Boys Outdoor Adventure Room – Update

Alright guys, this is it… the last time I ever attempt to remove decades worth of wallpaper from any room! Yes, we saved a ton of money by opting to keep the existing walls, but I only have so much patience haha.

Seven layers of wallpaper and many hours later we finally had a smooth surface to work with. Ironically, the first thing we did was put up more wallpaper! But someone else gets to tear it down in 90 years instead of us :)

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Birch Wallpaper - Boys Outdoor Adventure Room

I am so in love with this pattern and think it’s adorable for a little boys room, or any room really. We only applied it to one wall and the rest of the room will be painted white.

Once that was finished, we started skim coating to prep the walls for paint. This is also extremely time consuming and dusty! We used this sheetrock compound that dries in 90 minutes which gave us plenty of time to get the walls nice and smooth.

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This is after one layer of compound.

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We had to apply thick coats to the popcorn slanted wall but it worked great at covering the lovely vintage mess.

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And this was the last corner to finish after two layers of compound! There was a big sigh of relief at this point.

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Once we lightly sand the walls, we’ll finally be able to paint. If you’re an avid DIYer like myself, I don’t want to scare you away from a project like this, it’s completely doable and will only cost you about the price of two bags of setting compound (roughly $50). When we were about to renovate Ava’s nursery we were quoted $600 to have the walls removed and drywall installed. So it comes down to whether or not you want to put in the time and labor yourself. But I’m personally all labored out! haha

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Lumberjack Themed Birthday Party

We celebrated my dad’s 54th birthday over the weekend, but instead of just having a regular get-together with snacks and cake, we did it lumberjack style! This seemed appropriate since my father’s wardrobe is comprised mostly of plaid shirts, jeans and work boots!

DIY Lumberjack Birthday Party

To begin, I cleared an area for the food and a backdrop.

DIY Lumberjack Party

I hung two strips of this birch wallpaper with thumbtacks . This is the wallpaper that will be going in Dylan’s room in a few weeks and I’m in love with it!

DIY Lumberjack Party Birch Wallpaper Backdrop

I found a free printable plaid banner from papertraildesign.com then just added some letters and hung them up with jute rope.

DIY Lumberjack Party Plaid Birthday Banner

Add a plaid tablecloth, woodsy decorations, and some tasty treats, and you have yourself a party!

Lumberjack Party Decor

All of the decorations are from Michael’s and the dollar store including the axe which I found in the Halloween section of Dollarama.

Lumberjack Party Decor

Moustache Sugar Cookies - Lumberjack Party

Lumberjack Party Skor Chocolate Cake

Printable Plaid Happy Birthday Banner

DIY Lumberjack Birthday Party

Everyone showed up in their best lumberjack attire and the axe made a debut in almost every photo! Definitely worth the dollar I spent on it :)

DIY Lumberjack Birthday Party

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China Hutch Makeover

I’ve been slowly revamping our dining room over the past few months and recently found this solid wood hutch on Kijiji which fit perfectly in the empty space beside our kitchen.

Before China Cabinet Hutch Makeover

It’ll act as storage for dinnerware, random party supplies and board games that I have scattered around the house, but the best part is…. it lights up!

Before China Cabinet Hutch Makeover

I picked up a can of Pine Scent by Behr and then found these cute hand-painted ceramic knobs to replace the existing wooden hardware.

China Cabinet Hutch Makeover Behr Pine Scent

I won’t lie, this took forever to paint! Even though I was using a  good quality paint and primer it still took 4 coats before I was satisfied with the coverage. I also used a de-glosser before I started so that the paint would adhere better.

China Cabinet Hutch Makeover Behr Pine Scent Paint

But it was totally worth it :) I absolutely love how it turned out and it definitely makes a statement when you turn the corner into the dining room.

China Cabinet Hutch Makeover Hand-Painted Ceramic Knows Green White

China Cabinet Hutch Makeover Hand-Painted Ceramic Knows Green White

After - China Cabinet Hutch Makeover Green

My most recent obsession has been collecting blue and white china, so once I have a large enough collection I plan to display them in the hutch and throughout the dining room. I’ll have more pics of the room once I repaint the walls… green on green is not the final look!

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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!

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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 :)

DIY Toy Box Makeover - vintagemeetsglam.com

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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