Black Front Doors and Red BACK Doors!

Our back entry way leaves much to be desired. It’s small, awkward, and kind of ugly. But today, I’m feeling a little more hopeful…

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When we first moved into our house I was on the hunt to replace this ugly, white metal door. I hated it. It was the same as the front door, which was almost immediately replaced, but the back door took us a little longer

001 I found this door from the Denver Historical Society for free. It was pretty beat up and too long for our door frame, so it sat in the basement for almost 2 years until, finally, Jeff decided he was sick of our metal door. The metal door we had didn’t fit properly either and cold air was always coming in. So he cut off about 3 inches from the bottom of the new one and hung it up.  It fit PERFECT!! I loved it, except… door

It looked like this from the inside

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And it stayed that way for WAY too long. It’s kind of neat all beat up and chippy, but I am not a fan of the buttercream yellow. It wasn’t working for me, but refinishing it seemed like a huge undertaking that I just wasn’t ready to deal with. Until now.

First, I scrubbed the paint off the doorknob’s backplate and revealed this beautiful  oil rubbed bronze, looking all aged and pretty!

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A little soap and water and a scrubber and it came off pretty easy, the rest of the door, not so much. My original plan was to just give it a light sanding, but that did not work in my favor. This had such a thick layer of paint that it was just flaking off and there was no way I could just sand it down evenly. I had to scrape it all off. It took me 2 days. I was not up for going to spend any money or using any chemical removers so I just grabbed a small screw driver and started scraping away. After an hour I think I got about 1 sq. in. done. It was awful and hard and just wasn’t working, so I switched to a putty knife. A little easier but still took a lot of work. When Jeff figured out what I was doing, he ran and grabbed these babies, which I had no clue we even had!

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Wood chisels!! They are heavier and supper sharp and just ripped through that old paint!

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Flakes were flying everywhere and I was actually making progress! It was a breeze compared to my clever useless tools. You just have to be sure you hold them at the EXACT right angle, or else they will start chiseling away at your beautiful wood door. Ask me how I know…

Anywho, once the paint was gone, I filled the big holes with wood putty and sanded it down to get it as smooth as possible. It is a very old door and has quite a few imperfections, which I kind of love.

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Taped it off and went to town…3 coats of red paint later and…

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Before it was painted, I was ashamed to let it be seen in any of my kitchen photos, but now it just adds such a lovely pop of color and makes me so giddy every time I walk into the kitchen

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So how do you feel about it? Do like the interior of a door to be painted, or do you prefer to keep it white?

Best Craigslist Find EVER!!

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YOU GUYS!!! I just got the best new (to me) thing ever for free off craigslist! It is A-MAZ-ING! But first, let’s go back in time a bit…

This was what my living room looked like awhile back. (minus the Jazz Singers that I totally painted over). If you remember, we picked up our sectional for free from craigslist because a dog had ripped apart one of the seat cushions and I took a chance on it and replaced it myself. It wasn’t always the best couch but it worked well for us because #1 it was free and #2 we didn’t care much about it’s condition since we have 2 young kids and 2 doggies. It was comfy and the lines were very contemporary which worked well for our space. Plus I loved the way the desk looked sitting behind it like a sofa table.

Cut to 1 month ago…Our lovely little doggies have always had the freedom to roam the house while we were away and we never really had a problem. Then our newest family member, Layla, a miniature Australian shepherd with anxiety issues, started having accidents all over the house. The first occurrence happened in the basement. We didn’t know at the time that she was the culprit, and we didn’t think much of it. A few days later we came home to 2  ruined area rugs, one in the kids room and the one in our living room :(. I don’t know why we didn’t connect the 2 incidents, but we just assumed she had an upset tummy and it was a one time offense…until we came home one night and she had pooped ALL OVER the couch. There was no saving it and it took everything we had not to puke as we worked to clean up the mess and throw the couch out the window at 2 o’clock in the morning! I’m surprised the cops weren’t called because I’m positive it looked like we were getting robbed.

