Taking A Break

I have felt this post coming for a while.  I have been praying and really searching God’s heart for my life right now.  Daily I bring my priorities before Him and ask what He has for me.  I so desire to be in His will and to enjoy the good gifts He has for me in this season.  I don’t want to miss the new things He has just because I’m trying to cling to old dreams.  I seem to be stuck in the tension that I believe a lot of moms are faced with in our modern world. The tension of being fully present as a mom and the temptation that tells us we can have it all.  I believe that temptation is a lie that leaves women feeling worn out and never measuring up.  So I find myself in a place of having to choose to do everything half hearted, always having a to-do list, never accomplishing all I commit to, always feeling like I’m under and not on top or I can let some things go and experience freedom, rest and an open schedule.  This has been a tough decision for me to make but I’m going to have to take a break from writing my blog until a later season when I can invest the kind of time and energy I desire to invest.  God has made it clear what His intentions are for me right now I believe I need to be fully His daughter, fully a wife and fully a mom and in order for me to be fully present in those roles I need to let go of competing loves.

I’m letting my blog rest hoping that one day I will get the go ahead from Him to start writing again and even if I don’t I know whatever He has for me will be for my best.  I have loved sharing my life with all of you over the past two years.  Thank you for listening and for sharing yours with me!  This is not the end, just good bye for now.

With love,
Lauren

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DIY Curtain Panel Tutorial

I often look at beautiful rooms in magazines and find myself drooling over the designer window coverings, wishing I had the kind of cash that would allow me to throw down hundreds for pretty fabric to hang on my windows.  The problem is we live on a DIY budget and not a designer budget so with every room makeover I tap into my creative juices to find ways to accomplish the look I want for not a lot of money.

When we first made over our dining room I didn’t want to cover up our wall of windows with heavy window coverings so we bought some inexpensive matchstick blinds from Lowes and I have loved the look for the past three years.

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After three years it was time to retire the matchstick blinds and come up with a new look for the windows.  I still didn’t want to cover the windows but I wanted more privacy and a way to block the morning sun.  The solution was drapes.  I needed five 93 inch panels to span a 13 foot wall for under $100.  My first thought was find 15 yards of inexpensive fabric but even at $10 a yard I would still be over budget.  I rarely buy home decor fabric from fabric stores, it is just too expensive.  My secret is bed sheets.

I made these curtains for our guest bath out of a set of sheets I found at Marshalls a few years ago.

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I usually find what I am looking for when I scour the bed linen section at Ross or Marshalls and this time Ross proved to be good to me!

I found a queen and king set of sheets with the same print for only $30!  This was more that enough fabric.

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The next thing I needed to figure out was how to hang the curtains.  I needed a 13 foot rod.  So I bought two 8 foot closet rods for $10 each and cut them down to size.

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I then painted the rods in our trim color

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and connected them with this connector screw.

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I also bought two sets of brackets from Lowes for under $10 each (sorry no pic) and closet pole socket set.

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I painted the socket set the same color as the pole and screwed them to the wall.

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I have always loved the look of curtains hanging from wooden rings but wasn’t sure how to make them so I did a little Google search and found out what I needed and how to make them.

First I cut the lengths I needed and hemmed the sides.  Because the fabric was so light I reinforced the top three inches so the panel didn’t droop. I cut three-inch thick strips of left over painters drop cloth and laid it right below the top three-inch hem.

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Then I folded it over,

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pinned it

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and stitched it closed.

Once the top was reinforced I laid out my measuring tape to see how far apart I needed to space the rings.  The secret to attaching the rings are curtain hooks.  I bought mine from Lowes for $2 a package.

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Once I figured out the spacing across the panel I figured out how far from the top I wanted the hooks.

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Then I inserted the hooks making sure I pinned through the drop cloth.

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Once the hooks were inserted I hung them on the wooden rings.

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I needed my finished panels to be 93 inches long. I never hem the bottom until I have a chance to put the curtain up on the rod and measure to make sure the panel is the correct length.

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The rule for curtain length is it should sit about a finger height off the floor.

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This is why I make my own panels because pre-made panels often make my windows look they’re wearing high waters.

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I folded up the bottom and pinned.

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I folded the hem twice and stitched it closed leaving the ends open.

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I needed to add weight to the bottom of the curtains so I inserted two pennies, one for each end.

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Then I stitched the ends closed.

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I then ironed and re-hung the panels.

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I love how they turned out!  I was about $50 over budget.  If I had sewn a rod pocket instead of using wooden rings I could have come in well below $100 but I think the look I accomplished was worth spending a little more.

