Friday, November 30, 2012

A 12 Year Old Boy’s Room

Call me a bad mother, but as a rule,  I do not clean my two older children’s bedrooms.  They are 12 and 16 years old, and I think they should do it themselves.  That is just the way I was raised.  I can’t remember a time that my mother ever cleaned my room for me.  Now, there are a few exceptions to this rule.  I will go into my 12 year old son’s room and put away his laundry and hang up the clothes on the floor.  And if we are having people over I will go in their rooms and help them get everything looking acceptable to me.  And if they are away at summer camp, I do go into their rooms and spend an entire day doing a big clean.  They always know if they are gone for a week, Mommy does that.  Also, usually after Christmas we do a big clean, but they help with that.  But for the most part, they clean their own rooms.  This is difficult for me because they do not clean their rooms to my standards.  One of the rules at my house is if you want to go do something with a friend or have a friend over, your room must be cleaned.  But it is still never as clean as it would be if I were to clean it myself.  Are you feeling me yet?  I work a full time job, and I choose to let some things go because I refuse to spend all of my time cleaning up after other people. 

I am not gonna lie, most days my kids bedrooms are disgusting pig sties.  It kills me to walk by their bedrooms and see them like that.  And my son’s room has that teenage athlete smell.  Yuck!  The day before Thanksgiving we had a big clean because we were having Thanksgiving at our house, and I wanted everything to look nice.  So I took a little break from painting and we cleaned.  I made my son clean his room on Tuesday, but on Wednesday I went in to check it, and ended up spending at least an hour in there making it more acceptable.  It still was not perfect, but it was the best I could do that day.  He was hunting with my dad that day, and he arrived home just as I was finishing up, and I would not let him step foot in his room until I took pictures of it.  Because I knew that was my only chance for a while to even feel close to comfortable showing you his bedroom.  So here it is, and there is a list of what I want to do at the bottom. 

This is looking in from the hallway.  There is a chair rail in this room that was here when we bought that house.  And the walls were already painted this color of yellow, and had been painted recently, so since I knew my son’s bedroom was going to be a Pittsburgh Steeler’s room, I kept the yellow and just painted above the chair rail on one wall with black chalkboard paint.  The carpet in this room is almost white it is so light.  I would never have chosen it because I know what pigs my children are.  This area rug was an extra piece of carpeting that I had binded from when we laid carpet in the old house.  I threw it down in here so he would not ruin the carpet.  But I have a hard time keeping it smooth.  It always has a bump or two in it, but it does the job of keeping the carpet clean. 


This is the chalkboard wall.  At the time I did  not know that you should cure a chalkboard wall by taking a piece of chalk and scraping it along its side all over, then erasing.  So I never did that, but I have plans to when I can handle the mess it will make.  I bought this bed off of craigs list for $225.  The dresser used to be in my master bedroom but I gave Coleton all of this furniture when I bought new.  Before we moved he had a matching full size bed, but it would not fit into this room, so we bought the loft bed so that he would have as much floor space as possible to play his X box kinect.  So the furniture does not even come close to matching.  I hope to remedy this some day buy buying new, or making the dressers over. 


This is his Ben Roethlisberger Fat Head.  He got it for Christmas a few years ago, and his last room was a Steeler’s room.  He still wanted this for his new room, so Ben made the move with us.  And let me tell you, since I never saved the sheet I peeled him off of, it was a challenge getting him here!  Word of advice, If you ever buy a fathead, save the sheet it comes on!   As you can see, there is a little Mountaineer sprinkled in the mix too.  Right next to Ben is a plaque of Hines Ward.  We miss him!


This is his baseball cap collection.  And a framed, autographed picture of Troy Polimalu.  Did I spell that right?  Not sure, but oh well!


These shelves are just cheap from Lowe’s.  I always use these in my children’s bedrooms because we need the storage and they are not expensive at all.  These shelves hold his trophy collection, game balls, books, and other things that are special to him. 


This is his bed.  Have you ever tried making a loft bed?  It is not fun!  By the way, the Steelers are the greatest team in the history of ever. Just thought I’d throw that in there. 


This is where he does his homework, and if you look at the wall, he writes his goals down here before school starts and keeps them there for that entire school year. 


He uses these floor pillows to sit on while he plays X box.  I bought these on clearance for like $6 at Target. Also, he plays the saxophone.  He is pretty goo, he made the jazz band this year!

This TV stand was left here by the old owners.  It matched his bed, so I decided to use it instead of his old one.  It is kind of falling apart, and he needs a new one. 



Another picture of Polamalu, now I see how to spell it!  This little corner is where he hangs all of his medals and ribbons.  He is a runner.  And those deer antlers were from his first deer he ever shot last fall.  My dad is the one who takes him hunting.  He has only daughters, so he finally has a grandson to take hunting.  He had it mounted for him, and the shell from the bullet is mounted on there too.  Special!  I think my dad was more excited than Coleton was when he got that deer!


Here is where his shoe collection is, behind the door.  And the shoe holder on the back of the door is used to keep small things that belong to him, not shoes. 



