Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Upstairs room

Our upstairs room is almost done and I am OVER THE MOON excited! This is where the kids will be and all of their crap  stuff will live.  That is the plan anyway.  It is a pretty big room and they will have to share for now.  Sharing a room builds character, at least that is what I have been told...


another before

Here is the before. I know you are all digging the carpet.  It was cool (in the 70's) but we are not carpet people.  With kids and animals I prefer wood floors and there happen to be some under this pretty blue stuff.

and the after
Ignore the dots on the picture, guess my lens needs a cleaning.
I did a border of white paint all the way around because there were some imperfections around the edges of part of the floor and I have learned floor paint hides a ton of imperfections.  I stained the middle Ebony from Min Wax.  My daughter chose the color and I think it looks great.
We had one problem though...
I ran out of stain.  I was trying with all my might to stretch what little I had left but I just couldn't pull it off.  It was 10:00 at night and I was a little stressed.  There is 40 miles and flood waters between me and my next can of stain.  I am still adjusting to moving to a rural area and now it's a real journey to get to the city with all the water around us.  Guess I will have to wait until Sunday to get more stain.

Here are the steps going up.  They had the same beautiful carpet on them and were just a basic plywood so we filled the holes and painted them white.  We found these cute little carpet treads at the HD.  LOVE THEM!  And you can't beat the price of $9.99 for 13.  What a deal!

We will be moving the kids up there tomorrow and we are all excited!!!
As Always, Karie

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A little more of the bathroom

I am revealing the bathroom bit by bit because that is how it is coming together.  I have the major pieces in place now and just need to add the finishing touches.
Here is the newest addition.
Of course, no before pictures but she was pretty rough.  I found her at my dad's house and she was being underused and I just happen to think I could give her a better home.
Found the cute little basket at Hobby Lobby cuz you have to have someplace cute to put your extra toilet paper, blow dryer and brushes.
She is pretty well wore but that adds to her character.  I painted it a yellow that I came up with after mixing a few yellows I had left over.  Actually a few of my new rooms are paints that I just came up with... hope I don't need extra since they are a one of a kind.
Now I have to sort through all my pretties to see what pictures I will use and then come up with an idea for curtains in this room.  Slowly it will come together (I hope)
I like this picture because it shows all my painting projects for this room. Walls, door, mirror, wall storage, and table.  Wow, that's a lot of work and this is just one room I have been working on :-)
As, Always, Karie

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Kitchen Reveal Phase 1

Here goes my first remodel reveal.  We will start with the Kitchen since with a little money we have the biggest transformation.
Here is the before. Might I also add, there is NO cabinet space in this kitchen.  Yep, you are looking at ALL the cabinets that we have in the kitchen... An island will added as soon as the money fairy drops a load of cash in our direction. hehe

Yes the quality of the picture is less than great and when that fairy comes we will be purchasing a camera as well.
Do you see a difference???
We painted cabinets and walls, changed out the hardware and added laminate flooring.
This is a good picture of the floor and my labor of love.  I snapped every one of the boards together and I am here to tell you it is NOT as easy and they make it look on HGTV but the results are fabulous, if I do say so myself.
I am also having a bit of a love affair with Fireking green Jadeite. Can't wait to find a few more of my pieces in storage.  I am also loving the hand-me-down Ikea shelf.  My kitchen is not even close to where I want it but we have a good start.

Here is the before of the eat in side of the kitchen
Here is the after with a little project waiting for me to finish. Can't wait to show you what I have in mind for this area and this cute chair!
As Always, Karie

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Little projects I have finished

We have been working 30 days straight on our house now and there is light at the end of the tunnel.  We have actually gotten the main floor done with the remodeling.  All that is left to do in this area is unpack and decorate (the fun stuff)
In the midst of all the painting and scraping and floor installing, I have managed to finish a couple of cute little projects for my bathroom.
I did not get a before picture of this cabinet but you can imagine what it looked like.  Just an ordinary bathroom cabinet in an oak color.
Here is what it looks like now.
And the cute little knobs
I even get a little burst of color when I open the cabinet in the morning
Love my new cabinet.
I also made this mirror.  I was going to buy a similar one at Home Depot  a few days before I found this one.
I found this beauty at a garage sale for $10.  Beats the heck out of $99 that I would have paid at HD.
Here is the before
Yes I started painting it before I got a good before picture but you get the idea.
Here is the after
Loving the detail on the top
Way more charm and character than the one I was going to get at the hardware store. 
As Always, Karie