Saturday, June 16, 2012

a little project

A few weeks ago I was at goodwill looking for some unique items for the new house in Oregon. I found this little footstool for $12.00  I wasn't sure where I would use it, or what I would do with it. I thought it was very sturdy and in pretty good shape for its age, which Im sure is pretty old. The vinyl is in great shape still and surprisingly still soft, not crispy at all. 

The side vinyl...pretty isnt it? :)  
But its in good shape except for the scuffed little legs.

A trip to JoAnnes fabric and I found some upholstery fabric that I think will go with the guest bedroom as a little seat in the corner to use to put your shoes on. The room isnt large so theres not a lot of room for a chair. The fabric is kind of a silvery sage green/blue, some cotton clothesline for the edging, some contrasting fabric for the edging and a piece of batting.

Because the cover on the footstool is in really good shape I just want to make a slipcover for it.

I love to add unique older pieces along with new furniture to make it feel more like its been lived in. We could just throw a bunch of new furniture in the house, but I love to give new life to something old and make it look as though its been a part of the family for a long time. 
Im excited to work on this and see what I can do with it.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Update on painting projects-
We decided to start  painting in the kitchen first so we could get it painted before we bought the refrigerator. No need to move that at least until we tackle the cabinet painting.
Here's a before of the barfy yellow wall color....As an accent wall color in some other room it probably would be fine, but in the kitchen it offers no contrast between the wall color and maple cabinet color...which is probably why the previous owner decided to attempt to paint the cabinets and the island a distressed brown.

We wanted something more light and bright. A classic white kitchen has always been a favorite of mine and since she halfway painted the cabinets, well...that just made our decision to paint them white a much easier choice. This is the inspiration photo we like.

And here's our "after" with the wall painting done.
We plan to paint the cabinets and the island white, and the island laminate will be replaced with wood butcher block. The lights above it will be replaced with two hanging pendant lights. The appliances will be switched out for stainless. 
That big open closet to the right is actually the laundry area. Eventually we will move the laundry into the garage and make this into a pantry.

These color samples on the wall were the three color choices we started with and we went with the middle one. Its Valspar Allen + Roth Courtyard. 
I want to put two shelves between those cabinets over the sink...a place to display some pretty things and to store a few cookbooks.

Something like this one in the picture below. I haven't decided if I will remove the doors from the two outside cabinets yet. We'll see how it looks once they get painted. I'd love the crown molding going all the way across the top to join the three units.

Here's another kitchen with shelves between two cabinets over the sink...This one has an open top shelf with no crown molding joining the end cabinets together. probably much simpler to do and I like it as well.
Here's a third picture showing what it would look like with the cabinet doors on.
So that's where we're at. 
We'll tackle the white cabinets after we get the living / dining room area's painted. I'm ready to get a sofa and love seat in there so we have something to sit on and we don't want to get that until we've finished painting the walls.

For now it feels good that we've made one room feel a bit more like "us".

Monday, January 16, 2012

finally found

Its been a long time in waiting, but a home in the neighborhood that we love finally came up for sale.
There was one a few blocks away from this one that we missed last August so we've been waiting and looking ever since. That other house sold in two days so we knew that if one came up we needed to jump on it right away.
The day this one came available we contacted our realtor and she went to look at it right away.
We have been working with her since last summer and have been out to look at houses with her many many times. We trusted her to look things over for us, describe the floor plan, layout and condition to us over the phone.
Since we already knew that we loved the neighborhood, that was about 80% of the decision already made for us. As long as there was nothing major, things on the inside of the home can be changed over time. It will be several years before we move there full time anyway.
Its in a darling neighborhood with a park and streets like Cherry Tree Lane, Wisteria Lane, Hummingbird lane...
All the garages are to the backs of the homes and are entered in through the alley streets. The streets are lined with flowering cherry trees. I'm so excited to see it this spring.
So, we submitted our offer and the owner accepted. Now to just wait weeks for the bank to approve the short sale price. My tummy is doing somersaults