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Archive for July, 2011

You can come in, but…

Normally, my girls play well together.  Yes, they bicker and fight like all siblings.  But, if they can’t work it out, I usually separate them.  After a few minutes, the little one is asking to apologize to her sister, whether she’s at fault, or not.

One day I heard them arguing.  Lillie didn’t want Macy in her room.  I told them to stop it, or separate.  Then nothing.  No yelling, no screaming, no drama.  I must investigate.  Someone’s either being suffocated with a pillow, or they’ve managed to actually work things out.  Hmmm.  Yes, I must investigate.

I sneak a peak into Lillie’s room.  They had come to a compromise and everyone was happy.  Hold on, don’t move, must get camera!

You can come in,

but you can't cross the line.

Macy didn’t care, she made it past the door, and she was smiling like a Cheshire cat.  She wasn’t allowed to cross the line drawn in the sand (pencils end to end in a beach theme room–I’m so clever), but she was happy.  No drama, I’m happy, too.

Now, clean your room!

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GW Boutique

Macy’s bedroom was in need of a new quilt.  I like quilts.  They’re light weight machine washable, and over all pretty cute these days.  I had been looking for something different, she had a white quilt (not a good idea when your child is messy Marvin reincarnated) with ballerinas all over it.  It was sweet, but had been washed and bleached (oops) so many times that it was looking tired and the threading was pulling apart.  In my many trips to Target, I would always swing by the kids decor aisles and see what was being marked down there.  I had my eye on several that would have worked, but I refused to pay $80 for a quilt, mostly because I’m cheap frugal.  There was a cute brown/pink floral set, a yellow/pink/green set, and a pink/owl pattern.  Well, I guess I waited to late, because everything I had been eyeing was gone, marked down and outta there!  Ok, well I guess it’s back to the drawing board.

In my home staging adventures I am always looking for a bargain.  I had been looking for a few little accessories to pull a kitchen together.  I stopped into GW Boutique (that’s Goodwill for you with your nose in the air).  Over the last few years, Target has been donating their items that don’t sell at 70% and 90% off to GW Boutique.  I’ve found some awesome deals.  Brand new, in package deals, I might add!  I was pushing my cart past the linens and the sky opened up and a ray of sunshine shone down.  Curiosity got the best of me, and I had to see what divine intervention was trying to show me….I was in a hurry, but you know, sometimes you have to make time for divine intervention.  O.M.G!  Still neatly wrapped up in the original packing with the cute little off white ribbon wrapped around it was the bedding I had been watching for Macy’s room.  I thought it had slipped away!  Some things are just meant to be.  Like I was meant to be at the Garland, Tx location, on that particular day, when that particular quilt was sitting there…waiting for me to find it.  Oh, and the best part… I haven’t mentioned the best part, have I?  This full/queen sized, brand new in original packing pink/green/yellow floral quilt was priced at the bargain basement GW Boutique price of $20!  That’s right snooty people who think you have to pay retail and would never darken the door of a GW Boutique, $20!  75% off retail.  Go me!

GW Boutique

Macy's New Bedding

Hello, my name is Charlotte, and I’m addicted to spray paint.

No, not like that!  More like oh no, I’ve run out again….must make another trip to Wal-Mart…now!

It’s been hot this summer.  Sweltering.  I’ve got no energy, and no desire to do anything.  So, in an effort to try to pull my self out of this funk, I had to find something to do.  Since my trip to Tahiti has been put on the back burner for a while, I had to come up with a Plan B.  So I pulled out my mental To Do list, because I trashed the one on the refrigerator a couple of years ago.

Being the frugal person that I am, there’s always some kind of project laying around for years waiting to be redone.  Macy, my 4 year old, has been asking me for a year or so, why she doesn’t have a footboard on her bed.  I didn’t have the heart to tell her the truth…”because mom never actually finishes anything she starts.”  Well, I have good intentions, it just doesn’t always work out right.  For instance, I found a bedroom set at a garage sale for $85 a couple of summers ago.  There was a queen size headboard, footboard and side rails, a dresser, mirror and a nightstand.  I started out sanding and painting the dresser, but soon realized my painting skills sucked and needed honing it was too big for her room.  So the most beautiful dresser I had ever seen was sold on Craiglist for $160 (that’s right almost twice as much as I paid for the whole set).  I did manage to paint the headboard, but never actually got the second coat of paint on the bed rails or footboard.  Not just because I’m lazy, but because it was a queen size bed, and Macy’s full size mattress and box springs wasn’t going to work, since the bed wasn’t adjustable.  So, this my dear Macy is why you didn’t have a footboard… until now.

