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

SUPPLIES

  • 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!

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

SUPPLIES

  • 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

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

PRODUCTS PURCHASED

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

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of At Home. The opinions and text are all mine.

DIY NURSERY CAMERA MONITOR MOBILE Decor

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

In this post we are sharing how to make a DIY nursery camera mobile and how our nursery camera integrates with our home security system app for easy monitoring. Plus, an offer code for our readers! This post is sponsored by Reliant but as always all opinions and content are 100% our own.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

We have a fun DIY decor project to share with you today that combines a little bit of crafting, a little bit of sewing, some power tools and cool technology. Our latest project was to make a mobile for our baby’s modern outdoor nursery to hang above the crib.

But we didn’t make just any mobile, we made a mobile with a camera built into it! Fun, right!? Today we are going to show you how we made our DIY nursery camera monitor mobile. If this project seems a bit intimidating, don’t worry, integrating a camera is much easier than it may sound.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

I really wanted to make a whimsical mobile with little felt mountains, trees and clouds to fit with our outdoor/adventure nursery and it turns out a wood slice is the perfect place to hide a camera!

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

We recently upgraded the security system in our home to a Security by Reliant system and one of the products we got in our package was an indoor security camera. We knew we wanted to use it as a nursery camera but we didn’t want to just mount the camera to the wall, we wanted to try and find a unique solution to incorporate it into the decor.

Brent came up with an awesome idea to build the camera into the mobile that we had already planned on making and we are really excited about how it turned out.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile
DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

You may be wondering, why not just use a baby monitor camera? You definitely could, but what we love about using a camera that is tied into our security system is we can use the same Reliant Connect App to monitor our nursery as we use to monitor and control the rest of our home making it really convenient.

And as a bonus this camera was the perfect shape and size to fit into our mobile.

If you are interested in signing up for your own Security by Reliant package, use the offer code “STUDIO” and get your first month of service FREE!

If you are interested in making a DIY nursery camera mobile or are just curious to see how we made ours, we have a video tutorial and step by step guide below for you to check out.

HOW TO MAKE A DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile
DIY Nursery Camera Mobile
DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

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DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

1. To begin we put two pieces of felt together and cut a square out of the felt the same size as our template. This made it easier to cut the shape out. Once we cut the shape out of the felt, these pieces became the front and back of our object.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

2. For each object we cut out two layers of low loft batting in the same shape as each of our templates to go between the felt pieces. To prevent the batting from sticking out of the felt pieces, we trimmed a small amount off the edge to make the batting pieces smaller than the felt pieces. We did this for all of our shapes.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

3. For the mountain shape we cut the top half of the template off and then cut that shape out of two pieces of white felt to create the snow on each side.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

4. We repeated the steps above for each of our mobile objects. We made mountains, clouds, trees, and a moon.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

5. To sew each felt object we used a blanket stitch. To do this we used an embroidery needle and embroidery floss. We pushed the needle through the back piece of felt because we were sewing two pieces of felt together, the knot needed to go between the two pieces of felt.

Finally, we brought the needle back down through the loop we made. We repeated this process all the way around the object.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

Here are what our mobile pieces looked like once they were all stitched up, so cute and whimsical. Now that I learned how to blanket stitch I want to make all sorts of cute little things for the nursery.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

6. Once all the objects were sewn, we connected the shapes together using clear string. We used a needle to thread the string through each object and tied a knot securing the string to each object. We left about 5 inches of string at the top to attach everything together.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

We attached two objects to two of the strings and three objects to two of the strings.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

7. Before attaching anything to the wood slice, we needed to make a few holes in the wood. We used the camera mount that came with the camera to trace the size of the hole for the camera.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

8. Then used a router with a plunge mount and cutting bit to make the hole for the camera.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

We test fit the security camera and it fit perfectly inside the wood slice.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile
We used a slice of wood the same thickness as the camera so that when the mobile is suspended you will not be able to see the camera from the side view.

We should also point out that on the piece of wood we purchased the bark was flaking off a little. To make sure nothing fell off the wood into the crib, we sealed the wood slice before putting in the camera for good.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

9. To make the holes for the clear string to suspend the objects, we drilled 1/16” holes spaced 1” from the edge.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

10. We used an equilateral triangle template to mark the holes where the ropes needed to go to hang the mobile and used a drill to drill ¼ inch holes for the rope.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

11. To prevent the rope from fraying we wrapped it in tape before cutting it to length. Once cut to the length, we poked the rope through the large holes and tied a knot to keep it from pulling back through the hole.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

12. By holding the ropes all at once we could level the wood so it would hang straight and then taped all the ropes together to temporarily keep everything in place.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

13. Using white embroidery floss, we wrapped the ropes up and tied a knot to permanently hold everything together.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

14. After putting the camera in the center hole and tying the camera’s power cable to the ropes, we were ready to suspend the objects from the wood slice to complete the mobile.