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So we lived like this for about a week or so. I CANNOT pay attention to my Real Housewives of Wherever when I’m trying to get comfy on an ottoman. It was very sad…

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So my parents let us borrow one of their couches for a bit until we could find a replacement. Its a very nice couch but it just wasn’t working in my space. I was hating that everything was shoved up against the walls like a 6th grade dance party (boys on one side, girls on the other) This really upped my motivation to find something that would work. I knew we didn’t want to spend a ton of money on something that the kids and dogs would likely get dirty and worn out, so I searched craigslist and furniture stores for something cheap and pretty. Those are hard shoes to fill

But one day I found it on craigslist for $100. It’s a very modern, white sectional from IKEA, originally priced at $799, so I didn’t think that was a bad price for something so perfect and I was ready and willing to pay it. So I emailed the lady and asked if I could come pick it up 3 days later. I was discouraged by her response. Someone else was coming to look at it…my heart was broken (not really, but I was majorly disappointed) I asked her to let me know if they didn’t take it and I would still be interested. They didn’t show! But a new couple was set to come look at it. It was a roller coaster ride of emotions! Luckily they didn’t show either and the lady was beyond frustrated. She told me that if we promised to show up, we could have it for FREE!! AHH!!! We dropped the kids off at my friends house and headed out to get it.

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It’s awesome!! The best part? I can take the entire covering off and wash it! Which I did, because it was a little dirty. And you guys, it was so easy! The fabric around the frame just Velcros in to place and the cushion covers just zip up! When we picked it up, the lady was sure that 3 of the cushions had broken zippers, but when we got them home I played with them and got them all to work again! What a steal! I plan to paint the legs black and maybe even replace them completely with something a little more intricate, but for now, I’m just thrilled! Next up is a new area rug but I can’t decide on a color or pattern. I’m torn between a creamy white shag or something with a Moroccan trellis pattern…

What was your best free find?

$6 Chair Makeover!

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When I was working for a client, I found these amazing chairs for $50, and I was in LOVE with them. It was really hard to part with them, so I was thrilled when I found a similar pair, on craigslist, for FREE!!

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They were horribly beautiful and the price was perfect! I wanted to do them up exactly the same as the others, but once I got the white fabric on, it wasn’t even a week before tiny toddler hands had dirtied them up and ruined the fabric. So I went in another direction. I had some leftover chevron fabric from a different project and it was more than enough to cover 2 chairs. It’s not upholstery fabric, so I’m not sure how long they’ll hold up, but the black and white pattern will hide any stains a bit better.

So I unscrewed the seats and ripped off all the fabric until I just had a shell of a chair. Outside they went for a couple coats of black spray paint. I used 6 cans of Walmart’s $0.97/can of spray paint. Yep, that’s all I spent on these beauties

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Time for upholstering! First, I stapled the fabric to back of the chair with my pattern facing down

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Trimmed up the excess, and added the piece of original padding before putting the front piece on

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Then came the front piece, complete with beautiful tufting. This part was a bit time consuming, and some fingers were burned in the process, but otherwise it was pretty easy.

I used my hot glue gun to recover the buttons in white fabric circles. (I know, totally professional, right?)

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I’m sure there is a better method, but this was quick and I had everything needed on hand

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I laid my fabric over the foam and cardboard piece, and started putting the brad buttons through the fabric beginning with the top center and then working my way out and then down to the next row.

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Once the tufting was complete,  I stapled the piece in place, making sure to line up the edges.

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I used a long piece of fabric and stitched it around the existing upholstery cord to make my edging.

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Trimmed off the excess and used this handy dandy upholstery glue to keep it in place

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After stapling fabric to the underside of the seat, I screwed it back in place and now I have these lovely chairs!

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Not too shabby for $6!

