Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thrifted Bulletin Board Makeover


I see stuff like this all time in Goodwill and other thrift stores.
I usually don't buy them because of the price tag.
But the other day we happened upon an estate sale and oh MAN was it a good one.  I took home probably thirty awesome things from the FREE table!!!
This wasn't one of them, however it was only $1!
I can do a dollar, yo.



And speaking of jute, I got a whole roll of it that looked like it hadn't been touched on that free table aforementioned!!  Score.  Along with the twenty nine other things.... I felt like a thief!  The man was getting annoyed at my repeated question "Are you sure this is free?!"

The paint job is actually white and navy blue - the photo makes it look like black.
Now... if only I had a place to put this and my five other mail organizers... :)


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Trash 2 Treasure Link Party & Features

Happy Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday!

Welcome to another week of link party fun!
If you are a blogger, this is where you can share your trash to treasure projects with the rest of us.  And if you are not a blogger, this is where you come to be inspired, get ideas, and just have fun looking at what other people's sweat can produce. :)

Did you miss what I shared this last week? 
Here's what I shared last week:
(click on the image)

                              

Now let's see some Fabulous Features from last week:

Clock Table from a Flea Market Find, diy, table makeover
Scavenger Chic took a $5 table, added a round top and gives a great tutorial on how to transfer the clock image.
Start At Home gives a tutorial on how to make her book page wreath "video-style".

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. Please visit the link before your's 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, April 9, 2015

Bathroom #3 {Main Floor Half Bath}


The Before was pretty much just a blank slate.  Just what I like!
It did however, just have a pull chain rusty and outdated light fixture - the chain broke and I had to stand on a chair to turn the light on.  There was also no vent, so the electrician had to come in and do some hacking in to the nice beautiful wall.  


The toilet looks so unsuspecting sitting there hidden around the corner....


But when we lifted the lid..........



Hey, when a house sits empty for a couple of years... what do you expect?  I hightailed it out of there before I lost my cookies (like Ty is about to in the picture!).

NOW.... doesn't it look like an okay to place to "take care of business"?



Now let's have a look-see at that adorable little corner sink:


I used Brasso and a toothbrush to scrub the very tarnished green faucets.  I knew there was something beautiful under all the grime... just keep scrubbing, just keep scrubbing....  I think I used half the bottle and though they're not perfect, here they are now!


 Now I know these are oh-so-pretty, but I'm going to be a big of a "Debbie Downer" here.  It's really uncomfortable to wash your hands.  Unless you're Paul Bunyon, your hands will only fit under one spigot at a time.  So you either get ice cold water or scald your skin.  No in between, folks.


I hope you'll excuse the photography of this bathroom since there is no natural lighting and it's a narrow little bathroom which meant getting decent pictures was a challenge!

You can see my repurposed drawer front here that I use for my hand towel.


I know, I should probably have some cutesy little mason jar soap dispenser in there... but alas.  You can't be Martha Stuart all the time.  Ha, who am I kidding.  I'm not even Martha Stuart 1% of the time!


I'm still crying a few tears that I didn't get my chandelier in this bathroom.
The electrician put the spot for the light too close to the wall so a chandy simply wouldn't fit without banging up against the wall.  :(  I couldn't find a light I liked for the life of me, so for awhile, just a light bulb lit the space.  Then one day while I was out of state I called my hubby to see what was happenin' on the home front and he informed he couldn't chat because he was in the middle of installing the light fixture for the half bath.  "What?!  But I couldn't find one I liked!"  "Well, I just went out and bought one" was his reply.  Oh help.  I was nervous.... but it's in and I have no choice but to like it, he said!  I don't think he did too bad, what do you think?  Like he said, I have no choice now, so might as well like it, even if I'm not sure it matches completely...


Well, there you have Bathroom #3's makeover!

Check out previously shared bathroom makeovers
(this house has six in all; I'm on number three!)






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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Trashed Curbside Desk For Tobin

 

 It's great having a stash of furniture out in the shed, mostly of pieces that you randomly find on the side of the road.  Even if it's busted up and your hubby is totally annoyed at the piece of poo you hauled home... it's nice being able to "shop" in your stash on days when your little boy says "Mom, I need a little desk".  And you can reply, "Okay son, let me go see what I've got out in the shed...."


I simply got rid of the bottom shelf, and then cut the back "leg" off flush with the middle shelf.  So it kind of looks like a three-legged dog... but like a determined three-legged dog - it manages just fine.  Fine enough for my kiddo, anyway.  He loves three-legged dogs just as well as four-legged ones.  Wait.... he doesn't really like anything that will knock him over and leave muddy footprints all over his face.....  Okay so substitute "cat" where you read "dog".


