Thursday, May 22, 2014

ORBing Our Gold Door Hardware

 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.
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!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

In The Pink...

We bought an Ikea sofa with white covers and some lace curtains there, as well, last Summer.
I saw some light pink slipcovers for sale on eBay, but didn't decide to buy them in time. So, I got the bright idea to dye our white ones pink. Ha I figured if it didn't work out, the worst case scenario was that we could get another white set for $49.
It could have turned out better, but you can't tell in the picture. ;-) My washing machine is High Efficiency, which is good for the pocketbook, but not for dye jobs. ha Doesn't use enough water to dye evenly. But I'm still fairly happy with the effect. :-)
 I never really loved the lace curtains in here, so I switched them out for these valances I made in my favorite fabric, "Teacups and Roses". It's so much brighter in this room now!

                         I found this cute, vintage looking pillow at Hobby Lobby.
                                               Close up of the curtain:
By the way, my blogging is very sporadic on account of these little cuties:
 Especially the little one. ;-) Who is not so little. He is going to be 5 months old on the 12th! He is growing up way too fast.


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Our Christmas décor this year:

We went to a Christmas Tree farm on Thanksgiving and chose a tree to cut down. :-)
 They had fresh garland, too, but it is already drying out. :-/

 More fresh garland on the stair railing. I am probably going to replace this with fake lit garland when it is just too dried out....
 The boys decorate a tree in the play room each year. :-)

 A little "shabby chic" white tree in the family room.
And for some added cuteness, our little turkey on Thanksgiving. ;-)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Announcing the arrival of.....

Baby Tyndale! :-) Born on Sept. 12th (our tenth wedding anniversary) weighing 9 pounds 2 oz. and measuring 21 inches long.
I had a quick labor and wonderful water birth. :-) We are both doing well, although I am still very tired.
                           Nathanael and Teddy are in love with their new brother. :-)

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Guest Suite- Our Most Dramatic "before and after"!

Don't look at these before shots too long- you might be blinded, or have orange nightmares tonight.
 We are not sure what would possess anyone to paint a bedroom in these garish shades of orange, but I guess there is no accounting for taste. ha
 Ahhh....After- so much more relaxing and serene. No more nightmares. Ben had to fill/putty 40+ holes and marks on the wall before priming and finally painting the room.
 A spacious, beautiful room with great features was hiding under all that orange!
I do plan to add more wall décor over time, but for now the room will function just fine.
 The door on the right is the one of two walk in closets in this room. This one is all shelves. The other one has tons of hanging space and another storage area opens behind it. Great for the boxes I haven't
unpacked in here yet. ha
 We did not have to paint the ensuite bathroom, as it was (thankfully) already a neutral tone. I just added the shower curtain, rug and accessories.

The guest suite is all ready for my Mom's visit starting next Saturday! So far baby has stayed in waiting for Grama, but I'm not sure how much longer he will be so patient. ;-)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Baby's Peter Rabbit Nursery :-) before and after

The previous owners used this bedroom next to the master bedroom as a guest room. Before pictures below:

After Ben gave the room 2 coats of light blue paint, we replaced the carpet with the same "frieze" style carpet we had installed in the master bedroom.
 I added Beatrix Potter wall stickers to make a border of sorts around the room. We also plan to put in white bead board below the border at a later date. Can't get all our plans done before the new arrival. ;-)
    The built in drawers are very handy, as now we don't need a dresser for the baby.

           And the shelves are very nice for displaying Peter Rabbit collections. ;-)

 The baby's diaper bag is all packed and ready for the birth center when the time comes. In the gift bag is a birthday present for the boys to bring for the baby when they meet him for the first time. :-)
 I just set up the crib today- all by myself with no instructions! This was a proud moment in my life. haha
 I made the bumper pads for Teddy when he was a baby, but the Peter Rabbit sheet is new. One of the few things I've ever bought at Pottery Barn. The BABY blanket was my favorite bed blanket I used with Teddy. It's very soft and just the right size.
                         I added some Peter Rabbit touches to the adjoining bathroom, too.

Now we are all ready and can just wait for the new baby to make his appearance. I'm hoping he waits until just after the 24th when my mom arrives. ;-)