Little House of Four

Sunday, June 26, 2016

(Basement Progress) Painted Fireplace and New Purchases

More often than not, my best design decisions come from spur of the moment ideas.  Ideas that pop into my head and quickly turn into projects before I have time to think about what I'm doing.  That's exactly how a plank wall ended up in our entryway and how our fireplace ended up getting painted last weekend.

I whitewashed our fireplace a few years ago, but always felt it had a funky pink hue that didn't jive with the rest of our basement.  Just recently I started throwing around the idea of painting it white or trying to give it a more "old brick" look, but wasn't sold on either idea.  I sought advice from a few blogger friends and that's when Emily from Table and Hearth asked what I thought about painting the fireplace the same color as my doors.  Whoa, why didn't I think of that?

I already painted the front door, dining room door, mudroom doors, basement door and kitchen cabinets dark, so it only made sense to paint the fireplace.  By now you are probably aware that my absolute favorite color combination is light walls, dark doors and accents of wood tones and gold. Contrast is what I crave and I knew the best decision was to paint the fireplace dark.  It took about a half hour to convince myself it was a good idea then it was go time.

A gorgeous dark gray painted fireplace looks stunning paired with a bright white plank wall! -

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Stylish and Affordable Wood Accents For Your Home

I had good intentions of sharing another basement DIY project, but when you get hit with a flu bug nothing gets done.  When I say nothing, I mean nothing.  The laundry is piled high, the dishes are stacked in the sink, toys are scattered all around and fluffy Golden Retriever hairballs are floating from room to room.

Today is the first day in 3 days that I've been able to hold my head up and concentrate.  I'm still fighting a fever and in no condition to be up doing projects, but what I can do is a bit of online shopping!  I've been in search of some wood home accents for our basement and wanted to share a few of my affordable favorites.

Stylish and affordable wood accents for your home. -

Monday, June 20, 2016

Inexpensive Tips For Creating The Perfect Outdoor Summer Porch

It's hard to believe that I have yet to decorate our front porch for Spring OR Summer.  The planters are still empty, the porch is still dirty and it's far from welcoming.   In an effort to get motivated I decided to play around and create a pretty summer inspired front porch mood board.

Freshen your porch for summer with these simple and inexpensive tips! -

Door / Planters / Lights / Numbers / Rug / Bench / Pillows

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

12 Creative Ways to Recycle and Reuse Wood Pallets


Wood pallets are the ultimate FREE product that is most popular for it's use in DIY projects.  Whether used in their original form or disassembled into planks, pallet projects make the perfect addition to any home. 

12 can't miss creative and unique ways to recycle and reuse wood pallets! -
I currently have two pallets in the garage just waiting to be turned into something incredible.  I have a few ideas, but nothing that has sparked my interest enough to break out the saw and get building.  To give me a little push I've been gathering a bunch of ideas (you can follow my PALLET PROJECTS board on Pinterest here.) and wanted to share them with you all as well. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

From Carpet to Hardwood: How to Easily Transform Your Stairs

Wow, did this weekend fly by!  My husband and I got to enjoy a nice dinner and evening alone for our anniversary (thanks mom and dad for keeping the kids overnight), we took the kids swimming, 4-wheeling in the woods and I busted my butt removing carpet and refinishing the basement stairs. 
The easiest way to remove carpet and completely transform wood stairs. -
Let me tell you, refinishing stairs with two young kids is no easy task.   No matter how many times I told them not to use the stairs they used them anyway.   Thank goodness I still have a baby gate, haha.  It definitely tested my patience and pushed me to get this project done faster. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Randomness and A Few Recent Purchases

It's Friiidddaaayyyy!

Wow, tomorrow is our 11 year wedding anniversary!  It feels like yesterday I was a young 22 year old walking down the aisle to make all my dreams come true (cue the cheesy music).  It's actually pretty scary how fast time flies by.  My kids are now eight and almost six!  How in the world did that even happen? 

Life has changed so much in the past 11 years.

our house...

our jobs...

our pets...

our friends...

our kids...

our family...

It hasn't always been easy, but I wouldn't trade this life for anything.  
Beautiful Peonies in a gorgeous entryway.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Adding Drama to a Boring Office Wall

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 It's Monthly DIY Challenge Day!

The second Wednesday of every month a group of my blogger friends and I challenge one another to create a project based on a particular theme or material.  This month, Royal Design Studio was gracious enough to sponsor this month's challenge and provide us with a stencil of our choice.

My office/studio has been cluttered, unorganized and uninspiring for way too long.  I needed a reason to spruce up the space and what better way than with a fun new wall treatment.