Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Boy Hand-Me-Downs Get Girly


I'm frugal.  Real frugal.  Which means I hardly ever, ever, EVER buy a brand new piece of clothing for my kids.  Thankfully, we are blessed to get lots of hand-me-downs from friends.  This old black sweatshirt was one such hand-me-down.  I have blogged about stenciling on clothes before HERE if you are interested in seeing more.  But today I'm going to show you how a boy's black sweatshirt became a cute girly sweatshirt for my little four year old girl with the big brothers.


Since the background was black, I used white paint first.  I always squirt a little of Martha Stewart's Fabric Medium into my acrylic paint so it won't wash out in the laundry.  Then when the white dried, I did the same thing with aqua blue, pink, and green, mixing the fabric medium in with each color.  I let it set for a day.  It has now been laundered several times and hasn't lost any of it's color.


I'm still trying to figure out a way to "girl-ify" navy blue baseball footie jammies.  But until then, she doesn't mind wearing them a bit, so we'll just leave it at that. :)

To get her heat-less wavy hair look, click HERE.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party & Features

Hi Party Peeps!  It's that time.  
Time to see what "trash" you've been turning in to treasures!!

In case you missed what happened on Kammy's Korner last week, here's a review:
 (Click on the photo to take you to the post)


  

Now let's see some features!
  Here's what caught my eye from last week's party:

Chairs make from old car jacks
My Love 2 Create always wows me.  She created these chairs using car jacks!  Yeah.

Mid Century Modern Tiered Table Makeover After
I don't know about where you live, but here these tables seem to be about a dime a dozen.  The Interior Frugalista really transformed a hum-hum table into something classy and sophisticated!

Want to see highlights from the party each week?
Follow along the Trash 2 Treasure Highlights on our Pinterest Board here.

Now 

Party up, Folks! 

 Just remember to follow the rules!! :)

1.  Your post must be a Trash 2 Treasure, but I'm not picky on the "trash" part!  Please no recipes, advice, etc. 
If you took something and made it look better and it's NEW to Kammy's Korner - link it up, Baby! :)

2. Place the Party button found on the right sidebar on the post or somewhere on your blog.

3. Visit the link before you and leave a comment!

 I do try to visit each and every one of them eventually!!!  It's hard with three little munchkins who need attention and hate mommy's computer time. :)

Link up, Buttercup!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

10 Minutes To Cute {Chair Face Lift}



Got 10 minutes?  Got a chair with an ugly upholstered seat cushion?

Now all you need is a scissors, staple gun, and some cute fabric!


Get going:

1. Flip the chair over and unscrew the screws holding the seat on
2.  Cut the fabric out by using the seat as your pattern - place the seat face down in the middle of your fabric (make sure your fabric is wrong side up), leaving a couple of inches on all sides so you have enough to fold over and staple.  Always better to have more than not enough, so be generous.  If the original fabric is gross, rip it off.  It it's clean but just ugly, you can leave it on and go right over top of it with the new
3.  Pull it tight and start stapling by putting a staple in the middle of each side, then do the corners, then fill in all around the edges, keeping the fabric pulled tight so there are no wrinkles or looseness when you flip it over.
4. Screw the seat back on!  Add a couple more minutes if you're like me and can't remember where you set the screws down...

Done!


Now know this post is extremely elementary, but believe it or not, there was a time in my life when I wouldn't have known how to do this!  You gotta start somewhere.... so if you're one of those just starting out, this is for you! :)

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Beautiful Built Mantel From Scraps {Fireplace #2}

Updating "The Lefere Mansion"

Fireplace #2


This old-but-new-to-us home of ours is blessed with three fireplaces.  Three!
Awesome.  Except my hubby does not want to mess with all that burning wood entails.  
He says he did enough of that as a kid to ever want to do it again. 

So I'm just waiting for the negative comments about the suitcases stacked in there, like the ones I got about the trunk in my family room fireplace.  No, not in the comment section here on Kammy's Korner, but on good ole' Facebook.  People seem to throw manners out the window when posting comments on a large social media outlet!  It's okay.  I'm a big girl. And I actually kind of like my trunk in the fireplace... so put that in your pipe and smoke it!

