Monday, November 28, 2016

I'm Seeing Green Part Two

OK last time I showed you my back spare room, it was looking like this....

The feature wall was completed, the bed had new fabric, and the nightstands had their green paint.

What still needed to be finished or changed was:

  • The dresser needed to be painted and put back into the room.
  • I needed to find a different duvet cover cuz the frumpy white one wasn't doing it.
  • Lamps needed to be purchased for the nightstands. 
  • Accessories, accessories, accessories.  
Well, bitches, it's DONE.  I think I even impressed myself on this one.  The final result is probably one of my favorite final results since I've started this blog.  I'm had many moments where I thought I've done a good job.  But this one definitely takes the cake.  OMG I should totally make a cake to celebrate finishing this room.  

So first lets start with the wall to the left once you walk into the room.  I found this wooden word at TJ Maxx months ago.  Like probably almost a year ago.  It was $19.99 and the top was all scratched up.  But I knew with a little sanding and some new stain, it would be prefect in this room. 

There is a large amount of wall space on this wall and the one opposite it so I was hoping that the wooden RELAX doesn't get lost on it but once it was hung, it seemed to fit perfectly.  

Next came a $25 duvet, two Target lamps and shades for $19.98 each lamp, and some clearanced out gold candle holders for the nightstands.  Oh and three pillows and pillow covers from Ikea on my last trip there a few months ago.  

Throw in a pair of dark gray velvet curtains also from Ikea for $39.  Of course, it took me forever and a day to wash and hem the curtains cuz all Ikea curtains are like 184 inches too long.  If you remember- these are the same curtains that I used to fabric the headboard and foot rails on the bed.  

Opposite the bed is the dresser.  But before we get to that- let's talk urchins!  I didn't know what I was going to put on this wall but once I saw them, I knew I had to have them.  

And yes, my slightly OCD self goes into freakout mode when I look at the placement.  But I figured I would throw caution to the wind and just hammer random nails into the wall and hang them in various spots.  I spent too much time trying to figure out a design and nothing seemed to work.  So random it is!  But I won't lie- I've moved a few of them and will probably move a few more to stretch out the design a little bit and cover more wall space.  

Seriously though, how much do you like them?  They bring a bit of texture and depth into the space.  And the colors went perfectly with the other pieces in the room.  

I also got these from Target.  They come in a set of 3 for $14,99 or the big one was also $14.99.  So for $60 I think I got a pretty cool wall of art.  

Lastly, the dresser.  Still looking for some accent pieces to put on it but for now, here it is!  A little blah for this wall but eventually it'll have a little sass like the other walls.  

So what do you think?  Love it?  Hate it?  I just remember the girl at the home store when I was getting the paint looking at me like I had 4 heads when I told her what the paint was going on.  But I honestly love it so much!  This room will not be redone any more.  Third time definitely is the charm.  


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Talk About a Master Upgrade

Guys. I did it again.  But this time, I SWEAR to you, it's justified.

I repainted my master bedroom.

I know this seems to be the theme lately- repainting rooms that are already painted.  But this room specifically was painted the first time to just have some sort of color on the walls.  Remember, I didn't even sleep in this room the entire first year I owned the house.  Then I bought a mattress and eventually moved my stuff into the room.  So I quickly grabbed a gallon of paint, choosing the same color that I used downstairs in the dining room and up the stairs. It was also the color that I just painted over in the back spare room.

I mean, don't get me wrong, I love that color.  It reminds me of Bailey's Irish Cream.  And you KNOW how much I luuuuuurv me some Bailey's.  Yum.  But in my bedroom it just was far too boring.  Especially since I have been adding tons of color to the upstairs.  So once I painted the back spare room that dark charcoal, I instantly knew that was the color that I was going to go with for my bedroom as well.  I love moody colors for bedrooms and this is the perfect stormy, cloudy day color.  I'm just pissed that it took me this damn long to do it.  Ugh.  Cuz it's beautiful!

Hot Toddy has finally started to realize that there is a constant stream of projects going on in my house.  I mean, there is a friggin dresser in the middle of my kitchen right now.  And it may have been in there for a couple of weeks.  Oops.  He just goes with the flow though.  Actually, he's usually asking what we are doing next.  So I'm pretty sure he enjoys the chaos.  In fact, he's already scheduled my time in the garage this weekend.  I'm hoping to get a couple of things done in there so it's great that he wants to do them as well.

