Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Home Improvement Week and a Thank You!!!

Hello There!!! Are you loving Home Improvement Week yet?? Well, before I get to my home improvement, I'd like to give a big Thank You to Becky over at My Domestic Design!!! She's given us this awesome award!!!

Thank you SO much Becky!! You guys definitely need to visit her blog. She is so creative and talented, so go check her out!!
So before we pass on our award to a fellow blogger, we're supposed to list 7 things about ourselves. Since there are 5 of us, you get to learn a little bit about each of us!
1.Mother Hen sells Texas Twister drinks at fairs and festivals all around the U.S.
2. She'll be busy selling them EVERY WEEKEND UNTIL OCTOBER!!
3. Heather recently took a trip to Disneyland with 6 kids (ages 6, 5, 4, 3, 19 months, & 5 months) and 2 adults, and actually made it out alive!
4.Jacki has been blessed to do daycare for 10 years. Last week she had 16 different kids come through her door over a two day period!! Yowzas!
5. Juli's husband has officially banned her from Target. He says she always seems to find something that she "needs" that wasn't on the list!
6.Even though Jess is Mother Hen's daughter (and is married), they still have the same last name.
7.We actually have 2 other sisters that don't blog with us. JaNae has 6 kids and Jen is starting Nursing school soon.
So there ya go!! We'd love to pass this award on to Cris over at Crissy's Crafts. She has some amazing crafts, and most can be done on a small budget, which is just what I need! She also has some great ideas for parties. My favorite is the slumber party! Such fun!! So go check out her blog and give her a shout out!
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Alright!! On to our Home Improvement Week!!!
My post today is on something that is still a work in progress.  My husband LOVES electronics, which isn't such a big deal.  The part that stinks is that it leaves me stuck trying to make my house look semi classy with a bunch of black, shiny hunks of metal and hundreds of DVD's.  Here's our entertainment center
I know. Hot Mess, right??!  The open windows show all the crap that is supposed to be hidden behind closed doors.  The upper cabinets hold our hundreds of dvd's we'll never watch, and apparently this is just a place to drop junk!!  We've had the tv FOR---EV---ER...and I would love to get rid of that huge piece of junk, but for some reason, paying our mortgage takes priority. What's up with that?? :)
So, this entertainment center has been my recent project to clean up. I've always hated the open windows on the cabinets. Then one of my children slammed the door and broke the glass on one of the doors, and we've just left it that way. Sooo tacky!! So I figured this would be my first attempt at cleaning up our entertainment center.  I asked my sweet husband if he would mind if I changed the entertainment center, and although he seemed hesitant to let me near his 'manly electronics', he agreed.  So I took out the glass from the one cupboard, and did this

So much better, right??!
I've been looking for a fabric that combines reds and blues, and was smitten when I saw this fabric at Joanns the other day. It's "mocca" from The Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection. I ended up hot gluing it to the back of the board, which worked out fine. Hopefully I'll get a staple gun for Mothers Day, and then I'll staple it on! :)  The nice thing is that the remotes still read through the fabric, but it's so much cuter!! My next project is to clean off the upper shelves, but that will have to wait until I'm done with my daughters princess party this weekend!!! Stay tuned for those pics next week!
Have you worked on any home improvement jobs lately??
Thanks for reading!!



Jessica said...

I love it! And thank you Becky, you are so sweet!

Christy said...

Ok, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the material. It is so fun and spunky and I think it makes that area look awesome. I have a suggestion for the dvd's. We are DVD-a-holic's as well and when we moved in with Ben's parents and had limited space, we knew we had to do something. We took all the DVD's out of their case and put them in a cd/dvd holder. It was hard letting go of all the cases because we were worried about how they would hold up, but they are doing awesome and it saves a TON of space and looks nice because it is just one black case on top of the tv, rather then all the dvd's. Plus it opened up a TON of space!!

Juli said...

Thanks so much Christy! What a great idea for the dvds! I'll have to run it by my hubby to make sure he's ok with that :) Thanks for the awesome idea and for commenting!!!!! We love it!!

Unknown said...

Your ideas are so awesome! Still working on mine! Yikes, I only have one more day!

Herb Koguchi said...

Yep, it just took a cute fabric to give a very manly entertainment corner a classy touch. Can't wait to see what you did on the upper decks! Score one for quirky home improvement there. Hope the hubby finds it splendid as well.


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