A New "Client"

So,  remember my little diddy about my sister Beth?  Well, she has "hired" me to help prepare her new nest prior to the arrival of the triplets.  Her house has great bones and lots of space, it's just a matter of updating the paint colors, ripping down the horrific model-home-like drapes, and making it function for her family.  And although she'd love to paint the trim and remove the wallpaper, we are trying to be realistic about what CAN be done prior to the arrival of A, B & C.

First up, the kitchen/great room.  Here are a few shots of the BEFORE:

Here is our plan of attack:


  • Lighter Paint
  • New rug
  • Updated drapes and hardware
  • New mirror over the mantel (purchased!!)
  • Painted Desk

We are closing in on these rooms, so I will post them soon.

Meanwhile, next up is the living room-cum-playroom (getting rid of that horrible baby poop color and bringing in some art and organization), and the dining room which is going to serve as Triplet Mission Control for the first least for the first year.  Eventually, we will make it the dining room she has always wanted.



(Red striated wallpaper...YIKES).

Stay tuned!

My First IKEA Hack.

I have officially joined the ranks of IKEA hackers.  

I started with the SNUDDA lazy Susan for $8.   Why is it called the SNUDDA and not the "Lata Signe?"


Anyway,   I tossed on a primer when I was doing the guest room dresser.  Which, yes, I know...I need to post the finished product.  

Then, I spray painted a little ivory paint, traced a 4 (my favorite number as well as the number of members in the SNM household), and painted it with some acrylic paint.

After that, I aged it with some glaze and then sanded with the power sander. (I am addicted to this tool.  I wish it had to power to erase freckles and age spots, but it just gave me a really bad road rash).



Here is sits.  Ready to have a Star Wars action figure go spinning and pull about 3Gs.  (I know this since I tested it on my sister's Dolly Parton Barbie back in the day). 

I'd love to say that this baby is going to make access to the salt and pepper easier.  But, I know it will just end up being the source for some childhood naughtiness and thus a lot of yelling.

PS:  Yes, I know the last picture is out of focus.  Sorry.  It's late and SNM is beat.


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