Category: Fixer Fridays

Fixer Friday? : Simple fixes and Kindergarten woes

Y’all, this has been A WEEK. I haven’t even blogged because I kept writing this beautiful blog in my head and well, the ending hasn’t quite happened beautifully yet.

The truth is, we have had a hard week. Rory has a lot to learn about self control and not needing to get vengeance in every situation.

For example: When someone is on your side of the table tapping and getting on your nerves it is not okay to make it stop by gluing his hand to his side of the table.

Also, if someone is hitting you over and over again we should surely go tell the teacher instead of giving them black eye.

Don’t get me wrong, I very much so want both my girls to be strong, independent women who take care of themselves and don’t want them to be picked on because they are timid. BUT… but…. we need some self control up in here. People get on your nerves and make you crazy. That does not mean every single person who bothers you needs to be glued.

So basically this week I’ve been pouring wisdom (ha) into her and praying with her and over her so we can have some better days at school. We have also had some hard consequences like zero tv or screen time and one night of no soccer. I cried just as many tears as she did, but things are looking up. Not perfect, but who/what is?

It is only three weeks in but I’mm already so impressed with Rory’s teacher because while she has high expectations for her students (which I prayed for!) and yet she also knows kids are kids and they mess up. She expects a lot but doesn’t expect perfection. I think that is such a great trait in a Kindergarten teacher. Also, she gives grace. She writes me notes saying, “we will keep working with her and encouraging her because she is a great kid!” Do you even know how much that means to me?!

I haven’t done any major “fixer” to the house this week because of all of that and because my in-laws are coming in town tonight! So basically I’ve just been cleaning and making sure the house is just ready and comfortable for company.

I thought I would share with you this weird thing I was telling you about in our living room. For some reason it was painted the same color as the walls and looked strange. So I slapped on a few coats of shiny white paint and now it looks like it fits in with all the rest of the trim and molding!

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The only “major” project I worked was organizing my laundry room because- Y’ALL- it has been a hot mess.

IMG_4504Every day it was making me more of a wreck and I was avoiding laundry at all costs because it was overwhelming me so much to even go in there. So one day I just kinda lost it and tackled this room.

The first thing I did was get every single thing on the floor and on the washer and put it outside the laundry room. Then I swept, mopped and cleaned off the washer/dryer. I needed to see the room clean before adding anything back in it.

I got all my cleaning supplies and put them into this cart from IKEA that I love so much. Now I can wheel it all over the house and it always has all the supplies I need. Winning!

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I love this cart in here because it fits perfectly tucked away next to the dryer. I put the things I didn’t need into the cabinets that I sadly cannot reach. #shortpeopleproblems

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On the left side of the washer/dryer is a card table and chairs. We had them in the basement but I wanted them closer for easy access. IMG_4505I have been a washing fool since getting this done. Sometimes you just need a clean slate to help you breathe a little better! I do SO much laundry because, hello, have you smelled paper mill clothes?! So having a clean laundry room is essential to my mental health. Ha!

So that’s it. Just cleaning and trying not to lose my mind.

PS: I have lost it, who am I kidding?!

Happy Fixer Friday!

 

 

 

 

Fixer Friday : Bathroom Cabinets Edition

When we lived in Savannah I started on a bathroom re-do project but never got completely done. I was so terrified to paint the bathroom cabinets that I left them be the light wood color I hated and resented overtime I looked at them.

Our home now has those same cabinets and I’ve stared at them with disdain since we moved in May. After redoing the china cabinet last week, I decided WHAT THE HECK, LETS DO THIS THANG.IMG_4528

So, quite literally, I woke up and decided to do it on Tuesday.

My first step was to go on Pinterest and look at some bathrooms that were the size of mine and that I thought, you know, I wouldn’t mind looking at that every day. After seeing MANY white cabinets or black or dark stains, I typed in “blue bathroom cabinets” in the search bar. That is when I saw this picture and immediately knew I needed to do a blueish greenish color on my bathroom cabinets.

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After I made that decision I went into the bathroom to look at the tile to make sure it would match and low and behold- IT WAS MEANT TO BE. Not too matchy but in the same family of color. Yes.IMG_4538

I got my trusty sander and went to town on the cabinets. They had a protective coat so I made sure to knock all that off. Then I took the drawers out and the doors off. All the hardware was placed in a baggy PER DOOR. I only had two doors so it wasn’t a big deal, but I can see how confusing and jumbled things could be if you took them off and put them in a pile. You want to be sure you separate them out per door.

I headed to Lowe’s to grab some paint. It took me a while to find the color I wanted. Everything seemed a little too blue or a little too green. Finally I settled on Valspar 5002-4B La Fonda Villa Fountain in a Satin finish. One reason I chose this color was because it is a National Trust for Historic Preservation color and in my experience they have always turned out great. I feel if it has that title you really can’t go wrong. Here is an online swatch of it but it clearly isn’t the same as in person or on a surface.2a45c69ba43b1d953f9ece4433089345

I went and grabbed Ryder from school and headed home to paint!

Here are the cabinets before I started:

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The first coat when on pretty patchy and thin so I was very nervous thinking, “WHAT HAVE I DONE?!” (I have tried rotating this picture a million times but IT IS NOT ROTATING. Sigh.)IMG_4543Luckily, it didn’t stay that way! I painted three solid coats on every surface of the cabinets and that seemed like the perfect amount for them. I painted the doors on the ground and then carefully inserted the drawers and painted the fronts of them. (AGAIN, WON’T ROTATE, KILL ME NOW.)

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Right at the end of this project I may or may not have had a moment of clumsiness and well…. this is what happens.

