If you're like me and you like to change things up in your home a lot, then I know that you'll appreciate a cheap source for spray paint. You may have seen this Quick Color spray paint at Home Depot? Or, maybe you didn't notice it because of it's unassuming packaging? Not to mention that It's usually stocked on the very bottom shelf in the spray paint section. I've even found it sitting in unopened boxes on the floor.
DIY ironing board holder that I wrote about in my last post.
You might think, from this glowing review, that Quick Color paid me a boat load of money, or promised to supply me with a lifetime of all the black and white spray paint I could ever use? Sadly, they did not. I simply wanted to let you in on a great deal on some really good spray paint that you might not have even noticed.
So, run right out and buy yourself some cheap spray paint and paint something! You know you want to. :)
This hasn't been the best month for us. I swear ever since the 5th grade when I broke my wrist in P.E. on Valentine's Day (and missed the party) I've been cursed around this time of year. All three of us have been sick. Even Bocce seems to have a cold, or allergies, or something? Poor Olivia has been sick twice. To top it all off, our garage door broke down and I had to have some unexpected repairs done on my car. I'll be really glad when this month is over.
Despite all of this, I've been making slow and steady progress in the laundry room. I wanted to make an ironing board holder to show off our pretty ironing board cover.
I started out with a small cabinet door that I got for $1 at ReStore and primed and painted it white.
these coat hooks in a nickel finish for about $3 each at Home Depot.
I used a level to make sure that I was lining up the hooks evenly. Then I attached them to the door. I also used the level to mark where I was going to drill the holes to attach it to the wall. Since there were no studs in the wall where I was attaching it, I used toggle bolts.
|Sorry about the poor photo quality. There is no natural light in the laundry room and I'm having a difficult time getting good pictures in there.|
I'll be back with more updates on the laundry room soon. I'm almost finished in here so I'm excited to show you all the details!
Thanks for reading today. Have a good one!
While the East Coast has been slammed with record snows and freezing temps, it's been ridiculously warm here. People are running around in shorts enjoying our 70 degrees plus. It feels more like April than February, and it's gotten me in the mood for Spring.
I've been working on adding more decor in the living room and I'm trying to use things that I already have. Last Fall, I had gotten some daffodils, one of my favorite flowers, to plant in my yard. Well, they never got planted and the bag has been sitting in my garage. I decided that I'd try to force some of them and the rest I'm going to still plant outside.
How's the weather where you are? Are you snowed in or enjoying a false Spring like we are here? I'd love to hear about it, leave me a comment below and let me know.
Thanks for reading today.
Last year, I tried my hand at making some pink mini ombre cakes. They weren't a huge success, but I managed to salvage a few. You can see them in this post., if you're new to my blog.
This year, I was in the mood for sugar cookies. Nothing like shortening, white flour, sugar and lots of red food coloring to get us all hopped up. So, last weekend, I made some sugar cookies, but never got them frosted. Then I ate about a dozen of them during the week (oops). The kids didn't want to eat any until they got frosted. I know? Strange.
Olivia and I finally got them frosted Wednesday night. It didn't take too long, since I had eaten so many of them already. ;)
I got my sugar cookie recipe from my Mom. They're called, "Ethel's Sugar Cookies." I asked her who Ethel was. She had no idea and couldn't remember where she got the recipe. Whoever you are, Ethel, thanks for the recipe! Now, I'll share it with you.
>>>Ethel's Sugar Cookie Recipe<<<
3/4 Cup shortening
1 Cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
21/2 Cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degress. Cream the shortening, sugar and vanilla together with a mixer until smooth. Add the eggs and mix until combined. Shift the flour, baking powder and salt together and add to the shortening mixture. Form into a ball, cover and refrigerate for an hour. Divide the dough, roll out to about 1/4 of an inch thick and cut out desired shapes. Bake for 10-12 minutes on cookie sheet with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray. Let cool before frosting.
