You guys probably remember my post about half baths two weeks ago and that I had something up my sleeve. After gathering some inspiration and browsing Lowe’s one afternoon I came across some black and white damask wallpaper on clearance by Allen and Roth. It was marked down to $11.99 a roll so we grabbed four, went home and attempted my first time at wallpapering.
Here are the before pictures of the half-bath:
So let’s break down the price for the half bath shall we?
- 4 rolls of wallpaper at $11.99 a roll = $48
- Exact o knife, edger, wallpaper paste = $20
Without including the new mirror, rug and towels (something I had to buy anyway), it was a pretty inexpensive upgrade to the new place! In terms of wallpaper, (and knowing how much you may need) one roll generally equals about three panel drops for a 9″ ceiling height.
Wallpaper probably seems scary to most, but the process wasn’t terrible. My mom has some skill when it comes to house hold projects so I enlisted her help for the weekend in applying my new wallpaper! Something to note, and we do not recommend others purchasing the same wallpaper, is because it was unpasted. It made the task a lot more difficult and the paste dried pretty quick so it was definitely a two person job, so grab a friend, prepasted wallpaper and get started y’all! It’s really not as bad as it seems, I promise.
I don’t want to waste this whole post with my how to hang wallpaper, so here’s some easy to follow instructions from the DIY Network.
Here are some photos of the progress via my iPhone:
Messy, but fun at the same time. I know that’s weird to say. All in all, the project did take about 8 hours in total over the weekend. It can be time consuming but you can easily finish it in a day, but like I said, enlisting someone to help you is a wonderful option and hopefully someone who’s been there before. If not, no fear, I’m sure you’ll be able to do it too!
Now the reveal shall we?!
When we moved in to our new place we knew a big expense would be the fact that we would need a few rugs downstairs since we have beautiful hard wood floors. Upon further inspection, it was easy to see that the larger area rugs can be 5, 6, 7, even $800… and as much as I love to have expensive taste, that was not a reality right now.
Here is what I gravitate to in terms of rockin’ rugs:
So with some of these rugs obviously being out of my price range, I kept on searching. When mom and I recently visited Ikea I stumbled upon an awesome black and white rug that I loved and for $99!! How could I say no?! I immediately placed it in my cart and brought it home and I love it! It’s so soft too and it was the perfect fit for the space. It’s called the Lappljung Ruta rug and it’s available now. Here’s two photos from my house:
I absolutely love it. It’s rad and comfy and bold and bright all at the same time. It’s something I would’ve been looking for and just happened to stumble upon it, so it was fate, and in my price range. Score! What do y’all think?
I’m still scheming on colors and patterns for the new digs and happened to come across a new fabric store in Raleigh that I’m totally head over heels for! All the fabrics are made in the USA and are between $9.99-$12.99 a yard. Yes please!! The store is called Premier Fabrics and I highly recommend you check them out ASAP! I’m currently cooking up an idea for the master bedroom to be in navy blue, like so:
But if navy isn’t your thing, just have a peak at more of their fabrics!
One of the things I think that has been the hardest is figuring out what my style and focus is. When I first graduated college one of my big purchases was a couch from Ikea, the Ektorp in white. I actually find it very comfortable and have really enjoyed it. I have purchased a great amount of our furniture from Ikea while mixing in other pieces. I’m the type of girl that will wear Old Navy dresses but will splurge on shoes, so that’s how I feel about my house. I don’t have a mass amount of money to spend on furniture so I pick and choose my battles and realize that accessories can add a lot to a space!
Here’s what our old apartment looked like. I quite liked it and thought it looked pretty great for what I could afford.
So once we bought the new house my mind started spinning with ideas and a good 30 days of Pinteresting while we closed on the house. These living rooms stand out the most to me and have allowed me to sort of narrow down my style. I’m realizing that I am inspired a lot by mid-century modern and a bit eclectic. I really enjoy bright colors, animal prints, black and white, and of course patterns and textures. Definitely love the likes of Jamie Meares, another Raleigh native!
Here are some of my favorite living rooms:
It may seem quite silly, but when I found out I had a half bath I was ecstatic. The possibilities with a half bath are endless and allow for a bit more crazy than the rest of your house. So my thoughts went to wallpaper. I know wallpaper has a bad rep, but it also has some of the most amazing colors, patterns and textures that I just go crazy for. Plus it allows you to have the wallpaper in small doses without going overboard or being scared to use it in a huge room. It may even allow me to introduce wallpaper in another room, as perhaps an accent wall? Let the creative juices flow y’all!
Here are some of my favorite Pinterest inspired bathrooms using wallpaper and you’ll see why I’m crazy about it!
So what are your thoughts on wallpaper now that you’ve seen my inspiration? I have something up my sleeve for our guest bath and on a budget and I can’t wait to share more details!
I wanted to introduce you all to our new home! First of all, we weren’t fully planning on buying a home yet. We really loved our two bedroom apartment and not owning anything if something went wrong, but as apartment prices rise in Raleigh, home ownership seemed more and more of a reality.
We’ve looked at some properties and locations for a while just for fun and knew where we wanted to be and knew that we probably wanted to start out with a town home because we weren’t ready for the responsibility that comes with owning a yard and a stand alone house. We also knew we wanted something fairly new because we don’t have a huge security blanket of funds in case something went wrong with an older home.
Our new home just kind of feel into place really. It’s brand new, they literally finished it the week we moved in. It’s super close to hub’s work, and it close to our alma mater so that if need be, we could always rent it out! Plus it was in our price range and was going to be finished within the window of our lease at our apartment running out so no fees! Yay! We put a lot of thought into this purchase and although it was incredibly scary, but we did it!
So without further ado, here’s our big baby:
Now let’s get started on the second floor shall we?! First up is the master suite and shots of our two closets. The one in the bedroom is for hubs and there is a closet in the bathroom for moi.