Posts Written OnJune 2011

Lining the Drawers – Updates!

Our weekend didn’t go totally according to plan.  Saturday, my wonderful father came over to help Pete clean out the gutters around the whole house in an attempt to resolve a water disaster (more on this later, I’m sure).  I spent much of the day making sure Mira, our dog, didn’t run away. I did, however, look up the hours of Joy Cards studio in Princeton, to see how late I could swing by the shop to pick up the paper for my project. Unfortunately, I discovered, that they really aren’t a store, in the traditional sense.  You have to…

Adding Bathroom Storage

I told you it was tiny. Well, there you have it, its the big bathroom reveal.  All 42.5″ of it.  Our bathroom is really narrow, but thankfully, at least it is rather long. So that was the start of turning this non-functional space into something that we could use on a daily basis until the renovations begin and this bathroom gets entirely redone and expanded!!! The next issue was dealing with the pile of wet towels that ended up on the bedroom floor each day because the built-in towel racks were completely unusable.  Seriously – at best they could hang…

Lined Drawers – how fancy!

I’ll still undecided about hardware for the armoires – although, we may be leaning away from the ones discussed here towards and option with a little more bling. Too difficult a decision….. moving on. I really want to line the inside of the drawers with some really beautiful paper in a great pattern.  I did some googling and it looks like there is a specialty paper store in Princeton, called Joy Cards.  I’m going to hit them up tomorrow to see if they have something magical to help wrap this project up. In the meantime, I surfed Pinterest for some…

Ewing House: As Listed

I’m not yet ready to show a house tour of the Ewing house.  I am getting more confident that it will be best to just post pics with boxes everywhere and garbage bags hanging from cabinets pulls in the kitchen, but I’m hoping I can straighten up at least a little bit more before then. For now… I figure I would post the pictures of how the house was listed for sale when my brother bought it. Like I said – its a small cape cod When you walk into the house, you’re greeted by a verrrrryyy large living room…

Ceiling Fans: A tale of High and Low

When we moved into our house in Savannah – there was, already installed, a truly amazingly beautiful ceiling fan.  You know it really had to be something special to say that since most ceiling fans are God awful and ugly as anything. The only problem was that, even though it had a light kit, we couldn’t figure out how to turn on the light. We got the ladder and climbed up to the top of our 11.5′ tall room, replaced the bulb, fiddled with the wires. Nothing. Couldn’t figure it out. We moved on to other projects and just bought…

Hardware Possibilities?

Right now I wish I was one of those super popular blogs with lots of readers so I could throw this out to all of my readers and get their amazing insight to help me make a decision.  Unfortunately, Bryan is the only one reading right now. I’ll pretend I have lots of readers. Dear Readers, Please help me pick out some fantastic hardware for my armoires that I’m in the process of making over (here, here and here – so far).  I’m leaning toward these choices from Anthropologie: I’ve used the Ripe Mellon drop pulls before on a small…

Craigslist Armoire Makeover: Part 3 – Staining!

This idea is weird. So just go with it for now.  After the paint was dry on our armoires and looked something like this… …we did something that felt kind of crazy.  We stained them. Remember – the inspiration for these pieces was this: Although – this may be a little too country for my taste, a little heavy on the distressed look if you ask me. So I knew I wanted the finish to feel something like that but not that weathered. With this in mind, I took to the internet to find suggestions on how to achieve my…

Craigslist Armoire: Part 2 – Sanding and Painting

Admittedly, I have little patience for prep work. I want to get through all the sanding and cleaning and jump right to the step where the paint goes on and the transformation begins. Luckily, Bryan forces me to take the time to do all this less fun stuff because it always makes the difference between a just okay project and a really great one. For this project, we got 150 grit sandpaper for Bryan’s sander.  The piece was in pretty good shape with a smooth finish.  We didn’t have to do much repair work so we just wanted to take…

The beautiful French marble cafe table that was almost mine

Yesterday was a sad day.  I almost got a fantastic large round white marble cafe table with a beautiful ornate metal base. For $25.00 (on craigslist of course).  It was in bad shape – the top definitely needed to be sanded and polished and the base needed a lot of work getting the finish off, smoothing it out and repainting it an amazing glossy black. When I was done with it, it would look something like this: I wish I had saved the photo from the listing, but when I realized it was gone, I was so mad I just…

Craigslist Armoire Makeover: Part 1

Our first furniture project since moving to NJ from Savannah is finally here! I have to say, I was starting to get twitches from the withdraw.  I have been stalking craigslist, even though I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do any projects until we were settled in the house, since arriving in NJ in late January.  (Admittedly, I did buy a pair of chairs that I hoped to upholster in my stash of KW Imperial Trellis Midnight, but we really don’t have the room for them here, so I think I’ll just flip those back to craigslist).…