Ideas For Thanksgiving Place Holders

Make Your Own Thanksgiving Place Holders

There are SO many cute ideas on the web! I found a zillion, and I wanted to share a few with you. Place holders are a great way to organize your Thanksgiving Day table.  There are no guesses as to where people will sit. Bringing family together can sometimes have some of it’s own rewards and issues with it.  There are times that it’s just much easier to figure out ahead of time where people should sit.

thanksgiving place holders

Martha Stewart 

martha stewart place card

What a simple neat idea this is. You really could use any kind of fruit for something like this.  Or a little pumpkin! I saw the same idea with a pear too, while I was looking for neat ideas to show you.

thanksgiving place cardReal Simple

thanksgiving place holders

Martha Stewart

thanksgiving place holder

Martha Stewart

thanksgiving place holder


thanksgiving place holders


I have several more ideas on my pinterest board. There are so many cute ideas that I couldn’t possibly list them all here. The beauty of pinterest is that we can pin them there and save them!  People can be so creative! Most of these you will need to be sure you plan ahead for. Know which guests are coming so that you can be prepared.

thanksgiving place holders

Sandy’s Thanksgiving Pinterest Board

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Decorating Dining Room

June 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Decorating, Dining room, DIY

My Dining Room Reveal!

The decorating of my dining room took a little longer than I planned, but it is finished. (Well… ok, almost finished. I still have to finish the chairs. They will be black)  It also inspired my new blog design … you’ll see!

Let’s go over the “before” pictures.  By the way… your input really helped me.


dining room

I was told to move the corner china cabinet either out of the room (not an option) or into the corner in front to the left (that is where it went, so you won’t see it in the after pictures, but it is there)

I was told to move the pie safe out.  I did that.
I was told to move the old lady flower swag out from over my window.. I threw it away. (It was falling apart when I took it down)
I was told to refinish the dining room table. I did that.

I’m going to show you a few things first (I love to tease)

I painted.  Periwinkle.  Actually it is from Glidden (although I had them match it with Behr paint) called Fresh Hyacinth (it is in the blue palette)

periwinkle dining room

I did an extreme chandelier makeover


I redid the dining room table

refinished dining room table

I refinished the Ikea Hemnes sofa Table

ikea hemnes sofa table

Refinished the  mirror and added some curtains.

dining room mirror


I added a little fun


Some plates

plates on wall

And some more fun…


So are you ready?  Can you picture it yet?

Ok.. again..


dining room before



periwinkle dining room

Don’t forget.. the chairs will be all black soon.

Here are a couple other shots

refinished dining room

And the other side

dining room wall

So let me take you on a little tour around the room.
ikea hemnes table

The little white lamp is a for a candle. I found it at Old Time Pottery. The black one is the one from our farm that I painted black. The shade was already black. But we tried two different bulbs in it and it blew them both, so we won’t be plugging it in.  I found the table runner at Hobby Lobby.

dining room

This plate server came from Hobby Lobby and the two plates came from Old Time Pottery. It has already come in handy for my son’s graduation party.

plate server

This wire bowl I found at the Salvation Army store for .99. I figured I would find something to put in it.  When I was at Michael’s I saw this lemon display that looked so real. I thought it would work great. They tend to look at little orange in the picture, but in real life they look really real.

lemons in a bowl

Remember those four little mirrors that I got from Ikea? I painted the two of the white and then I thought they needed a little bling. So I found the stickers at Hobby Lobby to put on them.

decorating the dining room

I haven’t put anything in the baskets yet. I’d like to figure out a liner for them first.  But I did find a couple other things that worked well for the little slots above the baskets.

sofa table

I found this at Hobby Lobby and it worked so well with the runner that I had to get it.


I got this wire basket at Old Time Pottery . I was looking for something to put napkins in.

napkin basket

Here is my other fun fine for only .90 at Old Time Pottery. It matched the look of the one I got at Hobby Lobby. I don’t don’t think we will put our silverware in it. I might get an extra set for it, or put the serving utensils. But it even had the same white stitching on the outside of it.

silverware tray

On the wall above it we have the mirror that I refinished.

dining room wall

Thankfully someone told me that the wall sconces went the direction I have them. Remember this? That is how I thought it went. Funny thing is when I was ready to hang them, my husband kept telling me that I was putting them upside down.  LOL (yes, I did admit to him that I had first thought they went that way too.)

I found this cute “We” decoration at Hobby Lobby.

