Showing posts with label Projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Projects. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Project of the Summer- Lake House

I have only done a few projects this summer which has been wonderful because honestly I have never felt more in touch with my kids, husband and household. If something was to get done, it was on "summer time"...... similar to, island time.  But there is one project that I have really been looking forward to since the summer began.......
Project Lake House

Me and the kids are packed up and heading north to Tennessee, to spend some time with my niece, sisters and mother at this beautiful house. While I am here, in between lake time and celebrating the twins birthday, I will be revisiting a few rooms that need some decor updates. 
This house is so special to me (and no, I do not own it but get to stay when I perks) because I was there at the beginning of the building process, when it all started and looked like this.

That's me...notebook in one hand, phone in the other overseeing the stair installation. The owners live in another state so having somebody relatively close was ideal during the construction stage.... which was very slow. Island time, except in the mountains. Where the closest Walmart and Piggly Wiggly are one hour away.
And here I am below, 8 months pregnant with the twins .... house almost finished.  

7 years later, it's time to update and enhance a few of the rooms including this bedroom

and an outdoor living space

But don't worry, I will share an entire house tour with the updates when I get back....if I come back (kidding) although it's really hard to leave serenity and tranquility.
What are you up to this week?

Talk to you next week.

for this chance to get away with the kids....even though 
we will miss dad

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How to Hang Wall Paper like a Rock Star... 5 Simple Tips Before You Get Started

Of all my DIY projects that I have done....wallpapering has not been one of them.  I guess it always seemed so difficult and time consuming, besides the visions of stripping paper in tiny little pieces off the walls, was enough to tell me not to even begin..... until I saw this paper from here and fell in paper love.

I thought it was the perfect paper for my' little girl getting bigger' bedroom updates. If you saw a glimpse of her room here, I am here to tell you I am a believer that wall paper can truly transform your space.
And so for all you non-believers or one's sitting on the fence thinking about hanging paper, I have put together some very basic tips to help your wall paper journey....and make you a believer.

Tip #1
Make sure you have the right tools. Good thing is, you don't need a boat load of supplies to hang paper. I used a tape measure, utility knife with a sharp edge, applicator ( to smooth and get rid of air pockets) a sponge, ladder and.....

a bath tub, yes that's what I said, to successful move through this job. 

I realize this is such a non conventional method in the professional world of wall papering, but rather then using a pan to submerge my paper, I filled my bathtub with luke warm water and submerged my paper in the tub instead. Worked like a charm and one less thing I needed to buy.

Tip #2
Love the sample piece before moving on. Make sure the paper works and it's what you want for the room. This sample piece hung on the wall for seriously a good month before I decided to purchase the rolls needed to do this wall. Unlike paint, paper would be a bit more complicated and timely to remove and start over, if I wasn't happy or unsure with the decision.. 

Tip #3
Measure 3 times....just to be sure.  Get it right with your cuts, so that you don't have any waste or have to buy additional rolls to make up for your mistakes. This paper was $60.00 for a standard roll so mistakes were just not in the budget.

Tip #4
Pick a forgiving pattern. Chances are, if you stare long enough to spot my imperfections or seams, you will get dizzy from the pattern before you even spot them. For your first time out of the gate, choose an easier pattern to work with, a repeating pattern, and one that doesn't require such precision when applying to the wall.

Tip #5
Measure your project area before you order. Would you believe I ran out of paper at this point.....because I did not measure the wall before I ordered. Dumb, I know that's what your thinking. It's okay.... I know. Most sources provide a simple to use room calculator to measure the amount of paper you will need based on your room/wall dimensions......use it.

But seriously, if it turns out as pretty as it did in Lily's room and is this easy to apply, I am confident that a few more walls will get the paper treatment ..... sooner than later.

Got any wall paper hanging in your home? If not, what's stopping you?

That once I put the paper up, I loved it !

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Everyone needs a little green table...... and a giveaway from Glidden

When it comes to decorating, my family is very easy and cooperative. And up until now, they have left most of the decorating and color choices ....... along with the household cleaning, cooking and grocery shopping, all to me.. Lovely bunch they are. 

But when it came time to make some changes to Lily's room, I wanted more than that. I wanted input. I wanted others to share in the decisions. I wanted her to love the choices that were being made..... after all, it is her room.  So I gave her full decision making rights on her little bedside table. We are starting small and working our way up. I thought a pop of color against the pink in the room, would be perfect complement to the room.

So with the wall paper sample in our hands, we headed to  The Home Depot to check out colors choices. After some mild "coaching" on why purple may not be the best choice, we found ourselves considering a few shades of green from the Glidden® color palette. Glidden makes it really easy to choose colors with their "simplified palette, which is especially important if choosing colors and making these decisions are new to you.  After an ice cream sundae meeting at the Dairy Queen, we had a winner. New Grass Green. See sample here.

