Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cheap-O Cute Decor and Shelf!

Well it's been one of those weeks that kind of just swept me off my feet with so much to do here and there that I'm wondering what the heck happened to it? Really, it's already Sunday? It's already the end of January, what happened to the past month?

But with everything that has been going on I did manage to do over my shelf that I bought from the thrift store for $3. I knew it wouldn't take to long to do so while the kiddos were napping (Thank Goodness!) I grabbed my Diet Dr. Pepper and skipped out to the garage. When I bought it (Yes, I did forget to take a picture of it beforehand, dang it!) it was a light blue color, banged up and it actually had some different colors on it from I don't know what on there, I really don't want to know what had been on there, but I knew it just needed some paint lovin! I didn't sand it down or prime it just scrubbed at it a bit to get it clean and let it dry, then I took some of the brown paint I had left over from my side table and painted it. Let it dry, then painted it again. After it had dried I took the sandpaper to it and gave it a distressed look to have some of the blue peek out from underneath. Ta da! All done with that!

Ok, now can I express enough to yall how much I HATE to hang a shelf! I hate it, hate it hate it! The plan was to put in our bathroom because I have one wall I just can't figure out what to put on there. So I hung it up and put my decor on it and was like "Dang! That looks really good, I think I'll move it into my bedroom instead!

So I did...

I went thru the hassle of hanging the stupid thing again, completely aggravated by this time, but it was worth it because I stepped back and loved it in there! Now on with the cheap decor I have on it, I absolutely LOVED this idea from this blog Thrify and Fabuless! She had went to Dollar General and bought clear candle stick holders, a hurricane vase, rocks and a white candle and put it all together and it is FABULESS, just like her blog! (To learn how to do it just click on the her link, easy peasy stuff right there!) So I took my butt on down to Dollar General and made one myself, I love it so much I'm going to make another one! Total cost for it all was $2.50 for the vase, $1 for the candle stick holder, $1 for the bag of rocks, and I already had a white candle here, so $4.50!!!! FANTASTIC!

I went to Hobby Lobby this past week to ya know "browse" around, but you know how that goes, kinda like going into Walmart, you have to buy something and never leave empty handed, if you can do it, then God Bless You! Because I can't! So I came across this sign that said "Grow old with me, the best is yet to be" Aww that's so sweet, huh? And it would be perfect-o on my shelf!

I have a feeling the best is not yet to be just yet, I smell a little baby girl running around here laughing, and it definitely is not roses that I'm smelling....*sigh.

Ok back to the decor...I don't want to disgust you any longer...

While I was at the Dollar General I came across some fake...umm.... I guess I'll go with grass and sticks...for a dollar each and was thinking, yep, I can do something with that! I bought another hurricane vase from Goodwill a couple of weeks ago for $1 and so I put the rest of my rocks in there, I need to get some more of them things, I guess I could walk outside and gather some, but ehh to much work...I'm lazy today. I put them in there with my "grass and sticks" and there ya go, $3.00 for the whole thing! I placed it on my table next to my bed and there is a 97.9% chance it will get knocked over from little hands grabbing at it but I like it to much, I'll take the risk, luckily it's so cheap it can be replaced if need be...*sigh again...

So here they are...

Just simple and clean, yes that's me and Hubs-kissy, kissy...Riley totally grosses out when she looks at that pic. I love it! I'm actually going to do it over black and white and get a different frame for it. Any other ideas of what I might could put on there???

My cheap"grass" vase! I like it...!
Look now it might not be there tomorrow!

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Gotta Love a Red Lamp!

Last weekend I did over a side table for my living room because it was too dang dark in there with only one lamp. Ok yes, I am kinda like a vampire, I like everything dark but when I turn on the lamp and it really doesn't help out to much and I have to squint to see what I'm reading, I need another lamp! So that is why I was on a search for a new side table, so I could add another lamp to let in a little more light in there. And to save my eyes from straining...

I hit up Goodwill once again on a hunt for a lamp. A cheap lamp that needed another chance of life! And I found her! (Yes, she's a a girl!) Sitting there lonely, banged up, paint chipping, silver grossness color and leaning without a lamp shade. Calling out to me...


I paid $2.00 for the lamp and a new little dress for her (the lampshade) was only a $1.00! And I LOVE  her new dress! I didn't have to do a thing to the lamp shade! I already had a light bulb laying around so $3.00 for lamp! Ya can't beat that!

