Saturday, September 17, 2016

6th birthday Bird party

Another great birthday in the books.  The birthday party for my daughter who just turned 6 was a bird themed party. Based on her real desire to some day own parakeets. Well, luckily a friend bought her a bird that sings. Here's how we decorated and went with her theme.

Simple tassel garland across the hutch.

Martha Stewart paper lanterns and wheels.

Her name garland across the mantel.

I made simple vanilla cupcakes with a TON of frosting. The bird picks and cupcake liners are designed by Meri Meri.

The chocolate bird nests are super easy and fun, especially for a bird party.

I found little bird cut outs for the food area.

Each child decorated white paper bags with foam circles to make a bird body with feathers and eyes. They wrote their names on their bags and used them later on for a "bird egg" hunt.

E. waiting for her friends to show up. She's wearing an owl dress from this cute line at Target called "Cat and Jack."

Fruit kabobs. My daughter had fun making these and the kids loved them.

Lots of crackers, cheese, and things to nibble on.

Bird Nest with eggs in it (pretzels and marshmallows.)

I don't know why, but I thought ants on a log would be something a bird would eat, so it seemed to fit.

Deviled eggs make another good bird themed food.

The bag making activity took a good 15 minutes. We did this first so they would be dry for the egg hunt.

Had to sneak in for a quick pic!

The finished bird bag.

Joe cut out 15 birdhouses from fence pickets. The kids each painted one and they happily painted for a good 30 minutes.

I wish I had taken a photo the whole basket of eggs, but they turned out really cute. We used plastic Easter eggs and I spray painted them with stone spray to give them a speckled egg look. We filled them with felt bird stickers, jelly beans, plastic balls, and tootsie rolls. One special egg had a silver bird charm.

 A bird theme party was super fun and super easy.  Her love of animals must come from me. We'd have a whole zoo at home if my kids had their way.


Monday, August 15, 2016

A Lofty Loft

The upstairs is feeling more light and airy after pulling up all of the carpet in the loft and in the hallways and installing new 12mm laminate flooring by Dream Home St. James in Flint Creek Oak. We also painted all of the walls in Paper White by Benjamin Moore in a Satin finish. The boob lights even got a DIY transformation! Here a couple Before Pics. 
So much Beige!

Some progress photos for you! 

All of the light fixtures in the loft and hallways were taken down, the glass removed, crystals strung in it's place by tiny holes that we made in the base and the base was painted with oil rubbed bronze spray paint.  We added a black curtain rod with white semi-sheer cotton rouged drapes.

The vintage walnut campaign style desk was a Restore find. Pretty awesome huh? It was in excellent shape. We added an Ikea floating bookshelf above it and mostly white accessories.

The bookcase and big cozy Thomasville chair and a half was a Restore find too. The bookcase was stained a light gray and I added a cute bird cotton throw and two comfy pillows to the chair to encourage some reading. The kids love this spot (they also like to hide behind that big chair.)

The vintage white desk lamp looks great on the desk and the clock give this whole room a vintage school house feel.

I hung this gallery wall early on so the kids could start feeling like this was their home right away. We  had all of these frames in our old house, just in a slightly different layout. A skinny table in this spot with a lamp is on my list of to-do's.

This is the entrance to the Master Bedroom on the left and the game room with the double doors.

This little cove is just outside our Master Bedroom.  We could probably add a table in here too.

A close-up shot of the transformed "boob" lights. I found the crystals on Amazon and the spray paint from Lowes.

The loft is not fully finished. I would like to find a colorful rug for the area in front of the big comfy chair and some more art for the Hallways. Eventually we'll add crown molding as well.

Hope everyone has a great week!


Friday, August 12, 2016

Kid's bathroom gets an upgrade!

Sometimes it's just the little touches that can make a big difference. It's so easy to add a few details without overdrawing your bank account or maxing out your credit cards. With a few pieces of wood and some spray paint you can transform the whole look of your bathroom.  

Here's our Builder Grade Kid's bathroom BEFORE:

And with a few extra touches, here's the "AFTER"

Ok, well it's not the total "AFTER" because I need to add some more art and drawer pulls to those cabinets but it's way better than the Before in my opinion.  We didn't have to do much.  I did end up totally painting all of the walls. The builder grade paint (flat paint) was not suitable for a bathroom. It absorbed water splashes and doesn't clean well when scrubbed. You can literally scrub the paint right off of the walls.  So we chose to paint the walls white in a Satin finish.

Next my awesome Joe framed out the mirror using 4 pieces of 4" wood that we stained a dark mocha color.

We took down the light fixtures, removed the glass shades, painted them with Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint and added vintage light bulbs for a cool industrial look.

Inside the bathtub area we installed three shelves out of 3 simple wooden boards that we also stained a dark brown. These were going to be floating shelves, which normally are easy to install but the studs in the wall were wonky so we had to use brackets we had lying around.



This was the same shower curtain we used in our old bathroom and the rod was above our washing machine area in the old house. Zero dollars spent, yay.

The bathroom had one silver towel bar over the toilet when we moved in. Queue the "wah wah" sound.  Kids and towel bars don't mix. Have you ever noticed when kids try to hang their towels over a bar they end up pulling on them so hard they yank the bar right off the wall? Well my kids did that and we were so over it.  An easy solution is to get hooks instead. Attaching them to a wooden plank makes attaching it to the wall a cinch since you can anchor it directly to the studs and still have even spacing of your wall hooks.

So there you have it. Quick and easy solutions for taking a bath to the next level on a dime.  Stay tuned for more updates once we add some art and drawer pulls.


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