Buh-Bye Easement!! Meet Phase 3 of The Merc Reno, The Granary!!

We’ve kind of been keeping a secret. I literally can’t believe that I am sitting here typing these words, we figured out a solution for the weird property lines and easement at the Merc!! If you remember (you can read alllll about the nitty gritty details about property lines here and the easement here) The property lines at the Merc are sort of a nightmare. The easement was almost a deal breaker for us. In fact I had sort of forgotten how distressing it was until I went back and read those posts. I’m so glad that we didn’t let it stop us! I’m not going to lie, its stressful draining our bank account for the second time in a year, and it’s changing our phase 2 timeline a little but it was an opportunity that we just felt really strongly about and took the leap.

For reference, This upside-down L is our property, the Merc is in the top left corner of the yellow section.

The entire west and south side of theMerc IS the property line, except for the small patch right outside our back door. As crappy as that was, the crappiest part was that there is an easement running through the east side parking lot so that the neighbor can have access to their property on the south. (The neighbors property is blue, the easement is green) The Merc is basically an island. We tried to figure out solutions to keep our kids safe once we moved it, but because of the easement we couldn’t put any gates or fencing up that blocked their access. We had sort of resolved that the back portion behind the workshop was going to be the yard and everything else was going to be left as it was.

BUUUUT as of yesterday, this is what our property looks like!! With the Merc smack dab in the middle and no easement!!

We couldn’t be more excited because this obviously changes EVERYTHING! No more easement, no more weird property lines, no more opening the windows in phase 2 into their restaurant. Its HUGELY exciting!!

Aside from all of the obvious negatives that are being wiped away, we bought one of the coolest historic building in Southern UT. The Mormon Tithing Granary. The Granary is in it’s simplest form a 2-story rock shed. If you’re unfamiliar, granaries were used for storing grain and other produce donated by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon church) in fulfillment of their 10% tithing obligation. There are very few stone granaries and so the Santa Clara one is extra special. Also its pronounced Gran-uh-ree, not grain-uh-ree (there’s no i) It’s origin has 2 conflicting dates, 1867 and 1901, but either way its nice and old!

Our neighbors did some very heavy restoration on it before turning it into indoor seating at their restaurant. The building isn’t massive, its measures 18×20 but its definitely big enough to make something wonderful happen.

This is the room upstairs.

Complete with original wood floors!

The room downstairs is accessed through a different entrance.

Check out that lava rock foundation, I LOVE the color difference between the 2 types of rocks!!

And just incase you missed the stairs, lets look at them a little closer…

My mind is reeling with ideas for it!!

When I was a little girl my favorite book was The Secret Garden, I have read it and watched the movie more times than I can count. Doesn’t the yard remind you of that?! (For reference, the building on the right of the picture is the Merc.)

I can’t wait to show you pictures when everything is in bloom! All of the windows that we are opening in Phase 2 will look out into this property, and we’re going to be adding a big door on the south side for access from the living room.

This also drastically changes our plans for the landscaping on the original property. I need some serious help figuring everything out, but man alive I can’t wait to get started!!!

The diving property lines runs right down the center of this picture (if you look closely you can see the masonry string) The Granary is on the left and our neighbors property is on the right.

So what does this mean for the rest of the renovation and timeline?!

There are some things that we have to figure out with the Granary before we can start Phase 2 of the Merc (mostly plumbing, because if we run plumbing to the Granary it needs to tie in with the pipe we ran for the Master Bathroom, which means more concrete cutting etc. and we want to get that out of the way before we start anything) It also means that we are probably pushing Phase 2 back a little bit. We were planning on starting right away but since we used all of our Phase 2 money on this, we might be a couple of months out. It’s not like we don’t have enough to keep us busy though right!? So TBD on that one.

I’m dying to know, what do you think we should do with it!?

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The Front Door Saga: Part 2

Oh hey! So um, this is awkward. Remember when I shared my Front Door Part 1 post? No? That’s cause it was 2 months ago!!!

