Inspired by…black & white

We are going on hour 12 of baby sleep! He woke up at 5:45 to eat, but other than that, has been out since 9pm last night 🙂 I’ve been doing a little trial and error as far as sleep routines go and we may have found a good balance yesterday. I’ll keep it going for a few days and report back if continues to be this successful.

I’ve been having trouble finding inspiration and getting projects done these days, mostly due to lack of time to just sit around surfing Pinterest or having an extended period of time to accomplish anything. I started my first building project since Landon was born about a week ago and, so far, I’ve only completed step 1. Insert face palm emoji here. I think I need to learn to let go a bit, especially the expectation of always having a clean house. I wake up when baby wakes up. Take a shower and get ready for the day during nap #1. Pick up the house, do dishes and laundry and check emails, Insta and Facebook during #2. Run errands during nap #3. By this time it’s usually 2 or 3pm and it leaves 1 or 2 more naps, one of which is usually spent getting dinner ready. This 12 hour sleeping situation could really help me out if I just stay awake after that 5 or 6am feeding, so, Landon…let’s keep this up…okay?

I am excited to share my first building project in a long time with you guys! I am building floating corner shelves in the nursery. They are actually pretty easy and are such a great way to fill space in a functional way in those awkward corners that you never know what to do with. Anyway, until then, I thought I’d hold you over with some inspiration. I’m loving the combination and contrast of black and white right now. I still LOVE all white neutrals but I really like to add black (especially wrought iron) or wood accents.



Wire Basket Nightstand


You guys….$42 is all this nightstand cost me to make!! And would you believe, I made it out of a wire hamper basket from Target?? Yep! On top of that…the whole thing took me about 20 minutes 🙂 Feeling pretty good right about now!


I found this wire hamper basket at Target for $24, it came with a cloth insert which I removed.


I was going to build a tabletop out of 2x4s until I found this stain grade pine project round at Lowe’s. It was the perfect size, 2 foot, so I took a shot. They also had a couple different sizes for different size projects.


I laid the wood round on the floor, turned the basket upside down and centered it on the wood round and attached the basket with wood joiners by tapping the wood joiners with a hammer.


Next, I stained the wood round with Minwax wood stain in dark walnut. I know, I know…it’s my favorite stain color…what can I say 🙂 I just put on one coat with a cloth, wiping off the excess so the wood grain shows through.


Final step, decorating!


Lamp: Homegoods
Candle: Voluspa
Mercury glass vase & magnolia flowers: Z Gallerie
Bedding, pillows & throw blanket: Pottery Barn

Upcycled Queen Bed

So it’s been almost a month and a half since my last blog post and I have felt like a part of my heart was missing! It has been an absolutely crazy past 6 weeks with work. And when I say work, I’m not talking about fun blog stuff in the works. I mean, my real-life, money making job. As much as I wish the blog could pay my bills, that is just not the case. Don’t get me wrong, I do love my job, but blogging and DIY has really become a huge passion and I have felt a little lost without it.

The hiatus is over and I am so thrilled to be back at it. I also realized today that my blogiversary is coming up very soon, it’s already been 1 year since I started this crazy journey! (Did I just use the word journey? What am I, a Bachelorette contestant?!?!). On one hand it feels like I just started yesterday, and on the other, I feel like I’ve been doing this forever. Either way, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

On to the post…

We have a queen bed in our guest bedroom, that, for the longest time, has just been sitting on a boring metal frame. I forgot to take before photos of this room when we bought the house so I snapped a quick photo before I started painting.


I bought this queen bed over a year ago. I was furniture shopping at thrift stores and came across it. I certainly didn’t need a queen size headboard/footboard/frame but I loved the look of it, it was super sturdy and very well built and was only $150, so I brought it home. And there it sat, in my garage, for all this time. My husband is a big fan of that, by the way, all the stuff I buy because I think I will use it someday that just sits in our garage or extra bedroom. Oops.

I did a quick and easy update on this piece, just 1 coat of white chalk paint and then sanded it down to let some of the dark wood show through and get a worn look. When you paint a light color over dark wood, people think it takes a lot of coats. If you are going for a worn, antique look, 1 coat should be enough.  After just one coat, here is what the wood looked like…


Don’t worry if the paint looks streaky or doesn’t completely cover the wood. When I sanded, I used a fine grit (220) sand paper and ran it all over the wood. As you come to a spot where the brush strokes really stand out, this is where a put a little more pressure on the sand paper and make that a “worn” spot. Ultimately, the key is to not worry too much as you sand. You can always go back and sand more or add another layer of paint in some spots if you need to but you don’t want it to look perfect.

