Painted Furniture For the Kids

Whew, I needed those few days off!!  Writing for 31 days straight can wear a person out! I can’t imagine what it would be like to write a book :).
 
I was really hoping to share with you one of the kiddo’s rooms with you this week, but it has been cloudy for days.  🙁  So, I am going to share with you a couple of pieces of furniture that got a makeover using my Home Right paint sprayer.
 
You see about two months ago my friend Jennifer tagged me in a instagram contest sponsored by the lovely folks at 11 Magnolia Lane and HomeRight. I then returned the favor and tagged another friend, Robyn – since the contest was win one for you and one for a friend.  And guess what?!? Yep, my friend Robyn and I won (sorry Jennifer)!!  I know it’s cliche to say “I never win anything”, but really I never win anything, and I have been wanting one of these for a while now, so I was beyond excited.  Like, jumping up and down in my living room screaming, while my hubby looked at me strangely excited!!
 
You see I had a line of furniture waiting to be painted for the kiddo’s room re-dos, and I was dreading it!  But, no longer!
 
 
Here are a couple of pieces – a bookshelf for my nature lover.
And a dresser for my all-American. (click here to see his room completed)
 
 
(I have to admit, I did the stripes with a brush – I’m not that good yet.)
The sprayer really did save a ton of time, and my hand from being cramped for days.  I still need some practice on getting the right consistency of paint, but if you are patient and follow the included directions it’s really not that hard.  [I tend to leave out the patience, and assume I know what I’m doing.  Ha!!]
 
I am also super excited to share with you that I am joining a fun group of ladies for a linky party on Friday’s called Friday’s Unfolded.  The party was started by Alison and she has graciously allowed us to join in on the fun!  Every Friday, six blogs!  So, be sure you come by and link up your projects from the week!  🙂
 

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Making Bedrooms Functional and Awesome

Let’s talk bedrooms today.  Bedrooms are a little tricky when it comes to function, because almost everyone has different needs.  But, the basics are the same.

Everyone needs a bed, and storage for clothing. Aside from that, the possibilities are endless.  

Please, please, please pin from the original source for these photos by clicking on the links below each photo.  This way the person responsible for the loveliness gets the credit.  🙂

If you are working with a nursery, then you might want a place for nursing and rocking – some sort of rocking chair.  And then you will need some storage for baby things.

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For a toddler room, you are definitely going to need more storage for toys and books and such. Also, with a toddler room you might want to give it a little personality – maybe to fit your child’s interests at the time.  Or, maybe, if you’re not crazy like me, you might want to choose something that could transition with them for a while and last a little while design wise.

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Grade-school to tween is pretty much the same – bed, clothes storage, toy storage – with maybe the addition of a desk.  As far as design, this again is dependent on how long it needs to last.  Kids love spaces that are taylored to their personalties, and their likes. And, there are ways to do that without getting too themey.

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How?  you ask.  Well, for me – keep the big things basic.  Bedding, paint, window treatments – keep those in a solid color or a pattern that fits the “theme” or decor.  Use accessories to really make the “theme” come alive.

Teen rooms are all about making a place where they feel comfortable.  They want a more grown-up space but they still want to show their own personality.  I think this is a great time to get them involved in the design.  Then their is some ownership in it.  Teens need a place where they can retreat.

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For us grown-ups, it’s all about a sanctuary. Often times, the master bedroom is forgotten territory.  For years, our bedroom was the room of cast-off furniture.  Full of mis-matched pieces, that didn’t fit the space.  Just like teens, moms and dads need a place to retreat and relax. Don’t neglect your own space.  Make sure that you only have things in the room that make day to day easy.  

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We are very close to having spaces for each of the children that suit them perfectly, after the biggen’ went to college and everyone moved. It has definitely been a process and I can’t wait to share!!

To see other posts in this series click on the link below
http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html

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A Functioning Master Closet

Hey y’all!!  How are those closets coming??  I know yesterday I said I would share two closets with you today, but as I was editing photos and writing, I realized that would be a LONG post – so today you get to see our master closet.
 
This little revamp was way over do!!  This is another space that I had left alone in the name of “all or nothing-ness”.  Because what really needs to happen is a complete gut and overhaul.  But, that has not made it to the top of the list yet.
 
A couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t take it any longer and I dove in.
 
This is what I was starting with (keepin’ it real folks).
 
cramped walk-in closet
 
I knew there wasn’t a whole lot that I could do, but there were a few things that had been disfunctional for a while that could be fixed. First things first when organizing a space…
 
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take EVERYTHING out.  Even though I knew the clothes were going back in where they came out, I still took them out.  It’s always good to start with an empty space – plus it gives you a chance to dust and vacuum the space ;).
 
And this is the result!
 
Sorting the closet clean out.
 
As you take everything out, sort things into like piles.  You would be amazed at how many things are out of place – even if you thought you had a ‘system’.
 
Cleaning out a small walk-in closet.
 
The other good thing about starting with an empty space is it allows you to evaluate and determine the best place for things.  Especially if you have lived somewhere for a long time this is a great idea.  Being able to see the space empty allowed me to think more clearly about how to use the space instead of just falling back into old habits.  
 
Organizing a small walk-in closet
 
When it’s time to move things back in, take time to purge while you go.  My hubby and I try to do this with our clothes about twice a year.  If we haven’t worn it in a year we typically move it on, unless it’s something for special occasions.
 
