A Small Laundry Room Reno

I love doing mini renovations around the house. Just doing a few small things can really change the way a room looks. My favorite rooms to redo are small bathrooms and laundry rooms. I’m not really sure why, maybe because they are small so you can usually do them fairly inexpensively. Also, if for some reason they don’t turn out quite like you were hoping it’s not to much of an investment that you can re do the re do.

With all that being said. There are lots of things that Corey and I want to do around the house as far as renovations go. We are trying to be patient about it and give the house a little time to prove it’s functionality. After living here a  year or so, I think we will have a better idea about how we want certain rooms to flow and an overall style/scheme that we are going for with the house as a whole. That is not to say that we haven’t done a few small things here and there to liven things up a bit.

Our laundry room was noting special. Big enough for a washer and dryer, a rod to hang things up to dry on, and a small space you could possibly put a freezer or extra fridge. Other than that….pretty boring.

Here are some before pictures. Pardon the mess. But as you can see there are no cabinets in the laundry room, so storing things neatly was practically impossible.

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All of our cleaning supplies, extra bags and swim stuff ended up just kind of jumbled in this room. My original thought was to go with something in a turquoise or teal color to make the room feel clean and fresh. But, I wanted to do this as inexpensively as possible. So, I went to Lowes and Home Depot to look for mis-tints. These are paints that people have returned because the color didn’t match or was not what they were looking for. They are super discounted and on any given day you can find lots of neutral and fun colors anywhere from $5-$10. If you don’t have an exact color in mind, this is definitely a fun way to do it.

We ended up going with horizontal stripes in this nice, fresh sage green color.

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We did stripes on all the walls except the wall directly behind the washer and dryer. We didn’t want to have to move them out to paint because there is not much wall that will be seen above. Plus, we may eventually hang some cabinets above the rod for extra storage, so there was really no point.

Next, we knew we needed to add some kind of storage. So, in our thrifty, turn nothing into something, kind of nature, we made a trip to the Goodwill Superstore. (Yes, they do exist and they are a great place to find unique pieces to re-do for a super great price). There we scored a perfect piece for storage. It was an ugly black computer like thing for only $10.49!!! I was so excited to re-do it I didn’t take a before picture. But here is a couple of “during the process” pictures.

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Like I said, this piece was originally black. So I mixed up some chalk paint with the left over green paint from the stripes and put it on the entire computer/book case. Then, for an accent color we went with this super pretty melon color. It is bright, and fun, and a perfect, unexpected complement to the fairly neutral sage color. We also mixed this into chalk paint and put it on the outside of the cabinet. (so the inside is still sage green)  After all the paint had dried, I used some pretty fine sand paper to scuff up the top a bit, so the green could show through some.

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After that it was just moving it in (thank goodness it fit just perfectly). and adding some coordinating accessories.

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Overall, I love how it turned out. The melon cabinet works perfect to store all of our cleaning products and laundry soap. And the melon colored laundry baskets I got at Michaels clearance for 3 buck a piece and now neatly hold all of the girls swimming stuff. All the other accessories were thing I already had around the house.

So in total, this little reno cost us about $15 in paint, $10 in supplies, $10.49 for the cabinet, $6 for 2 laundry baskets.

Under $40 dollars.

I love when you can make such a big impact on such little money just by being smart and thinking outside the box. Plus this allows us to save for some more invasive project to come (….master bath/closet & kitchen)

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O Christmas Tree….

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To say that I love Christmas would be an understatement. Everything about Christmas makes me happy. I love family, good food, festive drinks, Christmas lights, Jesus…..and decorating. So naturally we have an undisclosed amount of Christmas trees in our home this year. With that being said, I thought I’d share a few tips on decorating a tree.

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Let’s start at the top. You can literally use anything for a tree topper. I love the traditional angles or stars and I also love the crazy glitter picks sticking out every which way, but for this tree in particular I went with something alittle simpler and more natural.  Twig bells with a few green leafs and berries made a perfect topper.

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As for ornaments, I went with soft felt ones that matched my color scheme (rustic, traditional). Notice also that there are several little knit stockings that work great as ornaments on this tree do the size.

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I also made several pinecone ornaments by simply gluing a ribbon hook and festive bow on.

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Depending on the size of the tree, you can also use regular sized stockings as embellishments. To add interests I used some ornament that there are only on or two the same on the whole tree.  ( wooden sleigh and white fur snow ball). This helps draw and catch attention.

