Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

This month our DIY Homework Station was featured in the October 2017 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine!!! Eeek!!!! It was an amazing experience you guys!!! And I’m so EXCITED to FINALLY be able to tell you all about it!!!

For years I have been inspired by other DIY-ers and projects that have been featured in this magazine… so being chosen to be featured was quite an honor for our little family!!

We thought it might be interesting for others to see the “behind the scenes” of the set-up and shooting of the family event.

When we were first contacted by Better Homes and Gardens magazine about being featured last March, we couldn’t believe it!!! We had just finished up the homework station and posted it on the blog and pinterest only a few weeks prior. So to be contacted so quickly was a surprise!! After emailing back and forth for a couple weeks we found out our article was going to be a two-page spread!!!!! Say WAAAA??!!!! We were over the moon with joy!!!

Early May a large crew of five (editor, photographer, photo assistant, stylist and stylist’s assistant) showed up at our home to prep for the next day photo shoot. They were here for a few hours prepping the space, checking lighting, getting outfits together, setting up shots and seeing what other props they needed…. then they went shopping.  BOY oh BOY you guys!!! The next morning they came back bearing all sorts of brand new art supplies and super cute clothes for all of us!!!! (which, by the way, we got to keep.) Each and everyone of them were incredibly friendly, laid back, and also managed to keep our spirits high the whole day!  My children absolutely adored the crew and I was thrilled they stayed true to my style and added only a few minor touches of their own. They were at our house shooting for 8 hours!!!! When they left, we had felt like we made some new friends and were sad to see them go! But it was SO much fun for all of us and this experience will definitely be remembered forever!!!

The surprising excitement and extreme joy of this event was in no way over yet though!! The BEST part came months later yesterday when copies of the magazine were delivered to our door and we ripped through the pages with pure excitement until we came to our article and then we screamed!!!!!!!!  AHHHHH!!!!!!! I can’t believe we are in a magazine!!! We can’t begin to tell you all how extraordinary and surreal this experience has been for our family and how happy we are to share it will all of you!!

This was a dream come true for us and as always we want to remind all our readers. . . Don’t give up on your daydream!!!!

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

 

 

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Hi friends!! We are SO excited to reveal our homework station today! We’ve been working SO long on this project and have done EVERYTHING ourselves. We wanted a fresh, clean and modern space that complimented our home since this room is open just like the rest of our house. This space needed to flow with the design and style of our interior but I also wanted it to feel very fresh, young and fun. I wanted a space where my kids WANT to hang out and feel comfortable in. See previous post for material list and DIY instructions.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

 

 

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

This room started off very white. I just had it painted the same color as the rest of my hallways is a creamy white (don’t know the exact name because our paint was actually a disaster and I had to go back and have the paint re tinted white TWICE! So, long story short… I have NO idea the cream color it started off as.) I painted it first a blue green color and decided it wasn’t quite right (I’m SO picky with my greens and blues.. and this color is both!) So, then I added some grey and a little cream to the paint and made it more of a creamy bluish with a hint of turquoise (I know, your thinking I’m SO crazy about now!) Well, after I painted it the second I decided I LOVED the color and the guy at Home Depot let me name my own color!! So fun!!! Next came the planks… I had to BEG the homedepot guy to cut 5 sheets of 1/2 inch plywood into 6 inch strips. I went on off hours and was really nice to him 🙂 Next, we sanded and painted the boards with our sprayer for a smooth finish. I loved the height that they were, so I kept them that height and didn’t have to cut them.. phew! After we installed the vertical shiplap, we added a picture ledge (because originally, I was going to put pics up on the ledge until I realized the wall was way too tall for that!) This room was a process you guys… It is so long and narrow and tall that it took me a couple tries to get everything to look good! So, after many attempts on the picture frames, I finally decided on 4 large (ok GIANT 24″x24″ frames which I found at Hobby Lobby) Then onto the lights… This also took me FOREVER and couple tries to get perfect. Finally I decided on two lights from world market. I fell in love with the simplicity and affordability of the drawers I found at Ikea. The black was PERFECT! Next up came the butcher block countertops from lumber liquidators. I LOVE them!!! They are thick, durable, beautiful and oh SO HEAVY!!! We had to get 2 pieces. Since this room is 16 ft long and the longest piece they had was only 12ft. So the hubs had to cut, put together and then we put SEVERAL coats of polyurethane on it! I found the CUTEST chairs at word market on clearance because they were discontinuing them. They were different colors and I knew I wanted to paint them anyways. So first I painted them all white then painted the seat black. I thought I would love them but they just didn’t pop like I wanted them to. So then I got the bright idea to paint them blue like the wall! Well, I painted them and they were so dull! So I REPAINTED them you guys… this is the FOURTH COAT!!!  Ahhhh…. I finally went super bold, and mixed my own paint color up. I took the original color and added a ton of dark blue and a little turquoise just to make them really pop… and it worked!! Halllefreakinlujia! I stocked up on supplies from Ikea, we put in the pictures I took, we added a couple curtain rods to hang art on, I found the perfect from rugsusa.. and we were set!!! Phew…

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

Household No.6 » Northern Colorado renovations and designs. Husband and wife design team. Fresh and modern with rustic elements. Clean lines and colorful interiors.