We are blessed

I also found the cute candle holder with the bling at Hobby Lobby.  I showed you the “laugh” mirror above, that is what is right behind this candle holder.

candle holder

Here are the other two mirrors.

mirror I found these stickers at Hobby Lobby.

family mirror

I love our letter “J”.  It was gold, but I painted it the Dover white also.

letter J

Here is my plate wall.  I found all the plates at Old Time Pottery. If I had more time (once I decided I was going to do a plate wall) I would have hit some garage sales etc.  But I didn’t pay more than $2 for any of the plates.

plate wall I was pleased how it looked.  The kids and my husband didn’t get it. “Are you going to write something on them?” “What else are you doing with them?”  and of course, “Why are you hanging plain plates on the wall?”  But they all admitted after the room was completed that they thought they looked good.

Here is my china cabinet hiding in the other corner. My sister said she would have painted it too.. but I just couldn’t bring myself to do that. I was so excited when I found this china cabinet (many years ago now). I looked all over for one and finally found it in an Amish store. I don’t mind that it is still brown, you don’t really see it when you first walk in anyway.

dining room

I took a dry erase board and used chalkboard paint on it, to create this.  I then saw the saying (which I changed up quite a bit). My artistic ability isn’t the greatest. My son thought it looked like hair coming out of the coffee cup. I said… “No, it is whip cream and I added some brown to make it look like chocolate.”  After I took this picture I added a lot more white and it does look a bit better now.  I used the chalkboard markers to write on this.


I saw this plate at Hobby Lobby and passed it by on several trips. But when it was 50% off and only $5, I couldn’t resist it any longer.

initial plate

I’m down to one wall to go! lol

I found my curtains at JC Penney’s

white curtains

I purchased the black curtain rod and pull backs also. I didn’t have any curtains up before. I just had mini blinds (which I am going to replace as soon as I get some nicer wood ones – white of course).  The curtains are nice, they are lined and I love the look of the fabric with the room.

curtain pull back

The last thing is my “black wall”.

dining room decor

I told you in my sanding post I had that little chest of drawers that my mother loved.  I painted it black and used chalkboard paint on the front of the drawers. I used my chalkboard markers to write the numbers on the drawers.

little chest of drawersI found the trivets at Old Time Pottery. I had planned on using them actually, but I decided they looked much better on this wall.

trivets on wall

Thanks for visiting my new dining room!  What do you think?

Don’t forget you can link your decorating, organizing, DIY blog posts to my Organizing Mission Link party!

I’m linking this up to these lovely blogs!

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Tip Junkie – Tip Me Tuesday
A Bowl Full of Lemons – One Project at a Time
Thrifty Decor Chick – Before and After Party
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Handy Man, Crafty Woman – Wicked Awesome Wednesday
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Dining Room Decor

June 3, 2011 by  
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Refinishing Dining Room Accessories

We had this mirror up in the dining room. I wasn’t sure if I was going to use it or not. I knew I didn’t want to use it the way it was.


I purchased this from Old Time Pottery thinking I would use it.

dining room wall accessory

But I decided to refinish the mirror instead.

sanding the mirror

Taping it off isn’t as easy as it seems. The blue tape didn’t want to stick that great to the edge of the glass. The wind would blow and it would flip the paper up. lol


But I did get it taken care of.


I found this little lamp on my husband’s work bench. He brought it back from the farm, intending to get rid of it. I never thought I would have used it. It had a gold stem….

painted lamp

But after I finished with it, it looked like this.  I’m not going to show you the shade yet…. you’ll have to wait on that.

black lamp

I bought a light switch cover and decided to paint it too.

light switch cover

I found these cute little mirrors at the Ikea store when I was there. I bought two of them that were painted black and two that were not painted.

mirrors from Ikea

Of course I painted the unpainted ones… my Dover white.

primed mirror


painted mirror Then I spiced them up a bit.

I had this little chest of mini drawers that my mom gave me. She loved it.. so of course I love it even more because of that. You can also see the little lamp before it was painted too.

chest of drawers

chest of drawers

First comes the primer


Then I painted it.  There’s something a little special about this that I’ll share later.

chest of drawers


chest of drawer

There you have it!  You have a clue of some of the accessories I have in the dining room.  The finished dining room is coming up soon!!!






