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2014 Year In Review

Well, 2014 is almost over and it looks like I successfully blogged one time…yay, me. The year just flew by so I used Instagram as my mobile blog. If you follow me, (instagram.com/llcsteen), then you saw everything that happened this year…including moving!

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It was time for a change and we are loving the change we made! I am proud of the projects we completed in the house in Edmond and will recap those for you this week because then we can get to the good stuff of the new house.

I hope you have enjoyed your holiday season and a fantastic 2014. I’m looking forward to an even better 2015!

xoxo,
Laura

 

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I’m a little…well, a lot…behind this year but I finally got my act together and am showing you our house all fancy and decorated for Christmas. The link-up parties have come and gone but its always fun to post this so I can remember what I did the year before! There are a lot of pictures and just a few comments so if you have a question, please leave a comment below or send me an email.

2013 Christmas House1My favorite part of the whole house…a lot of wine and champagne was drank in here this season!

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2013 Christmas House3Wrapping paper from Ballard Designs, burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby and tree skirt from Pottery Barn…I prefer modern in my home design but traditional at Christmas is my favorite.

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2013 Christmas House5I copied Wisteria’s holiday catalog, using red instead of blue. I love the many functions of this giant clam shell.

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2013 Christmas House9The coffee filter wreath from 2010 has held up so well – who would have thought?

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2013 Christmas House10The dogs favorite spot – by the OSU tree, looking out the front window.

Christmas Dogs 1Santa Max and his little elf, Carl, hope you all had a fantastic holiday season! See you in 2014.

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When we first moved in to this house, there was a nook next to the kitchen that had a built-in desk. This wasn’t something we were interested in having at all – it screamed junk collector to me. Several months later, we ripped out the desk and put in a kegerator. Fast forward another two years and we added a wine cabinet. After a nice coat of stain on the wine cabinet and a new coat of paint on the walls, our bar area is finally complete and it looks great!

Stained Wine Cabinet - BeforeWay back when, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to stain or paint the wine cabinet. I received a ton of feedback and I loved the advice I heard several times – you can always paint over stain but you can’t stain over paint. So the decision was made – stain it first!


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After one coat of Minwax Provincial stain, this bad boy was ready to go. It was a pretty simple process of staining – brush on, wipe off – and we only did one coat as the stain took really well and we didn’t want it any darker. We also forwent using a wax or poly to seal it. I didn’t think it was necessary for this piece of furniture since most of it would be hidden by walls and the kegerator.

Stained Wine Cabinet2For the top of the cabinet, I painted two coats of chalkboard paint to give the appearance of a tray. (You know I love a good tray!) We debated putting another piece of wood on top (but how could we make it look seamless from the rest of the piece) or putting a piece of mirror on top (but it seemed too glitzy for this area) so a faux tray seemed like the easiest and most practical solution. A jar of corks, a John Derian tray and a typical Italalian cheers – perfect!

Stained Wine Cabinet3This part of our house is finally complete and I love it. I’m glad we stained the cabinet so it blends into the keg and doesn’t try to stand out from it. Our blue bar cart does a great job as a fun bar piece so I’m glad we didn’t spray paint the wine cabinet as well. The lights from our glass cabinet also do a great job of lighting up this space as does our DIY gallery wall with bright white picture frames.

The best part about our bar area? The comments from any male that walks through this house, which definitely includes the guys who measured for new kitchen appliances and lovingly stared at the tap while they worked. Yes, boys. It does hold a full-sized keg and yes, we do use it. A lot.

Bar area before and afterJust three short years ago, our house looked like the picture on the left. New floors, new paint and countless DIY hours make the picture on the right so perfect!

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New HardwareWe’ve been doing more updates around the house and really, the details are what make any project come to life, right? Out with the old (the 80’s) and in with the new (clean-lined, chrome hardware) is what we’re trying to accomplish in this house and we’re doing it room by room. Next week I hope to show you the whole thing but for now, follow along on Instagram and Facebook for more updates as we continue our progress!

