Motorhome Remodel ~ Part 7 (Wrap-Up & Before/Afters)

I’ve written in detail about our 1990 Winnebago Class A Motorhome remodel in previous posts & now I’ll wrap it all up with lots of before & after pictures!

Here she is! Not too much to look at on the outside just yet…but wait until you see the inside!

But first, a few before shots…

Ok, these next pictures will be much better, I promise!!

We still have a few projects left to complete (building a new dinette table) & paint to touch up, but we’re in the home stretch now!!!

For links to all of the products we used, check out my “Shop Our Motorhome” page!


Motorhome Remodel ~ Part 1 (Before)

I haven’t blogged in quite a few years but have had so much interest in our¬†motorhome remodel that I decided it was time to start posting again! Over the next few days/weeks I will share the Before’s & After’s of our remodel as well as links to all of the products we have used along the way.¬† This should be fun!

Here she is, our 1990 Winnebago Chieftan 32ft Class A Motorhome, on one of our first camping trips…


Eventually she’ll get a new paint job but for now we’re ok with her 1990’s looks!

Are you ready to see lots of brown & blue???

RV front


RV 1


rv bedroom 1


rv bedroom 2


Wow!! I do not miss the old motorhome one bit!!!

Stay tuned for some work-in-progress photos…

Pinterest Friday!

Welcome back to Pinterest Friday!

If you missed last week’s post, you can see it here

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Can I just tell you that it’s not as easy as I thought it would be to

pick my favorite pins each week?

There are just soooo many great ones to choose from!!!

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Well, here goes!

1.  Blog Topics Organizer by Bridgett Edwards

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2.  How to Shoot in Manual Mode for Beginners by So I Married a Mennonite

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3.  How to Clean Your Dishwasher at One Good Thing by Jilee

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4. ¬†Great Video Tutorial for Curling Your Hair at It’s the Small Things Blog

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5.  Laundry Room Makeover at My Cottage Charm

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6. ¬†8 Incredible Edible Treats for St. Patrick’s Day at The Design Confidential

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7.  Chalkboard Menu Tutorial by Whipperberry

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8.  Organizational Labels at World

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9.  Rotisserie Chicken Apple Pecan Salad by Unsophisticook

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10.  Coconut Oil as a Skin Moisturizer by How Does She

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Hope you enjoyed this week’s top 10 pins!

Wire Brush and a Weather-beaten Bench

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If case you haven’t already guessed by my title,

I had a run in with a wire brush this weekend!

And boy are my back and shoulders sore from all of the scrubbing…

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Here’s the culprit:

¬†An old, wood & iron, weather-beaten bench…

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It was originally located on our side yard,

where the path meanders through a forest of rose bushes, trees & vines…

Shot taken before the gardeners cut everything back this winter!

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As my hubby & I were having a relaxing, late breakfast by our pool

we were discussing what changes we would like to make in the backyard this Spring…

No, it didn’t rain, my hubby just sprayed off the concrete :’)

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We talked about how we could rearrange the furniture…

install a ceiling fan over the ¬†patio table…

pour some concrete on the back side of our pool as we both hate the dirt!

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And then I remembered the sad little bench sitting on the side yard all alone!

My hubby really didn’t want to move the 500 lb “ugly” bench (as he put it!)

only to have to move it back over to the side yard if I didn’t like it there…

But, being the sweet and patient man that he is,

and knowing that I probably wouldn’t shut-up about it until we tried it,

we lugged the very heavy bench to the backyard.

Here she is before her makeover…

And after a long afternoon of scrubbing with my wire brush, vacuuming the dirt & dust,

more scrubbing and inhaling said dirt & dust,

and finally sanding and vacuuming again….

She looks so much better!

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I thought that it might be fun to paint the iron black but my daughter was very much against it…

“You’ll ruin it! ¬†Why would you want to paint it?!!!!”

I think she fell in love with it’s white & rusty patina after taking many photographs

of it in it’s old home on the side yard…

Here’s one of her photos…

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So, hubby & I decided we’d leave the iron alone

and¬†I will find a nice mahogany ¬†or other dark stain for the wood…

I’ll also seal it with a clear coat so that it will withstand the weather

(and so I won’t have to use my wire brush on it again!)…

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I’ll be sure to post an update when it’s all done!

