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Remodeling – One Room At A Time

We have lived in our home for 14 years. It is a doublewide and was not the best constructed doublewide in the world. We have raised four children in this home and had their friends come to visit. After time and wear, things need replacing and I have a list. I want to replace our crummy windows, first off. They are double paned, but they are hard to get to go up and down, they don’t keep the cold in in the summer or out in the winter, and several of them are broken (they have these plastic things on springs that are supposed to help hold the windows in place when you raise them..they are broken on several windows). They are hard to clean because of the way they are constructed and most importantly, I worry about whether the kids could get out of their bedroom windows if they should have to in case of fire. I have told them to throw things through the windows and break the glass if necessary, but one always wonders…
After that, I would like to put down carpet in my den and dining room and living room. The areas are open to one another. We actually put in a wood floor in the dining and living room areas, but chairs sliding across it and hot wheels races have taken their toll on this parquet flooring. The carpet in the den hasn’t been replaced since we move in and we can now see the stuff underneath the carpet threads where it has become threadbare.

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Want a New Bathroom Look? You Can Get it Without Spending a Fortune!

A few years ago we did some remodeling. First we redid my daughter’s room. We changed the carpet, had wallpaper put up over the wallboard and had a lovely border put up. I had so much fun watching these changes take place, I wanted a new look for the kids’ bathroom too. So I got some paint and a few ocean related items and redid my bathroom decor in just a few hours.
The bottom 2/3 of the wall is an ocean blue and the top 1/3 of the wall and the ceiling are sky blue. I made waves along the top of the ocean. There are fish pasties in the ocean and cloud pasties in the sky. I picked up a fish toothbrush holder and soap dispenser. A fish shower curtain and bathroom mat and viola…a lovely new bathroom. It is in some ways my favorite room!
One of these days I want to redo the master bathroom. I want to make it look like a flower garden.

Area Rugs – An Inexpensive and Attractive Fix

Three years ago, we remodeled my daughter’s room. I was envisioning pinks and purples (her favorite colors). I found beautiful fairy wallpaper and border that I loved and in the right colors too…but she wasn’t having any of it….Nope, she chose beige wallpaper that went with the beautiful border full of baby big cats (tigers, lions, leopards…). That’s my daughter, the girly Big Cat lover. We affectionately call her the Jungle Princess.
So, then it was off to the carpet store. We ended up with the perfect matching carpet (unfortunately not the best for a child’s room). It is beige with little speckles in it. The sales lady assured me that the little speckles would help hide dirt…but they don’t hide the stain from when Maggie (our golden retriever) came to live with us and peed on the floor and then I used the wrong kind of cleaner to clean it up with. They don’t hide the pink stain from the kid’s makeup kit that Katrina was given…so now I am thinking an area rug might be the answer. One day we will want to move. I can shampoo the carpet, but then it will get dirty again. An area rug over the main area would help protect the main carpet. Perhaps something in a nice animal print!

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