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Inspiration for Hudson’s Room

11 Feb

I knew before I was even pregnant what type of nursery I wanted. As soon as I found out it was a boy, it was time to officially start planning (okay, I MAY have bought a few items for a boy’s room just in case…. it was a great deal at Home Goods and we all know if you see something you want there, you just have to get it).

Here is a mood board I created way back when (before I was pregnant, I told you I knew).

Here are some inspirations for Hudson’s “Tiny Traveler” Room.

We are working on his room now and can’t wait to show you the finished product!

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Discount for World Map Decal!!

6 Jan

One of my favorite things in Kyler’s playroom is her big world map decal. I know there are a few map options on Etsy, however, I truly think I found the best shop that carries it 🙂

Lucie from Lulukuku is offering 10% off for ThisGreyHouse readers!!

Just use the code: THANKS10

World Map Decal

They are great at customizing decals and their color section is great so I am sure you can make something work! Thanks Lucie!

Top 10!

4 Jan

A year ago, Apartment Therapy posted Kyler’s playroom on their site. I am proud to say that as of today, there have been 15,000 pins from that post alone! I also excited that they picked our playroom to be apart of their favorite playrooms for 2013!! Thank you Apartment Therapy!

You can read all of the playroom details  here:

A Playroom for Kyler

Our Bright and Fun Playroom: The Details

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Our New Pool: Start to Finish!

18 Nov

When we were looking for our new house, we knew we wanted it to have a pool. When we searched the market, turned out many houses with our must haves did not have a pool… Bummer. We then looked for houses with a big enough backyard to be able to put in our own pool. Our house had just that. It’s not by any means a BIG backyard but it’s not teeny tiny like some in Orlando. We still have enough grass space for the doggies and Kyler to play.

Here is the pool building process in photos step by step:

Pool in the design stage:

pool

Last day of having a grassy backyard:

Sod is cut & frame for the pool is done:

Time to dig a pool!

Steel is next!

Gunite! Actually looks like a pool.

Plumbing… yikes!

We have tile!!

Let’s add some pavers….

and the baby fence!

Almost done…. shooting the finish, Grey Harbor Mini Pebble.

Last step… add the water!

That’s our new pool!!

Next is Phase 2: Pergola and summer kitchen. Here is a sneak peak!

Stay tuned!!

How to Install Beadboard & Wainscoting

3 Jun

Installing beadboard or wainscoting is an inexpensive and quick way to dress up a room! Beadboard/wainscoting is fairly cheap, however, if you are doing a large room then I can see how it can become costly. We have done both in our new house and we are happy with the results:

Shaker Style Wainscoting:

Beadboard:

They both install pretty much the same. The tools we used were:

  • Table Saw (or you can use a circular saw)
  • Jig Saw (for small cuts)
  • Miter Saw (for trim)
  • Crow Bar
  • Level
  • Nail Gun
  • Tape Measure
  • Caulk gun
  • Painting supplies

Beadboard:

Building Materials for this project:

  • Beadboard panels
  • Trim
  • Paintable caulk
  • Paint

Step-by-steps:

  1. Our baseboard has a bit of a ledge on it therefore we did not have to remove it. If your baseboard curves to the wall, then you will need to remove your baseboard first before installing the panels.
  2. Determine how high you want your beadboard to go on your wall.
  3. Once you know how high you want the beadboard to go, measure your first panel and determine your cuts! This is by far the most tricky part. Make sure you consider electrical outlets, cuts around vanities, windows, etc. We went back and forth with the table saw and jig saw for this.
  4. Once cut, place on the wall and ensure everything fits. Make sure you locate your studs. If everything looks good, put some glue on the back of it and place on the wall. Take your nail gun (if you have one) and nail a few nails into the studs. We choose to glue and nail to make sure it was flush against the wall. If you were to nail only, there is a bigger change of your panels bowing out especially if your wall isn’t completely straight.
  5. After you have installed all of your beadboard, the next step is the trim. We used the miter saw to make all of our cuts. We picked a molding that had a cap on it and I highly recommend that. Once everything is measured, leveled and in place, glue and nail those to the wall as well.
  6. Once everything is installed, take your caulk and seal up all of the joints. This is the messy part. Be patient with this step as this is key to making sure everything looks polished.
  7. Take wood filler (you could also use caulk, however, we did and I wish we hadn’t) and fill in all of your nail holes. Let that dry and sand down before painting.
  8. Last step…. paint it! You can paint it whatever color you like. We picked a crisp white in a semi-gloss since it’s in the bathroom.

