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One Room Challenge Final Reveal | “Super Star” Baby Boy Nursery

Six weeks ago, I kicked off our very first entire room makeover in this house as part of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda of Calling It Home! Ever since, I have focused all my time and DIY efforts into this room, tackling everything from paint and wallpaper to storage and styling. I am beyond thrilled to be proclaiming the room “done” with just a few weeks to spare before baby gets here, and I am so excited to share all the final details with you today! As many of you know, we have been waiting and praying to bring another baby into our family for a very long time, and working on every single element of this baby boy nursery transformation was truly a labor of love. I’ve got a lot of pictures to share with you today, so get comfy and let’s get to it!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

If you’re just stopping by for the first time, we moved into this rental home in Southern California this past summer. I started with a pretty neutral canvas in this upstairs bedroom and had big goals for transforming it into something bright, fresh, and functional. Here is a quick reminder of where we started 6 short weeks ago!

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

You can catch up on all the projects and design decisions by visiting the previous One Room Challenge posts below:

Week 1: Design Plans | Week 2: Paint and Built-In | Week 3: Wallpaper | Week 4: Fabric Projects | Week 5: Organization

Now that you’re all caught up, come on in and have a look around this finished space!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

The long wall opposite the door is the main focal point of the room. The sky-blue ceiling paired with the silver-and-white star wallpaper created a bright and fresh backdrop to our darker nursery furniture.

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

The entire jumping-off point for this room was the Super Hero Kids fabric by Ann Kelle. Not only did I use the primary colors in the fabric to accent the space, but the stars in the fabric also provided a secondary decor theme that is sprinkled throughout!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

This wonderful star mobile was generously provided by Brandy of Brandalyn’s Paperie. The paper stars are perfectly sized, spaced and hung to create a simple yet stunning arrangement above the crib. It really is the perfect accent to finish off this corner, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with what Brandy put together for this makeover! Be sure to check out her shop for other great paper products!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

There was just enough space right next to the crib to place a rocking chair and ottoman for feedings and reading…

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

I transformed the rocking chair years ago and am thrilled with how well it’s held up over the years (and through 2 moves!). The white fabric felt like such a gamble, but its proved super durable and ultimately flexible as it moves from room to room as we move from house to house.

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

One of the biggest projects in the room was to create better storage in the closet. Not only did the previous sliding doors make it very difficult to access anything in the closet, but it really closed off the already-tight space between the crib and closet.

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

By removing the doors, constructing a built-in bench, and adding in lots more functional storage, the closet is not only a lot more functional and easier to access, but it sure is wonderful to look at too!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

The closet now serves many functional purposes including as a side table to the rocker, as a folding surface for little laundry, and as the ultimate clothing storage station! Everything from books, burp cloths, clothes, and shoes are now stored here!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

An old toolbox was given a fresh coat of paint and now works perfectly to hold all the feeding supplies we’ll need in the early months! Those brightly-colored burp cloths are still one of my favorite things in the whole room!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

As you continue around the room, you come to an expanse of wall between the closet and door. We wanted to keep it furniture free for good traffic flow, making it the ideal place to create a gallery wall!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

As I shared in my very first ORC post, these prints from Amy’s Simple Designs were what really pushed me to go for a super-hero-themed nursery. The kids dressed up as super heroes work so perfectly with the Super Hero Kids fabric and add the perfect amount of color and whimsy to this side of the room! Amy’s shop is filled with so many fun prints and the quality is exceptional. A big “thanks” to Amy for providing the prints for the space; they are easily Henry’s favorite part of the entire room!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

Now let’s flip around and look at the other corner of the room. Here is the view from the rocking chair:

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

I love this corner so so so much (and it’s a good thing too, because I’ll be spending quite a bit of time in that chair!). Not only is this corner a gem to look at, but we’ve outfitted it to be as functional as possible once baby arrives!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

As I shared with you last week, the drawers are outfitted with perfectly-tailored drawer dividers to hold all things baby…

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Beyond just outfitting the inside of the drawers, we added some other smart storage solutions elsewhere too!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

A simple peel-and-stick hook holds baby’s bath towel for easy access…

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

In the corner by the door is a hamper and diaper pail…

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

Since we were able to store so much in the closet and the dresser drawers themselves, this allowed me to put fun accessories and books on the top shelf of the hutch!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

The wooden crates on the top hold our back supply of extra diapers and wipes. Thanks Sister!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

Even before we found out the baby’s gender and decided on the nursery theme, a dear friend gifted us this frame. I’m so struck by how perfect it ended up being in our space!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

I was so excited to discover there was just enough space on this wall for the dresser as well as a rolling cart I snagged from IKEA on clearance years ago.

