In week 4 of the One Room Challenge I installed peel and stick wallpaper from RoomMates. I love RoomMates because they have such a beautiful variety of peel and stick wallpaper and wall decals. They even have stick tiles if you’re looking to add instant eye candy in your kitchen as a backsplash! I decided to go with a creamy neutral botanical wallpaper that would fit right in with my neutral palette and help to add in a little more texture to the room.
I put wallpaper on only one wall, and am using it as an accent wall instead of wallpapering the whole room. I feel like it adds a little bit of interest to the space without feeling too overwhelming.
I love peel-and-stick wallpaper because it’s literally as easy as peeling off the backing and applying it to your wall. No need for pastes or paintbrushes. Although, you do need a few tools to make the process a little bit easier.
1~A box cutter to cut excess paper
2~A putty knife to tuck paper behind a heater or around window trim
3~A damp cloth to smooth out all the wrinkles
Wallpaper source: https://roommatesdecor.comLight
Light fixture source: wooden light fixture
Alright, week three here with the #oneroomchallenge. This week our biggest concern was tackling the noise issue. The problem is the office’s location and the construction of the room itself. The office is centrally located near our bedrooms in the upstairs of our home; and the walls are paper-thin. For those of you that don’t know, our home was built in the 1700s and some of the original walls are still up; particularly in our office. The walls are made of vertically placed pine boards that are only an inch thick. So you can actually see through them in some spots into the other room. And while this is a cool piece of history, when it comes to practical use – it falls a little short.
So we had to figure out how we could make this space the most user friendly. We actually plan on using our office to work – go figure! Both of us are currently working from home and need a quiet place to work. My husband thought the best solution would be installing soundproofing boards right over the existing wall paneling. They can be on the pricier side – but a total must for soundproofing any office space.
Basically, soundproofing board is a rigid panel made from non-toxic material and natural wood fibers that are wax-infused. The wax resists water perforation and the density of the board provides excellent noise control properties. We picked up ours at Home Depot. We were able to order right online and do curbside pickup. I’ve been so amazed at how these companies are working so diligently to keep us all safe.
Since our office space is approximately 8′ x 12′, we didn’t need very many sheets of the sound deadening board. We measured and cut the sheets nearly identical to the way you would handle drywall. However, read the installation instructions specs carefully, as this paneling is a bit different than drywall. Some might find it easier to cut this product with a multipurpose cutter rather than a utility knife. We used common drywall screws to hang it, and are preparing the surface for painting by mudding over the screw heads and seams.
Ok – So next week we’re mudding and painting.. and Installing some beautiful wallpaper!
Here we go – Week two! I hope you’re ready! For me, this was the hardest part. We have used this room for storage for the past 4 years… It was so full you couldn’t even access the room. It was filled to the brim with stuff! Cleaning it all out was the BIGGEST chore – Ever! Ok, I may be exaggerating but it was a challenge to find new places to put everything.
Some of the stuff in there has been there since we moved into this house! That was almost 5 years ago! Can you tell I’ve been avoiding this area of our home? I knew we had some serious organizing to do and so in order to get myself going, I had to 5-4-3-2-1 it! If you’re a Mel Robbins fan, you’ll know what I’m talking about – If you’re not and you’re like why did this woman just count down? Do yourself a favor and read the book The 5 Second Rule! It changed my life and I have a feeling it can help you too.
Ok – off-topic. Sorry! We started by getting all of the “keep” items out and making a trash and donate pile with the rest. Then, little by little we worked on organizing and putting things away. Once everything was pulled out of the office, I admit I was a little more motivated. The office is right off of the landing so that’s where everything got put. It was totally in the way and hard to maneuver around. I made a goal to work on it every day for an hour until it was done.
If you want to feel really satisfied… watch this time-lapse video of the actual cleanout. What is it about time-lapse videos that are just so satisfying to watch?!
Be sure to check back here Thursday for the next One Room Challenge post. It’ll be on Installing sound-proof walls! A total must for any office space!
Lately, I’ve been pulling more natural warmer tones into my home. Our house is large and feels kind of stark and cold. More natural linens and warm tans/beiges really help to add that cozy feeling. I’ve been in love with large clay pots I’ve seen at Pottery Barn that would complete the vibe I’ve been transitioning into. But at this time in my life, I just can’t drop that kind of cash on decor pieces. Then I saw my friend Bre from @brepurposed on the gram transform her lamp with just a few easy steps into this gorgeous clay-looking Pottery Barn /Restoration Hardware creation! I decided to give it a go – and I’m so glad I did! I’m so in love and can’t believe I actually made this! Below I’ll show you each step so you too can create gorgeous vases/ pitches/lamps.. really whatever your heart desires… for a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay for brand new! I’ll also have a video of my project from start to finish at the bottom.