IMG_4551Because it is a bathroom and the surfaces will get wet, I HAD to put on a couple of coats of polyurethane. I did two coats on the sink cabinets and three on the tub cabinets. *I first let the cabinets dry for 24 hours before applying polyurethane.

I truly cannot believe what a difference just the cabinets make. I plan to paint the walls a light grey and have some storage solutions and pretty things to go up on the wall. Hopefully I will get that done this weekend and be able to show you the finished master next week!

This project cost me $35 dollars: I bought the paint ($18-20), a brush and tarp to lay down because I was out. I should have skipped buying the brush because I bought a “cabinet roller” from Lowe’s thinking that would save time. Turns out, in my opinion, paint does not go on well with those. So I scrapped that idea quickly and got my trusty ol’ brush out. So the project could have cost me only $25.

As far as time frame goes…. y’all, I decided to do this at 8:00am, researched on pinterest until probably 1o:00am, sanded and cleaned every surface and taped off edges, went to lowe’s, picked Ryder up at 12:30, came home and painted the first coat (always takes the longest), picked Rory up from school at 2:30, finished and had the cabinets back together by the time Andy got home from work at 5:30. So half a day for a major bathroom change! Side note: I didn’t inform Andy I was doing this project so he came home to a surprise! ha!

I mean…. TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS AND HALF A DAY FOR NEW CABINETS. You cannot beat that! I am so glad I stepped out of that fear/comfort zone and went for it. I think it makes the bathroom a million times better already! Can’t wait to show you the finished room!

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Apparently I had painters tape over a spot and well, that will need some touch up paint!

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I hope you enjoyed this Fixer Friday! I would love to see your fixer so use the #fixerfriday hashtag and I will be searching for yours!

Selfishly I am loving this new series on the blog because it has gotten me so inspired to go ahead with the projects I’ve had in my mind for the house. It is amazing what a can of paint and branching out of the box can do!

 

(I also linked this post up with The Shabby Nest: Frugal Friday – I LOVE reading this blog and especially browsing the links on Friday!)

 

Fixer Fridays : China Cabinet Edition

I’m excited to start a new series on the blog today called “Fixer Fridays”.

Here’s the deal. I love to fix things up. Give me the nastiest piece of furniture and I will find a way for it to be revived. Show me a house that looks like a dump and I don’t see the bad, I see the good.

When Andy and I were looking for houses I really, REALLY, really wanted a fixer upper. We looked at a couple of “fixers” and I loved all of them. Unfortunately, I am also very practical and knew that with Andy’s work schedule and our budget currently it just wasn’t in the cards for me to get that fixer. So now my plan is to keep at it and eventually buy a cute little fixer that I can transform and then rent out. Compromise.

There are so many reasons why I love our new house, one of them being that there are some definite fixer things in the house. Our kitchen isn’t my favorite. Definitely functional and great bones, but the aesthetics and layout aren’t my favorite. There are a few other things with cosmetic changes coming their way.

Today I am going to show you the first furniture fixer I have done since moving to Cleveland. One issue with the kitchen is the lack of storage. I needed a place to hide small appliances and also something pretty in the room. When I lived in Savannah a precious lady sold me this china cabinet for $35. And it is the best $35 I’ve ever spent probably.

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The first step in redoing furniture is cleaning it. I always get a swiffer duster and dust the piece of furniture. Then I go in with a broom and clean the bottom of it to be sure there are no bugs. (I once bought a piece infested with spiders and I can’t even tell you what kind of nightmare that was.)

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The next step is sanding. I hate to sand, but you just gotta do it. I get my electric sander and buff all the “shine” off the piece of furniture. 99% of the time I don’t need to do more than a very light sanding to rough up the piece so the paint with grab onto it better. Once you are done sanding, take that duster you used earlier and get all the extra dirt the sander kicks up off of the furniture.

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Now it is time to paint! Tape off anything you don’t want paint on and get to it! I personally always use a brush to paint, but some use small rollers. The style I usually paint my pieces is an antique look where it isn’t perfect and looks aged so the brush works better with this technique. On this piece I did three coats, but most of the time two is enough. The paint I used was paint and primer together – Behr from Home Depot. I don’t know the color, but it is just white. I’ve used this quart of paint on 5 projects now. FIVE! IMG_4125 IMG_4188

After the paint dries it is time to rough that bad boy up! My favorite part of the process is this part. Sometimes I will look at a piece of furniture freshly painted and think, “oh man…. is this gonna work?!” because I HATE the way it looks sometimes before I rough it up.

To rough up the edges and give it the antique look I take a piece of sand paper and rub it on all the edges that would naturally wear down- like the corners and edges of the furniture. Some furniture and looks you want to achieve require the use of stain. I just rub the stain onto the furniture along the edges and then rub off with a clean rag until the desired amount is on the piece. The piece I’m showing you today I didn’t feel the need to use stain. Next time I do I will document that part and show you!

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Once you’ve sanded it the edges and make it your desired amount of “dirty”, you are done! Again, some pieces you may want to put some stain on the edges. If it is a piece of furniture you will be eating on you’ll need to polyurethane. I did my dining room table and added stain and polyurethane and that post can be found here.

So here is the piece before:

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IMG_4291It took me about 3 days from start to finish but I didn’t work in long time frames. If I would have had 4 hours without interruption I could have done it all in that time.

I hope you enjoyed this Fixer Friday and that you are inspired to buy something ugly and make it beautiful!

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I made a tiny video of the living, dining, and kitchen today. It was pouring down rain so sorry about the lighting!

 

Happy Fixer Friday!