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DIY black & white stripe wall

I think this is my favorite DIY project yet. It’s up there with the diy tufted headboard & antique buffet transformation .

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When first starting to plan the nursery, i was looking at colors and nothing was really catching my eye. I knew I wanted an all white room with an accent wall or accent ceiling & I definitely knew I wanted glamour, modern & sophisticated. I decided to browse through my Pinterest Nursery board (Gotta love Pinterest!)

and low and behold.. this photo

97671885639016665_beFZZQ0T_cI don’t typically like vertical stripes, so I was on the hunt for horizontal striped pattern. Also I didn’t want the standard stripe wall, with all the stripes being the same size. I googled irregular striped wall and fell in love with this look

155655730840472777_orCYiwH0_cAmazing right? Once again, Clayton thought I was absolutely out of my mind & could not wrap his head around why I would want a black and white room with no pink on the walls! Even though I profusely explained to him that there would be pink accents everywhere, he just wasn’t understanding my whole concept. Typical.

So now for the DIY portion of this post..

What you will need:

  • ruler
  • pencil
  • pure white flat paint
  • pure black flat paint
  • LOTS of frog tape
  • plastic spackle tool

First you need to paint the wall white. Decide how many stripes you want on your wall. Also how many inches each stripe will be. (I drew out a little diagram of this part, so I could conceptually understand how it would look on the wall) Measure them out with your ruler and make a few marks with your pencil. Draw a straight line across the wall, connecting the pencil marks. In order to keep the pencil line straight, we used the top cover piece of the window blinds. Very resourceful!

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Should look like this when you’re done. I put a “B” on each stripe we were planning to paint black, so we wouldn’t get confused. I highly recommend doing this, otherwise you could accidentally paint black where it’s supposed to be white.

**Side note** You are probably thinking.. why didn’t they just use a level? Well yes, you would think that would be the easiest option. However, most older houses are built where the walls are not level. So that’s why using the measuring method is best, unless you want your stripes to be slanted. For newly constructed houses, you could get away with using the level.

Now for the most tedious part of the process – tapping.

I really took my time on this, making sure the tape was straight with the pencil lines. I also made sure to tape outside of the pencil lines, so that the black paint would completely conceal and pencil. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, you can always go back after it’s dry with white paint to cover any pencil marks.

photo 3(Sorry for the crappy iphone pics)

Once all the tapping is done, take your plastic spackle spatula & run it across the frog tape edges, ensuring no paint seepage. Then take your white paint and do a coat inside the “B” marked stripes. This will guarantee that no black will seep through & ruin your stripes.

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After about 2 hours, paint on your black stripes. I took me about 3-4 coats. After an hour & 1/2 we pealed off the frog tape, to reveal perfect stripes. I was amazed. I couldn’t believe how good it looked. You don’t want to wait more than two hours to remove the tape.

I especially love the skinny stripes on the wall.

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IMG_0153Honestly, I’m no professional painter or DIYer by any means.. so if we can do it, you can too.

I’m so happy with how it turned out. For the next few days after it was complete, we both couldn’t stop going in the room just to stare at the wall! lol. Makes me happy! Can’t wait for our girl to arrive, so I can spend more time in here. IMG_0148Maybe the husband will start having more faith in my crazy unique ideas now. He loves the room & so do I.

I’ll share more nursery photos once it’s complete!

IMG_0154Xo, Melissa

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34 weeks

To say the last few weeks have been crazy, would be a huge understatement. Between the childbirth & baby care classes,  maternity shoot, car shopping, baby shower planning & finishing up the nursery it’s been jam packed.

I can’t believe I’ll be having this babe in just 6 weeks! Here is the latest bump pic:

32 weeks + 4 days

Current cravings: peanut butter & avocados (not together lol)

Current annoyances: Not being able to get comfortable while sleeping. I get these weird buzzing/tingling feelings in my lower left back & also under my right rib. Keeps me up sometimes. Have any of you mommas experienced buzzing or tingling while preggers? So bizarre! I now have to sleep with 5 pillows just to be semi comfy!

Things I miss: Sleeping on my stomach! Pre-preggo I had a huge addiction to sleeping on my stomach.. only 6 more weeks. Can’t wait.

Things I’m loving: Her kicks. She is a super active baby. I love laying on my side and seeing her kicks and jabs through my stomach. LOVE it.

Current weight gain: 34 pounds

Last weekend we had our all day childbirth class at Santa Clara Kaiser. It was actually really informative. The instructor went over everything. We learned breathing techniques, positions to ease labor pain, terms we will need to know, watched labor movies &  played games. It was actually pretty fun! 8 hours was a little much, but overall it was definitely worth it. Clayton took a ton of notes & we asked lots of questions. Afterward we both were saying how we feel so much more comfortable with what is going to happen now.

Sunday we had our maternity shoot with our friends Jason & Anna, who also shot our wedding & engagement shoot. It was a lot of fun. To be honest I was kind of dreading getting my picture taken.. it’s little different when you’re pregnant & feel like a huge whale. But of course J & A made it super fun. We love them.

Can’t wait to share the photos with you guys.

I leave you with a little peak at baby girl’s nursery

IMG_0095I am still patiently waiting for my Nurseryworks Empire rocker… It’s backordered until March 4th! I hope it arrives before our little one does.

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The side table lamp is from Target. The $7  lampshade was plain white, so I added a little grosgrain ribbon to the top & bottom. I like that it ties in with the black & white striped wall. The lamp base is acrylic, not glass. Much safer for baby.

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Just waiting for the maternity & newborn photos to complete the gallery wall above her changing table

sneak3This is the fabric I ordered for her crib skirt.. I love the anchors, but I’m still undecided. I was planning to DIY her crib skirt this weekend. What do you think about the fabric?

