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    Welcome to Handy and a Housewife and thanks for stopping by! I am a lover of design, building things, diy projects, painting, cooking, baking you name it and I will do it (thanks pintrest)!

    Hope you will be able to find helpful tips, tricks, and inspiration to take help you into creating your home!

    - Aimee

Leah’s Big Girl Room

Leah’s room is one of my favorites! It took me awhile to finish because it started as a nursery (which I never finished) and then morphed into a toddler room and then her “big girl” room. I had a different bed for her from Ikea which she HATED and refused to sleep in it. I was sad because it was darling and went from a toddler bed into a twin. Anyways, her room fits her so well because she is all girl and obsessed with pink and dressing up like a princess.

Details:

Wallpaper – You can get 20% – 30% off wait for sales!!:

Anthropologie

Dresser:

Thrift find and painted it white, spray painted existing hardware gold.

Have Courage and be kind sign:

printed out a print I found and traced with gold. Frame is from Ikea

Peony Plant on Dresser:

Target

Canopy:

Pottery Barn Kids

Chandelier:

Pottery Barn Kids

Bed and bedding:

Target

Shelves:

Ikea

Decor on Shelves:

Target and Hobby Lobby

 

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Cosette’s Floral Nursery

Ok, lets be honest this room is probably one of my favorites in my house. Why? Well you see, when I found out I was pregnant April of 2016 I started searching pinterest for nursery ideas for girls and boys and found a room I fell absolutely in love with for a little girl. Because I didn’t know the gender I just kept on pinning and pinning different rooms and kept coming back to that room. The designer linked where she got all of her items and don’t worry the room would have costed me about $7,000 to copy ha! So I put the room on the back burner to wait until we found out the gender. Well my 12 week apt came (I was going to do the early genetic blood test) and we found out that our baby had passed away. It was heart wrenching for so many reasons and put this room on hold obviously for even longer, I think this was one thing that was more difficult for me to get over, because I had been making plans for both a boy and a girl and loved that sweet baby so much already, I mean this was supposed to be my 4th baby and I hadn’t ever experienced a loss before that.

Anyways, fast forward to August and I found out we were expecting again. I was quite hesitant at first to start doing things for the baby, because I didn’t want to relive that heartache so I just waited, and waited, and waited. Which if you know me, I am a very impatient person ha! The time came to find out if we were having a boy or girl and it was a girl! I was so excited to be able to finally start planning for her to get here and designing her room. And yes, I am very well aware she won’t remember her room, I just love creating beautiful spaces in my house!

 

Anyways, onto her finished room ;). I will post all the details and DIY projects below :)!

 

Details:

Disclaimer to save money: I don’t EVER pay full price for things. I always wait for sales and coupons in order to save money. I got her wallpaper for 20% off during black friday as well as her chair, waited for a sale for her crib skirt and pouf, and the same for her crib, and light fixture.

Wallpaper (because EVERYONE asks where it is from ha!)

Spoonflower all of their designs can be made into wallpaper :). They have a TON to choose from!

You are so loved sign:

I made this with leftover  1/2″ x 2″ pine craft wood. Made a “box” with the wood to fit a piece of leftover plywood. Painted the plywood white then finish nailed the plywood to the frame I made. I found a printable of the “you are so loved” that I really liked and just printed it off and traced it (more etched) it onto the wood and then used a pencil to trace it lightly on the wood and then finally a sharpie to darken it. The darling wreath, my friend gave it to me from her etsy shop Golden Strand Designs. Her sister makes them and they are so so cute, they also make bows, hats, adorable knit blankets, etc check them out! I nailed a small nail into the plywood and then just hung the wreath over it. It was not staying in place so I used a small command strip and stuck it behind the flowers so it would stop turning.

Light Fixture:

Pottery Barn Baby

Cosette sign:

I did it the same as the other sign. I actually went to buy the frame and the back from a woman who makes these types of signs (I was being super lazy haha) and unfortunately when I got home to put it together the frame cracked so I had to get my own wood anyway. I used some 3/4″ x 1″ craftwood I found at hobby lobby and they worked great! For her name part I designed her name in photoshop (font is still shine you can purchase it here). Then I traced/etched it the same way I did the other sign. Instead of a black Sharpie I used and Oil Based gold paint pen.

Chair:

Joss and Main. I have to tell you about this chair. It was in my cart for months and I would check the price a couple times a week. The day before I bought it (this was Black Friday) it was $200 more and I decided to check back the next day (Saturday) because even that price was less than I had seen it and it was less money PLUS they had a 30% off coupon. I seriously got a KILLER deal on this! I had to wait 2 months to get it but it was well worth it saving so much money!

