Plans for the shed.

Behold the backyard Tuff shed.


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…


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:


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:



(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.


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



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.


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.

IMG_7154 graffiti

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.






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








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.






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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Laying an interior brick wall

I have an obsession with marble and brick.  I’ve pretty much clad as many surfaces with marble in my home that I can think of and now I’m moving on to brick.
Brick can be tricky though.
You have to be careful where you put it or it can look out of place.
Brick is typically used on fireplaces or outter walls…or older buildings or lofts but that doesn’t apply here.
I would put brick on every wall of my home but that would be overkill. Plus I live in a 1970’s rambler and they didn’t typically do interior brick walls back then. I like to try and stay within some kind of character style of the home (most of the time). But because my home has an all brick exterior I figured applying brick on an outer wall wouldn’t be that much of a stretch. Capiche?

If you follow us on Instagram I showed a little teaser pic…here’s how the application went…


This is the outer wall of my son’s room (and me trying to duck out of the way for the picture).  On the other side of the wall (outside) it’s all brick.  I wanted to carry that theme as if it were one big thick brick wall to the interior.  I found an online company called Brick-It which carries reclaimed brick from old buildings.  They cut the brick down so it’s 1/2″ thick veneer.  The back is smooth and the front has all that old worn character.  I ordered their New York Used brick veneers to apply to this wall.

The application process is SOO easy.  You first apply these Designer Metal Grids to the wall.


It was pretty straight forward and my 10 year old helped out a lot.


We first tried to cut down with some nipper scissors.  We then found that using a metal cutting blade was a lot quicker.


Once the whole wall was covered with the DMG system we were ready to apply the bricks.


Using a caulking gun you apply a line of glue (which they sent) on top of the grid then lay they bricks right in the panels.  I’m telling you it was SO easy.  This little man did a good majority of the brick laying (I mean it is room, he should do some work in there, right?).  :)



Doing this much brick took just under an hour. I’m loving the perfectly imperfect look.


We need to go rent a wet-saw to cut the bricks around the window then put the mortar in.  Stayed tuned for that step but all in all it has been a pretty fun project so far.  I’m still debating whether or not to white wash them which was my original plan.  I’m leaning toward doing it because the room is starting to feel heavy with the navy wall and now red brick.  Three people who have seen the wall say “NO” but we’ll see.  We’re hoping to wrap things up and have the room completely done in the next two weeks.  Yipee.

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