Monday, August 24, 2015

Extra Bedroom Completed



My goal in this room was to remove the "kid" from it. This was used as a kids zone for the past 12 years so reclaiming it and making it more grown up has been on my list for about 2 years.



Gone is the green sherbet colored walls and the little monkey prints and the toys. I re-used the existing twin sofa sleeper loveseat, the unfinished cabinet, and the wood laminate side table with a little DIY help and painted the walls a more soothing neutral color. Then I shopped my linen closets and found an old pair of sheers that have embellishment on the bottom instead of purchasing new curtains. After all I had set a budget to stay within.



After painting, moving furniture, and hanging curtains it became clear that the walls were looking pretty naked so I had to do something on the cheap to stay within my meager budget. Dollar Tree, Pinterest, and my color laser printer saved the day and I was able to create my pretty beach art wall for $6 plus an extra $12 in Command 3M picture hanging strips.

Before removing the kids bin and chair


After removing the kids bin. For now shoe rack will stay on wall but may eventually go into closet.

I painted my unfinished cabinet and my little wood laminate side table Behr Mourning Dove and sealed it with General Finishes Top Coat Poly Eurthane. Bought new handles for the cabinet sprayed gold with Rustoleum Metallic Gold.

Before: toy bins, boxes and old carpet
After: Cozy spot to watch TV or read

I still had 1 wall that was pretty cluttered. It held a kids toy bin, a chair, and plastic shoe racks. They had function but looked out of place in my new room. I was at $97 and my budget was $100.



I felt the room needed a dresser and I found the Ikea Tarva was on sale for $126 and I really need a dresser but I really wanted to stay within my $100 budget. I have a mirrored console table sitting unused in my basement and I decided to try it in the room as a dressing table. Looks great and I can use this as my new dressing table to hold my necklaces I wear most and my makeup bin and makeup mirror.

After: adding pictures, lamps, pillows, decor, and painting side table


At HomeGoods I found two adorable purple stools for $49 so I bought both to let my daughter choose one so I could take her desk chair (which is a childhood vanity chair). And while I was there I spotted a tall mirror that was $59 to be used as a leaner behind the door. So I went over budget by $109 plus tax!! But I think worth it.



Later I may choose to replace the mirrored console table with the Tarva 6 drawer dresser and nightstands but for now I think the room is functional and cozy. I also added an unused TV from the basement to my cabinet so the room can be used as a reading or TV room. I am finding that my kids now are in this room everyday.

 After a good cleaning of the carpet and sofa sleeper, I FINALLY am happy to say my room is finished! So the final tally on my fabulous new room is $212.
Friday, August 21, 2015

HomeGoods Finds - Leaner Mirror and Purple Stool



I am really dragging out my extra bedroom here, ha! HomeGoods is easily one of my favorite local chains. It is hit or miss though depending on what day of the week you go in. Last week I must have gone in on the right day.

Mirrors were overflowing as well as furniture that day. I wasn't looking for anything in particular but just looking in general. I stumbled across 2 gorgeous vanity stools one was more of a bright magenta-ish purple stool and the other was a more grapey purple color stool both were priced at $49. My guess was my daughter would like the grapey color stool but I stopped myself and left the store to get back to work. The next day I went back for the stool, and it was gone!!!
True Color - Bright magenta/purple

But I decided to look around and luckily found the stools, inventory had been moved around, whew! I sent pictures to my daughter and she liked the grapey color stool but I decided to buy both so she could see them in person. But some lady came over and started pawing all over the stool and was telling her daughter she was going to buy it. HELLO, Do you not see me standing here with my hand on the stool? Did that not imply I had already claimed the stool?
True Color- Light girly grapey purple
Well as soon as she turned away I grabbed both stools and walked over by mirrors and put them down long enough to grab a cart. When I came back with my cart and loaded the stools I looked up and the mirror caught my eye! Wide silver frame and totally gorgeous and it was only $59! SOLD
Stool that was a bit smelly and the one that got returned

Long dramatic story cut short, my daughter still chose the grapey colored stool so the brighter one went back, but it wasn't too upsetting it was a bit smelly!!! Not sure what was up with that stool.

I swapped her old chair for the new stool and put her chair in the extra bedroom along with the leaner mirror. This does put me over budget for the extra bedroom by a little over $100 but no complaints here. Love HomeGoods, love the stool, and love the mirror!




Thursday, August 20, 2015

Crystal Deodorant and Secret Outlast Gel Deodorant



I am veering off the beaten path here today. I needed to buy deodorant one day and was specifically looking for something gel, because I was so tired of the invisible "won't leave white marks on your clothes" deodorant leaving white marks all over my shirts. It was so annoying.

I went to DrugMart and in the deodorant aisle I found Crystal deodorant. It is a stick that is a mineral salt deodorant. You have to wet it with water and then apply it. It supposedly lasts about a year and it is supposed to block or kill the bacteria on your skin that makes you stinky. It is also endorsed by the Cancer Society. This stick can be used anywhere on your body that isn't pleasant according to the label, so essentially you can slather this stick all over if you need to.



