New bedroom wall art: watercolor prints…

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… we’re still slowly (very slowly) decorating our bedroom, so I thought I’d pop this little update on here. Bedroom Watercolor Prints 2 Bedroom Watercolor Prints 3 Bedroom Watercolor Prints 7 Bedroom Watercolor Prints 5 Bedroom Watercolor Prints 6

I love the look of simple watercolor prints, which I found here, and the frames were a steal at HomeGoods – making for a very easy and fairly inexpensive way to add a little art to the walls.

Next up for the bedroom, decorating the shelves we added on the opposite side of the room. Much like our kitchen, I’ll probably fret over them for awhile before I’m ready to share any updates … not that I’m particular or anything. 🙂

Happy Monday friends!

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Decorating tip: using postcards as wall art…

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Postcard Art 12… and it’s as simple as it sounds!

Remember how we’re still renovating our bedroom? This latest addition of “art” was our first time hanging anything on our freshly painted walls. It only took us a few months, but you know how it goes. Postcard Art 11We didn’t use standard travel postcards – which would be equally as cute – but, only because I found these fun(ky) animal postcards in a little shop on my trip to Maine. And not only do they have quirky little “inspirational” messages like, “pretend your waistline has wings” and “wear clean underpants” (a very important reminder!), the proceeds go to a farm for rescue animals! In fact, all the animals on the postcards are rescues – a cause I certainly appreciate.

To hang the postcards, all we used were three standard 4×6 frames. I also ended up trimming the edges of each post card to better fit the frames, but that was as difficult as it got. A very simple way to add a little wall art at a small price! Postcard Art 5Now we just need to work on the rest of our empty wall space in our bedroom. At this rate, we should be done by early 2017? 🙂

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Tips for Hanging Peel and Stick Wallpaper…

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Tips For Hanging Peel and Stick Wallpaper… there were some bumps (literally and figuratively) along the way, but our trials and tribulations are your gain!

For this project, we’re going back to our bedroom (in a PG kind of way!), because when we last left this room it was freshly painted, except for one of the walls. ↓ Master Bedroom Renovation 6As a quick refresher, here’s how the room looked before we started any of the remodel projects. ↓Master Bedroom Before 3Now though, the brown wall – the one our bed still rests against – is covered in wallpaper. But not the early 90’s floral style you might be thinking of – no, this is totally trendy. 😉

Best part is, it’s peel and stick, so if/when we decide we don’t like it anymore, we can easily remove it.

For those unfamiliar, peel and stick wallpaper means it comes with self-adhesive backing, unlike traditional wallpaper. 

As for applying it – well, that wasn’t always so easy – here’s what we learned:

First and foremost, make sure you buy the correct lot numbers. Trust me on this one. The wallpaper comes in rolls and depending on the size of your wall, you’ll likely need several rolls. We used three rolls. Hanging Wallpaper 13Turns out it says it right on the package – at least, for the brand we used – but we didn’t pay close attention to that fact, which led us to hanging two entire rolls before we realized the color was slightly off. It also led to an exhaustive search of several area Targets (I think 5 to be exact) to get a correct amount of the same lot numbers.

Before you start, clean your wall or walls of any dust or dirt. You might not notice it everyday, but walls can be dirty! Warning: graphic image below. :)We used a Magic Eraser, and as you can probably tell, it worked. Hanging Wallpaper 2If you’re applying wallpaper in an older home, much like ours, don’t assume your wall or ceiling lines are square. Hanging Wallpaper 16What does that mean? For our room, it meant measuring each panel (one roll, got us two vertical panels) longer than the vertical length of the wall. Once the panel was applied to the wall, we cut off the excess paper with a utility knife at the baseboard of the wall. This helped create a look of even lines. Hanging Wallpaper 8For us, it also meant overlapping the corner panels against the adjacent wall, and again taking a utility knife to cut a straight line using the crease of the corner as a guide.

For this room, we actually did both corner panels first and worked our way across the center of the wall.

Try your hardest to exercise patience when applying the wallpaper. I’m not joking about this one, this is a tip that came straight from Jeff! Hanging Wallpaper 9At times, applying the wallpaper can be extremely frustrating to apply, because air bubbles and creases will pop up as you go, but Jeff says to go very slow as you remove the paper backing on each panel and start to stick it to the wall. When removing the paper backing, do so as you go down the wall, not all at once. Additionally, be sure – simply using your hands – to carefully smooth out the bubbles and creases as you go.

After you’ve applied each panel, use a plastic puddy knife – plastic will keep it from scratching the wall – to help smooth out the wallpaper.

Lastly, and this will be necessary if you have uneven walls, fill in possible gaps between the wallpaper and ceiling, or adjacent wall with a paint (for us, the same paint as the ceiling and wall) and a small brush. Hanging Wallpaper 14Finally, step back and admire your work! ↓ Hanging Wallpaper Before and AfterRemember, every wall and home is different, so what worked for us might not work best for you. Additionally, we chose a wallpaper without a pattern, so we had the luxury of not having to worry about perfectly matching up the patterns between panels. Peel and Stick WallpaperWe love the way it turned out, it was our little “daring” pop of color. Just living life on the wild side over here. 🙂

We still have a lot of decorating to do, so this room is far from complete!

P.S. Headboard, mirror and side tables came from Wayfair, and the lamps from West Elm.

P.P.S. any lingering questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments section below!

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