The Joy of a Pineapple Tank

“This is the SWEETEST pineapple I’ve ever had!” The juice burst in my mouth. I am NOT a huge fan of pineapple… it’s a texture thing. But this one I just bought from the store because my 4 year old begged and begged and I just couldn’t say no and so I decided to try some. It was delicious. We went and bought a second one the next day😀

Do you ever feel this way about clothing? Or do you feel the opposite way about your style? Let me introduce you to my friend, Kelsey. She and I decided to go shopping because she needed some new summer looks. Nothing fit her and she knew she wanted another eye to tell her what looked good and what didn’t. It can be tricky, like trying to pick out the ripest fruit in the batch. I love to shop and make others feel confident about their bodies and what they wear. I believe it’s good to match how you feel on the inside and how you think about yourself to how you look on the outside.

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Kelsey is a mom of four amazing kids ages 5 and under, 1 set of twins. She is busy and frequently fried and can we blame her? I only have 3 and I am frazzled a lot. This is mom life of young ones. She recently has gotten really healthy and lost a lot of weight after having her twins (who just turned 2 years old!) She’s a beautiful fair skinned red head. She wanted to find shorts and tops fit for an active mom but that still flattered her features and fit well.

Because money does not really grow on trees we chose to visit our local Clothes Mentor. If you haven’t ever been there before please give it a try. It’s a great consignment store option for women. They take mostly brand name things and gently used condition and sell them for a fair price compared to buying at retail price. I have been there several times and usually can find something I like for a good value. It’s also a good place to try selling your old clothes that don’t fit or maybe you are just tired of wearing them. Make sure they are in good/ready to sell condition and you might make some decent cash that way.

Here’s Kelsey dropping off a box of stuff that no longer fit her.

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We had a couple of hours to spare to find Kelsey some stuff and we had a blast.

One of my shopping tips is to give yourself grace when trying on clothes. Clothing is not meant to fit and flatter everyone exactly the same way (there’s a shocker)… so you might go into the dressing room with 50 things and only 5 of the items look REALLY good on you. Do not get worked up or frustrated that you happen to be trying on 45 not so great items. Knowing what might look good on you from the hanger and what will actually look good on you can be very tricky and sometimes it just takes some trial and error. Having ample time to shop and try things on is helpful. I like to try and shop when stores open for the day. Usually in the beginning of the day employees have had their coffee and are chipper and ready to help you because they are not worn out yet. Shopping right before closing can be stressful because you know you are crunched for time and shop employees usually have a list of things they need to do once the last customer leaves. For us, we were shopping on the last day of a Holiday sale and it was right before closing time (oops!). I could tell that our timing wasn’t ideal…but in spite of that we still had a good experience and left with great purchases.

Kelsey was already in the fitting room with a stack and I was perusing the racks looking for some versatile tops that might work with the plethora of shorts, capris, and skirts she was working her way through trying on.

In the midst of our harried fitting room experiences I managed to snap a picture of me trying on…a ROMPER. Take me back to the 90s folks.

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I don’t know people. I can’t decide how I feel about rompers. Why are they “in” now? What is the appeal? Going to the bathroom in these is not exactly a pleasant experience. In a way though I kind of think they are sexy but I cannot figure out why. I ALMOST bought this… but decided against it. Is there something sort of Audrey Hepburn about them? Really…the verdict on this trend is out for me. I would love to hear some opinions on the whole romper bit. …okay back to Kelsey😛

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I’m super proud of her for getting some shorts. There’s a lot of different opinions on how women should wear shorts. Especially for the Christian woman concerned about modesty. In our culture here though shorts are a very normal thing for people of all ages and shapes to wear. The fact that these are true “shorts” give her flexibility in the summer time. She isn’t trying to be flashy or show off, she simply wants to be celebrate the fact that she wants to remain healthy and active and during the summer and wants to stay cool. She will be outside with her kids a lot and this versatile pair of jean shorts (that fit her perfectly by the way) give her something to wear while out on a walk, at the beach, camping, playing in her backyard, at a cookout etc… Many women feel self-conscious about wearing shorts because of something they are trying to hide. I know I still have stretch mark lines down to my knees but I’m not going to sacrifice my comfort during a hot summer just because I’m a little embarrassed about it. It’s a beautiful thing to embrace your body and the marks that having babies left you with. As long as a good pair of shorts fit you well, make you feel confident, and give you comfort there’s no reason to try avoiding them. I can’t speak for Kelsey about these shorts but I hope they make her feel confident. Because come on, she’s adorable here!

