Monday, April 21, 2014

Being a homeowner is so much more work than renting!

Remember our Basement update and how it was slowly going to get a makeover, well it's in full progress now and not because we woke up and said...let's do it! Nope, it all started with a leak, and then a puddle, and then torn walls, and then a gutted laundry room, and then the fireplace had to be completely removed, and then we had to add a beam to the middle of the room and........well it's still going! Lol, on the positive side though I finally get to get rid of that ugly blue carpet!

We later discovered that the previous owners installed this fireplace in the corner and DID NOT finish dry walling around the metal tubing which led to snow actually in our wall, a broken water pipe from the cold air freezing it, and lots of dead critters behind this corner wall. It was disgusting and the crappiest job ever done on a fireplace.

We ended up just removing the entire fireplace which gave us about 4 extra feet.

                                       We removed all of the ugly blue carpet.

                                             We are getting rid of the glass dated doors on the utility room and adding some really nice white painted wood double doors. Sadly I may paint over my mural! : ( I know right?! However, my husband informed me that he would like to fix this house up a bit and put it on the market in a year so we can build our own. I don't know, the thought of moving yet AGAIN leaves me with nightmares. This last move was the worst to date.

                  We now have to separate large areas in this basement. We are having trouble trying to figure out what to do. My husband wants to add another room down here but I think it would really close up the space. I think for this side of the room we could set it up as the media room.

 We have decided to paint the walls a neutral color so when we get ready to sell in a year or so it's one less wall that needs to be painted, plus as much as I love this blue the basement needs a brighter and warmer shade. Any ideas?

                 With the beam  now it really divides this pace up and where we once had our media room set up the beam would be within vision of our big screen, therefor we are trying to figure out what to do with this side, which has the most light. My husband thinks building it in and making it a office. I want to keep the space open so I'm thinking this may be great for the girls to do homework and play.

Well I thought I'd give you an update on what's up over here! Can't wait to show more of the progress and hopefully be able to bounce some ideas off of you all. I'm also going to work on a inspiration design plan this week that I'll be sharing for this space. Can't wait!

                                                         Peace In Love...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Flea Market Flip full of Flea market finds...

It was a beautiful day today! The wind was blowing a tad but it had to of been in the mid 60's and for Wyoming....that's a day you take advantage of because tomorrow it could be below 0 and snowing. We call her the bipolar state. ; ) Anyway I was inspired to paint my curio cabinet I scored at a flea market for $100. I have had it for a few months now and have debated on whether to paint it or not but finally after looking at the rest of my open floor plan the dark, shiny wood was kinda sticking out like a sore thumb. I did not want to sand because I was not about to drag that outside so I searched on Pinterest for furniture that was painted without sanding and could not believe all the tutorials out there. I bought myself some Zinsser Cover Stain Primer that is used as a stain blocker and bond coat. I was skeptical at first but after putting the first coat of white paint on when the primer was dry it went on so nice, I can't believe how much easier it was to just slap some of this primer on before painting. The cabinet even had a medium gloss to it and it still covered nicely. The curio cabinet itself though was hard to paint, especially the inside because of all the nooks and crannies. I'm so glad I did paint it because it flows with the  rest of the house and really makes my glass collections POP!

Sneak Peak...

 Before... It wasn't so ugly that it needed to be painted but if my living room was done in darker accent colors it may have looked pretty however, most of my accents are white so this was clashing.

I can't believe at how much better it looks and how much the white really makes the colors of the glass pop.

The plant does really well in that area of the home so I decided to leave it and store her on top. I'm so proud of this plant by the way. I have never had a green thumb and every plant I've ever had dies. This one however was tiny when I first got it a few years back and now it has so much length and fullness and she's only getting bigger. *proud momma*

 My dining room is so small but it's coming along. I'm still looking for a small scale farm house table as it would fit much better in this area than our round one.


In honor of flea market flips and such I thought I'd share the flea market goodies inside of my curio cabinet. Every single one is from a flea market, thrift store, and a few items my mom ordered me from Ebay.

The swan is a flea market find. If you are a follower of mine than you know I love birds. I started collecting these swan dishes. They come in so many colors. I have 5, 3 are displayed in my cabinet. The blue pitcher is an auction find.

This vintage green opalescent "cherry and cable" pattern pitcher was one of my first flea market purchases back when I was about 19. This beauty has traveled around the world with me, literally. I had her displayed in Italy and was sure to bring her back. My mom found the matching cups on Ebay and gave them to me this year as a birthday gift. I just love them so much and can't wait to add to the collection!

           Jadeite vase and plates along with a beautiful green swan dish I found at the flea market.