We did this by threading the clear line through the 1/16” holes and tying a knot in the top side of the wood to prevent the line from pulling through the hole.

Once our DIY nursery camera mobile was finished, we hung it over the crib from an eye hook in a ceiling joist.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

There is something really fun and satisfying about incorporating technology into things that you design and build. This DIY nursery camera mobile was not only enjoyable to make but I am sure we will get a lot of use out of what would otherwise have been just a decor piece.

We now will have a bird’s eye view of our baby sleeping in his crib. We are excited to watch an actual baby sleeping rather than just an empty crib. Only a few weeks left until he makes his arrival!

Smart Home Solutions For Making Life Easier

Speaking of cool technology, while the nursery camera is a given with a newborn, our home security system has a few other cool features that we know will come in handy as new parents.

Doorbell Camera

Whether I just sat down to feed the baby or am holding the baby during a long Netflix binge while he sleeps, I know the last thing I will want to do is get up and answer the door when the doorbell rings. What is great about the doorbell camera is we won’t have to!

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

We get an alert on our phone when the doorbell rings which allows us to check the Reliant Connect App to see a video feed of who is at the door. If it is someone we are expecting or know, we can just unlock the door from the app and they can let themselves in.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

If it is someone I do not wish to open the door for (I am looking at you solicitor) than we can choose to simply ignore them or use the microphone to (umm…politely) ask them to go away.

All with one hand and without having to get up. Boom. Because why get up when you don’t have to?

Wireless Door Locks & Smart Bulbs

I hear having a baby comes with toting around a lot more stuff than we are used to. Which means our hands will be full when we come home and go to open the front door. Fumbling with the keys (especially in the dark) with a baby does not sound like fun.

DIY Nursery Camera Mobile

With the wireless door locks and smart bulbs being integrated into our home security system, we can turn on our porch light, unlock our front door, turn off the alarm, or even turn on a lamp inside the house all from the Reliant Connect App on our phones before we get out of the car. Which means we can quickly get into the house making it easier and safer.

To take it a step further the Security by Reliant system has a geo-services feature that we set that detects the location of our mobile device so the porch light automatically turns on when we turn onto our street.

We are really enjoying all the features of our home security system and know they will come in handy to make life easier and give us peace of mind once the baby arrives.

Check out what life was like for us without a smart home security system and our tutorial for installing a wireless door lock.

Back Patio Details Decor

Back Patio Details

Here are the new items we picked out for our back patio makeover.

Back Patio Details

When it comes to home renovation projects there are a lot of different scenarios that can cause setbacks, including things out of your control like the weather. If you haven’t heard, it has been raining here in Houston quite a bit. While all this rain has really put a damper on our outdoor projects, we were extremely fortunate that our home was not one of the many that flooded. Another positive aspect of the rain is our grass is getting nice and green and we haven’t had to water yet.

We have been trying to start our back patio makeover this month but all this rain is totally cramping our style. It has inconveniently rained and/or stormed every weekend this past three weekends. We get it, this year the weather was really taking “April showers” literally.

When (or if) it stops raining on the weekends, the first thing we would like to do is repair and stain our drab concrete slab that is getting less attractive by the day.

But for the time being we thought we would share with you the fun and bright colored furniture and decor pieces we picked out for our back patio during our At Home power shopping trip. If you remember from our last post, we managed to get quite a large loot of cool outdoor decor items. At Home is really a one stop shop when it comes to home decor because they have a huge selection, everything color coordinates and the prices will allow you to stay on budget.

Ideally, we would show you what each of these items looks like in the space but since we don’t want the brand new stuff to get waterlogged, we will just go with plan B for now.

OUR BACK PATIO HAUL

Back Patio Details

Rug

Rugs make a space feel so much more welcoming and cozy, especially when the area you are trying to make comfortable will sit on a concrete slab. We picked out the turquoise and snow cornwall tributary rug in 8×10 to define our seating area and bring some much needed color and comfort to this corner of our back patio.

Back Patio Details

Pillows & Cushions

Speaking of comfort, nothing makes outdoor seating more relaxing than cushions and lots of pillows! And we needed plenty to fill up our outdoor sectional. Thankfully, At Home’s cushions and pillows didn’t cause us to break the budget.

