Elephant mobile… FINALLY!

I’m a little late getting this posted but it’s here at last!

I kid you not, I started working to make the perfect elephant mobile for Keelin’s nursery since early into my 2nd trimester. I had the perfect plan laid out, all of my materials chosen {thanks to a fantastmastic sale at JoAnn fabric}, and a vision that was too cute for words. BUT, no matter how many different ways I tried, I couldn’t get it to turn out the way I wanted.  Today I’m going to walk you through ALL of my fails {there were plenty} and finish with a BANG and my FINAL success!

Here goes nothing…

My initial inspiration came from the same bedding photo I mentioned in my elephant painting post back in October.

I loved the geometric elephant shape so much I wanted to turn it into a mobile.  I opted not to get the mobile that came with the snickerdoodle bedding we chose because, while the giraffes were adorable, I wanted to stick with the elephant theme AND I knew I could create something super cute without spending $50.

I grabbed myself a handfull of colorful patterns, cut out my shapes and started sewing.

The beige burlap pattern was a perfect match for the nursery and the multicolored ears seemed like a great way to incorporate a tone of color and stimulation without clashing with the rest of the room.

Unfortunately for me, the type of fabric that I chose just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to.

The edges were fraying, the stitching didn’t look right, and my dream mobile started slipping away each time I would try something different. Finally I realized it wasn’t how I was making the elephants, it was what they were being made out of.  I did some searching online and found almost exactly what I was looking for on the fabulous blog, My Sunrise, Sunshine & Sunset. I shot Mrs Julius an email to get some details and the answer was magically revealed… FELT!

Love the mirror detailing!

As you can see in the photo above I ended up with two mobiles! Keelin loves the one above the changing table and I’m still finding the perfect spot for the second… probably above the crib in some way.

I’m so happy with the way they turned out and so thankful that I found a way to make it happen for WELL UNDER the price of most bedding set mobiles! So much so that I’ve mocked up some other patterns perfect for any nursery! Chicks, paisleys, hearts, stars, clouds, you name it! I’m hoping to start an Etsy shop in the near future and make these for other mommies and soon-to-be mommies.

Until next time…

So what do you think? Would you buy one for your little one’s nursery?

Whimsical nursery mobile

Time for another easy DIY project. Perfect for any nursery but has many possibilities in just about any room! I’m totally in love with mine and actually got the idea from a Land of Nod catalogue that a coworker gave me. It wasn’t something that was for sale but it was in the background of a photo and I knew I wanted to recreate it. Something whimsical and classy for the nursery that wouldn’t be in the way but could be a great visual stimulant for Keelin.

Here’s what you need:

  • decorative {and preferably shiny} beads/gems/stones
  • stretchy jewelry cord {or fishing line… both work but the stretchy cord has a better overall shape}
  • wooden embroidery hoops or any kind of circular frame
  • sheer ribbon/tule/fabric for hanging and frame wrapping
  • hot glue gun
This project totally made me feel like a kid again as I was stringing the beads… definite flashback and tons of fun!
String the beads in whatever order you like, leaving space between them by tying a knot in the cord.  I incorporated pearls with rich colors like blue and red to tie in the beige and white theme of the nursery and to add a little extra shimmer.

You can see here how the stiffness of the fishing line creates a slight bend in the beading line. This straightens out as gravity pulls the beads on the mobile down.

String enough lines to fill up the mobile without crowding it and be sure {if you have multiples of certain beads} that you keep the patterns varied so no two alike beads are next to one another when they hang.  Here are some close ups of the beads I chose… love love love them!

What’s a little girl’s room without a bit of sparkle???
And here’s the final batch of hanging lines! {see what I mean about the kinks in the fishing line straightening out as they hang?}

Be sure your lines are separated how you’d like them across the embroidery frame before tightening and moving on.

The next step is to glue down the loose ends of each line so they lay flat against the frame. This will also glue the two pieces of the frame together, making sure they don’t accidentally come apart and cause you to lose your strands of beads.

Next, cut your ribbon/tule into small strips, long enough to tie in knots.

Pinch the center of each strand and tie around the wooden frame, making sure not to leave any exposed wood.

Tie four longer pieces equal distances apart to create a kind of teepee for hanging.

I decided to hang mine by the window in the nursery so the sun would catch the sparkle on the beads!

Here’s another one I did with some really colorful beads that I had leftover some project I did years ago. I put it in front of the mirror and Keelin is already getting fixated with them. It’s adorable.

