Thursday, January 31, 2013

Our Home - Downstairs {Befores & Afters}

Living in a 1905 Victorian is not without it's share of headaches.

What you think will be a small project, turns into a big one

Or

You start a project, only to stop because 
something big and expensive pops up that has to be done.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Prairie Style Love Mantle {A Reveal}

Have you ever wondered what marriages/relationships 
were like back in the day?

I know there are times during our busiest seasons that sometimes I don't do much more than grunt at Scott and I'm asleep before my head hits the pillow.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Barn Wood Art With A Message {Tutorial}

One part of Eva's room makeover 
that I've gotten a lot of questions about is the 
"Daughter of the King" sign 
that hangs above her knee hole desk.

So, I thought I'd share with you how I made it.
No Cricut.
No Silhouette.


Monday, January 28, 2013

No Sew Ruffled Lampshade {Tutorial}

Do you have a REALLY ugly lampshade
that you're thinking about pitching in the garbage?

Don't do it!

You can totally save it, like the one I found in the attic
and used in Eva's room.



Friday, January 25, 2013

Window Treatments on a Dime {Tutorial}

Trying to makeover Eva's bedroom on a budget of absolute pennies, 
was one of the hardest things I have ever attempted.
I couldn't seem to get started.

The walls were painted.
The trim was painted.
And the floors were painted.

And then I stalled.

I kept looking at the windows.
I had a feeling if I could start there, the rest would come.

But what was I going to do for curtains???

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Kneehole Desk {A Before & After}

Auctions are my all time favorite place to find great things.
If you've never been to an auction, you should try it!

Don't know how an auction works?

You can read my series on Auction Etiquette on my old blog site
HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Eva's Antique Bed {Keeping It Real}

Eva's room didn't come together easily.

{You can see the full reveal with before & after pics HERE.}

There were definitely some ummmmm...  less than stellar moments.

Since I've made a promise to keep it really real here 
on the good old blog, I thought I'd share the story about Eva's bed.

{Also known as a piece of junk and other names 
that I was muttering under my breath .}

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Eva's Room {The Reveal}

Well...

Here it is...

Eva's Room.

All Grown Up.

Welcome to my little girl's bedroom...
A long time coming.








Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Few More Peeks {and Some Honesty}


I thought I'd be farther along on the room than I am today.

I hem and haw.

I make up my mind.

I change it again.

And again.

And again.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Time For A POPP {A Sneak Peek of THE Room}

I've never been a great one 
about keeping my mouth shut about what I've been up to.
I just get too excited and want to share it with y'all!
:D
Besides, after 4 posts about what I'm doing or thinking about doing, 
I figured it was time to stop talking and do a quick POPP - 
Proof Of Progress Post.


Because I know y'all are like, "What is taking so long?!"

I feel ya, believe me!
So...  Here's a sneak peek.

A quickie reminder in case you forgot...

{To my ever-living shame}

This is what her room looked like when I started.

Poor child.



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Eva's Room: Quickie Update

No Link to source from Pinterest
What did I accomplish this weekend?
Not a whole lot.

Normally when I go at a room, I don't stop until it's done.

This time, I was more like...

"Eh.  What's the rush?"

I mean, it's not like we've been doing this for over a year or something.

Pfft.

;)





Thursday, January 10, 2013

Paint... The Floors

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If you follow me on Pinterest, you have no doubt 
been inundated with a plethora of floor painting pins.

Thus, the next step in Eva's room makeover...
Painting the Floors.









Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Now I Remember Why I Hate Painting Walls

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I could probably
leave an empty space here, 
because that pretty much sums it up.

Or maybe I shouldn't say "walls" generically.  

I'll be more specific.

Now I remember why I hate painting old Victorian walls...

One Word:  Plaster

It eats paint
like an aardvark in an ant hill 
after 2 months on an Ant Watchers diet.

HA!



Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

Eva's Room: Getting Inspired

So, it's 11:51 am on Saturday morning and 
I'm sitting here with a 
Diet Dr. Pepper 
and 
munching on "Chicken in a Biskit" Crackers.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Motivation: Found it! (An Announcement & A Confession)

Okay...
So...
In my ongoing resolution to "keep it real", 
I am announcing something that will 
probably blow your minds.
In July of 2011, we started remodeling Eva's room.
Key Word: STARTED
Here's my pretty girl with her daddy 
(whom she has firmly wrapped - around her little finger that is)...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Word of the Year 2013

This blog post delves into the personal and what will surely be the longest blog post I'll ever write. 
So, if you want to keep your view that I have it all together and my life is perfect, you might want to skip this post.
Some bloggers want their readers to believe that.
Me?
Not so much.