Old Desk Makeover Before and After! (Little Girl’s Room Edition!)

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Old Desk Makeover Before and After


Once there was a little girl who drew and colored night and day. She had an imagination as big as the universe and loved expressing her creativity. She drew in the living room, she colored in the kitchen, she painted in the basement. However, the only place she didn’t do those things was in her own bedroom.

As I’m sure you know, this little girl is my four year old daughter. I’ve just finished redoing her bedroom as the result of my bribe to get her to sleep in her own bed. (You can read all about my good parenting here.)

And the one thing I was obsessed about putting in her new room was a small vintage rolltop desk. I think maybe because I was so obsessed with them when I was younger. There is something so magical as a kid, seeing this desk with a “hidden compartment” that you can hide by rolling the cover up and down. 

Not to mention all the little organizers and dividers and little teensy drawers inside. So many places to stash your stickers and markers.

Something told me my daughter would love it. 

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Our Daughter’s Big Girl Bedroom Refresh: A Room To Grow With Her!

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Like any good parent, I bribed my daughter.

She has slept in bed with me since she was about 15 months old and started climbing out of her crib. I don’t even think climbing out is a justifiable way to describe it. She leapt, jumped, catapulted herself from her crib.

No lie, one day I put her down for a nap and left her room. I heard a huge thud and ran back down the hall certain a bomb had exploded in her room, or maybe a dresser had fallen over. You all, she was laying across the room. She climbed up on the rail and jumped out. Scout’s honor.

That’s the only way she would have made it over there. And after she learned she could do that, there was no going back. I know some parents had told me to just make her sleep in her crib anyway. Teach her she can’t climb out. Well, they didn’t know my daughter.

My son is 2 years old and still sleeping in his crib. He knows very well how to climb out. But his is more of a threat. Like when I lay him down for a nap and he’s not feeling it, he’ll stand up and cry and swing his leg out, acting like he’s going to climb out.

But I know when I put his leg back over, shut the door and leave, he then lays down and goes to sleep. No more antics. But, not my daughter.

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Raised Ranch: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.

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What is a Raised Ranch?

Raised ranch, bilevel, split-level…. whatever you want to call it. This term can evoke some very strong opinions from a lot of people.

If you’re unfamiliar with a raised ranch, picture a ranch home with a main floor and a basement that is literally “raised” up in the air half a story, to where half of the basement is now showing at the bottom of the house.

These types of homes were basically created as a way to conserve costs. And they started popping up everywhere in the 60’s and 70’s. So you have all of these older raised ranch homes, which are so different than your typical home, and you end up with all these outdated homes that no one knows what to do with. Myself included.

When you walk in the front door of your typical raised ranch, you will generally see two sets of stairs right inside the landing. One set leads up to the main living area, the other set leads downstairs to the basement. Or at least that’s how it is in our house.

And no matter which entrance you come in, there are always stairs that have to be climbed. (Not to mention bringing in groceries is a major chore!) It really is a factor that should be considered before buying this type of home.

While we took this into consideration for ourselves, we didn’t really think about the impact it would have on our extended family. We have several older relatives that have a hard time coming over for parties, visits, etc due the layout of our home.

Raised ranches can pose many, many challenges from a design perspective with it’s overall setup and typically have a pretty bad reputation. Usually the floor plan is composed of choppy, smaller rooms and the overall curb appeal is sorely lacking.

Why We Chose To Live in One

Which is entirely why when our current home, a raised ranch, was first listed for sale we ignored it completely.

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Baby Boy Nursery Reveal+ Storage Tips for Small Bedrooms!

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Baby Boy Nursery

Budget Friendly Baby Boy Nursery/ Bedroom Reveal: My Favorite Tips for Storage for a Small Bedroom!

My sweet little baby boy was born before this blog actually became a thing. And I realized I never got to share his baby boy nursery with you guys. Since he’s still sleeping in his crib, I guess this can count, right?

(He’s still kinda sweet (haha) and not quite so little anymore. But still every bit just as loud!!)

He’s the youngest of our two kids which basically means he gets the shaft when it comes to bedrooms. His older sister’s room is much larger and comes with a bigger closet as well. I’m sure this will be a source of contention in the future when he is old enough to realize this horrible injustice.

In the meantime though, I’ve learned that decorating and designing a small bedroom can be so much fun. As can decorating for a boy in general.

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$10 Thrifted Lamp Makeover with Chalk Paint!

Thrift Store Lamp Makeover

Easy Weekend Brass Thrift Store Lamp Makeover!

I have been on a roll lately. Just knocking projects out left and right! And it feels so good to mark projects off the never-ending, hundred mile long to do list. Not to mention getting to see a little extra garage space which makes Jeremy happy. I always wonder (after completing a project) why I waited so long to do it.

You may remember me talking about our 10 year wedding anniversary where we spent a weekend antique and thrift store shopping. (If not, you can read about all about it here.) This pair of brass lamps was literally something I found in the last row at the last store we went to. Like, we had to take the shades off to get them to fit in our car. I almost didn’t buy them for that reason.

But, I’m so happy we made them fit!

Here’s what they looked like before in all their brass glory:

Thrift Store Lamp Makeover- Before

Ok, so they aren’t an exact pair. But the shape and size of them are very similar. Once they’re painted the same color you won’t even notice the differences.

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