Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Aqua Side Table {Cutting Edge Stencils}


  Last fall, I got a message on Facebook from a wonderful lady I used to work with asking if I wanted an old side table that she didn't want anymore.  But of course!  She left it on my porch when I was gone one day and my hubby stuck in in the "off limits" room and I almost forgot about it!  Then I had to relocate my pretty little round table and I needed to find a replacement.  Well shucks, I didn't have to run out to the barn to go "shopping" in the snow!  How nice. This little table was just sitting right in the room off the kitchen waiting for me!

As you can see, there was nothing wrong with it... but the black just didn't match the spot it was going to go in.  


I adored the aqua blue table that was previously there, so I decided it had to be the same color.  I also wanted to add a little pizz-azz.  Cutting Edge Stencils had sent me the Rabat All Over Craft Stencil for my fireplace surround and I loved the pattern (See the fireplace HERE)!  So I used a mixture of a taupe paint and gray paint and stenciled the top.  I love how it turned out!

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A side by side peek at the before and after:


Thanks, Cutting Edge Stencils!  I love your products.  I truly, duly dooooooooooo!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday 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 my guest room reveal or yummy cookie recipe from last week?
Click on the image below to see what I shared:

      

This week's features:

Take an old Crib and turn it into a beautiful dog crate!  MyLove2Create
Is there anything Mindi from My Love 2 Create doesn't think of or can't create?!  This is nothing short of genius.




Before and After Easter Bunny Vases
Admit it.  Unless you're my sister-in-law, you always feel a tinge guilty when tossing a glass jar  Now you have more of a reason to save it after you check out Weekend Craft's cute bunny vase from a salsa jar!

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, March 19, 2015

Guest Room Reveal {Restoring The Lefere Mansion}


Welcome to our guest room!
It's been beautified!!

It's already been used by several out of town guests, so if you need a place to hang your hat for the night and you're traveling through, give me a holler.  I may or may not let you in.  Ha. ;)


Here's a peek at how it started out... literally a "peek" in from the hallway the top of the stairs....



Yikes?
I'm glad the view when I peek in there now as I reach the top of the stairs is a little sweeter! :)


The walls were a nightmare.  I'm sure the previous owners can attest, as they took most of the wallpaper off before we got possession and uncovered THIS!  There were all sorts of gouges and peely stuff and I still don't know if it was red wallpaper or paint or WHAT.  The steamer didn't take it off too well though, so we decided, it was going to have to stay.


Mom painted some leftover white paint on it just to "tone it down" until we did something with the room!


One day, my friend Maran came to visit from Chicago land and we decided it was a great day to rip up some carpet and begin to tackle this room!
She's always up for some of my craziness!


I'm not sure what happened here....  but I was kind of scared to touch it!  Maran, she's a tough old farm girl from Iowa (like I'm supposed to be) and scoffed at the spot.

How would I live life without this friend of mine?!

My always-willing-to-help Tobin and Maran pulling out staples and tack strips....


The trim was a dingy off white, so next on the list was to freshen it up with some white semi gloss.


So my solution to the walls?  COVER THEM UP!  
With the most ingenious stuff every invented - bead board wallpaper!  Yup, it looks just like wainscoting but it's wallpaper.  And everyone that walks in the room is totally fooled!


My mom is the wallpaper queen, so during one of her visits, we tackled wallpaper.  Good thing I had her, cuz I sure couldn't have done that by myself - if at all.  Dude.  That's not a job for the faint of heart.  Even though this was really easy to use stuff since you didn't really have to match any crazy patterns!  It did rip easy, though.


And now it's done!  For now.

So some of this stuff has a story.  
Like the trunk.
My mom found it in the ditch when I was about five years old by our house out in Iowa.  She drug it home and I remember she drew flowers on the inside of the lid and each of us kids got to paint one.  They're still there!

The nightstands are from a friend, who was trying to shrink her stash and gave them to me.  I love how they match the bed so well!!  I think they were originally a vanity, connected by a mirror in the middle, but cut apart.


You can read how I rescued the mouse-infested dresser and had to throw two drawers away HERE.



I haven't done anything to the hardwood floors besides give them a good cleaning.  I don't think I'll feel like it for a quite a time, either.  So they're going to stay in a "rough way" for awhile.




Yes, Mom, I know I still need to paint the door white!  I'm tired of painting doors right now, too.  There's always a door somewhere in this house to paint.  I will be painting doors for the next fifty three years.



My wonderful Mama Bear found this bed stashed away in an antique store several years ago for me.  I think she paid $200 for it.  It's a beauty!  
(See, I don't always paint wood!)


And the shams?  $1 each from Saint Vincent De Paul's.


