Showing posts with label Projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Projects. Show all posts
Monday, January 26, 2015

DIY Tip Of The Week...Refinishing Furniture

Wanna see what happens when you miss an important step in the painting process and forget to prime the sides of a painted piece of furniture?  A hot mess!
In all fairnessthis was the corner of the cabinet that the kids used their computers on so it got a lot of traffic and was bound to get beat up by little kid hands.... primed or not.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wallpapered Bookcase

When  I made a decision to not wallpaper the entire wall in my home office and only go to the existing chair rail, it created a bit of extra wallpaper so I decided to turn my boring not so exciting bookcase on the other side of the room, into something with a bit of flair and interest ....well at least my office thinks so.



And although, certainly not an expert, I have put together my own simple steps for a successful wallpaper project.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

DIY Faux Wood Fireplace Screen

It's safe to say that the 20 foot floor to ceiling fireplace in our breakfast/kitchen was is the crown jewel in the room.When you walk in to the kitchen it's the first thing you notice. This was a picture from about 13 years ago when we were getting ready to move in. 


Over the years we have enjoyed many wonderful fires and how it created a warm and inviting spot until a few years ago when the flue caught on fire due to accumulated soot. Sadly, it's not been used since then. You can read more about that here. With a hefty price tag to repair, we have put this on the list of "someday projects"  right behind college tuition for 3 kids and installing a pool in the backyard. In the meantime we can enjoy the heat that the wood burning fireplace in the family room gives off. 

Monday, January 05, 2015

My 2014 Year in A Blog Post

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I have enjoyed the last couple of weeks, not picking up a paint brush, moving a piece of furniture and not even thinking about what the next project was going to be. 
Totally appreciated......... family time and every aspect of the holiday break. Wearing my PJ's until dinner time..... without feeling guilty. Watching endless amounts of the Hallmark Channel, HGTV and Home Alone. I was so rested that I actually stayed up till midnight New Years Eve, to give my hubby a smooch.



Kicking off 2015 wouldn't feel complete without looking at some highlights from 2014, a year in which I think was pretty amazing for me, my family and the blog.

My favorite room reveals for the year
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I am in Love....With My Wood Plank Ceiling

I interrupt the slew of fabulous Christmas ideas, gorgeous home tours and recipes for yummy holiday treats to bring you .........my new wood planked and beamed family room ceiling. 




Thursday, December 11, 2014

My One and Only Holiday Craft....Boxwood Star Wreaths

Yup..... This is it. The only thing that I have managed to muster up. Don't get me wrong, I had big plans and lots of ideas and before I knew it... it's two weeks before Christmas. Can someone tell me where the other part of the month went, cause I want it back.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Dresser Makeover....and how I saved $1,143

Oh, how I loved it when gas was $1.50 ( BTW last time was Nov,2008), a good Buy One Get One Sale, which I always seem to spend more then I normally would have,  clipping coupons that I remember to bring with me to the grocery store instead of the bottom of my handbag, using my Kohl's bucks before they expire and....... when I don't have to spend $1,143 on furniture. 

The savings story began when we were working on Lily's bedroom makeover and my husband suggested we look for a dresser and nightstand that were bigger then what she had in her room and something that she could use for a long time. She was actually 'borrowing' the guest room dresser for the last few years and I knew that she would eventually outgrow it...she is a girl after all.




Monday, November 03, 2014

Credenza Makeover....Office Progress

Little by little, the changes in my office are coming together, but that's basically how I roll these days. Sllllooooowwww.
Gone are the days where projects were finished in a weekend. Now it's more like a few months. But hey......

Here's how the credenza looked after I got my hands on it the first time. You can hear more about that here and see how the room looked  prior to these most recent changes. The room was pretty but a little too calm for the mood that I wanted in there.




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Easy Lampshade Upgrade....in about 5 mins

I am finishing up a few loose ends in my office and recently just made a quick and easy change to a plain jane lampshade.  With just a few simple steps and about 5 mins, it's easy create a custom looking lamp shade to coordinate with your space... not to mention the money that you save from creating your own.



Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lily's 'Pink' Bedroom Reveal

I think this makeover that I did in Lily's bedroom, was probably the best project that I have worked on this year....so far. Sure there was the kitchen makeover here that I absolutely love, but there is just something about this room that makes me and my Lily smile....a lot.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stairway to Brightness


I think it is safe to say that my school aged children will not be reverting back to crawling ...... at least I hope not. Nor, am I expecting anymore young crawlers (meaning no more babies for me) around the house anytime in the near future, so..... it's time to take the baby gate down. Who know's why we left it up this long.


We custom made the gate 8 years ago when I had my first child because I could not find a gate wide or sturdy enough to fit across the top of the stairs.



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Project Mudroom....... Complete

Some statistical facts about my Mudroom.

It's the most traveled foot of real estate in my home.



Monday, September 08, 2014

How To Love Your Garage Again

I wasn't sure if I was going to share this today....in fear of being judged. I mean seriously who paints graffiti on their own garage walls....although I will admit the sentiment that my husband painted with our initials is so sweet. But still....who does that!
FYI-  We aren't really graffiti artists. We used some of the garage in late winter to paint the kitchen cabinets, and the walls were used to test the paint sprayer, knowing that we would be painting them down the road.



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Easy Bookcase Makeover..... using Wallpaper

I love it when an unexpected idea creates so much sweetness that it's oozing out of the bookcase. 
Example- Take this rather neutral, a tad bit boring for a 6 year old, great bones of a bookcase. It's been sitting in Lily's room patiently now for a couple of years , just waiting for it's turn to shine.



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Create an Outdoor Shower

If you were to walk around the house and stand right here next to the beautiful summer blooms in the garden with butterflies fluttering around and bees buzzing about......



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How To Tile Like A Pro.....Your First Time

This wasn't exactly my first time.....tiling, but it was my first time to tile a back splash... although I did paint one here in my kitchen.
A few months back, I found this glass subway tile on clearance at Home Depot and decided to use it to make some updates to the laundry room.








Thursday, August 07, 2014

Back To School....Student Treat

The Pinterest fairy led me to the cutest treat idea for the kids class on the first day. I must admit I find pinterest a bit overwhelming with inspiration so, I  stay back....or I will be sucked in.

So I am totally sure that I violated the 'healthy' snack rule with this treat, but it was just such a cute idea, I couldn't resist.





Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Back to School .....Teacher Gift

Happy Hump day! Well day 4 of the kids back to school and I am just ...... missing them. I didn't think them going back would leave such a void in my heart and in my everyday routine. 
So to fill that void, today I am joining up with some of my Southern blogger pals  to bring you a Back To School Idea....for the teacher.



We have been so incredibly blessed for our children to have such wonderful, kind and loving teachers, and the teachers this year are no exception. I wanted to kick off the school year with a little gift that personally I just love. 





Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to Snaze up the Garage Steps...Simple Steps For Painting Steps

I am back from a week in Tennessee with the kids and..... I missed you. I was in a location that had no cellphone coverage ( only text) and limited internet. I take that back, I had to drive down the road to make a call and when I posted anything to instagram or facebook it took 2 hours to upload. Although as remote as it sounds, it was the ideal way to unwind and relax the last week before school starts.

I must admit, my garage had been looking a tad bit disgraceful for many months now.  Complete eyesore, as in the minute you pulled your car in, you would want to pull it back out. Seriously. If you don't believe me, ask my car.
So we did a few updates to tidy up the place like building some shelves to help with the organization and painting the walls, but one thing I did that completely changed the way I feel when walking through the door, was painting the stairs.








Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Project of the Summer- Lake House

I have only done a few projects this summer which has been wonderful because honestly I have never felt more in touch with my kids, husband and household. If something was to get done, it was on "summer time"...... similar to, island time.  But there is one project that I have really been looking forward to since the summer began.......
Project Lake House