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Wednesday, November 14, 2012


If this post seems a little scattered, it's because it is. And so am I.
So much is going on at our house right now. It feels like we're in the middle of 10 different projects and trying to do a lot all at once.

Here's what's up:

The dining room got a coat of Benjamin Moore's Moonshine. I could paint my whole house this color.

There's our "coffee bar" above, minus the shelves that will be installed. Below you can see the view of our pantry wall from the dining room along with some paint I was sampling on the wall.

The stairwell to the basement is part of the dining room, so it was painted the same color. How's that for makeshift scaffolding?

Here's the finished result of the wall color. The railing wall and trim still needs to be painted, and we need to find the right sconces for the stairwell too.

A few days ago I picked out our handrail for the basement. I went with a simple dowel shape, with a flattened bottom in white pine.

Now I'm trying to convince Cam to let me stain it one of these fun colors. I have my eye on that bright yellow. What do you think?

These railing brackets were picked up from Home Depot for around $5.00 and just the style we wanted.

Also picked up from Home Depot? Our basement flooring!!!

This week, our brother-in-law, Jimmy, has kindly spent his evenings helping Cameron lay the subfloor in our basement.

Last night they started to lay the floor and it's looking awesome! We are using a floating vinyl floor since we are sitting on this much water (sorry for the old, blurry photo):

As much as we hope our basement never floods, it could happen, so vinyl seemed like the smartest option.

Although I was worried I wouldn't like the color (it seemed a little reddish in the store), it's a pretty, rich color and I'm happy with how it's turning out.

I can't wait until it's all installed and I can show you how the room looks and some of our plans for the space!

And I should mention, while all this is happening, my sister-in-law and I are working on a "secret" room makeover this week. 

 I'll be sure to share it, once it's no longer a secret!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Built in bookcase

We're getting somewhere with our built in bookcase. I should say Cameron is, as he has done 99% of the work. I just pass him tools and tell him he's doing a great job!

All that remains for wood work is a band of simple molding along the top and some finishing trim along the bottom. Once that is complete we'll start filling nail holes and sanding before priming and painting.

We're sticking with Benjamin Moore's Decorators White. We used this white on the staircase we stripped and painted (see that project HERE), and will use it on our trim throughout the house. Once we have trim, that is. 

From what this room looked like a few weeks ago, we've come a long way.

The bookcase has an intentionally-modern style, which works with the sleek glass railing we used around the basement stairwell. 

Our goal has always been to transition from slightly traditional to modern while still feeling cohesive. I don't know about you, but I thrive on that 'aha!' moment when we find a way for the old and the new to live together!
Friday, November 02, 2012

The Basement:continued

Last weekend, we were able to finish up the last of the dreaded drywall work.

That meant the walls were ready to prime, so I took on the job with no complaints. Rolling the walls gives me such a sense of accomplishment, even if it's just primer.

However, progress was s-l-o-w, given that I was only priming during nap time and when I wasn't trying to keep this little guy out of mischief!

So Cameron, being the nice guy that he is, stepped in and had it finished in no time!

It's so bright and white, you would hardly know it's a basement! Above is the view going down to the basement from the dining room. You can see we've started to add trim around the recently installed glass railing. Cameron has also started to replace the temporary treads and risers on the stairs (hence the missing step).

Surprisingly, that window brings in a lot of natural light. That, combined with the 3 rows of recessed lights (all on dimmers), means there's no chance of this basement ever feeling dark or dingy.

To close in the stairwell, and make good use of the space, we are planning a built-in bookcase. Finally, extra storage and a place to display some of the items I've had packed in boxes for years. I expect to be arranging and rearranging things on a regular basis!

I've started putting the first coat of ceiling paint on. Next up is installing the subfloor. The to-do list is still long, but we're happy to be scratching items off one by one. Stay tuned for further progress and plans!