Sunday, June 24, 2012

Quick Update!!

Hall painting is complete!

2012 Father's Day pics are posted!

New art for the Family Room

There is a lot going on here still, but it's an improvement

The Classics, of course. Nate was particular about the books and the order of them.

We bought closet storage boxes and stowed remotes, dvd's and other small stuff

Half Bath

Wall Decal - $10.00

This still needs someo character, but I plan on adding plates to the wall as I find ones that will fit. I tried to wait until I had a collection, but it was harder than I thought.

Hoepfully, more updates to come very soon!!!

Let's talk about the bath

As the summer heat rolls in from the South and bear down hard on us in North Carolina, we have been busy here. Really busy. Exhausting busy. My career job has been nuts. The economy has kicked warehousing upfits in the big box butt. I know, because I am work. all the time. It's a good thing, but enough about that. Hubby was supposed to go home this week to visit our family in NY, but my physical (and slow) state and Gil's new teeth kept him close this week.  Nate has done some work! Take a look...


By luck, the ill fitting rug in our master bath fits perfectly in this hall bath, and happens to match the walls. I couldn't believe it, but I guess you just gravitate toward the styles and colors that you just simply like.

I had spray painted the traditional medicine cabinet (not the coolest one in town, admittedly). I took it to another level by splashing a metallic on it. (okay, "another level" is a bit hyperbolic. It is) At the time, I didn't know what color the walls would be, but it actually works because it blends into the background.

I don't like the light. I really didn't like it before we painted. It was out of place. Guess what? It's staying. I am the "electrician" (Read: the one not afraid to fry), and I am not climbing up on a sink to change it out.
#1. for the obvious reason. The baby.

#2. With a house like we have, there are ALWAYS surprises behind the walls, especially in the bathrooms. I don't know what that is. It just is. I guess since the house was most likely built in 30 minutes or less could be a good reason. This is why I just cannot change the towel racks. I am afraid. I did in the old house, and wow. It was a mess in that wall.

#3. Somehow, in some way the dark hardware now looks like we tried to do it because we have some other dark highlights and accents. hmmm... I'll deal with it. It works, right? (P.S. I'd never select this light, so I didn't "try" at all.)

#4. We have a baby to pay for. Priorities.

Okay enough of the light. The art I have had, and I love the koi.

We now just need:
A Window treatment
New cover plates
A little more decor including
Towels to match

I think we're off to a good start here...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

From the Lens...

I finally got batteries for my camera, so it was exciting to go through my memory card and snap a few more at lunch today. It was a simple pleasure, and it meant the world to me. I have my memory keeper back.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Turning the Corner (in an endless maze of work)

"Hey babe, I think we're turning the corner" 
That's what I hear from dear ol' hubby every month or so. In our lives, there are a lot of corners, but as long as we keep turning them, we're good. We are almost to the point in the house where the work will get fun, and creative, and probably expensive. Nate finished the painting in the stair well this past weekend. To any mortal man, this is just more than a hassle. To Nate, he is afraid of heights and a perfectionist, and hates the huge off-center chandelier in sed stairwell. It was a challenge, but I tell you, it looks fantastic, and I was sure to tell him so. 
Remember, you don't have to buy different paint containers - use food containers! 

Trim complete. Light is in the way. Yes.

Nate changed the light bulbs while he was up there. There was no way he was going to put the  B*$*% ladder on his newly painted walls again! 

Now, he just needs to (he alone, because he won't let me help):

1. Paint the upstairs hallway (the paint is out and walls are ready) 
Blank, boring, builder looking canvas. 

2. Paint the hall bathroom. (It'll be easy. It's small and I have had the color picked for months. This is strictly a paint job. No change outs, no tricks, but maybe a new rug and a picture.) 
3. Paint the Master Bath. This is, in no way, a remodel. However, we are replacing the giant sized mirror with (2) smaller ones, hopefully getting shelving  in the view window and purchasing some furniture. This is the biggest hurdle we have left, but the goal is to finish before Mr. Baby comes home.  

Oh, and for you budget conscious readers, the paint and supplies were about $40.00 total, which should carry Nate through the remainder of the hallway. Not bad, eh? 

After these items are checked off the list, the baby is born, the company is gone, I get back to work, Fall arrives and the rental house is content, we'll be on to the "design phase." No sweat, right? 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

We get by with a little help from our friends...

If we were playing the game of Mother May I, we'd have been granted five giant steps forward this weekend. Holy Moses, we got a lot accomplished, with a little help from our friends. I must take one whole post to show you our 'Before and After' of the house washing that our friend did for us this weekend. It looks and feels truly like we have new siding, new windows and a new look to the house. Now, to try to catch up on some sleep...



Before  - How disgusting is this? 
After - Same corner of chimney