Monthly Archives: July 2012

DIY gone wrong..painted striped floors

How to kill your family in their sleep.  We all laughed thinking of all the funny blog posts one could do with DIY’s gone really wrong.  Hence the mask.

This was taken in my bedroom late at night while we were all huddled in there bemoaning what in the world we were to do.

Here is a very basic idea of my home redo plan

I’ve said it here many times.  I am on a cash budget = a project at a time.

I make a list of all the things I want to do room by room.

I then make a projected budget for said project.

I search Pinterest for ideas.

and start a project

I have many I will be sharing with you now…I am SURE there will be “oh my gosh” moments.  I am not a pro:)

 <insert crazy scrunched up face here>  since I can’t see you in person…that is what my face is doing

oh…off subject but we ate here yesterday and!  5 Guys Burgers..heard of them?  so want another one right now

Growth comes in trusting God in the process.

Yes I bring God into even my home decorating.  Trust me…I need it!

I can’t have the house..or a whole room for that matter redone at one time.  I have to learn to be content with a project.

Grace’s room has no insulation.  It gets SUPER cold in the winter.  Eventually I am going to have to gut the room and put up insulation.

In her room we are doing things that do not cost to much money because we will eventually tear it out and throw it away.

I want to do painted floors in my kitchen and Grace…the crazy girl she is said, ” let’s paint stripes on my floor”.

We had painted the floor white a couple of months ago.  The hardwood is original to the house and is about 40 years old so it isn’t in the best shape.

And the white floors showed so much dirt so why not?

We picked a color out of her bedding which we got from Target.

 I love her vision for the room.  She calls it vintage bohemian.  It is bright and wild and really opens wide the door for creativity!

I am teaching her to make the best of what we have.  You can make it look really pretty with paint, furniture, linens and pictures.

we tried 3 colors first to see which ones she liked.


 we vacuumed and mopped the floor first

The color we chose was SW Definitive Yellow but I had it mixed at Home Depot in Behr’s Self Priming Interior Flat Enamel.

We got our supplies of tape and brushes

I taped off the room and labeled my pattern starting at the far end of the room.

Grace painted most of it herself and this helped her stay on track.

I have to tell ya though…those stripes can make your eyes go crazy!

  Bright huh?:)

Doesn’t everybody paint in their pajama’s?

 She is waiting on me to help hold the headboard and footboard.  We are adding a final coat to the bed

and then off to get a mattress.

the moral of the story is….

read the can!  I thought I was buying a waterbased poly.  I think I read so many cans and since I am on the brink of Alzheimer’s I picked up the wrong one.

It was a laquer.

When I opened the can it smelled up the living room almost immediately.  That should have been a red flag.

Instead of listening to my gut I proceeded to roll the floor with this stuff.  It smelled our whole house up!

Windows were flung open..mind you it was 100 degree’s outside.

I finally put a fan in her room and faced it toward her open window.  Shut her door and placed a rolled towel under the door.

An hour later the smell had dissipated enough for us to feel safe going to sleep:)

It gave it a good enough coat to make a nice sheen and give it a little protection.

I just want it to last a year at least.

She really loves it and we are excited to go on to the next project.

Here is my list as it stands now for Grace’s room.  I also carry measurements of the room and windows with me.

You never know when you are going to run into something while out beauty hunting:)

Grace’s Room To Buy

a full mattress for her bed

big full length mirror

a really crazy lighting fixture

lining a roller shade with fabric

curtaining off her closet

spraying the wall lights and redoing the shades

a big ol rug

and baseboard…

It is hard sometimes picturing it all done isn’t it?  I look at the baseboards and it drives me crazy that I just can’t go buy them right now.  It looks so dirty without them.

Life isn’t a McDonald’s drive thru though is it?  We are programmed to think that way about every area of life.

The good in all of this is it helps me to slow down and focus on the process.  To be in the moment and not next week or next month or year.

I have to be humbly honest here and say that over the last year practicing this .. making it a habit in my daily life has helped me eliminate some stress.  To be

more grateful.  Living within each day is SO much easier.

now it is your turn..

have you had a DIY gone wrong?

do you often wish for drive thru decor?:)

do you decorate one project at a time or do you do the whole room?

( I won’t judge you if you are able to do a whole room…lol!  I said today if I had a charge card I would go to Home Depot and

buy all the lumber to add a screened in deck and a deck around the pool! )

may you live your weekend ‘all in’ the crazy beautiful moments…love you all



2 {must haves} from Target

 Savoring  weekend mornings before the house wakes up..the sound of the night turning into morning.  Have you noticed night sounds different than day?  :) me too!

Taking in the swimming moments..eating watermelon..the smell of sunscreen..just the overall slowness of summer AND finding these fun little things at Target.

My weekend was something like was yours?

Since I couldn’t call you on the phone to tell you I will share it here.