Shaker Style Wainscoting:

Building Materials used for this project:

  • Plywood
  • 1×6’s
  • 1×4’s
  • Trim
  • Paintable caulk
  • Paint

Step-by-steps:

  1. Start by taking your baseboard off with a crow bar. You will be using a 1×6 in place of this.
  2. Measure everything out before you cut. You need to determine how much space you want between your stiles. You want to make sure you have the same amount of space in each box throughout the room. This is where your math skills will come in handy. Laying all of your boards out on the floor will give you a good visual.
  3. Once you know where you want everything, time to cut your plywood. If you have smooth walls, you can really skip this step. We have textured walls so it would have looked funny. Score if you have smooth walls!!!
  4. Glue and nail the plywood panels onto the wall. Tip: Make your seams where you are going to place a 1×4 over it to hide the seam!
  5. Once all of your panels are up, cut and install your 1×6 baseboard around the room. Make sure it’s level and glue and nail into place.
  6. Cut and install your 1×6 top rail next. Again, make sure it is level!
  7. Cut all of your vertical stiles and then glue and nail in place.
  8. After you basic shaker boxes are up, measure and cut all of your trim/chair rail then install!
  9. After everything is up, caulk all of your joints and fill in all of your nail holes.
  10. Once dried and sanded (nail holes that is), time to paint! Make sure to use a primer first so you don’t have to keep putting a lot of coats on.

What a difference right? You can really change the style or feel of a room with some molding. There are so many different styles of wainscoting out there and some are easier than others. I will say this…. if you aren’t the handiest person or don’t have some one that is handy nearby, this project may be a little difficult for you. The cuts are by far the most challenging aspect so you need to be comfortable with a saw and your measuring skills.

Good luck and happy wainscoting!!!

Our Classy Coastal Master Bath

30 May

When we moved in over a year and half ago, we were just focusing on getting every wall painted (yes, every wall of the 3600 sq ft that is our house…. painted), nursery done, kitchen done, and great room… done. We weren’t focused too much on our bathroom; we just picked a paint color, hung up some new lights, bought some new rugs and towels and called it a day. I was never really a huge fan of our bathroom because it just seemed so… blah. It’s quite large but I never really felt like it was a “master bath”.

This is what the bathroom looked like when we moved in.

This is what it looked like after adding some paint and new lights.

Always looking for a DIY project because 1) it’s more fun when you put your own sweat into it (Chris’ sweat in this case) and 2a) we are on a serious budget and 2b) it’s just so much cheaper to do it yourself.

That being said, here are This Grey House’s 6 quick ways to update your bathroom!

1. Hardware:

This is the easiest thing you can do! Add some cabinet hardware and bathroom hardware (towel bars, etc) or replace existing hardware to give your bathroom a nice updated look.

2. Framed Mirrors:

Framing in your mirrors makes a world of difference! It’s a cheap way to dress up your mirror without having to replace the whole thing!

3. Beadboard:

Who doesn’t love beadboard? Wall molding/wainscoting just adds so much more of a luxurious feel and it really doesn’t cost much to do.

4. Light Fixtures:

We had those awful basic bulb light fixtures that builders love to put in every home. They do nothing for your bathroom. You can find some really nice fixtures for a good bargain at Lowes or Home Depot.

5. Painted Cabinets:

I am not a huge fan of the existing cabinet color that is in my house so I wasn’t hesitant at all to paint them. Also, adding hardware (or replacing old hardware) is a really quick and simple way to make a difference!

6. Decor:

Last but not least, add some decor! It ties everything together and is the funnest part 🙂

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Using these 6 ways, I started realize I started decorating our bathroom as soon as we moved in. We picked out new light fixtures, paint, and hardware immediately. I also bought some new towels and rugs but didn’t really have a vision in mind. About 6 months later, we framed in our bathroom mirrors. This helped immensely!! I highly recommend doing this if you have a big, boring mirror. We saved the harder projects like beadboard and painting the cabinets until now.

I hit the bargain stores for some decor items and really wasn’t sure what I was looking for. Going somewhat coastal seemed like a natural fit since we have blue walls and now white beadboard and the stuff is everywhere in the stores right now.

After spending Memorial Day Weekend and then some working on this project, we are so happy to say we are DONE!

As I said, we decorated our bathroom in stages to make it easier on ourselves (and our wallet).

Here is a rough idea on how much we spent on each project:

Beadboard: $100

Framed Mirrors: $50 for both mirrors

Cabinets (Hardware and Paint): $120

Bathroom Hardware: $60

Light Fixtures: $160

Paint (blue for walls and white for trim): $60

Towels, Rugs, and Decor: $100

That gives us a total of $650. Seems pretty steep when I write it all out but again, we took our time! We have been in this house for almost 2 years so it’s been spread out 🙂

We are so happy on how everything turned out!!


I hope you can find some inspiration to update your bathroom!

