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My Home Sweet Home

7 Jan

Hi everyone!

I know I haven’t posted in months and I’m sooooo sorry about that. I’m going to be extremely honest and admit that I probably won’t be able to post much in the future but I will try my hardest to keep my blog going. Unfortunately between nursing school, my children, my husband needing surgery and the holidays I don’t see this as a priority, which I’m sure you all understand.

Now that we have that off my chest, I would like to take the time to post some updated pictures of my home.

I have made some small changes which include purchasing a new rug for our living room, re-arranging some decorations and painting a beautiful dark blue wall in my kitchen. I have also received messages from people requesting a “house tour” and I can finally provide that for you guys! I still have a ton of work to do on my home and don’t even think you will be getting pictures of my den or second bathroom for awhile! ; )

Let’s start with the living room…..

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I purchased this 7×9′ rug from overstock.com for $299.00. I have a love/hate relationship with it though. The rug is wool and requires constant vacuuming because of the fuzz that comes off of it. If I had known this I probably wouldn’t have bought it because I do NOT like to vacuum every day!

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Another angle of the living room. Only change here is the &sign pillow I made out of a blue button up shirt I stole from my husband’s closet! I created a stencil out of freezer paper, ironed it on to the fabric and painted it with some fabric paint! I also love the fact that I kept on the buttons from the shirt so I can easily slip the pillow out of the cover when I want to mix things up.

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And another angle, nothing new here. For more information on how I created the “1,2,3” wall art, click here.

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Now we are moving into the dining room. The letters are from Jo-Ann Fabrics, which I painted white and sponge painted the edges with different shades of brown. Recently I bought a large letter E which I think looks better in the space than all medium size letters. I also changed up the decorations on the shelf.

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I’m in love with the key picture! I bought the skeleton keys from World Market and hot glued them on to a small canvas that I just painted blue. Super easy and one of a kind!

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Here is another angle of my dining room. The spoon and fork pictures above the prep table are birthday gifts from my husband that he bought from World Market……I seriously love that place! You can read more about how I decorated my bookshelf here.

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Helloooooo blue!!! Can you see that dark blue is kind of a theme in my home? I feel if you pick one color and introduce it to each room, it really ties things together! I painted this wall just a week ago, the color is called Animation from Dutch Boy. I love how every time I walk into the kitchen I am greeted by this cheerful color blue! I’m also thrilled that my husband allowed me to bring in such a bold color without the slightest hesitation. That’s true love!

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Another angle of the kitchen. I changed quite a lot in the last few days about the kitchen. I swapped out my old fabric on the cornice for a fabric that would tie in the new blue wall color. I also created a few new pictures. The one over the microwave is just scrapbook paper that I cut out with an exacto knife in the shape of Wisconsin. Seriously took me 5 minutes. The apple picture is also just scrapbook paper!

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The canisters you see are regular stainless steel canisters that I hot glued scrap pieces of burlap onto and wrote with a sharpie on it. The utensil holder is just a coffee tin that I also covered in burlap.

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Bathroom shot. Nothing exciting here, but I am in love with the shower curtain that I just picked up at Target for $14.99! I think I’d like to change up the wall art…..guess I need some more scrapbook paper!

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This is my 2 year old daughter McKenna’s room. My husband built the shutters for her room and the headboard out of  plastic fencing. We were going for a butterfly garden  theme. The dress up box is something my husband built the kids for Christmas and the plans are found here.

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This is my 4 year old son Jayden’s room. We went with a rock n roll theme for this room and bought the bedding and rug from Walmart. The records are from goodwill and the guitar was a birthday gift. Getting my husband to agree to help me paint the orange stripes on the ceiling was a difficult task but obviously I succeeded!

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And finally this is the master bedroom. I use this word loosely since the dimensions of this room are probably smaller than the kids rooms and the king size bed literally takes up the whole thing! You can read more about this bedroom makeover here.

So there you have it. An almost complete house tour, besides for the den, 2nd bathroom and basement. We have many DIY plans coming up for spring and summer that include:

1. Knocking out east wall and pocket door from kitchen and adding a tile backsplash

2. Pulling off the panels, drywalling and putting new flooring in den

3. Complete bathroom reno in 2nd bathroom

4. Painting the exterior of the house

5. Cleaning and organizing basement and garage

It’s going to be a busy year but I promise I will update you all with pictures and posts along the way! Thank you for your continued support!!!

xoxo

Meghan

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Finally got our couches!

