Nursery Part I

The time has finally come! I’m so excited to start working on this baby’s nursery I can’t contain it! Since we decided not to find out the sex the space is going to be very gender neutral. So many people have asked me, knowing I love interior design, how I would work on the nursery without knowing the sex. Honestly, my whole house is gender neutral! I love to keep a clean palette and then add pops of color here and there. With so many options out there it’s been hard to decide but I created a mood board to help keep me on track of pieces I want to add to the space. Once the baby arrives we can always add some feminine touches or masculine ones. Gender Neutral Nursery Mood Board

One of my favorite things about this house is that it is the house my husband grew up in. We have been working little by little to make it our own and this space is no different. The room we will be turning into the nursery used to be my husbands childhood room. Up until recently it still looked like his childhood room since all of his bedroom furniture was still in there! Sadly it was also the space where things went to die. Don’t know where to put that box? Stick it in the bedroom. Too lazy to put all that wrapping paper up into the attic? Stick it in the bedroom for now. Catch my drift?

Our plan is to empty this space out and start from scratch. Our first order of business was selling all that furniture and clearing out as much as we could! Try not to judge…just think of this room like Monica Gellar’s closet.Baby V Nursery Part 1We were lucky enough to sell all the furniture, which was in great condition to a family with 2 little girls who will hopefully enjoy it for years to come.
Next up was removing all the old molding and ripping up the carpet. We aren’t ready to take the carpet away yet since we will be doing more work like adding new molding and painting. Rather than having to cover the beautiful hardwood underneath we’re keeping the carpet there but we wanted to clear out all the nail strips.Baby V Nursery Part 1Baby V Nursery Part 1Baby V Nursery Part 1Baby V Nursery Part 1Baby V Nursery Part 1Baby V Nursery Part 1We are working step by step with this room so the next task is to move the A/C vent a bit father away from the wall  so the crown molding will fit and then to center the light fixture. If you scroll up you may notice how incredibly off center it is! Once the holes have been patched it will be time to paint!

Choosing a paint color was interesting. I knew the exact color I wanted, Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore, until I put a sample on the wall and was confused by how dark it was. Next to it I also tested Edgecomb Gray, our bedroom color, and then Balboa Mist. I posted this photo on Instagram and the right side seemed to be the popular vote.Baby V Nursery Part 1The problem? Those colors were not at all how they actually should look. To test it out I painted a strip of primer underneath the samples and once it dried I resampled the paint. Sure enough the colors were much more true to color. In the end, we chose Balboa Mist (left color but it actually looks like the color on the right) by Benjamin Moore. As much as I love Revere Pewter it was still reading a bit too dark for this space. The lesson learned here? Just because your walls look close to white you should still prime before testing out paints. 

Can’t wait to move on to the next step! Now to order and paint all the molding! 

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{Beauty Tip Tuesday} How To Clean Your Hair Tools

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a beauty tip Tuesday so I’m happy to get back into it! The other day my cousin was over and she had her curling iron out. I asked her if I could use it and when I looked down at it I thought hmm this needs some major cleaning! That’s what brought me here. If you tend to use a lot of hair products, especially hair spray then you might start to get some build-up on your tools.How To Clean Your Hair Tools How To Clean Your Hair Tools All you need to make them look like new again is some rubbing alcohol and a scrubbing brush. 
How To Clean Your Hair Tools A little elbow grease can’t hurt either! Make sure your tool is not plugged in. You do not need it to be on and hot for this to work! Just work your scrubber in circular motions and before you know it, it’ll be as good as new! How To Clean Your Hair Tools How To Clean Your Hair Tools Now go grab your tools and get to cleaning! 

{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover

You guys!! I’m so excited about this project! I love nothing more than having a vision and seeing it come to fruition. To say that this project was easy would be a lie. Not to say that it was hard to do but I kept going back and forth on my decisions so what should have been a quick makeover took a bit longer than expected. 

Just to give you an idea, in our dining room we have a hutch and a buffet. I redid our buffet here and here is a shot of what it currently looks like. In case you haven’t seen that post please know that those handles can’t be removed so alas I’m stuck with them.
{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover I knew right away that I didn’t want to do the same thing to the hutch but I needed something to marry the two pieces. The idea was cousins, not sisters. Here is the piece I was making over.