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Almost four months ago, I showed you one of my top five favorite projects I’ve ever done – my DIY mirrored nightstand. I still love it! A week later, I was coveting a piece of furniture that I thought didn’t exist but thanks to the world wide web, a friendly reader and a town that I’m not too fond of (sorry Debbie, I’m an OSU gal!) I found exactly what I wanted and finally created a mirrored nightstand for the other side of our master bed.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand5Here he is! (I call mine a she, Conner’s side is a he. I feel its only appropriate.) I’m not totally happy with the styling and accessories but he’ll get there. At least he is finished and in place so my husband has a place to charge his phone and put down a water glass. Three months after I finished this nightstand, I’m finally showing you how it all came to be!

DIY Mirrored Nightstand1This was our humble beginning. Debbie from Norman was holding on to this piece to use outside. Luckily for me, it was still sitting in the garage and had yet to move so Debbie was willing to sell it to me. (I have plenty of those pieces!)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand2The bones were good but the back was too frilly for what I wanted. There were two small pieces of wood, held by small screws, that were holding the top scroll piece. It was super easy to take off the three pieces but then I was left with this hole. Crap.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand3After two trips to Home Depot (the first was just a thought process and the second I took Conner to make sure I measured right), I came home with two pieces of wood. The first piece of wood used was this small piece that fit perfectly in the new hole made from the missing top scroll piece.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand4The second piece of wood was actually a new layer to the top of the nightstand. When we set the nightstand next to the bed, it was just a smidge too short for what I wanted. I couldn’t find casters that fit the look for the price I wanted so I had a new piece of wood cut and used Gorilla Glue to attach it to the top of the old wood. After several coats of wood putty, some sanding and spray paint, it was just what I wanted! (I wasn’t looking for complete perfection since I knew you would be able to see the grain and knicks in the original wood)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand5I went through the same process of finishing this nightstand as I did on the first mirrored nightstand: the local glass shop cut the pieces of mirror to size, I used mirror adhesive to attach the pieces and glass knobs from Hobby Lobby finished it all off. I love it!

You can see the floor vent in this picture, aka my nightmare and the original reason why it took so long to find the perfect picture of furniture to fit this side of the bed. The floor vent deflector fits perfectly under here and our room has stayed nice and cool this summer.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand6The main wall of our bedroom looks perfect with the two mirrored nightstands and is exactly what I had pictured in my mind! Only a few more small details and I will show you a great before and after, complete with a picture of what this room looked like at our first showing!

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I get asked about paint colors in our house. Did you know there is one handy tab on the blog with all of that information? https://thesteenstyle.com/my-paint-colors/

DIY Tufted Headboard18I update it with pictures as I finish a room so you can see what the color is and what it looks like in my house. Even if you like my color – make sure you paint a swatch on a wall before you paint a whole room! It will save you a lot of time if you make sure your lighting works with the color you want. Trust me – I’ve been there!

https://thesteenstyle.com/my-paint-colors/

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It has been almost three years since we moved in to this house and our master bedroom is so close to being finished – finally! I am thrilled with how it is turning out…I love the look and even better, I love the price we are paying for everything. A couple of weeks ago, I made a mirrored nightstand for my side of the bed (Conner’s is in the works!) but the next-to-last project for our room was a headboard that I knew would be a bear. Thanks to my mom who has no fear of projects I throw at her, we finished the ginormous tufted headboard project!

**Some disclaimers before I start the tutorial of the project: my mom and I are not expert upholstery people. We used a tutorial I found on Pinterest and adapted based on the size of our headboard and the minor experience we have tufting a footstool. I try to use pictures and words to explain our process below. If you don’t understand a step or have questions, feel free to ask! I would be happy to give more details if you see a step that is left unclear or left out. It is also VERY handy to have a buddy for this project. The tutorials I read only used one person. That is crazy to me – I highly recommend having a friend/family member help you with this!

West Elm Tufted HeadboardThe Tall Grid Tufted Headboard from West Elm was my inspiration for the project. We have a king-sized bed so I used their measurements for our project. (78″ wide by 56″ tall) She was a beast, a true beauty and also super expensive. It would have been so easy to order this headboard but I wasn’t interested in paying almost $900 (after taxes and shipping) for something we could make for cheaper.

