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DIY Entryway Makeover featuring a pallet wall

DIY entryway makeover featuring a pallet wall
We recently finished a complete overhaul on a large, sort of awkward, entryway of our house. For over a year now, I worked on a vision/plan with a way to transform the space and make it look inviting. While I didn’t take an official before picture, this is one I snapped right after we moved in. I was actually thinking about redoing the wallpaper and having a feature wall, because we started out with some crazy dated textured paper.
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Then this gal right here got a little antsy with the already-peeling-mess-of-wall paper and had to rip it down! Seriously, one day Sam came home home from work and was like, “What just happened here?!” I was a woman on a mission and the paper had to go.10603281_735317381709_5649723179481315629_n

It was now a beautiful blank canvas screaming for me to paint a story and boy did I! And of course by “I” I mean my husband, a good friend (a talented designer), and myself created this masterpiece. IMG_4525IMG_4522IMG_4521
Our feature wall, which you’ll see in a minute, is a dark color so I wanted to paint the other three walls with a subtle gray color and had the trim pop in white. (My friend suggested having the trim be a dark gray and that might look cute too!) But for reals, I’m in love with this gray!
One of the biggest struggle for me was to figure out how to “dress” this room because of it’s size, without over dressing it. I found that fantastic chair on sale at Pier One and I already owned the pillow/throw combo. We also placed this cute metal side table complete with books, magazines, and funky turtle shell. When I ran across that shell statue in Target, I KNEW it needed to come home with me because my kids would love it, and boy was I right! My boys seem to think we have a ninja turtle in our home, ha! Lastly, I stacked these amazing square frames from Ikea to add height to the wall. Inside the frames are pictures drawn by my little ones; every so often we will rotate artist’s work. Which was a HUGE win, the kids feel so special with their work of art being displayed for all to see. We needed something to help warm the room as well as break up all the tile that adorns the floors of our house. So I pulled this cute Ikea polka dot rug from another room and gave it a brand new home!

My favorite part of my room is right here. This wall I dreamed up and combined a few ideas I had run across on pinterest before. Of course I had to put my Brittany spin on it.IMG_4516IMG_4519IMG_4520
How beautiful is this wall?!?! I’m not sure that I’ve ever been more proud of something in my life, ha! Sam put so many hours into making this pallet wall. We collected pallets for what seems like FOREVER. Then he had to remove all the planks, sand them down, stain them, and cut some to size. Shoot that was only the half of it, because next he built a structure against our current wall to nail the boards to and on top of that he had to figure out the layout and attach the boards. It was quite the ordeal, but I wasn’t it so worth it?! What was I doing while all of this was going on? Supervising- the toughest job around, but somebody’s got to do it.

Pallet walls seems to be increasing in popularity lately and while I’m not one to really jump on trends- I’m a trendsetter, not follower (ha!), this was a trend I could get behind. Well, with a little tweaking. On pinterest I saw where some had a wall with a picture of each child, the day they were born, and then a clock stopped at they time of their birth. I like the idea of honoring each of those life changing moments for us, but wanted it to be a little more abstract. So our giant clock displays the time from when Sam and I got married, you know, the moment that began our family. Each clock surrounding it is stopped at the time each member of our family was born. I know which clock “belongs” who which child and so do they, it’s quite comical. As far as the clocks go, most were purchased from Hobby Lobby, on sale or using a coupon…and definitely not all at one time. But boy were they worth it!

Speaking of Hobby Lobby, and who doesn’t love that place, these fantastic marbled arrow head mirrors came from there. I love how they fit snuggly in that little awkward small space. Just the perfect little pop to our room. IMG_4523
Okay, there is one key thing about this room that I haven’t mentioned yet and that would be our light fixture. If you remember we had this shine gold, screaming “I’m from the 80’s send me back” hanging in our room. Not only was it a bit outdated, but it was a little too formal for what we wanted in this room. After a little shopping at Lowes I grabbed this farmhouse light for CHEAP and spray painted it the precise steal color I had hoped for. But I had a major problem, I am NOT an electrician and I needed a professional’s help. A few months back I was introduced with a company called HomeAdvisor and they specialize in helping connect homeowners with home improvements specialists. Actually, they are the largest online network to do this! This was exactly what I needed.
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They have a screening process to make sure only the best and most trust worthy professionals are available through their site. So, it seemed like a no brainer to give them a try. Using the HomeAdvisor website was such a breeze, they helped me narrow down my search for what I needed, and even showed me a true cost guide where I could see about how much my project should be. Then I was able to request a quote from my local business. So simple and easy to do from my own home- plus I loved having the peace of mind with hiring a professional. But my favorite part by far was the customer service. After my project was completed HomeAdvisor called me to see if I went with the professional I received a quote from, asked me how they were, what kind of job they did, etc. They were so thorough and I respected the fact that they only wanted to make sure they were only offering the BEST professionals to their homeowners. This flat out impressed me.

