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Christmas Coffee Bar

Check out how we transformed our normal DIY coffee bar into a Christmas coffee bar for the holiday season.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

Ever since the first Christmas after we built our DIY Coffee Bar in our breakfast nook, I have wanted to decorate it for Christmas. I wanted to create a custom holiday design for the large framed chalkboard, add lights, greenery, and display delicious winter time treats.

We had all these grand plans but could never find the time to actually make it happen. I do love how Christmas decorations make a home feel cozy and magical but honestly we are doing good just to get a Christmas tree up and decorated because it feels like the weeks in December fly by faster than any other month.

This year, even with a newly walking toddler who is on a mission to get into everything, we managed to decorate a Christmas coffee bar! I wanted our breakfast nook to feel like a dreamy little coffee shop during the holidays and it gives us all the cozy vibes.

How We Decorated a Christmas Coffee Bar

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio
Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

First, we gave our large framed chalkboard a makeover. Last you saw it, it was designed for our son’s lumberjack birthday party so we needed to give it a fresh look for the holidays.

I always design my chalkboard layouts on the computer first. It makes it easier and faster once the chalk gets involved because I am not as artistic off the computer as Brent. Brent of course did amazing work as always on the drawing in the middle.

I designed the art on the chalkboard to be a bit quirky and to display all the happenings and drinks available at Gray House Studio Coffee (also known as our breakfast nook) but I am thinking next year it could look cool to just have a large winter landscape.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

S’mores are a total comfort food when the weather turns cold so we thought a little make your own s’more area would be a great addition to our Christmas coffee bar for when we have visitors stop by during the holidays.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

I had planned on making a s’more display out of glass jars and wood but we just didn’t have any time to make it so I brainstormed to use we already had and realized my hardware bin lazy susan that was in the office could be a unique way to present the marshmallows, chocolate and gram crackers.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

I put down some brown kraft paper in each of the bins, filled it with the treats and just like that the lazy susan turned into a magical rotating server of deliciousness. The industrial looks fits so well with the aesthetic of the coffee bar it might have just found a new home year around.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio
Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

This decorative glass dome has been on our library shelf with a dead plant in it since a few weeks after our Better Homes and Gardens shoot (it was on the top shelf and I never thought to use the ladder to get up there and water it).

We decided to create a little whimsical snow scene inside the dome. We purchased the miniature trees, a small bag of fake snow and spray adhesive. We already had the string lights and the dome. The glass jar that the trees are sitting on is actually an old candle jar that I recycled just by cleaning out all the wax.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio
Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio
Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

We picked up three of these cute little bear mugs at Target last year. The bear cub is still a little too young to drink hot chocolate but we are excited to start a family tradition of drinking hot chocolate out of our bear mugs during the holidays that he can join in on when he gets a little older.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

We swapped our faux succulent plants for real poinsettias on the bottom shelf of the Christmas coffee bar.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

Our table is pretty small in the breakfast nook so I kept it simple with a small centerpiece. We received this notneutral link vase set in our Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker Event swag bag. We love their unique shape! They cool candle holder was also in that same bag.

Since there is pretty much no color in this space, I like the little pop of red the cranberry strand brings.

Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

I how it turned out but thinking maybe next year we add more lights!

We got rid of my desk and no longer have a home office which means the small table in the breakfast nook is now not only where we eat all our meals but also where I try and get work done during the little guy’s nap time. Believe it or not we are spending way more time in this space then we ever have before which means it was priority number one when it came to decorating for Christmas.

Before you start getting the idea that we are on top of our game this year, I would like to clarify that the Christmas coffee bar is the only space we have decorated for Christmas this year. We still haven’t managed to get our tree up.

We do have all of our gifts already purchased and almost wrapped which is by far the earliest we have ever accomplished that goal. Here is to hoping we get a tree up to put them under by Christmas otherwise opening presents next to the Christmas coffee bar it is!

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Christmas Coffee Bar at Gray House Studio

DIY Marble Dipped Mason Jars party

DIY Marble Dipped Mason Jars

To get ready for the holiday season we created a set of DIY marble dipped mason jars to serve decadent dessert drinks.

DIY Marble Dipped Mason Jars

We were curious to try the marble dipping technique and with the holidays coming up we decided making a subtle yet sparkly set of dessert drink glasses would be the perfect project to give it a go. We wanted a sophisticated look but didn’t want to spend too much on this project so we decided our glasses of choice would be mason jars.

We ordered a set of mason jars and found gold mirror spray paint and white spray paint we already had in the garage so we did this DIY project on the super cheap. We went outside and managed to knock out creating our own custom set of dessert glasses in half and hour. It was a fun experiment!

Just to be sure our DIY Dipped Mason Jars you know, “work” and drinks look and taste good in these dessert drink glasses, we decided to give them a test run and fill them with the most decadent and rich frozen coffee drink ever made. And it was delicious and we drank every last bit.

How We Made DIY Marble Dipped Mason Jars

MATERIALS

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DIY Marble Dipped Mason Jars

STEPS

DIY Marble Dipped Mason Jars

1. First we wanted to create a gold rim around the top of the jar so we used painter’s tape to tape off the entire jar except for the small area we wanted to be gold.

DIY Marble Dipped Mason Jars
DIY Marble Dipped Mason Jars

2. We used gold mirror effect spray paint and painted the exposed glass.

DIY Marble Dipped Mason Jars

3. Then, we removed all of the tape and had a nice gold stripe around the top of the mason jar.

DIY Marble Dipped Mason Jars

4. We filled an old plastic tub with water and then sprayed the gold spray paint on one end and the white spray paint on the other end of the tub. We used a straw to swirl the two colors together.

DIY Marble Dipped Mason Jars

8. Finally, we took our mason jar and quickly dunked it straight into the paint in the water and pulled it straight back up. We tried not to double dip the jar. It took a few jars to start getting the look we wanted.

DIY Marble Dipped Mason Jars

How yummy do these drinks look? The gold and white marbled effect turned these plain mason jars into glasses worthy of a holiday party.

I’m starting to wonder if we made these DIY marble dipped mason jars for the sole reason to drink that many calories. Oh well, worth it.

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Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party party

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

This fall we had a lumberjack themed 1st birthday party for our son. The party decor was packed full of fun DIY party projects. *This post contains a few affiliate links. We only link to products we have personally used and like. You can read our disclosure policy here

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

First birthday parties are probably more for the parents than the child (except for the cake part, kids love that first taste of cake). Since I really enjoy planning parties, I was excited to throw a big family party to celebrate our son turning one and let’s face it, Brent and I surviving the first year of parenting!

