Church Coffee Shop Makeover

Church Coffee Shop Makeover | happy together
Church Coffee Shop Makeover | happy together
At the beginning of the year I embarked on my biggest diy project yet: our church coffee shop makeover. Even though it took quite a while to finish up, I’m so happy with how it came out. It was fun designing and being creative with using what we already had on hand so we could be wise with our budget for it. I’m very thankful for the many people who helped make this a reality with their time and donations. It’s now a nice area to be used by the church for fellowship, classes/meetings, and provides an area for the many people who come in during the week seeking help through counseling/food bank/other needs/etc.

Church Coffee Shop Makeover | happy together
Before I get into the details, let’s take a look at the before. It was a very nice spot that they had redone when the church first moved into this building. For some background, the building was originally a grocery store. Then another church bought it and started to work on the interior to make it more functional for church purposes. And after they had it, they moved on to a different building and our church moved in and began using it. It still has a lot of work to be done to be used to it’s full potential, but we are getting there. Here is the before (pics courtesy of Clark Miller) :

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As you can see, one of the most noticeable transformations was taking that wall down and opening it up. I was told this used to be a children’s area, which is why I’m sure the wall was there (to keep them in there lol). But as a coffee shop, the wall was a hindrance. If people were standing in the entrance, it was hard to get in. Now there is much more flow and it feels a lot more welcoming. We painted the whole area to brighten it up. I ended up going with Sherwin Williams Icy Avalanche (HGSW1497) in eggshell for the walls and Sherwin Williams Carbonzied in semi-gloss (HGSW1481) for the baseboards and cabinets. Since this church has a lot of foot traffic, we noticed the white baseboards on the inside would look dingy and dirty real quick. Painting the baseboards a darker color hides a lot more of the wear and tear.

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For the counter area we did a few simple things to take it up a notch. We painted the cabinets, which thankfully went perfect with the main counter tops so there was no need to replace them, but we did paint the back counter tops with special paint just for that since they were red. Someone had some of this paint they never used and it ended up being a great match to the overall color scheme. FIY, the special counter top paint stinks horribly! So if you ever do this, be prepared for that. We had the walls covered in this wood that was actually old shelving from in the back of the church. I gave it a good sanding to get rid of a lot of the scuff marks and then gave it a coat of polycrylic to protect it from food and drink splashes. We had these lights from Lowes installed to give some more ambient light which I spray painted them black to match. They changed the name of the shop to Fifteen Fifty-One, which is the address number of the church, so I created a new logo (using a template from creative market) to update it. To get it on the wall, I used a projector to project the image, traced it with a pencil, and then painted it in.

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I used premade chalkboard panels from Home Depot for the chalkboards and Nekoda Derouen framed them with wood and put them in place. We stained wood to create shelves to hold some of the supplies and I spray painted galvanized piping/flanges/caps to hold them in place (here is a great tutorial on all that).

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To help with the customer flow, I made an order here sign to place above the counter. I simply stained some wood, created the letters from vinyl on my Cricut Explore, and drilled some holes to hang it with rope.

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We also decided to make a large chalkboard menu. This was on the large side so I actually used thin wood panels that I painted with chalkboard paint. Then Nekoda put these together as well and framed them and Marybeth Anderson did the amazing chalk design. For the next little corner, I had the idea to create a more comfy and casual sitting area. Nekoda went and found these wicker shelves in church storage and added legs to create benches. He reused tops from other old benches to go on top and a lovely volunteer covered them in a drop cloth for us. The tables were old stools that he cut down and added new tops and painted. I found the metal stools at Hobby Lobby and helped make a bunch of the pillows to go with it. I also added some metal magazine holders so people can have something to look at when they are sitting here.

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The “gather” word was another word that I projected on the wall, traced, and painted. Such an easy project with a big impact! Beside that area is what I call the “testimony wall.” I wanted a place where we could share pictures, stories, and encouraging quotes/verses. I was inspired by a board idea I found on pinterest. The words “tell”, “story”, and on the word bubble, were all made from vinyl. I found the wood “your” letters from Target and painted the sides of them, and then Nekoda made those word bubbles for me. I filled in the boards with all kinds of things, but many of the printables I used were from this site.

