This Old Colonial Home

Filling our house with love and a lot of DIY


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DIY Nursery Decor

In my last post (see it here) I showed you the finished nursery.Gender neutral nursery room decorNow I want to share with you some of the DIY decor I incorporated.

Let me start with these book shelves.Gray glider gender neutral nurseryAfter perusing Pinterest for some inspiration, I decided to buy two wooden crates, which you can pick up from any craft store.

Using leftover paint from previous projects, I painted the inside of each crate. One a mint green and one a dark blue.Painted inside of wooden crateAfter letting that dry, I then painted the outside white. This turned out to be a pretty tedious task. It took several coats to get the look I wanted. I also didn’t really tape anything off so I did have some bleeding, which I later touched up.White painted wooden crate DIYIf I were to do this again I would either prime it first or just buy the crate in white instead of natural wood to save time.

Since I stink at hanging things, my husband took the lead and used two anchor screws to attach each crate to the wall.

I then filled the now shelves with children’s books and toys. I love how this little nook turned out!Gray nursery reading nookDIY wood crate bookshelves for nursery Nursery glider and book shelf crates Next, I want to share this gallery wall. (I’m such a sucker for gallery walls!)Nursery dresser and gallery wallIt all started at my shower where we had guests write a wish for the baby on little paper circles.Baby wishes chalkboardLater on I laid out all the circles on a piece of 11×14 paper since I knew that was the frame size I wanted to use. But since that’s not a standard paper size I just cut down a piece of 11×17 paper. The idea was to make the circles look like balloons being held by an elephant, which I simply printed from Google Images.DIY elephant balloon artworkBaby wishes used for nursery decor Once I had the layout I wanted, I glued each circle to the paper and drew lines to look like strings.Glue circles to paper Nursery balloon decor DIYAfter I found the perfect frame, I used this piece as the center and picked up a few more frames to surround it. Do you know what I used to fill those frames? One is my shower invitation and the rest are simply cut up gift bags!Colorful nursery gallery wall DIY gallery wall for gender neutral nursery Gray nursery gallery wall DIYTalk about a simple, easy and affordable project! But also one that has so much meaning!

 


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Master Bedroom Reveal

I am so happy to report that our master bedroom is finally done!Master bedroom reveal It has taken more than a year to get this room all pieced together. Gasp! Certain things just tend to hold up the process: time, money, jobs, weekends away, a baby on the way … but that’s alright. This is what real life looks like (at least for us). Who are these people anyway who can knock out a room in a weekend?!

It all started in March of last year when Jamie painted our room Cliffside Gray by Benjamin Moore and I tackled my first stencil wall. (See all the details here.)Stencil wall project in progressThe furniture remained a hodgepodge of pieces that didn’t go together. I had bought a yellow nightstand at a garage sale for $5 that I loved. The original thought was to add another yellow nightstand on the other side of the bed, but as usual I eventually changed my mind. So the room remained in a state of mismatchedness. (Is that even a real word?!)Yellow distressed nightstand found at garage saleThe plan now is to put this pretty little piece in the nursery.

Over this past winter, the furniture started to come together a little bit better. We bought dressers from Ikea and started adding some decor.Round rustic mirror painted woodI then splurged on this accent chair from Marshalls. We had the space for it, and it was just too cute to pass up!Navy chair with silver nailhead trim We also added curtains with some industrial pipe rods (see it here). It’s amazing how curtains can make a room look so much more complete! Master bedroom curtainsAt this point I wasn’t feeling our headboard anymore. I just didn’t like the color of the wood with the new dressers. So onto Craigslist it went and the search began for a tufted one. After a few months, I found the perfect headboard on Wayfair for a crazy, awesome price! (This is not a sponsored post, but I’m telling you, you should sign up for those daily deal emails. They will literally pay off!)Tufted headboard from WayfairAnd after just a few days of ordering it, our headboard finally sold too. It was meant to be!

