DIY Nursery Wall Decor

I’ve been giving our guest room a bit of a makeover to include a little nursery space for my very first grand child who is scheduled to arrive next month. I can’t wait! You guys, a sweet baby boy will be here soon! I’m so excited, I can’t stand it! 

Materials: I found this old oval wall art at the thrift store for 3.99.

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I had the wrapping paper and felted deer head (used in our stairwell/landing makeover originally. I looked and it’s no longer for sale…sorry but I did see awesome paper mache deer heads at Michaels that would work well too…plus you can paint/decoupage to coordinate with your room.). So this is a thrifty treasure for me…just $3.99 for the dusty framed print + shopping the house since I had the spray paint on hand already too. 

What I did: Gave everything a good cleaning and removed the backing from the frame (set aside). 

I spray painted the frame gold and let it dry. 

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I traced the oval backing onto chevron wrapping paper. I did glue the wrapping paper over the print on the front. However, it’s not required if you’d like to preserve the print.   DIY nursery wall art  tutorial   DIY nursery wall art  tutorial DIY nursery wall art  tutorial

Then just reattached the backing to the frame. 

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I hung it on the wall and hammered a nail in the center to hang the felted deer head and added a DIY banner…just card stock, Project Life cards (scrapbook section at Michaels) and twine. I added a string of mini LED fairy lights too. 

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More details and the guest room/nursery reveal coming soon! 

And yes…it’s crazy here. From Halloween to baby shower to some Christmas decorating, a guest room/nursery makeover, an entire home before/after in progress (family members), always Young Living recipes, events and sharing my story, and another small apartment nursery nook. There’s a LOT going on and DIYShowOff is ALL over the place! You may want to subscribe to get reminders to check back often! ;) 

Have a great week!

DIY Book Ends

Back to school time! Time to restock the desk area for homework assignments and school projects. Add cute set of DIY book ends to perk things up. 

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As a part of the Michael’s Makers team, I have the opportunity to create a monthly themed project. This month’s challenge is “Back to School”. A bit of a ‘challenge’ when your nest is empty but these will work in grand-baby boy’s nursery too. ;)

What I used: 

  • 4  wood blocks 
  • wood glue and clamps
  • scrapbook paper and scrapbook cards
  • multi-surface acrylic craft paint and foam brush
  • gloss finish decoupage and foam brush
  • {thin} washi tape
  • letter A
  • letter Z
  • hot glue gun & glue

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial

What I did:

Start with applying a bead of wood glue to each block to create an “L” shape. Clamp, wipe away any excess glue and let dry. 

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Once glue was dry, I removed the clamps and applied a ‘white wash’ look using a foam brush and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. I only applied one coat so that the wood grain still showed through. Let dry. 

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Cut scrapbook paper to size for inside of the “L” shape and the outside of the vertical wood piece. I used scrapbook paper and cute patterned scrapbook cards. 

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Apply a coat of decoupage to one side at a time as a glue. Place scrapbook paper onto decoupaged surface. Smooth out air bubbles. Apply another coat of decoupage over the scrapbook paper, sealing it. I brushed on the decoupage in the same direction as the wood grain. Repeat decoupage + scrapbook paper to all sides. Decoupage will go on with a ‘milky’ look but dry transparent. 

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Add washi tape to sides, smooth out bubbles/make sure it’s adhered. Apply a coat of decoupage to seal. *There’s also the option to apply the decoupage before the washi tape to act as a ‘glue’. 

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Apply a second coat of decoupage to all surfaces. I let mine dry overnight. 

Attach wood “A” and “Z” using hot glue gun. Wouldn’t they be cute with succulent planters, plastic animals, vases, figurines instead too? 

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Once hot glue sets, you’re good to go!

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Ready for keeping school books within easy reach and an organized desk top. Useful, functional book ends that coordinate with your home office, library, reading room, craft room, nursery or homework station…love it!

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Teachers – It’s time to start planning for the new school year and Michaels has all of the ideas and supplies you need to create a one-of-a-kind classroom, plus you get a 15 percent discount on all classroom purchases!

In addition to the products available for teachers, parents and students can find organizational tools to keep on track throughout the year as well as project ideas to personalize school supplies

Check out Michaels’ Back to School Pinterest Board to find fun and creative project ideas to kick the year off right! 

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Small Shared Room Nursery Inspiration

It’s unusual to see me thinking along the lines of nurseries since we have an empty nest and no, noooooo!, I’m not expecting! However, I do have a special announcement to make:

I will be a grandma later this year!

::excited hugs and happy tears all around::

It's a BOY! @diyshowoff

and…it’s a grandson!

It's a boy!

What?! You guys! Ready or not, it’s onto life’s next chapter for me. Gosh! Am I old enough? (Wait, don’t answer that!) Despite a few years of loving grand-kitties, a grand-doggy and even a grand-piggy, I feel so un-prepared! The proof is in my knitting…

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first knitting attempt: epic fail!