A lumberjack themed 1st birthday party is not an original idea but we already had pieces that fit the theme and lumberjack party decor and inspiration is easy to find so I was all for working with what I had available to us.

We did quite a few DIY projects for the party that were really fun to work on together. Between Hurricane Harvey unexpectedly hitting Houston in August and our trip to New York in September, I wasn’t sure the party was going to come together. But while we were down to finishing up minutes before guests arrived, it turned out exactly like I had envisioned so many months ago. But the best part of all, Connor had a blast!

The Highlights of our Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

THE INVITATIONS

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party
Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

I designed the invitations, envelopes, and time capsule notes and printed all the pieces on our home printer. For the envelopes I purchased buffalo check scrapbook paper and glued it on the inside of kraft envelopes to tie them into the theme of the party.

We had a lumberjack photoshoot ahead of time and took some cute photos of Connor to display around the party. We included one of the photos on the back of the invitation.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

We knew we were going to have a time capsule at the party where guests could write Connor a message for him to open on his 18th birthday. I included a lined note card for guests to write their message with the invitation so that they could write it ahead of time and not feel rushed or guests who could not attend the party in person could still participate.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

I even designed a logo for the event and incorporated it into several of the elements including stickers and the chalkboard design above the food bar.

THE FOOD BAR

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

Our coffee bar we built was the perfect place to display all of our lumberjack lodge goodies. We cleared it off for the party and even gave the large framed chalkboard a fresh look. We created a special design specifically for the lumberjack themed 1st birthday party.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

At one end of the coffee bar was a trail mix station where guests could make their own yummy trail mix. I took regular brown paper lunch sacks and cut the tops off to make them a little shorter. I printed a design on the front of them by taping each one to a piece of paper to run through our home printer. That was really time consuming!

Next to the paper sacks were twig colored pencils for guests to use to write their names on their bags and mini clothespins to keep the bags closed in case they wanted to take their trail mix home with them.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

On the other end of the bar were mini flapjack stacks displayed in a cast iron skillet with syrup and fresh fruit.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

Keeping with the breakfast food theme, we also had warm chocolate and blueberry muffins. I love the buffalo plaid cupcake liners we ordered from Amazon.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

Brent baked two small cakes and they both turned out so cute and delicious! The guests were treated to this yummy chocolate cake.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party
Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

For Connor’s cake Brent baked a vanilla cake. We went easy on the icing. I picked up this cute little bear from Hobby Lobby and the trees were paper die-cuts that we taped to toothpicks.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party
Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

It was Brent’s idea to make bear footprints in the icing (“snow”) which I thought was a clever and creative idea!

DECOR

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

We saw a hula-hoop photo display idea on Pinterest that we really liked so we decided to make our own to fit our lumberjack themed 1st birthday party by spray painting a hula-hoop black, adding some strips of red and black wide plaid ribbon, hot glueing some mini wood slices in assorted sizes (both ordered from Amazon) and greenery on it and taping photos to the ribbon. I think it turned out so cute. It was super cheap and easy to make! We will create a separate post coming up with a quick step by step tutorial of how we made it.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

We loved displaying the photos to show how much Connor has changed throughout his first year. This was a big hit with the family and all the grandparents wanted to take the display home with them. We ordered the square prints from Parabo Press. The cool thing is you can get a free set of 4″ Square Prints, which is what we did, you just have to pay for shipping. Shipping is a little on the high side but they were delivered really fast.

Free Square Photo Prints

This was the first time we had ordered from Parabo Press but we were impressed by the quality and heavy duty packing (they came sealed in a zipped bag so no worries about them getting wet). The photos were printed on thick paper. In the long run I think it was easier and cheaper to just order them than if we had tried to print them and cut them ourselves. I plan on reusing the prints in his baby book after the party.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

We also ordered a 12×17 fine art print from Parabo Press of Connor in his Lumberjack outfit. We made a magnetic wood rail poster hanger to display the photo at the party. Another reason I chose to order with Parabo Press is I found a great discount code. Anyone else feel like they score big time when they find a good discount code to use?

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TIME CAPSULE TABLE

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

We knew we wanted to incorporate a time capsule box at the party and I am so glad we did! It will be the gift that gives 18 years from now. Brent and I are close with our grandparents (Connor’s great-grandparents) so the idea that when he turns 18 he will get message written to him personally from his great-grandparents is so special.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

We set up a table at the party under a balloon arch for guests to decorate red envelopes with stickers and stamps and place their letters that they brought into the time capsule box. So in 2034 there will be letters from his parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents for him to enjoy reading.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party
Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

Photo Booth

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

The photo booth was the last piece of the puzzle we finished up right before guests arrived and I realized we never got a great photo of our set-up. Bummer. But hopefully this poor quality one at least gives you an idea.

Brent made the backdrop out of cheap cedar fence pickets. Then we laid out an artificial grass rug. We set up my iPad on a tripod so that the screen was facing the backdrop. We also added one of our lights to make sure the pictures were nice and bright.

To take the photos we used an app called Photo Timer+ that worked really well. I liked it because it was really simple and allows you to set the countdown time and the number of pictures it takes. Then, all guest have to do is press a button and they can see a countdown. After the photos are taken they are stored in your camera roll. It worked perfectly.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

What’s a photo booth without props? We had planned on making our own but ran out of time so the easiest thing was to order this Photo Props by PartyGraphix DIY Lumberjack Photo Booth Props set off Amazon. Yep, Amazon is a party planner’s friend these days. It came with 34 pieces that were nice and sturdy and easy to assemble. They were better than we could probably have made anyway. Sometimes you DIY and sometimes it is just easier to buy.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

We opened presents in the reading nook. This worked perfectly because family member sat on the couch and had a great view of the birthday boy. I can’t believe he sat still up there and helped open every single one of his presents. He was so engaged the whole time, it was the cutest!

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

I decorated his high chair with red tissue tassel garland we bought at Michaels, a buffalo plaid bandanna (we bought several at Hobby Lobby to use around the party) and a silver foil balloon.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party
Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

The babe was all about that cake. He is a fan and really enjoyed digging into the cake his dad made just for him. He didn’t even want to wait to let us sing happy birthday first.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

We hung our DIY photo display above the mantle and decorated it with a cute wood banner that I think I will leave up for the rest of the fall season.

Lumberjack Themed 1st Birthday Party

All the guests came dressed in their best plaid attire to our lumberjack themed 1st birthday party! It was a fun day celebrating our sweet little boy!

