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Happy 2014! I loved 2013 but am really looking forward to 2014 – my self-proclaimed “Year of Fun!” It’s always great to look back at the previous year and this blog helps keep some of those fun memories for me. Based upon your views and clicks, it is safe to say this year was the year of our master bedroom. We finally finished all of the big projects I wanted to complete and you all loved them with me! Below are the top five posts from 2013.

Bar area before and afterConner’s favorite makeover in our house is this bar area, especially the stained wine cabinet from our 5th anniversary. When we moved in, we knew right away that the desk would have to come out (can you say junk collector?). New floors, new paint, an updated cabinet as well as two new beverage centers really make this spot more us!

DIY Mirrored Nightstand5I love that we finally have grown-up nightstands! Conner’s nightstand was tricky with that stupid floor vent but we worked it out and I love it.

Floor Mirror18Every girl’s dream – a full-length mirror to see her shoes! This DIY floor mirror took some time (mainly for drying, but really for silver-leafing) but it was so worth it for the end result and the space it takes up on this empty wall.

DIY Tufted Headboard19The second most favorite post/project of the year is our tufted headboard, inspired by West Elm and featured on BuzzFeed! (What a thrill and lesson learned…don’t read comments you can’t delete!) Mom and I worked all day on a Sunday to get this over-sized beauty finished and I love it so much.

DIY Mirror Nightstand8And finally, your favorite project and mine…the DIY mirrored nightstand on my side of the bed. I had been dreaming of doing this for two years and am kicking myself for not doing it sooner. It is so easy and not as expensive as I feared!

Thanks for reading in 2013! I will be back soon with new projects. For more in between posts, follow me on Instagram and like the Facebook page!

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The DIY gallery wall trend is huge. (Just check out all of these results on Pinterest!) I love the variations of this trend and how people are embracing the easiness of this project. I did our wall in 2011 but it needed more frames and really needed some professional mats. (I tried to cheat that part and it didn’t work – lesson learned.) Here is the updated version of our DIY gallery wall.

DIY Gallery WallIt is similar to what we had before but is now larger and more polished! I love the look of the professional mats, it makes the photos look really crisp and clean. I also updated some of the pictures and made all of them black and white – my favorite type of photo.

DIY Gallery Wall2The only picture that isn’t a photo is the Greg Burns black and white drawing of a favorite spot in OKC. Conner actually found this when he first moved to OKC and since we used to live close to this landmark, I love having it in our current house.

I also love/hate having the photo of the beach in Maui. I can’t wait to go on another beach trip but I’m not sure any will compare to our almost free trip to Hawaii!

DIY Gallery Wall3In addition to the pictures of us, I have a picture of my grandpa when he was in the Air Force and a picture of Conner’s grandma with one of my grandmas from our wedding in the Bahamas. Aren’t they cute hanging out on the beach?

I love gallery walls because that can represent any number of things about your personality so I love that ours reflects who we are and who are family is. Are you trying this trend or are you over it? I would love to see a picture of yours!

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So today was a fun day on the Internet for me! I was featured on BuzzFeed. Say what?!

DIY Headboard on BuzzFeedThanks to a girlfriend, I was alerted that my DIY tufted headboard was featured as one of their 24 West Elm Hacks. It was a pretty cool feeling to see my headboard and my room on a site like this. Thanks for the feature, BuzzFeed!

Side note: my family doesn’t really support the word ‘hack’ but I get it. I’m knocking off something that is really expensive so I get it. I do! But then I read some of the comments on the BuzzFeed article… ouch… maybe some day we’ll get to see the houses of the people who leave mean comments, yes? 😉

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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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I can’t stop drooling over bathrooms with two sinks. We need this so badly. There is plenty of room in the vanity so I’m not sure why it hasn’t ever been done to our master bath! I want to finish our kitchen first but as soon as that’s done, I will be ready to tackle our bathroom vanity. Here are some great inspiration pics that had me at hello.

