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This Grey Reno: Kitchen and Family Room

3 Jul

We moved into our house in October 2011 and we knew that over time, we would make changes to the house to make it more “us”. After tackling the pool, outdoor kitchen, and upstairs flooring, the downstairs would be next. We started on May 1st and went solid for 2 months!

It all started because we wanted to take the laminate out of the dining and living room but wanted to replace it with wood look tile. Only problem is that we hated the rest of the downstairs flooring so why not do it all together? And if we are replacing the flooring then shouldn’t we update our kitchen all at the same time? And the bathroom vanity? Oh and the dark furniture we hated? Yeah, that’s got to go too. Might as well install a wine bar… and the last bit of carpet we had on the stairs needed to go…. and the vertical blinds… and time to update the decor! And that is how we got here 🙂 A brand new downstairs!

Kitchen, Nook and Family Room

Here is the Kitchen and Nook before:

As you can see it’s dark. And maple. And black. It wasn’t the worst kitchen but it definitely wasn’t the best either. We liked the overall layout so we opted for painting the cabinets vs replacing them.

And after:

Nice and light! We had the cabinets painted white, leveled the bar top (so glad we did), new granite and backsplash, new floors, installed pendant lights and now have double ovens.

Items:

Granite: Thunder White
Backsplash: Floor and Decor
Floors: Silva Ruber from Argentina Tile
Barstools: Target
Decor: Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, Pier 1

Here is the nook before:

Nothing great. At all. (Other than Hud of course)

And now!

I pained the buffet server white and Chris made this gorgeous table. Added some new decor and a new light as well.

The family room before:

And after!

Coffee table, end tables and TV stand: Forest Lane Collection from Havertys
Pillows: Houzz
Wall Decor: Home Goods, Kirklands, Ross, Hobby Lobby
Ladder: DIY

Vertical blinds before:

Our pretty new curtains!

Curtains: Arabesque Blue from Amazon
Curtain Rod: DIY! Wooden corbels and black pipe

Kids table before:

And now:

DIY/Ikea Hack table
Chairs: Ikea
Shelf: DIY

Next post: our new dining room! If you have any questions, let me know!

 

 

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A Tiny Traveler: Hudson’s Nursery!

18 Mar

For Hudson’s Nursery, I went with a “Tiny Travelers” theme. I opted for the more rustic and worn look and I am absolutely in LOVE with how it turned out!

Now, how did we get here?

Way back when we moved into the house, his room looked like this:

For the past 2 years, his room aka storage room has looked like different stages of this:

Once we got started on the plank wall (more details to come on that in a couple days), the room quickly evolved into the photos above.

Chris made this matching shelf. Love!

Globe piggy bank, mod-podge map letters, and some safari animals

and this matching map artwork for over his dresser!

Left over planks + AWESOME map from lulukuku designs

Borrowing some friends from his Big Sister

Well folks, there it is 🙂 After he arrives, I will put in the finishing touches like photos and his birth stats but you get the idea 🙂

It all started from this mood board a year ago 🙂

Here is a list of some of things you can find in his room!

Map on wooden planks (Tell her This Grey House sent you!): Lulukuku Designs
Burlap Pillow: Vintage Biplane from PolkaDot Apple
Crib Rail, Sheet and Changing Pad: Rocky Top Design
Crib Skirt: Prescott at Pottery Barn Kids
Curtains: Ikat Key in Horseradish  fromWest Elm
Curtain Rod Ends: Gold Rock Finials from Land of Nod
Both lamps: Target
Zebra Head: A hidden gem at Home Goods!
Picture Frames: Most of theme came from TJMaxx
Globe Bank: Home Goods
Random Trinkets: Hobby Lobby, Amazon, gifts, Home Goods
 

Let me know if you have any questions!!!

 

A Little Girl’s Room: Coral and Aqua

3 Mar

When it came time to turning Kyler’s room into a “big girl” room, I knew I wanted to stick with the same color scheme as her nursery. I still love Coral and Aqua/Teal together and I didn’t want to have to get all new decor for it.

While it’s been a work in progress for sometime, I am excited to say, it’s finished (finally).

I used a combination of decor from her old room, birthday party decorations (hey, they were too cute to throw away), and some new things. Put that together with a refinished bed/dresser, homemade nightstand, and a bookcase from Ikea, and this is what you get! Hope you like it!

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:

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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!!

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!

My New Craft Room!

7 Apr

Okay so I have always been in love with a well organized craft room. I have always wanted one and knew when we moved into This Grey House (you see what I did there?) I would wind up getting one. I opted to “share” my craft room with my computer room that is directly off the Master Bedroom. I have plenty of bedrooms but I couldn’t see myself giving up an ENTIRE BEDROOM for a craft room! Maybe if I worked on parties and crafts full-time but just to play around the house and help out friends, I couldn’t give up all that space.

Here is the space before we moved in:

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Here is the wall before the craft room:

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I knew that I could easily rearrange the computer room and find some space in there. Is it a little more compact than it was before? Sure, but I still have tons of room to move around. Does the white craft room clash with the dark computer furniture? Yeah, probably, but it still works.  The best part is that I can be in the same room hanging out with the hubs at night if I need to work on something.