Birthdays have always been a big deal in my family growing up. My parents were really good at making me feel extra special on my birthdays whether I had a big party with friends or we just took a day trip just our family to an amusement park. I can already tell I like doing the same for Connor.

He won’t remember this day but we could tell he was enjoying being surrounded by family, playing with his new toys and trying cake for the first time. It’s hard to believe a year ago we were meeting our son for the first time.

While that moment was extremely special, I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed eating cake and playing with my one year old at our lumberjack themed 1st birthday party a little better than laboring and delivering a 9lb. 6oz. baby without an epidural. Just saying.

Paint a Galaxy Wall Mural Decor

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In this post we are showing how to paint a galaxy wall mural that will be the focal wall of our spaceship themed playroom.

Paint a Galaxy Wall Mural

We have DIY project number one of our spaceship themed playroom checked off our list! As you might have guessed we like to have one wall in each room we design be our focal wall. We have done a faux brick wall, a chalkboard art mural, a wood plank wall, a shiplap wall and now we wanted to give a brightly painted mural a try. We are excited to share our how to paint a galaxy wall tutorial.

We were brainstorming how to incorporate color into the spaceship themed playroom we are designing without it being cheesy or overpowering. The walls in the room are gray so we were hoping our focal wall could subtly add some nice color to the space.

We talked about painting a navy or black accent wall but then Brent had the idea to make the focal wall be the window of the spaceship and through the window you can see outer space with cool colors like blues and purples and lots of far off stars to create depth.

I loved that idea and when he showed me his inspiration photo I knew that was the direction that we had to go. So Brent got to doing his artist thing and the results were better than I could imagine.

And he is sharing his technique for getting this look so be sure to check out the video and steps below if you are interested in how to paint a galaxy wall mural.

How To Paint a Galaxy Wall Mural

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  • Black of Night SW 6993 Paint (1 Gallon in Cashmere Low Lustre Sheen)
  • High Reflective White SW 7757 Paint (Sample Size)
  • Honorable Blue SW 6811 Paint (Sample Size)
  • Dignity Blue SW 6804 Paint (Sample Size)
  • Flyway SW 6794 Paint (Sample Size)
  • Dewberry SW 6552 Paint (Sample Size)
  • Fully Purple SW 6983 Paint (Sample Size)
  • Kimono Violet SW 6839 Paint (Sample Size)
  • Passionate Purple SW 6981 Paint (Sample Size)
  • Squares of Cardboard
  • 6″ Foam Paint Roller

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Paint a Galaxy Wall Mural

We found a photo for inspiration so first things first we needed to figure out what paint colors to buy that would match the colors in our outer space inspiration photo.

We have found the easiest way to find a color pallet from a photo is to use the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® Visualizer App. We opened the app, clicked the explore colors button and then the match a photo button to upload our photo.

The ColorSnap® Visualizer then automatically creates a color pallet from the photo. We fine tuned our color pallet by dragging the colored dots around until we found a color for each of the sections of the galaxy photo.

Painting a Galaxy Wall

Our Galaxy Wall Color Pallet:
Background: Black of Night SW 6993
Stars: High Reflective White SW 7757
Dark Blue: Honorable Blue SW 6811
Blue: Dignity Blue SW 6804
Light Blue: Flyway SW 6794
Dark Purple: Dewberry SW 6552
Purples: Fully Purple SW 6983 & Kimono Violet SW 6839
Light Purple: Passionate Purple SW 6981

Painting a Galaxy Wall

Courtney’s dad was nice enough to paint the black background color. After it dried, we poured a small amount of our darkest blue color (Honorable Blue) onto a large square piece of cardboard. Using our photo as reference, we applied the dark blue paint with a 6 inch foam roller.

Painting a Galaxy Wall

Before the darkest blue dried, we next applied all the colors that were going to touch the darkest blue colors. By doing it before it dried, we could mix the colors organically with the foam roller.

Painting a Galaxy Wall

Painting a Galaxy Wall

We started with the light blue (Flyway) in the center and moved on to the darkest purple (Dewberry) at the top.

Painting a Galaxy Wall
Painting a Galaxy Wall

Once the entire wall was covered with the dark blue, the dark purple, and the light blue, we mixed in the other blue and purple variations. To blend the colors we overlapped them at the edge.

Painting a Galaxy Wall

Before painting the stars, we let all of the background colors dry for 24 hours. The stars are great at creating depth when applied at varying brightnesses.

We started in the dark blue area again with the same dark blue paint but mixed in a few drops of white paint. Then painted a variety of dot sizes all over the dark blue area.

Our general rule of thumb is the star paint should always be lighter than the background color and be the same hue. So blue stars go on the blue background and purple stars go on the purple background.

White dots can go anywhere on the wall but the light blue area in the center of the wall only gets light blue or white stars that are lighter than the background.

Paint a Galaxy Wall Mural

Paint a Galaxy Wall Mural

The galaxy wall mural really sets the stage for this room and is getting us excited about the rest of the DIY projects we have planned for the space.

We have a few more things to incorporate on this wall before it is completely finished but it has already captured our one year old’s attention. He likes to crawl over to it and run his hands across the stars. And when the sun comes through the blinds, it creates a shooting star effect which is just a random added bonus!

Pantry Makeover Organization

Pantry Makeover

Check out the before and after of our pantry makeover. We cleaned, organized, and gave our pantry a fresh coat of paint to spruce up the space.

Pantry Makeover

We are in the middle of working on our master closet renovation so naturally I pulled everything out of our pantry to clean it. It’s like I always say, “when in the middle of making a mess, why not make another mess in another room”.

One thing led to another and this weekend we did a pantry makeover. I was determined to make quick work of this project. Since we had a three-day weekend and Brent was home to lend an extra set of hands painting and with the baby, it seemed like the perfect time to knock a pantry transformation out.

Our Pantry Makeover Progress

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Pantry Makeover
The photo above is what the pantry looked like this time last Friday. The pantry has been driving me nutso lately because it was getting out of control. Plus, there was too much stuff on the floor that I couldn’t properly sweep it.

One day I didn’t have my glasses on and saw something on the floor that looked a lot like a certain kind of bug that I despise (a roach) …it was a false alarm, just a rouge almond, but this was my cue to get this baby cleaned up!

Pantry Makeover

First, I pulled everything out of the pantry to clean the floor and shelves. After the mess had spilled out into the kitchen, I looked around and instantly regretted starting this project. Ha.

Why is it once you pull everything out of a space to clean it, you suddenly lose interest and/or get overwhelmed with the undertaking.

