As I mentioned in my previous post, our niece Tiffany recently moved to Virginia to live with us. I may or may not have been pinning ideas to a Pinterest Board titled “Teen Bedroom” non-stop day and night from the moment I found out because I was so excited to get to decorate a “fun” room. Her only requests were that it include animal print and bright colors.  After looking through dozens of inspiration pictures and taking a trip down the paint aisle at Lowes, she decided on bright pink (Valspar “First Kiss”), green (Valspar “Parakeet Green”), lavender (Valspar “Berries Galore”) and teal for her color scheme.

Paint Samples from Lowes

Montana thought she should have the bedroom with the sun roof (sky light) which luckily we had already painted the same Behr Sateen Gray as we have in the master bedroom. I haven’t shown you that room yet though since we hadn’t done anything else other than paint it.  If you recall, the room was painted with beautiful green sponge paint when we first moved in.

Bedroom Before

Gorgeous, right?

Here’s the finished room now.

IMG_0073 bed dresser curtains bedroom desk curtains bedroom

The last few months we’ve been busy collecting items from craigslist, yard sales and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and making them shine.  This is going to be a long post so you’ve been warned!

The headboard we scored for a cool $15 at the ReStore and it just needed a coat of paint and a 1.5 yards of Nu-Suede fabric.  We didn’t realize until we had the headboard home that it was sized for a queen and not a full so we had to do a little improv on the legs and attached a 12 inch section of 1 x 12 pine.


Montana and I built the storage platform portion of her bed based on Pottery Barn’s Stratton Bed frame from plans on Ana White’s Blog for roughly $100 worth of lumber. The pottery barn bed is $999 for a full size. Yikes!  If you haven’t checked out Ana’s Blog she has plans for pretty much anything you want to build. Most of it patterned after Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, etc. I wanted to make sure Tiff had plenty of room for storage, mainly so it would be easier for her to keep her room clean, but especially since she’s a huge book hoarder! The chevron storage bins are from Lowes.


The bedding was really the only place we “splurged” mostly because we already had a free queen sized comforter we’d gotten from a friend, so only needed a duvet, not a traditional “bed in a bag” comforter set. Also I really wanted something that was going to be easily washable and hold up.  After looking through a bazillion pins on pinterest Tiff chose the PB Teen “Big Dot Matelasse Duvet” in pool. The sheets are the PB Teen “Dottie Sheet Set” in black and when I’m too tired to get to the laundry… she has the Xhilaration Zebra Sheet Set. Surprisingly enough we looked around online for the black polka dot sheets and couldn’t find them anywhere. I thought polka dots were supposed to be big this year!? What’s with that? The monogrammed sham is also PB Teen and coordinates with the duvet.  The throw pillows are Xhilaration Sequin Decorative Pillow – Zebra and a Threshold pillow from Target.

bedroom pillows

The desk was another ReStore steal we found for $40…and its Drexel Heritage so its super sturdy. (My apologies if you are offended by painting over quality furniture. My mom said she heard the desk crying while it was being painted.  I think it’s just happy to be saved and loved.)  The desk chair is from Walmart.


Desk and bulletin BoardThe dresser was a $25 yard sale find and we reused the handles that came on it.


The nightstand is a $19 craigslist find that was a little banged up but just needed a fresh coat of white to cover up its bruises.  (Yes… there’s literally nothing I won’t paint.)  The shelves and brackets are all from IKEA (Ekby Osten ShelvesEkby Mans Bracket, Ekby Stodis Pink Brackets). I just love the bubble brackets. They’re so fun!  Lamps are both from Target. (Xhilaration Zebra Print Lamp) and the mirror is from Marshalls. (She said it reminded her of the TV show Once Upon a Time.)

I made the curtains with material from The grommets were super easy to use and seem nice and sturdy.


Trying to make the pink sign I TOTALLY FAILED the first time. Oh, it was badddd. Apparently painting words free hand is not a strength of mine. Luckily my older sister is a former school teacher and super crafty and she bailed me out by sending me a link to a blog post from The House that Built Us on Subway Art. All you need to do is:

  1. Paint your canvas and let it dry.
  2. Print your words on a LASER printer and figure out where you want to put them.
  3. Paint modge podge all over your canvas and on your words and rub your words onto the canvas so they are nice and stuck.
  4. Wait and wait while it dries, overnight is best.
  5. Then spritz your canvas and words with water and rub the paper GENTLY with a sponge, towel or your finger.

