Friday, November 15, 2019

Our New Crafting Center

I had an idea in my head for a piece of furniture to add to our downstairs bedroom.  I knew that if I could find just the right piece I'd be able to make it work for keeping all of our crafting supplies together in one defined place.

We are a family that loves to do crafts together, especially at the holidays.  Whenever we do crafts it seemed to take forever to find and gather everything we needed as well as it created a huge mess in our living room.  Now that we have a better place set up for doing crafts it only made sense to have a better place to keep our supplies.

Dollar Tree finds

In September I found a bookcase on Facebook Marketplace that I was sure would work perfectly for what I wanted.  A cabinet on the bottom with doors to conceal items as well as shelves above for storing baskets or bins.  It was also done in the same dark finish as the rest of the furniture in the room.  Even better the owner only wanted $20 for it!

The plastic faux wood coating over the particle board had peeled away

When I got there to pick it up I was happily surprised to find it to be sturdy and in really good condition.  The only real flaw was the trim at the top had some damage, but I knew I could do something with it so I wasn't deterred at all.  I paid the lovely young lady $20 and then she and I loaded it into the back of my truck.

You can't even tell the trim at the top was ever damaged

Once the downstairs bedroom renovation was completed I turned my attention to the bookcase.  First I gave it a really good cleaning with some Fabulosa and a damp cloth.  With a little bit of black and brown acrylic paint and a sponge brush I was able to take care of the trim along the top and with some furniture markers I'd picked up at Dollar Tree I went over the entire piece and filled in any nicks and scratches.  It looked good as new so I set it in its new home.  I'd picked up six dark gray fabric bins, also from Dollar Tree, for the shelves and spent the next few hours collecting all of our craft supplies, organizing and putting them into the bookcase.  So much fun!

In the cabinet I have plastic containers with beads, all of my colored papers and cardstocks as well as a plastic bin filled with scrapbooking paper scraps.  On the shelves I've organized our Modge Podge, glues and adhesives along with my glue gun and glue sticks into one of the fabric bins.  Another holds painting supplies while another one holds stamps and ink pads.  I've put my card making supplies into one of the bins and various other craft supplies into another.  I still have one empty fabric bin to hold other items later on if I happen to buy more stuff.  For now I don't plan to do that, however.  In fact, I think I have too much, but we'll see once we get crafting.  You can always seem to find something new!

These bins are a pretty and practical way to organize our craft supplies

Total cost for this project - $27!  Bookcase = $20, six fabric organizer bins = $6, one three pack furniture markers = $1.  Not bad at all and I'm super happy with how quickly it all came together and how well it turned out.  It looks really nice in the room.

Looks really nice in here

I love having everything together in one place, neat and organized.  The way it is setup is visually appealing as it conceals any clutter.  With this room also being my oldest daughter's space when she visits it doesn't look like Mom's stuff is in her room and she can enjoy her time in here.  I think it turned out perfectly and will be a lot of fun to use next time we decide to do some crafting.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

How Much Did The Downstairs Bedroom Cost?

Nothing!  I didn't have to spend any money out of pocket to renovate this room and I am super excited about that, let me tell you!

I was just thrilled to be able to take my "collection" of trim
and finally get to put it up in the bedroom

All of the trim I used is what I've collected over the past two years from the FREE WOOD bin near my work.  I was hoping to get enough pieces to go all the way around the ceiling and that is what I got with a couple small pieces to spare.  I also collected enough door stop trim to use to run a second row of trim around the room as well.  The corner pieces I used are the end cuts from the other projects we did so no need to purchase new ones and they got used up so no waste.  Yippee!!

These two pieces plus a scrap I had in the garage
got the door trimmed out quite nicely

I had two pieces of moulding left after completing our upstairs hallway and was able to use that along with a scrap piece left from our living room renovation and trim out the door.  I've wanted to get that door trimmed out for a very long time and it feels really good having that off my "to do" list.