With love,
Lauren

Finishing Touches {Final Dining Room Reveal}

Oh it is sooo pretty! Our dining room, I love it!!!!  Before the makeover it was my favorite room in the house and now after giving it its new look well I just want to be in the space all the time.  The funny thing is even though we have a new dining room we still spend many dinners in front of the tube. That is a habit we are working on breaking and now I feel I have an even greater reason to break it.

Because I love this space so much I took a lot of pictures so here they are.

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After we put the new color on the walls in the dining room I realized it looked awful with the color in the living room.  It looked very bumblebee-ish.  Black walls in the dining room, yellow walls in the living room equals bumblebee!  And I actually never really liked the color in the living room so since the dominoes had already begun to fall it only seemed natural to repaint the living room.  I will post pictures of our freshly painted living room soon.

I want to give a shout out to one of my faithful readers, my granny.  Thank you for loving me so much and for your faithfulness to me.  Glad we can stay connected via The Rescued Home.  Love you!

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With love,
Lauren

Pie Safe: A Painting Tutorial

It is finished! Painting right now in this season of life is not enjoyable.  I need projects that I can give attention to for a short amount of time and can be easily interrupted then set aside.  Painting furniture is not that kind of project.  But I did it, I finished the pie safe and love how it looks in our new space.  I thought I would share my tips on how I paint furniture since I will probably take a break for a while from it.

Here is what the piece looked like when I bought it.  I liked the painted detail but it didn’t go with the room.  It also originally had screen in the doors but you couldn’t see the dishes inside so I removed the screen and added glass.

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I decided to paint it a more neutral color, Quiver Tan by Sherwin Williams.  I always paint two coats, sometimes three.  If I were to distress the piece and age it with stain, glaze or wax I would paint one or two coats. I decided not to distress this piece because I didn’t want the original blue to show through so I painted two coats then touched up in some areas with a third.

When I paint a piece I paint a section by brushing in one direction first.

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Then horizontally

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In order to not see the horizontal brush strokes come to a stop at the edge of the vertical strokes I feather the horizontal strokes into the vertical strokes.

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Then I go back with a bit of new paint and feather the vertical strokes over the horizontal ones.

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Hope that makes sense!

My secret to inexpensive furniture makeovers is inexpensive paint so I buy $5 sample colors. The thing with buying sample colors is the guys at the paint store will tell you that the paint is not durable enough to be a top coat and I totally agree.  I would not use the sample colors on trim work or kitchen cabinets.  In order to provide a top coat I use Polycrylic, in clear satin by Minwax.  Polycrylic is water based so it won’t yellow over time like polyurethane.

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I apply it using a foam brush.

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The Polycrylic will leave a milky white finish when you paint it on but will dry clear.

I wanted a pop of color in the room so I painted the inside in Hazel by Sherwin Williams.

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Here is the before one more time.

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Here is the after.

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With love,
Lauren

About Me

This post is inspired by Emily from Jones Design Company, one of my all time favorite blogs to read. Her blog is a must read. You can check out her blog here.   She recently hosted a series where she featured 20 different bloggers by asking them questions so that readers could get to know them.  I loved reading each post! I felt like I got to know the different women and was so inspired by all of their unique stories.

Her series inspired me to want to share a little about myself so that my readers can get to know me a little more.  So here it goes…

Lauren from The Rescued Home

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WHERE I LIVE SUMMERTIME MEANS
Hot Texas heat, a/c full blast, up-dos, no makeup, loose fitting summer dresses, lounging with friends by a pool or a body of water, and getting projects done.

FAVORITE SPOT IN MY HOUSE
My dining room.  I love all the windows and its recent makeover.  I also love filling it with people.  We have made so many great memories sitting around our table, sharing meals with friends and family.

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WHAT SHOULD EVERYROOM HAVE
“I love lamp” -Brick Tamland, Anchorman.  This quote pretty much sums it up! Not only do I love lamp but I love many lamps. I am not a big fan of over head lighting especially a single bulb light in a ceiling fan.  Every room in my house has at least one lamp, even my kitchen.  I love the coziness a well placed lamp adds to a room.

BEST DIY PROJECT I’VE EVER DONE
Our guest bathroom.  We turned that thing from the ugliest duckling into a beautiful swan!  It was quite an undertaking!!! I learned a lot about plumbing and healthy communication in my marriage.  I will walk into it and just stare at our handy work.  I’m so pleased with how it turned out.

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WHEN I WAS LITTLE I WANTED TO BE
A dancer.  My dream was to become a ballerina then own a dance studio.  All I wanted to do was dance everyday for the rest of my life!  When I left for university I began pursuing that dream but God took me in a different direction.  I believe He saved me from a life of finding my identity and worth as a dancer. Even though I don’t dance everyday, well at least not professionally, my love for dance remains.

