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27 Jan

Remember a few months ago when I talked about renovating our linen closet? Really, how silly is it that we renovated a linen closet? But we did. We enclosed a weird vent, covered the existing washer/dryer hookups with a removable cover, and finally added shelves.

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There’s a bit of trim that needs to be added, which you can see in the bottom left in the photo above. We’ll get that added eventually, but for now it’s done. And more importantly, it’s functional!

I also got around to adding some curtains to the guest room.

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They are Ikea Ritva curtains. I purchased 2 panels, cut them in half, added a seam to the cut edge, and hemmed them. A lot of work, but I wasn’t interested in paying $100 for 4 full panels. They do close completely and cover the window should guests want to close them.

A while ago, I shared a picture of this cute little black table we received from family.

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It was in really rough shape. I used wood filler on the top to smooth out the gouges. After a good sanding, I primed and painted, and here it is now.

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Pretty cute, right? I used Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze. I was going for more charcoal/black (which is what the swatch appears to be in the store and in my google image research), but I’m pleased with the green tone. Given the rest of my house, this isn’t a big surprise! It will live in this corner of the new office. Perfect fit!

Speaking of the office, my updates on the bookshelf progress stopped mostly because the actual progress did too. We got them to a decent place in time for Christmas and then life  got in the way. Here is how they stand now.

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Since my last update, we added the trim and backing to the shelves. We planned on leaving the backs open to the wall, but because the walls aren’t plum, there were huge gaps between the back of the shelves and the wall. Adding the backing helps disguise the issue. Obviously, it would have been far better to add these from the get go. Adding them so late in the game resulted in a lot of extra work and a lot of extra curse words.

Steve has started working on constructing the doors for the bottom of the bookcases, I’d guess he’s about halfway done with them. Between his work schedule and other commitments though, it will probably be months before they are completely finished.

This weekend I got started on recovering the chair for the office. I purchased it for $20 from Goodwill 3 years ago.

Before:

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And now:

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I got an itch to get this started, so I started stripping the fabric on Saturday. Doing this in the guest bedroom was probably not the best decision, but the chair won’t fit down the basement stairs (they are only 30 inches wide), and hauling it outside to the rear basement entry didn’t sound like any fun at all.  I still haven’t picked a new fabric, so I need to get on that!

Happy Monday, and thanks for checking in!

2012 House Projects

6 Jan

Now that the 2013 goals are out-of-the-way, I want to take a look back at what was accomplished in 2012.

I started the year by making curtains for the family room and called this room done.

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Later in January we had recessed lights and pendant lights added to the kitchen and family room.

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Next up, I over-hauled our coat closet.

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About six months later, I gave the pantry a similar re-do.

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In March we purchased a new dishwasher which we thought was the last kitchen project.

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But a few weeks ago, I recolored the grout in here with Grout Renew, just like I did in the hall bathroom. Now it’s done! Here’s a shot in-process:

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We kind of accidentally re-did the dining room. Here are some pictures of the room completely done with the new dining table and upholstered chair seats.

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My favorite project of the year was landscaping our yard. It’s been about 7 months, but the plants are already much larger.

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My second favorite project was the hallway and entry where we added crown molding and replaced the chair rail with traditional wainscoting.

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We started re-doing the master bedroom by purchasing a king sized bed, new dressers, a rug and painting the walls. Still a LOT to do in here.

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We moved the old bedroom furniture and rug into the guest room and mostly finished that space too.

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And that’s our 2012 in review!

Curtains and Entry Progress

22 Jan

Adding curtains to the 2 windows in the family room has been on my to-do list forever. Last weekend it finally moved its way up to the top of the list. I purchased 2 panels of Pottery Barn’s Cameron drapes in ivory (hot tip: PB outlets sell them for $5 less per panel). Each panel is 50 inches wide, and my windows are only 35 inches wide. Since there isn’t a whole lot of room on either side of my windows to hang the curtains wider than the window, I opted to cut the panels in half.

After hemming the cut edges, I wanted to add a little bit of color. I purchased this quilt binding

Then ironed it open

And attached it to the inside edge of each panel and hung the curtains from drapery rings.

I purchased these curved rods because I didn’t think traditional rods would fit into the tight space next to the window above. This window literally bumps up against the kitchen cabinets. The curved rods worked perfectly.

While I was busy working on the curtains, Steve decided the chair rail in the entry and hallway had lived its last day.

And while I spent this weekend laid up on the couch with a terrible cold, Steve started patching the walls.

I suspect the walls will need a couple more coats of spackle and a lot of sanding before we’re ready to add new moulding. We’re planning on going with a board and batten style, but we still need to figure out the height and spacing.

Also completed this weekend: I started working on my House Tour page. I still need to add the bedrooms and bathrooms, but let’s be real, I wasn’t about to clean them for photos this weekend 🙂