12 Best Coastal Farmhouse Dining Tables

Dining table styles and function have come a long way.  They are no longer just a piece of furniture used for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter family gatherings.  Nor do they have to be formal, shiny, or placed exclusively in a dining room setting.  But they do more than occupy a space:  they bring families together to celebrate life, share memories, and to praise God for the meals provided.  Here are the 12 Best Coastal Farmhouse Dining Tables.

*I will do a post on budget friendly dining sets, dining chairs and benches –  coming soon!!*

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12 BEST COASTAL FARMHOUSE DINING TABLES

What is coastal farmhouse style? 

Coastal farmhouse is the simplicity of modern or vintage farm-style furniture merged with elements of water, sand, and sky.

The LOOK:  worn pieces or distressed furnishings + colors associated with the ocean or beach.  

 Think granny’s vintage coffee table + navy striped rug

The FEEL:   extreme comfort + complete relaxation.

Think favorite over-sized sweatshirt + no shoes required vibe.

What is coastal farmhouse dining room style?

The LOOK:  distressed white farmhouse table + wooden chairs (painted seafoam blue)

The FEEL:   no drink coasters needed + wet swimsuits allowed

Need more Farmhouse Style Inspiration?  Try Find Your Style:  Four Farmhouse Mood Boards


12 BEST COASTAL FARMHOUSE DINING TABLES

I just wanted to share some pictures of our coastal farmhouse dining tables: in the kitchen breakfast nook, and in our dining room.  Hopefully, they will give you some ideas of paint colors, fabric colors, and lighting choices to help visualize your own space.  

Here is our coastal farmhouse breakfast nook.  I tend to lean more to the casual, modern farmhouse side in this room.

This table comes with 1 leaf to create a square table (not pictured) to fit our banquette seating.

 

Here below is our coastal farmhouse dining room.  I tend to lean a little more to the formal, shabby chic side in this room.

This table comes with two leaves (not pictured) to create a long table to fit the dining space.

 

Pictured below is our fall dining table showing the double-pedestal legs.  The pedestal legs open up the bottom of the table for different seating options:  chairs and bench seating

And here is the Christmas holiday table showing it with bench seating.

So, you can tell that there are many different “looks” of coastal farmhouse style kitchens and dining rooms….. just in our house. 

Remember:  It is your house, so choose what best fits your family, style and function!!


12 BEST COASTAL FARMHOUSE DINING TABLES

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TABLE TIPS FOR STYLE:

  1. For modern farmhouse style, choose tables with straight lines. For french country, cottage or shabby chic styles, choose tables with curved lines. 

 

TABLE TIPS FOR FUNCTION:

  1. Choose rectangular tables if you want bench seating. 
  2. Go more formal in the dining room, and more casual in the breakfast nook. 
  3. Choose tables with leaves for larger dining rooms/areas.
  4. Choose round or oval tables for smaller dining rooms/areas. 
  5. Go with pedestal tables when you need more leg room.

 

TABLE TIPS FOR CHAIR HEIGHT AND RUG SIZE:

Most common height for a dining table is 30″H (just wanted to pass that along).

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RUG CHART:

Here is a helpful chart in case you are also needing a rug.  If you are looking blue or navy and white rugs, this post has some inexpensive rug options as well.

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Now that you have some helpful tips and answers to some of you dining table questions, it’s time to get to the good stuff!! 

What are the different coastal farmhouse dining table styles that I chose?  

table tops:   rectangular, round, and oval-shaped 

bases: four- legged, pedestal, and double-pedestal bases

composition:  wood, and wood & metal 

 

What are the dining table prices?

I chose inexpensive, budget-friendly tables that are: 

under $400 (1), under $500 (6), and under $600 (5)


12 BEST COASTAL FARMHOUSE DINING TABLES

1 – Gracehill Extendable Dining Table – $401.57

Table Dimensions:  40″W x 66″L x 30″H – closed, 40″W x 78″L – with leaf

Gracehill Extendable Dining Table


 

2 – Valerie Dining Table (Driftwood) – $400.60

Additional Colors Available:  Off white, Barnwood, Rustic Grey

Table Dimensions:  36″W x 63″L x 31″H, no leaves

Valerie Solid Wood Dining Table


 

3 – Tiphaine Extendable Table – $539.99

Table Dimensions:  44″W x 90″L x 30″H closed, 44″W x 108″L with leaf

Tiphaine Extendable Dining Table


 

4 – Astere Extendable Dining Table – $532.52

Table Dimensions:  42″W x 66″L x 30″H closed, 42″W x 84″L with leaf

Astère Extending Dining Table


 

5 – Beachem Extendable Dining Table – $452.72

Table Dimensions:  41 7/8″W x 71 3/4″L x 30″H closed, 41 7/8″W x 95 1/4″L when open

Beachem Extendable Solid Wood Dining Table


 

6 –  Callisburg Soild Wood Dining Table – $457.83

4 Other Colors Available:  White, Black, Red, Sage 

Table Dimensions:  39 3/8″W x 78 3/4″L x 30″H  – no leaves

Callisburg Solid Wood Dining Table


 

7 – Rutledge Extendable Dining Table (gray) – $562.00

Available in Brown also

Table Dimensions:  38″W x 60″L x 30.5″H closed, 38″W x 78″L with leaf

Rutledge Extendable Dining Table


 

8 – Fortville Round Dining Table – $334.64

4 Other Colors Available:  Oak, Green, Gray, Red

Table Dimensions:  45″ Round – no leaves

Fortville Solid Wood Dining Table


 

9 – Fortville Extendable Table – $522.82

5 Other Colors Available:  Red, Black, White, Green, Gray

Table Dimensions:  42″ Diameter x 30″H closed, 42″W x 59.68″L with leaf

Fortville Extendable Solid Wood Dining Table


 

10 – Saquenay Extendable Dining Table – $491.22

2 Other Colors Available:  Sand, Dove

Table Dimensions:  42″ Round x 30″H closed, 42″W x 54″L with leaf

 

Saguenay Extendable Dining Table


 

11 – Byerly Pedestal Table – $459.99

Table Dimensions: 59.12″ Round x 31.75″H

Byerly Pedestal Dining Table


 

12 – Florence Round Pedestal Table – $590.00

Table Dimensions:  60″ Round x 30″H

 

Hope you found a coastal farmhouse dining table that best fits your space and family needs!   If you have any questions, just shoot me a comment!

Have a Great Holiday Season!!

Love & Hugs πŸ™‚

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9 Holiday Table Decorating Tricks: Using What You Have

Everyone loves a beautifully set table for Thanksgiving and Christmas family dinners, we just don’t love the price tag.  Instead of planning the meal and spending family time during the holiday season, we are stressed over table covers and napkins, chargers and dishes, table runners and centerpieces!!  So, this year we are going to ENJOY the seasons of Gratitude and Jesus’s Birthday!  9 Holiday Table Decorating Tricks:  Using What You Have. 

Want to see more Fall and Christmas decorating ideas?  Try Fall Home Tour 2019, Fall Home Tour 2018, Christmas Dining Room Navy + Red, Fall to Christmas Decorating.


9 HOLIDAY TABLE DECORATING TRICKS: 

USING WHAT YOU HAVE

One of my favorite things to do is shop my own home (LOL), and find new uses for ordinary household items.  Yes, I know I am a little crazy!!

But you can really save A LOT of money by re-purposing items you already own, and creating beautifully decorated spaces at the same time.

So today, I am sharing my favorite tricks, tips, & let’s just be honest – hacks – that I use to decorate for the holidays without spending a dime.

Who’s ready??!!


9 HOLIDAY TABLE DECORATING TRICKS: 

USING WHAT YOU HAVE

FIRST THINGS FIRST:  

I am showing Thanksgiving and Christmas themed tablescapes for the timing of this post, but you can use all of these tips for Easter tablescapes (and other holiday seasons) also.

SECOND:  

I tried to use the same dishes and decorations (as much as I could) so you can see I am using a more limited supply of items.  I also chose not to show stemware or flatware in my tablescapes – so that you can picture your own items in the actual decoration.


9 HOLIDAY TABLE DECORATING TRICKS: 

USING WHAT YOU HAVE

9 HOLIDAY TABLE DECORATING TRICKS:

  1.   Curtains for Table Covers & Runners
  2.   Yard Clippings for Greenery
  3.   Picture Frame for Tray
  4.   Angled Shower Curtain for Placemats
  5.   Curtain Rings for Napkin Holders
  6.   Chalkboard Place Cards from Construction Paper
  7.   Wreath for Centerpiece   
  8.   Sugared Fruit for Accents
  9.   Pillow Sham for Dining Chair Slipcover

9 HOLIDAY TABLE DECORATING TRICKS

DECORATING TRICK #1:  Use Curtains for Table Covers & Runners

Curtains are a perfect option to us as table covers for almost all dining tables (sizes).  They are usually 54″ wide and typically 84″ long or 96″ long. 

And most dining room tables are 36″- 40″ wide and roughly 60″- 78″ long (6-8 people).

Which means most curtains will be just wide enough to cover the width of your table, and long enough if you need to add in your table leaves (or extensions).

I had 2 choices (in my House) to choose from:  this blue and white patterned curtain that used to be in our living room, or a white solid linen curtain that used to be in our bedroom

But this navy one was calling my name!  Just use something you already own that can fit your holiday theme.

My curtain is 54″W x 96″L.  

I do not have either of my 2 table leaves in the picture below, but the curtain would still cover them if added.  I just wanted to give you an idea of how the curtain looks on the actual table.

I probably should have ironed it first – LOL – but you get the idea – right?? haha!

 

  • RUNNER:  If you want to use your curtain as a table runner, just fold it in half longways, and then fold it again.  More pictures in tip #3 with the curtain as a runner.

DECORATING TRICK #2:  Yard Clippings for Greenery

Using your own yard clippings is a great way to save money and add a natural element to your holiday tablescape. 

I used 2 crepe myrtle branches, cut into small sections, for my accent greenery.

Here is a before picture of the Fall/Thanksgiving centerpiece without greenery.

And here is a picture with the greenery cut into pieces.

If you want to use something like this for your Christmas tablescape, just exchange the white pumpkins with Christmas ornaments – easy peasy!!

Top view:


DECORATING TRICK #3:  Picture Frame for Tray

If you don’t have a tray that you can use for a holiday centerpiece, or one that doesn’t match your decor, use a picture frame.  It works great to keep things looking orderly, and gives a little more formal look to your tablescape.

I have had this open frame forever – got it at Hobby Lobby like 10 years ago – and still love it.  But if you have one with glass, gently take the glass out.

Or you can put lighter items on top of the glass (or mirrored frame) also.  

  • Here is my curtain – now turned table runner – for this display.  

So, I will add in those same decorations as before, minus the 2 white bowls.  

Now with the greenery.

And here it is from the top view so that you can how it looks compared to the other configuration (without the tray).

The picture frame “tray” would work great when you have a small table or there is a limited amount of table space (when stemware and/or serving platters are added).

You could also use 2 picture frames to spread out the table decor, if you have a really long table.  Just play around with your table decor and dimensions, to find the best configuration for you!!

And now with the greenery added in. 

 

Looking for coastal farmhouse dining tables?   Check out my new post.


DECORATING TRICK #4 Angled Shower Curtain for Placemats

If you want placemats under your dishes, but don’t have any on hand, turn you shower curtain or curtain to make a diamond shape.

Since shower curtains are normally 72×72 inches (square), they will actually form a true diamond-square shape.  I didn’t have an extra one on hand, so I used my curtain again.

This worked for my table without the leaves.  So, if you’re table is larger, you might have to use the angled curtain as a centerpiece only.  

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Here it is top view.

*** If you have a matching pair of curtains, put one on your dining table, and the other one on your breakfast table to have a coordinated look. ***

Here is what it looked like – angled – between 2 chairs.


DECORATING TRICK #5 Curtain Rings for Napkin Holders ….. and

DECORATING #6 Chalkboard Place Card from Construction Paper 

If you can’t find any napkin holders for your place setting, try using wooden or metal curtain rings (with or without clips).   I have both of these on hand, but chose the dark wooden ones for this display.

*** You can also use extra shower curtain rings for this look. ***

Both of my rings had clips attached, but you don’t have to have them.  You would simply tie the jute string (or ribbon) around the little “eye” ring.

They will work with flat napkins and fluffed napkins.

 

And I I already had the actual chalkboard place card name tags, but I made one from black construction paper so you could have one too!!  

Dimensions:  2″W x 3 1/8″L – angle begins at 2 5/8″L.

Just punch a hole, grab some chalk, and you’re all set.

And here they are side by side….pretty close right??  Plus, your construction paper place cards will ALL be the same color.

Top – chalkboard.  Bottom – construction paper.  

True chalkboard place card.

And the construction paper place card below.

 


DECORATING TRICK #7 Wreath for Centerpiece

Using a wreath for a holiday centerpiece is probably my favorite tablescape decoration.  I love that you can change the entire look of the table by just changing out wreaths.  Can’t get any easier than that!!

I did 3 different looks so you can see how the wreath “makes” the entire table.  And you’ll notice that if you just slip a cake plate underneath it, you get a little more depth + drama!!

Thanksgiving & Fall Tablescape

 

Christmas Reds Tablescape

 

Christmas Frosted Pastels Tablescape

And top views.

 

 

*** Don’t forget that you can use a Spring or Easter wreath for you Easter tablescape also.***


DECORATING TRICK #8 Sugared or Frosted Fruit

One of the prettiest decorations to use during the holidays are sugared or frosted fruit.  Use whatever fruit you have on hand, and add a little sugar to give it a seasonal sparkle.  