And just so you know, I used an eye screw and some of the same fishing line to hang them from the ceiling. It’s an easy and sturdy choice but if you use heavier beads make sure whatever you use is strong enough to hold the mobile.

Until next time… 

Could you see yourself adding this to a room in your house? Which one?

The REAL nursery sneak peak… aka “first look”

Time for a first look at our nursery progress!

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It’s obviously got a long way to go but first thing’s first…

What do you think???

Until next time…

Nautical Nonsense

Happy Monday everyone! It’s been a while since I did a DIY post and I had a few things in my back pocket I’ve been meaning to share so today seems as good a day as any!

Some of you may remember WAY BACK WHEN {aka October 23, 2010} me doing a nautical mosaic table. The entire table wasn’t nautical themed but the blues tiles and incorporation of white braided rope gave it a nautical spin that I loved.
I had plenty of rope left over and even more inspiration to do something with it so I’ve been having fun with a few other nautical DIY projects and I thought I would finally share them with you!

The basic supplies for the first project include:
  • White nylon rope. You can pick the thickness of the rope depending on the project.
  • Cabinet liners. I originally wanted to use cork but thought I would give the liner a try first to see how it worked {it was much cheaper and easier to cut} and was quite pleased.
  • Hot {warm} glue gun. I say ‘warm’ glue gun because after a first attempt at using the HOT glue gun on the liners, I quickly learned that the glue has a tendency to melt right through.
The first thing I wanted to do was make some rope coasters and hot plates.
I snagged some of my current coasters and used them as tracing patterns on the cabinet liner.

Cut the pieces out and you’re ready to roll… quite literally! *don’t worry about getting the liner perfectly cut because you’ll cover the edges with smooth rope!

I was silly enough not to get a picture of the first step, but by a little trial and error I found that it was easier to get things started by creating forming a small loop spiral with the rope before securing it to the liner with glue. BUT… since I didn’t get a picture, hopefully the second step will make enough sense to get you on the right track.
Starting in the center of the cut out, glue the rope spiral and hold until secure.

Continue spiraling and glueing until you’ve covered the edge of the liner.
ONCE AGAIN, I failed to get a final picture… although I think I just deleted the photo by accident… but you can imagine the final product is pretty darn cute!

I did a few coasters and a few hot plates for my mom’s birthday. She’s a beach lover so I thought the nautical-beachy theme would be something fun for her! I’ll have to ask her how they work!

The second rope project is one I did the other day, after getting REALLY frustrated with my failed first attempts at a  crib mobile I WILL EVENTUALLY make, because I wanted to not feel like a total loser.  :)
SUCCESS!

Some of you might remember the cigar ornaments I blogged about back in January. I had a few ornaments left over from that project {even after doing some fun hand-painting on a few} so I thought I would take the same concept that went with the coasters and hot plate and apply it to a 3D object! This one I DID get pictures of!

Start with a simple strand of glue along the top edge of the ornament and start slowly turning, glueing and roping!
Here’s an inside look through the ornament. It might be cool to try another with only 1/2 or the ornament and sand/ tiny seashells inside to play off the theme.

Keep rolling until you get to the bottom.
As you can see here I left a slight open circle so you it can actually sit on a flat surface. Might be a fun centerpiece idea when Christmas rolls around!

If you don’t have plain ornaments lying around {or are more interested in doing a summer centerpiece or mantle display} a simple and slightly cheaper option is to snag some plain styrofoam balls and do use the same technique. BUT, if you decide to use them as ornaments, be sure you create a tunnel through the center of the ball so you can thread something through to hang it with.

Here is my styrofoam version with the glass ornament in the background. Surprisingly enough they ended up weighing about the same once I was finished.

Just a simple, fun project for a rainy day!

Until next time…

Master Bedroom Overhaul

I love our bedroom.
This wasn’t always the case.
Well, let me rephrase… I’ve always loved our bedroom for it’s vaulted ceiling, quirky layout and, well, for personal reasons. :) But there’s always been one huge EYESORE of a problem with our bedroom.
THE COLOR
Overall we really lucked out with this house when we first purchased it because it was completely painted and, for the most part, matched our style perfectly! From the vertical stripes in the living room and the bright yellow and green in the kitchen to the dictionary page wallpaper in the downstairs bathroom {yes!} it was basically all done for us! There were, of course, a few bumps and scratches along the walls here and there but generally it was perfect. SANS our bedroom.
Here’s what it looked like when we first moved in:

 

While the layout is great, and I absolutely love how right side wall cuts inward for the bathroom and that top decorative shelf, the color is truly heinous. The coral orange isn’t too terrible but the puke yellow/green sponge paint is close to unbearable. It’s kind of hard to see {a little more noticeable in the 2nd photo} but the sponging would go from straight and patterned yellow to huffed-a-little-too-much-paint sporadic green. It made no sense and truly hurt my interior-designer-wannabe brain.