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Ikea Sofa Table

June 2, 2011 by  
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Refinishing a Sofa Table

I originally wanted the black/brown Ikea Hemnes sofa table. I traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio to the Ikea store there (two hour drive) and they were out of the black/brown. ugh.  I had my mind made up that I wanted that sofa table, so I decided to purchase the gray one and I would just paint it.

You can imagine my surprise when I opened the box (a few weeks later) and found it was white. It wouldn’t have been a problem other than the fact that the white cost $20 more. I can’t complain though, at Ikea you pick out the furniture yourself. I did have someone help me, but I didn’t check the box or the receipt.  My first thought was, even though I wanted this black, my dining room accent colors are black and white…. so maybe it will look fine the way it is.

Ikea sofa table

We moved it inside to where it would go, but I didn’t like it.  This is bright white, my Dover white is just a shade off bright… more of a light ivory.

I also decided it would be easier to paint it put together. Anyone recognize this photo from my Guessing Game Post?

Hermes table

If you have never purchased anything from Ikea that has to be put together, you are in for a surprise when you look at the directions.  No words…. only pictures.  Really!

ikea instructions In steps the handy son…

ikea table

ikea table

The reason I wanted it put together first was because if you are painting you are going to want the project off the floor a bit. Otherwise you will have one side always having to lay down on the ground etc.

I had decided that I was going to paint the top, sides and front. I was going to leave the inside of the cubbies white.

I sanded the areas I was going to paint. The sides did not sand very well. I don’t think they were wood at all. I think it was more of a melamine or something maybe.

Then I primed it … and then used the same high gloss black paint that I used on my dining room table.

high gloss black paint

I taped off the edges so that the white wouldn’t get blotches of black on it. This was the first coat.  I used three coats.

ikea table

Then I used the MinWax top coat that I used on the dining room table. I only used it on the top of the sofa table.


I used three coats of this protective coat, sanding in between coats as instructed.

The sides never did turn out great. The paint just didn’t cover well.. what ever that material.  But no one will really see the sides, so I didn’t stress.

ikea sofa tablePicture baskets in the bottom….. You’ll have to wait to see it in my finished dining room….. a few more days.

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Refinish Table

June 1, 2011 by  
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Refinishing The Dining Room Table


When I asked all of you what I should do to decorate my dining room, one of the things that I heard (and had been thinking about) was to refinish the dining room table.


My Inspiration Picture

I found an inspiration picture on Thrifty 101’s blog.  I loved how the black shiny table top looked. I had been wondering what it would look like to have the two tone with black on top and after seeing hers, I was sold! What was even nicer was that she had the whole tutorial on how she did it. I followed it step by step too!


Thrifty 101

I first sanded the whole thing. Correction – the kids sanded 90% of it. I just got the places that were missed. You can see more on my sanding adventures on my post from yesterday about the Skil sander.


Once it was sanded I made sure that I wiped off all the dust particles. Then I primed the whole table.


Then I started with the legs.  I used Dover white Krylon spray paint. (I have no idea why I didn’t get a picture of it… I have used it on anything “white” in my dining room.)

refinish table

It took several coats. I was having a difficult time because the weather was not cooperating.  It was very rainy and cold. So I was waiting for the proper weather.  But I figured it made much more sense to do the white legs (with spray paint) first… then then finish with the black.

Next step…. start painting the top of the table.  I made sure the legs were finished first.  I wanted a high gloss finish, so I made sure to pick out the high gloss. I also made sure it was water based paint, since it was our dining room table (a point that Michelle pointed out on her post)


The guy from Home Depot recommended using a sponge roller to put on the paint. He said it won’t give you the lines that paintbrushes do and will give a smoother look than a regular roller.

paintThe weather was being a little kinder, so it didn’t take me quite as long.  I put on three coats.

The next step was to apply the coat of Polycrylic coat.  I picked out the same thing that Michelle used (I told you I followed her directions! Why recreate the wheel?)


What I wasn’t real excited about with this step was that you have to sand inbetween coats.  I was scared to death to do that first sanding!  Of course it looked all scratched up and I wondered how the next coat would look clear and smooth. But it did.  The can recommended  three coats.

After the second coat…. I came out to find several little “star” shapes appear in the top coat. It was almost like a wind shield crack look.

dining room tableOf course I was kind of freaking out thinking the whole thing was going to be ruined. But I have no idea why it did this. It was still a little cooler that day (60’s) and had been rainy the night before. That is the only thing I can think of.  So…. I decided to sand a little deeper on those spots to see if they would go away.

