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Another room turns Boring Beige!

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Another room in our house becomes boring beige, but I am so excited! So much better than just white!  (We only have one more white room in our house – yay!  When we bought the house my mom and I spent painstaking hours removing layers and layers of wallpaper – evil stuff – and painted everything white…or beige! LOL!)

Our playroom is becoming a playroom/nursery as we get ready for baby #4.  We seriously downsized toys  – and let me tell you what a great feeling!!  Painted the walls beige (of course).  Made new curtains and valances and wallah – a complete transformation!

I have one child who always has clothes hanging out of her dresser…

The armoires used to take up the far wall in this picture.

 

This room has two doors. Weird.  (Don’t mind the messy closet…)

Every wall in this room has a closet, door, or window so there isn’t much open wall space.  I am not totally loving the arrangement, but it is so much better than before…and seriously our only option!  (and do you totally love our “retro” carpet…ah, maybe some day we will change all the ugly carpet…but it works for now!  And seriously…does orange, brown, and green ever really go out of style??!!  LOL…yes, yes it does!)

We absolutely love our cube storage things from Target –but didn’t envision the white being next to the wood armoires. But oh well!

A close up of a valance and curtain! So loving these!

My dad made the older two girls armoires and they are much too heavy and large to move up the stairs so they reside in the playroom.  Heck, they are difficult to move across the room.  Good thing my hubby has big muscles!

I still had the curtains up that came with the room so this was a drastic change!  I am totally addicted to valances – in other rooms of our house we have valances with shades but no curtains and I love them.  So we decided valances with curtains in this room and WOW what a difference!  My very talented hubby made the valances and I covered them with batting and fabric so he could hang them.  A new ironing board and a zillion yards of fabric later I totally love the new curtains!  I would advise not being intimidated by making curtains – they are really so easy!  I tried to stay away from stripes, actually thought I had, because I didn’t want to have to mess with lining them all up…well, guess what…my dot like shapes were actually in striped lines…duh!  Although, I have to say it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be to make sure they were lined up!  If I can do it, you can for sure do it! 😉

So, baby #4 has a place to stay when she comes home from the hospital…well, as soon as we get a crib up that is!

And yikes, if it’s not a girl – we have a lot of non-boy window treatments to redo!

Have a great day!

Jaimi

(We don’t know if we make valances right or wrong, we just made it up…before the days of pinterest!! But…if you would like to know how we do it I would love to tell you…just let me know…with pinterest these days I wasn’t for sure if you needed my input!) 🙂

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Old Ugly Buffet turned AMAZING!

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While summer went by in a flash I missed out on posting…so I have to start with not summer memories, which would make more sense, but this project I’ve been wanting to share!

Inspired by none other than pinterest – check out what we did with our old buffet!  My handy dandy hubby cut the legs off, took the top molding off, and gave it a coat of much needed paint.

I tried my hand at making a cushion!  I know it looks extremely stuffed – but I wanted to give it room to break down a little.  I was cheap and stuffed it with batting instead of buying a cushion mold thing – and using a cushion would mean I would have had to do a terrific job sewing….hmmmm….

The cushion has already broke down to a normal size and we have filled the bottom part of the bench with all sorts of larger toys that needed a new place to hide!

For ten years on that wall hung a quilt made for us for our wedding.  It is beautiful and sentimental, but time for a change!  After taking down the quilt it seems the wall is amazingly huge!

I still am deciding what to do with the wall above our new ultra awesome bench…I am thinking different large sizes of favorite pictures with a “family rules” subway print in the middle.  Maybe black and white?  What do you think of that idea?  My hold up is – number one – time!  Number two – energy!  Number three – baby #4 will be here in a little over a month, so should we just wait until we have some pics of the new one??!!

Super Awesome Barbie Houses!

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I don’t know about your girls, but mine love Barbie!  And man, do they have a lot of Barbie paraphernalia!!  A while back I organized it all into containers by type of Barbie stuff…doctor set, clothes, shoes, etc.  But it still kept ending up in a jumbled mess on the floor!!!  I couldn’t take it much longer!  I understood they wanted to play with many different categories of Barbie stuff at once, but MY OH MY the mess!!

My girls also swoon over the doll houses at Hobby Lobby.  Very expensive dollhouses!  So, a Christmas gift idea was forming…  Let me tell you, my husband loves when I come up with these ideas…no, no, not really!  But he is always a good sport and willing to give it a go!  Thank goodness!!

So, he found plans for a Barbie house, built it, painted it, and walah!!  My husband, sister, and I spent an afternoon decorating the houses.  Oh yeah, did I mention he made two?!  My grand idea was to have two so we could close them together and hide keep all the Barbie stuff in the house.  (Which has worked out wonderfully by the way!)

