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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Big Changes on the horizon....

For the past two years, we have subletted the downstairs/basement level of our house.
Our tenant moved out a week and a half ago... so naturally, I had to dive into projects. The space is going to become something new... something to be revealed at a later date... but for now, take a look at how it's coming along!
Before:


There are two rooms shown here... the larger of the two featuring a light sandy beige color on the walls, as you can see with patching and touch ups.  The floor was painted probably about 20 years ago, a maroon color.  Next door, a lime green room with the floors painted dark green (!?)
Numerous coats of Antique White for the walls and "Battleship Grey" on the floor, and viola!

 
(Through that door is the formerly Green room)

I also did a number on this dresser...

I still need to do a once-over on the black where my tape wasn't perfect... and I think I am going to sand'er down to age it, but already a vast improvement I'd say!
I completed everything pictured in two days with some help from my Mom.
I am sore, my hands are blistered, and I've ruined a number of articles of clothing, but
damn I feel accomplished!

Stay tuned for upcoming blogs which will reveal how the space will be used. 
We really are luck to have this surplus of space to play with, aren't we?!
The downstairs features much more storage space, and a cute 1.75 bath... more on those later.

Thanks for reading!


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fall Decor Show and Tell as well as a lil' Meet & Greet Action

Everyone in Blogland is showing their Fall Decor, so I thought I'd join the club.
But before we get to that, please join me in welcoming one of my nearest and dearest friends to the obsession of crafting! She bought her first glue gun this past week. *tear- so proud*
Everyone, meet Katie, isn't she purdy?
(Here we are together at her wedding)
Katie bought her childhood home and has logged many hours doing and re-doing to make it her own, and it's gorgeous.  She's also an amazing cook and bartender. 
Double score when we party at Katie's.
 Oh, and did I mention she married a guy who's last name is Perry?
So... yes, I get to say I kick it with Katie Perry.
She follows many blogs too, and found some inspiration on

for her first project, shown here:
Isn't it good enough to eat!?

In my own home, I finally pulled out the Fall Decor and have started on my mantel.  I, once again, have faught the urge to buy more junk, so decided to get creative.  I searched the house for things I already have, but have never used as Fall Decor before and mixed them with my seasonal-all-ready-in-stock items... here's what I came up with.
BEFORE:
AFTER:
The wrought iron mirror is something I bought on clearance when I worked at Pier 1 Imports in high school.  The beautiful brown glass vases are from my wedding.  The butterfly hanging on the mirror is actually a Christmas ornament that came on top of a present from my Mom.  She too gave me the sign shown below when we fell in love with, and moved into our house.
I'm pretty pleased considering I started this project feeling like I needed to buy but I ended it feeling content with what I have.
After all, this season is all about counting the blessings you want already have. Am I right?
Oh, and yes, Betty Kitty has approved this Fall day for relaxing!
(Please excuse her unlady like pose)
Thank you for once again checking in to see what's going on in my world.  I appreciate you following my blog, please make sure to officially follow if you don't already.