Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Bed Build

Finally got that wood together; the wood that I purchased a year ago hoping to get to this project. Needless to say the young man was getting anxious and asking when I was going to build his bed.

So happy to have this done for him. 

Lesson learned: Don't stain and poly during the winter season, even                           if you think you are relatively well ventilated with a                           few windows open in the basement! (the last of this                           job will have to wait until spring)

I left out the drawers since I had cloth bins that fit perfectly. 
I may decide to add them later.... not sure.

I also changed the plans to work for a double/full bed. 
My son has a small room and a larger bed would have 
simply taken up too much space.

Of course, there were some fun issues along the way. 

Apparently you should change the queen length wise and width wise. So unfortunately this bed is a few inches too long. Stink! 

I also made the headboard too high. The mattress I had did not reach to the top of the bottom board on the headboard. We fixed that easily enough by trimming the headboard legs down 5 inches. 

No biggee! 

Especially when the hubs carried it out and fixed it for me. <3 font="">

Now to get the whole room together. The idea I was given is a lime green accent wall and lime green shelves to show off his Lego collection. That will have to take place in the spring as well. Thinking it will look great though and really show off the bed. Until 
then we have this look.

Marlene Luchies
~ Joyful Discoveries

Monday, January 20, 2014

Goodwill Mirror Makeover

I just love finding stuff at Goodwill and thinking of 
a new or "new to me" function for them. Now this was
not necessarily a new function but it did give this piece
a new look that works great in my foyer.

I have to admit I kind of liked the before look as well
but it simply did not match our new foyer. So out
came the black spray paint. I covered the mirror
section with paper and was able to go nuts.

I still think I would like to add some detailing to 
the mirror with some letters or numbers, maybe our
house number??? For another day. Here it is with my
Goodwill suitcase makeover.

Marlene Luchies
~ Joyful Discoveries

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Bench for the Big Girlie

So the girlie is 2 and of course potty training is in full swing!
Also needed is a way to store those pull-ups and
be able to reach the water to wash our hands.

Hey, it's a 2-in-1 deal!

Of course like almost all my projects, 
the plans came from Ana White

I measured just to be sure and the pull-ups fit great!

I first measure and cut all pieces of wood.
I wanted to paint a picture on this stool so I also
painted all pieces before assembly.

I rubbed pencil on the backside of the message
I wanted to imprint on the wood so I could paint
within the lines. It was light enough to paint over 
but dark enough to see.

and of course when I started drawing on wood...
my little helper decided that was
something she needed to to try as well.

When all pieces were completed with graphics
I was able assemble the stool. I searched on-line
for many different images and stool ideas. I took a 
number of different ones and came up with this.

I'm pretty happy with the results and it looks so much better 
than that ugly construction stool that we were using. ;)

~ Marlene Luchies
Joyful Discoveries

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Out With the Old

This is where we started. Hubs is keeping a close eye on things as it all comes down. 

He wasn't the only one...

His best friend, Dad and sister as well. A very emotional day as there
are many wonderful memories that were shared here!

The kids reaction!

Our friend Derrick didn't look like he
was having fun at all, NOT! 

and nothing ends off a good house tear down like a fire.... 
and some shared conversations and 
reflections with dad and your brother.

Joyful Discoveries

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Expected and Unexpected Additions

It has been well over 2 years since I last posted anything on my blog.

There have been 2 very good reasons for that.

Reason #1 Major house renovation. The Expected Addition!

More pictures to follow in another post.

Reason #2 A New Baby Girl. Our Unexpected Addition! 

Just a reminder that it is a good thing we are not the ones in control. What a blessing she has been and a very welcome addition. In fact, we finished our addition just before this little munchkin arrived and her room 45 minutes before my water broke. Seriously!!!

~ Marlene
Joyful Discoveries 

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Doors Are Off!

The Gloves Doors Are Off!

All the cupboard doors and drawer fronts are off! Now the work begins.

I piled them up in the new addition so I could work on them in a covered space and not have to move anything for a week or two.

The paint product I am using is Cover Satin an oil based product that should cover all the wood nicely.

Step 1. Take doors and drawer fronts off. done

Marlene @joyfuldiscoveries

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Painted Rain Boots

These boots are painted, seriously. In order to get a real idea how this is done
you need to hop over to My Own Road by Jennifer.

Not only do they look great, they are handpainted and
designed by Jennifer herself. I LOVE these.

There is a full tutorial on how to create these for yourself.
Especially the do's and don'ts.