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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

never ending?

Last night, Cameron asked me if I was going to finish sanding the staircase today.  It was my turn to raise an eyebrow.

I am trying to make a dent in this project, really.


Putting the lathe to work. Notice the perfectly manicured nails.

All of the walnut spindles have been sanded to remove years (100+!!!) of grime.  Isn't it such a pretty wood?  Now they need a light sanding with a finer grit paper before putting a clear finish on them.

Can you tell it's old? Roman numerals!

These are the trim pieces from the risers. Just about finished with them, with only a few more to go!

Almost to the top! A little more sanding and we can put things back together and then paint!

Why it takes a fair bit of motivation for me to work on this project: I love being covered in sawdust!

So, this is where we are at right now. Better get back at it so I can have a finished project to show you soon!

P.S. Thanks for all the feedback yesterday about the hardware! Maybe with enough of your votes I can convince him!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mixing metals

Remember when your purse had to match your shoes?

It's often the same thing when it comes to interiors. Your metals must match, right?
Chrome, oil rubbed bronze, brass or brushed nickel: choose a finish and stick to it.
Or, does it work to break this rule?
Notice the mix here: Chrome faucet, brushed nickel brackets, oil rubbed bronze pendant, antique brass pulls, stainless steel appliances. I think the results are stunning! It got me thinking, could I pull this off in our kitchen? 

As you can see, we still need to find hardware to replace the blue tape "pulls", add a light fixture above the sink, buy a dishwasher, tile the backsplash...OK, there's still a lot to do, but I'm seriously considering mixing things up and using an antiqued brass pull on the cabinets. 

When I say "seriously considering", that means I sourced a few I liked, added up the cost and mentioned the idea to Cameron.

Let's just say he raised an eyebrow to that plan.

So, I am curious: what's your reaction to this concept? Do you think I'm crazy, too?
Friday, February 24, 2012

The weekend

Here's a little glimpse of our super exciting weekend plans.

Yes, that is a lathe screwed to my fancy dining room floor.

Sanded spindles....

Yet to be sanded spindles...

And, a little more heat gun + sanding fun.

What can I say? We live a heart-stopping, spine-tingling, nail-biting life around here.

At least this guy thinks so!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
While I was sad to drop my mom off at the airport last night, I was thankful that we had two weeks to spend with her!

Last week she flew into Iowa and drove with me to Canada. My dad joined us there and we spent a week visiting family and friends.

My awesome parents!
The best part was being able to spend precious time with my sweet Grandma who is bravely fighting brain cancer.

Grandma Kember and me
For having just come through brain surgery and radiation treatments, she looks amazing, don't you think?

While we were away, Cameron was hard at work on the house. We wanted to finish mudding and sanding the addition without having Talmadge exposed to all the dust. 

Here's a little tour of the room he worked on while we were gone.
This type of mess is very normal around our place. Things are shuffled from one room to another while we make progress.

Just painting a coat of primer on these walls makes it look better already! Here is the opposite wall from the picture above.  The cabinet unit in the corner is going to be our little coffee bar someday.

As you can see, another door (to our future master bedroom) has been installed. Actually, a total of three (see the bathroom door HERE if you'd like) out of the nine doors we ordered are now in use!

The picture above is the closet I posted about HERE.  That's all I have for now, but stay tuned as we continue to work on these projects over the next few weeks.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

First off....Happy Valentine's Day to all my readers! I feel so fortunate to spend the day with the ones I love, especially my mom who is visiting from Arizona!

After Nana gave this little guy his morning bath, we got right to work on the house.

We prepped all the walls and ceiling for priming by wiping them down and touching up dings and scratches with a little drywall mud.

After that we went through a few gallons of primer. (Bare drywall really sucks that stuff up!) I usually do two coats of primer to make sure it's well covered. Besides, primer is always cheaper than paint!

I'll try to put together a post of some prepping/painting tips later this week for you.  But for now, we're taking a break to do a little shopping!
Monday, February 13, 2012

New doors

A few weeks ago, we ordered the interior doors for our house from Home Depot. This weekend we picked them up and have them stacked in our dining room, ready to be installed.

Cameron wasted no time installing the first door. Can you guess which one?

Yes, we finally have a functioning bathroom door! And a little (much appreciated) privacy. Even without a door handle or trim, it's a step up from the blanket that's been hanging there for a few years.

So, along with installing all the doors, we need to finish the staircase, then prime and paint a few walls. 

Thankfully, my mom is here for a few days, and with her help we should make significant progress. Guess that means I'd better get to work. Have a great Monday!