Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Master Bedroom Before and After

My husband and I actually chose a smaller bedroom than our daughter (which you'll see later!) for several reasons.  One, we only have a laundry closet, and it is in this room.  I know that sounds crazy, but it is actually very convenient!  Two, having a large bedroom was not nearly as important to us as is was to her.  Three, I like a cozy bedroom.  Four, this one had the vanity that I so love.  
Here is the before, which is not looking so cozy.  It took a lot of convincing to get my husband on board with this one.  It has painted paneling, which I kept.  It also has tile floors, which I did not keep.  I first removed the wall heater and dark bamboo window treatment.  There were large wooden curtain rods that I kept.  I just painted them the trim color and had them raised.  The trim was in fairly bad shape, kind of pieced together, so a lot of that was replaced for a cleaner look.

Here is the after from the same angle.  The walls were painted Winter Flannel and the trim is Summer Gray, both by Valpsar.  The vanity that was featured earlier is just past those closet doors.  I had the floors done to match the original hardwood in the rest of the house for a cohesive look.  The large, dark ceiling fan was replaces with a sleek low profile version.  The curtains are from World Market and Ikea.  The rug is a family heirloom.

We do have a king size bed in this relatively tiny room.  There is plenty of space all the way around, but the bed definitely is the centerpiece of the area!  I love our bed.  To be honest, I probably spend more time here than anywhere else in the house.  If I have time to relax, it will be in here rather than the couch like a lot of people!  Our delicious furry comforter is AMAZING!  I ordered it from overstock.com and wasn't 100% sure because I like to feel my bedding before I buy it.  It is so warm and soft.  Everyone loves it!  I have an assortment of patterned and embroidered pillows for a pop of color in an otherwise neutral room.  My favorite painting hangs over the bed.

The other corner in the room features an antique slip covered chair that I picked up at a neighbor's yard sale.  The seat cushion was damaged and is being repaired.  I have a small side table to hold my reading stuff and my CPAP machine.  For those of you that use one, I'd love to hear your storage tips.  There's just no way to make that thing look good!
I have a special print hanging in this corner and a Moroccan candle holder that picks up that vibe from the pillows.  The tall dresser (you can just see the corner) is against that wall and the TV is there.

This is what is looks like to wake up in this room!  I am lucky enough to do that every day and I love it.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Kitchen Before and After

Oh, this kitchen...

It was the stuff of nightmares.  These pictures were taken after some of the demo was done.  You are not getting a true picture of the "before".  The center island was HUGE.  I love an island,  but this size of kitchen needs a small one!  There were also cream top cabinets that had ben "aged" by a novice so they just looked stained.

The counter tops had large Tuscan-style tiles.  Tuscan is great, but not in a 30's cottage!  You can see that the bottom cabinets didn't match the top ones.  Also, there was lots of tan.  Tan floor, tan walls, tan tiles...yuck!  Nothing popped except these mismatched light fixtures.

All of the appliances were out of date.  And let's not forget...the ceiling was painted to look like a sky.  I cannot make this up.

The first thing up was paint.  The right colors make such a difference.  The ceiling and trim is Summer Gray (which looks like a crisp white) and the walls are Sparkling Lake by Valspar.  We put a lot of our money in good flooring and had hardwood laid to match the rest of the house.  It is laid in the opposite direction to give it definition bu also because it was stronger laid against the joists.

We were on a budget so there would be no custom high end counter tops and cabinets for us.  I immediately turned to Ikea.  We live in a small town in Tennessee.  The closest Ikea is three and a half hours away in Atlanta.  I planned it all out on the computer and had my contractor go over it and remeasure and double check everything.  My husband and I drove to Atlanta and ordered everything with help in the store.  It took FOREVER and I had to make a few changes.  The Ikea people were very patient and  helpful.  It was almost like they'd done this before!

All of the cabinets, appliances, sink, and pulls came from Ikea.  They were delivered to our door in a huge truck.  It was awesome!  My contractor installed it.  He said that once they got the hang of it, they were really easy to do and were amazed with the quality for the price.  I wanted the white cabinets and simple stainless steel pulls because I love the clean unfussy look.  I went with black accents to make everything pop!
Just so you know...the curtains and the small wooden shelves were custom made from vendors on etsy.  The stools came from Wayfair.  The lighting over the sink is Ikea.  The lighting over the island and backsplach tile is from Lowe's.

The other wall was not pictured in the before because there was nothing to see.  It was just a plain tan wall.  I knew that I would be needing extra storage and did not want to buy a china cabinet.  I ordered a couple of extra cabinets and had them installed on this wall.  I love the built in look and it came out cheaper than a big china cabinet!

I realize now that I don't have an after picture of the other corner where our table sits.  I will add that!

Moral to the story: don't be afraid to try something new.  Ordering cabinets on my own from a new place and trying to pick everything that would go together was hard.  It took a lot of vision, some help, and lots of revising.  I feel so accomplished when I look at this kitchen!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Vanity Before and After

My husband and bought a house built in 1936 last November.  We worked with a local contractor and handyman to completely redo the inside.  The house had a lot of charm, but had also seen quite a bit of neglect.  Redoing an old house had always been something I wanted to do.  We loved the location and the price, so it seemed like the right time to jump in and do it!

