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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

HOPE CHEST TRANSFORMATION

I'm so excited to finally be finished with Lea's new hope chest. I'm a "trash to treasure" type of gal and when I saw this sitting in front of my neighbor's house on the sidewalk waiting for the trashman, I knew I had to rescue it!

I thought of transforming it into a toy chest for Lea and then thought of making it a hope chest instead. I love this idea so much more. I plan to fill it with mementos from Lea's birth on up. It will be fun to add special things like her favorite blanket, stuffed animal, homemade cards, etc.










I started the process by cleaning it first. It had a lot of dust, dirt, and lovely spider eggs underneath it ready to hatch any minute!! GROSS!!! I sprayed it down with the hose which knocked all that off. The hinges were shot so I took those off.

It was in pretty good shape, but I wanted to make a change. I thought the two pieces of wood strips going down the center of the chest didn't do much for the piece and dated it. I decided to remove the wood strips and use that place to stencil something or find an appliqué.









Now it was time to fill some minor cracks and areas seperating.  I used just a basic wood filler I found at Lowe's. This stuff works great and so easy to use. I just apply the stuff with my finger. It hardens up after 20 minutes or so and it's then ready to sand down.








After sanding the piece with my handheld sander, I thought I better prime it using the stuff below.  I didn't want to take any chances with the blue showing through and affecting the color. I used a foam roller for priming and painting as well and a small brush. The foam roller gives a nice, semi smooth surface. Will just depend on how smooth your piece is. Using a roller speeds the painting process up and you don't have to worry so much about brushstrokes.











As I mentioned earlier, I removed the old, beat up hinges and replaced them with these Rockler soft close hinges I had read about. A little pricey for these, but found them to be worth it. They were super easy to screw on and fit perfectly! Also, I sanded the inside with a little steel wool. This helps raise the cedar oils to the surface and revive the wood.







Now all pretty and primed, I was ready to start painting. It took me awhile to decide on the color. I knew I wanted to put it in Lea's room and I thought a pink would be pretty to bring in a pop of color. I've been using Benjamin Moore on most of my painted pieces now for years. For me, if I find something I like, I stick with it. I can count on BM to give me nice coverage. It's long lasting and can withstand being beat up a little bit. I've never had to apply any top coat. 









So here she is! I went with Vibrant Blush and absolutely LOVE it! I added an appliqué I found here on Etsy to give it a shabby chic feel. I adore how it turned out. I just love the idea of a Hope Chest. Something we can fill together in the years to come. 











The pink really ties in nicely with what I already had going on and definitely adds the pop of color that I was looking for. 










Thanks for stopping by and checking out Lea's Hope Chest transformation. Do you have a hope chest or now thinking about creating one? Tell me about it. Love to hear from you!


KEEP IT COZY,
ALLISON





Friday, August 1, 2014

Installing FLOR Carpet Tiles for Lea's New Playroom

Happy Friday and August!! I've been working on transforming our "Sitting Nook" area into Lea's new playroom. It hasn't been a room that we've really used, and lately it's been more of a storage room..hence the exercise ball, the swing she no longer uses, and the vacuum. It will be a great space for baby Lea to play and keep all her toys in! It's crazy how toys can accumulate so quickly!

{Sitting Nook Before}


To begin, I did some searching around and I found these great carpet tiles at FLOR. They are perfect for kids! They are individual, carpet tiles and if one gets dirty, they are easily replaceable and easy to clean. Just hose the individual tile down if it's really bad or spot clean. Can't get easier than that. I bought enough tiles plus a few extra to make an 8' x 10' rug, and the installation was super quick and easy. You have the option of cutting these to fit your room, but I opted to create an area rug and keep it simple.



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I loved designing the rug and picking out the colors. On their website, you're able to design the carpet and see how it will look. I'm a visual person, so this was very helpful. We have a store in Dallas and I was able to bring some samples home with me to make sure I liked the colors in the space. I tried a couple options before deciding on this design layout and colors.



{Flor design program allows you to design your carpet and visually see how it will look.}




{Program will calculate the number of tiles you need for the size you want. Takes the guess work out for you.}


{Count your tiles to make sure you have the correct amount.}


{Find the center of the room and work out from there.}

{Start laying out your tiles and wait to adhere the stickers until you have the tiles placed. Hubby makes a good helper!}


{You'll want to purchase a couple extra tiles just to have for an emergency.}



Once you have placed the tiles exactly where you want them, it's now time to start sticking the tiles down to the floor using these stickers. Nothing is permanent in this process (unless you are cutting your carpet tiles) so don't worry. You can adjust the tiles if need be and move pieces around.







{Registration marks help make lining pieces up easy.}











{Lea says, "Let's play daddy!!"}

I'm so happy we went this direction. The whole process was really fun and allows you to get creative. It's the start to a fun, cheerful room we can all enjoy playing in!


Have a great weekend!!



Monday, June 9, 2014

Say Good-bye to Stinky Kitchen Towels and Sponges

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. Lea and I were suppose to start our swim class today, but the weather is pretty crummy. Hopefully tomorrow will be nicer for swimming.

I wanted to share with you a product that I found that I absolutely love! They're called Skoy Eco Cleaning Cloths and they are wonderful. I was tired of using sponges and rags to wipe down my counters and searched to find a product out there that could replace these.

I found them on EarthEasy.com and they are currently on sale for a pack of 4 for $6.95. They're very sturdy and thick and you're able to throw them in the dishwasher when need be. The best part is they'll never get smelly!!






Also, if you haven't checked this website out before, definitely stop by when you have a quick second. It's a great website to find eco-friendly products for your home and has tons of information on they're as well about sustainable living.



Friday, June 6, 2014

Laundry Room Update


Well, I admit I didn't get too far with my laundry room makeover. It's all good though... priorities shift pretty quickly when you have a little one. I got as far as painting and replacing the light fixture, but that's the extent of it. We got rid of the dreariness with a coat of paint and the ho-hum fixture went bye-bye.

For the paint, I decided to go with Ryegrass from Sherwin Williams. I didn't realize it when I selected the color that it's the same color that's in our breakfast nook. It's a vibrant color and the room needed it. It looks great anywhere! I added the piece of art we already had that worked great with the color and fills up the wall pretty nicely.












I know..not too exciting, but I didn't want to leave you hanging. I had high hopes to find something for the wall to hang our jackets and bags, but just opted to use an over the door coat hanger. Also, I can still see painting the door maybe and the cabinets, but I'm moving on. With Lea now crawling, I've moved onto other priorities. We had the idea of changing up the sitting area off the kitchen and creating a little playroom for her. Now I'm working on that and we'll see how far I get:) At the rate I'm going, I'll give you an update in 5 months or so!

Have a great weekend!








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