Inpsirado: Colorful Modern Farmhouse Kid’s Room

bos-room-2Since the holidays, our family has been passing around a nasty cold back and forth to each other. Pretty typical stuff this time of year, but it’s baby Bo’s first time getting sick and he’s been having a rough time sleeping and resting thanks to a stuffy nose and cough. In an effort to help him get a little more peace and quiet, I went ahead and moved his crib into the guest room so his big sister doesn’t keep him up anymore than he is now.

I had planned on my little ones sharing a room for a couple of years, basically when Bowen was ready to move to a big boy bed. I liked having the kids in one room where all the little toys (aka mess) could stay together and all the essentials little ones need (wipes, diaper cream, medicine, etc.)  could be easy to grab for both kids. I also really enjoyed having a designated guest room that was always clean and ready to go without having to do any deep thinking of where guests would sleep. Ultimately I decided that it wasn’t fair to keep Bo from having his own space for the chance that we might have a guest for a brief time. We have a few good options for sleeping arrangements for when we do have guests, it will just require a little moving around, no big deal.

So since this was kind of a spur of the moment decision, I have some planning I need to do for how to decorate little man’s room. The walls are a Kelly green (Valspar’s Woodlawn Promised Land) and while I may paint in the future (you all know I love to paint), I still really like the green and am going to try to make it work. The room is the smallest of the three bedrooms. It has three windows on three of the walls, a closet and a built-in desk on the fourth wall so there is not a whole of open wall space. I like that the wall color adds some interest since I don’t have room to hang  a lot of artwork.

Here is what it looks like now.

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The lack of wall space also makes furniture placement a little tricky. We had a large, queen sleigh bed in the room while it was a guest room, but have decided to move it into Hollis’ room because she has the room to accommodate it. We moved her twin trundle daybed (which turns into a king size bed or 2 twins) into Bo’s room which gives him a lot more floor space to move around and to play. Right now I have the bed and his crib both in the space, so once the crib is out and he’s ready to use his big bed, I will add in some functional toy storage for him. I have big plans for the closet in his room, which is a good size, but I want to tweak it a bit to be able to fit a dresser in it and keep from having a dresser take up precious space in the room. The built-in desk helps a lot since it provides some good shelving and doesn’t take up anymore floor space.

Here is the plan I’ve come up with so far. I have already ordered the gray buffalo check bedding and have mostly been working off of that. I found some super cute (little kid) bedding at Target that I just about jumped on, but decided on something more classic and timeless. I love me some buffalo check, and I think the soft gray will be easy to work with if I ever do decided to paint.

Colorful Modern Farmhouse Kid's Room // thegoldbrickroad.com

Clockwise From top left: Globe, Wire Basket, Plaid ThrowBest Things Print, Hardest Print, Rug, Valspar Woodlawn Promised Land Paint, HamperExploring Pillow, Velvet Pillow, Curtains, Cage Light, Bedding

 

As you can see, I’m trying to keep with the modern farmhouse style that we have going on in our home. I’m also trying to tie in the green and make it work, but we will see how it turns out!

 

 

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Shared Room Update

Writing this post after a good nights sleep. A night of sleep without a toddler foot in my ribs. A night of sleep without a tiny arm landing on my face. A night of sleep where I got to lay comfortably in any position my little heart desired. No numb arms, no body parts hanging off the bed, no rolling over and silently praying I don’t wake someone up.

The reason for this awesome nights sleep?!

The kids’ room is finally done and they are both sleeping…wait for it….IN THEIR OWN BEDS!! (high fives self!)

I decided before Bowen was even born that the kids would share a room for a while. How long? I don’t know yet, but right now they are both doing really good sharing and seem to enjoy having the other one near by. I enjoy having all of the diapers and little clothes and toys (and messes) all in one room. I also really like getting to keep our guest room for now. It’s nice to have a room clean and ready for guest at any given time.

I posted earlier about the ceiling in the kids’ room needing to be addressed. We thought long and hard (two years) about what we could cover it with. There were a surprising amount of options out there. We wanted something cheap, easy to apply, and of course, I wanted something that looked cool and fit in with our farmhouse. I loved the way rustic wood covered ceilings looked but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Also this house is old, like a hundred years old, so the walls and floors and ceilings are not even close to being perfectly square. I knew that cutting pieces of wood to fit would be a nightmare and I wanted something easy to work with.

