Family Room Bathroom

Our house has two full bathrooms which is really nice when we have company. We have one bathroom by the bedrooms, but the other one is connected to the family room which is a little weird, a long way to go to the bedrooms in a towel. In my dream house I want a master bath. Anyway this bathroom was the furthest from my decorating taste when we moved in:

Just look at my face, I am not liking the decor. I especially loved all the shells in the room. Do you see the shell hanging on the left and there was something similar on window as well. Also the border and the wall paper were shellish too. I ripped the wall paper down only to find more wallpaper below it (a plaidish design) and painted all the woodwork white. I had my dad change the light and the mirror and this is what we have now:

The sink is still a little weirdly shaped. I think it was trendy in the 80’s along with all the light grey bathroom fixtures. The color is really not that bad, but we are running into problems because of it. The previous owner replaced the toilet seat and was not able to get one of the same color, so they bought cream. (It is not even close), anyway we looked for a seat in a similar color with the same shape and we can’t find one either so I think that we might need to just buy a whole new toilet. I would love to change the countertop to a solid surface one, but it is not in the budget right now. I love my dark espresso bamboo blinds, I think it gives a really great texture. Notice from the last post that this bathroom is the same color as my master bedroom. I originally tried to paint it light blue, but since it is a small space with a lot of walls it was almost glowing blue, then I had the paint people tint the paint darker and that did not work either, so in frustration I tried some extra paint from the bedroom and it was perfect.

This is the shower curtain that I bought from Bed Bath and Beyond for $14.99 plus $5 off with a coupon. It actually helps tie in the grey of the fixtures and best of all hides the 80’s shower doors behind it. The other thing I need besides a new toilet is more things on the walls.

This picture highlights my bare walls. I’m thinking fabric or scrapbook paper covering canvases. Oh well on my to-do list, at least I documented a starting point.


Master Bedroom



This picture is the inspiration picture for my master bedroom.  I love the color of the walls, so relaxing.  Actually I liked the color so much that I painted my family room bathroom the same color.

Our bedroom is an awkward shape, long and skinny with strangely placed windows, so there really is only one way to arrange the furniture, but I think that it works.  Hubs did not like the idea of the bed in front of the window (not feng shui, he literately said that), but it has been working out ok.  So here is the before picture from house hunting (please take note of the beautiful window treatments):


I really enjoyed the figurines used as decoration that look like the backs of children. I think the girl with the blue face is telling a secret to backwards hat boy.  Anyway, Hubs so disliked the window treatments that he took them down before we went to bed the first night that we were in the house.  I’m a recycler though, I took them apart and used the fabric and wood for other projects.

Here is another view of the room.  This one show cases the lovely mirrored closet doors:

One thing I loved was the sunniness (not sure if that is a word) of the room, which you can see in this picture.  Then after 8 coats of white paint on the trim (during this project I discovered two things: why people use primer and that the inspection dude was not correct when he told me Sherwin Williams and Walmart brand paint are the same things), new carpet, window treatments, furniture, and a new paint color:

I love our furniture. We bought it two years ago in February and I still love it.  The comforter we registered for the wedding 3 years ago and I thought I really liked it but now I am having second thoughts.  Hubs told me to look for another one, but with a baby and all the accidents that come with her, I think I will wait a little bit.  Anyway I do really like the three smaller decorative pillows on the bed, however this picture does not do them justice. 

As you can see we left the mirror closet door because after the room was painted they were not too bad, plus it made the room feel a little bit bigger.  I love the picture above my night stand.  A friend of ours took a picture of a light house on Lake Superior and the colors just sparkle in the picture.  My favorite picture in the room is this one:

It is a picture of my grandpa from behind rowing a boat when he was a boy.  My grandma had blown this picture up to put on her mantel at her cabin and I asked if I could have a copy.  I found the frame for $14 at Micheal’s because the frame had a scratch. 

