My wonderful hubby let me sleep in today, yay!! But because of that, we missed church. So we got busy working on projects instead.
So I have something very helpful, not fun in my book but helpful, if you have some extra time over this holiday weekend.
Are you ready to get your scrub on . . .
Hey you could make it a family activity?! . . . Probably not, but its a good thought.
Alright so this week I have a very random DIY cleaner! YEAH! Not so much I know. I actually hate cleaning myself, but I have to say that Pinterest has really helped me to be more motivated to clean. They have all these great and easy diy cleaners, usually all items that I already have on hand, so it doesn’t require any extra runs to the store. So are you ready . . .
Now I have to start by warning you that this is not something I do on a regular basis, at all. This is actually my first attempt at cleaning the grout in our house since we moved into our house 2 years ago. Gross huh, I know, but I really don’t like cleaning.
Alright here is the grout before (I’m actually quite embarassed to even show you, so don’t judge me for my grout). . .
All you have to do is mix together equal parts of your 3 ingredients in a bowl and evenly spread the mix into the grout of your tile. It works best if you let the cleaner then sit in grout for about 20 minutes or so.
Then get your srub on. I used a small scrubbing brush that I usually use for laundry and look what happened. YUCK!
My little helper wanted in on the action, so I got her an old toothbrush and she helped me scrub too!
After rinsing it all out, look how great it looks! I couldn’t believe it actually, I had forgotten what color the grout should be. What do you think? I have to admit it was actually really easy, however it was a little time consuming for a busy mom of 3 little munchkins. I have to admit I only got the kitchen done, so I still have a lot to go, but it does look SOOO much better!
Ok friends, this is not a pretty post, but reality. As I am home resting with my new little man, I have had a few days on the couch staring at all the undone projects around my house. I get discouraged when I read other blogs and it looks like everyone has their life together and their houses are perfect. Then it hit me that I do that to you guys too! I realized how careful I am when taking pictures and posting about things in my house, to only show the things that are done and pretty. Well, that is far from the case. Although I take a lot of pride in having my house mostly made up of DIY projects, there are some down sides. Especially when it is a business, you tend to pour your energy into getting things done for shows and clients, and not yourself. Here is a little dose of reality in my life…
So remember this buffet that I painted a couple months ago?
Well, I wanted to just get it done and I was pregnant, so I couldn’t lift it. So instead of waiting for my hubby to come home and help me, I just painted it right where it was. I didn’t want to get paint on the carpet so I just didn’t paint the bottom of the legs. I figured I would get that done later. Yep, you guessed it, it has been two months, and they are still bare.
And I bought this side table about a month ago and had every intention of painting it…Well, it is still unpainted (and a mess)! Yes, I probably could have cleaned this off before I snapped the picture, but this post is about reality right?? Yes, that is my breast pump in all it’s glory!
And yet another example is my dining room table. I bought this three months ago and started painting, didn’t like the color so I repainted half and it is currently still half painted sitting in my dining room!
And I sanded and stained the top, but didn’t put the polyurathaine on and we ate on it anyway so now it looks like this…
Yes, this is my reality. I hope I have made you feel better about those unfinished projects.
A couple weeks ago I had pinned a picture on Pinterest, of some paint dipped cans.n And after Mandy’s tutorial 2 weeks ago of her paint dipped vase, I wasn’t so sure if it would be too much work. I’m not as resourceful as she is about fixing things that don’t work after the first try. Her recommendation was just to make sure the paint was thin enough to create a smooth surface, but not too thin that the color doesn’t take. So yesterday I decided to try my hand at some cans. I always have lots of cans and the girls are in need of some more organization in their room.
First things first you will need some paint, I of course of all kinds of random paints, some acrylic and some samples from Lowes. If you are ever in need of just a small amount of paint for a project, the sample sizes from your local hardware store are the perfect size, and they will mix you any color you want.
And of course a few washed and dried cans.
I then used an empty and cleaned cream cheese container to perform the actual dipping, but any container bigger than your can will work, just make sure it is bigger than your can and has high enough sides (that when you dip your can in, the paint won’t sploosh out the top). So once you have your container, pour your paint in. The sample size paints were perfect for this, because you do need a fair amount of paint.
Then its really pretty simple, just dip your can in. I then slowly spun the can in a circle to try to even out how high the paint came up on each side. The bottom line is that its not going to be a perfect line, at least I couldn’t get one, but as long as its even enough for your liking. I kind of determined I like the unevenness, but its up to you.
Now simply pull the can straight up and let the excess paint drip off for a minute or so. Once its done dripping move the can over the a safe area to dry. I used some foil and just let the cans sit on the foil and dry.
Today we are joining a pinterest hop! If you want to join us, use this link
We are on count down over here. Our little man is due tomorrow, so while we are waiting we are trying to get his room ready and organized. I saw this on Pinterest and knew it would be the perfect storage solution.
I haven’t decorated it yet, but here is how ours turned out.
Do you think we have enough diapers in there?! Ha!
I bought the peg board at Ace Hardware for $8 and a can of dark gray spray paint for $4. I had the baskets (they cost $35 for 3) and the hooks I believe were $3 for a box of 8.
So for $50 I have this great storage to help keep me organized! I am excited to get it decorated and the baby’s room finished so I can show you. Hopefully this week it will all be finished.
Today I have something very exciting to share with all of you. You may not find it quite as exciting as I thought it was, but it definitely made my day. With 3 small children I definitely spend a LOT of time each day doing laundry and even more time trying to get all the crazy stains out of their clothes, but I found something that is definitely going to cut that time down for sure. I don’t about you, but I have pinned many different remedies on pinterest lately, one in particular that I have been meaning to try for some time but just hadn’t gotten around to actually buying the products. Well I should have done it a lot sooner, let me just tell you. I followed these instructions from Modern Day Mom, but its really so simple. Just mix one part dawn (some comments recommended to use the orignial blue kind), to two parts hydrogen peroxide. Some recipes I read also added a tablespoon of baking soda for the added scrubbing, so I did also add the baking sodae. I had an old Shout spray bottle that I used to put my mixture in, it was much easier to spray the solution on for me, but you don’t have to do it this way.
