Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Where I Blog...

We are back from vacation and we had a fantastic time! I was working on a post last night and had my pictures uploaded to blogger when I accidentally closed the window and they were gone.  Needless to say that didn't make me very happy, so I decided to work on that post another day.

Today I'm joining Kate from Centsational Girl who is having a Where do you blog? Party.

I blog all over the house, even outside.

Our outdoor family room is my favorite place to go when the little one is in bed. Now that it's getting dark earlier, the outdoor chandelier has been put to good use.

You can also find my laptop in the kitchen at the island.

Or find me sitting cross-legged on my deep comfy couch.

My bed and dining room are also blog reading and posting places, so I really am all over the place. How about you, where do you blog? The link party will be up through Wednesday Sept. 1st.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Late Summer Vacation

We are off to Michigan for a week to play and relax at the beach. Before we had the little one, my husband and I would stay in the same area at a Bed and Breakfast. Now we rent a little house in a cute beachy neighborhood.

This is a picture from last year; the little one loved her purple whale.  A dolphin will be coming with us this time.

The best part is it's only about an hour away and we don't have to get on a plane. Flying is not one of my favorite things to do.

Off to finish packing, I will catch up with you all when we get back, have a great week!

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Beginning

If you have been reading along for a while you know I've been working with my paint sprayer. I got some painting time in this weekend and you know what? I've got it down my friends. I am excited to be starting something that I love to do, making over vintage and antique furniture.

Here is the dresser I worked on this weekend. It was rough and in need of some love but I liked the shape and size.

My husband picked it up for me after I found it on Craigslist. Am I the only untrusting person who won't go to a strangers house to buy something?

I used white paint again, boring I know, but I do think this dresser looks good in white. It also wanted to be distressed, so I sanded the edges. Next time I will be ready to try out some color.

Are you loving the legs?

 I also gave the existing pink hardware a makeover. I used two different kinds of spray paint to get the look I wanted.

I used the black chalkboard paint as a base coat and then went back and forth with the metallic until I was happy.

This is the first piece of furniture I bought with the intention to makeover and sell. This is just the beginning...

I'm playing along with the CSI Project this week. Check it out, it's a lot of fun.
Linking with Nifty-thrifty-tuesdays  power-of-paint-party
                   Miss mustard seed   fresh-coat-friday

Visit thecsiproject.com

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Board And Batten

I've found some great DIY board and batten inspiration out in blogland. It seems like an easy and inexpensive project for a big impact. You might have seen some of these.

First we have The Nester. When I started reading her blog I fell in love with her office right away. One of my favorite details is the wainscoting she and her husband did.

She wrote a post here about how they did it without breaking the bank.

Next we have inspiration from Pancakes & French Fries. Jules's husband made and installed the board and batten and it looks fabulous.

I always enjoy visiting her blog; Jules makes me laugh and always keeps it real. This room should be in a magazine.

Karla from It's The Little Things wrote a detailed post about how she gave her room a new look.

Love the little bottles sitting on the ledge at Pine Tree Home.

I think I could do a post a mile long with all the inspiration out there.

I really want to give this a try, I feel armed and ready. Now I just need to get my husband in on this gig. I wonder what he will think of this great idea. Hmm...I'm sure he'll be thinking oh no, here we go again!

Monday, August 9, 2010

It Just Can't Be Easy...

Friday my husband set out to hang the new chandelier. Everything was going right along until the very end....

See, this was not just an easy change of the light fixture. When we bought our little bungalow, ceiling fans were in every single room, except the bathroom. I am one of those people who are not a fan of the fan. Sorry fan lovers, they do have a very good function, I admit.

Back to the story...the fan in the dining room was centered in the room. Our table is not, so hubby moved the electric box over the table and a chandelier was installed. Great, until we lived here for a while and I realized the table was too close to the wall. Over time it kept moving and we ended up with a light that was not centered anymore. Did I mention that I am not good at patching a hole in the ceiling? The hole I patched never looked good either.

The time had come to move the old light and paint. Dear husband was not very happy about this as you can imagine. But he would move it again, one more time, I promised. While we were at it, I ordered the new chandelier that I have been wanting for a long time.

Back to the holes in the ceiling. This time we called a painter to patch the hole and fix the one I did years ago. Finally, I was able to paint.

Fast forward to the other day. Hubby cutting a new hole in the ceiling, me hoping I picked the right spot this time, him climbing into the attic to get everything wired up. Then the moment of truth...he popped a light bulb in and we had light!! Yippee! Until I flipped the switch on and off and it wouldn't turn off! My poor husband, he was so puzzled. After checking and checking again, we still couldn't turn the light off without turning the power off. Not a good time.

Enter the electrician. Turns out, lots of crazy things happen over time when the house is over 65 years old. He had to cut into the old electric box to see how everything was wired. Everything is working great now, but I have this again.

Another hole in my newly patched and painted ceiling! Bring out the paint and roller, here I go again. We are getting closer to the finish line; I did make some progress this weekend.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Mini Garden Bouquet

While we were out pulling weeds in the garden, the little one started picking one flower as we went.

Some were hard to get to or not very easy to pluck so I helped a bit. She had so much fun putting together her little bouquet and is so proud of it. I don't think I'll need to buy flowers at the farmers market this weekend, I can just send my little helper out to pick flowers for me. Speaking of the weekend, I hope to get some things accomplished.

This weekend I will be...
Playing imaginary games with our 4 year old.
Sending my sweet husband up to the 150 degree attic to hang the chandelier.
Cleaning and prepping some furniture to be painted.
Working on the dining room.
And walking up to the farmers market.

Have a wonderful weekend! I'm linking to Lauren's Pure project.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Dining Room Talk

This chandelier is on its way and I am so excited to see how it looks. Our dining room is small so it will either be fabulous or just too much.

Celeste chandelier Pottery Barn

There is not a lot going on in the room as far as fabric goes...no rug or fabric on the chairs. The drapes are a similar color to the oatmeal walls....for now. They still need to be hung.

Here is a peek at the newly painted chairs and walls. I'm working on a gallery wall of black and white photographs and this is where I'm having a hard time. All along I thought I would be doing black frames but after seeing the paper on the wall, now I'm thinking white. The other day I painted all the mix match frames black and then yesterday I started repainting them. I stopped when I realized I still don't know which way to go. I think I need to wait and see how the chandelier is going to look before I move forward on this. I really wish Pottery Barn sold the chandelier in the store, I can be so impatient.

After living with the gallery wall mock up for the last couple days, I see it needs to move down a bit. I guess that's the good part about moving at a snails pace.

I would love to hear your thoughts.