Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mini-Project and Fabric Swatches...

First off, stop right where you are...JoAnn Fabrics is having a HUGE sale!  I stopped by there yesterday to look for fabric swatches for my Craigslist chair...and found NO fabrics that would work.  However, as usual, I found something else instead!  The store was running a 60% off sale on all frames and artwork.  The artwork was a bust, but I found some frames!  I have an awkward wall between two doorways upstairs that I needed to do something about-- especially since I am working so hard to paint up there!  Therefore, I bought 3 differing 5x7 black frames to house some of my favorite pictures.


I then went to Snapfish online to order 3 of my favorite pictures in black-and-white and in the 5x7 size.  Here is a sneak peek of one of my cherished pictures that will be making it in one of the frames...

This picture will forever make me smile--poor Andy having to haul me around for this picture. :)

So, total cost for this little project???  Approximately 20 bucks!  Can't beat that!!!  And at some point, perhaps I can add to my collection and make one of those awesome Pottery Barn black-and-white collages I've always dreamed about.  But this will do for now!

On to my next adventure...the infamous Craigslist chair.  I have great plans for this little jewel, but I am desperately attempting to do it for a bargain.  I have found that the fabric alone may cost me more than the chair--ridiculous!!!  I found a clearance fabric at Fabric House (love!) yesterday that I am hoping will take my chair where I want it to go...

Nothing too exciting...just a basic stripe, right?  Well, look what I am working with in this room...


Any fabric I choose for this chair has to work with the existing fabrics in the room.  Do you see my problem?  Try walking around a fabric store with all of these thoughts and fabrics in your head!  As usual, decorating stumps me and I stick to what I know/like.  I have always gravitated toward clean lines and simple fabrics...stripes and dots always work for me.  Also, I found an inspiring chair while blog-reading the other night...I'm seeing stripes!!!


I snagged these images from a blog called Design Intervention (click the link to see the actual before and afters on this chair).  This blogger does AMAZING things with re-upholstery.  I am completely in awe.  She finds steals and deals on furniture pieces and makes them like new again (probably even better than they were in their prime).  I have lots to learn!

She and a friend used a magazine picture for inspiration for this chair--the magazine chair is recovered with a fabric much like the one I picked out!  So, no big decisions have been made, but I am really leaning toward stripes for my chair.  Any thoughts???

P.S.--Can you tell that my helpful hubby "schooled" me on how to link websites when blogging???

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Project: No More BLAHSVILLE!!!

I have a really snazzy word for anything that really doesn't work for me...it is BLAH. Would you like to see an example?  Meet our foyer/stairwell...
In case you were wondering, this color is called...drum roll please...OFF WHITE!!!  No, really.  I found the paint can somewhere in the garage and it is literally titled Off White.  As you might have guessed, I am a huge fan of color,and this is absolutely NOT working for me!I did try to keep my color fairly neutral, and I went with a taupey-beige color called Cork Wedge from Sherwin Williams.I just really wanted to warm up these walls.  There is something special about spicing up the walls--it suddenly makes a house feel more like a home.:)

Here are a couple of pictures of the process...

As you can see, it isn't a WOW color, but it definitely is a change.  I am hoping to finish what I can do by myself today, and then snag my mom's help (at her convenience) to finish the tip-tops of the walls.  I am a little nervous on a ladder, so I try to rope in help for that when I can.

Has there been a painting project you've avoided lately?  Sieze the day and paint those walls!  It is so worth it!!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Completely Random...

I was very unsure of how to title this post because everything that I have to share is, well, random. :)  I'll start with yesterday's troubles.  Sometime during the day yesterday we found Andy's car looking a bit like this...


Yeah...nice, huh?  We have no idea what happened here.  I, trying not to think of all of the scary possibilities (most involving scary people throwing things at our car/shooting things at our car/etc.), like to think a small, sweet-looking fairy of sorts was fluttering around and accidentally flew into the window.  That same fairy will visit us again soon to reimburse us for the broken window.  Yes, people...to fix a wee little window such as this one has a HEFTY price tag.  Yay for bad luck!

So thankfully today one of my best little pals, Rachel, came over to visit.  I really needed a girls' day to take my mind off of the car business.  We, as usual, went to eat at Jimmy John's (one of our favorite spots) and visited the local TJ Maxx.  Why not, right?  Well, I had no idea what was coming our way!  We walked through the art section and I, of course, had my eye out for something to go above our couch.  I have been looking for something since December (when we got the couch).  I was in the market for a wrought ironish piece because I had already put an oil painting over the fireplace and didn't want the two areas to compete.  Well, as we strolled along, I spotted a piece that didn't look much like TJ Maxx at all...slightly rustic...it amused me greatly...
So naturally, I picked it up and decided to carry it around for a while (which was no small feat because it was taller than me!).  For those of you who have shopped with me before, I typically can talk myself out of purchasing things the longer that I carry them around.  So, we made our way over to the pillow section and a typical-looking Brentwood soccer mom approached us...this is where it gets interesting...

