Ask Abigail Amira: Top 10 Favorite Creamy Neutrals

After our very first Ask Abigail Amira blog post, our inbox was flooded with questions. I love it, keep them coming! We are answering more questions from our readers, and this one is from Jessica "I am looking for a neutral color that wont seem boring, what do you suggest?" Finding the right neutrals should be easy, right? Not so much when there are so many different color options. How do you choose the perfect one for your space that isn't boring? Today I will try to help by showing you our favorite creamy neutrals. 

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Natural Woven Shades Tutorial

Ever since I moved into our house I have loved our windows. They all have deep window sills that I can place plants on (because I can be a crazy plant lady). After I painted all the window frames white, I felt like the rooms needed more warmth. I immediately thought natural woven shades in a mid-range color would be perfect. So I began sourcing shades, my heart hurt a little after seeing their prices... So I put this project on hold.

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DIY Decorative Ladder

Hello friends! I found a beautiful vintage quilt and two matching antique ladders at our local antique store but silly me didn't purchase them immediately. When I went back to buy them they were all sold. I still wanted a ladder to hold my growing quilt collection, so I decided to build one with scrap wood I had around. This is it!

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Quick Shelf Update

Do you remember from my Instagram post awhile back how I made these floating shelves for my daughter's room?


I liked them but since I am updating her room, I decided to give them an update as well. So first I added some leftover 1x3 boards I had from other projects. I made them shorter than the top board.


(Ignore the pocket holes, I was talking to my daughter while building these shelves and put my board on backwards)

Then I added these shelf brackets I picked up from Lowes. They were less than $4 a piece.


After they were assembled, I gave them two coats of Sherwin Williams Creamy paint.


Aren't they cute? I can't wait to put them up in my daughter's bedroom.

Happy DIYing!!

Amy

DIY Doll House

My husband and I decided to make Abigail a doll house. I started to research plans, the first place I went was ana-white.com which is my favorite furniture builder ever (Fan girl moment). I had already used several of her easy to follow plans on various other projects, my favorite being these amazing 8 foot picture ledges.  

 
Can you believe these only cost about $10 to make?! You can find build plans for these shelves and the doll house I'm about to show you here: www.ana-white.com

We wanted a doll house that could be used for any of Abigail's toys, from the 18 inch dolls down to the littlest toy figurines. We choose to go with the three story 18 inch doll house plans, like this one here. 

 
With our house being on the smaller size, we wanted to modify the plans a little to allow it to fit better in our home. We choose to only include two stories. Don't let the pictures fool you, even without the third story this house is massive. An American Girl doll can be played inside the rooms with lots of space for furniture. Our house ended up being about 4 feet wide, a tad bit over 4 feet tall, and 2 feet deep. It's huge, so huge my daughter enjoys playing inside it as well.  

 
We don't own a jigsaw, so we took turns doing this for every window and door. We first drilled holes in each corner and then sawed(yes, that's a drywall saw. Don't be like us) across the lines. I highly recommend getting the right tools for the job, but we sure do get a good chuckle out of building this project. 

 We used 3/4 inch plywood for this build. If I had to do it over again I would follow the original plans and get the 1/4 inch plywood for the backing because this thing is heavy. But we didn't want to buy the extra board. We also went with a different roof style. Assembly was easy using my Kreg Jig.  

 
I love how secure pocket holes and wood glue are together. And the best part is it's fast and easy! After assembling all the pieces together, I painted the whole thing with left over paint. The original plans has lovely trimmed windows and casters, we will be adding them at a later date.  

   
  This made such a special Christmas present for our daughter. She absolutely loves playing with her dolls everyday in her house. Abigail is requesting a front door and stairs, so I may need to buy that jig saw after all. 

Happy DIYing!!!

Amy

Guest Bathroom Update

Today I will be sharing our main bathrooms mini update. Here is a before picture without any updates done. The bathroom is a good size but needed to be refreshed.  Our master bath also had this same vanity top.

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The previous owners had updated the vanity, added another sink, and tiled the floor just before we moved in. So we didn't need to do anything there.  

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  I wanted to add some shelving above the toilet for extra storage, decorations and to bring in some warmth. I had these beautiful live edge cedar boards that were perfect for the job so I cut them down and gave them a good seal.   

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We wanted a blue color for the walls, I choose the color watery. The color sample seemed much lighter in the the hardware store than on the walls. If I could do it over I would have chosen saltwater instead.  

   I'm still looking for a mirror and light fixture replacement but over all we are enjoying this small update. Here's some more updated shots. 

       
  

Happy decorating!!

Amy

My weekend closet remodel

Recently I renovated my hallway closet and by renovated, I mean ripped out the entire closet. Here is what the front entrance looked like before we moved in.  

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When you walk in the front door the first thing you see is a wall. If you turn to the right you will find the bathroom door, a bedroom door and then the closet. It felt dark and cramped. 

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I tried to paint it all white to make it feel more spacious. It was better but I still felt a little claustrophobic when I walked in the front door. So one weekend I decided to demo the closet.  

    The space immediately felt larger but boy was it messy! I tore off all the old sheet rock, studs and cedar board first. I lucked out with a visit to Lowes, where I got discounted sheet rock for only $3!!   

I went back and forth over a couple storage options for the space and ultimately decided on a hook wall. I bought some antique hooks off Etsy a few years back and I knew this would be the perfect place to use them.    


   
After adding the flooring, I drew a very basic trim design on the wall. I then headed over to Lowes to buy the lumber. I was on a tight budget so I used 1x3's and 1x4's furring strips as the trim and painted them white. 

   
I wanted to make this a fun space for my daughter as well so I added a chalk board wall that she can draw on and write messages. I love how this remodel has opened up the space. Walking into our home now, I no longer feel claustrophobic and the hook wall makes it easy to grab our things and go.

Happy decorating!!

Amy