Playroom Reveal

We recently remodeled the basement and created a space for a playroom for our son and daughter who will be arriving in June.  I had looked at different pictures of playrooms online and on Pinterest and had a good idea of certain elements I wanted to include in the room.  I also wanted to have some sort of organizational system to attempt to keep the room organized (we’ll see how long that lasts!)  I also wanted to leave room to add different elements as the kids grow such as a kitchen, work bench, train/lego table, and a dress up area.

One of the areas I wanted to include was a reading corner.  I wanted to make it cozy and inviting with access to a lot of books.  I got this teepee and rug on Etsy.  The sheepskin rugs inside the teepee are from Amazon.  I also saw them at Ikea.  The bookshelves are from Etsy.  They came in a natural wood color and I painted them white. All of the pillows are from IKEA, Amazon, and Target.

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I made the felt ball garland that is on the teepee.  I ordered the felt balls from Amazon and just strung them together.

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The prints in the frames are from Etsy and the frames are from Amazon.

Here’s a tip for when you’re hanging more than one object on the wall. Trace the frames onto paper and cut them out and then tape them on the wall to see how you like the placement.  This saves you from drilling unnecessary holes in the wall if you don’t like the original placement.

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I made the alphabet banner using index cards and alphabet stickers I got from Michaels.  I got mini clothespins from Amazon to attach the index cards to the rope.

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I made this garland using paint chips so it was very inexpensive to make.

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I had different size circle punches that I used and just glued them to the crochet thread.

The other major area of the playroom is the are center.  I wanted a place where the kids would be able to create art and have a place to display it.  After searching Pinterest, I decided a gallery wall would be the best way to display their artwork.

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I got most of the wood frames at Michaels and painted them different colors. I also glued clothes pins onto the frames so I could easily display artwork and it could be changed easily.

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For the two clothespin displays, I painted some wood that I had white and glued colorful clothespins to it.IMG_2695

I also created some of my own art to add to the gallery wall.

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This pencil is from Etsy.

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When hanging a gallery wall, especially one with so many elements, using my paper trick is a BIG help.  I am always moving different things until I am happy with the placement of everything.

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Another trick I use is to put these velcro tabs on the back of each object after they are level so that they don’t move.

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I left space on the right to hang baby girl’s name after she is born.

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The wall decals that say Masterpieces and Collin’s name are also from Etsy. The chalk/magnet board is also from Etsy.

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The table and chairs are KidKraft and the rug under the table is from RugVista.com.

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I made this rag valance using material from the Hello Bear fabric collection which I got on Etsy.

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The world map is a decal from The Lovely Wall on Etsy.

The blue felt board to the left of the TV is from Amazon.  The storage shelves are from IKEA and the colored bins are from Target.IMG_2716

The rug in the middle of the room is from Land of Nod.

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One of the other great things about the playroom is the walk-in closet for toy storage.

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I created labels for all of the bins in an attempt to stay organized.

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Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Imagine, play, create,

Geralyn

 

 

Basement Remodel

Our basement was partially finished when we moved in.  The other half of the basement had a laundry area, a storage area, and a workshop.

 

Right after we moved in we pulled up the old carpet in the finished half of the basement and had laminate flooring put down. And then this spring we went on vacation and a pipe broke and we came home to a flooded basement.  All of the flooring had to be thrown out and the drywall had to be cut where it got wet.  After a week of some heavy-duty fans, the basement was dry.

We decided we were going to redo the entire basement and add some additional rooms.  I wanted a playroom for our son and since we have another baby on the way we need some extra room.  Currently my husband’s office is upstairs next to our bedroom.  I want to make that room the nursery for the new baby so we decided to add an office as well as a guest room in the basement.

So the plan for the basement was to add a playroom, office, guest bedroom, half bathroom, laundry room, and to keep the workshop as is.

In the playroom, we decided to take out the two poles in the middle of the room.  In order to do that, a steel beam had to be custom-made and installed since the poles were load bearing.  We also decided to add a walk-in closet to hopefully try to keep toys organized.  The other major thing we did in the playroom was move the stair case back.  Originally, you couldn’t make it down the stairs if you are tall without ducking.  The first time we looked at the house my husband hit his head going down the stairs.

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On the other side of the basement that was originally unfinished, we added three new rooms plus a laundry area.  An office, guest bedroom, and half bathroom were all added.

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Once all the rooms were framed and sheet rocked, we needed to choose paint colors.  I always find this to be difficult.  I usually know what color family I want for a room but once you start looking at all the samples it’s so hard to pick the exact color you like.  Is this too dark?  Is this too green?  Am I going to hate this once it’s on the wall?  You know how it goes.  These are the colors we finally decided on.  They are all Benjamin Moore.

Playroom – Bird’s Egg

Bathroom- Ocean Spray

Guest Bedroom – Sage Tint

Office – Ashen Tan

Hallway & Laundry Area – Sidewalk Gray

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For the floor in the bathroom we chose tiles that look like wood flooring and the other rooms were all done in a dark walnut laminate floor. We decided to carpet the stairs so it wouldn’t be so noisy when people were walking up and down.

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It took about 5 weeks but it’s finally finished!

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Office

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Guest Bedroom

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Bathroom

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Laundry Area

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Hallway

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Now that construction is finished it’s time for my favorite part….Decorating!  Stay tuned for the final basement reveal.

XOXO,

Geralyn

 

 

 

 

Nautical Nursery

This post is long overdue since my son is now 14 months old but I’d thought I’d share some photos of his nautical inspired nursery.  I love how it turned out and had so much fun making things and finding things that would be perfect for the room.

