A Side Table Makeover & Liberace

Before I had my surgery, I started working on makeovers of these nesting side tables and my thrift store lamp.
Now, these tables are nothing to write home about.  They're not real wood and they're from Bombay & Co.  Remember them?  They went out of business several years ago.  I would love to be able to replace them with something like this from World Market but it's not in the budget.
Actually, what I'd really like to do is to get a sectional, which I might eventually do, so I figure, why bother buying something else?  (Although, If I do find something great at a thrift store, I would definitely go for that).

I decided to just spray paint them off white so that the eye isn't so distracted by the whole white, dark, white thing going on in this corner.
This was my first time using a spray paint/primer in one.  I can't remember what I used now, and I did have some issues with the smallest table.  This may have had something to do with the fact that it was like 5000 degrees in the garage where I was doing the spray painting.  For some reason, the color came out very mottled and then it wrinkled up?!  I swear I shook the can until my arm about fell off, which caused me to sweat out an additional gallon of water.  I also used a deglosser on them first, and I think I did use a spray primer on them too?  It's all a hazy, dehydrated, blur of a memory now.
I waited for it to dry, and then I sanded it down.  When I spray painted it again, the exact same thing happened!  At this point, I considered just getting rid of the smallest table because, quite frankly, it was becoming a nuisance and I was questioning its usefulness anyway.  Do we really need three tables?  I was hot, sweat and crabby so, I decided to just leave it and put it off for another day.
Back inside, after I cooled off and got rehydrated, I was thinking that the legs looked a little plain Jane to me.  I wondered what they would look like if I did a gold dip on them.  I was a little reluctant about it because there are so many legs, and  I didn't want it to look busy.  Plus, I worried that it might look too matchy, matchy, because the lamp makeover I had planned involved gold spray paint.  Plus, it meant more time in the hot garage.

Since I had already screwed up the little table anyway to redo the little table anyway, I decided to give it a try.
Bad idea!  This is what happened on one of the legs.  I took it as a sign from the design gods that this was not meant to be.
While I didn't think that the gold dipped legs looked horrible, they were just feeling a little too Liberace to me.  Know what I mean?
So, I decided to leave them plain white.  I know, maybe a little boring, while I want things to be interesting in the room, I don't want any visual clutter and with all those legs, it would have looked cluttered.

I do need to get more spray paint so that I can redo the smallest table, but I'm unable to drive following my surgery.  It's cooled off some so, hopefully I won't have unbearable heat in the garage and any more spray paint issues!

My lamp makeover turned out great!  Although, it was no picnic either. ;)  I'll show you how it turned out and the epic adventure in getting it done next time!

Thanks for reading today.


H&M + White Bedding

I'm at home recovering from my surgery and doing what everyone does when they recover from a surgery, taking narcotics and putting together mood boards. :)

If there are two things that I absolutely love it's H&M and white bedding.  So, I was very excited to find out that we'll be getting an H&M here in the fall.  Although, I don't think they're going to be selling any home decor, just clothes.  H&M has a terrific selection of home decor items for sale online, that are really inexpensive and very cute.

Here are a few looks I put together to show you how easy it is to change up the look in your bedroom once you've invested in some basic white bedding.  Then, it's easy to switch up the decorative pillows when you feel the need for a change.  You can also change out your nightstand accessories.  A candle, a dish to hold jewelry, and a vase for some pretty flowers.

H&M Feminine Floral

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You can find all of the bedding, pillows and accessories shown here at H&M.com.

As always, thanks for dropping by and reading today.


Laundry Room Makeover {Before & After}

Okay, hold on now, I hope you don't fall out of your chair because I am finally showing you the finished laundry room!  I can't believe that it's been close to a year since I started my laundry room makeover.  Thanks to some fantastic ReStore bargains, I was able to do it for just under $300.00!

In all honesty, it has been done for awhile, but this room is only 36 square feet with no windows or natural light.  (Which is why I chose to paint it a dark saturated color).  It's a challenge to photograph and I really wanted to capture how beautiful the paint color is.  It's the first thing people comment on when they see the room.  I don't think I exactly captured it, but I did my best and had to let go of my perfectionism, otherwise, you would never see this room.  Anyway, why don't I just show it to you?
Here's a little reminder of how our laundry room looked before the makeover.  It was in such a sad state, that I had dubbed it, "The Arm Pit."  And if you are dying to see more of the before, you can read this post.  Essentially, the room had nothing in it except for the ironing board and the washer and dryer.  All of the laundry detergent and cleaning supplies sat on top of them in disorganized chaos.  
It all started with some laundry room inspiration that I wrote about here.  Then, I showed you the laundry room mood board that I put together in this post.
The cabinets were a ReStore bargain at just $11.25!  They were a golden oak and I painted them with Behr's Polar Bear in semi-gloss that I already had.  It's the same color that I use on all of the trim in our house.  I kept our old washer and dryer, but the Sherwin Williams Smokey Blue paint color really made them pop, and you'd never know that they're 13 years old now.  (Except for the fact that the handle is broken on the washing machine and we have to turn it on with needle nose pliers). 