The subject I used to test out this solution was my son’s baseball uniform. He’s just 3 and plays t-ball, but he sure does manage to get that uniform quite dirty. I had not been able to get his pants clean for weeks, the stains just would not come out, no matter how many times I soaked them in oxi clean or bleach, they still remained. So that is what lead me to this solution. I thoroughly soaked the stained areas in the solutions, then let it sit for 20 minutes or so. I then came back and scrubbed the areas a little and resprayed them and let them soak for another 10 minutes. I then threw them in the wash and look how amazing they came out. Check out these before and afters.
I was amazed! I really am. They weren’t perfect, but boy did it make a huge difference, and seriously took out stains that I hadn’t been able to get out for weeks. And I also have to add, that there was a stain on the blue part of his jersey as well that I had sprayed and it came out of the blue without any issues, so it also works great on colors! I was so excited that I then went and sprayed a whole pile of laundry that had stains I was trying to remove and I have to say, it all came out! Can you believe it. I couln’t. You have to go try this right now.
Oh and another great thing, the dish soap costed me under $2 and the hydrogen peroxide I had gotten at Costco in a 2 pack for under $2. You can’t beat that! Are you all ready to go do some laundry? I have to admit laundry is definitely not one of my favorite things to do, I think my mom and mother in all would agree on this subject, since they both nicely do all my laundry and help me get caught up when they are in town. Isn’t that wonderful! It truly is WONDERFUL! I hope you all have fun removing ALL THOSE STAINS!
I hope you guys had a great weekend. This weekend I actually worked on a lot of projects, I just didn’t finish most of them, so I will share those next week. I did get to update an old bookshelf for the boys room and start decorating their room finally. Poor kids have been living in a room with blue carpet and bare drywall walls. It was nice to get some progress in there.
We hired someone to mud and paint the room. I have had no energy lately and hubby has been working a ton, so we bit the dust and hired someone. I have never done that, and I have to say it was really nice to leave the house in the morning and come back with it all done! I could get used to this!
I don’t have a before picture of the dresser, but it was just a stained bookshelf. I decided I didn’t want to paint the whole thing because I am planning on painting their dresser and their beds, so I wanted some natural wood in there too. Here is the bookshelf after I painted it.
I brought it into the boys room and started decorating it. I am not done, but here is a sneak peak…
Still lots to do, but at least we got started! Hoping to show you the completed room next week.
We have some exciting things lined up for the market next week!
We will have live music by Carson Parks! He will be playing from 9-11 and will have his new CD available to purchase.
Karen Scheffe from Elan Photography will be at the market running a vintage themed photo booth! It is free and all you have to do is pay for your prints for only $15! This is an unbelievable price that she is giving just to our Junk in the Trunk shoppers and friends. Christmas cards anyone?? You won’t want to miss it! She is amazing and this is a great opportunity to capture fun memories with your family and friends!
We are also offering DIY Demos throughout the day.
At 11:15 Trouve will be demonstrating how to use Annie Sloan paint! They are trained and willing to share their secrets with us!
At 12:15 For the Love of Old will be demonstrating how to distress furniture to create that awesome old, chippy look.
At 1:15 Mandy from Mable Dear (and our wonderful guest blogger) will be demonstrating how to create those Zinc inspired letters, perfect for your kitchen.
All of these are included with your admission ticket!
As well as each admission ticket purchased will get you a ticket into our hourly giveaways from our amazing vendors! More on that later this week. So stay tuned.
Students from Young Life will be there raising money to go to camp. They will be available to help carry all your fun vintage finds to your car! We will also be raffling off this amazing mining cart from Modern Manor to help them raise money for camp! Make sure to stop by and purchase your raffle tickets!
See you Saturday!!!!!
I had the privilege today to join 80 wonderful women helping send teen moms to camp to learn about Jesus. We had our annual YoungLives tea fundraiser and it was so powerful to hear from these young moms and the way YoungLives has changed their lives and their family trees. YoungLives is a group in the Young Life organization for teen moms where they can come and feel accepted and loved for who they are. And guess what? You can help too! What do you have to do you ask? Well, just come to our market!
A portion of all ticket sales will help support Young Life of Paradise Valley. Young Life is a non-denominational Christian organization that reaches out to adolescents in the greater north Phoenix area through caring adults that spend time with youth in order to empower them to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
If you want first dibs on all the goods, early entry starts at 9am and is $8. General admission is at 10am and is $4. 12 and under are free and after 3pm admission is free.
More exciting news…Modern Manor graciously donated this amazing industrial cart that will be given away at our show! Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 and all the procedes will go straight to Young Life!
Most vendors will accept credit cards, but some can only take cash so there will be an ATM on site to use!
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! We had a wonderful time with our dear friends in town and had both sides of our families over for Easter! We felt so blessed to celebrate our Lord together. I set up a beautiful vintage table setting and forgot to take pictures . My friend said she might have some in her camera, so if she does I will show you all next week.
I wanted to share our latest project we finished last week. I have wanted a card catalogue for our home for a while now. I haven’t found one that I loved that was a good price (meaning under $1000!) Crazy! One of our wonderful readers showed me hers that she had for sale and I knew I had to have them!
I bought two of these babies…
We used the barnwood shelves we got from an old railroad station in Arizona as the top.
We love it and I can’t wait to decorate it!