But everyone really should just calm down because guess what?  There's a dude, a really nice dude named Bill, that came over tonight to hook up a big, warm gas log.  Maybe, just maybe, I won't have to wear my stocking cap in the living room anymore.  That, or I could always turn the heat up. 

What the room liked like while we worked on the house, prior to moving in
So, a couple weeks ago, I shared the fireplace in Family Room that I so bravely stenciled.  Brave, because it was granite.  Well actually, that wasn't the first granite fireplace I painted.  This one was.

  Nothing was coming together in this massive room.  And I especially hated the look of the fireplace!  Even though I love yellow, the pale yellow walls combined with the pinkish tan granite, and then the lack of mantel just about pushed my home-decor-diva side over the edge.  


Someone commented to me on my blog that they heard you can use shaving cream to clean soot out. 
Shucks.  I hadn't heard that.  Too late.  Black paint, soot... all looks the same now!



A few Saturdays ago, I asked Hubby what was on his agenda.  Nothing.  Nothing?  Can I put something on it?  Like.... buildamantelforthefireplace???  After some major persuading that it was a perfectly great thing to do on a free Saturday and  lots of "you can do it"s....  I get the question that I always get.  And I answer with the answer I always answer with:

Hubby: So can I go buy new materials for this?
Me: No way.  Go out and look around in the shed.  We've got all kinds of stuff.  I'm sure you can come up with something.
Hubby:  It'd be a lot easier if I went to Lowes....
Me: Not when we got all these scraps leftover from fifty other projects!  Not to mention the faux wood beams we found in the garage attic!  Be creative.  *Big smile*.

Brainstorming.....





Here, he is using the back sides of leftover pieces from our white washed paneled ceiling in the kitchen:

These decorative "pillars" were found in the garage attic when we bought this place in the spring.  They look like wood... but are actually made out of Styrofoam!


Coming together......  The white piece under the faux beam is leftover crown molding from the kitchen.


After painting all the wood and what-appears-to-be-wood-but-really-is-some-man-made-concoction white.... I set to work on painting the granite. Totally against all the warnings, advice, and pleadings of my friends.  I went with my gut.  White would be best!  I DON'T GIVE A FIG NEWTON IF IT'S GRANITE!


I had originally bought this Zinsser Perma-White paint to paint the tile backsplash in my kitchen, after watching a YouTube video how to do it.  Since my sweet-as-puddin' electrician shoved a crowbar in my hand and made me beat it off the wall....  I didn't need it for that.  But it was the PERFECT paint for this project!  It dried good and hard and I didn't need to prime or sand.  Lots of people are worried that the heat will make it peel.  My instincts say it won't.  But I guess we'll find out as soon as Bill Dude finishes installing our gas log.

Foam rollers, people.  Foam rollers are best!
The "faux" beam was good, but not great.  Just looked too dark and fakish.  So yesterday, I decided to try taking some sandpaper to it.  I was afraid the bright yellow Styrofoam inside would show right through, but thankfully, it didn't!  I'm liking it so much better now.  Can you see the difference?


And there you have it!

Three hours after Hubby said "I have no clue how to build a mantel".... we have this!!


I let him eat at Culver's just for that.  Oh wait, that was for building our son a loft bed....


Again, these are just temporary!  Actually, they are stacked on the rug right now.  Since Bill Dude, the gas log installer just left.....  Now I'll need to find a new home for them!  Hmmm.




Pulled this barn door out of the barn.  Literally.  Hubby brought it in to the house for me.  Complete with old dirt and manure crusted on from decades ago.... but that's a post for another day.






Hope you enjoyed!  That's two fireplaces down, one more to go!  I've started the third.... but just barely!  Stay tuned....

