Friday, October 19, 2012

Basement update

Is anyone else wondering where this fall is going??  I can't believe that October is half over.  Maybe it's because we spent the first week of October in DISNEY WORLD!  It was a great trip ~ our 4th with our kids.  We went to celebrate DD 10th birthday (we went last December to celebrate DS 12th).  It probably was our most relaxed trip there, no overscheduling this time.  Everyone got to do what they wanted, we met some rare characters, and enjoyed Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween party (even though it rained).  The kids even had their make-up homework done before we left.

Now it's back to the real world.  Before any vacation we take, I always have the main living areas of our home clean, fresh sheets on the beds, all laundry done, etc.  It's so nice to come home to a clean home.  The basement, however, is a different story.  Try as I have, our basements have never been 100% completely organized ~ clean, yes, but cluttered.  This new home is no different.  It probably hasn't helped that we had to move right after I had surgery and couldn't lift/do stairs for 12 weeks +.  Then summer hit and we were at the pool every day possible.  Check out my first post about the basement here.

I've been picking at it off and on, trying to purge and re-organize.  But I knew that I was going to have to dedicate some serious time to getting thru everything.  I've been selling quite a bit of stuff on facebook and my piles are slowly dwindling down.  This is what it looked like at the beginning of this week ~

See ~ I told you there was a treadmill in this room!

Since the main level is still spic-and-span and it's been rainy the last couple of days, I figured there's no time like the present to tear into it again.  Yesterday, I didn't get much accomplished ~ I blame it on pinterest (anyone else hooked on that?).  But today, I had the energy and started in again. 

Four hours later, I have emerged unharmed and in one piece.  Things are looking better, still not great, but better.


More boxes emptied!

Now I have to work thru a new pile upstairs though.  I knew if I didn't haul unwanted things upstairs, they wouldn't find their way into new homes.

So guess what I'm doing the rest of the day and tomorrow.  I'm hoping that lots more will sell on facebook and to take a trip to Goodwill :)

Be watching for my next makeover ~ I've got a few to share!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Makeover Reveal!

Just wanted to pop in and share the results of my "makeover of a makeover".  It turned out so much better than I imagined and I am thanking my lucky stars that this shelf didn't sell on facebook!

If you remember, this is what it looked like before the first makeover ~

So very lovely, I know ~ it's hard to believe that I changed it :)  However, it didn't scream Americana and really didn't fit in with my prim decor at the time.  This is what it looked like after the first makeover ~

Now that we have moved into a smaller home with a different feel to it, I've had to tweak my decor.  My colors lean more towards black and colonial red now ~ so this shelf really had no home.  I listed it for sale and even at $5.00 no one was interested.  The poor thing looked like it was headed back to Goodwill when I had a brilliant idea.  Another paint job and a little work with the hammer and ~ TA DA! ~ a whole new shelf, again ~

Add a few treasures from our trip to Disney World 2 weeks ago, and it's all set for Halloween~


Got to love a can of spray paint, don't you!

Linking up with ~

It's A Hodgepodge Life

Vintage Wanna Bee

Six Sisters' Stuff

Coastal Charm

The Thrifty Home

Friday, October 12, 2012

A "New" Makeover!

I'm Back!!

Let's get right to the makeover ~ Remember this gorgeous shelf I rescued from Goodwill  ~

I upcycled it to look like this back when we were living in our acreage ~

As much as I loved how this makeover turned out, it just isn't fitting in the new home decor as much as I would like.  So I've tried to sell it on facebook, but even at $5.00 no one has bit.  It has been sitting in the Goodwill donation pile in the basement for awhile, but it's been rescued once again to have a new life. 

The paint is drying, and I'm patiently waiting.....Can't wait to share the "new" makeover with you!