Live Pretty on a Penny: March 2013

The New {Guest} Room Reveal

Monday, March 25, 2013

I am so happy to show you guys what I have been working on, and why I have been so quiet:) If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen the progress that I have been making on my new multi-purpose "guest room." We currently have a guest room that we use the most of the time for our overnight guests, but the problem is that it would be nice to have a secondary guest room. Something that can serve the purpose of accomodating guests when needed, but most of the time I could use as a my girlie escape. I think I accomplished both!

Prior to my makeover, I would describe this room as a dump all for anything that I have purchased or already have that may not have a "place."


I know, I should be embarrased, but this is how it looked. Sue me...

Anywho, this is how it's looking now!







Big change right? I am so happy with how it turned out. The futon lays flat into a twin bed, so it helps meet my guest room criteria. I also enjoy having a place for my makeup, and a way to keep it all organized. It's just a nice retreat away from all the other chaos at home. Oh, and did I mention...NO BOYS ALLOWED. I have to keep reminding my husband and two dogs of this rule, lol.

Here is a breakdown:

Futon: clearance at Target: $100
Rug: Rugs USA after Christmas sale $60
Leaning Mirror: Target $60
Bookshelf purchased over a year ago: Ikea $25
Chandelier: Ikea $35
desk purchased over a year ago: Ikea $75
chair purchased over a year ago: Ikea $15 or $20
Round Mirror over desk : Ikea 14.99
Makeup Storage Stuff: Purchased from various thrift stores
White Storage Boxes: Ikea $3.00 for two

I hope you enjoyed my room tour! Until next time...



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The Kitchen Backsplash Reveal!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ahoy there, my good people! I won't become long-winded, but I am so happy to reveal that we have finally finished our kitchen backsplash, and I can't be more pleased. If you follow me on Instagram or checked out my previous posts,  you may have been following along with my progress as it was happening. I still have to seal, and replace one electric faceplate, but other than that, it's done!

Enough yapping, here are some photos.





This project has taught me a valuable lesson, I don't EVER want to tackle anything like this again. It's just too much work, and in between holding down a job, a husband, and two dogs, it became a bit overwhelming. All in all, I am glad it is something that we decided to do. It also has allowed me to tolerate my countertops even more, even though they are still not my fave. I plan to sit down and discuss the steps we took to complete this job, but its just so much, so I don't know when.

Up next, I plan to purchase some under cabinet lighting, purchase a new kitchen rug, install recessed lights, and possibly lighting over the sink. We shall see.

To make sure you are up to date in our journey, here is our kitchen when we first moved in:



Here it is after we painted the cabinets and the original backsplash:



And here it is now:



So that's about it for now. I have more projects that I am working on, so I will be posting about those soon. I hope that everyone is having a fantastic week! Until next time...




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