We were told it would be March when completed,  We did not get to move in until May.  We also ran into some unexpected problems like floor joists and root filled pipes.  These were things we were told would happen and did our best to prepare.  I know there are a lot of horror stories out there about old house project nightmares.  I know...I read them, too!  You won't find that here.  I don't want to sugar coat it.  It is not like an eposode on HGTV.  However, we went into it with realistic expectations and enjoyed the process.  It helped to have a wonderful, patient contractor and a superhero handyman!

This is a small project in the corner of the master bedroom.  The walls are a nice paneling and I wanted to keep them.  They, along with all of the shelving and drawers, were painted "Winter Flannel" by Valspar.  I purchased laminate paint at Lowe's and painted the countertop.  It was easy to do, but needs to dry for three days!  I also replaced the knobs with beautiful crystal knobs from etsy.  The bar to hang all of my makeup bottles and cup for brushes cam from Ikea and the necklace rack from World Market.  I love hanging storage.  It gets the big pile off the countertop and out where I can actually see it!

I have lots more renovation pictures to share and will be doing so a room at a time.  I've had a lot of friends and family who have been asking to see.  I thought this might be a good way to share and to also maybe help some of you other first time "renovators"!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Spring Fever

I literally have spring fever...allergies!  All of the itching and sneezing is driving me nuts.  It's too early in the year for this!

All of this warm weather has turned my thoughts to all of the bright colors of spring.  I love painting cheery bunnies, flowers, bugs, and dots.  

I'm sharing a few of my past favorites!

All of these are sold, but the designs are still available.  I am happy to customize the colors and sizes  just for you.  They look great with a family name, welcome, monogram, or even a quote.

Treat yourself to something special this spring or order one as a gift.

Visit the etsy shop to see lots more.  Happy Spring!!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Custom Teacher Signs

I paint a lot for teachers.  Some as gifts and some for themselves.  It is one of my favorite things to paint!  Being a teacher, I know how special it is to receive on of these from a students.  I also know how difficult the choices are when deciding to spend my own money on my classroom.  I so appreciate all of my teachers customers!
Mrs. Petranek asked for gray stripes with navy blue lettering and kelly green ribbon.  So cute!  This 4x12 size will be perfect on her door, desk, or even in a wreath.

Mrs. Thomas wanted polka dots in her school colors of red, white, and blue.  She also wanted her title of "Career Specialist" added at the bottom.  This is one of my favorite fonts to use for school designs.  It looks like professional yet kid friendly!
Both of these canvases were purchased and custom design through the etsy shop.  I'm happy to work with you to get your color and design choices just right.  Convo me anytime!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Clark William

A friend ordered this canvas as a shower gift for a baby boy.  She wanted gray stripes with red and navy blue as the accent colors.  The gray stripes were easy, but I had to find a way to get the other two colors in there and have all three compliment each other.

I decided that the navy would show up best as the lettering and frame and did the red in polka dots in the background.  The name is pretty long so I chose a little more delicate font that was still plenty masculine.  
I think this one turned out so cute!  It will look great over a crib now and a bed later!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Maggie Mae

Our friends had a new baby girl, Maggie Mae.  I painted this canvas for them as a baby shower gift.  The background is cream and there is a pale pink and white crown.  The name is added in a beautiful cursive in chocolate brown.  I topped it all off with pink sating ribbon.  There's glitter added for extra sparkle!
I think this one is so pretty!  Congratulations, Katie and Slayden!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Team Teachers

Aren't these just great for a team of teacher?  I can just picture all of these hanging together down a school hallway!

Ms. Modic ordered one for herself and one for each member of her teacher team in the school colors of royal blue, orange, and white.  She wanted designs in the same colors but in different patterns.  She specifically asked for no polka dots.  I got creative and came up with lots of stripes and chevrons.  I love how the different fonts compliment the different designs.
I happily offer a discount on bulk orders.  Please contact me through the etsy shop to set that up!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Game Night Birthday Party

Lauren turned 12!  We celebrated with a game night birthday party and sleepover.  I decorated our cabin with classic games like Candyland, Monopoly, and Scrabble.  The centerpiece was a life size Candyland game that ran all trough the cabin.

Lauren is learning how to sew.  She made the simple Scrabble tile pillows as party favors for each of her guests.  The letters are their initials!

The Candyland game ended with a "candy bar" at the King Candy square.  I had the large posters made at our local Teacher's Center to mark each one of the special characters from the game.  

The best part of the night was watching my girl with her friends and family.  The family stayed for food and gifts, but the friends partied on into the night (morning)! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Adorable!  I love this navy blue, kelly green, and white combination.  This is a great color palette for a boy's room of any age.

This is a custom etsy order based on a listing of the same design in a different color.  Remember that I am happy to create any of my designs in your colors of choice.  I want each one to be special, unique, and perfect for you!