27 Aug

A couple of weeks ago I impulsively sold our sectional couch. I did not like how the sectional looked in the living room and I wasn’t happy that I couldn’t play around with the positioning of the furniture.  I wanted two separate couches that were lighter in color and of a different material that our dog wouldn’t shred up with his claws. Unfortunately my husband was not very happy with me……apparently he loved the sectional and thought it was super comfortable. Woops!

In the future I will definitely talk these things through with him first……most likely…..okay I can’t make any promises.

This is how the living room used to look.

My baby becomes quite the ham when I get the camera out. People say she takes after me, I have no idea what they’re talking about. ; )

On the upside to all of this, my sister happened to have a couch and loveseat in her basement that weren’t being used and were also in perfect condition. Score!

Since she lives an hour and a half away, it took some time until we found a weekend that worked for both of us to get together. Yesterday we hauled the trailer over there and finally were able to pick em up! I was so excited to get them home and rearrange the living room!

The couches were a little bigger than I had imagined and after moving them around at least 10 times, this is what we ended up with.

It was my husband’s idea to place the rug on an angle and I think it adds a ton interest to the room! The bench under the guitars is definitely crowded and will probably be placed in the den when we get that room all fixed up. I would also like to get some tight fitting white slipcovers from Ikea so that we can throw those in the wash in case my kids mess them up…..which they will.

Here is another angle of our living room.

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I think it worked perfectly in my favor having to use our futon as a couch for awhile! It made these new couches feel soooooo comfortable and my husband wasn’t even complaining that they didn’t recline! These couches really brighten up the room and I love that I can move things around whenever I get the urge…….which lets face it, won’t be long.

I also love that I was able to change the whole look of the room by spray painting some vases, make new pillows and paint a new canvas over the couch. It doesn’t have to be expensive to redecorate, as long as you have some basic sewing skills and a few cans of spray paint, you can make a big difference for a very low cost!

Now I just need to convince the hubs to take me to Ikea! : )

It’s Time for Another Makeover!

20 Aug

First of all I want to apologize for not posting in awhile……life has been crazy busy and it’s hard to justify having to blog when your family needs you.

I am very excited however to share with you that another makeover is in the works! This time we will be making over a children’s bathroom. It is not my kid’s bathroom…..we only have one working bathroom in our home and I don’t think my husband would be okay with one that was filled with owls and rubber duckies! LOL

This bathroom belongs to my friend/neighbor Miranda. Her kids are 2 and 4 years old and have such fun and vibrant personalities. These kids deserve a bathroom that reflects their fun personalities and hopefully will make them squeal with delight !

Here are a few before pics…..

What is so fantastic about this bathroom makeover is that it already has great bones! I love the wall color……it’s bright and fun already for a children’s bathroom! There are gorgeous tile floors, a beautiful vanity and I love the crisp, white doors and trim. You know what that means right? This makeover is all about the decorating!!!!! Yeeeeehawww!!!

This is the plan for the room that Miranda and I have come up with:

  • paint a tree on the wall that also serves as towel hooks.
  • swap out the shower curtain for something more colorful and kid friendly
  • replace small brown rugs with one long rug
  • create some awesome subway art pertaining to washing your hands, brushing your teeth, etc
  • buy a few new bath towels and hand towels
  • have the kids create some of their own unique art to display on the walls
  • add some baskets on the half wall for rolled up towels, extra toilet paper or bath toys
  • buy a few more accessories like toothbrush holder, tissue holder and garbage can…..seriously how does she not have these things already? lol

So our plan is to do this makeover for under $100 and to complete it within a week. I’m really excited to get started on this one…..can you tell? : )

50 Shades of Greige

13 Aug

Not to disappoint all my pervy friends, but this post really has nothing to do with the book. Nope, this post is actually about painting a lamp shade. I know what you’re thinking…….what kind of weirdo paints a lamp shade? The answer ladies and gentlemen is ME!