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Ribbon is a great way to fill your tree and add more fullness. This tree has several different widths and styles of ribbon woven in. Also, as you can see pictured, there are several different “ribbon bundles” that are a combination of three different ribbons bundled together and then tied deep in the tree to look as though they are coming from within.  When choosing ribbon for this, make sure to choose different widths, colors and styles to make it unique. Also try making each bundle unique in how you combine the ribbons.

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Garlands are a great addition to a tree. I like using floral garlands as well as other more traditional ones like the felt balls.

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When you get to the bottom of the tree, remember that it’s not just for presents, Make it cozy and inviting. We have a basket with a warm down blanket, a lantern. some festive pinecones. On the other side with have a little chair with a basket full of some Christmas toys of the girls. As far as a tree skirt goes….you can use anything. I had several pieces of scrap burlap in read and a dark tan. I just draped them around the bottom of the tree and Ta-Da! A tree skirt!

Just remember, when decorating a tree, every one is different.  They all have a unique style and should reflect your personal style and liking. These are just a few tips I used for our main tree. I am always working on them. I will probable add something more or rearrange several more times before Christmas….but that is all part of the fun!!!

Merry Christmas!

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Herringbone Weathered Wood Wall

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Over the last couple of months living here in the new home, Corey and I have only been able to work on a couple of projects. He’s been traveling a lot for work and the girls and I have been making lots of trips visiting family and friends, so we just haven’t had a ton of time to work on much.

Our master bedroom was not something we had planned on doing much too yet. It was on the list to do a bit of work on the fireplace shared by the master and bath, but other than that …it’s pretty put together. (PS…I know it looks weird from the inside that we have no blinds or curtains, but we have solar screens that you cant see through so it’s all good.)

Anyway, we ended up getting a new bed and didn’t have a headboard for it yet. On the way to church one Sunday morning there was a pile of junk that had a free sign on it. Of course my mind went crazy when I saw about 4 sides of old weathered fence. This was a pretty spur of the moment project that I think turned out pretty awesome. Plus….totally 100% Free. Can’t beat that!!!

Here’s how we did it.

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This is the before…pretty plain.

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After pulling the bed out, we mapped out on the wall where the center is and all of the studs.

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Then we took all the pickets off of the fence and took the nails out. After that we cut them all to the same length. It will depend on the look you are going for as to what size you cut them to. It really will not matter, the process is the same.

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Next, start nailing the boards up in a 90 degree angle. We used a nail gun which made the process much faster and you can’t actually see the nails.

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After cutting some of the pieces to fill in the gaps, we framed it out and Ta-Da! I just love it. It works as a headboard, but will also be an accent wall whenever we decide to get a headboard!(I have my eye on a cream colored upholstered one.)

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Christmas Home Tour- 2014

I know I’m super late on this one guys, but it has really been a crazy few months.

None the less- I wanted to share our home decorated for the season with yall. Next year we will be decorating a new home.

Corey and I have moved to Fort Worth for a new position for Corey. I think he’s really going to like it!!! The girls and I are adjusting to the traffic and settling into a new routine.  It is very different and we are definitely missing our Nana and Big Guy being just a few minutes down the street.  With that being said, it’s going to take a little bit to get acquainted here and start finding a new normal.

In the mean time, “this” makes me feel a little more at home.

Enjoy!

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DIY Art Project

Do you have an old canvas painting??? Need a fun, easy art project???

Gotcha Covered!

Here’s what you’ll need.

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First, paint different colored stripes on the canvas to match the look you want. This doesn’t have to be perfect at all. In fact, the messier the better.

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After you’ve covered the entire picture. Use painters tape to make a design. I chose a pretty easy pattern, but you can do anything you’d like.

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(sorry I already started to paint over it before I took a pic)

Next, spray paint all over the painting with a different color.

Then, let it dry completely and carefully pull of painters tape.

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As you can see, I did have a few spots that pulled the paint completely off when I removed the tape. No problem, just get a small paint brush and slap a bitt more paint on to make it match the best you can.

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And…..here’s how it turned out! Not to bad for my first try.

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The possibilities are endless. I can’t wait to try a few more!

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Christmas Home Tour

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Happy Friday!

It is so cold here, so we are spending quite a bit of time in the house. Thankfully, we have decked the halls! So, spending time at home got a little bit brighter. I had planned on taking you all on a video tour of our home, but my videos wouldn’t transfer to my computer. But never the less, here is a picture tour.

I hope you enjoy!

Thanks for watching.

Come on in…..

