Thursday, October 1, 2015

Garage Phase 2

I've got a few minutes to myself this afternoon so thought I would share some of the progress we've made this summer and things we're hoping to get done while we have good weather. Winter's coming!

We're on Phase 2 of our garage, the fun part where things start to look pretty! Excuse the scaffolding, it's too heavy for me to move :)

Last summer, we did a ton of structural work on the garage, then wrapped everything in Tyvec and left it alone until this year. 

Click the link below to read more about that and my inspiration for the doors.

Garage Phase 1 + door and color inspiration

Lucky for us, we had lots of siding leftover from 4 years ago when we resided our house, so we were able to use that to reside the garage. We also added a couple windows to the side that faces our house. It'll bring in natural light to the garage, but also helps break up the siding a little.

In the front and back peak of the garage, we used cedar shakes. In part because we ran out of siding and didn't want to have to special order more. I LOVE cedar shakes, so this made me happy!

For the doors, Cameron drew them up on Google Sketch up and then built them from wood 2x4s last year.  He recently built the face frames from plywood and pine boards and then screwed them to the doors.  I picked out Benjamin Moore's Knoxville Grey to paint them with. I love the green-blue shade with the grey and white siding! I'll paint the side door and our front door the same color to tie everything together.

The hinges are heavy duty strap hinges we ordered online, I like the scale of them on such large doors. The doors are now functioning bifold doors, and at some point Cam's going put them on a track so they'll open automatically. We'll also add door handles too for a finished look.  I'm thinking of ordering this style to go with the hinges.

Right now, I'm finishing the tedious job of caulking and painting around all the trim and siding. With it being a wood product, we have to leave a gap between the siding and any trim it butts up to. All of this has to be filled with caulk and then touched up with paint. All of the trim came primed but also needed 2 coats of white paint... 
 With 3 kids, you can imagine how long it's taking me to get finished. I can get an hour or so in while they nap or else I have to have a friend (Thanks Lillie!) help out with the kids to make any progress! Not that I mind doing it, it's a nice change from the usual day to day stuff, but I tell you that just so you don't think I can do it all.  I read some blogs sometimes and wonder how do you do all that with kids? I can't unless I have help :)
So that's where we're at now! We really hope to pour the floor in the garage in a few weeks if the weather cooperates. Next summer we'll likely do the driveway and shingle the roof. I also need to put a final coat of paint on the doors and add a light over the side door too. Odds and ends, but I'm pretty happy that it's no longer the eyesore it once was!

Also, I'm excited for that little window. Inside is an attic room I plan to take over. I keep calling it my "studio" just so I can claim it :) There's talk about ship lap walls and Cam's already installed a couple of these less than $12.00 lights.

More on that room later, once we finalize some plans and start working on it this winter! Any major projects you've tackled this summer? I'd love to hear about them or see what you've done!

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Friday, May 1, 2015

mid century modern with chairish

Its no secret  that I love vintage anything! Furniture, lighting, knick knacks...even trucks :-) So when asked if I'd be interested in putting a style board together with pieces from their site along with tips for mixing Mid Century Modern with other styles I jumped at the chance!

Using this dining room by Chloe Warner as inspiration I created a style board as an example of how you can create a cohesive space while mixing different styles and eras of furnishings.

Style Board with
Obviously there was no client or budget involved, but you can still use the concept to create something similar to suit your style at home!

 Sources: chairs/table/lighting/rug/grasscloth/ lee jofa floral fabric/david hicks fabric

I also put together a few tips that I tried to use when creating the board and that you can see were utilized in the original inspiration image.

Any other tips you would add? Do you have a favorite era of furniture or like me love a bit of everything?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

choosing a backsplash

A couple weeks ago I did a random craigslist search and got lucky! I found the exact range hood we have planned to use in our kitchen for $80! It's in perfect condition too. New would have cost us a few hundred dollars.  Even more exciting then saving some cash? We need to install a back splash first!

Cam doesn't want to install the hood and then have to pull it out later to tile so he told me to start shopping! That I can do.

A few things I need to keep in mind while shopping:

Budget: (obviously!) There's some gorgeous tile out there but cost add up quickly.

Countertops: Ours are a light color granite and I don't want the pattern from the graining to compete with the tile. Simple, solid colored tile will look best in this situation.

Size: When our cabinets were installed, they lowered the uppers a few inches to accommodate the cook's 4'11" height. It's handy but means I have a shorter backsplash. A smaller tile size will give me more of a repeat in the pattern then a larger tile.

Those are the main things helping me decide what to use. I found this gorgeous glazed herringbone Ann Sacks tile (see below) at a local shop for $20/sq ft. It fit all the criteria except for the budget. After I did the math and realized we'd be spending close to $900 I couldn't justify it. So I stared at the sample on my counter for a few days then sadly returned it.

