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Using faux grasscloth in the kitchen


If there’s one thing I have learned in the short time I’ve been blogging it’s I never feel alone in my procrastination of projects, my ever-growing number of projects and my what-in-the-#$%@&-were-you-thinking-projects.

I’m not 100% sure yet if this latest DIY falls into the “what-in-the-#$%@&-were-you-thinking-project”, but I’m going to live with it for a while before I make that decision.

Remember a couple weeks ago I got the crazy idea to tape faux grasscloth shelf paper onto my kitchen island insets.  Remember I have the world’s brownest kitchen?

kitchen(please excuse the mess…this is real life)



I got out my stash of contact/shelf paper and decided to go with the faux grasscloth.  It was the most “normal” looking one of the bunch.


I got out the ol’ trusty utility knife, shelf paper and double-sided tape.  (Can you believe the knife and tape were birthday presents from my dear friend?  She sent me a hardware gift card and I blew through that baby in no time!)


I put the tape on all four sides of each inset all_taped

then slapped on the shelf paper


This stuff is a little stretchy so it’s very forgiving if you see air bubbles.  Now you just run your knife along the edges and you’re done.  The entire island (6 insets) took me 25 minutes.




Admiring my latest, crazy idea and wishing the crap-o-la on the counter tops would just clean themselves up.

Like I said, I’m not sure if I really like it yet.  I’ll move onto one of the other 135 projects in the works and come back to it later.



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Preppy Nautical Boys Room


Sometimes decorating a room can be so easy and painless.  You get a vision and everything just clicks.  I’ve learned to “run” with those moments because they are pretty rare.

My son’s room is an example when things just fell into place.

A huge bonus is that 98% of his room was put together with DIY projects or simply using what I already had on hand.

It all started with these DIY drapes I made from an IKEA drapery panel we had on hand, scrap pieces of drop cloth and Christmas ribbon!  Click here for my tutorial.


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The drapes were the jumping off point for the rest of his room.  A preppy nautical, Ralph Lauren-ish inspired place that he can grow into.  To me this look is timeless. 

Here is the rest of my little man’s room and what was inspired by 2 drapery panels:



I wanted to add something unique to my son’s room and came up with the faux wood plank wallpaper you see on his wall.  It adds a rustic, warm feeling to his room.

buoys_mirrorsThese buoys are from Provincetown, MA 2 years ago while on our cross-country RV trip. The brass anchor bookend is from my Grandpa.


I’ve nicknamed these DIY mirrors “portholes” because…well…for obvious reasons.  I made these from wood circles from Hobby Lobby and stick-on mirrors I’ve had for over 6 years that I purchased from IKEA.




I added these stripes on the storage boxes using duct & masking tape.



I purchased this basket at Home Goods for $30.  I love this thing because it’s made out of old newspapers!


IKEA Hemnes dresser that I recently added white contact paper to. I also replaced the knobs with brass ones.  I love the way this turned out!  It looks very custom and unique!



These mirrors were my very first DIY project!  Click here for tutorial. They are made from $5 closet mirrors I purchased from Target.  They are meant to resemble the Garden District ones from Ballard Designs.



Antique basket & Navajo tapestry were given to me YEARS ago by my mom.


Of course these hooks are meant to hold our dog’s leashes, but they were too cute to put in the garage.  Plus I always get a chuckle when my boy asks, “When the rest of da doggie come out of the wall Mama?”



I hot glued faux grasscloth shelf liner to an old picture frame I turned into a little chalkboard.  I stapled some sisal rope onto the back in order to hang it on the wall.



I love these shelves because they are clear and don’t take up visual space in his room.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my little man’s room!


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