} Rustic Painted Welcome Sign

Hi friends!

How was your holiday weekend?  Ours was great, I actually had 2 days off work, and we enjoyed a wonderful traditional 4th of July, complete with a parade and fireworks with friends.

Another of our favorite summer pastimes is rocking away the evenings on our front porch.  Sometimes even a competitive game of what we like to call “porch Scrabble” will break out.

While I like to think I have a pretty good vocabulary, I stink at that game.

Anyway, our porch is small, but it’s a good place to hang out and greet our neighbors as they stroll by with kids and dogs.

I want it to be welcoming.  Literally

So I painted a Welcome sign to invite visitors.

As much as I love painted wood sign made with reclaimed wood, I was concerned about the weight of this sign, as it will hang over a small window.  So I went with a plain, very lightweight, wood and already stained sign from Michael’s.

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} Curvy Painted Shelves

Hi friends!

I have a question for you:

What comes to mind when you hear the word “CURVY”?

I usually think of girls.  Curvy is kind of a girly word.

Or jeans.  A curvy fit means a small waist and girly hips.

They don’t fit me.  I need the fit for the post four kids waist and the I eat too much ice cream hips.

When I asked the engineer what came to his mind when I said the word curvy, he said geometry.

Really?

Anywhoo…what do you think of CURVY shelves?  Curvy painted shelves?

A few weeks ago I found some curvy shelves.

 

curvy painted shelves before

 

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} Trash to Treasure-Patriotic Bunting From Scrap Fabric

Hi friends!

Happy Trash to Treasure Tuesday!  I had so much fun with my super quick and no spend 4th of July mantel decor, I thought I’d carry over the patriotism to a trash to treasure project.

I made a patriotic bunting from some scrap drop cloth fabric, and I’m excited to share it with you today.

I started by cutting up some drop cloth scraps in to 10 triangles, keeping them uniform by tracing around a cardboard “pattern”.

Next I stamped blue polka dots on 5 of the triangles using the round wooden end of a sponge brush.

 

patriotic bunting

 

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} Modern Rustic Bench Makeover

Hello friends!

Welcome to the June edition of Themed Makeover Day!

If you’re new here, (WELCOME!) let me just tell you, Themed Makeover Day is the most fun day of the month.

This is the day that my furniture making over blogger friends and I share our projects, around the month’s chosen theme.

June’s theme is RUSTIC.

 

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One of my favorite adjectives, I must say.

For my project, I chose to complete a modern rustic bench makeover on a piece that has been sitting in our family room for a couple of years or more.

 

modern rustic bench before

 

 

I picked up this bench at a flea market for $30-40, I can’t remember.  At the time, our home was mostly beige and brown with some pops of red, so I loved the rustic red color that it brought to our great room, as well as the extra seating.

Over the years, this bench has become more RUSTIC, and not in a good way.  It has been beat up by kids, guests, and puppy teeth.

It definitely needed a paint job, and although I didn’t want to lose all of the rusticity (new word), I wanted a more modern look.

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} Trash to Treasure Tuesday

Hello friends!

It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday!  As much as I LOVE performing a great transformation, I love finding and sharing others’ projects too.

Today I’m sharing a few recent favorites from my Pinterest Board, Reinventions.  I’d love it if you followed along and we’ll enjoy the junky treasure discoveries together.

 

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I’ve recently come across several amazing old drawer trash to treasure transformations, so I thought we’d go with that theme this week.

Ready?

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} One Thing You Don’t Know About Me

Hi friends!

I’ve been reading a few blogger posts lately titled “25 things you don’t know about me”.

I thought about writing a similar post, but, honestly, there aren’t 25 things about me that are interesting enough to read about, and I sure don’t want to bore you people, I like you.  😉

So… you guys know how much I love to “reinvent” stuff, turn trash in to treasure, bring nasty furniture to life with paint…DIY stuff…

Well for some crazy reason I haven’t yet figured out, I’m going to share a different kind of DIY with you today.

I like to call it “Kimm DIY.”  Or Kimm, “reinvented.”

And it has to do with one thing you don’t know about me.

Here’s the story:  I have struggled with my weight since I started getting pregnant.  My first pregnancy ended with a miscarriage, and I drowned my sorrows in food.  I had our first child soon after that, then another miscarriage, and then three more kids.  With each successful pregnancy I happily gained 38 pounds, eating whatever I wanted, just as I had been able to do throughout my childhood and teenage years.

But after each pregnancy, less of the weight was lost, and after my 4th…well, let’s just say I still have “baby weight” and my “baby” is 13.

(If you just clicked over to my about me page and looked at my photo, that was taken in 2009, about 30 pounds ago.  Yikes.)

I have a sweet tooth, a pizza tooth, and a bread and butter tooth.  I’ve tried many diet plans, lost weight, and then fell hard off the wagon over a piece of cheesecake/french bread/chocolate.