Three gallons of paint with a $10 rebate offer

My $30 gift card for my rebate

Home Depot had a really nice paint rebate offer going over Labor Day weekend and the week after.  I decided to take full advantage of that by buying two gallons of Pure White and a gallon of Sweet Grass by Behr.  About a month before that I had redeemed my credit card rewards points for a $100 gift card to use to purchase the rest of the paint I needed this year so I used that gift card at the time to buy the paint.  I received a rebate of $10 per gallon after purchasing the paint and within a couple of weeks I received a $30 gift card in the mail.  Three gallons of paint at no cost out of pocket plus a $30 gift card?!  Score!

Amazing what you can do with a bunch of scraps

Yes indeed, truly amazing

I had just enough leftover adhesive to use to get the trim installed and half a tube of painters caulk too.  I still needed another tube of that however, so I used the new $30 gift card to pick up the rest of the painting supplies I needed for this project.  Surprisingly, I still have $10 and some change left on that card to use on my next project.  You have to know I've already got one planned, right?
The carpet cleaned up beautifully

We had not budget to replace the carpet and that was alright.  I borrowed a friend's carpet cleaner to clean the bedroom carpet and used spot remover and white distilled vinegar I already had on hand to do the job.  That saved me the cost of renting one.  Boy did I ever appreciate that I was able to borrow her machine.  It did a fabulous job.

This room is no longer the space we want to keep behind closed doors

So the entire room was done with quite literally no budget and the results are pretty darn amazing if I do say so myself.  Where there is a will you can always find a way to get something done.  You might have to get pretty creative, but if you are really patient and think about it long and hard you will definitely figure it out.  

With so many other projects needing to be taken care of at our house this bedroom wouldn't have been done otherwise.  It desperately was in need of some TLC so this project truly means a lot to me.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

What Are You Planning For Thanksgiving?

This year we are having company for Thanksgiving which has me very excited and happy.  I think we're even going to have my daughter's college roommate staying with us as she is from Taiwan and has no plans for the weekend.  I just couldn't have her staying alone in the dorms while everyone else was away.  No way!

Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday as I get to spend loads of time in my little kitchen preparing a ton of food for those I love.  And even though I also get to wash a ton of dishes I'm rewarded with several days of reheatable leftovers for easy meals afterward.  Makes all the effort worth it in my opinion.  The ultimate food prep day!

We will be having the usual traditional meal because my family absolutely loves that.  Turkey, gravy, dressing, mashed potatoes, rolls, etc.  A veritable starch fest, but they'll all be happy.  I can usually pick out enough keto friendly items to be adequately satisfied and I'll likely enjoy a dinner roll or two.  That will be my big splurge.  And I can whip up a plethora of low carb desserts too.

What are you preparing this year for Thanksgiving?  Are you having company or are you company?  Are you traveling this year?  What is your favorite dish at the table?  Most importantly, what are you most thankful for?

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Another Small Home Improvement Project - The Downstairs Bedroom Is Complete

I literally busted my butt to get this project completed in record time.  I was completely on my own too as one of my girls is away at college and the other one is super busy with school and dance team.  So no helpers this time.  Nonetheless, I was able to push through and get it done.  I began on Saturday putting in a full day plus another full day on Sunday.  I didn't get to pick it up again until Wednesday and finished it up on Thursday so about four days to complete this which I think is pretty darn good.  I feel like I have really made up for lost time.

Already an amazing transformation

It took one gallon to give the ceiling and all the trim two coats of paint

After all the trim was installed and caulked I gave it as well as the ceiling and the wall space between both rows of trim two good coats of Pure White by Behr.  I love this paint!  It really looked good at this point and I wasn't even done.  The hardest part after painting this much was to wait two days to allow it to dry and cure enough to be able to tape it off for the next phase of this project.

I think I like taping almost as much as I enjoy caulking - ha, ha!

First bit of color on the walls!

