Monday, July 26, 2010

My Little Bathroom Makeover

A lot of changes have been made to the Main Bathroom of our house. I'm so excited to share them with ya. 

Here's what my bathroom looks like now.

This is how my bathroom looked when we first moved in. I painted the cabinet right away. But take note of the ugly floors

Because.......when I was at Lowe's to buy sandpaper (for a whole different project). I got totally sidetracked (that place is overwhelming with possibilities). Anyway, I came across this:

You can't really tell by the box, but its Laminate Wood Floor Sticker Strips! Seriously you just peel the back paper off and stick them onto your linoleum floors. It was so easy and fun to do. And I did it All By Myself!

I Love them! I think they really do look like real wood floors, they even have a texture to them. And only cost $30.
Well, then I needed A fresh, new Coat of Paint to go with the floors, Right? One project Always leads to another one! I went with a white for the walls (Arctic White) and a light blue for the ceiling (Midwinter Sky) Both are Better Homes and Garden Colors by Dutchboy found at Wal-Mart.

Jake put in new base boards.

I'm excited with the results. I feel like I have a brand new Bathroom.

 I made the little shelf. It's just like the ones in my kitchen. I just used leftover shelves from an old bookshelf. I painted it in the same blue as the ceiling. And then the .77 cent brackets from Wal-mart.

The shower curtain was from Pottery Barn a few years ago.

I know I mentioned before that Jake built me this frame, using the same extra shelves from that old bookcase (it's one of those bookcases made to hold C.D's. So there were lots and lots of shelves. I'm finding so many other uses for them.) I did give it an extra coat of white paint and spray painted the hardware silver. The Lighthouse pictures are of the Oregon Coast.

I've just tucked & taped some pillowcases onto the cabinet doors to create a super easy sink curtain.  I'm still deciding if I want to keep it or not.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Kids Table Makeover

My Little Table Makeover:

My Neighbor brought over this little table. Just what everybody wants in there back yard, right?? Not Really...But my boys we're so excited. They thought it was Christmas! So I knew I had to find a way to fix it up a bit.
 I gave it a good scrubbing, and scratched off all of the Power Ranger stickers.
 then I spray painted the chairs navy.

It now looks like this:
I made the blue stripe on the table by using painters tape. I glued it down so that it would stay on a little better.

My boy's think it's Great for Lunches in the shade.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Red or White?

You all know it... You've all seen it.... It's in every picture you stare at and awe over... in every magazine. What is it? White Slipcovers! Seriously, I have a folder of beautiful Living rooms that inspire me and they almost All have white slipcovers. So of coarse, I want one too. So I've decided to try one out on my couch......Actually I just threw a couple sheets over it.

I Like it!
I do like my red couch, but I'm kinda stuck with the red. It's been a little hard to coordinate other colors into the room. But I have to say this couch is soo comfortable, it has huge cushions filled with goose feathers. Our Guest Actually Prefer sleeping on our couch!

I was curious as to if it would stay clean. Well by day 2 my sweet little guys had already gotten smuck on it...... but then again, it would still have gotten dirty even without the sheet. My couch is already slip covered. It is so nice to be able to take the covers off and throw them is the wash.
The White definitely changes the look of the room.
It make the room feel lighter and brighter.

A few Full View pictures of the room.

I'm thinking slip covers are going to be pretty pricey. Especially for a large sectional sofa. I'll have to probably find someone to custom sew it for me... I just don't think I could attempt it myself.

And I can always put the red back on for Christmas Time.

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A New Light for the Entry

I'm In Love With My New Light Fixture!
I had Jake hang it for me last weekend.....He's the Best!

Here is the old one. It just looked like it belonged in my grandmas house. So we were in the market for a new one. Then One day Jake and I were in Ikea. Like usual he stayed behind with the kids and grabbed lunch in the cafeteria, while I went on ahead and shopped..... Like I said, He's the Best! When we met up at the end, we both had mentioned to each other this light fixture that we saw and liked.
So we went back and got it. Great minds think alike!

It looks perfect in our entryway. Not too Big. Not too Small.
There's my Abby Dog.... I told ya, she loves to sneak into my photos. She's kinda a camera snob that way.

On my stool is my cute new little clutch. I picked it up at a yard sale. Brand new with the tags still on it. And I got it for .50 cents, Yahoo!
This last weekend and probably for the week ahead, I've been remodeling my bath. So stay tuned for the big reveal to come.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bakery Blueberry Muffins

My Boy's Love Blueberry Muffins!
I think they make the perfect Summer breakfast. This recipe works well with fresh or frozen berries, so you can enjoy them all year long. The crumbly topping makes these muffins look and taste just like you picked them up from the bakery.
makes 12 muffins.

