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Update 3 – Finishing the steps – ALMOST there March 7, 2010

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A lot of nail setting,
a lot of hole puttying,
a lot of blue painters tape,
and paint,
and stain,
and touch-ups … and we are here:


Still more touching up to do.  And finally getting to the ceiling under the steps … but we are getting closer.  The smell of the stain on Saturday required me to go lay down.  But I jumped back on the wagon today.


It is a LONG way from here:
This is the day I settled on the house …

(sorry for the poor pic, it is a save as from someplace since I lost everything when my computer died)




Then we got to here:

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Now we are here:






More to do … but I like where we are heading!

P.S.  I am working on my supple cost summary.  I am very lucky to have a very handy brother that I paid very little to do the project.  But I will give you and idea of cost of supplies.

P.P.S.  I must express my love of the magic eraser.  Without it I would most likely be cleaning paint off the steps.


Sand Jar Memories March 5, 2010

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Many many moons ago as I looked through the Pottery Barn catalog I noticed a display wall.

On this wall – ledges,
on the ledges – mason jars,
in the jars – sand. 
I knew I just had to do this one day.

Fast forward about 3 years … on the first trip I took with Mr. LoveCityLiving we collected sand from the beach at the lake.

We have kept up the tradition.  We are up to 5 jars.  They sit on our kitchen window ledge.

We contemplated doing jars from places without sand … like when we went to New York City or Disney World.  But, decided to keep it simple, just a sand and shell collection.

With my newly obtained Cricut I just made labels for the jars.  The name of the beach on the front, on the back I wrote the state we were in and the date.

Here we are without label … just sand in a jar.


Below:  If we find shells we put those in too!


Below:  Here are all 5 sandy places we have been!


Below:  Labeled with my new Cricut!


Below:  Here they are all lined up.


I joined the party at:

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Update 2 – Finishing the steps

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Trim, Trim, and more Trim.

Trim is exactly what the steps needed to help them look finished.
There are still tons of holes to fill, and caulk to use … but you cant help but to notice the progress!

I am so excited to get the paint out I can hardly control it.

Getting the painting done will lead to one thing … DECORATING!

Here is where we are:






P.S. Step building is VERY dusty!


Update – Finishing the steps February 28, 2010

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I started with a bright and early trip to Home Depot.  Home Depot opens at 6am in these parts.  At 7:30 when I arrived it was packed!  So was the parking lot to the Walmart across the street.  Why aren’t these people sleeping in on a Saturday morning!

Of course, like always I over bought.  But I will be returning all my extras this week.  Once that is done I will update the cost summary of the project.

By far the hardest most time consuming part was figuring everything out.  Assembly was a breeze.  Having a house built in 1875 means nothing at all is straight.  You could not find a level wall or floor in this house if your life depended on it!

Here is where we started:

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Here is where we are this morning.  We probably worked for about 3 hours.  I come from a family of carpenters.  My father had he own business where my three brothers worked.  One brother, my helper (I am more like his helper), is still in the business.  He does great work!

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As you can see there is still lots to do, but we got a great start and I love how they are coming out.  We still need to trim everything out, and then paint all the trim white (all that is green will be painted white as well).


During the project:

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More to come …


Plan – Finishing the steps February 24, 2010

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Saturday will mark the start of the project of finishing my front room.  This was our living room until we refinished the basement.  Since we moved the stuff down the basement this room has sat empty. 

Besides the furniture and decorating a big undertaking will be the railings for the steps.  Before the basement was finished the basement steps were closed off and there was a door at the top.  We opened them up so the basement family room would not feel like a dungeon. 

Here is where it stands today:

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Above: View from basement steps

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Above: view of steps.  (Keeping it real…please don’t judge on the mess – some stuff to go upstairs and some stuff to go down)



The Steps:

In addition to the details below there is some additional trim work needed for the steps.  I budgeted $100 for the trim

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Once the steps are done the fun stuff can begin!

Step Budget:  $250


Kitchen Curtains … and my new favorite store February 18, 2010

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Even though I said my next project would be my front room …. I did find myself skipping around a bit.  Maybe it was the HUGE snow fall we just had!

I recently discovered a blog that was local to me :  Pigtown Design
I love a blog that references places I know like Second Chance, Inc.
I also love when I learn something new. 
Pigtown Designs introduced me to Debois Textiles.  Which became a true love at first visit.  Basically, discount fabrics … aka a little piece of heaven not far from Raven Stadium.


Here is my kitchen after a fresh coat of paint:
I like to think good bones … just needs some warming up.



This rug from World Market was my inspiration piece for the room:
(all my rooms start with one piece)



So after my first trip to DeBois I found this fabric:
For $4.59/yard!
curtain fabric

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JUST What the room needed!  $14 in fabric changed the whole feeling of the room.  Warmed it right up.  I will post more pictures of the whole room together … it is close now … almost perfect!

P.S.  I will also discuss those sand jars on the window ledge.


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!