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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

Fall is in the air!

24 Sep

I absolutely love fall! I love drinking pumpkin spice lattes, watching football, wearing scarves and boots and of course watching the leaves change color. Now being able to drink a pumpkin spice latte while watching football AND decorating my house for fall would put me in heaven! I actually like decorating for fall better than decorating for Christmas because I love the warmth all of the colors bring to my home. There is something so cozy about gourds, apples, leaves and the smell of pumpkins in the air.

Decorating for me is a process. I can’t just spend one hour and put all of my decorations out and be happy with it. Many of my friends who know me well understand that I have a touch of OCD (okay maybe more than a touch). I need items to be balanced, in both size and color. I also need to pay attention to angles and make sure my decorations look good from all angles of a room. This is why it takes me a looooong time to get each room perfect (in my eyes). My poor husband looks at me like I’m crazy each time I jump off the couch and start rearranging decorations at 11:00 at night. Today I’m going to show you my finished dining room. The other rooms aren’t even close to being finished so you will have to wait to see those.

This is what I came up with.

It drives my husband crazy when I load the table up with decorations and there is hardly any room to eat. My answer to that……deal with it! ; )

This is the ladder that we built out of 1×3’s and 1″ dowels. I would’ve wrote a post on it but forgot to take pictures. Woops!

So that’s it for now. I am planning on getting a whole bunch of pumpkins to paint/stencil so there is a good chance all of these decorations will change. Hehe

Make Your Own Chalkboard!

10 Sep

Lately I have been completely obsessed with chalkboards! I love the country/cozy look that they bring to a house and I love that they are functional too! You can use a chalkboard for a calendar, to-do list, groceries list, menu board or for your kids to play with! Now it’s not that chalkboards are hard to find, but finding one in the exact size and look that you want is another story. That’s why I decided to make one!

I had this awesome rustic frame in the basement that I bought years ago from Ben Franklin that I thought would look awesome with a chalkboard.

As you can see I have no picture in this frame, just the cardboard backing that came along with it. We decided to use this cardboard as a template for the piece that would soon become the chalkboard. We decided to use 1/4 inch hard board that we had left over in the garage because it’s extremely smooth and thin. All that we had to do was lay the cardboard on the hard board (that rhymes hehe) and trace the outline so we knew what size to cut it.

After making a couple quick cuts, it was ready to be primed. When using chalkboard paint, it is always recommended that you prime first! If there are any rough spots or scratches, you will want to sand and then prime.

While making a chalkboard for myself, I was also making a smaller one for a friend. You can see that it’s not too pretty after being primed but that’s okay, the chalkboard paint covers it up!

Now don’t even think about going out and purchasing chalkboard paint! The stuff is a fortune and it’s SUPER easy to make yourself! You use 2 Tablespoons of Unsanded Tile Grout per 1 Cup of paint. You can use any type of paint you want…..I used the 8oz  container of black paint you can get at Menards for $2.99! This is what the tile grout looks like.

Now it’s time to mix the heck out of this stuff! It’s pretty lumpy and you want to make sure it’s nice and smooth before applying it!

I applied the paint with a sponge brush and had to go over many areas twice because I didn’t want any primer to show through. You can also use a roller if you want.

After letting it dry for the night, I came back with 180 grit sandpaper to make it nice and smooth.  I then placed it in the frame (which fit perfectly thanks to the template) and hung it up! I think it looks awesome in my kitchen!

This project seriously took under an hour aside from drying time and was soooo simple to do! Using a picture frame gives it a finished look and most people have at least 1 or 2 laying around their house not being used. Also the chalkboard paint can be used on a ton of different surfaces. You can paint the top of a child’s craft table or paint it directly on a wall of a play room! My next project with this stuff will be a floor to ceiling calendar……I can’t wait!

Show a Rug Some Love

6 Sep

I’ve come to the conclusion that you can cover ANYTHING! I’m finally seeing things in a new light…… I know, took me long enough. What was once old and worn and probably headed for the garbage, I can now see the potential in. Today I’m going to show you how I covered an old rug. I’ve been making some small changes to my kitchen lately which have made a huge difference. For instance, sewing a new valance, covering the cornice with new fabric and bringing in a new black and white rug from Target. Unfortunately the small rug in front of the sink does not match the rug and looks extremely beat up. This is what we’ve got to work with.

I was complaining about it to my friend Miranda when she came up with the BRILLIANT idea to cover it with fabric! Since I was already planning on tossing it, I really had nothing to lose!

This is the fabric that I had left over from the valance I sewed for the kitchen.

The way that I decided to cover this bad boy is through spray adhesive. This is some heavy duty stuff with a strong odor so it should be done either outside or in a well ventilated room. I used Loctite High Performance Spray Adhesive which works on tons of different surfaces, fabric being one of them. I hauled the rug, fabric, drop cloth, spray adhesive, scissors and of course my camera outside. Of course the hubs was watching and mentioned it would be easier on a hard surface so he gave me a scrap piece of counter top to place under the drop cloth for support.

With spray adhesive you want to coat both surfaces and allow to dry for several minutes so that the surfaces are tacky and will form a strong bond.

Here is an awesome action shot my husband took of me shaking the can. Haha

Started with the rug.

Then I got to spraying the back of the fabric which I had already cut to right around the size of the rug…..I did leave some room to fold the rug over the sides.

After waiting a few minutes, I picked up the rug and placed it face down on the fabric. Make SURE that you have it in the position you want it before pressing the surfaces together……it will bond immediately. Then I sprayed around the edges of the back of the mat so that the fabric would adhere to it.

