Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Updated Laundry Room

This (hard to photo) room has needed an update for awhile now.  Out goes the old granite squares top and we couldn't salvage the base cabinet. :)  New Black Pearl granite, new base, faucet and handles.  So much better!

We bought this faucet and are happy with it so far. 
Here's to a project filled 2019! :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Spring 2018 project

We have a big project going on at the house in the back yard. Here are a few progress pics but a 'before' shot first:

A new pool! 😊 We did a lot of research regarding fiberglass pools, vinyl liners and gunite. We decided to go with a vinyl liner rectangular pool:

Forming of the coping going in today and hopefully the concrete pool deck will be poured tomorrow if the weather holds out.

We are also adding a stone wall with 2 scuppers. It will look something like the pic below:

Scupper Wall

Friday, April 21, 2017

Custom Bookcases

It's really been a year since I posted?! Hard to believe.  We have been wanting to make a cabinet change in our great room for some time.  Once we moved the TV above the fireplace, we no longer needed the old cabinets on either side.


Since we installed new carpet, we decided now was the time. Of course, we decided this after the new carpet was down. We didn't want to put the new cabinets on top of carpet so we pulled that back and put down hardwood.  Our old hardwood had faded some but it still matches up ok.

This was my inspiration photo of how I wanted the new cabinets to look:

So, off to Lowe's to buy the wood for the top shelving. We bought Lowe's in-stock wall cabinets to use as our base cabinets.

And out to our shop to start cutting and grinding:

After spray painting them, brought them over from the shop and getting them ready to install. The glass shelving was ordered from a local glass shop:

We installed lighting and topped them off with statuary white marble .  Love the marble. Now the fun with putting it all together.

The knobs on the base cabinets are these  (very reasonable) fun lion knockers that we bought here:

I also bought this rug from Wayfair:

And a final pic of the finished room:

It doesn't look like it in the pictures, but our couches and back wall are navy, not black.
The room feels much more balanced.
Wishing you a nice weekend! :)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Painting & Re-Painting a Stone Fireplace

One of my first blog posts was about our dingy gray stone fireplace in our family room.  When we built the house, the installer told us to seal the stones with Thompson's Water Sealer. We did that & the color never came back to it's original light gray. Here is an old picture of it originally:

We didn't like it but lived with it for about 5 years. I then got the idea of painting it. That blog post is here.

Fast forward to 2016......I recently painted one of our bathrooms and used BM Balboa Mist paint which is a great griege.   I haven't blogged about this but here is a pic of the bathroom finished. I painted over the stripes that I did back in 2010:

So, since I had paint leftover from that project and I've been wanting to get rid of the yellow from the fireplace, I decided on a whim to gray wash it.  Actually was pretty easy to do and finished it on a Sunday afternoon.   I used about 1/2 paint to 1/2 water and painted it on with a brush. I then rubbed it with a rag to smooth it out.  Click here for a good tutorial from 'Life on Virginia Street' that helped me decide to try this project.  Here is a before/after to show you the difference:

All finished for now...
Happy Thursday!

Friday, March 18, 2016

A new model home

A new development is going on in our area and we decided to check out the new MI model home. I love the way it is decorated & figured who doesn't like to look at new model home pics!  There are even more pics on their website.

Family Room. Love the light hardwood & the darker hardwood on the steps!
Wall paint color is SW Tony Taupe, celing is SW Balanced Beige

Finished lower level

Love these closet doors.  Found them at Lowe's

Cute molding & coordinating paint.

Powder Bath with awesome black/gold grasscloth wallpaper

Love the glossy herringbone tiles!


Other side of the office

Hope you enjoyed the pics.
Wishing you a nice weekend!