Sunday, January 15, 2017

House Updates-Project 2 and 3

  Project #2 
The play room

I wish I had a before picture of this room. I don't, but imagine yellowish cream carpet and pink/mauveish walls. This room is a fun room at the bottom of the stairs. Eventually I would like to turn it into another bedroom, but for now it is a playroom until we finish the basement family room. We didn't have a huge budget for this room, so all I did was paint the walls a grey blue color. I believe the color is Benjamin "Iced cube".  It looks completely grey on the swatch and much more blue on your walls. I like it, but it's not my favorite. Sometimes it looks a bit purpleish. It's great for a boys room though or a playroom. Maybe not so much in a living room? But that may just be this house and our lighting downstairs.


Once again my amazing nephews and nieces showed up to help remove carpet, carpet pad, tack strip and clean up the floor. If I had done this on my own it would have been an all day project, but it took us about an hour. Yay!!


Here I am sweeping up and showing my nephew how to make sure there aren't any nails still in the concrete.

I purchased a fun vinyl map for the playroom wall. It came in all kids of colors. I went with white. I wish it came a bit bigger, but for about $20 it was a great deal. My nieces measured the wall and centered it. I felt like it would work when it's my sons room as well and is a good design that he can grow with.
The previous owners had a fun climbing wall. You can see the pinkish paint behind the wood slats on the wall. The climbing wall was that color and then had fluorescent hand and foot holds. I didn't love the fluorescent colors so I spray painted all of the holds navy. I know the holds are painted certain colors to reflect difficulty, but since this is not Everest and instead, an 8 foot climbing wall, I felt like it would be OK to paint them and somehow the toddlers would be able to figure out which holds to grab.

Chucking the carpet pad.


Invest in a mallet or hammer and a pry bar for removing tack strip. Makes it so easy to pop up the tack strip. It's not an investment either, you can get them for under $20.
We always replace base boards. It's fairly inexpensive, looks really nice and I love the 6" flat boards that add height and are easy to clean. 


Can you see how in the above picture the paint almost looks baby blue and below it almost looks purple on the one wall?

Here is the very simple end product. My kids don't have a ton of toys. I hate clutter and a bunch of toys. I tend to toss a ton of stuff. I don't hold on to a lot of things. No, that doesn't mean things don't hold sentimental value for me (all you hoarders that are judging me right now). It just means, life with 4 kids is messy enough, I don't need to add more crap to it. 

 A few years ago, my kids figured out that when I said I was saving their school artwork in the "special place" the special place was the garbage.  hahaha It's OK. They will live. This day and age has too much cotteling and too little tough love, if they can't handle mom chucking some of their stuff some times, then they aren't going to handle college or a job or real life and I expect them to go to college, get a job and a life. 

They have enough to play with (both the benches are filled with toys and we have a toy box) but not so much that they can't clean it up when they are done. Stop judging me. My friend Christie once said that I am a "mother chucker". hahaha. awesome  I so am!


Each of my kids made a chair. We bought them at a thrift store for $10 a piece and then I let them each spray paint them the color they wanted and pick out fabric for the seats. I never worry about being too matchy matchy. They totally work in the playroom.


We have since added a bigger grey harringbone rug and a great light and a few pictures on the wall that the kids did (Yes I save some). I think the entire room was under $200. The chair was given to me by a neighbor that was chucking it. I covered it with $30 of fabric and got this cute "ABC" pillow for $3 at DownEast.


PROJECT NUMBER 3: BOYS ROOM

BEFORE:



This room is huge, which was great for my two boys, but there was some oddities that were tricky. The first was the white little door that goes under the stairs and then next was the lower ceiling where the duct work is. I felt like the color was way too dark for the basement and too strong.



You can kind of see the greyish carpet. We laid the same grey floors throughout the bedrooms and the playroom. After a day of having the new wood floors in, the baby threw up orange stuff all over the floor and I simply wiped it up. So glad I did wood instead of carpet!


I settled on this really light "white" it's not a white, but it was in the white section. I believe it is called "incredible white" and it's a Benjamin Moore. The nice thing about that color is that random little door immediately blends a lot better and it feels a lot lighter. Because the room is so big, I didn't love it all just white. It needed a pop of something so my niece and I decided to do stripes.

