Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bringing the built-ins back to life

Lately, I've been refreshing the look of our living room built-ins. It started with a much needed fresh coat of white paint. Then, we added simple doors to conceal the TV. Now it's all about the accessories. 
Due to a clutter-free/less is more mood, I've been keeping it simple with a few photographs on each shelf and a couple accessories here and there.

Below you will find a look at some of the shelves that are feeling complete and a source list at the end of the post sharing where everything came from.

I like how this clock is big enough to fill up the space on the top shelf.
The price can't be beat either!

I've wanted to have more photos displayed around our home and the built-ins are the perfect place for them. I needed about 7 of these gray stained frames so it was a good thing that just like the clock, the frames were cheap cheap cheap.

Any Donovan Frankenreiter fans out there?
This wood crate holds some of our favorite records.

Paint is an amazing thing.
I was about to get rid of the large frame pictured below on the left because it was an odd blue color that didn't really fit in any part of our house. 
Instead of tossing it, I painted it white and now it fits in perfectly.

Source list:

galvanized clock: Target
large gray frames: Target
camera: garage sale
books: garage sale
galvanized tins: Michaels
crate on wheels: garage sale
topiary: garage sale
large white frame: Home Goods
gray wood and metal frame: Target
3 white photograph frame: garage sale but found here from Pottery Barn
large suitcase: garage sale
small suitcase: Home Goods

Thanks for stopping by!
- Caitlin

Friday, April 17, 2015

Recent bargain buys

Today I'm sharing a few recent purchases of mine that didn't break the bank:

clockwise from top right:

I've been making over my living room built-ins for what seems like forever now and needed some larger pieces for some of the shelves. So, I bought this clock to fill up one of the shelves and make a statement. I love the way it looks and will share pictures of it in the room soon.

I recently ordered this fabric to have some pillows made for our living room.
I know, more throw pillows?

These days, I definitely do more clothes shopping for baby Charlie than for myself (and I'm perfectly fine with that)! I picked up these t-shirts and this anorak for him for so cheap. Use coupon code 2963 for 20% off your order of $60 or more!

Apparently pineapples are in (just see this blog post). I love them because they make me think of summer! So, I bought this pineapple jar for my kitchen to hold cell phone and computer chargers.

Have a great weekend!
- Caitlin

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My Daily Bubble: Copy-cat cocktail glasses

Check out how I turned ordinary glasses into knock-off versions of these  J. Crew ones:

Have a great day!
- Caitlin

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Family room follow-up & our DIY picture ledge

This room has been slow to complete but it's getting there.
Recently, we were able to tackle above the couch.

Chris built this picture ledge using scrap wood he had in the garage.
I don't have a step-by-step tutorial but this post here gives more details on how to make one!

Once the ledge was assembled, I stained it and then we just screwed it into the wall.

The white frames are Ikea and the wood ones are Target that were previously hanging in our foyer.

I don't really plan on keeping the existing art and photographs but for the sake of not having empty frames, I just filled them with things I already had.

Here are a few prints I'm currently eyeing to fill the frames:




- Caitlin

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My Daily Bubble: easy Easter eggs

My latest post on My Daily Bubble is all about mess-free Easter egg decorating.
You can check it out here.

A quick thank you to Apartment Therapy for using my master bedroom fiddle leaf fig tree as one of 7 Ways to Add a Little Pizazz to a Plain Room!

- Caitlin

Monday, March 30, 2015

Green tile goes bye bye

We have finally started work on our downstairs powder room!
If you want to take a walk down memory lane and see what it was originally looking like, you can visit here.

The bathroom wasn't that bad to start with but it definitely didn't reflect our style and was in need of some updating, especially the hunter green tile.

Originally we were going to try to keep the renovation relatively simple it ever simple?
 I'll share our reasons for moving the plumbing around in another post. 

Back to the green tile. 
It had to go. 

But removing it wasn't going to be easy because the tiles were set in concrete. 
Busting it out would be extremely time consuming, frustrating, and messy.
So after consulting with many many people (our father-in-laws, my handy uncle that helped us tile our kitchen, the guys at the hardware store, etc.) and reading about it online, we decided that tiling over the existing tile would be our best option.

We were a little skeptical and nervous but luckily it worked!

Here's a quick rundown of how we did it:
First, we prepped the old green tile by roughing up the surface with a belt sander and a 60 grit sandpaper. 
Then, we cleaned it.
Next, we used a modified thin-set (this one actually) that is designed for this kind of tiling job. 

The tile we used by the way is a 3 inch carrara marble hexagon.
It still needs to be grouted, which we hope to get done in the next week.

I can't tell you how much brighter and lighter the space already feels. 
Goodbye dark green!

Next up for this bathroom besides grouting:
1. Install corner rounds along the woodwork and paint all of the woodwork.
2. Half-plank the walls.
3. Paint the top half of the walls and ceiling.
4. Have the plumber come back to install new toilet and vanity.
5. My favorite part...accessorize!

- Caitlin

Friday, March 20, 2015

Our family room: a peek at the progress

Today I'm sharing a tiny peek (no...really tiny, I only have 4 pictures for you) at what's new with our family room and how it's coming along (very slowly I might add).

To see what it originally looked like, you can visit here and to read about our progress back in November, you can visit here

It has definitely taken me a while to figure "the look" I wanted to go with and a little trial and error (and returns). But I finally feel like I know the direction I'm going in. 

I thought Chris would kill me for buying more throw pillows (there are worse addictions to have, aren't there??) but luckily he really likes these ones and with a 30% off coupon, they were super affordable. 

This coffee table is currently on sale although still pricey. 
We were lucky though to find and purchase a severely marked down floor model (a great way to save money when furniture shopping). 

Here's a source list for the pictures above...

woven throw pillows: H&M Home *
ticking stripe throw pillows: H&M Home *
*use code 2967 for free shipping and 20% off your order of $50
rug: West Elm
coffee table: Pottery Barn
end table: Home Goods
lamp: Home Goods
coffee table books: garage sale
wooden bowl: garage sale
paint color: Benjamin Moore Pale Oak

Stay tuned for a bigger look around this room soon!
- Caitlin