DIY Chalkboard for Abe’s National Parks Room

How to make a chalkboard for a kid's room: inspired by the National Parks Service's arrowhead logo

Post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I was always planning to make a bear shaped chalkboard for Abe’s room. Right up until the very day when we were all ready to make a chalkboard. And then I sat down to try to sketch out a bear profile for Dave to cut out, and….I couldn’t get it how … Continue reading

Impulsive Dining Room Changes: Pottery Barn Chairs

pottery barn dining chairs with leather seats and brass nailhead trim

I’ve been meaning to write a post for a few weeks now about changes I’d like to make in our dining room, but I could never figure out quite what I wanted to say, because I can never figure out quite what I want to do in the dining room. Here’s hoping the impulse buy we made for the dining … Continue reading

Campaign Chest Makeover with Wagner Home Decor Paint Sprayer

Campaign chest makeover with Wagner paint sprayer and Behr indigo ink navy paint

Thanks to Wagner Spraytech for sponsoring this post! This little campaign chest has been waiting for its moment in the spotlight for a long time. It made its first blog appearance way back in August…of 2014: I’ve always liked it, but I had the hardest time finding the right spot for it. And then we decided to move Abe’s play … Continue reading

Kids’ Rooms Bedding Updates: Target’s Pillowfort


Originally I was going to get this post up on Monday, so this part I’m doing first where I’m all, “hey–hope you had a good Easter weekend!” and then self-indulgently post a few adorable Easter kid photos was going to seem more timely. Anyway, I hope all of you who celebrate had a great Easter and that all of you … Continue reading

A French Impressionist Dining Room…..or not


My dining room is difficult. It’s always been difficult. Like, one of my very first blog posts was about these lamps I painted for the dining room. And pretty much everyone in the world was like, “Gretchen, those are not good lamps,” even Dave, who has few opinions on such things. And I stuck with the lamps for awhile, probably … Continue reading

Hello Spring Home Tour: Peacock Edition

2016 Spring Home Tour from Boxy Colonial, complete with gold bunnies, peacock feathers, and brass birds.

Welcome to my spring home tour, complete with the occasional peacock feather! Stick around until the end because I’m also going to tell you how to win $400 AND direct you to a whole bunch of other fabulous spring home tours. You’ll probably want to cancel your afternoon appointments. When I got the chance to participate in the spring home … Continue reading

A New Light and Getting Philosophical about the Hallway


So we went with the immediate gratification light from Lowes: Immediate gratification and saving $50 or so were two of our motivations. I also liked that this light fixture is different from any others I’ve seen. I really liked the gold one, but it’s super of the moment. And, finally, I started to think the gold one was a little … Continue reading

Hallway Light Options and Random Stuff


I keep meaning to do more random stuff that’s not big enough for its own post kind of posts. But then I don’t. But, look! Now I am! Hooray! Hallway Light Options I mentioned the other day that we’re planning to replace the old light in the hallway: The one that’s there now isn’t the one the house came with. … Continue reading