I told you I am not a perfectionist. Notice the top line of my blue that I had to paint over. We chose "Hale Navy" (BM color again) for the stripes and I love it! My niece spent a good amount of time measuring and taping. Love her.



No room is complete in my opinion without some type of wood work. It is such an inexpensive and easy way to add class to any room. Again we did the 6" flat baseboards (They are actually 5.5" in the store). This project was a cake walk. We just decided how tall we wanted the boards and popped a board up and then cut the boards to fit inside the spaces. (hahaha what does that even mean??  It means, I don't have time to explain what we did or do Youtube tutorials.)

You never want to cut all of your inside pieces the same size, because there will always be smaller or bigger spaces on the top or the bottom of the horizontal boards as the wall won't be even or level. I cut them so they fit tightly and then tap them in place.

In the corner, we place two boards on each wall so that they connect.

                                                      

                            CAULK IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
Everyone, repeat the above phrase again and again. My husband never believes me when I say, "I can caulk that." That is an ADHD personality talking.  To which my husband inevitably replies, "No you can't! That looks terrible!" That is a perfectionist talking.

I promise you can . . .well not you perfectionist-you will dry heave and then have to go wash your hands 20 times. Let your crazy "yellow personality" friend or spouse do it for you."
Now yellow people, don't get crazy and caulk an inch gap, I know you want to, just to see if you can, restrain yourself. Even caulk has it's limits. Don't push it beyond what it is willing to give you.
 However know that I can caulk some serious gapage. See the bottom picture for proof.

Not only do these two pieces have huge gaps, but they aren't even cut straight. They look terrible and I am totally fine with it. My husband meanwhile was rocking back and forth in the corner trying to keep himself from re-cutting the wood. I had to work fast. . . Now watch the magic.

TA DAH!!!!  YEP that just happened. . .simply caulked it.

OK back to the wood work on the walls. I decided that I still wanted a bit more of the navy color in the bedroom so we decided to paint all of the woodwork navy.

Here I am painting. Sorry about the back shot, but in all fairness, those lower two inches of my back are my best feature.

I wish I had a better camera - this isn't a great picture of the wood work, but it gives you and idea of the color scheme in the room.


Before the wood work with just the stripes.                            After with woodwork and stripes Love!!
Looks awesome with the floors!!


                 AFTER:



I still get giddy looking at this picture!!! What the what!!!???  Love it!! OK here is why I love this:  The shelves, were ugly paneling on the walls of our old home. Took them off, cut them, threw some home depot brackets on and boom, suddenly not ugly.

The four pictures are some beautiful painted pictures of old cars. I found these when cleaning out my mother in laws basement years ago. They were painted and given as a gift to my late FIL, who passed away when my husband was 13. So pretty special. I bought frames for a buck at a thrift store and spray painted them. That's it.

The dresser was also my MIL's. Stained it and put on new knobs. Huge difference. The curtains were from Kohls on crazy discount. I think they were $6 a piece. The rug I got from home decorators years ago, but it worked great in the room. (That was not cheap $250 I believe, but great rug!)

I did buy them both new bedding on line and sheets from TJ MAXX and new pillows. I spent about $150 on all of that, which was more than I spent the wall transformations, but a great deal for all new bedding, pillows, sheets, comforters, decorative pillows etc.

 So this room with bedding and new decor was roughly $300 (not counting the rug and some of my older decor).

 Fun fact. The bed on the left, my son made with me, using that same ugly paneling. We stained it. The bed on the right, was my Dad's when he was a kid.

I cannot tell you how much I love mixing the old memories with the new. The tall dresser I got online for $40 used. The dressers don't match. Again, doesn't matter.

This was definitely one of my favorite transformations!  It is absolutely insane what the right paint color and a little bit of wood work will do to a room . . .and a bit of caulk of course.