How to Make a Bed

This post is 100% dedicated to my Mom. She drilled this into my head from a young age and I thought it was silly. But now, I realize just how important it really is. Sorry mom! And thank you for always teaching me the best way to do things and why!

Making a bed properly is one of the most important things to do in your bedroom. Your bed is center stage, the focus of the room, and can make or break the look you are trying to achieve.  All those beautiful, cozy looking beds you see in magazines and on pinterest, you know, the ones that make you want to crawl in with a good book on a cold day, you can get that look! And it’s so easy! You just gotta remember a few simple steps. You will need a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, pillow shams (and even standard pillow cases if you like a lot of pillows like me) and throw pillows. You can also add a throw blanket for a great pop of color/pattern/texture.

It all starts with the sheets. The fitted sheet is a no brainer, just pop that sucker on. The flat sheet, however, takes a little more effort. Some people don’t feel the need for a flat sheet, but trust me, it is absolutely necessary! Not only is it going to break up the bedding to add a more layered feel with colors and patterns, but I’ve also been taught that it keeps your comforter a little bit cleaner between washes. (Thanks mom!)  We all know that comforters are tricky to wash and some even have to be taken in to be dry cleaned. That flat sheet will protect it from your body oils and sweat when you are unable to get it cleaned as often as you wash your sheets.

Ok, are you ready for a really long tutorial with lots of picture? I promise that in reality it doesn’t take as long as it looks!

Lay the top sheet across the bed with the finished edge at the top and facing down. This will ensure that when you fold it over the comforter, it will have the pretty edges (and patterns if you have them) are facing up. Do not pull the sheet all the way to the top of the bed. leave 3-5 inches of space.

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Next, make sure the sheet is hanging equally on both sides of the bed.

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Next up is hospital or military corners! Some people hate this, but it really helps anchor the sheet so it doesn’t get lost while your tossin’ and turnin’ and keeps sheets from peeking out from under the comforter. First tuck the end of the sheet under the end of the bed.

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Next, grab a spot that hangs down. I like a more square finish rather than a triangle, so I grab a spot closer to the end.

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Lift it up on top of the bed and you should be left with a triangle piece hanging down by the bedskirt. Tuck that piece under.

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Grab the corner of the piece on the bed and fold it down over your hand.

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Straighten out the wrinkles and tuck! Tada!

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Next comes the comforter. Put the comforter up as far as you can and further than the sheet at the top of your bed.

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Some People would add pillows at this point and call it done.

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But personally, I’m not a fan. It looks like a cold hotel room bed, it doesn’t have all the layers and textures going on and definitely doesn’t scream “climb in, I’m so cozy!”

So Instead, I like to fold down the comforter and top sheet. I like to see the contrast or colors and patterns from the sheets peeking out.

Fold the Comforter down first

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And then the sheet. This will keep your flat sheet from getting twisted and wrinkled if you try to do it at the same time

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Smooth everything out and then add your pillows. First the standard pillowcases

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And then the pillow shams. Make sure the front pillows are upright

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Next comes the throw pillows

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I like to push down the center of my throw pillows. They look a but more polished while still looking “lived in”

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Now you could still call it done and your bed would look beautiful

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But why not add another layer to amp up the cozy factor

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A good throw blanket in  a fun color or pattern will give your bed more depth

And now your done! Your room looks more finished, and your bed can stand proudly at the center!

See Mom, I was totally listening 🙂

How do you like to make your bed?

(PSST…I’m in the process of updating our room and I’m thinking about adding some color. Yay! I’m not sure yet, but I’m leaning towards pops of coral…)

I’m Back….with a kitchen update!