Okay, back to the bedroom.  Here she was all blah and boring before.

And soon it looked like this.  

Monday, August 8, 2016

So I Built Some Outdoor Seating

Guys!  This post makes me so happy!  You know I love changing out lights and door knobs and painting furniture.  But building things with my own hands?  Such an awesome feeling!

For this project, I researched different forms and designs, but at the end of the day, I really wanted traditional.  I went with some plans from Popular Woodworking August 2005 edition- Norm Abram's Adirondack Chair.  The good news?  The plans had pretty pictures.  The bad news?  You had to freehand each piece as everything was printed on regular 8.5 X 11 paper.  But in the end, it all worked out!  As you can see, we had to use random things in the garage to make arches.  A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

I decided that I wanted to do 6 chairs.  I know, right?  Overachiever, party of one!  My thought was that I was going to do each step 6 times because I know myself.  I knew that if this project sucked ass and I got two chairs completely done, I'd want to stop at the two.  So I figured that if I never finished one chair until I was on the final step of ALL the chairs, I wouldn't be able to stop because once I finished the first chair, I'd basically have to finish all six since I'd be on that last step!  Makes sense to me!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ikea Chandelier Gets Retired

I’ve been able to get a lot of little things done around the house the last couple of months and one really big project.  Just wait for the next post- ya’ll will be just as impressed as I was that they were finished.  But first- the smaller things. Ugh- I know.  The anticipation.  Believe me, it'll be worth it.  

Way back in 2011, I took a trip to Ikea with my girls and picked up quite a few things for the house, including this chandelier that I installed my laundry room.  

You might remember that I had to alter it to fit the short ceiling in there.  I needed to take it apart, remove half of it and put it back together again, which meant the top cap that goes to the ceiling was no longer functional with the light.  So I had to improvise.  In came the faux plaster medallions so cover up my problem.   Horribly ugly but did the trick. 

Well what I neglected to disclose was that the light was still a little too low even after all the hacking away I did with it.  So much so that every time I walked in and out of the laundry room, I hit my head on it.  Every time I pulled laundry out of the dryer and stood up, I hit my head on it.  

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Playing With Fire

Well a project that was started back in 2013 is finally complete.  Guys.  I'm seriously a slacker on this one.  I was being such a stubborn brat about this whole thing.  Really trying to make something I had on hand work that JUST WOULDN'T COOPERATE.  I tried and I tried and I finally gave up.  And so it sat for 3 years.  Completely embarrassing.  Because it was outdoors.  And I'm sure every one of my neighbors hated me for the last three years. 

So here goes.  Remember waaaaaaay back when my Dad helped with the paver patio?  You remember August of 2013, right?  OMG.  I'm cringing as I'm typing this.

Well one of the things that we also did was pour a 4ft by 4ft concrete slab for a fire pit.  Remember this? 

 Actually, full disclosure- this picture is from a solid year later when I had sod installed in the back yard.  Well this pretty picture isn't how the back yard has looked lately.  This is more like it. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

I'm Seeing Green!!

Ok remember way back in March when I started working on the back spare room?  Ummm yeah somehow 3 months have gone by without me realizing it.  I have been working on projects during that time but I just never seem to get back into the groove of posting about them on the blog.  I need to be a little more consistent with it though.  I wish there were a few more hours in the day.  I also wish there was a millionaire who felt charitable towards me and my bank accounts.  A girl can dream right?

Last time I posted, I did a teaser photo of the nightstands. 

That was the start of painting after I sanded the stain and scuff marks off.  One coat of paint down, three more to go.  As you can see, I had to take the backs off and remove a bunch of pieces in order to slide the drawers out.  That wasn't a pain in the ass at all.  Who makes furniture like that anyway?  Good thing I was an engineer in a previous life because I was able to put it all back together weeks later with not a single screw left behind. 

I was a little nervous with how bright the color was but there is a ton of light in my kitchen where I was painting them.  So I figured I'd continue with this color and bring them up to the room and see how they looked in the space before making any rash color changing decisions.  I mean, I wanted green and I most definitely got GREEN.  I wasn't trying to bitch out on one coat.  Plus I've never really been scared of color.  Hello, have you seen my house?

The back spare room is really dark with only one window and an overhead light on the ceiling fan.  Add in the charcoal paint on the walls to make it even more moody.  So I had high hopes that the green would look perfect in the room. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Recovering the Bed... Third Time's the Charm.

