11/24/14

My new dressing room/ closet.

First off I have to admit this. It's not done.  I need a new rug, which I have to buy. I am going to change out the curtains, and the art isn't right. BUT. The "closet" part is done. Because it's so close to Thanksgiving, and then we just roll down the hill the Christmas (which I am totally unprepared for) this closet might not get the rug and curtains until after the holidays. I chose to "unveil" this room today though, because it's ALMOST there..... and it's useful again.

Here is where I showed you what this room used to look like....



and here is where I remind you that for the past 10+ years, THIS has been my closet. 3 ft wide and right off the dining room is the space I had my clothes in.... 

And now, this is my room...

See, I need a different rug.... The grey is boring, the red is too small... 


The art and pictures need to be changed around...... 



BUT, I have room for my clothes, and when I put in the bottom shelf, all my shoes will also have a place to stay......

and, I kept my sewing machines in here, and behind the white curtain is a closet that houses my craft supplies. It all fit.  


So, even if I'm not quite done.... art, rug, shoe shelf.... I have closet/dressing room that is usable. and no longer an eye-sore. 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

11/22/14

Before. Really before. My spare bedroom/ dressing room project.

This is honestly what this room looked like.  It has never been a "spare bedroom". It was the boys nursery (10 years ago) and it was supposed to be a crafting room, but that just never actually worked out. It did though, become a dumping ground.  Extra furniture? Put it in here. Fabric or clothing? Throw it in here. Extra art that has no wall?  Well, you get the picture. And what pretty pictures they are, huh?  I figured I shouldn't sugar coat this mess.  Do you know what's actually the worst part? This room has NO DOOR. This mess was open for all to see. I am hanging my head in shame.....





So, I started by removing the bookshelves under the wall shelves. They were cheap, Target shelves I bought as a stop-gap measure 10 years ago. They are in the garage waiting to go to Goodwill as I type this..... We took down the wood supports on the bottom shelf and replaced them with these metal ones that hold a rod. 



The wall was pretty damaged by the support removal, so I had quite a lot of patching and repainting to do. 


Next up, cleaning, moving excess stuff to either storage (I have a basement storage room), donate it, or throw it away. I've taken out 4 boxes of donations, 3 bags of garbage, three bookshelves and two floor lamps to the donate pile, and 4 tubs of books to storage.  I hope to have pictures of the new dressing room/craft storage space tomorrow or Monday. 

Then, I start work on the jack and jill bathroom off the master bedroom. My husband doesn't like it's color....he says it's "fleshy". 

bonus.. 


This tiny thing? This was where I kept my clothing. In the dining room hallway. For the past 10 freakin years.  So, yea, I want a dressing room. 



11/8/14

a new closet is my next project

I am going to take the third bedroom, which has never been much of anything other than a dumping ground, and make it into a dressing room/closet.  More soon

10/27/14

American of Martinsville project table.

The Mr. bought me a new project table..... it's pretty rough. Ok, really rough. BUT, no gouges, or deep scrapes, no burn marks....it needs a good sand and a stain. It's sturdy, not wobbly, and it will be fine when I get it done. It also was VERY cheap....  It actually looks better than the coffee table we bought and refinished....

I don't have a before picture of this, because I didn't think. But, this turned out just fine and it was worse than this table.....





It's bad. But not TOO bad.  The second picture is the drop leaf. The other side looks pretty much the same. There were no leaves though..... so that's sad. But, it will be a nice table when I'm done with it.
  


I just don't exactly know what I am going to do with it when it is done.

9/18/14

The bedroom project is complete...

I'll get a series of photos up soon, but I'm still waiting on one piece of artwork for the large wall...

Here is a taste...

Before.....



After ...









I think it's a pretty good change for a gallon of paint, removing some items and bringing some new textiles and other items in from other areas of the house.   The entire cost was 37.00  (gallon of paint and a roller) + tax. And, I'll get 10 bucks back via a rebate for the paint. Not bad I think, for a SUPER tiny little room. 


9/10/14

It's too wet to paint today......

we're getting slammed with rain. Detroit let its schools out due to the threat of flooding....and after what happened this spring/summer I don't blame them one bit, the last thing we need is buses on those flooded roads.


So, since I can't paint, I came up with a master list of things I have to do/want to do this fall..... I am sure I will add to this later. 

1. Change out the curtains to the winter curtains
2. remove the window a/c units
3. Clean/re-do/re-imagine the office
4. clean the basement
5. Paint the basement wall 
6. put the kitchen floor trim back on
7. touch up the paint in the dining room and the kitchen 
8. new pillows for the sofa
9. paint the bedroom
10. build a new raised platform for the bed in the boys room    
11. put up the damn hooks I bought this summer.
12. take all the porch furniture down and store it. 
13. Paint the laundry room and try to figure out the storage situation in that room 
14. New doors in pantry and bathroom (we already own them) 
15. New ROOF. (now we can't- it's SNOWED. Season ender) 

well, that's all for now. This list will only get larger.  Maybe I can cross a few of them off weekly though..... 