Pain us as it did, it’s taken is a YEAR to finally tackle it. Perhaps it was the nesting instinct kicking in that prompted me to spend the 4th of July weekend elbow deep in paint!… just perhaps!
But what to paint it?
I wanted something calm and serene… what a bedroom should be… and found some beautiful color ideas on my GO TO DIY blog, Young House Love.  They are frugal, fun, and fantastic at all they do!
About 6 months ago {when the overhaul “began} I bought some really simple forest green curtains for that large bay window in the first image… where our bed sits. You might remember them from this post. Those curtains became the inspiration for the rest of the room so I went searching for the perfect colors. Eventually we snagged these Glidden paint tester colors from Home Depot.

We decided the light green was a little too dark and a little too blue so we ended up going with something much more pale. Obviously with the bun in the oven I didn’t want to expose myself to too many fumes so we took another tip from the Petersik’s and color matched to Olympic No VOC paint. Fewer chemicals, hardly any fumes and recommended for pregnant women and nurseries. PERFECT!
So, I went to town at Lowe’s {terrible that I cheated on Home Depot but Lowe’s was having a 4th of July paint sale!} and went to TOWN. Unfortunately we didn’t have ANY paint supplies so I was basically starting from scratch. A larger bill {and the sale definitely helped knock some major bucks off} but I’m stocked up for the nursery and other future projects!
I was really worried that I would have to do a million coats of primer to cover up the hideoderousness of the vomit grellow sponge paint, not to mention the walls are textured, but I was happy to find that one coat covered quite nicely.
Rather than talking you through the process… allow me to SHOW you how it all went down!

 
What a mess! EVERYTHING in the center of the room and the walls primed! 1 coat did the job just fine considering we were planning on doing 2 coats of color!
First coat of the pale green. We had to mark the dark green walls with X’s because we kept painting the trim the wrong color! 
the beginnings of dark green!
Absolutely love this color!
CLEARLY one coat wouldn’t be enough. 
TWO AND DONE!
finished product with most of the furniture back in its place
my favorite part of the room, the bed nook 

 So… what do you think?
BIG improvement, right?


Until next time…
Have you done any large paint jobs recently? TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT!

All things PAINT

It’s time for another link party!
Today’s prompt is “All Things Paint” which is extremely exciting for me since I LOVE TO PAINT. 
Instead of focusing on just one project I thought I would highlight some of the fun I’ve had with paint over the past few years! Maybe there will be some inspiration buried in here somewhere. {Most of these projects were done using acrylic paint. The baby bump photo was my first experience with oil paint}

I’m all about taking something plain and making it pop. These two lamps were cheap-o Dollar Tree finds {$5 each} originally with a black base and plain white shade. 
The first got a total make-over to match my {then} brown and teal college comforter while the second was just for fun. The acrylic took really well to both surfaces, although the shade did suck the paint up pretty quickly. Thankfully I wasn’t doing a full cover so the multiple coats weren’t bad.

I liked the way the polka dots were imperfect. I think it gave the lamp more character and created some fun shadows when the light was on. On a side note… can you EVER go wrong with black and pink?



This next one was one of my favorite projects. I got the idea from a friend during my summer at The Lost Colony… the summer I met Z!
It was really perfect for college since I couldn’t paint the walls of the house I was living in. All you need are two bold colors along with black paint, a plain white bed sheet, masking tape and a yard stick for blocking out your squares and some inspirational images. I cut the sheet in half and based the number of squares on the final length and width. From there, pick one item to fill each square. If you’re doing this as a gift for someone, think of the things that they love. Sports, music, movies, fashion, food, anything! Do a little online browsing to find a photo that represents your favorite things and, once the squares are completed, add them to the center of the square. Some of my images were freehand and some were traced. To ensure that your image is large enough you can zoom in on the computer and trace directly to a sheet of paper from your monitor, OR find a big-ol’ printer! 
It was a lot of fun a great way to show my personality, remind me of the things that make me happiest {when times got stressful} and bring color what could have been a really boring room!



