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Friday, July 29, 2011

Web Site Up date

Just wanted you all to see my new web site.  We used Weebly and it was super easy to navigate...even for me.  Browse around and let me know if you would like to have a pendant made for you or someone special in your life. 

Click to visit the site.  It is also located on my sidebar.
Have a great weekend.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Entry Change-Up

As I said in my last post our house was literally covered in paneling or wallpaper in EVERY room!  And it was very nice awful 80's floral wallpaper.  VERY well attached I might also add!  I committed a cardinal sin...I primed and painted over it!  ahhh, but it was either that or rip the paper off of the sheet rock and repair the sheet rock. I chose the easier out of primer and paint.

Front door and entry way.  pretty small and cozy.

This is the hallway looking from my son's room towards the entry.  who wallpapers a hallway??  and there were hollow core dark doors everywhere in this house.  Initially about 20 interior doors...our house is a 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath rancher!!! yikes lots of doors.

This is the eldest painting some creativity in the foyer!  He was almost 5!  (now he is almost 12)

2nd precious little one.  he was 9.

Very hard at work.

I don't think "scrubbing" is a painting technique the pros use!

Studying the green.

There was a heavy coat of paint about waist high!

I left the olive green-which I loved-for 5 yrs. Then after painting the master gray, I couldn't stand the foyer and hallway any longer.  We installed 4 new 6 pannel doors so I had to paint those white and the trim, so I decided to change to Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. 
The hallway was a nice yellow but changed to the top paint chip color.  I have no natural light in this area so the pic is not a true color it all looks kinda yellow anyway.

A few of the new doors painted white!
I didn't tale any befores of the green entry with my hutch sorry...but here is what it looks like now-
This was a china hutch my mom had years ago and gave it to us when we got married.  It was painted white about 15 years ago and I still like it that way just wanted to vamp it a little.  We never had the doors to it so we just added the trim on the edges.  I found this fabric that has all of the colors that I love.

I liked this fabric as well has same colors only smaller design...maybe I was tired of the green??  Didn't use it yet.

Cut this fabric to go onto the back of the cabinet panel.

Sprayed the wood with elmers craft bond spray adhesive, and smoothed on fabric.

This was actually very easy to do. Love the result!

Shelves back in place.

Added this green pull from Hobby Lobby 1/2 off.

Arranged all of my "friends" back into place.

Got the blocks about 3 years ago at a flea market (I have them in several places in the house)  Wrapped these stryo balls w/ jute and spray painted 2 of them, bowl from At Home America.

Bird house & candle holders from southern living @ home

Bird house Hobby Lobby,  star and pitcher from various finds.

More blocks

Willow Tree angels collected from over the years.

My mom got me this rooster plate.

Frame from TJ maxx sprayed glossy Ivy green, gerber daisys make me smile...real or fake!

Front door now white.

Opposite wall - the front door opens into this wall. (pretty small) This is the best pic of paint color.  I put more material on top of this little table.

I think I will keep things this way for awhile, we are truely tired of painting that hallway it was a pain.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

In The Beginning!

We have lived in our house for about 6 years now (they all seem to run together).  In that time frame we have literally worked on every square inch of this place.  I never new how much paint one house could hold!  It has been a fun and stressful time living and working in chaos.  I remember one time during our kitchen remodel that I was doing the dishes and looking out over what used to be my kitchen window into a dark, ruffed in, empty shell of a "kitchen" and crying b/c there were exposed wires hanging in front of me...I saw no end in sight!  But now I truly have my dream kitchen and I am greatly blessed to have a husband and great friends that know alot about building.  We did it all ourselves and it is VERY rewarding!

I was looking around my computer for some play set pictures that I stashed somewhere and I came across these lovelies!!  I forgot that I had these.  If I would have known then what I know now, I would have taken many more photos to document this 6+ year journey!  Remember these are all BEFORES.

The front of our rancher! 2004-5

Back of house.

Attached garage.

Back of house again.  That sliding glass door on right was a night mare to fix...more on that later.

Back again we have a great large lot!

And there she is again. Digging the brown!

Galley Kitchen.  if you look closely you can see the 3rd (yes 3 layers) layer of wallpaper and border cute rabbits in baskets!  That is the "window" that I looked out over and cried many times as we remodeled this baby!  Notice the window coverings, I really didn't touch anything for a few months.  One day I scraped those counter tops w/ a credit card and some green goo cleaner stuff.  Can I tell you what came off!  about 15 yrs of kitchen that's what.

Left side of galley.  at the end the door went into the laundry room!  Ugh cooking and laundry within 3 feet of each other!  that was enough to send me over the edge right there.  Oh, see that ceiling?  That beautiful drop ceiling?  Well I am 5'10 and I felt like it was going to fall on my head at any moment when I was cooking in there.  so one day I just threw it out the back door.  Yes took it down and chunked it!!

Chunked that ceiling out these bad boys!  back doors leading to a screened in porch that was about 9x9 and covered w/ a green fiberglass roof!  Now mind you it was cozy and covered, but your skin looked a little like the hulk that's all I'm sayin'!

Said green fiberglass roof!
Dining room check out the panelling!  Sweet.  All through the house thank you very much.

Back doors leading to the Hulk patio! Note brass chandy-I still have it! (not brass any longer)

Hubby thinking "what were we thinking?"  Look closely up above and you can see the railing where I threw took out the drop ceiling tiles, and also where the paper ended.

We started doing work in the laundry room.  Washer in the kitchen?  @ least it is not on the front porch!  LOL (did I tell you I am originally from Arkansas!)  Glad I can make fun of myself!

Ahh-look closely here and you will see the panelling has been painted and the back Hulk patio has been removed.  However my pantry was moved to the dining room b/c of fixing the laundry room!  Never ending chaos.

Oh look-- the hulk patio has been removed and the ground excavated for new kitchen.  OOoh note white windows and gutters and new siding!

We actually had some workers lay the cinder block and concrete when we had a slab poured for the detached garage.  Should have done that ourselves b/c we think they were either drunk or stoned when that was done b/c it was a little "off" to say the least.  Oh well.

The makings of a kitchen.

Just like legos a house can be built!  See the deck!!! that's another post!

We added enough space for the kitchen to give us a large walk in closet.  It is there on the left side.  That's my little precious flying a lego ship into the camera for distraction.

It all came together nicely, no one was killed or divorced or lost any limbs during the making of this remodel.  If you look on the right side of the picture you can see the roof line of the detached garage.

 Well stay tuned for more details to come - during the next phase I didn't document very well so be patient.