DIY Coupon Sleeves


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After seeing this pin for DIY coupon holders (by  Erin at Taking Time to Create),

I decided to give it a try…

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The first thing I did was to measure out my grid…

I used a baseball card sleeve that I currently have in my coupon binder as a template…

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Then I just slid it into a clear sheet protector…

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Next I slid the page under the needle on my sewing machine and followed the lines!

Make sure to backstitch each end to make sure that you’re stitches don’t come out!

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Almost done!

With a very light touch, carefully slide an exacto knife’s blade

just under the first row of horizontal stitches, being careful not to cut into the stitching…

Be sure to flip it over & do the backside too…

The bonus in

DIY-ing these coupon holders is that they are double-sided!

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So simple!

I would have never thought to use my sewing machine to do a project like this…

but in the space of about 20 minutes,

I had five, new, double-sided coupon sleeves!

And for about half the price of store-bought baseball card sleeves :’)

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I’m linking up to:

HookingupwithHoH Weekend Bloggy Reading
It's a Blog Party
A Little InspirationPhotobucketVisit

Pinterest Challenge

Pinterest Friday Begins Today! My Top 10!

Welcome to Deb’s Heart and Home!

Today is Friday and the debut of my new series: Pinterest Friday!

Please join me each week as I list my Top 10 Favorite Pins of the week…

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Here are my Top Ten Favorite Pins for this week…

Drumroll please!!!

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1.  The Best Time to Blog Infographic by Dan Zarella

2.  Manual Photography Cheat Sheet from Living in the Stills

3.  DIY Dishwasher Detergent by Being Creative to Keep My Sanity

4.  Purple & Grey Comfy Outfit by htotheb on Polyvore

5. Thrifty Decor Chick’s Backyard with Fireplace

6. ¬†St. Patrick’s Day Decorating & Craft Ideas by The TomKat Studio

7.  How to Remove Scratch Marks from Dishes by Mom Outnumbered

8. Personalized, Erasable Calendar by Home Stories A to Z

9.  Snickerdoodle Muffins by Eat Me, Delicious

10.  Photo Backdrop for Party by Jen at Tatertots and Jello

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I’m linking up to:


My Blogging Inspiration

A few weeks ago I wrote a post here about my 2012 Blogging Goals…

I also shared that there would be a part two to this conversation

about my blogging inspiration….

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First of all, let me start by telling you a bit about how my blog posts are created…

Your brain might work like mine:

I will start my day off with a list of things “To Do”…

Things I’d like to do and things I’d really like to put off for another day (or month, or year!).

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Then, I will get distracted by something else and my brain will go off on a tangent!

Lately, I’ve been trying to be more flexible (oh how it hurts to write that dreaded word!!)

and to let myself go in a different direction than I had originally planned for the day.

I’ve decided to label these moments as “inspired”…

Inspired to work on a project with my kiddos or in my house…

Inspired to create a yummy meal for my family…

Inspired to write a new blog post ~

This is difficult as sometimes I can’t sit down in front of my computer.

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So, I’ve learned to whip out a sheet of paper real quick and just jot down all of the thoughts

that are flying through my brain at that moment (can be scary at times!)….

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I figure that as long as the important stuff gets done around my house in a timely manner,

it’s doesn’t really matter the order that I do it in, right?

Of course, my husband’s opinion on what is “important” may be different than mine :’)

Lately I’ve learned that if I’m feeling inspired to write, I’d better stop what I’m doing and write!

I find that’s when the words flow the smoothest & the quickest…

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I usually start off my day with one of my favorite iPhone apps called Flipboard.

It’s basically an app where I can view my favorite blogs, Facebook & Twitter

in a quick and easy format.

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I also do a lot of surfing on Pinterest!

I’ll share more about my favorite blogs and why they inspire me in a bit…

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I have found that if I start my day off in this way,

I am more apt to get involved in the day’s activities with a good attitude,

looking forward to the time when I can sit down at the computer or with my iPhone

to check out the pages I’ve pinned…

Or maybe I’ve been motivated¬†to be a more organized homeschooling Mom…

or to stay motivated throughout the day to stay on top of all of the menial,

day-to-day tasks that tend to bog me down mentally.