I took the other 1/2 of the bed sheet from the above project and made this hanging for the living room of my house senior year of college. At Lynchburg, we had specialty housing where clubs and sports teams could apply for and label their house after their chosen ‘craft’. We were successful in having a DANCE HOUSE two years in a row and I thought a giant dancer painting was absolutely necessary for the living room![duh} After finding the center image in the above project I knew I wanted to do it on a large scale. This one took significantly longer considering there wasn’t a piece of paper LARGE enough to help me trace so dancer lady was done 100% freehand. I’m sure I could have saved myself some time by doing a grid pattern and printing off individual pieces, but what’s life without a little challenge, eh?
She’s not completely atomically correct {notice her massive left calf and super short left arm} but at a glance I think it’s pretty good. My house mates helped with the painting process and one {cough… LESLIE} was actually the ‘inspiration’ for the added spheres. And by ‘inspiration’ I mean we decided to add them in after a huge glob of black paint found it’s way to the center of the sheet. ;)



I mentioned this next painting in my tattoo post back in March but I thought it was worth mentioning again. When my sweet little  asked me to do a few paintings for the scenery in a play she was directing I was really excited to help. She provided the canvas and asked that I do something with movement, people, emotion or all of the above. OBVIOUSLY I picked option ‘D’ and did a dancer! I wanted to do a lined image of a dancer’s body and quickly found Laura Higgins Palmer’s gallery online. This final image ended up being a mix between this and this but I liked the way it turned out. So much so, that I did similar paintings as gifts for my bridesmaids and went on to get this beauty tattooed on my back! It was a lot of fun to work with the colors and movement of the lines.



I won’t go into too much detail about this one {you can find the full post on it here} but I will say that I never realized HOW different working with oil vs acrylic would be until I jumped right in. I loved doing this project and was really happy with the final result. I think I’ll do a little more research ahead of time for the next oil painting project!



I actually haven’t talked about this project yet but thought there was no better time than now! You may remember back around Christmas I did a few DIY gift ideas including some fun cigar band ornaments. Well I had a few ornaments left over and this is what one of them ended up becoming. I found this great metallic blue acrylic paint during one of my frequent browsing trips to JoAnn Fabrics and it reminded me of a lit night sky so I decided to do a cityscape on one of my remaining ornaments. It’s no city in particular, I just had fun with building silhouettes and shadows. Since I’m HOPING the Pierce household will actually have a substantial Christmas tree in 2011, I thought personalized ornaments would be the perfect addition!


This latest project is also brand new and one that I mentioned in Friday’s post {here} about all the crafts I’m looking forward to diving into. I figured I had to do at least ONE detailed paint project for today’s link up! 
After stumbling across some simple tiles at Home Depot I snagged a few and brought them home hoping for some inspiration to pop up. I was going to do some kind of decorative coaster but after seeing Angela’s split cherry blossom painting I decided to do a mosaic instead. 

Z and I have been taking about our family tree a lot lately so I thought an image with a tree would be unique and fun. Especially if I could successfully break up the photo so there were branches reaching across all 4 tiles. This is the image I decided to use. 

I loved the color, the white accents and the tiny birds. Very whimsical and soft. After printing it off on a full page I placed the tiles on top to see what type of dimensions I was looking at. 

Even with the excess space it seemed perfect so I cut the picture to fit each tile and started painting! 

I started with a white base just to get a nice coat of acrylic on the tile before adding color. Here’s the finished product! It’s slightly different from the original but I really like it. I’m thinking of displaying the tiles in a shadow box with a tiny bit of space in between each. Thoughts?

 If you have any fun paint projects you want to share, be sure you link up with Kate at Centsational Girl and join in on the Fair Weather Forum!
I’d love to hear feedback on my projects, especially if you have any tips on how to be less amateur in my painting. :P 
I’m definitely no expert and could spend all day picking through my work pointing out all the things I could have done better, but what’s the point in doing something if you can’t learn from each and every mistake?
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend filled with Easter eggs, family, food comas and sugar highs!

Until next time…
What type of paint do you prefer to use for household projects? Do you have any secrets or tips on getting the best results? 

Sara’s Semi-Homemade Semi-Family Recipe Super Special Sketti

Growing up, spaghetti was always one of my favorite meals thanks to the unique way my mom would make it. When I was old enough to actually pay attention to what she was doing, I found out how simple it was and why it was so delicious. She added an unexpected ingredient…

CINNAMON!
yum!

It’s super easy and the perfect recipe to tweak as you wish to add your favorite ingredients. As long as the basics remain the same you’re good to go!