My first swan dish! I've had this one for a few years now I got it from our local flea market. The vintage flower vase my mom bought me from a flea market as well.

I found all my jadeite pieces at a flea market in Fort Collins Colorado. I got a 6 piece set for under $30 which if you know the cost of jadeite you know that's a good deal! The bird was a random find at the thrift store.

Found this cool vintage flower piece at the Goodwill for $3, the pictures at the flea market for $2 and the little white dish with the bird at a random thrift store.

Well I hope I inspired you to take a chance on painting something without sanding! I was thrilled with the results. I wouldn't suggest it on really glossy pieces but everything else I think it would work great on if you can't sand or do not want to sand.  I did shabby this piece up just a tad so that's the reasoning for the aged look you see. I'm so in love with my cabinet and glad I was able to find it at such a great price and to fill it with all of my flea market and thrifted treasures.

Peace In Love...

Friday, April 4, 2014

A kitchen cupboard makeover....

When we bought this house I was not thrilled with the kitchen. It is on our "to do list" of things to update in this house. The one positive thing about it is that even though  it's a bit dated it was kept in good condition and very clean. However....The corner cabinet opened on the far right side so I was constantly on my tip toes, reaching over the island to open it up and then when it did open the door was in the way. It was just a big pain in the butt so I decided to get rid of the door all together and leave it open, which turned out perfect. I was skeptical at first but then I remembered I found these awesome decoupage paper prints of maps at Michaels the other day by the Martha Stewart Collection that I had bought and kept for a future project. I was planning on framing them but my children informed me that I have enough pictures already. LOL! So, I decided they would be a beautiful accent to the back of this boring cabinet. I just used some adhesive glue that is removable and put them up, I then bought some washi tape that matches the rugs in my kitchen perfectly and used it around the edges and front of shelves for an added detail. I then styled it with pretty items I use everyday in my kitchen and I was thrilled with the results! It came out so cute, I was unsure at first but after it was all put together I fell in love! It makes this dated kitchen a little more cute.

                      Thanks for stopping by and I hope this has inspired you to create something from                                          anything....

                                                                   Peace In Love....
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

DIY Botanical Prints

If you haven't guessed already I love prints! I especially love when I find vintage prints when scavenging thrift stores and flea markets unexpectedly! After 3 long weeks of health issues, I managed to be "peppy" enough to get dressed and get out and I found an amazing little haul of botanical prints. I was shocked. I have a few Audubon books full of birds but have had a hard time finding botanical books with beautiful prints most I've come across are black and white with no prints. I didn't find one, or two, but I found a bundle of beautiful prints of herbs, flowers, vegetables, and plants on top of finding a wonderful book full of color and vibrant herbs I found  4 already framed and matted botanical prints and a cute little plate. I did update a few of the frames with some paint but other than that I cleaned them up and they were ready to hang.

 I sanded the frame down and layered a brown glaze, with white and green paint for a rustic feel.

I did the same to this frame as well.....
 This book is from 1982 and has such beautifiul vibrant prints inside. I can't believe I scored this for $5!

These were just gorgeous! These 2 I found at the Goodwill for $5 a piece. I just painted the frame because the ugly gold they were before was not working with my walls.

These little bird prints I found at a flea market for a few bucks. I just love them and they go so well with the color of my wall.

This one is my favorite find. It was in perfect shape, it's large and GREEN, my favorite color. ; ) I just cleaned this up with some windex and hung it in my kitchen. I found this one at a flea market for $15 which was a little more pricey but it's a big picture and it was matted and framed beautifully!.

Switched out the bird prints I had in the white frames for the flower prints from the Gilda Daisley book of Illustrated Herbs I found for $5. The plate I found in the mix of other junk at the Goodwill for a few bucks as well as the wood picture of the cherries and rose.

I changed up my Audubon gallery wall a little bit by adding some pretty botanical prints in place of a few of the birds. It's perfect for spring.

Here's some comparisons I found online...I can't believe how Pricey these prints get.....
Lamps Plus set of 4 ($334.91)

Ballard Designs- $99 each
 Ballard Designs- $159 each

I spent less than 50 bucks for all of this! I encourage those who love prints of any kind to look around at thrift stores, flea markets, and antique shops before spending  up to $300 at Pottery Barn for ONE yes ONE picture! I've seen prints all over places like Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn, Target and other places for way to much money! Heck, you can even find prints alone or a full book on ebay for a good price for pretty cheap. I love the hunt though so I don't like to shop online but if I ever come across one I can't resist on ebay you bet I'll buy it.

                                                              Peace In Love Always,