Friday, February 25, 2011

a little overwhelmed

understatement of the year...
14 colors, 14 COLORS!!
Still have no clue what color to paint the house. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Slowly but surely...

I'm a horrible picture taker! But these pictures will have to do!
-This project sat like this for over a month. I ran out of energy

I love how it looks! It opens the room up and makes it feel much bigger than it is. 

*NOTE* I f we ever do any sort of molding again (which I'm sure we will...already have a few more ideas in mind) I will definitely paint the walls and the boards before hand and then touch up nail holes afterwards. This was quite the lengthy project. Lots of little crevices and it would have been a lot quicker had I painted first!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

can't decide what's uglier...

The existing paint, the new paint or the color of our banister.
Glad I didn't buy the giant 5 gallon buckets before I tested it out!
I was shooting for a greyed taupe. This just looks like a dirty white.
 It looks bad in the picture but it looks even worse in real life. gross.
ha ha!! If you stare at it long enough
 it starts to look like the silhouette of a bearded man.
Note to self: 'Oatlands Subtle Taupe' is not the color to go with

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It's the best grey ever...

City Storm by Valspar
I just finished painting two bedside tables for our master bedroom.
They still need a coat of poly, but I had to show you this color.
 Now I just need to find some drawer pulls and finish the lamps I started to go on top of the tables.  
I'm in the middle of decorating our room, so until It's finished, these pictures will have to do.

This grey will definitely find itself in a few more places in my house!


Here's a sneak peek of the bedding I bought this week!
It's being delivered tomorrow! eeeek!!! :)

Monday, February 14, 2011


I traded Melanie some of my furniture stash for this beauty.
 I'd guess it was made sometime in the mid 70's.
 Long before I was born!

Primed it (sorry, no picture of that step) with Kilz spray primer.
Then gave it 3 coats of Krylon" Bauhaus Gold" spray paint.

 I used Ralph Lauren "smoke" glaze. I applied it pretty heavily and then wiped it off to my liking. 
Finished it off with two coats of Minwax semi-gloss polycrylic. Good stuff. Adds a really hard, strong top coat and doesn't turn brown/yellow like polyurethane does.
It sits underneath our TV and stores some of the kids toys. 
Still haven't found the perfect knobs yet, which I'm really in no hurry to do since the kids toys are now trapped inside. :) My oldest two have figured out how to pry it open, but it still keeps number 3 & 4 out!
What do ya think of the color? Too crazy? Too bold? 
Nah, it's gonna look good with the paint I've picked out for the walls 
and the fabric I bought for the curtains. 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

before and after

 An old dresser I painted for an old friend last summer.

after.....       the picture quality is horrible. I am not a photographer

One of my favorites so far. 

Jet black paint (can't remember the brand)
Sanded the edges
4 coats of stain/poly in one
Would have kept it if I thought I could have gotten away with it!

Friday, February 11, 2011

a new adventure.....

We just bought our second home and we've got an endless list of 'house projects'. This blog is a way to record all of our adventures while turning this house into our home.