So we took the table ( which was a table I had previously used in my living room), which lacked a bit of 'little girl personality' and covered it with 2 coats of Glidden Premium Interior latex paint that I purchased at my local Home Depot. She helped with a few strokes and left the rest to mom. This is after one coat of paint.

Immediately, I could see how proud she was of "her" color decision and how that little green table will act as a symbol for years to come, and provide her the confidence to make other decisions in her life. 

I only wish every decision was going to be this easy. Speaking of easy and a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card,  leave me a comment below telling me what piece of furniture you have painted...or will paint, that provides inspiration for you.  Be sure to leave your email ( if I don't have it or you show up as a no reply) so there is a way to notify you if you are the lucky winner!

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Monday, June 16, 2014

The Finished Kitchen....Sorta

Kinda of... Sort of..... well almost.
 See, the last minute window addition is not completed yet but if I waited to show you everything completely finished..... well it may just be Christmas.
So, after many months of contemplating whether to paint the cabinets ( after 11 years it was time to address the wear and tear), researching how to paint them, choosing paint colors, painting the back splash, sanding every square inch, priming every square inch, and painting the cabinets, I am thrilled to share our "brighter" kitchen.

I will save all the details of our painting 'took longer then expected adventure', the budget for our project and the before and after pictures, in another post. I thought the slew of pictures was enough for today. 
But...... just in case your the anxious type, like's a before and after or you can click here for the original Kitchen Tour. For my last Summer Home Tour click here. Ha.... I have been too busy painting to do one this year!

Enough said.
Have a great week!

That this project is over and we are thoroughly enjoying it!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Weekly Wows...Giveaway Reminder

Happy Friday. I expected to be in Washington DC this weekend, but due to a conflict at home, instead I am watching kid movies and cleaning up a paint mess in the garage. This my friends, is the twins interpretation of  "summer time fun". 

Lesson learned, do not leave unattended paint cans in the garage with very active 5 year olds ! "We just wanted to see what color it was mommy...honest"  The only reason I am not super upset is, repainting the garage floor is a summer project we are intending to do anyways, but thanks to the kids, we can cross that project off the list.

Here's some amazing projects that may make it to your list.

Super cute for kids wall, from here

My dirty laundry will look so cute in this DIY laundry basket from The Picket Fence Projects

I should surprise my kids one morning with homemade poptarts from here.

After I polish off a few of the pop tarts (it's bound to happen) , I just may need to eat this delicious looking Russian layered salad. 

Super cute...and clever, DIY outdoor garden clock art from My Sweet Savannah

Other than a few landscape chores this weekend we will be loving on sweet daddy. What are you up to? 

Have a fantastic weekend and Happy Fathers Day to all the dad's out there!

grateful for~
the kindness and patience from the best dad my kids 
could ever have

PS- Don't forget I am giving away a rug  here and a $100 Visa giftcard giveaway here and another $100 Visa card here. Would love for you to go enter!

PPS- for all my weekly wow's click here.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Summer Mantel 2014...Almost, Kinda, Sorta

Although summer doesn't officially begin until June 21st, many believe that it's Memorial Day that kicks off the summer season. 

You know, the time where it's okay to start wearing your white shorts and time to put away those boots, unless your the kind that wears boots with your Daisy Dukes that is. 
So, since it's almost, kinda, sorta summer, I figured I would usher in Summer time on the mantel this weekend.

I think my mantel evokes my thoughts about summer......bright, simple, beachy with a touch of orange and aqua blue.

Some orange wooden buoys got a little refresh with white and a pop of aqua to coordinate with some wooden oars that I painted.

The beach sign that I made here, that I absolutely love... has surfaced every year and points South to the .......

Sea glass colored vessel that has some "pretend" beach grass in it. I sprayed some dried greens with white paint...Shhhhh, don't tell anyone, especially this guy......

This Sperm Whale print that I framed in one of my Ribba frames from IKEA .... was actually the inspiration for it all. Factoid for you.  Did you know The Sperm whale is the world's largest toothed predatory fish. Males can reach longer than 65 feet and females 35 feet. Luckily for me and most of you, we should be able to spot one. 

And although this makes me feel slightly better when building sand castles at the beach this year, every time I dip my toe in the ocean I think about the original movie 'Jaws' ...and how after all these years it still creeps me out.
How about you?
Happy start of summer.....well almost.

PS- If you really want to be the subject matter expert on Whales while sitting on the beach this summer go here.

Grateful for~
A beach vacation this summer

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