Sheesh guys, that’s crazy!

So since it’s been a while, lets recap (or you can read the full post here)

I found my dream doors on pinterest, couldn’t find them anywhere for purchase, had them bid out, cried a few tears because they were $9000, found some pretty ok doors at an antique store, started to make some customizations on them. And now it’s now.

We removed the giant vent panel on the bottom of the doors and added a cross piece to separate it into 2 panels. This added more character and upped the vintage vibe.

One of the things that I was so drawn to about the inspo doors was the heavy moulding detail. I’ve never considered myself much of a moulding lover, until the Merc changed my heart and now I just can’t get enough!!

All of the moulding that we’re using in the whole space came from Home Depot, but I couldn’t find something thick and chunky enough for these doors so our door guy (Clint from Quarter Sawn) made some custom for us, it’s not the cheapest thing (I think it was around $5/foot). But because he was making the inserted panels and the moulding all of the measurements could be exact. It made our lives so much easier when we went to assemble it!

I’ve never experienced moulding being made. Want to learn?!

You start out by ordering (or designing) a knife that has the profile of the pattern that you want on it.

2 of them are put into a cylinder that is part of this beasty machine, think Santa can fit one of those underneath a Christmas tree?

The boards (ours were made out of poplar) were cut to an exact size and then fed through the moulding maker.

Cool right?!

Once all of the detail was in the top, he ran it through a second machine that cut the corner out so that it would fit snug against the frame and hold the recessed panel in place.

Then he bundled everything up and sent us on our way!

Here are some shots of the repair work that we had done on the doors. The mortise locks were filled, pealing veneer was repaired, and everything was sanded smooth!

We laid the doors out horizontally and got to work cutting the moulding to fit the panel holes. These were the exterior sides of the doors, which means no nails.

All of the moulding got a healthy dose of wood glue (we use Titebond III) and clamped into place. We were using C clamps but needed more and splurged on these Dewalt ones. We’ve used them countless times since and they are worth every penny! (We weren’t so sure they would be so we left the tags on, that’s why they’re pictured below 😂)

The next morning we came back, flipped the doors over and put a continuous bead of silicone on the backside of the moulding.

Then we put our panels in place.

The silicone adds a good amount of gapping because it’s so thick so we found that wiggling the board back and forth for a bit helps it to spread out.

Then we added our second set of moulding. We didn’t put another round of silicone on the panel for the moulding, because this was the interior side we used wood glue and finishing nails to hold it in place.

Because we couldn’t clap this round the way we did the first one, we used scrap wood and clamped a board across the sides to hold it in place while the glue dried. Just make sure that you have something between the board and your trimwork so that it doesn’t dent…like a Happy Meal box. (In the pic below we only had one side clamped but Brem was just so cute I had to post it. #renovationreality

Look at the difference between trim that was clamped and trim that hasn’t been clamped yet. It’s SUPER important to get a solid seal to protect against water and weather, and it looks 100x better. (This is before caulking)

When youre doing this make sure to clean the silicone out from the other side of the door.

We ordered new glass for the windows (because code requires it to be double paned) so we put one side of moulding on and waited until the glass came. One trick we learned (the hard way but thankfully not too late to course correct) is to paint the backside of the moulding before you put the glass in. Otherwise you can see the wood through it. #lifelessons

We intstalled our glass using silicone and nailed the inside trim into place with our finish nailer. After the broken window fiasco you can bet that I was a crazy woman everytime Court shot a nail. Serious PTSD folks. Next post (soon! not in 3 months) is all about painting and choosing our hardware!

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The Front Door Saga: Part 2

Oh hey! So um, this is awkward. Remember when I shared my Front Door Part 1 post? No? That’s cause it was 2 months ago!!!

Sheesh guys, that’s crazy!

So since it’s been a while, lets recap (or you can read the full post here)

I found my dream doors on pinterest, couldn’t find them anywhere for purchase, had them bid out, cried a few tears because they were $9000, found some pretty ok doors at an antique store, started to make some customizations on them. And now it’s now.