Pillow on Chair:

Target

Pouf:

RH Baby and Child I purchased the small one.

Crib:

Target

Bedding:

I made the sheet. Fabric is from Spoonflower. Made the both pillows inside crib as well. The little doll in the crib is from a cute little shop my friend has. I made the quilt as well from fabrics from Spoonflower, Hawthorne Threads, and Hobby Lobby. The Crib Skirt is from RH Baby & Child.

Shelf by Crib:

Target

Decor on Shelf by Crib:

Target

Basket:

Ikea

Dresser:

I found this beauty on KSL for $40 and refinished it! The green turned out SO beautiful I love it! Definitely was something that took a leap of faith, I am normally “safe” and just go neutral and most of the time white ;).

Lamp on Dresser:

Target

Changing Pad Cover:

I made this from fabric from Hawthorne Threads

Prints Above Dresser:

Moss + Twig Prints. They are framed in Ikea Ribba frames.

Rug:

Rugs USA

Curtains:

Ikea

 

Side Table by Chair:

Home Goods

Decor on Side table:

Flowers – Home goods

Vase and Candle – Target dollar spot

Hanging Shelf:

I made this using some string, a 1″x 8″ x 48″ piece of poplar. Got the string and wood beads from hobby lobby. Cut the boards in half, drilled holes, and basically tied knots in the string to hold the boards up. I had to hold up the shelves and tie the knots hung up for each shelf to make sure they were level, that part was pretty tedious. They are hung with Gorilla hooks (hallelujah) because they made 2 tiny holes in my wallpaper. I was SO nervous about hanging them with hooks because the holes would have been huge!

Decor on Shelf:

Owl – Target

Plant – Ikea

Gold Frame (this will have a pic of her in it ;)) – Ikea

Framed Sign – Hobby Lobby

I think that covers it! Let me know if I missed anything! It is such a beautiful space and I absolutely love it!

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Cristina - March 29, 2017 - 1:00 am

Absolutely beautiful!! What is the name of the wallpaper design? I clicked on the spoonflower website but can’t find this one you used– I love it!

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DIY Backsplash

Hello everyone! It has been awhile since I have blogged (I am really terrible at it obviously) but thought I would share how to install a backsplash and how I installed mine. Be prepared to have patience ;), there were a few times that I thought to myself “what did I get myself into” but hey it paid off, just like all of my other DIY projects!

Here is my kitchen before, while I do think it was pretty as is, I knew it needed a backsplash for me to LOVE it!

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First, determine if you want to take off the “counter top” backsplash. I personally think that it looks MUCH better removing this as I prefer backsplashes to go all the way down to the countertop. To do this you will need:

crow bar

blade (for cutting caulk)

hammer

flat puddy knife (not pictured)

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First start by cutting the caulk line from your wall and countertop backsplash and then move onto cutting the caulk line from the countertop backsplash to the countertop. You will need to cut this or that piece will not move from the wall ;).

Next, you want to pull it away from the wall, this will require some muscle. I didn’t get pictures of this step as I was pulling it off by myself ;). Some tips for this process, is finding the studs and starting there hammer your crow bar between the wall and the countertop lip and pull towards you. If you just pull along any part of the wall, you will most likely put holes in your wall. I used my flat putty knife to help as well.  When that is done, you will have a mess to clean up ;). I scraped the excess caulk off my wall and countertop with a flat blade.

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Next, repair the holes. You can skip this step if you want, BUT keep in mind that you want a flat surface to apply your backsplash to and if you have holes, you wont be able to place mortar to secure your backsplash. I use joint compound and drywall tape.

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Once it is all repaired and dry you can start your backsplash!

Items needed:

Backsplash tile

Tile saw (wet saw if your tiles are glass or marble)

Notched Trowel

Grout Float

Grout Sponge

Grout

Level

Spacers

First, mix your mortar (no picture sorry). I just used a bucket and mixed a little at a time so that it didn’t dry out. Pour your powder mortar and then mix water until the mix is like a waffle mix batter consistency. Use your notched trowel to spread grout on the wall and then use the the notched part to put texture in it.

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Then put your tile on and make sure it is level, I used spacers to make sure that the gap between my counter and the backsplash was even.

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Continue the steps until you are complete. If you do a backsplash like mine, you will need to cut small little tiles around outlets and where the backsplash meets the wall. This was my least favorite part because I ended up having to do one tile at a time. I placed a tile by the spot I needed it for and put a little mark on it and then went outside and cut it. It was not fun, but it got the job done ;).

Next is grouting. I bought this grout as it already has sealer in it and it was premixed which was a plus!

