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I made something!  All by my self OK. Like 80% by myself! HA

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It’s a little step stool for the bathroom. We had a hunker of a thing in there and I was sick of straddling it, or stubbing my toe on it, every time I went in there. I made it with a few pieces of leftover 1x4s, so it was free. It was done in about 25 minutes. The hubs made the cuts, he’s very protective of his saw and wouldn’t let me use it, but I did the rest.

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I used a few (16 to be exact) 2″ wood screws and some Elmer’s wood glue to hold it all together. It’s sturdy!!

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Then I stained the top with some stain we already had. I did one coat, let that dry then taped off my design and did a few more coats. Then, I painted the bottom a light grey we had in our stash. It’s cute right??!!

It’s the perfect tiny step stool.

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Did I mention it was free!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Caroline

 

 

6 Months

So I sort of suck at blogging! Ha. I think about it every day, but it’s hard to actually sit down and write about things. We don’t have a lot going on around the house so there is not as much to post about. We are doing things a little differently these days and only paying cash for things..(gasp) So no more buying a bunch of furniture from the thrift store to redo, or running to Home Depot every weekend for things. We are taking our time with projects. Which has been nice! Since the day we moved in, 6 mths ago, we have said “we don’t want another Mansell!” (our old street name)

We loved our old house. It had family history and was big and had loads of woodwork and character. BUT, we were ALWAYS doing something, sometimes for cosmetic reasons and sometimes because it was a 60 year old house. But we racked up the credit cards and took out a home equity loan (I do miss my lovely brand new kitchen). We spent tons of time doing work around the house. And we feel like we never got to just relax there! So from day one, we agreed that we would only do one project at a time and no more than one project a month. So far we have stayed pretty close to the agreement.

In 6 months, we have painted our bedroom, big A’s bedroom, the living room/hallway, the half bath, and the kitchen. We put in a bench in the kitchen, and new floors on the main level, and swapped out a few light fixtures. We are just starting to add trim to around the windows and then plan on adding new baseboards. Surprisingly, we have spent only around $500 so far on home improvements. Since we aren’t walking into a store on a whim with our credit card, we have more time to figure out what we want and where to get the best deal on things. Like the bench for instance, the old us would have strolled into HD and bought 4 brand new cabinets off the shelf, spending a few hundred dollars, putting it on our credit card, of course. We were able to look around while we saved up and found better quality cabinets for a quarter of the price. Then we used some oops paint and ended up with a beautiful sturdy bench we are very proud of, and we only spent $100! #Winning!

Our list is a mile long, as I am sure your list is, but we are trying to not obsess over things. And now that I work from home, I find it hard not to obsess and think about and scheme all day long! I was always a Pinterest lover, but I have become an addict! As I type, I am staring at our nasty kitchen cabinets, just wishing they would be refinished already. All in time (I sound like my mom). So, we go outside and play with the kids, or read a book, or go to the park. We are enjoying ourselves more than we used to! Shit will get done when we get to it!

Thanks for stopping by,

Caroline

bench warmer!

Soo I was a bench warmer for my 5 year soccer career (7th-11th grade). I loved oranges and to socialize, and since they passed out oranges and all my friends played soccer, so did I!! Well this bench is soo much cuter than the one at the old soccer field!

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Don’t mind those ugly floors!! They don’t look like that anymore! yay!

So back to my bench.. It was fairly easy, and very inexpensive. I love an inexpensive project!!

So it all started with a trip to Habitat for Humanity Restore. They are filled with awesomeness! Go! We have never not bought something on a trip to Restore (Remember the shutter project?) Check em out!

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We picked up 3 30″x18″ cabinets, they were $15 each and are very sturdy and solid wood! Score! Stupid us forgot to take our measuring tape with us and when we asked if they had any we were told they don’t. :( So we weren’t exactly sure how big they were at the store so we only bought 3 thinking we would make spacers for in between them. Well we got home and measured them and saw that they were 30″ wide, our wall is 120″ so we realized we could just go get 1 more and then we would save time by not having to build spacers. So we went back for a forth.

We got them all cleaned out and scrubbed down and lined them up on the wall… they didn’t fit.. We ran out to Home Depot and bought a wood planer for $10. It was easy to use and once we got the hang of it, it worked really well. We just shaved off a little bit from every side of the 4 cabinets. They fit perfectly within 30 minutes.

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Then we painted! We actually found the paint on the oops shelf at HD! It was $7 for the whole gallon and it was the exact color and finish we wanted! Tip: if you buy something from the oops section, ask them to open the can for you, make sure it looks ok, then ask them to shake it. After a few days of drying, we put the doors back on and I gushed!! It looked great!

