Friday, April 30, 2010

Two is better than one

I bought a curtain way before we even bought a house hoping that it would work in the new place. The problem was that I could only buy "a curtain." I bought the one when I had the chance hoping that some store would have one but apparently, I bought the last medallion window pannel from West Elm in the entire north east.

What the heck was I going to do with one curtain? I figured I'd have to return it. Then I started to think, maybe I could make two out of one. WE makes their curtains pretty wide so I thought it may be worth a try. And if not, hey it would only be a $24.99 loss (good buy eh?) I also bought a double curtain rod so that I would have set of curtains showing behind the cut-in-half curtain. Only problem is that I have no idea how to sew! I bought some fabric scissors and this tape stuff that you can make a hem with an iron and I was good to go.

I measured, and it was 48" across, so I had to cut down the middle at 24." I can't cut a straight line if my life depended on it, and I didn't want to draw a line and ruin the fabric. So what did I do, just started cutting up the middle through the medallions, they weren't exactly on the 24" line, but oh well.

And then there were two.. I ended up not even hemming the jagged edges because they are facing the wall side of the window and no one will see them (hopefully).


There you have it, two is better than one! Oh and if you're wondering what we did for the blinds behind, they're just cheap bamboo blinds. I wanted something with color instead of the white ones we have in the rest of the house. Plus they make the window look larger when you hang them outside of the window frame. Thanks YHL for the idea!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sammy helping out

We just got back from West Elm with a new sectional! Sammy enjoyed lying in the boxes that we were trying to put away. During this whole home improvement journey she has seemed to pick the exact spot where we don't want her to lie. Sectional pictures to come later!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

And we're back

I have been neglectful on my blogging because we haven't had internet since we moved in last week. We introduced the house to 2010 by getting cable, internet and phone.
There is so much we've done the past few days I can't post about it all, but I'll give you a few highlights....

Here's Dave ripping out the old cabinets getting ready for our new fridge to be delivered...

And here's the ginormous fridge that got delivered...

And here it is where it will live in our kitchen. I still haven't figured out all the drawers or functions. In the freezer there is a spot labeled frozen pizza where the pizza boxes fit in standing up..maybe this fridge was worth the money we spent! The reno of the outdated kitchen surrounding the fridge is in the plans for the coming months!

What else have we been doing?
-living at Home Depot and Lowe's, they know us by name now.
-Hanging blinds on all the windows
- Hanging chandeliers
-Painting and hanging new paneled doors
- Hanging closet shelves and rods
-Organizing closets
-Hanging curtain rods
-Moving in furniture and shopping for new stuff (yay!)
- Grounding outlets and changing out all the old switch plates
-painting radiator covers

the list goes on.... and on...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Painting: Check

This may be the last post for a while since were planning to move in to our cable-less, internet-less, phone-less house. I hope those Verizon guys come quick, not sure how I can live without the interwebs.

Day two of painting was another success. My parents came by again and started bright and early. By the end of the day the hallway and second bedroom were painted.

We painted the hallway Bar Harbor beige which is one shade darker than the living room. We're in the process of hanging and painting new paneled doors and once those are up, it will look like a brand new house, and less like a dirty carpeted place from the 1960s. Though my niece Libby thoroughly enjoyed playing music on it with a screwdriver, the funeral home door bell is gone.



The second bedroom went from an almost fluorescent blue to a calm grey called Marina Grey. We painted that room with Benjamin Moore's Natura line, that has no vocs since it will some day be a nursery. Paints can give off vocs for years so we wanted to be safe. Don't get ahead of yourselves people, a baby is not in the plan for right now, we just wanted to plan ahead.



One other project I completed yesterday was putting some plants in a new planter. We're not touching the yard this year so I needed to add a lil' spring somehow. My mom came up and helped me, which is a good thing since I have killed almost every house plant or herb that I have owned.

So that's it for now folks. We're off to start moving some stuff in and buy fun things like a fridge, a bedroom set and a couch... to me this is the most fun part.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Making Progress

So far, after two days of work we can see the place going from old to new. It's amazing what a little paint will do.