To start, pick out your piece! This is where you can have fun… Really anything will work. Don’t worry if it’s too shiny and smooth. We’ll be adding texture to help give it that clay look! I chose two large jars/vases and a pitcher. I’ve had these jars for many years… Remember when Chevron pattern was all the rage? Well, I jumped on that bandwaggon and displayed these beauties proudly. They’ve since been stored in my attic just waiting to be used for the right DIY.
Thankfully, I had all of these supplies on hand. Plaster of Paris is what you use when you’re mixing up your own chalk paint recipe – and lord knows I mix up a lot of chalk paint so I had plenty of that on hand.
With your small brush, lightly spackle over your vase. It’s ok if it goes on thicker in some areas – after everything is dry, we’ll give it a good sand to get rid of anything loose. Keep going until your entire vase is covered and then let dry. Make sure to rinse your brush well because you’ll be using this size again in another step.
When your vase is dry – give it a light sand to get rid of all of the loose pieces of spackle. It’s ok if some spots of your vase are bare again.. it’ll only add texture and dimension if some areas are more raised than others.
Mix 1/2 cup of plaster of Paris and about 1/4 cup water together. It’s ok if it’s a little watery. Plaster of Paris thickens over time so you may have to add a little more water as you go or even start with a fresh batch to continue to have the right consistency. With your small brush, paint your vase with the plaster of Paris mixture until you have your desired texture and until it’s fully covered. Remember to work quickly or be prepared to make a new mixture because your plaster will harden in your dish. Let dry completely.
Choose a paint color. I used Glidden Off-White. It has a subtle beige that really adds a lot of warmth. Use your medium-sized brush and paint over your entire vase and let dry.
Mix dirt and water to create a thick mud mixture (not watery) and completely coat your vase. It’s ok to put it on thick. After it dries, take a paper towel and brush off any loose mud from your vase.
Lastly, grab a paper towel and dip back into your paint and sponge it on in small areas on your vase. This is so you can get your desired color and also to help capture a more multidimensional look.
That’s it guys! How cool was that?!
I’m so excited to finally announce that I am a guest participant in the One Room Challenge for the Spring 2020 season. When I signed up to participate in this challenge, I knew exactly what room was begging to be renovated. Our home office! First off – with everyone at home now, having a quiet place to work is a must! Secondly – It is currently being used as a storage spot that is desperately in need of a good cleaning. And third of all – It’s such an eyesore with a sheet draped over the doorway (so no one can peep inside)! I just can’t take it anymore.
When we bought this old home we knew that home projects would be a big part of our lives for many years to come. We bought a 4,000 sq ft saltbox home that was built in the 1700s. Thankfully the last owners brought it up to the 20th century but stopped updating somewhere in the 70s. Because we have been doing the work in our free time, (we are self-employed) it takes us quite a while to finish a project. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to get in on the One Room Challenge. I knew it would be the encouragement we needed to get the office reno done and in a timely fashion.
You can’t see it in this picture, but two of the walls are covered with dark wooden boards. The scary wallpaper you see here will come down and the wall color will change. The ceilings are very low and in need of a little TLC. There is a closet, but I’m not sure we are going to keep it. You see, it pops out over our staircase, cutting into the stairway space. I think I would rather have ceiling height over my staircase and have a beautiful chandelier than have a closet in my office.
I’m going for warm, sophisticated, and library-esque. The first thing we have to do is something about the ceiling. We’ll see if It can be painted and patched – but if that doesn’t work we might have to tear it down and slap up a new one. Next, we’ll have to paint the walls to lighten up space. I’m going for a warm off-white. Not quite tan or beige… just a really creamy off-white. I’ll also add an accent wall with a beautiful wallpaper from Roommatesdecor . Then, we’ll finally put a real door on this baby. I’m thinking a sliding barn door. We have some old hardware we found in our barn that we’re going to use to install the door. It’s so cool and very authentic. And lastly, all the furniture and decor. We are trying to use a lot of what we have… but we’ll definitely be ordering a few things to help complete our space.