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So….I ended up using faux wood peel and stick vinyl. The price was right and the look was right. We started with just a few to experiment and see how it looked and if it would even work. Right away, we loved how it looked and we also quickly realized that the sticky backside of the tiles were not enough to fight gravity and stay on the ceiling. We tried different adhesives, but ultimately the only thing that really kept the tiles up was a nail gun and brad nails. Is this a project I would recommend for everyone? No. So I won’t be doing a tutorial on it right now. Only time will tell if it was worth it or not. Since our ceiling was covered in paper (i.e. no texture), and in horrible shape, we felt we really didn’t have anything to lose with trying this. I will say that the tiles themselves were really easy to work with. (I’m already trying to think of other projects I can use them on) They were light and easy to score and cut to size. We love how it turned out and are crossing our fingers that it holds up well for a long time.

Here is what the room looked like before…

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I ended up painting that gray wall to match the other three walls. With the ceiling being significantly darker, I wanted to lighten up the rest of the room as much as possible. We also switched out Hollis’ queen size bed for a trundle/daybed that my parents gave us. It gives the kids so much more room for play space and the trundle rolls out an pops up to match up with the other mattress to make a king size bed. It’s really versatile and Hollis loves it. shared kids room update // thegoldbrickroad.com IMG_0903

I also added some simple, black and white artwork. (More on that soon.) And I ended up painting the curtain rods from gold to black to brink out the black pom-pom trim on the curtains.  shared kids room update // thegoldbrickroad.com shared kids room update // thegoldbrickroad.com

I also switched out the gray shelves and gold brackets. I tried to tie in the rustic “wood” ceiling with some rustic wood shelves and painted the brackets black. It was fun to add some special things for Bowen like daddy’s red tractors,  a sailboat Brian and I bought years ago that’s followed us from house to house, and of course, his outfit he wore home from the hospital.  shared kids room update // thegoldbrickroad.com

I needed another shelf for the room, but I wanted something that wasn’t too matchy-matchy with the other shelves. I immediately thought of this green one I found in the attic a while back. I loved the shade of green and that it was already rustic looking. The corbels on the shelf don’t match (one’s a closed circle and one is open) and there are like 20 holes in the front of it where I assume people have drove nails through it to hang since I couldn’t find any other trace of hanging hardware. I love all the quirky-ness of it and I love that it an be used in the house again. shared kids room update // thegoldbrickroad.com

I added two large D-rings on the back to hang it. I love these things! shared kids room update // thegoldbrickroad.com  It’s perfect for Hollis’ special little things too and adds some nice color to the room.  shared kids room update // thegoldbrickroad.com shared kids room update // thegoldbrickroad.com

 

So that’s it for now. I really like how it turned out. It fits in more with the modern farmhouse look I’ve been going with lately.  I think I can officially cross this room off my to-do list…at least for a while!

UGH…That Ceiling

Before we even moved into this house, I knew I was going to have to address the ceiling in Hollis’ room eventually. I’ve been dreading it, clearly, since we’ve lived here over 2 years and I haven’t touched it yet….

My only diy experience with ceilings, is painting them. I hate painting ceilings. A lot. However,  I wish all this ceiling needed was a fresh coat of paint, but it needs much, much more.

(Sorry for the dark pictures, but I had to turn the shadows on so you could see the cracks!)

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Our house is 100+ years old, so we are very used to cracks in the ceilings and walls from settling. And if this was drywall or plaster, I could just fill in those cracks with spackle and call it a day. BUT, this ceiling is covered in paper and the cracks have been taped up and papered over time and time again. I have no idea what is under the paper, and I’m too scared to find out!

We thought about drywalling and texturing the ceiling, but we would eventually end up with cracks in it too over time. I think our best option is to find something to cover the ceiling with. We have ceiling tiles in 3 rooms in the house, so that’s definitely an option. I’ve also been searching ideas on Pinterest for other ideas and found a ton of paneled and wood planked ceilings. I love the look so much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent hours, HOURS, looking at these wood planked ceilings. There are so many and they are all so lovely. I think the rustic look will fit in so well in our old farmhouse. I’m hoping it will tie in with the wood trim and add some texture and warmth. And best of all, I don’t have to paint it!

 

 

 

Lunacy

So….I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a complete lunatic. Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant, maybe not, but I’m gonna go ahead and go with that explanation.

I want to redo Hollis’ room.

I know what you’re thinking. You JUST did her room! I know, I know….see, I told you, I’m a lunatic.