After refurbishing this awesome console table, I was having an issue with lighting. For the time being, I had this lamp just standing next to the table. Totally doesn’t look right. Plus it’s blocking the wall art that I made last week!

I was watching a show on HGTV last night called High Low. The designer showed how to turn a plain white drum shade into something special by spray painting it. It looked really cool, but she did the whole thing in just one color. So I started thinking of different stenciling techniques to get a geometric pattern on the shade. I read that freezer paper doesn’t work because the heat of the iron warps the shade. Vinyl would work great because you just  stick it to the shade, paint it and then peel it off when you’re finished. Unfortunately I do not have any vinyl geometric stencils and I don’t own a Cricut! Grrrrr

So I decided to use blue painters tape in a diagonal pattern. This is the white drum shade I used.

If I had known I would be painting a lamp shade, I would’ve purchased a perfectly round one and not one that flares out at the bottom. Because of the flare I made a pencil mark every 6 inches on the top and every 7 inches on the bottom. I then connected the dots with the tape.

After doing this, I placed tape over these lines in the opposite direction to make a  diamond pattern.

When deciding what paint to use, I did some research on the safety of acrylic paints verses fabric paint. I was hoping I could use acrylic paint because I had a much larger selection of colors to choose from. Turns out acrylic craft paint is what most people recommend and is perfectly safe on the outside of a lamp shade. With this wonderful news, I knew I wanted to go with greige. Never heard of greige before? It’s a much warmer version of grey and is made by mixing white, black and brown together.

As I mixed up the paint, I thought it would look cool if each diamond was a different shade of greige……hence the title of this post. ; )

I did this by just adding more white or black to each concoction.

I tried super hard to be random about the placement of the light and dark paint. Yeah, I have to TRY to be random……doesn’t come easily for me. When I removed the tape, I was really excited about the crisp white lines the painters tape created. What I was not happy about was you could totally see that I didn’t have enough paint on it.

Notice the streakyness? This was even more apparent when placed back on the stand with the light turned on. I went back and added another coat of paint to the entire thing. I didn’t put the tape back on it because I was completely over this project by now. Fortunately the second coat turned out much better and this is how it turned out!


I didn’t want to use the old lamp stand because it was a really weird height and did not work with the space. Lucky for me I had this one just sitting in the den not being used! Score!

This is how it looks after I rearranged things a bit.

I absolutely love this lamp shade and I love that it cost me nothing for a completely customized look! If you have  white shade in your house, some painters tape and acrylic paint, you can totally do this project! If you decide to give it a try, email me your pictures….I would love to see how it turns out!

Oh….and in case you were interested, I have decided to name this lamp Fifty! ; )

 

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Covering the Ol Ottomans!

12 Aug

I’m not sure how other people feel about this, but I am not the type that likes to see my kid’s toys everywhere. Unfortunately we do not have a play room that we can just stash everything in so that means the toys end up in every room of the house! That is why I decided to purchase 4 storage ottomans a couple years ago. I love the fact that the kids can pull their toys out and put them right back into the ottomans when they are finished. Win win for all of us!

Only problem was……they were starting to look a little beat up.

It doesn’t help that my little ones treat every toy like a weapon….. it’s literally their personal mission to destroy everything in the house! Pretty sure I saw my kids with toys forks stabbing these a couple weeks ago! I considered tossing them in the trash and either purchasing new ones or even trying to build ones. Since the majority of the issues are with the ottoman covers, I decided to just try covering them with fabric. I went to JoAnn this afternoon and found this fabric on sale from $10.99 a yard to $6 a yard and bought 3 yards of it.

I have never decorated with animal prints before so I was really excited to see how this would turn out! I laid the fabric out, placed the ottoman top on it and just started stapling!

Have I mentioned how much I love my staple gun? I made sure to staple around the lip of the thing so that it would still fit nicely into the ottomans. First one turned out great!

The next one needed a little more work. My destructive children must have thought it would be fun to pull off the mesh lining leaving the bare wood exposed.

 

Since I really don’t want to be pulling splinters out of baby fingers all day, I had to do something. Fortunately I had some batting laying around so I used that to cover the wood and stapled it down.

You can still see the string that’s holding the buttons on and it’s not perfect but it’s a huge improvement! No longer a safety hazard and actually quite soft to the touch! I ended up having to add the batting to 3 of the ottoman covers……darn kids!

