Thursday, February 12, 2015

Not a pretty post, but IT WORKS!!!

CLEANING THE DREADED GROUT...
After trying lots of expensive products and a few tips I found online, nothing ever gets the grout clean on the bathroom floor...UNTIL NOW!!!...I found this wonderful advice here http://holidaysparkle.blogspot.com/2013/11/grout-cleaner.html
and I'm sooo happy right now...All you need is a bottle of Clorox toilet bowl gel cleaner and a scrub brush!!! ($2.29 total cost)
I'll let the photos speak for themselves...

Look at this crazy before and after....
This is ALL you need...
I poured it on the grout lines, let it sit about 15 minutes,
came back and gave it a quick scrub with the scrub brush
and wiped it up with water and a towel...
EWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!
(and this is after I've mopped it clean...jeesh)
Can you believe this????
So go on and try it...
all you've got to lose is $2.29...
I'm sooooo happy with the results...
now on to bathroom #2...
xo, Mariaelena

Friday, February 6, 2015

I needed this....LOL

With the everyday snow and below 0 temps here in Hudson Valley, I felt the need to post these pics of late spring at our house in the "burbs".....
it's hard to remember that it can look like this....


Below is what it looks like now.....
WAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, let's just take a sec to remember and dream of warmer temps, sunshine & fun in the sun that is to come...












So to all my Northeast friends,
try to embrace and enjoy the winter....
there's an end in sight....
Thanks for stopping by...
xo, Mariaelena












Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My new no cost "hidden" message center...

  For years I've been taping school notices, to do lists, menus etc. to the inside of my pantry cabinet...Last week I decided to make it a little bit more user friendly...this little project cost me nothing as I already had everything I needed in the house...
take a look...
now you see it...

now you don't...


before:  a complete mess....

I glued 2 cork squares...
they fit perfectly inside my cabinet...



This is after 2 coats...I did 3...
I had a ton of chalkboard paint left over from our BIG CHALKBOARD project a couple of months ago...
you can see it here:
 
http://cottagelivingfrombeachtoburbs.blogspot.com/2014/12/making-giant-chalkboard.html

My little helper treating the chalkboard....


And there you have it....
a no cost organization/message center!!

thanks for stopping by...
xo, Mariaelena


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Friday, January 30, 2015

DROP CLOTH LOVE...

I LOVE using painters drop cloth as a fabric...
I've used it to make pillows, framed it, covered foot stools with it, made a skirt for our homemade storage buffet with it & draped it on my bedside table...my good friend has used it as a huge curtain in her garage as well as covering her kitchen chairs & stools....
take a look below...
It's the perfect fabric for all decor styles and you cannot beat it's durability & price!!

I used it as a skirt on our homemade buffet...
it covers shelf storage...

A little framed project...


drop cloth pillow....love...
A quick fabric change on tag sale foot stool...
As a side table cloth in the master...


My girl friend did a fabulous job covering her kitchen stools with drop cloth and adding the pretty piping...how awesome is that?


She continued on her kitchen chairs...and didn't stop there
look below at her garage "curtains".....
genious!!
How's that for prettying up garage storage???
Even our dog, Hudson, loves it as much as I do.....:)

& a big thank you to my dear friend Leah who let me photograph her projects....


xo, Mariaelena


linking up to these party people:
http://www.shabbynest.blogspot.com
http://www.domestically-speaking.com
http://www.cozylittlehouse.com
http://www.kammyskorner.com

Saturday, January 24, 2015

"THE PERFECT GREIGE"...the mixing of neutral & texture

"THE PERFECT GREIGE"...in our master bedroom...

Let me start by saying we have a VERY small master in our home.  It's been fine for us,  but after almost 20 years and having decorated it a couple of different ways, this redo is proof that its not how much space you have but what you do with that space...
I LOVE the way this turned out!!
We started last spring with painting our bedroom furniture from a dark orangey wood to an antiqued white, we changed the hardware using my old kitchen glass knobs, purchased new bedding & window treatments,  added some new wall decor and finally decided on a new wall color:  
Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige...

Below are some before and after photos...
take a peek and let me know what you think..

I'll start with the "afters" ....
this first photo is my favorite area of the room and shows the use of lots of texture...

sorry for the bad lighting situation
(I tried everything to get it brighter)
but hoping you get the idea....


Again, texture is so important when decorating with neutrals, the curtain panels, basket and fabric add that...
I'm going to be making new pillows for the bed using the
fabric that I chose to cover the footstool...


"LOVE" canvas purchased at TJ MAXX and framed with a  lovely frame I found at  the Country Living  Fair last year...


I added black and white family photos to a
 weathered black frame...



I was finishing up with the walls here...
The photo below is  the only wall decor that was in the room before...
I painted the frame to fit in better with the new decor...
Here are some before photos....
I think you'll see why I'm so happy now...:)


Let the dark orange wood transformation begin!!




Out with the orange & in with the antique white...
WOOHOO!!!





Old tag sale foot stool before & after...






Sweet dreams....