SHOPPING TIP: Don’t be afraid to do a mock set-up of your seating arrangement or any space you are trying to design at the store so you will not only know the right amount of items to get but also make sure they go well together. At Home has plenty of space to do this.

We initially picked out bright green cushions and then decided on dark tan cushions. Right before we left the store we were trying to decide how many pillows we needed so we set our cushions on one of the wicker sets and added our blue and green pillows. It turns out we did not like how the bright blue and green colors looked against the dark tan cushions so at the last minute we switched to a muted blue/green colored cushion and it looked so much better. I am so glad we took the time to plan that out in the store.

Back Patio Details

Chairs

We need five chairs to go around our long rectangular outdoor table. It seemed like an impossible task to try and find five chairs and stay within the budget. So when we found these bright blue chairs for only $20 a piece we were like, “jackpot!”. There were others that we really liked the style of but they were triple the price. These chairs are practical, comfortable and are a bright blue color that will tie the dining area to the same color blues in our seating area giving the whole backyard a cohesive feel.

Back Patio Details

Lanterns

Remember how we always have one splurge item in our trip? Well, these lanterns were our splurge item(s). I walked past them several times because they were not on our list but I just kept going back to them over and over again because something about them was calling to me. I kind of have a thing for lanterns to begin with but I think these will be a really nice addition to our outdoor coffee table to add a little extra mood lighting.

Back Patio Details

Umbrella

We don’t have a covered patio so one thing we will definitely need in our backyard is some shade. A large 10ft. offset umbrella seemed to be an easy and affordable ($80) solution to this problem. We might in the future consider building a larger structure for shade but our back yard is not huge, so a large umbrella over our seating area should do the trick for now.

*We haven’t snapped a photo of our umbrella yet because it is still in the box. I am dying to see it assembled but we don’t currently have anywhere to store a 10ft umbrella inside the house.

Some of these items were on our list from the beginning and some of the items we changed our minds and switched colors or styles once we were in the store but we are really happy with all the pieces we were able to get to refresh and bring some much needed life to our back patio. We can’t wait to start decorating the space with these pieces and spend more time outdoors.

Now if you will excuse me I will be humming the rain, rain go away song continuously in my head this week and drooling over HGTV’s Spring House while I patiently wait for my turn to decorate our outdoor space.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of At Home. The opinions and text are all mine.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket Decor

DIY Wooden Easter Basket Centerpiece

How to make a DIY Wooden Easter Basket filled with naturally dyed eggs.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket

Easter is right around the corner and one of my favorite traditions is Easter lunch with my family. My mom always sets a gorgeous table but this year I wanted to contribute something to the table setting (since we all know I can’t contribute much in the food department). I thought it would be nice to build an inexpensive DIY wooden Easter basket centerpiece and fill it with naturally dyed eggs to display in the middle of the table.

I completed this project in two parts over two days. The first day I was in the kitchen playing mad scientist trying to create the right solutions to get the perfect colors to naturally dye the eggs. The second day I was in the garage/shop playing builder making the wooden basket. Surprisingly, building the wooden basket went waaay faster than dying the eggs.

Part 1: Dying the Eggs

I haven’t dyed eggs in forever, since I was little but I saw so many pretty naturally dyed eggs done by other bloggers that I really wanted to give it a try. I am no expert when it comes to dying eggs, especially with food, in fact the only thing I am an expert in is making messes so if nothing else I knew that was going to be an outcome. But I had a Friday afternoon off and really wanted to play, I mean experiment in the kitchen.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
I followed the lead from a few other bloggers when it came to my Easter egg dying supplies. Red cabbage, turmeric, and blueberries seemed to be popular choices for dying solutions. I threw in grape juice in there just for the heck of it. Then of course I needed the eggs, vinegar and jars.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
First I boiled the eggs. I am kind of embarrassed to admit this but I had to look up how to do this. Thank you Google. Ha, I’m telling you I really don’t belong in the kitchen. But you never know if you never learn, right?

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
I transferred them to this colander that was my great-grandmothers to cool while I started making the solutions.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
I hoard almost empty candle jars so before this project began, I removed the wax left in the jars with boiling water, cleaned them up and then they became the perfect containers for the eggs to soak in. I labeled them with my favorite chalk tape so I could remember what solution I put in each jar.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
DIY Wooden Easter Basket
I am VERY good at making messes. Above is the proof. While I did have about a million dishes to clean, luckily I put down some white paper over the counters so I could just roll it up in a ball and throw it away making cleaning up a tiny bit easier.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
DIY Wooden Easter Basket
I let the eggs sit for about three hours and then I started to realize that some were getting a little more saturated than I expected or wanted. I removed the eggs from the blueberry jar, grape juice jar, turmeric jar and spinach jar.

