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Junior’s Room

March 20, 2014 - Author: Amy

The other night I was in the kitchen, minding my own business when little Junior comes running in with a handful of those gross yogurt treat things and tells me, “You need to come wrestle me!”

Me: “Um, okie dokie” ~Goes into living room and tries to wrestle him

Jr.: “No!  Wike dis!” ~Log rolls across the living room

Me: “Of course.  Silly me.”  ~Also log rolls across the living room

Jr: “That’s good!  Good girl!” ~Throws yogurt treat across the room~  “Go get it!”

Me:  “Wait.  Did you just trick me into a game of fetch?”

Jr: “Daddy!  Wrestle!”

~

Next week marks our first anniversary in this house.

Last week marks the day we finished poor little Junior’s room.

What can I say?  We’re beasts when it comes to DIY.

Mostly, the big hold up had been the fact that we didn’t want to do or hang much until we patched and repainted all the walls.  We bought a paint sprayer, but then D started working a zillion hours a week and going to school full-time and painting just wasn’t our idea of fun in our down time.

Finally, over the holidays when he had a break from school, we taped everything off and he sprayed paint in Junior’s room, our room, and the office.

And finally, finally, little man has a finished room.

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With a bit of a cabiny feel.  See the silhouettes?

I reupholstered that chair two houses ago with him in mind, and we bought that mini bear skin rug before he was even born.

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The quilt was a shower gift, and my grandma gave us the tub that holds his books.

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My MIL refinished that desk for us, and the top is covered in old newspaper clippings.  I sanded and painted the blue chair for the dining room in our last house.

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My MIL also stitched the artwork in the middle of the origin and meaning of Junior’s name.  My mom had given me the other two as gifts, and I think the trio work perfectly together.

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For all the waiting, I’m happy with the final result.  It’s a cozy little boy’s room.

The other night before bedtime, he toddled in there to pick out a book and with a sweep of his little hand told me, “Mommy, I wike this room.”

Totally worth it.

13 Comments - Categories: DIY, Home, Junior

Master Bathroom Cabinets: A Saga

March 19, 2014 - Author: Amy

We bought a house with honey oak woodwork.  It is not very beautiful.  We’ve spent many a conversation discussing the honeyness of our oak.

“Do we just replace them?”

“Nah, that’s expensive.”

“Ugh, but sanding is so awful.”

“Maybe a new paint color and some pulls would camouflage them?”

Then, we found this.

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And at roughly $75, we decided it was worth a shot.

We picked this color.

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Then we sent Junior off to my parents house so I could start on the cabinets and D could spray paint all over our top floor.  More on that another day, because this is where the saga begins.

I started this process over the holidays.  No friends, not the green holiday we just had… the big holidays… three months ago!

The sales associate at Home Depot warned me this would be labor intensive – not difficult – just time consuming, but that the final results would be worth it.

She was right, for the most part.

Before:

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After:

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Raise your hand if you noticed how I artfully took the shot without showing all our crap on the countertops.

The verdict:  Meh.

Maybe a Meh + because anything is better than the honey oak that was in there…

I took pictures of the entire process, but decided not to post all of them because nobody needs to see that many pictures of that many layers of things going on cabinets.  No, the process was not difficult, but it involves four different substances, each of which have to be put on one side at a time, then allowed to dry for several hours before flipping and repeating the process.  And the third step, the glaze, I did twice because we weren’t loving the color.  It was much more reddish/orange than anticipated.

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And the finished product actually turned out a lot more red than we’d anticipated or that the box had led us to believe.

Oh, hey buddy!

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Nice oak cabinets you got back there…

Sooo the moral of this story is, if you’re willing to spend a LOT of hours in your basement coating your cabinets in layers of things with pretty good results for a fraction of the cost of new cabinets, do what we did!

If you’re impatient and prone to walk away before making 100% sure you didn’t leave any drips anywhere (points to self), and you have a certain, specific color you’re after, this may not be the answer for you.

Too bad I’m cheap and have a ton of this stuff leftover and a couple more bathrooms to worry about… The saga continues!

24 Comments - Categories: DIY, Home

I’ve Got Wood.

March 5, 2014 - Author: Amy

Have you ever had some extra slices of log laying around?

No?

What about, have you ever been gazing out your bedroom window and think, “Imma chop that tree down in a Seasonal Affective Disorder induced rage”?

Still no?

Well, has anyone ever just handed you a slice of wood and said, “Here, do something with this.”?

That one actually did happen to me, and a few other bloggers recently.

That’s right!  VintageKC’s spring issue is out!!!

Here’s what I did.

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It’s Anthropologie inspired, of course.