The bedding used in this room is from Pottery Barn, part of our wedding registry, so it isn’t available any longer but their Jessie Organic Duvet & Sham are a similar color palette and pattern.

Now that I have the bed done and in place, I can’t wait to finish painting and decorate the rest of the room. Stay tuned!

Distressed Wood Headboard (Standard King Size)

I CAN NOT stress enough that this is easier than it looks. I may have a blog about DIY home improvements but I’ve only been doing this for a few months and this headboard is the first piece of furniture that I built from scratch. If you can work a jig saw, you can make this headboard! I made this as part of Janae’s Master Bedroom Makeover that I posted yesterday. Janae, one of my close college friends, was helping me as we constructed it and we literally stopped after each step, looked at each other and proclaimed how bad ass we thought we were for doing such a good job 🙂

The plan for this headboard came from, but the plan there is for a queen size so my measurements are a little different. If you haven’t seen Ana White’s website, please please check it out, this incredible woman makes just about anything you can think of for a home, and does it all by hand with great photos, videos and plans so you can make it too.

(Wood used was pine)
2 – 1×2 – 8′ length
7 – 1×3 – 8′ length
9 – 1×4 – 8′ length
3 – 1×6 – 8′ length
1 – 2×4 – 8′ length
1 1/4″ finish nails
2″ finish nails
Wood Glue
Tape Measure
Jig Saw
Safety Glasses
Paint or Stain of your choice plus paint brush

Wood Cut List
6 – 1×3 – cut to 55″ (front, back and sides of legs)
2 – 1×2 – cut to 55″ (inside of legs)
5 – 1×4 – cut to 76″ (panel pieces)
3 – 1×6 – cut to 76″ (panel pieces)
4 – 1×4 – cut to 74″ (panel trim, front and back)
1 – 1×3 – cut to 80 1/2″ (top trim) DO NOT CUT UNTIL STEP 6
1 – 2×4 – cut to 81 1/2″ (top of headboard) DO NOT CUT UNTIL STEP 7


1. Legs: Build the legs by fastening the 1×2 middle piece (top board in photo) to the 1×3 front leg piece (bottom board in photo), as shown above. To hide the nail holes, fasten the 1×2 board into the back side of the 1×3 board, keep outside edges flush. Use wood glue between boards and 1 1/4″ nails to fasten.

2. Panel pieces: Starting at the top, fasten the panel pieces between each leg as shown above. Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ nails to fasten panel pieces to legs. You will fasten 8 panel pieces to the legs in this order from the top:
Once panel pieces are in place, your headboard should look like the above picture. Now keep in mind that you may have boards that are a little warped or bend a bit, this is ok. In fact, this will end up giving you the distressed look you are going for and  those things don’t stand out as much once the headboard is painted.

3. Back of legs: Use 2 – 1×3 back leg pieces, wood glue and 2″ nails to fasten the back leg pieces to the middle leg piece and panel pieces. Wood should be flush at the top and outside edge as shown above.


When back of legs are fastened, the bottom inside of legs should look like the above picture.


4. Trim pieces: Using 2 – 1×4 trim pieces, fasten the front trim with wood glue and 1 1/4″ nails by nailing through the back into the back edge of the front trim. Then, use 2 more 1×4 trim pieces, wood glue and 2″ nails to fasten the back trim to the headboard, as shown above.

5. Leg sides: Using 2 – 1×3 leg pieces, wood glue and 2″ nails, attach leg pieces to outside of legs to hide leg seams, as shown above. Keep all edges flush.

6. Top trim: Measure top of headboard and cut 1×3 top trim piece to fit flush. Attach to top of headboard with wood glue and 2″ nails keep all edges flush as shown above.

7. Top of headboard: Cut the top of headboard 2×4 piece 1″ longer than the top trim piece. Center the 2×4 on top of the headboard keeping the back side flush, you will have a slight over hang on the sides and front of headboard as shown above.

That’s it! You are finished building, now you can paint or stain whatever color you prefer. If you want to get the beach wood distressed look that I used, you’ll need the following:
Rust-oleum Weathered Grey Stain
Any dark brown transparent stain
2 rags (you don’t mind ruining)
paint brush
To get the distressed wood look you’ll start with the grey stain, a wet rag and the paint brush. Dip you brush in the stain, tap away the excess, apply a few light brush stokes to a 6″ area, then wipe away the stain with the wet rag. Continue this technique on the entire headboard. Start with light brush strokes and if you want a darker look you can go back over the same area again. Once you have finished with the grey and allowed it to dry, you will use the same technique with the dark brown stain.

I hope you all enjoy my first major building project! If you decide to build the same headboard, I’d LOVE to see your photos! Post your photos on my facebook page or tag them on Instagram with #justlikeplayinghouse