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Craft Night

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Last week, I attended a craft night with one of my girlfriends and a few of her friends. I have been trying to go for several months, but just haven’t been able to coordinate schedules. It was a lot of fun….wine…chatting and a easy craft I thought I’d share with you guys.

Mason Jar Glitter Candle Holder

All you need is any kind of jar, cleaned and labels peeled and cleaned away. Elmer’s Glue and a few drops of water, a sponge brush and any kind of glitter.
Simply, Mix the glue with a few drops of water, then paint it on the inside of a clean jar. Sprinkle in a generous amount of glitter (lighter colors work best) and shake. Empty out excess and place a small votive candle in the bottom.
And there you have it. They look great in the day and light in the evening. I will definitely be making more of these!

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Happy Birthday Babies

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Happy Birthday Bostyn & Blakely!
This Saturday we celebrated Bostyn and Blakely’s 1st birthday. It was definitely a celebration. These 2 little girls have brought so many sleepless nights, frustration at times, and most of all more JOY than I could ever imagine. What a wonderful year.

If you had asked me a year ago about this day, I would not have thought that our girls “birthday” could be so happy. This may sound horrible to say, but it’s the truth. The day of your girls birth was filled with all kinds of emotions, most of them being worry, fear, pain, and just being scared of the unknown. Two months early, these little babies were tiny, unable to breath and eat on their own, and not ready to come into this world they were now in.

We had an emergency C-section at 8pm on a Wednesday. I was unable to be awake for it due to low platelets. So the dream of every mother to hear your baby cry for the first time and to see them fresh out of the womb was suddenly taken.  Corey was torn between staying with me and filling out paperwork and talking to people for the babies wellbeing. He is so strong and made it through like a champ, but I wouldn’t have wanted to trade him places. He had to have been terrified. Thirty-six hours later, I was finally able to see the girls. They were small (Bostyn= 3 pounds  9oz, Blakely-3 pounds 13oz), frail, and were hooked up to all kinds of monitors and machines. Three days later, leaving the hospital without our babies was one of the hardest things to do.

Soon, 8pm and 8am became our normal routine at the NICU. Everyday brought new hope, every little step forward was exciting. Some days, we left thinking we  were close to bringing them home, and other days we left feeling heart broken that the day would never come. 44 days later, they were home. That day was the day I felt would be more to celebrate. They had made it,…we had made it, and now we could start to be a family.

Now, looking back, I realize that it is not the day of their birth that we celebrate. Instead, it is the entire year. This birthday for me was a time to reflect on the first time I “fell in love” with them, the first time we held them, the first time our family meet them. So many moments that are cherished. I could easily choose to see the sadness, that day was nothing at all like I had hoped, or I can choose to be so very thankful that they are here, they are healthy, and they are mine.

I have learned from this event, to cherish the things that others so easily take for granted. The first moments of your child’s life, seeing them as soon as they are born, touching their soft skin to yours, smelling their sweet breath.

…The party was a hit! The girls had a ball, and we are so very blessed to spend another day, week, year with them.

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The decorations were so fun to make. Color wheel ceiling, deco mesh wreath, name plaque, monthly photo ribbon and fun, colorful table cloths.

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The food was Yummy too. Pizza cups, pesto rolls, meatball wraps, pasta salad cups, funfetti sandwich cookies, rice crispy treats, birthday cake cheesecake bars, and brownie pops.

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After several practice cakes, the cake turned out perfect. White cake colored different fun colors, with buttercream frosting and matching chevron and polka dot fondant.

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Thank you Lord for blessing us with these two most precious gifts, the JOY far out weighs the sadness.

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A little Organization

A little Organization

With spring right around the corner, cleaning has been on my mind…..well who am I kidding! Cleaning is maybe on my mind but not something I’m probably not going to jump up and start cleaning window seals and base boards. But organization is something that I enjoy. It makes me feel put together, makes things easy to find…see…and use!

In this case makeup and accessory organization. And the best part is these organizations ideas are fast, super easy, and all the components came from the Dollar Tree….gotta love that!

Scarf Hangers

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THINGS YOU NEED:

A ball of scarfs………….plastic hangers & shower curtain rings……………about 5 minutes!

TA-DA!

Makeup Brushes

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THINGS YOU NEED:

Two small glass vases & two bags of accent stones…….makeup brushes……about 3 minutes!

And there you have it!

Quick and easy organizations.

It’s so nice to have things organized. When things have a place it’s so much fun and a lot easier to use what you have. For example. After I organized my scarfs…..I wore a different scarf the next three days. It was fun, I could see them….and therefore, wear them!

 

 

 

 

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