Sunday, July 26, 2009

The day I woke up with a hole in my sock . . .

I know you guys are wondering about that title . . . don't worry, I'll get to that! But I need to preface this post with "I hope you like pictures! Because you're gonna get 'em!!"

I've been so determined to be one of those mom's who doesn't let herself "go." Oh, you know the ones. I'm not even going to describe WHAT I'm talking about - because just in case you are one of those . . . well, I really don't want to hurt feelings here - I promise! But here is the thing, it is hard enough when you have 4 kids {ages 4 and under} - there is no way I'm adding to the mix "an unhappy me." I shower and fix my hair AND put on make-up almost everyday of the week. I try to keep a trendy do and I try to wear somewhat trendy clothes. Yes, I have about 10 pounds to go before I'm where I want to be . . . . but I honestly care for my {vain} self. That is all there is to it.

So, if you are one of those moms who puts your needs last, . . . . do yourself the favor and love you! Seriously!

I could do a whole post on that alone - but I'm going somewhere else with all this today {maybe another day!}

Back on track here - anyhoodle, yes - trying to keep me alive in the thick of it all and I realize I've been neglecting my house!? As I said in a post last week, I really hated this house . . . and it was driving me crazy! So, I've made a deal with myself to focus on her at least 1 day out of the week! Every week - I have to take a day to focus on the needs of my home! I'm not talking about cleaning either. I'm talking about finishing projects! Because I'm sure you can image how many I have! I'm not exaggerating when I tell you that all of my free time {which is not much} is spent painting. All.the.time. But one day {a week,} I will be working on my house/my home that I'm slowly learning to really love.

Anybody remember this post???? I just read it for the first time since then and I cracked myself up! So, if you haven't read it - go do it . . . . it's worth it! I also just realized that it was a year ago today that I bought that joker?!?

Okay - for visuals . . . here is the budget buster herself on July 26, 2008 . . .


And here she is today, July 26, 2009 . . .

I'm only half way through - so don't get too excited.

Now let me explain the hole in the sock title. Friday night I went to bed with socks on. I don't sleep in socks usually, but I was that tired. {Not only did I fall asleep with the day's socks on, but make-up too! Yuck, I hate that feeling!} I can go through some socks - doesn't matter the brand, I walk/run holes in the heels of my socks. I'm flat-footed and I know that has to do something with it. When I woke up on Saturday morning, I came downstairs and when my right foot hit the tile floor in the kitchen . . . I knew there was a hole in my sock!!! That ice cold floor touched my foot through that hole. I thought to myself, "today is a good day to paint!" Why you ask? You see, I don't use tape or drop clothes or plastic . . . I just wipe up drips with my socked feet. I always have. But only with socks that have holes in them!


Lonnie and I have painted so much over the years - walls and furniture. And I always have socks with holes - that I refuse to wear but hate throwing them out. They are good for dust rags! {Or wiping up paint!}


So, as random as it was - before the kids woke up - I brushed my teeth, poured a gigantic glass of OJ and started painting. {I didn't even wash off last night's make-up!} I thought while I was in the mood - it's Saturday - I HAVE to show love to my house some how today - let me get started!

The red is only the base coat. I had gotten it mixed several months ago - Poinsettia SW 6594 - but it is a Behr paint. I don't like Sherwin-Williams - actually I'd say that I hate Sherwin-Williams paint. Awesome colors to choose from, just crappy paint. {Just thought I'd get that out there.} I don't know how "distressed" this one is going to end up looking like - my table is REALLY beat up! So, I'll probably only do a glaze of some sort on it {next week on my day of house love!}


I'm not kidding when I tell you that this room just started unfolding the past few months. I found this fabric and had to have window treatments made! I love the colors - and that peacock fringe was a steal!


Now actually, the paintings that I got from Kijsa started it all! The minute I saw them, I had to have them! BUT I had no idea where I was going to hang them! After I got the fabric, the ball started rolling!


I also was in love with some of the dishes that Southern Living has - and what do you know, the long teal ones are on sale as we speak!? I found these frames at Hobby Lobby {1/2 off custom.} AND they worked GREAT with my table {that I have not finished either!}

I swear the only thing left is some satin poly! But we use the table 5 times a day for meals and snacks . . . . not to mention the daily laundry that gets folded on it! Just kinda hard to find some time we aren't using it to coat it, ya' know?!


I have to show you how beat up it looks now. Lawson likes to "push" his chair up to the table. Never mind that he usually moves the table and the chair is only on 2 legs by the time he thinks it is far enough!


I have to say that I love the distressed/vintage/antique/beat up look! Fits right in here. With 4 kids, it's gonna look like that - intentional or not! haha - That Nester was on to something with her motto of "it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful."


I did run out of paint! I only had a quart because I just knew that would do! Uhmmmm, almost. When I saw how low I was getting, I started choosing what I would paint with the current quart. Since I am using Behr paint {Home Depot's brand,} I'm not too concern of a new quart not matching perfectly - but the fact that I've had it for about 6 months and I had opened it, made me be a little choosy.


The only major spot that needs paint - under the shelves!

And the only spot that needs paint removed . . .


For the record, that was whoever painted it before me!!! I'm not saying I don't get paint in spots it isn't suppose to be, but I have sense enough to wipe it off!