Here Kelsey found a great casual, easy, fitted T-shirt. The shorts are airy and cool. I don’t have much more to say. It’s a simple look but she could wear either of these pieces with different things to switch up the look. In fact, I saw her earlier today with this top on. She had a long silver necklace with it and dark wash skinny jeans and it was so cute.

“Oh…pineapples?” she said as I handed her the tank.
“Just try it!” I said.
Yes…the famous pineapple tank.
Kelsey worked her way through the stack. I tried a few other things on too but wasn’t having much luck. Between her and I both entering and exiting the fitting room multiple times I wasn’t as focused on taking pictures as I should have, but we got a few good ones.

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Seriously isn’t this the cutest!? (sorry to the lady in the background wearing pink. Clearly she’s thinking what are these ladies doing? Oh no did she just take a picture? or she is thinking How are they finding all the good stuff? Oh well… maybe she will read this blog and thank me later for making her famous *insert sarcasm here*).

What Kelsey thought was a random or perhaps busy pattern ended up looking fantastic on her. It wasn’t something she would have normally picked off the rack. I grabbed it when I saw it for three reasons:
1. The brand is LOFT. LOFT has been one of my favorites for a long time plus I have some retail experience working there and so for a time 90% of my wardrobe was from LOFT. I’ve seen that it’s a brand that works well on a lot of different body types and most of their stuff is very classic and timeless😛
2. The pineapple print of course! Pineapples scream summer for one. Pineapples are also a symbol of hospitality, warmth, friendship, and welcome. If you are ever in an upper class neighborhood or you’re touring an old mansion you will probably find pineapples carved into something, on a fence, or some kind of pineapple artwork. This is because the homeowner knows what pineapples are a symbol of and they want their guests to feel welcomed.
3. The print size and color spectrum. When choosing a print to wear always consider the size of the print. A larger print should be worn on a larger person. The match in proportions will look slimming. A more petite person should wear smaller prints. This print size is a perfect proportion for Kelsey! If the pineapples were any bigger it probably wouldn’t look as good. If they were any smaller it would look too busy and distracting. The color spectrum is also nice because it’s not a traditional yellow and green pineapple color. It’s more muted. The darker blue hue of the leaves are a great color for Kelsey to wear because of her fair skin tone and red hair.

This pineapple tank I have a feeling will become a staple in her wardrobe for these summer months. She could dress it up with a light jacket or cardigan and necklace or wear it casually with a pair of shorts. What she’s wearing with it now in the image above is a fantastically slimming pair of capris jeans. The dark, dark wash is brilliant. Dark washes on her lower half work well for her because it’s a contrast to her fair complexion. Dark colors are slimming so that’s always a win; it’s a base, a good foundation that you can put anything on top of. She could dress it up with a cute pair of wedges or heels or wear flats or flip flops if she’s just running out to do an errand. I LOVE versatile looks and this is definitely one of them.

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Notice how the cut of the tank drops down a bit in the front. A blunt straight angle would make her hips or waist look wider. The length in the center draws the eye further down, accents the hips, and as a result she looks taller and slimmer. Isn’t that cool? And seriously loving those capris. She could roll them up a couple of times for a more casual, daytime feel too.

She walked away with a big stack of amazing outfits. I didn’t get pictures of everything but one of these days I will have her model some of the different pieces so you can see just how much she got (if she agrees!). The other awesome part is that with the stuff she brought to sell she already had half of her purchase paid for! I’d say our time there was very successful. I was a little bummed I didn’t have as much luck. But like I said, sometimes finding the great things takes time. Don’t ever settle for what you think looks “okay”. The “okay” items you will probably only wear once and it will end up in your closet for 2 years collecting dust. Be thoughtful with what you choose to buy and wear. Look for things that fit your proportions, accent your natural features, compliment your complexion, and are versatile. And if you can go with a friend it will be so much more fun!

