Thursday, October 10, 2013

Library Project - The Shelves

Back in this post I declared my love for libraries and after seeing this post I knew we could make it happen at our house.  After I sent the link to Toby we started to plan and save.  

Just like Thrifty Decor Chick we started with upper kitchen cabinets (6 to be exact).  Toby turned then upside down and added a base to the bottom (so we would be able to add baseboard later)     

We added three cabinets to each side of the room.  Two larger cabinets with a smaller one in the middle.  We did this to accommodate for the outlets on each wall.

After the cabinets were installed Toby added a long piece of wood to the top of all three.  Then he started in the middle building the top shelves. 

He then worked his way out.  The two middle shelves are bigger than the outside shelves to accommodate for the vent.  We made the shelf sections out in the garage then brought them in and attached them.

After all of the building was done we added crown, base and trim to made it look a little more finished.

Then we started the hardest most time consuming part.  We primed and painted everything!  It took FOREVER!!!  Due to our lack of a step-stool we used our dining room chairs and broke one in the process.  Oops! 

After everything was dry we added the doors back on to the cabinets.  
Finished bookshelf on the right wall (Ryder's side)

Finished bookshelf on the left wall (Paisley's side)

Then I went to town filling the shelves with books, pictures and pretties.  For now we are using the bottom part for storage of DVD's and games.  But one day when the basement is finished I hope the DVD's will be moved down there and we can store more of the kids books and maybe some holiday decor for the shelves.

Finished bookshelf on the right wall (Ryder's side) with all my pretties.

Finished bookshelf on the left wall (Paisley's side) with all my pretties.

Bottom storage.

I couldn't be more happy with how they turned out!  This is one of my most favorite rooms in the house!  

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Library Project: Sofa Table

In the library, on the wall by the bathroom, I wanted I long skinny sofa table to I could put a lamp and a few other pretties out.  I have had my eye on a few but they were WAY more than I wanted to pay.  So I waited and waited and waited.  Then, just last week this table base was give to us for free.  So, I took it home to Toby to make a top.

He grabbed some wood from the farm (for free) and we started to make a plan.  We laid out the boards they way we wanted them then Toby went to work measuring, cutting and nailing all the pieces together.  I made myself useful by taking pictures and holding things.  Very important job! 
Then I got promoted to sanding down the table top.  We couldn't decide if we wanted to stain it dark or just put a clear coat sealer. 
So, we brought the table into the house to see how it looked. 
We kind of liked the look of the light wood so I added a few pretties to the table to make sure it would make the cut and it did!  This pretty little table has earned a spot at the Vincent house.  The best part of this project, everything was FREE!!
(P.S. We will add the clear coat this weekend to officially complete the project) 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Library

With what is left of this week I am going to show you how we took this empty/open area in between the kid's bedrooms and turned it into what we are call our Library.  

Library Before
Looking into the room from the hallway on Paisley's side.  
The wall on the right is the wall that butts up to Ryder's room.    

Library Before
Looking into the room from the hallway on Ryder's side.  
The wall on the left is the wall that butts up to Paisley's room.

Library After
Looking into the room from the hallway on Paisley's side.  
The wall on the right is the wall that butts up to Ryder's room.
(I didn't take a picture from the other direction but we do have shelves on both walls)  

Blank Wall:  Mid-Project
In the room with the window at my back looking a blank wall. 
(I took a picture of the blank wall but deleted it because it just looked weird)     
This wall butts up to the main bathroom.

Blank Wall:  After
Toby didn't like the gallery wall so for now we are going with this clean look.   

Now all that is left on the wish list for this room is:
*Paint the walls
*Get cute table for in between the two chairs
*Maybe replace the metal mini blinds with wooden blinds 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Calling all Moms/Teacher Friends

Paisley is having a little bit of trouble and I am at my wits end with her so I am asking the village for help in this matter!

She gets a behavioral report sent home every Friday then at the quarter it is averaged out for the report card.  We have seen a decline on this report each week because of her talking.  Her grades are still great but the talking is at an all time high.  She has been grounded, had privileges taken away, spanked, we have tried a scare tactic - where we explain why listening (and knowing when to stop talking) is a good skill to have in an emergency situation, we have tried a guilt trip – where we explain how her talking might cause one of her friends to get in trouble, we have tried rewarding the good stuff – where she earns back toys for doing well.  The problem is she just doesn’t care.  She doesn’t like getting into trouble and cries when she is reprimanded but she doesn’t change her behavior.  She is a good girl with a big heart but for some reason she doesn't think talking is that big of a deal. 

