Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mirror Mirror on the Wall...

Once upon a time, this lovely mirror hung in the dining room of my family's old house.

When they moved, the mirror traveled across the river to my grandparents' house. After many years there, the mirror came to its final resting place at the Hayes' house.

But in a room full of silver chandeliers and accessories, this golden mirror was an outcast.

One coat of spray paint later...

...the mirror will now live happily ever after.

Bookcase Reveal

We are 90% done with our bookshelves!

(The blue tape marks places to secure the future ladder railing. It is not a permanent fixture.)

We still need to add crown molding and attach the rolling library ladder, but it's nice to finally be able to unpack our boxes of books!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Making progress

For the past month, our garage has looked like this:

I wanted to paint over that light wood color to make it have more of a shabby chic look.

I put one coat of primer on it, then started on the white paint. Here is what the can looked like:

This is a more accurate description:

The big reveal is coming soon!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Come on in?

The front entry of our house needed help.  It was so plain and, to me, it screamed, "We just moved in and haven't decorated yet!"

The first step was a welcome mat.  We started off with this $5.00 mat from Home Depot.

I then added tape and and a freezer paper monogram.

(The font for the letter H is called Plantagenet Cherokee.)

I attacked it with black spray paint, peeled off the tape, and voila.

Not too bad for five bucks.

We've already seen the effects of having a welcome mat.  Not one hour after I put that outside, this little ball of fur walked into the house:

He literally just strolled right in through the open door and made himself at home.  He actually stayed here for about six hours before someone claimed him.  I guess there's something to be said about having a welcome mat!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Catching up

We've been so busy moving in and unpacking that we haven't had a chance to sit down and write about the progress at our house.

A few weeks before we actually moved in, my family came over and we had a painting party so that we didn't have to work around the furniture.

This is Rebecca, my youngest sister.  She's a trim-painting beast.*

The color we used for the Master bedroom and bathroom is Behr's Safari Vest.

The image above looks really brown.  Our walls seem to change color depending on the time of day.  It's sort of a light khaki color, and sometimes it's almost grey.  For some reason, it's quite green in the bathroom.  Luckily, every shade of this chameleon paint matches the fabric we're using for the curtains, so no harm done!

*She is not for hire.