Dresser Project

I finally did it, I finished the dresser!

My daughter (now 14) wants to update her room. She wants to make it more “grown-up.” Well, I knew that I was going to have to go thrifting to pull off this makeover. She wanted a new dresser, and gave me a picture of the dresser she liked.This dresser was definitely out of my price range, so I started looking in thrift stores. I found one that I thought would work, but she wasn’t real excited about it when I brought it home. What do you think?

It wasn’t the right color, had been embellished with stickers, and was missing several knobs. Somehow I was able to see passed all it’s flaws and notice that it was very similar in design as the dresser my daughter had picked out.

The dresser had a really slick, laminated top. I was worried that the paint wouldn’t stick to it without a lot of sanding, which I DID NOT want to do. I had heard that chalk paint will coat most surfaces with one coat, so I was going to use chalk paint. When I priced the paint, I was disappointed. It was going to cost too much, so back to the drawing board.

My oldest daughter had painted an old laminated coffee table with a flat wall paint. She said the coverage was very good, but you couldn’t wash it off if it gets stained. So, I thought, maybe I could paint the dresser with a white, flat wall paint, and then do a top coat in a semi-gloss to protect it. I bought two quarts of paint, one flat, one satin. I also found some new knobs for the drawer pulls.

The first thing I had to do was thoroughly clean the dresser, and scrap off all the stickers. I removed the old drawer pulls. Then, I started painting. The flat paint covered beautifully. I applied two to the base of the dresser and three coats to the top and the drawer fronts. Next, I used the satin paint for the final coat. It dried very quickly, and I was so pleased with the results.

This isn’t the best picture, but you can really see the difference between the old dresser, and the painted one. Here’s a side by side view…

       

I had a problem with the drawer pulls – the screws were too long, so I had to add some washers to make the pulls tight. This was an easy fix, and I am so pleased with how the dresser turned out. I only spend $17.50 for the dresser, $25 on drawer pulls, and $21 on paint.

Here’s a side by side view of the dresser she picked out next to my redo – pretty close!

           

Now I’m looking for a small computer desk, and reading chair, curtains, and a mirror. I also have to buy some paint to change her room color. At least I have one item crossed off her list. And, by the way, she loves the dresser now!

Catching Up

Hello Hello

I thought that I would just do a quick post to fill you in on all that’s been going on in my world lately.

The last post was about the dresser that I found, and planned to update. Well, that project hasn’t moved very quickly. I was hoping to get it finished before we started back to school (we homeschool), but that didn’t happen. I did buy some new knobs, and price my paint, but then I got sidetracked with other projects. (That’s Life)

   

We started back to school and now have two weeks under our belts – yay! Things are going pretty smoothly this year. There were three students, then two, and now only one, so it has gotten a little less stressful. Hannah is starting 9th grade this year. We have been doing a lot of hands-on activities. We have a short day on Fridays, and do Bible, nature studies, and handicrafts. This gives us something to look forward to during the week.

                  

I also had to help host my sister’s baby shower.

This will be her third baby, a girl. Her second child is now 14 1/2 so, we are very excited to have another little one in the family. We are looking forward to the holidays and passing her around! My daughter and I hosted the shower, and wanted to keep it really simple. I made the cupcakes with homemade butter cream icing (yum), and Emily made ham and cheese rolls with a refrigerated pizza crust. Just slice them and bake.

I bought a fruit platter with caramel dip, and a small vegetable platter with buttermilk ranch dip. Since my sister is having a girl, we decided to make pink lemonade, water with lemon, and diet soda (we have several diabetics in our family). I think everyone enjoyed themselves.

So, you see that I have been busy. I am excited to finish the dresser, and will make a post on it soon. We are taking Monday off of school, so I am planning to work on it then. We will see….

Until next time,

 

DIY Dresser

Well, I really wasn’t looking for another project so soon after finishing my kitchen make over, BUT…

My youngest daughter has decided that she would like to update her room in a more age appropriate manner. She will be 15 on her next birthday, and wants a more “grown-up” look (imagine that). She has researched her paint colors, curtains, furniture, and accessories. She showed me her list, and of course I knew that I would have to be thrifting a lot of these items, the main item being the dresser.