Being so intrigued I had to buy it and it was on sale so I paid about $5 for the stick. I also bought a gel deodorant Secret Outlast. You have to wet the crystal stick under your faucet and rub it on, I have to re-wet a couple times. I let it dry on my skin (when in a hurry the hair dryer is used to speed things along, lol) and then I apply the Secret outlast gel deodorant.

After using this a few days to a week I noticed that I was fresh as a daisy all day long and I was not sweating much if any at all, typically by end of day I would be at a point where I need a shower but now I will say it is like I just got out of the shower at day's end. The stuff is awesome!

I do use it alone (without the Secret Outlast) and still amazing! I am just brainwashed by the deodorant industry and think I need the "real" deodorant. But the Secret Outlast is good too, but that Crystal Deodorant is magical or something.

I now have my 12 year old daughter using the Crystal stick too. I can tell when she either has not used it or hasn't used it effectively (meaning not wetting the stick enough). The other day she was a bit ripe in the car and I asked her did she forget her deodorant today and she said no I have deodorant on and I then asked the crystal deodorant? and she said no only dove deodorant. The next day she did the crystal deodorant and Secret outlast and what a difference!

The thing to watch on this deodorant though is on the label it warns that you cannot leave the stick on a natural stone counter. I don't have stone counters but regardless I am keeping this in a plastic bin in my linen closet so I don't have salty drips on the counters.

It's worth a small investment of $5-6 to try out this awesome deodorant!






Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Dollar Tree Wall Art - Extra Bedroom



For my extra bedroom I decided the walls were looking barren and something had to go up.



I hate popping holes in the walls, but looking at the naked walls was not working for me. I wanted to keep the room simple and uncluttered.


This room is small like 10x10, and the sofa sleeper is loveseat sized so finding art that was appropriate in scale was important.



Needing to stay within my budget is critical too. My budget was eaten up in paint and cabinet hardware. I was lucky to have just enough spray paint for the hardware, poly eurthane, and furniture on hand so my $100 budget was do-able. But I still was left with $21 in my budget to get me some kind of art on the walls.



My first decision was either 3 11x14 pictures or 6 8x10 pictures to hang over the loveseat. But I know frames are not cheap and there was no way I was doing this for $21. I decided to pay a visit to Dollar Tree to see if they would have anything that might work and ...... they did!



I found these frames in 8x10 in a champagne color for $1 each! Yay! I was thinking worst case was I may need to spray paint them, but the color was good. Let's be real they are $1 frames so they are cheap plastic frames with a little piece of glass and cardboard backing, but they look really nice. I went with 6 because I like that the frames are stacked and makes it seem much bigger than the wall space really is.



I did pull the swing arm and all the little metal bits off the backing. I used Command 3M picture hanging strips to hang these little darlings. I paid about $12 for the strips.



Next was what to put in the frames. I like the beach and the colors, blues, tan, aqua, white. So I went onto my art board on Pinterest and pulled up the pictures I liked best. I captured them with Snag It and cropped the pictures. I printed at 5x7 with the picture centered on 8x11.5 inch paper.



The centered picture creates a white border and I thought I would buy mattes to go over my prints but it was not needed, the white border in the frames looks like matted prints. So even less money to spend.



I used a ruler and a level to get my pictures on the wall centered, level, and evenly spaced. The frames look really good and I love the little beach scenes that goes perfectly with my neutral walls and aqua touches.


TO DO List:
paint walls
paint baseboards
clean blind
curtain?
move sofa 
paint cabinet
poly cabinet
paint cabinet hardware
paint side table
poly side table
dresser??
pictures or mirror?


















Friday, August 14, 2015

Painting a laminate side table



Part of my guest room update was painting the existing furniture so it was all color matched.

I have this little side table made for magazines and books that I got from Morris Home Furnishings eons ago for like $50. It is made with a laminate type material and it is a nice medium wood tone but I am sorta over it and it is chipped in places so it is time to update this piece.

I used Glidden Duo Primer and Paint in Eggshell in Behr color called Mourning Dove. This piece covered nicely (thank goodness!!!) I used the brush to do 2 coats and finished it with one coat by roller and a day later one thin coat of General Finishes Top Coat Poly Eurthane. Other than wiping it down with a wet cloth I did no other prep work.

The magazine rack and the little knobs were already a brass color so I decided to not mess with them by spraying with gold paint (I was out and did not want to buy a new can). Love it! So fast and easy and now matches the cabinet I recently painted.

I am looking at the Tarva six drawer dresser for this room while is is on sale at Ikea and I had already bought the Tarva night stand which is in the box in my garage. We'll see though, I am ready to be done with this room and want to move on to my next little project. But this room really needs a dresser....stay tuned.


TO DO List:
paint walls
paint baseboards
clean blind
curtain?
move sofa 
paint cabinet
poly cabinet
paint cabinet hardware
paint side table
poly side table
dresser??
pictures or mirror?