Monday, July 30, 2012

Westin's New Bookshelves

I felt like I didn't even open my computer last week or this weekend.  I have a lot of emails to catch up on!

I've been wanting to build some new bookshelves in Westin's room for awhile.  My talented friend, Helga, made some for her playroom so I asked her to help me build some.  She is an amazing decorator and I love her house!  I didn't take step by step pictures but THIS tutorial is very similar to what we did.  The only difference is we used screws on the back instead of nails and we didn't use wood glue.

This is the before.  It worked well in his other room but in his new room he couldn't really access his books.  It was hard to squeeze by the chair and pull out a book.     

We used pine 1x2's and 1x3's.  Cody and I actually located studs and screwed these in all by ourselves!  If you know Cody, this is a big deal.  Haha!  When we finished he said, "wow, I can't believe I actually did that and it worked."  :)

A close up taken with my phone.

While Westin was taking a bath I started putting his books up.  He loved it!  It was like they were all new to him again.  He read about 15 books that night.

He has much more room now by the chair and he loves to sit back there in the corner and read.

Of course I couldn't just leave the shelves for books only.  I followed Helga's lead and put some pictures on the top ledge since he can't reach it anyway.  I found a bunch of frames at the thrift store.  I liked the square ones.

I painted them black and used poster board for mats.  I framed three prints from pinterest and a picture of Westin from 2 Easters ago. 
The map is from HERE, the middle print is from HERE and the apple print is from HERE.

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Much better use of the space.

Thank you, Helga for helping me!!

P.S.  I'll have to post pics of her house sometime if she will let me.  :)  It's beautiful!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Thrift Store Finds and New Hydrangea

I haven't done a post recently about my thrift store finds.  I obviously do not go thrifting as often as I used to but I still try to make time for it.  I love the hunt!  Sorry in advance for the iphone pics.

I found this set of 10 little plates for $5.00 at an antique store.  I have no idea what they are for but I'm using one for my jewelry on my bathroom counter and I stuck one under a vase of flowers.

Not sure what the mark on the back means?

I also found this thing.  Not sure at all what it is called but couldn't pass it up for $1.50.  :)  I stuck a nest in it.  My friend and I are thinking it probably had a mirror in it at one time.


I walked into Lowe's the other day to get a tape measure and walked out with a hydrangea.  Totally forgot about the tape measure.  :)  I have never seen this kind of hydrangea.  Here is a bloom:


It is called a bombshell hydrangea.  Do any of y'all have one?  I'm excited about it blooming more next summer!


I don't have a picture, but I also planted a vanilla strawberry hydrangea.  I saw them a few years ago in Better Homes and Gardens and our local nursery had them this spring so I got one for Mother's Day.  It is like my limelight but supposedly turns pink after it blooms white.  I'll keep you posted if it does!  Does anyone have one?  Has your's turned pink?  Mine is still white right now.  I love adding plants to our landscaping!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Race To Remember

This past weekend we were able to run (walk!) in a Race to Remember.  This was a race benefiting Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep and was for family members and friends of those who have lost a baby.  We ran in honor of my niece, Reese

Team Reese!  This was the fist year for the race and we had the biggest group!


Jason and Katie's family that were there.

Katie and I.  I love the shirts she had made for everyone.


Gran and G-Daddy with Zach and Colson.


Ready to start!

Reagan was more than happy to ride along. 


I think Westin wanted to look sweaty like the boys so he poured water down his shirt.  :)

These were the babies who were remembered during the race. 



There were over 150 runners/walkers and I think I came in around 157.  Haha!  I wasn't last though!  Our goal was under an hour and we did it in 52 minutes so we were happy.  :)  This was Cody's first race and he did great!

I love doing anything I can to honor Reese.  I think about her every single day and miss her every day.  I'm so glad we will see her again one day!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Dining Room Before and After

So the weekend of my birthday, my Dad put up board and batten in our dining room.  I love the brown walls (Mudslide from Lowe's) but I was wanting to lighten it up a tad.  I love the board and batten in Reagan's room so my Dad put it up just like hers.  You can find that tutorial HERE. 

Can you believe our Lowe's does not sell cabinet grade 1/2" sandply plywood anymore?  Home Depot does and they even did all of our cuts for free! 

There is not much to talk about so I will let the pictures speak for themselves. 

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I'm still trying to decide if I want to hang the chalkboard up in here again.  I love that chalkboard!

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Looking in from the living room.  I absolutely love how this transformed our dining room!  I think it really "grounds" the space and it is such an inexpensive treatment.  It took 2 sheets of plywood at $35 each, 2 tubes of caulk, paint (which we already had half a gallon from Reagan's room) and we added a decorative trim at top.  Total we only spent about $120.

Here is an up close picture of the decorative trim. 

Our "decorative trim piece" is actually base cap (that Lowe's did have!) that we turned upside down to form a little ledge at the top.  Base cap is made to go on top of baseboards.  I liked it so much that we added it to Reagan's board and batten too.  It really finishes it off.  By the way, I love how I say "we" like I had anything to do with this.  My Dad did it all.  :)


A BIG thank to to my Dad for doing this and to both my parents for helping me paint it!  Not bad for a Saturday morning project.  :)

P.S.  Cody was actually working at his real job this Saturday so he would have been helping too if had been home.  :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Master Bedroom Before and After

Cody was off work on July 4th so I asked him if he would paint our bedroom and he agreed!  This was one of the last rooms in the house that we had not painted.  I did not mind the color it was (I do not know what the name is since it was already here.) but after 7 years I was ready for a change.  I first saw the color I wanted on Dear Lillie's blog, HERE.  I loved it!  I showed it to Cody and he liked it too so we went for it.  It is a dark grey color but we have a whole wall of windows so I knew this room could handle it.  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

**The pictures read a little blue but in real life it is a true grey.  Dear Lillie's pictures capture the color more accurately.

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I broke a plate in the process but have since replaced it with one from Goodwill.  We also recovered the headboard in white linen and I went back to our all white bedding.

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New lamp from TJMaxx.

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Cody's new lamp was a brass lamp from Goodwill that I spray painted and used a shade I already had.

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I'm tired of that floral picture on the right and am looking for the inspiration to do something different on that wall.

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I love this color!  It is Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal.  When I walk in the room now it feels so fresh and new.  I love updating with paint!