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Fridays at Home

14th October 2011

Now that the exterior of the house is almost finished (I still need to finish the porch ceiling and porch steps), I am ready for my next, slightly smaller project: the laundry room. This room is in major need of help. It is currently lavender, and while there is nothing wrong with lavender, I ain’t feeling it. I went to school in a Texas-football-crazy town where the team colors were purple and white, and after years of it, I don’t want any shade of that stuff near me. That, and the floors are awful. The previous owners put tile in the laundry room and kitchen, and my house is pier-and-beam construction, meaning it’s badly cracked. Time to fix it up.

First step: Pinterest! I knew I wanted something light and bright, so I decided to check out other people’s ideas and see what I liked. Here are a couple that jumped out at me:

From the blog dottieangel.blogspot.com

Image from Better Homes

I’ve narrowed the color down to Olympic San Juan Spritz, Chilled Mint or Still Tidewater (I’ve never used Olympic paint before, but I’ve heard good things from the guys at Young House Love). I think any one would be an improvement.

olympic san juan spritz

olympic still tidewater

olympic lantana lime

Aren’t they beautiful together? If it weren’t such a small space, I’d use them all. 🙂

Flooring is another deal altogether. I hate linoleum, but it is a laundry room, and I’ve heard linoleum has come a long way. We shall see. That will go in after paint color anyway. Then there’s curtains. Nothing elaborate, but I would like to do laundry without seeing my neighbors at their kitchen sink, doing dishes. One thing I thought I knew: I wanted THIS rug.

Alas, Urban Outfitters is sold out of it. If anyone finds this rug, please, pretty please let me know. I. Want. It. It would work with any of the above colors, and I love the coral color in it.

So. What do you think? Anyone else have laundry room fantasies? I want to smell my Gain detergent and have a breezy, fun laundry room to match. Is that really asking too much?

Fridays at Home

9th September 2011

Hey guys! Welcome to Fridays at Home, where I take you inside Casa de Libro to show you what else I do besides read. And I have been busy the last several weeks. If you read my review of Moonraker  you know I spent all of last weekend doing house projects while listening to Simon Vance portray James Bond and whisper that sweet accent in my hot little hear. The first thing I did? Rearrange the living room furniture! I realized I had initially put the furniture this way in hopes that I would find a fireplace mantle to install sooner rather than later…

To the right of the front door and into the sunroom (notice the short curtain hung above the trim - ugh)

Opposite the front door and the other side of the sunporch - where fireplace will one day be...

On the other side of the front door and looking into the (old) dining room

When I realized that 2.5 years later, there is still no fireplace for various reasons ($$ and oh yeah, I’m picky), I decided the arrangements was just not working for me. So I did a lot of staring into space:

Yes - this is (skinnier) me, staring off into space...

And figured out the sofa needed to be along the wall you see when you enter. Duh. So I got to work. By the way, Maddie is no help, though she is certainly cute:

And bookish.

And here’s the (slightly-more) finished product:

I like the desk much better by the door. Plus, it's great for keys and mail.

The sofa fits much better along this wall, and now the wall doesn't look so bare (though it still needs some help).

I love this old map, but I need some other art on the walls, too.

View into the sunporch

 So that’s (part of) what I was up to last weekend. I still want to paint the inside of the front door shiny black and add some art to the various walls, but I think it’s an improvement. But right now, I’ve got to run, though – my ESL class is coming over for dinner, so I still need to grocery shop, clean, cookmowthelawntakeashower…. yeah, busy. 😉

Have a great weekend!

Fridays at Home

19th August 2011

It is Friday, my friends. Rejoice. 🙂 I am feeling happy and sunny today, and I thought I would share my front door makeover with you.

As I’ve mentioned before, my house is 108 years old, and I have the original front door and hardware. I have never been in love with the door, but that was partially because it was this dirty, ugly maroon. See below.

with Christmas wreath and ugly screen door

with ugly, useless screen door (it had a tear in the screen)

So this weekend, I bought a quart of Valspar by Eddie Bauer Daffodil in high-gloss/enamel and decided to brave the heat to get this project done. (Yes, I had tried about 8 samples before getting this particular color). I had gone over the door a lot with the sample paint just to make sure it was the color, so ignore the ugliness.


First step: tape doorknob and plate

Why didn’t I just remove it? Well, it’s been on there for over 100 years. If it ain’t broke…. and all that jazz. So I taped it like so:

Lots of little pieces of tape later...

Next step was to remove the deadbolt and some of the paint I had gotten on it from my enthusiastic sample painting. There were two screws on the inside of the door. Loosen those, and the lock comes away in two pieces. Voila!

Then, because I didn’t want to sling paint through to the other side, I taped it as well.

After that, I was ready to paint. And paint. It was hot out there, but I put my trash bag underneath the door to catch drips and would let each coat dry before evenly applying another. Thin and even strokes. I actually did use a brush, though I would have used a tiny roller had I had one at the house. Then, sit back and let it dry.

Eat some strawberries and have a glass of tea while you do this...

After you’ve re-hydrated, appreciate your work.

Yea! Oh, and burglars: I photoshopped out the other two numbers. HAHAHA!

I absolutely love it and am so glad I went with the cheery yellow. It’s also kind of ironic since I hated the yellow on the siding of the house, but come on – it was dingy and looked like melted butter. Ugh.

So that’s it. A couple of hours, some mad taping skills, and a little paint, and you’ve got a totally new look. Have you done anything to brighten up your space recently? Or would you never go for a yellow front door? Don’t be scared. I can take it. I think.

Happy Friday!

Fridays at Home

22nd July 2011

Old rusted doorplates. I think they'd be beautiful framed.

To. Die. For. Isn't this beautiful? Writing stencils from 1956 that would look so gorgeous on my bookshelves.

An old ice cream maker. Is that color not divine? Would be great in a kitchen.

An old abacus. My sis wants as she's an elementary teacher.

Mahjong tiles in an old jar. I'd love to know how to play for real and not just on the computer. 🙂

So that was my out and about-ing for the day. Did I buy anything? Nah, not this time. But stick around, and I’ll show you some of my favorite finds.

Hope you enjoyed coming along with me. Do you like to decorate and go thrifting? What are some of your favorite hometown spots?