Soccer Mom:  "Are you going to buy that?"
Me (confused and slightly taken aback): "I think so."
Soccer Mom: "Well, if you aren't sure, I want to buy it."
Me (REALLY taken aback):  "I am pretty sure that I am going to get it."
Soccer Mom:  "Well, I have a friend whose son is moving back home and he needs this for a headboard.  I had hidden it in the back of the store to come back and get it.  I just called my friend and she wants it, so I had gone back to get it.  I guess you had gotten to it before that."
Me (amazed at the rudeness of this lady I DON'T know):  "Well, I 'm sorry, I just saw it sitting there and liked it.  We were just about to go find a couch to hold it over to see if it will work for me in my house."
CRAZY Soccer Mom:  "Well, I'm afraid you might not actually buy it and I really want to get it for my friend.  So how about I walk over there with you to the couches and wait to see if you like it?"

Rachel and I share a silent moment of COMPLETE awkwardness...

As Rachel and I hold the piece over a couch we've found, Soccer Mom continues badgering me.  "That doesn't really look right, does it?  It doesn't really look deep enough to go over a couch, does it?"

DISCLAIMER:  I AM NOT MAKING ANY OF THIS UP...

Me (all bets are off--this lady is crazy!):  "I actually don't think it looks all that bad."
Soccer Mom:  "Well, you just follow me on over here...I have an idea of something that will look much better."

Rachel and I again share looks of pure terror and reluctantly follow...

Soccer Mom proceeds to show us the largest old-lady print that I have ever seen.

Me: "That's not really my style.  Here's the deal, I'm probably going to purchase this piece.  If I don't, I'll put it back where I found it.  Will that work?"
Soccer Mom:  "Y'all probably think I'm crazy, huh?  Yes, I guess that will be fine."

Rachel and I run with my GIANT piece to the checkout line and pray that we never see Soccer Mom again. :)

Needless to say, I made it home with my infamous piece...and I really like it!!!
It's a little different, but in a good way...
It also doubles as a good conversational piece...I can just hear myself now..."You'll never guess what I went through to buy that piece..."

I will sleep well tonight knowing that this piece is above our couch and not in the hands of...well you know the story. :)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Better After Blog...

I just accidentally stumbled across an amazing blog while looking for inspiration for my Craigslist chair.  The blog is called Better After and the author showcases random people's "before and afters" on various projects they complete.  Projects from kitchen re-dos to refurbished furniture are included.  This blog is so fun to look at!  If you have a moment, definitely check it out!!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Fabulously Fun Finds...

First off, I have truly been inspired.  I often "stalk" The Nester's blog (see The Nesting Place on the right) and am completely amazed by how she turns everyday things into treasures.  She often takes yard sale finds (such as furniture pieces) and paints them to where they look brand new.  She recently featured a chair that she had redone and it completely motivated me to do the same.  I had already redone a desk chair in the past (see older posts), but I wanted to find a slightly unusual chair to revamp.  Well, I got to browsing on Craigslist (love it!) and found a listing for a paisley print chair.  Naturally, this caught my attention (I love paisley print anything).  So, today my mom and I went and picked up my cheap little find.  Here she is...





Yes, I fully realize I have a lot of work to do--but I see potential!!!  I've got to shop around for a fabric that will work in our slightly "busy" living room (I already have two patterned fabrics going right now).  Then, I have to decide how to paint/possibly distress the wooden parts of the chair.  I am really excited to see how it turns out!

Also on today's schedule was the flea market.  No, for once, I did not purchase a painting.  Well, to be honest I should say that I talked myself out of a painting.  I have so many other things that I need to worry with in the house!  So, we walked around in the excruciating heat all in search of a deal.  It was miserable to say the least.  We both felt largely dehydrated after our time there.  But along the way I did find some deals that made it all worth it.  First, I FINALLY found an end table for our living room.  We had been using a smaller rattan storage cube as a lamp table and it was not working.  It was too short and not the right look.  I had been really disappointed because every end table I had found was much more expensive than I was comfortable with.  But the flea market came through for me.  I found one for 25 bucks!  Woo-hoo!  Here is my darling little table...





Although the coloring could be better for the living room, I LOVE the paint job they did on the table.  I couldn't do anything better myself, so it shall stay!

I also found something that most people purchased five or so years ago. :)  I have always wanted a wooden candle thingy (no clue what they are actually called)--you know the ones like Pottery Barn carries?  Yep--many of you will say, "Oh, I got one of those years ago."  Or you may think, "Wow, those are so 2005."  Well, I was waiting for the right price, okay???  My wait paid off and I got a great deal on this little guy...


Now I just need the candles to go in it!!!

