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I have something extra special for you today. I’ve joined with 21 other AMAZING bloggers to bring you a huge giveaway! I really want to win myself, but I guess that would be unfair! So, follow the prompts and enter to win the package that’s valued at over $500!


One lucky winner will receive a prize package valued at $500+ from 10 very generous sponsors …


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$50 Ace Hardware Gift Card

Ball Brand green mason jars (pint case and quart case)

$50 Birch Lane Gift Card

$100 Duluth Trading Gift Card

HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer

$50 Michaels Gift Card

$50 in fabric from

100 free prints from Printicular

Rust-Oleum paint package

Rockwell BladeRunner X2 (small table saw) and Sonicrafter F30 (oscillating tool)

There are 32 chances to win. Just follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter entry form:

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The Fine Print: The Pot O’Gold Giveaway starts on March 2, 2015 at 6:00 AM and ends on March 16, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the U.S. only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected at random by Rafflecopter and will be notified by email on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2015.and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note the 23 bloggers participating in this sweepstakes are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. We will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to the participating bloggers. We do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

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Change Your Decor without Spending Money

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I was writing this post as an update to our master bedroom. We did a small switcheraoo and I thought I would share. As I was comparing the before and after picture, I realized that we had a few small changes that happened over time that I didn’t even realize. Then, I was thinking about those small changes and realized that I was able to change the decor without spending money. I think everyone is on board with that, right? So, today I’m sharing ways that YOU can change your decor without spending money… and I’m sharing them along with the small changes in our master.  Change your Decor without Spending Money

When we revealed our Master Bedroom last year, I knew there were a few things that I wanted to tweak. One of those things being this dresser.

Light and Airy Master Bedroom

We bought it in a set six years ago for the little man’s nursery. We bought it at a baby boutique store and the selling point was that all the pieces could function in an adult room. We thought Greyson could grow with the set. The crib converts to a toddler and then to a full size bed. We would have kept it all (even though it’s not my style now), but the way that bed converts it’s like 4 1/2 ft off the ground to get on it. I’m not sure what the manufacturers were thinking with this one. I have the longest legs ever and I have to kinda hop on it. It’s super weird. Right now we have the other pieces of the set in the guest bedroom but I’m going to Craigslist them soon. So, back to this dresser. It’s GREAT storage just not my style. I’ve debated selling it with the set, but seriously the storage in it is so great that I hate to part with it.

A long time back, I posted this thrifting purchase on IG. I believe the dresser was $35. Sold. I wasn’t sure exactly where I was going to put it, but since our house is still lacking furniture I knew I could find a spot. It’s played musical rooms for a bit, but finally I knew where it needed to go.

It needed to replace the dresser in our bedroom. So, I unloaded all of the drawers in both dressers and did a switch.

Change your room with 5 Easy Steps

Seriously, I’m so happy with the switch and it’s got me itching to do other switches in the house. Do you have any pieces of furniture that you could repurpose in a different room? How about chairs that you could recover easily? Move a throw blanket from one room to another. Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive if you think outside the box a bit.

Like I said earlier, I didn’t realize the changes that had happened in our room until I saw it by comparing the pictures. I did these five things and it gave me room some new life.

1. Blankets

Move a blanket from one room to another for a quick decor change

Everyone has extra throw blankets. Change them up. Move them from one room to another. Layer two of them on your bed for a different look.

2. Pillows

Move your pillows around to change up a room

I don’t have tons of extra pillows in a linen closet or laundry room. I do have a few on each couch and on each bed. For a different look in the bedroom, I moved a lumbar pillow that I had on the couch to the bedroom. That one change felt different and allowed me to change things up without spending money. Do you have extra fabric sitting around or fabric napkins that you don’t use? You could easily make your own pillows to change up your decor. Or try this trick that I did with ill-fitting clothes.

3.  Dresser/Console/Table/Chairs

Switch up a console table with a dresser to change your decor

Do you have a console table that could be used as a media unit? How about a dresser that could be used as a buffet? Or a pair of sitting chairs that could flank your table instead? Think outside the box with some of your furniture pieces. Move them around and try them in different arrangements. This is FREE and sometimes you find something you LOVE more than what you originally had.

4. Switching Art/Frames

Print some free printables for new art in your house

Are you bored with your wall frames? If so, give them a new look with paint. Or, if you are just bored with your art or photographs, print some free art. I’ve rounded up some printables here if you are interested. I took off one of the frames on my gallery wall behind the tv and it just opened that wall up a bit.

5. Pot/Accessory

Move a pot or accessory to give a room a new feel

We all have extra pots and accessories. Move them around and change them up. It can be fun to do and give little spaces (especially nightstands, plant stands, and end tables) a totally new look.

