Sunday, February 27, 2011

Forever Sanding

Last month it felt as if I peeled wallpaper for eons!
This month that same feeling was applied to sanding our walls.
Each and every wall downstairs has gorgeous hardwood planking and I love the way it looks!
However, all those pretty little boards needed to be sanded!
Honestly, I was a little scared climbing up so high on the ladder, but I have to say it was a great workout so I took courage and went for it.
I had no idea it was such a great core workout balancing at the top of a ladder when I first started, but I found out the next morning as I rolled out of bed!

You should see what we did in that room yesterday!
Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Father Daughter Dance

Isabelle and Brendon had a date night!
It was a spectacular Father Daughter dance hosted by our homeschool group.
This year I decided to join the biggest homeschool group closest to our area and it has been really fabulous!
Brendon raved about the dinner they had catered!
I also hear the girls had an absolutly delightful evening full of fun and dancing! In fact I heard that it's such a hit that it's a yearly must do!
It was listed as dressy to semi-formal. We had a dressy dress in the closet and that's what we went with this year!
Isn't she such a honey!?!?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The paint and the chimney

Remember the Chimney sweep dropped by the house. We are in LUCK! They Chimney's are in awesome shape! There was just a bunch of ash and coal dust piled on top of those boards. We do need to do a few small cleaning things plus add a damper to the top of the chimney. The chimney's are probably 100 years old and still in good condition. However with chimney's that old the damper has to go on top of the chimney and a chain hangs down that we can pull to open and close it.

The Paint! I did go check on some light paint colors and came away with a color called icy waterfall. It's a white with a blue tint and we are going to use it in the living room, and down the hallway and to the upstairs!

I have also picked out some outdoor paint. In time we will change the siding of the house and probably the door color, but for now we are having a red door and dark green shutters. I was going to use a black paint on the shutters called broadway. It had some brownish/greenish undertones, but then Brendon found a very dark green and I like it better. I think it's called Charleston green. The one thing that will probably change when we get better siding is perhaps the door will become a more neutral color, but for now I hope it will make the house look cute!

We found the original front door and it was red the same shade as the shutters. I have sanded it andd it's ready for paint. We also need to paint the front porch floor gray and the ceilng blue.

The Bathroom: We found a claw foot tub on Craigslist that a farmer was selling. It also came with an old sink that we will sit on top of a vanity. The tub is not in perfect condition, but it is not terrible either. We will sand it and paint the outside of it. The inside of the tub only has a few nicks, so we will figure out what to do about that.

I've been sanding away, and hope to finish up with that CHORE this week! Then we can paint and move on to getting those floors sanded.

The house is actually starting to look like a place you could live!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

House Update

Here are a few pictures of the living room as they currently look
Remember we have torn off fake paneling, sheetrock and wallpaper.

Now we have sanded the walls.

We also tore out fake flooring covering the hardwoods, and a dropped ceiling which hid
a 12'8" ceiling.

We have Chimney Sweep coming next week to look at the fireplaces.
I tried to clean one, and soot started pouring out of the chimney!

Back wall....what you see when you enter the house.
Front wall of living room

Side wall of living room..opposite the stairs.

The drapes I have stored to use..but now I need to add 1 foot of material to have them long enough. I will just add a contrast, because the hem is only 6 inches.

Our furniture that will go in the living room.

I'm planning to paint the walls Water Chestnut by Glidden.

I love mantles, and need at least three to go in our house. We found one in the house, and I may use it in a back room.
Here's one that I think would look awesome in our living room!
Wonder how that wall color would look????!!!

Nate Berkus Design I found on a decor blog. I think a blog called A Perfect Grey.
Edited to add: I'm going to find a swatch of that paint color!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Poem: You Tell On Yourself

Poem: You Tell On Yourself: "Author: Unknown
You tell on yourself
By the friends you seek,
By the manner in which you speak;
By the way you employ your leisure time,
By the use you make of every dollar or dime.

You tell what you are
By the things you wear,
By the spirit by which your burdens you bear;
By the kind of things at which you laugh,
By the records you play on your phonograph.

You can tell what you are
By the way you talk,
By the manner in which you bear defeat;
By so simple a thing as what you eat,

By the books you choose from a well-defined shelf.
In these ways and more, you tell on yourself.
So there is really not a particle of sense
In your efforts to keep up your false pretense"