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Create an Under-the-Stairs Playhouse

Hey all, I am Corey from Sawdust 2 Stitches, and I have a serious problem. I cannot  leave well enough alone. Have you ever started a seemingly simple afternoon project only to end up to your elbows in sawdust three days later? Well, I do often! My kids play space was no exception.

When moving into our home, there was a decent size closet under the stairs that presumably was intended as a storage closet. I absolutely intended to use it for storage! I planned for it to contain every single toy, book, action figure, car, and lego! Although it did solve the problem of where the toys would be stored, it still begged the question, “What about when they are in use?”

Thus, the playroom under the stairs. I knew full well that there was not nearly enough space for the kids to play and store their toys, but with some careful planning, anything is possible!

Luckily, in my adolescence my dad was a contractor and my mom was an artistic DIYer. In no time, I was wielding power tools and paintbrushes. In fact, my shop is my favorite room in the house! So instead of making do with the stair space, I decided to create more! I built a platform that would make it a split-level play area.

I had a general idea of the layout, but I was still a little  foggy on the overall appearance.  My sons happen to be infatuated with all things firefighting. So much so that  when I asked  my oldest son what he wanted for Christmas, he responded, “A fire alarm!” Yes, he wanted a fire alarm! “Are you sure you don’t want a drum, or an electric guitar?” I wondered. Coincidentally, a few weeks later I was at a garage sale and happened upon an old school alarm bell! How could I pass it up? I am so glad I snagged it because it became the inspiration for the entire playroom.

The “upstairs” has a fairly  open play area, but it also had a small nook.  It was the perfect space for lockers for the kids’ turnout gear and all of the necessary firefighting gear!

A fire station would not be complete without a pole! There is a pole and a ladder that serves as access to both upper and lower floors. The lower level contains most of the toys. I used our original storage bins and built a table top that would prevent the bins from toppling as well as provide a sturdy play surface. 

My husband and I also discovered some additional dead space under the stairs that was not being utilized. So we utilized it! I created a door frame, put up drywall, and laid down carpet. This space was shaped a little awkward, but it was PERFECT for laying down and watching a movie! I mounted a television above the door frame, so the kids could lay back and easily see the television without fearing they would knock it over.

There was only one small area of dead space remaining.  It wasn’t very big, but it was perfect size for a firetruck dashboard! As often as the kids pretended to respond to 911 calls, a “firetruck” seemed necessary.  I do have more detailed plans showing how I made the fire truck dashboard.

Overall, I walked away from this project feeling like I successfully utilized and maximized every square inch of space. Once it was complete, I put it to the ultimate test … my kids. The verdict? They love it! They spend hours in there, the toys stay contained, and it is set up in a way that is easy for them to keep it clean! A win-win-win.

This entire project was so much fun, and having the great folks from Better Homes and Gardens come out and do a photo shoot was a total dream come true! I can’t say it enough, it was one of the funnest experiences ever! See the entire tour of the play area here!

Thanks so much for reading! If you are interested in seeing more of my projects please stop by my blog, or you can connect with me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

 


Fun DIY Pallet Projects

Hello, I am Aniko from Place Of My Taste. I am so thrilled to be here today to show you some really fun pallet projects as they are so in style and allow you to create a designer look within a budget. I hope these ideas will inspire you to go pick up some shipping pallets and create your own furniture. I will start the list off with our own creation. This fabulous and colorful outdoor space that we tackled last summer was featured in BHG magazine’s latest issue so you may have seen it already.

We created this fun outdoor room on a standard 10′ x 10′ deck. Previously we had a table with four chairs out here and it was OK, but can I be honest? We did not spend nearly as much time outside as we do now, since our cozy and inviting outdoor room came to life. The picture below shows you what the deck looked like before: plain and nothing exciting.

We have access to shipping pallets from our business, and that’s where the idea of recycling those pallets came from. We decided to build an L-shaped sectional into the corner of the deck, which is my favorite piece. It serves as a chaise lounge and couch.

We also built this nice coffee table out of pallets. We wanted to keep the umbrella as our patio gets lots of sunshine during the day, so we cut a hole in the middle of the table for the umbrella. It goes right into the umbrella stand that is hidden under the table.

