Friday, April 29, 2011

Songs I'm Liking This Week

Royal Wedding

We had a great time watching this today. My daughter is so into princesses that it was fun for her to see a real live one!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easter Fun

Cousins at the Primary egg hunt at church

My little gal and Grammie hunting for eggs in the pouring rain!

My kids dyeing their eggs Friday night

The adult table at my mom's house

The big kids' table

Tons of yummy food!

Don't you wish you had a nice brother like this?!

We had a really fun Easter weekend including three different egg hunts (one in the pouring rain), singing in the choir, making homemade rolls and Jello eggs, lots of great food and fun with family and friends. All the boys in my family got plaid shorts in their Easter baskets. We were lucky that even though Saturday was cold and rainy, we woke up Sunday to beautiful sunshine and flowers blooming everywhere!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Spring Mantle

My favorite time of the year is here!
The trees are budding and turning that fresh light green color that I love, just like the world is blushing green. There are lots of daffodils and tulips opening up, and I've seen some magnolia trees beginning to bloom. Lots of forsythia too.
There is a clean, sweet smell in the air that makes me feel really happy. Winter is not my fave and I'm not at all sad to see it go.

I have to say that the temperature the last couple days has not been too spring -like, but next week is supposed to be really pretty- in the 60's.

This is a real nest that we found last year when my dad was cleaning under his deck. The straw is held together with layers of mud- pretty remarkable craftsmanship (don't worry, the nest had been abandoned for a while when we found it).

I bought these pussywillows over a month ago and they are still looking great.

Welcome Spring!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Entryway Before and After

 I'm really excited to show you the before and after pictures of our home's entryway today. Like everything else in our fixer-upper, it has sure come a long way.  Here is a picture of this table before I made it over. The bottom shelf was all warped and broken so I asked my friend to cut me a new piece out of plywood, then attached it and painted the whole thing white. Now it's one of my favorite pieces of furniture. 

I am a huge fan of barn stars, I bought this one at a really fun shop in our town that unfortunately went out of business. I did get a whole bunch of cool stuff there on sale first though.

 I thought about painting this little dresser white at first but the color grew on me so I left it as is.

 I ordered this photo of my kids from Canvas People. 

This little metal angel is a replica of the angel that flew on top of the original Nauvoo Temple. We bought it in a shop in Nauvoo on our trip across the country when we moved here from Arizona almost 6 years ago. Seeing that Temple that was burned so long ago rebuilt was an absolute miracle to me. I love that there is a little piece of  our church's history here.

Here is your view as you walk in our front door. One of my favorite changes is the light fixture in here.

Here is a before picture:

It seriously grosses me out to remember how smelly and disgusting this house was before we practically killed ourselves fixing it up. Ugh. In this photo the wallpaper has already been removed but before there was dirty beige wallpaper on the walls.

Another shot of our much improved entryway looking into the laundry room. There are shutter doors to the laundry that I still need to paint white and rehang. The tile is not what I would have chosen but I can live with it. The good thing about it is that it doesn't show any dirt, which is a big plus in this house.

I'm pretty proud of the work on the stairs since I did most of it :) You may be able to see in that above before pic of the stairs how scratched and gouged the dark stained wood was all up the staircase on both sides. I had to spackle and sand all of that wood, then prime it (3 coats of primer) and then paint it all. It was really, really hard work.
 The wood floors and stair treads were professionally sanded and varnished.

Really ugly original light fixture:

Not to mention the filthy, tobacco stained ceiling. Yuck.

This little chair is a favorite find of mine:

I love how you can see 3 or 4 layers of different paint on it. It was chipping a lot so all I did was scrub it well and sand it down so the paint wouldn't continue flaking off. 
This little basket is one I made a long time ago. Yes, I actually took a basket weaving class in college! 

I wanted this area to have a really beachy feel to it, so I filled different containers with some of our ocean finds from Cape Cod.

I realy like wreaths too, I think I have at least one in almost every room in my house.

This other glass jar is filled with some shells I've had since childhood, and some from a trip to St. Thomas.

