Monday, August 18, 2014

From Dull to Dynamic: China Cabinet goes Gray

 Here's where we started, back in 2011 when I purchased this bad boy from craigslist for $80.00. Well, it was $100, but we I talked him down. ;). And this is the way things stayed, for a long time. I've wanted to paint this darn cabinet for ages and I finally did it! 

Here's how the process went.
Remove retro chunky wood from front door panels. (We tried a pry bar first but that was digging into the outer frame. Next, I tried a chisel and that did the trick)

Ahhhh, already so much better.

I primed, two coats...ugh and DOUBLE ugh with these doors and the glass shelf holders


And then I painted...two coats. Not so bad on the lower part. That upper cabinet is a beast.

Next I had to decide if I wanted Earthy Gray or Heirloom White wall paper panels on the doors. I used a paintable wall paper from Lowe's. It comes in a roll and I cut it to size with and x-acto and a straight edge.

The gray won my heart. MMMMMM MMM YUM!

I painted the interior of the upper cabinet the same gray. Now, it's all put back together now and oh so handsome.
Time to finish up this room and get some window treatments now that my lovelies are all in school. Hope you enjoyed this makeover. I love the finished product. The process is getting easier too. 
Painting the bookshelf next ;)
Here is the shelf with the interior lights on at night.

Before and After

PS if you love this kind of stuff you should visit the BETTER AFTER blog. Tons of inspiration.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Remodel Update: Removing Windows

Where have I been the whole month of July you may ask. Right here and in Utah, but mostly here. Living in a house that is almost unlivable at times ;).
We finished the floors and then we decided it would be a great idea to rip out some windows...who doesn't love remodeling for months on end? Hahaha.


You find lots of  "interesting" things when you rip houses apart. Why in heaven's name would you put so many shims in between the window casing and the wall??? Holy mackerel. 
My men tearing down the siding outside. It's raining today or I'd have gotten a picture of what that looks like. You almost can't tell there ever was a window there. Awesome. We will, however, need to paint the house when we're all done with the interior.

 Window framed to wall.
Now filled in with insulation. Ready for the drywall. That won't happen until the other two windows are removed. So there's a little update and hopefully we'll get this room back in working order soon. It IS my craft area and I'm going through withdrawals. Have a happy week.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Fourth of July Book Page Banner: Paper Pinwheels, Accordion Flowers and Scrunch Flowers.


We just had a class and had such a great time with everyone making their banners. We used a old, torn up copy of  "Little House in the Big Woods".


The blue flower is fun to make. ;) Just ask Nicole, she had to make two. Hahaha.







Accordion Flower, Scrunch Flower, and a Pinwheel


Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

My Unplanned Bathroom Renovation: Grown Up Bathroom

That "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" thing is still happening over here. With everything all topsy turvy I decided the kid's bathroom needed to be made over too. I had purchased a shower curtain on clearance for $7 I think but then the blue in their bathroom just didn't look right anymore. SURPRISE, SURPRISE ;).
Here's how there bathroom looked for A LONG time until I painted the mirror frame white and painted the cupboards white, pulled out the linoleum,tiled, textured over the wall paper, painted, and added bead board to the walls. Phew. It's come a long way.
So has my little guy.

 So, here's a picture with the new curtain, the walls still blue and the crown molding still unpainted. (Yeah, I left it unpainted all of these years even though everything else was white in there...I'm a slacker. There are no wall studs in a large span of the wall so every hook or towel bar we had would eventually rip out of the walls...four kids will do that to dry wall...even with wall anchors.

Moving on up. The trim is painted I just have to fussy paint along the wall where it meets the trim.

I am loving the new color...it's been bright blue for sooooo long. 

Our solution to the weak wall problem was to add a piece of trim along the entire wall so that we could screw it in where the studs were. Travis did such a great job milling this piece with a nice edge. I looked at Lowe's for decorative towel hooks. THEY HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING. The cheapest one I could find there was $12.97. And it wasn't anything special. 
Next stop: HOBBY LOBBY
I found these great hooks for $3.99 a piece but they were on sale for 50% off. YAY.
Four hooks for less than the price of one at Lowe's. 
They were a dark metal finish, so I did have to spray paint them with my trusty standby
SATIN NICKLE by Krylon. Perfection. 
I measured out evenly spaced intervals and mounted them with screws. Hopefully, they last longer than the old hooks.

This owl was on clearance at Walgreens for $2. Had to have!