So it would seem that the spare bedroom DIY gods are working in my favor this time around. Apparently third time really is the charm.  When I posted about the bedroom last week, I really thought the fabric for the bed would be delivered on Monday- like the USPS tracker stated.  There were definitely no plans to work on the bed over the weekend.  

Until my doorbell rang on Saturday afternoon.  Me, with my ninja-like moves, clicked the TV off and quietly tip toed to the door to see who it was.  In all honesty, I thought it was one of my Tinder matches coming for me.  Fortunately, (or unfortunately- depending on which match it was.  I'm talking about you, Bubba!) it was just the mailman.  I waited until he pulled away since even though it was in the middle of the day, this mama hadn't even brushed her teeth yet.  Never mind showered or brushed her hair.  No one needed to see me like that.  And we wonder why I'm still single.  Anyhoo.....

I grabbed the box, tore into it and found my beloved fabric- I mean curtains.  Cuz yes, the fabric I bought was really curtains.  From Ikea.  For $53 and free shipping.  There really is a method to my madness when it comes to using anything but fabric for my fabric needs.  Remember this same headboard currently has a shower curtain on it.  It's so much cheaper.  Most upholstery fabric is at least $20 a yard and most times you can't find anything that wouldn't go into your grandma's house.  I never have any luck with JoAnn's in-stock fabric.  Or Hancock's for that matter.  I could have ordered from either the exact fabric I wanted but I would have needed at least 3 yards at roughly $39 a yard, maybe less if I had a coupon- which they normally don't let you use on custom orders.  I remembered from a previous trip the gray velvety curtains in a 98" length and thank god for my personal shopper, Miss Wendy, finding some on Ebay.  In the store they were $49.99 plus $14 for shipping. One seller had them for $53 with free shipping.  No brainer on my end- since it would have cost me more than $4 driving to Cincinnati to the closest Ikea and spending half of the day there.  Score one for Kristi.  I just had to wait for them to arrive.  The Sanela curtain is what I got- see how pretty they are.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

No Gray Area Here.

So remember back in January when I talked about updating the spare bedroom?  Well, mama got started on it last week!  I can’t even begin to describe how good it looks.  I’m in love with the wall color.  I’m in love with the furniture color.  Although I might not like it so much once it’s actually on the furniture but we’ll see when that happens.  The lady who mixed my paint gave me the raised eyebrows look when I told her what it was going on.  Clearly, she has no vision.   If you didn’t catch my photo on Facebook, here are the colors I went with. 

So last weekend, I started removing the furniture from the room.  Little did I know the furniture was so heavy.  I literally dragged and then slid one of the night stands down the stairs and out into the garage.  The other night stand and the dresser are in the room still waiting for a manly man with lots of muscles to come help me bring them down.  Damsel in distress, party of one!  There was no way I’d be able to do it myself.  Everything else is out of the room and taking up space in the loft.  What a mess. 

I spent the rest of the day doing touch up work where the wall meets the ceiling and around the door frames.  That way no old paint color would be visible and I’d have a nice crisp line of separation. 

Once that was dry, I started painting the gray on the walls.   I’ve never really had a dark color on any of my bedroom walls so it’s quite shocking at first, especially when wet.  But I think once the pops of white get added back in, it won’t really look so dark.  Either way, I really love the color. 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Third Time's The Charm

Since I've recently been called out for slacking on the blog (thanks, Assholes), I decided to throw something together for you all!  I totally know that I've been MIA but it's been quite the year for me and I really haven't had time, motivation, creativity, funds, etc. to work on this house.  I actually intended on doing a really big summer project that I was saving up for, but that didn't come to fruition.  Then work got busy, shit happened, life sucks and here we are.

I do have a couple of easy, small things that I have accomplished in the meantime that I just need the time to put together a post for.  Then there are a few things that are sitting here waiting for me to put my touch on them.  If only there was enough time in the day.  If only I wasn't constantly exhausted.  If only I won the Powerball.  I mean, seriously.  Can a girl catch a $1.4 billion break for once?

So here I am typing up something quick for you bitches, I plan on re-doing one of my spare rooms.  Again.  For the third time.  This is the room I actually used as my own bedroom for about a year when I first built the house.  I quickly painted the walls so they weren't institution white and put the furniture from my Florida apartment in there and called it a day.  Major boring and blah.