Wednesday, December 1, 2010

How To: Stripes

I'm sure you've noticed in several of my past posts that I really like paint. I also like colors that shouldn't go together. Like grey and tan. Or black and brown. This creates a dilemma of how to make it all match.

I am feeling grey. Not my mood... The color! I wanted all kinds of shades of grey on my walls. But, I own a tan sofa and a dark brown leather chair in my living room. So grey wasn't really going to make sense in there. But, I figured I could probably swing it in my kitchen and dining room. There is a common wall between the dining room and the living room, as well as a hallway that connects the two. I needed to come up with a way to indulge my love of grey, my pre-existing tan furniture, and make everything feel cohesive. Stripes were the solution!

Let's start with the before pictures of the living and dining room and stairway:
Living Room & Stairway
Living Room
Dining Room & Common Wall
Dining Room
Common Wall on the left- In the Dining Room

I had a big, dirty, blank, beige canvas to work with. Every wall and piece of woodwork needed to be painted! Here is what I came up with:
Dining Room- Common wall on the left in light beige. Dining wall in grey. 
Living Room- Walls with a darker beige than the common wall.

Now to make it all work together:
I (whenever I say "I" it usually means "we." I usually have help!) painted dark grey on 3 of the 4 dining room walls (all but the common wall). After it was dry I taped off 12" stripes and painted the common wall color inside of the tape. It took about 3 coats to cover the grey. 

The living room was the same story, but much more challenging because these stripes would be going up the stairs. I painted the entire thing the darker beige (living room) color. Then the taping and leveling began. 
Then "I" set up the ladder and scaffolding so "I" could tape off the stripes that were too high to reach. 
I ended up painting the ceiling the same color... My accuracy without tape is not the greatest!

After taking the tape off a few touch ups were needed here and there. I am an impatient person and I noticed that yanking the tape off before the walls were dry seemed to mess up the stripes! So, leave it on there until it's dry! 

Now for the after shots! 

I love that the stripes tie in both colors on the wall! 

I love the view up the stairs the most! Painting the railing, changing out the gold hardware to silver, and repainting the closet doors really lightened things up! 
I also love that the common wall color joins the stripes together, and how nicely the grey and beige checkerboard at the corner.

So there you have it... Stripes are how I pulled off my grey/tan love! 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tree Hugger

Ok... I'm not. I don't wear Birkenstocks. I don't eat granola unless it's in the form of a bar. I probably don't fall into any of the other stereotypes. But I sure do love trees. Love! It's turned into a mild obsession in fact.
The dining room- Pre curtains. One of the most tree-filled rooms!
The material for the curtains in the kitchen

A few of the tree pictures on the wall in the office! The dining room has "grown up trees" and my office is filled with "whimsical trees!"
The curtains in the office- And a glimpse at another "whimsical tree" picture!

The tree/branch fabric used in my bedroom

A view of my very gutted, very work-in-progress downstairs bathroom... I used this shower curtain as a door for the doorless linen closet.
Scraps of all of the tree fabrics used throughout my house. These
panels are in place of the broken glass there was on the front of this antique cabinet!

That tree really needed some fluffing! This is in my office currently.

It's like "I spy a tree!" Tree stocking holders, mini tree, shadow picture of a Christmas tree, and the other shadow picture has a man peeking out from behind a tree!

A mini tree for my guests, in the guest bedroom!

Another view of how many trees are in the dining room!

Trees topping a tree-covered cabinet!

The latest addition... Two Christmas trees on the front porch!

So there you have it... My official tree obsession! Here's where I got it all (even though nobody's paying me to mention their name- I just love it all so much!):

Mini Trees: Old Time Pottery. I think they were $2-3 each.
Big dining room tree painting: Ikea
Small dining room paintings and whimsical trees: Random prints found at Michael's Arts & Crafts and Target
Shower curtain/closet door: Target. $15.99
Silver trees (in kitchen) and stocking hooks: Target. Trees- $5.99 each. Hooks- Gift $?
All fabric: I love this site! They have so much fabric and they ship faster than you'd believe!

