Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mopping the Floor... with a Shark!

Do you hate mopping? As much as I do?
Remember my new floors? I love the "look" of them but honestly I was beginning to have "floor regret"... For some reason, the white diamonds keep getting dirty... Ha! Seriously, the more I mopped it, the more I didn't love it. UNTIL....

I bought this. WHO KNEW! A mop could change your life. Oh my gosh... I cannot tell you how much I love this mop. I've only had it a short time but so far... I wonder how on earth I've lived this long without it. Seriously.
(sadly, no one is paying me for this, this is strictly my opinion)

It has a low, medium and high setting, each one is best for certain types of floors; I use high, perfect for my vinyl floor. The low setting works great for hardwood.

Not a bad looking mop either. It has a super long cord. And I can't believe I'm saying this, but mopping is kind of fun now. Kind of, I said. Let's not get crazy.

Listen to me when I tell you this my friends... My floor was not dirty... NOT this dirty... but it was... and I had no idea. I know it was cleaner build up mostly... because no other floor I've ever owned as been cleaned as much as this one. 

I LOVE that this uses only water. No more floor cleaner buildup. It's so clean now! I love my floor again. I'm telling you, it's just like new! No more floor regrets. 
The best part about this mop is:
1. It cleans with water. No more soapy build up on your floor.
2. It sanitizes. Great if you have kids crawling around on the floor.
3. It comes with 2 cleaning pads. 1 in the wash, 1 on the mop.
4. It has 2 sides to the cleaning pad, 1 side for mop, 1 side for scrub.
5. It's so easy to use.
6. It has 3 settings for different floors, and it has an attachment where you can steam your carpet or area rugs.
7. It has a long cord, perfect for large areas.
8. It was easy to put together, although my husband did it for me.
9. It's not heavy.
10. It's well worth the money. I paid $109 for mine at Walmart.

The only thing I thought could be better was: 
I wish the water tank was bigger. 1 tank full cleaned my kitchen but it would have to be refilled before moving on to the dining room. No biggie, you just have to unplug, refill, and replug. It takes less than 3 minutes or so to do all this.
Other than that, I'm sold! 

Do you have a steam mop? What do you think?

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

I have 4 children. My oldest son recently moved out. That resulted in 2 girls getting their own rooms! My youngest daughter is for the first time ever decorating her own room. 
Oh happy day!

She needed some extra furniture. So her very thrifty mother found her a dressing table at Salvation Army for $14.00. It was a bit ugly. A very pale flesh colored, nail polished stained table... BUT it had potential. For the price... Great potential.

This table needed a chair. A cheap chair. I quickly found this chair for $4.99. Sturdy, a good size, it needed some paint and some minor alterations but, YES, this chair would work.

A cute couple don't you think. 

My sweet husband took the handsaw and cut these pieces off of the chair. I will definitely be using those little legs on something else.

 Now, for the makeover. I know I've shared this chalkpaint recipe before, but I am sharing it again. It's so easy and I hope those of you who haven't tried it WILL! 
 1. 1 tablespoon of Unsanded grout. 2. Mix with 2 tablespoons of warm water. 3. Stir until the grout melts. 4. Pour into 1 cup of paint.
 5. Stir well. 6. It has a pudding like texture. Paint!

(Back to the story)

She wanted it yellow. Not just any yellow, but a yellow called Pale Banana. Let me tell you, there is nothing pale about this color! What's better than chalkpaint? Teaching my sweet daughter how to chalkpaint...

Here it is. With paint included, this was less than $25.00. 
Have you looked at the price of new furniture lately?

She loves it. And because she painted a lot of it herself... she loves it even more. I put a coat of AS wax on it.

Check out this sticker chandelier. We found this at a discount store called Ollies. $3.99. 

She needed an armoire for more storage. I had one. In the living room. I didn't love it...And you know what's next... I painted it!

So pretty! Paint made all the details of this piece stand out.

The hardware... I had no idea what to do. They were ugly. I didn't want them to stand out at all... I immediately emailed the Amazingly talented Suzan from Simply Vintagous and asked her what should I do.... and she immediately emailed me back and said chalkpaint right over them. Well, okay. I did.  And I love how it looks.

My daughter is precious! She has big dreams. She wants to travel. She's been working on this travel wall. We've been looking for things at thrift stores to fill it.

We found this cool framed map at the flea market for $2.00. We love that it has the names of who owned it before. It has pin marks everywhere these people traveled.. or hoped to travel. We will never know. But isn't it cool!

I hope you enjoyed the sneak peeks of my little girls room. It's still a work in progress. She's still discovering what kind of decor she likes. I love watching her make these decisions. 
My little girl is happy with her new makeup table. Because she's her Momma's daughter, I'm sure it will be painted many times... 

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* Linking with Thrifty Life Thursday

Monday, July 7, 2014

2014 Bedroom Reveal

2014 Bedroom Reveal
Okay, so I've been working on this since 2013 but who 
has to know? This post has tons of photos so pull up a chair 
and stay a while.

It all started with paint. Don't it always... 2 years ago I decided to paint my bedroom suite. In the moment, I didn't think about it... I just did it! I mixed up some white chalk paint, held my breath and started painting.

That 80's oak furniture didn't stand a chance... the more I painted, the more I loved it. And to this day, it's the best decision I ever made. My advice... if you don't like it, PAINT it!

This was how my bedroom looked before my latest makeover. I had a black, white and tan color scheme. I liked it for a while... but I really missed color. I just need a little and for the life of me, I couldn't figure out how to add color to this and it look right.

Here we go!
I stripped everything down to nothing and started over... Starting with the walls. I painted them Valspar Woodlawn Sterling Blue.
It's a light blue with gray undertones. I really like it.

And for Christmas, I bought myself this bedspread. 
It's from J.C. Penny. It's a king size  Royal Velvet Ogee bedspread. It's huge. I finally found a bedspread that goes to the floor on both sides of my bed. LOVE it!  

Here is my new Blue, white and green bedroom. 
I kept it light and airy. I painted everything that was black (hardware and lamps) Rustoleum Brushed Nickel and other things I painted white. I added some green accents with the lamp shades and bedding.

Side table decor.

I don't have enough room for a table along the wall beside my bed and I have this thing about pictures hanging with nothing underneath. That bothers me. These shutters work perfectly to ground the chicken wire frame that holds all of my cards and photos.

There is a huge oak tree just outside my window. Pretty view.

My father in law made this bench at the end of my bed when we first got married. It used to sit on the back porch but I painted it up and now it sits here with shoes stored inside.

I also have this thing about balance... I tend to try and do the same kinds of things on both sides of something. Am I the only one?

You can never have too many baskets. I am a baskaholic.

See how narrow this bookcase is... I'm always on the hunt for narrow furniture. This is a long wall with not a lot of floor space so this worked perfectly by the door.

I picked this up at a local junk store. It was NASTY! I think cats may have peed on it. Yeah, gross! But let me tell you... Chalk Paint to the rescue! It painted up beautifully and it no longer smells bad. Oh and I only paid $15.00 for it. 
Don't you like the open slats in the back.

Look at it now! Do you guys know Mary Alice over at Chateau Chic? She has the most awesome blog and if you need inspiration on how to display things... go follow her!  
Great inspiration! When I was styling this I kept asking myself.. 
what would Mary Alice do... haha!

When in doubt, I always add a chalkboard. And I have many! I like the simplicity of them.

Okay guys... this was 5 years ago... before blogging... 
I don't even know....

Much better wouldn't you say?
Honestly, all of you are my inspiration. I've learned so much over the last couple of years and you've all helped and encouraged me to try new things, do it myself and find my style!

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