Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Making it mine... again.... for like the second or third time. I forget.

I call it the cleaning snowball effect.  It usually begins with a gallon of paint, which quickly morphs into a full-scale, divide and conquer type spring cleaning fest, complete with Goodwill donations and a happy Mama.  This time, it began with Fleur de Sel, a paint color by Sherwin Williams, that is literally making my heart go pitter-patter.  It's a soft, light, airy, hazy gray.  And I'm in love with it. I always see these ideas, thinking, "Oh I should do that someday..." but because our house has been for sale for what seems like forever, I hold back.  I don't know what snapped in me, but I hit this place by storm, busting out one idea after another this weekend. 
 Our plan for JJ's room, was replace his dingy, yellowish paint color with something crisp and clean, whip his room into better shape, streamline his storage, and do it all on a squeaky little budget. I shuffled curtains around and he got some old drapes from the kitchen, we consolidated our books onto one bookcase, and he got the other, that sort of thing.  The one thing I wanted to do, was get him some newly updated bedding since he's had the same quilt about eight or nine years.  I found a darling green and blue duvet set for him, at Pottery Barn.  (It was on sale and had free shipping, so it didn't even make it into the splurge category.)  I did a dance.
 I had painted him an old green truck, which just screamed "boy" at me. (I want to list it in my Etsy store, though the print didn't turn out anywhere near as darling as the original, but I can't upload the image for some reason.  You can email me directly at lemonademakinmama@comcast.net,  if you want one in the meantime.  Please specify 8x10 or 11x14.)
  I thought it would be a perfect wall collage with his guitar, and navy blue chalkboard.   (Still waiting for the wall-mounted guitar hanger to arrive.) As we were painting together, JJ had the fun idea for a trio of clocks, with different time zones marked below, and I immediately turned to my bloggy buddy Leen.  (Seriously if you need vinyl anything, she's your girl.  I mean it.) When we get those vinyls up, I'll post a photo.  I'll also be posting something spectacular that will be going above his bed.  Wait for it...

After JJ's bedroom was done, I was standing in the hallway between the kiddo rooms, paint roller in hand, and gave the wall I was looking at a quick coat of my new paint BFF.  It looks so much better.  By the way, if you need a new color that brings light into a room, look no further.  JJ has the darkest room in the house, and I was shocked at the amount of light in his room now. Once that was dry, I hung some of JJ and Ava's artwork.  I will add to it as time goes by.
 That led to the laundry room.  Mainly because I'd half-heartedly planned it for the past year, but also because I was still wielding a paint roller.  I made short work of that room because 1) I loathe room painting and would rather get it done as sloppily quickly as possible, and 2) it's small.  So there you go.
 Laundry rooms are awful to photograph.  And ours is the worst because it's super tiny, not to mention also the access to our garage, making it double as a mud room.  I did the best I could.  In this room, I spray painted wicker baskets, adhered chalkboard labels, painted an old bench black, decanted clothes pins to a pretty jar, corralled shoes in wood bins with new casters attached to them.
  Oh and did I tell y'all what my man gave me for Valentine's day? (Besides a necklace that resembles Mickey Mouse and a blooming rose card that is hysterical?)  A little quart of chalkboard paint.  I was giddy.  I slathered it all over one wall in our laundry room.  (Incidentally, it's the room we bang into and hit the most, so covering all the old scars with black seemed rather brilliant in my book.)  It will only look that clean for the next 20 minutes, because I made the kids wait til after school to scribble all over it so the paint could fully cure.  (I snuck in there and decorated it with some fanciful frames just so I could show you how cute it was.  They are soon to be filled with foxes, dogs, horses, and "I love you Mama's")
 Lastly... I busted out a few things for my Etsy store.  Still not nearly as many things as I've been planning, but it's an accomplishment none the less.  These cuddly little dollies, using this pattern, from bitofwhimsydolls.com, can be purchased here, in my shop, along with the apron I'm sporting, below.  Cook like you mean it.  (grin.) 
I'm probably about to hit my wall of tiredness soon, but being out sick for a whole week made me crazy.  It feels so good to not be sick anymore!

Do you guys have any projects in the works or things you've been wanting to do? 




24 comments:

  1. I love the chalkboard paint in the laundry room! And JJ's room looks great!

    I need to paint my guest bath and laundry room, but I've been putting it off as the walls are printed wallboard, not drywall. It's going to take a lot of scrubbing, priming, and painting to do it right, and I tend to procrastinate things that seem daunting. You have inspired me though, maybe I'll get to it soon. ;)

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  2. Do I have projects? Yes, Ma'am! My redo of our entry closet a couple years ago was a fail...my pantry needs assistance and my laundry room...well, it has been on my list for ages. I am hitting the entry and pantry this weekend! Love what you did...looks terrific..all of it!

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  3. So glad to hear that you are feeling better! Love that apron, so feminine. I finally painted a credenza for my husband's home office...it sat in my garage for 2 years in various stages of "done". Now to fix up the rest of his office so he can move in...:)

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  4. You go girl! Sounds like spring cleaning hit early at your house this year :-). I know what you mean about the snowball effect. Somehow we managed to get our hands into an ENTIRE HOUSE RENOVATION (which was not exactly planned at all). You updates all look so good! Amazing what a can of paint will do, isn't it? Glad you're feeling back to your old self!