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The other side of the coffee shop needed a little love too, so Clark designed these and we had engineer prints made and framed them.

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For a few final touches, Nekoda made this barn door to replace the old one and an awesome trashcan cover.

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All the tables used were also old tables found in the church and made over or made from scratch by Nekoda and the beautiful new flooring was installed by awesome volunteers. I still can’t believe it’s all done, but it is and functions perfectly for what we need right now. I’m currently working on the parent’s room now and can’t wait to share that. I installed my first ever board and batten wall there! Now I’m going to do one in my own home haha. Oh, and if you follow me on instagram you saw that there will be a new {free!} girls dress pattern releasing soon, so be on the lookout for that soon.

-jess

A Kitchen Nook Makeover

A Kitchen Nook Makeover | happy together
We have been living in our new house for almost a whole year now and since we are settled I’m at the point of making it more functional for our family. I want to share a simple kitchen nook makeover that I did to bring purpose to an empty spot in our kitchen.

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This spot is a good amount of space but had no purpose so it seemed like wasted space. It is right where the entry of the master bedroom is, so I knew I didn’t want to fill it up too much but it needed something. After going through a few ideas, I decided that a simple shelf with hooks would work well. We have an area in our laundry room that is kind of like a mudroom but I haven’t put up any hooks in there for coats and such yet and dedicated this space for that instead. This really works best for guests as well since they come in the front door and it would be more practical and easier for them to hang purses/coats here if they wanted.

A Kitchen Nook Makeover | happy together
I wanted to add some beauty to the functionality of the corner and went “shopping” in my house for decor.

A Kitchen Nook Makeover | happy together
This glass jug was from a jug of apple cider we bought last fall in Tennessee. I washed it real good and took the label off and it became a great vase. The faux leaves were a buy from many years ago at a shop in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The style I try to achieve in our home has a slight Florida feel. It’s kind of hard to explain, but I know what I want in my head! hahaha I grabbed two wooden cutting boards to add up here too. We have been using these really thin plastic boards lately, so I figured why not just use these for decor until we need them? I want to get one more larger round one to be the finishing touch behind these two. It will help fill in the gap between the boards and the baskets.

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These two metal baskets were originally a mint color. I had bought them in the dollar section at Target for $3 each a while back and was waiting for a way to use them. They were the perfect width for this shelf! I spray painted them black to go with the color scheme though. I filled them with a few odds and ends from my home for now until I want to change them out.

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These two wooden candlesticks were from my visit to Magnolia Market at the Silos. I loved them but didn’t really have a place for them yet. They looked too close in height next to each other so I added two different sized candles I had to create even more of a height difference.

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I made the shelf itself from 1 x 8 pieces of wood that I painted with Sherwin Williams in Creamy (7012).  This is the trim and cabinet color in the kitchen. It looks more white on the shelf than it does on the trim so I’m guessing it has to do with the kind of wood used. I added a piece of trim to the front edge to have it fit in with the woodwork of the house more as well. The wood brackets I used were from a local store called Stines and I cut the bottoms off to make them the same length as the wood. The hooks are from Lowes here. They are a nice dark bronze which goes with all the fixtures in our home.

A Kitchen Nook Makeover | happy together
I added this “Cups for Days” mug rack that I also got from Magnolia Market. It’s something I have wanted for a while and after looking around on the internet I decided their price is really comparable for all the ones I found in this similar size. It was definitely a splurge, but a classic piece that maybe one of my girls will like and use in their own houses later down the road. It is currently holding a few of my coffee cup collection from Anthropologie along with some other mugs I have. My goal is to have an extremely eclectic variety of cups and plates so I buy at least one mug and plate a year from there.

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And lastly we changed out the boring old light with this one from Lowes. I’m saving up to add this same light in our hallway to bring some cohesiveness to my light fixtures. The people who built this home used a variety of builder grade lights, you know, like how many cheap light fixtures can we add? kind of lights. Blah. I’ve been slowly replacing the ones that are most obnoxious (to me) first. Oh, and in case you wanted to know, the wall color is Willow Tree by Sherwin Williams.

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I’m so pleased this little kitchen nook makeover has brought more life and style to the kitchen and of course much more functionality! Now for the next spot in our home that needs some love…..

