Christmas Tree Stand Makeover

We are so ready for the holidays in this house! We are so excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas! Especially now, since we just did a makeover on our Christmas tree stand!

Last year was the first year we got a real Christmas tree for our house, the year before that we were still moving everything in and it was chaos, so we didn’t get a tree. It was really sad. Never again.

So when we got the tree last year we realized we needed a tree stand…I was ready to go buy one at Lowe’s or Target, when Charlie said his parent’s had a metal one we could use. I was really excited until I saw it was huge and rusty. Charlie was so excited to use this because it really is huge and can hold a tree in place (I’ve seen too many Christmas trees fall over from a bad stand), so I said fine let’s use it. Well, we decided after using it once that it needs a huge makeover, it wasn’t very appealing to the eye (you’ll see what I mean below).

Here’s the stand before:

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Yep. Wasn’t joking. It was rusted.Christmas Tree Stand Makeover8

I prepped it for primer by sanding it down a bit.

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I primed it with Rustoleum’s spray paint primer. I taped off the screws and handles.

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I let it sit with the primer for 24 hours. It said let sit for 24-48 but I’m a rebel and only waited 24. It was fine. I then sprayed it with 2 coats of Rustoleum’s cherry red spray paint with a gloss finish. I used Rustoleum since it’s supposed to help prevent more future rust.

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No more rust!

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I then taped off the visible red sides of the stand, really making sure I covered everything. I then sprayed the “arms” of the stand with a metallic silver spray paint, again from Rustoleum. Charlie wanted me to make the stand to look like a wrapped Christmas present, what a creative man I’ve got myself here ;)

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And here it is after the paper and tape was removed! Yes, this is the same Christmas tree stand people. Don’t be fooled.

And the big before and after…I don’t think you’re ready for this. The biggest before and after ever!

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It’s perfect! For real, better than I imagined it would look like. I can’t wait to put a tree in this bad boy! And doesn’t it really kind of look like a wrapped Christmas present? If Charlie hadn’t said that, I probably would have made it solid red. I gotta say, it was a great idea. I’m super happy with the outcome.

Do you have an ugly Christmas tree stand? Give it a makeover and send me pics!

Rissa and Charlie Sig

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Finding The Perfect Bathroom

Our bathroom renovation journey continues! We are still on the hunt for finding everything we would like for our bathroom renovations, and I’ve found a few more items I’d love to share.

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Shower Set: This My-Bathrooms Shower Set is not only gorgeous, but is also has an easy twist to slide up and down.

Bathroom Drawer: One of the most important parts of a bathroom…the drawer/vanity! This grey drawer set has a soft close, which is great, especially for kids so they can’t slam!

Wall Hung Toilet: I love this toilet! I’ve never considered a wall hung toilet before, but just look at how great that looks. And a soft close seat – again, love!

Pedastal Sink: If you don’t like a drawer or vanity for your bathroom, a pedastal sink is a great option. Simple, yet so appealing to the eye.

Backer Board: This is definitely a great option for a full bathroom. Who wouldn’t love a heated floor right when you step out of the shower?

I love searching for new ideas for our bathrooms, and the first bathroom of ours that we’ll be renovating is our downstairs bathroom. This is the bathroom our guests use, and it totally needs a re-vamp. I can’t wait to get this project finished! Once the bathroom is complete, final touches are usually my favorite thing to do. I love making a room look absolutely complete with just a few additions. For a bathroom, one of those touch ups would be a little rug or mat. I found the cutest ones here, look how adorable these patterned rugs are (in a lot of color choices, too!)

Those are all of my bathroom ideas for today! Thanks so much for reading, and please let me know what your favorite bathroom products are!

Rissa and Charlie Sig

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Budget Decorating with Style

There are very few things in life that are as daunting as decorating a home. With so many options available and beautiful styles to choose from, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed and maybe even a little scared at the prospect of home decor.

You’re going to have to look for inspiration, get creative and go shopping which can also be very stressful on your bank balance. But, does home decor really have to cause a lot of damage to your savings?

It’s totally possible to complete a decorating project that oozes style and sophistication on a budget. The following are just some of the ways that you can transform the look of your home without having to spend thousands of dollars.

Get creative and make your own furniture.

Making your own furniture may sound like an impossible task, but it’s actually quite simple. Look for design inspiration online and in magazines, have a root in your garden shed or back garden and see what materials you’ve got laying around the place and you’re good to go! See those wooden crates that have been in your garden shed for months? Recycle them by stacking them together, applying some shiny varnish and using them as a brand new shelving system. The varnish adds a stylish and polished looking finish, while the unit is functional and gives a rustic feel to the room.

Take advantage of natural light.

Ever noticed how much happier you feel after you’ve tided a room? This mood-lifting sensation also applies to lighting in the home. The brighter the room – the happier the occupants! Let in as much natural light into your home through uPVC Bi-fold sliding doors and large double glazed windows. You should also think about other forms of lighting such as task, accent and ambient lighting schemes.

Add some little touches.

Little touches like framed personal photographs and a vase of fresh colorful flowers can go a long way in making your home more inviting and cozy. We all love family photos, but it is important to not go overboard as you don’t want your home to appear cluttered. Just choose a select number of your favorite photos, buy (or make) a nice frame to put them in and find a suitable place to display your treasured memories.

Give your furnishings some care and attention.

When something is outdated or old looking, we automatically think that it needs to be replaced with something new. This isn’t always the case, as sometimes a little care and attention manages to do the trick! See that old desk that you want to get rid of? Revive it with a coat of fresh paint and new, modern handles. Give your chairs and sofas a new lease of life by updating them with some brand new upholstery.

Whether you’re designing your very first home or re-designing your current living space, little details can really make a difference. You don’t have to rush out and spend thousands of dollars on the grandest, most elegant of statement pieces; you can create a beautiful home by decorating it on a budget. Don’t be afraid to experiment with remodeling projects by getting creative with what you already have – your home will look more chic and your bank balance will certainly thank you for it!

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