We removed the giant vent panel on the bottom of the doors and added a cross piece to separate it into 2 panels. This added more character and upped the vintage vibe.

One of the things that I was so drawn to about the inspo doors was the heavy moulding detail. I’ve never considered myself much of a moulding lover, until the Merc changed my heart and now I just can’t get enough!!

All of the moulding that we’re using in the whole space came from Home Depot, but I couldn’t find something thick and chunky enough for these doors so our door guy (Clint from Quarter Sawn) made some custom for us, it’s not the cheapest thing (I think it was around $5/foot). But because he was making the inserted panels and the moulding all of the measurements could be exact. It made our lives so much easier when we went to assemble it!

I’ve never experienced moulding being made. Want to learn?!

You start out by ordering (or designing) a knife that has the profile of the pattern that you want on it.

2 of them are put into a cylinder that is part of this beasty machine, think Santa can fit one of those underneath a Christmas tree?

The boards (ours were made out of poplar) were cut to an exact size and then fed through the moulding maker.

Cool right?!

Once all of the detail was in the top, he ran it through a second machine that cut the corner out so that it would fit snug against the frame and hold the recessed panel in place.

Then he bundled everything up and sent us on our way!

Here are some shots of the repair work that we had done on the doors. The mortise locks were filled, pealing veneer was repaired, and everything was sanded smooth!

We laid the doors out horizontally and got to work cutting the moulding to fit the panel holes. These were the exterior sides of the doors, which means no nails.

All of the moulding got a healthy dose of wood glue (we use Titebond III) and clamped into place. We were using C clamps but needed more and splurged on these Dewalt ones. We’ve used them countless times since and they are worth every penny! (We weren’t so sure they would be so we left the tags on, that’s why they’re pictured below 😂)

The next morning we came back, flipped the doors over and put a continuous bead of silicone on the backside of the moulding.

Then we put our panels in place.

The silicone adds a good amount of gapping because it’s so thick so we found that wiggling the board back and forth for a bit helps it to spread out.

Then we added our second set of moulding. We didn’t put another round of silicone on the panel for the moulding, because this was the interior side we used wood glue and finishing nails to hold it in place.

Because we couldn’t clap this round the way we did the first one, we used scrap wood and clamped a board across the sides to hold it in place while the glue dried. Just make sure that you have something between the board and your trimwork so that it doesn’t dent…like a Happy Meal box. (In the pic below we only had one side clamped but Brem was just so cute I had to post it. #renovationreality

Look at the difference between trim that was clamped and trim that hasn’t been clamped yet. It’s SUPER important to get a solid seal to protect against water and weather, and it looks 100x better. (This is before caulking)

When youre doing this make sure to clean the silicone out from the other side of the door.

We ordered new glass for the windows (because code requires it to be double paned) so we put one side of moulding on and waited until the glass came. One trick we learned (the hard way but thankfully not too late to course correct) is to paint the backside of the moulding before you put the glass in. Otherwise you can see the wood through it. #lifelessons

We intstalled our glass using silicone and nailed the inside trim into place with our finish nailer. After the broken window fiasco you can bet that I was a crazy woman everytime Court shot a nail. Serious PTSD folks. Next post (soon! not in 3 months) is all about painting and choosing our hardware!

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Crowdsourced Inspiration To Claw your Way Out of a Creative Slump

Hey guys!!

If you follow my stories on Instagram  you know yesterday I asked where everyone finds inspiration to ignite a fire in their heart. If you don’t follow my stories, I hate to be the one to deliver this bad news, but you’re totally missing out, its where all the good stuff is happening. This reno is kicking my bum a little and Instastories is where all the real time updates are happening, so check it out!

Back to the topic t hand. I’m in this weird sort of place. A reno like the Merc has been my ultimate dream goal for years and now that we’re rounding out Phase 1 and getting ready to move in, I’m feeling sort of like I need a new HUGE dream and some inspiring words to get the big goals flowing.