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

We removed the top of the cart and outfitted it with some perfectly-fitting baskets to hold more baby necessities!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

Everything we need for diaper changing, swaddling, and infant care is all stocked and ready to go. I love how easily accessible everything is in this cart!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

This corner is finished off so nicely by this awesome print from Sprout Jam. As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly where I wanted to put it. It’s another somewhat subtle super-hero accent that helps pull all the elements in the room together. Be sure you take a moment to check out their shop of amazing prints. And if you find something you love, which I know you will, use the code “THIHM” to get 15% off your entire order!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

There are so many elements of this room that I love…but this view really is my favorite!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

There are obviously some other projects and updates I’ve made to this room in the final week that I haven’t yet shared in detail. Don’t worry, I will share every last detail in some other posts down the road. Today, I just wanted to stick to all the pretty pictures and enjoy the fruits of my labors! Before I sign off though, here are a few quick “before and afters” of each wall in the room.

crib wall

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

closet

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

gallery wall

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

Far Corner

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

I’ve done my best to link up the products used in this room below. If I missed something, just let me know and I’ll add it in!

*affiliate links used

I especially wanted to thank Sprout Jam, Amy’s Simple Designs, and Brandalyn’s Paperie for providing all the artwork for this space. Each of these shops offers really unique and high-quality products that truly provided the finishing touches to this room; I hope you will check them all out! Last but not least, don’t forget to visit the final room reveals of all the other participants by clicking here:orc-logoSo there you have it! I am beyond thrilled with how this room came together…and maybe even more excited that it’s truly done, fully stocked and ready to go for whenever baby boy makes his entrance. I’d love to hear what you think of the space in the comments below; and I hope you all have a great holiday weekend. If you need me, I’ll be sitting right there enjoying the one and only complete space in our house!

We transformed this boring bedroom into a Super Hero Nursery for our Baby Boy in just 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge. Click through to see all the DIY nursery details!

See you back here next week!

Megan Signature

One Room Challenge | Week 3: Wallpaper Installation

Welcome back to the One Room Challenge, friends! We’re on Week 3, which means we’re half-way done with this fun design challenge put together by Linda from Calling It Home! For those of you just catching up or stopping by for the first time, we are using these 6 weeks to transform our spare bedroom into a nursery for a baby boy we are expecting at the end of the year (you can catch up on the “before” photos and design board for the room here!) This is the week I’ve been waiting for since first putting the design boards together for this space. Not only am I excited to have a lot of the hard work in this room now behind me, but I’m beyond thrilled with the totally temporary transformations we have pulled off with a few simple rolls of paper! Yep…this week is all about wallpaper!

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Closet Progress

As I showed you last week, Greg did a great job constructing a simple built-in in the closet (I’ll share lots more details about this built-in down the road)!

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Once Greg finished, I could hardly wait to get in there and work on the prettier details that would help make it look more polished and complete. Namely, wallpaper and paint! The base of the built-in received two good coats of Rust-oleum’s semi-gloss white paint, all applied with a good-quality brush. I always have a can of this paint on hand because I really like its coverage, its durability, and its shade (although, little did I know  the shade would come back to haunt me a bit. More on that below!).

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Months and months and months ago, I came across two rolls of this red-and-white striped removable wallpaper on an end cap at Target. I had no plan for the paper at the time; but for the price, I snagged them knowing I would someday find a use for it. My original plan was to paint the inside of the closet, but when I realized how nicely the peel-and-stick paper worked with the other elements of the design, I knew I had finally found a way to put that paper to good use! In just a few hours, I had all the paper trimmed to size and installed to the inside of the closet. It was such a quick and easy project that makes a huge impact! (Pssst – Notice that our walls are textured! You can read more about applying wallpaper to textured walls here!)

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I’ve said it before and it’s worth mentioning again: peel-and-stick wallpaper can be pretty expensive when trying to do an entire room. At regular price, these rolls are $30 for only 16 feet of paper! However, accent walls, backs of closet (like here!), and other small nooks are a great way to add a punch of pattern without breaking the bank! So whenever you see peel-and-stick paper for super cheap, grab it (even if you don’t have a plan for it!) I mean…talk about a fun closet!

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Wall Progress

Here is a quick shot of where we left off last week. We had painted the ceiling a pretty shade of blue, and I was hinting at big things to come for the walls!

