Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Vanessa's Home Renovation: Part Three

I found a few more pictures of the strange things that were in our house before we took them out, and I thought I would share them with you. If you haven't been following along, we're renovating an amazing old house in the historic district of Kalispell, Montana!

 You can catch Part One and Part Two by clicking the links! 

Here is the cabinet and little loft bed. This entire thing is coming out in the demolition process, including the wall it's attached to. 

This is that strange box I was telling you about. Any ideas what it was used for? Oh, check out this lovely artwork in our sunroom....

Oh so lovely!

When we started working on the wiring in the house, my father-in-law found exposed wiring just lying in water! We were amazed the house had not been burned to the ground. Well thank goodness for my father-in-law, because we are able to re-wire the house at very little expense. 

Ok...here's the entrance. My husband is about to knock out a doorway that will lead into the sitting and dining room on the left side of the house. 

My son thoroughly enjoyed hammering into every surface in the demolition stage. As we've been renovating, the surfaces that he's allowed to hammer on have dwindled. Poor guy. This is where we put up a wall to separate 2 upstairs bedrooms. 

The next post on our house project will maybe give you hope. I know it will be awhile before any "pretty" posts, but please be patient...they will come!! 
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Vanessa's Home Renovation: Part Two

Welcome to part two of our house remodel!! If you'd like to start from the beginning, click here for part one!

Let me take you through a tour of our house pre-remodel stage. Actually, when these pics were taken, my husband had already spent a day or two (or was it a week?) tearing out a few things. 

This is the left side of the house. There was a strange box sittup about two feet off of the floor where that dark brown wall is. It stuck out about three or four feet and we never figured out what it was! Oh, there was also a book shelf wall (not a pretty one) walling off the strange floor box. We took all of that out!

There was also a half wall dividing the kitchen (the very back section in this photo) from the rest of this space. Nasty carpet, but good windows. 

This is what you see as soon as you open the front door. AMAZING POTENTIAL! There is a doorway to the right leading to a big room, and just wall to the left. We knew originally there was probably a doorway to the left leading into the other rooms on that side, so out came the sledge hammer!

This is the first room on the right side of the house. The other 2 walls are lime green and orange! I decided that this room will be the living room. I mean, itt has the big window facing the front of the house and THIS is where a Christmas tree goes. It MUST be the living room. 

So we walk into the next room, which had this strange built in cabinet, and above that doorway was actually a tiny loft bed....for a child. YIKES! There were some water hook ups hanging out of the wall, for a kitchen or laundry...I'm not sure. And as we walk through that door to the right....

This is a small and short little room with pictures of SpongeBob and writing all over the walls and ceiling. That closed door leads to the backyard and the far left door leads to a bathroom. Oh yes...more gross carpet. 

Aaahh...the kitchen. Nice and big. Nice windows. Even the new cabinets are at least a nice white, but they will have to go. The door to the right leads to a stairway that goes to another backdoor and also to the basement. 

This is one of the 3 bathrooms. This one comes off of the kitchen at that SpongeBob room, and you can see we already took out the wall that divides it from that stairway to the basement. 

This is the master bedroom upstairs. Although that big opening goes into another "bedroom," which the previous owners had made into a kitchen. So we will end up walling off this section. The floors upstairs are all wood and there really wasn't much to be done. 

This is the kitchen that will be made back into a bedroom. We're not sure yet what's under these floors.... 

This is the hallway at the top of the stairs. You can see from the floor and the ceiling that we tore out a wall that completely closed off the upstairs. I figured that wall had to have been added at some point because it just seemed so unnatural. Sure enough...it was just floating there! Too bad we don't have the old original railing that went here. 

The best room in the house! That beadboard wall...so fun!! All this room needs is paint. 

A linen closet and the upstairs bath. At least we have 2 claw foot tubs in the house already! 

