The Kid’s Playroom

I cant even begin to tell you how much I love having a playroom. Seeing toys all over the house just drives me crazy. I guess I just need order to stay sane. Yes in the past I was unable to do anything about it, but now every toy has its own place and if need be, I can just slide one of those doors shut…love that!

The room is pretty small. It measures about 7′ x 8′, but really that is plenty of room to store all of their toys. My first plan was to buy new storage for the area, but once I started putting all of their toys and our old storage bins in there I realized we didn’t need any new storage. The hardest part I had when designing the layout for this space was the lack of walls to work with. There is only one wall to store anything on. Two of the other walls have windows on them and the last wall isn’t much of a wall due to the doorway. Plus the little wall on the left side of the doorways is off limits to hanging anything since that is where the hubby ran the drain pipes from the upstairs bathroom. That is one wall I will NEVER be sinking a hole into.
The larger storage bin was something I bought about 7 years ago from The Christmas Tree Shop and the little bin was something we got as a wedding gift for our bathroom. It is actually a large hamper, but it didn’t fit into the bathroom so I decided to take the top off and use it for storage. The large white cushion was a fun clearance find from Home Goods.
In our old playroom I hung the bags and plastic buckets on hooks to store all of their mega blocks and other small toys. I thought that the corners would be a good place to hang them. They are a little too high for the kids to reach on purpose. This way they have to ask for help and its a great way of keeping things from just being dump out for no reason. Funny how kids love to dump out baskets but hate to fill them back up. To hang the bags and plastic buckets I just bought a few of those heavy duty hangers at Walmart that are actually used to hang bikes on. They are super cheap and can hold a lot of weight.
With such a small space, I wanted to make sure I kept as much stuff off the floor as possible. And by hanging the bags and buckets it gives the kids the extra space they need to play on as well as keeping it all organized.
I ended up using the same shelves we had in our old playroom to store some of their art supplies and little toys that I want out of their reach. Eventually I want to find some old cabinets to line this wall with, but until then these shelves work fine.

The walls are painted Sunflower from Glidden paints. I like the color even though it is super bright. I have walked over to this room many a times to shut off the light just to find out that the light is not on and it is just the walls shining brightly.
I have to say, the kids love this little room but they still prefer playing with their toys under my feet. I guess even a new playroom doesn’t change some things.
And lastly how fun is this view…the playroom, living room and kitchen and all its bright colors?!
And just because I love seeing the before and after pictures. Here is what the playroom used to look like. It was a bit smaller then what the playroom is now and it was being used as a closet. It was also where the staircase was heading upstairs. (And sorry to the person in the picture…don’t worry you will remain anonymous. But I think some of you can guess who she is.)

Momma’s got a sewing room.

I think this just may be my most favorite room in the house now, but that has not always been the case. This is the room that caused my worst “why did we buy this house” melt-down. When we purchased the house this room was not being used for anything, it was a big, dark, empty room. There was no insulation and the walls were actually the siding from the outside of the house. There was even a little hole in the back wall that was completely open to the barn. The floor was patched together with old barn boards and plywood then they were covered with roofing tar paper. Hmm? It was one of those floors that bounced like crazy when you walked on it and in all honesty I chose to crawl and not walk on it. I still remember the day when my hubby sent me up there to start demoing the floor and to pull up the tar paper. It took about one minute to completely break down. This room scared me! Seriously I thought something was going to crawl out from under that tar paper and attack me or that I was going to literally fall through the floor. A few minutes later with two spot lights and lots of reassurance I was pulling up that tar paper. Within a few months this room was framed, insulated and had sheet rock. At first it was our living room/office/guest room. Then it became our bedroom with the first little one joined our family. So here we are 7 years later and this once scary room is my craft room and…Momma’s got a sewing room!
I can’t tell you how amazing it is to have all of your materials and tools stored in one place. I can finally sew and create with all of my materials in the same room. Goodbye to running around the house to find all of my items so I can begin sewing at the kitchen counter. Goodbye to stacks of fabric and unfinished projects stashed all over the counters. And goodbye to having to clean up my sewing messes just so we can eat. Yes, I am one lucky girl, that I know!
So welcome to my sewing room! I’m pretty sure that when the kids are sleeping this is where you will find me.