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As many of you regular readers know, I have fallen hard for the look and ease (yes, I said “ease”!) of wallpaper in recent months. Instead of painting the rest of this room to get the bright and fresh feel I was craving, I really wanted to do a wallpaper installation using this wallpaper. After ordering a sample and determining that yes, you can apply wallpaper to textured walls with liquid starch (read more about my process here!)…

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…I was off and running.

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Well. Sorta. I made the mistake of assuming this wallpaper would go up in a matter of hours. The last time I installed wallpaper (in my Kansas home office), it literally went up in about 2-3 hours. This room and installation project was a different beast entirely, taking me about 8 hours across two days.

First, I was dealing with textured walls, which required a few extra steps to get the paper to adhere right. Second, I was covering A LOT more wall space than last time. Third, this paper had a trickier repeat/match than the last paper I used, so it took me a while to figure out how to efficiently cut and match the different strips of paper. And finally, I didn’t take the time to setup a work table in the nursery so I could cut, soap, hang, and smooth the paper without ever having to leave the room. I started by doing all the labor down in my office and walking each panel up the stairs to be hung. Ummmm…that was a horrible plan. Not only am I pretty pregnant right now (30 weeks, whoop whoop!), but not being in the room also led to some wrong cuts and waisted paper (can I blame pregnancy brain?!?). This lack of planning cost me a ton of energy and time. I think I only got about 5 strips hung on the first day (about 4 hours). The second day, I got smarter. I had Greg bring my office work table up to the nursery. I took a few minutes to fully figure out the pattern matching and length of my strips so I could cut all the paper much more efficiently and correctly. I then turned on some music, and worked in a pattern of cut –> soap –> hang –> smooth –> trim edges –> wipe clean. I got the entire rest of the room, including working around several corners, outlets and windows, done in about 4 more hours of work.

I talk some more about my experiences hanging wallpaper on textured walls in this post, but I wanted to mention one other thing that I don’t think is specific to textured walls. When I first applied the wallpaper with liquid starch, it would look really, really scary. See Exhibit A:

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The paper was discolored; it reeeeaaally showed both the color and texture of the wall underneath it; it was splotched everywhere with excess liquid starch; and it just looked downright messy. But here is the wonderful thing about wallpaper: it’s incredibly durable and even sort of magic. After each panel I hung, I took a wet washcloth and wiped down the entire panel to smooth it tighter to the wall and wipe away any liquid starch residue. And after a few hours, once it was fully dry, the paper was pristine! No liquid starch, no finger prints, no wall color showing underneath. See Exhibit B:

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I mentioned on Tuesday that when wallpapering on textured walls, you can sometimes see the texture of the wall underneath AND it can be tricky to get tight seems. Sure…when you are up on the paper really, really close, you can see these imperfections. But as you step back and take in the whole space, they are really hard to see.

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

While it took a bit more time than I was expecting AND the installation is far from perfect, the change is so wonderful and dramatic, I’d happily do it all over again!

The Unexpected!

With every room makeover, there are unexpected things that come up: both happy- and not-so-happy accidents! Already we’ve encountered a few that I thought were worth mentioning!

Patriotic Papers

The first is a happy accident, at least for me! When you look at various design elements on a design board, sometimes you can’t fully envision how things will look together once installed in the room. I could tell the paint and two wallpapers would well work together in terms of size and scale, but it wasn’t until I saw this picture below that I discovered another happy little accident!

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Not only does the red-striped paper nod to the striped stars in the white/silver wallpaper; but when all hung together, there is a subtle (I think!) red-white-blue and/or stars-and-stripes theme going on too. Being a military family, living in a military town (and considering this room will ultimately have a “super hero” theme), I couldn’t help but smile when I saw it all together. It feels so perfect and meant to be!

Not All Whites Are the Same

The next accident was not so happy and one I should really have anticipated. Friends: all whites are not the same. You are all saying in your head: “no duh, Megan!” For some reason, I thought I’d be able to use two different wallpapers and a white paint and coincidentally have it all match the white trim already in the room. Do you see where this is going? Once the wallpaper was up and the built-in was painted, it was painfully clear that the trim all around the rest of the room had a yellow under-tone to it. In the two pictures below, you can see what I am talking about.

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I was tempted to just leave it; and honestly, in other rooms and at other times, I might have. But I know I will be spending HOURS in this room, sitting in a chair staring at the walls. And I knew it would bother me if I didn’t fix it. So after some sanding and taping, I gave the trim in the room a coat of bright white paint that better matches the two wallpapers and built-in. I was quite irritated that I didn’t see this one coming, but boy did it make a huge difference once it was done!

