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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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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!

Master Bedroom Reveal

22 Jul

It’s finished, the bedroom is officially finished! My goal for this room makeover was 2 weeks and we did it in 9 days! It probably would’ve been done sooner but we had 2 cases of strep throat in the house, an ear infection and a trip to urgent care for some stitches! Fun stuff!

Remember when my bedroom looked like this? (You can read more about my plans here)

Here’s an after shot for ya.

Another before…..

And after…..

Before shot of my vanity…..

After vanity….

Here is the picture wall that I did out of frames from the dollar store and some scrapbook paper. I think it needs a few more pictures.

We re-built our headboard and covered it with some new fabric. Read about that here!

We also brought in the rug that i made last year which was sitting folded in the craft room. And no, you will not get a tutorial on that because the process was HORRIBLE and I would not recommend anyone go through it!

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Big diff huh? Considering this room is a wopping 11′ x 12′, it was pretty difficult to give it a “master bedroom” feel….. I think we did a pretty good job.

This is a list of the things we did in the bedroom and what the cost was:

  • Took down hideous Christmas lights and painted the room Pussywillow Gray from Sherwin Williams $50
  • Bought some new sheets and made  a blanket (tutorial here) $53 – White sheet set purchased from Walmart ($20), yellow and gray leaf sheet set from Target ($30) I used the flat sheets from both sets to make the blanket
  • Hung bamboo roman shades and sheer panels $60 – Shades are from Home Depot ($23.00 each), sheers from Walmart ($4.00 each x 4)
  • Stenciled pillows with fabric I already had $0
  • Put up a picture wall with frames from the dollar store $6.00
  • Bought 2 nightstands from a rummage sale and painted them white (tutorial coming soon) $30
  • Painted vanity white and put a new top on it with some left over wood in the garage which my husband routered to look pretty! $0
  • Rebuilt headboard and covered it with some new fabric (tutorial coming soon) $7
  • Brought in a rug that I made which had no home until now $0
  • Painted a few canvases with my handy dandy stencils $0

Grand total…….$206. I went $56 over my original budget but my reasoning is that I did not originally plan on painting my bedroom. I was having a hard time deciding on a color scheme to go with the pale green walls and my husband pointed out that if we were going to go through all this trouble, we may as well paint the walls and choose the color scheme we want. That sold me!  I have always wanted a yellow and gray room and if the hubs gave me permission, I was doing it!

I’m super excited about how this room turned out! All 3 bedrooms are officially finished (for now) and I can turn my attention to some other projects I’ve been thinking about! I hope you guys like what we did and that it showed you how easy it is to fix a train wreck of a room in a short amount of time for a very low price!