I’M INSPIRED BY
Jesus.  He modeled and models how I want to live my life.  I am inspired by who he is!
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Nature.  I attribute this to my mom!  Some of my best memories with my mom are of me and her being outside.  She is the one who taught me to see shapes in the clouds, trees that look like animals and how to admire sunsets.  She also taught me how to see a field of weeds and turn them into a beautiful bouquet.
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The possibility of making something new out of old, broken down, rusted and abandoned things.
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Beautiful, peaceful spaces.

FIVE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME
Sensitive, funny, creative, loyal, introspective.

I hope you feel like you know me a little better.  Thank you for letting me share my life with you!

With love,
Lauren

The Buffet

I have said before that the buffet in my dining room is my most favorite spot to decorate. I like it even more now that the dining room is redone.  I was hoping to have completed the redo on my pie safe by now but we had a little hiccup in the refinishing process so I will post that as soon as it is done.  So in the meantime I will share some pictures of my freshly decorated buffet.  The hilarious thing about my buffet is I never use it as a buffet, I always have decorations on it!

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I love how it kind of has a vintage school-house feel with the chalkboard wall.
(I’m going to have to work on my handwriting if I’m going to put it up on my walls!)

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I love my “Off for the honeymoon” post card I found at a flea market for 25 cents.  What caught my attention is the look on her face!

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Do you have a favorite decorating spot in your house?

With love,
Lauren

Dining Room Redo Part 2

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A few weeks ago I told Joel I want to take more risks with the décor in our home.  I don’t feel like I am a huge risk taker when it comes to our home.  I usually play it safe with color or the accessories I put in it.  I think my desire to take more risks is a theme that keeps showing itself in every area of my life.  I don’t want to spend my life clinging safety.  I definitely don’t want to be foolish but I most definitely don’t want to live in fear of the what-ifs.

So this room redo presented the perfect opportunity to take a risk.  After putting up the board and batten paneling we were trying to decide on a color.  The room needed to be repainted but we were stuck between painting it the old color, Garden Sage by Sherwin Williams or going in a completely different direction.  We chose a completely different direction!

I had seen black walls in a few magazines and on Pintrest and loved the contrast of dark walls and light trim.  We thought maybe dark blue or green would look good but we just couldn’t land it.  Then I said lets paint it with chalkboard paint and we can draw on it for holidays or write scripture or notes to each other.  Joel said ok and so it was decided.

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Stay tuned for the post on the pie safe makeover.

In order to draw the eye to the windows I painted the window sashes in Latte by Sherwin Williams.

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Here is the before, after and after one more time.

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After second makeover

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This room is an ever evolving room! I am in the process of making over the pie safe and will share the post as soon as it is completed. Also on my to-do list is,

A tutorial on how to get great looking window treatments on the cheap
Hang new art work
Makeover the dining table
Add a few new accessories

I think this room is going to keep me busy for the rest of the summer!

I want to add another thought. Here I go on my over analytical thinking.  Hope it makes sense.

I don’t think the risks I am taking define me.  What I mean is that they are not who I am.  I am learning that if God asked me to give up my home and all the “risks” I get to take with it I will not loose my identity.  I will be ok and will still have worth!  Does that make sense?  I don’t want the risks I take (or the lack of risks I take) to be a response to fear I want them to be an overflow of the security I have in Jesus.  I want my answer to be yes when God calls me to take a risk no matter how scary it is.  My home and the way it looks is not who I am.  But I do think the risks I take are a reflection of what God is doing in my heart.  The longer I know God the more secure I become and the less afraid I am to step out in faith.

With love,
Lauren

Dining Room Redo Part 1

So the conversation went something like this….

Joel: I want to do something fun with you.
Me: Ok well if we do something outside it has to be in water or we need to find something to do indoors.
Joel: Want to redo the dining room?
Me: Ok! (not totally sure what he has in mind but TOTALLY pumped about the possibilities)

An hour later we found ourselves measuring the dining room, making a material list and heading to Lowes.  This is what I love about our relationship, we know what we enjoy and we have fun together.  I would follow Joel into any adventure!  Yet, I don’t consider myself very spontaneous, Joel would argue I am the very opposite of spontaneous.  I don’t like it when plans change actually I get really frustrated when plans change.  I set my course then I don’t deviate except when it comes to any project on the house especially when he suggests it as a form of entertainment.  We do all of our projects on a very strict budget and often plan months in advance before we take one on.  We have done all of our remodeling with cash except when we had central ac and heat installed.  So you can only imagine my excitement when Joel said I think we can find some room in our budget to work on the dining room.