I went to a local thrift store today, and found a dresser that has a similar look to the one she picked out, but it is old, brown, and has been adorned with some cute little stickers from a previous owner. Normally I would have just walked on by, but this dresser was already cheap ($25), and it was marked down 30 percent. This got my attention. I walked around a while, and went back to the dresser three times. I tried all the drawer to make sure they weren’t broken, and pulled out easily, then I said, “I’ll take it.”

Here is the dresser in it’s current state

Sorry about the quality of the picture, but you get the idea. It really needs a redo. I’ll post better pictures when I get my husband to bring it in the house. It is currently still in the back of my car.

I’m wanting to try my hand at chalk paint, so this will be my first project using this type of paint. I am excited to see the transformation. My daughter wants white and gray as her color scheme, so this dresser will be painted white, and I will let her pick out new knobs for the drawers. Her current dresser is a tall style, and way to overwhelming for her room. This one is short, wide, and is very similar in design to the one that she found online.

I’ll keep you posted. I want to get this project finished before we start back to school in a couple of weeks. In case you didn’t know, I homeschool, so school consumes a lot of my time when it’s in session.

Have a great week,

Do you love beauty? I do. There’s just something about a beautiful picture, beautiful words, beautiful music, colors, smells, clothing, scenes…I could go on and on. Why do we crave beauty? Well, I crave it because it makes me feel better. When I see a beautiful scene of God’s creation, I am in awe of it. When I hear beautiful words spoken, I ponder them, and they speak to my soul,and I am inspired. Beautiful music stirs my heart.

I believe that God has put a desire in each of us to crave beauty. God created us in His image, and God loves the beautiful things. Just look at His creation, the variety and complexity of it all. Think of a sunset, a mountain scape, the ocean, a beautiful field of wildflowers that God planted. Think of all the beautiful animals, plants and living things that He gave us, such diversity, and beauty in them all.

The Bible tells us that “He hath done all things well.” (Mark 7:37)
I want to live a beautiful life for myself, my family and most of all my Lord. God’s Word encourages us to think on those things that are beautiful. Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Why does God want us to think on these things, because it is good for us. We need to surround ourselves with those things that lift our spirits and inspire us to live a life worth living. If we go around with what Zig Ziglar called “Stinkin Thinkin” (this kind of thinking dwells on the ugly/negative things of life) we will be discouraged in our spirit, wrong in our attitude, and miss out on living a beautiful life. There’s plenty of ugly things to dwell on, but why do we want to do that?

Colossians 3:2 says “Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.” We are to have lofty thoughts (Philip. 4:8), a beautiful song in our heart (Ephesians 5:19), beautiful words to share with others (Ephesians 4:29), a beautiful attitude (Ephesians 4:32), and beautiful wisdom (Colossians 3:16).

A child of God shouldn’t have to live a life of defeat, fear and discouragement. We have been commanded to think about what’s good, and pure, and lovely for our own good. It is to help us live a beautiful life, even when life sometimes isn’t so beautiful.

To encourage you today, I have created a print to remind you to surround yourself with beautiful things. Just click on the image below, it will open in a pdf file so you can print it out. Have a beautiful week!

Please click here to receive your printable download.

Kitchen Update

Well I finally finished my kitchen update. My last post was about updating my kitchen with a little paint, new cabinet knobs, and a lot of elbow grease. I started this project on a Saturday, and didn’t finish painting until the following Wednesday. Of course I did take Sunday off, but all the hard work was worth it.

I showed you my plans and my before photos in the last post, but I though I would remind you of what my kitchen was like before. It had red walls and white cabinets. I loved the red for a long time, but I had repainted my living and family room areas with white and blue, and the red kitchen just didn’t fit any more.

Blue and white have to be my all time favorite color scheme. It creates such a peaceful, calming atmosphere. I repainted my upper cabinets white, and painted the walls white. The lower cabinets got several coats of navy (almost a cobalt) blue. The kitchen looks so open and bright. I removed all my counter clutter, and hope to keep it clutter free because it looks so much cleaner. What do you think?

     

This is a before and after of the eat-in area. Notice how dark the first image is compared to the second.

    

Notice the difference between these two photos.

    

I just love how my kitchen turned out. The curtain topper you see in the second photo is one that I found at Goodwill for about $2-3 dollars. I saw it, and thought it might work, so I have been saving it until I could update my kitchen. I like that it adds the blue color to the upper area without blocking out the natural light. This is the only window in my kitchen.

