Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cute Frame for Sister!

Remember the stash of frames I got a little while ago?! 
Well, I made a frame for sister, because she left yesteday to go back to school for her 5th year. :(  I usually make her or get her a little something, so I decided to make her something this year! I started off with the frame and these little nautical pieces. (she loves everything nautical)
 I didn't take many pictures of the process, but I taped off the frame in stripes and painted it white.
I then painted the pieces. First I had them a gold yellow colour, then gold, then silver, then finally decided on red.
I removed the tape, sanded away and stuck the pieces on the frame with hot glue.
Isn't it cute?
I also sanded the nautical pieces.
If you look close, you can see the original blue, yellow, gold, and silver where I sanded it...hahahah

Hope you like it Kayla! I will miss you! xoxo

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Clip Board Inspiration Wall

Remember how I told you I didn't like this pinboard anymore?!
 Well, I bought some clip boards to put there instead
 You can't use a level in this house, because nothing is level. hahah See what I used?
 My tape measure.

Anyway, I really like how it turned out.
I'm going to post the latest ideas I'm going to make as a reminder to do them, and some pictures too.

I am going through my entire craft room and decluttering and getting rid of lots of stuff. I have a few projects on the go and ideas I want to try, so stay tuned for big craft room reveal! hahahah

I am joining all the parties listed here, with this project!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Kitchen Reveal

So, I finally got around to taking pictures of the nice, clean kitchen! I thought first I would show you the transformation it went through over the years!!
Here was the kitchen when we moved in
We didn't touch the cupboards, all we really did was give the kitchen a fresh coat of paint, got rid of the curtains, table and chairs.
I chose this green colour, that I hated as soon as I painted the walls. It was better then the wallpaper though
One day I decided I should paint the "wood" panelling
That really brightened up the room!!
Here was the picture of the kitchen before the big project. (after we got the new table and chairs)
And here the kitchen is now:
Love the colour!! Again, we painted above the cupboards where the sign is, and I am so glad we did. It makes it appear taller. I also spray painted the handles to save money on hardware.
You can see in the earlier pictures there was a mirror and paper towel holder by the second sink. We removed those. Also you can see the yellow/gold glass in the doors, that had to go! Mom brought some paint medium she had which allowed us to paint right on the glass, the same colour as the cupboards. It looks awesome!
I actually painted the range and dishwasher with the same colour. That dishwasher has to go! But for now, it at least matches! haha Now the stove seems kind of out of place!
We also painted the walls. I mixed the leftover paint from the living room, and bedroom and made this colour. I like it much better!!

We decided on a paint/primer in one (the guy said that melamine paint will be discontinued very soon) and that this paint was equally as durable. I am not happy with this paint at all. I already have a few dings, and I just painted it last week. I was thinking of putting a clear coat of something on top to protect them.

Kitchen Breakdown:

Paint for cupboards: $65- $50 for gallon, $15 for quart of paint. (gallon would have been enough, but I painted the trim around the kitchen and door and window frames)

Paint for hardware: $5 (which I didn't need to buy because I found a new can in the cupboard)

Kitchen wall paint: free, already had

SO, $70 for a cheap mini makeover! I think it's worth $70, don't you?!
Again, before and after:

In love!!

P.S- I just want to thank mom and dad again for all their hard work. They did more then me, thats for sure! So thank you for taking time out of your day to help paint! I love you! And anytime you need help painting I'm there!!! :) (although I think all three of us agreed we would never paint kitchen cupboards again! ahhahaha)

P.P.S?- I am adding this kitchen makeover to all the blog parties listed here. You should go check them out!! Also Thrifty Decor Chicks Before and After Party

Friday, August 20, 2010

Ashley's Thrifty Living Fan Page

Hey everyone! I have some exciting news. I created a "Ashley's Thrifty Living"  Fanpage on Facebook! I have a lot of friends who don't have blogs or google accounts, but do have facebook and want to check in to see whats going on. So I created this page!

So go check it out!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Kitchen Update and recent Finds

Well, the kitchen cupboards are done! Alllll done! It took longer and was more work then I thought but they look amazing. What am I was more work for mom and dad! The last 4 days I have worked, had an appointment and an interview and they stayed and painted away. So thank you mom and dad so much for all your hard work! I love you!

So, they are painted a creamy white with nice sprayed black handles. We painted the wall above them too, and it looks much taller. (seen below)
Also today, I decided I wanted to get rid of the green, which I have hated since I painted it green 3 years ago. I didn't want to spend any more on paint so I mixed my own! I mixed the colour from the living room and the one from our bedroom when it was beige. It looks awesome!! I can't quite do a big reveal because the trim around the kitchen needs to be painted the same colour as well. I think it looks funny white, with the creamy white cupboards, so that is tomorrows job!! See? Very white.
So because I am painting that, I will have to do all the door frames as well! Ah. The work is never done!! 
  Hopefully this weekend I will reveal the kitchen makeover?!! 

I thought I would also show you the things I found at winners for waaaay cheap!
eco decor-$1
frames-$2 each
cutest thermos-$2 
lovely tin candlestick-$4!

I also picked up this chime for $3
It has an angel and some other stuff which isn't my style, so I am going to just take them off. I mean how could I pass up this?


That's it! That's all! xoxo

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Pots

Remember a while back when I planted these herbs?!
I had them outside and my plan was to move them inside this winter. Well something happened and they were tres tres dead. Little brown crisps. Yes, I forgot to water them. I am still not sure how I forgot to do this since the table they are on is right beside the door! hahahah. Anyway, I bought some new ones at Sobey's on the weekend and thought I should jazz up the pots before I brought them in!

So, here they are before.
I used my good old chalkboard paint, and sprayed away. And here they are now:

So cute!
 Love how they turned out! So cute, and easy (my favourite things!)
I am linking this post to the lovely blog parties listed  here  Come join the fun!


Monday, August 16, 2010

Kitchen Update- Sneak Peek

If you are sick of hearing of this kitchen, just skip this whole post! :) I thought I would give you a sneak peek of the kitchen.
Look how nice it looks!! Imagine nice white doors on there?! With dark black handles?
So much more to be done, but I love the way it looks!

And today Mike and his dad were in the big scary barn doing something. Sadie went in there with them, and wouldn't come out when they left. I went out to spray paint the handles and knobs, and she was in the barn trying to jump down....from here
She didn't know how to come down! So I had to go in the big scary barn, and get her myself. I hate it in there! So spooky...but I needed to save my puppy!!!
She's too cute not to save!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Odds and Ends

There are a few things I forgot to post about recently! First off was that I was crafting with Mike's sister Lauren! She came over and we made a ton of cute button earrings!!
Isn't she cute?! We had fun looking through all the buttons and picking our favourites!!
Love the buttons!
The one with the "pearls" in the middle are actually stickers. I glued them on right over the button holes so they would stay put!! I love them! Thanks for coming over Lauren!! xox

Second, I wanted to say thank you for all your lovely comments and opinions about the mirror issue I was having in the entryway...I have decided to go with the.............Round one!! 

So thank you all for giving me your opinions!! It helped a lot!

And lastly, JHill from Mad In Crafts featured my $6 art on her blog here!

You should go check out her blog, full of great inspiration and join the
every Monday!!!