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Budget Friendly Master Bedroom Reveal

Hi there! My name is Jen, I am the author of the DIY & decorating blog City Farmhouse. I also write for BHG’s Style Spotters, you may have read some of my Flea Market Chic/Vintage Living articles. I am so happy to be sharing my master bedroom today! My Rustic Chic Budget Friendly Bedroom is being featured in the Feb 2015 issue of BHG and I couldn’t be more excited!!! This reveal has never been seen anywhere so that makes it even more thrilling!

When we moved into our renovated coastal Long Island home 4 years ago I had BIG plans. I was so eager to transform our home into a stylish oasis that oozed warmth and charm. But these things take time & money which at the time I didn’t have an abundance of either. With 2 little boys and a new mortgage, my husband & I made a choice to go one room at a time. Hard as it was at times, I always felt so blessed to have a home that was practically new, overlooking the bay & barrier island. Plus, it really is way more fun to take your time & to be thoughtful about what you choose for your home.

As time went on, we did as we said and went one room at a time. We tackled all of the common area rooms first and all the while my wheels were turning for my master bedroom. I knew I wanted it casual, clean, rustic with a touch of glam. When the time finally came I was so ready. I began by sketching out my ideas. I laid out a solid plan so that I stayed on track & budget. I knew what I was looking for at my favorite retail shops, what I wanted to repurpose & what I would DIY. I tried to find a balance in layering all of these details & projects so it felt seamless.

The first DIY project up was my HERRINGBONE WALL. I have always loved herringbone, even in my early 20′s. It is a classic pattern that can work with any style. Here I took a traditional design and made it more modern with only a few dollars. The base color is Beach from Valspar and the white detail is just a semi gloss I had left over. After sketching my grid on paper with my actual measurements of the wall I was ready. I found my middle first and worked outward from there using a measuring stick and pencil.

DIY Herringbone Wall

The vertical lines are 16″ apart and the horizontals are 12″. I then taped a 1/2″ seam, making sure I pressed firmly on the tape to seal the edges. Tip-you can run caulk along the edges with your finger to allow for a perfect line, especially if your walls have a texture. I then took a small foam brush and painted the white detail. Be sure to use a small amount of paint at a time and stroke inward to lessen the bleeding. Two coats will do it, once it is dry you can pull off your tape.

This project is one of my favorites of all time, it took me about 4 hours to complete and the best part, if I tire of the design I can simply paint over it.

City Farmhouse DIY Headboard & Herringbone Wall Dimensions

The next project I chose to tackle to save some money was the HEADBOARD. The original headboard was custom made by Calico Corners many moons ago, it was originally done in a red & gold chenille that was beautiful when we were living in Colorado but didn’t seem to fit with my new design plan. I love fabric headboards, they add warmth to a space and are super comfy. So I began the hunt for fabric to update this focal point. When I saw this discontinued linen fabric {that was probably meant for a kitchen or family room} I fell head over heels. The texture and vintage feel was perfect. I tore off the existing fabric from the frame which took a long, long time and upholstered it with the new fabric. For around $65 we had a whole new headboard which I absolutely love.

City Farmhouse Gray & Peach Bedroom DIY Upholstered Headboard

I had been hunting for SIDE TABLES for a while but I never really saw anything that spoke to me for the right $. So I shopped my basement, remembering I had bought clearance tables at Target 6 years ago for less than $20 a piece. They were perfect with their X design on the sides, they just needed a little lift, literally. I added height by adding a plywood bottom & casters. I then painted them with Benjamin Moore Stormy Night. Total cost for each makeover just under $40. I finished the makeover by adding a DIY color blocked basket for storage.

City Farmhouse Rustic Chic Bedroom All On A Budget-DIY  Side Tables

This DIY Driftwood Mirror has my heart. The great thing about DIY is sometimes you get to create beautiful things with your loved ones. And that always adds a layer of meaning to your home. One day last year in early June I took my boys to the beach. We pretended to be pirates, finding as much treasure {aka driftwood} as we could. When we got home they helped sort the sizes and assisted in creating this stunning focal point. We finished the back by writing “made with love”, our names and the date. Total cost just $3 for the mirror. Memories of a fun day spent together-priceless.