Here’s the thing. We are going to have a baby (duh) and we don’t know the sex of the baby yet, but either way, the baby and Hollis will be sharing a room. Now if it’s a boy, he will only share temporarily (1 or 2 years??), then the guest room will become his permanent room. If we have another girl, she will stay put in Hollis’ room. I’d like them to share for a while because I REALLY like having a designated guest room and I literally just did that room. Also, since Hollis is still little, it would be nice if all of the toys, diapers, and other baby stuff can just stay in one room where it’s easily accessible for both kiddos.

Now here’s where the real lunacy comes in play. I like Hollis’ room, but I don’t love it. I wanted it pink, but the pink I got just isn’t right. I was going for more of a blush, ballerina pink, but it turned out more bubble gum pink. I knew it wasn’t right when I painted it, but I somehow believed that I could make it work or make myself like it….but I just don’t. I also feel a little bad, a.) bringing a baby boy home to a super girly room, or b.) bringing a baby girl home to a room that was really made for her sister and has nothing of her own in it.

I figure bringing home another baby is a great excuse to fix the paint that I don’t really like and go in  a different direction. I’m thinking of going in more of a neutral direction, not boring, just neutral. I figure if the walls are neutral, I can customize each kiddos space with bedding and accessories.

Here is what the room looks like now…

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I really like the black walls, but I’m not sure I can commit to that. I do love how the colors play off of it though.

I really love this one, I love all the colors and I could commit to one dark wall for sure.

I like how light and airy this room feels with just subtle pops of color.

This is such a great gallery wall and such an easy way to bring in color while keeping the walls neutral.

I feel like there is so much character in this room even though the colors are very neutral and subtle.

LOVE these shelves! So much personality in such a neutral space.

Brian thinks I’m nuts for starting this project now and not waiting, but I tried to explain to him that it’s already September which is practically Halloween, which is basically Thanksgiving, which means it’s Christmas and then BAM!….the baby is here. So yeah….that’s what is happening in my crazy pregnant lady brain. (Although, I’m sure the hubs would argue that I’m this crazy alllll the time!)

Inspirado: Guest Room

If things continue the way they have been, I’m going to have to start referring to the 3rd bedroom as the junk room instead of the guest room. I have been using it as a dropping off zone for tools, paint, extra decor, Hollis’ old baby stuff and there is a stack of totes so high that it is basically screaming “I will topple over on you if you get too close.” So to help my guests avoid certain death, I need to get my butt in gear and start treating this as a proper guest room.

The only before shots I have are from when we first moved in and where using it as Hollis’ nursery. So just picture the shelves and bed covered with junk and a super tall stack of totes where the dresser is.

Inspirado: Guest Room // thegoldbrickroad.com Inspirado: Guest Room // thegoldbrickroad.com Inspirado: Guest Room // thegoldbrickroad.comThis room was actually my husbands when he grew up here so it’s funny/weird to picture a tiny little Brian sleeping and playing in here! As you can see it’s just a boring, brown box right now. I don’t even have anything hanging on the walls and the bed and bedding are leftover from our last master bedroom. Overall the room is small-ish, it’s the smallest of the three bedrooms but, I do really like the built-in shelves/desk area and the closet is a nice size. There are three windows in the room too, that plus the size, make it a little tricky to arrange furniture.

We do have guests stay here pretty regularly, so I would love for the room to just be a designated guest room and not a place to store all my stuff that I’m too lazy to find a real home for. I really think I want to do a bold color in here to add some interest. Since I’m limited on space, I need a way to make a big impact without bringing a lot of furniture or accessories in. We have to keep the bed, even though the bed frame is a little large for the space, we’re just not ready to part with it yet. I’m toying with the idea of swapping this bed for the bed in Hollis’ room, which is also a queen but doesn’t have such a large bed frame….but I’m not sure yet.

Here are some photos I pulled for inspiration…

I love the eclectic feel of this bedroom. I just love the mix of that bold wall color, bright white bedding, florals and golds.

I love that first pic so much that I pinned this other pic of it, not realizing it was the same bedroom just from a different angle!

I’m obsessed with this Kelly green wall color. I NEED it in my life. I think the guest room would be a great place to use it.

I’m currently using the closet in the guest room to its max capacity. I like this idea of having a place to store extra linens in the room and having them easily accessible to guests. (I do NOT want some poor unassuming guest to perish in my home because they opened the closet to look for  a blanket and drowned in a pile of crap I probably don’t even need.)

