Goodbye Green

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! We had a great time traveling and spending lots of time with our families. We got back home the day after Christmas and after unpacking and catching up on laundry (if there is such a thing!), I started taking all the  Christmas décor down. I love holiday décor, but after it’s all over, I’m ready to take it allllll down and find homes for all the lovely gifts we got (and things I bought while I was supposed to be shopping for other people), and make things feel fresh for the new year!

Before the holidays I knocked out a little project. I had been wanting to paint Bo’s room for a while now, and finding out the news of baby #3 seemed like the perfect excuse to get it done. Since we are not finding out the gender and since we are out of bedrooms, this little one isn’t getting a fancy nursery. (#thirdkidproblems) We are planning on the baby sharing Bowen’s room at least for a while no matter the gender. His room is still very baby-friendly, all the diapers and things are there, the crib is still in there….and I really don’t feel like moving it again. Also, Hollis is in preschool and next year she will be going everyday and having to get up early so I’d like her to be able to get a good nights sleep and keep a regular schedule.

I was also hoping this makeover would motivate little man to sleep in his ‘big boy room’ and his big boy bed….and get out of ours! Nothing motivates you to get your 22 month old to sleep in their own bed like being a giant pregnant person. I wanted him to have plenty of time to get used to his new room/bed before the baby gets here. His room was green before, which I had painted while it was still a guest room. This time around, I wanted to tailor more toward him and his interests instead of just making the old room work for him.

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Not a lot has changed from this before pic except for the wall color and some new art. I ended up painting the room a warm white, Valspar’s Asiago, which is the same color I used in Hollis’ room. It’s such a nice, creamy shade of white that just goes so well with everything. I liked the green, but this little room gets some crazy light and shadows throughout the day thanks to three windows on three separate walls. The white feels so much calmer and easy on the eyes.

I added a little blue accent wall with some leftover paint from another project just to make his side of the room a little more special and to break up all the gray and white going on. I also kept all of his tractors around, which were his Brian’s when he was little.

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If we have a girl, the shelves above the crib will probably change a little bit, but if it’s a boy, I don’t have to change much. This gray crib bedding has been around for all three kiddos and I’m so glad.

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Brian found these old grain scoops on the farm and I made them into little shelves. When Bo was smaller, I used them to store diapers and wipes and Buttpaste to access easily. Now they hold our favorite bedtime books that I don’t want to disappear into the abyss that is the playroom.

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I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that I’m going to have to add another tiny ‘home from the hospital’ outfit to this shelf….

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Recently my parents took a cruise to Hawaii (so jealous!) and while they were there, they got to visit Pearl Harbor where my grandpa served during WWII. They brought Bowen back these airplane pics and I love that his room is filled with special things that have lots of meaning!

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So far, this little makeover seems to be working. This kid has been sleeping in his bed by himself for the last few weeks and I’m so proud (and a little sad) that he is growing up. He’s going to be such a good big brother!

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To Fill, or Not To Fill

I feel like I’ve been MIA for a while in blogland, but my baby Bo is getting in four teeth…at the same time. Poor little babe. He’s a tough little guy, but I’m not as tough. He’s been waking up every 2 hours at night for the last month and I’m feeling the lack of sleep. I’m in full on mombie (that’s mom + zombie for those that don’t know) mode and doing super productive things like pouring orange juice in my coffee instead of creamer…

But I digress…I’m actually here to talk about filling up those large empty, or awkward walls in the house.

Our old farmhouse is the opposite of open concept. I know Instagram is full of beautiful pictures of open concept homes where you can see from the front door all the way to the back door. But I have to say, I love that in our house when the playroom looks like a bomb went off in it, I can just pull close the big pocket doors and pretend that the little playroom fairies are behind the door cleaning away while I sit in the living room sipping my oversized glass of Cabernet. Don’t get wrong, there is a good flow, but the rooms in our house are all pretty much separate which makes for a lot of walls to fill up!

