Fix It Up Friday No.3

Hey you guys! I’m back with another Fix It Up Friday and I’m so excited to share this one with you! This week’s design is probably my favorite, I’ve even named it; I’m calling it ‘Lush Lake House.’ So cute, right? So let’s get down to it! Whilst scanning the good ole Craigslist I came across these really fabulous vintage chrome and faux leather director’s chairs.

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Large Alphabet Art & Free Printables!

Hey friends! Thanks for joining me today, I have a little something special for you! I created some printable letter posters that are available for download here. I was inspired to create these when I was on the hunt for high impact, yet minimalist art for Grayson’s and Sloane’s room. If you’ve been around the blog for a while you probably have heard me talk about them sharing a room. It’s seriously the sweetest thing y’all! Grayson was adamant that he and Sloane share a room when we moved into this house which of course was no problem with us and they have loved every minute of it and we love hearing their little giggles from their room when they are going to sleep at night. 

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The Lowdown On Our Clawfoot Tub

Hey y’all something I get questions about all the time is the vintage clawfoot tub that we put into our 207 house! The bathroom had a really hideous, hodge podge, slapped together Jacuzzi tub (which totally freaks me out btw. Just google the infections people have gotten from their own jetted tubs. YUCK!!)

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Remodeling A Historical Home Vs. Remodeling In A New Build

Hey all! Never in my wildest dreams did I ever believe that I would live in a brand spanking new house. Why you ask? Because I did not want to. Don’t get me wrong, knowing that mine, Alex’s and our two little humans are the only bodies that have lived in this house and the only feet that have walked on our carpet is rather comforting, but I quite frequently feel disappointed in the lack of character and design direction that this house provides.

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Tradewinds Laundry Room Inspiration

Hey y’all! I’ve been hard at work making plans, laying out ideas and determining which house projects to start on first. Because we had a little washing machine snafu a few months ago I ended up ripping up linoleum and tiling our laundry room first off. I decided since the hardest part was over I should go ahead and makeover the laundry room before embarking on any other large home projects.

One of the biggest changes (besides the floor which is already finished) is the building of a folding table over/around the washer a dryer to create a really cool built in tailored look and give me a perfect spot to stack the folded laundry room. I wish so much that we could add a sink- there is definitely room to add a small sink to the folding table area but the location of the washer and dryer hook ups makes it almost impossible to install a sink to the area unless we were to have the hookups moved, which isn’t in the budget for this particular project.

I want this room to flow well with the rest of our home which means my ideal color pallet is navy, white, black, gold and a lighter wood tone. Below is one of my favorite inspiration photos for this project.

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Tradewinds Living Room Inspiration

Hey y’all! I’m so excited to share my plans for our living room, with you guys! We are really loving our new home and we cannot be happier with the vaulted ceilings in our open living space but it does pose some decor challenges. Sometimes a large open space can feel empty rather than spacious and this is the biggest obstacle that we will be tackling in our living room, breakfast nook & kitchen area. 

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Spring Carrot Door Hanger

Spring is upon us! I’m so excited for the sunshine, warm weather, flowers and all the happiness that spring brings with it. I’m also excited for Easter and spring time decorating and I’ve decided to get a little jump on my Easter decor by adding a spring carrot door hanger (our very first door hanger at our new house!) to the front of our new home! It was super easy to make and I know you’ll want to know how I whipped it up, so scroll down and I’ll give you all the details!

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Breakfast Nook Sneak Peek & Chalk Board Art Tutorial

Hey everyone! We’ve been working like busy little bees unpacking all of our boxes, putting things away and making this new house our home. As a creative person sometimes the mess of unpacking and long days where I don’t get to do anything creative drives me nuts and I need just a little break in the monotony. I decided that a quick little project would give me a good aside from all the organizing and would help us feel a little more settled in at the same time.

Inspired by one of my favorite songs I created these adorable side by side faux chalkboard panels. I say faux chalkboard because I fixed mine so that the chalk cannot be erased. 

The large panels take up just the right amount of space on the wall in our breakfast nook, I love the way they turned out. These panels were super easy to create even though I have horrible handwriting! I promise you could make your own too! Check out the tutorial below…

To make your own panels you will need..

-1-2 picture frames with chipboard or mdf backings. (I bought mine at Michael’s during a bogo sale)

-Chalk paint in black.

-Paint brush

-Chalk

-Stencils

I’m going to be using a smaller frame as an example for the purposes of this tutorial.

First you’ll want to discard the glass or plastic that came with your frame and paint the entire front of the chipboard backing with the black chalk paint.

Next you’ll need to let the backing dry completely. The rub the side of the chalk over the surface of the “chalkboard” backing.

Next you will need to use a wet towel to  erase the chalk. This will give your chalkboard a “lived in” look.

Then comes the fun a easy part! I wanted a more industrial look for my panels so I chose a black lettering style of stencils ( these are cardstock stencils from Hobby Lobby and are litterally the cheapest stencils ever). Place your stencils where you want your lettering, washi tape can help you hold the stencils in place without damaging your chalkboard.

To draw your letters you’ll want to draw around the edge of the stencil.

Then, scribble chalk in the center and draw heavier on one side of the letter, that will add a little bit of depth to your lettering.

After you finish your lettering you will want to fix the chalk so that your pretty chalkboard art will stay nice and crisp.

There are two ways to fix the chalk art, you can use a fixative spray found at art supply stores- it’s used to fix chalk pastels etc. Or you can use hairspray which will do the exact same thing.  Just hold your hairspray about 12-18 inches away from your panels and give them a nice light spray. and voila! You did it, you made your very own chalkboard art.

Thank you for checking in on my latest project, we have a ton of projects underway. Join us on this little journey as we make our house a home!

xoxo Holly