I waited a few minutes and slowly went around the rug pushing the fabric to it.

I let the whole thing dry outside for about a half hour then brought it into the kitchen.

I seriously couldn’t believe how well it turned out! Covering a rug is so easy and works better than just laying fabric on the floor because it doesn’t get bunched up at all. Here is how it looks next to the new Target rug.

Next time you think about throwing out an old rug that is stained up or just looks outdated, consider covering it with some fresh new fabric of your choice!

Street Name Subway Art

29 Aug

One of my favorite things to do is give home-made gifts to friends and family. I find that once you’re an adult, you don’t wait for birthdays and Christmas to ask for the things you want, you just get them yourself. That’s what makes it so hard to buy presents for others. Sure, there’s always the gift cards to restaurants or bottles of wine you can give, but they really aren’t personal and don’t show that you put much thought into it at all.

The last few gifts I have made have included a monogrammed sign to my dear friend Miranda for her birthday that read “Laffin Family, established 2006”, a house warming sign for my friend Meghan with playful words like “hope, dream, love” and a “no swimming allowed” sign for my parents bathroom with a picture of a cat head first in the toilet. ; )

I really wanted to make something special for my husband and have seen really cool ideas before where people have framed the key to their house or have made art displaying the names of the streets they have lived on. I loved the idea of the street names and knew it would be special to the both of us because of all the fun memories we have made over the years.

So to make this sign, I started out with the same wainscoting that I had used on the “sitting on the dock of the bay” sign. Hubs had cut the pieces in half for me a couple weeks ago and I knew I needed 5 boards since we have lived in 5 different places. Fortunately, they are tongue and groove pieces, so it was really easy to get them to fit together. I used a leftover piece to place on the back to create a place to nail the boards to. Before nailing, I first used some wood glue.

Then I got out the brad nailer to make sure the thing was not going to fall apart.

Once everything was securely attached, I flipped it back over and painted the whole thing white with some leftover trim paint we had.

Since I like my projects to be completed quickly, I placed the sign out in the sun so that it would dry really fast. My husband always tells me not to do that because drying should not be rushed, blah blah blah, it has always worked just fine for me.

For the words, I decided to use my trusty vinyl letters because they have yet to disappoint me!

You can get these at Walmart for $4 and they are totally reusable! Seriously people, buy them!

I did one street name at a time because I didn’t have enough letters for all five street names.

I went with my go-to color……robin’s egg blue, and did 3 different shades of it. This is how it looked when I peeled the letters off.

You can see that the word Millington turned out pretty sloppy due to one of the letters moving around…….no worries! For little mistakes like these, paint markers work great! Got my white paint marker out and just touched a few letters up. This is how it turned out.

Looks much better! I also gave the piece a good sanding to make it nice and smooth and give it a bit of a beat up look.

I was excited to give this to my hubby since I did the whole project on my own to surprise him. Well obviously he loved it……brought back memories and made him smile. Yay!

A gift like this is so easy to make and works great for anniversary gifts for a spouse or your parents. It’s from the heart, personal and something you don’t see every day.

Oh yeah, you wanna see how it looks on the wall?

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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? : )

More Lamp Shade Shenanigans

15 Aug

When I decided to paint my first lamp shade, I was excited and super surprised how well it turned out. I used blue painter’s tape and acrylic paint to make a cool diamond pattern…..if you would like to read more about it, just click on this tutorial.

Since I completed this project, I was dying to try it again but this time using a different technique! Fortunately I had a white drum shade that was just chillin in the basement and since I swapped out stands for my first painted lamp shade, I had a spare stand!

I forgot to take a picture of the white shade, so this is a picture I used from the last project. Not to worry, they are they exact same shade……I purchased them from Target a few months ago.

So this time I decided to try out my vinyl numbers and place them randomly around the shade. Some right side up…..some upside down…..some sideways……just wanted it to look fun and unique!

Warning. The vinyl doesn’t stick to fabric as well as other surfaces so make sure to really push them down! Oh……did I mention this shade is fabric? lol well now you know.

This is what it looked like before I started painting.

I know I’ve said this before but I LOVE using vinyl! It peels on and off easily and you can re-use it! Yesterday my mother-in-law gave me a Silhouette craft cutter which prints and cuts vinyl!  I’m soooooo excited to get it set up!

With the all the numbers and symbols placed on the shade, I decided to get out the spray paint. I didn’t want to use a sponge brush this time because I know I would’ve pushed the numbers right off. I used Rust-oleum in the color Granite.

I spray painted the lamp shade in light, even coats. It took me 4 coats total but because it’s fast drying spray paint, I only had to wait a few minutes between coats.

After letting it dry, it was time to remove the numbers! I was extremely nervous! The first one I pulled off didn’t have the crisp white line that I was expecting……boo. So I went slower. Muuuuuuch sloooooower. I peeled off each number so slowly that this was by far the longest part of the whole project. Going slower definitely helped but there were a few numbers that had some fuzzy edges. This is how it turned out.

See the big number 3? That’s the first one I pulled off that turned out really fuzzy. I may get out my white fabric paint marker and touch that up soon.

If I did this again I would take more time to really press the vinyl down and obviously go even slower when removing the numbers. Overall I think it turned out pretty good. It has a fun design and is totally unique compared to the lamp shades you can pick from at a department store.

Now I need to find a place to put this thing…..the gray lamp shade against the steel blue walls is just weird. Maybe I will place it in my yellow and gray bedroom……who knows, I’m done for today ; )