Pantry Makeover

Once everything was out of the pantry and it was clean, I thought, “Well I might as well paint it”. Especially after I took a look at the disaster happening on one of the walls. When you first walk in the left wall had all kinds of crazy things happening that needed to be fixed.

There were some huge holes in the drywall and a large random screw sticking out the of wall (a gift from the previous owner). Plus, some weird dried yellow glue that was dripping from one of the holes.

I can’t believe that we have lived here for three years and it still looked like this. Well, if I am being honest, I used that large screw to hang my apron on. Hey, just trying to make lemonade over here.

The original white paint on the shelves was starting to yellow. I also wanted to remove the liner that was already on the shelves because it had become stained and dirty and didn’t wipe clean very well.

Pantry Makeover

During our son’s nap (he helped by taking a rare three hour nap) we both squeezed in the small pantry to paint it. Painting a pantry is already a challenge because there are so many little spaces to get, not a lot of light, and so many lines between the wall and shelves.

Two people trying to paint inside a pantry at one time turns into an interesting game of twister with the loser getting paint dripped in their hair. But we needed to take advantage of nap time and move quickly on the painting process.

We didn’t want to spend any money on paint for this space so for the walls we used a gray (Sherwin-Williams Dovetail) left over from the walls in the nursery and Sherwin-Williams ProClassic® Waterbased Paint in Bright White from our DIY baby clothes rack for the shelves.

Pantry Makeover
Our pantry was just your typical messy pantry. It is no Butler’s pantry but we are lucky enough to have a decent size pantry. Most of the problem is I didn’t think through the best places to store things.

Pantry Makeover

Once the pantry had a fresh coat of paint I thought, “Well I might as well buy all new storage baskets to organize when I put things back.

Michaels was having a sale, 1/2 off their baskets, so we jumped on the opportunity to get matching baskets. I was all like, “Score! Saving money!”. Then we ran into Kroger to get baby food and they had the same baskets (of all places) for two dollars cheaper than that. I was a little deflated but it turns out we needed more anyway so we went back and got those as well. I also found a few more on Amazon.

Pantry Makeover
Mismatched baskets, items not having places to go back to, clutter on the floor, and items getting pushed to the back of the deep shelves and “lost” made our pantry look and feel disorganized and dirty.

Pantry Makeover

It is funny how just reorganizing the spaces and thinking through where items would fit better opened up so much more space in the pantry. By rearranging some space in our kitchen cabinets to store more of our gadgets and consolidating food items into bins, I was able to open up the top shelf and have the floor be completely empty.

Pantry Makeover

I wanted to label what was inside the bins with large custom made stickers. Brent bought me a Silhouette Portrait printer for Christmas a few years ago and I am always looking for the time and projects to play with it so this was the perfect opportunity.

Pantry Makeover

I designed my labels in the software that came with the printer.

Pantry Makeover

I purchased the sticker paper that is for the printer and then let the printer works its magic cutting out the words. They turned out so cute.

The only down side is when I first made these I was thinking I would be using plastic bins but we ended up purchasing fabric totes (because sale!). They do stick for now, but I know they will not last forever so I am going to come back and make more with the heat transfer paper that is more appropriate for fabric.

Pantry Makeover

Once we had all new storage containers I thought, “Well, we might as well go to the store and restock the pantry”. A pantry makeover isn’t complete without restocking it with lots of treats. We refilled all of our OXO Pop Containers Brent bought me for Valentine’s Day several years ago. These are the same kind we labeled with the chalkboard tape.

Our pantry doesn’t usually have this many snacks available and probably won’t again until we have company but I’m enjoying it while it lasts.

Pantry Makeover
Pantry Makeover

These days baby nap time/bedtime = DIY project time and our baby is not big on sleeping right now so we really felt a sense of accomplishment finishing our pantry makeover project in the same weekend we started it.

Pantry Makeover

I know what you are thinking, “Why not work on the master closet with the three day weekend?” I’m sure Brent was wondering the same thing. But he was sweet and helpful and just went along with my impromptu impulsive pantry makeover plan. We have been using the guest room as a closet for three months now, what’s a few more weeks.

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Organized Pantry Makeover with baskets

DIY Shiplap Wall Decor

DIY Shiplap Wall

We have begun our master bedroom closet makeover. Our first project was to create a dark DIY shiplap wall.

DIY Shiplap Wall

The past two or three months we have been using our guest room as our closet as we slowly work on a complete makeover of our master bedroom closet.

The purging bug bit me (or maybe my pregnancy nesting kicked in late as I never had the urge until after our son was born) and both Brent and I were really excited to gut the closet from ripping out the closet to knocking down all the shelves.

However, gone are the days where we can complete large (or even small scale) DIY projects in one weekend. We are currently in a season of life where our life outside of DIY projects is very busy so our closet project is always getting pushed to the side. Oh well. We are learning to just enjoy this time and take things slow.

This weekend we finally finished our first project in our master bedroom closet and… it is entirely cosmetic so we will still be using the guest room as our closet for the foreseeable future. Ha. But it looks really awesome, priorities, right?

DIY Shiplap Wall

Our first task in the closet was to create a DIY shiplap wall on the long wall in our closet. We wanted a faux shiplap wall that was painted dark and would be the focal wall of our closet that we could hang our large mirror from IKEA.

Ah, good old shiplap. It’s all the rage these days. Traditional shiplap is not our style but I like the look of dark planked walls and was looking for an idea for a focal wall in our closet. We decided that would be the perfect place to give it a try.

Read on to see how we created our shiplap focal wall. We were able to create our planked wall inexpensively and easily using the steps below.

How We Made A DIY Shiplap Wall

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  • Plywood Sheeting
  • 2″ Brad Nails
  • Paintable Caulk
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint (Black Fox – Sherwin-Williams)
  • Level
  • Stud Finder
  • Straightedge
  • Brad Nail Gun
  • Nickel (a coin)
  • Table Saw
  • Paintbrush

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DIY Shiplap Wall

1. Before we installed our DIY shiplap wall in our master bedroom closet, we removed all the existing shelves. We also pulled up all the old carpet.

Note: It is probably a good idea to wear shoes when pulling up carpet.

DIY Shiplap Wall

2. Next, we needed to remove the carpet tack strips which are such a pain to get up and our least favorite part but we found a shovel did the trick much better than any other tool we used in the past.

DIY Shiplap Wall

3. Our shiplap runs from the floor to ceiling so we also removed the baseboards. To take off the baseboards we cut the caulk at the top of the board and used a putty knife to pry the board from the wall.

