August 29, 2011

Im back with a small update

Sorry I have been MIA lately, I promise I have good reason!
We have been busy with a little of this...

and this...

and a whole lotta this stuff...

So really I haven't had a lot of time to do the projects that I have needed to.
So until I get back on my feet a bit I will show you a small redo that I did.

The day before we left for Cali we bought this entertainment center from a lady down the road.
We got it for $80 but it was pretty beat up.

The paint was chipped everywhere and one door was broken with the other on its last leg. 

I couldn't pass up this piece of furniture because it was the perfect size for our bedroom and it matched our bed almost exactly!

So I sanded the edges and scratches and stained them a dark brown.

Then I took off the doors and hardware and replaced them with baskets.

It was a real simple fix that made a huge difference, and it probably only took me 20 min! 
Next up is that dresser in the background!

August 11, 2011

Framing 101

I have had a lot of people come into my home and ask me about the different frames I have on my walls. So I thought I would do a little post about some inexpensive ways to frame your pictures.

When you walk into my house the first thing you see is my living room. I wanted a nice big family picture to put on the wall but I soon realized how expensive it was to frame. I looked into getting it framed and matted but it was hundreds of dollars...even with a coupon. So I finally found a frame at Micheal's on sale for about $40, but I still had the problem of getting it matted. I talked to a friend who gave me a killer idea! Instead of matting what you do is make a floating frame.

The idea is to have your picture sandwiched between two pieces of glass. That way the wall acts as your matting. I just went to a local glass cutter and had them cut me a piece of glass to fit inside of the frame. I think for a 20x30 piece it was around $20. Then I just took some hot glue and sealed a few spots around the edges to hold it in place.

Another alternate to matting is what I did in my son's room.

These pictures I had ordered with a white edge around them. Then I just taped them to a piece of brown cardstock and stuck it in the frame. You can't even tell its not real matting unless you get really close.

Another framing tip is to check your local thrift stores for frames. Almost all of the frames in my house came from the thrift store. I mostly buy 8x10 from them, but they are only about $1 a piece! Then you can paint them whatever color you want. I love doing this because you can get a variety of frames that kind of change it up a bit.

And there is a just a few of my framing ideas. I hope that helps some of you!

August 2, 2011

Master Bath Progress

Well I just got back in town from a nice trip to California for my Brother-in-Law's wedding. We had a wonderful time, but I must say that I am happy to be back in Utah and to sleep in my own bed again! I have a lot of catching up to do, so today I will share our master bath progress.

As you may remember from this post, I had some big plans for our bathroom. I wanted to paint, replace the marble with tile, frame the mirrors and do some sort of molding around the tub. 

My first step was painting the walls a light blue called Pensieve Sky by Behr.

Originally I was going to paint everything this color and just do molding around the tub, but I decided to continue the molding on the two walls next to the tub.

Eric had to give me a hard time for this color because in the right light it almost looks white. 
That's men for ya, they aren't into the details :)

After I gave the room a coat of paint, I put Eric in charge of removing the marble surround. He just took a flat head screwdriver and a hammer to it and then pulled it right off the wall. He made sure to place a rag between the marble and hammer so that it didn't ruin the wall or marble.

Our tub is kind of scary now, but it means we are one step closer to the finished product.

Trey had to get in on the fun and help out!

So there is our little bit of progress. 



Next step is to install this tile around the tub. 

We have never tiled before so this might be fun. 
Wish us luck!
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