Upcycled Green Chalkboard

green chalkboard

We made a few changes to our living room recently in the form of new carpet and a new sectional sofa.  In the process, I needed to remove the door that normally would close off the living room to the stairs going up to the dining/sitting area.  In the past, we actually liked having that door to either trap corral the kids when they were little in the living room and/or keep the dog out.  Now that the kids are older and the dog is gone, we didn’t really have much need for the door.  And after the carpet and the new sofa was in, I was really loving having that doorway open.  So we had this big hollow core door that we were going to have to get rid of.  After finishing the bonus room in the basement, I knew that I wanted a large green chalkboard down there for the kids (ok fine, for me to decorate).  So I decided to upcycle the door to make a giant green chalkboard.

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Favorite Pallet Projects

pallet project

I love using pallets for projects.  They are free and readily available.  It seems like a huge waste not to use and upcycle them somehow.  And my dad rips them down for me and sometimes he even sands them for me!  So how could I not find great uses for these?  I have used them in various areas in my home and today I am going to share my favorite pallet projects around my home.  

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Spring Bathroom Refresh

spring bathroom refresh

Do you ever just get bored with something and need a change even though there is nothing wrong with the way something is? Yes?  No?  Well, I do.  The hubs just cannot understand this.  In his eyes, if it functions, its fine.  I can understand that, to a point.  But then my crazy comes out and once I get some vision in my head I obsess over it until it becomes reality.  I typically act pretty fast on my ideas because I don’t know if you have ever obsessed about something as inconsequential as the way your bathroom looks, but it will can drive you mad(ish).  There was absolutely nothing wrong with our downstairs bathroom.  It just felt stale to me.  So I decided to give it a little spring bathroom refresh.

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Bonus Room- Part 2

house tour

I am back with the *almost* finished basement bonus room today.  I say almost because there are still a few finishing touches that need to be done but I will explain our plans later in this post.  Let’s first revisit the before of this space.

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Bonus Room- part 1

bonus room

Ok, I will be the first to admit, I can be a little crazy.  Like that time I started freaking out that my kids did not have a “fun kid space” and I started concocting ideas to add a room above our garage which would have involved raising the garage roof and completely changing the outline and look of our house, maybe not in a good way.  Thankfully, I have some pretty smart parents that stated the obvious, “Why don’t you just put some walls up in your basement and make a room down there?  Your basement is huge.”  And the idea of the basement bonus room was born.

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