I replaced the hardware on the cabinets with these polished nickel ones from Home Depot.
The ironing board holder was a DIY project that I wrote about here.  It's an old cabinet door that I got at ReStore for $1, painted white and added some hooks onto it.  
The ironing board cover is from Pottery Barn, I fell in love with the pattern and the colors in it.  The ironing board is the focal point of the room.  I made certain to  hang it so that it's the first thing you see when you walk in.  It was also the inspiration for the color choices in the room.  It functions as artwork more than anything else, since it will only be used a couple times of year.  ;)
The rug was a HomeGoods find.  The muted yellow tones match perfectly with the ironing board cover and I love the contrasting chevron pattern with the floral of the ironing board cover.
To add some warmth and texture to the room, I upgraded our plastic white laundry baskets with these woven natural ones that I found at HomeGoods. 
One sits on top of the washing machine, to hide all of this ugliness.
The other one fits perfectly on top of the laundry sorter.  The photograph hanging above it had been sitting in my closet for a very long, long, time.  I got it years ago at an auction to benefit the non-profit that I worked for at the time and never really found a place for it until now.  
Despite the fact that I painted this room a dark color and there are no windows, it's not dark at all because of the bright white cabinets and the chandelier.  The chandelier was also a ReStore find, and I wrote about its transformation here.
I did replace the flooring and also patched some drywall tape that was hanging down from the ceiling.  I still need to do some organizing in the cabinets, but I am thrilled with how this room turned out!  It is so bright and cheerful now, and I no longer dread walking into it like I used to before the makeover.  It was definitely worth all of the time and effort I put into it.  
Here's a breakdown of the budget for you.

$11.25 - Cabinets - ReStore                                            
$15.00 - Cabinet Hardware - Home Depot
$20.00 - Glass Canisters -Target.com                      
$27.00 - Ironing Board Cover - Pottery Barn                   
$  8.00 - Ironing Board Holder - DIY - $1 door, $6 hooks, $1 paint)                            
$50.00 - Laundry Sorter - Target.com                             
$15.00 - Rug - HomeGoods 
$40.00 - Baskets - HomeGoods                                           
$60.00 - Flooring - Lowes                                               
$10.50 - Chandelier - ReStore- ($7.50 chandelier, $3.00 spray paint)
$40.00 - Wall Paint - Sherwin Williams Smokey Blue     
$296.75 - Total

Thanks so much for following along and for your infinite patience with how painstakingly slow it takes me to finish projects.  If I had my way, I would spend all of my time doing projects around my house, getting rooms finished quickly and blogging about it.  It's just that these silly little things like my day job and other responsibilities tend to slow all that down.  I do want you to know though how grateful I am for you hanging in there with me.  You're the best!

Thanks for dropping by and reading today!

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Olivia's Room - A Plan of Sorts

One of the things that I really wanted to tackle this summer was Olivia's room.  I thought that I was going to be able to get it done, until I found out about a health issue that I'm having to address.  I wrote about it a little in in my last post.

Olivia told me that she wanted the color combination of navy, coral and yellow for her bedroom.  So, I've been picking things up here and there with that color combo in mind.  Here's a snap shot of some of the things that will be going into her room.

The yellow, fluffy, pouf is from Target.  Olivia fell in love with it when she saw it and insisted she had to have it in her room.  I think it's fun for a teenaged girl's room.
The blue ikat Cynthia Rowling bedding I found at Marshall's.  I got two pillow shams and a quilt for something like $55.00.  We both love it.
It will be paired up with this white bedding from Target.  I want a lot of white in the room to balance out all of the color.