I’m sure you can relate to my routine of getting kids up, getting them ready for school…

keeping them focused & motivated to complete their schoolwork…

doing a million loads of dishes & laundry…

trying to remember to plan out dinner…

cleaning the house…

chauffering kiddos all around town…

the carpooling, errands, meetings, etc., etc., etc.!!!!

Whew!  I need to go take a quick nap, be right back!!

Oh, I forgot, I don’t have time for a nap…

I guess I’ll have to take a short mental break…

Hello Pinterest!

Crazy Mom Quotes ~

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All kidding aside, I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to be a Stay-at-Home Mom…

I pray that I will continue to be “inspired” to press on

and to fight the daily fight with everyone in blogland!

I so enjoy reading about other bloggers lives

and am so thankful for the time and energy they put into writing good, real,

and useful content to share with those of us who need it!

They are such a blessing to me and I hope, in turn, to be a blessing

and maybe even an inspiration to someone else :’)

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Here are the bloggers who I currently have on my Flipboard and a brief synopsis of each:

1.  Thrifty Decor Chick ~ Sarah gets the #1 spot as she was my very first blogger to follow!

Sarah keeps it real with awesome DIY projects & a style very close to my own…

2.  A Holy Experience ~ Ann Voskamp has a style of writing that is so beautiful!

She posts daily inspiration with words that sear my heart & leave a lasting impression…

I highly recommend her book: “One Thousand Gifts”

3. ¬†The Inspired Room ~ Melissa’s blog is a mix of inspiration & DIY.

You’ll leave her blog feeling like you’ve just made a new friend :’)

4.  Organizing Made Fun ~ Becky, who happens to be a college buddy of mine,

takes you into her beautifully DIY’d home (is that really a term?)

and her sensible style of organizing with a down-to-earth style of writing that I really enjoy.

5.  Tatertots & Jello ~ First off, I love the name of her blog!

Jen’s style is very near to my own and I always find great tutorials & tips on her blog.

6.  Life in Grace ~ Edie is another writer who God has blessed with an amazing gift!

She is a deep-thinking, share-what’s-on-your-heart kind of gal who loves God

and loves to share what he is doing in her life.

She also has a beautiful, new home that was recently built…

Click here¬†and see the amazing rebuilding, one year after a devastating fire…

7. ¬†Nesting Place ~ if you haven’t heard of The Nester

you might have been living under a rock for the past few years!

She combines her unique style, with down-to-earth tips & thoughts

all in a beautifully crafted blog…

8.  Home Stories A 2 Z ~ love her style, easy-going personality, funny stories

and¬†terrific DIY & tutorials…

9.  Centsational Girl ~ I grew up in the area that Kate lives in

and¬†love to see her posts on¬†Northern California & the Wine Country…

She also has an amazing sense of style, creative DIY projects and very helpful tutorials…

10.  Last but certainly not least ~ Tip Junkie!

I don’t know where this gal finds all of the time & energy it must take

to put such helpful content on her blog – and I believe she has more than one blog!

It’s loaded with tons of helpful tips, DIY projects and more…

I could list so many more wonderful blogs

that I love to read (look to the right of this post & scroll up for a list)…

but there’s that dreaded laundry waiting to be done…

dishes needing to be unloaded…

kiddos needing to be tended to..

So that’s all for now!

I’m linking to: Weekend Bloggy Reading

Blogging Goals ~ 2012

Before I list my blogging goals for 2012

I need to share why I got into blogging in the first place.

A few years ago I found Thrifty Decor Chick

and she forever changed my idea of bloggers!

The way she wrote about her DIY projects

made me feel like I was actually reading

about a real person with real issues

who could even live next door to me!

Before, I would look at Pottery Barn or

Restoration Hardware for inspiration,

but I could never afford to duplicate anything

beyond the color on the walls or maybe furniture placement.

Then I met Sarah…

she showed me how to paint furniture with spray paint and

how to spot a really “special” piece at Goodwill

that I could transform into something useful & pretty.

She wasn’t afraid to post pictures of her mistakes

but with her quick wit & humor showed me that she was a real person,

not someone living in a showroom or mansion!

