Wednesday, February 24, 2010

All Dressed Up

On to project #2! This has been a little bit of a challenging project (Not to mention the purchasing of 9 curtain rods, and about 17 trips to 3 different stores.) But who doesn't love a little bit of a challenge?

I have a confession.....for the last 2 years I've had naked windows. I've really been trying to prioritize my projects. What needs to be done, and what is just something I want to be done - 2 very different things! Well the naked windows/curtain situation jumped to the top of the list when I peeled back the rug underneath our dining table and saw a yellow square (where the rug sits) staring back at me. Yes, it was time and no, I do not clean under my rug often.
{Please excuse the non-hemmed curtains on the left}

{David experiencing what it will be like to be married to an interior designer}
I'll post an overall picture as soon as I haul out all of the empty boxes, and mistake rod boxes!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Prime Time

I'm trying not to let as much time pass as last time, while I'm chugging away at my projects. Here's the update on the vanity. Sanding is done - woo hoo!! By the way, not my favorite thing to do! *Cue the violins here. My arms are SO sore!!!! But, it is complete none-the-less. Today was priming day.

{Primed drawers catching some sun}

I'm starting to think about how I'm going to accessorize my new vanity. How perfect is this mirror??? I think that white, green, and old pine are quite possibly my idea of the perfect color palette.

We have this faux bamboo mirror in the store right now, that I would probably paint a soft creamy, yellow if I brought it home. But, I think it might be just a little bit too small and wouldn't quite have the same effect as the mirror above.

I'm off to paint - pictures to follow!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Love and Apologies

I promise I haven't fallen off the face of the earth!!! And I promise I haven't been neglecting my blog - I've had LOT'S of projects in the works! But, first of all, I hope everyone had a fabulous Valentine's Day!

I read that quite a few people were experiencing beautiful, snow-kissed V-Days. Which is the exact opposite of the weather we experienced here - 72 degrees and sunny!

{cherry blossoms from local flower mart}

On to what I've been up to!
Remember this vanity?

At first I thought the chippy (and let's be honest - a little dingy and dirty) paint was charming. I woke up the other morning and felt like it was yelling "PAINT ME PLEASE! ....and while you're at it, would you mind picking up some new hardware too?" So that has been project #1

I'm going to give her a new coat of white paint, with a little bit of distressing to keep her original vintage look.

{and as requested, I picked up some new hardware - simple, brushed nickle, cup pulls - my favorite!}

I'll post on project #2 next! The final product is almost done!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Not Bad, Ikea, Not Bad

I tend to have a little bit of a love, hate relationship with the infamous IKEA. I tend to lean more towards the hate side of things when the little buffet I bought back in college wobbles like a fat man with little legs any time I need to move it. But, I love love love the prices! And every once in a while, they have really good finds! I made the trek to Ikea this last weekend for some curtains (post on that soon!) and came home with some pretty cute finds.

{cream, enamel pitcher $6.99}
{Hydrangeas from Farmer's Market}
{cute, label-less, water jug $2.00}
{Natural Doormat $7.99}

I'm actually threatening of heading back and getting a few more of the clear water jugs after receiving this book.
David and I decided to tackle registering, and we received this book from William Sonoma. I saw this picture of a Summer bbq. I love the idea of using the glass, water jugs scattered on the table for water.

I didn't come home with any of these and I'm kind of regretting it - they're only $0.49!

How cute would these be at that Summer bbq? Hmmmmm do I sense a future theme?

Dear Ikea,

I'm back on the side of loving you. I'm so glad that you are embracing your cottage side. Well done, Ikea, well done!

Love, Melissa