Friday, September 27, 2013

Frame for Less

I hope you all had a great week!  I know I sure did.  After a very long week of Mr. Serene being out of town for work, we were finally able to get some good quality time together.

The hubs and I were able to head up to a beautiful lodge in Ely, MN this past weekend for a wedding and let me just tell you, the food there? FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!!! This wedding had a taco bar ya'll!!  If you are planning a wedding, this is an amazing idea!  Everyone was

Thursday, September 19, 2013

DIY Hornet and Wasp trap

Today I did something stupid.  REALLY stupid.  See, we have had an abundance of hornets flying around our house these last few weeks and not thinking, I set a garbage bag that I intended to bring out to our main trash bin out onto our deck.  I was only setting it out there for a few minutes, just long enough for me to place a new bag in and haul the other one downstairs and outside.  Seems innocent enough, right?? Wrong!!
The hornets viewed this as an open dinner invitation and

Monday, September 16, 2013

George's new look

If you have been following along, then you might remember George? George was the jungle themed dresser that I inherited from a good friend of mine.  He was a sad, lonely little guy with a confused sense of self.  He was half dresser, half animal.  
Not a good mix. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

From Carpet to Hardwood Stairs

Dark treads and white risers on a staircase could stop anyone in their tracks, at least that's how I see it.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Board and Batten Master Bedroom

I absolutely love the look of architectural details in a home.  They are -in my opinion- one of the greatest statements to a home.  That and paint of course.  When we were looking at purchasing a home in 2008, I had a "dream" list, if you will, of what I wanted in a house.  Moldings, clean white trim, beautiful floors, archways.  You know, magazine style houses.

Well, let's just snap back to reality for a minute, mkay? This was 2008, the year the market

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Painted Kitchen Cabinets: Part 1

Once we finally made the decision to paint our nasty oak cabinets and bring them into current times, we struggled with our decision on what color to choose as mentioned here.  

I love the look of a white kitchen.  Clean and timeless if done right.  But remember the gaggle of children I mentioned before that live here?  Yeah,  them. Their mits would have been all over those clean, beautiful cabinets and next thing you know, my gorgeous white kitchen would be Cheetos orange.  The thought of having to meticulously clean every cabinet, everyday really made me cringe.  I'm clean, but not anal retentive clean!