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I Painted My Bedroom

The master bedroom is often one of the last priorities when redecorating rooms. Mine is no exception.

When we were painting this house the week before we moved in, we were going to put the master bedroom downstairs in what is now the den. Upstairs had this big, open room with tons of natural light, so we were going to use it for a library, watching movies, homeschooling, toys, and just general hanging out. So I chose a pale yellow for the entire upstairs. I pictured a warm, sunny room to spend cold winter days in.

Then we moved our mattresses into the downstairs room and slept in there once or twice. And hated it.

The room was on the small side for a king sized bed, there wasn’t really room for a dresser so I was going to use the built in cupboards and shelves on one wall, and it would have been really crowded with the baby’s playpen in there. There was no closet. The kids and laundry and shower were all upstairs. Not to mention, the chicken coop was on the other side of the wall, and there was even a window to look in there, so when the girls were laying eggs in the morning, we would be able to hear ever squawk.

So after listing all the reasons it wasn’t going to work, Darryl helped me move the bed, and we took over ⅔ of the big sunny room upstairs. It’s about 12×24 feet. And it has one of the two closets in the house. Did I mention it has it’s own private deck with an amazing view of the lake? No brainer.

There was no wall to separate it from the rest (still no wall), but we put three bookcases side by side and that blocked off all but a doorway. Then we hung curtains behind the bookcases using the cable for the dog run we found outside. And there we stopped.


The furniture is all mismatched, free stuff. The bedding is from Costco. The rug was bought used for $40. The headboard (which I love) was an old door we bought at a flea market before we got married for $15. It’s a teal/turquoise colour on the other side. I started stripping this side and that’s how far I got, and I like it that way. The lamps were part of a cheap walmart set (and I want to replace them). My bedside table is two old wooden crates stacked up, and Darryl’s is an old filing cabinet with the bottom drawer missing. Needless to say, the room needs help.


I’ve had the dresser since I was little, and I painted it red because I was going to paint black over that and sand the edges down to the red, but that never happened (probably a good thing). The radio cabinet I love, and want to have refinished one day. The plant is fake. The cradle was made by my Grandpa for me when I was born. It’s not actually crooked. Not sure why it looks that way. The bear rug was a gift from my brother (live or dead animals are always a welcome present. Haha). I did the painting on the canvas, and the chair was given to us. So, as you can see, hardly any money went into this room, and it kinda shows.

So, I’ve got this idea in my head of what I want it to look and feel like, and then Darryl tells me I need to do something to cover the windows so he can sleep part of the day (he does shift work). So I researched blinds and drapes of all types and came to the conclusion that anything that looks nice is going to cost way more than I want to spend, so I came up with this great idea of painting the walls dark and making curtains out of drop cloth, and if we still need to, we can buy the ugly blinds, cause then they’ll be hidden by the curtains.

So I painted the room.


And that’s as far as I’ve gotten for now. I wanted the colour of the darkest storm cloud, and settled on Rona’s Tungsten. It’s hard to tell exactly what colour it is, cause sometimes it looks dark grey, sometimes blue, and sometimes almost black. I like it. It feels way more cozy.

I haven’t made the curtains yet, cause I need two drop cloths and they only had one when I went to buy them, and haven’t gotten another one yet cause they’re $50 (gasp, even though that’s cheap for covering two windows!), and the ones they got in are a different texture (ugh). Hopefully I can find the same one somewhere, or I’ll have to switch textures. But the room is darker. Hehe.


And it’s far from finished.

I should just put up some art, cause if I do move it, the nail holes won’t show. I was kinda waiting till The Wall is built, but I just now decided I’m not waiting any longer.

I like the way gold looks with the dark grey, and I found a pair of brass lamps at the share shed, so I replaced the lamps. Now I need new shades. And bedside tables. And a rug. And bedding. And a tufted bench at the foot of the bed. And a huge mirror.

And I suppose some curtains would be good too.