There have been many other bloggers

who have inspired me in the past few years

and I will share my “blogging inspiration” in another post,

but for now I want to get back to my blogging goals…

Me, keeping it real!!

I think the most important goal for me

is to keep it real with every post I write,

whether I’m showing you how I organized my closet

or perhaps sharing my heart with you.

I want anyone who reads my blog to know

that my life isn’t perfect and neither is my home.

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When I started out blogging I was afraid to post pictures

that were less than perfect or with anything out of place.

But then I realized that the bloggers I enjoy the most

are the ones who aren’t afraid to share their messes

or failures and that I don’t need to portray myself (or my home)

as something I’m not.

I’m a stay-at-home, homeschooling Mom

of 2 teenage daughters and an almost teenage son

who keep me running all over town with soccer practices,

games, parties, youth group…

and the list goes on and on!

But I really wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

My “babies” 8 years ago…where did the time go?

I think the secret to enjoying my crazy life

is realizing this:

1. Kids grow up way too fast so enjoy em’ while you got em’!

 2.  God made me who I am for a reason

and I need to stop whining about where I fall short

and just continue to seek after Him, day after day,

one foot in front of the other!

3. ¬†Most people don’t really care if I dress in the latest fashions

or have a spotless home.

 They care more that I am honest about where I am in my life

and am willing to share the things I learn along the way.

Bottom line is:  As much as I would love the perfect-looking house,

beautifully decorated & organized,

I want even more to portray who I really am

and how I am enjoying my not-so-perfect life.

I hope that you’ll continue to come along for the ride!

Here’s a quick list of the blogging goals that I have made for 2012:

*Blog consistently

*Blog intentionally with content that is relevant

to what is going on in my life

*Learn to take better photos and how to use editing programs

*Keep my blog’s “look” up-to-date and appealing

*Continue to look toward the future in blogging –

linky parties, tutorials, possibly advertisers…

Here are a couple of links to some great blogging tools

that I found recently on Pinterest:

*Blog Topics Organizer (free printable) by Perideau Designs

*Blog Calendar (free printable) by Living Locurto

*Here is the link to my Pinterest board that has lots of “Blogging Tips”

that I haven’t had the chance to read yet

In my next post I’m going to share my “blogging inspiration” – stay tuned!

Study Desk Update!

It’s taken a little longer than I expected to finish our desk project.

Click here to see the entire post with beginning stages…

Before I show you the next steps, I have a few pointers!

*Have a damp rag nearby to wipe down your piece in between sandings

*Before painting, be sure to clean your floor/work area of any debris ~

This is crucial as the smallest particles of dust & dirt will manage to find their way onto your freshly painted piece of furniture!

*Be sure to sand in between coats of primer & paint so that your finish will turn out nice and smooth…

Here it is with a couple of coats of primer and a couple of coats of paint…

Most of the bloggers that I follow say that Kilz is the best primer, so that’s what I used!

I wish I would have taken the time to have it tinted so that it wouldn’t have taken so many coats of black paint to cover it….oh well!

My friendly Lowe’s paint man recommended Valspar’s Interior Kitchen & Bath Enamel in black for a durable finish….

I used a small foam roller on the drawer fronts…..

I used the same small foam roller on the top.  I highly recommend dismantling the top of the desk from the base as it is so much easier to sand & paint!

This was after two coats of paint….one more coat should do it!

I was going for a slightly distressed look so I sanded the edges that I wanted to look a little more worn, in between each coat of paint –

you will see the look I was going for in a bit…but first…

I also read from my fellow bloggers that it is imperative to use a Polycrylic Protective Finish to protect all of my hard work!

I’ve never used this product before so I was very surprised to see how thin the consistency was.

I decided to use a nice bristle brush to paint it on with as I’ve heard it leaves less streaks than a roller….

It went on with a sort of milky look to it and dried clear.

This is the almost finished product!

You can see where I’ve distressed the drawer fronts….

And yes, we are going to put knobs back on it! ¬†My hubby needs to drill some new holes for the new hardware to fit properly….

This photo is a little blurry – sorry!

I can’t wait to put all of the knobs on!!

My son loves his new desk!

I’m hoping that with all of our hard work & sweat, it will hold up through his teenage years….

If not, he can be the one to sand & re-paint it!!!!

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