Cranberries, grapes, pears, apples, raspberries, and blueberries come to mind.   Of course, you can always use fruits not frosted, or pumpkins and gourds also.  

I have to admit that the frosted cranberries, pears, and apples I am showing are fake (already had these).  But just frost or use what you already have.

And don’t forget – these are not only beautiful – but edible too!

Bold colors.

  

 

I put my berries in some clear martini and margarita glasses that are different heights – just to add a little interest and movement.

For the apples and pears (below), I just set them directly on the runner.  But if these were real, I’d put them in glass bowls just so that the sugar wouldn’t ruin the velvet.

And softer colors.

 

 


DECORATING TRICK #9 Using Pillow Shams for Dining Chair Slipcovers

This trick will sound VERY crazy – but it should work – and it is my favorite hack!! 

Take a pillow sham and slide it over the back of your wooden dining chair to give it a slip-covered look.  Leave it hanging down so that it looks more formal, or tuck it under to make it more modern.

*** I used a king-sized pillow sham for mine, but a standard-sized pillow sham works also.  I also found that a quilted sham (thicker) works better, and looks a little nicer. 

But a linen sham or even a pillow case can work. 

Here are the 2 wooden chairs that I am using to slipcover.

Take your sham and slide it onto the back of the chair with the good side facing away from the table.

This sham has ties, but I know most of them have an “envelope opening.”  You will just have to pin it with stick pins or safety pins.

Here is what the long version will look like with the tail hanging down to the floor.

For the shorter slipcover, just take the excess sham and tuck it around the wooden portion (back of the chair).  It will be a little bulky, but just flatten it out the best you can.

A standard sham will work easier for this style because there is less sham length to tuck – FYI.

This one I was able to tie on the sides, when flattened out.

 

Ok, so now let’s see what they actually look like in the room.

BEFORE – just the 2 wooden chairs, no slipcovers.

 

AFTER – with short slipcovers.

AFTER – with long slipcovers.

Want to add some wreaths? (not on tricks list, but just for fun)

After – with wreaths.

Hope you found a couple of tips and tricks that you can use to make your holiday table decorating easier, so that you can spend more time enjoying your family!! 

Click here for more information on coastal farmhouse dining tables and here for navy blue and white area rugs.

Have a Blessed Fall & Christmas Season!!

Love & Hugs πŸ™‚ 

Want to see more Fall and Christmas decorating ideas?  Try Fall Home Tour 2019, Fall Home Tour 2018, Christmas Dining Room Navy + Red, Fall to Christmas Decorating.

 

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Fall Home Tour 2019: Pink Pumpkin Patch

Hi and Happy Fall everyone!!  I am so excited to show you our fall decorations this year because I changed up the color palette a little bit – to fall pinks!  And I know it seems like pink isn’t the first color that comes to mind for fall decorations, but it coordinates beautifully with spice-y oranges, and navy blues.  So, if you’re looking for some autumn inspiration and fall decorating ideas, you’ve come to the right place.  Welcome to our Fall Home Tour 2019:  Pink Pumpkin Patch!!

***NOTE*** I’ve Sprinkled in 8 Fall Decorating Ideas that will help you add “in” some pink to your fall home decor.  

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To see more Fall Decorating Ideas & Tips, try 9 Holiday Table Decorating Tricks:  Using What You Have, 5 Secrets for Fall Decorating, Find Your Style:  37 Fabulous Fall Wreaths, Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps, and Halloween Fa-BOO-lous Breakfast Party.


FALL HOME TOUR 2019:  PINK PUMPKIN PATCH

So, why did I choose shades of pink for fall decor this year?  I have been wanting to try some different colors to punch out all of the blues in our house, and knew that shades of pink would give me a lot of options.

Since I already decorated with orange and navy (in the dining room), and blue and yellow (in the foyer) – for our fall home tour last year, I wanted to try something fresh.  And Pink delivered!!

Check out the pink color chart with names below.  Isn’t it amazing how wide a spectrum you can cover with all of the different pink hues?  

source: digitalsynopsis.com

And here are some orange hues below. 

You can now see which pink shades above (have a little orange in them) and could blend or merge with some of the orange shades below – right?

source: digitalsynopsis.com

So, here is my color palette with shades of pink only.

But…. I still wanted to add some of the orange hues, while keeping the entire house looking cohesive.

So here is the color palette with some of my spice-y oranges sprinkled in.  It just seems to warm up the color palette, while still keeping the “pink” undertones.  

What do you think?   Now, I can mix and match these items throughout the house.

 Here are my 3 color palettes:

  1.  Fall Dining Room –  one tone (Pinks Only)
  2.  Fall Entry –  combined tones (Pinks & Oranges)
  3.  Fall Living Room and Kitchen – coordinated tones (Pinks + Oranges) – love it!!   

Plus I can add shades of purple or red during the Christmas season, and this “fall” palette can easily transition into our “Christmas” palette!  Win-win!!

  • So, let’s get to the good stuff – the Home Tour and 8 Fall Decorating Ideas!!

FALL HOME TOUR 2019:  PINK PUMPKIN PATCH

FALL DINING ROOM – PINKS ONLY 

In the dining room, I decided to keep the color palette one tone so that there would be more contrast against the navy and white.  I also used softer shades of pink but paired it with velvet fabric, to add warmth and texture.

If you go back to the pink color chart above, you will notice that I chose more”blue” pinks that lean closer to the purple side (like lavender and lilac) for this room. 

I wanted to use pinks that would blend in with my lavender flowers.

 

DECORATING IDEA #1:  PINK TABLE RUNNER

The pink velvet table runner is the perfect color for the lavender flowers, and really grounds the entire fall tablescape.   It allows me to decorate tone-on-tone with the pumpkins, and makes the white wooden tray centerpiece “pop.”

 

DECORATING IDEA #2:  PINK VELVET PUMPKINS

Sprinkled throughout the house, are the adorable pink velvet pumpkins with rose gold stems.  I love them!!  These were the items that started the whole “pink pumpkin patch” color palette.

 

I kept all of the other decorations white or natural – like the wooden beads, pine cones, fall candles, and gourds.

 

 

 

DECORATING IDEA #3:  PINK VELVET RIBBON

This combination was my favorite fall decoration this year!!  I fell in love with these white metal wreaths (clearance at Hobby Lobby), and added this gorgeous pink velvet ribbon to attach to the side chairs.  

I bought 6 of the white magnolia leaves wreaths, so that I could use them somewhere else in the future.  It’s always good to have decorations that can transition into other seasons.

 

I attached the ribbons to the top portion of the white slip-covered chairs with stick pins, but would use safety pins when entertaining guests.  You wouldn’t want to accidentally poke someone (well depends on who it is – LOL)!!

 

Here you can see the lavender floral stem with the pink runner, pumpkin, and ribbon.  They are all different shades and depths, but blend beautifully together.

 

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FALL ENTRY:  PINKS & ORANGES

DECORATING IDEA #4:  BLUSH PINK FLOWERS

The blush pink flowers were actually one of my favorite decorating items for the entire Pink Pumpkin Patch also!!  I love how they are lighter at the petals and darker at the stem – this adds a ton of dimension.

Plus, it was a great way to connect the entry to the living room.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors that aren’t exactly the same, as long as they are similar in depth (or darkness).

The orange shades in the football sign and throw blanket play well with the oranges AND pinks because they are all a medium depth in color. 

They are also surrounded by a good amount of white and blue accents, which act as grounding elements (or neutrals). 

Show and share the Love!!

Fall is not just a season – it’s really a feeling!!  And our fall home would not be complete without a daily reminder of how grateful we feel for all of God’s blessings.  Amen!!

 

 


FALL LIVING ROOM AND KITCHEN:  PINKS+ORANGES

I decorated with pink shades in the living room, and orange shades in the kitchen.  Since both of these rooms are connected – open concept – I wanted them to at least coordinate with each other.

And I’m so happy with my blue and white rug – right?  You can tell that all of the navy and white in both rooms, helps to unite the pinks with the oranges.

Click here for more information on coastal farmhouse dining tables and navy blue and white rugs.

DECORATING IDEA #5:  PINK THROW PILLOWS

I used a variety of throw pillows:  rose pink, blush pink, fun pink pom-poms, and ones with pink tassels in the living room.   The different shades and styles really help unite both rooms’ color palettes, because they coordinate with the plaid pillow in the kitchen.

 

 

DECORATING IDEA #6:  PINK THROW BLANKETS

And of course a soft, pink buffalo check throw blanket brings just the right look and feel to the living room.  How can you have fall decorations without at least one buffalo check item – right?

 

 

 

DECORATING IDEA #7:  PINK VASES, HOT PINK FLOWERS

These dark pink (magenta) and white vases were just the right color and size for my fall bookshelf styling this year.  I love that they have a lot of white so that the hot pink and coral flowers really pop!!

 

 

 

And my farmhouse wagon from Round Top…. knew he’d be paired with something floral and glam for fall – LOL!!

And speaking of farmhouse glam…..can you see the shimmer of the glitter on the white pumpkin candles??  Love these little candles!!

 

 

DECORATING IDEA #8:  PINK STORAGE BINS

Don’t forget about storage bins, photos boxes, or baskets to pop in some pink to your fall color palette.  I put one bin underneath each of our end tables to hold magazines and remotes.

And those rose gold handles – swoon!!

 

Here are some pictures of the kitchen where I used blue, white and orange tones.  I really love how these rooms came together this year.  

Don’t forget about fruit:  apples, pears, and peaches all can lean orange- to-pink, which are perfect for fall decorating.  

 

 

 


BOOKSHELF VOTE:  FIND YOUR STYLE 

Just to make things a little fun, I decided to style our fall bookshelf 3 different ways.  So, choose your favorite by leaving your vote in the comments section below!!

Can’t wait to see which one y’all pick!!  

#1 – Love & Hugs signs together, Pink Flowers Wagon

 

 #2 – White Pumpkins Wagon & Pink Pumpkin Patch Sign

 

#3 Without Pink Pumpkin Patch Sign, Love and Hugs Word Signs

 

WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY FALL & AUTUMN BLESSINGS!

LOVE & HUGS πŸ™‚

To see more Fall Decorating Ideas & Tips, try 9 Holiday Table Decorating Tricks:  Using What You Have, 5 Secrets for Fall Decorating, Find Your Style:  37 Fabulous Fall Wreaths, Fall Home Tour 2018, Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps, and Halloween Fa-BOO-lous Breakfast Party.

To see more Christmas Decorating Ideas, Try 20 Best Christmas Door Wreaths, 33 Ideas:  Decorating Stairs for Christmas, DIY Buffalo Check Christmas Embroidery Hoop Ornaments, Let It Snow Donut Christmas Party.


***SHOP PINK PUMPKIN PATCH***

I bought most of my items from Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby, & Target.  Here are some items that will give you a similar look.

  1. Blush Pink Table Runner – Here, Here, Tablecloth
  2. Pink Velvet Pumpkins – Here 
  3. Pink Velvet Ribbon – Here
  4. Blush Flowers –  Light Pink, Deep Pink
  5. Dusty Pink & Blush Throw Pillows – Here, Here, Here, Thankful, Pumpkin
  6. Pink Vases – Here, Here, Here
  7. Hot Pink Flowers – Here, Here
  8. Buffalo Check Throw Blanket – Here, Solid, Solid, W/Pom Poms
  9. Storage Box –  Here, Here, Here
  10. Purple Flowers- Here
  11. ***White Wreaths – (mine were clearance)

***Recommend:  using 10″ grapevine wreath & paint white, or attach white berries or garland.  They are light, and will be easier to hang on your dining chairs.

 

 

 

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How to Plan Your Kitchen Remodel: Tips & Ideas

It’s hard to believe that a year ago, we were just beginning to move back into our house.  And that it has been almost 2 years since we flooded.  But…. we made it!!  WOOHOO!!  So in honor of our one year anniversary of moving back in, and our two-year celebration of surviving Hurricane Harvey, I thought it was time to conquer the beast:  How to Plan Your Kitchen Remodel:  Tips & Ideas 

There is sooooo much to cover on our kitchen remodel, that I will have to divide it up into several posts.  Today, I’ll go over all of the changes that we made to our existing kitchen and give you a resource guide with links to the products we used.   More posts to come later!!

*** Scroll to the END of the post for the RESOURCE GUIDE ***  

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HOW TO PLAN YOUR KITCHEN REMODEL: 

TIPS & IDEAS

I just wanted to take a little stroll down memory lane before we begin.  Since we have been in our current house now for 14 years, the kitchen has definitely had the most updates.  

To see more of our kitchen changes throughout the years, click Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Dining Room, 5 Tips:  Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White (And the Mistakes I Made), and Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Living Room.

BEFORE WE PAINTED THE CABINETS:

 

AFTER PAINTING THE CABINETS, BUT BEFORE THE FLOOD:

 

AFTER THE FLOOD:  

 

NOW AFTER THE REMODEL:

 


HOW TO PLAN YOUR KITCHEN REMODEL: 

TIPS & IDEAS

So….. I will first say that planning our kitchen remodel – was literally a nightmare.  It would have been a  large project even if we were doing a planned (or scheduled) kitchen renovation. But because of the flood, it was a horrible situation.  

And….. I will also be the first to admit, that there are some circumstances that absolutely cannot be controlled when $135,000 homes flood during a catastrophic hurricane disaster.  Items were  – like quadrupled back-ordered – if that’s even a real word!!

