Painted Piano and bench

It has been ridiculously cold these last few days.  Thankfully Easter Sunday was not too bad for the egg hunt. I need sun and warmth pronto! Any-who, I have been wanting to paint our piano ever since I saw this post on one of my favorite blogs, Centsational Girl.

This is what the piano used to look like:



As you can see, it was an off-white something or other. We bought this from a neighbor, I wanna say, 12 years ago? It needs to be royally tuned but is in great shape otherwise.

Now for the after:


I know! Isn’t she a beauty! I painted it with Pure White from Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I used chalk paint because I didn’t have to sand and I didn’t want to struggle to move it out of the room to do so. I’m in love!

I also added a foam cushion to the bench since it has never had one. I simply removed the seat from the rest of the bench, covered, stapled, and done.

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Here is a close up of this little charmer:



What? You want to see this beauty again? Here she is:



If you have done a project that you absolutely are giddy over, please share!

Thank you for stopping by!

Until next time,

Norma xoxoxoxo



Bedroom Lamps and Framed Bathroom Mirror

Happy Sunday everyone! It has been cold and windy  since about 1:30 am when we had a strong wind storm that blew out our power (and my nerves).

Today I am going to share my super exciting squeal with delight find! I was minding my own business strolling casually through the Home section of JC Penney when out of nowhere, the Clearance section called out to me. Of course, I am not one to ever dismiss such a call. That would be rude…

Off I went and ran into these beautiful lamps! Lucky for me, there was a matching set! I don’t know if you can make it out but I paid, drum roll please….. $19.97 each! The original price for each one was $125.00! I told you it was a super exciting squeal with delight find!

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They were the perfect addition to our bedroom. I am hoping to do a complete remodel in the master bedroom this summer. Next time you are in JC Penney, swing to the clearance section and see what great deals you can pick up.

We finished another small DIY project that has taken us a month to do because we kept running into little hiccups. We want to eventually frame all the mirrors in the bathrooms. I wanted to do the one in our master bathroom first but the wise husband convinced me to try one of the girls’ smaller ones first. I am so glad we did!

Here is a before (boring standard builder’s mirror):



And the glorious after:

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What a difference! One of the hiccups we ran into was the molding was bowed on two pieces. I researched and read a post on the blog Southern Hospitality. Rhoda had the same issue and fixed it with hot glue. It worked fantastic. In fact, we are going to use the hot glue for the others.  Rhoda had a great tutorial as well so I won’t bore you with the details. You can read about it here.

Here is a pic of the shower curtain and the other side of the room:

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In fact, I bought the shower curtain at JC Penney for $4.00. No joke! Check the clearance my friends. The girls hate the color on the wall so maybe we can work on that this summer.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please share your super exciting squeal with delight find with me. I would love to hear about it.

Until next time,

Norma xoxoxoxo


Brianna’s Bedroom Refresh

Hello! Our daughter Brianna is one of the lucky ones to celebrate her birthday in March. She is a funny and creative 17 year old! She wanted to change her room up a bit for her birthday. Since we were not going to paint the walls, we made some fun changes fairly quickly. Since her walls are grey she chose Coral as her pop of color.
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We found the fabric for her curtains at Hobby Lobby, once again using a 40% off coupon. Of course, I made the curtains the only way I know how. Yup, you guessed it, no sew!

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For her daybed, we bought a duvet cover at IKEA in white and the pillows were some covers I also had bought at Hobby Lobby on sale.

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We also bought her a mannequin that she has been “dying” to have. There it is in the first picture in all its glory in her bathrobe! Her desk I painted and converted it from a coffee table and her lamp I spray painted it and attached coffee filter flowers to the shade. Her chair I  painted and re-upholstered the seat.


Last, but not least, I found this amazingly soft white furry rug at Sam’s Club for $20! She just loves to show it off to her friends!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing her room as much as we had designing it. Of course, there is still work to be done…

Thanks again,

Norma xoxoxoxo

Ellie’s Bedroom Reno (again)

Greetings from wet and cold Utah!  So ready for 70 degree weather… Enough grumbling.. so when our oldest daughter, Stephanie, moved out last year there was a shift in bedrooms. Ellie and Madison parted ways. Ellie stayed and Madi moved to Stephanie’s room. Now each girl has their own bedroom. We tried to talk Brianna into trading her small room for Ellie’s bigger room but she wanted to stay. Something about her closet being bigger. Oh well!

You may remember the original transformation of this room a few years back. This is what it used to look like:

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You get the idea. For the original post, click here. I knew there was no way my husband would go with my idea to paint the room so I worked around the blue wall color.

Now for the big reveal:

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I’m really pleased with how it is coming together. There are still more I would like to add. I changed her white board for a chalkboard and put  a “real” frame around it. We added a full bed but I am still on the fence about the headboard.

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The owl artwork I originally hung it in Brianna’s room. The frame was black and I painted it white to match the softer colors. Isn’t that the cutest Owl pillow cover?! I found it at Hobby Lobby for 50% off! I want to add more pillows to her bed someday.

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Her curtains were the inspiration for the rest of the room. We found them at Hobby Lobby and she would not set them down. They are a duck canvas called Sit’n in a Tree. I used my 40% off coupon which made them more affordable than buying ready made curtains. I used the same technique for no-sew curtains that I have used many times. You can find the tutorial here.

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I am so in love with her tree! My daughter Susie and I tackled it in a couple of hours. I borrowed the projector from a friend and traced it on the wall. I used the image I found on Pinterest. I know we have birdies instead of owls but they were just too cute to leave out! Ellie wanted to help out in her own special way so I let her draw whatever she wanted on her tree. She drew her sister Susie as Rapunzel. Love!

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I found this adorable ottoman at Sam’s Club for $14.99! She loves to use it as a table when she plays in her kitchen. Speaking of her kitchen, look at the cute owl rug I found at Target in their Dollar bins! I had loads of fun redoing this room. Now, if we can get her to stay in her bed….

Next stop, Brianna’s room!

Thanks again for stopping by!

Norma xoxoxoxo