Teen Bedroom Tweek, Goes Bohemian Chic

Several years ago I shared a post re: our daughters bedroom. She had a fun loft bed and my hubby and I built a pallet day bed/couch/lounge area to sit underneath it. This was her set up. Great for friends, hanging out and she loved it. (Please ignore the unmade bed up top).

This combination is still getting pinned on Pinterest daily. I only know, because I receive the notice on my phone…..and to date its been pinned 9.5 k. Which is a bit hysterical. It’s fun to watch that number continually increase. Guess I’m not the only Pinterest addict.

About 8 months ago our daughter decided it was time for a change. She, and her taste, have certainly grown and evolved. She is weeks away from 17 now and she is a total Boho, beachy, wanderlust, creative girl. It all started with shiplap. My husband and I had put it on a focal wall in our master and on another wall downstairs in our library/music room. She knew instantly that she wanted some shiplap in her room. Our youngest son, now 14, was dying for her setup in his room and that worked out grand. So we were recreating 2 rooms at once. Here’s his set up that I posted a few weeks ago. 

I have to confess, that the pictures taken while recreating my daughters room are, for now, unavailable. Destroyed my phone in a skiing accident and got a new phone. But I have soooo many photos to still retrieve off of the crushed phone. So these pics aren’t really before and afters, they are all afters. LOL

Because we have a walk out basement, our daughters room is actually 3 stories up from the backyard. She has a sweet deck w/French doors off of her bedroom. (Every teen girl should have this off of their room). Her views of the mountains and downtown Denver are epic. In fact, she has the best views in the house. We watch about 30+ different sets of fireworks from her deck every 4th of July. We applied the shiplap to the rear wall. It’s such a fun element.

Everything we created and purchased was a total bargain. Mirror above her bed went to an old buffet that I rehabbed for a client and she did not want the mirror, so I stripped the old wood stain down and hung it above her bed. The faux tapestry is a throw rug from TARGET (we couldn’t find one she really liked). I stained a wooden dowel, drilled holes through it and attached the rope. 

Cute little side table was a clearance find from TARGET several years ago…it was sitting in my master, so I stole it from myself. Looks perfect in here. And the other fun round gold table was an awesome TARGET clearance score that someone had ordered online and returned to the store. Our daughter sits in this little chair constantly, journaling, looking at many travel and photography books or playing her Ukulele. 

Her headboard is from our old guest bedroom. It is a cheap ‘pleather’ headboard. That just wasn’t going to cut the mustard in this room. So I purchased the grey linen fabric from IKEA and reupholstered the headboard. Nailhead trim I already had from reupholstering our TV room sitting chair.

We already had the desk from IKEA and the TV stand. I added decorative corner pieces to the desk from Home Depot, just to dress it up a little. The upper shelves are wood pieces, cut and stained by myself, mounted to brackets and hung on the wall for storage. The bedside light and the clamp light at her desk are both from IKEA. I LOVE these lights. I have 3 of the black ones in my TV room area.

And we did the same type of single shelf over her TV stand for her flatscreen to be mounted higher on the wall. As you can see, we still need to cover the wires.

And there you have it. A teen bedroom tweek, gone Boho chic.

Dutch Tulip Crate love…..

Many of you, like myself, probably have a love for the HGTV show ‘Fixer Upper’.  I could watch every rerun of each episode and never grow tired of it.  I always seem to find/see something new that I missed the first time around. And……I mean really, are they not just the most darling couple too boot? It’s fun to watch how they work together to incorporate each other’s ideas and areas of expertise. Suffice it to say, it’s maybe my favorite show EVER! 

Having said that, have you ever visited their website/online store?   Click here to check it out. Sooo fabulous. I want pretty much one of everything.  Or, maybe you’re lucky enough to have actually visited their market in Waco? That’s on my bucket list of road trips (if I had one). For now, I can only scroll all of the magnificent items for purchase via their website. And purchase I did……well, just one item. My favorite item. Their most fabulous Dutch Tulip Crate.

I am signed up to receive their website announcements and news. Last week they were having their biggest sale to date and I have been eyeballing this Dutch Tulip Crate for some time now.  So it had to be done…..and it arrive on my front porch this morning. Giddy with excitement was an understatement.  I can think of several places that I would like to use it, but for now I am really enjoying it on our coffee table in the TV room. 

True to its rustic form, the metal mesh is a little rusted, with a nice patina.  There was even residual dirt caked on it from the tulip bulbs it use to house.  Just makes me love it that much more. If you have an opportunity you should check out Joanna Gaines Magnolia market. Warning……the items are all highly tempting.


Serpentine front Buffet

This just completed………


My sweet client, whom I just recreated a china cabinet for, decided that she wanted first right of refusal on this fabulous, vintage, Bernhardt buffet that I was working on. They recently moved into their new home and she is quickly having fun decorating all of her new spaces. Totally the best part of a new home, I think.

After all of my prep steps, cleaning, sanding and 2 coats of primer….I decided of a french linen color (Behr- Ashwood) as the base color and I trimmed it out with my favorite white (Behr- Polished Pearl).



At this stage was when my client decided to come and take a look, as she had not hand picked the colors, I had. Loving it ‘as is’, she decided to leave the finish crisp…..so no distressing or glazing. While that is not common place for majority of my work (as I am typically distressing and glazing), I too enjoy the clean finish of this piece.



The entire piece received a good coat of wax and the top got 2 coats. All original hardware was scrubbed, polished and buffed using Brasso……what a difference. Love the elegant serpentine front…….and the fact that it is going to one of my sweetest clients ever.



Recreated…Stunning Buffet

Just began my latest piece. I picked up this buffet for a client and I love the design so much that I grabbed the matching china cabinet that matches. (I’ll rehab that piece at a later date). This is the buffet, fabulous curvy lines, sweet detailed legs and incredibly well made. My client wants to use this as a buffet/quasi ‘bar’ area. And it will be fantastic.

My last piece sold so quickly that she never had an opportunity to see it in person. The gal who bought that piece is using it for her wedding, which will be at the Denver Botanical Gardens…….I was so tickled. She and her hubby will then use it in their home. So, I will recreate this new piece with the same finish as that piece, which looks like so……..

Thus far, I have cleaned, sanded, primed and sanded again. The prep work is vital to a solid and long lasting finish. Paint will go on shortly, once I run kiddos to school. So stay tuned…….


Paris Street Market Finds……..

Have never visited the Paris Street Market in Littleton until this morning. Went with a girlfriend and OMG………..it’s like antique, junk chic, vintage Heaven in a parking lot. LOVE it!!!!! If you live in the local Denver area, you must go. It takes place the first Saturday of every month, and I think it runs from May – Oct. My eyes were on ‘ chic overload’, and my brain was working overtime with ideas of what could be done with all of the cool stuff. So of course, I had to get a few things. Really, I could’ve filled a grocery cart and a lumber cart full of stuff just begging to be reinvented in some outstanding way. I was so focused on all of the doors and windows today….

20130907-121242.jpgNot sure what ill be doing with this old screen door.

20130907-121327.jpgI’ll find somewhere fun to hang or prop this window…..I love that it has the original locking latch.

20130907-121437.jpgThese will be mounted on my ‘wall to nowhere’ in our tv room. That post to come later.

Frenchy Chic

Frenchy Chic

Completely rehabbed sideboard/buffet. Sadly, this buffet was looking rough. some of the veneer was peeling and chipped, so I mended those wounds with some wood putty and wood glue. Then, the usual……sanding, priming, painting, lovingly distressed, glazed and a couple coats of poly and it was good to go.