So the two huge armoires hold all of my fabric and crafting supplies. I am so lucky to have these to store my fabric in. They are great! Unfortunately now we have no where to store our clothes…minor details right?

Most of the items that I added to my craft room came from thrifting, yard sales or something that I already had in the house.

Nothing more perfect for a craft room then to hang bunch of pretty fabric up on the walls with hoops. And of course my 2 little hooligans logo needed to be hanging up there as well.

A little peek inside at my fabrics that are finally neatly organized.

I used a combination of comic book boards and Fabric Organizers from here.

All of my knits, satins and whatever cheap fabrics I have snagged up to make clothes is stored on the top shelf.

In the other armoire I placed all of my home decor, upholstery, minky and odd ball fabrics. I also squeezed my batting’s, pillow forms and whatever else I could in here. The drawers are filled with zippers, threads, patterns, and every single crafting supply or material I own.

I purchased this little vintage inspired dress form a few weeks ago. I had been searching for a real dress form for months now but they were just too pricey. So I snagged up “Beatrice” for a mere $30 with free shipping (brand new) from Ebay. I think this will be great to bring to craft fairs and is just a fun display piece.

And in all honesty we are the same height. So she may help with draping and some minor fittings, but her waist is going to need a lot padding before she can even get close to the same measurements as mine. She may be skinny, but my bust size is bigger, so boo-yah!

Ok, so here is one of my most favorite thrifting finds…my sewing chair! I saw this little beauty and knew it would be perfect and for $15 I couldn’t pass it up. Just look at the shape of it, how cute! I think I might end up painting it white in the end, but for now it is going to stay as is.

My sewing table is actually a fold out table that we already had. The top was in pretty bad shape but with a little sandpaper and a few coats of white paint it is now perfect. I love how big it is and really it was free, so you cant beat that. I also bought a large cutting mat and a new ruler. I had been using a tiny scrap booking mat to cut all of my fabric and let me tell you how difficult it was cutting out large pieces of fabric. So this is amazing to use. I also found a fold-out suitcase holder while thrifting for $2. Now it makes the best little spot to hold unfinished projects so that my table can remain clutter free. It’s s holding a sleeping bag that is in the works right now. I’m just hoping that my unfinished pile doesn’t get too big.

Then there is this little chair. Yet another thrifting find for $21. The fabric is in amazing shape and needed nothing other then a new home. Its not my typical style but for some reason it was calling my name (maybe because there is orange in it) and I’m so glad I brought it home. What a cute shape and you should see the piping on it…adorable! I have learned over the past 6 months that my style has changed so much. I am now a cheap, thrifting, vintage loving girl…who loves bright colors!

Another dresser for storage which is actually still filled with some of my clothes. In time I’m hoping to fill it with all of my handmade items. I would love to start selling again in the next few months and hopefully I will have enough items to go to a few craft fairs this year.

And here is my newest little baby…and obviously not a thrifting or cheap find, but a NEEDED one.

I’ve used it a couple of times, but I need to spend A LOT more time learning all of the stitches and how to master threading it. But I know in a few months this is going to be my best friend! Goodbye to zig-zag stitching all of our clothes.

So all I need now is a good light for sewing. The only problem with this room is that there is not a single window in it. So it is really dark and as you can tell from the photos, really hard to photograph. Any ideas on a good light? I see them all the time at JoAnn’s but wonder if they are worth the money or if I should buy a cheap lamp at Walmart.

So there you have it, Momma’s new sewing room!

I kinda like it.

