Friday, August 29, 2014

A Sneak Peek At The Landing {The Lefere Mansion}

I'm not really sure when I'm going to finally give you more than just "sneak peeks"!  But for now, that's what you're getting!  And I actually am really excited to show you what Maran and I (okay mostly Maran) came up with for this "room"!!! Didn't I tell you in my last post that she came up with great ideas?  Well, I'm going to prove it with this cheerful little spot!
 
Here's how it looked when we moved in:

 
 Yes!  No wall paper to remove! No carpet to rip up!  Just a big, happy, smiley blank slate!  Phew!  So nice!!
I will eventually change the paint color, but for now it is neutral enough and light and we're going with it. 
 Here's your peek.... :)


 
Totally can't wait to tell you about those awesome "book shelves".....
Tune in again to find out more! :)
 
Thanks for stopping by.
 
TDC Before and After

Monday, August 25, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party

Hey, I'm out of breath - trying to make it to my own party on time tonight! 
 But...
I'm late.  But I also figure it's better than not getting to it at all like last week, eh?! :)

I have an amazing friend who drove over from Chicago to help me on the house for a few days.  She's one of those people that "If you like?  I like".  She's just got amazing taste and style.  She would deny that, but it's true.  I'm so thrilled to have her to bounce my ideas off of.  And she also has so many ideas that would never have entered my thick noggin and I LOVE THEM! Anyways, we've been going to town:

Photo: Maran to the guest bedroom rescue!!! I get to work along side this awesome peep today!!!!  Love her!!  Bye bye to another carpet.
Maran ripping carpet out of the guest room!

And in case you missed it, last week I shared a little peek at the kitchen transforming:


And I'm sorry, but I have no features since there was no party last week and I need to go to bed! :)


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!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Kitchen "Pass Through" Window {Restoring the Mansion}

So my hubby finally got the computer hooked up, and I finally have a moment to blog!
I almost forgot what blogging was.  
This is definitely the longest I've ever been out of the blogosphere.
It's good to be back.  For now.

Here's a little update on Restoring the Lefere Mansion.
We've moved in!!!!!
Yes, exactly one week ago, a wonderful crew of family and friends helped us with our loads of junk/stuff/treasures and got us all moved in to the "new" place.

Today, I bring to you a part of my kitchen transformation.

Check this out from just a couple months ago until now!


So I'm not sure I can really call it a "pass through window" since that is typically what you'd call a little window that leads into a dining room where you can pass your food through SINCE I don't think I'm going to make the dining room an actual dining room.  

In all actuality, I don't like to miss out on anything.  And I like to be able to see out.
Soooo... I wanted to cut a "window" out under the cabinets for that reason.



So when I told ole' Hubby I needed that, he was like "no way".  Ain't nobody got time for cuttin' out no dumb window.
So I waited for my dad to arrive from Iowa.

Every girl knows that when they really want something, they go to Dad.  

Below are my parents who lovingly worked on our place for three weeks straight - after only planning on one week!



Me, prying off ceramic tiles:





And today!  My "window"!


And Tybo James seemed to think it made the perfect sniper spot:
(Don't mind the walls, I have yet to paint or do anything in this room!)


My we've come a long way, Baby!

TDC Before and After

Monday, August 11, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party and Features

Happy Party Time!  
Our house sold!  God's timing is so perfect and this is such an answer to prayer. But that means it is moving week here, so if the blog is even more silent than it has been this summer, you know why.  I told hubby, "Let's never buy anything again.  Unless we can't live without it.  Kay?"  We'll see how long that lasts.  :)

A couple links that grabbed my eye from last week's party:

MyLove2Create, Old Chairs into New Bench
My Love 2 Create made a fabulous bench from two chairs.

PAINTED IKEA HEMNES END TABLES
Orphans with Makeup transformed some knotty pine Ikea stands.

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!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

My Shirt-Turned-Dress For Little Tori


So I bought this tank top in Target ages ago, and I think it was actually meant to be a work out shirt but well ya know.  My work out days are gone like a freight train, gone like yesterday, gone like a soldier in the civil war bang bang......  But it has all this ruching on the tummy that hides things that most women who have born children like to hide...  Not to mention it's blue.  My favorite color.

So when I saw it for a dollar in a local thrift store in a different color, I thought" one of these tops is good, two would be better!"  And I bought it.  When I got home however, the extra small tag in the back was definitely a mistake.  Either that, or someone who thought they were extra small wore it and gave it a major stretch.  I do what I always do when I have clothing that needs altering.  I added it to the pile of clothes-my-mom-needs-to-fix-for-me-when-she-visits that is stacked next to my sewing machine.

So what was supposed to happen, was mom was going to pinch it up at the shoulders and sew across to make the arm holes and neck holes smaller.  She did.  But she did a little too much.  When she held it up for us both to look at, we both burst into laughter.  "Do you think my head is the size of a tennis ball?!" I believe I asked.  That is when we decided if we sewed the side seams in also, it would make the perfect dress for Tori - who is in a size 4T.


I absolutely adore it on her with her little fedora and cowboy boots.  Thanks to her Grandma's "oops", Tori's got a new dress in her already-full closet. :)


Works great layered up with leggings and a blazer for cooler weather.  Thanks for the photo, Melanie from Suave Snapshots. :)




TDC Before and After

Monday, August 4, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party and Features

Hi, Party Peeps! 

