Sunday, July 6, 2014

A New Window Treatment

My slow re-decorating is continuing. Since I haven't posted any updates lately I thought I would share my new living room window treatment. Even if my room is still miles away from done and you can totally see project wood sticking out from under my sofa LOL

 I wanted a lighter and more tailored window so I put up semi sheer curtains from Ikea and bamboo blinds that I ordered from I added a sisal rug also ordered from Overstock.

I removed my side table because I'm making a new one, so in the meantime I added my suitcases stacked on top of a bench I remade a while ago. I'm also making a new slipcover for the sofa and I haven't decided on pillows yet.

Do you see that little guy in the corner on the left? He is one of the reasons that I'm constantly changing pillows! He and his  furry buddy keep them wrecked.

Well look who decided to join in on the fun!  These are the little pillow wreckers barking there heads off at my neighbors because they had the nerve to ride their bikes pass our house. It's still a work in progress but you can see a little sliver of my dining room feature wall. Not quite done in there yet either SIGH.

Well I'm moving along. More updates soon. Thanks for stopping by. I'll be joining these fun parties this week.

                                                                        Savvy Southern Style

                                                                        Ivy and Elephants

                                                                       French Country Cottage

                                                                       Craftberry Bush

                                                                      My Romantic Home

                                                                   Thrifty Decor Chick



Monday, June 9, 2014

The Wood burner Take Two and A Few Sneak Peeks

Remember when I painted my wood burner the fist time? I was so pleased. Until this happened after we used it a few times,

Clearly that spray paint that was such a pain to use did not do what it promised.It yellowed and peeled even though I prepped the stove according to the directions. Well what to do now? It looked terrible and after painting my living room it looked even worse. Thank goodness for Google.After a little searching I found this product,

It was expensive and stinky,I probably fried a few brain cells from the fumes, but I could tell right away that there was a world of difference between this and the previous product. It brushed on smoothly, was self leveling and dried to the touch in about 15 minutes.  Here's how it looks now

It has a factory like finish now that seems very hard and durable. I also painted the floor tile, I used the wall color which is Distant Gray with a few drops of the French Gray from the vestibule tile mixed in. Here's a before of the tile,

You  also get a little peek of my fresh new paint job and my new window treatment. I bought the curtains from Ikea and the curtain rod years ago on clearance from JC Penney.The curtains let in so much natural light. The house is so The striped pillow cover is from Ikea (old) the other pillows are from Marshalls (also old). How about a little peek at the bathroom progress? Here it is!

 The toilet and sink side is mostly finished but you can clearly see the ugly textured wall on the window side

Just wait until you see the before pics, I'm almost too embarrassed to show them. This bathroom was beyond horrible.

There will be more info on the bathroom when we get it all done and I do the final reveal. I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to photograph such a tiny space. Thanks for stopping by. I'll be joining these fun linkups this week,

                                                       Savvy Southern Style

                                                      Ivy and Elephants

                                                     French Country Cottage

                                                    Craftberry Bush

                                                  My Romantic Home

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Foyer/Vestibule

Is it a foyer or a vestibule? anyhoo it's the little space you first walk into in my house. It was drab and dark and needed a new look. So I painted it.

In my last post it looked like this

I had scrubbed the dark brown 70's paneling and put on one coat of primer. I added a second coat of primer and then painted everything from floor to ceiling.

I painted the drab brown floor tiles in French Gray by Glidden, after a thorough scrubbing, I added two coats of primer followed by two coats of paint and three coats of poly. The walls and doors are painted Misty Gray by Benjamin Moore and the trim is Distant Gray also by B. Moore.  I still have some finishing to do. I'm going to paper the ceiling, hang the new light fixture and change the doorknobs. I also have to clean up the edges on the trim around the floor. Since my last post we finished painting the living room, dining room and f/v. My kids and hubby all pitched in.  We also hung new curtains and rods.