SOOOOO, I asked where everyone finds their kick-you-in-the-pants-YOU-GOT-THIS-GIRL-take-on-the-world-cause-you-can-change-it inspiration and I got SO MANY great responses,, and I know I’m not the only one that needs it, so all of the sources are below!

Big Magic- Elizabeth Gilbert (Book + Audiobook)

Magic Lessons- Elizabeth Gilbert (Podcast)

Girl Wash Your Face- Rachel Hollis (Book)

Grit- Angela Duckworth (Book + Audiobook)

Penduka 21 Ways To Awaken Passion and Purpose In Your Life (Book)

Leslie Householder (Books)

Next Level Life (Podcast)

The Artisan Soul- Edwin McManus TEDxHongKong (Video)

Bucket List Family (Youtube Channel)

The Walk (Movie)

The Circle Maker- Mark Batterson (Book + Audiobook)

Brene Brown (Book + Audiobook)

Chase The Lion- Mark Batterson (Book + Audiobook)

Women with Fire- Ep 37 Lizzy Jensen (Podcast)

TED Radio – A Better You (Podcast)

How I Built This with Guy Raz (Podcast)

NPR Invisibla (Podcast)

Of Mess and Moxie-Jen Hatmaker (Book + Audiobook)

Most of the suggestions on this list are new to me, and I am stoked to dive into them! If you’ve got a suggestion please leave it in the comments and I’ll add it to our list!!

 

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Stucco Round 2 + Finding The Perfect White!

Hey hey!! Guys, if youre not following the Merc reno along on my Insta/Instastories DO IT!! I need your opinions in real time and it’s kind of fun to see what crazy things pop up during the course of the day!. Follow here!

Ok are you ready to chat about our stucco?!  It’s FINALLY done! We were hoping it would be done in October…then November…but apparently Santa moonlights as a stucco guy cause it didn’t happen until December. But its finished and I LOVE IT.

Just a refresher, this is what the Merc looked like when we bought it:

And this is what it looks like today!!

NOT EVEN THE SAME PLACE RIGHT!??!

If you remember from my last stucco post, this is where we left off. The brown coat. A brown coat is the base of the stucco, and then a color coat is applied after the brown coat has cured for a few weeks.

One of the reasons it took so long to get the stucco finished it because we kept running into color problems. I knew that I wanted it white, but I didn’t want it to be too cool, so I had them color match my favorite warm white Sherwin-Williams Alabaster. (You can see it in my old house here)

When the sample came back it was really warm. See it compared to a plain white door?

So I took a drive and did some friendly trespassing onto newer houses in our area that were “white”. The color was almost an exact match to most and looking at them from far away I felt like they were too warm. My next door neighbor has a painted white house that is a great shade so I compared it there and it was much darker and warmer. It just looks so different in different lighting!!

Next option was to take a sample of Mandi White (my favorite “just” white) to them to match. When they finally brought the sample back it was darker and more warm than the first one! WHAT!!?

Sort of out of sheer frustration (we were weeks past the scheduled date at this point) I said to the guy who brought the sample over that I just wanted it to be white. Plain white. He sort of laughed and said “Just white? Why didn’t you say that?” The next morning he brought over the best “just white” sample I’ve ever seen. It was perfect, not too warm, not too cool. I was SO HAPPY!! It looks exactly like the white paint we used on our detached garage.

I don’t have a picture of all of the samples together cause #Court and I’ve called and left a few messages with the stucco guys about the exact formula, I’ll update this post with it once they pass it along!

We’ve still got some work to do on the front, like the giant faux door, installing our lights, and finishing the wood headers (and getting the paint paper off the windows!!) but its looking really close to the original vision!

Check out all of the past Merc posts here!

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The Merc Renovation The Series!

Hey hey!! I have been counting down the days to today for a very very long time. We are finally launching our video series for the Merc!! And also !!!!!!!! And a few more !!!!! for good measure. If you’ve been following for a while you know we are doing vlog style videos ourselves, but we really wanted to capture the reno in a professional way that was bitesize and inspiring.