So I think I'm just going to get creative with some cheap subway tile.  I love the classic look of it, but wanted something a little different.  Luckily it's easy to change up the pattern or even grout and get a unique look.

I found a smaller white subway tile (standard is 3x6) at Home Depot for around $2.50/sq ft. It comes on a sheet in the typical staggered layout (that's it above) which is nice, but I'm tempted to cut them apart and lay it in a herringbone pattern like the tile I wanted. 






Last weekend Cam started prepping the kitchen for tiling. He trimmed out the window, replaced the drywall behind the sink where there was some water damage and removed a couple outlets that were cluttering up the space. Not an easy task once they're wired but he managed to do it!

Right now we're in the middle of painting the trim on the main floor and when that's finished up we can start tiling and install the range hood.

So, which style of tile do you like best? The traditional layout or herringbone? I'd love to know :)

Monday, March 23, 2015

New to me table + ideas!

This past weekend I picked up a coffee table from a local consignment shop after they posted it on Craigslist and just shared a peek of it on instagram (@jmmccalley). I thought if I wrote quick, I could get a post in while the kids are napping!

Lately I've been drawn to furniture that they call "Ming-Style".  This style is pretty transitional meaning it mixes well with traditional and modern.  I love a bit of both so when the coffee table above popped up on Craigslist, I showed it to Cam along with some Pinterest pictures of that style and he approved. The price was right too, so that helped!

The table is heavy and solid, and low to the ground which is practical with little kids.  They're already dancing on it and jumping off it all the time.  I knew that would happen, so having a piece that will hold up to my wild children was a priority! Talmadge has already claimed it as his snack table and his father thinks it's a perfect foot rest. I know with a new updated finish it'll look pretty so we all win I guess!

Until our new couch arrives next month and I can start to pull the living room together, I thought I'd share a few pictures of similar style tables and see what color direction you think I should take.

This one has the same lines as ours and is lacquered in white on One Kings Lane

I do like how fresh and crisp these tables look in white!

via Elizabeth Bauer Design

via Brittany Stiles

via Sara Tuttle Interiors

Black looks elegant, but I'm a little worried the inevitable scratches will be more visible and darker finishes are hard to keep clean looking. A good look, but less practical!

via Apartment Therapy

via Savvy Home Blog
I'm also toying with stripping the dark finish and leaving it natural or white washed and waxed. It'd bring another wood tone into the space and break up the dark wood floors. Plus some wear and tear would just add to the finish.

Source Unknown

I like the texture on this table but especially love the mix of furniture styles here!

via Apartment Therapy

The other option would be a fun color.  Our new couch is a light grey, so right now the room is a blank slate and any color could work!

via The Pursuit of Style

 What would you do? Glossy white, black, raw wood or a fun color? I'd love your input :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A before and after!

Today I have a fun little before and after for you!

I've had this dresser back from the painters (Thanks Phil!) for almost a year, but never got around to taking pictures of it until now!

It's from a local consignment store called Stuff Etc and cost me $40.00. It sat for a long time waiting to be refinished, but I eventually handed it over to a professional so that it'd actually get done :)

It needed a lot of prep work since it had been (poorly) painted before I bought it!
I had a gallon of Benjamin Moore's Decorator White matched to a Sherwin Williams semi-gloss paint which we were going to use on our trim, but had accidently forgot to order it in an oil based paint. So I just had it sprayed with that since we didn't have another use for the paint!

I love how it looks in Serena's room!

Besides the crib, this dresser is the only piece of furniture in the room, so it's kind of loaded up with her books and what-nots.

The canvas is by Lindsay Letters which I picked up at Hobby Lobby when it was 50% off.  When I brought it home, Cam asked if I was promoting cannibalism. Only a guy would say that!

The little box is used to corral hair bows, elastics, etc.  It's from TJ Maxx, and so is the frame with a picture of Serena and Talmadge. 

The trio of brass elephants were 50 cents a piece at a garage sale!

The hardware is original, but I had to strip it of layers of paint.  It was easy but time consuming, yet worth it I think! Here's the link to my post on how I did that job.

How To Easily Remove Paint from Hardware

Inside the drawers there was originally some really cruddy drawer liners.  I ripped them out and then cut wrapping paper in a much prettier pattern to fit.  There was enough adhesive left from the old liner that I didn't even need to glue the new paper in, it stuck well enough. 

I love vintage furniture! A good coat of paint and it's like new again, without the price tag!

Still more to come on this little one's room.  I had her Nana sew some curtains, but still need to install the rod and have them hemmed and hung.  Plus, we'll have to rearrange the furniture a little in the near(ish) future as the room will be shared with Vera once she's big enough to move out of our room.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Choosing hardware

Do you ever find having too many options makes it hard to make a decision? That's where I am right now as we need to buy hardware for all our doors. I've looked at pages and pages of knobs the last couple days trying to choose something.

