Monday, April 23, 2012

Girl's room

We were in the process of changing my daughter's room when we decided to sell.  Which means our daughter only enjoyed a fraction of the change for a small amount of time.  Well on the positive side,  at least we didn't spend a fortune only to leave it behind.  She had a Hannah Montana room and out grew it probably a year before.  She liked the color of her walls (no painting yeah) so we found the comforter.  We had already bought the yellow comforter and removed all the HM decorations(except those dots) and that was where the project was when we started selling mode.  Which left me with the removal of the dots, painful, but easy.  The curtains and art were reclaimed from the playroom.  And that was it, easy and no cost.

We did have her remove some of the clutter.

She had more space without the doll house.

All the dots, she had two HM framed pics where
 you see the two small non matching pics

This is the only pic I can find of before.
She was already getting the HM stuff out.  
There was a guitar clock in place of the papers on the wall.
Funny, she now hates pink.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Guest bedroom transformation

The multifunctional guest bedroom.  This room was a playroom for my kids.  It was colorful and fun.  That's what playrooms are for, right?  The previous owner has used it as a homeschooling room.  Every wall was a different color.  Yellow, blue, green, purple with buttercream carpet.  It was a pastel haven.  It worked, but not when you put your house on the market.  So the transformation began.  All the toys we organized to the closet, the barbie house moved to the girl's room and some things were donated.  The room turned out great.

I painted the room a grey/purple.  The black and grey duvet and white trim really popped.  The best part was I had nearly a full gallon of the lavender paint from the previous owner.  And the paint was still good! Bonus, free paint just took it to HD and had it tinted darker.  Gotta love Behr paint to last 6 yrs.

Antique bed from basement, Free!
 Duvet from TJ Max on clearance
 90% of accessories I reshopped from other rooms. 
I did buy the tin frame, flowers and vase.

 Stamping and craft supplies

Look at the closet, can you get any more stuff in there?

Having fun!

I found this picture from my daughter's B-day party last year. 
So you can get the idea of before.  Side note, look at her face she's disgusted at the mess.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Larkwood master bedroom

The tour of my last house continues with the master suite.  These transformations were never quite done, but what is? We put in a new tile floor and painted the cabinets a week before we put it on the market.  These are the things you do to help sell and then say why didn't we do that sooner so we could enjoy it.  So I picked out tile very similar in our new house.

The master bedroom suite
This bedroom was huge, we never did fill it.

The deck

 The master bath

These cabinets look so much better, they were builders med/dark oak.
And the tile, it was an ivory linoleum, need I say more.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Larkwood First Floor

I'm sharing some more pictures of Larkwood.  This time the main level or first floor or as I like to call it the family floor. This is the area where it all happens, family time, birthday parties, friends and football.  did I tell you our family loves the Steelers, we'll save that for another post.

Our family room to the left of the foyer, we had to
have the half walls removed in our new home to
accommodate this couch
Formal living room to the right of the foyer
We used this space as a office

Although we had white appliances,
we did have a Jenn-Air dishwasher, you
can just see it.

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Kitchen with breakfast area
We actually added the table
for resale, before we had the
big oversized wicker chair
and ottoman in this spot it
created a sunroom effect.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Here are some pictures of our old house. I do miss that house but the new house will look great to, in time.
Let's start with the outside.


Miss the deck off our master bedroom.

screened in porch, kitty misses that
deck off master

We just added the second and third tier one month before it
went on the market. Hope the new owners are enjoying.

 Huge deck, hubby won't miss staining it.
Huge side yard, extra lot shared between us and neighbor, the only lot and half in the neighborhood. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012


We all get excited when the holidays come around, we decorate, bake, shop and spend time with family.  But, sometimes we forget why and what we are celebrating.  It's the day before Easter Sunday, and we wouldn't be who we are without him.  Thank you Lord for all your blessings and your sacrifice.
Sadly but true, most decorate with bunnies and eggs, but there are a few who proudly display the true meaning of Easter.
Here are some of my favorites;

GreenJazzFace via etsy
Happy Resurrection Day!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Painting cabinets

Painting cabinets is the cheapest remodel you can do.  Yes, you can do it!  It does take time and patience. My very first project was my kitchen in my first house.  Anything was better than the 1970's walnut builder grade kitchen cabinets.  I'd show you a picture, but its on my old PC (which is in a box still in the basement, I guess some day we'll finish unpacking).  Then I painted the Hoosier which is  posted.  And before we put the house on the market, I painted the kids' and the Master bath cabinets. My realtor thought we bought them.  What a compliment.
How I did it.  First I cleaned them with a degreaser.  For the kitchen, I had to putty hardware holes. Second, lightly sand with a fine grit paper.  Third, paint with a primer, I like Zinsser stain blocking.  I used two coats, but the kitchen took three.  Fourth, paint with you color of choice with a satin or semi-gloss paint.  I use Behr paint.  And finally add new hardware.  I use quality brushes and a mini sponge roller.
Master Bath 
Behr paint, cottage white

Kid's Bath
Satin paint leftover from project
Pittsburgh black