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Showing posts with label renovations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label renovations. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

No More Little Girl’s Room…It’s ALL Va - Va - Va - Voom! bedroom makeover part 2

In my last post, I shared the beginning of a huge makeover on my oldest Daughter’s bedroom.  In that post I showed how her dressers looked before I started the challenging task of making a little girl’s room look more like a funky Teenager room!   If you want the full scoop, you should begin your reading by clicking on the photo below.

This is the point where I left you all in suspense as to what this teenager was going to see when she first returned home.  

Shall we continue???   Lets get busy…we have furniture…now we need to decorate!

With Georgie getting a larger bed in her room, she needed a headboard.   I didn’t have time to go and junk one up for her, and living in this small town, there isn’t much for shopping for such things.   I needed a fast and easy solution to this problem! 


While I was out and about one day, I happened upon a dollar store.   As I was walking around in there looking for some bamboo stakes for the greenhouse, I decided to walk down an isle I don’t usually bother with…and came upon these wonderful little plastic squares!   They came in a package of two and they included the little wire clips that join them together!   They were a buck a package and they were perfect for my Georgie’s room!  I bought several packages of them (and a couple of other little odd’s n ends that would be good for this project ) and headed for home!
First thing, I got busy joining the squares together and hung them on the wall where I had decided to place her bed.


Loving the way these looked…I proceeded to dress her bed!


NOW do you see WHY this room was such a challenge for me???   I love the colors…but I never decorate my house like this…I use these colors in my gardens!   This room was not an easy task for this Tootsie.   I am more prone to decorate with a soft, muted, shabby style.

Next up…was the walls, her little bedroom window.  

Georgie LOVED the curtains I had made a while back for her little sister’s bedroom…and she really wanted some like that in her room…so I made her a chicken coop valance similar to the one I had done for “Busy’s” room.   The difference is that I made Georgies’ in her colors.  

This bedroom is in the basement of our house…so the window is teensy and not terribly easy to dress.  I tried to put up curtains, but they looked ridiculously ugly, so a valance hung on a curve is the way it will be!

The walls…


I hung a few of the wall words sayings…(which are a bugger to keep stuck by the way)…and then decided to make some original wall art on her wall out of watering cans!


I had originally planned to make several of these for her wall, but because they turned out to be quite big, she got only one, as I didn’t want it to start to look too tacky!   She did get several sayings…and…


…a funky wire dress form wall hanging.


So far…so good!   NEXT!!!


Remember this paragraph from the first part?
“When I ask Georgie what type of bedroom she would like, she simply would say “lime green with black.   Walls can be either color.  I also want horses and cool stuff in my room mom…no ruffles or old lady stuff like you use in the rest of the house please”
Well…I had to keep that in mind…so the horses stay…for now.  

The other little vanity dresser did get a little more funk…and I sneaked a little of  my style in there too with the flowers…lol.    I added a shiny black framed mirror and….


Yep!   I added a Lava Lamp!   I just know that will be her favorite part!


Again…I still need to do a new cover for her chair…but otherwise this little vanity looks pretty spiffy!

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After a lot of work, sweat, cursing and swearing, Georgie finally has her newly updated teenager room…Tootsie Style!
Like I said before...
…nothing like watching a Tootsie step right out of her element!

There is still baseboards and trims to be added and she is getting a new window this spring, but for the most part, this room turned out much better than I had planned!   I left a wall blank except for a bulletin board, for anything else that she might want to add…or that I find in my travels that would look sensational in here!

Well…what do you think?   Do you think she likes her new look???


Stay tuned...there are two more kid's rooms for me to share!

Until Next Time…Happy Decorating!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

I Got Hammered!!! (In My Little Girl’s Room) Bedroom makeover part 1

Those of you who have been following Tootsie Time for a while now, know that I am a single, divorced mother of three very busy, fantastic kids.   I have one boy and two girls, the boy being the oldest.  
The kids were away for two full weeks over the Easter break, and Mother here, decided to do a little…okay…a lot of spring cleaning.   While that cleaning took place, inspiration struck, and a whole makeover of their bedrooms took form.  Today I am going to share the beginning of  one of those room transformations.

My oldest daughter is almost a teenager now.  She is 12 and a half, going on 17.   She has a mind of her own …she literally dances to her own beat…and sometimes I think she’s possessed!   Stubborn and Challenging are the two most prominent words that come to mind when I think of my “Georgie” girl.   (That’s one of her nick names…)   She might drive me absolutely crazy most of the time, but I do love my George!

My Georgie does not like the froofy, ruffled look.   She is a little bit of a Tom Boy, and is quite artsy.  She loves to draw and write and ADORES bright colors as much as she does Black!   She is quite the young lady.

When I ask Georgie what type of bedroom she would like, she simply would say “lime green with black.   Walls can be either color.  I also want horses and cool stuff in my room mom…no ruffles or old lady stuff like you use in the rest of the house please”  


So…with those parameters in mind, I challenged this old Tootsie and did my best to make a very cool, teenager bedroom.   It was no easy task to keep the “old lady” out of it…I love my olden junk.   I think it turned out rather well considering that this is NOT my favorite style!