I glued a $5 mirror I found at Hobby Lobby to the chunk of wood Erin had given me, and with D’s help, nailed a little boy’s vintage leather belt on as a strap.

Know what I have never done before?  Tried taking pictures of a mirror.

Me:  How do I not get a reflection of our bed in this??

Erin: Have D hold up a white sheet or something.

Me: Genius.

D:  Instead, I’m going to lay on the bed naked and see if anyone notices.

~

A whole year ago, I posted about my upcoming birthday, and my aggravation about Jesus stealing my thunder by landing Easter directly on MY big day.  I also included a list of gimme’s.

Amy’s gimme’s.

I actually ended up with the buffalo print and tank top.  (Thanks, Mom!)

I did not end up with the Ray Bans.  And then do you know what my dad got?  Some Ray Bans!  And he wears them and like twirls them around in front of me and thinks he’s so cool.

Then this came in the mail.

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Guess what I just ordered?

I’m only telling you all of this so that I would have the opportunity to publicly say – SUCK IT, DAD!  BAHAHA!!!

Awesome.

~

My little buddy has had a bug this week, which has meant extra snuggle time at home.  I can now quote, in entirety, Cars.

We tried a new recipe together.

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3 bananas, smashed

1 cup oats

handful of coconut

handful of mini chocolate chips

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

So cookie!  Much tasty!  Many yum!

26 Comments - Categories: DIY

Poaching Ideas

February 14, 2014 - Author: Amy

You ever come across an idea that someone else had and think, “MAN, I wish I had thought of that.”?

Me, too.

That happened when my mom helped Junior make this for me for Mother’s Day.

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See how his little hands make a heart?  So cute!

So what’d I do?  I straight poached the idea and then shared it on TV like it was my own.

Thanks, mom!

~waves~

That segment is here.  And these are the only two I recorded, so I’ll stop making you watch them now.

And, since it’s Valentine’s Day and all, I just want to say how much I love you and appreciate your friendship, and leave you with this sweet sentiment that really spoke to me today.

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21 Comments - Categories: DIY, Holidays

A Couple of Things

February 7, 2014 - Author: Amy

Howdy friends,

Remember the silhouette’s I made for Junior’s room?

Of course you do.  How could you ever forget something so life altering?

Our local news station caught wind of my artistic genius and invited me to share a couple of crafts for their new segment for moms.

Watch it here.

And don’t make fun of my accent, because I totally don’t have one.

~

In other news, my newest Ideabook is up and running on Houzz if you’re interested.  It’s about as Valentines-y as I get, which means no tack or glitter.

~

And now I’ll leave you to your weekends.  Looks like we’ll be adding to the 14 inches of snow we got over the last couple of days!

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32 Comments - Categories: DIY, Home Goods, New House

Junior’s Room

November 19, 2013 - Author: Amy

I’m kind of slowly sort of coming up with a comprehensive plan for Junior’s room.

Oh – because we bought a paint sprayer!  I went to the grocery store and got home and D had the office totally painted.  It. was. awesome.

Sidenote:  At the grocery store I got fixins for delicious tacos.  And I put the shells in the toaster oven to make them warm and crispy, then turned around to ask D if he wanted onions, and then the shells caught on fire.  And D had to save the day.

Then later, when Junior was taking his bath, he put his little hands on his hips and goes:

“I have a question for you.”

Me: What is your question?

Him: I a police man.

Me: Hello, officer.

Him: You in trouble.

Me: For what?!

Him: You start a fire!

Back to his room.  I’m going with a manly man’s theme and it’s got a bit of a cabin-y feel to it, so I made some animal silhouettes.

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Just find a free printable.  They’re everywhere.  (I got mine here, here, here, and here.)

  Cut it out and trace with a Sharpie.

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Fill in with black acrylic paint.

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Then make several more because they are just so darn cute!

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I got the set of cork boards at Walmart for like $5, and they have sticky strips on the back for hanging.

Now all that’s left to do is wait for Mr. Husband to paint Junior’s room so I can hang these babies up!

32 Comments - Categories: DIY, Home Goods, Junior

Sometimes, You Just Have To DIY It.

October 14, 2013 - Author: Amy

And yeah, I know that’s the central theme around this here blog-diggity.  But sometimes when you are bent on your son’s door having its own “railroad crossing” sign, and everyone selling them wants too many dollars in your humble opinion, you just have to throw your hands up and say “I’ll do it myself!”

Usually, I enjoy a good do-it-myself, but I was in a weirdly angered state most of the weekend and by the time we got to Home Depot I just wanted to Hulk-smash everything I saw.