One of my favorite photos of my oldest cowboy:




Hope you enjoyed the tour and if you're traveling through these parts, the bed is always ready for guests! :)

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cinnamon Chip Cookies With Yellow Cake Mix


Cinnamon Chip Cookies With Yellow Cake Mix
by Kammy's Korner

Ingredients:
yellow cake mix
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup Hershey's cinnamon chips

In a large mixing bowl, stir cinnamon into dry cake mix.  Add remaining ingredients except for cinnamon chips, and mix together.  Stir in chips.  Drop small rolled balls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for nine minutes.  Don't over bake! :)  Makes about three dozen.


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Monday, March 16, 2015

Trash 2 Treasure Link Party & Features

Howdy, Party Peeps!!
It was a great day in Michigan!  Almost 70 degrees!!!!  I drove our new tractor for the first time, filling the bucket with branches and debris by the old waterfall (post on that soon), we rode our bikes into town for ice cream, and the neighbor boys were playing football in the front yard.  Woot woot!  

Last week I shared my final fireplace makeover in case you missed it:

  

Features from last week:

Picture
Aurora Patina's new porch ceiling and lights got me droolin'! 

Reposhture Studio kind of amazed me with this retro looking chest makeover.  I need to go makeover some chests.  I love it!  (That didn't sound right...)


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, March 12, 2015

Fireplace #3 All Shabby Chic {Master Bedroom}

{Updating the Lefere Mansion}

Fireplace #3

I hope you're not all getting tired of the "Fireplace Frenzy" over here on Kammy's Korner!  I was on a big kick to make all my fireplaces beautiful and so here is the last and final one!  This one had the least amount of work done to it.  Just a little paint to hide the dated flower tiles, and some decorating!  Although, the mantel shelf is still in need of some serious repair... but we're not sure what to do about it yet so for now it's all covered up with my big collage of shabby chic frames, mirrors, and milk glass vases.


So many people told me they loved the paint color in this room.  Including my hubby who was slightly annoyed I had my mind set on painting it.  It looked dark purple to me.  He thought it was dark gray.  Most others thought it a dark brown.  It was purple I tell you, and it clashed badly with my aqua blue dresser!  It had to go.

As did the flowers on the tile surrounding the fireplace opening!  I used Zinsser Perma White on the tiles, same paint I used on the granite {gasp!} surround on my other two fireplaces.  You can see them HERE and HERE.




After my little Ty the Guy vacuumed and cleaned out all the cobwebs and dirt on the inside, I painted it a dark gray I had on hand.  The dry bricks just soaked the paint right now.  And now I have a confession to make.  
Painting the inside of fireplaces IS SO SCARY.
I'm sure the moment my hand reaches into that dark scary space there is some scaly, scary monster that is going to reach down and grab me with an iron grip.  Or at the very least, an enormous hairy hungry spider is just waiting to drop down on a women's hand and have a feast.  AHHHHHH, I'm breaking out in a sweat just thinking about it!  BUT also very proud of myself for facing my fears to get the job done.  Although, don't bend down and look in it, because I didn't go up as high as I should have.  I could feel the monster's breath and had to stop.


Whoever stole all the sconce lighting out of this house while it sat empty ought to be beamed with them.  Then again, maybe they were ugly and they did me a service.  I found these rustic metal ones at Lowes.  The frames and mirrors were all things I had on hand and were stashed away up in my attic.  It's great to have a stash to go to.  I never have to buy things to decorate!  This makeover actually didn't cost me one trip to the store, which means not one penny out of my pocket, either! Oh wait, I guess the lights.  But does that count since we put those in six months ago? :)





I knew I had kept all those scraps of fabric for something!  I screwed two hooks into the mantel and tied the jute rope in a knot on each one.  I love the pop of color it brings amidst all the white!


I was actually inspired by The Logbook to make a Rag Garland.  
She had linked this cute little wall decor up to my Trash 2 Treasure Party a couple weeks ago and even though I used rags and it looks totally different, I used her simply instructions on how to loop the strips over the twine:

Create a no-weave yarn wall hanging for your home with only 3 supplies!  www.thedempsterlogbook.com
Yeah I know, most people probably wouldn't look at her cute yarn wall hanging and think "Rag Garland!" But I'm glad I did. :)  Thanks for the inspiration, Becky!


My mom gave me this darling little antique milking stool a few years back.  It was too cute to be sitting in the dark and scary basement, which is where it's been residing.  (Are you getting the feeling that I don't like the dark?)



Oh, and don't bother asking me the paint color is on the walls.  Like most of the other colors on my walls it's a Kammy's Korner special.... meaning a little of this mistint from my basement stash, and a little of that one... stirred together until I get a likable shade.


Check out our other two fireplace makeovers:
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The mantel we built from scraps and things we found:


And the painted/stenciled granite fireplace:




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