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Re-did my Re-do March 19, 2010

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Remember here I mentioned I had a few re-dos to do.
I finished one up this morning with a little help of my Cricut!

Before:
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A coat of paint later:

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RE-DONE!
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MUCH BETTER!

 

Ever have to re-do? March 10, 2010

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85% of the time I end up loving the ideas I have. 

I am happy we tore down the wall by the basement …
happy with fabric I picked for my kitchen curtains…
happy with the tree I painted in my dining room …

But, sometimes I like the idea by my execution is off. 
Sometimes, I have to re-do what I just did.

I worked on two “re-dos” today:

1)  My dining room table: 

Refinishing my dining room table was one of the first projects I blogged about.  I even admitted that I was a little worried about the stain.

Well, here is what it looked like this morning:
There were a few issues:

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can you see it??  My table was fuzzy!  There must have been lint or dust in the air when I put the poly on … so there was all this stuck on lint like stuff.  When you rubbed your hand across the surface it felt bumpy and kind of dirty.  NOT GOOD!  I had in my head I would wait until Spring broke before tackling refinishing it.  This time – outside!

 

Then this happened:

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The poly started to crack off.  Oh, no!  I was so upset when I saw it.  You can see where I rubbed my nail over it to try to see what was going on.    This I could not live with until Spring.    So today we took to sanding the almost new finish off.  

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Here is where we are now … waiting for the stain to dry.

 

My second re-do of the day is this:
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Yes, I still want these words above my kitchen doorway.  But, maybe not so big.  A little smaller, and maybe a script. 

So, I pulled out my blue … and we are here:
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I bought some black vinyl to cut the words out using my Cricut.  One I get another coat of blue on, and let it dry I will add the words. (DONT LOOK:  you can see me and my work sweats in the mirror!)

 

I will follow up when my re-dos are DONE!

 

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.

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

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

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Below:  Labeled with my new Cricut!

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Below:  Here they are all lined up.

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I joined the party at:

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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.

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

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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.

 

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.

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

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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.

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                              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.   

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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!

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http://www.livingwithlindsay.com/2009/11/librarians-please-avert-your-eyes.html

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

I feel good having one room done!

What do you think?

 

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:

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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!

 

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. 

 

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

 

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