Like the lady in the produce section of a grocery store examining what’s ripe or in season, she will walk away with a good selection of delicious foods. If you rush the process sometimes you end up with a sour bunch. So take some time to go through your closet, purge what you don’t wear anymore, and go find your pineapple tank.

One Room Challenge: afterthought

I’ve just had so much fun blogging about this process that I don’t want to stop. So here I am for those who care to know more about what exactly I did and why I did it; hope this satisfies your curiosity.

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I believe my style has evolved a lot over the years. I’ve lived in a lot of apartments in my lifetime so painting and decorating a room wasn’t very common for me. I grew to really loathe white because all apartments come with everything white. When I was a teenager and we moved out of an apartment and into a home I got to choose how to decorate my bedroom. I loved it so much at the time but really all I did was pink some paint for the walls, a new bedspread, and window curtains. It was very purple. Fast forward to when we got married we lived in apartments again. It wasn’t until last year we finally got to purchase our own home! Our house is very BIEGE. Not white, beige. Hah! It’s a little bland in some spots but I’ve come to love the neutrality of colors such as white or beige because you can then do almost anything with your space and it will look great. Maybe it’s also my modernness being afraid of things like bold colors, wallpaper, paneling like it was all too common in previous decades. I definitely resonate with wanting to be “timeless”. I don’t want to get sick of my space quickly. I want things to be relatively easy to change if I did want to give the room a different feel. In this case I see a lot of potential for change if or when I wanted to switch things up: new bedspread and curtains, headboard instead of canvas and sheers, etc… but the neutrality of the furniture (white distressed dressers and black jewelry armoire) make great anchors for the room regardless of what color the walls are or what patterns or colors are accessorized around them. But for now, I like it.

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It’s light and airy but not afraid of some drama (teal and black accent colors). I’ve also always had a soft spot for anything Paris related. For a while I thought it was a little juvenile but to heck with that I just love all things Paris. Maybe it’s because I love Audrey Hepburn, or because Nick knows some French, or because we’ve both been to Paris so we know it’s a cool place. It just seemed to work. After all, “Paris is always a good idea”.

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I was really getting tired of all the wood. Wood trim, wood doors, wood furniture. I wanted a softer look. So…bye bye closet panel doors, hello fabric. LOTS of fabric.

The closet curtains are tablecloths I found at Savers. They have some texture and just lay really nicely. This was a great inexpensive find. Having curtains instead of doors also gives the room more space because we don’t have the doors jutting out several inches when left open anymore (and let’s be honest here, the closet doors are ALWAYS open in my house). But these ‘curtains’ clipped on the wire make opening and closing so incredibly effortless. Makes the room feel totally different… like I’m in the dressing room of a fancy department store (anyone seen The Paradise?). It gives the illusion that the room is larger and just divided by these curtains.

One drawback to the curtains is that there’s a lot of them in this room. Maybe too many. But for now I think it’s a relatively easy solution to add color and texture to a wall without having to paint or do a lot with it structurally. So this is why it works for me in this space.

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A lot of this room looks very vintage. So this was a nice wall piece that added a modern flare.

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I decided to forego traditional nightstands (or bedside tables). The furniture I do have in here is large and the room is not huge. I was very careful about making sure it didn’t seem too crowded in here with furniture. I probably could have found dainty enough nightstands if I looked hard enough but I just didn’t have the time or money. What I did have were these 2 wall shelves. They were just sitting around in my house not being used. My dad built them for storing things like books or displaying photos for our old apartment and I hadn’t put them up anywhere in my house yet. So I put them on either side of the bed. The larger one is on the left and the smaller one on the right which fits just perfectly for having the bed centered on the wall yet also having the chair taking up a bit of space in that corner. Really all we need these shelves for is storing things like a glass of water, a phone or a book/journal. I think there might me some unwritten rule about having matching bedside lamps and that’s also something I didn’t bother with. We just didn’t need the extra lighting and the copper wire lights create enough soft lighting for reading in bed. The table lamp we do have is sufficient lighting for the whole room.

