour of our new patio paradise.  It’s a dream that this space (+ the deck) are finished.  I can now sit back & enjoy the Summer days to come!

What outdoor projects have you tackled this year?  Do you have a patio or deck that you transformed or plan on transforming?

Disclosure: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase items for my project.  I was also compensated for my time to use the products.  No one told me what to create, what to buy, how to use the product, or what to write.  All opinions are 100% mine!