Monday, August 31, 2009

Odds and Ends

Sometimes finishing a project is the most difficult part. Here are a few projects we've completed as of late. And of course, not all projects were completed, so there's an update on those, too.

I drew this as one in a series of three a few years ago. With the new Ranchito Red walls in the dining room, the drawing pops off of the wall. It's as though they were meant to be together.

A couple years ago we bought these dressers at a furniture sale for $15 each. Only issue was that the dressers didn't have any tops. With some free leftover faux leather, we covered two pieces of MDF and secured them to the dressers. Two complete dressers: priceless.

As for projects still in progress...this fabric will soon be transformed into dining room curtains. The grommets I ordered months ago are finally being delivered by UPS. Let's hope they don't get lost.

Just finished painting these brackets. Finally. I claimed my first bracket around 1999. Yes, ten years ago. Between then and now, I collected 3 more and the plan is for them to become the legs of a coffee table. Now it's time to work on the table top and finally use the tile that Greg got me for Christmas last year. Nothing like taking my time.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Hot Sticky Weekend of Painting

We were able to put two coats of 'free' paint on the hallway walls this weekend. One Saturday, one Sunday. We were concerned the paint color may be too dark but after the first coat we knew we liked it. The wall color really makes the pendant light pop out. We have some more touchup to do on the radiator, but for the most part, the color is done. Next, we will paint the white trim and all of the doors in Alabaster. You can't really tell from the pics, but the current white is a tad yellow, and I want to make it a more crisp white. Greg also removed the hinges from the many doors in the hallway to remove the paint from previous paint jobs. Not sure when we'll get the doors back up. Not a big deal, unless you want to use the bathroom. Either use it at your own risk, or use a different one.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hallway Transformation Continues

We've had a couple of productive nights this week. Greg spent the last week tediously adding daily skim coats to the holes in the plaster. Wednesday night he felt the holes were sufficiently filled so it was time to sand. After closing off doorways in attempt to control the dust as much as possible, and with protective eye wear and mask in place, we began sanding. The air looked like a snow globe. Luckily the hallway leads to the backdoor so when we were finished, we exited through the garage to use the garden hose to rinse off. I looked at my arms and legs to see I was white as a ghost. Who knew I could be even more pale than I normally am? After taking Voltron (our 1980 two-toned green Ford truck) through the Arby's drive thru for dinner, we returned to the hallway and put on a coat of primer on the walls and ceiling. A very productive night. Tonight we painted the ceiling with the first coat of Alabaster white paint.

As for the wall color...that is still to be determined. A couple months ago, when looking through the 'oops' paint at Lowes, we found a 5 gallon paint, a dark khaki color, originally $100, marked down to $15. We couldn't pass it up. When making our purchase, we got a $20 rebate coupon so essentially Lowes paid us $5 to take this paint. Tonight I brushed the dark khaki paint on a small section so we can live with the color a day or two. We can decide if we like the color or if we need to lighten it up a bit. Stay tuned to see the final color....