Saturday, June 11, 2011

Summer Projects!

I have been a busy little bee over the last several weeks! This summer I decided our lamo guest bedroom needed a major re-do! Our old guest bedroom was filled with leftovers... miss-matched furniture, ugly bedspread from Jason's college days, random picture frames, and even a "Nothin' Runs Like A Deere" sign that Jason LOVES (incase you didn't know he has a little thing for John Deere... it's a sensitive subject at our house!) You can kinda see it above the window in our "BEFORE" picture:

(hopefully the sign will be going in the garage soon... crossing my fingers...)

So over the past 8 months I have been getting rid of stuff and selling it on craigslist. I sold EVERYTHING I could- I sold the bed, bedspread (not the one pictured), Jason's old stereo, our DVD player (who needs one when you have an xbox?), etc. You get the picture! So the money I got from selling our stuff went into my secret stash (except it wasn't that secret, cause Jason knew about it)- until one day I had enough to start dreaming and designing our new guest bedroom! First thing was first- I wanted to move the guest room from the back room to the front room which was Jason's office. So I kicked him out (nicely) and move everything to the back room- since it was empty from selling everything! Here's the before pictures:

Now, in my "dream guest bedroom" there was a place for me to put all my craft stuff and place for me to DO my crafts and leave a mess until it was complete... and do all of this without Jason complaining about the mess which means it would have to be out of site! So I did a little research and designed my "craft closet" to accomplish all those things and put Jason straight to work!
Then we had to decide on a color for painting! This is always the hardest part for me because it totally sets the tone for your room and I wanted to get it right. So we bought a couple of sample colors and debated for a while- we knew for sure we wanted to paint the ceiling white cause who wants to lay in bed and look at a tan ceiling? Lame.
My finished craft closet! Complete with a desk and plenty of shelving for all my crap! LOVE IT! Jason is such a stud- he even crawled in the attic and installed an outlet in the closet (YES! AN OUTLET INSIDE OF THE CLOSET!) That way I can have my sewing machine set up without anyone having to see it! LOVE IT!
We finally decided on "Fashion Gray" and just a plain flat white for the ceiling. I LOVE the way it turned out!
(Guess what's inside that closet? Hehe! Now you know my secret!)
I have decided that working on a budget is not all that it's cracked up to be. For example, this armoire Jason has had since college and it just screams "sell me!" BUT since it is made of crappy particle board and not a real solid wood I knew we wouldn't be able to get very much for it. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with particle board furniture- this piece is in great condition and pretty sturdy... it's just ugly :)
So I painted it! I have never refinished something with a veneer finish on it, but it is not something I would recommend. It took FOREVER to get the finish off, but I do think it's worth it! I LOVE how it turned out with about 5 layers of "Du Jour" white. SO SO glad that it's finally done!

It's not over yet folks! This bedroom needs a bed! And that part is to be continued... (because i don't have one yet!) But stay tuned for a re-do of THIS baby! It is sitting naked in my garage right now- stripped of all that gross plaid fabric. I just returned from the fabric store and it is going to be FAB-U-LOUS!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Praying for those who need it most

Incredible story of a family who needs our prayers. Read on...
(this one's for you ERIN!)