We wanted a deep seat to the bench 20″, but the cabinets are only 16″ deep so we needed some extra support against the wall. So we screwed a few 2x4s on to the wall (sorry, no pics) wherever we found a stud. Then we took 2 10x2s and cut them down to 120″ and laid them on top of the cabinets and braces. We screwed them down and stained them a beautiful walnut color.

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I used this Danish Oil to stain the bench, and I love the stuff! It went on so nicely with a rag and was dry in 15 min. No staining then wiping then sanding like with regular stain. I decided to try this product for a few reasons, it was a few $$ cheaper then stain, I didn’t have to use a wood conditioner, or a sealant, and I could get a few coats on within an hour.

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I decided not to use knobs, I didn’t want it to look busy, plus I figured the kids would want to sit up there a lot and I didn’t want them getting snagged on knobs all the time. It looks clean and simple without them, plus it saved me at least $25 from not having to buy 8 knobs. Saving $$= more projects!!

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I had most of the pillows, and bought  2, 2 packs of the teal, yellow, grey ones from Marshalls. The other 2 are on my living room couch.

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They were a great find, they tie together the grey, mint, yellow, and teal fabulously!

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The picture on the wall I also bought at Restore for $2! I love it. You can’t really tell, but the frame is wood and is has as slight mint haze to it.

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And it matches my cute red chevron pillow!

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The grey mirrors are from Target. I bought them, not knowing where I would put them, then realized they were perfect for here!

So as for window coverings for that window, I am thinking about doing a fabric covered cornice. We shall see…

I still need some artwork or something for the back wall, I’m stumped right now so feel free to make some suggestions! Also, I am thinking about painting the chairs?? I don’t know, I love the look of them and they are very sturdy so I am definitely keeping them, I just wish they weren’t so orangy.

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I love it! and it looks soo good with the new floors! I’ll show ya those soon!

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Hey check out all the awesome ideas over @ Not Just A Housewife,  Coastal Charm, and Knick of Time!

 

Thanks for stopping by,

Caroline

 

Little A’s Room

OOO this little boy. When we found out I was pregnant again, I wanted another girl. I love little girls, I love pink, and hair bows and all things girly. Plus we had a 6 mth old girl and everything in our house was pink! But the minute the Dr said it was a boy, it was perfect! He is perfect! He has promised to never leave me and live in my basement until he is 60. I am totally ok with this. My husband is not thrilled with this idea.

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This little boy loves airplanes right now, probably because his daddy is a pilot and they have been forced on him since birth, but I think he does genuinely love them. So we went with the airplane theme without being too over the top. We are using red and shades of blue as the main colors in his room. When we moved in, we bought a gallon of blue paint, but ended up not using it. We decided we liked the light tan color. Since we needed to paint every single room in the new house, and this one wasn’t that bad, we kept it the color it was and saved ourselves the trouble. We ended up using that gallon to spruce up the half bath. That reveal will come soon!

Back to my baby’s room, it’s not 100% done, I want to update the light fixture, get new doors (for the whole house) and within the next few months he needs a bed.  So far his room has cost me maybe $20! Almost everything we have used in it has come from his nursery in the old house.

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I love his shelf! The wood came from a shelf the previous owners left up in the “toy room” and I had the brackets, I just had to paint them red. I had planned on making him a giant “A” but when I saw this one on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $7 I had to get it. I figured it would cost me at least that to make one. That’s usually how I decided if I will buy something, If I can make it cheaper, I usually will. The two lanterns are garage sale finds and the piggy bank and picture frame are both from his nursery.

One thing I did need to buy were curtains. I had been on the hunt for a few months and when I came across a navy and white tablecloth on clearance at Target, I had to get it.

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I folded it in half and cut it down the center. I picked up a curtain rod and clips while I was at Big Lots, I think I spent about $12 for the rod and clips. So for $20 I had window treatments. I think I might add some trim or something to them, but for now they work great!

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Well that’s about all we have done in his room so far. Maybe If it is ever clean for more than 10 seconds, I can post more pictures.. ugh kids are slobs!

 

Thanks for stopping by,

Caroline

 

 

I’ve gained 5 lbs on Jellybeans

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It’s Spring! Yay! Since we really haven’t done much crafting lately, I thought I’d re-share what we did last year! hopefully I can get to some spring decorating and crafting sometime this week! Oh and I will be making more chocolate covered peeps!