I do have to spackle this hole since I did put drawer pulls on the top drawers. And yes, I bought these about 9 months ago - Hobby Lobby half off of $3.99 each. That's right folks - $2.00 for each knob!!! Wasn't it just 3 years ago when you couldn't find a cute knob {especially glass} or drawer pull for under 10 smacks?? They are everywhere now!


I also finally gave some love to my mantel . . .


Now, somebody out there has me linked on their side bar that did this - who are you that gave me this idea?? Your pictures burned an image in my head, but I forgot to bookmark you!!! Speak up! I'll tag you!



GOT TO LOVE SOME moose moss! I totally forgot about this stuff - and these hurricanes sit empty most of the time!


Of course I have no idea why I'm concerned with the mantel . . . in a couple of months there will be a ghetto TV hanging above it?! And for laughs, because we all know how vain I can be - here are some pictures of myself!


I was actually taking pictures of the hurricanes, when the frame of the gitisimo mirror got in one of the pictures. Once I saw it, I was trying to get a better picture with the hurricanes and the frame of the mirror! Somehow I kept getting me, too?!?


So, I couldn't help myself - I started smiling and clicking. After all, I'm a vain mommy of 4 kids {who is trying to show some love to this home!!}

24 comments:

Natalie said...

I love it .... I LOVE IT!! GIRL!!!!!

I like that 'give your house some love' one day/week. That would sure get me motivated to get some projects done!!

tale of many cities said...

great idea kim! i have been naggin' the hubby about purging our place lately.. and actually have plans to begin that after vacation. i think your idea of dedicating one day a week JUST for the house, is brilliant! that might even work to get the whole family in on the fun..LOL thanks for sharing!!

have a great week!!
-Tracie

Paige said...

You are amazing! I love the furniture piece. All the colors in that room are great together. Can't wait to see more of your house love! Keep it coming. Have a great week!

Jen R. said...

I love how the red pops! It makes such a difference with the wall color!

chesley said...

you are so funny taking pictures of yourself & then posting them..love it! that color looks great. i hope to get the nerve to paint some furniture soon!

Anna said...

I love the red hutch. My home could use some weekly love as well. Keep it up!

Lauren said...

You have GOT to just write a book! Your posts ALWAYS make me smile!

Love the hutch! You motivate me to tackle my unfinished projects!

Krista Lee said...

Love it! And the myspace style self portraits! Haha :)

Wendy said...

You are so damn cute!!

fiberdoodles said...

What a great post! I need to show my home some love ;) Thanks for inspiring me!!

Sharon

Shabby Mama said...

love love love the kitchen..,love the fabric, love the red hutch, love the table..love the touch of blue..you rock..

anD OMG your hair is freakin adorable..you are so cute...gorgeous wedding dress too..you are just it girl!;;

Holly

Holly Mathis
www.hollymathisinteriors.com

Holli said...

I LOVE the hutch...who would have ever thought! You are such an inspiration! Your pics are adorable too! :)

Rach said...

Ok you took pictures of yourself in the mirror AND they are on the blog. You make me laugh! hee hee Oh yeah and by the way, love the red and the plates DO look great up there together!

The difference in me and you.....if I woke up with a hole in my sock...I'd throw it away...end of story...YOU get a redone room out of it. Whatever! I'm not jealous.

Megan L Hutchings said...

I remember when you got that piece last year and loved it then...man oh man the red makes it that much better!!!!

I am working on the getting up, showering, etc. I suppose right now I am more in love with sleep (when I can get it :)!)

Danine said...

Ok between the 4 kids, being housewife, and owning your own business do you think you can come and give my house a spruce up?

OMG girl I love it and you just make me look like a total bum! I mean a really big LOSER! Now i'm going to go off and sulk, but at least I don't have holey socks so that's a bonus right?, lol!

Sara said...

I love it! And your hair- OMG, so cute! What does the back look like? I need a new cut, ya know...

Heather said...

Love the hutch and the curtains! Thanks for motivation too...a little bit of love can go a long way. There is only so much of me to go around :-).

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

I admire your energy and commitment! I feel like I can keep up the house or myself, yet never both at the same time. The house usually wins but I am working on that!

Live from the Quick House said...

OK Girlfriend, you and I are alot alike in alot of ways but I have better taste in paint that you do. I have painted three houses and just about all the funiture inside them and SHERWIN WILLIAMS ROCKS! That is some GOOOOOD SHIT!

rits said...

dont hv mch an experince of house painting...but ya i think u did a gud wrk...realy like d way u patch up evrything...

The Long Family said...

Great hutch. Love the picture with the plates!! Kuddos!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

First of all, WHAT 10 POUNDS? You are tiny. I know this because I SAW you in real life.

Secondly, bravo for taking care of yourself and attempting to take care of your home!

Third, genius about the holey socks for painting. I usually drip paint on my socks and get so mad at myself. Gonna wear the holey ones from now on.

Love the hutch, you totally need to come link this up to my post today. It fits. And it is beautiful too!

I 100% agree on Sherwin Williams. Sorry, SW, you are just not good enough for me. Especially for things I don't want to repaint any time soon.

Love your photos, lots of fun stuff in this post!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Every thing looks amazing! The paintings, plates, window treatments, hutch (even before you even have it completed) , table...

Blessings & Aloha!

Bless My Mess! said...

Love it Kim!!! Have to say though you know my favorite thing in this post is your hair. Girl you have you some good hair!! lol. Actually I got more out of your post than just your hair-do..but I don LOVE it!!