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Not only is the color such a better match, but the trim was more scuffed up than I realized. With everything painted bright white, it looks so fresh and clean! Worth the time and effort for sure!

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No Doubt It’s a Nursery

The last thing is neither a happy or not-so-happy accident; just one more thing I didn’t quite anticipate. I honestly love, love, love the star wallpaper. It’s so “me,” works with the theme so wonderfully, and it camouflages our ugly brown walls in such a great way. What I didn’t anticipate was how “baby” it really took the room. Now, I know…it is a nursery, after all; but I really didn’t expect the room to read soooooo “baby” once the wallpaper was up. Remember, one of my goals was to create a room that would grow with Baby Boy. I honestly don’t mind since we will likely be moving out of this house by the time he is 2.5,  but it’s a good lesson for me to learn all the same!

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5 weeks to transform 1 room = The One Room Challenge | Come see how I am transforming this bland and boring rental bedroom into a super-star themed baby boy nursery!

I spent some time reading the Week 3 updates from the official participants yesterday, and it seems like Week 3 is the one where many of us have our doubts and meltdowns from exhaustion and stress. While I wasn’t particularly stressed this week, all this wallpapering and painting was a pretty big job to take on myself, and I found myself exhausted and repeatedly frustrated (like when I went up and down the stairs probably 1,000 times in 4 hours!). I am pretty excited that most of the really hard, messy, and time-consuming tasks for this room are behind us (only some more closet construction lies ahead), and I now can turn my attention to playing with all my fun fabrics and start to bring the design together through accessories! While I hunker down at my sewing machine this week, don’t forget to check in with all the other participants playing along this time around! You can check out all the other room makeovers here!orc-logo

I’d love to hear what you think of the progress we’ve made this last week! What’s your favorite part of the room so far. I am personally loving the interaction of the paint, wallpaper and blue check fabric for the windows and can’t wait to see those three finally come together soon! Happy weekend, friends! See you back here next week!

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Can You Wallpaper Textured Walls?

It’s a question I’ve gotten from quite a few readers in the wake of all my wallpaper-related posts over the last year: “Can You Wallpaper Textured Walls?” My answer has always been “I don’t see why not!” but I never had textured walls of my own to experiment on and say for sure. Then we moved into this house that has ONLY textured walls; and when I reached out to a removable wallpaper company (that will remain nameless) for a partnership, they required the walls not only be cleaned and primed, but also smooth and texture-free. “Hmmm…maybe wallpaper won’t work on textured walls?” I thought. So I decided to experiment myself!  The short and quick answer is “Yes, wallpaper does work on textured walls!” (thank goodness!!!). But I’m guessing you might want some more details than that, huh? Read on to find out what you need to know when attempting to wallpaper textured walls!

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When we moved out of our last house and I successfully peeled away our renter-friendly wallpaper installation in about 5 minutes, I proclaimed wallpaper as my new go-to for covering up unsightly walls and adding personality to a room without the hassle of paint. I think I may have even said to myself: “I may never paint again!” But then we moved into this house with all textured walls, and I started to panic a bit. Here is a good shot of what ALL of our walls look like (Note – they are also all painted with eggshell-finish paint):

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Before assuming wallpaper wouldn’t work or investing in paper that might not, I decided to play with a bunch of scraps I had on-hand from previous projects. What I saw with the small scraps encouraged me enough to give both peel-and-stick wallpaper and traditional wallpaper a try on our textured walls! Here’s what I found…

Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper on Textured Walls

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is big right now, and I have successfully used in on a number of occasions. Below is some from Target around our fireplace in our Kansas house. (Note – these were perfectly smooth, clean walls.)

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Before committing full sheets of this somewhat-expensive paper to our textured walls, I did a quick test. Below are samples from Spoonflower (1), Target (2) and Walls Need Love (3). All three stuck to the walls without any issue, but there are a few things I’d like to point out. The Spoonflower wallpaper (1), while very expensive, is also VERY thick and textured. As such, you can neither see nor feel the wall texture underneath; I also think the dark blue color helps hide the wall imperfections. The Target (2) wallpaper is the thinest and “flimsiest” of the group, yet it too stuck to the wall without any issue. If you look closely however, you can see the wall texture under the paper. The Walls Need Love (3) paper is in between the two. It has a slightly heavier weight than the Target paper, and I don’t feel like the texture under the paper is AS noticeable.

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After leaving the paper samples up for a few weeks, I felt confident enough the paper would stick and stay on the textured walls, and therefor decided to do a full application of the Target rolls I’ve had in my stash for a while.

