How to Make a Custom Window Bench Seat for Under $65!

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Well, we finally completed one tiny miniscule project off our 20 page list. Hooray for progress! Believe it or not, just the act of figuratively crossing this one project off the to do list has made us feel enpowered and kind of ignited our switch to want to do more. It’s always hard after baseball season (where we get absolutely nothing house related done), to get back in the swing of things. I think this custom window seat project may have been just the trick we needed.

So, this week we finally finished up the window seat cushion for the playroom. I’ve had all the supplies since probably January so I may be a bit rusty on exactly how much I bought and how much it all cost.

While we haven’t revealed a full room shot of the playroom yet, here’s a snippet of it to show you the direction it’s headed.

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One Living Room, 2 Different Design Options

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Moody Monday

So, it’s Monday…. I’ll spare you all the thoughts I have on that. Instead, just to pay a little homage to the start of the week, I’m gonna switch things up and have a little fun. I’m trying out something different today that I hope you all enjoy. Let’s call it… Moody Mondays.

Every Monday, I’ll feature a different mood board, either for my home or maybe even someone else’s, with a list of the items that I’ve found and a breakdown of what that mood board would cost if you were to go out and purchase it yourself. This week, I’m talking about the nook off my upstairs living room and what I’m envisioning for this space.

This week’s feature: Our living room nook

The previous owners’ of our home had knocked down a wall between what used to be the living room and dining room to open it all up and make one larger living space. While I love the character and openness this created, it leaves a bit of an awkward layout that I’ve been struggling to design/decorate around.

At one point, when my kids were still in the baby stage, we just solely used this area for function. We threw a little gate over there and made it a playroom of sorts. Design/ beauty/ aesthetics were not a priority at the time. Surviving was.

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How to Pick the Perfect Paint Color- And How to Avoid My Mistakes

I got 99 problems, but paint ain’t one, said no home DIY’er ever. Picking the elusive perfect paint color is a bit like trying to pick that perfect foundation shade when you first started wearing makeup. (Sorry, Dad. I’m gonna exclude you here for a min.)

Girls, you know what I’m talking about. It was either too dark, too light, too pink. You remember. Or those awful photos where you thought you had a suitable foundation picked and quickly realized that was, indeed, false. And I think that’s why I’m always hesitant to switch brands once I’ve found a shade I like. I know what the struggle will entail.

So, I’m pretty sure that same sort of sentiment is where the anxiety stems from when picking a paint color for your walls, let alone your whole house. And I’m going to contradict myself here, although paint is considered a cheap and easy update, it’s not exactly a cheap and easy update.

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How To Transform An Ugly Outdated Seventies Bathroom- Part 1

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Okay, I want a show of hands. Whose favorite color is mauve? No one? Like, why was it ever even a thing to put mauve anywhere, let alone in a bathroom??? We literally have not even touched our hall bathroom in the whole time we’ve lived in our house other than to hang a shower curtain. Literally, I’m not lying. And I’ll show you a pic in a minute if you promise not to laugh. No, really, it’s that bad.

And for that matter, I don’t believe any of the previous owners had ever touched that bathroom since the house was built in 1979. I’m sure it probably has something to do with how overwhelming and expensive a complete gut job on a bathroom can be. It takes a lot of time, a little bit of skill, and a lot more money.

Not to mention the logistics. For example, our hall bath is the only bathroom in the house with a tub. While we do have a shower in our master bedroom, even though it’s not working at the moment *ugh*, I can only imaging trying to give our 1 year old and 4 year old a shower. I’m picturing the prom scene from “Carrie” in my mind where the blood gets dumped over her head. Haha, yeah nope, thanks. I’ll pass on that. And we’re also trying to wait until the kids are a bit older and can handle a shower better while a major renovation on their bathroom is going on. Hopefully something like that will take place in a few years.

And while we haven’t quite saved up enough for a full-on, take a sledge hammer to the walls type renovation, we’ve definitely got some ideas in mind to make this space more appealing in the meantime.

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How to Build a Beautiful Farmhouse Headboard-A Weekend DIY Project

Ever since we moved into our current home, our master bedroom headboard has been at the top of our my project list. I knew I wanted a beautiful farmhouse style headboard. What I didn’t want was the heavy retail price tag. I searched high and low at places like Target, Wayfair, Amazon and even Walmart without finding an affordable option for us.

There is this perfect vantage point of our bedroom from the glider in my son’s room. I remember staring at that empty wall space above our bed for years, it felt like, while rocking our son to sleep. Just willing a headboard to appear. I wanted it so bad I could taste it. Something about looking at that same view, night after night, and waiting, waiting, waiting for it to happen just makes me appreciate it so much more now that it’s here, as so often happens in life.

This project inevitably got put on hold over the years after one thing or another got in the way. Either we didn’t have the time to devote to it, or we always had something else to put our money into. Untilllll I stumbled across Ana White’s Farmhouse Headboard Plans.

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