Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Another Beige Room

You would think I've had enough of beige by now. Well, you're right. Since I'm off for the summer and had no classes to go to this week, I thought I'd start on a project. Our ugly sunroom/screened porch/not sure what it's really called, was asking for an update.
We have gallons of Carlisle Cream from the living room left over, so I decided, why not paint the paneling? Dave agreed and said "it's not like you can mess anything up in there".

You can see why I wanted to paint it. The most fun part is that there are two types of paneling in there! One is wood grained and one is regular old paneling. What were they thinking??


One coat on the "wood" wall.

And then I ran out of paint and had to open another can. Which is when I realized that I started painting with the hallway paint, Bar Harbor Beige, 1032, not 1031. Oops.
See the difference between the left and right?

And then Dave came home as I was painting over the darker paint. And that's when we figured that all this work made no sense if we were going to eventually rip the paneling out. So mid stroke, I stopped painting.

And that is how I left it. Even with the one mismatched layer of paint, it really brightened it up. When it's not too hot out, it's Sammy's favorite spot!

When the paneling and ugly orange carpet is out, we'll tile the floor and put up sheetrock and turn it into a mudroom. Sammy can't wait to have another place with tile. She seeks out any tile she can find in the house since it stays cool.

Here's some inspirations for the mudroom:

We want to make built-ins along the windowed wall with baskets, and then along the other wall a place to hang coats and bags.

And in the corner we'll add this in:

Just kidding, this is a 10X10 room people. But how great would that be? You could even wash kids in it!

I am guessing we'll do the kitchen before this mudroom thing, since a dishwasher is more important than a place to hang things. It gives me time to pick out tile and a wall color. Any wall color suggestions?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Stairs Update

Dave's been working on the basement stairs this weekend. In only a half day Saturday and all of today he's almost finished!

He built the frame yesterday.

And built a spot for a closet.

Today's work:

Yay! An air compressor! Just what I've always wanted. Dave's thumb is very thankful though.

The work zone:

Just about done!

He's working on the treads now, and then the stairs will be finished. I'm excited to be able walk down the stairs to do laundry. Well, not really.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Choose Wisely

Remember the fun, pick a door, any door game you can play in our hallway? Now, you must think very hard before you choose a door. If you open the wrong one....

You loose!! And you fall to your death. Game Over. Not so sure you want to play the game any more huh?

Dave tore down the basement stairs this weekend. In my sleep I hope that I don't decide that I need to go do laundry, that may be a problem. Here are some more pics of the disaster zone.

The new stairs won't be built till next weekend. So until then, I'll get strange looks from the neighbors as I bring laundry outside and around through the basement door.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Pick a door, any door...

Our hallway now resembles something out of Let's Make a Deal. Let's hope there are no goats behind those doors..

In the photo you can only see 3 doors, well in that small space there are actually 5, yes 5 doors. There are so many doors I can't get them in one photo. Until yesterday, there were only four. But four was just not enough. We like having guests over and make them guess which one is the bathroom.

The reason for a new door is to make more room for cabinets in our kitchen. Right now we have a whole wall with no cabinets on it, but a door that leads to the basement.
The kitchen is so tiny and having a big door take up precious cabinet space seemed silly. So, why not move the door? The top of the basement stairs leads straight across to the hallway that I showed before. For some reason when the house was built, they made the stairs curve at the top and open up into the kitchen.

I'll just move the door, "Easy," said Dave. I thought, "suuure." Well I was wrong, I woke up yesterday morning and there was no door, by the afternoon, there was a new one!
Here's the first step, where he took the wall down on the basement side.

And it's all down.

Evening it out a bit.

Now we can head down to the basement from two places.

The project wouldn't be complete without some help from Sammy.

Door's on!
Dave's working on putting the trim moulding around the door right now. Just what I wanted for our Anniversary, a door! :) Next new stairs.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Greetings from ÄMÅNTA and DÄFF

Those are our names in IKEA, or er Swedish. What's your name? Just a little fun to start my post about our trip to IKEA today!

We're starting the process to renovate our tiny kitchen and decided to go with Ikea cabinets. We did (or DÄFF did) a lot of research on the cabinets from Ikea and found out that they get great reviews! I was pretty apprehensive at first considering most things you buy from ikea are a. left behind in an apartment when you move or b. broken. The cabinets are a 1/4 of the cost of other cabinets and come with a 25 year warranty. I doubt we'll be here in 25 years, so I think we're good.

I was stoked for our trip since sitting in a 80 degree/humid house was not really how I wanted to spend my day. Plus, going to Ikea is like going to a indoor theme park for adults. Unless of course you hate shopping, then getting lost in the maze of furniture is like hell on earth. I made sure we left before Dave felt this way.

If you haven't seen the suspenseful Ikea drama, Ikea Heights, you need to watch. It's pretty hilarious. The guy that made it filmed a bunch of episodes without Ikea knowing.

You can't go to Ikea without having a little bit of fun.

DÄFF, When's the pasta going to be done?

Just making my morning cup o' joe.

Love me some guacamole.

Oh just another morning washing my hands.

Ok, enough of that. We're thinking of going with these cabinets. We'll have different drawer and cabinet hardware.

We'll also put in a few of the glass cabinets. Not too many of course, because who wants to see all the junk I hide in there?
Who knows when this all will happen. I do know that I'm sick of not enough cabinets and running to the basement to get kitchen items and washing dishes in the sink because of the lack of a dishwasher.