Jun 30, 2011

Happy House-iversary!

One year ago today we closed on the bungalow.  I really didn't think I would make it here with all the work we had going for us.  We did it!  And now all the waiting is a thing of the past.

Remember us on our first day?

Here are reminders of what the bungalow looked like before Bungalov moved in!  I guess this first shot is not much different...but...

Living Room

Living Room

Dining Room

Dining Room



Bedroom that became mine and the Mr's

Bedroom that became Bub's

Basement Family Room

Basement Bedroom

Laundry Room

Gosh I cannot believe it has been a year.  How fast it goes!

Happy House-iversary to us!

Jun 29, 2011

Tools of the Trade

Lookie cookie.  I got a few new things.  Necessities.  Tools of the trade.  Things I BADLY needed for projects I am working on right now.

So excited about my new staple gun.  Can't wait to get to using it!

And my liquid nails.  Boy I hope this stuff really works right for the project intended for...
it's a big one!

What tools are you using?  Got some recommendations?

Jun 28, 2011

In Love With...These Kitchens

One of my fav blogs to read is Miss Mustard Seed.  Marian is such a great inspiration and ALWAYS does an amazing job.  Recently she posted about her kitchen redo.  As always, my heart skipped a beat. 

Check out her post here:

Remember my post Oak It Up?  Here is the link for a refresher: Oak It Up.  Marian had all those wood tones just like in mine and transformed her kitchen with only paint and hardware.  Yes, all the wood tones are great but just wait!  I am in LOVE and super jealous!  The farmhouse style, antiques, calm feeling.  Ahhh!  Now I cannot stop thinking about how I would like to tackle more in my kitchen...Ugh.

Here is Miss Mustard Seeds' transformation.  Remember to pick up your jaw.



Look a little closer.

Amazing how painting those cabinets made it look so dramatically different.  I think it would make a big impact in my kitchen too.  Hesitation, tho...I have painted cabinets before in the condo and not fun.  It actually took me over a year to finish cause I got super lazy...

The Bungalov Kitchen

Got some decisions to make...

Here are some more inspiring kitchens.  I am not much of a modern girl so hope you don't mind my love for the farmhouse and cottage style kitchens...it will be VERY obvious...

This one is a redo done over at The Virginia House.  Just love the white on top and green on bottom.

Southern Living

Country Living

Southern Living

One last blogger redo.  This one is from Restored Style.  It is so nice it was featured in the recent issue of Kitchen & Bath Makeover Magazine.

Check it out.

Restored Style

Well, off to thinking about this some more.  To paint or not to paint.  That is the BIG question!

Have a wonderful day!

Jun 27, 2011

Introducing The Spotlight

New on Bungalov.  The Spotlight.

Here's the scoop!

-  Have a DIY project you've finished? 

-  Remodeled a room? 

-  Refinished a great piece of furniture? 

-  Made something yummy? 

-  Found a treasure at a thrift store, flea market or garage sale?

AWESOME.  I would love for you to send me all the det's about your project and allow me to share for all to read.  This is a great way for us to inspire each other and share ideas!

Message me your project info at chicagobungalov@gmail.com.  Include your pics and all the juicy info about what you did.  Please bear in mind that I cannot share all projects I receive info about but I will do my best.  Pinky swear!

I am hoping to do a weekly post of The Spotlight but it will be dependent on how many of you are willing to share with me.  Please, please, please.

What do I ask for in return?  If you are a blogger please link me up on your blog and share my button.  If you are not a blogger please Facebook or Tweet about Bungalov.  Hopefully something nice :)

So, do you want to be in The Spotlight?

Jun 24, 2011

The Spotlight...Toddler's Room by DIYer, Katie

My friend Katie is an inspiration to me.  She may not think so but is a great decorator and has done an awesome job in her home.  I absolutely LOVE her cooking and baking too.  Really!  She makes the BEST desserts and can whip up an awesome latte on her fancy machine.  Forget Starbucks if I can have some of Katie's coffee...

For my first "Spotlight" (details to come), I am going to share her sweet daughter, Aidan's bedroom and the great job Katie did in transitioning her into a big girl room. 

I know the struggles and hard work too since I just did the same thing for my little Bub.  If you haven't checked it out, do a little clicky here.

Here is how the room looked before Aidan moved in.

Isn't that fan just perty?

And for the reveal...

Time for you to say your ooh's and ahh's...ohh ahh!

Here are some det's on what Katie did:

1.  The wall color was already a perfect shade of green and so NO painting needed.  What a time saver for a preggo mommy.  Phew!

2.  Bed and bedding were a new purchase from, as you already know as one of my fav stores, Pottery Barn Kids.  One of Katie's too!  Bed is the Catalina, twin size.  The gorgeous bedding is the ever so sweet Lindsay quilt set.  Don't you just LOVE the cute little birdies and yummylicious cupcake?

3.  Did you notice the sports themed shelf in the above before pic?  Well, this is my favorite part of the whole room.  Katie transformed it into a purple butterfly shelf perfect for a little princess.  She painted it Freesia Purple using Behr paint with primer.  On the sides Katie added butterflies she found from Hobby Lobby.

From this...to that...

4.  Hat boxes from Land of Nod were re-purposed and now being used as a night stand and storage for all of Aidan's little friends.

Curious about other items in the room:

-  Wallpaper Floral Valance from Land of Nod

-  Madame Butterflies from Land of Nod are hanging from the ceiling

-  Bucket and flowers are from PBK

-  Aidan name art is a special piece made by Katie's sister.  She took the photos herself of objects in the shape of letters spelling Aidan.

Thanks for reading and I hope to share more details of The Spotlight tomorrow!

Linked to:

The Shabby Nest Chic on a Shoestring Decorating Somewhat Simple

Jun 23, 2011

Simply Made Banners and Thank You's

I am super far behind on sharing this one (so sorry) but have really been wanting to tell you ALL about it.

For Bub's birthday party I made homemade banners and thank you gifts.

For the banners I got inspiration from other great blogs I read.  Here are just a few of the pretty ones.

Back to my banner.

I bought ribbon from Michaels for $0.50 and used scrap book paper I had on hand.  Cheap-o beep-o!   And super easy since mine required no fabric or sewing.

Sorry for the lack of pictures of mine.  :(  I had taken more but they didn't turn out so well.  I still have it hung so I will give it another try...

I made thank you gifts for our guests too.  I decorated envelopes and enclosed Katie's 3rd birthday picture.  Remember the one done for us by my great friend, Paulina?

I bought pretty pink envelopes with white lining from Stationery Station in Highland Park.  Each cost $0.69.  Here I am making them up.

For the envelopes I made the decorative flowers from paper and glued them on.  I wrapped the envelope like a present with yarn from Michaels for $1.99.  I stamped "Thank You" in the corner with a stamp from Michaels' $1.00 bin. 


Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy!

Linked to:

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating The DIY Show Off