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,

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,

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,