I wasn't sure if I was going to share this today....in fear of being judged. I mean seriously who paints graffiti on their own garage walls....although I will admit the sentiment that my husband painted with our initials is so sweet. But still....who does that!
FYI- We aren't really graffiti artists. We used some of the garage in late winter to paint the kitchen cabinets, and the walls were used to test the paint sprayer, knowing that we would be painting them down the road.
I love it when an unexpected idea creates so much sweetness that it's oozing out of the bookcase.
Example- Take this rather neutral, a tad bit boring for a 6 year old, great bones of a bookcase. It's been sitting in Lily's room patiently now for a couple of years , just waiting for it's turn to shine.
This wasn't exactly my first time.....tiling, but it was my first time to tile a back splash... although I did paint one here in my kitchen. A few months back, I found this glass subway tile on clearance at Home Depot and decided to use it to make some updates to the laundry room.
Happy Hump day! Well day 4 of the kids back to school and I am just ...... missing them. I didn't think them going back would leave such a void in my heart and in my everyday routine.
So to fill that void, today I am joining up with some of my Southern blogger pals to bring you a Back To School Idea....for the teacher.
We have been so incredibly blessed for our children to have such wonderful, kind and loving teachers, and the teachers this year are no exception. I wanted to kick off the school year with a little gift that personally I just love.
I am back from a week in Tennessee with the kids and..... I missed you. I was in a location that had no cellphone coverage ( only text) and limited internet. I take that back, I had to drive down the road to make a call and when I posted anything to instagram or facebook it took 2 hours to upload. Although as remote as it sounds, it was the ideal way to unwind and relax the last week before school starts. I must admit, my garage had been looking a tad bit disgraceful for many months now. Complete eyesore, as in the minute you pulled your car in, you would want to pull it back out. Seriously. If you don't believe me, ask my car. So we did a few updates to tidy up the place like building some shelves to help with the organization and painting the walls, but one thing I did that completely changed the way I feel when walking through the door, was painting the stairs.
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.......
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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
Of all the projects that I am so thrilled to have completed, this ranks right up there...
My Craft Room.
Today, I am taking you through a random little journey into a space that makes me quite happy, motivated, and more organized then I knew I could be.
Before I share some of the changes, I wanted to remind you how this space started....and then you will know why my new space makes me feel the way it does.
The transformation is so amazing that even I, have a hard time believing that this image was taken from the exact same spot just months apart. You can see the entire journey here and here.
To be fair, I am not the only one who is thrilled with the new space.
The color pencils are happy they now can be organized and easily found when needed.
This picture of my sweet mom and siblings is happy because I spray painted it to coordinate with the hot pink rug that I got from Mohawk that serves as the focal point for the room.
The lampshade that I made is happy, because it gets to sit on the 'sewing side' of the room and provide some extra light. The clock, frame and peg board holders are happy cause they were also sprayed to match everything else.
The cabinets from the garage are happy, because they were refreshed and repainted white and are so much happier holding my craft supplies, then holding garage junk.
The craft table is much happier now that I painted it white, then it was when it was black and being used in the breakfast area in the kitchen. The glass top is perfect when cleaning up a craft mess.
The gift bags and wrapping paper are happy because they are hung neatly on peg board and ready to go when needed.
My husband is much happier because this is the view that he sees each day when he walks into his office on the other side of the wall that we put up. You can read more about that here.
Even my kids are happier, because they now have a great space to come up to and craft, color and make mom special cards that just melt her heart.
Everyone is so happy...... in fact, I could have sworn that the glue sticks and scissors were holding hands singing kumbaya the other day.
What space in your home makes you just so ..... happy?