Let me show you what I did.

I don’t have much for BEFORE photos…none of them really turned out well…but I have some reference type photos that I can add as we go along. 

About three weeks ago the decision was made to give Georgie a queen size bed in her room.  She is getting older and wants to have her girlfriends overnight here and there, and needs a little more of a grown up room.  Since I have so much trouble getting my Georgie to clean her room, I avoided doing much of a decorating spree in there until now.  It is frustrating to have to try to decorate around all the crap she leaves laying around, so my first task was to literally go through every single thing in there, tossing out what was garbage (and there was a lot) and organizing what wasn’t!   Once I finally got that task finished…my mind was made up…this room needs a makeover!

With a larger bed, she needed bedding.  So…I had to go shopping!   It was SO hard not to buy something pretty and soft…it really was.   BUT…I persevered and found what I thought my girl would love.   I then went looking for a few accessories.  I found lots to work with! 

Her existing dressers would stay.   They would, however, not stay the same.  There needed to be some painting done here.     Hey…what’s a makeover without a little paint hangover right?


This is an old vanity that my grandmother gave to me when I was very little.   From what I understand, she herself used it as a is OLD....and solid as a rock.  It has been a lot of different colors over the years…and it is in need of a little sprucing up.  I am not willing to let it go…but I am willing to change it a bit!


This is an old shot of Georgie's dresser BEFORE I did a little work on it.  Since this photo was taken, it has sustained some nail polish, and a few bumps and bruises…(to put it kindly)  It really needed some help at this point.  I liked it in the cream color…and really wished she hadn’t done some damages to it.  …But…she is Georgie…and that’s what she does!  

I ran to the local hardware store…and grabbed a can of glossy black paint.  I was so excited!   I got the pieces all prepped and ready to paint…and started to roll it on.   WELL…somehow I managed to grab a can of paint that was NO GOOD!   It was horrible!   I was MAD!   I suspect that I bought a can of paint that had been frozen in the past and simply just put out for sale.  It did not act like was very disappointing!    I had to come up with another idea for this project, one that would not show that there was a coat of gross paint sort of on them….

The next day I had to go for a trip to the city to pick up some other home improvement items, and while I was in the hardware store there, mention of the hammered finish paint came to my attention.   I was interested right away...I was also a bit nervous, but decided that might be a good way to go! 

We went home, and I got busy right away.    lol

I LOVE the way that hammered finish turned out!


This is the Black glossy finish of the hammered black paint.   It is more or less dark gray, but WOW!!!   What a great look for this project!   That paint hangover was absolutely worth it!   (yep…I get a hangover feeling the day after I use paint or stain…:)  )


I changed out the knobs and drawer pulls and returned the mirror to it’s position…It looks fantastic!  
Yep…I did…I blurred out the mirror so you guys can’t cheat and see what else I was doing in there until I am ready to post the finished room!   hahahahaha!   sneaky huh???


This is a top view of that dresser…That hammered paint hides any and all imperfections!   It was just what I needed!


My little antique vanity looks all spiffed up in her new covering!   New drawer pulls dressed it up perfectly!

I really need to get busy and change that chair seat to something a little better, but for today…it is going to be just fine!

Now…are you guys as excited to see the rest of the room as I am to share it with you???    I really had to stretch my imagination to do this space up right…and I think I had success…Georgie will be seeing it for the first time today…and I will be taking photos of her first reactions to add to the post I will be sharing in the next day or two!…Stay tuned…this is a room Tootsiefied that you do not want to miss…
…nothing like watching a Tootsie step right out of her element!

Until Next Time…Happy Decorating!

*)*)*)   Dance like no one is watching,live like you will die tomorrow,love like you've never been hurt, and sing like you know the words!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Chicken Coop Curtains - Tootsie Style

After the move, I had to re-think pretty much everything in my house.  The windows are NO exception to this problem. 

Those of you who have been reading me for a while know that I could not sew if my life was on the I have to be creative with my window treatments...or let them look like they came from a big box store.   I refuse to be I choose to be creative.

My youngest daughter has a fairly large window in her bedroom.  I did not want to get rid of her pretty sheer curtains that she had, so I had to modify my design to make them work with her new window dimensions.

Simply hanging the curtains without a valance worked at our other house, but definitely NOT in this house.


The curtains look “okay”…but they are just not quite what I wanted to see…so I got to scheming…and trying to come up with a new look for them.

One night I was browsing around the internet and I came across some adorable curtains made out of chicken wire.  I loved the look of them…but didn’t want to have the same thing…no copy cat here!   I kept on looking…but could not get those curtains out of my head…nor could I find them again to look at!  So…I have to thank my inspiration person from here…”thank you who ever you are for the inspiration!”

With the inspiration of that elusive post  still fresh in my mind, I decided to make my own Tootsie version of those curtains.

I pulled out my roll of chicken wire…and grabbed a couple of gauzy window panels and started to work.  I cut myself some of the chicken wire to fit the window and folded it in half to make it the right size for my plan.