THE OVERBOOKED CONTRACTOR PROBLEM:

BUT….. there is a REAL problem when your contractor tells you that he will only contract with 10-15 homes (max), and you find out that he’s actually taken on 30 homes.   Yep – you read that correctly – 30 homes!!!

We were home #8.  He quit after 8 months, lied, and took our money.  Can you imagine if you were home #30?  

*** I will be writing a post soon on how to choose a contractor, so that you don’t get taken advantage of like we did.  For now though, just check out the section below to give you a guide to a couple of important items to consider. ***



HOW TO PLAN YOUR KITCHEN REMODEL: 

TIPS & IDEAS

KITCHEN REMODEL CONTRACTOR PLAYBOOK:

Here are some helpful tips and advice that I highly recommend when hiring out a contractor, or subcontractors to do your kitchen renovations.

TIPS BEFORE HIRING A CONTRACTOR:  (3-6 months before)

  1.  Use Pinterest and save inspiration photos for your dream kitchen remodel.  
  2.  Set up a must-have list, and realize you will have to compromise on certain things.
  3.  Know that you WILL be inconvenienced for the entire length of the project.
  4.  Set up a realistic budget for your kitchen project.
  5.  Know what you want to do:  cabinets, countertops, flooring, lighting, appliances?
  6.  Talk with close friends who have had a kitchen remodel, and get honest feedback.

TIPS WHEN HIRING YOUR CONTRACTOR:

  1.  Get pictures of other projects they have done, and check references.
  2.  Go over the time frame that the project will take (6-8 weeks?, etc)
  3.  Set up a penalty charge for each day project goes over completion date.
  4.  How many projects (or homes) will they be working on while doing your job?
  5.  Will the contractor check on the work daily, or send a foreman?
  6.  Go over the budget & change orders slips process.
  7.  Tell your contractor what your “remodeling personality” is upfront.
  8.  Do not let your contractor tell you what YOU will like or want.
  9.  Ask to see fabricator’s seam lines:  especially if using white quartz.
  10.  How will they protect your new countertops & flooring?
  11.  Will he use subcontractors or his own crew?
  12.  If using multiple subcontractors – ask to see each one’s work.
  13.  Ask where they will be doing their work:  driveway, front or back yard, etc?
  14.  Ask where they will keep their trash and debris?
  15.  How often will they pick up their trash and debris?  daily or weekly?

TIPS AFTER HIRING CONTRACTOR – BUT BEFORE WORK BEGINS:

  1.  Measure your existing kitchen dimensions.
  2.  Take a lot of pictures of your existing kitchen.
  3.  Pack up everything: you won’t use, you might use, and will definitely use – separately.
  4.  Set up a “mini” kitchen somewhere in your house to see what you’ll need.
  5.  Print and HANG your inspiration photos on the wall for the workers.


HOW TO PLAN YOUR KITCHEN REMODEL: 

TIPS & IDEAS

KITCHEN REMODEL COST PLAYBOOK:

Here are some helpful average kitchen remodel cost averages to give you an idea of what you might be spending.   Of course – these are just meant to provide you with a GUIDE.  Check out these websites – they have a ton of helpful information!!

AVERAGE COST: 

According to Home Advisor and Home Guide, the average cost of a kitchen remodel in 2019 is roughly $12,500 – $35,000.

To make it easier, this cost can be broken down by the total square feet of your kitchen.  Basically, you will (most likely) spend anywhere from $75-$250/square feet for your kitchen renovation.  On average, you will spend ($16,6000 – $23,784) or $150/sq. ft per Home Advisor and Home Guide.

HOME VALUE:

Home Advisor also states that the industry suggests that a good number to spend on your kitchen remodel is 5% – 15% of your home’s value.  So, if your home is worth $300,000, you could spend on average $30,000 to update your kitchen.

I’ll touch more on this in a separate post.  I just wanted to give you an idea of cost, and provide you with some very helpful websites.


COST ESTIMATOR PLAYBOOK:

Here just a little guide to show you what kitchen items cost by percentage.

source: improvenet.com


HOW TO PLAN YOUR KITCHEN REMODEL: 

TIPS & IDEAS

Here are all of the changes that we made to our existing kitchen 

resource guide with links to the products we used.  *** Scroll to the END of the post for the RESOURCE GUIDE ***

These are the STEPS in order of how our kitchen remodel (should have been) was done.  

PROJECT LIST STEPS PLAYBOOK:

  1.  Walls Removed to Living Room
  2.  Custom Lower Cabinets, New Door Fronts Upper Cabinets
  3.  Added Top Cabinets with Glass Inserts & Dummies
  4.  Closed up 2 Windows in Backsplash Side Wall
  5.  Lowered Dishwasher
  6.  Created L-Shaped Island
  7.  New Doors:  Pantry, Storm Door, & Screen Door
  8.  Trim Added to Kitchen Banquette
  9.  New Trim & New Baseboards 
  10.  Paint Colors – Cabinets, Trim, Walls
  11.  Added Quartz Countertops
  12.  New Backsplash
  13.  Hardwood Flooring
  14.  Lighting:  Island, Breakfast Nook, Under Cabinet, Extended Cabinets, Can Lighting
  15.  Hardware to Cabinets
  16.  New Appliances

Ok, let’s get to it!!



HOW TO PLAN YOUR KITCHEN REMODEL: 

TIPS & IDEAS

STEP 1:   WALLS REMOVED TO LIVING ROOM

Once it was determined that we needed to get rid of the lower cabinets (recommended by the mold inspector for precaution), those cabinets were removed.  The contractor should have also demo’ed the tile floor and the backsplash at this stage, since we were changing both of these items. 

And why didn’t he……remember the 30 homes (he contracted with) mentioned above?  This is what happens when your contractor gets greedy, and fails to supervise his jobs and workers.  

THE DEMO PROBLEM:

As a result of him not doing his job, this oversight created a HUGE ordeal for our family!!  We were not living here at the time (living with my mother-in-law), so it would have been perfect to demo while we were out of the house.   

He waited until the FIRST weekend we moved back into the upstairs to demo – creating EXTREME NOISE AND DUST for about 6 hours!!!  Oh…..and then they had to come back and demo all the rest of the tile:  the powder bath, laundry room, and master bath – ANOTHER WHOLE DAY AGAIN!!!

THE UNPROTECTED ITEMS PROBLEM:

Notice anything about the picture below?  Yep – they didn’t even bother to COVER our ovens, buffet, refrigerator or even our glass chandelier (both not pictured).

And since we knew the lower cabinets were not staying, we went ahead and created the open concept living room – kitchen combination.  Click Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Living Room for more on that post.

WITH CABINETS:

 

WITHOUT CABINETS:

 

AND NOW – NO WALLS:


STEPS 2-5:   CABINETS, CABINETS W/GLASS, WINDOWS REMOVED

On the sink wall, we removed the entire “arch section” and built in spice rack (can’t see it here), and added the top portion of cabinets.   We also lowered our dishwasher so we would have a flat countertop.

Then we had glass inserts added to the cabinets on both sides of the sink, and a solid front for the middle section (where the can light is hidden).

BEFORE:  

The lower cabinets and island were all custom built, as well as all of the shaker style doors.  We were able to keep our upper cabinets, so they just made doors to match.

DURING:

And now, with all of the changes made.  What do you think?  

AFTER:  

Here (below) we added “dummy” upper cabinets to the left side (above fridge) and actual cabinets on the right side.  

BEFORE:

AFTER WITH TOP CABINETS:

THE CARPENTER PROBLEM #1:

Above:  Just another contractor flub – no carpenter (subcontractors) supervision.  This lower cabinet was NOT even supposed to look like this – shouldn’t have had any open shelves!  

Literally, I had a photo taped to the wall of what I wanted, and they built this while I was out of the house one day.  So, I just left it because I was SO TIRED of them building what THEY WANTED, and asking them to REDO THINGS!!


STEP #6:  CREATED NEW ISLAND

Once we knew that the all of the lower cabinets were going to be removed, it was time to figure out a new kitchen design layout.  I also knew that we would have to keep a support beam (column) in a certain spot, so I needed to design an island with a column included.

KITCHEN FUNCTION:

Basically, how did we want the kitchen to function for our family?

Here are the three options that I drew out to give me a visual idea of my potential new space.

Option 1:

This option would give us the “open concept” feeling with having a direct entrance from the living room to the refrigerator, sink, or pantry…….but now it was closing off our breakfast nook (left of picture).

Option 2:  

This option would also give us direct entrance to the same areas (like option 1), plus it would not block off the breakfast nook area.  The only issue is that the island would be irregularly shaped, and it wasn’t the look I was going for.

Option 3:  

The L-shaped island was the winner!! and honestly the best option for our kitchen layout.  Since we were not planning on moving any major appliances, gas or plumbing lines (to save money), this option was going to give us everything we needed.

We would still be able to have the direct entrance into the kitchen from the living room, without blocking off the breakfast nook, and it gave me the clean lines look I wanted.  

 

And why am showing this other angle?  Do you notice anything maybe a little off?

THE CARPENTER PROBLEM #2:  

Shocker – another contractor flub!!  His carpenters built the island 4″ closer in to the sink wall, making the LIGHTS no longer CENTERED with the base of the island!!

Remember how I strongly encouraged you to take measurements of your existing kitchen before demo and work begins? Well, I did – and they STILL didn’t look at it!!!!!

Once again, we came home from our girls’ volleyball tournament, and they had the frame already built.  My measurements were right there in the kitchen for them to look at (in case I wasn’t there FOR THEM TO ASK ME)!!  

So, I extended the countertops out 6″ (farther than originally planned) on the fridge and oven side to balance out the flub.  I just needed to check that the oven doors could still open without hitting the countertops.  AND make sure the dishwasher would open without hitting the island base on the sink side – UGH!!!


STEP #7:  NEW DOORS- STORM, SCREEN, & PANTRY 

  1.  Pantry Door – JELD-WEN 24×80 2-Panel Roman Interior Door (24×80)
  2.  Pantry Door Knob – Bubble Door Knob polished nickel mine (satin nickel, chrome, bronze)
  3.  Screen Door – Steves & Sons Primed White Premium Fiberglass Door (32×80) 
  4.  Nickel Handle – Delaney Satin Nickel Privacy Handle
  5.  Keyless Entry  – Kwikset Powerbolt Satin Nickel
  6.  Screen Door – Anderson 3000 Series Fullview Black Storm Door (32×80) nickel hardware

Sometimes, it’s just all in the details.  The pantry door with the curved arch was a must-have to match the arched window above the sink.  All of our doors have this top arch, and it brings in some farmhouse style to our house.

And the knobs!!!  They go with my glass knobs for the top cabinets with the rope lighting.  I love the fun bubbles, just to keep things from getting to serious in here! haha!!

 


STEPS 8-10:  TRIM & BASEBOARDS

So, I wanted to show you a wide view of the kitchen area because the trim was one of the biggest projects or our entire remodel.  This was a must-have on my list.

We had trim added to all windows, kitchen banquette area, cabinets, doorways, room openings, column and beams, island base & feet, and baseboards.

KITCHEN BANQUETTE BEFORE:

BANQUETTE WITH TRIM:

AFTER:

Click here for more information on coastal farmhouse dining tables and navy blue and white rugs.

KITCHEN ISLAND AND FEET:  

INSPIRATION TRIM: 

Here was my inspiration for our Craftsman trim (below).  This company is incredible – check it out if you have some time by clicking on the source link below.  

We chose something close to #4 on their guide.

source: windsorone.com

Here it is on OUR door casings and openings.

 

And on the top kitchen cabinets – from the side view.

 

Our baseboards are 3 pieces put together.  5 1/4″ board (similar here), and 1 3/8″ top piece (and then shoe moulding where it meets the hardwood).  Or use something similar to this.

Finished height is 6 1/2″H.

Here is a picture of the top casing and board (not pictured is the shoe moulding base).

 A closeup pic.

We did not want the shoe moulding (quarter round) bottom piece – but you can tell – that we ended up with that anyway,  The carpenters had to add this piece because the baseboards should have gone on  after the floor installer was finished (to achieve the “clean lines” style).

Another time where the contractor was NOT supervising his subs.

INSPIRATION BASEBOARDS: 

Again – love all of the info and detailed work of Windsor One.  We chose to something similar to the 2nd pic – last row  – below.   

source: windsorone.com

 


STEP 10:   PAINT (WALL – SW SILVER STRAND), (TRIM/CABINETS – SW SNOWBOUND)

We chose Sherwin-Williams Silver Strand (satin) – walls

Snowbound (oil-based semi-gloss)- trim and cabinets, (flat)- ceilings, and (satin)- pantry walls.   

To see our house paint colors click here.

Below pic:  I just wanted to show you our previous paint colors and floors (ON RIGHT SIDE)  and our new paint colors and floors (ON LEFT SIDE).

We used to have alabaster – which I loved – but it had just a little hint of yellow in it for our house.  So, this time around, I went over one notch over to snowbound which works out great for my other colors. 

COMPARISON:

We used to have more “red” tones or warm tones, and now we have more “cool” tones.  

AND NOW:

 


STEP 11:  QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS  

We used Arizona Tile “Tipperary” 3cm 2 slabs, but unfortunately it is discontinued.  “Vittoria” is very similar – See RESOURCE GUIDE at very end of post.  

Now, this is was our second choice – but it is beautiful!!  We originally chose calacatta gold quartz (read below), which has more prominent grayish-brown veining.  But this one has just enough gray specks and smaller veins to achieve a similar look.

