Fridays Unfolded Link Party {#144}

This morning as I scrolled through my facebook feed, my heart was burdened.  Burdened for those friends who are walking a difficult road today.  And in that burden I prayed.  And in that prayer I was reminded to thank God for the boring, and the mundane, and the ordinary, for if you look at those things through the eyes of God, they are extraordinary.  

Are you ready for another week of Fridays Unfolded?? 


This week here at frazzled Joy I shared with you a simple recipe organization system and our family Valentine’s Day dinner table decor.


My favorites from the party last week:

Last week I featured My Love 2 Creates Hall Closet Makeover, and I couldn’t help but follow up with a feature of her cubby storage that she built!

Cubby Storage Rack from My Love 2 Create

Speaking of closets.  I love what Bonnie did to update her closet and make it more functional.

DIY Custom Closet from Our Secondhand Home

I have always wanted to try one of these rice heat packs, and this tutorial from Bridget looks so easy to follow!

Heat Pack from CraftyBridge

Tanya shared these adorable spotted horse bookends that I love.  I have something like this on the list for my son.  Simple and cute!

DIY Spotted Horse Bookends from twelveOeight

Remember to grab a button for your blog if you were featured!!


As always remember to check out the other hostesses as each hostess chooses their own features. 🙂  Also make sure you check out our pinterest boards.  One board is for features and one board is for other things that may have caught our eye.


Now it’s your turn to share what’s unfolded for you this week!!

You remember the rules 😉

  • Follow ALL of our hostesses in some way: Frazzled JOY, NancherrowSew A Fine Seamand Skipping Sideways
  • Link up as many posts as you like – recipes, decorating, faith, kids, homeschooling, humor, giveaways…whatever unfolded for you lately.
  • Grab the code and post the party button or linked text somewhere on your blog.
  • Visit a few links (it’s a party, people!).
  • Pin only from the original posts.
  • By joining Fridays Unfolded you are giving us permission to post a linked photo from your shared post.
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Fridays Unfolded Link Party {#143}

I’m a little late to the party this week!  Ack!  This week has been filled with appointments and interruptions.  Blah.  But here we are again ready to party and so ready to see what you’ve been up to!!


Since the party last week I shared my daughter’s bright and fun room update.




I am so in love with the look and can’t wait to continue in the direction of my vision.

You guys shared a lot of cool stuff this week!  🙂 

Remember, If you are pinning one of these great ideas for yourself, please click over to the original link and pin from there – thanks!

This hall closet makeover by Mindi at My Love 2 Create turned out awesome!!  You must click over to see all of the details!

Hall Closet Makeover – My Love 2 Create

I love Rebecca’s thought’s and ideas on a spending freeze.  Have you done one?  I have and it was a really good learning experience for me!!

Do Without: The Spending Freeze – Letters From Sunnybrook

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I loved these yummy treats!!
Brittany from Pennies Into Pearls shared this yummy, simple, and inexpensive desert!!  Perfect for Valentine’s day.  🙂

Cent Savvy Strawberry Chocolate Kabobs – Pennies Into Pearls

And, these smores from Simply Suzanne’s At Home look so delicious!!  Who knew they made heart shaped, strawberry peeps!!

Chocolate and Strawberry Creme Valentine S’mores – Simply Suzannes at Home

Grab a button for your blog if you were featured!!


As always remember to check out the other hostesses as each hostess chooses their own features. 🙂  Also make sure you check out our pinterest boards.  One board is for features and one board is for other things that may have caught our eye.


Now it’s your turn to share what’s unfolded for you this week!!

You remember the rules 😉

  • Follow ALL of our hostesses in some way: Frazzled JOY, NancherrowSew A Fine Seamand Skipping Sideways
  • Link up as many posts as you like – recipes, decorating, faith, kids, homeschooling, humor, giveaways…whatever unfolded for you lately.
  • Grab the code and post the party button or linked text somewhere on your blog.
  • Visit a few links (it’s a party, people!).
  • Pin only from the original posts.
  • By joining Fridays Unfolded you are giving us permission to post a linked photo from your shared post.

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Painted Brick Fireplace Surround

I did something a couple of weeks ago that I never thought I would do.  I painted brick.  I love the texture and interest that brick brings to a room, but only if it’s a nice brick.  Our brick is ugly, always has been.  I’ve just lived with it for years because I was too scared to paint it, and to cheap to replace it.  You know, painting brick is pretty permanent.  😉
 
But, with the encouragement from many of you, I finally took the leap.  And let me say, I LOVE it!!
 
 
Here is a pic of what it looked like before the paint.  If you want to see the real before you can check out this post, where I kinda half got the nerve, and kinda white-washed the brick.  Which led to it looking like this.
 
 
I did a lot of reading first as to whether or not I needed to use a special paint, but most of the things I saw said that you didn’t unless you were painting the actually firebox, which I was not. 
 
I started with primer, nothing special here because honestly I wasn’t that concerned about an opaque coat.  I figured if some of the nuance of the brick came through to give the wall some variance, I would be okay with that.  If you are not, you might want to get a high-hiding primer. 
 
Halfway progress with primer – which takes forever btw.
 
 
Priming takes forever because you really are almost scrubbing the primer into the bricks. Bricks are porous so they really soak it up. Better the primer than the paint though!  I could have used a roller and saved maybe a tiny bit of time, but honestly, sometimes I just prefer a brush – more control.  Here is a pic after the primer was done – already tons better.
 
