Thursday, October 8, 2015

One Room Challenge, Week 1: Our Mutli-purpose Room

We are in the process of finishing the final, untouched space of our basement.  Last year we finished part 1 which included finishing the guest room, living room, and bathroom.  We are lucky enough to have this bonus room which will serve as a multi-purpose space.  My husband jokes this will be his "man cave," but my vision is to turn this into something for everyone.  A place for our kids to hang out, play video games, and have sleepovers in.  We also have a giant treadmill I would like to fit in the space, and hope to make it a place that I actually can get inspired to go work out!

Since I am finishing the space anyways, I am jumping on this One Room Challenge band wagon.  It will motivate me to stay on task and finish this project within a reasonable time frame.  There are twenty bloggers that are sponsored to finish their space, and everyone else (that's me) links up their projects so people can see your room from start to finish.  The challenge is, you have six weeks to design a space, start to finish.   Every Thursday, I will be updating pictures progress of the space. It's so fun to follow along and see the crazy talent!   So without further ado, here are some "before's" of our space:

If you want to get your sheetrocking done fast, just invite some friends over and promise them food.
We knocked out our space in just a few hours!  Clearly I am working WAY too hard...

While we were waiting for the mudder to show up, my son and I finished laying the flooring

As you can see, the staircase still needs to get finished.  I may be overambitious in thinking I can get this done in this time frame as well, but quite honestly, I am tired of stuff being everywhere, so that is my goal.. we shall see.  

The overall vision for this room:
I have thought long and hard on this space.  My plan is to use what we have.  We don't have the budget to go crazy in this space.  We have a old sectional that is not my first color choice, but I am using it anyway because it is practical and it fits the space.  I will spruce it up with new pillows.  
I want the room to be very cozy, so there will be a combination of DARK walls on the top half, with a contrasting light bottom wall.  The sofa is dark, so I don't want it to blend in with the room. Textures and different shades of wood will be incorporated both on the walls and the furniture pieces. The carpet will also have a slight pattern to it, and we are keeping that relatively light as well.  The color choices will be bold and dramatic with pops of fun color. 

Week 1 Plan:
Install Trim and Chair Rail
Carpet gets installed
Start staining stair treads

Wish me luck.. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Giving our room some character…one plank at a time!

I've been working on a little project over here.  Actually, I have been dreaming of this project for at least a year, and it took pretty much that long to convince my husband to let me do it.  It's not that he didn't trust my ability to do so, but he doesn't like projects, and was probably scared I'd rope him into this one!  I'm going to just skip to the chase and show you the "after" right off the bat, because let's be real…isn't that what you want to see anyways?  

The before is not THAT bad.  In fact, everyone that would come into this room would always comment as to how much they LOVED the paint color, but I knew I could add some more character to it with just a little effort.  Besides, the color was really dark, and with a dark sectional filling the space in here, the room seemed really heavy to me.

I'm not going to give you step by step instructions because I basically took all of The House of Smith's advice and followed their tutorial to a T, but I will give you a few pointers and some things I did a little differently along the way.  I mean why re-invent the wheel, right?  

First off, let me just start by telling you why I chose the material I did. I considered every option for the planked wall look, and ultimately decided that using a thin material such as a quarter inch plywood would be my best option.  I didn't want to have to change out all my trim, and using a traditional tongue and groove product would have required me to do so.  So, I settled on painting all the existing trim and baseboards in the room.  If your baseboards butt up to carpet like ours do, I found this trick that worked like a charm for not getting paint on the carpet!  

After looking at plywood options, I landed on using Luan plywood mainly because it was half the price of traditional plywood sheets.  I found someone in the cutting department and in my sweetest voice, asked if he would kindly cut down 11 sheets of plywood into 6" strips.  I must have not asked nice enough.  The man looked at me like I was insane, and then proceeded to tell me he would charge me for all the cuts.  Fine, whatever… it was still way less work for me, and it was only twenty - one extra dollars.  With material in hand, I was off to start this room!

Thanks to the tip of many other bloggers that have pioneered this look before me,  I painted all the walls white first.  This is so the dark color doesn't peak through the cracks after you put all the planking up.  I can't imagine the work it would have been had they not forewarned me….so thank you fellow plankers.  

Lucky for me we have a fourteen year old that is easily convinced to help me with my crazy ideas, and an awesome friend Anna who happens to know her way around a table saw (among other tools)!  This project would have taken me at WEEKS longer if I wouldn't have had their help.  

