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Saturday, January 17, 2015

New foyer paint job!

I wanted to paint the part of the foyer I could reach, obviously not the 2 story portion.  Below is walking towards the front door from the living room and all I have done is put a fresh coat of paint (Agreeable Gray, Sherwin Williams) on about a month go.  Lighter than the light beige the previous owners had (seen on the small portion of wall below right, living room)
                         
Here is the other side of the foyer I painted, still looking towards the front door.
                         
If you look super close you can see my broken lines I drew while holding my laser level all the way across the wall.  I did the math and decided how many stripes and how thick a stripe so I knew where to start each new set of lines.
                         
Then I taped. And measured and taped and measured and so on. Two big walls and the wall curving under the stair rail.  It took about 6-7 hours just to prep!
                          
I chose a color one shade lighter than the Agreeable Gray on the color swatch to give me the contrast in color for the stripes and here they are!  A full 10-11 hour day for this project but worth it.  Again it had rained for days and then been cloudy for more than a week so my photos are super dark but you get the idea.
                          
This is the angle walking in the front door, stripes on the left now and right, love!
                          
The lamp shades look purple with all the clouds and lack of lighting but they are a pretty beige in real life.
                         
p.s.  This project cost me a trip to the doctor because it caused a tendonitis flare up in my right arm from so many hours of painting and taping.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Dominic's room makeover

I can't really say it's a makeover when it has never been done.  I have promised him for 1.5 years since we moved in that we would do his room. I just had to figure out what direction.
For starters he has never had a bedroom set.  He fell out of his crib at the young age of 20 months old so I decided then and there he would go into a Queen size bed.  I am not into buying several beds as they grow.  The crib cost an arm and a leg as it was! So we bought him a Queen mattress and left the box spring and mattress directly on the floor in case he slid off he would not have far to fall, since he was just a baby. So that is the bed you see.
For his birthday last year he chose bedroom furniture/ room makeover in the works and a Rockets game, ha!.  Here is his new furniture, rug, lamps and bedding  Please note the same curtains from his nursery and a white bedroom door.....

A few months ago it hit me.  Stripes.  They are so classic and timeless and I love them.  I painted his entire room Taupe and this wall behind the bed would be the accent wall with Naval colored stripes.
Stripes oh stripes, you almost killed me!  I read so many tutorials and had the basic idea/ supplies needed but nothing can prepare you for the headache of measuring, taping, measuring, taping and more measuring!  In the end they came out perfect.  I have no tutorial for you but my biggest resource was Jennifer over at Dimples and Tangles. Also you see a sneak peak of painted black interior doors.  They look awesome upstairs against the white trim work.
I searched high and low for curtains for his room but I could not find anything I liked nor close to what I would consider paying.  So, I set out to try to make my own. I had two plain beige panels from IKEA that came from the breakfast area and were not being used.  I came across Megan at Honey We're Home (Houston blogger, whoop!) and her tutorial on paining the curtain stripes herself. I bought the fabric medium that you add to the paint to soften it up and used the Naval colored paint from D's room stripes.  I ironed the panels before laying them out and taping them down and here they are all wrinkly again or so they appeared.  Same method, measure, tape, paint two coats and cross your fingers while they dry :)
I think they turned out awesome! And for only $5, the cost of the fabric medium!! 
                            
 They are a little long even moving the rod all the way up to the ceiling but I tucked the bottoms under and they will be fine.  They won't be closed.  This was the only room in the entire house when we bought it that had "mini" blinds out of 23 windows! So my husband and Father in Law installed the 2" faux wood blinds to match the others and they look awesome.  Thank you Kevin for always supporting my efforts and my projects, I love you. And Papa K for your help too.
                            
 I already have some Valentines Day décor up and I always do something special in D's room and bathroom which is why you see the banners on the window.  When he grows up I want him to remember my passion for decorating, creating and décor and that I always included his room with tiny hints as well.

                            
So there you have it.  We still need the Expedit shelving unit from IKEA for all his Lego's, etc and maybe one Houston Texans fat head and his room will be done.  It has rained for 3 days so the pictures are very dark, sorry!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Year, New Computer! With a splash of Christmas mixed in.....

Well my husband was kind and he brought home a new computer for us me on Christmas Eve.  I have been complaining that I can't do anything, mostly print a document, upload photos from the big camera and blog.  I miss blogging and uploading pictures for sure.  I am still trying to figure out this new desktop computer but I find it very hard to devote more than a hour at a time sitting here, maybe once a week.  I hope I can get back on track for 2015. Let's start with Christmas Eve which is also my FIL's birthday.
 
3 generations..
 Heading out to sprinkle the reindeer food on Christmas Eve

 Dominic with his only grandparents...
 My saying turn for a photo!
 Christmas morning...

 D made Kevin a Texans light at Color Me Mine
 And he made mommy a precious coffee cup.
 Here is the after math of the storm.  Santa brought D his own electronic notebook, tons of Legos, cologne set, rainbow loom making set and most importantly a new football with football gloves!
We are very blessed and try to spread those blessings around especially during the holidays!