What HomeAdvisor didn’t know was that I have MANY more projects to complete in my home. They treated me well and I’m proud to say that not only will I be using them for my next room makeover, but I’ll be sharing with all my friends as well.

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Even this little munchkin loves our new space.

After all was said and done, I am beyond pleased with how it turned out. In fact sometimes I just sit in my beautiful new chair and stare at our clock wall…because how cool is that?! And I’m not the only one who is a fan of the room’s facelift.

 

 

Thanks to HomeAdvisor for letting me share with my readers about your services. All the love and opinions are my own!

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Baseball Rice Krispie Treat bouquet

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We are full swing into baseball season, with three boys on two teams. While I love to see my little men play ball, jumping on the standing cheering for great plays and hard hits, my favorite part of the game is snack time. Oh there is nothing better than munching on some tasty treats and spending time with family. We have become experts on the art of game snacks, you know with at least 4 games a week our schedules are quite crazy! But along with our own snacking comes the joys of providing snacks for the entire team. Now this may not sound like fun to some people, but the moment you provide food for a team of hungry players, you become the favorite! Best job ever my friends! So I’m thankful to Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® for allowing me to share a little bit about why they are one of our go to treats! baseballbaseball and krispies treats
Seriously, feeding the team with tasty Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® is so simple. I love how they are already packaged and ready to go! And nothing beats the creamy taste and sweet smells of these treats, reminding you of the moments you used to spend in the kitchen whipping up a homemade batch with your grandma, but with ease and convenience of the fantastic packaged wonders. The only problem with handing out Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® after the game is when the kids want to keep coming back for more!baseball treatsbaseball krispies
I am so incredibly thankful that my boys have the opportunity to be involved in sports and learn to play as a team. It’s especially fun to see their faces beaming because they are proud of all their hard work. But mostly I am beyond blessed by the adults and coaches who have chosen to invest time in the lives of my little ones and encouraging them. Because I respect them so, I created a fun little thank you treat that happens to be extremely tasty!
baseball rice krispie treats Using Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® I created a Baseball Rice Krispie Treat Bouquet. And this baseball season, Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® is helping families unlock fun and #GetKreative with unique treat creations to spark imagination. This is how we #getkreative in the Estes household! As I’m sure you know, I don’t have a lot of time on my hands because I spend most of it chasing 7 children around. That’s why I loved being able to just rip open the Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® and start from there. No baking required, gotta love that!
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Let me show you how to make this bouquet in less than 10 minutes. For real!

Here’s what you’ll need:

*Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®
*fancy straws (any pattern you’d like)
*melted white (vanilla) chocolate
*red cookie icing
*display bucket

First open up all your Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® and dip them in the melted chocolate, covering one side. Allow them to dry and harden, then you can “draw” on your baseball lacing with the red cookie icing. Once that has hardened, use a butter knife and poke a hole in the middle of your Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® and insert a straw. To keep the straw from falling out seal it with a little melted chocolate! Arrange them in a little bucket and decorate with extra goodies to make it look extra special! Extremely simple, right?!

But before you head out to grab yourself some Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®, they have teamed up with Major League Baseball® and legendary shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr., to help families unlock the fun this baseball season with their favorite snack. Until April 30, 2015, Kellogg’s will be looking for another fan to hang out with Cal during All-Star Week. Enter to win by tweeting a photo of you and your family enjoying Rice Krispies Treats using hashtag #GetKreativeSweeps and Kellogg’s will select a winner. And even better is the MLB Play Catch with Cal Online Instant Win Game with Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®. So head out and show us how you #getkreative with your Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats®.

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31 Days of DIYs #write31days

31 days of DIYs

So it’s that time of year again, time for the 31 days challenge with The Nester! A whole month, 31 days focused on ONE topic. Pull up your chair, grab a cup of coffee, and be prepared to check back each day this month to see some pretty cool and easy DIYs. Yep, that’s 31 days of DIYs! Focusing on my FAVORITE topic in my FAVORITE month…my birthday month!

Tell me, what are somethings YOU’D like to see?!