It’s kid approved! If these little stinkers even try to destroy the new covers, I’m getting rid of all the toys that are stored inside of it! That sounds mean, but trust me it’s necessary! I did use home decor fabric so it’s extremely sturdy stuff.

Why hello Bruiser. That’s my sassy puggle that always seems to have a concerned look on his face. He also watches television, barks at other dogs and insists on sleeping in our bed with the covers over him…….yeah he’s spoiled.

I am so happy how these turned out and that I was able to keep the ottomans by just give them a fresh new look! They also add a ton of pizazz to the family room!

If you guys haven’t reupholstered anything or used a staple gun before…..you are missing out! It’s so simple and such a quick fix….no sewing skills required!

 

Making Changes with Textiles

9 Aug

One of my favorite ways to change the look of a room is through textiles. Buying a couple yards of fabric to cover pillows and cushions is extremely inexpensive and easy to do. A few days ago JoAnn Fabrics was having a huge 30% off sale on all of their fabric and I decided it was a great excuse to buy the fabric I had been eying for awhile. This is what I brought home.

This is 5 yards of fabric and cost me $26 all together! Definitely consider making your own pillows over purchasing them, it will save you so much money. This fabric made 6 pillows, 2 table runners and 3 miscellaneous wall art projects. If you were to go to Pier 1 and purchase pillows, they would be around $50 each!

Before swapping out the pillows and cushion on my bench, this is what it looked like.

Not exactly ugly, but definitely left some room for improvement. Last week when I discovered my love for spray painting, I gave this bench a little makeover.

Sure, it required over 2 cans of spray paint to get the job done, but at $3 a can you can’t go wrong! With the bench now a bright white, the canvas bench cushion just didn’t look right. I had an old shower curtain in a light blue color that I wasn’t using so I covered the old cushion with it. I haven’t gotten around to sewing it yet so at this point it’s just folded over the old one…….don’t tell anyone! ; )

After sewing a couple pillows and stuffing them with the filling from the old yellow ones, this is how it turned out.

I also sewed a few more pillows for the couches (which we haven’t gotten yet) but here’s how they look on our inbetweenfurniturefoutonmattress.

As I was staring long and hard at the new pillows and I decided the painting I did above the couch was just not working with colors of the room.

It looked good when the majority of the room was yellow and blue, but with all of my yellow decorations in my new bedroom, it just didn’t look right. So I got out my acrylic paint and made a few tweaks.

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Definitely makes things easier on the eyes! I may even go back and touch up the green to be a little brighter, but for now I’m happy!

So that’s it for today, just wanted to show you guys how swapping out some pillows or covering an old bench cushion can really update a room and give it a fresh new look!

 

Reader DIY: Fabulous Fainting Chair

5 Aug

My dear friend Miranda sent me this message yesterday telling me all about her recent project she completed for her daughter’s room! It turned out fabulous and I couldn’t wait to share it with you guys!!!!

This is a fainting chair that one of my neighbors was throwing away. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it when she still had it at her house. Fortunately for me, her little girl has outgrown it. When I saw it by the garbage I emailed her immediately and she told me I could have it!

This is what it looked like when I got it home.

The first step was to clean it. I doused it with soap and used the jet setting on my hose to get off as much of the old paint as I could. After letting it dry I re-spray painted it. I decided to go with Heirloom white, to keep it a little more authentic looking.
At the bottom of the chair it was all broken in. The only way to save it was to put a cushion on it. The fabric I used was just a fun pillowcase that I found at Goodwill. I laid it over the seat of the chair so I could make the end rounded to fit the chair better. Then all that I needed to do was put stuffing in it and sew it up! The white pillow at the top was a pillowcase we already had, so I cut it down to size. Stuffed and sewed.
Viola! A brand new fainting chair my little girl! She loves it!
This chair is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen! Miranda did a great job restoring something that one person saw as garbage into a beautiful piece of furniture that her daughter will treasure for years……I bet her friend is going to want it back now! ; )
This quick, easy project shows that for a very small amount of money and a little bit of effort you can create something amazing!
If anyone else has recently completed a project or a fun makeover, please send me a message and some pictures! I would love to feature your story!