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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)!