Tuesday, November 27, 2012

L’s Room :: The Final Reveal

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Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Where did the time go?  We’re now in full Christmas mode and putting the finishing touches are our Christmas d├ęcor.  So, I thought I better finally get around to posting pictures on Lanham’s bedroom updates.

The bed is the same as it was before.  The comforter was still in good shape and I love the pop of color on the new grey colored walls.

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Above the bed is some new homemade wall art.  I simply took one of our well loved baseballs out to the back yard for a photo shoot.  A little vintage editing and then I sent it off to Walgreens for a poster sized print.  I found the frame at Michaels on clearance for only 6 bucks!!  Awesome for a wooden poster sized frame.

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Moving to the next wall, you can see I made my first attempt at painting stripes…

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And I LOVE it!  I didn’t want to do the whole room because I thought I if we get tired of the red we can easier paint over one wall.  Plus it saved me oddles of time!  I think it looks great with my homemade Sox wall art.

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Lanham loves it too!

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Looking across the room, we have Lanham’s closet which I revealed before

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This makes me want to redo all of the closets in the house!  Don’t panic D-man.  I’ll be patient.

Next to the closet, I installed a new shelf to store all of Lanham’s awards and baseballs…

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The shelf is from Ikea (Ekby series) and was super easy to install. 

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I hung one of the photo transfer pieces above a rack that we used to hang ball caps.

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Boys collect SO may hats!

And one last “wall art” creation…

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Well, I really didn’t create it as much as buy it.  Lanham already had a few Chicago team pennants.  I ordered the rest of the Chicago teams (minus one rival I that shall not be named here) and hung them across the room like a banner.  Love the colors and its just a fun look for a boys room.  I used 3M Command picture hangers to attach them to the wall. 

On final look…

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BTW…it is SO hard to take pictures of a room that is either streaming with light or super dark depending on the time of day. 

We’re all pretty happy about this small budget bedroom update for our big boy/little man.  Hope you enjoyed the tour!  And now it’s on to B’s bedroom update. 

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

L’s Room :: The Closet Makeover

Pin It Lanham’s room had the typical builder grade white flimsy metal closet system.  It’s been somewhat functional over the years, but since we were redecorating most of his room, why not tackle the closet?

Here’s what we started with…

A few years ago, I decided I wanted the kids to help me with laundry, especially my oldest.  In order for him to help he had to be able to reach stuff.   That’s when I installed the hanging double closet rod.  It’s similar to this one on Amazon.  Again, it served its purpose over the years, but it was kind of wobbly since it hangs from the upper rail.  

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On the other side, I installed a hanging canvas cubby (similar to this one) in both of my boys’ closets.  It makes it easy for them to put away folded items.  I just put the out of season up high and the current season stuff down low.  Same the with above double bar system. 

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This all worked fairly well for the past 3 or so years.  I just hated the sloppy factor of it all.  The canvas cubby got especially sloppy and the kids would just shove the folded items in to the lower slots.  Shirts would be lost for the season. 

The hanging side worked better, but there wasn’t enough hanging space for all of Lanham’s clothes.  I also wanted larger shelves for heavy folded jeans.  His jeans were getting too big and heavy for his dresser and they wouldn’t fit in the drawer anymore.  I knew we needed to make a change that would let the closet grow with him through his teen years.

The project…

We removed the entire builder grade system and we were left with a lot of holes to patch.

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BIG Thanks to my hubby for helping me out with this one!  The huge holes were pretty much the same kind that I was left with when I redid the laundry room.  Massive holes from the anchors.  ugh. 

After TONS of closet research, I decided on the Rubbermaid Configurations 3-to-6-Foot Classic Custom Closet Kit.  It has awesome reviews on Amazon and a lot of reviewers posted some nice photos as well.  Deciding on which kit to purchase in this line was time consuming, but if you scroll down on the Amazon kit link above, there is a great information section on all the Rubbermaid kits. 

The only difference between the Classic and Deluxe kits is 3 shelves vs. 6 shelves.  I did want the extra shelving space, but I found that for $20 I could get an additional two shelves with the 26-Inch Add-On Shelving Kit.   So, the Classic kit plus the Shelving kit comes to $90 and that gives me 5 shelves.  Compared to the Deluxe kit for $130 with 6 shelves.  That’s $40 for one extra  a shelf?  Makes NO sense. 

Anyway, here’s the kit…

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And they also suggest configurations based on your closet width on the back…

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This was SERIOUSLY a snap to install.  A little leveling and a little tinkering with where we wanted hanging items and shelving was all it took.  Sorry, no photos because we did most of the install at night and just wanted to get it done. 

Basically, it’s a hanging rail system across the top with vertical bars hanging down from that.  The shelving is attached to the vertical bars with brackets and the rods attach to the shelves.  The instructions were easy to follow and everything you need is included in the kit.  Well, except for the long screws to attach the system to the studs.

Here’s the result…

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We did this project in late summer, so his short sleeves and swim trunks are easily accessible.  Currently, we have the jeans down on the lowest shelf and the trunks are up high for next summer.  I love that we still have space up above, succeeding in my room to grow idea. 

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And yes, I did put the doors back on.  It was just easier to photograph with them removed. 

So far, we all love this system.  Lanham can find his stuff easily and put it away on laundry day.  I’m pretty sure I’ll get a similar set up for B’s room in the future. 

And one last before and after shot…

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Call me crazy, but the “After” shot just makes me giddy.  No comments D-man.  Without my organizational habits, I’m certain that our world might blow up in one little POOF.  Be happy I’m saving you from such dangers. 

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Thank The Troops with Shutterfly

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Shutterfly has come up with a great way to say thanks to all of our troops that serve our country this Veterans Day weekend. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shutterfly is running a Thank The Troops initiative to send thank you cards to all of our American heros.  This comes as no cost to you and it’s a nice way to show your support this Veteran’s Day.  Simply go to Shutterfly’s Thank The Troops Facebook page, select a card and add a message.  Shutterfly will take care of the rest. 

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Again, Happy Veteran’s Day to all of you that have given so much for our freedom.

Disclosure:  I received a Shutterfly credit in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed are 100% mine and honest. No other compensation was received.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Holiday Cards from Tiny Prints

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Yep.  It’s that time again.  Halloween is over.  Let the shopping begin.  And with that comes the time to order Christmas Cards too!  This year I’ve decided to use Tiny Prints for our Christmas Cards.   You know I love snapping pics of my boys whenever I can, so I’m really excited to create this year’s card.

Tiny Prints has so many adorable cards to choose from whether you like bright colors, simple/modern or religious based cards.  I love their contemporary yet classic designs. 

This one just makes me smile…

Love the accordion style of this one…

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Or these really adorable ornament shapes…

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Tiny Prints is also happy to announce that their cards feature new Premium DoubleThick™ Matte Paper.  I’m such a sucker for fancy stationery.  It’s going to be hard to chose which one to use this year for sure.

So be sure to check out Tiny Prints for your Holiday Card needs this year.  I’m sure you’ll find more than a few cards you just LOVE. 

Disclosure:  I received a Tiny Prints credit in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed are 100% mine and honest. No other compensation was received.

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