Spoonful of Sparkles is Moving!

Hello all, I’m happy to announce that Spoonful of Sparkles has taken on a new identity at a new home!

Spoonful of Sparkles is now My Chic Obsession at www.mychicobsession.com

When I ran out of picture space on my free account, I was faced with a couple of decisions. Start over blogging on another free account (and run out of picture space again), or upgrade and continue to design, create, write, and do something I love doing.

The timing in life worked out so I could choose the latter and put more time into it. Along with getting my own domain, I decided to change my name because I wasn’t in love with Spoonful of Sparkles in the first place.

I moved over my former blog (that was too much computer techy stuff for me) and the content will still be the same: fixing up my fixer upper, fashion ideas, and just life.

So go on and visit my new site! Bookmark it while you’re at it 😉 I hope to keep sharing my life with you!


Front Door Makeover

Little things go a long way. Just by painting the front door and adding a couple finishing touches my house feels a lot more homey!

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Split Level Staircase and Entryway Makeover

Holy moly.

This was the biggest, most time consuming, and most expensive project yet. It also makes the biggest impact, so I’m sure those two go hand in hand 😉

Usually we can crank out projects pretty quickly, but I would have to say since buying the materials and finishing the project it took about a month to complete. But just wait until you see what was all accomplished!

So back when we bought the house it looked like this:

Amazing, right? ;P

The carpet on the stairs obviously had to go. The railing was falling off and not up to code. We knew we had to (and wanted to) change this all eventually, but we also knew it would be a BIG project. It took us 9 months to get around to this. In my mind that is slow, but I also have very unrealistic expectations (at least that’s what my husband says)

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Also do you see how this original light is hanging by exposed wires? Look closely.

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That’s safe…

After taking off the carpet (which was a painfully long process) we lived like this for a while:


It was enough to make me feel sad every time I walked up the stairs haha. Your entry way is the first thing people see and I wanted it to be a nice impression. Especially since the rest of the house looked nice. Well besides the basement. But don’t look down there. IF YOU DON’T LOOK IT DOESN’T EXIST!


So after deciding to go for it we got all the materials and $$$ poorer.

We got everything from Menards, our favorite place.

It took a long time of debating to figure out what we really wanted as an entryway and staircase. Bookshelves? Half wall? We went with both. We wanted to do a half wall because I like when you have a separate area to stop and take your stuff off before entering the home. I love having the bookshelves as well. Now Titus has a designated spot to put his keys and wallet without feeling like we’re playing hide-and-seek with them every morning 😉

But once we decided…off went the railing and posts!

Don’t get too close you might fall down. Not speaking from experience or anything…


Titus cut everything for me first so I could paint while he worked on the half wall.

Shout to to my husband for being an insanely patient man with all of my “actually, I want to do this instead…” and for being a diligent, hard worker and good looking handyman! 🙂

We painted the risers and posts a whiteish cream, the same color I’ve used throughout the house for the hutch, chairs, kitchen table, and fireplace. We stained the treads and railing and landing post the same color as our floor and kitchen table. I liked being consistent with the colors around the house.

Making progress and….


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Is this even the same house? Let’s take a closer look…

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I probably could have dusted off the stairs first…but o well!

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Good thing I posted this picture because it reminded me I need to fill those picture frames… 🙂

Here are some before and afters:

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Besides the whole staircase and entryway remodel, I also repainted the interior door black and switched out the floor.

Man o man, what a project but so worth it for this split level entryway and staircase makeover!



Garage Makeover

One night at 8:30 pm I got this sudden urge to paint my garage.

So I went to the store, got some gel stain, and went to work!

Our house started off like this when we bought it:


Not bad by any means. But not exactly what I was wanting in curb appeal either.

I wanted to take those “pie slices” ( as I call them) off the garage and follow the brown theme throughout the house and brick.

I used this stain that I used on the mantle and voila!

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It’s looking classy! Notice that those pie slice windows on the garage are off? I also found carriage door accessories that I couldn’t wait to try out but they are LOST! For the life of me I can not find where they are. They were $30 so I’m not going to buy another one, but bummer….

