Friday, July 29, 2011

Pictures of the Staging/Unpacking Process...

This is the post where I attempt to be really open and honest about what the house actually looks like at this point.  Short version:  We are still very much in transition around here.  However, the house is more staged than the last time you saw it, so here it goes...

We'll start the tour in the master bedroom.  New West Elm bedding!  What-what!  Admittedly, the rosette pillow looks awful--way too much yellow.  But until I have something different, this shall be the look!

The GIANT IKEA mirror fit in our bedroom.  Insert excitement HERE.

The GIANT media armoire that my adorable Granddaddy built fits perfectly in the corner of our room (you may recognize it from the living room in our previous home).  Perfect for TV watching in bed.  I also REALLY like how the bamboo shades I chose work perfectly with the colors in our bed and the armoire.  I was buying them "blind" before the furniture arrived, but they are really working.  No, the large painting over the dresser won't stay.  Too red and crazy for what I'm wanting in this room.  I'm thinking of DIYing some artwork for that spot sometime soon.  Stay tuned.

The dining room is...well, a mess.  All of my mirrors are currently on the table right now because I have recurring nightmares that I will lean my mirrors against walls in the house and they will fall and shatter and ruin our hardwoods.  Therefore, cluttered table.

We are really liking the fit of the furniture in the room.  Red parsons chairs, good to have you home.  You know I heart you.

Welcome to the ONE staged guest bedroom in the house!  My mom began staging this room, and I just kept working with what she had started.  Why?  Because I don't have the energy to really think through where/how I want things.  I think this room will work for now.

Welcome to the ONE guest bathroom that is staged!  We used this one while our master bath window was not-so-foggy.

In the bonus room we basically just added our JUMBO furniture so that the TV and media stand had some company.

Aren't you loving the completely random pillows?  It's what we have, friends!

My future crafty room.  Nope, I'm not too proud to show it to you in all its glory.  A certain someone has been out of town this week for work (yep, I choose to keep those details quiet for safety reasons), so I wasn't able to get the filing cabinet moved and filled.  It is on the list for the weekend!  

I just had to show you this.  Can you see it?

Yep, I totally hung the new shower curtain rings I bought WITHOUT a shower curtain.  Classy!  I think my mom is going to make us one from some of the fabric I've bought.  Until then, this is the look.

I did get all of my china unpacked and back into the sideboard...

And my mom found this little nook for my etagere.  Loving the completely random assortment of accessories that made their home here?  Me either.

I actually hung our coats and jackets in the coat closet.  And I junked up our pantry quite nicely!

Some living room furniture was arranged...

And I didn't even clean before I took the picture!  Notice Duncan on the chaise.  This is his FAVE spot.  I think he thinks it was made for him.

Well, there you have it.  The very transitional look of the "bungalow" at this point.  We still have A LOT of work to do, but with every unpacked box and staged room it feels more and more like home!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Striped Bathroom...99% DONE!!!

I've decided striping a bathroom must be something like birthing a child.  When you finish and see the results (or, hold the precious baby), you begin to forget exactly how AWFUL the process was (or, labor).  I'm really afraid I might trick myself into thinking I should stripe something else--someone please stop me. 

The next few pictures are of the taping process (torture).  I also went ahead and swiped a bit of the lighter paint in the appropriate areas (as pictured) because it gets a little crazy in a cramped bathroom when you've been working FOREVER, and I was slightly afraid I'd just start slapping paint anywhere and everywhere.

More of the taping.

And a bit more.

Well, following these pictures, I painted and painted and painted some more.  And ended up with this...

Much better!

One wee-little trick I picked up along the way...

EVERY blog I read about this process stated that the painter's tape should be pulled while the paint is still wet.  So, I went ahead and first-coated the trim out work and rolled the stripes.  Then I went back and as I double-coated the trim work (right along the painter's tape), I pulled the tape.  This seemed to work really well for me.

These are basically the two colors on the wall.  I say "basically" because I color-matched Sherwin-William's "Sands of Time" to our builder beige (it was close enough), and went with a lighter color on the same paint card, "Sand Dollar," for the stripes.  Why didn't I just go with Porter (who makes our builder beige)?  Sherwin-Williams was having their 40% off paint sale--DUH!

