Category Archives: Bedroom

Bedroom Pallet Wall

I have waited for months before I was able to write this post.  I can finally say…

IT-IS-FINISHED!!!

The pallet wall in the master bedroom is complete and the room is virtually finished!  A few projects are still straggling about (paint the cedar chest and make bookshelves for the wall) but for the most part, the harder projects are done.

Here is how it all began — this was my inspiration wall:

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So to start, we sourced out pallet boards for wood.  I found a guy in town that has them already taken apart and sells them for a quarter a piece.  So for under $40, we got all we needed.  By finding this stash, it saved us a TON of time trying to cut apart pallets.  However the wood was wet, as it was stored outside in our Wisconsin winters.  So the process of drying them out began.

Once they were good and dry, we sanded the boards lightly.  Actually, my handy hubby sanded the boards.  When that sanding process was finished, we tested the stain that we had on hand on a few boards.  It was a great way to use up existing stain.  The colors we chose were Natural, Early American, Dark Oak, and Golden Pecan.

Since we had 4 stains, we divided the boards into fourths to be sure we ended up with a nice variation of color.  I do not recommend picking an even number of stains.  In hind-sight I wish we would have chosen 3 colors so the boards didn’t end up so linear on the wall.  But it still looks nice.

It was so beautiful to see the grain come through on these boards.  Read about that HERE in a past post.  I had such a preconceived notion that staining was hard and tiresome, but after this process, I am in love with staining!

The next step was to lay boards out to see how the coloring was going to look once it was on the wall.  We figured out measurements and started laying out the boards.

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The wall is ready to go up!  My husband got our bed out of the way, found the studs, and worked from top to bottom.  Our walls and ceiling were not perfectly straight, so it was very important to make sure that first row was level.

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(Even our tiny dancer needed to get in on helping Daddy!)

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And…….Drum Roll Please……..

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We love the finished product!  I feels warm and cozy, full of life and character!  I love the variation of colors and the way it just adds some depth to the bedroom!

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!  The good news is that we have a bunch of stained boards left that maybe, just maybe I can convince my hubby to do a small pallet wall in our downstairs bathroom?!

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Finding Beauty Within

Our household has been all-a-flutter with activity recently.   We have a bunch of projects going right now that will all be turned into blog posts, but some projects are taking a bit longer than anticipated!

This week will bring changes to our Living Room.  New furniture arriving on Friday will add a different feel to the room, and some added comfort!  I am in the process of working on lighting, a gallery wall, and scrabble tiles for a different wall – all of which are taking more time than originally thought!  More on this will follow as progress is made!

In our bedroom, we have been planning a pallet wall for months!  I found a guy locally who dismantles pallets and sells the boards for $0.25/each.  So that saved us a ton of time!  However, the wood was really wet so we had to dry it out good before we could even think of staining it.  And since the WI weather doesn’t really get warm in March/April, there has been a big delay getting on with the project.  Finally, the boards are dry and ready to accept stain!

It was hard to figure out what color stains to go with.  I wanted to have a variation on the wall of colors, but still keep that rustic look.  In the end, I went with a natural, golden pecan, dark oak, and early american stain.  I think they will all compliment each other once on the wall.  Here was our wall inspiration photo:

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Once the wall is up in our room, I will post a picture of that.  But for now, you will have to hang in suspense!

Now that the boards are dry, I could go ahead with staining them.  Staining is not my thing….but for some reason, I just really enjoyed my time applying the stain (the sunshine sure helped!).  It really got me thinking about the beauty that was hidden in these old boards that will grace my walls very soon.  It was amazing to me how just a simple brushstroke could change the look of the boards drastically.

It was like a direct comparison to my time on this Earth, and how God has transformed my heart and my mind.  His goodness and grace is all around us.  Sometimes we let ourselves be “brushed” by His might; other times we turn it away and deny Him.  Those “brushstrokes” could be a friend’s word, invite, song, thought, prayer, nudging you to enter into a relationship with the Lord.  I know for me, God worked a long time to get into my heart.  I could always sense Him around me, but never did I truly understand His calling for me.  Until one Friday night in 2000 at a concert when I finally opened the door to my heart and let Him in.  It was like that unfinished wood that is now beautiful and free to show its “grain”.  It was my Maker’s brushstroke that set me free.

So yes, it is another project that is happening in my home.  But for me, staining those boards reminded me of how beautiful my Lord has made my life.  How blessed I am to know Him and be loved by Him.

Friends, keep on with those projects — and look for the beauty in each one!

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Organizing my GIRLS! (yes, all 3 of them!)

