Playroom Alphabet Wall

dsc_0470When I set out to create a playroom fit for a king, I knew I wanted to create a colorful alphabet wall after seeing some ideas of it being used in nurseries on Pinterest.  And, I absolutely love how it turned out!

It is hard to shop around for all different style and sized letters so I bought the unfinished letters on Etsy.  Before painting them, I laid out the letters how I wanted them mounted on the wall.  This helped plan which color to paint which letters so that I wouldn’t end up with the same color too close to each other. This step actually sounds a lot easier than it was.  I painted them with acrylic paint that you can get from any craft store.  I also stained a couple of letters.  The painting/staining did take some time as you have to do multiple coats and get all of the edges covered.

To mount the letters, I didn’t want to mount them directly to the wall because I didn’t want a million little nail holes in our newly finished basement walls, so we decided to mount the letters to plywood and then mount the plywood to the wall.  I used 1/4 plywood and added moulding around the edge to create a framed look.  I painted the plywood and the moulding the same color as the wall, Benjamin Moore White Dove.  I then used liquid nails to attach the letters to the plywood.  Once that was dry, my husband mounted the entire board to the wall.

Baby Boy Nursery

It has been quite a while since I have posted on my blog.  So where have I been hiding??  Over the last few months, I have been busy getting ready for our baby boy who is set to arrive in the next few weeks!  It is our first so we are beyond excited and getting a little anxious at this point.

We just put the finishing touches on his nursery this past weekend and wanted to share the finished project.  We decided on a safari theme and we wanted to keep things kind of neutral (besides the wall color) so that just in case we have a girl someday we don’t have to buy all new stuff.  We hope our little guy loves his room as much as we do!

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Wall color:  Benjamin Moore Brewster Gray (HC-162)

Crib:  Pottery Barn Emerson Crib

Dresser:  Ethan Allen Carter Dresser in the mushroom finish

Bedding:  Pottery Barn Reese Organic Nursery Bedding

Rocker: Baby Relax Brielle Rocker in gray

Curtains:  Home Goods

Rug:  Safavieh from Home Goods

Lamp:  Threshold Antique Brass Tripod Floor Lamp from Target

A Purposeful Den

Since we moved, this room has been our catch-all room and we never really used it.  And, after over a year of living in our house, there is still one lingering box waiting to be unpacked.  This is actually one of the bedrooms, but since we don’t quite need 4 bedrooms just yet, we decided to use this room as a den.  The leather couch also does not fit through any other doorways in the house so this is the only room we could get it into.  I did sometimes fold laundry in there and walk through it to go to the deck, but it just sat as unused space for way too long.

So, out came the paintbrush and we were able to transform this room into an enjoyable living space.  The top wall color is Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan (HC-81) and the bottom is Benjamin Moore Brewster Gray (HC-162) (I am in love with this color).  Once it was painted, I was inspired to finish the room.

The hardwood floors in this room have seen better days so we decided on a rug that would cover most of the floor.  Since we are constantly going in and out of the house to the deck through this room, we needed a rug that would withstand high traffic.  I decided on a natural fiber rug and after some research I decided to go with seagrass.

Here are some of the pros of seagrass vs. other natural fiber materials:

  • Stain resistant
  • Very water resistant
  • Incredibly durable, making it a great choice for high traffic areas

I chose this seagrass rug with a mocha border from Natural Home Rugs.

Seagrass Rug with Mocha Border

Seagrass Rug with Mocha Border

The rug is really great quality and the price was very reasonable for a 9’x12′ rug.  I love way it feels on my feet and I love the smell of the seagrass.  Bad news is that the smell does go away after a few days, but I guess that is good news for those crazy people who don’t like the smell.

We stole the TV stand from my in-laws and bought a new TV for the room.   I added some new hardware to the freshly painted closet doors.  I also painted the inside of the closet since it was all marked up.  I think I finally found something that I don’t like to paint…closets!  And, we finished off the room with linen buffalo check curtains made by my mother-in-law, but I did help.  Now we have a casual den to hang out in!

Here are some before and after pictures…

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