We found our beautiful calacatta gold quartz -3cm – 2 slabs (126×64) at EXPO (Stones), Houston, TX.  

So, this was by far the biggest contractor and fabricator flub – that ultimately ended our working relationship with our contractor.  Well, basically he stopped showing up, and then he just quit.   

*I will do another post on countertops also.  It is another topic that has a lot of info to cover.*

THE FABRICATOR PROBLEM: 

Long Story Short:  Our contractor’s fabricators were not experienced in cutting quartz (or quartzite), and ruined both of these countertops in our kitchen (and bathrooms).

Here is what it looked like by the first contractor and his fabricators, 2nd actual attempt.  This is the calacatta gold quartz- which is now on our master bathroom and powder bathroom vanities.

NOTE:  BAD SEAM, CHIP

BAD SEAM AGAIN:

 

This is done correctly by our 2nd contractor and their fabricator – FIRST ATTEMPT.

***AND NOW, GOOD SEAM:

***GOOD SEAM:  

Since they ruined our ORIGINAL kitchen quartz and our bathrooms quartzite, we ended having to use the damaged quartz in the bathrooms.  UGH!!! 

We had them cut the long slabs into master and powder bath vanities.  And we had to throw the quartzite away – cry-cry!!

BEST TIP EVER:

And this is what NO ONE told me, not the first contractor, and not even the girl who worked at the countertop place he sent us to:  if choosing more than 1 slab of quartz (or any other countertop material that needs to match), they NEED TO BE FROM MATCHING LOTS. 


STEP 12:  NEW BACKSPLASH

We chose Tile Bar, Eden Rimmed Modern Gray Penny Round.  Click here for tile that is similar.

 

 


STEP 13:  HARDWOOD FLOORING

We used Earthwerks “Smoke” – TIM375 from EZ Floors, in multi-planks style.  This hand-scraped  engineered hardwood comes in 3″ and 7″ Wide planks, and multiple lengths to create a more authentic look. 

I absolutely love our floors!  BUT….. they were not protected correctly, and they were not installed by a PROFESSIONAL hardwood installer.    So, they actually RUINED THEM. 

Here is a picture of what the original dark smokey-brown color to them.

THE UNPROTECTED FLOOR PROBLEM:

Here is what unprotected hardwood floors look like.

In fact, the contractor accidentally told us that our job was the FIRST TIME his sub contractor guy had ever done hardwoods- he usually does tile floors.

THAT IS A BIG NO-NO!  

***TIP***   If doing hardwoods for your flooring, purchase the wood and installation service provided by the hardwood company.   We actually bought our own hardwood (out of pocket) and were in the process of getting EZ Floors to install it, when our contractor tried to change pricing on other items.

AND NOW……WHITEWASHED WOOD.

Basically, all of the dust settled into the hand-scraped pieces, that you CAN NOT get out!!  More info on blue and white rugs, click here.

 


STEP 14:  LIGHTING 

Lighting is definitely one of the most important components of a kitchen remodel – so don’t over look it!  We already had can lights – but the contractor did move most of them. 

And them we added 3 island pendant lights, a breakfast nook pendant, top cabinet rope lighting, and under cabinet lighting (light pucks).

Breakfast banquette area with pendant.

Top cabinet lighting (rope lighting).

Under cabinet lighting (puck lighting).

 


STEP 15:  HARDWARE TO CABINETS

We used stainless steel ladder pulls in 4 different lengths to accommodate all of the different drawer sizes, and taller cabinet doors.  And then we used clear glass knobs for the top cabinets and lower cabinets (shorter) with doors.

  1. Cabinet Hardware Template Tool – Align Cabinet Hardware Install Template
  2.  *Cabinet Pulls (26) – Liberty Stainless Pulls  – 3 3/4″ (13), 6 1/4 (3), 7 9/16 (6), 11 5/16″ (4)
  3.  Cabinet Knobs Glass (22) – Home Goods Tahari – 8 pack (3), similar here

 

***TIP*** Basically, I sketched out our kitchen cabinets, and added different options until I found a look I was happy with.  Then I divided the sketches into sections and hung them up so the workers knew where I wanted them to go. 

They would just check them off as they completed them, and it really came in handy!!  I highly recommend this!  Here is the coffee bar sketch that I saved so you can see how it looked.

 

And here it is finished.  This also helped me to know how many knobs to order, because it does get VERY confusing.

 


STEP 16:  APPLIANCES

  1. Kitchen Sink – Kohler Undermount Kitchen Sink
  2.  Faucet – Moen Glenshire P/Down Faucet
  3.  Bosch Dishwasher – Bosch 800 Series 24″ Dishwasher or here
  4.  5-Burner Stove – Kitchen Aid Stainless 36″ Gas Cooktop with Downdraft or here
  5.  Microwave Drawer – Bosch 800 Series 30″ Built-in Microwave or here
  6.  Double Ovens – GE Profile 30″ Double Wall Ovens
  7.  Refrigerator – Samsung 27.8 cu. ft. Food Showcase French Door Refrigerator

So, my 2 favorite new appliances are our 5-burner gas stove and drawer microwave.   We had 4 burners before, and I will admit that the extra burner does come in handy!! 

And then the microwave  drawer rocks!!  Who knew such a small change could make such a big difference.  I highly recommend this if you can add it to your kitchen!!

  

We also added an undermount sink (since we lowered the dishwasher), and changed out the faucet and water softener spicket.   And I LOVE our new dishwasher.  It is so quiet now!!

The fridge and double ovens we were able to keep – yay!!  And I still love my double ovens – so glad we changed these when we first bought our house.

 


RESOURCE GUIDE

Our Kitchen Dimensions:  Roughly 16’L x 13’W= 208 square feet.  Breakfast Nook:  10’L x 6.5’W.  Ceilings = 9’H.  

  1.  Cabinets – Lower Custom, Upper – New Doors Only, Upper Extended – Custom
  2.  Pantry Door – JELD-WEN 24×80 2-Panel Roman Interior Door (24×80)
  3.  Pantry Door Knob – Bubble Door Knob polished nickel mine (satin nickel, chrome, bronze)
  4.  Screen Door – Steves & Sons Primed White Premium Fiberglass Door (32×80) 
  5.  Nickel Handle – Delaney Satin Nickel Privacy Handle
  6.  Keyless Entry  – Kwikset Powerbolt Satin Nickel
  7.  Screen Door – Anderson 3000 Series Fullview Black Storm Door (32×80) nickel hardware
  8.  Paint Color Walls – Sherwin-Williams Silver Strand (SW 7057)
  9.  Paint Color Cabinets – Sherwin-Williams Snowbound (SW 7004)
  10.  *Quartz Countertops 2 Slabs – 3cm (126 X 63) – Arizona Tile, Houston – Tipperary*
  11.  Backsplash – Tilebar Eden Rimmed Modern Gray Penny Round, similar here
  12.  1/2″ thick Engineered Hardwood Floors – EZ Floors, Houston – Earthwerks – Smoke TIM375
  13.  Island Light Pendants – Polished Nickel Dome Pendants (3)
  14.  Breakfast Nook Pendant – Parisian 3-Light 14″ Clear Glass Pendant Polished Nickel 
  15.  Cabinet Hardware Template Tool – Align Cabinet Hardware Install Template
  16.  *Cabinet Pulls (26) – Liberty Stainless Pulls  – 3 3/4″ (13), 6 1/4 (3), 7 9/16 (6), 11 5/16″ (4)
  17.  Cabinet Knobs Glass (22) – Home Goods Tahari – 8 pack (3), similar here
  18.  Kitchen Sink – Kohler Undermount Kitchen Sink
  19.  Faucet – Moen Glenshire P/Down Faucet
  20.  Bosch Dishwasher – Bosch 800 Series 24″ Dishwasher or here
  21.  5-Burner Stove – Kitchen Aid Stainless 36″ Gas Cooktop with Downdraft or here
  22.  Microwave Drawer – Bosch 800 Series 30″ Built-in Microwave or here
  23.  Double Ovens – GE Profile 30″ Double Wall Ovens
  24.  Refrigerator – Samsung 27.8 cu. ft. Food Showcase French Door Refrigerator
  25.  Bar Stools/Counter Stools – Gray and White Counter Stools
*NOTE* 
  • (#1) Quartz – Tipperary IS discontinued.  This one is similar Vittoria – a little busier than Tipperary, but close.
  • (#11) These cabinet pulls are cheaper in 3 3/4 pulls 10-pack or 25-pack (if you are needing a large amount)* I used this size for quite a few cabinets around our entire house, so it was more cost effective for me to buy the packs.

 

Have a Great Back to School Year Everyone!!

LOVE & HUGS πŸ™‚

To see more of our kitchen changes throughout the years, click Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Dining Room, 5 Tips:  Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White (And the Mistakes I Made), and Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Living Room.

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12 Best Navy and White Area Rugs: Under $200

I am definitely still crushin’ on all things navy blue and white, and if you’re reading this post – you probably are too!  I love it so much that I’ve decided to add a second navy and white rug to our house – now one for our living room.  And since I have been searching and shopping like a mad woman, I thought it would be fun to share all of my great “finds” with you.   So, here are the 12 Best Navy and White Area Rugs:  Under $200.

*** Just a FYI – even though I’ve called these rugs navy blue and white, they also are:  blue and gray, blue and ivory, cream and navy, cobalt and white, slate gray, dark blue and tan, etc…  Just wanted to clarify.  To see closeups of the rugs (for true colors), simply click the links or pictures. ***

***NOTE***  This post contains affiliate marketing which means that I will receive a small compensation if you purchase something from these links.  Please read my privacy and disclosure policies below.  Thanks for your support. πŸ™‚


12 BEST NAVY AND WHITE AREA RUGS:  UNDER $200

Since I already have a blue and white rug in our dining room, I knew that it’s a classic color scheme that I could use for a long time period.   Sidebar:  I’ve had this rug (pictured below) for about 7-8 years!!

This rug gets rotated between the living room and dining room quite often, and it basically acts as a neutral grounding for all of my pops of color and decorations. 

The problem is …..  I really love this rug in this room!!   

So, I just felt like it was time for the living room to have it’s own identity.  LOL!!  Plus, who doesn’t want a beautiful blue and white (or navy and white) area rug to set the tone and style of your living room? 

Here is the 8′ x 10′ navy and ivory wool rug in our summer dining room.  

And here is a picture of the rug in our fall dining room 2018.  Click setting a fall table or fall home tour to see more fall posts from last year. 

The rug works great with all of my accent colors (for all seasons), and adds a little interest to our neutral gray and white furniture.  

So, here are some before and after pictures of our living room – just so you cam see what I’m working with.

BEFORE LIVING ROOM:  

Here is our spring/summer living room with the aqua rug.  I still really like this rug also, I just needed to have a more neutral background for the upcoming seasons.

If you want to see more pictures, click opening up kitchen wall to living room.  

 

AFTER LIVING ROOM WITH NEW RUG:  

I love it!!  And can’t wait to start playing around with other accent colors – especially for fall and Christmas time.  Of course our dog, Boomer has to be involved in all of the shots πŸ˜‰

If you want to see more pictures of our new rug, scroll to the very end of the post.

Our rug came from Home Goods, but I can’t find it online anywhere – sorry!!  It is a Home Dynamix Toronto Collection Ivory/Blue.  The rugs listed below are the ones that I was looking into before I found my little gem!

OK – let’s get to the real reason you’re here!!  Navy Blue Rug Shopping!!


12 BEST NAVY AND WHITE AREA RUGS:  UNDER $200

HELPFUL RUG MEASUREMENTS AND FURNITURE LAYOUT IDEAS

Here are a couple of helpful tips for possible furniture placement ideas, and rug measurements information.  Remember that these are just useful guidelines….it’s your house, so choose what you love best!!

Living Room:

source: birchlane.com

 

Dining Room:

source: birchlane.com

 

Bedroom:

source: birchlane.com

 


12 BEST NAVY AND WHITE AREA RUGS:  UNDER $200

Here are the styles, budget and rug sizes information that went into my rug shopping,

Why did I choose these styles?  These were the rug styles that I was looking into, for our living room.  Of course they can fit into dining rooms, bedrooms, or even kitchen breakfast areas also.  

STYLES:

  •   VINTAGE (4)
  •   GLOBAL -MOROCCAN – BOHEMIAN (5)
  •   TRADITIONAL (3)

BUDGET:

Why did I choose (under) $200 for my limit on the rugs?  Well basically, $200 was my own personal budget was for our living room rug.  And since that’s the max amount I was looking to spend when searching online and in stores, that’s how the rugs listed came to be.

SIZES:

The rugs I chose are either 8 feet x 10 feet, or 6 feet x 9 feet, since I was looking for a rug to fit our living room furniture.  Most of the rugs are available multiple sizes also, just in case you need a different size for your room.  

They also are available in runners as well if you’re looking for hallways or in the kitchen.


12 BEST NAVY AND WHITE AREA RUGS:  UNDER $200

VINTAGE

NO. 1  SAFAVIEH MADISON (8’x10′) – $119.75 

***NOTE***Even though it looks like rug NO. 1 and rug NO. 2 are the same color of blue…… the Madison rug is more navy, and the Hillsby rug is more royal blue.  

