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Transform a Room with Paint

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When we first moved to this house nine years ago, I gave my daughter the smallest bedroom because it has a private attached bathroom.  She’s a girl.  We need our privacy.  But a couple of years ago, she moved into the biggest bedroom so she could have more room to play.  The bathroom attached to that room is a “Jack and Jill” bathroom shared with her brother.  Now that she’s a “tween” it has come to her attention that sharing a bathroom with a boy is gross.  (Yes it is, dear, welcome to the world.)  So she moved back.

Of course we needed to repaint.  She has changed her mind after all.  (I wish I knew where wanting to change things all the time comes from???  It’s exhausting. 😉 )

She picked the color purple.  This room has a chair rail, so that gave me the opportunity to NOT paint the WHOLE room purple.  We chose a creamy white for the bottom half.  I have to say the purple scared me a bit, but now that it’s finished, I love it.

The power of paint is amazing.  It’s happy, and easy and inexpensive!  And you can Do-It-Youself. 😀

This room was my “sewing/craft room after my daughter left for the bigger room. I did a wall paper scrap collage on one wall. I liked it at the time, but after she moved back, it had to go!

Wall paper down! Even if you prep your wall, wall paper is never a joy to remove. Looks better already!

Isn’t it a happy purple? The room looks more like a “tween” girls room now. And just a note of proudness… my daughter spackled all the holes in the room herself before I painted. She did an excellent job! Perfect the first time. My heart is full of pride!

The only thing I purchased besides paint for this room redo is the comforter. I couldn’t resist the cheeriness and grooviness of it!

This desk is a Habitat Restore makeover. I picked it up awhile ago for 30.00. The chair is also from Habitat. Nothing was done to it besides a little glue on the legs and a new cushion.

 

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Why I Do What I Do

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Quite often I am asked why I’m always changing things, rearranging furniture, repainting rooms, etc.  Why do I do what I do?   Sometimes I know I’m asked that from people because they just aren’t interested in doing that kind of thing, or they are amazed that I like to do it so much.  But other times, I’m asked in such a way that I think they are pondering the psychological reasons why I’m always changing my home.  Like there is some deep, underlying, yet to be revealed, mystery to what makes me tick.  (Why do I see a lot of heads nodding??) 😉

I know I’m not the only one out there who constantly switches things up.  But for the curious, I will tell you why I think I redecorate/repaint/rearrange a lot…

1.  Because it’s my house and I’m the Queen.

2.  Because no one has asked me to change THEIR house yet. 😀

3.  Because, as a stay home mom, I need more of a creative outlet than picking out shoes and socks for my kids.

4.  Because the only change I like is the change I control myself.  (That may need some therapy!)

5.  Because it’s a hoot not to tell my Hubby what I’m up to just to see how long it takes from him to notice the change.  (Ladies, let me tell ya, this one is loads of fun!)

See?  Nothing odd or strange about it at all.  I just enjoy being creative and my home is my canvas.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who wakes up in the middle of the night to sketch out a new room plan or to move the couch to the other side of the room or to tape paint samples on the wall, right?  😀  Please let me know you’re out there.  Safety in numbers? ;D

Headboard Bench

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Good morning!  Today I’m reblogging the very first post I did more than a year ago.  This is probably one of my favoritest projects to far.  The headboard bench has been everywhere in my house since then, and now finally, it think it has found a permanent home on my recently updated porch.  (When I say “permanent” that means maybe for the next six months or so!)

I have a couple more project in the works.  We are having a “family weekend” this weekend, so they won’t be completed until next week.  The project that’s really putting a pep in my step is updating my fireplace.  I’m going to create an architectural backsplash (for lack of a better word) on the wall above the mantel, similar to the picture below.  Woohoo!  I love working with wood and power tools! 😉

nature theme overall

My next project!!

HEADBOARD BENCH (revisited)

(from May 2, 2011)  This headboard started out in life as a rejected bunk bed headboard found in a dumpster.  I first used it as a twin headboard for my son when he got his first “big boy” bed.  (Shhh… that was many moons ago!)

headboard bench

Using 1 x 4’s, I build a the sides and front of the bench and attached it to the headboard with wood glue and L-Brackets.  And as you can see, I used tape to clamp the pieces together while the glue dries.  Real clamps would have been ideal,,, but you make do with what you have. : )

headboard bench

I bought the legs from Lowes and attached them with wood glue and screws.  I had to haul the bench into the house because my garage floor is not level!  Couldn’t figure out why my bench was teetering.  I’m going to have to do something about that unlevel floor.  I’m not sure my hubby will be happy with me turning the sunroom into a workshop.

The seat was made from 3 pieces of 1 x 6 wood.  I counter sunk the screws and puttied and sanded the wood smooth.

headboard benchI primed and painted the bench with a brush.  I’m sure spray paint would have worked great, but I used what I had on hand.  The edges were lightly sanded for a distressed look.  Now this old headboard has a new useful life as a bench and a new home in the foyer!

headboard bench

This may have been one of my favorite projects so far.  (And it doesn’t hurt that my dad was very impressed with it.  Still means a lot even when you’re not a little girl anymore!) : )

Finished Shelf

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I finally finished the frame shelf and it’s now hanging in my sewing room/office.  WooHoo!  Below is the link to the previous post showing the shelf in progress.

 http://odetomyabode.com/2011/05/19/frame-shelf/

The frame was painted in white spray paint and the edges sanded for a distressed look.  I used beadboard wallpaper on the sides, top and bottom of the frame.  Very easy to apply with spray adhesive.  The corners of the box are framed out with moulding left over from the doll house project.  I love this shelf!  Hmmm… and I have so many more empty frames lying around!

 

Headboard Bench

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This headboard started out in life as a rejected bunk bed headboard found in a dumpster.  I first used it as a twin headboard for my son when he got his first “big boy” bed.  (Shhh… that was many moons ago!)

Using 1 x 4’s, I build a the sides and front of the bench and attached it to the headboard with wood glue and L-Brackets.  And as you can see, I used tape to clamp the pieces together while the glue dries.  Real clamps would have been ideal,,, but you make do with what you have. : )

I bought the legs from Lowes and attached them with wood glue and screws.  I had to haul the bench into the house because my garage floor is not level!  Couldn’t figure out why my bench was teetering.  I’m going to have to do something about that unlevel floor.  I’m not sure my hubby will be happy with me turning the sunroom into a workshop.

The seat was made from 3 pieces of 1 x 6 wood.  I counter sunk the screws and puttied and sanded the wood smooth.

I primed and painted the bench with a brush.  I’m sure spray paint would have worked great, but I used what I had on hand.  The edges were lightly sanded for a distressed look.  Now this old headboard has a new useful life as a bench and a new home in the foyer!

This may have been one of my favorite projects so far.  (And it doesn’t hurt that my dad was very impressed with it.  Still means a lot even when you’re not a little girl anymore!) : )

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