Here are a few ways I like to fill up the walls…

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When hanging things on the wall, I like to mix things up. I like hanging simple objects like a rustic, old window. I like the dimension and texture it brings to the room while still being really simple. I also like a small shelf or two where I can easily change things out by just leaning pictures on it, and using small decor that can be rotated out with the seasons or whenever the urge strikes. file_007

Plants in fun containers on the wall are also a new fave of mine. I love a good pop of green and try to incorporate a plant or two…or ten in all the rooms in our house. I feel like they bring a lot of life and energy to a space.

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And of course there is paint. If you’ve followed this blog for very long, you know I love to paint. Like really love it. I used a lovely shade of pink and some painters tape to fill a wall in the playroom with a “playhouse” for Hollis.

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Again, I used some rustic shelves for Bo’s side of the kid’s room. I just love the versatility of it. I can swap things out as he grows and his interests change. I also like to hang things around the shelves to add more interest and create a little “mini gallery wall”.

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I have to say there is just something that really speaks to me about a simple picture hung on a large, empty wall. I struggled with what to hang on Hollis’ side of the kid’s room. I really didn’t want to mimic the other side of the room and have it feel too matchy-matchy. I finally decided to make my own graphic onto two matching frames I had. I love how simple it is, yet it really stands out when it is the only thing on the wall.

I am currently trying to figure out what to do with the large wall space that runs along the staircase. It is such an awkward space to fill! I’ve been looking all over for inspiration. One of my go-to sources of inspiration is Wayfair.com. There is a whole post on decorating a large wall.   It’s a great place to get some ideas when you are stuck on a space or if you just like to look at pretty decor pictures. I especially love the idea of using statement piece, like one of these beautiful starburst mirrors!

 

Garage Sale Art Makeover

Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comHollis’ room has been evolving little by little as she grows. I’m trying to get used to the idea that I have a toddler now and not a little baby anymore. (Sob!) We’ve been using her dresser as a changing table up until a couple of months ago. She is still in diapers, but just too big for the changing table. Lately, her bed or the floor are safer for her wiggly toosh to get changed.

I had a baby-friendly gallery wall above the dresser, but I also bought a mirror to go over her dresser one day when she was a little bigger. It’s a big, heavy-duty mirror, which I’ve been storing it in the bottom of my closet where it is just begging for me to drop something on it just right and shatter the thing. So I was really excited to finally get to hang it up where it actually belongs.

Of course after I got the mirror hung, my gallery wall just wasn’t feeling right anymore. It needed something. to help balance out the large, round mirror. So I dug through my latest garage sale haul of pictures and frames. Nothing I had would work as-is, but I did have a frame that was just the right shape and size. It just needed a makeover.

I went with this little gem. I had no hard feelings about painting over this masterpiece. Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comI wanted something easy, but that would carry out the colors in Hollis’ room. I decided a quick abstract painting would do the trick. I took the beautiful picture out and just decided to paint over the heavy card stock that came with the frame. I like it when abstract pictures have some texture and a really easy way to cheat and easily add texture is to just Modpodge some tissue paper before you paint. I purposely let it wrinkle in some spots and ripped and layered it in other spots. It also provided a nice, white background to start with.

Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comNext I grabbed a craft brush, I liked the sponge tip brush for spreading color around. I squeezed dots randomly in a couple different shades of pink and some white and then just brushed the dots around. Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comThen I added some black, sparingly. I didn’t want it to be too girly with all the pink.Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.com Lastly, I grabbed a can of gold spray paint (which I ALWAYS seem to have on hand) and sprayed a few random spots. I really liked the shimmer from it and I went ahead and sprayed the frame gold too. Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comHere you can see the texture from the tissue paper. Of course you can also create texture with paint, but I just have time for that. Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comAnd here is my little 10 minute art project (not including drying time). It won’t win any awards or anything, but a big improvement and will work in Hollis’ room.

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