BROWN BEEF
Pick your additional ingredients!
I like using green peppers and garlic!
 Choppity-choppity
Add your veggies and spices, along with the basic ingredients, to the browned beef.
 Take a few minutes to indulge in the heavenly smell.. because it will be heavenly!
Bring your saucy mix to a bubble then reduce to low, cover and let simmer while you cook the pasta. If you’re feeling frisky, whip up some garlic bread as well.
 Serve it up and ENJOY!
SO GOOD!!!! As usual, I licked the plate clean and had plenty for the next day’s lunch.
While I was making dinner, Z was helping me check something else off our list. 
This…
 Ew… ugly ugly light fixture in the kitchen that didn’t exactly work. Therefore working in the kitchen at night has been tricky.
 In our super errand-running trip this past weekend we found this great AND BRIGHT fixture at Lowe’s.
 Let there be light!
We are really shocked at how bright the kitchen is now but still have that unsightly rectangle to get rid of. Clearly that was the original light in the house. 
But I’ll deal with a little discoloration if it means I can actually see what I’m cooking!
HURRAY!
Until next time…

More Cigar Band Crafty-ness

Oi vey folks…
If I’m not careful my whole house will end up covered in cigar bands.
Well, not totally, but it seems to be my new favorite form of decoration.
My latest cigar band project went over really well and actually left me with a few extra supplies. So when Z and I got our hands on a simple side table, compliments our neighbors who just moved out, I got a sudden stroke of genius on exactly what to do with those extra bands!
MORE DECOUPAGE HOORAY!

Here’s the table, needing a little TLC that I’m quite prepared to give.
LOVE the storage possibilities. {Anyone see the Rockband drum set in the glass reflection?}
I created a few different patterns with the bands and came up with something that I really liked. Z approved too but I’m pretty sure I could line the inside of a toilet seat with cigar bands and he’d love it…too gross? But I finally decided on a simple scatter rather than trying to create a formatted pattern. 

Then I busted out the adhesive. 
It’s hard to tell in the pictures but I flipped the bands over so they were face to the glass on the frosty (back) side. 

Some of the bands were torn {see above photo} but I thought that added to the project. Almost like a proof of them actually coming from cigars that our friends and family smoked. We could all do with a little imperfection now and then, right?
That way once everything was glued down, I could flip the glass over and they would face outward like this:
You can see the face of the beautiful band but are still able to put things on the glass without risking pulling the bands up. 
I’m really happy with the way it turned out and think it adds a little extra quirk to the living room. As if there wasn’t enough in there already.
I’m sure I’ll re-touch the base a little too, as you can see it’s a little bumped and bruised.

What do you think?
Love it?
Hate it?
Anyone?
Until next time…

Already Checking Things Off The List!

Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts and suggestions on my To Do list. I really appreciate your feedback and welcome plenty more! It’s funny because I’ve been compiling that list for a while now and it just so happens that the very day I finally get around to writing a post about it I begin the process of checking things off! HOORAY!
Also funny that the thing I was FIRST able to check off was the thing people gave the most suggestions on… curtains for downstairs!
Z and I had an errand day on Saturday that included snagging a new light fixture for the kitchen {also on the check list, details soon} and doing a grand debate on the perfect curtain choice. 
I was very successful in making curtains {first time using a sewing machine} for our bedroom: 

Note that the curtain color is not meant to match the current paint job but ended up being the inspiration for the color I’m hoping to paint it soon!



I’m biased but I don’t think they’re too shabby! I wanted to highlight the nook for our bed and I really like how they come forward to frame the headboard, and whoever happens to be sitting {or sleeping} at the time. I found the fabric and JoAnn and it was at 70% off on the day that I went so I got a great deal on it. The underlay is an off-white crinkle sheer. LOVE! But enough about those…on to the new!
So, Z and I found ourselves in JoAnn yet again with our hands on two fabrics we really loved. I wanted to go a little bolder on the color, something with RED to counter the neutral browns on the living room walls and our white couches. We were crunching the numbers and although the fabrics we liked were both fairly thick AND 50% off per yard we still thought we could get something slightly more practical for less. Remember we were not only trying to add decoration to the room but also take away some of the chill that the bare windows bring so insulation was top priority. 
I had a store credit at Bed Bath and Beyond so we headed that way just to see what they had. 
BINGO.
They had a much larger selection that I had remembered and had a great stock of insulated energy-saving, room-darkening curtains! Z quickly spotted a beautiful burgundy Argentina curtains and we were sold. We snagged all that they had, found the perfect double barred rods {I’m going to take one of those beautiful fabrics we found at JoAnn and make valances!} and headed home to get them up on the walls. 
After 3 hours of ironing {not kidding} and an exciting stud-finding, rod-mounting adventure, we were back in business and already feeling the temperature in the room rise!