The ceiling fan in our room also got a nice little update. (You can read more about that here.)

So now we’re down to the final pieces of the puzzle: the nightstands.

My ever-so-handy husband built us two nightstands using these free plans from ana-white.com. Here are a few shots of his work in progress:DIY nightstand wood cuts DIY wood nightstand build progressDIY farmhouse nightstands with drawerI was then tasked with finding drawer pulls, lamps, and decor. Again, each item took a little bit of searching, but it finally all came together.DIY wood nightstand DIY wood nightstand stained ebonyMy favorite part is the artwork. Instead of buying some generic saying in the store (sorry, but I’m over the ‘Love you to the moon and back’ signs), I used Canva to create something that has more meaning to us as a couple. “When I’m with you feels like I’m home” is a lyric from the Duncan Sheik song ‘Home,’ which is the first song we danced to as husband and wife!

So as you can see, this room went through a lot of different phases. Here’s where we originally started when we first bought the house.Accent wall beforeAnd this is how it looks now!Gray blue master bedroom revealTufted headboard and bed with DIY nightstandsI truly love our master bedroom! I find it to be such a calming and relaxing space, and a true reflection of us. Is it time for bed yet?!


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Fan-tastic DIY

We have a few ceiling fans in our house and man are they ugly! They scream ’80s with their fake wood finish, brass fixtures and dated frosted glass light shades.

The one in the master bedroom bothers me the most since it literally stares me in the face every time I go to sleep.1980s ceiling fan Instead of spending a hundred plus dollars on a completely new fixture, we decided to give it the ole DIY try.

We started by disassembling all of the fan’s pieces. (Don’t forget to cut the power!) Each piece then got a good cleaning. Talk about dusty! Gross.

Now it was time to spray paint. We decided to do the whole thing white using Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch.Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch spray paintJamie laid out all of the pieces on a drop cloth in the garage, including the screws, and gave them two coats of paint.Fan pieces ready for spray paintMeanwhile, I went in search of some new glass light shades to replace the old ones. I came across these at Lowe’s. They’re definitely a nice upgrade and a decent price!Replacement glass light shadeWe let the fan pieces dry overnight and by the next day they were ready to be hung back up.

Here’s what it looks like all put back together. What an improvement, right?! Such a quick DIY and it cost less than $20. Can’t beat that!DIY painted ceiling fan Fan with new glass light shadesPainted ceiling fan in master bedroom


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Bucket List

I don’t know about you, but I love a good galvanized bucket. Whether it’s new or old, rustic or freshly painted — they can serve so many purposes. You may recall that I blogged about a rusty bucket that I turned into a planter last Fall.Metal planter and pumpkinBefore I really knew what I wanted to do with it, I had turned to Hometalk for opinions. So many great ideas were tossed around — like filling it up with rolled towels for the bathroom, or holding wood by the fireplace, or even serving as an umbrella stand. So when Hometalk recently approached me about curating a board on upcycled buckets, I knew I couldn’t say no. I mean look at all the possibilities!Easy_bucket_upcyclesThere’s everything from a centerpiece, to lamps, to an Advent calendar, to even a bathroom sink!

Turning them into planters tends to be the most common. But I love how Jeanette from Snazzy Little Things took it one step further and used small buckets filled with succulents as wedding favors. What a great idea!DIY wedding favor using small bucket and succulentsMarie, who can often be found at Flea Market Gardening, took gardening with buckets to a whole new level. She crafted this tipsy solar fountain! How cool is that?!DIY tipsy fountain using bucketsBuckets are also a fun way to keep things organized. Melody over at My Passion for Decor cleverly created a caddy for kids’ crafts. (Say that 3 times fast!)DIY craft caddy using small buckets If I was forced to choose a favorite (which is really hard), I think it might just have to be this creation from Laura at Finding Home. Who would even think to create a Christmas “tree” using different sized buckets?! I love that!DIY rustic bucket Christmas tree For more inspiration and to see the rest of these fantastic ideas, head over to my Hometalk board.

