Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Home Management Binder Favorite Free Printables!

I've been working on my Home Management Binder for quite some time now.  I feel like I finally have a really good system thanks to so many amazing and talented ladies out there!  Here is a compilation of my favorite free printables out there!

Blooming Homestead is one of my favorite blogs!  I recently found her and she has amazing free printables! I use her 2012 Calendar and her "Week at a Glance" printable.

Another great source for free printables is Buttoned up!  I use their daily schedule which is a huge help for time management!


Living Locurto is another great blog offering free printables.   One of my favs is the Blog Weekly Calendar.  I hope to start really using this one soon! :)

Mommy Tracked is another one of my favs!  I use "The Eat Sheet".  I think I use it mostly because I love the name and the colors! 

This next one is a lifesaver!!  It has all the basics for a grocery list and room to add more!  HUGE timesaver!

These are just a few of my favorites.  I do have some additional ones on my Pinterest under Home Management Binder.
This last one is my weekly cleaning/activities schedule. I designed it to match my other printables from Blooming Homestead.  I love breaking cleaning down day by day so I don't spend my entire weekend trying to conquer the house!  I'm not all fancy and hi-tech so let me know if you'd like it and I will e-mail you the file! :)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Red Dining Room Mirror

I am doing a lot of unpacking right now, but the hubby and I took a break to conquer a small project!

My mom had a lovely gold mirror that she graciously donated to our project.  I've heard that gold is making a comeback, but I decided the dining room needed a little bit of a bolder color!

The first thing we (actually handy hubby) did was tape and cover the mirror.  He's so awesome.  :)

All taped and ready for painting!

We primed...

And then painted it red with a satin finish spray paint.

I also purchased two lamps from Marshall's for $29/each!  Can't beat that!

Now for some other accessories...  I really like this planter box from Shanty 2 Chic.  Maybe in white??

Also, a big thanks to Whitney at Shanty for the red inspiration with her red photo wall.  Love!

I also really like this flower box from Thrifty Decor Chick:

But for now I am just enjoying the pop of color in the dining room!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Paint - Before and Afters

Painting is done!!  I can't believe how different the house looks!  I absolutely love the colors.  You can read more about the colors we chose and the inspiration here.

I wish I had true before and afters.  The before pics were done with a wide lens camera, but you get the idea!

Here is the before of the entry/dining area:

After - Behr River Rock 730E-3 and Behr Castle Path 730C-3:

Before Dining Room:

And After - Behr River Rock 730E-3:

Before Living Room:

And After - Behr Castle Path 730C-3:

One thing we did in Handy Hubby's office is update the moulding around the top.

They had already done the hard part for us - all we did was paint in between to give the illusion of really thick moulding!

I want to do this around some of our baseboards!  House of Smith's has a great tutorial for chunkier baseboards.

Here is a close up!

Also a quick painting tip!

Handy Hubby picked one of these up at the store.  I thought it was a waste of money... until I tried it.  I will never paint without this thing!  We did not tape one wall.  Let me repeat that - NO TAPING!  I meant to take a picture of one of the lines.  It is crisper than with taping and saves SO much time!  This product is well worth the money!  You do have to buy the refills. We found it best to replace with a refill after every room or two but definitely worth it for all the time you save and how easy it is to use!  Genius!