My son’s room does not look like it came out of a magazine.  But he is very happy and comfortable in there, and it is cute.  That is all that matters!  He seems to hibernate in here the majority of the time with the door locked, so it works for him!  Sometimes I wish he would come out and join the family though!  Here is a list of what we have already done, what we need to do in this room, and what I am dreaming of doing, if budget permits eventually. 
  • Paint chalkboard wall
  • Buy loft bed
  • Add more hanging space in the closet
  • Add vertical blinds
  • Make over his dresser and nightstand
  • Or purchase matching dresser, nightstand and TV stand (in my dreams)
  • Recover bulletin board
  • Cure chalkboard wall
  • Change out the boob light
  • Purchase a new lamp
  • Change the curtains
  • De clutter
  • Paint door and closet door black
  • Upgrade shelving
  • Change shoe storage to hidden shoe storage
Update:  See this room here now that he is 14, almost 15.  We moved the loft bed to Mr. 7 Year Old's room.  You can catch that here.  

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Changing A Burlap Wreath From Fall To Christmas

Tonight’s blog post is a quick and simple one, because I have a little DIY project that I am planning to start on in a few minutes.  Hopefully it turns out the way I plan and I can share it soon!  Some of you may have seen the burlap wreath I made for fall.  If not, you can see that post by clicking here.  Basically all I did to add a little Christmas to my wreath  was to change out the flowers and the bow.  I am going to let you in on a little secret.  I have no freaking idea how to make a bow!  I guess I really need to learn that, don’t I?  I am sure there are tons and tons of tutorials online, yet I still don’t have a clue as to how to make one.  So I buy most of my bows, unless I think it will look good with just a very simple bow that I can do that is like tying my shoe!  So for the wreath I bought a two pack of glittery bows at AC Moore, a little twig like things with a glittery little bird, a pinecone, some glittery greenery, and some gold leaves.  Super simple and super cheap.  But it turned out kinda cute!
This is the fall version.  This bow I made myself.  This is a far as my bow making skills go. 

And this is the Christmas version. 


Can you tell I bought a new camera in the time between the fall wreath and the Christmas wreath?  MUCH better pictures! 

Update:  See this wreath decorated for every season, and every way I have changed it out here.  

I linked up here!

DIY Holiday Highlights

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Christmas Staircase

This year was the first time I have ever had a banister to decorate for Christmas.  All of my previous homes were one story, so I was excited to decorate my banister this year.  We live in a split level so it is the first thing you see when you walk in the door.  It took some trial and error, but I am happy with the way it turned out.  I bought a 20 foot pre lighted garland from Home Depot.  I bought some small red velvet ribbons from Walmart, and I bought four little gold decorations that had greenery and sparkles and an ornament.  I didn’t make any of it myself.  I needed a place to hang our Christmas Stockings since we currently have no mantel to decorate, so I hung them on the opposite side from the ribbons and other decorations.  I also hung a red beaded sparkly wreath on the center top.  I have had the wreath for a few years.  I just used some red velvet ribbon I had lying around from a bow that fell apart and hung it there.  This banister may be a work in progress.  I would like to add some real holly if I come across some.  We don’t have any in our yard.  Here are some pictures of the banister during the process, and the final for now product.  My 12 year old son really likes it, and that is good enough for me, because he is the family critic. 

This is right after I got the garland hung, but before I arranged the branches. 


This is after I arranged the branches.  I was also doing laundry at the time, can you tell?  Yes, my laundry is in a closet at the bottom of my stairs.  If you look at the floor at the bottom of the stairs you will see my least favorite thing in this house.  The ugly diagonal linoleum which transitions into carpet.  This is the next thing I hope to change when our budget allows.  I want to rip all of that up and lay hardwood laminate.   


This is after the ribbons and gold d├ęcor were attached. 


The banister is in need of a fresh coat of paint, and I have plans to paint the oak part black. Update: you can see the newly painted banister here.  


Why do we have a gate at the bottom of the stairs you ask?  Too keep the dog who urinates all over every carpet she can get her hands on from going down there.  She loves her some wall to wall carpeting!


As you can see I put some white lights on the white spindly things.  I can’t decide if I like these things or not.  And I don’t mean the lights.  I am thinking of removing them, but right now, with a 4 year old in the house, I don’t feel safe removing them so they will stay for now. 


After I hung the Christmas Stockings.  I also added in some little gold starry garland. 


And there you have it!  Our Christmas banister.  I would love to see your Christmas banister too!
Update, See our banister for 2013 here and for 2014 here.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Holiday Centerpiece

I have been asking people to send me pictures of their Christmas trees and holiday decorations to share on my blog lately.  If you have put together something that you would like to share, I would love to feature something new every day!  My girlfriend, Diane,  made these really cute centerpieces for her dining table with some fresh greenery, pine cones, candles, ornaments, and glass hurricanes.  They look like they were pretty simple to put together, and you could put whatever you like in them.  Fresh, easy, and unique!  Here they are!




Good job Diane!  Thanks for sharing your holiday centerpieces with me!  I would love to share your Christmas decorations too! 