     

This second picture shows you the blue color a little better, and also how well my rugs go with the color scheme. Remember I bought my rugs on sale a while back, and used the blue color in the rug to pick out my blue paint.

  

I also found this blue and white tray at Goodwill. It was the perfect accent for my counter top. It pulls in the blue color with a touch of gold. I use this for my fruit, and it makes the apples, oranges and bananas look so pretty. The chickens you see were all purchased in antique stores. I’m sure that I didn’t pay much for them, but I love that they are white, and can go with any color (especially my blue).

      

This is the only solid wall in my kitchen, and you can see that it isn’t very “solid.” I love the white shutters that give a view into the living room. They can be closed when I feel my kitchen is a mess, but the wall is only a partial wall. I love how the white looks. I moved my microwave off the counter, and placed it on this cabinet. It works perfect here, and gives me more counter space in my kitchen.

I added this bookpage wreath that I made, and this basket of sunflowers. The flowers look so cheery. I like blue and yellow together, and these were left over from my daughter’s wedding. I always search my house over when I am updating a room to look for things that I already have that I can use to change things up.

Over two of the shutters on this wall I hung two plates. I also purchased these from Goodwill (I love plates). These were especially cute, and applied to my home, so I bought them. Here are close-ups of the plates.

        

  

I hope you can read them, these photos seem a bit blurry to me. The first plate above says, “Thank God for dirty dishes, they have a tale to tell, while others may go hungry, we’re eating very well.” This reminds me to be thankful that I have a family, food, and a home to clean up – Thankful reminders. The second says, “My house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy!” We live in our homes, they aren’t supposed to be perfect. What a sweet reminder of what’s important.

One last item to show you – this belonged to my grandmother. She was one of the sweetest ladies, and she loved her family. When she passed away, I was asked to come and pick out some of her things, and this was one of the items I got. I love vintage images, and I just loved the little chicks on this coffee container. I keep my sugar packets in it. It is so precious to me because it was hers, and it reminds me of her each time I look at it. I love to have items in my home that remind me of the really important things. Praise God I will see her again on day.

   

This is the front and back.

Well, what do you think of my kitchen update? I love it. I have been wanting to work on this room for a while, but I knew that it would take a lot of time, but it was worth the wait. I spent about $15 on blue paint, and $30 on new cabinet knobs. I had already purchased my white paint for my back entry update, so I spent very little for such a big change in my kitchen. The biggest investment was my time and effort. There are still a few things that I would like to do in here, but it would require more time and money than I have right now. I want to put in a tile backsplash on the sink wall, and update the lighting in my kitchen. I will get it done eventually. That’s the thing with a home, there’s always something to do – right?

Hope you have a great week.

 

My Kitchen

Do you like your kitchen? I like my kitchen o.k., but it could use some updating. When I say updating, I mean cheap, affordable, easy updating – anybody with me? I don’t typically have a lot of cash to spend on my projects, so I have discovered one easy way to change my home is to use paint. I have painted my kitchen before, and it wasn’t an easy job. My cabinets were a dark cherry wood color when we moved in, and the walls were white. The floor is also a dark wood. I don’t like dark rooms, so I painted the cabinets white (which took me a whole week), and repainted the walls a red. Painting the walls red took several coats of a grey primer first. Without the primer, the red color was looking pink – YES, PINK. Can you imagine a hot pink kitchen? I couldn’t have that, so it took a lot of painting to get the red just right, but it was worth it. I loved the change, however, now I’m ready to change it again – can you believe it?

I like to change my home to suit my taste, and it seems my taste changes quite a bit – not good! But, most of the changes I always do myself, so no one suffers but me, and I’m ok with that as long as I am happy with the results.

So, this time around, I found a few inspirational pictures to use for my project on Pinterest.

I found several more images (follow me on Pinterest to see them in my kitchen pins), but couldn’t find a reference to give credit to the sources, so this is the one I decided to post. It is from alicelanehome.com. I absolutely love the blue and white color combination. I recently painted my family and living room areas with a light blue, and all the trim was painted white. My kitchen is open to these areas, so I wanted to add more blue and white, but decided to go with a navy blue. My bottom cabinets will all be navy, while my counter, walls and upper cabinets will be painted white. I found a couple of matching rugs on clearance that also influenced my decision to go with blue and white.

I love the pattern and color in this rug, and was able to purchase two, the large and small size. I am planning to start my project this week. I have already purchased my paint. The navy color is Glidden Rich Navy (50BB 08/171). I’m not sure how long it will take to finish this project, but I thought I would share some before pictures with you today.