What have you created using buckets?


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Mason Jar Possibilities

Mason jars. We all love them. Some of us might still use them for canning, but many of us have been coming up with creative ways to use them for organization, gifts or decor. For instance, I recently blogged about our DIY Mason Jar Sconce. Hometalk reached out telling me how much they loved it and asked me to curate a board on mason jar projects. I happily obliged!thisoldcolonialhome1409-mason-jar-ideasVases, lighting, and candles tend to be the most popular, but I love how everyone puts their own little spin on it using paint, ribbon, jute rope, etc. I also love the ideas of using just the lids! Traci from Beneath My Heart came up with a fun and easy way to make coasters out of them. And Erin at DIY on the Cheap shows off a cute way to make ornaments.

What I love most is there are options for all 4 seasons! Here are some of my favorites:

1. Fall

Kelly from Live Laugh Rowe simply placed a votive candle in the center of the jar and added vase filler — like popcorn kernels and acorns. These are items you may already have around the house or the backyard! So easy and inexpensive!DIY Fall Decor with Hanging Mason Jars2. Winter

Diana at Anyone Can Decorate made “snow globes” out of her mason jars. She glued bottle brush Christmas trees to the underside of the lids and then filled the jar with fake snow and glitter and turned the jar upside down. I love how she also attached some jars to candle sticks to vary the height. How festive!mason-jar-snow-globes-anyone-can-decorate3. Spring

Tiffany from Offbeat and Inspired came up with this centerpiece that’s perfect for spring! It’s so bright and colorful while also rustic and industrial. She used 6 mason jars along with pipe clips, nuts, bolts, and mending braces to create a snake-like vase display that can be bent any way you like. How unique!mason-jar-vase-centerpiece-offbeat-and-inspired4. Summer

Dee over at Meatloaf and Melodrama guest posted on PinkWhen her bright, fresh, and fruity mason jar utensil holder. All it took was a little spray paint and ribbon. And she simply used a black sharpie for the watermelon seeds. So cute and perfect for a backyard barbeque!summer-mason-jars-pink-when As you can see, the door of possibilities isn’t just ajar (see what I did there?!) … it’s wide open! Head over to my Hometalk board to see the rest of these fantastic ideas.

What mason jar projects have you made?

 

 


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Bathroom Improvements

Our downstairs bathroom is finally getting a little attention. This is what it has looked like for the past year.plain white bathroom No personality and all white. Pretty boring, right? Well not anymore! Jamie breathed some life into it by painting the room Cliffside Gray by Benjamin Moore. bathroom painted Cliffside Gray by Benjamin MooreIt’s actually the same color we have in our master bedroom. Don’t you love how something as simple as paint can improve a room?!

But the biggest improvement has to be the new cabinet doors he made!

Above the toilet we have a built-in cabinet.sliding bathroom cabinet doors cabinet above toilet with paper holderIt’s great for storage, but looks kinda blah. Plus, the doors slide open and it’s hard to get anything out that’s in the middle of the shelf. Also, notice where the toilet paper holder is. Not very convenient. Any new guest in our home would always comment they had the hardest time finding it! Haha! Don’t worry, Jamie fixed that too.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would’ve seen that we picked up some supplies a few weeks ago.cart with wood suppliesThis project is what we were up to. We picked up some 1×2 pine boards as well as some beadboard. Jamie decided to take the existing doors, make them hinged, and reface the fronts.

He started by removing the doors from their track and removing the handles. He then used the backs of the doors to be the new front. He cut the 1×2 boards and glued and screwed them on to get this pattern.Refacing cabinet doors in progressJamie also spackled the seams. He then decided to cut the beadboard to fit inside each individual triangle, making sure to keep the pattern lined up. He attached them using glue. You could put the beadboard down first, but to make it flush, you would have to use a tongue and groove type process.