A Few Inside Pictures

Not all of my house is camera ready at the same time, unfortunately. I really wish it was, but with three smalls who love rearranging their stuff, and mine, on a regular basis, it gets difficult to keep up.  So these pictures were not all taken recently, but not much has changed, other than being a lot messier now.

This is the “library”.


We call it that cause it contains the majority of our books.  It’s also my sewing room and the kids play there too, which causes all sorts of organizational nightmares.

This is the other side, opposite the bookshelves.  The cupboards hold my vast fabric stash. Ha! Not really.  I also have a couple of bins under the sewing table on the other wall, which I neglected to take a picture of at the time, probably because it was an embarrassing mess. Now it’s even worse.


This room really needs in intervention.  I caught it on a good day.  My sewing table is buried under stuff under the window, and the opposite wall has a bookshelf with the kid’s books and some of their treasures, and their play kitchen beside it.  And a couple of huge picture frames leaning against the wall.

This room serves mostly as a storage facility and hallway to the master bedroom, and the bookshelves serve as our wall until we get around to building one.  Too bad that’s waaaaaay at the bottom of our priority list right now.

This room is much better.


I’ve never had a guest room that looked this nice.  Scratch that.  I’ve never had a guest room.  We squeeze all the kids into one room so that I can have one room in the house that always looks good.  And it’s not even finished.  The walls need another coat of paint, but we were just using up the leftovers from the entire upstairs and the colour is going to change anyway.  The blinds were whipped together using some curtains I already had and didn’t need anywhere else.  I just cut them to fit the window and sewed a hundred little rings on the back to make roman blinds, cause the sun beats in all afternoon and turns the room into a sauna.  They’re not the right colour, but they work.


And the headboard I built way back when I was still a teenager is getting put to use!  And I just noticed it’s backwards.  The curtains are just sheets that I opened the ends of the top hem on and slid them onto the rods.  Easiest and cheapest curtains ever.  One day I will get around to showing you how I made the curtain rods for the entire downstairs for less than the cost of one curtain rod.

There’s also a dresser with a whole empty drawer!  This mirror was a share shed find that I spray painted with some leftover paint.  The clay bowl and pitcher were also from the share shed, unfinished.  I did the painting behind it.


And here’s a little glimpse of my bathroom.  I took this one just to show the shower curtain I found after a few months of looking for one I liked.  It was only $11 from Jysk, which is in another town.  I had to get a friend to pick it up while she was there.


That’s it for now.  I have a few pictures of the dining room, but they’re scattered around and need to be uploaded here first.

And right now, Sadie needs me to find her reader cause if she finds it, she doesn’t have to do the laundry.  Muahaha.  Motivation comes in many forms.


Kid’s Bedroom Update

This is what the kid’s room looked like before we moved in.  It was a guest room.


We decided to lighten it up a bit.  When I painted the first wall across from the window, I thought I’d made a dreadful mistake because the yellow was VERY bright.  Like almost fluorescent.  Then I painted the same yellow on the other side of the wall, in the big upstairs room, which used to be blue, and it was a much nicer yellow.  So I stopped panicking.  The sunlight streaming in the kid’s window just makes it look fluorescent.  No biggie.


The kids switched places, so Sadie is on the bottom bunk and Chad is on top.  We put princess curtains across the front of Sadie’s bed (the curtains were made using one $7 panel from walmart, cut in half and hemmed to slide on a tension wire).


This chase for the chimney is not in a good spot, but it’s pretty hard to move, so we have to work around it.  I have big plans for the dresser alcove, but this is the set up for now.  The kitchen is from IKEA.  I was pretty surprised at the quality and thought put into the design of it.  I have more plans for that alcove too.


I wanted to do something graphic on the wall opposite the window, but I wasn’t about to buy and install wallpaper or take hours painting with a stencil.  I’m all for quick and easy.  So I drew on the wall with an orange Sharpie.

This was my Pinspiration.

And this is what it looks like!


The yellow in the kitchen alcove isn’t actually that bright…that’s what this fun setting on my camera makes it look like.  It’s a much softer, paler yellow.


As you can see, we still have no baseboards in here yet.