We put ourselves on a Ramen Soup kinda budget this week.  For several reasons.  None of which are extenuating..You all ever been on a ramen soup budget;)  Well -this fun little piece of cookery comes in three colors and I of course chose the aqua because it goes with my decor.  It is FAST..simple and all of the kids can do it.  You put the noodles in.  Cover them with hot water and 4 minutes in the micro and BAM!  Done.  Anything that gets my 17 year old son to cook..gotta be a keeper.

and these.  These spoke to me.  This stuff is actually for college students I think.  But hey – these also came in 3 to 4 different colors.  I got four of the bigger flat bowls and four of the yellow forks.  I just couldn’t help the forks girls.  I have no idea what to do with them other than eat with em but they made me happy.  This week I am praying they have the little bowls and the even littler bowls-I want them too.  I think they will look cute stacked together on my open shelves in the kitchen ( that I will have someday:)

the coffee cup went with the set and the only excuse I have is I have a mug fetish….

SO tell me…did you have any fun finds over the weekend?  Are you savoring up all of the goodness of summer.  I am trying to ignore the school bell ringing….ugh!  Shhhhh….the kids tell me

and just because I love to show them off… few pictures of the grandbabies Nikki shot over the weekend:)  I am waiting for Minted to put it up but she was Editor’s pick for a Christmas card contest.  I was literally jumping up and down.  I am so proud of her.  I will share it once they put it up!



let me give you a gift for YOUR favorite reads:)

Emily @ Jones Design posted on 5 of her favorite reads and it got me to thinking about our upcoming vacation.

4 weeks girls and I still have no idea what I want I am going to read.

I haven’t sat down to just read in several years.  I am forcing myself to chill out down there.  No technology…

I don’t want a book that teaches me..( those are the kind I gravitate toward because I always feel there is something wrong with myself that needs fixing:)

I want something that takes me away..slows me down..oh I don’t know..I can’t put my finger on it.  I need HELP!

Please feel free to leave your favorite reads in the comments

and I will send the friend of the book I choose a 10.00 Amazon gift card to use toward a book of your choice.



how do you begin staging your home? is what I’m doing

I’ve lived in 14-15 houses – mostly in the same town – over the last 17 years.  You do the math.  I will save that explanation for Oprah when the book comes out.

I walked into a friends house once and it was so warm and cozy.  Full.  I couldn’t imagine how one acquires so much stuff.

Where do you start?  It really did overwhelm me and I just didn’t do anything.  Ever been there?

 Chalk it up to moving so many times, budgeting, and just plain ol being indecisive I have never

been able to fluff my nest.  I’m not going to bore you with the how’s and why’s I will just get to the point of the here and now.


this came yesterday.  I literally had to flag the FedEx guy down in my swimsuit..yes it was scary and that is why there is no picture.

He couldn’t deliver it the day before and when we saw him driving past our house for the second time Nikki made me go running after him.

I think we decided on a name for her.  Betts.  After my grandma.  We loved the aqua and blue in her.

I want to encourage those of you..who like not have a house that is full of the little things.  Things that make a house a home.

My first hangup was I didn’t know where in the world I would put that very first thing I would buy.  Nikki would all the time say…Mom, you should get this!

and I would always say…” where would I put it ? “

and so nothing would ever get bought.

so here is where the encouragement comes in…and what is working for muah.

Start with one room

::make a place to store it all.

::Buy pieces that you LOVE.  Don’t worry about where they will go.  Not one bit.

Sound Easy?  Good.  It is.

We found these at an antique mall for 11.00!  They are perfect as is.  Where am I going to put them?  I have NO idea:)  That is the beauty of it.

::WARNING:  this can become an addiction.

(the buying and having no where to put it)

Nikki and I have been pouring over ideas for our lovely (not) old little kitchen.  We are juuuust about there.  Ready to tackle the tearing out the cabinets.  Only the uppers.

We have decided we are going to attempt the impossible.  Painting and sanding and…ugh… the bottom cabinets.

I want open shelving but the only problem is I have no dishes that match.  I know I want white dishes so what is a girl to do when you don’t

have money to go buy all new dishes?  Hey – if you can’t do one or two a week use what you have on the shelves right?  It is just dishes after all.  No worries.

::Buy one or two at a time

Nikki found a blog where she bought these dishes at Wal-Mart.  They are good quality and affordable and the look

like a high end dish.

So every week or two in my non food budget – I put in two dish pieces.  I am slowly acquiring white dishes.

By the time I get the kitchen done I just might have enough to fill a shelf or two.

Grace found this little beauty at Target this week.  You know the place right?  Right when you walk in the front door?


Don’t you just love that section?  We bought two.  One for her and one for our office…maybe.

You could spray paint them or just leave them as is.  We are leaving her white right now because we do not know where she will end up.

Remember~ she is in our ever growing stash of home decor that we have no idea what to do with yet.

we also got these for Grace’s 13 birthday party next month.  I am going to use them on her cake I think.  Pretty yes?