Once all of the pieces were in place, Jamie primed it and then gave it a few coats of white paint. He then added the hinges — 3 on each side.

Hanging them ended up proving to be more difficult than we thought. It was definitely a 2-person job between holding the doors up, lining it up properly, and screwing everything into place. It took some trial and error, but we eventually got it.

I think they turned out great, don’t you?! It’s hard to believe these are the same doors!Redone bathroom cabinet doorsBeadboard and x-patterned doors And here’s the highly anticipated new locale for the toilet paper holder. Much more logical!Relocated toilet paper holderWe also added these cool towel hooks that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.Towel hooks from Hobby Lobby Of course there’s more we want to do in here eventually — like replace the vanity, mirror, and lighting.  But for now, this is a pretty good start!

 

 

 

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Entryway Decor Part 3: DIY Painted Lamp Shade

With the shelf and mirror in place, the last order of business was finding a few items to put on the shelf.

Our entryway gets pretty dark and instead of having to always use the bright, overhead light — a table lamp would be perfect. The only problem was finding one narrow enough.

I checked a few stores to no avail before deciding this lamp in our guest bedroom was the perfect size.narrow table lampBut the white shade needed a little something. I decided I’d try painting it. Why not?!

I wanted to do horizontal lines, but because of its shape, it was easier to line up the painter’s tape vertically. For this pattern I used a strip of tape in the middle and then cut a strip in half length wise for 2 skinnier strips on the sides.using painter's tape to make stripes I used latex paint that we already had on hand. The first coat I used a foam roller, but it didn’t go on very evenly.painting a lamp shade I did a second coat and touch-ups with a foam brush. That seemed to work better. I also ended up painting the white stripes (no, not the band haha!) with paint leftover from the mirror project. This helped give it a cleaner, more even look. Definitely make sure to check the shade with the light on when you think you’re done. It can look completely different and you can see spots where you may have missed. When doing touch-ups, I actually painted it with the light on. Sounds funny, but it worked!painted stripes on lamp shade I then added a few more small items to the shelf that I found at Marshalls. Now with all three projects complete, as well as the mason jar sconce, the entryway feels more welcoming and inviting. shelf scaping easy center hall colonial homeHow do you like to make your home feel welcoming upon entering the front door?

 

 

 

 

 


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Entryway Decor Part 2: Distressed Mirror

In Part 1, I showed you our distressed shelf. Now for the mirror.

Remember the one I got at an estate sale for 20 bucks? (See it here.) That’s the same mirror I used for this project. Originally it had peeling green paint with pink showing through.wood framed mirror with peeling paintI decided to redo it with a white distressed look. I had never done that before. So I started searching online and I found several ways to do it. I used part of one method and then sort of winged it.

I started by sanding the frame. Be sure to cover the mirror so it doesn’t get scratched. (I learned that the hard way. Oops. I really should’ve known better. Luckily it was a small scratch.) The flat part of the frame I was able to easily sand with an electric sander, but the angled edges I had to do by hand. It got pretty tedious so I did it just enough to get the flaky paint off.sanding a wood frame mirrorI then primed the frame using a foam brush. After that, I painted it brown with latex paint I had from a previous project. It took a few coats to get it dark enough. Then, I simply went over the brown paint with white paint using a bristle brush and light strokes — the idea being to let the brown show through a little.distressing a wood frame mirror diyAfter it dried, I sanded parts of the edging and corners by hand to help give it a more distressed look. This might not be the perfect method to distress something, but in the end it achieved the look I was going for.DSC_0486-002Distressed shelf and mirror in entrywayThe only thing I bought for this project (aside from the mirror) was a quart of white paint for around $8. Everything else I already had on hand. I always try to use leftover materials when I can to cut down on cost.

As you’ll see coming up in Part 3, I do just that to make over a plain lamp shade.

 

 

 

 

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Entryway Decor Part 1: Easy DIY Shelf

We’ve been churning out several projects faster than I can post about them!