 

NO. 2  HILLSBY RUG (8’x10′) – $142.99

Hillsby Navy Area Rug

 

NO. 3  SAFAVIEH EVOKE RUG (8’X10′) – $164.51 (other colors available)

 

NO. 4  OROURKE RUG (8’x10′) – $184.99

Orourke Ivory/Navy Blue Area Rug

 


GLOBAL-MOROCCAN-BOHEMIAN

NO. 5  SAFAVIEH MADISON BOHO CHIC (8’x10′) – $134.07

 

NO. 6  RANCH NAVY/CYAN RUG (8’x10′) – $139.99

Ranck Distressed Vintage Navy/Cyan Area Rug

 

NO.7  SAFAVIEH HUDSON OGEE RUG (6’x9′) – $135.89 (more colors & sizes available)

 

NO. 8  SAFAVIEH HUDSON DIAMOND RUG (6’X9′) – $140.99 (more colors & sizes available)

 

NO. 9  SAFAVIEH MADISON OGEE RUG (8’X10′) – $182.99 (more colors available)

 


TRADITIONAL

NO. 10  MERCURY ROW RUG (8’X10′) – $187.99

Utterback Blue/Gray Area Rug

 

NO.11  ABBEVILLE RUG – $147.99

Abbeville Power Loom Dark Blue Area Rug

 

NO.12  HOSKING BLUE RUG (6’x9′) – $169.99

Geralyn Dark Blue Area Rug

 

So, which one is your favorite?  Do you like a blue/navy background with white specks, or a white/ivory background with blue specks?  So amazing how that totally changes the way the room looks – right?

I hope you found one that you like, and a little inspiration for your blue and white room decor.  If you have any questions – let me know.  I’d love to help!

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!

LOVE & HUGS πŸ™‚

Here are some more pictures with my new rug.  Let me know what you think!!

Here is a closeup picture – love the different shades of blue!!

 

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Back to School Party for Teachers (or Kids)

Our PTA Hospitality threw this Back to School Appreciation Luncheon for our teachers a couple of years ago, and I have been so excited to share what we did with you!!  I went on the hunt for the pictures of the event, …. only to find out that the pictures are awful- UGH!!   Totally grainy!!   So, I decided to set up everything I could in our dining room to show you what it was supposed to look like.  End Result:  Back to School Party for Teachers (or Kids). LOL!!

I will be writing this post in 2 parts:  

Back to School Teacher Luncheon (school party) in the FIRST part, and 

Back to School Kids Party (house party) in the SECOND part.

***All of the information can be used for both events, just scale up or down to fit your needs.***


BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY FOR TEACHERS (OR KIDS)

A Back to School party is a perfect way to welcome teachers for the upcoming school year.  It lets them know how much they are appreciated, and is a great introduction to what they can expect from the parents who support their schools and community.  

We threw our luncheon a week before school began, when the teachers were having their pre-school inservice and workshop days.  It gave them a much needed break between their meetings, and it was the perfect time for fellowship with all of the new teachers.

Here is one of the pictures from our school event below. (Sorry it’s so grainy)!!

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon:

And here is a picture that I set up in our dining room below.  Much better quality – right?

At Our House:

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BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY FOR TEACHERS (OR KIDS)

INSPIRATION: 

I just wanted to give a shout out to the bloggers/websites who sparked the inspiration for the luncheon.  Check out their posts – they are crazy good!! 

P.S. (The last link is broken -sorry.  The blogger may be updating her website.  Check back with it later).

source: ironandtwine.blogspot.com
source: countryliving.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: theglamoroushousewife.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY FOR TEACHERS (OR KIDS)

THE PLANNING STAGE for TEACHER LUNCHEON:

I’m going to keep this part as simple as possible.  There are all kinds of factors that go into planning a school event like this:  

  1.   Number of Teachers/Staff:  Ours = 150
  2.   Venue:  Ours = School Cafeteria
  3.   Budget (private info, but enough for catered meal)
  4.   Food:  Ours = Catered BBQ Meal
  5.   Decor:  Ours = I bought things personally and used items I already owned, to keep decorating costs to a minimum

LAYOUT:  

I always do a rough sketch so that I have an idea of spacing when trying to plan decorations, food & drinks, etc. for large events like these.  

DECORATIONS USED:

*** Remember to ask you school rep what they like for events like these (food and decor), and don’t forget about function.  What?  In other words, don’t OVER DO the decorations!!  You are serving and appreciating the teachers, not impressing other moms – LOL πŸ˜‰ ***

Since our school rep told us to keep decor to a minimum, I planned out our decorations at my house first.  This way, I would be able to see how much room they took up on my own kitchen table. 

You don’t want to block sight lines (keep things low), and they need enough room to put their plates and drinks down (without a lot of stuff to move around).   I even sat in one of my chairs at home to see if I could see over the decorations.  

Here is a picture of some of the decorations so that you can understand the layout sketch (above)  better.

ACTUAL EVENT:

Here is what it looked like (again sorry these are so grainy)!!  Keep scrolling down for the better pictures at my house.

 

 

 

***NOTE***  FOR BACK TO SCHOOL KIDS PARTY – KEEP SCROLLING DOWN


SUPPLIES FOR 150 TEACHERS/STAFF LUNCHEON

TABLE DECOR:

  1.  ROLL OF BLACK CRAFT PAPER, here or BLACK plastic RECTANGULAR TABLE COVERS
  2.  12 LARGE RED APPLES (for tables)
  3.  1 YELLOW DAISY BUSHEL (pulled off individually for red apple toppers)
  4.  12 MASON JARS (with red gingham ribbon 7/8″– optional)
  5.  96 YELLOW PENCILS 

TABLE CENTERPIECES:

  1.  PAPER RULERS – 4 SETS (copy paper, packing tape, ruler, black marker, 6″ number stencils)
  2.  4 RED GINGHAM FABRIC TABLE SQUARES or (plastic table covers), runners 
  3.  * RED RIC RAC – optional *
  4.  2 WHITE PITCHERS – 8″H, 10″H
  5.  2 MINI CHALKBOARDS WITH RED GINGHAM RIBBON – 3/8″ (for pitchers)
  6.  WHITE CHALK
  7.  2 YELLOW DAISY BUSHELS (for pitchers)
  8.  2 WHITE CHALKBOARD CRATES, similar – (with 2 empty shirt boxes each) 
  9.  10  RED NAPKINS (for crates), red check napkins
  10.  5 BAGS OF FUJI APPLES (for crates)
  11. * 3 RED CHECK RIBBON (BOWS) – optional *

WALL DECOR:

  1.  BLACK CRAFT PAPER, here, OR PLASTIC TABLE COVERS –  (backdrop for lunch bags)
  2.  12 BROWN PAPER LUNCH BAGS
  3.  CHALK *(and/or chalk marker – use on BAGS ONLY, NOT ON CHALKBOARD)*
  4.  JUTE STRING (for lunch bags)
  5.  12 PAPER CLIPS (for lunch bags)
  6.  CLEAR TAPE (for lunch bags)
  7.   * 3 RED DOT PAPER LANTERNS, red & white paper fans, – optional *

FLOOR DECOR:

  1.  MENU FLOOR CHALKBOARD, similar
  2.  * LADDER – optional *
  3.  * HANGING WELCOME SIGN OR HANGING CHALKBOARD – optional *

CATERED MEAL: 

  1. Spring Creek BBQ, Katy, TX (they were incredible to work with!!)

MAKING DECORATIONS

TABLE DECOR:

  • APPLES WITH DAISIES – Gently pull off one yellow daisy from the bushel for each apple.  You will need a bushel with 12 yellow daisies if using 12 apples for decorating.  Just set the yellow daisy on top of each apple.

  • MASON JARS/PENCILS I used 8 pencils per mason jar for the luncheon and added a small red gingham ribbon (optional).  We let the teachers take the pencils with them (if they wanted).

TABLE CENTERPIECES:

  • RED GINGHAM FABRIC  – I cut 4 pieces of red gingham fabric (squares) with shearing scissors (just so they wouldn’t fray too much) ~34″L x 21″W.  Then, I added red ric rac trim with hot glue to one side only (to save money) on 2 of them. 

So the 2 ric rac squares went with the pitcher centerpieces, and the 2 plain squares went with the white crates (for the luncheon tables).  

  • WHITE PITCHERS –  Take 2 white pitchers and fill with one bushel of yellow daisies to each pitcher.  I tied a mini chalkboard with red gingham ribbon, and wrote Daisies $ .25 for fun.

 

  • WHITE CRATES & RED NAPKINS – Take one of the crates and line the inside with red napkins – I used 4 napkins for this part.  Then use 2-3 shirt boxes that can fit inside, and top with another red napkin (total of 5 red napkins/crate).  Repeat for 2nd crate.

Fill your crates with bags of apples.  I think we used 10-11 bags (5 each crate) of apples to fill our crates for the luncheon.  The yellowish/pinkish apples look really pretty in here, just to make it look more authentic.  We gave the apples to the teachers after the luncheon.

 

 

For the teacher party, we used 2 large red gingham bows (see below picture)  to tie onto each crate.    They were used as accents to bring in a little extra red and white to the top of the crates.

  • PAPER RULERS –   I split mine up into 2 parts:  (1-2-3) and (4-5-6).  I wanted to be able to have options when decorating, and also to make transporting them to school easier.  

Use 3 sheets of copy paper and tape together (at long ends) with packing tape.  With a ruler, mark 11 inches on the top and bottom of all 3 sheets (will be where you taped).   See  picture below.

3 Sheets of copy paper = 1st part (1-2-3), 3 Sheets of copy paper = 2nd part (4-5-6)

*** NOTE:  The top 3 sheets of paper aren’t taped on the picture below – I just wanted you to have a visual reference.  Make sure you TAPE the ends together BEFORE marking measurements.  Otherwise the marks will not line up correctly!!  Trust me πŸ˜‰ ***

Now, mark 5.5 inches on top and bottom of all 3 sheets.   Then mark 2.75 inches, and 8.25 inches on both sides also.   * See picture below for closeups *

*** In these pictures, I have mine marked on the BOTTOM of the 1st sheet.  You will repeat the same steps for sheets 2 and 3.  Then you will do the same markings again on the TOP part of all 3 sheets.  Hope that makes sense.  ***

***TIP*** Put marks on your actual ruler (with a pencil) so that you don’t have to remember the different measurements each time.  It will save you LOTS of time!!

* Here below, you can see there are lines that are not labeled.  They will roughly be 1.25 – 1.5 inches (I just marked a middle spot – eyeing it without measuring for mine). *  

Once you have all of your measurements marked on both sides of your paper, you will draw ONE line for the 11 inch markings only.  

The other markings are at different lengths to make it look like a real ruler.  Here are the lengths that I used:

  • 5.5 inch marking = 1.5 inch LONG
  • 2.75 inch marking = 1 inch LONG
  • 8.25 inch marking = 1 inch LONG
  • 1.25 inch marking – .5 inch LONG

STENCILS:  Now, use your 6 inch number stencils, and mark your numbers a little to the left of the 11 inch marking.  Use your black magic marker and color in all of the numbers AND go over ALL other markings.  They will need to be dark to see through the tape.

TAPING:    You will use your packing tape to cover your ruler – going in vertical strips (top to bottom).  This is very time consuming, so if you can laminate, go that route!! haha!!   

***TIP***  I recommend tearing a long piece of tape off that will cover the front part and the top and bottom edges.  Then after the FRONT part is done, turn over to tape the BACK SIDE.

Just a FYI – there will be ripples in the tape sometimes.  So, don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect.  The main thing is that the ruler is protected for those “spills” that WILL happen. LOL!!


WALL DECOR:

  • PAPER BAGS (BACK TO SCHOOL SIGN) –  Sketch the letters by hand (or use stencils) onto the front side of your brown paper lunch bag, and use chalk or chalk marker to fill in.  Use random strokes to make it look more like a chalkboard.

Tuck jute string underneath the top flap fold (on back side) and secure with paper clip.  This will help you be able to slide the bags for spacing preferences, and will help hold the bags from sliding down the string.

Tape on the wall in a “smiling” curved u-shape.  See pictures further down the post.

 

  • For the teacher luncheon, we taped black craft paper against the cafeteria wall for the “blackboard” backdrop.    Then we added red polka dot tissue lanterns to tie in our red and white colors theme, and to add contrast to the wall.
  • For my house kids party, I used my navy wall as the backdrop, but used the red gingham bows as accents.  These were the bows that I used for the white crates (teacher luncheon).

FLOOR DECOR: (FOR TEACHER LUNCHEON)

MENU CHALKBOARD – I used this chalkboard to list all of the menu items for our teachers.  Since we were having a BBQ dinner , I thought it would be cute to let the teachers know what all of the “fixins” were – LOL!!

I couldn’t remember exactly what we served, but oh well!!  I just wanted to show it to yall anyway. πŸ™‚

LADDER WITH WELCOME ARROW SIGN – We also used my blue ladder and welcome arrow sign for the “Welcome” Back To School Wall behind the food tables at our teacher luncheon.  It has little lights on it, so it just added a little whimsy to our BBQ-themed lunch.

Here it is in my house – see picture below.


