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So what’s behind door…I mean curtain…number one?

Its our bedroom window! We have curtains in our bedroom!! (please excuse the puttied holes of the old window hardware…I was too anxious to post pictures to actually paint over the dried spackle and then wait for the paint to dry) My mom was here this weekend and sewed these awesome curtains for us! She had previously sewn the navy silk to cover the window on our patio door but we were lacking the real curtains for the main window.

I love this pattern!! This is an extreme close-up of the panel. It blends together when you step back and ends up being very subtle. This was one of the fabrics we ordered at Calico Corner last month. I’m thrilled with how it looks!

The navy door and navy/cream curtain panels work so well with our navy/cream duvet. It was also so much darker in our room last night – awesome! Of course when you get one item accomplished, you want to do several more. Now the terribly outdated floor vent stands out so a trip to the hardware store is in order to purchase a silver one. The beige mini-blinds that came with the house? They really aren’t appealing. I’m thinking two inch white wood blinds now!

I am so excited another item on my New Year’s Resolution list is complete! Thanks so much, mom!

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Snow Day Fun

We are in the middle of snow day #2 and I am loving my life!! The wind chill is ridiculous so I’ve been curled up in my pj’s on the couch since Monday night. I’m not ashamed or sad to say that I haven’t done much and am so happy and relaxed!

Max and I checked out the snow on the front porch once it stopped at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon. We saw one neighbor successfully make it down his driveway and another get stuck when he hit the street. I hope a snow plow comes today since it looks like we will have to make it to work tomorrow!

Little Carl is so little…the snow is up to his chest so he has to bunny-hop through it all. It is so cute and hysterical! He loves playing in it and chasing Max. They’ve had a good time making trails in the backyard.

Once he is finished playing though, you better be ready! This guy needs a towel and a cuddle to stop shaking. He enjoyed laying by the fire all night long to warm up.

I’m thinking of being productive today…maybe…so I might start painting this bad boy and get another item checked off of my New Year’s Resolution List. Maybe…

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This dresser is a part of a furniture set that I got for my seventh birthday. It was in our old house in the master bedroom and is now in one of our guest bedrooms. This is a great, solid piece of furniture but it needs some updating. The plastic handles have yellowed and the white laminate has seen better days. My parents said I can do with it what I want so I have some fun projects in mind for this piece. I can’t wait to get started!!

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For our living room, I had a couple of projects in mind for two pieces of furniture. The first was a storage ottoman that Conner’s parents were no longer using in their new house.

They have had this ottoman but didn’t need it – their loss is our gain! It was a perfect size for our living room as our old coffee table was too big and too harsh for the space. (that coffee table is now the TV stand in Conner’s living room) The fabric didn’t mesh with our style for the living room so a simple recover was all this piece would need.

It is in amazing shape and I love that it is on wheels and also opens so we can store our blankets in it! Convenience and function – two amazing qualities.
I found this fabric in a local fabric store and fell in love. I saw it in the Ballard’s catalog a couple of months ago but it is even better in person…and cheaper!! Ballard’s wants $24/yard. I think the fabric store I purchased this from was only $18/yard. I didn’t need more than a couple of yards so this was a pretty cheap ottoman for us!

You can’t see the old fabric through the new fabric, so the new was just stapled on top of the old! I would like to thank my mom for letting me borrow her compressed staple gun and my friend Kelli who helped me attach the new fabric – you guys are great!

This is another angle of the ottoman. I’m thrilled with how it turned out and how simple it was to do! I didn’t want the fuss of the skirt, so because I avoided that step and the step of taking off the old fabric, it was a very quick project. (Yup, Carl again. He loves to help take pictures!) Thanks for letting us have this, Debbie and Jeff! We love it!

Here is the other project we tackled in the living room – the La-Z-Boy chair and ottoman my parents bought me in high school. It was my ‘study chair’ that is super comfy but not our taste anymore. This was purchased during my country blue and yellow phase…yup, we all went through that, right? It was time for an adult makeover!

Enter my mom with her compressed staple gun, Conner with his staple removing skills and me with my assistant, I’ll do whatever you need me to help do, skills. 🙂 Conner and my mom removed all of the staples (I wasn’t very good so I think I made sandwiches…and got them water…and picked up staples off of the ground…and entertained the dogs so they wouldn’t get in the way) and then we started piecing the new fabric to each part of the chair. The arms were so hard! The curve of them – yeah, that was fun. I wish I had an informative, wordy, amazing step-by-step instruction manual for you but I don’t. My mom watched some You Tube instruction videos, I read several blogs that had featured these kinds of projects, and we just went on a wing and a prayer.

I love how it turned out!! I got the faux leather fabric online and am pleased with the color and texture of it! This is my new spot for watching TV and reading all of your blogs! Conner and I are on the hunt for new legs. Since the chair and ottoman had skirts on them, the legs didn’t matter. Now that they are shown – they totally matter!

This was a process of trial and error – we had to take several pieces off and start again – but I think it was great to say that we (mostly mom, Conner and the seamstress who finished the cushions for us) did this ourselves! Thanks mom! I love our ‘new’ chair!!

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I love the website Design Sponge. You all have to check it out, if you have yet to do so. They have some incredible projects and tons of inspiration!

Recently, they featured this mirror makeover. The lady who did this, Elizabeth, has some amazing vision and talent! Please go visit her site here: ECAB. I can’t wait to run out and purchase the spray paint she used (Krylon “Looking Glass”) and give a makeover to some candlesticks I purchased this week. I was at a thrift store and they had five different candlesticks of all sizes and shapes for 50 cents each – um, yes please! It was too good of a deal and now I know what I will be doing to them. Thanks Elizabeth!

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Is this…and it is miserable. I will never, ever become a professional painter. This kitchen makeover is taking forever and ever and ever! I am not a patient person either so it is very frustrating to me that it is taking this long. Work really gets in the way of progress. 🙂

We are so close to finishing though and I can’t wait to see the results! The things that won’t be finished until Christmas are the new built-in microwave/oven, new counter tops and new sink but the lighting, paint, hardware and construction we’ve already done look amazing! I can’t wait to finish and show you the results. Stay tuned!

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Check this out!

If this picture doesn’t get me excited and inspired to transform our entry table, then I don’t know what will. Holy blue! I love it so much! Melissa at The Inspired Room took an old table she had sitting in her garage and gave it a new life with this serious color splash. Unbelievable. I love the guts and the courage to do something so bold in such a prominent space. I know what piece of furniture I’ll be painting this weekend! 🙂

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