She was a little banged up at the bottom and leaning so I got out the hammer and hammered it back in where it was all jacked up looking and tightened it back up again. I knew I wanted it to be red (I have a red accent wall in my living room so I needed some more red to pop out in there somewhere) so I bought some red spray paint in Cherry Red and painted her all up with 3 different coats and then rubbed a Dark Walnut stain on it and rubbed it back off to give her a little more character and this is what it came out to be:

I Heart it!

This is what she looked like before:

Eek! Silvery grossness right here...
I bet the people who donated this didn't know she just needed some lovin' to her to make her brand new again!

I actually loved the red lamp so much that I was sitting there admiring my new one and looked at my other lamp that was in the living room, I didn't say a word, got up unplugged it, put her under my arms, walked outside and painted her up also! I mean why not??? Just picture her being gold before...

I added her on top of that new side table I did, and I just love the red on top of the brown color! It makes it pop out a little more! Perfection!

What do you all think?
I'm looking around my house seeing what else I can take outside and paint...I'm on a painting rampage and can't be stopped!

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Baby it's cold outside...

Well yea, that's an understatement if you ask me. It's only going to get colder and I get pretty moody when I'm cold. Why? I'm not so sure...I just know Hubs stays glued to his Xbox and stays out of the the way. Hayden isn't in such a good mood herself, maybe because her hands almost froze off playing in the snow. Even more reason for Hubs to want to stay in another room, he's surrounded by moody girls all the way around.

Poor guy.

Maybe I'll go make him some cookies in a little bit, you know my way of saying, "Sorry, yes, I'm cold and moody" without just really coming out and admitting it to him.

I woke up to snow this morning and a foot in my face (who else, Hayden of course!), we got alot less than we were supposed to. Which is good, because even with a couple of inches were always stranded at home because of where we live. It consists of going down a steep hill and back up another one and I'd rather not pay my $500 deductable for sliding into a tree or feeling like I'm on a rollercoaster just sailing on down the hill...

Man I am crabby today...I apologize. I'll make you some cookies too.

We did go outside for a little bit though. We had that good fluffy snow, perfect for sledding, so that is just what we did! My dog, Homer, was going full speed and hopping all over the place in it, he kinda looked like a big ole white rabbit in the woods, then Hayden chased after him and feel face first, which resulted in her taking off her gloves, then her hands almost falling off, and then a nervous breakdown happened.

Time to go back in the house!

I did manage to get some really cute pics of them though. Sadie missed out on all the fun, she was napping, but I don't think she would have really liked it anyways, she's kinda weird like that and would have probably had a nervous breakdown herself. It's too cold for that cuddle bug to be out in that anyways...even though my cuddle bug has not been so cuddly lately. Shes been a butthead! (Yes, I did just call my baby a butthead) She fed Homer her Pop-tart this morning and then got mad at me because he ate it. I don't like a 1 year old pointing her little chubby finger at me and crying. I actually was kinda starting to convince myself I took the pop-tart away from her and fed it to him.

Oh man, it's only 2 p.m. It's going to be a long day...what to do, what to do...

Well here's one thing I'll do, I'll share my pics with you all!

Well there they are, my little snow bunnies. Were actually supposed to get another snow storm on Sunday, we'll see how much we get out of that one!

I'm going to make some cookies now and go redeem myself.

The crabby one...

Monday, January 17, 2011

My First Side Table Redo!

Yep, that's right, my first table, ok well, side table redo!

I am totally stoked!

I have been on a hunt for a new side table for my living room for quite some time now and everything I was coming across either

1. I didn't like it.

2. Ain't no way I'm paying that much for it! (Yes, I brought out the "ain't word for this one!")

3. Ain't no way I'm paying that much for it!

I'm cheap.

I never even thought of going to a thrift store to find furniture and just redo it myself. That is until I clicked on a blog, which led to another, and then to 356 more. Then the light came on in that ole noggin of mine,

"Kirby, get your butt down to the thrift sore and find you a piece of junk and do it yourself you crazy kid you!"

So I did!

I found me a side table for $15 bucks. All banged up and no knobs. Sounds like a winner to me! And the thing is heavy! It took 2 of us to get it into my trunk. But I sure was grinning the whole way home.

Of course I couldn't wait, every time I walked out to my garage it was looking at me wanting to be prettyfied (not so sure that is a word, but I'll take it!) and in my house where it was warm! Saturday was actually half decent here, not to cold and the snow had melted so I went at it.