I also wanted to share the cutest book page trees that I saw on this blog.  I would love to make these, if I can get around to it.    If you click on the link you will find a tutorial for how to make them.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Let’s Tour A Home

Last week, the Williams family were kind enough to welcome me to tour their home.  I was so excited to tour my first home for what I hope will become a regular feature on my blog called Let’s Tour A Home.  And the William’s lovely home was a perfect place to start!  Not only do they have a stately and beautiful home, but what a gorgeous family!  Seriously, every single one of them are blessed in the looks department, but aside from that, they were such wonderful hosts.  Jill, the mother, is someone I have known of for many years, and I don’t recall ever having talked to her before.  Well, I just felt like I had known her for years.  She was such a doll and I almost forgot the reason I was there because I enjoyed just talking to her so much!  I hope you enjoy my first home tour.  I am no professional photographer, but I am trying to get better.  I did finally buy a better camera, (thanks to my husband for an early Christmas gift) and hopefully my pictures are improving.  The Williams family have lived in this brick colonial for the past 4 years.  It was built in 1940 by a wealthy family at the time, and you would never expect an old house like this to have so many modern conveniences.  It has 4 bedrooms, plus a maid’s quarters, and 4 bathrooms.   This house is in a beautiful older neighborhood in Clarksburg full of old historical homes.  Without further ado, meet the William’s family, and their lovely home!  Come on in…


The William’s Family

1940 Brick Colonial


This is the back patio.



The foyer is a grand entry way.  Very spacious and inviting.  I love the staircase, and to the left was a huge walk in coat closet.  The wicker sofa is an antique piece passed down by a close relative, and there is a matching table in the living room. 



She picked the holly from a bush in her yard.  Perfect. 


Standing facing the front door in the foyer.  There is a half bath to the left of the entry.  Not many houses this old would have that. 


All of the bathrooms have their original fixtures nd have not been touched.  They plan on renovating some of the bathrooms, but have not gotten to that yet.  They are renovating as time and budget allows. 


The living room is to the left of the foyer.  And look at that piano!  Wow!  This was a recently purchased item.  Jill plays.  I should have asked her to play for me.  You can also see the antique wicker table, and rocker.  And of course their beautiful Christmas tree. 


Beautiful old fireplace with more holly on the garland.


Yellow holly



Look at their dog, Rudy on the sofa!  That is her favorite position!


This room is finished, except she wants to hang drapery’s .

This is a before picture of their dining room.  And here it is now.  


To the right of the foyer is the dining room.  They have finished the renovation on this room as well. 



The furniture is antique and was passed down by a great aunt.


Check out these two antique family photograph’s that her father had framed and gave her as a gift. 


Through the dining room is the kitchen.  Here is a before picture. 



They added the butcher block island, new corian counters, and white subway tiles.  They tore down loads of wallpaper. and painted. 



The cabinets are original, and look how many!


The cabinet hardware is original as well.  The red knob is like a button.  Perfect for child safety.  She chose the colors in her kitchen based on these knobs because she wanted to keep them.  Good choice!


The copper hood is also original to the house.  Spectacular!

Love those colorful light pendants. 


Check out that door to receive and return milk bottles!  Awesomeness!


This is the breakfast nook.  Can you believe how spacious this kitchen it, being built in 1940?  The owner’s believe there used to be a wall separating these two rooms, but it was torn out during a previous renovation. 



I really love their kitchen and breakfast nook.  So pretty.  They say the only thing they would still like to do is replace this flooring.  It does have hardwoods underneath, but they would need refinished. 


To the left of the kitchen is the den.  This is where the family hangs out, watches TV and uses the computer.  Love that knotty pine!


And there they are!  Trying to stay out of our way while I tour the house!  Also love the built in shelves.  


Next we go upstairs to the master bedroom. Look at the lovely french doors. And more antique furniture that has been passed down in the family.  There were several layers of wallpaper on the master bedroom walls.  After removing quite a few layers, they gave up and painted it anyway. 






This hallway leads to the master bathroom.  Look at all of those built ins.  All of this is original and has not been renovated. 


I totally love this chandelier in the master suite hallway.


Here is the buzzer to ring the maid.  These are all over the house!


Look at this 7,000 square foot home outside of their bedroom window.  Oh, how I want to tour that house!  I hear it is a masterpiece.  Jill promised to do her best to hook me up!


Such a cute girl’s room.


Can you guess which team their son likes?



This is a room they are currently renovating.  It is going to be a tween hang out room. 


These next two rooms used to be the maid quarters, an there is a private stairwell that leads straight down to the kitchen.  The maid could not use the same stairs as the family.  Jill is using this room as her dressing room/closet.  It has a shower and a sink as well.  This space has not been renovated but it is on the list.  I was so jealous of all of this space.  All for her!


It was such a treat to get to meet this wonderful family and tour their house!  I hope you enjoyed it too!  A big huge thank you to the William’s family for welcoming me into your home!  I hope I will get to go back again sometime just to visit and not take pictures!  I’ll leave you with a couple of photo’s I snapped on my way out of their beautiful neighborhood. 




Thank you William’s family, I hope that I did your lovely home justice in my pictures!