I then started ripping strips of fabric and weaving them in and out of the chicken wire.


I wanted the valance that I was making to be “imperfect” and look a little frayed…so I added a little more detail with some purple pieces ripped and frayed to add a little “shabby” to the whole thing. 
After several hours of weaving and ripping and tying little pieces onto the chicken wire…My masterpiece was complete!


I hung the valance onto the existing curtains with a couple of curtain clips (it is really light weight) and ripped a couple more strips to use as ties on the sheers.

“Busy” absolutely LOVES them now!


I am far from finished in this room…but the window is off to a very good start.  The purple in the valance pulls the purple in her bed spread quilt out nicely!  I have ideas for that bed…and a few other little projects  that I would like to find time to work on in the near future.  In other words…you haven’t seen the last of this bedroom!

 Stay tuned…one of these day’s I will find time…and this room will get Tootsiefied completely.

So?   What do you think?   Do you like the Tootsie Coop look?  ha ha ha!

Until Next Time…Happy Decorating!

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Monday, January 21, 2013

~~Use The Back Door Please!~~

So…I have been working on the renovations in my house … slow but sure…I have done a lot so far…There are little hints of Tootsie EVERYWHERE in here…EXCEPT…the porch at the back door. 
I have avoided this area…like it was the plague.  I did hang a few things on the wall in the stairwell a few months back…but lost the urge after that.   I just had NO inspiration when it came to this utilitarian area.
Didn’t I say it was UGLY???
When we renovated the kitchen, we moved the wall out into this area just a foot or so and now I need to put up bead board on that wall. There used to be a huge closet type thing there with shelves.   It was more important to have that space in the kitchen…so we took it out.
This area is just so ugly that I could hardly stand to do the bead board!  ha ha
When we renovated the kitchen, we moved the wall out into this area just a foot or so and now I need to put up bead board on that wall. This area is just so ugly that I could hardly stand to do it! ha ha    But, alas, I did..and it helped a lot.
Next up…the floor.’s bad…very very BAD.
These tiles remind me of the old school I went to when I was in grade school…it also makes me think of the old wing of the prison I worked at when I was in College.
There is no way I am removing the old tile…the warning on them that I read online said there could be asbestos and other bad things in them that could harm us if they were removed…we didn’t know that when we removed the ones off the stairs…oops.
DSCN5867  I had a LOT of help that night.   :)
So…I just opted for something simple.  Grey peel and stick tiles seemed simple enough.  I got busy and put them down.
Then I did the rest of the tiles with the peel and stick. 
Sadly…I did not take a photo of this part.   ugh…where I my brain?
I got all that work done, and painted the back door deep red.   And that is how it stayed for a long while…until just recently, I had run out of steam.
Christmas came and went…and I ended up with a slight case of pneumonia.  I was stuck in bed for almost a week…(and that nearly drove me nuts)  
What does a Tootsie do when she is stuck on bed rest???   SHE PLANS ALL SORTS OF THINGS FOR WHEN SHE IS HEALTHY!
Take a look at it now!
I had this old door with a broken window kicking around in the shed…and an ugly spot to fill beside the back door…so…what’s a girl to do???   SHE USES HER JUNK!
I added an iron table…and a few little accessories…then turned my attention to the bead board wall.  It was just too plain when left empty…and I don’t DO plain!
The wall just needed a little bit of the good stuff…ya…it needed some JUNK.
This little corner looks warm and inviting now.  There is a shoe tray on the floor below the window…and when I am finished with the other side of the porch, I will share that I hung a coat rack and some other goodies… but that is a whole other post…and I am not done with it yet.
What?!!!   I have pneumonia people!…be patient with me!
For right now, I am just tickled pink with the way this little two hour project turned out.  I still need to paint the whole room…but I wanted to make sure that I didn’t have extra holes to fill…lol   Putting things in place in advance is always my best plan…just in case of a misguided nail hole or something of the sort.
I hung a floating shelf thing and added an old insulator, an empty frame and a pretty wooden tray.
The old window sports some ivy and a doily or two.  The rusty door plate with key in it adds a little dimension and color.   No room is complete with out a little rust …right?
The only issue I have with the whole situation right now is the plug in.  It’s ugly…but I need it…I use it a lot, so it has to stay available…which means DEAL WITH IT TOOTSIE!
The other floating shelf sports a fake plant.  There is not enough light in here for one of my real babies…so I opt here and there for the faux variety.
I popped a big iron key in the middle of the missing window, and this part of the room is done!
I still need to paint the whole room…but I wanted to make sure that I didn’t have extra holes to fill…lol Putting things in place in advance is always my best plan…just in case of a misguided nail hole or something of the sort.   I also have a bit of work to do on the other half of it, so you will be seeing this space again…in it’s entirety when I finally am able to finish up and paint!
Until then, I leave you with one last shot…
**  don't forget to keep reading...there are several more posts below of what I have been doing...including some great how-to's!**

Until Next Time…Happy Decorating!

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