Friday, January 28, 2011

Chest of Drawers Makeover

I had my sister send me some additional pics of my niece's room. She found a great chest of drawers on Craigslist and gave it a major makeover. I love how this dresser turned out!



I love the knob and pull it more character...


I love the idea of putting a dresser or chest of drawers next to the bed in place of a nightstand. Mia has a queen size bed and a wall of closets, so this was the best space for it. Side note: upholstered headboard is from Target (online), rug is from Target, and bedding is the Brooke Collection from Pottery Barn Kids. Thanks for sharing, sis!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

DIY Valentine Decoration

I don't really do much decorating for holidays (other than Christmas). As my kids get older, I want to start doing a little more to make it extra special for them. Valentine's Day can get a little cheesy for me, but I saw this post on, and I thought I would try my own version. I love the simplicity and decided to dress up my mantle a little bit.

Here is how I made my version of the LOVE string.
I found all my supplies at Hobby Lobby and/or had them at my house already. I found these stencils in the clearance section for .99! They are 2" letters which fit perfectly on my paper squares.

In the post that inspired me, she printed off sheet music and aged it with tea. I found sheet music scrapbook paper that already had an aged look! Score, right?! It was .59 per sheet and I only needed one. I then cut the paper into four equal squares.

I used black acrylic pain and a brush that I already had.

Simiply put the stencil where you wish to put each letter and dab on the paint (I just eyeballed). Make sure to dip your brush in the paint and then dab on a paper towel so the brush is not soaked with paint. I did the "L" and the "V" first, since they are on the same side, let them dry and then did the "O" and the "E".

They are not perfect, but they were made with LOVE!

I hole punched the top and threaded through some red yarn I also already had at the house.

I decided to string the finished product on my mantle and added a little heart wreath I picked up at IKEA last year, as well and some red flower stems I already had from World Market. It is just enough, but not too much. Total for my project was $1.59! Total time was about 15 minutes (drying time included).

Now, go spread the LOVE!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Old School" Desk

A friend recently asked me about a school desk I have in my kid's playroom, so I thought I would share its story with all of you! I stumbled across this great old desk a few months back at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. This is the same place where I found my newly painted dresser for a great price. Don't you just love a great deal??!!

Anyway, I paid $10 for it. They had about 10 more desks and I think I should have snatched them all up that day because this one turned out so cute! My sister and I used to play hour upon hour of "school" as kids, and I know my kids will get so much use out of this as they get older.

I love something with a little character, and as you know by now, I love RED! This is spray painted with Krylon Indoor/Outdoor in Glossy Cherry Red (Walmart sells Krylon for the best price and it is my favorite to work with).

I decided to only paint the metal parts and leave the wood original so it still felt old, with a twist. I just used plastic bags and tape to cover the wood parts and gave it two good coats of spray paint. If you have never spray painted anything, you must try it! It's addicting! Instant results and instant gratification!



Love the charm of this desk!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cute & Crafty: My Niece's Room

I had my sis send me a few pics of my niece, Mia's (almost 3 yrs), room. She has done some cute and crafty (and inexpensive) things and I wanted to share!

I love this bow hanger she made for Mia (she also made one for Kate). She took a cheap frame from Marshall's and covered the glass part with fabric and found cute little letters at Target for .99 each. She then glued two long pieces of grosgrain ribbon to hang the bows from, and voila, a one of a kind bow hanger (okay two of a kind because Kate has one too :)! Mia is famous for her big, cute bows clipped to her adorable white/blonde hair, so she needs lots of storage!

My sister also came across this cute little wooden rocker on Craigslist for $10. I love Craig and his list! :) She painted it white and added a cute little stencil at the top (from Michael's). Of course, those precious little owls are from Pottery Barn Kids. Love!

Lastly, she took a large blank wall and added some framed scrapbook paper and inexpensive wooden letters. The MIA letters are from Hobby Lobby ($1.99 each), the frames are from Michael's ($4 each and the mattes are included!), and the scrapbook paper was also from Michael's (.25-1.00 each). I love how you could easily add/change out the paper, pictures, or prints as she gets older or she tires of it. So many uses for scrapbook paper, I love it!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Recent Happenings...

I donated blood today, so be nice to me if you see me! Nevermind, I'm in for the night :)... It's National Blood Donor Month so get out there and do it if you're not scared of needles! Go with a girlfriend and treat yourself to a nice big lunch afterwards!!! Total time from needle in to needle out was 4 minutes. They said I was a "good bleeder". I guess that made me unlucky after I gave birth to Kate, but lucky when I donate blood! I'm going back in 8 weeks if any local gals want to join me!

In kid news, Drew is very into being Kate's teacher right now. He is constantly quizzing her on colors, animals, etc. He has recently been carrying around a Dolphins, Whales, and Sharks book (which is for like 3rd graders), but he loves it. I think I have read it 50 times and now he knows the words, so he tries to teach the information to Kate. It is really very sweet, but Kate could really care less about the difference between a Bowhead Whale and a Grey Whale. :)

Drew can finally recognize numbers up to 10 and can recognize about 75% of the letters. He wants to talk about letters and numbers all day long (he notices license plates, store names, letters on shirts). He is a little sponge right now, soaking up any knowledge he can, evidenced by his asking me if there were cumulus clouds in the sky (I think he heard this on Franklin as it certainly wasn't from me) the other day! I hope his love for learning isn't just a phase!

Kate just seems like such a big girl lately. She loves to mimic her brother and still asks every hour on the hour when it is time to pick up Drew from preschool. I have started trying to teach her colors recently, but I think the only one she consistently knows is pink! Go figure!

