We’ve been doing some necessary work around the house as of late. It all started with the living room ceiling. We were eager to tear down the bubbling and cracked plaster. I made sure to take some pictures of it before it all came crashing (literally) down. We kept going back and forth on wether we wanted to just nail and drill drywall on top of the plaster or completely tear down the plaster and install all new drywall. I had googled “how to tear down plaster ceiling” countless times and every time, I read comments about how it was possibly the worst idea ever (referring to the massive amounts of dust and debris). Ultimately, we decided to undertake the later and hope for the best.
We began by covering the floor and walls with plastic and also laid down cardboard on the floor to limit dings to the floor caused by the plaster. We are lucky to have such hardworking and generous family who came out to help with the labor of ripping out the ceiling and nailing the new drywall. We also took advantage of the exposed ceiling and hired out an electrician to come in and install six recessed canned lights, which turned out fabulous and are my favorite part of the whole renovation.
Here are some snapshots of what the ceiling looked like and some work in progress shots.
Here are the guys hard at work tearing down the plaster ceiling.
And THIS! This is what the rest of the house looked like for like a week. Don’t let the plastic “barrier” fool ya. It did control dust from getting everywhere but it sure as heck did not stop it completely.
Stay tuned for pictures of the living room ceiling once the drywall was installed!
I love Christmas. I love everything about it, the twinkling lights, the music, the holiday cheer. It gets me all giddy inside! My tree has been up since the week before Thanksgiving. I wanted to do an all white and gold color scheme this year, but I defaulted to my traditional red and gold decor. I think it goes well with the traditional woodwork of the house.
I”m excited to show you the freshly painted bathroom! The bathroom is far from done, but for now, I’m happy there’s a fresh coat of paint on the walls. The bathroom is really, really, dark. I was second guessing the choice of paint color, because it obviously made the bathroom even darker. Now that we’ve lived with it for a few weeks, the yummy warm gray paint color has grown on me. I still have to add some pretty artwork to the walls, and I would also like to change the rug and shower curtain. I’m thinking a pretty organic pattern on the shower curtain would be nice.
You can see the before photos of the bathroom here.
It seems as though bar carts have become all the rage recently, and so I’m jumping on the bandwagon. We don’t have one yet, but could use one since we’ve amassed a small tequila and wine collection. Back in September we went to visit my sister down at Southern Illinois. There happens to be a daily large wine trail and we took advantage and visited a winery and enjoyed some wine tasting. Welp, we ended up coming home with a case of wine. Oops. Currently they are stashed in our newly renovated pantry, but I think they would look much prettier if they were displayed in a pretty bar cart.
I have been collection images of my fave carts. Which one do you like best?
Ok, a bar cart with a pie on it? Not sure how realistic this is, but in any case, it looks very pretty. And isn’t that what life is about?
I like this bar cart from Target, but have seen a couple of good ones that will be sold at an estate sale this upcoming weekend. I may just go pick one up.
Big news around here. I painted the bathroom! I had a 4 day stretch of days off at work and decided out of the blue that the bathroom needed to be painted. Well, actually, the driving force behind my quick decision to paint was that I was planning to throw my hubby a birthday party for his 30th (the party has since passed, it was last week). Nothing like an impending
boom deadline to light a fire under your ass to get things done around the house.
I was fed up with the terrible paint job and color in the bathroom, as well as the hideous “trim” and stripes that went all around the bathroom.
I started by removing the wood trim, and then spackled and sanded for a smooth finish.
I almost forgot to get a before picture without the trim! As you can see in this picture, I had just started to paint when I ran to grab my camera.
Just to give you an idea of how bad the paint job was in here, I snapped a detail shot of the edge of the paint where the darker beige paint ended and the lighter color started. Picture me sitting on the toilet and starring at this annoyance every. single. time. They literally ended the paint with a roller, no tape….nothing!