Decor Steals.  Need I say more.  Nikki is addicted and daily messages me.

Mom – you need to get on DS and see this…..and these little packages end up on my door step.

I do have to say there really are steals on there.  Thankfully it is decor that I love most of the time.

These little baskets too.  I ordered my fabric for the other side of my dining room window.  I am marking time in my week to finish up sewing

both panels so they will be totally done and I can mark them off my project list.

When our eyes spotted this beauty we knew we had to have it.  We said it would be our office INSPIREation.

Inspire being the keyword.  You can’t help but fall instantly in love with Kelly Littman..owner of Farmstead.

She has a little shop in Bottom’s Up.  Her little space is lined with cowboy boots and clothes and bags and we could just

buy the whole place:)

In our Link Party starting NEXT Friday…I was in the wrong week when I posted HERE.  Sorry:(  We will begin NEXT Friday!!

we are going to share all kinds of ways to take junk and all things ugly and make them functional, fun and usable for home decor.

 I had to inject myself with four shots Tuesday night.  Dr. is trying me on the Humira again..among several other meds.  I dislike giving myself

shots.  Especially when the medicine isn’t putting me in remission.  Funny the things you can do when you think you could know?

Here are our go to places right now

Decor Steals

Antique Farmhouse

Thrift Stores…getting more pricey…just us or are you noticing that too?

Garage Sales

Home Goods


TJ Maxx

Garage Sales

Side of the Road

stay cool sweet friends….xoxo


are you a “gut” listener-my gut gave us a pool:) and a question

what did you do this past weekend? to!  Here I shared with you about the pool our neighbor was going to give us remember?

“How did that happen,” you ask

Well grandma was visiting one day and the busy bee she is knows all of the neighbors.  She left and came back an hour later sharing all of the neighbors business…need I say more:D

gotta love grandma:)

anyway–she nonchalantly mentioned this neighbor was going to get rid of her pool.  They are a married retired couple with no children and no longer use the pool.  The pool is 18 years old mind you.  After meeting with her I now know why the pool is in good shape for it’s age. She is meticulous.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and this pool kept nagging at me.  ” I should just go to the door and ask her…I reasoned with myself.  Remember here how I said I struggled with answering phones and such.  Well..this was definetely stepping out of the box for me.  A few weeks later I was getting my hair done and my adorable hairdresser was listening to my sorrowful woe is me story of this pool that I just couldn’t get the guts to ask.  She proceeded to tell me of their pool…and how she LOVED it and when they moved she was ready to kick it over the hill.  The though of moving that was unthinkable to her.  But to her husbands credit he reminded her how much she loved it and he went about moving the pool.  Moral of the story she said is it IS WORTH IT.

ASK silly girl!!

My gut was telling me to go ask.  Every time I drove by the house…nag nag nag.  Well – we asked and she answered and we now have a pool after a week of wanting to kick it over a hill.  There were many times we wanted to quit.  Working in days of 100+ weather tempers would flare and #@!# if you know what I mean.

Except for Grace.  She was tenacious. She encouraged the whole time.  She worked like a dog in the 100 degree heat.  I am so proud of her.

There were SO MANY pieces.  You have to remember where everything goes…you have to level the yard first..pour sand

How does all of this metal going to take the shape of a pool again?

My lesson in all of this you ask?

I need to listen to my gut even more.  It is usually always right.  Often God wants to give/teach/warn and I ignore it.  Rationalizing it as nothing.

I often want the big picture.  I see it all in my mind.  When dreams are being birthed the process can be painfully slow and I have a tendency to want to skip over pieces to get to the next.  Problem is

things don’t fit together right if you skip a piece.  Ever been there?  It is a HARD sweat and tears kinda work BUT the gentle whisper that came to me through my angel in disguise neighbor one day who so graciously helped us was

piece by piece child ( he is the guy with the long grey hair.  He speaks in this soft gentle calming voice..and when that came out of his mouth I listened!)

piece by piece


does everything have to be a lesson for me…yikes!

We still have to put up all of the railings and put some sod down and replace the moldy carpet on the deck but it is filled with clean water and the kids are having a BLAST!

I am beyond grateful for this gift.  We are over the moon.  A side note: she gave us all of the stones she had around her pool too.

You know what I’m thinking right?  FIRE PIT baby!!  I found some tutorials on Pinterest of course:)

There is so much work to do to this house.  You know..the big picture in my mind right?

But as for today I am grateful and content with this “piece”.

Enjoying the journey of rebuilding our lives.  It is a slow process for sure but let me encourage YOU to hang in there.

God can and does make beauty out of often He has to wait for us to go back and pick up the piece.  You know the one?  the one we skipped over.

Now it is your turn–

are you in the habit of listening to your gut?  If so — what are some things that happened to you…good or bad for listening or not listening?

I’m off to the Dr. and then run some errands.  Home Depot here I come to pick up some fun things to work on the house with….have a good day….xoxo