A “bring in spring” mini-room makeover.

A couple of months ago this spare bedroom looked like this.

Room before

Granted, this room is sort of the “dumping” room, BUT, it doesn’t normally look like THIS.
Betcha I could have told you this was a promo for the show, “Hoarders” and I’m sure you would have believed me.

My Mr. doesn’t get bugged by much but when he does, it’s an itch that he just has to scratch.
Everything you see here was stuffed in the bedroom closet and he had had enough.
He emptied everything out of the closet then it sat. Like this. For 3 weeks.
Luckily a friend called from out of town and asked if they could stay at our place while hitting the slopes for some of Utah’s finest spring skiing.
Nothing like the prospect of a visitor to kick your pants in to gear and get a room cleaned up.
My plan was to do a mini-makeover. Nothing too elaborate because I have big plans to turn this in to my son’s room in the next few months.
Just something simple and nice to hold us over and welcome spring skiing guests.

First things first, de-clutter.
We filled 8 bags to send to donation.
Next thing…hit the Home Depot for a few supplies.

I bought a sheet of mdf which they cut to my dimensions and some spring cleaning products to clean that room up.
Next, build a headboard.
I know, I know. This was supposed to be a simple, mini makeover.
Seriously, I put it together in less than 1 1/2 hours and would have taken less had I not got fancy with nail head trim.
It was super easy, trust me.

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Supplies needed: MDF cut to size, 1×2′s cut to the perimeter of the board (optional), foam, spray adhesive, batting, fabric, staple gun, drill, screws, nailhead trim (optional).
1. I first purchased a piece of mdf from Home Depot and had them cut it down (for free) to 40 x 40 inches. I also purchased 1×2′s and had them cut down in order to run the length of back of the top and 2 sides of the board.
2. I glued the 1/2′s with wood glue then attached them to my mdf board with wood screws. (This is optional. I only did this to give my board the appearance of being a thicker depth).
3. Next I used spray adhesive to adhere my foam to the front of the board.
4. Lay a layer of batting over the foam and then lastly your fabric.
5. On the back side of the head board pull the batting and fabric taut then staple gun it right to the board. Work your way from the center out.
6. (Optional) I used nailhead trim that comes pre hooked together. I’ve also used individual upholstery nail head tacks but they take some learning to get them lined up straight.
7. Using a level, I penciled in a straight line as my guide. With the nailhead trim you only have to nail in every 5th tack.

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I set it right on the floor and squashed it between the bed and the wall.
It looked worlds better to have something to frame the bed but it still left a lot to be desired.
I could see it really needed a bed skirt…something I wasn’t planning on…remember this was supposed to be just a simple, mini-makeover.
I could have bought one but this was an extra-long twin and those aren’t very common to come by unless you go to a specialty store and spend a fortune. Luckily I had some left over linen fabric so I decided to make a lazy-girls, no-sew version of a bed skirt.

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1. Measure from the top of the box frame to the floor and add 1 – 1/5 inches. Measure all the way around the bed minus the top length.
2. To hem your fabric I used this iron hem tape. Simply put it on the bottom length of your fabric.
3. Fold the fabric up over the tape and iron on the fabric side to adhere. SUPER SIMPLE!
4. Next, line up the edge of the fabric with the floor and staple the top of the fabric right on to the top side of the box spring.
5. When you place your mattress on the box spring you won’t even see the staples or be able to tell that it is stapled on.
What I’d tell ya? Lazy-girls way of making a no-sew bed skirt.

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Originally I was going to hem the bottom of the skirt that touches the floor because it looked like this. As I looked at it closer I actually liked this edging and decided to just leave it as is. Less work and love the look…win-win!
The last thing needed to be done was some serious spring cleaning!
This is the only room in our entire house that did not have anything done to it since we moved in over 2 years ago. Original paint, original 70′s light fixture…you can guess it was a bit musty in there.

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Using Bounty paper towels I wiped down ever single surface from the dresser, light fixtures, light switch, baseboards and blinds. Next I washed all the sheets and bedding and used Ultra Downy to make everything soft and smelling spring fresh. Lastly, I sprayed the room with Febreze to neutralize the air. Just cleaning it up alone make the whole energy of the room feel so much lighter and better.

The last diy project I did for this room was really fun…

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I found these old skis at a thrift store a few months back for under $5.00. I spray primed them then hit them with Apple Red paint for a fun decor piece.
Ready for the reveal?

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I call it Ski-Chalet-Rustic-Chic.
Our friend who was coming to stay was from the desert so all this ski stuff is foreign and I thought I’d indulge her with it.
Spring skiing is the best right after a spring snow and people flock from all over the world to ski the Utah Mountain powder so I decided to go with that theme for this mini-makeover.

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I’m quite pleased how the headboard and bed skirt turned out. Simple and not at all overstated.

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My mom gave me this expandable luggage rack that was a welcome addition for guest’s suitcases.

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A few niceties to make our guest feel comfortable.

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Don’t forget to lay our a few extra blankets.

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Now, more exciting news…The Home Depot, P&G and I want to help you Bring in Spring in your own spaces!

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We’re giving away $100. gift card to the Home Depot.home_depot_gift_cardPlus…

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1 Mr. Clean Cleaner
1 Roll Bounty Paper Towel
1 Bag Gain Flings
1 Febreze Spray

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*I received product and payment to write this post from the Home Depot.  All thoughts and designs are my own.*

Unique and uncommon gift giving ideas.

This is a sponsored post by Uncommon Good written by myself.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I love Easter and ours was wonderful (despite a bucking swing that kicked little man #2 off and in to the hospital with a broken arm…joys of raising boys).  Now that Easter is over I’m turning my attention to Mother’s day…which in my opinion is one of the most difficult people to shop for (other than my dad).  My mom is the type that would be delighted with a paper plate covered in dried macaroni noodles…even though I’m in my 30′s.
Every year I dream of getting her a plane ticket to a tropical island but then my little men keep needing trips to the ER and there goes the Mother’s day gift budget.

I’ve got some favorite places to get unique gifts and one of them is Uncommon Goods.  If you haven’t heard of them they are out of Brooklyn, NY and carry a line of unique and uncommon merchandise.  About 1/3 of their goods are up-cycled/recycled which I love.  Uncommon Goods carries a whole slew of gifts that would be perfect for Mother’s Day (see more here)…

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I have a friend who is a master gift giver.  She always puts such thought in to her gifts by tailoring them with initials or incorporating memories.  I found a whole section of gifts that can be personalized which will show a person you went above and beyond to make their gift special (see here).

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And then there’s always my favorite…home decor (more here).

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How cool are those Paper Pots?!  They can hold a box of tissue (minus the box) or a roll of toilet paper.  I kept wondering when someone was going to design cool a new tissue dispenser.

Be sure to jump on over the Uncommon Goods website to see more of their unique merchandise.

Turning 3.

Happy Birthday B!

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Hope all your wishes come true (despite the candle falling over).