Thursday, March 20, 2014

Kitchen Table Update

I'm back with an update but it's not the basement family room. That room is complete except for one item I just ordered. Hopefully it will ship quickly and then I'll post the "Big Reveal".

If you follow me on Facebook you saw a sneak peek at what I've been working on. My kitchen table has seen better days and really needed to be refinished. 


I was never really crazy about the orangey top and wanted to lighten it up so ....

.... I painted the table and chairs for a completely new look!

The first step was sanding. Lots and lots of sanding. I decided not to use an electric sander because of the dust. It was too cold to move the table outside so I opted to sand it all by hand. Yes I know I'm crazy!


I also decided to put one of the table leaves in. Without the leaves in, the table is round. Now it's more of an oval shape.

After sanding, I gave the table a coat of primer.


I painted the base and 2 chairs "Gentle Tide". It's an aqua-gray-blue color that I love. My guest bath is painted the same color so I just used leftover paint from that project.


The top is painted "White Room" which is the color of all our doors and trim. It's a creamy white and I always have a gallon around for touch ups so I used that.


Instead of bringing all 4 chairs back I switched out 2 for the parsons chairs from my library.


You might have noticed that the wall color changed too. I painted the kitchen and family room about 6 months ago but never blogged about it. I know ... I'm a bad blogger!


I'm so excited to use the aqua table runner I found at IKEA last year! It didn't look so great with the orangey top but now it's perfect!

The pillows on the parsons chairs are placemats from Target. I found them last fall on clearance and turned them into pillows. 

I love the new look of the table and really love the addition of the parsons chairs. As always, I'm amazed at what a difference paint can make. The whole space seems brighter and more "me".


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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Basement Family Room .... Finally!

I am so excited to finally be writing this post! Seriously people. I have wanted to update our basement family room for the past year and ... I am happy to report that the make over has begun!

We (really Handyman Hubby) finished the basement waaay back in 2000. He did all the work himself except for the carpet. We love the extra space and use it every day. The basement is also home to my craft room and Hubby's office.

I have wanted to repaint the entire basement for the past year but kept putting it off. I knew what a huge job it was going to be and dreaded it. I decided last weekend that it was time to finally tackle this project so I went to Lowe's and bought the paint. We started painting on Saturday and continued on Sunday then into Monday and finally finished up on Tuesday. We still need to work on Hubby's office space but I'm so glad the family room and my craft space are painted. Now comes the fun stuff! Decorating!




This is my inspiration for the room ...

A movie theme with the colors gray, black and red.





This is what I'm working with ...


The futon, chair and rug are staying. The movie art is from Hobby Lobby and has all the colors I want to use in it. I would like to recover the large ottoman and need to find something for the long wall above the futon.


I think some vintage movie reels and/or movie posters would be fun. 

I also love the red bean bags in the inspiration photo. We have a blue vinyl bean bag that my kids don't use anymore. I found a red cover on clearance at PB Kids that will be perfect! Just waiting for the UPS man to deliver it.  : )

Here is the other side of the room where the TV (along with five billion wires!) and game systems are.


So that's what I've been doing for the past week! I can't wait to get this room finished and share it with you all! 


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Monday, March 3, 2014

Pantry Organization with Ball Jars

Hello everyone! I can't believe it's March already. We've had such a cold and snowy winter. I'm so ready for spring ... and spray paint! 

I recently had the opportunity to review some new green vintage style ball jars. Just look at these beauties!


There are so many uses for these jars besides canning. I decided to use mine to organize food in the pantry.


So much nicer to look at instead of a bunch of boxes!


I filled mine with pasta, almonds, beans and raisins.


Does anyone else LOVE these vintage style jars as much as me? 


There are so many uses for Ball canning jars. They make great vases and are also perfect for craft or bathroom storage. The possibilities are endless! I like to use the smaller blue jars for drinking glasses.

I'll be sharing another idea for using green Ball jars so be sure to stop by later this week.


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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Wood Flooring Update & New Photos!

I'm still here and haven't forgotten about you or my blog! It's just been a busy couple of weeks. I've been working on a few projects (that I'll share soon) and Taylor's graduation party plans. 

Many of you will remember that we had new wood laminate floors installed last August. We installed all the quarter round trim ourselves and that took a while to finish. However, these updated photos are way over due!

Here is our upstairs hallway with the wood laminate flooring and the quarter round trim installed ...





I cannot tell you how happy we are with the floors. Hands down this was one of the best decisions we made for our home. The wood laminate is so easy to clean and is very durable. I don't miss the carpet at all ... even in the winter when it's cold. We all wear slippers in the house (no shoes) and cold floors haven't been an issue at all. Believe it or not the wood laminate was less expensive than having carpet installed so that was an added bonus!

Just for fun, here is a picture of the hallway with carpet and one with the new flooring. 

BEFORE - Carpet
AFTER - Wood laminate flooring















Everything is the same ... even the wall color. The only thing I changed out is the faux leather stool. I replaced it with a smaller bench. I'm still amazed at what a difference the flooring made.




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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Valentine's Day Decor

Hello friends! As I sit here typing this post we are expecting another snow storm. This time we are supposed to get 6-10 inches of snow and some freezing rain/ice. My kids have had so many snow days and it looks like tomorrow will be another one. I am so over snow and cold weather. Note to Spring ... get here. Fast!


Today I'm sharing my Valentine's Day decor. Most of this is from last year. I just switched it up a little for a new look.  


I love this little chalkboard I found at Hobby Lobby. The other side is a dry erase board.


I found the XO pillow at the Target Dollar Spot. Love.That.Place.


The little mailboxes are still my favorite! 


I had this styrofoam heart shape and decided to make a wreath with some yarn and Dollar Store flowers.


I just wrapped the yarn around the heart and secured it with hot glue. In case you're wondering, yes this took a while to do, but it was free! I had the heart form, yarn, flowers and ribbon in my craft supplies.


Not bad for an hour (or two) of wrapping yarn around a heart shape. It actually turned out better than I thought it would!



I decided to hang the wreath on the kitchen door next to my coffee/drink station.


Of course I had to "bling" out the coffee station for Valentine's Day! It's been so dreary and cold here so I decided to get some tulips when I was at the store today. They brighten things up a bit and look so pretty in the white pitcher.


I also added some heart shaped paper straws and love bird napkins (from Target a few years ago). The chalkboard mug is from Pier One. On the cake plate I added some mini marshmallows and white chocolate chips for hot cocoa.

Well that about wraps it up. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!







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