Another really cool part of the deck is this fun flower hanger, featured below. It is just a single pallet that is leaning up against the railing. Sometimes the simplest ideas make the biggest impact.

Styling the deck was my favorite part of the project. I sewed pillowcases and a foam cover to finish up this cheery, colorful outdoor space.

Just recently we added some fun string lights to the deck, which added an extra cozy look to the already fabulous deck. Our family spends lots of time out here. It’s the perfect little paradise for those breezy summer nights.

I think pallets are easy to work with and the creativity with them is endless.
Here are some of my other favorite outdoor projects made out of pallets to get you inspired.
Look at this fun swing bed. Could you imagine laying on there and reading for hours? I totally could.
I love this DIY potting station. Fabulous.
You could also make this easy patio day bed using pallets.
And how abut this fantastic paradise? The colors are so fun and well-organized.
I hope you got inspired to get your hands on some shipping pallets and build something fabulous.

Get the instructions for these fun pallet projects here!


Love The Home You Have + Book Giveaway

Hello! I’m Melissa from the blog, The Inspired Room. Today I’m here to talk about showing our homes a little love!

I have always been a house lover! Yep, I’m that crazy lady people honk at in the neighborhood because I’m driving reaaallllly slowly past a charming house. I’m sorry in advance if you end up behind me. I’m the woman who goes to open houses even when I’m not shopping for a new house, just because I want to snoop around to see what my neighbor’s house looks like inside! I’m sure realtors and home sellers love to see me coming. Right? I can’t help it. My love of houses is like an addiction. And I can’t help dreaming about the perfect house for me.

Can you relate?

Even if you aren’t quite as house obsessed as I am, I think most of us dream sometimes about an ideal home. The truth is, while we all probably have a beautiful dream house in our minds that we would be really happy to live in, there’s really no place like our own home.

I am excited to share with you my very first book, Love the Home You Have! TODAY is it’s official release date! It’s jam packed with practical tips, encouragement and motivation to love your home, no matter where you live.

It’s amazing what a little love can do to transform the house you have into the home you’ve always dreamed of. Best of all, it’s the little things that make a house a home.

Ready to show your home a little love? A great place to start is at your own front door!

Paint your door a pretty color that inspires you every time you see it. I painted my Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue on the outside couple of years ago and on the inside, it’s Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal. I’m happy every time I see my door, inside or out!

If you still have a crunchy Christmas wreath on the door (it’s OK if you do, I just threw out some little moldy pumpkins that were hiding behind a plant on my porch!), today would be a great day to toss remove it and treat yourself to a cheery spring bouquet. You deserve it!

I stopped in a local market this week and bought myself some flowers to fill a basket on my front door. It’s such a simple thing to do, but it changes how you feel both about your home and your life.

You can’t help but smile when you show a little love to the home you have!

To celebrate the launch of Love The Home You Have, we are offering you a chance to win one of five books! To enter for a chance to win, comment below on why you would like to win! For a second entry, follow @BHG on Twitter and tweet using #BHGInspiredRoomSweepstakes

Find more ways to love your home, download the cute illustrated quotes from the book and details on how to order Love the Home You Have right here.

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 21 years and older. Begins: 12:01 a.m. ET on 03/31/15 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 04/01/15. Subject to Official Rules available at http://www.bhg.com/blogs/better-homes-and-gardens-style-blog/ and/or www.twitter.com/bhg. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation. This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. By entering this sweepstakes, you understand that you are providing your information to sponsor and not Twitter.

 

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Hi! I’m Victoria Hudgins, author of A Subtle Revelry, and I am excited to give you a sneak peek into our new book, Materially Crafted, today.

 

What I love about this book is the awesome impact it will have on all your crafting and DIY projects. How many times have we all failed at crafting something that looked easy and beautiful in the photos? Fail no more! Walk with me through this fun journey learning everything you need to know about crafting materials. From wax to spray paint, I will explain how to work with them all in the best way – sharing my personal tips and tricks and so many great hints to make your crafting a success.