And to finish off the room...

The Kirkland's mirror from the last house's guest bath!  This will be a job for Andy. 

Will post pictures when the room is completely complete!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Striped Bathroom-1 / Me-0

I am virtually "outing" myself regarding this striping project so that you can hold me to finishing it.  Andy and I purchased all of the necessary supplies for me to paint stripes in our half bath/powder room this past weekend. 

For various reasons, I wasn't able to get around to the project until last night. I began the mind-numbing, pull-your-hair-out-frustrating process of measuring off the walls and taping. Well, to be fair, I taped off the first stripe.

I found it VERY difficult to keep the painter's tape straight along the wall as I worked my way around the small space. I got so frustrated I began thinking of other painting projects I could do instead. Ridiculous!

This is what I've discovered so far:
1. Load up on patience before you begin.
2. Have a level on hand (all we have is this laser thing that doesn't work anymore--how do we not own a real-deal level???)
3. Decide approximately how large you want the stripes to be and then begin measuring the height of the wall (baseboard to ceiling). I knew I wanted mine to be larger than a foot, but was a little sketchy past that. I measured the wall to be 1o5 inches in height, so I began dividing it out and figured out that if I go with 15 inch stripes, I will get 7 perfectly even floor-to-ceiling stripes (something that was very important to us--no awkward baby stripe at the top!)
4. Most Important: Do NOT listen to anyone who says this a quick and easy project. They are LYING to you (Mom!).


Well, I'm off to continue torturing myself into finishing this project.  Hopefully the next time you hear from me, the half bath will look a bit different than it does now... 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Foggin' up the windows...

No, this post has nothing to do with the hubs and myself in a car at a drive-in movie.  Get your mind out of the gutter!  But, it does have something to do with a certain bathroom window and a LARGE desire to keep our "goodies" from showing themselves to our neighbors.  I'll just get right to it.

This was the lovely view from our bathroom window.  I should also mention that this window sat directly across from our GLASS-FRONT shower.  Quite a view, right?  Something had to be done.  For the first several days of living in the house, Andy and I were showering upstairs in a guest bathroom.  Nothing feels like home like not being able to shower in your own bathroom!

So, window film came to our rescue.  For those interested, this is Gila's window film in the "Frosted" version, and it was purchased at Lowes in their blind section.  I bought the largest size so that I wouldn't have to piece it over the window.

I also bought the window application kit they highly recommend.  I would also recommend you buy this if you ever consider using the film.  I'm not sure we could have done it without it!

The spray that you use a LOT of on this project.  The process is fairly tricky, and our window was large enough that it required two people.  My mom and I worked on it together, and when we were finished, we got this look on the "Hello, Neighbor!" window.

Completely covered!  I won't go in to all of the steps required to apply the film, because if you choose to try your hand at it, the kit comes with all of the directions you will need. 

Andy and I were very excited to see that even without the bamboo shade on the window (it is currently being shipped from Home Depot as we speak), we could not be seen through the window.  We can now use our master bath shower!

And that is how we successfully fogged up the windows at the Bozeman household.  See?  Definitely G-Rated. :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Complete "Befores"...

I showed several of the interior pictures of our new home several weeks ago. These were pictures that I haphazardly took with my everyday camera. I decided to bust out the better camera to try to take a few more "befores" to hopefully show the house a bit better.  I still can't figure out how to make the lighting work with the camera, but no surprises there. :)  In no certain order...

Half Bath

Eat-In Kitchen Area


Living Room

Master Bath

Master Closet

Master Bedroom

Dining Room


Upstairs Landing

Guest Bedroom #1

Guest Bath

Bonus Room

Walk-In Closets in Bonus

Game Room

Guest Bedroom #2 (My Crafty Room)

Niche for Stuffed Version of Duncan

Guest Bath

Guest Bedroom #3

Laundry Room

Pantry/Coat Closet off Kitchen

There you have it!  A few changes have already taken place.  More on that later!