After putting in that much effort there was no way I wanted to risk peeling off the white paint because I was in too big of a rush so patience prevailed and I waited.  In the meantime I kept myself occupied with a little trip over to a friends to borrow their carpet cleaner and a shopping trip for new bedding.  I haven't shopped for bedding like this in quite a while so it was really a lot of fun!

By Wednesday I felt I'd given the white paint enough time and got to work taping them off and getting ready for the final painting.  The walls got two coats of this beautiful green paint, Sweet Grass by Behr, that I absolutely love.  Boy does it pop against that white.  So very pretty.  My heart was really singing at this point.  I know it is not everyone's taste, but I really do like it.

Then everything else came out of the room so I could clean the carpet.  I used some stain remover on the heavy traffic area and then cleaned them thoroughly with hot water and vinegar.  Box fans were set in place to dry them and once again I waited.  It was agony.  I was so excited to put this room back together again.

Sewing and craft area.  The top folds down out
of the way to give us more space if we need it to set up an extra bed....
or play Twister....

When I got home from work the carpet was nice and dry.  I was able to put my daughter's bed back together and put the furniture back in place.  The new bedding I got for her bed is so pretty and super plush.  She will sleep like a baby.  And it is very adult, which she now is and I definitely wanted to reflect that.  I did keep her old sheets and comforter just in case she still wants it.  I think she will like this much better.

This far exceeds my expectations

Over a month ago I had picked up a bookcase from Facebook Marketplace with big plans for what I am going to use it for.  It needed a little bit of love and a good cleaning, but certainly nothing I couldn't handle.  Stay tuned for more about that new furniture piece and what I end up doing with it.

My daughter's kitty has already made herself at home

With the room complete we are now ready for the holidays and my daughter's first overnight visit home for Thanksgiving.  In fact, my youngest is planning to setup the air bed in there so they can have a slumber party and hang out together, which I think is super cool.  This room is going to be so nice for us.  I can hardly wait!  And, I can hardly wait for my oldest to see this new space I've created for her.  She is going to love it, I just know it.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Last Week's Thrifty Moves

Sunday I was in full on project mode and I couldn't have been any happier if I tried.  I must have climbed up and down my new ladder at least a hundred times getting the trim up, caulking and then painting it all.  By the time I was ready for bed I could really see the room transforming and I was thrilled.

I needed to wait for the paint to dry and cure a couple of days before I masked it off and got ready for the next phase of this renovation.  Since I hadn't gone grocery shopping for a couple of weeks I decided to do that Monday evening.  First I stopped by and visited with some friends who lent me their very nice carpet cleaner saving me the cost of renting one or buying one of my own.  After that I went to Wal-Mart to get a few groceries and found myself in the bedding department where I found exactly what I wanted for the new bedroom.  I also found curtains.  Yay!!  On the way home I stopped at the Grocery Outlet to pick up a few items they had on sale for my daughter's school lunches and then I was home.

I picked up quite a few items for Thanksgiving entertaining

I am super excited about the bedding I found for the new room and can hardly wait to put it all together and show it to you guys.  Totally not what I was originally planning to do, but honestly I didn't really have a concrete idea for bedding yet so this worked out so nicely.

I found these at Grocery Outlet priced at 2/$1!!

Tuesday we had unexpected company stop by which derailed my plans to tape off the new trim and get to painting the walls.  Which was fine.  Visiting with friends needs to be a priority.  But Wednesday morning I was up early with a cup of coffee and got myself busy taping until I ran out of tape.  I picked up a new roll on my way home from Home Depot and used my gift card so it didn't cost me anything out of pocket.

The charger arrived in my mailbox Friday!
Also!  Wednesday morning I found something on eBay I've been searching for for a very, very long time.  Several years ago my battery charger for my cordless drill fried itself.  I have hung onto it all this time hoping I'd find a replacement charger and be able to use it once again.  Although it is an older drill it is very nice, works really well and has an extra battery all kept in a nice case.  I can't tell you how many times I've almost donated this thing thinking it was hopeless to expect to find a charger.  Each time I got myself geared up to get rid of it I just couldn't do it and I'd put it back on the shelf.  Well!  Guess what I found?  A charger!!!!  $18.99!  I was so stinking excited I couldn't believe it.  It is on its way and I'll finally be able to charge the batteries and use my cordless drill again.  Yaaaaaay!!!  I know, I'm weird....

