Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Some More Before and After

I put up pictures of our deck makeover a while ago and I promised pictures of the rest of the house before we moved in, so here you go! Living/dining room, powder room and master bath for now. Hopefully I can finish my bedroom furniture before we move and put those up, too.

Sorry for the pictures ahead of time. I have a really hard time taking pictures in my house - the light is never right, it seems!

The old living room...

The living and dining rooms are one big room...

Living/dining room after...

The powder room... Doesn't everyone love 80's wallpaper?

Powder room now...

The master bathroom...Ewww, is all I have to say.

The master bath now...

The kitchen - white tile floors with white grout is NEVER a good idea...oh, and white countertops...

The kitchen now...

Overall, the makeover has been mostly cosmetic - painting and changing out hardware. Since we knew we wouldn't be in this house for more than a few years, we didn't do any big structural makeovers. We are so excited to be moving into our new home in a few months, but we have made this house a home and we have a lot of great memories here.

I am participating in Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

And at DIY day at A Soft Place to Land

Monday, November 16, 2009

$5 Table Makeover

Just wanted to share a simple makeover I did the other day - it only took 10 minutes!
I started with this $5 table from Dollar General. The bottom tile was broken, so I decided to redo the table for my laundry room. Here is the table before...

Here is the piece of tile on the top that was still intact.
I took the tile and made a template out of cardboard. Then I wrapped the tile and the "cardboard tile" in a cute, polka dot fabric I got for free at a yardsale. I spray painted the table with one coat of Wal-Mart brand, black satin spray paint. I replaced the tiles and this is the table after...

It really adds a special touch to my laundry room!

Linking up to Kimba's DIY Day and Reinvented's Trash to Treasure Tuesday!


Also linking to The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday Party!

And...Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday! Furniture Feature Fridays

Monday, November 9, 2009

Junky Bookcase Made Beautiful!

Over the years I have accumulated a lot of dishes. You know, the usual odds and ends and many items that I bought at Goodwill. The problem is they were all hidden in the cabinets.

Soooo, the other day I had this crazy idea. You see, for the last 15 years there has been an old dilapidated bookcase in the garage which held my gardening stuff, paint cans , tools - you know, just general junk. The interesting thing is no one seems to know where it came from - it's just always kind of been there. Well, after clearing all the stuff off I pulled that bookcase out and boy was it UGLY!! I started second guessing myself at this point. Well, look for yourself - you can see why. But at this point I figured I had nothing to lose.

I sanded it with my trusty sander. Sanded, sanded, and sanded some more. It had quite a lot of cracks and holes, so I used wood putty to fill them. Then I primed it with Kilz primer and painted it two coats of black.

Here it is in my kitchen with all its accessories. I think it turned out okay and as my sister would say, I've had fun "playing house" with it. (Any time I move furniture -which is quite often- or change things around she says I'm "playing house" again.)

I am linking to A Soft Place to Land's DIY Day

...and Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch!

Go check them out!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Banner!

A big thank you to Stefanie over at More Than a House for creating a new banner for us! It is perfect - so much better than the basic, boring banner we had before! Go check out her fun blog!