IMG_0090Have a fabulous weekend!!

Xo, Melissa

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Easy & inexpensive Christmas tablescape ideas

The Holidays are upon us already! How did that happen so fast? I love this time of year… all the yummy desserts, family traditions & warm cozy nights snuggled up by the fire. This year we’re having Christmas morning at my house where we’ll have everyone over to eat a huge breakfast & open gifts. Later will be dinner at my mom’s with Clayton’s family & mine. She’s making her famous garlic mash, honey ham & other goodies. I cannot wait!! I’m looking forward to being preggers this holiday season.

Now onto to the decor:

{All images via Pinterest}

1. I recently saw these Kate Spade inspired dishes on Pinterest and thought they would be fantastic for the holidays. You could easily create this DIY on some plain white dishes you have laying around or go grab some at your local Goodwill or thrift store! Pair them with another patterned plate & you have a layered look with lots of personality.

2. I love anything gold. Tie silverware with ribbon, lace or twine to give your place settings a pulled together look.

3. Use Dollar Store fake fruit and spray paint them with metallic and glitter. Place one on at each place setting for some added glam. If you are planning on having assigned seating, you could attach a name tag to each pear.

4. To keep the sparkle theme going, use more glitter spray paint on branches from your backyard! Add them to a vase or lay them in the middle of the table mixed with a ton of candles and you’ve got a gorgeous centerpiece that cost almost nothing!

5. There are so many creative things you can do with candles. If you have mason jars, you can fill them with sand, cranberries, rice or whatever you like. While you’re at the Dollar Store grab a bunch of pillar candles to add to hurricane vases for a romantic lighting all throughout your house. Tie cinnamon sticks around candles with twine. So cute & it makes your house smell amazing! Mercury glass is timeless and goes great with any holiday decor.

6. Personalize a menu for each place setting or use a pretty chalkboard and display the menu there. Either way menus are a nice touch.

I found this DIY menu using muslin bags and a custom stamp! How cute is this??

{Via Scout Blog}

Which is your favorite? What sort of things to you like to do to save money on holiday decor?

Follow my DIY board on Pinterest for more ideas

Xo,

Melissa & Virginia

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DIY Tassel Garland

While browsing online for baby shower/nursery decor I was seeing these cute tassel garlands everywhere. It was definitely on my to-do list to purchase one.

Via Confetti System

Then I found this super easy tassel garland tutorial on Pinterest by Linen & Lace & thought I’d give it a try. I literally spent $5 on materials! Much better than the $30-$40 + shipping off Etsy.

So while the hubs went out with friends on Saturday night, I dove into crafting mode

I chose four different colors of tissue paper – gold, hot pink, light pink & shimmery white

Because I decided to hang this on baby girl’s crib, you are getting a little sneak peak of her nursery!

I love how the garland brings texture & fun girly glamour to her crib & nursery
.. I think she will love it. Obviously I won’t be able to leave it there when she gets older but for now it works.

What do you think? I’m basically addicted. I’ll probably make one for xmas & other holidays too. These are great for any kind of party too! Baby & bridal showers, birthdays, holiday parties or just cute decor in your home.

BTW, yes I’ll be doing a post on the DIY black & white painted stripe wall in the nursery. I’ve got all the tips on how to make perfect stripes with no bleed through!

Here’s my latest pregger shot at 23 weeks

PS. if you’re preggers, check out the new maternity tanks at Target by Liz Lange. They are heaven!!

XO, Melissa

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Overlays + Ikea Furniture

While we were at Ikea picking up our dining room shelves, we also decided to buy their white 6 drawer Malm dresser for my office. Normally I hate Ikea furniture, but look how pretty the dresser looks with O’verlays! I plan to pretty it up with one of these fretwork designs.

{Top 3 favs}

I’m a little obsessed with the greek keys…

So pretty!!!

{Above images via Amanda Carol}

Or there’s this gorgeous classic design

{Via My O’verlays}

I could even add pulls to dress it up more

{Via Danika & Cheryle Blogspot}

{Via Pinterest}

There are so many choices, but I think my fav is the greek key design. Out of the 3 options which is your favorite?

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Washi Tape Corkboard DIY

I found this awesome idea for a corkboard on Pinterest. This was so easy, I literally made this in 20 mins!

{Supplies used}

* 4 pack of 12″ corkboard tiles – found at Michaels

* Japanese Washi tape in your fav color. 15mm size – found on Etsy or here

* 1.5 inch Masking tape (I used frog tape since that’s all we had)

* Scissors

I taped the first piece diagonal across the corkboard  leaving about 1/2 inch on either side to tape to the back

Then I took the frog tape and used it to spacer for the rest of the pink washi tape

Repeat on the other 3 corkboards..

You can do this design or.. switch the tiles around and make this design

and you’re done! Now just stick the tiles to the wall with the adhesive squares provided.

Pretty cute huh?

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Ikea Shelving Completes the Look!

Friday we made the trip to Ikea to pick up their Lack shelves. $16.99 each?! You really can’t beat that.. and honestly I think they look pretty dang cute in the dining room.

What do you think? I decided on the high gloss white lack shelf instead of the matte finish. In person the matte finish looked super cheap & ugly. I was a little worried about the super modern high gloss shelves looking weird with the shabby vintage decor of the buffet, but I think it works well. Again I ador mixing modern with vintage antique pieces.

I’m loving the look of the open storage & the gold chalkboard accents the wall perfectly.

If you’re looking for storage solutions, I definitely recommend these. They come in a ton of different colors and three different sizes.

Enjoy your week!  Xo, Melissa

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