 We are getting SO CLOSE to being able to move in to our "new" place!!
I came home early to get the kids to bed, while hubby is burning the midnight oil putting quarter round in the kitchen.

Let's see a couple features from last week that grabbed my eye:

Reposhture Studio was brave and spray painted a vinyl chair.

The Junk In Our Trunks even has a little surprise on the drawer!  Love this makeover.

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, July 29, 2014

Stenciling Stones {Summer Kid Project}


My little girl and I did these way back in the spring one day.  She gets quite bored and lonely with her big brothers in school all day and loves to paint and stencil like Mommy.

So we picked out some smooth rocks - which is not a problem in the rocky Michigan ground I live on - and we cleaned them up with soap, water, and an old toothbrush.

I love all the different stencils you get in these packs at good ole' Wal Mart:

I use these alot! Plaid 3" Stencil Pack, FloralThere are 48 different designs, and they are around $4 for the whole pack.

I had some black DIY chalkboard paint already mixed up so we used that.  I figured it'd be more durable than regular ole' paint and I think I was right.

(In case you're wondering, it's 1 Tablespoon of Plaster of Paris stirred into a cup of latex paint).


It was an extremely windy day, okay?! :)

The trick with kids is to control the amount of paint on the stencil brush!!!!  A tiny, tiny bit goes a long, long way!  It dries in a minute, so a second coat is not a long wait for impatient little ones.


Then they all get a coat of polyurethane with a foam brush (since you'll probably want to throw it out when you're done), and that's all!



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Monday, July 28, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party

Hi, Party peeps!

No features this week as I'm away for a couple days, but check out the new arrivals at Sew Panache, my talented sponsor:



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!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Link Party

Howdy, howdy!!
  It sure seems like seven days goes by faster and faster.  Welcome to this week's Trash 2 Treasure Party! 

 PLEASE, no recipes, advice, etc.  This is a place to share your trash to treasure makeovers.  Let's keep to the theme!

Did you miss a post last week on the Korner?
Here's what I shared (click on the pic):

  

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

Some features from last week's party that caught my eye:

Look closely at the top of this.  See the design?  Backwoods Babies always goes the extra mile. :)
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Nicer Than New repurposed some old containers for a nice patio garden.
Who know a cardboard box could be so cute?  Love My Simple Home, that's who!

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!  
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!

Marie, Queen Of The Curb {Blogless But Creative Friends}


 Marie is one of those gals that always finds the good stuff on the curb.  While some of us are scrounging around saving the only thing salvageable off of pressboard desks like drawer pulls, Marie is hauling off big heavy duty buffets and such.  By herself.  She's a beast. (A pretty lady one).  I think I would have buckled under the weight of just a couple of the drawers and stuck with the pulls myself.  But Marie has muscles to go with her determination and managed to get this thing into the back of her SUV without the help of her mighty man Matt.  Or random strangers walking by like I've managed to loop in to helping me on such endeavors...


 Now if painting nice wood finishes makes you squirmy and turn blue, then look away.  But for the less faint of heart.... let's see what she turned this piece in to:


And if you ask her how she achieved this finish, I can almost guarantee she'll say something like this: "Oh I just threw a bunch of paint colors together I had on hand and slopped them on like this, and like so, and wa la!  Easy as pie!"

So now take your eyes off of the storage cabinet filled with wonderful garage sale toys for her grandkids and my kids and random kids to play with and look up to the "REDEEMED" Sign.  Can anyone guess what it was in it's previous life?  Three cheers and a knuckle punch if you guessed one of those cheapy full size mirrors.  Yes, Marie is the queen of upcycling.  She thoroughly explained to me how she did it, and if I could remember I would totally give you a tutorial.  But I'm old and forgetful with a slight touch of ADD and can't remember.  (Hey, it was like two months ago that I took these photos and she gave me the low down.  Have mercy on me!)

 

Knowing Marie, by the time this blog post goes live, she will have painted this a different color and/or moved it to a totally new location in her house.  She's like that.  She must have a touch of ADD, too.  She claims it's her husband with the disorder... but all of us who know Marie and her home decor know that "it takes one to know one."  :)


Thanks, Marie, for letting me share some more of your fabulous work today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 18, 2014

What a month can do {Restoring the Lefere Mansion}

With the help of some awesome friends and family.... we've been making progress on restoring the "Lefere Mansion".  I haven't been without my doubts about buying this place on an online auction but I know it'll be worth it soon (someone give me a definition of soon)!  
Here's are a few photos to show you how far we've come.  Enjoy from a far or feel free to roll up your sleeves and join us for an hour or two. :)

About a month ago, this is what you saw outside:


Yay for an almost-finished metal roof on the garage!


And Tobin's room had a boat load of wallpaper and beautiful carpet a little over a month ago....


But with hours and hours of steaming wallpaper and renting a sander and staining and varnishing and painting.....


Oh this kitchen is going to be feeling so naked without all it's covering!


I guess I haven't taken a more updated photo of this area, but here's what was happening a couple of weeks ago:


I was told this was Mrs. Lefere's "doggy bathroom".  Cuz it just wouldn't be right to let people use a bathroom that had a toilet the puppy loved to drink from! :)


If you have anger issues, this is a good place to take some of that out!
Bye, bye, Doggy Bathroom.


And that, foks, is what can happen in a month.  Stay tuned - Hubby is putting in long hours, God bless his "DIY-hating" soul!  I owe him mac and cheese with hotdogs for the rest of his life.  Gag. :)