Updates to Our Little Wall Nook

Boy, it’s been a long while since I’ve blogged.  Facebook tells me it’s been 75 days. It doesn’t seem that long ago, but time flies when you’re having fun.  We’ve been to San Diego since then, two of my kids had birthdays, been to 6 other kids’ birthday parties, started school, lots of play dates, and so many fun updates to the house.  I do miss writing on this little old blog, but my peeps are only little once, so I’m enjoying them to the max.img_0601-853x1280

I thought I’d share a simple, yet effective update I made several months back. This little nook is at the top of the stairs in our home.  I was never quite sure what to do with it, so it pretty much stayed like this for 3 years.  Boring, huh?  I mean, I like things simple, but this was not doing it for me.


Also, the light shines up here like nobody’s business because we’ve got several windows that let in a ton of light, so I’d like it to shine on something pretty.


One day at the beginning of summer, I just decided to paint it black.  I have little ‘pops’ of black throughout the house (including the inside front door), so this worked really well.  It didn’t cost me anything either because I already had the paint.


I decided it was still a tad boring, so I found a piece of wood in the garage, stained it and had the hubby cut notches out of the bottom so it could rest on nails he put into the wall and it become a shelf.  I must say, it breaks the space up nicely and allows for some pretty decor items.  You can’t go wrong with a clock and little bit of greenery.  I just love clocks.  I actually like when it’s super quiet (which is pretty much never in the past 7.5 years) and I can hear a clock ticking. LOVE it so much.

Also, I’ve been slowly adding more greenery to the house. Faux stuff mostly because I really don’t have the time to keep anything else alive around here.


I didn’t like the way all of my neon books (Janet Evanovich!) looked on the shelf and I contemplated covering them all, but A.)  That would take forever and B.) I have 3 children that rip these suckers off the shelf a dozen times a day, so those covers would never last.  So, I just turned them all around and voila.  I kind of dig it.


I kind of like my little nook now :-) .

Also, if you follow me on Instagram , we’ve been installing new tile in the Master Bathroom.  I really hope I can blog about that sooner, rather than later.  Let me tell you, it’s a learning experience and is taking what seems like forever.  It’s actually been a month since we started and we only work on it when we have the time.  I can’t wait to be done, so I can share the results…and have a shower and toilet back.

Laundry Room Makeover

Happy Friday Eve everyone!  I’ll just get right into it.  I’m a tad excited to show my laundry room makeover – yippeeeeeeeeee! IMG_1996

We moved into our current home almost three years ago and this was the status of our laundry room.  Obviously, we added a washer/dryer since then, but not much else had changed.  Then, last September, I bought a gallon of paint to get started on the makeover.  It sat there on the floor for 7 months before I finally got around to painting it last month.  What can I say?  I get this done real quick around here!  ;-)  Are you ready to see the makeover?

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Tada!  Ain’t it perdy?  I could’ve posted pics about 2 weeks ago, but I didn’t have a green wreath for the wall yet.

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There’s the wreath.  See…you wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much if I didn’t have the wreath.  Ok, I’ll stop talking and let you enjoy some pics.  :-)

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I made this sign five years ago and had it hanging at our previous house.  I still like it.

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We just bought raw wood and I added a coat of Minwax walnut stain and then some finishing wax to polish it up a bit.  I just love all of the knots and grain in the wood and really think the dark board contrasts nicely with all of the white in the room.

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My hubby is awesome.  He framed that window for me.  It wasn’t the first time he’s done this.  He had practice on the master bathroom window (here).  It looks a billion times better now.  You think he’d mind if I asked him to frame all of our windows?  Just kidding.  I want to stay married, duh.

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This is a clothing valet.  I think that’s what it’s called.  It comes in so handy when I have to hang clothes to dry or ones that need ironing.

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Those are dryer balls, in case you were wondering.  Use them instead of dryer sheets.  Save the planet.  Save yourself.  Or something like that.

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Every laundry room should have a darling chandy, no?

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We will put new flooring in here before we die someday.  But, for now, a rug does just fine.

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I got those cabinets at a garage sale for $25.  I’m cheap thrifty like that.

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So, if you’re looking for me, I’ll probably be in here eating Heath bars and drinking red wine folding laundry all of the time now.  Because, let’s face it, pretty rooms make us happy.  Or, at least they do me.  ;-)

Sprucing Up an Old Wooden Dresser with Hemp Oil

It’s Fridaaaay!  Ooooh, yaaaaah.  It’s been for what seems like forever since I did a Furniture Friday post, so here we go!  Wait, it’s Wednesday.  What the heck?!  Oh well. Look at me breakin’ all the rules.

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I scored this dresser at an Estate sale almost two years ago…I think?  Anywho, I found it online and sent the hubby up the road and through the desert about 10 miles to get it. I do that a lot, don’t I?  Except this time, I just had a baby, so my excuse is legit.  Isn’t she perty?  It’s super sturdy and old and all banged up.  I love it all, but it needed to be polished a bit, shall we say.

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I read somewhere to try using hemp oil to bring your furniture back to life.  Not to real life.  Just to make it look better.  I can’t imagine if furniture came to life.  Yikes.  Picture a huge armoire coming at ya with it’s doors flapping and stuff.

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Here is a before pic of the top of the dresser.

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And here is the after.  It like magically covers up all of those scratches without changing the actual color of the wood.

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Again, before and after.

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Here’s another before pic, but of the edge this time.

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And the after.  Notice the blue crayon on there?  Kids.

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I also wasn’t sure of the knobs I had on there.  They kind of blended in a bit, but they’re still cute for that somewhat rustic/woodsy look.

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So, I put these on for a test drive.  I think I like them???  I don’t know.  What do you think?

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Again, before new knobs…

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And after.

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I also LOVE the keyholes in the dresser, but they didn’t “pop” like I wanted them to. Queue the Rub ‘n Buff.  You can get this in an assortment of colors, but I chose gold leaf.  It was like three bucks on Amazon.

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Before and after.  It really makes the keyholes stand out more.

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Rainy day pic.

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Sunny day pic.  Lighting makes all the difference.

So, not a HUGE, paint everything transformation, but it looks so revived.  I also have an old secretary desk that I might do this to.  And my crows feet.  Wait.  Does it work on wrinkles?? Maybe as long as I don’t go in the sun with it on.  Hey – remember that episode of Seinfeld where Kramer put butter all over his body and fell asleep in the sun. Google it. Ok, enough shenanigans.

Also, I’m like thiiiiiiiis close to having the laundry room done.  Aaaaggghhh!  One shelf to install and then it’s complete.  Hold your breath that I’ll have it on here next week. Op! No wait, don’t hold your breath.  I don’t want to be responsible for any mishaps.