High Five on Friday

Hey there friends!! I hate to say this will be a regular series, because to be honest, I’m terrible at those!! 😳 But…I’m going to try!! I am always finding things that I love on the interwebs! I try to share them with my hubby, but honestly he doesn’t care most of the time. 😆 He tries his best to act interested, bless him. 😉 So, I thought maybe you would like me to share them with you!! So here we go with “High Five on Friday”!

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The Hallway – Progress and Design Thoughts

A couple of weeks ago I started a project. I have been pretty short on projects this year. Slow on the draw. I don’t know why, just haven’t had the motivation. But, the weather was warming up so I decided to pull out the paint cans. Here is the hallway when I started.
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Not bad, but not really the style that I have been making our home over the past year. I have been working towards light and bright. So, out came the can of white paint. And here we are now.

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Still a little bit of work to do (the cabinet doors), but we are headed in the right direction.
 
And, here is the plan.
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#1 is my dream hallway – Lots of light, wide, tall ceilings, great floors, and awesome light fixtures. But…you saw my before, and the budget does not allow for gutting and remodeling the hallway.
 
So, we will work with what we have with white paint, new light fixtures, a wall treatment (obviously some sort of gallery wall), and the bookcase will return to the corner of the hall and will need some cute styling.
 
I’m giving myself time on this update. There are a lot of things going on with the kids and family, and a lot of things going on behind the scenes of the blog so I don’t want to spread myself out too thin. That’s the way decorating happens in real life. Am I right? 
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Reclaimed Wood Planked Reset Ceiling {Be Like Joanna}

Hey there! Are there any Fixer Upper fans out there?? You know you love it!! So, I’m a couple of weeks behind but as I was watching the bachelor pad show a few nights back, I had to stop and rewind and watch again. Did you see that kitchen?? How about the reclaimed wood everywhere?? But, more specifically the reset ceiling that was planked with it??
I paused again and called my hubby in and said “look”!!

You see a while back (2 years ago) when I was updating our kitchen bit by bit, we finally got around to addressing this ugly light box thing.



Although I would have loved to remove the soffits and take all the ceiling back to regular height, we knew from previous experience in this house that probably meant moving electrical lines at the least. Which meant $$$ we didn’t have. 

So, I thought long and hard on a simple solution that we could DIY. I decided on planking it in some way.
Maybe creating a coffered look.

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And then one day as I walked into the kitchen and saw our newly updated breakfast bar I had a flash!


Yes! Carry the reclaimed wood to the ceiling and tie it all together!! Honestly it is one of my favorite parts of the kitchen!


So, there you have it folks! The time I did something before Joanna!! Ha! [although I’m sure someone did it before me ;)] Have a wonderful day!!

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Plans For 2016

How is it possibly Friday already!?! Like many of you I’m sure, I have been busy reclaiming my house after Christmas. I don’t know about you but for me there just seems to be things stuffed everywhere during December. And by January I feel like I must clean out all the stuff before the walls close in on me!!
 
I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction things will be headed in 2016 and I’ve nailed down a few things that I would like to accomplish.

Personal Goals
 
*Get more fit. I don’t need to run a marathon or lose a ton of weight. I just want to be able to walk up a couple flights of stairs without being out of breath. Or be able to hold a light fixture above my head without my arms feeling like they are going to fall off.
 
*Be more hospitable. I enjoy having people in our home. But, we never do it. I can always come up with some lame excuse why. But, I feel like the Lord is calling me to be more open.
 
Home Goals
 
There are really only a few things left on my master list to get our home to where I would like it to be style wise. I am super excited about this!!
 
*Freshen hallway – new paint for walls and trim, and finish panel treatments for all those doors, and possibly new lighting. I am also planning on getting a ton of family photos out of boxes and on the walls!
 
*Master closet makeover – this will be a full gut job and rebuild. Custom and DIY.
 
*Master bath details – just a few finishing touches that need to be done – trim paint, window treatment, wall decor, and maybe a shower door.
*Organizing – I’ve done a lot of organizing in our home over the past few years, and we are leaps and bounds from where we used to be. But, there are a few things that have been neglected – the tedious things – photos (both printed and digital), CDs, DVDs, kids keepsakes, our keepsakes. I’m hopeful to make it through a lot this year, but we shall see!!
 
*Landscaping – this one seems to be on the list every year. It seems to be one step forward and two steps back with our yard. We lost lots of tree limbs and possibly a medium tree that anchors the corner of our house in front. We will see how she fairs in the spring. 
 
*Home repairs – we have some bigger, more boring things that we may have to spend money on this year – ugh – the fun part of owning your own home. 
 
Business Goals
 
*Blog more – I love to write here and share both projects and family things! You may even be seeing more crafty things. 🙂
 
*Craft more – I am researching and considering opening an etsy shop or a booth at a local craft mall. I love to do all kinds of crafts and would love to be able to use my creative skills everyday. (wow, there, I put that out there now I’m accountable to y’all about that. trying new things scares me. the possibility of failure sometimes paralyzes me from doing anything. I am working on trusting the Lord’s leading and His power to put one foot in front of the other.)
 
So, how about you?? Any big plans for 2016? Anybody else venturing out and trying something new? 

 

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Top 10 Posts of 2015

Hey there! I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I know we sure did! Blessings upon blessings!

I always like to take a minute and look back over the past year as the new year is approaching. And, today I’d like to do that with you by sharing the top 10 most viewed posts of 2015 ranked by you the reader! 🙂


Let the countdown begin!


#10 Patio Reveal – Our patio got a lovely update this year and we are using the space so much more than before!


#9 Tween Boy Bedroom – I love making spaces tailored to the taste of my kids!


#8 How To ‘Slipcover’ an Ottoman – Great deals are my favorite and this one was no exception!


#7 Stenciled Entryway – a stencil and a little paint brought new life to this small space.


#6 Painted Brick Fireplace Surround – I spent years going back and forth on painting the brick, and when I finally got my nerve up I wonder why I waited so long!


#5 Bright and Fun Teen Girls Room – Another fun kids space just for my girl, filled with DIY!


#4 Freshening Up The Curb Appeal For Spring – bringing in some instant color in the spring with perennials.


#3 Bathroom Makeover – my One Room Challenge project this fall was a big hit!


#2 Ribbon Makeover – such a simple and budget friendly solution to make what you have work with your new space.

and last but not least, one of my favorite projects and yours – 


#1 DIY Floating Mantel – this was easier than expected with maximum impact!

The one thing I would love to pass on to you from 2015 is two-fold: don’t be afraid to try a DIY – you never know if you can until you try!! And, don’t let budget constraints keep you from making your house a home – look at it as a challenge to be creative!! 

My goal here at frazzled JOY is to demonstrate how both of these things are possible! Wishing you and yours a happy new year!!

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