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I’m not going to show the full closet today (you’ll have to come back on Thursday to see!), but here is the Target peel-and-stick wallpaper applied to the textured walls inside of the nursery closet. Having applied a lot of peel-and-stick paper to walls, drawers, etc over the years, I can say that it went up exactly as it does on any other surface. The seams match up fine, and I had absolutely no issue with it sticking or staying.

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If you look veeeery closely below, you can tell that the wall under the paper is indeed textured. However, it is hardly noticeable from a “normal” distance; the paper honestly does a great job camouflaging the ugly walls underneath it!

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In conclusion, this single project tells me that yes indeed, peel-and-stick wallpaper can work on textured walls. I will caution you, however, to ALWAYS test your walls and the specific paper you want to use before doing a complete installation (you can order swatches and samples from most wallpaper companies). Peel-and-stick wallpaper is expensive (and not the easiest thing to put up), so apply a sample to your walls and allow it to stay for a few days before investing your time and money!

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Traditional Wallpaper on Textured Walls

Peel-and-stick papers do have their advantages, but when it comes down to overall cost and ease of installation, I actually prefer regular wallpaper. In our last home, I installed non-pasted, normal wallpaper to our non-textured walls with liquid starch. It worked out so brilliantly and came down so quickly that I knew I’d be doing it again!

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Unfortunately, my initial experiments using non-pasted wallpaper scraps and the process I detailed in THIS post didn’t turn out so well. Traditional wallpaper can be a bit heavy, and I was having a hard time getting the paper to “grab” to the wall with all the rivets, dents, and bumps. Not to be deterred however, I changed my methods just a bit and eventually got it to work! First, let me show you traditional wallpaper on the textured walls and then I’ll reveal how I did it if you want to try it yourself!

First, here is a scrap of traditional, non-pasted wallpaper applied to our textured walls with liquid starch. Straight on from the front, all looks fine and dandy! It’s smooth, it’s secure…

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…and it’s still a totally temporary installation. Here is the paper coming off the textured walls in a single sheet, leaving no paper behind!

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However, below is a shot that perfectly details some of the “issues” I encountered with the textured walls. As you can see, this wallpaper is fairly lightweight (compared to what I used last time); and as such, the texture really, really shows through the paper (especially on the reflective, metallic areas). Note also that the seam between two sheets of paper isn’t perfect.

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Here is what I mean. Because of all the bumps, ridges, and grooves of the textured walls, getting the sheets of wallpaper to line up perfectly and make a seamless transition is pretty tough. In fact, near impossible.

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Even with super precise measuring and lining up the pattern, there will inevitably be bumps and gaps you just can’t prevent.

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I had a strong suspicion that the “problems” I was having was more due to the white, light-weight texture of the paper rather than the walls, so I experimented with some heavier, darker, more textured paper. Using some leftover grasscloth wallpaper (from THIS project), I experimented again; and this time, I had absolutely no issue with the wall showing through or matching up the seems (since the paper was thicker).

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Oh – and that one installation tip I wanted to mention? When I installed the paper in my office back in Kansas, I applied the liquid starch to the wall and put the dry sheets of paper onto the wet wall, making it a very quick and easy installation. That same method didn’t work this time around. To get the paper to stick on the textured walls, I had to apply starch to BOTH the paper and the walls. It took a bit more time (and a bit more starch); but it eventually yielded the same renter-friendly results! Phew!

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So in conclusion, I will say this. Yes, you can apply traditional, non-pasted wallpaper to textured walls. Thicker, darker papers will do a better job at concealing the texture of the wall underneath, and you will likely need more starch to get the job done. That said, the lighter-color and -weight paper still worked pretty well. In fact, I found that the minor “imperfections” mentioned above (texture showing through, slight bumps in the seams) weren’t a deal breaker at all – so be sure to come back on Thursday to see how a larger installation of the star paper turned out!

I realize this post isn’t full of the prettiest pictures, but I do hope it helps out those of you who are loving the wallpaper trend but have been hesitant to give it a try because of your textured walls. I can’t emphasize enough that you should always, always, always test a sample of the paper you want to use on your walls before doing a full installation. But based on my few experiments using both peel-and-stick and traditional wallpaper+liquid starch, you should be able to enjoy the wallpaper trend in your home too!

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As you might expect, this last week has been ALLLLLL about wallpaper. Back here on Thursday, I’m showing you how I changed the look of the nursery in a really dramatic way using…you guessed it…wallpaper! See you then!

