Friday, December 8, 2017

Family Room - Done for Now

Well this room has only taken about a year to come together since moving in last fall.  It's been pretty gradual but I love it now.   We started off with a blank slate.  BEFORE:

 The couches, end tables, lamps and desk we brought with us, but shortly after moving in I found the entertainment center on a classified website and we also purchased our first big screen tv (my birthday present last year).  But I was also left with lots of blank walls to fill.  Fast forward a year and here it is.  AFTER:

One project that I hope to do - maybe next summer is dress up these windows a little more, maybe add some trim and switch out the mini blinds (that's what came with the house).  But we'll just add those projects to my huge "to do - wish list" but for now, it will have to do.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Buh, Bye Oak end tables

I've been wanting to do this project all summer and finally tackled it recently since our fall weather is sticking around a little longer than expected.

I bought these end tables years ago as one of my first furniture purchases.  They're really nice heavy duty oak tables.  Since we moved last year, I've added other pieces of furniture but they have had more of a walnut or espresso finish, so I decided these could use a little face lift too.  I used my handy dandy General Finishes Gel Stain -  Antique Walnut (purchased on Amazon).  I only did one coat and called it good.

It's just enough stain to give it a whole new look, but also not making them too dark.  I love how they turned out.

Now the room is finally coming together!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Throw Pillows

I love throw pillows!  But I must say lately, they're pretty steep - I can't justify paying $20-30 for a single pillow even when they're super cute and especially with kiddos who might get it dirty in a matter of minutes.  Even shopping at discount stores like Ross and TJ Maxx, it's hard to find nice pillows for super cheap.  So I found the next best thing - pillow covers!

I had seen pillow covers at Hobby Lobby before, but had never tried any.  One day while shopping online I came across some really cute ones.  I ordered two of each of these for $4.99 since they were half off.

I also got 4 of the plain linen ones for $2.99 each.  I put them under the pattern ones just to add more depth and because I love pillows.  I didn't love the matching throw pillows that came with our couch, so using cheap, but quality pillow covers just makes me happy.  I love how I can easily remove the covers and wash them when needed too.  They are nice quality covers with a zipper for easy on and off access.

Amazon carries a huge selection of pillow covers as well.  That's where I found the ones with sayings, like this one and the pictured above.

These came in a 4-pack for about $16.  They have plenty of seasonal ones too, that way you don't have to buy all new pillows and worry about storing them, you can just switch up the covers.

I love how the pillows look on the couches now - even though I end up picking them up off the floor several times a day because the kids are always messing around doing something.

What about you - have you tried pillow covers?  Where is your favorite place to buy them?

Friday, December 1, 2017

Adding Some Arrows

I showed you my wall with the railroad clock I found at Hobby Lobby.

Well in a while ago I found these cool looking metal arrows at Ross for $10 bucks that I decided to add to my wall.

It adds just a little more to the wall, too bad that huge monitor is there, but that has to stay for the hub!

I like how it turned out.

Have you come across any awesome finds lately?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Railroad Clock

One thing I wanted in our family room was a BIG CLOCK.  I was doing some online shopping one day and found this awesome clock on Hobby Lobby's website.  It was 50% off and and with free shipping it was a great deal.

It's a big clock too - 23 inches in diameter and 4 inches thick.  I also wanted a clock with real numbers, not roman numerals, lines, or anything crazy.  This way my boys, a few still learning to tell time on a clock, can hopefully figure out what time it is too.  But most of all,  It's a great addition to our family room. 

I found a few other things to hang up on the same wall.  An arrow that lights up and "H" from Michael's, a family saying on burlap from Kohl's and a family photo.

This room is really starting to come together.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Picture Frame Update

So after moving into our house, it took me forever to figure out what I wanted to hang on the walls in our family room.  I knew I wanted to do some family photos and individual pictures of the kids, but putting it all together was the hard part.  So after a few months, I decided to just run with this idea.

I found these cool grayish wood colored frames at Michael's.

I also found these clips.

I moved the glass and put it behind the matting then hot glued the clip to the matting.  This way I can easily change out the pictures without having to take down the frames.  I love how they turned out.

Now it feels like the family room is finally getting put together.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Garage Organization

On our moving day, we lined one side of the garage with shelves and filled them with lots of bins as we took them off the truck.  The bins are filled with all my holiday decorations, the kids' outdoor toys, basketballs, sand toys, gardening tools and other odds and ends.

We added one other shelf in the corner with water bottles, coolers and water jugs.  The two big drums are filled with water for storage.  The brown shelving was left by the previous owners, so we use that as our shoe rack.  It also houses our tools, paint and supplies, and small containers filled with other odds and ends.

