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Upstairs Loft Playroom Design Introduction

Upstairs Loft Playroom Design Introduction

Hi friends! Today I’m introducing you to the next project we’re going to be working on, converting our upstairs loft bonus room into a playroom. I’ve never shared this space in our home before. Mostly because it has never really had a purpose. It previously housed my Peloton and we keep a daybed in here for overflow guests. The room is large and open to the downstairs. Our fireplace is two-story and two-sided so we have a second fireplace in this space. While having a large stone structure in the middle of the room isn’t ideal for a toddler’s playroom, it’s what we have.

Upstairs Loft Playroom: The Before

Check out the before photos of the space.

One wall is entirely windows so it gets a lot of natural light. This room faces west so the afternoon light in here is quite intense so we will need a window covering solution.

There is currently a closet (the door to the right of the daybed) that I want to convert into a playhouse. It’s not a very deep closet so we may have to build it out a bit.… Read more

The Reveal of our Moody Guest Bedroom Makeover

The Reveal of our Moody Guest Bedroom Makeover

The reveal of our moody guest bedroom makeover is here! I explained our plan to redo this room for the second time and why in this post.  We removed wallpaper, sampled a gazillion paint swatches, decided on a dark moody color, added a gallery wall, new furnishings, decor….and here we are.

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The Reveal of our Moody Guest Bedroom Makeover

After pulling inspiration from the gorgeous rug and sampling many paint swatches, we decided on a dark green/gray shade “kitty gray” by Benjamin Moore. To add a bit of visual interest, we added a decorative trim below the crown molding and painted the upper portion of the room a lightened version of the gray.

The star of the room is the turned four-poster bed. It feels vintage and farmhouse-y and I love how it pops against the dark walls.

The wood nightstands add some needed warmth to the room.… Read more

How to Hang a Gallery Wall

How to Hang a Gallery Wall

Have you ever wondered how to hang a gallery wall? Well, let me help. There is a large wall in the guest bedroom that I was trying to figure out what to do with. After weighing some options and conducting a poll on Instagram, I decided to do a gallery wall. I had some existing vintage brass picture frames and decided to mix them with streamlined black frames. The room has black curtain rods and brass light fixtures so I wanted to carry those two finishes into the gallery wall. Since I was using a variety of sizes and finishes, I wanted my gallery wall to be asymmetrical. But how would I figure out how to hang them?

How to Hang a Gallery Wall

Here’s my fool-proof method for how to hang a gallery wall. Whether you use photos or art, this method is super easy and fun too.

Step 1: Make a Template

First, make a template of the frames you plan to use on your gallery wall. You can use poster board, craft paper, or whatever you have on hand.… Read more

How to Remove Wallpaper

How to Remove Wallpaper

We kicked off a makeover of our guest bedroom and the first task on the to-do list was to remove the existing wallpaper. How to remove wallpaper is not difficult, it’s just tedious and requires some patience. We tried a couple of different methods and this is what worked best for us.

How to Remove Wallpaper

What you need:

  • Wallpaper Steamer
  • Scoring Tool
  • Plastic Putty Knife (we didn’t need to use with our removal method)
  • Wall Texture Spray (if required)
  • Old Towels
  • Trash Bin Nearby
  • Lots of time 😉

First, score the wallpaper using the scoring tool. This perforates the wallpaper allowing the steam to penetrate the paper and reach the wallpaper adhesive easily.

We scoured the wallpaper using a circular movement.

The next step is to steam the wallpaper. The wallpaper steamer heats up the adhesive and allows the wallpaper to be peeled off. First, allow the steamer to heat up, which can take 15-20 minutes. Using the largest steam plate, hold the plate on the wallpaper for a minute or so and move to the next section.

We found that it was easier and quicker to remove the patterned part of the paper first, and then steam off the backing.… Read more

2020 Project Recap & 2021 Project Outlook

2020 Project Recap & 2021 Project Outlook

Happy almost New Year! Baby Shiloh was the highlight of the year for us but we managed to complete and/or start a few projects around the Daly Digs. Here’s a recap of the home projects we accomplished in 2020 and a preview of what’s to come in 2021.

2020 Project Recap

  • Back Patio Gravel Extension – To tide us over until we get a pool, we added a gravel entertaining space off of our back patio. It was a quick, inexpensive weekend project and one we get a lot of use out of.

  • Nursery – We turned an untouched, drab upstairs bedroom into a cute nursery for our little gal. We installed the custom vertical wall paneling and whimsical wallpaper and completely transformed the room.

Before:

After:

green girls nursery with wallpaper

  • Nursery Bathroom – While we were at it in the nursery, we decided to do a quick, budget-friendly makeover of the nursery en suite bathroom. Although we came in a little over-budget, I wouldn’t change a thing and I’m so glad we finished it before baby Shiloh arrived.