So, there are five new and EASY ways to change your space without breaking the bank!

5 Ways to Change Your Decor without Spending Money

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How To Build a Closet Loft

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 I’ll skip all the preliminary greetings today and just jump right to the project. We are IN LOVE with our closet loft and want to help you make a special spot for your kiddos! Seriously, take some of this tutorial or all of it and customize to build a closet loft in your house. I know you won’t regret it.

Oh and if you missed the loft reveal last week and want to see a thousand more pictures of it, check that out here!

DIY Reading Loft in a Closet Tutorial

Let’s jump right to it!

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

84″ 2×4 (6) – 2.48 each

92″ 2×4 (1) – 2.92

Screws – 7.98

Nails – Owned

3″ Foam pad – $25 (found at Home Depot)

8′ Piece of finish hardwood - $10

Plywood – Owned

Fence Brackets (2) – .67 each

3″ Angle Bracket (2) – 1.23 each [optional]

Tools Used: Hammer, Level, Drill, Air compressor, nail gun, miter saw and staple gun

Step 2: Demo Closet and Prep

 The first thing that we did was demo the closet. We knew that we needed to take out an upper shelf to have room for the loft so we took that out. Then we took the clothes bar down. We patched the areas where those had been. We also filled in the hinge hole areas. You can find our tutorial for doing that here.

Closet organization in boys room

Our closet has trim finished on the inside of the door jam, so we knew we would need to address that so that the loft would sit level against the door jam. For us, it worked best to take the trim off, install the loft, and then re-cut and re-install the trim.

Step 3: Measure and Decide on Height

 Our back wall measured 77 1/4 inches. We cut a 2×4 on the miter saw at that measurement.

Our side wall measured 22.5″ each. We cut 2 2×4′s to just a tick under 22.5″.

Step 4: Find Studs

 We are terrible at finding studs. We do the knock on the wall thing and sometimes we get lucky and other times not so much. So, we tap and mark where we think the stud is. At that point, we grab a tiny drill bit and drill in to see. Once you get your first one, it’s pretty easy to get the rest by counting. Our studs are the standard 16″ apart. It’s important to get your studs marked so you make sure your overall loft is going to be sturdy. We wanted to get every screw in a stud.

Loft Building Plans with Tutorial

Step 5: Attach 2×4′s

Attach the back 2×4 (77 1/4 inches long) on the wall where you want the base of your loft to be. Ours started about 50 inches from the floor. Make sure you are using your level and then screw two (LONG) screws in on every stud on the back wall. We had some deck screw sitting around that we used for this.

How to Build a Closet Loft

Take your two 2×4 side pieces (22.5″ each) and attach them on the wall. Even though you have measured out your box, make sure each piece is level with each other as you add on. For one of the sides, we could only find one stud (on one end). This is where we used the angle brackets. They allowed us to fasten the 2x4s to each other to add extra support on the end without a stud.

DIY Tutorial for Building a Kids Reading Loft

For the front piece, we waited to measure until the back and sides were on. With the trim taken off where you need your front 2×4 to go, or notched off, measure how long you need your front board to be. Our’s measured 74.3″. Cut your board. Attach your board to the side 2×4′s. Drill into the door jams for extra support.

How to Build a Kids Nook

DIY Tutorial for Building a Kids Reading Nook

Step 6:Cross Supports

Now, you have a box of 2×4′s on the wall and you need to have cross supports. Measure inside the box from the front 2×4 to the back 2×4. Ours measured 20 3/4″. We decided to have two cross supports spaced evenly. We cut two 2x4s to a hair under 20 3/4″ so that we could get our boards in. This is where your fence brackets come in. Use fence brackets to attach to the back 2×4′s. On the front, you will be able to drill through from the front 2×4 to the cross beams.

DIY Closet Reading Loft

Step 7: Cut Plywood

 Measure the “box” where your plywood floor will sit. We had leftover scrap plywood. We used two pieces (making sure the seam fell on a cross support) and screwed them in.

Build a Kids Closet Loft

How to Build a Kids Closet Loft

Step 8: Trim it Out

 The front of the loft needed something a little bit nicer than a 2×4. We picked up a white oak (I believe) board to have it be the face of the loft. We primed and painted it. Then, using a finish nailer, we attached it to the front of the 2×4.

DIY Ladder Tutorial for Reading Loft

Step 9: Build Ladder

 There are lots of bunkbed ladder tutorials floating around online. We read through a bunch and then ended up doing our own thing. It worked well for us because we had some spare 2x4s. We started by using a tape measure to estimate the length of the ladder. It also helped us get a feel for what angle we wanted (or how steep the ladder should be). Based off a tutorial, we started with a 30 degree angle and made a sharp corner at the top end of the ladder. Once we took it upstairs to test it out, we decided that it took up too much room and that the ladder needed to be more steep. Since we cut before we knew what we were doing, we had some spare wood that we used to fine-tune the angle. I recommend grabbing some scrap 2x4s to start with. Start with a 30 degree angle, hold it up to the loft, and see how it looks. If that sticks out to far, take another 10 degrees off of the angle (20 degrees) and try it out again. For us, about 15 degrees ended up being right.