We used scrapbook paper, fleece, felt, ribbon, and lots of glue to decorate the walls and floors.  (I am embarrassed to admit I had enough pink scrapbook paper in my stash to decorate all the rooms without buying more!  Yikes!)  We were covered in glue by the time we were done, but it was so fun!  I mean really, when else would you get to decorate 12 rooms in pink and sparkle!!

I have to tell you…I was planning on making all the furniture and linens homemade, buuutttt…December snuck up on me!  We had quite a bit of furniture already and then Target had an awesome sale on a 4-pack of room furniture which made it super cheap…so, we cheated!

My sister and I stayed up super late Christmas Eve and arranged all the rooms.  We had a ton of fun arranging everything, so we knew the girls would love it!  Christmas morning the big reveal!  They loved them!  The Barbie houses live in our living room *gasp*, but we enjoy watching the girls play with them!

So, if you are up for a bit of a challenge and hours of fun for your girls…be inspired to make a Barbie house!  (Online I saw tons of great ideas using cardboard boxes to make a house as well.)

*To find the free Barbie house plans go here – they were fantastic!  (By the way–these are big!  Each one is about 49.5 inches tall and 34 inches wide!)  We did opt to leave out the stairs just to give more room.

*A word to the wise–when you start gluing paper to the walls & floor…I thought just your normal crafting spray adhesive would work, but I was WRONG!!!  We switched and started using 3M automotive spray adhesive after two rooms.  It worked awesome!  (We have had to re-glue the two rooms we used ordinary craft spray adhesive on.)  We used my favorite fabric glue for the fabrics and ribbon — fabri-tac by beacon adhesives– it is quick dry—works wonderfully for rosettes!! 😉

*I plan on the girls and I working on more decorations, etc. as time goes on…

Jaimi

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This facinating lady is my “neighbor” and I love reading her entries! Her daughter in laws are special people in my life and I have a huge soft spot for many of her grandchildren! She is a fantastic cook — so I knew I just had to reblog this cornbread recipe! I also love her inside the cabinet storage tips!!
I asked her if I didn’t have a cast iron skillet (because I don’t) if this recipe would work — she said yes, you could use a regular round iron skillet or a 9×12 pan, but it won’t be as crunchy.
Hope you enjoy her post as much as I!
Jaimi

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Country Life

Cornbread is easy and fast.  And really good!  We practically lived on it during the kid raising years.  Big Boss loved (and still does), my cornbread. Years ago, his grandparents came down to visit us in Texas, so I made cornbread for supper one night.  Oh man did it smell good! It was passed around and everyone was digging in except for Gramps.  Big Boss asked him if he didn’t want any cornbread.  Gramps smiled and said, “When I was growing up with 11 brothers and sisters, we had cornbread for breakfast, lunch and supper.  Every day.  I swore I’d never eat cornbread again and I haven’t.”  I didn’t make cornbread for him again!!

One of my oldest and dearest recipes is my cornbread recipe! Can’t remember for sure where I got it though…maybe   I cannot survive without it!  I’ve had panic attacks in the past when I’m frantically searching for it, so now…

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Paint…Before and After…

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I told you of our painting marathon.  Thought you might want to see pictures!  Although, I have to warn you, as much as I want a magazine ready home, I do not actually have one!

Let’s start with the girls’ room.  Here is the before –you know, one of those plastic bag paint treatments…in nursery colors…maybe not a good idea!  (But at the time it was such a great change from the dark brown paneling.)

After promising my middle daughter we would make a super cool print of this quote to frame for their “new room” so she would quite crying we chuckled as we painted over it about hand cutting the stencil — it was before the days of vinyl rub ons and the Cricut.

The purple covers where the quote used to be.

This is the opposite side of the room. We painted the face of the eaves surrounding the window purple.

Pink Pink Pink!!  Did I mention how terrible this paneling is to paint??!!  It will stay these colors for quite some time!  I had visions of making some new ultra fab curtains, but after putting these up they helped the walls so much they just might stay!

Ready for the bathroom??!!!  I went looking for a “before” picture and we painted it so long ago I would have had to scan in the picture!  So, I went with this one instead!  This bathroom is towards the top of our to do list, which is the only way I can handle it!

This is my oldest daughter practicing her "shaving" like daddy. Cute, huh?! But can you picture the yellow on 3 of the bathroom walls?! Definitely time for an update!

And now, the AFTER!!

All the walls and ceiling are covered with this ugly, slick, hard to paint wall board stuff.  Terrible.  But looking better with each coat of paint!  The red paint was left over from our kitchen.  Maybe wouldn’t have been my first choice, but okay with the result.  Only one wall is red, we painted the rest of the walls white.  I don’t usually love white, but it helps this small space!