Examples of disciplinary fails:
Swim Lessons
Me: Paisley, if you get another bad report this week you will not be able to sign up for swim lessons.
Paisley: You know mom, if I don’t get to do swim lessons then I can play on your phone while Ryder is in his swim lesson. 

Class Party
Me: Paisley, make sure you are being a good helper in class so you earn enough points to get to go to your class party.
Paisley: It’s ok mom.  If I miss the party I go to a different class and do worksheets.  I like doing homework and worksheets are like homework.  So if you think about it not going to the party will only make me smarter.

Birthday Party
Me: Paisley, I really hope you get a good report this week so we can go to your cousin’s birthday party this weekend.
Paisley: Mom, I’m getting a little nervous about the report.  I’m not saying I was bad.  I just want to know what my options are of I don’t go to the birthday party if maybe there was a little disagreement this week.  
Paisley: Wait, you know what?  I have 6 cousins. Well, if I miss one birthday party I will still have 5 more to get to go to and we will be seeing everyone for the holidays pretty soon so I guess it wouldn’t be that bad if I didn’t get to go. 

Talking in Class
Me: Paisley, why are you talking so much in class?
Paisley: Sometimes I talk just because it is fun and other times I talk because I am so board.  We are still reviewing 1st grade stuff I already know that stuff.
Me: What about horsing around and talking in line?
Paisley: I just like to make my friends laugh, that's all.  

Her thought process and reasoning is DRIVING. ME. NUTS!  So if any of you fellow moms or teachers have ideas or suggestions of something that has worked for you, I am all ears.  

Side note: We have Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled later this month so maybe we can come up with a game plan to help Paisley with her talking.  But to be honest I would much rather her get into trouble for talk than being mean to other kids but as the parent I need to support the teacher and try to get the talking under control.      

Thursday, October 3, 2013

This Time Next Year

 Yesterday (October 2nd) was our 9 year wedding anniversary.  We celebrated by going out the lunch.  Toby had flowers sent to me at work and we got a new mattress and bedding.  (Not to shabby for an anniversary celebration!)
P.S. This is an OLD picture taken after he first put a ring on it.  :o)

The discussion we are having now is about how we want to celebrate next year.  I mean, 10 years is a pretty big deal.  Toby's vote is for an all inclusive beach trip somewhere warm.  

My vote is to go to Ireland.  I have always wanted to go and we wanted to go for our honeymoon but decided to buy our first house instead.  

The main goal is for us to get away (without the kids) and spent time together so either choice will be nice.  Check back next year to see what we choose.  

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pinterest Project - Back Door

We have a cheap mini-blind problem in our house.  They are on EVERY window and a few of the doors in our house.  This is something we are slowing trying to change up.  The blinds that are on the doors I especially HATE because they are always moving around and getting in the way.  After a year of living with them I am finally doing something to change them.  Over the past year I have pinned a few different ideas/options on how to replace the blinds but still give us privacy.

About a month ago I was at Dollar Tree and saw they had clear contact paper so I grabbed about six rolls.  Hi, my name is Sarah and I have a contact paper addiction.  For real!  I kind of LOVE it a lot.  You never know when you will need it or what it will be needed for but it is always nice to have on hand (and at a dollar a roll, why not).  When I got home I added it to my craft stuff and forgot about it.  Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I decided to down size my craft supplies and donate the extra stuff to the kid’s day-cares. When I came across my stash of contact paper I remember a pin I found (here and hereabout using it to cover the glass on a door (insert light bulb moment).  So, that night after the kids went to bed I gathered the supplies needed.  I unrolled the contact paper and put heavy books on it so it would stop trying to roll up on me while I was tracing on it. 

I didn’t discuss this little project with Toby because I didn’t want him to shoot the idea down so I decided to start with a smaller area, let him see it then decide if we like it enough to do the doors.  I removed the yucky mini blinds in the laundry room and got started.  I followed these instructions and think it turned out pretty good.  
Laundry Room: Progress

Laundry Room: DONE!

I got the green light from the Toby to move forward with the doors.  I repeated the same process for the door as I did for the window.  One door down and one to go.  Ding Dong the mini blinds are (almost all) GONE!! 
Back Door/Wall: Before

Back Door: Prep 
(Hello Oscar)

Back Door: Progress

Back Door: DONE!

The view from the outside looking in at night will all of the lights on in the house.  

Back Door/Wall: After 
(Paisley eating her dinner & Ryder not eating his)