You can imagine after the 3rd coat of top coat I was very scared to come out and see if it had happened again.  I was relieved to see it was ok. There is still one small place that you can see if you look for it. But not bad, and I don’t think anyone else will notice it.

So here it is…


I’ll give you a little sneak peak of it in the dining room.  But since I’m not revealing my dining room makeover for a few more days… you can’t see too much.

dining room table 2

dining room table

I am loving it.  The chairs have not been done yet. I am going to paint those all black.

Stay tuned for more dining room progress before the reveal.


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Chandelier Chain Cover Tutorial

May 27, 2011 by  
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Making a Chain Cover Without Sewing

I knew that I wanted to make a chain cover for my new chandelier makeover, but I didn’t know how to do it. One of my problems is that I don’t have a sewing machine anymore.

chandelierSo… what did I do?  Of course…. I went to the internet to look.  My search came up with “In My Own Style” blog. She had an entire tutorial step by step.

I first wrote down the supplies I was going to need and headed to the store.

I found the fabric I wanted (be careful if it frays easily. Mine really did and I did a lot of clipping of little threads)

What you will need:

1) Fabric – Measure the length of the cord to cover and double it.  (I needed 16″ total in length)  It needs to be 7″ wide.
2) Sticky sided velcro (make sure long enough to go the length of your cord)
3) Fabric glue
4) Needle & thread to match fabric (don’t worry, not much sewing)

Here is how I worked – I took my laptop upstairs to my room and followed what to do …step by step.


1) Heat up your iron
2) Iron your fabric
3) Turn the fabric in 1/4″ on all side. Press as you go.

iron fabric


Get your fabric glue (or you can use iron on fabric adhesive)  This was the only brand that Joann Fabric’s has.

unique stitch4) Then apply a thin coat in between the 1/4″ folded edge. Press lightly and let it dry for a few minutes.

fabric glue

Once it has dried…thread your needle (and use a needle threader if you are as blind as I’ve become for close up work)


5) Make a single stitch the length of the fabric – down each side. This will be going over the 1/4 ” fold. Only use a single thread (don’t double your thread). Knot the starting side.

I kept my stitches about this same size. If you look back behind the needle you can see a couple of the stitches. This worked fine. It is ok to go smaller, but remember you are going to be using this thread to do your gathering. If you want your gathering a little smaller looking, then it might not be a bad idea to make your stitches smaller.

Knot the end side also.

6) Mark the length that you need your chain cover to be.  I laid the tape measure out on my table so I had a guide. I don’t have a fabric board that has nice measurements already on it. (Wish I did for something like this)

chandelier chain cover

7) Take the thread and on one end gently pull it (gathering fabric as you do).  I did a little on one side, then went to the other side. I didn’t want to have one side all gathered up and have them be really uneven.

8) Pull equally on both sides until the fabric measures the length you need.

I held mine up to make sure it looks like it will fit.

chandelier chain cover

I did not get a picture of applying the velcro. I needed all my hands.

Get your Velcro ready to be used.


9) Apply the sticky Velcro carefully along the edges of the fabric right over top the gathers.  I’m going to use one of Diane’s photos from In My Own Style. It helped me to understand that the velcro really would stick to the gathered edges.

In my own styel

Pay attention to what side you are sticking the Velcro to. One has to go on the finished side and one has to go on the unfinished side.  I just rolled the fabric so that it would be right side out and pretended to wrap it around my chain. You can easily tell which side to stick the velcro on when you do this.

10) Clip any loose threads or frays you might still have. Attach the chain cover to the chandelier and position it to best cover the entire chain.

chandelier chain cover

I love how this turned out!

chandelier chain cover

I didn’t have to worry about waiting to get my chandelier back up on the ceiling (once it’s makeover was complete) because I didn’t have my chain cover finished.  Dave hung it back up and I finally got a chance to get to the chain cover yesterday.

It’s especially good if you aren’t making over your entire chandelier, you might just want to make the chain cover.

No sewing machine.. so easy. Just follow the steps. Thanks so much Diane for showing me how to do this!!  I was thinking I was going to have to pay someone to make this for me. Ugh… that would have been dumb.





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Chandelier Makeover

May 26, 2011 by  
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DIY Brass Chandelier Remodel

Deciding to makeover my chandelier was made much easier when I started seeing several bloggers that had made theirs over. I really hadn’t thought about doing anything with it until I saw what I could do with it!

brass chandelierLovely isn’t it? We used a twist tie to hold it up high enough. lol

brass chandelier

I’ll take you through the steps that I used to finish it. Dave first took it down from the ceiling for me. I left the white plastic tubes on.