I underestimated the amount of spritzing and rubbing I’d have to do. Lets just say this took a few hours and I was wishing I would have just made an image in photoshop and had it printed on a canvas. 🙂 It looks pretty cool now though.


All the other printed artwork are things that I found on pinterest and tweaked a little in photoshop to make it match the color scheme of the room. The chore chart was also a little fun photoshop project.

teen bedroom artwork

Finally the doors are painted with Valspar chalkboard paint.


Whew. Time to relax!!!!!!!




I’m back!  We’ve been busy with major life changes and lots of projects I hope to share soon. Our awesome niece came to live with us right before Christmas and we have been going non-stop getting settled into our new routine. Before I show you what we’ve been working on IN the house during the long winter, I thought I’d celebrate the new warm weather and share our work from this last weekend!

Last year when we moved into our house we immediately planted veggies and herbs in the planters edging our deck. About two months later, just about the time we started seeing the fruits of our labor we got little baby Thunder.

baby black lab

So cute, so sweet, such a demon. It wasn’t long before he ate all our plants. (Eating things is kinda his purpose in life.)

Then Thunder started learned how to dig. Once he grew big enough to run around with his big brother, Samson, they started doing daily sprints in the backyard making sure to do their slide and turns right where they could scrape off all signs of the new baby grass Montana and I spent so much time and money getting started.


This year we’ve given up on growing grass in that corner of the yard and decided to work around the pups by making that our new garden area. That corner of our yard is a bit awkward anyhow, since it slopes down and water runs out there.  Hopefully later this year or next we will have the time and money to install a french drain and fix our water issues as well as install a new stone patio across the back of the house. Knowing that we’ll have to be digging ditches that run through that corner I planned on doing our garden in planters again this year when I stumbled upon this beauty on pinterest.  (Unfortunately I couldn’t find the original source.)


Love! It was a bit hard to find the troughs/stock tanks at a price I was willing to pay but I persevered. They’re available on Amazon if you can’t find them locally and want to buy them online, but Lowe’s and Tractor Supply also carry tanks in various sizes slightly cheaper.  Unfortunately Lowe’s only carries them as an “in store” item and only at rural stores.  Thankfully Montana was willing to drive out to the Leesburg Tractor Supply on his day off and pick some up for me.  The half barrel planters are sold at all Lowe’s and Home Depots as far as I know. They seem to be much easier to find.

I also lucked out recently and after a year of searching on Craigslist for used oak wine barrels under $200 that I could use to make a rain barrel, I’ve finally found a winery down near Virginia Beach that sells them for $100! Score! Now I’m no hippie, so for those of you that know me well you might be a little surprised that I would want to make a rain barrel. However, it rains so much in Northern Virginia during the summer that I can’t stand the idea of paying for water out of a faucet to water our garden that I could be getting (chlorine free) and for FREE to water my plants. Also, wine barrels are pretty.
To go along with the barrel theme, I decided to make my garden markers out of wine corks. Unfortunately I had half as many corks as seeds so I only marked the herbs. (Truth: As of this writing, a mere 2 days after planting, Thunder somehow snuck over and ate ALL of my garden markers and some of the dirt/unknown seeds. I cannot win.)

Wine Cork Garden Markers

Sunday we spent the afternoon planting seeds. (Make sure you drill holes in the bottom of your stock tanks as they are water tight.) We planted a few of everything including: green beans, zucchini, sunflowers, basil, oregano, arugula, lettuce, parsley, cilantro, bell peppers, tomatoes, and carrots.
Eventually we’ll have to move the planters out of the way when we install our train but that should be easy peasy. Then we’ll put gravel down in that area before we put the planters back so we keep down the mud.  Now we wait.  Hopefully in a month or two we’ll have some fresh food! If not… we might have a dog for sale. (Kidding… I think)

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