{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover The plan was to go lighter with a cream color, wallpaper the inside, change the hardware, and just like with the hutch add mirrors to the bottom doors. I searched for wallpaper that mimicked the color of the buffet but ended up going a bit lighter. That ended up not working out and so I went back to the initial wallpaper and I love how it turned out! 

I decided to use chalk paint because it doesn’t require you to sand or prime! I chose Old White by Annie Sloan. The only prepping that needed to be done was closing up the existing holes from the hardware since the new hardware would need new holes. 

{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover Here is the wallpaper that I used and one more look at the before.{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover

The After:

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{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover Isn’t she a beauty! I love love how it turned out! I was nervous at first that the china and the paint color were too similar and everything was looking to monochromatic but the wallpaper really helps to break it up.
DSC02866{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover Now that this piece is done there are only a few more things left to do before this room is complete. One of those being building a new dining room table! {Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover Another favorite time of day to gaze at this piece is at night when I get to turn the lights on!
{Chalk Paint} Hutch Makeover Do you have a piece in your home you’d love to give a makeover to? Have you tried chalk paint yet? 

Thanks so much for stopping by! xo
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Hallway Bathroom Makeover {Part I}

Disclaimer: This project was worked on almost 2 years ago and for some reason unknown to me I have never posted about it! So here we go!

If you live in a house that hasn’t been updated since the 70’s then there is a very good chance you’re rocking a bathroom with some type of unflattering colored tile.  At least that is what was happening over here.  Not only does our hall bath have some awesome yellow tile but at one point it had some metallic wallpaper, and not the trendy kind 😉 The wallpaper had been taken down and that’s pretty much the state it had been in until we decided to fix it up.  On top of not being the best looking bathroom it also was not a functioning one either.  Here is what it looked like right before we got in there and tackled it.
Let’s start with that vanity…I mean, fit for Big Bird or what!

Hall Bathroom Makeover @Made2Style

 You can see some remnant of the wallpaper still stuck to the side of the mirror here.

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Random medicine cabinet in the middle of the wall.

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Yup, the wallpaper went all the way onto the ceiling as well.Hall Bathroom Makeover @Made2StyleHall Bathroom Makeover @Made2Style

That toilet paper dispenser eerily reminded me of the toilet paper roll mirror I made. 
Hall Bathroom Makeover @Made2StyleNow we weren’t doing a full reno but our list of to do’s consisted of 
1. Replacing the vanity
2. Replacing the toilet
3. Skim coating the walls
4. Painting walls and ceiling
5. Adding crown molding
6. Framing out mirror
7. Clean/replace grout on floor tile
8. Remove medicine cabinet behind door and patch existing hole
9. Replace recessed light with hanging pendent
10. replace faceplates/outlet covers

Unfortunately removing the yellow tile was not on our list. Hence this post being called Part 1.   We also thought that by taking the tile down it would mean we would have to replace all the sheetrock but after seeing how skilled our handyman was at skim coating we quickly realized that we wouldn’t need new sheetrock so we removed what we could outside of the bath/shower. We definitely plan to get rid of it but for now we need to work with what we have and that’s yellow tile.

As far as painting the walls the only color I could think of to do that would work with the yellow tile is gray. After looking at a few colors we settled with Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore.  We put a sample on the wall and loved it, it looked like the perfect gray for the room. That was until we painted the room and realized that the gray was really green gray, insert rolling eyes. After replacing everything here is what we have going on today, but first a before.

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And now…for now.Hall Bathroom MakeoverHall Bathroom MakeoverI love the way the colors and molding came out. Although the gray is not what I thought it would be, once all the yellow is gone the color will look that much better. Enlight1And this vanity, ugh! I love this vanity! Hall Bathroom MakeoverHall Bathroom MakeoverThe idea we have for part 2 is to get rid of all the yellow tile in the shower and replace it with white subway tile. Outside of the tub we want to put up some board and batten. Hopefully when we get it done it won’t take me 2 years to post about it! 

{Stool Makeover} Gold Dipped Legs

The school year is off to a great start! I must say I’ve got a cute class or at least they have me believing that! The verdict is still out 😉 While putting my classroom together over the summer I came across a stool that someone was tossing and I am all about turning trash to treasure so naturally I did a little makeover!

Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2Style

Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2Style

I started by giving the top a light sanding since there were some worn out spots.  I also followed it up with some wood filler in between the pieces of wood since I felt that the paint would fall inside those cracks and not allow for a smooth finish.

Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleI had a quart of primer that I began brushing on and it took me about 5 minutes before I realized I was crazy and went and got some spray paint of the primer instead.  With there being so many sides to tackle with the legs it was very hard brushing the primer on and spraying it made it soo much eaiser! When I had sprayed some paint over a part the I had brushed for whatever reason this happened…
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I mean really? Since the paint was still wet I used a paper towel to wipe as much off as I could and then sanded the rest off and re-painted. Point of this? Not every project runs smoothly!Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleStool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleNext I used what I had for paint and even mixed some colors to make sure I had enough.

Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleI would recommend using spray paint for this but I didn’t want to spend any money on this project so I was all about using what I had.
Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleStool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleI left the bottoms free of the blue paint because I wanted to paint those gold. To make sure the gold went up the same length on all legs I simply cut a piece of paper and marked how high it was and then added painter’s tape all around.Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleStool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleThen with some gold spray paint I sprayed the bottoms! Of course I don’t remember what I used #bloggerfail
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And here it is in its new home!

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Hopefully I can get around to updating my classroom photos! In the meantime you can check out the last time I posted some photos here!

Painting a Chevron Wall

Ok guys I’ve got a great project that was really easy to do and took no time at all which is how the majority of my projects go! It all started when I was moving some clothes into our guest room closet and I noticed how badly the walls inside it needed a paint job.  On the top shelf I had placed these chevron boxes and got the idea to match the chevron print on the wall. I loved the idea of doing an accent wall on a smaller scale and because I wasn’t hanging so many things in there the wall would be able to shine! Now, figuring out how to tape off the lines to do this can be very intimidating but it was super simple! 

Here are some before shots so you can get an idea of what I was working with.

Painting a Chevron Wall

DSC_0303Painting a Chevron WallI started by taping off the floor and adding some builder’s paper to cover the hard wood.

Painting a Chevron WallThe box to the left in the closet is a laundry chute which I love!! For the walls and chute I used Benjamin Moore Regal paint in White (Flat).

Painting a Chevron WallI applied 2 coats and left it to dry for 24 hours.

Painting a Chevron WallAt this point I referred to my “plans” hehe

Painting a Chevron Wall

The idea was to create a grid. The wall itself was 74″ wide and 61″ tall. I made 5 horizontal stripes 10″ apart and 7 vertical stripes 10″ apart leaving me with 10×10″ boxes. Since the wall isn’t exact the bottom stripe was 1″ thicker and I also made a 4″ vertical stripe on the end. Since these parts of the wall won’t really show it didn’t bother me all that much.  If I were doing this on a bigger scale wall I would have evened it out by doing a 2″ vertical on the left and the other 2″ on the right.

Painting Chevron Walls
I used my level to make the lines straight.

Painting a Chevron Wall

The next step is now making the chevron stripes. To do that all you have to do is draw a diagonal line from the top of one square to the bottom and vice versa.
Painting a Chevron Wall
In order to make the diagonal lines I needed something that was long enough to reach from one end to the next and also something that was flexible for when I was on the edge so of course I went with none other than a ginger ale box.

Painting a Chevron Wall

Painting a Chevron Wall

Next came tapping.  I used the Frog tape. This part is pretty important. You need to decide which parts you’re going to paint and which parts will stay white.  The parts you will be painting will have the tape on the outside of the line you drew. You’ll see in the picture below that the thicker shape is where you are painting and the thinner part is what you’re keeping white.

Painting a Chevron Wall

Now we need to seal the tape. This is the secret to getting the most perfect straight lines! In order to do this you want to take the base color of your wall, in this case the flat white, and go over the edge of the tape where you will be painting. Here’s a photo of what I mean.

Painting a Chevron WallBy doing this, you’re allowing the base paint to bleed through and seal the tape to the wall. I know that all of these tapes claim to not bleed through but I’m working with black paint here so I am not willing to take any chances!  Once that is all dry you can now take your accent color and start painting your chevron stripes!