 
I let this dry for a couple of days, I wanted to make sure the primer was good and soaked in.  I don’t know if that’s necessary, it just sounded like a good idea to me. 😉
 
Then onto the paint.  I chose to use a satin finish because I didn’t want it to be shiny at all.  I have had good luck with satin being pretty durable, so we shall see.  I chose to match the color of the built-ins which is a lovely creamy white.  It’s not bright white, but it’s not off-white if that makes sense.  It is Glidden Antique White.  The sample reads a lot more beige than it actually is.  
And finally, here are a couple of pics I snapped when it was finished!!  I just couldn’t help admiring it.  🙂
 
I talked my hubby into ripping off the mantel which was leaning and seemed pretty shaky, but was actually attached VERY well.  What a booger!  I’ve never really liked it very much anyway – it just looked like a weird afterthought. So, we are living with these weird wood blocks in the middle of my white wonderland until I can decide what to put in it’s place.  I’m thinking either something like this
 
source: The Lettered Cottage
or something like this.
 
source:  The Lettered Cottage
Thanks to all my friends who cheered on my progress along the way!!  It really was just the help and encouragement I needed to mark this off the list!  One step closer to our new family room. 🙂

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Bright and Fun Teen Girls Room Reveal

In honor of my daughter’s birthday this weekend I thought I would finally share with you her new room!!  This was truly a collaboration between her and I design-wise, with her having the majority of the say.  In the past I would always tell her she could design her own room.  But, in the end it always ended up being more what I wanted.  This time I was intentional about letting her have her way.  Which proved to be difficult sometimes, I’m not gonna lie. 🙂
bright and fun teen girls room
orange teen girls room
triangle accent wall
 
I shared with you earlier the how-to on the triangle wall.  A labor of love for sure!
 
We did get to enjoy some crafting together along the way.  The large “A” above her bed was all her (and her dad). 
 
large A with lighted wall hanging
 
She drew the letter, dad cut it out, she painted it and she wrapped it in lights.  It’s super cute lit-up.  🙂  She said she wanted a big “A” and I just couldn’t see it, but it turned out great.
 
lighted A wall hanging
 
I shared with you last week the gallery wall I created for her.  I walk down memory lane.  🙂 So fun to put together, and she loved it – score!
 
gallery wall
 
She is very much what I like to call an out-in-the-open organizer.  If the place for things is not out in the open, things will not get put away.  So, I had stocked up on ideas from blogland for months and these are the ones we tweaked to work for us with a lot of supplies we had on hand.  
 
teen girl organization
dollar store tiered tray/ jewelry organizer – inspired by Charming in Charlotte / nail polish storage
teen girl bedding
 
The bedding is quite the combo.  With all the orange in the room, I insisted on white bedding. Daring to be sure with this messy teenager, but I knew the room needed some light.  We found this cuteness at TJ Max.  The throw and the adorable pillow were handmade by her granny and are just the right touch I think.  She was hoping for some fur pillows and I found these rather large ones at Sams before Christmas for $20 each, and they have feather inserts!  Steal :). The curtains actually moved with her from her previous room and they were purchased from Hobby Lobby.
bright and fun teen girls room
 
This room is so her, and I’m happy to have worked with her on this project! Do you have a teen you want to create a space for?  Make sure and give them plenty of input.  They need a space they can call there’s during these fun years. 😉  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!!

P.S. If you are interested in seeing where this journey started you can check out this post.

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DIY Trundle Bed

Thinking of all my friends in the Northeast today!!  I will do my best to send some of our warmth your way – in the 70’s here the past couple of days!!  My college boy made it back just in time for all of the excitement.  🙂  I’m glad he wasn’t trying to travel in it, and that he doesn’t really have to get out in it.  Stay warm and safe everyone!!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that there are some fun things going on around here, not quite ready to share the after yet, but it’s coming I promise!!
Today I decided to bring to you a project that we actually completed this fall.  With my college boy being home for a month for winter break, it got lots of use!!  Our DIY trundle bed!

When all the siblings were splitting and switching rooms, we decided to adios the bunk beds.  At 11 and 13 they are getting a bit big for them honestly.  But, I knew that I wanted an actual bed for everyone to sleep on when college boy was home – rather than the couch or floor.  

There are lots of tutorials for trundle beds out there.  And we consulted several.  Our biggest issue was the height of the mattress and the space under the bed.  There was not enough room for a platform for the mattress to lay on, and it was barely big enough for the mattress alone.  

We decided to add height to the bed with casters. Which was fairly simple to do.  Our bed frame had these metal ‘buttons’ on each leg that I just popped off (with a little force).  Then, I was left with a hole to screw in the caster.  We needed to drill the hole out a bit to make it big enough for the caster, but pretty simple process really.


The issue we had was in order to have room for casters under the trundle board we needed like 3″ casters which are huge, and expensive.  
So, as we are standing in the aisle at Home Depot, hubby spotted these furniture movers. Light bulb!!

Surely I could attach these to the bottom of our platform and they would slide well.  We trimmed our board to fit the mattress and the space under the bed, and we rounded the corners to protect toes.


Then, we attached the furniture movers with liquid nails, and added a couple of straps for pulling – made of a thrift store belt cut into two pieces and attached with screws.

Does it slide you ask??  YES!!  I think it might work better than casters, and doesn’t leave marks on the carpet.  The kiddos can easily slide it in and out!


We already had the mattress, so our expense was only the wood ($20), casters for the bed ($12), furniture movers ($8), and belt ($2) for the trundle.  Under $50 for it all!  Far less than purchasing a bed with a trundle!

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