DIY Ladder for Loft

Ladder Tutorial for Loft

Once we had the top angle fine-tuned, we needed to trim off the excess on top. The notches on bottom aren’t necessary, but they look nice and make it easier to cut a 15 degree angle on a small miter saw. Sometimes short-cuts pay off.

DIY Tutorial for Loft

For the step-width, we just put the two side rails in place and eye-balled the width and height between the steps. Just make sure you think about where the top step is going to lie and leave enough room up there. Once we know how many steps we needed and where they should go, we marked lines on the side rails, cut our wood, and then installed them with wood glue and 3″ finish nails.

Rungs for ladder

Using wood glue to make DIY Ladder

Ladder Tutorial for closet loft

How to make a ladder for a closet loft

Step 10: Sand & Paint

 The ladder and the front facing loft board all needed to be sanded really well. I used a pretty heavy sanding pad at first and then switched to a finer one.

Step 11: Install Foam and Fabric

We laid the foam out on the loft. It was almost a perfect fit! It fit the width completely (how lucky is that?), but we were about 4 inches short. We split the difference, so that each end had 2 inches short of foam. I had some leftover foam in the basement from making this headboard so I just cut a few strips and slipped them in.

To get the fabric cover, I stapled around the foam (kinda like you would a headboard). If we were doing this again, I would probably make a fitted slipcover for the foam instead. Luke had that idea after the fact and I think it’s great. That way, you could take if off and wash it easily.

Putting foam insert in Loft

Upholstering foam insert in loft

Putting in a foam insert in loft

Step 12: Secure Ladder and Patch

 After we attached the ladder and the front board, they both needed to have wood filler over the nails and then be sanded again. I put about two coats of paint over the whole thing after sanding and filling it.

We put the clothing bar up earlier in the loft build, but you could easily leave that to do last. On the right side of the loft, we have shelving. That shelving was original to the house, but again you could easily add that.

Let me know if you guys have any questions and I’ll try my best to answer!

DIY Reading Loft in a Closet Tutorial

More pictures of the finished loft can be found in the loft reveal post!

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This is NOT the promised Loft Building Plans

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Did you catch the title? Oops. No seriously, this week has been crazy with snow, family hospitalizations, Luke working 15 hr days and Greyson deciding that he no longer needs a nap. To sum it up it’s this crazy thing called life and we’re living it. =)

I got about 65% of the loft tutorial post done and just couldn’t finish it. I want it to be thorough and if I posted today it would just be ok. So, I promise, Monday it will be live and it will be good!

Oh and if you don’t follow me on Facebook you totally should! I posted this yesterday. We are backtracking a bit with some kitchen stuff, so expect to see some changes soon.

In the meantime, here’s a pretty picture of the kitchen from last month. I’m excited to share some new projects and project possibilities with you guys… soon. Promise!

Dark Painted window frames in kitchen

Have a great weekend!

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Closet Reading Loft Reveal

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Today’s the day… the Closet Reading Loft Reveal! Yay! It’s going to be mainly pictures today and then I’ll be back later this week with the how-to tutorial. Seriously though, this project wasn’t hard and it was inexpensive. I’m so glad that we went ahead and decided to go for it. Our little man LOVES it and I catch him up there all the time.

Here’s a before/progress shot of where we were:

Closet organization in boys room

Here’s the DIY Closet Loft now…

Closet Loft Ideas

Kid Reading Loft in Closet

Inexpensive Closet Storage for a Kids Closet

Bright Kids Closet with reading Space in Loft

DIY Ladder with Closet Loft

Barn light in Closet loft space

Space printable for Boys room

Colorful pillows and bedding for reading loft

DIY Closet Loft for Kids Bedroom

Clothing Storage under Reading Loft

Closet loft in Kids Bedroom

Lego Storage on Built-in Shelves in Closet

Inexpensive toy Storage for Closet

Space Printable for Closet

Lego Storage in Closet

How to Build a Reading Loft in a Closet

So, what did you think? Pretty cool, right? Also, pretty colorful! Ha. Our little guy mentioned that he didn’t think it had enough color and I looked at him like he was crazy. lol. The good thing about the color is that it is really just the mattress pad and the pillows. They can all be changed really easily.

We are super happy with how the project turned out. I’ll be back later this week with details on how you can build one!

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