Happy transforming!
Kate

Sunday, November 6, 2016

New House updates. Project #1

PROJECT #1:  MY DAUGHTER'S ROOM


                                                                         BEFORE:
The turquoise paint was a bit dark for a basement room. I think sometimes we (people) like a certain color, but aren't sure how to pick that color. This can result in colors that are super dark with no variation. Meaning they look like colors one might use on a poster board to make a sign, but perhaps not the best for walls in a home - as they come off too dark or harsh. I remember once picking a brown that looked awesome on the paint chip, but turned out horrid on the wall.  To save myself from that mistake (most of the time) I now see colors I like in the store and then google that color on the internet before I buy the paint. Images will pop up of others who have used that same color in their home. Check out a couple of images and see what you think. I never pick a color without googling images on that color beforehand. Houzz.com or Pintrest are great places to search potential colors as well.

                                       This room is pretty large and has some great features, mainly a large window (since it's in the basement, that's a great feature). It has great lines so the room isn't just square and a built in desk that although pretty old and dated turned out great painted. Don't be too quick to tear something out or get rid or something. Sometimes it can turn into an awesome "save."
 I apologize that my picture quality isn't great - hoping for a new phone for the birthday.

                                                                TRANSFORMATION:

The first thing I did was pick a color. My daughter wanted pink. Pink is super tricky because it is always too dark in my opinion. I wanted this room to be a room she could grow into, therefore I did not want harsh pink or barbie pink (she did). I picked a color that I googled and it looked great. It was barely pink on the swatch. However once it was on the walls, it was still too dark for me. I took half of the can of pink and poured white paint in it to the brim and painted another coat on the wall. It was still too dark for the subtle pink I was going for. I then halfed that can and poured white in it once more and I loved the end result. I can't remember the color I used since I threw out the can after I added white so many times. I know it's a Benjamin Moore and I want to say it's "ballet slipper", but I am not sure. Google light pink colors and there are many great ones.
Here is a hint to painting: Don't just do straight lines. Always paint in a "W" pattern. Your wall will get even coverage since you overlap and there won't be lines.

NEXT:
We pulled up the carpet. This is one of the simplest jobs to do. Just go to the corner and pull it up. Then pull up the pad. You will likely need a metal scraper to pull up the little pieces of carpet pad that are stuck to the glue on the floor. Then you need to pull up the tack strip. Get a pry bar. Place the pry bar until a nail in the tack strip. Hit the pry bar with a hammer. It will pop up the nail-loosening the tack strip. Move along the wall and pop up all of the nails. Then just sweep up. The whole process can take anywhere from 1-2 hours, but it's a great way to save some money.

Notice how my walls, don't look very pink. That's good. Once we add the white wainscoting on the bottom of the walls, the pink will naturally pop.



                                                       FEATURE WALL - STENCIL TIME-

 I am torn on the stencil. Sometimes it's not too bad to do and other times it is awful trying to get lines to match. Because I was only doing one wall and because I love that you can paint over it versus wallpaper, I opted to use a stencil to add a feature wall.We went with a large damask pattern stencil. I bought it on Amazon for about $25. Not bad considering wallpaper would have cost hundreds. The stencil has lines on the edges that helps you line it up, each time you move it. I decided to do the wall by the desk. I wish I had a before picture of the desk. The desk was old and brown. All I did was paint it glossy white. That small brown light above it, we took down and replaced it with a simple whitish pink shade (seen sitting on the desk). It cost $14.


 It helps to have someone help you stencil otherwise it is super awkward to try and hold it and paint at the same time with the roller. Also flat walls are so much easier to paint then walls that curve or change like the one that we stenciled. Trying to get the stencil to match in the corner was really hard. We chose a very light metallic gold color. The above picture shows the color as is. It was too dark for me, so I lightened it with a metallic white color. Below is the result.



 My son is hooking up our internet in this picture. I may be able to DIY, but not so good with technology. Yep, he's 9 and he did it. Yep, I am 35 and I did not.


 We painted before we pulled the carpet. Always a good idea.

                                                                           
                                                        LAYING FLOORING
Laying wood or laminate floors is super easy. So easy in fact that I made each of my kids help me do some of their rooms. If you can do a puzzle, you can lay a wood floor. It will save you thousands of dollars. You tube is your friend. My husband and I google everything and watch how-to videos before attempting it ourselves.