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No Lie I have! The Nerd ones are my favorite! Try em! Besides the extra jiggle, I am loving this time of year. Sure it’s still a bit cold and snowy, but the birds are chirping and its staying light until 8 o’clock! yay! We spent the weekend doing a few Easter crafts and some decorating. The kids painted some salt dough easter eggs I made. It was fun, until 2 toddlers covered in paint tried climbing on my new kitchen chairs. Yikes. Heres the recipe I used:

1/2 cup of salt

1/2 cup of water

1 cup of flour

I rolled it out and used an egg-shaped cookie cutter to make the shapes. I then baked at 225 for 3 hours. I have heard you can put them in the microwave, but I tried it and they puffed up and cracked, but maybe you’ll have better luck. The kids loved painting…

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Have you ever tried a little pot?

I am addicted…to these little sample pots of paint!!

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I am almost positive the Valspar ones were all free, (coupons baby!!) and the rest were less than $3. You can get them at Home Depot, Lowes, Menards and Walmart, and now come in almost any finish. YAY!

It is surprising how much you can do with these little 8oz guys!

Here are just a few things I have done with them..

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I painted the red shutter in big sisters room..

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I used the same red to paint these shelf brackets.

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Same red pot of paint..

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I even painted a bookcase. I bought 2 cans, for $5.98 and barely used the second can. I am planning on using the remainder to add a little color to the legs of my kitchen chairs.

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My front door! I love it! Best $3 makeover ever! I love how it looks from the street!! I hope my neighbors do too!!

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A little Ikea bench. Its the same can I used for my front door!

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My ombre dresser makeover was done with a few sample pots too! You can see the whole post here.

Soo now can you tell why I love these things??!! They are cheap and awesome and go a lot farther than you would think.

Have you ever used them for more then just seeing if you want that color on you wall??

Thanks for stopping by,

Caroline

 

Year Round Wreath- Update!

About 2 weeks ago, I had the fabulous Cory here showing off her great idea for a year round wreath. Remember how cute it was..

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Well, she is back with an update for spring!

Spring is here, although it sure as hell doesn’t feel like it! Even down here in the south we can’t escape the recent cold snap. The other day I watched as my backyard went from sunny, to white-out blizzard, then back to sunny in a matter of 15 minutes. Crazy!

While it may not FEEL like Spring outside, at least I can somewhat make it LOOK like Spring in my home.
I’ve transformed my St.Patty’s Day wreath into a Spring wreath. We’ve had some nasty wind storms lately so with the wreath blowing in the breeze on my front door I had to do a little bit of re-pinning to keep everything in place.
Once again, using the flower tutorial from Thinking Closet I made new flowers and stuck them on with velcro. I was really tempted to go with yellows and pinks, but something about the purple fabric I used just spoke to me. I put my little one down for a nap and got to work. It only took me about 25 minutes and I ended up with some time to peruse Pinterest for a new project until the O-man woke up from his nap.
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Happy Spring, folks! Stay warm!
Looks great Cory! Thanks!!
Thanks for stopping by,
Caroline

Year-Round Wreath

Hey guys! Today I have a guest post for ya! Cory is a crafty momma who grew up in my hood! She is super cute and creative and has the cutest lil guy, seriously, look at those cheeks!! PicMonkey Collagecory She sent me some pics and a tutorial for this genius (and super cute!) wreath and I just have to share it with you! Here it is..

My new year resolution for 2014 is to be more crafty and DIY and to also increase my “Made in USA” purchases. So far, I’m doing pretty well with both! I’ve made soap dispensers from old Mason jars, I made two Christmas stockings (2 more to go!), and created some art for our bedroom; this project called for cork trivets but the only cork I could find was made in China so I improvised and used cardboard cut-outs from diaper boxes.

I’ve been seeing so many beautiful and fun wreaths online and in the craft stores and wanted to make one for every season and holiday. I wish I had that kind of time! I thought there had to be a way to create a simple wreath with elements that could be changed up throughout the year. So here is what I came up with.

I bought a 12” foam wreath form at JoAnn. *Bonus* It was made in the USA. 1 yard of black and white chevron fabric. I figured this would be a good base to use throughout the year. 1/2 a yard of green fabric for St. Patty’s Day (also made in USA!). Depending on how many flowers you make, 1 or 2 fat quarters should be plenty. I always buy more fabric than I need because who knows what else you can use it for. I also used some white muslin and a green striped fabric that was leftover from my Christmas stockings. I also bought one sheet of white felt and 1/2 a yard of velcro with the sticky backing.

Getting started:

I cut three strips of the chevron fabric (my picture shows four but I ended up only using three). Each strip measured 39” x 3”. I sewed each strip together so I ended up with one long 117” strip. I’m sure you could use less, but I wanted to wrap my wreath pretty tight.

You could leave your edges raw or finish them on the sewing machine, but I decided to use pinking shears. I think the zig zag pattern looks neat with the chevron fabric.

