Makeover: Shared Bedroom

Makeover: Shared Bedroom

The time has come for me to accept that my baby is no longer an infant and that I must start teaching him to sleep in his crib if I ever want a good nights rest again. 

The only solution is to set him up with his youngest sister in the only other bedroom that is on the same floor as ours. It is small! She previously shared it with her 7 year-old sister and they had bunkbeds. 

Now 7 year old sister has moved up with 11 year-old sister and brought her bunkbeds with her. 

The challenge: hubby the hunter insists we mount some of his antlers SOMEWHERE in the house. He also never gets much say in decor, so I had to figure a way to make camo and hunting themes work. 

So here I am with this big ole moose rack and camo crib bedding and I’m tasked with making it work in a gender-neutralish room for the daughters sake. She’s not so much about pink and barbies but she loves her butterflies and kitties. 

NATURE! I decided we would try for a nature theme with a scandenavian kinda simplistic look.

First thing I did was paint the walls a light grey.

I chose to paint her funky dresser a sort-of peachy orange by mixing the pink paint it was previously coated in with a tinge of yellow.

Before

After

See the little cariboo antler? For to display future macaroni necklaces and such.

I also painted the dresser a lighter shade of the grey that went onto the walls. Pretty much white.

The green curtains came with the house. I tried to give them away ages ago but had no takers so they’ve been in storage for years. They arent perfect but for something free that I already had, they’re perfect enough!

I also have an assortment of pillows that normally reside in the Boho Guestroom in the basement and found a similar green throw pillow to match the curtains as well as a peachy pink one to tie in the dresser. 

An antique throw blanket made by my dear gran sometime around the 70s finally has a place in our home now too

The chandelier was a bit too frufru I think for the space so I swapped it out for a cheapo Amazon cord light with a paper lantern for a shade.

Chandelier before

Paper lantern after

In the room previously there were various paper lanterns and pink paper poufs hanging from the ceiling. I saved a couple to put back up in my daughters’ corner.

The bear rug was a thriftstore find a year ago! I put back her butterflies for now. When I find a suitable lamp I may move them. The little wooden shelf was also a thriftstore find and will house my collection of glass deer figures and ornaments and whatever else she wants to put up there.

We are trying to minimize clutter and reduce the amount of time we spend dealing with STUFF. A few simple storybooks with a catchall basket to save unfinished lego projects or coloring supplies until they are properly put-away is all we need to keep here.

A trunk for legos, a picnic basket full of toy foodstuffs, and a bottom drawer for miscellaneous toys solves all our storage problems. 

I have to say; I’d prefer her bed to be a little less feminine and I might replace it some day. 

Its funny how a room can take on it’s own life; this isnt exactly the nordic style room I originally planned for. But as I dug around the house to find ways to save money and use what I have, it became it’s own kind of awesome. And I never would have happened upon the peachy-green color combo (which I love!) if it werent out of necessity!

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Sectional Sofa DIY

Sectional Sofa DIY

If you’re like me, you hate paying big money for functional furnishings.

I had these crummy sears sofas.that were really uncomfortable and the seat cushions always slid off the couch whenever anyone tried to get comfy on them. Sorry about the poor-quality photo; it’s the only one I could dig up of this monstrosity

I also had just tossed out a broken bunkbed but had saved the slats and mattresses.

I decided to use those materials to build myself a temporary sectional sofa!

It was pretty basic; I laid the slats out and measured/cut/screwed together a frame. 

Then I added some rough-cut 2×4 legs and brought it all inside

The kids approved.

I went to the thriftstore to find some neutral blankets and throw cushions and this is what I came up with:

Again; terrible quality photos. I did this project over a year ago and had to dig these photos out of an old cameraphone

Total cost was for the blankets and throw pillows which was only about $30! 

Not bad! I played around with the ‘boho’ look for a while after moving in my big frumpy sectional. 

The mattress sectional served the family well for almost a year before we finally began putting a budget into designing the living room. definitely worth the cost and small effort to build. I MADE money on the transition because the old crummy Sears sofas sold for $200! 

Bohemian Guestroom

Turning a dungey unfinished basement room into a bohemian guest retreat using things I already had was fun. I didnt spend a cent creating this space!

Heres what we started with

I had to scrape up the previous owners’ halfassed sticky floor tile 

Just outside the door I put up scrapbook paper to hide the unfinished sheetwall. I threw up some shear curtains and a jangle belt I impulse-bought at a market and could never find a use for.

Inside I filled the room with rugs I no longer use, old sheets for a make-shift ceiling, and furniture and knicknacks from the garage I couldnt let go of.

It has become the room that houses all my little decor items and knicknacks when I have no use for them in other parts of the house. And everything matches because nothing matches!

My favorite part is the bed. Its SO cozy. For a girl who loves everything Painted White this space is my rainbow retreat.


Sweet dreams!