Here's a few I've narrowed it down to and why.  First, cost is(always)an issue. We have over 10 doors to outfit so things add up fast. We spent some money on our doors (they're solid core) and 2 paneled so I don't really want to cheap out on the hardware, but I have to be reasonable too.

Also, I opted for black hinges when we ordered the doors(a few years ago) since I didn't know at the time what finish I'd want for the hardware, so it seemed safest. We are going to paint our door black and initially I didn't think I'd like black hardware on a black door, but some Pinterest searching has convinced me otherwise. What do you think of the look?




It's kind of clean and uncluttered.  I like. Plus it's most economical as I've found matte black hardware in the $20-$30.00 range.

I also considered using a porcelain knob with a black backplate. I think the white might be too much contrast so the brown could work.  I'm all for mixing neutrals even though some don't like brown and black together.


That option is still a little more then I want to spend. In reality, I'll likely chose one of the following since they all are around $30. I picked them because they're the few black knobs that don't have the little hole to unlock in the middle, or the push button in the center. I know that's standard, but it bugs me :)

I like this egg shaped knob, as it's just a little different from the standard shape.

This one breaks the rule with the lock hole, but it has a modern detail in the shape that I'm drawn to.

Simple, but maybe too simple.

Just the right amount of detail in the back plate. Might be my favorite.

Any favorites? Should I pay extra and get the porcelain or settle for the more economical ones? Do you think they suit an old house like ours?

In the end, I think I'll just be happy to have locking doors that don't have a "peep hole" in them! So will our guests:)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

hello again!

I guess it's about time I dust off this little blog and write something. It's been months! I've tried a couple of times to put together a post, but am usually interrupted or just run out of steam. Adjusting to taking care of three little ones has been hard some days, but mostly just busy!

Speaking of little ones, here's a picture of our little Vera born in June. Can't believe she's already 5 months old. They grow too fast!

I wanted to show you the project that took up most of our summer. I can't say I did any work on it as I was either very pregnant or recovering from delivering a baby while all this was happening!

Our old garage got a face lift.  Actually, it literally got a lift as Cameron had to jack the whole thing off the ground to repair it.  Our house is old and on a small lot, so we weren't allowed to tear it down since by code it's too close to other property. If we did take it down, we wouldn't be able to build a new one. So he worked on it from the inside out.

Here it is in it's sad and sorry shape.

The garage had no existing foundation, just a poorly poured cement slab (they used metal fence posts as rebar!?!) and that had to go. Cam rented a machine to score the cement and then used a loader to break it up and remove it.

Someone in our house loves to watch and "help" their daddy!

Once that was done, he dug down to put in footings and a proper foundation.

Who needs a sandbox when you have a mountain of dirt to play in?

Next he put his engineering skills to work and braced the garage to lift it up.  Then he talked a few people into helping with the digging :)

Once the new footings and foundation were poured, the walls were reframed. We made them taller for extra space and that also allowed an attic room too(more on that later!).

(The tarp was to keep the rain/mud out while digging)

If you look at the original door, you can tell how much we lifted the garage!

Like most of our projects, it was a lot of work and a lot of mess.  I was just thankful most of it was kept outside :) Even if that meant the backyard was not very kid friendly!

Since then, the garage was backfilled with dirt and rock to get it ready for a concrete floor in the spring.  It got too cold to be able to pour cement, so that'll have to wait.  So will the siding, trim, lighting and a couple of windows we'll install too.

In this picture, you can see the new doors Cam built. They're folding carriage style doors that we'll trim and install with heavy duty strap hinges.  I think they'll look awesome when they're done!

Since the door opening was so large, we would have needed to order something custom anyways and that's always $$$. The carriage style is more fitting for the era of our house and was cheaper to build.  They'll still have an automatic opener, and he made them to fold instead of swinging open from the middle since it would be a pain to have to clear the snow if they did.

Here's a few inspiration pictures I'm using for when we add the trim, hinges and paint.

This picture shows a similar style of strap hinges that we'll use.  I like the scale of them for the size of our door.

This green color on the doors is so pretty! It looks great with the white and grey and I could paint the entrance door as well as our front door the same color to keep things cohesive.

 Another pretty color scheme.

 We've toyed with the idea of adding a subtle chevron pattern and then repeating that in the privacy panels we'll build on the sides of our deck.


So that's that! As time allows, I'd love to get things up to date with the progress that's been made around the house and a few little projects I've worked on!

As always, thanks for reading :) 

Back to my babies(and laundry, dishes, etc)!

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