I have 3 beautiful girls, ages 5, 7, and 9.  They mean the world to me and I am so thankful for them!  But organizing their clothing can be a bit daunting (ok, I am being nice — it is OVERWHELMING!!!).  With my boy it is simple – long and short sleeve shirts & shorts and pants.  No vests.  No capris.  No skirts.  No scarves.  No tights.  No headbands.  No dresses.  Just “take me as I am” for the boys.  Girls?  Well we just need different layers to our fashion, right ladies?

We live in a 3 bedroom house.  My husband and I have a bedroom.  My son gets his own bedroom.  And the girls all share a room.  They did get the bigger of the kids rooms, but still with three, it can be tight.

There is not enough room for each of them to have their own dresser, and I am very frustrated with dressers anyways.  The drawers are too shallow and don’t hold clothes well.  For small things the dressers worked well, but now that clothes are starting to get bigger, nothing fits right in them.

This is BEFORE.  My two older girls shared this dresser – top drawer was for community purposes.  Then they each got two drawers.  As you can tell, the dresser was on its last leg.  The bottom two drawers had completely busted.  And where to go with the littlest one’s clothing?  Hers was in a hanging canvas organizer which NEVER stayed clean.  At 5 years old she was always “changing her mind” about what clothes to wear, and needless to say by looking at the picture, is not the neatest person in our family.  {Lord please help me when she’s 15.}

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So I was going to go with the IKEA shelving which had 4 openings.  I really thought the girls could use 5 openings, and we had the height in the room for it, so my Handy Hubby decided to build one for us!!  I am so thrilled about how it turned out!    These are three separate units, so as the girls grow up and move out, they can take their shelves with them (if they want to!).  For now, they are secured together on the back by a support board, but that can be removed when needed.  These puppies don’t move…….they’re built to LAST!

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So now each girl gets her own section of 5 (top to bottom).  We decided on the bottom to put in a canvas cube (different color for each girl) that holds their socks, undies, and tights – nice and easy to get to.   The next shelf up holds pants.

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The remaining shelves hold shorts & capris (3rd row from bottom) and skirts & slippers (4th row from the bottom).  The top shelf is harder for them to reach, so we decided to put off season jammies in there, or “future” clothes that they need time to grow into yet.  To top off the shelving  — personalized piggy banks that they all received when they were born!

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Everything else hangs in their closets, which is another post in itself!  I’m so interested in seeing what you do at your house!

How do you keep your kids clothing organized??  Comment below and post pics if you can!

Jewelry Storage

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{Before I start this post, I want to give a plug to SelaDesigns – I personally know the owner of this Etsy shop and she is fabulous, people.  Visit her shop to find the pieces you see above and many, many more unique pieces of jewelry! Click here to go right to her shop! You can thank me later 🙂 }

Organizing your home is such an addicting process!  My master bedroom is going to be on the chopping block next, seeing as our bathroom is now done (if you missed those posts, check them out here, here, and here).  When you get one space finished, you just want to keep going until you have everything just the way you like it!

Remember remodeling does not need to be expensive!  A gallon of paint goes a long way!  Find pieces that you could repurpose — a frame, vase, shelf, end table, etc. from other rooms and repaint them, texture them, or cover them with new fabric.  It is a chance to give new life to pieces you already own!

I started selling a bunch of my decorative items from my bedroom a few months ago on our local Buy & Sell site (check Facebook groups for groups in your area).  Now I can use that money to repurpose other items for my room.

One area that for sure needs help is my jewelry.  Now, I don’t have expensive jewelry — but what I do have I want to be able to SEE!  This is how it looks now:

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I have a nice jewelry box.  But the size and function of it doesn’t suit my space.  I would say two drawers are used for the correct purpose, the other 6 are just stuffed with hodge podge. I have several compartments for earrings, but in each compartment I have 3-5 pairs of earrings.  Because it is hard to see, I end up leaving my most loved jewelry on top of my jewelry box and not in their designated spots.

      

The necklaces are kept in the side door, but I can’t even open it all the way because the door is too close to my headboard.  This also makes for poor lighting to see what I have in there!

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I also have a floor mirror.  It would be nice to marry the jewelry box and mirror together – you know, two for the price of one?!  It would save floor space in our bedroom if we could combine these two necessary pieces.  So……off I went to look for the perfect piece.

 

 

Here are some options I found.  Now, I have not purchased any of these, but I’m hoping to save up for one of them.  Which one is your favorite?

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More jewelry posts coming – so stay tuned for ways to organize your earrings, necklaces, bracelets, scarves and more!