Here is the view looking down from the top of the stairs:

And here it is after:

The color on the wall is Quiet Moments, by Benjamin Moore. The name makes me laugh because with 5 kids- 4 of them boys- there aren't too many quiet moments around here!
This color is a beautiful grayish blue that reminds me of the color of seawater- exactly what I was going for.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Metal Table Makeover

Here is another one of my latest finished projects that I'm excited to finally have finished up. It's a little metal table that was destined for the landfill, and in the before photos below you can really see why. It was a rusty, crusty mess, but I loved the shape of it and knew it could be an adorable farmhouse chic piece with a little love, elbow grease and lots of spray paint.

It's the perfect thing to hold some pretty white dishes and things in this little corner of my kitchen..

Here is a picture of the table before I started working on it:

See what I mean? Tons of rust and corrosion. I started out by scrubbing the whole thing down with soap and water using an SOS pad. Then I did a whole lot of sanding. It was impossible to get all the rust off but I tried to get as much of that and the flaky paint off as possible.

Then I broke out the Rust Stop primer- I think I used the ACE hardware brand, but I've used Rusoleum in the past. Normally for wood projects I use Kilz primer but for rusty metal I think it's good to use paint made to block rust. It took about 3 coats of primer and sanding in between to get it ready to paint.

Here it is in all it's glory after a whole lot of primer and 2 or 3 coats of glossy white spray paint.

 The one mistake I made is not completely taping off the black edge around the top shelf before I primed, so I kind of messed up the black paint in some areas, just a warning to you to remember that spray paint goes everywhere.

My one other big piece of advice- don't try to use spray paint outside on a windy day! I had to keep respraying spots where little bits of leaves, dirt, and a few bugs got stuck in the wet paint. That got super annoying. If you have a garage, that's even better than outside. Make sure you wear a mask when spray painting.

So, because I like before and afters so much, here is one more pic before:

And after:


Friday, April 08, 2011

Little Girl's Bed Makeover

Hello Everyone! After a kind of long blog break I am back. For the last few months, every time I thought about doing a new post, I would then think- eh, don't feel like it. Don't really have any better explanation that! Anyway, I am back in the groove and have a bunch of new projects to share with you.

Here are some photos of my little girl's new bed. I found this bed a few years ago and have been patiently waiting for her to have her own room so I could finally make it over.

A few weeks ago (as soon as all the snow was melted out of my back yard) I got it out of storage to get going on fixing it up.

Here is what it looked like before- not so cute! (speaking of not so cute, these pictures make me realize that our back yard is really pathetic looking and needs major help)

And here it is after an entire afternoon of sanding with both the electric sander and by hand to remove most of the chipped, peeling paint and smooth out all the gouges in the wood. Because of all the curvy lines and  grooves it took forever.The sanding is definitely my least favorite part of any furniture transformation project.

 Detail of the cute bedposts

I then primed and painted it white, I used spray primer and plain white semi gloss spray paint. I would have preferred to use White Dove (Benjamin Moore) like I did on her bedside table, but I just couldn't stand to think about trying to paint all of those curves and grooves with a brush or sponge so I stuck with the spray paint for this one. I took a few days to get all the coats on, and overall I probably spent a week with all the touching up and multiple coats (I usually lightly sand between each coat, esp after the primer).

This bed is perfect for her  room because even though it has both a headboard and footboard and posts they are pretty short so it doesn't overwhelm the room which is kind of small..

Here is another picture of the duvet without the cover. The bedding will probably change again at some point because I have been saving my favorite fabric- Moda's Seaside Rose- to make a quilt for her. That one is at the top of my long quilting to do list!

Some info in case you're interested:

Wall color- Sugarcane by Benjamin Moore, lightened 25% with white which I mixed with measuring cups 
myself because I am dumb and didn't know you could ask the paint store guys to do that for you :)
Duvet- Target; duvet cover and pillowcase was a major score a couple of years ago at our elementary school's community yard sale. It is Garnet Hill.
Dust ruffle- Shabby Chic from Target
lamp- Target but it was a few years ago
quilted cat- antique store in Maine
quilts- made by me :)