Missing report: if anyone knows where I put them give me a ring. This is what they look like for those that are curious


The landscaping is kind of in that awkward stage where you’re waiting for grass and plants to grow…but I’m really happy with how it is looking in such a short amount of time!

If we were doing more house projects soon (even though we’re not, we took a pact), but IF we were…I really want to do some shutters and an awning/portico!

Maybe one day. But until then…xoxo


2nd Guest Room Makeover

We are very blessed to have not one, but two guest rooms in our house to redo and make pretty for our friends and family to stay the night! Our first guest room we did is a yellow and gray cheery room. This room we lovingly refer to as the beige room. It’s need a better name though. How about…beautiful beige? Neutral simplicity? Hmm…

It just occurred to me that maybe I don’t need to actually name my rooms and maybe just crazy people do that….

Anyways, I only have one “before”, but it’s all you need.

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Wow! Look at that carpet! What is it with the 70’s and wildly…..creative carpet?

Bye bye carpet and hello beautiful beige room!

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Oh, side story about this mirror. Winston is NOT allowed in this room (or any room) because every time he sees himself in this mirror he scares himself and pees. It’s kinda funny, kinda cute, kinda dumb. You’d think after the first time you’d understand it was yourself!

Well now we close all the doors to every room and are very strict about our puppy’s whereabouts. Just practicing for kids, ya know?





White Washed Fireplace DIY & Mantle Renovation

Now I know why everyone wants to redo their fireplace!

I didn’t hate my fireplace before, but I didn’t love it either.

When I was at Menards a while ago trying to find some supplies for a current project we were working on, I got sidetracked and found some chalk paint spray paint. I love spray paint and I hear so much about chalk paint, so I picked up a couple bottles with the idea of re-doing my fireplace mantel in mind. And I picked up a pink one, for no reason other than I really like pink.

Let’s take it waaaayyyyy back to what it looked like right when we got the house:

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I guess now that I see this picture I should have been wanting to change the fireplace ;P

But it didn’t look that bad after we fixed up the living room a bit a couple months later in the fall:

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But it all started with the mantle. First I did the mature, responsible thing and covered anything that shouldn’t have paint on it.

Then I used a white chalk paint and did a couple coats.


I didn’t think it looked “chalky” and I wasn’t a huge fan of the stark white


So I took some brown gel staining and rubbed it on the mantle with a cloth. I love this gel stain! I also used it on the garage. More on that later.
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Ta da look at that mantle!

I took some creamy white paint that I’ve used on the hutch and the dining room chairs.


I mixed the paint with equal parts water. Basically I just mixed it until it looked good and liquid-y.

Tip: When painting your fireplace, the best way is to paint it over the brick with a paintbrush, then blot it with a cloth. All the blogs I read said it took forever. I really didn’t think it took that long, maybe an 1 hr 30min for the whole thing. But I also had to be somewhere, so that deadline could have helped.

Don’t just paint over the brick, because it won’t look as natural. Unless that’s what you’re going for…

But don’t just blot it either, unless you have 6,000 years to paint the fire place. Unless that’s what you’re going for….

Here it is! It gives it a french country look.

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What a difference! After painting it I didn’t realize how dark the room looked before. Since I have so many rich colors in this room I didn’t want it to always look like Christmas. Having it white gives it an all around season appeal.

I’m still playing around with the mantle and seeing what decorations I like…maybe simple is better!

Let’s look at the before and afters again

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Guest Room Makeover

I call this room the Sunny Delight. Well I didn’t until now but it’s a good name. We just refer to it as the gray and yellow room. How exciting.

I love this room especially because of all the natural light. It has 2 windows and man, that makes all the difference. If/when kids come along I think this might be the nursery room. All the natural light makes it feel cheery.

But this is what it looked like first:

Now I have to do a disclaimer and say I didn’t take the “before” pictures. But I’m not going to point any fingers and say who did.

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What?? How did this picture of my adorable husband get here?


Anyways, even in the limited scope you get the idea. Don’t barf looking at the carpet. Actually if you did, it’d probably blend in.

Thankfully, here’s what it looks like now:

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