 Her floor would have taken us a day to do, but I have three other kids so could only work on it during nap time and at nights. We finished it in 3 days.



We decided to do wood floors in the basement. I was really hesitant about that because of the cold and I didn't want it to look cold either. However the day we finished the install my baby threw up orange stuff all over the floor. I simply wiped it up. I knew then that I had made the right choice. Solve the cold problem with a great over-sized rug. Go with a lighter rug if your floor is dark or vice versa.

 The picture to the right is after we added new baseboards. I love the MDF flat 6" baseboards. Easy to paint. Easy to clean. Look great.



The picture above is the new light installed above the desk. We picked out a cute knob and the desk was done. The picture below shows the new bedroom light. I love this Capiz chandelier from World Market. If you wait for a 40% of coupon it's under $40.



It pays to have a husband that used to be an electrician. Here he is changing out all the outlets and switches to white. Huge difference.


                                                                     WOODWORK:
No room is complete in my opinion until it has some type of wainscoting or board and batten or some added wood touch. It's simple to do, pretty inexpensive and adds a ton to any room.

Here we chose a simple white MDF (real wood is a lot more expensive-ask for MDF at Home Depot or Lowes if you want to save a lot of money.) Each 12 foot piece was about $8.00.  We spent about $150 on new baseboards and all the wood squares. Not bad at all. We also re-used the old baseboards to create a chair rail on the top  to finish the design. You can see it below.

 Once we did all the woodwork. I caulked and painted everything from the chair rail down glossy white. I never use glossy paint or even semi gloss except on anything white that has wood work. It gives it a nice contrast to the "eggshell" finish I choose for all my colors. My husband and I draw out a design before we do it and then we hold up a "frist" piece of wood to the wall to make sure we like the height. You can't go wrong. Just make up a design. Usually things in odds look better-in my opinion. So we usually try to do two smaller squares on one wall on the sides and then one big rectangle in the middle. You want to make sure your spaces in between each square and the sides of the wall are even.


                                                                              AFTER:

Here is the room mostly finished. I spent very little on accessories, but the room didn't need much since the stencil and the wood work is enough.




 My daughter was excited to make her own bed . :)  We added curtains and painted the lights by the windows white and added a few more decorations, but this is pretty much the finished product. Not counting the wood floor (which was $4 a sq. foot) this room for all the paint, wood, switches, lights and decor was under $500. Not bad.



STAY TUNED for the boys room. :)

Happy Re-doing!
-Kate


























Friday, August 5, 2016

Moving again. . .

So, we bought our last home and I thought it was our forever home, but my husband got a new job and we wanted to be closer to his work, plus we had another baby and quickly outgrew that cute rambler. We loved it though and were sad to leave after all the work we did to it ourselves.

Here is our listing on Youtube  if you want to see what we did. 90% of the furniture we either refinished, recovered, or bought for crazy cheap at salvage stores. We make some of our headboards too. We do the woodwork, the floors, created the apartment, created a kitchen for under $200, and more. (The basement pictures are of our rental and not my things or decorating. I can't take credit for her stuff, but we did put in the kitchen and create the apt.)

It sold the day we listed it and we've since moved into another darling fixer upper. I have now decided - so that I have a record of what we are doing - I am going to blog about each room we do and show before and after pictures as well as how to's and give prices. In hopes that other's will create their own dream homes when they didn't think they could,because of money, time or know-how.

I am a firm believer that most of us can do most anything. So, when I go to people's houses and they haven't hung pictures or painted a wall because their husband hasn't gotten around to it or they can't afford to hire it I say, "You do it!" and I'm always happy to show anyone how. Certainly I am no expert, or professional, but I don't think you need to be.

I am not a perfectionist and I don't mind experimenting. My rooms do not at all look perfect, but that's fine with me. It's worth the trade off in cost.

I am a busy mom or four and I get the same question all the time.

"How do you have the time to do this?"

Well, I do it during naps, or my kids help, or at night. I never do more that a few hours a day and I don't do it everyday.