Wednesday evening I finished taping the trim in the bedroom and then I painted.  All I can say is...Wow!   Do I ever love it.  I will show you everything tomorrow so you won't have to wait in suspense for long.  Thursday I cleaned the carpet and on Friday I moved everything back in.  My daughter is going to love staying in this room!  I can hardly wait for her to come home and see it.

A huge transformation took place in here!!
Check back tomorrow to see how it all came together

Some of the 15 Minute Chores I accomplished to keep my home in order:

Laundry Room & Half Bathroom - Tided up the laundry room.  Daily swish & swipe.

Dining Room - vacuumed floor.

Kitchen -  vacuumed & wiped down appliances, cleaned the top of the fridge.

Bedrooms & Main Bathroom - vacuumed & dusted.  Washed all of my daughter's bedding.  Scrubbed tub & washed the bath mat.  Shampooed downstairs bedroom carpet.  Daily swish & swipe.

Other - four loads of laundry, vacuumed & dusted living room, hallway & entry.  Swept front porch & garage.  My daughter cleaned the gutters.

How was your thrifty week?

Friday, November 8, 2019

Another Small Home Improvement Project - Starting The Downstairs Bedroom

You probably have guessed by now that I'm back in project mode and the downstairs bedroom is finally getting a much needed makeover.  I started this past Saturday and worked the entire weekend on it and, as time allowed, off and on throughout the week.  I'm making amazing progress and I couldn't be happier.

It hasn't been very functional in here since August
Drives me nuts!!

This was my bedroom for the last five years.  When my daughter left for college I redid her room which was the upstairs master bedroom and moved myself back into it.  All of her stuff ended up down here in a fair bit of a mess.  I was just getting ready to tackle this project when the realtor showed up so for about six weeks it was put on hold.  Now that we've put that whole matter to rest it was definitely time to get back to it.

Very simple and basic in here

New trim going up!

During the last  five years I've imagined in my mind how I wanted to redo this room.  Ultimately it will be our guest room so my daughter has a nice place to stay when she visits, my sewing room, a craft room and our family room.  It will a very multi-use space for us.  Probably the busiest room in our house.

All of this trim is what I gleaned from the FREE WOOD BIN
over the past 2 years with this very idea in mind

I have seriously disliked not having trim around this door

And then...

It happened!  The door finally had trim on it again.

I toughed it out in here with walls in desperate need of paint and a door with no trim around it.  There were some holes in the walls where our tenants had mounted a TV as well as stained carpet from I don't know what they spilled on it.  I haven't had the time or budget to do anything much in here except to replace the light fixture and repair the door they had broken.  Somehow the doorjamb had been broken (hence why I had to remove the trim) and I had to fix that so it was functional and air tight.  Needless to say I have no desire to rent my home to anyone ever again!

And then...

The window got some new trim too!

This room is definitely the space I'm putting together from leftovers and it is going to be amazing.  I'm so excited to see it transforming.  I began by putting up trim similar to the rest of the house.  Because this space used to be part of our garage you step down into it and there are tall ceilings.  I'm doing the trim in such a way as to visually bring down the height as well as to add some pretty architectural detail.

And then I got to caulk it all

I spent two hours caulking, but it makes such a difference
I couldn't possibly skip this step

There will be paint and this room will have a fair bit of color in it.  I'm super excited about that.  It is not in our budget to replace the carpet quite yet so I'll be giving it a good shampooing and hope for the best.  I think it will be just fine.

Here's a teaser!  I know how you guys are all into that sort of thing 😆

So that is what I've been up to lately.  I can't wait to finish it up and get busy with the decorating and organizing.  And then to get to use it!  It is so very exciting!

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