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A Kid-Friendly Command Center

I always think it’s interesting to see which projects I feel compelled to tackle first when we move into a new space. While I certainly have my mind on prettier and more exciting decisions, time and time again I usually end up tackling the function and flow of a space first. And without fail, that usually means assembling some sort of “drop zone” somewhere in the house. I’m not sure if it’s just become habit when we move into a new home, or I simply find myself craving a way to tackle the piles of stuff that don’t yet have homes…but I’ve done it each and every time (check out our North Carolina and Kansas versions!) This time around, our “command center” looks a bit different, as it’s tailor made for Henry and his things!

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

Usually our command centers are setup right inside the front door. In this home however, I’ve been craving less stuff out in the open, meaning more stuff is moved to their proper homes and we’re relying on less open storage systems. I have been using the main coat closet down on the main level to tackle most bags and shoes; however, it quickly became apparent that some of Henry’s stuff was having a hard time finding a good and proper home. So…I setup a little command center just for him in his room. Come on in and take a look!

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

Henry has always done really, really well with hooks. We’ve had them in all of his bedrooms, and by the time we had moved out of our Kanas house, he was getting really good at hanging things up (jackets, bath towel, hats) rather than just throwing them on the floor. Without any hooks in his new room, things were ending up…you guessed it…right on the floor. Add to that the artwork coming home from school and the Lego creations that have been building up at rapid speed lately, and all his bedroom surfaces were cluttered. By re-purposing items we already had, I was able to make a super cute and functional kid-friendly command center to catch his things!

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

Let me clear all the stuff off and show you what all we have here…

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

This mini command center is comprised of three items: a bulletin board, a picture ledge, and a set of hooks. The ledge was mounted directly under the bulletin board so it looked like a single piece, and the hooks were installed just below to complete the whole arrangement.

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

As I said, we already had everything you see here from previous homes. They were just given a new paint job and/or purpose to meet a new need in this home! Those of you that have been reading the blog for a while probably recognize all of the elements.

The dot bulletin board was one of the first projects I made in Kansas, and it hung in Henry’s room the entire year…

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

The hooks were a clearance find at IKEA last summer. In our last home, they were painted bright colors and hung in our entryway

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

To adapt them for this new space, I just removed all the colored pegs, spray painted them black, and re-assembled the whole piece!

Lastly, the picture ledge was from waaaaaay back in early versions of my North Carolina craft room where they held art and supplies…

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

And then held my mom’s artwork in our Kansas kitchen…

Simple updates and affordable accessories transform this bland and boring rental kitchen into a fun and functional space to dine, cook, and entertain!

To make it work with the bulletin board and hooks, we cut the 6 foot picture ledge down to size with a circular saw (the benefits of making things out of real wood!), sanded down the rough edges, and gave it a new coat of white paint!

Hung all together, we got some things out of the garage and created a great drop zone for Henry!

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

Instead of dropping everything in our entryway each day, Henry and I head straight upstairs where we empty his backpack and hang up his latest schoolwork on the bulletin board. Any papers for me come back down and get placed in our Schoolwork and Activities Binder.

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

His rotation of hats, various bags for soccer, gymnastics, and school, and bath towel all get hung on the hooks. When temps get a little cooler, I hope sweatshirts and sweaters will land here too!

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

Henry has been really, really into his Legos lately and has been wanting to display them after they are built. However, leaving them on his dressers meant they were often knocked off (and therefor broken) on a very regular basis. When I discovered most of his Lego vehicles fit the ledge perfectly, it became an obvious addition. He pulls these down to play with almost daily, but during clean up time, we now have a safe place to put them!

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

I assembled this whole little setup while Henry was at school one day, and he was pretty excited when he walked into his room and saw it! Not only do I love that it gives us some dedicated places for the things that most often land on the floor, but also fills up this blank section of wall quite nicely!

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

Oh!!! And for those of you who saw our awesome new DIY Chore Chart last week and were wondering where it ended up “for real,” here you go! After rotating it around the house for a week or so, we realized it was most convenient in his bedroom. After clearing off a shelf he could reach, I used some command strips to stick the frame to the bookcase to keep it from falling over. At bed each night, he can easily move up the magnets for any chores he’s completed; and on Sunday nights before we say prayers, we add up his magnets and pay him his allowance!

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

This kid-friendly command center marks the first “project” I’ve tackled in our new home…I even got to pull out some paint and a paint brush…if only for a few minutes…and got back to one of my favorite hobbies (painting furniture). Here’s hoping it continues to be a functional and useful spot for Henry (and us!) as we continue to figure out how we use and live in this house!

A bulletin board, picture ledge, and set of hooks come together to make the perfect drop zone for any kid space!

