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Busy Bee

19 Feb

Construction workers must be in awesome shape- demo is TIRING!  The good news is that the demo is almost done in the kitchen and bath.  Demo-ing everything AND the kitchen sink.

demo sink

I’ve been trying to figure out how to chronicle this project for you guys without turning this blog into one all about the flip.  I’ve come up with the answer.  I’m going to give you weekly updates (I’m thinking on Thursdays or Fridays, any preference?) of everything that we did in the past week.  If I have a specific DIY project that I’m tackling, I’ll share that with you on another day.  So instead of talking about Clark everyday, you’ll get an average of 2 flip posts a week.  I can’t wait to show you what’s happened in the past week!!

In addition to my blood and sweat at Clark (no tears yet, and I hope to keep it that way) I’ve been chipping away at a few things here in our home… cuz apparently one ginormous project still isn’t enough for me, I have to do several little projects at the same time.  That’s just how I roll.

Remember how I VOWED to have dining room curtains before we dove into flipping?  We’ll I didn’t get them up before we closed, but they went up over the weekend.

curtain closeup

dining curtains

The curtains are these from IKEA and the mercury glass finial curtain rods are these from Target.

I still have a nagging feeling that something’s not right in this room.  My gut says the table.  I can totally see a lighter, rectangle farmers table or butcher block table.  Hubby’s gut thinks my gut is wrong and doesn’t want a new table.  When will his gut learn that my gut has a better eye for design than his?  In addition to the table, I need to finish refinishing my chair collection in the basement.  These 2 that I refinished are the curvier ones and this room needs some rectilinear shapes for balance.  I also have a plan for new art for between the windows, so stay tuned for that.

Are you guys able to focus on one project?  Please tell me I’m not the only one with design ADD.


Dining Dressings

31 Jan

Thank you guys so much for all your support of my Big News on Monday!

In addition to my new job, this transition will also mean great things for this blog!  The most obvious thing is that I’ll be able to blog about my flip house.  I don’t know how to tile a bathroom…yet…but you can rest assured that I’ll tell you all about it.  In more detail than you’d probably ever ask for.  The other blogging perks that come with my career shift is that I’ll have more flexibility to work on projects, take photos in the daylight (kind of hard when its dark by the time you get home from a 9to5), and generally blog the way I really want to blog.

Until we close on our first flip house on Valentine’s day, I’ve been naturally keeping my mind busy (much to Hubby’s dismay) planning a few projects here.  One design target is the dining room.  I’ve been thinking about curtains in the dining room for quite a while.  It’s felt pretty naked in there since it’s wall make-over, but I really wanted to step back and see what curtains, if any, the room wanted.

dining room updates

I had been thinking about one curtain per window to keep the space open and bright but still add some softness.  A few months ago, I saw this dining room on Pinterest and it confirmed my plans.

regal dining room

It wasn’t until I noticed today that West Elm is having an amazing curtain sale that I decided to finally pull the trigger.  The dining room’s been naked long enough.  Now I just have to decide what I really want (the hardest part!)

These have a nice, subtle pattern, but may be too beige for the room.

west elm curtain1

Simple and elegant.  Too simple?

west elm curtain3

Normally I’m not drawn to florals, but the watercolor feel to this one appeals to me in some way.

west elm curtain2

I’m not sure if any of these are quite right, but my design brain is on the job!  With you as my witnesses, I vow that the dining room will have curtains by the time I refocus my energies to the flip house.

West Elm curtains 1/2/3

Have a Seat

15 Nov

In my recent bout of project energy, I’ve finally made significant progress on my dining chair collection.

chair collection

All 4 got primed…

primed chairs

progress chairs

And the first set of chairs are painted, recovered, and living in the dining room.  It’s about time: I started collecting these chairs shortly after moving!

dining room updates

If you’re very observant, you may have noticed a sneak peak of these on my new (and in progress) Home Tour page earlier this week.

chairs closeup

The curvy one on the left was the one that needed the most help.  This is what it looked like when I rescued it from a tag sale for $5.

chair before

I’m absolutely in love with the new fabric and the fact that I got an amazing deal on it just makes it all the better (3 yards for a total of $23)!

chair seat

I’m really liking the new look of the room, but I’m thinking about how to take it to the next level- add a real WOW factor.  I have a few ideas, but I need to let them marinate a bit.

dining room updates

Whichever WOW idea I go with, it will certainly have something to do with colors.  A more developed color story in here will go a long way to making it pop.