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

5 May

As usual, we jam packed this week with lots of plans, activities, etc. I swear I need to stop doing that so we can just stop and relax but as I am typing this… I am laughing because how do you do that with a busy busy 15 month old?!?! Which reminds me I have not done her 15 month post so I need to get on that before 16 months comes up on me (seriously time, slow down).

I am trying to introduce coloring to Kyler but she isn’t having it…. at school she colors and I get her Pablo Picaso  doodles sent home all the time…. but at home, nope… she would rather try and eat the crayons (of course giving me that grin like “I know I am not supposed to do this but I like to anyway.”

A reader reached out to me about Kyler’s first birthday invitation since she was doing a navy and orange nautical party for her son’s first birthday. Since I designed Kyler’s invitation, there really wasn’t a template that I could just send to her and I didn’t mind tinkering it to create something else super cute and fun so I offered to help. I think it came out super cute!

Wednesday was my 27th birthday! I get somewhat annoyed when young people say “I’m so old” but I can honestly say that I am really starting to feel that way… I know it’s not but 27 just sounds so much older than 26 to me. Silly, I know, but a feeling none the less. My birthday was AWESOME. My parent’s hooked me up with a little shopping trip (I was in desperate need), my co-worker aka Magic family rocked it, and of course my sweet hubby and doubly sweet daughter capped off the night with dinner and a yummy dessert.

My sweet Kyler Bug said Happy Birthday!

So did my pups ❤

Before I get into the antics at work…let me digress a minute. I am in a department of 3 (4 when we have an intern) and we are extremely close. We are highly inappropriate and like to laugh and joke around when we can. When it came time for Danny’s birthday back in February, we decided we needed to show his desk and car “some loving” and completely wrapped his desk with saran wrap and filled it with balloons. We also turned his car into a cow (he is from Wisconsin so it’s fitting). For Phil’s birthday, we hired a company to fill his yard up with funny signs and then covered his office floor with over 2000 cups of water. So needless to say, I knew I had it coming.

When I got to work Wednesday morning, my desk looked like this:

Every square inch was covered in aluminum foil. EVERYTHING I tell you.

Then, it gets worse…. as we were walking out to lunch, I came across this:

Yep, that is MY car parked INSIDE the Amway Center on the 3RD Floor. Boys were sneaky and got my keys and drove it up the ramp and into the freight elevator. Too funny.

When I walked up, I had some friends up there waiting on me…. pretty sure to see my reaction 🙂

Classic, right?

After that, we headed to get some yummy sushi and I heard all about how they pulled that off.

My sweet Kyler

That night, Chris, Kyler and I went to Outback for dinner and it was delicious.

Again, trying to color 🙂

After dinner, we went home, they sang Happy Birthday to me and we ate Red Velvet Cheesecake. This is the cake we had our wedding cake made after so it has special meaning to me 🙂 Chris is just so awesome ❤

Sushi, lunch cupcake, and Red Velvet Cheesecake!

In other news… Kyler has been killing it with the fork usage! She has really gotten that science down. Now a spoon? Not a chance.

I have been on the hunt (kind of sort of) for a big girl bed for Kyler. I love love love the Jenny Lind beds from Land of Nod but do not have or want to cough up almost $600 for a twin bed. Instead, I found this little gem on a Craigslist ad at a local resale store. I got the bed for $139 and feel like I got a good deal! We will be refinishing this into something special…. that post will be at a later date.

Peanut Butter face!!

Saturday night, we headed over to the Gilbertson’s for a little Cinco de Mayo party! All the necessities for a good time (The Jose is for us of course)

The girls of course had a great time…. I think there were 7 kiddos under the age of 4 there. My how parties have changed.

Twins again, and no, we did not plan this time either!

Story time!

The girls took a bath together and that was too cute 🙂

After the kiddos went to bed, we adults had some fun!

J bone!

Macko and Jenks!

Kendra and Jeremy:

Today, we went over to my friend/co-worker’s house to help him with a little DIY project. He just bought his first house and needed some help with it. Chris did most of the helping, I was just along to give my opinion and keep Kyler as entertained as possible.

Told you 🙂

Danny needed a headboard and wt work, we came across this cheap and masculine idea for a one:

headboard

His bedroom has all of these black shelves hanging up (bad picture):

Once I saw those, I knew we could just re-purpose them into a headboard! Just take them down and screw them back up! I believe all it cost Danny was a pack of drywall anchors and a can of black spray paint (to touch up the areas on the already painted black wood). Can’t beat that!

Looks great, doesn’t it?

I love doing home projects, decorating, DIY projects, crafty things, and party planning so this has been a fun week for me! I am always up to helping out and so if anyone is stumped on something or wants an opinion, I am free to ask! I am by no means an expert but I love this stuff if you can’t tell already 🙂

Andddd it’s time to go as this is most likely the LONGEST Weekend Update to date. Thanks for hanging in there and see ya next week 🙂

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