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Notice a trend? I love white cabinets and light counter tops! For more inspiration pictures, follow my Bath Inspiration Pinterest page.

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After some teasing on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, I am FINALLY finished with my oversize floor mirror. This bad boy weighs in at super heavy and measures 7 feet tall by 3 feet wide. I love how it ended up but did make a few errors along the way. I’ve explained them below and hope this helps you if you attempt this project!

Floor Mirror1This was my inspiration. I saw it on Pinterest and instantly loved the size and gilded frame. I have been looking for a floor mirror that is a decent size with a cheap price but with those expectations, was coming up short on options. When I saw this, I put together my plan and went to town!

Floor MirrorI started with an 8′ x 4′ piece of MDF from Home Depot that I had cut down to 7′ x 3′ before I left the store. I painted the back of the wood first (probably the first time I’ve painted the back/inside of any project!) and then painted the border of the front since the mirror would attach to the middle of the wood.

Floor Mirror3My dad helped me use my box cutter to cut the trim pieces I also purchased at Home Depot to make the large outside frame. The trim I used was flat on the back and round on the top. This was SO much easier than the crown molding we installed in the dining room. Having it completely flat on the back and even on both sides made this process go quickly and smoothly.

Floor Mirror4Luckily the trim pieces were so long, we only had to make the 45 degree cuts for the corners. We are both visual people so to anyone watching us cut this, we must have looked like loons. “Okay, so we cut it this way (insert angled hand motion) so now we’ll cut it this way to match up (insert opposite angled hand motion).”

Floor Mirror5We used my mom’s air compressed nail gun so the pieces of trim were attached to the MDF in no time! When you attempt this on your own (and you will because it is that easy), don’t worry about a small gap on the corners – those are very easy to fill in with wood putty or caulk.

Floor Mirror6Once we finished the outside frame, we used mirror adhesive and attached the mirror I had cut at my local glass shop. I don’t have pictures of this step because it took my dad, Conner and me to get the mirror glued, attached and as straight as possible. One tip – before we started to attach the mirror, we measured it out and marked where the mirror should line up on the wood. This was a huge help!

We moved the project to our dining table so more of it was supported and the wood didn’t bow on the ends. To make sure the mirror was securely attached, we weighed down the top with random objects we found in the dining and living room. Our table looked like this for four days – what a sight!

Floor Mirror7Once I felt more than safe that the mirror was attached and the glue was dry, we used the same trim to make the inside frame that sits on top of the mirror. Conner helped me cut the pieces and attach them to the mirror with more mirror adhesive. This sat for two days before I moved on to the next step.

Floor Mirror8I used wood putty to fill in the nail holes and also seal the gaps where the two pieces of trim don’t match perfectly in the corners.

Floor Mirror9Wood putty is very easy to work with if you haven’t used it before. I am lazy so I just use my fingers, not a putty knife, to layer in the putty and smooth it. Make sure you use a wood putty or caulk that is sandable/paintable – it will make your life much easier!

Floor Mirror10Once the putty was dry, it was time to silver leaf! This was so time-consuming and such a hassle but the end result was well worth it. It would have been much easier to just paint the trim but I wanted the metallic, reflective surface that silver leaf gives. It would have also been MUCH easier to do this before the trim was attached but I wasn’t thinking about that when I started this whole project.

Floor Mirror11Start by brushing on the metal leaf adhesive. This small bottle is in the same aisle as the metal leaf sheets I found at Hobby Lobby. This adhesive is super strong and stays tacky for a very long time, several days in fact! They aren’t lying when they say to wait at least 45 minutes before applying the silver leaf sheets. If the glue is too wet, the process gets very sloppy.

Floor Mirror12These are the metal leaf sheets I used. They come in a pack of 25. I thought that would be enough but I had to get another package and used several sheets of the new one.

