Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Master Bedroom Book Nook & Shoe Organization

Today is another (mini) reveal of a project from our Master Suite remodel. Thank you to everyone for the kind comments on our Master Bathroom reveal that we shared yesterday. We're so happy that you all love it as much as we do. It was a long and grueling process, but entirely worth it at the end.

So today I'm sharing the Book Nook of our Master Bedroom. We knew we wanted lots of storage in our Master Suite, as well as a nice place that I can cuddle up with a book (while Justin's likely downstairs playing video games). And this little nook of our room is exactly what we'd hoped for.

Store your Shoes and Hats beautifully in a built-in bookcase

First off, storage.

You might remember back in January when we shared a tutorial of How to Build an Adjustable Built-In for Shoe Storage over on Teal & Lime.  We Justin built that baby in less than a week and styled it for a quick photoshoot for the post, but then had to quickly take it all down so we could continue with the rest of our remodel.

But now that we're officially living in our Master Suite, I was able to dig all my favorite shoes and style them on my beautiful built-in!

Shoe Organization in Master Bedroom

Justin even built me adjustable shelves so I have a space for my tall boots, and a space for my littler flats!

Built-In Adjustable Shelves for Shoes

I'm able to fit a ton of shoes on this built-in, along with showcasing some of Justin's hat collection (he gets a baseball cap from every staduim we visit) as well as a small collection of books to pick up whenever I'm in the reading mood.

Multi-purpose Built-In in Master Bedroom

While it definitely doesn't fit all of my shoes, it makes a pretty big dent. Once we've got the rest of the house cleaned up and have moved our "official" bookshelf back into the house (it's been stored int he garage during the remodel), then I might move that row of books downstairs so I can fit more shoes in this baby. I LOVE seeing all of their pretty little soles.

Shoe Organization Solution
Master Bedroom Shoe Storage in Built-In Bookshelf


Next, if we pan to the right just a little bit, you can see that this space has two beautiful big windows (check out our DIY Window Trim here) and a skylight, so it's the perfect spot for cuddling up with a good book. I coined this corner of the room My Book Nook, and put together a mood board a couple of months ago to start styling the space.

Master Bedroom book nook plus shoe storage
Master Bedroom Book Nook


So far I've only got the chair & blanket (the pillow is actually from the bed), but soon we'll build an end table and maybe a footstool to cozy up the space.

Master Bedroom Book Nook copy

So there you have it. I haven't had a chance to cuddle up with a book yet in said Book Nook, but I can feel it's coming soon. And I can't wait. It's going to be glorious - especially if I can open up those windows and let some Spring in.

BEFORE PHOTOS


And just for a proper stroll through memory lane. Here's the photo of this space in October 2012 when we tore down some walls. See those two windows in the back? That's my Book Nook! And that bannister opening down into the living room is where our Built-In Shoe Shelf is living now. Big change, right?

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Here's another bannister shot before we ripped down that wall.

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And right before we started our Master Suite Remodel last October (2013), here's what this corner of the room looked like (just to the left of this were the bannisters overlooking the stairs and living room)

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It's come a long way! Check out all of the remodeling steps that got us from October 2012 to today!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Master Bathroom Reveal

It's finally time for our Master Bathroom Reveal! I know you've all been patiently waiting to see how the remodel is coming together, so rather than wait until we're 100% complete, I'm giving you all a pre-completion reveal!

Master Bathroom Remodel Reveal

A little over a week ago we were able to "move-in" to our new Master Bathroom. It was a long time coming with a few hiccups with our plumber, but that first bath in my new tub was well worth the wait.

Coming through the door from the Master Bedroom, you walk in to see the tub straight ahead, and the awesome shower in the corner. Note: No, there's not a window in our shower, it's just a reflection on the glass. 

Master Bathroom Remodel Shower copy

We bought a cute basket from Target which will hold some of our awesome Nate Berkus towels.