DIY Shiplap Wall

4. We used a stud finder and a straightedge to mark all the wall studs from the floor to ceiling to make hanging the boards easier when the time came.

DIY Shiplap Wall

5. Once our closet was prepped, we purchased the wood we would use for our faux shiplap wall. We have seen a lot of DIY-ers use textureless hardwood plywood but we opted to use plywood sheeting.

We used a table saw to cut each of the three plywood sheets down to 7” and then sanded the edges to avoid splinters.

DIY Shiplap Wall

6. Once the sheets were cut down, we lightly sanded each board. Then we applied a coat of paint (we used Black Fox by Sherwin-Williams) to each board. After the boards were dry, we lightly sanded them and put a second coat of paint to finish the look.

DIY Shiplap Wall

7. To start the first row of shiplap, we used ¾” plywood scraps as spacers to leave room for the wood floors that we will install later.

We attached each board to the wall in the studs with 2” brad nails and doubled check that they were level as we went up the wall.

DIY Shiplap Wall

8. We didn’t want to paint the whole wall but also didn’t want the wall to be white in between the shiplap boards so after we installed each board we painted about an inch above it with our dark paint. This covered the gaps between the board.

Note: We used a nickel as a spacer to easily make the space between the boards consistent and even.

DIY Shiplap Wall

9. After all of the boards on our DIY shiplap wall were installed, we came back and patched the nail holes with a paintable caulk.

Once the caulk was dry we painted over the caulk with our same Black Fox paint to clean it up and finish the look so the nail holes were no longer noticeable.

DIY Shiplap Wall

Some may wonder why go through all this work just for a closet but to us it is a fun form of art and we love strategizing and designing these spaces so that they “feel” and function just as we want them to.

Our closet was basic and boring but already with just this DIY shiplap wall, I can tell that it is going to be a really nice extension of our plans for the rest of our house. It is fun to work on a smaller space right now and really take our time to think through each design decision.

We can’t wait to have an organized and beautiful master closet that we actually enjoy getting dressed in every day rather than getting frustrated by all the clutter.

Stay tuned to see more of our master bedroom closet projects and how this space comes together

CONCRETE FLOOR COATING WITH RUST-OLEUM ROCKSOLID Flooring

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

The floor in our garage was a disaster when we purchased our house but with Rust-Oleum’s RockSolid products, we were able to repair and apply a beautiful garage floor coating.

Make your garage floors beautiful and easy to clean with this comprehensive tutorial with video showing how to repair a concrete slap and apply the Rust-Oleum RockSolid Garage Floor Coating.

Where is the last place you would want to prance around barefoot in your home? Probably the garage, right? If your garage floor is anything like ours was, it’s just plain gross. It was dirty and there was sawdust everywhere because of all woodworking projects.

It was a beast to clean because we had these huge craters in the middle of the garage due to past foundation work on our home. The large holes collected debris and threatened a sprained ankle. It was a mess.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

We spend quite a bit of time in our garage using it as a shop for our DIY projects so we really want to transform the space into a place that is inviting and inspiring and a snazzy garage floor coating was just what we needed to revive our old nasty concrete floor.

Rust-Oleum was nice enough to send over their RockSolid garage floor coating kit for us to try out. After repairing the concrete floor (see ya later crater) and applying the concrete floor coating, we were impressed and happy with the results! If your floor is as bad as ours, it will be time consuming and require labor but the products make the process easy and uncomplicated.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

The metallic finish is mesmerizing and worth the work because not only does the garage floor coating make the garage look beautiful it makes it ridiculously easy to keep clean. Now I feel 100% comfortable dancing around on this beautiful floor barefoot.

How We Applied Our Garage Floor Coating

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I’ll hand it over to Brent now to explain the floor coating process because I got out of all the work on this project. I had my own labor intensive project – taking care of a newborn! Since it was a two person job my dad was nice enough to sub in for me and give Brent a helping hand. Yes, the other person in the video is my dad, not me. Pregnancy changed my body but not THAT much.

Part 1: Repairing the Concrete Slab

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

1. Before applying any of the garage floor coating products there were a few large craters that needed to be filled with concrete. We used a mallet and masonry chisel to square the edges of the craters to be 1/2″ deep. This allowed the edges of the concrete patch to be applied thick and avoid chipping.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

2. We followed the instructions on the concrete patcher product. To mix it up we added water to the powder mix. The concrete mixed to a thicker consistency than I expected.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

3. Using a spray bottle, we wet each crater so the concrete patcher would adhere to it. After filling each hole, we used a finishing trowel to smooth the surface.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

4. To level the slab, we rented a concrete grinder from a home improvement store. We started grinding down all the high spots. This also revealed the cracks around the foundation repair that needed to be patched before applying the concrete floor coating.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

5. After leveling the entire floor surface, we sealed the floor with Rust-Oleum’s RockSolid Moisture Stop. The moisture stop product created a barrier within the concrete by filling the pours within the slab.

Once the entire slab was saturated, I misted the surface with water to keep it wet for 45 minutes. After the floor dried, I rinsed it with water and scrubbed it to remove any efflorescence from the surface.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

6. The floor took about two days to dry out before we repaired any of the cracks and small divots with Rust-Oleum’s Fast Patch product. We mixed equal parts A and B of the fast patch mix and spread it over the surface with a puddy knife. The divots deeper than 1/2″ took 2 applications.

Part 2: Applying Rust-Oleum RockSolid Floor Coating

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

Almost everything comes in the box to apply the RockSolid floor coating. The only additional supplies needed was the drill, paddle mixer, bucket, paint bush and roller.

Garage Floor 
Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

7. After setting out all the bags of coating we checked that that there were no clumps and then started by mixing one bag. The two part product mixed in the bag by rolling side B into side A breaking the seam in the middle. We really like this feature because it allows the product to mix without introducing air. This allowed for a slightly longer working time.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

8. We shook/mixed the product in the bag for three minutes before cutting it open and pouring it into a bucket. Then, we used a paddle mixer and drill to mix the metallic tint into the clear coating.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

9. We used a paintbrush to apply the coating along the wall and rolled everything else. The application is definitely a two person job. Luckily, Courtney’s dad came over to help since Courtney was tied up with our two week old son. After spreading the product evenly using a M and W roll pattern, I came back with the roller and swirled the coating. We continued across the garage floor section by section mixing each kit as needed.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

10. Grinding the floor did open some large pin holes in the floor that created a few bubbles during the application process. We took a gamble and popped the bubbles. Luckily, all of the bubbles we popped leveled out and dried smooth.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

I am really impressed with the work Brent and my dad did on the garage floor. Once it had all dried and the garage was empty, I happily danced around barefoot to show my approval of a job well done. I know it isn’t safe to work in the garage without shoes, but at least I could if I wanted to now and not end up with layers of dirt stuck to my feet.