The spinach ones didn’t turn out at all because I kind of used more lettuce from a left over salad than spinach…oops. Ha. So I made a second attempt at creating a green color. I mixed the left over blueberry solution and turmeric solution and let a few eggs soak in it overnight. I also left the red cabbage to soak in the refrigerator overnight.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
DIY Wooden Easter Basket

I wanted to build a wooden basket that was rustic and fill it with eggs that were colored with earthy tones. The colors turned out a little brighter than I expected, more like I collected them from my pet chicken that came straight out of a Skittles commercial, but oh well, they are still pretty.

My impromptu green solution worked really well. I got a really dark green. Almost too dark, so I mixed in a little red cabbage solution into the existing mixture and soaked two more eggs in it for about 15 minutes and it gave me the light green that I wanted.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
The eggs that soaked overnight in the refrigerator in the red cabbage mixture definitely gave the best color. And my mind is still blown that this pretty color came from red cabbage. I didn’t quite strain all the cabbage out well enough so some pieces of cabbage got stuck to the eggs while it was soaking but it created a cool pattern.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
The grape juice and vinegar mixture made for a really weird reaction on the egg shell. It turned gray, had raised spots and created a crackle texture. I think it looks totally awesome, like I created a dinosaur egg! (Who do I send my resume to at Jurassic Park?) Even though it did not make the cut to the Easter basket centerpiece, because let’s face it, it looks really ugly, it is one of my favorites because of how weird it turned out.

Part 2: Building the DIY Wooden Easter Basket

Once the eggs were drying, I was ready to start building the wooden basket. I wanted to spend zero dollars on this box so I rummaged through our scrap wood wheelbarrow looking for some pieces that would work. I decided I wanted the bottom part to look like a wooden crate but I wanted it to be long and narrow and I wanted a handle to make it look like a basket.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
For the bottom piece I used a scrap piece of markerboard hardboard left over from our vintage gym clock project. I used the table saw to cut it down to size so it would be the correct width and length to be the bottom of my box.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
I took a few pieces of scrap wood and cut the pieces down to the size I wanted and started to assemble it.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
I used a nail gun to attach the wood pieces to the bottom piece of hardboard and to each other to create the box. Brent just got his nail gun for Christmas so this was my first time using it. Whoa. To say it makes projects go so much faster is an understatement. I did not want to put it down. It made me feel so powerful.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
Once the bottom of the box was built, I cut the pieces for the handle.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
I used wood glue and clamps to attach the handle to the base of the wooden basket. After the glue dried, I stained the wooden basket.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
To avoid spending any money on the basket filler, I just ran a few pieces of various shades of brown colored construction paper through a paper shredder. I put a piece of cardboard in the basket and covered it with the shredded paper so the eggs would sit higher up in the basket,

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
DIY Wooden Easter Basket
DIY Wooden Easter Basket

Besides spending a few dollars on the eggs and food to dye them with, this project cost me pretty close to nothing and I am really happy with how it turned out. I like creating versatile pieces so after our DIY wooden Easter basket does it’s job as a centerpiece I will repurpose it and use it to hold plants on my mantle for the rest of spring.

DIY Wooden Easter Basket
DIY Wooden Easter Basket

DIY Wood Candle Holder Decor

DIY Wood Candle Holders

We gave new life to old spindles by transforming them into wood candle holders.

Wood Candle Holders DIY made from SpindlesY

Hello! Courtney here today sharing a project that I worked on this past week that meant a lot to me. My grandparents are doing a little remodeling around their house and decided to open up the space above their wet bar by taking down the spindles that ran from the bar to the ceiling. These spindles were original to the house which makes them older than me!

My grandparents gave them to us in case we could use them for a project. I then had the idea to recycle the spindles and use them to make wood candle holders as a gift to give my grandmother for her birthday this week. It came together really quickly with very little supplies and I am so proud of how it turned out.

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Wood Candle Holders DIY made from Spindles

How To Make DIY Wood Candle Holders

Wood Candle Holders DIY made from Spindles
1. I wanted to change the colors of the spindles but the spindles had a clear coat on them so I needed to sand them down. It was a tricky task because of the details on the spindles there were lots of tiny areas to try and sand down. I HATE the sound and feel of sanding so I usually wear gloves and headphones while tackling this process.