I primed it using Valspar white prime.

chandelierI found that it was hard to get all the edges and of course it has to lean on some part of it, then that paint gets messed up. So I hung it up from the garage door opener.

priming chandelier

I used Dover White Kryon spray paint. I found it at JoAnn’s and Michael’s stores.

Next step was to get the medallion.  I thought they were plaster. I was shocked to learn they are plastic and very light weight. I primed it and also painted it with the Dover White spray paint.


I headed to Hobby Lobby and found the crystal beads. I have never done any beading, but I did get one of those bead trays. It really did make it easier.This is what I used for the long string of beads.


I got the crystal beads so they would sparkle more.

crystal beadsI had Dave drill holes into the edge of the trays.

beading the chandelierHere is the other trays (I have no idea what the real name is for this part of the chandelier.You can see how I used one of the small beads at the top. I used fishing line (I know there is some kind of bead wire, but I didn’t have it and actually the fishing line worked great) and would go through the bead several times to hold it in place.


Does this look familiar? You can see it if you go to my “Guessing Game” post.


I wanted to make a chain cover, but wasn’t sure how. So… I googled it. I found a tutorial on how to make on. (I’m going to show you how I made the chain cover in a post tomorrow.

But here is how it looks

chandelier chain coverSo are you ready to see the finished chandelier?


LOL…. I’m getting closer!  But wait!  Let’s see another picture of the “Before” chandelier first.


And now…..  AFTER!

chandelier makeoverLet’s see some more pictures

chandelier makeover

I know the bulbs look purple don’t they?  They are actually a clear bulb. I was trying to find a clear light color so that the room took more of the periwinkle paint color rather than making it look too purple.

chandelier makeoverHere is the bottom beading that I did.

beadingHere it is lit up.


I am really pleased with how it came out.

chandelier makeover


chandelier makeover

What do you think?

Don’t forget to link up your DIY or organizing posts to my Organizing Mission Link Party. It will be open until Saturday night.

I’m linking this post up to these lovely blog parties!

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Paintstick Review

April 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Decorating, Dining room, DIY, Reviews & Giveaways

HomeRight EZ-Twist Paintstick

I was very excited to review this EZ-Twist Paintstick by Homeright.  I have several areas I am going to be painting in my house.  I was starting with my dining room.

dining room

I was being daring with colors. I remember a friend who had a room that was periwinkle and I loved it.  Trying to find the right color was the hard part. Bright enough, and that combination of blue and purple that isn’t too strong one way or the other. I ended up going with the color on the left.  The lighting really effects it.

paint samplesI watched the videos that I was sent of the paintstick being used and I was psyched! This looked awesome! It was so easy and fast!

When the box came from HomeRight I had a few other things to review also!  There was a Quick Painter and Quick Mask and a Paint Sprayer (which is not part of the package being given away today –  I will review later once we can try it)


The Quick mask is a combo tape and drop cloth for edging.

Quick mask

It is set up like a roll of packing tape with a sharp edge to cut.

Quick mask

This was nice. You can tape along the edge and then pull out the drop cloth. It isn’t a full room drop cloth.. just edging.  You just have to be careful that you don’t pull it on the sharp edge side.. (just sayin’.. not that I might have done it or anything, but if you were to do that I bet you would tear the drop cloth.  LOL)

Quick mask

I also used it on the edge of the windows.

quick mask

It worked well although I had to be careful around the corners. It didn’t always stick as well there and I had to fix it on most corners before I painted them.  But I don’t know that it was much different than most other tapes I’ve used in the corners.  I would use it again.  It was nice to have the drop cloth along the edges.

They also included the Quick Painter.  I have used a tool similar (the red handle one) and really liked it.  But this had a tube to load, so it seemed really convenient.  There was not a roller edge, so it didn’t work for the ceiling edges, but it was nice especially around the window edges.

quick painter

There was no problem loading it up.Just fill it up like a squirt gun.

quick edge

Once the paint was loaded it was very easy to manage.

quick painter

I did learn that you have to be careful when you push the little pump handle to get the paint flowing.  I first tried it when the brush was not on the wall and it came flying out.  Thank goodness for my Quick mask drop cloth! Really!!   The trigger seemed a little touchy.  Not hard enough and I had to paint over things a couple of times because I wasn’t getting enough paint. Just a little too hard and I had too much with several big drips down my drop cloth to prove it.

