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Bows, Deck Painting, and Bedspreads Revamped

Recently, I have been thinking about the post I put on the Mom Made Magic Facebook page about what keeps my marriage strong. Outside of the traditional answers like date night, being kind to each other, this is an additional thing that keeps my marriage strong. And that is that I take the initiative to learn and do home fix-ups myself without having my husband always do it for me.   This is helpful because 1) I recognize he already has a ton on his plate and doesn’t always want to do a home fix-up project when he is home 2) I love seeing progress and it would be hard for me to always wait on someone elses timetable for the progress I love. Now there are times I have to wait either way but there is always something I could do or learn so progress is made. Yay! Recently I scrapped and painted the deck floor and stairs. Here is a snapshot of the stairs mid project. It looks so good!

I also fixed up my older daughters room with these new bedspreads I cut and sewed from a king size bedspread. The other ones were too bulky and heavy, making it difficult to make their bed. They look really cute in real life and were only 12.50 a piece since the original king cover I got for $25. Woohoo! I think the more neutral color goes well with the wall paint as well.

One other project I have worked on this week has been making some new hair bows as well as throwing out old looking ones. I have four daughters so we use hair bows a lot and I want to keep the hair bows looking cute and nice!! I love these new stylish and felt ones.

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DSC_8613DSC_8608Update two weeks later: These last two pictures make me laugh because it  looks like I just made their beds.  That is honestly about the extent of my progress lately… Woohoo, progress is progress!  (I know they need to make their own beds, right?!) I will pick up the steam eventually but I am enjoying a lull I guess. Actually I have been working on getting people out to repair our house from some rain damage (not so fun…) and figuring out our new school schedule.  More progress to come. Hang in there!DSC_8696DSC_8699

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Reading Room

This room was originally a dining room with a big ol’ chandelier. Slowly but surely we have been transforming it into our kid friendly reading room. My Dad helped by installing a fan and yesterday, I spent my Christmas cash on this rug. I love it! It brings a lot of light into the room making it a wonderful place for enjoying a good book.
It is not finished. As you see I need to finish hanging up some pictures. I would like to get 2 large bookshelves but instead of holding off until I can afford the ones I want and have the room be empty for who knows how long, why not make do with the bookshelf and stuff I already have? Perfect. Maybe I don’t need those huge white bookshelves I originally imagined after all. 🙂 World of books here we come!

Also, my friend gave me a great idea to cover a bulletin board with cute material and designate it as a place to display kid art. My kids love this and appreciate their art being displayed. To do this, I just found a bulletin board at a local thrift store and covered it with some material I already had. I used a staple gun on the backside to secure the material pulled tight against the board. You should try one!!! They are cute, functional, and won’t break the bank! Plus, your kids will feel special to see their art everyday. You can’t go wrong. 🙂

 

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Moving Around Furniture

So we are in the process of moving but this moving thing takes a long time. A month in a half is a long time to be in a “state of moving”. So to keep things feeling settled and still like home I moved all our our packed boxes so far and stacked them neatly in the garage. The sight of boxes is draining I’ve discovered because it was a constant reminder that I needed to pack and that things we not settle at the moment. So nope that was not okay. I got those out of my view and into their own home in the garage.

Then I rearranged the furniture and got things looking nice again. Yes, we are moving and some may argue that this is not necessary but I want the effect of moving to be as little minuscule as possible. Here is the new look. If you know me I have probably changed the arrangement and look of this living room 15-20x in the last 4 years. It doesn’t mean buying stuff necessarily. Often it is just moving around the furniture and changing the flow of the space. It is reinvents and defines the space. I highly recommend it.

Move things from different parts of the house into different rooms, change maybe one or two things that are dominating the color of the room like a rug, throw pillows, or picture. Listen within to how you feel about it. I personally like to get rid of things in corners or built up clutter and make it a space you could snap a picture of and feel good about. Try it! It’s fun and refreshing. 🙂

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Faux Cement Countertops with Contact Paper

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I used this removable wall paper/ contact paper from Target! The color was called

Devine Color Weave Wallpaper – Mirage & Silver.

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One tube of it covers 25 square feet so I bought two at 29.99 and covered all my countertops! I did this about a year ago but I just wanted to show how it is holding.
If you live in a rental and want to have your place look nice without paying much comparatively to real new countertops than this project is for you. I just used a youtube tutorial of how to apply contact paper to counters and went for it.

 

Some helpful tips include:
-it was helpful to have another person help to hold the pieces so they wouldn’t roll after the backing was taken off
-cut the side pieces first and do these first
-use a razor blade to cut off excess contact paper edges on sides of countertop
-it is best to get little bubbles out of the contact paper as you go to keep it nice looking. I tried using a plastic flat edge like a credit card but it is easier just using your hand and just gently smoothing the air out

Again just watch a Youtube tutorial to see the process in action.

Try it! It is a little tricky but it really isn’t that bad. Depending on the size of your kitchen, it should only take a 1-3 hours max and then you will have some pretty cool looking FAUX CEMENT COUNTERTOPS!

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Since I have had mine on over a year it has worn a little bit in spots making the color lighter where I really scrubbed in cleaning but it isn’t enough for me to need to redo it. I am very happy with it. 🙂