In my staging antics endeavors, I did some bartering for a full size, antique bed.  It had a headboard, and a footboard.  As soon as it hit the garage, in February, Macy decided she needed it in her room.  It was quite dirty, and needed a whole lotta cleaning before it was going to be dragged into the house.  So, fast forwad to July, a short 5 months later…I’m scrounging around looking for something to do.  Lillie’s room is almost finished, and Macy’s bugging me to redo hers, too.  So I invite my partner in junking sister over to come hang out and help motivate me to do something.  I have grand ideas, just no follow-through.  So we spent couple of hours in my kitchen sanding furniture…did I mention it’s a bazillion degrees outside?  I found a tarp and some cinderblocks to hold it down and prop up furniture while I paint.

We take a lunch break and eat some yummy Mexican food, and then make a trip to Wal-mart for some spray paint.  Originally, this was going to be a cheap project.  We were gonna buy the $1 and something cans of paint.  Well, I didn’t want glossy white furniture, more of a satin look was what I had in mind.  So, what had I envisoned as a cheap project soon tripled in price.  Donna and I had done some rumaging through the garage earlier, and she spied a comforter she wanted.  I paid $12 for it, so she said she’d buy me $12 worth of spray paint.  Sounds like a plan, so $24 later (have I told you lately you’re my favorite sister?), we head home and start painting.  It’s hot outside, but we were on a mission to get something done, and now we were armed with paint!  Lillie’s desk, and Macy’s headboard and footboard got a couple of coats of satin white paint.  We decided it needed to cure out in the sun all day, and maybe add another coat of paint the next day.  Sounds like a plan.

I ran to Wal-mart and picked up a couple more cans paint, and gave everything a once over.  I leaned the headboard against the gate and fence to sun bake, shut the garage door and went inside while everything dried.  My friend called and asked if the girls could come play with her kids.  Sure they can!  So, we grab our shoes and head out the back door and out the back gate…you know the one with the headboard leaning against it on the other side….  I open the gate and give it a push, because it always drags a little, and SLAM! “What was that?” my kids yell.  My heart sank, I knew immediately that 2 days of sanding and painting on this perfect piece of furniture, was all for not.  I picked up the headboard, surveyed the damage, leaned it against the fence.  I dropped the girls off…and then swung by Wal-Mart…again.  I got home did some minor cosmetic surgery, with a little sand paper and wood filler, and another can of satin white.  (Dear Krylon, Just doing my part to help out the troubled stock market.)  Ok, so 27 cans of paint later, I get Lillie’s desk and chair in her room, and take Macy’s headboard and footboard into her room.

After drying all night and most of the next day, I set up the headboard, attach the metal rails, then the footboard.  I put the box springs on, and then the mattress. Oh crap!  I forgot the eyelet dust ruffle.  So, I scoot the mattress off to the floor, put the dust ruffle on, and start sliding the mattress back on top.  Klunk!  the box springs fell to the floor.  “Dang it!”  So I pick up the phone and call my hubby.  “Mike,  I need you to cut me some slats for Macy’s new bed!”  Being the awesome Dad that he is, he came home and pulled the box springs out of the rails where I had left it in disgust, measured for the boards, and made a trip to Lowe’s.  By the time dropped the girls off at VBS and got back home, he had already gone and gotten the slats, and put the bed back together.  Thank you, dear!  I just had to put the sheets and quilt back on, and take a picture, or two.

My baby has a footboard

I’m a little slow

Well, actually my business has been a little slow the last couple of weeks.  Rather than sit around feeling sorry for myself, I decided to make the best use of the “time off.”  So I started to tackle my list of half done, er, well, uhhhh, never started projects I’ve been saving for a rainy day sweltering 102 degree days.  A couple of months ago I found a desk on Craigslist for $20 for Lillie’s room.  It was meant to be a vanity, but I ditched the tri-fold mirror on top and filled the screw holes with wood putty.  After a little sanding, and 47 coats of satin white spray paint, it looked amazing.  There was some kind of gray/black residue one of the legs that looked like tape had been wrapped around it.  I commenced to  cleaning it up and before I knew it, I had a brand spanking new-ish desk.

I had also found a chair at a garage sale for $7, it was dark brown and boring.  So after a light sand, 2 primer coats and 2 cans of the loudest orange paint we could find, Lillie’s old desk and chair were new again.  I was also able to find a piece of blue Hawaiian fabric for $4.99/yd.