The mirror was on markdown at Burlington for just $9. It is a really nice piece. 

Hard to photograph the lighting but what used to be up here was U-G-L-Y! 

Found this serving plate stand at the Salvation Army for $2. Perfect to hold all of the stuff the kids like to leave out on the counter. (He went from "shaving in the first picture to Clearasil ;)) 

It's silver plated and very sturdy. 

Well, I hope you've enjoyed this little look into my GROWN UP bathroom. My boys hate it and say that they liked the blue better. Oh well, can't make everyone happy ;).
Have a great week!!!

**ONE QUESTION: DO YOU LIKE THE GRAY SPACE IN BETWEEN THE TOWEL HOOK BAR AND THE BEAD BOARD OR DO YOU THINK I SHOULD PAINT IT ALL WHITE IN BETWEEN?


Monday, May 19, 2014

Graduation Sequin Shaker Card

I can't believe all of the "children" that are graduating this year. Time really does fly. 
This was a fun shaker card that I whipped up for one of said graduates.
I tried to find "Pinto Green" to represent the local school and this was as close as I could get.

I paired the cards with some cookies that I'd made.
The tag on the cookies said, 
"You're one smart cookie!"
Have a great week.
Today is my beloved husband's birthday and in a few days we celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. 
SO EXCITING!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Families Are Forever Scrapbook Steals Daisy #2

I haven't done a Mid Week Mojo in what feels like forever. 
This is taken from their Daisy #2 Sketch
However, I had a visit from a dear friend last week who so lovingly showed me the scrapbook that she made for her daughter who lives in heaven now and it made me realize that I really need to do something for Isaiah. I need to do it for me and for my children so that they can have something to look through that is all about him and them and this special time in our lives. That's what this hobby is for, isn't it. I know I won't share every page I make here, on the blog, some are just too tender. But, I'm getting better at handling this thing we call grief and this is okay for me now.
So, I printed out one of the pictures that the nurses took at the hospital and used my Silhouette to cut out the title. I love how it wraps around the picture. I used a piece of my architectural trace paper that I actually cut from the edge of one of my college drawings and pleated it, sewed it and adhered it to the page. SRM stickers and some washi along with basic grey flare and adhesive cork finish it off.

I hope you find scrapbooking as therapeutic as I do and that it gives you as much joy as it does me.
Have a great week.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Lace Card

Heidi Swap Doily Spray Stencil makes a great base for this card.
 I added some vintage lace trim that actually came from my mom.
I hope she likes it.
Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful mothers out there.


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Thanks Teacher Paper Smooches Smarty Pants

It's TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!!!
I whipped up these cards so that my kids can write notes to their teachers and tell them
just how awesome they are...or scribble...whatever works :)

I stamped the bookworm and the sentiment from the Paper Smooches Smarty Pants set and then I used Studio Calico Spritzes to create a color wash in the corner. Finally, I stamped a few stars and the alphabet confetti stamp from Stampin' Up in Wild Wasabi to finish it off.
So CUTE! I hope that my kids share some heartfelt gratitude with their teachers.
Have a great week.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

The Making and Evolution of a Fairy Garden

I was feeling pretty crummy today so I decided to do something crafty with the kids.
I've seen those fairy gardens all over the place and thought that would be a great Sunday activity to get the whole family involved in.
We started with a big rock as our fairy house (we may get something different because it was hard to come up with a roof for this one. Finding flat stones, we created a path.

Then we found some dried out stems out in the garden and clipped them down.

The fun part was finding round rocks that resembled mushroom tops. I painted them red and added white dots. The "stems" are made with round elongated stones.

It's shaping up.

This "stump" is a hollyhock stem that had a little hole in it. I glued some other stems to it for bulk.

the fence was created by cutting down dried out stems and connecting them with cross pieces.


Added in some Spanish Moss that's been in my craft area forever.
Tess HAD TO HAVE a swing. So some snipped stems and a little twine later our fairy has a swing.
 
We were wanting a stream, but this pot just isn't that big so we had to come up with a bitty pond instead. I used a little sample cup and glued flat stones all around the top of it. Added in some green and blue glass pebbles for water and called it good for now.
I think we'll add another level with a stick ladder leading from the lower pot to the upper. This is so much fun. The boys want to build a mailbox next. 
Our fairy needs a door on her house and maybe the path will be narrowed so we can plant some seeds alongside it. Hope your weekend was wonderful. 
Stay crafty my friends.