Wood Candle Holders DIY made from Spindles
2. After I sanded down the area, I stained the sanded parts with our favorite color stain, Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Kona. I put two coats on to make sure it was nice and covered.

Wood Candle Holders DIY made from Spindles
3. After the stained dried, I cut down the spindles to the area I stained with the miter saw. I decided to make them varying heights.

Wood Candle Holders DIY made from Spindles
4. I made two cuts with the miter saw. The first was to trim down the square part and the second was to cut right above one of the circle sections so I would have a nice flat area to attach my top wood disc. It came out great!

Wood Candle Holders DIY made from Spindles
5. Don’t let that bottle fool you, that is not Elmer’s glue but rather super strength wood glue. Brent put it in an old glue bottle to make it easier to use. Brilliant! I used a tiny dab of wood glue to attach the two wood discs to the spindle to create the candle holder.

Wood Candle Holders DIY made from Spindles
6. I had a hard time using a clamp to hold the pieces in place without the pieces getting moved off center so I went for option B, old paint cans. Paint is tedious to dispose of which is why we still have old paint cans that were here when we moved in still sitting in our garage. However, they came in handy in this situation. I set them on top of the candle holders to apply pressure.

Wood Candle Holders DIY made from Spindles
7. Once the top and bottom pieces were attached to the spindle, I stained the wood discs the same Kona colored stain to match the spindle.

Wood Candle Holders DIY made from Spindles
In just a day I was able to give new life and purpose to old spindles. I love the design of the spindles and while they definitely looked out dated in their original location they look perfect as candle holders! Plus, the sentimental side of me loves the fact that they come from grandparents’ home.

We have plenty more spindles and we can’t wait to make another project with them.

Wood Candle Holders DIY made from Spindles
Brent and I were super excited to surprise my grandmother with them for her birthday last night. All my hard work sanding was rewarded when I saw her eyes light up the minute she realized they were made from her spindles. It made my day.

Those spindles were a part of their home for 33 years so now she has the best of both worlds. Their home is more modern with them removed, but she has a touch of nostalgia with the wood candle holders sitting on her coffee table.

Have you re-purposed spindles for another use? We would love to hear your ideas or suggestions for our next spindle project.

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Wood Candle Holders DIY made from Spindles

Framing a Book Page Decor

Framed Book Page

To fill in a tricky empty corner in our home library we hung an enlarged framed book page that we created featuring a favorite quote.

Framed Book Page for Library

Do you have a spot in your home that you don’t quite know what to do with? For us it was a corner in our library. We are closing in on having our library finished, short of our flooring but that is a rant for another day. The library is not huge so we are cautious of making it feel overcrowded with too much “stuff”. For awhile we had our traveling tree filling up this corner.

I call it our traveling tree because I bought this tree back when I was decorating my first “grown-up” apartment. I still like the tree but since we moved into our house I have not found the right spot for it. So I move it around from room to room, corner to corner to act as a temporary fill in for empty spaces. But I never like how it looks there so it ends up moving on to the next empty spot once I find something better to replace it with.

Poor, sad traveling tree, maybe someday it will find a place to call its forever home.

It wasn’t until I moved the tree that I realized how much I didn’t like it in that corner because it was too much next to the love seat. While browsing Pinterest one evening I stumbled across an example of a large framed book page.

A lightbulb went off. What would be better in a library than a large framed book page? It would be just big enough to fill up the corner without looking too crowded.

I remembered that sitting in our closet unused was a huge frame Brent found in the IKEA reject section for $5 that looks perfectly fine. Ah, we love when a project that is a solution to an empty space costs us almost nothing and is easy to quickly put into action.

Our Framed Book Page Project

The hardest part was determining what page in what book out of the hundreds of books we have to use. We sat in our library and flipped through tons of books and then I remembered a line about perspective that I really liked from the Magician’s Nephew (part of The Chronicles of Narnia series). “For what you see and hear depends on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are”.

The line was buried in the page which was all text so Brent and I decided to get creative and create our own fake book page featuring this quote so it would be more prominent. I really liked the title page for the chapter it was in so I scanned that page of the book and opened it up in Illustrator.

Framed Book Page for Library

I created a new document that was the size we wanted to print so that would fit in our large frame and all the text and graphics would be the right size and resolution. Then I created our new fake book page by adding the the graphic from the title page and typing the book title at the top, chapter title in the middle, the quote we wanted to feature and included the page number at the bottom.