Dave and his dad painted the bedroom Shale from Benjamin Moore. It took half a day, and it turned out great. We picked out the colors pretty quickly, so we really weren't sure how they would look. We were pleasantly surprised! I can't take any credit for the painting, when I showed up at the house the guys were almost done. (I wouldn't trust myself with a paintbrush either)

Before: Pretty-ugly in Pink

After: see the difference in the floors too?

Instead of painting, I spackled. I was pretty amused that I got to spread bright pink stuff on the walls of the closet. We ripped out the bar and shelves in all the closets and will eventually install closet maid shelves and bars. We painted the closets with left over beige living room paint.

All day today Dave, my dad and stepmom tackled the living room, a job that Dave thought would have taken at least 2 days. The three of them had a system down and the 12X 30 room is complete!

Kinda hard to see, but you can see the green wall vs. the beige.

Looks like my dad was taking a nap.

The final results...



We can't thank our families enough for all the help so far. We couldn't have done it without you!

Friday, April 16, 2010


We are officially homeowners! As soon as we got the keys we started throwing things away and ripping things up. Yesterday and today the hardwood floors were being refinished so the movers had to move everything into the garage and basement. Dave ripped up the brown carpet in the hallway to reveal never used hardwood. It made such a difference once the carpet was out, it opened the hallway right up. I can't wait to see what the floors look like when they're done! It's supposed to be 50 and rainy all weekend, so unfortunately it will take longer for the floors to dry. We now know that the heat works, we have it cranked! That will be a fun bill to get.

Here's a sampling of a the fun things I found laying around the house. If you have a back itch, head on over.

Oh and you have to see the awesome door bell....

What do you think, should we keep it?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

So long Beantown

Where have the last 4 years gone? We're all moved out and staying at the inlaws (thanks Bill and Joanie!). It was strange to leave the condo today and realize that we won't go home there ever again. But alas, we're on to bigger and (some day) better. Cheers to the next four and many more...

Anyone for bowling?

Sammy was a little confused.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

boring beige

One project I have been excited to start on is picking out paint colors. Next week before we move in the floors are being refinished. We'll let the floors dry for a few days, then the painting will ensue.

We've decided to stick with neutrals for the whole house that way there will be a nice flow from one room to the next. So, no, we won't be experimenting with color like our bright blue bathroom in the condo. I am going to save the bold pops of color for items like throw pillows and wall prints. Keeping the walls neutral also allows us to change the color scheme in the room by changing out accessories instead of having to re-paint when we get sick of the same old stuff. And believe me after a few weeks of painting we will hope that we will never have to do it again!

We're going with Benjamin Moore since you can get it at many stores around us and they have a great selection of colors. I also like that they have an eco-friendly line called Natura. It is VOC free with no fumes, which is way healthier than painting in a closed room breathing in all the chemicals. Also, VOCs aren't just bad for you when you paint, the paint gives off the fumes for 1-3 years! Yikes! Spend a few more beans to stay safe,yes please!

So here's the color break down. Nothing exciting here folks..

The living room and dining room is one long 12' X30' room, so we are going to paint it a light beige that will flow nicely from one part of the room to the next. It is called Carlisle Cream, and it is actually the wall color in my parent's house that I like so much! We'll probably stick with the same color for the hallway.

There are two bedrooms on the first floor, one will be ours and the other will be an office/place to keep extra furniture till we finish the second floor that is, wait for it.. wood paneling! I'm thinking of a pewter color called Shale for our bedroom. And grey called Silent Night for the second room.

I know what you're thinking, ugh, how boring can she be!? But since I have lots of color in things like the bedspread and curtains, I don't want to do anything bold for the walls. So there you have it, boring beige. Accessories to come later!

Here's a sneak peak at the fabric for one of the bedrooms. I heart Thomas Paul.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

living in chaos

My classroom is quite the pigsty or should I say chicksty?

The miracle of life...

and condo is a disaster, but for a good reason!

Monday, April 5, 2010

first post.

Here I go, this may be my first and last post if I don't get the hang of this blogging thing, or if I just bore myself and you to death. Dave, Sammy (our crazy Marley-like golden retriever) and I are getting ready for our big move. We feel like kids on Christmas and just can't wait. We've been in our (tiny) place for 4 years and are ready for a place to call home with room for all our junk, a spot for a grill and a yard for the dog to run free. Sammy has no idea what she has coming to her.