In case I ever want to change the chevron fabric, I only used pins and velcro on the wreath. I pinned one end of the strip and wrapped it all the way around and pinned the end. PicMonkey Collagecw To make the flowers, I used the tutorial on the thinkingcloset.com

I used three fabrics instead of two in order to help break up all the patterns. I also made mine a little bigger. I traced the inside of a wide-mouth mason jar lid for the fabric and a circle about half that size for the felt (mine happened to be the lid for a baby bottle). I also used my pinking shears again.

Next I mapped out where I wanted my flowers and used a few small pieces of the velcro to secure them. PicMonkey Collagecwf I also picked up a wooden “W” while I was at JoAnn, hot glued some twine we had laying around to the back, then pinned the twine to the back of the wreath.

My wreath was a little too fat to fit on my hanger so I cut another strip of 14 x 3 fabric wrapped it around the top of the wreath and cut a small slit for the hanger to fit through.

Ta-Da! I love the way it came out and that it was pretty easy as well! IMG_2186 Now for Easter all I have to do is to buy a few fat quarters, make the flowers, and stick them on the wreath with a piece of velcro! This will save me loads of time and money! Both of which I can spend on my next project, or I could finally finish those Christmas stockings.

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Cute right! I have a wreath for every holiday, I wish I would have known of this idea a few years ago!! I could have saved so much time and money! Thanks so much Cory! I can’t wait to see the wreath throughout the year! Also, I love that she is trying to buy more USA materials too. What a great gal!!  Next time we are both back in the Yo we will have to craft together, and grab a schooner!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Caroline

I shutter to think…

how much $$ I would save If I didn’t go to the Habitat for Humanity store every week.. I mean it is stuff we need, er want, no need! I needed to buy a shutter, and they are around $40 so I just saved us $37! right. Oh I also just bought the BEST light fixture too.. we just cant figure out how or where we will hang it.. see what I mean about saving $. If I didn’t go, I wouldn’t have spent the rest of my $37 that I saved! oh well. Good thing my husband is made of money. Oh shit. I forgot I married for love, not money.. next time I will get it right ;)

So back to the project, I picked up a shutter a few weeks ago for $3 at the Habitat Restore here.

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I put a few coats of red paint on the shutter and used anchors and screws to attach it to the wall above A’s bed. Threw a few books into the slots and … I was like egh.. kinda boring. so I looked around the internet for some quotes or printables. Printables are the best thing out there. Some artsy person puts together a print or quote and lets you print it out. How generous is that? You can print it right on printer paper and throw it in a frame and you have instant art! and that is exactly what I did here..

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I found the print here http://clubnarwhal.blogspot.com/2013/09/Free-Printable-Reading-Quote.html
Check out her blog and all the cute FREE Printables she has!

I used fabric I already had as a mat for my frame, which I jazzed up by adding some gold glitter wasabi tape and left over pom pom trim. I think it looks super for being FREE!!

A loves her book wall and I love how it was $3 for the whole project!!

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Only a few more things to do in her room and it is done!
Here’s what I still want to do/get:
a rug (I am stalking the clearance bin at Pottery Barn Kids)
a chandelier (I loved the one in her Nursery)
a mirror (a full length one for when she plays dress up)

and once we finish her room, she will tell me she hates pink!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Caroline

$5 crafts

Hey guys, It’s the 5th of the month so I am back with another $5 craft. Actually 2 this week. With this house I have decided that I want to try to finish a space or project before starting another. I am not making promises that rooms will be 100% done before moving on, but with the last house, we were always all over the place and nothing ever looked “done.”
The night before we moved in, we painted our little ladies room. Pink, of course! We are going with the same color scheme that we had before, pink, red, and blue. This weeks crafts were super simple and very inexpensive, I think together they come in under $5!
The first one I did was add decorative trim to a lamp. She had a cute lamp that I painted and added a cute lampshade to, but it broke during the move :( So, I took another little lamp we already had and hot glued some ribbon and little pompom trim to the top and bottom rim. I bought the pack of ribbon from Michaels for $1. It had 5 different ribbons in it, a yard of each. You cant beat the $1 bins at Michaels! SONY DSC
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it took all of a minute to glue on and looks super cute!
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And how cute is that frame?? After Christmas sale at Kohls. $3 I think!
so the next little project I did was paint the letter A. I picked up the letter at Meijer for $2. I used red paint that I already had, and added some cute flowers, again from the $1 section at Michaels.
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Its simple, cute and really personalizes her room!
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I hung it on the wall by her door with a canvas I bought a while ago at TJMaxx and a wooden heart I found at Goodwill that I painted. I think its coming together nicely! I am in the process of making curtains, hopefully I can show them to you soon!

Thanks for stopping by,
Caroline