Something Pretty

When I read this post I started thinking about what I do when I’m having a bad day.  My stress was high last week so I made a list of things that make me feel less stressed.  At the top of that list is making pretty things.

Sure, I need to vacuum and de-clutter but neither of those things are going to make me feel relaxed.  They’ll also still be things I can do after I de-stress.

So, I had a unused frame, an hour of time and this:

gb3The wall above my guest bed has never really had an arrangement that I liked.  I tried lots of little frames

guest2but didn’t like it.

So I took the back off the frame and used a heavy duty adhesive to glue the glass to the frame.  Once it was dry I scraped off the dried glue that had squished out around the edges.  Then I searched for a quote that I liked.

gb1I used the Design feature on Picmonkey and then printed it out.  Then I laid it out until I found an arrangement that I liked and taped the words to the back of the frame.

gb2Then I used a chalk pen and traced over the words.  It seriously could not have been easier!

Of course to get to that point I had to fill in all the holes from the small frames and then touch up the paint.  That was seriously the most time consuming part of this project!

gb4Seeing this makes me instantly  happy.  I love how an hour of crafting can bring up my mood and make me feel like I accomplished something!



Stenciled Drop Cloth Pillow

Warning-this post contains a whole lot of pictures for a tiny, tiny pillow.

After making curtains and then pillowcases I had two little pieces of drop cloth left over.  I thought they’d make a perfect little accent pillow and it occurred to be that this would be the perfect project to try painting on.

I started by finding a design.  I searched and searched the internet for a “free printable simple geometric stencil design.”  I found free, and I found geometric but my idea of “simple” is very different than other people’s.  So I decided to just make something up.



I cut a wood shim off at an angle and just started tracing out this little arrow design.



I may or may not have been inspired by my nails…



I bought this when I was painting the bead board in my bathroom and I’ve also used it for the trim in the laundry room and lots of little craft projects.  Best $10 I’ve spent!



Then I just started painting.



Originally I thought I’d just do one coat of paint but when I looked at it in the light of the next day, I realized it needed two.  If I wasn’t trying to make it work with the white in the duvet cover I would have left it with one coat.

I let the paint dry for a day and then decided to wash it to see if I could get rid of the pencil lines.  All that happened on Monday and I thought I’d be able to sew it up on Tuesday to post it before I went to work.  One quick was didn’t do anything so I soaked it all morning, washed it again and then hung it out to dry.

This morning I pinned the two sides together, sewed around the edges, leaving a small opening to stuff it.  Once that tiny edge was closed up I threw it on the bed.



Yes!  I think a drop cloth bed skirt (with maybe one simple white stenciled stripe??) will finish this project off.



The paint is rough so I don’t imagine my guests will be laying their faces on it.  It’s also kind of stiff so if I do decide to stencil the curtains (right now I’m thinking I won’t) I’ll add the fabric medium that all the other bloggers suggest.





Tying the Room Together

When we last left off I clipped my new drop cloth curtains up in the guest room.  This week I finally got around to trimming them and making pillowcases.



I measured and cut them with an extra inch for hemming.  I haven’t hemmed them yet so they still pool a little but definitely better than the 30″ of fabric that was there last week.



I took the fabric I cut off the curtains to make pillowcases for the bed.  I wanted to keep the finished edges for the open end of the pillowcase so I laid it out, right side up and set the pillow inside it.



Then I pinned the bottom at the end of the pillow.  Sure I could have measured it but this was easier.  Then I sewed around the three edges and turned it right side out.  I had enough to do two regular size pillows with a little bit left over (which will probably turn into a throw pillow.)



Henry and Prudie were very interested in this project.  Maybe not.  It’s probably just the room.  Since I got the new duvet cover this room has been on lockdown with no pets allowed!



I love it!  I made pillowcases!



I’m trying to find more ways for the lineney pillows to play nice with the white stripes on the duvet cover.  I’ll buy another drop cloth next time I’m at Lowe’s to make a new bed skirt but for now, we’re one step closer.