I also found two of these decorative boxes at Marshall's during a separate shopping trip and couldn't resist them.  I'm thinking they'll be great storage on her desk or nightstand.
I found this rug (it's folded in half here) at HomeGoods and I'm probably going to frame it and make a pin board to go over her desk with it.
For the walls we both agree that we love Benjamin Moore's Gray Owl.  I'm kinda' jealous actually, and I'm hoping that maybe there will be some left over and I can paint my bedroom walls with it.  Love this color.
Via Emily Henderson's Blog - You have to read this post, it's hilarious!
Olivia's other request for her room was to have a chalkboard wall.  I have to admit that this does not thrill me, but I figure it's her room and I want her to be happy.  Besides she lives in her room.  I feel sort of like this is a hotel and she's a guest who just comes out for meals and to shower.  Except she doesn't pay for her room and she certainly never tips the maid.

I decided that since she wants the chalkboard wall, that I would do a navy blue accent wall behind her bed.  
She has a white iron bed similar to this one and the dark wall behind it will make it pop.  

Olivia and I are currently at a stand off on the navy blue color we want the chalkboard accent wall to be, so I'll have to show you that in a future post.

We also need to declutter and get rid of stuff she doesn't use anymore.  This is going to require a large shovel because every time we get her room cleaned out, when I go back in there (maid service), we're right back to clutter everywhere!

I'm working on a plan for her closet and also for the furniture layout too.  Since I won't be able to get her room finished this summer, like I had originally planned, my goal now, is to get it done before Thanksgiving.  Or, maybe just by the end of the year?

'Til next time!  Have a great day and I'm so glad you dropped by.


Catching Up

Hi guys!  Just wanted to give you all an update about what's been going on around here these past few months.

April and May were extra busy for us this year.  There were promotion ceremonies, graduations, plays, guitar recitals, birthday parties, family pictures, field trips and lots of dinners out and all during the busiest time of the year at my job for me.  Sleep?  Who needs sleep?  Not me.

I'm not complaining though, since these are all the best things to be busy with in life.  Although it is nice, sometimes, to just sit around and watch an entire season of Burn Notice on Netflix and eat popcorn for dinner.  Not that I've ever done anything like that.  Ever.

Jacob finished 5th grade and will start middle school next year.  It's hard for me to wrap my brain around not having a child in elementary school.
I'll miss being able to walk him to school with Bocce.
Jacob suggested that when I drive him to middle school that I park kind of far away and we can walk to the school.  Poor sweet boy.  Somehow, he has the misguided notion that his Momma will have her sh*t together enough in the mornings to do this.

Olivia had her promotion ceremony from middle school and will start high school in the fall.  Most of these pictures are from my iPhone, so please excuse the crappy quality.
My beautiful niece Kelly graduated from high school and will be going to college in the fall.
At the beginning of June, when things were finally starting to settle down and I was ready to get back to tackling some projects around the house and blogging, I had a bit of a medical scare that I've had to address.

I'm scheduled for surgery at the end of this month and then will be on medical leave for awhile.  Sorry to be so evasive, but I'm still not sure just exactly how much I actually want to put out there.  I feel fine and I'm positive that everything's going to work out after the surgery is done.  I don't look forward to being laid up because I don't like to sit still for long.  But, there's always Netflix and Burn Notice.
So, I haven't been too focused on doing a lot of projects around the house because of this medical issue.  Instead, I've just been trying to stop and smell the roses.  Sorry, for the overused cliche.  I actually just wanted an excuse to throw in a picture of our rose garden from this past May.  We had some actual rain this spring and our rose garden looked the best I've ever seen it.

I've been trying to do fun things with my kids, family and friends this summer.  Recently, my kids and I went on a tram ride.  New Mexico has the worlds longest tram and I've lived here since I was 10 and have never ridden it.  I figured that since I recently turned 25, it was high time I rode the tram.  Ok, I lied, I'm not 25.  I'm 26.  Yes, another lie.
They tolerate me.  Barely.
As you can see, my kids were overjoyed when I wanted to take a picture of them on the tram ride up.

And, contrary to what some of you might think, we do actually have green grass in New Mexico.  You just have to really search for it.
The mountains were really beautiful and once my kids had a little less oxygen going to the their brains up at the top which is something like 10,000 feet, they were much more cooperative with me taking their picture.

I am working on a post of the laundry room.  It's a really hard room to photograph,  all 36 square feet of it, with no windows or natural light.  I'm hoping to have the post done soon so I can share it with you.

I am working on a few projects now.  In fact, I'm waiting for the spray paint to dry on one of them while I write this up.  I'm trying to get a few projects done before my surgery, so I'll hopefully have something finished to blog about while I'm laid up.  If you don't hear from me though, it's probably because I've been distracted by other things.
Thanks for dropping by and I'd love to hear what you've been up to this summer.