Sunday, November 25, 2012

Paint It: Interior Doors go BLACK

 Our house was built in 1994 ...
and you could tell because orange wood-tone had practically thrown up everywhere.
This was a "before" ... sort of.
I painted the trim the week we moved in but the walls were still two different colors of awful, the chandelier was so low that my husband kept hitting his head and those doors were terrible. Cheapy, hollow core - orange toned doors. Gross. I begged to keep the chandelier but the hubs said enough! Pssh, what does he know?! ;)

Moral of the story? The orange doors had to go! But we did the math - and by the time we replace and install each door it costs us about $80/door. No way was the hallway worth $400. You see, we're military -- which means we move ALL.THE.TIME. We finally took the plunge and bought a house - but we're battling that fine line between making the house something we're proud of vs. not putting too much money into the house, since we know we have to sell it. Get where I'm going?

So I did what any good DIY'er would do.
a little PAINT! ;) 

I started with the walls ... a $5 gallon of grey Oops paint!
(Tip: they will 'tint' oops paint for you, I found light grey and had them add a bit to make it darker!)

Then onto the doors --
I started with white, but it didn't look good -
It showed all 18 years of dents and just looked "cheap".
Then I remembered all the black interior doors on Pinterest!
I'm not going to lie ... I was a little LOT nervous.  
Our house has a lot of "browns", blacks really aren't my style.
and my husband was gone and I was afraid he might kill me.
But I'm a true DIY'er and went for it anyways! 
and this is what it looked like after the first coat ....
I wanted to cry ...
 Big. Ugly. Tears. 

But I stuck with it -- (what option did I have?)
and three coats of black later, I had this --

I love it! ;)
I just used Valspar Samples for mine! It took 2 Sample Cans to do the 4.5 doors! 
(The "half door" is the playroom - you can read about that here)
Note: My sheen was "satin" - I would probably recommend using something more "glossy".

But isn't it lovely? (or at least a hundred times better than before?)

 Now, I totally get that black isn't everyone's cup of tea. Believe me, I get it! I wasn't even sure it was mine, haha! BUT! I am now sold!! For less than $80 (including the new light fixture) and a few hours of my time, I was able to completely change the look of my hallway! That beats $400 in my book any day!{and there is no doubt in my mind that white wouldn't have looked nearly this good!} So for me -- black was a great choice!

and just because we all love a good before/after ... here you go one more time! ;)
{and so does my husband, which is amazing!}

Price Breakdown:
Gallon of  Oops Paint - $5
5 new Stainless hardware knobs - $40 ($8/each * 5)
Light Fixture - Lowe's ($27 with Lowe's military Discount)
2 Sample Paints - $6
Total: $78

So are you looking to upgrade those ugly doors in your house?
Sample cans of black paint is a great option!

So there you have it -- another $100 or less "room" makeover!
What do you think??
You can see the bathroom makeover here.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Black Interior Doors!

I did it ... I took the plunge!
I painted our hallway doors black!
I'll show you more tomorrow but I'm LOVING it!!!
It's such a simple way to update those cheap, ugly brown hollow-core doors!

What's your thought on black doors?
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Cook It: EASY Crock Pot Chili

 Do you need a quick, delicious meal on a cool winter night?
Well, I have the perfect answer -- Crock Pot Chili.
This recipe is SOOO easy (seriously, just wait) but it is SO good!
My husband tells everyone I make "the best chili" - I don't tell him how easy it is, haha!
If you can brown meat and use a can opener, then you can make this!
and it's fast! ;)
What you need:
- Ground Beef (I used a pound or so)
- Chili Powder
- Bush's Chili Beans (large can)
- Diced tomatoes (for Chili)
- Tomato Sauce (seasoned for chili)
Brown your meat and add salt and pepper to taste ...
Combine the ingredients from the 3 cans + the ground beef in a crock pot.
Add chili powder to taste and let it simmer on low all day.
Or if you forget, just cook it on Medium for about 20-30 minutes!
Top it off with Sour Cream, Fritos and Cheese for a deliciously comforting winter time dinner.


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Another one bites the dust!

Another computer that is!
Yup, this Dell isn't cutting it!
and beacuse Amazon customer service is SO amazing - 
and it hasn't been 30 days --
they are taking it back. 
No box. No questions.
Woo Hoo.

But now I just have to wait for this one to arrive,
them to credit my account -
and order a new one!

So I may be down for a few days!
How will I EVER survive? :( 

So now I ask you -- what's your favorite laptop?
By the way, I'm not a MAC kinda girl.
I don't even have an Ipod! :)

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Monday, November 12, 2012

DIY Dollhouse Furniture on the Cheap!

 I don't have girls ... not yet anyways!
So I had NO idea how expensive dollhouse furniture is! ;)
It's crazy, crazy expensive!
It's also pretty impossible to find "boyish" dollhouse furniture.
So I did what any good DIY'er would do! I made it myself!
and I made it for super cheap! ;)
You can read more about the Super Hero House here.

Update: I built the actual house using 1x10's, screws and a LOT of caulk (haha.) Young House Love has a GREAT Tutorial here - I just altered mine to make it more "boyish" without the roof, etc.  They used 1x8's - but I had 1x10's in the garage -- either would work. Then I bought 4 legs and leg plates at Lowe's to add some height! If you don't feel like building yours from scratch-- I also just found this awesome tutorial using a cubby organizer ($12.99) from Target! 

Now back to the furniture ...