We needed all the text a lot larger so it would be visible and easy to read. We then had it printed, cut it to size, popped it in the frame and hung it up.

Framed Book Page for Library

The whole project took us about two hours from finding the quote to hanging it on the wall and cost us $5 for the frame and maybe $2 to have it printed.

We had two copies printed just in case we messed one up while cutting it to fit in the frame. While we love building huge detailed projects, we are quite fond of these quick Sunday afternoon decor projects too.

We think a framed book page is the perfect solution to that tricky corner and addition to the library. Plus, since I tend to have commitment issues when it comes to decor in our home, I love pieces that are flexible and easy to switch out. If Brent or I find a new favorite quote from a book we can inexpensively change out the book page in the frame, keeping our library feeling fresh.

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Framed Book Page for Library

Fall DIY Front Porch Projects Decor

4 Fall DIY Front Porch Projects

Fall DIY Front Porch Projects

I am lighting my favorite fall scented candle (leaves from Bath & Body Works) today because it is officially autumn! This time last year Brent and I visited Boston and my favorite part was to see all the leaves changing colors on the trees, they were gorgeous! I wanted to pack up all the foliage in my suitcase and bring it home with me since it usually takes awhile to see and feel fall outside here in Houston.

I love autumn but Brent and I have never been big on decorating for the seasons. One reason is lack of budget and another reason is a lack of storage. We just don’t have enough space to store decor for spring, summer, winter and fall. However, we have this great covered front porch that is spacious and we like to spend a lot of time on in the cooler months and I mean who doesn’t love a porch decorated for fall?

We wanted to bring fall to our front porch this year so we got to thinking and came up with four fall DIY front porch projects that included the following criteria.

Inexpensiveprojects that would allow us to use the free decor from nature laying around in our yard
Easy to storeprojects that didn’t include a lot of pieces and could lay flat
OR
Can effortlessly transitionprojects that we could use for the next season or recycle for another project

Here are the nature inspired DIY front porch projects we came up with.

1. Leaf-Shaped Doormat

Fall DIY Front Porch Projects

The first thing we made was a fall themed custom shaped doormat for our doorstep. This one is inexpensive and easy to create so it was a no brainer. Plus, it lays flat so it should be easy to wrap in plastic and store under a bed if it is still in good condition by the end of the season. If not, the doormat only cost us $10 so it wouldn’t be a huge loss if it gets a lot of love and needs to be tossed by the time December rolls around.

We purchased our plain doormat from IKEA and decided to cut out a maple leaf shape. Because we live down here in Texas we spray painted the saying “It’s Fall Y’all” onto it. Sure, it is a little corny but that way when we walk out the door our doormat can remind us that despite the temperature, it is in fact fall.

Whether you have a huge front porch or live in an apartment with just a doorstep, this is a great way to bring a little fall or Halloween decor to your outside entry.

To see how to make this project, check out our full tutorial on our custom shaped doormats.

2. Cedar Picket Pumpkins

Fall DIY Front Porch Projects

Our next project to tackle was to make a pair of rustic pumpkins out of cedar dog-ear wood fence pickets. This is another extremely inexpensive project because each piece of fence costs around $2 and each pumpkin only needs one fence picket. It was really quick to make as well because we dug around the stack of fence pickets at the hardware store until we found two that had the deepest natural orange shade so we didn’t even have to paint them!

We wanted two pumpkins that were different heights so for the taller pumpkin Brent cut the picket in half to create two pieces that were the same length. For the shorter pumpkin he cut three pieces the same length. Then for the piece that had the corners cut off he cut it in half vertically and placed each piece on the outside of the middle board(s) for each pumpkin.

To attach the boards together, Brent cut a strip of 1/8 inch masonite the width of the pumpkin and screwed through the masonite into each picket with 1/2 inch screws. He created the stems by cutting a scrap piece of wood into trapezoids and then painted them with watered down green paint. He attached the stem to the pumpkin with a 3/4 inch screw.

They are flat so they would also be easy to store under a bed or because we did nothing to the wood, we could recycle and use it for another project such as making a box or a tray.

3. Natural Leaf and Branch Door Hanging

Fall DIY Front Porch Projects

For our third project we were in search of an alternative to a traditional fall wreath for our front door. We decided to make a natural leaf and branch door hanging. This one cost us around $12 only because we couldn’t find any leaves outside I liked where we lived. We don’t have the best looking leaves in our yard so we opted to buy some silk leaves from the craft store. You could use also paint leaves from outside or make paper leaves.