-jess

Magnolia Market Adventure

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Continuing on about our spring break adventures, I want to share about our trip to Waco, Texas to visit Magnolia Market at the Silos. If you haven’t heard of Joanna Gaines by now I will fill you in real quick. Her and her husband, Chip, have a HGTV show called Fixer Upper and are very talented at what they do. They and their kiddos are also sweet as pie and will steal your heart. I stumbled upon their show during it’s first season and was immediately drawn to it. We were on vacation and the place had cable so I was getting an HGTV fix. I loved the show so much that from then on I started buying the new shows on itunes. Now that it’s been out for three season, you can catch some online for free and Netflix has the first two seasons available now. Anyways, after watching I came across this testimony from Joanna and that sealed the deal for my loyalty haha. So when we knew we were going to visit Round Top I looked to see how far it was to Waco and it was only two hours. We added that to our trip. It was a beautiful ride between the two cities. Such pretty farm land. We arrived at night and went to a hotel excited to start our next day with a visit to Magnolia Market.

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It was very easy to find and is right in the downtown area, super close to Baylor University and other little vintage/antique shops and food places. I will say this though, there is not a ton of convenient parking. We got there at 9:30 am since we just didn’t have anything else to do and I wasn’t sure how hard it would be to find the place, etc. There was already a small crowd but still a good amount of parking in the parking lot behind the building. When we left around 1, the parking lot was packed and many people were walking from other nearby streets to get there.

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We stood around and waited until it opened at 10 am. I saw the building where the soon to open bakery will be,

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and admired the pretty landscaping they did.

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By the time 10 am came they opened the gate by the road and the line was allowed to go up the ramp to the door. I turned around and the line was so much longer!!!! This was just about half of the line. I knew things were about to get serious. It really felt like waiting for a ride at Disney or something.

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When you first enter if you look down at the floor you are greeted with the word welcome. It’s little details like this all over the store that you will have to keep an eye out for (especially when it’s crazy crowded) but add to the charm of the store and are so Joanna.

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There are tons of beautiful displays to admire and draw inspiration from. You guys should have seen me trying to take a ton of pics before all those people made it through the door lol.Continue Reading

Girl’s Farmhouse Style Bedroom

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
It’s official. I have one room in our house “finished.” A girl’s farmhouse style bedroom. And it feels good! Most of you know we bought our very first house last summer and I have been loving being able to make it ours. So this first finished room belongs to my oldest daughter. She really loves farms and animals so we worked together to create a room full of the things she likes. It started off as a rather bland room with a bland tanish color on the walls. My daughter wanted an aqua color so we went to the store and she picked out the color Aloe by Sherwin Williams. It looks a lot more blue in her room than it does in pictures and even in the paint can, but she was still happy with it.

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My husband put together the headboard for me. We used this DIY Barn Door Headboard Tutorial as our guide. We made ours a little smaller and didn’t connect it with the middle pieces but followed most of it. We did make sure to secure this to the wall like they did so no accidents happen.

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The rug came from Wayfair and I got a fabulous deal on it. I have actually bought a few rugs from that site for our home when they have sales. I made the bedskirt from a canvas drop cloth. You can get a 12 x 15 ft one for around $31 and it is so much fabric! The one I got didn’t even have any seams and I have a lot of it leftover. The white quilt is the raw edge quilt in white from Target and so are the tan geo patchwork toss pillows.

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I wanted to find her a metal bed with that farmhouse feel and went with this black metal frame from Walmart. We live in small town kind of area so I do a lot of shopping online as you can tell haha.

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I found these farmhouse style galvanized wall lights at Lowes and used this how to turn a hard wired light fixture into a plug in tutorial to make it a plug in. I also spray painted them black. We used a candelabra base switch cord (found at Lowes) because I couldn’t find a plain one and we just had to cut the light bulb part off to get to the wires.

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The simple switch makes it easy for my little one to turn the lights off and on. She loves to read at night and these lights help provide a warmer not as bright light to have on during those night time reads.

