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Monday, June 17, 2013

outdoor seating?

It's likely no surprise to you that I'm dying to "decorate" our new outdoor space.  I'm just as anxious to do the same to the interior, but things are happening faster outside then in!

An idea came to me, and I think it's a pretty good one. Remember that set of bamboo thrifted chairs I own? You likely don't. That's because they have been sitting in the basement forever. I'm thinking now would be a good time to drag them out, and finally put them to use-on our deck.

Our deck might be the perfect spot for this pair of chairs. Somewhere to sit and sip our coffee in the morning :)

The fabric I have my eye on is from Lewis and Sheron and runs about $20.00/yard. Not super cheap, but I'd only need a couple of yards since the chairs are small. If I eliminate the back cushions (that tufted piece) and using a toss pillow instead, it'll be even less fabric too.

What do you think? Do you care for this pattern? I'm pretty sure I'd leave the bamboo natural. I considered painting them, but I like the casual look they have now.

I came across this image from Maple and Shade which has further convinced me that I should do it.

I know the chairs are not the same, but I think it'd have the same feel once they're reupholstered. 

I'd take that awesome planter too.  And those bistro good!
Friday, June 14, 2013

deck update

Incase you're wondering...Things ARE coming along with the deck.

The guys (as in Cameron, and his super helpful brother in law, Jimmy) have spent the last few evenings working on it and are now screwing deck boards on. This is when it starts to actually look like a deck!

Our little man has to get in on the fun(Thanks Papa, for showing him how to run a drill!). He loves "working" with the guys! 

The cedar boards are all being installed using a tool that hides the screws.  It makes the deck look clean and uncluttered. So happy with it!

The stairs still need to be finished obviously, but it's starting to take shape.  The posts you see below are where we'll add a privacy screen of some sort.  That corner below the window is the designated spot for the hot tub (someday!).

Try not to look to closely at the bedsheet "curtains" or the old air condition unit in the window.  We have a central air system and have had it since we bought the house but it's yet to be hooked up! Too busy or something!

More pictures/plans coming-Stay tuned!
Monday, June 10, 2013

garbage picking....again!

I like a good deal as much as the next person. But I like free even better!

Last week, I noticed a box on the curb labeled free. It was just down the street, so I took the kids for a walk to check it out.  Sure enough, I found something worth bringing home!

It's a flush mount light fixture that was dirty, grimy and the wrong kind of brass. There's good brass and bad brass. This was the bad kind.

But, it was nothing a little matte black spray paint couldn't fix. After a super quick sanding with fine grit paper and a wipe down, it was ready for paint. I sprayed the inside of the base as well because you could see the white pieces through the glass, making it look cheap.

It literally took me 5 minutes to complete!

I did about 2 thin coats and then let it dry while I washed the glass piece with hot soap and water.

Sunday afternoon, Cameron installed it for me in Talmadge's room. 

While it's not especially spectacular, or even close the light fixture I really want for his room (it's this one HERE, but it's $$$), it does the trick, at least for now! 
We also installed these jelly jar sconces (read about that deal HERE) on either side of the windows. I think the new fixture is cute with the vintage looking sconces!

 As you can see, his room is now painted, the window is trimmed and a door is installed(which still needs to be painted). Up next is the hardwood flooring which we should be picking up soon to install.
It's come a long ways from this, don't you think?
Anyways, that's the story of my headed-for-the-garbage-dump light. Are you opposed to curbside finds? Cameron never would get too excited about the idea, but then I found him an almost new Weber grill on the side of the road a few summers ago. Now he's a little more open to my "free" finds!
Monday, June 03, 2013

all decked out!

Well there was no sitting around this weekend!

Saturday morning, Cam dragged me outta bed around 6am! So much for sleeping in. I whipped up some French toast (it's usually that or our favorite waffles) and Cam made a big pot of coffee to fuel us for the day! It was time to build a deck!

I headed out to the quarry for a final load of rock. Then we got a work out shoveling a total of 3 tons, which we spread out below the deck. There's a layer of heavy-duty landscape fabric under the rock which will keep grass/weeds from growing up through the deck and let water drain when it rains.

Over the memorial weekend (when we were supposed to build the deck, but didn't thanks to the never ending rain!), we had already rented an auger, dug holes (with help from family) and poured concrete to set the deck posts on.

Since that part was done, the guys attached the posts to the concrete and started building the structure.
They worked late into the evening Saturday night and made good progress!
Cam and his brother in law Jimmy spent Sunday afternoon working on it again. Of course having a little helper around sped things up :)
As of today, here's how things look. It's a good size deck (roughly 30 by 15 feet), so it'll take some time to finish it.  The structural parts under the deck are all green treated wood, but the exposed parts will all be stained cedar.
It's shaping up nicely! Here's the drawing Cam made on Google Sketch Up. It'll give you a rough idea of what the finished deck will look like.  The tall posts you see are where we are going to add privacy screens.
Since the deck is so low, we're not required to have railings, so we wrapped the stairs around and also made them wider then usual.
Hopefully tonight we can do a little more work on it and I can keep sharing the progress as well as ideas we have for the rest of the yard!