When in Texas, you gotta go BIG!

Schlitterbaun is home to the world’s longest waterslide, filled with family-friendly rides and activities! It also just happened to be located two block away from the White House project! (what a LIFESAVER!!!) We spent several hours here escaping the Texas heat and cooling off after long, hard days of work. The expansive setting is right next to the serene Comal River with mature trees and lush landscaping. The park is split into two large sections, the first one, which is the original water park which opened in 1979 only uses water straight from the Comal River! It’s SO cool!! The second half is newer and hosts the 65 foot Master Blaster which has been named the World’s Best Waterslide 11 times and counting! Our family’s favorite ride was the Dragon’s Revenge which is the world’s first uphill water coaster ride. It was extremely bumpy and you better hang onto your britches if you don’t want them to get blasted off! (My kids LOVED this ride because of the constant blasting and some “scary and exciting” parts) I was NOT a big fan of this ride.. it made me sick! There were also LOADS of  lazy river rides which were so fun and relaxing to float as a family!  They were perfect for every age group! I can’t say enough about how this place rejuvenated our souls after a hard days work!!! You can check out the video on our YOUTUBE channel here!! Schlitterbaun Video

 

Before any demo happens, comes the plan for what is going to get demolished, and the game plan for the entire project.

When you purchase a home with the intent to renovate it and sell it, you have to work backwards from the finished product.

When Joe and I look at home, we are looking for great bones (solid foundation, sound roof, sturdy structure, workable floor plan, high ceilings, potential for lots of natural light, character, charm and personality) Location is also KEY when reselling a home. We look for a great neighborhood with a good school district, convenient shopping and dining, that is safe, well maintained and in a desirable area.

The White House Project, in particular, had so many aspects of what we were looking for as far as location, and great bones. What drew us to this home was the exterior charm, the high ceilings throughout, the potential for an open floor plan, the original wood beams, and the great location.

The original house was very dark, with not a lot of natural light and dark brown builder-grade material everywhere. But with (a WHOLLOTTA LOVE) some re imagination, newer, nicer finishes and opening up the layout… we KNEW this house could shine!!

The kitchen was completely blocked off from the rest of the house by a full wall. In the 1920s when the original house was built, this was quite common because it was considered improper to expose guests to the kitchen, especially during a dinner party. The concept of an open floor plan is a relatively new concept that we KNEW we had to incorporate!

We knew the biggest aspect of this house we had to change would be to create an open floorplan. This included structural bracing and knocking down the large kitchen wall, changing the entire layout of the kitchen, and rerouting the plumbing and electrical for the new layout. It also included expanding many of the doorways both widening and giving them more height. The second floor was also very cut off from the first floor because of the narrow staircase and the expansive upstairs hallway which enclosed the entryway. So those things were all on the list to improve!

The bathrooms were in good shape and just needed face lifts with some newer and brighter updated materials.

Once we had a clear picture of the new floor plan and concept… we got to work on the demo! As a family, we wanted our children to get involved. We gave them some safe and easy enough chores.  Like taking down the shutters, unscrewing cabinets from walls, hammering walls down, cleaning up, etc. This empowered our children with a strong work ethic, development of new skills, and a sense of accomplishment. This is a very important concept to Joe and I as parents. To teach our children by example, leadership, and determination to work together as a family is a goal for us. For every member to be a team player and participate to accomplish a common goal was definitely part of the plan from the beginning.

This was not always an easy task!! Let’s get real… my kids are no different than most of this generation in the fact that they like immediate satisfaction, they do not appreciate hard work and they have a short attention span. Several days of work for them did not result in instant gratification but the long-term goal of teaching our children and them feeling like they were part of the process was well worth all of their complaints and temper tantrums! (Maybe?? LOL)

Some tips that really worked for us to help them enjoy the process more was to give clear direction, explain proper use of tools, create competition between the siblings, take several breaks and having fun incentives (fun places to go, new restaurants to try and OF COURSE… ice cream!! If all else fails ice cream ALWAYS works with my kids 🙂

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