I started by applying the whole sheet to the trim. That was a mistake – it got everywhere! I ended up tearing off small pieces from the large sheet and applying them to the trim. This process for a piece of furniture (like this tutorial here) would be so much easier because you could use a whole sheet instead of breaking them up. I would love to do this for a side table in our guest room and may end up doing it now that I’ve had this trial run on silver leafing.

Floor Mirror13I used my fingers to attach the sheets and then ran a foam brush over the area to really attach it. This will get messy and little pieces of silver will go flying so make sure you do this in an area or on a surface you don’t mind getting dirty.

Floor Mirror14Notice the painters tape in the picture above? This is why! SO messy with my first attempt. The glue and silver were everywhere. Way to NOT think through this process, Laura. I don’t blame myself though. No, I blame the red carpet coverage of the Oscars. That’s a legitimate reason to be distracted, right?

Floor Mirror15After 6 hours, spread out over several days, I was finally finished with the silver leaf. What a time investment, right? Once I pulled all of the tape off, I used Goo Gone to erase the glue that was on the mirror, a piece of sand paper to smooth out the silver leaf on the MDF and then applied one quick coat of paint to the border. So pretty!

Floor Mirror16I absolutely love how much light this mirror reflects. This sits to the left of our door to the bathroom and across from the one window in our room. It was so bright in here all weekend – love!

The floor lamp was a purchase from Target last year and the garden stool was one I got on clearance from Garden Ridge and spray painted navy. It is a perfect resting spot for my phone, clothes and will eventually see a glass (or two) of wine!

Floor Mirror17The silver leaf is so reflective and gives off a nice shine. While it was a pain in the rear to do this while the trim was attached, it was totally worth it!  The final white coat I used is the same as our living room fireplace – Moon Rise by Behr.

Floor Mirror18In an attempt to keep it real, here is what this area looked like before I took the pictures and I’m sure what it will look like most of the time: shoes kicked off, shirt draped on the stool and one or both dogs in the way. Typical!

The total size of this mirror is 7′ x 3′. The mirror I had cut at my local glass shop was supposed to just be 6″ shorter than the MDF on all sides but I’m not sure where my math went wrong. The larger border at the top and bottom bothered me at first but now I don’t mind it so I will now claim I meant to do that. 🙂

Total cost for this project? $152! It might sound like a lot to you but it is so much cheaper than the $500-700 I kept seeing when shopping for a mirror this size. The time was the biggest factor in this project but well worth it for the end result! SO happy to finally see what my whole outfit looks like before I walk out the door.

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Another project is finished in the dining room and that means I’m one step closer to a finished dining room…finally!

Curio Cabinet makeoverWhen my grandma moved, she sold a bunch of furniture. This curio cabinet was one of the pieces she got rid of and I loved it for our dining room!

Curio Cabinet makeover2My grandpa gave this to my grandma for her birthday way back when so it has some meaning to the family. There was already enough dark wood in this room though so I used paint, new knobs and scrapbooking paper to update this piece of furniture to fit our house.

Curio Cabinet makeover3I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for the first time ever and even though I feel like a DIY failure, my review for this paint is this – “Eh.” I’m not in love, over the moon with it as everyone else. It worked well and didn’t have an odor like most paints so there was a plus but it was just like most other paints I’ve used. Not really worth the expense of the paint!

Curio Cabinet makeover4I used three coats of paint to freshen the cabinet up and I love how much lighter it is now. I didn’t prime it or sand it, like most furniture I paint, and the paint still went on smoothly.

Curio Cabinet makeover5The cabinet isn’t that deep so even though I really wanted to use this to keep extra plates, it now houses our china and crystal glasses from our wedding. It works out well!

Curio Cabinet makeover7The knobs are from Hobby Lobby and at the bottom of the two sections, I used navy and white scrapbooking paper to give some color and pattern to this piece. It feels so much more modern now.

Curio Cabinet makeover8Here is another look at the before and after. The added molding to the walls and the lighter color also help make this spot look much better. There are two lights inside the cabinet so at night it makes the dining room look so pretty and gives a nice glow to the room – love!

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