Call me a tree hugger... Or don't! I just know I'm going to keep on buying trees! Maybe they'll form a support group for people like me ;)

Friday, November 26, 2010

9 Things About Black Friday

1) I felt like I was a mother to a newborn last night. It sucked. I wanted the TV doorbuster at Target, but will never be that person who waits in the line that wraps around the outside of a store just for a chance to claw another person's eyes out over a TV. A TV that I'd probably drop in a brawl, and have to "you break it you buy it." I went to bed at 11:00 and set an alarm for midnight. The TV wasn't on promo yet. I reset my alarm for 3:00. It wasn't on promo. I reset for 4:06 (6 after just for fun)- The TV was gone. GRRRR. I had to wake up for work at 5:15. Not restful.
2) I'm still full from yesterday.
3) I have 3 birthday cakes waiting for me at work! Yay for employees remembering their boss is human!
4) My store beat it's top Black Friday (which was pre-recession of course) by 25%! That is so exciting for a retail nerd like me!
5) I might be aging. My body hurts. Today was SOOO busy and crazy. I love ice. I just keep rotating this ice pack: 

6) A random woman that appeared completely sane told me I had the most beautiful flawless skin she'd ever seen... She then proceeded to caress my cheek for an awkward amount of time.
7) I'll be 27 in 2 hrs. and 26 min. Ugh. Yikes. Gulp. Sigh.
8) I wish it was still yesterday. I was in my card game playing element:
9) I went over to my parent's tonight for dinner with 2/3 of my brothers and my mom. It was wonderful... I don't know how 8 hours at work can drag on, but 2 hours around a kitchen table flies...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

What Am I Thankful For?

I'm glad you asked... So much I can barely wrap my mind around it!

I sure am grateful for my momma (I'm channeling my inner southerner. She just goes by "mom" when I talk to her). I'm grateful that she listens to hours of rambling on the phone, weekly. I'm grateful that I have a great mom. I'm grateful that I know someone else exists out there that's just like me:
It's eery isn't it?

I'm grateful for my Grandma. She drives me nuts when she tries to force me down the isle. But I'm grateful to know that I am exactly the way I am because I'm a carbon copy of her:
Even creepier, huh?

I guess I'm just grateful for genetics. I know exactly what I'll look like in all stages of life... 
And it's good! I'm grateful that I'm part of the family I'm part of, and one of 3 generations of awesomeness:

I'm grateful for my daddio (he also rarely goes by this title. He's "daddy" if I need a giant favor, and Dad the other days). He's a little shorter on words than my mom and a little more hands-on:
Yes, I was a natural blonde for awhile! I also still love to paint walls this much!
We went through some rough patches where one, or both, of us were too immature to express our feelings...
But, if I ever questioned them, I know not to now. My dad is an "acts of love" kind of guy. Whenever sewage comes up in my basement, or my cabinets need to get scooted over 2 inches to accommodate a too large microwave, or I break my weed wacker:
I know my daddio is there for me:
And, I'm thankful...

My brothers... Oh my I'm thankful for them! 

I'm thankful that the oldest one is such a great, quiet listener. I'm thankful that the middle one makes me cry laughing, and trains with me at the gym. I'm grateful that the youngest one has always stayed sweet. I would read him Nancy Drew books at bedtime until I left for college. He's always been a good guy that puts up with all of my antics. They all do for the most part:
(The baby is not my brother... He just got an honorary shirt!)
I'm grateful that they all show me that there are good men out there. 
My sister-in-law was lucky enough to find one of them.

I'm grateful that I never married one of the many I dated. I wasn't ready. 

I'm grateful for my amazing house! I wish I would've kept houses of some of the train-wrecks that I looked at before I found this one! I'm extra thankful for all of the people that helped me make it my house:

Cheers too all of you who have helped make this house, my home!

I'm grateful for my job:
Even though my boss seems to find a way to make me cry every Monday, I'm grateful that I have one. I wish I could say all of the places I've traveled with it, and all of the trips and fun things I've gotten as a perk of the top-secret-retailer, but confidentiality agreements forbid me!

I'm grateful for the places I've been, and things I've done:
Covered in flowers in Hawaii!

I'm grateful for my friends. I'm grateful for their puppies and the fires in my backyard that we've talked around:

I'm grateful that both of these ladies have worked for/with me in the past and have liked me enough to stay my friends! 

And how could I forget... I'm thankful that when I walk around my house talking to myself, I'm not crazy. Because I'm talking to them:

Somehow in my giving Thanksgiving, I've turned this into an Oscar acceptance speech, complete with a slideshow. I'm off to eat my favorite meal of the year... 
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