After shot of the desk and chair

I bought 1/2  yard for the chair cushion, and only used half of that, or one side of the fold (in fancy sewing speak.)  I used the remainder to of the fabric to recover a lamp shade. ($2.50 for both pieces)   Not just any lamp though, this one was special.  It had a pull chain!  We drove all over town TWICE looking for it, because I refused to pay $30 for a lamp base.  We were covering our own shade, so it needed to cost half of that.  Target to the rescue!  We found a brushed nickel pull chain lamp with an added bonus.  It had a flat base.  Lillie used some of her very own money to buy three figurines from the Dollar Tree.  So hot glued mounted to this very special lamp base (was a hula girl and two surfboards), and it was topped with the most awesome lamp shade a giddy 7 year old girl had ever seen.

Although her room has a vibrant surf theme, the furniture was all white, so the pop of orange was just what her space needed.  Prior to painting the furniture, Mike and I built the most awesome surf shack/tiki hut from scrap lumber and several grass skirts left over from my sister’s Luau (from a vacation on Galveston Island) a few years back (free!).   If only this surf shack had something to surf with…like, oh I don’t know, maybe a surf board?!   To be continued…someday, hopefully in this century.

One man’s trash…

Is now in my office!

While perusing the neighborhood, wasting time waiting on my kids to get out of VBS, I saw this pitiful thing staring at me…begging for mercy.  At least that’s how I heard it.

Before Bulletin Board

It was sprinkling outside, so I must save it now, for tomorrow it would be in the trash truck too late.

I’ve wanted a nice bulletin board for my office for a while, but when I’m out spending money, which doesn’t happen often, it’s not high on my priority list.  I rescued this little beauty and brought it home to dry out in my garage for two or three weeks  (a record for me, from the time I usually acquire a project, until I start and actually finish it).  After I recovered my (not so formal anymore) dining room chairs, I had about a 1/4 of a yard of fabric left over.  So my little wheels started spinning out, and I came up with a cheap BRILLIANT idea.

I remembered the pitiful little project in the garage in desperate need of some TLC.   I was on a roll with spray painting, (but that’s another blog), so I sanded and sprayed several coats of satin black paint.  The bulletin board itself is a thin, thin, thin piece of cork, with a cheap foam backing.  I was afraid  to used a staple gun to recover it or the cork might disintegrate, since I rescued it in the rain.  How on earth do I wrap the fabric around, pull it tight and not tear up the cork board?  Ok, so  redneck rehab duck tape to the rescue.  It’s all the rage now, so I’m just being hip and cool right?–that’s my story.  With all the new and vibrant colors to choose from, it was a toss up between Hello Kitty and Zebra Stripes.  Ultimately, I went with the latest and greatest, polished pewter; mostly because that’s what hubby had in the tool box.  He’s always got the latest and greatest gadgets.

During Redneck Rehab

How to attach the fabric

It worked like a charm.  And…if I hadn’t shown you, no one but my favorite sister Donna and I would have known.  She used to own an upholstery shop and  I find it so very hard to believe she’s never seen duck tape used in such a white trash creative way.

After...can you hear the choir singing....." Ahhhhhhh."

Isn’t she marvelous?  Just a little smidgeon of chalkboard paint, and she’ll prominently displayed in my office.

Total cost of this Redneck Rehab Design on a Dime makeover????  $0.  That’s right, zip, zilch, nada!  Everything I needed was leftover from another project.  Not too shabby.  I’m considering adding criss-cross ribbons to the bulletin board, but then again comes the question of how to attach it? since stapling it on isn’t an option.   Is there such a thing as too much Duck Tape sturdy?

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah

My house has been done in red/sage/gold for 10 years, I’m starting to feel old and blah! I needed something happy and cheerful!  These are my not-so-formal anymore dining room chairs.
What do you think? The left is the new fabric. I attempted to coordinate with the “curtain” fabric that was never used on a staging project. The color palette is similar, but not too matchy-matchy.  I’m kinda digging them.

The fabric was $6.99 at Hobby Lobby.  I bought 2 1/2 yards, and had a 40% off coupon.  So for $10.50 + tax, I love my new chairs.  I already had staples, so that’s all I spent.  10 minutes per chair and $10.50…can’t beat that with an ugly stick.

This can’t be MY baby book

A couple of weeks ago, while straightening Lillie’s room she found her baby (scrap) book and asked to look at it. Macy found hers and said, “This can’t be MY baby book, there’s only 1 page in it.”  Lillie’s has almost every second of the first three years of her life in it.
I guess it’s the 2nd child syndrome.  No, I don’t love your sister more than you, I just don’t have time for you…. or something like that.