Here is the list again  (so you don’t have to scroll up).  *NOTE – IT’S IN LARGE QUANTITIES*

*SUPPLIES FOR 150 TEACHERS/STAFF LUNCHEON*

TABLE DECOR:

  1.  ROLL OF BLACK CRAFT PAPER, here or BLACK plastic RECTANGULAR TABLE COVERS
  2.  12 LARGE RED APPLES (for tables)
  3.  1 YELLOW DAISY BUSHEL (pulled off individually for red apple toppers)
  4.  12 MASON JARS (with red gingham ribbon 7/8″– optional)
  5.  96 YELLOW PENCILS 

TABLE CENTERPIECES:

  1.  PAPER RULERS – 4 SETS (copy paper, packing tape, ruler, black marker, 6″ number stencils)
  2.  4 RED GINGHAM FABRIC TABLE SQUARES or (plastic table covers), runners 
  3.  * RED RIC RAC – optional *
  4.  2 WHITE PITCHERS – 8″H, 10″H
  5.  2 MINI CHALKBOARDS WITH RED GINGHAM RIBBON – 3/8″ (for pitchers)
  6.  WHITE CHALK
  7.  2 YELLOW DAISY BUSHELS (for pitchers)
  8.  2 WHITE CHALKBOARD CRATES, similar – (with 2 empty shirt boxes each) 
  9.  10  RED NAPKINS (for crates), red check napkins
  10.  5 BAGS OF FUJI APPLES (for crates)
  11. * 3 RED CHECK RIBBON (BOWS) – optional *

WALL DECOR:

  1.  BLACK CRAFT PAPER, here, OR PLASTIC TABLE COVERS –  (backdrop for lunch bags)
  2.  12 BROWN PAPER LUNCH BAGS
  3.  CHALK *(and/or chalk marker – use on BAGS ONLY, NOT ON CHALKBOARD)*
  4.  JUTE STRING (for lunch bags)
  5.  12 PAPER CLIPS (for lunch bags)
  6.  CLEAR TAPE (for lunch bags)
  7.   * 3 RED DOT PAPER LANTERNS, red & white paper fans, – optional *

FLOOR DECOR:

  1.  MENU FLOOR CHALKBOARD, similar
  2.  * LADDER – optional *
  3.  * HANGING WELCOME SIGN OR HANGING CHALKBOARD – optional *

CATERED MEAL: 

  1. Spring Creek BBQ, Katy, TX (they were incredible to work with!!)

BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY FOR TEACHERS (OR KIDS)

SUPPLIES for house KIDS PARTY:

Use the LIST (ABOVE) for the teacher luncheon and pick out the things you would want to use for your back to school kids party.  You can use the pictures below to help plan your house party. 

Here are pictures of the decorations that I set up in our dining room.  

NO BOWS:

WITH BOWS:

2 SETS OF RULERS:

WITH 3 SETS OF RULERS:

This is where the ruler split into 2 parts, comes in handy.  I was able to put them at the ends to make a frame.  

LUNCH BAGS FLAT:

WITH BAGS OPEN:

CLOSEUPS:

 

 

 

 

 

So …… which pictures do you like the most?  Are you a bows type of girl, or not?  Do you like the 2 sets of ruler table runners or the framed out ruler table runners?  Do you like the lunch bags opened or closed?

Hopefully, you found some inspiration, ideas, and helpful tips for your Back To School Teacher Party or Back to School Kids Party.  If you have any questions, shoot me an email.  I might have left something out (there was a lot to cover) – LOL!!

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WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL 2019-2020!!

LOVE & HUGS πŸ™‚

 

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Top 10 Best Desks For Students

I know it feels like we just started our summer break, but it’s never too early to begin back-to-school planning.  Every year I think it’s all taken care of, and then there’s always that ONE little thing (like the not-so-important backback – haha!!) that we wait to buy until the last minute!!  So, let’s take care of the most important item – the student study desk –  first and get that one removed from the list.  Top 10 Best Desks for Students (Under $150).

Whether you’re looking for: small desks, desks with shelves, desks with drawers, corner desks, l-shaped desks, fold-up desks, desks with printer storage or keyboard trays – there is a desk on the list for you.  

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TOP 10 BEST DESKS FOR STUDENTS (UNDER $150)

I’m gonna keep this post short and sweet this time!!  Woohoo – about time right??  But of course I have to remind you of a couple of things just to make the shopping process easier.

TIPS & REMINDERS:

  • MEASURE:   Measure the length, width, and height of the desk – twice.   And don’t forget to check how far a drawer/door will come out when open.  You don’t want your perfect small desk to block walkways or bump into bedroom furniture (like dressers or beds) when you’re using it. 
  • FUNCTION:  What will you be doing on your desk-  homework, writing, computer work, reading, crafts, gaming etc?  You want to make sure your desk is wide enough (on top) for a computer and possibly a binder or notebook for homework.  And would you benefit from a keyboard tray? 
  • STORAGE:  Will you need top storage (like a hutch), or storage underneath (like shelves or cubbies)?  Will you need a file drawer to keep documents stored or possibly a small drawer for school/work supplies like pencils, pens, scissors, etc?  Will you need a printer shelf?
  • PLACEMENT:  Where will you put your desk?  Make sure to look around the room and find the perfect spot for your new desk – before you buy it!!  Don’t purchase it first, and then find a spot that will work afterwards.  Knowing where you want to place your desk will help save so much time when searching.

TOP 10 BEST DESKS FOR STUDENTS (UNDER $150)

Whether you’re looking for your kid’s first desk, one for your teenager’s new “big-kid” bedroom,  a college student’s first dorm room desk, your husband’s gaming desk, or maybe even a work-space area for yourself (LOL!!) ….. price is always a factor. 

So, I have rounded up my favorite desks that provide the best bang for the money.  You shouldn’t have to compromise style or function for money – right? 

***FYI*** The last desk listed – is the one my daughter chose!!  Scroll down to the very end for pictures.

Let’s get to it!  


TOP 10 BEST DESKS FOR STUDENTS (UNDER $150)

10 BEST DESK STYLES:

  1.  Bottom Storage – Shelves
  2.  With Drawers
  3.  Top Storage – Hutch
  4.  With Keyboard Tray
  5.  With File Drawer
  6.  Corner Desk
  7.  L-Shaped Desk
  8.  Foldable Desk (wall-mounted hidden desk)
  9.  Mid-Century Mod Desk
  10.  With Drawers & Shelves – My Daughter’s

TOP 10 BEST DESKS FOR STUDENTS (UNDER $150)

NO. 1 DESK WITH OPEN SHELVES

This farmhouse style desk brings in a minimalist style where function is the main priority.   It has a large, flat work space on top to hold all of your necessities, and 2 lower shelves with one basket included. 

This desk comes in 4 colors:  black, brown, distressed white, and distressed teal.  

PRICE:  $112-$125

 


NO. 2 DESK WITH DRAWERS

This small desk comes with 2 top drawers, and endless functions.   Use it as writing desk, craft desk, homework desk, and even a vanity. 

You could also use it in the laundry room to fold clothes on, and keep laundry baskets stored underneath.  Customize it with fun knobs and dipped (gold) feet, or add a fur desk chair or vanity stool.

This desk comes in 3 colors:  white, black, and brown. (gray is over $150 – fyi)

PRICE (white):  $125.51

PRICE (black):  $124.25

 

 


NO. 3  DESK WITH HUTCH

If you are looking for a study desk that can grow with your child, this one fits the bill.  It has a little bit of every thing, giving it the most function. 

It has a keyboard tray, small top hutch, small drawer, and lower shelf storage.  

This desk is available in 5 colors:   white, black, chocolate, maple, and cherry.

PRICE:  $100.90 

3 Additional Colors here:  weathered oak, gray, and country pine.

PRICE:  $133.19

Axess Computer Desk With Hutch


NO. 4 DESK WITH KEYBOARD TRAY

I love the hidden keyboard tray (left side) on this computer desk!!  It keeps the function intact without losing the style!  

Plus, you can store things with the keyboard because it is actually made like a drawer (closed instead of open in the back).  Great Idea.

This desk is available in 3 colors:  white, black, and oiled oak.

PRICE:  $115.99

Kilburn Computer Desk

 


NO. 5 DESK WITH FILE DRAWER

This highly functional computer desk comes with 3 drawers, and 2 open shelves on the side.  The 2 smaller top drawers are perfect for storing office essentials, and the large bottom file drawer helps to keep all of your important documents organized.  

The two open shelves on the side hold books, small baskets, and binders.  

This desk is available in 3 colors:  white, black, and gray/white.

PRICE:  $147.99


NO. 6 CORNER DESK

This adorable corner desk comes in handy for areas with small spaces.  Sometimes you need a dedicated work space without taking up wall space or a walk way.

Use it as a computer desk with the keyboard option, and store extra computer gadgets on the 2 lower shelves.  Or use it with the drawer option to keep office supplies organized, and store notebooks or file folders on the lower shelves.

This desk comes with 3 options:  with drawer and with keyboard tray.   2 colors:   black and white.

5 OTHER colors:  pink, red, blue, mint, and gray

PRICE with DRAWER:  $99.00

PRICE with KEYBOARD TRAY:  $132.00 – $135.99

PRICE with OTHER COLORS:  $119.99

 

 

Suri Wood Corner Writing Desk

 


NO. 7 L-SHAPED DESK

What a large work space you gain with this l-shaped computer desk.  It has enough space to hold a laptop or computer on one side, and a printer on the other side.

Plus, it has 2 storage shelves on the side to hold binders, file folder, or even decor accessories.

This desk is available in 5 colors:  white, black, espresso, gray, and rustic oak.

Option 2 desk is available in 6 colors:  white/gold. white, black, white/black, dark teak, light teak

PRICE:  $79-$100.27

PRICE for Option 2:  $138.69 – $142.99

 

 


NO. 8 FOLDABLE DESK

I have to admit that I am loving this wall-mounted fold away desk design!!  It’s perfect for extremely tight spaces, for college students, laundry rooms etc.  Use it as a dining table too.  

Both styles mount on the wall, fold down to make a desk, and then fold right back into the wall.  The first option has shelves – some slanted – for easy grabbing.  The second option has fixed and adjustable shelves, a corkboard, and dry erase board.

Two Options available:   Option 1,  and Option 2

PRICE for OPTION 1:  $104.99

PRICE for OPTION 2:  $131.99

 

 


NO. 9 MODERN/BOHO STYLE DESK

Of course I had to include a little mid-century mod style to the mix  – just to keep this post from getting too serious – LOL!!  Both of these desks are so cute, and add some FUN to FUNction!!  Totally cheesy, I know.

Both of these desks come in white, with bamboo legs.  The first option has a drawer, and the second option has a large open tray with glass top.

Two styles:  OPTION 1: white with drawer, OPTION 2: glass top/bamboo legs

PRICE for OPTION 1:  $145.67

PRICE for OPTION 2:  $129.90

 

 

 


NO. 10 DESK WITH DRAWERS & SHELVES

This one is in my daughter’s room – best Ikea Desk! 

If you like a style where you can’t see the clutter, this is the desk for you.  It comes with two top drawers, and three adjustable shelves.  

It also comes with a hutch only option which is a nice feature (might come in handy for a college dorm room or student’s first apartment – down the road).  

This desk is available in 2 colors:  white and black-brown and is available with a hutch (included) option.

PRICE DESK ONLY:  $89.99

PRICE HUTCH ONLY:  $50.00

PRICE WITH HUTCH INCLUDED:  $139.99

MICKE Desk IKEA ItҀ™s easy to keep cords and cables out of sight but close at hand with the cable outlet at the back.

 

MICKE Add-on unit-high IKEA

 

 

MICKE Desk IKEA

IN OUR HOUSE:  

And here it is in my daughter’s room!  Sorry the pictures aren’t better – we still haven’t gotten new carpet yet. πŸ™  I just wanted to show you what it looks like, and let you know how much we love it!!  

She actually picked it out herself – so that speaks volumes!!  Teenagers- right?? 

 

 

 

I love how everything (the drawers and shelves) are covered by the door/drawer fronts.  It just keeps things looking a little tidier – when it’s really NOT!! 

Plus, it has that (circle) cut out to help hide cable plugs.  She can also charge her phone on here too.

Hope you found one that you, your teenager, or your student can agree on!!  So, which one is your favorite?  Shoot me a comment- I’d love to hear some feedback.

Looking for more Back to School Inspiration?  Try my new post Back to School Party for Teachers (or Kids).  Find easy DIY decorations and tutorials to get your kiddo excited about the new year!

Have an Awesome Summer &

Welcome Back to School 2019-2020!

Love & Hugs πŸ™‚

 

Want to see more of our home?  Try Spring Home Tour 2019, Summer Dining Room, Adding a Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room, Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom, Master Bathroom Remodel.

Want more Seasonal Decorating Tips:  Try 14 Easy Ways Patriotic & Memorial Day Decorating Ideas,  9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space, 10 Ways to Add Color To Your Entry, and 10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials.

 

 

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Painting Garage Doors Tutorial

If you’re reading this post, it probably means that 1) your garage door needs a little update, 2) you want to change the color of your garage door completely, and/or 3) you REALLY don’t want to spend the money hiring a painter.   Am I getting close?  Painting Garage Doors Tutorial

But….you still have some concerns and are wondering:

Can YOU take on this project?  How much will IT COST to paint the garage door yourself? 

How LONG will it take to paint?  and….. What is the best PAINT for metal garage doors?

Well, I’m here to tell you that YOU CAN do it!!  

And how do I know this, because…..this was my first time EVER to paint a garage door TOO.  So, I had all of the same concerns.  And I have to admit that it was super easy to do!!

I’ll show you how to paint your garage door the easy way, and that you can have a freshly painted garage door in only 2 days!  BAM – Problem solved!!   Girl Power πŸ™‚  So, let’s get to it!


PAINTING GARAGE DOORS TUTORIAL

Here are a couple of before and after pictures of the garage door so you can see what I was working with.  

BEFORE…..

