Floor and Decor.

This is a sponsored post written by myself.

Please excuse the radio silence for the past week.
We went on vacation and 2 of my little men picked up a crappy virus.
We’ve been laying low and having lots of cuddle time waiting it out.
Suffice it to say I’ve been going a little stir crazy.

I did get a small break and got to slip away to visit the Disneyland of flooring stores (aka Floor & Decor in Draper, UT).

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This store popped up in the parking lot of Cowabunga Bay in Draper recently and I had the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour before the grand opening this Wednesday, 7/30.
Holy Schmoly this place is huge!

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75,000 square feet of tile, wood flooring, and other decor. They pride themselves in having the largest selection and being the lowest price leaders in the hard flooring industry with great customer service.

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If you’ve ever shopped for tile, you normally go in to a show room, pick what you want from the display on the wall then place your order.  At that point they will normally tell you your order will take 2-4 weeks to arrive. Not here. They keep everything that’s on display in stock. They claim to have over 1 million square feet of flooring in the store.  See what you want, take it home today.  Much different than my experience with trying to buy flooring.

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On a side note, how gorgeous is this honed granite?

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Hello future mud room of my dreams.  That white veining…somebody pinch me.

They also have rows and rows of faux wood in a tile which is hugely popular.  I was hard pressed to determine if a lot of it was actually wood or tile.  And if you’re the DIY sort of person, they teach weekly workshops on how to lay tile yourself.

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In addition to the ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles they also carry a gigantic selection of hardwoods from engineered to bamboo, pre-finished to unfinished.

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If I could turn back the clock I wish I would have gone with this Montpelier Wide Plank Oak in my own home.

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While I was there I was able to corner a tile expert and get some advice regarding the marble tile situation in my master bathroom.  He gave me some valuable insight which I can’t wait to investigate.  Stay tuned.

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So here’s the exciting news…Wednesday night from 5-8 they are holding a networking event for Contractors and Pros.  This will be a great night for pros to get to know the store. Vendors will be there, the evening will be catered and get this…they will be giving away a brand new Dodge Ram Truck to one lucky pro!

Saturday, (8/1) they will holding a Super Saturday event.  Kind of like a huge block party.  There will be food trucks, members of the Salt Lake Real Monarch team, a BMX bike show set up in the parking lot and more.  You thought the Ram Truck thing was cool? They will be giving 200 people a chance to roll some dice to spell “FLOORS”.  If someone can do it they will win $1,000,000.

Floor & Decor is located at 12101 S. State Street although they do have stores all over the country.  Don’t have a store in your area? No worries, you can buy online.

Hope to see you there!

Plans for the shed.

Behold the backyard Tuff shed.

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Utilitarian, personality-less, zero character, boarding on eye sore, backyard pod for storing all our junk.  I’ve been wanting to sink my design teeth in to ever since it arrived three years ago.  Tuff Shed makes a dang good shed but they are severely lacking in the eye candy department.  Well that’s all about to change.  I’ve been collecting ideas for years and have talked the Mr. off the ledge to let me tackle it (which means he’ll be doing more than his fair share of work).  With the help of ACE Hardware we’ll be rolling up our sleeves.

Here’s some of my inspiration…

First, add board and batten trim.

Next, get rid of the blue and go two-toned.

I’ll be painting everything white except for the doors.  Originally I had planned to add trim to the doors and paint them black but these gray doors are just too de-lish to not consider.

When the light is just right you can see just how much crap I’ve stuffed in that shed through the windows.
It’s not a pretty sight.
To remedy that and add some window bling I’m loving the idea of Bermuda shutters. They’ll look great plus hide my hoarding secrets.

Last, we’ll add some window boxes.  Very similar to the ones we made for our front windows.

Here’s a recap.

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Stay tuned for progress and tutorials.

Boy Bedroom Reveal.

It’s the oldest boy’s bedroom reveal day!
Let us all sigh a breath of relief.
I had this dream that my boys would grow up best of buddies, never fight, love sharing a room (obviously I have only-child-syndrome).
Ehem, I stand corrected.
Best to give them their own rooms.
Without further adieu…

Room-before

I embarrassed to show that this is what we started with.
Kind of like that junk drawer everyone has but ours was a whole room.  (Please tell me we’re not the only one who had one of these).

Mid-process looked like this:

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I fell in love with the gorgeous reclaimed New York brick from Brick-It but once we put it up but it just felt like too much going on and made the room feel too dark.  See previous post here.
So one coat of Silent White by Clark + Kensington later…

Today’s view:

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(Yes that is the “BANE-OF-MY-EXISTENCE-METAL-DRESSER”…well sort of.  I’m actually still working on it.  I found another one that was slightly bigger and thought…”Meh, why not really try and kill myself and tackle another one?”  That was a train wreck so I sent it off to a miracle worker named Amy of Distressed By Design who sanded it down BY HAND to reveal the beauty under the paint.  I’m just about ready to send the first one off to her next.  More about her soon).

The wall opposite had not been painted in at least 10 years.

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Up went some planks, on went some paint and down came that 1970’s light.

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Then there was the issue of this wall.  The room is long and narrow.  The boy wanted to whole room to be painted blue.  I tried to explain to him about being too dark and lighting so in the end we compromised on just one wall.

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After the wall was painted it was definitely blue…A LOT OF BLUE (Blue Fedora by Valspar).
In attempt to break things up and add some personality I was inspired by this room and decided to try out my hand at a similar treatment.

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Now I have to admit I’m no artist.  My ability is limited to stick figures and things I can draw with a ruler.  No problem.  I downloaded a ton of images from Etsy and my new favorite site for images and fonts called Creative Market (you can see the images on my Pinterest page).  Next I pulled out my trusty overhead projector , shot them on to the wall and traced them with a paint pen.

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After.

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This nook was so akward.  Putting corner shelves in was the best move ever.

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I’m in love with the new bedding especially the wool blanket from Faribault Woolen Mills.  My dad used to have several of these heavy wool blankets.  When he moved I urged him to sell them at our garage sale.  I now cringe that they’re gone.  Oh the follies of youth.

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Sources:

Bed: Vintage, painted two-tone Smoke Gray, Oil-based by Rustoleum from ACE Hardware.
Stripe sheets: West Elm.
Gray sheets: Ikea
Yellow and gray wool stripe blanket: Faribault Woolen Mills.
Pillow: Etsy.
White paint: Silent White, Clark + Kensington, ACE Hardware.
Blue wall: Blue Fedora, Valspar, ACE Hardware.
Bedside wall light: School House Electric.
Ceiling Light: School House Electric.
Brick Wall: Brick-It.
Pull down Map and Blue Stool: School auction on Public Surplus.
Radio on shelf: Dot&Bo.
Wall clock: Alice Lane.
Wall hooks: Pottery Barn.
Joshua tree art: Joss & Main.
Wall planks and shelves built and installed by Springer Builders found on HomeAdvisor.

Corner shelf tutorial here.
Plank wall post.
Brick wall post.

More on the room here:

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