Not to mention…I’m clueless when it comes to boys. My experience is limited to girls!

It’s finally just starting to sink in…me, a grandma?!

Yep! And despite my destructive knitting skills, I’m going to be one awesome grandmother! We will be the best grandparents. I just know it! My baby. Having a baby. ::please pass the tissues::


Okay, on to the topic of DIYs and nurseries…

For now, at least until next spring, Ali will be staying in her dinky apartment (which I still have yet to fully reveal…perhaps we’ll do that soon too), so we’ll be brainstorming some small space ideas for the new little one’s temporary nursery nook in the tiny one bedroom apartment for at least six months of tight space living. 

small nursery inspiration

Here is a collection of small nursery nooks for inspiration: 

small nursery space

Small doesn’t have to mean skimping on style. {via Apartment Therapy}

small nursery at Adventures of a British Housewife in New York

It does mean getting creative! {via Adventures of a British Housewife in New York}

changing station at Mandy Busby Creative

and making the best use of little space. {via Mandy Busby Creative}

even if it’s a tight squeeze… {via Apartment Therapy}

crib closet

A Bit of Sunshine nursery

{via A Bit of Sunshine}

small nursery inspiration

Love this fun space! Great colors, fun patterns! {via Apartment Therapy}

nursery corner at Bleubird Blog

{via Bleubird Blog}

Nobody puts baby in a corner unless it’s a cute nursery corner.

small nursery

{via Apartment Therapy}

Stay tuned: Tips for creating a small nursery space in a one bedroom apartment. Space may be tiny but love is BIG!

How about TWO nurseries? Why yes, I think so! Grandma needs to create a nursery space in one of our guest rooms for overnight stays, right? So lots of baby love, baby related DIY and decorating and preparing for a precious little one coming right up! I can’t wait!!!

Stylish Spaces – That DIY Party Highlights

One of my very favorite sources of DIY eye candy – your room makeovers. Here are some gorgeous room highlights from That DIY Party…

Entryway Style at Circus Berry

main-entry-style at Circus Berry

Kitchen Makeover at Turtles & Tails

Kitchen makeover at Turtles and Tails

 Kitchen makeover at Fisherman’s Wife Furniture

kitchen makeover at Fishermans Wife Furniture

Kitchen makeover at Maggie Overby Studios

kitchen remodel at Maggie Overby Studios

Kitchen progress at Nalles House

kitchen progress at Nalles house

 Hot beverage bar at Creatively Southern

hot beverage bar at Creatively Southern

Master Bathroom Makeover at HomeRoad

master bathroom makeover at homeroad  

Family Room Makeover at That’s My Letter

family room makeover at That's My Letter

Fall living room at the Happy Housie


Pudel Design studio reveal

Pudel Design Studio Reveal

Boys bedroom reveal at Little Bit of Paint

boys bedroom makeover at Little Bit of Paint

Vintage industrial boys’ room makeover at Freckle Face Girl

Boys Vintage Bedroom at Freckle Face Girl 

Coral, Aqua and Navy girl’s room makeover at The Chronicles of Home

coral navy girl room at The Chronicles of Home

Bunkroom at Hunting Creek Homestead

bunkroom at Hunting Creek HomeStead

Twin boy nursery at Our Pinteresting Family

twin boy nursery at Our Pinteresting Family

Shared girl/boy bedroom with vintage Disney theme at Persia Lou

vintage disney shared girl boy bedroom at persia lou

See more DIY:


Thanks to these talented ladies for linking up their inspiring creativity and hard work! 

Cecilia’s beautiful Christmas Tree for the Christmas tree party & contest.

Cecilia's Christmas Tree

DIY Nursery Reveal (and more) – The House of Wood

I love meeting “new-to-me” DIY blog friends. I just recently met Jen from The House of Wood. Jen is a songwriter. When she’s not writing, recording or touring, she is enjoying everything life has to offer with her husband and growing family. Being 7 months pregnant hasn’t stopped Jen from DIY-ing! She loves DIY as much as we do and she just calls it “nesting” so she doesn’t get any grief from her husband. haha!

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She looks so cute too with her safety glasses and little baby bump (had to include this picture too, Jen!)


Her little girl’s room is super sweet and packed full of DIY projects.

Yellow and Gray Birdie Nursery Tour - a full nursery tour with a bunch of DIY projects involved: curtains, crib skirt, pillows, bookshelf, bunting, mobile, and more! Visit Jen’s original post for links to the ‘how to’ for each project and full details. 

DIY nursery reveal

yellow nursery DIY

nursery makeover

DIY nursery reveal

DIY nursery gallery wall


There are so many other great DIY projects at The House of Wood. Here are just a a couple sneak peeks:

Restoration Hardware Night Stand Knock Off Tutorial

DIY restoration hardware inspired end tables

DIY Box Planter Tutorial

DIY box planters

Go ahead – you’re invited to stop over, introduce yourself, say ‘hello’ and be inspired.

