Weekend in Review- Shelves & Science

i needed to pick up an order from a store on the other side of town this weekend. it was an online order so i could have had it shipped for $6 or i could pick it up in store for the free…

i chose the free option because well yeah it was free. and this particular store happens to be next to an IKEA. who doesn’t love IKEA? i don’t know, everyone i know does. so yeah i paid IKEA a visit and picked up some things for the house, including materials for a project I’ve been meaning to do in baby girl’s room.

a book wall!

we’ve been collecting a good number of books for her since she was born and it makes me so happy for her little book collection to be growing at such a young age. i hope she loves to read like her mommy..

but up until this point we haven’t had a good way to store them. in the last house i had a few small bins that i stacked by age/type of book. in the current place, they’ve been collecting dust in a box. yeah we still haven finished unpacking all our boxes; it’s a process, don’t judge me!


in comes the book wall. and it only cost me $18 (+ materials i already had at home)

each shelf is actually a picture ledge from IKEA, $6 each !

all i had to do was gather up my mounting materials and get to work

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and voila. book wall that looks inviting and helps her see some of the titles so she can choose. this doesn’t hold all her books, but I’m happy with it.


Sunday, our friends invited us to go to the Science Center with them.

not going to lie, that place was pretty amazing. they had 4 floors of interactive fun for the family, and our babies were eating it right up. it made my heart swell to see them engaging their minds and playing with all the “toys” .

i’m a big fan of creative play so i know we will be back to the center in the future to spend more time having fun.

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Master Closet Makeover

lets take a look at the before.

square closet with 3 wire closet racks, one window not pictured, and beige carpet.pretty basic. pretty boring.

coming from our last place this closet was not ready for us.

our last closet was also a walk in with 5 closet rods, and 2 towers of cubbie/drawer sytems. AND we fit a chest of drawers at the back.

that’s right 2 sets of double hang rods, and a single rod that i used for long dresses. Cubbie/drawers that fit socks, workout gear, bathing suits, purses, a basket for flat shoes, more workout gear, undershirts, etc. And with space to fit a whole 6 drawer unit.

[We had to get rid of the chest of drawers because space is different here but we still have a dresser which is in front of our bed.]

this closet has a window which is nice cause it brings in a lot of light but it does take away from some space which could have been used for storage. im not so mad about it though, our last closet was dark and im all for adding natural light.


First up on the list was redoing the carpet. Since we redid the floors in our room, it made sense to do the closet as well.

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Then I added some paint.

Who says closets should be plain white? -Color is Sherwin Williams Stream.


Next was the assembly of this Shoecase (Ikea Billy Bookcase). I bought 2 extra shelves to add in as well. Thinking about getting a third..

Last closet we didn’t have any good spot for storing shoes, so i fixed that in this one 🙂 Especially because D and I both have a good amount of them.

I moved the shoecase around a little bit til i found the right corner for it.
And then I took this 25″ Custom Closet Organizer and set it up.

(Sneak peek of the rug underneath. Unexpected find from Home Depot,  8’x 10′ with a print, perfect for use underneath the king bed! And it was on saleeeeee.)

so this is the left side progress view. 

and the right side, before my dress rod went up

And then it turned into:


  

we still need to add the shelving to the D’s side and an additional shelf above my dress rod and then it will be complete. mostly.

Hallway update + DIY

This hallway is basically the first thing people see when they walk in our house, I wanted it to make a statement.
So first we took out the boring flushmount standard white light

  
and replaced it with this beauty❤️

I posted this picture on social media and within minutes no less than 10 people messaged me to tell me how dope this thing was.

 
I have a vision for my house and I’m glad so many people reached out to let me know they appreciate it! 

   
It can close or open depending on how much light you want.

In the daytime it looks like this

 
Next up for hallway transformation was a console table. To be honest I wasn’t looking for one, I knew I’d need one but it just wasn’t a priority at this point. We have a rack that we can hang our keys on, and we have other projects to worry about and boxes to finish unpacking.

But while I’m out I always keep my eyes open for things I like. Like these cool shiny decor items

    

I ended up taking the ampersand home with me. 
And then I found this table.  

  
It was so cute.

It was different than a lot of other boring console tables I’ve seen on the web. I had to have it for myself.

So I bought it.

But the legs were a little too pale for my liking.

  
Look how nice it looks fits in this space!

