Nursery Reveal

It may be chilly outside here in Charleston; but in my mind, I’m some where on the beach. Noël‘s coastal nursery is finally finished! We began right before Thanksgiving when my husband painted the walls, and my parents came over last night to add a final DIY detail. Without further delay, here’s the nursery! 🙂



The crib and changing table are hand-me-downs from my oldest son. They will have been in each one of my children’s nurseries. Everything else is new. Below is info on where you can find some of the items.


Nightstands (DIY): IKEA

Draperies (2 pairs): IKEA


Brackets: IKEA

Finials: IKEA

Ceiling Light: IKEA

Bedding: Target

Changing Pad Cover: Target

Plaque: Hobby Lobby

Banner: Hobby Lobby

Mirror: Kirkland’s

Oar: Kirkland’s

Anchor Wall Decal (30 x 48 in white): Amazon

Rocking Chair (rockers painted): Amazon

Here are some clearance items I found for the nursery.

Table Lamps: Target Clearance

Lanterns: Target Clearance

 3′ Grey Jute Rug: World Market Clearance

And for one more DIY project, Mom crocheted  a rope to add as trim between the painted walls and ceiling. Dad nailed it up last night. 🙂

For more DIYs, go here.

For burlap accent wall, go here.

For info on paint color, go here.

Noël‘s nursery is complete! Now we’re just waiting for him to make his grand appearance, which should be any day now. We transformed another empty room in our home without spending too much money. You’d be surprised what you can find online and in stores you frequently shop and/or see daily! If you’re in the Charleston area, and need some help with your nursery or another space in your home, I may be able to help. 🙂


Simple Nursery DIYs

The nursery is near completion! Along the way, the walls have been painted and my mother helped me install a burlap accent wall. I’ve also completed some simple, inexpensive, solo DIY projects to add some personal touches to the space. The first was painting the RAST 3 drawer chests from IKEA that we’re using as nightstands. They were a good price and made of untreated solid wood, which made painting them simple, too.


I had some quarts of Clark + Kensington Anchors Away 5062 that were free from a promotion at Ace Hardware (it’s also the same color on the family room‘s accent wall in our old home).

For the knobs, I used a metallic gold spray paint.

And here’s the final result…

Another piece that got a paint makeover was a sign that my husband found on clearance at Ross when we first moved to Charleston in January. After having our daughter, my husband and I had faith that we would have another son and we had fallen in love with the name Noël. It was almost a sign that my husband found this sign in a store. 🙂

After painting this sign, I used a little more metallic gold spray paint to transform some lanterns I found in Target’s One Spot.

And my final DIY project was making some shell balls. They’re made from foam ornaments found at Walmart for 2/$.96, decorative shells from Dollar Tree, and some hot glue. After a couple hours and some hot glue burns, I ended up with some nice custom shell accessories.

DIYs don’t have to be difficult or expensive, these only took a little paint and some materials from places you probably shop frequently. There are just a few more things to do until the nursery is complete. I would love for you to come back and check out the final reveal!


Burlap Accent Wall in Nursery

The walls of the nursery were painted by my husband, and the next thing to be done was the accent wall. I was inspired by Bower Power’s “Put a Burlap on It” post from almost 3 years ago. Instead of putting up a seagrass wallpaper to add to the coastal feel, I figured that burlap would give the same textural look (and would be less expensive). This past Sunday, Mom came over to help install it. All we needed were three 3-yard cuts of burlap to cover the wall, and it was on sale at Jo-Ann’s for $2.99/yard. It was easy to install, too…just needed a heavy duty staple gun and a utility knife to trim the edges at the bottom.


Mom tacked the 1st piece of burlap at the top, and then smoothed and stapled the fabric in place.