Adventures in Fitting a Big Family into a Small Kitchen

FeaturedAdventures in Fitting a Big Family into a Small Kitchen

I really love our modest abode. It serves us well. So I am willing to forgive that our eat-in kitchen lacks the necessary space to accomodate all 7 of us, let alone meal guests (which I like to have).

It looked nice and crisp in the listing photo when we were considering buying the house so I felt it was a good functional kitchen. And I loved that the original shiplap wasnt covered in paper and panelling like much of the rest of the house. It also had a cute country cottage thing going so I didnt expect to feel a need to make many changes

People; fitting the necessary food and dishes a family of seven requires into this kitchen is impossible. I’m still working out the kinks. That french door leads to a porch that drops to -40°c in the winter otherwise itd be a great pantry. 

Here’s a photo on the second day of moving in; trying to determine how it would all work out

After a while I had made some changes and found the cutest retro stove in beautiful condition which I loved. I named her Magda. I was quite content with this for a while

Magda gave me two good years before she finally burned out and I had to replace her. 
Then we got a fancy new steel stove! I had to redecorate EVERYTHING! Lol. I really did; it just stood out too much. So I started thinking ‘industrial’

I dug up an old panel of roof tin to use as a backsplash 

Got some new lights,

 And tried out a few storage ‘solutions’ on the far side under the window

It all worked out pretty good for me but everytime the kitchen was even slightly messy, all the clutter just made it look chaotic. Too many things in sight all around. 

So I got woodworkin! And made an island outta some scrap banister rails and panelling from the stash. The top is made from wood that used to frame out the opening to the kitchen that I distressed and stained

I also built the cool “vent” above the stove while I was at it using the same wood as I used for the island top

And the little side-shelf for cans and such. I still want to fab up a cute curtain for it too. See the neat vintage ceiling tin I scored from a friend for the new backsplash? Crazy cute.

And while I was on the whole woodworking kick I also put together a plate rack for the open shelving cupboards. This is a project I bought new for: $12 in dowels. The rest is wood pieces from the stash

Still havent had the right idea for the space above the sink fixture. And I havent put the mismatch knobs back on yet either because I cant decide whether I want to do that or replace them.

I was happy with how these chairs turned out after I recovered them in old sheets with vinyl to protect from spills! I love them

I’ve simplified the other side of the kitchen until I can come up with a way to give it balance without making it busy. With the island now in place this wall leaves no space for floor pieces.

We can actually sit all 7 of us AT the table! Even the baby! And we have two vintage tv trays tucked behind the tv stand in the adjoining living room to accomodate guests during meals. 

Many changes made! I’m happy with the evolution of this space so far

Creating a Family Entrance

Tearing out a wall is soo fun what with the uncertanties and risks. Who doesnt love a little fleeting anxiety right?

Okay, it really was fun though. But it was also a lot of work. I kept looking at this little nook that we never used and thinking how great itd be if it disappeared to reveal the teeny tiny little entryway into the livingroom on the other side of the house. The idea pecked away at me for months until one random gloomy winter afternoon I just started pecking back. I hammered out the old built-in desk

Annnd I tore the wood panelling away from the wall behind it. There was this awful thick paper that I started peeling off and thats when I discovered

All the old newspaper! Ads and articles from the 50s! So there was that.

Anyway by this point I was like “ya we’re definitely doing this”

Of course, when the husband returned from work to my new “if you love me” challenge we got to work pulling the shiplap from the framing. This is what came of that:

You can see just how teeny-tiny the entrance was beyond this wall.

And look at the studs! We soon realized that the stairs once were straight, leading directly to the front door, and someone rebuilt them into the 90° treachery they are now.

This threw us for a loop because now we werent sure what classified as “load-bearing. So the project went on hiatus for a couple of days while I gave myself a crash-course on structural engineering at googleU. And then out came the remaining studs. You can see the front door in this photo:

That stuff on the walls! Omg it was tedious. Peel, spray, scrape, scrub, repeat.

Two days later,

Paint!

We had planned to restore the subfloor to match the rest of the house but under that sheet of plywood was proof that the stairs used to reside there and we didnt want to attempt to mitigate that. Normally I’m a make-do kinda gal and for a while I entertained the idea of a durable high-gloss paint but between trying to pry the old tiling and wear/tear destined for this space (read: 5 kids) we settled on new flooring instead.

Options:

I painted the walls my favorite go-to white I’d been using for all my furniture re-dos and I was taking the shade into consideration in choosing the floor. Also the rest of the house is worn original hardwood that I would never be able to match to so I chose a contrasting finish; a faux-weathered greywood that I still love

 Eventually when those lotto dollars roll in we will do the whole house in this stuff because I love it so much.

Once the floor was layed I realized my love for ‘imagine’ by beautytone had diminished. It looked pink! So I found instead ‘London Fog’ a cool/neutral grey. I ended up carrying this paint color into the livingroom and hallway later on.

See how fresh and new the ceiling looks? Its just tongue-and-groove pine from the lumber store. Also destined to be carried through the rest of the home post-lottery windfall.

I’ll be back to show the rest of the progression soon!