 

AFTER……

 


PAINTING GARAGE DOORS TUTORIAL

I always like to give a little background information on my projects because each job has a different end result.  And I feel it’s important to address the problems first, so we know how to find the  best solutions – right?

FIRST THINGS FIRST:

So, you can tell from the pictures that I simply did a little updating on my garage door – no color change.   Basically, I was just touching up and refreshing the garage door, not doing a full makeover.

SECOND:

This is not my garage door at our home.  I was painting this door for a relative.  Therefore, I had to treat the project a little differently because it basically was for a customer.

THIRD:

This was a beach house garage door, so I had to choose paint that was appropriate for the weather conditions – like salt air.   You can tell from the picture below that I also had to address the “rust” issues. 

So, just don’t forget that climate in your area is an important factor when painting exterior items.

Here’s a closeup picture below.

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PAINTING GARAGE DOORS TUTORIAL

Here is a list of the supplies that I used for this project.  To see each picture and link to each individual item, scroll to the end of the post. 

SUPPLIES:


PAINT CHOICE:

The biggest question/concern for most people will be “what kind of paint did you use to paint your garage doors?” or what is the best paint to use for the metal garage doors?”  Right?

I used Rust-Oleum High Performance Paint – Oil-based White Gloss. 

WHY DID I CHOOSE THIS PAINT?

Since these were beach house garage doors (on the Gulf Coast), rust and salt air were my main concerns.   So, I knew that this project called for a “rust prevention” type of paint.

I chose oil-based paint because in my opinion, it adheres much better than latex paint.  And since the garage doors and trim are outside and metal, I knew oil-based paint was the right choice for me.   Plus, using this paint wouldn’t require for me to prime it first.  Win-win!

Just a FYI – the paint I chose comes in 13 colors (in case you were looking for a different color other than white), and 3 sheens (flat, semi-gloss, and gloss). 

***I would honestly pick semi-gloss*** if painting the garage doors at my own house.  But since I know that the salt air mixed with direct sunlight (at this beach house) will eventually dull out the sheen over time, I chose gloss.   

***AND*** I LOVED this paint so much, that I would definitely use it to repaint our garage doors at home!!  It really made this entire project so much easier – really!!

COST OF PROJECT:  

I spent $82.95 for the supplies that were purchased (but I already owned the paint roller handle, ladder, and optional scrubbing Libman brush).

This was for ONE SINGLE garage door (- 9ft tall x 8 ft wide), and ONE GALLON of paint.   I recommend 2 gallons for double garage doors.

***NOTE*** I forgot to measure the one I painted -sorry!  This garage door was taller than my single garage door at home – (which is 7ft tall x 8 ft wide) – just an fyi.  I will update as soon as I get the true measurement.  


PAINTING IN 4 EASY STEPS

STEP 1:   Gently sand, scrub, or wipe down your garage doors.

***NOTE*** You will not need sand paper if your garage doors and metal trim are in good condition.  You can use the scrubbing brush to scrape off loose particles, dirt, etc….. and then wipe down with a damp (not wet) rag.  Then let dry.  

For this project, I used a 120-grit sandpaper block to scrape off  loose rust on the garage doors and for peeling paint on the metal trim.   Then I used the scrubbing brush to remove any remaining dirt and loose particles, and wiped off with a rag.

***TIP*** The cleaner your garage door is, the better your paint will stick.  The better your paint will stick = less time painting.  Glad we got that all cleared up – LOL!! πŸ˜‰

 

 

See picture below.  Make sure to sweep off the loose particles and dirt into your dust pan, and dump into the trash.  You don’t want anything “loose” to blow into your wet paint.

 


STEP 2:  Tape Area  

***TIP***  Start with taping the garage doors first, and then plastic or canvas dropcloth last.

Take your painter’s tape and begin at left top corner of the garage trim.  Tape garage siding on the top portion of the trim first.  Then follow that down the right side of the garage trim.  Then go back and tape the left side.

***TIP*** Make sure to use 2 layers of tape.  This really helps in case you have a OOPS moment – trust me!

Taping will take more time than painting, but really makes the clean up process so much easier.  Plus, you don’t want to have to go back and do touch ups on your garage siding!!

 

Tape around the bottom at the jambs (don’t know the technical term – ha!), and along bottom of the door itself.  See picture below.

***TIP***  Make sure to tape the black rubber part of the garage door also.   See Below.

It should look something like the picture below when you’re finished taping around the garage door itself.  If you feel like you still might “accidentally” get paint on the garage siding, just use cardboard (cut and taped) around the perimeter.

OK – you’re not quite done yet with taping – sorry!!  


STEP 3:  Prep Area

Now it’s time to add your plastic or canvas dropcloth – taped down. LOL!!

Take your plastic dropcloth and spread out completely on the ground around your garage door area.  Make sure to go past the actual sides to give you a little wiggle room for accidents.

***TIP***  When you line up your plastic at the garage door, add A LAYER OF TAPE and then simply attach your plastic right to it. 

Remember how we already had 2 layers of tape?  Well, now you’ll just have 3 layers of tape, with plastic attached.  See Below.

 

This way you can just simply fold the plastic at the corners, and simply adhere to the existing tape.  Why is this a big deal? 

Well, because it makes sure that the plastic is taped to another piece of tape instead of the driveway.  Sometimes tape doesn’t stick so well to a gravel driveway, and will lift up.  

This is just a secondary precaution so you don’t get paint on the driveway – which is extremely difficult to clean!

 

Once you get your plastic taped securely at the garage door area, you can now tape the rest of the plastic down to the driveway.

***TIP***  I like to tape mine down in perpendicular angles – not directly on edge – for the remaining plastic.  This way, air can go under the plastic and then can leave the plastic on the other side!!

If you tape it down directly on the edge, the entire perimeter, air will get trapped inside.  And then will lift the entire plastic covering right off the ground.  

See pictures below.

 

 

It should look like this when done.  I always use extra paint cans or supplies to hold down the outer corners.  Once again – just extra precautions to keep that plastic dropcloth from blowing up, and into the painted garage doors!

Wow – can we finally get to the painting tutorial already??  Hahaha!!  I mean really – how much prep can go into this right?

Well, I’m here to tell you that the painting portion is soooo easy.  Once you get to this point, you are basically home free πŸ˜‰


STEP 4:  Paint 

PAINT TRIM FIRST:

You will start in the LEFT TOP corner again and paint all of the trim edges first.  Use your 2″ (angled) brush to paint the area of the trim where it butts up to the garage siding, and any areas where your roller brush might miss. 

Do this all around the trim (outside and inside) of the entire garage door.

 

 

 

Now, use your roller brush and paint on the top portion of the trim.  The roller brush will add the TEXTURE you need so that it matches the existing paint job.

Can you see the “textured” area (picture above) on the top portion where I painted with the  roller brush versus the bottom portion where I painted with the paint brush? 

This textured area will match the coating that was originally painted on the trim, plus it blends perfectly with the textured garage door.

The picture below shows the trim only painted, and the door not painted.

 


PAINTING THE GARAGE DOOR:

Now, take your paint brush again and paint sides and top of the garage door.  This is the perfect time to do touch ups on the under side of the trim area also.

I know that this part is a little time consuming, but helps out tremendously in the long run.

Don’t forget about the bottom of the garage door, and around the handle area.  Both of these areas will be difficult to cover completely with the roller brush.

In the picture below, you can tell where I painted at the top and side portions (using the paint brush).

 

After you have painted the perimeter of the garage door with your paint brush, go ahead and begin painting the remaining area with your roller brush.

***TIP*** I first tried to paint the grooves with my paint brush, but figured out a little system to be able to use the roller brush!!  Game Changer for speeding this up!

Just use a little pressure when rolling the paint in those grooves, and it will cover it ALL.  

 

I rolled everything around the grooves first, and then painted the grooves last.  It really made it so much easier to paint this way.

 

I chose to paint the handle to save money, and also because I knew it would just rust again πŸ™‚  Here it is with the first coat done.

Let Everything Dry Overnight.  This paint will actually dry to the touch in about 4-6 hours, but go ahead and let it dry overnight.


Paint 2nd coat and pull off the tape immediately.   ***TIP*** This will help make sure that if you have too much excess paint on the tape, it won’t melt or stick onto your siding. 

Just make sure that you don’t let the tape or plastic bump into your wet paint.

AND YOU ARE DONE!! WOOHOO!!

 

*** Check out my new post – just in time for back to school Top 10 Best Desks for Students (Under $150).  More Back to School posts coming soon! ***

Have a Great Summer!!

Love & Hugs πŸ™‚

Looking for more outdoor projects or inspiration? 

9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space

DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top

10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials

33 Stunning Outdoor Seating Inspirations

33 Best Outdoor Seating Options:  ALL Under $500

 


***SHOP SUPPLIES***

Painters Tape or here                                                                                                   Plastic dropcloths

3M ScotchBlue 1.41 in. x 60 yds. Original Multi-Use Painter's TapeHDX 9 ft. x 12 ft. 0.7 mil Drop Cloth (3-Pack)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sandpaper block or here                                                                                      Libman Scrubbing Brush

3M Pro Grade Precision 2-1/2 in. x 4 in. x 1 in. 120 Grit Fine Block Sanding Sponge

 

 

 

 

 

 


Paint Brush Set                                                                                                 Roller Brush Set or here

2 in. Flat Cut, 3 in. Flat Cut, 2 in. Angled Sash Polyester Paint Brush Set (3-Piece)9 in. x 3/8 in. High-Density Polyester Knit Paint Roller Cover (3-Pack)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Roller Brush Handle or here                                                                                           Paint Tray or here

9 in. 5-Wire Heavy-Duty Roller Frame9 in. Plastic Roller Tray

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rust-Oleum White Paint (13 colors), 2-pack                                                                        Paint Stir Sticks

1 Gal. Paint Mixing Craft Sticks (10-Pack)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Paint thinner                                                                                                                                Ladder 

Klean-Strip 1 gal. Paint ThinnerWerner 6 ft. Fiberglass Step Ladder with 300 lb. Load Capacity Type IA Duty Rating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adding a Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room

With all of the renovations that we have done to our house, the shiplap accent wall in the living room is definitely one of my top 3 favorites!!   Besides our master bath remodel, kitchen remodel, and opening up our kitchen walls, the design of this shiplap feature wall has significantly transformed the room.  And today, I am excited to finally be sharing our shiplap living room accent wall with you!  Adding A Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room.

***This post is a little long – sorry!!  But it covers the shiplap accent wall, painted white brick fireplace, and the shiplap bookshelf built-in.  So grab a drink and a snack….. and let’s get to it!!***

If you want to learn more about what shiplap is, or want more shiplap inspiration pictures and ideas,  try The Shiplap Guide:  Shiplap, Tongue & Groove, and Plank Walls and 41 Shiplap Ideas:  Not Just for Walls.

***NOTE*** This post contains affiliate links which means that I will receive a small compensation if you purchase something from these links.  Please see my privacy and disclosure policies below.  Thanks for your support πŸ™‚

***Have a question for me?  Shoot me a comment.  I tried to cover everything we did in the room, but I might have forgotten something – LOL!!  I’d love to help out any way I can!


ADDING A SHIPLAP FEATURE WALL TO LIVING ROOM

So, here is what the room used to look like.  This picture was taken a couple of weeks before we flooded during Hurricane Harvey for our home fall tour 2017 post (this was my 2nd post ever– so it’s – well – looks like a new blogger did it – LOL)!!  Hopefully, I’ve gotten a little better!  

BEFORE:

source: thetarnishedjewelblog.com

AFTER:   Complete transformation of the room – right?  To see more of this spring and summer living room post click Spring Home Tour 2019.

 


THE STARTING PLACE:  Why did we decide to add the entire feature wall in shiplap?

When we flooded from the hurricane, we had to demo the sheetrock up to 4 ft. high on the entire 1st floor of our house.   So, we knew there were going to be some changes to that fireplace wall and niche anyway.  

Here are some pictures of what it looked like, to give you an idea of what we were working with.

 

In the picture below, you can tell that our living wall is in line with the foyer wall – one continuous flat wall.  But….not for long.

And then we were told by the mold inspector that everything below 4 ft high should be removed also for safety reasons.  So this meant all kitchen, laundry, & bathrooms cabinets AND the fireplace mantel would need to be removed.   UGH!! -( but we kind of knew this was going to happen).

Since we were already planning to replace the armoire niche with a shiplap bookshelf built-in, (see inspiration pic #1 below), we knew we needed a new design plan for the entire wall. 


INSPIRATION PICTURES:  What did we want the shiplap feature wall design to look like?

Inspiration picture #1:  This was my favorite picture for the shiplap built-in bookshelf – love it Forever Cottage!

source: forevercottage.blogspot.com

And since we could not add another matching bookshelf to the left side of our fireplace (our laundry room is behind that wall), our *contractor* (*see NOTE below pictures*) suggested adding the shiplap to the entire wall – yes please!! – and so the decision was made right then and there.    

So, I went back to my pinterest boards, and picked out a couple more shiplap fireplace wall inspiration pics.  And I fell in LOVE!!

Inspiration pictures below:  Don’t you just love both of these designs by Studio-McGee and Max Crosby Construction, respectively?   They are both so dreamy – right?

Inspiration picture #2:  Incredible!!  Studio-McGee does amazing work.

source: studio-mcgee.com

Inspiration picture #3:  I love everything about this feature wall design by Max Crosby Construction!!  

source: instagram.com (max crosby construtction)

Now, that I had our feature wall ideas ready, we could begin planning out the actual layout of the fireplace and bookshelf.