The first thing I wanted to Hulk-smash?  Their entire vinyl letter section for not having any of the letter “C” left.

The second thing: D for wandering off.

The third: the staff for not helping me quiiiiite as quickly as I deemed acceptable.

So I raged myself out of there and into Wal-Mart who thankfully had a full set of lettering available.  Saved the planet from utter destruction, I tell you what.

So all I needed was some pre-painted white wood because it was just worth the few extra bucks to me to not have to do it, some of those stick-on vinyl letters, and a husband willing to brave my mood to do the cutting.

One

RR

Two

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Three

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Boom.

DIY Railroad Crossing Sign by {Buffalo Roam}

Don’t even bring up the fact that I forgot to get one of those over-the-door-hanger-thingies.  Because I just, I can’t even….

So I’ll probably just hold on to it until I get the rest of his room done.  Because it’s in the works.  Ohhhhh yes it is!

How was your weekend?  Any one else fall victim to the cranky-for-no-reason’s?

23 Comments - Categories: DIY, Home Goods

The Sassy Buffalo

September 25, 2013 - Author: Amy

Once upon a time there was a buffalo named Mildred.

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She put curlers in her old lady hair, wore a random year like bad Old Navy performance fleece, ate dinner at 4:30.  Her favorite show was Alf.  Hers was a sad state of affairs.

When suddenly a wild Rust-Oleum can appeared!

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Now Mildred is feeling sassy and won’t answer to anything but Milli Buffilli and requires special lighting to show off her new sparkle.

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Diva.

And in super happy news – Mom’s surgery was a raging success!  This is her showing off 24 hours after getting her new robot parts.

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She’s down to just Tylenol and they’re sending her home today!

And you thought I was kidding about the bionic stuff.

Thanks for the well-wishes.  :)  She’s the best and you are too.

25 Comments - Categories: DIY, Home Goods

Vintage Bottle Cap Magnets

September 5, 2013 - Author: Amy

You know you’re going to have a great trip when you receive this text message from your travel buddy.bottlecap4

Made me laugh right out loud!  Oh, that girl.

On our trip, we found a box full of cool old bottle caps, 10 for $1.  Who could resist?  Not us, that’s who.  So we rifled through them to get 10 different brands and I knew I had a fun project with little Mr. Junior ahead.

So, um, basically have 10 bottle caps, 10 magnets, a hot glue gun and one adorable little helper…

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Show us your finished product, buddy!

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For taking almost no time or money, I really, really like these little boogers!

33 Comments - Categories: DIY

Tea Towels And The Like

September 3, 2013 - Author: Amy

At my core, I am an introvert.

I like people, for the most part (though I generally like dogs more).  And I feel like I’m pretty good at, you know, talking and interacting and stuff.  But it can be taxing and so I tend to spend time alone when I get the chance or have the choice.

One of the most dreadful ways for an introvert to spend their time?  Stuck in a car with another person.  Small talk only gets you so far, then I feel awkward and search for mundane and uninteresting (or often weird, because it’s me) topics to pass the time until you reach your god-forsaken destination.

The ONLY exception to the rule is if the other person in the car is, to put it lightly, amazing.  Luckily for me, my flea market excursion buddy is just that.  We spent a total of 3 hours in a car my hubby’s big, giant, noisy diesel, 3 hours shopping, and 1 hour eating.  And at the end of it all we decided the mark of a really good day was the fact that neither of us bloggers/writers thought to take any pictures.

I’ve talked about Erin on here before.  She’s got a personal blog and she’s got the best magazine in the history of magazines of all time ever, Vintage KC.

The new fall edition is out now (linked above) and she’s included a really neat new section of local DIY bloggers.  You might recognize one on Page 38.  Ahem.  And for this section, she asked us to personalize some tea towels.  I’m not much of a fabric-worker-wither, so I was a little intimidated.  And stumped.  And I didn’t want to let my friend down.  So I looked on Pinterest and bugged a friend of mine with real actual talent for ideas, and here’s what I came up with.

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From these ingredients.

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I trimmed the edges in burlap ribbon with some stitch-witch.  (Because I’m not fabricy or sewey.)

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And stamped some checks.

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Editors note for the slow among us (read: me): Freaking lay something protective down on your table before working with paint.

Also, get yourself a fabric paint medium.  You’ll need to use that and iron after the paint dries if you want it to stay.

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And I wanted it to stay because I sorta liked the finished product.  Go figure!

And go look at all the really cool other ideas Erin collected.  Hers is the last listed, a cute fruit stamp!

Erin, thanks for the opportunity – and for the friendship.  I like you more than dogs!

27 Comments - Categories: DIY, Home Goods