Storage is a BIG issue in our bathroom, so my sister and I ran to a flea market and found this cute cabinet!  We will add doors and it will be perfect! It does dominate our small bathroom – but totally worth it!  Because we live so far from town I can’t just run to the store to buy cute containers for hair bands, head bands, lip gloss, sunglasses, etc.  so I am just using containers we already have for now.

OH!  I have to tell you about this awesome clearance find!  I found a clear shower curtain with mesh pockets all over it.  I hung it on the inside of the white shower curtain and filled the pockets with bath toys!  I am totally in love with it!  I have already decided I will be making a new one when this one wears out!

I tried to take a picture of our new warm beige colored hallway, but it was a bit difficult!  My husband installed a new light fixture in the hallway as well — amazing what a change that makes!!  I am ready to hang decorations, but so unsure of what I want to hang!  For me the hallway has always been a tough area to decorate!

As for the completely redone bathroom — I am hoping for a full reveal sometime soon!!

Do you have any great paint transformation stories?!  (Sometime I will tell you about our stairwell painting adventures…or nightmares…lol!)

Jaimi

Painting Marathon!!

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Phewww!  What a week!  We have been home improving this week!  My very awesome hubby has been mudding and sanding new walls in our extremely improved bathroom.  Bleck.  (Only blecking the mudding and sanding!  Yay happy dance to the extremely improved bathroom!)  Then my sister and I spent two days painting – we painted 4 areas…quite impressive if you ask me!  And we live in an old farmhouse mind you, so painting isn’t such an easy chore!  First off – plaster and lathe *shudder*, weird slick wall board covering ceiling and walls in bathroom *super shudder*, and ridiculous paneling in my girls’ room *make me want to never paint again shudder*.

Want to hear about our amazing changes??!!

We painted our seriously in need of updating bathroom white with one wall deep red.  It spent about ten years being white and rubber duck blinding yellow.  TIME FOR A CHANGE!!!  (Why did I ever think that was a neat color?)  So bye bye duckies, hello way better!  Because all of the bathroom stuff is now all over the living room I am excited to re-organize the bathroom!  I do love to organize!!  And this room is in dire need of help!  3 girls and 1 mom who all love “accessories” equals a ton of stuff in the bathroom!!  The only thing possible to make me more excited than organizing this room is tearing down the walls and starting from scratch!

We painted the only walls in our entire house which have not been painted since we moved in.  A hallway was instantly transformed from boring white to a rich welcoming beige/tan.  My daughter likes to call it “boring beige” and gets tired of me always painting things “boring beige”.  But, I do like boring beige!  (Trust me we have enough color going on the walls NEED to be beige!)

We literally spent an entire day in the girls’ bedroom trying to change the walls from nursery green and yellow to bubble gum pink and k-state purple.  Amazing transformation…exhausting day!  Paneling.  That says it all!  When we finished we were a bit bummed because the seemingly bright beautiful pink dried to a not so cute coral pink.  Seriously, 7 hours for not so cute coral pink…  And a beautiful purple accent color which ended up not matching the pink so much…  Guess what??  Not changing the color now!  We will live with this until I forget again how much work it takes to paint the dreaded paneling!  (Took about 7 years to forget the pain of painting it nursery colors…How long do you think it will take this time??!!)

Drum roll please…the most exciting painting of all took place in our “new” and improved laundry room/bathroom!  About four years ago, before my dad was diagnosed with cancer, he helped us move our washer and dryer and expand a bathroom only big enough for a teeny tiny shower and toilet-with one step between the two.  (My dad made custom cabinet doors for a living, but had been a contractor for many years.  He was our resident handyman!)  We were relying on him heavily.  We tore down plaster and lathe, pulled up the floor, built some new walls…then our work came to an instant halt.  Well after working on it not much since then my hubby and I finally put on our big girl panties (Sorry Ryan) and decided we could do it!  We can finish this project!!  (I’m the resident cheerleader!)  So finally the new walls are finished and I am headed to put the last coat of paint on before I go to bed tonight this morning.  Tomorrow we embark on the laying tile adventure!! Oh, can you guess what color??  You got it!  Boring beige!  (A little different shade though!)

(I didn’t intend to get so windy – just stopped in to write a quick paragraph…  So if you made it all the way through this – THANK YOU!!)

Happy Painting!

Jaimi

One Person’s Trash is Another’s Treasure

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I absolutely love to “upcycle”!  It’s so fun to transform something from just okay to fab!

I had to pick these outdated, ugly bill organizers up at a second hand store. They brought back memories of my Auntie Ellen’s house.  She had a bill organizer like this full of envelopes and hanging tons of keys.   I had grand plans to transform them into stylish bill organizers!  I am totally in love with the way they turned out!  Makes me want to organize some bills…kinda…

Have any great trash to treasure projects you love?

Jaimi