Printable Home Safety Checklist

Last summer I had the opportunity to participate in a military makeover for one of our awesome veterans and his family in Charleston, SC.

Teaming up with Safety 1st, a leader in making spaces safe for children, we went through the house and installed a variety of products to help make it a safer place for their toddler.

After going through the house from top to bottom looking for potential dangers I realized how simple it is to create safer spaces on a budget and became passionate about educating families about child safety, since so many accidents are preventable.

Creating safe, supervised spaces for children is the best way to protect them from the many hidden dangers in the home. This free printable safety checklist checklist is a great resource to help you get started.

This FREE Printable Safety Checklist is a great resource to help you create safe, supervised spaces for your children in your home | The Happy Housewife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safeguarding your home does not have to be expensive, so don’t delay in making your home a safer place for your children.

For more tips on safeguarding your home watch my segment on Designing Spaces or visit Safety1st.com.


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Countertops! Renovation Adventures

This is quickly becoming the blog of half done remodel projects! The days have been so busy trying to find things (this is probably the WORST move in terms of things broken/ missing) and finish the house projects.

Today our countertops were installed! We probably won’t finish the kitchen until this weekend, and the backsplash is another story, but I wanted to give you a preview because I LOVE MY ISLAND!

Yes, I am shouting because I’m so very excited and you are the first people (other than my parents) to see it!

Of course I’d love to invite you all over and we could sit around my island and chat for hours, roll out a few pies, and make some bread, but for now you’ll have to enjoy it virtually.

I’m not sure if I ever showed you the pictures of the kitchen when we moved in. Here’s the view from the dining room looking into the kitchen.

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Here’s a view from the opposite side of the kitchen, looking towards the dining room.

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New view from the dining room into the kitchen. Cabinets are fully put together and we still need trim, touch up, and clean up. But look at that island!

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View from the opposite side.

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We had a platform and legs custom built to match the island and support the six by nine slab of granite. Pardon the dust and construction dirt.

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The house is a typical Florida 1970’s ranch with large rooms that are closed off from one another. We wanted the kitchen to be the gathering space so I designed this huge island (we’ll be getting stools tomorrow) so that people could gather, sit, and relax.

I envision this as a space for food, school, family, and fun, craft projects, cookie frosting, bread baking and maybe even a game of ping pong. :-)

We’re still working to get this place in order, but every day I love this house even more.

Stay tuned!!!

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Renovation Adventures: $200 Bathroom Makeover

I’m not finished with my bathroom yet, but I just couldn’t wait to show you what we’ve done so far.

$200 Bathroom Makeover

If you remember, the bathroom was the last room standing with wallpaper. After peeling wallpaper for two weeks I decided to paint over the wallpaper in my bathroom instead of peeling it off.

I realize that the wallpaper could come up, but I took a lot of precautions so hopefully this makeover will last for a few years.

Bathroom plan:

  • Paint frame on sink mirror and wall mirror.
  • Paint over existing wallpaper.
  • Remove shower doors.
  • Paint vanity.
  • Spray paint nobs and fixtures.
  • Replace faucets.
  • Paint doors & trim (not finished)

The Kingston Brass Faucets were the most expensive part of the makeover at $66 each on Amazon. It also took the longest because we changed out the plumbing in the bathroom (to the wall) so that when we re-plumb the entire house it will be cheaper.

Old faucets.

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New faucets and painted sink mirror.

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I spent about $50 in paint, spray paint, and primer. I used Insl-x Sxa-110-04 Stix Waterborne Bonding Primer to paint all the mirrored frames and it worked really well. I’ll be posting a tutorial on how to paint a mirror soon because I think it makes a huge difference!

Before the wall painting and mirror trim redo.

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I painted the frames around the big mirror and sink mirror.

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I spent about $15 in stick down tiles to cover the inside of the vanity. It is in pretty bad shape, but I think the tiles will buy us some more time.

We removed the mirrored shower doors and replaced it with a $8 shower rod. I bought rings, but then found rings in our stuff so I’ll be returning those.

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The only thing I didn’t think about was a towel rack. The old towel rack was on the shower doors so I’ll need to hang a new one in the bathroom. I know I have several coat racks in our boxes so I’ll just need to find one and reuse it.

Total cost for the makeover was right around $200!

I still need to touch up the large mirror and caulk a few places to make sure the wallpaper stays put under the paint, but I was so excited about the progress I had to give you an update.

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Moving Day: Renovation Adventures

Yesterday two semi’s arrived with our stuff. It was overwhelming and satisfying to see our possessions finally being delivered to our new house.

The move was not without incident as one bed arrived broken, another set of bunk beds were not put together correctly and had my boys not moved their bed to rearrange their room last night and noticed the issue, probably would have collapsed on them in their sleep. (Insert mama bear reaction here)

My little girls bed (and the ONLY bed I paid full price for) also arrived with missing pieces. We’ve found a few other issues, but nothing as serious as the beds, which is frustrating because my kids who have been sleeping on the floor for months are still having to sleep on the floor! :-(

I did get a few pictures of the house before the movers showed up and crammed our stuff in it.

We aren’t finished with the renovation but we were close enough to move in.

Our kitchen should be finished by the weekend, the countertops are being installed this week and we’ll be finishing up the trim and small projects this week.

I really love how the house turned out so far. I know we have so much work to do, but I love seeing my kids running through the halls and playing in their rooms.

Once we get more unpacked I’ll show you some finished photos, but for now here’s a few before and after photos.

More details on what we’ve been up to over the past week coming soon. We’ve basically worked until midnight on the house every night for a week. It has been crazy, we are exhausted, but it will be worth it. :-)

dining room before after

Dining room:

Removed the wallpaper, painted top of walls with Sherwin-Williams Front Porch. Removed tile flooring replaced with hardwood. Removed closet doors and replaced with paneled doors.

We still need to finish changing the receptacles and get a light.

family room before after

Family room. Removed sliding glass doors and built a wall. Removed carpet and installed hardwood floors. Replaced fan. Painted the entire room Sherwin-Williams Pure White (including the built-ins). Removed built-in from next to the fireplace. Will be building a place for the television in that space.

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Girl’s room:

Removed all the wallpaper and replaced the carpet. Added orange peel texture to the walls. Repaired water damage to the walls and reframed/ trimmed the windows. Added 4 inch trim around the entire room (carpet went up the wall originally).

Replaced the fan.

Most of our furniture fits, although I miss our basement (aka place to put all the toys). My bathroom is almost finished, we lost a lot of space in our bathroom, so I’m still trying to figure out how to make it all fit. That might be a priority for tomorrow.

Today it was find all the toys!

If our countertops arrive tomorrow I’ll post pictures of those! I’m so excited to have a kitchen again!

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