Take for instance the latest addition to our entryway. This alone contains 3 DIY projects!!shabby-chic-shelf-and-mirrorLet me start with the shelf.

First of all, the walkway by our stairs is somewhat narrow, and having a radiator there doesn’t help much. It used to have a cover over it, but we removed it to make a little more room.Narrow foyer with staircase and radiatorThat worked, but we still needed somewhere to drop our keys, sunglasses, etc. A table didn’t seem logical so we decided to build a shelf instead. We wanted a somewhat rustic look using wood and metal.

Reclaimed wood and old iron brackets would be ideal for something like this. But we didn’t want to have to search high and low for materials, so we headed off to Lowe’s. We picked up a 6 foot piece of 1×4 pine and 2 metal brackets for around $20.

Jamie cut the board in half and screwed them together using pocket holes that he made with a Kreg jig. We now had a shelf that was 36″ long by 7″ deep. The top of it was a little too smooth for my liking … so I beat it up! I put a bunch of screws in an old sock and banged it against the wood. I also made random markings using both a hammer and a screw driver. (This is a good opportunity to release some stress!) Once it no longer looked new, I brushed two coats of Minwax Bombay Mahogany stain on it.Make markings on wood for aged lookAfter it dried, I went over the edges and corners with sand paper to make it look a little more worn. You can do this as much or as little as you want.Sand edges of wood to look agedJamie then attached the brackets to the wood and hung it on the wall. Such an easy and affordable DIY project!Wood shelf attached to wall with bracketsComing up in Part 2, I’ll show you how I distressed a wood-framed mirror.

 


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Blogger Block Party

On Monday I went to my very first blogger-related party! HGTV Magazine hosted a Blogger Block Party in New York City.blogger block party diy hgtvThe details leading up to the event were pretty vague and I didn’t know what to expect. Needless to say I was nervous about going by myself, especially since I’m still a newbie at this whole blogging thing. But one of my good friends encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone. She said the only way people will get to know me is if I go and meet them. Thanks for the advice, Steph!

So I put on my big girl pants and decided to go. Manhattan is just a 45 minute NJ Transit bus ride away, so there really was no reason not to go!blogger block party welcome sign I felt welcome right away! There was free swag right upon entering the door, which is always okay in my book. Plus, everyone I spoke with was nice and friendly. It was a great opportunity to meet fellow bloggers and even non-bloggers who just love DIY. I even got to briefly meet Sara Peterson, the Editor in Chief of HGTV Magazine.Posing with Sara Peterson editor of HGTV magazineThe day consisted of making connections, as well as crafting, and easy DIY demonstrations. The kitchen art was probably my favorite. I kinda really want to try these painted wooden spoons!colorful painted wooden spoonsThe highlight of the day, of course, was when Scott McGillivray – host of HGTV’s “Income Property” – arrived for his demonstration. His presentation was definitely the most interesting and informative. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s easy on the eyes! (Sorry, honey!)contractor confessions blogger block partyI even got up the nerve to ask him a question during the Q&A portion. Hopefully my nervousness wasn’t too noticeable. I asked him what his thoughts were on ripping out a closet and replacing it with a bench and hooks, which is something Jamie and I plan on doing in our entryway. He answered that taking away storage isn’t a great idea, but as long as you replace it with another form of storage it should be fine. Thanks, Scott!

We were then able to get our picture taken with him! When it was my turn, I simply thanked him and said it was nice meeting him. I tried to act nonchalant on the outside, but inside I was super giddy!Posing with HGTV star Scott McGillivrayI stayed a little bit for the cocktail hour that followed, chatted with a few more people and then decided after nearly 8 hours I would head home.

I definitely enjoyed myself and I’m glad that I went. I learned a lot from more experienced bloggers and left with my head spinning and full of ideas.

While I am just a little guppy in this massive sea of home décor/DIY blogs, this doormat at the party is my new inspiration and motivation!blogging motivation We all have to start somewhere — so keep calm and blog on!