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Fridays at Home (year’s end)

30th December 2011

So wow. I didn’t actually begin Fridays at Home until about halfway through the year when I realized I really enjoy sharing my Adventures in Homeownership. ๐Ÿ™‚ I did, however, want to do a recap of everything I’ve done to the house in the past year.

January: nothing.

February: begin looking at paint samples for the dining/reading room.

March: keep staring at paint samples and paint.

April: get lumber for bookshelves, hire Danny to build bookshelves.

May: begin looking at paint samples for the exterior of the house and trim.

June: painting begins.

July: painting continues.

August: rearrange living room furniture.

September: exterior paint is finished, and I paint the front door.

October: nada.

November: choose paint colors for kitchen and cabinets and refinish and paint cabinets.

December: ahhh. sweet peace. oh wait, I forgot Dad’s big garage reno. wooow.

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June 2011

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March 2011

All in all, I had two total room redos, an exterior house change, and small projects all for under $4,000. Of course, that’s doing a lot of the work myself, but heck, that’s a lot of change (as in metamorphosis AND coinage) for a year. Overall, though, I’m pleased. What’s on the agenda for 2012?

– Save money. You know, because it’s kind of important to have some spare change for these home projects.

– Do touch ups and small projects.

– Paint detached garage to match exterior of house.

– Possible reno of butler’s pantry into half bath (late summer, perhaps?).

– Redo back deck (if half bath goes through, may be put off until 2013).

– Add crown molding to main rooms.

– Create window seat in kitchen.

– Paint laundry room and make it more efficient.

It’s funny. I hate lists for my reading but LOVE lists focusing on house projects. Now I just can’t wait to start marking some of these off in the new year.ร‚ย 

So – what have you done this year in terms of improving your space?

Fridays at Home

18th November 2011

I think I may be losing my mind: I want to paint my kitchen cabinets…all 30 of them. I just had to read about a kitchen redesign on Young House Love today that had cheap-o cabinets similar to mine. I mean, I love my kitchen, but I’ve never loved my cabinets, and this person painted hers within a week.

So…that got me to thinking – why can’t I do the same? I also want to change the wall color. It will be hard work, but heck, I’ve painted every other room in the house. As usual, I turned to Pinterest and realized how much I was drawn to one particular color.

Via Design Sponge

Via Country Living

Notice anything? Yes, that turquoise-y, minty green. Apparently I’m in love with it as I pinned all these kitchens months ago. So I tried to find the paint color in the last picture (because it’s my favorite and closer to what I envision in the space).

Via Better Homes and Gardens

The top left is my favorite, and the color is Behr’s Garden View 470-D4. I’ll start with that and get some samples in that range and go bright white on my cabinets.

What do you think? Have I really lost it this time? Do you have any tips for sanding and painting cabinets? I’m a bit afraid it’s a huge undertaking and could use some personal anecdotes (hopefully positive ones). ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

19th August 2011

It is Friday, my friends. Rejoice. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!