Bedroom Makeover #1

I had a lot of fun with this room… it was nothing terrible to begin with, but I knew if I put it off it would be a long time before I’d get to it. So off we went, spur of the moment, the second Saturday after moving in, and bought paint.

the only before picture I thought to take 🙂

I knew I wanted to go with a nautical theme, because I wanted the room to appeal to an older boy as well–I didn’t want anything too juvenile. Dan had a frame with a sailboat and different knots inside, and that’s kind of where I started.


From there it was pretty easy. I didn’t want a solid navy wall but thought that a striped wall would look nice. We struggled with calculating stripe width when we did this in the basement of our old house, but this was very simple since we did all the stripes equal sizes.


The anchor rug was a buy off of I much prefer buying things online, but I always get a little nervous especially for bigger purchases like this. I am very happy with the rug though: nice and plush, and the colours were exactly as I had pictured. And the curtains, which you can hardly see… the cheapest curtains on, haha! They were the perfect colour, and blackout the room considerably well. (It’s not a bright room to begin with.)

dsc_0164My mom had one square of this sailboat material in her scrap bin, so it was perfect to sew into a decorative little pillow.

dsc_0161Thanks to my sister-in-law, I also received this large anchor for decor-perfect for the bedroom! I looked around for a model sailboat to buy, but they were all quite pricey. I didn’t want to spend any more money on the room, so after looking for some inspiration on pinterest, I hauled to the backyard with a saw and chopped down some dead birch branches. The sails are more scrap material, so I ended up spending $0 as opposed to at least $30 for a “real” model. I may still make a little flag for the top, and a little pendant banner for one sail, but all in good time 😉

dsc_0157Final result! I found the quilt on clearance at Quilts Etc, but they only carried in queen size. After looking for something similar at a ton of different stores, I decided to go with the Queen size one anyway, and I think it works fine! I’m not sure how well you can see the design, but it is pictures of various sailboats. Anyway, that’s it! It was a lot of fun picking stuff out for a “big kid” room. Eventually, when the budget allows, I’d like to also get a nautical map, or an old world map, for the wall. But for now, I think I’m done with the room.



Spice Rack Bookshelves

While looking for bookshelf ideas for the reading nook, I came across this Ikea Spice Rack idea.
I originally had wanted to do rain gutter book shelves, like this:

I thought this would be more customizable for length, and Ikea is a bit far away for us, so it seemed easier. But it proved to just be a big pain, and more expensive!
So off we trekked to Ikea. We spent a couple hours there, and found a lot of handy things, but no spice racks! We should have just found someone to ask, but by the time we thought of that, we were all the way through the store, so we just left it.

At home, we checked online, and discovered there were indeed 250ish spice racks stocked at our particular Ikea! Oops. Instead of making the big trip again, we ordered them online.

Anyway, after all that, we had a perfectly timed snow day yesterday which gave us time to put them up. We decided to hold off hanging them up in the reading nook for a few months, and hung 3 in a bedroom upstairs. Nap time is more like book-time around here, so this was a nice solution to keeping the books a little neater upstairs.

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We decided not to paint them, because, well, let’s be honest here, less work! But also because I like the plain wood colour. We may paint the two shelves for in the reading nook, but that project is at a standstill for now 🙂 The spice racks are small, so you can only fit about 5 books on each shelf, but I like that the kids can see the covers, instead of hauling 30 books off the shelf to find the one they’re looking for. This was also a very affordable solution, only $5 or so per shelf. And if you’re smarter than us, you can save the extra $15 shipping cost 😉

Sewing/Craft Workspace

The finishing touches on the basement are slowly coming together. I don’t like it when things drag on and on, and the pressure is on now to finish everything before it warms up outside. If it’s nicer to be outside than in, I know everything will keep getting put off. My sewing corner is finally done… except (aren’t there always excepts? sigh) I’m planning to make some sort of storage solution for all my thread, and I’d like to get some clear plastic drawers to have a more accessible fabric storage system. So anyway, here are a few pictures, of the (95%) finished sewing/craft area. They are taken on my phone, so sorry for the low quality 🙂 IMG_20150119_123700 I wanted to make a cute pennant banner with scrap material… but I didn’t have the right sort of scraps. I ended up finding this fabric with Bible verses on and it worked out good (I think!). The banner was easy enough to sew; I just made a triangle template, and then did the single Bible verses in whatever shape suited it best. I did two of each verse to keep up a bit of a pattern. IMG_20150119_123645 I got these two printables free online, and then made the two on the other side myself. IMG_20150119_123630Made a trip to Ikea for a new sewing chair, sorted through all my fabric (in the blue tote) and found a nice piece of cardboard to use for a cutting board. I’ve also had that “Excellence” sign for a while, but had no place to hang it. I thought it fit nicely here 🙂 This was all good timing, as I did a pile of sewing for a church baby shower with three new babies. Baby items are always fun to sew, I find, because they are small, relatively fast projects, and size is forgiving. Plus, I love finding cute new material! I didn’t remember to take pictures of what I made, except these two phone pictures of two of the taggy blankets I made.

So now on the to-do list: -buy plastic drawers for fabric storage (Hoping for some good deals from Target on its way out of Canada!) -make a thread organizer. I am thinking something like this:

– get sewing my reading nook pillow(s). I am not disclosing my lofty plans lest they come to naught 😉 It is great having a work area with space for the kids to play as well! This basement has already paid for itself by our almost-daily usage.