A Family Room Makeover

The family room is painted. It took all last week, with finishing up yesterday with cleaning and putting the room back together. My little brother and parent’s dog spent the week with us while my parent’s were out of town. Thank goodness the weather was nice and they could play outside.

I started off fixing MANY holes and cracks.

And moved all the decorations to the dining room and furniture to the center of the room.

I painted the ceiling first, barf. But my mom always said when you paint a room, you might as well paint the ceiling, and it does make a difference! Then the walls, then the trim. Once the walls are finished it never looks like the trim needs a fresh coat until I compare them without one.

See the difference?

I also took the wood blinds down. Gross. I’ve clean half of one so far with ONE magic eraser. So disgusting! I’m liking the windows without blinds and those beautiful window sills!

I doubt my #1 will let me keep the windows this way. He likes his privacy at night. And I can’t blame him. But they do look pretty and clean!

And the final reveal! (I want to paint the back of the front door something fun, so I haven’t given it a fresh coat of white yet. But I think I will until I can come up with a color.)

I painted the side of my map Copley Gray by BM too. See those wrinkles?!

I also have put the first coat of white on the fireplace.

I’m not sure what I’ll paint the inside. Black? or white?

I’m also debating on curtains. Hung high and wide. But I was just playing with what I had on hand. Should I stick with white, or stay away from being too matchy-matchy? The one on the mantle is just a drop cloth from Home Depot.

I’ve sprayed painted my baseboard registers. They were so gross, and rusted. How did these people live like this? and, how have we for the past year?!

And I couldn’t get this one out. I think it’s stuck from paint. But it’s halfway behind the TV. I was able to remove the one under the large window. I sanded, primed and sprayed it white in semi-gloss. Took 5 minutes, and it looks brand new. I love spray paint!

What will I be working on next? The new TV stand I bought from the thrift store a while ago. After staining and changing the knobs, I think it will look cute. I’m also on the hunt for an ottoman to replace my too little IKEA coffee table. And of course new pillows, curtains, etc….

Must. Remember. Last. Post.





This past weekend was surely my most favorite in a looong time. It reminded me a lot of my Freshman years as a highschooler and seeing N*Sync and 98 degress for the ninth times! All giddy inside.

I had the privilege of meeting my two most favorite people idols (let’s all flash back 4 years to Kate Gosselin being my idol. I’ve made huge leaps since then!) John and Sherry Peterisk!! For those of you who don’t know them, they are my favorite bloggers. They are down to earth, funny!, cheap, and have awesome style! It was so fun! I was so anxious, scared, and excited!! I worried what I’d say when it was finally my turn. We got there early and waited in a looong line to meet them at a book fair in Cincinnati. They are coming out with their first book on Nov. 6th about DIY. This was their first stop of their book tour, and the first lucky 200 people there, got the first copies!!!!

We were one of the last people to see them before they left to give their talk. Afterwards, they signed more “book plates” since they ran out of books. A nice couple behind us in line took a photo for us. I was surprised to see these extra photos as we chatted with John and Sherry and they signed our books!! They also shot a couple photos of us with their DSLR Nikon, but silly us didn’t exchange emails, or names!

I still look at these pictures in disbelief!

We got second row seats during the talk and it was awesome. They talked about nothing we’ve read before on the blog, and not things in the new book. But instead, 9 lessons they’ve learned in showing their house some love!

The biggest thing that stuck with me, was a home isn’t made over night. Slow down! Don’t feel like you HAVE to have a room completed in a month by the time you’re having that party. The room will end up being done, but not to your liking. It will be filled with things you sorta like. In the long run, you’ll end up spending more money switching things out. Slow down and only buy and paint what you love, and that may take years! In the end, you’ll end up loving your room and it will be complete! Something that I need to remember because I’m guilty of it.

They took photos of us and instagramed us :)

They claimed to be so nervous and awkward, but I felt the same. It was such a lovely day, and they are such lovely people, I don’t have better words for it! Go buy the book! Sherry drew the heart around love! :) Ahhh!!

P.S. Another sweet fact about Sherry is that I’ve seen her wear that exact outfit before (not in real life). I’d be the first to get something new for MY FIRST BOOK TOUR. But that’s not them, they are so simple. And I’m striving for that. Did I mention she only has ONE bra. WTH?! In my dreams….

Framing an Oversized Poster

I did a poor job of capturing the framing process. But it started with me rummaging through my garage to find some left over crown molding/base boards. I sanded and stained them, and applied a coat of poly. We cut them to size at a 45 degree angle and used wood glue and clamps to hold them together. L brackets were used at each corner for extra support. I used a glue stick to adhere the poster to a piece of insulation, cut to size. Enter mistake #1 (more on that later).

We then screwed the frame to the  piece of insulation around the poster. We held the frame to the insulation with clamps while we worked on the other side. Be careful to use the correct size screw as you don’t want your frame to break.

We used paint stirer sized pieces of wood and washers between the screw, insulation, and frame for more support. Later we used these same thin pieces of wood to attach the framing kit to hang this on the wall.

After the frame was attached, we used a hand saw to cut away the extra insulation. The insulation is seen from the sides, and I plan on painting it the same color as the walls to camouflage it more.

I had to make 5 cuts because I didn’t have the right lengths of each piece of wood. It’s hard to tell now.

Ok, so mistake #1 was the glue stick. I was afraid spray adhesive would bled through. I guess the mixture of humidity and glue stick’s lack of stick has led to this.

Wrinkles all over. The map looks texturized now. I’m thinking of removing the poster from the insulation and reapplying using spray adhesive.  But it’s risky!


Inform Yourself

No, not about politics. Well, yes, please be an informed voter, and VOTE! But we’re at the age or close to it (scary!) to having babies.

So watch The Business of Being Born, and it’s subsequent episodes.



Where did September go?!