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DIY Tiny Laundry Room Makeover!

I have a little problem.  That is, a little, teeny, tiny laundry room problem.  Not sure why it didn't bother me when my husband was having this house built 10 years ago.  It could have something to do with the fact that we had only been dating a couple of months when he decided he wanted to get out of the apartment living and into a house of his own.  I knew I would live there some day, but since things were so new how could I say anything?  Another reason why I kept my mouth shut was that I had absolutely no clue what the laundry room should really be like and what was important.  After all I was a single lady who had lived the apartment lifestyle for quite some time.  I was not the stay-at-home-mom of two and wife of one that I am today where the laundry room is basically my second office.  If only future self could've told past self, "Yo...knock out some side yard and give yourself some space to breathe and fold."  Oh well, live...grow....learn.  I can't faul…

From Brown to PINK!--A DIY Chair Makeover

So it's not surprising when I have a chair makeover post.  I have a love/hate relationship with upholstery projects.  They kill my back and my fingers but dang....I just LOVE the outcome so much!  Not to mention the feeling like you are assembling a really hard puzzle.  The little bits of confidence sprinkled in with the mayhem of the project are what I live for. :)  Let's get into it, shall we?

I acquired this little guy at one of my local Good Will stores.  There wasn't much inspecting going on by me, I just sat in it to see if it was "sit-able."  It was and I grabbed it (along with a small filing cabinet I have some fun plans for that will be featured on the blog soon!).



The purpose of the chair was for it to go in my master bedroom as a vanity chair (for when I figured out what my vanity situation was...ha.  I do things SO out of order!).  Turns out that it was too wide for said purpose.  The good news is that I needed a nice little chair to replace the glid…

Mother's Day is the best day.

Even though most Mother's days since I became a mommy just under 6 years ago (not counting utero), I spend "my" day on duty.  That's ok, because that's WHY I'm a mommy.  Why I choose to walk through life holding onto little dirty fingers with a "boogie rag" in my handbag.  Why I have said handbag (and all other handbags) in size LARGE to hold sippy cups, little zips of pretzels and crackers, hair ties, and miniature toys that the little hands don't want to hold anymore.  Why I have listened to/read/watched Frozen a gazillion times and always tear up for the love of sisters.  I walk through life as a mommy who gets stressed, overwhelmed, overjoyed, and every other emotion included in the human brain.  When I think back on the first time I found out I was pregnant, I was scared and excited.  As I felt my little one moving and watched my belly grow and grow throughout my pregnancy, I started becoming more scared out of my mind than happily excited.…

DIY China Cabinet Transformation Tutorial!

This ugly green thing was a STEAL at one of the many local consignment shops in my area.  I like this one particular shop the most because the prices are absolutely affordable and usually all their pieces are in decent condition.  Actually the chairs I used for my re-upholstery tutorials were bought at the same place.  Anyway, I had been looking a long time for a cabinet to put in my dining room.  Most people on craigslist are VERY proud of their oldies but goodies.  Seriously...most of that stuff is a re-do waiting to happen, they need to remember that the 70's can't really claim any antiques....it's simply "teak."  Not that there's anything wrong with that, but in my opinion it is one of the easiest decades/finishes to paint.  Moving on...I finally talked  my husband into heading over to the consignment shop and as we made our way through, I spotted this avocado green, Asian inspired diamond in the rough.  The price was the best part (not to mention the fac…

DIY: Crate Bookshelf Tutorial

Greetings, y'all!
I promised some tutorials for my recent post:  DIY: Girl's Bedroom Makeover so here is the first!

The crate bookshelf
I purchased three white washed crates at Joann on a whim.  There was much debate in my brains about what kind of bookshelf I wanted my girl to have.  I had no idea what I was going to do until I walked past the only three crates Joann had.  (check them out here)  They are slightly more expensive than the non-stained ones, but acquiring the white washed created one less step for me so it worked out well.

Next, the hard part of lining them up :) (I had a tiny helper)
Once everything was how I wanted it I used wood glue for some added stability then anchored them down with wood screws on each of the "shelf" corners. 
Following this step I added some contact paper to the shelf of each crate to cover the handle hole.  It's not necessary but I thought it would add a touch of style and a tiny bit of stability for books. 
It's really…

DIY Girl's Bedroom Makeover!

Happy 2014! I hope your holidays were filled with love and joy and that January proved to be a wonderful start to the new year.

I'm back with a HUGE project to share with you!  Sometimes my ideas come in size XX-Large rather than small so I just have to roll with it and try to remember to document every detail so that I can share it with all of you.

My big girl has been wanting to change her room color for a LONG time.  I've heard, "mommy, can I have a pink room....I just don't like the green anymore."  Never did I consider PINK for this room, "subtle" was the word when planning her nursery way back when so I chose a muted, medium green color called "green tea leaves."  It was accented with white lace curtains and white decor.  The room was peaceful and tranquil, exactly what I wanted for a newborn baby.  I think it definitely helped because she's always slept so soundly.


The Nursery.


Fast forward to 2014 and my "baby" is now 5 …