Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ikea Ritva Curtains... Second Life in the Dining Room

When you move, it's rare that you actually move each room of your old home into the same exact room in your new home. Things get flip-flopped, switched, revamped, reused, painted or craigslisted (have lots of that going on too).

I first talked about these curtains back when we

Welcome to our Dining Room in our Virginia house...

How it looked on the market when we put a contract on it
This Dining Room is our main eating room. We don't all fit in our "eat-in kitchen area". Don't even own a table & chairs set that fit in there. Figure eventually we'll get a little small one (bistro like) that the big boys can sit at for breakfast/lunchtimes. Anyway... the big window is wonderful... but being in a fishbowl at night is NOT so wonderful. I started thinking and figured our old master bedroom curtains would work great!

Needed a new curtain rod, since we left the old one behind as to not have to patch and paint ;)

Went to Bed Bath & Beyond with all 3 boys one morning and got one that was long enough. I also forgot my 20% off coupon (kicked self in butt) and back home we went!

During the two youngers ones naps today, Greg got to work...

So did Jake...

Then so did I (they needed hemmed shorter).

I should of went back and read my own blog post about when I hemmed them before. I do believe I might of cut too much off! Oops! Nobody get these curtains dirty, I mean it ;)

A funny thing... I was telling Greg I'll get around the the actually "hemming" (iron on hemming, woo-hoo!) Greg swears that we hung the curtains and I hemmed them all in the same night. Um, nope! The blog can prove it took me 2 months, so there! ha! They're up but will still need a night with me & the ole ironing board... once I find the hemming tape!

I think they really helped pull the room together!

Plus, we're no longer a fishbowl at night!

This room is almost DONE, which is something I cannot say about any other room in the house.

I did decide to hang them with the tabs this time rather than the rings. I wanted as much curtain length as possible to really help visually make the room look taller. But, in moving the curtains closed just for the picture, I found them not very easy to slide. That won't work since at bare minimum I'll be doing it at least twice a day everyday. Soooo... I might still end up putting the rings on... Greg will be so excited ;) Oooooh Hooooonneeeeyyyyy......

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Making Room in the Kitchen!

In moving I went from this (post from when I rearranged the counters)...

to this (it looked like more space until we moved in)...

pic from when house was on market

So scaling down & making the best use of space has been coming into play! Here's a few things I've done so far:

- sorted through what I have and only kept what I really needed in the kitchen
- hung up some command hooks to hold towels & pot holders

Also remember when I reogranized my pantry in the old house?

Sigh, I miss that pantry!

Pic from when house on market... I have that bad boy stuffed right now!
Oh my! In an effort to make space I went to the handy-dandy Pinterest and saw an idea for putting wire baskets on the back of the pantry door to make more space! Done! I might even add one more set to the lower part of the door.

I have yet to actually organize everything and give everything a home. But at least I've made up for having many many less drawers & space. Now I can go from here.

Maybe it's given you an idea or two? I still have zero clue where to put the knife block... anywhere I put it, it just sticks out and takes up counter space! Do you store yours elsewhere? Ideas? I do need everyday access to it.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hello! Finally back and I'm going to blog about....

Toilets! Ha, ha! No really, I am!

That's me... go completely MIA for a month, leave you hanging about our move. Then come back after said cross country move is complete (it was a nightmare). Figure why not just jump right in and act like I've been blogging normal the past year ;)

A theme as of late is how am I going to fit stuff from our past larger home, into one almost half the size. Got rid of so much stuff before we moved, I'm a little surprised to still be facing this issue. So been doing the 3 piles... pitch, donate, sell! Then there's another aspect... fit what we have and want to keep into this new space.

First on the agenda. The bathrooms are just too small to be storing a potty seat. So, I stole a page from a friend in Houston and purchased these...

Bemis Next Step

I'm totally going to preach/push these from now on! What a great product!

Regular normal seat

The potty seat is built into a normal one, so they can just lower it as they need it!

Potty Seat down
It's actually MUCH easier to clean and easier for them to now do everything on their own! The 3 yr old was always a little nervous about sitting down, because the potty seat would start to slip off as he was sitting down and it'd freak him out. That is no longer a problem!

Bye Bye Potty Seats!!
 So there ya go... my toilet issues... on the internet! haha! Highly recommend this product though!!