Court and I are over the moon to introduce you to our series sponsor. I think you guys are going to be pretty shocked about who it is. I mean, it is totally unexpected, and not at all who you would have picked as our perfect partner for this renovation.

Sike. Its The Home Depot!!

(But, really who else would it have been?)

This is the first of 5 episodes. I’ll admit I got teary a few times seeing just how far we’ve come on the reno and the old school VR clips pulled at the heart strings a little.

When I started the blog almost 8 years ago I had NO IDEA that it could turn into this dream, I never in a million years would have thought a company like Home Depot would know who I was, let alone become my most cherished business relationship. I guess this just goes to show that you never know what is waiting down the path that you nervously take a few steps onto.

Check out the episode below, I think you’re going to love it!

 

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The Process of Creating the Small World Wall + Time-lapse Video

Hey guys! Man. THANK YOU so much for the overwhelming response on the reveal of the Small World room yesterday! (If you haven’t seen it yet check it out here!)

You know I try to post tutorials for everything that I do but friends, a tutorial for this wall treatment just isn’t happening. Not because I don’t think that you can do it, but because I think you TOTALLY CAN!!  Let me explain.

This room started off as a rough (and I mean rough) sketch. There were no measurements or angles or exactness. I knew the general size and the general shape and that was good enough for me. (Court was a little concerned when I pulled out my drawing)

I started off by measuring and marking the size for each building on the wall with tape. Then we got to work ripping pieces of 1/2″ plywood down and started attaching them to the wall (just make sure when you’re doing this that you’re hitting at least one stud!)

I also used 1×2’s to add detail and dimension. If you’ve ever seen Small World you know that dimension is of most critical importance, everything got layers.

Once the build out was done it was time to pull it all together. This is where I hit a creative roadblock (if you follow my instastories you were a part of this emotional and frustrating part!)

The detail was pretty much done and it was time to start adding wallpaper and paint. The biggest issue that I kept running into is that it was going very juvenile really quickly. I know how that sounds. This is a kids room, I’m using It’s A Small World as inspo. DUH of course its juvenile. But the dilemma is that my daughter is 9 and so I wanted the room to feel more old kid and not nursery. A good dose of whimsical and modern.

I started painting and almost immediately hated it. See I get this feeling in my gut and I know if I’m on the right track or not. It was just too busy with the wood and the wallpaper (even though the paper is white) and the patterns. Again, I know how this sounds. How is it not supposed to be busy?! It just felt like mixing the shapes and the colors and the elevations was just too much.

Oh and did I mention that one of the best things about this type of work is having hard deadlines, and I had to have this room ready for pictures the next day. Not a problem.

So I did what any rational person that hated what was happening would do. I started painting over everything. As I was doing this I was feeling SO conflicted. I love the natural wood, but with the floors and the dresser and the whole vibe I was going for they couldn’t stay natural.

After I had painted everything white I was so gut sick. It just wasn’t working! And now I couldn’t go back (plywood doesn’t sand well). I needed to take a break and walk away from the situation.

Have you ever listened to Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk about creative genius? It’s SO AWESOME. Go listen to it right now! For me, creativity is spiritual. Not in a religious sort of way, but in a there-is-something-bigger-that-endows-me-with-ideas sort of way. So I left the Merc, parked my car and started to meditate and pray. It was after about 30 minutes of wrestling with my genius (have you listen to the talk yet?!) that I got the distinct impression that I needed to think bigger than the buildings. When I think of my daughter I see her potenitial as such a light. She literally radiates. So I was picturing her sitting in her bed and the idea of doing these rainbow beams came to my mind, because that is just who she is. As soon as I saw it I knew it was exactly what the space needed.

I started measuring and marking the stripes by using masonry line and nails. (You can see the pink masonry line in the picture below, see how it all meets at one central point?)

Then I got to painting. I used sample pots (if youre doing an accent wall with sections of color, 9 times out of 10 you can get away with testers and don’t need to buy full size cans.) It will save you so much money!!

