Thursday, July 28, 2011


We've still been working on some projects. Nothing too crazy, but here are a few of them.

 I totally forgot to take a before picture of this guy, but it was just wood. 
I just painted the legs and stained the top and added a glossy coat of my bf, polyurethane. 

This little chair I got at a yard sale for free. It was pretty ugly.

But just a little paint, and a new seat cover did the trick. :) 

I just posted a few pics of Big Red to show where it ended up in our house. There was actually a perfect little wall for it. I have no idea what to put in it though.....I am up for anyone's ideas. Right now, it's basically any frame I didn't know what to do with.

 Below was just a quick side project. It's not my fav, but it's an improvement from the boring wood. We just painted it ivory and then backed it with textured paintable wall paper. We sprayed the wall paper green and it will do for now. You can't really see the pattern on the paper, but trust me that it's a cute one. :)

Small side note: Has anyone this stuff yet? 

It's super awesome! It goes on really really even and looks great. Plus takes less paint than normal.
If you want to know more about it click  


We had a fantastic 24th of July weekend. 

Especially because it was a long weekend with Monday off...well mostly off. haha I did end up working just a little bit. Anyway, not the point.

We went to the Ogden parade. Stayed for about 15 minutes--just enough time to find a gas station and get a diet coke AND see these guys walking by. I loved it so much. They were singing hymns as they passed. That's what every parade needs!!!!

We also got to spend lots of time with this cutie. He's just starting to talk a lot and kept saying "hot. party." because the parade was so hot. Which is also the reason we were only there for 15 minutes.

He and Breckan thought the app on my phone that added antlers to any picture was just the best thing ever.

Then Mike taught the boys how to do "their style" which is basically just striking a pose. Pretty cute if I do say so myself. 

We sure love these little guys! They make everything a little bit more fun. 

Plus they've got some serious moves.

Monday, July 18, 2011


So remember this dresser?

It's named Lion because it has these weird little lions on the sides of the top drawer. It's not very cute...haha but I didn't think it would be easy to get those things off so I am leaving them. Every time Mike and I would talk about the dresser, we always referred to it as "lion" because of those weird little heads. 

Even though it has those weird heads, it still turned out pretty well. 

It's probably my favorite. I know I say that every time but I'm serious. This one was awesome.

I'm really not very good at taking "during the process pictures" so you'll have to deal with my before and afters. 

This project was really nice because it didn't take much time or effort, and I was kind of winging it with the idea I had, but it turned out to be a success. 

Here were the supplies:

I basically just covered the top while I painted the drawers and the desk. I went through about 4 cans of Primer because I was going from such a dark color to white. Primer became my best friend.

This is the part where I suck doing the "during" pictures. Basically I covered the top and painted the bottom and then uncovered the top and did about 4 coats of stain with a black stain. It worked really well. I had never stained anything before so I was so glad. After I did the stain, I did a single coat of polyurithane which is practically the best thing ever and it made the top shine like crazy. 

And here is the end result in our bedroom!!! 

Oh and a few side notes:

I put a better end picture on the bench. It's still not the best, but you can see it here.

Also, I have some sad/happy news. We moved all our stuff in our house and regretfully, the twins just really don't match with the other yellow colors in our room. They are soooo cute but I'm a freak about matching so...I think we are going to sell them....(this makes me nervous because we've never sold any of our furnitire) sooooo...if anyone is possibly interested, please let me know. I don't know a price yet, or even if we will be able to find them a home, but we will see. You can look at them here. If anyone is interested, you can email me at We'll see how this goes.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

home sweet home

Surprisingly this is no post about our projects.


But instead about how grateful we are to be blessed by a Heavenly Father who loves us and gives us way more blessings than we will ever deserve.

This is the latest.

This is our new house in Layton! :) We are so grateful to move into this new neighborhood and join a new ward! Even though we already are missing our old one dearly... But we are super excited and life is so happy right now! (just waiting for the storms to move in now..haha) We are also so grateful for family. They have really blessed us so much by helping us out with the house. Especially our brother in law and sister in law Bryan and Jenn. We really love them and appreciate all they've done for us. 

Right now we are living in the unfinished basement with all of our boxes. It's super fun. haha We are just getting carpet and paint this week so we're only half moved in. We are sooooo excited for the finished product though! 

Everyone come over soon!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Update Bench

 Well... our bench is done. :) 

I'm not gonna lie, this one was mostly my husband. He told me not to tell people that, but I have to give him the credit because I hardly worked on any of it. I just told him what ideas I had at times. 

Here are the cute legs. We spray painted the white. 
You can see the padding we used in this picture. Under the padding we used some backing from Lowes so that we could secure the fabric under there. 

We also decided to try something new on this one. 
We used buttons and did some tufting. We found a kit at Walmart for the buttons so they would match the fabric, and made about 15 little buttons. It wasn't too hard, but my fingers hurt by the third one. haha.

I don't have a good picture of it on here, but Mike measured it out and drilled holes through the backing and the top of the table in order to put the buttons on. He then threaded fishing wire through to secure the buttons and stapled it on the bottom.

Here is the finished product!!! It's a terrible picture so I will post a new one on here shortly! Good job to my sweet Mikey!! I'm excited to put it in our room!

And here is the better picture, although still not that great...

Maybe I will promise yet another better picture...haha these are pretty bad. Taken with my phone at night. Sorry about that.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Table Turned Bench

So I'm kind of really excited about this project. 

Because I don't have any clue what I'm doing. If it works out how my mind is working it out though it is going to be fabulous!! 

So meet this awful coffee table. Got this beauty for $15 at a garage sale. My husband has this fetish with the bench that sits at the end of beds. So when I saw this, I had the perfect plan for it. 

The lady who sold it to us made this huge deal about the top being "real leather." I couldn't bring myself to tell her that I was actually going to be sawing holes through that "real leather" or that I thought it was awful and I would be covering it immediately. haha but she was sweet and we got this little treasure packed up in the car. 

The legs are my favorite!!

I'm thinking white with the top padding with this fabric...

We'll see how it goes!! 

Friday, July 1, 2011

First Oops....

Well, we've got sort of bad news. 

Remember this?

Well Mike fixed the bottom up real nice. He added some trim, and sanded everything down.

...painted her up a bit....

We also added a backing to the top, so that it would show through in the back.

And so excited to get the two together. It was going to be such a happy reunion!!

Until they came together....

and they didn't match.

Don't say, "oh you can't even notice" or "you can't tell unless you look close." I can notice. And I'm a freak about matching. 

And they really don't match.

Exact same spray paint too...I was so confused. 

Well here is what happened. 
My sweet husband decided to help me, (because he basically does with every project) and he didn't know I used a primer on the top. So he didn't use one on the bottom. (He says he asked me and I said no, but I have to recollection of that conversation...) So...bottom line is that they don't match. And I really don't want to do it over again...

So I may just use the bottom for something else and find a new partner for the top. :) 

We will see.

But hey at least we know what the difference is between priming something and not priming it...