To make it we used a branch off one of our trees that we had just trimmed and cut it down to fit our door. Then we used a needle to thread fishing line though the leaves. We varied the lengths of the strands of the leaves and situated the individual leaves in different positions to give the appearance that they were falling and to create visual interest.

For the bottom leaf on each strand we positioned a washer between two leaves so that it would hold the weight of the strands of leaves down and prevent them from blowing around and getting tangled. We attached each line of leaves to the branch with thumb tacks.

I love this project because it looks like the leaves are just floating on my front door. To store this one I will most likely pull off the silk leaves, washers and thumb tacks and store them in a plastic bag and discard the branch. That way I don’t have to store the entire thing and I can start fresh next season with a new branch and create a new pattern.

4. Fall Crate Display

Fall DIY Front Porch Projects

We wanted to create a display on our porch where we could pull together a few additional decor items into a place with purpose. Using crates to give varying heights allowed us to incorporate a variety of items.

The three crates cost us $30 so they were definitely the most expensive item we purchased for these projects but the beauty of them is they can easily transition with each season by just switching out the back panels we created and adding different natural decor and seasonal flowers.

The majority of the items we put in and on the crates we already had around the house such as the lantern and the green tin. We picked up some new plants and some hay to finish the look.

To see how to make this project, check out our full tutorial on our fall crate display.

Fall DIY Front Porch Projects

We completed all of our fall DIY porch projects on one Sunday afternoon and now our entry way is ready for fall!

Gray House Studio on Great Day Houston

Fall DIY Front Porch Projects

We had the fun opportunity to share these fall DIY front porch projects on Great Day Houston last week. It was our first time on TV and it was live so we were a little nervous but host Deborah Duncan is so sweet and fun and we had a blast spending the morning at the studio. If you missed it live or don’t live in Houston, you can watch via the link below to see and hear more about our do-it-yourself fall decorations.

Watch our DIY segment on Great Day Houston

Fall Crate Display Decor

Fall Crate Display

Create a fall crate display perfect to showcase fall decor inside or on the front porch!

Fall Crate Display

Even though you can’t tell by the weather here in Houston (Is it sad that when it gets to be about 96 degrees we say it feels good outside?) fall is fast approaching.

This year we decided to get a jump on the season and create a few DIY fall decor projects for our front porch. So when those cooler temperatures finally reach us way down here in Houston, we will be ready.

The first project we are going to share with you today is our Fall Crate Display. This is a really simple decor project to create and customize and can be set up anywhere from on your porch to in front of your fireplace.

Plus, it transitions well with the seasons so with just a little switching out it can become a winter crate display.

HOW TO Create a Fall Crate Display

Fall Crate Display
1. We bought three crates from the hardware store for around $10 a piece. The ones we bought came in unfinished pine.

You can have as many crates as you like in your display depending on the amount of decor pieces you intend to add. You can even incorporate different sizes of crate to create interesting shapes.

Fall Crate Display
2. The next step was to stain the crates to give them a more high end feel. We used our favorite Kona color stain. I must warn you that staining these crates was a pain and very time consuming.

Since they are pallet crates there were so many nooks and crannies I had to get the stain into that it took me forever. It is not a hard task, just a tedious one.

Fall Crate Display
3. But once I was done it was worth it. We didn’t bother to stain the bottom of the crates and I will explain why in the next step.

Depending on the look you are going for you can rough up and weather the wood or even add a graphic or text to make it look like a vintage crate.

Fall Crate Display
4. We decided to take it a step further. To transform the crates into a cohesive display and add in more color to this set up we cut three pieces of scrap wood to fit inside and cover the bottom of the crates.

When we flipped the crates on their sides these boards would be the background. There are endless possibilities in what you can do to create cool backgrounds. We decided to stick with simple backgrounds and paint them with mute fall colors that would work well from the middle of September all the way through the end of November.

Fall Crate Display
5. We chose to go with subtle shades of yellow, orange and red. It just so happened that we had these sample paint colors from when we painted our brick wall. At the time we had no idea those colors would make for the perfect rustic fall colors.

You won’t need much paint for these boards so inexpensive cans of sample paint are the way to go. I just poured some paint onto a piece of cardboard and rolled in onto my scrap pieces of wood that would become my crate back.

Fall Crate Display
6. Once the painted pieces of wood dried, we secured them to the bottom of the crate with foam tape. We did this to make sure they were secured well enough to the back that they wouldn’t fall off but weren’t on permanently so we could switch them out for the next season.

