Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer vacay

So I've been gone. 
First of all, 2 weekends ago, my husband and I left our children for the first time ever and spent the weekend in Illinois for a wedding. 

Hubby was a groomsman and I was the photographer. 

 One day after coming home from the wedding, we went here for a few days...

then moved to Disney, Hello Mickey!!

to watch this little cutie...

dance down Main street, along with 799 other girls, in the Magic Kingdom parade. 

We also saw the sights...

and swam in the pool to beat the heat (It was crazy hot - I've never been so hot in my life!)

We just got home yesterday and now I'm buried in this.  I'll be here a while!  I hope to be back with projects soon!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Favorite yard sale find

I haven't been to a yard sale once this year.  That is sad.  We've been super busy and on a rare Saturday morning that we don't have something planned, all I want to do is sleep.  In years past, I have scored some awesome deals at yard sales, but I think my most favorite thing I've ever bought is a hutch...a hutch for $30!!!
I bought it before my blog picture taking ways, so this is the only photo I could find of the hutch in it's original state.  It was a pale yellowish-cream color with a crackle finish.  I took the doors off of the top and painted the entire thing black.  Then I put some scrapbook paper on the back of the open shelves. 

Here it is in our dining area a few years ago.  It stayed this way for a while.  Then it started to feel too crowed in there.  So I started plotting and planning.  When I decided to do board and batten in my living room, I took out the huge tv cabinet we had and needed a smaller tv cabinet.  The lower part of this hutch fit that bill. 

I painted it a light blue color from Home Depot. 

Then sanded it down a bit so the black underneath would show.  Then gave it a few coats of poly.

I was left with trying to figure out what to do with the top of the hutch.  I figured it would make a pretty decent side board in the dining area. 

I just added a piece of MDF to the top and bottom of the side board. It's super heavy and sturdy.

So to recap, I took a hutch (that I scored for $30) from

and now looks like this!  I think I got my $30 worth!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Gift Wrap organizer

                             A solution to the "how do I store my gift wrap" dilemma...

on the back of a door! 

I used to store my gift wrap in a large under-the-bed box. Wrapping gifts was such a pain because I had to lug that big box out from under my dusty bed and dig through everything to find what I wanted. I also had way too much gift wrap because I usually just bought more instead of looking through the mess of what I already had.  But then  I saw this gift wrap organizer in the Feb 2011 BHG magazine, and knew it was a solution to my problem. 

I started with this small organizer from Walmart.  It's original purpose is to store foil and plastic wrap.

But it fits wrapping paper just right!

I used elastic with 3m tabs to hold the gift wrap in place when someone (my kids) fling the door open.

I used a large organizer from Home Depot for the ribbon spools.  And the best part is that I can lace the ribbon through the wire to just pull out as much as I need.  I don't even have to take the spool off the shelf.

I used a small metal bucket for scissors, tape, pens and gift tags.

It's so much nicer to have it out in the open where I can see what I have.  And wrapping gifts is a breeze now. 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Paris themed bedroom

In this post I mentioned that I had been working on my daughter's room.  Well, it's now DONE!  Yay!  There is nothing quite like finishing a project.  Yep.  Love it! 

She has fallen in love with all things Paris and fashion so that was our starting point for this makeover.  I am pleased to announce that she loves it!!  Makes all the hard work worth it!

We started by painting the room with Behr Ultra in "Fresh Day," a very pale blue color. Now for a little tour around the room.   At the end I'll do a breakdown of where we purchased everything and cost. 

  The bed.  We used the day bed she already had and bought a bunch of bedding and pillows.

Above the bed is a shelf (built by me from a 1x6 and a 1x8) for all her trophies and collectibles.  I used sheers hung from the shelf to frame the bed.  To add a little interest and a fun touch to the shelf, I attached pink paper lantern patio lights (say that 10x fast) with white and black tulle tied to the cord.

An up close look at the Paris picture above her bed.

One of her requests was for a window seat.  This is the best I could come up with -a leather storage bench.  I ironed pink ribbon onto the new black curtains, hung from her existing curtain rod.

Her (messy) bookshelves with lots of baskets and bins, that she already had, for all her stuff - this girl is a collector.  Above the shelves are a vinyl Eiffel Tower.

This is one of our favorite parts of the room.

The desk area. 

I got the idea for the pom poms and lanterns from Under the Sycamore.

I got the idea for the embroidery hoop framed fabric from a new magazine called Fresh Style.  There is a much better photo of them in the actual magazine.  The smoke detector goes too, don't ya think?  Safety first!!

I used an inexpensive door mirror turned horizontally above her desk.  It came that hot pink color.  My daughter is excited to have so much room to see herself.  She's also going to use dry erase markers on it for notes and messages.

Her younger brother found her this hot pink jewelry stand. 

We used the desk she already had (which needs a fresh coat of paint).  I just spray painted the handles.

For the last wall we did a collage.  Her initial, her name, some dance photos, her baptism photo and another Eiffel Tower.  (She just had her 2011 dance photos taken wearing a hot pink and black costume.  How nice of her costume to coordinate!!)

The top picture from her baptism last year.  As the guests came to her baptism, they signed the matt.  It's such a sweet keepsake.  I simply spray painted the frame hot pink.  The bottom Eiffel Tower print is her favorite.

The cork board and peg shelf are from her old room.  I just painted them hot pink too.

And her other favorite part of her room is her dress form.  She loves to put notes and photos all over it with magnets and clothespins.

Here is a before look at her room.  We had already started tearing it apart to prep for paint.

And the after.  My little girl has a big girl room- sniff sniff.  Hopefully this one will grow with her!

Now for the breakdown: (edited to add:  I'm not sure if it's tacky to post costs or not.  I love knowing where others shop for things.  So I thought I would post this so anyone can see that it doesn't have to cost a fortune to redo a room.  Yes, I understand that $300 is a lot of money, but after seeing some of the makeovers on HGTV and such, it's small in comparison.  And yes, we saved up for a while and purchased things over a period time.)
paint: Home Depot - $30
bedding:  bed in a bag (comforter, sheets, bedskirt and pillow sham)- Walmart-$45
body pillow and cover: Target- $20
Paris neck roll pillow: Hobby Lobby - $10 on sale
patio lights: Hobby Lobby - $14
sheers:  Target - $10
black and white Eiffel Tower picture:  Home Goods - $30
curtains: Target - $15
black leather storage bench: Target  - $60
vinyl Eiffel Tower: Hobby Lobby - $10 on sale
paper lanterns: Target and Hobby Lobby - $12
embroidery hoops: Hobby Lobby - $7 (already had fabric)
door mirror:  Walmart - $5
jewelry stand:  Hobby Lobby - $8 on sale
pink and white Eiffel Tower picture:  Hobby Lobby - $6 on sale
dress form:  Home Goods - $50

For a Grand total of $332 - not too bad!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy

I heard someone once say that the end of school year/start of summer time frame is busier then even Christmas.  I never believed that until this year.  Between end of year picnics, the last day of school, 2 photo shoots and a big ol' youth activity at my church that I helped with last week to Memorial Day, my kids being home and thinking they need to be entertained all day, dance practice and getting caught up on my housework this week I haven't had a second to even sit at my computer let alone blog anything.  It's been crazy.  
In the midst of all of that, we decided to redo my daughter's room.  She is 8 and thought she was too grown up for the yellow and pink princess room she had.  :(  But I love a good decorating project so I got to work.  It is almost done.  I just have a few details to finish up and will post pics.

Here are a few sneak peeks:

As you can see there is a black, white and pink Paris theme going on.  Things are turning out pretty well.  Hopefully it will be done in the next couple of days.