Wednesday, November 19, 2014

From Dark to Bright: Window Treatments

You know when you buy a house and the window treatments are often left with the house? 
Well in this case I wish they weren't... 

These drapes are very traditional, dark, and just not my style. We had to leave them up as the sun rises on that side of the house and sometimes we like to sleep past the sunrise... :)



We ordered our custom blinds from Justblinds.com. 
Please note they didn't sponsor this post... 

We have been ordering from them for all 3 of our houses and they have a great affordable product. We always use their 2" Faux Wood Blinds in white. They give a clean and wonderful look to a window that is affordable, easy to install and easy to use. 


The left cord is an easy tilt open and close. I love this a lot more than the twist rod!


This dresser was the one I refinished 2 years ago. You can see that post here.


This chair has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It used to be extra seating in my living room and is now a great chair for my bedroom. Perfect to use while putting on shoes, or laying out my clothes for the next day! You can read about my chair makeover here.




This mirror was a garage sale find and finished in a dark taupe paint called Channel Seal Brown. The dried flowers were from Hobby Lobby and have withstood 3 moves! I love how they look in front of the mirror. The whites, creams, and taupe's are a lovely palate and really relax me!


I hope you enjoyed seeing our windows go from dark to bright! Can't wait to find curtain rods and hang the curtains to soften it all up a bit!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Front Door Makeover

When we moved into our house we knew right away we'd need to do something to the front door. It was very worn down and needed some TLC.



Don't get me started on the lock and handle...not entry door worthy, gold handles are gross, and they are soooo scratched up!!


The stain finish was really faded and worn off.


To get started on making it over, my first step was to tape the glass off.

(In hindsight I wish I would have nixed the tape and edged carefully. I'm good at edging, and paint is really good at seeping under tape!)


I then cleaned it with TSP ( you have to use this stuff to clean before painting).
Then I painted coat of primer to ensure the paint would adhere well to the door.
 

I had to remove all the hardware and accidentally locked myself out. Thankfully the garage was open...


My first color choice was called Aqua Glow.
I painted the door while it was on, I just had to keep it open while it dried.



After looking at it for a couple of days the hubs and I agreed it was too light.


So we headed back to the store and picked up a sample of a color called Seafarer. I started painting right away as I wanted to get the door finished. We agreed this color would be better so I got to work finishing it up!



I love the pop of color...it very different from my norm but so fun!

Now, the original thought was to paint the shutters the same color. However, I'm not sure and need opinions! I'd be 100% fine painting the shutters on porch, but I have 2 other windows with shutters and I'm not sure how they'll look.  Thoughts?

Also, what color should we paint the new to us rocking chairs?!



What do you think of the bright front door? What are some ways you have improved your front door area?

P.S. I snapped these pics right before leaving for work...this daylight savings is killing my chances to get come pics for you!!


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Friday, November 7, 2014

Updating the lighting

Our house was built in 2006, so it's newish but some of the details feel a bit dated and don't really work with our decor. So we'll slowly be changing out some things.

Here's the original breakfast room light. It's not bad, but not our style.


Excuse the mess as we get ready to hang the light!
 

It was quite easy and we are very happy with the results!!


It looks great above the table we built!


We just need to get the right bulbs for it! :)




Next we updated the entry way light.

Here's how it was...
(It was the same light that was above the breakfast table.)


We added an industrial mason jar looking light. I love it!
The light reflects in a very interesting fun way!









We have a few more lights to hang. One really gorgeous one for the dining room, I can't wait to share it with you! 

It's amazing how many things we want to do, it's hard to decide what to do first!!


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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Adding some color

Enjoying the sunlight coming through the windows while drinking my morning coffee!


Officially starting to paint!
We chose "Cincinnatian Hotel Nichols Taupe" (part of Valspar's historical registry colors)



Edging that ceiling is quite a task...


And that painting is DONE!


Finally I could start moving furniture against the walls and unpack my decor!
 
I started playing with options for the mantle...




Now that the painting is done and we have about 2 gallons left in our 5 gallon bucket I guess I'd better decide which other room gets the same color!! :)

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Moving In

We closed on our new house on the 16th of October! I've been MIA due to packing, moving, lack of internet in the new house, and traveling! I'm ready to catch you up and keep you up to date on the many projects we have in store for this house!!

During our walkthrough this is what the house looked like...

 The house was never painted after it was built so everything was builder's grade flat white paint. It's nice to have a blank canvas but the walls are driving me nuts! It needs a little warmth!


The space is great, but lacks character. Can't wait to add some!


These sage roman shades are not my idea of good window coverings.


I know window treatments are supposed to stay with the house but I wish they took these with them! 


I literally couldn't wait to test the paint color sample I bought...I hadn't had a paint brush in my hand in 4 months so between that and the white walls I was itching to paint!


I love this section  of the cabinets! I placed all our nice glasses in it as soon as I found those boxes!


 I placed a few things on the mantle to make it feel like home.


We started the full painting the first weekend and finished up two days ago. Stay tuned for more pics of the painting and other projects we've started!


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