And then voila! we ended up with this!

Check out the video below to see the whole process play out in a time-lapse!!

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The Process of Creating the Small World Wall + Time-lapse Video

Hey guys! Man. THANK YOU so much for the overwhelming response on the reveal of the Small World room yesterday! (If you haven’t seen it yet check it out here!)

You know I try to post tutorials for everything that I do but friends, a tutorial for this wall treatment just isn’t happening. Not because I don’t think that you can do it, but because I think you TOTALLY CAN!!  Let me explain.

This room started off as a rough (and I mean rough) sketch. There were no measurements or angles or exactness. I knew the general size and the general shape and that was good enough for me. (Court was a little concerned when I pulled out my drawing)

I started off by measuring and marking the size for each building on the wall with tape. Then we got to work ripping pieces of 1/2″ plywood down and started attaching them to the wall (just make sure when you’re doing this that you’re hitting at least one stud!)

I also used 1×2’s to add detail and dimension. If you’ve ever seen Small World you know that dimension is of most critical importance, everything got layers.

Once the build out was done it was time to pull it all together. This is where I hit a creative roadblock (if you follow my instastories you were a part of this emotional and frustrating part!)

The detail was pretty much done and it was time to start adding wallpaper and paint. The biggest issue that I kept running into is that it was going very juvenile really quickly. I know how that sounds. This is a kids room, I’m using It’s A Small World as inspo. DUH of course its juvenile. But the dilemma is that my daughter is 9 and so I wanted the room to feel more old kid and not nursery. A good dose of whimsical and modern.

I started painting and almost immediately hated it. See I get this feeling in my gut and I know if I’m on the right track or not. It was just too busy with the wood and the wallpaper (even though the paper is white) and the patterns. Again, I know how this sounds. How is it not supposed to be busy?! It just felt like mixing the shapes and the colors and the elevations was just too much.

Oh and did I mention that one of the best things about this type of work is having hard deadlines, and I had to have this room ready for pictures the next day. Not a problem.

So I did what any rational person that hated what was happening would do. I started painting over everything. As I was doing this I was feeling SO conflicted. I love the natural wood, but with the floors and the dresser and the whole vibe I was going for they couldn’t stay natural.

After I had painted everything white I was so gut sick. It just wasn’t working! And now I couldn’t go back (plywood doesn’t sand well). I needed to take a break and walk away from the situation.

Have you ever listened to Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk about creative genius? It’s SO AWESOME. Go listen to it right now! For me, creativity is spiritual. Not in a religious sort of way, but in a there-is-something-bigger-that-endows-me-with-ideas sort of way. So I left the Merc, parked my car and started to meditate and pray. It was after about 30 minutes of wrestling with my genius (have you listen to the talk yet?!) that I got the distinct impression that I needed to think bigger than the buildings. When I think of my daughter I see her potenitial as such a light. She literally radiates. So I was picturing her sitting in her bed and the idea of doing these rainbow beams came to my mind, because that is just who she is. As soon as I saw it I knew it was exactly what the space needed.

I started measuring and marking the stripes by using masonry line and nails. (You can see the pink masonry line in the picture below, see how it all meets at one central point?)

Then I got to painting. I used sample pots (if youre doing an accent wall with sections of color, 9 times out of 10 you can get away with testers and don’t need to buy full size cans.) It will save you so much money!!

And then voila! we ended up with this!

Check out the video below to see the whole process play out in a time-lapse!!

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It’s A Small World Bedroom Makeover Reveal!

Guys, I am SO excited to show you the first completed room at the Merc!!

Sidenote: You may be wondering why we have a fully decorated space when we still don’t have plumbing but this is the sometimes reality of running  a business like Vintage Revivals, I thought that the reno would be wayyyy further along when I signed on to do this makeover (remember our hopeful Thanksgiving move in date?) but it wasn’t and now here we are! I will say that having a room finished is the greatest morale booster ever, it makes it feel like we’re getting really close!