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Decorating Obsessed Nursery Reveal

Hey there, DIY friends! Wow! You all had some amazing ideas and suggestions yesterday  about my DIY dilemma! Thank you!  I’ll keep you posted!

Today I’d like to introduce you to Ashley from…

Ashley is awaiting the pending arrival of her sweet baby girl soon and she’s just finished up  the nursery.  It’s an awesome combination of old, new and LOTS of DIY. The result is amazing! I love the bold non-traditional colors, don’t you? (Even her blog header looks good mixed in with the reveal photos!) 

First thing you can’t help but notice is the gorgeous argyle wall. Something that’s definitely going to catch baby girl’s eye.  

The also painted the base of the crib – isn’t that a clever idea to give it some special detail?

Want to see the before pictures? Like most nurseries, this room started out as a guest bedroom:


Now, it’s a beautiful space to grow, snuggle and play…

The attic access bothered Ashley…

So, they turned it into (non-permanent/easily removable) recessed shelving…

Check out this girl’s closet! 

I love the details and accents.  Isn’t this little guy sweet?

How fun is the DIY art (there’s more to see at Decorating Obsessed)…

You can get all of the details, more information and see more cute pictures at 

Guest Room

Attic Access turned Recessed Shelving

Nursery Reveal

Don’t stop there, Ashley’s blog name says it all. She’s “Decorating Obsessed” and her entire home is worth checking out!

Wishing you a happy, healthy and easy labor and delivery, Ashley!  I can’t wait to “e-meet” baby Audrey!

Freckles Chick – Nursery Reveal

The last I ‘talked’ to Freckles Chick, she was awaiting the {late} impending arrival of her baby girl.  That was last week, so I’m hoping that as of today, she’s holding her precious princess in her arms and back home putting this beautiful nursery to good use.  

It all started with putting together a mood board

Room before:

Lighter neutral walls are the perfect backdrop for the white furniture and pretty blooming branch.

Dresser before:
Becomes a beautiful changing table…
Some DIY wall art…

A favorite poem (I Carry Your Heart With Me by E.E. Cummings) that I’ve been reading aloud to the Peanut.

So peaceful and calm…



An organized dream closet…

See the source list at the Reveal{ See more Nursery Diaries: Part 1, 23, 4, & 5 }

Pop over to more awesome DIY and pretties see Freckles Chick at 
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Roomspiration – Nurseries

There is no need for a nursery in our home but that doesn’t mean I don’t like looking at them and wishing my girls were little babies again.  
If I had a little precious princess, her sweet room would be Restoration Hardware inspired using a soft pretty color palette…
It’d be filled with pretty and personal details…
My little boy would have a vintage or rustic themed nursery like these…
Here are a few of the nurseries I’ve featured over the past couple of years.  Sweet and inspiring real rooms by decorated by blog friends. Go ahead, pin these. These ladies deserve recognition for beautiful, inspiring magazine-worthy nurseries.  
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But making baby gifts is as close as I get…
Do you have a real nursery to share?  Head over to a la Mode and link up or pop over to view real baby rooms in real homes. Shelli has the most precious nursery!


Linking up at this fun regular baby/kid party hosted by Nan:


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{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray
The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
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Enter to win a Shaw area rug – winner’s choice of design AND size (even 9×12!)

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2 Nursery Reveals ~ Boy & Girl

Two of my good blog friends have beautiful nursery reveals to share today.  Congratulations to Jennifer and Molly on their new arrivals!  
Jennifer from 

World of Dennifer
is new mom to a sweet little baby girl!
Her nursery is perfect for a little princess.  “Ocean Whisper” walls, colorful details.
Reading Corner
Love the dark rich wood tone of this pretty crib…
Gallery walls…love them! This sweet one is no exception…
Closet and DIY dividers…
Cutest owl art…
See more pictures, DIY and details at Project Nursery – The Big Reveal!

Molly loves her new role as mother to a precious baby boy!  Molly is the blog author of
My Happy House

Cam’s nursery before was an extra bedroom…
Molly and her husband emptied the room, tore out the carpet, installed hardwood, new window casing and wainscoting!
Whew!  Looking good!
Now here is the point of the makeover where you must get in line behind me to borrow Molly’s husband, Carl and father-in-law.  Not only did they do all of that hard work above, they build furniture too!
Built In Bookcase
Custom made crib – check out those drawers underneath!  Storage!
Isn’t it awesome?
The nursery after…so peaceful:
Get all of the details including more pictures at My Happy House Nursery.
Molly, Jennifer ~ you two have the cutest nurseries for the cutest little ones!  I’m so happy for the both of you and love seeing the photos of your little angels and making them a comfortable beautiful room to call their own!  Thank you so much for sharing! 
How about something new for the place you relax and lay your head at the end of the day? There’s still time to enter the HomeTalk $100 Target Gift Card giveaway.