Upon recommendation from my genius friend Andy, we put a blue tape line up around the room so we could mark the studs in the wall and know exactly where we were nailing the boards to.  We just moved the tape down as we worked down the wall.  As soon as the boards were cut, it went up pretty smoothly. We nailed the boards to the wall, and my boy ran some paint on the edge so we didn't have to worry about painting the edges once it was up…not sure if that was necessary since we sprayed the boards in the end, but I wasn't taking any chances of not being able to get to them!   


Projects are always more eventful when the four year old decides to help… 

At this point, the men in the house decided the "wood" look was great and didn't see any reason to paint it.  Ha.  Not the look I was going for.  

We puttied all the nail holes, gave the room one last sand, taped it off like we were on the set of E.T and used my Wagner Spray Gun to paint the planks.  This is a finishing spray gun, and I LOVE this thing.  In reality, it was probably not meant to do this size of a project because the projection of the spray isn't super wide.  In the end though, it was to my advantage because it didn't have a wide overspray area.

And that's it folks.  I will let the following "after" pictures speak for themselves.  
I could not be more thrilled with the results!

And here is my dream team who helped make this project happen!  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Throwing a princess themed party on a budget!

Our little girl turned four this last week, and I wanted to throw her a budget friendly, girlie party.  While I love to entertain, and make our kiddos feel special on their day,  I don't believe in spending a forturne on parties.  

Enter.. the dollar store.  For under $25.00, I managed to decorate our space and include some special party favors without breaking the bank! 

This heart banner was $1!!!  They come in a pack of 16,  just add string and you have a instant banner.

The first rule in throwing a party on a budget is to look for items you already have.  I raided our pantry for these little jars to fill these with sweetheart candy for party favors.  I used the pink dollies and traced the top outline of the lid to add texture to the and color to the top.  The word love was already engraved in the dollies…added bonus!

What girl don't love a craft?  These darling lady bugs were less than $.25 cents a piece to make

Look for things that not only fit your theme, but add drama to your space.  These butterfly wings were bonus find at the Dollar Store! Not only did they make a fantastic decoration, but doubled as a party favor for the girls to take home. 

These finger foods are delicious and so easy to make. Strawberry cream cheese on a ritz cracker and sliced strawberry, cuz let's be honest.  A salty and sweet combination?…. YUM! 

I justified splurging on her cake because I didn't spend a lot on the decor.  I admit, I could have made it, but I ran out of time in the week.  I did call around though and found this one for half the price of the big box store

Sources: All from the Dollar Tree unless otherwise noted

1. Mini caning jars (already owned) with pink heart dollie (comes in pack of 16) $1 plus bag of candy $1.  Enough to fill approx. 6 mini jars

2. Napkins (pack of 25) $1 plus pack of dress up rings (pack of 8) $1

3. China plates (pack of 6) $1 layered with already owned china 

4. Mini star wands (pack of 8) $1

5.  Plastic silver forks (pack of 8) $1

6. White paper heart dollie (pack of 16) $1

7. White milk glasses with reusable straws.  Pack of 6 glasses and 6 straws $7/ TjMaxx

8. Mini silver frames with customizable place setting names $1

9. Bush of pink carnations (7 stems) $1

10. Happy Birthday tiaras (pack of 4) $1

11. Little gift favor boxes (pack of 12) .33/piece/Michaels filled with lipgloss, stickers, and nailpolish found on clearance.

12. Floral Tablecloth already owned/ TjMaxx

So see?  It is possible to throw a party without breaking the bank!  I challenge you to visit your local Dollar Store and see what you can come up with for your next big party!!!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Target side tables turned flower planters!

Anyone remember these hammered metal side tables Target had several months ago?  I had my eye on them for awhile.  There was something about the size and the texture of them that I LOVED.  I can't remember exactly how much they were upwards of $60/piece. Of course, all good things happen to those who wait, and I snagged these babies for a steal!!!! 


When I picked up the table, I instantly saw this:  Hello?  I could be a planter on your patio!  

First things first, we needed to put a few drain holes in. 

 I enlisted my son's help and within a few minutes, we had six new holes...

This was what they looked like after I planted.  I loved them…however, when the afternoon sun hit the gold, they looked more like giant pineapple statues with flowers coming out of them.  #fail

With all the hype about rub n buff,  I decided to finally try it on these pieces to create more of a "antique" look on the outside of the container. I created a little more of a ombre look...a little more pronounced at the bottom and lighter on the top.  I have to be honest… I wasn't impressed with the rub n buff.  It could be that it isn't intended to be used on outside things, but it was really hard to keep it looking smooth.  It dried instantly, making it very hard to work with.  
Overall, I am happy with the way they turned out.  Our patio needed some color and symmetry, which is exactly what I achieved!  Next up, I need to give the light fixtures a face lift!  Stay tuned for the full reveal!!!

