Saturday, August 20, 2016

New bedroom/craft room reveal!

Many of you saw on Facebook when I promoted a piece I was starting to work on last week. I am here to share the final piece and how it tied my (mostly) painted bedroom/craft room together!

She started out pretty beat up and looking tired and heavy.

With a piece like this, I always use General Finishes High Performance Top Coat as soon as the piece is sanded and cleaned. I do this to prevent any bleed through and with this piece, I fully expected bleed through due to the finish on it. Let me tell you, it was well worth the extra step!

I removed the hardware and got to work. Choosing a color or color combo is the hardest thing for me. I felt like this piece was screaming for a manly type of makeover in grays and blacks, silver, etc, however my space was screaming for something light and uplifting. Something that might keep me inspired to craft up more fun items.

My bed frame is painted in a very light gray and turquoise. Here is the final of the frame. One the doors for the headboard, I replaced the hardware with these porcelain knobs with roses. I also decoupaged a couple of butterflies, and used my Silhouette to cut the words 'Butterfly Kisses. On the foot board, I decoupaged napkins with pink roses and red flowers. ( Note: I do not know what a lot of flowers are-not much of a gardener).

Last year I had made a couple of similar projects, like this sign, using napkins decoupaged Magnolia's and butterflies. I had also made a little shelf out of a drawer from a camper with these red flowers decoupaged on the sides.

When I moved into the house with my dad, I inherited a bedspread my mom had always kept on the bed in the guest room, which is so pretty with pink puffs, like flowers.

Now you all need to know that I have never been a fan of the color pink, but having this bedspread on my bed, along with pink and red flowers all over my room changed that. I picked up three picture frames and made these pictures to hang over my bed.

So...back to the reveal...

Finally, I made a decision about colors for this piece. It was supposed to be a light gray, but when I brought the paint home, it looked  more white than anything so I went with it. Of course with turquoise being the prominent color so far, and pink growing on me, turquoise had to be a part of this piece, although not overbearing. I am also a big fan of distressing and giving a piece a worn look like I did below.

I picked up another pair of the rose knobs for this piece, and the final stage was decoupaging a combination of pink roses, blue butterflies and a few magnolia's to tie it  in with the rest of my creations and making this my very own, personal set.

Are you ready for it?

Here is the piece all finished up!

Personally, I wish I had not applied the large butterflies to the doors of this piece, because I think it makes everything look like 'too much'! So, I removed them. Luckily, they were freshly app;lied using the mod podge technique, so I used a sponge and warm water and just washed them off!

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Until next time! 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Plain Jane (Not what you think!)

All of my life, I have been a Plain Jane.

I like simple hair styles ~ mine has been a long shag since high school *blush*

I wear jeans and plain t-shirts. Solid colors, usually Hanes.

A couple of plain ol' blankets was all I ever needed on my bed for warmth.

Then I discovered the world of DIY and my tastes changed. I enjoyed trying to come up with ways to decorate. In my mind, though, I wanted to be like all of the other DIYer's out there that do fabulous art on furniture and home decor.

Since moving, my focus has shifted to getting settled and slowly putting this house together. I inherited everything my Mother treasured through the years. (Remember, my mom has dementia & is in a home, and I now live in a new house with my dad)

Some of the things I inherited are things like Strawberry plates hanging on a kitchen wall now, to honor mom. and for other decor I have a small shopping cart she has  faux flowers in. Mother's simple treasures, of which I kept a good deal of when moving dad.

Another thing I inherited is this very pretty bedspread. As I put my bedroom together, I knew it would be on my bed. The bed itself is one I bought a couple of years ago and painted. I love having the cubbies in the headboard! And I love the roses on the footboard too!

A close up of the decoupaged napkins on my footboard:

In trying to make my room more functional, it came to my attention the other day as I connected my Home Theater System to my bedroom TV, that I needed someplace to keep all of the remotes (stereo, AC and TV)

I had this little cubbie box, and decided it would be perfect for the remotes. I painted it the same color as the trim on the bed, added brown glaze, because I Love the look, like on this sign I made awhile back, and then decided to do something else to pretty it up.

I had some kitchen curtains that won't work in this house, and used them and a bit of fabric mod podge to adhere it to the box. Just a little prettier than it was yesterday :)

Enough of my room for now...

A couple of days ago, I fixed up some home made curtains for the window in the back door... they are  not perfect, and a sharp eye will see my mistake, but I still believe simple can be better ;) 

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Until next time! 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

After the Big Move...

As we all know, moving is hard work and extremely stressful. For me, this was the first time I combined two households. 

A little background: About 6 months ago, my mom's dementia had gotten so bad that dad and I were forced to move her into a care facility. Dad could not watch her 24/7 and she needed that kind of care. My help was not enough. I think mom has finally settled into the routine there, and we visit all the time.

Upon placing mom, dad knew it was time to get their big house sold. It was too big for him to keep up with and was starting to become a burden for him. e wanted me to move into a smaller house with him. Now I have lived alone for many many years, so I knew this would be a challenge. But the bigger challenge would be the move. 

We found a smaller house and dad bought it. This house was not even on the market. The transaction was completed, and it closed back in May. I managed to get dad moved over with the basics by mid June. At the same time I was working full time and trying to get started on the rental I was in too. 

We had a couple of yard sales. We gave a LOT of kitchen stuff away, especially coffee cups..LOL We had to sort through E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G! From mom's personal belongings, to her treasures, to her clothing. Coats, hats, and dozens of afghans she had crocheted over the years. We had to decide what we had room for at the smaller house. What was going to work there. What would we do with mom's belongings. What about dad's tools, and all of my crafting stuff? 

Between the two of us, we were living in about 3,000 sq ft and moving into 1100 sq ft! 

I  had to sell a LOT of stuff from my house and dad's house. Everything including this bookshelf had to find a place to go, be it in the new house or to be sold. Plus 3 recliners, 2 beds, and soooo much more. 

There was also a trip to Washington in June that I had been planning forever. My oldest granddaughter was graduating from high school and I could not miss it. 

I needed this trip to de-stress anyway! It was so good to see my family! Sadly, this same granddaughter was out after graduation with her younger sister and cousin, and while they are all just fine, they got in a car wreck, 

After 4 days of visiting with family and making sure my grands were really alright, I had to come back to work and continue the move. The job I was on required long hours and left little time to do what I needed at home. My landlady made a trip down to collect some of her treasures from the rental, She left a  lot behind too for me to keep or not. Like a portable AC unit, a bench, and lots more. I was planning on moving by July 1st and the rental was also being sold. It was only on the market for a week before it sold. 

Soooo...all goals were met. I successfully moved both houses into the new one. This all started in May and I was done by July. Well, of course once I was moved there was still things to wrap up at dad's old house. We worked on that till last week and finally got it all done too. The next step is getting organized and decorating the new house. I started all of that huge process already too! 

One of my biggest wishes was to honor mom. Growing up, she had a strawberry themed kitchen and while we were forced to sell a lot of her strawberry collection, like her canister set, we also kept a good deal too, and these plates were some of the first things hung to honor my mom.  

Mom also enjoyed gardening and I found this cute little gardening and strawberry hanging photo which is  now above the kitchen sink. 

I still have a long ways to go in settling in and getting organized. Some things looks a total mess, like the dining room:

I am still adjusting to and learning about the fancy appliances, such as the convection oven with it's glass cooktop:

Meanwhile my dad is doing his best to drill a well to water the lawn, and I do the cooking, cleaning, shopping, and of course, working full time too! 

But together, we are making this work. Some day the builder grade cabinets will be painted to brighten up the kitchen, and I am making curtains for that window in the back door. I am trying my best to incorporate my style of living with dad's old fashioned style :)

Stay tuned for more updates, as sporadic as they may be, given how busy this summer has been and will continue to be! 

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