Hard at work

I came across some pictures of us hard at work. The pictures of me were taken by my 5 year old on my cell phone, so they are very blurry, but fun anyway! Me! I'm working hard in our family room! All the switches, plugs, and covers in the house were a tan color, which I loathe. I really REALLY like WHITE accents. White baseboards. White molding. White switches, and plugs, and covers. White blinds. You get the idea.... So here I am changing out all the plugs in the living room. Don't worry, I switched the breaker. Most of the time. ;) And, yes, in addition to … [Read more...]

Not your average baseboards

Once again I didn't take a decent quality "after" picture of this project before we moved. GRRRRRRR!!! This is one of my favorite projects and I'm pleased as punch at how it turned out, so I'm just kicking myself that I only took two after photos, both of which were with my cell phone. As you can see we had some serious issues with baseboards in our sunken living room. The previous owner had the living room walls paneled. Instead of taking it down to the floor, they attached some panel-type baseboards about 6" from the ground and had the bottom 6" (where baseboards should have … [Read more...]

Decor Obsession

Sometimes I get hung up on something and it turns into an obsession. I think I've got some OCD in me... :) One of my home decor obsessions are cheap little fake plants from IKEA. I think they are around $6 or $7 each. They can't be much more than that or I would have never spent the money on them. IKEA has an assortment of pots for these fake plants too. They come in a variety of colors and patterns and are about $2 each. IMHO you just never have enough green plants in your house. (Please pardon the shelf this little plant is sitting on. Yes, I am aware that my … [Read more...]

Tile step patch

This project was a big mess. I put months of thought into exactly how I was going to tackle this patch job. Here's what I started with: We ripped out all the paneling and the railing. We were left with a carpet-covered step. Here's the step mid-family room renovation: The problem is that the carpet wrapped up the step and about 6" onto the kitchen floor. Not only did this look tacky, the carpet was getting really dirty from normal wear and tear in the kitchen. After I removed the carpet I was left with this: Yikes! There were several ties that were chipped or were … [Read more...]

2nd Bath B&A

AFTER: Before: AFTER: Before: I know, I know it doesn't look like much. But just trust me, it was a lot of work! The blue walls were textured by some texture-in-a-can garbage and had the consistency of sand paper. I cut my pinkie knuckle on the wall once and it actually bled! I used my electric hand sander and sanded all the walls (huge mess!). Then I scraped all the popcorn off the ceiling. I gave the ceiling a fresh coat of white and then I painted the walls Kilim Beige from Sherwin Williams. I also painted all the molding white and changed out the … [Read more...]

First house renovation…

The first room we decided to tackle was the Family Room. It's still a work in progress (a year later) but it's coming along. The DAY WE MOVED IN I started ripping the paneling off the walls. That's how much I loathed that paneling. Here's a play by play of the destruction of our living room. Before pictures: Taking down the paneling Almost done with the paneling... Now we have to work on those walls. Ack! Those squiggles all over the walls are where the paneling was glued to the sheetrock. When we ripped the paneling down, parts of the glue stuck to the wall and we … [Read more...]

Homemade playdough

Making playdough is so much more fun than buying it. Making it is half the fun in playing with it! I found this awesome easy recipe at Homemade Mamas. 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 2 Tbsp. oil 2 tsp. cream of tartar 1 cup water food coloring Mix all of the ingredients together in pot (nonstick if you have it). Cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently until it forms a ball. Turn out onto counter, let cool, then knead a few times. You can mix food coloring in before or after you cook it. It keeps best in refrigerator. A few things to keep in mind: Make sure you … [Read more...]