I cleaned it up, I sanded, I primed, I painted, I drank a glass of wine while I waited, I painted again, I attached my new knobs (my favorite part of it), and I moved her on in...and I cried tears of joy. Finally a side table, it won't be so dark in my living room anymore. One side table wasn't cutting it.

Please note: No, no one got hurt in this process, that is not blood, it is red spray paint for another little project I'll be showing you soon!
Once again, no one was shot in this process, even though a little birdie did leave me a little treasure on top it when I got back home and I was not to happy about it, I let it live...

Ok, another note...I don't kill little birdies...

Looks like a little white puffy cloud kinda, I ran out of primer...

And here she is! (Go easy on me, my first time remember!) I was going to distress it a little bit, but then I kinda just like the clean look to it so I left it alone. I'm quite happy about it. And I can't wait to do more! I dream of thrift stores now!

I have looked through so many blogs and am truly amazed what y'all do to them! A real inspiration if you ask me!

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 for the first time! Can't wait to see what everyone has done this week!

Have a fabulous day!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ramblings to get me going again....

Alright, I know I have been a major letdown to blogging lately, I realize this.

I have completely legit excuses though.

As always.

My hubs tells me I'm the "Queen of Excuses", and I'm kinda starting to take him serious on this one, but then again, were all kinda full of excuses at one time or another. I tell him "it is not excuses, it's the truth!" He then rolls his eyes and walks out of the room. I act like I'm kicking him in the butt and go about with whatever it was I was doing. Simple as that.

I don't know what it was about this past holiday but it wore me the heck out! I still feel like I cannot catch up, I actually still have not caught up now that I get to thinking about it. We still have presents in boxes that I have put on top of closets just to get it out of the middle of the floor, I finally managed to pick up the girls rooms so you could actually see their floors. I still have a load of whites to do from who knows when??? I did clean out my seasoning cabinet only because my grandma bought me a new spice rack and I was excited to chunk some of the old ones out. I cleaned out my medicine cabinet because I was tired of Tums and Melatonin bottles falling out every time I opened the door. (Why does the medicine cabinet get so out of control?) Granted, its the same place I keep bills and other useless stuff. Yep folks, thats where I'm at, bills are useless! Ha! I wish! I wont even get started on my linen closet. I'm just going at it one thing at a time, if I try to do it all at once in a couple of days time, I get pissy! Sad thing, but I was pretty thrilled to take down all of my Christmas decor this year, it made my house look clean and organized once again...until you look in the cabinets and closets that is. Oh well it will clean one day, someday.

On top of all of this, we all got sick...again. First, Hayden, of course, she's a walking stomach bug. She started on Thursday night and then Hubs on Sunday a.m., Me-Sunday afternoon, and Riley-Sunday night. I felt like there was this green cloud over our house, you walk in that door and DING! your leaving throwing up!

So I havent been cooking a whole lot the past week or so. Lots of chicken noodle soup, crackers, and 7-up. Great diet. Speaking of diets...I ate one oreo truffle and candy cane kiss too many in the past month. My pants are not happy with me! So when we got home from my parents house I threw them all out, every last one of them. I'm weak. If they are here looking at me, I will eat them! I'm kinda tearing up now thinking about it, I NEED ONE! Were snowed in to make matters even better. I won't even get into how cold it is. My nose and toes have been cold for hours now. Even with my socks and Uggs on, its not helping a whole lot.

I'm off this weekend which I'm super excited about and I feel like thrifting!!!! I want to go check out all the thrift stores around here, Hubs actually likes going to those stores too, so that's my plan for this weekend. I have lots of things I want to do around this house. Hubs has a dresser that I HATE. It's just out dated, nothing really wrong with it, I just dont like it, so I'm going to do it over. Granted I have never repainted or redone any furniture so if any one has any tips, I'm all for it! I want to do our room over, its too dark. I want to brighten it up. Were going to move Riley back into her own room and move Sadie back in with Hayden sometime, so I'm going to do something different with Riley's room. I got a realy cute end table for 15 bucks this past weekend at a resale shop I go to. I'm sure the people that work their got a big kick out of me trying to squeeze that thing in my backseat with 3 carseats back there. I had an incredible nice choice of words going on as I was doing it! I smashed my finger, ok? It hurt! Lots of plans, feel like too little time, so I'm not going to stress, just get it done when I can. I need to get back to regular blogging again too. I miss you guys! So I'm back, I've breaked long enough! This was just a starter of ramblings to get me going again!

See yall tomorrow!

Love, Kirb