But when I had the right amount, it worked great.  I think it just takes a little getting used to the “feel” of the trigger for it to be a fantastic tool.

Now for the EZ-Twist Paintstick!  Please be sure to watch the whole thing through. I did have some trouble with it… but for my husband it worked with ease.

I also think a big factor may have been that the paint I used was very thick. I got the Behr ultra paint with primer all in one. I think next time I will use a thinner paint and I bet I would have better results.

behr ultra paintI want to point out that the splash guard around the roller is very nice. You don’t get the splatters that you get with a traditional roller. If you noticed, my husband walked in wearing his coat and didn’t take it off while he tried the paintstick. He didn’t have any paint on him.

The paint in the handle goes pretty far.  That was one of the things I wanted to see.  How far one “handles worth” goes. It holds 18 oz of paint and will paint a 8’x8′ wall according to HomeRight.  I do agree that it did seem to go a long way on the 2nd coat.

You don’t have any paint trays to worry about sitting around which is really nice.

I would advise you to follow the directions and white down the roller first and let it dry. There is a bit of lint on it if you don’t, but it is explained in the directions that wetting it down first and letting it dry will help solve this issue.

I can recommend this after watching my husband use it.  I think there is a bit of a learning curve, and I would advise you not to use a really thick paint with it.  I think that was the main problem for me.

You might want to go to the HomeRight FB page. There are many people who have taken their EZ-Twist paint challenge and did not have the difficulties I did. I just watched some more myself and keep wondering why I had such troubles.

To Enter to Win one of TEN Ultimate Home Painting Kits!

These kits will include the EZ-Twist Paintstick, the Quick Painter and the Quick Mask like I showed you above.

Tell me: Why you need painting done around your house? **Be sure to come back here and leave me your answer in your comment. Your e-mail has to either in your comment or on your profile.


**Each of these HAS to have a separate comment to win. The winner is picked using It just goes the number of comments….not by what you say.

1) Post a picture of the room you would like to paint on my FB page saying “This it the room I want to paint with the EZ-Twist Paintstick.”  (5 chances to win, be sure to leave the link and make 5 separate comments below)

2) Subscribe to my Organize with Sandy blog This is for 1 chance to win!

3) Follow me on Twitter @OrganizerSandy (Leave me your twitter name) 1 chance

4) Stumble one of my posts for 5 extra chances to win. (tell me which post. Post 5 comment entries)

5) Tweet this out up to 3 times a day. You can use the tweet button at the top to make it easy.  ( Pls leave your url link) 1 chance for each tweet.

See lots of way to enter!!

This contest will run until 11:59pm est on Thursday , May 12, 2011 **THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED**

Any comment that comes in after the above time will be deleted. This is open to US mailing addresses only. One person per mailing address only. Winner will be chosen by

If you are chosen as one of the 10 winners, I will ask you if you would mind if the rep from HomeRight contacted you. They would love it if you wanted to post a video for their FB page on your experience. But this will not be a requirement and I would not release your information without your permission.

You will have 48 hours to reply to my e-mail if you are picked as the winner, or else I will go on to the next winning number.

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Dining Room Decorating

April 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Decorating, Dining room

I Need More Help From You

Most of you know I’m not a decorating diva.  My idea of decorating is organizing. lol So, I once again need your help.

You all helped me with ideas for the dining room. Here is a before picture to refresh you.

dining room before

Here is the advice that I got from you that I took:

1) Remove the old lady swag above the window – Done
2) Move the craft cart (you can’t see, but on little wall by this end of the wall.) out.  – Done
3) Move the china cabinet to the corner where the craft cart was. – Done
4) Move the pie safe out – Done
5) Paint the table and chairs so the chairs all match – Going to do.

I painted the room a periwinkle color. I know that many of you think I’m a bit crazy for that move. But I have seen a room that inspired me and I’m going with it.

My plan so far:

1) Paint the top of the table and the seat of the chairs black.
2) Paint the legs of the table (or leave them alone) and backs of all chairs cream
3) Use a combination of black and cream decorations on the walls
4) refinish the chandelier cream, with crystals a cord cover. Here is my inspiration picture for that.