Have a great day- stay dry! 

9/8/14

Bedroom project update!

I just put up the very large paint sample in the room.... I like it. I'm going with it.



I like how it goes with the lamp, and with all the white that is in this room, it won't feel too dark (I hope)



In addition, we pulled up the red rug and put it in the dining room this weekend. More about that later, but here it is. I bought this wool rug (from Hold Everything) for 2 dollars at the Pottery Barn Outlet (along with a few others) when they were getting rid of all that inventory. It's one of my favorite purchases....


8/29/14

I'm thinking of a new DIY project- a denim strip or square rug

I saw this the other day.....


Think I can do this? I would love to have this....I just wonder HOW many jeans would be needed to do this? 

8/26/14

Bedroom project trial ideas...step 1

(cross posted over at the farmers daughter design)

no. Forget that, step 2. Step one was the mood board. Step 2 is this question.....

Do I even like the look I picked out? I have to say......

I do.  I still have to paint- so the room itself is still green...but I bought a sample and tried out "Man Cave" and I like it. It's DARK. It's going to take a lot of time to get used to..... and before I paint I really have to decide if I want it dark or go with white..... but I really think it's time to visit the dark side...

so here are some pictures of my initial trial run...

wait. Just in case you forgot....here is the sample board first...


and here is my trial run (minus paint color) 



The picture of the boy at the beach is leaving.... I don't know if another set of antlers will go there or a painting....


This is my favorite lamp. I love it. 


this is the paint sample near the UGLY carpeting. We have to keep the carpet. The roof estimate just came in over 8 grand. I need a roof more than I need a better looking floor. 



Possible art choices....

what do you think? I need to get the paint before September 3 so I can get the rebate..... I am so cheap. 

later! 

8/18/14

I'm building a fire pit

I'm pretty sure my arms are going to fall off.I will have pictures later I forgot to take a before so forgive Me.

8/12/14

Two possible paint colors for the bedroom project....




Man Cave and Weather Vane. I like them both. They even go with the ugly ass carpeting (which I might not have any budget to fix as the roof estimate just came in - Holy Moly!)  


They both go with BOTH fabrics I use behind my headboard. They do NOT particularly go with the large art on the wall- but I have an entire room of art I could choose from so that isn't a high priority. I think they would both look nice with either light OR dark drapery......

thoughts? ideas? Am I crazy to go so dark/grey/etc? 

8/11/14

I am going to have a big bedroom project coming up.....

I put up my before, before pictures on my other blog here...http://thefarmersdaugherdesign.blogspot.com/ .

They are before, before pictures. I am still in the pre planning stage...so all ideas or comments are invited and welcomed. I have to pick out paint, flooring, curtains, bedding and accessories. I plan on doing it this weekend.....

here is one picture to give you an idea of what I"m working with.......there are more here.....


I liked it when I did it (except that floor- wow is that ugly- but I'm bored now, and need change.


8/10/14

It's just another weekend at the beach.....

I am going to be very sad for school to start again....



we are so lucky to have the great beaches and water, and to live so close to them......



8/3/14

We skipped out for the weekend.......

we skipped out high school reunion this weekend- ran away and spent it at the beach...



This is Walloon lake, of Hemingway fame . 

It was wonderful. 

I will be back this week. 

Enjoy!! 

7/20/14

Beating the odds and doing what I love all at the same time

Beating the odds, one day at a time....

Today is the start of year 12 of my marriage. It's been a good run all in all so far. We're looking forward to many more years (hopefully as good or better than the last 11)! 

We ate out, went to the beach, and some small town festivals. We ate fish and baked goods created by elderly church ladies.  We had a FANTASTIC pizza one night......and we even gambled at a casino- and won!  All in all a success all the way around.  

So first, here is some of what we looked at... 

our view from lunch..... 

pretty cool huh? We're so lucky that we live by some of the nicest beaches in the state..... 

We also went to see Murals made by WPA workers 



and then we saw a big yellow dino wandering around.... 


BUT 

it wasn't all fun and games. We did do a bit of pickin along the way..... 


I got a wonderful Turkish rug

a very scary evil oil painting, 

a concert poster from Widespread Panic 

a cool vintage typewriter



a VERY busted up Selig chair from Denmark (for free) that will be my newest project chair

and a rustic wood folding table with some rug beaters and other assorted metal things.... 


(ignore the saw and stuff, we're building a new porch) 


All in all, a very fun, successful weekend !! 

oh- I forgot- two vintage Steelcase end tables too.... 

sorry that's a crappy picture! 

posted on my other blogs too.....