How to Frame Art

How to Frame Art

One day I was perusing Pinterest and I saw this piece of artwork.

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I loved it immediately – but there is no way a $9800 piece of art will ever be in my budget. Sigh…time to move on…but then I thought, “What if I can make something of similar scale for a big statement piece in my house?” So I pulled out my paints and went for it.

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The Sentimental Dresser’s Comeback

The Sentimental Dresser’s Comeback

I have been anxiously awaiting for the rain to stop so I can get going on my side patio stencil. However, there hasn’t been a break long enough in the rain here to make any real progress. That hasn’t stopped my desire to get a project finished though.

Because I was stuck inside, I was stuck looking at an old dresser that I have had my whole life. In fact it was one of the first purchases my parents made when they got married. Its a simple, 6 drawer dresser. Straight, clean and minimal. I have never lived in a house that this wasn’t in my bedroom. I know that seems bizarre, but it is so simple and practical that it just keeps moving with us.

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Big Girl Room Makeover

Big Girl Room Makeover

We had discussed eventually separating our kids into their own bedrooms once we got settled into our new house. Initially I did not want to mess with their routine or disturb our school schedule. However,  we quickly realized our two year old needs about three less hours of sleep than everyone else in our house *insert big eye emoji*. I am going to take this opportunity to interject that we do have a bedtime routine and we are pretty diligent about sticking to it ( mainly for our own sanity). He is just a little more high energy than the rest of us and wakes up every morning on a mission. Most nights at bedtime we hear our daughter screaming for us to come upstairs and remove him from her bed. Or he kindly decides to body slam her first thing in the morning. All this being said, her room quickly moved to the top of the list of priority projects. Well, that and a set of black out curtains for our sons room.

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The Side Patio Begins!

I have been planning my side patio for awhile. Now that it is finally warming up, it is time to start!!

I purchased this stencil from cutting edge stencils:

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My plan is to give it a cement tile look, without the cost or probability of the tile being destroyed over a bad winter.

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ORC Dining Room Cost How Much?!?!

ORC Dining Room Cost How Much?!?!

When I started the One Room Challenge I told myself I would stick to a strict budget…you should hear me laughing over here…because once the ball got rolling it was pretty hard to stop.

There were a few factors that contributed to the spending. First, some of the furniture I counted on was still being used to stage my old house. Two, the time constraints forced me to buy  a few more things than I initially expected to DIY. Third, sometimes things just add up faster than you realize. Fourth, sometimes I have zero self control ( I admit it).  I don’t regret spending what I did, but it is a good reminder to keep better track of a budget throughout the duration of a project…not just at the end like I did.

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ORC Reveal – Coastal Eclectic Dining Room

ORC Reveal – Coastal Eclectic Dining Room

We made it!!!!!!! I’m sitting here at midnight the day before the ORC reveals hopped up on caffeine, cinnamon toast crunch and chocolate (we can discuss my questionable dietary choices later)…the point is that I am done! Finished! Complete….Well maybe not entirely – I am still living out of boxes in my master bedroom and my TV is propped up on saw horses- but the Dining room is done and this was the whole point of the ORC. To make one room complete in its entirety! ( I warn you now, there are going to be a crap ton of exclamation marks in this post – you are reading my tone correctly – Excitedly screaming!).

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