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As soon as we found out we were having a boy, I knew I wanted to do a nautical theme in his nursery.  Homegoods  had a ton of great nautical stuff that I found right before the summer.

I found the crib bedding on Etsy and the curtains are from Pottery Barn Kids.

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I also did a bunch of DIY projects.  I had an old dresser that I bought from Ikea years ago and decided it would make a great changing table/dresser but needed a little make over.  I used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint for this project. I painted the entire dresser using Paris Gray and then used painters tape to add the navy lines.

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Another project was the mobile.  I decided to sew felt shapes to go along with the nautical theme.  I do not sew.  Ever. So anyone can do this project.  First, I printed out the shapes that I wanted and cut them out of felt.  Make sure you cut out two of each shape for each piece because you will be stuffing them with cotton. IMG_5172

After the shapes are cut out, I started sewing the shapes closed with needle point yarn.  I wanted to be able to see the stitches. And they are definitely not perfect but I like the way they turned out.  Before you stitch all the way around, stuff the shape with cotton batting. You can get the batting at any craft store.

I used fabric glue to glue on the detail pieces.

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I then threaded the shapes along with some pom poms onto a long piece of yarn and attached each one onto a craft ring.

The next thing I made for the nursery were nautical flags that spell out Collin’s name.  I went to this website to see the nautical alphabet.  I then painted each wood block with the appropriate flag.

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The decal over the crib is from Etsy.

I wanted to make a gallery wall over the dresser so I made a few pieces to add to the pieces I found at Homegoods.

Once all my pieces were complete, I traced each one on scrap paper and cut them out.  I used the paper to plan out my gallery wall before I hung anything.  It’s much easier to move paper taped to the wall and saves a lot of unnecessary holes in your wall.

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These three pictures were done by my step-father who passed away 7 years ago.  He had Parkinson’s and still continued to paint until the end.  I found these when I was going through some of his painting and thought they would be perfect for the nursery.

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I really love the personal touches and how everything came together.

 

 

xoxo,

Geralyn

 

 

 

 

Easter Egg Ornaments

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I have this “tree” I keep in my dining room.  I started decorating it for holidays last year.  I did Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day.  Then I got pregnant and I was exhausted so I pretty much stopped doing everything except sleeping and eating.  So now that my little boy is here, I am able to craft again while he naps. Yay!   These polymer clay Easter Egg ornaments were super easy to make and came out really cute.

Materials:

polymer clay

-egg shaped cookie cutters

stamps

-acrylic paint

-rolling pin

-string

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First, you roll out your clay using a rolling-pin just as you would cookie dough.  Use the cookie cutters to make your desired shapes.

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Once you’ve cut out all of your shapes, you can use the stamps to add some texture to the clay.  Next, bake the clay in the oven for 12-15 minutes at 250 degrees.  Once the clay has cooled you can begin painting.  I painted a base color on each egg and then went back after it was dry and added some other colorful designs to each egg.

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After the paint is totally dry, use the Mod Podge to seal it.  Then just tie the string and hang.

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Happy spring!

Geralyn

Painted Easter Egg Rocks

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I had collected a bunch of rocks from the beach a while ago for some craft that I never got around to doing. I found them in my craft room recently and thought they were perfect to make these painted Easter Eggs for the centerpiece on my dining room table.

Materials:

-rocks

-acrylic paint

-Mod Podge

1. Clean rocks with a damp paper towel to remove any dirt or sand.

2. Use acrylic paint to paint the rocks a pastel base color.  I put two coats of paint on mine.

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3. Next, I painted different designs on the rocks using different color acrylic paints.

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4. Once the paint is dry, coat with Mod Podge to seal the rocks.

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Peace, love, & craftiness,

Geralyn

 

 

Shamrock Ornaments

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I made a wreath for St. Patrick’s Day and had some left over wooden shamrocks from that project.  Since I have been decoration the little tree I have in my dining room for every holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day) I decided to use the shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day.

 

Materials:

-wooden shamrocks

-scrapbook paper

-acrylic paint

-string

-hot glue gun

-hot glue sticks

1. First, paint the wooden shamrocks using green acrylic paint.

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2. Trace the shamrocks on the scrapbook paper.

3. Once the paint is dry, use to Mod Podge to attach the paper to the wooden shamrocks.

4. I then used the paint to outline the shamrock.

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5. Next, use the hot glue gun to glue the string in a loop on the back of the shamrock for hanging.

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Simple project especially since I already had them done from the wreath.

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Luck & blessings,

Geralyn

St. Patrick’s Day Wreath

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I love the way this wreath turned out!

Materials:

-wooden shamrocks (3 different sizes)

craft ring

Mod Podge 

-scrapbook paper

-paint

-hot glue gun

-hot glue sticks

-ribbon

-staple gun

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1. First I painted the craft ring and the wooden shamrocks using different shades of green acrylic paint.

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2 . While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I traced the shamrocks on different pieces of green scrapbook paper.

3. After the paint was dry, I used the Mod Podge to put the scrapbook paper on the shamrocks.  I coated the wood and then after I placed the scrapbook paper on I put another coat on top of the scrapbook paper.  This will create a protective coat over the paper.

4. After the Mod Podge was dry, I outlined the shamrocks with green acrylic paint.

5. Next,  I used the hot glue gun to glue all the wooden shamrocks on the craft ring.

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6. I then used ribbon I found at my local craft store to make a loop for hanging.  I used my staple gun to attach it to the back of the craft ring.

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And that’s it! It’s a simple wreath that looks great on our garage door.

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Luck & Blessings,

Geralyn