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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pre-blog Projects

Today, my daughter is home sick with the flu:

So, inbetween doing 5 loads of laundry, at least 4 sinks of dishes and cleaning my house, I really haven't had time to attempt any diy stuff.  However, I was looking around at all of the things that I had done before I started blogging.  I don't have any before or after shots, but some of my things turned out pretty good and so I am going to show them off.

I got this light fixture at a garage sale for $5.  It was cream and dirty, but I could see potential.  My one friend just loves it.  I grabbed my trusty spray paint, painted it black and it goes great in my bedroom

I wanted some candlesticks for the room as well, but am too cheap to buy the ones that I wanted.  So, off to the dollar store to get some vases and glue.  I still had my black spray paint left, SCORE. Here are my finished candle sticks

Our room in our previous house was dark red with a cream/leopard print/rose bedspread.  I wanted to change that in the new house, so I went stark - brown, cream, black.  I knew that I needed a splash of colour, maybe a picture, but my bed is king sized and we couldn't afford a big picture to go over the bed.  So, I got some really pretty material

and an old frame from a junk store, painted it and made myself a piece of artwork.  Not to shabby, if I do say so myself

My daughter wanted some flowers painted on her wall, so I called my wonderful nephew who drew this wall freehand, then I painted in where he had drawn.  It is my favorite place in the house

Abby Sue is always dancing in the mirror, so I bought her a full length mirror, mounted it on some plywood so that we could add hooks, and put the caption, "love who you are" on the top. 

Abb's room is very small and she needed someplace to sit, other than her bed.  So, I took our old black and glass tv stand, and turned it into a bench.  It gave her extra storage and a place to snuggle her stuffies

My mother-in-law gave us our first china cabinet and hutch.  They were horrible beige pressboard and I tried to get rid of them at a garage sale.  Lightbulb, why not paint them.   Here they are and I love them

I am going to paint the hutch white with purple bands and put it in Abby Sue's room if/when we move.

My kitchen table is one of my favorite pieces, however, it came with cream corderoy seat covers.  Not only were they not functional with a child, they were boring.  Had to change that:

My laundry is off my kitchen, and, needless to say, was a boring little space.  I figured it should match the kitchen and have some charm of it's own.  So, I painted it a sunny yellow, added a cute chandelier, some sunflowers and shelves, and, voila, a charming little space that doesn't shame me if guests look in

We have a raised bungalow home, which means that there is a wall that is across from the closet that is basically useless.  I decided to make it useful.  First, I painted it with magnetic paint, then I painted it the same colour as the rest of the hall.  Using stick on backsplash, I made 3 spaces - one at the top to hang my baby's artwork using magnets, one using dry erase paint and one using chalkboard paint.  All three of us use the wall - for Abby Sue's homework, honeydo lists, and just playing

The other side of this wall is in my dining room.  Again, just a big plain wall.  I turned it into my wall of pictures.  My brother calls it my shrine to my family, but I love having family pictures everywhere.  In my opinion, it makes a house a home.

I'm sorry there are no before and afters.  I just am proud of my home and wanted to show it off to fellow diy'ers like yourselves.

Oh, and by the way, I managed to do a link (with the wonderful help of naturally me creations).  Woo to me!!

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  1. You have some really great creations and ideas here! :D Your home looks lovely because of it. :)

    I see you took the handmade xmas tree decorations pledge with me...yay! :D I think it'll be so much fun...i can't wait to see what YOUR tree looks like. :)

    I really look forward to seeing some more of your crafts! :D

  2. Love love the chalkboard & dry erase wall. We are moving & I am not sure which one to do. I have a chalkboard wall right now & I love it. Maybe both!