Well...I'm sure some of you are changing your mind now, and maybe thinking we made a BIG mistake. Our inspector sure thought so. But here's what we have going for us:

- A hard working husband who is able to take weeks off of work to work on the house
- A dad and brother who were/are both carpenters
- A father-in-law who is a genius with electrical work and...everything else I guess. 
- About $3000 in savings to put into the house. HA! Yes....you heard me right...that's what we started out with. 

I've included the floor plan so that you can get a better idea of the layout BEFORE remodel, and then a floor plan outlining the remodel. Stay tuned for part three! 

What room are you most excited to see transformed? 

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Vintage Whites Market: Montana Summer 2013

It's that time again! Time for our summer markets, nestled right in the heart of the Flathead Valley in downtown Somers! We're right on the shore of Flathead Lake!

This year, we've got the best vendors from Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Washington joining us! We'll be highlighting them up until July on the blog, so stay tuned!

We wanted to take a minute and thank Marianne Wiest Photography and The Shops at Station 8 for providing us with our wonderful promo card! We styled this shoot inside of the amazing Station 8 antique store in Columbia Falls, Montana, and Marianne took all the shots! We love how it turned out. You've just GOT to go up to Station 8 when you're shopping our market this summer! Colette has a wonderful inspirational space that is filled with vintage treasures at great prices!

Our first market this summer is on July 6th from 10-4! We'll have all of our great vendors, great food, great music by Shayla, and we usually have one or two surprises up our sleeve that you'll just have to be there to find out about!

We will also have a FULL inventory of vintage furniture and architectural salvage from the historic Rainbow Hotel in Shelby, Montana for you to shop....I can't wait to see what they bring!

As usual, we will also have PRIZES for the first 10 people in line!

Our second market will be on August 31st, same time...same place! You can keep up with all of our market information (and let us know that you're coming) by joining us on Facebook or on our website! We try to hold a lot of free admission contests as well, so you don't want to miss out on those! 

QUESTION FOR OUR SHOPPERS: If we could do anything, what would you LOVE to see us bring to our summer markets? 

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Vanessa's Home Renovation: Part One

Tada!! We bought an old house in the historical district of Kalispell, Montana! It's a long story, but here's a quick outline with the details. In the coming weeks, we'll be highlighting the progress on the house and revealing the final AFTER photos!! We are so excited that you're here to follow along with us!

- We needed a yard for our 2 kids, and another bedroom before we decide to go for a third :)

- Nothing on the market that we were interested in :(

- Looked into buying and moving an old abandoned house that we were in love with :)

- Found amazing property to move house onto :)

- Started getting quotes and talking with the bank

- Found out property had just sold :(

- Didn't find any other pieces of land we liked :(

- Found a cool old house just listed in AMAZING downtown location : l

- Showed house to husband and he was VERY interested : l

- Keeping options open since that property and potential house move was not looking like God's plan :)

- Looked at house : l

- Brainstormed ways to make it a dream home :)

- Drew these plans out for my husband :)

- Prayed

- Much less work than moving a house, could make into a dream home, great deal, great investment, great location...

- Offer :)

- Great counter offer :D

- 2 months of (plenty of) hoops to jump through, and potential hang ups (signs that it isn't the right move) : l

- Miraculously and almost humorously, everything falls into place with no issues :D

- SOLD! :D

All of my dreams in life have come true, and I have always had great faith that God has THE BEST plans for me. He has blessed me more than I ever thought possible! When my plans for moving and restoring "my dream house" hit a road block, I thought "God might have something even better for us down another road". I figured that God knew how to make us happiest since He's never let me down before. I wasn't even that disappointed when I found out my "dream property" had sold. 

We were not very emotional about this house in town, which I hear is very important. So I knew we weren't being reckless  We were using common sense and faith, and even after we made an offer I knew there were still plenty of ways that God could "save" us if this was not the right move for us. Well, in the end even the realtor said we were the only ones of all his clients that had smooth sailing through the whole process. He said "God must really want you guys to have this house." Yep!

So the outside is gorgeous right?? Well don't be fooled. This is a total renovation project! Stay tuned to see why we got this gorgeous house in this amazing location for such a good deal!!