My house is wrecked because my husband is working on the bathroom redo and stuff is everywhere.I'll give you a little sneak peak of the progress in there real soon. It's turning out great! Once the f/v is all fluffed and pretty I'll give you an update. Were as busy as beavers around here. Thanks for stopping by. Joining these fun linkups this week,

                                               Savvy Southern Style

                                                 Ivy and Elephants

                                                Craftberry Bush
                                                French Country Cottage
                                                My Romantic Home


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Painting, Painting, Painting and a New Arrival

Hello friends! I'm still alive and feeling well enough to tackle painting my Living room, Dining room, hall and foyer. It's taking forever because I have to take lots of breaks and a day or two off in between sometimes. My stamina just is not the greatest. The dining room was the hardest to do and I still haven't put on the first coat of paint.


The dining room had been wallpapered by the previous owners and then they decided to paint over it. Yeah it was impossible to strip it without causing a huge mess. I decided to skim coat over it. I used this tutorial. Now I just have to paint it.

This is the right side and the above is the left side.

That 70's paneling with the first coat of primer.

This is the foyer . It was paneled in that 70's plywood paneling that was so popular. It's a tiny space so you can imagine how dark it looked. Before I painted it I washed all of the paneling and trim with tsp and rinsed it well.  It looks so much brighter with one coat of streaky primer. It needs another coat of primer, a new light fixture and paint. I primed all of the all of the trim too. On a happier note look what finally arrived after three months of waiting!

I wanted to have lots more of the room put together before my chair came but my body had other plans. I hope to have some pretty pictures to share soon. Thanks for stopping by. I'll be joining these ladies this week

                                                                Savvy Southern Style

                                                               Craftberry Bush

                                                             French Country Cottage

                                                            My Romantic Home

Monday, February 3, 2014

Well hello my friends. I've had a longer than normal absence from my blog. I haven't been feeling the greatest and so my productivity level is in the toilet. I have an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue. It can be very debilitating and frustrating. I'm feeling better, well enough to do a little online shopping anyway lol. I've been searching the thrift stores and Craigslist for over a year for a chair, haven't been able to find just what I'm looking for. Lo and behold Restoration Hardware had a sale on exactly the style that I wanted. YIPPEE!!! Since I had a little Christmas money and I haven't bought furniture brand new from the store in 15 years I treated myself to this lovely chair. I ordered it in white linen with a burlap back and sides.

Lorraine Chair White with Burlap
photo source
 I was going to recover my current living room chair, but I've grown to dislike it intensely. The more I looked at it the more I hated it. Does that ever happen to you? I've also bought new pillow covers and linen to make slipcovers for my sofa and dining room chairs. I've realized that I have to buy some things and make a lot less than I would like too because of my health. In short I just need to rely on more help from the stores, it's a bummer when you enjoy creating your own stuff. I also bought new drapes from Ikea and I have a plan to redo my balloon shades.I'm giving them a whole new look. I'll have that project up soon. I'm halfway done with one of them and I cant wait to show you guys. In other news after many years of frustration about getting my bathroom done I've decided to get some estimates from the pros on getting some of the major work done. I hope before the year is out I'll have a reveal on my long awaited bathroom. Wish me luck it's been a long time coming.  Thanks for stopping by, I'll be back soon.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Look at 2013

Can you believe 2013 has come and gone? Where does the time go? Lets take a look at a few favorite posts. In January I painted an old armoire.

In February I created a terrarium display

In March I stamped and painted a few books

In April I shared plans for my bathroom reno and new bathroom floor

 Sadly this room is still not completed. But that's a whole other long story lol.

In May I made pillows from Dollar Store Flour sack Towels

June found me making a box for my remotes

July found me altering bottles

August was a month for the beginning of Halloween crafting

September A Fall Wreath

October is all about Halloween

In November I set the table for Thanksgiving

In December we celebrated Christmas

I hope to have a more productive 2014. Thanks to all of you who take the time from your busy lives to read my blog and leave such nice comments. I'm  looking forward to spending 2014 with all of you. I'll be joining these parties this week,

                                  Savvy Southern Style

                                 My Romantic Home

                               Unskinny Boppy

                              Coastal Charm
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