Speaking of the closet. I really like this idea of adding some type of mirror to the bi-fold door. The room needs a mirror anyway, and it dresses the doors up a bit.

And here’s a peek at my to-do list:

  • paint the walls
  • find some new bedding
  • remove anything that doesn’t actually belong in the room
  • stain the built-in shelves/desk and closet doors (I’d like them to match the trim in the room and currently they are a few shades lighter)
  • add mirrors to bi-fold door….maybe
  • hang artwork
  • install roller shades (the room has three windows facing, East, South, and North so it gets crazy bright in there)
  • find new curtains
  • organize the closet and leave some room for guests to hang clothes
  • find dresser/cabinet for linens

 

 

Toddler Room Update

Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com It’s been a while since I’ve talked about Hollis’ room so I thought I’d give a little update. Her room is constantly evolving and changing depending on her current needs. The biggest change being that we have taken down her crib (sob!) and put up her toddler bed. She has been sleeping in it for a while now and is doing really well sleeping through the night….just not sleeping through the night in her own room. She likes her toddler bed, but it allows a little too much freedom and she climbs out and wanders. I’m super paranoid about her wandering down the stairs in the middle of the night or getting into something she’s not supposed to, so for now we’ve moved her bed into our room where I can keep tabs on her until she gets used to staying put.

Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com I also ended up getting her some new bedding for her big girl bed that she will use eventually and for now is an extra bed for when we have guests. I had my heart set on a nice white fluffy bedspread, but I just couldn’t find one that I really liked. I found this black and floral number at Target and liked how it brought out the black detail on the curtains and felt a little more cool and not so cutesy.

Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com I also repurposed some furniture for her room. I love repurposing furniture, it’s such an easy way to save a little money and to customize a piece. The nightstand in her room is an old side table that Brian and I have had in every place we’ve lived together. It’s been many different colors and used for many different things. Most recently, I took it from orange to white and gold to match her room.

The dresser in her room was one of my first projects for her nursery in our old house. I painted it white and mint with some gold hardware to go in her mint green nursery, but I love that it still works in her new room too. Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com

Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com I picked up this little shelf at a flea market for a whopping $5 and thought I could use it in her room for books or toys. It was a nice sturdy shelf, but the finish was pretty worn and ugly.

Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com I covered it with a good primer and gave it a fresh coat of paint. I added a back to it, because I kept picturing tiny toys falling behind it. I just used a piece of foam core board which I cut down to size, then sprayed it with adhesive and attached a fun fabric to it. After that I just attached the whole thing with some tiny nails.

Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com I like how it turned out, but the shelves on it are actually quite short. It makes it hard to put very many books or toys on it. So I’ve moved it to the closet which was needing something for shoe storage. The shelves are just the right height for little shoes and there is room to grow for bigger shoes too. It really fits in there perfectly, happy accident!

Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com Well now you are up-to-date….I’m sure it will change again in a few weeks. Toddlers, am I right?!

And just for fun, here is another look from where it all started. Hollis' Room // thegoldbrickroad.com

 

Crossing Over To The Dark Side

When we first moved in and I was contemplating paint colors for our master bedroom, I had all pale colors in my mind. Something light and airy, and calming. So color me surprised (no pun intended) when I decided to go with a very dark navy.

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I’ve said before that I really am trying to get out of my color-picking pattern and have a little more fun with color. I want to incorporate some bolder colors and not play it so safe! I mean it’s just paint, it can easily be changed if I hate it.

I actually grew to really like the olive-green color that was already on the walls. It’s a good neutral and looks good with a lot of different colors. But once I got the idea of a dark, moody, navy blue in my head, I just couldn’t stop thinking about it! You can see in the pic below that I tried a different blue that I already had on hand, but it was way too bright for me. (Please pretend like you can’t see the old cabinet and box of diapers out in the hallway)

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Our bedroom is on the “cozier” side, it’s not huge or anything, but it has really nice natural light so I wasn’t too worried about a dark color in here.

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Even after the first coat, I was pretty much in love. I’m still trying to think of other things I can paint navy…IMG_1607

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Hopefully I can snap some better pics later. I had to hurry and snap pics while the baby napped and while the room wasn’t a complete mess. That’s a combo that does NOT happen very often!

I just love how the navy looks with the bright white crown molding and with the wood trim. I still have some work to do in here, like hanging more artwork and getting the window treatments figured out, but it’s definitely feeling more finished in here. I’m also rethinking the closet layouts, I would love to eliminate at least one dresser to create a little more space in here. More on all that later!