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  5. and now my obsession with your house goes to a whole new level. there's so much pretty here. and that apron? swoon-worthy.

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  6. good lord woman, you need to bottle up that energy and sell it! i love that painting you did of the old green truck. i want to order one of the cute VW painting you're selling in your etsy shop and might want to add the green truck too for my little 7 year old grandson's room who is soooo into trucks.

    and BTW, you're lookin' cute in that apron!

    judy

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  7. That painting is adorable and perfect for this color scheme! I really would like to find some kind of salvaged window or something shabby for my headboard, but nothing I have seen fits my huge king bed. Everything looks too small! In the meantime I have hung up some old white shutters to see how I like them.

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  8. one.. love the paint color...

    two... my dad has a green ford "antique" truck that he totally re-furbished. I used to sit in the floor board when he would pick me up from school in it.

    three...I've gone two full days with no gluten...feeling less bloated already...praying for less joint pain to follow closely behind!

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  9. Looks great, love chalkboard paint. I am considering doing a whole wall of it in my dining room!

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  10. Yes! I am going to paint my living room but I need some of your motivation to rub off on me! Your house is beautiful! I love the dolls too :) So cute!

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  11. Wow, you rock! You look so cute in your apron and everything else looks great. My projects are much simpler, spray painting all the garden statues. Thanks for the inspiration, you are so good at what you do!

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  12. I love all your projects. I especially love the truck painting. Oh how I wish I could paint! I really want to ask a question. And I can't imagine you've ever struggled with this....but here goes. I have things I want to do but I'm afraid they won't turn out right and then I've spent money (and money is tight right now) so I do nothing. Have you ever had that fear? How can you get over it? I mean I know in my head it's not the end of the world - you can repaint or whatever but the fear that it will be wrong/look funny etc just holds me back.

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  13. And your apron. Love that too!

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  14. It always feels good to get some major projects done! Love the chalkboard wall in the laundry room.

    We have been redoing a 110 year old house for the last 2 years and at times it has seemed quite overwhelming but Praise the Lord we are nearing the finish line on the inside anyway! Just finished the laundry room also!

    Nancy

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  15. Everything looks great! Thanks for sharing! Those dolls are so cute and I love how the green truck turned out. What do you sell them for?

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  16. Thanks for sharing. Love it all. There are sooooooo many projects I'd like to work on but unfortunately I have to work outside the home and don't have the time. Perhaps some day.

    Glad you are feeling better!!

    Blessings!

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  17. So glad you're feeling better! Goodness....my whole house is one BIG ongoing project! I can't (won't) show pics of my bedroom until I make it look better but it's always on the back burner and is a pathway to the attic so it's full of junk most of the time! Love the apron!
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    Lorraine

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  18. Love all your rooms. They look great. I have a couple of questions. First, is the apron gone. I looked on your Etsy but I didn't see it. 2nd, is there anyway to see a picture of the print of the green truck. I know you said you weren't able to upload a picture to your etsy shop. How about through an email. 3rd, I have an unbelieveably small laundry room also that leads to my garage so it needs to be a mud room also. I never thought of putting a small bench in there but that makes perfect sense. Also love the chalkboard wall. Thanks for sharing your great ideas and beautiful pictures as usual. I wish you were my neighbor. :-)

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  19. Wow! I love that apron! It's SO cute! You are so creative, Sasha. I would love to have half the creativity that you have!

    I have so many projects I can't figure out which one I want to finish first! Currently, my most important one is a scarf I'm sewing for a friend as a thank you gift. But I've got jewelry making and knitting projects galore!

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  20. Sherry-
    Yes I have totally had flops and such in the project department and I get so mad at myself when something doesn't turn out the way I envisioned it. I don't know how you get over it with out a lot of careful planning and researching before you jump into something-especially when money is tight. I have been known to sit and stare at a wall for a really long time, working it up in my head long before I ever jump in and actually do it.

    Deborah- thank you! Yes the apron went... but I can always make more for custom orders and such. Maybe I'll make a few more for my shop this Spring. I'll email you a picture of the print

    Christina- I'm selling all my art prints for $18 plus $6 for shipping. (I have to buy the tubes to ship them to y'all.)

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  21. Oh I do wish that truck was red. It would look just like my Grampa's truck if it was. I used to love climbing up in the front seat of that big old thing and pretending like I was driving it. I loved riding everywhere with him in it - I always felt so high in the air and so special. Good memories!

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  22. I have projects. I wish I had the energy, motivation and talent to get them done as you do. I got tired just reading what you did in a single day. Seriously.

    Oh and I too am loving the color of that paint. I may just have to go and get me some.



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  23. I don't know anyone who paints the way you do. It's craziness and it's always fantastic.

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  24. You know I actually have to stop reading this right now because I feel the urge to declutter right this second. The urge, the compulsion. What are you doing to me?

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