Saturday, May 2, 2015

Wallpapering the Dining Room Hutch

 
Before
 
 Years ago, when we still lived in Australia, I found this hutch/dresser at a garage sale for $20 or so. We placed it in a corner in our dining room, and one side was facing the wall. I was in a hurry to get it painted, since I hated the bright blue distressed finish it had at the time. So, I just painted the parts that showed. ha When we moved to Missouri, it happened that it could again be placed with the blue side to a wall, so all was well. However, in our current home, the blue side has been showing since we moved in nearly 2 years ago! ha I just now got around to doing something about it.
After
 
 Instead of painting the side white, I decided to order some pretty peel and stick wallpaper from eBay to cover the chipping "wood". The wallpaper was in Korea, and after a couple weeks, an opened empty tube arrived in the mail. :-( Thankfully, the seller sent more wallpaper to replace it quickly.
 
 This little cowboy seems very pleased with the effect. ;-) Can you believe how big he is getting!?
 I papered the other side to match, of course. And I also did the edges, since the edge on the right side was blue...
Now every time I see this hutch, it makes me smile instead of cringing. :-)

Monday, February 23, 2015

My first slipcover project!

 
Well, once again it has been a while since I last posted- exactly 2 months, in fact. Oh, well...such is life right now. ha
The upholstery on this comfy chair and ottoman has been getting more and more stained and worn. We have had them for 8 years, and when we got them I thought that when the fabric got worn and dirty, they would be a great set to slipcover. So, I decided to slipcover them in a "soft white" colored twill. Easy to wash. ;-) Although I have ordered a custom slipcover to be made (from a seller on Etsy) I decided to try and make the cover for the ottoman myself.
 
 I am very pleased with the result! :-) Overall, it was a fairly simple project, aside from some issues with gathering and sewing layers of a thick fabric like twill.
I used some pale pink gingham for the piping to tie it in with the pink cover on our nearby sofa.
 Tyndale looks like he approves, don't you think? ha He always wants to get in the photo. ;-)
Another change that has happened in our family room is that it has finally been painted my favorite wall color- Diverse Beige by Sherwin Williams. Ben painted the walls as a special Valentine's gift for me. ;-) You can see the paint color it was before in the first photo of the chair and ottoman.
I can't wait for my new chair slipcover to be done, but I think it likely will not be until sometime in May. Which will probably be the next time I post, judging from previous sporadic postings. ;-)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Tour 2014, Part 2

The boys and I had fun decorating the lower level of our house for Christmas in a more colorful way than upstairs. It is the boys' play area and the level their room is on. It looks a lot more rustic in style than the upstairs does. It came that way. ha

 The boys decorate this tree every year with their own special ornaments. :-)
 The kitchenette area and stair way got just a touch of Christmas, too.
Have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!
                                       Jessica

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Tour 2014, part 1

Just sharing photos of the Christmas décor on our main floor in this post. More to come later. :-)
 Our new electric fireplace. You can see our real fireplace on the blog header....



 The boys love warming themselves in the morning, etc. The new fireplace keeps our family room nice and cozy!
               I love miniature Christmas buildings!


                                Christmas tea cups

Friday, December 5, 2014

Oh, Christmas Tree

 The day after Thanksgiving we drove to the mountains and chose a Christmas tree to cut, as is our custom. This year for the first time, there was snow for our tree choosing excursion! The boys were so excited. And I may have been, too. ;-)
    It makes it seem so much more perfectly Christmassy, don't you think?
 We also brought sleds and the people at the tree farm let the boys use a hill behind their barn to sled. They had so much fun!
 Tyndale loved the snow, too. He even did a little sledding with Daddy.
 Two views of the tree, all decorated. A perfect North Carolina Fraser Fir.
I hope to do a post soon with all of our Christmas décor. Of which we have an extensive array. ha I think we may have gone overboard this year. But all the boys love it so much. And this is the first year Tyndale is old enough to notice. Christmas lights thrill his soul.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

ORBing Our Gold Door Hardware

Before
 Our last house was a new build, and one of the things I loved about it was the Oil Rubbed Bronze door hardware (ORB). I love our "new" house, but one of the negatives about houses that are from the year 2000 or so, is that they usually have bright gold/brass colored door handles.
I searched online, and even getting a good deal on new knobs would be over $200 just for the main floor of our house! So, I decided to try spray painting our current knobs. They are nice quality, just ugly in my opinion. ;-)
 It's turning out pretty well so far! I have also been painting some of the hinges with black oil based paint. The hinges don't look perfect, that's for sure, but they aren't gold. ha

 I'm also very proud of myself for finally figuring out how to put the deadbolt back together. haha Took me a while....
I have all the knobs in the entry and living room painted now. Only 7 doors to go! haha Not including the downstairs- we'll worry about that later. ;-)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mini Makeover in the Master Bathroom

 
 When we bought our house, there were these gold/brass strips framing the top and bottom of our bathroom mirror. They annoyed me right away, and I wanted them gone, but it took us almost a year to get to it. ha You can barely see the metal strips in the pic above and below.
Before: 
The vanity was white, which is fine. However the paint was not in good condition, and I thought I might as well make the color contrast with the white counter top since I was bothering to paint it. I used Diverse Beige by Sherwin Williams, since we had it on hand from painting the living areas. It is a shade lighter than our bedroom walls.
 Ben added some trim/molding to the top and the bottom of the mirror to cover up the gold, and I love the way it looks!