Special thanks to my sweet real-life and blogger friend, Mary, for the awesome shout out.
Check it out at her blog, Everyday Baby Steps

And Then There Were Two

Meet:  Kelley from And Then There Were Two.  Kelley blogs to keep distant family up-to-date with her life and two precious little girls but today she is sharing “TWO” awesome before and after makeovers! 
Kelley’s youngest needs a place to sleep to call her own in their home.  With a lot of family out of state and out of the country, a guest bedroom is also important. So, taking it away isn’t possible.  What’s a girl to do but get creative and make the best of every available corner!  This little nook…
before – rarely used office nook
(that door leads to the master bedroom)
Now that rarely used spot serves as a sleepy time area for little Magdalenne.  It might be temporary but to mom, sometimes a little time feels like forever while you’re living it. So ‘bravo’, Kelley and Chen!  This little nap nook is perfect for your little princess for now!
Great use of space! 
Wanting to give the girls a place where they could play and have a world of their own, Kelley took this basement…
Wow!  After…
What fun!
Kelley and Chen, you’ve come up with some great solutions for your girls!  I love M’s little bedroom nook – so pretty!  And the playroom is awesome, a great spot for the girls to grow up and play in for a long time to come!  Great job!


Thank you all so much for your encouragement, support and for sharing my excitement (and Cassity’s) about my last post!  Seriously, you’re the best friends a blogger could ever hope for!  It means so much to me…I feel like someone gave me a cookie!  LOVE cookies, you guys! 

DIY Counting Sheep Baby Banner

It’s rare, but there’s a baby related project in the DIY Show Off house! NO! Not for me! I‘ve been invited to a baby shower and I just love giving handmade baby gifts. (Tara, if by chance you’re reading, please stop right here!) Unfortunately, I can’t make it to the baby shower (my baby girl’s graduation party is the same day) but I have a whole handmade collection planned and here’s the first thing in the gift box: 

A sweet baby girl counting sheep banner, inspired by cute bird, butterfly and bunny banners but designed and DIY’d by me with a counting sheep theme.

Not guaranteed to help baby sleep, but it sure is cute. 

Scrapbook paper (It doesn’t take much. Two 12×12 sheets will work but more if you want more designs.)
2 ribbons (I used almost 1 spool of organza, 1 thin satin)
Baker’s twine (a thin ribbon or twine would work just as well)
Number ink & stamps or stickers #1-10 (or free hand)

Hole punch
Optional:  Xacto knife

Counting Sheep Banner Tutorial
10 steps to 10 sheep
#1 Print a lamb stencil or template from online onto card stock and cut out. (Optional: you could also use your Cricut or Silhouette to make die cuts.) 

#2 Trace onto scrapbook paper and cut out sheep shapes. I used an Xacto knife and alternated the direction (flip the sheep stencil) so my sheep were facing each other in sets of two {><} rather than all facing left {<<} or right {>>} or back side to backside {< >}. Trace and cut out 10 sheep. I used pretty paper in pinks for baby girl (to coordinate with other handmade items planned).

#3 Punch 2 holes beside each other near the top of each sheep. Near the top keeps sheep from twirling on the string. I tested punching holes in different areas. Near the top works best. (Optional: reinforce with eyelets. I also punched holes for eyes…animals without eyes make me sad. You could draw on closed/sleepy eyes too.)

#4 Number the sheep 1-10 using rubber stamps, stickers or draw on with markers.
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#5 Cut 11 five inch pieces (eyeball it…no need to measure) of pink ribbon and 22 five inch pieces of organza (or do your own ribbon combo/thing). This is tied between each sheep.

#6 Pull a length of baker’s twine. Tape off the end (it keeps the twine from fraying and makes threading easier).

#7 Add sheep. Thread from back to front in one hole. Then front to back in punched hole right beside it. Repeat for all 10 sheep.

#8 Space out evenly. I left about 10 inches of twine on each end for hanging. Cut and tie a loop on the ends of the twine (loose knots to allow resizing the loop for bigger hanging on drawer knobs, smaller loop for thumb tacks or safety pins).

#9 In between each sheep, I took 2 pieces of organza with 1 piece of satin ribbon and tied a knot. (Shabby Chic option: use frayed pretty coordinating fabric pieces or strips of tulle.)

#10 Space evenly again (leave them semi-moveable to accommodate different areas in the gift recipient’s home or tape twine on back to keep in place). Ready to hang!

Isn’t it so cute? I want one for me and I don’t even have a nursery. I love pretty decorative banners and ‘counting sheep’ is perfect for a nursery! 

  • Hang it across drapery
  • Tie on dresser pulls 
  • Use as wall art
  • Cute learning to count tool 
  • Baby shower decor. 

Lots of options. Now lots of pictures:

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hope she likes it. :)

What have you been doing this weekend?  