It’s not a complicated pattern.  Everything is 6″ apart, and it doesn’t have to be perfect.  I worked my way across the wall, starting at the door, and by the end, I was out about ½ inch from ceiling to floor.


I have no idea how easy hard it will be to paint over.  Hopefully a good primer will do the job.

But it looks cool, the kids like it, and it cost me 4 hours and 1 Sharpie.  I call that a success.

Would you ever try this?

Living Room Tour

Alrighty, I have pictures of my living room!  It’s MOSTLY done.


I was going to hang the mirror vertically but I’m kinda liking it propped there.  Was also going to hang the gold framed chalkboard but it’s too cluttered that way, so I’ll just leave that propped on the sewing cabinet for now.

There are currently no plug ins for lamps in that entire corner of the house, hence the extension cord going over the door.  I need to get another white cord and some of those little clear stick-on hooks to keep it tucked against the door frame, until such time as Darryl can wire up a plug-in into the box that’s already there with wires inside and a metal plate over it.  Not sure why anyone would take a plug out and cover the hole when it’s the only one in the vicinity.  One of this house’s many idiosyncrasies.


As you can see, it’s a fairly small area.  Looking at the picture above, I think the best option for additional seating would be a pair of tufted ottomans/stools that could be moved around easily.  Something like this.



I’d also rather have a soft carpet instead of this grass mat.


Something like this.



Yes, I have expensive taste.  But it doesn’t have to cost a lot.


You can totally get nice stuff for next to nothing.  Sometimes, just letting people know what you’re looking for works great.  The wooden candlesticks were $1 at a garage sale, with the candles too.  The pottery …thing, on top of the books was free at the share shed.  The books were my grandpa’s.  I can’t remember where I got the antler.  Probably from my brother.  The mirror was at a fun little shop in West Kelowna for $20.  The radio cabinet was a hand-me-down from family.  Flowerpot–free from the share shed and the plant was a couple bucks back in the spring.  The floor lamp was about $6 at a garage sale.


The curtains were from my sister (thanks Hannah!).  I made the curtain rods because buying enough for just the main floor alone would have been insane and they don’t make rods long enough for these 3 windows together anyway.  I’ll tell you about that another time.

The couch was from Darryl’s Aunt.  I think I wrote about that a couple years ago, but we had purchased a couch and loveseat off craigslist for $50.  They were comfortable and worked in our old living room, but when she offered us this couch (and a chair), we liked these better and sold the other set for $180, then used $100 of that to buy my dining room table and chairs.

So technically, I don’t think I’ve spent more than $100 furnishing and decorating the living room AND dining room, including the curtain rods.

So there you have it.  Not much to see cause it’s a small space, but it’s working for us for now.

And just so you don’t think my entire house looks this tidy, here’s a picture of the den, taken the same day.


I think this room might be done last because it takes a little more of an investment to buy a sectional with a hide-a-bed.  That’s also comfortable.  Unless I find a killer deal on one, of course.  I want an ivory shag rug for this room too.  Our TVs keep getting upgraded because people give us their old ones.  Maybe the next one will be a flat screen we can mount to the wall so we can lose the stand altogether.




The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For

I know some of you have been dying to see my table.

Maybe not DYING, but hoping to see it.

So here it is.


I found it online maybe a day after I sold my couch set for $180.  This table was $100.

I’ve been looking for a table that expanded to seat 10 for at least a year, and didn’t always have the money when I did find one we both liked (which never happened).  But he liked this one too.

It came with 4 chairs like the one on the end, which I’m not crazy about and look like they don’t even fit with the table.  It also came with a bench made by the previous owners to accommodate their 6 kids.  It fits under the long side perfectly.  The chair seats are pretty scratched up from said kids, and because I like mismatched chairs, I only use the 2 nicest ones for now.

The table also came with 2 big leaves, expanding the table to seat 12 comfortably!  Yay!  We’ve used it quite a bit already.  It also works great for laying out patterns with plenty of room for the sewing machine.

It’s not in perfect shape.  But that’s what I wanted.


It’s got scratches all over it and dings along the edges.

