Friday, July 8, 2016

Jacob's New Bedroom + Bathroom

Jacob's bedroom was next on our list to paint + decorate. We listened to some of his ideas and then planned to work on it the whole month of June while he was gone. It was nice to have 4 whole weeks to get it done (although we ended up cramming everything into the last 2 weeks because of our family vacation, VBS week + swim lessons.)

Scot's parents gave us their old king guest bed (with Linda's handmade American quilt) and the antique furniture that was handed down from Scot's grandparents when we moved in, so we wanted to work around what we already had. (What a blessing to have hand-me-downs, right?)

It was more of a catch-all room before, but I just love how his new room looks now! But, first - here's how his room looked before:

After Jake left, I bought new bedding and new accessories to see if they'd work before we painted:

We picked my favorite Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter paint for the walls and went to town!

Here's the after:

Aren't these animal canvases so funny? (The squirrel holding a Starbucks cup is my favorite.)

Jake really wanted a desk for high school, so I found this cool antique desk on Craigslist. Perfect size for this little corner of the room. (The dry-erase calendar will be a huge help in keeping him organized in high school too.)

I bought him a new bookshelf on Craigslist that better fits this small space and can hold all his trophies.

Love this cool Italian soccer poster Scot found! (New black clock coming soon, but the white one works for now.)

I painted the accents on all the furniture a dark gray with chalk paint and spray-painted the hardware oil rubbed bronze. Totally gave it all a new life and a new look for his room!

Before + after:

This little corner is one of my favorites.

And his room wouldn't be complete without showing off his updated beach-style bathroom:

DIY handmade industrial pipe toilet paper holder (tutorial coming soon).

DIY handmade industrial pipe hand towel holder (tutorial coming soon).

Love having a finished space for our oldest boy to live + use + grow into through high school and college.

It's his new Happy Place for sure.
Paint color | Valspar's Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter primer + paint (color matched at Lowe's)
Star throw blanket | Target
"This is my Happy Place" toss pillow | Kohl's
Animal canvases | Homegoods
Mercury lamp | Homegoods
Black desk | Craigslist find
Desk task lamp | Target
Desk accessories | World Market + Kirkland's
Dry-erase calendar | Target
Bookcase | Craigslist find
Black metal chairs | Walmart
"Live the life you've imagined" toss pillow | TJMaxx
Large metal J | Hobby Lobby
"Keys" wall hanger | Kirkland's

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Fourth of July // 2016

Our July 4th was a hot one! We couldn't imagine waking up and spending it any other way than at our neighborhood pool, so that's what we did. It was the perfect pool day.

So glad to have these three back together!

We went home and got dressed in our red, white and blue gear. My favorite part of the 4th!

The kids played with their snap-its. (We also ran to get sparklers and more snap-its for later.)

We fixed homemade subs for lunch, then Scot cooked us amazing hamburgers on the grill for dinner. There was a 90% chance of rain that evening, so we kept watching the weather all day to see if we could make it to our usual spot downtown for fireworks. Unfortunately, we saw the huge forecast of rain headed for downtown so we opted to stay home. That is until we decided at the last minute to head to our city fireworks instead since it would be closer to home if it rained. So, we did that and it was great!

It started raining towards the end, so we just pulled inside the covered area of the post office and watched the finale there. Connor loved it - he kept saying "Geez, Louise" after every huge boom!

As soon as the fireworks show ended + we put our chairs and blankets in the back of the van, the skies opened up and torrential downpours hit us literally the second I closed my van door. Everyone was scrambling to get their belongings together and run to their cars, and we had made it just in time.

We missed our special spot with family and friends at the downtown fireworks (the second year in a row due to rain - boo), but it was neat to do something different and we ended up having such a fun day.

Looking forward to more red, white and blue fun next year - always remembering and thanking God for our country's freedom!
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