While the kiddos were spending their last day of spring break at Grandma's house yesterday, I painted the little guy.  It was a quick and easy job, and I used stencils for the little details.  The '06 is for the year Tobin was born.  He just glows when he sees little personal touches like that. :)







I'm almost done with his dresser (we also got free), so hopefully I can post on that soon!  It's going to require me to cut up an old belt to finish it... and I'm not sure I have a belt I want to part with!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Trash 2 Treasure Link Party & Features

Happy Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday!

It is most def-in-ite-ly spring!!!
  But Hubby says we can't set the trampoline up yet because snow can still happen in April.  I will most surely turn in to a cry baby if I see that stuff again.

If you missed what I shared last week, it was Tori's bathroom makeover:


I'm excited to share the features this week!!
I just love everyone's fabulousness!


Start At Home made one of the cutest benches I've EVER seen - out of a nasty (and I do mean nasty) old dresser!
I Can Find The Time wanted the light without the $1,698 price tag - so she made her own for $47.50!

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree
This is so clever!  Over The Apple Tree took a stuffed animal and turned it into a purse!  These are so popular right now for little girls.
dining room update granny fresh paint furniture
Nicer Than New changed the feel of her dining room from "Granny" to "Bright and Fresh".
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!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bathroom #2 {The Little Girl's Room}

{Restoring The Lefere Mansion}

Bathroom #2 - Girl's bathroom

It's every girl's dream: to have her very own bathroom!  Right?
Or maybe it's every brother's dream, that his sister have her own bathroom!  Yeah, that might be more like it.

Here is what we've done on Tori's little bathroom so far:


Before:
The red wallpaper was covered in little horses.
There was a sconce light over the toilet that is no longer there, and I have no idea why.  That must have been the hubby and the electrician's idea without consulting me.  Whatevs.  Didn't even realize there had been a light there until I looked at this picture!

The toilet is covered in plastic because the house was winterized and in foreclosure when we bought it.
This was the last of the six bathrooms we hooked up, and man did we get the surprise of our lives after Tori took a bath for the first time.  It all backed up and there was "poopy water" pouring all over the basement floor.  Let me tell you, that was one panicky call to my hubby that sent him scurrying home from work in the middle of the day!!  I'd rather not relive those memories.


Call me out of it, but I didn't even realize at the time that the hexagon tile flooring is totally "the thing" right now!  Woo hoo!  There are a few rusty and discolored spots on it though that I need to work at getting white again.

We had a steamer rented to take the wallpaper off and this room looked nothing short of a crime-scene while we were in the wallpaper removal process!  There was also limited electricity at this time so the lamp is plugged in to an extension cord that ran all the way through the long upstairs and down to the kitchen.


Wallpaper gone, new wiring for a light fixture, holes patched up....  ready to paint!


Using mistints from my stash of paint in the basement, I came up with a pretty aqua blue for the walls and ceiling.  Don't you love the subway tiles on the walls?  All of it is original.  Unfortunately, some of the ceramic pieces coming out of the wall are busted off.  I'm assuming maybe the one over the toilet had a shelf on it at one time.



I love finding places to display the kid's artwork - if you can call their coloring pages artwork. :)
At our old house, I had these up in the "Crazy Kid's Avenue" hallway which you can see HERE.



There had been two doors going into this bathroom, but when we bought the house the previous owners had walled over the doorway leading out into the hallway.  They put shelves in where the door had been which was a great idea in my opinion! The other side of the door is still just a piece of raw plywood in the hallway.  My plan is to turn it into a giant chalkboard for the kids.  The paint has been sitting next to it for the last month.... I should probably do that someday soon.  But I've been reading some really good books lately... and painting has taken a back seat.  As has cleaning, cooking, kids, sleep, breathing.....


Right now, an almost five year old doesn't need much in her bathroom.  But I know with each year, her "needs" will grow and these shelves will probably fill up fast!


Aren't these old faucet knobs the coolest?  The one on the left is missing it's "hot" label, but I found them for sale on Etsy and I just need to bite the bullet and order one. :)  It sort of goes against my grain to have to "buy" anything.  Sigh.


From her bedroom, looking into her sweet little bathroom.
Can bathroom's be sweet?  Hmmm.


Well, there you have it.  Except for the big hole in the ceiling where the heat vent is.  We can't seem to find a grate that fits the size we need.  Humph.


Check out bathroom reno #1 HERE:


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