Sunday, March 27, 2011

Board and Batten Living Room!

We have only been here a our new home a month,
but I just couldn't leave well enough alone!
I had to do a project!
My husband thinks I should just concentrate on unpacking
and I totally understand his point! 
But I couldn't help myself!
I wanted the living room to be welcoming and fresh!
I love all this Board and Batten I have been seeing!


And blue is the new red!
So I decided to paint!

This is what the room looked like before.
The red was a pretty red, but just not for me.
It made this large room seem too small.

Here is the room primed

 Here is it painted.

I chose Benjamin Moore Puritan Grey
for the main part of the room.
It is a real pretty blue grey.
I painted the lower 2/3 of the room
 the same color of the trim.
Which I am not quite sure what color that is .
They just had a left over can in the garage.

 Here is a pic with the boards put up. 

The boards were very simple to put up!
My husband did the math so that the boards were
spaced evenly across the wall.
(I think we just measured the length of the wall,
decided about how far apart I wanted them spaced,
decided about how many boards that would be,
and divided the length by the number of boards,
and that gave us the space in inches.  I think :)

We purchased primed 1x3's from Home Depot for the main part.
a 1x2 for the top, and a little piece of decorative corner round to go under the 1x2. 
It really was a piece of cake.
Neil cut the boards and I hung them.
Together we made a pretty good team!

After (Almost)

Trying to find the right hanging light fixture, rug,
 a buffet or bookcase, and a standing light.

Couches from Ashley Furniture

Curtains are drop clothes from Home Deopt.
They came out with this seam I am not too fond of,
so I am thinking of sewing a strip of material through the middle.
Or take them down all together and get something
more custom.  It is hard to get curtains for this house because I have 9'
ceilings.  Which I love, don't get me wrong, but
for the curtains to go above the windows I need
ones that are 108" long. 
Those are hard to find!
And if I can find them they are expensive!


Lamp from Ross
Still contemplating...
(may need bigger one)

Mirror is from Ross
Love this!

Homemade framed art
Frames are from Ross
Material is from Joann's
Very happy with how they turned out!

So why stop with the living room?
I decided to put it in the entryway too.
The color in the entry was also
just too dark for me.


I wanted the entry to look nice and bright
when you walked in!
I wasn't quite sure what color I wanted the entry.
So for now it is the same color as the rest of the house.
Tavern Taupe from Kwal.
But is lighter and I like it a whole lot better!


All painted and the wood put up!

So far I am loving the look!
I have since caulked and painted it.
And also hung a mirror.
I would love to get a fun antique dresser
or buffet for the space!

More pics to come!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

We've Moved!!!

We have moved to our "Dream Home"!
Moving here has been such a blessing
for our family!
We feel like Heavenly Father led us to the right place!
We feel so fortunate and blessed!
The people here are amazing and wonderful!
We have found an amazing place to raise
our children and we couldn't feel any luckier!
Coming Soon....
Pictures of Board and Batten in the Living Room!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A sweet little "Artist" Birthday Party!

My sweet little girl just turned "7"!
I can't believe time has gone so fast!
Avery is such a thoughtful sweet girl! 
She has so much talent and potential! 
We are so very happy that she is a part of our family!

I try to have a fun Birthday Party for the kids!
My mom always made everything so special for us
and it is such a fun memory.
So I want to do that for my children.

For her Birthday she wanted to do an
ArTiSt PaRtY!

I found some cute things at Target in the Dollar isle.
We decided to let each child that she invited,
paint their own cavas.
We found those on sale at JoAnn's. 
And then we got the basics (plates, cups, napkins, balloons etc)
at Walmart and the Dollar Store.

It turned out to be a hit!
Here's what went down...

A sweet girl that I had just met. 
Let me come over during her precious
twin boy's nap time and helped me makethis sign! 
It turned out just perfect!

The FUN treat table!
We dipped marshmellows (Artist Brushes), and got
primary colored candy to fill the table with!
Skittles, licorice, dum dum suckers, & dots.
We also got some fun glass bottles, red & orange, of Crush.
We let the kids fill their own treat bags at the end!
You would think that would be a disaster,
but they did really well!

We thought it would be fun to make
a Cool entrance to the party!

On the labels for the treats and also on the names for
the treat bags(forgot to take that picture),
we used primary colored paint strips.

I ran out of time to make the Palette shaped cake that I wanted to.
So we substituted with cupcakes with Primary colored frosting on them.
I found these fun candles that went "Perfect" with everything!

                                                     The Canvas Painting table!
We also had playdough shaping contests! 
The Girls had so much fun and were so creative! 


Until next Year!!!
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