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I added some wall things on her level to use that have been perfect for her. The metal book holder came from Home Goods and the chalkboard is from Hobby Lobby.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
I found the horse paint by number at a local shop two summers ago and it looks so pretty on her wall. The cows is a card print of a painting done by my sister Christy of Front Porch Studio. I really wanted this to be a colorful farmhouse feel and it is that for sure! All the color really made this one window room a lot brighter and happier.

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The clothes hamper also came from Home Goods. The dresser is one of those “we don’t have much money and need a cheap dresser” kind of moments lol. It’s really beat up but until I find the right one I’m looking for it’s staying! It did used to have wood knobs the same color as the veneer top but I switched those out for these simple black ones and it upped the style.

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It’s a really short dresser so I also added some casters to the bottom for more style and height. I ended up splitting a lot of the particle board when doing this because I used screws that were too long, so lesson learned. At least you can’t see all that.

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The round mirror was a find from Marshalls. I wanted to find a bigger one but I got tired of looking for one and this one works good enough.

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The cattle feed burlap piece is from Hobby Lobby and the j is from Anthropologie a while back.

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My animal lover has a hermit crab tank in her room and it fits perfectly on this little shelf. The shelf was a handmade piece by my daughter’s first grade teacher’s husband. They gifted it to us and I painted it this coral color. It has been such a good piece for us. It used to house my printer but now works perfect in her room.

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I used three prints from Minted to add some horse art to the walls too (left to right: all is quiet, {can’t find this one so it might be sold out}, what lies ahead).

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And this isn’t for style, but I just wanted to show where all the toys live haha. They are here! I have found that having certain spaces for her things makes it easier for her to put them away. We also have two plastic bins under her bed that hold her toys.

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And even though we might not live on a farm like she wanted, she can look out her window onto a farm. Now her little sister wants her room to be done (with flowers, ponies, and unicorns!). Sounds fun right? -jess

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
My favorite time of the year has begun…. FALL!!! The pumpkins are showing up at the grocery stores and porches are being decorated. And, projects are popping into my head. I’m still a lover of all things chalkboard so I thought of this simple embroidery hoop pumpkin chalkboard diy to make for gifts. It is also a great fabric scrap buster which is always a good thing in my book.

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
To make your own you will need (affiliate links may be used):

  • Vinyl Chalkboard
  • Embroidery Hoop (keep an eye open while thrifting and you can usually find all kinds)
  • Fabric Scraps cut into strips
  • Green Wool Felt
  • Thick Cardboard (I recycled some old moving boxes and an eggo box)
  • Brown Leather or Fabric Strips (for hanging)
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Other type of glue (I used tacky glue)
  • Pumpkin Leaves Pattern (Download Here)

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Take your embroidery hoop and trace the outside of it on your cardboard. Cut it out just inside of the tracing. This helps the circle be a little smaller so no edges show but not so small that it doesn’t cover the whole middle.

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Cut out a piece of chalkboard vinyl that is big enough to cover the cardboard circle.

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Peel off vinyl backing and place on cardboard circle.

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Plug in your hot glue gun and get ready to attach the fabric strips. Start a little ways from the top and glue the fabric on the side that will be the back of your project.

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Wrap fabric around the hoop. When you come to the end of a strip, make sure to glue it down on the same side as where you started. You want all the ends to be on the same side for a neat look on the front.

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I also find that lining up new pieces to where you ended helps it transition really well too. Continue wrapping fabric until the whole hoop is covered. Once you get to the hardware you might have to go in between the metal to cover it or it might be tight enough to not worry about. I used older hoops so some were a little warped.

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Use your regular glue and make a line around the back of the embroidery hoop (the side where you ended your fabric strips). Place the vinyl chalkboard covered cardboard on it and let it dry.

Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin Chalkboard DIY | happy together
While you are waiting for it to dry, use the pattern to cut out some felt leaves. I drew two sizes but you can enlarge or shrink them to fit the size hoop you have.

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Once the hoop is dry, use your glue gun to attach the felt leave at the top. Then finish up with adding a piece of leather string, fabric strip, or even brown yarn to the hardware area. This mimics the look of a stem.

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You can add a cute autumn quote,

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draw a pumpkin,

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share a greeting, or whatever else you would like. Now you have a scrappy little pumpkin chalkboard to enjoy share with someone else.
Happy fall ya’ll!!
-jess