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I felt like the walls needed something on either of the bed but I thought more artwork would be too distracting from what is above the bed. I originally had these chalkboard signs above the closets which I thought was a little bit cute…but then it just seemed cheesy. I was hopeful to find some great metal art at Hobby Lobby to put on the walls here but I ran out of time so I used these instead. It works!

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This is the one wall I’m not completely happy with. It just seems a little boring. I wanted to find a wallpaper or large poster of a map of Paris to put here but I didn’t find one in time. I also toyed around a lot with hanging stuff on either side of the dresser here but I was just nervous about making my walls looking too cluttered. So this nice picture frame with a couple of our wedding photos I hung above the dresser to put something there. But the accessories on here I love.

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These wooden boxes (oh no I’m back to wood!) are actually cigar boxes. Cigar smoking is not a frequent pastime for my husband but it is something he enjoys. Much like a good glass of red wine with a filet mignon. Not something you do everyday! I also think it has something to do with the image of old theologians or philosophers. C.S. Lewis sitting by a fire, writing a good book, studying theology, while smoking a pipe, wearing a big robe… you get the image?
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Anyway, Nick’s cigar boxes are mostly empty but I just thought they looked so cool. Very antique looking. I wanted to display parts of his personality. Enjoying things like pipes or cigars went with the ‘old world’ charm of the room and also brought some of Nick’s personality into it.

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Nick also likes to bike so when I found this great little bike clock for a super low price at Walmart I just couldn’t put it down. It just said Nick all over it.

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This was a last minute project. I was thinking of putting this piece in a garage sale and storing my jewelry somewhere else but it’s just such a great piece it was hard to imagine seeing it go. The wooden color it was before (which matched my trim and made it wood overload) looked horrible in the room after I painted the other dressers… so back to menards I went for some more chalk paint. Instead of doing white, I thought a contrast would be nice so I picked “authentic black” which looks a lot like dark charcoal gray.

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It’s not stark black which I like because then I think it would be too bold. This went from a blah piece you’d find in your grandma’s house to a sleek, sexy, modern, pop of wow. Like my descriptions there? Haha!

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I did not distress this one because I thought it would look weird with a dark color. If i wanted it distressed I would have had to prime it white first. No time for that! I like the smoothness of this though, again, as a contract to the other furniture. The hardware I took off and painted with my other chalk paint. It’s hard to tell but they are not white… they were actually painted with the “garden stone” gray color. It’s a bit softer on the eyes I think than white would have been. I’m very happy with how this turned out and it didn’t take too long, unlike the dressers.

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I have this idea pinned to my pinterest board “Master Bedroom” but basically I thought the mason jar I had looked funny with fake flowers in it because it was so obviously fake flowers. Painting it was a perfect idea! I used my chalk paint again (that I have LOTS of now), did 2 coats, and once dry took some sandpaper and distressed it. I love it.
Another more masculine object in the room are these journals, the red leather one was actually a gift I gave Nick to document his experiences while studying in Israel. It was special to find a perfect place to display its beauty in our room.

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It was hard to get a great close up on the dressers, I should try again with my good camera… but for now this works. You can tell there’s a subtle difference in paint color along the trim which gives it some fun dimension. The distressing on this looks wonderful and I absolutely love it. The hardware is also perfect. I can’t believe it’s the same furniture…it looks so totally different.

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Here’s a close up of the spray painted and distressed hardware I found for 0.25 a piece! I just love how it turned out.

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So there you have it!! Hope you enjoyed getting a few more details.

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If you missed my previous posts and want to see the process check them out below! Thanks!

One Room Challenge: getting started – first post

ORC: Priorities and my Master Bedroom Makeover – second post

Master Bedroom: the ugly mess (wk 2) (my HORRIFYING before pictures found here)

ORC: Painting Weekend (Wk 3) (tackled the dressers)

One Room Challenge: Week 4

One Room Challenge: Week 5 (end in sight!)