Izzy “helped”. Excuse the white socks and dress shoes. 🙂

2nd piece is up

And the last piece

It looks great, adds the perfect amount of texture, and enhances the “coastal” feel. Thanks for all your help, Mom! There’s just a few more things left to do before the nursery is complete. 🙂

Bedroom 2/Nursery

These past 2 months have been pretty busy…we completed an apartment makeover and decked the halls and walls. And this has all taken place during the final trimester of my pregnancy. Before this year ends, we will be welcoming a 3rd child into our family, a baby boy. I have less than 4 weeks left, and I’m definitely in the nesting phase…frantically washing clothes, cleaning/dusting everything in sight, and preparing the baby’s nursery. Poor Izzy has been evicted from Bedroom 2 for about a month now. She’s made a smooth transition to her big girl room and hasn’t even bothered the canopy hanging over her bed. Thank you, Lord!

When we moved into our new home in January, we left Bedroom 2 completely bare. We had faith that eventually we would have another child, so we didn’t want to duplicate Izzy’s nursery knowing that she would be relocating in the near future. This is all that was in the room…


A crib and changing table…just the bare necessities!

Since moving to Charleston and being able to enjoy the relaxing calm of the ocean that I grew up with in Virginia Beach, I already had my heart set on a Coastal Nursery as soon as we found out we were pregnant. I knew that I definitely wanted paint and an accent wall for this room.

The hardest part was narrowing down a paint color. Our final decision was Valspar’s Lake Breeze 5007-7B in a flat finish. This was my husband’s first (and last, according to him) solo painting project. And here are the results…

He did a great job, and I’m very happy with our paint choice! We still have a few more things to do in the nursery before the big reveal, but stay tuned to see some simple diy projects and how the accent wall turns out!

Our Little Winter Wonderland

So, I may have overdone it this year with Christmas decorations. Currently there are 18 trees in our home made of different materials and ranging in size from 6 inches to 6.5 feet tall. I am guilty of buying clearance decorations each year after Christmas, packing them away, and then being completely surprised when I open the bins the following year because I’ve forgotten what I’ve bought. It does make for a nice surprise, though, like a pre-Christmas present opening. 🙂

This is what was stored in the garage, a collection of decorations spanning 7 years.

After 2 days of decorating, along with my kids’ help, this is how everything turned out (daytime view).

And at night, when everything is lit up.

I love how everything sparkles! All the decorations have been bought over the years from Target, Walmart, and Dollar Tree. This year, the tree ornaments are all silver, gold, and lime and most are angels to go along with my fiber optic angel tree topper that I adore, purchased when I was pregnant with my 1st child. On the table are keepsake ornaments for my kids including Classic Pooh, Baby’s 1st Christmas, and even one that my son made. I also enjoy being able to look back at how our family has changed over the years in family Christmas photos. A definite change from last year’s Christmas, and all the years prior to that, is the addition of a gift box tree stand that I “diy-ed”.

My 6.5 foot artificial tree that was purchased like 7 years ago has always looked kind of puny to me, as seen here. I needed a sturdy way to raise it a couple feet off the floor. I had an old LACK side table from Ikea in the garage that wasn’t being used and would be sturdy enough to hold the tree. Then Mom gave me the brilliant idea of turning it into a gift box to hide the table. With some pieces of cardboard, ribbon and wrapping paper from Dollar Tree (adhered with tape and a hot glue gun), and some tulle from Walmart, I now have an inexpensive tree stand that makes my puny tree appear more substantial. Here’s what I used.


Hooray for an easy/inexpensive diy and affordable holiday décor! 🙂

New Light in Study

This past weekend, we took a little trip to Charlotte to visit IKEA. Oh, how I’ve missed my Atlanta IKEA store! Sometimes it’s nice just to walk around and see what’s new and enjoy a cinnamon roll or icecream…yum! We ended up buying a few things, one of which was a new light for the dining room turned study. This is the first room you see when you come in through the front door and the garage, and the lighting definitely did not make a great 1st impression. We had already added an accent wall to create a little “wow” in this space, but it still needed something else. Here’s the original light fixture, since this room was intended to be a dining room.





My husband replaced it with a simple builder’s fixture, since we weren’t going to have a dining table under it.


