Rad Bedroom Re-Do on a Budget, Getting Started-Part One

How To Get Started

In my case getting started was easy because the room that was being re-done is my teenage daughter’s room and well, she knew what she wanted to do already. She wants to go from what she currently has, seen throughout the pictures to a Chanel themed room. So what I am saying is that it is important that you first pick a theme or a color pallet to work with first before you get started re-doing anything.

Now What Do I Do Now That I Have My Theme

r01Chanel is very upscale and glamorous. They also use black, white coloring as well as stripes to pull the Chanel  theme together. I needed to take a complete inventory of what items I had on hand that could be used. I will save a lot of money by re-using materials I already own.r06 I also suggest making a list of items that need to get done to make your vision a reality.r04

My To Do List

r06I need to decide whether or not to re-use the furniture she already owns. Since I am on a budget the answer was definitely ,yes I will re-use her current furniture. I had to think about art for the walls as well as colors to use on what items. I highly suggest you go to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, Savers or any other resale shop near your house to start getting creative. Look outside the box. Look at items in a new way. Ask yourself, “Can that be painted.” Is there another intended purpose I can use this item for? BE CREATIVE! It’s your chance to be cheap, creative and think outside the box. You will be so pleased with your outcome.r10

Use of Space

r13This needs to definitely be mentioned. How is your space being used currently and can it be re-arranged to suit your purposes more efficiently?  Can it suit your needs differently? In my case I moved the bed to the opposite wall of the room and it changed the entire dynamics of the bedroom.r16

Projects

r17Once you have an idea of your theme and the items you have and need to purchase, you can go ahead and lay out the projects that need to be completed to finish out your space. In my space, for example my project list would look like this:

Find oops paint in a lavender grey to paint the walls and paint the walls.

Look for black and white bedding for a designer look (Done)

Paint boxes bought at Goodwill in black, white and striped black and white

Paint the inside of letter J light up black

Print out famous quotes by Coco Chanel, then take them to Kinko’s to be sized for picture frame collage

Paint large mirror we already own either white or black or white with a black wax overlay

I think you get the gist of what I am talking about. Because I am re-shaping this room on a very tight budget I am also painting the furniture with oops cabinet paint I found in black. Don’t get discouraged. Rome was not built in a day and your room transformation will take time. You are saving yourself a ton of money. Remember that as well as the results will be fantastic if  you take your time.

r13So far in my teen bedroom makeover, I have rearranged some of the furniture. More will be rearranged as it is transformed into another color. I picked out the bedding for the re-do and I have laid out my up coming projects. This room will take a while to complete but I can’t wait for the finished reveal.

Stay with me each week as we get farther along in the room re-decorating process.

r17FYI, painting the walls this weekend is my first major undertaking in the transformation.

I can’t wait to hear and see what room y’all are going to re-do on a budget.

P.S. This room is very large and I tried to get picture’s from many angle’s.

Keep Your Leather Handbags Looking New and How To Clean Them Correctly

pur27The following information is from Cosmopolitan magazine, but the how to clean your leather and keep it looking shiny new is purely my content and ideas.

When you’ve invested a lot of money in a handbag, making sure it’s a forever item is a must. But taking care of leather goods can be tricky – and when it’s an item you seriously care about, so much more is a stake.

The place to start, says Jordan Smith of the Handbag Clinic, is with prevention. “Always protect your bag with a reputable protection cream/treatment. This should be done from day one and applied at least once every two to three months.”

“Proper protection can prevent staining, grease penetration and can prevent all manner of issues later on.”pur01

“As well as protecting, regular cleaning, even if it is just a quick wipe-down, is a must. For a quick wipe-down, a damp cloth is enough, but typically bags will need a more thorough clean by a professional or using specialist cleaning products every 2-3 months to keep them in top condition.”

I suggest keeping your bag covered either with the dust cover that came with the bag or with an old pillow case. This will keep your bag dust free while not in use.

To maintain the shape of the bag, keep your handbag stuffed with butcher block paper or white rags. This will definitely help keep your bag’s shape while in closet storage.pur05

I personally own about 75 to 100 designer bags. Yes, I have a handbag fetish, but I also maintain three websites that I resell gently used designer bags on. I feel this is why I am an expert in keeping  bags looking their best,  because best is what I strive for. In the process of striving for the best cleaning process, I’ve tried them all. At least it seems like I have tried them all.