One Room Challenge: Master Bedroom DONE

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One Room Challenge: Master Bedroom DONE

Well friends, here is my finished room. I absolutely love it. I hope you like it too. This was a lot of fun and I am thrilled that we get a nice little oasis in an otherwise crazy house! I have never had a room this pretty before. It’s a relaxing, vintage with modern elements, simple, romantic, sleek french inspired bedroom. Take a look! First, I’ll give you some fun detail shots…

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Jewelry armoire painted, big candle on top, curtains in front of closets

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Dutch boy chalk paint in “authentic black” – kind of looks like charcoal

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Distressed dresser in Dutch Boy chalk paint “tender cloud” (white) and “garden stone” (gray trim). Hardware spray painted oil rubbed bronze and distressed with tender cloud paint

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Accessorized with old cigar boxes, candle, and bike clock

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Above bed wall art. Paris canvas and wedding picture canvas

 

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Chair found at Savers. Chalkboard sign from Hobby Lobby.

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Bike/Eiffel tower pillow case from Amazon.

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Just wanted to put up a picture of the view from my big window

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Wall art found at Walmart

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Pillow cases and bedskirt from Amazon and Walmart

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Copper wire lights from Amazon

Curtain panels from Walmart. Image below shows the layer of the sheer lace curtain purchased from Ikea.

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Accessories: box and flowers from Hobby Lobby. Mason jar painted with chalk paint and distressed. Old journals I found in my house.

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But don’t forget these before pictures!!!

 

After:

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Closet curtain panels and window curtain panels are hanging by wire and clips – a kit purchased from Ikea (see previous posts for more info on this…).

Let’s see those befores and afters again though.

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Notice the before of the jewelry armoire

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I am so so SO happy with how this turned out. I was a total newbie at this and took a lot of risk. But in the end everything turned out pretty darn good for my first try (not to mention the 6 week deadline).

This last week I painted my jewelry armoire (including the hardware), ordered stuff on amazon to get here fast (like pillowcases, bedskirt, decorative lights), finished painting lamp, painted a mason jar, picked up some fake flowers at hobby lobby, bought some candles, wall art, and curtain panels at walmart, and then worked hurriedly to get it all in order! It totally paid off! Now I need to finish this blog post so I can go clean my kitchen and living room (which have been woefully neglected these last 3 days!)

Thanks ONE ROOM CHALLENGE for this opportunity to re-do my room.😀

One Room Challenge: Week 4

This week I have a lame post because not much happened. I had a busy weekend attending a phenomenal Biblical Counseling Training Conference! If you don’t know what that is, feel free to message me and I’d love to share🙂

Anyway, on my way out of town to the conference I had 15 extra minutes to stop at my local ReStore that people have been telling me I HAVE to check out. Well I am glad I did, and glad that even though it was a brief visit I got exactly what I needed!

I found hardware for my dressers for $0.25/piece! This was a HUGE praise to God for providing because I was feeling discouraged that I wouldn’t find anything. I have pretty much hit my budget ceiling so only spending $8.00 on hardware was a major WIN.

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I plan to spray paint them and maybe give them a vintage look too… this hopefully will happen this weekend along with having a good friend come help me cut and hem my window curtains.

Other than that, I did a lot of waxing on my dressers little by little because: 1) I no longer had one whole day to devote to it, 2) it took way longer than I thought, and 3) I needed to give my hands and arms time to recover because I am a weakling and could not handle it all at once! As of now I have just ONE section left to wax…. whew!

One minor hiccup is that there are 2 places for hardware on my dressers that are a different size than all the others. The difference was so slight I didn’t notice it at all when taking the old hardware off. When I went to go try the new hardware on I realized that in only these 2 places they don’t fit. I am not sure what I am going to do to remedy this situation, but I suppose the most logical solution would be to drill new holes…:/

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I also received something I ordered in the mail which I was super excited about. My sister-in-law told me about a groupon for 70 or 80-something percent off a canvas print. I have always wanted to order our favorite wedding picture on a canvas print so I figured this was my golden opportunity. I got the biggest size :-O but it’s gorgeous!