City Farmhouse Farmhouse Chic-DIY Drfitwood Mirror

Last but not least my DIY JUTE ROPE RODS & linen drapes. I worked for Calico Corners for many years so I know what these things cost. I knew I could keep the cost down if I could DIY the rods and purchase the drapes at a discount. A while back I had seen something similar done with rope & kept it in my mental archive. It was a perfect idea since the other side {which is featured in the issue} is a bay window and those can be costly. I simply used thick 3/8″ jute from the hardware store, large eye hooks and cord cleats to secure the ends. Total cost for the rods for each window just under $12. This is a rustic look, it will not look perfect but that is part of the appeal. The drapes I found after many trips to Restoration Hardware at a 40% off sale for just $22 per panel.

City Farmhouse Master Bedroom Reveal-DIY JUte Rope Rods

This room is my favorite room in the house. I created a stylish space my family can enjoy on the smallest of budgets. It is well lived in and loved, we pack in the bed on weekend mornings, snuggle & read while we look out across the bay.  And that is what decorating is all about, setting the stage for the bigger things to happen:).

For more sources and details be sure to check out the Feb issue.

Thank you for having me today. Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse


Trend: Holiday DIY Crafts

It’s my favorite time of the year and I just feel so inspired. The house is decorated, it’s chilly outside, and I have Christmas music playing. I’m so ready for some holiday crafting! I have a few gifts I still need to make for some friends and I’d love to decorate our table with something colorful and festive, so I’ve been searching for inspiration. Below you’ll find 12 Holiday DIY’s you should try this weekend. There’s a DIY for everyone here: from gold painted trees to a christmas tree cactus! Enjoy.

 

1. These gold dipped trees are the perfect thing to decorate your holiday table, from Studio DIY.

2. Make a custom cheese board for your appetizers, or give as a custom gift, from Brit & Co.

3. These gold scalloped napkins are so lovely, from Sarah Hearts.

4. These mini holiday wreath drink stirrers are probably the cutest drink accessory I’ve ever seen, from Project Wedding.

5. A hand stenciled kitchen towel would be the perfect gift for the chef in your family, on The Paper Mama.

6. Make colorful snowflakes out of wood veneer paper, from BHG.

7. Turn an old sweater into a cute gift bag, from House of Earnest.

8. Use a non-traditional color scheme to decorate your holiday table, from Paper & Stitch.

9. If you’re feeling ambitious, follow this DIY to make this amazing oversized Holly Garland, from The House That Lars Built.

10. These Letter Bag Toppers could double as favors and place markers for your holiday table, from You Are My Fave.

11. Not everyone has room for a Christmas tree, so you can make your own Painted Geometric Tree, from Lovely Indeed.

 12. Another option for a small home that can’t fit a big tree: The Christmas Tree Cactus! So cute, from Sugar and Cloth.

 Happy crafting!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


DIY-ify: Holiday Mantel Ideas

Trends: Beautiful DIY Holiday Mantels

I love the holiday season, and I really love a lovely holiday mantel set up. This holiday season gives you the perfect excuse to go all out and OVER decorate (and add all that glitter). Need some inspiration? Below you’ll find a bunch of lovely DIY mantel ideas to create your own perfect mantel set up.

Modern Holiday Idea, 100 Layer Cake.

Rustic Woodland Mantel, Cherished Bliss.

Colorful Display, BHG.

Faux Fireplace Mantel, Love and Family and Home.

Mini Rosemary Wreath Garland, The Merrythought.

Cute Christmas Mantel with DIY Marquee Lights and Chalkboard, The Crafted Sparrow.

Faux Fur Tree Mantel, My Sister’s Suitcase.

Let It Snow Typography, Proper Pinwheel.

Vintage Inspired Mantel, Like A Saturday.

Mixed Metallics Mantel, Centsational Girl.

Vintage Woodland Christmas Mantel, The DIY Mommy.

Ho Ho Ho Christmas Mantel, Craftaholics Anonymous.

Silhouette Mantel, on Positively Splendid.

 If you set up a holiday mantel, we’d love to see it! Share an image in the comments below.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


DIY-ify: Toy Bin Labels (with free printables)

DIY Toy Bin Labels

We are headed toward the Christmas season, and if you have a kiddo that means a lot of new goodies to lay around on their bedroom floor. Not this year! We have been making over our daughter’s room (I’ll share some photos when we are all done, it’s pretty cute), so we have a bunch of new containers for toy storage. To help her out I made these printable toy bin labels so she can easily find any toy she’s looking for, plus these labels make clean up easier.