This is the back wall looking out into back yard. See my mosaic table?
The side wall looking out to patio walkway.
NICE and THICK and INSULATED. It also makes the living room look like a movie theater when they are all closed at night. PERFECT for us movie buffs!
So.. What do you think??
I absolutely love the color up against the brown walls and am really looking forward to experimenting with the valance. Because the ironing took so long we didn’t get the final pieces of hardware up. Along with the rods we picked up side hooks similar to the ones in the bedroom that will allow us to hold the curtains open. I’m also planning to create a double loop with the valance fabric that will pull the center curtains into one another, kind of framing the cross we already have hanging. 
It used to be that there was a 10 degree drop in temperature as you walked down the stairs but now it’s only about 3 degrees. MUCH more comfortable for us and much gentler on our heating bill. I’ll keep the updates coming with the valance project and be sure to let you know when we check anything else off the TO DO list… WHICH by the way, I’ve added as a separate page {here}.
Again I welcome any tips, recommendations and ways to save money on projects. I’ll be sure to give you due credit if I take your advice!
Until next time…

Just Another TO DO List

I’m big on lists.
I love making them and checking things off.
The problem is, many of my larger, more detailed lists tend to acquire a few checks before getting lost in piles of coupons, magazines and bills {oh my}.
So… to hold myself accountable, I’m going to share my Casa de Pierce to-do list with you! {super exciting, right?} This way, even if I DO lose my list, I won’t have an excuse not to keep up with it.
Here we go…

  • Paint Master bedroom  - Right now it’s spongy coral with orange and some random spots of green. 
This was taken as we were moving in. Gives you a look at the two-toned paint. And that yellow area is our bathroom. 
  • Hang Curtains downstairs. We have LARGE windows in the living room and it gets quite chilly downstairs in the winter due to the lack of shades/curtains. 
our furniture set up has changed but you get the picture. 
  • Start an Etsy shop
  • Get an iPhone… whether that’s switching to AT&T or sticking with Verizon who NOW offers the iPhone.
  • New gutters on the house
  • Paint master bathroom… you caught a glimpse of it in the bedroom photo. Yellow is just not my color when getting ready in the morning!
  • Get an iMac {more of a hope}
  • Re-paint stairwell 
  • Paint the office… here’s what it looks like now:
Again, this was just moving in so it’s much neater now. We love {most of} the paint in the house but honestly… why paint TWO slats in the desk unit and why choose that color?
  • Herb/flower garden
  • Re-caulk Master bath shower
  • Repaint kitchen cabinets and add fun fixtures. I’ll definitely be taking a tip from BowerPower and head to hobby lobby to find some fun fixtures. Because all of our appliances are black we were thinking of doing black accents in the paint… maybe the trim around the cabinets. What do you think?
  • Fix siding on house {some was already a little dry rotted when we moved in and the puppies quickly found it as the perfect place to chew}
  • Area rug for living room and bedroom
  • Spot Bot – we’ll try that out for some of the stains that were here when we moved in and then consider new flooring.
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Window seat with storage in front {or side} kitchen nook window. 
 
  • Add large bookshelf downstairs
  • Change out the toilet insides upstairs and downstairs
  • Repaint dictionary bathroom… and by that I mean re-painting the RED in here:
yes, those are dictionary pages papering the downstairs bathroom
  • Add more shelving to living room
  • Organize {add shelves} to laundry room for storage.
 
  • Re-do shelving in office closet for better “craft storage”
  • Remove cheap-o cabinet in living room.
Looks like I have a lot of paint and shelving jobs I want to accomplish in Casa de Pierce. I’m always looking for money saving tips on home projects {like color matching paint colors instead of using the pricey brands… Big thank you to John and Sherry for that tip!} so if you have any to pass along, I’m all ears… or eyes, rather!
I’m sure I’ll be adding and subtracting from my list as things get accomplished and present themselves but I’ll keep you all updated as things progress! Z and I were lucky enough to grab our house {a foreclosure} before the tax credit offer had expired so we are very much looking forward to getting that cash back soon to start many of these projects!
 
Until next time…