Have questions about the house? About the move? Ask us in the comment section!!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Tutorial: DIY Tangle Free Ear Buds

{ Post via our contributor, Heather! }

I have no idea if any of you  have a pile of earbuds that look like this. With 4 kids and several mobile listening devices, we always have a bunch of ear buds laying around our place. Invariably, this is the mess I'm greeted with whenever I actually want an ear bud, and it drives me nuts! 

A few months ago, I was in Joanns Fabrics waiting in a very long fabric line and I noticed the lady in front of me had some very fun, colorful earbuds in. I stared at her the whole time I was in line trying to figure them out. Im sure she was getting a bit creeped out, but I was pretty into those buds. 

As far as I can figure, she literally wrapped her buds around and around in a circle with embroidery floss. So I came home and googled it and found pretty much nothing about it, so I started experimenting. I started with embroidery floss and tried the way she did it, but I wasn't nuts about it. So then I tried yarn and loved it. I used my old skills of making friendship bracelets when I was a girl, and started a chinese staircase, which is simply making a knot over and over again. I love how it turned out, and now my buds never get tangled and I think they look pretty darn cute!  I hardly ever wear my earbuds in public, I need to be able to hear my kids, but on the few occasions I have, I get tons of compliments on them. So heres how to get started making your very first pair!

Grab your yarn! I picked variegating pink  because in our household of 6, 4 of us are girls. We cant go wrong with pink. You can do a solid color, camouflage colors, or any combination. I love the look of the changing colors, but to each their own.

Tie a knot at the base of the buds. Leave an end of about 4 inches and then as you start making the knots, just keep that starter thread under the knots you make, like this...

Keep making your knots like so, and pull them nice and tight so you have a uniform staircase. I put my end in my desk drawer so there is some tension and it goes much faster. Or you can just grab a nearby kid and have them hold it as Ive also done.

Starting to form the chinese staircase.

 Heres a closeup of the knot that you slide down.

I dont recommend doing this with the help of a kitty.

When you get to the end, cut off a 4 inch piece, thread it into a large needle and hide it back under the knots you just made. You don't have to hide a lot of it, just enough to keep it in place. Then continue the same process the rest of the way, knotting over your beginning threads and using the needle to slide the ending thread under, until you get as far as you want. You can stop before the earbuds split if you want to keep the ear bud parts lighter, but I went all the way and I really like it!

 Heres what it looks like as you finish the first part.

 And here is after I hid the thread with the needle.

This is a completed pair, where the ear buds parts are not covered.

 Heres a pari where I did the whole thing, they really aren't that heavy at all.

 A closeup

And if you think this looks too complicated or time consuming, heres a pair my 8 year old daughter whipped out in less than an hour. Her first time no less.... You can also use this on the cords that plug into the computer, speaker cords, really any cord that you want to bedazzle.

Enjoy your new tangle free buds!!
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Monday, April 8, 2013

GIVEAWAY: Dash & Albert Diamond Canary/White Indoor/Outdoor Rug!

Hello VWM friends and family! It's been awhile! With both of us pregnant and recuperating from our Salt Lake Market, we have been laying low! We're so excited to be back blogging, and to kick it off, our friends over at Dash & Albert are giving away a GORGEOUS Diamond Canary Yellow/White Indoor/Outdoor Rug!! They gave away another at our market in Salt Lake, and they just thought it would be so fun to offer one to our readers! How nice of them!

This rug is BEAUTIFUL. It's durable with all the charm of a Dash & Albert rug. It's not small either...this rug is 6'x9'. Perfect for any space. 

Here's how to enter:

- Follow Dash & Albert on Twitter & Pinterest (click the links to go directly to their pages)

- Copy, paste, and tweet the following: Win this 6x9 indoor/outdoor rug from @dashandalbert and @vwmblog by clicking HERE: http://tinyurl.com/cns6v5e 

- Pin this image to your pinterest page and tag it with the following: #DandAGiveaway

Comment to let us know you've entered and we'll pick a winner on April 29th! 

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