Friday, March 18, 2016

Simple and Inexpensive Kids Monster Bathroom

Wow is my kids bathroom a difficult room to photograph!!!! (Maybe all bathrooms are tricky!!) It is a long bathroom with a pocket door between the sink area and the tub/toilet area. While I like this idea functionally, it makes photoing tricky. 

I spent a lot of time debating on if I should paint this room or not. I decided not to paint it and am very happy with my decision not to paint it. It just looks so bright and clean with the white painted walls!
I love the look of the bright and bold colored prints with the dark frames on the white walls. I love the little Monster artwork I purchased on Etsy!!! They turned out so cute and look awesome in the room! I got their initial letter hooks a year or so back and never had a place for them. So they work out great for hanging their towels!!
More monster artwork!
The inspiration on my monster themed bathroom! A Target shower curtain.
The best part of this bathroom is the extra storage!! There is enough room in the large bathroom vanity to hold all of their towels!! This was part of my spring organization on the 40 Bags in 40 Days!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Our Experiences Building a Home

We recently built a new house, and we love it!! We used a builder that had about 40 different home plans that we could chose from, to build on their lots, in their neighborhood. We then met a Design Consultant at their Design Studio to pick out the exterior colors and everything in the interior, such as lights, fixtures, floors, etc.

We never built a house before and I learned so many things in this process!

Would I do it again? Yes! Would I use this builder again? Probably not. Would I recommend this builder to others? Yes, probably, but I would say you have to be prepared to do it their way.

While it was nice as a first time builder having limited options, I feel at times there were options that were not offered to us, which now being in the house and seeing other houses I wish our house had!

There are things I wish we would have added that we didn't. I wish I had payed more attention to the window configuration in the basement. When we go and finish our basement, we are going to have to add and change around the windows.

Pay attention to electrical, and where they put your outlets and your switches. I knew what was going to be my craft room and I knew I wanted an extra outlet, because you can never have enough outlets for your sewing machine and glue gun and whatever else is running, so I added another outlet!! And I knew we wanted to mount our TV in our bedroom, so I had them place an outlet for that! But the electrician asked me where I wanted my switches for my island pendants. I had no clue, why would I know that? He said we will never use our island pendants, so he told me to put the switch in a completely odd spot. If we leave out of the garage door, there is not a switch to turn off the island lights, because you have to walk to the other side of the kitchen.

Be prepared to make sacrifices. Because it all adds up! I still wish we had spent the extra $350 to add a tray ceiling in our master bedroom. But really is that necessary? Probably not?? It is a lot of compromise. I wanted to spend the $4,500 to add a fireplace, my husband wanted to spend the money to add white cabinets. While yes, technically we could add a fireplace later, it was easier to add that at the beginning and change out the cabinets later!

At one of our early walk through the placement of the island didn't seem right. It seemed way too close to the mudroom door and too crowded to the dinning area. My mom, realtor and I spent a good 30 minutes at the house brainstorming how this could be fixed. Did the island have to be made smaller? We eventually decided the island had to be pushed a foot out into the living area. BEST DECISION EVER! When I called to talk to the builder, he originally told me it was going to cost an additional $400 to move it, since the island was framed. I stuck with what I wanted, they moved it, and it didn't cost me anything additional. I am so glad I stuck to my guns and didn't let them scare me with the additional cost. It was WORTH IT!

I wish I had asked for a gas stove. I know before hand I said I wanted a gas stove, but some how I still do not have one. I was so overwhelmed with all the decisions, I forgot to ask for a gas stove. I will probably add a gas line before we finish our basement so I can add a gas stove in the future, but know what you want and make a list so you don't forget!!

I feel like I have complained a lot. There are a lot of things I love about my new house!!! I LOVE the space. We have so much more space. And it all good functional usable space. We have a Butler's Pantry. Which is great for organizing bills and other things you don't want out on your kitchen counter. We have an AMAZING mudroom. We had custom shelving put in and it is AWESOME. We have never had a mudroom before so just having this space to begin with is a huge plus. We now have an upper level laundry room!! It is right in between both of the kids bedrooms. I feel like I do so much more laundry now than I ever did before. It is life changing!! I love that we have 9 foot ceilings on the entire first floor. It makes it feel so open! I never knew I wanted 9 foot ceilings until I saw this house, but it is a must!!!

Do your research and don't be afraid to speak up for yourself. You are spending a lot of money and you have to love it. So make sure you get what you want. I would love to build again (I am not sure my husband will let me - but if we do move, it will be to a house we build) and next time I will be more prepared and have a better understanding of what I want.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Small Bathroom Reveal and Free Artwork

Wow it is hard to photograph a small bathroom!!! Especially with a dark wall and a bright window and a reflective mirror.... 

Immediately I knew that I had to paint our small main floor powder room. And it didn't take me long to make the bold move and paint the whole thing a dark navy! I am so glad I did, I love this room!!! (A side note, it too forever to paint this room navy, it took so many coats and with it being a small room with unmovable items in it, it just took a long time!!!)

I knew I would need some fabulous artwork in this room, I gave my kids paper and a couple colors of paint in the colors I wanted, and yeah instant FREE artwork!!!
Being a small powder room, there is not any storage, so I thought this Ikea shelf would not only complement the navy wall color but be a perfect small storage space!
I also didn't want a basic builder grade mirror in all of my bathrooms, so I found this pretty mirror which works perfectly with the dark navy walls!
I love my small little navy bathroom!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Should You Paint Your Cane Chairs?

 I debated and debated. Consulted with my sister who did not paint the cane chairs she acquired. And decided YES, YES you should, or in this case, I should!!
 I bought the pair of cane chairs from Craig's List for $30!! They needed to be reupholstered, that was a given. The previous owners had cats and the fabric was white and nasty. The cane was ok, but they were very worn and chipped, so I decided yes I was going to paint! And I am so glad I did, they look AMAZING!

I splurged on the fabric, and purchased this fabric at $25 a yard!!!! I never spend this much on fabric, but since I only needed a little, I splurged. 
 Aren't they pretty?? I am so happy with how they turned out!!
 And for about $25 a chair, you cannot beat that!!! Take the risk, paint your cane chair!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

DIY Kids Birthday Party Table

A few years back when planning my son's second birthday party, (he is soon to turn 6!!! Where did the time go????) I knew I wanted a kids table, but I didn't have one big enough for all of the kids coming to his party. After some brainstorming, I remembered I had an old hallow-core door that I had converted into a beer pong table which we for some reason never used. Well it turns out a hallow-core door turned beer pong table, makes a GREAT kids birthday party table!!! 

Can we talk about DIY awesomeness for a minute?? I HAND painted that W on the table!!! 

Anyways, after a trip to Home Depot, I bought 4 short screw in wooden legs and 4 corner brackets. I attached the brackets and as easy as that I had a short kids table that held LOTS of little kids!!!

The best part is this table is easy to store! Unscrew the legs, and its flat! And now that my kids are getting a little older, I can go and buy new legs that are a little taller and we still have a table!

Here are a few places I have used this table!