  

Here are some of my lower cabinets which will be painted navy. Along with the stove area and the eat-in area seen below.

 

Some of my upper cabinets are mirrored, which I don’t like, and I plan to find some replacement doors for these eventually. I would replace them with either solid wood or replace the mirror with clear glass. These will be repainted white.

    

As you can see in the last photo above, I have a tall cabinet in the corner. This is my food pantry. I will repaint this white, but the bottom cabinets under the counter will be navy.

This area is a half wall that separates my kitchen from the front living area. I like the divider, and the blinds can close to provide a little privacy from the front room when my kitchen isn’t at it’s best (you know what I mean). This wall will be painted white also.

I have also purchased new knobs for my cabinets, and plan to make some type of curtain for the small window over my sink. I want to catch as much natural light as possible because my kitchen is on the back side of my house, and only has one small window. I would love to find a small stained glass piece to hang from my window and not have a curtain, but I haven’t found what I’m looking for yet.

As you can see, I have my work cut out for me. I will keep you posted.

Have a great week,

Easy Project

I recently shared with you a make over of my back entry. Well, I had a problem area with our electrical panel box. The cover is white, which matches my color scheme, but I wasn’t pleased with it showing. I decided that I should cover it, but it had to be covered with something that would be easy to remove when we needed to get to the electrical panel. I thought of a framed piece of art but the shape needed to be a long slender rectangle.     

I next thought about a poster. Posters are very lightweight, and poster frames are light as well. This was my solution, but I would have to find a poster, and buy a frame. Well, as it turns out, I went by Goodwill just browsing, and I found an old poster in a frame. It was long enough, but a little short in width. I decided to buy it and come up with something since it only cost me $1.99. 

This is the poster I purchased. I removed the frame which just slides off each edge – simple. I removed the poster, and cleaned it.

Next, I had to come up with my plan. I could have covered the board with really nice wall paper or wrapping paper that matches my back entry. Next, I thought maybe I could paint something, but decided I might mess that up, so I settled on using my printer.

Have you seen those prints and wooden pallet signs that displaying “Family Rules.” I really like those, and I wanted to buy one, so I decided to look it up on Pinterest. There are a lot of ideas about a “Family Rules” sign, and a lot of different rules depending on what is important to you and your family.

I liked several, but one stood out to me the most, and it used scripture references for each family rule. I decided that I could type these out using fonts that I liked and print them out on card stock. I decided to print them in various colors, kind of like a rainbow, and arrange them on my poster.

      

I know that some of these are hard to make out so I will type the list for you.

FAMILY RULES

Always Be Honest – Proverbs 12:22

Count Your Blessings – Psalm 34:1-3

Forgive & Forget – Micah 7:18

Be Supportive – Acts 20:35

Be Kind Hearted – Ephesians 4:32

Keep Promises – Romans 4:21

Comfort Others – 1 Thessalonians 4:18

And Above All LOVE ONE ANOTHER – 1 Peter 1:22

I had to paint the edges of the poster board white, printed my rules, and laid them out on the board.

                   

I replaced the frame, and hung the poster over my electrical box.

   

Sorry the pictures a not very clear, but the lighting in this area of the house is not good and I had to use a flash which created a spotlight in the picture, but you get the idea. You can see the before and after of the panel area. I think it definitely adds interest to the area. Instead of noticing the panel, you see this cute print when you walk in the back door.

I think that eventually I will do something different in this spot, but for now, this was a quick, easy fix.

If you have a printer, you have a way to create cheap prints and artwork for your home. Using various fonts and sizes can create a nice print, especially if you incorporate your favorite scripture verses too.

I hope I have given you a little inspiration for that trouble spot on your wall. Get creative with your printer, and make something you love.

 

Back Entry Makeover

Hello everyone, it’s been a while since my last post. I apologize for the break, but there has been a lot going on around here. I’m sure you can all relate, right. We finished up our home school year, and had our second graduate. Yep, my son, graduated – WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?

I am so thankful that the Lord has allowed me to stay home with my children and educate them. Without Him, I couldn’t do it. I am also thankful for a husband that understood from the beginning my desire to stay home with them. Today is my 26th anniversary with my precious husband. I have a very thankful heart today for all God’s wonderful blessings in my life.