 

 

 

 

Along with the quirky spunk and awesome crafting education, Materially Crafted also hosts a number of fun projects to try out on your own. These wax tea lights are a great beginning project. They are fun to make and since you don’t have to melt the wax, they’re an easy way to create vibrant candles at home.

supplies

  • 8 x 16″ (20 x 40 cm) colorful beeswax sheets
  • Cotton tea-light wicks
  • X-Acto knife

instructions

  • Using an X-Acto knife, cut the beeswax sheets into three 4 x 2″ (10 x 5 cm) pieces per candle.
  • Make the wax malleable by warming it up in your hands for a moment. Overlap the short ends of two of the pieces slightly and press together. Add the third piece in the same manner to connect the three pieces into one long skinny piece (about 111⁄2 x 2″ [29 x 5 cm] long).
  • Press a tea-light wick into the wax at one end. Starting from that end, gently roll the wax strip tightly around the wick to form a spiral.
  • Press the end of the roll into the candle base to connect.

 

To celebrate the latest book from A Subtle Revelry, Materially Crafted, we are giving readers a chance to win one of five books.

 

To enter to win one of five copies of Materially Crafted, comment below telling us what craft project you plan on making next! To get another entry, follow Better Homes and Gardens on Twitter @BHG and tweet using #BHGRevelrySweepstakes. We’ll conduct a random drawing from the entries received to select the winners.

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 21 years and older. Begins: 12:01 a.m. ET on 03/03/15 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 03/04/15. Subject to Official Rules available at http://www.bhg.com/blogs/style-spotters-giveaways/. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation. This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. By entering this sweepstakes, you understand that you are providing your information to sponsor and not Twitter.

See more information on the book, including details on purchasing a copy, here.

 

 

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Vintage Living-Bold With Color

Vintage Living-Bold With Color BHG Style Spotters Who’s ready for some bold color?! After a long winter here in NY, I am so looking forward to bringing color back into my life and home. BHG just revealed it’s 2015 Color Palette of the year in the March issue and I am loving every single hue! Have you seen these 6 gorgeous tones? What a perfect time of year to introduce them into your décor, they can be used collectively or alone, they are livable & sophisticated. HERE is a video by Eddie Ross-BHG East Coast Editor and Jessica Thomas-BHG Style Director to explain the story behind the selection and how it can inspire you to experiment with it in your own home.

Here is BHG’s 2015 Color Palette of the Year and some vintage inspired spaces that use these BOLD tones, it is bound to get your wheels turning….

BHG Color Palette of the Year

OCEANIC BLUE

Emily Henderson showcases this beautiful pop of color in her velvet chair and infuses it with jewel tones against a clean white backdrop. This a great display of how it can work seamlessly with similar palettes.

Emily Henderson's Bedroom Loving the Oceanic Blue Velvet Chair VIA

RAINFOREST GREEN

This bold green dresser is the perfect, playful pop of color every home needs. Against the white walls it stands out but remains neutral enough to mix and match supporting colors and styles.

Dresser Makeover Using a Bold Green

BHG

WARM BLUSH

This color is dreamy! Every room could use this color, it is subtle, warm & fun. This dresser tells the perfect color story with its gold accents.

Blush Dresser from Cuckcoo 4 Design

VIA

SHAPE-SHIFTING CORAL

Coral has been a favorite color of mine for a while, it works with almost every color palette and is the ideal accent hue for furniture. This thrifted piece becomes a focal point and gives personality to this space. Loving This Blush Dresser from The Blissful Bee

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FRESH BERRY

Yum-ee! Introducing this beautiful tone through decorative accents such as pillows, accessories & fresh flowers allows you the creative freedom to experiment without a full commitment.

Moody Grays With Pops of Berry {Fey Handmade} VIA

SOPHISICATED GRAY

I am so happy to see gray infused with color! Gray has become the “it” neutral & to see it blend so beautifully with bold tones has me inspired. This dresser is the perfect example of how gracious gray can be with color.

The Weathered Door Warm Gray Dresser

VIA

Are you inspired to bring bold color to your vintage style?

Have a beautiful & colorful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse


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


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