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I put gloves on for this part and just slathered it on with my hands and then used my grout float to smear it in the cracks and take off the excess, the wet your sponge and wipe the rest of the grout off. Wipe until there is no more grout on the surface of your tile. Do small sections at a time. I cannot stress this enough! I started doing larger sections and it was a PAIN to remove the excess grout with my sponge because it dried so quickly. Once you are done grouting, enjoy your backsplash!!

Lastly here are my before and afters!! Happy tiling! Let me know if you have any questions!!

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DIY Fireplace Built-ins REVEAL!!!

This has been a HUGE project and I am SO happy to say it is finally completed (and decorated) ha! If you all remember this is what the area looked like before I started

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And here it is after!!!

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I still can’t believe it is done (well besides a few touch ups). It looks amazing and the best part was the savings!! Had I hired this out it would have been $2700 for the cabinets and shelves plus an extra $100 per cabinet top so $2900!! Here is the breakdown of what it cost me to do it myself

Cabinet Base

2 sheets of MDF $60

lumber and hinges for the cabinet doors $150

Cabinet Tops

1 sheet of 3/4″ Maple top plywood $50 (I have extra for more projects)

1 piece of pure maple 1×3 $25 (I have extra for more projects)

Shelves

$150

Total cost: $435!

**note that I already had screws, paint, and paint supplies :). That would be about a $50 addition to the cost if I didn’t have them.

This was a HUGE undertaking and sometimes I wish I had just hired it out, but the $2465 savings was SO worth it!!

-Aimee

 

 

 

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DIY Floating Shelves

These floating shelves are amazing! They are sturdy, chunky, and you can either paint OR stain them! I made some of these in my previous house so I knew I wanted to build some for our new home. I didn’t even think about doing them by my fireplace until I realized I couldn’t do the actual enclosed built-in upper shelves because the way my mantle wraps around. Anyways, I follow Shanty 2 Chic’s tutorial on Easy DIY floating shelves. I made a couple of modifications for my space and of course I decided to paint mine white ;).

First off get your supplies:

2×3 boards

1/4″ plywood for the bottoms of the shelves cut to 9 1/4″ wide x desired length

1×10 pine board

1×4 pine board (I used select pine)

3″ wood screws

Kreg Jig

2 1/2″ pocket hole screws

Level

Power drill

Stud finder

Paintable/Stainable wood filler

Paintable/Tinted (if staining) Caulk

Brad nailer

Before you cut your 2×3 boards (these will be the bones of the shelves) measure how long you will want them. My space was 59 1/4″ so I did them full size to fill the full area. Once you have your desired length cut the 2×3 boards to that size; this means to supports as well. You will need 2+ depending on how long your shelf is, I needed four.  Each of these supports need to be cut to 7 3/4″ in length.

I opted to do six shelves (three on each side of the fireplace) so I needed 6 backs and 24 supports.

Cut your 1×10 and yout 1/4″ plywood to your measured length as well

While I was cutting all of the wood, I decided to get all of my pocket holes drilled. This is where my Kreg Jig came in handy. The. Best. Tool. EVER. Seriously, if you don’t have one invest in one (not an affiliate)!! 2015-10-02_0014That numbers you see on the side is how thick the wood is. Mine is 1 1/2″ thick so we are going to drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes. This is SO important to not forget this step, as well as changing your drill bit to the right length. If you don’t do either of these, your pocket holes won’t be correct and you will have to start over.

So after that was done, it was time to attach the back supports to the wall.

**Note, I opt to drill my supports onto the back supports AFTER I attach the backs to the wall. I have found that this is easier for me; however, you can attach them beforehand also.

Find the studs with the stud finder and mark them. That way when you put your boards up, you can easily drill the screes into them. When the board is held up on the wall, make sure it is level and drill them into the studs with the 3″ wood screws. I like to buy self-drilling screws so that it eliminates the step of pre-drilling. You may get others, but you will have to pre-drill your holes.

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Once this is done attach the top (1×10 boards cut to size) and the bottom (1/4″ plywood) with a brad nailer to your 2×3 supports.

2015-10-02_0005Now you have to put the trim pieces on with the 1/4 boards. Now, for my space, on the left side of my fireplace there was a spot on all of my shelves that would be seen, so I have to put trim work on those as well. If your goes wall to wall you won’t need to worry about the sides; however, if you are building them without any walls, you will need to attach trim to both sides. Since, I only needed the left side done, I only cut 3 pieces to 9 1/4″ long and attached them to the sides first. Once those side pieces are on measure the front of your shelves and cut the 1×4 pine board accordingly and attach them with a brad nailer.

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The fill all the holes with wood filler, caulk the seams, and paint/stain :). Happy building!

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