I like that they tie in to the curtains but I think they need more.  While at Wal-Mart I picked up a couple of paint chips to try to match this yellow so I can do some stenciling.

guest4That Dusty Gold is perfect (at least in person!) so I’m planning to pick up a little bit next time I’m at Wal-Mart.  I’m thinking yellow stripes on the little (yet to be made) throw pillow and the curtains?  I’m not sure how far I’ll take it but I’m thrilled to finally have found a match!

Yes, I still need another lamp.  And oh yeah, baseboards.  Sigh.


Touch Up



You might remember that I don’t measure or level or plan when I’m hanging stuff on the walls.  I don’t recommend this.  Moving all my accessories has left most rooms in my house with nail/screw/pin holes all over them.

One smart thing I did do though was this:



Luckily my mother likes this jelly that comes in glass jars with cute little handles.  Once empty they make the best containers for touch up paint.  I’m pretty clumsy so I know that me carrying around a gallon of paint could result in a paint disaster pretty quickly.  So a few months ago my mom and I dumped some paint from the gallon cans into these glass jars so I can just carry them around while I’m touching up paint.

I think most people don’t get excited about touching up paint but I was ready to get those holes covered!

This week I got almost everything done-laundry room, kitchen and both bedrooms can be checked off the list so now all that’s left are the bathrooms.



I can’t believe what a difference a little paint makes!  I filled the holes and let them dry over night and then put the paint up yesterday.



My room was by far the worst.  I’ve experimented with a collage wall, large frames, mirrors, picture ledges and shelves which left these walls looking like Swiss cheese.  But not anymore!

Now that all I have left in my house is big, big stuff (I’m looking at you hall bathroom!) it’s nice to complete a simple task that makes suck a big difference!


Drop Cloth Curtains, Part I

As I told you yesterday, my impressionable decorating mind is now on the bandwagon with drop cloth curtains.

I got the first few steps done yesterday and I thought I’d share.


I bought two packages of these for $10.98 each.  I washed each one once and hung them out to dry.  The fabric was stiff and had a weird odor straight out of the package but one wash softened it up enough for me and completely got rid of the odor.


I debated about bleaching them but I figured that could go horribly wrong and cause this “curtains on the cheap” project to add up quickly.  I figured I would see how I liked them once they were hung up and then make decisions about how I wanted to alter them.  I love that they’re fuller than the chevron curtains:


(they were pretty puny.)

I also love that the drop cloths add some more texture in here.  Originally I thought I’d stencil a pattern onto the drop cloths (these stripes are pretty and seem easy, right?) but I want to be sure I find the right yellow to compliment the duvet cover.  For now I’m going to hem them because they look like this:


Which will give me about 3 feet of fabric to work with.  I’m thinking about making some pillow cases (maybe do the stencil here so if I mess it up I can just toss it?) to tie the bed to the curtains a little better.

I also still have this


I bought this when my dad and I hit up a ReStore the day after I took my fall.  My dad thought I was crazy then and probably still thinks I’m crazy because I’ve done nothing with it.  Yes, that’s still the price tag on it.  I want to give those metal pieces on the bottoms of the legs a coat of gold spray paint and maybe sand and re-stain the legs to match the new cabinet and the side tables.  I thought about doing a pretty box pleated slip cover but I think that’s too girly.  This ottoman needs simple so I’ll probably just stable the fabric on and pull it tight.

So that’s where I stand with my new curtains.  I’ll be happy if I can just get them cut to the right length today before work cause I think throwing in some stitches (hahahahaha, iron on hem tape is more like it!) might be pushing it with the other projects I have going on!


Looking Back

Before my house was mine I was living in my parents’ house, looking at lots of houses and wishing and praying for a house of my own.  While I was waiting I furiously pinned ideas, paint colors and furniture and made this binder:



In it are pages for every room with paint colors, curtains, rugs, furniture and decorations.  I made this binder and then never opened it during the early days of crazy construction and then moving.  So, let’s see how well I remembered what I wanted to do:



Light grey on the walls with coral accents and of course, that mirror (this one a housewarming present from my brother and his girlfriend.)  The brick is on the floor and I ended up finding a shade to put on the light in here that I like more than the fixture in my original plan.  I won’t mess with the closet-it’s too narrow and I want to keep the original door.