So I just kept going with my first paint choices and I’m glad I did…I kinda like it. No, I don’t love it, but I really like it. And in all honesty I think it will grow on me. This is a change. A big, bright change. So time will only tell. But one thing I do know for sure is that I am LOVING my kitchen being a kitchen and only a kitchen.

This weekend I even started decorating the walls in the kids rooms.
And even started working on my sons comforter. Can you guess what I’m making?
I even started making a little something for my bunny-button loving girl.
Oh and I almost forgot to mention that I finally finished organizing my sewing room! Oh I am thrilled! Don’t worry, lots of house pictures soon to come.

So any fun projects for you this weekend?

Shabby Apple giveaway winner and repainting the kitchen.

The Shabby Apple giveaway winner is…

Adventures of Shaw who said…
My favorite Shabby Apple Dress is Le Coeur. We are going on our honeymoon to France in April and I want all of them.

Congrats! And how exciting to be going to France for your honeymoon. That dress couldn’t be any more perfect for the trip!

So this weekend I decided to repaint our kitchen. I know, I said I was going to take a little break from working on the house once our other rooms were finished, but this room desperately needed a new paint job. And really I just couldn’t wait, even though I promised the hubby I would.

Instead of repainting everthing the existing colors I decided to go with something new. Most of the time I can pick out the perfect color in minutes, but I was just having a tough time with all those blues. So I took a couple of fans home to help me decide. Gosh, all of those colors are dangerous for a color loving girl! I thought about going red for a minute or two but decided to go with big country blue for the cabinets and true blue for the walls. It took hours to remove all of the doors, hinges and hardware so late that night I started painting. It wasn’t until I finished painting the built-ins (on the left) that I realized the color I had chosen was way to bright for me. Like WAY too bright. Trust me, these pictures make the color look great, but they don’t really show the true color. But I had gotten too far to turn back…plus the paint store was closed and I’m an impatient kinda girl when it comes to such things. So I decided to go with it and make it work somehow. Last night I finished painting all of the cabinets. I wish I could say that I love it and that all of the time spent painting was worth it, but I can’t…not yet. Hopefully after I paint the walls and trim today I will like the color and it tones down the brightness on the cabinets a little.

Oh geez, sometimes my love for color can really get me into trouble! And in case your wondering, the hubby loves the color.

We have a tree!

I still cannot believe my eyes…we have a Christmas tree in our living room. Oh and we actually have a living room! I’m not sure which one I am more excited about.
Since we had very few Christmas ornaments I had to buy some at the good old Walmart. Next year we will add a bunch of handmade ones to the mix, but this year we are using store bought ones, which I have to say I love. I was so excited to see purple ones when I was scouring the shelves one day. I’m one of those people that likes to match their Christmas decorations to the rooms that they are being displayed in. I always remember my gram having the most beautiful pink Christmas tree that matched their living room. I just loved it and the nontraditional colors. I guess that is where I get it from.
So its purple and green decorations for this girl with a mixture of purple wrappings under the tree to match. Thank you TJ Maxx for the cute wrapping paper.
My tree skirt is actually a few yards of fabric just bunch up underneath the tree covering the stand. It is nothing fancy, but it works.
They may not be handmade or from Christmases past, but these ornaments are already loved by all.
It was so fun watching the kiddo’s decorate.
My son took his time picking out the best place for each ornament and carefully placed each one onto the tree.

Whereas the girls place all of their favorite ornaments all in one spot.
And continue to redecorate on a daily…or hourly basis. You can tell which ones are their favorites by where they are placed on the tree. They are always at the bottom of the tree all on the same branch.
And all of them just happen to be from a pretty special auntie and uncle.

How many of you have nontraditional Christmas trees? I know I am not the only one out there. How many of you saw this post over at tatertots and jello? I want that whimsical candy tree…adorable!!