Thanks to the new garage floor coating and the dust collector Brent modified, our garage floor has never looked and felt so nice. You wouldn’t even know we create tons of messes in this space because now it is a breeze to clean and we actually want to keep it clean.

Wall-Mounted Bike Rack Organization

Wall-Mounted Bike Rack with Bench

Our latest DIY storage project was to build a wall-mounted bike rack with a bench in our garage to store our bikes. This storage project keeps our bikes out of the way but still allows them to be easy to grab for a quick bike ride around the neighborhood.

A unique way to store your bikes in the garage - a DIY wall-mounted bike rack with a bench. It takes up little space depth wise, you can store two bikes, it gives you a place to sit down AND the front is painted with chalkboard paint so the front design can always change.

Operation organize garage/shop is currently underway. You couldn’t tell by looking at the space because it is a complete disaster at the moment but things must get messy before they can get clean, right? We did get one wall finished in the garage and a large scale storage project so we are making progress.

For one of the large walls in the garage we covered it with more of the faux brick panels like we did in our home gym. This time we painted them white. The rest of the walls with be gray (of course). For the garage we are going with Sherwin-Williams Gauntlet Gray for the wall color.

Also, we finished the wall-mounted bike rack DIY project that we have been building the past two weekends! We are excited to give you the scoop on how this project came together.

Wall-Mounted Bike Rack

Last year we got bikes for Christmas which have been really fun to ride around our neighborhood and to the park but we didn’t have a great place to store them in the garage. They mostly just hung out right by the garage door but were always getting in the way.

When planning the design of our bike rack storage project we had the following criteria:

1. The bikes needed to be easy to access
2. The bike rack needed to accommodate two bikes
3. The bike rack needed to take up as little space as possible depth wise
4. The bike rack needed to have a fun design and match the rest of the garage
5. BONUS: The bike rack could have additional functionality of an attached bench

Wall-Mounted Bike Rack
Wall-Mounted Bike Rack

While we are talking about the bike rack, we entered this project in the Rust-Oleum Creator’s Studio Blogger Challenge. They sent us a box of different types of spray paint and stains and we choose this chalk board paint to use on our project.

Wall-Mounted Bike Rack

Since this was one our “make it up as we go because we don’t have anything to reference” projects, it took a little while to find our groove and some trial and error experimenting. These types of projects are always frustrating when you are in the middle of problem solving but are always the most rewarding when you see it completed.

Wall-Mounted Bike Rack

Below is our process for building our wall-mounted bike rack with a bench.

How To Build a Wall-Mounted Bike Rack

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Wall-Mounted Bike Rack

1. To build the bike rack we started by making two V shapes at a 70 degree angle with 2″x4″s. Then we connected the V shapes with horizontal braces. This made the structure 16″ wide. After adding vertical 2x4s to stabilize the V structure, we loaded a bike to check the fit.

Wall-Mounted Bike Rack

2. Once the bike fit, we created another V shaped structure and screwed it into the end making a large W shape.

Wall-Mounted Bike Rack

3. We wanted to incorporate a bench on the end of the bike rack so we built a box out of 2″x4″s. We built the box to be 18″ high and attached it to the end of the W shape with screws.

Wall-Mounted Bike Rack
4. Before lining the outside of the bike rack with wooden slats, we attached 2″x4″s to any of the recessed sections of the braces to make one consistent and level surface.

Wall-Mounted Bike Rack

5. We used cheap 1″x2″ pine boards for the slats and cut them to be just longer than the bike rack is tall. After leveling and attaching each slat with brad nails, all the boards were cut to the correct height with a circular saw.

Wall-Mounted Bike Rack

6. We lined the top of the bike rack with OSB sheets. It took three sheets to cover the entire rack so OSB ($12/sheet) provided a significant cost savings over plywood ($34/sheet). Plus, it creates a unique industrial aesthetic that we were going for with the design.

Wall-Mounted Bike Rack

7. Finally, we painted the slats with chalkboard spray paint. Typically we would roll large surfaces with paint but due to all the gaps between the slats we opted for spray paint and were impressed that it only took two cans.

To complete the design, we added two decorative stripes with chalk. Extra 2x4s made for a great straight edge for the lines.

Wall-Mounted Bike Rack

We initially stained the front slats of the wall-mounted bike rack a light blue and it just wasn’t sitting well with us. We tried to do something different but in the end we didn’t like it.

We took a few days off to think about it and decided to paint the slats with a chalkboard paint instead. This way we can switch up the chalk design and it will go much better with what we have planned for the garage and just fits our “Gray House” aesthetic in general.

Wall-Mounted Bike Rack

We are happy with the results of our DIY wall-mounted bike rack. We were able to check off all of our must-haves for the project and included the bonus bench too! I am happy to finally have some seating in the garage and like that it is built in rather than just having a random old chair stuck in the corner!

ROCKING CHAIR BASE BUILD Furniture

Rocking Chair Base Build

Stylish upholstered rocking chairs can be expensive so for our son’s nursery we purchased an accent chair, removed the legs, and built our own rocking chair base. In this DIY rocking chair base build tutorial we will show you how we built a custom rocking base for the chair.

Rocking Chair Base Build

The rocking chair is a staple piece of furniture in a nursery. It has to be comfortable, functional but let’s face it, it has to look good too. Oh and if you are in rowing in the same boat as us, it has to be affordable. We put a lot of effort in the design of our nursery to blow it on a mismatched rocking chair or blow our whole budget on one we couldn’t really afford.

We shopped around. We even went so far as to try out rocking chairs at Pottery Barn Kids. When the nice sales lady asked if we were interested, we played along knowing good and well we couldn’t drop over $1,000 on a chair. If we had the money, I would have taken the one I liked home in a heartbeat. But we don’t so we had to improvise.

I feel our DIY projects that turn out the best are ones where the price of a piece of furniture we like is way up here (picture my hand way above my head) and our budget is way down here (picture my other hand below my knees). It forces us to think up a solution that is a good compromise between style and price. That is what we did for our rocking chair base build and I think it was a home run.

We were able to take the exact style accent chair we liked (that was in our price range) and turn it into a rocking chair by building a custom rocking chair base. Watch the video tutorial or following along with the steps below to see our rocking chair base build tutorial.