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I Like It, I Love It!

Meet:  Meg from

I first ‘met’ Meg when she submitted her living room. Beautiful, colorful and full of energy. I was “lovin’ I Like It, I Love It” and couldn’t wait to see more.  A home tour that had me at “I like it”. 
Here are some pictures and the links for you to meet Meg too and see more of her beautiful home:
I love the bright fun colors and beautiful arches.
So pretty, so peaceful. I love the color selection and beautiful details.
What a beautiful, dreamy space.
Special room for a special little girl.
With a pantry in the works during our kitchen makeover in our own home, 
Meg’s pantry is truly an inspiration…
Organization Heaven!
If you’d like to see more or just make a new blog friend who shares your interest in creating a beautiful home (along with milk and chocolate chip cookies, margaritas, magazines and fashion on a budget – we’re all going to be good friends!), head over to Meg’s blog. She scored a fabulous blue ghost chair and I know I’m looking forward to seeing her upcoming office makeover!  Meg, thank you so much for sharing your design talent and beautiful home!

Blame It on the Toes

There’s a special meaning behind Liz’s blog, Blame It on the Toes. I’ll let her tell you about that (here).  Liz and her husband, Mike, have done some amazingly gorgeous DIY transformations in their home!
First, a room used for storage becomes a sweet nursery.  You can see the full transformation from start to nearly-finished at Jett’s Nursery…Renovation.  
A nursery that inspiration is made of…
Room Before

Dresser before:

Dresser after is gorgeous…
No part overlooked, drawers were Mod Podged too!

TV armoire before…

Amazing after…
Inside is just as fun…
More sneak peeks:
Not only does baby have a sweet place to dream, but mom and dad have a pretty sweet retreat themselves!
Bedroom before was a blank slate…
After is stunning!  Same room?  Hard to believe but find proof in every DIY detail at Blame it on the Toes Bedroom Makeover
WOW! Great job Liz & Mike!  I love both rooms and the furniture makeovers are beautiful!  Thank you so much for sharing your hard work!
See more from Liz & Mike at

Bambina Babe Nursery

I thought I had featured this but looking back, it never published. My apologies to Nealy from Bambina Babe (her awesome kitchen featured back in June) because I had the best of intentions.  Hopefully better late than never applies. This nursery is the things inspiration is made of. (You can see all of her inspiration at Nursery Part I and she does a fantastic job of making her own version every bit as beautiful and special.)

Nursery before…

And after:

Walls are Benjamin Moore Beacon Gray and the (faux) Roman shades are DIY!

I love that she calls it a compilation of junk and spray paint. HAHA! The result is beautiful and fun. 

Love this art. She doesn’t say it’s definitely a do-able DIY project…

The bedding is MILDI (mother-in-law-did-it), sewing together a hodge podge of Amy Butler fabrics.  It’s gorgeous!

Hot glue + pink pom pom trim = pretty touch to a plain lampshade.

The little lampstand/table is another thrifty find painted pink.

DIY name art (dischangers would be a great way to prepare these for hanging).

DIY lighting – she spray painted an old fixture from their dining room and added crystals with the help of her mom.

Isn’t it darling?  Beautiful results using a little DIY and thrifty finds!

Thanks so much for sharing, Nealy!  You did an amazing job on a small budget with great results! I love it!

See more of Nealy’s DIY talent and beautiful photography at 

Scissors and Spatulas

Jennifer from

shares our love of DIY in order to create the look and home accents she wants without the big price tag.  Our kind of blog buddy!  We all love old windows and you’ll love her creative window projects!
One is a the perfect frame for old family photos. I love the chippy old finish paired with old photos…perfect. It hangs above her writing desk. 
The second one became a mirror and it’s beautiful in her son’s nursery…
Her nursery is all DIY and discount purchases (2nd child = tiny budget)  and doesn’t it look just as beautiful as any you’ve seen in a catalog or magazine?  It’s stunning. 
See more pictures —> NURSERY KNOCK OFFS
So peaceful! She sewed the curtains above herself and saved over $160. I love the beadboard and striped walls, soothing colors and that gorgeous bedding (she made the pillows except for the monogrammed one). 
Super job, Jennifer!  I love your DIY style and the nursery is adorable!  Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

Transforming Kitchen to Office to Nursery with a Bonus Closet

Yes – you read the title to this post correctly.  Kitchen.  Then Office.  Now Nursery.  And what they call a closet but I call it a dreamy dressing room.
First – congratulations to Jason and Abby from Rough Housing with the Rogers!  They have a new little guy born just last week!
Back to the room in their nearly 100 year old house located in an upstairs mother-in-law suite/apartment.  It’s a tiny kitchenette.  Here it is before when they purchased their house. 