My kids learned how to lay wood floors this month because I made each of them do some work in each of their future bedrooms. They loved it and became good at it.

We do things for cheap. When I say cheap, it's legitimate. We have now almost completed three rooms and are just over $1000.00

It's crazy how much you can save doing it yourself.  You also feel like the coolest person in the world when you look back and realize you did something that awesome and you should!

 So I hope you enjoy our second fixer upper and start working on some projects of your own.

-Kate


Moving again. . .

So, we bought our last home and I thought it was our forever home, but my husband got a new job and we wanted to be closer to his work, plus we had another baby and quickly outgrew that cute rambler. We loved it though and were sad to leave after all the work we did to it ourselves.

Here is our listing on Youtube  if you want to see what we did. 90% of the furniture we either refinished, recovered, or bought for crazy cheap at salvage stores. We make some of our headboards too. We do the woodwork, the floors, created the apartment, created a kitchen for under $200, and more.

It sold the day we listed it and we've since moved into another darling fixer upper. I have now decided - so that I have a record of what we are doing - I am going to blog about each room we do and show before and after pictures as well as how to's and give prices. In hopes that other's will create their own dream homes, when they didn't think they could,because of money, time or know-how.

I am a firm believer that most of us can do most anything. So, when I go to people's houses and they haven't hung pictures or painted a wall because their husband hasn't gotten around to it or they can't afford to hire it I say, "You do it!" and I'm always happy to show anyone how.

One disclaimer though. I am not a perfectionist and I don't mind experimenting. So my rooms, do not at all look perfect, but that's fine with me. It's worth the trade off in cost to me.

I am a busy mom or four and I get the same question all the time.

"How do you have the time to do this?"

Well, I do it during naps or my kids help or at night. I never do more that a few hours a day and I don't do it everyday.

My kids learned how to lay wood floors this month because I made each of them do some work in each of their future bedrooms. They loved it and became good at it.

We do things for cheap. When I say cheap, it's legitimate. We have now almost completed three rooms and are just over $1000.00

It's crazy how much you can save doing it yourself.  You also feel like the coolest person in the world when you look back and realize you did something that awesome, for that cheap and yourself!

 So I hope you enjoy our second fixer upper.

Kate


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Article about my niece and recovering from addiction

LAYTON — Madison Rose was never comfortable in social situations. Shy and more of an introvert, she struggled with anxiety when it came to opening up in groups. When she first started drinking, she noticed that for the first time in her life, she could communicate without the anxiety that accompanied it.
"I was only having a couple of drinks. It was no big deal, plus it came with the benefit of making me feel comfortable," Rose said. "I never would have dreamed I would become dependent on alcohol."
Rose quickly went from drinking only on the weekends to drinking every day. While a person may drink a couple of beers and maybe a shot or two (a shot of liquor consists of 1 ounce), at Rose's low point, she was consuming 1/2 a gallon of hard liquor a day.
"I wasn't drinking anymore because it made me comfortable in social settings," Rose said. "My husband, Ryan and I refer to it as the time drinking stopped being fun. All of the sudden you're so dependant that you're drinking just to be 'normal.' "

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Today's Living Room podcast

Things I would tell my younger self:
-It's not the end of the world.
-You are so much better than you think.
-You are so loved
-Life just get's better and better.
-There is so much good in this world.
What would you tell your younger self?
Tune in today at noon to hear what we said.
www.fromthelivingroom.com

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Addiction


I know I post about our podcasts quite a bit, but if there is any show I'd recommend listening to, it's this one. Addiction has become so pervasive. So has hiding them. It was our goal to do what we could to stop the hiding, by having an open discussion about addiction. More importantly, to show through personal stories of loved ones and friends that there is always hope; that it is absolutely possible to overcome even the deepest and darkest addictions.





Does someone close to... you suffer from an addiction? Do you want to know how you can help and show love without judgement? Our TLR addiction show focusses on hoping, healing, and supporting loved ones through the challenges of addiction. Our discussion, although candid, is hopeful and faith-promoting. We encourage anyone affected by addiction to seek the needed help from a caring professional. There is always help. There is always hope. http://toginet.com/shows/thelivingroom