On the wall by the door, I added two pieces of wood and attached hooks for the kids jackets, back packs and umbrellas.

We also store our card tables and chairs in the garage.  (This has since been updated - I'll show you an updated photo of this area soon.)

We were anxious to get the garage in order since we moved in the fall, we wanted to be able to park our cars in the garage during the winter months, I'm really happy with how it turned out.  It's not a big garage, but we made it work and we can park both cars in there which was a must.

I love having everything organized and somewhat easy to find - saves me time - and I always need more of that.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The First Project . . . Garage

Before we even started moving in, the first project I wanted to tackle was priming the walls in the garage.  The garage at least had been finished off, insulated and sheet rocked, now it just needed a coat of primer.  The brown walls just needed to be lightened.  The shelving was left by the previous owners, which is a great storage feature.

You can see even the ceilings were the same too.  It just needed a coat of paint to help brighten up the space.

 So with some help from my cousin we began to cover the walls with some primer.

I didn't end up adding any paint, just primer and that made a world of difference.  This is a blurry photo - but you get the idea of what a difference it made.

The garage is a dark space to begin with since there are no windows, but priming the walls white helped brighten things up quite a bit. I was so glad it was done just in time for moving day.

Monday, March 20, 2017

We took the Plunge . . . FOR SALE

Towards the end of July last year we decided it was time to start looking for another house.  We had bought our house as newlyweds 16 years ago and decided it was time to find something that better suited our family's needs.  We lived in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom multi-level house, but after our baby girl came along, we just needed some more bedroom space.  The kitchen and living areas were fine, but with only 3 bedrooms, we had 3 boys in one room and it was tight - really tight.  We were torn though at the thought of leaving our friends and neighbors.  So, at the end of July this happened.

We listed it on a Friday and by Sunday it was under contract.  We were excited and stressed at the same time because we hadn't been able to find a house we wanted to buy.  But, by that Wednesday the deal fell through because the buyers realized their current housing contract wasn't up until November, so they had to back out.  We listed again just a couple days later and by Sunday evening we were under contract again.  After that it was a whirlwind with inspections, looking at houses, packing, etc.  Within a week though we found a house we really liked that had multiple offers.  We offered $6,000 more than the asking price and got the bid and were under contract.  After about a month of working with the lender, doing an inspection, getting a new roof (see photo below), and getting in a 10 day vacation, we finally had a firm date and this happened in mid-September.

We also rented a U-haul this same size (26 ft.) and loaded everything we could, minus furniture.  We weren't sure how much help we could solicit from friends and neighbors, so we hired out the heavy stuff.  It's wasn't the cheapest method of moving, but definitely saved us in the end and was well worth the money.

We were super excited to find a house with all our "wants" too, including enough bedrooms.

And one of the bonuses was that it was on a cul-de-sac and had an amazing back yard.

And of course the kids were super excited to have their own swing set, with enough swings for everyone.

We really love our new house.  We've done a ton in the six months we've been in our place.  So I have lots of fun projects to show you.  I'm currently working on decorating the walls, adding curtains, etc.  So stick around.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


I found four of these 5x7 boxes at Hobby Lobby.  I didn't want them for the saying, but for the box.

It's a hollow, three dimensional box.  I'm sure you've seen them around with all kinds of sayings on them.  They can be pretty pricey too.

Anyway, I sprayed them with a couple coats of primer and a couple coats of white spray paint.

I had some vinyl cut from Utah Vinyl in a hunter green color.

I sanded the edges just a bit as well.

Added the vinyl and they were done!

Super simple project and just in time for St. Patrick's Day.  I added one of the boxes to my entry table to go with my other green and white decor.  The other boxes will be gifts for a couple friends.

I love how it turned out and it's just perfect for the entry table.

Now we're ready for St. Patrick's day!!

What about you - do you like to decorate for St. Patrick's day?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Before and After Bathroom

Over all I'm super happy with all the changes.  So here's another BEFORE:

And now the AFTER:

Having the hooks for the boys to hang their towels has been so much better than the towel rod we had before.  They actually hang up their towels now and they don't look like they were just randomly tossed on the towel rod either.  Much more kid friendly.

I found these matching frames on clearance at Michael's.  The pictures are 10x13 and were taken at J.C. Penney's.  I love how they turned out.  It's fun to see the bathtub photos.

Here's another shot of the framed mirror and sink area.  One thing I didn't get done was refinishing the honey oak cabinet.  

So great to get projects done!