This week I have been a real stickler about Kate's potty situation. She has been going on the potty for several months, and was in all underwear before her 2nd birthday. During that time, we went to Chicago and she spent 8 straight days in a pull-up which was the worst decision EVER. She sort of regressed with the pottying (100% pooping, but only about 70% peeing on the potty). I started putting her in a pull-up because I got lazy (especially because we are out and about so much). I woke up on Monday of this week and decided to change things, and no more excuses. We have gone back to full time underwear and a small reward and she is doing great! I know she is young, but I don't give her a lot of slack because I know she gets it! Thank goodness we are back on track! I am now working on painting a little stool for her so she can practice getting up and down by herself so the independence can continue!

a little sweetness...

double trouble... :)

big girl braids!

a little driveway hockey...

a little scootering (not sure if that qualifies as a word!)

a little posing...

a little cheesing...

a little ice cream eating...

Hope you are having a great weekend! Off to prep dinner: Beef Carnitas w/ homemade pico de gallo, & cream cheese and bacon wrapped jalapenos!

Friday, January 21, 2011

"I Love You, Blogs and Coffee" Print

I received the print I ordered from and I love it! It adds the perfect touch of style and whimsy to a little wall in my kitchen. I spray painted a (8 x 10) frame I already had in a crisp, glossy white. My husband even likes it, and he doesn't like either of the items in the quote! :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Children's Seating

We quickly decided after moving into our new house that our kids needed some seating for watching TV, or hanging out with a group of people while spending time in our great room. It seems that the go-to option is the Pottery Barn Kids "Anywhere Chair", which are super cute and I love, but they are pricey and hard to color coordinate to work in an adult space.

So...we decided on two POANG Children's Chairs from IKEA. They were inexpensive ($29.99 each), easy to build, have a removable, machine washable cover, and they are neutral! They are the perfect size for my 2 and 3 year olds, but they will also work when they are 6 and 7, which I love. If you did want to add some color, the wood would be super simple to paint or spray paint. The cover also has a little flap at the top which could easily be monogrammed (I have been meaning to get this done)!

They have also discovered the arm of the chair is a nice place to rest your sippy!

I would absolutely recommend these chairs if you are in need of something for your child/ren! Steve and I say almost every day that these chairs were such a great purchase (they have adult versions too)!

New (Old) Kitchen Table: Staining

I decided a few months ago that I was over the stain on our kitchen table and chairs (sort of an oak tone). The set was in great shape (solid wood, nice size), but it was dated looking and the top was scratched. And let's face it...I have two toddlers who smear ketchup and peanut butter all over it, so purchasing a new one didn't seem like the right idea.

Here are the before shots:

I had never stained anything before (I have since done my coffee table), but I figured if I totally screwed it up, I would be able to paint it or figure something out! Luckily, I found out that staining is really hard to screw up, so don't be scared-go for it!

You will need a sander, gloves, stain, a polyurethane, and several soft cloths (I used old cut up t-shirts).

Also, don't forget your PATIENCE! :) I say this because the actual staining takes about a minute, but you have to wait for each coat to dry before starting the next. I did 3 or 4 coats of stain, and several coats of poly. This table gets used a lot, so I wanted to make sure it was sealed really well. We ate on TV trays for a few days!

Sand away, and make sure to wipe the table clean before staining. Add a little stain to your cloth and work in the direction of the wood grain. Once the stain is on, wipe off with a different cloth. Allow time to dry and repeat until you achieve the color you want. I used Minwax's Dark Walnut stain (the darkest you can get before Ebony). Easy peasy.

After one coat:
After several coats:

After shots:

Finally, the table is stained a dark walnut! I also just found two chairs for the ends of the table (we only had 4 chairs for the table instead of 6 and I wanted something that didn't match) at the Pottery Barn Outlet. Original price: $229 per chair, marked down to $114 per chair, marked down again to $89 per chair, and that day all dining chairs were an additional 25% off. So, I got each chair for $67 and change! I'll take it!

While I am at it, we also recently replaced the lighting above the table. A big shout out to my husband for his patience with all the projects and for hanging this bad boy! This is the ugly builder grade one...

And this is the new, simple black one from Lowe's...still haven't decided...shades or no shades?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Shower Curtain Curtains

I was instantly inspired by this post at If you haven't checked out her blog, you should. Period. Everything she does is amazing. She updated a bathroom with her friend recently, and one part really stuck out for me...

Curtains over the bathtub!

image via

I have this exact same set up in my master bathroom and it is exactly what that room needed! So, in typical Andrea fashion, I got right to work on it. I found a cute curtain rod at Lowe's on sale for $8.64 and had the handy hub hang it so it could fit 63" curtains (which I didn't have at the time). Unlike Centsational Girl, I don't sew, so it was not even an option for me to hem 84" curtains like she did (maybe in my next life I will learn :). However, my quest to find cute, patterned, 63" curtains turned out to be harder than I thought...

Then, my to my luck, my mom and I were shopping at the Crate and Barrel Outlet this week and came across some cute shower curtains on sale. I mean really on sale-$6.95 each!!! So, I started to think about what shower curatins would look like on the window. Hmmmmm......

I bought two of them just because I had to try it! Shower curtains are 72", so I wasn't sure if they were going to hang down too long, but they ended up being just perfect. I decided to hang them from ring clips and put one on every space you would normally put a shower curtain ring. How easy is that for getting them equal distance apart!

Purchased 2 packages of 12 clips at Hobby Lobby for $6.99 each

These turned out exactly how I imagined, and I don't really think you can tell they are shower curtains! It was just the punch that our master bathroom needed! What do you think??

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