Are the Holidays over? I haven’t noticed! We have been going and going since October and the past 5 months have been a bit of a blur. In the middle of all the Birthday/Holiday frenzy, I managed to start quite a few projects. I did not, however, manage to finish any of them or post any progress. I usually like to see one project through to the end before beginning anything else, but this winter has made it hard for me to focus on any one thing, not to mention the hundreds of ideas and checklists swirling around in my brain making it difficult to process anything. I’ve begun work on the girls room, we replaced the back door, I started recovering my super awesome barrel chairs, I’m in the midst of turning Lily’s old room into a craft room (although it looks more like a trash heap/laundry sorting room), I helped my best friend paint and begin to decorate her kids rooms in their new house, and the list goes on, and on, and….you get it. I’ve been ALL OVER THE PLACE with not much to show for it…until now!

I knew I wanted to add crown molding to my builder grade cabinets, but I was a little nervous about making some of those awkward cuts. After I wasted 8 ft. of beautiful crown practicing the right angles and cutting upside down and getting super frustrated( seriously I had to wait 6 months to try it again!) I finally figured it out and got it up! Yay! go me!

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After putting the crown on top, the bottoms looked a bit naked, so I added some super cheap, thin trim to the bottoms as well.

I was so happy with the way it turned out and how quick it went once I got the hang of it. I was on a roll. I decided to just get to the painting and ran to get my almost full can of black paint, cracked it open and discovered it was DRIED OUT. SERIOUSLY?! I had just used a few weeks ago, and now it’s dried out?? So then those almost done cabinets sat, all black and white, for four months. I lost out on my window of time to get them painted with all the other life-y things going on, so I looked at them everyday wondering how awesome they would look painted, or is it kind of cool to just have black and white? Maybe I just discovered the newest trend. I even had a dream that the whole world was doing their cabinets this way and it was exactly how it should be. But then I woke up and realized it’s not cool. It just looks unfinished, and gross. I was longing to have them done, so I just decided to do it, finally. I MADE the time and I’m so glad I did.

Here’s the Before:

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And After!:

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I also picked up this super awesome stainless steel microwave and stove for $135 on craigslist. The stove is awesome with its glass cooktop and warming zone, but the microwave is touchy. Like really, it doesn’t always work, but if you touch it, it seems to work for me. So that will need to be replaced, but it sure does look pretty!

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I’m  in the middle of building a spice rack cabinet to go between the fridge (which will hopefully one day be stainless steel too) and the stove. I feel like having the fridge shoved up next to the stove looks weird and unfinished and there was exactly enough room to do a skinny spice cabinet.

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I’m also working on figuring out how to make a nice light fixture with a pull string. The current light over the sink is gross and isn’t connected to a switch, so it has to have a pull string. But I have a pretty good idea brewing…

We also replaced the ugly faucet with a super cool one I found on craigslist for $10

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EEEE!!!! So pretty!

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And last, I really wanted to figure out a way to display some of my beautiful white serving pieces but knew I couldn’t do shelves. I wanted them over the banquette seat but Jeff is a tall dude and I didn’t want him hitting his head everytime he went to eat dinner. I decided to use the picture ledge from Ikea. It is shallow enough that it isn’t obtrusive and deep enough to just hold my pieces.

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Still need to patch some holes from a different shelf I tried failed to build.

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So still on the ‘ol To Do List:

Replace the curtains on the sink window

Replace the curtain over the banquette (it just looks old and nasty)

build a light fixture

finish building my spice cabinet

I’m hoping to get the kitchen stuff done before moving on to anything else, but I seriously doubt that will happen! I promise to keep ya updated this time! 😉

Dresser RE-Do

A friend of mine is getting ready to welcome her first baby girl this December! I am so thrilled for her and her husband and I can’t wait to meet the little one! So while setting up the nursery, she realized she needed a changing table, but wanted something unique. Obviously, this called for a trip to Goodwill! We looked at every dresser and passed this one by before coming back and deciding that it might actually work.

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It was pretty bad, but had some very interesting lines. It was nice and long and a great height with plenty of storage, so she decided to go for it. I brought it home, cleaned it up and sanded it, and then it sat for about a month, waiting for its makeover.

Once my friend decided on the paint color, I got to work on it while she chose some new drawer pulls. 2 coats of primer and 4 coats of paint later (yes, 4 COATS! UGH!) we ended up with this beauty!