DIY Tufted Headboard16After a long Sunday of working on the very large project and a Thursday night of installing it, this is my version of the headboard! I love it and am so happy with the results. It isn’t perfect like the West Elm version but if it was perfect, where would the fun war stories be about tackling this DIY?

P.S. I saved $705 by doing this on my own. Yup. 705 DOLLARS. Totally worth it!

DIY Tufted HeadboardI started with my supplies: a roll of batting (40% off at Hobby Lobby), 5 yards of white linen fabric (on sale for $7.99/yard at Hancock’s), a button making kit (40% off at Hancock’s), extra buttons (40% off at Hancock’s), upholstery needles (my mom already had on hand), upholstery thread (again, my mom already had on hand), two sheets of peg board that were pieced together to fit the size I needed (from Home Depot – they cut it to size) and two pieces of 3″ foam glued and cut to fit the dimensions I needed (a local foam store, Truman’s, did all of the work for me of gluing/cutting the foam).

**Side note about the fabric: I’m so glad I went with 5 yards of fabric. It seemed like a lot but other than some scraps and edges we cut off, we used most of it! I went with a white linen because the rest of the bedroom has darker colors and I wanted a lighter headboard. Linen has a beautiful texture and I liked that it was lightweight and easy to work with for our project. I do not recommend using patterned fabric for a tufted project. I can’t even imagine the pain of trying to match up the patterns of the board with the patterns of the buttons so go with a solid fabric for a project like this!

DIY Tufted Headboard2I used this tutorial from Little Green Notebook. I read several headboard tutorials but liked this one the best since we wouldn’t have to drill holes into wood. The pegboard was so handy to use since it already has 1″ spaced holes!

The only downside was that the boards weren’t big enough so we had to buy two pieces and have the second piece cut to size. The cutting machines at Home Depot are awesome and if you need something trimmed down, I highly suggest having the skilled employee take care of measuring/cutting for you before you leave the store!

We started off taping the pieces together but later used some upholstery thread to attach the pegboard to the foam in several places. There are numerous ways you could reinforce the flimsy areas of the pegboard so feel free to experiment – we certainly did!

DIY Tufted Headboard3Our first hour was spent laying out the buttons for tufting. Do you want to feel not smart? Count out 6 buttons across, 4 buttons down on a large piece of pegboard and see if you start to go crazy after 10 minutes. This messed with our brains and clearly the pegboard – I’m not sure which symbol we actually ended up using as our “this is the real hole” hole.

DIY Tufted Headboard4Once you lay out the placement of your buttons, lay the foam underneath the pegboard and make marks with a dark pen/marker on where the buttons/holes will go.

The yellow line is where Truman’s glued the two pieces of foam together. Several hours into the project, we realized it would show through the batting and fabric. We covered this up with a little craft paint and a lunch break of drying time. It worked perfectly!

**Side note: Centsational Girl’s tutorial was one I read to prep for this project. She only used 2″ foam. I’m so glad I used 3″ – it really gives more depth for the tufts. I saved a fortune using Truman’s for this project instead of going to Joann’s or Hancock’s to get the foam squares and piecing them together.

DIY Tufted Headboard5I used Conner’s drill to make holes where each of our tufts would go. In the Little Green Notebook tutorial, she cut out pieces of foam with a knife. That would work fine too but this was super fast and fun.

DIY Tufted Headboard6I did like that the tutorial we used suggested making the pegboard longer than the foam so that there was a nice seam of fabric behind the mattress instead of cutting off right at the top of the mattress. I added 10″ so the height of this piece was actually 66″ instead of 56″.

To help support the large pegboard, we used two side tables to hold it up. This came in handy later while tufting. My mom ended up lying underneath the piece and I was on top, each of us guiding the needle as it went on the top and bottom of the foam.

I didn’t use spray foam or any adhesive on these layers before we started tufting. I didn’t think the spray foam would be necessary since the we had the headboard laying down and I wanted it all to be able to move a little as we worked on this project. I’m not a huge fan of spray adhesive so I’m glad we skipped this step and didn’t need it.

