Thursday, work day

As you all know, this week has been Spring Break for the schools and I was happy to have some projects to work on…because I’m not very good at relaxing. 

In my last post, I shared our kitchen shelves and talked about needing some art work to fill the other blank wall. While wasting time on eBay, I came across some vintage Hallmark kitchen posters. They came in a set of four and were all 8×10 in size. I knew they would be perfect! The best part…they were $1.87 for the whole set. At that price, they had to be mine. I ordered them and they got here 2 days later. Since they were just prints, I knew they needed to be framed and I just wanted plain black frames, nothing fancy. So I headed to our local Dollar Tree and purchased 4 black frames for $4.24. I couldn’t wait to get the frames home and get the prints inside them. I was VERY pleased with how they turned out and the best part, the whole project was less than $10!

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That was my small Thursday project, but I have been working on a big project the last 3 days…painting the living room/entry way/hallway Cafe to get rid of the drab white. I have been dreading this project because its huge and I knew would take a long time. 

Let’s start with the entry way….

Our entry way is not huge in size, but because the house is a split level, its a nice size landing that needs to make an impression. The ceilings are an incredible 15 ft. and nearly impossible to paint. I started by standing on a 10ft ladder on the very top.

**Disclaimer…don’t try this at home**

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It was really scary and I hated every second of it, but the walls had to be cut in so I could roller the rest without worrying about the ceiling. I didn’t move, didn’t breathe and got it done…sadly, I had to do two coats, but it eventually got finished. The rest was fairly simple. I used a pole to extend the roller to reach the top and it got the job done. Just 2 coats and it made a WORLD of a difference. I bought a really cool bronze sign that quotes Joshua 24:15 “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Its simple, but a good reminder that as we leave our home, we represent Christ and all that he has done for us.

ImageBecause you can’t tell anything about my nice paint job in the pictures, I took a picture standing in the living room so you could see the living room wall I haven’t finished yet, in comparison to my nice Cafe wall. The warm tones make such a difference. (PS: Don’t judge the not finished paint job…its tomorrow’s project)

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The hallway….

This was a tedious job. There are 7 doorways in this hallway (3 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 closets, and the kitchen entry way) that all had to be cut in with a brush. This took a lot of time, but when it came to using the roller, this project was super easy since most of the hallway couldn’t be done with the roller. I’m pleased with how it turned out…pictures will be the next thing to go up.Image

The living room…

Well this room still isn’t finished, I was just too tired today to finish it off. I still have 2 walls to complete in here, but that required moving furniture and I think that can be saved until tomorrow. Today, I painted the main wall and the half-wall that runs along the stairs (pictured above with the chairs). Again, the paint just made the room feel warmer and not so stark and I’m excited to get it completed tomorrow. Pictures are definitely needed in the living room and I’m planning on enlarging one of mine and Andrew’s wedding photos to go on this wall.

ImageTomorrow’s work day is going to need to start early since my goal is to get the living room finished because I’m going to see HUNTER HAYES in concert tomorrow night. Could there be a more perfect way to end spring break?! 

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Paint. Paint. and more Paint.

 

If you haven’t been in the paint section at your local hardware store, you are missing out on one the most confusing and overwhelming experiences of your life. When Andrew and I went to Lowe’s to pick out our paint, we were so nervous about picking a color that looked great in the store but that we ended up hating on the walls. I had found a great deal on Valspar paint that Lowe’s was running that gave us a $5 rebate on gallon buckets and $20 rebate on 5 gallon buckets. We ended up buying 3 single gallon buckets (2 for the master bedroom and 1 for the kitchen) and a 5 gallon bucket for the dining room, living room, and entry way/hallway) to start off with.

The hardest color for us to choose was the neutral color we wanted for the dining room, living room, entry way/hallway. I wanted what we called in my parents house, Toasted Marshmallow. It was the perfect shade of brown that was dark enough to not be cream but not too dark to make the room seem small. It took a long time, but we found the perfect color called Cafe.

We also chose a light blue called Wave for the master bedroom and a nice buttercream yellow for the kitchen.

We wanted to get the dining room and master painted before we moved in because one, the furniture in those rooms is too heavy to move and two, we didn’t want to have to smell the paint in the bedroom when we were trying to sleep.

With some help from our families and some friends, we got both rooms knocked out in 2 days!

 

-Before photo of the dining room. Don’t you love the bamboo decals?

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-Before photo of the master bedroom (We had to deal with some sort of textured walls)

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-After photo of the master bedroom with the furniture given to us by my wonderful grandparents.

 

There are still little things that need to be finished in those rooms, however they are livable for now!