Rocking Chair Base Build Tutorial

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Rocking Chair Base Build

1. To start the rocking chair base build, we first tested the rocker radius by cutting a 38 inch radius from two scrap sheets of masonite and screwing the masonite rockers into the stock legs. We did quite a bit of research and used the formula below to determine the radius.

Seat Height(12″) x Pi(3.14) = Rocker Radius (38″)

After sitting in chair with the test rocking chair piece, we decided the seat height was a bit too high but the rocking motion was perfect. Our solution was to shorten the legs on the new rocking chair base.

Building the Chair Base

Rocking Chair Base Build

2. The new legs for the rocking chair were cut from 2″x2″ pine boards. We matched the angle of the legs and shortened each leg by 2″.

The chair apron is made from 1″x3″ pine boards. The original legs screwed directly into the base of the chair but we attached the legs together using an apron design. This makes for a stronger base. Plus, we like the aesthetic.

Rocking Chair Base Build
Rocking Chair Base Build

3. We connected the four 1″x3″ apron boards to each leg with two 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Rocking Chair Base Build

4. Pocket holes were drilled in the top of the left and right apron boards to allow the base to be attached to the underside of the chair.

Rocking Chair Base Build

5. Before moving on to the rocker rails, we test fit the rocking chair base with the upholstered chair and it fit great!

Making Rocker Runner Template

Rocking Chair Base Build

6. To trace the rocker runner radius we build a giant compass. Using a scrap piece of aluminum we drilled one hole to anchor one end of the compass and drilled two holes to draw through with a pencil. One hole was drilled at 36″ (top of runner) and 38″ (bottom of runner).

Rocking Chair Base Build

7. To measure where the ends of the rocker runners are, we used the chair base and traced around each leg to indicate where to cut the template to make the ends of each runner flush with the legs.

Rocking Chair Base Build

The rocker runner template fit perfectly!

Cutting the Rocker Runners

Rocking Chair Base Build

8. We used select pine 1″x6″ boards for the rocker runners but needed to combine two boards together using wood glue and clamps to match width of the 2″x2″.

Rocking Chair Base Build

9. Once the shape of the rocker runner template is traced on the double thick 1″x6″ board we used a jigsaw to cut out each runner.

Rocking Chair Base Build

10. The runners were attached to the rocking chair base with wood glue and 2″ pocket hole screws after drilling holes to countersink the screw heads.

Rocking Chair Base Build

11. To finish up the base we coated it in a acrylic lacquer to preserve the light tone of the pine.

Rocking Chair Base Build

12. Once the clear coat on the base was dry, we attached it to the upholstered chair using 2″ pocket hole screws, making sure they anchored into the wood substructure.

After rocking Connor for three months in this rocking chair, I can confirm that it is super comfortable. The fact that it does not have arms actually makes it more comfortable in my opinion to hold him and feed him because I can lay him on his pillow and it has more room across my lap.

In case you were wondering about the sturdiness, I tested it out by rocking Brent on my lap and while my legs felt like they were going to break, the rocking chair did not. It feels safe and secure.

It also gives off a smooth rocking motion. We have it on our laminate floor so we added felt strips to the bottom to keep it from scraping and moving too much.

Several of our visitors have asked where we purchased our rocking chair which makes us feel good that our accent chair to rocking chair transformation turned out just like we had in mind.

RUSTIC CHRISTMAS MANTLE Decor

Rustic Christmas Mantel

This holiday season we are sharing our simple rustic Christmas mantle with greenery, berries and DIY wood trees we cut out of pine and cedar.

Rustic Christmas Mantel

We welcomed our son a little over two months ago so we have been living in baby town for the past 10 weeks. We are happy to report that while the blogging has been a little slow the past couple weeks, we are not only surviving but thriving with our new baby centered schedule.

Ha! Just kidding, we’re just barely surviving but we can’t complain. Life is hectic but awesome. We are so in love with our little Gray House intern. Boy, does he keep us busy!

I applaud those moms out there who have babies near Christmas and still manage to decorate a house full of beautiful Christmas decor and do all the normal Christmas time activities. I am unfortunately not that mom. Oh well, there is always next year.

We put up our Christmas tree in our library and decided to focus on our mantel this year. Our goal was to keep it very simple. We wanted to pick out and make a few new pieces to give our mantel a makeover for Christmas.

Rustic Christmas Mantel

Our first step was to build a fireplace mantel cover to go over our existing white mantel. We wanted one that would better match the wood plank wall in our reading nook. We purchased a 48″ wreath to hang above the mantel.

We bought the greenery from Hobby Lobby. We then added in strands of berries and little string lights to the garland.

Rustic Christmas Mantel

SOURCE LIST FOR RUSTIC CHRISTMAS Mantel

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DIY PROJECTS

  • Wood Trees
  • Mantel Cover

DIY Wood Trees

We had been eyeing marble trees at Target to use on the fireplace mantel but we wanted quite a few. We couldn’t afford to buy eleven of the marble trees so we decided to make them out of wood instead. I am so glad we went in this direction because it fits with the rustic aesthetic much better and hardly cost us anything at all.

We have become big fans of cedar fence planks as a material for projects. Sometimes it takes a while to sort through the pile of cedar fence planks at the hardware store to find nice planks, but the color variation looks great and you can’t beat the price.

We made templates for the three different sized trees (download our template below) and cut them out using a jigsaw.

Rustic Christmas Mantel

FREE TEMPLATE

If you are interested in making your own DIY wood trees, feel free to download our template below.

Download Free DIY Wood Trees Templates

Download Free Wood Trees Template

Rustic Christmas Mantle
Rustic Christmas Mantel

We might not have went all out this year when it came to Christmas decor but sometimes shopping for Christmas decor overwhelms me so it was much easier to focus on one area of our home. A rustic Christmas mantel makeover was the perfect way to add a little coziness to our living room this winter.

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Rustic Christmas Mantel

Kid’s Reading Nook Tent Decor

Kid’s Reading Nook Tent Decor

We built a Kid’s Reading Nook Tent out of wood and canvas for our son’s modern outdoor nursery and shopped at At Home, The Home Decor Superstore to make over the space to give it a high end look at a low cost with some fun decor pieces.

Kid’s Reading Nook Tent

We have been hard at work making an outdoor modern nursery over the last few months for our baby boy. We wanted to transform the room so that when he gets older he feels like he is being transported to a space of whimsy and adventure that will encourage his imagination to run wild.