If you haven't read the story about my Dad while we were on vacation in January, please take the time to read it through to the end:




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Monday, February 23, 2015

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party & Features

Hi, Hello, and Howdee-do!
It's time to see what YOU'VE been up to.
If you have a "trash 2 treasure" project to share, or just want to be inspired and get ideas, then you've come to the right place!

In case you missed what I was up to last week, I posted on my youngest son's bedroom overhaul.  
From bright yellow wood trim and crazy flowered wallpaper, to rustic and boyish, here's Ty's new room:


Features from last week's party:

Oysters on the Half Shell by Unique Junktique
Unique Junktique makes me feel guilty for never paying attention to the hidden details...  So beautiful!

The Decorating Chica pulled an old bench from the trash and turned in into a treasure!

Rockin' Redesigns bought some cute topless tables at an auction and designed them some cute tops!

Want to see highlights from the party each week?
Follow along the Trash 2 Treasure Highlights on our Pinterest Board here.

Now 

Party up, Folks! 

 Just remember to follow the rules!! :)

1.  Your post must be a Trash 2 Treasure, but I'm not picky on the "trash" part!  Please no recipes, advice, etc. 
If you took something and made it look better and it's NEW to Kammy's Korner - link it up, Baby! :)

2. Place the Party button found on the right sidebar on the post or somewhere on your blog.

3. Visit the link before you and leave a comment!

 I do try to visit each and every one of them eventually!!!  It's hard with three little munchkins who need attention and hate mommy's computer time. :)

Link up, Buttercup!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Boy Room Reveal {Ty}


Welcome to a photo tour of my little Ty's room.  Ty is all boy and I tried to make sure his room reflected that.  You'll probably notice some of the same accessories from his room in our old house.  See his room for our old house HERE.

Let's see what we started with, back in June when we got possession of "The Lefere Mansion".
Layers of fun, bright flowered wallpaper.  This is taken from Tobin's room looking into Ty's in the corner. Thankfully, Ty's room did not have carpet that needed removing.  Just wallpaper and bright yellow wood trim.  For the record, carpet is much easier to remove than layers of wallpaper!


I painted all the wood wood work white and mixed my own shade of gray for the walls and ceiling using mistints.


The corrugated steel "T" I bought at Stew's in Cedar Falls a few years ago and was made by Rubbish to Rubies.  

The headboard I originally made for my little girl's room, but since we moved they swapped beds.  You can see how I made that HERE.


The old wooden ammo boxes hold Ty's pajamas.  Not sure how I didn't notice while snapping the photos that one was turned around.  Oops!


We replaced the girly 80's sconce lights (the few that hadn't been stolen in the house) with these jelly lights that only cost $3.97 a piece at Home Depot!


The super thick wool rug was one of Ty's Christmas presents this year from my mom.  She found it at Furniture Row.


 His room opens up to his big brother's room.  It works out perfectly because while they don't share a bedroom, they still have access to each other's rooms without opening up their hallway doors.


In the corner is his "Look What I Did" display sign that I made for him last Christmas.  He loves to hang his artwork and school projects there over his chalkboard table.  His prized possessions, like camo wristbands from the treasure box at the dentist and Valentines candy from two years ago are in his trinket boxes. 

The curtains make me pretty excited.  I could not figure out what I wanted for curtains.  I looked at several stores with my mom and as a last ditch effort decided to run through the fabric department at our Walmart.  Yes, we are lucky enough to still have a fabric section at our Walmart!  I found this gray fabric that had the appearance of thin denim on clearance for less than $2 a yard.  So for about $7 total, I had curtains for all three windows.  Thanks for sewing them, Mom!!



The Ty-bo himself.  



Hope you enjoyed the little photo tour of Ty the Guy's room!  

Additional info:

~The road sign came from the ditch.  After passing it on my walks for over a year, I decided it was mine.
~The extra long twin comforter came from Target.
~The throw pillow was a $5 clearance item at Dollar General.
~The dresser was a $3 find at a garage sale that I painted years ago.
~The chalkboard table was an old school table I scored for free when the Jackson Resale Factory closed it's doors and painted with homemade chalkboard paint.

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