Monday, June 28, 2010

My Take on Molding Boxes....


Yes girls.  You heard me correctly.  I know we want to be thrifty.  And I like to be thrifty, too.  But after this project, I might recommend paying for convenience.

I've seen several DIY molding box tutorials that are FANTASTIC!  But after attempting this project, and having hubby finish the project for me, I just want to give my take on it.  Maybe I'm just blonde...maybe my ADD got in the way...I don't know.  If you are a 'rusher', this is not the DIY project for you :)

I had bought a ready-made molding box from Lowe's a few months ago.  They are on a bottom shelf in the trim aisle.  I bought an 18x23 for $12.  They have all different sizes, but thought I would try the bigger dimension for the dining room, just to make sure that is what I wanted to do.

An 8' piece of picture frame molding is $6.  I needed 9 boxes.  One 8' piece would make 1 box.  $54 vs. $108...well, duh!  Picture frame molding please!

We already had a liquid nails, a miter box, and a nail gun on hand. 

I crammed the molding into the Camry and headed home.  My plan was to finish this project in a couple of hours before hubby came home!  Surprise!  And he would be in AWE of my handiwork!

I get home and put the first piece of trim into the miter box.  WTH?  Why won't it cut?  I'm a smart girl with a college edumacation.  But this wasn't going as smoothly as I wanted.  After some fighting with the trim, and the miter box, I got one cut done.  Screw it.  It was hot.  And I was just going to have to wait on hubby.

During this wait time, I realized the trim was wood...NOT the foam trim that others have used, that cuts more easily.  Oh well...that's the story of my life.

Hubby comes home and cuts all my trim pieces.  (18) 23" pieces and (18) 18" pieces. 

Ok...back on I can finish this baby up.  I got it now honey!  Hand me the liquid nails!

Well, after hubby watched me a few minutes, he began to twitch offer loving advice...and a level...and a rag for the oozing liquid nails.

I soon realized I was a little over my head, and my patience was wearing thin.  My 'eye-ball' method has worked good in the past...but not for this little project!

So hubby took over, and I'm so ever grateful (yet again!)  And so thankful for the nail gun!

We came to the last box, but decided to just use the ready-made box.  Here it is, side by side, with our picture frame molding box.  Ready-made is on the right.   

Applying the ready made box was so quick and easy! If we had these, it would have saved us a few hours in labor!

It is an easy project, with a major impact, for minimal dollars.  And anyone can do it!  This project just wasn't a good fit for my personality or attention span!  Something to think about when tackling that to-do list!

Dining Room Makeover (in-process)

The dining room has been on my radar for a while now.  But I have been trying to keep focused on the kitchen....but I got side-tracked last week :)  It's not quite 'finished', but some small changes have made a big impact.

Here are some pics of the DR before I started...(and yes...still using hubby's camera...sorry about the date patience to crop those out tonight)

View from the den into the dining room
(yes, Wriggly sleeps in here--see bottom right)

Please ignore the light fixture...just trying to see what the white shade would look like...I ususally have black shades on it..

I bought this fabric not too long ago from Hancock's. 
It was on sale for $5/yard.
These are probably the 7th pair of window treatments in this room in 5 years. 
No lie.
Again...Nester's Fold & Poof sew, no fuss.

View from the kitchen...
the DR is my catch-all room. 
And this looks pretty good compared to some days :)

I painted the walls 'Latte' from Sherwin Williams.  There is a story behind this color.  A story that will have to have a separate post.

I loved the red under the chair rail up until a few months ago.  After seeing TDC doing the molding boxes, I knew that is what I wanted to do, and what needed to be done first.

Good-bye red!
(It really is the perfect red.  Can't remember color name, but will check the garage later)

I used Home Depot's Paint + Primer In One (semi-gloss) to cover the red.  It took 2 coats.  But with such a small area to paint under the chair-rail, it took only a few minutes.  And it goes on like BUTTA!


I feel like I can breathe!  So fresh and light!

Just wanted to share a little peek...not quite stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My First Masterpiece

Hey friends!!  Wowza!  I can't believe how busy the weeks have been and how long it's been since my last post!

I have been busy with lots of projects around the house!  So I've got lots of blog posts coming! 

Last weekend we celebrated the Moose's 2nd birthday and Father's day!  It was crazy getting ready for the birthday party and getting my house ready for Father's day!  It seems like it takes 10x longer to clean with these toddlers running around!