I have been working on a few projects around here, but haven’t had the time to create a post, so this one will be a doosey (not sure on spelling), or should I say a biggie.

I have a few projects that I want to work on this spring/summer, one being my back entry. This area gets the most use, and is often neglected when it comes to cleanliness, organization, and prettiness. Every time I came through my back door this winter, it was depressing to my spirit. I saw so much chaos and mess – UGH! I knew that this would be one of my first project to tackle for my sanity.

I will start off with a few before pictures. Keep in mind that I had gotten rid on the huge black rug that covered my wood floors over the winter, and had also decluttered some of the area, and cleaned the walls before I took these pictures – believe me when I say there was a BIG improvement before I took these before shots. Here goes…

                                          

I had decided to repaint this area. This brown did nothing to make the area a “Happy place” when you walked in, in fact, in accented all the dirt, including mud boots, muddy paw prints, scuff marks on the white doors – need I say more.

I had already painted my living room & family area in a cool pale blue. Did I mention blue is my FAVORITE color. I loved how soothing the color made the rooms. I had practically a whole gallon left over, so I decided to use the same color for my back entry. I think it looks sooooooo much better. Tell me what you think, I will show you a side by side comparison.

      I tried to find a similar shot so you could see the difference. This is the same desk in both images. The blue color is so much nicer on the eyes. I also decided to paint the desk white. This is something I had been wanted to do for a while, so I bought some semi-gloss white and painted the desk and all the white doors – such an improvement – just look!

          The first picture is obviously the before, the second is the finished, organized area. The white helps to make the area look much cleaner, I just love it. Now I want to actually sit there and manage my home. I can pay my bills, plan my grocery list and menu for the week all right there at that desk. Now it’s so much more functional.

I have a few more final shots of the room that I want to share with you.

        

I had a couple of other small projects that  I did for this area, one being the key holder that you see in the second picture above. I found that cabinet door at Goodwill for about a dollar, and decided to add hooks and make a place to hang all our keys. This works great, no more lost keys so long as you can remember to hang them up when you come in the door (LOL). I also made a poster to hang over our electric panel (seen in the third picture). I think I will save that one for another post.

Hope maybe I gave you some ideas about a problem area in your home. This makeover has really helped my mood when I step through my back entry. Instead of stress at the mess, I smile and think “Done.”

Enjoy your day,

Resurrection Sunday

“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.” Luke 24:1-2“And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments; And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was in Galilee, saying, The son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

“And they remembered his words, and returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.” Luke 24:4-9

We need to tell “all the rest” about Jesus, our living Savior and King.

    

Spring Time

Well, it’s that time of year, you know, time for spring cleaning. When spring rolls around, I want to clean out my house, clean up the yard, and get ready for warmer weather. I don’t know about you, but I feel better when I know that things are organized and clean. It just gives me a feeling of satisfaction. Springtime is the perfect time to clean up, and clean out.

Keeping our home clean is important. We want our homes to reflect the love and care that we have for our family. Home is a place of refuge from the outside world. It’s a place where we can feel comfortable, secure and welcome. Just as we need to keep our homes clean, we need to keep our souls clean.

Our soul can get dirty with the pressures and struggles of life. We can have unconfessed sin in our heart that will affect our spirit, but we know how to get that cleaned out.

God has promised us in His word that we can be cleansed from our sin if we simply confess it. That’s not so hard, much easier than cleaning my house.

This cleansing happens everyday for me. I can’t keep myself clean. It’s an ongoing job each day, but He has promised to “cleanse me from all unrighteousness,” if I do my part and confess my sin.  God is so wonderful. He knows that I will fail at keeping my soul clean and pure, but He is there to help me in my time of need. I need to keep my soul saturated in God’s Word to keep my soul clean.

If I keep God’s Word in my heart, it will help me stay clean in my soul. God’s Word works like a filter. I can compare thoughts, feeling and ideas that come into my head with the Word of God. Ask myself, “Is this good for me, healthy for me, positive, helping, or hurting me.” If we are dwelling on something that is unclean or ungodly, how do we expect to keep our soul clean?

We have to think on things that will give us peace and joy. Those are the things that will help us to live godly in an ungodly world.

Spring cleaning can be a lot of hard work, but it is always worth it. Cleaning our spiritual houses can also be hard work, but it will refresh our souls, and lead to a life full of God’s blessing.