Showing posts from March, 2010

Garden? What Garden?

Exactly!  We have a lot to do.  Here, let me take you on a tour of our gorgeous yard!This whole post is the BEFORE picture for our backyard :)  After we moved in last summer, we spent the remaining sunny months pulling weeds and raking up bark mulch.  We also pulled out a “Charlie Brown tree” (half dead, right up the middle) and a HUGE pine that was looking pretty sad.  Then we planted two new trees.  In fact, look what we pulled out of the holes we dug for the new trees:All those rocks came from under our lawn.  How do you like dem apples rocks?  Digging those holes was a chore like none Hubby or I had ever seen.   We later realized it was partly due to very clayey soil (and of course the embedded boulders the shovel hit every.single.time didn’t help either).  We have a compost bin now and hopefully I’ll be able to amend the soil with every plant I plant, to try to combat that awful clay.  Deeper holes….well….those will just be really unpleasant, because I know more huge rocks will b…

Peninsula Treatment Reveal

We finally got the peninsula done!
After I showed you how I tore off the trim and baseboards here,
there really wasn’t much to it, so we’ll just get to the before and after!BEFOREAFTER‘Course, it’s still missing the baseboards, but we decided not to put the trim back up around the top edge, since it would have to be cut for each corbel, and that just might look funny.I LOVE IT!! My mom actually suggested those corbels while we were shopping at Hobby Lobby one day, and what a great suggestion it was! They are perfect, and they are just the style we’re going for :)
All in all, we spent $20 on the beadboard and $5 + $5 + $6 on the corbels = $36(My mom told me yesterday that she saw the before picture and was like "What? It looks fine! What do you need to do to it?" .....and THEN she saw the after picture and decided the before picture really was kind of boring and ugly! Hi Mom!)
Now for the floor and painting the cabinets! Whoo hoo! Dontcha love progress?
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A Pretty Ceiling

Happy Monday everyone!We got a LOT done this weekend!  Even though my dining room ceiling isn’t completely finished, I’ll show you where we’re at, because it looks so pretty now (even without being done.)First, hubby painted the center of the ceiling with the same Dover White flat paint we used on the kitchen ceiling.Then, we painted the walls green and brought the wall color up onto the ceiling 12 inches all the way around.This weekend, we filled in the 12” white stripe with an ever-so-slightly-darker shade of green.  (I used the tape-sealing technique I showed you here, to get nice clean lines.)Isn’t it pretty???  I love it!  (But remember, it’s not quite done yet!!!)  Hope you have a great start to your week :)

Peninsula Treatment: Part I

I keep talking about the “peninsula treatment” that I need to get done.  Well, here we go!So here’s where we started:It needs something, right?  (Ok, it needs a LOT.)After our laundry room redo, I decided I’d put bead board paneling on the peninsula too.  Plus, we’d someday like to put some barstools here, and I think bead board paneling would be much more durable against dangling feet than would drywall. Even though I didn’t take off the trim when we did bead board in the laundry room, I will have to take it off this time.  See that piece of trim around the top of the peninsula?  It has to come down temporarily.  And since the new laminate flooring installation (in a couple weeks) needs the baseboards off anyway, I might as well take them off now and do bead board all the way to the floor.Have you ever pulled baseboards or trim off?  Well, if not…..this is for you!  Start by using a razor to cut through the caulk:Then get a pry-bar and find a good place to wedge it in.  I did it at t…

Perfect Paint Lines

Waaaaay back during my Laundry Room saga, I promised to show you how to do perfectly clean paint lines.  This is actually a trick my husband found online one day and shared with me, and it works perfectly!  A lot of you probably already know this, but just in case you didn’t……I’m going to start with a Step Zero, because of how we painted the laundry room.  I sealed off the laundry room wall edges with the trim paint I already had out (white).  I knew we’d be painting the kitchen, so digging around for the kitchen’s yellow paint was just too much to ask.  So we ended up with the skinniest of skinny white lines on the corners.So, Step Zero was quickly covering those up:Ok, now for Step 1First, tape off your line like usual.  Here we’re going to paint the kitchen green, so I’m taping off the darker color of the laundry room.  (Disregard the splotch of green there on the wall.  It’s from me messing with the paint samples.)Now get out the paint of the color UNDER the tape.  (In this case, …

Wanted: Dishwasher Advice

Lovely Readers, meet the Dishwasher.  Dishwasher, meet the Lovely Readers. Yes, that’s a Rubbermaid bowl sitting there.  Holiday themed, with a whimsical and festive holly and ornament design encircling it!  No less than the best for you all :)The bowl catches the water that leaks when we run the dishwasher.  The dishwasher doesn’t leak every time we run it, but after most cycles, we’ll have an inch or two of water to dump out of the bowl.  (It started leaking on Christmas Day, of course.)I called an appliance repair place a couple of months ago to find out what it might cost to have it fixed.  $60 for the house-call.  Then up to $300 to fix the seal, depending on how bad it is.  The lady on the phone said our dishwasher (original to the house, so ~12 years old) would be cheaper to replace, as the lifespan is (apparently) only 12-15 years for that model anyway (it is a rental grade model).  Nice lady.  I think she was hoping we’d buy our new dishwasher from them.  We decided to thin…

Quick and Easy Spring Centerpiece

I grabbed a couple of glass items, some moss I found on sale at Wal-Mart for $1 per bag, and some candles that were lying around (the little pillar I took from the candle holder I showed you here).I wrapped a piece of ribbon around the pillar candles and wove the same ribbon through a wooden placemat (thanks Brooke – great idea!) I think I need a ribbon strip on each side of center as well. And maybe another touch of ivory. Or just a plain white taper instead of the ivory one. Ok, so not particularly creative, but it was EASY. And it looks good enough for now, until I’m motivated to do a better one. All three of those glass items came from Goodwill, so it was also CHEAP. Cheap and easy, that’s my motto (for decorating….!);)
EDIT! More ribbon was added!MUCH better.
Have a great day!