I picked up everything at Hobby Lobby in the unfinished wood section. I made a couch, coffee table, twin bed, entertainment center with flat screen TV and a dining room Table. I paid $6.50 (I had fabric scraps, foam, paint and glue - so if you don't, your price might be a bit higher). However, if you were to buy your stuff brand new - you're looking at about $20/room. :/  and that was NOT in the budget! But six dollars and fifty cents. I can swing that. ;)
So here's the SIMPLE 'how to' to make your own dollhouse furniture!!
For cheap. :) Holla. 
The living room

For the coffee table you'll need:
1 Pack of Finial Caps $1.47
1 unfinished wooden Rectangle $.79
 Now you simply glue the finial caps on the Bottom and paint! 
Total cost $2.25 (and save the other finial caps, you'll need them for the couch).

For the Couch, Dining Room Table & Twin Bed you'll need the following.

 1 pack of Woodsies Rectangles ($2.99 + 40% off = $1.80)
Mini Spindles ($1.47).

The couch takes the most work - but not much, I promise!
Take 2 of the Rectangles and cut about 1 inch off each side.
I just used my miter saw, but a jig saw would work too! Those small pieces will be the two arms (you could even use cardboard if you didn't want to use tools). Now glue all pieces together.
Glue the finial caps to the bottom and paint!
That's the "base" - now you just need the cushion.

For the cushion, I used scrap fabric and left over foam (from a twin mattress pad I cut up).
I just wrapped it like I would a present and hot glued it.

 Now for the Dining Room.
The table is simple -- Glue 4 spindle Legs onto the rectangle.
 and Paint (I used Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint)
(I didn't feel up to making chairs, so I bought two at Hobby Lobby for $2.47 each).

Next up - The Bedroom.
For the twin bed, you'll need one whole wood rectangle, one half of a rectangle, some quilt batting, fabric scraps, finial caps (or beads) and hot glue.
 I used hot glue to "upholster" the twin headboard (half a rectangle) and then used stronger glue (E-6000) to attach the headboard to the long rectangle bed. For "feet" I used some misc. silver beads I had, but finial caps would work as well. I upholstered the mattress and pillow the same way I did the couch cushion! I still need to make a blanket - just haven't decided if I want to make it permanent or detachable.

The nightstand is a Hobby Lobby purchase (2.47+40% off).

 I think this is my favorite part! The flat screen TV and Entertainment Hutch!
I found this little miniature Paper Mache box for .99 at Hobby Lobby.
 A quick coat of black paint ...
Then I printed off a Superman Image to act as the show they are watching! ;) 
I took a thin brush and painted the entertainment center...
I permanently attached the TV to the wall, but not the Entertainment Center.

The Super Hero Art may be my second favorite part of the whole house!
 I bought the two frames for $1.40/each at Hobby Lobby in the dollhouse section, they were gold! Then I just spray painted them Metallic and added the Batman and Spider Man images that I printed from the Internet! I also used hot glue to permanently attach them to the wall.

So that's my Dollhouse Furniture on the cheap!
Note: I wasn't up for the task of making the chairs ($2.47/each), the Nightstand ($2.47) or the Kitchen set ($13.29) but I'm sure you could come up with something if you tried.

Now keep in mind that I made a Super Hero House for my boys, so I tried my best to make the furniture very masculine - in both the shape of the furniture and the color. However, you could very easily add lace, pinks, vintage fabrics, fun accessories, etc to make it much more girly! The sky is the limit really! I had to limit the accessories ... I don't think Spider Man cares much about Decorating or Crown Molding! ;) Barbie on the other hand -- she's all about it! ;) So go wild.

So what do you think? Think it looks simple enough to try?
Or would you rather just fork over the dough?
Be honest. ;)

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Friday, November 9, 2012

The Super Hero House Tour

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I mentioned the other day that I decided to build Wild Man a Super Hero House! He LOVES to play with doll houses, but the hubs wasn't too keen on buying him one. So I created my own version of a dollhouse -- one that is perfectly acceptable for boys. A loft apartment with a big city scape view. You know, right in the heart of all the action, far enough away from the bad guys! ;)

So here's the Super Hero House all finished!
Let's take a tour shall we?

I wanted it to look like a "big city loft" ... I needed it to be masculine.
In color. In design. No curves or girly lines. No pink or pastel. ;)

and this what I came up with ...
FYI - It took every ounce of me not to do cute vintage wallpaper! ;)

Here's the living room ...
complete with a flat screen TV ... and a "dresser" turned hutch ...
Pinterest Style, you know! ;)
oh and coat rack to hang up their super hero capes! ;)
The Rug is Dash and Albert.
It's Scrapbook Paper on Clearance. ;)

Then there is the kitchen ... very modern.
I actually bought this kitchen and just spray painted it.

and then there is the dining room.
which while a little plain, is the perfect place for a Storm Trooper and Batman to discuss the problems of the world over tea. or beer more likely. ;)
The upstairs is a little bare -- and desperately needs a woman's touch ...
but the Houndstooth rug (patterned felt) is as far as I've gotten! ;)
(there are only so many hours in a day my friends! haha)

and while we all know Super Hero's rarely have time to sleep ...
there is one bedroom with a simple twin bed and nightstand!

But the top is by far my favorite ...
The pegboard city scape I created using scrapbook paper!

It's the perfect place for the superhero's to do some skateboarding --
(skateboard compliments of a McDonald's Happy Meal ... sweet!)
and check in on the world below! ;)
So there you have it, my DIY Super Hero House!
What do you think?
If you were a super hero, would you want to crash here?
In between saving the world and romancing the ladies, of course! ;)

Monday I'll give you a tutorial for how to make the house & furniture!
It was seriously simple and quick, I promise!

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