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DIY Kids’ Space Room – With REMOVABLE Wallpaper!


My boys share a room – and they’ve been collectively asking for a space room for, well, years. So a few weekends ago, we sent the boys away to their grandparents’ house and surprised them with their new space room.

By far, the coolest part of their new room is this Constellations wallpaper from Coloray.

This isn’t traditional wallpaper. This is actually PEEL-AND-STICK wallpaper. That’s right, folks. Slap it up there, and then when they change their minds or change rooms or if we decide to move – it PEELS RIGHT OFF. And, it’s REUSABLE.

(I am talking in all caps because I have spent a month slowly scraping wallpaper off four walls and THIS IS A BIG DEAL.)

So, yes, this is a life-changing home décor product – but, you do need to know how to hang it properly or you are going to get yourself in trouble. Ask me how I know.

**Note – make sure to remove all jewelry before hanging the wallpaper. We noticed our rings made tiny scratch marks when we first started out – so learn from our mistake!**

Step One – Clean and Prime Your Walls


This is the most important step.

I repeat – the most important step!

Wipe your walls down with a wet cloth (because you know if it’s in a kid’s room, it’s going to be covered in all sorts of grime). If the wall is painted with a latex paint (especially a gloss paint), the wallpaper won’t stick properly. Your best bet is to lay a quick coat of primer on the wall and let it dry completely.

Step Two – Remove Baseboards and Outlet/Light Switch Covers

Our baseboards were a bit tricky to remove in one piece, but we were able to get them off without doing any damage.

Step Three – Lay Out the Wallpaper Panels

Carefully lay out your wallpaper panels on the floor (with clean hands). Make sure the design on the edges line up and double check the length of your wall. If you have slightly more length than you need, you may be able to overlap the panels a bit, as long as the designs still match up.


Step Four – Start Hanging

Once you’ve determined your left-to-right panel order, get ready to hang. Starting at the top of the wall (and working in a left-to-right fashion), peel back the first four or so inches of the backing.

(Note: I would NOT recommend peeling the backing on the carpet or bed or any surface that may have dust or hair on it. The first time we did this on the floor, all kinds of little things immediately stuck to the back of the wallpaper and affected its sticking power in those spots.)

Line up the top of the panel with the top of your wall and press it down, making sure it is straight across. Have someone step back and verify that it’s straight. If not, you can peel if off and try again.


Step Five – Work Your Way Down

You’ll want two people for this step – one person to pull the backing off from behind, about a foot at a time, and one to smooth down the paper by pressing from the middle out to the edges. Smooth out all those little creases and bubbles.

If you’re finding that the paper isn’t laying flat, peel it up a bit and try again. Continue smoothing it down, one foot at a time, until you get to the bottom of the wall.

Step Six – Cut Around Outlets and Light Switches


If you run into an outlet or light switch as you’re laying the paper down, make note of where it is and lay the paper right over it.

Then, before you do anything else – GO TURN OFF THE POWER.

Seriously, don’t try to cut the hole out with the switch power on. Use a flashlight if you must for this part (we did).

Using a sharp utility knife or a single edge razor blade, carefully cut a hole as big as the opening in the drywall. The cover will give you some leeway to work with, so don’t worry about it being perfect.

Step Seven – Cut Off the Excess

Once you reach the bottom of the wall, cut off the excess below where the top of your baseboards will be. (You’ll want a little wiggle room.) Then, press really well and voila! You’ve just finished your first panel.

Step Eight – Repeat Steps One Through Seven

Keep following this process with additional panels until you’ve finished your wall.

You may want to run your hands over it once more to smooth out any additional bubbles. If there’s a tricky spot, you can run a blow dryer over it and then try smoothing it out – this works surprisingly well.

Step Nine – Install Your Baseboard

(Or convince your husband to do it thirty minutes before your kids’ bedtime while you get the kids dressed for bed. I mean, he’s a lucky guy.)

That’s it! So much easier than traditional wallpaper – as long as you follow the important preparation steps.


We chose the Constellations pattern, but there are so many beautiful categories to choose from:

Coloray Vintage

Coloray Floral

Coloray Patterns

and Coloray Kids


Have you ever tried removable wallpaper? Tell me what questions you have!

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How to Set Up an Art Center for Kids – and Inspire Creativity in Your Home

Do your kids love to create? My boys will literally craft and create things all day long if given the opportunity.

I’ve been reading Julie Bogart’s new book, Brave Learner, and it’s inspired me to up my game in my own home when it comes to carving out spaces for my kids to express their creativity.

I love Julie’s heart for creating an “enchanted childhood,” as she calls it, with space and opportunity for our children to chase their creative spark.

We’ve always kept markers and coloring books out, but why limit their imagination? My boys are alllllllways asking to “do a craft,” so why not just let them come up with their own craft when the mood strikes?

And for some reason, my boys are in total craft mode as soon as they wake up in the morning.

Which is why I love the idea of an “always open for business art table,” as Julie calls it.


