Friday, May 27, 2011

Ongoing projects--update!

Ok, here is my progress on my Ongoing project post from last week:

1. Replace overhead fixture in art/spare room.
2. Finish painting art/spare room.
3. Finish painting guest room.
4. Add homemade diffuser to bottom of drum shade a la here.
5. Sew cute dog crate cover
6. Sew waterproof covers for outdoor furniture
7. Make unflattering Forever 21 dress into pretty skirt
8. Finish blanket for project linus
9. Finish chocolate brown crocheted pillow cover I blogged about
10. Turn all of my stretchy crew neck gap tshirts into Vnecks
11. Totally redo shoe storage (PROGRESS--I picked up the last shelf at Ikea!)
12. Revamp weird hexagonal lamp/table from For the Love of Jesus Thrift (PROGRESS--I finished painting and clear coating it, but the fabric I bought to cover the shade didn't work, so I had to get another one)
13. Buy new knobs for my bathroom
14. Turn huge candle from TJ Maxx into pretty wooden fruit bowl
15. Revamp necklace storage
16. Make wedding shadowbox
17. Restore antique pew
18. Add handle to freestanding Ikea Pax pantry for laundry room
19. Replace hideous kitchen cabinet hardware
20. Attach legs and casters to storage ottomans to fit under our trestle table
21. Add magnetic closure to antique vanity drawer
22. Reupholster vanity bench
23. Finish subway art
24. Turn large body painting into tryptich.
25. Turn brass sections of Nana's navy lamps silver.

So 4 finished projects in a week isn't bad right? At least I am making progress! Unfortunately my goal was 13 by the time we start doing the shelving, but I am SO CLOSE to finishing #25, #20, #19, #18, #14, #13, #12, and #11 that I think I can at LEAST get close to my goal!

On the bright side, one reason I had such a long period with no posts was because I didn't actually have anything done--now there should be a deluge!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

My new lunch spot



This is a place of serenity, right outside my office steps. The leaves of the willow trail in the water, and I can hear a bullfrog (although I haven't spotten him yet, darnit.)


There is a male redwing blackbird that hunts for food for his mate that is nesting in the tall marsh grass nearby.


One day I saw a lizzard. Another day I saw a bunny.


I wish I could just work there instead of my desk!



Little Green Notebook HodgePodge Staircase



I love this.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Happy Spring!

Forsythia is my favorite.



I picked up this wreath at Ben Franklin Crafts and then added some real forsythia in for a while...then I filled it in with EVEN MORE fake forsythia when the real stuff started to look bad.


It makes me happy when I come up the front steps after work. Let's hope a bird doesn't nest in it this year!



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Kitchen Inspiration: White Cabinets with Gray Panels

I also like this kitchen, and it has nice black granite countertops like ours. The floor is really awesome, but we have toffee colored ceramic tile to bring in to the design scheme instead. What I think is interesting here is that the cabinets have been painted white but the inset panels are a slightly different color. I don't think it would be too hard to experiment with something like this--its a small area to repaint if you don't like the finished look!



Sunday, May 22, 2011

If I had a million dollars...

L.L. Bean Signature








Kate Spade




Kate Spade


Talbots



L.L. Bean Signature




L.L. Bean Signature

Friday, May 20, 2011

Ongoing Projects

It has been brought to my attention that some people don't have dozens of projects going on at once. I think it's normal, right!? Some of them are AAAALLLLMOST DONE...and I would like to get this list down to half of its current size before B and I embark on doing wall-to-wall bookshelves in our living room! GOAL identified...GO!

Here is what I currently have going on--these are all projects that have been started in one way or another, and not yet finished:

1. Replace overhead fixture in art/spare room. (Status--capiz shell chandelier bought and in closet. Closet also contains several light hardware pieces that *may* allow me to attach it to our ceiling...)

2. Finish painting art/spare room. (Status--everything is painted, I just have to use the magic solvent goop to get the paint off my hardware and window panes)

3. Finish painting guest room. (Status--trim and windows are painted, but I still need to paint the walls)

4. Add homemade diffuser to bottom of drum shade a la here. (status: I ripped up an old sheet to use for the fabric, but haven't taken down the shade yet.)

5. Sew cute dog crate cover (status--have bought 2 yards of fabric and draped it over the dog crate. I might need to buy another yard.)

