Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Well, duh!

I had kind of a “well, duh!” moment the other day after reading this post from Karen at The Art of Doing Stuff.
We have a bajillion daylilies. No, really. We haven’t done much with the outside of the house since moving and as a result, have a jungle on the west side of the house.


Oh, and I found this little yellow guy. I hadn’t seen him there before. 

So, the other morning, I went and cut some. And put them in bowls.  And put them on my table with a pint jar of daisies (my favorite flower). 

Simple and pretty and I actually get to enjoy them. Thanks Karen!

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dingy Storage Room to Colorful Playroom

When we bought our house our plan for the lowest level was a craft room for me and a man cave for my husband.  I’ve dreamed of having a space to call my own. Where I could leave my crap projects out and organize all my goodies.   Sparky had a poker room in our first house and really missed it.

Well, after living here for three months. We changed our minds.  The kids’ rooms are pretty small and our family room was being overrun with matchbox cars, trains (and their tracks) and blocks.  We couldn’t take it anymore.

So, my husband decided to give up his man cave and give the kids a playroom.

I’d been using the side that was to be the man cave as a crafting area and the other room was being used for storage.   Beware; the pictures to follow are not pretty.  I actually can’t believe I’m showing them at all. But, in order to see how much the room changed in a weekend, it has to be done.
This is going to eventually be my craft room. 

 And this is the storage room.  Holy crap that’s a lot of… well, crap.

First things first, empty the room. You can see the colors we were thinking of going with.  This room is partially finished and that was fine with us. We didn’t plan on truly “finishing” the room. We simply wanted to paint the walls and put down some carpet.  Make it fun a space for the kids to play and make a mess could be easily hidden by shutting the basement door.

One wall did have sheetrock, but it wasn’t taped or anything.  Sparky filled in the screws with spackle, but left the seams alone. The other two walls are concrete. And the plumbing pipe runs across it. The last wall has the furnace and sump-pump.  Once the spackle was dry, it was time to prime. 

We used Killz Latex Primer on the sheetrock and Olympic Masonry Primer on the concrete walls.  RC was very excited about the prospect of getting a playroom and wanted to help paint.

Next up, painting! We knew wanted something playful and fun and bright since it’s a basement room with only two small windows that face north.  The colors we chose were Exotic Sea, Spring Leaves and Pumpkin Burst from Valspar in a Satin finish. 

We decided to paint the majority in Spring Leaves and then use Exotic Sea and Pumpkin Burst for accents.   For the long wall that had the PVC pipe, we decided to paint the pipe the same color as the wall. The far wall became the accent with different sized stripes. We actually used the seams in the cement as our stripes and painted the pipe accordingly.  We also decide to paint the duct work as well. Actually, Sparky decided to paint it and it just adds that little extra something. We aren’t planning on closing in the ceiling and this made it seem more planned and not just plain old duct work.

Three gallons of primer and three gallons of paint later, we were ready for the carpet.  Basements in North Dakota are damp. And sometimes they flood.  We knew we didn’t want to glue any carpet or pad down in the event we did ever get water. Glue pad + wet basement = gross mess.

We also didn’t want to spend a bunch of cash on it.  Solution? Carpet with a built in pad that we just rolled out on the cement.  Sparky cut around the furnace, steps, doorway and trimmed up along two of the walls.

Wow! It looks like an actual room now!  We started priming the walls Saturday afternoon and the kids were playing in it by 5 on Sunday. Not too shabby!

This is how it looked after the kids went to bed. I think they like it. 

We have a list of things that we want to do to the room, but for now it’s exactly what we need! 

Todo list:
Put in door to craft room
Put up some trim and possibly a chair rail
Paint flowers or stencil big circles on the wall
Maybe make the pipe look like snake
Shrink art (saw it on Home by Novogratz and it was awesome!)
Art center – big rolls of craft paper on attached to the wall and art supply organization
Maybe some corkboard
More storage – shelf or cubbies

Nothing major, just finishing touches that are going to make the space more fun and functional.  I've been pinning inspiration like crazy on Pinterest.

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Blue Cricket Design

Domestically Speaking

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Trunk Makeover and Napkin Pillows

I have a really old trunk. I remember it full of old clothes and dolls at my grandparent's house. It was my great-grandpa's. The orginal lid broke somewhere along the way and he made a "new" one for it. When my grandparent's downsized, it ended up at my parent's house. When I moved I took it with me. It moved from North Dakota to Colorardo and back to North Dakota. Depending on where it's been in the house, it's held board games and blankets. I can't imagine our house without it.

I have no idea what the original color was or if it was even painted before it made it to my grandma's house. It was painted a sage green when I took it from mom and dad's, and I covered the top with some batting and cream fabric with leaves on it. (No pictures, sorry!)

Then, when we re-decorated our basement, I painted it again and recovered it with a faux animal print. It was going in the "man cave" and I had recovered the poker table chairs with the same fabric.

Well, now that we are in our new house, it's time to change it up again.

After taking the lid off, I got all the necessary tools together to take the old fabric off. And yes, wine is a necessary tool for just about every project I do. In the winter, it's red and in the summer it's white.

And, of course I had to get my Emily Henderson fix in too.

A little paint and fabric later, and here it is transformed!

Isn't it amazing what a little paint and a yard of fabric can do?

The pillows on the chairs were a recent project too. As I was wondering around Burlington Coat Factory, I saw these great napkins.

See the price tag?

I had planned on making some pillows out of the pillows that came with our new couch. So, when I saw the color and the pattern on these napkins, I couldn't resist. I bought four of them. 

And turned this:

Into two of these:

For a whopping $8. Woo hoo!

All I did was put right sides together and sewed three sides shut, stuffed them with the old pillow stuffing and sewed up the last side. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.

We are slowly working on the family room and I have some other ideas and projects on my list of things to do to add more color and fun to the room.  

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I Heart Naptime

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