Now, at 47 years young, I’ve finally realized that even though I am VERY self conscious about my weight, and worry constantly about people thinking I’m fat, the best reason to lose my extra pounds and get healthier is for myself and my family.  I feel lousy, don’t have any energy, and avoid social situations because I’m so self conscious.  I’m really not that fun to be around.

I’ve recently joined Weight Watchers (this is not a sponsored post, they have no idea who I am) because I think that theirs is a practical, and reasonable plan that I can stick with.  I would love it if all of you would be my “accountability partners” and virtually (like via the internet) kick me in the but when I need it.  :)

If any of you would like to join me, I would LOVE that.  Please let me know in the comments, or e-mail me at reinventedkb{at}gmail{dot}com

I also thought I’d share yummy plan friendly recipes when I find them.  I know this is a little “off the beaten path” for Reinvented, so I’d love to know what you think about that, maybe once a week?

Like tonight’s dinner.  It was really yummy, and the engineer and sons even liked it.  (the girls are still on a church mission trip).

We had Bacon and Cheese Turkey Burgers, and I found the recipe on the WW site, here.  With a low cal bun or english muffin, this totally yummy burger is 9 points.

 

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Anywhoo, I’m glad we had this talk.  And in case you are wondering, I’ve lost 2 pounds so far.  :)

} DIY Patio Lights

Hi friends!

How was your weekend?  The engineer and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary this weekend, and it was awesome.  Last night we went out for dinner at one of our favorite downtown Columbus spots and today he and the boys (our girls left for a church mission trip today) made dinner.

I also got a present.  Eeek!

 

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Brad nailers are the traditional gift for 24 years, aren’t they?

Well..if they’re not, they should be.

We’ve celebrated a few milestones this summer.  Besides our anniversary, there was child #2’s high school graduation, and child #3’s sweet sixteenth birthday.

To catch you up

 

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Oh how I love them.

So anyway, we hosted a small but loud gathering of teenagers to celebrate #3’s birthday a few weeks ago, complete with a volleyball net, a trampoline and LOTS of swedish fish.

The party was in our backyard, which is small.  and dark.  at night, I mean.  Cuz we have no lights.

Or had no lights…

The engineer and the genius (child #4’s preferred nickname) devised a plan for some DIY patio lights to light up the night.

They bought 4 galvanized metal trash cans, 4 ten foot galvanized pipes, and 8 bags of Quickcrete from Home Depot.

The pipes were “cemented” in to the center of each trash can with the Quickcrete, using 2 bags for each can.

Once the concrete hardened, we hung Christmas lights from each pole with a small clamp and plugged them in.

Voila!

 

DIY patio lights 2

 

And another view.

DIY patio lights 3

 

The lights were strung from corner to corner.

 

DIY patio lights

 

 

So. many. teenagers.

We’ve enjoyed these twinkly lights so much, they’re still up!

 

Have a great week!

 

 

 

} Powder Room Makeover With Cutting Edge Stencils

Hi everyone!

I am so excited to share this powder room makeover with you today.  And get this…

it’s not my powder room.  I am helping my bestie makeover her space.

The engineer is so happy even his pocket protector is smiling.

Anywhoo,  here’s a before shot of the wall in question.

 

bathroom wall stencil 5

 

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} Easy Kitchen Updates

Hi friends!

Did you have a wonderful weekend?  My son graduated from high school on Saturday, so, naturally, I’m physically and emotionally exhausted.  (wink)

And extremely proud.  I actually only went through a few Kleenex.

So…since there are so many of you new peeps around here (and THANKS for that!), I thought it would be fun today to take a nostalgic look back at last June and revisit some fun projects.

And I must admit, they must be good projects, cuz I actually haven’t changed any of them.  ha.

They are all easy kitchen updates that have stood the test of time, and in my house, that’s sayin’ something.

Click on the photos for more details and the how to’s.

First up, my chalkboard kitchen wall.  I still love it.  The kids still doodle on it.  The dogs lick the chalk.  Winner.

 

painted chalkboard wall

 

 

Next is the quickest, easiest and cheapest update ever.  Our kitchen chandy started as old world Tuscan, and was transformed to tarnished copper with a few swipes of paint.

 

DIY Painted Chandelier

 

 

Last but not least, a favorite project from 2014 involved a few thrift store glass vases, and a little spray paint.

 

quick and easy shelf decor

 

This was kind of fun!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Let me know if you’ve tried any of these easy decorating ideas!  Cuz, you know, I’m all about the easy…

I mean, um…not that kind of easy…

 

Linked up to Something To Talk About party at Concord Cottage and Dream. Create. Inspire. at Pocket Full of Posies (coolest blog name ever).  :)