Master Bathroom Reveal Tub and Basket

I'm in love with this floating vanity from Virtu USA. It's got a ton of space for all of my junk, and even a little bit more for Justin's things. As you can tell, the mirror hasn't been hung yet, but that's coming up soon!

Master Bedrom Remodel Reveal

Here's another shot of the vanity (I'm standing in the shower as I took this photo) and an awesome shot of our DIY Towel Rail.

Master Bathroom Remodel Vanity

A close up shot of our tub surround and faucet. 

Master Bathroom Reveal Tub Fixtures

And a far away shot of the tub surround (taken from the shower), as well as the toilet.

Master Bathroom Remodel Tub Toilet

And last but not least, a few close-up shots of the shower, which is our favorite part of the whole room!

Master Bathroom Remodel Shower

It's been amazing having a bathroom on the same floor as our bedroom. I feel so spoiled now!

Here's the final pieces of our Master Bathroom remodel yet to be done:
  • Floating shelves for extra storage
  • Hanging the mirror
  • Building a small shelf for under the mirror
  • Hanging plants/artwork on walls
  • Clean up the final little dust piles from the remodel for our "official" reveal photos! 
And jut to take a trip through memory lane, this room has made some BIG progress. It all started as a master bedroom + living room, then we took down the wall for one large loft-style bedroom.

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That window back, right of this photo is the window that's now over our bathtub!! It doesn't even look like the same space.

Then six months ago we framed up some walls to build our very own Master Bathroom

Plumbing and Tub

And the rest is history (all chronicled here of course). I'm so proud of all the hard work we did. It really has come a long ways!
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Monday, April 21, 2014

The DIY'ers #58

Happpppy Monday & welcome back to The DIY'ers! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend and got some quality family (or just relaxation!) time in. We got a beautiful 70 degree day here in Minnesota, and another on the way today, so I am one happy camper. 

The DIY'ers is going through a little transition right now, so the people you're used to seeing are going to be changing a bit. Rea from Home for 4 Sweet Home is going to be downsizing her blog so she can spend more time with her family & friends. I wish her the best of luck. 

I'm in talks with a few other awesome bloggers out there to fill her space, so you can look forward to that in the near future!


The DIY'ers Top 3


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Sarah from Life on Virginia Street shared her beautifully updated Guest Bedroom
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Brynne from The Gathered Home shared this awesome Sunburst Medallion Tutorial.
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Jennifer from Brave New Home shares a great wall update using Vinyl Decals!
All featured projects will be pinned to The DIY'ers Pinterest board - so don't forget to follow. Or, follow along with all of my Pinterest boards here!


 


And if you're looking for a new way to be featured, I just introduced a series called Friday Features. Each Friday I'll be sharing the blog love with three other bloggers out there. All you have to do is submit your latest & greatest projects to be featured! Details here.

Introducing Friday Features

Now onto the party!

The DIY'ers


The Rules? They're simple!
  1. Follow each host somehow; any way is fine! 
  2. Take a picture of your DIY and link it up below. 
  3. Text link back to Home Coming, Home Sweet Home or pick up The DIY'ers button from the left sidebar and include it in your post so others can get involved in The DIY party.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Now Introducing: Friday Features!

For about as long as I've been blogging here on Home Coming, I've done a series called DIY Weekend Projects. Gathering inspiration from places like Pinterest, I pulled together 2-3 of my favorite DIY projects that could easily be knocked out in a weekend.

Today I'm introducing my next iteration of this, and it's all about you!!

Introducing Friday Features

Friday Features is going to be all about spreading the blog love. So I want all of YOU to send me your latest and greatest DIY, remodel or room makeover projects, and each week I'll feature the top 3.

The rules? There are none! There's no rules to participate in this, I only want to spread the love. So submit your latest project to be featured on Friday Favorites via email with Friday Favorites in the subject line (klacowsky@gmail.com) or over Instagram by tagging me @klacowsky.