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Aren’t those glass pulls fantastic! I just love how interesting this piece is! And it’s so feminine and sweet, perfect for a little girl’s room!

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The top of the dresser and the drawer fronts were laminate so they just got a very light sanding. Also, the new pulls were smaller than the originals so I had to drill new holes and fill up the old ones. I used wood filler and then sanded them down nice and smooth, and no one is the wiser! Next was 2 coats of primer with a light sanding after each coat. My plan was to use my paint sprayer to save some time and get a nice smooth coat into all those nooks and crannies, but for some reason, it wasn’t working! A few choice words later, I decided to brush it. Those top 3 drawers were the worst! I was able to use a cabinet roller on the other 6, but those had to be dry brushed, 5 times! I used a very small paint brush with very little paint to make sure I didn’t end up with big gobs of paint in all those nooks. It took FOREVER!

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I eventually finished it (something I was worried would never happen) and I’m so happy with how it turned out! It’s beautiful!

 

 

 

DIY Window Treatments

I’ve been planning out the girls new shared room, picking out bedding and fun fabrics for curtains, throw pillows and an upholstered chair. I came up with this very ROUGH design board so I could visualize my plan a little better.

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I know, it’s terrible, but it’s also very helpful. So far, I’ve painted the pink stripes and put the twin beds and area rug in the room. The white blob, between my terrible drawing of twin beds, is supposed to be a desk I picked up for the girls. I said it was rough, ok. Still on the to-do list is ordering the bedding, painting the navy blue wall, reupholstering the chair for the desk, making two matching headboards, making some cute throw pillows and adding artwork to the walls. I’d also like to put a book corner in the room with a cozy beanbag to cuddle up for some reading time. After configuring the furniture for the room, I realized I couldn’t do long curtain panels because of the beds.

I love long, flowy curtain panels. they do such at great job of adding, texture, pattern and drama to any space. They can make your windows appear larger and your ceilings appear taller. I just love them! But they don’t always work for every window. Like In my kitchen, for instance. I couldn’t have long flowy panels because of the banquette seating. they just wouldn’t work. But I hate, I mean HATE, short panels. They look unfinished and way off-scale. You know the kind I’m talking about:

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This was obviously NOT an option. Gross gross gross. Never do this people. It looks like someone walked up and cut the panels. It’s just awful….

So I had to figure out what to do to dress up a window where long panels just wouldn’t work. So I looked to the internet for inspiration and, lo and behold, a roman shade or a valance is just what I need.

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Pretty, right? There are things about each that I like and don’t like. I love the look of the valance  but Love the functionality of the roman shade.  I also don’t like that a roman shade is usually set inside the frame of the window. I like having something taller and slightly wider to add height to the room. So I took a long window panel, turned it sideways and stapled it to the wall along with some ribbon. Cheap, easy and great results.

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It’s so simple. All you need is Ribbon, a staple gun and either one long curtain panel or a large piece of fabric that is at least 8 inches wider than your window. I used a curtain panel turned sideways for the kitchen window, but I just used some fabric in the girls room. I needed to have something that was still functional for naptime. Lily naps best in a dark, quiet room. I had some black out panels from her old room that I just sewed the new fabric to so she would still have a great place to nap, but you could even use a piece of fabric with raw, unfinished edges, and no one would ever know!

First step, staple your ribbon the the wall:
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I used a 55″ piece of ribbon. At the halfway point I stapled the backside to the wall at about the same height. They don’t have to be perfectly level at this step. I went up 10 inches from the top of the window since we have really tiny windows and I wanted them to feel larger. You can use 3 pieces evenly spaced, or just 2 for the edges, like I did in the kitchen, depending on the look you are going for.