Here is a picture of my second favorite picture in the room:

Ok, don’t mind the mess in the picture, I tried to crop it out but it wasn’t working.  The picture is of Gabs at 3 weeks old. I love the colors!

The one part of the room that needs work is this area:

I didn’t really like the mirror that came with the dresser and I was planning on putting a bunch of pictures up on the wall but some how it never happened.  I previously wrote about our outdated tv and how we are keeping this one.  Oh, and there is mess in the bottom of this picture as well.  Those would be my work clothes dumped on the bed. Opps.

The Hallway

The first room that I finished when we moved in was the hallway.  It was least intimitdating option, small and not a lot of wall space to cover. Here is the before picture:


The ladies in the pic are my mom (on the right) and my aunt helping us house hunting.  I know exactly what they are saying, “This house has so much potential. Oh, this would be a great room for the baby, (wink, wink).”  Our first major expense when we moved in was replacing all the carpeting upstairs.  I would totally recommend this to anyone buying a house that was previously lived in, it is sooo worth knowing exactly what has happened on the carpet.  This carpet was in really bad shape, plus each room had a different carpet upstairs.  I wish we would have taken pictures of the transitions; there were none.  Each carpet just ran up against the next one.

I rid the upstairs of oak, by painting everything white.  The office door and the basement door had fist size holes in them (anger issues from the previous owner?), so instead of just replacing those doors, we replaced all the doors with white six panel doors from home depot for $25 each.  It made a huge difference.  Also you can see it in the original picture but there is a really 80’s hanging light fixture, which had to go.  I’m so lucky that my dad is an electrician, so we have changed almost all the light fixtures in the house.  I really like the one that we put up it was only $30 at Menard’s and it has a special energy start bulb so it is really, really bright but doesn’t take that much energy.

Anyway here is the after shot:

The mirror at the other end of the hallway we purchased from Gordman’s a few years ago for $30.  That mirror is amazing I use it to get dressed in the morning and I never look quite as awesome in any other mirror. The vase was a clearance Homegoods find.  It was an Asian inspired blue and white vase that was not so cute, so I spray painted it bronze and with a paper towel I rubbed gold craft paint over it.  It turned out really well.  I bought the sticks on clearance at Joann’s and wanted to be able to arrange them, so I went outside  and scooped up some dirt to fill the vase.  Afterwards it occurred to me that there could have been bug eggs or something that could hatch and grow in the hallway.  Oh, well it has been almost two years and we are not infested with bugs, yet.


This is my linen cabinet and it was the first cabinet that I painted in the house.  I loved the transformation.  Also I picked up the hardware at Menards for $2.19 a piece.  Just ignore the old TV in our bedroom.  We were going to get a flat screen for Christmas, but we realized it would only be for looks since the TV is not even plugged in and hasn’t been for months.  So that TV stays, it works.


I really like the pictures on the wall and you can see them right when you walk out of the bathroom.  They are of Hubs’s family from our wedding.  Since he is South American, he rarely sees his family and it was so wonderful that so many were able to come for the wedding, I know it is really nice for him to see those pictures all the time.

Ok, that is all for the hallway, next up the master bedroom.

The ‘Guest Bedroom’


To start my blog I would like to take you all on a tour of my house. I’ll show you how it was when I bought it, what it looks like now, and what I hope to do in the future. We bought our house 2 years ago in December.  It was built in 1985 and sort of stuck there, plus the previous owner had an affinity for borders and tropical foliage which really did not fit my taste.

Let’s start with the guest bedroom, which has gone through the most transformation so far.  These are pictures of the room as it was during house hunting:


 See what I mean about the tropical Decor.  The wall color looks decent in the picture, but in reality it was a peachy brown in HIGH gloss, you could see your reflection in the walls.


 After we bought some furniture for the master bedroom, we moved our ‘found’ college apartment furniture into this room.  Sorry Grandma and Grandpa, you know the bed you always slept on in our house, well it was found on the curb by Hubs (a.k.a. my husband).  He figured it was fine since he found it when he went to his apartment for lunch and it had not been there when he left for class in the morning, plus he febreezed it.