6. Sew waterproof covers for outdoor furniture (status--have bought a bolt of awning fabric and drawn out patter plans in notebook)

7. Make unflattering Forever 21 dress into pretty skirt (status--have made skirt but must still transfer beads formerly on collar onto hem. does anyone know how to bead by hand?)

8. Make blanket for project linus (status--all knit squares are crocheted together but still must make border and actually mail it)

9. Make chocolate brown crocheted pillow cover I blogged about (the back side is knitted but I haven't even finished crocheting one square for the front)

10. Turn all of my stretchy crew neck gap tshirts into Vnecks because they are more flattering (4/8 done)

11. Totally redo shoe storage (done except for taking old shoe racks to goodwill and buying one last shelf from ikea because i counted wrong)

12. Revamp weird hexagonal lamp/table from For the Love of Jesus Thrift (have sanded, primed and painted it dark gray, and have purchased plain lampshade and new fabric. Must still coat with poly, put back together, and cover lampshade with fabric)

13. Buy new knobs for my bathroom (I painted 5 out of 6 of them white and then lost the 6th one. oops)

14. Turn huge candle from TJ Maxx into pretty wooden fruit bowl (I have put it in the freezer to make it easier to remove the wax and dumped out the candle--but now there is leftover wax on it and it is just living in our freezer)

15. Revamp necklace storage (have bought huge corkboard and frame but have not yet transferred necklaces or hung it on the wall)

16. Make wedding shadowbox (have gathered wedding programs, invitations, and other souvenirs but not bought shadowbox)

17. Restore antique pew (I have bought marine grade varnish and my dad has made a replacement arm rest. oh and i also poured nasty stuff over where one side was rotting to make it stop. But I haven't painted the replacement arm, attached it, or actually varnished the thing.)

18. Get freestanding Ikea Pax pantry for laundry room (We did this, and have put it together and filled it with stuff. BUT I still need to attach the handle on the door.)

19. Replace hideous kitchen cabinet hardware (I did this yesterday on the cabinets, but still have to drill holes on one drawer to put on the last drawer pull)

20. Attach legs to 2 storage ottomans to fit under our trestle table/tv stand (I bought the legs, stained them, and attached them to the ottomans--but I still have the casters I bought in a drawer and have not yet put them on.)

21. Add magnetic closure to antique vanity drawer that keeps falling open (bought magnets, have not yet attached them)

22. Reupholster vanity bench (have reupholstered it, but have not yet covered the staples with trim that I bought)

23. Make subway art (I have put together the wood base and had the words enlarged. I have bought the vinyl. I have not so much done anything else...)

24. Turn large body painting into tryptich. (I have the huuuge canvas, but I need to make 3 frames for it and cut it into pieces so we can hang it somewhere!

25. Turn brass sections of Nana's navy lamps silver. (I spray painted one of them silver, didn't like it, re spray painted it pewter, don't love it, so I bought rub-on metallic silver paint stuff...)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Our new granite countertops

I know this is a little bit late, but I have been so focused on backsplashes and cabinet colors that I forgot to post! Here are some photos of our lovely new Uba Tuba countertops with the new stainless range and dishwasher. These were taken before we installed the new faucet...



And one with some gratuitous Lolly tail...


So now we are onto installing under cabinet lights, deciding on the tile backsplash, and deciding what we want to do to resurface the cabinets. White backsplash with coffee colored cabinets? Colored backsplash with white cabinets? Ceramic or glass? Painted or stained? eek!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kitchen Inspiration: White Cabinets with Black Panes



In this kitchen we have the following: brown floor, dark countertops, nickel accessories, stainless appliances. CHECK--have all of those in my kitchen. I am checking out how the wood between the panes in the cabinets are painted black, and how that plays off of the dark countertops...I like...


I think that the backsplash is ceramic in this photo, but you could get the same glossy look with glass.


Sorry I have no idea where this picture came from (oops...)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Beautiful Bed

How could you worry about anything in this bed?

I don't necessarily love the room, but I want to sleep in that bed. It looks like the most restful, comfortable place in the world. Now, how can I adapt it so that you can't see doggy hair?! Maybe do it in gray or a warm latte color? This photo is from british furniture company www.chicshack.com, and they don't say on the website where the bedding is from!