Friday, July 17, 2015

Breakfast Nook Redo

My poor poor breakfast nook has been sorely neglected in the last three years.

I bought this table and chairs on Craigslist as something just to fill the space when we first moved in. The curtains were leftovers from the previous owners.
I redid the table with a herringbone pattern and got four hand me down chairs and replaced the curtains grey. It worked ok for a while, but we never ever went in that space. I never finished the table correctly and the grey, white and red color scheme just never worked for me 100%. This room was probably the last of all of my rooms I was worried about. As you can tell, it has become a catch all for nonsense.
Until this week, of course.
I've had quite a few pieces of furniture given to me this week, including some new furniture for the girls' room. It gave me an idea to move Avery's dresser into the space. I also had quite a bit of the Oops paint leftover and decided, since I had all of the supplies, why not?
Here is the space now!
I've always wanted to stencil something and now was my chance.
This dresser is on it's fourth life now, with it's third paint job in the last three years.
Here is what I literally just painted it in December.
Here is it now.
Stenciling really wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I just had to paint the dresser white first. I found the stencils at Home Depot. They laid flat when the drawers were upright. I would just lay the stencil down, then using a smaller roller, roll the paint over. Up close, this is absolutely not perfect. I liked it that way. The brown I used was the cheap acrylic paint you find at Walmart or Michaels for 97 cents, just because I had it one hand. I painted the top of the dresser brown, but I didn't like that, so I stenciled the top too. It was way too busy so I painted the top white again. Sometimes, you just don't know what it's going to look like until you do it.
This paint photographs a lot more green than it looks. It really looks like a coffee color.

The chairs still have red seat covers, which will be recovered.

One of the coolest features about this space is that the lava rock fireplace wraps around and creates a wall. Painting around lava rock isn't easy, let me tell you! (and of course, in the background is my new soda machine. Ridiculous.)
It feels like a restaurant in a lodge with that rock in the background.

I tried to capture the lamp light, but of course, I need a few more photography classes. I just love lamp light, it adds such warmth in a room!
I just ended up taking the curtains down altogether. I pretty much hate sliding doors, I think they are awful, but until I get either new French doors or a wall of windows, they will just have to work. This space opens up to the sunroom, so curtains really aren't necessary. No one can see in and sun doesn't ever shine into this room.

Two rooms down, three to go! Whew!!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

More Spray Painting....

So, here another project I've been working on.

This shelf started off black, and I decided to paint it cream. I'm not a huge fan of putting white on white, but I think it works pretty well in this space.

I went a little nuts with the spray paint this weekend. As you can see, Rustoleum Aqua has been on my favorites list for a while. Everything here has been painting with that, except for the lamp, which I got for $7 at Family Dollar one day. This vase was one of about 10 I had that I decided to paint white a few years ago, I literally just sprayed the bottom of it blue, no tape or anything, just to add some contrast. That "faith" d├ęcor was gold and I found it for a $1 at Dollar Tree one year. I just painted it blue. The tree limbs just came out of my front yard for fall last year and they've just stayed in ever since.

I love this space and how this is all turning out. Very comfy but deliberate. Relaxing but stylish.

I found these frames at a garage sale a while back. My intention was to do something artsy with the canvas inside, but after I painted them, I got the idea to glue some jute to hang them on the wall. My next step will be to find some 3D something to put in there, maybe a collection of old cool keys or antlers or something. That will come to me one day, I'm sure.

This is a picture of my daughter twirling that my mom gave me one year. I love her face in these pictures.

This space now has such great flow. I love it.

Across from that is my newly painted dresser and one of my favorites. My friend Kelli made this for me for my birthday after I constantly told her how much I loved hers when I went to her house, and it was the best surprise. I love that it's one of the first things you see when you walk into my house.

That picture frame I've had for years and it was in one of the drawers. I found it when I painted the dresser and was so happy. The candles and candle holder was a $5 garage sale find that I painted and distressed over the weekend.

This is probably one of my favorite wedding pics. The stuff in the vase is my wedding unity sand. After 5 years, it's getting pretty dusty and a certain 4 year old has played in it a time or two. I'm sure one day I will have to just pour it out, but that day is not today. I can't bring myself to, just yet.

Up next is a complete tour of my whole space, along with my 70% finished gallery wall. Thanks for all of the great responses on my posts so far, it's so wonderful to hear positive things!!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