Alright – That’s it! I’ll be back next week with week two’s progress! Head over to check out the other amazing participants and to see their design plans!
I have a confession to make… I’m kind of obsessed with making soups. Really any kind of soup! But especially creamy veggie soups. One of my kid’s favorites is butternut squash soup because it’s creamy and savory. We always make our creamy soups vegan because my youngest is lactose intolerant. It is such an easy recipe and only requires a few ingredients, so it’s been a staple around here while we’re stuck at home.
Between my Bjs order last week having a few butternut squashes in it and this week my Misfits Market order having one too – We’ll be stocked on our soup supplies for a while.
If you’re interested in trying out Misfits Market – use code COOKWME-NT4CNC to get 25% off your first order. Check it out here! There are two sizes to the boxes – large and small. You pick your size and how often you get shipments. It’s as easy as that. Organic fresh produce delivered right to your door.
Alright – back to that recipe!
1. Preheat the oven to 400* F.
2. Place the whole butternut squash on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven until it’s soft and golden brown (about an hour). Put aside until it cools.
3. Peel, dice, and then boil the carrots to soften.
4. Make the “roux” to thicken the soup: Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. When the oil is hot, add 1/4 cup of flour until the flour is completely saturated. Then slowly add in 1-1/2 cups of the veggie stock and whisk frequently. Be sure to bring to a boil and then reduce heat. The roux will thicken on standing.
5. When cool, cut the butternut squash in half (the long way) and scoop out the seed to discard. Next, scoop out the meat and place in a high powered blender. You should have about 2 cups.
6. Drain and add in your cooked carrots, the rest of your veggie stock, roux, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and blend.
7. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve!
Hey guys – I’m so excited to finally show you our bath reveal. We’ve worked for the last few months in our spare time… buying some things and using what we already had to create a big-budget look with a pretty small budget. Everything will be linked at the bottom.
We peeled up the old peel and stick tile and surprisingly laid down new peel and stick tile. We just took it up a notch by getting faux wood tiles and laying them down in a herringbone pattern. Check it out here! Then we grouted. Did you know you can grout peel and stick tile?
Painting the vanity was pretty simple. I used paint I already had called little black dress by Behr paint. And oddly enough it has more blue undertones then black. I mixed up a chalk paint recipe and then sealed the vanity with a polycrylic. Then I updated the hardware… this really helped to give this vanity an updated look.
This is such an easy way to give any look an upgrade. Light fixtures can be pretty inexpensive and so can mirrors! Both of mine are from Amazon! I feel like updating these two things really helped this outdated bath turn into the modern-boho vibes I was going for.
I have to be honest… Installing all of the finishing touches was probably the most exciting part. We put up new towel hooks, a shower curtain, plant hangers, a toilet paper holder, a shelf, and a new blind! These things really brought the whole look home.
A few years back I remember being on a huge budget while renovating our small downstairs bathroom in our first home. We picked out some peel and stick tile and found an amazing product…vinyl tile grout! I didn’t even realize that was a thing! Well – the process was very easy and I remember all of our guests complimenting us on our new bathroom floor. They were astonished when I told them that It was peel and stick tile. We even had a few friends argue us and place their bare feet on the tile to see if it was cold like a ceramic or stone tile generally is. But low and behold – It was just a jazzy way to spice up cheap flooring. Fooled them
Fast forward 5 years when it was time to fix up the kid’s bath in our “new” old home (new to us but 300 years old) – I remembered that project we did years ago and wanted to do it again. But of course, I had to one-up myself by doing it in a herringbone pattern! Click here to check out that tutorial. Well – It was a challenge – but oh my did it turn out amazing! And I knew I wanted to grout it because it’s basically like the icing on the cake. It looks so finished!
Check out our project from start to finish below!
To start, put grout mix into a large container or just directly apply the grout onto your grout float (I guess that’s what the fancy name for the tool we’re using is called.)
Next, at a 45-degree angle – apply the grout to the floor creases and use a zig-zag motion to smear the grout deep into the cracks.
Only do a section at a time that you can manage to wash off the haze and then regrout in a 30-minute time frame. So I broke my bathroom into two areas. I applied the grout – Washed it off and then regrouted and then washed again before moving on to the other side.
When It’s time to wash off the haze (what’s sitting on the actual tile) use a bucket of cool water and a sponge. Wring all the water out of the sponge before wiping it off of the tile. Try not to get too much water on the tile. Keep redipping in the water and wring out the sponge – wiping until its completely off the tile.
