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We recently upgraded our bed to the softest, most amazing king size bed in the universe. We did this to accommodate those little humans that live in our house and keep sneaking their way in our world as we sleep.  Because of the upgrade, we needed a new headboard and I was ready to tackle this job myself!!  We have a one whole stall in our garage filled with old barnwood from my husbands grandparents barn.  This was the perfect project to finally start using it!

Things I used :

Miter Saw

Sander

Screws

Barnwood

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The first steps were to pick out the right pieces for the headboard.  As much as I loved a polished look, this headboard was meant to be a little more rustic. I love knots and scratches because I find it adds character.

King sized beds are giant.  And I wanted this headboard to be a few inches on each side of the bed……so be sure to measure a couple of times!

Measure and cut wood to size. (wear safety googles when using the miter saw!)

Sand each piece of wood, front + back.

Lay out pieces on the floor to find the best look for the headboard.

Once inside, we attached wood on the back with screws.

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It was insanely simple and is THE perfect blend of modern + rustic.

Best part of this bed makeover – the cost.  You do not have to spend a crazy amount of money to give your room a different look.  All in all this makeover cost about $300. We did a quick change of the bedding from something dark to all white linens with pops of color + pattern.  White simple side tables from IKEA that hold these AMAZING gold lamps from Target Style. And headboard cost was ZERO. Yep. $0.

Bedding // Here + Here

Lamps // Target

Throw Blanket // Here

Side table // Ikea

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This Laundry room was on my laundry list since the day we moved in nearly five years ago.  It took that long to convince my other half that it needed some TLC.   It wasn’t horrid but it was just not functionally doing it for me.  The washer and dryer stuck out almost 8″ from the back wall, making it a catch-all for clothing.  The opposite wall had no storage whatsoever, only a long lonely rod hanging out.

The other issue, besides the storage + functionality is the location.  While being off of the back entry is not the worst spot, it’s next to the only first floor bathroom and an eye shot away from the kitchen.  Meaning this dumping ground is viewed by many guests.  Did I mention it lacks a door!?

So I set out to make some small improvements that would be pleasing to the eye and add more function to the small space.  Since the upper cabinets were already white, I figured I would go with the flow and keep the look light and airy.  I had a floor to ceiling height cabinet installed to act as a broom closet and added a counter for folding with room for laundry carts below – aren’t they the cutest?!  Since the floors were already a dark slate colored tile, to tie in some warmth and texture and contrast the cabinets, I decided on butcher block counter tops in a walnut finish. The counters are by far my favorite element and the best part is that they were really inexpensive!  My second favorite element is the hardware…this was a splurge for sure but a game-changer in my opinion.  I love the look of the oil rubbed bronze + brass.

Enough type, check it out yourself!   More details/links below.

My little helper prepping before install /// Opposite: see what I mean about drab!?

These carts! I loved the look and was stoked that they are super functional + well made.

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Faux cactus – target /// small rec basket – other sizes sold in store

vases + misc jar – world market /// hardware 

 Water color print – Society 6 (The Aestate) love her work! Framed 15×21 size in conservation walnut- under $50!

Install had started /// opposite: After – AHHH! /// wall color – Sherwin Williams – Crushed Ice SW7647

The ugly sink is still on my laundry list but she’s hidden for now 🙂

I actually put some blood, sweat and tears into this project /// butcher block slabs here + here  sold in stores only /// stain – minwax

Counter top details:   I had priced a few options out at custom places and they were all coming in over $1500 for the 2 pieces (not including install).  I almost pulled the trigger on ordering from Ikea but with shipping the total was almost $900.  Soooo luck have it, I was visiting a friend whom had  a farmhouse style table that she and her husband made from butcher block slabs sold at Menards.  It was exactly the look I was going for. Yay!  So I scored two pieces from Menards for under $300 (with rebate).  These are unfinished and can be cut to size. I used the larger island size for over the washer and dryer and the smaller counter size for the opposite wall. Staining them was really easy and it required minimal sanding.  It only took me a few hours and I waited a day or so between coats.  I applied two coats of Minwax stain in special walnut . After it was installed I applied a polyurethane sealer in a satin finish since I didn’t want the glossy ‘lacquered’ wood look.

*Side note: since we are planning to replace the sink, I didn’t want to permanently affix the counters over the washer and dryer. Right now it’s just a floating top and it’s actually working fine like that since it’s super heavy and doesn’t move.

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Thanks for reading,

Lindsey

 

 

 

Crop + fray might sound like a dance move but we’re actually talking about cropped + frayed denim and tips on shoe styling with this look (don’t mind the blurry mirror-selfie photos, whoops).  But seriously, this frayed style started popping up last year and I think it’s going to be a staple for  spring/summer 17!  I bought a few pairs of denim that was pre-cut and I have also created a few pairs myself (we’ve  included a little DIY at the end for those of you that are fearless with the shears).

After owning these for a while, styling them has become less tricky.  A few things to remember when buying pre-made or DIY denim.

1. Make sure the length is above the ankle bone, even an inch or so above looks good if its a flare or straight leg style.

2. Go for high-waisted varieties. They lengthen the leg and balance the cropped style.

3. When dressing up;  minimalist heels with ankle straps, classic pumps  and mid-calf  booties that are fitted around the ankle  look best.  Again, it’s all about balancing the wider/cropped silhouette.

4. Don’t be afraid to dress these down.  Pointy-toe flats, loafers and sneakers look super cute.  Just make sure the length is short enough that it shows your ankles and doesn’t make you look like you’re wearing high-waters.

5. If the flare or wide leg styles aren’t your jam, opt for a straight leg or even slightly tapered.

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look 1: jeans mother denim (sold out) similar on sale here /// heels /// boots (on sale)

look 2: jeans mother denim ///  heels (sold out) similar here + here /// sneakers (my fave)

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denim picks for the saver  (left to right) /// asos /// asos /// old navy // zara

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denim picks for the spender (left to right) /// AG /// jcrew /// frame /// coh

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Here’s a DIY  for the stepped frayed look:  A few things to keep in mind:   Measure twice, cut once!  The jeans in the photo are a ‘stove-pipe’ leg style, which means they taper but they aren’t as fitted at the ankles as true ‘skinny’ jeans are.  If you’re new to the idea of wearing cropped frays, this is probably a good style to start with.  Don’t be afraid to cut off old denim or even a new pair that is too long – it saves on tailoring and is more on trend.

1. Cut the hem off, all the way across (like shown on left) just at the top of your ankle bones (remember these will shorten when frayed). If you don’t want the stepped look, skip step 2.

2. Measure 1/2″ up and cut along the seams on the front side to remove the strip and create a stepped look.

3. You can use sand paper or something abrasive to rough-up the edges and get the denim to start fraying.  I just usually throw them in the washer and dryer and that does the trick.

 

Hope you enjoyed our first post after a little hiatus, more to come!

lindseyb