Joel has been wanting to put up board and batten paneling somewhere in our house and the dining room seemed like the perfect place for it. The space that we now call our dining room was originally a sleeping porch and was later closed in and used as a master bedroom.  We converted it to a dining room because you have to walk through the space to get to the second bedroom.  This room was one of the things that made me fall in love with the house before we bought it.  I loved the wall of windows across the back and how the natural light beamed in.

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We started our interior remodeling journey over three years ago, in the dining room.  This was the first time I experienced demo, putting up drywall, putting up crown moulding, using a miter saw, drill and nail gun and a whole slew of other DIY firsts.  I loved the finished space.  It was exactly what I had envisioned.

Here it is after we remodeled it.

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After our trip to Lowes we ran into the storm of the year! We pulled into a gas station in a weak attempt to save our cheap plywood! You should have seen us once we got home, running eight foot sheets of plywood across our front yard and into our front door. HILARIOUS!

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We started by setting up shop in our laundry room.  We have an awesomely-big, disgustingly-dingy laundry room that serves as a workshop during projects.

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Then we adhered plywood to the wall using adhesive and a nail gun.  The room looked awful with the pinky/peach plywood.

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Eliza got her first lesson in how to use the nail gun.

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Once the plywood was up we put up the batten pieces.

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Once those pieces were up we primed it all.

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It took us a week and a day to complete our little Sunday afternoon project.  I have to say I am pretty impressed with our speediness especially with a 6 month old that is teething and wants to be held constantly.

Stay tuned for the finished space. It is quite the transformation!!!

With love,
Lauren

Furniture… My Canvas Of Choice

I would like to say hi to all my new subscribers!  Welcome to The Rescued Home.  Hope you enjoy following along as we continue in our DIY adventure.

I’m sitting on my couch, eating hummus (which is amazing because I never thought I would touch the stuff again after my first trimester), baby is sleeping, a storm is rolling in… life is good.  I have been meaning to write this post for almost two weeks now! It seems once house work is done, family is tended to and I am able to get in some down time I just don’t have space in my life to sit at the computer for an extended amount of time.  I’m sure many of you can relate.  So here I am with a window of time to write and I’m taking it, the laundry can wait!

Furniture is my canvas of choice!  Ever since I was a little girl I loved to take an old piece of unwanted furniture and transform it into something beautiful.   My mom taught me how to have a steady hand and I actually love painting.  I wouldn’t consider myself an artist when it comes to painting.  Don’t give me an actual canvas and ask me to paint anything more advanced than what a five-year old could paint but give me an old dresser and voila I feel like Michelangelo!

I had a friend contact me about refinishing her daughter’s dresser.  I accepted the job on the terms that I couldn’t promise a quick turn around.  Before Eliza I knew how long it would take to refinish a piece but after baby I had no idea.  Surprisingly, I was able to finish it in a reasonable amount of time.  The process looked different, I would paint for about 30 minutes then stop to feed Eliza, then paint for another 30 and stop to put her down for a nap, then paint for 2 hours then stop to play with her, you get the picture.  Where I used to just plow through a project I have now learned to work quickly when time allows.  Much like this blog post, my fingers are moving much faster with anticipation that I will hear a little squeal come from the other room telling my time alone is up!

Here is the dresser before.

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Here is the inspiration picture.

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Here is the finished dresser.

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And it looks like my time is up!

Stay tuned for my next post.  We started a new project in the dining room and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

With love,
Lauren

Aging Terra Cotta Pots Tutorial

Hi everyone hope your week is off to a good start. I wanted to share this tutorial I wrote a while back. It was highlighted at gardenista.com and seems to be pretty popular so I wanted to share it with all my faithful readers! Hope you enjoy and thank you for following The Rescued Home.

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I have been wanting to plant some herbs for a while.  I know Spring has passed and we are well into Summer but I have come to discover when remodeling a house along with trying to live a normal life things like planting herbs in Spring has to wait until Summer.  And I am ok with being one season behind! I will probably get my 4th of July decorations up in time for labor day:) So I was hanging out at a garden center with my so-very-awesome sister-in-law, Allie, the other day and I decided I would buy some herbs.  This led to me  having to buy more potting soil and pots. I love the look of herbs in a kitchen windowsill and I have an awesome one above my sink.


I went to Lowes, Wal-Mart and some local garden shops and found the cheapest terra cotta pots were at Wal-Mart.  I probably spent the money I saved from…

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