Pink and Monkeys and Owls…

Yup…pink, monkeys, and owls pretty much explain my little girls’ tastes at the moment. But, hey, if that is what they love, why shouldn’t they be able to be surrounded by it in their own room?

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Now for the break down…no I am not going to embarrass myself and do some break dancing…let’s just stick with a little review of how this room came together. Shall we?

The bunk beds were given to Ava and Kyra by Jason’s dad. He actually made them for me when I lived in the dorm in college. They have been working great, but I am hoping he can make them something a little more like this…

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You can find more about this bed here
Both bedding sets are from Pottery Barn. Let’s just leave it at one cost a bit more than the other because I was hasty. I should have waited to find it on sale, but, alas, it was too late.

The small table is a garage sale find from this past summer. Refinishing the table top has been on my to-do list for about, oh, 6 months now. Guess I should start thinking about trying to get around to that project. The table, chairs, and fabric for seat cover cost a whopping $12.

The small chair in the corner came from my mom-in-law. She is a garage sale queen and I am sure she found it at an absolute steal.

The stickers mural above the dresser was on clearance at Pier 1. Now that I look back, I wonder if it was marked wrong because it rang up $2. All I can say is that I was shocked. The package had about 50 stickers plus the bird cage! Not a bad deal for $2!

The personalized wall decal beside the closet door was a gift from my mom. It semi-matches the bird decals so it isn’t TOO mis-matchy (new word…you like?) looking.

As soon as I can carve out a significant amount of time, I would also live to refinish that old dresser. Thanksgiving break is coming up fast. Could it be a possibility? I am thinking it could!

Alrighty then! Another room down! Why don’t we just stick to the whole bedroom theme? Right now I am planning on completing just a little more work on our master bedroom. As soon as it is finished, we will be making that the next stop.

FYI, I am looking for a couple of clients to help me start a home decor portfolio. The consultation service will be completely free for 2 people. You do not have to live nearby. We can always work through email and such! If you are interested in seeing how it works, just leave a comment and I can get in touch! More information on this later…

(You will, however, be responsible for purchasing any items you wish to use for your redecorating project.)

The (Almost) Free DIY Cardboard Box Lampshade

Hello everyone! What a beautiful weekend it was here in Arkansas! It made for a great day to walk around a few old antique and thrift stores!

My only real “find” was a huge cream colored lamp for $5. Only $5! After taking it home I began to think about how much a new lampshade was probably going to cost for such a large lamp. A large, interesting shade would probably run me $30-$40. Urrrrrmmm…Didn’t think about the fact that my $5 find could turn into a $45 find… That’s not happening right now. So, I scurried around the house trying to find an idea to make a free lampshade. I got pretty close at only $1.50.

What was lying around our house that was suitable for a lampshade? A cardboard box did the trick.

*First, find a cardboard box that is the proper size for your lamp. You can make any size shade you need as long as you have the proper size box.

*Next, tape any flaps together and/or cut any flaps off in order to have an open top and bottom for your shade.

*Hot glue fabric to cover the entire outside of the box.

*If you cut off flaps at the beginning of your project, you can now use these flaps to keep your box from bending (an provide a spot to hang your shade). Create small “brackets” from leftover cardboard. Glue these brackets (flat side up) where you want the lamp shade to sit on your lamp.

*Glue your longest flap onto the brackets. Then, glue your shortest flap onto the longest. This should provide some stability.

* Place a strip of hot glue above each side of the flaps (the red strips in this picture) to keep the flaps from shifting upward when you hang your shade. Make a small hole (using scissors, box cutter, drill, etc.) in the center of the shade. This will be the hold you use to hang you shade from your lamp.

* Now, you are ready to place the shade on your lamp!

*Dress it up! This bow was a leftover strip of a white sheet that I cut to fit my shade. I simply wrapped it around the shade and tied! Use beads, lace, fringe, jewels, rope, shells, flowers…….