TIP – press your finger behind the sponge and run it along each grout line to create a nice smooth line.
After at least 2 days – use a sealer along the grout lines to protect it from any water penetration. Just run the sealer up the grout lines and wipe any of the residue off of the tile itself before 15 minutes. This is so the sealer doesn’t leave anything behind.
When I first showed my husband the tile I wanted for our new bathroom floor he was all about it. It’s inexpensive peel and sticks tile – and looks like wood flooring. He was a little more apprehensive when I showed him what pattern I wanted it laid in. Although I did I tell him I’d do the brunt of it, I’d just need him for the tricky angles. Low and behold – most of the angles were tricky and above my pay grade. So I told him if he took over, I’d go and make him homemade donuts. He thought this was a fair trade.
Now, I’m not going to lie to you – if you’re expecting this project to take you a few hours… sadly It will not. This project was time-consuming. Our bathroom is small, and it still took us 8-10 hours. There will be an angle to cut with almost every piece you put down, due to the herringbone pattern. At least, this was true in our case because our bathroom is narrow and only the first strip of tiles that went down didn’t need to be cut.
OK – onto the tutorial… Below I’ll list all of the material and tools we used just in case you want to give this project a go.
This will give you a reference point to ensure the focal point of your herringbone design is centered in your space. Then you can start laying your tiles in a V-like shape alternating each tile to butt up against the top side of the tile. Do your best to estimate tile placement so you can avoid having small pieces of tile in high traffic areas (like a doorway).
to ensure you are obtaining the correct angles at which to cut your tiles. Using a pencil and the T-Bevel, trace a line on your tile.
so you don’t cut into the tiles below. Firmly cut along the pencil line, scoring the surface of the tile but not cutting all the way through the tile. You then quickly and firmly snap off the tile along the scored line.
and trim if necessary. If you plan to grout the tile, make sure your spacers are in appropriate spots.
and using the heat gun, warm the adhesive on the back of the tile. You may also consider putting adhesive on the floor itself.
ensuring proper spacing by using the tile spacers. Finally, use a J roller to firmly press the tile down (begin in the center of the tile and roll outwards) to ensure proper adhesion.
Not really, but it sort of feels that way being stuck at home trying to keep my house in order during this quarantine. I find myself cooking and cleaning a whole lot more. Really I’m just trying to make our home as peaceful for everyone as possible – including myself! I don’t know if you are all like this – but my productivity depends on my environment. Meaning – if my environment is totally chaotic… you can totally bet my work for the day will not have been very productive. Working from home can be a challenge – but to make it work, I’ve found you have to figure out what makes you tick – and do it. For me, I know that I need a tidy house to start with. Because the kids are doing distance learning they do need me close to help clarify or explain. So, I make sure to do all my tidying in the morning while they’re doing school because it’s mindless and being interrupted a 100 times is totally fine. Unlike trying to work and being interrupted. Again, this works for me. I have a very flexible work schedule so I can push my work towards the end of the day. I use their quiet reading time, electronic time, and outside play to do my actual work. After all that is done, I do my “extra chores” for the day and start on dinner.
I print out a cleaning chart every week to keep me on track with keeping my house tidy and in order. This really just helps me be mindful of everything that needs to be done. Plus, it works as a visual on my fridge to remind me of what I should do that day. (Scroll to the bottom to download yours). He’s a screenshot of one week’s cleaning chart all filled out.
I start my day tidying up the house while the kids are doing school. This is where I pick everything up. Any deep cleaning I add as my “extra chore” for the day. I try and only add one extra chore per day… otherwise, it’ll feel like all I’m doing is cleaning my home. So one day it might be to take care of all the floors in the house or clean the bathrooms. Another day might be to do the dusting and to wash the furniture down. I do try and do a load of laundry every day to stay on top of the endless laundry phenomenon. Then, I try and consider the bigger picture chores… You know the once a month chores. Like washing all 40 windows in our house 🤦🏻♀️. Yeah – those. I save those for Saturdays. And on Sundays, I wash all the sheets in the house.
Try your best to create an environment where you can prosper during this time of quarantine. If a tidy home helps make things easier for you to do that – I encourage you to first –
Next, Print out my FREE downloadable printable weekly – or once and laminate it so you can put it up on the refrigerator and reuse it. Fill it out on Sundays and let it work as a visual aid!
Ps – Looking for an effective DIY cleaner? Check out my post on the different uses of Castile soap!