3.23.2011

Paint Predicament

We are horrible at making decisions. Horrible. Typically decisions just don't happen - that's how we end up deciding - by NOT deciding.

We'd like to paint our house - or what little house there is to paint.

Here's what we are working with:

I'm assuming we can't paint the window trim, so we are stuck with keeping our "accent" or "trim" color white. (PS we have a new screen door - one without bars! and it is white, also) I also assumed that if the window and door trim was white that we would keep the gutters white as well.

So the question is...what color to paint the limited amount of space remaining that will go with our red brick color?

Here are some options I played around with on Sherwin Williams Visualizer tool.

Yeah - I know. They all look identical - but really, they are different colors!

What do you think? Too greige? Any suggestions on colors?


3.22.2011

How-To Tuesday

I'm participating in my first ever Linky Party, courtesy of Christie over at These are a few of my favorite things -so bear with me if this post totally stinks. I'm claiming ignorance as to how this all works!



This post should be entitled "How to give your husband a heart attack"or "How to make aheadboard out of an old door."

We moved into our house almost two years ago, and this was a project that I did shortly after being in the house. Granted - our house needed some work. But we also needed some furniture. We already had a queen size mattress set and metal bedframe for our guest room, but we didn't have any other furniture for the guest room. Not even a headboard.

This is what the room looked like before - notice the stellar use of monochromatic colors! Just kidding!
One of our first projects was replacing the old wood doors with newer white six panel doors all throughout the interior.

We had these ugly old wood doors stacked up in our garage forever - there were so many! Bathroom doors, closet doors, bedroom doors!
See that old ugly wood door in the corner of this horrible photo - yep, those are the doors I'm talking about.

Well - I had a template to use for building my new guest bedroom headboard. And it looked like this:

So I started by measuring out the current and store bought headboard used in our Master bedroom. Then I went to the hardware store and bought some 1x2's and a 1 x4.

Then the dangerous stuff that gives Seth a heartattack happened. I got out the table saw and I cut those 1x2's and 1x4 into the dimensions I needed to attach to the main body - which was the door! I cut the door down to size, too, added some 1x2's on the sides, top and bottom, and then added a 1x4 to to the top to create a small ledge. Then I added some 1x4's to the back to use as supports that Seth would eventually secure to the metal frame.


I painted it black - and this is what Seth came home to after work one day. He panicked and thought I had removed the headboard from the Master bed and thought I was painting it black.

After he recovered from his mild stroke - he realized what an amazing job I had done and he secured it to the bed so that our guest room looks like this now:


And that is how you recycle a door into a headboard!


3.04.2011

Penny Pinchin'

I'm always amazed at how women are able to budget so well. I find that I think that I'm a good budgeter - until I find out that people like Emily over at Imperfect are able to budget $250 a month on grocery and not cheat! How is this possible, I ask?!

Better question - How do I spend SO MUCH every month for two people and it still seems like we never have any food in the house?! It's like feast or famine around here. I either go all out and make an amazing meal - or there's never anything to eat.

For the last few months I've been contemplating how to decrease our food budget, while stillmaking it seem like we have food-a-plenty in the cupboards and fridge. Here's my firstweeks attempt at not spending half my salary at the grocery store - check it out.
This is my receipt from last night - I saved $23.55! Boo-yah!

And check this out
All those "bold" lines - yup, that's where I saved either by using a coupon, or buying at a discount. Oh, yay!

I think the milk and the kleenex were the only things not on sale - not too shabby.

Now let's see how long we can last on what I purchased! We may be having some inventive meals in the next few weeks.


3.01.2011

Thankful Tuesday

Today I am super thankful for my family - each and every one of them!

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