Jason and Abby didn’t have a need for an upstairs kitchen since their home was no longer 2 apartments.  Enter Jason and his demo skills and it became an office (with a dresser since closet space is limited in old houses)…

Once baby Austin was on the way, plans for a nursery began to take place. Wall space was awkward in the little room.  The ‘kitchen cabinets while handy as a source of storage took up valuable wall space and were removed.  The tiny closet was covered to allow for more space (don’t panic – there is a closet surprise coming up).

In progress:


Jason and Abby built an enclosed porch onto the first floor to create a space for a walk-in closet upstairs off of the baby’s room!  Brilliant!  Doing the work themselves (obviously a little more DIY-skilled and talented than the average person), they saved a lot of money. 

They recycled the carpet from the nursery to use in the closet and Jason built the walk-in closet shelving himself. 
Here is the the awesome walk-in closet/dressing room and nursery finished.  Gorgeous! Envious?  Yea, me too!
Hard to believe that same space was a kitchen and then office!
Check out the above projects at:
Then, as if that isn’t enough to motivate you to change a kitchen into a dressing room (tempting, isn’t it? haha), they’re sharing their $3500 DIY kitchen makeover.  These two are DIY super heroes.  

Click here to see the kitchen before, progress, more after photos and all of their details on how their kitchen went from this:


To this…

What they did:
  • Complete demo
  • Tray ceiling
  • Staining and installing new cabinets
  • Tile backsplash
  • New light fixture
  • New countertops
  • New appliances
  • Okay – pretty much everything!

There are more amazing DIY projects over at Rough Housing with the Rogers including a guest bedroom makeover, complete bathroom gut and walk in tile shower, living room and dining room makeovers.  I’d share more but before you know it, I’d have their entire blog located in this post so best for you to pop over to check it out.  Warning:  Adorable BABY photos! He is sooo precious!

Thanks so much for sharing Jason & Abby!  You’ve done a FABULOUS job!  


Jones Design Company

Emily from Jones Design Company is a sort of new blogger and you’re going to get your DIY/decor fix when you meet her.  Her entire home is gorgeous and I’m so honored to share a peek with you but then you have to head over to her blog to check out more of her DIY and decorating talent.  Be prepared for lots of pictures, i.e. eye candy but I just couldn’t pare things down. 

Here is her daughter’s nursery.  Love the soothing muted color scheme.  It’s so pretty and so comforting. And the vintage details make me want to live in this room.
My heart is happy every time I walk past Audrey’s nursery. The colors, the patterns, the fact that it is the girliest place in our house.  At first, when Ryan saw the color I was asking him to paint, he questioned me. Why blue? It was my one chance to go pink, and I chose blue.  I guess I’m just not as crazy about pink as I am blue. I’ve realized as I’ve spent time in her room, that if I could decorate my home any way I wished {without considering the four males that reside with me} it would look very much like our sweet Audrey’s room.
So let me welcome you to the nursery {beware, there are many photos!}
First, the before.
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This was previously a boy’s nursery {go figure} and I loved the stripes. I originally wanted to use our guest room as the new nursery and us this room as the guest room so that I wouldn’t have to paint over the stripes, but that didn’t happen. So goodbye stripes.
And here it is now:
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We’re still missing a few key elements {a chandelier – I just haven’t found the right one; a large sheepskin rug; a canvas painted with her scripture verse on it; a few more pillows}, but it is as good as it will get for today. The rest will happen over time. I’m learning to be okay with that …
Some of my favorite things:
:: the wallpaper {actually flat sheets of gift wrap that I have adored for a long time}
:: the ruffles on the curtains
:: the old gold frames {from my grandparents’ collection. They passed before I really knew them, but I think we would have gotten along beautifully. Both were actors and artists – my grandfather did set designs for theater, my grandma taught acting classes to Judy Garland. My mom mentions often that I would have loved her home growing up – glamorous and eclectic at the same time.}
:: the vintage little dresses {I bought one before I was even married and the other was my mom’s}
:: the pink ruffle pillow {I was not planning on putting pink into the room, but I found the pillow and then my mom gave me the crown artwork and it just came together.}
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So, I wanted to live in the nursery but then I saw her amazing office transformation.  I just love Emily’s style.  Pretty, feminine details and the ‘painted wallpaper’ is stunning (tutorial HERE) and my office needs a chalkboard wall.
When you walk in the front of our home, to the right is this room.  It started as my office, then we switched it to be Ryan’s office, then a sitting room and now back to my office {can you tell we’re a little fickle about decorating?} 
Anyway, here is the room when we first moved into our home.
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And, after hours of painting and a little fluffing, here it is now.
I wrote about the start of the project here & about the chalkboard wall here.
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The self-induced motivation seemed to do the trick {albeit a few hours late}.
One more then you’ll have to visit her at her blog for more decor magazine worthy living.  Her dining room is by far one of
my favorites.  I agree with her.  Barn door tracks are so cool and we plan on using one for a French door in our dining room that leads to our office but now she has inspired me.  We have the perfect spot for a big beautiful window too.  I love the glam-country atmosphere in here:
The first room you see when you walk in our front door is the dining room.
While we don’t use it often, it is such a luxury to have when we’re hosting a big party or holiday meal {in fact, my mom got engaged around this table at our Thanksgiving dinner last year!}
We had been wanting to do something to separate the space from the entry and when we saw this window at our favorite salvage shop, we knew it would be perfect {if not totally impractical}.
Ryan hung it from barn door tracks so that we can slide it open if we need to {but mostly just because barn door tracks are cool}.
Fortunately the boys have not paid much attention to the gigantic hanging single-paned window because old window + three rambunctious boys will never equal anything good.
Our massive table {shown here without the leaves} is from Restoration Hardware {bought at the outlet store for a bargain}, the chairs are slipcovered Parsons from Ballard Designs and the seagrass chairs are from IKEA {although I don’t see them on the website so maybe they are discontinued}.
The big dresser {affectionately called ‘the black thing’} in the corner is one of my favorite pieces we have. It swallows our linens, napkins and serving pieces.
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The chandelier is also one of my favorite things … crystally, sparkly and old. We took it from our old house and guess it is from the 1950’s {although now that I think about it, we really have no reason to think that. Regardless, it is great}.
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The table is all set … I think we need to have a party!