But something had to be done about those legs.

  
I tapped off the white tips, and sanded down the part I wanted to stain. I didn’t do a good enough job taping off the white, note to self don’t be stingy with the tape.

   
  

 
And in the end I’m soo happy with the final result! 

The legs go really well with the darker floors now.
  
  

Master Bath Makeover

this bathroom was exciting for a few reasons, the paint color was not one of them.



 Reasons to be excited:

I would have space to put a vanity chair (and therefore have a seat to do my morning makeup in) and be able to organize my makeup in a neat way on the counter. Also there’s a drawer so i could utilize that as well.

The tub meant i could take relaxing baths.

The size meant me and D wouldn’t be falling over each other trying to get ready in front of the mirror.

But the paint was sad. I don’t have anything against brown walls, but there’s no window in this bathroom, and it just made the space feel small and dark.


Project 1: Paint the bathroom.
I used the same color as the other bathrooms: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt. I absolutely love this color for all the bathrooms, and I’m so happy I chose it.

And then there was removing those old towel bars, and toilet paper holder. We had 2 towel bars in here, one by the shower and one on the other side of the bathroom above the bath.

And I added shelves for a little bathroom decor/storage. Same style shelves as the ones in the other bath- can you see the what i’m doing here? continuity in all the bathrooms- check.

I love that the open shelves give me space to store things but in a way i can do so artistically. Loads of soap in a cool glass jar; rolls on rolls of toilet paper in a wire basket; pretty candle; no purpose pretty mercury glass shiny thing. I like the mix of textures that I am able to showcase, but its all in a useful way cause I need it within reach ya kno. Especially the toilet paper.

  
This is the new towel bar we put up. The hands can swing out and allow up to 4 towels to dry simultaneously. Pretend like you can’t see where I patched the wall.

Here is my makeup organization for the counter. Acrylic 3 drawer set, and a lipstick holder/extra compartment thing that fits nicely on top. I used glass jars to the right to hold my brushes, which need to be cleaned.

Open the drawer and you can see I used acrylic dividers to group items together so it’s not just a big convoluted mess.I also purged old makeup before putting it in here. This is a good amount for me to have, I think. (There’s like 6 eye shadow palettes on the left I should get around to using O_O)

 

Bathroom Makeover

before: bath 1

photo courtesy of when the last owner’s lived here. white walls, 1 hook for a towel.


First:

Take the hook off the wall and paint the bathroom.

You guessed it: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.
Then removed the toilet paper holder and put up a new towel bar.

  
A double rod to maximize towel hanging space. 

   
Also we needed a shower curtain rod so I got one of the curved ones. It makes the curtain hang close to the toilet if you’re sitting on that but having a curved rod makes the shower space seem roomier. Pros outweigh the cons I think.

  

The shower curtain is the same one we had in the last place, it makes for a fun bathroom I think. And this is baby girls bathroom so we like fun. Also I think the wall color plays nicely with the underwater/sea theme.

I’m thinking about adding a cute mermaid decal in here to go along with the theme and cause little mama seems to like mermaids. 

I still need to get her a toothbrush holder,  and set up the guest toiletries but this bathroom is basically done. 

Baby girls room makeover – Pt.2

Here’s a closer look at the floors. Also her closet doors which need to get put back on the tracks. The walls here look a little gray which I like. 

Dark floors + white trim + grayish walls; that’s the contrast I was going for.

     

A princess wall collage for my princess.

Here’s a book ledge for her reading corner. I plan on putting in maybe a bean bag chair or big pouf and canopy with some cute string lights to encourage her to read. 

I still need to put up her book library, but this is a start. 
And here is her mostly finished closet. We hung two closet rods above the cubby unit which I scored for $50 on offerup. 

I bought closet dividers which came with little stickies for sizes. They are pink clips that hook onto the closet rod and just let you organize kids clothes into their different sizes; I have the 3T and 4T on the bottom rod right now and 5T and 6T on the top. I keep her everyday stuff in the cubbies and other stuff in the drawers under her bed; shoes, socks, bathing suits, baby stuff I wanted to keep and everyday stuff for larger sizes.  

And I recovered this headboard which some super soft chenille (?) fabric from Joann. It’s grey with little stars if you look closely. I went with a light color so I could add pops of color in the bed pillows and comforter.   
  

Weekend in Review – friends + house work

soo much this weekend.

