The Never-Ending Painting Adventure

I’ve been quite busy with having my home repainted.  It’s amazing how much stuff we’ve accumulated since we last painted 5 years ago.


The first thing to be painted were closets throughout the entire house.  Now granted, the closets didn’t need to be painted as the paint was still in great shape.  However, it gave me an opportunity to reorganize them all (and of course, I got to use my handy dandy label maker).  Although our house looked like a hurricane swept through, it was so worth it!

I can easily find items in my pantry and my linen closet never looked better.  I donated all my unwanted towels, sheets and placemats to a local animal shelter.  Now I have room to add new linens to match the new paint colors.


Marielle’s room is FINALLY finished (well, except for a few little odds and ends)!  I only have a few sneak peeks of her room as we are still trying to find space to store all her junk.

Not only did we paint the walls hot pink and most of the trim black, we even painted her vanilla-colored furniture white. Marielle suggested we do black velvet curtains.  But in the meantime, I ordered 2″ black aluminum blinds for her huge window (because we all know how long it will take me to sew her curtains…LOL).


I’ve been buying and hoarding anything zebra, hot pink and/or black for the last year.  My efforts have finally paid off.  Most of my best finds were at either HomeGoods, TJ Maxx or Marshall’s.  The hot pink lunch boxes were only $3.99 each.  And the zebra canisters were only a few bucks.  Oh and the hat box (which also has 4 coordinating big boxes) was only $5.99!  Score!

Check out this matching doll I bought while hunting for zebra items on Ebay!


Marielle asked that I stop buying anything with a zebra print on it as she thinks it’s starting to look like a zebra puked in her room…haha!


Since my darling daughter has a habit of writing on her closet walls (Marielle loves Anthony, Steven, Adam, Nick), we painted black chalkboard paint so we can just erase past boyfriends’ names instead of having to cross them out.  How clever am I?


Oh, speaking of closets, I caved in and got her 300 hot pink Huggable Hangers.  I absolutely LOVE these hangers (might have to buy them for every closet in the house).  The above hangers may not look hot pink, but they certainly are.  It’s pretty hard to get the correct color when editing photos of a black closet.


I purchased zebra light switch and outlet covers on Etsy.  Only problem is I ordered the wrong type outlet covers (I need the new rocker type covers).  So I’ll be doing a craft project this week–covering her old white outlet covers with some zebra wrapping paper and a little decoupage.  Wish me luck!


I found this cool zebra phone at Marshall’s for just $12.99.  Perfect!


This weekend I spent spray painting different things for her room in gloss black and semi-gloss white.  I had found this neat shelf (once gold) at TJ Maxx for a mere $12.99 last year.  The minute I saw it, I knew if turned upside down it would be a perfect bed crown for my daughter’s room.


A little black paint and now to find the zebra sheer fabric to attach to the bed crown which I have stashed somewhere in my sewing room…I’ll show you photos of it once I get it hung on the wall over her bed.  I’ve got to figure out a good way to attach the zebra sheers to the bottom of the new bed crown.  Any ideas?


I hadn’t finished spray painting Marielle’s light pink wicker rolling baskets when those two darn ducks took over the yard.  Yes, they’ve been coming to my yard every stinkin’ day to eat all my Koi fish food.  Any good ideas on how to get these ducks out of my yard once and for all?  It’s getting a little old chasing them around with a broom, KWIM?



  1. Can you adopt me? I want a cool room like Marielle! LOL!

    For the crown — what if you cut a piece out of fiberboard or something, painted it black and sandwiched the zebra sheers between it?

  2. Lisa, love Marielle’s new room! For the crown, how about using black sticky back velcro? for the crown part and sewing the other part of the velcro to the sheers?

    Good luck!

  3. I think my favorite is the zebra phone. I am so very impressed!

  4. I wish my pantry was that organized!

    Beautiful room! You did a wonderful job on everything!
    Oh I love me some huggable hangers! I completely converted to them a few years ago and now I won’t buy anything else. 🙂

    For the bed crown, you could gather the fabric to the width that you need to attach and add a thin black bias tape over the gather. Then add thin black velcro to the back of that and attach to the crown. That way, the sheers have a finished look and they are easy to take down and put back up when you need to launder. 🙂

    Can’t wait to see the finished room.

  5. all great ideas ladies! Thanks!

    Back to work I go…

    With friendship,

  6. For the ducks – maybe a statue of Elmer Fudd??

    Way to go on the zebra/pink stash – it really did pay off!

  7. I haven’t been over to visit since I knew your sweet daughter was safe and sound. Life has become busier than ever, so I miss checking in. My newest fabric line, Summer Soiree, has both hot pink and black zebra print, called Party Animal. It coordinates w/ our picture frames and note cards. Anyway, you did a fantastic job. Love you and all you do for fellow sewers!

  8. I just stumbled upon you blog via Tip Junkie and I love it! Your domesticness makes me smile. I love to create as well so I love all of your tips and pics! Great blogging!


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