I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted in my craft room but I know I needed a big working table and storage. I fell in love with a table and paper storage cart from Ikea but that was all I had to work with.

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One day, while shopping at Michaels, I came across all of their craft storage and everything was 50% off. As much as I loved everything, I knew I didn’t have much floor space and these units were made to be stacked onto each other, much like cubbies. I brought my hubby back the next day and showed him everything and he mentioned hanging them on the wall. I didn’t that was an option but he knew exactly what was need to make sure those puppies never go anywhere! By that night, we had everything hung up and put in place!

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The finished product!

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I love my new craft “room”  and couldn’t be any happier with how it turned out.

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What are your must haves for a craft space??

Our Bright and Fun Playroom: The Details

8 Nov

Now that you have been introduced to the playroom, time to go over some items in the room!

***Update***

Check-Out the play kitchen we designed and made for the playroom too!

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Bookcase, Storage Benches, and Library Cart:

I love looking on Landofnod.com and fell in love with a bookcase they sell but at $800 bucks for 2, it was time to call my daddy-o up and bat my eyes one more time (He had been looking for a wood project to do and it’s for his granddaughter so it didn’t take much convincing). He found a fabulous website (Ana-White.com) that had the exact plans of the bookcase so you could make it yourself and it worked out great!  He made it 6 inches taller to gain some more space and made some storage benches for the sides. They look great together!

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In progress 🙂

That website also had plans for a library cart so Kyler got one of those too 🙂

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THANK YOU DAD!

TV Stand:

Chris decided to make this after a trip to Ikea. I had something specific in mind and the cheapest I could find it was for $350 and we knew he could make it for less! I told him what I wanted and he sketched it out and wala! We have a TV stand 🙂

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THANK YOU CHRIS!

Chalk Table:

We had an old coffee table we really weren’t using and the finish was coming off so we decided to refinish it. I loved this table from the Land of Nod (shocker) and took my friend’s suggestion to make it a chalk table instead. We sanded it down, painted it red, and now we have a fun play table!

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This is what our garage looked like for a few weeks:

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Poufs:

I loved the idea of putting poufs around the chalk table but at $80-$150 a pop I knew there was no way. So of course in my mind I said “I can make those” and off I was scowering the interent for ideas and plans. Thanks to this awesome post, I modified the pattern to make them smaller and I was on my way. One problem, I didn’t even know how to use a sewing machine! Mom showed me how to thread it and I was on my way. They take a ton of stuffing, 5 lbs each to be exact, but they are so much fun!

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Cutting out my pieces!

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Window Cornices:

I knew I wanted to make these instantly! I found some awesome fabric online, had my pops whip up 2 window cornices for me and I had them done in a night! Easy as can be and makes a great impact in the room!

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Putting them together!

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Crayon Art:

This is so much fun to make!

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Buy a canvas and a bunch of crayons. Lay your crayons out in whatever order you want. Hot glue the crayons on the canvas.

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Get your blow dryer and dry from the top! They start melting pretty fast but note: it can be messy! Make sure you have your floors and wall protected around it.

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Super simple! It dries super fast and you have a fun new piece of art!

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We created 5 areas in her playroom:

Create: 

This is the “art” corner of the playroom! These lines from Ikea are great for hanging art! We also bought the little hanging storage bins from there as well.

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Read:

Kyler’s cousins, Parks and Emma, were so kind to give Kyler this little chair! My Aunt Bunny had this little blue chair at her house for them when they were little but Emma said it was okay that Kyler use it for a while. I love the forward facing book shelves (home-made with scrap wood in the garage)! They instant add decor to the room but also serve a purpose!

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Imagine:

There isn’t much in this space yet but this is where her play kitchen will go! I loved my play kitchen growing up and I hope she will love hers!

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***Update***

Here is the play kitchen in the space!

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Play:

I know it’s obvious but this is where all her toys go!

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Explore:

The World Map is the last “area” of the room. I love traveling and learning about other areas of the world and I hope she will share the same interest.

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Hope everyone enjoys it! Let me know if you have any questions!

Room List:

  • Orange Paint: Autumn Glaze, Valspar
  • Large Map: Lulukuku Designs on Etsy
  • Red paint for table: La Fonda Fireberry, Valspar
  • Fabric for windows: Rainbow Chevron by Riley Blake
  • Fabric for poufs/pillows: Gotcha print by Premier Prints in: Corn Yellow, Chartreuse, Candy Purple, Girly Blue
  • Fabric for benches: Corn Yellow by Premier Prints
  • Fabric for small striped pillows: Bungalow by Michael Miller
  • Rug: Lusy Blom, Ikea
  • Storage for benches: Branas, Ikea
  • Storage on bookshelf: Y Weave, Target
  • Playroom Rules: Free printable!
  • Clock: Target
  • Red Frame, Orange Chevron Frame, Rainbow Frame: Hobby Lobby
  • Painted storage blocks: Hobby Lobby
  • Trains: Hobby Lobby
  • Easel: Ikea
  • Table and chairs: Bright Nantucket set by Kid Kraft
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