So boring! My husband and I have loved the PS Maskros Pendant Lamp from IKEA for a long time. Since we were already in the store picking up some other things, we thought “why not?”. My husband took down the old fixture and replaced it with the Maskros, and here’s how it looks in the space now.

I think it looks great! It makes so much more of an impact in the space. I love the shadow pattern it creates on the walls and ceilings. So much better than the builder light…thank you, IKEA!

Front Porch Makeover

When we first moved into our home, around 2.5 months ago, it was still cold outside and the front porch got a little neglected with our trying to get the inside of the house in order. I brought some potted perennial plants with me from Atlanta, but I wasn’t sure if they were going to come back this spring because the winter had been so cold, especially days before we moved (and my poor plants sat inside the freezing truck). And it seems that we brought the cold weather with us because we had the joy of experiencing the ice storm in Charleston that caused a power outage for 2 days! So, here’s how my poor plants  and porch looked:





I took a visit to Lowe’s and bought some potting soil and packs of flowers that were marked down from $9.98 to $.63 (yes, I even buy plants on clearance, too!) and some coconut liners from Big Lots to use on the plant stand.

After I trimmed the dead parts of the plants (I didn’t mess with the roots just in case my perennials came back), I planted the new flowers in my old pots and added coconut liners to the 3 tier plant stand and added flowers to that. Here’s the end result:

Better, but the seat cushions were old and dirty and the chairs looked dingy. So, I spray painted the chairs and found some new cushions at Ross to go with these 2 I had found at Target before we moved.

I also added some solar lights to our walkway that I bought on clearance at Target before we moved.

So here’s how the front porch looks now. I moved some things around and added a potted mandevilla plant bought on clearance from Lowe’s and a pillow from World Market that I got for $11 after coupons. I re-used the 2 pillows I bought from Old Time Pottery around $8 each a couple years ago. And my perennials are coming back, too!

Now we’re ready for spring, and the front porch looks so much more inviting.

Quick Outdoor Furniture Makeover

So, last week I used some spray paint to change a couple things for my daughter’s room. This week I used some to make my old, dingy porch chairs look like brand new. Here’s how the 2 chairs started out:

I had purchased these resin and wicker chairs probably like 6 years ago from Big Lots. The brown finish was faded, but the chairs’ frames and seats were in sturdy condition.

I used RUST-OLEUM Gloss Black Ultra Cover 2x, and I only had to do 1 coat.

After spraying the first one, it  already looks so much better than the old one.


So much better!!! I have 2 “new” chairs for less than $4 (cost of spray paint). Just need a few more outdoor pillows, and I think my front porch will be done. 🙂

Quick Change with Spray Paint

I’ve been working on my daughter’s big girl room and I’m trying to incorporate most of the pieces from her nursery, so I don’t have to buy all new stuff. I did just buy this new daybed because she can’t sleep in her crib forever! The daybed is black and there wasn’t any black at all in her nursery, so I’m trying to add some in the room so the daybed makes sense. I figured I could just spray paint some of the old things black to match.

She had a mirror and 2 small wall ledges that seemed easy enough to change.

The mirror and pegs were easy to remove from the frame with a screwdriver, so I didn’t have to try to cover them before spraying.



I ended up having to do 2 coats.

Here are some other pieces that will be used in the room that went through simple, quick changes.

This chest, that was given to us, was first used in my son’s nursery. For my daughter’s nursery, my FIL painted it the same color as the accent wall and I added new drawer pulls.


I bought this small dresser on clearance for $25 from Garden Ridge. I really liked the knobs on it. My husband sanded it and painted it with leftover yellow paint and the accent wall color.


I bought this little chair on clearance for $12.50 at Garden Ridge. Here’s what it looks like after mom recovered it and I added a little bling.


I bought some paper mache letters and some acrylic stones using a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby.

glue and paint

I painted all the letters with the metallic silver paint and let them dry. Then I added the stones using tacky glue.


I have a few more things to do in this room, but it should be done soon. Stay tuned for the reveal! 🙂