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DIY Dyed Onesies

I don’t know if it’s just my friends or not, but it seems like every time I look on Facebook one person or another is announcing the soon arrival of their little baby! And do you know what that means?? BABY SHOWERS! But don’t fret, I have the solution for all you tight budgeted, crafty friends! DIY Dyed Onesies are perfect and who doesn’t love a precious little onesie!?
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What You’ll Need:
*bowl 
*plain white onesies
*Rit dye
*Stick for stirring
 
Place hot water into your bowl. Enough to where you can fully submerge the onesie. Pour Rit dye into the bowl making it a shade or 2 darker than designed end color!
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Stir color until well blended and submerge wet onesie into dye. Continue to stir every 15 to 30 minutes. (I left mine in for about an hour to produce a pastel baby color, but if you desire a brighter color, I recommend keeping the onesie in for around 5 hours!)
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Once the soak time is complete, rinse with cool water and hand wash with soap and cool water. Then hang out to dry!
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OOPS! Look at that crazy design appearing?! Bleach pens for the win! Guess this turned out to be one of those secret baby announcements after all!
Although my husband (Jason, pictured below) and I are very excited for the arrival of Baby Park, this news came as quite a shock to us. With my kidney issues throughout my senior year of high school and my diagnosis of PCOS about a year ago, doctors believed I would not be able to have biological children, and that I probably shouldn’t due to the toll it would take on my body. BUT God obviously had a completely different plan! Due to these factors, there is a chance that this could become a high risk pregnancy, so we are asking friends and family if they would join us in prayer for the safety and health of both momma and baby.
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We couldn’t be more excited!!!!
*While I love a good DIY post, sometimes my talented sister Stephanie likes to jump on the blog and show her skills! This is one of those posts.*


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DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is creeping up on us and I for one have been completely busy and have forgotten about it! Yikes! I am SO thankful for this man I get to do life with and my children get to call daddy, so I want him to feel appreciated for all he does. This mama loves a good DIY and nothing says “we love and appreciate you” like a hand made gift! So, in case you are like me, running a little behind, and need a little inspiration, here’s some really cute DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas! You are sure to make that daddy in your life feel special with these awesome gifts!

DIY Father's Day Gift Ideas

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Hero Plaque

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Nuts About You Daddy

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Car Wash Kit

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Father’s Day Coupon Book

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Stitched Note For Dad

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Hand Stamped Handkerchief

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Pocket Watch Photo Album

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Golf Monogram

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T-shirt (into a) Pillow

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Told you they would be awesome! Now head out today and start working on your gift! Let me know what you come up with and how you make your man feel special on his day!

Are you doing a DIY Father’s Day Gift?! If so what is it?

 


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2 Minute DIY Infinity Scarf

I love infinity scarves! Don’t we all? But did you know that you could make your own out the fabrics you love for so cheap and so quick?! Yes…it CAN happen, ha!
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This 2 minute DIY infinity scarf tutorial is probably the easiest one yet! And your new scarf will be the perfect addition to every spring/summer outfit!
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What You’ll Need:
* 1 yrd knit fabric
*scissors
*pins
*sewing machine
*measuring tools
Fold the fabric hot dog style with good sides facing each other and cut at the halfway point. (along the long sides of the fabric)
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Pin frequently to avoid the knit fabric from moving. Then sew with a 1/4 in seam allowance.
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Flip the scarf right side out and enjoy!!!
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 *While I LOVE a good DIY, this tutorial was brought to you by my fabulous sister!*


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Painted Lampshade Tutorial with LED Power #ledsavings

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I LOVE moving into a new house. Well not the actual moving or unpacking part, but the brand new space, full of potential and possibilities. One where you can really let your ideas run wild and claim the space as your own. That’s what we’re doing here for our new house in Louisiana. And I must say, it’s fun and overwhelming all at the same time, but we’re getting there! We recently got new living room furniture because let’s be honest…we REALLY needed it. Like all kinds of bad. Side note: Microsuede is NOT your friend; run from it and run fast. Anyway, we bought this amazing chase lounge to place in the corner of our room, but it needed something else to really complete the look. That’s when I remembered we had this cute tall lamp that just might do the trick. But when we stuck it in the corner, the cream lampshade just looked blah. And that my friends, was just not going to work for me, ha! In an effort to spruce up that little corner, I’ve created this super easy and quick tutorial. And even better, we’ll be using LED power!

painted lampshade tutorial.jpg Thus my deep affinity for gold creeped up again and  pulled from one of my old tutorial ideas to made this GORGEOUS painted lampshade. So if you’re like, “Hey Brittany that is SO cute, I want to make my own!” (and really, who wouldn’t be?!) well today is your lucky day friends, because this tutorial will hook you up!painted lampshade 1.jpg
Here’s what you’ll need:

