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Next Up: the front room January 14, 2010

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Once I typed that I had to wonder, is that a local thing? 
Does anyone else have a “front room”? 
As you have maybe read, I live in a row house .  In some parts it would referred to as a  Townhouse. 
But in my city, they are row homes.  

So my front room, it is the first room you come into when you come into the front door.
This was my living room, but with the basement finished the TV and sofa moved down to there and I am stuck with an empty front room. 

Growing up, my grandmother’s front room was only entered when walking in and out of the house.  You were not allowed to sit on the sofa, or turn on the lamp.  Basically it was off limits.

I don’t want exactly that feel.  I am thinking 2 chairs, a rug, and a mantle. 
Plain, simple, pretty … but not stuffy and NOT off limits!

Now that it is empty, we have close to a blank canvas. 

Here is where we are today:

The walls are freshly painted so the colors are set.  Remember from my dining room post, the whole floors color palate is coming from this fabric:


Here is the dining room chair fabric:


Walls color:

montgomery white weekend getaway


We also need to finish our steps, we opened the wall up when we finished the basement.



I am working on my plan and budget, then will get started! 


Dining Room – done? January 13, 2010

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Ever been here:  SO many projects going at one time you keep working and working and working but nothing is getting 100% done.  Well, the end of this summer this is exactly where I was.  So much going on at one time! 

So I decided, finish one room at a time. 

I started in my dining room. 
I started here because:
a) I really wanted to redo my furniture  (see a few post below)
b) because it was not too much to do
c) it should not cost too much money

Is it done? 
It couldn’t be, could it?
Holy Smokes … I think it may be done!


Here it is, in all its glory:




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When I rehabbed my house (back in ‘07)I knew two thing, I wanted French doors.


                             Home Depot.  4 foot wide.  $317.  They were unfinished pine, that I painted White.


I wanted an illuminated Tray Ceiling.

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              We wired a plug to a switch.  The plug is hiding behind the crown molding.


The decor for my whole first floor is being inspired by the colors in this table cloth. 
Blue, Green, Brown/Tan, little Pink.


                              Target.  about 5 years ago.


I also decided to paint a wall mural. (details a few post down).  Finally I had to yell at myself “Put, the paint brush DOWN!”  I just kept tinkering with it.   

tree done


I loved the idea of a lamp in the dining room.  This is also where I decided to hang my memorial for Hope including her picture and hand and foot prints.




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My book page wreath.  Inspired by Living with Lindsay.  Love it, it is perfect in the room!


… after looking back at the motivation, I may need to add more pages…

I feel good having one room done!

What do you think?


Rust-olem Hammered! January 12, 2010

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I needed to tackle them. 
My very plain switch plate & plug covers. 
You know the ones I speak of, the super cheap-white-plastic ones.  The kind you can buy in bulk at Home Depot or Loews.

I started with this:

rustoleum black hammered

and of course these

switchplate covers




So after two light coats of spray paint I now have these.  You can really see the texture of the hammered spray paint in the picture below!  (see how crooked it is though, hubby will have to get behind there and make that part better.)




A few tips:

– keep the screws in the holes, and paint them at the same time as the covers

– do two light coats.  The hammered paint looks holey after the first coat

– once you hang them back up, you may have to touch up the screws a little.   I just sprayed a    little paint on a paper plate and touched up the scratches.  (you can see in the pic above where I did this, you cant see it with the naked eye)

Project Summary:

Hammered Spray Paint: $6.99

Wall plates: vary … some under $1


Something I learned from Martha January 7, 2010

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Years ago, I mean like when I lived at home and my parent’s whole house was Duron Bone White … I saw this on Martha.  It stuck with me.  She said to keep your paint stirrers together, and use them for reference when you were shopping for accessories.  Here is mine:


I actually took mine a few steps farther:

  1. I note on the stirrer what color, brand, and paint type it is. 
  2. I note date I purchased it.  Did you know paint can keep the same name, but the formula can change!  I learned this with my Benjamin Moore – Montgomery White , featured in the Pottery Barn catalog.  It changed from ‘07 when I first fell in love and this past December when I went to get a few gallons to fresh coat the house. So, you can see I even noted the formula on that one (second from right)
  3. I add fabric scrapes to paint stirrers for easy reference (far right).
  4. I added my floor stain too, so have an idea when buying furniture.

So when I head out to Joann Fabric, or to buy curtains, or to buy pillows I just grab this.  And I am certain everything matches.

I Heart Martha … sometimes!


Monogrammed Tray January 6, 2010

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It all stared when we bought this:



Target: $79.99

We were going to use it in our new family room as a ottoman/coffee table.  The problem was we were not going to be able to sit drinks on it.  I decided we would need a tray.  After doing a little shopping I could not find one that screamed “buy me” especially when most were wearing $20+ price tags.


At a trip to Joann Fabric I found this:

Joann: $6.99

My Plan:  stain the surface and paint the frame black.



After my coat of stain I discovered a slight problem.  Look at the picture below, do you see it?  See the yucky yellow stuff around the edges?  I know, I am SHOCKED that my $7 tray was not perfectly made.  So, the yucky glue would not hold stain.  Plan change!  I am going to add a border to the tray to cover the faulty construction.



After two coats of black paint:


I decide it needed a little something … so decided to add a little monogram action:


Kind of reminds me of L from Laverne and Shirley, but I am ok with it.  I like it, and look how good it looks on the ottoman.



Project Summary:

Tray: $6.99

Black paint: $.99

Stain: left over from another project



Wall Art – Updated! January 4, 2010

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So, after posting my project on the nest I received some awesome advice!  I added color to the flowers, and added a few more.  Here are the updated pics.  Also, the flowers were on stems from World Market. 










The perfect touch to the dining room!  This room is quickly becoming my favorite room in the house!




“I can do that” – Wall Art January 3, 2010

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I was inspired by this:



Then I thought to myself,  “I can do that” …
Then I thought to myself “Why spend $60+, when you can do it with paint you already have” …

I had the perfect spot picked out:  this corner of my dining room
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What a perfect way to spend a Saturday night when it is like 10 degrees outside and the wind is whipping!  So I head up stairs with my inspiration picture on my screen, pencil in hand.  I free hand the design on the wall.  I stand back and take a look. 
“ Wow!”  I am now super confident I can do it.

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Now time to start painting.  I get my craft paint in brown and go at it. 
Hmmm…. so, needs some help.  The branches got a lot wider then I wanted.  There are two parts that I am definitely not loving.  My mind starts to fill with doubt at this point.  I take a deep breath and sit down. 006 (2)


Then a little light bulb goes off … I remember buying a magic eraser at the Home Depot. 

Magic Eraser + a lot of elbow grease + prayer = this:
Also, with a little hubby advise to extend some of the branches

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Ok, confidence slowing returning.  Feeling better! 

Decide to move forward and add flowers.  I go and draw three flowers; small, medium, and large.  I cut them out as stencils.  Then trace them and paint them.

And my belly ache is back.  Oh, I hate the flowers!  It looks like this is a middle school mural, not something in a dining room…

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I cant take anymore, decide to sleep on it.

I wake up and my first thought is the octopus thing I drew on my dining room wall.  I head downstairs to decide to what i think … still hate the flowers.  So decide to try to remove them.  Again … a little prayer + a little elbow grease + a little Windex + a magic eraser + 500 paper towel = (+ a little bit of brown touchup)018 (2)


Then I thought of these little wood flower I had from World Market and decided to add a few:

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It is love.  Still think I will go add a few more tiny twigs.  But so happy with it.

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