Home Buying Update

Some exciting news to share in our home buying journey.

We attended a live Estate Auction. Live auctions are fun. Usually outside on a nice day with food vendors. Once you register and get your number card you are able to bid on all items for sale at the auction. The Auctioneers record the sold items and the winning bidders number so there is a record of sale with your name and the price.

 

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Art Walk

Art is always appreciated. Any show that you attend as an artist will give you exposure to people who may never have seen your work otherwise. People  appreciate you and admire your talent. But how do we turn this admiration into dollar bills?

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3 Lessons Learned From Remodeling

This Post I am sharing one last time some photos of our house remodeling projects. My husband and I purchased our first home 9 years ago. Since then, we have gone room by room, project by project, transforming it into a beautiful well designed home. I always took pictures so we could remember and share with you. It is so amazing to look back and see how far we have come. The lessons we have learned, also, have truly enriched our lives. 

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Upstairs Room

I will be sharing this month the last Before and After photos of our house remodel. Our remodeling projects have finally come to an end. It feels great to have a home set up exactly the way we need it. It has been a long process, but very rewarding hard work. I hope you have been inspired to tackle your home projects with DIY enthusiasm, getting some blisters and making your house your very own handmade home.

I have three rooms to show and the first I will share is the Upstairs Room. This room is a large space 15x11 Ft. When we bought the house it was decorated by a teen hippy. Peace signs and flower power. Yikes!

We used it for a long time as an attic, just holding boxes of things we had no idea where to put. With our decision to home-school, I decided it needed to be finished and used as our school room. I went through all those boxes, moving things out and around to free up the entire room for this new purpose and a new look. We spent time spreading drywall compound over cracks and blemishes on all the walls.

I had to paint, paint, paint. The existing drywall was in good shape but did need some patching and compound in some areas.Three coats to get rid of that yellow and the hippy tattoos.

Once again because our budget was so small I even painted the floor. I really do not mind at all painted floors. I was painting over laminate tiles that were stained and broken in spots. Totally changes the look for only $9.00 (discounted miss tint paint).

Note: when painting floors use heavy duty paint made for porches or concrete. If you are lucky you can get it discounted. Always check out your paint stores shelf of miss tints.

Old stick down tiles.

Old stick down tiles.

Painting the floor. Immediate transformation <3 

Painting the floor. Immediate transformation <3 

Here is the 'Before' photos followed directly by the 'After photos':

Before

Before

After

After

Now used as our Home-school area. I covered the window with Burlap and chicken wire for a convenient place to hang school visuals.  

Now used as our Home-school area. I covered the window with Burlap and chicken wire for a convenient place to hang school visuals.  

Before

Before

After- Now used as an area for Scrap-booking and Sewing, along with some of the kids toys.

After- Now used as an area for Scrap-booking and Sewing, along with some of the kids toys.

Before (the ceiling)

Before (the ceiling)

After- The ceiling with trim molding and new paint.

After- The ceiling with trim molding and new paint.

We are really enjoying this space now. It is so nice to finally have it functioning as a useful room. Because the ceiling has a steep slant (common in old homes) we placed a sofa and toys (seated activities) against the short walls. Here are a few more pictures:

This room is adjacent to my Office/Studio space.

This room is adjacent to my Office/Studio space.

Sofa along the south wall.

Sofa along the south wall.

I will be sharing a few more rooms with you. Thanks for reading and don't forget to comment below.  

Valentine

My husband and I have spent many a Date night like this.

However, this year we actually got to go out! To a really nice restaurant. We ate amazingly delicious seafood and toasted our dreams. Nice for a change.

I thought about all of our less than amazing date nights and laughed. Without our kids, life would just be boring. Cheers!

Chalkboard Markers

I just discovered chalkboard markers. I know they have probably been around for years, but I just bought my first one. It makes very pretty lines on my smooth chalkboard from Hobby Lobby. 

Regular chalk has always worked great on my chalkboard I made myself using chalkboard paint. We use it in our school room now.

But, this very smooth store bought chalkboard never looked right using regular chalk. The chalk marker works much better on it. Easily erases with damp cloth.

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So look for them at your local Craft Supply store - Chalkboard Markers !! 

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