*Lamp
*lampshade
*spray paint
*painter’s tape
*GE energy smart light bulbs

***We’ll talk in a minute about why the GE Energy Smart light bulbs are all that and a bag of chips!***

painted lampshade 2.jpg Use your painter’s tape and create the desired pattern on your lampshade. Remember that when you’re finished, whichever part of the shade is blue, it will show the original shade color! painted lampshade 3.jpg Now we are ready to paint!!! painted lampshade 4.jpg Spray evenly around the lampshade until you get the desired color! My how I just love this gold! Amen! painted lampshade 5.jpg Boy wasn’t that fast?! Now leave the tape on the lampshade and let that baby dry! painted lampshade 6.jpg After about an hour or so you can come back to remove the tape. It’s really important to do this step evenly and slow. As you pull away the tape you can see your perfect pattern come to life. painted lampshade 7.jpg Isn’t she lovely?! Now it’s time to put this bad boy to use! painted lampshade 8.jpg When I was at Target the other day, I saw these light bulbs and had to grab a couple! photo-4.jpg The GE LEDs are the new way to light. And 1 LED Bulb lasts as long as 15 traditional incandescent bulbs. Boy do I love saving money, and that is some super bright LEDs! But even better than that, you can  to add a little extra savings to these already fantastic bulbs by grabbing this $2 off LED coupon on Target.com! Don’t believe me, well then you can calculate your annual energy savings here!painted lampshade 12.jpg I love the soft white light of these GE LED bulbs and the way the light shines through the stripes of the lampshade. So cool! painted lampshade 9.jpg My corner is now complete. The only thing it’s missing now is someone relaxing in it….see ya!

Have you seen these GE Energy Smart LED light bulbs?!

You can check out more about them over on InstagramFacebook and Twitter!

 


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DIY Marque Letters

Lights! Camera! Action! I love a good show, and everything looks more appealing under the theatrical lights, right?! They inspire us. They encourage us to create, and that’s what I needed to adorn my newly built craft table!
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Who wouldn’t want to create something wonderful under these babies?! Now let’s get to crackin’ on the DIY Marque Letters so they too can shine in your home!
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What You’ll Need:
*old christmas lights
*spray paint
*cardboard letters
*exacto knife
*duct tape
Carefully cut along the top of the letters to remove the front outline.
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Spray paint the letters being sure to cover front, back, and all sides.
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After the letters have completely dried, use the exacto knife to create little slits in the back of the letters, and push one light through at a time through the slit, spacing them apart according to your strand of lights.
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Plug them up and be inspired!!
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After you have the letters exactly like you want them, you need to tape the extra lighting strand to the back of each letter. This step isn’t pictured, but helps keep your look crisp and clean!

*While I love to do crafts & tutorials, my sister has some great ideas too. This is one of them!*

 


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DIY Towel Hangers

Ever since I got married I have been obsessed with decorating with monograms and things that say “Mr and Mrs”. And if your man is anything like mine, he needs a little help on the organization side, ha! Why can’t they all be obsessively organized like my father?!

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The bathroom is one place that always seems to get a little cluttered. There must be a sign on the floor saying “place dirty towels here”, but I can never seem to find it?! So DIY Towel Hangers were a must! Of course they were Mr and Mrs themed.
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What You’ll Need:
*wood plaques
*knobs
*desired paint
*drill
(Little tip: Hobby Lobby puts half their store on sale at a time, if these supplies are not on sale, wait until the start of the next week and check again, most likely, it’ll cut you’re cost in half!)
Paint the wood plaques.
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Measure the plaque and drill a hole directly in the center roughly the size of the screw on your knobs.
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Screw in the knobs and enjoy not mixing up towels with your man!
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Voila! Now those towels can hang in style!

 

*While I love to do crafts & tutorials, my sister has some great ideas too. This is one of them!*

 


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10+ DIY Christmas Ornaments

10+ DIY Christmas Ornaments

Because everything is more fun when you DIY, I thought why not do that with ornaments for your tree?!?! These are so fun and personal! You my friends are in for a treat. Here are a list of some of the CUTEST DIY Christmas Ornaments!

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Trio of Felt Ornaments

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Mod Podge Ornament

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German Glass Glitter Ornaments

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Scrabble Tiles

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Photo Blocks 

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Vintage Buttons

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Disco Ball

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Twig Snowflake

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Sprinkles Ornament

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Etched Birch Discs

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Beaded Tree

Now hop to it and decorate your tree!

Do you have a favorite handmade ornament? 

 

 


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