Also, as you are moving things back in, make any necessary adjustments to current storage.
 
Storage solutions for small walk-in closets
 
I had been using the hooks on the ironing board storage to hang my robe.  This worked great until I needed the ironing board.  So, I moved the ironing board hanger over towards the door and added a hook just for my robe.  Also, that hook we used for belts, it was hidden behind the clothes storage – not sure why the previous owners put it there – not useful at all, so it got moved over where it was out in the open.
 
There were some other things in the closet that just needed a home.  They were typically strewn about everywhere and you know what that means – we could never find them.
 
Dollar Tree closet storage items
 
So, after a quick trip to Dollar Tree and $7 later this is what we ended up with.
 
Small walk-in closet storage solutions.
 
The hats are hanging on an accordion hook that was already in there, it just got a new home. Hubby’s ties and my scarves are much more visible on the wall, and the baskets on the shelf are corralling baseball caps, purses, and flip-flops.  
 
In a few hours, and for a few bucks, we had a new space that was a lot more functional and more pleasing to us!!
 
Before and after closet clean up.
 
You can see from the before and after, it doesn’t always need to be a dramatic change. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or time to make a space pleasing and functional for YOUR family.
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Triangle Feature Wall

Hey y’all!!  The feature wall in my daughters bedroom that I mentioned last week is complete! And my hand is aching from holding a paint brush for hours on end.  But…it looks amazing!!
 
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We spent many a days stalking pinterest, pinning inspiration pictures of painted feature walls.  She definitely wanted something geometric and something bold.  And as much as I tried to convince her to go with something big (and easy), this was the inspiration she kept going back to.
 
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Once she sets her mind on something it’s pretty hard to change it.  So, I checked out the inspiration only to find that the triangles pictured were actually vinyl decals…  Well we were not really wanting to put stickers on the wall (although I’m sure it would have been a lot quicker), so we spent more hours scheming up the best way to accomplish the task.  She decided she wanted to cover the whole wall rather than a section.  And, seriously, we tried to think of a way to tape off the whole wall, or maybe I could make a stencil.  But, in the end we realized it was just going to be a process, there was no way around it.  
 
So we started with horizontal level lines spaced the size of the triangles she wanted and then started marking the bottom width of the triangles on the line.  Next we matched up those lines to mark the sides of the triangles.  
 
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My hubby thought it was a little redundant to draw the triangles on the wall and them tape them off to paint, and maybe it was, but it made it quite a bit easier for us to keep up with what we were doing where!!
 
Half of the triangles (all the ones pointing down) were staying white, so after marking all of the triangles, my daughter began numbering them off making a sort of paint-by-number for us. She had picked out 8 different shades of orange paint and had decided on an order for those colors. 
 
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Being smarter than I would have been – she even numbered the bottles of paint.  🙂  We used acrylic for these which many of you might think is a huge no-no.  But, I have done it many times before and with the help of a coat of primer, you will never know the difference when you re-paint, and in most cases it is way cheaper than samples of wall paint.
 
taping off triangles for feature wall
 
Next came the taping.  Which again was an experiment.  We tried several ways to tape off large areas.  But, we soon discovered, that while we taped off one set of triangles, we were covering up another set.  
 
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So, we just taped off a set of triangles, painted and moved onto the next set.  My baby girl did her fair share of the work, which I love, and I helped out while she was at school.  Here’s a little slide-show to show the progress.

 
And just for fun, the ginormous tape ball we ended up with! 🙂
Together we knocked it out, and literally this vision of hers is a knock-out in reality. Definitely geometric, definitely bold – just like her (well the bold part at least ;)).  
 
I love it, but mostly I love that she loves it!!  
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Labor Day Painting Party

My blogging as of late has been sporadic at best. I know.  Let’s just say August ate my lunch. When the kids went back to school yesterday and hubby went to work, I sat in the silence for about 2 hours sipping my coffee and trying to quiet my mind and body from the constant chaos that was my life in August.

When we came home from our trip, we moved furniture.  From one room to another kids stuff was lugged.  Paint colors were chosen, and lucky for me every store was having a paint sale this weekend!! 

We finished painting two out of three rooms over the weekend.  The third being my daughters.  She has schemed up this crazy idea for a feature wall, which is going to turn out fabulous, but will take for.ev.er.  So, needless to say her room is not done.  

Here are the colors that were chosen.

My youngest loves animals, so we are going with a natural color scheme for him.


The color is Martha Stewart’s Spanish Moss which I had mixed in Glidden paint.

My middle boy loves soccer and last year when he and his dad went to a USA game he got an American flag that he promptly hung on his wall. So, the obvious choice for him was an Americana room.


This color is Olympic One Stormy Ridge.

My daughter is a junior.  We have redone her room more times than I would like to count. The last couple of times, I asked for her input, but really I made the decisions. This time her one request was to do what SHE wanted.  Even though I cringed when I saw this color on the wall, it is totally her.  


The color is Olympic One Field Poppy.

I just keep reminding myself that I only have to live with it for two years ;).  And, no I am not wishing those years away!!!  May they be long and slow!!!

So, there you have it.  Walls are done and getting done.  My garage looks like a furniture shop as pieces wait to be up-cycled (painted, stripped, stained, etc).  If I don’t post often, it is because I am hard at work!!  

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