When I say that I’ve been dreaming of doing a It’s A Small World themed room makeover for 4 years that is accurate. I LOVE Mary Blair and the exterior of Small World at Disneyland so so much. So when Home Depot asked me to do a room makeover using some of their wallpapers I was excited, when I found the white and gold splatter wallpaper I was I-Won-the-Lottery-Cause-the-Small-World-Room-is-Happening thrilled.

This is what the room looked like when we bought the Merc.

Right there in the center of that space. (You’re going to have to squint and use your imagination )

It went through a few changes (you know, like walls, and adding a window)

Sheetrock and paint

And now, if you can believe it, it looks like this:

If you follow my stories on Instagram you got a full on behind the scenes view of the creative process.

We laid the floor (don’t worry, there is a full tutorial + info coming on that) in 2 days, got the doors put in,  light installed (yes that light is from Home Depot and, no, its not $$$$) and got to work!

Then we started on the wall. You should know that I’m not a planner, I had a very rough sketch of what I sort of wanted the building layout to look like.

Did I mention that it was rough?

We started building with 1/2″ ply and 1×2’s and adding details along the way based on what the design was missing. Keeping it all very Small World true to life.

This is when the buildout was almost finished and I was ready to start painting. I was so conflicted because I LOVED the plain wood but with the wood floor and the wood dresser it was just too much wood.

Also, do you ever try to be something that you’re not? Like I try to be one of those cool laidback California-ish designers that only use white, black, and wood and it’s all going swimmingly until I start to hate it and just feels flat. So then I go back to my true colorful roots and everything is right with the world again. This is a lesson that I seemingly have to learn over and over again, so if you find yourself physically unable to emulate the designs you love so much its ok, I go through that too.

The plan was to keep a lot of the wood exposed, mix in some awesome wallpaper and a few colors and call it a day. Well I hated it. After some serious trial and error, frustration, prayer, and a lunch break I finally got the inspiration that I needed. I’ve got a whole post coming tomorrow showing you every stop along the way and a time-lapse video. Until then, lets talk about the decor!


This Spatter Gold Self-Adhesive Removable Wallpaper
 was the jumping off point for the whole space. It is heavy duty, reposition-able, and has a great pattern. I love the fact that it’s removable (for the ever changing designer that I am) and one thing that I’m very much looking forward to is wallpapering the entire closet once the shelving is in! Speaking of wallpaper, head over to The Apron Blog to see some of my favorite wallpaper pairings!!

The giant schoolhouse light is just magical. It is HUGE guys, and is the perfect light to still capture the 1930’s vibe we’re going for in the Merc while being statement making enough that it can hold it’s own with the design of the room. And I love that it has such a unique shape, it just feels special. Check it out here!

My daughter’s single request (besides having dog treats in her room) was for a big bed. Knowing that the wall was going to be pretty intense, I needed to find a bed that complimented the accent wall instead of covering it up or taking away from it. This black iron bed was perfect! The color ties in with the doors, the vibe is 100% Merc, and it lets the wall be the star that it is. The best part is that a full size bed, including the frame is only $269!

I have a confession, a secret that is hurting me to my very core. Are you ready? I don’t hate beige right now. I KNOW!!! WHO AM I?! Though I will say I don’t love it as a whole house paint color, using it as an accent isn’t the worst thing that has ever happened to me. For example, the rug!

It’s subtle (which this room needed) and the cable weave on it is just so good!! The color is going to be great for hiding dirt, and for now it’s great at hiding dust…that keeps floating in from the transom that has yet to have glass put in it.

Ok lets talk about this dresser. Did you think it was from a place that rhymes with Crest Flelm? You did huh? Its ok, the vast majority of the internet is going to be shocked that its from HOME DEPOT.  Seriously, and it comes in a dark walnut as well.

If you have not heard a single thing I’ve said this year hear this: HOME DEPOT HAS EVERYTHING. Rugs? Furniture? Lighting? Did I mention that our doors, hardware, and windows also are from Home Depot?

Thanks for following along with this crazy fun journey, you guys are the best!!

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