I can’t remember where I found this picture, I didn’t label it like I normally do.  I know it was on a blog and I have searched for it, if anyone knows who’s it is, please let me know so I can give them proper credit.

First question:  Should I use a medallion on the ceiling?  I was going to and I was going to paint it periwinkle, but my sister told me not to paint it.. it wouldn’t look good (and she is a great decorator). But I do like the looks of this one that is the white color. Do you think I should have it and leave it white or cream?  (my ceiling is white)

This is what the room looks like now after painting and before decorating

periwinkle dining room

I bought my Hemnes sofa table at Ikea last weekend.  But…. they didn’t have the black brown color.  They didn’t know when it was coming in, so I purchased the gray color (which I don’t like) and I’m going to paint it black to match the table.  I am going to put this on the far wall, underneath the metal sculpture that is on the wall.  I plan to have an arrangement of things including the metal piece on the wall above it.  hemnes sofa table gray-brownHere are the items I have gathered and want advice on how to use.   The black/brown metal swirl wall decor is just hanging on a big screw that was already there.
dining room decorating items

I was thinking of painting the metal sculpture cream color. Do you like it? Should I use it?

metal sculpture

This is the  basket (I got four of them)  I got to go in the Hemnes table. You can see more of how they look and what the table will look like on my Saturday Shopping post I did on the Ikea table here… when I first saw this table and had no idea how I could use it in my house.

basket from IkeaSee the little lamp?  It is a candle holder. I found it at Old Time Pottery. I thought it was so cute and would bring the crystals from the chandelier (once I do it) together.  It will sit on the Hemnes table.
candle holder from Old Time Pottery

Here are some of the other things I got that I liked.

The black long picture frame has eight places for pictures. I am going to put a picture of each of our kids in there.  Not sure where to hang that yet. I could go above the window or a doorway if I wanted to. Or… it could go long ways top to bottom on a wall.

picture frame
The small wooden mirrors I found at Ikea for just a couple dollars each.  I thought I’d leave the two black and paint the other two cream.  I thought they would somehow work in the wall arrangement on the big wall.


I also have this mirror.  I am not sure if I am going to use it in this room or not.  I also have considered painting it, although I am thinking this one came from my husband’s side.. and he isn’t a fan of covering up nice wood.

What do you think I should do?
wooden mirrorHere is a better picture of the top of it.  I’m kind of thinking it would look good cream color.

wooden mirror

I saw these two black metal shelves at Old Time Pottery and liked them. One is slightly larger than the other. I thought I could leave them the black or paint them. I thought they might work well on one of the smaller side walls. Suggestions? Do you like them? Should they go on a wall by themselves, or should I use them in the main wall decorating arrangement?

metal shelves

It might be easier to see what they look like from this picture:

metal decorator shelf

I also thought I would hang the chore board / schedule board in here for the kids. I painted this frame the cream color to use in here.

communication board

I was thinking it could go on this smaller wall to the right.

dining room The short wall that is next to the kitchen. The wall is larger than it appears in this picture. It is about 36″ across.

Here are the other walls that I need to decorate.  The wall to the left of the main wall, by the window.

dining room decorate

I am planning on cream drapes of some sort, so some of that wall will have cream on it.

Here is my corner china cabinet.  The front door and hallway are to the right of this. The kitchen is to the left.

china cabinet

I also have the wall to the left of the window.

dining room decorate

I am also thinking of getting the initial “J” and painting it cream to use in the main wall arrangement. I like how those look.
Although I like a lot of the decorating ideas that I see with the chalkboard, cream etc… in them – most of them are the older antique look. The wore edges, older decor, shabby chic I think.  I don’t like the antique look. I don’t want the older, or made to look older look.

Here is the room again, to refresh your memory.

dining room decorate

So… help me.  Where do you think things should go? Should I paint them cream or black?

I need you comments and ideas!

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Dining Room Paint

April 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Decorating, Dining room, DIY

The Periwinkle Adventure Begins

I am going to give you a sneak peak into the beginning of my dining room decorating.  I started off with the paint.

Here’s the deal.  I would have loved a dark taupe.  My husband does not want any shade of what he calls “masking tape”.  Our entire house is that blah light tan neutral color now. Thinking we were going to sell it, we didn’t want to venture into “colors”.

When I thought of a fun color, I remember back about 15 years ago to a friend who had a periwinkle kitchen. It was gorgeous!  I knew the problem would be getting the color right.