How To Clean Your Leather Handbag

Always go with the grain of the leather while cleaning or applying product.pur11

I like to use Castile soap with any mild scent and distilled water. I mix 1 to 2Tbs. soap with one bottle or 16.9 FL OZ of the distilled water. Mix until you have slight bubbles. I also have a couple of rags and an old toothbrush on hand as well. Dip the edge of one of the rags is the soapy water and wring out the rag so it’s basically damp. Start wiping down the handbag.pur12 If there is a stubborn stain or dirty area use your toothbrush to gently rub the spot. Gently rub spot with your rag or toothbrush until the spot comes clean.pur14

pur13Warning

While cleaning leather is not rocket science, common sense is necessary. If your stain is ink,  the above process will not work no matter how hard you scrub. You will just ruin your bag. I am strictly talking about dirt stains now in the above paragraph. Different stains aside from general dirt have different processes. Please use your common sense.

pur24I’ll tell you however my favorite leather cleaning product for any stain is Lincoln E-Z cleaner. It safely cleans suede, leather, buck, vinyl, nylon, linen, canvas, satin and nu-buck. This product is truly my go to stain remover for leather stains of all sorts. Follow bottle directions. It can be purchased at your local cobbler or on line. Aside from this cleaner, I wouldn’t use anything else to clean a stain until a professional has been consulted.

Back To Cleaning

After the handbag has had a good wipe down with the soap and water, it is time to let it dry. After the handbag has fully dried and is clean I like to add polish.pur16 I use Meltonian boot and shoe cream polish. It is a leather polish and safe to use on bags. I use a dabber to apply the polish to the handbag. I use the same color polish of the handbag. I will mix colors if I need to,to get a color I don’t have but can make.pur19 Otherwise I order the appropriate color before I start the cleaning process.

I wait until the polish has completely dried and then I will use a horsehair brush to polish the cream polish to a dull shine.pur22 At this point you can then use a clean rag after the horsehair brush and bring the leather to a brilliant shine with a little elbow grease. I prefer to use a leather shiner and conditioner. In this case I am using Kiwi shine sponge to easily bring it to a brilliant shine.pur26 After applying the Kiwi shine sponge your cleaning has been completed.

After Thoughts

pur18Just to be clear there are many ways to clean leather handbags. I also often use leather cleaning product made for this purpose.pur25 I like Force Field leather cleaner and conditioner and Armour All leather care gel. Leather cleaner’s tend to cost a lot of money so my post was about saving you money by cleaning your hand bags with products you might have around the house. Baby shampoo can be substituted for Castile soap.

Look at this hand bag shine!pur27

Don’t Forget The Cleaning of The Inside of Your Bag

Turn your bag upside down after you have emptied it and shake all the crumbs and whatnot’s into the garbage can.pur29 Make sure the inside is completely cleaned out. Pull the inside lining out of the bag. For this spot cleaning I used the Lincoln E-Z cleaner to show you how versatile this spot cleaner is. Apply a little cleaner onto a rag. A white rag would be best. Then gently rub the spots away and let the area dry.pur30

Ta Da. A great looking hand bag inside and out!

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Easy On The Go Muffin Omelets