2 cups all-purpose flour (although I only use whole wheat flour)
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 extra large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 stick (1/2 cup) melted butter, slightly cooled
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3 tablespoons cold butter, cut in small cubes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add milk, eggs, butter and vanilla and whisk just until combined. Gently fold in blueberries. Spoon batter into greased muffin tin, filling each about two-thirds full.
3. Meanwhile, make the topping. Mix ingredients for topping together in a small bowl. Using your fingers, or a pastry cutter, mash the butter into the flour until large crumbles form. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the muffins. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of a muffin comes out clean. Serve warm, or at room temperature.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Farmstyle dining

My Dining Room... or The Other side of my Kitchen.

Does a dining room have to be it's own separate room? maybe I should call this my eat-in kitchen. ??

Anyway, I still haven't painted it. I'm still deciding on a color. It's a whole big process for me. I'm also thinking I want to paint the table and chairs. But in the meantime, I have changed a few things in the room, and thought I'd share. I'm trying to go for that whole Farmhouse style feel. It's slowly getting there.
Have a look .

I wrapped rope around the plates. I thought it wold be a unique way of hanging them. I also added the little shelves on each side of the window. By using extra shelves from an old bookshelf that I painted white. The brackets were .77 cents at wall-mart.,

Beach mats were used to look like bamboo blinds. ssshhh don't tell!

A cilantro plant.
 I have high hopes for this one!

I know, I know, I need to work on my photography skills.  It's a grainy picture, but you get the idea.

I just got the white pillow and the wood crate with handle at Pottery Barn. At their awesome 4th of July sale.
I've been eyeing this pillow for months. And it just happened to be their last one....and only 11 bucks. So It was meant to be mine. I was very happy.......although I have to admit my boy's have already smeared blueberry on it. I'm working on getting it out.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Lavender Fields Forever

I Love Sundays!

Yesterday was a beautiful day. We packed the kids in the car and went for a drive to The Lavender Festival in Nampa, ID. It took a while to find it. We had bad directions, but after a fun game of Left? or Right? we found a road from the map and then we were back on track. Isn't getting there, half the fun anyway?
It was Gorgeous! 
And the smell was incredible.
They hand you a pair of scissors, a twist tie, then let you pick a Wicker basket from the pile.
You get to cut your own bouquet of Lavender for $6. I was having a great time.

Jake, Liam and Jaxon had a good time too.

The Lavender was covered in Bee's. This normally would have scared me away, but I was in a state of Happiness. I had on my blue Sundress. The live band was playing Led Zeppelin songs. My boy's were under a tree, drinking Lavender Lemonade. So I just swoosh those little bee's away. Besides, I didn't hear any screams from the fields, so I figured they must be "nice bee's".
This sweet little purple bicycle was just hanging out under a tree.

That's Me, and my bushel of Lavender.

What a perfect, Sunday afternoon!

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A Bungalow Makeover

In the introduction to this blog, I talked about the little yellow bungalow I saved up and bought, when I was 21 years old.

Here she is:
Not the cutest house ever, but she was ALL mine. It was a fun little place to live for a while. Located in a cute little neighborhood in Salt Lake City, UT. Walking distance to Liberty park. I shared it with my best friend for most of the time I lived there. I got my dad to help re-wall two of the old, uneven plastered walls, as well as put in a new kitchen floor. I painted the inside walls and added a few new lights. But the truth is, that little house needed a lot of work and money put into it. Definitely more then I could do myself. I only lived there for a couple years, then got married and sold it (making a great little profit, I should add). I have to say, It looked a lot better when I sold it, from when I bought it.
Ok, So when I was in town last, I was in the neighborhood, so I thought I'd do a little drive by.

This is what she looks like now:
So Cute! Wouldn't you agree? I was sooo Thrilled to see that the new owners fixed her up and are taking such good care of her. I almost drove right by. I hardly recognized my old house! I Love the Blue door. And that tree is new.....Actually Everything is new. But I do remember that rose bush.
I wanted so badly to go knock on the door and ask the owners for a tour.....but I restrained myself.
That was Definitely the highlight of my day!

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Lorraines Garden

My Sweet little neighbor, Lorraine has the most incredible yard you've ever seen. She invites me over often. We drink ice teas on her back patio, and I stare off into her rose garden. I often ask her for her tips and growing advice, and then I return home and attempt them onto my own pathetic little patch of weeds and sadly growing plants. But her yard always inspires me to Keep Trying. On my last little visit, I brought along my camera, and took these shots. I plan to stick them onto blank cards, and take over to her as a little gift.


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