Next up, find the exact center of your fabric. My fabric was 77″x 35″, which makes the center 38.5″. Bring the top side of your ribbon over the fabric and keep the back piece of ribbon behind the fabric. Fold the top inch of your fabric under and staple the underside to the wall. (it helps to wear your fabric like a cape so you can get under there and see what you’re doing, and also feel like you have amazing superpowers)

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Next, do the same thing to the left side, making sure your fabric is hung level

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Do the same to the right side

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Once you’re happy with the height and your panel is level, go back under and add more staples to make sure it’s nice and secure.

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Now tie up the center ribbon

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And then both sides

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Once the ribbons are tied at height you like, it’s time to make it look more polished.

I like to add a fold using my staple gun because it just looks nicer at the edges.

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I find a spot about midway for the top to where the bottom hangs, pull it up and staple to create a fold

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The staple goes right where my thumb is.

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Now it’s time to fluff it up and play with it to get folds and creases just where you want them.

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When I want them down, I just untie the ribbon, and tie them back up to open. Easy and fabulous!

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Once you’re pleased stand back and admire your work and then bring the whole family in to also admire your work.  Be sure to get plenty of praise for how amazing, creative and inventive you are. This is best achieved by asking “Didn’t I do a great job?” or “Am I the most creative person in the whole world, or what?”  That usually works   😉

Time for a change….again

Well, the time has come to get Lily into a big girl bed! woohoo!! Lately, the girls have been sleeping in the tiny toddler beds in Lily’s room and doing such a great job together, that we thought we would have them share a room. We decided that we would put them both into Lorelei’s bedroom, which is across the hall, and since Lily’s room is attached to our room, we thought we’d turn it into a walk in closet and master bath combo. While I’m so excited that we are going to have our own bathroom with a nice soaking tub, that dream won’t be happening for some time, so for now, we are focusing on the girls room.

I had the idea to just put a bed in there and be done with it, but I had forgotten about bedding. So I scoured the internet looking for anything relatively close to Lorelei’s custom made bedding, but no luck. Same problem I had when I first began planning her room.

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I love all the colors in her room, and I LOVE her bedding, but I’m just not in the mood to make a whole new set. With that, I stumbled across this bedding at Wal-mart. I had already been pinning pink and navy blue ideas for Lily when she was ready to transition, and now that they will be sharing a room, why not just implement those ideas in there? It’s not my favorite bedding, but it’s unbelievably affordable (I can do 2 sets for $60) and I can dress it up with awesome paint on the walls and lovely throw pillows.  Because who doesn’t love painting a room every season? Apparently I do. Or I just like to punish myself. I’m not really sure which.

So here’s the plan:

I will keep the striped walls, but use big pink stripes, which I happen to have leftover from Lily’s room so the cost is $0, and navy blue pin stripes. Then I plan to make them matching headboards using the west elm daybed design as my inspiration:

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I’ll change out the pink curtains to a lighter shade and I think I’m going to do a faux roman shade instead of 2 long panels. I found a cute little desk in the free section of craigslist that I’ll paint either pink or white  and use an old upholstered chair (also from the free section of craigslist) that I’ll paint white and recover in a cute pink pattern. Maybe chevron? Not sure yet. Since there will be 2 beds and desk in the room, we decided it would be best to get rid of the dresser (I just got misty typing that, love that dresser) and turn their closet into a wardrobe kind of like this:

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That way they can still have pretty storage for their clothes, with plenty of room to play  🙂 That’s the plan, we’ll just wait and see how much and how quickly we can get it done so we can start work on our very own bathroom…

Yard Work!

So far, this has been the summer of yard work, EVERY WEEKEND! I’m spent! But it looks like we are reaching the end of our outdoor projects, for now.

Remember our free-ish fence? Well, I finally got around to painting it! I started off with my handy dandy paint sprayer, but I guess the heat and size of this project was just too much for it and it finally bit the dust after 2 years! It got me as far as the primer for one half of the fence. So the fence sat, primed and waiting for paint for about a month.

