July 15th, 2014
I’m so excited about my Michaels Makers project this month. A few weeks ago I received a surprise package in the mail. I opened it up and it was full of so many fun “raw” items from Michael’s new RAW BAR line of products. I love all things burlap, so I was drawn to the 6×6 burlap canvas and immediately knew what I wanted to create.
Since we just moved into our house, all our walls are bare. This little burlap canvas was just the push I needed to create a gallery wall in my office.
When I saw the canvas I knew I wanted to use the Hazel & Ruby stencil masks because they are pretty much the easiest way to make cute crafty projects. I had a sample of their brand new “cut your own stencils” and used is to cut this “Joy” (that I hand-wrote on my computer and turned into a digital cut file) on my Silhouette cameo.
I placed the stencil mask directly on the burlap (it’s adhesive on the back), pressed around the edges to keep the paint from bleeding, and then painted over the “Joy” using a white acrylic paint.
Then all I had to do was peel off the mask, and there you have it, an adorable little canvas and the burlap is pretty much perfect for any decor. How easy was that?? Hardly any work at all.
Okay lets move onto the gallery wall. So my office had nothing on the wall, just a big white space waiting to be decorated. Inspired by this little burlap canvas, I gathered things from around the house, old frames, picked up more items and frames from Michaels, and even painted a few things. This is what I put together:
Each of the items on the wall has a story. Spencer drew this illustration of San Francisco for me 5 years ago when we lived in San Francisco.
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July 1st, 2014
The boys jack & jill (jack?) bathroom has been one of my favorite rooms in the house. I love how the room feels stylized and unique. My favorite part of designing bathrooms is the opportunity to take standard components – sink, toilet, mirror, light, counter/cabinet, and spin them into something not standard at all. I wanted the space to have an urban sort of feel with the glass bricked subway tile – see my Style/Buying Guide for this room to get more details about design and sourcing. And then I just wanted to keep everything simple and clean.
We happened upon these submarine medicine cabinets at the Restoration Hardware outlet, they were 70% off which still made them a splurge, but totally worth it for the style they bring to the room. The 3×6 glass brick tile is from BuildDirect and we used a snow white grout.
I also wanted a floating countertop with no cabinets in this bathroom. Mr. Project used a slab of butcher block from Ikea and mitered the edge to give it a 6″ face and make the countertop feel like a 6″ solid piece of butcher block. So far I’m loving no drawers and cabinets. The boys usually have a hamper under the countertop, and all their toiletries are stored in the medicine cabinets. The towels are stored on a train rack in the shower/toilet room.
The cute anchor washcloth is from West Elm, and the striped handtowels, and glass jars are from Pottery Barn (both discontinued).
The square sinks are from Overstock, and the faucets are Hansgrohe. For the barn lights, I went with these gorgeous Barn Light Electric sconces in barn red – I like BLE lights because you can choose which neck and which shade you want, as well as the color.
Here is the shower/toilet room. We used a 4×12 white subway tile and then a 4×6 glass subway tile to create an accent strip and tie it to the sink area. One day I’ll get a shower curtain, but for now it’s just baths for the boys here.
To make the shower look more finished we mitered the tile on the top corner and had it laid vertically down each of the sides. THis works really well with a 4×12 tile because the proportion is long and skinny.
At the last minute, we decided to order more tile and do a wainscot of tile on the walls surrounding the toilet. We have two little boys, so any protection from stray pee is a good idea. For the cap piece, instead of using expensive specialty tile, we used a 1×5 piece of wood trim and covered it with some edged molding and a 2″ trim strip on the top to make a ledge. You get the same type of feel as a tile topper but for a tiny fraction of the price. You can also make the ledge a bit deeper and place photos/art on the ledge. I may still do this with my 2″ ledge, but I’ll have to secure the frames to make it work.
For the floor tile we went with a 12×24 black porcelain full-body tile from BuildDirect (currently not available). The black is solid throughout the tile so if it chips or has an exposed edge you don’t see white.
We used this same tile in our laundry and pantry and I love it.
So that’s the boy’s bathroom! I love showing this bathroom to visitors, it always gets a great reaction. There are still a few things to do in here – shower curtain, bath mats, red stools to reach the sinks, towel hooks etc., but we’re just taking it little by little around here!
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June 25th, 2014
For the rest of 2014 my Weekly Planner with Chore Charts is available for a deeply discounted price of $5.00. This is a great price to buy it and test it out for the rest of the year!