One project that Brent and I were really excited about creating was a kid’s reading nook tent that would really take the room to the next level. Even though he is just a newborn and the tent is more of a decor piece right now, we wanted the room to be able to grow with him and create a fun spot he could curl up in and we can read together and play pretend. Because you can’t go on an outdoor adventure without a tent!

Decorating Our Kid’s Reading Nook Tent

Kid’s Reading Nook Tent

We built the frame of the kid’s reading nook tent out of a 1”x3” pine board covered with canvas and we built a platform for the base of the tent and covered it with a gray shag rug.

Kid’s Reading Nook Tent

When it came to decorating our tent with cozy and fun pieces, we wanted a high end look but we didn’t have a large budget to spend on decor. We headed to At Home, The Home Decor Superstore to pick out all the necessary items we needed to make over our reading nook tent into an enjoyable space and avoid breaking the bank.

Kid’s Reading Nook Tent
At Home has a lot of unique pieces like this octopus in a glass dome. We added LED string lights that we also picked up at At Home to the glass dome to add a bit of whimsy and quirkiness.

Kid’s Reading Nook Tent
Our go to place for pillows is At Home because they have a huge selection. They have aisles of pillows in every color and pattern you can imagine and they are affordable so we picked up several to add some variety in color and texture to our kid’s reading nook tent to make it cozy.

Kid’s Reading Nook Tent
How fun is this marquee letter? We picked up this huge “C” for Connor and the light bulbs as well as the white branches and vase. We wrapped the white branches with more of the LED string lights to add a little magical touch to the reading nook area.

Once Connor is able to start being mobile, we will have to move these items to higher ground, but for now they fill up this space next to the tent nicely and add a playful touch.

Kid’s Reading Nook Tent
We were looking for a storage solution to store our son’s toys. At Home has everything from baskets to boxes to crates and after some deliberation we decided on this wooden crate. It is the perfect size and color to match the room and contain all of his stuffed animals and toys.

We really enjoy shopping at At Home because we can get a high end look at a low cost whether we are decorating a dining space, fireplace mantle or even a wood tent in a nursery. We easily found several products that transformed our kid’s reading nook tent into one that is comfy and whimsical.

Because of the low cost we were able to get more for our money and able to not only decorate inside the tent but also pick out a few storage and decor pieces to go around the tent.

Kid’s Reading Nook Tent

While our son might not be able to read for awhile, Brent and I are ourselves are looking forward to sitting in the space, holding him and reading to him.

Kid’s Reading Nook Tent

We will be sharing how we built our kid’s reading nook tent plus plans if you are interested in building your own soon.

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Kid’s Reading Nook Tent

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nursery bookshelves Organization

Nursery Bookshelves DIY

We made a set of nursery bookshelves to store, organize and display baby books.

Nursery Bookshelves DIY

Well, it looks like we are actually going to finish this nursery before baby makes his arrival! It didn’t seem like we were going to make it but he decided to stay put for a little longer and is now four days past his due date which has given us plenty of time to finish all of our last minute projects including the nursery wall storage, baby clothing rack and now our nursery bookshelves. (Plus, we have one more project on the way to share that is AWESOME.)

If you couldn’t already tell by the massive shelves we built in our library, we like to read, a lot. Both Brent and I are looking forward to reading to our son right away, even if he doesn’t understand what we are reading just yet. It was a given we would incorporate bookshelves into the nursery.

The nursery has two small walls that are at an angle so we thought that making bookshelves that ran vertically up the wall would be a good use of space.

Nursery Bookshelves DIY

A popular trend right now is using the IKEA spice racks for baby books so we took that idea and built our own larger, beefier version so we could fit more books on them and fill up the wall.

To see how we built our nursery bookshelves, check out the video or follow along with the steps below.

How We Made Our Nursery Bookshelves

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  • (1) 1″x6″x48″ select pine (makes 1 shelf)
  • Wood glue
  • 1 5/8″ wood screws
  • 1 1/2″ finishing nails
  • Sherwin-Williams ProClassic® Waterbased Paint in Bright White
  • Nap roller
  • Painters tape
  • 3″ screws
  • Miter saw
  • Clamps
  • Drill
  • Nail gun
  • Level

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Nursery Bookshelves DIY

CUT THE PIECES FOR THE SHELVES

1. To begin making the nursery bookshelves, first we made all of our cuts using the miter saw. We made the following cuts:

The bottom piece of the shelf: 1”x6” cut 20” long
The two side pieces of the shelf: 1”x6” cut 4” long
The mounting plate on the back of the shelf: 1”x2” cut 10” long
The front rail of the shelf: 1”x1” cut 20” long

Because we were making four shelves we cut multiple of the same pieces at one time to make sure they were all the exact same length. We clamped a board to the fence of the saw to help make the cuts the same.

ASSEMBLE THE SHELVES

Nursery Bookshelves DIY
Nursery Bookshelves DIY

2. To assemble the nursery bookshelves, first we used our drill to drill two pilot holes into the back of the bottom piece of the shelf and attached the mounting plate piece with wood glue and 1 ⅝” wood screws to the bottom piece of the shelf.

Nursery Bookshelves DIY

3. Next, we attached each of the side pieces to the bottom piece with wood glue and 1 ½” finishing nails.

Nursery Bookshelves DIY

4. Finally, we attached the front rail to the side pieces with wood glue and 1 ½” finishing nails. We used a scrap 1”x2” to rest the rail on while we nailed it from the side boards with our nail gun.

PAINT THE SHELVES

Nursery Bookshelves DIY
Nursery Bookshelves DIY

5. Once all of our nursery bookshelves were assembled, we used wood filler to fill the holes and then painted the shelves with Sherwin-Williams ProClassic® Waterbased Paint in Bright White and a nap roller for a smooth finish.

HANG THE SHELVES

Nursery Bookshelves DIY
Nursery Bookshelves DIY

6. Before hanging the shelves, we marked the wall studs with painters tape. Then we centered each shelf on the wall and made sure it was level. Finally, we screwed the shelves into the wall over the studs with 3” screws.

Nursery Bookshelves DIY

The nursery bookshelves were super simple to build and turned out great. We love filling the nursery bookshelves up with books. We have been receiving books as gifts and it is so fun to add them to the shelves as we start a collection for our baby boy.

STAY TUNED: We have one more large DIY project in the nursery to share that is pretty unique and fun as well as a tutorial on how we converted a regular chair into a rocking chair, AND the full tour of our outdoor modern nursery is coming up in the next few weeks. There are still more nursery posts on the way!