This will kick off next Friday through the blog and Pinterest, so start submitting now!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

How to Hang a Barndoor-Inspired Sliding Door

We're here today with another project from our Master Bedroom Remodel. With the way that we designed our master bedroom, we have this cute little closet with Justin's dresser and our TV tucked-in next to the doorway to downstairs. To best utilize this space, we chose to do a sliding door with a barndoor-style rail & sliders. I've been in love with the barndoor style doors for awhile now, so this was the perfect opportunity to bring that into our house.

So today we'll do a quick step-by-step of How To Install a Barndoor-Style Sliding Door.

How to hang a barndoor style sliding door

We started out with getting a five-panel door slab as a special order from Home Depot. We chose another five panel door because we wanted it to live within the same family of our tempered glass five panel that we installed for our bathroom.

I wasn't able to find our exact door online since we got it larger than the Builder Grade doors they have online.

Sliding Door Slab

So let's get to it. We decided to put a piece of trim on the wall to match our window trim around the Master Suite. This piece of trim will serve as the base for our sliding door's rail.

Using a stud finder to find the studs, Justin nailed the piece of trim to our wall above the door & closet space using nail gun and 2 1/2" nails. Nailing these into the studs secures the head piece in plac.

Installing the Head Piece

Next up was measuring the height for the door track to ensure that you have enough room for your door to slide, but that it's fairly tight against your floor to not allow for any light to shine through. Every Sliding Barndoor Hardware system is different, so be sure to follow your hardware instructions. We purchased this Barndoor Hardware system for only $150 from Home Depot and love it!

Measuring the Door Height

Based on your previous measurements, draw a level line to mark out the holes to be drilled for your Hardware System. 

Leveling the Barn Door Hardware

As always, make sure that you pre-drill holes to avoid wood chipping. These pre-drilled holes will be for lag bolts that came with our hardware package.

Pre-drilling Holes for Barn Door

Attach the track with lag bolts using a 1/2" socket on your impact drill.

Installing the Sliding Door Rail

Next up is getting your door prepped. Using the instructions provided in your hardware pack for exact measurements, mark out where the roller attaches to the door using sliding t-square.

Attaching Hardware to Sliding Door

Next up, pre-drill holes for bolts using a drill bit (measure your bolt to determine the size you'll need this hole to be). Start by pre-drilling this hole from the top of the door, allowing the bit to just slightly poke out from the under side of the door. This will show you where to drill from the other side, and won't risk you chipping the wood. Then, flip your door over and finish drilling the hole.

Slide the thread of the bolt (the bottom) through the underside of the door.

Drilling Holes in Sliding Door

Put the roller system on and secure in place using the nut provided in your hardware system.

Attaching Rollers to Sliding Door

Once you have your roller system on the door, hang the door  on the rail to test it out. Take your time to ensure that the door's level so it does not roll on it's own. If it's not level, loosen the nuts & bolts and tap upwards on the bottom of the rolling system with a block of wood to move slightly until the rolling shafts are level.

Hanging the Door

One thing they don't tell you about with sliding barndoor-style doors? The huge gap that's left between the door and the wall! What? This is likely because we used a header piece of trim vs. attaching the hardware directly to the wall - but in order to get the look and the stability that we wanted, that was a no brainer. So, we had to come up with an ingeious solution that would look natural on the door and would allow our Master Bedroom the privacy that it needs.

Gap between Sliding Door and Wall

I'm so lucky I have Justin around. His carpenter brain instantly saw a solution and added a strip of wood at the dimensions we needed to provide that privacy. We painted it the same color as the door, and you can't even tell that it doesn't belong. Perfect.

Adding Privacy Block to Door

So there you have it. After painting our trim and the door, we have a beautiful sliding door in the Master Bedroom.

Sliding Door Hardware
How to Hang a Sliding Door

And there you get a sneak peek of our dresser drawers (not quite finished) in the little closet "nook" behind the door!