0019This morning I made great tasting omelets. There  were six, three or four bite omelets that are also easy to take on the go. These easy to make delicious omelets can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for an on the go meal or a hot sit down nosh.
I’ve laid out all the ingredients that I used,  but truth is that any filling can be used. You can literally use any combination of foods that you would normally put in an omelet. I used crumbled bacon, cut up onion and green pepper, and small ground black olives.
o01The fillings should be prepared before you start to assemble the actual muffin omelets. I fried up some bacon and then cut it up. I also cut a little onion and green pepper. I finished off my fillings with tiny pieces of black olives. These were all mixed together in a small bowl as you can see in the picture.
I sprayed the muffin tin with non stick cooking spray. This recipe makes six sized muffin spaces so it needs to be doubled if you are going to make en entire muffin sheet at a time. I highly suggest you do that instead of making six, which is what the recipe calls for. These little muffin omelets will go pretty quick. I guarantee it.
After the tin of muffins is sprayed take your mixed fillings and place a little bit on the bottom of each muffin tin.005 Next sprinkle cheese of any type on top. I used a sprinkle of a Mexican mix and a Mexican crumble cheese to put on top of the fillins’. 006It’s now time to make the egg mixture. I use 4 eggs for 6 muffin tins and 8 eggs for 12 muffin tins. I mix 1/2tsp. of oil for 6 muffin tins and 1tsp. for 12 tins. You get the picture. I am doubling the ingredients if I double how many tins I use. I also add 1/4C. of milk to 4 eggs  or 1/2C. to 8 eggs. The last ingredient I add to the eggs is baking powder. 1/2tsp. to 4 eggs or 1tsp. to 8 eggs.0012 Mix all the ingredients into the eggs and use a fork to mix all the ingredients with the eggs using a fork or whisk. After the eggs are mixed together well, it’s time to pour it over the fillins’ and cheese mixture that is already in the muffin tins.0013
Now I put the muffin tins with the fillings, cheese and egg mixture into the oven. Pre- heat the oven to 375 degrees.0014 After the oven is heated up. Stick the muffin tins into the oven. 0015Cook in the 375 degree oven for 20 to 25 min. I cooked mine for 22 min. They came out cooked and golden brown on top.

 

I served mine with ketchup and sour cream. They are delicious plain with nothing extra added, also.0017

 

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Eat up. Yum!

How To Organize A Dresser Drawer The Creative Way To Save Space

pj05This can take a long time if you try to clean out and reorganize every drawer you have in one sitting, however if you do a few drawers at a time like I have been doing, you can finish a drawer in 10 to 15 min max. The picture above is the wonderful organized,(you can see everything picture.)
As you can see from my before pictures, or maybe not,  I used to roll my clothing and put them in the drawer all rolled up. It seemed  though that this was not the most effective way to keep the clothes sorted or organized.pj01 I have to admit that I tried the whole roll the clothing thing in the first place because it was  what was suggested  you do if you are packing a suitcase. I thought, “if they get twice as much in a suitcase then I should get twice as much in my dresser drawer’s.” Well, boy was I wrong. The only thing that was happening was that I was forgetting what I owned because I couldn’t see the bottom layer of rolled clothing.
As you can see by what was pulled out of my drawer that it was so tight a fit that the bottom drawer opened when I opened the drawer above it.pj02 Whew, were those drawers stuffed beyond belief. I knew what I needed to do. Reorganize back to my old system.
My old system and now my new system,  consists of folding the clothing in a flat manner then stacking the piles of clothing. After you have a pile stacked about the depth of your drawer, carefully pick up the pile and lay it down in the drawer. The stacks should resemble Pringle’s in the container. You can easily see all the items you own and easily take out and even put back the items just as easily. You can see how nice and flat I was able to fold the shirt and pants together.pj07

pj04This is a picture of all the clothing ( Pajamas to be exact,) that came out of the drawer and the first and last picture’s are what the drawer’s look like now.pj05 Nice and neatly folded,  where I can find what I want, when I want it. Not only that I can actually open and close my drawer’s now with ease.

I do have to admit that I did thin out my pajamas a bit before I put them back in the drawer. I organized 2 drawer’s today. I have to pat myself on the back because I am now one step closer to organizing my house!

Sure Fire Way To Get Wax Out of Carpet

wax07Very recently my daughter picked up one of those round candles you burn in a container for fragrance and while it was still cooling  turned it on it’s side and wax spilled all over my new carpet.
She is 18 and very curious about everything and is constantly touching everything. I am sure you know the type of person I am talking about. Well, in this case her curiosity meant wax on my new carpet.wax00
I read somewhere that if you freeze wax, it will pop right off the carpet. Guess what not true. All that did was make the wax wet and a little hardened.wax04wax05
I was beside myself until I remembered that all I  needed was two household items to get the wax completely out of my carpet and return it to new. An iron and some paper towels. Could it really be this easy? I had nothing to loose as the wax already was ruining the carpet so I dove right in.wax06
I started by heating up the iron to the highest setting. I lay the paper toweling down over the wax and using circular motions ironed over the paper towel.wax09 Be very careful not to leave the iron in one place. Make sure the iron is constantly on the move and on the paper towel. At some points I just used the tip of the iron.wax06
It worked! Every piece of the wax on the carpet came up on the paper towel. I had brand new wax free carpet!