DIY Tufted Headboard7Mom started by threading the needle, pushing it through a hole in the pegboard/foam/batting and finally guiding it to the spot I wanted in the fabric. I took the needle from her, helping to pull it through the rest of the way and threading a fabric covered button on to the needle. (A step not shown in this tutorial: button making. It was extremely easy using the kit I got at Hancock’s. It is also pretty cheap, especially when you can get them on sale for 40% off like I did!)

I would make sure the needle was all of the way through the four layers (pegboard, foam, batting and fabric), the button was attached to the thread and then push the needle back down through all four layers to my mom.

DIY Tufted Headboard8She would pull the needle back down and hold gently as I tucked and guided the fabric to fold the way I wanted. I didn’t want a traditional diamond tuft, rather a more modern and clean-lined tuft like the West Elm version.

DIY Tufted Headboard10Once the button was pulled down as far as I wanted, I would holler for her to keep holding so I could duck underneath the makeshift worktable and help her out. (This became the comical part of the process. We were barking out short sentences to each other like we were in some kind of boot camp. “Pull harder. Little more. Okay stop!” “Holding. Hurry!” “I’m coming under!”)

DIY Tufted Headboard9Mom would pull tightly on the string while I grabbed her air compressor nail gun (such a handy tool for this project!) and nail 5-6 staples into the pegboard to hold the button in the place we wanted. This is when you need a project buddy you are comfortable with – we spooned several times, I laid across her stomach at one point – and that buddy needs strong hands. Project buddies with Mom-strength preferred.

DIY Tufted Headboard11Once you finish the rows of tufting (we ended up doing four rows – 6 buttons each), pull the fabric around to the back of the pegboard and staple the heck out of it! Make sure you smooth the fabric as you go and pull it taught before stapling.

**Not shown – since this headboard was so tall, we had to use two strips of fabric. The fourth row of buttons are actually tufted using a new piece of fabric. This was no big deal because the pillows on our bed would cover them up but if this bothers you, adjust your measurements so you can use only one piece of fabric across.

DIY Tufted Headboard12Several days later, my dad came over to help me install the headboard. We used a tool called a french cleat – one side attached to the wall and one side attached to the headboard. They rest in each other and can hold up to 200 pounds – it is a very cool tool for hanging pictures or items like my headboard!

Conner got a laser level/stud finder for Christmas one year and it was perfect for this. We were able to make sure the picture hanger was level while the headboard was lying down, all thanks to the laser. (bonus points if you say laser like Dr. Evil in Austin Powers)

DIY Tufted Headboard13We measured the headboard, measured the wall, measured the headboard and measured the wall again – it was a little nerve-wracking carrying the large headboard back to the bedroom because I was worried it would all get messed up. The fabric wrinkled (its linen, what can you expect?) and some of the folds came undone but it was an absolute perfect fit on top of the headboard and I knew I could iron out the problems with the fabric.

You can see the two rows of fabric on the right side of this picture. My mom did a quick stitch in several places to make sure the two layers wouldn’t come undone and we used some spray glue to attach the bottom piece to the foam. So far – so good!

DIY Tufted Headboard14Once the headboard was in place and centered (the french cleat allows you to slide the picture/headboard back and forth while hanging so you can adjust as needed), I used an iron to clean up the wrinkles and secure some folds that had come undone. This final step helped so much and really polished it up!

DIY Tufted Headboard15Look, even dogs approve of the project!

DIY Tufted Headboard16Not pictured here is a nightstand for Conner. This is a work in progress thanks to the stupid air vent seen on the floor on the left side of the picture. Thanks, builders from the early 80’s, for placing this in the most awkward spot ever.

DIY Tufted Headboard17I love how much this brightens the room and also makes the ceilings seem so much taller. It still shocks me to walk down the hall and see a large white object in the bedroom!

DIY Tufted Headboard18The mirrored nightstand looks more complete now that the headboard is finished. Success!

DIY Tufted Headboard19And one last look at our new, West Elm knock-off, headboard! I am thrilled with the results and while I’m not willing to tackle another headboard of this size, can’t wait to do it again on a much smaller scale.

The West Elm version (with tax and shipping) would have cost me $887. My supplies, including french cleat, cost $182 for a savings of $705. Total score! If you have questions about this (I know several steps weren’t photographed), please email me or leave a comment. I would be happy to help and answer questions!

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