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A Board to Keep my Life on Track

I like lists.  And notes. And piles.  It’s a good system: make a list or write a note, put it in a pile.  Done.  Organized just like I like it.  But there is a problem with this system.  You’re shocked, right? It seems like a perfect plan.  But…

A lot of the lists and notes I have I need to refer back to frequently.  That creates a lot of paper shuffling and the danger of paper cuts.  I finally decided something needed to be done.  So I got right to work on a bulletin board for above my desk.

It’s not a huge change.  I was going to make it all cutesy and stuff, but I kinda got lazy.  I’m sure I’ll be adding more stuff to make it look a little bit more “me,” but it serves the purpose for now. Especially for a project that only took 5 minutes from before picture to after picture.

What’s your favorite 5 minute project?

Relax…It’s Only a Girls Room

Remember when I went to New York for BlogHer ’12 a few weeks ago?  While I was there, I attended an event sponsored by Carpet One. It was such a fun night!  I’m going to apologize in advance for not having any photos of the night.  I was so busy that I totally spaced taking any.  What kind of a blogger am I?

Carpet One wanted to show us their new line of stain resistant carpets by Relax…it’s Lees®.  And what better way than cocktails (or mock-tails in my case) and mini pedicures!  At the bar, the bar tender would mix up the drinks pour some in our glasses, then dump the rest right on the carpet.  And we’re talking drinks containing orange juice, Kool-Aid and pomegranate juice.  They weren’t messing around.

These carpets are amazing guys.  The spill didn’t even soak in!  She just wiped it up with water and a clean rag.  Water!  And a Rag!  That’s it! It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. If we weren’t renting I’d run out right now and carpet the house in this stuff. It’s their new EverTex™ technology.  The fiber itself is stain resistant, not just a coating that will wear off like most carpets, so you’ll be worry free for a long time. And it’s so soft and plush.  It really is great.

So after I learned about this carpet and realized the benefits that could be gained from having it in a house with a 4 year old that has no concept of food staying at the table no matter how many times I tell her, I decided to put together a little mood board for her room using the new Lees EverTex™ carpet as the starting point.

Our bedrooms are the only rooms in our small apartment that I haven’t gotten around to decorating yet. I figure it’s high time I start on Abbi’s.  Especially since it probably won’t get done until Spring if I don’t start soon; there’s a good amount of furniture painting that needs to be done and I have to do that outside while the weather is still good.

1 – Curtains – I love the neutral gray-ish dots.
2 – Striped Bedding – This bedding from Lands End is a little pricey for me so I’m going to work on a knock-off to achieve the same look.  I love that it’s girly without being too princessy.
3 – Paint Chip Chandelier – I love the look of this and it’s so easy!  I could even have Abbi help me punch out the paint chip circles.
4 – Expedit Shelving – The people that lived in our last apartment before us left a black one of these behind.  I gladly accepted, but I’m going to put a shiny new coal of white paint on it.
5 – Dorna Boxes – I currently have the white one (which may not be available anymore??) in the expedit.  I’m going to cut out some little pictures on my Silhouette to put on the front of them for labels so that Abbi will know better where to put things away.
6 – Jenny Lind Bed – I found on of these at the thrift store for $20 last summer.  I know, right?!  Even though it’s a nasty burnt orange color I snatched that right up.  I was going to paint it pink, but I’m leaning towards a nice clean white now.
7 –  Table Lamp – I already have a lamp very similar to this one only reversed; it has a pink base and white shade.  It’s lacking the ruffles though.  But that is a very easy fix.
8 – Time of Your Life carpeting in Mojito by Relax…It’s Lees® – Like I mentioned before, we’re renting so I can’t put this in the whole room.  An area rug will just have to do for now.

I can’t wait to get going on it (so be looking for a bunch of these projects in the next few weeks)!

Have you guys found a carpet that can withstand the wear and tear of kids? 

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I did, however, receive a super cool sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

Refinishing a Dresser {part 1}

I had a different post planned for today, but my power drill battery was dead.  So you’ll get to see that one in a few days, or when I get around to it :)

But I thought I’d show you what I did with my Saturday night while my husband worked late.

I bought this dresser last summer from a neighbor.  It was part of a set with a matching highboy and huge mirror.  I didn’t run this purchase by my husband first so it resulted in having all money spending priviledges (besides chaperoned grocery trips) revoked for a month.  Such a bummer, but so worth it :)  

We’ll, it’s been sitting in the garage or a shed since then and I figured it was about time to do something about it.  We have the perfect spot for a buffet, but no buffet.  This dresser fits the bill perfectly though.

But the poly was flaking off horribly and it was just really discolored and gross.  So a good strip down was in order.  I used the recommendation from All Things Thrifty to use Citristrip to get the paint off.  She said that it was totally fine to use in the house and you don’t need gloves.  Perfect since it was scheduled to rain.  And boy was she right.  It was great!

With in seconds of painting the stripper on, it was already bubbling.  It was pretty cool.  My husband was even impressed. 

After the 30 minutes I just grabbed the putty knife and started scrapping.  It just slide right off.  Pretty awesome. 

I stripped it down twice to get it to the bare wood.  You don’t need to get it that clean if you’re going to paint.  But the wood was so gorgeous that I thought I might stain it instead of painting.  But the more I think about it, I think I’ll stick with painting. 

I got the body done in just under three hours and I can’t wait to get started on the drawers!

Now, what color should I paint it?

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