How to Create an Art Center in Your Home

Requirements to preserve your sanity:

  • Stable table and chairs (ones you don’t care about)
  • Floor protector if your area is carpeted
  • Smocks for hanging on the wall next to the table
  • Butcher paper attached to the walls adjacent to the art table (if you’re opposed to paint on your walls)

Organizational must-haves:

  • A storage cart for art supplies – a must! We have this one and I LOVE it – and it’s on wheels!
  • Buckets and containers for holding supplies (get ones that are open or easily opened by a little person)
  • Hanging rod (like this one) for storing rolls of craft paper
  • An area for displaying artwork using string and clips


You can find a lot of these items at the dollar store, if you don’t already have them!

  • Drawing paper
  • Watercolor paper
  • Construction paper
  • Craft paper
  • Watercolor paints and brushes
  • Washable craft paint
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Washable markers
  • Wooden stamps and inkpad
  • Scissors
  • Gluesticks
  • Glitter glue
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Googly eyes
  • Feathers
  • Stickers
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Beads (you may want to skip this one if you have toddlers… I can just hear them being dumped out on the floor…)
  • Stencils for tracing


Another key to sparking creativity is keeping the art center or table and supplies out in the open, in a frequently used area. As Julie says in her book — art tables in spare bedrooms or basements are lonely tables.

Sure, you may have to clean the area (or better yet, train your kids to clean up!) once a day, but at least it’ll get used – and that’s the point, right?

Of course, you can always start small. Try leaving watercolors, markers and papers out and see how your kids wander over to paint multiple times a day. It’s magic!






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DIY Sliding Barn Door on a Budget

DIY Sliding Barn Door on a budget

One of the first things most people say when they walk into our house for the first time is “WHERE did you get that door?”

Let me take you back two years ago to when we moved into our current home, gutted it and began the process of piecing it back together ourselves. During demo day, pretty much everything in the main living areas and kitchen were ripped out – flooring, doors, baseboards, cabinets, appliances, even walls.

We have a double entryway closet right behind the front door, which holds all of our coats, gloves, shoes, backpacks etc. The closet had old-fashioned accordion doors – very impractical, since you couldn’t really open the front door and have the closet doors open at the same time.

Which means a lot of opening and closing. With two little boys. All day long. And they were half broken to begin with.

So, yeah, the doors were one of the first things to go.

A sliding door was really the perfect solution for closing off the side of the closet that has all of our coats and shoes and basically looks like a trash heap most of the time. We’ve had it for a year now and it’s working out wonderfully.


DIY Sliding Barn Door on a Budget

First – let me preface this by saying my dad built this door, and wrote the instructions for this post. So, other than coming up with the design for the door, I take zero percent credit.

Okay, moving on.

Materials and Supplies

Shiplap Wood Pieces – 5″ wide (you can find these at Home Depot), or Tongue-and-Groove Wood Pieces

3″ Strips of Wood for Stabilizing

4 1/2″ x 3/4″ Wood for Front Side Trim (we used 1×6’s ripped lengthwise to size)

Construction Adhesive and Caulk Gun

C Clamps or Spring Loaded Clamps

Metal Right Angle Ruler

Circular Saw

Sliding Door Rails and Hardware – THIS is the one we have and we LOVE it. I don’t know why people spend hundreds of dollars on sliding door hardware!

Door Handle (Found mine at Hobby Lobby and spray painted it black)

Plastic Floor Guide

Paint, if desired, and Antiquing Wax


How to Build Your Barn Door

Step One

Determine the dimensions needed for your sliding door and cut shiplap pieces to height. Make sure you account for any trim you want the door to cover.

Step Two

Lay out shiplap pieces side-by-side and upside-down on top of saw horses or a work table to form a rectangle – this will be the base door. The pieces should be overlapping and face down at this point.

Use a metal right angle to get the four corners to a 90 degree angle. This was the hardest step, because shiplap pieces usually aren’t cut perfectly straight.

Step Three

Once the shiplap pieces are squared up, cut three thin 3″ strips of wood the same width as your base door, and screw into the top, middle and bottom of the back of the door (see photo). This will help to stabilize the shiplap pieces so they don’t wobble.


Be careful to keep the corners at right angles during this step.

Step Four

Carefully flip the door over to face up. At this point, it won’t be very sturdy and that’s okay.

Step Five

Make your trim using the circular saw. We used 4 1/2″ x 3/4″ wood pieces to create the trim on the door. We added a border around the edge and across the middle of the door width-wise. We also added an “X” on the bottom to give it a barn door look.

Step Six

Glue the four outside borders on the door using the construction adhesive, again making sure all four corners are at right angles. Clamp the corners down using c-clamps or spring loaded clamps and leave overnight. The next day, glue and clamp the middle piece and bottom X pieces and let sit overnight. At this point the door will be sturdy.


Step Seven

Paint door and let dry 48 hours. Apply antiquing wax and let dry.

Step Eight

Add handle and rail brackets to door, and install the rail to your door frame according to the rail’s instructions. At this point we also added a right angle plastic guide rail (similar to what’s used on sliding closet doors) to the floor in both the back and front of the door to keep the door from swaying during use. I’m so glad we added this piece!

sliding barn door DIY
Just ignore the dirty floor

Step Nine

Hang your door and admire your work!


Please let me know if you decide to try this tutorial and any troubleshooting questions you may have!





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