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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Linking up with Boy Mom Madness
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Behind The Scenes and an Introduction

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Alison from Nancherrow about participating in a blog hop – a Tour Through Blogland. I loved the idea of giving my readers a little insight into how things tick around here at Frazzled JOY, and to introduce you to a blogger that might be new to you!

I have been blogging now for two years.  I was an avid blog reader before and found that DIY blogs really renewed my love for creativity and DIY. With a little coaxing from my hubby I decided to put my own voice out there.  

What am I working on?

I always have several projects going at once, and I am notorious for starting another. Right now I am working on my kiddos bedrooms.  I shared here that when my oldest moved to college, all the rest moved into new rooms, and they all had a vision for their rooms.  So, I have been working to make those visions happen.  Remember this is where we started a couple of months ago.  It’s been a slow process but we are getting there.

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

The most important thing to me about this blog is being myself.  You might get a great DIY project one week, you might get a quick tip the next.  The next week might be filled with heart stories of our family, or our faith.  

Why do I write what I do?

My goal in writing and creating is to encourage. Maybe you are encouraged or inspired to try a DIY or an organizing project. Maybe you are struggling with being a wife or mother on a particular day and something I said helps you know that you are not alone in your struggle. Really this is my purpose – to bless.  

How does my writing process work?

Most days I share things I am working on at our home. As I have been speaking to during this month’s blog series – I am still working to make all the spaces in this home functional and pleasing for our family.  I do my best to share how-tos as much as I can. Some days however, the Lord puts words, thoughts, emotions on my heart.  And, when that happens, I am called to share.

I am so thankful for those that read along.  I pray that you are blessed through this little corner of webiverse.

Speaking of being a blessing.  I would love to introduce to you Lisa from Shine Your Light.


Lisa has been a blessing to me from the very beginning with her sweet words of encouragement!  She is a fellow DIYer with some mad skills.  You really must go and check her out!!



She just completed a quick update to the stairs in her garage.





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Lightening The Load

I’m taking a time-out for just a day to let you know about a couple of other really great 31 day series that are going on this month.

One of the biggest problems that we had was too.much.stuff.
I have spent many, many, months clearing out and stuff from everywhere in our home.  There are a couple of areas that could still use some work, but most places are down to just what we need and what we love.  

If you are drowning in your stuff, go – run don’t walk – and check out these ladies that are going to help you work through things slowly and methodically.  

They are a little bit different, so please pick the one that looks like it might work best for you.  I wanted to share today before we got too far in and you were too far behind.  

Ruth from Living Well Spending Less is leading a series called 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life

And Toni from A Bowl Full of Lemons is leading a series called 31 Day Purge


Happy de-cluttering!!

To see other posts in this series click on the link below

31 Days Series Launch

http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html

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Prioritizing The Problems

Ok, so how did you do with your evaluation?  Do you have a list of problem areas?  Ya, we did too. And it was a l.o.n.g. list.  You see, other than painting walls (some several times) we had done almost nothing to make this house our home. There was a lot of things that frustrated me over the years, but I just dealt with them thinking this was just temporary until we found ‘that house’. No more of that!!
 
The next step was to prioritize the list.  As much as we would have loved to have taken care of it all at once.  We didn’t have that kind of budget. So, we prioritized.  We decided to start with the area that irritated us the most – the entryway.

 

Step two:  Prioritize your list.  Decide what area needs the most attention.  
 
Now this can take some bargaining and compromising between you and your spouse.  I think that if you are married it is good to make these kind of decisions together.  It’s always helpful for us to bounce things off each other. Each person has their own response to a problem, or a room in this case, and it is good to take both into consideration.  Now when it comes to design…Ha!  
 
That’s all for today – prioritize your list of problem areas
 

To see other posts in this series click on the link below

31 Days Series Launch

http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html

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Figuring Out The Root of The Problem

So, here we are.  We have pulled the sign in the yard, and I have decided that I am no longer going to feel “stuck” in the house, but I was going to make this house our home. Sadly we had lived here for 10 years before I made this decision…  🙁
 
I wasn’t quite sure where to start.  But, I knew that there were places in our home that just weren’t working for our family.  Reasons I was feeling stuck.
 
So, hubby and I began to discuss that.  We began to look around and take note of the problem areas – you know the ones – the ones that drive you crazy!!  Ya, like this
 
Or this
 
 
There were many more, these were just a couple of examples.  Some of them we realized were function problems.  The space simply didn’t function like we needed it to.  For instance, with the entryway.  There really wasn’t a landing place that was big enough for six people to drop bags, and shoes, and coats.  
 
Other spaces were more form (aesthetic) problems.  Like the laundry room.  I didn’t have a problem getting the laundry done in the space really, but I hated being in there because it was a lifeless space.
 
Are you feeling stuck??  Are you not enjoying the blessing before you that is your home??  If so, walk through this process with me this month, day by day.
 
Step 1:  Evaluate your problem spaces – the ones that drive you crazy.  Decide what’s not working and why.  Is it a function issue or a form issue.
 
That’s it for today – not too hard right??  
 
See you back here tomorrow :).

To see other posts in this series click on the link below

31 Days Series Launch

http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html

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