So so much, it’s no wonder I had to drag myself outta bed this Monday  AM.

I can foresee a lot of weekends like this, but I am happy to know it’s because we are fixing our house up.


so friday we got started work on our closet and D got baby girl’s light up.

[I’m going to do a post for each room and really break down all the work we did in that space but a few sneak peeks won’t hurt 🙂 ]


 The closet system and putting up chandelier took a bit of time for each.  But I was happy for the slow progress anyway.

And can I tell you how obsessed with her room I am?  Especially with this update of her ceiling light. I didn’t take a pic of the fan that was there but it was an average white fan with a dim light. Not princess-y enough for my vision.

I added a ceiling medallion for some extra flair. 
and then late that night we had to drove down to our friend’s house to be a part of a surprise brunch for our other friends after they got engaged. Our friends that we stayed with recently bought/moved in their home so we chit chatted about house plans, flooring woes, and cool tech (they have a Nest which i have been eyeing for our place (smart thermostat for those wondering)).


saturday was the brunch. it was awesome to be there and catch up with our friends.

And she was so excited/surprised to see us and happy that we could be there to share the special moment with them.


baby girl having fun with titi and uncle. 
some of the girls.
S’mores French toast for me ! 
Chicken and waffles for D 
The happy couple

we drove back to our place that night. since we were so tired after we got back i found a groupon for $22 hibachi for 2 and jumped on the deal. The japanese restaurant is a spot we frequent under new management and is now located in our new neighborhood.

the hibachi chef gave baby girl her own rice and noodles so she was happy. and our leftovers made for lunch the next day for all of us, and dinner for mini and i. so i was happy.


sunday D got up early and mounted the living room TV to the wall. it came out nice as he hid the wires inside the wall. Now to patch the pre existing holes and it will be perfect. (picture to come later)

then we did some more work on our closet.

im happy to say that I designed it myself and we are DIYing the install.

moving to this new place means we lost some clothes storage space but i’m working with what i’ve got and honestly i needed to purge old things out anyway.

after that we took a trip to ikea. i had to return two things and then buy a few things.

the few things turned into more things than i anticipated but i know it will be worth it in the end, especially this cool thing.

and then we drove over to Trophy Room, Marcus Jordan’s new shoe store.

It’s located in Disney Springs, which is like the outdoor mall that got added on to what I used to know as Downtown Disney. That place is nothing short of beautiful. We will have to drive out there again when we have  a free weekend so we can stroll around and really enjoy it.

 

 

and then we we got home we did that thing i said i wasn’t going to do.

I know, i know i said I wouldn’t do it right now but it was going to get done anyway.

And honestly it already looks better anyway.

We ripped out the old ceramic towel bar, and toilet paper holder.

Upstairs in our bathroom, we have two towel bars that aren’t where we want them exactly. So we said we would take them out, and if we are taking them out of one bathroom why not take them out of all bathrooms. And if we are taking all the towel bars then why not take out all the toilet paper holders too, right?

Here is the new hand towel  + holder ( Ikea) in the half bathroom downstairs.

MUCH better, and much more fitting to the space.  Now to patch the holes and repeat the process for the other bathrooms…

DIY Dress Up Closet

alright so if you didn’t guess it already, my diy post was about a dress up closet!

i’m all about trying to inspire mini’s creativity and increase the fun.


 

Pinterest inspired this closet, and her christmas presents fueled the need for it.

after finding someone selling an old entertainment center for $15 i couldn’t pass it up.

before:

 

the thing had a few dents which i tried to fill with wood putty and also for the drawer since i changed the knobs and had excess holes.

we ripped out the doors on the left, the shelf on the left and the back piece that was behind the left side.

we added a dowel rod on the left to hang clothes and a shelf on the right to create more storage space.

and i painted it. let me tell you i did a terrible job of that. its laminate, which just means you need to prime before you paint but i didn’t paint with sufficient lighting. i probably used the wrong brush and the polycrylic dripped in a weird way but i love it still. (i used 2 coats of polycrylic to seal it) and changed the handles on the drawer.

  

we covered 2 pieces of cardboard with wrapping paper (baby girl’s choice) to create a fun background. and we covered the shelf with silver wrapping paper.
i added some contact paper in the drawer too.

      

i need to find the rest of her dress up stuff and then it’ll be time to play !