Chalk paint talk and dresser painting

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You know what will guarantee a remodel to take way longer than it should? Take a guess.  Budget? Labor? Earthquakes? Bug infestations? All very valid guesses. The answer is furniture. I would recommend to all persons anxious to spend staggering amounts of time working on a house, to not complicate matters by investing in copious amounts of homeless furniture that also needs to be re-done. Not that I would know. Because I totally follow my own advise. Always. See this dresser for instance, it’s not technically an investment because I got it for free. Poor little dear. I can’t say no to free furniture. It’s like turning away a puppy. Who has the heart to do that?? ( I can say that because my kids aren’t old enough to read this blog or kidnap stray animals. I reserve the right to change my opinions on puppies at a later date.) … Continue reading

Transform a room with paint and polyurethane

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This might be my favorite room in the whole house. Never mind it needs furniture still. Never mind I say that with every section I get done. I can’t help it. I just love white paint, and sunlight bouncing off walls, and shiny clean floors, and pretty ceilings. It just sort of shocks your eyeballs when your eyes are used to seeing this room… …And then one day you see this room instead. Nothing special to see here, just some paint and polyurethane. And elbow grease. Lots of elbow grease. Worth it? Oh, I think so! The furniture isn’t all necessarily staying. I just threw some pieces in here to get an idea of how much room I had to work with. I’m still searching high and low for a bed that will fit this room. I spent all day Saturday searching every thrift store, garage sale and antique store in … Continue reading

The Master Bedroom Challenge

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Meet my newest project. She’s a real beauty, don’t you think? This is master bedroom in all it’s pink and wood glory. This room has some great potential. For starters, behind that open closet door, there’s the cutest little dresser built into the wall. Then there’s the wood floor, which is going to look as gorgeous as my hallway floor when it’s all said and done. And, I think the slope-y, cottage sort of shape to the room is charming. That said…To say I am lacking enthusiasm to do this room is an understatement.  It needs to be done. I know I’ll love it when it is done. But, oh me. I’ve about had it with painting wood walls. Nothing to do about that but just go for it, right? So here’s my plan. White walls, refinish the floor, and paint some sort of cool, calming color on the ceiling. … Continue reading

All the details of the guest room makeover

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Since I got a little carried away yesterday showing room make over pictures and telling you stories about my recent mail…I thought I might better share the finer details that actually concern this lovely little room. So, here’s the facts. This is my guest room, the girls’ art spot, and home to various amounts of storage. The real deal is that this room is currently being used by the mister and myself because the master bedroom is…um…shall we say, in a small state of disaster. I do enjoy being my own guest though, this room is quite cozy. If you remember back before I started this room, I had a pretty clear plan on what I wanted to do with it. I actually stuck to my plan almost exactly. The budget for this room was extremely minimal so here are some of the ways I cut costs. I bought a … Continue reading

Guest Room Overhaul

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(Barrel side tables) I had the most extraordinary thing happen a few weeks back. The sort of thing that I really didn’t think happened anymore. I got a letter in the mail from the lady who grew up in this house. Her dad built it, and her family is the only one who ever lived in it, before us. She wrote the most charming letter telling me a little history of the house…how there used to be a farm down the road close enough to hear the cows lowing… (Painted dresser) (Old window turned mirror) …How the road out front used to be a dirt road, and originally the house was painted pink so it wouldn’t looks so bad from the dust from the road. (I shudder to think my “pink” problems could have been soooo much worse than I ever knew!) She told me how she remembered helping, as … Continue reading

How to turn an old window into a mirror

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Good Monday morning to you! It’s a big week ahead with cooking and cleaning and hostessing and days off of work and kids home from school (eek!) and enormous amounts of calorie laden food sitting about. Aghhh don’t you just love the holidays? I most emphatically do. This will be a short week on the blog, because I plan to…A.) watch Christmas movies by a crackling fire, and make marshmallow snowman and blanket forts with the girlies and B.) make good use of the mister being off work to knock out some of our long list of home related projects. Fun! So, before I swing off to the hardware store to visit my favorite paint mixing lady…let me share this fabulous little project you can do with an old window. Old windows are very easy to come by at flee markets, salvage yards, Habitat for Humanity Restores, and Craigslist. I paid … Continue reading

Faux Leather Table Top with Nail Head Trim

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This little table was totally in the non-cool crowd at school. It probably had to wear hand-me-downs and eat cheese sandwiches for lunch. It’s ok table, I get it. I can bounce a basketball off my forehead like nobody’s business, not to mention my amazing ability to trip over nothing and go sprawling. The really good thing about “awkwardly boring” is…that it can always be fixed. You can buy these little tables at Walmart for $5. I got this one at a thrift store for $3. A two dollar savings is still two dollars thank-you-very-much…and by the way, I see them all the time marked up higher at thrift stores than if you bought them brand new. Beware, thrift stores are duplicitous places. These little tables have screw on wooden legs, and the top is fiber board…super cheap and really ugly. If you paint it, it’s still going to look … Continue reading

Updating the guest room’s fifth wall with color

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Do you know what the fifth wall in a room is? Of course you do, look up! Your ceiling is arguably the most looked at “wall” in a bedroom, and shouldn’t be overlooked when painting.  While color on the ceiling may not be your thing, even a fresh coat of just white may make more of a difference than you think. I personally enjoy a colored ceiling, specifically if all the walls are white. The main areas of our house have wood ceilings, while the bedrooms have drywall ceilings. I chose to leave the wood ceilings alone, and paint all the dry wall ones…which were a stylish shade of 50′s pink. Pink…really? Of all the colors you could pick…. Painting a ceiling is just like painting a door, it’s a very easy way to change the look of a room without investing tons of time or money. It’s a small … Continue reading

The future of the guest room

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I’ve discovered that home renovation progress goes in spurts. You just have to get done what you can get done, when you can do it, and be happy with that. Easier said than done for  “I have an idea and I want it done by exactly 4.5 hours from now” types like myself. I’m getting antsy to finish my guest room, but other obligations are taking precedent just now so I’m learning patience. Yay me. Since it’s stuck on my brain though, I thought I’d share some of the before pictures of the room and some of my plans for it. This room is pretty average, nothing especially gross or weird about it. Wood walls, check. Dirty pink ceiling, check. Disturbing burn spot on the closet door, check. Creaky parquet floor, check. Door that you have to body slam open or shut, because absolutely nothing is level in an old … Continue reading