I Need Bookshelves!

I do not have a lot of storage.  I know that I want built-in bookshelves on the cheap but do not want to spend a lot of money.  I love white bookshelves that are not ornate or detailed.  I have been searching the internet and found a few I LOVE.



I can't believe it but these are all Billy Bookcases from IKEA!  They are cheap and can be customized to look like they are built-in.  Next project!

Recovering my bar stools

I do not spend a lot of money on furniture.  Since my boys were little, there were always spills, toys banging into furniture, and definitely some unrecognizable gunk (mom's know what I mean) that I have chisel to remove :)  Thus...cheap furniture.  I needed a few bar stools for the kitchen and found three on clearance at Target.  The material is NOT kid friendly but I knew at some point I would recover them and all would be good.  Wellllll....3 years later they are still not recovered.  I cannot believe I would just keep scrubbing them every so often only to have them stained at the next meal.  Let me show you how I recovered these nasty things!

Embarrassing :(
I was at the fabric store looking for material to make curtain panels when I remembered these stools.  I promptly went to the leather looking fabric and DONE!  Bar stool project in full effect!

I flipped the stool over and unscrewed 4 screws that held the cushion to the frame.

Not complicated at all :)

I then laid out the fabric and left about 5-6 inches around the entire circle.

I stapled one side of the fabric and pulled the exact opposite side taut and stapled.

I continued stapling all around the circle.

I flipped the stool over and screwed the cushion back to the frame.

I can't believe I didn't recover them as soon as I brought them home!  

Fireplace Facelift

This family room needs a makeover.  I will definitely start with paint and will then give the fireplace a much needed face lift. The fireplace surround and mantle are definitely too small and lacks pizzazz for the space.  The room doesn't get afternoon sun so I am feeling this space needs to have a light wall color and somewhat modern feel.

*edit...I have to show you the after, first, so you can see how far this room has come!

Here is how bleak and sad this room started:
this was the picture sent to me...sorry for the quality, but you get the idea...help is needed :)  

I chose Swiss Coffee paint for the walls.  I know many people use it on baseboards and moldings these days but I didn't want a bright/stark white wall, rather a creamy that is not too yellow.

After painting the room, we began construction on the fireplace MAKEOVER.  Yes it is BIG!  The slope of the ceiling is not symmetrical....and I love me some symmetry..so I chose to keep it straight instead of hugging the sloped ceiling.

see the TV...music channel is a must!

 I rearranged the furniture and TV layout.

It's looking beautiful.  Seriously gorgeous!

The fireplace IS the focal point of this space.


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Mission: Black Door

After much thinking and many glasses of wine, I finally decided to paint the front door BLACK!

How it went down:

I'm really excited and extremely nervous because what if it looks horrible or THIS happens. I'm not joking when I say I got palpitations reading Allison's "epic fail"!  I would have needed a tequila drip line if that had happen to me!   Therefore, because I'm not exactly besties with sandpaper, frog tape and brush lines,  I have scoured the blogs for all "don't do what I did...learn from my mistakes" to hopefully not have their mishaps happen but to give me a beautiful result!  Say a prayer :)

Let's look back at this sad, sunburned, old (it's 5 years old), diamond in the rough!
Embarrassing doesn't begin to describe how I feel...seriously what was I thinking to wait so long to paint it!

I decided to go with Lowe's Valspar Ultra in Satin - The Ultimate Weather Defense.  The afternoon sun hits the front of our house and the Georgia sun is H.O.T...hot..hot as Haiti's!! I hope this paint is the ULTIMATE, if not, this door is going to need serious laser treatment with all the UV's it gets ;)

I used a Purdy roller and Prudy 1.5" angle brush.

I am not the "gotta tape stuff" kinda girl but rather a"cut-in and hope I don't have touch ups" kinda girl.  HOWEVER, after reading so many blogs about how to best paint the front door, the wise one's suggested to use Frog Tape and I would thank them later!  I was a hot mess by the time I finished taping the windows and the bottom. I must say it was well worth the time invested in taping :)

I then started painting EXACTLY as instructed :)

via the idea room.....thank you!!

As I was painting, Hubs came out and asked if I wanted help.  So, of course, I said sure and for him to only paint the top of the sides and I would paint the bottom but do not touch the door.  I told him there is a specific way to paint the door and it has to be done that way.  He looked at me and asked if I had been drinking!  Hello...I will be if this doesn't look right!  I said, honey I do not want to have to repaint, sand, or buy a new door, so we have to paint in the exact order.   Lo and behold!!!! I looked up and saw he had started painting the left side of the door!  Seriously! I yelled NOOO...STOP!  He almost dropped his paint tray (my palps started and I almost dropped my tray).  I said, DUDE we just talked about the proper order to paint this door!  He told me I must be dehydrated.  *Thank you, I will take it from here babe...mmmwwahhhhhh*

It was so hot while I was painting and the sun was now in front of the house.  I just wanted to get 'er done!  Thank goodness the sun went behind the clouds and finally it was a little cooler.  NICE.  But then I noticed the sun was behind clouds for a long time. hmmm let me see....

this is not funny .... for real!

