cleaning the basement & a stool for Lucketts

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Today, my mom and I spent a few hours cleaning out the basement.  After all of the project-finishing, organizing, cleaning, shopping for Lucketts, shipping for the online shop, etc, the basement was a mess.  I can tolerate a messy basement for a while, because I can close the door and not look at it.  There comes a time, though, when I'm tripping over things and can't find things and it feels like … [Read more...]

the right lamp shade

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A few months ago, I bought this pretty alabaster lamp at an antique store.  I loved the shape of it... It came with a shade, but I didn't think it fit the lamp very well.  I ended up hanging onto it without a shade in the basement for a while and finally moved it up to my desk when I was working on the family room.  One day my mom and I went out shopping and I was planning on hitting Target to … [Read more...]

Finishing Projects…

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Over a year ago, we installed wood floors in our bedroom and family room.  We ripped out broken closet doors and baseboards.  Then, we got busy.  I mean, painting a piece of furniture or installing wood counters is a lot more exciting than priming a baseboard or putting in a threshold.  A few months later, I was hired to do some freelance projects that involved work in the master bedroom and bath. … [Read more...]

Showing off the wainscoting…

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I showed off my new family room wainscoting a few days ago, but the hutch in the corner was bugging me a little.  Even as we were moving the furniture back, I said to Jeff, "I think this hutch looks too squished into that corner and it hides all of the wainscoting." "Oh no.  I think it looks fine."  I think that was code for I don't really want to move furniture right now. A few days later, I … [Read more...]

Guest Bedroom Progress…

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I spent some time in the guest room today, getting the space cleaned up, hanging up the lights and curtain rods, moving the furniture and hanging a few things on the wall.  Here's how it's coming along... I'm going to make a cover for the bolster pillow, but just wrapped it in fabric for the visual. I found a pair of pretty antique original German oil paintings on Ebay and knew they would be … [Read more...]

Family Room Wainscoting

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I spent all day in bed yesterday...down and out with a virus or something.  I was still dragging this morning, but was feeling well enough this afternoon to get my photo shoots done.  Unfortunately, a photo shoot is much more involved than just snapping a few pictures.  I had to finish some details in the room, clean and then style.  I just chipped away at it slowly to get it done. Get ready for … [Read more...]

photo shoot, a fever & finds

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We had less than half of the trim completed in the family room and I had a photo shoot coming up, so today, Jeff and I were determined to finish it.  Part of it was the deadline, but another part of it was putting ourselves out of our miserly.  Having a half-finished DIY project hanging over your head gets old.   So, today we worked on getting it done.  I woke up with a stuffy head and … [Read more...]

Butcher Block Counters

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A few years ago, I wrote a blog post about my dream for our kitchen.  I wanted to do a little something like this... Now, I fully acknowledged then (and now) that there wasn't a darn thing wrong with that kitchen.  The cabinets were a pretty hickory and the laminate counters were in great condition, the layout is awesome and even the linoleum floors were very nice.  It just wasn't my taste.  I … [Read more...]

updated kitchen pictures

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Before we dive into the pictures, I had to share something funny.  My mom read my post from yesterday and immediately got her painting clothes ready.  You see, she helps me on Wednesday nights when the boys are at Awana and she knew after reading the post that we would be painting my guest room!  She knows me so well and was, of course, right.  We painted most of the guest room tonight.  I still … [Read more...]

Guest Room & Ironstone

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Last night I asked Jeff if I could leave early for handbell practice, so I could pick up some paint on the way.  He gave me a look.  "What do you need paint for?"  I answered casually, "The guest room."  Usually me buying paint isn't a questionable event, but I have a lot on my plate right now and painting the guest room doesn't really need to be on that plate. It can be served with the cheese … [Read more...]