Wednesday, April 16, 2014

our home: diy ottoman

Have you seen those diy coffee table ottomans floating around pinterest?
I searched and searched craigslist for an ottoman that I could recover
and then finally came across this coffee table tutorial. Duh!
This is so much more my style and these tables are everywhere!

I spent some time looking for just the right one though.
I wanted a rectangle, cute legs, BIG and CHEAP.
I finally found this one for $20. Score.

I first painted the legs a cool, dark brown.
I mixed some paints that I already had on hand to get the right color.
Then I distressed them a bit with sand paper and added a clear finish.

It took me awhile to round up all the supplies.
It takes quite a bit and most of it is not cheap - especially the foam.

I found this fabric at Joann's and am in love with it.
Its the same yellowy green as the wreath on my mantle
and the pattern is kind of a velvety, flocked texture.

It took a lot of muscle and a little trial and error (thanks to my hubby and dad for helping!)
and its definitely not perfect but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
And more than anything, we have a place to prop our feet now!
My living room is slowly but surely coming along…

…and its only a matter of time before my children destroy this new piece.
They've already tried.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

our home: the mudroom

The very first time Jeff showed me our house I remember peeking in the back door
trying to see as much of the house as possible from that angle.
(Don't worry, we're not creepers. The house was a foreclosure and vacant. ;) )
And I remember seeing a toilet practically IN the kitchen
and thinking "yeah, that's gotta change."

It took about a year of conversations with my 4 year old sitting on this toilet
while I chopped vegetables for dinner before I convinced my husband to move the door.
I think I can safely say we ALL were not thrilled
about those two smells mixing together in the kitchen.
And if you have ever been a guest in my home
and therefore a victim to this horrible setup, I apologize.
Yes, we could hear you peeing even with the door shut. Again, my apologies.

In addition to this disastrous situation in the kitchen,
I had a tiny laundry room and a worthless pantry that I shoved random crap into.
(So not my style, people.)

And there were way way way too many doors happening everywhere.

As you can see by all my weird angled photos, the space was super tight.
One of my friends who's been here was even confused
when I tried explaining the changes we were making so I drew up a quick floor plan…



One Saturday back in August (yes, AUGUST ya'll)
I had had enough and convinced my husband to demo the wall
separating the pantry and laundry room.

It was a glorious day in the hatfield household.

Next came moving the bathroom door.
This too was super exciting (see bathroom comments above).

And ever since we have been trying to finish the space on our own.
After demoing the wall and moving the door, walls and ceilings had to be patched,
electrical had to be rewired, tile had to be replaced, the list seemed never ending.
I definitely became a borderline "dripping faucet" to my husband
who did all this work with practically no construction experience,
but I think I can safely say he's pretty happy with the changes too.

No more kitchen toilet!
Eventually I'll have a giant chalkboard on this wall.

We decided to leave this door off and turn it into a cased opening.
I love it like this however the only downfall is our not so new or aesthetically pleasing
and very LOUD washer and dryer.
Someday we'll have new, but for now they work which means they will be staying.

It was extremely important that this small space be utilized to its full potential,
having both form and function.
It needed to be cute because the room is open to the kitchen
and people will walk through it to get to the bathroom.
And it needed to be practical because its still my laundry and utility room.

The baskets underneath the bench house our shoes
and the corkboard is for all of Jaymin's school forms that I need to keep track of.

{numbered hook idea from emily jones}

I can't believe its finally finished!
This space turned out even better than I imagined and its so nice to have a place for everything!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

jia's rainbow heart party

With not knowing when Jagger would make his big debut I really debated on whether or not to throw Jia a party this year. But I just couldn't let her 2nd birthday slip by without one…even if it was 6 weeks late. :) That and hello, its another opportunity for me to throw a party.

Jia is such a bright and sunny spot in our lives, hearts and rainbows seemed to be the right choice for her this year. :)

It was finally this little girl's turn to have "happy day" sung to her. :)

And the only thing she really cared about. CAKE.

I love my sweet little Jia and actually feel even closer to her now that I have THREE BOYS.
Its like we need to stick together even more now. :)
And throw rainbow heart parties. ;)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Blessed Handmade Events: brother and sister joint birthday party

Last weekend I had the pleasure of helping out with a joint birthday party
for a 4 year old and her 2 year old brother.
Black, white and yellow invitations with little pandas had already been sent
so we used that as our theme!

So what's the worst thing that could happen when you're setting up a party for a client
almost 45 minutes away from home?
Lock your keys in the car?
With half the party supplies inside?
Youuuuuu got it!!
And guess what happened to me.
Youuuuuu guessed it!
I was mortified.
Thankfully we got it figured out and I was able to get MOST of the table set up
before MOST of the guests arrived but still.
My job is to alleviate stress from my clients, not add to it!
But I learned a valuable lesson and will now wear car keys around my neck
whilst setting up parties in the future. :)