Blinds will come in September and I got that curtain rod months ago.  While I still love those curtains, I found myself keeping this room lighter than I had originally thought I would.  I don’t remember where I was going to put that grey (although there is some on the picture ledge) but I did put a pretty blue green on the walls.

LR collage1


I was set on chocolate brown on the walls in here until I realized that the dark color wouldn’t let the baseboards shine.  I was undecided about what color to do in here until my mom’s friend offered me this free paint.  I’m so happy I gave up the dark paint for this light tan.  I think it kind of fades into the background and lets the floors, trim and furniture take center stage.  Again, blinds next month but notice the curtain rod.  I still want that couch BAD but I’m still saving.  The free, dark wood dresser is a nice antique alternative to the mass produced fake wood media stand that I thought I wanted.



Green walls, wood tones, silver platters and curtains, check, check, check, check.  I still love that tile but now I think I’d like something more neutral and I still haven’t decided on whether I’m going to buy blinds for this window yet.



Done-waffle weave shower curtain, beadboard, and beachy decorations.  The bathmat and whale soap dishes were my first purchases for my house.



I went with white blinds instead of wood and I took down the yellow chevron as soon as I found this duvet.  The original bedding I wanted was flowery (pretty, but girlier than I wanted) and I’m so happy with the change.  I like this bed frame more than the metal one I originally liked and stayed with gold accents in here.



My plan for my bedroom was grey and white with lots of texture.  This headboard was $7 from a thrift store.  While not the clean lines of the one I liked first, I like it better because it’s old and I got a great deal on it!  I’m happy with my solid light grey curtains (still love these but the greys don’t match) and have added mirrored and silver accents around the room.  I would L O V E  the lights on the wall by the bed (and the ones I love are just plug ins) but the outlet on that wall doesn’t work so I haven’t bought them yet.

I’m busily working on things I want to add in each room so hang around a year and see how much I get done!


The Plan for Year Two

This list will be much smaller than last year’s but no less exhausting, I’m sure!

The Entryway



  • reattach the baseboards around the door.  They need to be cut down to accommodate the trim around the front door.
  • repaint that bookcase?  I haven’t decided yet.

The Living Room






  • re-attach the baseboards around the hearth and on the fireplace wall
  • get a gas insert for the fireplace.  ONLY if it’s a good deal.  I’m doing fine without it and Henry sure likes his bed there!

The Kitchen



  • baseboards
  • blind in the window?  I just can’t decide

The Laundry Room



  • baseboards
  • finally fix those lights.  Cut the zip ties and make them the right heights
  • put in a screen doors (I’m in love with this one) on the side and back doors.  It would be nice to have them open without having Henry run free!
  • fix the floor.  It’s uneven and creaky.  I’m thinking the same floor tiles as I want in the bathroom

The Hallway



  • baseboards!  As you can see in the picture on the right, it’s bad in there!
  • replace the doors to the bathroom and bedrooms.  I want these and I’m still deciding on knobs.  Do I do oil rubbed bronze because it’s my favorite?  Or do I brushed nickel because that’s what I have on my front and back doors?  Decisions, decisions…

The Hall Bath



  • finish putting up baseboards
  • take out the shower surround and add subway tile
  • take out the floor, level it (is that possible??) and install new tile
  • stay tuned for the whole plan!

Guest Room



  • new curtains
  • patch all the holes in the walls
  • put up the new ceiling fan
  • install baseboards


Master Bedroom



  • I have big plans for that doorway into the closet.  But it’s a surprise.
  • overhaul the master closet

Master Bath



  • all that needs to be done in here is patching holes

Front Yard



  • grass
  • dig those flower beds down so water doesn’t run right off the wall
  • replant something easier to care for
  • get the stump ground out and plant an Aspen tree


Back Yard



  • finish those planters
  • build a garden planter in the yard
  • paint the shed
  • put up the new fence and relocate the white one
  • grass
  • put in some stepping stones around the garden planter
  • prune the apple tree

I’m so proud of how far we’ve come with the house.  I’m happy that now all that’s left are things to make my life a little easier and/or prettier.