The Gang’s All Here!

17 Oct

I’ve been talking about my collection of mismatched dining chairs for what seems like years now.  Even before we moved to the house, I knew I wanted mismatched chairs finished in the same color with the same seat upholstery.  I started collecting chairs shortly after we moved.  Now that the dining room is finally coming together, I’m finally getting my act together with my chairs.  I have 6 total to refinish, but only 4 will be regulars (in addition to our 2 new upholstered chairs).  The extra 2 will be for the rare occasions when we have more than 6 people dining.

Meet the chosen 4

chair collection

They are finally repaired and sturdy, and waiting to be primed and painted.  There’s a lot of pieces around here waiting for the same.  Guess I’ll be painting furniture all winter.  There are worse ways to spend my hibernation months.


Chair Addict’s Anonymous

9 Oct

I have so much good stuff to share with you this week!!

Today’s story starts at Marshalls.  It’s a dangerous shopping vortex that can make hours pass in a blink.  I went in hoping to find a cute pair of shoes.  I left with shoes for me and Hubby, a sweater, and 2 chairs for the dining room. I wasn’t really in the market for dining chairs… I have 4 currently in the dining room and 6 in the basement waiting to get refinished.  Ooops.  I blame Marshalls.  and my sister.

I think I’m a big enough person to admit…  I’m a dining chair hoarder.  I’m in the beginning stages of refinishing the mis-matched chairs in my basement, but lately I’ve been picturing 4 of those chairs with an upholstered chair at each end.

I guess this can be the big chandelier reveal too.  I still have to recenter the swag above the table and lower it a bit.  I think the dining room’s coming along, though.  She’s getting pretty!  (Please accept my profuse apologies for the rushed, terribly lit photo.  I owe you better, and trust me, it looks better in person).

There’s one small problem with my 6 chair plan, though.  The dining table.  That’s as big as it gets.  2 chairs don’t so much fit on each side.  Much to Hubby’s chagrin, I’m now on the hunt for a dirt cheap rectangle dining table on craigslist. Something lighter?  A bit less heavy, perhaps?

So, what do you think of my latest dining room changes?

Light Up My Life

14 Sep

.. or at least my house.

I’ve gone a little light happy.  It’s not my fault really, the dining room made me do it.

Ever since I painted and added the trim, the light’s been bothering me more and more.

It’s not a bad light, in fact, I have plans for it… in another room of the house.  Forget that it’s not centered over the table (that can be fixed with a simple swag), it just wasn’t jiving with the dining rooms new makeover.  I haven’t been keen on it in the dining room since we moved in, but I forgave it because the rest of the room was untouched.  Jeepers, what decade am I in today?? “jiving” “keen” I could top it of by calling something “neat.”

Anyway, back to lights.  We’ve got some installing to do.

It’s not just in the dining room getting a bit of jewelry either.

These 2 new lights are going to cause me to rearrange the light fixtures all around the house.  4 rooms will be getting a different light (either new or relocated), and it’s all because the dining room made me do it.  That’s my story.  I maintain my innocence.

Dining Done

22 Aug

Ok, I get it.  You guys like seeing projects get done, not hearing me talk about them progressing and simply showing you pretty pictures from the internet.  Message received loud and clear.  Results get more views.  Views are like crack to a blogger.  We just want more!  So I need to start delivering.  But, I digress.

Dining room accomplished!! How’s that for results?

Or at least the walls and trim are.  (apologies for the night photos- I was touching up paint until after dinner)

Remember what the dining room looked like about 2 weeks ago?  Nothing offensive, but kind of dreary.

Even the plastic faux wood doorbell cover got a makeover

There were some crazy angles that I had to try and get trim to fit.  The one below is a nice and easy 126 degrees.  Even my new adjustable miter saw balked at it.  With some paintable caulk and white wood-filler, though, I was able to conquer the corners!

The trim fits in with the character of the house.  It looks like it could have been there since the house was built 112 years ago, and naturally, that makes me happy.  so does purple.

Now I can’t wait to raise the rest of the room up to the level of the walls.

Still left to do:

  • Replace chandelier
  • Swag chandelier over table
  • Paint antique ‘liquor cabinet’
  • Refinish collected chairs
  • Paint piano
  • Create built-in ‘china’ cabinet (eventually)