Home renovation updates

So apparently some of you are curious as to what things are looking like around here. So the living room is pretty much done except for installing the sliding barn doors onto the kids playroom and the doorway to the cold cellar. As you can see the hardwood floors are covered in cardboard for protection from little boys with hammers and to keep from tracking in too much snow and sawdust onto them. I am so tempted to pull that stuff up and see what it looks like. Nonetheless I wait…impatiently. One of the many chairs sitting waiting to be reupholstered. I never liked the style of wing back chair but for $5 I couldn’t pass it up. Plus these chairs are dang comfy! My hubby has already claimed this one to be his along with this spot, but the designer may have other ideas for this area already. Shh, we’ll keep that one between us until he finishes the house.
The playroom is finished and as you can see I couldn’t resist laying that rug down. I’m still searching for the best way to design this room that will fit our storage needs without looking too crowded. There are a lot of great inspirations out there I just need the time to sit down and organize them all.
The kiddo’s room is finished and is just waiting to be filled.
The bathroom is still needing a second coat of paint along with all of the joints and nail holes need caulking, but by tomorrow it should be finished. I just need one more late night up there. Hopefully this time I wont spill my glass of wine all over the floor while painting. And that is why we still have cardboard protecting the floors. The tub and sink have been sandblasted and painted…orange. They will be installed this weekend and hopefully by the end of the weekend this room will be completely finished.
Our last big project will be to install all of the stair treads and risers. Then trim out the stairway, caulk, paint, and do minor touch ups.
It’s becoming more real now that we can actually see into the other side of the house. I cannot wait to take down that gate and let the kiddos run free and I cannot wait to decorate…the fun part is coming soon!

Home Renovations.

How true is that? Those of you that have lived through a major home renovation like us know how true that is. But thankfully we are finally seeing it come together.

The rooms are painted.

And the hardwood floors are in.
And so is the tile.
Yes, it has been far from easy (especially this past week), but WE WILL be in there for Christmas. And we will have a real Christmas tree this year. So all of this hard work will be worth it. Then once the house is finished I think I better check myself into a facility for craft addicts.
I mean really, who looks at tile spaces and thinks of all the crafting possibilities with them? Me of course!

My newly upholstered love seat and more dollar fabric deals.

I finally finished reupholstering the love seat a few days ago. I have to say it is far from being perfect, but I just love the way it came out! I find myself constantly staring at it in awe that I did it. I am shocked by how easy the process was and how rewarding it is to be able to do something like this. So here is what I started with, a little love seat in need of a lot of love.
And here it is looking like a LOVE seat.
Yes, it’s far from being perfect, but it’s perfectly imperfect for this gal. The seams aren’t exactly where they should be and some of the fabric is running in opposite directions.
The batting is too thick in certain areas and sticks out a bit more then it should.
But I don’t think anyone will notice and really I don’t care if they do. I am so proud to say that I made those oopses. I definitely learned from my mistakes and know what to do next time, because there will definitely be a next time. I’m telling you, reupholstering furniture can be addicting. I changed my mind and decided to reupholster our sleep sofa now, plus this past weekend I picked up two chairs and an ottoman for 15 buckaroos to redo. Yes, it is addicting!
The total cost for redoing this little love seat was about $55 and that includes the cost of a new staple gun. Not bad for a new love seat huh? This past weekend was the weekend for finding some amazing deals! Not only did I snag up those two chairs and an ottoman, I also snagged up some amazing fabric deals…again!
I found more $1 and $1.99 a yard fabric deals that coordinate perfectly with my newly upholstered love seat. Yes it is more purple fabrics but for that price I will make it work. Plus they do look great together and I love that purple flowered fabric that has a little punch of green in it. It just happens to be the same shade of green that I am painting the walls.
Plus it helped by seeing the most amazing purple couch at Crate and Barrel that had lime green pillows on it. It totally reassured me of my color scheme. I think purple was just meant to be in our living room. In case you were wondering, the darker purple fabric will be recovering our sleep sofa and the purple flowers will be recovering the two chairs and ottoman that I just picked up.
Speaking of Crate and Barrel, how many of you have been diving in their $.99 a pound barrel before? I left there with almost every single piece of fabric that was in there.
I mean when a girl sees Merimekko fabric for $.99 a pound she is going to snag every piece she can! I had no shame in walking out of that store with a bag full of fabric after barrel diving for 1/2 an hour, yup no shame at all!
I thought my fabric deals would have stopped there, but they didn’t. I snagged up these pretty silky fabrics for another $1 a yard. I bought all they had which will be more then enough to make myself and the girls matching dresses.
Any of you snag up some good deals on fabric lately?

