Thursday, February 19, 2015

{ New Basement Steps }

Mark replaced the stair treads to the basement a few weeks ago. So.Much.Better!

He made the last five steps longer too and I love it. I forgot to snap a pic right before he changed out the stair treads but here are a few pics that I had in my files and will give you a good reminder of what the stairs looked like before. 
Here is one from right when we moved in...

and this one from a month ago...

You can see that the stairs were narrow but what you cant see is how random the sizes were, some were wider and some were shorter. Some were wobbly and they were really squeaky. 

and now...

all the right size, no more squeak!

And you can see the bottom yellow walls got painted the same color as the hall entryway. Finally and thank goodness because it looks a thousand times better with that yellow g.o.n.e!  

Mark is going to add a handrail and wall to the left side and then we will carpet these stairs. I wasn't planning on carpeting them but Mark insists that with kids in the house and going up and down daily he wants the stairs carpeted for safety reasons which is fine with me. We wont do carpet in the basement because of the potential of water but the stairs will be so much nicer having carpet on them. We haven't settled on a carpet yet and I am still weighing the option of staining the treads and then doing a runner down the center. I dripped some paint on the steps while painting the walls so if we go that route I'll have to do some sanding. For now we are fully enjoying these new stairs, it seems SO much safer now walking down the steps! 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

{ Chunky Shelves }

We finally did something little in the nursery. 

We literally put furniture into this room, put a rug down, and that was it when we moved in. I have been struggling with doing anything in here because the plan is to move our daughter to this room next year sometime and have both the boys upstairs. So with that in the plan I didn't want to buy things or do anything too permanent. 

I was really wanting to get a few shelves in here so once I told Mark what I was wanting he got to work and gave me exactly what I was thinking.

I know I can use these shelves no matter who is in this room and I love the look of the chunky shelves! 

They were pretty simple to make, if you google this kind of shelf, you'll find a million tutorials, so I will spare you of that here but if you are wondering how we did ours I'll give the quick run down. 

He basically built a box, put a piece on the wall with anchors and then nailed the shelf to the wall piece. 

I purchased a  letter C to put up in this room forever ago as well as that deer painting that I had custom made with the navy background and both have finally found a home up on the top shelf! The little navy and white striped whale was a sweet gift from a co-worker and I love how perfect it fits with my choice of navy and white color scheme and she had no idea!

I still need to paint them but I wanted to get your thoughts on that before I did. I cant decided if I want to go with white (like the trim color, or the cream wall color), navy, or maybe I should just stain them...What's your vote? What would you do?

I absolutely LOVE these shelves! I wanted a space to display some of my favorite little books and a few cute things and these are perfect for that.

There's still some things I want to do in this room, like adding curtains, and some more items on the walls but I think I will wait till we make the switcheroo with the kids. 


The letter "C" on the shelf was purchased from The Little Blue House Etsy Shop SO CHEAP (price not quality!)

Deer Painting was purchased from Sweet Bananas Art Etsy Shop