I hope you guys enjoy creating your own cardboard box lampshade! It sure beats the socks off of spending $40!

Share your little creation with other SBH readers on Facebook! Your project (or home) could be featured on a future SBH post! Thanks for stopping by!

Thinking Outside The Box…The Window Box, That Is

You may remember the recent shot of the faux brick wall in our den from a couple of weeks ago. If not, let me jog your memory…

Aren’t you digging those unfinished windows? Aren’t you filled with envy that you don’t have completely unfinished windows in your living area? Yeah, I didn’t think so.  So, I finally convinced Jason that it was time to start working on some window boxes and off to Lowes he went, singing for joy that he finally was given the opportunity to fix those ugly windows. Okay, not really. He was actually fairly reluctant. You know why? IT WAS A MESSY, MESSY JOB! He had to use the circular saw to cut off pieces of the brick paneling that were sticking out too far and for the rest of the night we were inhaling sawdust every time we stepped into the room. Needless to say, there’s been a lot of mopping and dusting going on in this house today. Anyway, it’s all in the past and here is the beginnings of our completed windows:

Here the low-down on how these boxes were made. Jason bought door jambs that were about 1/4 of an inch shorter (from window to front wall edge) than our window depth. Buying door jambs saved a lot of time and each jamb only cost $5. Because they are a different depth, however, there is a weird little gap at the back of each piece like this:

However, it’s not anything a little bit of quarter-round can’t handle (that little strip of wood that runs along the bottom of your baseboard). It hides that little gap perfectly and actually gives the window a really nice “finished” look.

Sometimes you just have to “think outside the window box.” Okay, I know. I’ll stop now.

I’ll be checking back in soon with pictures of the trimmed out boxes. If you want to know more about our “brick” wall, you can check out this post.

So, how about you? Any small improvements that have given your home a dramatically new look? Had to improvise to fix those small problems that usually come up during a DIY project? Leave a comment and let us know!

Hey…psst. Down here! I am desperately trying to find the video we took of our home the day we moved in. Look for it in a future post!

It’s Okay…Let’s Patch Things Up

I noticed the first hole in our paper floor today. Well, make that two holes.

I’m okay with that, though. You know why?

Reason number 1:

Almost any type of flooring would have been scratched with all of the stuff we have moved in and out recently. (New couch and loveseat in, old sectional out, electric fireplace in.)

Reason number 2:

It was super easy to patch!

Just slap down some more brown paper and cover it with poly and you’re done.

Good as new! Just make sure you put between 4-6 coats of poly over the top of the patch and there shouldn’t be any problems. Have these two small holes changed my opinion of our super awesome brown painter’s paper floor? Nope. It has held up amazingly well. I really wish our whole house had this type of flooring!

Are you interested in making your own brown paper floor? You can check out this post to get step by step instructions on how to make a super beautiful, yet super cheap, DIY floor like this:

Want more information about this process? Just leave and comment and I’ll be happy to help you out!

Have you tried out your own paper floor? Let us know how it turned out! Even better, send on over some pictures so that we can all see how awesome your new floor looks!

The Best Things In Life Are…Well, You Know…

Jason requested that I clarify this saying. “The best things in life are free…except your kids.” Amen to that.

Anyway, I dub today “Free Friday!” We had a great day today and made a couple of awesome things to perk up the homestead without spending a dime. As an added bonus, we were able to spend some time together and reflect on the fact that sometimes the greatest value can be placed on the things that cost ya absolutely nothing.

Right outside your door, you find the best decor. Well, at least I found that to be true today. I made this really cute vase full of wildflowers to sit in the dining room window.

One of the best things about this “vase” is that it cost me nothing. Nada. I wrapped a mason jar in paper, tied ribbon around it, and was off to pick some free wildflowers. I have been wanting to test out a little orange in our dining area to see if it matched the rest of the room and this was a great way to find out. (Looks pretty good by the way…)

This next project was TONS of fun and, again, cost us nothing besides some things we already had sitting around the house. It was especially fun for Ava and Kyra. I am guessing you can figure out why…

Oh yeah… They LOVE it. They color on it. They hang pictures on it. They play in it. This is THEIR “dream home.”