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I can’t wait to get these details together and take pictures of the final look.

I think the only other thing I might need to buy are some new candles, or a few decorative pieces to sit on the dresser or shelf.

Here’s the link up to The One Room Challenge

See you next week!

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ORC: Painting Weekend (Wk 3)

“I feel like all I am lately is a nurse, chauffeur, and a milk machine.” I said to my husband.
Then he added, “And an interior designer!”

Hah! I am no interior designer…but for now I am the interior designer for my bedroom makeover. The fact that he said this to me made me smile because it reminds me that there is a side of myself I don’t see or remember very often… the side that would enjoy having a hobby, or working on a project, being creative and artistic, having solitude for introspection, etc. Because normally my day-to-day life is pretty consumed by being mom; especially this week when all 3 kids got hit with strep infection and the littlest one a double ear infection! It wasn’t too bad except for my already not so great sleeper not sleeping well. He wasn’t just not sleeping well, you knew that he was miserable and there wasn’t much I could do to help besides LOTS of tylenol for 2 nights! Today he seemed MUCH better so that’s good.

Anyway…back to my room makeover, less about mommy stuff.

While my husband was gone over the weekend taking his students on a youth retreat I re-did the dressers. My awesome parents came to stay and help with the kids (and my dad helped move furniture and install things that I would otherwise have no idea how to do). We had an awesome weekend. It was exhausting (and then the kids started getting sick of course), but overall really enjoyable. I was super focused on the painting project and spent literally ALL day Saturday painting. It took me long enough to finish one piece that the first coat would dry well before I finished the second one, so it really was constant. I pretty much just took breaks to feed myself and feed my baby. It was refreshing though to be locked in my room alone basically for a day because it wasn’t really safe for the kids to come in without someone being with them. It was a fun “break” from the normal. Though I am also glad I only have to paint the furniture once!

Besides being a newbie at this sort of thing and having a crampy hand at the end of the day I really enjoyed this process. I felt like if the furniture could talk it would be saying, “Thank you for finally taking the time to give me an updated look! I needed this!” I don’t know why, but refurbishing these dressers was almost therapeutic for me. It’s hard to put into words the fantastic quiet moments of spiritual reflection, worship, and praises that I felt in my heart while I was painting over the orange wood. From darkness, to light. Old, to new. From beaten down, to lifted up.

I also kept trying to wrap my head around the intricate care and craftsmanship of God almighty for all of His creation. I bet God enjoyed the process of creating just as I enjoyed the process of my project… only He didn’t have a neck ache afterwards!

Anyway, enough writing. Here are some pictures!

The before’s and during. My painting space was pretty tight… the dressers were in the middle of the room. It was pretty crazy! This picture on the far right is some kind of embellishment on the pieces to identify them. I am not sure what it means but it seems fancy, or at least I like to think. Here’s during:

I documented some of the day on snapchat as well:

And here’s the after:

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For the most part I am happy with how they turned out. The contrast of the accent color ended up being a little more subtle than I thought it would be, but it’s not bad. I also need to wax more… they just don’t seem shiny enough to me yet and I think that’s because I have been worried about using too much wax so maybe I haven’t used enough or I need to buff them more. Anyway…that’s a work in progress, and I still don’t have a plan yet for the hardware.

Here’s a before and after of the ceiling fan.

Night and day difference! And what I love most is when I am laying in bed at night I look up at the ceiling and the fan blades blend in with the ceiling so well I barely see them! It’s so nice. With the darker blades I used to look up and think, “Ah! What’s that attacking me!?”

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I took a risk and put a thin layer of paint on the glass dome. I forgot to take a before picture. It was very spur of the  moment and I was a little worried about ruining it. But it does look better. The light is very yellow looking, but the color tone of it prior to a layer of paint was even darker yellow/orange/brown looking and it was hideous. We tried it up there with the white fan blades and I about died. I took my white chalk paint I used on the dressers and added a little water. I didn’t want it to be too thick on glass. I stroked it all in one direction so the paint strokes looked cool and there you go. Risky move but it worked out! This really was all I could do with the light because my budget is getting tighter and tighter (non existent maybe?). No time or money to shop around for a new light fixture.