Making it work.

We are right on schedule for finishing the other side of the house (squeals), but it might be one big ole empty 1/2 a house. We realized that our funds will be depleted and we will not be able to furnish it. Realizing that was a bit of a bummer. So the red couch I have been dreaming about for 7 years and all those cute little storage bins from Ikea that I have been eyeing for the kiddo’s playroom will have to wait. But instead of getting down, I decided to use what we have to “make it work.” Plus I’ve been on the lookout for any freebie on the side of the road to repurpose, repaint or reupholster. Reupholster? Yes, reupholster. Now I have never reupholstered before but I have heard its doable, so why not give it a shot. Plus this bloggy friend of mine has done it before and she has given me the courage to give it a try. Thanks girl! I figured I would take the old love seat that has been sitting on our front porch for years and use that as my trial run. It was in really bad shape and wasn’t worth saving anyways, so if I messed it up, no loss. Then I started searching for fabrics online but quickly realized how much upholstery and outdoor fabric costs, yikes. Then when you add the amount of fabric needed on top of that…yikesaroo! Yes, its still way cheaper then a brand new couch, but still way out of our budget. So I decided to just wait for a good fabric sale and put my reupholstering dreams on hold.

Well the other day we were driving by the local fabric shop and saw that all the upholstery fabric was on clearance at $1/yard…seriously?! I still cannot believe $1 a yard and even felt a little guilty for paying just a dollar…but obviously not guilty enough because I left the store with 17 yards of fabric. This is plenty of fabric to cover the love seat and a few chairs. It just so happened that one of the fabrics had the perfect shade of green in it, plus I love those the little squares! Unfortunately she only had a few yards left in it but I ended up finding the other purplish fabric to coordinate nicely with it. Not crazy about the purplish color but there is a tiny little bit of green in there and I will make it work somehow. Then I found this great lime green knit to match and just love how the green fabric brings out the greens in the other two fabrics…helping to tone the purple down a bit.
So that afternoon, my three helpers and I started pulling staples out. A few hours later I was taking the fabric and batting off. Unfortunately the batting was in such bad shape it had to be replaced…unfortunately adding a little more to the total cost of the project.
But I’m excited at how easy the love seat is going back together and it is already looking so much better! I’ll admit, I have run into a few tiny obstacles with the wrong sized staples and two nails that went right through the foam and out the front of the frame, but luckily my hubby has been there to bail me out. I definitely have a new appreciation for power tools and the powerfulness of them!
But really “making it work” is not so bad after all. It’s kinda working for me and has actually been a lot of fun. So have any of you reupholstered before? Any tips? What do you think of my $1 a yard fabrics and my new color scheme?

We *heart* dry wall.

Three 16 hour days, 80 sheets of dry wall, lots of coffee and take-out and we are done. We have walls!
It was a lot of work and took a lot of patience, but it was also a lot of fun. It was great to be working on the house with the hubby again, but definitely harder with 3 little ones under our feet though. Luckily my mom took our kiddo’s for a whole day and we were able to get the entire upstairs and the ceilings downstairs done. The two other days we did what we could to keep them out of trouble while we kept working. All I have to say is that I’m glad its done and hope that we never have to hang that much dry wall again!

Ironically, our kitchen was featured this weekend over on Remodelaholic. Gosh, just looking at those pictures again make me realize how much we have done…yet have so much more to go!