>>>Powdered Sugar Icing<<<
1 Cup powdered sugar
1-2 Tablespoons of milk
(you can also use 1/2 tsp. of vanilla, but I don't like to when I'm making white icing because it makes less bright white)
Add milk to powdered sugar one tablespoon at a time and mix until smooth. I like to leave mine kind of thick for icing cookies.
If you don't already know how to get the marbled effect that we did on these heart cookies. There's a really good tutorial here.
Hope you have a happy Valentine's Day and a great weekend.
Today, I'm introducing a new series that I'll be doing on local Craig's List finds. I'll be featuring a great Craig's List find, that I'll either make a mood board for to show you how it can be used in a room. Or, if its a piece that needs a makeover, I'll show you how I would refinish it.
Last week, when I was home sick, I was searching Craig's list, looking for a dresser for Olivia's closet (more details to come on this in a future post). I decided to look up "Pottery Barn sectionals" because, while I do love my white Pottery Barn couch and love seat, I sometimes regret not having gotten a sectional.
I was surprised to find a metal gray Pearce Sectional being sold for $1,500 (link is below). They normally retail for around $3,300 and is currently on sale for $2600 on the Pottery Barn web site. I was very tempted to go and take a look at it, but decided I was content enough with our current sofas.
It got me thinking though, that a gray sectional would be very versatile. So, I put together this mood board of a green, blue and gray living room, to show you one possible look.
Pine Cone Hill linen blanket
Brown home decor
Green home decor
Wall mount mirror
West Elm small item storage
DwellStudio white home decor
Cotton throw pillow
Schumacher green accent pillow
West Elm rustic table
Laredo white console
Glass top side table
Pottery Barn sofa
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading today.
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading today.
I realized that since I made over our coffee table and the knotty pine dresser turned side board, that I haven't really taken the time to style them. My first instinct was to just shop our house and use what I have. When I couldn't really find anything to use I figured I'd have to go out and buy some stuff to decorate with!
I don't know if it's because I've been working on my taxes, or what, but I've been feeling really frugal lately. I decided to try my luck at Goodwill so I can style on the cheap. Here's what I found and I thought I'd also share some of my thrifting tips with you today!
Tip #1...Shop on Thursday or Friday at Goodwill for Target clearance items.
I loved this gold and white box, a Target clearance item, as you can see. Did you know that Target donates its clearance or discontinued items to Goodwill? In Albuquerque, their donation day is Thursday so it's good to hit up the store on a Thursday afternoon or on a Friday. Check with your local Goodwill to see when they get donations from Target.
In the store, I noticed that one of the panels had fallen off. When I opened up the box though it was inside so I'm sure I can just glue it back on.
Tip #2...Always smell the stuff you want to buy.
Case in point, I didn't think I would need to smell this tray that I'm planning on using in my daughter, Olivia's room. I've got a vanity area in mind for her room and I thought this tray would be perfect for it.
After I got it home, I realized that this tray reeked to high heaven! I mean it was so disgusting that it makes me nauseas just thinking about it. This tray was filthy and just reeked of the most awful, indescribable, smell. There was some heavy cardboard covered in velvet on the bottom of it to support the mirror that was the primary smelly culprit. I took it apart and soaked the frame and the mirror to clean them off and get rid of the smell. Then I quickly traced the old cardboard onto a new piece and cut it out so that I could get rid of the old one as quickly as possible. I didn't take any pictures of this because I just wanted to get it done and get the stinky stuff out of the house. If I had taken the time to smell this in the store though, I never would have bought it because it smelled so bad.
Tip #3...Look at the bottoms of things, and inside drawers for logos or insignias.
Tip #4...Buy it if you love it and it speaks to you.
Tip #5...Don't buy it if you can't repair it.
I'm excited to show you where all of these treasures wind up in our house! Oh, in case you are wondering, everything was $2.00 each, except for the Target box that was $3.00.
Thanks so much for following along and reading!