Excuse the mess here (still in progress) but here’s proof my dad took down the closet doors! The room felt bigger instantly it was amazing. Then there’s my dad installing my window hardware of choice from Ikea. Wire with clips instead of a typical curtain rod. Apparently, this installation was NOT easy and it’s a good thing my dad knows a thing or two about home improvement because he basically had to figure this out without a lot of instructions. Tip for beginners like me: do not attempt to install this kind of thing without the help of someone who knows what they are doing otherwise you could easily install it wrong and it won’t work correctly. I am super happy with it though. Still have some things to work on with my fabric but here’s another shot of how it looks:

 

Still lots of work to be done but we accomplished a lot!!! Rearranging the room this way makes the space feel much bigger. I kept kicking myself wondering why we had it the way it was and then my dad reminded me, “because you needed a spot to put your bassinet!” …oh yeah. Mom brain I guess. One reason we have more options now though is because I decided to take off the mirror on the dresser and store it away. This way it could go on any wall even in front of the window, which is what I decided to do. Very excited about how things are coming together and I look forward to another update next week!

Here’s the link up for Week 3 of the One Room Challenge

Master Bedroom: the ugly mess (wk 2)

This week I did a lot of thinking, planning, researching, some cleaning, and shopping.

One accomplishment I had was reorganizing all of my husband’s clothes and his side of the closet. I cleared out 2 boxes of trash and filled 2 boxes for things to put in a garage sale! To make his clothes easier to organize and put away I ended up rolling everything to put in the drawers (things like undershirts, gym shorts, socks etc…). This way everything is seen and each item takes up less space. Most everything else is hanging up. Before my room is declared “done” I would like to go through the closets again and sort the hanging clothing by type and color because right now everything is jumbled. I should probably go invest in more hangers too because both my husband and I prefer to hang the majority of our wardrobes.

I wanted our room to be “toy-free” of course, right? So you can imagine the irony I felt when I discovered that my husband keeps his own lego collection in the closet from sets he had as a kid. I knew he had a set or two, but when I saw just how many legos he had in there I had to laugh. If you guys don’t know my son, legos are basically his love language. He is almost 4 and has been playing with lego sets for a year already. He can occupy himself for a good hour or more a day just being creative and playing with legos. So… like father like son I guess!  I put up a shelf in the closet for a nice spot to store the legos and this works much better than being buried in a box on the floor.

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Here you can see how nice and high the little storage shelf is in the closet. This was totally wasted space before. I love utilizing high up spaces in closets for storage and finally his closet shelf makes sense. Rather than stuffing his jeans and shorts in the dresser I decided to fold them and put them on the shelf too for easier access. I don’t like attempting to put bulky things in drawers. To me, it works much better to have them on a shelf like this, much like you might find in a clothing store.

I also took pictures of my room how it looks right now. Eeek… really don’t want to show them but I have hope that the after pictures will be so amazing that it will make up for how bad my room is right now.

Here is the bed. Messy, yes. We have it in front of the window. I liked it this way for about a week:/  You can see my sad attempt to make it look pretty with a mosquito net hanging above the window. I wanted to get one with the blinds closed and one with them open so you have a good sense of the window. This is really what you see when you first walk in so I plan to make the window more of a focal point. I do plan on moving the bed because I don’t like not having easy access to the window with the bed right in front. The mosquito net will go bye-bye but I might use the fabric elsewhere because it is really long and amazing and what’s better is that I got it for $5!

Here is the closet wall. Uhg…it’s so messy and cluttery. Can’t wait to change that! I am going to 86 the closet doors all-together and cover them instead with fabric like you’d see over a window. I just hate closet doors…they’re always in the way and they are never very pretty.

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This is the only wall that is completely blank (no door, no window, no closet). I will center the bed on this wall. The short desser will go in front of the window and the mirror I will take off and store. The night stand in the corner and the lamp I plan to get rid of. Yes, I’m embarrassed by my mess. I purposely did not meticulously clean everything off because I know I will be making more mess soon and I’d rather do it all at once. And these horrible pictures can be motivation for me to never allow my room to look like this again.