Last but not least, my mom brought me my red piece that I had bought last weekend.  Yes, we beefy women carried that sucker from the car to the house.  A certain someone said we wouldn't be able to carry it because it was "really heavy."  I won't name names, DAD!  Well, we did it and it is now sitting in the middle of our bonus room...blocking the good TV.  Yes, Andy may kill me. :)  My hopes are that the TV can sit on it, but it will be a significant height change...we wouldn't want to mess up the view for certain sports fanatics out there!  We will see how it all comes together.  Here it is...



Well, after our sweat-filled day, I think a shower is in my future.  Andy's flag football team is set to play tonight in the league semi-finals (and hopefully finals).  I just couldn't be more proud. :)  So in honor of their team, I will sign off with...GO CRICKET SPIDERS!!!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I feel a little bit like this...


HAHA!  These were pictures I took of the many pups last weekend while we were at my parents.  They all took nap time at the same time--too cute. 

To address the title of the post, my grandmama gave us a little bit of a scare yesterday and won herself a night's stay in the luxurious Centennial Hospital. :(  Thankfully, everything checked out today with her tests--God is good!  But, my aunt Paula and I spent some good ole' quality time eating, talking, Facebooking, and freezing in Grandmama's room at the hospital while she was having tests run and such.  Why do hospitals always make you want to eat?  Shouldn't it be the opposite?  Maybe part of it is it gives you something to do. :) 

I was thinking today... I think we have now toured nearly every hospital in Nashville with one family member or another.  If you need any advice on the best place to have a surgery or medical procedure--give us a call. :) I must admit that Centennial was really good to us (like that plug for an HCA facility, Andy?).  We met some really kind-hearted nurses and staff members--you watch for that kind of stuff when it's your grandma! 

All of this to say,  there is something highly exhausting about worrying about someone you love--I'm so glad everything looked good today.  We love you, G-mama!!!  I think we will all sleep better tonight with today's news!

We are also keeping Andy's Granny in our prayers...may God bless her test results as well!!!  We hope she gets to feeling better very soon. :)

Good Night!!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Random completed projects...

After working most of the afternoon yesterday, I finished the lower foyer painting.  I really like the change!!!  It always helps to darken up the wall color to make your trim and flooring look better.  Here are the finished results...

Before...

After...


After...
Before...

Before...

After...

I really love how the color framed out the stairwell better...you actually notice the spindles and such on the stairs!  A lot of work, but really worth it. :)

Our second project for the day involved Andy installing a new set of bamboo shades on the guest bath window.  As you can see...this was a needed fix!

These blinds were old as the hills...

They wouldn't even come down!!!

I think I am in love with bamboo shades...so cute!!!  And inexpensive...
Okay, I think I can finally say that we are DONE with this bathroom...:)

Well, I hope everyone has a fabulous Wednesday!  It's the pool for me...being a teacher in the summer is really rough. :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I guess we won't hear "guard and protect your heart" anymore... :)

If you have no clue what the title of my post means...let me explain. Although I hate to admit it, I have gotten completely sucked in to the Bachelorette scene.  And for those that watch the show regularly, you know that Casey (or Kermit the Frog--as I like to call him) went home last night.  Thank goodness!  Although he was painfully entertaining to watch, he needed to go.  Andy and I meant to tally each time he said "guard and protect your heart," but we failed to do so.  I am certain we would have tallied at least 15-20 times!!!  My other favorite Casey line..."That's just my heart...jump on in and stay a while."  HAHA.  Does it get cheesier than that?  I think being married to a total opposite (never using one-liners or over-the-top cheeseball lines) made it even funnier for me. :)  Oh reality TV--what would I do on a Monday night without you???

On another note, I am in the middle of another painting project...yes, I am crazy.  I am actually carrying the living room color into a bit of the foyer.  I want the darker color to frame out the front door a bit better.  Hopefully I will get that finished up today. 
You don't really notice this stairwell area because the walls are so pale...I'm taking care of that!
This is the foyer area from the living room...it needed to be warmed up!!!
Another shot of the off-white...
Here is my progress so far!

We are also looking ahead to our master bath renovation.  AAAHHH!  I went ahead and drew up a projected cost last night (based on my research)...not so good.  Although we are doing many of the same changes that we made in the guest bath...we are trying to "kick it up a notch" in the master bath.  Rather than just put in a newer white countertop, we are looking into a granite-like top.  Rather than mount a flushmount light above the sink like we had done in the other bath, we are looking to do pendant lights in the master.  All of these "upgrades" are costly.  I'm glad that we went ahead and looked at a worst case scenario before tearing anything out so that there wouldn't be any surprises (hopefully).  Our goal is to get this bathroom situated before the end of my summer break...hopefully we will make some big decisions before that!!!
As you can see, we have many of the same issues in this bath.  Yes, more weird lighting and seashell sinks!
A shot of the lighting...and yes, Andy will be removing the giant mirror again. :)
You can't see it from here but we also have a rusted out drain cover...yuck!
A shot of the lovely linoleum!  Yes, it is the same as in the guest bath.  Doesn't it look like honeycomb???  We will be laying the same ceramic tile in here--I would highly suggest using the same tile across bathrooms (if you are doing multiple bathrooms)--we can finish up the other box of tile in this bathroom!!!