I knew that I would take the white brick fireplace and mantel from Studio-McGee’s picture and the fireplace brick surround design from Max Crosby’s picture, and merge them together.  Voila- it’s go time!!

  • BEWARE (BELOW)!!

*** NOTE ***  That same contractor (who abandoned our job) tried to act like I added this shiplap wall to our contract without him knowing anything about it…..when he was the one who suggested it. 

So, Please be careful when hiring out – and get everything – in writing!   Whether you’re adding OR removing items on your contract, get WRITTEN and SIGNED (by both parties) change order slips. 

OK – Let’s Get To The Good Stuff!!


ADDING A SHIPLAP FEATURE WALL TO LIVING ROOM

I am going to break this post into 4 Categories & give you a project list to make scrolling easier.  Some of the projects were going on at the same time, so I’ll be showing the overall progress with some overlapping pictures.

4 CATEGORIES:

  1.  Shiplap Bookshelf  Built-In Remodel
  2.  Fireplace Remodel 
  3.  Shiplap Accent Wall Design
  4.  Brick Fireplace Surround 

PROJECT LIST:

  1.   Square off Rounded Niche
  2.   Add Lower Cabinet for Built-In
  3.   Bump out Fireplace Wall
  4.   Add New Mantel, Fireplace Gas Door
  5.   Add Shiplap to Bookshelf, Fireplace and Wall
  6.   Add Brick Surround
  7.   Add Trim and Corner Pieces
  8.   Add Built-in Upper Shelves, Lower Cabinet Shelf
  9.   Prime & Paint
  10.   Add Hardware to Bookshelf 
  11.   Add New Ceiling Fan

NO. 1 SHIPLAP BOOKSHELF BUILT-IN

The first thing the workers started on was squaring off the existing arches of the niche, and then building the lower cabinet of the bookshelf. 

***NOTE*** Dimensions are included at the VERY END of the post….if you want more info on them.

Here it is in stages….

#1 Before

 

#2 Squared off Corners

 

#3 Adding Shiplap

 

#4 Adding Trim and Corner Pieces

 

#5 Adding Doors – Now ready for puttying holes, priming and painting.

Picture below.  And with the lower shelf under the cabinet – for electronics, basket for organizing movies, and space for extra throw blankets & toss pillows.

***NOTE*** I had the carpenter build a shelf like this in my kitchen cabinets also.  They are a must-have in large, tall cabinets so you don’t waste any space.  Plus, the shelves make it so much easier to stack smaller household items on top, and to tuck larger items underneath.

 


NO 2.  SHIPLAP FIREPLACE REMODEL

I was so excited to remodel our fireplace, but had NO idea how many parts really made up the entire fireplace unit.   Basically, you are designing the whole thing, piece by piece!!

***NOTE*** Dimensions are included at the VERY END of the post….if you want more info on them.

So, to make this a little easier for you to visualize, I added this picture below with fireplace terminology.

Source: pinterest.com (via google)

 

Remember that “starting out” picture with the LONG, flat wall from the foyer to the living room?  Well, it was time to address that problem, and find a  solution for it.

So, the first thing I wanted to change, was to bump out the overmantel 6″ from the wall.  Since that existing flat wall has bothered me for like 14 years – LOL , I couldn’t wait to add some detail to it!!

The bump out creates architectural interest to a flat, builder-grade wall, and gives the room a much needed natural focal point.   Now, the fireplace is a defined element instead of a combined element of the wall.

***NOTE*** Dimensions are included at the VERY END of the post….if you want more info on them.

Here is the front view….

I’m going to combine the shiplap feature wall and fireplace wall, since my pictures were overlapping each other.


NO. 3 SHIPLAP ACCENT WALL

The shiplap accent wall went up a lot of faster than anticipated, once they did their test run on how to install it.  Since this was the first time the workers had installed shiplap, I had to do a little digging to know what to tell them – that’s how the Shiplap guide:  shiplap, tongue & groove, and plank walls post came to be!!

Now, that I knew using actual shiplap boards (not the other 2 methods) was the look I was going for, the project could begin.

And even though our contractor and subs told us they “could not find any shiplap boards anywhere because of the hurricane wood shortage”…… (again – whole other story-ugh!!) I found some anyway – haha!!  Thank you Home Depot – love the shiplap.

Sometimes, you just have to take matters in your own hands – am I right?  Where there is a will ladies – there IS A WAY!!

Pictured below is a closeup of the shiplap boards, and the “gap” between them.  The workers used a scrap piece of plywood (for the spacing between boards) each time, and the measurement is just a little less than 1/4″ gap.

We tried a couple of different gap sizes to see which one I liked the most, and the bigger gap appealed to me more.  It is really personal preference – but I wanted to see the lines for added texture.

***NOTE***  Make sure the line from your bookshelf (right side) is even with your fireplace overmantel (middle) and with your shiplap feature wall (left side).  You can tell that they are using that bottom piece on the mantel shelf to keep everything in line.

 

 

Once the shiplap is started, the line is just followed all of the way down the wall.  Even if they had to cut smaller pieces around the fireplace overmantel bump out, they would continue matching up the lines.

And pictured below…. that overmantel is only 6″ deep, but it now defines the actual fireplace – right?  As a result of the bump out, the eye has a natural “stopping point” which creates a natural focal point!!


NO. 4 BRICK FIREPLACE SURROUND 

My idea for the fireplace design was to use the inspiration pictures (above)….and combine them a little bit.  I wanted to have a “simple and clean lines” look like the Studio-McGee picture, and then use the brick fireplace surround design like the Max Crosby picture – only painted white.  

Since we knew the bricks were going to be painted, the contractor just used plain bricks.

If your are looking for more brick fireplace inspiration, try 30 Stunning White Brick Fireplace Ideas and 35 Natural Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplace Ideas.   

Can you tell I am a visual person…… or noticed my “inspiration pics” taped on the wall throughout the living room – haha!!  There’s one in the bookshelf portion also!

You can tell from the picture above and below, that we were trying out different brick designs to see which direction we wanted the bricks to go (vertical vs. horizontal).

And I have to admit that I never knew sooooo much detail would go into the brick fireplace surround…..and the different brick placement DID create different looks – what??!!  Cra-zee!!

 

We were planning to add trim (plinth), kind of like feet to the legs of the fireplace also, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. 

We were so rushed at this point because of the contractor problem, that we basically just gave up πŸ™  The plinth (feet) would have had a little detail trim of some sort, but oh well – life’s moving on!! 

 

One thing that I did pick out, and still love is this clean, simple trim piece (white piece below).  We also used it on the wrapped beams when we opened the kitchen walls, and it just adds a crisp clean line.

 

 


PAINTING EVERYTHING WHITE

We used Sherwin Williams Snowbound (SW 7004), oil-based paint for everything (shiplap feature wall, brick fireplace, & shiplap boookshelf).  The painters primed it all first, and then sprayed it twice with the snowbound.

But….. the paint job was not good the first time around……so the contractor brought in a second painter to RE-PAINT everything again!! Nightmare!!  

So it does have about 3-4 coats of paint on it.  

***NOTE***  The puttying or covering of all the nails holes and trim pieces was very time consuming – just a FYI. 

Can you tell this was not the most pleasant process?? haha!!

 

 

 

 


THE REVEAL

 

 

 

 

Of course, I couldn’t resist adding my “love & hugs” accent pieces in here – front and center – LOL!!  It’s like a ray of sunshine for me πŸ™‚ 

 

It’s the little things….  I love the way that they installed the shiplap lining the ceiling and all of the side walls.  Since the niche was deep (from the armoire), the bookshelf shelves wouldn’t have looked right.

So, they made the lower cabinet large (to fill the space), and then filledin the “extra space” with the shiplap.  It’s my favorite part of the entire bookshelf!

Who knew such a small detail would add the biggest impact?

 

 

 

Well, what do you think?  Do you think it transforms the room?  Let me know – I’d love to hear some feedback!

Will you try to add a shiplap or other feature wall design to your home, and if so where would you install it?

Have a Great Week!! 

Love & Hugs πŸ™‚

Want more brick fireplace inspiration?  Try 30 Stunning White Brick Fireplace Ideas and 35 Natural Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplace Ideas. 

If you want to learn more about what shiplap is, or want more shiplap inspiration pictures and ideas,  try The Shiplap Guide:  Shiplap, Tongue & Groove, and Plank Walls and 41 Shiplap Ideas:  Not Just for Walls.

Want to see more of our home remodeling makeovers try Master Bath Remodel, How to Plan your Kitchen Remodel and Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom.

Ready for Back to School Planning?  Try Top 10 Best Desks for Students or Back to School Party for Teachers (or Kids).


SUPPLIES & DIMENSIONS/MEASUREMENTS GUIDE

  1.   Shiplap – Home Depot – (9/16 in. x 5 1/4 in. x 8 ft)
  2.   Corner Trim – Fireplace 
  3.   Trim – bookshelf & wall –  1″ x 3″ x 8 ft., 1″ x 2″ x 8 ft.
  4.   Hardware pulls
  5.   Ceiling Fan
  6.   Paint – Sherwin Williams -OIL BASED – Snowbound SW 7004
  7.   Fireplace Dimensions (see below)
  8.   Bookshelf Dimensions (see below)
  9.   Living Room Accent Wall Dimensions (see below)

 

#1 – Shiplap – 6 pieces/box                                                                        #2 –  Corner Fireplace Molding

ARAUCO 9/16 in. x 5-1/4 in. x 8 ft. Primed Pine Nickel Gap Ship Lap Board (6-Pieces Per Box)Hampton Bay 1 in. x 91.5 in. Outside Corner Molding in Warm White

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 – Trim – (1 in. x 3 in. x 8 ft), (1 in. x 2 in. x 8 ft)                                      #4 – Bookshelf Cabinet Pulls                                                                

1 in. x 3 in. x 8 ft. Furring Strip Board

Liberty 3-3/4 in. (96 mm) Center-to-Center Stainless Steel Bar Drawer Pull (4-Pack)

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 – Ceiling Fan

Home Decorators Collection Hanlon 52 in. Integrated LED Indoor/Outdoor Stainless Steel Ceiling Fan with Light Kit and Wall Control

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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14 Easy Patriotic & Memorial Day Decorating Ideas

With summer quickly approaching, our minds begin to dream of sun-filled days, pool parties, and summer vacations – woohoo!!  And Memorial Day is the official kick-off to all things “summer,” and a reminder to all of us to be thankful for this season of luxurious freedoms.  So, what better way to honor our soldiers and veterans who have sacrificed their lives to bless our’s.  Here are 14 Easy Patriotic & Memorial Day Decorating Ideas (that won’t break the bank).

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14 EASY PATRIOTIC & MEMORIAL DAY DECORATING IDEAS

FIRST THINGS FIRST:

The great thing about decorating with patriotic home decor, is that you can use it ALL summer long!!  It’s a perfect way to honor our veterans on Memorial Day, celebrate our nation’s independence on Fourth of July, and to bless our working freedoms on Labor Day!!    

SECOND:

Patriotic decor is not intended for outdoor celebrations and pool parties ONLY.  Use your red, white, and blue accessories indoors too, so that you can enjoy them on a daily basis. 

Then when it’s time to host your Fourth of July bash, move some of your decorations outside!  Voila – instant backyard bbq & pool party!!

THIRD:

The Patriotic “season” is meant to give off a relaxed, family-friendly and time of gathering – style.  So use items you have on hand to decorate with, and turn them into DIY projects.  These decorations are meant to be non-fussy, inexpensive (yes- please!) and kid-friendly.

This year – I spent – wait for it – a total of $3.00 + tax!!  Now, with that said…. I do have a lot of “stuff” that I keep on hand (LOL), and have used in the past.  But in this post, I will give you some ideas to get you started, and get those DIY creative minds going!!  

So who’s ready??


14 EASY PATRIOTIC & MEMORIAL DAY DECORATING IDEAS

  1.   RIBBONS – Hobby Lobby red check
  2.   BOWS
  3.   FLAGSmedium, small 1, small 2
  4.   BANDANAS
  5.   BOWLS – Blue Bell Creameries (mine), Hearth & Hand Melamine
  6.   TISSUE PAPERcupcake stands 1, cupcake stands 2
  7.   MASON JARS
  8.   THROW PILLOWSoblong, square, red/blue stripe, bicycle pillow
  9.   FABRIC  – Hobby Lobby Red Check & Bandana Check
  10.   RIC RAC TRIM – Hobby Lobby 1.1 inch x 9ft.
  11.   BUCKET
  12.   SANDhere
  13.   PAPER LANTERNShere
  14.   UMBRELLAS (PAPER) – Hobby Lobby

14 EASY PATRIOTIC & MEMORIAL DAY DECORATING IDEAS

NO. 1 – RIBBONS

Use wide, red striped ribbon or another pattern that you love, to drape across your staircase railings.  Simply tie it around the banisters, or secure it with floral wire to keep in place.

My ribbon is actually a fabric ribbon….but I guess it is now discontinued at Hobby Lobby. πŸ™   They do have a ton of burlap and other red check ribbon that would work though.

I used 2 rolls of ribbon for my stairs, and I tied them together in the middle.  The ribbons add a little pop of color, and hang loosely to give a more casual look to our entry.

 


NO. 2 – BOWS

Use small and large bows to dress up plain decorations, and to add texture.  If you’re not a “bow” person, you can always just tie ribbon in a knot.

Use one ribbon for a cleaner look, and use multiple ribbons for a little drama.