Natasha has such a great eye for beauty and I simply LOVE everything she picks out!!! What item are you dying to have for yourself (or someone else)?
Today’s the day! Up for grabs is ONE STENCIL OF YOUR CHOOSING, up to a $50 value, and you can choose your favorite from Cutting Edge Stencils’ site! Trust me, you will love the dimension a stenciled wall or piece of furniture will add to your room! I know I do! My pantry literally makes me smile every time I open the door. You. Need. To. Know. This. Feeling.
If my words aren’t enough to convince you, then check out the final, completely unstaged (and not fully beautified) pictures of my pantry. Even without a bunch of cutesy baskets and labels, my pantry is completely functional and organized… and thanks to the stenciled walls, beautiful!
Since we’re getting the big picture, how about some more detailed shots!?!?!
A few people have asked me how it was possible to switch a coat closet and a pantry due to proximity issues. Well, we were just lucky enough that both were pretty much located in our kitchen! To help with visualization… here is where our new pantry (former coat closet) is in relation to our kitchen island and family room. And that little bit of blue in the middle of the picture is our master bedroom.
And now, the coat closet is just across the room. Here’s the best picture to see where that is (reveal coming soon). It is the door that you see on the far left of the picture below. And then, the kitchen is to the left of this picture and the family room is to the right. The swap just made sense!
And, if you’re not sure you can tackle a stencil project, check out their tutorial videos!
I’m excited to announce, that tomorrow, we’re kicking of our 2nd Annual “My Favorite Things” series! Last year, we were blessed with some awesome guest posts sharing their favorite things- the things that made their life easier, happier, or more fun! This year, I asked my awesome guest bloggers to share their Favorite Gifts for this Holiday Season!
To kick off the series, we have Schue Love, followed by A Home in the Making, Designing Dawn, Killer B* Designs, Sew Woodsy, Organize 365, and finally, I’ll wrap up the series with my favorite gifts for this holiday season as well!
I hope you enjoy the series, and show these ladies some love! You never know, you just might find that gift you’ve been searching for!
So after the fun of demo, painting, and stenciling… it was time to build! And, build we did! It was nothing short of a feat of amazingness! Seriously, after a tons of in-depth planning and bazillion cuts later, we had the makings of a pantry. While we knew 100% that building completely custom was exactly what we needed to do, I truly don’t think we realized how perfect the results were going to be for us. The end result literally rocked our socks!
To start out, like always, we worked up a drawing. Naturally, it’s never to scale, but we are meticulous in writing out our measurements and then being open to change as we build, in case it feels “wrong.” Yup, we’re total pro’s like that!
After we had our plan all hammered out (no pun intended), we went to Home Depot and picked up our favorite plywood, Purebond Hardwood Plywood. I’ve already explained my love for the product, but just a reminder… it’s formaldehyde free, so it’s perfect for building eco-friendly furniture and for placing our food on… and I swear that this wood has gone through some kind of insane extra sanding process, because no other sanded plywood compares to its smoothness!
Anyways… back to the build! We set out to build out a pantry with tons of shelving and storage options, and, at the end of the day, if we were building completely custom, it needed to fit our needs completely! So, with plans in hand, we started making our cuts.
In the end, we hand easily made hundreds of cuts! No exaggeration! It was a bit of an exhausting process, but it was one that was truly so much fun. After we made all of the cuts, we stacked our pieces in the garage. It was actually overwhelming to see how many cuts we had made exactly, so we tried our best to stack it in the “shape” of the pantry. This was supposed to serve as a visual reminder of how everything would get installed, but truthfully, it was really to ensure that we didn’t mess it up when grabbing pieces for install!
In a perfect world, since the plywood is already sanded, I wouldn’t have had to do any sanding. But, since we decided to paint the wood instead of staining it, we didn’t want to use any edge banding to get a finished edge. So, I used my favorite trick of applying spackle to all of the exposed edges of the shelves and supports. After it dried, I went to town with the sander, making sure each edge was silky smooth and ready for paint! The spackle trick really works. Seriously, Eric doubted me and I totally proved him wrong! Hah!
And, just in case some of you think that blogging is this super glamorous thing and we all look amazing 24/7, this picture should serve to completely deflate that false notion! I have to laugh… Yup… I’m just that attractive. With my hair totally disshevled, my old paint spill tank, and hand-me-down soccer shorts-turned work shorts! Don’t be jealous!
After all of the sanding was complete and the boards were wiped down, we started our install. Installation was a process. Like a Serious. Process. We just started from the “shell” and worked our way up. It was really special to see it all come together. Both of us just kept stepping back in complete shock. Sometimes you have an idea of what something will look like and what purpose it will serve, but there are times like this install where the end really blows your mind.
It’s not like we thought it would look awful, we just didn’t realize how happy we’d be with it and how beautiful it was going to be!
Full reveal pictures coming tomorrow with the stencil giveaway, so stay tuned!!! At least for now, here is a sneak peek! Sorry for the graininess, but it was a nighttime, low-lighting, quick picture! I’ll do better, I promise!