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If there is budget enough and time enough I would LOVE to cover this wall in a vintage black and white Paris map wallpaper. How fun would that be!?

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Here’s another angle… and messy… and ugliness:/

Seriously cannot wait to get started on my painting projects. This weekend I plan to get the dressers started (and hopefully finished?). I think I might go with a two-toned look of something like “old white” and “paris gray”. Would love to find new hardware but if I can’t I will just spray paint what I have.

Here’s more of the dressers:

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See how orange it can look???

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Because the ceilings are traditional height and the room is not giant, this ceiling fan, while beautiful and functionally amazing, is large and obnoxiously dark. I want to paint the fan blades at a minimum to make it blend in more with the look of the room.

Over the weekend I made a trip to my local Savers and found a few amazing things. One thing I thought would be nice to have was a nice chair to sit in, read, talk on the phone, etc… but I know sometimes great chairs are hard to come by and may be expensive so I wasn’t counting on it. Well… walking through each aisle in the store, my eyes beheld this:

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This is a solid wingback chair, made in North Carolina, and it was only $10! There’s just a few stains and it’s a little bit dirty but nothing major that I didn’t think could be cleaned off properly. So, now I have a chair for the room. Another bonus: hubby loves it and was super impressed with my find! I knew that this was just one small example of God’s good provision. I really truly didn’t expect to find a chair like this, but He provided one for me!

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This is the artwork I have that will hang above the bed. This has sort of been the basis of my inspiration for the room (and pinterest).

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This is something I have had for a long time. I honestly don’t remember where it came from. But it will make the perfect piece to hang on the wall in between the closets facing opposite the bed.

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This is a close-up of some great fabric I also found at Savers. Technically, they are table cloths… but I plan to use them as window coverings. The fabric is light and I particularly love the texture; plus, these things are huge. I found 2 of them for $10 each. They are Richloom Designer Fabrics so originally these were probably not cheap. I will probably have to have them cut in half to make it look right, but as an alternative to buying window curtains I think this was a great find.

Okay guys, I need to be real honest here though… sharing these pictures is not easy. I have never been an anal person when it comes to tidiness. I enjoy organization and I appreciate cleanliness but I don’t always make it a priority to maintain organization or cleanliness and sometimes it becomes a problem (because it’s so low on the priority list). This is something I am working on and have been working on for years. I have gotten a lot better since becoming a stay at home mom (I think). Having baby #3 has been a big set back though. But still, I am the type of person that if I have to choose between staying up late just to finish the dishes or go to bed when I feel tired I will just go to bed and I don’t mind leaving the dishes. I almost have to force myself to host things so that I have another reason to get everything cleaned up. But it shouldn’t have to come to that… I want to be more on top of things, and just develop better habits of how to accomplish chores throughout the day. I feel like I can’t share these pictures without explaining myself… I am, after all, letting you see my bedroom and this is the most personal space in my house. So being this “exposed” to you all is really pushing me to seriously think and pray about these tendencies toward disorder in my life (is it just me, is it being busy with 3 kids, is it being undisciplined, is it not having enough energy, is it not being creative enough etc…?).

This makes me think though about how God sees our “mess”. We are all a mess on the inside, right? We struggle with pride, anger, bitterness, anxiety, addictions, compulsions, conflict, unhappy circumstances, health issues, afflictions, attitudes etc… We all have our own messes. Mine just also more often than not involve my literal house. But when we chose to identify the mess, face it, expose it, and let God transform it, aren’t we thankful for being one step closer to holiness? One step closer to being unified with Christ? One step closer to healing?… So, this is my hope and prayer. As I expose my mess and transform it, I also want God to be transforming my heart and making me into a more holy image bearer. So, Lord! Let this room remodel be so much more to me than just an external change. Change my heart oh God! That I may honor you more fully.

Here’s about week 2 for The One Room Challenge!

Tomorrow I will go buy my painting supplies and Saturday will be my painting day! Really excited😀