Before:

After:

nursery bathroom

  • Porch Ceiling – Our front porch has been a work in progress.
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Guest Bedroom Makeover Introduction and My Design Process

Guest Bedroom Makeover Introduction and My Design Process

I shared on Instagram my plans for a makeover of our guest bedroom. We decorated and furnished the room as part of the One Room Challenge back in 2017. Since then, my style has evolved. At the time I was having a boho moment and we piecemealed what we had to furnish the room. Now it’s time for a little refresh! I want the room to feel less playful and more grown-up. I’m going for a collected farmhouse vibe with some drama in the paint. I’m considering a dark or bold color.  A guest room is a great space to have some fun in. I am also considering a simple wall treatment, perhaps a chair or picture rail and/or crown molding.

My Design Process

It’s very early in the design process and I have only nailed down a couple of pieces for the room so I’m going to talk a little about my design process. This is the gist of how I approach designing a new space for myself or for a client.

Step 1: Ask yourself how you want the space to feel.

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The Reveal: A Green Girls’ Nursery for Baby Shiloh

The Reveal: A Green Girls’ Nursery for Baby Shiloh

It’s finally here! I’m sharing all the details of the green girls’ nursery we created for little Shiloh. We transformed a drab bedroom into a cute oasis for our little babe. From the custom DIY wall paneling and trim to the wallpaper, this room was a labor of love.

Be sure to check out the other posts about the nursery:

The Nursery Design Plan and the Before 

Nursery Update: Wall Treatment Progress

Also, have you seen the nursery en suite bathroom reveal? At the last minute we decided to update the nursery bathroom in conjunction with the nursery and I’m so happy we did.

As always, before we get started, let’s take a look at where we started in this room.

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The Nursery: Before

Aside from installing new floors, we hadn’t done much in this room since purchasing our home 4 years ago. It served as a catchall/work out room.… Read more

Porch Makeover Part 1: Farmhouse Porch with Brick Steps

Porch Makeover Part 1: Farmhouse Porch with Brick Steps

We finished this project a while ago but I realized I never blogged it! The porch ceiling project is wrapping up so I thought I’d break up the posts. Today I’m going to share all about our farmhouse porch with brick steps including the staining process.

FYI, there is a highlight folder dedicated to the “porch makeover” project on my Instagram profile with videos detailing the project from the start.

Farmhouse Porch Deck Staining Saga

The first thing we did as part of our porch makeover was staining the deck. The porch deck boards are installed in a cool herringbone-like pattern, a detail we really love. But the boards were never sealed so the porch was looking a little drab and may of the boards needed to be replaced due to age and weathering.

The first thing we did was pressure was the porch and replaced worn boards. If your deck is in bad shape you may also want to opt for a deck cleaner. After the boards dried completely, we taped off the siding of the house and began the staining process using a roller.… Read more

Nursery Update: A Green Girl’s Nursery

Nursery Update: A Green Girl’s Nursery

A couple of weeks ago I shared the plan for our whimsical farmhouse nursery. We have been BUSY and major things have happened in the space! Installation of the vertical paneling and wallpaper is complete and we chose a paint color! It’s the most delicious shade of green. A green girl’s nursery, great for someone like me that is not a big fan of pink and purple. It took us 12 paint samples to settle on the color, but it’s perfect!!

Progress on Our Green Girl’s Nursery

Trim & Paneling

The first thing we did was remove all of the old window and door trim and replace it with simple 1×3 trim (actual 11/16 X 2-1/2 ). For baseboards, we opted for a flat 1×5 trim (actual 9/16 X 4-1/4). With the trim in place, we could start installing the vertical paneling. We used these 3-9/16-in wide x 8-ft long tongue and groove wall planks. I plan to blog a paneling installation tutorial so I will save additional details for that post.

Painting

After installing the tongue and groove paneling, patching the nail holes, and sanding, it was prepped and ready for paint!… Read more

Back Patio Gravel Extension

Back Patio Gravel Extension

We recently decided to extend the livable space off of our back patio. One day we plan to add a pool, but until then we wanted a little more elbow room for grilling, outdoor dining and entertaining. Our back patio gravel extension was a quick, easy and inexpensive weekend project that made a big impact.

For more on the covered portion of our back patio, check out our backyard patio reveal here.

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Back Patio Gravel Extension

First, we started by grading the area off of the patio using the box blade attachment on the tractor.

Once the area was relatively level, we boxed in the extension area using pressure treated 4x4s as a border. Then we laid weed blocking landscape fabric and had a load of limestone gravel delivered. We used 5 yards of gravel which cost $320 including delivery.… Read more