Have a great Tuesday!!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day Weekend in T-Town...

I really can't remember the last time that Andy and I were both at my parents' house.  We made the trek for Father's Day and had a really good, relaxing time.  The boys played some golf, my mom and I did some antique shopping, and we ate lots of good food.  Does it get better than that?  While out and about in Tullahoma, I found a piece of furniture that I fell in love with at a furniture store that was relocating.  Therefore, my already discounted piece was discounted another 20%!  Bye-bye part of my graduation money!  This piece will hold my Butler's Pantry china (that is still in the closet for lack of a place to put it), and it will have to hold up our TV in the "playroom" because I have no other place to put it. :)  We will make it work because I loved it and it is payed for.  Now for my parents to find a way to get it to me in Nashville...sorry guys!  Here is a "fancy" picture of my piece...


Mine is actually painted red with a wooden-colored top...hopefully it will work in our house!

On another note, I fully realize that my dad never reads our blog. :)  So, I can write this and not embarass him at all.  He always makes fun of me for taking pictures and says, "That for the blog, I'm sure?"--However, I know if he has EVER laid eyes on this thing it is because my mom was showing him something. 

But since this is Father's Day, I thought I would leave a few thoughts about mi padre.  Although at times he is loud, makes jokes at my expense, and drinks far more Diet Coke than is healthy to--I really do love the guy.  I have never been in need because of the hard work that my dad has always put in.  He has always been there when I really needed him.  Whether helping me fix a flat tire in the parking lot of the Green Hills Y in college or helping me format a PowerPoint presentation for the millionth time, he has always been ready and willing to lend a hand.  More than the "manly" items he has helped me with, my dad has always been a mentor for me in my Christian walk.  He studied with me when I needed answers and baptized me when I was ready to become a Christian.  He said and did enough of the right things to put me on the right path.  Although I grew to be closer to my mom in various ways over the years, I will always look to my dad for the big stuff.  I appreciate him more than he will ever know or I will ever be able to share--we just aren't the "lovey-dovey" kind.  In short, I am thankful for everything my dad has been and continues to be for me.  Hopefully one day (many moons from now) Andy and I will be half the parents ours have been for us. :)


This is the picture that I blew up and framed for my dad for Father's Day.  I have always loved this picture and he had recently put it on our wedding day slideshow.  As you can see in this picture, my dad (again) was helping to show me the ropes with something...this time I think it was the zoo animals. :)  Happy Father's Day, Dads!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Drumroll please...GUEST BATH IS COMPLETE!!!

I finally forced my lovely husband to hang the mirror and shower curtain while I made the guest bathroom "shine" this afternoon.  I am very happy to say that we are finally FINISHED with this project.  Oh how sweet it is to be DONE.  Now for our master bathroom, right Andy??? :)

Please do scroll back to earlier posts regarding this bathroom.  It will really help to show the dramatic difference!  We began with what most ladies would call a digusting, bachelor pad bathroom complete with partially ripped-up flooring and a hole in the tub.  And now we have a fabulously clean and updated bathroom.  Oh how this room just needed a bit of TLC...or a lot of TLC.  Here are the "after" pics of the project!!!

Outside looking in...
Admittedly, I will be changing out the cheapo blinds on this window with a bamboo shade...we can't even get these blinds to come down!  Fair warning for guests who may use this bathroom! HAHA :)
I still love this shower curtain...I purchased it before we had even said our "I Dos" because I loved it so much.  I never knew how much better it could look in a refreshed bathroom!
New vanity top and faucet...LOVE it!  Bye-bye seashell sink and crystal knob faucet!
Full shot...
Is this a new tub?  NO!  But doesn't it look like it???  Check older posts to see how we did it!
Admittedly, this mirror is a bit too small. :(  It may eventually need to be traded out...SAD!  But it will definitely do for now!

As you can tell, we are VERY pleased with this project.  It is so nice to have things cleaned up and to see what a large transformation has taken place.  We salvaged what we could (the existing tub, cabinetry, toilet) and did ALL of the work ourselves (with my parents)--this is the key to saving precious moo-lah!  Don't be afraid to tackle big home projects (as I often am at first)--it is SO worth all of the work, sweat, and effort.  Knowing that you made the exact changes that you wanted to make without paying someone a "boo-koo" of money is such a powerful thing! 

Enjoy the rest of your week!!!