• DIY

    Entryway Madness {And Happiness}

    In my last post I mentioned the disaster area that would be known as the entryway.  No method has been found in the 11 years we have lived here to keep all the junk off the floor.  In the past few months I have been thinking differently about the space.  Maybe instead of a piece of furniture, maybe I just need to create some sort of built-in…hmmm…

    So, here is my idea board (my first attempt and I kind of like having all my inspiration pictures in one place)

    I’m excited to say that my husband and I were busy building this weekend and make some serious progress.  I can’t wait to share the finished product and lots of pics of the process.  Beyond excited for the possibility of organizing all our stuff!!

  • DIY

    Progess…ha!

    I’ve read several blog posts lately on progress.  This is very freeing to me since I almost always have something in progress and very rarely have anything finished.  So, I thought I would join the “progress” train.  🙂

    As mentioned earlier I am working on lightening up the interior of my home, the biggest culprit of dark being the woodwork. So, last week when my hubby was across the ocean I decided to dive into the darkest place in our home…the hallway.

    This is my hallway with the lights on…

     

    This is my hallway with the lights off…

     

    This is my hallway with the lights off and everyone’s bedroom curtains open on a sunny day…

     

    This is what I decided to dive into…
    Obviously this is progress, but who knows when I will be done 🙂
    Especially since I believe there is another project that is going to trump finishing this one on the time line…the entryway…dun dun duh…
    This is what it looks like right now.
    We have had MUCH cooler temps the last couple of days. So much so that we are pulling out jackets, gloves and hats for those cold weekend soccer games.

     

    This is where the magic will happen…hopefully
    Have a blessed week!!  Hope to be sharing a finished product somewhere with you soon!!
  • DIY,  home decor

    Lightening Up

    It has finally cooled off a little here, and I am feeling a little like diving into a few projects at home.  As if I don’t have anything else to do right?  Anywho…

    After our third trip to the beach last summer I decided that this is where I am meant to be…

    This is my happy place 🙂
    But, for many reasons we are stuck in the concrete jungle, as my husband says.  So, for now I wanted to find a way to bring the feeling of my happy place into my home.  I have always gravitated to warm colors – brick red, brown – earthy colors.  But now I find myself more and more drawn to the colors of the beach.  The blues and greens of the water, the various shades of beige on the beach, the coral and yellows in the seashells and sunsets.  Something like this

     

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    My next step in the lightening up process is drapery.  This is what I have now

     

    I’m thinking something like this would be nice
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    But since this blog is new, I thought I would rewind a little and share with you where I started a few months ago.

    The first step was the front door, I had been seeing so many cute colored doors on Pinterest.  So, I went on a search for paint, on the mis-tint shelf.  And, I found the perfect color, $7.00 for a gallon of paint+primer!!  Score!!
    Not in the blog mode I did not take a before, but here is the after
    Love!!
    Then it was on to my biggest issue in my house – all the orange oak.  I am soooo over it.  I swore after painting all the trim and cabinetry in our old house that I would NEVER do that again, but just like with childbirth, I think I am removed enough from it to get started again.  So, start is just what I did.  My hubby and kids were out of town one weekend, fishing, and I dove head-first into my deconstruction project.  Here is the before

    You can see on the bottom where I tested a couple of paint colors before I found one I liked. I ended up choosing Glidden Antique White.  I went with the paint+primer because there was no way I was sanding all of that and I wanted to save a step.  You can see how dark it is and that is with the lights on.  (Forgive my photography skills, still learning how to use my camera.)  By the way there is another built-in just like this on the other side of the room.

    So, I started painting…  (I did not sand anything, just cleaned it all really good)

    You can see in the photo on the left that I was too lazy to empty all the shelves before I started.  I’m not a very patient person, and I needed some gratification to motivate me to keep going.  You can see the yellow glow the orangey oak causes.
    Then after I started painting….I decided to start deconstructing.  I had always thought it would be great if we could put our TV and all it’s components in this built-in.  So I did some measuring, and got out the saw.  I used a jigsaw to cut the second shelf to the length I wanted to remove.
    Let me tell you, that was a boogar to get out once I cut it!!  But, I finally got it out.  Then, I turned it sideways and cut it to fit as a side piece for the newly created smaller shelf to the left.
    Woo HOO!!
    Then, more painting, and yes I did clear the shelf off 🙂
    Much better picture…taken in the daytime, and no orange cast.
    Here it is now reloaded with all of our stuff (really the daytime pictures with the natural light are so much better, I’m going to remember that).
    I still need to get a cord cover for that ugly cord, and I plan on painting the oak paneling above…someday.
    Every since I finished this I have been trying to convince my hubby that I need a table saw and a nail gun, for my list of future building projects.  Anybody with me??
    School starts Friday, so maybe I will have time soon to tackle those drapes.
      I read a post today from one of my favorite bloggers that really hit home. “Seven Signs You Might Be Decorating out of Fear” – head over to The Nester and see if this describes you.  I am done being afraid of decorating,  if I like it then that’s all that matters!!  🙂  Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings. I hope you enjoy it, and are inspired to try some DIY.