Sometimes we all get caught up in what we need want and we forget that simplicity can be the easiest way to reconnect… with nature, with friends, with family, with God.

What have you guys done recently that you felt really helped you reconnect? Sometimes we just need to be reminded that ” the best things in life are free.”

Just Call Me Picasso

I literally finished painting a picture to hang on Ava and Kyra’s wall. Literally… I still have the black hands to prove it! So, a couple of days ago I showed you guys a little sketch via paint program on the computer that I wanted to attempt for the playroom. Just to jog your memory…

And then I’m sure we all came to the conclusion that I was really bad at using that program and I should never be allowed to attempt it. But, like I promised, the real deal didn’t turn out half bad.

It’s kind of whimsical, don’t ya think?

Not bad for the cost of a piece of poster board and 20 minutes of my time. The only problem was that I had a hard time deciding if it was going to turn out too Halloween-ish with the black tree. But the bright spiral leaves seem to offset the black and make it a little more girly.

The inspiration for the painting came from this playroom that I discovered while surfing through pictures of playrooms for ideas.

I know that my picture has absolutely nothing in common with this one besides the fact that it’s a tree, but this is the one that set the wheels in motion.

See the rug in the picture? I loved this rug when I first saw it but I kept telling myself “You’ll never find it. You don’t even know where it came from. Just forget it.” Yet I kept going back to this room to look at it. Finally, I convinced myself to hop on over to Craigslist to see if I could find a deal on a decent rug. I typed in “rug” in the search bar and guess what the first listing was… Yep. This exact rug. Coincidence or destiny. Well, it turned out just to be coincidence because the woman wanted $175 for the rug and I could only get her to come down to $150. No way was I paying $150 for a rug that will probably end up covered in no one knows what… It’s cool though because I found this picture in my idea folder and I think it kicks the socks off of the other one.

Cute and girly with the added bonus of not being too toddlerish. It is the type of room that they’ll be able to live with for a while.

So there ya have it. My inner Picasso just happened to come out tonight and I don’t think she did too bad. Have you guys attempted any “artwork” recently? Was it the type of project that made you want to gloat or tuck it away in the closet in shame? It’s okay. We’ve all had them both.

Garage Sale Finds: Day 2

Just wanted to stop in and show off our garage sale find of the day! Today we scored this great antique white dresser for only $20.

I think old pieces of furniture like this really add some character to a room. With a little new paint and a worn shabby chic finish, this dresser can be good as new while keeping its antique charm. The big question is where to use it since there are two spots in our house that would be great: the dining area and Ava and Kyra’s bedroom. Our dining room has an awkward little corner that is begging for something to add some interest. This dresser would be a great place to tuck away guest dishes and napkins. However, I was hoping to find something a little taller and longer than this dresser to fill that area. It would also be a wonderful addition to the girls’ white bedroom furniture. We’ll just have to see how it looks in each space.

Be sure to check back tomorrow because we’ll be unveiling our new couch and loveseat that we purchased from a liquidation warehouse. It is a beautiful, thick brown leather and will definitely hold up to Ava and Kyra’s abuse much better than the microfiber material of our current sectional. If you ever have a chance to check out one of these liquidation stores, you can get some major discounts. Some of these stores will set up in an area for a limited amount of time before moving on to the next area. If you can wait until the last couple of days they in your area before making an offer on your furniture, you can grab an even deeper discount. It’s definitely worth the wait! I’m super stoked and can’t wait to share the look!

Has anyone else found a great way to get a worthwhile discount on furniture? Furniture is so expensive now that you almost have no choice but to be a little creative if you’re on a budget. Let us know what has worked for you!