I almost don’t want to share this with you because it lessens my chances but she is having one amazing giveaway! 

Thanks Emily for sharing your gorgeous home!  I have to tell you that I am so inspired.  Your decorating talent is simply beautiful.

Beautiful Neutral Nursery

I received a letter and pictures from one of my readers about her beautiful nursery transformation. I love the orange bedding, the beautiful rug , gorgeous curtains and neutral wall and floor color. Here is her letter:

My husband and our family transformed our small office into a nursery for our twin sons.
They ripped out old carpeting, replaced and repaired bead board, chair railing, base boards, moulding and doors and windows and add crown moulding. They also painted the wood floors a high gloss blue.
We wanted an orange nursery, which we could not find bedding anywhere. My mother in law made the bedding and the curtains. We used my existing teak furniture, painted a bookcase, bought cribs from Walmart, a chair from nursery works and rug from West Elm. We used neutral colors on the walls so the furniture and bedding could be the focus. ~Shannon

Here is the before picture:

And here are the darling after photos:

Thanks for sharing Shannon! Your husband and family did a great job! It’s such a cute room for your twin sons!

In other related baby news (no – not that, not me!), I‘ve been taking monthly photos of my nephew and photos of my niece and wanted to share them with you because they are adorable and it’s another one of my DIY hobbies. I have the cutest photography practice models! These ones are my favorites. :) This one was taken lying on a blanket in the grass in the yard.

And this one was taken on the barn patio.

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Precious Nursery

Lauren from

has an amazing eye for design, DIY skills and decorating talent. She has the sweetest nursery makeover from top to bottom. Click HERE to see her original posts with details on what she purchased, links and the awesome budget. You won’t believe the cost breakdown. She rocks!

Here are a few pictures of the before and after:

Here’s where we started when we moved in:

Oh and picture a sports border in between the orange and ‘dinge’ colored paint. In our zest to remove it, we forgot to take a true before photo.

We (AKA the Hubster) did a lot of painting and construction, including new hardwood floors from Lumber Liquidators, adding beadboard, and all new trim:

To get the nursery to this point:

So there’s a little bit of history for you. Without further ado, here is the (mostly) completed nursery:

I am sooo in love with our new window seat bench and cushion. It opens up for storage and is a comfy cozy place to sit and survey the neighborhood or read a book. I made the pillows myself (and I’m pretty proud of it too – I’m NOT a sewer by any stretch of the imagination) I think I’ll make a few more, but sewing is tough when you’re 39.5 weeks pregnant. The window seat cushion is also a custom piece from Jayna @ RockyTop Designs on etsy.

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I painted the tree and the hand-me-down dresser for the nursery and added fabric leaves to the wall for a little added texture. We also replaced the wooden knobs on the dresser with white and metal ones (we couldn’t decide between white or metal, so we did both). It’s amazing what you can do with a little paint!

I really can’t find anything I don’t like. I love the custom bumper, the soothing color scheme, the little accents (that owl and fox are adorable!), the glider and the window seat. It’s all so pretty!

Lauren – thank you so much for sharing your awesome nursery makeover with us! I think that little Violet is one lucky little girl! Best of luck in the next few days. I’ll be thinking of you!

Don’t forget about the FUN CSN giveaway! Click HERE to enter!
And I’m not too proud to beg for votes in the
Make Your Home Your Own Contest at Rejuvenation.
Please vote HERE! :) Thanks you guys!

Adorable Nursery with the Cutest Details

Whether we need them or not, we all love seeing sweet nursery makeovers, right? Check out this adorable transformation from Aubree at
The Weathered Cottage.
Here is her post:

The room is complete!

