Just a quick sec

I haven’t posted in a while….and its because I promised my next post wouldn’t be about the house………  well, it turns out that that’s ALL we’ve been doing.

Except these things, and so I thought I’d take a quick sec to share them with you.

Firstly, I received a lovely little package in the mail.  This pretty little thing was in it.

I’m really proud of this lil piece of paper!  It took me 5 years to earn it!

Let the search for the perfect frame begin!

Also,

I bought this album on Itunes the other day

one of my favorite things about Pandora is that I get exposed to music that I may not otherwise.  This is a fun album- if you like girly rock, that is.  Its kinda like Evanescence meets Tori Amos.  I’m digging it lately.

Also, I’m quite obsessed with this song lately…..  I just watched the video today, and I think its quite funny!

That’s about all I have today.  i’m running on fumes.  Or the fumes of the fumes, more likely.

in the last 2 days, we’ve put in 39 hours of work on the house…..its kinda close to being livable.  Lots of progress has been made, and its looking pretty.

We move in tomorrow.

I’m scared.

Its going to be ugly.

We’re only about 30% packed.

I’ll let you know how it went next week.

Insert some witty name for a post here, because I’m too tired to think of one.

We’ve been working tirelessly on our house. Good things are happening, slow as they may be.

I found out that a mixture of fabric softener and water sprayed on the walls will get wallpaper paste off very quickly  (Hallelujah!)

See the texture on the far right?  All glue.  It was EVERYWHERE and it was thick!

But, thanks to the fabric softener, 7 hours, and my friend Erin for cleanup, it now is ready to be patched!

We also went through EVEN MORE samples for the living room, because I still couldn’t decide:

it looks like Camo!  I did, however FINALLY pick one!  It’s the second from the left  🙂  I can’t wait to get it on the walls!

We started the painting process on the Master Bedroom as well- and in my last post, i had said we were going to do a light gray……well, we changed our minds while in the paint store.  It was a sign.  We ended up picking a much darker color……  and we LOVE it!!!!  I am waiting to reveal it, however  😉

We primed and primed and primed to get the awful aqua covered up, and realized the window looked horrible, so we cased it:

doesn’t it look so much bigger with the white on the walls?

here is the window casing.  I think it looks so good!  We want to do this on all our windows- the best part is, it really wasn’t that expensive!  Plus it was super easy!

We are getting closer on our drywall, and I hope to paint the kitchen, living room and hallway this weekend, plus install baseboards, chair rail, bead board and wainscotting.

We started taking the kitchen cabinet doors off to be painted, and have started the prep.  Only when I got up on a ladder and had my face next to the cabinets, did I realize how beat up they are  😦   The stupid renters that were in the house before we bought it really did a number on a lot of things in the house.  Tonight I’ll be putty-ing as many of those dings as I can.  Here’s an in-process picture:

i’m planning on buying a paint sprayer to do the bulk of the painting in here.  Not gonna lie, i’m pretty excited about it.

This week we also bought our appliances.  We got a great deal on them at RCWilley on MLKJR day.  We have a working dishwasher (although it doesn’t match, but that’s ok for now!) so we bought a fridge, microwave and cooktop (there is also a pretty new wall oven).  I am so excited for them to be delivered next week- they are so pretty!

Right now, we’re just in a mad dash to get all the construction done before we move in in a week and a half!!! eeek!  Plus, we still need to pack!  I am so sick of our house being messy, but I think i’m just going to have to come to terms with it until after we move.  Its not easy for me!  While i’m loving re-doing this house, and am so grateful for it, I’m also kind of sick of the whole deal.  I really just want a night when nothing has to be done where i can go on a date with my husband………..   unfortunately that’s not in the cards for at least a week and a half.  Until then, i’ll be running on fumes.  To bed late and up early.  It’s ok though.

I promise my next post will be about something other than the house!

Wallpaper Paste: My Nemesis.

We’re making some headway on the house!  We’ve done lots of demo.  I don’t really have photos of that process, however because I wasn’t there.  So you get to see it mostly cleaned up.

Remember the long dark hallway?

it is no more!

we tore that wall out so that now, it’s one big space.  I am SO happy we did it! I love how much light is in there now!

I’m also happy that the ugly aqua blue carpet is gone!

We also tore off the awful wallpaper in the mudroom.  This left behind a wall  covered in paste.  50 year old paste.   Being the genius that I am (insert sarcasm here), I decided to use my fantastic clothing steamer to get it off- to save the wall.

Lets just say, this process SUCKS.  Wallpaper glue is nasty, smelly, sticky nasty stuff.  It’s going to take DAYS for me to finish.  Boo.

On that note, have you ever used one of these?

This is a Conair clothing steamer.  Used in place of an iron.  I love mine.  Ever since I worked at a clothes store in the mall, I’ve loved these.  But, just in case you needed to know, they will get wallpaper paste off too.

We also moved a wall in the kitchen, so that we can put a modern fridge there, and a pantry.  More on that later.

I’m having a hard time picking out paint colors.  I never thought it would be so hard!  It’s hard to find just the right color.  I’m glad I bought samples!

I want gray in our bedroom.

I tried Kwal’s “Lace Falls”

but it was too light.  Thinking just a hair darker….like Kwal’s “Silver Lining”

haha, here on the screen, those look the same!  I promise they aren’t  🙂

I want a Tiffany Blue kitchen.  I will not settle for anything less.

First I chose Kwal’s “Pulpit Peak”

but you can’t even tell it’s blue on the wall.  I gave it 3 coats!

So I have settled for Martha Stewart’s “Enamelware” it is the PERFECT Tiffany Blue.  I am very happy with it!

 

The mudroom color needs to go with the kitchen color because you can see it from the kitchen.  I also wanted something fun- just because it’s the mudroom, and no one cares if its ridiculously bright.  🙂

I’m thinking either Kwal’s “Saladdin”  (seriously, who comes up with these names?)

or “Blue Mayonnaise”

which looks the same as Saladdin above again.  Blast!

or, to be dramatic, “Domination”

I guess we’ll just have to sample all three- after i get the paste goop off the walls that is.

The living area has been the hardest for me to decide thus far.  I want a neutral taupe-ish color.  I can’t seem to find the right one.

I’ve tried 4 different colors in there.  The closest has been Kwal’s “Lorette”

it looks good here, but on the wall, its just a bit too light.  Just not right.

Then, I found a photo on Pinterest that had the PERFECT color!

I’m going to have Kwal match it this week.  Hopefully it will pass the test!  I’m so sick of looking at paint swatches!!!!

we also had the wood floors refinished!  I am so excited about this.  Before, they were done HORRIBLY!!!   Some stain went with the grain, and some stain went against it. Plus, it was a heinous orange color.   I should have taken photos of the horribleness that it was.

But, after today, they will be beautiful.

I’ll post photos when the topcoat dries 🙂