I hope you guys are having a great week! My computer hard drive “crashed” yesterday, so I will be spending today at the Apple Genius Bar (hopefully) getting it fixed. Cross your fingers for me that it’s nothing too catastrophic (or expensive!), and I am able to get back to work without skipping a beat! Coming up next week: the next iteration of the Cricut Explore for Home Decor series and a “new” version of  my monthly recap! See you then!

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First Look: Our San Diego Home

You guys have been so patient with me as I work my way through the last few Kansas home posts, recent contributor projects, and a slew of personal posts over the last few weeks – thank you for that! But I am so excited to say that we are (finally!) jumping into our new house projects (yay!), and I thought the best way to do so was to give you a “first look” of sorts at our San Diego home! I showed you the empty house HERE along with some of my thoughts and concerns about the house as a whole, but I haven’t yet shown you any spaces or rooms with our furniture actually in it! Well…today is the day! There’s no “pin worthy” pictures in today’s post…but a whole lot of real life, real talk, and real solutions!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

In all honesty, this post was hard for me to write and even harder for me to publish. You’ll see why here in a bit. I’m kind of shocked and embarrassed to say that we’ve now lived in this house for 2 months…and this is as far as we’ve gotten. Who remembers last summer when I published a whole post essentially saying “look at how far we’ve come in just one week!!!”??? Boxes were gone, almost everything was put away, and we had even started on a few projects. Well friends…this move and this house have been the extreme opposite, and getting settled is taking SO much longer than it ever has before. For one, baby is seriously affecting my motivation and stamina for all things house related. But also, this house has provided quite a few challenges that we’ve never really faced before and are taking us more time to work through. Here are just a few of them:

  • Usually, I am really, really good with furniture placement. I can tell movers where to put things, and we never touch it again our entire time in the house. This time, we’ve played merry-go-furniture so much it feels like every piece of furniture has been tested in every single room. As you can imagine, Greg is having a blast. 😉 So many things have ended up in different spaces than I expected, but large windows, strange bump-outs, and the open floor-plan really threw me for a loop this time around! Thankfully, this past weekend we put the last piece in place, and I am finally at piece with where everything is.
  • We have so much stuff. You guys. This is going to be a recurring theme and topic in the coming months. There’s nothing like moving to make you deal with all the stuff you’ve accumulated…and moving into a tighter house makes “the problem” even more pervasive and stifling. To save myself some embarrassment, I am not showing any pictures of our garage today…but you guys…we have SO MUCH STUFF we need to get rid of. There is so much that doesn’t fit and so much we are ready to get rid of. We will be having one massive sale soon…but making the decisions on what stays and what goes is definitely slowing down our whole process.
  • Lastly…the house is so brown. I know. I know. I talked about it last time. But you guys, it is seriously putting a damper on my decorating spirits. I will chat another day about why we haven’t yet painted (and whether we will or not), but let’s just say that the color is becoming a bigger issue than I thought it would. Right now, the house feels very bland and not like us at all…which in turn is affecting my ability to feel “settled” and “at home.” I know once I find my groove and get going, this house will start to feel more like “us.” It sure doesn’t right now!

Okay – so I think that’s all my disclaimers! Oh – one more – I tried to keep these photos as “real life” as possible. I resisted the urge to clear away piles so I could give you a sense of how things really are right now. You’ll see frames stacked against walls and boxes and other things that still haven’t been given a “real” and “final” home…but that is all the process of moving into a new space and solving the puzzle of how everything fits just right!

Alright…let’s get to it!

The Entryway

Our foyer is huge! For the first few weeks, we had nothing in it because I assumed we’d need to go find a long console table to fill up the big wall. When our Kallax shelves didn’t fit right in the playroom, the foyer became the “next best” location. Turns out I LOVE them here…they look great and are so functional. I can’t wait to finish styling them and install some sort of fun and colorful gallery wall above them!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Office & Craft Room

Having a two big windows in my office is a total game changer compared to my Kansas office…I love that I can look out the window while I am working now. Not having a closet to conceal all of my craft supplies has proved quite the challenge…but nothing some more cubed shelves couldn’t fix! I’ve got a LONG way to go to make this into a pretty, bright and inspiring place to work…but we’ve nailed down the layout and functionality of the room, and I am very happy with it!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

