I found a picture on Pinterest of octopus tentacles coming out of a tub. I loved the idea of an octopus on the wall of the bathroom. This is the bathroom in the man cave. The paint is from a table and chair refinishing project also in the man cave. The mirror used to be gold which the previous owner had painted a wood color. I’m not showing the rest of the bathroom because I haven’t had the budget to replace the dated shower.
The living room and dining room are a large L shaped space. It was originally painted all the same ocher color. I wanted to separate the space visually but not physically. If we are having a large family gathering, I want the dining space to bleed over into the living room without interruption.
This was my inspiration shot. I know it’s a bedroom, but I liked the crisp white trim on the rich peacock blue.
I would normally put the before picture here but my laptop broke, and I can’t find another copy of the dining room.
Thank you to my sister in law, niece and nephew for helping me paint.
I like having objects with sentimental value to adorn the space.
Glass vases from my grandmother to hold pop tops and corks
The vase Duckie gave me (holding my chopstick collection) and a beautiful pie plate from my mother.
A mirror my father gave me in high school.
Artwork from college.
A painting from my son.
An heirloom fern from my aunt.
A high chair from Arthur Mintz Photography Studio
I didn’t like the original chandelier it was once aged brass but had darkened till it was almost black. We debated buying a new one, but I had this idea stuck in my head. My husband agreed to let me give it a go, but if he doesn’t like the finished product, I’ll be taking bids for this chandelier. I scrubbed it and painted it aqua. The candles were cream with gold wax drippings, they look better in solid white. I’m planning to make a large drum lampshade for it out of pop tops. I’m still collecting I’ll post pics of the finished piece later. Until them the aqua chandelier is a great improvement.
I had every intention of updating my blog every week. I seem to have gotten caught up in the day-to-day bustle of family, chores, almost completed projects, Pinterest, and Facebook.
When I last blogged, we had just bought the house. Since then, we had a plumber come in and replace the rotted pipes under the house. They also replaced almost everything under the kitchen sink. We needed a new garbage disposal, the drains needed replacing, and we added an Insta-hot. We also had an electrician come in to replace the not even close to code circuit box, remove a Romex power line that went through my son’s closet, and some random light fixtures and outlets.
Between my husband and the electrician we replaced every light switch and outlet in the house. By we, I really mean they, I’m a big do it yourself-er but electricity scares me. My intention was to just change the outlet covers but when I took the cover off to paint (which the last two painters hadn’t bothered with) most of them broke apart. Wait, I have pictures.
And the switch plates were a motley collection at home at any tag sale.
We replaced them all with matching clean white modern ones. It’s amazing the difference that makes. My husband said
“It’s like a manicure. It just makes the place look more polished.”
The closing went smoothly. The owners were really nice people, who grew up in the house. I cant imagine how hard it must have been to sell the house you grew up in.
My first project is to paint the inside of the closets.Why you ask? cause if I don’t do it now it wont ever get done. Having bright white closets makes it easier to find things, and I’m more likely to put things away if they have a clean well organized spot to return to. Once I find spots for everything I’m putting in labels, so the boys have no excuse for getting something back in the right spot either.
We got the fridge today, its a cobalt blue kitchen-aid. Cobalt is my favorite color and the kitchen needs a little more color. Right now its beautiful golden oak flooring. Nice oak cabinets and cheep laminate butcher block cabinets. The walls are gold with green wainscoting. My husband said the house feels like you walked into a sepia toned photograph. I’d love to add black soapstone counters, like we had in high school biology lab, but we’ll see what the budget allows.
My hand is sore from gripping a brush and roller. Today I’m taking a break from painting and doing the next most important thing…SHOPPING!