Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Hot mess

While slow and steady wins the race, it also means a longer mess.

I am so ready to have my kitchen and dining room back. Thankfully, I am making progress.

In other news: Louie, the Westie Brent and I watched and transported to Omaha in October, was adopted last week. :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thursday's progess

Work and the weather has been crazy, so I haven't finished the upper cabinets yet, but I only have one more cabinet door to go! (And, as you can see, I got a little excited and had to do a little trial on the bottom cabinets).

I'm most excited about the spice cabinet. It was a hot mess:
But this backdoor organizer is definitely helping out:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Monday and Tuesday's progress

I'm slowly filling the cabinets back up:
Since in a lot of the photos, it's hard to tell the difference between the old beige and the new white, here's a close up:
Now that some of the kitchen goodies are back into the cabinets (and off the dining room table), I was able to focus on the last two high cabinets.

Even Macintosh wanted to get in on the painting action:
Where I left off tonight:

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday's progress

Well, I'm getting somewhere...

My dining room's status:
And primed:

As you can tell, I'm doing my cabinets in batches (I don't think my dining room table can take much more). Tomorrow's agenda includes priming the cabinet doors and painting everything I primed today.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Weekend plans

With a 3-day weekend ahead of me, I vow to actually start working on the kitchen cabinets. Ugh. I need a hug.

Anyone else doing some DIY around the casa?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Another duvet

The moment I saw Z Gallerie's Labyrinth bedding in gray, I fell in love. But as reality goes, I always had other things needing my financial attention (the beer-tasting party, dog grooming, Christmas...). By the time I was ready to invest, all the king shams were gone and I admitted defeat. Soon after, the duvet was sold out.

Then last night, I was "innocently" browsing Z Gallerie's bedding and noticed the bedding was available again in king (and my heart fluttered). Even better, the new sale price was $44.89 (double flutter).

The only issue was, once again, the lack of shams. My solution – buy two duvets and have shams created from one. I contacted my sew-crafty contact, and all is a go.

So excited!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Evolution of the Third Bedroom

This poor bedroom has been through a lot.

While it started out as the office...
...Brent and I quickly did a room flip for layout aesthetics, and also because I hated the wall color. (Just further proof that paint colors don't transfer house-to-house. What I loved in house #1, I absolutely hated here).

Once the room was cleared...
And the carpet ripped out...

It became the new R.O.C. (room of crap)...
Which was just fine with me, because keeping the door shut meant not having to look at the paint color. This mutual agreement was going great, until we bought a queen-size bed for the guest bedroom, which then made bedroom #3 more like guest bedroom #2 (or more accurately, a room of crap with a bed in it). And it stayed this way for 5 months.

Why? Because I'm bad with expiration dates. At some point, I know bedroom #3 will become a nursery – and I thought investing in this space would be a waste of time and money. That was until I realized I could "invest wisely."

Meet the new bedroom #3:
This area needs some organizing, but you get the idea:
So, how did I "wisely invest?" The only thing I bought just for this room was the duvet, and I got that on sale for $29.70 plus tax. Everything else I either had or plan to use once this room transforms again.

- Paint – leftover (it's the living room, entryway and hallway color)
- Bed – from the guest bedroom. The frame was actually from my high school days.
- Nightstand – my $10 Craigslist find from last year
- Dresser – another Craigslist find from last year. Although, once this does become I nursery, I do plan on using it as a changing table
- Bookcase – my Ikea pride and joy. I love it here now, and it will be fabulous once this room is no longer a guest bedroom.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fabric headboard (forgotten project #1)

I actually did this project in August, and forgot about it until last night. Oops and bygones.

I've always loved the look of fabric headboards, so the idea of making my own for the guest bedroom was intriguing. Especially when I imagined how cheap it would be (key word in the sentence sadly being imagined).

After the great fabric debate (here and here), I went to Home Depot and JoAnns for the other supplies. While the Home Depot purchase of the board was dirt cheap ($15ish), the JoAnns run was about 10 times more costly (lesson learned about how expensive foam is).

Even though, I did spend more than wanted on the headboard, I'm happy with how it turned it.


As you can see, I still have some more tasks for this room – such as lamps and throw pillows, but I'm happy with the progress I've made so far.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

My latest deal

I just acquired this duvet for $29.70, and I'm rather excited.

My current task is making my third bedroom less of an embarrassment, and this duvet will definitely help.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Goodbye holiday decor

Note to self: The more Christmas trees you acquire to decorate, the longer the packing "experience" will take you. Oh, and it's not a fun experience.

But thankfully, I am now done.

And I'm sure it was all because of Chip's amazing supervising skills.

Monday, January 3, 2011

The 2011 social calendar

When it comes to sprucing up the house, nothing motivates me more that having parties. In 2009, it was the housewarming. In 2010, it was Brent's 30th birthday. And for 2011...

March – couple's shower party
May – my mom's 60th birthday party, wine-tasting party
October – 2nd annual beer-tasting party, Octoberfest style

So right now, I'm trying to prioritize my 2011 goals to figure out what I want to have done before the first party. I'm thinking the kitchen cabinets, man cave built ins and painting the third bedroom – are the winners.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hello 2011!

With a new year comes, new goals. Here's a preview of what's to come this year.

The front:
- Spray paint the mailbox and 3 light fixtures black (leftover from 2010)
- Rip out bushes blocking the stairs
- Put up a stair rail
- Figure out landscape

The back:
- Climbing roses on the lattice

- Molding below chair rail

Living Room:
- Extend the crown molding

Dining room:
- Stencil the walls

- Paint trim white
- Paint cabinets white
- New hardware
- New countertop
- New backsplash

Hallway bath:
- Replace countertop
- Put frame around the mirror (leftover from 2010)

Master bath:
- Put frame around mirror (leftover from 2010)

Man cave:
- Built-in shelves around the TV
- Figure out the sofa situation (leftover from 2010)
- Coaster art

Third bedroom:
- Paint room gray

As you can see, the year of Brent (2010) is over, and the year of the kitchen has begun. I am so ready for a kitchen facelift.