Friday, August 1, 2014

What's On The Heart of This Mama

No tips or DIY's today, just some words from this mother's heart.  I haven't whined to you guys in a while, but today's post might just be full of whining, so I won't be upset if you just scroll through the pictures. :)  Sometimes it helps my heart to put my words down in written form, maybe you can relate.


I can't live in denial any longer.  In the next month, my 1st baby will move thousands of miles away to start a new chapter in his life at college, 


and my last baby will be entering middle school. 


And then of course there are those in-between kiddos - a Junior in high school, and a boy deep in the throws of tween/teen - taller than me with the cutest squeaky voice.



My heart aches just a little bit everyday, while I study their faces in an effort to memorize every freckle.  They ask me why I stare - "no reason you're just beautiful/handsome." (enter eye-roll here) 

I know this is all part of the beautiful dance of parenthood, but man, nothing can prepare you for this part.  How in the world are you to invest 18 years (not to mention the months/years before they are born, praying for, planning for) into these creatures and then let them go.  

Roots and wings.  I pray that we have given and are giving them roots and wings.  Roots to know who they are and what they believe.  Roots to know they always have a safe place to come back to.  Wings to feel confident that they are ready to take on the world.  Wings to know The One who is keeping them afloat.  

So if you see me over the course of the next month and I seem a little distracted, just act like everything is normal.  :) I'll get by with a little help from my friends, and My Jesus!!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tips on Painting Base-Board Trim

I loathe painting trim.  I do.  But, sometimes it just needs to be done.  Sometimes it's because your already painted trim needs to be freshened up and sometimes (as is my case) you are just tired of the wood and want a change.  

And yes, you have to be REALLY tired of the wood to take on this project trust me.  It's tedious and boring!!  But the outcome really is worth the work.  

I don't mind painting door and window facings, and can usually do them without taping. But, if you want to not worry about being as careful when you are painting two coats of primer and at least one coat of paint, then I would recommend taping.  In the long run it saves time.  

The trickiest part of painting trim is the base-boards.  Especially if you have carpet.  I have tried lots of methods and tools, but honestly I think taping works the best.  I buy the wider painter's tape which gives me plenty of room to be sloppy.  :)

But, before I get ahead of myself there is always pre-prep-work involved.  We had our carpet replaced a few years back which included the base-boards being removed, and re-installed. There are several areas where the base-boards no longer met with the wall.


Easy enough fix with some caulk - make sure you buy paintable caulk.


Simply apply the caulk to the crack, and smooth out with your fingertip.


Now, we are ready for tape.  The top side is basic taping.  


For the bottom by the carpet, I make sure I have a little excess tape width-wise and shove it under the base-board.  In between the carpet and the base-board.  Then press the tape lightly over the carpet.  This allows you to paint the lower portion of the base-board without the carpet interfering.  


I used two coats of primer (basic, cheap primer), and one coat of paint and got good coverage.  My other EVER important tip is to pull the tape away BEFORE the final coat of paint is completely dry. This will keep the paint from bonding to the tape and pulling away from the trim.  

Not difficult, but if you are doing a whole house be prepared for several hours of work!! I take mine in shifts!!


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mini Master Bath Revamp

If you've been around my blog for any amount of time you should know that I have two requirements for my home projects.  They must be DIYable, and they must be budget friendly.

So, this mini makeover was no exception.  Again, so very pleased with the outcome.  I love it when things turn out as good or better than the picture in my head.


If you were here for my Master Bedroom Update during the One Room Challenge then you probably saw these pictures of this part of our master bathroom.



Yes, as I've eluded before - this area is open to our master bedroom.  I truly hated it before, but now, it doesn't bother me AS MUCH.  Still would love to close it off somehow.  But that was more DIY and budget than I wanted to get into right now.  Here's a look from the bedroom now.  Not as bad right?  (humor me :))



I used most of the same accessories as were here before.  That small vase was a wedding gift and it got filled with tiny spiral shells from our 20th anniversary trip to the beach, and the other shells are from our honeymoon.  The figurine was a gift from my hubby.  The mirror was a Marshall's purchase (14.99).  And the wall art was on clearance at Hobby Lobby (4.99).



The basket that holds all of our essentials was the same one that was there - it just got a paint job.  I made another sea-shell foam soap - this time with clear soap and it definitely shows off the shells better.  I wrapped an inexpensive vase (that I had) with some jute to hold brushes and combs. And, to finish things up the towels (aren't they fab) were also from Marshall's (5.99 each). The towel rack is one that I had elsewhere that wasn't being used.



I could not find a before pic of the light fixture (bad blogger).  But it was antique brass before and it got a coat of the same spray paint I used on the drawer pulls.  Better, for now.  And you can see here how I framed the mirror.

So this project was all DIY, and only cost me around $75.  (wood for mirror frame - $40, stand mirror, wall art, and towels).  That qualifies as a great mini makeover in my book!!


Thanks for stopping by!!!  Have a blessed day :).

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