                                            I party with Remodelaholic

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Angels in the room | The day our miracle was born

There are certain events in life that you won't forget. This is one of them. It has been thirteen years since I almost lost my second born.  One might have thought I would have forgotten about the pure miracle that happened that night.  I haven't.  I was a young, healthy twenty-four year old and the pregnancy up till then was uneventful. I was hardly sick at all and life was good.  But at twenty weeks, something went terribly wrong.

In retrospect, it is now 20/20.  That's how life is, right?  We never know what events will shape our lives, our faith, until something happens that causes us to stop and think about who really is in control after all.  I was thirty-two and a half weeks with what we found out to be our first born son, and laying in a hospital bed due to complications from a condition called Placenta Previa.  All my visitors had left for the day and I was winding down thinking about gearing up for yet another sleepless night.  It's amazing how much you DON'T want sleep after laying in bed for what seemed like an eternity.  (I was going on a little over twelve weeks of full blown bed rest).

I had been on some pretty nasty medicine the day before to stop my pre-term labor, so my nurse decided to keep me hooked up to the baby monitor, despite the doctors orders to take me off. It was 9 pm at night and the nurse briskly entered my room to ask me if I had moved weird.  The monitor had showed a rapid decrease of his heart rate.  After a minute or so of poking and prodding at my belly, she called for back up.  The monitor had not lied, and it appeared my baby was in some major distress.
I will spare you the rest of the details, but just know that it involved a quick phone call to my husband to get to the hospital IMMEDIATELY,  a call to the OR from the nursing staff indicating a "code blue", and several prayers to protect this little child inside of me. This is what I remember...

When I awoke, I was told that my baby had miraculously survived, but he was very sick.  My placenta had abrupted.  A condition in which the baby does not normally survive, because the placenta, which not only nourishes the baby, but provides oxygen and blood supply completely separates from the uterine wall.  If babies do survive, they have a 50% chance of having permanent complications.  My little guy was immediately whisked away to a different, high risk hospital that had a level 1 NICU to care for him.

The following week was one of the darkest times in my adult life.  The time was before smart phones with amazing video or picture technology existed, I was longing to see my little guy, but left with some simple polaroids that seemed to capture his vulnerable state in such a way it would make any mother's heart hurt.

Here he is after his breathing tube was removed…. (Three days old)

People begin to emerge in my room the next day with stories of angels surrounding my son and I. A doctor whom I had never met came to tell me she had delivered my baby that night.  The story she told me still runs chills down my spine and brings tears to my eyes.  You see, when my baby was in distress, there was no time to wait for my doctor.  She was finishing up another C-Section in a adjoining operating room, and came over to deliver my son via C-section.  She wasn't in my network, and I had never met her, but God had her there at the right day and the right time.  "We didn't expect your son to be breathing when we pulled him out," she said. "When we pulled him out and he took that first breath of air, the whole OR started cheering!"  My nurse who was on call, along with countless others assured me that a "higher power" was looking out for me that night.  May 20th was coincidently my mom's birthday as well and she tells me how she prayed the entire way to the hospital that she would not lose her grandson on her birthday.  

I am forever grateful to both the medical personal that knew exactly what to do that evening, and to God for sparing both my sons and my life.  It was five VERY long days before I was well enough to be discharged from the hospital and able to meet my son for the first time.  

Pictures like this remind me just how fragile his little life was… At five days old, he was 3 lbs, 12 oz.
So tiny in comparison to his 5' 5 body frame today. 

His gentle spirit, patience, love towards others, and heart for God makes me so proud to be his mama.

I always remind him that there is a reason that God wanted him to be here on this earth.  My prayer is that nothing in your life will be wasted Keegan….That you live your life wholeheartedly to find that purpose and share it with others!  A very happy 13th birthday to my handsome,  miracle baby boy! 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Welcome to the Spa | My favorite bathroom reveal yet.

This may be my FAVORITE master bathroom reveal to date.  I mean who doesn't love a little glam, traditional elements, and beautiful touches?  The homeowner worked with the contractor to design a MAJOR overhaul.  Closets were moved, vanities added, and new space for a claw foot tub was in the plan. 

The details speak for themselves.  Among them: Hexagon Carrara Marble Tile, A generous sized claw foot tub, custom makeup vanity, beautiful lighting, white subway tile, refinished original hardwood floors, and a custom mirror to name a few. 

So go grab a cup of coffee and take a tour of this amazing spa-like bathroom with me!

If you'd like to see more of this amazing house tour, click here and here.  Follow along on Instagram and Facebook for more fun projects.