Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A needed break

Hello dear readers,

My full attention is needed at home for a bit so I will be taking a little blogging break. The hallway project is coming along nicely, now I just need to find the time and focus to paint all the beadboard and trim. I will be sure to share some good before and afters with you when I get back.

Talk to you soon!


Friday, March 11, 2011

Have you tried forcing yet?

A couple weeks ago I cut a few branches from a magnolia tree and now we have blooms!

Forcing branches is really easy to do. After you bring your branches of choice inside, get your container ready and fill with cool water.

Give them another clean cut and create a slit in the cut end of your branches about three inches long to make sure they take in enough water.

Depending on how close they are to their natural bloom time will determine how long it might take for them to bloom. I cut mine early so I had to wait a while.

This is what they looked like when I first brought them in.

The last thing you need to do is change the water every few days and enjoy. I hope you have a fabulous weekend, spring is on its way!

Monday, March 7, 2011

making progress

Ok, Mr. 65th was right....installing beadboard in the hallway is a time consuming project. And if you add a little one to the mix it goes a bit slower...ok a lot slower, especially since using a nail gun after her bedtime might not be a good idea. But that's ok.

You can't tell by the picture, but we did make some good progress this weekend, nowhere near done, but progress. Three more pieces of beadboard to hang then we can start on the trim and I can do more painting. As you can see, I already painted the top half of the room...that was scary. I had to be on a ladder with two legs sitting on a step and the other two legs hanging out into space...not very fun.

I'm off to look at paint swatches for the downstairs door. Talk to you soon!

P.S. Thank you to everyone who helped me talk Mr. 65th into getting on board with this project! xo

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hallway decisions

If you are a regular reader you might know that projects tend to go pretty slow around here. Especially when I can't make up my mind about paint colors. Or if I have to convince a certain someone to help me with a project that would require more time and money. I happen to think our ugly back hallway is worth it.

When we moved in, it was sponge painted green and white. It was very busy and outdated so I painted it brown hoping the dark walls would hide the fingerprints and dirt. Now I'm craving something bright and fresh to welcome us home.

The last couple of days have gone a little something like this....

Me...Hey honey, look at these pictures...I love all these mudrooms with white beadboard and board and batten. I think it would really freshen up the hallway. What do you think?

Mr. 65th...I don't think it's worth it, we don't spend a lot of time in there.

Me...True, but it is the first space we walk into when we come home.

Mr. 65th...It would be such a pain because of all the angle cuts that we...or should I say I would need to make. Just paint it like we it really worth all the extra time?

Me....I think it is. Plus, this would be a great place to try it out.

As of right now, I'm still not sure what we're going to do with the walls. I do know we want to check this project off our list this weekend.

Here is a little peek at the stair project I'm working on. I hope this is one of those projects that turns out the way I envision it. We will see.