Vacation Project #1 Completed!

I have always liked the shape of the stairs in the house.  But with risers that had seen better days and all the hauling of STUFF we’ve been doing they got even more scuffed up and dirty. I’m planning on some dark green in the dining room and with the outside dark green, I thought I would give it a go to give  them a paint job.  I’m very happy with the results!

I gave the risers a quick sanding with the power sander and chipped away at any big chunks of paint with a hand scraper.  I taped the living beejeesus out of them and went to town.  I’m very happy with the results!

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Long-Weekend Update!

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but that’s mostly because we’ve been busy, busy, busy working around the house and I haven’t even had the time to photograph it!  Between the vacation days I took last week and a long holiday weekend, Chris and I made some major progress, if I do say so myself.  The downstairs windows are sanded and poly’d (and ready for the Roman shades I will be working on soon!), the trim throughout the entry way, stairwell and upstairs hall has been touched up with white paint to truly banish-the-beige and clean any drips, and outlets and light switches have been grounded and replaced.  None of it the most glamorous work, but all of it very rewarding!

But most dramatically, after much sanding, washing and painting, our upstairs round room is DONE!  Well, it still needs furniture, I need to jazz up the curtains a bit and make a few more throw pillows.  But it is clean and painted and we love it!

Progress in the entry way ….

After much scraping and sanding and patching and washing (and more sanding), we finally got to paint our front entry way room this weekend!  It’s definitely a work in progress, but the Banish the Beige project continues and entering and leaving the house is a much more cheery endeavor.  Next up:  staining the trim, stripping the baseboards, making some window shades and figuring out what furniture will permanently go in this room.  But in the mean time, we are loving the color and very happy with our progress.

The Pink Room

My maternal grandmother’s house had a pink room.  It was the guest bedroom, with a pull-out couch, bookshelves and pink walls.  I liked sleeping over there.  Our house has a small guest bedroom that I knew I wanted to paint pink as soon as I saw it.  It’s not all the way finished — it still needs better window treatments,a bedskirt, a different bedside table, etc., but for now it’s a cozy little room for friends to stay over.  When they help us paint.  If they don’t help us paint, they stay in the basement.

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Crafty Tale #1: Lamp Makeover

To hold me over until I have some real news to report (hint …. it has to do with sanded wood that’s getting stained, a fireplace and an entire ROOM about to magically come together! … in the next few weeks …) I’d like to tell a crafty tale….

There was some weird stuff left in the house when we moved in.  Like, dumpsters full of weird stuff.   Don’t get me wrong– there was some GREAT stuff (a piano, old trunks, a set of very deco-looking dishes) … but lots of weird stuff.  Like old, yucky lamps.

Behold — a dirty, old lamp!

So, this lamp is pretty ugly, right?  It’s also cheap (weighs nothing) and the shade is busted stuff.  BUT, it worked (and when we first moved in, we had no light anywhere!) and I liked the shape of it.  I had also just read an article about the magic of spray paint….

Blue! Because I thought they might work on our bedside tables in our blue bedroom. Well, someday our bedroom will be blue.

I added a crisp, white shade from Bed, Bath & Beyond (I think it was around $24.99, something like that) and behold!  New lamp!  What do you think?

posing by the turntable while waiting for the bedroom makeover …