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Lucky for me, my neighbor is a contractor and he let me borrow his commercial paint sprayer! I fell in love with it!! Painting was so much faster since I didn’t have to keep refilling the cup. You just stick the tube in your 5 gallon bucket and go to town! It was awesome!

It was also very, VERY messy. Especially in the wind. By the end of it, I was coated in paint. I’m not sure professionals look like this when they are done. 🙂  But imagining painting all those pickets by hand (which I attempted and only got as far as 2 before giving up) made the mess of it totally worth it! When I was finished, I immediately ordered a sprayer of my very own.

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And now we have this perfectly shabby, beautiful white fence!

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Let’s just take a minute to reflect on what the yard looked like when we bought it

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Now we’re making progress!!

We lined the fence with black mulch and I planted some lavender bushes along the inside.They are just tiny babies now, but they will eventually be a beautiful hedge of purple. I found about 350 free brick pavers on craigslist and we used them to line the tiniest sidewalk in the world.

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Our sidewalk is wider and looks a whole lot better, and you just can’t beat free landscaping! We also got some free sod and used it to fill in the bare spots on the “good” side of the yard. It’s a bit over grown because we seeded over it as well to fill in any bare spots, and we can’t mow it until the new grass is longer. So we are living in the jungle for now!

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Jeff Rototilled the back yard to get it ready for seed.

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We ran into a small problem in the back when the rototiller cut through the internet cable that was buried less than 2 inches deep!!

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I thought we would have to spend hundreds of dollars and have the whole yard ripped up to replace it, but Jeff was sure he could fix it. He whipped out his soldering iron and put that baby back together. I was so impressed.

So we seeded the back and the dirt half of the front, and we are finally, after 2 weeks, seeing some great progress. We have green fuzz!

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We also added a paver walkway in the backyard that leads to our cars. It’s not much to look at, but then again the back has never been anything wonderful so this is more for function than form. We kept dragging dirt and mud into the house and we needed a simple solution. Thankfully we were given these pavers from a great friend, so it was another no cost update. Hopefully, it will look better when the grass comes in? We shall see…

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So that’s where we are at for now. I’ll get some more pictures up once the new lawn is more established and well manicured. I’m just so happy to finally see something growing in the dirt! What summer projects are you working on?

One Man’s Trash…

The other night, I noticed this beauty in my neighbors dumpster, so I sent Jeff on a re-con mission to rescue it from it’s impending doom.

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It once had glass inserts that I’m sure were broke and therefore landed this poor thing in the trash, but I had a plan! My mission: turn this old coffee table into a shiny new tufted ottoman!

Here’s how it was done:

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First, I attached some scrap pieces of plywood to the top to cover the holes. I just laid them out on top and then screwed them in place. Next, I pre-drilled the holes for my tufting in a diamond pattern. Total cost for this step: $0 as I already had the scrap plywood and screws.

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Then a couple coats of black spray paint to the legs ($0.96 a can at walmart!)

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Then 2 layers of 1 inch foam. I had some scrap leftover from my Banquette Seating project that I fit together like a puzzle. I bought the 2nd layer for $16 at walmart. I cut everything down to size and stapled a layer of batting (also leftover from a previous project) to keep everything soft and in place.

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I had to staple one side of my one yard of fabric ($6) and then came the tufting! Now I am no expert on tufting, but my genius dad helped me come up with a method that works really well. I bought these buttons from walmart (or any craft store) that allow you to add fabric. Cost: $1.76 for 4

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Once all the buttons were ready. I tied my thread to them and using a large needle, pulled them through my layers of fabric and foam right through my pre-drilled holes and tied them off with some plain ‘ol buttons on the other side. I used my staple gun to secure the underside buttons in place to create my tuft.

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Am I making any sense? 🙂

Once the tufting was done, I stapled the rest of my fabric in place and Now I get to enjoy this beauty!

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Ain’t she purdy?? Total project cost: $32. Cost for saving the life of a coffee table: priceless!