Supplies needed to make these labels:

  • Toy containers
  • Free Printable Toy Label Frames (I made a few for you to print out for free, or you can make your own) Blank, One, Two, Three, Four, & Five
  • Paper to print the labels onto, or printable sticker sheets
  • Optional: laminating sheets, yarn, or double sided tape

Directions:

Step One: 

Click on these links: BlankOneTwoThreeFour, & Five. Then, right click + save the image to your computer. Note: I provided blank labels so you can make your own labels.

Step Two:

Decide what you want to do with your labels. Will they be stickers? Or, maybe you could print them onto paper and seal them with laminate sheets? You could also  just print them onto card stock paper and use some strong double sided tape to keep the label on. Another idea: take some photos of the toys, print them out, and add them to each label (makes it easier for kids that aren’t quite reading yet). 

 

Want some more ideas (or free printables) for toy organization? Check out these toy bin labels from around the web:

Have a wonderful Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The bookcase is from Wayfair, storages boxes are from Ikea, and the ceramic rabbit is from Anthropolgie.

 

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DIY-ify: 20 DIY Lights for the Home!

Trend: 20 DIY Lights for the Home!

 

The days are getting shorter and we’re turning on our lamps a lot sooner than we have since the Spring. I feel like it’s probably time that I update my lighting. This summer I painted with bleach to update a lampshade, but I feel like I need to do more. We don’t have a ton of built-in lighting in the home, so we have plenty of lampshades that need a little extra love. Below you’ll find twenty lighting inspiration ideas from around the web. All of these bloggers and designers are very talented, so enjoy!

1. Pom pom lampshade DIY, on A Subtle Revelry.

2. Do you have a party coming up? This live floral lampshade is so wonderful, on Paper & Stitch.

3. Yes, these pendant lights are made from yarn, on Brit.co.

4. Lovely woven lamps, on Poppytalk.

5. DIY Sputnik chandelier, on Little Green Notebook.

6. This DIY industrial bedside lamp is beautiful! It’s a 3-part DIY, on Nimi Design.

7. I love these recycled cardboard pendant lamps, on Sugar & Cloth.

8. Painting with bleach lampshade DIY, from The Paper Mama on BHG.

9. Vintage brass chandelier diy, on Craft & Couture.

10. Openwork cube pendant lamp, on Vintage Revivals.

11. This lovely gold dipped lamp was made with an old vase, on Making It With Danielle.

12. Yarn wrapped geometric lamp, on Say Yes.

13. Beautiful handmade dining room lighting, on Love & Renovations.

14. Anthropologie inspired floral lampshade, on The Gold Jellybean.

15. Lace doily pendant lamp diy, on Dos Family.

16. Paint the inside of Ikea’s glass Bran Lamp to add some glossy color to your room, on Cape Twenty Seven.

17. For $20 you can buy a template to make this really lovely Quilt Light, at The Six Week Boutique.

18. Wooden bead chandelier DIY, on Gus & Lula.

19. Fabric garland chandelier DIY, on A Beautiful Mess.

20. “Sleepover” light up headboard DIY, on A Beautiful Mess.

Do you have any plans to update your home lighting this fall?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The photos in the first image are from A Beautiful MessSay YesSugar & ClothA Subtle RevelryPoppytalk, and Brit.co

 

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DIY-ify: 14 Furniture Makeovers

Trend: 14 Furniture Makeovers

Do you feel like your home needs a little sprucing? No need to buy new furniture, update those old pieces with some paint or wallpaper. Don’t like the furniture you have? Head to a thrift store and find some inexpensive furniture that just needs a little bit of love. There are a TON of ideas around the internet for a cute furniture makeover, so I found 14 lovely ideas that I hope will inspire you to update your home.

 

Nesting Tables Makeover, on Design Sponge.

DIY Mid Century Inspired Side Table (cereal boxes used for starburst design), on Our Nerd Home.

Dresser Makeover with Wallpaper, on BHG.

Hot Pink Stool Makeover, on A Bubbly Life.

Mid Century Modern Furniture Makeover, on Poppytalk.

Windsor Chair Makeover, on Honey Bear Lane.

Turning a Lamp Into a Table, on Thrifty and Chic.

Chartreuse Console Table, on Little Green Notebook.

Antique Dresser Before and After, on Natty By Design.

Craigslist Dresser Makeover, on Brittany Makes.

Black Velvet Tufted Chair Makeover, on 551 East.

Vintage Step Stool Makeover, on Lia Griffith.

 Desk Transformation, on Natty By Design.

 Play Table Makeover, on That’s My Letter.

Happy Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

 

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