Tuesday, April 26, 2011


We're still waiting on the closing of our new home. STILL. So I decided to show you my boys room again and link up to Jennifer Rizzo's boys room party here.

So here's what the room looked like before the 3rd boy came along and kicked #2 out of his own room.

And here's what it looks like with 2 boys in the room.

There isn't room for anything else besides a tall dresser, the toy box and two twin beds. In our new house their room will be big enough for all THREE antique hospital beds that I have. But baby number 4 won't be out of a crib for another year so we'll cross that bridge when we get there. I can't wait to have them all lined up, vintage military style.

If you have a great boys room to link up, please stop by Jennifers site,

Monday, April 25, 2011

Antique chippy door

I'm cleaning house and have this antique white door for sale for $100. It would make a beautiful headboard or attach shelves for a unique bookcase. Let me know if you're interested!

Monday, April 18, 2011

King sized headboard

You know that headboard I'm planning on doing week 1 of my project lineup? Well, I got tired of packing and did it Saturday. I'll still post the tutorial with step by step pictures of how I did it during week 1 but I thought I'd post a picture of it. Here's the before.

It's not what I thought it was going to be. I mean, I guess I knew it would be really feminine. It has carved flowers for Pete's sake and adding ruffles wasn't exactly going to "man it up". Don't get me wrong, I really like it. It's just not the look I'm going for in my master bedroom. After the floral headboard I wanted something a little more masculine and industrial. So I'm selling it. Here's the after.

It's KING sized. Upholstered in a charcoal gray linen. E-mail me if you're interested at nikki_grandy@yahoo.com. $180. I'll deliver to the east valley for an extra $20.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


My older sister from Junkrestore, or Tara-tomatumor as I so lovingly call her, is doing a giveaway on her blog. She is shipping a brand new gravity feed paint sprayer to one lucky winner!

And I want to be that winner. Because I'm lazy and tired of painting everything by hand. So this is my entry in her giveaway.

Go here if you want to enter. Or not, so my chances to win myself are higher.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Project line up

Well, we're counting down the days till the move. Looks like it'll be next weekend. Which means I need to get my butt in gear and pack. So I'll be taking a break from blogging for the next couple of weeks.

Don't cry, I promise when I get back I'll be doing some awesome stuff! Since my husband will be gone to Rucker for 8 weeks, I've lined up 8 projects to keep me kicking while he's gone. Here's what I plan on doing with tons of tutorials...

Week 1: Upholstered headboard with, of course, ruffles!!

Week 2: Barn like shutters for the outside of the house, new galvanized lights, and some chairs turned into flower holders.

Week 3: Kitchen backsplash and wall treatment. I'll give you a hint. It's getting beadboard and a LOT of it.

Week 4: Laundry room work surface and washer and dryer hider (I hate looking at those things!)

Week 5: Paneling and paint in Paysen's room. I'm SO excited to be doing this project.

Week 6: New ruffled bedskirt and other bedding in my room. ALL WHITE.

Week 7: Kids bathroom redo. New paint, salvaged wood on the walls, lighting and a mirror.

Week 8: Old mirror project. I have a little collection of antique mirrors but I need a ton for this project so I'll be making new ones look old with chemicals.

It's quite the line up but I'm trying to keep myself busy! I'll leave you with one of Caleb's favorite quotes...

"Don't tell my mother I fly blackhawks. She thinks I play piano in a whore house."

Over and out.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New house!

Are you one of those people who won't post pictures of their new house before it closes because they don't want to jinx themselves?

Well, I'm not. Here's a bunch of pictures of the new place. I can't wait to Dick Cheney those walls!

Since the sweet love of my life is going to Rucker for 8 weeks, he'll miss the move. Isn't that the pits? He always "gets put on orders" right when we have to move and usually gets me pregnant before too! Don't get any ideas Caleb...

Anyways, here's the front of the house. I have some fun plans for shutter and galvanized barn-esque light fixtures on the front of the house. And oh yeah... the landscaping in the front has GOT TO GO. Baby steps, baby steps. I'll let Caleb tackle that project on his own.

Here's the front room. Half of my house right now could fit into this room. Which seems to be a blessing and a curse. I want to do built in bookcases with a gliding ladder in here but that's pretty much all I have planned. Maybe a homework area, desk and sectional for reading.

To the left before the great room is the hallway to the guest/office/nursery, bathroom, and entry into the 3rd car garage.

Here's the great room. It's pretty self explanatory. I'm adding thicker molding to the cabinets and doing a phenomenal backsplash and other goodies. You'll have to wait and see!

To the right of that room is the master bedroom and bath. I still have no idea what to paint the walls in here or what I want to do. All I know is I'm doing all white bedding. Maybe a huge architectural piece.

My husband and I just stared at our closet for a while. It's literally bigger that the room he shared with his 4 other brothers growing up.

And then to the left of the kitchen is two more bedrooms, a bath, the laundry room and entry into the garage.

And here's the back yard.

Pretty much everything about the property needs work, but it's all superficial. And it's move in ready. I hate the paint and we're going to put in new flooring as well, but not until the carpet we have gets bad. I'm itching to get in and start some projects!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Home tour!

I'm editing this post to join the home tour from A bowl full of lemons. I don't know about you guys but I LOVED all the home tours brought to us from Poppies at Play. I had so much fun seeing those amazing women's homes without dragging my 4 kids with me and inevitably breaking some of their prized posessions. Because kids don't go for the dollar store decor. They go for the heirlooms, ya know?

Anyways, Andy is having a linky party for home tours and this is my contribution. This is kind of a last tribute for me as well because we will be moving into a bigger home at the end of the month.

So here's a picture of us. In all our glory. One kid crying the next hiding from the camera. That's the way it goes...

Here we go. This is our front door from the street. I feel a little rebellious because I didn't get the door approved by the HOA before I put it up. And if they ask me to take it down I'll tell 'em where to go.

And here's my living room. It's the first room you walk into and the place where we spend the most time (besides the back yard)

Right around the corner, we have the kitchen, dining and sitting area or "great room". I recently refinished the cabinets and LOVE how it really brightened up the space. My husband and I also installed wood flooring about 2 months ago. It hurts my heart to leave it and go back to carpet and tile but maybe someday I'll have it in my new house too.

Down the hallway and on the right is the master bedroom and bath.

Do you love my barn door on my closet? Here's a tutorial. Straight across from my room is a bathroom and a nursery

And then at the end of the hallway is my 2 boys and daughter's rooms. Here's the boys room. It's 10'x10' so I couldn't fit much in there.

Here's a tutorial on how I did the duvets at the end of their beds. And lastly my daughters room. I'm afraid she's constantly surrounded by swords and soldiers so I designed her room as girly as I could manage without puking.

As I look at these pictures I'm actually tearing up. This house means so much to me and not just because it's our first home we've owned. We bought it a month before my husband deployed for a year to Iraq. This house was my saving grace. Every time I felt sad or alone I came up with another project to do to the house. It distracted me from thinking about the war and how it separated the ones I love. It was a place for me to release my frustrations through paint and wood and fabric. But it's time to move on to a bigger house and a happier time!

p.s. I bet my neighbors will be glad when I'm gone! They won't hear my air compressor turn on in the middle of the night anymore.