It’s finally (almost) complete. You will see a few missing knobs, etc. but don’t worry, we’ve come a looooong way. I hesitated putting these up because for some reason I feel so vulnerable sharing this special room with you. I (we) put a lot of work into it, it’s our first “nursery” (he’s almost 2!), and it’s just so ME. What I mean is that it’s something I have been envisioning for awhile, and it came out so amazing…but it’s part of me and my ideas. Which can be a scary thing to put out there!
I promise my pictures do not even do it justice one bit. But for now….here goes!

The bedding is PB teen actually picked up at Down East. It is too big for the crib, but we are building THIS BED on Tuesday! Along with THIS BOOKCASE for storage in the closet (which I won’t bother showing you…it’s too embarrassing!) So until then, my little guy is enjoying his last few nights in his crib…riiiight.

I made the curtains. They were the inspiration really for the room.

Favorite most comfortable small mommy chair! I’m only 5’0″ ya know!

Not quite finished Clip Art rails!

My aunt made these cute blocks for my baby shower, and bought Eli this cute Buster Brown box from an antique store for “his” birthday. hehe.

My old dresser, you can read about it’s transformation HERE.
And my $3 thrift store lamp and $3 Target shade, updated with some fabric and hot glue gun ;) It makes me happy when I get to cuddle up with my guy next to this cute little thing in our FAVORITE CHAIR.

And that’s pretty much it! The doggy silouhette pillow I made just today (my guy loves dogs). The SeeSaw pic is from TJ Maxx, the curtains are handmade, and the light is from IKEA (as is the curtain rod). The vinyl I won from Joys of Home hosted for Belvedere Design. So grateful for that, it really makes the room!

This room definitely did not cost an arm and a leg, even though I like to think it looks as though it did. All of the furniture besides the crib (which was a gift) is second hand, as well as most of the accessories. The only things we bought especially for the room was the paint (used maybe $25 worth), the TJ Maxx pic ($8), the curtains and rod ($80 including blackout liners), bedding ($85), and the light ($30). (Wow! That’s more than I thought I’d spent!)
Everything else we already had and just changed some things to fit this room.

I am one lucky girl. Or else my son is one lucky boy. But really I get to enjoy this beautiful room with my beautiful boy and hubby, so really I think I am the lucky one.

P.S. I’m thinking the wall with the SeeSaw pic is needing something else. Any ideas?

Until next time my friends!


P.S.S. Here is the before in case you haven’t seen it!

To me, it’s all about the details – and Aubree really adds a lot of charm and character to this cute little room. Thanks for sharing, Aubree!

A Little Bit of Glam

Pink and all things girly and feminine. That’s just what this nursery is – beautiful with fairy tale details by Meaghen at Musings of a Glamourpuss.

Here is her letter:

“The room was originally crib storage and playroom. Then we found out we were having a baby and she was a girl! We started with builder’s yellow (lol not beige), and I had one piece of inspiration: a vintage looking notecard in light shades of pink, cream, and black lace. I chose two shades of pink, and my hubby and I measured out and traced pencil lines (next time I am using chalk instead) for the thick stripes. I couldn’t find any bedding in the colours I wanted – it was either black and white or pink and brown – so my mom helped make the crib bedding. I designed and hubby built the change table. The little birds on the black shelves were originally blue and I spray painted them black. The lamp on the side table is a work in progress – I have been weaving ribbon in the base, and there are about 25 yards in there so far. We added some glitz and glam with the chrome and crystal chandelier and the cut crystal finials on the curtain rod. I also added the thick black ribbon at the base of the curtains for some additional interest!”

So here is the before:

Now, it’s this beautiful nursery:

Subtle and soothing stripes. The chandelier is gorgeous. The framed art definitely ads glam! Great job, Meaghen! It’s a beautiful dramatic change! I love it!
See more real life nurseries here. If you have a nursery, check out this contest to win a free photo shoot in your nursery!

The Sweetest Nursery

Meredith from La Buena Vida has created the CUTEST little nursery for her little precious baby girl. At the time she designed it, she wasn’t 100% on if she was having a girl or boy. Click here for full details but here is the before:
Here’s a picture of what the room basically looked like before…it was a storage room for all our junk, and had the builder’s white walls and tan carpet:







Justify FullIsn’t it sweet? The wall color is so pretty with the white furniture and pink accents. I love the tree mural and her DIY wall art is awesome! It’s such a happy and cheerful room. I love it! I’ve been lucky enough to see some of the rest of her home (berrysweet) and not only does she take great pictures, she has a natural talent for decorating and a beautiful home. Thanks for allowing me to share a peek with everyone, Meredith!

I‘m a little late …forgive me for not sharing this sooner!
(Don’t you hate head colds?! Not quite all together with it this week.)

My good friend Christy at Embellished Bayou is having awesome celebration! Don’t miss it!