Monday, May 31, 2010

mirror, mirror on the wall

Another DIY project! I bought this mirror at Homegoods (my home away from home) though didn't care for the color. There's nothing a can of spray paint can't solve. I decided to use the mirror in our second bedroom, and that I'd match it to the Thomas Paul fabric I bought. The room has a lot of blue right now, so I chose to paint the mirror yellow to add a pop of color to the walls. It's actually the same mirror they have over on YHL so, I really can't take any credit for this idea people.

I unscrewed the mirror from the frame to get it ready to paint.

First coat on

Painted, dry, and mirror back in.

Up on the wall

Another view of the room.

Kinda empty huh? Oh and don't you love the light fixture? That's a diy project for another day.

And there you go, cheap and easy diy.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Do you think Sammy likes her new house?

She's right at home. Watch the squirrels, catch the crumbs we drop, just livin the life.

A close up of the new patio set.

And the whole deck

I think there may be some extra room for some more furniture. Maybe a conversation set, but that will have to wait a few years.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Curtains Round 3

Since our living room and dining room are one room I want to have different window treatments in either part to make it seem more like two distinct rooms. We have the long curtains in the living room side so I want to put up something different for the dining room.

Since the dining room is pretty small so I don't want to do anything to large for window treatments. I decided that I am going to make a valance out of wood (ok well Dave will do the cutting of the wood part) I just need to buy the fabric to cover it with. Harder than it sounds. The window is over 100" wide, so I need 3 1/2 yards of fabric.

I found this fabric at Joanns and at only 9.99 a yard it seemed like a good choice.

But, it just didn't work. The pattern was waaaay to small and from a distance, it almost looked like plain fabric. So much for spending $10 a yard. I went back to Joann and picked up a bunch of sample fabrics from their special order section, some that are uh..$50/yard. Joann has sales all the time, so I'll wait to buy it when I can get a percentage off.

Now, I just have to choose. We have a dark brown rug under the table, so I am thinking one of the dark brown patterns will look best. I love the graphic square print (third one in) , by Robert Allen, the only problem is that it has a white background and I was really hoping it would have brown as the background color and white squares. I also like the dark brown fabric (first on the right) by Annie Selke, with the squiggles, but since the pattern repeats, it may get cut off when I wrap it around the valance, which would look weird. So now I don't know what to do. Which one do you like?!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Never thought I'd be so exited to get a patio set as a gift

Shame on me for lagging on my blogging responsiblities, but it's been a long week, and from what I can tell, it is going to be a long road till the end of June when school's out for summer.

I've been looking for a patio set for a while now and could not find one that I liked, probably due to lack of funds and the fact that we would end up owning something that would rust by the end of summer. Just in time, my dad suggested that he'd like to get us a housewarming gift and wondered what would we like. Dave already bought the grill and lawnmower, so patio set it was.

My dad being the great researcher he is, found a place down in Plymouth that sells Brown Jordan patio sets. I had never heard of the company, but apparently, it's been around for 50 years and people who bought their sets back then, still have them. Here they are featured in Garden Design and Elle Decor. The company has great customer service as well as replacement parts for all of their chairs. If you want to change the color, you can contact them, they'll pick it up, spray it to the new color you want and return it to you. They also have replacement slings (mesh seats) so you don't have to get rid of the chairs if the fabric wears down, you can just replace it. I was sold and also the sets don't look to shabby either.

Our set is just like this, but with a long oval table that seats six in a grey...are you sensing a theme here the with grey?

Do you think it will come with the backdrop?

The set gets delivered this week! Yippee! Thanks Dad! Just in time for Memorial Day weekend! Now we just need some good weather.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Getting the Hang of it

I am pretty exhausted after doing housework today. I hung pictures, raked leaves, vacuumed out my car, did laundry, grocery shopping and I think I'm done for today.

This weekend Dave worked (for a very long time i might add) to do the wiring in order to hang our flat screen over the mantle. He had to go to knock out a closet on our second floor so that he could get to the floor beneath and run wires through the wall.