It’s hard to believe that I’ve literally been begging Eric to let me get this project done for over two years! I’ve been telling him that swapping our pantry and coat closet would be the best idea in the world. He didn’t believe me. I had to work harder at convincing him. Mission accomplished people! Once I convinced Eric (that he had no choice in the matter), I set on swapping our Pantry and Coat Closet. I mean… after all… who needs a step-in coat closet, and an awkward pantry? I surely don’t and I don’t think my family does either!!!
Since swapping the pantry and coat closet involved two spaces, I decided to tackle one at a time. First, the pantry. I figured that all of the coats could simply hang out somewhere else while we tackled the behemoth that the pantry would become! Now, since I was literally starting from square one with our pantry, and since I had absolutely nothing dictating what it had to look like, I took it upon myself to put everything I think a pantry should be into it!!!
In the end, my design plan included:
It would ridiculous to say that all of that added up to be a “slight” or “small” overhaul. No, this, like I said, became a behemoth! And it took a few weeks of on and off work to complete for sure! First, came tackling the disgusting shelves and walls that I started with. As our former coat closet, the first to go was the shelving and rods… and random hooks that the previous owners had installed.
Next up was patching and texturing since the shelves were installed with some kind of ridiculous grip in a few areas!!! Ugh!
Then, came the real change. I painted the closet white. Yup, white. It was a game-changer. I know you probably are reading this thinking that I am completely nuts, but seriously, hear me out. The walls were so dingy and had so many scuff marks and dings that it made me cringe every time I opened the door. Well, with the walls all patched, textured, and now painted solid white, it was a fresh start. I know the picture doesn’t communicate this, but you’re just going to have to believe me on this one.
Oh yes… the beautification! The stencil!!!!!!!!! Cutting Edge Stencils was kind enough to send me a stencil of my choice to share my experience with my readers and to do a giveaway so that one lucky reader can get a stencil of their very own! Sooooo cool! I chose the Shipibo Stencil. I loved the geometric pattern. For some reason, it felt modern to me, but at the same time, had that little bit of traditional that I like!
With the paint, roller and stencil ready, I went to town! Luckily, Cutting Edge Stencils has this awesome stencil level that attaches to the bottom of the stencil. This seriously helped so much in making sure I was level and cutting around the corners of the walls!
While it took me about seven hours to complete, I have to say that it was 100% worth it! The pattern turned out beautifully. The stencil was easy to use and gave clean, beautiful results! I think the most challenging part was definitely the corners, since I wanted the pattern to be continuous. But, thanks to awesome videos from Cutting Edge Stencils, it wasn’t as bad as it could be.
In the end, if you’re taking on a stenciling project, remember to have patience! The results will be more beautiful than you ever imagined and the time it took will quickly be forgotten once the compliments start rolling in!
Earlier in November, I challenged myself to get some projects done. That post can be seen here. Sadly, I didn’t get to it all. In fact, I really didn’t get to much of it. I really want those projects done, so now, the plan is to get those completed by the end of the year. And, so far, I think it’s fairly do-able! I’ll need some cheerin-on for sure!
Spray Painted Chair. I’ve actually gotten half-way through this project! And the only reason I stopped was because I ran out of paint, so stay tuned! I can’t wait to get it done!!!
Pantry & Coat Closet Swap. This project is COMPLETE! Yup, like 100% complete, but just not blogged about! The pantry was painted, stenciled, shelved, and filled! The coat closet was stripped, primed, painted, shelved, and clothed! Both are awaiting a bit of styling, but for now, they are complete and filled! Let me tell you… these two projects have made our life a million times easier! And, I’m not exaggerating!
Build a Double-Duty Desk. This is not done. It makes me sad. BUT, we’ve made big progress, but it’s not done. And I have to say, I am 100% thankful to all of you for your amazing comments and feedback regarding our design dilemma for the desk and office layout! We’ve officially decided on a layout and we’ve built two of our cabinets for the space! Next up is just the desktop surfaces and two more cabinets! As soon as Eric’s trials are over, we’ll be getting it done!
Add Chunky Shelving to the Office. This is not happening now. It’s been completely squashed. We have new plans for the office and while I’m really sad that I’m not going to be gazing up from my desk at my gorgeous galvanized piping shelves, I’m excited for the new design. But, since I am still sooooooo in love with this design, I’m definitely working on a way to incorporate it into another part of our home!
Finish Wiring the DIY Custom Light Fixture. Put simply. I haven’t touched this project. It is sitting in the garage needing love. But, the real reason for my lack of motivation on this project is the stalemate on the office design. Now, with plans complete, I’m going to get it done!
I’m just going to work my way through it, with an organized plan in mind! This will be my plan of attack…
So, since November was kind of a bust for posting projects, I’m going to bust butt to get the completed projects up, and then work my way through the rest of these as frantically as possible!