$125 Living Room Redo

This wall of windows has been on my to do list since we moved into nearly three years ago. When we first moved in, there was a wall of sheer curtains that we immediately took down.
It looked a million times better, just removing those curtains.
This last year, I bought some cheap curtains just to have something on the wall.
These weren't terrible, at all. They were cheap, especially since I had to buy 7 of them. However, they had no style. But they were a place holder until I figured out exactly what I wanted this room to be. I also knew we would eventually have to replace those blinds, but just kept them up for function's sake. They were all different colors, they were broken in some places, and they weren't in very tight, so if you pulled them wrong, they would fall. Well, yesterday, one of them decided just to break completely. Since I didn't want to spend a ton of money on the 2 inch blinds right then, which is what I really want, I decided I needed to find some curtains and paint the wall. The other problem this wall had was when the painters came to do the house before we moved in, they didn't take the curtain rod down before hand, so when we removed it, there were holes and different colors of paint on the wall. It's bugged me constantly.
This week, I went to Hobby Lobby for the 52nd time to look for some type of fabric I could make curtains with. I had looked for curtains for months, but I needed long ones and ones with style, so I could never find any I could afford. Luckily, on this day, they had the perfect curtains, burlap white and blue chevron, for 50% off. They only had four and I needed 7, but I thought I can figure out a way to make this work until I can get to another Hobby Lobby and hope to find 3 more. Four curtains for $71, and they were 96 inches long. When I got them home, I loved them, but against the white wall, they were so washed out. I also was going to have to raise the exsiting rods higher, which was going to put more holes in the wall. I decided now was as good a time as any to go ahead and paint the wall to add some contrast.
We went to Home Depot with the budget of $40 for paint and supplies, which was going to be tricky. I realized when I got there that we were also going to have to paint the inside of the windows and sills white, or else it would look so dirty against the new paint. Originally, my idea was to paint the wall blue to match the curtains, but doing white and turquoise, it can get overly matchy matchy real quick, so I decided to go ahead and do brown. We were just about to have a gallon of paint mixed when my wonderful Oops! shelf lit up from the heavens with a coffee color for $9. I got a quart of white for $10, a spray paint to finish another job for $4, and supplies for $15, for a grand total of $39.68. Score!!
The paint ended up working beautifully. What luck!!
Here is what we've been looked at every day before we got started. Hideous!!
Here is what it looks like now! I took pictures at night because the color of the wall is easier to see.

As you can tell, having only four curtains still looks a bit wonky, but they are so much better than before.

Staring at this wall makes me hearty happy!!

To add a little interest, I bought a set of three black frames at an estate sale for $5, painted them Heirloom White, and printed off a free printable from the internet.

This was another find at the estate sale that I scored for $10. I knew these piece would look amazing painted Aqua and distressed....

And I was right! I really have been annoyed with distressing for the past few years, but looking at this piece, I did a few more things this way that I will show on another day.

The "W" pillow cover was a Target find for $3, I think? And the ottoman was recovered from leftover fabric from another project. I love the way this is all turning out!!
So, let's recap the expenses:
Curtains: $71
Paint and Supplies: $39
Picture Frames: $5
Side Table: $10
Total: $125!!
I think I will sleep very well tonight!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Dining Room Tour, New Furniture!

I am so fortunate to have a lot of people in my life to look out for me when it comes to furniture. I guess they know I will just love it and use it! So when my broker called me and said one of her clients was wanting to give her dining set and china hutch to a loving home before she moved, she called me and I immediately said yes!!
I saw some distant pictures of it before I went and looked personally, and I thought for sure I would want to paint it black and redo my living and dining area yellow, gray and black. That all changed the moment I got the pieces in my house. They were in such good shape, I couldn't bare to touch them with paint, so I just left them as is and did some updating with my brown and turquoise scheme. I was getting tired of blue, to be honest, but the furniture gave me a boost of love with it again. I'm not completely finished with all of it, but this is the dining room.
Everything was in excellent condition, with the exception of the back of one of the chairs, which will be fixed soon.

A hutch has been on my wish list for quite some time, I was so glad when I saw the condition this one was in! I now finally have a place to show off my wedding china.
I got my gallery wall started again. It's miles from being finished, but it's a good start!

Those curtains I stitch witched five years ago sure have held up.

Here is just a little progression of the room so far...still not 100% where I want it, but certainly a much better improvement!
At move in...
Just recently around Valentine's...
And now!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Our 4th of July Vacation

We planned a trip to Broken Bow a few months ago for a 4th of July week vacation, but with the still overflowing lakes, we decided last minute to cancel our trip and just stay home. We had the whole week planned with things to do here, until I looked on Groupon and found a great deal on the Marriot Hotel and Golf Club on Champions Circle in Fort Worth.
Our stay was great! Well, except for the sickness that has lasted in my chest and head for the last six days. If you've never kept up 4 other people with coughing in a one bedroom hotel room, you should really try it sometimes, it's awesome. I swear, by the end of the week, my bag looked like I was starting my own CVS.
Anyway, we did a lot of nothing, and that's the truth.

We started off the vacation with an all girls pedicure/manicure. The polish on Sophia's nails lasted maybe 72 hours. But it was fun.

We spent the majority of our time swimming. It was nice being out in the sun with no where to go!!

Since it was a golf club, Jordan and Jason did golf twice while we were there. The golf course was very well manicured and a pretty backdrop for the hotel.
The kids loved the grounds, with hammocks and the gazebo.

Our fourth of July was pretty relaxing too. We took the hotel shuttle to downtown Roanoke and ate at Reno Red's, a fun place with lots of character, then walked over the Hey Sweets! for dessert. We asked the kids if they wanted to go watch fireworks, but they decided they wanted to go back and swim in the pool. There were lots of families staying for the weekend, so there were lots of kids swimming at night. We saw some fireworks through the trees at a distance, sat in the hot tub and watched fireflies in the greenery. It was a nice way to spend the evening.

We did a lot of eating on this trip. A lot. And a lot of eating junk food.

He didn't know I was taking this picture, so this was his real face. Doesn't he look just like a sullen teenager because he was forced to sit next to his sisters??

We did go walk around the Stockyards for a little while one day. We were able to go to Billy Bob's and eat, that was a lot of fun.

We watched the USA kick Japan's hiney. (I have to admit, this was the most entertaining soccer game I've ever watched!)
 But Sophia's favorite thing to do by far was ride in the elevator (?) and push the buttons. And Avery's favorite thing to do was anything Sophia was doing.
I really wished I hadn't been sick the entire time, but it was still relaxing, all the same.