We had a bit of a mess..

Mess cleaned up, tv ready to go on the wall bracket.

And it's up! Maybe we should have bought theater seating instead of a sectional. I think we'll get a smaller tv once we finish the basement and that monstrosity can go in the man cave. But at least we can see the tv, it's been sitting on the floor for the past month.

Next project: Building an entertainment console for all dvd player, cable box, and receiver to go in.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Never Fails

As soon as I put the curtain on the floor Sammy ran over and laid on it. It is a thin piece of fabric, it's not even soft! She's so weird. Then she looks at me like, what, what did I do?!?

The reason I had the curtains out is because they were too long, so I needed to trim em up. They reside in our second bedroom, and no longer hang in a pile on the floor.
See the difference from the one on the right to the left? We kept the wooden valances and I painted them with trim paint. Yes, me, I painted something! I thought they'd look nice when it is a nursery some day. That's all that is in the room now, it needs lighting and a rug, oh and furniture...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Let there be light

Dave's been very busy redoing all the junction boxes so that we can hang lights in the bedroom and hallway. He was in the attic all day redoing all the wiring. The power was off all day, hence me blogging now.

Here's the bedroom before....

And after!

Dave hung a capiz pendant light in our bedroom, it makes the bedroom feel so serene. Funny how we the chest of drawers is in the same spot.. We're ecstatic to have an actual bedroom set so our clothes actually fit in furniture, instead of in canvas bins in the closet. We just need a rug and we'll be all set. We've had enough of the dog tap dancing next to our bed on the hardwood floor every morning.

I found a rug for the living room

And here's a picture of our dining room table pendant light.

That's all for now, off to hang some never ends!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Yankee Swap

Our work Christmas party has a new tradition of a white elephant yankee swap. So, instead of bringing a new gift you have to bring something from home that you don't want. It's a great way to get rid of things lying around the house or a gift you have received that you don't want. Most of the gifts seem to be useless teacher related gifts like a tote bag with a big apple on it, you get the picture. This year I traded my gift for an old picture frame with an ugly vase of flowers painted on a canvas. I am sure you ladies at work were wondering what the heck I was going to do with that and why would I want it! Don't worry, I had a plan. I heart DIY!

This weekend I spray painted the frame white and cut a piece of fabric to fit over the canvas. I only needed a small piece of fabric to cover the canvas and we already had white spray paint laying around so the whole thing was pretty much a free transformation! So there you have it, one woman's trash is another woman's treasure!

I wonder what I'll end up with next year...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Before and After

Here's a few pictures of the work we've done!

New house numbers!



Linen Closet Before:


View of an old door and new one (it's only primed)

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Dave has been complaining for years about how uncomfy our sleeper sofa was at the condo. So we decided new house, new sofa. We hit up all the big furniture places around the area but couldn't find one that was A. comfortable and B. grey. Most sofas come in a light beige and you have to order other colors which could take up to 6 weeks. We were very over sitting on patio furniture and 6 weeks seemed like an eternity. I had been eyeing the West Elm Walton sectional for a while and Dave finally gave. It wasn't too expensive, it was comfortable and it was stocked in the color we wanted. Also we could pick it up from the store that was 5 miles away. We rented a zipcar and since it was a sectional and it came in three pieces Dave took two in the zipcar truck and I took one in his SUV. Easy peasy lemon squeezy (as my kindergartners would say).

I've always wanted a sectional and our living room is plenty big for one, so it made the most sense. We got the new coffee table from C&B and are waiting to get an end table once we find the right one. We definitely need a rug (and hang pictures) to pull things together, but we can't put one down yet since you have to wait a month to put down rugs after you get the floors refinished. Also, I can't find one I like that is not $1,000. Any recommendations for rugs?
Oh, see that white thing on the wall? That is the bottom of an AC unit. Isn't in the best spot? Directly over our new sofa! And..that's a post for another day.
Off to go sit on the very comfortable sofa and relax for a bit. This shopping stuff is wearing me out.