 Also I painted over the shiny peach and painted all the trim and the closet door white (I know you are not supposed to paint wood, but I hate golden oak)

 This picture is a little blurry, but it is the only one I have.


Then this lil’ monster came along:

Then we suddenly needed a nursery.  I was so excited to find out the sex of the baby so I could start decorating, but when I finally knew my motivation to paint was zlitch, the room color stayed the same.  It is pretty neutral so I don’t really mind it; however I probably could have found a better color.  Anyway this first picture is of Gabs’s dresser, which was actually my baby dresser.  I sanded it down, repainted it and found some new hardware for the 4 bottom drawers.  I know it is small but it is really perfect for her little clothes.  The picture above it was a present from my grandma for Christmas.  I’m not a black fan (I prefer brown, don’t know why) but there was nothing there and the size fit so well that it is there for now.


 The next picture is Gabs’s changing table.  I bought the changing table, crib and mattress from Walmart for $250, it was a really good deal.  I really liked the diaper baskets, they are so nice and big and were $11 from Gordman’s.  The pictures above are actually the same frames that were in there before that I painted white.  I bought the frames in high school when I worked at Kmart and they were having a super clearance event.  I remember paying 50cents for each of three frames. (Although when I think about that is too cheap maybe I’m  exaggerating.)  I made the two pictures out of scrapbook paper glued onto brown craft paper.  I was trying so hard to find some prints that I liked, but I found that all the little girl images (at least where I was looking) were really cheesy.   Either way the whole project was free for me since I already had the frames with mattes, paint, craft paper, glue, and scrapbook paper from Baby shower thank you notes. Free is really the best way to go, it makes things prettier


 Oh, also my kitty Alex (a.k.a. Fuzzy Butt) is in this picture.  This is not his best picture, although he is not particularly photogenic anyway, he always looks upset in pictures. The next picture is of her crib and book shelf.  The crib does not have a bumper because of the SIDS recommendations, but a friend of mine lent me one which matches the room quite well and I have been thinking about putting it on.  I love the polka dot polka dot (if that makes any sense) stickers above the crib.  I bought all of them for $5.99 at T. J. Maxx.  The bookshelf is a little bit of a sore spot.  I found one that I fell in love with on, but when I went to order it, it was out of stock.  I called the ordering number, the store, everything and I always got the same answer that it was out of stock, but not discontinued.  I waited a couple months and nothing, so I bought this bookshelf for $25 and thought I could use it for storage if I see the other one in stock.  It looked so sad that I covered the back in baby wrapping paper.  This was all about a week before she was born.  Then a couple weeks after she was born, hubs was looking on line and there was the bookshelf that I wanted in stock.  Darn!  I might buy it later, but I put so much work into this one it is staying for now.


 There’s Gabs just chilling in the bottom of that picture, chewing on her Minney Mouse.  You can see her awesome crazy hair that is always sticking up in every direction. The next pic is her shelf with stuffed animals.  I had the shelf in my closet goodwill find for $1.99 and put some stuffed animals on the shelf.  The lion’s name is Nayarit which is the state in Mexico that we stayed in and bought the lion during our ‘Babymoon’


The last picture is of the pillow I made while pregnant for the rocking chair.  I’m little sad I thought I had a picture of the whole thing, but I guess I just have the detail one.


Stay tuned for another room tour.

Thrifty Decor Chick

A Start

So this is the start of something new for me.  I want to create a blog as a way of building a journal of my projects.  I love creating things for my home and I always see potential in things that would otherwise be junk.  I hate purchasing something that I can make make myself, and add my own twist to make it one of a kind. 

I have found inspiration for many of my projects from other blogs and after reading them for quite awhile I feel that I also have something to add and maybe, just maybe inspire someone else!