This week we have nothing on the calendar!  I can't believe it...but I'm getting ready to have a yard sale on no rest for the weary! I just lied.  I had one thing on the calendar.  A GNO Paint Party!  It was so much fun! 

Lisa from GoGirlArt has these paint parties at a local restaurant at night.  When you walk in, you are greeted with tables of  blank canvases and aprons.

Very scary!  I can paint walls all day long.  But a canvas?  No way!  But the cool part is that Lisa shows you what to do, step by step.  She does different paintings every month...from zinnias, to churches, to pears, etc.  Her classes fill up FAST!  There is a limit of 40 girls per party.  But my friend Stephanie booked a private party to paint the Red Zinnia.

It's very elementary. Lisa is very encouraging.  You start out by drawing a circle in the bottom right hand corner.  Then draw your petals.  Lisa tells you what colors to use, and what techniques are best every step of the way.

I think at this point I let go. 
I let go of the need to make it just right, or just so. 
I let go of the need to be in control.

I kept thinking to myself, It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful!!  (sound familiar?)

Some progress...


Lisa tells you to pick your painting up and turn it all different ways...
Could you tell I flipped mine?

(disclaimer:  long day at work, went straight to party. 
why didn't someone tell me to put some blush and gloss on?)

Some of the party girls!

But I couldn't leave mine alone...I added some turquoise...

I have been saving a space for this in my kitchen...
What do you think?

I'm officially addicted. 
Addicted to the feeling of sense of accomplishment. 
Isn't that what we all strive for?
To feel like we have accomplished SOMETHING during the course of our days?

Be it at work, or at home...It feels good to be proud and say
Look what I did!!

This painting represents what this blog is all about...
creating balance in my life.

The hard balance of keeping everything, kids, hubby, etc...
to just carefree, letting it go, and being creative!

Can't wait to sign up for more classes! 
And who knows..
I might just take a gander down the canvas aisle by myself at Hobby Lobby!

Linking to:

The Girl Creative
Keeping It Simple

All Thingz Related

Monday, June 14, 2010

Thrifty Treasures

I love this bowl

This blue mirror was $6. 
Not sure if I'll keep it blue, or paint it. 
(It's not quite as turquoise as it looks here in the picture.)

'Thee and Me' sign
I liked the shape of it. 
I'm sure I'll paint it. 
Maybe with a scripture?
(so glad those floors are gone!!)

As a previous SLAH consultant, I feel the need to rescue things when I see SLAH items in a thrift store.  Whether I need them or not, I feel it's my duty to save them, and give them a home where they are appreciated!

Rescued SLAH sconce

Resuced SLAH Gail Pittman salad plates
Are you ready for this?

 I about died when I turned these over. 
59 cents each.


Linking to:
Coastal Charm

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I was featured! My first!!!

All I can say is WOW.  I've receieved so many sweet comments last week about my little Lipstick Kitchen!  From the floors, to the cabinets, to the window treatments!  I'm so encouraged, and so ready for it to be done :)  Last step is the backsplash--hopefully I can get to it this week!

But I'm so excited that the Easy Window Treatments were featured at Under the Table and Dreaming's Sunday Showcase party!  My first feature!  Thank you Stephanie!!!  That just made my Monday!


Have a great week!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Moose is 2

Today my Moose turned 2.

I can't believe it. 

Here's a funny BEFORE pic!
(2 years ago)


6 weeks

1 year

2 years

Happy Birthday little man.  Can't wait to celebrate next weekend!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, & Happy Mother's Day to ME!

(singing)  All I want for Christmas is a Lowe's gift card!

You're probably thinking, huh?  what?  It's June.

Well, back in December, when the fam asked for gift ideas, I told my family that all I wanted for Christmas was a Lowe's gift card.  And being that my birthday is 2 days before christmas, I also wanted Lowe's GCs for my birthday, too!

Oh wow!  Another one! 

And another one!  I'm soooo surprised!!  (wink, wink)

But I cashed in those suckers this week for this!







It's the builder grade 'granite' laminate right off the floor from Lowe's.  The color is Black Labrador.  I bought (2) 8' pieces for $84/each, and (1) 4' piece for $44.  My SIL is a builder and gave me her countertop guy's info.  He took out the old, cut and installed the new for $150. 

Total cost = $383

The old original builder laminate countertop was put in our house in '88.  I figure this will last us until another 22 years, or until we win the lotto.


Linking up to:

Metamorphasis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch