Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Updated Foyer on a budget

 Almost 2 years ago we bought our first home! Wow, I can't believe it's been that long. The market was booming and there wasn't a whole lot to choose from in the time frame we had. We lucked out and found a raised ranch with a beautiful lot that worked for our family of 4 and as a starter home, because we all need that first starter home. The entryway is the first thing you see when you open the front door. It's a little foyer with stairs leading up to the living and dining area and stairs leading down to a large family room, bedroom, and laundry room. To make it short, this is the first thing you see. I knew from the moment we walked in that the foyer had to be the first thing to be remodeled. In 2 years it has drastically changed and slowly come together as we had mounted it on top of other ongoing projects. I'd like to say it's finally done, but really in my creative world " it's never actually done."

Here is one of a few before shots of the entryway. As you can see everything wood was that gold oak. The flooring is also a golden shade of parquet. It was all just a bit dated and boring.

After 2 years and many changes this is the after! I love it and most of all I love that I was FINALLY
able to talk my husband into changing out the 1980's chandelier that hung to high  in the entryway. Here we opted for a more modern light fixture and finish to match the new door knobs.  The light fixture is called a Wensley in oil rubbed bronze you can find it at Menards.

The flooring! I say it like that because let me tell you that was trouble. We originally had sanded down the the parquet thinking by staining it, it would update the look in a budget friendly way. However...no matter how many times we sanded the stain was just not taking well and it looked messy. We headed back to Menards to price flooring and we thought about tile but then we'd have to buy all the gadgets that go with tiling. We spent 2 hours up and down isles of flooring and came across laminate. I know... Laminate? But Laminates come a long way since back then and there are many different types. My sister had some in her living and dining room and loved it. So we decided to try it out. I'm very happy with it! It looks like real wood, easy up keep and cleaning, and if it gets damaged it's very affordable to fix as well as easy.

Now, for the stairway! Oh boy was this a chore and a tedious one at that! Anyone who tells you this is an easy quick weekend project is lying. We sanded the stair case down and decided to stain the tops and large posts in a dark walnut the rest we painted white along with the trim on the doors.

The after...I love it! It was a lot of work. Painting those spindles was not fun and it took about 6 coats after sanding it 3 times, staining, sanding again for the stain to adhere well. We finally got it though thanks to patience. It looks so much better and modern.



Until the next update...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wall art project...entryway wall before and after.

It's spring break!!! Which means I have a week off from work and I am able to be messy creative and not have to worry about work the next day!
I had plans to clean and then I saw a bare wall in my living room/entryway that was bare, spotted with paint colors, and just looking blahh because we are currently working on our entryways staircase floors and lighting it's  a little "under construction" so I decided I was going to paint it and that I did. I got my creative juices flowing...The weather was beautiful, it's spring break, almost summer, life is good so I got inspired to paint a abstract landscape of somewhere beautiful I traveled to recently. Check it out....

The inspiration...On my travel I took this shot in Estes Park, Colorado.

This green wall has literally changed about 25 times in the last year. It's the wall that sits at the top of the stairs and the first thing anyone sees when walking in or even standing at our front stoop. It's been blank, it's been cluttered, it's been a mismatch of junk (literally) I eventually was going to just find a nice square mirror to stick on it but with all the gadgets on it and the fact that a small closet opens up to it made it an awkward space for hanging anything. I originally planned a mural here but my over thinking everything got in the way.

Now, here is the after and at first I was skeptical, like all my art work my self doubt kicks in and I start to over think. For some murals in a home may be weird, not "designer" and maybe even tacky. However, I love color, I love paint, and I love putting it on walls to create art. I'm an artist therefor my home should reflect what I love, what I appreciate, and have personality. If I wanted a Pottery barn home I'd shop the catalog but I like quirks and even a "wow" factor. As I was painting my daughter says to me " mom, I love our house, it's so cool and not like anybody else's" that right there gave me satisfaction in what I was creating.

Excuse the ugly gold door, we have been in the middle of working on this area down to the entryway for the last few weeks it's being removed and a white door is being put in. I can't wait to share that project with you all soon!

Here is a closer look... I free handed it, it took about 8 hours to complete and I couldn't be more happy with it. It looks so beautiful with the rest of my home and flows nicely, it even makes that area feel larger.

I used a mixture of acrylics and samples of wall paint colors that I had lying around. I knew those dozens of little green and blue samples would come in handy one day.

Well I hope that my thinking outside the box and to not be afraid to be creative and different in your home has inspired you some. I love my house and all the blood, sweat, and tears along with creativity we put into it to make it "our home." I'm so excited to share with you the entryway and what we have done with it. It looks so different but we still have a few little details to put into place before I share.

                                           Peace and Love,

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Craft room turned Dressing/closet room on a budget.

I have been working on a few large projects lately. I finally got around to getting one of those semi-done. I say that because of course nothing I do is ever fully finished because I love change and finding new ways to dress up different rooms through out my home. This room was actually my office/craft room before. However, things changed. We live in a large house with 2 extra bedrooms we don't use so we turned them into a sort of his and hers office. The closets are pretty  small because it is an older home and I had clothes, shoes, and dressers scattered in almost every room because of the lack of space. I was tired of going from room to room to find anything. The fact that the closets were so full drove me nuts. I finally decided that because I work now and the basement is slowly but surely getting transformed into a family room I figured that I could eventually put all the crafts down there and have a desk for the kids. I wanted a clean space, so I had my husband build a closet in my once office/craft room. Oh, how much I love being able to have all of my clothes in one room. I tried to make it a little stylish with some things I had but eventually I would like to paint the walls and doors, put in a chandelier light, and eventually have all the same colored hangers. LOL. I know that may take a bit. For  now it works and it was less that 200 dollars.

Here was what it looked like when we first moved in a few summers ago and then I created a office/craft room space, which I loved but it was just feeling to over crowded and I felt that a closet would better suit my needs right now.

Here's the after of it all. I was able to leave my desk and computer where I can still sit and do my bills and search Pinterest for ideas. ; )

A wall of memories, favorite things, and a sweet love note with pictures from my 2 girls.

I hung some special photos, cards, and a "Best Mom Ever" award that my daughters put together for me.

The desk was originally red that I had bought from Target last winter. I decided to paint a few different shades of blue over it and dry brush it with white for a beachy feel. * no real wood was hurt for this project. : )

I am eventually going to put in new doors. For now however, the yellow doors must be overlooked.

I liked the thought of curtains hanging from my original closet doors.

I kept my bookshelves in the dressing room because I love books, and displaying my kids little trinkets they have made me over the years, photos and a few of my favorite things.

My bookshelves full of my books, arts, special photos, handmade trinkets, and knickknacks of my favorite things.

                                                       Stay tuned for the follow up...
                                                   Peace and Love Always........