Help!! Wood or no wood??

So, I am officially moving into the new house on Saturday (meaning there will be an entirely new blog to chronicle the updates/decorating adventures to be had….the new blog name is the hold up!) 

I have been working on getting the house ready to move in, including new paint (not being done by me – WOO HOO!), cleaning away 38 years of old owner-ness, and getting ready for new carpets in the bedrooms.  I pulled up the old carpet and there were hardwood floors under both bedroom rugs.  Immediately I placed an order with Home Depot for new carpet….but a serious snafu (= them charging my account 3 times for the carpet) resulted in me cancelling my order.  While working with Lowes to get my measurement done and waiting for them to call back, the bedroom got painted.

It went from this GORGEOUS baby pink with stencil border….

To this……

A calming, light blue that is totally out of my normal character for paint colors!  This iPhone pic was texted to me by my uncle who is painting to see if I was sure I liked the color (which he does not) before he finished…..

A.  I LOVE THE COLOR!!! Makes me even more excited to get into the house!

B.  Now I love the hardwood floors with the wall color! ACK!!

I have had hardwood floors in my kitchen/dining room, and have them again here at the new house. However, I have never had them in the “cozy” spaces (living room, bedroom, etc). So many people have told me to get carpet in the bedroom because it helps keep the house warm in the winter, cuts down on noise, etc. However, I aboslutely LOVE the look of the floors!!  I don’t want my toes to be cold all winter, but seriously, now I’m already envisioning AMAZING area rugs in both “sectors” of the bedroom!

I will let you in on a little secret/project spoiler….I pulled the carpet up in the spare bedroom too and the floors were in even better shape. To save some moolah, I was going to carpet the main bedroom and refinish the hardwoods in the spare bedroom myself. I am still going to do that, but I think the master bedroom will be too big of an undertaking. I move in in 3 days and I will not be as speedy as a professional in finishing these floors.  Also, some of the boards need to be replaced in the master and those pesky carpet tack strips around the room need to be dealt with. 

Before I finalize my carpet order with Lowes, I am having a floor refinisher….finisher….I don’t know, either one…… come out tomorrow to give me an estimate.  Fingers crossed it’s cheaper than my carpet option.  But I’m still nervous to pull the trigger and say YES to hardwood floors in the bedroom.   Here’s another angle……(sorry for the bad iPhone pic)

Anyone have any thoughts? Hardwoods or carpet in the bedroom??!?! What do you have and love? What to do????? Maybe this Home Depot hiccup and the pokiness of Lowes in finalizing my order was meant to be and I was meant to have hardwoods in the bedroom…hmmmm….


You got served……

….well you would….. if you came over, I could serve you something on my new, pretty tray!

I have been looking for a cute white tray to help pull some of my knick-knacky items together on display!  Trays just seem to add so much control to potential decor chaos! Trays like these had me wanting my own…..

Greek key tray from Centsational Girl


And this simple but elegant decor wrangler from Katie Bower…..


(Am I the only one who finds it hilarious that she has a vase full of mints in her tray?!?! So funny!)

Trays like these are pretty easy to find, but…..have I mentioned? I’m cheap?!?  Most trays I found were $24+ and those were usually modern looking, plastic trays, rather than soft, clean line wooden trays.  White wooden trays could cost even more than that. No go – I couldn’t convince the hubs or even my own wallet that it was worth that!

I have not visited JoAnne fabrics much (even though my sister-in-law used to work there while in High School/College…..what up B?!?!) One day I went in looking for fabric ideas for a reupholster-y project (not yet started to this day) and a large letter B (which I was told they had there).   While strolling around, I came across their decor section with some cute seasonal items and other miscellaneous home items.  The word CLEARANCE always draws me in like a moth to a flame.  Checking out their random hodge-podge of clearance items, I saw this wooden “beauty with potential” smiling up at me:


The old me would have passed this puppy by, blinded by the tiles that just aren’t my style and the dark wood. But after some quick picking at the tray to see if the tiles could be taken off, I knew that this baby was worth it. And at this price……


$5.22 plus a 50% off coupon, it was fate!  (Down from $24.99 it was practically a steal!)

My initial plan was to pry the tiles out, and paint the entire thing white and be done with it. However, once I started viciously gently prying the tiles off with a flathead screwdriver, I realized that the bottom of the tray would need some work…

A few of the tiles came up nicely, but a few ripped divots down into the MDF at the bottom of the tray…hmmm…what to do?  I had some scrapbook paper that I had bought at AC Moore, but I wasn’t loving it in the tray. My boy was looking around at my plethora of decor items and said “how about the burlap you got when you got the tray?” (Have I ever mentioned how awesome he is?!?!)

I got this remnant burlap on the same JoAnne shopping trip. And look at this deal!

….plus another 40% off. Awesome! I bought this to spice up some picture frames, but for the tray it was perfect too!

The tray got a coat of primer, then two coats of satin white spray paint.  I cut the burlap to size, tacked her down with some craft glue and topped it with a clear piece of plexi-glass.  I priced some out at Lowes…$8….not terrible, but more than the tray alone.  Shaun’s dad did us a favor and got us a piece from work! FREE! Score!

I am totally biased, but she is beautiful with her natural textures and her sleek white lines!


Exactly what I wanted!  And she’s doing such a good job wrangling potential clutter as we speak!

I am linking up at Transformation Thursday!! There is some awesome stuff going on over there too…check it out!