Fall Crate Display
7. Next, we arranged and rearranged them until we found the best combination that would fit our decor pieces.

I tilted the crate that sits on top of the other crate at a slight angle to allow for more surface space so the items could spill out of the bottom of top crate onto the top of the bottom crate.

Fall Crate Display
8. The last part is the fun part! To decorate our fall crate display we mixed traditional fall decor items such as pumpkins and a burlap banner with natural elements such as pine cones, acorns and leaves (which depending on your location you can find just laying around outside).

Adding flowers and plants is always a must for our front porch so we paired pretty colored mums with the more unique looking Croton plant.

Adding some hay to the bottom of the crates adds some texture, defines the bottom of the crate, breaks up the dark color of the crates and definitely gives it that authentic barn feel (and smell).

We have a lot of warm tones going on so we mixed in some contrasting color like shades of blue in the flower pot and tins to really make them pop. We have learned you don’t always have to buy a bunch of new pieces but can re-purpose things you may have sitting around somewhere else.

For this display we incorporated a lantern and tin we had sitting around inside to give it a rustic/barn feeling. When styling the crates we always try to pair taller items with shorter pieces to maximize space without making it look overcrowded.

What we love about this fall crate display is it creates a purposeful space for arranging and showcasing fall decor pieces on our front porch. The beauty of it is with just a switch of the back piece of wood and decor items it can effortlessly transition from a rustic fall look to a rustic winter look come December.

Looking for more fall inspiration? Check out these easy DIY fall porch decor projects or how to throw a fall party!

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Fall Crate Display

Home Gym Details Decor

Home Gym Details + A Giveaway!

Okay, we have something awesome for you today! I can hardly contain my excitement but first an update on our home gym progress.

I wanted to share a few of the new items we have added to the gym over the last few weeks. We don’t have a huge budget for this room to splurge on big items so when our Breakfast Nook Makeover Mood Board won the Makers Mood Board Challenge last month from Porch.com & ATGstores.com we were SUPER pumped to pick out some awesome and unique décor pieces that would fit the industrial style of this room.

ATGStores.com offers such a wide variety of products that it was hard to choose what we wanted to get with the gift card we won. Dishwasher…treadmill….light fixtures…tools…squirrel! I don’t usually have a hard time focusing but with so many options I couldn’t keep my mouse from clicking rapidly around the website, my mind changing every two seconds with what I wanted to pick out.

Home Gym Details

Ultimately, Brent and I decided that since we don’t have one room in our home entirely finished, it would be nice to pick out products that would round out our gym that were both functional and decorative. That way once we are done with our last few DIY projects, the room will be complete and we will have our first room makeover done in our home.

Below are the items we picked out. It felt like Christmas in August because we got a new package delivered every other day. Can we all agree that the only thing better than getting packages in the mail are getting packages in the mail you didn’t have to pay for?! It’s such a treat!

Home Gym Details

Our first pick was this wall fan. It checked all the boxes we were looking for in a fan for this room: wall fan, industrial style, oil-rubbed bronze finish and three speeds. We mounted it right above our treadmill and I have already tested it out a few times. It works like a charm. That is one perk of having your own home gym; you can literally mount a nice looking fan right across from the treadmill and blast it directly on your face full speed while you are running. It is heavenly. Plus, we think it looks pretty awesome against our faux brick wall.

Home Gym Details

Another item we choose for the home gym was this wall clock. This particular clock didn’t match the style we were going for in our gym BUT we had big plans in store for it. What we liked about it was how simple it was, the large size, the block numbers and the beveled rim. It made for the perfect clock to use for our DIY vintage clock project.

Home Gym Details

I wanted to add a rug to the gym that had some color to break up the space and to designate as the yoga area. When I found the this blue rug I knew it was the one. We liked the braided texture that gave the rug a relaxed and casual feel. It fits the space and style perfectly and once I got it in the room and looked at it up close I liked it even more. It has a cool pattern that I hadn’t noticed online.

A few other items we picked out for this room included a TV mount to hang our TV on the wall as well as some hooks that we will be using on the lockers we will be building.

Okay, now for the REALLY fun part! It’s time for a Gray House Studio Giveaway!

Gray House Studio Giveaway

As part of our prize for winning the #MMBC contest we get to give away a $200 gift card to ATGstores.com to one of our readers so they can pick out their own awesome stuff! Yay!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now over. Thanks to everyone for entering! The winner has been announced below.

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