The Family Room

We were thrilled to be able to fit our large, blue sectional into our downstairs family room. Not only did this space need some serious color, but it’s a much more comfortable couch than the beige one we had all last year. This room took A LOT of figuring out because of 1) strange room features like a built-in and a fireplace on one wall (see more here) and 2) the amount of furniture we wanted to fit in here. Some things didn’t make the cut (like our big brown bookcase), but I am very pleased with the arrangement we landed on. It seems a bit “full” in the photos, but it is quite comfortable in real life!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Here’s something a bit unexpected for us, but it is working out really well. There wasn’t room in my office for my desk, so it was originally on the “to sell” list. When we realized that Greg was loosing his office space (for the baby’s room) and the dining space was larger than we’d need, we tried out the desk behind the couch. We loved that it provided a desk space (for meal planning, Greg’s computer, mail drop), but were also pretty excited to not get rid of a great piece of furniture! I’m still trying to figure out how to make all the different furniture styles work, but the functionality here has been awesome!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

The Dining Room

Right behind the desk is the dining room. We actually trashed our old table and chairs in Leavenworth before moving (they were in horrible condition) and had nothing to eat at when we moved in here. Our property manager let us barrow a tiny table/chairs until we found what we wanted. Our new, custom table just showed up 2 days ago, and we are in love. We still have to figure out chairs and rug and some other details in here, but again…the function and flow of this space is settled and working out really, really well!Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

I didn’t snap any photos of the kitchen because well…there is not much to see. I do have a cabinet and drawer post coming up soon though so keep an eye out for that. However, here is the view from the kitchen counter. Once we add some more white and color…I think it will be awesome!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Okay….let’s go upstairs!

Playroom

At the top of our stairs, we have a generous-sized loft that serves as our playroom. I think this room saw the most furniture rotation as we figured out what worked best in here. Yet again, after a lot of trial and error, I think we have the layout and function in a pretty good place; we just need to turn our attention to the organizational and decorative details.

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving the taller Kallax upstairs started as a “let’s just try it up there” once we moved the lower Kallax shelves to the entryway. Not only do I love the taller set of shelves between the two windows, but I think it will be very helpful to have some higher shelves for big brother’s toys once baby arrives. If you can believe it, I am tiring of all the turquoise after almost 5 years of it. But I’m not yet sure what direction I want this room to go in yet!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

I thought the train trunk would serve as a coffee table, but Henry really loves having a big open space to play in front of the couch. For now the trunk is tucked into the nook, but I really want to turn this into some sort of reading corner. We’ll see!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

The Nursery

Ummmm….oh dear. The nursery became the dumping ground for all things baby, as well as everything we didn’t have a place for…and we haven’t really touched it since. We are going to start sorting, clearing out, and organizing this room soon because baby boy is coming in 4 months and all of a sudden that seems really close (at least for the pace I’m moving at these days!). I just started collecting inspiration for this room, and I am SO excited to get to work in here. Stay tuned 🙂

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Henry’s Bedroom

Henry’s bedroom is pretty much a replica of his last bedroom…at least for now. There are a few updates I want to make in here soon;  but in general, it will continue to look and function the same. Admittedly, the color in here combined with one small window makes it very dark and gloomy…but I have a few ideas of my sleeve to hopefully remedy that problem!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

The Master Bedroom

Okay – I almost didn’t even include this room, but I’m “keeping it real” for you! The color in here is SO SO SO bad combined with all of our grey and blue stuff. It’s a shame because it’s such a big, pretty, and bright room, but the mustard walls are driving me bonkers. Additionally, despite being such a big room, our side tables didn’t fit because of those weird bump outs…meaning our lovely dresser and mirrored side table have been banished to the garage and were replaced with little guys from Joss and Main. My “office in an armoire” didn’t fit in the office so it was moved up here (after much deliberation) to be a place to hold all of Greg’s uniform items and other personal things. Again, because he lost his office in this house, we had to come up with other ways for him to store his things.

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Now that I’ve worked my way through this post, it has occurred to me that while we haven’t gotten a lot of decorating done…the big thing we have accomplished is the function and flow of the house, which was no easy feat. Again, nothing really fit in this house the same way it did in our previous two homes…making furniture placement really hard. I don’t like to just place things anywhere…it needs to look good and feel right for me to be content. Yes, it means that there are a lot of things out in our garage that either need to get stored or sold…and it also means we had to shop for new pieces that fit the home better than what we had. But now that most things have a home and most things are put away…I can turn my attention to the more fun and pretty aspects of our home! Thank goodness…because it sure needs it, lol!

I hope you all enjoyed this first, “real life” look at our new home. In the coming weeks, I’ll be chatting more about some of the decisions we’ve made so far, as well as some of the design plans I have in mind to transform this dark and dreary home into something that is more “us.” Up next, though, I’ll be sharing how we’re dealing with Back-to-School paperwork in my next Organize This post…coming on Thursday! See you then!

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