Boys Outdoor Adventure Room – Toy Box Makeover

Hey guys! I have a real simple DIY project for you today. This toy box was made by Dylan’s grandfather and is going to be a hiding place for his toys when his room is complete, so I gave it a quick makeover to fit in with the rest of his room!

Boys Outdoor Adventure Room - Toy Box Makeover Before

Boys Outdoor Adventure Room - Toy Box Makeover

I opted for a chalk finish so I wouldn’t have to sand the wood beforehand, and I was very pleased with the coverage and texture of Rust-Oleum’s Chalked line. It’s not at all gritty like I was expecting and dried very quickly. I also picked up some craft rope from the dollar store and two packs of corner braces from the hardware store all for less than $20.

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To start, I measured and drilled two holes on each side of the box for the rope handles.

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I then spray painted it, and once it was dry, I pushed one end of the rope through the hole and then tied a knot on both sides.

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Next, I tied another knot about 3-4 inches from the first knot and inserted the rope through the second hole.

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The rope was fraying so I tied some electrical tape around the ends then cut it off once I tied a knot on the other side.

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I then added two corner braces to all four corners of the box for an industrial feel. They’re also great as reinforcement! I can guarantee that this thing is never going to fall apart :)

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Lastly, I hand-painted the “09”  for his year of birth and voila – a nautical/industrial toy box!

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Boys Outdoor Adventure Room – Inspiration

Olioboard - Outdoor Adventure Boys Room

After seeing how much my little nephew loved his baby sister’s nursery, I couldn’t help but plan to surprise him with his very own room makeover. So, I put together a mood board for a space that he can really grow into. He recently turned seven and I think he’s at the perfect age to appreciate the reno me and his mother are about to jump into!

This is what his room currently looks like:

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 You can’t tell by the pictures but three of the four walls are wallpapered (not sure how many layers, hopefully less than 5!) and then painted over. I never thought I’d be stripping wallpaper again so soon but it’s going to be a labor of love for this little cutie :)

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First Giveaway!!

Hi everyone! I’m super excited about today’s post!! So a few weeks ago I decided to try painting with watercolors, I don’t consider myself very artsy but I read that watercolors were super forgiving which is exactly what I need when it comes to paint. I kind of surprised myself at how much I loved it and I think I’ve found a new obsession! I’ve been painting something everyday and have already reached my limit for hanging my own art on our walls – so I’m going to start giving them away to you guys!

To enter, please subscribe to my page (there is an email subscription box to the right), and if you’ve already subscribed, share  this post on Facebook or Twitter and leave a comment below to let me know! I’ll pick someone at random Saturday morning, July 30, 2016 , and announce the winner in the comments. You’ll get to choose between the yellow and pink cockatoos below in a black or silver frame!

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Outdoor Bench Makeover

Outdoor Garden Bench before after

Can you believe that we found this on the side of the road for free?? The wood was definitely warped and needed to be replaced but the cast iron frame was in perfect condition!

Before Outdoor Bench Makeover

To start, we dismantled the bench making sure to save all of the nuts and bolts for the new wood pieces. Some of the bolts were a bit rusted so I brought one with me to the hardware store to find the exact size as a replacement.

Before Outdoor Bench Makeover

Before Outdoor Bench Makeover

Once we had the bench taken apart, I made my measurements based on the existing pieces and picked up 4 pieces of 1x3x8 strapping.

Before Outdoor Bench Makeover

The boards were 4 feet long so I just cut each board in half and used the last board to make the smaller pieces.

Before Outdoor Bench Makeover

Before Outdoor Bench Makeover

Since the bench would again be exposed to the elements, I used an exterior white paint to protect the wood.

Before Outdoor Bench Makeover

To drill the new holes for the bench we simply placed the old wood over the new wood and used a sharpie to mark the holes.

Before Outdoor Bench Makeover

Before Outdoor Bench Makeover

Before Outdoor Bench Makeover

Before Outdoor Bench Makeover

I then laid out the cast iron frame onto a drop sheet and painted each side with my go to emerald green spray paint.

Before Outdoor Bench Makeover

Before Outdoor Bench Makeover

We let the paint dry for about a half hour and then put it all back together the same way we took it apart!

Before Outdoor Bench Makeover

We only spent about $20 to makeover this bench but most importantly we saved it from inevitably ending up at the dump!

After Outdoor Garden Bench Makeover

After Outdoor Garden Bench Makeover

After Outdoor Garden Bench Makeover

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Vintage Caravan Makeover – Magazine feature

Canadian Living Vintage Caravan Makeover Feature

Our little Sprite is currently being featured in the August 2016 issue of Canadian Living and I couldn’t be more stoked!! Last September we met with a photographer and stylist at a park nearby to do a photo shoot of our newly renovated camper caravan. They did such an amazing job capturing everything I love about this 1968 gem.

Canadian Living Vintage Caravan Makeover Feature

Canadian Living Vintage Caravan Makeover Feature

Canadian Living Vintage Caravan Makeover Feature

So be sure to go out and get a copy!!

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