Oh yes... it's coming!  We have had so much rain in the last few weeks (like flooding amounts of rain), you would think we were in Seattle.  I had to hurry up and paint as fast as I can but taking care to not MESS up!

And in an instant, there was sun...crazy weather!   ahhhhhh (1st coat done!)

Because I had a tough time taping the windows, I did not tape the hardware.  I know I can definitely cut-in around those babies!

I can do this...I can do this
guess I should have removed the hardware :(

I have to say I love our new door!  I'm just upset I didn't paint it the minute we moved in! I'm in love...serious love :)  Thank you to all the bloggers that gave detailed instructions and shared their unfortunate mistakes.  It means the world to me!


I was at my local fabric store last week.  I am helping to redecorate a restaurant in my area.  While searching for fabrics to reupholster booths and chairs, I found fabric to reupholster my headboard! The fabric store gives me the happy goosebumps!

 I was scanning around and WHOA! There it was...my headboard fabric!

The fabric I chose is about to cause a bedroom make over!  I will do a tutorial on how to make my upholstered headboard.  Keep looking for the update!

Black Door Inspiration

Our front door is in need of major help!  The sun sets against the front of our house and the door looks like it has sun damage..apparently the builder didn't use the proper sunscreen :)   Poor thing looks sad.

I have my mind set on a black door.  I have been looking at a lot of pictures and I have seen some that I like.

Via Baby Rabies

Via the idea room

Via onehundreddollarsamonth

A black front door would look fantastic because our house exterior is a grey brick, French Provincial.  I have to do my research as to how to paint it because I DO NOT want to have to strip it and repaint.  

Media Storage

There is one area, in particular, that I can never seem to keep organized.  Having three boys means we have A LOT of gaming stuff video games and accessories.  We have gaming paraphernalia like girls have clothes, jewelry, shoes and bags! I have organized and reorganized and reorganized times 100.  I just can't seem to figure out how to keep these things in their proper places.  Hence....the gaming tornado!

The DVD's are a mess and I see they are not in their cases.  Scratch anyone??  That's going to make for a bad road trip!

So I am once again pulling it all out and starting over!  I found that the video games aren't in their cases either!  The kids tell me this cabinet looks like this because, when their friends come over, it's how THEY leave it!  I said seriously do I look like I don't live here and see how you all leave things???  And then there were crickets.....mama knows!

After much thought, I think I have solved the DVD and video game dilemma.  Cases!  Yes media cases! It has to work....

No more bulky individual cases.  No more leaving the cd's lying out to get scratched.  They slip out and right back in!   Easy peasy!!  Now we can just pick up the cases and walk out the door for a road trip!  Previously, I would have to pack a separate bag just for the DVD's and games.  Now...2 cases!!  I can hear Louis Armstrong singing....I see trees of green....and I think to myself what a wonderful world.

And we have calm again :)

Mirrored Desk....Office update

I definitely am "agreeable" to grey :)  The color is so refreshing, clean and crisp.  It is not blue at all.  The different shades of grey throughout the day are all beautiful.  I really can't say enough about not having to repaint this room!

I bought a mirrored desk!!  It did not break the bank....woot woot.  Seriously, I got a great deal! I couldn't believe it. It's the Lusetta Mirrored Desk from Joss and Main.  It arrived a week early!  Hubs didn't know the desk was coming and that I was painting.  He walked in after work and saw it "ready".  Whew, he loved it :)  I'm not going to tell him right now that ALL of the gold walls need to be painted, as I still love being married to him!  

See the pen holder my little peanut made for me.....love my baby!

Yes that is a wine decanter!

I am so inspired sitting in the office now... I may have to write a book! ha ha

Dunt Da Da Da..... the color for the office is.....

I hope I agree as well :)

Here I go and I'm not off to a good start.  MY ladder, that I love, is MIA!! Seriously....how does a 10 ft ladder disappear?  I had no choice but to improvise.  Feast your eyes on the beast...

I feel that I must preface the following statements, "that I may or may  not have had breakfast" before beginning MISSION GREY and therefore was not thinking clearly!   

OK...soooo I carried this monster, BY MYSELF, through a few openings that I now need to touch up.  (Just pretend that I couldn't have brought it directly from the garage and through the french doors...yes those french doors in the picture and directly into said room.)  Oh and getting the ladder open, almost didn't happen.  I had to lean that sucker without busting the doors (opening them probably would have helped) and bringing down the ceiling fan!  I may have, slightly, torn my rotator cuff to keep it from falling but, definitely more important, I'm on a mission!  I only used the ladder for the cut-in, in that particular corner, because I couldn't fit it around the furniture and the ceiling fan to finish the rest of the rooms cut in's.  {Oh, did I not mention that I like a good challenge. and that when I paint I do not move furniture out of the room???} nope, no way, fugetaboudit......I will work around any obstacle and touch up as needed ha ha.

Here we are primed and I'm not loving the look.  Wow the original color looks infant poo a little pumpkin spice, no?  I really do not want to repaint this room if I do not like the color.  When taking this picture, I realized I forgot to take out the screw, fill it in, let dry, and prime.....to be continued!

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