How to Hang a Sliding Door | Home Coming
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY Towel Rail Look for Less

It's finally time for our next Look For Less Design Challenge! Several other bloggers and I have taken the challenge is to find a designer inspired piece and recreate it for less money.

Check out my DIY Panel Headboard from last round, or our West Elm Inspired Floor Mirror from the first round.

Look for Less Design Challenge
This time around, I wanted something smaller scale since we're in the process of finishing up our remodel. Every hour spent away from the remodel means an hour longer until completion. We're so close to being done!

I fell in love with this Threshold Hook Rail from Target, but wasn't loving the stain and style of wood.

Threshold Hook Rail

While this isn't exactly a "designer" piece, I knew I could DIY this in a dark Ebony stain that would match our new Master Bathroom's color palette. So a quick 30 minutes later, I have my very own DIY'ed Towel Rail.

DIY Towel Rail

Since we're deep into our Master Suite Remodel, we've got plenty of scrap wood laying around. I had Justin cut a piece of pine down to 24"x4"and sanded it nice and smooth for me.

DIY Towel Rail Materials

With the prepped piece of pine, I prepped the wood with Wood Conditioner. I've seen on other blogs that wood conditioner makes all the difference in the appearance of the stain, both in even coverage and the deepness of the color. I wanted this to be as dark as it could be without hiding the beautiful woodgrain, so Wood Conditioner was a no brainer.

After allowing the conditioner to dry, I put on two coats of Ebony stain (which we already had around the house), wiping off the excess after 5-10 minutes of dry time.

DIY Towel Rail Stain

With the wood fully stained and dry, apply 2-3 coats of Poly to protect the wood & stain against the elements. I applied 3 coats, allowing dry time between each coat.

Note: Many stains come in a Stain + Poly in-one option, however my ebony was not one of those options. If possible, I'd recommend using the two-in-one for time savings. 

DIY Towel Rail Stained Pine

The last step to prep the piece of wood was to lightly sand the piece smooth as the Poly can often leave a texture. I used a fine sanding sponge to do this.

DIY Towel Rail Sanding

Then it came time for my perfectionist husband to step in. I definitely could have done this part myself, but I'm the complete opposite of a perfectionist and have no time for details. So to make sure the towel hooks went on straight, Justin happily took the lead.

First step was to map out where my four towel hooks would go. Justin put down a piece of blue painters tape so he could see the lines he marked. We centered the towel hooks every 4", and centered them between the top & bottom of the piece of wood.

DIY Towel Rail Measurements

Here's a quick sneak peek to show you how we measured out the hooks.

Towel Hook Dimensions

Next up was pre-drilling the holes. using a self-centering bit on your drill. Justin pre-drilled the holes to ensure that the wood doesn't splinter around the hole. We used the hooks during this pre-drilling phase (see below) to ensure our spacing was accurate for the hole on each side of the hook.

Drilling Holes on DIY Towel Rail

With the screw holes pre-drilled and ready to go, we removed the blue painters tape and hung it on the wall using toggle bolts and a screw on each side. By doing this, the towel hooks (which will be attached next) will hide these screw holes.

Hanging Rail

And lastly it's time to install the towel hooks. These are as easy as screwing them into the pre-drilled holes that you prepped earlier. Double checking that they're all straight. And gazing at them adoringly.

Installing Hooks on DIY Towel Rail

And there you have it.

We purchased these towel hooks from our local Target store for $4.99 each. They're not available online, so I'm not able to link through - but they're in the organization area of the store.

This entire project cost us $20 and about an hour excluding dry time. So while it's not a ton less than the original Threshold version for $29.99, it is in the exact color I was hoping and the dimensions that fit our new bathroom. I love it!

DIY Chair Rail Hung
DIY Towel Rail in Master Bathroom

Looking for more DIY inspiration? Check out these five other amazing Look for Less projects from the rest of the team!

Note: Just click on the photos below to be directed to these other Look for Less projects.

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