I will be sharing “after” pictures soon. We’ve had nothing but gray, gray days around here. And as you can see, my picture taking skills are below average as it is, so I need all the sunlight I can get. :)
I was sooo excited today when I checked my mailbox and saw that my package had arrived! I’ve been on an Etsy shopping binge lately. But I have no buyers remorse whatsoever because I love supporting small businesses as well as independent artists. I learned of Clare Elsaesser through Dana when she also posted about her pretty new artwork. I have a bunch of picture frames I have to fill and I really liked Clare’s work so I bought a couple pieces or artwork.
When I opened the packaged I was delightfully surprised to find my artwork in such a simple, yet pretty wrapped packaged. I especially liked the name tag with my handwritten name on it. Oh, and her business card is a piece of artwork in it of itself.
This is Island, which now resides in the office. I popped it in a cheap Target frame I spray painted gold with my new favorite gold spray paint.
Watching Trees is now watching me sleep, ha! I haven’t posted about the updates in the bedroom either, so you’re getting a little glimpse of what it looks like now.
A couple weeks ago I finally got around to adding door handles to the IKEA wardrobe we bought 2 years ago. Embarrassing, I know. It was one of those things that was put in the back burner for the longest time until eventually you forget about the project altogether. Until two weeks ago.
A while back, I had seen this and fell in love. I was able to track down the exact handle that Jen used in her closet, here. But at almost $23 bucks a handle, that would add up to $69 for 3 of them that I needed. I searched high and low the inter webs and found these at Home Depot for a fraction of the cost. They only come in silver, which I was ok with. I spray painted them gold using this spray paint that I bought at Michael’s. Regarding the spray paint, I have to agree with Jenny; it’s not as sparkly as the Rust-Oleum brand and it’s also a richer looking gold. And best of all, it goes on reeeaaal smooth.
Last week I talked about us deciding to renovate the pantry. I’m happy to say we have finished the pantry (for the most part). It was definitely more work than we initially expected. We had to spackle and sand twice, roll on two coats of paint and finally, hang the shelves. I did all of the measuring and configuring of the shelves, and the hubby installed it all.
We still need to sand and re-finish the floors so they match and we don’t have a patch of dark wood floor in the pantry. We are going to keep the golden wood stain in the floors. We also need to patch up the missing base board where the built-in cabinet once was.
When you walk in the pantry immediately to the left, I left a space to house a recycling bin. Trying to do my part in becoming a green(er) household. The space next to the drawers will house the dog food dispenser bin and an extra 5 gallon water jug. We have a water dispenser and always have an extra 5 gallon water jug on hand as a refill.
I also plan on organizing the pantry a bit by adding baskets to house some of the loose items such as open bags of rice, grains, and baking supplies.
There are so many projects to tackle around the house it’s difficult to choose where to start. Finally, I decided we tackle the pantry and tear out the old shelves and built in cabinet. So one night, I put my brand new crowbar to good use and started the demo process.
The removal of the old cabinetry revealed a dark hardwood floor underneath…..and missing base boards. The dark hardwood floor means we will have to refinish the entire kitchen which we’re ok with since the kitchen floors are pretty beat up anyway and will benefit from a nice buff and shine. And we’ll be replacing the missing base boards too. I also took a washcloth and soap and scrubbed the heck out of the nasty wall.
We have to finish speckling the walls, sand, and paint and we’ll be a few steps closer to hanging the pantry shelves.
Seems the topic of discussion these days is whether we should paint the wood trim in the house. The previous owners started the job, it seems. They painted the crown molding and stopped there, as you can see below (yes, our TV is still on the floor six months later, but more on that later). The trim at some point was stained the cherry/wine color that it is today, therefore, it’s not in its original state by any means. It looks ok for the most part, but in some areas if you get up close you will notice that the stain is bubbly or cracking, if you will.
The original woodwork in the house is one of the details that initially drew me towards this house, back when we were shopping for a house. So to paint over it, well, it makes me feel guilty I guess. If we do paint the trim white, we would stain the doors an ebony color. Another option would be to stain all of the woodwork a dark ebony color. Judging by my Pinterest, I am obviously attracted to the look of dark wood floors and crisp white trim. Here’s what I have an mind…