Switching Things Up Yet Again

I don't know about everyone else but I am forever changing things in my house. I think this is because I am slightly OCD, and I keep changing things around until they work well for my family. One area in my house I struggle with keeping organized is our clothing storage, or lack there of. I have a small townhouse that was built before WW1 so the closets are teeny tiny. There is no way I'm fitting all of my cloths in the 3 ft. wide closet I have in my bedroom. I finally decided to switch the bedrooms around and use my sons tiny bedroom as a walk in closet for the whole family.

I guess the boy is now a teen, so his room needs an update anyways. HERE is the original post showing his bedroom from a few years ago when we first moved in.

As you can see, its pretty small. I did love how it turned out, the colors were so bright and cheerful. They matched my sons personality before he because a dreaded TEENAGER. I have seen several of my neighbors turn this bedroom into a walk in closet so the idea has always been in the back of my mind. However, I am way to cheap to buy a fancy closet system for this room so I am going to use what I have and only buy as little as possible. I do have two big Ikea cabinets that I am going to move in here to start with. They used to be in my daughters room but since I am taking all her cloths out anyway she does not need them.

Do you have clothing storage problems or are you lucky enough to have tons of closet space???

    

Pure Colors, Original Elegance

I am not a person that thinks everything has to be painted Sometimes, a piece looks better re stained, nut sometimes it needs to be painted. This vanity I had for my bedroom is one of those that I did not really want to paint, but I felt like I had to. There was some damage to it that could not be fixed. So when I heard about March's Fab Furniture Flip contest I got really excited. This month sponsor is Pure And Original  paint company. I have been wanting to try it for a while because I have heard great things.


 This is one of the spots that was badly damages. I had to sand it down really well, but it still damaged the wood beyond repair.
I got two really pretty colors, a dark gray called Ground Pepper and a beautiful blue called Atria. They both matched the colors in painting that hangs over my bed. I was very excited to get started. However, in a span of a week I totaled my car and banged my knee up, then my new car got broken into, and lastly I got Bronchitis. So needless to say it took a lot longer to get it done then I had planned on. 
 I left the very pretty wood as in on the drawers, I felt like it added an elegance to it. Furniture from the art deco era always have pretty wood grain on them, so I showcased that by not painting them. I left the original knobs too, because they are bakelight (im not entirely sure how to spell that, lol).I like how it turned out, its simple yet still very pretty and elegant. 

Want to see more fab makeovers Head on over to one of these amazing blogs:
Stacy: http://www.anastasiavintage.com/2016/04/revamped-end-tables-with-pureoriginal.html 

Carrie: http://www.thirtyeighthstreet.com/2016/04/fab-furniture-flippincontest-pure.html 

If you want more info on the contest, please send an email to:  info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com  There have been a lot of fabulous entries, so make sure to check out both blogs I mentioned.





    

New year, new goals, and an old project

T
I have not been good about taking pictures the last month or two so when I was looking thought old pictures I realized I had older projects I could talk about and share. Ive done a lot of projects and although I'm not always good about documenting the before and during stages, I almost always have after pictures. I love sharing my ideas with people and inspiring them to be creative and step out of the box. I was reminded a few days ago that my strong suite and what I'm most talented at is being creative and seeing spaces and furniture for what they could be. I'm not always the best at writing or teaching, and I am sure you can see that I misspell words and my grammar is not the best but I love sharing what I create. We all have strengths and weaknesses, so my goal for next year is to play up my strengths and concentrate on them and to get help with the things I am not so great at.
I absolutely love decorating, especially kids rooms. You can have so much fun with them and just let your creativity run wild. I have probably redone both of my kids rooms more times then I like to admit but they don't mind. I rented a house in Texas and I was able to paint, which is not something everyone lets you do when you do not own. I also did not have a lot of money to decorate, so I stressed every dollar I used. Most everything in her room I redid from a thrift store or bought on clearance. The frame in the picture above started out as an ugly framed print, so I took the glass and print out, painted it black and stapled fabric to the back. I then bought 4.50$ worth of letters to spell out my princesses name, painted them and glued/stapled them to the fabric to create personalized art for her room. Although I painted her room all gray, I waned to add more interest and create a focal wall. I attached molding I painted a silverish black color to the wall with hook and loop and I painted between them pink, and stenciled a saying in the space between. I used hook and loop so it would not be permanent. 

I redid everything in her room from the rocking chair to the toy box and end table. I wanted her to have a princess room that  we could have tea parties in. She was so tiny, but I did not want to have a bunch of furniture I had to replace in two or three years because she grew out of it. I have a lot more pictures of this room but I can't seem to find them. She had a cute round table and two chairs, a night stand, and another sign I painted that was a quote. "One good Pair of Shoes can Change your Life" - Cinderella. It must have sunk in because my now 8 year old is obsessed with shoes!!

    

Halloween Decor on the cheap

I love having A buffet in my dinning room, I feel like every dinning room needs one. I found this one at salvation army for 100 dollars, which ids more then I like to spend on furniture but you can't always find buffets for less then that. Either way, it was still a great deal.The top was messed up and there were some problems with the finish so I painted it, and then I painted it again. You can see the before HERE when I redid it for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest.
I love using a buffet for extra storage, food for parties, and an extra surface for decorating. I had some of the things you see pictured already but I bought almost everything else from the dollar store. Yes, you heard me right. I said the dollar store.

 The milk crate holds wine bottle (although it never stays full) and the silver stuff I got from a thrift store. But the flowers, spiders and pumpkins I got from the dollar store. I painted them last year and added glitter to the spiders but I notice this year they had some already glittered. I even got the fake air plant from the dollar store, but I took it out of the ugly plastic container and put it in an old silver creamer. I got all the spooky fabric from the dollar store as well.
 I did not get the stuff on the silver tray or the silver tray from the dollar store, but almost all of it came from either a yard sale or a thrift store. I got the stickers from a craft store to create old bottles with spooky ingredients.
 The bottle was actually a beer bottle I saved. I love the one that says beetle juice, its my favorite. My kids have never seen the movie though. I guess I will have to fix that!
 I LOVE how my table turned out too. most everything on was either thrifted or came from the dollar store. Oh, except the table runner. I still got a good deal on it, I think I paid about 3 dollars for it.  
 For the place settings I used a set of gold metal chargers I got at a thrift store. I layered it with clear plates I got from the dollar store and white milk glass plates that came from a flea market.On top of that I used some monograms napkins I have had forever with napkins rings from Hobby Lobby that have a little bling in them. Remember the air plant I showed you earlier? I also got a few succulents and spray painted the container gold. If you wanted you could take it a step further and stick in a name tag for each person to personalize the table setting.
 I think that people take for granted the custom of sitting down at a table and eating dinner with family and friends. I am trying to make it a point to set my table and make eating dinner a time for family and talking, even on regular weeknights. It does not always have to be a special occasion to set a table, but it doesn't necessarily have to be elaborate either. I'm making it a point to start making my kids help me set the table every night for dinner, so we can sit down and eat dinner together as a family with the TV off. I will be starting a biweekly series called Set Your Table Please that will feature table settings for all occasions. There will be both elaborate and everyday settings. I will also be offering table runners, napkins, and other accessories geared towards family and meal times.  



Now that Halloween is over, and Thanksgiving is this week, I'm very excited to start decorating for my favorite time of year! I love Christmas and I always have a hard time figuring out how I want to decorate because I have so many ideas. I'm hoping to share several with you over the next few weeks. What is your favorite holiday to decorate for?