I don’t like blues, I love purple, but didn’t want it to be “purple” either.  I wanted periwinkle.

Here is what happened.  I painted it and was really upset… because this is what it looked like.

Purple! ugh! I kept thinking when I was painting it that it would darken up. It did a little.

Looks Purple

periwinkle dining room

My husband was saying, “Well hun, it is appropriate for Easter, should we decorate with chicks and bunnies?”  Of course he was teasing, but I wasn’t in the mood for teasing.

I went and got the paint color chart I used to see if Behr paint messed up when the color matched the Gliddon paint sample.

It is the 2nd one in from the left…. top.  It looks like it matches. But look.. this is the blue page of paints, not purple!

Periwinkle – No light


But then…..

I turned off the dining room light…. and it was periwinkle.  I couldn’t believe the difference just from the light!

Periwinkle – No Light

periwinkle dining room

Look again….  Light on.. (scroll back and forth between these two).  See the difference?

Light on – Purple

periwinkle dining room

So now I am happy. I know I just have to find the right light bulb to take away the “rose” color in the light so that it will take that purple look out.

Does anyone know what kind of light bulb I need to buy so that the light will be more natural and not bring in that rose color?

I am going to be bringing you a couple reviews and giveaways real soon on items I used to help paint this room… so be watching!!

Hint…. Green Toad Pivoting Paint Brush and the Home Right EZ Twist Paint Stick

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Help Me Decorate – The Dining Room

March 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Decorating, Dining room, DIY, Entry Ways & Mud Rooms

Organizing Is My Thing – Decorating Is Not. I’d Like Your Help


Since we have decided that we are going to stay in this house, I am now finally ready to decorate it.  I moved in here 6 years ago when Dave and I were dating.  After we got married he and his kids moved in and the plan was to sell this and move to a bigger house.

After trying to sell it two different times, we just decided to wait a bit to see what the economy was doing.  Houses still are not selling here and we found out what a similar priced house was appraised for. That was the decision maker. There is no reason to lose big money at this point. We don’t HAVE to move, we just WANTED to move.

So…. that being said, I am ready to make this house my own. I’m just not good at it.  We kept all the paint neutral thinking we were selling. I never got curtains, only blinds for the windows.

I want to take a different room and over the next several weeks have you guys help me! I want you to link any posts or sites of examples.  I’m not going to make it a link party, but you can link up in the comments.

Let’s start with my dining room.

dining room First.. let me start off with saying, this is our every day eating dining room. We don’t have a formal dining room.

dining room We don’t have enough matching chairs and have tried to look for matching ones, but couldn’t find them. We have to have at least 7 chairs for all of us to sit down.

The window.

dining room

This is the pie safe that my husband bought. He loves this. It holds all the plastic cups, plates and bowls for the kids. The top left drawer holds napkins and the right drawer has trivets.

dining room

This is the wall that I am thinking I am going to put some kind of bench on so that the kids can change their shoes when they come in. Then I want to put a wall organizer (mail slots, calendar, etc) for the kids.  I don’t have any other hall space to have something like this.  Yes the craft cart will be leaving the room.

dining room

The dining room is just to the left when you walk in the front door.  My launch pad is on the other side of the wall. I am planning on revamping that also.

dining room

I am really toying with the idea of splurging for the Pottery Barn Wall Organizing System.  Do you know of something similar that is less expensive, but looks as nice?

This is what I’d like to do:

1) Paint  – What color?  I’m ok with fun or bold.  (right now it is a tan color, these photos are a little dark and hard to tell what the color really looks like)
2) Put a bench in to sit down and take off shoes and have a “launching pad” for the kids above it.
3) Wall decor
4) Curtains, valance.. something fun and original?

My Tastes

1) Not vintage or old or antiques
2) I’m not into blue as a color scheme
3) I’m not into country
4) I like a little more modern, but not super modern.

What I can and can’t do.

1) Table stays
2) China Cabinet & pie safe stay
3) pictures can come down
4) Craft cart is going to go
5) I have to keep things as economical as I can.  I don’t have a lot of money to spend for all I want to do in my house.

You can leave links with your comments and ideas, or ideas from web sites or other blogs for me to see –  here on this post (it is ok to leave a link in my comments)  – or if you’d like to link up your own sites ideas for me on my link party, feel free to do that too.

But you can also leave any organizing or cleaning blog post link up to my link party.

Organizing Mission Monday

I LOVE your comments!!

Thanks for your help!!

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