It’s a veneer top with solid wood legs.

Lovely, carved legs.




When you look at it up close you can tell it’s not a fine piece of furniture, but that’s ok.

I wanted one I wouldn’t be afraid to paint one day.

I’ll give you a minute to rant and rave at me.



It’s not a priceless antique and it’s pretty beat up.  I can paint it if I want to.

I was reading through a library book the other day about prairie style decor (not the Frank Lloyd Wright kind, the romantic, country, shabby chic kind) and I found a table almost identical to mine.

Painted white.


I like it.  And he likes it.

Now I just have to get around to painting it.

I’ll wait till it’s warmer out.  It’s trying to snow a bit today.

It’s Snowing In Here


I was about to start a blog post about something else entirely but when I scrolled through the photos, I found a couple I forgot to post earlier.  Like, before Christmas.

I know Christmas is over, but winter isn’t!

Or you can try this next year.

Or, if you hate it, you can try it never.


The whole idea is to make it look like it’s snowing.  I thought the skylight would be a fitting place for it.

I originally wanted to use invisible thread or fishing line, but I wasn’t sure they had enough roughness to keep the cotton balls in place, so I used regular thread.

There was a bag of nice organic cotton balls under the sink in my bathroom For.Ev.ER because I never use cotton balls, so I used them for this.  I pulled each one (I only used half the bag) apart into three pieces and rolled them up tight again in my hands.  I strung them all on short sections of thread and clipped them to a ribbon hanging over my dining room window until I was ready to hang them.

There are 6 ‘L’ brackets at the edges of the skylight that we use in summer to hold a fitted piece of heavy white plastic to block the sunlight.  I used the holes in those brackets to string fishing line randomly across the opening.  I hung the strings of cotton balls one by one.


I kinda like how it turned out.

And after all that, it’s staying up all winter.

And maybe into summer too, for when it gets really hot and I wish it was snowing.

Though it might not be so bad this summer cause Darryl brought home a free air conditioner the other day.

I {heart} free stuff.  But not junk.

My 2012 Christmas Tree

Better late than never, right?

Normally we host an annual tree hunt in early December where we go with friends up to the bush and cut down our trees and have a fire and whatnot.  This year though, we decided to get our tree from a tree farm, just for something different.  We went to a farm in Summerland on a windy, snowless day.  December 1st, I think.  We picked the nicest tree in the whole lot and cut it down ourselves.  The nice lady took pictures.

It was quick and easy and kinda fun, but not quite as satisfying as getting a tree from the bush, and it cost a lot, but whatever.  It’s a NICE tree, and fresh, and we supported a local farmer.


Our trees aren’t usually quite this full, so I had to make a quick trip to Canadian Tire to pick up more lights (and a few more cute ornaments that were on sale).  Actually, we had to DOUBLE the number of lights we normally put on.

This time around, I felt like doing a red and white theme.


Costco has great deals on ribbon so I usually pick up a roll every 2-3 years.  About 60 METERS for 8 bucks.  Can’t beat it.


I bought some red and white ribbon and used most of it on the tree, making “bows” every so often.  The rest went onto the garland by the ceiling at each end of the main room, with big bows in the middle.  The ribbon has wire in it too.


Here she is!


You may notice the full sized sheets of paper near the bottom…

Sadie made them.  They’re ornaments.  She even tore a hole at the top to poke the branch through, then reinforced it with tape.


Too cute.


I left them up over Christmas.


Hey, they were the right colours and everything!

I didn’t quite get around to finishing the tree skirt I started, so one of my old curtains and a white tablecloth stood in instead.


Darryl likes lots of coloured lights at Christmas, so I told him to go all out on the outside of the house.  What did he pick?


Red and white.

There’s a string of mini coloured lights on the coop.

Next year I might try something a little different with the theme.  Like getting away from the different combinations of red, green, white and gold.  But I’m not going to tell you now.  I’m going to keep you hanging until next Christmas.  Haha!

That way, if I change my mind and go with something typical, you’ll never know what you missed.

I have it all figured out.