Painting a Chevron WallI used a high-gloss black latex paint. I brushed along the edges and rolled inside.

Painting a Chevron WallLook at that shine! I decided to do high-gloss because I wanted it to really stand out against the flat white.

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I did two coats to make sure it was a nice deep black! As soon as I did the second coat on one stripe I pulled the tape off before it dried.  I continued this with each stripe.

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I put the shelf back and put up the boxes that inspired the whole idea!

Painting a Chevron Wall

The next thing was to add some more storage. I purchased an 9 drawer Alex unit and hung up the clothes that I will keep in here. Let’s just say I never want to keep the doors closed!

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I wish I could say that is my whole jewelry collection but I would definitely be lying! I have plans to lay some velour inside the top 3 drawers to store the rest of my jewelry in.
Well I hope this inspires you to try out an accent wall somewhere in your home!
Remember even the smallest of spaces could have a big impact! 

How to Paint a Chevron Wall

xo

DIY Makeup Vanity

Hope all you east coasters were able to stay warm during the so called “blizzard.” I enjoyed the extra days off building snowmen, making snow angels and even going sledding. Hopefully this is the last of winter and the flowers can start growing now. Ok fine, wishful thinking!

Today I am here to share a project I have been DYING to make! This one is strictly for the ladies! I’ve wanted a makeup vanity since forever! When I lived in my apartment there just wasn’t space for it and it wasn’t until we redid the guest room that I noticed the perfect spot to have one. Ladies, you are going to love this! The furniture itself is all from Ikea. The rest of the items needed can be purchased at your local hardware store. 

To create the storage part of my vanity I purchased two Ikea Alex 5 drawer units and one table top in high gloss white (47×23). After recruiting some help to put the drawers together, I had this. 

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

Because of where the bed comes out to I couldn’t center it which is why it is pushed all the way against the wall. You can imagine how much that urks me but I have some ideas on filling that space to the right. Now the next part is the fun part. It requires a little bit of electrical work but I promise you can totally do it. Here is what you’ll need:
Ikea Stave Mirror
2 Ikea Musik Wall Lamps
2 Extension Cords
3 Packs of Crystal Clear Round Light Bulbs
Wireless Remote Light Switch or Power Strip
Wire Cutters (not shown)

Wire Caps (not shown)
Electrical Tape (not shown)

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Since the lights are meant to be hardwired we need to convert them to be plug ins. The first thing you need to do is remove the socket part of the extension cord.
With your wire cutters you’re just going to snip it right off.

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

Next, using the wire cutters or a wire stripping tool you need to remove some of the plastic coating and expose the wires inside. If you’re using your wire cutter be sure not to cut the wire, just the plastic coating.

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2StyleOn the back of the wall lamp you will notice three wires, black, white, and yellow. You will be using only the black and white wires. The yellow is the ground wire. You can wrap the end of that with electrical tape.


Now on your extension cord you will notice that one side (wire) is smooth and one side is rigid.

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2StyleTaking the white wire, you’re going to wrap it around the wire with the rigid side. Once it’s all wrapped, cap it with the wire cap.

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2StyleNext, take the black wire and wrap it around the wire with the smooth side. After this your lights should work once you plug them in! 

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2StyleOnce you’ve removed the yellow wire you can use some pliers to try to remove the piece of metal that is on the back.  Since you want your wall lamp to sit flush against your wall you’ll want it as flat as possible.

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

Repeat these steps for the second light.
Using electrical tape to hold everything down and making your marks you can now screw in your pluggable lights! Just hang the mirror and then place your lights on either side. I plugged the cords into a power strip and just hit the red button when I want to turn the lights on. To say I am obsessed is an understatement. I’m so happy to finally have a place to organize all my hair and makeup products and tools.The drawer units allow for so much storage it’s crazy!  I’m not even close to being done organizing it all but I don’t mind spending all my time here! 

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

Makeup Vanity

Do you love it as much as I do! The best part is how affordable it is. The mirror and lights will cost you less than $80 which is great considering similar mirrors and lights like this one go for $400! If you decide to make one, which you 100% should, I’d love to see it! 

I’m currently working on a little gallery wall to go above the vanity as well. Stay tune for that!
xoxo 

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